December 17, 2013

The Happy Moments Before the Storm

It always stirs our hearts when we look back and reminisce the moments where we found pure joy and bliss with our family and friends.

Before the devastation of the super storm. . . .

In Taberna, Palompon, Leyte with Ormoc's finest Adventist Youth Leaders.

At Lake Danao with Mai of Budget Biyahera and friends.

*Read Mai's blog post: The Calm Before the Storm-- My Eastern Visayas Journey.

At the annual evaluation of Ormoc Adventist Elementary School's Adventurer and Pathfinder Clubs.

Performed by: Lea Salonga and Gerard Salonga

Lea: You know some kids ask us what happiness really is.
Well, to me happiness is a hamburger, going to the movies, new clothes.
Well, what's your happiness, gerard?

Gerard: My happiness is a hotdog sandwich, new rubber shoes, new t-shirts,
New jeans and also my favorite part of happiness is love.

Happiness is two kinds of ice cream
Finding your skate key, telling the time
Happiness is learning to whistle
Tying your shoe for the very first time
Happiness is playing the drum in your own school band
And happiness is walking hand in hand

Happiness is five different crayons
Knowing a secret, climbing a tree
Happiness is finding a nickel
Catching a firefly, setting him free
Happiness is being alone every now and then
And happiness is coming home again

Happiness is morning and evening. Daytime and nighttime, too

For happiness is anyone and anything at all
That's loved by you

Happiness is having a sister. Sharing a sandwich. Getting along
Happiness is singing together when day is through
And happiness is those who sing with you.

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love


  1. Em, I remember our trip vividly. Our fun times together. I have seen how simple life really is.
    Even though I did not grow up here, true sadness tugged my heart when I heard and seen the devastation brought by Yolanda. I can' even begin to explain it to you.

    Things definitely changed. But I am praying that it will never forget what has been...

  2. That happiness is there no matter what. Not even the storm could take that away if you have Joy in your heart. An I am sure you do. God has a better plan. I dont know what but he said that in his promise.

    I miss Lake Danao ;)

    1. Thanks bai! "God holds the future in His hand."