gardening

My father enjoys planting and takes pride on his crops. You bet, our family house in the Philippines is like a forest full of ordinary and peculiar plants. I don’t know how he does it, but whatever he plants, it grows in tip top shape without fail. I’m really amazed! Ha!

In as much as I would love to emulate him, I seem to not cut for planting activities.  Believe it or not, I’ve exerted great effort and every possible ways in planting this and that, still,  it did not work for me.

Sigh… It took awhile before I realized and accepted that I’m not a green thumb like him. When my cactus plant began to die, that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back. However, it doesn’t mean that I’m going to give up! Like what Justin Bieber said, never say never! :p

My interest in gardening resurrected when I saw my cousin started doing up her front and backyard during Spring time. I can definitely feel her passion while planting the flowers and vegetables. Hence, I grabbed the shovel and started to “mess around” with her plantation.:D I helped her till the soil then plant carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, and other strange vegetables in the backyard.

“vegelandia”

littlecorner & “flowerbeds”

While in the front yard, I artistically grow flowers in my designated little corner and “sprinkled” some “vitamins” for them to be healthy and blossom happily.  So far, the “babies” are growing fast! The flowers are so colorful and I can sense that they are kissing the sun rays with eagerness and joy. The veggies? We have eaten some of the green leafy vegetables, the rest are still growing.

littlecorner

flowerpots

It dawned on me that gardening relaxes the mind and relieves stress. I may not do this consistently during Spring and Summer time, but I will surely do it every now and then. Aja!

snow!

It’s always been my childhood dream to see a real snow and experience the four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall).  I lived most of my life in the Philippines and few years in Singapore wherein it’s summer most of the time!

Winter just ended when I went to Europe but I did experience Spring for three months. So, I still have Winter and Fall in my bucket list. Also, I promised myself that when I see a real snow, I will definitely take a pinch and savor the taste. Ha! Pardon my naivety. I am what I am. 😉

Following Big Bro’s master plan, I quietly migrated to North America during Winter time!  It was crazy in a way because there were different timezones in every airport I went to for my connecting flights. Thus, my body clock was in a total chaos and I reached my destination absolutely stressed out… for a moment. :p

Stress was replaced with unconcealed childlike grin and excitement! My cousin picked me up at the airport together with her family. She told me that my “Matrix” coat is for Spring and is not thick enough for the Winter. My “Matrix” look had to wait (sorry Majestic Mom!). 😉

When we arrived at their house, I took a pinch of snow on top of her other car and tasted it. It reminded me of the ice in Chowking’s halo halo (Filipino dessert).  It’s absolutely delicious and refreshing! Wohooo!

snow… in front of the house…

Previously, I never bothered to do it because the season was either sunny or rainy, warm or cold. I always bring small umbrella anyway. That would suffice back then. 😀 In a four season country, I learned that it’s a must to know the weather forecast so that you will know how to plan your outfit (how many layers), what jacket to wear (how thick or thin it is), if you will need mittens, etc.

Time flies… Spring is just around the corner and it will be Summer soon! I’ve noticed that a lot of locals love summer! However, for me, I anticipate Fall, Winter and Spring rather than the Summer.  I’ve had my fair share of Summer in this lifetime, I think. -_-  I was told that I will change my mind in a year or two. We’ll see.

Next winter, I will definitely make my own snow angel and snowman. Yabadabadoo!!!!

Dutch angels

It’s the day of our Paris trip and we need to leave the hotel at 4a.m. in order to be at the pick up point on time. Boy, waking up at 3 a.m. and taking off at 4 a.m. during Spring is really tough (I wonder how it feels during the winter? brrrr!).

When we reached the train station, we had a problem getting the ticket from the ticketing machine. The machine requires card or coins and we only have paper bills. We cannot get it from the ticketing office either because it’s still closed.

We asked a Dutch couple (DC) if they have coins to change our paper bill and unfortunately, they don’t have. The DC were terribly concern but they were in a hurry because the wife, who happens to be a flight attendant, needs to catch her flight.

While the DC were waiting for the train, the husband, who is a lawyer, saw the train ticket inspector and discuss our plight with him. He explained that we cannot buy the tickets from the machine and we need to catch our trip to Paris.

Good thing the inspector understood our situation and allowed us to board the train without tickets. He said we’ll get the tickets in our destination. Normally, if you get caught without a ticket you will be fined or even worst, you will be put into jail. I guess, the inspector is a bit lenient to us because we were foreigners as well as students in Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

Bedankt (thanks) to our Dutch angels (DC and the inspector), we were able to reach the pick up point earlier than we have expected. It gave us time to take photos and grab a bite.:)

Next stop… the Eiffel Tower.