Let's hangout someplace else!

Hello, hello my dearest readers!

I am taking a bow for being so blessed to have your presence, many of you truly catching up with my blog updates for quite a while now.

It has been my dream to create a poetry-photo blog that is purely my literary work. Taking my journey further into the creative realm, I am also inspired to be writing more poetry, a passion that I had been setting aside lately because of too much things to do.

I have promised myself to de-compress a bit and do some frolic.

Moving forward, please hangout with me in my new place in this awesome web:

It was a pleasure to have you here. See ya. I love you, all.

Tara :))

this is life...

single & happy, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness...

Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.”
― Alexandre Dumas

I know you love M & M's

line them up, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

You're like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again....

Here, pick your fav'rit color and pop them in yar mouth!

It's an awesome, happy Friday, miloves!



she's a beauty!

old world rose, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

When people are like each other they tend to like each other. ~ Tony Robbins

wonderful world

wonderful world, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Oscar Wilde


rainy day note

note, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

It was still raining today. This day is a lazy maker.

:)) have a great day as well!


bamboo leaves after a rainy night

Hey, it was raining tonight, but it went still for some time and I took outside, saw freshly drenched leaves of the Sacred Bali bamboo in my yard. I want to share this shot to you my dear readers.

Have a peaceful life, my loves!



affectionate Miumiu

affectionate Miumiu, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

my boy cat :))) This is my 200th post for this blog. Cheers.


a female Pharoah

a female Pharoah, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

my heart glitters

my heart glitters, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost... JRRTolkien

I write my own story. I am the hero.

i write my own story, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. Brian Tracy


you are my favorite

you are my favorite, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

Today and onwards, I stand proud, for the bridges I've climbed, for the battles I've won, and for the examples I've set, but most importantly, for the person I have become. I like who I am now, finally, at peace with me...~ Heather James

my window at dusk

my window at dusk, originally uploaded by colormehappy21.

The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet...


biding time

biding time, originally uploaded by scribe21.

There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying. ~ Sarah Dessen


solo, originally uploaded by scribe21.

immortalize the memory

immortalize the memory, originally uploaded by scribe21.

Curly furry

Curly furry, originally uploaded by scribe21.

Miumiu on powernap

Miumiu on powernap, originally uploaded by scribe21.


anchored, originally uploaded by scribe21.


Oatmeal Muffins

It was a plan to bake cookies, then I just thought of placing the batter into my printed muffin cups. So here's why my cookies turned into muffins.

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 small box raisins

  1. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat in well.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add to butter mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats and raisins, mixing well again.
  5. Bake 10-15 minutes in 350 degrees F.
Among the benefits of oatmeal in diet include:
-Lowered cholesterol
-Boosted immune system
-Stabilized blood sugar

Then, let's eat this goody I just baked!



Catching Sea Breeze

"He hath no leisure who useth it not."

Hola my friends! How are you today? It's the middle of the week and I know most of us are preoccupied with work and other things that demand our attention.

I would like to share my weekend shots here, since my friends and I went to a new spot for the first time. It's the Seagrass Beach in Penaplata, Samal in Davao. The place was kinda small, if not cramped because of last-minute summer getaways done by people, including us. I was not ready for the horde during that day, but my little threesome group escaped them all.

Of course, we went to the floating huts to savor the sea in serenity. The sea was practically covered with seagrasses, hence the name of the beach. It was a very good experience after all, we took our swim under the bamboo boardwalk. Our endless talks about anything spiced the time we were floating in saltwater.

You should see the vista of the boardwalk that I was so amused with.

I walked this length all the way to the tip.

G & Ivee trekking the bamboo path.

I succeeded to reach the boardwalk's end. Water's deep & blue.
See the excitement?

Gerelyn, my fashionista friend.
I love all the light moments with this girl.

Ivee, I love this girl brat. haha

View from the beachfront.

This is why I love weekends. Do you?



Keep Calm - Davao Version

I've been to many places and cities in my country. Yet I can proudly say that Davao has been a favorite. The province itself is vast in land area, plus it has teeming flora and fauna. Discover this place, and yes, I am inviting you to check out the richness of its culture, nature and modern life.

See ya in Davao!



My "I am" statements

You can be anything in life. For me, I choose to live by these statements. They most speak about the things I stand for.

#I am a Weekender. Life truly happens for me during weekends.

#I am a player. I create momentum & build relationships. Pretenders are otherwise.

#I am for reciprocity. I only respect fair, symmetrical exchange.

#I am thankful. Thankful people are truly happy people.

#I am open to change.

Here's a good quote to back me up ~

“By your own soul learn to live.
And if men thwart you, take no heed.
If men hate you, have no care:
Sing your song,
dream your dream,
hope your hope
and pray your prayer."

Parkenham Beatty

How about you? What are the things you are passionate about? Do tell.




Swedish Massage Therapy At Balai Masaje

Body Pains!

The erratic weather has sent me on another spell of sickishness. Yeah, it happens to the best of us. So I decided to try the new massage spa at my community.

It's Swedish this time. Massage helps the body improve circulation & expel toxins that are in the muscle and nerve tissues.

Being a new spot, you cannot find info about it online at this moment. So I am taking the chance to be of help to those who want to find out about this place. Sharing to you my first hand experience then. Take a look:

This is the frontage of the massage spa.
Balai Masaje is a Cebuano term that means, House of Massage.

Welcome. To me.

I called, no one was at the counter for some five minutes.
That's why I had time to tinker with my camera.

A farther view of the waiting area.
It's not so dim, and the lighting is quite exotic.

As homey as it can get. The massage area, upstairs.
Light, instrumentals from guitar, piano and flute dominate the experience.

And you're looking at my after-massage treat.

Hot sweet, fruity tea & biscuits.
I was more interested in the tea. (and left the biscuits...)

I went home feeling a little better. And take note, no cold drinks yet. I am willing to do that. Thanks to Inday, my wellness therapist.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ o o ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Balai Masaje- Massage the "homey" way
Door #3, Uraya Commercial Building
Elenita Heights, Catalunan Grande
Davao City
Contact: 0947 384 2256, 0917 9421608
Landline: (082) 295 0338

Rate: 259.00 Php (regular)
Happy hour: 199.00 Php (2pm-5pm) Mondays through Fridays only. Call them for inquiries.

Life is good. Gotta love it, and make the most of it.


Why people love coffeeshops

That was a question.

Now, you can answer the "why" there. I believe, all people have all sorts of reasons why they want to stay in coffeeshops. It's a place bustling with people, layer upon layer of stories, drama, fun & you name what.

Let me give you a list of some prominent places where you can buy a good cup of coffee in this city. Yes, I take, you are falling in love with Davao City now. Go and chill, hangout with your peers anytime of the week.

Kangaroo Coffee Company
Tionko Ave cor V Mapa St. Davao City
Tel: (082) 222 2766

Abreeza Mall, Davao City
JP Laurel Avenue, Davao City

U8 F. Torres Street, Davao City
Tel: (082) 282 1260

Green Coffee
Prime Square, F. Torres Street, Davao City

Yellow Hauz
V. Mapa Street Davao City, 8000
Tel: (082) 303-2722

Blugre Coffee
Landco, MTS, SM
Tel: (082) 303-5554

Chimes, SM, The Peak (Gmall)
Tel: (082) 225-0167

Cafe Demitasse
727 F. Torres Street, Davao City
Tel: (082) 282 2828

Here's to coffee lovers!


I love the sea.

"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Hello, again...
Let me tell you a light story.
There's this feeling of so much gratitude and thrill ~ I just can't define what it is. A certain joyousness, high spirits & that ability to see through life with color. Ahmmm, let me call it, my pure exhilaration at life. Because I have learned to define what I want, and what I won't stand up to. Okey, that's not much of a story, anyways. Thanks for staying there. :))

The beach heals me: a magical blend of saltwater, sun, sand, corals, fishes, & clean air. The sea is a very positive place. Look here. I would like to share shots I took from my recent trip to the beach. Enjoy!

Real serenity.

Was I excited? Guess.
I was able to shallow dive
& see a different world of seagrasses, corals and fishes.

Take a dip! The water's so refreshing.

View from under the huge Talisay tree.
Splendid. Silent. Priceless.

My snapshot of the Boy. Uhm, that's my hubby, actually.

Okey. Here's me, all browned & happy.

Finally, here's also a great reminder for us, why we love the sea:

"It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came." ~ John F. Kennedy

Have an exciting summer, sweethearts!



Love for keeps.

Today. The 27th of April...

We celebrate ten years of patience, ten years of kindness, of taking care of each other. May we continue to learn to lay everything at the feet of Jesus. Happy Anniversary, Baby.

Here's to a whole lifetime of real love.



Resort Destinations in Samal Island, Davao ~ Beaches, Restaurants, Hotels

When you’re in Davao, you have plenty of options on how to spend your stay here. The city offers several attractions, plus there’s the lure of setting foot on sand and dipping in the cool waters of Samal Island . Getting lost on where to reach the beach resort you want to stay? For my readers, here’s the list of existing Samal Beach destinations with their contact details:

Alohamoana Resort
Purok 7, Calilic, Babak
Contact No: +63(927) 358-1489

Anamarina Resort
Balet, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 299-2992, +63(82) 299-0807

Babusanta Beach
Talicud Island
Contact No: +63(918) 726-1466

Bali-Bali Beach Resort
Catagman, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 234-6415

Bluejaz Beach Resort Waterpark
Calilic, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 302-8411, 082 303-1117, USA (727) 498-0215

Bluewaters Village Resort
Limao, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 303-2618, 0919 337-6987

Buenavista Island Resort
Contact No: +63(82) 298-0193, +63(82) 297-1432

Caliclic Beach Resort (Public)
Caliclic, Samal
Contact: On Site 

Camp Holiday Beach Resort
Kinawitnon, Babak
Contact No: +63 (82) 303-3294, +63(82) 227-5055, +63(918) 935-4278

Canibad Beach Resort (Public)
Aundanao, Samal
Contact: On Site

Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn
Kaputian, Kaputian
Contact No: +63(82) 286-1658, Mobile No: +63(908) 944-7805 or +63(907) 122-2091

Chemas by the Sea Garden Resort
Limao, Samal
Contact No:, +63(82) 303-0235, +63(917)-814-0814, +63(917) 702-5832

Club Asiano Beach Resort
Camudmud, Babak
Contact: +63(916) 342-0769

Coco Caliclic Beach Resort
Caliclic, Samal
Contact: On Site

Coral Garden Marine Park
Talicud Island
Contact No: +63(915) 698-7623

Costa Marina Beach Resort
Limao, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 233-1209, Fax No: +63(82) 233-0229

Dayang Beach Resort
Talicud Island
Contact No: +63(921) 307-0364

El Magic Beach Resort
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(920) 229-3310

Fernandez Beach Resort
Penaplata, Samal
Contact No: +63(915) 554-9273

Florenda’s Beach Resort
Punta Catagman
Contact No: +63(929) 180-3175

Golden Bay Beach Resort Spa
Limao, Samal
Contact No: +63(916) 366-2737

Hof Gorei Beach Resort
Adecor, Kaputian
Contact No: +63(82) 286-0238, Mobile No: +63(918) 609-6966
Email: info@hofgorei-resortdavao.com, hofgoreiresortdavao@yahoo.com

Hi-5 Princess Tropical Island Resort
San Agustin, Babak
Contact No: +63(919) 811-6920/(916) 325-2442/(910) 558-4230

Holy Cross Beach
Camudmud, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 221-9071 to 76

Isla Beach Resort
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(927) 504-9059

Isla Reta Beach Resort
Sta. Cruz, Talicud
Contact No: +63(917) 622-3610, +63(82) 234-7903, +63(917) 622-3610

Island Ridge Mountain Resort
Tambo, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 304-5784/ 302-5315/286-5051; +63(928) 545-3651/(922) 862-8064

Ilihan Beach Resort
Ilihan, San Isidro
Contact No: +63(82) 224-5343, +63(920) 254-4920

Kalinawan Resort
Aundanao, Samal
Contact No: +63(082) 286-2844 or +63(082) 298-5298, Mobile No: +63(917) 700-7325

Kaputian Beach Park
Poblacion, Kaputian
Contact No: +63(82) 301-4096

La Familia Homestyle Beach Resort
Limao, Samal
Contact No: +63(917) 620-9687

Llanos Beach Resort
Talicud Island
Contact No: +63(927) 992-3317

La Vida Orchard
Catagman, Samal
Contact No: +63(917) 770-0330

Leticia By The Sea
Talicud Island, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 224-0501, Mobile No: +63(917) 702-5427

Mahan Garden Resort
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 301-4022

Mahal’s Forest Resort
Kawag, Hagimit Falls
Contact No: +63(932) 475-1894

Marex Beach Resort
Tambo, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 302-1460, Mobile No: +63(917) 701-1128

Maxima the House Above the Sea
San Jose, Penaplata
Contact No: +63(82) 286-1055, +63(927) 302-6054

Mayumi Disney Sea Beach Resort
Catagman, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 0114, +63(916) 718-9779, +63(921) 681-5812

Monina Garden Resort
Pichon, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 301-4068

Paradise Island Beach Resort
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 233-0251, +63(82) 234-1229, 
Fax No: +63(982) 234-2926 , 
Cell No: +63(920) 954-6780

Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Adecor, Kaputian
Contact No: (Davao) +63(82) 221-9970, Fax No: +63(82) 221-9979, 
Manila (632) 750-1896

Precious Garden of Samal
Miranda, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 303-2818, Mobile No: +63(912) 901-1174 or +63(929) 256-9352

Punta del Sol Beach Resort
Catagman, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 301-4018, Fax No: +63(82) 305-3838, Cell No: +63(917) 700-6253, Davao Booking Office – (082) 221-2121

Rainbow Breeze Beach Resort
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 302-3595

RMPC Resort Training Center
Camudmud, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 227-8574

Rocky Beach Resort
Catagman, Samal
Contact No: +63(82) 304-6758, Cell No: +63(919) 273-2632

Samal Island Beach Park
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 222-1585

Samal Seaside Resort
Tigpan, Balet Babak
Contact No: +63(922) 818-2323, USA 1-301-926-7570 / 011-6382-301-5971

Sea Grass Beach Resort
San Miguel, Penaplata
Contact No: +63(82) 224-0116/224-1392; +63(919) 583-8627

Sonrisa de V Beach Resort (Palm Hill)
Caliclic, Babak
Contact No: +63(82) 303-0709, Cell No: +63(927) 878-5293

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.”
--Isak Dinesen

Take your beach therapy soon.
Have a great life, sweeties!



Speak with affection

People of all ages are fragile. Please handle your words with care. As this poem goes:

Speak gently! 'tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart's deep well:
The good, the joy, that it may bring
Eternity shall tell.
- David Bates, Speak Gently

Choose your words carefully, Lovees.



My Keeper Still

Meditating on Psalm 121 tonight.

From the King James version of the Bible, Psalm 121 reads:

1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

The Lord is my keeper. And The Lord protects the people who repose confidence in Him, with full surrender.

All my help is laid up in the power, providence, faithfulness and goodness of Jesus Christ.

He has kept me and will make all things excellent and beautiful in His time.

If I may share a song that blessed my heart tonight, the lyrics:

Jesus! what a strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in him;
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my vic’try wins.

Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end...



Hey, April.

Hellooo... Slacking on this side and I was a bit behind with my blogging. Where was I all those days? I had been working, recuperating, biking, trekking, gardening.

Anyway, here am I and this one's a starter this April- pics from anywhere I had been these past days.

I am ever grateful To The Lord who has given me strength and the opportunity to see the beauty of life.

In simplifying life, it is important to arrange priorities, deciding on what is essential, discovering what makes us feel better about ourselves and our life.

Here's to a great summertime, this side of the world. ~smile



Rider me

Let me introduce to you this part of the village where I live. It's about 10 minutes walk from my house- but this is special because it's a road we residents do not traverse on frequently. The pics show the road less traveled, a scenic road for me, and on top of that, this is where hubby and I catch the freshest breeze.

Here are shots I made today.

Oh, and this last one pic, I did not take. Eddie's snapshot of me (on the wheel).

This is the spot I was talking about in the previous post. We met Dreanna here, but today we did not see her since we went to this place a little early. The balmy weather allowed me to bike with smile.