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Saturday, January 30, 2010

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The thing with taking photograph of a subject too small and with wings is that...it's gone before i can get up close and very personal. With me and my camera ready to pounce, who can blame the poor thing. It is like being hunted by paparazzi.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Other Half @ 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 O.  O stands for Once Upon A Time... our Other Half...

this is hubby when he was seven years old, wandering in Harz with his father and mutti

this is Michael when he was 4 years old, a family friend an artist Mutti said made this. Mutti told me a story about Michael when he was four years old, together with Mutti and his grandmother and father they went to Braunlage to have few days holiday, Michael that time a very active young boy did something that Mutti will never forget, that day there was a mini orchestra on the stage at the "Kurpark" or nature park so the people can relax and hear some music while sitting, or eating at the restaurant, and when the orchestra was just started to play Mutti said the piece is from Glenn Miller Orchestra, when Michael heard the music from the orchestra he just run in front of the Orchestra, stand there straight and start to motion his hand like a professional "Dirigent" or Conductor (music). When the music is finished, everybody was clapping their hands and Michael "the Maestro" ;) politely bow his head with one hand at the back ;) like a professional Conductor :) Nobody knows if the people like the orchestra or they like hubby "the Maestro" ;)
~ Car ~

My other half, Rog, was around 9 years old when this pix was taken. It shows him beaming with happiness as he holds his pet hamster while the family cat stares at it with hungry eyes. Rog always was - still is - an animal lover. Well, he likes almost all animals ... except cats. He got turned against them because he was in a previous relationship with a woman who developed a serious cat obsession: Over time, she purchased 18 cats and let them all live inside her house. So now Rog says we can only have a dog when Teyla gets older. Or some fish. I told him I want a horse. Maybe a miniature pony for Teyla. He smiled and said, "We'll see."
~ MJ ~

What's with the hearty laugh? My cousin saw the moon rise over the desert multi-colored canyons at Golden Canyon in Death Valley National Park. On her excitement, she ran to take a picture, was in an awkward position, and when she clicked her camera, it was on a 10 second delayed timer. She was holding her camera, so I laughed, counted...one...two...three....while my cousin was trying to hold still for that 10 seconds for the camera to snap, teeehehe. And my hubby can't control his laughter, and was laughing like a kid, saying, "you're funny Ms. Aspan". The Joy of hiking and discovering our wonderful world.

I do not have a lot of Doods's old photos with us. It's in my parents in-law's house, in the Philippines. Well, at least I found one. This was taken during his mountaineering days in college. Climbed Mount Makulot in Laguna, Philippines.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dual Flush is Eco Friendly

The other day, we were in a friends house, I used their restroom and noticed that the handle of the flush can swing left to right instead of up and down! Curious, I asked my friend why the flush is positioned that way. I found out, it's a dual flush toilet! If you pull the flush nab to the left, the toilet tank will dispose less than the usual amount of water that a huge flush tank consumes. This is called the rinse flush. If the flush nab is pulled to the right, it will dispose a bigger amount of water for heavy flushing. Whoa, what an effortless way to save water. It's so practical and very economical. Needless to say, I was fascinated and impressed.

Go green is going large and I have not encountered anyone who is not a fan! There are countless ways to go green, and everyday, more ways are discovered. Dual flush toilets makes helping mother earth as simple as a push of a nab! Really cool. Dual flush is a contraption that you install in the tank, no need to replace the whole talk and toilet in your restroom.  I haven't done mine, not for lack of wanting...I just don't get the time. Installing a dual flush is on top of my to-do list.


by Chay

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lotus @ Watery Wednesday

This is our second entry for Watery Wednesday. This is a fun meme.

This photo was taken  a week after hurricane Ike devastated Houston. 

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."  -Lady Bird Johnson

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Pork in tamarind soup/Sinigang


Sinigang is a Philippine soup and it can also be served as main course with white steaming rice. It is similar to Indonesian's Sayur Asam, Vietnamese Canh Chua, and Thailand's Tom Yam. Its characteristic flavor comes from tamarind which gives it a sour taste and overwhelms the taste of its meat."Sinigang" also sounds very similar to "Singgang", a tamarind soup dish from Terengganu, Malaysia.

Food historians have often extolled the wonders of Sinigang, especially as a refreshing, energising, appetite-encouraging food for the humid tropics. It is as good to serve in dry season more so in wet season. The sour lightness of the soup is a perfect match for the oppressive tropical heat of the Philippine islands.


pork belly or spare ribs
sitaw/ string beans
kangkong/water spinach
sili/ long green chili
sinigang mix/tamarind mix

Wash the pork well.

Put water, depends on how many kilos of pork, in a large cooking vessel.Boil till tender. Add the sinigang mix and boil for a couple of minutes. Seasoned with salt and pepper. Put the sliced tomatoes, onion and the rest of the vegetables and simmer for a minute.Turn off the heat.

Ready to serve with steaming white rice and patis/ fish sauce on the side.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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Clash Of The Titans


My Casio EX-Z1000 digital camera and my limitations has been put to test taking snaps of this two ants, either brawling or performing some sort of a ritual dance. It was a challenge, believe you me, and a mammoth at that.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nostalgia @ 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 N. N is for Nostalgia.

Some of the Salitype gals have decided to share some of their oldies but goodies photos.

Hello everyone, my name is Chay,

I was nine months old in this picture. This was actually taken by a photographer "on-wheels". This was popular back in the 60's, they drove a truck with camera and all their props at the back of their truck. They would drive in a neighborhood and knock on doors and offer their services.

The picture below shows me when I was two years old. In the 60's we had to go to the photo studio to have our pictures taken.

What's up with the bonnet when it was 90 degrees outside? Well, actually that was a prop to cover my hair because my older sister cut my hair when we were role playing ... she was the hairstylist and I was the customer - your imagination can picture what a three-year old hairstylist could do! Needless to say she did not have my repeat business nor get a tip.

~ Chay ~

Four-year old me, taken during one of our weekend visits @ Rizal Park (better known as Luneta Park). I have a lot of fond memories of this park. My parents use to take us to the park on weekends. Parks are inexpensive venue for recreation, and a laboratory for wonderful and memorable discoveries.

Five-year old Tes trying to catch a grasshopper (Luneta Park)
My mom loves to take candid photos of us.

I remember way back in September, I did an entry for Blogging for Fun entitled "Back to the Future" The post also has some oldies but goodies photos.
~ Tes ~

Taken 9 years ago during oath taking of 2001 DMD board passers.

~ Cher ~

Here's a pix of 3-year-old MJ (left) and younger brother, Moe, frolicking through the tall grass in front of their childhood home in Naga City, Bicol, circa 1978. "Times were hard back then," MJ recalls. "There wasn't enough money for a lawnmower ... or even a goat or two (hence, the tall grass). Dad was a college teacher who worked himself to the bone but didn't make very much. Mom, also a college teacher, quit work for several years to raise my brother and I (I'm proud to say I am currently following in her footsteps, having recently quit my job at the paper to raise Teyla). We didn't own a lot of toys like many kids our age, but I have countless faint, yet fond, memories of sunny days spent running through the grass in the front yard ... or rainy days spent splashing through mud puddles, shrieking with delight. In those early years, mom and dad instilled in us a love of the Great Outdoors. That fascination lingers to this day."

~ MJ ~

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blue Meets Blue @ Watery Wednesday

This is our first time to join Watery Wednesday. I came across Watery Wednesday through Ebie's blog, The Main Ingredient. Thank you, Ebie!

This is a photograph taken by another Salitype member, Chay. I saw this in her facebook and found it too picturesque to just be in one spot, so I lifted it and shared it here. If am not mistaken, the girl in this picture is her daughter, Christine.

Chay has been too busy to blog lately because she is attending school (taking up nursing) on top of her accounting job in the morning. I know she would have wanted to be blogging, but her hands are full right now. Follow your dreams, Chay, we're right behind you!
Photographer: Chay
~ Tes ~

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bare Trees @ Monochrome Weekly

I saw this sight on our way home from Arizona. My senses were attuned and were scanning the drive for anything at all that would appeal to my 'lens.' We came across this abandoned village that has several winter-trees scattered around. Found it beautifully mysterious! I like monochrome a lot, it has the ability to add drama to an otherwise ordinary-looking scene.

~ Tes ~

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Marriages and Memories

It is 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 M.   M is for Marriages and Memories.

We have put together some photos of the Salitype couples.

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
~Luciano de Crescenzo

~ Cher ~

and i quote from our 4th year wedding anniversary:

"this is the man i married, i laugh with, i cried with, i traveled with... and oh! i also married his 99% shit in the head"  :)

~ Maricar ~

In marriage, there should be a sense of comfort,
of inner familiarity and a sense of inspiration.

~ Zen ~

Summersville Lake... Summer of 2004 ... I remember Rog pulling me close, the sun in my eyes, the flash of the camera, his strong arms around me ... and at that moment, I remember thinking to myself, 'This is it! I'm finally home.'"
~ MJ ~

Betchai and Khai - they met through tennis, progressed to dating in beaches...after 2 years, bonded in marriage. Together, they explored what else can they do outside of home, tennis and the ocean. Now, they are partners in hiking, partners in exploring the wonders of our beautiful and natural world, partners in photography, and forever, PARTNERS FOR LIFE!!!

Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.
~Tom Mullen

~ Chay ~

Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be. ~Robert Browning

~ Tes ~

Friday, January 8, 2010

Laughter is Contagious!

It is 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 L.   L is for laughter

We have put together some photos of the Salitype kids. Delightful compilation!

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.  ~Woody Allen

Laughter is an instant vacation.  ~Milton Berle

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  ~e.e. cummings

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.  ~Jean Houston

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.  ~Victor Borge

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth."  ~Quincy Jones

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Playing With Black and White

I have been inspired lately by the monochrome shots posted by Tes, Eng, and Cher. Since I have not really explored black and white photography yet, as I am too lazy to change the white balance setting in my camera often, I decided to play around with my photos using Photoshop. I may have Photoshop for 3 years now in my computer, but then, I have not really explored the many functions this software can do.

Anyway, here are my first few attempts to see the effect of removing colors from my pictures. The pictures chosen were not really random, I actually thought of pictures where light played a great deal in the picture. Now, I have a lot of those kind of pictures, but then I decided to look for sunset pictures, and sand dunes pictures. Here are the results:

A. Yuccas at Sunset, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
( original )
( colors removed by decreasing saturation to 0 )
B. Dusk, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
( original )
( desaturated )
C.  Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, CA
( desaturated )
( original )
( desaturated )
C. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
( original )
( desaturated )
Now, what I need to do is really not to be lazy changing the white balance in my camera, really shooting in black and white next time I am outdoors. I will, if time is not a challenge, experiment taking pictures with black and white and color, it's fun to be learning. There is just too little time to do so many things we love :(

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bird Bath @ Monochrome Weekly


Late afternoon, as Doods and I were quietly strolling in a cemetery, we saw this old weather-beaten bird bath. Despite the crooked bird sculpture and the rust foaming at the center of the bird bath, the sight managed to remind me of birds happily chirping. Or perhaps there really were birds chirping hidden within the trees. The quietness of the cemetery magnifies the volume of whatever sound exist. . .

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~  Tes  ~

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