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I Love Hilo!

I have to write a blog entry while I'm here in Hilo.

Our experience here has been nothing but wonderful - from our cozy apartment that has everything we needed, waking up to the sound of waves crashing to shore, the birds and coquis lulling us to sleep at night, to the aloof tabby cat that visits us in the mornings and evenings.

For some time I've been yearning to find a reason to smile again, and it was here that I felt that deep, pure state of joy. I'm referring to that type of happiness that exudes when: you're with someone you love, you fall sleep to the relaxing sound of birds and frogs, and you wake up to the tapping of rain on the windows and rooftop.  Our experience on this island taught us that it is the immaterial, simple, beautiful, natural things that radiate true bliss.

I told Kepi I'd love to visit again even if this is my fourth time visiting the Big Island.

Here's cute Mr. Kitty Aloof.
We certainly had our fill of Malasadas and other pastries at …
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Our Fourth Wedding Anniversary

Happy fourth wedding anniversary, my dear Kepi!
We've been through a lot - from my diagnosis, clinical trial appointments, transfusions, hospital stays, the search for my bone-marrow donor, my most awaited transplant to recovery - but you never left my side.
We are facing another test, but I know we will get through it TOGETHER. As you always say, "We're gonna be alright."
Love you always, Kayni ~~~
Every year during our wedding anniversary week, it's been our tradition to visit where we got married, the Hershey Gardens, and visit the blooming tulips as well.  You see, we timed our wedding date during the peak bloom of the tulips. This year, we missed the peak bloom but we still saw a lot of flowers.


Life Always Has Other Plans

Sleep has eluded me lately. I used to get a good six to seven hours of sleep, but lately my nights are spent tossing, turning, staring at the ceiling, and when I'm lucky enough to get some shut eye, I'd wake up every hour.

This is the fourth time I've tried to write this post. Simply because I'm having a hard time finding my words and putting my emotions where they should be. I feel disconnected from my current world because part of me wishes to run away from it. It's spring and it's supposed to be the season of beauty. However, I feel devoid of the euphoric feeling that usually accompanies this season of rebirth and rejuvenation.


It was around mid-December when Kepi started noticing that his right ear's hearing was muffled and that the ringing was getting louder. We thought it was just a simple ear infection so Kepi got referred to see an ENT Specialist. The ENT did some tests but he couldn't find anything wrong. On the first week of April, he finally …

Underneath The Cherry Blossoms

It's been really quiet here.

In fact, 2016 was a year I didn't blog that much. Probably because life pulled me in a different direction. Let's just say I'm traversing a road less traveled these days.

It's not easy to pick up where I left off (blogging wise) but I can start where I am at the moment.
Well, 2017 spring has arrived and the warmth of this season seems to awaken me from my blogging slumber. After the long (it feels like it) winter hibernation, everything seem to awaken and bloom with the call of spring including me.
 Taken a week ago, the Tidal Basin was in full bloom.
 A sudden drop in temperature a few weeks ago damaged some of the buds, but the surviving blooms were still beautiful and spectacular.

Apart from the Cherry Blossoms, spring also brought the beauty of friendship. I finally met Jo and her daughter Jody. Jo is my Iggy Sister and blogger friend based in the U.A.E. I was so comfortable with her and it felt like we've known each other for s…

"TWO sons TOO many" Book Giveaway

Today, I am going to introduce you to Aidan Mc Nally and his newly self-published book, TWO sons TOO many. Our featured author today is from Loughshinny, Dublin, Ireland. I don't think I've ever featured an author on my blog before, but there's a first for everything. Also, this is not a paid post.

Aidan is a friend and I'm quite excited that he is now a published author. Fortunately he agreed to answer some of my questions about his book and his writing process.

1. Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know? * For 20 years, I have travelled the world as a commercial fisherman. From the Irish Sea, where it all began, to the Celtic Sea, which is south of Ireland, and the big bad Atlantic Ocean, the west coast of Ireland. It is this that carried me to Alaska and the Bering Sea. Life as a fisherman is one of the greatest ways to connect with mother nature in all the true forms - from watching an electric storm sweep across the open ocean at nigh…

Painted Sky

I took this photo during our Panama Canal cruise.

The view was fantastic and serene.

The sea was calm and the sky was on fire. Beauty abounds.

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT

Please come back anytime next week to check out my book giveaway.
Linking with Skywatch.

Weekend Gardening

The mosquitoes have been devouring my legs and arms whenever I'm on the backyard working on the garden. But, I am overjoyed because my tomatoes, bitter gourd, snow peas, peppers, moringa, and molokhias are healthy and fruitful. The great thing about a bountiful harvest is that we get to share them with our neighbors.

Daisy looks so happy as she watches me fill the basket with tomatoes.
Fushimi Peppers and more tomatoes.
August ushered in quietly. There isn't much news on my side of the woods.
However in the weeks to come (not scheduled yet), I am excited to feature an author, Aidan Mc Nally, who wrote a book, Two Sons Too Many. Please do come by and read my interview and get to know the author himself and his new book.
I hope everyone's having a great weekend.

PS - I'm reading the new Harry Potter book at the moment.