It’s one of my close friends,  Cathy’s birthday a week ago but because it’s always hard to find time that works for everybody, we didn’t get to celebrate it ’til yesterday. We had lunch at Il Fornaio Italian Restaurant and did our post black friday shopping at the Galleria Mall. One of my friends just love to play a photographer every time we go out and here’s some pictures of me she took and what I wore.

I got this blue floral dress at Macy’s for $10.00! It’s so feminine and I love it’s sheer chiffon fabric.

This is the blazer I got at a thrift store for $5.00 which was shown here

I was wearing:

dress: Macy’s ($10.00)

blazer: thrifted ($5.00)

boots: Franco Sarto via Nordstrom Rack

bag: Deux Lux via Marshalls ( previously shown here)

ring: TJ Maxx

necklace: Evangelines

knee socks: Ross


countless blessings

November 24th, 2:00 PM, Collins Lake recreation area, Marysville, CA. It wasn’t a typical place to be on thanks giving day but, there I was in a cold rainy evening with family and friends in front of a campfire enjoying each others company, our little chat and our turkey dinner with a fusion of German and Filipino cuisine. Being in a calm, captivating place at that very moment with wonderful people was a lot to be grateful for.

What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?


 If we can only draw our focus away from things that we didn’t have, to what we have, it is when we realize the countless blessings that we have to be thankful for. Sure, the economy affected everybody. I have never known so many people who lost their jobs and homes my entire life until today. It is sad and terrifying. I know, because I was once one of those people. As a self- proclaimed worrywart I worry about almost anything. I sometimes spend sleepless nights worrying about the possibilities of not being able to maintain the lifestyle that I have- which by the way, the same as most average Americans have- somebody who works hard to pay her bills and being able to maintain and run a typical average household.

This is how I cope…maintaining my optimism. Let me tell you, sometimes it’s not that easy to do. There are times when I get scared about what could happen to our country- the economy might get worse. It is when I start taking a look of the things I own, the family and friends around me, and where I’m at (literally). Then I think about the pictures I see and reports I read or hear about many others who basically have nothing, lost everything or people in a war zone who are suffering. I always come to a realization that I am luckier than the estimated 1.7 billion people who are living in poverty today. By that, I mean, people who luck the basic human needs such as shelter, water, food, and clothing. I think about those who are living in chaos their entire life yet they still manage to wear smile on their faces.

I still have a roof over my head, clothing, food on the table, my health, and most importantly I am surrounded with people I love. Life itself is a gift. Your perception about life changes how you live and appreciate the simple things around you. There are indeed a lot of things to be thankful for. You don’t need to look for them; they’re just around you needed to be seen and appreciated.

inspired by nature

Picked up my keys…drove up to the mountains

If I didn’t, I would have missed these….

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under
trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time.
                                                                              – J. Lubbuck

Donner Lake

How easy and simple it is to live enjoyably when the simple,
interminable blue of the sky,with its long wisps of white
clouds, become a pleasant thing to behold, a thing of
beauty that thrills you every time you care to look skyward.
                                                                                       -John Schindler

Along I-80 between Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains
of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night,and
spring after the winter.
                                                                           – Rachel Carson
The Sense of Wonder

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.
                                                                       – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delight in the beauty that surrounds you.

Stop every now and then.  Just stop and enjoy.  Take a deep
breath.  Relax and take in the abundance of life.

Discovering this idyllic place, we find ourselves filled with a
yearning to linger here, where time stands still and beauty

their trash, my treasure

Nothing much exciting going on in the household today except for football which I am not a big fan of. Since I promised to show the stuff that I purchased from the thrift store last week, I have to bug my football maniac husband to take some photos of them. Deseret Industries is the name of the thrift store where I went to. This place is huge and very organize. They sell pretty much anything.

I should say,  it was a very interesting place to shop. Will I do it again? Possibly…. 🙂

I bought this green American Eagle Outfitters skirt for $2.00!

More items I treasured ↓

I bought this floral skirt for $5.00.  I love the colors on it and it fits well.

I can’t wait to wear this blazer ($5.00) over a dress…

↑ also for $5.00

What I’m wearing:

top: forever21

skirt: thrifted/ american eagle outfitters ($2.00)

cardigan: ross

belt: forever21

necklace: from Carmel, CA  (abalone shell)

boots: michael shannon via marshalls

what goes good with a $10.00 boots

I don’t know if you can tell that these boots are worth $10.00. Yes, they are! I never thought I would ever pay $10.00 for  a pair of boots 🙂 nor would I fall in love with one. I bought them at Ross a couple of years ago and they never missed winter since then. I wear them pretty much with anything- knee length skirts, jeans, shorts or dresses..whatever I feel like at the moment.

Call me cheap, but today I realized that I can get good stuff without breaking the bank. So, I decided to challenge myself to find great items in a thrift store. I ended up getting a couple of blazers ($5.00 each) and a couple of skirts for $5.00 and $2.00! I will show them on my next couple of posts.

Once in a while I splurge on something I really like. I don’t limit myself on where to shop or how much I should  spend but it does feel great to find great buys.

This purple blouse is $8.00 from DD’s! 🙂

I bought these earrings during my vacation in the Philippines.

boots: Ross for $10.00

blouse: DD’s for $8.00

blazer: Target

jeans: guess

bag: gift

earrings: from Philippines

necklaces: white gold- gift from hubby, beads- citiwear

ring: overstock.com

belt: betsey johnson

white sand and blue skies

I was going  through my old photos and found these pretty pictures of Panglao Island. I thought about posting them here just to show how beautiful this place is and to give you ideas about a great vacation destination. These photos were taken during my vacation in Philippines last summer.

Let me give a little background about Panglao Island. It is an island in the Philippines located in Central Visayas, part of Bohol Island, east of Cebu. A couple of the island’s popular tourist pursuits are diving and island hopping. It’s also popular because of its pristine beaches. To get there, you can either fly from Manila directly to Tagbilaran City or  from Manila to Cebu then take a 2 hours fast ferry ride from Cebu to Tagbilaran City. From Tagblaran City, it takes  about an hour taxi ride to Panglao Island. There are other interesting places to visit to around Bohol as well. If you have plenty of time I recommend visiting Hinagdanan Falls; Loboc River where you will find the smallest primate, Tarsier or take a tour around the river on a floating restaurant; and enjoy the natural beauty of Chocolate Hills.

I have been to Bohol a couple of times but this was my first time to visit Panglao Island. I made it a  “girls only relaxing vacation”. I took my mom, my niece, and my cousin with me. We had a blast!

The beach has powdery white sand and clear blue water.

We stayed at Dumaluan 2 Beach Resort. It was not a very fancy hotel but for about a hundred dollars suite/ night, it was not bad at all. If money is not an issue, there are a lot of lavish hotels around that ranges from $200- $300/night or more.

Outdoor complimentary breakfast in our hotel restaurant. Those benches and table were made from driftwoods.

Isn’t it mesmerizing?

Nothing like a cold Buko Halo(young coconut) with ice cream covered with chocolate syrup. It’s nice to bring summer to winter. Hey, it’s free to dream 🙂

old town

It’s 50°F, breezy and gloomy. Yes I know it’s only 50° but it really feels like it’s in the low 30’s; however, that didn’t stop me from getting out and making my Saturday delightful. I decided to go to my town’s tourist spot, Old Town Sacramento (dragged my hubby w/ me). It’s quaint and charming, that’s what  I love most about this part of town. If you love to experience history, this is a place to visit. It has a lot of unique shops to walk through and some great places for extraordinary dining experience. If you hate shopping, there’s a railroad museum that you can visit to and take a ride of the steam train that runs along the Sacramento River.

The shops are so alive with colors. The Old City Kites is a very fun place for kids to go. That coat on the upper right side made me really excited until I saw the price 🙂

I wouldn’t miss Evangeline’s Costume Mansion everytime I visit Old Sac. They not only carry costumes but they have weird and unique stuff that you may not find anywhere else. These mugs are too cool but since I promised myself not to spend too much, I found my will power to be too strong to resist these temptations (for now 🙂 ). I was almost tempted to get those fluffy slippers though. Don’t they look comfy?

My husband took pictures of these humorous fridge magnets. He said those were made for me LOL. By the way, the third one says, “if only men are satisfying as shopping for shoes”. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

We proceeded to Fat City Bar and Cafe for lunch. This restaurant serves great food and has an old ambiance that’s very charming. The brick wall, stained glass and high ceilings bring old elegance feel to the place. The best part? I was given a free slice of banana lemon pie (to die for) for my birthday (supposedly) which was 2 weeks ago (that was nice of them).

Of course, I wasn’t going to leave without being sugared up :). This place ( I forgot the name), sells all kinds of goodies. They have a wide variety of brittle. I ordered half a pound of macadamia brittle for $16.00/ lb. More than what I wanted to pay.

This is how a sugared up face looks like- smile from cheek to cheek 🙂

We stopped by The Village Hat Shop and I found this colorful and cool hat (above). I don’t know if I should go back for it or not.

I picked this hat instead. I don’t know why but I always end up getting something safe. I guess I’m not that adventurous when it comes to colors (yet).

Overall, it was a fun experience. It’s a great place to spend time with family and friends.

What I’m wearing:

blouse: ross

coat: nordstrom rack

jeans: guess

boots: roxy

bag: coach

scarf: marshalls