SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD ❤️

Hi friends, here’s to more celebrations! My friend, Big Brother Matthew of jesusluvsall nominated me for this award.

Inspiration is his middle name. He loves to lift others and encourage them in their faith walk as he passionately shares his faith in God. He is so genuine. It refreshes one’s soul.

When you want a happy faith booster, visit his amazingly inspiring blog jesusluvsall and be immensely blessed!

As always, sending love and light to our entire WP Community! Cheers, everyone!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules ☀️🌻

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

Matthew’s Questions ☀️🌻

1.    If I was invited to dinner at your home, what food would you cook? by the way I have to eat gluten free 🙂

Great news! I’m into gluten-free food too! With you as my special guest, your wish is my command. So I’ll order from any restaurant of your choice. (I don’t cook, haha!)

2.    What is your favorite place to unwind?

My mind. I love my rich inner world. It takes me to so many amazing places all the time.

3.    What is your favorite animal and why?

I love the eagle. It’s got amazing vision, strength, discipline, and perseverance. But above all, it’s fearless.

4.    Where would you like to go on your next vacation?

Would love to return to Europe with my hubby.

5.    Read a book or watch a movie?

Oh, I so love movie dates! It allows for greater romance and sharing of the viewing experience.

6.    If you could, would you like to travel in space?

Hmmm …. I never aspired to be an astronaut. I love admiring God’s awesome creation, and that definitely includes the universe, from a personally comfortable vantage point. Feet planted comfortably here on earth, haha!

7.    Beach or mountains and why?

Beach! I love the sound of the waves crashing to the shore. I love watching the sun kiss the horizon before it dozes off to sleep. And I don’t mind doing that with a wide-brimmed hat and a margarita, haha!

8.    What is your favorite music?

Hands down …. worship music! Totally my music. I love both the reflective melodies and lyrics …. and the upbeat rhythms and victorious messages.

9.    What is your favorite snack?

I love pastries in general. Although, I attempt to reach out for more healthy choices. Sliced apples, carrots, cucumbers would be my preference when I’m in my “healthy zone”.

10.    How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

I love to celebrate my special day with my family …. I’m not one for extravagant parties and fanfare. The more an occasion is closer to my heart, the more I love for it to be intimate.

11.    If Jesus knocked on your door to visit, what would you think?

Oh I would be most blessed. Beyond words. Candidly, I’m not sure if I would fall to my knees in reverent worship or embrace Him like a little girl. Not sure if I would verbalize all my praise and hallelujahs or if I would even be awestruck and speechless. One thing’s for sure, though. I would never want Him to leave.

My Nominees ☀️🌻

Holly: https://catcaresolutions.com/

Barbara: https://barbaraglake.com/

Huguette: https://huguetteantoun.com/

Chocoviv: https://chocoviv.home.blog

Ipreciously: https://preciouslyxoxoblog.wordpress.com/

Petre141: https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

Matthew: https://blogofthewolfboy.com/

Dan Assuied: https://fieretlibre.com

Brad: https://writingtofreedom.com/

Kevin: https://whatwordsmaycome.com/

Da-AL: https://happinessbetweentails.com/

My Questions For My Nominees ☀️🌻

I wanted to offer a fresh, fun-filled opportunity for my nominees to share about themselves by requesting them to complete the following sentences.

  1. I love it when ……
  2. If I could, I would ……
  3. Not too many people know that ……
  4. What really gets to my nerves …..
  5. I can’t comprehend why …..
  6. My fantasy job would be …..
  7. If I were a color, I’d be ……
  8. Sometimes when I’m by myself …..
  9. This may sound crazy but …..
  10. The funniest thing about me …..
  11. It doesn’t really matter if ……

Thanks for celebrating with me! Here’s to even more happy sunshine for everyone!!! ☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻

THE BATTLE OF THE BISCUITS ❤️

Mmmmmmmm. Rich chocolate biscuits. Ahhhhhhhhhh. I just love!

When my brother, Chef Carlo Batucan, flew home from Australia for a brief R&R break, he brought me some yummy goodies. Well, he always does. That’s automatic. Major thoughtfulness? That’s his department.  He consistently spoils our family and lavishes us with all the love, love, love. He is simply the most amazing brother who ever walked the face of the earth!

Anyway, back to my story …..

He asked me to taste two brands of rich chocolate biscuits: Arnott’s and Milka. Actually, I’ve already tasted a lot of their products in the past. In fact, I’ve tasted so many other delectable brands all over the world as well. It’s just that this time, we wanted to play a “Which Tastes Better Game” (The Battle of the Biscuits) with our family. Part of our fun bonding and chilling when we enjoyed our sumptuous dinner and dessert date.

Both Arnott’s and Milka made me smile that night. And yet, the winner for me was Arnott’s. That was the major player that evening. And NOT to my surprise, my mom and sister took a liking to that brand too. Result? Three happy, gorgeous smiles ….. from my mom, my sister, and me. The Arnott’s brand promise of “There is no substitute” was delivered excellently …. and swiftly …. to our happy, satisfied tummies. You got the picture. The yummy pack was literally wiped out.  It made a perfect pairing with our cappuccino, macchiato, and café au lait. We needed no coffee sommelier to arrive at that decision.

By the time I got home, I worked on a project and wanted a quick bite of yumminess before I went to bed. Mind you, that isn’t my nightly drill, though. (Am I sounding guilty already? Haha!) I do attempt to avoid extra sugars on a normal day.

I checked my huge loot bag of goodies …. and the only brand left was the less popular player that evening, Milka. Duh. That’s okay. Totally cool, I thought to myself. Rich chocolate biscuit …. still it is.

To my amazement, the more I bit into the Milka goodness, the more I rolled and swirled the chocolate flavor in my mouth, the yummier it actually tasted. Really! The flavors, which had earlier hidden that evening in the presence of “competition”, now grabbed my attention. Being the “sole performer” for me at home, Milka definitely took centerstage. With a thunderous applause from my happy tummy and grateful heart. Yes, I savor rich chocolate biscuits with a lot of heart too. Especially when my brother spoils me with them.

It dawned upon me then that in life, options are powerful gifts indeed. They allow us flexibility, freedom of choice, and multiple roads for greater possibilities.

However, a deeper realization that evening was that in life, when you are focused on what you presently have, it becomes an even more potent gift. Being in the moment crystallizes your current situation and blessings. It deepens your respect for and understanding of what lies before your very eyes. It increases your love and appreciation for what you hold in your hands.

This reminds me of my personal mantra for happiness:  Stay grateful for WHAT you have and WHO you have in life. All of them. Celebrate them!

The next day, I called my brother before he flew back to Australia. I thanked him for our awesome bonding, all the yummy treats, and most importantly, the delicious insights I gained from our “Which Tastes Better Game” (The Battle of the Biscuits).

He asked me if I wanted a truckload of Milka when he visited me again. Trust me, he’s capable of that. I sheepishly said. “Aww thanks, but you don’t have to …..” He smiled and said, “I know, but I really want to…..” So, I candidly blurted out, “Well, let’s give the other rich chocolate biscuits a chance….there are millions out there. Let’s test the other brands too.”

And so, the battle goes on! But I ain’t complaining! Haha! ❤️

3 Cheers for coffee, rich chocolate biscuits, and happy tummies! ☕️☕️☕️

SWEET SOUL SPA ❤️

It’s a beautiful relaxing Sunday. Ahhh my type of day.

Been publishing posts as my imagination inspired me these past few days. And I loved all that happy, vibrant, creative, and pulsating energy.

Thanks so much, dear friends, for having dropped by this week. I was so thrilled with your awesome comments and lovely, diverse rainbow insights. I found our conversations so cool, so intelligent, so fun, so inspiring, so stimulating, so engaging.

Decided to treat myself with special “Me Time” today. A sweet visit to the spa is my kind of pampering.

I know that we pretty much multi-task in this day and age. Yup, even when we desire to be more mindful. It’s simply the name of the game. And we learn the rules to stay in the game, so to speak. We choose to adapt to our fast-evolving environments. We contend with the increasingly pressing demands on us at work, at home, at church, at our communities, at our organizations, and what have you.

So, we all need that sweet spot in our lives. That go-to place when we want to unwind. That sacred space when we want to clear our minds. That Shangri-La when we want to rejuvenate. That personal boardroom when we want to recalibrate. That mountain top when we want to gain a fresh perspective.

Wishing you all a “Sweet Soul Spa” Sunday! With much love and gratitude! ❤️

3.2.1. Quote Me – AUTHENTICITY ❤️

Hi friends! Awesome abundance is in the air. Prashanti Alluri of Happiness Inn nominated me for the 3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge.

Prashanti’s blog says it all. It spells happiness all over! Thanks for visiting Hqppiness Inn for a happy dose of goodness, inner joy, peace, and all that makes your heart smile!

Rules 😃

1. Thank the selector

2. Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day

3. Select 3 bloggers to take part in 3.2.1. Quote Me!

Quote 1

Quote 2

My Nominees 😃

1. happytonic

2. sunniesmybunnies

3. happyact

Like I shared in my previous post (July 27), as for my journey, what you see is what you get. Authenticity is my core.

Does that strike a chord in you? Would love to hear how Authenticity resonates with you and impacts your life too.

Thanks again friends for sharing my joy and gratitude! Sending you all much love and inspiration! ❤️

MY HEART SAID YES. MY HEAD SAID NO. ❤️

To blog or not to blog…. that was my question…. I’m sure that not even Shakespeare could’ve helped me with that one haha! I had to do my own homework. I had to do my own soul searching. I needed to have a conference with myself and ask the question that never escaped my heart nor my head. I dug deep into my core to know the very reason, the very motivation, the very inspiration that resonated with my desire to blog in the first place.

And so the movie in my mind began. My inner dialogue unfolded.

“I’m going to start writing down my thoughts. Hmmm, really? Is that a wise thing to do? Yes, surely I’ll gain a much clearer perspective when I see my musings crystallized on paper. Oh, but is that a safe action to take? Wouldn’t that be exposing my passion and pain, my joys and tears , my sunshine and rain, my yin and yang, my hopes and fears, my inclinations and biases, my thoughts and feelings, my insights and ruminations, my heart and head, my very being? Ahhh oh wow, how liberating, how empowering! But then whoa, how revealing, how daunting! Most especially if I ever get subjected to brutal criticism. Sigh.”

I used to struggle. I used to wrestle with that question. I used to second-guess myself. In different moments of my life, I attempted to wear different hats, thinking that the more viewpoints I entertained, the faster it would be for me to arrive at the optimal decision. It became a boxing match between my heart and my head, my head and my heart.

Then came that defining moment in my life. One evening right after dinner, I took my medicines as part of my special kidney care. I silently thanked Our Heavenly Father for all His sweetest guidance and grace, His gentlest love and care. After a few minutes of prayer, I had an instant welling of inspiration to turn my laptop on and start typing. So I pressed into that golden moment and pressed the computer keys. I started pouring out my heart and soul. Although my brain was trying to snap me out of the moment, I kept on typing. I kept on pressing on, both literally and figuratively. And I was overcome with such joy, such peace.

I’ve always dreamt that the two roads in my life would meet at a blissful, serene spot in my core. That night, I cried because I knew that was the blessed moment. My heart and my head had finally embraced each other.

Today, as I am an infant blogger (Haha this is simply my second blog post!), I know that I have a long, long way to go. And I realize that as challenging as it may be, I face this new chapter in my life with brimming hope and inspiration.

I look forward to seeing more and more of life without filters. I am willing to expose my strengths and vulnerabilities in hopes of sharing my lessons learned. I am going to show up in the arena of life. I am ready to write my story, as we all have our own rich stories to tell. I am raring to go on this adventure. To share my insights that may touch a chord in the hearts of some readers. I can hardly wait to capture the photos on my head and the messages in my heart. I am so excited to authentically celebrate all of me in the varying hues and shades of the rainbow. To amplify both the beat in my heart and the song in my head.

I choose to live fully in my space in our world. I choose to respectfully journal my significant moments and thoughts in life. I choose to leave my legacy of love.

Once upon a time, my heart said yes. And my head said no.

Well, now we all know the “happy ending” to this lovely, interesting crossroad. ❤️