happiness is..

..something that we are always in search of as if it’s rare, yet it is something that can easily be found.

We are always looking for happiness. We often ask when will we be happy. We are in constant search of things or persons that will make us really happy. We fail to realize that there are a lot of things that we should be happy about. As love can be found in different shapes (like what Jason Mraz said about his previous album, LOVE is a four letter word, which is one of my favorites), happiness can likewise be found in every corner, in different  shapes and forms.

As I try to look into simpler things, my Happiness for me, is…
πŸ™‚ waking up to a new day (not everybody is given the chance to see another day)
πŸ™‚ sun-shiny morning (not that I hate raining but raining makes me lazy in the morning.. hehe!)
πŸ™‚ walking on a cold morning and feeling the sun’s warmth
πŸ™‚ it’s when there’s no traffic on my way to office.. happiness!
πŸ™‚ a no “love letter” day <insert sarcasm to love> at work.. hehe
πŸ™‚ that moment when I feel I’ve been productive at the end of my day at work.
πŸ™‚ listening and/or sound-tripping on feel-good music
πŸ™‚ and discovering new music, too
πŸ™‚ traveling to a place I’ve never been before
πŸ™‚ discovering new food – yummy ones!
πŸ™‚ a nice chat with my friends, a bonus if it’s with a crush.. hahahearts!
πŸ™‚ date with my Mama
πŸ™‚ hearing my Mama laugh
πŸ™‚ receiving news that my brothers are doing good
πŸ™‚ knowing that no one in my family is sick.
πŸ™‚ spending the night singing at a videoke with friends
πŸ™‚ oh and yes, the happy hour!
πŸ™‚ singing! and playing my guitar, too!
πŸ™‚ finishing a new blog post! (like this one later.. ;)), much more finishing a blog challenge! *double winks!
πŸ™‚ writing a new poem!
πŸ™‚ a movie date!
πŸ™‚ a very powerful power nap.. haha!
πŸ™‚ when I read appreciative comments on the pictures I take, it never fails to make my day… because you see, I’m not a photographer. I just want to take pictures and share them. Those who say that I have an eye for photography are the inspiration why I created another blog that would solely share my pictures: jardjiiiphotography, though I never deny the fact that maybe it’s just really my iPhone that’s making good shots.. hehe)
πŸ™‚ a surprise phone call from a friend I haven’t heard in a long time
πŸ™‚ attending one of the sessions at The Feast Bay Area by Bo Sanchez (mass, worship, and talk)
πŸ™‚ a good night’s sleep
πŸ™‚ an answered prayer

and a lot, lot more to come.. πŸ™‚

We have always succeeded in believing certain people will make us happy – and this thinking is the actual reason that makes us sad. If only we train our eyes to see the good in every situation, maybe unlike catching for a Pokemon, catching happiness won’t be that hard to do.. πŸ˜‰


*I actually have written about my happiness list with the same title happiness is.. 3 years ago.

And this concludes my participation to the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge! *bow* πŸ˜‰ Thanks to Prakash for initiating this blog challenge! Now, I have the right to add below finale logo:

To read all my entries to this challenge, follow this link: IBMC #1 to 10



pen and paper


The first time I heard the word and learned its meaning, big word. I learned about it through friends who knew I love to write. They suggested that I try blogging – an online diary. I searched about these online diaries, and other sites that host blogging. I have created accounts on websites that can be a medium for blogging – blogger, tumblr, and a lot of its kind but I haven’t maintained any of it. I get bored using them. I liked writing manually by pen and paper more than typing online.

I like to write. I am a very quiet person with a mind that won’t shut up. You know being a quiet person doesn’t mean you know nothing. With me, it’s the opposite. I’m quiet because I love to observe and I think a lot. My Facebook statuses before are not just one-liner statements – blog-long thoughts.

Before I took on to blogging, I used pen and paper. Whenever I feel at my writer’s block, I get a pen, turn the back of my notebook and start cursive writing. I smile whenever I write in cursive, because just like it I think it’s my thoughts that guide my hand as it continues to write that way non-stop.

Online blogging. I finally gave it a chance when I created this blog 8 years ago. I did not have a hard time tweaking themes as I used to enjoy tweaking my Friendster page years ago. If there is a task that I had a hard time that was finding a name. This blog started as little dream cloud – as described in my introduction to this site. Oh, now makes me realize that I haven’t updated it’s link! Until it became “My Thotful Spot”. Pardon the spelling as I adapted it to Winnie the Pooh’s “thotful spot”. πŸ˜‰

I never considered myself as a blogger. I don’t think I could pass as one. 8 years of blogging (not including the years since elementary when I started writing poems and essays) – typing my written words onto this editor and I still feel like a newbie. I really do not know how to blog. All I know is there are a lot of things I want to write – a lot of thoughts I want to share.



Now I am not sure if this could pass the IBMC #09: Be A Baby Challenge. (now feeling desperate.. hehe)

One more to complete the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge


one, two

IBMC #08: The Nursery Rhyme ChallengeΒ is to pick a nursery rhyme and make a new interpretation to it.

The nursery rhyme that I picked is:

one, two, tie my shoe
three, four, shut the door
five, six, pick up the sticks
seven, eight, lay them straight
nine, ten, a big fat hen.

my new version (not for kids, though):

one, two,
i miss, it’s true,
three, four,
how we were before
five, six
i miss the pics
seven, eight
think I’ll just wait
nine, ten
until we heal again.



More about the IBMC in this link.

we won!

IBMC #07: The News and Paper ChallengeΒ is about picking up a news article – be it from a newspaper or an online news. I picked the one below fromΒ Inquirer.Net‘s Facebook page.


I can only say three words about this news: FINALLY, WE WON! πŸ˜€

Plus: #CHexit πŸ˜‰


7 down, 3 more to go to finish theΒ Incredible Blogger Marathon ChallengeΒ πŸ™‚

Note: I’m feeling 50/50 over this — happy/sad.. happy that I’ll survive this blog challenge, but sad that I would have to start looking for another blogging challenge as fun and as interesting as this… *sighs*