Top 10 Happies

Hey everyone! Decided I’d take a departure from gaming posts once in a while. The WordPress community is great, and I’m so glad to have found it and partake in all the great discussions going on here. I always see great events going on like 30 day challenges and such by many of the great members, which I unfortunately don’t partake in, due to time constraints of life.

Ultimately, I tend to focus on gaming, but Athena Veta’s great post on 10 Happy Thoughts immediately sparked a list in my head, of what truly makes me happy. This list has greatly changed over the years. With the honour of being tagged in this great post, I decided it’s time I step out of my little shell and talk about some of the smaller, finer things in life. Not sure if this will be a regular thing, but from time to time, I wouldn’t mind sharing such aspects of my life outside of gaming.

Here it goes!

10) Video Games

Well, let’s get the obvious one out of the way. I love video games, they have been with me for as long as I can remember. Since I was born, I remember the NES just already being there with a slew of games for it. As if it was my older brother and my parents true love. I naturally partook in gaming since a young age, and had many great times playing with games like Donkey Kong Country and Mortal Kombat 2 with my dad. Although I took a brief hiatus a few years back, gaming has always been a relevant part of my life. Now with my new found love of blogging about this great hobby, I’ve been able to share it with everyone here, it’s never been better. Isn’t that right Samus?

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9) Wildlife and Nature

Being a heavy gamer naturally keeps me indoors a lot, but it’s never taken away from my fascination of nature and most notably wildlife. Our planets full of breath taking places, and inspiring creatures. From massive behemoths like the Blue Whales, to blazing fast speedsters like the Cheetah, they never fail to impress. I have a huge admiration and respect for them all. I may never get up close to them as much as I’d like, but I love learning about them and their ways in amazing documentaries like Planet Earth. I have a dream of one day travelling and being part of a dangerous, wild safari, where I can witness animals go about their day to day life, and maybe even see a hunt in progress. Oh wouldn’t that be something to photograph…

Not the most glorious photo, but one I snagged from the Singapore Zoo, such a beautiful creature

8) The Stars

Anyone who’s gone away with me camping or to a cottage knows at night, my heads stuck in a permanent state of 90 degree tilt. Why? I love looking at the stars. They fascinate me. When I look at them, my mind goes crazy at the thought of how many kajillion galaxies are out there, and just how big our universe really is. Knowing there are Suns out there that make our own Sun look like a spec of sand, or simple things like knowing it takes light 8 minutes to travel from the Sun to Earth… just blows my mind. I mean, come on! Light travels a 3 million meters a second… and it still takes 8 minutes? And that’s just within our own solar system. Really puts things in perspective how small we really are. My biggest reward at my constant state of looking up though are seeing shootings stars. A brief flash of beauty streaking across the sky always gets me in such a state of excitement, where I’m looking at everyone else around me who missed the spectacle… and now think I’m a crazy person since they have no clue why I’m getting so excited. But that’s ok, I pride myself at being crazy and strange at times.

I little something I made one night camping

7) Music and My Band

Since the end of high school, after popping on a pair of head phones and discovering the greatness of Metallica, I thought to myself, “I wanna play this shit!”. A few months later, I went to my local music shop, bought a shitty guitar and a shitty amp, and accompanied it with some shitty playing. Little did I know I was building the ground works for what would be a glorious 12 year relationship with music. I became an absolute metal head, and now appreciate all sorts of different music. Metal is always my main jam though. Picking up guitar which eventually lead me to turn to bass guitar a couple years after was a journey I never regret. At times it seemed like certain things were impossible, but with enough dedication and practice, it’s true what they say, the sky really is the limit. After reaching out locally to see if I could score a spot in some local bands, I met some great guys who will forever be an integral part of my life, from a musicianship level to aspects of my personal life. I’ve learned a lot from my band mates over the years and wouldn’t be what I am today without them. Cheers to them!

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That’s me on the right with the Guns ‘N’ Roses shirt… man I do sometimes miss my long hair

6) FOOD!

There’s no denying it, and at times I’m ashamed to say it, but man… I really do live for food! Whether it’s roasting up some spicy hash browns in the morning, or letting my wife take the lead and whip up some of the best Pakistani food known to mankind, I love it. One of my dreams would be to travel the world to try all the great food. From exotic to obscure food, nothings ever off the limits. One of my favourites, Sarson Saag. An amazing blend of mustard greens and spices. Although it’s tough to find mustard greens, we often make it with spinach and rapini, which still turns out amazing. It’s traditionally served with Makki Ke Roti (Corn flour roti), and lots and lots and lots and lots of butter. A big dab of butter in the Saag, and another for each Roti. This transforms it into a wonderful, heavenly experience. I have a saying, if there’s no butter in the Saag and on each Roti, it ain’t Saag!

I still remember the first time my Grandmother made fresh Saag, I had 3 servings and I wasn’t even hungry

5) Friends

Over the years, I’ve known and become close to many people. As time went on, you lose touch with some people, for all sorts of reasons, nothing negative, it just happens. But there are those who have been a big part of my life and will continue to be. Those are the friends that I can see tomorrow, or see a year from now and pick up from exactly where we left off. We don’t need to have the same interests or goals, but just get together and celebrate life and where we all have come from and accomplished over the years.

My wife got me unhealthily hooked on this show

4) My home

Since October 28th last year (ironically my birthday), my wife and I took a big step in settle into our new home. We made the decision to find a house and start building foundations for the future of our family there. For anyone who lives around Toronto, or other parts of Canada for that matter, real estate here is messed up! Tiny houses go for absurd amounts of money, and are in such busy areas, things like getting a few groceries can turn into long winded chores.

Home ❤

We decided to get a house far away from the main city. For some friends and family, it was considered too far, and kudos to them for continually making the trek down to see us from time to time. We were able to get a house not only that we can afford, but love. Being far and in a small town certainly has it’s benefits. There’s little to no traffic at all times. The country side landscape is absolutely beautiful, and it’s so quiet. People are so kind here, and just about every store I go to, everyones always so happy to chat. Last Christmas, my wife ordered coffee through drive through, and pulled up to be informed the person ahead of them paid for her and wished us Merry Christmas. Random acts of kindness… I love it!

3) Family

Family has always been the one constant in my life. No matter what I’ve done or faced in my life, I’ve always had their undying support. The love my parents show me, especially my mom always puts a smile on my face. Whether it’s my mom insisting she whip of a fresh meal of something, just for me even though she’s really exhausted, or her along with my dad rockin’ out to my first ever gig with my band, I can always count on them to be there by my side. Naturally, as close as we are as a family, we don’t always see eye to eye on some thing, yet we cope and compromise with each other to make everyone as happy as they can be.

This image is no way indicative of how many siblings I have

2) Leia (Not the princess)

When I was younger, I always wanted a dog. However, I was constantly reminded of all the responsibilities that came with being a dog person. You have to walk them several times a day, pick up their poo, play with them, give them lots of attention. I eventually grew out of wanting one. Fast forward, I’m 28 years old, my wife just moved in, and she starts dog talks. Me being a grown up now, I logically thought of all the responsibilities, the work needed, picking up poo. I sound like my parents! My wife eventually had her way, and next thing you know, she says we are getting a dog in 2 days. I was like… Oh… Well, the person calls us and says they can actually come drop the dog off today. I’m suddenly trying to think of excuses, we don’t have food, no leash, no nothing! He said, aaah don’t worry, I got you covered, you can take my stuff. Now I’m getting nervous, I don’t know if I have what it takes to be a good dog parent. I’m naturally stressed out until the big moment arrives. We step off the elevator, and I remember seeing her waiting at the door, she immediately turns to us and must be thinking “OMG! humans!”. Honest to God, I fell in love with her right away. She was beautiful.

The day Leia entered our lives…

We named her Leia. You think me being the Star Wars nut, that the name was my idea. Well no, my wife picked it oddly enough, and it stuck. She’s our little Leia. She’s got to be the happiest little dog out there. She goes nuts when she sees people, and she loves playing with big dogs. Her best friend at one point was a Rotweiller. It was quite a sight, seeing this frantic little 20 pound dog excitedly licking drool out of the massive mouth of the Rottie.

This dog loves to sleep…

Not many people know this, but we got her on April 1st 2014. At first we didn’t pay any attention to the significance of this. As it turns our, she was a pretty big jerk at first, so the joke was on us! My wife and I always say, Leia was the worst April Fools joke ever. The first thing she did when she came into our apartment, well you guessed it, peed and then pood. WTF! My mom was right! No biggie though. She would go after our feet, bark at us, take our shoes, pee more, run around like crazy. But that’s what puppies do. We did some great obedience training for her, and now she’s the best. She sits, goes down, comes when you call her, and stays put when you tell her. You only ever have to tell her once. She’s so chills at home. It almost seems like she does nothing but sleep, and when she’s not sleeping, she sleeps some more. She loves to eat and gives you extreme puppy eyes whenever you’re having dinner. But nothing beats when you come home from a long day of work with the crazy commute and she’s the first one at the door going nuts and showing so much love for you. I especially love when she brings her toys to me. She’s the best and our little girl, and my little rodent (my wife thinks it’s mean I call her this).

Enjoying her other favourite pastime… EATING!

1) My Wife

My wife is my everything. She’s the reason why I’m so happy now in life, and the reason why I keep striving to be the best I can be for her. Without rambling on too much, I wanted to share our wedding vows here, I think this poetically sums up why she’s by #1

With these vows i have written, I promise

To build a strong foundation for our family with you

To always strive to make you smile, since that is a smile I fell in love with since the day we met

To face and overcome any challenges we may face, no matter how daunting they may be

To always be your support and through each others guidance make us the best we can be for each other

To motivate you to achieve whatever you set your mind to, because you deserve the world

To have many adventures together, as there is no other team I want to do this with

Together we will make our dreams come true

We will do all these things together forever

I love you

Showing off our bling on our special day


Well I hope you enjoyed this small window into my life outside of gaming. I may revisit such posts here and there when I can. It’s fun to talk about things other than gaming for a change.

I wanted to give a shoutout to something as a special bonus pick. My #11 so to speak. The other thing that makes me happy is all of you. When starting to blog, I had always though about writing about gaming. I had no in depth writing experience prior to this, but just wanted an avenue to share one of my great hobbies with many people. It’s amazing how much fun I’ve had. Not only writing about games, but interacting with everyone here and on twitter. This community is amazing. Everyone is so accepting and understanding of everyone’s opinions. Even if people don’t see eye to eye, I’m amazed that I’ve found a place on the internet that people can respectfully disagree on things in a civilized manner and understand the other persons viewpoint. It’s something I don’t run into often in gaming discussions. But everyone’s support is what really keeps me coming back for more and strive to make this an even better blog. All your comments, likes, follows, retweets mean more than you think and make me feel like this is all worth something great.

I salute you all! Here are some blogs that I always look forward to seeing new posts from and want to pass the Happy Torch to. If you end up posting about your Happy Thoughts, share in the comments below so others can share in all the Happies. There were more people I wanted to tag, but without repeating some that Athena already did, I limited my list a bit.

Kim @ Later Levels – Kim runs a very community driven blog. Every time I tune in, there always seems to be some event going on, whether it be question of the month, or gamers blog party, which has every participate in the comments of the post as if you were showing up to a real party. Aside from that, she partakes and covers all sorts of charities. Her work and efforts are definitely worth checking out.

Geddy @ Nostlagia Trigger – One of the first blogs I started following here, and for good reason. Geddy covers and talks about his experiences with his new and old games, and goes into much detail on the games he’s playing, what’s he’s accomplished and liked and didn’t like. He also goes back in time and shares with us his great collections of things like video game manuals, and what seems like hundreds of Nintendo DS’s. What I love is when he talks about how gaming and his personal life intertwine, such as posting about the gaming room he’s building in his new house. His enthusiasm about gaming is something I look forward to on a regular basis.

Robert Ian Shepard @ Adventure Rules – A great blog who talks all sorts of gaming things, from news to reviews, to personal stories, there’s always something interesting to check out here. Whether it’s his thoughts on the latest games or breaking down why Wind Waker has amazing sound design, it’s always great seeing people step out of the norm and talk about otherwise neglected aspects of video games.

Mr. Panda @ Mr. Panda’s Video Games Reviews – Mr. Panda is one of the most enjoyable personalities on here. I always look forward to his in depth and super professional reviews. He more recently started posting video reviews along with his wordpress posts on his channel here. His enthusiasm and quirky ideas that him and his wife share with things like the crazy Nintendo E3 announcements, to fun video segments where they play games like Snake Pass, each using one of the joy-cons in forms of a co-op mode is always great to see.

The Well Red Mage @ The Well Red Mage – The Well Red Mage is such a talented writer. He and his army of other mages are all currently running the Elemental Challenge, which I’ve yet to catch up on. But it’s taking wordpress by storm. Aside from that, he covers all sorts of different games and many different platforms. When not talking about games, he goes into great length about how he repaired and Atari to play the greatness we know as E.T., and celebrates him and his teams success with hilarious posts, like the swimsuit calendar they did a while back. I love his passion and creative ways he conveys his emotions and thoughts through his writing.

Shelby Steiner @ Falcon Game Reviews – Shelby not only reviews games, but runs series for games like The Long Dark, where he narrates his journeys through the cold, wild dangerous winters of Canada. It’s always great seeing posts he does on games like Ghost Recon Wildlands, where he breaks apart the game. With Shelby being an avid gun enthusiast, it’s very cool learning about all the things a realistic tactical gun shooter gets wrong about guns. I especially enjoy him and his wife’s back and forth co-op type posts they do, where they randomly inserts their thoughts into each others posts. It’s a nice touch!

Retro Redress @ Retro Redress – Retro Redress is relatively new, but I really enjoyed his post on Mario Kart talking about a personal failure of the game, and their motivation to go through the hardship and overcome the challenges of completing the 200cc mode. As their about page states, ‘Retro Redress is a blog aimed at setting right the wrongs that have occurred during my time playing video games‘. This isn’t solely limited to a failure in not achieving something in a particular game, but also giving a game another chance that didn’t initially prove to be enjoyable. I look forward to see more from Retro Redress.

What are some of the things that make you happy? Are there interests we share? Let’s get chatting in the comments!


24 thoughts on “Top 10 Happies

  1. Awww what a beautiful post! I loved your wedding vows SO MUCH! So incredibly sweet! I loved all your answers, and as someone who has a wife, I have to say she is the most important person in my life, and she is who gives me a lot of the meaning in my life. For what better thing is there than to have someone to love and loved back so deeply.

    I will add some things that make me happy. Sorry that I won’t expound, but you probably know that I love this stuff. In no order, except the last one.
    Video Games
    Board Games
    Card Games
    J-Pop Music
    And most of all, my wife. Again, she is the most important in my life. I would do anything for her.

    Finally, thank you so much for the shoutout! Seriously! My extra answer is also all of you guys! I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 🙂

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    1. Hey dude, so glad you enjoyed this, and thanks for sharing your list 🙂 And no problem about the shoutout, you are one of the most hard working people out there, it’s the least I can do.

      Very happy you loved the vows. Funny story. My wife and I decided to both write vows. We had the choice of having the minister give us pre-written things to say, but we wanted it to come from the heart. I woke up and wrote mine that morning. Read them at the wedding. As the minister turned to my wife, she started laughing and embarrassingly said she didn’t have any ready. It was hilarious, you can’t make that stuff up.

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      1. Hahaha, that’s an awesome story! So hilarious that your wife had one ready. Honestly though, as memorable as a wedding is, sometimes the parts that cause laughter because something went wrong or unexpectedly happened are the most memorable. Also, I love vows from the heart, and yours was super sweet. We prepared ours ahead of time, but I was also nervous as heck the morning of, since I planned a lot of the wedding. No way you’re gonna get me to ad-lib something well during the wedding. 😛

        And thanks for your kind words! I appreciate it a lot, and it’s seriously your support and the wonderful comments you leave that remind me why I do any of this. So thank you. 😀

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    1. haha yea, although I kind of just drop whatever I’m doing and i’m glued to the TV. It’s so fun watching it again, because you feel like you’ve known the characters for such a long time and even though you don’t remember word by word what they say, you’re so familiar with all their personalities that you know what type of things they’d say.


  2. Great list! I heard real estate is crazy in the Toronto area. It’s not too bad here in Nova Scotia since the whole province is technically a rural area, haha.

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    1. Yea it’s pretty crazy. Once you get a house it’s good, but then the thought of selling in the future is scary because we can only assume prices will be so messed up.

      It’s funny when my wife is talking to people about house recommendation s. She’s more of the real estate expert, and it’s funny for her to say things like there’s a 4000 SQ foot house in such area, and it’s only a million dollars! That’s what it’s come to lol

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  3. Awesome post 😀 It’s awesome to see “behind the scenes” of Power Bomb Attack, and just like in life, taking a break from the game to speak about the other stuff is important, if not therapeutic.

    And thank you so much for the shout out, it means so much 🙂

    As for your list! First off, you’re playing my dream bass :O That’s my namesake Geddy Lee’s Rickenbacker! You have no idea how much I love that bass. I played during my highschool years but it tapered off throughout college. Still, ‘Geddy’s Rickenbacker’ holds a special place for me.

    I’m also a fellow metalhead and music is life, it makes everything better. Lately Animals as Leaders’ new album has been my jam.

    And the wedding vows, beautiful stuff man. I don’t have the stones to read from-the-heart stuff like that in front of others, it’s not an easy thing to come out and say all that. Bravo for being able to write and deliver those words for the person you love.

    We definitely have a lot in common, which is always a cool thing to discover. Between buying my first house recently and getting married in a few months, I’m following in similar footsteps. Glad to learn I’m in good company!

    Thanks again for the kind words, Imtiaz! And great work on the post 🙂

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    1. Hey man so glad you enjoyed this and that we share so much in common! Never thought about it being therapeutic, but you’re definitely right about that.

      I always suspected your name had something to do with the legendary bass player. And it’s so cool to know you are a Rickenbaker fan! This one I picked up 2nd hand, it’s from 1974, 12 years older than me. It’s a relic. My drummer is a huge Rush fan and jokes around saying Geddy Lee played the Rick I’m 1974, so likes to think he sold it and now I ended up with that bass ;p wishful thinking.

      Yea I can’t get enough of metal. I’m actually seeing Metallica at the Rogers Center tomorrow. So pumped! It’s been like 8 years since they passed through Toronto, I got my wife into their new album so it’s gonna be a blast.

      At first I was nervous about the vows but once you started reading you kind of forget you’re infront of people. For this it was for our civil ceremony so we kept the crowd very small with just direct family, so like 20 people. Makes public speaking much easier.

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  4. Thanks for mentioning me!
    This is an excellent happy list. I always enjoy seeing the things that don’t pop up on everyone else’s list, and learning new stuff about fellow bloggers. The fact that you play in a band, for example, is something that I never would have guessed from your posts! That’s awesome!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this. Yea I don’t get to talk about music much on Jeremy haven’t thought of a cool way to merge those 2 loves of mine. But the blogs still young I’m sure I’ll come up with something fun to do.

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    1. Haha nice! Good old all nighters. No problem.foe the shout out, really enjoy your blog. Will check out you list once I’ve had a chance to sit down and catch up on some blogging.

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  5. Man, as a Toronto native myself, I feel that pain. I am renting an apartment midtown, and even that is nuts, let alone paying a mortgage. I assume when you say you are far out you are pretty far out of the city 😛

    This is a brilliant list, and I think it’s important for all of us to remind ourselves of what makes us happy, particularly when things get overwhelming. Might have to do one of these myself…

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed this!

      Yea if you consider Guelph far, then yes, I am pretty far. I grew up in Richmond Hill and then lived in Mississauga for a bit, so definatley a big change, but a good one.


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