Change The Way You See Happiness

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noun hap·pi·ness \ˈha-pē-nəs\ 

the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one's life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile (Lyubomirsky, 2007)

Survey 10 people about their definition of what happiness is and you'd get at least 20 different answers. Ask someone what makes them happy and you'd be surprised by the spectrum of answers that you'll get from just one person. Have someone answer "What makes you happy?" and s/he may give you an entirely different answer years, months or even days from the moment you asked him/her first. These instances alone make me happy - to know that despite the many horrible and sad realities that are happening, we still, and always will, find something to be happy about.

Some years ago, if someone has asked me the same question, s/he would know that my happiness was entirely dependent on another human being. I was happy because somebody else was happy being with me. I was happy because somebody else was happy for me. I was happy because I get to spend happy, blissful moments with somebody else. You get the pattern. So much was my (unhealthy) dependence on them, that when they left me, they took with them my happiness. They took with them the usual happiness I feel when visiting a certain place. They took with them the usual joy I feel when eating a certain food. They took with them the usual delight of checking Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, or even the usual excitement in checking for notifications in my cellphone. To make things short (and brunt), I practically gave them every chance for me to be happy that when they left, they also took away every chance for me to be happy again. Fortunately, after months of mustering enough strength and will to change for the better, this has now become a distant memory of how I used to define happiness.

Books have helped me change the way I see happiness :)
Ironically but truthfully, to change the way I see happiness, I had to experience sadness and loneliness. It was during these moments of solitude that I experienced the absence of happiness. And from the absence of happiness (or rather, from the absence of what I perceived to be my only sources of happiness), I was able to value what happiness is and to discover new sources of happiness. While I still enjoy and yearn for some company to experience happiness, I can also still feel genuine happiness even in the comforts of complete solitariness. Reading good books under the shade of a tree lets me experience contentment and joy. So much so was my happiness with books that I don't mind, and even look forward to having blind dates with books! ♥

In the same way that this photo (and the story behind this photo) has helped me to change the way I see happiness, Huawei P9 has also helped me change the way I see mobile photography. Huawei P9’s camera is co-engineered with Leica*. It has dual lenses that produces high quality photos and allow users to take amazing monochrome, slo-mo, colored, light painting photos among others. *Leica is a German company primarily known for its high-quality, lightweight rangefinder cameras, which have gained renown from their use as the camera of choice for several famous street photographers. (Source)
The Huawei P9 captures brilliant colour, striking black and white and the emotional appeal of Leica images. Capture more light with two sensors, one RGB and one monochrome. Get incredible shots with the Huawei P9’s merging algorithm, which intelligently combines the colours taken by the RGB sensor with the detail of the monochrome sensor. Shoot better in low light with the 1.25µm pixel size of the dual 12-megapixel cameras, and bring a professional quality to your photos in all conditions with the Huawei P9’s IMAGEsmart 5.0 technology. Achieve professional camera like photo quality with the Leica co-engineered Picture Quality Algorithm, even in low light. (Source)

Know more about the Huawei P9 by visiting their website here. You may also like and follow them on their social media accounts for more details and promos: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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WebGeek DevCup Hackathon 2016 Registration Starts July 18th

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For the fifth consecutive year, WebGeek will host its annual hackathon, DevCup, on August 20-21, 2016 at the Meralco Multi-purpose Hall in Ortigas.

DevCup aims to bring together amazing developers, designers, and technology professionals to create innovative apps and showcase the Philippine developer talent. Participants are provided with a theme in which they must develop their app and they are given two days to complete their app to be presented to the judges.

Last 2015, 70 teams battled it out for the DevCup championship title. Out of the 70 registered teams, 60 apps were presented at the end of the event for the judges to select. The winning team of Jose Marco Padillo, Giovanni Angelo Balaguer and Micah Andrew Bule of Cynder, presented their app First Response which provides crowdsourced notifications for information dissemination during a disaster or calamity . On second place are Jezer Crespo, Marc Levinson B. Suarez, Reynaldo Del Rosario Jr of Xudoer with Xonar and CodeBuddy was third place with Connectify, with members Patrick Ofilada and Rommel David.

Early bird registration opens on July 18 until the 20. You can sign up as an individual, or up to a maximum of three as a team. Last year, tickets were sold out in just 2 days. Better to register early, as the event only have limited slots. 

This year’s DevCup is expected to be as exciting as the previous years’ hackathons with the participation and support of Philippine developers as well as its esteemed sponsors. With your support we can make it a collaborative and fun experience for everyone.

 For those who are interested to sponsor, shoot them an email at For registration details and updates, you may follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and visit