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.

The Oh My! Meme, Part 1

Sunday Stealing: The Oh My! Meme, Part One

1. The phone rings; who don’t you want it to be?  The ex.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?  No.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?  Neutral.  But if really unfamiliar people, id rather be a listener.

4. What was the last compliment that someone gave you?  Am smart.

5. Do you play the lottery?  Nope.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, who would you want with you?  Someone who can can still smile and make fun of the situation.  One who thinks that the wilderness is the paradise on earth.

7. Do you like to ride horses?  I don’t think so although i haven’t tried one.

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?  Yeah, twice.  And it was fun.

9. What is your favorite party game?  None.

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?  Nope.

11. When was the last time that you lied?  I forgot. lol!

12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?  Of course!  why not!

13. If you have a S/O, who pursued who? If not, do you like to pursue or be pursued?  Both. lol!

14. Use six words to describe yourself.  I am beautiful inside and out.

15. Name a song that could make you cry?  So many to mention.

16. Are you pleased with your education?  Not yet.  I still want to upgrade more.

17. How do you feel about gun control?  I really wish for a gunless society and that also means a peaceful world to live in.

18. If your house was on fire, what thing would be the first thing you grabbed?  My photo albums.

19. How often do you have a romantic weekend?  It’s been long since i had the last one.

20. Do you think more about the past, present or future?  More of the present so that i won’t worry about the future.

21. What was the last adult magazine that you have read?  I love Good Housekeeping and i forgot when was the last time.

22. What are you told about your eyes?  My eyes are lovely and charming.

23. How tall is just right?  5’5″

24. Where is your dream house located?  A country side

2 5. Do you have a secret fetish?  None

26. Have you tried bourbon? If yes, what type?  the Chinese one (bai jou).

27. Have you ever seen a male or female stripper?  Female yes. In Bangkok

28. When was the last time you were at TGI Fridays?  Not applicable.

29. When was the last time you were at Church?  Last Saturday

30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?  The Dental office 😀

31. What was your favorite job?  Studying in school (if i call that a job)

32. What condiments do you like at your BBQ?  Black pepper

33. Bud is hosting Thursday Thunks this week. Will you play?  If i have time

34. Do you look like your mom or dad?  My mom best.

35. Who was the last person that you showered with (it’s okay to leave out the name)?  Hahahaha that was ages ago that i already forgot who it was. (joke joke joke)  Oh well, i think it was my daughter.  After a swimming last June 12.

Scouting for Schools

Yesterday, we have a total blackout from past nine in the morning and suppose to come at five thirty in the afternoon.  But then it did not come back at 5:30 instead lights came few minutes before seven.  When the power is off, we can’t do much work in the office so me and some workers had the time scout for schools which can offer us Masteral Classes.  There are only 5 of us from here and we need 5 more so that Capitol University can have the class here.  Anyhow, i called them earlier if 5 of us can be accommodate Saturday evening and Sunday instead of a Saturday daytime classes.  I will  have to call back later.

I also called up Misamis University.  Cost per unit and miscellaneous fees is almost the same with Capitol University but their classes are done on Saturday.  But the woman i talked with earlier told me that I should talk to the dean because maybe they can make special arrangements to have the class on a Sunday.  They offer Sunday classes but only for their Doctoral program.  Yeah, she’s right because one of our workers is enrolled in their doctoral program and goes to Ozamis every Sunday.

Upgrading oneself in his or her career field is very important.  There is no ending in attaining education.  And old age should not hinder one to continue studying, too.  That is why I decided to enroll this semester together with other workers.  Hopefully in 2 years time we will be done and can go on studying for a doctoral program.

I received an email the from my aunt who currently is searching for Texas Maritime lawyer . I asked what was that for? I still haven’t received any reply from her but all am hoping that all is well with her and her family.  My reply was delayed because i was offline almost whole day yesterday.  In the evening we can’t connect, too.  It seems Globe network was done in this area.  Then this morning, the connection just came back.  So am sending her an inquiry and i hope that she will write back the soonest.

The schools we called up yesterday and today for this Masteral class matters are the following:

Iligan City Medical Center College (Iligan City)

St. Michaels College (Iligan City)

Liceo de Cagayan Unviversity (Cagayan de Oro City)

Misamis University (Ozamis City)

Capitol University (Cagayan de Oro City)

Personally, I am hoping we can get a slot at Capitol University.  Second choice is Misamis University.  Liceo is also great but it’s too expensive for a Masteral program. 🙂 But the 5 of us should go together so that we our Sunday class request can be added.

A Need for a New Digital Camera

Several weeks ago, I lost my point and shoot digital camera. It was a painful loss. I think it was even more painful compared to losing a person. lol! Not really. Because the camera has a huge sentimental value for me, i really grieved its loss. It was my fault why it was lost so i better stop talking about it.

I know now that all I have to do is browse for Black Friday hot deals! It took me sometime to make this post because i was browsing through their laptops (netbooks) and for sure the digital cameras. The low prices of laptops make me want to have another one so that i can give to my daughter what am having now. They are really hot deals because they are even more cheaper compared to mine that was purchased last December 2009.

There are also digital cameras and i liked 2 products. A Nikon one and an Olympus one. I sent the link to a friend for her to check out and to critique. I hope i can hear from her soon.  I can’t wait to hear what will be here pick from the two:


Nikon COOLPIX L110
Nikon COOLPIX L110

I do not know the important features of a digital camera that i should have, but i know that these two are being offered at low prices for now.  Both are pricing at a little bit more than $200.00 and Nikon is the cheaper among the two.

Maybe you will be wondering why I’d say it’s a need – It’s a need because of the following:

a passionate blogger should have a camera;
i love taking photos of everything;
i love joining photo memes; and
i love traveling.

photo source: shopping website