Photohunt: Citrus

This Saturday’s Photohunt, you will see different takes for the theme here.

Below are three different photos of the citrus fruits with the other fruits, from different years celebrating and welcoming each new year.

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Year 2013
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Year 2010
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Year 2008

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I need a body massage (maybe)

Massage in Frankfurt, Germany
Massage in Frankfurt, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not one of those head and neck pillows could ease the nagging pain in my back, left portion.  Sometimes there is heaviness felt at the neck area, too.  These pillows are just preventive tools that protect the spine, provide comfortable sleep, support posture and distribute weight evenly, or provide fresh air circulation.  I am thinking that maybe because I am hypertensive that is why I am feeling these things but I have maintenance drugs making me skeptical about the relevance of the pain to hypertension, but I am not disregarding the possibility.

What I desire intently is a body massage, if possible, a full-body massage with concentration on the back and neck portion.  I heard that this can be done in spas.  I also read about Wensha Spa, a buffet and massage spa, located at Timog and Pasay.  We would probably visit the place one day.  It excites me to think about it – receiving a full-body massage and having buffet afterwards.  It is also a nice gift to someone dear.

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Valar Morghulis

Death (Photo credit: tanakawho)

All men must die.  All men must serve (valar dohaeris).  Words from Game of Thrones.

Death always connotes that grim truth of ending life’s beauty.  As interpretation of the lines above by someone, that goes like this – “Saying “all men must die” is not really negative in its original meaning. As death is a gift. To respond with to that with ‘all men must serve’ really means that first all men must live as life is a service and the many faced god (I think the statements started as a faceless man tradition) decides when you die. So when it’s used in conversation, it means that one day we will die and be free but for now we will do our duty. – provides enlightment.

Even with that nice-sounding interpretation, death is scary. It must be a gift for some living dubious lives but with some who are still enjoying, cherishing, capturing, or hugging what life offers, it definitely is an omen.

Life is a coming and going process I have to agree.  Still death is unwelcome even with realizations such as this.


It is a sad year for me. There are many deaths. The Grim Reaper seems to be prowling and had not reached its quota yet.  Most of them for me were still very young to be ‘reaped’.  Take for example the recent death of son Daryl’s friend who is only 20 years old.  She is a girl that seems to be full of aspirations and she will graduate as a nurse.  It must be very, very painful for the parents.  Who wouldn’t be shocked to know?

Many times I tell myself: “I hope when I die, it would be quick and silent and easy.”  It was a quick and silent death for the girl but I am not sure if it was easy to die via SUNDS (Sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome) or bangungot in the Filipino vernacular, if that is what the stated cause is.

Some deaths are unexpected, true, but the pain is not less with an expected death of a loved one. When my father died, it took me more than a year to get over.  It was needed for him to rest after a month of being in a coma but the pain did not go away instantly.  It lingered and it made me cry involuntarily anywhere I was that time.

Thinking about death of a beloved one scares me so.  The fear is so big that it engulfs and numbs.  Daily, prayers for supplication dance in my mouth just to keep them safe from danger and harm.  I am thankful that my daily supplication is heard and granted.

One day, it will be over for me, too.  I wish I would be able to do the things I love most before The Grim Reaper comes.

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The Guitar and the Guitar Picks

DV016_Jpg_Large_110556_web_compThe first time I saw something like classic guitar picks was in college.  It was used by a friend who was very adept in playing the guitar.  The acute isosceles triangle looked like just a piece of triangle material to me and I didn’t know that a guitar pick can be made of nylon, plastic, steel, glass, wood, agate, carbon fiber, and many more.

A guitar pick is gripped usually by a thumb and index.  Other guitarists do it in another manner comfortable to them like using the thumb and middle finger, or using three fingers.

A guitar pick is used to effectively control tone and articulation.  The technique in using it can already be learned online with ‘how to’ instructions.

A Mother’s Ring

You can go here for mothers ring if you want to give a gift to your mother for certain occasions like birthdays, mother’s days, anniversaries, etc.

71302_3I did not know that there are traditional mother’s rings which are supposedly alike in size and shape with a birthstone in the center, made of gold or sterling silver.  Recently though, variations came like side stones in the middle of the center stone, stackable rings that represent each child, and engraves.

I would personally choose a stackable mother’s ring.  The two stacks will be a symbol of love for my children, of course, each with their birthstone on each ring.


Photohunt: Quaggy

I wasn’t able to post for Photohunt last Saturday but I wanted to post a picture which does not look quaggy in any sense but knowing that the place (SM Mall of Asia)  was built in a reclamation area made me feel it was standing on a quaggy place when we visited.

Here are some pics:

at the back of the mall
at the back of the mall


the huge ferris wheel at a distance
the huge ferris wheel at a distance


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It’s wiser to rent

English: Tablecloth ?esky: Ubrus
English: Tablecloth ?esky: Ubrus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days it’s wiser to rent than buy the materials and sew them to make tablecloths.  There is already available rental tablecloths online where you can choose quality table linens, overlays, table skirts, table runners, chair covers, sashes and napkins.  Online stores that sell these items are very useful.  They help save time and effort.

Although there are catering service that provide linens for the chairs and tables, it would be nicer if one has the option to choose the design and right color combinations.  It cannot be done when it would be the caterer that is going to provide.  You’ll end up accepting what they have as available design.

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"Tao Lang Kasi"

The cliche “Tao lang kasi…” uttered each time mistakes are committed should not be an excuse.  It makes me think that by saying these words it reduces our capacity as an individual, as a person.  It makes me think that these words denounce our power to overcome life’s obstacles when we actually have the power to design a life that will save us from heartaches, from pain, from disappointments, and a lot more.

It is easier actually to say these words to justify our misdeeds.  The danger, however, in clinging to this kind of mindset is when we continue doing harmful things because these words are always available as absolution, and a lot of people that relate will just accept such reasoning as acceptable instead of helping the person to get out of the situation and try to change it.

“Tao lang kasi…” should not be an excuse.  The words should be “Isa akong tao at kaya kong iwasan ang tukso, ang masasamang impluwensya at tao, at lahat ng makakasama sa buhay ko. (I am human and I can stay away from temptation, from bad influences and people, and from everything that will harm my life.)”

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