I highly recommend reading this story.

It’s Touching, Inspiring, Moving.

It makes you want to look back on past love,

Assess the present love,

And look forward to love

That could withstand the tests of time.


I believe that’s how LOVE should be.,


So this V-month,

Be touched, inspired, and moved. Love Life.



Sharing a part of a book I’m reading, I came across this gem when I went to a bookstore Warehouse Sale. Believing it’s just some book only a few would take a chance on buying because it was cheaply priced at P50 compared to other books on sale. I never thought that I’d find words to live by and thoughts of the author/s that made me say “I could not agree more”.

This particular excerpt struck me the most (though I haven’t finished the book yet) 😉 I hope you too could relate to it.

Real love- whether romantic love, close friendship, or a family relationship-happens long after (love) at first sight. It shows up as people get to know each other more deeply and often they work through tough things together. Real love in relationships isn’t a magic act- it’s a journey.

When people say, “It was love at first sight.” what they really mean is “I was attracted to that person the first time I saw them.” There is nothing wrong with being infatuated with someone at the start of a relationship. The real question, however, is, do you have a love that is growing stronger and deeper everyday?

I don’t believe in Love at first sight; I believe in Love at LAST sight. Each of our relationships has to have the potential to be better the next time we’re together than it was the previous time so that the last time we see each other we’re closer than ever before.

To know more you can visit their site http://www.lastsightchallenge.com/



haze’ 30-day challenge “DONT BE LATE”

Life seems a bit ho-hum these past few months. This morning I decided to give myself a challenge every month, just to get me back on track. Hopefully after every 30-day challenge I’ll get used to the discipline that the challenge taught me. So for this month I decided to challenge myself to take on something that I’ve been battling with for so long…BEING LATE.


This is my challenge for December 2012.

How about you? Do you have “late problems” too? Are you up for this challenge? Join me as I log in here the date and time as I come in for work starting on Monday (December 3) and count the days that I’ll be successful with not being late.

(credits to http://www.examiner.com/article/happy-be-late-for-something-day-quotes-and-sayings-about-being-late for the image)

Musings from someone who’s missing

Hello world hope you’re listening

There’s someone I’ve been missing

The better half of me.”

I miss sweet nothings, little surprises,

Romantic evenings till the sun rises.

I miss soft whispers, gentle and sweet,

With arms entwined then our eyes meet.

I miss long walks and adventures

Of destinations we’re not sure

Just the idea of being together

Makes us not mind, no never.

I miss endless conversations over coffee,

Filled with laughter and glee.

I miss serious talks over decisions made,

Agreeing to meet in between and not hate.

I miss building memories with you that’ll last,

Pushing behind a dark-filled past.

I miss us dreaming of things to come

Hoping it’ll come not minding where it’s from.

I miss…I miss a lot about you

I hope and pray that you’re missing me too.

“So hear this now, Come Home, Come Home

I’ve been waiting for you.”


*Italicized lines from the song Come Home by One Republic feat. Sara Bareilles.

Dirty Pirate Poptails




I never thought this would be possible. This was posted by a friend of mine at my Facebook page. So since it got my interest i googled away and found this site. What’s good about this is all the ingredients are readily available. Read on guys, will definitely try this at home.

Off to the supermarket to buy the ingredients =)

Has anyone of you tried this? Comment away! 😀

Decoding Guys

Decoding Guys

I seldom buy Cosmopolitan Magazines these past few months. But now that I have a steady Internet connection at home, i came across Cosmo’s site and found this:


I answered the quiz and the RESULTS:


That simply means I can simply decode a guy’s cryptic message. Hahahaha!

Example: “I need space” MEANS “I want out.”

I guess you should try it out too. Especially the girls out there. And for the guys, to check if the answers given were really what it means based on your experience.

Enjoy! =)

let’s cook!

I never thought I would eventually deal with this topic. I never really grew up knowing or learning how to cook. It’s just not me. I love to eat, taste different varieties…but COOK? Oh no, not really.

Now, I don’t know what struck me lately but yes I indeed tried to cook without a cookbook or recipe in hand. My imag

ination is the key. I remember a conversation with my fiancee’s 17-yr. old sister, Lea:

Lea: Ate, did you learn how to cook because your getting married? 😉

Me: (caught by the moment) Uhmm..no, I just want variety. A new or different taste that would satisfy my buds. =)

Well, in all honesty th

at really is my top reason. Maybe, I’ll put cooking for my future hubby on the second. Because, it just really feels bland if you’d see, smell, and eventually eat the same menu every week.

So, join me my dear readers as I post here my creative creations when it comes to cooking. With a lil twist and a few tweaks to your normal menu. And I swear, even future hubby says their delish and most of the time out-of-the-ordinary!!! (That’s why I love him so much !) hahaha

Second Chances

I believe in second chances. No matter how complicated, we all need and deserve a second chance especially in matters of the heart..LOVE.

A guy who falls in love with a girl, gets her pregnant, parents agreed that they marry, they were teenagers back then. Few years later, they have two kids..one is five the other is two. But the marriage is not working. They separated. The kids stayed with his wife. He as a man, is trying to reconcile things with his wife even if his wife is the problem.  Then he sees how his kids are raised. He files for an annulment. His family is on his side. He wants out of the relationship. This is not the family he dreamt of. He’s good with kids. A “Family Man” I must say. But is it his fault that at a young age he made these choices? Doesn’t he deserve a second chance? On love? On finding a life-long partner?

I say yes. He deserves one.

He searches for the girl. Gets turned down every time he honestly says that he has kids. He can’t hide them. He is proud of them. They are his bundles of joy. But he wants a life-long partner too. Someone who he can spend his days and nights with. Someone who would fill the void in his heart. But he gets turned down. Over and over again. Doesn’t he deserve a second chance? On love? On finding a life-long partner?

I say yes. He deserves one.

He meets a girl. Crushes over her. He likes her. And she likes him too. But then she just got out of a complicated relationship. He sees the guy as a good man, but, when she learns of his status she’s having doubts of moving further in the relationship. Is moving out early on her best move to not repeat what she thinks as a complicated subject? Or isn’t this her second chance on love?

I say yes. She deserves one. He deserves one.

What do you think…? =)

Thanks to http://alhafiez.com/second-chance/ for the image. Credits to you. =)


Matagal ko nang binalak bisitahin ang lugar na ito, ngunit sadya yatang di lang ako mapagbigyan ng pagkakataon. Pero nitong Sabado (5 Mar 2011) pinagbigyan din niya ako. AYOS! Winking smile

Saktong alas-onse ng tanghali ang usapan namin ng kaibigan ko na magkita sa Simbahan ng Quiapo. Ako ang Tour Guide sa lakad na ito (dahil ako ang may pakana!) kaya medyo pinaghandaan ko na ang ilang bagay.

Una: Paano pumunta sa Binondo?

Mula sa Simbahan ng Quiapo, sumakay kami ng Jeep papuntang Divisoria tapos bumaba kami sa Abad Santos (bakit doon? sabi ni Manong Driver doon daw eh,lakarin na lang namin). Pagdating sa Abad Santos binaybay namin ang kahabaan ng Reina Regente St. (nakita ko ang 168…mejo kampante pa akong di kami naliligaw).  Isang ginamit kong pangungumbinsi sa sarili ay ang mga nakita kong mala-chinese style na poste ng ilaw doon. Ang linya ko pa, “Malapit na talaga tayo sa Chinatown tingnan mo pati ilaw mukha ng pang-Chinese”. Ganun talaga…kumbinsihin ang sarili.


Pangalawa: Anu-ano ang mga magandang puntahan sa Binondo?

Eto na. Ewan ko ba hindi ko yata masyadong napaghandaan ang lakad na ito kasi puro masarap kainan lang ang laman ng utak ko. Humingi ako ng tips sa ilang kasama, KAINAN din ang sinabi sa akin.hahaha! Kaya hayun marami sa mga nabisita namin ay KAINAN ano pa ba…at ang aba ninyong lingkod siyempre KUMAIN!



Hindi ninyo mamimiss ang simbahan na ito dahil sa laki niya kitang-kita siya kaagad. Feeling ko maswerte ako sa pagbisita sa mga simbahan out of travel curiousity dahil pagdating namin kakatapos lang ng isang kasal. Na-inspire ang lola niyo. Winking smileNagandahan ako sa simbahan, mahilig kasi ako sa mga may “”touch of history” kaya kinuhanan ko ng picture.



KAINAN NA! Kating-kati akong pumunta dito kasi ayon sa mga

blogs na nabasa ko masarap daw talaga ang pagkain dito. Pangalan palang, TASTY na!


Kaya agad-agad kaming pumasok ng kaibigan ko. Pagpasok pa lang parang simpleng restaurant ang ambiance,malinis, bumabati ang mga staff, at may guard kaya mapapaisip ka…”Mahal kaya pagkain dito”. Kaya orderan na! May DEFAULT QUESTION ako pag kumakain sa bagong lugar…”Anong Bestseller niyo dito?” NEVER FAILS!

Ang Bestseller daw nila ay: DUMPLINGS. Sabi ko nga eh! TASTY DUMPLINGS nga diba? hehehe.

8pcs ng Steamed Dumplings ay P70.00 pero pwede daw half order. So umorder ako ng 4pcs. Bakit? Ayoko mabusog, alam kong marami pa kaming kakainan. Ang kaibigan ko naman umorder ng  Tsay Mah Pao (na mukhang Siopao na mas masarap (tinapay pa lang yun, lalo na yung laman) kung ano yun?Tingnan niyo na lang sa picture kung ano ang hindi mukhang dumpling. Smile Tapos ako lang umorder ng drinks, pagkakita ko ng Soya Milk sa menu yun agad ang inorder. Hindi ko na pinansin kung ano man yung Wintermelon Juice nila.

Eto ang orders namin:





tasty dumplings OR

Yan ang kinain namin, dito naman sa kaliwa ang Total Bill namin. Para sa akin sulit meal ito.

Dumplings (4pcs)      P35.00 

Tsay Mah Pao  (5pcs)  76.00      

1 glass of Soya Milk.    28.00

TOTAL                     P139.00

Sa susunod na babalik ako sa Binondo,kakain ulit ako dito.

Tasty Dumplings, Binondo
620 Ongpin St., Binondo
Manila, Metro Manila

3rd stop: GALA

Nag-ikot ikot muna kami, nagpapababa ng kinain.Kaliwa’t-kanan ang Chinese Drugstores at Chinese Convenience Stores dito. Sinubukan naming pumasok sa isang grocery, wala kaming nabili paglabas. Kung hindi naman Chinese Stores ang makikita mo, tindahan naman ng mga alahas at lucky charms puro bato, crystals, Buddha, tikoy (iba’t-ibang kulay at hugis) at hopia. Meron ding Roasted Ducks, palagay ko Chinese version itong Andok’s at Sr.Pedro. heheh. May nadaanan din kaming nagluluto ng fried siopao. Napansin ko sa Binondo ang daming nagtitinda ng prutas at gulay. Mula sa cauliflower, brocolli, strawberry (3 styropacks @ P100), watermelon, melon, honeydew, sweet potato (kamote na kulay orange ang loob) at marami pang iba.


Masyado akong naaliw sa pagtingin lalo na dito sa mga kamatis.

Dito ko rin sa Binondo nakitang muli ang Plums (P250-300/kilo) na dati naming kinakain sa bahay. Tinanong ako ng kaibigan ko kung ano daw yun. Ang nasabi ko lang, “kung ang grapes ginagawang raisins, ang plums ginagawang prunes”.Magandang description diba? Smile


Isa pa palang nakita ko dito ay ang Balimbing. Bata pa yata ako nung huli akong makakita nito. (Photo Courtesy of Pinoy Exchange.com)


Muntik ko nang malimutan ito, lista kasi sa utak ang ginawa ko. Buti na lang mahilig kaming magdadaan sa kung saan-saan kaya ng minsang kumanan kami at nakita ko ag sign nila agad-agad kong hinatak ang kaibigan ko papunta dito (kahit mejo busog pa kami). Ayon sa mga blogsites na nabisita ko masarap daw talaga kumain dito, lalo na ang kanilang specialty na BEEF.


Yan ang kanilang menu, sa dami ng pagpipilian ang tagal kong naka-order. Gusto kong i-try lahat (maliban sa Soup #5 at Spicy Froglegs! takot talaga ako sa frogs).

Natatawa kaming magkaibigan kasi pinaupo ko muna si Kuya na nagtatake ng order namin. Ayaw ko lang naman na mapagod siya sa paghihintay eh. O diba concerned lang?

Mababait at hindi mukhang masungit mga crew nila dito. Napansin yata nung isang crew na tanong ako ng tanong ng description ng pagkain sa menu kaya sabi niya makikita ko daw yun dun sa may Cashier. Parang canteen type kasi ang set-up, luto na ang ilang  pagkain. Yung isang serving ng Soup dito ay good for 2 na. dahil busog pa ang kaibigan ko, ako lang ang kumain. Pero hindi soup ang sinubukan ko. Umorder ako ng Kiampung Rice (brown rice ito na malagkit at may roasted peanuts sa ibabaw). Masarap siya. Ang ulam ko? Maoh Tofu ang tanda ko sa pangalan nun. Basta Tofu siya na mejo spicy. Masarap ang tofu nila. Ang kasama ko Pineapple Shake lang ang inorder, busog pa daw talaga siya eh. Para sa list ng menu, natalisod ko ang site na ito ngayon lang, baka makatulong kung sakaling maisip niyong subukan ang ATNB.http://http://foodfor2.com/2006/06/ang-tunay-beef-house-menu.html

Eto naman ang inorder namin dito sa ATNB:




Hindi ko rin inubos ang pagkain ko dito, kakain pa kasi ako sa iba eh. So total bill namin P137.00 hindi na masama.

Nalimutan ko palang sabihin, pag-upo mo dito magseserve agad sila ng tea sa baso (which reminds me nung kumain kami nila Angie, Ghed, and Yea sa LingNam-ganun din kasi dun).

5th stop: Paglabas namin ng ATNB tinanong ko kay Manong Guard kung saan ang ESTERO na kainan. All-smiles niyang tinuro sa amin. Lakad lang pala mula sa ATNB. Nakita ko daw ba ang matandang nakaupo, lumiko daw ako doon tapos direchuhin namin. Pagtapos naming magpasalamat lumakad na kami. Yun lang ang dami palang nakaupo, kaya follow-your-instincts mode si Pamela. Pag liko namin, tumama rin! Hindi halatang may kainan sa loob (sana nakuhanan ko ng picture) pero nung pumasok kami…pila-pila pala dun ng kainan. At oo tama ang informant ko (Ate Mhel!) nasa gilid nga siya ng Estero. Hindi ko na kayang kumain kaya kinuhanan ko na lang ng litrato.


Mukhang masarap kumain dito kahit nasa tabi ng estero dahil fresh at right on the spot pagka-order mo saka nila iluluto yun. Marami rin kumakain. Kunwari dumaan lang kami, ang dulo pala nun ay yung tulay sa Ongpin St.! Ayos!


Habang naglalakad kami sa kahabaan ng Ongpin St. patingin-tingin ako kapag may lilikuan baka may makita kaming masarap kainan…este maganda puntahan pala.


Nakita namin ito, mukhang bagong hotel. Pero hindi ako sure.

Pagkatapos ay nagpalakad-lakad pa kami. Namataan namin ang David’s Tea House. Kaya lang pagdating doon, ang haba ng pila ng umoorder as in mahaba…hanggang labas ng tindahan. Kaya hindi na kami tumuloy, alas-kwatro na rin kasi pero babalikan ko yun. Dahil pinalagpas namin ang David’s Tea House, nang makita namin ang Ho-Land Bakeshop. Eto na, para akong bumabalik sa kabataan ko kung saan laging may uwing Ho-Land Hopia si Mama o kaya ay Eng Bee Tin. Iba’’t-ibang kulay ng loob, balot, hugis,lasa, bottomline Hopia pa din. Matagal na panahon na nga ang nagdaan kasi dati ang alam ko lang Hopia Monggo, Baboy, Ube, Kundol, Pinya, Buko-Pandan at Macapuno. Ngayon, may LITE versions na ng mga yan para nga naman siguro sa mga health conscious. Dito na kami namili ng pasalubong na Hopia at Chinese delicacies. Mas gusto ko ang hopia dito kasi hindi masyadong matamis kumpara sa Eng Bee Tin. Dahil may naghihintay sa akin sa bahay na sobrang hilig sa hopia, bumili ako ng marami. P40.00/pack ang hopia,kapag LITE P42.00. Napabili din ako ng HAW FLAKES namiss ko ito P16.00 pack of 10’s. Pwede ulit akong maglaro ng “oscha-oschahan”. Winking smile


Alam kong hindi dapat matapos ang Binondo Trip namin ng di dumadaan dito at makapagsindi ng kandila. Matatagpuan ito sa San Nicolas St. nasa corner lang ito. Pagkakita namin lapit agad!


Ako yung nasa left side (salamat nagka-picture din! kahit nakatalikod)


May nakita akong isang alley kaya pumasok kami. At ang nakita namin? Gulay ulit, ang cute ng mga pechay dito ang liliit. Meron ding mga Sea Cucumbers sa balde. Ang nakakuha ng pansin ko ay ang tindahang ito:


Para yang oatmeal cookies pero puro sesame seeds. Hindi siya masyadong matamis, at P30.00/pack ito. Bumili ako ng isa. Masarap siya, o baka sabihin niyo wala naman atang hindi masarap sa akin. Meron din kaya…

Pagtapos dito lumakad pa kami kunwari walang idea kung saan pupunta pero sa gilid ng isip ko gusto ko ng pumunta sa NEW PO-HENG LUMPIA HOUSE! (GUTOM?!)

Umabot ang paglalakad namin sa kabilang dulo, sa may lumang building ng Philtrust Bank. Nagandahan ako sa pwesto niya sa corner kaya kinuhanan ko ng litrato:


Dito ko napansin na pwede pala mag-Pasig River Ferry papuntang Binondo. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Gustong-gusto ko pa naman subukan yun. Next time…next time talaga ito na ang ruta na gagamitin ko. Matagal na ang Pasig River Ferry, pero nalaman ko lang ito 2 years ago ng mag- Luneta-Intramuros walk kami ng isa pang kaibigan ko.

Maraming stations ang ferries dito at fully-operational. To read more, I invite you to visit this blog: http://http://happysole.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/pasig-river-cruise-a-cheap-day-tour/


Inabot kami ng almost 6:00PM. Kaya minabuti na naming umuwi, malayo pa kami eh. Mula sa Binondo nag-jeep na kami to Taft para doon na mag-FX to SM Fairview. Para sa akin sulit ang 1st leg ng Binondo Trip. Can’t wait for the next leg! Humahaba na ang listahan ko ng pupuntahan.

Meron akong hindi makakalimutan sa gala na ito, yun ay ang English pala ng Kundol ay WINTERMELON! AYOS! dagdag sa dictionary ko ng KANGKONG- SWAMP CABBAGE/WATER SPINACH, AMPALAYA- BITTER GOURD at marami pang iba.

my heart out to Fiona

This nearly broke my heart,but then again I realized “I should be happy” and then tears fell. I hope we have more of these kind of people especially here in the Philippines.

Dogs are not simply animals who we can easily leave and not care for. They too are living beings and with that they too deserve to live like us human beings. They too like us, need food,shelter, and comfort. They too need companions in as much as we humans need it. My heart goes out to you Fiona and the people at Hope for Paws. Keep up the great work!

Thank You http://chicogarcia.wordpress.com for sharing this on your blog. 🙂

Strange Fruit

This just broke my heart. I’m just glad it had a happy ending…

With the recent death of Nairobi, anything animal related just sends me over the edge. Stories like these just remind me how much I love our companion animals.

View original post

The Little Things from a Big God

We all have choices. That’s a fact.

And today, I choose to appreciate.

This morning, I woke up a bit late. I was supposed to be out of the house by 7:30 to arrive at work by hopefully 8:00 AM (i’m keeping my hopes up though its Monday). But things didn’t turned out the way I had imagined it. Instead, my dog woke me up at 6:30, got out of bed at 7:00, had breakfast until 7:20, reminded that i need to get some things out of the house (so these little urgent matters went on until 7:45), then took a bath and dressed up until 8:15. As i stepped out of the house I whispered a small prayer to God asking for a tricycle. And he answered. =)  THANK YOU PAPA GOD! I was out of our village way fast but I found myself at 8:30 AM and still hailing for a ride.  In times like these I run to God. Who would better help me solve these seemingly close to impossible moments but God. =)


I prayed for a UV express as i waited patiently but it was to no avail. I was contemplating on taking Uber. The fare difference is way significant. That’s P25.00 versus 170.00 and above. And since its 8:35 already I took Uber. The driver arrived after 5 mins. Now i’m trying to beat the 9:00 AM clock to work. My everyday ride usually takes 30mins (this is waaaaaaay too fast) to an hour. But I have faith God is on my side. As i entered the car I told the driver that i need to be at the office hopefully by 9. And off we go. He knows its way impossible because first its a Monday and second we’re passing by a major road that’s usually filled with vehicles rush hour or not. But i have a God who works wonders and that’s more than enough for me.


Oh and good Lord! the roads are almost clear of vehicles, it wasn’t congested. Each vehicle was moving normally. Needless to say, it was a smooth ride. I arrived at work by 8:58 AM and my total bill with Uber was only P140.00. The Uber driver was even saying that he’s surprised that the roads are clear of traffic and it only took us 20 minutes. It was a blessing over another blessing. And I know who made it possible. That guy up there who always looks after us.

I say, Life’s little blessings are God’s ways of answering even our little prayers. His answers maybe a Yes, No, or Not Yet but trust that he always finds a way to give us the best. That’s how much he loves us. And that’s more than enough reason for us to love Him more.

May you choose to appreciate the littlest blessings that would come your way today. And in everything we do, may we choose love over fear or pride. Have a blessed day!

“It is the art of living, the purpose of our existence. Happiness is the true index of quality of life. Without happiness, life is dry and meaningless. With happiness, life immediately becomes fulfilling and wonderful. Happiness is an infectious feeling that immediately lifts the sagging spirits of people. Happy people keep themselves happy because they know the little ways to appreciate themselves and to see the humour and magic in each moment.”







I’m reminding my soul there is restoration, confirmation and strength coming my way … if I don’t give up.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

Help me finish well what you have called me to do in this life Oh Lord. I’m pressing on. I believe this is all in preparation for eternity.

John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (NIV)

Acts 20:24, ”However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.“ (NIV)

I am pressing on.


Unblocked? Unlocked?

Possible, why not?

If not,

Technical glitch?

Thoughts in switch

Fate at play?

Should i be dismayed?

These questions

Came as an opportune

For a heart check

Not a heart break

Have i really

Made a choice freely?

Entering discernment

Thoughts need enlightenment.







Most of the time it is actually fear that moves us thinking it is love. Take it from me. I remember doing things for someone and yet at the end of the day find myself asking God “Is that unconditional love?”. I didn’t get the answer. So on and on it goes until I found myself having expectations, that I deserve something. Only when I was freed from the situation did I get the answer. Only then did I realize what unconditional love truly meant. It was a tough pill to swallow at first but it was all worth it.

I have learned that love doesn’t operate through fear. ” For only perfect love casts out all fear”. Love and fear don’t go together but rather one destroys the other. I was asked a good question before, “Now, who would you allow to win? The victory of love or the victory of fear? May you choose wisely.”

You have always been…MY GOD.

You have always been

That voice calling out to me,

The hand that reaches out to me when I’m lost.

The one who was always patiently waiting for me,

The one who picks me up when I fall,

The one who saves me before I destroy myself.


You have always been

The ear who listens to my expressions of joy

And my cries of pain,

The one who never gets tired of my childish stories

And my child-like complains.

The one who glues my broken pieces together,

Then holds my heart and soothes it with care.


You have always been

My strength in times of weakness

The reason why I face the world in confidence.

You have always

Given me more than what I need

Given me something better when I falter.


You have always been

My source of peace

My steady fortress

The one who stays

The one who believes

In what I am and what I can be.


You have always

Dreamed greater dreams for me than I have for myself

The light in my darkest days


The reason why I choose to be a better person.


You are the reason for my everything.

You are my Father, my Friend, my Saviour,

My Love, my Peace, my Happiness,






Our 2014 forecast (Me & Joon)

2014 Forecasts

Pig Overview
This year is definitely an improvement over last, thanks to the fixed element of Wood. In fact, there are actually nine favorable months for you. So let yourself have fun and enjoy any excitement that comes your way. But on the flipside, remember to use the reins during the Year of the Horse so things don’t wander off-track or get out of control. Learn to be aware of your emotions. Don’t jump into the fray simply because other people are doing it. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Meditate more than usual. With these tools by your side, you can keep it together and come out ahead.
Pig Career
You’re down-to-earth, agreeable and hard-working. This year, you can reach unexpected pinnacles of fortune and success, so start having bigger dreams. Allow yourself to acknowledge your true desires when it comes to your career. Stop settling for the average. Also, it’s time to learn how to stand up for yourself once and for all. Don’t let other folks steal your thunder or get credit for your ideas and efforts. Claim your power, whether it’s in the boardroom or the classroom. Big, dramatic moves won’t work for you this year, but slow and steady progress will. You’re really in the process of building the foundation for something great, and that means being able to have the career and life of your dreams. There is still work to be done, but you’ll have the energy and stamina to get off to a good start this year.
Pig Relationships
It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief and lower your dukes. Any conflict you experienced in your love life should be at an end. While things may not be perfect, you’re in a much better place. Whether you’re single or attached, now is the time to remember that fun and laughter really are the spice of life. Favor action over analysis, movement over stagnation and intuition over logic. And remind yourself that you don’t have to be in control of everything. Being a little more outgoing and spending more time playing helps you feel relaxed and approachable. And don’t be afraid to fly solo, whether that means spending time away from your sweetie or embracing the single life. You’re on a good path where romance is concerned.
Pig Health
Pick yourself up and dust yourself off from last year. Right now is a time of cleansing, recalibrating your energy and refining your health habits until they’re squeaky-clean. No one is asking you to be perfect, but make a concerted effort to do better. Hire a personal trainer. Join a dance class. Get back into that childhood sport you loved so much. This year is all about physical movement, so stay active, but don’t overdo it. Take the proper precautions. If you see that your diet is healthy and you get enough sleep, you should get through this year with flying colors.
Pig Wealth
This year you manage to capture that elusive feeling known as ‘financial security.’ You’re incredibly good at working quietly in the background, slowly building a nest egg or a company. The trick is to cash in when the time is right. Chances are good this can happen for you if you develop your sense of timing. In other words, take calculated risks and move on worthwhile opportunities. Map out a plan to buy that new home, car or business. It’s really possible. The Year of the Horse invites you to push beyond the boundaries of what you thought was possible, so think better and act bigger. And along the way, be smart about your money. You’re already good at that.
Rat Overview
This year, the secret to coming out on top is to keep a cool head and make the most of what you are given. Rats are independent and like to do things their way, are unafraid of risk and think of the world as their playground. Usually, that attitude gets you what you want. The Year of the Horse asks you to be more flexible and adapt your style to changing circumstances. Challenging everyone and everything in your path is not a good idea, but going with the flow is. Taking it easy will also help. Game-changing ventures, big plans: let these ideas sit and come to fruition before you start taking action. Slow and steady is the name of the game. Yes, this feels different to your usual method of operation, and it might feel uncomfortable at first, but you’ll like the results.
Rat Career
Uh-oh. You’re having one of those moments where work seems boring. ‘It’s time for a change!’ you think. But then doubts start to arise: are you making a rash decision? Pay attention to these types of questions this year, because you’re going to have the urge to switch things up one minute, only to change your mind the next. Quitting your job at the law firm and starting an organic vegetable farm in the middle of nowhere seem really appealing — or is it that you want to go to medical school instead? This is the year to take a few well-calculated risks rather than acting on impulse. Stay in the planning phase and think about long-term strategy. The good news is that your ideas will almost certainly be brilliant. Take notes, keep good records and stay on track.
Rat Relationships
This year emphasizes change and the thrill of the chase, but you tend to do better in solid partnerships. That means there may be moments when you really aren’t sure what you want. Are you meant to be single and live it up? Or should you stay put and make things work with your sweetheart? If you can find a sense of balance, you may just find the perfect balance in love. But if you’re really ready for change, this year’s energy might give you the gusto to make it happen. Just make sure your choice is based on something real, not a whim. Sleep on it for a few months. If you’re single, you might meet someone who prizes his or her independence as much as you do. The challenge here is figuring out how to become a couple without losing your sense of self.
Rat Health
‘Burning the midnight oil’ is a phrase that will become familiar this year. You’re up, out, about and all over the place. And while this might be a good strategy for your career, it’s not the best plan for your health. Fortunately, with some careful planning and awareness, exhaustion is avoidable. Remember to slow down, breathe and schedule in time for self-care. That way you can avoid respiratory problems, achy joints or injuries that might otherwise occur. Go easy in that Pilates class. Drink more water. Eat clean, healthy foods. It sounds simple, but small tweaks to your daily behavior will go a long way. You’ll really have to find the balance between work, play and rest. If you start a diet or a health regimen, stick with it. You’ll reap the benefits if you see it through for a significant amount of time.
Rat Wealth
Staying on task is what’s important when it comes to your net worth. You can also learn to detach from what your bank statement says. Do numbers really dictate who you are as a person? Let go of the money-ego thing and learn to live in the moment. Money can’t buy happiness, so be sure to take that lesson to heart. When you’re presented with the opportunity to take a risk this year (and you will be), just make sure you know what’s involved. The outcome can’t be predicted, but having a backup plan is an element you can control. An overall good strategy this year? Save as much as you spend — or more.