There Is A Certain Melancholy

There is a certain melancholy that hangs in the back of my mind. Not quite a shadow, more like an entity from a parallel universe trying to break in unobtrusively. And it is this spectre that holds me back from my writing task. I realized how difficult it was when I’ve stared at my draft (for work) for more than an hour before realizing that I had been staring at my work. 

I did what I always do when this mood hits. I took a nap. After 2 hours, I went back to my laptop and got the shock of my life. I had left a word document open. As I scanned it I thought I’d unknowingly copy-pasted someone’s work. The content was bossy and stentorian in its authority. The topic? Thank you notes. And as I scanned quickly down the lines, I got jolted awake. It was my writing after all. i had been putting my thoughts unthinkingly. I had fallen into one of those spaced out writing moments when you’re in the zone. 

Which is highly contradictory to how I percieved my day. I percieved my day as a total waste of time. Everything felt off. Why? It was that damned melancholy feeling. perhaps it’s the changing season, summer is over and the Philippines is entering it’s wet phase.

The day started out dark and gloomy and stiflingly humid. Sunshine was nowhere to be found. When the clouds are this way, my heart grows heavy, and all i want to do is crawl back in bed and bury myself in a book, escape this reality. Be in another world built in someone else’s imagination. 

As I went online to gather source materials for another topic, I chanced upon my poor neglected blogthis. And all of you who were following it. And for that, I’m truly sorry for not even popping in for a quick Hi or How are you all doing? 

You see, the past 60 or so days were spent working my fingers to the bone writing for clients. At the end of the day, my mind is all tapped out. I sincerely missed writing here, and hearing from you, or reading your latest posts. But I’m back, all because of that melancholy feeling that actually seems to be lifting as I type this. (!) 

It’s the thought that soon I’ll be reading your familiar comments, soon I’ll be visiting your site for your latest updates that’s making me smile. 🙂 

So to the melancholy feeling, I think, it’s time for you to go. I can feel my muse approach. I’ll end my post here, for now. But know that i‘ll be posting regularly once more. Wishing you well. 

XOXOXO
Sandy

Coffee Press Kills Instant Coffee Mix

Do you have any idea how many calories are there in a sachet of three-in-one coffee? I thought food and beverage manufacturers are required to declare the nutritional information where their products are concerned. If that’s the case, why are three-in-one coffees exempted?

Tonight I whipped out my dusty coffee press because I’ve decided to make the switch back to good old black coffee. I highly suspect that the sugar levels in the premixed coffees are higher than expected. I think it’s what’s making me feel fat.

Aside from the sugar, I don’t know exactly what kind of ‘cream’ goes into it. Is it dairy, non-dairy, Etc? Or is it that synthetic stuff that clogs arteries? In that case, drinking instant coffee will kill you in the long run.

Back to my coffee press. I like brewed coffee but I thought it was too much work. Water, filter, scoop, wait, pour, add cream or sugar or both to taste. It makes me mentally tired to perform all those things. With instant coffee, all you have to do is nuke a cup of water, rip the packet, pour, stir, drink! Nothing to it.

Again, the convenience seems to favor instant over brewed coffee but the thought of getting fat and sick on sugar and cream is mental torture. When I think of my arteries, I liken it to the kitchen drain pipes. Whatever food and beverage you prepare, the waste water flows into it.

If the drains get clogged up with oil, it’s a visual reminder of what’s going on in my veins too! So back to my coffee. I can’t wait to make a fresh cup tomorrow morning. The best thing about switching isn’t limited to health benefits. I plan to enjoy the process of making coffee once again. To savor the moment as I prepare it, and to sip my coffee slowly, and preferably with a nice book open in front of me.

10 Things That Are Seriously Better Than Sex

Sex is like pizza they say. There is no bad pizza. I disagree. These ten things are way better than sex in my opinion.

1. That awesome feeling of freedom the moment air touches your skin for the first time in three months. Ever got parts of your body broken and set in a plaster cast? remember how heavy and hot and generally a pain it was on top of the pain you already have?

2. Pain be gone! The finality of having a tooth extracted, never mind the way your gums are trying to hang on to it. I really advocate brushing and flossing and not drinking soda.

3. That blessed, blessed relief of letting go after holding it in cos there’s no restroom for the last three hours. Long stretches of highways scare me.

4. Reunited with your best friend after decades of being apart, and feeling as if only a day has gone by because hey, that’s what a best friend is, a huge chip off your heart waiting to come back, falling perfectly into place when it does.

5. Being able to goodbye to someone you love who’s terminally ill, and being there in those last painful days. We spend half our life and the what ifs and should’ve beens and miss out on making someone else happy.

6.Waking up one day and discovering you’re finally over your ex. It’s like the first day out of depression. It’s a break in trhe clouds, forever sunny days ahead. It’s an amazing feeling only the heartbroken knows.

7. The warm towel after a cold shower. Shivering and goosebumps and feeling like dying. That’s how cold showers are, so is a dip in the pool first thing in the morning.

8. Sleeping the whole night through by yourself. Drool away, hog the blanket, sleep in your favorite position. keep the lights on, turn the lights off! You get my drift.

9. Discovering who you are and believing in yourself. There’s nothing quite as empowering as finally accepting who you are, faults and all. As Whitney said, “I found the greatest love of all inside of me.”

10. When toxic people are out of your life for good. You don’t realize how bad your life was until they’re gone.

What’s your better than sex moments? Comment below!

Learn Why You Need Income Tax Services In Singapore

Governments rely on taxation as a source of income to improve the welfare of its people. Your taxes go a long way by funding social services such as access to free education and healthcare. A percentage of your taxes go towards these services but do you think your taxes are too high? How do you maximize tax benefits?

Being knowledgeable about how your country taxes individuals and companies enables you to realize
maximum tax benefits. This in turn gives you a good idea of your company’s performance and allows
you more control of your finances if you are an individual.

Here’s where income tax services come in.

Income tax services in Singapore makes it easy for local companies, branch offices, and individuals to
understand that there is more to preparing your annual tax computations and returns. They can help
you with tax planning, and IR8As preparation aside from the standard preparation of tax returns.

If you are a company, learn how you can take advantage of tax benefits like Charity Donations, Double
Tax Relief, and Expansion Incentives to name a few. Having an excellent income tax services firm to
handle your tax preparations allows you to maximize your tax benefits. This is on top of preparation
of corporate tax returns, representation, and submissions of necessary documents to IRAS. Be more
efficient by having your GST preparations such as GST audits done by an income tax services firm.

What are the pros of having an income tax services handle your tax needs?

Individuals and companies alike can do well with having a professional income tax services firm manage
their income tax needs. These experts provide valuable insight into the taxation process. They offer
sound strategies that enable you to better understand your business or individual financial standing.
They offer you a way not just how to prepare your annual income tax return but more importantly, how
to maximize your tax benefits. Doing so allows you to make informed business decisions in the long run.

Self-Help: Set Goals, Not Resolutions

The group’s writing prompt for today, courtesy of Glenn is:

“It’s a dream until you write it down, and then it’s a goal.”

The thing with dreams is, it’s easy to get lost in them for hours and even days at a time. We dream dreams that melt in the light of day. And we end up frustrated, knowing another dream has slipped away.

The big question is, will your dreams just stay dreams or would you take it a step further, write it down, make it a reality?

I’ve written a lot of articles on self-help and how to make your dreams come true. In the process of researching and writing about it, IU made the connection between dreams, goals, and resolutions.

Here’s what I’ve learned: Resolutions inevitably fail. One way to stay true to your resolve is to set goals. And the best way to do this? Yep, you got that right, jot it down. By writing down the things you want to achieve, you’re bridging the gap between a nebulous idea, and a concrete outcome. It’s a small step when you look at it. BUT it’s the one step many people fail to do.

When you keep saying: “I’ll lose a few pounds this year.” That’s an idea. And ideas can ferment forever inside your head without you taking any positive action towards realizing it. Your mind is effectively telling you that you’re not quite there yet. It’s not that real. It can stay there where you can play around with it, thinking of the clothes that you’ll wear, the healthy feeling of shedding those heavy pounds, and how good you’ll look.

Now imagine if you write it down. “I will lose a few pounds this year.” That makes it concrete. That makes it very real.
Now, be very specific. How much weight do you need to lose? “I will lose 15 Lbs. this year.” Better, right? Not quite.
“This year” can be any time, and trust me, you’ll do a convincing act of saying, but tomorrow is still this year, so I’ll start tomorrow.”

The best thing to do in this instance is not just write your goals down, but to break it up into small, achievable goals over a specific period of time.

“I will lose 15 lbs by the end of the year. I will start my weight lose regimen today, and I aim to lose at least one pound every two weeks.”

Better? Definitely. But you also need to add the ways to achieve your goals. How do you go about losing weight?
Write it down.

“I will lose 15 lbs by the end of the year. I will start my weight lose regimen today, and I aim to lose at least one pound every two weeks.”

I will lose weight by:

Eating 3,500 calories less than my weekly calorie intake.
Walk for 20 minutes 3 x a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Now that’s more like it. The next step is to actually ACT on your dreams. Give yourself that big big push. Don’t overthink it and just do it.

Aside from setting small achievable goals on paper and doing them, you also need to monitor your progress. Chart a timeline and match your progress against your goals. For instance: March 5 goal: Lost 2 pounds already. Reality: Lost 1 pound.Doing this helps you to evaluate where your weakness lies, and adjust your approach to hit your goals.

Don’t feel disappointed when you don’t hit your target for that specific day, neither should you binge on a box of doughnuts or bowls of ice cream. It’s a small setback and at this point, focusing on the big picture helps.

When you do reach your goals, reward yourself. Ge that book you always wanted but was too expensive, or see a movie with a friend, get a massage, a mani and pedi, or a spa treatment.

By doing these things regularly, you’ll slowly see your dreams turn to reality.