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A Time and Space to Grieve

By on March 22, 2022

The lengthy voyage of battle ended with the appearance of the morning star in the eastern sky, signaling the beginning of a new day free of tremendous anguish and suffering. He didn’t say a word as dawn broke around him. At long last, he knew the way to his final resting place. His death occurred at first light on February 12. It’s been over a month and the pain is still unbearable.

Gene passed away a year after being diagnosed with terminal Stage 4 prostate cancer. His final wishes and requests on his deathbed were spoken with such love and respect for his family that remembering them now is the most sad and hardest thing anyone has ever done. He was aware of his surroundings until the end; it was painful to watch a loved one in this state of decline; I can feel his growing exhaustion; despite our best efforts, I’m not yet ready to let him go; he passed away just two days before Valentine’s Day; we had big plans for the holiday; it’s difficult to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Saying farewell is the worst.

Dealing with grief is difficult since it brings up terrible memories and recollections over and over again. I constantly feel the need to cry. Whether it takes a year or a lifetime, I will never forget the pain of losing someone close to me. I can’t help but think about the good times we had together in the past, the travels we took as a family both domestically and abroad, his compassion and generosity, his commitment to and love for his family, and the routines of our daily lives. I can feel his gentle touch and his closeness to me, and it makes it difficult to take the next step. I will never get over missing him till the day we are together.

nearby bedside in those final days

This is how devastating the loss of a loved one can be: my entire world feels empty and sorrowful. Going through a rough patch right now, trying to get back to normal while dealing with the pain of loss and other emotions stemming from shock and disbelief. The inability to eat and sleep has wreaked havoc on my health. It’s difficult to start over after losing him; in all likelihood, it will take many years of hard work to get back on your feet.

As time goes by, hopefully the hurt will lessen. God is our source of hope and love, and in Him I put all my trust. God is with us always, even at our darkest hours. To live is to be alive… To properly grieve, I require more time alone. Please give me the strength to carry on, it’s tough to let go. In the middle of my sorrow, I need words of COMFORT and ENCOURAGEMENT to help me regain my footing.

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Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz

By on December 18, 2021

What’s going on here? Day of Love? The baby shower? An extraordinary birthday, or any other day? It will make a beautiful addition to any kind of party. The holidays are right around the corner, making it the ideal time to start new, heartwarming rituals. Commence your own by honoring the people who mean the most to you in this world. The greatest gift you can give does more than you expect it to, and sometimes it happens.

Welcome to the world of Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz

Tempting flavors, smooth treats, and mouthwatering baked goods made just for you. More people enjoy Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz than any other, that fact alone will solve your gift-giving problem this holiday season.

Customizing holiday greeting cakes is an easy way to make your party more memorable. Indulge in the comfort of your own home while shopping for candy and sweets from Ninz. You must pre-order. You can do your shopping online, and then either pick it up or have it delivered to you. Tuguegarao, Philippines

Creative Cake Designs

Kid’s Birthday Cakes

The best custom cakes comes out to compliment your birthday celebration.

Gardeners birthday cake

For the Green thumb, gardening themed cakes is also available. It’s a hearty warm cake for your own passion. So creamy, love at first bite.

Burnt Basque Cake

For fruit lovers, fresh strawberries in the middle of the cake is equally worthy.

Blooming flowers cake

Classic cake with medley of flavors, exciting new treats for family and friends.

Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz

Senior citizen birthday cake

When you’re about to blow the whistle on… the cake that’s noticeably more luscious and velvety in texture. Try it out!

Elegant cakes

Lovely baby cake

Unicorn cake

I just recently discovered her bakeshop on social media, which is also available to anyone and serves as a useful platform for commercial endeavors. I was really impressed by the unique flavor and color combinations that she came up with for the specialized cakes. Every one of us naturally wants to share these happy times with family and friends because it is something special that was meant to be shared, and the holiday season really catches flavor at its peak. The warmth and glow of this season brings forth feelings of goodwill.

Pastries & Desserts

Cakesicles

  Doughnuts 

Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz will remain in the minds of people for a very long time. Inexpensive and flexible! They are able to accept and fulfill orders immediately. All the best to you and yours during this holiday season!

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Contact number:  0916 524 0121

Address: Pallua Norte, Tuguegarao City

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Qingjing Farm-Green Green Grassland

By on December 13, 2021

There is a common saying that goes something like this: “It looks like Switzerland; it is the green land pasture to bond with flocks of sheep; and your reward?” Personal interaction, including bonding with and feeding the gentle animals.

A tourist attraction in Taiwan, the ‘’Green, Green Grassland’’ in Qingjing farm or Cingjing farm is a hill ranch in the midst of lovely grassy hills where livestock can graze. Its elevation above sea level is 1,750 meters. The temperature swings between day and night are quite dramatic.

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm or Cingjing farm

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm

Postcard perfect scene

Aside from the picturesque scene of the pastureland, surprisingly full of life to see the spectacular beauty of the mountains and hills abounds here.

Gentle Corner

Human-Animal Bond

Sheep are one of the earliest domesticated animals and are still popular today. When I tried to touch them and they didn’t push me away, I knew I had earned their trust and could relax.

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm

Feeding the sheep with the feed provided by the park.

Outer part, sheep hair is a crimped wool and coarse but to my surprised, the wooly undercoat was soft and fluffy, much less than I thought.

It is well worth the effort to make the trip to Taiwan’s Green Green Grassland; I had my very first opportunity to interact with docile animals there, and it was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a vivacious relationship between us, so I don’t feel self-conscious moving around and touching them.

The sheep ranch, Qingjing farm, or Cingjing farm is an absolute must for any visitor to Taiwan, whether they choose to drive or hike there. The following are included in the price of a ticket to enter the green, green grassland: Grassy meadows, a park, and a pastoral region all make up the greenery that is Guanshan.

Qingjing farm Green green grassland

Address: Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Details for Site Guests

Please refrain from smoking

There is to be no overnightingProhibited foodsNo animals allowed.

Be quiet around animals.

Never combine sheep and horses for a ride

Feed the animals with park supplies.

No airplanes

No drones are allowed, period.

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Sunbird/Hummingbird in the Philippines

By on October 23, 2021

The stay at home orders due to pandemic gave me the opportunity to reconnect with nature and wildlife. I began seeing species of birds that I’ve never seen before. This month, I began to notice the presence of hummingbirds around, with rain on and off, sometimes, showers are much more scattered, I was surprised to see them eating blossoms and performed the backward upside down position and hovered overhead.

Just like other pollinators which is fairly the same way as the bees and butterflies,

Hummingbirds enjoy nectar for the same reasons. The abundance of birds and other pollinators in our backyard is a source of great joy for me.

Little hummingbirds are really adorable! Hummingbirds are unique among birds in that they are able to both fly forward and backward.

When circumstances calls for photography, I’d hate to waste the chance to obtain some decent images with a relatively unposed subject. It takes a lot of patience to wait for the ideal moment and prefocus my camera on the branch where the hummingbird is likely to land, but by watching the birds I am able to easily have a good notion of where to stand and when to wait for the birds to move position in order to get a more natural appearance.

Hummingbirds are notoriously challenging to photograph due to their quick flight and small stature. Whenever I move, this bird takes off off the branch and flies a few feet away, but it always comes back after I calm down. I think the bird realized I was just attempting to shoot it and relaxed a bit.

The birds can always count on these blooms to provide for them. I really really wish these hummingbirds would return so I could take more stunning photographs of them.

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Stunning Flower Fields in Full Bloom Chiang Mai

By on October 5, 2021

Muangkaen, located in Chiang Mai, is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Thailand. Mungkaen Flower Fields is a flower garden that covers a vast landscape and features vibrant cosmos flowers. It is a sight to behold with its fields of pretty blooms and uniquely charming cosmos that have been fully designed for pleasure and sightseeing. Chiang Mai is a mountainous city in northern Thailand known for its cool climate. It is most famous for its beautiful ancient temples, ethnic village (traditional and aboriginal) Beautiful flower fields can be found throughout this region. It is a wonderful place to visit due to the wonderful tourist attractions and the pleasant cool weather.

After having a wonderful time in Bangkok for three days, I traveled further north to Chiang Mai with my family and spent a day touring the flower fields in Muangkaen. The holiday season is a popular time to travel, and everyone had a good time together in Thailand, which is a popular vacation destination. I had no idea that going on vacation with your family and making memories together would become such an integral part of your life. We went to three of the most beautiful flower fields, which was a little bit of an outdoor adventure that celebrated the straightforward pleasures of everyday life. There, beauty blends beyond flowers, and it brilliantly won me over.

Those who are passionate about flowers should not miss a trip to Chiang Mai without seeing the stunning Muangkaen fields graceful blooms in abundance the majority of which range from bright pink to white and fuchsia. It should come as no surprise that tourists always start their sightseeing here, just like we did.

Muangkaen Flower Fields

We arrived at one of Chiang Mai’s most stunning flower fields bright and early, but there were already quite a few tourists milling about. My feelings while photographing the pretty blooms, It was a time in my life when I wished I could freeze it and stay for a little bit longer. This is something out of the ordinary, and it’s exactly what I’ve been craving.

Full blooming cosmos, which resemble daisies but are actually more compact and heavy bloomers, prefer growing in full sun and are among the quickest-growing annuals. (Check out the gallery below for illustrations)

Beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies, and bees flitted around.

The Muangkaen Flower Fields offer a one-of-a-kind setting for the recording of memoirs (historical accounts), in addition to being an ideal setting for pre-wedding photo shoots.

All of the photographs that I took while I was here will serve as the most valuable souvenirs that I take with me. Chiang Mai is a city in Thailand that is sure to captivate your heart if you are thinking about taking a trip to that country in the near future. Muangkaen is an essential stop to make if you find yourself in the northern region of Thailand.

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Fruit Photography/Fresh Strawberry Pictures

By on September 22, 2021

Strawberries are at their peak right now and my present photography subject today. These fruits have a lot of vitamins and minerals as well as it’s a good source of fiber too. I want to emphasize a very simple setting to show some of my pictures taken during my ‘’Fruit Photography Hour.

My photography setup for inside is significantly more streamlined because everything I need is right next to me. When trying to get a close-up of fruit, I’ve found it challenging to capture the angles that make the fruit look the most natural, appealing, and enticing. Lightning is very important because it will reveal the texture of the fruits My aim is to make strawberries looks fresh even on pictures.

As a food blogger, you get to indulge your interests in cooking, writing, and photography. All of this has taught me a great deal as well. It’s rewarding to watch my hard work pay off in such a satisfying way.

Let’s check out some strawberry pictures

Intrinsic beauty of strawberries

My macro shots

Having a white background makes the image more vibrant and appealing, but this technique has been used before with different caught fruits. Using macro always presents a challenge for me because of the potential threat posed by tiny fruit particles.

To emphasize my point, I am adjusting the light levels so as to prevent any unwelcome shadows from forming. Macro photography requires close-up lenses and setups. Equipped with a 55 mm, 100 mm, or 200 mm macro lens, your camera will be able to perform exceptionally well at close range.

Strawberries on a white plate

 The perfect white background for strawberries. My mood will rise and seems active, let me tell you how it was done, I used a white cardboard for the frame to reduce the intensity of light. The white background will make these fruits even brighter and sharp because it was done under full sun. If you know how to control the light by covering both sides using white cardboard to shelter from the wind and extra unwanted shadow reducing the intensity of the bright light or reflectors. The white background exposing the natural freshness of the fruit although, it is sharp.

Having a white background will emphasized more on the subject itself.

Strawberry on Green Background

Other fruits goes well with strawberries

It’s just as much fun to take pictures indoors, and I don’t have to worry about becoming too hot in the sun. It would appear I am trying to conceal anything; oh well, my skin is a pale brown to begin with. After a long day of labor, it’s rewarding to see the results of my efforts. Once I’m done taking pictures of these fruits, you can find them in my stomach.

well folks, it’s getting late, I need to go…

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Peking Duck Wraps

By on September 17, 2021

Sumptuous dishes traditionally prepared and served in a grand style, the Peking Garden, 4th level Greenbelt 5, Makati City serves the best Peking duck in the city, it was the restaurant’s specialty as the name goes well with it. Tonight, is the birthday dinner celebration of my aunt, fabulous dinner served and the most popular choice. From the 10 courses meal served, the Peking duck and the Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood was my 2 best favorites although meal’s highlight and star on the table is the savory Peking duck.

Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood

The best comfort soup and our favorite.

The Peking duck is in good shape, well-cooked and the aroma is awesome. It was very tasty, and the skin is crispy. It is bound to reign on the table.

How to carve a whole Peking duck

The Peking duck was neatly carved into even slices by the server. Started with the breast diagonally towards her holding the wing with the fork and cut through the outer layer of the breast into the joint.

Carving the breast in thin slices parallel with the breastbone and repeating with the other side. It looks like very easy to carve because the knife is sharp, that’s the secret of perfect carving.

The thin flesh was carefully arranged in a circular shape following the edge of the plate on a big white plate with the crispy skin at the center or it work both ways. You can see the difference from the photos up and down. The duck flesh at the center and the crispy skin on the edge of the plate or vice versa.

After the carving and preparation, the Whole plate of Peking duck transferred to our table along with the tortilla, stalks of spring onions and the sweet hoisin sauce.

See how it looks, Attractively beautiful !

How to wrap a Peking Duck Strips

Lay one fine strip of Peking duck flesh on a tortilla wrapper, followed by the stalk of spring onions, add a spoon of sweet Hoisin sauce on top and lay another strip of Peking duck.

This is how it looks before wrapping.

The filling looks like this inside.

Hold one end of tortilla and roll it halfway. Fold both borders and roll it again to enclose properly.

Almost done, I’m leaving one end open to show the filling inside and roll it once again to finish.

One bite, followed by another bite and more pls… I’ve tasted Peking Duck from different restaurants before but these, nothing can equal the flavor, I’ve never tasted like it before. So far, the best among the rest.

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RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park

By on September 8, 2021

Keeping me active is a great approach to relieve my pandemic tension because there is never a dull moment. For the sake of nostalgia, I was looking through some old pictures stored in a folder on my computer’s desktop. Because of its unique attractions and the fact that it is only a 20-minute drive from my house, my first visit to Rainforest Adventure Park and my return there a year later remain as my most valuable experience to this day.

For me, the best way to ensure that the wonderful times of yesteryear will be around for future generations to enjoy is to keep fantasies of bygone eras alive. There’s a backstory behind this photo, just like there’s a reason why I’m taking it today. So, shall we?

This is just some old photos I wanted to post before the epidemic hit.(Every image was captured in January of 2018) This amusement park has limited hours. Covid-19 pandemic made big changes and far from over plz. I am not here to suggest that you go to this amusement park. In the meantime, you should remain at home.

Rainforest Adventure Park

It is the first adventure theme park constructed and managed by local govt. unit, it is the project of Mayor Bobby C. Eusebio and Pasic City Council. RAVE is equipped with different outdoor facilities, a leisure ground for the public located in village of Maybunga Pasig. It was opened in 1977 but relaunched as RAVE known as ‘’ Rainforest Adventure Park Experience’’ in 2013 after the completion of additional features such as the Zip line, Boating lagoon and Skatepark. It also features the following: Butterfly house, Boating Lagoon, Rapid rides, Park pavilion, Botanical Garden, Pool area, Aviary, Mammal sanctuary, Kiddy land, Train station, Amphitheatre, Flower fields, Chess pavilion, Reptile house, Mini Zoo, Maze Garden, Tree house as well as picnic and camping ground.

In the two hours I spent at RAVE, I was able to explore many of the exhibits and take photos in my favorite areas, including the Butterfly house and the Flower fields. The memories of my special connection with the zoo animals just won’t fade. This 4.8-hectare park packs in a lot of activities and attractions in a short amount of time, but if you want to see everything, you’ll need more than an hour.

Reanimating a prehistoric animal. The walkways are decorated with life-size statues of dinosaurs, giving the impression that you have stepped into a prehistoric country straight out of Jurassic Park. The dinosaur replicas are available for photo ops at your leisure.

Rainforest Adventure Park Attractions

Early March is when most tourists flock to Rainforest Park for the best boating, wildlife viewing, and flower viewing. All of the must-see attractions in the rainforest are in close proximity to one another; it’s a one-stop shop for a nice day in nature. RAVE is for you if you appreciate nature in all its forms, including flora, fauna, and aquatic organisms.

Boating Lagoon

Paddle boats on a man-made lagoon. A paddle boat is a self-propelled boat that can cover significant distances. The 20-minute paddle excursion was fun for my sister and me and a great opportunity to get some exercise.

Butterfly House

I’ve spent more time at this location than I like to admit getting up up and personal with the butterflies so I can photograph them. This stunning habitat had a garden full with different kinds of butterflies.

My favorite spot to capture the most colorful insects. Butterflies are my favorite subject to photograph as well as my favorite agent of pollination. My endless photo shoot shows my great admiration for them. I have captured great photos and of course, I realized the power of pictures, it’s difficult to select which one fits the best.

Amaze Garden

An outdoor garden maze is a puzzle game, the dividers are made of plants formatted into a maze and it’s quite tough and confusing to solve the path route to the end.

Flower Fields

The giant sunflowers are the garden’s backbone and the major attraction, yet they are just one of the many wonderful things to see in Rainforest Garden. The Flower Fields landscape style incorporates a wide range of flowering plants, including popular perennials and annuals, into a cohesive whole.

Wind beneath the eye-catching monster sunflowers are perfectly attractive and sun-kissed pointing skyward. Adventure photography is a must-do here.

Botanical Garden

A lovely walk around worth seeing situated next to the flower fields is the Botanical Garden.

Deep well is an open framework that serves as a garden accent.

Aviary

The Bird Sanctuary, also known as bird flight cages, is a refuge for migratory and threatened bird species. A little stop to take pictures of the birds is an essential part of my day. There are several stunning birds in the area.

Crowd pleasing ducks

Petting Zoo

It is a combination of wild and domesticated animals, you are free to touch but not allowed to feed them. This attraction is a family leisure activity.

There’s no need to be in a hurry; there are benches spread out conveniently all around to let you take a load off and relax in the shade. In the end, you’ll have seen and done everything there is to see and do at Rainforest.

Locating the RAVE Pasig Rainforest Adventure Park: the Essential Information.

Three hours later, the sun is nearly at its zenith. After a fun and exhausting day, my sister and I headed home about noon.

Needing more? The highlights of Rainforest Park cannot be covered in a single post. When I return, I really hope the weather is nice…

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Welcome ”BER” Months!

By on September 1, 2021

It’s the first day of September and the start of what is known as ”BER Months” it marks the beginning of the yuletide season. ”BER” simply means the four months of the year September, October, November and December, Take note > BER at the end of the suffix. The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ”BER” is Christmas. Philippines holds the longest festive season in the world starting from September to December of each year. what is so special about it? It might be your favorite months of the year, it makes us happy and excited to think of the merriment it brings and the start to create Christmas holiday spirit into your home.

”BER Months” under Pandemic

The 2nd year of the pandemic has been very difficult for all of us, we are still experiencing a global battle facing a common enemy and the blues about cold season approaching. While everyone is at risk to be infected by COVID-19, it’s the time to be more alert and cautious, rainfall varies much more and bit colder than usual, it is considered as health threat as the virus deepens.

Living through a global pandemic and preoccupied with guidelines, How does one celebrate Christmas this year amidst pandemic? Stay safely at home, we might as well celebrate Christmas with only family members as Christmas is always in our hearts so, Cheer up! Let us pray together, spread more love and hope. Stay safe and healthy everyone and May God bless us all!

Wishing you all a COVID-FREE Christmas!

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Winter Melon Bowl

By on August 23, 2021

Winter melon Bowl is a vegetable shell and an excellent serving dish for soup. The good thing about the shell, it’s quiet thick and good enough to hold the heat of the soup.

Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood

This is the internal part, wide and clear white. I don’t see any damage parts.

Complete example of Winter melon shell, Four Winter melon Bowl on the table, wrapped in plastic Cling wrap to support  the whole shell. It’s heavy that needs a support to stand but no signs of swelling at the base.

Two servers carefully ladled in assorted seafood inside the shell and scraped the flesh of winter melon using a long-handed cup-shaped spoon followed by the clear soup to fill each bowl. For our finale, picking a piece of shrimps over the edge of the winter melon bowl.

Peking Garden 4/L Greenbelt 5 Makati Phase 2 Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila serves the best Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood

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