Salamat po! turned 5 today!
Thankful for the many years of blessings. For being alive, happy, healthy, and loved.
What are the things you are thankful about? Be it material, spiritual, people or anything at all, say it! Let the world know.
The word “Salamat” is the Filipino word for “Thank you.” It has variations all over the country, depending on the dialect, but it sounds similar and all has the same meaning.
For Muslims and Arab speakers, it may sound familiar because the root word of “salamat” comes from the Arabic spoken greeting “Salam Alaykum.” Salam means peace, and the statement as a whole can be translated to “peace be with you.”
Personally, I find it easier to say “salamat”. Somehow, it’s more meaningful than saying “thank you” even though they have the same meaning. I guess for me salamat has more weight when you say it to someone when you are thankful.
I’ve got tons of blogs that I rarely get to keep, but I hope to keep this one up as best as I can.
I just realized that my last post was a year ago. That doesn’t mean no good things have happened. I was just too lazy to update this blog.
2012 had a pretty good start for me. I was unempt, but I wasn’t destitute. The first quarter of the year saw me travelling and watching three awesome bands in concert. I met new people, tried new things and explored different places.
The rest of the year was pretty low key, but there were still so many to be grateful for. My finances were dwindling, but I was getting enough from my freelance jobs to get by. I was able to purchase a new mobile phone, my first major one since 2004. I went on a trip with two good friends, and I started studying Japanese in ernest. I also ran my first (and so far only) marathon, which was really fun. I also got introduced to the sport rugby, and I am grateful for the men who play this game.
Life wasn’t always happy. While the last quarter of the year was ok, two things happened that shattered my world. It changed how I saw things, and it changed me, tho probably not in a good way.
Still, I saw that there is an effort to make it work, to make amends, and for that I’m grateful. I am praying for a better relationship, for one that is stronger on trust and love. I am optimistic for 2013.
I pray for a source of income for myself that is steady and stable. Where I could do things and be happy about it, rather than wake up feeling dread. I don’t need to be filthy rich, but just have enough to be comfortable and worry less.
Hope your year is going well. I wish you the best.
Thank You for another year!
Today’s “Thank you” moments:
1. Finding a really nice copy (no dents, nicks, folds or marks) of Linda Buckley-Archer’s “The Time Travelers” (The Tar Man). Bonus: Getting the book at 20% off.
2. A guy in line at Starbucks who gave away his planner stickers because he’s completed his card. Bonus: Starbucks was offering it at one drink = 2 stickers (it runs until Jan. 15!)
3. Watching Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with my good friend. Bonus: It was his treat.
4. Getting a Sherlock/detective Mini-Fig. Bonus: I had to wait an extra week because when I opened the pack, it had no legs. Drew had to go back to the store and ask for a replacement and they gave him legs from their emergency repair stock. :)
5. Got tickets to the train pretty fast. Got on the train easily and it wasn’t crowded. Bonus: Considering that it’s Friday, and a lot of people just got their pay.
Thank you for getting me safely home. Thank you for the food that kept me nourished. Thank you for the little indulgences that I can afford. Thank you for the family and friends who surround me with love and positivity. Thank you for our good health.
Today’s plan was to meet up with some friends, go to the Komikon then go for dinner. That pretty much went according to what I wanted, but it went even further. Lots of walking and exploring. I’m positive that with these adventures with these friends, I’ll end up exploring the whole of Metro Manila.
Went to visit an old haunt: Greenhills. It’s changed so much since I last went there, but a small part of it didn’t seem to have changed at all. While walking around I was so surprised to see my high school guy best friend lined up to place his bets on the Lotto. Unable to help myself, I ran over and hugged him. Though I don’t see him often, it’s like we’ve never been apart when we get together.
Had a delicious dinner, and once again linked one friend to another. It was a truly awesome day.
More things to be thankful for:
God bless you all.
The biggest thanks I have for today is that the Lord added another year and a day to my existence. I have wonderful friends and family. The opportunities are continuously coming in. I’ve pretty healthy, I’m able to do things that I enjoy and I’m learning.
Today, I’m particularly happy for these things:
I turned 30 yesterday. They say it’s a milestone. Me, I’m just grateful to be here still. I resolve to be more active, be more creative, be more thankful and love more.
It’s two weeks into 2012 and while I wrote something about my thankfulness for the past year, here’s a quick list.
In 2011, I am thankful for:
That’s only a few. I could go on. Here’s to a great 2012.
Today was one of those days where the good and great things just kept on flowing. Quick rundown:
Will post photos of my finds and gifts later. Thank you for this most amazing day! :)