When people think of you, they'll smile.
My father told me those words because he was instilling in me the seeds of a positive life.
Living a positive life is a choice that I chose to live by, and I want to share one of the simplest steps with you. It's the Smile.
Smiling is simple, it's FREE, and it's a universal language. I have traveled to more than 30 different countries, and the smile seems to be the best way to initiate positive communication.
Believe it or not, a physician, Dr Ward Crampton, would prescribe a 'miracle exercise' that didn't require special medicine, equipment or special clothing. You didn't have to do exercises that left you breathless and exhausted. You could do it standing up or sitting down. But he did suggest doing it in front of a mirror was good, but doing it with another person was best.
Here is Dr. Crampton's miracle exercise:
Have you ever heard of a man by the name of Dale Carnegie? He is the master of making friends. He wrote the following about the power of the smile:
"It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.
It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature’s best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anyone 'til it is given away. And if in the hurly-burly bustle of today's business world, some of the people you meet should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?
For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give."
Smiles are FREE. Be generous. Give them away often and see the results.
Island Life is Awesome - please share
The most frequently questions that I get are:
I answer, ‘Are you kidding me? I'm staying here!’ Immediately they give me a baffled look and ask ‘Why wouldn’t you want to move back to the USA?’
Common questions like these inspired me to write... My Top 10 Reasons to stay in the Philippines (instead of returning to the USA).’
#1 The Philippines is genuinely the most welcoming country that I have ever traveled. In a matter of minutes, you will be making friends, having fun and enjoying conversations about activities, the world, and your families. What do you have planned for today? Where are you from? Are you married? Do you have kids? Are you hungry? These might seem like personal questions, but the Filipino people want to welcome you and share their hospitality. Where we live on Tablas, it’s very refreshing to take a daily walk through the market or your neighborhood and engage in a conversation. Not only will you learn more about this beautiful country, but you will also gain the wealth of friendship.
#2 The weather in the Philippines is pleasant all year. The temperature in the Philippines is almost always above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). Not only does this mean that I can wear shorts and a T-shirt all year, it also means that we can get out to hike, bike, swim, boat, and travel to neighboring islands anytime I choose. Just last month (in February) we went boating, swimming and diving in the warm ocean. When I was living in the USA the temperatures were so cold that for nearly 7 months of the year I had to wear long pants, a jacket, gloves and a hat. Growing up in the USA, my mantra was ‘I hate the cold, I hate the cold, I hate the cold’. So being in the year round warm weather of the Philippines is Awesome!
#3 The cost of living in most of the Philippines is much less. (There is an exception - Manila, Cebu and Angeles City are about the same price as the USA). As I am writing this, I asked Rose what we normally spend on food, utilities, fuel for the trucks, cell phones and TV. You know - your normal household expenses. I think her answer will surprise you. Rose says that we normally spend about $450 or less each month. This does not mean we are starving or living like hermits. Quite the contrary. We actually eat a great selection of tasty, healthy, home cooked meals, as well as dining out a few nights each week. It’s just that we get more for the dollar in the Philippines. I could write a book on how far the dollar goes over here.
#4 The ocean is always just minutes away. We are close (very close) to the beautiful crystal clear ocean and talcum white beaches. Did you know that the Philippines is comprised of nearly 7,100 islands. This means that you can travel in any direction and quickly be at the beach. Being by the ocean every day, versus looking at a screensaver of the ocean, is very relaxing. STOP! For the next few moments, I want you to imagine yourself holding your favorite fresh tropical drink while wiggling your toes in talcum white sand and listening to the sound of the waves. Do you feel more relaxed? Does your stress melt away? Do you feel happier? Think about it. Which would you prefer: wiggling your toes on a tiled floor, or wiggling you toes inside your shoes on a carpeted floor? I’m sure we all know the answer.
#5 Miles of Smiles. The people in the Philippines are some of the happiest people I have ever met. Their great sense of humor, friendliness, and the ability to appreciate life. Let me share a story with you… Rose took me to her village in the jungles of Leyte where she grew up. Her parents, cousins and extended family are still living in their native homes made of bamboo, leaves and TLC. The shower is the river. Their TV is the fire burning outside their home (where everyone gathers and talks during and after dinner). Their night lights are the stars in the sky. Their music are the songs in the their hearts. And their happiness… it’s difficult to describe… but it’s contagious. I have to say that their happiness and smiles are more genuine than in anyplace I have ever traveled. Pure happiness & friendship is something you must experience in your life. If you need a recommendation on where to visit, let me know. You can experience this on a sailboat tour from Tablas Island.
#6 Asian Medicine. Rose comes from a family of doctors. Ok, she comes from a family of ‘Witch Doctors’. At least that’s what she calls them. But in the USA we would call them Homeopathic Doctors, or using herbal medicine, or massage therapists, or aroma therapy. I think you understand what I am trying to say. Here on the island, it is not uncommon for someone to receive herbal treatments for a cough, cold, or flu. I know when I start getting a cold, I get fed a soup made with tree leaves, a hot tea made with several different juices and herbs, and I might even get a 2 hour herbal massage. These treatments not only work, but they feel so good, that I sometimes want to fake being sick just so I can get the massage.
#7 Tropical fruit and organic vegetables. The Filipino farmers’ produce is so much better than the farmer’s markets in the USA. Why? Because this is not just a weekend hobby. It’s how we get our produce everyday. Also our produce is non-GMO, organic, and the seeds can be replanted (unlike the sterile produce grown in the USA). What this means is that not only can I eat these delicious fruits or vegetables, but I can also save the seeds and replant them. It also means that I need to be careful where I spit my seeds. Plants grow fast here in this fertile Filipino soil.
#8 The Dining Experience - The Recipes and Food are delicious. No matter what you desire, the variety and flavors of the Filipino food are awesome. The traditional food can be savory to sweet, mild to spicy, or smoked to barbecued. I like dining the Pica-pica method. This means that the food is served on a long table covered with banana leaves. Then the food is neatly presented on top of the banana leaves. Then after everyone takes pictures and selfies, it’s time to eat! But NO forks and NO spoons allowed. You can only use your hands. Needless to say, it’s a fun and enjoyable experience.
Before we go on, let me say that the Filipinos are not only known for the traditional food that I enjoy. Let me share this expample. Our neighbor’s personal chef prepares an array of International recipes from Asian to European to American. One evening, Harold the Chef, prepared a dream like setting on the beach with candle lanterns in the trees and a bonfire on the beach. Harold prepared hand made pasta, sushi rolls, pizza and roasted hotdogs (fire roasted marshmallows for desert). Not to be outdone, our domestic helper Mayca makes delicious meals too! From a chicken cordon bleu to a coconut butternut squash soup to a savory shish kabab to a Tuna Dynamite. Needless to say, we need to stay active around here or else we are going to grow a larger waist line.
#9 Family Fun for Everyone - Everyone in the Filipino family is Included and Valued. I love that everyone in the family is included in going out to either a family social event, a fiesta, and a night at the disco. One evening, Rose and I went to see an RnB cover band. Before the show began, a large family (more than 20) came to enjoying the show too. What struck me as endearing is that the family included their small children, the parents, the grandparents and the great-grandparents. And when the music started, even the great-grandparents got up to dance. Everyone in the disco was encouraging and supportive. Rose told me ‘Age is just a number. Even though the our bodies gets old, the mind, spirit and soul are still young. This is the only chance we get at enjoying life. So the Filipino people help everyone to fun & enjoy life to the fullest’.
#10 Home is Where the Heart Is.
I hope you have a better understanding of our great way to Enjoy Living and Life. Knowing this is how my life will be in the Philippines, I feel in my heart that this is Home, and the place for our family. Not only for today, but for the future… and beyond.
Island Life Is Awesome
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Are you looking for some Fun? Then why not come and enjoy the Fun in the Philippines?
Here are a X Reasons it's More Fun in the Philippines
#1 Flying in The Philippines
I feel safer, happier and more relaxed already as I enter the Philippines & travel to Tablas Island. Cebu Pacfic Air is the airline of choice when flying to Tablas.
#2 The Jeepney - Public Transportation in a Public Utility Vehicle (PUV)
Jeepneys follow specific routes. I will gladly ride a Jeepney on Tablas Island, but I will not ride a jeepney in Manila - this video will explain why. I prefer taking a Jeepney in the rural areas (the provinces) where it's safe - like Tablas Island. In the province it's a great way to see the sights for only a few coins. Plus the Jeepney drivers will deliver large loads of goods & supplies to your home for a reasonable fee.
#3 The Filipino Trike - a motorcycle with a side car.
Because I am kind of tall, this isn't a comfortable mode of transportation for me. But they are great for going from 1 specific point to another. Don't be surprised if you see 10 or more kids riding in and on the trike on the way to school.
#4 The Banca Boat - The Filipino Outrigger
I enjoy riding shorter distances - less than 15 miles - in the banca boats. Sometimes the crew will let you get out and ride on the outriggers
#5 Tablas Sailboats, Ecotours, Adventures & Island Hopping.
Ride close to the water and enjoy the sound of the wind rushing through your hair. Ride in a Filipino Banca boat, or the larger catamarans & trimarans. Either sail for a few hours or for a few days. This is the best. more info -> https://goo.gl/PkiuuL
#6 Scooters & Motorcycles - A great way to get around with your friends or by yourself. A helmet is highly recommended. You don't want a coconut or a mango dropping on your head. I highly recommend talking with Sherlyn & Jeff at Tablas Scooters. You can find their information at www.TablasScooters.com
#7 My Favorite mode of Transportation - My Wife & her Truck
Rose enjoys driving her 4x4 through town (with her booster seat - Rose is only 4 feet 7 and 7/8 inches tall). Both are mighty and My favorite way to get around and tour Tablas Island.
COMING SOON... Who Likes Sailing & Adventure!
Very soon we will have Catamarans & Trimarans for sailing around Tablas Island. Day tours and Adventure Exersions. 1 to 5 day tours.
For more details, www.PhilippinesSailingTours.com
The other day we received a request to send a post card from our island in the Philippines to a 7 year old little girl's class in Delaware, Ohio. This is a simple request, right? Since I was in Osaka, Japan, I called Rose and asked her to find a post card and send it to this little girl's class in the USA. Rose happily agreed because she had met the adorable little girl a few years ago, and she knew this would be for a good cause - the class's geography lesson. (The girl making the request is Emmy... I call her M.E. - her mother doesn't like when I spell it that way).
Rose easily found a postcard at our friend's resort. She messaged me, 'I have the postcard, but do you know if we even have a Post Office on this island?'
Hmmm, maybe this is why I am not getting junk mail... or any mail delivered to ur house. We have been living on this island for several years, and we have no idea if we have a Post Office.
On the way to Shanghai I find a cute post card with a cartoon character beside a 787 jet. I pay for the post card, put it in my bag... and forget about it for a few days until I arrive home.
Rose picks me up from the airport, 'Welcome home Honey ko! I found the Post Office. Shall we send the cards?' I agree, and Rose puts the truck in drive and away we go along the coastal road.
Enjoying the view of the outrigger boats in bay, I never realized that 10 minutes had passed. 'Here we are Honey ko. I hope someone is still working today. I learned their hours are very relaxed.'
As we get out of the car and she leads me toward the beach, I wonder if she is just wanting to enjoy a romantic moment on the beach. But then she stops and points, 'Here we are!'
I smile as I read the sign. 'Island Post Office'. Of course it is. How could I expect anything different.
We get the proper postage and send off M.E.'s cards. Then I wonder if the Post Master is going to send them by ship, by plane or as a message in a bottle.
Island Life is Awesome!
This article is written by James G. Pasden (Greg Pasden). Author of the International Best Selling Book 'Like Winning the Lottery'
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