De Boze WC – “The Angry Water Closet”


On the first day at Hotel Dinos in Tsilivi, Zakynthos, my four year old Elisa pulled me to the toilet, “Mommy, come!”

She asked, “How come the WC is angry?”

I told her that the sticker symbol means, “The toilet bowl is not actually angry but it will be sad and angry if you throw toilet paper in the bowl.  The cross means don’t throw any toilet paper on the bowl.”

After she came out of the toilet, she asked me again, “Mommy, the WC is still angry but I did not throw any toilet paper in the bowl!”

So I explained to her again about inanimate objects such as sticker symbols as sign to be respected when it comes to cleanliness, safety and for what is good for others too.

What strikes me on my little girl’s remark is the mention of “still angry.”

That’s one of the frequent state and feelings that even both adults or children have difficulty to control. The cause of anger, our reaction to anger and our ways to conquer anger.

Part of being a parent, we guide and give children control over their emotional world. Various emotional reactions rise from situations such as anger, defiance, negotiation, lying, self pity, pressure, frustration, alienation, being the victim, whining, competition and inequality.

Give them tools they need to control their emotional world like teaching them how to use their emotions productively, holding them accountable for the emotional games they play, let them be aware and understand that they have their choice to use or not to use which particular emotions coming from sensations they need to be aware of and what is its impact around them.

Musings of a Parent © 2013 Ana Angelica Abaya van Doorn

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I Love Greek Salad


How to make a Greek salad (this is good for 6 servings)

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges, or 8 cherry tomatoes, divided into halves
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 green pepperoni thinly sliced
1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges
1 recipe Greek Vinaigrette
2 small pita bread rounds, cut into wedges
Mediterranean herbs

Ingredients for Greek vinaigrette
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

In a salad bowl combine salad greens, tomatoes, pepperoni, cucumber, onion, olives, and shredded cheese. Add Greek Vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Sprinkle and garnish with Mediterranean herbs (marjoram, oregano, basilico, dill) You may serve it with pita bread wedges or French bread.

To make s Greek vinaigrette
Using a screw top jar combine olive oil or salad oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cover. Shake well.

Odyssey of a Heart, Home of Soul
Angelica Hopes

Tzatziki Conquers my Palate


While on vacation for the second time in Greece, a plate of tzatziki is what I often order every lunch and dinner.

It is creamy, delicious, tangy blend of garlic, Greek yoghurt and cucumber.
If you’re curious how to make it:

3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced finely
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1 cup greek yogurt, strained
1 cup sour cream
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill

Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Finally, add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill. Chill for at least two hours before serving. Sprinkle some Mediterranean herbs or a single olive as attractive garnish when serving.

Angelica Hopes
Summer 2013
Hotel Dino’s, Tsilivi
Zakinthos, Greece

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Melt It, The Unique Way


You have the power to melt any relationship damages and miscommunication through humble acceptance, proper dialogue and sincere forgiveness.

One’s resentment and hatred rising from offensive circumstances or very disappointing situations involving human relationship can melt like a sweet ice cream when one faces the reality, accepts the situation, do something about to improve the circumstance and forgive any form of misgivings.

It is not easy to forgive especially if the offenses done to us are repetitive, however, we are also given a chance and choice to either suffer in anger or resolve matters in a peaceful and harmonious manner.

Seeking purity of one’s heart who embraces meek acceptance by first forgiving one’s self before we can forgive others is a step towards the path of forgiveness.

Forgiveness melts anything in its most unique, touching way.

An honest dialogue which involves true deep listening and honest opening topped with respect give way to effective communication to patch up any misunderstanding.

– Angelica Hopes, reflections

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