Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 262 - Last for April

The month of April flew so fast for me. A few weeks ago, I remember feeling sentimental because another semester has ended. Then the annual graduation came, with our usual role behind the scenes. The Holy Week came in perfect timing as it provided the much needed break. The happenings over the past week were too much for me. It felt like a week was not enough for everything. The week started fine, some good things happened in between but in the end, there were so much worries, disappointments and some questions of regrets?  I always have the tendency to overanalyze everything. While I advocate for simplicity, there are days when paralysis by overanalysis happen to me. I'll be faced with the most analyzed options. In the end, I will make the least reasonable decision. Beat that! Hahaha When will I really grow up? 

While I'm trying to figure out everything, I'm ending this post with my favorite photo this week. We had our annual summer outing at the workplace in a beach somewhere in Batangas. I originally planned to write a long post. Unfortunately, some minor yet stressful concern came along the way. My mobile phone broke down. :( A replacement is NOT in the budget. As consequence, my plan to acquire my dream Sony Camera a5000 will be set aside. (Insert selfish and childish cry hahahaha)

On the positive side, we're having an unexpected long weekend. Hoping to spend it making the best memories. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 261 - Stronger

Hello everyone! Before anything else, Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a meaningful break. I spent the past few days at home with my family. Like the past years, I had plans. Clean my room, arrange documents, exercise, but most dealt with work related tasks. I'm happy to report that I'm done with my freelance works. Outputs were delivered and deadlines were met. 

I wanted to give myself some pat on the back for a job well done. So in between accomplished tasks, I rewarded myself with some online purchases.:p Yesterday, I also treated myself with some movie marathon. I was one of the many fans who lined up for the first screening of #FF8. Eight installments, each was released every two years. If my estimates are correct, it has been 16 years. I literally grew up with this film! I felt sadness when I saw Dominic Toretto and Bryan O'Conner parted ways on #FF7. I also got used to watching the movie, until the credits are finished. Unfortunately, #FF8 never had one of those sequel teasers. So to fellow fans, don't bother finishing the after credits. We are left guessing and waiting again. 

Meanwhile here are the few beautiful things that made my most awaited break. 

Summer rain and a gloomy Easter Sunday - We have been experiencing rain showers in the afternoon. It's a great way to end a long summer day. 

Afternoon picnics and summer sunsets at home - You know you're getting old when you start appreciating silence, stillness, and all the comforts of home. 

Found some inspiration and ideas from postcards

Good Friday treats - It has always been a family tradition to cook Filipino merienda on Good Friday. Over the past years, we even had family reunions. This year, there was no reunion organized. Quite sad, but I enjoyed my quiet time with my own family. 

Another weekly round up - More stickers and post its!!!! Lately, I realized that my definition of happiness and relaxation meant writing entries in my planner and playing with my collection of colorful post its and stickers.

So much thoughts are running in my head while writing this post. Much of it are grown up concerns, priorities and life plans in general. My thoughts are all scattered. It doesn't help that I'm watching a stressful movie, those that deals with unfaithful husbands. Hahaha I'm nowhere close in experiencing such problem. Going back, I wanted to express my constant wish lately. And no, it's all about my crush again. Hahahaha I'm on that stage of trying to figure things out, defining directions and discovering my path. It doesn't help that time is not on my side. My age and responsibilities add to the list of pressures. So much things scare me, but once in a while, I find refuge on unexpected people and places. 

I guess those things that happen in between make up for everything. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure things out. Borrowing some lines from this stressful movie, we are stronger than our weaknesses. :) 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 260 - What I thought

When one my major projects ended, I thought the remaining weeks will be slow and relaxing. Monday started with an appreciation lunch for the team and the rare times I reached home early. The succeeding days went surprisingly crazy and exhausting. Receiving news about death. Discovering works to be accomplished. Cramming for preparations. Rendering my usual contribution in the pre-graduation activities. The most that drained me was something that happened before the week ended. It was one of those days when someone made me feel stupid and disrespected. My saving grace was as always, the company of a great friend. Had it not because of my friend A, I would suffer from another drama anthology. Hahahaha We spent the remaining hours of the week with pizza, pasta and tons of heartbreaking stories. Shallow as it seems, all I needed is a friend who never gets tired of listening. 

Everyone here is looking forward for the upcoming week, the Holy Week break. Everyone is on vacation mode. In my case, I'm all contented with my slow and quiet time at home. It's like the usual weekend, except that I have longer time to rest and opportunity for another family reunion. I hope one of my cousins would take time organize a family lunch or merienda. 

Meanwhile, here are some of the beautiful things that happened last week

The default photo of the week  :)

Happy Mail, thank you Terra!

A typical weekend morning

I seem to follow a default pattern in writing my Sunday posts. Pardon the boredom but my creativity juices were also drained by the summer heat. :p And for those who have been reading my posts, you can easily predict how this post will end. I saw my crush this week hahahahahaahaha Unfortunately, the encounter was useless and frustrating. (insert teenage tantrum here) Hahahaha It also didn't help that I saw some demotivating posts about him on Facebook. I somehow regret doing some online stalking.  Nevertheless, I'm not giving up. :D The battle is still alive, same goes with the setback that happened before the week ended. Aja, aja! 

Gifts from

When this year started, I developed a new interest. Decorating my planner, or if this can qualify as "journaling", then let it count as my new found venture. I have been maintaining planners over the past years, but most contained text accounts of my usual day. Back when I regained my interest in blogging, everything has been transferred in this online platform. The additional social media accounts also made me more attached with other online mechanisms. I thought there's no more turning back from the manual approach. But my constant exposure to Instagram changed everything. I discovered communities of bloggers and non-bloggers showcasing their traditional planners and journals. This time though, a different and higher level creativity is involved. I discovered Moleskines, Midori Notebooks to simple planners with drawings, paintings, calligraphy works and what seems to be a different level of scrapbooking. 

In my case, I don't know how to paint, draw or render a calligraphy work. I used to draw in my Elementary days. Looking back, part of me is wishing I still have the interest. My skills would have improved and I have a creative outlet on the side. For now, I content myself with a little scrapbooking approach in my planner. 

A few months ago, the people behind offered to send me some planner goodies. I received some washi tapes, jute string, desk decor and a kinetic toy.  My favorite has to be the washi tapes. I love seeing a stack of washi tapes of different colors and design. My weird self finds it therapeutic and refreshing. Aside from decorating my planner, the tapes will be useful for my other interests, like letter writing and postcards. Thank you These goodies will go a long way.:)  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Postcard Series : Jorge Pineda of Manila and Ramon Guerin of Cuba in 1905

I'm not sure if there are people who share my interest with used postcards. Most people would probably find it as a weird and unusual hobby. My interest started when I scored this postcard from Baltimore from an vintage shop in Sta. Cruz Manila. Upon browsing the dusty pile of old cards, I started to notice pieces of used postcards. Like my usual purchase behavior, it started with one card and the rest was another story of shopping addiction. ;) 

Lately, my reliable shop in Sta. Cruz, Manila hibernated again. I'm not even sure if the shop is still on operation. When I checked my archive, my last attempt to feature a used postcard was in August 17, 2016.  I thought that my weird and old hobby would die. Fortunately, my recent visit to the Manila Central Post Office opened another alternative. I encountered an old woman offering used postcards. Her collections are great, except for prices. And because I miss my old hobby, I took the bait of making another unnecessary and expensive purchase. 

The postcard originated from Cuba and sent to Manila in 1905. It features the Havana Central Park. The illustration is more than a century old. Hence, I was expecting some major transformations. True enough, I can't find photos that feature the tamed and seated lions.

The postmark is still clear in actual. It's just difficult to capture the details because its color blended with the design of the postcard. The postmark is important because it confirms the age of the postcard. 

The postcard is intended for Jorge Pineda. It would have been easier to track Jorge Pineda if his actual address was used. Using P.O. Box as a delivery address didn't help my research. 

There are surely a number of Jorge Pineda in the Philippines. However, I knew an artist with the same name. I'm inclined to believe this card belongs to a prolific painter. I knew him as one of the first Filipino cartoonists and a painter depicting Filipino hometown scenes. A few years ago, his name became popular among art collectors. His heirs denied the authenticity of a painting in a local auction. They were claiming that the original painting is still under the family's custody. Some art collectors explained the possibility that Pineda might have created duplicates or miniature of the Las Buyeras (Betel Nut Vendors).  This case also happened in some of Fernando Amorsolo's art works. 

If my details are valid, Jorge Pineda was born on 1837. He is around 26 years old when he received the postcard. He died in 1946 at 67 years old. 

As for the sender, I almost didn't notice that he provided his name. On the left is a stamped name of Ramon D. Guerin, Box. 5, Cienfuegos. I verified Cienfuegos and learned that it serves as the capital province of the southeastern coast of Cuba. This provides additional support of the postcard originating from Cuba.

I tried to search details about Ramon D. Guerin. The nearest I found was an online census record.  He was born about 1884 in Cuba. If such detail is correct, Ramon D. Guerin was 21 years old when he sent this post card.

It is too difficult to translate the handwriting in the postcard. However, a great friend helped me extract the message. Thank you Mother E!!!!

He recibido con places su bella postal for la le day mil lo que por las diele que use envia que desea y le feara la ver rauictis le tengo que pedirly i la por no es esta. esperas do mas gratus noticias. Quedo, S.S.R.D.G

Google Translate's direct translation 

I have received with places his beautiful postcard for the day one thousand what for the diele that he uses sends that he wishes and he fears to see him rauictis I have to ask him and I for it is not this. Waits for the most gratus news. Quedo, S.S.R.D.G

I failed to cull details of their relationship. I'm wishing that anyone here can help in the translation. 

For now, I'll leave this post hanging in my tree of uncertainty. 

Summer Wishlist from Stylewe

A few weeks from now, I'm hoping to temporarily refrain from wearing my usual office uniform. It's thick and heavy fabric is not complementing the upcoming summer weather. I've been wanting to wear my comfortable jeans, trousers and cotton tops. Unfortunately, my weight gain problem has been causing me some wardrobe problems. :p Adding my adherence to the KonMari principles, I'm often left with a few pieces in my closet. I'm preventing myself to commit purchases. Instead, I often entertain myself with some online window shopping. That's life for me lately. :) Recently, Peter of StyleWe invited me to browse their clothing line.  I have compiled the few pieces that captured my interest.

Left to Right Clockwise 1 - 2  - 3 - 4 -

There are more styles and fashion pieces available at StyleWe. For summer, they have varied sets of black kimono and for formal events, some sequin jumpsuit

For more information about StyleWe, check out their Frequently Asked Questions page here

Chic Mall

It's that time of the year again. Working in the academe, this is a prevalent expression whenever the months of March to May arrive. My colleagues are busy with their respective roles for this yearend activity. Graduates meanwhile savor the remaining days of preparations. A significant part of a graduate's preparation is the dress, especially for the members of the female populace. Of the years I've been exposed to graduations, I noticed that the little black dress still prove to be the safest option. A black dress fits all body types, height and occasions. However, finding the cheapest black evening dress is not the easiest task. Recently, I discovered Chic Mall, an online shopping place for dresses to wedding gowns. 

Among the different LBDs I saw, here happens to be my favorite
Natürliche Abschluss Fallen Appliques

günstige schwarze abendkleider

Visit Chic Mall here for more details. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Beautiful Sunday # 259 - First for April

This weekend has been one of the most awaited. Contrary to expectation, I don't have travel plans or any activity to look forward. I just wanted to rest. The past work week has been the most exhausting this year. It entailed reporting for work at 7 am and leaving the workplace beyond 9 pm. Running around offices again like a headless chicken. Revising a 100 page document within the day. Waiting for results until 9 pm. I have anticipated all the exhaustion at the end of the week. Hence, I filed a leave on Friday. My rest day started with a trip in Binondo with my cousin. We walked the entire stretch of Ongpin, ate hand pulled noodles, dimsum, and capped the day with some shopping at 168 mall. I was tired but not stressed. It was refreshing, despite the summer heat and relaxing to temporarily escape from reality.

I had the best sleep last Friday. Waking up late on Saturday compensated for everything. Savoring my long bath with my favorite milk body wash, smelling my favorite Green Bamboo scent from my humidifier, beef in tamarind broth for lunch, potato chips and Coke and another opportunity to savor the best sleep. True enough, the best rest comes after the longest stress. :p

Meanwhile, here are some of the beautiful things for this week

And the default photo of the week hahaha

I have so much stories written in my planner. Some are worth sharing and the rest, I have to keep it to myself. My recent project enabled me to work with another group of colleagues. Hats off to my colleagues, who rendered unwavering support and cooperation. My heart is overflowing with gratitude. The least I can do is treat them for lunch. We ate the best barbecue and fresh green salad to end a successful endeavor. In a way, I also felt that I gained new sources of friendships. Thank you L, P, J, D, and N! Let's continue working, hoping and praying for the best! 

My loot from Binondo - When in Binondo, most people visit the popular Eng Bee Tin stores. In my case, I prefer the old Salazar Bakery. I love their ready-to-eat tikoy rolls. I also bought a childhood favorite, Haw Flakes and sunflower seeds. Also in the photo is a charm bracelet given by my cousin. Thanks Ite A!

What weekend mornings are made of - Enjoying freshly squeezed juice, brojas biscuits, and a nice coffee table book define the best weekend morning.

The upcoming week will be my last week in teaching. Where did 6 months go? I'm not sure if I will still be given the chance to teach next school year. Much of it can be explained by the transition period of the K-12 system. On the next school year, colleges and universities will not have freshmen and sophomore students. There will be lesser teaching assignments and being a part time faculty member, I'm aware that I'm not a priority. I'll be stuck with my office work, while waiting for another set of drastic changes to be implemented. 

In the last part of my previous post, I expressed my "grown up" and "childish" desire to encounter my crush. I would like to believe that some of you prayed with me. Hahahahahaha Seeing the person you admire is the best antidote for a demanding workday. I have the same wish this week. Please continue praying with me. Hahahaha A date with my crush will surely be a great material for my blog. ;)

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!  
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