Tiny Moments

The surprise of life always is finding how we have missed the things that have lain nearest to us; how we have gone far away to seek that which was close by our side all the time

Guests stay at Shangri-La who visit Boracay for the very first time, once discussed with us how surprising and impressed they are while they find out how poor Filipinos are yet how amazingly happy and friendly they have showed to them.

Well, people on this tropical island probably do not have a lot of material possessions, yet they are not poor, don’t you see?

They give away lots of smile whenever available, making everyone around feel genuine warm and happy. Spiritually, they are healthy and very rich.

Here is an example…

I went to market one day and want to buy 5 bananas, the boy behind fruit stand tried to cut off 5 yet accidently peeled additional one skin halfway… Ok, now what?

He simply handed the peeled one to me… ‘It’s yours, free’… we then checked out the scale for the 5 bananas I asked for and accordingly, I rounded up just try to make up for some of his lost. Yet guess what, he gave me way too much changes and I have to give back the amount he deserves… ‘what for?’ he questioned… ‘It is yours, for your kindness’, that is my answer.

Find, and Live on this island named Boracay in Philippines, both my husband and I always feel truly grateful and blessed.

Oh, BTW, Kitty is back… after all drama happened in our backyard with more kittens surprisingly showed up with healthy figures, together as a big happy family after his mysteriously missing over a month.

Finally, I feel relieved… just by staring at his gentle and kind face, witnessing my husband holds him as a normal house cat at our front door again.

Life is full of miracle, isn’t it?

Habagat Sunset at Boracay

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Life in General

More Lives

Did I mention that my husband has a golden heart, often playing real life hero in our daily life?

Well, he did again, and this time, he saved a tiny bit kitten from street; and yes, congratulations, besides another kitten behind the seems-pregnant-again-mom-cat, we soon will have an army of baby cats outside of the garden greeting us :D

That’s the beauty of the life, isn’t it? There’s pleasant surprise on every corner and we just did not know yet.

World Cup 2014

It is Habagat Season at Boracay.

Wind blows from west/southwest, all water sports are moved at Bulabog side from White Beach for safety reason, heavy rainfall at night more often.

It is FIFA World Cup 2014 since midnight of Jun 13 at Boracay Time.

Following qualification matches between Jun 2011 and Nov 2013, a total 32 teams participate in the tournament for the men’s football world championship, taking place in Brazil until this Jul 14.

With the time difference between Boracay and Brazil, the matches are usually midnight or in the very early hours of the morning. So thanks for the on-off raining days during Habagat Season, I finally did not miss out much of the great excitement while watching live broadcast of the games as below ;)

Sun 15 June
6am                   England 1-2 Italy

Tue 17 June
Midnight          Germany 4-0 Portugal

Wed 18 June
3am                   Brazil 0-0 Mexico
6am                   Russia 1-1 South Korea

Thu 19 June
Midnight          Australia 2-3 Netherlands

Fri 20 June
6am                   Japan 0-0 Greece

Sat 21 June
3am                  Switzerland 2-5 France

Fri 27 June
Midnight         USA 0-1 Germany
4am                  South Korea 0-1 Belgium

Mon 30 June
Midnight         Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

Good Luck Rainbow Sunset at Habagat SeasonColor after Sunset

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Peninsula Afternoon Tea

Rushed to Hong Kong for my birthday celebration around the end of last month, I just realized that I completely forgot updating my blog of May.

Sometimes it happens… uh… yet all in all, I did have a Great Time for my birthday.

Pictures attached below for the Happiness sharing… I shall certainly post another piece for this month, to make up to you, my friend ;)

PAL

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Missing Kitten

Korean neighbor gave my husband a little kitten for fear of two dogs in his house might accidently kill the small baby cat.

It is a super quiet one, tiny yet healthy (thanks to the neighbor’s effort in the past)… it is well behaved, always withdraws itself into an unbelievable small corner then curiously looks at the whole world surrounded.

We have been feeding wide cats in the garden for recent years; one named Kitty is especially close to us – pat, hold, even spray cold shower occasionally does not really bother him, probably because we fed him with milk since he’s little and almost dying by then.

‘Kitty is freak out’ according to my husband while he is holding the little kitten at doorway… Kitty is almost our door cat, greeting us on the little path home quite often. ‘I would feel a bit hurt all because he was the only one we have been taking care of in person’ as my response.

Then Kitty and little kitten were getting along well with each other, Kitty is a gentle one, I saw he is like a big brother guiding/playing with the little vigorous one.

The little one is cute… eat, sleep, more eat and sleep… it was last seen eating by sticking the whole face in the bowl while we leave the house, then it disappeared, vanished as if we never had it.

Go with flow… I told myself, it would finally show up, whining at us like it never left.

Meanwhile, the best I can do is to pray for its safety.

Little Kittencorner

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Las Vegas Trip

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas

My husband and I have been travelling to Las Vegas several times… trips I can recall were ten years ago from my city Shanghai of China, and four years ago from the small tropical island of Boracay in Philippines that we just settled in.

Both trips were lots of fun – gambled a lot, networked a lot, partied a lot… the unusual 24/7 no day and night or all day and night theme there set me free from my hectic work schedule and daily routine life almost immediately.

Whether gain or lose does not really matter as for either a short time fun or a long time entertainment.

After staying at Boracay, the Paradise under Sun also renowned as Party Island for over four years, this whole week trip in the Sin City however, was not enjoyable as we expected.

I did gamble a bit, spent a whole day shopping in the premier outlets, and yes, enjoyed fine dining at different cuisine restaurants almost every night… yet deep inside, there is no great pleasure as two trips before.

I wonder whether it is because Las Vegas is updating itself as a spectacular entertainment and nightlife city with more focus on shows and fine dining experiences than just casino gambling nowadays, or because I have been used to living a true Cruising Lifestyle surrounded by beautiful nature, friendly people, and guests from all over the world with real happiness at Boracay every day?

Now I know I am the Lucky One :)

Sin City

Night Time in Las Vegas

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Moment of Life

One of our friends on the island passed away last month.

We acknowledge it was via a text message from a strange number.

‘No way’, it was my first response… ‘Must be an awful joke or some kind of a rumor’… I was taking it easy as my husband just had a coffee chat with this friend couple days ago and I have been bumping into him here and there often.

Right away, Steve called that number and verified the fact.

Unbelievable, I was in a shock and could not accept what was happening. I was planning to pay a visit right after this super busy Chinese New Year season.

I still remember how impressive this friend was and how visually stunning that night when he showed up on his motorcycle like a shining knight in real world, personally delivered my bag which I completely forgot and left behind at his restaurant while dining with my hubby… it was that particular moment, I have recognized his inherently warm heart and genuine hospitality no matter how others have judged him since.

Things just happened too quickly… in a blink of an eye he is gone. He was healthy yet sudden heart attack took him away. Life is so fragile and unpredictable.

I begin to wonder myself, whether I would always be this busy not stop a moment for anyone in my life who I should care, love, and cherish more… if I ever know any of them would be no longer live right after?

I thought those who play games all day long are wasting their precious lives, now I ask myself whether I am the one who have been trifling eternal moments of my life away by gloomy at some tiny bit things occasionally and not let go?

Life suppose be Happy and Enjoyable all the time, isn’t it? Well, better to cherish every moment with the ones I do care, and love, from now on…

Sunset with Paraw Colors2

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse

2014 is the Chinese Year of the Green Wooden Horse, and the New Year Day arrives on January 31, 2014.

In Chinese Five Element theory, Horse is the strongest Fire animal in 12 zodiacs. Therefore, 2014 is Wood on Fire, a strong Fire year.

Wood can help Fire to burn hotter, higher, and longer, yet too much Fire implies hot temper without patient. Short-tempered personality will likely bring very poor and hostile feelings in relationships with friends and siblings, possibly bad investments, money loss, and financial problems. So adjust emotions by treating people around friendly and behaving righteously, communicate well with mutual understanding and trust in the Year of the Horse is the Key.

While Fire is ignited, the flames of Fire will go high very quickly, which means people need to prepare to receive the fortune when the opportunity appears.

In China, a prancing horse is considered a symbol of success and positive thinking. The horse also represents activity and creativity, a symbol of traveling, be prepared people will have busy schedule for their goal in the Year of the Horse.

As for people born in the year of the horse, they normally have ingenious communicating techniques, like entertainment and love to be in the crowd. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, sometimes they talk too much and are quite stubborn. Yet they are popular among friends, and active at work.

For people born in the year of the Tiger, and Dog, the Year of the Horse is a Good Year as they are good company to the Horse.

May the Year of the Horse enrich your days with Health and Happiness in abundance, My Friend :)

Happy Horse Year

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