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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Of daughters and sleepovers

Sweet as can be
as the flower frostings on a cake
and as dear as the heart can see
joys that only daughters can make
sending little flutters of burtterflies and bees.




Six girls gathered through the night
Six friends ready to share whatever the evening may bring
Laughters, screams and sweet little things
I wonder why it's called a slumber party
When all of them would stay up through the night
Playing games, watching movies, exchanging gossips
Painting nails, doing hairs and every other things they can think about.



It's my daughters second time to have a slumber party for her birthday. I remember very well the first time. It was totally stressed out. Having six girls together for 12 hours is more than I can handle. This time I just have to relax a bit and let my daughter do most of the planning. I should say that it was better this time. I still was not able to sleep because of the noise but compared with all the screaming on the first time, this time they are more subdued.
Preparing dinner, breakfast and lunch for six girls isn't a walk in the park either. But I've surrendered cooking to buying prepared and reheatable food. Pizza, fried chicken, cut up vegetables and fruits, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, nachos, and burgers. The only thing I prepared from scratch is spring rolls which they enjoyed immensely.

*sigh* I wish I had slumber parties when I was a child.


Buddy's christmas gift



"Oh, gift! gift! i'd like to know my gift!", Buddy might be saying. He probably knew it's for him and he can wait to see what it is.



Buddy has a dilema when he finally got his gift out of the bag. What happened next is shown on the video below.


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He's really happy with his gift. Unfortunately the gift did not last long. He gnawed it into pieces after a day. I guess I underestimated my budget for his gift... poor baby buddy. Mommy will give you another one and she will sure it will last until you get tired of playing with it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

From my home to yours......

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Me and my buddy the wii fit :)


The first time I tried wii fit, it told me that my wii age is 69....hehe. Truly, my first impression of the latest electronic trend is not so good. How could it say something sooooo darn awful?? I was upset to the max...hehe. But then, you know me ... I know it will change its mind sooner or later and it will see the real me and we'll be good friends at the end.


Last night, I tried it again. That is after one month ago and it told me I lost 2 pounds. oh, music to my ears..lol. It sounded like "i love you" to me ;) And below is my BMI. My weight and BMi are still in the normal range but it's in the upper normal range and I am being threatened tremendously by the fact that I can one day wake up and find myself on the much dreaded overweight range. Sca--ry!! So I have arranged for a goal of losing 2 more pounds in 2 weeks. How to do that during the Christmas season? .... is beyond me.


Below reveals my wii age at the moment. Age determination was done through some balance and agility tests. I could've done better if i practiced before but that would be cheating. The video was taken by my daughter as I do all the tests. There will be lots of noises, please excuse them for my son and our dog buddy were goofing around all throughout the video.


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See?? wii fit is my buddy buddy now!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Aftermath of a day of non stop snowing

It started with a snow storm warning. It came around 8am, flurries that turned to heavy snow pushed by strong winds. I was already at work and I have witnessed the torment of the snow as it lashes everything on it's path. It didn't stop one bit, kept pouring, kept swooshing all through the day. I was dreading the time to come home. By 2 pm, the snow is at 13cm and it's still howling outside. If only I brought my camera to work I would have taken some pics while the storm is at it's peak. The storm caused so much snow to gurantee a white Christmas! :) and it's not even officially winter yet.
When our dog buddy went for a walk tonight. I decided to take some pics.



This is Buddy's paradise. He just love snow.


Somehow the snow and the wind has created such dramatic formations as shown in the above picture.



A branch that has succumbed to the bitter sweet love of nature. It looks like it's lying on a bed of crystals. But then it's probably is.


A foot on the snow. I'm the first to step on that area...hehe



Flurries are still falling. I was able to catch one on the LCD of my camera and it showed it's pretty patterns. One of these winters, I will be able to take a picture of a snowflake with it's intricate patterns. That's a dream...



This shot has no flash. I wanted to catch the sparkle of the ice against natural night light. They are so pretty.


This is with flash. Not much sparkle but the color is more appreciated.




Who says you can only do that on the sand?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

And the winner is........ tadaaaaaa!

The prestigious parade of queen has passed. It’s time to name the best gown in town. Thanks to our judges who has given so much time and effort to share with us their excellent taste in beauty and style.


Before we announce the winner ... lets welcome back the Queens with their gowns of choice.







Without further ado, the winner for best gown is......


..................... A tie between Queen Helena and Queen Arwen!




My special thanks to the judges who are so kind enough to accompany me in my journey through this brief world of fantasy. It’s been fun to be able to share to you this moment of creativity. Many thanks from the humbled heart of em.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Reyna de las Flores (Queen of Flowers)

Flores de Mayo is a Catholic festival held in the Philippines in the month of May. It lasts for a month, and is held in honor of the Virgin Mary. The Santa Cruzan is a parade held on the last day of Flores de Mayo in honor of Reyna Elena (Queen Helena).

Flores, from the Spanish word for "flowers," also known as Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), Flores de Maria (flowers of Mary) or alay (offering), may refer to the whole Flower Festival celebrated in the month of May in honor of the Virgin Mary .



This is my entry to the Santa Cruzan ... and I call her Reyna de las Flores or Queen of Flowers.




She is supposed to carry a boquet of flowers but since she doesn't have hands, her gown was adorned by roses.



Reyna de las Flores celebrates her love of the sun through the beauty of the flowers.


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This concludes the parade of Queens. Please enter your vote as who is the Queen of Queens. Who in your own personal opinion should lead this parade as the best dressed queen.
thanks in advance for your vote.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Queen Helena of Constantinople

Saint Helena (Latin: Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta) also known as Saint Helen, Helena Augusta or Helena of Constantinople (c. 250 – c. 330) was the consort of Emperor Constantius Chlorus, and the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. She is traditionally credited with the finding of the relics of the True Cross. ------ Wikipedia

Wow! Finding the relics of the true Cross is probably the best thing that could happen to anyone. It's practically in the same league as the holy Grail, the holy shroud and Veronica's veil. I can't imagine how it will feel to be that close to the One.

But for now since we can't be any closer to these most sought relics...we'll content ourselves to Queens Helena's gown :)



Red silk and laces is our gown of the night.


The white flowers has created contrast to the whole ensemble.

Simple and contemporary, the pearls outlining the edges of the sweetheart neckline and the body has created a sense of elegance and grace.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Queen Mary ... Mary...quite contrary

The most common version is:


Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.



Like many nursery rhymes, it has acquired various historical explanations. One is that it refers to Mary I of Scotland, with "how does your garden grow" referring to her reign, "silver bells" referring to (Catholic) cathedral bells, "cockle shells" insinuating that her husband cheated on her, and "pretty maids all in a row" referring to her ladies-in-waiting - "The four Maries".

Another claims that it refers to Mary I of England and her attempts to restore England to Roman Catholicism. In this version, the "cockle shells" are identified with the symbol of pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint James in Spain (Santiago de Compostela) and the "pretty maids all in a row" with nuns.

The above mentioned information all came from Wikipedia... and there are more extreme and ugly meanings of the rhyme. If you want to read them click here.

So, this time I want to name my creation after Queen Mary.

Wearing a gown of golden silk and of yellow laces, Queen Mary is a picture of elegance.



Ahuge yellow rose on soft feathers adorns her left shoulder.



Following her is a trail of chapel length and embelished by pretty yellow flowers.



Even the back gives an empression of being majestic and regal.

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I'm running out of names for my queens. Hopefully I find ingenious names that are worth discussing and relating to their gowns.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"I am already bound unto an husband, which is the kingdom of England" - Queen Elizabeth



This is an evening dress fit for a steadfast Queen. Queen Elizabeth I, Queen of England and of Ireland until her death. This gown truly embodies he unwavering commitment to her constituents.





The sweetheart neckline was embelished with flowerette lace and met by an inticate leaf design in a fine net background outlined with heavy threads to define the pattern and add dimension that followed the shape of her body.




Golden lace adorns the edges of her chapel length trail and one of her shoulder.



Long live Queen Elizabeth I!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Queen Arwen of Middle Earth

Queen Arwen, fair and courageous, passionate and true. She embodies nature and nature embodies her. She wears the color of nature, mystical, a color associated with nobility and spirituality. A color that that has a special, almost sacred place in nature. It boasts of lavander, orchid, lilac and violet flowers which are often delicate and precious.

Young and vibrant Queen Arwen is a fresh breath of air.




The sweetheart neckline is adorned with purple flowers. As well as the whole length of her waist and a delicate bow completes the whole of her back.

Whimsical pinches adorns her skirt with violet roses creating an image of softness in the likes of bubbles and cotton candies.



ladies and Gentlemen.... my version of Queen Arwens evening with King Aragon. Magical and dreamy.