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Crazy March

Crazy, but March is almost over. I mean, where did March go?

It's been a tough month for me especially when I found out my siblings are not possible bone marrow donors. Once again, I was thrown into a feeling of isolation and depression, but I have to keep moving and to keep living. As of now, I have medication keeping me stable. The future is yet to be determined, but I'm not going to sit and wait. I will try my hardest to live life as best as I can now.

As far as living is concerned:
Kepi, Mom and I attended our first AA and MDS Conference. It was nice to meet people who are facing the challenges of having bone marrow failure diseases like me. I made new friends and even met Andrya, whose blog I've followed throughout her treatment and recovery. I look forward to staying-in-touch with all these new found friends.We made it to the Cherry Blossoms Festival and managed to see the blooms in DC as well as in beautiful Bethesda. I will be posting photos soon.Our trip to Iceland…

Bulls Tickets Online

Post contributed by Leonard Phelps

Every year when they announce the NBA schedule I get all hyped up and start going crazy wanting to buy tickets to all the good home games for the Bulls. My wife always goes crazy and says things like, “there are so many other things we could be spending money on right now, Hank.” Let’s be honest she is right. We could all stand to go on a family vacation or to buy new carpet for the downstairs but when those tickets come out something takes over and all self control goes out the window. This year I was at work with access to T1 Chicago so I was able to get even more tickets because the internet there is so fast! Last year I only got tickets to a few games because I was on dial up internet back at the house. That is right, we still have dial up. I am miserly what can I say? Not miserly when it comes to my Bulls though! Got to get all the tickets I can scrape up for next year.

Eastwind Noodle Bar, Atlantic City

Trudging the entirety of the Atlantic City boardwalk could be tiring and hunger inducing. It was about 1 PM when we decided to eat.  We decided to stay away from the usual buffets and since it was windy and chilly to eat outside at that time, we decided to have a sit in lunch. Thus, we found this nice little Asian place called Eastwind Noodle Bar.

Eastwind Noodle Bar is located at the Boardwalk Entrance of Resorts Casino.
Apart from the restaurant, they have a corner bakery that offers hotdog buns, pork buns and more.
Bottomless tea. We drank about three pots of tea while dining there.
Tea and chopsticks.
Kepi ordered the honey glazed pork with steamed rice. This is delicious and comes highly recommended.
Mom ordered the shrimp lo mein. I think I've had better lo mein, but their version is okay. I am not too crazy about it.
I ordered three medium sized pork steam buns. I love these steam buns and they tasted quite close to the Filipino siopao in the Philippines. The only thing missing in…

Looking Forward To

Spring settles on my side of the woods.  A lot of trees and flowers are budding and blooming. What a wonderful time of the year!

Currently, the Magnolias are in full bloom and the city's now anticipating the Cherry Blossoms. So if you find yourself in DC this month, the peak bloom prediction of the blossoms is March 20–23, but apart from the blossoms there will be festival events for 5 weeks. This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival is the Centennial Celebration, paying tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is on the top of my "looking forward to" list, in addition to:
finishing spring semester - I will not be taking summer courses as I badly need some rest.attending my first Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation Patient and Family Conference - it will be an opportunity to meet other patients like me. Please visit this website and learn more about bone marrow failure diseases.
see Shen Yun this…

Scenes At The Atlantic City Shore

This weekend, Kepi, Mom and I drove to Atlantic City (AC).  AC is a good four-hour drive from where we are, so once I finished work on Friday, we hopped on the car and drove to AC. We spent a night at The Chelsea Hotel, which I will later review, if they won't redeem themselves in time. (I'm still thinking on how to approach our dismal hotel experience with this hotel, but I am going to give them time to redeem themselves since they have offered us a complimentary room for our next visit.)

On Saturday, we spent the early morning walking along the AC beach, collected sea shells, breathe in the cold sea breeze and chased Seagulls having their breakfast by the shore.

Waves of sand.
AC in the morning.
I took home several of these black shells.

Seagulls observing us and us observing them.
A perfect morning for meditation.
Until a wave splashes and I'm back to reality.
Interesting sand prints.
AC at this time of year is still a bit chilly, but it makes it easier to walk the entirety of…

Bellagio's Exhibit - Year Of The Dragon

One of the things I was looking forward to when we flew to Las Vegas last month was Bellagio's exhibit. I couldn't stop thinking or guessing what would it be until we finally stepped on the hotel.

I love that Bellagio did their exhibit on the Year of the Dragon.

Bellagio's stunning glass flowers as you enter the lobby.
Chinese red lanterns behind the receptionists' table.
Flowers, Chinese coins for good luck and the Double Dragon.
Burning incense.
Golden Dragon.
Red Dragon.
This Chinese girl is dressed with flowers.

This to me is most impressive. Literally, the painting is alive. They used real flowers and plants to make this painting come to life.

Beading A Lifesaver

Beading is a lifesaver.

The past few days, I've been doing a lot of beading projects, and it's been wonderful to divert my attention to something beautiful and productive. Things on the health side has been more challenging than ever, so beading is my outlet. (You can read my more personal entry here.)

Today, I'm offering a special discount to my blogger friends and Facebook followers of my Kayni's Kreations page.

To avail of this 20% discount, use DISC20 at check-out. This offer ends on March 16, 2012.
My Etsy Shop is here.
Anyway, here are a few new additions to my shop. I hope you like them.
 This beautiful bracelet is made of crystal glass beads and oval ivory glass pearl beads. It is finished with a gold plated toggle clasp for easy wear.
 This beautiful bracelet is made with red and blue cat's eye beads, so you can imagine that this jewelry is surely eye catching. It is finished with a silver fancy toggle clasp.
This beautiful piece is made of woven pink and …


Authored by Raymond Whitney

Since we upgraded our television package at, my dog has been going nuts. I know that this sounds silly, but he loves to watch television! When I am not in the room and he thinks he can get away with it, I will catch him up on the couch, at eye level with the television. He really looks like he is interested and watching the tv. The funniest is if another dog come on tv. He will start barking like the dog is in the room. I didn’t think that dog’s vision would let them see little things on the tv, but he can see it great. It is hilarious to watch him bark at the tv. That is one way that he busts himself on the couch. Sometimes he will start barking in the living room. When he does, I come running. If he is on the couch I make him get off. I wonder if he will ever realize that he is giving away that is on the couch which is a huge no-no? I’m sure it is only time. He is one pretty smart little beagle!