Saturday, November 28, 2009

"ANGEL'S TOUCH " Fund Drive




~ " ANGEL'S TOUCH " ~
- Fund Drive -


When help is much needed ...
 it doesn't really cost anything to be there for them ... Does it ?





DECEMBER 2009 - Donate SGD$5.00 or more and get either a pair of Angel Inspired earrings ( Designs varies ) , a key chain or an Angel charmed phone strap as a token of appreciation for your generosity.







The proceeds  would go to  My-SECRET-Corner's "ANGEL'S
TOUCH"  fund campaign that would benefit ( for the month of December 2009 ) the poor flood evacuees in Sta. Cruz Laguna, Philippines who were  gravely affected by the previous typhoons Ketsana & Santi .






I was originally from this  province . I was born here as well as all my siblings . Santa Cruz  is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is also the capital town of the province of Laguna and considered as the service and commercial center on the eastern part of the province


 I had visited the area after the devastation to check on my mom and son's living situation. I came home hurriedly just after the said typhoons flooded our small bungalow house . I had moved my family to a different place few days after my arrival to make sure they're safe when it rains.





My house was also not spared by the past typhoons and water was waist deep inside it destroying all my wooden furnitures. I'm just happy that my mother & son were safe despite of what had happened. They were fortunate compared to people whose houses and way of living were strapped away from them by the gushing waters of the overflowing river of the said province. Some were extremely unlucky loosing the lives of loved ones. It was really so heartbreaking. Even just to see these poor people living presently in makeshift tents in open basketball courts and school grounds with small children without any belongings except for what they were wearing would cause your eyes to swell from non stop crying. I had seen the evacuees from a distance and couldn't come closer coz I felt so bad to come near them and got nothing to offer them I told myself that one day I would be back there to lend them a hand when I'm ready to do so. With hope and determination , I'll be there soon for sure !




 I just couldn't bear the sight of  the evacuees crowding in one site.  This memory of them gave me the push  when I got back here in Singapore ~ to do something for them to at least ease their sufferings somehow . On my own, I started organizing a fund drive called :

" ANGEL'S TOUCH "




I made  60 pairs of Angel inspired earrings, a few keychains & phones straps to start with. The items were designed with different Angel charms I have in stock.






So far, I had sold all the 60 pairs and a few other things just by attending  a charity dinner & dance at the Hilton Hotel, attending my friends' parties and selling them in other venues like at the recently held Sporty Joe's  Sportsfest, selling to the staff members of EZoo Music School , NKF Singapore Office Personnels , clientele of Lazy Lizard Pub as well as sales online via facebook  ). The support was overwhelming !
This week , I had sent the partial payment for a few sacks of rice to be distributed among the people living in the school grounds.
Presently, I had made more Angel items Hoping I can sell more so more funds for relief goods can reach these poor people before Christmas ... If you feel like joining me for my cause, please let me know @ taszel14@my-secret-corner.com


I extend my sincerest gratitude to the donors who supported the Fund Raising for our disaster-stricken countrymen.

List of Donors :

FEWS Charity Dinner & Dance Guests ( Hilton Hotel )
Sporty Joe's Staffs & Students ( Sportsfest )
EZoo Music School ( Staff Members )
Mr. Michael Roggeman
Mr. Steffen Kohler
Mr./ Mrs. Jean Marie & Werner Meier
Ms. Nenty Asmary
Ms. Zeenat B. Ho
Ms. Cindy Craft
Ms. Wilma & Ms. Maryann
NKF Office Staff
Ms. Karen Chee Hansen
Ms. Jojo Hardy
Ms. Suz ( Facebook )
Ms. Kim Voorwalt Ho
Ms. Wenn Chan


Thanks so much for your generosity & support !








Saturday, November 14, 2009

NOVEMBER 2009




Busy, busy, busy is what I would say for the month of November. I Had just finished the Asian Civilization event last week and it was such a huge success ! Being in the event was Indeed a wonderful experience ...





Kids and adults were lining up for the necklace workshop ...







 Age doesn't matter at all since I have even kids as young as 4 years old and even boys too who were very eager and interested to make a necklace of their own !



Bonding between parents and their children





and between siblings was a great sight that day too !




A girl wearing the pearl necklace she had created !
Good job girl !

 I had sold some pieces to the museum visitors as well .
People were amazed by the handcraftship and designs invested in every piece of jewelry in the displays.


Ms. Jenny Astbury wearing a pair of  dangling Semi-Precious stone earrings ...


Ms. Jovy Gillet was wearing the long Multi Color Pearl Necklace while Ms. Bheng Javier - President of FEWS ( Filipino Expat Wives Singapore ) wore the crystal pair of earrings bought from the display.



 I even had an on the spot interview with celebrity host Ms. Pamela Wildheart before my necklace making Demo on the 2nd day of the event ... Gee, I feel like a celebrity too ha-ha !

 I was so thankful to all the assistance, support given by the organizers ( Mr Zachary and his staffs especially ) who allowed me to put my jewelries on display for FREE for 2 straight days !

To all New friends and existing friends of course who came over and visited my stall.

Thank you, thank you and more thank you guys !



Thursday, October 29, 2009



Special Exhibition :
Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People


The Image courtesy of Jeffrey and Jenny Co and Dr. Eleuterio M. Pascual

When : 16 Oct 2009 - 10 Jan 2010
Location: Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) ,
1 Empress Place Singapore



Website or Map: http://www.acm.org.sg/

Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People explores the identity of the Filipino people, created by the blending of indigenous local cultures and foreign influences.
Learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines - an eclectic blend of indigenous local cultures and Spanish, Chinese, Southeast Asia and Islamic influences.



This unprecedented exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum features more than 290 rare and important artefacts - ancient gold, Catholic imagery, tribal artefacts and contemporary Filipino artworks – from museums and private collections in the Philippines, some of which will be on display for the very first time.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Ayala Museum, Manila.

Exhibition is Now Open until - 10 Jan 2010

One Of The Highlights on Nov. 7, 2009


~ How to Make a Pearl Beaded Necklace ~




Simple basic beading , stringing & wiring technique to be demonstrated  by Wella Dela Cruz Cornelis of:

Tutorial is free as well as the use of  all materials & tools.
Lessons are fit to apply with kids 6 yrs and above & Adults
Duration of lesson is 20-30 mins in (1 ) hour intervals.
First Come - First Serve Basis
Maximum of 4 students per seating so be there early to get a spot !

Free Admission To galleries 9:00am - 7:00am


Organized By: Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), FEWS

Friday, October 23, 2009

CRYSTAL BLINGS Just Added !



Feast Your Eyes to these :

Newly added Crystal Beaded Jewelries !


#BR13 = SUNBURST Crystal Beaded Ring
Price : US$25.75 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
Payment Accepted : POSB Fund Transfer / Paypal

Sparkling Beaded Ring about 3cms in diameter & 1 cm thick made with Genuine SWAROVSKI Rivoli Crystal Bead surrounded by Toho Seed Beads & #5301 SWAROVSKI Bicones with Antique Style Plated Adjustable Metal Ring . This is A Unique design that will lighten up your day & night !

Only Piece available in this color so Buy it Now !



SOLD !!!
Price : US$25.75 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
Payment Accepted : POSB Fund Transfer / Paypal


Sparkling Earrings accented with the wonderful additions of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements 16mm #228 crystal baroque beads , 5301 Crystal Bicones, Glass Pearl Beads, Crystal Briolette Beads, #62007 22.5mm Swarovski Gold-Plated Crystal Filigree Lily ~
These gorgeous filigree flowers are set with Swarovski's exquisite Austrian crystal & Used them as a base for this chandelier earrings matched with Gold Plated Hooks.

Measures about 8.5 cms including hooks.


Price : US$25.75 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
Payment Accepted : POSB Fund Transfer / Paypal

Sparkling Choker made with Genuine SWAROVSKI Rivoli Crystal Bead surrounded by Toho Seed Beads, Jablonex Fire Polished Beads #5301 SWAROVSKI Bicones with Silver Plated Metal Findings & Clasp . Lenght od beaded chain Measures approx. 15 - 17" including extension chain and pendant measures approx. 1- 3/4 inches with bail . A Unique design that will lighten up your day!

Only Piece available in this color so Buy it Now !



SOLD !
#CD228 = VANESSA Crystal Beaded Earrings
Price : US$18.50 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
Payment Accepted : POSB Fund Transfer / Paypal

Earrings are made with Genuine SWAROVSKI Teardrops Crystal Beads, #162007 SWAROVSKI Focal Point in Rhodium with 925 Sterling Silver Hooks. Measures approx. 6cms including hooks. A Unique design that will lighten up your day!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bag Charms For More Bling !


~ New Bag Charms ~






Created to Spice up the look and for a More Added Bling  !





#CHARMED BAG - KEY Chains 104 = HONEY SWEET
Price : $18.50 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
 
Gold Plated Metal Findings with Pineapple Nugget Bead , Citrine & Crystal Quartz Large Chips , Opalite Glass Round Beads , Yellow Quartz & Jablonex Glass Beads. Measures about 9-10 cms long.
 

#CHARMED BAG - KEY Chains 105 = GOLDEN BLUES
Price : $18.50 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
 
Indian Glass Puff Coin Bead in Turquoise Blue, Pressed Glass Leaf Beads, Muli Color & Sizes Glass Fire Polished Beads with Lt Peridot Rondelle Crystal Beads & Gold Plated metal Findings. Measures about 10cms long.


#CHARMED BAG - KEY Chains 106 = BROWN EARTH
Price : $18.50  ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )

Excellent to hang on your bags for that extra bling or as a fashionable Key Chain . Comes with
Jasper Rondelles, Tiger Eye Rondelle Beads, Pressed Glass Leaf Beads with Yellow Citrine Smooth Glass Beads & Gold Plated metal Findings. Measures about 9-10cms long.




 #CHARMED BAG - KEY Chains 107 = AMETHYST & PEARLS
Price : $18.50 ( Inclusive of Postage / Shipping )
 
Bag Charm created with Jasper Rondelles, Tiger Eye Rondelle Beads, Pressed Glass Leaf Beads with Yellow Citrine Smooth Glass Beads & Gold Plated metal Findings. Measures about 9-10cms long.
 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009




~ The Island Fortress ~






Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is stragetically located at the entrance of Manila Bay.



This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.



Also known as "the Rock," it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war.



The ISLAND'S GEOGRAPHIC SECTORS  :

Topside - is the highest geographic sector in the island where the terrain elevation above sea level ranges from about 400 feet and higher. Topside is said to be the nerve center of the island fortress. It is here where you will find the ruins of the following buildings: Mile-Long Barrackes, Post Headquarters, Cine Corregidor, and a number of buildings previously used as quarters for bachelor officers as well as the senior officers of the garrison. All the major gun emplacements are also located around this high ground. The parade ground, a small golf course, the old Spanish flagpole, and the reconstructed Spanish lighthouse are similarly located at Topside. The more recently constructed buildings and structures that are now found at Topside include the following: The Pacific War Memorial Dome, sculpture of the Eternal Flame of Freedom, and a museum.












Middleside - is a sector located within the tadpole head of the island where the ground elevation approximately ranges between 100 feet and 400 feet above sea level. It lies between the Bottomside and Topside sectors where a number of landmarks, buildings, and structures are found. Currently, the Filipino-American Friendship Park, Aviary and Bird Park, and the Youth For Peace Campsite are found at Middleside. It is also at this sector where you will find the ruins and former sites of the following: YMCA, Middleside Barracks, Post Stockade, Officers Club, quarters for officers and enlistedmen, warehouses, some service and utility buildings.





Bottomside - generally, this sector encompasses the lower part of the island. Except for the current location of Corregidor Hotel, the terrain is mostly a flat stretch of land where the elevations measured above sea level are lower than 100 feet. Landmarks such as the North and South Dock, Lorcha Dock, and the former site of Barrio San Jose are found at Bottomside. Among the more recently reconstructed buildings, parks, and structures found in this area are: Administration Building, Gen. MacArthur Park, San Jose Chapel, Gen. Wainwright Park, a basketball and tennis court, and Corregidor Hotel.



Tail End - is the remaining portion of Corregidor's long and twisting tail which was not given a particular name. The western half of this narrow, two-and-a-half mile area consists of a low ridge with several distinct hills which is said to have assumed crucial military importance during the siege of Corregidor in 1942 by the Japanese forces and also during its recapture by the American forces in 1945. A portion of the eastern end of the tail, being a fairly level terrain, was leveled off for the construction of the island's only airstrip which was named Kindley Field. East Point, at the island's extreme tail, contained a small cemetery. Just a little further beyond it is Hooker Point which is often separated from East Point during high tide. In the early years of the presence of American forces in Corregidor, Hooker Point was a favorite place for hikers and sightseers. Among the recently constructed buildings, structures, and parks that are now found at the Tail End include the following: Statue of The Filipino Woman, Filipino Heroes Memorial, Japanese Garden of Peace, the two parks which were erected in honor of Presidents Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmena, and the Corregidor Beach Resort








MALINTA TUNNEL




To the east of Bottomside a hill rises abruptly to an elevation of 390 feet. Called "Malinta," it severs Bottomside from the tail end of the island.



The North and South Shore roads curved from its slopes and girdled the hill and ran on down the curving tadpole tail. To facilitate passage and to create a bombproof shelter, the Americans drove a shaft from a rock quarry at Bottomside directly through the hill, creating the famous Malinta Tunnel. Construction of the tunnel took about 10 years. I would say that Credits be due to the Filipino Convicts who were the main labor force to build the said shelters and buildings in the island of Corregidor . These group of Filipinos were never mentioned in any articles regarding the construction within Corregidor but they well deserve the praises and due respect I must say..










The big guns of Corregidor are now silent and the ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels in the island tell a very moving story of a war that has claimed so many lives. A visit to this former battleground is a memorable experience especially for those who cherish and value peace and freedom.

Please note that  the Original descriptions of Corregidor written in this blog can be found at : http://corregidorisland.com
For More Articles / informations about Corregidor , Please visit the site created by:
 Juny P. Laputt . Bsce, Ms, Pe

Many Thanks for your Visit !