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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last post for 2009: Clematis

Clematis - Clematis is a genus of climbing vines with showy flowers. They are popular among gardeners, and over 200 species are known[1] with more cultivars being produced constantly. Most species are known as clematis in English, while some are also known as traveller's joy, old man's beard, leather flower, vase vine and virgin's bower, the last three being names used for North American species


Informations about the flower is from Wikipedia

photo was taken in Wolfenbüttel, DE


by: maricar


Happy New Year, Everyone!! May we all have a wonderful New Year!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Knick Knacks: Tea Set Collections

i'm a tea enthusiast! i don't know why but i am just crazy about them, i bought them in some of the countries we visited. tea sets are my weakness ;) and i also collect some cute funny little things ;) these were supposed to be an entry for Blogging For Fun Friday on letter K, but came in a bit late, but decided to share my Knick Knacks anyway. Here goes my tea sets collections, :)

this fine china tea set, we bought this in our last trip in Ostfriesland

these cute little things here are from different countries ;) the frog, elephant and the small cabinet are from Thailand, the marmor made jewellry box and the porcellaine flowers are from Italy

these are all from here, the big with blue flowers design tea pot is from Wernigerode

the white small porcellaine tea set is from Holland, the green and gold ones are from Thailand, the other one is from Laos



these two tea sets are both from Thailand

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Car Repair

Have you heard the old saying, “When it rains.. it pours…” Raise your hand to say "been there...done that." My story will not be different than some of your stories, but mine happened at the most horrific time of the year...a few weeks before Christmas. Now, if you are rich, pay attention because I will save you money. If you are like me where the next two pay checks are already spent, then this is for you too. This is the time you would want to wish Santa Claus is for real . On this particular morning I started to warm up my car to go to work only to find that the tire was flat. I quickly went to http://repairpal.com/. I learned about this auto repair company from a family friend in Chicago who trusts his Toyota Corolla to Chicago Auto Repair. When the car was towed I was able to use the service to assist in replacing all four tires plus an oil change.

A week later when my husband had routine maintenance done on his car the technician told him all four tires were worn out, plus the water pump was going out. Since his car just ended the factory warranty he used http://repairpal.com/water-pump-replacement . It is great to have this on-line help when you need it the most. For me, I need it every time I have an unexpected car repair and I am broke.

During the rain and snow season, safety for my family becomes very important. I have peace of mind and will enjoy this Christmas season with less worry.


Happy Holidays to all of you !

Loving Life Each Day- Chay

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Fruits of Our Blog: Our Christmas Present

Time flies.....was it only a few months back when we were contemplating to move "The Salitype Society" mansion from friendster to our very own site. Some of us may have not gotten comfortable to express their thoughts in this site, but some showed their inspiring energy to contribute and helped this site going. Nevertheless, the few who persevered and dedicated part of their time to this site was very inspiring. We truly appreciate everyone's support to this site, both members and guests, who kept on coming and leaving us comments, making us feel supported. Thank you, if not for the thoughts you shared, we may have not persevered and accomplished something. In just a few months, this site has reached a PR2 in google page rank, though we do not exactly know what it means, but for us, it means some significance, it means our blog is growing, it means, we can help make a difference somewhere.
And because of your support, we were able to accomplish one of our dreams, that is sending a child to school. In a few months, we were able to earn enough to help make a difference in a child's life, in the name of Micah Ramirez. We found Micah through Tapulanga Foundation. Tapulanga Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that helps the underprivileged get a chance for a better life, through education, healthcare, and micro-credit assistance. Micah is from EB Magalona or Sarabia, one of the more remote little towns in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Micah's father left them, and her mother is now a single parent of 4 or 5 kids. The mother volunteered to work in St. Francis of Assissi School hoping to get a scholarship for her daughter, Micah, who is in Grade 3. And we were just right in time, after a few months, our blog has earned enough money to help make a difference. We were really looking for someone to sponsor, to send to school, to bring hope to the life of a child. And we are thankful to the Tapulanga Foundation, for allowing us make a difference in Micah's life.  Sending help to Tapulanga Foundation for Micah was easy through Give 2 Asia. Both Give 2 Asia and Tapulanga Foundation share God's gifts and good news, helping both body and soul. Check their sites for more information. 
Let us share with you Tapulanga Foundation's running ad, on kids who want to go to school, taking their chances for a better life. 

God willing, this site will generate more funds, through blogging. Blogging has indeed come a long way, when it was only mainly for expression of thoughts and words before, now, blogging has allowed us to become a community. A community who shares, a community who listens.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to All!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Kick the Bucket

It's time for Fun Friday in our group, Blogging For Fun. We are doing an A to Z challenge. This week, we are working on the letter K.
K is for kick the bucket
Don't be alarmed guys, this post isn't at all depressing... contrary! On our drive home from Arizona, we came across a cemetery. It was lovely like most cemeteries. I do not know why, but I like walking in cemeteries, so peaceful, so serene. The neglected look of the garden appeals to me. Anyway, As Doods and I were walking, we came across a tombstone that has a cowboy boot hanging beside it . Doods smiled, but I ended up gigling. The guy.. er.. kicked the bucket all right!




Then I saw this lovely weather-beaten truck parked beside this huge colorful tree, simply picturesque!  I took some shots from behind then continued with my exploration of the garden. When I walked past the truck, I saw that it was not empty. Inside sat an old lady that was gazing lovingly at a tombstone. I would love to be able to send her this photo someday.


It was late afternoon and quite windy. Whenever the wind blows, it showers me with leaves and I... snap!


A huge surge!  Woohoo... snap-snap!




~ Tes ~






Saturday, December 12, 2009

A time for everything

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Much as i enjoy blogging and taking snaps of things i find interesting, it has to take a back seat for a while as personal duty calls. What with the holidays coming, my 16th wedding anniversary, my 42nd birthday, weddings and reunions here and there - i'm afraid there are so much to do with little time to do it all. I will be seeing you when all the excitement settles down - hopefully, in a month or so time.For now, enjoy the spirit of the season.


May your Christmas be filled with wonders and love and your New Year with happiness and hope.

Eng

Thursday, December 10, 2009

J is for Jolly!

It's time for Fun Friday in our group, Blogging For Fun. We are doing an A to Z challenge. This week, we are working on the letter J.

J is for Jolly!


"Taken during my birthday, there are plenty of reasons to be jolly @ 31. ;)" - Che


~ Cher ~



Our trip in the White Desert, Bahariyya in Egypt is one of the most unforgettable trip for us in this year, and we really had fun in that trip - Maricar




~ Maricar ~


Our 6-month-old princess, Teyla, was in one of her jolliest moods a couple days ago when I shot this pix. She had just gotten up from a good night's sleep - about 13 hours all together (I would be jolly, too, if I could sleep that long!) - and she was having a blast cruising around our home in her walker. If she was a few years older, she'd probably be singing, "We wish you a Merry Christmas!," in this photo. But since she's just a baby, she's been helping ring in the holiday season - her very first one- here at our home with her adorable babbling and lovable belly laughs.


~ MJ ~





Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Crown flower (Calotropis gigantea)

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Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower) is a species of Calotropis, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and China.



It is a large shrub growing to 4 m tall. It has clusters of waxy flowers that are either white or lavender in colour. Each flower consists of five pointed petals and a small, elegant "crown" rising from the centre, which holds the stamens. The plant has oval, light green leaves and milky stem.


The flowers last long, and in Thailand they are used in various floral arrangements. They were also supposed to be popular with the Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani, who considered them as symbol of royalty and wore them strung into leis. In India, the plant is common in the compounds of temples. The fruit is a follicle and when dry, seed dispersal is by wind. This plant plays host to a variety of insects and butterflies.

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calotropis_gigantea

Monday, December 7, 2009

Varicose vein

Two years ago my husband, Dave, was limping and complaining of painful leg. There, on his calf a very nasty and definitely swollen looking veins. He went to see a vascular surgeon and was told he needed to have his varicose veins stripped.

image: wikimedia

What is a varicose vein? Normally, in a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. There are tiny one-way valves which prevents the blood flowing backwards in to the veins, specifically the large veins of the legs. Once these tiny valves becomes damaged or weakens, the blood will flow backwards/leaks and will start pooling or collecting in the vein. This will eventually caused enlargement or dilatation of a section of a vein.

Aside from being unsightly,these enlarge/swollen veins stands out in dark blue or purple color. It can be lumpy, twisted or bulging in appearance. It can be painful or itchy and on severe cases becomes ulcerated.

There are few factors that will increase the likelihood of having this condition. Some of which are:

pregnancy - mainly due to the baby putting more pressure on the pelvic veins. The hormonal changes during pregnancy causes the vein to relax.

family history

age - we become more at risk as we grow old.

prolonged standing - gravity tends to pull the blood back down, theoretically. However, there is no hard evidence that support the claim. I, personally, does not suffer from it albeit the nature of my work.

Treatment varies. Using anti - embolic stockings and raising the legs above the level of the heart can be done as preventive measures or ease discomfort. Injection of sclerosing solution can be an effective way to get rid of those unsightly veins and relieve the pain. On severe cases, surgery is necessary.

Varicose vein stripping or removal of the vein can be long operation or short one. It all depends on whether one is operating on one or both legs and how many times one needs to change patient's position during surgery. Aside from stripping the big veins in your leg, avulsion of small veins are to be taken into account. The procedure normally takes 3/4 of an hour each leg.

The hubby had the operation done in the morning and was home late afternoon. His right leg bandaged for a week. He has to sleep or lie down with his affected leg on a pillow to prevent edema. It took a good couple of weeks time for the bruise to subside and for him to assume activities of daily living.



Note: Some people finds this video disturbing.Watch at your own risk.


This article does not intend to diagnose. It is to share useful information of the author's experiences as an operating room nurse/ perioperative nurse.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme

By the pier

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I love pictures in B&W or Sepia - there is something mysterious and dramatic about it. There's an aura of heightened sense of expectation, a deepened awareness of one's emotions, a distinct quality that goes with it.


Some pictures are taken to enjoy what it has to offer, others are to capture those precious moments, few will come out like a memory - to be remembered in years to come.

Eng





Thursday, December 3, 2009

Irresistible part ll @ Fun Friday

It's time for Fun Friday in our group, Blogging For Fun. We are doing an A to Z challenge. This week, we are working on the letter I again. Some of the Salitype Gals have decided to share some of the things they find irresistible.

MJ says, "Pomegranates and waterfalls are two more things I find irresistible! Red is my favorite color, so I was instantly attracted to pomegranates the first time I saw one at a grocery store here in WV several years ago. Then when I read all about pomegranates' health benefits - how they are rich in antioxidants, which we all need everyday - I fell in love even more with the fruit. Do you guys like pomegranates, too?



And waterfalls ... ahhh, need I say more?:) How can one resist the mighty sound of water tumbling over rocks, cascading into a frothy pool below? This pix shows Rog and I admiring the gorgeous Brush Creek Falls in Mercer County, WV. I was in my 7th month of pregnancy when we hiked up to this falls. I still remember how lovely the weather was that day... how mist from the falls moistened our faces as we sat on rocks a short distance from it, mesmerized by the sound and sight of roaring water. Another irresistible moment in my book!"


~ MJ ~




Hello blogging buddies, Tes here. I was out of town last week and failed to post something for Blogging for Fun (Salitype opted to do Irresistible). Am glad there's a part ll. Yey! There are so many things I have difficulty resisting, but my nieces and their antics top the list! Hehe. My nieces fascinate me. I love to trail behind them and capture their cute stunts!
In this photo, my nieces (Cate and Yam) were captured as they intently observe a squirrel in the hope of "petting" the elusive fur ball! Hahaha... not a chance. (better luck next time girls!)
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Well, they did get lucky! A week after the first photo was taken, we traveled to Arizona and on a visit to the Grand Canyon, found several "super friendly" squirrels! Yey! The girls were thrilled!
Cate and Yam doing their best to pet the friendly squirrel.


~ Tes ~



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Stir fry Beansprouts



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This is a quick and easy meal to prepare as it only takes 15 minutes of preparation and cooking time. This is ideal for mums who have to prepare something quick for dinner.

Not only beansprout is easy to prepare, it is also available fresh all year round. It boast an outstanding nutritional value. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and E, as well as various minerals including Calcium, Iron and Potassium and been acclaimed the most enzyme-rich food in the planet.

ingredients

beansprouts
bell pepper
spring onion
onion/shallots
garlic
hibi/dried shrimp( soaked in water for at least 5 minutes) or fresh ones
salt
pepper
cooking oil

Saute garlic and onion and add the dried shrimp. Add bell pepper, spring onion and beansprouts. Seasoned with salt and pepper. Stir fry for a minute and take it out of the heat.

Serve hot!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme


Sluggishly Slow

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There's something you just can't rush. This gentle and shy creature gave me cramps. I was on all four waiting for it to grace me a glimpse of its head. Not only was it shy, it was also the size of Ysabelle's - my daughter - pinky's tip. It was testing my patience - something i am hardly in abundance. A movement, a flash and my daughter's constant droppings of petals on it makes it more difficult than it already was. Pedestrians were giving me " the look" but, what can i do?


I maybe slow but sure of my steps. I will get there somehow, time just have to wait.

Eng



Friday, November 27, 2009

Irresistible @ Fun Friday

It's time for Fun Friday in our group, Blogging For Fun. We are doing an A to Z challenge. This week, we are working on the letter I. Some of the Salitype Gals have decided to share some of the things they find irresistible.




" I am not keen on sweets and chocolate. My taste buds is more attuned to salty and sour flavours. I have to confess though - these chocolate converted me. It is irresistibly sinful. It melts in your mouth and gives you the high...ahhhh! Sinful, sinful indeed! I have to resist the temptation. It gives you a minute of pleasure and a lifetime to pay for it. I have to resist, i have to resist...after one more bite!"

Eng




I watch my weight closely making sure I am in my height/weight range, but please please don't show me desserts - they are just simply irresistible to me! Here is what I been doing, when I go to a party or any gatherings, I always eat really really light to make room for desserts. Any kind of pies, cakes, sweets are just simply irresistible to me. These pies (pumpkin, egg pie, pecan pie) I made for Thanksgiving !

Chay






Irresistable Island

Sentosa Island has a special place for everyone.. the young and the restless like my lil' girl and most of the children, the hopeless romantic like me and my hubby and most couples, and those looking for a good retreat and great fun like young adults. My family is a frequent visitor of Sentosa especially now that my hubby's latest project is located right at the heart of the island. It is definitely an irresistable island! We never can get enough of it that's why we keep coming back for more...

Cher










MJ says, "Here are a few things I find totally irresistible: A yummy banana split from Macado's Restaurant in Beckley, WV. I know, I know, it's loaded with calories and is not very healthy, but, man, it is SO GOOD!! ... Dancing! I just love to dance:) Anytime I hear some happy, fast-paced music, I start swaying back and forth and before you know it, I'm dancing my heart out. That's me and a former co-worker dancing at a friend's birthday party. ... and who can resist a passionate kiss at a secret spot overlooking a beautiful river? Not me!!:) That's me and Rog sharing a tender moment at one of the overlooks at Grandview State Park here in West Virginia, overlooking the New River. I still smile when I remember that day, that moment. It was all simply irresistible:)

MJ

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Windmill Museum in Greetsiel, Ostfriesland





Moin! Greetings from Ostfriesland!

Two weeks holiday is over, now my life is back again to normal. Washing clothes and dishes, cleaning and etc. We had a chance to see some parts of Ostfriesland, North West of Germany. It was always raining and stormy, windy and cold but still we enjoyed the trip in Ostfriesland. Ostfriesland is about 250 kilometers away from here, Wolfenbüttel.


Ostfriesland is composed of small fishing and farming villages and some not so big towns around. It's more on the coast part of Northern Germany, ( Nordsee).


Greetsiel - we came from Neuharlingersiel to Greetsiel, a small village on the coast. It was really raining so hard when we arrived. We heard that there are two museums there, windmill museums and they have traditional tea cafe and good cakes. It was true what they say, whew! i ate the whole piece of this "apfelstrudel" with ice cream and Michael had "Käsekuchen".



Then we look around the village and of course took pictures, i like the old harbor of Greetsiel.













Tuesday, November 24, 2009

When choosing comes easy.

Choosing the right TV provider doesn't come easy. What with hundreds to choose from, one cannot help but be helpless on which one is best suited for you, financial and perks wise! Satellite Directv offers you the best in programming and quality - from high definition to DVR, sports channels to sated the hubby's appetite for the games and latest movies to keep you entertained, local channels to global - you named it, they got it!



The fun does not stop there, yes, there is more to come. It is a buyer's market so, you get the hand up on this one. In Direct TV you can choose what you needed most and get rid of those that you hardly won't be watching or using! It saves you money not paying for services you do not actually need, which is more often than not comes with the deal.Isn't that good news!

Direct Satellite TV has come a long way to bring you the best in programming. Remember, you pay the bill, you got the right to choose for the best service. Afterall, customer is always right!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monochrome Weekly Theme


The Marina

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We live a stone throw away from the quay. Today, like most days except summer, it is cloudy and cold. The sun seems to play hide and seek - mostly hide - behind the gray clouds. That didn't stopped me and Ysabelle from enjoying our day out and breathing in the distinct scent of ocean breeze.


There's always a reason to smile, to enjoy each passing of time, to imagine best moments yet to come.

Eng


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Life is made of these....

.....of a child's happy day in the beach.



.....of shrieking joy and running feet.



..... of wonderment and rarity.


....of warm smile and tender gaze.


There are things in life money can't buy.

Eng




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