Love Month ♥♥♥

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years.

February is the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere (which is the third month of summer), in meteorological reckoning.

February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February

As for me:

Love month as they call it, February seems to awaken people’s yearning  for “LOVE”. People feel obligated to have a special someone, to buy expensive flowers and chocolates and to go out on a date which results to a tremendous and horrifying  traffic. I’m not being cynical about the Love month but I don’t get it! Why do you need to wait for February just to give your girl a bunch of flowers that is already 3x pricey. And if you are single, why force yourself to go out with someone you don’t really like just for the sake of showing people you’re with someone.

Love should be celebrated everyday! Love should be spontaneous and consistent. You don’t need to wait for February to show someone they are special. You can do it everyday. A simple kiss on the cheek, a hug before you leave, a stroke on her hair, cooking his favorite meal and a tight embrace before you go to sleep are just things you can do to make her/him feel special.

Flowers dry up, Chocolates melt and expensive meals get flushed on the toilet. Small gestures of love are lasting memories that will be treasured for life. I choose to give and receive the gestures. Be ready for a million hugs from me 🙂 Happy Valentines!

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As we bid our Goodbye to Nelson Mandela…

 

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A Brief Introduction…

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionarypolitician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. Mandela published his autobiography and opened negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory. As South Africa’s first black president Mandela formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse racial tension. He also promulgated a new constitution and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Continuing the former government’s liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services. Internationally, he acted as mediator between Libya and the United Kingdom in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, and oversaw military intervention in Lesotho. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy, Thabo Mbeki. Mandela subsequently became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Denounced as a Marxist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or asTata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

As For Me: 

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As  we bid our Goodbyes to the man who inspired us all to live a fearless and just life,

Let us evaluate ourselves

And  make sure that all his teachings and encouraging words

Will not go to waste.

There will only be one Nelson Mandela,

And there will only be one you.

Make a mark for yourself by doing wonderful and selfless things,

Rather than pointing fingers on other people’s faults.

Start within yourself and hopefully

The world will trail around with you

As the World did to Nelson Mandela.

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Let’s Dive into the Chocolate Pleasure

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Christmas Season is the season of “Indulgence”. Food is abundant in this time of the year.  And one of the top indulgence of people is Chocolates. So before we wallow in the fountain of chocolates, let’s check the myths and facts about chocolates.

MYTH: Chocolate causes cavities.
FACT: Not so. Normal consumption of milk chocolate, especially at meals, does not cause an increase in cavities. Research at the Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Mass., has shown that chocolate has the ability to offset the acid-producing potential of the sugar it contains. Acid is believed to damage tooth enamel and cause decay.

MYTH: Chocolate causes acne.
FACT: No, it doesn’t – and it doesn’t aggravate acne either. Studies conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy both showed that chocolate has no effect on acne.

MYTH: Chocolate milk is bad for children.
FACT: That’s False. It actually furnishes more zinc, potassium and iron than plain milk – and it’s no more likely to cause tooth decay than plain milk.

MYTH: Chocolate contains too much caffeine!
FACT: The amount of caffeine ingested when people eat chocolate in normal quantities is very small. One ounce of milk chocolate, for example, contains 6 mg. if caffeine, little more than the amount found in a cup of decaffeinated coffee. Moreover, there have been no reports in the scientific literature of any health problems among children or adults as a result of the caffeine consumed in chocolate.

MYTH: Cocoa butter affects cholesterol levels.
FACT: A new study of cocoa butter, the only fat in plain chocolate, indicates that cocoa butter does not raise levels of cholesterol in the blood, despite its total saturated fat content. This finding, published in the journal Nutrition Research in March 1988 by David Kritchevsky, Ph.D., and co-workers at the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, University of Pennsylvania, adds to scientific evidence gathered over the past 30 years that cocoa butter behaves differently from other fats containing relatively high proportions of saturated fatty acids. Kritchevsky’s findings begin to address the concern raised in a recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine (May 12, 1988) that the beneficial effects of the high stearic acid content of cocoa butter may be offset by the presence of palmitic acid, a saturated fat.

MYTH: Chocolate is high in its fat content and can lead to weight gain.
FACT: Chocolate, in moderation, can be part of low-fat eating. An occasional chocolate treat can also help you stick to your healthy diet. Health professionals and nutritionists suggest that the calories from fat should account for no more than 30% of your daily caloric intake. A typical 1.5oz. milk chocolate bar contains 13 grams of fat; a dark chocolate bar contains 12 grams of fat. It is has a higher percentage of cocoa, which studies have shown is full of antioxidants.

MYTH: Chocolate is high in sodium.
FACT: According to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the maximum Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sodium is 1,100 to 3,300mg daily. A 1.5oz milk chocolate bar contains 41mg, while the same size dark chocolate bar contains only 5mg.

Reference: http://www.chocolatechocolate.com/chocolate-facts/chocolate-myths

On the other hand:

The health effects of chocolate refer to the possible beneficial or detrimental physiological effects of eating chocolate mainly for pleasure. For example, cocoa and dark chocolate may support cardiovascular health. Other effects under preliminary research include reduced risks of cancer,coughing and heart disease. One interpretation on the potential health effects of dietary chocolate is it may lower blood pressure, improve vascularfunction and energy metabolism, and reduce platelet aggregation and adhesion.

Unconstrained consumption of large quantities of any energy-rich food, such as chocolate, without a corresponding increase in activity, increases the risk of obesity. Raw chocolate is high in cocoa butter, a fat removed during chocolate refining, then added back in varying proportions during manufacturing. Manufacturers may add other fats, sugars, and powdered milk as well.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_chocolate

As for me:  Food taken in moderation and in the right amount will give you the benefits it contain . Eating them excessively is always harmful to the human body. So if you want to take advantage and indulge in chocolate pleasure, make sure that you do it in moderation and choose the best kind like Dark Chocolates.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate?

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The benefits of dark chocolate include improving moods, protecting skin and preventing heart diseases. Chocolate is made from plants, which contain many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. Diabetic people can eat dark chocolates too as it has no harm.

Reference: http://www.ask.com/question/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate

Like I always say, before eating or using anything, check on it first! Look into the benefits that you can gain and the harm it can give. And it’s up to you to decide whether to dive in and enjoy life’s pleasure or steer away from it and forever wonder how good it is to take delight on life’s simple pleasures.

Investing on Wonderful Memories…

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Invest— to provide or endow someone or something with.

As they say…we only live once,

We need to go out there and live our lives to the fullest.

Don’t let anything or anyone destroy  even a single minute of your life

by dwelling on how they would want you to live your life.

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Every minute is of great value

And we must not waste it musing on the past.

What’s done is done

Tomorrow’s a new day to start with.

Invest on today.

Make good and wonderful memories that would last a life time.

Going on a 30 Pesos boat right may be cheap in value,

But in the eyes of a child, it’s a treasure that they will always remember.

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Like education,

Building wonderful memories are like keeping precious gems in a treasure box

Sealed and fused through time.

These are riches that other people cannot purloin.

The money you spent on one trip to the beach

Is not as imperative as the joy you see on their faces.

The amount of money you exhausted

Could not measure up to the echoing sound of their laughter.

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As for me:

I intent to invest wonderful and meaningful memories on my children’s childhood

As my parents did to mine.

I will not be here forever,

But my memories with them will.

I love my kids dearly,

And I will not waste a second making them magnificent memories

that they will  tearfully tell stories about.

I’m investing them today so my children can accrue them tomorrow.

How to Remove the Clutter in Your Life

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Clutter— by definition is a collection of things lying about in an untidy state.

Like a Room, our life can be filled with clutter.

So, how do we Remove this clutter in our lives?

One, distinguish or identify those things that should be considered as clutter.

Like: Loathing, Envy, and Jealousy

These are things that you don’t need or is not essential but is present in our life.

Two, once you have identified these things, start from a clean slate.

Like cleaning your Room,

Remove and get rid of everything including the ones that you value most.

By doing this, you can discern what are vital in your life.

Three, once everything’s cleared,

Start picking up the pieces that you think will help you regain the things that you have lost.

Things that you value, things that are critical for you to move on…

Like: People you love most, events that you treasure

Four, Once you picked up everything

put them in the right places.

Prioritize them. From the most important to the least.

Five, when everything is in place

continue living, continue your life.

By doing this, you can move freely.

Do things you’ve been longing to do without anything blocking your way.

Go anywhere, experience anything and travel light in the Journey of life.

because you do not have any excess baggage.

You just have the right amount of love and ammunition to fight your way through life.

The right people on your back to help you and inspire you to move on.

Because life is a wonderful Journey, we must travel through with the right people.

Live…Learn…Laugh and Love Life 🙂

Halloween Facts

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Halloween or Hallowe’en also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising” or “trunk-or-treating“), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfiresapple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

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Christian influence

Today’s Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween falls on the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve. Since the time of the primitive Churchmajor feasts in the Christian Church (such asChristmasEaster and Pentecost) had vigils which began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows’. These three days are collectively referred to as Hallowmas and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven. All Saints was introduced in the year 609, but was originally celebrated on 13 May.

In 835, it was switched to 1 November (the same date as Samhain) at the behest of Pope Gregory IV. Some suggest this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea. It is also suggested that the change was made on the “practical grounds that Rome in summer could not accommodate the great number of pilgrims who flocked to it”, and perhaps because of public healthconsiderations regarding Roman Fever – a disease that claimed a number of lives during the sultry summers of the region.

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming, which is closely related to souling (discussed above).  John Pymm writes that “many of the feast days associated with the presentation of mumming plays were celebrated by the Christian Church.”These feast days included All Hallows’ Eve, Christmas, Twelfth Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming, practised in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, involved masked persons in fancy dress who “paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org

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As for me:

It’s the time of the year where everyone can play around with their imagination and be anything they want to be, to the extent of scaring people. It’s a time for kids and kids at heart to amuse each other as how creative they can be. It’s a celebration of fun, surprises and treats. In line with Halloween, we also celebrate the souls of our dear departed loved ones to let them know that though they are not with us physically, they will always be a part of our lives. 

This day also serves as a family reunion day for us, Filipinos. It’s the day we exert extra effort to be with our family in visiting the graves of our departed ones. 

Whatever personal significance Halloween has for each one of us, this day will always be celebrated with a smile on our face and love on our hearts for the people we once shared our life with.

 

 

Secret Of Happiness

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People go through different things in life,

But all of us are entitled to our own happiness.

Happiness cannot be limited to a single thing,

But it’s an acceptance of  every single thing as a whole.

Struggles, pains, heartaches and obstacles in life,

Makes us stronger and wiser.

Love, caring, thoughtfulness and an ending support,

Gives us inspiration to continue moving on.

Dreams and Aspirations

Motivate us to reach the Top.

Our children, our loved ones and everything around us

Exalt us to pursue our goals.

Happiness is a state of mind,

It’s how you accept things as they are.

Life is wonderful,

Live it!

Learn from it!

Laugh with it!

 Feel and Give Love.

That’s the Secret of Happiness 🙂