The past two weekends were just about lazing around.
There was that attempt to do succulent-gardening, which was a relative success.
And then, the next weekend became days for celebrating two birthdays and hosting a reunion with friends.
And before the celebrations ended, a pleasant surprise came from a friend who had just arrived from Japan recently!
How about you? How was your weekend?
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I’ve been attempting to decorate my home with plants, albeit unsuccessfully. Unlike my mother who is fantastic with plants, I am a certified plant-killer. A few years ago, I actually managed to kill a cactus! How I was able to do that to a virtually indestuctible plant is still a mystery to me. But I really want to mend my ways. I envy those who have beautiful, healthy-looking plants at home. I swear when I have the time, I will grow an indoor container garden, similar to these inspiring rooms I’ve managed to round up from around the net.
//Aren’t these humorous pots just delightful? Potters Luis Llamas and Lydia de la Piñera say their creations are ‘naturally imperfect’. Just like most of us! See more of their cute little pots over at Wacamole Ceramic.
//Ahhh… what could be a better home for succulents than recycled wood? Created by A+R_Busch.
//I almost died of envy when I saw this shelf in the home of floral designer Jackie Reisenaur. How does she manage to keep all these beautiful plants… alive? See more of her beautiful home here.
//Isn’t that cute little tripod planter adorable? I want one! Sadly, all of Atelier Stella‘s pots are sold out! I can’t wait for her new products and I hope she re-launches soon!
//I love these pots with personality by Danish design duo Meyer-Lavigne. I also love the way they describe each pot. Pictured above, for instance, is Esmeralda. “Esmeralda is a big Flower Me Happy Pot. She is perfect for sculptural houseplants. Esmeralda is a warm blooded woman with a big heart.” Wow! Esmeralda is me!
//Steve Soria, a leather craftsman based in Sta. Barbara, California, created these leather plant hangers. He says he used to make some as gifts for friends. Steve, can we be friends? See more over at MakeSmith.
In the end, it doesn’t take much to brighten up a room. Even just one potted plant makes a lot of difference. Hopefully, I’d be able to start planting soon. I’ll keep you posted!
Food for Thought:
My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
With all the wonderful cleaning products available in the market today, it is getting harder and harder to tell which one is better than the other. More important, it’s dificult to tell which ones are harmful to us. Here’s a quick guide to help us determine which among the products we use are safe and which ones should be tossed out.
Praying was something I used to love doing. Talking to God used to calm me and make me feel instantly renewed. But when I started working and things became too busy, I just sort of lost interest. I would find myself too tired at the end of the day and would pray without real interest.
Recently though, I have started praying again. Not the perfunctory prayer that I’ve been so used to doing but the real, heart-felt kind. What changed? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s age or ironically, work. All I know is that I’m praying again and I feel good.
One of the things that helped me is the Daily Examen. It’s a technique “invented” by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founding father of the Society of Jesus, and it is described in his Spiritual Exercises. The technique is very helpful to those who have trouble concentrating. It definitely helps ground me in prayer, especially since I have such a short attention span!
For those of you who would like to try it, here’s an infographic you can use. It’s an easy-to-follow method that even non-Catholics can do.
I have so much on my mind lately as I’ve been struggling to write several papers for graduate school. I swear I will go crazy soon. It’s not easy to be a student at this age!
Good thing I can surf the net in between lessons. (Yeah, it can be counter-productive but that’s another story.)
This morning, I stumbled upon something I totally needed: photos of the most adorable dogs you will ever see, taken in mid-slow mo. I was laughing so hard as I looked at these guys photographed by award-winning photographer Carli Davidson.
Shake is a photographic series that Davidson began some years ago and which she finally compiled into a book and published in 2012. She has captured the wacky images using a high-speed camera that shoots at 10 frames a second, and specialized lighting that enabled her to snap even the most minute of details.
To know more about SHAKE, visit Carli’s website here.
Meanwhile, here’s the motion version of SHAKE. Enjoy!
Okay, enough of this. Lemme go back to my studies.
The tea pot lived as Pinatubo volcanic ash before I found it sitting on a shelf in a shop in Glorietta. The cup and saucer lived separately in Japan- perhaps formed by hands of master potters-before winding up in two different surplus stores in Manila where I found them. Somehow they’ve all ended up here, a complete set on my table– each with a different past but all with the same present and future.
Sometimes, when I’ve had a full week, my brain automatically shuts down on the weekend. The last thing I want to do is think of what to cook. Scouring the fridge for leftovers is a desperate option. Good thing I stock my pantry with a few staples that can get me through a lazy day like today: canned tomatoes, dried herbs, pasta, plus a few tasty ingredients.
Today was such a day. Luckily, I found some shrimps in the freezer. So this is what I came up with. You have to make this. I mean it. You really do.
Pasta with Shrimps.
Sauté onions and garlic.
When garlic turns golden brown, add shrimps. Be careful not to over cook the shrimps.
Sprinkle with fresh or dried basil.
Add canned tomatoes and a little tomato sauce.
Season with salt and pepper.
Let simmer for a couple of minutes.
Mix sauce with freshly cooked pasta.
Enjoy with a glass of wine.
After consuming, go back to bed.
Food for Thought:
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
― Julia Child
Hi. My name is Pauline and I’m a banana chips addict. You wouldn’t blame me once you’ve tasted these.
I bought a bag of these chips from the university cafeteria yesterday. And I couldn’t stop stuffing my mouth with them. So this weekend, I will make some at home using this recipe. I hope they turn out as crisp and delicious!
Meanwhile, I’m feeling a little under the weather. A few of these homemade cough drops may be able to keep the cough and colds away. Will try the recipe here.
Finally, I’m planning to revive my garden which has become a giant litter box for my cats lately. I’m thinking of getting succulents which are so beautiful and easy to care for. Like these ones:
Aren’t they just pretty?
How about you? What are you up to this weekend?
Food for Thought:
Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.
After almost a year, I was finally able to go home to my hometown in Ibajay, Aklan last week. The trip was even more special because we celebrated my mother’s birthday, which was just a couple of days after our town’s Ati-Atihan Festival. As always, going home and seeing my parents was such a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. There’s really no place like home.
Swings remind me of my childhood. There’s something about them that makes me feel carefree and adventuresome. On a swing I can go as high as I can, with not a care in the world. On a swing I can get lost in my very own space.
This super-cozy Swingrest Hanging Lounger was designed by Daniel Pouzet, co-architect and designer of Dedon Island in the Philippines. It is said to be the first product to come out of Dedon’s Outdoor Living Lab. It comes with a cute little table, perfect for resting your glass of wine or iced tea on! Have a look at Dedon Island here.
Food for Thought:
You’ve got to be rich to have a swing like that.
There was a time when I had an unhealthy obsession with notebooks. Hardbound, softbound, spiraled, stitched… it didn’t matter! I would hoard several just because. I just loved how I felt whenever I wrote on them and the resulting creativity and momentary ‘blackouts’ (i.e. getting lost in my thoughts) that went with writing. But of course, I’d like to think that I’ve outgrown that obsession (yeah right! :) ). What I haven’t outgrown, though, is the need for a notebook planner. I’ve attempted to go paperless several times. I’ve tried using palm pilots, digital calendars and now, calendar apps but to no avail. I’d always go back to writing on a notebook planner. Needless to say, my love for notebooks run deep.
Ten years ago, I started using Moleskine notebooks. They may be pricey (overpriced, some say) but they’re the only luxury I afford myself. Okay, them and bags. Haha. Seriously, Moleskine is in a league of its own. And I think a Moleskine notebook is worth every penny.
So here I am at the beginning of a new year with a new Moleskine with fresh, crisp pages to write on. But as not all notebooks are created equal, even Moleskines need a hack or two. So here are some tips.
I keep my Moleskine along with other writing implements in one place for quick organization and easy access. This year, it is this this zippered file holder which I bought from Saizen for 88 bucks (about 2 dollars).
Contents from left (clockwise): neon colored tape, stick-on notes, pencil case (with 2 pens) washi tape, small notepad, Moleskine planner and stickers to colorcode activities.
Since the planner I bought had no boxed monthly pages, I printed out my own and attached the pages onto the notebook using Washi tape.
I can’t wait to start filling out my notebook. How about you? Do you have Moleskine hacks as well? Do share!
UPDATE: Click here to download the calendar template I made. You can edit all the dates and the highlighted events at the lower portion of the calendar. Enjoy!
Food for Thought:
Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
-Pearl S. Buck
A kitchen’s backsplash can make a whole world of difference, methinks. Not only is it practical, it also ‘prettifies’ the room, especially when done with taste and sophistication.
I love this kitchen designed by interior designer Katie Ridders.
I love the combination of the blue and yellow Moroccan tiles set against the red cabinets and shelves in this kitchen.
Finally, I appreciate the simplicity of this backsplash made of handmade terracotta tiles. In a country home, it is perfect. I just don’t know how the homeowner has managed to keep the unpolished tiles look so clean.
As always, please click on the photos to get to the source.
Food for Thought:
The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.