Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh, my sushi and kimchi!

I love sukiyaki (hotpot) and sushi ( both Japanese food). What about you?
 Here's a variety at Hot Pot.

Salads and hotpot (sukiyaki) vegetables, meat and fish - eat all you can!
Healthier choices here. More salads - minus the dressing for me. I and hubby love kimchi (Korean pickled vegetables, usually Chinese cabbage and/or cucumber).

And here's a lot of options for bottomless drinks. I like punch juice most.
Hey, Pochae! Why do you look so worried while eating your ice-cream? Afraid of gaining weight before your wedding this summer? Hahaha! This is what we get by paying 217 baht (about $6.5) on Wednesday's 25% off promo. Eat all the worth of your money. It's just once in a while, anyway. I'd like to thank my nice Thai friends, Pochae and Mo, for introducing me to HotPot when we went to Pattaya. It's now my favorite buffet here in Bangkok because of its wide varieties of international food and its presentation as well.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dead Trees and Sunset

     I don't know but I'm always fascinated with dead, dying or leafless trees so I always take pictures of them. But this narra tree isn't dead. There's a season that it looks dead when all its leaves have fallen but it simply rejuvenates. There are times when we are like the narra tree. It's also wonderful to note that narra wood is very hard and strong and has an attractive reddish shiny finish yet it's not the best for furniture as it cracks in the long run. Perhaps, it's one good reason why the late President Manuel L. Quezon wrote, "Grow and be like a molave", the taller and older, the stronger it becomes. It's consistent - unlike the narra that cracks later and becomes leafless at times. We can still learn from narra  though that even if it's left leafless at times, it still thrives. What a hope for rejuvenation!

Dead tree and the crimson sunset in Baguio
A lonely tree on the denuded hill at sunset (also in Baguio)

You are the child of the universe
No less than the trees and the stars
You have the right to be here.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nature speaks of Valentine's, too!

I haven't taken Valentine's stuffs at department stores for Ruby Tuesday so I'm sharing one of nature's Valentine's symbols - heart-shaped inverted banana blossom (called banana heart, thanks to Anni).
Here are some great Valentine's gifts- a red Bromeliad
and red Euphorbia.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine's Day everyday?

It's Valentine's Day everyday for this couple even at their golden age.
I and hubby were so impressed of this young at heart couple for being soooo sweet on the escalator. Although I would say that it's not necessary for me and hubby to show our affection publicly, the point here is, will we ever still be staying close to each other when we reach their age and beyond? My answer is definitely "yes" if we consider everyday as Valentine's Day. 
It's Marriage Monday hosted by e-mom of Chrysallis and I'd like to share what e-mom calls "the big or little things that make our marriage sing like a fine-tuned violin" despite all its ups and downs and challenges. 
Of course, like any other couples, we have casual chats everyday usually at the end of the day, during dinner time or before bedtime. It has also become a ritual for us to call each other on the phone during work breaks simply to share a secret, excitement or annoyance, to ask how one is doing, what one has for lunch or just share even silly things sometimes, lol, like we're really best of friends. Kissing? Yes, apart from private kissing (of course!), we have this daily ritual whenever one of us leaves or arrives. So even if one is busy in the computer or in the middle of doing something when one arrives, he/she must pause for a while to greet with a kiss.
Another bonding time for us is when dear hubby asks me to fix his tucked in top and his necktie when he goes to work every morning. Even if I don't feel like getting up yet sometimes, I must have to perform it. One great thing dear hubby shows his love on a daily basis is the way he shares responsibilities not only by providing the family's needs but by sharing household chores such as cleaning, cooking and most especially taking care of the kids.  We don't let our babies sleep with nannies, so we take care of them at night-time. Since I have insomnia, I'm very grateful hubby has all the strength and skills in putting baby to bed, change nappies and feed him even if it means waking up several times at night for him. How can we drive each other towards the bedroom if we are both (or either is) stressed or unhappy? Now we have the third fruit of our love and we happily share taking care of him after nanny's turn. We also both love to cook each other's favorite food especially on the weekend and we usually go out for a dinner date once in a while. It is said that the stomach is close to man's heart:) The bottomline is, let's keep romance sparking to get rid of marriage boredom like if we always do the same thing in making love, it all becomes boring, doesn't it? So spice marriage life up with some surprises at times as rituals may just become boring, too.
To sum up, the ties that bond us not only on Valentine's Day but everyday include nurturing our love together by satisfying each other's marital needs, doing something good for each other even if we don't feel like doing it, communicating with each other on a regular basis, sharing responsibilities, initiating gimmicks and surprises and growing together in our marriage.
Above all, we seek God's guidance everyday in our lives for a lifetime blissful and fulfilling marriage.
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