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I Dream . . .

January 21, 2011

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This reminds me of a little corner shop here up for sale. Lots of sweet treats indeed! But alas, definitely out of the budget :-(

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. . .  of owning a little shop filled with  sweet treats (either for the eyes, heart, or taste)! I imagined it to be bright, colorful, and fun and that everyday I will enjoy very much working in my imaginary store and hoping I give the same feeling to anyone who enters :-)

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But then as I grow older, I realized things weren’t easy peasy! Actually putting up a visible store is harder than it seems – lots of planning and other important things to consider that have to take place. And so, my dream started melting away.

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For years and years it has just stayed as a dream, beautifully and carefully wrapped and then safely tucked away deep in my heart. From time to time I take my beautiful box of dream, open it and every time I take a peek, I just smile. But mostly, dust started embracing it.

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Early last year, my eyes were opened to the discovery that my dream can still come true with some changes here and there. And so this little dream of mine is slowly creeping out. Through out that year, I started dreaming more and more.

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T’was the dream . . . and a journey awaits . . .

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:-)

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(Sometimes I feel stuck and I’m overwhelmed with nerves but Ro has been really supportive ever since I opened this dream of mine. I am very thankful to have him . . . believing in me and giving me that gentle “push”)
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To Love . . . It’s The Sweetest Thing

January 17, 2011
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dog and baby

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My heart aches (in a good way) and smiles because of this picture. Wouldn’t you agree?

I’m not talking of love solely in a romantic way. It’s love that is universal.

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To love our family, friends, “special someones”, .  .  .

Today, I was reminded . . . no matter the contrasting views (at times), no matter the color, no matter the status in life, .  .  .

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TO LOVE –  –  –  it’s the sweetest thing and the best gift of all :-)

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Image Source: Emily Anne via A Cup Of Joe

4th Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2010

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(image by Fashioncookie via weheartit.com)

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Only a week left and it’s already Christmas! Time sure flies fast when you’re not noticing. Do you already feel that warm feeling inside during this Holiday Season? Oh I bet every store is filled with shoppers rushing to buy last minute gifts.
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Work will be until the 23rd (I think) and then I’ll have a 4 day vacation. Ro and I are planning on coming home for the Holidays. But we have to hurry and buy our bus tickets. Otherwise, we’d end up with a fully booked schedule and get stuck here. (Note to self, will remind him to buy tickets tomorrow :-) ) The sad part (a little) is that we won’t be able to go home on Ro’s family side for the New Year’s. It’ll be a plane ticket ride. We’ll be working again on the 28th ’till 30th . . .back to work on the 2nd/3rd of January. We are short of days for a real vacation :-(
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What are your plans for the Holidays? Whatever it may be, I know it will be full of love and memories lasting a lifetime. I sure wanna drop by here from time to time still :-)
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How Long Has It Been?

December 18, 2010

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(photo by felipepips via weheartit.com)

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Yikes! Still alive and kicking here! . . . . . Uuum ok, maybe the “kicking” part is not so much. I love my work and the environment I’m with. People have been really nice. But lately, I am feeling so exhausted! I feel like at times I need to escape and breathe. Yes, I need a boost of energy! :-)
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I used to look at my little corner here in blogosphere as a retreat. But you know what I end up doing when I get home? I sleep! LOL If you could only see my eyes right now.
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I promised myself I’d get back on it one day. And today, here I am. Not quite sure though if it’s only me I’m talking to :-). I figured I may have lost track of some of the people I’ve gotten to know. Which is expected, I guess. With so many blogs out there and with almost daily updates . . . where would my wee blog be? I feel like starting out again. No worries, though. This will serve then (just as the original purpose as to why I’ve started it in the first place) as an outlet . . . an extension of me :-)
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I have a few new things to share and I’m very excited about it. You know, things I’m happy to have actually the time to do that is outside work. Very, very much excited about it. It just needs some organizing.
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I really hope I can get my groove back in blogging. I miss it. And like I said, it’s a nice place  to relax the mind:-)
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Been Away . . .

September 5, 2010

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I just moved!
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It had been a plan for quite a while now and I’m happy that that time arrived. I had mixed feelings at that time but the excitement and the happiness felt (when a plan has been realized) is much more overwhelming.
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The environment here is very different. I’m not just referring about the place (though it’s hot here and very “busy”) but the people are too (at least I think so). I guess it helped to have someone with you . . helping you adjust through these things and knowing that he’s supportive in this new adventure. I am very thankful for that. . . . And prayers. As I go through everyday, it always help to keep me calm and secure.
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Blogging has been set aside and I am not sure when will I be back on track again. Even browsing on the net has been scarce. This is my first to just actually drop by here. I’m still relatively new to this new place of mine and I am just enjoying work. I just thought I should drop by just in case you wonder.
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I am well and I am thankful that you still drop by in my little corner :-) I enjoyed reading the comments (which I had lots to read since I moved)
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One day, when I’ll have things sort out and in order, I’ll see you guys again.
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But for now, let me just linger for a while outside as I turn a page and start a new Chapter in my life (which will be a starting step of a beautiful journey).

‘Till then . . .
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Mizpah!
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Pink Saturday: Tunisian / Afghan Stitch Rings

August 7, 2010

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I was trying to learn some new crochet  stitches and Tunisian crochet is one of them (Why is it called Afghan stitch?). At first I was intrigued cause it’s not like any other crochet stitches. It is a long continuous loop after loop (which kinda reminds me of knitting).
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For this event, here’s the pink one:  .     .     .     . (the sun showed up and so I went outside and took this)
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Who knew you have to use a very looongggggg crochet hook to accommodate all those loops? ( I sure didn’t!). I never thought a crochet hook could get any longer that what I am using now. I also don’t think our craft store here sells them :-( But I really wanted to try cause in my mind I think I can :-)
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I then settled with making rings. It’s the only way my (apparently) small hook can make.
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Here’s the rest of the gang :-) : .     .     .     .  (no more bright sun )
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The colors are so rich and fun to look at! And they are so small so it’s like holding bits and pieces of fun! (reminds me of Roller Coasters Chips – yum! or Cheerios)
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I think I got carried away taking pictures of these little ones cause I have another one below LOL  .     .     .     .     .(the sun was hiding again)
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These rings have a lot of potential. Let’s see . . . add some beads/buttons/ribbons or incorporate another stitch along those stitch lines, or simply combining different colors . . . . Plenty of options indeed!
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Have you tried tunisian stitch? Do you have those long hooks? How long can they get anyway, especially for making afghans?   .     .     .     .     .     (it rained again for the rest of the day )

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Here’s a nice tutorial of the Tunisian Stitch by Naztazia if you want to give it a try.
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Another fun part: PS Challenge! (I really try to remember who I happen to meet first among the ladies . . . and then who happens to be participating today)
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Meet . . .
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Did you happen to meet Lynn throughout your Pink Saturday visits?  I think I stumbled upon her or maybe she stumbled on me first during my early days in Pink Saturdays. I really don’t remember how, all I know is I’ve been visiting her ever since :-)
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There’s this one particular comment I remember (and I sure hope I remember it right! LOL). I posted about bird whistles and how I wished birds would visit me too. I see and read of others having birdbaths and birdhouses and different kinds of birds visit them. Now, how then would I ever forget her with me talking about birds and her blog name is The Vintage Nest?
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Of course, it just so happens that she leaves one of the most sweetest comments. :-) And I like reading comments that makes you feel like you are talking to that person. I know you do too. We all do!
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And just like most of the ladies I have come to know, she too loves thrifting and creating. Some treasures  she keeps for her home and some she shares in her shop.  So if you love handmade and/or vintage, be sure to drop by.
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And so, I really think you will find something in common with her. And who knows, you’ll find a friend in her as well. If you’re new to her, drop by too, ok? :-) Oh, and if you have a chance, this post is adorable. It’s a handwritten note from his son (when he was little – amazing how she kept it all these years) describing her mom :-) Also, she and her husband just celebrated their wedding anniversary a few days ago.
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Happy Pink Saturday!

Thank you Miss Beverly for hosting this event.

You can visit others by dropping by How Sweet the Sound.

Learn more about the event, click on the “Pink Saturday” logo

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Thinking of Starting A Blog?

August 4, 2010

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Do you still remember the very first time you thought of setting up your very own blog? What it felt like . . . did you have plans for it or were you the type who just jump right into it? (like me!) :-)
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Once, I was a hermit in the blogging world (LOL) and I was contented writing things for myself. Now, not only do I write for myself (it has been proven therapeutic :-)) but I find myself enjoying sharing what I write and discovering that there are people out there who have gone through the same as me or have same likes or beliefs. Hey, even contrasting ideas I enjoy reading too. After all, not everybody is the same :-)
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I am happy and blessed to have met all of you. That aside from the real life that we go through each day, we can find a place of retreat . . . haven where people here bring a bit of sunshine in our lives (it seems that people outside of this world somehow finds it hard to understand).
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You are not just a post or a monitor. One way or another, you too help make a difference (no matter how small or big) to someone’s life right through your words or pictures.
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I’m glad to have discovered and be a part of this community in cyberspace. What about you?
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Jodie of Everything Vintage wrote a post for those who were thinking of starting their blog (click on the image above to be redirected to that particular post). Yes, there is a whole post dedicated for newbies.
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Also, read the comments. Some bloggers who have been writing for a while have also shared their experiences so maybe you’d like to read through them too.
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Oh there’s also this post where she made a story out of all the blog’s name of bloggers who happen to visit that day. It’s a  fun and clever (how she was able to include everybody’s blogs) story! :-)

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(I just noticed that WordPress installed a new feature for every post. It’s a “like” button. You can find it at the bottom of every post (the one with a star) . Ooh me likes! :-) Will you try it? I’m curious. (oh but only if you enjoyed reading.  No pressure) :-)

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