“Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you’re interested in/curious about – it can be anything from the house I live in to my favourite shoes.
Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them in an entry as a reply to your request. That way you get to know a little bit about my life.”
I’ll be tied up with stuff for the next two weeks! This’ll make for an interesting collection of ideas while I’m away. Feel free to borrow the meme. It’s really interesting, isn’t it? I’m sure it’ll help you see the things around you in a different way.
This is a beautiful piece that I got from Leah’s blog. They are words to live by indeed.
1. LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND
To move ahead in the future, you must free yourself from the past. Clear up those cobwebs that bring nothing but gloom into your life. The bad experiences hurt, and heartaches and miseries. Step fresh into a “new life” each day by bringing with you only the best memories.
2. UNLOAD EXCESS BAGGAGE
As a rolling stone in life, you gather too much moss. You collect mountains of material possessions that take up too much of your space and time. Edit your belongings. Life will be so much easier if you travel light.
3. START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
It is better to start a painting on a clean canvass. Bathe your life and spruce up your act. Cleanse your soul and purify your spirit. And kick those bad habits away!
4. SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS
Be properly equipped. Your success depends on your keen sense on intuition, preparedness and dedicated work. Keep your aptitudes honed, willingness-ready and mind always sharp.
This is one of the most viewed animations on YouTube, with over 2 million views and 11,000 comments. This was done for a Masters thesis. It’s brilliant! It’s beautiful and sad at the same time. It makes for an interesting discussion. I’ve posted some thoughts in the comments section. Let me know what your thoughts are!
Sliced bananas. Frozen. Mmmmm. My sister J puts them in a bowl and pours Hershey’s chocolate syrup over them. Eek! So sweet. My Mom and I made banana milkshakes out of these frozen bananas once. H would probably pop them in his mouth like marshmallows.
What would YOU do with these frozen sliced bananas?
Our shoes are neatly kept in a shoe cabinet by the door, but there are sitll several slippers and sneakers found randomly around our home. It’s about time we tidy up. Perhaps this sticker project from Felix de Pass could help!
If the link doesn’t work, try this. Or go to YouTube and type “Dove Film.”
This is part of Dove’s Campaign for Wishful Thinking. The ad shows young ladies expressing their disappointment and frustration with their bodies. While heartbreaking, it is also very powerful. I am certain you will be able to relate to at least one girl in the film. I know I did.
Dove Evolution. This is another ad showing the transformation of a woman through image enhancing. One really shouldn’t believe everything they see in magazines! I guess to see is not necessary to believe. Learn more about their message and workshop at their website.
I looked through the Dove website and saw their Mother-Daughter project. It is very interesting and empowering. I believe that a lot of a daughter’s self-esteem can come from how her mother raised her.
I am lucky to have Mama who made me feel beautiful growing up. Growing up with weird hair, a huge nose and thick eyeglasses wasn’t easy, and I knew I was ugly. But she never made me feel that way. Her encouragement was key in my belief that I would someday grow out of that awkward shell.
I also made a lot of fashion mistakes (well, I still do) but she let me be. There was one instance back when I was 11 that I remember so well. We were going out and I had on a t-shirt with horizontal stripes and shorts with vertical stripes. Terrible huh? So anyway, I heard my Dad whisper to my Mom, “Bakit ganyan suot niya?” (Why is she wearing that?). My Mom whispered back, “Pabayaan mo na.” (Let her be.) Looking back, I wish she had corrected me!!! I hate going through some old pictures because I had such weird clothes on. Then again I never felt anything wrong with what I was wearing. And because of that, I concentrated more on developing my talents and hobbies, which she strongly encouraged me to pursue. The time spent with those hobbies were definitely more precious than just possibly staring into my closet and crying that I had nothing to wear anymore.
Thank you Mama, for making me feel good. Thank you for believing I wouldn’t be an ugly duckling forever. Thank you for always making me feel like a swan. I love you!
My college barkada and I met up last Friday night for a quick dinner at Trattoria. We haven’t been together as a group since Rowie’s June wedding so this was a night to look forward to. (Sadly, Ganns couldn’t make it due to a previous engagement, and Ordo and Chiqui are in the States.) We had delicious pizza, appetizers and pasta. Again, not much food pics as we gobbled up the food as soon as it was presented to us. In that pic where I’m in, B and I split our pasta orders. Hating kapatid! Best of both orders! The night was full of lively conversation (without much contribution from me, who was super tired), and lots of smiles and laughs (ah, that I contributed to).
I was looking around the table and realized how much we’ve changed. Wait, let me correct that. I realized how much we’ve grown. The characters were still the same (intellectual R, spunky A, quiet me, humorous E, witty B), but the discussions were much different. There was talk on politics (all sorts of policies, the impact of Pacquiao’s potential win/loss, Republicans vs. Democrats, etc.), household stuff (purchasing gas ranges, cleaning refs, living arrangements, etc.), college people (who’s dating who, who’s married, etc.), the youth today (and that topic officially marks us as OLD) … gosh.
While we don’t regularly meet up, this is one group of friends I know that will stick together as the years go by. Someday I know we’ll all meet with kids in tow, some in strollers, some in carriers. Then we’ll talk about college educational plans and who our kids are dating (oh no!). Someday I know we’ll all meet with pictures of grandkids which we’ll gladly take out of our wallets for some show and tell. Then we’ll talk about our latest plans since retirement and where we can celebrate our 50th friendship anniversary. That’s something to look forward to!
Do you have a merienda plate? We have our usual fancy schmancy plates for good old meals like lunch and dinner, but when it comes to merienda, I take out our merienda plates. Here’s one! Can you guess who’s under those papayas?
This is such a great recipe! I am thinking of doing this for Christmas. That is, if the lazy bug doesn’t bite me. It looks too good not to try though! The recipe looks easy enough and you can’t go wrong with chocolate and cream cheese. The girl in the video, Suyin Huen, has a lot of other cute cooking/baking videos on YouTube. She also has a blog which has many of her wonderful recipes. Enjoy!
This is a very interesting site. Draw a house and see what your house says about your personality. Would you like to be my neighbor? Draw a house right here! After that, drop by my house for some milk and cookies!
Note, 11/10/06: Awesome! I just visited Gerbera Street and I have so many new neighbors! Block party, anyone?