Culture, Food, Life Style, beliefs, Travels, Hobbies
I am a 45+ immigrant, born and raised in the coastal area in the north eastern region of The Philippines, currently residing in Belgium. I am a believer and though conservative in nature, a social person and loves travelling and meeting people as well as exploring places, studying cultures and history. Whenever at home I just love to enjoy the nature and its constant changes, takes photos, writes chronicles and make myself busy either doing crafty things, tinker in my garden or enjoy cooking simple good food.
Hi there, Its going to be a long night tonight with this heat wave going on here in Belgium. What a day! not so much choice but to stay grumpily inside the house for the whole day. The worst thing is there is nothing nice on the television. Its so stressful that I got sweaty hands and can’t stitch as much as I’d like to. I’m stranded again on this one this weekend. Its getting a lovely shape though monochromatic and less colourful. I’m a crazy stitcher and I’m really crazy about sew and stitch sampler. I don’t know how will I survive this unusual situation if I don’t have much to focus my attention.
What’s up? says a friend via the chat box. They like to invite us for a Barbeque party. I said this is not the best time for a party no matter how small group we have. Covid 19 spreads more among family affaires and gatherings according to the news. Which probably is right due to close proximity to one another. How I wish this is over soon, very soon! I hope everyone is coping well 🙂
Killing time modus : This Sew lovely sampler is just in time for my few days off.
design by Emma Congdon for September issue of Cross Stitcher magazine. I have enough of bad news lately, keeping me busy with things I love doing will surely help me get through this rough time. I hope everyone finds time to take new challenges on doing creative things. Believe me sometimes, the act of doing is even good as the result. Keep safe 🙂
Hi there its been quite a long time since my last log in. Its like I sleep and woke up in a different time. The world began to shake when I was about to come out of my hiding place. I was physically unfit for two months after catching lung infection while on Christmas holiday in my home town in the Philippines. I got better after taking antibiotic but then the volcano eruption triggers back my colds and cough due to daily dosage of ash fall. When COVID 19 began spreading worldwide. I was terrified and had undergone some serious test again. Fortunately it has nothing to do with the virus. But then my anxiety got serious when the number of corona cases began rising worldwide. The only option is to return home to Belgium as early as possible. We had to wait for 3 weeks before we could fly. Thanks God 3 days before all flight to Belgium was banned we were able to fly back and reach home safely. I normally very excited about flying anywhere but not on that day (March 22, 2020) I was very terrified. I thought If I catch the virus I won’t survive due to my very low immunity. Since 3 months the farthest I been from home is to a fabric shop some 15 kilometers away. All our vacation plans are put on hold and cancelled. This is not my year after all. 🙂 Silly but its what I hope so just like what is written on my notitie book.
It is a bit chaotic here with us for the moment and it seems our time is running down. Rounding up cleaning and storing things away while getting ready for a long sojourn down there in the southern hemisphere takes a lot of energy. Not to mention the excitement and anticipation for a long journey. Amids’t packing, sorting and last minute shopping is making sure my CS projects is secure in my baggage. For the first time we are going to have a 10 hours layover flight, so it is expected to be such a long wait since we didn’t book for a hotel. We can only hope for a bit rest during the flight and at least a fine lounge to sit and take a short nap, though I doubt it is possible. I’d better be prepared for the worst case scenario so a little CS project and a good old book is a necessity.
Something sodalicious and sweet for a wedding present will definitely bring my mood to the best. But then a week or two is probably much needed to recover later on so to start with this little one is a good idea. I’ll keep it posted……………
As I have mentioned in my last post, I like to travel a lot and see other places in the world. But at the end of the day and or every holiday, I am happy to be back home. No matter how beautiful and fascinating things I discovered wherever I go, this view is something that I keep in mind. My city is really cool 🙂 literally and figuratively. It looks like it is situated in the middle of a forest. It is indeed surrounded by a lot of woodlands and little wood parks left and right. I took this picture 5 years ago while standing at the highest point of the city which is about 100m high man made hillside.
This man made hills was unearthed rubbles and stones from the old coal mine down below. When they close down the coal mine, it has become a local tourist spot having museums, shopping mall, public swimming sports amenities and home for some local company.
Beringen is situated in the province of Limburg, a flemish speaking side of the country. We are a multi-cultural community because of the many foreigners from different countries who had worked in the mine for so long and settled here for good.
I am very proud of our little town and we live happily and peacefully around here. Although there were times we had to escape for awhile when its getting cold and a bit getting boring around here. Especially during winter time. It is not easy to explain but I think its due to the cultural differences among industrialized nations compare to a developing one that people also varied in characters and tradition. If we want to search for something warm and welcoming, I am afraid we have to go somewhere else. Its not that people are unfriendly, yes they are. They just love their privacy and limit their conversations to weather conditions and what is and what is not good on TV.
This is not a place for city people, who loves urban style. It is a place for those who love and embrace nature and its beauty. The walking trails and the bycycle routes are one of the reasons why there is a lot of local tourist from the city who usually spent weekends here.
This is Beringen, my city. Welcome /welkom/bienvenue/herlich willkomen
Did anyone ever get sad or unhappy for losing photographs once in awhile. I do. I have never appreciated Picasa apps before, but now I am thankful because I found photos that I have been searching for a long time already. Even though there where times I am afraid my photos will be out on the net without my permission, I still gamble. I remember what my mom felt like when she was still alive after a flash flood damage our house in Laguna in 2001. Her box full of old momentos was kept at the bottom drawer of her cabinet. It was all damage and eventually destroyed. That was her most valuable possession. In our time, keeping digital copies is easier especially for those using apps to beautify or to flex it. For me it is convenient to save it in my personal drive so that wherever I go, I can open it. If I change computer or laptop there will be no problem. But I am not a fan of any apps demanding personal info and access to my account so I stick to the old method. However old fashioned it may be google knows everything anyway. My secret life which is tucked in my photo journal is more precious than anything I owned. I think I was born in a wrong era. My passions for everything not so contemporary including my hobbies and interest drives my own friends crazy. Honestly, I don’t mind. 🙂
I’d like to share some of the places where I have been. I am not your typical travel blogger who pays a lot of attention about the accomodation, food, services etc. I go to places because I WANT TO BE THERE. As you can see Spain and France is my favorite destination. There are still so many places in Spain and France where I’d really like to go and visit like the Omaha beach in Normandy where history unfolds during the WWII. My penchant for everything in history, medieval times and places protected and acknowledge by Unesco Heritage is extra ordinary. My dream destination is Jerusalem and Norway. Sadly it doesn’t appeal much to my travel companion. But I still have time 🙂 who knows 🙂 Meanwhile I realized that I have been ignoring my own backyard. I been blessed to live in two countries with opposing characters. Next time, I will tell you more why it will be hard for me If I have to choose where to stay for good.
Hi there, I got so much reaction when I post this one above on my FB. It doesn’t mean anything really 🙂 just something small and cute to pass off time when there is nothing good on TV. Meanwhile my dales is getting prettier and prettier despite not so clear shot. Just a few more holes to fill in plus the waves of clouds and its gonna be on the way to the frame shop. I love this, even if I stitch it with a cheaper stuff. Its the very first time I used #cxc from China and I thought I should keep this one and hang it on my wall to remember how I struggle to thread my needles while doing this. I should stick to the best stuff all the time, I suppose.
Talking about Dales gives me inspiration because in my home country (where I came from) not in Belgium. I live in a place surrounded by dales. Although I have neighbors left and right, our small community is situated in a hole like foot of a valley facing fields of rice and lakes. It is a very peaceful and charming community where people live side by side with each other. The beauty of the nature and the kindness of the people is the main reason why we love to stay there for a couple of months every year. Escaping the coldness of Belgium, (literally speaking) for quite sometime is very much needed. I don’t mean the temperature 🙂 but I neither complain nor show dissapointment because I still believe to feel warmth we have to create the fire ourselves 🙂 Its actually too warm where we are going. Sometime its suffocating and too much, that’s why I am so lucky to be able to escape both when its necessary. I would love to share next time how is it to live in Both worlds. How do we live? what we eat? what keep us busy? and why we like it the way it is. Thus, I am going to set aside my crafty basket from time to time and talk about places soon. I like it if anyone pays me a visit. Welcome
It’s not the first time that I lost my focus, in fact it is becoming a bad habit lately. Thank God I have a strong faith and hope that everything will go back to normal in due time. For the meantime I am taking things in a slower pace than I used to do before. Work a little, play a little and stop on time. Summer passed by without much ado around us. I’ve done a bit of sewing and scrapping though I wasn’t in a good mood to take photos at that time. My CS work in progress on the other hand is better than the rest of my other habit, being my number one relaxation. I’ve also tested some more threads like Molina from Poland and CXC from China. I concluded that they are not my cup of tea. I rather use original DMC or Anchor in all my next project.
This is my current project The Dales which I am stitching using #cxc. It looks okay, though I am having a hard time dividing the six strand skeins because it is a bit wooly.
This one is almost done, and I have been finishing it with some text from a bible verse. I probably will not post the finished frame when its done because it is supposed to be a surprised gift.
As always, I have cute little one day, one night stitcheries for give aways to my friends.
Voila! I choose to go on and keep this blog which I initially thought I should stop. All I needed right now is re-inventing my old me. My BFF thinks I’m having a mid life crisis and its gonna be over when I am past my golden years. Its gonna be a long time to wait so I thought I must waste my time accordingly. 🙂 🙂 🙂