Day 25 – Gratitude Challenge: What’s something you take for granted, which people in other parts of the world don’t have?

Actually, I can name something I take for granted that people in other parts of this country don’t have. Sadly, I don’t even have to think of people in other parts of the world to answer this question.

Basic, proper sanitation facilities.

I never realized how the Philippines still has a long way to go regarding that until our travels this year. It’s 2018. Here’s hoping that this basic necessity will be better addressed in the future, instead of engaging in endless politicking and bickering.


Day 24 – Gratitude Challenge: What’s something you’ve learned this week that you’re thankful for?

Yesterday, my husband and I went to Sagada Pottery and tried to create our own pottery!

It was all very exciting. I’ve wanted to try my hand on pottery making for the longest time, so when the opportunity presented itself, I said yes!

Who knew the clay would feel so cold to the touch? I wasn’t really the kind of kid who played with or in mud growing up, so it was all new to me. The texture was fascinating, especially when it was time to shape the clay into a bowl.

I’m only too glad that I learned how to make pottery this week.


Day 23 – Gratitude Challenge: What hobby are you most grateful for?

I’m most grateful for taking up baking as a hobby.

I stayed away from baking for the longest time. As far as I knew, baking properly requires paying close attention to every single thing in a recipe – from measuring the ingredients to timing everything. For someone who enjoys experimenting, I really preferred cooking.

Eventually, in an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone, I learned how to bake from scratch.

Nobody was more surprised that I was when I ended up falling in love with baking. Baking is my alone time…all my thoughts are just directed on the recipe. I can’t get distracted by inane things because I have to make sure that my baked goods come out perfect. I enjoyed it so much that I even started baking so many stuff for my husband to bring to work. Every time he came home, he’d report how my baked goods were a hit. Which then made me want to try baking more new goodies. I can spend hours in the kitchen baking away.

I tried baking lately, but the oven hasn’t really cooperated. I miss baking and hopefully, I’ll get to do it more often again. I miss my breads.