DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN v2019

One of the most amazing tourist spot here in UAE that you shouldn’t miss is Dubai Miracle Garden. Despite of being known as desert country, UAE has its own way of surprising their residents, expats and other tourists of reserving an area for a flower park which will give a jaw-dropping ‘wow‘ reaction once you explore the whole place.

Dubai Miracle Garden normally open during winter season. Before it closes next week, I got an opportunity to visit this place with my family. There’s actually a big difference on the flower display today compare years ago.

This giant tortoise really captured our eyes when we walk towards the entrance gate.

You will always look up to see these beautiful cat topiary.

With 72,000 sqm allotted area and more than millions of flower arrange in different style and pattern, all of us are so dazed to feel how close we are to nature by re-visiting this popular gem in Dubailand.

This is one attraction that I never seen before. Cartoon character in life-size forms.

Say hi to Mickey and friends that we mostly seen on TV but here they are bigger than the audience.

Another topiary that caught our attention is this elephant surrounded by fresh flowers in different colors.

I used to visit this themed-garden before but this is the first time I saw this elevated area that serve as viewing deck to see how well-groom the garden from above.


I’ve seen a photo before that this is just an umbrella passage but since those plants were planted many months ago, it grow in full bloom and became an additional shade for visitors.

 

Even the artistic design of a pot is something that left unnoticed.

My cousins from our home country who visited here for a months enjoying their moment on one of the most photograph spot in the garden.

Under this tiny bucket of plants is some table and chairs where a visitors can take a rest while munching some snack from different food kiosks.

A long line of gazebo where you can dine in under a flowery theme.

I love the idea of using some type of transportation as an additional display of creativity. A rustic car parked outside the garden.

A bus with the head of a dog beautifully dressed with colorful flowers.

Look at this boat plotted with flowers in circular shape.

One of the highlights in  Dubai Miracle Garden that anyone wish to see is this gigantic replica of A380 Emirates Airplane crafted with varieties of flowers.

As they said, woman’s hair is a crowning glory and this layer of flowers on her head is something that  you can easily recognize from afar.

 

It’s nice to see a couple being in love even in a simple metal structure. Agree?

This heart passage is another most-photograph spot in the garden. A ninja-move in me takes place just to capture this solo picture of my nephew.

Good to see a castle inside the garden.

Even the stair are aligned with the garden theme.

Walking for some hours will make our feet tired. Good to spot a swing on the side where we can rest for a while. I tried to sit here also and I must say, I want to do it again and again.

A tree with a branch of flowers…cool!

This is a flower garden so let me take some close up photo of those flowers.

A sea of sunflower that makes our day bright.

Another signature collection inside Dubai Miracle Garden is this enormous clock.

My DXB family from all age group.

Just before sunset and after our 3 hours of exploration, we decided to leave the garden with happy heart.

Even Dubai Miracle Garden will be temporarily close, we can hope that on the next season, new structure, new attraction and new set of flowers will blossom again.

Till next time…

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LOST AND FOUND IN TSIM SHA TSUI

As part of my planned itinerary, I know that after our Nan Lian Garden and Wong Tai Sin Temple escapade we have to find a place where we can eat a super late lunch. We were actually looking for authentic Hongkong street food hub but unfortunately we don’t know where is the exact location. For a safer side, we decided to go to Langham Place since it is linked to Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Exit C3).

Langham Place is a commercial shopping centre in Mongkok with more than 200 shops to choose from but our intention here is purely to find something to eat. As we step inside, we were impress to see the creative design that could attract lots of mall-goers/tourist. This mall is known for its 83m long indoor escalator where we never hesitate to give a try. Then, we proceed to food court for our much-awaited mid-lunch break.

Langham Place

While we were in Langham Place, we are discussing if we will proceed directly to airport or take an MTR to Central Station as per listed in our itinerary or pulled off some time to explore the area around Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Of course, we choose the latter. This is something that I never research so I’m bit afraid of the possible outcome. Without any plan on mind, we get out of the mall and casually walk to the next street.

We thought we were lost in Hongkong but we are assuring each other that as long as we remember the way going back to station then we are still okay. We actually don’t know where we are going and to be honest we’re just following the crowd who’s also walking on the same road.

After a numerous step, we found an egg-shape dome on the other side. Out of curiosity we decided to cross the street and check if we can pay a visit. Well, this is Hongkong Space Museum which is popular to any students/locals/tourists enamored of astronomy and space science.

Hongkong Space Museum

There’s a lot of activities and exhibits inside the Hongkong Space Museum for a minimal fee.

We decided to keep on walking till we notice another possible tourist destination. Lo and behold, it was HongKong Cultural Centre that serves as a major platform for any cultural activities, conventions, theater production, etc. This place is also near to Tsim Sha Tsui Station (exit E) or East TsimSha Tsui Station (Exit L6 or J). What caught our attention is the painting on this cement ladder that invites us to check the other side.

Behind this ladder is the amazing Victoria Harbour that connect the Hongkong Island to Hongkong mainland. The breeze of air coming from the waterfront help us to relax our distressed feet.

Like other travelers, we sat down on cemented floor while overlooking the high-rise building on the other side.

Victoria Harbour

This giant Ferris Wheel is actually located in Central Waterfront Promenade but it looks so small here in Tsim Sha Tsui viewing deck.

Some activities that you can enjoy here is riding a Star Ferry navigating the harbour vicinity. This is also where you can find the Kowloon public pier.

 

Adjacent to observation deck in the promenade is the magnificent design of piazza which I think is also part of Hongkong Cultural Centre.

Not too far from where we stand is the Hongkong iconic clock tower.

I’m sure there’s still a lot of things we could discover if we have more free time on this area but we need to travel back to airport for our schedule departure. This is us on the busy road in Tsim Sha Tsui—our feet is aching but our heart is smiling.

Our unplanned stopover to Tsim Sha Tsui teaches us to be flexible on our schedule, be courageous enough to get lost and found again the right path and intrepid to look for a new awesome discovery.

WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE

My cousin suggested to visit a temple during our short layover in Hongkong. Since I’m the one who’s making an itinerary, I have to find a temple which is nearest to metro train. To my surprise, Wong Tai Sin Temple is walking distance from Wong Tai Sin Station and even one station close to Nan Lian Garden which is on top of our must-visit place in our Hongkong stopover.

Unlike Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery, Wong Tai Sin temple is more crowded maybe because 1. its a place of worship for locals 2. accessibility to tourists by using public transportation. I’m not sure if there’s an important event during our visit as people flooded in/out of the temple. Whatever it is, we’re happy to explore and able to personally see the Wong Tai Sin Temple amidst it’s busyness.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is named after Master Wong Cho Ping. Though it was primarily a Taoist temple, it also has a Buddhist and Confucian worshipping halls. Based on the history found online, the architecture of Wong Tai Sin Temple is based on Five elements-metal, wood, water, fire and earth. These elements are much recognized through its structured hall, shrines and other important in-house features surrounding the temple.

The enormous Supreme Paradise Pai-Fong (Maingate) welcome our arrival.

 

The 2.6m tall Wang Ling-guan Shrine glorify the Taoist God of gate-keeping is the first of many interesting features found inside.

Wang Ling-guan Shrine

A bit of trek for more sightseeing.

It has been said that the main purpose of Bell and Drum Tower in Jinhua Heritage Pai-fong is to protect the worshiping platforms and Main Altar.

Jinhua Heritage Pai-fong

Wong Tai Sin Temple’s popularity rise up because of numerous worshipper’s answered prayers after they offer their petition. It is so obvious on how people lined up to worship and pray at the Main Altar.

 

We were amazed to see a gigantic bronze statues of Twelve Animals of the Year. They are dressed in various ethnic costumes to demonstrates the different characters of the animals.

 

 

The Archives Hall represents the wood element. This is the place where the administrative work of those officials are done on daily basis.

Archives Hall

The Yue Heung Shrine are painted in red that represent ‘fire’ in Five elements and it worships the Buddha of Lighting the Lamp.

 

Yue Heung Shrine

The Yuk Yik Fountain represents ‘water’ element comprised of seven lotuses.

Yuk Yik Fountain

This the moon gate entrance to Good Wish Garden. It is a chinese-inspired garden mirroring a miniature replica of the Summer Palace in Beijing.

Right after the entrance is the Statue of sheep which is made from white jade.

 

The bridge that linked from main entrance leading to different pagoda and pavilion.

I appreciate how they connect the temple to a sanctuary. In this way, devotee/tourist has another platform for self-evaluation while being close to nature.

We stayed here for some minutes to take rest and planned for our next route.

 

 

To be honest, Wong Tai Sin Temple is such a great discovery for me. I never thought that a simple suggestion from my cousin would lead me to explore more temple in the future. Way back to my old travel history local/abroad, I was hoping to visit a new church but this time, I can also include temple on  my list especially if I know the country/place I will visit has a number of temples as part of their historical landmark.

How to get there: Head to Wong Tai Sin Station (Exit B2)

Admission: Free

NAN LIAN GARDEN AND CHI LIN NUNNERY

Even before planning our short Hongkong trip, I already have Nan Lian Garden on my list after I saw an instagram post from a Philippine actress when she visited the place with her family. I told myself that if ever I have an opportunity to be in Hongkong I will pay a visit to the same place because I’m a nature-lover too. Whenever I make plan for short layover, I’ll make sure that every place we visited is 1. near to MTR and 2. no admission fee/or only minimal fee. Luckily, this place aligns within our desired purpose.

Coming from the airport, we travel directly to Nan Lian Garden as this is the farthest on our list. Exiting from Diamond Hill Station (C2), you will pass by Plaza Hollywood first before you reach the road leading to Nan Lian Garden. It’s a short walking distance only and lots of sign on the street so no need to worry of getting lost.

Nan Lian Garden is a free public park built in modern times with a classical touch of Tang Dynasty to promote Chinese culture in today’s era. When we saw the good landscaped inside all our exhaustion from long hours of flight suddenly vanish in an instant. The place is picturesque of perfect serenity and peacefulness in the middle of the city.

 

The heat of the sun is at its peak when we start our stroll in the park. Thanks to its greenery lush trees that help us to feel at ease despite of uncontrollable sweat of excitement.

One of the main attraction inside the garden is the Pavillion of Absolute Perfection connected by two Zi Wu bridges. The mini-gate serves as barrier because they are not allowing any tourist to walk inside the pagoda.

 

A closer look on its perfection.

There is a Chinese Timber Architecture Gallery that houses some of important mini-wooden archetype related to chinese regime.

 

The copious trees surrounding the garden gives any visitors an intimate session of relaxation.

As you can see on my captured photo below, there is always a better way of introducing a green park amidst metropolitan neighborhood.

While following a one-way route, we ambled on Xiang Hai Xuan means a house embracing a sea of fragrance hedge with a courtyard of lawn grass.

Our simple way of taking rest under a Tang architectural-inspired roof.

Continuing our journey with Lunar Reflection Terrace and Pagoda Tree Pavillion where we lounge a bit of fresh air overlooking the ponds with Koi and scenic view.

Another interesting feature of Nan Lian Garden is the gigantic rocks and artificial clouds formation that will left you in awe by merely staring on it.

Adjacent to Nan Lian Garden is another tourist spot in Hongkong- Chi Lin Nunnery. It is also inspired by Tang Dynasty and known for being large Buddhist monastic complex.

This is the Shanmen (first door) welcoming us in the first courtyard.

The Main Hall homes for 5 gilded Buddhas.

The Lotus Pond inside Chi Lin Nunnery.

One thing that I admired about this place is how they squeeze a historical tourist spot with a high-rise building as backdrop.

Another splendid Temple Hall where you may notice a meticulous wooden decoration visible on its facade. Would you believe that all buildings constructed inside the Chi Lin Nunnery didn’t use any nails. So impressive yet it’s true.

This is the Hall of Celestial Kings where you can find the statues of Buddha on every corner. We’re so grateful to visit this place without too many people around. We have all the time to observe the stillness of this religious shrine.

On our way back to Diamond Hill Station, we take a short stop to Plaza Hollywood to check what’s inside and a simple photo-op.

In case you will visit Hongkong soon, all this place are situated in single destination. It’s like hitting three birds in one stone. If you want to escape from the normal busyness of the city, then Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery and Plaza Hollywood is a perfect place to find tranquility.

ITINERARY: 8 HOURS IN HONGKONG

A long layover is a big NO for some traveler but for me it’s an opportunity to see another country without spending a lot of money. My cousin and I booked our ticket via Cathay Pacific with an 8 hours stopover in Hongkong. Though our time is limited compare to how big the place is we still manage to visit interesting places that were only part of our discussion a long time ago.

Both of us wanted to see Disneyland but due to time constraint we decided to look for other tourist spot  that will fit on our schedule and budget. Since we successfully manage our Singapore stopover at a minimal cost we challenge ourselves to do it again in Hongkong.  I did some research, revise our itinerary 4 times and 2 days before our flight, I had a complete list on my hand.

10:35am Arrival at Hongkong International Airport

11:00am Immigration and check out

12:00pm Airport Express/Metro train

01:30pm Nan Lian Garden / Chi Lin Nunnery

02:15pm Plaza Hollywood

02:30pm Wong Tai Sin Temple

03:30pm Langham Place

04:30pm Victoria Harbour/Hongkong Cultural Centre/Hongkong Space Museum/Hongkong  Clock Tower

05:30pm Metro Train/Airport Express

06:30pm Check in at Hongkong International Airport

07:30pm Dinner at Streetfood (airport)

10:00pm Thank you Hongkong/Departure

No worries of getting lost as those places listed above are near/walking distance to MTR station. There are many ways of paying your transport in Hongkong – Octopus Card, Singe Journey Ticket, Airport Express or Tourist Day Pass depending on your destination and time-frame.

We opt to buy the following ticket in the airport to save time in travelling between different destinations:

Airport Express Same Day Return Ticket (Airport-Tsing Yi/ vice versa)= HKD70

Adult Tourist Day Pass = HKD 65

Tourist Day Pass is good for one day of unlimited travel on MTR/Light Rail only. Most of the places we visited are accessible/walking distance to MTR so this ticket is heavenly for us. We can tap entry/exit any time and if we stop at the wrong station, we can tap again without worrying the cost. So if you have the whole day in your agenda, then you can maximize the purpose of this ticket. For only HKD 65, we already enjoy some of the best in Hongkong. Airport Express Ticket might be a bit pricey but we have no regrets of using it as we save more time in travelling to our destined place of interest.

Let me share with you how did we enjoy those places by using their very efficient MTR coming from/to the airport:

Place of Interest: Nan Lian Garden/Chi Lin Nunnery/Plaza Hollywood

MTR: Airport–>Tsing Yi (via Airport Express)–>Lai King–>Prince Edward–>Diamond Hill (exit C2)

Place of Interest: Wong Tai Sin Temple

MTR: Diamond Hill –> Wong Tai Sin  (exit B2)

Place of Interest: Langham Place

MTR: Wong Tai Sin–>Mongkok–>Tsim Sha Tsui (exit C3-Langham Place)

Part of our plan is to go directly to Central Station after our lunch at Langham Place but we decided just to stay at Tsim Sha Tsui Station and from there we’ll travel back to airport. We realized that we still have time to explore the nearby places around Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Thanks to our unplanned agenda as we got lost and found some tourist spot (Victoria Harbour) where we sit down and relax for an hour.

We catch the train from Tsim Sha Tsui Station going back to the Airport.

Place Of Interest: Airport

MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui –> Lai King –> Airport (via Airport Express)

I also set a budget of HKD200 (per person) as my allowance while in Hongkong. The comparison I made as shown below help us to decide which ticket to purchase. Admission is free on all places we visited so most of the expenses goes to transportation and food, Well for some, you can still set a much lower budget but for us this HKD200 (AED100)  is worthy in exchange of unforgettable layover.

Though you see in the table that we require +4 hours only to travel and see those tourists spot but in reality that’s more than that. We’re first-timers in Hongkong so getting in/out of MTR Station, exploring our chosen point of interest, getting lost and finding the right path takes lot of time. We efficiently used our 8hrs layover. This itinerary worked for us and we manage to be in the airport to eat dinner, relax in resting area while waiting for our next flight.

ROAD SAMARITAN

Happy new 2018!

New goals. New you. Who doesn’t want a happy and peaceful life everyday especially this brand new year? Whatever stages you’re in right now, I’m sure your intention is to live each day as smooth as possible. What if unexpected chaos are serve in front of you, will you have the courage to remain calm and smile for what happen?

Everything is fine when my officemate and I leave the office last Thursday. She’s driving the car and I’m her passenger. Our simple wish to reach our place early, safe and sound didn’t happen as we faced an unforgettable scenario with our own car. There’s a sudden thick smoke come out on our front side causing us to stop our car immediately. We’re both terrified thinking it may cause fire and explode as what we normally seen in a movie. We decided to move out and just stand in a small gutter next to our car. Imagine 2 ladies stranded in a 5 lane road, helpless and scared-that’s us.

Lot of things pop up on mind on that particular moment. What we’re gonna do? It’s really alarming to see how our car cover with smoke and much more of our concern is our safety as we stand in the middle of the road. After I compose myself, I called our Admin. Mgr. to ask for assistance. No response on my first attempt. My officemate did the same thing trying to call other colleagues in our company. I even call my cousin to inform her what’s happening on us right now. After a couple of minutes, both our phone is busy exchanging information between different parties. “Another 45 minutes before the road assistance reach here”, as quoted by my officemate.

We patiently wait for immediate help. Lot of drivers and passenger who happen to pass on the same road where we stood is looking on us. Like most of them, we also wanted to go home but the unfortunate event unfolds surprisingly. I was battling with colds for 3 days already and embracing the wintry wind while standing for too long on that road doesn’t matter to me anymore. My officemate and I were thinking of other options while waiting for assistance. In between our silence, I say a little prayer and tried to reflect on what happen.

Thank YOU – a message sprouted deep in my heart. The same scenario could happen in the Sheik Zayed Road right after we felt something wrong in our car for the first time. Thank YOU for controlling our steering wheel. Again, the same scenario could happen in a tunnel after we heard a ghastly sound. Thank YOU for diverting our mind that sound might come from other car and YOU still allow us to drive further. Then that ‘smoke scene‘ takes in. Still in the road but this time YOU gave us the opportunity to easily move out from our car and find enough space (gutter) to stand. Thank YOU that one driver stop for awhile, open his window, ask for what happen and go. I understand if he can’t stay for long as he was on the other side. Another car stop, a Filipina came out, walk on our side and ask for what happen. When my officemate told her that we already requested for road assistance she eventually leave us behind knowing that will get help somehow.

Though the road assistance we’re waiting takes time to arrive, another gentlemen stopped and curious why we stood there. We already told that ‘help‘ is on the way but he insisted to check our car. He even warned us that police might see us and give penalty for unnecessary cause of delay. Well, that’s another point to be thankful for. No sight of police car on that busy road even we’re standing there for how many minutes.

Back to my story, Mr. Road Samaritan offer to drive our car away from that unsafe road. He give his key to my officemate to drive his own car and he will drive our company car. I’m hesitant at first because I’m a bit frightened that if he start the engine the smoke will appear again. When we’re moving already, he told me not to worry because he is Technician. What a relief! Thank YOU.

It’s a rush hour but we got available slot to park our car. We need to refill the water and there’s a restaurant nearby whom a manager is a Filipina who allowed us to replenish our small bottle for consecutive times. There’s a leakage and our pipe is broken and believe it or not, Mr. Road Samaritan has a big bag of tools in his car. To sum it up, he repair it on the spot, our car is out of danger and both of us reach home safe.

As I walk towards our building, I can’t help but to ponder on how those challenging situation help me to be a grateful person. Thank YOU for this notable experience. Thank YOU for those people who drop by and check if we’re okay. Thank YOU for sending Mr. Road Samaritan – of all people who will help us – he is a Technician, he know exactly to fix the problem in our car, he even teach us that in case we’ll send it to service center only that radiator has to be change, he doesn’t mind if we consume his time and he didn’t even ask for any charge. Like what he said, he’s happy helping other people in need. On that moment, we are the recipient of his generosity. Thank YOU so much.

That road troubled us for some hour.
The road that teach us to stand still.
I will definitely pass on that road again.
I will never forget – once in my life I faced abrupt inconvenience on that road and at the same time, I met a good Samaritan.

2017 YEAR END REVIEW

Dear 2017,

I started your first month wandering in a shaky situation. Every working day it looks like I was facing a battle of holding on or letting go. I never imagine that the challenge most people experience last year will also happen to me but I have no option than to accept it. As they say, life must go on.

Instead of allowing this circumstances to affect me I embrace the fact that there must be a purpose behind it. It actually help me to realize lot of things. To still count the blessings that come my way. Despite of unexpected turn of events, I continue to list down each day (starting on February) those simple things that makes me smile and thankful for what you have done for me:

Feb1: you’ve been in a place unfamiliar to you when someone open the door and welcome you with a smile.
Feb2: it’s a rush hour and you easily get into the bus without any hassle.
Feb3: a joke that gives you and your cousin a good laugh.
Feb4: found the food your looking in the supermarket after returning 3 times.
Feb5: an amazing formation of clouds visible in your office parking lot.
Feb6: when you arrive in your appointment on time.
Feb7: a text of confirmation receive from your agent.
Feb8: a good and undisturbed sleep you had last night.
Feb9: when your group answered wrong and still you’re all happy with the result.
Feb10: fun watching your fellow kababayan playing some outdoor games.
Feb11: nice design of nail polish you saw from someone inside the elevator.
Feb12: able to watch full length show after a year.
Feb13: when you feel undecided and your cousins are helping you to weigh the options.
Feb14: an opportunity to go back home to get an umbrella without worrying that you will be late.
Feb15: a different color of ballpen available in department store.
Feb16: when your classmate invited you to come along with them during breaktime.
Feb17: the tshirt you wash last night is easily dried today.
Feb18: you are already inside the bus when the rain start to pour.
Feb19: a transaction you always pay in cash is now change into 30 days credit.
Feb20: a heart-shaped formed in your sleeves when you wash your hands.
Feb21: some interesting facts shared by your colleague.
Feb22: when someone ask your help to familiarized the procedure despite you failed onit last time.
Feb23: a leftover which is enough to eat as your baon.
Feb24: appreciating an spectacular show provided by the mall management.
Feb25: a series of encouraging songs you heard in a contest.
Feb26: watching a makulit panda online.
Feb27: witness an act of generosity in the street when a driver stop and gave some food to the storekeeper.
Feb28: able to cook something despite waking up a bit late.
Mar1: went home with cooked meal for dinner prepared by your cousin.
Mar2: an encouraging story shared by someone you haven’t met for a long time.
Mar3: a conversation with your friend that end up to an exciting idea of going vacation to another country.
Mar4: when your niece can understand and translate tagalog terms.
Mar5: receiving a quick response on your private message after asking some queries.
Mar6: a info. provided by your friend that you might use in the future.
Mar7: a ‘kilig‘ episode post by someone on her social media account which is the actual episode you watch last night.
Mar8: a photo shared by your classmate that reminds you of how much laughter you had that moment.
Mar9: when you don’t need to use your cp flashlight just to read your book because there’s already natural light comes from outside.
Mar10: an scheduled power interruption that didn’t happen.
Mar11: a performance that stand out among other contenders.
Mar12: multitasking in a short period and still go home on time.
Mar13: unexpected call from someone just to ask your permission.
Mar14: when you heard the alarm before your mobile become lowbat.
Mar15: an image of ‘smiley’ you seen in the wall.
Mar16: leaving the office at much earlier time that gives you another round to study your lesson.
Mar17: a famous personality showing her talent in singing.
Mar18: a priceless reaction of your niece when she answered correctly the puzzle.
Mar19: a testimony of wife why her marriage is successful.
Mar20: not required to buy food because your cousin cooked already.
Mar21: a different color of umbrella you saw everywhere.
Mar22: a side dish that complements the main course.
Mar23: when you remember your nephew after you saw a mini-airplane because of his interest on it.
Mar24: thinking of a song and suddenly it was sang in one program.
Mar25: a group photo that is not complete without you.
Mar26: when your officemate inform you not to bring food because she will treat all of you for lunch.
Mar27: the person you met in the lift on way down in the morning is the same person you met on the way up in the evening.
Mar28: a DIY canopy turn out beneficial to you.
Mar29: when someone consider you to do an important job.
Mar30: getting seat immediately during rush hour.
Mar31; a new game introduce in a birthday party that draws laughter to everyone.
Apr1: a relatable quotes you heard from a motivational speaker on one of his talk.
Apr2: when your laptop start again after 2 hours of non-working.
Apr3: when you got the courage to voice out your opinion.
Apr4: someone followed your request to leave the door open.
Apr5: manage to do your morning routine despite waking up late.
Apr6: two of your currently favorite sng play consecutively in the playlist.
Apr7: found an alternative site where you can watch the series.
Apr8: recharging your card faster because there’s no other people lining up in the booth.
Apr9: reminiscing your childhood memories over lunch.
Apr10: the smell of homemade meal when you pass on the street.
Apr11: when they granted you request for more size of a product with no additional cost.
Apr12: an SMS response of your friend that means she read your message.
Apr13: a boss who pass by to your room just to say thank you.
Apr14: reading almost 60% pages of one book.
Apr15: when your cousin accompany you in doing some night work.
Apr16: a weekend getaway photos of some families posted online.
Apr17: an article that help you answer some of your queries in mind.
Apr18: unexpectedly saw your old photos taken a moth ago in your school website.
Apr19: a pasalubong from your housemate where your name handwritten on it.
Apr20: another achievement of yours mentioned on your certificate.
Apr21: when your cousin bring some food and share it with all of you.
Apr22: a lyrics in a song that really captured your heart,
Apr23: an inspiring segment in one tv program that make you stop what you’re currently doing just to watch it.
Apr24: saw a vintage car in a public parking.
Apr25: being aware for a new budgeted airline flying to the country in your bucket list.
Apr26: no need to wear long sleeves because the temperature in your room are back to normal.
Apr27: unexpected dinner treat from one of your classmate.
Apr28: watching how your cousin crush the ice without much effort.
Apr29: the end of the series set in a beautiful garden.
Apr30: a chance to dine-in in a must-visit restaurant is discuss over lunch.
May1: knowing your boss are now openfor any suggestion advise by someone no form his team.
May2: some chair and table outside the restaurant were removed to give way for any passerby.
May3: when you don’t feel the heat of the sun because its windy.
May4: saw a big emoji smiley posted in a famous building.
May5: heard some opm song again from local radio.
May6: saw someone you never thought would come on that place.
May7: a contestant who get a high score on first attempt.
May8: found a temporary shade while waiting for your service.
May9: when you remember an old joke and still you can’t help but to have a good laugh.
May10: a garden of tulips pop up on your desktop screen.
May11: a new tricks in your mobile that you learn from your classmate.
May12: when someone you never seen for a long time still remember you.
May13: a special poem shared by a famous tv host.
May14: a different ‘mother’s day’ greetings posted online.
May15: a smell of newly cut grass.
May16: when you were awaken from your nap because of someone who’s trying to rap.
May17: a message sent by your teacher to keep you informed in advance about some changes in location.
May18: when you didn’t get lost in finding the room because there’s another person who’s also looking for it.
May19: a photo sent by your brother that encourage you to push your next project.
May20: a father who doesn’t mind how he looks like just to entertain his daughter.
May21: the smile of a happy family when they unexpectedly won a big prize.
May22: found something you’re looking for in a department store.
May23: been to an old place and saw new establishment surrounds it.
May24: a tasteful desert shared by your colleague.
May25: a chance to bond with other group of students.
May26: unplanned weekend staycation at your cousins’ abode.
May27: bought the thing you been planning for so long because someone in your group request to visit that place also.
May28: carrying a 1 month old baby for the first time.
May29: experience to sit on top of a double decker bus.
May30: saw a photo of someone who enjoy his vacation in your town place.
May31: taking a bath with a cold water running in the shower.
Jun1: read a graduation speech found from bunch of scratch paper.
Jun2: a booklet of coupon given by your cousin.
Jun3: a delivery of cabinet done as per schedule.
Jun4: able to get a free magazine in a metro station after such a long time.
Jun5: completing your bath despite of water stoppage announcement.
Jun6: watching a stand up comedian who can also sing wel.
Jun7: when your boss finally back out from the plan not accepted by many of your team members.
Jun8: a current promotion in 1 store that gives you an extra item for free.
Jun9: a support receive by a contestant from those people not related to him.
Jun10: saw a photo of someone who can afford some luxury yet choose to wear a simple dress on her wedding day.
Jun11: when you learn a simple technique how to unlock the door in a most easiest way.
Jun12: a low fare quoted by someone that falls within your budget.
Jun13: when your colleague realize no need to buy a particular item.
Jun14: when someone help you to return your desktop into its original position.
Jun15: the clothes ou bought is well-fitted to you when you try it.
Jun16: found out that there is remaining half lemon in the ref.
Jun17: someone added you in their couples group chat though you are not yet married.
Jun18: unexpected message from your brother’s ex-girlfriend.
Jun19: found a correct name and pronounciation of a famous song.
Jun20: learn to cook 1 dish and serve it in differcnt way.
Jun21: going home with an extra bucket meal ready to eat for dinner.
Jun22: able to sip a coffee before taking a bath despite waking up late.
Jun23: when you and your cousin found a perfect size of blouse at a very affordable price.
Jun24: try to use new ingredients in your pasta dish.
Jun25: a news that your other cousins will come to visit you.
Jun26: no leftover from the boodle fight that you prepared.
Jun27: someone stranger inform you that atm machine is not working just before you do a withdrawal.
Jun28: witness how the baby behave while lying down with only her nanny around.
Jun29: sorry..can’t retrieve.
Jun30: a decision made by someone that will help in lessening the weight of your supposed baggage allowance.
Jul1: when the tv signal were finally fix and back to its normal operation.
Jul2-Aug31:preparation, vacation, back to work.
Sep1: a combination of color painted in the clouds during sunset.
Sep2: playing a same game after a long time.
Sep3: a timely message you wanna hear at this particular moment.
Sep4: thinking that your food is not enough for the whole day then someone offer some snacks to munch on.
Sep5: watching a 7 minute vlog that is full of substance and lessons.
Sep6: a magical feeling when you discover the correct way of saving photos from an email.
Sep7: an opportunity to order the food advertise in the billboard.
Sep8: a different design of bag available online sent by your friend.
Sep9: when the baby was in good mood while you’re taking care of him before his mom arrive.
Sep10: laughing while watching an improvised street games online.
Sep11: when you finish the laundry without worrying if the water will leak.
Sep12: a photo sent by your friend overseas showing her baby bump.
Sep13: when you finally make time to recreate the recipe you watch on TV.
Sep14: a live wedding proposal heard over the radio.
Sep15: when you feel the coldness of aircon in a room full of people.
Sep16: an effort done by your cousin to cook several meals.
Sep17: picking up the remaining last basket in the supermarket.
Sep18: saw a cute and chubby baby girl on your way to work.
Sep19: when you and your cousin finish cooking before your other housemates come in the house.
Sep20: unexplainable dedication you had today to finish the task assign to you.
Sep21: thought you forgot your lipstick then you found it in the corner of your bag.
Sep22: a new package of toilet roll is available in the CR.
Sep23: knowing that bidet is still functioning.
Sep24: saw a fellow pinay who hold a same brand of facial cream you’re using.
Sep25: an improvised kitchen cabinet made by your co-employees.
Sep26: when you saw the mother and daughter in salon the other day then now in the photo shop.
Sep27: when your decision to leave early paid off because the metro is still uncrowded.
Sep28: no need to wait for so long in the food court because your cousin already found a table before you cam ein.
Sep29: when you finally taste the varieties of meal in the buffet in the same restaurant you dine in before.
Sep30: a new bus enrooting a business hub area.
Oct1: remembering your dream last night and your crush is part of it.
Oct2: a fellow kabayan who offer his seat to you.
Oct3: saw a senior citizens who were holding hands while walking.
Oct4: a viral photo of a guy wearing his Gf’s high heel shoes that has positive comment from netizen.
Oct5: when you saw a sibling’s twinnings with each other.
Oct6: trying a condiments that perfectly blend with recipe for today.
Oct7: when you came in just in time in the kitchen before the boiling water overflow.
Oct8: last minute of crossing the street before the ‘go’ signal.
Oct9: when you found a right color of thread that will match your dress.
Oct10: an initiative of your colleague to go to foodcourt and bought your food for lunch.
Oct11: watching an inspiring video of hope early in the morning.
Oct12: unable to ride on the first train but git enough space when the second one came.
Oct13: an opportunity to cook a meal that you never tried for a long time because the main ingredients is available now in the market.
Oct14: when you can read the magazine while waiting in the hospital.
Oct15: thought of missing your ponytail but you found it again when you’re about to go out from the car.
Oct16: a celebrity who testify how an ordinary person help her to get through on her struggles.
Oct17: a group performance that moves people into tears of joy.
Oct18: some word of wisdom about marriage share by a tv host.
Oct19: heard some fireworks outside that reminds you of your festivities in your home country.
Oct20: when they easily take out the mattress without waking up the baby.
Oct21: another passenger who arrange your seat because she saw you having a heavy load of things.
Oct22: staff in one company who was consistent in their attitude of gratitude.
Oct23: when the idea you presented to the consultant is understood and used for the entire team.
Oct24: when you found an alternative item to use in cleaning.
Oct25: found a different way of presenting a document.
Oct26: sign of sweetness shown by a guy to his girl in the party.
Oct27: when your cousin take out the food from the freezer and now ready for cooking.
Oct28: knowing someone adjusted her needs to accommodate the needs of other member of your family.
Oct29: found an alternative lunch box while your own ‘baunan‘ contain some leftover.
oct30: no single amount of leakage while doing your laundry.
Oct31: when your colleague submit a report without any mistake.
Nov1: someone did a major cleaning in the kitchen.
Nov2: finally found the correct way after a series of detour.
Nov3: a woman offer her seat to a mother holding a baby.
Nov4: when you found your online crush has a talent in singing.
Nov5: when your office boy clean the CR before all staff came in the office.
Nov6: found the scent your looking for when you visit a supermarket.
Nov7: receive the same email from your bank informing you about exclusive privileges as client.
Nov8: a new re-paint pedestrian lane in your neighborhood.
Nov9: when your body clock awakes you despite turning off the normal alarm.
Nov10: when you found the specific ingredients in one supermarket.
Nov11: a free afternoon where you could only watch movies.
Nov12: an appreciation by your colleague when he see your work.
Nov13: a bulb that is illuminating than normal standard.
Nov14: receive a text message informing you on the readiness of your ID.
Nov15: heard a playlist of opm song from the building next to you.
Nov16: bought a body wash on sale with extra liters.
Nov17: when your niece abide your instruction of discharging your mobile while you were sleeping.
Nov18: found a quotable quotes pasted on the wall when you visit your friend’s house.
Nov19: when you found a way on how to re-heat your burger without using oven toaster.
Nov20: confirming that the beef you cook was tender and easy to chew.
Nov21: found a comfortable side of seat when using public transportation.
Nov22: a good samaritan in your office offer to drop you off in the metro.
Nov23: when you realize the meaning behind the instagram accounts name of an actress.
Nov24: when your nephew enthusiastically follow you using his stroller.
Nov25: a flock of birds flying in the sky early in the morning.
Nov26: an opportunity to sit in the public train much earlier than expected.
Nov27: saw a creative way of designing a plant box.
Nov28: when you discover a page unexpectedly where you can relate to every words written on it.
Nov29: an initiative of your colleague to inform you about the reimbursement of your transportation allowance.
Nov30: visit to new places within a limited period of time.
Dec1: when you got extra hour of sleep after you turn off your alarm because it’s weekend.
Dec2: a helpful driver who assist a PWD passenger to ride on the bus comfortably.
Dec3: watching series where a guy makes a simple effort of making her girl happy.
Dec4: when the place you plan to go is near in the pedestrian lane where you need to cross the street.
Dec5: when the song you wanted to hear were finally played in the playlist.
Dec6: withdrawing some cash from your ATM easily after it was decline yesterday.
Dec7: wake up super late and manage to take a bath within few minutes.
Dec8: reveal that someone who works behind the scene is actually a cumlaude graduate.
Dec9: a talent of creating a song on the spot showcase by a tv host.
Dec10: discover a new way to finish your typing job a bit faster.
Dec11: a funny things that a child did in reality versus what you expect.
Dec12: thinking of ways to send a parcel to other company when their representative drop by in your office and he took it automatically.
Dec13: found a blouse that match your budget.
Dec14: when your plan to pay for something were pursue as per schedule.
Dec15: when an equipment in the kitchen are finally put in use after a very long time.
Dec16: discover a way on how things work.
Dec17: an affordable distribution on the total value because of the voucher use by your colleague when you dine in a restaurant.
Dec18: a free cake given by someone as a token of appreciation.
Dec19: when a cashier smile and remember someone else after she heard your name.
Dec20: found enough number of paper bag to use as gift wrap.
Dec21: when your office mate entrust her plants to you while she’s on leave.
Dec22: a sound of happiness from your aunt when she saw the surprise visit from her daughter.
Dec23: waking up as per your planned time even without the use of alarm clock.
Dec24: when you feel the festive season because you heard a holiday greetings even from a group of stranger.
Dec25: when all of you came home safe despite the foggy road.
Dec26: no need to travel far when you want to remit some money because a new branch is located near your place.
Dec27: understanding an explanation on one topic because of simple drawing.
Dec28: able to catch the sunrise while standing in the road.
Dec29: a sermon that clear all your current worries in mind.
Dec30: watching your cousin who is shy growing up is now dancing in front of many people.
Dec31: when there’s enough cup of rice in the box to cover your lunch and dinner.

Yes, I admit its not a good start but I will close you with a grateful heart. I’m okay now. Thank you for teaching me a wonderful lesson that your year is full of ups and down yet you contribute a lot to improve the best version of myself.

Thank you 2017….I’m excited to share another story next year…Let’s spread blessings, positivity and love on 2018. See you!

Thanking you,
Me, Myself and I

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