Friday, October 29, 2010

Flowering Sunflower

From this

to this
To flowering sunflower
After 55 days of waiting, one of my sunflowers finally bear a flower. Although it is not as big as I expected, I am still fascinated with its dark-yellow color.

Other topics of interest:
Birthstones: Gemstones and Their Corresponding Meanings
Cheap Fares to Bangkok from Manila
The Flowers of Passion Fruit
Marigold and I Were Not Meant to Be: Not Sure How to Grow Marigold
Growing Sunflower: Day 1 to Day 7

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Birthstones: Gemstones and Their Corresponding Meanings

January is for Garnet. Gemstone Garnet protects the wearer from nightmares and guides him or her through the dark.

February is for Amethyst. Amethyst is said to improve the skin, to ward against baldness, and to protect the wearer from deceit. This gemstone is also associated with sobriety and tranquility.

Aquamarine in March. Making new friends is one of the roles of this gemstone. It is also linked to affection, love, hope and health.

Diamond is for April. Considered as one of the most popular gems, diamond is associated with love, strength and eternity.

May is Emerald. Emerald means health. It is also linked to the wearer’s magical reputation as he or she can foresee future events.  

Pearl in June. Regarded as an angelic birthstone, pearl is associated with chastity and modesty.

The Ruby in July means protection and harmony.

The Peridot of August was used to improve the healing abilities of drugs. It was also thought to protect the wearer from evil and night terrors.

Wearing sapphire of September implies faithfulness and honesty.

The Opal of October signifies purity, hope and innocence.

Once linked to strength by the ancient Greeks, the Yellow Topaz of November makes the wearer invisible while in dangerous situation.

Happiness, fortune and luck. No wonder Blue Topaz of December is a popular gem.

... this is to help me find the right gemstone for each of my gift recipients this Christmas.


Other topics of interest:
Funny (Confusing) Sign at Shanghai
Gibo for President: Why Not?
Marc Nelson: The Most Beautiful Man in the Philippines
Legend of the Seeker: Who Would You Like to Date, a Mord-Sith or a Mother Confessor?
Skinny Jeans for Men

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cheap Fares to Bangkok from Manila

For almost PHP 2,000, I can travel to Bangkok through Cebu Pacific’s Go Lite Fare. The said amount is a one-way fare. Plus, it is exclusive of government taxes and fees. And I need to take a trip  without a check-in luggage. That’s why it is called Lite Fare. However, should I decide to check-in with baggage, I will only add PHP 100 to the said cheap fare from Manila to Bangkok.

According to my friend who had been to Bangkok using cheap fare program of Cebu Pacific, I need to allocate at least PHP 10,000 (in addition to said fare) so I can enjoy my trip to the capital city of Thailand. Not bad for my upcoming birthday.

Other topics of interest:
The Flowers of Passion Fruit
Base and Pantry Cabinets
Sweet Ducto Lanzones
Rat Poison a.k.a. Cat Murderer
Discount Perfumes: After Kadayawan Festival

The Flowers of Passion Fruit

Flowers of Passion Fruit
We did not plant this passion fruit. It just grew beside our palm tree. As its flowers are showing up, we are still waiting for it to bear fruits.

The juice of Passion fruit can be used as a remedy for insomnia (research is still needed, though). Nonetheless, it does not hurt you to try such. I remember drinking it in the morning and a few minutes after, I was already crawling to my bed. As they say, the more you fight sleep, the more intense it becomes. So, I had no choice but to lie down and fell asleep.

Hopefully, it would bear fruit next month. Cross fingers. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Real Concubine of David Beckham is Me one of my dreams last night. I think it was probably the result of watching “Love Story” at Cinema One (Yikes!).

In that dream, David Beckham was willing to leave his wife (I know that his real-life sweetheart is Victoria but her name wasn’t mentioned in my dream) just for me.

But just like any of my other dreams, the most interesting part (when we were about to kiss) was ceased when my alarm rang. Damn!

Other topics of interest:

Base and Pantry Cabinets
Marigold and I were not Meant to Be: Not Sure How to Grow Marigold
Sweet Duco (Native) Lanzones
Juicy Lechon for Borgy
Growing Sunflower: Day 1 to Day 7

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cartier Gold with Diamond Watch

If only I had $17,995 (PHP 791,780), I might be able to purchase this 18 k rose gold and diamond watch of Cartier. It is a Ballerine collection of such brand.

Features of Cartier Ballerine with 18k rose gold and diamond:

Two Roman Numerals Silver Sunray Dial
Battery operated from Quartz movement
Scrath resistant
100 ft water resistant

Although said I can save $5,755 or 24% off by purchasing this gold watch from them, I still need to rob a bank just to help me raise $18,000 or almost PHP 1 million pesos. Ouch!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Swatch Watch: The Disadvantage of Owning a Swatch

Being a time conscious person, I cannot go out without wearing a watch. One of my tickers is a Swatch with expandable strap. I like its simple design. The only problem I have today, associated with this brand, is that it cannot be cleaned because of its lack of “screws.”
Although the battery is still new, my Swatch fails to give me correct time, sometimes. Cleaning it was a suggestion of the watch repair guy. But because there are no screws, he cannot open it to clean the internal part of the watch.

Thankfully, Swatch has a lot of designs to choose from should I decide to replace the old one.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Base and Pantry Cabinets

Original Design of my base and pantry cabinets

From cramped storage of food and other things to base and pantry cabinets. I made the design as simple as possible to avoid exorbitant charge from the furniture guy. The base cabinet can be used as a counter top with granite but I was short on budget so we just purchased table cover to protect the top solid wood varnished.

I wanted to have a kitchen like this but our cookhouse has a limited space that it cannot accomodate these cabinets.

Other topics of interest:

Pendant Lighting for Our Kitchen
Sweet Duco (Native) Lanzones
Mary Jane Shoes
Marc Jacobs for Kids
Sanuk Sandals: Need a Pair

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Pendant Lighting for Our Kitchen

After my projects, base and pantry cabinets, were accomplished, I desire to purchase an energy efficient pendant lighting that would hang over our dining table. This elegant light that can add a little elegance to our home will also be used to offer more light while I am perfecting my Chocolate Mousse.

As experts say, pendant lighting can be for productivity use or decorative purposes. My reason for purchasing such lighting is for both illuminating our kitchen in order to make cooking easier for me and decorating our cookhouse to enhance its dull appearance.

And I am planning to purchase this versatile pendant lighting.
 But because of its price ($1467.63), I do not think I am able to obtain it. Still, it will be my next project.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Marigold and I were Not Meant to Be: Not Sure How to Grow Marigold

Marigold, I failed you.

Your vibrant colors are the reasons I wanted you to be in my mini-garden.

I wanted you to grow and blossom like this.

I even imagined putting up a flower shop and you would be the main character. In fact, I researched everything about you, Marigold. According to one of the articles I gathered, you would grow even on poor soils.

So, I picked you up at the Agro Trade Fair during the Kadayawan Festival last August. The bayaw's green thumb was used to transfer you from the small pot to more spacious ground I meticulously cleaned and saved just for you.

Every time I woke up in the morning, it was always your flowers I wanted to see. I followed the advice from the expert growers of Mari on How to Grow Marigold Flowers. One of the expert's said:

"Once your Marigolds are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week." –

I did give you a drink every 5 in the afternoon, if the weather was extremely hot. I showered you with enough water just to quench your thirst. You were flowering great.

Suddenly, I noticed some signs of your disinterest to live. Some of your leaves and flowers were withering. Tito Ley said it was normal. But I was not convinced. I made a research about it. Experts conceded that flowers and leaves of marigold do wither and it is normal. I was relieved.

One morning, while I was preparing myself for our morning chat, I realized that your leaves were turning brown and your flowers were showing signs of death. I freaked out. But I told myself it was normal. I tried to resuscitate you by giving you shade that would shield you from the sun's extreme heat. I cultivated the soil around you so you could drink the water efficiently.

But my effort did not yield positive result.

You chose to die.

Perhaps, we were never meant to be.

Other topics of interest:
Mary Jane Shoes
Buy One Take One Pizza at Picobello
Marc Jacobs for Kids
Sanuk Sandals: Need a Pair
Sweed Duco (Native) Lanzones

Friday, October 01, 2010

Sweet Duco (Native) Lanzones

This sweet Duco Lanzones just grew at the back of my parents' backyard. Its fruits are sweet and juicy. The army of black ants enveloping some of its fruits is evidence that this Lanzones is indeed sweet. 

Tata picking some of the edible fruits of Lanzones
You are welcome to try them, if you can.

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