Miscellaneous Me Fashion Giveaway

The Miscellaneous Me is celebrating its first blogversary by hosting fabulous accessories giveaway! I love the following Miranda Miranda accessories collection:
This is a nymph necklace. It is made from freshwater pearls, hammer shells and mother-of-pearl chips. The pendant can be removed and used as a brooch. Necklace size: 15 inches + 2-inch extender. (Choker)
This is a lariat necklace is a long necklace without locks or claps, which is usually worn by winding it once or twice around. It’s a very flexible fashion accessory that can be worn in many different ways.
This is part of the tiered majorica bracelet collection. It has 3 strands of Majorica pearls with ribbon and is on an elastic bracelet.

There will be one winner for each item. And joining is really easy! Check out Miscellaneous Me Fashion Giveaway now for more details!

I love all the miranda Miranda’s collection but if ever I get the chance to order, I’ll purchase this one for my mom:
nn – angela
Price: PhP 280.oo

The chain can be removed and the pendant can be used as a brooch.

Various glass, ceramic and plastic beads.

Pendant size: around 5 inches across.
Necklace length: 20 inches + 2 inch extender
*You may request to have this length adjusted.

This giveaway starts on  March 19 until March 31. Three winners will be drawn using manual raffle. This is open to bloggers with address in the Philippines only. I’m praying that I’ll be one of the lucky winners! That would be an awesome “welcome home”gift for me because I’ll be in Philippines by that time.

Photobucket

Our Calamansi Tree

Since our stay in this place last July 2010, this calamansi tree in our backyard never runs out of its fruits. Until now we still enjoy the calamansi juice, natural treatment for cough and additional ingredients for seasonings and bagoong!

Photobucket

What’s your life’s important choice?

When we make mistakes, which we all do from time to time, it’s encouraging to know that we still have a choice to put things right. Fortunately, when we admit what we have done, God forgives us. The next step is to put things right, and to make sure we deal with and resolve the root cause of our mistakes so we don’t keep repeating the same mistakes and making bad choices.

More important is that we don’t make bad choices in the first place because it is “choice, not chance, that determines our destiny.” All of us are where we are today based on the choices—good and bad—that we have made in the past. Furthermore, where we will be in five, ten, fifteen, twenty years time—and in eternity—will be based on the choices we have made or will make today and in the future.

Above all, when it comes to eternity—life after death—as the Bible urges, choose carefully and wisely whom you will serve. Be absolutely sure you have your “passport for heaven.” Whatever you do, don’t leave earth without it.

You love your kids? Train them with household chores!

Here’s a story once told to me that leaves a lasting impression on me:

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “none”.

The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, “Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, “I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, “please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said,
Number 1, I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today.
Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.
Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for to be my manager.
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

What’s the lesson of the story?

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Have a blessed day to all!

What an incredible love story!

An incredible love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world. It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century.

The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his 80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the couple’s home for the last 50 years.

Over 50 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu Chaoqin..

In a twist worthy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu already had children.

At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their communities, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality.

In the beginning, life was harsh as hey had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives.

Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, ‘Are you regretful? Liu always replied, ‘As long as we are industrious, life will improve.’

In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, ‘My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day. He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for my mother’s convenience, although she doesn’t go down the mountain that much.’

The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until Liu, at 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife’s hand even after he had passed away.

“You promised me you’ll take care of me, you’ll always be with me until the day I died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?’ Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband’s black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.

In 2006, their story became one of the top 10 love stories from China , collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.

What an incredible love story!