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Ciao 2013! Aloha 2014!

A few hours from now, a brand new year begins.

What can I say, 2013 was a difficult year. Yes, I used "was" because I am so ready to leave this year behind.  It seems auspicious that my treatment begins on January 1st signaling that 2014 would be a year of hope and healing. I pray that 2014 will be a kinder, more generous and fulfilling year.

I don't specifically hate this year, but it is a year that I cried the most and spent a lot of time in hospitals. However, I will try to find the good things about it because the good things "always" outweigh the bad.
I got married - May 3rdI came to know the courageous part of meGot closer to God, family and friendsSold my first home at VisionPaid off my credit cardsBought a new home with my husbandFelt the support of family and friendsFound the support of coworkers and my firmMet a kind, understanding transplant doctorTook several road trips - Niagara Falls Canada, New York, New Jersey, VA Beach etc. Thank you 2013 for al…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Waiting For Christmas

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more! (Dr. Seuss)

I thought I'd be spending the holidays getting chemo, but thank God I spent Thanksgiving with family in Atlantic City and will be spending Christmas at home with my husband and parents.  When my doctor said we'd have to move my bone-marrow transplant to January, I was a bit disappointed but then I also felt happy that I could still spend our first Christmas at our new home and still get to decorate and prepare for Christmas.

The Christmas Tree was the first that went up, as we thought we'd decorate early due to my unpredictable schedule. We got a new 6.5 feet tree this time. We still have my smaller tree that we used for the past 5 Christmases, but we might donate that to a thrift shop soon.

Our Christmas Tree this year.
This is our decoration on the fireplace.
Each ornament, except the e…

Puerto Rico: Your 5-Star Vacation Awaits

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The first time we visited Puerto Rico was about four years ago, and it is one vacation I'll always cherish and never forget. My husband and I enjoyed the sights, sounds and taste of Puerto Rico. We gravitated to Puerto Rico's tastey Lechon and the mofongo.  We walked and got lost in the streets of Old San Juan. We took photos of the colorful houses and we enjoyed the fresh breeze of the sea. My husband and I have been talking about going back there and our itinerary is just getting longer. No doubt, Puerto Rico is a 5-star vacation destination filled with world-class attractions.

Puerto Rico is a unique travelers' destination because of the variety of activities it offers. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a foodie, a beach person, a photograph enthusiast, a golfer, you'll be absolutely surprised because Puerto Rico has everything that you…

Mosque-Cathedral Of Cordoba, Spain

We were supposed to visit the Rock of Gibraltar, but we were so glad we went to see the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, also called the Mezquita or the Great Mosque of Cordoba, instead. This place is a historical marvel and a real treasure for the people of Andalusia. A must see for history lovers and for anyone who visits Cordoba. The Mezquita is a medieval Islamic mosque and was later converted to a Catholic cathedral.

What was amazing in this structure is that, a Christian cathedral was built in the middle of it, and surrounding the cathedral is the presence of Moorish architecture and beauty. Christianity and Islam occupying one space.

 Imagine standing underneath these beautiful columns that withstood time and history. For me it was a historic moment.
Through the pages of history, we find out that a Cathedral was built right in the center of the mosque.
 The cathedral is quite impressive in design.
  Lavish in decoration.
 We also explored the villages surrounding the Mezquita. This…

Pastries I Enjoyed In Seville

This post is about the daily freshly baked pastries we enjoyed while visiting Seville. As I have written in the past, I always follow my taste buds when I travel. I also tend to plan my trips around food. Food is a great GPS.

 These pastries are from the local bakery we frequented while we were in Seville. They're topped with caramelized sugar.
When traveling, I tend to get excited with three things - cuisine, baked goods and sweets.
Every single pastry was an object of curiosity. The shop owner was amused with me taking photos and he was very accommodating and let me roam around the bakery to snap photos.

The beauty of a rustic bread. While taking photos, I wondered how this and that bread was made, what are the ingredients and who would be the lucky person taking them home today.
 I love how the shop owner wrapped our pastries in paper then tied a ribbon for easy carrying. He does this for every customer. It's like bringing home a gift every time we visited his shop.
 Topped…