Sunday, December 30, 2012

image by R.A.D. Stainforth
i know it is impossible to make it permanent...
but can we at least,
just for the moment,
quit worrying and enjoy
every moment of the remaining days of 2012
to welcome 2013 with fun and happiness..

happy new year everyone!

posted for Magpie Tales

Saturday, December 29, 2012

JC Meets My Family

after flying for 15 hours, then 2 hours and finally 1 hour.
He is here in Palawan, Philippines to meet my family...
Thank you God!.. for the wonderful flights
and awesome weather... better warm than snowing...

JC with my nephew, Vonvon
(L-R) Monique, Manonh Tony, Neneng, Johann, Nanay,
Vicky, Vonvon and JC

JC with my nephew Johann
JC with my mother
JC with Uncle Jun
JC with Monique
 JC playing Yahtzee with niece Monique
and nephew, Patrick.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

wishing all of you
and a

especially to all of my followers!
the best for the coming 2013!

Chris Lawrence
Karen S
Liz Ravenpress
Other Mary
Roland Drake
Someone is Special
Jane Healy
Bernard Hunt
Paul Lawson
Robert Brooker
My High School English teacher - Cristina
Jingle Poetry
The Purple Treehouse
Justin S.
Poetry Picnic at the Gooseberry Garden

ps. click the name/title to visit or check their respective blogs...
sorry for those followers whose blog does not show when clicking on their profile.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

jrc in Butterfly Beach Garden

for two years now, my sister is slowly developing her property to eventually open to public. but for now, we are enjoying the secluded beautiful scenery...

located in Bentirao, Roxas, Palawan, Philippines...

writing loveletters in the sand... :-)

waiting for brunch...

found a tiny crab on the rock

no dishes to wash... food on the big banana leaf... yay!

for more pics click this link My Amateur Shots

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pantalan ng Roxas

Translation: Roxas Sea Port

it is a bit cloudy today so I decided to go for a walk.
as it is
i ended up visiting the controversial sea port of my hometown.
controversial? mmmm...
instead of painting it
white or yellow to be visible for fishermen
and other vessels, our local government decided to paint it pink.
reason, it's the mayor's favorite color.
safety was put aside. so sad!
but nevertheless,
i was able to take some beautiful pictures this afternoon...

for more pics click My Amateur Shots

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reasons Why I Went Home

with Vonvon and Carl Johann Rodriguez
CJ Von Ursann Rodriguez Carlos

Monique Rodriguez Carlos

with Emil Patrick Gabriel Rodriguez Carlos
banana one of my favorite
more pictures to come...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

home in Palawan

arrived 7:30am in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
on December 11 safely. oh!.. what an exhausting four flights
but worth it...

love to be home... love to be with my family...

At Robinson's Place
Minutes after my arrival
with my nephew CJ Von Ursann
with Nanay and Vonvon
with my nephew Johann
Niece Monique, Sister Thelma
Nanay, Vonvon and me

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My Voyage Home

yyz - ewr 8:30am
jfk - hkg 1:55pm
hkg -mnl 10:00pm

my voyage home starts tomorrow
dec 9, 2012 at 8:30am
i hope that air canada
will transfer me to the yyz - jfk
instead of yyz - ewr
as the short four hours transfer
from two airport is bothering and worrying me.
i have been once in new york city
and never been to new jersey.
i have tried contacting the airlines
and the agent but after a long long long
battle i failed.
the web agent airticketsdirect
is never of help.
which i think,
my obligation to let my followers and friends
know that never use this website to book your ticket.
in my desire to get what my hard earned money's worth
i did searched and checked the best fare i can get
the website offered the cheapest.
unfortunately, after doing the booking
i just notice that it doesnt make sense being booking from yyz - ewr
where my connecting flight departs from jfk to hongkong.
how about my transfer fronm the two airport.

as i have been saying,
i tried to contact them,
first, Air Canada as that's the portion that has a problem but they transferred me to Cathay Pacific, as they were saying that the booking is owned by CP. but CP transferred me to the agent.

talking to the agent, it would cost me Can$200 administrative fee, Can$150 Airline fee on top of the fare difference. funny but to buy a new ticket from YYZ - JFK is only Can$150-200. I dont know why things like this can be done by this companies. I am sorry but I hate it.

so guys, i will suggest if you would like to buy your ticket for holidays, buy it directly from the airline. it is so disapointing to hear from Air Canada and Cathay Pacific that they cannot do anything. So disappointing...

and lastly avoid booking your holidays thru AirTicketsdirect... I hate that company... i really really hate them... sorry for this...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Promise of the Sun

Who have never
felt deserted?

Who have never experienced
being left alone;
at worst felt abandoned?

Who have never gone through
the feeling of being old, rotten,
sad and rough?

You are not the first one, my friend!..
We all do...
And it will constantly come and go.

Look out the window,
It is bright and sunny!.

Go out and see
the promise of the sun.

Posted for Magpie Tales
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid

Yay! 15days and I am off
to my 5 weeks holidays
with JC to the beautiful
Island paradise of Palawan, Philippines.
My home!...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


in general view of life...
          act ten years older
          than your real age!

in fun and enjoyment...
          not bad to act ten years
          younger than your
          real age!
          take precautions! :-)

in reality/present...
          act your age!...

make sense?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mag 143

To live, laugh and love
is just a part of my life.

On my own
the very essence of my life is
to see the beauty of the world,
explore its vastness,
and experience the different cultures
with my little time,
to the best of what my resources can afford.

It is only through seeing 
and experiencing that we will be
truly grateful of what we have,
never greedy
and be generous.

Then embrace and spread the good
and hopefully, correct the mistakes.
Verdun, 1917 by Felix Vallotton

posted for Magpie Tales
photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid

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places for me & JC to visit in Palawan, Philippines...

30 days more for me...
48 days for JC...

in Puerto Pincesa City:
      Kalui Restaurant

      Badjao Sea Front

      Sunrise Mansion

in Roxas:

in Taytay:
     The Old Spanish Port - Isabel

the magestic El Nido..

and one of the eight wonders on nature

photos are not mine... taken from google search!...
click the names of the business to see more info and pics from google..
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it's easy. just click the her name
and like the profile pic on her Facebook...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Show You Care For Good Karma!

i was so happy to go to the bank yesterday to deposit my paycheque, as my boss decided to give us a little raise after another year. Happy thought, happy mood while walking to the bank that I used to go. The very handsome staff that became my friend was there and the very pleasant, happy looking lady was there to assist me. We had a little chat as they know that I am soon leaving for my 5 weeks holidays to the Philippines. 29 days to be exact. Yay!

on my way back, I decided to grab a doughnut from a coffee shop, as i am a little hungry and thinking that i might already be starving before dinner. and so i went in and fall in line.

before me is an old man, maybe between 70-80, with difficulty in walking most probably because of a stroke. there are two cashiers. so the further of the two cashiers called for him a minute before the near one called for me. his orders was handed out to him even before i can finish ordering mine.

hardly walking with his cane on his right hand and a cup of coffee and a plate of doughnut, he tried to go to his table. passing through a line of about 8 people, ages 40-60, men and women, all able bodied. nobody cared to help him. don't get me wrong here, i am not saying this because i need praises; i waited if somebody will, but nobody really cared at all. so a step or two away from me, i told the cashier, give me a sec, with no words, i approach the old man and offered help. he was delighted. got the cup of coffee and the plate and brought it to his table. went back to the cashier and finish my order.

after doing so, i went to the side, and look at the people in line. blank faces, arching eyebrows. (forgive me for this), in my mind i say! WTF! are you people thinking? are you blind?

WHEN ARE WE GONNA SHOW CONCERN? or maybe, when we are already in that old man's situation, we will complain that noone cares...

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Charis, Lake Ediza, California
1937 by Edward Weston

taking the right break
does not slow down
or stop us
on our way to our
it is helping us
gain more
to go on...

posted for Magpie Tales
picture courtesy of Tess Kincaid

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just for laugh!..

i am not short...
it's just they are sooooo tall!..
JC's nephews, Bruce and Greg

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Anniversary JRC!

A week before 10/29/11
I was so hesitant to give out
my contact information
to a guy I met online
as I do not know
what it will bring me.

Especially knowing him
when I am still coping up
with a relationship that just ended.
But, I did!

We met in downtown Toronto
With the offer that he will
take me to a place to take good pictures
As I am then keeping myself busy.
So I go.
We had quiet a story that day.

As I thought I knew the place so well.
I got tangled up and
walk a long mile
to get to the meeting place.

Good heavens!
He did not surrender
and waited...

And now,
looking back...

I am very happy
I took the chance!..

That first hug
and kiss was the start!..

Happy Anniversary JRC!..

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Posted for Magpie Tales
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid

Sunday, October 28, 2012

To The Ball I Go...

Shhh!... please do not disturb
as I am preparing for the ball.
A yearly chance to meet and greet
friends from the worldwide web.
Willow Manor is again
hosting "the ball!..
I will be wearing
my favorite once a year costume
picture taken at Buy Costume 
and will ride this
vintage car,
that I love so much
and wish I can buy
after the ball.
photo from google search
and my handsome friend,
Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley
is quite delighted
when I asked him to drive for us,
as Lord Grantham, Hugh Bonneville
both of Downtown Abbey
is escorting me...
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