You are

My Love,

 

You are my calm amidst the storm;

You the sweetest dream that ever came true.

You are my happiness in any form,

Every day’s a valentine when I’m with you.

 

Come high and low you are by my side,

Miles apart but not a problem on sight.

You are the comfort in my darkest days,

And you are my joy in every way.

 

– Love, Simplymesmc

Love and Time – ( Writer : Unknown)

I will never get tired reblogging this post. My favorite love story of all time. ! Happy Valentines Day, Y’all!

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February it is!! It’s love month and to kick-start the Love month, I am sharing one of my favorite love stories. This was written by an unknown writer and I got it from http://www.christianstories.co/2011/11/love-and-time.html

Here you go….

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

 Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.

 When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

 Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?” Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here…

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Happy 2019!

Hello guys,  I am just dropping by to wish everyone a wonderful 2019! I will start uploading new entries in the coming days. For now, let me send virtual hugs to all of you.

Here’s wishing that this year will bring us all good health, happy and bountiful life. May blessings keep pouring in so we could be of blessings to others.

Meanwhile, let me share with you our Christmas and New Year’s spread. I am from the Philippines and FOOD the star of Holidays here, ( well, of course, the main reason of the season is the One Above). 

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Christmas

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new year
New Year

Enjoy!

Of Walls and History

Sharing the beauty of Manila

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I have been to a lot of places. Yes, I have travelled Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and even a certain foreign country. I consider myself well-travelled ( as compared to other people my age, I supposed ) , but it was only lately that a reality hit me:  I was a  Stranger on my own land – this is how I was whenever I was asked about Intramuros; Fort Santiago and other land marks in the old City of Manila . What a shame, I know. I don’t even know anything about these historic places right at the center of  Metro Manila.

I know I’ve been here a long time ago, but hey, as a kid, what will I remember about war and history? All I could probably recall was the dirty Ice Cream I asked my mom to buy and the Calesa ride, of course.

Well, I was not…

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Exploring Sagada

The municipality of Sagada is a 5th class municipality in the Mountain Province, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 11,127 people. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagada) . It’s known for a beautiful sunrise view, Jeepney top-loading ride, caves and a breezy weather, above all, it is known for being a neighboring municipality of Banaue, which is part of Ifugao province.

And what’s with Banaue? Well, it is home for  UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces, and Bangaan Rice Terraces.

I know a lot of people would think that Sagada and Banaue are of the same area, but nope, they were part of two different provinces. That will require another blog post about geography.

Allow this post to focus more on the beauty of Sagada and its neighboring places.  A 9 – hour night trip from Manila was worth it! Again, Sagada was worth that long and tiring drive! We knew this trip will tire us out, so we opted for an arranged itinerary. We were a group of 8, the van was roomy enough as it has a 12-seating capacity. We paid 3500.00Php each. This already includes the following:

  • Two nights, 3 days accommodation
  • Van with gas from Manila – Sagada, and tour
  • Driver
  • Tourist guide
  • Because we opted to skip some of the destinations that we deemed too risky, our tour guide/ driver was gracious enough to treat us to breakfast instead. ( Feel free to drop me a message if you want a recommendation, I promise, our guide is good, he even takes great photos.)

As Sagada is in a mountain province, you MUST bring jackets. If you feel that your covers are not enough “ukay-ukay” will get you covered. I scored two jackets of good quality for only 50.00php each. The tour guide could bring you to a flea market for good buys.

Enough of my words, let the photos do the rest of describing. Have Fun!

We went orange picking
We went orange picking

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Hanging Coffin
Hanging Coffin

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Top Loading is a thing here
Top Loading is a thing here
Inside Sumaging cave
Inside Sumaging cave

My Thoughts About “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” Movie

First, I have to say, I am not the one who would normally watch a movie that has a very simple and predictable plot. I am very practical when it comes to where and what I spend my money and time on. I am glad Netflix is very handy now. I can watch wherever and whenever I want. Words about this movie was very tempting, hence, I gave in. 😊

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same title. The movie was distributed by Netflix.

The Story revolved around a teenage girl, Lara Jean, who wrote a love letter to whoever she had a crush on at that time, but she didn’t have any intentions of sending them. Among the guys were her best friend Josh  who ended up to be her sister’s boyfriend. There was also Peter Kavinsky who was the boyfriend of her former best friend whom she parted ways with because Gen was an insecure spoiled brat.

Lara Jean’s life started to get complicated when her youngest sister sent out all the letters that she was keeping for so long!

Lara’s world was confronted with the most complicated situation a teenage girl could ever experience. Peter took this opportunity to ask Lara Jean to pose as his pretend girlfriend because he just broken up with Gen.

As you all suspected, the pretend Love story became real. … And they live happily in Love!

A normal predictable love story, right?

But what was my take on the story and the characters?

Well, the plot was nothing unusual. As I have mentioned, the story was very predictable.

It’s a normal teenager world – where crushes, young love and first loves are the most important things in the world.

But… as a 30 year old girl, I must admit I felt 15 years younger while watching Lara Jean’s and Peter’s love story unfold.

Peter, played by Noah Centineo is every teenage girl’s dream boy. Physically, he was tall, and ruggedly handsome. His role in the movie was sweet, loving and your typical boy next door. Who wouldn’t fall for that, right?

Lana Condor who played Lara Jean was  good too. She was the “school-home-family”  type of girl, and all these relationship thing was new to her. A certified virgin.

The tandem was cute on screen. Lana has Vietnamese blood. A very Beautiful Asian girl and her beautiful Asian skin and Asian eyes complemented with Noah’s American look! Noah was HANDSOME! Never not smiling while watching him.

May favorite Scenes?

  • Noah stood for Lara Jean and fought for his love
  • I like how Lara Jean’s dad pushed her to have fun and enjoy high school life – that includes PUSHING her to go to parties and giving her condom. (not sure if he is a cool dad with condom thing or not, you decide).
  • At Peter’s house, after dinner
  • Hot tub scene
  • Pocket Spin
  • Sisters relationship

For the benefit of those who have not watched and are planning to watch, I won’t elaborate on the scenes.

From an almost-old-maid who doesn’t normally watch love story, let alone teen love story, I’m telling you, this is worth your time. You will find yourself smiling the whole time, and even after watching the movie. Feel Good at its finest!

 

Flavory, Savory, Flowery Flabbery!

Have you ever been at a point wherein you wanted to send your friends, or family or your significant others a surprise treat but you were halfway across the globe?

That situation sucks, I know.

Well, worry no more! If you are somewhere in the world and you want to send a friend in India birthday treats, be it a flower, a cake or chocolates, Flabbery is the answer!

What is Flaberry?

It is an online site where you can place your orders of cakes, flowers, chocolates of even decorative plants at a very reasonable cost.

What’s the payment scheme? You can wire transfer, you can pay through CC or Debit card. If you are out of the country, Paypal is the safest and the most convenient option for you.

You may visit https://www.flaberry.com/  for their wide variety of goods! I promise you the service is good and they have wide coverage of delivery. India is a big country, but Flaberry will deliver right at your doorstep.

I have a firsthand experience with Flaberry customer service and I definitely got the smoothest transaction ever.

Their products look tempting! I will surely try each one of them. I am now trying to write down names and occassions for my target Indian friends to get surprises from Flaberry.

This I screened shot from Flaberry's website
These photos  I screen grabbed from Flaberry’s website

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