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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change


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Dove = Peace

Shield = Protection

Sky = “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” Buddha quotes

“I heard a Stock-dove sing or say His homely tale, this very day; His voice was buried among trees, Yet to be come at by the breeze: He did not cease; but cooed–and cooed: And somewhat pensively he wooed: He sang of love, with quiet blending, Slow to begin, and never ending; Of serious faith, and inward glee; That was the song,–the song for me!” William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: O Nightingale! Thou Surely Art

“And the dove came to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth”. -Genesis 8:11

“Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I flyaway, and be at rest.” Psalms 55:6

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime




term for noodles in Filipino cuisine


Lumpia Shanghia
or Filipino Spring Rolls are traditionally made of ground pork , vegetables, and spices with the mixture held together by beaten egg



Afritada is one of the many tomato sauce based Filipino dishes.  This dish was brought by the Spaniards when they occupied the Philippines. It was quickly adapted by the Filipinos and became a very popular celebratory dish.


Chicken Cordon Bleu
A delicious French classic: chicken rolled around ham and Swiss cheese.


LOVE LETTER from David H. Harwell, PhD

Sharing this love letter… it  maybe my fresh start to take time to blog again…oh how I miss WordPress and its warm bloggers 😦


I am writing to thank Filipinos for the way you have treated me here, and to pass on a lesson I learned from observing the differences between your culture and mine over the years. I am an expatriate worker. I refer to myself as an OAW, an overseas American worker, as a bad joke. The work I do involves a lot of traveling and changing locations, and I do it alone, without family. I have been in 21 countries now, not including my own. It was fun at first. Now, many years later, I am getting tired. The Philippines remains my favorite country of all, though, and I’d like to tell you why before I have to go away again.
I have lived for short periods here, traveled here, and have family and friends here. My own family of origin in the United States is like that of many Americans—not much of a family. Americans do not stay very close to their families, geographically or emotionally, and that is a major mistake. I have long been looking for a home and a family, and the Philippines is the only place I have lived where people honestly seem to understand how important their families are.
I am American and hard-headed. I am a teacher, but it takes me a long time to learn some things. But I’ve been trying, and your culture has been patient in trying to teach me. In the countries where I’ve lived and worked, all over the Middle East and Asia, it is Filipinos who do all the work and make everything happen. When I am working in a new company abroad, I seek out the Filipino staff when I need help getting something done, and done right. Your international reputation as employees is that you work hard, don’t complain, and are very capable. If all the Filipinos were to go home from the Middle East, the world would stop. Oil is the lifeblood of the world, but without Filipinos, the oil will not come from the ground, it will not be loaded onto the ships, and the ships will not sail. The offices that make the deals and collect the payments will not even open in the morning. The schools will not have teachers, and, of course, the hospitals will have no staff.
What I have seen, that many of you have not seen, is how your family members, the ones who are overseas Filipino workers, do not tell you much about how hard their lives actually are. OFWs are very often mistreated in other countries, at work and in their personal lives. You probably have not heard much about how they do all the work but are severely underpaid, because they know that the money they are earning must be sent home to you, who depend on them. The OFWs are very strong people, perhaps the strongest I have ever seen. They have their pictures taken in front of nice shops and locations to post on Facebook so that you won’t worry about them. But every Pinoy I have ever met abroad misses his/her family very, very much.
I often pity those of you who go to America. You see pictures of their houses and cars, but not what it took to get those things. We have nice things, too many things, in America, but we take on an incredible debt to get them, and the debt is lifelong. America’s economy is based on debt. Very rarely is a house, car, nice piece of clothing, electronic appliance, and often even food, paid for. We get them with credit, and this debt will take all of our lifetime to pay. That burden is true for anyone in America—the OFWs, those who are married to Americans, and the Americans themselves. Most of us allow the American Dream to become the American Trap. Some of you who go there make it back home, but you give up most of your lives before you do. Some of you who go there learn the very bad American habits of wanting too many things in your hands, and the result is that you live only to work, instead of working only to live. The things we own actually own us. That is the great mistake we Americans make in our lives. We live only to work, and we work only to buy more things that we don’t need. We lose our lives in the process.
I have sometimes tried to explain it like this: In America, our hands are full, but our hearts are empty.
You have many problems here, I understand that. Americans worry about having new cars, Filipinos worry about having enough food to eat. That’s an enormous difference. But do not envy us, because we should learn something from you. What I see is that even when your hands are empty, your hearts remain full. I have many privileges in the countries where I work, because I am an expat. I do not deserve these things, but I have them. However, in every country I visit, I see that you are there also, taking care of your families, friends, bosses, and coworkers first, and yourselves last. And you have always taken care of me, in this country and in every other place where I have been.
These are places where I have been very alone, very tired, very hungry, and very worried, but there have always been Filipinos in my offices, in the shops, in the restaurants, in the hospitals, everywhere, who smile at and take good care of me. I always try to let you know that I have lived and traveled in the Philippines and how much I like your country. I know that behind those smiles of yours, here and abroad, are many worries and problems. Please know that at least one of us expats has seen what you do for others and understands that you have a story behind your smiles. Know that at least one of us admires you, respects you, and thanks you for your sacrifices. Salamat po. Ingat lagi. Mahal ko kayong lahat.
Thank you Dr. David Harwell, Mabuhay!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

To infinity and beyond…..




Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea,
And East and West the wanderlust that will not let me be;
It works in me like madness, dear, to bid me say good-by!
For the seas call and the stars call, and oh, the call of the sky!

I know not where the white road runs, nor what the blue hills are,
But man can have the sun for friend, and for his guide a star;
And there’s no end of voyaging when once the voice is heard,
For the river calls and the road calls, and oh, the call of a bird!

Yonder the long horizon lies, and there by night and day
The old ships draw to home again, the young ships sail away;
And come I may, but go I must, and if men ask you why,
You may put the blame on the stars and the sun and the white road and the sky!” -GERALD GOULD

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

The five traditional Chinese elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. These are the five basic forms of energy, which are constantly being transformed from one into another throughout the natural world.

Water, one of the Chinese 5 Elements. = associated with the qualities of Emotion and Intuition.


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i dreamed a dream

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  The novel embraced me and how my mind stuck on Jean Valjean as it sunk my heart.

From Les Miserables Musical to Les Miserables Drama Film 2012.

Different versions and yet impeccably amazing performances, so stay with me here as we both get high on those beautiful voices, Oh how I wish I could sing as beautiful as them.

Always stunned by your performance …love you!….Ms. Lea Salonga – Filipina Singer and Actress, well known as Kim in the Musical Miss Saigon which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World. The first Asian to play the roles of Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway. The singing voice of Disney Princesses (Jasmine in Alladin and Fa Mulan in Mulan I & II)

Lea Salonga – On My Own  < 

I Dreamed a Dream – Lea Salonga

Les Miserables Drama Film 2012  >

You brought me back to Victor Hugo’s amazing novel and carried me by your songs and able to let my kids see and hear the exceptional story and it’s music and right now it is not only I who appreciates it but also my boys. My kids was surprised to see Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Anne Hatchaway (Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted) to a much higher role. 70th Golden Globe Awards “Les Miserables” was named Best Musical or Comedy and won acting honors for Hugh Jackman (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy) and Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy)

And of course remember the lovely and remarkable Susan Boyle? Yes, people tend to be cynical 😦 let them first and show them what you’ve got!

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