Thursday, February 12, 2015

Redecorating

We're at it again. It usually starts with just one piece of item like a bedding or a pillow case then it becomes a total make-over of the whole bedroom. It's not me surprisingly, but the other half. I'm the one that tries to put the brakes but when he makes up his mind then there's little I can do about it.

It started with the old, okay, worn out, quilt on our bed. I was the one that suggested we should probably look for a replacement already. So off we went shopping in all the nearby stores. We couldn't find the one we both like which should of course match the rest of the bedroom but we still went for it. At first we picked a quilt only. We brought it home but we didn't quite like how it goes with the rest of the room. Right there and then we, I meant he, suggested [read: decided] that we should probably think about changing the whole bedding and not just the quilt. I reluctantly agreed. It's not a big of a deal anyway. We went back to the store to return the quilt and started looking for a bedding set. We couldn't find any to our liking in any of the stores so we decided to look at home and patio décor center online. After a lot of back and forth searches, we MAY have found the one. We may have found it but still haven't ordered anything yet. Any guesses why? Well, because now someone wants to look at some bathroom stuff for the master bathroom. This is because the old bathroom décor was kind of matching with the bedroom décor because we bought them all at the same time a few years ago. This time it's up to me to decide whether I would want to do that or not. So here I am scratching my head wondering: What did I get myself into? Decisions, decisions....

Monday, February 9, 2015

Getting Back into the Groove

I've been meaning to blog for a couple of weeks now but I just didn't know how to start. Actually, I still don't know what to write. But I have to start somewhere or this site will stay dormant.

So what have I been up to lately? Not much actually. We've been planning and planning and planning 'something' but that's all there is to it. Right now it's all in limbo so to speak. If our original plan pushed through, it would have been done by now...well, maybe not. We'd be in the midst of it actually. But it's fine. It'll happen sooner or later. We just have to keep on pushing until we get it right, eh?

I'm doing well considering what happened with a dear friend. I'm still not used to 'not having' her around. I still 'visit' her account regularly just like when she was still around. The only difference now is I can no longer leave her short messages on her page just to keep in touch. I still have sleepless nights every now and then but it's getting better, I think. When it gets tough I contact a mutual friend so we can get sad together. We kind of made it a pact that we'll get through this together. That's what we've been doing.

One thing that helps me get through a tough day is my daily 'date' with my recumbent bike. Even on those days when I feel like not moving a muscle, I force myself to get up and get on it. Here's a proof of one of those days.....


Yep, that's me in my pj bottoms biking away [in place]. I was too lazy to change into my bike shorts/pants that I just put on my socks and sneakers [and changed my top because it can get hot with a fleece top on] and biked away.

The husby is very busy at work. Well, busy enough that he doesn't get stressed out. He's been in business for almost 10 years and it can get really stressful. That can go both ways...when they have a lot of work and the lack thereof. I guess that's a given when you run a small business. But he still likes what he's doing so it's all good. At least he hasn't worked on the weekend for months now. He gets to relax and unwind at least 2 days a week. Hopefully it continues this way for a long period of time.

The little one is busy [still] with her school work. She's starting to mature now. Deep in thought sometimes. Should I be worried? I don't think so. She still likes to be babied. She also likes to talk to me and dad for the most part. She has loads of questions. Most of the time I can answer them, some I have to research...haha. All in all, she's been great.

I guess that sums up my 'report'. Hopefully I can continue writing here regularly again. Tata for now....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Moving Forward...

Trying to anyway.....

We're half-way through the first month of this year but it's only now that I found the courage to sit down and write. Well I've been writing, just not publishing. Sadly this year didn't start happy for me. Actually, it's more like a carry-over from the year that was. I didn't quite expect that 2014 would end the way it did but it did. Such is life I guess.

A dear friend departed this world before 2014 closed. It's still very hard for me to actually think, much less talk about it but I'm trying to move forward. It sort of came as a shock to me because I was left in the dark about it. I say 'sort of' because I wasn't told outright that something was wrong but I saw signs that something may be wrong with her as far back as about 2 years ago.

We were very close because we went through a lot together. A lot of life changes be it work related or personal matters. She saw me go through some very painful phases in my life including the deaths of my parents. She was also there when I hit some highs in my life . The only reason I can think of as to why she kept me in the dark with her health woes was because she knew me too well. She knew I probably wouldn't have handled it very well. That I'd panic and be more paranoid. She's right. After her passing I was a basket case for a few days. Sad as I was with what happened, I and another friend were left with the very difficult task of informing our common friends of her demise. The task at hand was made even harder with the fact that at the time of her death, it hasn't even sank in to me that she was ill because it all happened so quickly. I was bombarded with questions of how and why. I could answer the 'how' but definitely not the 'why'. Only HE knows why and all I can do is to accept that she's no longer just a phone, a chat, a PM away.

My husband saw first hand how affected I was, am, with what happened that he started to worry whenever I have to talk to another friend about it. He's been worried that I may not be able to handle another conversation about it because he saw how I was the first few days after I learned how sick she was. It got easier as the days passed but it's still very painful. When I last spoke with her via Skype, days before she died, she kept telling me that 'time heals all wounds' and that things will be better. I'm holding her to that promise right now. So far, she's not delivering.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Until We Meet Again...

Still Speechless in 2015....

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Discover Today’s Hottest Vacation Trends

Today’s hottest vacation trends range from family oriented getaways to wildly exotic adventures. What’s more, some of the trendiest destinations are not typically thought of as desirable vacation spots. If you are looking for a different kind of vacation, think about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new.
Did You Say Vietnam?
Americans are suddenly interested in the exotic. Flights to Tanzania increased 50 percent in 2013, surprising travel experts. The surge is likely due in part to reduced airline fares, but Tanzania is not a destination typically at the top of a vacationer’s wish list. It’s not the only unusual choice for tourists, either. Ecuador, Vietnam, Malaysia and Turkey are all seeing spikes in the numbers of vacationing American tourists. Chris Cuddy, CCO of CheapOair.com, believes the increased interest is partly due to the fact that Americans get so little vacation time compared to much of the world. When Americans plan their vacations, they choose places that feel like real getaways. Countries like Tanzania, with its unique combination of ancient culture and sweeping landscapes are particularly attractive.
What’s So Special About Tanzania?
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and one of the poorest in the world. It hardly sounds like an attractive tourist destination, but it is one of the most visited countries in Africa. In fact, the tourist industry is responsible for an improved economic outlook. There is no question that the reason people go to Tanzania is because of its alluring landscape and abundant African wildlife. The Serengeti National Park is famous for its lion, leopard, African buffalo, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests and gazelle populations. The once abundant African elephant still lives in small herds in the northern parts of the park. The annual migration of over 1.5 million brindled wildebeest and approximately 250,000 zebras brings thousands of tourists to the park each year. The park landscape includes savanna, grassland plains, woods and rivers. For Americans, a trip to Tanzania is a trip to another world and that’s exactly what they are looking for.
A Vietnam Vacation
The scene of a long, tragic war and now a single party Communist state, Vietnam, too, seems like an unlikely vacation destination. It is, however, one of TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award winners and its capital, Hanoi, made its Top 25 Destinations list. Popular tourist destinations in Vietnam include Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Sapa, Nha Trang and Hue. Visitors to Hanoi’s 54 Traditions are treated to an exhibition of cultural artifacts and collections including local art, clothing and shaman tools. The Old Quarter is 40 streets of history. Historic neighborhoods, architecture and shops selling goods of all kinds provide a glimpse of the past. A 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award attraction winner, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum features the contributions of women to the country’s culture and history. Highlights include exhibits defining women’s roles in the family, military conflicts, commerce and how the role of women changed throughout history.
Everybody’s Welcome
Another hot vacation trend that can be as laid back or exotic as you want is the multigenerational vacation. Family vacations don’t mean just Dad and Mom and the children anymore. A multigenerational vacation includes Grandma, Grandpa, aunts and uncles as well. Families often live far apart and increasing numbers choose to spend the family vacation time together. Planning a multigenerational vacation means taking into account the fact that older relatives may have less physical stamina than children and children have relatively short attention spans. It can be a bit of a balancing act, but spending a vacation together is a great way to strengthen the family bond.
Here are some great multigenerational vacation ideas to keep everyone happy:
  • Take a cruise: Cruises are great choices for taking a family group that includes people of all ages. There’s something for everyone. Children can participate in programs, activities and games; adults can play bridge, sit by the pool and see shows. Some cruise lines have nurseries, so parents can have some alone time, if desired.
  • Go on a city safari: Some cities, like Washington, are tailor made for a multigenerational vacation. Choose lodging within walking distance of the best attractions. Elders can choose which attractions they want to tackle and head back to the hotel if they need to. The White House, Capitol, Smithsonian and historical monuments are all free. If you go during the holiday season, you can see the National Christmas Tree, attend special programs and enjoy the celebration.

Visit a themed resort: Specifically geared to satisfy the interests of every age group, resort themes vary from Wild West dude ranches in the American Southwest to European discovery tours. Most offer a wide range of options to fit the family’s interests and budget.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What Happened?


I've been MIA for several days. I want to write a lot of things here but I just don't have the mojo to do it. I tried a couple of times but I end up putting it in the draft folder then deleting it altogether.

Anyway, I've been busy going around both online and offline stores to look for things I need to put in the box I'm sending to the Philippines. The last delivery came in late last week and we spent last weekend going around the mall as well as other stores. It was night time already when we got back home but we were able to pick up some stuff so I was happy, tired but happy. I was finally able to tape it close earlier this week and it's now waiting in the garage ready to be picked up by the cargo company later this week. According to him it will reach its destination either last week of January or first week of February. A little late for Christmas but oh well....

With the box all packed, my Christmas shopping is almost done. The list for Santa has been fulfilled except for one item. It's actually a pretty short list so it didn't take a lot of time to get it done. We're actually racking our brains now as to what else to add to it. Our little one is obviously over that stage when all she could ask for were toys and more toys which made her list before almost impossible to fulfill. I remember one year when she requested for a 'rotary phone'. They're virtually non-existent unless you want to pay by the thousands to get a real [vintage] one. We got her one but it's not really a rotary phone, only one that resembles one. It was good enough for her. She was just 7 at that time.

As for me and my other half, we don't get presents for each other anymore. Sometimes we surprise each other with something but they're usually for fun only. This year we may not even do that since we're planning in doing something early next year. Last year we went out of state for Christmas. This year we're staying put. The main reason we went out of town then was to see snow...and family of course. We did that already so we'll be home for Christmas this time around.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good 'Ole Guitar

My sister in law used to be a lead singer in a band. That was more than 30 years ago. They had a lot of singing gigs both locally and abroad. Aside from singing, she also played the guitar so one of her first purchase when they got their first gig to sing abroad was a Yamaha guitar which she used until she quit her band to start a family. That Yamaha guitar though didn't retire because I remember using it a lot and toting it with me everwhere I went when I was still in college as well as I when I started teaching. She let me use it for as long as I wanted to but when I had to teach overseas, I decided to return it to her because I didn't want to lose it or damage it in my travels. I now have my own guitar so I don't have to borrow. But even if I have a guitar of my own, I still think about that first guitar I had. I wonder where it is now. I probably should ask next time I talk to my sister in law.

December...already?

I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering as to where time went, right? It seems to be the case, at least to me, every year. Why is that? I guess we're too busy with life that it still catches me off guard when I realize that another year is about to close.

Anyhooo...I've been MIA for about a week now. I've been around. I even drafted a post a few days ago but for some reason, I don't feel like I should post it. It's one of those posts where I just sort of babbled away so into the trash bin it goes.

I've been sort of busy lately. I'm trying to find stuff for loved ones for the season of giving. I've been on it for the last several months actually and I'm not done yet. I was supposed to send the box 2 months ago to make sure it will make it by Christmas but it's quite hard because I don't want to just get something and them not liking it so I did what I said I wouldn't do. Ask them what they want. I did that a couple of years ago and things got out of control [read: budget!]. This time around I specifically said that I can only get what can fit in the box and there's a limit to my 'resources'...LOL. Fortunately they listened...haha. I still got a few surprises for them but most of what I got are 'special requests' so to speak. I'm still waiting for some stuff to be delivered. Hopefully, the box will be out the door by next week. Goodluck to me....

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tablecloth Hunt

It's been a while since I looked for a tablecloth for our 'formal' dining table, aka, little one's work table. Yep, it serves as her working station during the day and our table for special occasions only. Ha! When we first got it I went gaga in looking for a tablecloth for it. All I got were runners. This time around I want to look for a real tablecloth for it. I haven't had much luck though but if I am looking for 90 round crinkle taffetta tablecloths then my search would have been over by now because I found a few of those already that I like. Not the ones I'm looking for though. We have a round table in the breakfast nook but I'm not sure if I want to put a tablecloth on it...yet. Maybe in the future? I guess I have to continue my search for the elusive tablecloth before the holiday season gets here...or is it here already? Ugh!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thankful for Another Year

And now I'm a couple of years away from being a 'golden girl' as the little one likes to call it. Yep, I just celebrated a birthday. The day started with our little one coming in our bedroom at around 8 in the morning to hand me her handmade birthday card coupled with her birthday kisses. Her cards are becoming simpler as the years go by but still priceless to us. Much as I hate to admit it, I know that there will come a day when she won't be making those cards for us anymore.

In the past, we didn't really go out of our way to find a place to eat on any of our birthdays, unless the little one requested it. This time we actually did just that. We drove for more than an hour to get to a seafood restaurant which was recommended by one of hubby's clients. We've been looking for a seafood restaurant around here [well, apart from restaurant chains like Red Lobster] and we just can't find one. This one is still NOT in our area since it's in another county. But we took the drive and we actually enjoyed it because the restaurant is located at the end of a ten-mile zigzag road surrounded by water. It's a very laid-back down to earth place where diners come in their most comfortable clothes. On this particular day everyone was wearing something to keep warm because the temperature was in the low 60s I think. To me it's freezing actually...but that's just me being a wimp. LOL.

After attacking a dozen [each for hubby and me, the little one had clams fettuccine] of garlic crabs, we braved the very cold breeze outside and attempted to take a couple of pictures on the deck. Btw, hubs wanted to eat by the deck but I said no. It would have been perfect if the temperature was in the 80s.

We were able to snap a couple of pics and here's one of them. I was literally shaking when this picture was taken...it hurt even just to smile.