Sunday, November 29, 2009

Web Designer Wannabe

Scrappy Thingy Day: Scrap #2

This is my very first attempt on "website designing". Hmmmm... sort of. Actually, I already did a few website designing or shall I say redesigning and customizing before. I did redesign and customize all my blogs' templates to suit my taste and the blog's purpose so to speak.

This is actually my very first website designing using CSS codes. It was made possible with the help of OurBloggerTemplates.com. Of course, my ever reliable tutor. And who, by the way, picked this blog as the 2nd place winner in one of their contests.



This is my first ever website layout design that I did without using digital scrapbooking except on the header photo. My first attempt was a digitally designed scrapbook that my blogger friend Chie taught me with so much patience. It just didn't work out for me because I am having a hard time with the tweeking. She was better than me or I shall say... an expert on that aspect because she did all her website layouts using that process.

This is my first layout design where I used images for background and Hex color codes and values with assistance from W3C.

This is my first website design layout I made for a dear friend.

And this is my first baby!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Colorful Reflections

Lens-Craft Day No. #1

I love changing seasons and for me Fall is my favorite season of all. But Fall will soon be over and while I wait... I want to cherish these amazing colorful memories of "fall".

I just love Fall for it's color and it's amazing reflections on water. It makes life more mysterious and wonderful.

Like life... water continues to flow until it reaches its destination and be one with the ocean.



Like life... the river runs freely with gentle whispers that warm the heart and soul.







Like life... the ponds and lakes go with the stillness of the moment as the mist gently rises to reach the sun.






Monday, November 23, 2009

God Save the Dolphins

As usual, I went online this morning to check my e-mails. And I was surprised to find out that my brother Gary sent me an e-mail. He rarely sends me any because he is too busy at work. But then, I realized it was just one of those "forwarded" e-mails that I frequently received from people who have e-mail accounts.

Out of curiosity, I opened it and I was horrified to find out what it was all about. Upon realizing the gravity of the situation I opted to share the e-mail with my readers here for the purpose of awareness.

It was entitled... SHAME ON YOU DENMARK!

And the e-mail contains these following words and photos:

This is just the tip of the cruelty of humans. Massacres are also in Murambi and Sudan of humans.

Denmark is a big shame. The sea is stained in red and in the mean while it's not because of the climate effects of nature.


It's because of the cruelty that the human beings (civilized human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.


This happens every year in Feroe island in Denmark. In this slaughter the main participants are young teens. WHY? To show that they are adults and mature.... BULLSH*T


In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty "supporting like a spectator"


Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, is near extinction and they get near men to play and interact. In a way of PURE friendship.

They don't die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hocks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim extremely compatible with the cry of a new born child.



But they suffer and there's no compassion till this sweet beings slowly die in their own blood.

Its enough! We will send this until this email arrives in any association defending the animals, we won't only read. That would make us accomplices, viewers. Take care of the world, it is your home!



And as my personal contribution... I am posting hoping that it will create awareness among my readers. I am also hoping that you my readers will do the same.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pomegranate Mania

As I have mentioned in my earlier post, I now go for healthy options with regards to the food I eat now. I started eating more fruit servings than I used to. And one of the fruits that I like eating is pomegranate. I just hate preparing it.

So I googled about it and I came up with these simple and unmessy steps in preparing them.

1. Cut the fruit around the crown and the bottom part of it.

2. Score the fruit into quarters.

3. Put cold water in a bowl.

4. Open the fruit through the part where it was scored to reveal the red seeds.

5. Loosen up the seeds from the fruit's hard skin and pulp in the bowl filled with cold water.

6. The seeds will sink in the bottom of the bowl and the pulp will float, remove them.

7. Strain the water and remove some of the left over pulp.

8. Eat the seeds with its pits the way you want it and presto.

Now you can enjoy your pomegrante without the messy aftermath of preparing it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Healthy Options

I recently did a little modification in my diet. By saying that, I meant... I am now eating healthier food. And with that, it means... more fresh fruit servings for me.

A friend of mine e-mailed me something about the proper way of eating fruits... here goes and I quote;

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.
So now, every time I do my groceries I make it a point that I do have my fruits. Breakfast for me will never be the same without my bowl of fruits.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Blog Concepts for this Space


I am still in the process of downsizing my blogs and just as I was down to 5 blogs… I suddenly thought I need to make a new one because I got new concept to start a new blog. Well, I am a true-blue blogger so do the math. LOL

No, I did not succumb to that impulse. Not anymore. I am a convert. I have no time. I am busy. I had enough. I have no more alibis left. But I do have options. [That’s the catch. Hehehehe]

So here goes, since this blog is my very first and here is where I write practically everything about me in general… my whining, my rants, my AHA moments, my OMG moments, my not-so-important-events-in-life moments, and whatnots… I have decided to reorganize it to accommodate all my nagging thoughts that won’t be categorized in my Tool Box, my Refuge Online, my Heart and Soul, and my Ruthilicious… the 4 blogs that have specific concept and motif.

Just like other blogs that I frequently visit and chance upon through EC dropping, I will have some sort of theme where I will blog about some of the things I love to do like… cooking, digital scrapbooking, photography and come what may. I will be using “theme” to categorize specific posts with specific concepts.

For cooking – I will be posting about food for obvious reason. Hahaha. I am not a chef by profession nor did I take a short cooking course. My talent for cooking may have come from my father’s genes who was a former cook on a tanker ship. My passion for cooking may have come from my love of food. And my ability to cook may have come from my fear to go hungry. For this cooking portion of the blog… I will call it “Food Trip Day” and I will assume the name… Left-over Diva since I mostly cook left-over food and I am very confident that I am indeed good at recreating new dishes from left-over. However, I will point it out if the food I cooked is left-over or not to give distinction.


For my digital scrapbooking hobby – I will be posting photos of the digital scrapbooks that I made to show the crafty side of me. I also have an artist’s genes in me that I am so proud of. My craft and arts give me freedom to express myself in a different level. For this part of the blog, instead of regular post to explain the photos, I will write haiku – a form of Japanese poetry that I am fond of writing every now and then. I will call this portion of the blog… “Scrappy Thingy Day”.


And for photography – I will be posting some rare photos that I find interesting every now and then to keep the blog going. This will only be posted when ideas are running low or worse... dry. [This will be my saving grace to pick up some PR from Google, hopefully]. I am not really a photographer. I just love taking pictures and sometimes I am amazed at the result of the pictures captured by my lens. I will call this portion of the blog… “LensCraft Day".

And lastly, if there will be new ideas that would pop up again in the [I hope not] not so distant future. I will surely keep you all posted... both literally and figuratively.