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Follow her as she prepares and partakes the "bread for the stomach" in http://beforesixdiet.blogspot.com/ . And while you are full at it, she offers you the "bread for the soul" in her travels by foot and by thoughts in http://footandfire.blogspot.com/ Happy Reading!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Two Joggers' sunset photo diary


What else compares to the beauty of the sun setting down? Sunrise of course.
What else can cap a Jogger's afternoon walk but a gorgeous sundown.
Here are our takes...

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A little sweat is a lot.

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Oh boy, who needs to sweat if you are this slim???

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The French Gardener


The French Gardener
Santa Montefiore
Fiction
407 pages paperback


The novel started pretty slow as it necessarily exposes the main characters of the present time. I was almost ready to give up the book as a wrong choice when suddenly the time came for the exposure of the main characters of the past. From then on, the shift from present and past became a warm reading. This is understandable anyway because the author started the story in autumn. From there, the reading is ever-flowing like seasons indeed. Expect for summer endings for both past and present characters.

Aside from the cottage garden which gives us insights as to the English flower culture with exploding colors of flowers as well as vegetation, the novel also led us to various explosions involving many shades of love, from mere lust to true love, from familial love to honoring love of one's self coming from the main characters up to the minute characters in the novel. Love indeed springs up from many wells.

What I really found a bit funny is how the author just convinced me through and through that the French Gardener is handsome when all she did was describe him as such. I was even looking for adjectives along the way that will make me decide on my own that he is indeed handsome but then I just ended up accepting the fact as served: His smile simply melts women, and he's French!

What I like about the novel is that it presents an opportunity for the sensible reader to assess all forms of love. As for me, I most wish to be a well of love like a gardener who gives love in all he does and patiently waits for the magic to come out in the form of bursting flowers, lush vegetation and valued relationships. Spread love for the sake of love. Just let it be.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental, Lagoon and Park


Behind me is the seat of the provincial government of Negros Occidental, 
the Provincial Capitol, located at Bacolod City.  Before reaching the capitol grounds from Lacson Street,
one has to set foot to the Capital lagoon and children's playground park.
At the lagoon, one can feed volumes of tilapia which must be overfed, i guess. 
For freeloaders, one can bring her children to the park to enjoy ball games 
and the park slides, seesaw, swing and trellis. 
And for adults, it is a must to at least look up and admire the sculpture,
the gold carabao, among them.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Like water for chocolate


Like water for chocolate
Laura Esquivel

After reading this magical realism novel, I was not swept away by the plot unlike when I read the same when I was in my teens. All I think about when I read it this time is whether the recipes are indeed for real. After finishing the novel, I was unable to pick out one recipe to try out of the monthly installments. In the end, I did not mind at all.

Now that I am into cooking, I most understand why the novel was given the title. To melt a solid chocolate for baking, water is not directly poured over it. Instead, the chocolate is placed on a stainless bowl and placed on top of a boiling water. The steam slowly and steadily melts the chocolate. This is indeed the case when Pedro married a sister of Tita just to be near her. Pedro is the hot water that melted Tita.

I have not seen the movie made out of this novel but that must be an interesting watch. But while many see this novel as a a story of lust, I just could not agree because this could also be a story of true love. What is true love without desire anyway? Just because the desire between Pedro and Tita has been suppressed all throughout the novel, it is not fair to simply bark that lust is the thread that ties them.

I most like how the ending of the story was cleverly presented. The telling of the ending started from my suspision that Tita chose the other man over Pedro, then I was seamlessly ushered into thinking that it was the young lad and the narrator (Tita's niece) who are going to get married only to realize that Tita and Pedro were the one who got married. (Sorry, future reader, I spoiled the ending for you but I just can't resist telling about it because that's the only portion that excited me.)