The Kiss

For a moment there, I felt like I was Picasso, thanks to Mr. Picassohead. I entitled my first try as "The Kiss".



You can be my critic! What do you think of it?

6 Word Satur...err Sunday




Let go. Everything will be fine.


 

' certainly am poetic



You Are Poetic





You see beauty, colors, and inspiration where other people see nothing.

You are a gentle and sensitive soul that craves love and understanding.



You take pride in your interesting ideas, and you feel wounded if others challenge you too fiercely.

You feel most comfortable in places where you know everyone. It's likely you are still in touch with your childhood friends.
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Social Parade Follower Friday for 5/28

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If we can see as clearly...

Cagayan Valley, Philippines

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

          ~~Confucius



 
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Sensational Haiku -- Reflection

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Welcome to “Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”

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The basics:
Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

This week’s theme is: Reflection


when you look at me
is it me you see, or the
mirror of your fears?

   

 





a part of Anawangin Cove, San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines
 
Next week’s theme: Milestones
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...waiting for the storm

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.


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(not) a happy ending



There is no happy ending, really.




They always take a part of you when they go.

Anticlimax

You said we have one week, 2 weeks at the most.

I wanted this time to be for us.

But it's just you. All you.

I'm sorry about what I said yesterday morning. I did not mean to. I just thought that in all of the billion people in this world, at least I could tell someone what I feel and not be judged by it.

You said I disaapointed you.

But I can't think, for the life of me, of any one thing that I did to make the precedent for the accusation you are throwing at me. And I won't apologize for that.

just my sentimental thoughts...

Wasn't it in a song that said..."Is there someone you know, you're loving them so and taking them all granted..."? Once in a while we treat, or get treated that way. And then, "You may lose them one day, someone takes them away, and they don't hear the words you long to say" makes you wish could turn back the time to rectify the wrong turns you have made?

Open your eyes, Teddy. You look so far out into the horizon, you never really appreciate the warmth of the sand on your feet.

If I cried, will you stay?

I will not,will not, WILL NOT cry! If I do, would you change your mind?


Yeah, so there's no point, isn't it?

All Me!

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Welcome to “Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”

Click here for info and background on this weekly event!
The basics:
Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

This week’s theme is: Ego

MY feelings, MY self
my image of ME, of the world
Me, Me, Mine, all mine!
 


Next week’s theme: Reflection

Ego



You Are the Ego




You take a balanced approach to your life.

You definitely aren't afraid to act out on your desires - even crazy ones.

But you usually think first. Morals drive you as much as hedonism does.

You've been able to live a life of pleasure... without living a life of excess.

Cool Dip

Let's go for a swim!

Caliraya Lake, Lumban, Laguna, Philippines by AJ

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Wordless Wednesday

and late MIDWEEK BLUES  (will make it earlier next week ;))

for the not married, soon-to-be married, and the already married...

A friend shared this via Facebook. Upon reading, I was touched by it so I thought of sharing this here...


MARRIAGE....

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I've got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce.. I raised the topic calmly. She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?
I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn't talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Dew. I didn't love her anymore. I just pitied her! With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Dew so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now. The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn't have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Dew. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.
In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn't want anything from me, but needed a month's notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month's time and she didn't want to disrupt him with our broken marriage. This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day.
She requested that everyday for the month's duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning.. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request. I told Dew about my wife's divorce conditions.. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully..

My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mummy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to
the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don't tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn't looked at this woman carefully for a long time.. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn't tell Dew about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger. She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily. Suddenly it hit me... she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it's time to carry mum out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day. But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn't noticed that our life lacked intimacy.
I drove to office.... jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind...I walked upstairs. Dew opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Dew, I do not want the divorce anymore. She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead.. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Dew, I said, I won't divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value the details of our lives, not because we didn't love each other any more. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Dew seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.
At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I'll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead.
The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot
give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!

Some People's Lives (Janis Ian)





Some people's lives run down like clocks.
One day they stop, and that's all they've got.
Some lives wear out like old tennis shoes
no one can use. Well, It's sad but it's true.

Didn't anybody tell them?
Didn't anybody see?
Didn't anybody love them
like you love me?

Some people's lives fade like their dreams,
too tired to rise, too tired to sleep.
Some people laugh when they need to cry,
and they never know why.

Didn't anybody tell them
that's not how it used to be?
Didn't anybody love them
like you love me?

Some people ask if the tears have to fall.
Then why take your chances? Why bother at all?
And some people's lives are as cold as their lips.
They just need to be kissed.

Doesn't anybody tell them?
Doesn't anybody see?
Doesn't anybody love them
like you love me?
'Cause that's all they need.

Where are you, Happiness?

somebody asked last night why happiness can be so elusive...I tried to answer, happiness is  in the journey to self-discovery; it's the understanding of one's place in this world and in the scheme of things; it's in the appreciation of what is here now and letting go of the things that can never be undone. I really tried to explain but fear of being misunderstood got in the way, so it remained unspoken...

Trying my luck...

Rose over at  Rose's Obstacles and Glories will be having her Blog Anniversary. To celebrate, she will be giving away $100 promotional code from CSN Online Store which you can use to shop online. This giveaway is for Canadian and US residents only.

But ye all non-residents of US and Canada, never lose hope! If you're the chosen one, she will deposit $25 in your Paypal Account.  Yay! Anyone can join, how great is that?

Since I'm not a fan of harsh lights, I want this one. And I want want my floor space uncluttered so this is perfect! I love light fixtures in walls, in dim light. Besides, it sets a mellow mood in the room (that's the romantic in me... ::wink::)

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So aren't you green yet? Here's how you can join this fun activity, which will be open from May 15 to June 14:

Go over at Rose's Obstacles and Glories or you can click on the badge to take you the instructions.

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Good luck!

I finally displyed my badge code! Yay!

I was bloghopping today and doing my visiting and commenting duties and I thought, wouldn't be great to have a blog badge? When I started dabbling in the blogging world, I tried making a badge that looks like this:



But that was all to it. I've had a love-hate relationship with this badge -- I would put it in my sidebar and would take it down after a while, then would put it up again. But now that I've got a small band of followers and readers (THANKS to YOU, my friends!), I felt it has to stay in my sidebar now! Besides, some are asking for a badge exchange. It's like meeting someone for the first time and offers you a calling card and you didn't bring your own -- you know the feeling.  Another thought: it would exciting to have another blogger display my blog on their site!

Yeah, maybe I'm vain.

But just the same, I'm doing it. Maybe you can, too.

Here's how:

You will be needing an image or picture you would like to represent your site, or yourself. If your making one from scratch you'll be needing Photoshop or photoediting site such us Pixar.us. You can resize your image to whatever size you wish,  but I think the best would be 125x125.

Choose the HTML/JavaScript in the  Add a Gadget by going to the Layout page, then Page Elements.

There are 2 ways to set-up the HTML code of your button:

1. You can use Photobucket.com to upload your photo and get the html code. Copy the code where you want the button to appear in your sidebar.it would look like this:


{a href="ENTER WEBSITE HERE"}{img src="ENTER PHOTO HTML CODE HERE"/}{/a}
2. On Blogger, just open a new post, upload the resized image from your computer as if you're making an actual post. Then go to the edit HTML tab at the upper right corner and voila! copy the code and paste it in your sidebar.

Now here's the tricky part: You wouldn't want to make it hard for your friends to grab your button! You'd want the code to be "publishable" so here's how to display the badge/button code that would look like this for easy grabbing:





{textarea rows="3" cols="17"}{br/}Paste Your Badge's HTML Code Here{br/}{/textarea}

Don't forget!!! Change { to <; AND } to >; otherwise, your widget will not work.

Change the size of your box by changing the numbers of the rows and cols on the code provided.


Done!


Now, maybe we can exchange badge, eh?

Happy weekend!

cruisin'

Loboc River Cruise


The Loboc River is one of the best tourist attraction in Bohol, Philippines. I haven't been here but a good friend of mine shared this beautiful picture she has taken of this famous river only this summer. It looked so romantic! Maybe Teddy and I would come here one day...I thought of the song Moon River by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) and as I was googling this song, I came across a photography blog called MOON RIVER. You can come and check it out!

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...oops! Lunchbreak almost up!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed skywatching with me! Have a great weekend!




 

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Friday Follow



Welcome to the May 14 Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.
Here's how YOU can join the Friday Follow celebration:

--Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.

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--Grab the Friday Follow button and include on your Friday Follow blog post.

--Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.

--Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you'd like.

--Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow.

--Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow.

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How will you deal with it?

"Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle."

Senasational Haiku -- Karma

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Welcome to “Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”

Click here for info and background on this weekly event!
The basics:
Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

This week’s theme is: Karma

 lives turning, touching
falling like dominoes
going back to you...

Come back for next week’s theme: Ego

Friday Fill-Ins and Salsa!

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And...here we go!

1. Salsa and nachos go so well together.
2. We had fun and you've even got mustard on your beard!
3. By the time I get home you're by the door waiting to embrace me.
4.Great sale and fab finds  is what I look forward to most when grocery shopping.
5. And I was dreaming I never have to have a 9-to-5 work.
6. Good food, good conversation, good company...is there anything else better?!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to talk to you, tomorrow my plans include cooking our favorite Bicol Express and Sunday, I want to visit my sis and mom to greet her a Happy Mother's Day!

Six Word Saturday -- getting better and better...



Life is good, and getting better.



...and I say that with great optimism. Life is really good, if one would appreciate those little things that give us joys. Money's tight sometimes most of the time, but someone or something saves me at the 11th hour. Events and circumstances can be tricky, too but I say gamble calculate your risk and jump! At the end of the day, don't count your cuts and bruises but remember the exhilaration of the moment and the lessons picked along the way!

How Small are we?

Say to yourself, ‘I’m here on purpose, I can accomplish anything I desire, and I do it by being in harmony with the all-pervading creative force in the universe.


Sibaro Island, Cagayan Valley, Philippines




 
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Welcome to a SPECIAL edition of Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.



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--Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow.

This list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed. 



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Each week, one Friday Follower will be chosen randomly and will be placed on the number 4 position on the next bloghop!

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