Maraming salamat sa inyong pagtangkilik (Thank you for your patronage)

For the past couple of days, views from readers in the Philippines have exceeded views from this side of the world and elsewhere which I find heartening for many reasons.  However, I find it sad that I have yet to hear a peep from these kababayans who have honored my humble space here a visit.

Magsalita naman kayo at paunlakan ang aking paanyaya na kayo’y magparamdam sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat ng ilang kataga dito sa tahanan ni Pinay New Yorker.  (Please speak up and accept my invitation to have your presence known by writing a comment here in Pinay New Yorker’s home.)  And of course, the invitation is being extended to everyone else.. I’d love to hear from Saudia Arabia, Germany, Ireland (who is probably my fellow-Pinay, Mara)… I love all visitors, but fellow Filipinos — no matter wherever you may be — will always be special.  (Right, Lou and Mara?)

The new Michael's at Fresh MeadowsI’ve had a pretty productive weekend so far, but of course, I wish I could do more.    For starters, I visited the brand new Michael’s over at the corner of 187th Street and Horace Harding Expressway.  It is a rather huge store, but maybe because it’s newly opened, it didn’t feel quite as “fully stocked” as the bigger stores I go to in Long Island or in Manhattan.  Both were a trek for me (yes, even the one in Manhattan, considering it meant a commute from 42nd to 100th street!), and this is a welcome addition to the stores in the area where I live.

I’m hoping they eventually get fully stocked in the months to come, because I missed a lot of the usual items in the different departments.  (No ATC sleeves or cards, no Ranger DYC-33943 Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Collection Ink Spray, in Vibrant Turquoise that I was hoping to add to my set of ink sprays, very limited selection of rubber and acrylic stamps, etc.)  Let’s give the store a few more weeks to stock its shelves sufficiently.  All the same, I’m overjoyed!  I might finally get to take classes onsite like I had always hoped to,  but the Long Island branch was a 20-30 minute drive.  I did manage to grab some paper packs and polymer clay which were on sale for $1 each.  (Can’t beat THAT bargain.)

Happiness!  Can’t wait to get crafting again.  I’ve posted about the pressed flower experiment I did Friday which I can’t wait to “uncover” on Monday.  It’s not so much the actual pressing of the rose and hydrangea petals (which most crafters can do with their eyes closed), but rather the timing in the cut flower’s life that it is being done to produce a desired effect.  I pressed the rose petals while they were nowhere near dry to fully flatten them.  Do visit my craft blog, GOTHAM CHICK to read more about the craft projects in more detail.  (You can also keep track of new posts  there through the Gotham Chick widget on the right hand side of this space.)

I’ve just been sidetracked by a project / business my sister and I are getting into.  I’m helping her pull together a website to sell some items back home in Manila.  I hope to start work on a series of Mega (Big) Artist Trading Swaps that will be due end of the month.  I don’t want to be late, so I’m going to start on the backgrounds at least tomorrow.  I tend to do multi-process collage ATCs and the one I’m thinking of doing for this swap is something just like that.  It’s still a long ways away, but I don’t want to be late.

I had kept away from the ATC swaps because my two poor ratings on Swap-bot.com were a result of delays with ATC swaps.  That’s why I’m trying to get a headstart on the whole swap.  Click here to view some of the ATCs I’ve created.

I have two more posts here on draft mode so let me get going so I can get them published here eventually instead of languishing in draft mode.  I hope everyone’s having a good weekend… mine has been good so far. =)

A little bit of encouragement

I have a bit of a problem with “coming out into the world” and going outside my blogspace. I used to contribute to a “Mommy” blog but I found the site and the posts getting too commercial and I wasn’t into that. There are the many photo pools, etc., currently running online like the Weekly Photo Challenge for WordPress being run from The Daily Post.

Last week’s prompt was “FROM ABOVE” and while I had a ton of shots of the park below from my berth 41 storeys above midtown Manhattan, I ended up taking a new one anyway. I was iffy about submitting it because while it was literally “FROM ABOVE”, most of the shots that had been submitted were literally a view of the ground from someone standing up or from the top of a table or thing that was being shot. Mine was kind of that that it wasn’t. My friend, Lou, however, said that to her, it was still from above. I posted it below and submitted the link. The “likes” spiked, and the views, too. My space was busy yesterday with over 50 hits from the Philippines.

I know, it’s just over 50 and that’s probably nothing compared to what the more popular sites get, but to my usually sleepy little corner here, it’s usually me, myself and I and a half dozen other people who somehow like seeing what I’ve been up to.

Thanks, Lou.

Often, we forget how a little encouragement can go a long way. Many people need more of that instead of negative ideas or criticisms. Someone I know has always been affected by people’s views that of his siblings, he was the only one who never “made it”, yet of all of them, his educational attainment was the highest. My BFF Donna always said she knows she’s only “average” in intelligence which I beg to disagree with. To me, intelligence per se should never be described with the word “only”. Like “lang” in the vernacular, it’s a word that’s been much misused and abused to death to degrade one’s self. NOT IN MY BOOK.

And I am only human, and not perfect, and sometimes a little nudging helps. So again, thank you, Lou.

I try to do the same for those who stray here, or whose blogs I accidentally stumble into. (I really should bloghop more.) We are always our worst critics, like I have said time and time again.

Not quite on its journey yet

Random shots around New York CityI’m combing through the pictures in my memory card and came upon this which I had taken weeks back while in the car driving through the village. and I just felt compelled to put it up here.  For no reason at all. 

Friday is almost here.  Happiness.  Relief.  Another weekend.  The thought made me smile.

I’ve also been trying to get my JOURNAL ON A JOURNEY going by trying to decorate the pages of my composition notebook which is proving to be a challenge.  The pages are too “thin”.  So I’m probably going to have to create the journal from scratch yet again.  It’s been the most difficult part of journaling — choosing and getting the right journalI have written some people I’ve traded journals and done similar swaps with on Swap-bot and the feedback has been more than positive.  It has gotten me all the more excited.  I’m getting there. I was hoping to send the first journal to Manila this coming week, but it’ll probably have to wait another week or two more.  .Decorating my Journal on a Journey

I’m all set to go to Chicago next weekend for Cousin M’s wedding and I’m all excited. It’s just a weekend, and Angelo and I are flying to the windy city for the first time.

I managed to snag half the trip through miles and paid for the return.  Angelo’s flying on miles both ways, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed we can go first class both ways (doing that already on the first leg we’re flying on miles) but the return is full.  My date will be dapper in his suit and I found the perfect dress last week.  I’m actually more excited about going to the reception with him and dancing with him for real on the dance floor.  Lou and I have already made arrangements to meet up.  Unfortunately, it’s a very short trip so the only sightseeing on my list is the Pier.

A journal and a trip ahead… getting there.

Sweet surprise

Starbucks Chicago Mug Surprise from Lou  I like surprises — more so when it comes from the most unexpected place out there and it comes from out of the blue.  (Which basically defines “surprise”.)

So on the day I had stayed home last week, I took a peek out my window to see if the mailman had already made his regular pass, and when he did, I went down to grab our mail.  I looked down the door mat when I opened the door and there was this square priority mail box from the USPS with my name on it and a familiar name on the return address tag.

I have never had the good fortune to meet up with Lou in person, but I have had a longstanding friendship on the web with her, mostly because of our off and on conversations on this blog and hers over at Multiply.  In fact the truth of the matter is, I joined Multiply because of her.  She and I pop in and out of each others’ comment boxes, and try to keep track of the goings on in each others worlds through our little spaces ont he blogsphere.

I opened the box and found — ta-dah! — the latest addition to my Starbucks Mug Collection.  Finally: Chicago is on my shelf..  Maraming, maraming salamat, Lou!