Don't Worry. Be Happy! It's International Happy Day can be Better for Your Health and Lead to a Longer Life
I can't say this for sure, but I think everyone strives for happiness, right? I hear people say it differently, like, "I want to be famous", or "I want to be rich", or "I want a big house". What I really think they are saying is they want to be happy.
Well, today (March 20th) is the date that the United Nations has declared to be International Day of Happiness. They say it's the perfect day to focus on your quest to be happy. (Personally, I think everyday is the perfect day to focus on being happy). In a few paragraphs, I will share what the Happiness Doctor says are 4 Tips to Lead a Happier Life.
What is International Happiness Day?
What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! It was created by a government organization (blah, blah, blah) - but we don't need no organization to tell us to be happy. We can Just Do It! And some Experts are saying you will live longer.
What do the Experts say about Happiness and Making us Live Longer?
I’m pretty sure that laughter is not the best medicine. Nonetheless, the research consistently shows that happiness has impressive medical benefits. And these benefits include improvements to the immune system.
For example, when undergraduates in a study were exposed to the rhinovirus, they got sick. (What did you expect from the virus that causes the common cold?) The interesting finding concerned the participants who had their happiness levels boosted by the researchers just before being exposed to the virus. The researchers did this in simple ways, such as by showing humorous videos. Those people who were given the happiness boost were less likely to get the cold than those who didn’t have their happiness increased. And if they did get the cold, the happier students reported that the symptoms were less severe. The study was essentially repeated with the influenza virus, which causes the flu, with the same basic results. Undergraduates who were first given the happiness boost were more resistant to the flu virus.
In a more recent study, 350 adults volunteered to be exposed to the cold virus. (The subjects were compensated nicely.) The adults’ positive emotions, such as feeling energetic and pleased, were measured for two weeks before exposure to the virus. Those who reported the most positive emotions were less likely to develop the cold.
A study of dental students told a similar story. These students reported their mood three times a week for almost two months. They also had their saliva collected so that their immune systems’ effectiveness could be assessed. When the students’ immune systems were challenged by a pill containing a protein from rabbit blood, the response to this foreign material depended on the students’ moods. The response of the immune system was weaker on days marked by negative moods, and higher on days marked by positive moods.
More recently, researchers gave 81 graduate students two doses of the hepatitis B vaccine. This vaccine causes the immune system to respond. After two doses, the students rated themselves on nine positive emotions. Those who reported high levels of positive emotions had a much stronger immune response.
So is the secret to a healthy immune system as simple as smiling? Well, certainly not if those smiles are faked. When bus drivers’ smiling and moods were monitored for two weeks, researchers found that the drivers’ moods got worse and they withdrew from work when they faked smiles. And faking smiles was particularly hard on women. However, when the drivers gave more authentic smiles, by focusing on pleasant thoughts and memories, their moods and productivity improved.
Happiness is associated with many benefits, such as better relationships and a longer life. Happiness is also associated with physical changes in the immune system. So how do we increase our happiness?
To help get you to that joyful place, here is what Dr. Mark D. Holder has to say — By the way, he considers himself the Happiness Doctor. Doc Mark is an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he studies the science of happiness. And he’s got four solid tips to help you personally increase yours.
Be social“First,” Holder stresses, “nurture your personal relationships.” Why? “Other people really matter”
Appreciate nature“The second thing you can do is spend mindful time in nature,” Holder advises. “So it doesn’t seem to matter how much time or how frequently you’re in nature, but that when you’re in nature, you disconnect from social media and pay attention to the emotion it evokes. So maybe go out there and take photographs, or sketch nature.”
Move that body“The third thing you can do,” he says, “is exercise. We underestimate how much it’ll make us happy.”
Get spiritualThe final suggestion from Holder, he says, “is spirituality — and by that I don’t mean religiosity, but having a spiritual approach to life.”
You can even combine all four suggestions for maximum happiness effect, Holder says. “So for me, I’m an active mountain biker and an active skier. So I can go skiing or mountain biking with my friends, which is social, of course I’m getting exercise, I do this out in nature, and there’s a spiritual component to it, where I’m in awe of that beauty in nature that I experience.”
Doc Mark concludes, “That would be my sort of universal panacea for happiness, based on the research.”
So don't worry. Get happy!
Oh, and Live Long and Prosper.
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It’s that time of year again, where the Irish, the shamrocks and the celebrations come out for St. Patrick’s Day. Feeling festive, I thought I’d share some little known facts about this holiday. So check them out, 10 things you may or may not have known about St. Patrick’s Day:
1. St. Patrick was not Irish, he was from Wales
This is an unusual fact that many people don’t realize. St. Patrick is not Irish, he is actually Welsh. He served as a missionary in Ireland, but later fled back to England.
2. The shamrock symbol is a teaching tool
St. Patrick was said to have used it to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
3. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1760s
Regardless of it being a holiday based for Irish people, the parade started out in New York for the first time. Why? Many Irish emigrated to NY back in the 1760’s and this parade featured Irish soldiers serving in the English army.
4. Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrocks to the US President
This was news to me! Every year, the Irish leader makes a visit to the White House to present a crystal bowl full of shamrocks to the current president.
5. Irish people take St. Patrick’s Day pretty seriously
I don’t think you needed to read this newsletter to find this one out! But yes, it’s true – it’s a national holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland on 17th March. The green, the Guinness, and the parade all contribute to a great day.
6. It used to be a dry holiday
Hard to believe, right? Based on its religious associations it was considered an alcohol-free holiday for most of the 20th Century. In 1970, the drinking traditions started.
7. St. Patrick was originally associated with the color blue
My initial thought when I first heard this was, “No way!” In fact, it’s true, Saint Patrick’s blue was originally associated with Ireland being under British rule. Since the Irish Rebellion in 1798, the tradition of green has stood for our nationalism.
8. 12% of Americans claim to have Irish heritage +
It’s always around this time of year that Irish-Americans come out from the wood work. Around 4.5 million Irish people emigrated to the US between 1840-1930 during and just after The Great Irish Famine. So there’s a lot of people claiming partial Irish identity through their ancestors!
9. Corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day staple
In honor of their culture, the initial Irish immigrants in the U.S. splurged on flavorful corned beef, which was accompanied by potato and the cheapest vegetable, cabbage. It didn’t take long for corned beef and cabbage to become associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you should give it a try this year!
10. It’s Paddy’s Day, NOT Patty’s Day
From what I can see, it’s widely known as Patty’s Day around the U.S., however….in Ireland, it’s Paddy’s Day. Irish people are so strong on this point, so much so that they’ve dedicated a website to explaining it here.. http://paddynotpatty.com/
So there you have it, some interesting facts you might not have known before about St. Patrick’s Day. Erin Go Braugh!
While on the topic of St.Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share
7 great St. Patrick’s Day drink recipes
that go great with coffee - especially coffee from Going Native Coffee.
1. KAHLUA, EGGNOG, AND JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY COCKTAIL
Irish coffee is pretty rich and delicious as is, but mixed with a little 'nog? We're telling you, it's a whole new world out there.
Get the recipe at Creative Culinary.
2. MINTY AND BOOZY ST. PATTY'S DAY ICED COFFEE
A little peppermint extract adds just the right amount of refreshing sweetness (while also making coffee breath a bit more bearable).
Get the recipe at Foxes Love Lemons.
3. THE CHILLY IRISHMAN
Think creamy, coffee-flavored, spiked slushy. We say top it off with chocolate nibs, because why not?
Get the recipe at Creative Culinary.
4. SPICED IRISH COFFEE
It's never really the wrong time of year to have pumpkin flavor in your toddy, especially when there's spicy whipped cream involved.
Get the recipe at The Spice Train.
5. COFFEE TEQUILA CREAM COCKTAIL WITH CINNAMON WHIPPED CREAM
We get that joe-flavored Tequila and cream mixed together is a pretty daunting concept, but once you try it, you may never purchase a bottle of whiskey ever again.
Get the recipe at Honey And Birch.
6. IRISH COFFEE MILKSHAKE WITH WHISKEY CARAMEL
This rich concoction of whiskey, caramel, ice cream, milk, and espresso powder is exactly what you and your friends need to start your barhopping adventures off on the right foot.
Get the recipe at Hungry Girl Por Vida.
7. BAILEYS IRISH AFFOGATOIt's basically a fancy Italian drink where hot espresso is poured over a few scoops of ice cream and then mixed with a shot or two of Irish cream.
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Paragliding & Paramotoring Adventures on Tablas Island - Do you want to learn how to fly? (read more...)
Have you ever dreamed of Flying?
Your flying dreams can come true and now you can soar like a bird. At least this is what Violet Lucasi wants. Violet is considering opening a paraglider and paramotor school for tourists and residents on Tablas Island.
What is Paragliding and Paramotoring?
Powered Paragliding or flying a Paramotor is the most affordable, safest, most transportable and FUN form of personal aviation ever devised.
Inflate your paraglider with air, then take off and enjoy. When you are ready to land, Paragliding and Paramotors can land just about anywhere.
For Paragliding or Paramotoring, there is NO License required, and you could be flying safely after only a few days training. There’s no need to worry about the engine failing because you are already under an open parachute – you simply glide gently back to earth.
At the moment, Violet and Pyro have no fixed schedule as the flight dates are dependent on the weather, and when they are able to invite pilots to take guest flying.
When you book with IFECPYRO, you will be updated on when the pilots will be flying and will be prioritized on those specific dates. (Wala po tayong specific dates. Mabibigay lang po ang schedule kapag may piloto na at maayos ang panahon)
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Additionally, IFECPYRO will be offering scholarships to local residents so they can become pilots, instructors and offering flights.
For most of us the idea to attaining Happiness and Peace of Mind within a few minutes sounds like magic. Well what does science say? The crystal clear water, the big blue sky, a long stretch of sand, and soothing calmness are possibly the best ingredients to sooth a restless soul and a tired mind.
There's never been a doubt about the magic that beaches have its visitors, and the same has now been accepted by Science. Besides being beneficial for you on mental and physical level, visiting beach can even make you live longer by adding years to your life.
Scientists have come up with a new term to define the effect of beach on your brain. It's called “Blue Space.” So, whenever you are feeling the blues, science suggests/recommends heading to the blue space (the beach) to restore peace of mind and recharge your batteries - freshness.
The relaxation that you feel after visiting a beach is not fake, or an illusion. It actually changes the way your brain reacts. This is because of the bodies experience in the calm, relaxed, happy and reenergizing surroundings.
Sciences Declares there are Four Different Ways in which
the Beach (Blue Space) Affects You
1. Reduces stress
The benefits of water for our body have long been established but very few of us know the benefits of water for our mood. Water is one of the nature’s best stress-relievers as it is full of positive ions that make a person feel at ease. For instance, whenever you swim or even dip your feet in water, you feel relaxed. That’s how water proves to be instant mood booster.
2. Boosts creativity - Makes You Smarter
If you feel stuck on a creative level then beach can bring you out of the rut! Scientists believe that being at the beach in a blue space allows you to have a better and clearer picture of your problems, and this enables you to solve your problems in a creative way. Essentially you become smarter. It is very much like meditation. Being at the beach clears your head, erases everything stress/problems, triggers calmness and therefore allows you to focus on your creative aspects.
3. Helps reduce feelings of depression
Calmness, relaxation and happiness are the feelings that are missing when someone is experiencing depression. The visit to the beach promises calmness, relaxation and happiness. So science now says the sound of water, the smell of sand, the sight of the sky, and all of it together will help you feel relaxed and happy.
4. Changes your perspective on life
To have a positive and right perspective on life, all a person needs are:
The Conclusion is Simple
Visit the Beach. Live Calmer. Boost Creativity. Live Happier. Live Longer.
(now we need to see if we can get our insurance to pay for our beach visits)
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Go to the Beach or Spend Money on a Psychologist Therapist - Given the Choice... Here's Why A Visit to the Beach is Highly Recommended by NeuroScientists
Waves gently splashing on the shore. Sunlight streaming from a cloudless sky. Seemingly-endless sand joining the horizon. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it? And for many of you who spend most weekday hours indoors, it doesn’t take much persuasion to visit the beach and catch some sun.
But if you do need more reasons to hit the beach, find out how the surf, the sun, and the sand can boost your physical and mental health.
Health Benefits of the Beach
In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, author J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School, pointed to the restorative environment of the beach.
“Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than urban built environments like malls, cinemas, coffee shops, and the like,” said Hipp.
We all know there are risks of too much sun exposure. But there are benefits to getting some rays, too.
When our skin is directly exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, a vital tool that helps with calcium absorption and building strong bones. Some of it comes from diet, but a good portion also comes from the sun. And according to the Mayo Clinic, as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can provide us with our daily dose. According to the vitamin D council, “your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink.”
In one study, sun exposure was shown to offer other benefits in addition to vitamin D production — including an increase in endorphins and possible prevention of autoimmune diseases.
Did you know that the soles of your feet have more nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body? And that walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes?
Not only are you stimulating nerve endings when you walk on the sand, but you’re also strengthening the muscles in your feet, which don’t get used nearly as much when you’re wearing shoes. And according to Martin Zucker, author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, you may be better connected to the earth when you ditch your shoes, reaping vital mood-boosting benefits. “Earthing,” argues Zucker, reconnects our bodies to the ever-present energy of the earth, which modern lifestyles have increasingly diminished.
And in a study focused on running and walking on the sand, researchers found that walking on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 times the energy than it takes on a hard surface.
“Our muscles perform more mechanical work when running or walking on sand than on a hard surface,” said study co-author Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D.
If treading on the unwieldy sand for too long sounds tiring, try alternating your walk or run on the more compact sand closer to the water, where the surface will be less challenging.
Sea water contains high levels of various minerals — including magnesium, potassium and iodine — which may help fight infection, offer therapeutic effects, and potentially help the body heal and detoxify.
Swimming is linked to decreased stress and increased sense of well-being; studies have shown swimming and water-based exercise help to decrease anxiety and depression.
Aside from its therapeutic effects, swimming provides excellent physical exercise, employing most of our major muscle groups, especially as the water provides gentle resistance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming ranks as the fourth most popular sport activity in the United States. Among other aerobic activities (like running and bicycling), swimming for as little as two-and-a-half hours a week may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and boost heart health.
And since it’s a non-impact sport, swimming offers a great way for people with injuries to get some exercise. For sufferers of arthritis, water-based exercise can help improve joint pain symptoms.
Hipp JA, Ogunseitan O. Effect of environmental conditions on perceived psychological restorativeness of coastal parks. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 2011.
Mead MN. Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2008.
Lejeune TM, Willems PA, Heglund NC. Mechanics and energetics of human locomotion on sand. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 2011.
Moghaddam J, Hefzollesan M, Salehian MH, Shirmohammadzadeh M. Effect of Different Exercises on Reducing Male Students Depression. Annals of Biological Research. 2012.
This article was originally printed by Medical Daily.
Who wants to Quit Their Job, Retire Early, and Move to a Tropical Island? Let me share my experience, then you decided if this is something you want to try...
I wake up to an unusual sound for a January morning. It's the sounds of a gentle rain shower. Nothing to worry about. So I lay on my back and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the raindrops on the palm fronds outside our window.
As I contemplate what I'll do today, I can already smell the fresh brewed coffee by our house keeper.
Quickly I sit up in bed... It's raining! Our daughter and her friends are camping! It's their 1st time sleeping in a tent!
I rush out of the bedroom!
"Hi Daddy! We woke up early from camping when it started raining and came inside. Since we are up early, we decided to make you and Mommy coffee and breakfast - It's duck eggs and rabbit from our yard. Can you eat them now? We want you to tell us how much you like it." All three girls nod their heads and smile. I'm very proud of these 10 year old girls. Of course I tell them, "It's the best breakfast ever!"
As I start my 2nd cup of coffee, my wife joins me clad in a yellow golf skirt, a tight white muscle shirt, and a Yankees baseball cap. "I was thinking we'd go boating this morning. If we are lucky, we'll catch a few tuna for dinner. And if we don't catch any fish, at least we are enjoying the ocean together. What do you think?" I smile, nod my head - Of course I think her idea is awesome.
On the water I get a text message: "Join us for a sunset for cocktails and a barbecue on our beach. Bring Fish. I can see you on your boat." I reply with a smiley emoji and a thumbs up.
That night at our neighbor's place, his personal chef prepares and awesome spread on the beach: barbecued tuna & vegetables, fresh fruit for desert, and rum cocktails with coconut juice.
Sitting amongst the tiki torches with our friends, I think about my decisions to:
If you know someone who is considering:
I'm starting off the new year with an effort to look sharp - because ZZ Top says, "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man". So into my barber for my 1st mens haircut for 2019.
Jun (short for Junior) has been cutting my hair for the past 7 years. What I like about the haircuts that he gives me is that they are a razor haircut - also known as a straight razor fade. While the razor fade haircut is a stylish modern style offered by many barbershops, it takes a truly skilled barber to cut and shave a razor fade.
Jun's has his little barbershop located on the 1st floor of his home. He definitely minimizes on the decor, but he absolutely maximizes my comfort with his razor expertise and experience.
When he's finished cutting, Rose (my wife) will walk around me and say, "Ang gwapo mo ngayon!", and give me a kiss. "You are handsome again".
Jun smiles because he knows Rose is satisfied with his work.
He finishes by giving me a brief scalp, and a shoulder massage. As I get out of the chair he tells me, "Forty pesos, sir Greg." I smile. I give him the forty pesos plus a very generous tip. "Thanks, my friend," and we are both satisfied with the deal.
Forty Pesos is equivalent to 80 cents
I'm not an expert at styling my hair, but Rose likes it when I put some styling wax in my hair. She says it makes me gwapo. If the simple request of putting styling wax in my hair makes my wife more loving and affectionate, then the extra ten pesos is a great investment.
Have I had any other experiences with a Razor Haircut?
Unfortunately, yes. I've had razor haircuts that felt like torture. My worst experience felt like the barber was ripping the hair from my scalp. "Ouch!" was putting it mildly. I remember thinking of getting out of one barber's chair and leaving, but the mirror made it extremely obvious that I needed stay and let them finish. (Note: the bad haircut happened while I was visiting in the USA).
Are you thinking of coming to the Philippines for a visit, to get a haircut, or moving to the Philippines? If you are, then let us know. Maybe we can offer you more guidance. Moving to the Philippines has been one of my best decisions in life.
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The coffee industry in the US is worth over $19 billion per year. Coffee is the second largest industry in the world (#1 is petroleum oil). Oddly enough - like oil - many people view coffee as their vital source of “fuel” needed to get them going in the morning. In fact, half of all Americans drink coffee.
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Do you want to know how to cure my Hangover? If the answer is YES, then let's get started with my Top 3 .
1. IV Drip
I learned that an IV drip of hydrating fluids, a high dose of vitamins, and antioxidants helped me feel better. Getting this treatment may cost you a trip to the E.R. or to an IV Drip Club. It's pricey, but it's my favorite.
2. Coffee & Aspirin
Some say "Hair of the Dog", while scientist are saying coffee and aspirin.
3. Buko (coconut) Juice
If I am hungover, then you won't see me climbing a coconut tree, but we have plenty of coconut trees filled with fresh buko juice. Buko juice is loaded with antioxidants and nutrient rich juice. A few chilled glasses of this magic nectar, and I'm feeling much better. note: very cost effective if you have coconut trees in your yard. I have tried the coconut water that is sold in many grocery stores, and we can attest that the stuff they are selling is only a tiny fraction of the goodness compared to what comes fresh off the tree.
This concludes our top 3 cures for a hangover, even though some scientists are saying the only real cure for a hangover is time. But when I'm feeling bad, there certainly can be relief.
My Personal Final Note: At our house, we are coffee lovers. We love good coffee so much that we started our own coffee company - The Going Native Coffee Club. So we recommend drinking our FOCUS Blend (a 6 bean espresso) along with a side of buko juice.
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written by Greg Pasden
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Island Living has many challenges and many benefits. This weekend is another example of an island life benefit. We are invited to a wedding in the Philippines by the beach!
The other day, we had an unexpected visitor drop by. A friendly neighbor and a young lady whom we did not know... and they had something to ask us. "Would you mind coming to this young lady's wedding? Oh, and we want you to be her God Parents." Wanting to be good neighbors in the community, we said, "Sure, we'll be there".
Today is the wedding day, and as luck would have it, we are in the midst of a typhoon. Lots of rain, wind, and no electricity.
The wedding starts at 9am, and it's now 815am... and Rose and I are just waking up. We quickly get dressed, grab a fresh banana and dash to the car in the pouring rain. As we exit the driveway, we see a small parade of neighbors starting their 3 mile trek to the church - they are going to the wedding too. "Would you like a ride to the church?" Of course they say 'Yes', and we begin packing 9 more people into our 5 passenger Mitsubishi. Nobody complains. In fact, everyone is laughing, and happy not to be walking in the pouring rain. I smile and realize this is one of those enjoyable Filipino moments, where people are happy to be helping other people.
As the ceremony is about to ceremony is about to begin, we arrive laughing and quickly unload into the church to avoid the torrential rain. Entering the church, we discover that it's not only us trying to avoid the rain, but it's also birds, cats, dogs, and lizards. Life in the tropics. Fortunately no one is bothered by the additional attendees.
The wedding planner gives us our instructions as the music begins - acoustic guitars and wonderful Filipino voices. This music sounds so good that I would have just came to enjoy the production.
We file up the aisle and into our seats. My favorite part of this procession is watching the tiny flower girls dropping tropical flower petals in their wake. It's super cute.
Obviously the bride and groom are supposed to be the focal point... but I'm easily distracted by the flying birds, the roving dogs that are sniffing around, and the flower girls starting a flower fight with the ring barers. I enjoy the moment of wedding ceremony irony.
My attention is refocused as I hear, "You may kiss the bride!" It was an awkward moment for the couple but they eventually kiss (and I wonder if it was their first kiss ever).
To the reception
And the typhoon is raging as we scurry under an awning for the reception. Waves are crashing, coconuts are falling from the trees, and people are still smiling and enjoying the moment.
And the microphone is put in my hand. I am told I am to make an impromptu speech. Ugh, think quick!
"Today we are witnessing: Raging wind, Crashing waves, Drenching rain. It's symbolic of challenges that a couple can face during a marriage. The other thing we are witnessing is faith that the challenges will only be temporary, and that good weather is only a day away. This is true in relationships. We must have faith to carry us throw the bad times. We must have perseverance to help us weather these storms. We must appreciate our community to help support and encourage us to do the right thing.
And the right thing to do now is for everyone to raise their glasses and make a toast to this Happy and Loving couple."
I don't know what I just said, but at least I am sipping wine on the beach with the love of my life - my wife Rose.
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Why Do I Love Celebrating Christmas in the Philippines more than I do in the USA?
Let me step back a few years... Ok, maybe a few decades. When I was a child celebrating Christmas, there were lots of decorations & displays in the malls, lots of excitement to sit on Santa's lap and let him know what was on my wish list, and lots of Christmas shows on television. Wow, Christmas is glitzy and exciting.
As I got older, I slowly realized that the decorations & displays were there to make me want to visit the mall, that Santa was there so we would visit the mall, that the shows on TV had enticing commercials, so we would visit the mall. Wow, and if you didn't get the latest gizmo, gadget, fad-ish type item, well then you just weren't in the Christmas Spirit (guilt), a 'Scrooge', or a 'Grinch'.
Now... Let me leap forward to September 1st 2018.
Children are hanging Christmas decorations in the streets, on their homes, in the churches, in the public square. People are having sporting competitions to celebrate Christmas. People are harvesting food, buying food, and confectionaries. Do you notice any differences in the 2 cultures?
Some may need to read the 1st paragraph again.
Here are the differences that I immediately noticed in the 2 cultures. I see that the decorations are in the places where people gather and meet, the activities are to bring people together, and the shopping is so that people can share time and a meal together. Notice, nothing is about gadgets, toys, gizmos, fashion, or the latest fad. It's about something more human. Something more basic. Something that everyone can share and appreciate. It's Friendship and camaraderie.
During this season, we threw and attended numerous Christmas parties filled with parlor games for everyone - adults, children and foreign guests (this year we had 3 foreign guests from South Korea).
And the pinnacle of the Christmas season happens at mid-night on Christmas Eve. It's an event called Noche Buena. Family and friends get together to share a festive meal. Yes, I say festive because it involves laughing, singing, dancing, adult beverages, and a huge feast of food. And custom has it that after the late night meal, the gather attends mass - in memoranda of the birth of the Christ child.
On Christmas morning, my wife and I celebrated that we were together as a family, and we also shared a single gift with our daughter. After we had breakfast and fresh coffee (from Going Native Coffee Club), we - as a family - took gift bags of various candies to the homes of the less affluent areas. This is called 'Sharing the Blessings'. The smiles and gratitude from the people we met can touch one's soul and enrich the Christmas experience. It's something I will never forget, and something that I will always want to do every Christmas.
Merry Christmas from the Philippines & Happy New Year!
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1. NOT USING FRESH COFFEE BEANS
It is easier to tell stale coffee beans but the old-but-not-stale ones may be hard to identify and they can drastically affect the quality of your brew. If the coffee beans sit for too long on the shelves, the volatile compounds will slowly dissipate resulting in a bland cup of coffee.
Buy fresh, just like you do with green leafy vegetables, milk, and bread. When you buy roasted coffee beans next time, make sure you it is recently roasted - At Going Native Coffee Club we roast in the morning and ship it to you in the afternoon. An important tip is to drink your coffee when it’s still hot because the chemical reactions that continue post brewing process can ruin your coffee.
Going Native Coffee Beans are roasted fresh in the morning and shipped that afternoon to your door.
2. BUYING CHEAP COFFEE INSTEAD OF BUYING QUALITY BEANS
The attractive discount on low-brand coffee beans may look tempting and urge you to save money on your daily cuppa, but think again. Do you really want to put price over quality to have a grimace on your face as you sip on your morning coffee?
Keep cost cutting for other not so important things in life. A cup of coffee can make or break your day, so spare yourself the nightmare of bargain coffee at the supermarket just to save a couple of collars. Buy only the premium quality beans that feel great on your taste buds!
Going Native Coffee Club coffee beans consistently are scored 95% or higher.
3. NOT MAINTAINING THE RIGHT WATER-GROUND RATIO WHILE BREWING
When you wake up six in the morning and kick yourself out of bed reluctantly, you may not be in the mood to do any calculations. If you carelessly toss a few spoons into the filter and pour water without measuring, chances are your cup of mud will taste terrible.
While your taste buds may excuse your early morning mistakes, spare a moment for the right measurements on other occasions. I would suggest that you invest in a kitchen scale. Keep a measuring scoop accessible so that you can treat yourself with a spectacular cup of coffee every morning.
Tip - If you make you coffee to strong for your liking, then you can always add more hot water after the coffee is made. But you cannot make weak coffee stronger.
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As a coffee farmer, I'm compelled to share Where Coffee Beans get Their Flavor Notes.
Coffee is just very complex, arguably the mostcomplex food humans ingest (roughly 1500 chemical compounds in your cup). I'll try to keep this as clear as possible. No attempt at being pretentious here either.
What influences the nature and make up of these constituents?
1) Terroir - The land (soil composition, pH), water composition, the amount & timing of precipitation, temperature, elevation, latitude, shade / sun, etc.
2) Cultivation - Fertilizer regimen / nutrition (organic, biodynamic, synthetic, etc.), irrigation, pesticides / herbicides / fungicides, etc.
3) Varietal - Like wine (pinot noir, cabernet, etc.), coffee has varieties: typica, caturra, bourbon, gesha & hundreds more. These varieties have different characteristics (aroma, flavor, body, acidity) that change in response to 1) and 2).
4) Harvesting - Coffee is a fruit. What's sweeter: green, unripe bananas or yellow, ripe bananas? The same applies to coffee. There are different colors of ripe coffee, but ripe coffee will be sweeter, cleaner & smoother if properly grown, harvested, processed, roasted & brewed. (We teach everyone to only harvest when it's ripe).
5) Processing - This is perhaps one of the biggest factors determining flavor & aroma. Three main techniques are used: wet / washed, semi-wash / honey, & natural / dried-in-the-fruit.
- The wet method tends to showcase acidity & terroir. The coffee seed (bean) is "washed" by way of removing the fruit skin & pulp (mucilage) surrounding it. This is done in one of several ways: via fermentation, with or without water, or via mechanical removal. The result is an experience true to the variety's response to its circumstances (as mentioned above).
- The semi-washed / honey method is when the coffee flesh is removed but the thin, sweet mucilage layer of pectin / sugar surrounding the bean remains intact while the bean dries. This tends to enhance sweetness, slightly round the acidity & provide heavier body / mouthfeel (usually my favorite style of processing for most coffees).
- Natural processing is when the coffee fruit is harvested & put out to dry, fully intact with its fruit skin surrounding the bean. This results in a very fruit-forward flavor & aroma, often like berries. This method tends to mask or overpower other subtle attributes you might taste in a washed version of the exact same coffee; however, that's certainly not always the case.
6) Drying - Too hot and fast, the coffee tends to have woody, papery flavors. Too slow and incomplete, it will taste moldy / musty. So getting it right comes from experience and knowing the environment.
7) Storage - If properly dried (slowly & evenly), coffee can last 10-14 months in storage with little to no loss of "fresh" quality if the conditions are stable. But taste is subjective. The longer it sits in storage, & depending on the conditions, the more faded the acidity, the heavier the body & the woodier / muskier the flavors. It's all about what you want to experience. The age of coffee can have dramatic results on the cup.
8) Roasting - If you roast too dark, coffee pretty much all tastes very similar -- like carbon -- because what's happened to the organic compounds that give coffee its distinction is that they've been carbonized (which is far beyond caramelization). Once again, this is simply a matter of personal preference. But roasting can ultimately determine whether or not you taste toffee or peaches from the exact same bag of coffee. Everything could have been done to perfection up until this point & then totally ruined with poor, careless roasting. So, roasting is the art & science of presentation: enhancing the desirable intrinsic features while subduing the undesirable (this includes flavor, body, sweetness, acidity, aftertaste, & intensity of all these attributes).
9) Brewing - Pretty self-explanatory... err, well, no. Here are the factors / variables that influence cup quality & attributes:
- The grind: both size and consistency
- The water: temperature, hardness / softness, pH
- Time: length of contact / exposure of coffee to water
- Pressure: espresso, Aeropress, mocha pot, siphon
- Type of exposure: drip, full-immersion (i.e. french press),
- Filtration (or lack of)
I hope this helps you understand where Coffee Beans get their flavor notes.
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Rose and I like good coffee. Unfortunately, the coffee that is primarily sold around these islands is instant coffee or coffee that is so bad, that I would rather spit it out than drink it. So what do coffee lovers do when they can't buy a good coffee from the market? The answer was simple. We started our own coffee farm.
Fortunately for me, Rose's family has been growing coffee for generations... and Rose has a huge family. Dozens of aunts and uncles and hundreds of cousins. This came in handy because we were able to curate coffee from their farms and friends farms from around the country and around the globe.
What Rose showed me is that coffee beans need to be harvested when they look and feel ripe. "If they look and feel good, then your coffee will taste good."
How is this different from other commercial coffees from around the world?
Many commercial coffee companies tell the farmers to just strip every single bean from the coffee plant - be it ripe or unripe. This means that the coffee is not going to taste as good as it should. Rose says, "It's like comparing a hotdog to a steak."
Next is the precision roasting process
Since we only want excellent roasted coffee beans, we knew we needed precise coffee roasting. Fortunately we have friends in sunny southern California who are artisans and only use state-of-the-art microbat coffee roasting equipment that maximizes the roasted flavors and aromas. (They even look and dress like surgeons).
When we receive your order, your coffee is roasted in the morning and shipped that afternoon. We want to ensure you never have to reach for a stale bag of coffee again.
1. Make really good coffee
2. Support the coffee growers & harvesters so that we have really great coffee today and for future coffee lovers
Our goals are focussed on the coffee lovers and the coffee growers - not about corporate profits and company stock.
Taking care of people - who love coffee from start to finish - is our primary focus.
Boasting on our Roasting
Our coffee consistently scores in the top 95% or better. What this means is that our customers are enjoying high quality, excellent coffee. Just the way we like it.
If you want to be a part of our Coffee Tribe of coffee lovers, then:
1. Try some of our exotic single origin and blend coffees,
2. Let others know about Going Native Coffee Club.
Greg & Rose (coffee lovers with a heart)
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Papua New Guinea A/X has to be one of my personal favorite coffees to drink.
Send your taste buds on a journey to paradise with every sip of this tropical bliss. Papua New Guinea coffee is highly prized for its complex, full flavors thanks to the rich soils and idyllic growing conditions.
Our Papua New Guinea A/X coffee is curated from family-owned farms organized around the Highlands Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC) located in the Okapa district within the province of Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. HOAC members come from a number of different indigenous groups including the North Fore and South Fore, tribes that have come together in HOAC despite a long history of conflict. HOAC accesses the international coffee markets for farmers to have greater earning capacity from direct trade relationships. HOAC has also invested in coffee processing equipment to improve quality, and infrastructure projects to improve roads, access to potable water, and build schools in rural communities.
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Flavor Notes of Papua New Guinea A/X
Enjoy the tropical flavors of Honey, Coconut & Pineapple. Awaken your senses with the aroma of sweet honey as this medium roast delivers subtle hints of coconut and pineapple.
Papua New Guinea has a flavor profile that lends itself very well to espresso. We encourage you to try it! Send your taste buds to paradise.
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Probably the most common reason why people love coffee is because they want the caffein boost to keep them awake. While others enjoy wrapping their hands around a warm aromatic brew while they socialize for friends. For me, it's different. But before I tell you why I love coffee, let me tell you more about me. I'm Rose Pasden. I'm a coffee farmer who learned coffee farming in the jungles of the Philippines. Because of my grades, I was sent off to further my education, and eventually I became a nurse, a wife, and a mommy.
Living our family life in the city may seem nice to most, but something was calling me back to the deep jungles. No, it wasn't a telephone call from mom, but rather an instinctual feeling. Fortunately, I have an adventurous husband, so we packed a few things for our trek - to the mythical jungles of Leyte. Leyte is where I'm from, and the ancestral home of my tribe.
Boats, 4x4s, and Lots of Hiking
24 hours later we make it to our village. We enjoy a wonderful dinner, homemade coconut wine, and lots of stories before heading to our hut for the night. The next morning I hear my grandfather's whistling, and I go out to join him by the river. He knew I would join him. He looks down at me and smiles. He puts a baby coffee plant in my hand and says, "In your hands is the Power, Strength, Health, and Nature's Life. Protect and grow the coffee bean. It is my gift to you." Today we have thousands of coffee plants where we are growing some of the world's highest scoring coffees - consistently 95% or higher.
Who doesn't like a good cup of coffee?
I know I have had some coffee that has tasted so bad that I had to spit it out. Unfortunately, what some people drink is coffee that is not harvested properly. Lots of coffee companies just want beans. They also want cheap beans.
So what do they do?
They tell their farmers to just pick them all - some are ripe, but most are pre-ripe. Let me ask you a question. Have you ever eaten a piece of fruit that wasn't ripe. It's yucky, right? Me personally, I don't want to even put it in my mouth.
Great Coffee Beans Make Great Coffee
I was only taught to pick the coffee when it was perfectly right - bright red and it feels good. If it looks good, and it feels good, then it will taste good. This is why great coffee beans make great coffee.
Carrying on Tradition for Today's and Tomorrow's Coffee Lovers
A great coffee is like a great wine, or a craft beer. It has aroma, flavors, and body that is beyond any other. Because I grew up growing coffee, I know what it takes to make a great tasting coffee - and I want to share it with the World, and we want to keep it going for future coffee drinkers. This is why we proudly grow, support and curate Ethically Traded coffee - so farmers around the world will continue to grow and harvest coffee the consistently scores 95% or higher.
Our coffee tastes better, it's more flavorful, and I think I'm worth the extra effort for a great cup of coffee.
Join Us. Join our Tribe. Follow us and visit us. We are proud of what we do and the people lives that we improve. Going Native Coffee is more than coffee. It's a great tasting brew that effects lives around the world in so many positive ways. This is why I love our coffee.
I hope we get a chance to meet to share a cup of coffee and talk about life and adventures.
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