New Beginnings

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love"; it is what counts in the end, after all. When we need to look back and see things we have done, it's always gratifying if they make us smile and happy that they were just so; no regrets or pain. As I am made to see the world, to be the best I was designed to be; be in that way, going on with a patient and accepting heart to master.

I have such a very challenging and unforgettable year, the highlight and another benchmark, but this time I have a lifelong companion, my loving husband, with people behind us, our supportive families. I'm so grateful for that. And it's a new beginning, a very good start, indeed.

Happy New Year!!

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Saddam Hussein executed in Baghdad!

I was watching HD net movies yesterday so I missed the news. Hubby told me about Saddam Hussein hanged yesterday! Well, what a history, but some said, he is now in the garbage of history. I hope that garbage will be filled with justice only, no more Flor Contemplacions. I just see there is no respect of person in justice, and good in Iraq. I wonder what will the outcome be in Iraq from now on with regards to the war in terror. Not that I'm against the war, I stand with the President's principle, but as Pres. Bush "said in a statement issued from his ranch in Texas that bringing Saddam to justice "is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror." Very important milestone, indeed. Hope his death will lessen violence in there if not halt it. I"m so looking forward to February when we will go to the Carolinas to visit Amanda before she will be deployed to Iraq.

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Every Moment Counts

And we should make it. I have access to the Internet 24hours a day and every time I come in here I would see some people I know of and some friends. Due to time difference I would not like to start for they might be about to go, but other than that, I just look at them being there without getting in touch. This makes me feel I have missed some important moments I could have reached out and comfort those people close to me. I'm guilty of this. This I humbly accept and I know it's within the bounds of my struggle to being positive. Now there are two dear friends whose times of weakness or loneliness had passed and I could have helped in those moments. Well, there are still time to amend and I learned something good today that will make this even better individual. And I'm glad that I have just started so. Let every moment counts and make a difference to someone's life, and counts to one of the good memories we will look back one day.

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My Best Christmas Present

is the one I hated most- a cat!! How surprised and irritated I was when hubby held the cat and let her hand get my attention. But what touched me was when he said "she needed a mother, she didn't know one, she needed a home, someone to care for her". That changed it. I still don't like to touch her though. But when I looked into her face she closed her eyes and oh so cute a creature, it touched my heart, so delicate, I pity her so much! I named her Lady Gishi. And she's a company. Who will go with someone whenever, wherever, even to the bathroom? So funny kitten, it amuses me, except when she scratched me with those curious arms, and claws. Alas, she also scratched the leather sofa!

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"The Most Beautiful Chapel in the World"

Thorncrown Chapel
Address: 12968 Hwy 62 West, Eureka Springs
Location: Countryside West
Follow Hwy 62 west, towards Beaver Lake. We are located on the right hand side of the highway about 5 miles out of Eureka Springs.
Web Address:


Thorncrown Chapel is a 48 foot tall glass structure with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It was designed by renowned architect E.Fay Jones. Available for daily visitation, retreats and weddings. Called the most beautiful chapel in the world, the glass and steel wonder hides deep in a woodland setting. There is no admission but donations are gratefully accepted

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Berlin Wall Section

There I saw the actual 10x10 Berlin Wall Section.

Address: Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs
Location: Passion Play Road
Hwy 62 East on Passion Play Road. Located on the grounds of the Great Passion Play

Description: As a symbol for freedom from tyranny, a 10 foot section of the Wall is displayed near the Christ of the Ozarks on the grounds of the Great Passion Play. Psalm 23 was lettered by East Berliners while imprisoned under Communism. Always open. Near the Christ of the Ozarks Statue. Free.

There I also know that

  • Between 1945-1961 2.7 million escaped East Germany
  • In 1960, 200,000 East Germans escaped to freedom
  • Order given to build Wall- Sunday Aug. 13, 1961
  • Construction began Aug. 16, 1961; completed 2 mos. later
  • Initially 6 ft. high bricks topped with barbed wire
  • 1970-Wall raised to 10ft. steel-reinforced concrete
  • Length 103 miles
  • 200 East Germans killed trying to escape
  • Most artwork on wall done at night
  • In darkness, this artist saw light; in despair, the word of God; in repression, hope for freedom
  • the Wall fell on November 9, 1989
  • so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed... John3:16

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    Eureka Springs!

    We woke up at two a.m. and headed north to the state of Arkansas quarter to three am. It would be a long trip and very memorable one. With the aid of an atlas and mapquest, we found our way to Arkansas' highest point. I was so excited for this "honeymoon trip". At last everything was set and all we needed to do was travel the 10-hour quest estimate. Along the way we picked some 19deg Fahrenheit the coldest yet I had been. It was so cold outside when we stop for few minutes for some knicks to knack and some gas about 5am and shortly after we entered the Arkansas state. The atlas shows that Eureka Springs City is in the north, so we have to cross the whole state of Arkansas to reach the destination. It was daylight already and we stopped again for breakfast at McDonald's. I thought it kind of funny if it is, but I brought 4 boiled eggs with me to eat along the way, but we ended up throwing it for I didn't eat them. It was a hilly and curvy highway we rode on and within the rocky mountains. So nice countryside scenery, and the water flowing from the rocks turned into ice! If it was on the cave it would have been like stalactite and stalagmite. So wonderful. We passed the city of Little Rock Arkansas, a nice place. When we were going still up north we begun to see some snow. So fair a thing, my first sight indeed.

    Finally we were on the city of Eureka Springs.

    but we still had to find the Bed and Breakfast Inn we booked into. So we followed the quest's direction and trekked into a 0.10mi turns there. Some streets there have more than one name and others don't have any, and it happened to be the one we would take following the turns and distances of the guide. We didn't imagine that that nameless street led to a road winding the mountain inclined to 50degrees with snow! I always appreciate snows before but I didn't actually realize they could be dangerous and so slippery on the road until I was there. I felt so safe with my husband driving, and trust his truck, but there were few seconds I was scared when we first advanced upward and slid back. It happened also that that road had no turning for trucks. Well, after some locking on the wheels we drove up in that slope with snow and released our breathes when we reached the top. We promised then never to pass that road again. But due to some confusion with the streets there, we ended up passing the same road again. Hehehe. Glad it was OK. We finally reached the Hotel, sorrounded with snow, after some turning back round and round looking for the signs and directions and beat the mapquest by two hours and we rested the whole afternoon. Just had no decent sleep and tired, but glad we arived there ok.

    Eureka Springs is an old, historic, little, compact town full of shops on Arkansas' peak, whose spring waters were thought to have healing properties. The City of Eureka Springs was founded and named on July 4, 1879. By late 1879, the estimated population of Eureka Springs reached 10,000 people and in 1881, the town was declared a "City of the First Class," the fourth largest city in Arkansas. Today, their history lives on and the entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On Spring Street, the mood is eclectic, the architecture is Victorian, the patrons are diverse and the cuisine is served with an international flair. Spring Street is populated by galleries, shops, nightclubs, coffee houses, quirky local hangouts, elegant gourmet restaurants, gardens, massage therapists, healers of various sorts, street musicians, artists, and starry-eyed lovers. While they're nowhere near the 4th largest in Arkansas, Eureka is still a "First Class City", featured in Ripley's "belive it or not" many times, more than any other town, so they say..

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    A Dickens of a Christmas!

    On our first evening there we rode around the town to be familiar with the streets and to eat in a local flavor. So good food. And as its holidays there, they had a parade on that night, and we saw people dressed like those a century back, with their canes, walking sticks, hats and fabulous clothes. I could imagine them dancing to the song "new york, new york", hehe. It was so cold and the snows thickening but it didnt hinder the fun..

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    Christmas Tree

    I had finished wrapping half of our Christmas gifts yesterday. There is so much joy in wrapping those presents knowing that the recepeints will be surprised and happy with what's inside those wraps. I enjoyed each scotch tape I sticked on the wraps. Christmas is a favorite! Just like what aunt Gert said. December 2nd Johnny and I brought out the Christmas tree from the attic and had it assembled, with his new Christmas Cd's on the background and some wine on the sides. The next day Tanner helped in the lights,on the fourth, I have done the finishing touches according to my hubby's taste:-). So lovely a tree. It's so Christmas in this house, our home, so good to be.

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    Mr. Sam Shot a Deer!

    My father-in-law shot a big deer today. It's the first time I actually see a deer here after so many talks of deer and tracts on the yards. Wow, it's really big a deer, and it had got blue eyes, lol, and it does not smell so good. Good shot, it was the only deer on that very cold morning that Mr. Sam saw. Great! Good prize. As it is my first sight of the creature, it is not that extraordinary though, it's just OK; the distinctive difference of the actual to the shows and pictures I saw of them is the smell, that make them what they are. Memorable though.

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    Appointment for Biometrics

    I received a letter I-797C from the Department of Homeland Security today stating my appointment date and time for biometrics capture. I'm glad it's on the 19th so I will go to New Orleans with Johnny then. He is in flight now bound Amsterdam wherein I'm going to receive a call from him there. Tomorrow he will be home!! I can't wait, just missing him so much. I and my mother-in-law will pick him up at the airport afternoon. I am just excited and thrilled, hehe. I have just finished polishing my nails in his favorite shade, and I will not worry what to wear from the wardrobe he completed for me for he chose already what I will wear tomorrow, OK, no worries for me there. Everything is well.

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    The Netherlands is known for its Tulips. Johnny is just romantic and thoughtful. He is shopping for those tulips as presents for me to give to the women of his family. I have just to keep one for me for my mother. I hope its OK, it must be since they sell it inside the airport, it's just that they didn't allow water the last time I and my hubby flew. I can't wait to see him in the airport tomorrow with a bagful of tulips! Isn't that cute? Wink..

    We can always move the appointment schedule, but we are not sure yet when is his hunting trip to Mexico. Gosh, it's the second time I want to go with him to that place. I just can't leave the USA these times yet. Well, it is ok. All will be well, Ladygishi.

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    "Saving Prvt. Ryan"

    I have just finished watching the dvd. It's a very good movie. It's a mission of eight men to find Pvt. James Ryan in the warfield whose 3 soldier brothers had just been killed, to pull him out there to console his grieving mother; and face the risk, take courage and decency. If only there could be no war. But even in the old times there were wars already of the ancient nations. Even before the world was made! I just bow at the courage and strength of those soldiers to go to the battlefield to fight and defend our nations! Knowing that their ends are uncertain. Knowing that they fight for their country and freedom. That movie was set in the D-day. The times when our uncles or grandfathers not just defend our country but their lives in the field. As I watched the movie...

    I can't help to think of my cousin Elmer, a Filipino soldier, and Amanda who will be deployed in Iraq in few months. The Lord will protect them under His wing and give them a refuge in the shadow of the Almighty. After all, there is victory in the good.

    "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em".

    Of course I dont like war but it does not make me hate Bush. If no one will fight the enemy, who will stop them then.. As the saying goes in my vernacular "if it can not be solved sitting down, solve it standing up!" or even crawling in the ground. We know we are right, triump is ours. And for them in the battlefields there are still many who come and save prvt ryan.

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    A Day with Aunt Gert

    I had a great day today with aunt Gert. I went with her shopping for some groceries I have to prepare before my husband Johnny comes home! We had a good time and I feel good today. She just helped me a lot, and I'm glad I was of help. I've been waiting for someone to go the food store and she was going there anyway. Johnny is offshore. One day I will be the one driving for aunt Gert and Sis. I really want to drive for my mother-in-law. She called me later about the errand, and just to check on me. She simply cares, too much, iI feel sometimes like I'm a 6 year old.
    I wish we will start my lessons here when everything is relaxed already after Johnny comes. I can't wait! I will be well.

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    Hanging of the Green

    I went to church this morning with aunt Gert in her car. She's a very nice lady. I hope someday soon I will be the one driving for her to church. The clock alarmed at 1pm so it's time to go to aunt Gert's to help her do her Christmas tree and decorations. I rode in a four wheeler down the side of the road and when no trucks in, I hurried to cross the road across Danny's to aunt Gert's house. We had a nice chat and later did the Christmas tree up, it was so pretty, and she got all kind of stuff that went in there. It was so lovely tree with all the lights. We were chatting again at the porch, uncle Joe watching the Saints' football game. Then Sis called and asked me if i would come with her to church in the evening..

    green tree

    I and aunt Gert beside the tree we put up.

    I didn't know that it would be 5pm. For me it was so early, way too early but I have to go and experience it. She came just when i was ready. But when I got there, I thanked that I came that early because I really liked the message of our teacher there. "Purpose-Driven Life is a good book, but we don't have to waste all our time to discover what's our purpose in here. Just follow and worship God that is what we are here for, that's our purpose. Just submit to God's leading and everything will be under God's control."

    Oh I didn't expect I would be in the choir practice room. They will be practising for the choir tonight, as sis sings in the choir, she brought me along with me there, so I joined but I didn't go to the choir stand to sing with them, I didn't think it was good that time. So I just have to find Mr. Sam and sat with my father-in-law, which I'm glad to see there.

    It was a good evening there, with all the decorations and lights they have in the sanctuary, so pretty. The songs, and the readings, and little inactment, and of course The Hanging of the Green, where we stood up and hang the stuff we brought with us to the christmas tree inside, it was so pretty. I was having a nice time.

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    Some News From Home

    I called my family at around 1am. We had a good talk with my mother and my siblings. It was Sunday afternoon there and the church people were at home gathered for some choir conductor's short lecture. I could even hear from the phone the voices of my aunts singing! Nostalgic! He he. My youngest brother was excited and was kind of proud to tell me that our PC at home got some virus; he's a cute brother. And what good news I gathered which made me happy and kind of wish-I'm-there was that that youth who got stabbed was getting good now, and the suspect went to our church to ask forgiveness so made them all watery there. As I keep telling myself: everything works for our good, no matter how painful they may be in the moment of weakness. He is still the master of our fate, the master planner, who crafted us into His perfect plan.

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    A Day with Sis and Cody

    Funny day! My mother-in-law called me when I was still chatting with my sister and asked me to go to town with her and Cody, her great grandson.
    So we went there. A pretty little town. She is fond of jewelry, and they have some on display there. She bought me a violet butterfly and Christmas pin. I chose a blue butterfly pin, it was pretty, and when i looked closely to it, wow, made in Philippines. He he. Then we went to a place to eat for lunch. I just had had my breakfast so i just ordered ice cream and paid for their burgers. Silly me, I should have remembered that sizes here are different from at home. Gosh, there was no way i could finish a large cup. That's triple extra large there at home! And their burger no wonder they were burned for they've been prepared for almost an hour. My mother-in-law, Sis, and Cody was so hungry then, Sis went to the restricted area. Well, we just laughed.. Funny.. we agreed it would be better next time, lol.. much for me, hahaha.. well, if my husband was with me, it would be different. He could have saved me. Well, it was a great day, indeed, especially for sis.

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    Some News From Home

    I received an email from my elder sister earlier telling me of updates at home, maybe it's really human nature, but I wanted to hear anything that has been happening there. We have one of the young people at church who is in the hospital for a week now. He was badly hurt, got stabbed and nearly lost.. This young man was in my plan to be one of my groom's men, in the end we ended up having his two friends in the entourage. All brethren are important to me, but there is something inside that make me feel them special. They attend our church when they have nearer choice, and they're good normal young people. And I want them to feel cared and important. The forgiveness in himself to the person who did it to him, oh can't help but spend some tears as I lay down in my nap, I hope my prayers help to reduce the pain; and also my friend, how my heart constricted for her. God protect your children. Though sometimes we might be the captain of our soul, no matter how strait the gate, You are still the master of our fate.

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    How time has passed so quickly! Tomorrow will be the second to the last Thursday of the month, (which we have 5 Thursdays this time) The Thanksgiving Holiday!! I really thought today is still Tuesday, lol... I will be going tomorrow to aunt Gert's with my mother-in-law for a thanksgiving dinner. It will be my first time to have that. Back at home in the Philippines we have that thanksgiving also but we hold it at church which falls most every church anniversary, so it will not always be the last Thursday of the month there. I can't remember if i have eaten turkey, but tomorrow seems to be my first:-), all i remember what i had eaten once or twice only were those "sawa" and "halò", lol, well...

    I have so many things to be thankful for. I'm really thankful to the Lord for the blessings poured on me. There had been many stones along the way, but the blessings dim them all. I'm so thankful to God for my husband. I'm married now to the most loving man i know. I'm so proud of my darling. I'm also so thankful for my in-laws here also, they make me feel at home and they have been so nice to me. My mother-in-law, 79, is very motherly. She worries that i will be scared at home when I'm alone when there will be a blackout! How she prays for me. I am blessed by her. God had let me met her so that I can see more of myself to be understanding, caring and loving; I still have to work this out. My father-in-law was a nice and funny man, he was a soldier who had been in th Philippines in those war days, and often talks of it. I'm so thankful for them, my husband's sister-in-law, Roxanne, is specially nice person, I'm just home! As i told myself before, I will not be so homesick this few months if i feel good here, I feel so loved, instead. As much as I'm thankful for here, I'm also very thankful to my family, as ate elai said, no other people will stick to us in all times but family, praying for them as much. I know that they take comfort of my news that OK here, i talk almost everyday too with sister gaga, I pray they will always be okay and safe. I love them all, miss them! Everyday is a thanksgiving day, and tomorrow there is something especial when many people will give thanks the same time.. We will be..


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    I am Pinay! I am Asian..

    I am a butterfly emerging from my cocoon, a struggle that is in very very slow and prolonged motion. But I still believe, in greener pastures, bluer skiers, silver lining in the clouds and sunshine after the rain.
    Of fresh cut green grasses is my favorite smell.
    My mom and dad's early morning and night talks are my favorite sounds on earth; so much to share, so much to listen to, in how to begin the day, and how was your day, as they go to sleep at the same time, every time. May we?
    Sky blue is my favorite color because it is "heavenly", and so is white because it is "pure", green is 'fresh', red is "hot", and blue-green because it is "executive and cool".
    I admire people who maintains a cool head under fire. Who know how to say the right and positive word. For me, "a real man does not hurt a woman, physically or mentally, he loves but once and faithfully".

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