Sunday, October 31, 2010

Uncovering the Covered Bridge

A joyride with a friend one Sunday afternoon after work lead us to this awesome wood covered bridge in Parsonfield. It was not my first time to see this bridge but it was my friend's first despite the fact that she lived just 3 miles away from this historical bridge.
The first time I saw it was when my Hubby brought me there during my first year here in Maine and when I was not in my best mood. It did magic to me.

Scenic Sunday

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Season

Maine has 1.25 million acres of land dedicated to farming and agricultural industry. And one of the most exciting and new things that I came to appreciate here is going to the orchards to pick our own fruits. Coinciding with the Apple picking season is the Pumpkin season. This is an entirely new experience to me because we don’t usually pick vegetable straight from the garden but rather from the public market. And we are not familiar with pumpkin either but more with squash. The only place where you can get pumpkin is from the high-end grocery stores [according to my cousin] and it costs a lot. They usually use it for carving too for Halloween decorations around the posh subdivisions in Manila where they adapted the American tradition to elevate their status from the already lower-than-lowest class in the society. It’s a status symbol back there.
A couple of years ago, I got the chance to see lots of them at the Orchard where we picked apples. I wasn’t able to really go and pick them from the vine though. They were already picked and scattered on the ground near the farm house. But the most amazing event for me was when I went with my in-laws to the Cumberland Fair where I saw all those huge, humongous and gigantic pumpkins weighting over a thousand pounds. That was really a very memorable experience for me.
This year, we were not able to go back there because we were all busy with work. I only see the winning pumpkin weighting 1200+ pounds in the News and that was all about it. Other than eating pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin soup and everything pumpkin from toys to masks… from plastic decorations to real ones… from candies to gummies… and from painted to carved… my all-pumpkin-laden experience is overloaded with fun and stirring comprehension of how important pumpkin is to this country.
Pumpkin season is not just about Halloween here in the US. Pumpkin season is not just about the food and the candies made out of it. Pumpkin season is not just a burst of autumn color and rich American tradition but it is a season associated with rhetorical preparation for the imminent bitter and ruthless season lurking from not so far away distant.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Falling in Love with Sundials

A friend of mine called me last weekend telling me that her house is almost done. Her voice was so excited. She wanted me to come over and check out her new garden and give some suggestions for the landscaping. And so I went to her place to check it out.

She had turned her patio into an awesome garden with courtyard about a hundred feet from the outdoor dining area. She had the grass replaced with cobblestones and had four stone pillars standing on the four corners of the courtyard. She was thinking of putting a fountain in the center of the courtyard but I suggested a sundial since fountains are too common already. And she was delighted by my idea.

In no time we were searching for Garden Sundials online. We checked out the Pedestal Bases and my friend fell in love with the cast iron sundial pedestal. She wasted no time and placed her order right away.

Well, if you are looking for a great idea for your garden, check out They got the largest selection of sundials and armillaries at the best possible prices. Their collection is huge and surely you will find something that you will fall in love with… just like my friend did.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

One Sunday Afternoon

Last Sunday, after work, I went to visit a friend. It was a nice balmy sunny Sunday afternoon and I thought it would be nice to drive around to check out the New England foliage.

I drove with no specific destination and we ended up at the top of the hill overlooking the Sokokis lake below and another breathtaking hill from the distance.

Scenic Sunday

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Recording Grey's Anatomy on My DVR

Guest post from: Steve Delaney

I have DirecTV from, and the DVR that came with my satellite package is user friendly and convenient. I simply choose which shows I want to record, and I even have the option of programming the DVR to automatically record the same programs every week in case I forget.

Grey's Anatomy is one of my favorite TV shows. I've been a fan since the first season, and I record every new episode when it airs on Thursday nights. The new season began a couple of weeks ago, and so far I'm not loving it. I hate that Christina married Owen, and I don't think they belong together. This is the same guy she broke up with him the last episode of season six. She dumped him because he was in love with Teddy and lied to Chris about putting in a word for Teddy to keep her job. They had such major issues last season that I don't believe they've kissed and made up so quickly. Owen is so tortured. I wish he'd leave the show and take Teddy with him.

I'm very disappointed about the new shows that have aired in primetime this season. I recorded the pilot episode of My Generation because I thought it'd be a cool show, but I was unimpressed by it, and so I cancelled it on my DVR.


Scrappy Thingy No. #16

she is shy yet sweet
playful, carefree, and wily
an artist like Dad

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calling all Fashionistas

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Liz Claiborne New York Outlets. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the best things about fall season is - shopping. Oh yes, you have to bear with me because this is the topic that I love best. Well, what do you expect? I am a woman… so do the math. Hahaha

I love being a woman. I love the attention that I get. And I love the privileges and benefits that go with being one. Alright, if that does not justify my itching for shopping… read on

Fall is the time of year when designers unveil their new collections and the fashion world follows. Every fashionista, young and old, reads her September issue of Vogue magazine and dreams of being able to afford the beautiful clothes. Every woman dreams that they will be as elegant as Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly or Michelle Obama. Well, now you can with the timeless fashions of Liz Claiborne...
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Even the new Fall fashions are available for sale - up to 50% off! So what are you waiting for?!? It's time to Go Shopping!!!

So this weekend, my BFF and I will drive up to Kittery to check out the Closing Sale at one of the Liz Claiborne New York Outlets here in Maine. I love LC… from its purses to footwear… from its apparel to accessories… from its bedroom to bathroom essentials.

And since it is already fall… I will be looking for a new pair of black LC boots and jacket to match my LC snake skin black tote. Why not? As I have already mentioned above… their new Fall Fashions are already on sale for up to 80% off.

So what are you waiting for? Go check out for the Liz Claiborne store location nearest you. Don’t miss out on this chance to express your fashionista instinct and find the outfits that you are drooling on. Don’t forget… it’s 50% off. That will somehow lift the tiny guilt off your shoulder. Wink***

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My Liliw... Fast pacing into the Future

When something is good…something has to be done to its advantage. And when something really good will benefit a lot of people… a lot should be attained for something to be significant. Be that as it may, mayor JP believes that a huge…gigantic tsinelas made through the combined effort of the best “magtsitsinelas” (slipper-makers) we have around many not only put our already highly regarded town in the Guinness Book of World Record, but will showcase the people’s veritable and unparalleled ingenuity and deftness in slipper making. This one big real leap may be considered as crucial in their ever growing and flourishing venture. And this dream will only be achieved if the Liliwenos will continue to conceive a positive vision and aim high.

But for now, what they need is to be more wary of their progress. They cannot stop now for they have already attained certain degree of confidence in themselves and in what they do. What they have started had given them enough trust in their people and in their leaders as well.

Nothing is impossible now… for the impossibilities will surely lead them to work harder and take their struggles in stride.

Ultimately, the “First Liliw Tsinelas Festival” did not only unveil the Liliwenos’ exceptional handiwork and unique creation, but rather their enthusiasm and vivacity. This move had opened new doors and great opportunities for them to use their resources to the fullest. And the success for the said event had not only made the Liliwenos proud but have given them more reasons to work harder…dream bigger…and achieve better!

Author’s Note: This is the Part 4 and the last of the 4-part excerpt from the write-up featured on the Liliw Tsinelas Festival Souvenir Program published in 2003 written by yours truly. This is my tribute to my dear hometown and part of the Meme “Our Philippines”. TO READ THE PART 3 OF THIS EXCERPT... CLICK HERE.
Photo Credits: Japol

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Making Comparison made… Awesome

It is always a challenge to make choices much less to compare things. However, it is always fun to debate on the things being compared and in the process… your mind is being challenged with the ideas of opposing views.

Now here is the thing… I found this website called this or that… and I think this website is awesome. It is a user-driven website dedicated solely for comparison where you can create and vote on comparisons for anything and everything under the sun. Well, this website is a no brainer and anybody can join and create an account and start the ball rolling. You can come up with almost anything that you can compare from the simplest to the most outrageous… from trivial to the funniest… from historical to the most recent event… from well-known people to the most awkward… and then let other people vote and make comments
You can compare anything from as ordinary as which burger is the best… McDonalds or Wendy’s… to the most outrageous that you can come up with like… hmmmm… well, I guess I can’t come up with two outrageous things to compare at this point yet. Anyway, check out this website and be amused at how interesting it is. It also has a blog where you can read about some featured write-ups on special subjects for comparison. And yes, they have contests too that you can join and can win awesome prices like Macbook Pro and iPod Touch. How awesome is that, huh?

For me, the website is very helpful in making choices because the viewer is provided with two options. Then a little explanation is given about the choices and the result of the votes and the comments of the people give some idea about the comparisons. This helps the viewer decide which to vote. At any rate, this or that is the new social networking where interactive participation is synonymous to – awesome adventure and discovery!

Time Again for Halloween

Guest post by Quincy Lester

So it is that time of year again, time to search through piles of cheaply made and over priced costumes. To be honest, I hate Halloween. I spend way too much money on costumes that are never used again, I burn holes in my shoes by walking for hours just to ensure my kids receive way too much candy. However, every year I do it and every year the kids are happy and creating childhood memories. So, I smile and tough it out. This year was suppose to be easy, my son wanted to be a pirate and my daughter a cowgirl. What easier costumes than that? Or so I thought.

Before my kids and I left the house, I set the home security alarm I found on This time of year always involves teenagers vandalizingneighborhood homes. Yet another reason to dislike Halloween. Anyway, once at the store, they changed their minds. Suddenly they could not decide what they wanted to be! It felt like we would be stuck in Target until Halloween passed! Literally by a flip of a coin they chose their costumes. And believe it or not, they stuck with the original ideas they had!

Although Halloween is nothing but a burden in my life. I can say the excitement on my kids' face makes it all worth it. Besides, I must admit, I enjoy the candy too.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I came home from work early one night. It was not really a long drive home but driving home from work is never boring. I always find interesting things to see.

It is amazing how the same place keeps changing every time I pass by. And that early Fall night... I can't help but stop and be amazed at the sunset.

Scenic Sunday

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Is it Summer yet?

I started gathering and sorting out my Fall-Winter clothes since last week. I have no choice because summer is indeed over and the mercury is starting to dip.I also started shopping for new outfits again, mostly long sleeves... and bought some bathing suits from clearance. hahaha This is indeed the best time to buy swim suits because they are left-overs from the summer sale.

Yes, Summer is indeed over but then, it doesn't necessarily mean that the fun is over too. We still don't have snow so we can still go to the beach. And I am thinking of visiting our friend in South Carolina and staying at the  Myrtle Beach hotel. And yes, I am thinking of playing golf. You see, I bought Hubby a new set of golf clubs for his birthday and he has not opened it yet because he was busy gold panning the whole summer. So since the river is too freezing cold for gold panning now, maybe he will try the greens.

That is why, I checked out and tried searching for Myrtle Beach best hotels online for the best deal. Oh well, I can't give up summer just yet... so go figure. hahaha.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Trip to the Zoo

I appreciate the guest post, Vito Rivers

It's always a family oriented theme when planning on going to the zoo. A well spent time with the family to absorb the reality of other life forms existing on this planet. The day planned begins with checking the extended forecast for the day at the zoo. If it's not a weekend, the children must be excused from school. The day at the zoo must also be a planned day away from work.

Where to eat before, during, and after will part of the event. The duration on the road must also be planned in advance. It's important to take breaks during extended road-trips. Where to sleep during long road-trips must also be considered. Having a brochure from the zoo will make planning on going to the zoo easier. Check to make sure all items are packed, and secured prior to departure. Make sure that you set your home security alarm from before you go to the zoo.

Entertainment for the children before, during, and after is important. Children must be kept well entertained during the trip to, and from the zoo. Extended travel may cause exhaustion, and periods of nervousness. The chosen exhibits should include seeing the elephants, loins, tigers, and exotic birds. Exotic fish, and other water animals should also be included in the chosen visits. Discuss the trip on the way back home.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Around the Bend

As we traversed the long winding road, confused and in search of the familiar sign... we were sure that we no longer in a familiar place.

We were lost and GPS was screwed up. As we reached the intersection of Rt. 150 we realized that we were already in another State. We crossed the boarder and we were out-of-state.

We were forced to stop to figure things out and right before our eyes awaits this beautiful lake.

You never know what you will find around the bend.

Scenic Sunday

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bat girl costume hunt

Guest post written by Janet Key

My daughter is best friends with the boy that lives next door to us so everything that he does she thinks that she has to do too. That definitely goes for Halloween because they always go trick or treating together. So when he decided that he was going to be Batman this year she decided that she had to go and be Bat girl with him.

When I started looking for her for a costume online I saw an ad for Boston Clear Internet Deals and decided to switch over our internet service to it.

By the time I had decided to do that I finally found a costume that I thought would be perfect for her as Bat girl. It even came with a cape that I think she could use for other Halloween costumes later on down the road. But when we got the Bat Girl costume, the mask was so flimsy and it almost broke by the time she was finished trying on the costume that I just used the mask as a pattern and made a new mask for her.