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Empowered Women Of Achievement Award 2012

This photo was added to the cover of Vanity magazine along with the other Awardee. Photoshop is an amazing tool. They placed all of us to look like we were all in the photo shoot together. I feel truly honored to have been one of a select group of women chosen to receive the Empowered Women Of Achievement Award 2012. The event is organized by an independent group of Filipino artists and fashion designers. The first gown designed for me, sight unseen, was truly remarkable. But then you be the judge. Photos taken by Toné McGuire. He made the photo shoot so fun and brought out the best in me. It's so different to work with a photographer who gives you feedback and direction. Hair and makeup by David's Salon on Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City, gown by Goullee Gorospe, location: Hotel Centro, PPC, Palawan. Click any photo on this page to enlarge. There will be an actual Award Dinner this coming Dec. 15th in Manila. I am hoping I can re-arrange my schedule so that

Blogging Away

My blogging headquarters for now. Luzviminda, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines Here I sit with hair still wet from just having had a nice refreshing shower, blogging away. After a lot of work on both our parts, Dave and I finally have built a cozy place together. I am sitting here on my cogon thatched roof native deck, happier than I have been in, well I just can't remember, except perhaps the time I had another farm in high up in the mountains and far away Montague, California in the early 80's.  From the cool clean alpine abode in Northern California, and miles away from my desert home in Tucson, Arizona, I have finally landed where I want to be. Back in my native Philippines. Where I was born and raised. Our adopted stray kitten Ming Ming, AKA Ms. Stinky butt. Though not in my hometown of Batangas, I feel very at home here in little, sleepy Luzviminda. I am feeling so happy, content, blessed and grateful. It's so good that I want to pinch myself t

Life in Luzvviminda, Palawan

Our loft apartment above the barn/workshop/ kitchen/shower commode area downstairs.  I feel like I am living in one of Tarzan's lairs. So indoor outdoorsy....I'm listening to and watching the rain fall outside the deck. Wow, as of September 21 we started staying out on our land in our loft apartment above the barn/workshop/kitchen area. It's in Luzviminda, Puerto Princesa, Palawan , Philippines! Whew! It's quite a switch from our elegant Subic Freeport digs. It's sort of my tree house, although not built in the trees, we are at tree level when looking outside. A wall of green surrounds me, so peaceful, quiet and so very relaxing to live here. It all started as a huge barn to house the materials we needed for the master bedroom cottage we were initially going to build. We didn't want the building materials exposed to the weather while gathering supplies so we built this huge tin covered barn. Building materials aren't always easy to get out here