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Wordless Wednesdays - Tulips


A Cat In Waiting

Do you see that cat? He seems to be waiting for "something." When I took this photo, I thought he was waiting for the couple, who's playfully looking at him, to pass through so he can get to where he's going, but he stayed in that position for a good amount of time.

Do you sometimes feel like you're waiting for something but you don't know what? Or sometimes, you're waiting for someone or some event that would make you smile to get through a tough day, a hint of hope when you're desperate, a dash of pouring rain to ease the hot temperatures and humidity, a breathe of fresh air when you're stuffed like sardines in a crowded train, a dollar because you're a dollar short to ride the train home, a call for interview when you're looking for a job, or simply - a break from a rut.

Well, I am waiting and it feels like forever. The problem is, I can't patiently sit still like that cat in waiting.

I'm so glad it's finally Frid…

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Lovely Awards

It's been a long time since I've received any award. But look here, I got two! Thank you CheGo2 the Kitchen for these awards. I am honored.


1.) Thank the person who gave you the award.
2.) List seven things about yourself that others may not yet know
3.) Pay it forward by nominating 15 fabulous bloggers you’ve recently discovered.

********** Here we go: I don't watch reality TV.I keep two calendars/planners - one for personal and the other for bills.I love going to yard or garage sales.I love and collect cute writing papers. I love paper!I have 15 penpals at the moment. I am hoping for more. Nothing beats the excitement of reading a real letter.I can't function without coffee in the morning.I miss eating hot pandesal for breakfast these days.********** I'd like to present these two awards to the following newly discovered fabulous blogs:
Life Candy It's All About The Meow All Jayme Dea Guwapa Menopausal New Mom Love and Life Confessions of a New Mom Pinay Wife Speak…

My Neighborhood Watch Program

Guest post written by my buddy Jimmy Hufford.

Is my neighborhood watch program effective? If I were to sit down and really think about it, I would have to say yes. I mean, although I try not to think of crime, I know that it's a part of life that you can't really ignore.
There are various signs posted all over the neighborhood that lets people who might be thinking of causing chaos know that they won't get away with it. I have never seen anybody suspicious walking around at night, either. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the police station is only a few miles down the road.

Besides the watch, I make sure to do things at home to ensure that I don't run into trouble. All the doors and windows are locked, only opened for short periods during daylight. I don't answer the door unless I am expecting someone, and ask others in the house to do the same. The curtains are also closed at night, so nobody could get a look at the things I own. I also had a home free alarm sy…

Tuesday Fun

Quite excited to be joining Follow Me Back Tuesday again!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Snoopy Is Deep

I've always loved Snoopy as a cartoon character, but I didn't know Snoopy can be deep.
Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. (Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz)Happy Monday!

Atop Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower

On our last night in Las Vegas, we decided to take the long elevator ride atop the Paris Hotel's Eiffel Tower replica. We wanted to go up at night, so that we could see the lights of the Strip; it didn't disappoint. Below are the photos I took that night.

The orb there is the sign for Paris Hotel.
Treasure Island Hotel/Casino
The castle looking like building is the Excalibur.
The Bellagio at night.

I hope everyone's having a wonderful weekend.


These photos were taken at the Colonial Williamsburg Nursery which "is an interpretive and sales site featuring 18th-century garden plantings, botanical histories, historically accurate plants and reproduction gardening tools for sale." (

It was my first time to see an artichoke plant.

How do you eat your artichoke?

An artichoke Friday to you!

Aloha ʻOe (Farewell to Thee)

To my Grandma Aquilina,
Aloha `oe, aloha `oe (Farewell to you, farewell to you)
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo (The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers)
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au ('Ere I depart)
Until we meet again
My Grandma passed away on June 15 at the age of 84.

The ease of e-Readers

Guest post written by Richard Lee.

Getting a new copy of the latest New York Times bestseller is much simpler than it used to be. Now you don’t even have to leave your favorite recliner. e-Readers offer users the ability to order an e-book, download it in about a minute and read it – all on one device.

When I decided that I wanted one, researching and finding the perfect e-Reader device was as simple as browsing the various offerings and comparisons between different devices on the Clear internet because like most new forms of technology, there were already so many published reviews about them.

Although I love the personal feel of turning book pages that’s sacrificed for convenience with this device, it makes up for it in many other categories. Mine can hold more than 1,000 books, newspapers and magazines in its storage so I can browse its memory for a variety of reading material any time I want.

Gone are the days of lugging around huge hardcover books. An e-Reader has been the perfec…

Missing Hawaii

While visiting one of the open malls, I saw this "Hawaii's Finest" shave ice stall. I was curious to try this stall's shave ice, but I wouldn't dare because I'd just end up comparing his to the ones I've had in Hawaii. There are things I'd much prefer to enjoy at home. Shave ice is among them - including the manapua and the malasadas.

I miss Hawaii.

Aloha Tuesday!

I Have Fever

"Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it." (Cesare Pavese)
I have travel fever, and it's absolutely a good thing.
Happy Monday to all!

Reviving The Art Of Letter Writing

Lately, I've been trying to rekindle my passion for writing letters; it seems to have taken the backseat since work and other responsibilities are occupying my time and attention. One of the challenges I've been facing is setting a time just dedicated to reading and writing letters, but in order for me to be able to write a good letter, I have to be inspired and be in a specific mood; that I haven't felt in the past few weeks.

I started writing to penpals in grade school and been doing it ever since. I used to have as many as 60+ penfriends; now I have around 15. I still remember running to meet the postman on Saturdays, and the first thing I'd ask mom whenever I get home from school or work would be, "Any letters for me?" I would be jumping for joy if I received five letters in one day, that to me was equivalent to winning the lottery.

I would grab all my letters, head to my bedroom, and run my fingers on the stamps and admire the whole package - the cute e…

Horses And Cats

Apart from exploring the historical park (Colonial Williamsburg), we encountered animals within and outside the park. It's been so long since I was this close to a horse (photos below).  I've forgotten how majestic horses look like at a close encounter. I mean, I see horses when we're on the road, but just a passing glance; this time, I took the time to observe and feel their presence.

A black beauty.
Enjoying sun and grass.
A quick glance.
This cat ignored and walked past us.
A cat crossing the road - perhaps on her way home.

Happy Thursday!

Crime in Central New Jersey

The block that we live on is in a good neighborhood, but it is not a place to leave your doors unlocked when you go to bed. Common sense is one of the best ways to help keep yourself safe. If you go out, even just for 10 minutes to run down to the corner, lock your doors. You don't want to invite trouble into your home. If someone is going to get in your house, make them have to work at it.

We have security doors on our two exterior doors. They are great and they truly make us feel very safe. They are not expensive and they give us peace of mind and a very secure feeling. They have improved the looks of security doors, so they don't stick out like a sore thumb like the older model doors.

We also have a dog, and she is a good watch dog. If she hears something, she will bark. If you don't have a dog and don't plan to get one, you can make your home look like a dog lives there. Put a big dog bowl by your door and put the name "Rufus" on it and people will think …

Colonial Williamsburg Characters

For a historian like me, walking with and seeing historical characters alive and in action adds excitement to my day. (I know it's not the same for someone who doesn't like history.) Seeing them is exciting and how much more to seeing them giving a speech based on what happened on that specific day in history. I think that through re-enactment, learning history can be so much fun.

The marching band prepares at Revolutionary City.
He leads.
The drummers.
The auction begins at 1 PM.
I wanted that tea set, but the auction started a bit expensive. Nothing bad with taking home just the photo.
George Washington speaks of the issues of the day. (Audience are allowed to asked questions, and the actor must answer questions based on what was going on that certain day in history.)
Cooking the colonial way.
The peanut butter cookies were delicious.
The shoemaker's wife.
Is he going to work or at work already?
Actor interacting with park visitors.
A wonderful Tuesday to all!

Follow Me Back Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to all!

Williamsburg Flowers

I love flowers. 
Plate size white magnolia.
Bee on the job.
Whenever I see these, they remind me of buttons.
I don't know the name of these flowers but...
this is how they look like when they're in full bloom.
Promegranate flowers.
A flower wearing a bonnet.
Another one with a pointy hat.

Splash Zone

Great guest post by Beth Nagle

For a day trip the other day our entire family went to Splash Zone which is our local water park. I loaded up sunscreen, towels, and toys for the kids. We set the home security alarm Click Here and got the kids in the car to go to the park. We got there in about five minutes. It was such a quick drive.

The water park has a small area for the kids to play in that they can touch. It has two little slides for them. It also had a large palm tree that water was spraying out of from every direction. They loved to just stand under it and let it hit their heads. The lazy river was the family's favorite. We could all float down the river on rafts together. It just keeps going around in a circle so you don't have to get off of it unless you are done. We spent a lot of time just relaxing and talking as we went down the river. They also have two big slides. They were too big for our youngest daughter, but the older one loved them. She talked daddy into takin…

Women's Clothing In Colonial America

While waiting in line to get into the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg, the gate usherette in full colonial costume started explaining what constitutes a woman's attire during colonial times. I was astounded at how many layers of garments they wore back then. I couldn't believe that a woman would be wearing a hat, a cape, a cloak, a mob cap, a shift, sleeve ruffles, stays (corsets), etc. all in one outfit. I kept thinking how constricting and hot would that have felt.

I took these photos (below) last weekend during my trip to Colonial Williamsburg. I've always been fascinated with how the women of colonial times endured wearing all these layers of clothing and still carried themselves so well. I honestly think that putting a gown on during the colonial times is a chore. Although it seems that colonial fashion were constricting to women, I still think they're lovely to photograph.

Please enjoy the photos below and the quotes I took from reading Baumgarten&…

Watching Yankees Baseball

Thanks to guest blogger Sharon Sullivan.

I love baseball season because it lasts a while, and it gets you in the mood for the great weather. There is nothing better than watching the opening game for baseball. I am so glad I can watch all my games on satellite tv. I recently moved to California and found some great Directv Sacramento deals. You know it is Spring time when the first game starts. It is such an exciting sport to watch, as you root for your own team. I especially like the Yankees. They have been my favorite team since I was a little girl. I never got to see the real game in person, but watching it on television has become a family tradition. The 2009 World Series was like a family party. It was quite funny because half of the family are Yankee fans and the other half are Phillies fans. Luckily, our Yankees won, as it made me very happy. It was actually their 27th title, and I hope many more to come.

Travel And Genetics

Flowers at the historic Williamsburg.
I just had a four-day weekend, so I'm a bit reluctant to go back to work today. Saturday and Sunday were spent exploring the historic town of Williamsburg; that place never fails to enchant me. PW and I got our annual passes, so we can return and enjoy the park and museums anytime of this year. I'm so glad that summer is here (except for the humidity) because it also signals the start of summer road trips. I love going on road trips, and I'm hoping this summer will be filled with them. Travel, local or international, is such a wonderful passion because it never fails to teach me new things and appreciate what I already have.

Tuesday was spent at NIH for my usual aplastic anemia tests. I finally got my genetic test results and also got a good discussion about the possible genetic cause of my condition. I found out that aside from my aplastic anemia, I am also anemic. As of right now, they found out that my bone marrow is not producing en…


Everything has turned green in my area and wildlife abounds. I took these photos a couple of weekends ago, when my friend and I were out enjoying the park.

Feathered friends kept the lake busy.
There were two of them, but I only managed to take a photo of one. I think they were building a nest.
A baby turtle, who probably can't wait to explore the vastness of the lake.
Wildflowers in bloom.
A snake sunbathing and didn't even budge when I took this photo.
A peaceful view.
Look beyond or through the bushes and you could see wildlife.
Turtles on a log.
A family out for a swim.
A family out for a hike.