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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Earth Hour 2012: Did You Turn Your Lights Off? - Geca's Realm - Bloglog

Earth Hour 2012: Did You Turn Your Lights Off? - Geca's Realm - Bloglog


8:30pm 31st of March year 2012 was the start of Earth Hour.

What does Earth Hour means? Earth Hour is an event to turn the lights out for an hour to take a stand against climate change. It started in Australia, year 2007, where around 2.2 million individuals participated in turning their lights out for an hour. The year after, Canada and 35 other countries joined in.

Through the power of social networking, invitation to switch lights off was extended to everyone until Earth Hour became a global event. Last year, 135 countries switch lights off for an hour. Hence, a commitment to a more lasting action against climate change.

This global event is scheduled on the last Saturday of every March.

Can you stand an hour or more of darkness? An hour of no television, no radio, no computer? Did you somehow participate in this year's Earth Hour in anyway you can? What did you do for the mother Earth?





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EJ Pulled His Own Tooth Out!



Mommy, this tooth is moving.

EJ was showing me his left canine tooth. He touched it and indeed, it was dangling.




Let me pull it out, EJ.


No, Mommy! I'll do it myself.

He went in front of our life size mirror and he pulled the tooth out very slowly. Then showed me the tooth.

Here Mommy look. Oh! I'll wrap it in a tissue and keep it under my pillow.

I think he got that idea from a tooth fairy movie, I can't be certain. When I was a kid, I don't know what my parents did. And I don't think we ever talked about myth of tooth fairy. After all, there's no tooth fairy in Philippine mythology. If I'm mistaken, please let me know.

I can vaguely remember my father saying something like
Let's hope the mouse gives you stronger permanent teeth. 

I didn't know what he meant that time, didn't bother asking and I don't know what he did with my tooth. Instead, I ran away to play with my toys.

Now I wonder what's the practice in other countries. Do you believe in tooth fairy? What do you do when you lose a tooth?





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Thursday, March 29, 2012

You Can Be A Sweet Dream... Or A Beautiful Nightmare!



I'm not having a sweet dream right now... nor a nightmare. This is part of the lyrics from Beyonce's song "Sweet Dreams" which I only paid attention tonight after hearing it from American Idol top contender Jessica Sanchez.

Jessica changed the dance beat of Sweet Dreams' into ballad. Unsurprisingly, nothing but high praise was given for her beautiful rendition. And she looked like a diva tonight and quite a professional from the way she moved around the stage. As Randy Jackson said, "Stars are truly born." I don't think anyone would disagree to that note. Jessica Sanchez is a star.


Thanks to Jessica, now I like this song and the lyrics intrigued me as well so I'm sharing the lyrics this time:

Sweet Dreams

Turn the lights on

Every night I rush to my bed
With hopes that maybe I'll get a chance to see you
When I close my eyes I'm going out of my head
Lost in a fairytale, can you hold my hands and be my guide?

Clouds filled with stars cover the skies
And I hope it rains, you're the perfect lullaby
What kinda dream is this?

You could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you
(Turn the lights on)

Sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Somebody pinch me, your love's too good to be true
(Turn the lights on)

My guilty pleasure, I ain't going no where
Baby long as you're here I'll be floating on air
'Cause you're my

You can be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you
(Turn the lights on)

I mention you when I say my prayers
I wrap you around all of my thoughts
Boy you're my temporary high

I wish that when I wake up you're there
To wrap your arms around me for real
And tell me you'll stay by side

Clouds filled with stars cover the skies
And I hope it rains, you're the perfect lullaby
What kinda dream is this?
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/beyonce-lyrics/sweet-dreams-lyrics.html ]

You could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you
(Turn the lights on)

Sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Somebody pinch me, your love's too good to be true
(Turn the lights on)

My guilty pleasure, I ain't going no where
Baby long as you're here I'll be floating on air
'Cause you're my

You can be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you
(Turn the lights on)

Tattoo your name across my heart so it will remain
Not even death can make us part
What kind of dream is this?

You could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you
(Turn the lights on)

Sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Somebody pinch me, your love's too good to be true
(Turn the lights on)

My guilty pleasure, I ain't going no where
Baby long as you're here I'll be floating on air
'Cause you're my

You can be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you
(Turn the lights on)
Either way I don't wanna wake up from you



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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Secret: Let It Spring From Love!

The thought manifests as the word.
The word manifests as the deed.
The deed develops into habit.
And the habit hardens into character.

So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from Love, born out of concern for all beings.

- Buddha (c. 563-c. 483 BC)



Sometimes we accidentally utter words that we do not want others to hear. Buddha's quote made me realize that we utter words that we do not want to say because those words were the result of what and how we think.

So, as Buddha said, we should be careful with our thoughts and think of nothing but Love! Love for the family, friends and pets too. Let the thought spring from Love, Love, Love!

Isn't that better?

What Is The Secret

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Merci Beaucoup La Rue!







Thank You
My tea's gone cold, I'm wondering why
I got out of bed alone
The morning rain clouds up my window
And I can't see at all
And even if I could it' d all be grey
But your picture on my wall it reminds me
That it's not so bad, it's not so bad

I drank too much last night, got bills to pay
My head just feels in pain
I missed the bus and there'll be hell today
I'm late for work again and even if I'm there
They'll all imply that I might not last the day
And then you call me and it's not so bad
It's not so bad

[Chorus:]
And I want to thank you for giving me
The best day of my life
Ohh, just to be with you is havingThe best day of my life

Through and through then you handed me a towel
And all I see is you, and even if my house falls
Down now, I wouldn't have a clue because you're
Near me

[Chorus:](Repeat 2X)
And I want to thank you for giving me
The best day of my life
Ohh, just to be with you is having
The best day of my life


Ref:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRm2srRC64
http://www.lyrics007.com/Dido%20Lyrics/Thank%20You%20Lyrics.html

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Monday, March 26, 2012

New Blog Header Design... What Do You Think?

I never want to cover the fairy on the background so I didn't create a header for my blog. But, finally I convinced myself that it's probably better with a custom design header. So, I'm into tweaking mode at the moment.

If you want to know/learn how I did it, here's how:

* Take a new self-portrait photo using Photoshop. (File --> Import -->Webcam; as shown below)


* Strike a pose with or without a 'prop' (mine is my mother's espresso cup and I slapped on a little paint on my face so I don't look like 'Walking Dead')

* Capture a lot of photos so you can choose the most decent shot later on.


* Create a new project to design the background by pressing Ctrl + n on keyboard or click File --> New.

* From the Preset dropdown menu, choose which size you want for your new project. For my header, I chose 'Custom' to set manually the height and width which was 4 inches x 8 inches.

* To create wacky / random background design, click the Pattern Stamp Tool from the left side then change the size of the pattern by sliding left or right the slide bar under the Master Diameter of Brush preset picker. You can keep changing the pattern size and have fun with it.


* Next, click the letter T from the tools to start working on the blog title and description of your header.


* Now, let's go back to the photograph taken through webcam earlier. Press Alt + w or click Window then click the photograph or the corresponding number of the photograph you wish to attach to your project. 

* Either use lasso tool or magnetic lasso tool to cut and paste the chosen photograph to your project. Clone stamp is another way to easily attach the picture to your desired spot on the project.


* Switch window again to the chosen picture for the project. Click the clone stamp, press Alt, hover over the photograph then left click on the mouse. 

* Switch window back to the project to paint the picture over the background of the project. 

And, we are done! Ready to update the header design.



Now it's your turn to create a fun and attractive header design.

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