"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." (Albert Einstein)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Simple Joys and Deep Thoughts


simple joys in life... these are for you, my friends!


breakfast in bed: home-made "bangus" (milkfish) belly sardines,
whole wheat bread, "ponkan" (orange) & a mug of piping hot green tea...




a closer look at the "bangus" belly sardines, yum! (esp. the "taba")







dessert: have a bowl of cold & sweet "ice-saba" so you'll be refreshed this summer... i love this even more when the "saba" (banana) is so ripe & "malambot" (soft)!




snack: mainit-init pang bagong lagang mani (still warm newly boiled peanuts)... before (still intact) & after the fact ("matapos kong lantakan"), hehe :-)


deep thoughts on Bible truth...

I was enjoying these yummy, yet nutritious and relatively inexpensive treats, when I had random thoughts:

We can buy or cook the most complicated, exotic and expensive food, but not a hearty appetite nor the sense of taste. I remember how I took this sense for granted, until I lost it when I got sick recently. I had to struggle to regain it. Thank God, He restored it to me after a day!

We can buy a luxurious and comfortable bed with the softest sheets and fluffiest pillows, but not sound sleep. I'm quite sure a lot of us have experienced some sort of "insomnia" at least once in our lives. But what if "insomnia" visits us every night? Indeed, we realize the value of one thing the most, when we lose it...

We can't buy peace, love, joy... get the drift. We don't have to spend so much money to enjoy life. Then I pondered about these trying times. Our nation and our people have been through a lot all these years.

Soon after, Jesus reminded me how He assured us "not to worry" in Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV). Thank You Jesus, we'll trust You! May God bless our nation and us all! :-)


25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

29 comments:

sumi said...

bads, syalap syalap...got the drift...galeng ng grace ni Lord, apart from Him, wala tayong kaligayahan...kse di natin controlado ang mga bagay bagay, money can't buy happiness and happiness need not be expensive. si Lord nga nakakatuwa eh, He's all and all...

i'm glad you're eating healthy. post ka ng bagong sexy pics....

minerva d' boa constrictor said...

oo nga, SEXY PICTURES, SEXY PICTURES for favore!!!! tweeet tweeet!! *sipol yun a* mura lang ang happiness, happiness is purefoods hotdog!
ipagpatuloy, IPAGPATULOY ang pagkaing healthy! titdaday.

sha said...

sarap nito ah
see badaday how simple things bring us happiness

true money cant buy
health
love
happiness....


i will be in france tomorrow
i will hanap hanap ng kalei
for my trips think of me
include me in your prayers ha

Yokyakski said...

Yup, you're living in the sunshine! Ang sarap handa mo penge naman esp may tabang bangus...yummmmmm :)

scanns said...

ate-tulipya, buti naman na-slayap-an ka, healthy pa di ba?! hammy merthney, para sa yo ang mga yan! yeah, you got the drift.. :) talagang galeng-galeng ni Lord, and the grace, joy, peace & contentment only He can give! Amen, the best things in life are free! and the Lord IS everything! God bless! :)

scanns said...

oi minerva d'boa constrictor (alias ate-nafay)! nabuhay na naman ba ang "boa constrictor" sa tiyan mo dahil sa food dito? akala ko nandyan si tweety ("i tought i taw a puddytat") e!

yes, happiness is free! pero i don't eat (pass ako) sa purefoods hotdog, coz i haven't eaten red meat (pork & beef) 13 yrs na! :) nakakabuti talaga ang pagkaing healthy! God bless! :)

scanns said...

allo ate-sha! tsarap nga 'no! :) which do you like the most? Amen, the simplest things bring us joy! indeed, what is essential is invisible to the eye, and can't be bought! :)

oh, you're in france again.. and thanks a lot for your thoughtfulness! :) am thinking of & praying for you! take care! God bless you, your trip & your work! :)

scanns said...

oi ate-joyangski! oh yes, WE are living in the sunshine..where Jesus IS, di ba?! :) para sa inyo nga yang food! di ba sabi ko "these are for you, my friends!" tsalap nga ng may tabang bangus..nakakakilig! God bless! :)

plumatrosas said...

walking in the shadows
walking in the sunlight...
walking everyday
walking all the way....
walking with Jesus
walking with Jesus alone....

mananay prayer request for my Pop's diabetic related issues naman oh. panawagan na rin kay nyoy at tinnapa and to your Christian friends who might be reading this.

scanns said...

ei ate-pluma! alam ko yang kanta, natutunan ko as a kid in school. magandang kantahin na "round song".. saan mo natutunan yan? :)

ok, am praying right now (& we'll continue) for your Popsy's diabetic related issues. may Jesus our Healer bless him with healing, normalize his blood sugar level, and protect him from any complication! is he already avoiding any white/processed starches or carbohydrates?

paging joyang, atinnapa & my other friends who might be reading this, please pray for plum's dad.. thanks! :)

plumatrosas said...

badaday for the first time meron akong naalala na di mo naalala in our youth. di mo ba natatandaan, while we were walking down the lanes under the acacia trees in UP tinuro mo sa akin yan one day, round song pa? *belaaaaaaaaaaaat.*

thanks so much for the prayers, appreciate it so much and to those who will be agreeing with us in prayer, thanks a lot! God bless!

plumatrosas said...

bads, pakipost naman ang schedule ng release ng next blog mo oh kse mahirap yung umaasa kami na coming soon eh delayed soon pala, mabuti na yung may target date, yun eh kung pede lang naman..:). *wink*

scanns said...

ei ate-pluma, sa wakas, meron kang memoria of our youth dyan sa kukote mo na nakakataka bakit di ko maalala?! makes sense, kse kung di nga ako ang nagturo sa yo, e sino?! o kung talagang matalas na memory mo, anong year tayo nun sa college? :)

de nada, ate-pluma! yes, thanks to all who agree with us in prayer for plum's dad!

aba, at masyado ka pang demanding sa kung kelan sunod kong update! wait & see ka na lang, hehe.. :) lahat ba kayo nagpo-post ng sched nyo? e kaka-post ko lang, di ka na maka-hintay?

plumatrosas said...

3rd year College, autumn, while the leaves of the acacia trees softly slid down our heads for a grand landing on the pavements; as the cool breeze ushered in by the season swept our silky hairs and caressed the cheeks of our youth....

eh maket ma ha, di ka magmost ng sked op nyour mlogging nates, eh hipon ka ng hipon ng ngomments puro wat gud das it do naman ang tumuturok sa yutak ngo ha...kakarindi ah...hrrrrrrrrrrmp. guardddddddddddddooooo...

scanns said...

ei ate-pluma, 3rd year college tayo nun, autumn?! amazing at may naalala kang di ko naalala, hehe.. :) "our silky hairs & the cheeks of our youth.." hmmm..

hige, mauna ka muna post sked op nyour mlogging nates, tapos tsaka ko ngagawin! masyado ka impatient maghintay, di pa tagal last post ko, sign of old age na yan, hala ka, hehe.. :) e ano naman ang magagawa ko kung gusto mo mag-ngomment dito? wag ka nang mangarap na magigising si guardo, kamag-anak yata ni "Rip Van Winkle" yun e! antay ka pa 100 years, nyahaha..

annabanana said...

hello scanns,
grabe super sarap naman nung bangus na yun! and, tama ka, kapag wala si Lord sab uhay natin...wala ring happiness! a big amen to that!

Yow said...

Ha ha ha, hohonga Atitdaday, what good does it do? Sobra ka na. Saan na pektyur mo? Gustung-gusto ko na makita :) Kaytagal...

Atipluma, don't worry, I will pray for your Papiyo

scanns said...

hi annabanana-icesaba! nakita mo ba kasali ka sa post kong ice saba, kasi banana rin yun, hehe.. :) mahilig ka rin pala sa bangus sardinas, yung taba nga, nakakakilig! oo nga ano, true joy only comes from the Lord! :) God bless! salamat sa pagbisita..

scanns said...

ei ate-yowyang! at vaket naman sobra? nahawa ka na ata sa impatience ni ate-pluma! hano ba ina-apura nyo sa kin? di pa tagal last post ko a! sige ipahuli nyo ko sa tulog nyong guardo, hehe.. :) at hanong piktyur ba yan?

kidding aside, kumusta ka na? hope & pray you're better now! God bless you, your health & your family! and in behalf of ate-pluma, thanks for praying for her Papiyo! :)

Yong-Yang said...

Hello Anemananay, thanks! Ok na ako, na-cure na ang aking wiswiswis (bulong ko lang sa yo, he he). Yung stones, di pa so I'm trying sambong as advised by Anenuninap.

Wanted to see your most recent picture, ang epekto ang iyong healthy lifestyle :) Kaya naghahanap po kami ng pektyur mo.

scanns said...

ate-joyang, you're welcome! i'm so glad you're ok now! o shige, kinig ako sa yong wiswiswis (bulong) he he.. May God completely heal you! God bless! :) matutunaw din yang stones, esp as you take good care of yourself & your health (physical, emotional & spiritual), di ba?! :) naku, yung pic, saka na lang, di pa masyado e, hehe.. you know what i mean.. *wink

Yuya said...

Anemananay, thanks :) Iba na talaga pag nagkakaedad, daming health complications. Meron ka na bang healthcard? Ok din may HMO para di masyadong magastos sa mga tests. O sya, kung ayaw mo pang mag-post ng picture mo, antay na lang kami. How many pounds na ba na-lose mo?

plumatrosas said...

naghihintay kami ng bago post, naghihintay kami..nakakadalawa na kami ng update hikaw nangongolekta pa rin ng ngommmmeeeeeeeeennnnt...haaaaaaaaaaaaaayy naku naman talaga hoho....

scanns said...

ate-joyang, de nada! :) aba, bata pa tayo, di ba? basta let's lift it up to the Lord & mag-ingat in all aspects of our health.. hope you're a lot better now! yup, tagal na ako may healthcard, ok yun! ano meaning ng acronym na HMO, Health..? ingat pa rin ako sa food, trying to be consistent sa exercise, pero saka na nga pic! how's your ballroom or belly dancing? ewan ko gano lose ko.. :)

scanns said...

haaayy naku naman talaga hoho, humandar na naman hang himpatience mo, manang-apo-pluma! hala, sign op senility na nga ata yan.. kaya heksercise your patience to preserve your youth, hehe :) ei, di ako nangolekta ngomments, hanong magagawa ko gusto mo naman mag-ngomment dito? hayan na bago post, pinaghirapan ko yan a!

Jayred said...

Ah, the simple joys in life. Simply the best. I especially like the "ice saba." :-) Wala pa naman akong makitang saba dito. LOL.

Hope you've bounced back to good health now as I write these words.

Thanks for the Matthew 6:33 reminder. I needed that.

scanns said...

Hello Jayred! Yes, thank God for life's simple joys! Gusto mo rin pala ng "ice saba"...nakakain ka ba nyan on your vacation? If you don't have "saba" there, you can make "mais con yelo"...just put corn instead of "saba"... :)

Thanks, I'm feeling better now. Hope you've completely recovered from asthma/allergy due to the summer heat. Matthew 6:33 is reassuring to me too & to us all. God bless! :)

Jayred said...

Hi, Scanns! Nakakain ako ng ice saba once lang -- in my first cousin's house (yum, yum). Try ko maghanap ng saba dito sa Asian market pero I'm sure mahal (sabagay, lahat naman dito mahal, hehe). Thanks for the mais con yelo tip. Naisip ko rin ito dati. Kaya lang wala akong pang shave ng ice dito. Siguro I will just use ice cubes. Teka, ginawa ko na atang food blog itong blog mo. LOL. :-)

Glad to know okay ka na, health-wise. Ako, struggling pa rin. May chest pains due to a mild case of bronchial asthma (probably caused by the sharp climate change -- from 35C to 7 C when I arrived here in Switzerland).

Okay, take care and all the best in your family, church and job!

scanns said...

Jayred, welcome back! Buti nakakain ka ng ice saba. Yummy lalo pag hinog & malambot ang saba, so pahinugin mo muna bago iluto. Mura nga saba dito.. :) If no saba, mais na lang! We have ice-crusher, but it's more convenient to just use ice cubes, sarap pa rin! It's OK, feel free to talk about food, etc. Anything goes on my blog! :)

Thanks for the well-wishes, hope & pray you get well soon! Grabe ngang climate change yan (35C to 7C)! Take care of yourself. And may God bless every aspect of your life too! :)