Europe 2014: Our First Stop in Rome - Trevi Fountain at Night

After our sumptuous dinner in Rome, we decided to go around the are of our hotel and check out what's in store for us. We came across this beautiful fountain while walking around.

Believe it or not, it was just a hotel. (*grin*)

Yeah, I thought it was something historical too, but not, it was just a hotel. Would love to stay here too. I'm sure it would be heavenly.

We walked a little further and guess what we came across? the famous Trevi Fountain!

After walking around Trevi Fountain, my Dad, sister and I decided to have snacks and since it was our second to the last night in Italy, we had a glass of wine too.

This pasta vongole is one of the best I've ever tasted!

And one of the best ravioli I've ever had too!

It was a FUN night! Probably one of the best we ever had during our Europe tour. ♥♥♥

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Long nap over the weekend
2. Review time for the kids
3. Pasalubong from Tita Trish
4. The second kid's 6th birthday! Yey!
5. Family ♥
6. Happy LIFE
7. Good coffee to start off the week
8. Breakfast with my Sweetie
9. Italliani's Dinner
10. Mockingjay

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You Teach People How To Treat You by BO Sanchez

You Teach People How To Treat You

One summer, when I was a thin, small, peepsqueaky, sixteen year old boy, I placed a backpack over my shoulder and rode a plane for Israel. (I won first prize in a Bible Quiz in Television—and this was the prize.)

It was the first time I traveled out of the Philippines.

And would you believe?

I went alone.

After moving around Holy Land for 10 days, I took another plane for Rome. And from one train to another, I traveled to 30 more cities in Europe: Assisi, Padua, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt… All by my lonesome self.

When I came back, my classmates asked me what I did last summer.

Naturally, they freaked out when I told them. They pulled their hair and screamed, “That’s unfair! Your parents allow you to travel to Europe alone for a month? My parents don’t even allow me to go to my friend’s house across the street without a chaperone for two minutes! My parents are absolutely, completely, totally unfair!”

I laughed and never understood how our parents could be so different.

Today, 30 years wiser, I now understand.

I believe their parents weren’t being unfair.

What happened? Phillip Mcgraw says it powerfully: You teach people how to treat you.

I realize now that my classmates taught their parents to be controlling.

And I taught my parents to give me all the freedom in the world.

How? I was boringly predictable!

As a young guy, I basically obeyed them everyday. I came home at the time they wanted me to come home, I did my assigned responsibilities, and I loved God with all my heart! I was so boringly predictable, my parents could predict what I would say if a friend gave me a cigarette (“No, thank you. I love my lungs.”) or when a stranger would offer me drugs (“No, thank you. I love my brain.”).

Hey, this principle works in any relationship, so adults, listen to me.

Do you feel that your boss in the office is treating you unfairly?

Has your husband been verbally abusing you for ten years now?

Do you feel that your friends totally ignore you?

Let me give you a bitter pill to swallow: Partly, you created their response towards you. You taught them how to treat you.

About that boss that is unfairly treating you—just MAYBE, you showed a negative attitude in the office and your boss is responding with hostility.

About that verbally abusing husband—just MAYBE, you made your husband think it’s acceptable behavior that he maltreat you because you tolerate it again and again.

About the friends who totally ignore you—just MAYBE, they’re simply respecting the wall you’ve erected around you.

Stop blaming others.

Take responsibility.

Now go change your life.

Europe 2014: Arriving the Beautiful City of Romaaaaa

After a couple of hours on the road from Pisa, we finally arrived the famous and most historical city - Rome. And look, the weather is good.

Well, still cold if you may ask but better compared to the other cities that we've been to (London, Amsterdam, and more). So our days in Rome was definitely great!

But first, dinner!

WE were too hungry from our roadtrip so we were so looking forward to this dinner.

Too bad the food wasn't THAT good, but since we were too hungry, we finished it within minutes!

Now, it's time to see what Rome has in store for us!

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: You Found Me.

I remember this was my favorite song a couple of years ago, here's You Found Me by The Fray...

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!

Europe 2014: Shops and Restaurants around Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not the only one popular in this square. Wherever you look here, you will be amazed. Just like this one...

How are they doing it? (*grin*)

And the moment you entered the compound, you will have a peek of the tower.

Love it!

But not only that, restaurants, shops are everywhere too. Too bad we didn't have enough time to sit down and have a decent meal.

And now, it's time to shop for real leather, souvenirs, purses and more.

And more shops from the outside...

It was indeed a lively and beautiful place. Hope we could be back again one of these days.

Disney's Cinderella Trailer

Wowowow, finally the Cinderella trailer is here!

Ooooh, it looks lovely. I can't waaaaaaait for 2015! (*grin*)

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Busy but fun weekend!
2. Two parties last Saturday
3. Our kids met OLAF :)
4. Jollibee and Hetty too
5. Big Hero 6 movie date with the whole family
6. Tim Ho Wan for dinner
7. Popcorn!
8. Feeling better already
9. Planning for birthday parties
10.The kids laugh and smiles and hugs ♥

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Happiness is a Way of Life...

"Happiness  isn't an emotion; Hapiness is a way of life."
- BO Sanchez

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Broken Strings

Beautiful song by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado.

Have a beautiful Sunday peeps! (*wink*)