Days of Small but Certain Happiness

Sunday, July 19, 2020


Hello dear friends, readers, world! I hope you are doing well. I can't count how many times I have written such a greeting in my emails, but I do mean it. I hope we are all well, and if we're not, then take heart that we will be.


Nothing much has been new to be honest, but I wanted to sit down and write to you. I still stay at home and work from home, and sometimes I admit things can get a bit routinary. Not that this is a bad thing; I am a creature of habit, and I am fond of creating (flexible) routines to somehow shape my days. But in times like these, I take it as a sign to start trying to see my daily activities in a new light. What can I notice more of in what I'm doing, so I can fully enjoy and be more present?

So I figured that today I will share about the Small but Certain Happiness I've encountered recently. My first blog entry on SCH is here , in which the term is inspired by (all hail!!) H Murakami's essay. I'd like to think it is good to reflect on such things more often.. I'm often surprised with how I could go on and on, so here it goes---



Small but certain happiness is waking up one morning and finding out that our fish have given birth to tinier fishies! It was a delight to wake up to, and one that I did not notice right away, since the little ones were so so tiny. It can be hard to spot them in a big black basin in which the rest of the fish swim, together with the floating water plants, but if I peer over closely, I'm sure I'll be able to find one or two of the young ones swimming around.



Small but certain happiness is watering the plants and noticing how the fruit-bearing plants have flowered simultaneously. There was a morning when I spotted five okra plants with flowers, which was the most that I've seen in one morning. It is a joy to see, as if they arranged and talked with themselves overnight that they would let their flowers bloom together, all at once. They wilt in the afternoon, so I try my best to observe them in the morning.



Small but certain happiness is lighting up scented candles for the first time. I ordered scented candles online, as per Sher's recommendation. I was very much attracted to the design, as it had dried flowers on them. I light them up now in the evening as I unwind from the long work from home day.



Small but certain happiness is biking again after years. I was not so sure I still knew how to ride a bike, but I gave it a try last weekend. I struggled for a few minutes, wobbling from right to left, and then left to right, but I eventually found my balance. It is nice to feel the wind blowing through my face, and to ring the bell attached to my bike's handle. It is a lovely second-hand bike that I bought many years back, and it has rusted over considerably, but it still works well.



Small but certain happiness is smelling the scent of freshly baked banana bread. My mom and I bake enough for the week, so it can be our afternoon snack. A funny confession would be that we love to experiment with the ingredients a bit so it never tastes exactly the same each time.



Small but certain happiness is wearing lipstick even when I'm inside the house. I bought lipsticks earlier this year, thinking that I would be using them for the rest of the year, and use them as I shall! The perfect time to use them is now.



Small but certain happiness is reflecting on my role right now in Recruiting, how the Lord uses me to bridge people into potentially working in our firm. I'm seeing and realizing more and more now how surely nothing is an accident in what I'm doing and with the people I get to speak with.




Small but certain happiness is admiring the young flowers, seeing its stripes of white and pink, before it turns fully pink.



Small but certain happiness is listening to the sound of rain for a full day, then basking in sunlight on the next day. The rain cleans the air, and the sunlight warms everything it touches. It was honestly hard to work on that day when it rained lots, but even though it was a very busy work day, I was able to calmly focus on what I was doing, and I ended up getting a lot done!




Small but certain happiness is planting seedlings and hoping they grow well. A lot of work happens behind the scenes. It takes time to mix the soil thoroughly, and I have to be extra mindful and careful when transferring them to bigger spaces since I wouldn't want to destroy its roots. It is worth taking the time for, however, I love seeing them grow everyday.



Small but certain happiness is this time shared with you, dear reader. Thank you for being here with me : - )

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Take me there, take me there
I'm full of love
That I'd love to share

A song that's been on replay this week, courtesy of my Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist. Have a dreamy listen.

What has been your small but certain happiness lately?

Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

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20 comments

  1. Hi Anna Jo :D

    I love Murakami's writings! Her poems are very pretty. The Tale of Genji was my favorite book in highschool.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post about small, but certain happiness post. I'm glad you get to bond with your mom through baking. And I love how you fell in love with riding your bike again.

    Your garden posts and stories on ig always make me happy too! And those candles are the prettiest thing I've ever seen! ❤❤❤ They're enchanting to look at.

    I hope your weekend is lovely! x

    Mari | dazedmari.com

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    1. Hello Mari :D

      Oh! I'm sorry, I was pertaining to Haruki Murakami.. I remember seeing The Tale of Genji in our library though! I don't remember if I've read it.. but it must've been really good, since it's a classic, and I absolutely love classic novels.

      Thank you for your kind words, and for your time in reading my thoughts. :") Sometimes we need to fall in love again with our daily activities so we can enjoy them even more.

      I'll surely share more about my garden, and of the gardens that I've been to, in my Instagram. ;) it means a lot to know that they they make someone out there happy.

      Likewise, I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

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    2. I always get Murasaki and Murakami confused! :D But yeah they're both really good authors! Norwegian Woods was the first book I read from him :D I didn't know he wrote essays too. I'll have to check it out.

      Yeah your insta photos are great! I like the tags you use too! Like #pleasingpauses and #slowandglow :D It's very calming.

      Hope your weekend was awesome too! x

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    3. Haha no worries at all Mari :) My first book by Murakami would A Wild Sheep Chase, which hurt my head lots!! but it made me want to read more of his books. His essays I think may be in Japanese; I have yet to find and know if it has been translated in English..

      Thank you, thank you. Now I wish you a great week :")

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  2. Omg your photos are so beautiful! Love how you observe and take joy in simple things. My small but certain happiness this week was talking to my best friend over the phone and listening to Honne's new album! Also love the song in your post! Its so soothing!

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    1. Thank you, Epsita! :) I'm super delighted to know about your small but certain happiness. It's true, speaking with a best friend is a great antidote for anything. Speaking of Honne! Thank you, I shall go check out their new album now then ;)

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  3. One thing that I do before I sleep is to list down three things I'm grateful of or I'm happy about on my journal and this reminded me of it. This kind of writings makes me feel that happiness can be found in the simplest of things.

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

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    1. That is such a great habit to have, Augustin! Thank you for sharing about it with me, and for taking the time to read through my writings on here. Indeed, it's so nice to find joy in the simple things; we'll find that we'll be happier, and there's much more to look forward to in everyday. Have a great week ahead!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love this post so much! Definitely with you on the small but certain happiness of lighting candles (how gorgeous are those candles? I need them in my life!), baking, and just even the little things like the rain, and the sun the next day. How cute that you and your mom make banana bread together! My partner makes the best banana bread, but he hasn't in a while. Now I am inspired to pester him about it, haha. Because, hello? Banana break for breakfast and coffee? SO GOOD. He usually makes it with the same things (bananas & walnuts). I would be curious to hear how you guys modify it?

    And YES on biking! We went biking in a forest for the first time since we got our new bikes this morning, and it was glorious.

    Thank you for sharing!

    xoxo Julia + Cozy New York City

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    1. Thank youuu Julia! Pretty and good smelling candles would probably be on top of my list for The Coolest Things I Got During Pandemic!! By all means, go go go and ask your partner to make banana bread. I hope he gives in, and you get to have your banana bread fix ;) we modify it a bit with the different types of banana we use. Sometimes also we put nuts, coffee powder, chocolate chips, etc.... we get creative while still make sure it's healthy haha!

      Amazing, it's definitely great to be biking again after such a long time. Happy to hear that you got to bike in the morning, and I'm sure it was a refreshing time.

      Thank you for being here, and hoping you have a great week ahead :)

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  5. Lovely post. I love being happy for the smallest things, they're worth appreciating! Thanks for the cute pics <3

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    1. Thank you Kiki!! <3 you are totally right, if we were to appreciate the small things more, we might not run out of things to be happy about :)

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  6. This was such a lovely post! "Small but certain happiness" there's a term for it in Korean that a lot of people use too! I love how it allows us to have a positive and thankful perspective on things

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    1. Indeed, it was a trend in Korea too, and there is a song by Standing Egg related to this which I listen to from time to time. Thank you for your time on here!! <3

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  7. loved this post Anna! a few small but certain happinesses of mine recently have been spending time in nearby cafes getting some writing done. spending those hours by myself was just so peaceful and grounding. talking with my family over the phone and walks in nature are always welcomed too :)
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    1. Thank you for sharing with me your small but certain happiness lately, Ellie! These are all lovely times spent, definitely. Getting writing done in a cafe is something I miss, and I look forward to the time I get to be in one again. Have a great rest of your week!

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  8. I found myself writing a lot of "hope you're doing well" as an intro to emails! Oooh I like the idea of small but certain happiness. So cool that your fish gave birth! Now your pond is rich in fishes hehe. Those candles look amazing!! I Love that there are flowers in them hehe. I need to give them a try!! It is great that you got to bike again. I feel that way with makeup overall.. At most, I put on eyebrows if I anticipate a video chat. Thanks for sharing all of these little happiness bites!!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. I know right, and this time I mean it when I say I hope they are well. Yup, it's so fun to watch all the fishies swimming around. The flowers make the candles even more charming. I didn't want to light them up at first! Biking is a lot of fun and I'm glad I still know how to ride one. The only makeup I ever care to apply nowadays is lipstick to at least give some color to my lips :") my brows... my brows have grown wild lol!! Have a wonderful week ahead ~ <3 <3

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  9. Small but certain happiness is ... reading your blog ^_^ xx

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    1. Awwww ok this made my day :"( small but certain happiness is meeting kindreds like you!! Thank you so much for the time you spend with me on here, Renee~

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