extremely dazzling

There’s no better way to describe Star’s eyes but DAZZLING … extremely dazzling.

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I got Star from a breeder. Yes i know, i am guilty of pet shopping. It is because of my dream of having an all white long-haired oddeyed cat. Dream fulfilled, i then visited a shelter so i could adopt a playmate for her. I wanted to do my part to open my home to a rescued cat and i went home with Tiger, a neutered domestic short hair ginger local cat.  Just a short background about Tiger… he is one of the 7 litter of kitties in a sack dumped at the shelter.

I thought i would only have 2 cats. Oh how wrong i was. My family of cats expanded as i took in more rescues and even a foster. I also have a family of outside cats that i regularly feed and take care of.

Yesterday, i heard a pitiful cry of a kitten. I knew that it belonged to a neighbor who has been feeding the mama cat. Good thing that when i woke up this morning i am not hearing any kitty crying. It always breaks my heart whenever i see helpless kitties. If only i have the means, money and the time i would scoop up all the strays in the neighborhood for spaying and neutering. Sadly, spaying and neutering is not the popular option and it seems like nobody cares. My son told me the other day that i am the only person that he knew in the neighborhood who has outside cats that are spayed. But of course i wouldn’t want my 6 outside cats to multiply as it takes time, effort and money to feed and care for them.

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I used to have 8 outside cats, one became an indoor cat and the other one hasn’t come home for about 3 months now. He always comes home during feeding time and sometimes he even stays longer as i see him taking a nap at the terrace. I still think about that cat all the time. But during one visit to the vet it made me realized that he wouldn’t be coming home ever because the vet told me that he is having a hard time convincing the homeowners association to have a TNR in their village which is just adjacent to ours. What the association did was they hauled all the strays and brought them to the pound. I remembered my one outside cat who hasn’t come home and maybe he was one of those that has been caught. He always comes home and never been absent every feeding time. The chances of seeing him again is dim. I know that strays brought at the pound will not have a chance on life. I still miss that sweet cat that i named Linggit.

 

travel theme: architecture

Most of the photo entries for this week’s travel theme are all about man-made architecture. For this challenge, i decided to post the wonderful design and masterpiece of this little fellow.

The house is made of silk, with plenty of sunshine, some showers perhaps. It is located in a beautiful garden surrounded by lots of flowering plants.

nature’s architecture

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weekly travel theme: green

Shopping for summer accessories, found this cool neon green Oakley shades. I love its bright color and so perfect for summer. Nope, didn’t buy it since i already have 2 shades of my own to choose from.

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oakley neon green shades

Fans are a necessity during summer. Should i buy the orange or the green one? Hmm…

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fans

Came across this pool and i love these colorful beach balls for fun summer frolics on the beach.

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pool and beach balls

These butterfly earrings are so cute. They come in different colors to match the outfit. I think these look good on my daughter.

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fancy butterfly earrings

And this is my lucky find… peacock feather earrings. The iridescent blue and green colored feathers look so gorgeous.

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peacock feather earrings

What are your travel finds for this week? Share your photos now with Green as the theme and visit Ailsa’s blog to know more about it.

weekly travel theme: international women’s day

“This week’s travel theme is wide open for however you want to celebrate the woman or women in your life, or all women in general.”  Ailsa of wheresmybackpack.

This post is in honor of the two greatest women in my life.

My mother:

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my mother

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my mother

Today, even if my mother is old and gray now she’s still a big influence not only to us her children but to her grandchildren as well. She always tells her grandchildren the value of respect, love and kindness so they could all grow up to be better persons.

For her strength and guidance, i am giving her a bunch of green, purple and blue tulips. Green is the symbol of health and youth. Purple is for dignity and pride which represent achievement. Blue is for calmness and peace. I wish her good health, i admire her achievement for guiding us through our adulthood, and of course i want her to have peace of mind that we, all her children and grandchildren are all doing good.

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tulips

My sister:

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my sister

Isn’t she cute in the picture? I remember when it was taken because she’s the youngest and i’m the eldest among siblings. She was munching on an apple and even her cheeks have some apple bits. Anyway, my sister is my best friend. Of all the people in the world, she’s the one who really know me to bits. She always has an open mind and heart whenever i talk to her especially if dealing with some problems. She’s always been a great help whenever i needed help. I just adore her.

For her loving and caring qualities, i am giving her pink carnations. Pink carnations represent motherly or sisterly love. I want her to know that i love her so much and i miss her because she’s now based in Dubai.

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carnation

my 3 minute road trip

My 3 minute road trip from my home leads me to the newly-opened supermarket/department store. As of now, only the grocery section is open and the department store will tentatively open mid March.

rustan’s fresh

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the facade

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side parking areas

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driveway; McDonalds could be seen farther on

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front parking areas

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front parking areas

And here’s what my son is looking forward to, brewing soon… Starbucks.

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starbucks

Inside, my eyes feasted on the wide assortments of hams and sausages, cheeses, salads and sandwiches at the deli and gourmet section.

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hams and cheeses

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gourmet salads and sandwiches

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pasta dishes and olives

But my favorite section is the preserved/dried fruit section and the nuts section. There are persimmon, turkish figs, cranberry, guava, apple, dates, longan, apricot, kiwi and pomelo. Now i know where to find preserves for my baking needs.

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preserved fruits

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preserved fruits

I’m getting nuts with all the nuts that i need. There are pistachios, macadamias, walnuts, cashews, almonds and pine nuts. Almonds in powder form is kinda hard to find and i’m glad it is available here.

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nuts

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nuts

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peanuts and beans

Now here’s something new to me. This is the first time i’ve seen sweet banana peppers. They are long and large and yes about the same size as a banana.

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sweet banana peppers

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travel theme: shadows

A sundial is an instrument that indicates the time of day by means of the position, on a graduated plate or surface, of the shadow of the gnomon as it is cast by the sun. A gnomon is the raised part of a sundial that casts the shadow. (Definitions taken from dictionary.com)

Here’s a photo of the Angbuilgu Sundial taken at Deoksugung Palace, South Korea.

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angbuilgu sundial

“Angbuilgu is a sundial that was used during the Joseon era. The name Angbuilgu means upward-looking kettle that catches the shadow of the sun.

The thirteen horizontal lines mark the 24 periods of seasonal change from the winter solstice to the summer solstice and allow the season of the year to be determined. The vertical lines are time lines. The device is aligned to face the North Star, and it is marked with pictures of animals, rather than letters, for the sake of the common people who could not read.

It was first made in 1434, but the present Angbuilgu was created in the latter half of the 17th century.
Size: 35.2 centimeters in diameter, 14 centimeters high.”

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travel theme: walls

I found this wonderful wall in one of the popular malls in the metro. Actually, the reason why i photographed it is because i fell in love with the decoration on the wall as well as the matching long sofa. It is located near the fitting rooms and sadly, not for sale.

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The colors of the decoration and sofa all complemented each other. It is screaming with beauty.

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travel theme: up

Here’s what greeted me this morning in the garden when i looked up, a long vine full of cascading flowers almost touching the cable lines.

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I’ve already blogged about these flowers here and here but i would never get tired of taking photos of them because the colors are so inviting. I love the brightness and cheerfulness it brings. They are absolutely one of my favorite flowers in my garden.

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travel theme: glass

Sharing with you some photos of my ornamental dining table centerpiece made of glass. I bought these pieces about 10 years ago for just P20.00 each (about $0.50 each). It used to be on my dining table but when the kitties arrived, it now sits on top of the fridge which is way too tall for them to reach. I’m so glad i don’t have to search far to participate in this week’s travel theme.

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glass ornaments

glass ornaments

I hope you’ll share your entries too on this week’s travel theme by Ailsa.

travel theme: multiples

This photo of the lake was taken on a cloudy and foggy morning.

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lake

I am so sure you could guess what those multiple objects are as seen scattered along the edge of the lake on my photo.

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