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The Summer I’m Not There with You

Lyrics of the Day
from “Strawberry Swing” song version by Coldplay.

“People moving all the time inside a perfectly straight line

Don’t you wanna curve away?
It’s such it’s such a perfect day, it’s such a perfect day

Ah, now the sky could be blue, I don’t mind
Without you it’s a waste of time
Could be blue, I don’t mind
Without you it’s a waste of time

The sky could be blue, could be gray
Without you I just slide away
The sky could be blue, I don’t mind
Without you it’s a waste of time.”

{THE OFFICIAL VIDEO}

{HI TO EVERYONE!}
[I am currently back to my birthplace. I’ve been here more than 6 months and continuing my study. I will try to blog again. I quite miss wordpress – a lot. The bloggers I follow, the friends I met (sorry I haven’t added you on facebook yet!), and the daily morning-coffee readings – I miss them all.]
{I’ll Keep In Touch Once In a While. Student Life with 24 units – is unexpectedly hectic, hahaha! Wishing you all a very nice week.}
Love~Nessy~

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Autumn Greeting in Thermi

{This is a late post and was taken September 22,2013.}

Thermi is a municipality, located southeast of Thessaloniki. I kept coming back to this place because it has a beautiful nature park. One of the best things this municipality had done, was the infrastructure of artificial lake known as “Fragma.” Though Thessaloniki is a region surrounded by pine trees and mountain landscape, it’s still an undiscovered place. There’s not much of nature parks to be found in this enchanting city. Rare ones like in Thermi, was a huge leap for development.

 

My favorite time to visit the park is during Autumn and Spring. I enjoy a walk looking at maple trees and listening to the sound of the water from the stream.

In the Wild: Hanging Pink Balloons 

More Pink dancing in Autumn Wind!

Afternoon Reflection of the Lake

White chairs in disarray. The wind had been too strong to create chaos before an event started.

A Woman in the Lake. I couldn’t get close enough to take her photo while we were at the bridge.

Pine Trees and What’s Beyond It. The Lake in Thermi is also a home for turtles. 

I would love to know what specie of turtle that inhabits the lake right now. It’s the one with something red on its face. If you know it, please comment below.

Hardworking Swimmers. Perhaps the best part of the day is to see these two together. They were aiming for the pieces of food the visitors were throwing.

IMPORTANT: Speaking of feeding ducks and turtles in parks.  I know from experience that you are not supposed to feed the wild creatures with outside food. But in Thermi park, nothing was written anywhere about it. So if ever you go and visit this place (or any nature parks), please read this article first: WILDCARE – Don’t Feed Wildlife.

Presence of Humans means “Free Food.” 

Feathers and Friends.

Me & a Friend – Duck Viewing.

Goodbye to the Day.

I like to remind myself that Autumn season is almost over. This is the first year while living in Greece that I didn’t take many photos of my favorite season. Caught up in many things, (seemed to be endless considering we are still adjusting to new life: I found a job and a house & husband to take care everyday), the only place I can update so easily is Facebook. I have been hesitant to start writing an entry in WordPress because it takes my free time to spend with hubby or do the house chores. I apologize for this selfish reason to update my blog. But I honestly enjoy my new life now! The freedom that we together decide what to do with our relationship. I hope to keep in touch with wordpress using my new phone, though. I have to get use to it since I’m a slow learner in regards to using new technology. Hahaha! Hope you enjoyed this post regardless of its lateness! Wishing you a wonderful week! 😀

 

Friday is “Laiki” Day: Chalkidikis-Petrou Sindhika-Delfon

– ‘Laiki’ is a Greek term for Farmers’ Market. 

There’s a large farmers’ market happening in Chalkidikis (Χαλκιδικής) road and Petrou Sindhika every Friday. I sometimes go if I haven’t gone to the Monday farmers’ market in Faliro.

In the midst of the cold Autumn breeze, the strong sunlight helped so I could forget that for 2 days, it had been cloudy, windy, and gloomy! Friday was an excellent day! It was really nice to finally be out and I didn’t mind a bit of tan on my face. 🙂

Despite not taking photos of what I bought, I did take souvenir shots from one of the farmers’ flower market where I am planning to buy plants for the house in the near future. So far, this person has better product prices than anyone else there. I found another flower stall, but only the cacti have good deals. So…what day do you go to Farmers’ Market? 🙂

FARMERS MARKET DAY at CHALKIDIKIS ROAD NEAR DELFON – PETROU SINDHIKA

What was on my market list? I bought some fresh eggs, 1 dozen for 2€ (I always buy from this guy so I got 12 eggs for 2€ from his 0.17€ / piece of medium eggs); our week supply of potatoes for 0.50€ / kilo; 6 pieces of red and juicy tomatoes for 1€ / kilo, 5 pieces of onions for 0.40€ (1 kilo is 0.75€) ; fresh oranges from somewhere in Northern Greece for 1.40€ / kilo and  I bought 2 kilos; Greek spinach for 0.25€ a bunch; succulent mandarins for 1€ / kilo; and surprisingly, I found very good bananas for 1€ / kilo! What good deals I found instead of buying from big chain supermarkets that advertise they have better quality and cheaper fruits and vegetables. I went home happy, of course! ^___^

I can’t remember the name of this purple-pink-violet flowers, but I would love them to be in pots!

Two roads away from where I live, I enjoyed a sunny Autumn Farmers’ Market Day shopping and walking. I find shopping there relaxing, despite farmers shouting here & there to advertise their products.  It reminded me of going to “wet markets” in Iloilo City, Philippines. However, in Greece it’s cleaner and there’s not much of the bad fish-meat smell. This is the place where I can practice my long-forgotten haggling technique! Hahaha! I also find it fun to come there because of occasional events, such as the sellers frequently asking me where I’m from, which doesn’t surprise me much anymore. Most of the time, before I could answer, they have made their guesses.
“Are you from China?” , is the #1 question. Next guesses: “Vietnam? Thailand? Indonesia? Philippines?”
“Yes, I am definitely from the Philippines.”

After knowing my race, many of the sellers became interested in my culture, so they started asking about my language. The funniest question I got was when they asked me to say/write something in Chinese. And I told them that the Philippines’ alphabet is not the Chinese but the English alphabet.
Most of them were like, “Oooh, really? But aren’t you also Chinese? Don’t you understand it? You know, you’re from Asia.”
I was dumbfounded at first, but later Mr. Hubby told me that the assumption was not to offend me, because the previous Greek generation have this thinking that Asians are Chinese only. Kind of like in the UK; Asians there are Indians.

Can I Jump on them?!?


I have developed a habit to converse with the sellers. I love talking to them! Usually, after I corrected them about what they ‘thought was right’ about Filipinos & Chinese, I would spend 3-5 minutes with them. By the end of the quick chat, I would have extra pieces of tomato, eggplant, apple, pear, mandarin, and the best so far I can remember? One guy with his daughter gave me 4 pieces more of corn! Then there’s another one who sold corn but he’s blind. He gives me 2 extra corns every time I buy from him. Aren’t they sweet? ^____^

I also give the sellers the chance to share their knowledge of other places. I have to say “bravo!” to them, because they all know that Manila is the capital of the Philippines and it is located on Luzon island. And politically, they know about our ex-Presidents: Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and her husband Ninoy Aquino. The more knowledgeable ones talk more about the 2nd woman President, Arroyo Macapagal and that she’s in big trouble now. Some knew about Joseph Estrada who was jailed few years ago, and I filled them in with the latest news that he won the election and he’s now Mayor of Manila. They were not surprised anymore. Most of them openly expressed their opinions that it’s not good to have an ex-convict politician back in politics, and that, they were right about it and this one as well: “Politics are the same everywhere.” 

These tropical-style plants are my favorite. I would love to buy some next time. 🙂

How do you spend your Farmers’ Market Day? Do you also haggle? 😉

Hope to see you tomorrow for ANCIENT SUNDAY QUOTES! 
HOW TO JOIN:
You can share an inspiring quote ( or quotes ) through Poetry, Videos, Music, Pictures, and Stories.
 Just don’t forget to share your link to me! You can post-comment on my “Sunday Quote: Theme” post.
Share quotes from not just “our past”, but from Ancient times! :D

~Nessy~

Sunday Quote: Falling Leaves


Join me every Sunday, for a different Quote Topic. You can share an inspiring quote ( or quotes ) through Poetry, Videos, Music, Pictures, and Stories. Just don’t forget to share your link to me! You can post-comment it below. 
If you want to join next Sunday our theme is ANCIENT QUOTES. Share quotes from not just “our past”, but from ancient times! 😀

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
– Elizabeth Lawrence –

 All photos were taken in Filyro, Thessaloniki Forest Autumn 2012. I used Photoshop CS3 to edit them. Feel FREE to use them!

Wishing Everyone a Very Nice Sunday! 
HAPPY AUTUMN

~Nessy~

Crete Products in Thessaloniki City

I passed by Plateia Aristotelous last Tuesday and these were my findings in Venizelous Square – people preparing for Products of Crete Exhibition. This annual market activity is until Sunday (October 13)  in Thessaloniki city. The photos were taken past 7pm and most of the Cretan businessmen just finished putting up their market stalls. I stole some photos while waiting for my companion to arrive. 🙂

 

Traditional Products of Crete by Giorgos Kakoulakis. He’s selling olive products. Continue reading

Sunday Quote: Autumn

Join me every Sunday, for a different Quote Topic. You can share an inspiring quote ( or quotes ) through Poetry, Videos, Music, Pictures, and Stories. Just don’t forget to share your link to me! You can post-comment it below. If you want to join next Sunday our theme is FALLING LEAVES.

{This week, I got two lovely ladies joinin’ in ! Check out Sonel and Dawn}

MUSIC AND VIDEO ABOUT AUTUMN
I made this video using my own photos in dedication to Autumn Season. It’s only the first part, and I’m working on the 2nd.  I hope you enjoy the music while reading the Poem below. HAPPY AUTUMN, HAPPY FALL!!!

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus 

THE AUTUMN
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1833)

Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

Continue reading

Autumn

Welcome to Autumn! My favorite season officially arrived on September 22 and I have been anxious about it. Why? Because I wouldn’t want to miss the beautiful colors it will bring! Who else out there is  an Autumn fan? 😀 {All photos were taken by me using Olympus VR -340 and edited in Pixlr}

“In the autumn it is said that the reason why leaves fall down from the branch is to make way for new leaves to grow. No matter how sad the fallen leaves look, there will always be new sprouts in the spring. Perhaps, emptiness in the heart is something similar to that.” – Boys Be Anime Quotes

One of the many things I love about Autumn – wild Cyclamens growing in a Greek forest. For the past 4 years I have enjoyed taking their photos. This year, we moved to city center, so it will be difficult to visit the forest regularly. This photo was taken @Autumn 2012, Filyro.

I would love to share a poem from {Source of Inspiration} blog:
“Sometimes we cope with
unpleasantness by simply
walking away. This leaves
the situation unresolved but
there are times when no acceptable
compromise seems available.
It is a wise man who knows
when to do battle and when
to retreat. One must be careful,
however, not to make retreat
a way of hurting another.
Title: Bad News

HAPPY AUTUMN EVERYONE!!! 

~Nessy~