Category Archives: Home and Living

Taking Long Baths (Day 36 #100HappyDays)

One of the things I enjoy the most when I’m at home is taking long baths. I can stay in the bathroom for an hour or so. Imagine how much longer I’d want to stay there if we had a bath tub. πŸ˜€

Bath - wash your worries away

Not my feet, obviously. πŸ˜›

Taking baths relaxes me. When I’m stressed or feeling a li’l down, a nice, long bath helps clear my mind and somehow, it washes away my worries for the day.

My usual bath routine goes like this: shampoo, body scrubbing, face scrub (2-3x a week), rinse everything, then I soap up twice using 2 different soaps (hahah), and then I use a hair conditioner if I’m going out. The scrubbing usually takes the longest time.

And then my after-bath routine takes about 30-45 minutes. πŸ˜€ I take my baths seriously. πŸ˜›

Today, I think I took about 1 hour and 40 minutes inside the bathroom. It helped clear my mind of some anxiety I’ve been feeling the past few days. I feel much better now.

Cleaning Up My Room (Day 28 #100HappyDays)

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of cleaning. It’s not really laziness, but mostly because I developed some sort of allergy to dust. So, I either ask our house help to do it for me or I take my time cleaning.

After months of postponing a general clean-up of my room, I finally did it today! Well, okay, not really a complete clean-up, but I managed to organize my vanity table and the area where my printer/scanner/photocopier is located.Β After our upcoming vacation, I’m planning on cleaning up my entire room.

My vanity table

Yeah, most of the clutter are now inside the drawers hahaha πŸ˜›

I actually prefer to do my own cleaning because I’m more meticulous when it comes to ensuring every corner is dusted and cleaned. I sometimes get too OC that I even use an alcohol-soaked tissue, cotton or rug to finish my clean-up. Well, at least that’s what I do with my vanity table, my laptop and desktop’s keyboard and mouse/touchpad, and my office table. πŸ˜€

I’m slightly exhausted. I’m feeling a li’l under the weather, but somehow, this made me feel better. πŸ™‚

Sleeping With the A/C On (Day 25 #100HappyDays)

If I’d be given a chance to move somewhere cold, where there’s snow, I’d take it. I’m generally not a summer person because here in the Philippines, it can get really hot, and turning on the A/C to cool you down will cause you thousands of pesos in additional expenses per month. The past 2 months, I’ve had an increase of Php 3,000-5,000 in our electricity bill.

I realized in the past week that I don’t care about the bill this month anymore. I need to sleep comfortably. So, I decided to turn on the A/C the whole time I was sleeping today and just set an alarm in the late afternoon when I know it’s a li’l colder. I woke up feeling well rested and ready to take on the world… or my tasks at work. πŸ˜€

Sleeping comfortably

This is what I’m gonna do again tomorrow until we get to our colder weather again in May hopefully. πŸ™‚

Oh, I’m thinking of buying a split-type, inverter a/c unit, and selling off our current ones. It’s a bit costly, but at least I know I can turn on the a/c for a longer period of time without spending more than half of my salary to pay the electricity bill. πŸ˜€

My #100HappyDays / 1,000 Awesome Things Project

Last night, while I was getting pampered during my scheduled spa day, I was reading this article in one of my old Reader’s Digest magazines (from 2011). It was about 1,000 Awesome Things, a blog which turned into a book about a guy’s daily awesome observations, sharing some of his own simple pleasures that I know many of us can relate to. After reading this, I remembered the #100HappyDays posts I’ve been seeing lately on my social feeds (Facebook and Instagram mainly).

I was curious about the campaign and found out it’s an actual project where people post photos of what made them happy on a daily basis for 100 straight days with the purpose of finding joy in the simpler things in life.

After what happened to one of our beloved pets, I needed something to boost my mood, so I thought about doing it too. However, I felt like posting photos on social networks, especially on Facebook, will just defeat the main goals of the campaign. Why do I think so?

C’mon, let’s admit it. When you post something on social, let alone a photo, you consider (unconsciously or not) about what others would say about it. So, I chose to do this on my blog instead, plus I can also publish an all-text post. πŸ™‚

Starting later today, I’ll begin my #100HappyDays here on my blog. Again, I may post photos… and I may not. I’m really following the 1,000 Awesome Things theme since I can already name some things that make me happy that I can’t fully convey with a photo.

Day 0: Getting Pampered and Treating Your Mom to Some Much-Deserved Pampering

Okay, so this actually happened yesterday. This entire week, I’ve been stressing about my laser ‘surgery’ to correct the blurry vision on my right eye. So, I needed to be pampered afterwards. We went to this spa a few minutes away from our home, and I treated my mom to a relaxing foot spa and mani-pedi.

I went all in with my own pampering treatments – hand spa and foot spa, with mani-pedi plus this crystal leg treatment that made me feel like I submerged my legs in jelly. It felt so good that I was moving my feet around inside that small bucket like a kid. πŸ˜€

Right after, our mom treated us at our favorite takoyaki place a few feet from the spa. It was definitely a fun Saturday for me. πŸ™‚