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