Sunday, May 29, 2011

Special Greetings to Bro!

I almost forgot that today is the birthday of my brother. Yes, I have another brother who is celebrating his birthday in the month of May. This is quite a late greetings considering Philippine time but I still want to wish you Bro a wonderful and meaningful birthday! More blessings and good health always and most of all more days and years to come in your life. No birthday card this year but for sure, I will be sending some Christmas Cards and Christmas presents this coming holiday season.

I am also wishing everyone a great week ahead. Hope you enjoy the rest of you weekend especially to my friends in Europe and in the U.S. Have a safe and memorable celebration of the Memorial Day to all American friends out there!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Was in Bellagio Las Vegas

I had been to some places in Italy but never been to the municipality of Bellagio. But I am very happy because I had the chance to visit Bellagio in Las Vegas. It is a luxury hotel in Las Vegas Strip, Paradise in Nevada. I love especially watching the Water Dancing Show here, also known as the Fountains of Bellagio.

I am happy to know that Bellagio Las Vegas was inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy. Here is Bellagio Las Vegas during my 2008 vacation there.

I love watching the Fountains of Bellagio!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Taking Food Supplements

I was watching some news over the German television an hour ago. One of the featured news was the epidemic that is going on in Hamburg, Germany. If I am not mistaken, it is a kind of cholera disease because the symptoms are diarrhea and vomitting. I did not really hear it good because I was talking to hubby at the same time. What I heard clearly was, the bacteria came from animals like cows and maybe from some milk products and also from unwashed fruits and vegetables. I immediately asked hubby, what can we eat then? Does taking food supplements help? That's how the topic about it started.

Talking about food supplements, I know that there are already a lot in the market. If you want to buy HGH for example, be sure to read the reviews first and how it can help you. Some aspects such as Effectiveness, Safety of Ingredients, Ingredient Quality, Long Term Benefits need to be considered when buying the right food supplements. Ask the experts and professionals.

Got A Delivery

I was in the computer room this afternoon when somebody knocked so loudly at our door. That is the disadvantage of not having a doorbell but I like it better that way. I went downstairs and a man was standing in front of our door. He said, "You have a delivery". I forgot that hubby told me last Saturday that the thick hollow blocks for our terrace will be delivered this afternoon. I don't have any idea how much it cost because it was also not stated on the delivery statement. We got 240 hollow blocks delivery today. I tried to carry one but it was too heavy for me. They are lying now outside. I hope our little home improvement project will be done soon.

Watching German Football

Football, known as Fussball in German, is the national and most famous sport in Germany. Last Wednesday night, I watched the close game played between Schalke and Mönchengladbach. It was a very interesting fight that I watched it until it was over. Mönchengladbach won with a score of 5-3 and they remain in the First Football League in Germany. It is normal that in every game especially during championships, sports trophies are always awarded. This year's champion of German football is the team of Borussia Dortmund. My favorite Bayern Munich garnered only the third place. So sad for them but that is sport, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose! Good luck next time!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Beautiful Winter in Bavaria

The sun is shining outside.
But I still remember the last beautiful winter,
When the surroundings were all white and snowy.
But I am very glad and thankful,
That spring time finally came,
And soon lovely summer too!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

-Ruby Benz.

taken on our way to Neuschwanstein castle in Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany last January 2011. I love this scenery but but happy that we are having sunshine at the moment.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


How would you feel if you lost someone very dear to you? This happened last year and it was truly a tragedy. My friend's whole family had a car accident in Dubai and he lost all his family. His mother, father, only sister and nephew were all dead during that tragic accident. It is almost a year now since it happened. Yes, tragic incident like this can be very horrible. I was speechless when I heard that news from my friends. That is also the reason why sometimes we have to be ready of any emergencies that might happen along the was. We never know. There are professionals like the Bronx Accident Lawyer who can help and assist you with any accident especially in claiming for the loss. We may never return back the losses of lives due to accidents but at least, there will be help to the family who are left by the victims.

I have a lot of things to share about driving experiences. Lastly, I wish you safe driving. Be very careful too!

A Visit to Vatican City

It was summer 2010 when I had the chance to visit Rome. Together with Nonna, a friend from the U.S., we also visited Vatican City and landed in St. Peter's Square, the famous square in Vatican. Piazza San Pietro, as it is called in Italian, is located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica.

We also had the chance to climb to the cupola of the Basilica. To reach the cupola, one must to climb 320 steps after taking the elevator. People especially the elderly who have ailments and heart problems must be aware of this. We had a great experience as we visited this part of Rome.

St. Peter's Square and the St. Peter's Basilica in the background. taken last August 2010.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Garden Accessories

It is finally garden time! It is also time to shop for garden accessories. I guess not for me because I already have a lot of stuffs to decorate in our garden. I am ready to put my garden statues, built the pavilion, flower pots, wind chimes and some animal figures but I just can't do it. The problem is, our garden is in chaos at the moment. We are on the process of making a terrace beside our house and most parts of my garden were transferred. It means that most of my plants were also replanted. It cost a lot of hard work for me and especially for hubby but I am quite sure when it is finish, we can have a little paradise in our garden.

these were some of the flowers in our garden. taken from summer 2010.

I just hope that we can finish everything before the high season of summer comes. I spent almost two hours this afternoon working in our garden. I always love it!

Got An Anonymous Call

I received an anonymous call this morning. I don't have any idea who was calling on the phone. That was also the reason why I didn't mentioned the German standard greetings by telling the family name and a greeting like "guten Morgen" (good morning), guten Tag (good day), etc. I was asking the other line of who she was because I am quite afraid that these might be one of those telephone callers who are scamming again. The first time I asked her, she did not answered because I said it in English. When I already asked her in German language, she immediately told me who and from where she was calling. I did not expected that the telephone number of my dentist is already private now. The secretary told me that I can already have another dental appointment tomorrow.

I am just very careful now with anonymous callers because we already had horrible experience from them. That was also the reason why we changed our telephone number into private. We are glad that we did it. The stress from anonymous callers is finally over.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Early Retirement

I once heard these words from a friend, "I have a lot of stress in the workplace. I wish I am a retiree now." I believed her! Sometimes there are just a lot of stress in the work. Sometimes it can be a challenge but sometimes it is very depressing. Hubby's situation is different. He is a very hardworking and diligent person and he always wanted to work until his retirement age. Since the last two accidents he had, in which one was an accident at the work place, he always complains now of pains in his body especially the ones affected by these accidents. He wishes for a disability appeal in some years. That is also the reason why he called the AG Metal and insurance company two weeks ago for some inquiries about early retirement.

I also availed of a lump sump early retirement after working for almost nine years in one of the top- 3 bank in the Philippines. I am quite happy with my decision but honestly I miss my job as a banker. That is life and sometimes we have to face it! Have a lovely week ahead!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Congratulations to All Mothers Out There!

At work, you think of the children you have left at home.
At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished.

Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself.

Your heart is rent.

by: Golda Meir

Happy Mother's Day!

these are the tulips from our garden in spring 2011.

Today is your special day!
And you are always honored and remembered.
Not only today,
but all days of my life.
Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers out there
especially to my dearest Mother.
I love you Mamang!
Wishing you more days and years in your life.
God bless you always!

my beloved Mother and Father!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May is Finally Here

Happy Monday everyone! Here we are again on the first week of another month. The fifth month of the year is finally here. This month has a length of 31 days. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere part of the globe, you are currently having an Autumn season. I currently live in Europe which is located in Northern Hemisphere, therefore, we are currently having a spring season. This is one of my favorite time in the year, where most flowers start to bloom.

I still have some tulips blooming in our garden but most of it are dying now. Don't you know that the month of May has been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May? If you were born in the month of May, your birthstone is the emerald which means love or success. Its birth flower is the Crataegus monogyna and the Lily of the Valley. It is quite interesting to know some things about this month.

Here some of tulips from our garden taken last month. Now, they are almost gone. I will see them again next year.
Spring 2011 in our garden.

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