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Do you want to stop smoking today?

>>  Monday, August 11, 2014

Do you want to stop smoking today? Different people are successful with different methods. You may have to experiment and make several attempts until you find the right combination of coping mechanisms to help you quit smoking for good. Here are a few more ideas for you to try:

1: Recite Your ABCs

Go through the alphabet with a meaningless list of foods, animals or cities. This might help you keep your mind off a craving until it subsides. Many people find the craving has passed before they even reach the letter X.

2: Know Your Triggers

Do you get hungry every time you sit on the couch? If so, it's probably because you usually settle down in front of your favorite TV show with a snack. Your smoking triggers work the same way, so if possible, avoid settings that tempt you to indulge.

3: Eat a JELL-O Cup

JELL-O has a fun, unusual texture that can keep your mouth occupied while you fight off the urge for a cigarette. Sugar-free JELL-O is a good option if you're concerned about weight gain.

4: Celebrate Every Hour

Instead of focusing on the daunting idea of never having a smoke again, divide your day into chunks where milestones are more easily reached. For example, you can tell yourself, "I'm going to spend this break smoke-free" or "I'll wait at least another hour." You'll feel accomplished each time you succeed.

5: Brush Your Teeth

You probably won't want to spoil your fresh breath. If the urge is particularly strong, consider flossing and gargling with mouthwash as well. With your mouth in such pristine condition, that cigarette may seem less tempting.

Good luck in your journey to quit nicotine. Remember, thousands of people manage to quit smoking every year. You can do it too!

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Updated GPS

It’s been two years now since I started driving again and until now I’m still depending on my GPS (Global positioning system) a navigation that I truly love because with this, I can able to go anywhere, everywhere I want. Without it, I don’t know if I could able to go to places. But somehow, I managed to not use whenever I’m driving at the neighborhood, but usually I used it all the time.

Therefore, when I had a money to buy an update software for it. I didn’t hesitate to buy and spend $60. To update the software on our GPS which hasn’t been updated since 2012. And so when I updated it on a 2015 software, I was surprised of how fast and easy my GPS now. I think it’s all worth it, somehow. Since I owned a Garmin Nuvi which we got actually last 2011 from signing up a bank account for free. And since then we’ve been using it.

And now it’s my all-time friend off the road. And after I downloaded the software, it comes with Garmin Express as well which makes it easier for me to update and check on what’s new for Garmin, so that I will be stay in touch and to see what’s new. Now, I can’t wait to get on the road not using my GPS.

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The Mystery of Genetic History

>>  Friday, August 1, 2014

The Mystery of Genetic History
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Cheap Car Charger: Not Worth it!

When it comes to buying things, I always make sure, I have coupons for it, if not, maybe discounts or buy it when it gets on sale or maybe on cheaper prices. Whatever possible I always wanted to get stuff for cheap, but then I realized, sometimes buying cheap stuff isn't even worth it.

For instance, when my husband and I wanted a car charger for our phones, I don't want to spend a lot of dollars on it. So, I went online to find some good stuff and that's where I found a car charger for cheap. I would say maybe less than $20. We've been using it with no problem at all. Until one day, it gave up. It didn't only gave up but it is also very dangerous.

One day, my husband decided to charge his phone which all of a sudden, he saw a smoke coming out of the mobile charger and then he smell an ammonia. It was pretty scary. I thought it might be short circuit, or it is just because I bought a cheap car charger. And being cheap is not really worth it. And I also have heard on the news that car charger sets car on fire. It could be possible. It was pretty scary when my husband told me what had happened.

So today, my husband and I went to the store to get a reliable and made with good quality car charger. And paid twice or three times as much as what I paid on the old car mobile charger. I think it's all worth it. Not only because it costs us money, but what matters most, it keep us safe.

Anyway, I bought this Incase High Speed Dual Car Charger with Lightning-to-USB Cable at the Apple store. I hope this charger will last longer than I expected.  


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Becoming a Surrogate

>>  Friday, July 11, 2014

Surrogacy is a complicated, emotionally challenging way to have a child. For some couples, it can also be the best way. Normally, surrogacy is a choice made after couples go through years, and in some cases decades, of fertility issues and unsuccessful fertility treatments. In some cases, there is no practical explanation for why a couple faces infertility.

Instead of couples deciding that living childless was meant to be, they decide instead to do something about it in a non-traditional way: They find a woman who already has children of her own and who is in a stable, loving relationship to bear their child for them. This is the premise behind becoming a surrogate.

Surrogacy can also be the best option for a couple in a committed, same-sex relationship or marriage. A surrogate mother may be chosen who is committed to helping those who cannot bear children of their own to have the parental experience. This is an unselfish act, one that many surrogate mot
hers are admired for doing.

Gestational Surrogacy Means the Child Is Genetically Related

In gestational surrogacy, the woman's egg or several eggs are harvested, and the father's sperm are used to fertilize them. An embryo is then placed in
the surrogate mother's body for her to carry the baby to term. The child is the genetic child of the couple who will be raising him or her.

In the situation of same-sex couples, one partner may genetically contribute to the child's creation, along with a donor egg or sperm, or by using the surrogate mother's egg. In some cases, there is no genetic tie; the egg and sperm are both donated, and the surrogate is chosen to carry the child.

With so many positive ways to become a parent, options are now available for those who physically cannot have a child. Institutions like Growing Generations help couples by bringing them together with a surrogate who is willing and able to help them become parents. 

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Great Yard Decors to Envy!

>>  Thursday, June 26, 2014

A yard cannot be the perfect yard with just a bed of beautiful flowers. To make the neighbors green with envy over your yard, you need home exterior decorations, and fine outdoor furniture. There are so many ways to make your yard look even more fabulous. The yard is the first thing people will see, so it is essential that you make your yard more beautiful and desirable!

Swing/Hammock

If you love being outdoors, a hammock is always a good addition to your back yard patio. A hammock gives anyone a good reason to spend a lazy afternoon napping in the warm sun in the back yard. Easily removed and portable, you can even take a hammock with you camping. A hammock can be a great way to revitalize and re-energize your day.


Bird Houses

Another great addition to a back yard is bird houses. If you adore birds, and enjoy the soothing sounds they make, having somewhere for them to rest and eat will make birds to come to you. Not only that, bird houses also make a great yard decoration. Decorating your backyard can spruce things up, and create a feeling of enjoyment that is sure to make you and your house guests want to spend more time in your outdoor space. 

Bird Feeders

A lot of people love having bird feeders in their yard because they can draw many birds to the neighborhood. Watching birds at a feeder can be entertaining, and you'll be amazed at the variety of birds that will come to your feeder, including rare ones. You can create a haven of comfort and security for many kinds of birds. Bird feeders add a nice live display for your yard.


Sundials

An intriguing highlight for your backyard or garden that will surely turn heads is a sundial. A sundial is a colorful and interesting accessory that will give your yard, patio, or garden the beauty of a traditional style, while you and your guests appreciate - every hour of the day.

Would you like to know where you can get all of these great outdoor decorations for your patio, garden, yard, or landscape, all in one place? You will find it all at YardEnvy.com. And, at YardEnvy.com you will find these great decorations at a fraction of the cost of other specialty shops. Creating a beautiful, inspiring yard is easy. All you need to do is turn your neighbors' envy into genuine admiration.

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Life is Good!

>>  Thursday, May 1, 2014

Last month, when I celebrated my XXth birthday! I was so happy that I celebrated it with the loves of my life. I'm so thankful that life is indeed wonderful to me. And also for the gifts that my family gave to me which even in the smallest thing, I was able to appreciate life to the fullest. One of the best gift I ever received was from my sister in law. She gave a cup with straw that says "Life is Good!" I was so moved by it! Sometimes, life isn't that perfect. But these reminds me of the one product as well that I received for an exchange of my fair and honest review.


New Life is Good Coffee Blends is indeed one of the most engaging lifestyle brands in America. It's a words that moves people to be loyal and passionate of what they believed in. It's seemed to be a powerful and very positive for change. Therefore, when I had a chance to try Life is Good coffee blends, I was excited.

 When I received Life Is Good available varieties of their coffee blends, I can't wait to try them all. I got the S'more to Love which is all time favorite coffee. Maybe because I love s'mores and these are indeed the best tasting coffee. I also had a chance to try the Happy Medium and Dark and Daring which my husband adores! I know he loves dark roasted coffee, so these are perfectly made for him.


 Anyway, the coffees were all made with 100% Arabica beans, it's UTZ certified to promote sustainable farming. For only $7.99 for 11 OZ bags. And if you buy it, a 10% net profits will go to kids in needs, the Life is Good Kids Foundation. It's a non-profit organization established by Life is good to raise money to provide training and support to childcare professionals who use these tools to ensure that children grow up feeling safe, loved, joyful, and to experience that indeed life is good!


 To learn more, you can visit Lifeisgood.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr.

 (I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review/ endorsement purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience in accordance with the FTC guidelines in regards of product endorsements and affirmation in terms of advertising.)

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What it Takes to be An Artist?

>>  Sunday, January 26, 2014

If you love music, composes songs and got the voice, why not make a recording songs? With lots of music accessories and equipment now, all you need is a music recording studio and you're all set to make your own music to music videos. I have known some people who recorded their songs and also made their own video. And eventually make money out of it, locally. Also, if you were realistic of what you can accomplish, then it will keep you stronger and be positive about it. If you love to sing, just enjoy it to the fullest.


At first, I thought it's hard to make a music video or songs, but with a lot of plug ins and available studio line, it is going to be possible. If you know the basic recording processes, then using a Studio 11 will be easier for you to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music. Also, it was on sale online where you can save on fl studio signature bundle at musicians friend which a must have for you to create great, amazing music in the future. And if you master your craft, then you're good to go. Also, if you write songs, it will increase your credibility as an artist and that will expand your potential as well.

So, if you have talent, show it to the world! It's better to try it and unless you did, than never has. Plus, if you have a networking and group of friends, then you will have the key to a successful future of being an artist. It's better to take the chances you have right now than to be sorry later.


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Our Subtle, Rich Look Height Dining Set

A few years back, we got our old dining table from a family member. Then, after a couple of years, we finally decided to get rid of it. We really didn't want to, but unfortunately, things happened when we least expected it. When we were still storing other chairs that comes with the dinette, since the kitchen area were too small for more than three chairs, we stored it right in our garage. Since the garage area is a condo unit, it is normal for other tenants to come and go. Without expecting, somebody stole our one chair. So, there's three chairs left.

 
Then, eventually one chair got broke down and now the other one, the back panel broke off. So we ended up having one chair left. So, we badly needed to get a new one. We were thinking of getting four chairs, since we wanted to keep the dining table, but chairs were a lot expensive more than we thought. We would spend almost $200 for four chairs or $100 for plastic ones or not real wood chairs. So, what's the point? They're going to break again.

So when we went to Art Van Furniture, we found out about their clearance section. We saw this nice 5 piece dining table for only $299! It s original price is $599! We got it about half off! We're lucky to find what we were looking for. So, without a doubt we purchased it. A subtle, rich look of these Milano Collection Counter Height Set is super cute. The Espresso finish and PU seat offer a warm yet bold look. The transitional styling makes this set great for any home and kitchen looks.


We totally adore our new dining set, it's what I dream of to have actually. A perfect size as well for our small kitchen. For $300, we can have a brand new dining table and with Polyurethane upholstery on back and seat which known to be puncture and wear resistant and easy-to-clean, we got the best deal in town! Our first ever dinette! Now, let's cook some meal for lunch!

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How to Play Electric Guitar? (Beginners)

Why a lot of people chooses the traditional guitar over electric guitar? Simply because the traditional is more on mobility and no need of electrical cord to make it work. Unlike, the electric guitar, in order for it to work, then you need a plug. Well, for me both of them are useful. It only depends on what type of environment you were in. If you have electricity available, why not play an electric guitar, but if not, then traditional guitar works best, particularly in remote areas.


Since we all know how easy it is to play the traditional, let's all find out of how to play electric guitar, especially for beginners. For me, playing an electric guitar is so much easier, no pain on fingers and mostly it's smaller in size. However, it is not that easy than I thought. When I had a chance to play dean palomino electric guitar, I had some minor difficulties. Maybe because I need to first learn some basic stuff on how to play it. To know more of how the electric guitar works and how to play it right. Maybe, if I learn the basic, then I will be proficient with it.

There are some helpful tips online too where you can find free lesson on how to play electric guitar, maybe I will go with that, than hire a professional teacher. What do you think? Well, maybe first thing to do, is to get me an electric guitar for practical use.

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Stainless Steel Gravestone for Dad

Last week, my brother sent me some of the pictures for my dad's gravestone also known as grave headstone. I was surprised of how nice it is. The sad thing is, it's been a month since we ordered it, and now it's finally done! It took about almost a month. I'm also wondering where it is. Now, it's finally here!

But, when I received the picture, I was so surprised! My brother did a good job on selecting our dad's headstone. It was beautiful and has a great craftsmanship of stainless steel work.  But one thing, I did noticed on the wording on the headstone, there's no word "husband" in it. I think my brother didn't really thoroughly look at it, though. I also like the idea that my dad's photo were engraved into it, too. And still vividly remember those times, when we took that picture on my wedding day. He looks so happy and content. The gravestone is heat and rain proof as well and of course with less maintenance. It has 10 to 15 years sustainable time  expectancy as well which is good as long as long its away from paint thinner.


Anyway, when my brother took this picture, it wasn't placed yet on my dad's grave site. So, hopefully, he would send me another set of pictures after they place it on the my dad's grave. I can't wait to really see the headstone, nice and clear. Well, I wish our dad would love his headstone, I bet he would.
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Advantages of e-cigs

>>  Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We already all know about the new alternative to smoking traditional or regular cigarettes since a lot of people by now, already been choosing Electronic cigarettes over the traditional due to the fact that it is widely acceptable to social due to its clean and inoffensive in terms of vapor and smoke, if there is one, since the harmful effects of traditional cigarettes which we may all know is way more dangerous and causes various illnesses such as cancer.

What are Electronic cigarettes, by the way? According to 21stcenturysmoke.com, electronic cigarettes is a battery powered tube that mixes a nicotine cartridge with propylene glycol, delivering it in a controlled way while you draw on the end (mouth piece portion). It’s a flameless, smoke-free, and tar-free way while enjoying the smoking true experience.

Flameless

Since e-cigs are manufactured flameless, it's non- resistant to any fire hazard that sometimes due to negligence of a person smoking. According to the American Health Foundation, Smoking is a leading cause of fires in many more countries and it has been the cause of an estimated 30% of U. S. and 10% of global fire death burdens. No wonder why, traditional cigarettes can be dangerous. While e-cigs are the best alternative to prevent this danger to happen. Since e cigs is flameless and don't burn.

Smoke Free

Since electronic cigarettes are flameless, then they're definitely smoke free. When it's smoke free, it's less harmful to others. We all know that second hand smoke is above risky to those who didn't smoke because they still going to take in the number of nicotine as the smokers do. Second hand smoke has a higher concentration, therefore, it is harmful and dangerous. Fortunately, e-cigs is here to work on that and to make it more acceptable to social environment.

Tar Free

What is tar? Tar stands for Tobacco Residue. It is a particles from the burning end of the regular or traditional cigarettes which totally cause messy and untidy environment. Imagine all the cigarettes butts everywhere? It reminds me of the place where I was at the red light and while waiting for the light to turn green, it happened I looked outside and looked at the ground, and there are cigars butts everywhere! It's sad. Eventually, traditional cigarettes aren't only smoke fire hazard but also causing pollution. What it is with your teeth? If you smoke, then you what Tar can do with your pearly white teeth. But with e cigs, then you don't have to worry about that.

These are some of the things that seem to be many advantages to Electronic Cigarettes. At www.21centurysmoke.com, you can get started on your purchasing of an e cig and also to learn more about it.

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Waiting for Superman

>>  Saturday, January 18, 2014

In my English class last year, I happened to write about this movie after watching it. Have you seen it? If not yet, well, let me tell you some interesting facts about it.

David Guggenheim is film and television director whom known to write documentaries that he became famous for. From "An Inconvenient Truth" director David Guggenheim's "n", a 2010 documentary film talks about the challenging experimentation and controversial issues regarding the public school system in the United States which open up en engaging and interesting stories from profiled five young students with their families whose future hang on luck while reformers and educators trying to find answers and solutions within the broken school system.

The movie that shocked parents and teachers to learn that the reality of educational system here in U.S. is failing for some reasons that it could affect the reality of good teaching which could have a huge impact on a very large population of students, but also delivered consequences that gives an idea that teaching saves lives, yet bad teaching desolate them. The movie set in the small towns across America, somewhere in Washington, D.C. which parents send their kids to school with the highest hopes and dreams that could be in a jeopardy.

 In "Waiting for Superman", Guggenheim emphasizes that despite decades of well reforms and huge finances spent on the problem, still the public school system hasn't been improved, revealing Public education system everywhere is a failure and Charter schools are the answer.

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Oh Oh Christmas Tree!

>>  Thursday, January 9, 2014

Last November 2013, I got so excited with the idea of getting a new artificial Christmas tree. Since the one we have was totally ugly! Yes, what I was thinking? Well, I bought the tree at Big Lots for $35 for 6 feet tall tree. And for me it's the best Christmas tree ever! We've been using the tree for two years, until I had enough of it. I looked online for some nice ones and I was so surprised of how lame I was. My old tree is hilarious! (I can't even stop laughing right now while writing this post).


But anyway, thanks to Home Depot for having sale on their Artificial Christmas trees. And that's where I found this 6-1/2 ft. Pre-Lit Aster Pine with Clear Lights that has a 47 inches base diameter and 825 tips to create a full-looking tree with plenty of room for ornaments. Wait until you plug it in because the 350 clear lights help add a warm holiday glow to my home! It was beautiful! And the 8-1/2 ft. long power cord allows for optimal tree placement which I don't have hard times of where to put our new Christmas tree.


The tree appears full and goes up as easily as one could expect. The price was perfect for $90 and the tree was easy to put together, however, there's a lot of space between branches, but it didn't give hard time to pull them all out together. And the lights worked fine and it looks real too!

Unfortunately, I didn't really buy new ornaments last year, so I still uses the old ones I have. But this time, I was getting so crazy going on the After Christmas sale on ornaments and I also got a new tree skirt for half off. Well, I'm so glad I did because I saved a lot of money on them too! I can't wait for next year for my new tree to be up again with the new ornaments this time and nicer tree too!

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GoConnect – Free and Easy Real Estate App

>>  Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As the new year kicked in, there is also a new way to make life easier. If you are a realtor agent and wanted to manage everything you have right at the comfort of your own home by using your computer and smart phone, then listen to this! There is more to it! By using your smart phone, now you can able to multitask while enjoying everything you want to do like shopping with your family, going on a vacation, have some work out on the side, some relaxing time and so much more!

By downloading GoConnect App, you will be able to manage your properties listed through your smart phone. You can add a list, close a deal, set an appointments for house work, picture taking appointments, inspections and so much more. All can be done right at your fingertip. Simply by handling your real estate agent checklist with no hassle, yet stay organized and cool.

If you are a realtor agent on the go, well this is what you need! To learn more about this sweet and easy to use app, just visit www.goconnectapp.com today!

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Last Glance with my Father...

Last December 24, 2013 is the day my dad's burial service. I was so sad because I wasn't able to be there for the very last time. However, thankful for the Skype and other means of communication that I was able to communicate and see my dad's burial service through the use of video chatting.


Anyway, my dad was buried in Buhangin Memorial Park in Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines. The last place of where I could able to visit him someday. I'm hoping this year, I could able to go back home and visit him. I felt so sad that I wasn't able to be there and be with him before he was gone. Well, life is too short for me to just feel guilty. I have to move on and hopefully someday, I was able to overcome the pain.


When my dad died, he was only 58 years old. His birthday was last January 2nd, he will be 59, then. But I guess, he will be forever 58. On his birthday, my family (my mom and my brother's family) went there to visit his grave. It was not done yet since they were still working on the head stone. So, the grave seemed to be undone. That was nice of them to do that. I wish next year I will be able to visit his grave, to celebrate his death anniversary and birthday with him.

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Drug Addiction is Fatal

It was a couple of days ago when I saw a news on my Facebook page about Demi Lovato. A well known young singer and actress who publicly admitted about her addiction to heroine.

And then, her close friend Selena Gomez showed her support on her through that article which for me is quite a very serious problem for Demi. Being addicted to something systematic needed much attention. Not only support from friends but also something that will helped her to stop the addiction. I never been into any drug addiction in my life nor experienced any drug rehabilitation, yet I knew how the withdrawals can be depriving to feel better.

It's like an addiction to a cola, pop, soda or whatever you called it. Pop can be very addicting and I knew it because I've been in that position before. I experienced some withdrawals as well such as headaches the whole day, if I didn't drink a glass of it. Yet, over time, I was able to controlled it. Somehow I stopped drinking pop which I think I got lucky to be out in my system.

But, addiction to drugs can be worst than this. Therefore, when Demi talked about her addiction and her intention to reclaim her life was a good turning point. As the years went past, there a lot of drugs that had been consider to be a subject to a chronic addiction such as heroin and cocaine. Nonetheless, OxyContin (oxycodone) also been included as one of the popular addictions throughout United States.


Therefore, an oxy rehab center has been proclaim to help those who had been a victim of oxy, since the repercussions of Oxy addiction are fatal. Therefore, someone who had been into oxy addiction is in need of immediate help.


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Highlights of My Moments in the Year 2013!

Bringing back the memories of where I left off is quite fascinating. I had to remember things last year that I never, will never forget! Year 2013 has been so memorable for me. Here are some of the highlights and some lowlights of my year 2013 unforgettable events:

January 2013: My son turned 6! And I got an interview date for my US Citizenship.
February 2013: I became a US national and went to Castaway Bay for a Blogger event for the first time.
April 2013: I turned another year older!
July 2013: Got my US passport card and my daughter turned 2! 

August 2013: I celebrated my first year anniversary for being an official Michigan driver and my husband's big birthday as well!
September 2013: Joshua was finally a K student! I'm getting older!
October 2013: Celebrating my 8 years of arrival here in US of A.
December 2013: My father's passed away+++. Celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary.

+++It's been a while since I haven't been done posting here on my blog, Garden of Moments. There had been so much things going on and I'm thankful that I was able to be back on where I left it off. Since it's a new Year, I was hoping for good health and happiness for my family, especially for my dear mama, who is now alone and I'm sure missing my papa so much. I wish I could be there with her this time around. But, I can't. I felt so sorry. So, things aren't the same anymore, as we used to. I hope we can able to turn back time and make up things that we missed. But with a new year ahead that God grant us to experience again. This time we can make a difference. It's not too late yet.

This year, I'm praying for peace and contentment of what we have and what we may have. Also, a new fortune, new friends and to have an unforgettable moments for me in the year 2014. Have a blessed year full of love and joy.

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Fine Art Prints

>>  Tuesday, December 31, 2013

People that appreciate fine art may not be able to afford original masterpieces that are sold in private auctions or exchanged between museums and galleries. Nevertheless, art lovers can buy affordable posters and prints of works featuring their favorite painters, photographers and other artists. For example, there are fine art prints available for sale in specialty shops online and in traditional brick and mortar stores.

Prints and posters are available in a variety of sizes for hanging on walls in homes and offices. Art lovers can find reproduction prints of styles such as Renaissance, baroque, impressionism, cubism and contemporary. Essentially, some of the works of world famous masters are reproduced onto prints and posters that have colorful textures and appearances. These are printed replicas of paintings that can be found in museums worldwide. If people don't have a specific art style in mind, they can select prints and posters based on other more general subjects such as animals, children, fantasy, landscapes, religion, transportation and other themes.

Art prints and posters should be framed and displayed properly at home or at the office. Sometimes, matting and other material may be needed to properly fit a print inside a frame that is too large.

Photographic prints and posters also make up a large collection of modern art. Black and white photos have a classic theme that revives some vintage ideas and styles. Photos of sports and celebrities are also popular choices for mass produced art posters and printers for people to appreciate. 

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Moment of Mourning

>>  Friday, December 20, 2013

With my mom and dad taken last March 2012
A moment that I never expected today to experience. I received a private message from my sister in law through Viber about my father who had been rushed to the hospital due to not waking up one morning. He had been in slept for a while which we didn't know when he has been set to comatose. My mom told me that he went to bed the night of December 15, then never woke up the next morning. My mom kept on waking him up, but to no avail he's still asleep. Until he had been snoring unusually. So, my mom called my brother and that's where all the nightmare has begun. My dad never woke up since then. He had been in a coma for almost 4 days and within those 4 days, he had some brain strokes.

Until the Lord God Almighty decided to take him away. It was a sudden news for me. I never expected it really. My dad was a very loving man and though he was not perfect, yet he loved us unconditionally. I was so much in grief about his passing. The day he died was last December 19, 2013. A day I cried continuously while remembering his love for me.

 Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go back home (Philippines) due to the fact that it was holiday and the price of the ticket is beyond over the board, if I flew the next day-- though they would give me a bereavement discount. But the really bad news is, I don't have my US passport yet. I didn't bother to get one after I became a US citizen last February of 2013. I thought I will not need it for a while because I will not come home anyway after maybe a few years now because I just went home last 2012, so I decided to get the passport card instead for identification purposes. Until this sudden event happened. I knew my dad would understand and he knew how we wanted to come home to see him for the last time so badly.

On the lighter note, I'm so glad that I went home last January 2012 until March. The last time I saw him in flesh and was able to hugged him so tightly. I will miss my dad so badly. It's a very painful feeling thinking that I will never able to talk and laugh with him again. I know time will heal the pain and wound of losing my dear papa. I know God will give me strength to overcome and eventually go on.

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