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Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Flowers Called Viola

I have seen these colorful blooms in Shanghai, China in the beginning of the second quarter of last year. 
Violas at Nanjing Road, Shanghai
It was the start of Spring, hence these pretties are abundantly blossoming almost anywhere in Shanghai. I actually posted them before and just called it “Spring Flowers” because I do not know the name.

Violas at the entrance of Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai
Until, today when I google for “violas for students”. I was expecting for classical instruments because that’s the only Viola I know. Then I saw these flowers, the flowers I have only seen in China for the first time in my life and they are indeed spring flowers but this time with a name called “Viola”. 

When Time is Spent, Eternity Begins

February 6, 2015 was the 2nd year we commemorated the death of my father in law. Last year, we weren’t able to visit his grave because that was also the time that my mother in law (hubby’s mom) was hospitalized, and a few days later on the 24th of February she succumbed to breast cancer. 

My parents in law died in the same month one year apart, just like my parents who also died in the month of March, 2 years apart.  Both of us are longing for parents that we can see, hug and talk to, but that is what life is all about their time in the world of the living had already expired and they have to move and live a happy life in paradise because

The photo above was taken at Cabanglasan Public Cemetery, with the sun striking fiercely yet the wind is cool in the bright midday.

On Sunday, we’ll be heading again to hubby’s hometown to say our prayers and remember the death of my loving mother in law.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Dragon Door Handles

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Because it is a happy celebration for our Chinese friends, might as well take you back to one of the ancient temples in China.

My last year’s trip in China, my first foreign trip ever was very unforgettable. The memories are still fresh and I can’t hide the fact that I am one lucky girl to be able to visit the country for free.

One of the few attractions that we visited in Shanghai was the Old Temple, you can read about it here. What I am featuring this time are the old doors painted in red and with dragon head design brass door handles.   

History tells us that, the dragon was used to symbolize the Emperor of China.  It is the a symbol of good luck, strength and power. This may be the reason why there a lot of things designed with dragon in it just like the door handles.

Over time many had changed, including the designs of furnitures and doors  or just everything. They are designed not just for decorative purposes but as well as to the function and durability, like the grant sliding door hardware. If I am to choose which door to install in my future home, I might choose the old style with a touch of modern.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Just Another Blog Update

The last time I updated this blog was after my birthday. I made a challenge a photo a day challenge for this blog, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to cope up. I was too busy in my offline job, that my things online were neglected for a while. It was truly stressful the past days, I just hope that after this month we have additional manpower that can help us with the work load, but I guess is is too good be true for the time being.

Anyway, yesterday our company nurse already discussed with the some of our colleagues regarding the results of the Annual Physical Examination, probably tomorrow it will be our group’s turn. I am praying that the results are not bad, I am too paranoid sometimes, overly thinking of some things which were not.

These days, more and more foods were made claiming to be healthy when in fact some had preservatives that are not good for the health. Thus, we also need to take something to protect us. I am considering taking food supplements that will keep us from bad radicals, there’s also a lot in the market, like rowatinex. My goal now is to choose which one is better.

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, Birthday Gifts

If you have read my other blog, you will know that I received two birthday gifts, two real stone bangles from my dear husband. He is quite non-romantic type of person, so it was a surprised when he asked what I want for my birthday, and I told him I want a green Jade bangle. And viola! I got, not just one, but two bangles! A green Jade + a rose quartz. Cool! Thanks so much dearest!

Well, aside from that, I also got myself a gift. I’ve been drawn to handbags lately, something that I can use at the office, casuals or for everyday use. As expected I bought a bag, my first one from the Parfois line. It’s a maroon sling bag of faux leather (I think!) and the big deal was, the 50% off from its original price of P1998.00.

This bag will be of use when attending Sunday mass at our village, and inside you will find a 4oz feeding bottle, biscuit and baby wipes for the little girl. My birthday this year is sure fun and full of blessings. 

Thank You Dear Lord for my 37 years of existence and for more years to come.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 25, Birthday Cake!

January 25th, 37 years ago a little girl was born. She was named January, after a character in a movie that her mother had seen during her pregnancy, and good thing she delivered the baby also in the first month of the year. 

But because of “doctor’s secretary issue”, she was registered under the name “Baby Girl”. Three years later, after mom had seen the birth certificate, she applied to have it changed, hence, the baby girl is now carrying the name of January, and that’s ME! hehe

My 37the year of existence was celebrated together with my husband, two kids and my closest friends and sister in law at home.

Birthdays are not complete without the cake, that's the reason why I bought a small dedication cake at Goldilocks. 

Wonder why the cake looks like that? 

Well, while we were busy doing something else, the little boy picked up the cake, which unfortunately placed on top of the chair by our helper, that was within his reach,. The next thing we've seen, he was already carrying the box (with the cake in it) to the living room.

Anyway, it’s still looking like a cake… J

All smile for the birthday girl! Thank you Lord for another year!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cute Costumes for You Pet

I always wanted a small dog at home, preferably a “pug”.  But that small wrinkly, stocky dog with large and prominent eyes is too good to be true for me. Aside from the fact that I do not have a budget to get this cute yet expensive dog, I don’t have the courage to take care of him.

Anyway, just in case in the future a Santa will give me one,  I will make time to take care of him and put him into these cute costumes that I found at EntirelyPets.

The Star Wars Darth Vader and Yoda are really cute for Halloween.

And the one I’m so attracted at is the Triceratops costume. See, the dog really looks cute and Jurassic with the costume.


How about you, will you consider dressing up your pets with cute costumes?
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