The Time to Rebuild and Heal...

13 November 2013

I'm very proud to be a Filipina.  Born in Manila.  Island girl through and through.  Nothing reminds me of that more than the wicked Canadian winters hit, when I have to slather on extra coconut oil so I don't crackle and I have to curl into a huge multi-insulated parka so I don't freeze my little brown bottom off.

It's been 34 years since I last set foot in my homeland, but it will always be my homeland.
And right now, my homeland is hurting.

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Thursday night, with wind gusts topping 375 km/hr.  The death toll is over 2500 and rising.  Entire villages have disappeared, and millions have been displaced.

There are many stories of the aftermath that have been covered more thoroughly here, here, and especially here, so please check them out.

Filipinos are no stranger to hardships.  Mudslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, and typhoons, and the rebuilding thereafter, are a way of life.
We're strong.
We're your proverbial Phoenix that rises out of the ashes.  Many many times over.

And to rise out of these ashes, we need help.

And the world is rallying.  Canada is already there.  US is on its way.  As is Germany.  Japan, Britain, the US, and Australia have donated millions.  Canada has donated $5 million and will match donations from registered charities until December 8.

If you too would like to help, please check out your options...

SOS Children's Villages (where my family and I make our monthly donations)

The Humanitarian Coalition  
CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec, Plan Canada, and Save the Children Canada

Canadian Red Cross

Unicef Canada

World Vision

Doctors Without Borders

Global Medic

Thank you for all of your love, care, and support!

So many things to be thankful for. And there they are.

16 October 2013

...for my three favourite people.

... for creme brulee from Cafe Carlo, flower roll from Sushi-Ya, prawn & papaya salad from Wasabi Sabi, pavlova from Baked Expectations, and of course, the annual swirl ice cream we get when we go camping at Sprucewoods.

... for my healthy lifestyle of clean balanced nutrition, plenty of water, and regular exercise... so I can have the occasional creme brulee, pavlova, and swirl ice cream.  :)

... for yurts and glamping, so princess here has more than just a thin sheet of nylon between her and bears in the middle of the Canadian wilderness.

... that I get to congregate with these awesome chickas (and more!  Some are missing from this pic) every month, and we can talk crazy perverted talk.

... for Wensleydale Cheese.

... for Netflix so I can watch CharmedEurekaMerlinSherlockCoupling, and other one-named shows I like to watch on demand now that I've done away with cable.  The shows with more than one name are nice too.

... that my former-packrat husband has become a decluttering machine, and as a result, our basement is becoming so clean and organized!

... for the babes I get to work with, and what we do to make the world a better, healthier, and more prosperous place.

... that get to move like this alongside some of my most favourite people, some of whom are also great post-dance class cocktail buddies.

... for my pretend boyfriends Benedict Cumberbatch, Gerard Butler, and Bill Campbell, who are all yummy and I'm sure smell all manly, like sandalwood.  Like the men do in the bodice-ripping erotic romance novels I read.

... for Heinz Doofenschmirtz (yes, still!).  Is it wrong that he kind of reminds me of my husband?

... for my amazing team -- always inspiring, always evolving, always growing.

... for our kitty cat Mittens who turned 5 on Thanksgiving.  This meant that, in addition to a glazed ham with baked potatoes, peppers, etc., I (along with Mini) created this fishy, sweet peas, and koi food pellet disaster masterpiece of a birthday cake.  Yeesh!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Life Candy Sweeties!!!
May you have plenty to be thankful for!  xoxo

I'm back. Sorta. Also, Happy 6th Anniversary to Life Candy! Yay!

08 October 2013

Hi!  I'm Nenette, and this is my blog!  :)

Yeah, I haven't written in a while, so I figured you'd forgotten me.

Not a good thing, this Not Blogging thing.  Especially when you have an awesome blog, like I do.

I've been busy on a mission of self-discovery and self-development these past few months, in addition to the whole self-improvement thing that's been an ongoing project documented in the pages of this blog.

I'm continually finding that I'm pretty awesome!  And so are you... because you read Life Candy.  Transitive property.  It's a math thing.

So when I get back into the groove of things here in my online home, you may find a very different person behind the keyboard.  I just might too.  Who knows.  I hope you like her.  I think she rocks.

But, alas, I'm currently sick, so you'll have to wait before I am able to write a post worthy of this awesome blog.  Awesome.

But I'm back!  And OMG, it's the day after my blog's birthday!

So, to celebrate somehow, I leave you a tool of self-discovery, and I hope you leave your scores in the comments.  I scored 45.  :)

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