April 30, 2010

Hoping for Rain....

I thought we would have rain showers yesterday.... I sent my students home early after noticing the dark clouds outside. 
 I went up to the third floor of our building and took some pictures. It's been a long time since I last saw a promise of rain.

I was excited for my garden and for my clay vats to be filled with water again.... but the strong wind drove the dark clouds away and successfully cleared the sky.

As for me, I will keep hoping for the rain and trust our all-knowing God to bring it down in due season.

  God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
       He does great things beyond our understanding. 

  He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'
       and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'
Job 37: 5-6

Have a hopeful weekend everyone.

Enjoy skywatching around the world here:


April 28, 2010

His Steadfast Love....

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

My heart overflows with the theme of thankfulness and this verse came to mind. Such a beautiful reason to be thankful!

I thank God that my days are well-spent this week. I thank Him for His strength, guidance, and favor. All these provisions (and more) are sustaining me from day to day.

I thank God that I still see some blooms in my garden despite the unusual heat. There were days when I had to be satisfied with the blooms of flowering weeds but even so life in my garden remains beautiful. I'm glad to be back tilling the soil again.

What are you thankful for today? Join thankful Judy @ A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings in nurturing a joyful heart by writing a post for this meme every Wednesday a list of things you're thankful for.

I thank God that Judy is back in the blogland. Welcome back my dear friend.

April 26, 2010

My Favorite Cut-Flowers

I finally have a name! I used to call them "my favorite dried flowers that stay fresh the whole year!" Haha. What a name!

"Satatit", said the girl selling flowers. I thought it's the local name so I asked for its English name. "Satatit!" She insisted it was the English name. I doubted...

I bought a bunch of 3 colors and began my google search when I came home: "dried cut flower that keeps its color the whole year". Result: STATICE. Now I understood the flower girl.

I bought a big bunch of statice flowers in Chiang Mai more than a year ago but now they lost their color.

My girls were happy to help me replace the old ones.

We made several arrangements to spread them in some corners of the house. 

Left: a year old statice flowers

Right: Fresh new ones

What a big difference those flowers have made inside the house!
I'm guaranteed to have another year of real flowers in the house...
...even in my washroom!

The best and most beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Have a great week everyone! Hope you find joy in everything that you do.

Enjoy more beautiful flowers here:


And more yellow splashes here

to help brighten your day!

April 23, 2010

Skywatching in Manila

When I was preparing for my trip to Manila, I was excited to do some good skywatching while there. But my hectic schedule did not allow me to do so. I took some pictures but they're nothing different from the other places I've been.

I like this one though because of the coconut trees which I don't often see in the city where I live. This was taken on a very windy afternoon.

The sun was setting when a friend drove me to the airport. The traffic flow was, as usual, very slow around this area. I was glad that, at least, in my 10 days of stay there I had the chance to snap 2 shots of the sunset.

Happy Weekends everyone. 
Enjoy skywatching around the world here:


April 22, 2010

Celebrating One Year....

It's my first blog anniversary!!! I remember how a reluctant blogger I was when I first started this blog. I even wrote a post entitled Do You Read Me? to know if there are people reading my blog. After a year, this is now my 180th post. I also have 58 posts in my extension blog for my weekly memes. I think I've done well for the first year...don't you think so?

To all my 55 friends who signed-up to follow Daily Divine and to my 28 friends who follow Celebrate Friendship, thank you for your friendship and for making my blog life a wonderful experience.

Please join me as I recall my good old blogging days:

This was my first header. I wasn't a confident photographer at that time yet so I borrowed from the sample pictures I have in my computer.

Then I changed my header into this picture taken by my sister from my garden; and then with the new theme.

This is my own picture and my favorite header for some time. I can't believe I forgot the theme written here!

This is the latest, soon to be changed, too. I'm still praying for the right picture and theme, though.

Again, thank you for journeying with me here. I know there's an anniversary give-away tradition in the blogland but I may break away from that.... but my friend Tammy, who is also celebrating her 3rd blog anniversary today, has some really good stuff to give-away. Do visit her now.

 Many Thanks!

April 12, 2010

Simply Beautiful

I was on the grounds of my Alma Mater today, quite busy meeting people and attending a seminar, and although I was in hurry I couldn't help but to stop and snap 2 shots. Aren't they beautiful?

One thing I like about Hibiscus is its simplicity. This is the easiest flower I can draw and it's also the classic picture used by teachers to teach their young students of the different parts of flowers.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

For more flowers around the world, please visit the home of Today's Flowers.

April 4, 2010

My Easter Flower

My camera is old and worn-out. I can no longer use its macro setting. I did this manually and I'm very satisfied with the result.

I thought they were lavender but not. No lavender-smell at all. I also wonder if the flower on the first photo is the same with those on the second one. Their leaves look the same. I took all these pictures in the same area so I was surprised that there's difference in color. I checked the internet to help me id my flower but I found no similar images. Perhaps you can help.

I enjoyed using these pictures as wallpapers this week. Click the image to enlarge. The flowers look so dainty and sweet.

I thought this flower was appropriate to be called My Easter Flower. Even though I don't know its name but it serves me today. I cannot praise its name so my praises go to its Maker.

Sometimes our purpose is more important than our name. We serve as anonymous. Not unto us but to His glory.

Happy Easter Everyone!

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
 Who, being in very nature God,
      did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
 but made himself nothing,
      taking the very nature of a servant,
      being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
      he humbled himself
      and became obedient to death—
         even death on a cross!
 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
      and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father. 
           Philippians 2:11

For more flowers around the world, please visit the home of Today's Flowers.

April 2, 2010

Aim High, Aim For The Sky

This is the king of Thailand's museum, showcasing his majesty's hobbies from photography to music, from sailing to agriculture, and many more. The museum is full of interesting and beautiful things. I love taking my family here. The place inspires us to aim high and to cultivate our hobbies and skills into good use not just for ourselves but also for others.

These pictures were taken during our last visit.

Aim for the sky and you'll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you'll stay on the floor.
 ~Bill Shanky

 Enjoy skywatching around the world here!