Archives for July 2012

The New Art Form

Understanding art is a complex process. A painting, for example, can appear profound to you but, for others,  it may look confusing.  Art also seemed elitist.  Paintings and sculptures can fetch quite a hefty price tag that only a few seemed to appreciate its value.  Even if I sometimes do not understand the value of a work of art, I agree to this poster:

 

I believe that art can be found anywhere. Oftentimes, I call a thing of beauty an art. From my point of view, beauty is art and art is beauty. That said, I still do not make an effort to do a regular beauty regimen. I read a Leonardo Da Vinci quote saying, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” I found myself agreeing to it only to realize that I agree to it because I found an alibi to my laziness.

My cousin who is in high school was enrolled in a subject called “Beauty Care”. They were taught skills for an alternative career. She learned how to do manicure and pedicure. For the past year, my aunts and I have been abusing her skills and enjoying the luxury of getting out nails done by her (at our beck and call). Hehe! She needs to practice anyway.

 

She is still a beginner so I help her find manicure tips on the Internet. Judging from the different nail designs I saw, manicure has been elevated as an art form. I saw different ways for which a person can embellish the nails.  I used to think having painted nails does not serve a purpose and I would rant about it.  Now, I no longer rant. I understand the how nail pampering can relieve stress and make me feel better.  I am currently looking at the beautiful colors available at Julep maven. These days, my nails still remained unpainted because I could not decide what color to choose!  I might venture with one of those nail art one day. I am still gathering the  confidence to pull it off.

10 Reasons Why I Want an El Nido Resorts Holiday

I live in a country with 7,100+ islands and I have only been to 4 islands. Shocking, I know! I bow my head in shame. I still have a lifetime ahead of me to conquer most of the islands. With a trip to El Nido, I can set foot on a few islands and I can hold my head a little bit higher again.

Good vibes are on my side as I stumble into this opportunity to get that El Nido getaway.


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So, here are 10 reasons why I want that El Nido Resorts Holiday:

1. There must be a reason why stumbled upon this contest.  Some call it fate or destiny . I call it opportunity.  I think it was Oprah Winfrey who said that success is when opportunity meets preparation.  Oh, I am so prepared to have this vacation.  😀  I am sending positive vibes to the universe to achieve this.  I am trying to remember how the sand feels on my toes, seawater on my face and clean breeze on my hair.

Source: etsy.com via Yellow Leaf on Pinterest

 

2. When I talk to people about their dream holiday destination, Palawan is always on the list and El Nido is on top of the list when it comes to Palawan travel destinations. I think El Nido is the testament of God’s love for humankind. How does one explain the immense beauty of this place? I’ve only seen the photos and they are breathtaking. I can only imagine the intense emotion I will feel when I see the place with my own eyes.

Source: pinwords.com via Kristin on Pinterest

 

3. I have an adventurous spirit although the body resists sometimes. With the lineup of activities in El Nido, I think the challenge for me  will be: how am I going to squeeze in all those activities in 4 days? (Yes, I am already planning the vacation in my head. By the power of positive thinking, I will achieve this dream.)

 

4. Sometimes I get caught up in my busy life that I forget to appreciate the little things like the beauty of a sunrise or the comfort of a good cup of hot chocolate. It is when I travel that get to appreciate Mother Nature and her work of art.

 

5. Communing with nature is therapeutic. It washes away the worries. There is serenity in the sounds of the waves rushing to shore, assurance in the chirping of the birds and warmth in the rays of the sun as they touch my skin. (I love my brown skin, by the way.)

 

6. I believe that Filipinos are the most hospitable people in the world. Wonderful service+ great location= ultimate vacation. Who doesn’t want that?

 

7. I love photography. I am not a pro. I take advantage of the power of a digital camera. I take as many photos as I can and I choose the best one. Nature photography is foolproof so I indulge in it as much possible. For now, I practice in my neighbor’s garden.

8. I want my own El Nido photo. I am reserving this space and another blog post when I get that El Nido experience.

9.  I want this vacation because I may never have that dream honeymoon. HA! I believe we create our own happiness. I am in my 30’s, single and happy.  Travel is my way of celebrating my life.  Life is short; we only live once.  😀

 

10. Everyone deserves an El Nido vacation. That includes you and me.

Photo of the Day

This week, Shadz sponsored a blog meme for the BC Bloggers.  All I have to do is share a photo (or photos) and let readers write a story about the photo (or photos).

I work from home and this is what my desk look like.

 What can you infer about me when you see this picture? Ha! I can take harsh criticisms but break it to me gently.  😉

Albert Einstein got my back on this one. 😀

The Gift of Sight

The first poem that I memorized and recited was “All Things Bright and Beautiful”. There was a stanza that says:

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

I am grateful for my gift of sight. Those who know me might wonder why because I wear eyeglasses regularly. In fact, I started wearing eyeglasses since I was 11 years old. That said, there was a period between my late teens and early adult life that I did not wear them for more than 8 years until I had vertigo and wearing prescription lenses somehow eased the dizziness.  I have to admit that wearing eyeglasses is cumbersome. The part that hooks to the temple can cause some strain in my ear area. The part that hangs on the nose bridge slips now and then when I sweat. After wearing glassing for a few hours, I can feel its weight on my nose and ears. (Yes, I am a picky astigmatic person.  Ha!)

There is a bright side to my woes.

There are already lightweight and elastic eyeglasses available in the market. Most eyeglasses come in different colors, shapes and designs. Eyeglasses have become a fashion item and I have seen several frames in animal print design. Cool huh? Plus, several manufacturers have established their online presence by setting up online stores with a variety of style options to choose from.  I am impressed at those manufacturers with a good corporate social responsibility. I have seen one company that gives a pair of eyeglasses for free to those who need them every time someone buys a pair from them.

The gift of sight is not just having a vision in a physical sense but using that vision to help others.

Counting My Blessings the Past Week

I always keep a positive attitude. Even if I see a dark cloud looming over certain stressful situations I am in, I can still see that thin silver lining ahead.

Although there are occasions when my temper breaks loose, those incidents do not happen that often. I attribute such calm and worry-free attitude to God’s love. I cannot claim about having a strong faith. I have my weaknesses but even with my fragile faith, God never failed me.

There is so much to be thankful for. So let me count my blessings the past week. Even the littlest of things matter. Simple things can already bring me tremendous joy.

1.  The gift of laughter. I bought these almost a month ago. I am a fan of the radio tandem. I get their sense of humor so when I remembered their book, I bought a copy the first chance I get.

I was able to read the magazine but I was not able to find time to read the book until last week. I was on field work for a few days with no internet access (I do not own a laptop nor a smartphone).  Good thing I brought the book along so I spent the night laughing alone silly. 😀

2.  Family conversations. There was one dinner when the food did not seem to fill our hungry stomachs. We opted to buy these post-dinner snacks while we chitchat.

I am thankful that I have a family to talk to even without these delicious snacks.

3. Simple tools that get things done. I am not the type of person who buys the latest gizmos in the market. I was asked to document a certain forum.  These are the simple tools I use. (These also remind me that I need to write that report. Oh my!) Newsflash to the younger generation, the old school pen and paper still work.  😉

4. Full breakfast. We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

5. Daily walks. I walk the dog regularly. This is already my exercise.  When I am busy, my cousin does this task for me. I think she is enjoying the walk, too, because she did not complain when I gave her this task.  Walking the dog is also a  stress-reliever for me.

6. Surviving a freak accident.  One Friday afternoon, it was already dark when the dog and I returned home from our walk.  Joacqui (dog) was panting hard so I went to the laundry area to get water for Joacqui. The area was not lit but I knew my way through that dark nook. I was a few steps away from the faucet when I heard a screech and I felt pain on my left foot. I realized that I stepped on a rat and it bit me.  Crazy, huh? The bleeding did not stop as I was washing the area with running water. Thank God I have an aunt whose a nurse.  She told me to clean the wound with alcohol and apply Bactobran, an anti-bacterial ointment.  Here is my makeshift bandage: cotton and tape! (Warning: ugly foot!) 

There was swelling in my foot the following day so my aunt suggested a warm compress. Another aunt was cooking banana that afternoon. So we had the idea to use the heat of the banana peel (the real one, not the slipper brand) in order to apply warm compress on my foot.  I wrapped the banana peel in a clear plastic and stepped on it.

Thank God for the nursing wisdom from my aunt. I took some antibiotics and continue to clean the wound daily. Btw, a rat does not carry rabies.

7. Cheap finds. I went to the grocery with the intention of buying the Head and Shoulders buy one-take one pack for Php118. It was not available so I bought what is in the rack: the Pantene buy one-take one pack for P98. I went to another grocery in another day to check if it had the Head and Shoulders buy one-take one pack. I found a Rejoice buy one-take one pack for Php83.25 so I bought it because I need an anti-dandruff shampoo.  When I went back to the first grocery for another reason, the Head and Shoulders buy one-take one pack was available so I bought one for fear it would sell fast.  Thus,  I ended up being a shampoo hoarder! I  think these will last me for more than 3 months.

 I also found this cheap belts. I hope they are not as durable as their price.

8. Getting paid. I got paid for a freelance work so I shared my blessings with the family. Magnum is back!

9. New bank account. My parents have instilled in me the value of saving for the rainy days. My savings is what kept me afloat the past four years of living without regular income. Because I started earning again this year, I wanted to return to the habit of setting aside for my emergency fund.  Hopefully, in the future, it is investment plan that I am going to think about.  I am taking baby steps for now.

10. Seeing an opportunity. I went to get my cedula. The lady at the counter did not have enough change for my bill so I have to pay using the loose change in my wallet. It left me without small bills for the tricycle ride home. Then, I remember that I wanted to try the buko pie near that area so I thought of just buying buko pie so I will have loose change to pay for my ride home. We had this for dessert after lunch yesterday.

11. Enjoying a family favorite. One type of dried fish we enjoy is buwad na haw-an (dried mudfish). This type of dried fish is seldom sold in the market.  It is often peddled in the neighborhood by people from Agusan del Sur.  The mudfish thrives in vast waters in the Agusan Marsh. In the past, electricity was not available in the marshland so residents in that area learned how to preserve their food through sun drying.  Even with electricity, they still dry the mudfish for personal consumption and commerce.

I sleep with a grateful heart every night.

Source: etsy.com via Emily on Pinterest

 

This post is a BC Bloggers‘ meme for the week sponsored by Yashiro.

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