Happiness quotes spark inspiration and boost my mood. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. "Happiness depends upon ourselves." - Aristotle
2. "I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." - Audrey Hepburn
3. "If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you." - Lao Tzu
4. "There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will" - Epictetus
5. "Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife." - Franz Schubert
6. "Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." - Benjamin Franklin
7. "Whoever is happy will make others happy too." - Anne Frank
8. "Enjoy the Journey"....Caltex Slogan (i didn't realize this was their slogan until I read an article about my mom, Amy Gustilo Lopez, who was Miss Caltex '69 in the Philippines.)
9. "He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe." - Marcus Aurelius
10. "Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." - Marcus Aurelius
11. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” - John Lennon
12. "True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
13. "Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness." - Buddha
14. "Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss
It's funny how hashtags can influence behavior. Every #TBT aka Throwback Thursday or #FBF aka Flash Back Friday, I think of a past trip or look at an old family photo and have a desire to share it. For today's #FBF, I remember a special dinner.
I was in Manila last December to visit my Mom and had dinner at Mecha Uma in Global City. I heard a lot about culinary wunderkind Chef Bruce Ricketts who was making waves in the Manila food scene and studied in San Diego (his very lovely grandmother Tita Edith is a long time San Diego resident). His food is described as "global cuisine with Japanese inflections" and friends who ate at his restaurants raved about the quality of his ingredients. I was curious, intrigued and decided to take my mom for an early New Year's dinner before heading back to the States.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get a reservation for the omakase chef's tasting menu and sit at the interactive Chef's table but the a la carte menu was impressive and our server did a wonderful job explaining the dishes. The food is definitely worth the hype and I admire his creativity. The understated ambiance (the restaurant is small and intimate), the "oh my gosh absolutely delicious" food (Mecha Uma translates to "absurdly delicious"), plus the friendly and knowledgeable staff made our meal unforgettable. It was the perfect place for a mother daughter dinner.
25th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave.
RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center
Bonifacio South, Fort Bonifacio