Cheese Sticks and A Saturday

I made cheese sticks today. Hubby and I agreed to stay at home this Saturday. It's a bit humid, but with the highland breeze and solo piano music tuned from an FM station, the moment is certainly sweet.

But it makes me miss my sister a lot, who has been making a lot of lumpia thingy for me. I did enjoy wrapping the cheese though and cooking them one by one until browned.

Look here. Sharing pics of this little kitchen feat.

Here's to enjoying the simple things,

Message From A Tiny Feather

A wee feather flew inside the house this morning. It's a special, delicate thing coming to my attention.

It brings a message of living lightly. I must travel light, dismiss the people, things and characteristics that make life heavy.

It brings a message of safety. This feather is a symbol that I am insulated. From the cold and harshness of life that once affected me. I learn to focus on warm things: love, friendship, goodwill, trust, honesty, integrity, loyalty, courage.

It brings a message of freedom. I can soar and achieve my dreams.

It brings a message of wise use of time. I am taking my chance while I can. This feather fell off and is on its own, and will wear out naturally in the course of time.

Here's to living a powerful life,


Backpacking to the island beach

Snapshots of my weekend getaway to an island beach. Cool, sparkling waters, great food, and a beautiful encounter with nature once again.

Here's to claiming your share of the serene life,


A Thinking Person

A thinking person is guided by the facts,
no matter how unpalatable they may be.
One who is ruled by emotions often stumbles
before reaching the goal.

A thinking person realizes that the right way
and the expedient way are not always the same.
One who seeks short cuts does so at the expense of time,
trouble and conscience.

A thinking person learns from the mistakes of others,
without rejoicing in their failures.
One who finds fault but does not learn is likely
to repeat others' errors.

A thinking person considers the personalities
and feelings of others in searching for solutions.
One who is insensitive can be correct in theory
but inept in practice.

A thinking person knows when to speak
and when to keep silent;
when to act and when to wait.
One who is rash or impetuous plunges ahead
without any sense of timing.

A thinking person is humble enough
to acknowledge wisdom in others.
One who is merely clever feels he has nothing to learn
from others.

A thinking person is careful in the use of words.
One who is careless relies on slogans, labels
or half-formed opinions.

A thinking person admits that reality is greater
than the sum total of his own experiences.
The unthinking makes "self"
the measure of the universe.

~author unknown


from the ancients...

Do not say all you know,
for he who says all he knows
often says more than he knows.

Do not tell all you hear,
for he who tells all he hears
often tells more than he hears.

Do not spend all you have,
for he who spends all he has
often spends more than he has.

Do not covet all you see,
for he who covets all he sees
often wants more than he sees.

-words inscribed in an ancient Persian wall


Days That Shape Our Lives

There are days
you run in spirals,
some days on square one.
get courage to reach
full circle.
catch light
step aside,
don't be afraid
to cross too far,
see your own star.
it's there.

Our lives are shaped by the choices we make.

So take a chance; you deserve it lovelies,