Sparkling, Pretty, Scented, Kind Of Day

We went to the mall to get computer-to-TV stuff. Hah! We gonna turn that big screen into a computer monitor. But we ended up not buying it and went for a stroll at the perfumery section.

Then hubby said, "Pick your perfume". Oh, for a quick moment, I was thinking of getting that pink one, by Givenchy. Hmm. It was kinda overpowering. I liked it last week when I tried the tester bottle. More like of an evening wear. Now, it's not my type anymore.

I did want to smell sparkling, sweet and light. Not five minutes had passed, I decided to stick to that scent I was used to wearing.

I went for the big bottle of my much loved Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Eau Parfumee. Alright, it's the classic one, a crisp, clean scent that smells tangy sweet but not so tea-ish. And certainly not heavy. So spritzing it on me won't give a spinning headache.

Not the typical sweet fragrance that you find. Its combination of notes give me a calm, uplifted and carefree feeling. Perfect for the tropical weather in this part of the world.

Key Notes:

Top Notes:
Caraway, Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest and Bergamot

Middle Notes:
Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine,
Spicy Carnation, Fresh Fennel
and Crisp Celery Spice

Base Notes:
Oakmoss, Musk and Amber

Thank you, baby. That was kinda sweet to the heart. Here's to being thoughtful and loving.

Stay happy, my friends.


An August Evening

Friday. There was some festivity going around the city. For my friends, we came for a gathering because we hadn't done it for such a long time. Yeah, over food, and over the birthday girl, G.

Snapshots of the merry group we are:

Fully glad. We have eaten, chatted, laughed, and caught up with each other's stories. A jumble of stories.

Aye, before they scurry to the elevator, they were in front of the camera. We didn't fit together because there were too many. Some took the stairs. Quite a good exercise after downing our victuals from this Italian restaurant.

The girls. In their happy faces.

The birthday girl in hot Pink dress. I love that scarf on her. Classy.

The guys, you see them not so often. Busy boys.

We came to celebrate her coming of age. At 26, she looks great. Here she is, so busy answering calls from other group buddies. Yeah, they were the late comers.

A pasta plate of three different noodles, with 3 different sauces.

I was with G in the bazaars at Torres that August evening ~ to buy her birthday dress, white with vibrant pink roses print. She wore it the next morning. Lovely.

We went home through the drizzle. It was a great night with friends. I was glad.

Here's to friendship and good times!

Make it a great week, lovies.


The Dragonfly: Hello Old Gossamer Wing!

Some facts, and a few myths about this beautiful insect:

♫ A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second. (fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to beat them as much to fly.)

♫ There were huge dinosaur dragonflies that lived 300 million years ago. (fact – the largest fossil found had a 2 ½ foot wingspan, and currently there are dragonflies in Costa Rica that measure 7 ½ inches across the wings.)

♫ Dragonflies have huge stingers and some people are allergic to their stings and can die. (myth – the thing that looks like a stinger on a dragonfly is actually called a clasper and the male dragonfly uses it to hold onto the female when they are mating.)

♫ There are about 5,000 different species of dragonflies all over the world except in Antarctica. 450 of the species can be found in the United States and about 80 species in British Columbia. (fact, most of the 5,000 species are found in remote, tropical areas.)

♫ A dragonfly is a very strong and good flyer, and can fly at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour. (fact, but not all dragonflies are that fast – one was clocked at this speed in Australia)

♫ From the time a dragonfly egg hatches, it can live anywhere from six months to six years, but only about two months as an actual dragonfly. (fact, most of the time spent is as a nymph in the water before the dragonfly’s metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly.)

♫ In the old days, dragonflies would seek out bad kids and sew their mouths together with their claspers while they slept. Dragonflies were known as the devil’s darning needles. (myth – dragonflies don’t have pockets to carry the thread to the beds of sleeping wicked children.)
Dragonflies are known as snake doctors because they can bring dead snakes back to life. (myth)

♫ A dragonfly’s eyes have about 30,000 lenses and a dragonfly can see all the way around it, but they don’t see details very well. (fact, a human eye only has one lens and sees better than a dragonfly, but only to the front and side of them.)

♫ A dragonfly’s scientific name is Odonta, which comes from the words “tooth-jawed” because the entomologist (insect scientist), Johann Christian Fabricius, who named them studied the dragonflies’ mouths in order to distinguish the different species. Now their wings are studied as well to classify dragonflies. (fact – other names for dragonflies around the world are water dipper in England, old glassy in China, and the ancient Celts called dragonflies big needle of wings.)


Saturday Scene

In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.

So I earned my leisure. Had the chance to get sometime off after a week of hard work. Went to eat at a good restaurant in one of the big malls here. And I visited a bookstore with Ed.

Here are tokens of that weekend break.

Look at this! My favorite food at Cafe Mediterranean. If you love Mediterranean cooking, try this classy place. You'll be met with a cozy setting and a good crowd (no smoking, no loud banters, courteous staff).

The evidence of a yummy lunch.

New haul! Got a new book and obviously is the current read in the house. Ken Follet's Fall of Giants. Ed and me take turns reading it.

Ed. Where I am, there he is, too. Lol.

"A happy marriage has in it
all the pleasures of friendships,
all the enjoyment of sense and reason -
and indeed all the sweets of life."

Addison might have had a good marriage for definitely saying that.

Have a great week, beautiful people...



what's delicious?

Snaps of Frozen Graham Cake


Graham crackers
All purpose cream
Condensed Milk
Fresh sweet mango

Cost: less than 100.00Php.

For something yummy and easy to prepare, this one is truly an everyday treat from the freezer. :)) Yep, help yourself.

Live well, lovelies!


Mex in Bloom

Hey. Yeah. My camera is at work again.

This is it. The day that my Mexican Sunflower opened the first bloom. And surely the presence of these snapshots would tell enough of the wonder that I felt. Boredom is a stranger for me because I can look at these! Alright.

My eyes are open. To this living poetry in my simple garden.



Serenity. Nothing is a waste of time.

I have not ceased being fearful,
but I have ceased to let fear control me.
I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown;
and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says:
turn back, turn back, you'll die if you venture too far. ~ Erica Jong

Live free. Move forward.


ode to my Love

it's starry shimmery dark
we gaze at that beaming crescent
it was new moon the other night
I cherish, though
half asleep. half awake.
our familiar magic
it's still in the air.
i remember
and will always do
under starlight.
beneath moonshine.