Nostalgia 7 (my # 3)


I was able to go along with friends who went photoshooting at Initao Forest two years ago. That was my first and in the group i was the only who was carrying a point and shoot camera aside from those who did not carry a camera at all. But even then i enjoyed the time. I learned some tips. I was awed with the poses of the models hired and many more.

I will be sharing of the photos i made that time. The time was in 2008.





Post Crossing Update: 7 Cards in 1 Day!

I was giddy with happiness yesterday afternoon when i got hold of the 7 cards.  It’s been 3 weeks since the last time i picked a mail and i was so surprised when the person at the counter (ate esther) handed me seven cards.  They are from the following countries:  China, USA, France, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, and Austria.

Here are the cards and their respective notes:


Note:  Greetings from Austria!
Sender: Baikalsea



Greetings from China!   You’ve been to China?  Have you been to Shaoxing?  Shaoxing is in Zhejiang.  It’s a historical and cultural city.  There has beautiful scenery.  I am glad you understand chinese.  You must be able to understand the blessing I wrote to you in chinese:… ( i can’t read the characters but of course i can read pinyin)




Hello Arlene!  This postcard shows a part of the Castle of my small hometown Fontainebleau.  It is located about seventy kilometers from Paris.  The first references on the castle date back to the 12th century and all the great kings of France have lived here for eight centuries.

On the pond are living big old carps.  It is a nice place for walks in sunny days because the castle is sorrounding by gardens.  I live 5 minutes by foot from the castle.  Happy Postcrossing!

Sender:  Alexandra

(I really envy her.  Imagine living just 5 minutes away from the castle!!!  I guess that is so cool)




Hello Arlene!  Greetings from Harwich on the east cost of England.  The card shows some of the interesting buildings in the town.  Best regards.

Sender:  Audrey


suomi finlandNote:

Hi Arlene!  Sunny greetings from Helsinki, the beautiful seaside capital of Finland.  I can see views like these in my mother’s place in the central Finland and i’ll go there next month for two weeks.  I love to live in the city, but it’s always nice to visit the countryside.  Have a nice day!

Sender:  Jani




Hi Arlene!  You will be quite surprised to get a postcard from Germany.  I get your address from and thought it might be nice to someone in Tibanga.  Best wishes.





Greetings from Washington States.  I live in the Pacific Northwest near the beach and mountains.  Postcrossing is fun and a way to travel the world.  Best wishes.



Hopefully next week i can mail 6 cards.  🙂

I just heart postcrossing!

SWF @ the Pool



This was taken during the Independence Day holiday.  No work.  No classes.  So, it was just a right time to accept a birthday celebration at the pool.

I didn’t enjoy the swimming very much because the pool is too deep for those who can’t swim but i enjoyed the view immensely.  Missed my camera so much.  Thanks to one of the CI’s who brought her camera with her so I was able to make these shots sky shots and more shots for Our Weekend Memories entries.

Photos for:

Thanks to the sky watch team for this great photo meme:

Nostalgia 6 {my # 2}


I’d like to bring you back early spring of 2003. It was a trying months for me as i was nursing a broken heart and a very chronic homesickness.   That was my first time to be working abroad.  Early spring was around February that year.  I spent almost every day crying especially when evening comes and when i woke up in the early mornings. It was like i lost a dearest puppy.

My friends believed that i can get over with what i felt. So one day, while i don’t have class in the afternoon, Helen, Henry, and Jenny invited me to visit Shijiazhuang Botanical Park. They told me it’s a plant park and I would see so many plants from all over Asia being displayed there.

So i tried to perk up myself and go with the trip. Let me share then some of our photos:


We were still wearing long sleeves because it was still cool but at the same time the sun was getting stronger to our skin that we have to drink water to hydrate us.

That is Helen in black, yours truly in red, and the other lady is Jenny.


Thanks to the green grass and yellow wild flowers at the background, it disrupts the grey atmosphere.

The place was not yet too bubbly of spring.  Traces of winter can still be felt because not all trees have turned green yet.  Thanks to my red shirt, too!  It made us look more lively.  lol!   After we saw the photos, they really hugged and thank me that i wore red or we would end up dull because Helen’s shirt was black and Henry’s was brown and black and offwhite jacket of Jenny.

first spring 1

See!  The world is just slowly waking up from it’s winter sleep.
I think the place still looks gloomy.  Thanks to the flower which depicts hope.

I was excited to smell it…A beautiful flower. So, am expecting a beautiful smell.

first spring 2
See my face?!
Nahhh…the flower smells so bad! lol!

I really said – not all beautiful smells beautiful. lol!

Shijiazhuang City is one of the top 10 polluted cities in the whole country.  So that explains the dirty sky you can see yonder.   Result of it, I always have irritated throat while staying in that city.  Even then, Shijiazhuang (shi-ja-juang) is an unforgetable place.   I made so many good friends there.


I felt so funny having this photo taken at this spot.

The sweetest banana in the whole world is the one that came from the Philippines.  So when i saw this banana tree, it made me long for Philippine bananas.  My friends haven’t seen a banana tree yet, so they let me stand at this spot to show to my family that Philippine banana is grown inside the botanical garden of Shijiazhuang. 🙂


~~ My fave photo of us “the tres marias” ~~

d282~~ my favorite shot of ME that day ~~


~~I also love this shot but my eye bags are so obvious.  Result of sleepless and crying nights. ~~

Thinking back of that time now — i can’t just laugh at it.