Sunday, October 14, 2012

Unplugged, But Still Connected

Sometimes leaving the ground is the best way to find your footing.

When I first embarked on my vacation to the Philippines, one of the thoughts at the forefront of my mind was: "How am I going to keep the blog up?"  It would be an understatement to say it was a source of stress.  But while visiting my father's side of the family in Pangasinan, a province in the north, one of my aunts said to me, "Don't work too hard, Jonathan.  You can earn all the money or get all the promotions, but at the end of the day, you won't be happy.  So choose happiness."

Which was exactly what I needed to hear - an affirmation of what my gut was already saying but I was trying to ignore.  

Because, truth be told, not worrying about the blog these past two weeks, and not worrying about anything stateside, has been a true blessing.  I've been able to truly focus on my family, my relatives, my heritage, and soaking in as much history, wisdom, and life lessons as my mind and my soul will allow. 

So though I've been unplugged, you can be sure that I am far from disconnected.  The things I've learned about cooking and eating, promoting a sense of family regardless of relation, and the ancestral recipes I've unearthed, have me brimming with so much inspiration that I don't know where to begin.  Which is okay, because there will be a time to begin those things.  But it isn't now, and it won't be until I get back to the States in a few days.  

For now, I choose Happiness, so I can share that wealth with you in weeks, months, and years to come.  

Please stay tuned...


  1. Being immersed with family is soul-quenching. :D I hope you continue to enjoy your last days with everyone.

    1. It is, Debi! I can't believe that I waited 25 years to go back - I had no idea what I was missing out on, I guess. I enjoyed the finals days of my trip thoroughly and I'm already looking forward to the next time. :D

  2. Oh, nice! You went to the Philippines for vacation! I'm green with envy here! I wish I visit again, this time with my 3 kids + husband. I think I'll be saving up for a plane ticket for the next few years! LOL!

    1. I hear you, Jen! Definitely not cheap, and the flights to get there are not for the faint of heart. But once you're there, it's priceless. :)


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