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Sweet And Salty

Yesterday, I was in munchy mood.


I'm a Hershey Milk Chocolate girl, but I do eat M&M's once in a while. So when I saw this bag of the new Pretzel M&M's at the cafe, I grabbed it so swiftly; I don't know if it was just mere curiosity of the new product or I'm just feeding my sweet cravings. The next time I know I was opening that sweet bag in the elevator back to my office. If you like chocolate covered pretzels, then you might like this one too. It certainly has the crunch and saltiness of a pretzel that blends so deliciously with the sweetness of the milk chocolate and the candy shell.

How about you? What's your favorite candy or chocolate bar?

Tour de France

Guest post written by Paul Anthony

I don’t know what it is about the Tour de France this year that has me glued to the TV. Maybe it’s because my roommate is obsessed with it.

Either way, I’ve been following it religiously with my direct tv wild blue. It’s great that I don’t have to watch it all the time in case I miss something like I did with the World Cup. While I’m at work I check in with the Tour’s official website with wild blue internet and follow the race live. It’s also helpful to look at the little map to see the route that they’re taking.

Watching it really makes me want to go and watch it next time. I love looking at all the beautiful French scenery. Maybe if I can’t make it there during the next Tour de France I can at least go and take a sightseeing trip and play tourist for a week or two. I had a friend who recently went because her cousin is teaching at a university there. He said it was amazing and if I do end up going that he can give me her contact information so she…

Curve Balls And Flowers

It's been a tough day. Actually, it's been a really tough week for me, and I'm not so sure if things will get better anytime soon. Life has thrown me several curve balls, but I'm still here - standing.

To cheer myself up, I'm posting some photos I really like. I took these photos at the Hershey Gardens. I hope they can cheer someone who's having a tough time too. After all, I find my smile whenever I see blooming flowers.
There will be another inning, another game, another chance, and ‘how’ you handle the curve balls is really up to you. You can lose your confidence, your spirit, your love of the game or, you can take your stance at home plate, swing like you have never swung before and know you have a chance at hitting that ball far out into the outfield or the stands.  (Kimberley Cohen)
Happiness held is a seed; happiness shared is the flower.
Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth the flower. ~Shigenori Kameoka~
The flower that follows the…

A Seafood Feast

Bear took me to Red Lobster this recent weekend. He was brandishing his $50 gift card award from work, so off we went to have a feast. Thank you, Bear.
This is Red Lobster's Ultimate Feast. It's absolutely filling and for someone who indulges in crab or lobster once or twice a year, this plate is simply gorgeous. I love the steamed snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi (a favorite) and Walt's favorite shrimp. My only complaint is that I found the split Maine lobster tail too salty.

The meal was great, but I think I can only manage to indulge with this huge serving once a year. It was just too much food for one meal.

Supporting PEBA 2010

My entry to the PEBA 2010 Blog Awards has been chosen as Nominee #2. The theme this year is - Strengthening OFW Families: Stronger Homes for a Stronger Nation.  

I would love to hear your thoughts.  My entry is here: Outside Looking In.  Please feel free to read and leave me a comment.

To read the other entries and vote for your favorite entry, please click here.  Thank you and let's support PEBA!

Notebook Love

In response to Wifely Steps entry, Notebook in my Bag, I also carry a notebook in my bag. Nothing beats having a notebook and pen in hand when a great idea comes to mind. I bought this notebook in Hawaii when I went home to celebrate my 31st birthday. I love the Hawaiian themed cover because it reminds me that I'm carrying a piece of aloha with me wherever I go. It also makes me feel close to home all the time.

If I were to allow you to peek into my notebook, you'll see a hodgepodge of thoughts from what I'm feeling about work and life, weekend must-dos, shopping lists, recipes I'd like to try, blog ideas, my top ten world destinations (which seems to change every month), to what I'd like to eat for dinner. I also paste my favorite funny comic strips and cut out sweet notes from family and friends which I revisit when I am feeling low. This notebook isn't just an absorber of my stress and crazy moments, but also a source of laughter and encouragement.

Sometimes…

Hawaii Was the Perfect Vacation for our Tenth Anniversary

Post contributed by Fletcher Vargas

With our ten-year anniversary coming up, I started thinking about vacation destinations. I got in touch with my best friend, the travel agent. I asked her if she could help us out once again in finding a suitable destination for our tenth anniversary. She said she would be happy to use her hughes satellite internet TN that she got from Satellite Internet Deal after she looked into hughes compared to dial-up. to find us a great place. As usual, she did not let us down. She booked us a vacation to Hawaii.

When we went on the trip, the weather was perfect. We spent a lot of time at the beach. There were a few places that we wanted to see while we were there. We took a tour of one of the volcanoes. I had never seen a volcano up close but we saw this one up close and personal. It was amazing. Several of the nights were spent on the beach during the luaus. We were able to dance a little. I even learned how to hula dance from one of the dancers. I would ha…

Sunflowers

I planted sunflowers on my front garden, and although I was so worried they wouldn't survive this ongoing heat wave, I'm surprised that they are thriving in the 90 or 100 degree, humid weather. I am so happy that every morning when I leave and come home from work, I am greeted by these smiling sunny faces.

I love it when they're still starting to bloom
Ever so patiently the petals slowly open to embrace the sun
Am I ready?
In full bloom and glory
I'm thinking of saving the seeds and plant them again next year.
Happy Thursday!

Outside Looking In

About six years ago, my sister decided to work abroad and left her three kids and husband behind to become a domestic helper in Hong Kong. I had immense fear. I feared for her safety, and I feared for her family’s situation, but my sister calmly told me, “Sacrifices have to be made for the family. I’ll be fine.” After a few months in Hong Kong, my sister and her employer got into a dispute, and this resulted in my sister filing a law suit against her employer.

As my sister bravely faced her own legal battles abroad, we, the family, were left in the dark not knowing who to turn to or ask for help. As for my sister, she was left to fend for her own in a foreign land. Desperate to find another employer, my sister asked help from her agency and other agencies who did not do anything but ask for more money for all reasons I found to be absurd and suspicious; the agencies still kept the money even after they failed finding her employment.  Truth cannot be denied that out there, there ar…

Wordless Wednesdays - Backyard Harvest

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Hershey's Roses

When we visited Hershey Gardens a couple of weeks ago, the roses reign supreme. There's something special about a rose that never fails to capture my heart and imagination. They're just simply beautiful. The garden was permeated with the most natural, clean, floral, sweet fragrance. While we were there, there was a wedding taking place, and I had a smile on my face thinking how lucky this bride is being wed to the love of her life amongst the beautiful roses.

Nuff said, I'll let the photos speak for themselves.







How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity  under roses and violets and morning dew! (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

My Sonic Experience

During our trip a couple of weeks ago to Lancaster's outlet shops, we were looking for a place to eat when we happen to pass through Sonic. We've seen Sonic a couple of times, but this is the first time we tried the place. It's the usual fast food place except that you can order from your car.  It was a cool experience.

This is the menu where you can order and pay right at the bottom with a credit card.
It looks like a parking lot.
Our order came quick, and the servers are in roller skates.
The food tasted much, much better than McDonalds.
It was a cool Sonic experience.

5:04 AM, July 16, 2010, DC Area

This morning, I was awaken by a rumbling sound; then the house shook. My mind was suddenly flooded with the memories of the July 16, 1990 destructive earthquake in the northern part of the Philippines. I held my breath and quietly waited for the aftershocks. I was so relieved none came, but my heart was still beating so fast.

I couldn't go back to sleep after that.

Hens And Chicks

Here's one interesting plant I saw at Hershey Gardens. It's called Hens and Chicks.

Hens are the bigger ones and Chicks are the smaller ones
the flower
the flowering Hens
apparently, they die after flowering

Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment

This year, my wish to see the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment finally came true. For the July 4th weekend, we packed two lawn chairs, bottles of  water and snacks then headed to the Gettysburg National Military Park. It was so humid and hot that day, but the excitement to watch the reenactment kept us excited and kept the heat stroke at bay.

Since the reenactment doesn't happen until 1 PM, we busied ourselves by visiting the reenactors' tents, the specialty stores that sells all types of civil war memorabilia and genuine collectors' items, drank lemonade, and listened to Gen. Lee's speeches and other notable civil war players.

As I stood that day where the bloodiest battle in American history happened, history became alive.





Happy Thursday!

Wordless Wednesdays - Black And White

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Moving to a New City – Washington, DC

Guest blog post from Ryan Macgreg

As a political junkie, it didn’t surprise any of my family members or friends when I started to look for jobs in Washington, DC. Sure, everybody warned me that there were some rough neighborhoods, but that wasn’t enough to deter me. I knew that if I got my foot in the door with the right office and focused on finding the best apartment I could that I would be alright.

The job offer came surprisingly quickly and I moved without a lot of notice – I had about three weeks to get everything in order. With a mobile phone as my only line, there was no need to talk to a phone company. Even though a lot of the apartment and condo complexes had desk staff and security, I found a place in Northwest that came without the frills – a converted basement in a family home.

The only down side was that the family insisted on two things. I had to have renter’s insurance and I had to sign up for adt home security because they didn’t want to be responsible for my place – a…

Some Reasons I Love Blogging

I blog because...
I love to write and writing keeps me sane. I may not be a good writer but I love having a medium to express my thoughts and ideas. My paragraphs may not be perfectly composed at all times, but they do contain my absolute honesty and they embody what I feel.I make connections and keep my connections. I meet people through my blogs and I am updated with my current friends' whereabouts. Also, through blogging, I met wonderful bloggers whom now I consider friends.It's a journal of my thoughts and my life's ups and downs. (I still keep a real journal on the side though.)I love to share my interests - be it for photography, travel, food and more.It helps with the bills. Becoming a first-time homeowner last year challenged my budgeting skills. Through blogging, I found ways to make a side income. If I'm not blogging to pay bills, I'm blogging to pay for my future trips.It keeps me motivated to be active. Whenever I'm out and doing things, I feel happy…

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Parade Of Flowers

After the Tulips season at the Hershey Gardens, a variety of flowers are now in full bloom at this time of the year. Summer brought to life so many flowers and colors, and here are just a sample of what I saw.




 A bloomin' Monday to all!

Name, Scenery, Signs And Friday Follow

I've passed through Intercourse several times before our July visit, and the town's name fueled my curiosity. Here's what I found online pertaining to the town's name origin.
Formerly known as "Cross Keys" from a noted old tavern, this village was founded in 1754. Much speculation exists concerning the origin of the name of this little country village. There are several explanations, but none really can be substantiated. The first centers around an old race track which existed on the Old Philadelphia Pike, there is a long stretch of race course, and was known as "Entercourse". It is believed that "Entercourse" gradually evolved into "Intercourse" which became the name of the town in 1814.Another theory concerns two famous roads that crossed here. The Old King's highway from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (now the Old Philadelphia Pike) ran east and west through the center of the town. The road from Wilmington to Erie int…