Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Time flies... [Ruby Tuesday]

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...Or "Wings for the Heart".  Whatever you call it, this is a neat idea for a clock, don't you think?  These are hand-painted, made of tin with wooden base, battery at the back of the heart.  Taken at a vendor's booth in the Manila F.A.M.E.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #21: Sunny side up

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Galette Marrakech at Cafe Breton---my midnight snack, or was it an early breakfast? :p

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lampunaya, Coleus blumei/Today's Flower #38

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Lampunaya, Mayana, Painted Nettle
Coleus scutellarioides, Coleus blumei
My grandmother cultivated this herb in her garden when I was a kid.  Our scratches and bruises were treated by the juice extracted from lampunaya leaves.  Headaches, digestive problems, bronchitis, skin rashes are the common uses of the leaves.  Leaves are botched or colored, ovate, with toothed margins.

Posted for Today's Flowers

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lechon macau

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I thought I lost this post after what happened to Blogger last week.  But as luck would have it, it's in my draft folder! So here it is again for Food Friday.

Lechon Macau and Yang Chow fried rice at Mann Hann---a combination that would make you forget you're on diet.  Lechon Macau, by the way, is not as oily as Lechon Kawali because it's oven-roasted not deep-fried.

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Posted for Food Friday hosted by Maiylah

Signs: Temptations abound

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I didn't want to look at this sign but I had to take a photo, right?!   I am still in the process of separating my emotional needs from my finances.:p  So far I have some small victories but with signs like this one--ugh, I wished I stayed home and took a long, quiet bath, or went to the library.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Midweek Blues: Blue truck

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A blue truck cruising at the SCTEx (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway). SCTEx is a 94-kilometer four-lane expressway north of Manila.  The south end of this expressway is at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a former US naval base; it passes through Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, a former US air force base, and the north end is Tarlac City, the hometown of the current president.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Shagreen

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Stylized vases wrapped in dyed shagreen (stingray leather).

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #20: Changing colors

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"Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore.  There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf."             ~ Albert Schweitzer

Leaves changing colors beside the wall of an old church in Ilocos Sur.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Orange Marmalade/Today's Flowers #37

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Crossandra infundibuliformis
Orange Marmalade, Firecracker flower

Expect to have hope rekindled.  Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.  The dry seasons in life do not last.  The spring rains will come again. 

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

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At Tia Edith's garden in Hda. Guba, Valladolid

Posted for Today's Flowers

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Signs: Religious or what?

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Warning:  There are no political or religious undertones here.  I just find these signs interesting.:p

Found these signs at two different places, in two different islands.  The first one is in Calamba, Laguna, a popular summer destination with its hot spring resorts.

And the second is in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental...it's right across the street from Mila's, a favorite hangout that sells delicious rice cakes (bibingka).

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Midweek Blues: After the storm

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A mellow sunset and tranquil skies after a stormy afternoon.  A peaceful end to a day of chaos and tragedy.  Taken along the shores of Miranda.

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #19: Itsy bitsy spider

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"I'll guard you with my life," said the spider to the flower.

Flowers are like human beings...they thrive on a little kindness.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Purple Orchid/Today's Flowers #36

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Every day you are alive is a special occasion.  Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.  
~Mary Manin Morrissey

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Orchids at Tia Linda's garden in Hda. Guba, Valladolid, Negros Occidental.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Signs: Can't take a joke

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A "No Bomb Joke" warning at the old Manila Domestic Airport I spotted while checking in.  So take note, a bomb joke is not a good joke especially when you're at the airport.  It could land you in jail.:p

Linking to Signs, Signs

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Midweek Blues: The Last Supper

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As part of the Holy Week tradition, carriages were paraded around town in the late afternoon of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (April 21st and 22nd) to commemorate and enact the Passion of Jesus.  This carriage was carrying carved images of Jesus and his apostles depicting The Last Supper.  This was part of the procession of the Roman Catholics on Good Friday at my mother's hometown of Valladolid in Negros Occidental.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #18: Jeepney

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An air-conditioned jeepney---an evolution of a Philippine icon.