Archives for the month of: July, 2010

I would have to admit that when I started this blog back in March, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Initially it was a way to indulge in my love of writing and share my thoughts.  In the course of the past few months, I’ve ventured from writing articles (which are meant to be thought-provoking at the very least, and at best, inspirational) to trying my hand at writing reviews, sharing funny photos of my pet dog, to sharing my newfound interest in cake decorating.

It occurs to me that a monthly summary is a good idea and would like to make it a regular occurrence.  In this instance, I shall include March and April blog entries.

March 2010

“Wanted: Perfection”

“Time for Miracles”

“True Fear”

“The Perfect Storm”

“Blessings”

“The Real Mask”

“Gravity”

“Uncharted Territory”

“Simple and Ordinary Moments”

“Wanted: Perfection” is about how we sell ourselves out in our quest for perfection.  “Time for Miracles” is about allowing miracles to happen in our lives.  “True Fear” challenges us to face our fears.  “The Perfect Storm” shares that there is a silver lining in destruction.  “Blessings” invites us to contemplate on the interchangeable nature of blessings and curses.  “The Real Mask” provokes us to face our true selves.  “Gravity” inspires us to live to the fullest, while “Uncharted Territory” evokes us to take more chances.  “Simple and Ordinary Moments” encourages us to cherish the simplicity of ordinary moments.

April 2010

“Poem 172”

“Poem 182”

“Leaving the Darkness”

“Memories”

“Poem 172” and “Poem 182” are both about love.  “Leaving the Darkness” is about letting go of negativity. “Memories” inspire us to deal with memories in a healthy manner.

July 2010

“The Clean Slate”

“It’s a NOYNOY State of Mind”

“Dainty and Sweet”

“Turquoise Delight”

“A Sojourn to District 9”

“As Sweet as Fine Wine”

“Out of the Delectable Blue”

“A Slice of Rainbow”

“Vibrant Green Blessings”

“Pretty in Pink”

“Sentimental Sweetness”

“Roses are Red”

“Potato Alert”

“Violets and Blues”

“Subdued Sweetness”

“The Kindle Book Parade is in Town”

“Aqua Sweetness”

“Swirl”

“The Clean Slate” discusses being able to start anew while “A Sojourn to District 9” is a movie review on District 9.  “The Kindle Book Parade is in Town” relates my experience of reading Kindle books on my iPod.  “Potato Alert” contains funny photos of my pet dog holding a potato hostage and the rest of the other entries have photos of my cake decorating projects.

Stay tuned for more articles, reviews, poetry, and photos!

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My apologies for not updating as much as I would want to.  My health has not been agreeing with me lately.  Must be the weather.

I’ve arranged the flowers in a psuedo-swirl pattern.  For some reason these flowers appear more blue than they actually are.  In actuality, they possess a more metallic lavender hue.

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Still along the lines of my penchant for blue or bluish icing, I’ve chosen to go aqua for the base, while using a cool lemon yellow for the flowers and ribbons.  The words that pop into my mind are “fresh” and “cool”  which I did consider putting as the title – however, I decided to avoid any references which might be too reminiscent of tooth paste ads.

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As an avid book lover, books are an essential part of my daily diet and I consume as many as I can.  I got quite excited when I heard about Kindle as it meant an easier access to a wider range of books.  The idea that it would be relatively simple and straightforward to buy a book with one click and read it within a matter of seconds was very appealing.

Initially, Kindle was not available outside the US.  However, sooner than later, Kindle announced their availability internationally as well as the option of being able to download the Kindle App for free and reading it on other platforms – Mac, PC, Blackberry, iPod, iPad, iPhone, and Android.

Despite my eagerness to have more convenient access to a myriad of books, I was a bit hesitant as to how smooth the process would be and whether it the cost would weight out. Compared to the used books being sold by private sellers on Amazon, Kindle books would usually be a bit more dear.  However, after considering in the cost of shipping to Manila of the used books, and compared to the retail price, Kindle book prices work out better.

Not being too proficient with technology, it was a pleasant surprise that it was a relatively straightforward process which involved registered the downloaded Kindle App from my iPod with my Amazon details and it was good to go.  The 1-click shopping made it even more convenient – without having to repeatedly key in details with every Kindle book purchase.

It was a strange sensation – to be reading and “flipping” pages on the iPod… definitely a jump from the traditional experience of flipping printed pages and having the feel of paper under one’s fingertips. It has to be interjected at this point that there are certain kinds of books which lend themselves better to print than others – such as cookbooks. However, I digress.

Considering that the iPod screen is noticeably smaller than most paperbacks, I appreciated the option to be able to adjust the font size as well as the lighting – since it meant that it would be more handy to read in the dark.  I can definitely imagine that reading on a device with a bigger screen such as the iPad or the actual Kindle devises would be much more comfortable.  The compactness of the iPod adds to the ease of mobility, definitely a far cry from lugging around sizable tomes (which I still do), with only the battery life setting a limitation.

While it is not a question that printed and electronic books have more than enough room to coexist and compliment each other, the immediate availability of titles which might not be found locally in print is certainly refreshing.  With this being said, I am not completely happy about the selection of Kindle books since there appears to be a considerable amount of books in the Amazon site, which are not available in local bookstores, which are not available in Kindle format as well.  In a sense, it’s like being in what I thought would be an eat-all-you-can buffet and finding that the range of the food is limited.

Still, as a perpetual bookworm, I’d like to welcome the Kindle book parade into town and giving us more options.  Here’s to hoping that a wider selection of books on Amazon would be available in Kindle format.

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I’ve decided to go along the lines of something more classic, subdued, and feminine, combining dusky pink and ivory this time around.  It’s still all about roses and sampaguitas (Philippine Jasmine).

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Departing from what has so far been bicolor floral cakes, I’ve taken a step forward and added another color to the mix.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.  I’m pleased to present the results.

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These photos are just too funny not to share. My dear pet toy poodle got hold of a renegade potato and held it hostage for a while.  The potato retrieval went smoothly – not before I snapped a few photos.  I’m pleased so say that the potato survived the experience though a bit worse for wear – with a few puncture wounds.  In the interest of food safety, the potato was quarantined and excluded from any food preparation.

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I was requested to make a traditional red themed birthday cake – so I went for the classic red roses…  a whole bouquet of vibrant red roses with red ribbons streaming out, on a bed of white.

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These colors seem reminiscent of the late 1960s and the early 1970s… It was all about breaking out of the mold and trying out new things.  It was about breaking the rules and  changing the rules.  What seems so vintage now was revolutionary back then.

I thought that I’d use two colors which may seem to clash – or belong together in a psychedelic print – and bring them together in one cake.  I can almost imagine these colors together in printed fabric or individually as polyester jersey dresses.

This was, of course, way back when polyester was celebrated and not viewed as a potential environment hazard as it is now.  Ah, how times change… Now, it’s inspiringly about “Going Green” and caring about Mother Earth.

Hopefully, further down the road, there will be more evolved and enlightened practices which would permeate global consciousness. However, I digress.

Happy viewing!

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I’ve gone for a pink base and ivory flowers this time.  Instead of a light pastel pink, I’ve decided to go with a more earth toned shade of pink to ground it a bit.

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