The other day I was so inspired to post about gratitude. My wife and I, even our little one, are thankful for a lot of things – big and small; and forever we’ll be.
However, things are different when your surrounding gets scary and disturbing. You become more conscious of everything and extra-caring for your family and friends–here and abroad.
Headlines about that raging volcano in Iceland with a name I cannot pronounce.
A CNN news video that I’ve viewed this afternoon with a title that says IS MANILA READY FOR AN EARTHQUAKE?
Scorching Summer Heat… I left Tokyo last March 30 with a temperature of 2 degrees Celsius; arrived in Manila after more than 3 hours of flight with nearly 36 degrees. … Para akong nasa fridge tapos pumasok sa oven!
Annoying loud campaign jingles of local candidates trying to win your vote even if you’re a registered else where! LOL!
And yes, Tina and I are also concerned of our electric bill that soared highest this month. Regardless of the fact that I understood that the raise in the generation charges from power suppliers and the increase in customer’s consumption are the 2 contributory factors; still our main concern is to settle the bill before March 29, that reads PhP 4,520. 75 from usage of 359 total kWh; way above our last month’s P2,900 statement. What about you? How are you dealing with yours?
Luckily, Tina and I got a real bundle of joy…
Gabby : Daddy, ano yang hawak mo?
Me : Meralco bill natin, anak… Tumaas… sobra!
Gabby : Ahhhh… Starbucks na lang tayo, I want Choco-frap!
I & Tina thought : *nice idea!*
….And since Starbucks in the Philippines offers PhP 40 off on all coffee blends on dates April 22 -23, 2010 in celebration of 40th Anniversary of Earth Day for patrons who’ll use TUMBLERS instead of paper and plastic cups, we hurried to our favorite coffee shop to forget about those irksome issues even for a while and re-focused on family bonding…
Gabby’s absolutely right; we need to breathe and chill out… Our 5-year-old son’s presence always reminds us that we appreciate simple things like coffee breaks even on top of overwhelming hassles.
And so Tina had her Expresso frap, and our little one had his Choco-frap and I ordered Java chip frap double blended; all on our tumblers :D
My worries about the environment, politics, money matters and whatnot were all forgotten when I dunked my fork into these heavenly goodies…
It’s our first time to taste these Top Pot Doughnuts which are now offered at Starbucks : Glazed Old Fashioned Doughnut, Chocolate Old Fashioned Doughnut, Top Pot Apple Fritter. We all shared and tried them all I like them all, actually. The Apple Fritter has a hint of cinnamon while the 2 other Top Pot doughnuts have sublime flavors that are far from being irritatingly sweet.
Tina and I thought that they’re better paired with hot blends rather than frappuccinos. Anyway, there’s always a next time., haha!
Have you tried these Top Pot Doughnuts? Which one is your favorite?
How do you deal with daily stressors like mentioned above? We may not be saints but the 3 of us always pray together, with Gabby as our usual prayer leader.
Oh btw, don’t forget to recycle, reduce and reuse for Mother Earth. We’re trying our best to do that too. HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE! Let’s pray and be easy on stress, OK? haha!
Oops, did I already tell you that Gabby also had a slice of this Oreo Cheesecake?
He finished the entire plate!