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Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Sluggishly Slow


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.


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!"


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 !


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...


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:)


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

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The Marina


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.


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.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Anything H @ 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 H. Some of the Salitype Gals have decided to share some H items.

Surrounded by lush rhododendrons, West Virginia's state flower, MJ poses in her favorite "sunshine hat" during a recent spring hike at Grandview State Park. "Rog and I were out hiking one day," MJ says. "He turned to me and said, 'Your hat reminds me of sunshine. It's so cheerful!' " From that day on, they called it the "sunshine hat." "Anytime I feel blue, I put my sunshine hat on and look in the mirror," MJ says. "Seeing the happy flower designs somehow lifts my spirits. It's like magic!"

H is for Hot Heels! When MJ suggested we post something fun for H, I knew right away what I have in my collection of photos I can share with you guys. I am short and married to my husband who is 6'4" tall. Guess what??? ... these shoes can do the trick - it can make me 4 inches taller ! Chay

For letter H @ Fun Friday, MJ made several suggestions -hot heels, hats, hairstyles, etc. All of which are fun and exciting, so we all agreed to do any one of those. I decided to do HATS. I have a collection of hats because too much of the sun's glare causes me to have headache, especially during long hikes on a hot day. I keep a hat handy every time Doods and I travel. *Tes*

H for HELP...help me convince my seven year old son to get down the HIGH tree because HE is driving me HYSTERICAL...

Gosh he loves climbing that guava tree every afternoon... *Zen*

Thursday, November 19, 2009

On line shopping

Every year before Thanksgiving, my husband and I would sit together to plan our shopping list for family and friends. It is a stressful tradition we enjoy. Like most families we are very busy and free time is scarse. It is very difficult to shop around for the best gifts for our loved ones.

Many years ago we extended out 'stressful' tradition of planning our seasonal gift purchases by easing this stress with online shopping. One of the easiest websites we love to shop for online gifts is shopwiki.com. They have this really cool feature called "shopwiki gift" guides. This allows you to save time by shopping either by recipient or occasion. Sometimes deciding on the best gifts for in-laws and teenagers is our biggest challenge. These category options provide us with new gift ideas too.

For Christmas, Jeff is eyeing a new laptop, I want a watch that is waterproof but that has a dressy look. Our four children — what children’s imagination mixed with internet commercials and TV ads can do to a family budget. Many of their requests and our impossible to shop for relatives would be so hard to find without shopwiki.com. However, each year I listen to our relatives say, “you must have shopped forever trying to find this item.”

Another nice thing about using online shopping is it gives my husband and I extra time together as a family. Since we have been using online shopping we cook more during the holiday season and spend more time around the fireplace and decorations as a family. I am very excited to start shopping this year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Coralblow (Russelia equisetiformis)



The Russelia is among the most common of garden plants, and is easily recognized by its brilliant red flowers that are shaped like tall thin vases. It is also known as the Firecracker plant or Coralblow. Russelia grows in many parts of the world, and is mildly drought resistant.

Russelia equisetiformis and Russelia sarmentosa are commonly used to hide unattractive retaining walls or fences because it grows quickly and has dense foliage. Growing to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, it is a shrub which will tolerate full sun to partial shade. As an evergreen it blooms for most of the year.

Due to its attractively coloured flowers, this bush attracts birds and insects (such as bees) that feed on the nectar from its flowers.

- Wikipedia

Monday, November 16, 2009

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Ysabelle asked me if i can take her to school the other day since i will not be going to work until after lunch. I was not keen on it because it was pouring and cold outside but , she used her charm to her advantage once again - remember the cat in Shrek with those doleful eyes - and won me over. Out we went with a brollie in one hand, a lunch box and book bag in the other, and a camera in my pocket....just in case, you'll never know!

There's something special about raindrops, not only does it falls on your head but it also brings out the freshness and that distict quality of almost anything.


Got the time!

When i was younger, i cannot leave the house without my wristwatch. It is a piece of jewellry - that's how i called it - aside from earrings you wouldn't see me without. It is like going trekking without a compass, without a watch, i am totally lost!

There's a lot of brand names in the market that confuses me which one to choose. To me, all watches serves what they are supposed to do...tell us time. I look for durability, style, reliability - without costing me the earth! Timex has been serving the public for more than half the century now and offers one just that. They have all kinds of watch to suit your taste and style.

"Time is gold" as the old saying goes. You don't have to pay gold to get the timepiece you've been dreaming all along!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

G for Glam @ Fun Friday

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

G is for Glamour

Here are the Salitype Girls as they go glammin!










A person is only beautiful, when their own beauty, is reflecting on to others.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie

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My little one has been invited to stay in a friend's house for the whole afternoon and i have the rest of the day to indulge myself. I was torn between preparing something or watch the telly; the former won me over by a mile. This is my first try, so please be gentle with me.

Banoffee pie is an English pastry made of banana, toffee (made out of condensed milk) and biscuit as base. There was a lot of claims as to the origin of this pie/cake. It was claimed invented in 1972 and in 1994 began selling it in supermarkets as American pie.


condensed milk or caramel condensed milk
whipping cream
digestive biscuits

Boil the tin of condensed milk for at least 3 hours to make a gooey toffee of it ( set aside to cool) or alternatively used a ready made caramel condensed milk.

Make a pastry base of digestive biscuits and butter mixed together. Place it on a baking tin and press to make a solid base. Put in the fridge for 1/2 an hour to settle.

Cut the banana in rings and place on top of the pastry. Add the toffee and spread it on top of the banana layer.

Beat the whipping cream in a bowl until stiff and add on top of the cake. Sprinkled with grated chocolate on top. Put in the fridge for few hours to chill and settle.

Monday, November 9, 2009

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On my own


I have great admiration for those whose passion in life is fishing. They stands there for hours and sometimes go home empty handed. Ysabelle and I passed this gentleman on our way to the park and still on that same spot an hour or so later when we were on our way back home. Patience indeed is a virtue, i just hope he has been rewarded with few catch at the end.

Sometimes we need to be on our own.....to contemplate on life, to bask in the wonder that is nature or simply to catch a fish.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Blogging for fun - F

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 F.


Chay's son and daughter having a great time in San Francisco:

Eng's daughter Ysabelle

Cher, Mond and Kyla

Photo 1: MJ, Rog and Teyla spend a sunny fall afternoon at Grandview State Park in Raleigh County, West Virginia, recently. MJ says, "The best things in life are definitely free ... like sitting on a park bench, basking in the afternoon sun, inhaling the crisp autumn air and marveling at the spectacular colors of fall with two of the most important people in my life."

Photo 2: MJ and Rog's 5-month-old baby daughter, Teyla, is a bundle of smiles, giggles and squeals of delight nowadays.

Photo 3: At 5 months, Teyla is fascinated by the colorful pictures in her baby book. She almost looks like she's reading in this picture! "I hope she grows up loving books like I do," MJ says.

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