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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roses and the Miracle of Growing Love

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      Feelings could be best expressed through flowers. Red roses say "I love you" louder than a voicebox could. Those vividly colored petals with a sweet scent that mesmerizes the heart would be such a joy to have in the garden the whole year through. Seeing and smelling them could be akin to growing love in the air.


     I just got inspired to grow more of them by Gardenieres who have the greenest of thumbs and most experienced when it comes to growing plants. The Rose bush pruning and Rose bush training to a garden trellis creating a lovely garden centerpiece by Gina Iliopoulos, the Midwest Gardeniere has given me a marvelous plan for Roses to serenade visitors with Roses hanging over a pathway beautifully adorning and perfuming the garden. Her tips on handling the Roses like keeping the cuttings which one will do away with in one corner instead of scattered to prevent injury made me realize how careless I was in the past. I also learned that there are products like Miracle-Gro ® Garden Soil for Trees and Shrubs and that its continuous Release plant food is great for Roses and feeds them for up to three months. 


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     These awesome gardening tips and more could also be found when you "like" the Miracle-Gro Facebook page where we have the chance of interacting with fellow plant lovers. Viewing plant lovers' posts at the site both photos and their enthusiastic ideas is making me want to plant not only Roses but all kinds of flowering bushes as well as vegetables and trees! It's the best season to start our dream yard and getting to cherish the beauty of nature right in our homes to Find beauty in the Fall.



May love grow in your homes abundantly. 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Second Experience of Hong Kong

The last time I was in Hong Kong was this summer. And the only place I visited was – the airport. I was on my connecting flight home after 5 years of being away. Though the first time I visited HK was in 1997 with my BFFs. It was the very first trip abroad that I took. This time, my experience with HK was somewhat eventful. I was held up for interrogation by the airport security!
Yes, you heard it right. The x-ray machine showed that I had a “pepper spray” in my purse and it alerted the security at the airport. I was given a chair and immediately the airport cops were called for further interrogation. It took more or less an hour of questioning and paper works. Pepper spray is in HK’s list of illegal stuff that shouldn’t be in your luggage or purse when you enter HK. I wasn’t smart enough to research on that or ask my brother Gary who works in Hk-China about things like that.

Well, things went well. I signed paper and was warned not to bring anything illegal anymore. I didn’t feel bad because I know that HK people are just doing their job. I feel secured knowing that any Hong Kong flights will be safe and secured because those airport security is doing a great job to protect their country and its safety.
 With my BFFs during our first trip to Hong Kong in 1997

So if you are planning to take a trip to HongKong put in your to do list to check and research about what and what not to bring to HK so you will not have the same experience as I had. Hong Kong is a lovely city. I wanted to go back there and spend time touring its city not just its airport. And since my brother Gary is already a resident it will be more fun to explore the city with a free tourist guide.
In front of the HK Museum of Art
At the Peak
Take it from me, Hong Kong is one of the best places on earth. So go ahead visit Hong Kong, you will surely enjoy it! 
 My favorite brothers in Hong Kong.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

It's a "Cher"rific Day

It’s a “Cher”rific day to make wishes for someone who inspires us here at salitype each day….

To give more than to receive…
To live and love life with the strongest faith thus having the sweetest twist of fate
To be the perfect mother, wife, sister and daughter
                                          A friend who thinks of us from across the miles
Each minute, each second of the day that no matter
How difficult and stressful life could sometimes be
Her dimples magically send us smiles to make it through the day….
Toothfairy we wish you all the best….

From North to South and East to West….
May your cheerfulness paint a RAINBOW in whose end lies a golden chest

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Halo-Halo is a dessert famous in the Philippines during the summer season. A sweet mixture of shaved ice, evaporated milk and boiled fruits such as jackfruit, beans, banana, sweet potato, coconut preserve and any fruit in season. I love eating it under the heat of the sun.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On Keeping the Family Fit and Nopalea Healthy Drink

     The other week, a break from work allowed me to spend time with the hubby and the kids. We had a grand time dining out and feasting on our favorite dishes at local restos! The hubby's favorite, braised noodles and siomai at our favorite Chinese restaurant left him with a huge smile and a challenge for me to cook them at home. You might want to wish me luck on that.

     Hot chocolate touching my tongue early in the morning is a perfect moment for me. Matched with pancakes and some bread and jam I am all set to conquer the day.

     Dessert is what the kids love most as expected. Show them chocolate mousse and strawberry crepe and their cheeks instantly glow. Though we treat them to sweet goodies once in a while we always remind them that we must maintain a healthy lifestyle.

     How I love to live long and strong to see the kids all grown up with families of their own. I would love in the future to carry my grandchildren on my shoulders and to run after them. The unavoidable stress at work  makes us lose energy at times and the hubby and I would sometimes complain of  feeling old and we're not yet even forty! We would take turns massaging each other's sore muscles and laugh at ourselves for not being experts at it and end up tickling each other instead; the joys and simple pleasures of a happy married life. We search endlessly for tasty treats to ease our pains because sometimes, to be free of pain, love just ain't enough.
     Nopalea is a tasty drink from the fruit of the Nopal cactus (Opontia Ficus India) with healing properties which have been used for centuries by native people. It is an immune booster with not only anti-inflammatory but also anti-toxin activity and seems to keep the brain protected. I would most certainly love to have a sharp memory and none aching joints to sit long enough one day to tell wonderful tales to little kids running around our home who would pay attention once their young looking grandma calls out their names. There's this Nopalea wellness challenge the hubby and I would love to try. The free 32 ounce bottle of this delicious healthy drink with minimal shipping and handling fee sounds exciting.

Surfing is what I will try next when my aching back is well! It has been on my "to-do-list" for a long time now and you bet, I will convince the hubby to join! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Colors In The Air

I have been fascinated by lights for as long as I can remember. There is something about that magical moment when colors reach my eyes that tend to stir a thousand and one sensations on my brain that allow my thoughts to dance and sing to a melody from within. I remember dancing in half circles as a child seeing colors I got from staring at the sun's rays for several seconds. The colors were so vivid I could almost touch them. I'd reach out my hand, try to grasp those shapeless pigments with my little fingers and watch them disappear in thin air...and then I'd run after another one and another and another until I grew tired. I no longer see those colors now and 
somehow knowing it isn't healthy to gaze at the sun for long periods of time leaves feelings of remorse that I ever wished to grow up at once. Childhood seemed a period of shadowed, curtailed happiness to me. Like others my age then I wanted to see the world! I wanted to touch what the elders forbid me to get near to; I longed to be free! ...and grew up I did... 
Now there remains so many things I'd love to do and my love for lights have not faded through the years. 
My favorite toy now is my camera. I love going out to take shots at the sunlight and stay out late  and enjoy the freedom of taking shots at colors of the night.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Watch That Watch!

It's craft time once again at your one-stop corner in the blogosphere, The Salitype Society.

In accessorizing, I make it a rule not to put accessories on BOTH wrists. If I can help it, I try to free the other, it's more practical this way and the overall effect does not give out the over-kill look.

On days when I have a plain blouse that needs extra flair, I pick up a fancy watch that I jazzed-up by using textured and colored beads.

There are assortment of watch faces to choose from. These are available at your local craft store.

Beads of different colors, texture and sizes can also be found at your local craft store.

I use toggle clasp as fastener -easy to use, not to mention, stylish!

Here are some of the watches I've jazzed-up. Guess what, I even made earrings to match!

by Tes

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Guitar Styles: Different Strokes For Different Folks

Guitars are the most versatile musical instrument ever made. They are beloved around the world and come in a multitude of styles, shapes and prices. Different guitar shapes affect their own unique sound; however, aesthetic appeal also governs each player's choice of shape to use. Here is a breakdown of basic guitar categories:

Acoustic Guitars

These hollow-body guitars, also called cigar box guitars, create their sound through vibration of the strings. The volume magnifies as an echo in the box, however, for more amplification, microphones are setup within a few feet of the guitar. The hourglass shape of this guitar distinguishes its sound.

Some instruments have a notch shape cut-out where the player's hand rests, allowing the upper frets to be easily reached. Different guitar shapes make an entire spectrum of sound, and it's up to musicians to try out several different kinds to fit their style the best.

Shabu Shabu

Shabu-shabu  is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The name shabu-shabu is derived from the "swish swish" sound of cooking the meat in the pot. The dish use thinly sliced meat and vegetables and are usually served with dipping sauces. It is considered a winter dish, but is eaten year-round.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oceanfront and Seaside Properties

     There is something about water that makes kids scream with delight with its sight. I remember shrieking on my seat when traveling and passing by the sea as a child and wanting to tell the driver to stop so I could watch the sky and water long. It must be the reflection of the sky on the water or the calming effect of the blue hue that entices each child and adult alike. Watching the water moving and hearing the splash of waves makes me realize each time how huge the world is and how great the Creator is for the gift of life.

Learning from Whornie

When we moved to the house upon a hill, hubby got the family another member. The kids decided to call him "Whornie"...aaammm please do not read that with a silent "w" hehehe...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

That Celebrity Feeling at Century 21 Department Store

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CENTURY 21 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Me wearing my favorite sunglasses

     I love wearing shades. They give me a feeling of being secure in anonimity as I walk around the city to snap photos. I hate it at times when it rains because I can't go around parading in my sunglasses but who says one can't look and feel fabulous in a raincoat? Not the stars definitely! Wearing Guess, DNY, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and the like items never fail to give me that stardust sensation and browsing Century 21 Department Store is making me giddy learning I have a chance of winning $500 C21 wardrobe makeover and listen to this- a two-night stay at no less than the iconic Empire Hotel in NYC! How I'd love to visit the apple city and Century 21 is on top of my lists of places to visit either at Lincoln Square (1972 Broadway) or Downtown (22 Cortlandt Street). I might get a glimpse of the beauteous Olivia Palermo wearing the sunglasses I would love to purchase as soon as I can.

Monday, October 1, 2012


I love orchids and found several interesting facts about them on Wikipedia. 

There are around  21,950 and 26,049 species of Orchids more than twice the number of bird species and about four times the number of mammal species. 
The name comes from the Greek ὄρχις (órkhis) literally meaning "testicle" because of the shape of the root.

The Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants. Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysios (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysios. For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians. His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower. (Source)

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