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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

All Grown Pine Cone

Pine Cone
Do you remember my post on "A Look at Pine Cone"? It was a younger version of this pine cone. In fact, it was just at the beginning of its growing stage.

Macro of pine cone
Now the pine cone has matured and it is very interesting to see! I like the speckles on this cone, and the way it faces downward hiding itself among the needles.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Pink Rose

This rose smells so good, and looks so pretty when I walked into the kitchen two days ago. Apparently, my oldest son brought a bouquet home for me from a wedding.

They are mostly baby pink and deep pink roses, mixing with a couple of white lilies. He said the wedding party didn't want it, so he brought them home for me. Wonderful thought he has!

The first thing I did, of course, is taking pictures of the roses since the lilies are all open already. Besides, who wouldn't love roses? Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

F Is For Frenzy

The bus from Indian Town Gap brought more patients to the hospital, but none was staying except for one. The clinic went in a frenzy all day long when Chi' and I came to watch. We asked for news from our family, and to see if we knew anyone.

I received a letter from my dad telling me that he would be taken a commercial bus for a visit next weekend with my sisters if he could obtain a permit to leave the camp. Chi's got new that his family would be flying to California for settlement in two days.


This group of people was in the clinic to get their health updated, checked out, and dismissed for the final round as they've found sponsorship in different States. According to bits and pieces that we gathered, Indian Town Gap was almost empty, and would be closed in a couple of months.

The news was a devastating blow to us for we had no idea what would happen to us, as our condition and situation had no results. Nothing was determined, and no plan on what to do with us was in place. The emotion was high in the clinic. Children were crying from immunization shots. Adults were busy telling one another of where they were to go to call home.


Among the chaos, the person who had to be admitted to the hospital wouldn't cooperate with the procedures. He rampaged through the hospital hall and security guards were called in for help. His screaming voice chilled everyone's bones for the moment.

Supposedly, he was to be admitted to the psychiatric ward for evaluation...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Growing Green


Rain is good, right? It makes everything grow so beautifully and green, just like this lily sprouting right through the dirt over night, and still soaks in rain drops.


I'm so glad that the world didn't end as those wise predictors said. I personally, dislike hearing this sort of things. I ignore it, cover my ears, and pass it through for if the world is to end, I can't do anything about it either.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Crab Apple Blossoms

My crab apple buds has finally bloomed, but this year it was less profusely. The rain seemed to strip most flowers before I had a chance to enjoy them.

This year, there were only few branches that had flowers and they came and went very quick. By the time we had some sunshine, the flowers were rare to find.


Our weather newsman predicted more rain for the weekend, which will mark seven days straight of rain for us. Enjoy yours and send me some sunshine!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

E Is For Enchanting

Chi' and I hung out with each other whenever we could. Our relationship was platonic, and we were more like lost souls finding comfort from one another. In our culture, he was considered a younger brother to me since I was a year older. As such, we had no notion of anything else.

He had a handsome face, broad smile, and pleasant manners. Being a male, he tried to protect me and took care of me attentively. Looking back, we were as innocent as toddlers even though we were already teenagers. We knew nothing, expect nothing, and did what were told.

 

One Sunday evening, we found our way to the top of the hospital building, and there we saw the city of Baltimore for the first time at night. Lights in so many colors spread beyond what our eyes could see. It looked incredibly beautiful and majestic!

An enchanting world opened up to us where there was just beauty, peace, and untouched. We were no long the victims of human imperfection, but just two young people free in our thought and body! When we had enough with watching the city lights, we lay on the cold concrete floor looking up at the stars in the sky.


For the first time, we both felt completely weightless from the pressure to be "normal" and the world below in the hospital with needles and machines were nonexistence! There was magic in the air and the wind atop the building when we were totally alone. We agreed never to mention anything that went on below in fear that we would contaminate our enchanting refuge.

That evening also marked 10 days in the hospital for Chi', and 7 days for me...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Purple Tulip


My flower bed used to have a few of these purple tulips, but the squirrels made sure to re-arrange them some where else. Last year, I had none, and remarkably I have one this year! Learning from experience, I cut this beautiful tulip and brought it inside to enjoy before the squirrels come back and rip it apart.


We have rain, almost every day in April and May so far, so spring flowers came and gone quickly.


My happiness is simple: watching flowers bloom!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Rain Drops On Tulip


These last two days were very frustrating to me as Blogger had their issue. I couldn't sign in, I lost my post, and I also lost my comment. I thought it was my computer's fault.


Anyway, we had more rain, and this was my last tulip for the year. Since I couldn't work on my blog, I decided to enjoy taking pictures of rain drops instead.


I'm late in posting this since I have to re-upload and re-do everything. Ok, just brush it off and enjoy your weekend.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

D Is For Delusion

Chi' and I later found out that we had many of the same doctors, and that we were being tested like lab rats at all hours. If one genius mind happened to come up with a new idea, then we were pulled out for a test.

They were, devoted to save us and brought us out of our cocoon after 16 to 17 years of crippling life. We had a rainbow of doctors: men, women, white, black, yellow and some colors in between. Anyone had any interest in us; had a jab at us. We were like free range target practices for them.


 Now, you have remembered that we were in our teen years with very little knowledge of the world, and though we could understand the language fairly well, we knew nothing of our rights! We might not even have rights at that time. We only knew that we would be fixed or hoping to be fixed.

A young man with blurry vision had no future! A young girl with a cripple leg had no future! That was the mentality which we were very accustomed to. For us then was to go through the torture of tests to trade for a better future. It was a small price to pay.


We lived in that delusion that the doctors could save our doomed life. The doctors exhausted their talents in the delusion that they could fix us. Every day, we went through blood tests, muscles tests, skin tests, tissues tests, and tests that we couldn't even pronoun the name.

We became the support system where we laughed them all off after a long tiring day at the lab. We joked about blood spill, and we teased each other for the bruises. When there was tiny spark of hope, we hung on to it..

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Monday, May 9, 2011

A Look at Pine Cone


Pine cone is an interesting subject to shoot, and this one is no different. I think it is still young as it has just beginning to grow after the long winter. You can see all fuzzy and sap that covers it.


This branch of the giant pine tree was low enough for me to find different growing stages of the cones. The double pine heads were fighting with each other to show-case their independence.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day Celebration


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Friday, May 6, 2011

White English Daisy


This flower is called English Daisy, Galaxy Mix, and comes in a variety of colors. My local nursery carries the light color pink, deep pink, red, and white. They are absolute gorgeous, and the flowers are about the size of a half dollar.


Since we had so much rain, and cold temperature, I didn't purchase any for my garden. I like stalking nurseries to see what they have for each year. This English daisy mix seems to be the popular choice this season.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

C Is For Controversial

At the hospital, I preferred to have my meals in my room, and lived a very seclusive life since I knew no one there. I was afraid of leaving my own comfort zone, and the most adventurous thing I did was ventured out to the door to look around.

Every day, I was poked with needles on different parts of my body. Blood was drawn, and X-Rays were taken as regular as my meals. Deep down inside, I knew I couldn't be saved to be a "normal" girl. I was already 17; my bones were set and my body had formed. What could anyone do to change that?


I didn't remember how many doctors or nurses or technicians that went through my room. Their faces all blended into one and became one that came to try out a new test on me. I was again going through withdrawn and hated being me!

At the lowest point in my life, I met a 16 years old boy, who was going through similar experience as I, while waited to get X-Ray. We caught on as friends quickly as we spoke the same language, and as in our desperate situations. We both realized that we were more like guinea pigs than to become normal people in the eyes of society.


Chi' was in to get his eye sight back. He has lived with blurry vision since childhood after an accident, and had been in the hospital a few days before me. We had a bet with each other to count how many different doctors we had so far. The numbers were staggering at 21 for him, and 17 for me respectively, excluding nurses and technicians.

As it turned out, we were also known as the most controversial cases in the history of the  hospital! If everything worked out for us, the hospital would rise on the hall of fame, and our cases would become a phenomenon of miracle for the medical profession.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Crab Apple Buds


Nature has been soaked with rain around my part of the world for many days continuously, and the crab apple has finally grown. There were buds on all the branches.


Pretty soon these buds will blossom into beautiful flowers. The crab apple comes late this year and my anticipation to see the glorious bloom is high on my list.

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