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Yolanda Typhoon Charity Event in Thessaloniki

You must have heard it already. The sad event that happened in the country where I came from, the Philippines, was recently due to the super typhoon “Haiyan”. In my country it is well-known as “Yolanda.” The island that was hit hard, was where I was born and grew half of my life on it. Thankfully, my relatives are fine. As you might have seen in the news for more than 2 weeks, this natural disaster is one of the worst  in mankind history. I was dumbfounded – up to this moment, I still am. The videos and images roaming around the international news channel makes one who is far from her homeland,  in excruciating pain. My co-Filipinos have suffered so much and they need everyone’s support in anyway/every way they can. Filipinos abroad, do not forget to give a helping hand though thousand of miles distance apart from our homeland. Here in Northern Greece (State of Macedonia), the Filipino Organization of Northern Greece held a charity event last Sunday in Thessaloniki City. Even though it rained, the Filipinos still continued their road concert in Plateia Aristotelous (Aristolelous Plaza.) Nothing could stop them!
There will be a second charity event this coming Sunday and it is also the start of December.

I do not exactly know how to help, but I decided to spread the word through the “blogosphere.”  I also contacted friends  in Thessaloniki to go there. I made my own invitation card for those who reside in Northern Greece. I hope you could share something, too, to help my fellow Filipinos who are victims of the catastrophe. Kindly spread the word to your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances if they have anything they don’t need that is listed on the card below. I am thanking all of you, in advance. I do believe the little things we can do to help, matters to the lives of the individuals who were affected by typhoon Yolanda.

The Donation List:

MONEY: Cash only, no checks.
SUMMER CLOTHES: Philippines may have heavy rain, but it’s not as cold as Greece. It is relatively a very tropical country so if you have summer clothes you do not need, please do not throw them but donate it to Philippines.
HYGIENIC SOAP & OTHER TOILETRIES: Hand soap, beauty soap, shampoo, toilet paper, facial paper, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.
CANNED FOODS: Anything that can be stored for longer time: Preserved Foods in Can, Pasta, Noodle packs, etc.

For those who want to go there with me, send me an e-mail on shadelassy@yahoo.com. You can also leave to me your donations beforehand in case you cannot go there on Sunday. All donations will be taken care of by a Philippine organization. They will be handed directly to the victims.
Peace to All Men and hope to see you on Sunday!

TA LEME,
~Nessy~

Unexpected Receipt

It was Layki Day. And that means, time to refill the fridge with fresh fruits & vegetables from the farmer’s market. Busy, noisy, crowded. And in a fast paced event, one will think it’s normal for vendors not to give out receipts, anymore. That day, I counted only 2 vendors who gave me receipts. To think, I went to 6 stalls. Giving out receipts is very important to the economy. That means the businessman is paying his tax. I support those who do this. It’s amazing to find few of them giving out receipts in farmer’s market. Most of them reason out that they are in a hurry for the other customer so they cannot give you. I can understand that with the recession and with the ‘excessive’ increase in taxes here, one would want to escape paying it properly. But this habit of escaping taxes has been going on for a long time. The Greek government started to be strict only after getting scolded by the EU and MILF organizations in the start of recession. But you see, “old  habits are hard to get rid of.” Sadly, It applies to this country and to its people – strongly.

My post today is to praise this egg vendor that gave out receipts to all of his customers.

I passed 3 vendors before coming to him. When I saw him printing receipts, I decided to check out his eggs and prices. They weren’t bad at all and equally priced with the others. I did not hesitate and bought 10 eggs. In my surprise, he put them in an egg box; where from the other egg vendors, they would be put on plastic bags (and no receipts!) I was so pleased because I could carry my eggs without worries anymore that they will break. Which of course happened several times before.

My beautiful medium-sized eggs in a box! Price: 0.20€ / piece. The eggs are from “free-range” chickens.


Contact this Person:
Krisoulas Kostas
Tel #: 6974358746

My 10 eggs before I made loads of Coconut Macaroons! 😀

How’s your farmer’s market day?

~Nessy~

 

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~

Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: Street Art in Ano Poli

I am participating in this week’s “Thursday Lingering Look at Windows” by “The Day After: Musings of a Wannabe  Photographer.” The photos below were taken in July 25, 2012 – when I wondered on my own at the ancient Acropolis of Thessaloniki. Now the area is a town called “Ano Poli.” Here, you will see alot of traditional houses of Thessaloniki. A mix of Jewish, Turkish, and Greek-style houses are everywhere. Some were kept in good condition, some were fully abandoned. And in between them were modern houses. Abandoned houses attract many street artists. As you will see below.

Broken window panes. Look below what a street artist did.

He painted the walls of the abandoned house.

Street arts like this, I enjoy looking. But I have to say that vandalism in Thessaloniki is rampant. At some point years ago, someone painted the historic wall of  the city’s icon – the White Tower. The “Paraliya”,  the seashore of Thermaikos Gulf, is relatively new, but look what it looks like now; graffiti here, graffiti there. From the vandals of football teams in Greece to vandals of foreigners hating Greece or Greeks hating the government — these property offenders has nothing good to contribute to this country, but just simply dirtying it.

This used to be the bathroom of a demolished house.

And if you want to see normal windows, yes, this is an example. 🙂 An old house in Ano Poli.

If you want to participate on this weekly activity, check it out!

TA LEME! See You!
~ Nessy ~

Beach in Sepia

I made some editing of my beach photos recently and this time I thought I’d use one theme, Sepia. Let me know what you think of them and any advice would be appreciated. 😀

(The photos were all taken this year during a beach day at Nea Kallikrateia, Halkidiki.)

I increased the contrast on this photo.

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“A” for Monday!

“A” for Monday as in “Action for Wildlife”, a wild animal rehabilitation and care center in Thessaloniki. Best well-known in Greece as, “Δράση για την Άγρια Ζωή” (Dhrasi ghia tin Aghria Zoi).  This organization was built by volunteers who are passionate about the environment in concern with Northern Greece’s wildlife.  For 20 years they have been doing this crucial work due to the Greek state lack of support and funding for its wild life services. For more details, visit their website HERE. Facebook Page HERE.

How did I end up encountering this organization? Thanks to my friend whom I met in an Anime Party in Thessaloniki because she introduced me to it. In one of our conversations, I mentioned that I am into animal voluntary works and she recommended “Action for Wildlife”. This Monday, I finally visited the place where the animals were kept. It was in the building of Micropolis at Venizelou & Vas. Irakleiou 18 st. and in the heart of Thessaloniki city.

At the moment, Micropolis offers a nursing haven for sick and abandoned wildlife animals. I saw that most of them were birds and then,  there were injured turtles, too! The volunteers who help maintain this place and care for the animals everyday, were experts in the field of veterinary medicine, biology, and other sciences –  to non-experts like my friend (who is an engineering student) and there  are more of them. Basically, anyone can become a volunteer; expertise in animal care is NOT a prerequisite. BUT its required that one loves animals, respects them, and ready to take the responsibility to care for them until they return to the wilderness. Is it an easy task? Yes in words, but in reality it needs eagerness, courage, and determination to do the action. Plus perhaps, in my opinion – someone that has no allergy to our feather-friends. Y^_^Y

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