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Friday, June 26, 2009

Lesson on The Beach

Lesson on the Beach was first published in Chay's Loving Life Each Day, the inspirational thoughts in this post inspired us to re-publish it here again in our group site. 
by Chay

I am wealthy ! I talk about it, write about it, take pictures of it and have never been ashamed of it. I work hard and I am very proud of it. I am surrounded by my wealth, proud to say I am one of the wealthiest people alive.

Look… you are too !

It is family and friends that make US ALL RICH. They are our wealth. Our lives are so delicate. Our twelve hours a day- five days a week jobs could end with layoff or company closure, our homes that we have invested time, talent and money could turn to ash in a matter of minutes, thieves could steal all material possessions within minutes, and our cars could be destroyed in one accident. These are “things” our time and money are invested and if lost through disaster or accident can be replaced. But our loved ones are so much more valuable. Today we have them, hopefully, but they can be gone tomorrow, forever losing any chance to spend more time with them.

I just had the opportunity to think about this when a relative shared a story about a photo he took while he was on the beach. He saw a mom with her three little girls all dressed up like they were going to a wedding. Out of curiosity, he approached the mom and asked if they were heading to a beach wedding. He was surprised by her response. The mom told her story of how she and her husband were going to renew their vows on the beach for their 10th year wedding anniversary on that very day. At the last minute her husband got stuck into something at work too important to miss. She decided to celebrate their anniversary with her 3 little precious girls. They all dressed up: the mom wearing a simple wedding gown with her hair nicely curled and styled, the three little girls were wearing white long dresses, their hair was down and they were wearing little crowns that made them look like little princesses and each one of them holding flowers bundled together like flower girls. The mother took pictures of everyone being so happy to commemorate her 10th year wedding anniversary.

The value of spending time together with family and loved ones, no matter what the occasion is priceless.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Leopard Lily (Belamcanda Chinensis)


Leopard lilies have 10-inch long, sword-shaped leaves that give rise to 2-foot stems. Each stem holds many 6-petaled, orange flowers speckled with red. Flowers only last for a day, drying with a twist into tight spirals, then falling as pods develop. They are, however, soon followed by other blossoms, flowering during July and August. Eventually the oval, green pods split open to reveal attractive, shiny black seeds.

The leopard lily is a flowering perennial of Chinese origin and is locally used in Chinese villages for its medicinal values.

Leopard lily is an ornamental plant in the Iridaceae family. In 2005, based on molecular DNA sequence evidence, Belamcanda chinensis, the sole species in the genus Belamcanda, was transferred to the genus Iris and renamed Iris domestica.

Variant Names:
Belamcanda chinensis is commonly known as Blackberry lily, Leopard flower, or Leopard lily; its name from different countries includes Belamcanda punctata, Gemmingia chinensis, Iris chinensis, Ixia chinensis, Morea chinensis, and Pardanthus chinensis.

Source: en.wikipedia.org, home.howstuffworks.com

Photograph taken at Fort Canning Park, Singapore by Cher

Saturday, June 13, 2009

African Daisy

posted by: Betchai
African Daisy
African daisy is a spreading annual that has daisy like flowers. Blooms are in brilliant shades of white, yellow, blue, pink and orange. The native species have pearly white petals, while the other colors are the result of hybridization. Some kinds have a ring of contrasting color right around the center. The leaves are beautiful lush green that combines well with other colors in the garden.
African daisy is a native of South Africa, and grows best in bright sunny days and cool nights. The plant needs full sun and well drained soil to bloom. Though the plant prefers warm and sunny conditions, but when the temperature gets very hot, the plant will cease flowering. Blooms will resume when the weather gets cooler. The plant can tolerate dry conditions and needs very little watering. Because African daisy is low maintenance and drought tolerant, it has naturalized throughout the Southwestern US and is popularly used as a low maintenance ground cover. Though not popularly used in indoor flower arrangement, but just like any daisies, it actually looks good in indoor flower vases too.
Its scientific name is osteospermum, derived from the Greek word "osteon" or bone and the Latin word "spermum" or seed. Osteospermum is a genus belonging to Calenduleae, one of the smaller tribes of the sunflower family.
Variant Names:
African Daisy, South African Daisy, Cape Daisy and Blue Eyed Daisy

Friday, June 12, 2009

beef steak..pinoy style


round steak beef
2 large red onions ( cut into rings)
soy sause
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
sunflower oil

cut the beef in thin slices. some people tenderized the meat by pounding.put the soy sauce, juice of lemon/kalamansi,freshly ground black pepper in a bowl and marinate the meat for at least 2 hours for flavour to infused or leave over-night.

heat the frying pan and put sunflower oil. fry the beef to a medium rare and set aside. in the same frying pan, add the garlic and half of the onion rings(save the other half for later).put the half fried beef back into frying pan and add the sauce.simmer until the meat becomes tender.add water if you prefer.add salt to taste.when its done put the remaining onion rings.

i do not measure ingredients. just add more if it needs more and adjust the taste as it cooks.


Aswan is not only famous for it's beautiful Feluccas and sand dunes. In the city there are big Bazar, with lots of good spices and souvenirs from t -shirts to handicrafts and more.

Not so far from Aswan, just 40 kilometers away, with the "tuk-tuk" Daraw is famous for Camel Market. These camels are for sale, the buyers will have to test them if they are good for transporting, camels are used mostly as mean of transport.

As the sun sets, and the Feluccas glide silently over the river Nile... it is so wonderful and romantic looking at them. There is no other place in Egypt has the luminosity and silence, beauty that reign in Aswan.

Aswan, (Assuan) the ancient Syene, which lies on the right bank of the river Nile. It is about 886 kilometers from Cairo. This is where our journey begin to the most extraordinary place in the world.... EGYPT.

Aswan, the southernmost part of Egypt, a gate way to Africa. The best thing to do when you are in Aswan is to sail a Felucca and watch the sun set over the hills and the islands in the river Nile. And that's what we did :)

What Time Is It?

Here’s a piece of CRAFT to share!

By Tes


1 ¼ ‘thick wood – the shape will depend on your creativity

Clock kit – can be found in any craft store


Wood Glue

Choice of words to decorate the face of your clock

**For this particular project, I used ARIAL font - size: 135


1. Paint the wood pieces

2. Print, cut and paste the words on the surface of your clock.

3. Glue the wood pieces together using wood glue.

4. Drill a hole where you want the hands of your clock to be positioned.

** For this particular project the machine “hands” of my clock I bought were gold, I sprayed it with black paint to create contrast.

What time is it?

It is time you enjoy a time piece that projects your personality!

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