Sunday Sparkle

I was just on Instagram and I saw my friend post a quote from Socrates that said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” It’s funny because even though this was said ages ago, its wisdom is still applicable in the modern age.

And that's why this is the current motto that's fueling my life.

And that’s why this is the current motto that’s fueling my life.

I have to admit that work took up maybe 80 percent of my time, but now, I’m totally enjoying the process of bringing that percentage down. My rule now is that if something excites me, then I do it. If it doesn’t, then I pass. And really, it’s so much fun and I’ve been having so many random adventures because of it.

What are you doing to manage your work-life balance? Share your tips with me—I could use the help! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

I went on a Sun-date with myself today <3

Popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? Find out my answer after the jump! Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!!!

My Dad, my hero!

My Dad, my hero! Thanks to Dove Men for sending him the cool cape!

I think one of the coolest (and mind-blowing) things that happen when you grow up is that you start to see your parents as, well, human. The more adulting I did, the more I appreciated all the sacrifices, love, and care that they showered on me. I think that’s why I appreciated being the ultimate Daddy’s girl even more. Because even if I had to grow up, I could always just sit close to him when things get rough, go in for a nice cuddle, and just feel like everything’s going to be okay. He always made me feel beautiful and he always made me feel like he was proud of me. And for that, I’ll always be grateful.  Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

You get what you give. How do you feel about the saying? I never really understood it, but now, it makes so much sense to me.

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Start by being loving, truthful, and giving to yourself first (you’ll find that it’ll extend to others more naturally when you do). And if you think you’re already doing this and still not getting the results you want, then ask. Ask your mom, your bestie, your sister, or your bae for their insights and tell them what you are also yearning for. It may be uncomfortable at first, but if you approach it with an open mind and are willing to push through the initial awkwardness, you’ll have a better relationship with yourself and with those around you. ♥

Sunday Sparkle

I got to enjoy a quick getaway this weekend!

My friends invited me to hang with them in Tagaytay.

My friends invited me to hang with them over at Crosswinds Tagaytay.

Yummy food, no thinking, and just spending lots of QT together—yay! After reading about Café Voila on KateWasHere.com, we decided to have dinner there and it didn’t disappoint. They served the best satays I’ve ever had (have it with the turmeric rice, guys) and if it’s dessert you’re looking for, try the salted caramel cheesecake. But the real highlight of the weekend?

Our spa escape! Nikki and I headed to T House for a quick massage.

Our spa escape! Nikki and I headed to T House for a quick massage.

We booked the 90-minute massage (P1,000) and it was actually pretty good. We both fell asleep at some point (that rarely happens for us!) and I loved the oil they used—it really softened my skin! There’s no aircon though and the spa amenities aren’t fancy at all, but massage-wise, I’d say that their masseuses will definitely be able to soothe your aching muscles and help you relax.

What’d you do to unwind this weekend? Tell me, tell me! ♥

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