Weekly Photo Challenge – afloat

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

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Boodle fight last Friday

Boodle fight OFW style in Jeddah. No meat just fish and vegetables :-)

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Pinoy Kamayan

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This picture was taken before the boodle fight :-)

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and what is left after the boodle fight?

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and this after :-) see my bulging tummy hahaha beautybeyondfifty is enjoying life to the max!

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Ladies ,make your life easy..enjoy the simple things in life :-)



My Lady no.6 : Nanay Aurea


Lopezena Fernando De Castro – age 65 years old.

Long name :-) we fondly call her “Nanay Aurea” , a mother of four and one of her daughter is my friend. The first time I met her was three months ago.., time passes by quickly and on Tuesday she will be going back to Philippines.

Me: Nanay Aurea How do you like your stay in Jeddah?

Nanay Aurea: (masaya naman pero nakakalungkot din, lahat sila nasa trabaho at school, nasanay akong kasama palagi ang aking asawa. Napakahirap mag -isa).  happy but sad at the same time. It is hard to be alone. 

Nanay Aurea husband had passed away recently (less than a year).

(Hindi ko akalain naganito pala rito sa Jeddah, maganda at tahimik naman)I didn’t expect Jeddah is a nice and quiet City.

She told me, she is worried about her daughter condition in Saudi Arabia but now she have seen Jeddah, her mind will be at peace for a while.

Nanay Aurea is a retired teacher and a dancer. She loves to teach her students and pushed them hard to attained perfection in their dancing stint. She has a charming smile and boast that if it wasn’t for her beauty and charm, her daughter will not look beautiful.

Kung ano ang puno iyun din ang bunga! :-) Trees bear the same fruit hahaha is this the right translation? I guess so! A coconut tree won’t bear a mango fruit! :-) right?


That goes to my mom too! Like mother like daughter, though I also would like to look like my handsome papa :-)


Nanay Aurea is a well travelled lady too. She said ” Kahit pala walang pera may nararating din” Though I don’t have money I was able to travel. She has been to Europe and now Middle East, hopefully she can also go to USA ! One of her daughter is in Germany and she also has relatives in USA.

That I may quote..”Kung anu ang tinanim siya rin ang bunga” in short, Good deeds begets good deeds :-)

I asked her, what advice she can give to us?

Save for the future, oh Nanay Aurea, you’re my idol, you can travel anywhere without spending any centavo, so why should I save? hahahaha joke!

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Certainly! For young people , SAVE is the key word, no matter how great your situation at the moment, no matter how healthy you are, we will never know what the future will bring. If you save a little while enjoying the moment, when the hard times comes, you won’t be begging for others’help.

Nanay Aurea, thank you for the moment, though it was a short visit it was worth every penny :-) worth every moment,I miss my parents, your short visit filled up the missing puzzle in our life as an overseas worker.


Thank you Nanay Aurea and Happy trip!




Weekly Photo Challenge : Blur

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flower for your dream

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Blur.”


Weekly Photo Challenge – Ephemeral

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

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Clouds to Honolulu International Airport


How to celebrate 58th birthday- OFW style :-)

OFW – Overseas Filipino Workers, yes! we are outside our own country to earn a living which will give a better future to our children. I say a “better’ future because wherever you are, regardless whether you are outside or inside your own country there will always a future to look forward to..any one who would like to succeed will always find a way to reach their goal. Having an opportunity to work abroad is a big bonus in itself but it has also its own trade-off. for one..being away from the family is an enormous sacrifice each of us has to deal with.

and so, when times like this celebrating birthday, we find comfort being with our friends, crazy friends I may add :-) and friends who we considered as second family in a foreign land which sometimes we refer as our second home.

Saudi Arabia, Jeddah in particular is saturated of restaurants, malls and a few parks near the red sea or Jeddah Corniche. It is up to our budget where we can share the moments, what is important is the company ,the warmth of being with friends. I know, some of you who are reading this, knew our positions in the company but I say the same, we all have our own budget specially having University students back home is something we have to think about before spending hard-earned money to something we can do in all simplicity :-)

Simplicities? I almost bit my tongue hahaha look at the menu! taken with my iPhone 4 :-) budget, I  told you so hehehe

and dessert?

and guess who is in budget too! Chilli’s, we asked for candle and birthday acapella song (they used to do) but nothing! so here’ the blowing of the invisible candle and we chant a few lines of “Happy birthday”


and the results after ? boom! all gone :-)


After we filled our tummies ,it’s time to remove some of the calories we enjoyed, we walked along the Falasteen street walk towards the tallest fountain in the world – King Fahd’s Fountain, took sometime to get fresh air ironically, it was full of different smell from the crowds of different people plus the humidity of the sea. It was a different atmosphere and we’re lucky, there was some fire works too! What a way to celebrate my friend’s birthday, free fire works! :-)

We walked until we reached Park hyatt Hotel, hmmm still on budget, no way to get in just for a cup of tea. Cross the streets into the Intercontinental Hotel, not a cup of coffee :-) no way! While we were crossing, I was full of joy and fear that the cars passing by won’t stop and crushed on to us.. I was raising my hand and shouting, oh please stop I still have two college students, not ready to get into accident. Of course, I am exaggerating, were all adults but being silly sometimes takes the worries away. :-)

And so we continued walking trying to re-traced our way where we had our dinner, while walking we kind of dig our life, what is left for us? I am 56, my friend just turned 58, we will be in our sixties soon !..like our other friend who is now 62 and still working hard for the family. We were once a young family, living a good life (we still are) what I meant..we are all getting old and we barely save something for our own, the time when we can’t work anymore at least we should have something to spend for our daily living expenses, the time when we get sick. For sure, our children will help us but we can’t depend on that idea, we have to be ready with old age physically, mentally and financially :-)

We all share the same sentiments, how long are we going to stay here? 4-5 years more? no one really knows! but when I was asked, Where are you going after Saudi Arabia? It’s an irony that I, a mother of two is the only provider in the family, my two sons are finishing College soon, they are both outside Philippines,I guess wherever they maybe, that’s where I am headed at.

For now, let’s find a place to sit down and have some tea! We ended our one hour and fifteen minutes walk with Krispy creme doughnuts and green tea!

and the night is over, another year has come and celebrated, tomorrow is another day! Tito Arlen my birthday wish for you is more power and good health!

Thank you Lord for all the blessings!



Wordless Wednesday



Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh.”

Pomegranate - one of my favourite fruits

Pomegranate – one of my favourite fruits



NYIP : What the F in Photography !

“Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried!”

-Bill Brandt


I was doing right (that’s what I thought) my photos are alright, I like it! :-)

Focus! your out of focus mom!

huh? I thought I was making the background blurred , it looks great! my friends like it (well, what are friends for?) support each other! I guess :-)

So here I am, continuing with my photography studies, Oh! I asked myself, why did I took this on-line course? It seemed it’s not my forte, I love taking photos (automatically) without thinking what aperture I will use, what ISO and What the F? anyway!

NYIP – there’s no such thing as ” good enough”.  I always thought when I look at the viewfinder , I got a good focus, good enough to upload in Facebook :-) get as many “like” as you can imagine lol!

Amateurs are accustomed to “good enough” focusing. Pros will settle for only perfect focusing (talking about my perfectionist son, Edge).

So what is the F again?

F-stop (aperture) the lens opening inside the photographic lens and it is measured by F-stops where N =F/D alright, don’t ask me, I took Dentistry because I can’t concentrate a lot when there are numbers :-) joke!

simply put : the greater the opening (aperture) more light comes in

which only complicate : the greater the aperture the smaller the F-stop, the shallower the depth of field

the smaller the aperture the higher the F-stop, the greater the depth of field

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ISO 200 85mm F1.4

I like the model, I like the picture, it seemed focus but not so.. this could have been better If I focused on her eyes to make it more sharper, the background was blurred indicating a shallow depth of field.

Well, there’s always room for improvement and another photo shoot:-)

Unit one done! passed the exam..on to the 2nd Unit



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Weekly Photo Challenge -Orange

Orange is the Happiest colour – Frank Sinatra

Yes it is!  and I’m so happy I had the chance to see the Tulips Festival in Skagit Valley, WA.

Orange Tulips – symbolise Fascination,warmth and Happiness.

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