Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category
I enjoy receiving flowers just as much as the next gal. My favorite season for flowers is spring, since my favourite flower is the peony. I also have a soft spot for cherry blossoms, tulips, crocus, freesias, and daffodils.
I have always been fascinated with florigraphy, the study of the language of flowers. Throughout the ages, flowers have been used to communicate messages, sometimes spiritual (such as the “purity” of the lily in reference to Mary), sometimes magical (as in medicine). The Victorian Age in England led to flowers being used as a means of communication in which flowers, posies, bouquets, and arrangements were used to send coded messages. Yes, you could express feelings with flowers that otherwise could not be spoken.
But it’s not just the British. The Japanese also have a language of flowers called Hanakotoba, used much the same way. I’ve touched upon both of these flower languages in a post about tulips (refresher HERE).
In the very least, I find it so artful and sweet, and useful for all bouquets, including wedding, friendship, courtship and the like. I’m just going to highlight the flowers I like the most here…
AMARYLLIS – pride (F); shy (H)
AZALEA – Take care of yourself, Temperance, Fragile (F); Patient/Modest (H)
BIRD OF PARADISE – Liberty, Magnificence, Good Perspective
BLUEBELL/BELL FLOWER – Humility, Constancy, Gratitude (F); Grateful (H)
BUTTERCUP – Riches, Childishness
CALLA LILY – Magnificent Beauty
CAMELLIA – Admiration, Perfection, Good Luck Gift for a Man, Gratitude
CAMELLIA (PINK) – Longing
CAMELLIA (RED) – You’re a flame in my heart (F); In Love (H)
CAMELLIA (WHITE) – Adoration, Perfection, Loveliness (F); Waiting (H)
CAMELLIA (YELLOW): Longing (H)
CAMELLIA (JAPANESE): Unpretending excellence
CHERRY BLOSSOM: A good education (F); Transience of life, Wabi-sabi, Gentle, Kind (H); Feminine Beauty (C)
CHRYSANTHEMUM (RED): “I love”
CHRYSANTHEMUM (YELLOW): Slighted love (F); Imperial, Elegant (H)
CHRYSANTHEMUM (WHITE): Truth/Self-Esteem (H)
CORNFLOWER – Delicacy, Refinement (F)
CROCUS – Cheerfulness, Abuse Not, Gladness (F)
DAFFODIL – Regard, Unrequited Love, Sunshine, Respect, The Sun Shines When I’m with You; Uncertainty, Chivalry
DAHLIA – Dignity and Elegance, Forever Thine (F); Good Taste (H)
DAISY – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never tell, Purity, Beauty (F); Faith (H)
DAISY OX-EYE – Patience (F)
DAISY (RED) – Beauty Unknown to Possessor
FORGET ME NOT – True Love, Memories
FREESIA – Innocence, Trust (F); Immaculate, Childish, Immature (H)
GARDENIA – You’re lovely, Secret love, Purity, Refinement (F); Secret Love, Pure (H)
GERBERA DAISY – Innocence
GLADIOLI – Generosity, I’m sincere, Flower of the gladiators
HIBISCUS – Consumed by Love, Delicate Beauty, Rare beauty (F); Gentle (H)
HYACINTH (BLUE) – Consistency
HYACINTH (PURPLE) – Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow
HYACINTH (RED OR PINK) – Playful Joy
HYACINTH (WHITE) – Unobtrusive Loveliness, I’ll Pray for You
HYACINTH (YELLOW) – Jealousy
HYDRANGEA – Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness (F); Pride (H)
IRIS – Faith, Wisdom, Promise in Love, Hope, Wisdom & Valor (F); Noble Heart, Good News (H)
IVY – Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection, Dependence, Endurance
IVY (SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS)- Anxious to please, Affection
JASMINE (WHITE) – Amiability (F); Friendly, Graceful (H)
JASMINE (INDIAN) – Attachment
JASMINE (SPANISH) – Sensuality
JASMINE (YELLOW) – Modesty, Grace, Elegance
JONQUIL – Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy
LAVENDER – Love, Devotion, Distrust
LILAC (GENERAL) – Beauty, Pride (F); First Love (H)
LILAC (PURPLE) – First emotions of love
LILAC (WHITE) – Youthful Innocence
LILY (all) – Majesty & Honor, Purity of Heart
LILY (TIGER) – Wealth, Pride, Prosperity
LILY (WHITE) – Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It’s Heavenly to be with You
LILY (YELLOW) – I’m Walking On Air, False, Gay, Gratitude
LILY OF THE VALLEY – Sweetness, Tears Of The Virgin Mary, Happiness, Humility (F); Promise of Happiness (H)
LOTUS – Estranged love, Forgetful of the Past
MAGNOLIA – Nobility, Perseverance, Nobility (F); Sublime (H)
MAGNOLIA (CHINESE) – Love of Nature
MORNING GLORY – Affection
ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage, Fruitfulness
ORCHID – Love, Beauty, Refinement, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtfulness
ORCHID (CATTLEYA) – Mature Charm
PANSY – Merriment, Thoughts (You Occupy My Thoughts)
PEONY – Shame, Happy Marriage, Compassion, Bashfulness
PERIWINKLE – Early Recollections, Pleasures of Memories, Sweet Memories
PLUM BLOSSOM – Pure & True
RHODODENDRON – Danger, Beware, I am Dangerous
ROSE (BRIDAL) – Happiness
ROSE (BURGUNDY) – Unconscious Beauty
ROSE (CHRISTMAS)- Relieve my anxiety
ROSE (CORAL) – Desire
ROSE (DAMASK) – Freshness, Persian Ambassador of Love
ROSE (DARK CRIMSON) – Mourning
ROSE (LAVENDER) – Enchantment
ROSE (ORANGE) – Fascination
ROSE (PINK) – Perfect Happiness, Secret Love, Grace & Sweetness, Indecision
ROSE (DARK PINK) – Thankfulness
ROSE (PALE PINK) – Grace, Joy
ROSE (PEACH) – Immortality, Modesty
ROSE (RED) – Love, Respect, Beauty
ROSE (A SINGLE RED ROSE) – I Love You
ROSE (TEA) – I’ll Remember, Always
ROSE (WHITE) – Innocence, Charm, Purity, Humility, I am Worthy of You, Secrecy, Silence
ROSE (YELLOW) – Joy, Jealousy, Friendship (one yellow rose with 11 red ones means love & passion)
ROSES (ASSORTED) – You’re everything to me
ROSES (BOUQUET OF FULLY BLOOMED ROSES): Gratitude
ROSEBUD – Beauty & Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
ROSEBUD (RED) – Pure & Lovely
ROSEBUD (WHITE) – Girlhood, Heart Ignorant of Love
ROSES (Single full bloom) – I truly love you, Simplicity.
* SNAPDRAGON – Gracious Lady, Strength
SNOWDROP – Hope, Consolation
STEPHANOTIS – Marital Happiness, Desire to Travel
SUNFLOWER (TALL) – False riches, Pride (F); Love & Respect (H)
SUNFLOWER ( DWARF) – Adoration
SWEETPEA – Good-by, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely (F); Joy (H)
TULIP (GENERAL) – Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland
* TULIP (RED) -Believe me, Declaration of Love
* TULIP (VARIEGATED) – Beautiful eyes
* TULIP (YELLOW) – There’s Sunshine In Your Smile
* VIOLET – Modesty, Virtue, Affection (F); Please Love Me (H)
* VIOLET (BLUE) – Watchfulness, Faithfulness, Love
* VIOLET (WHITE) – Let’s Take A Chance On Happiness
* WISTERIA – Welcome (F); Beautiful Birth (H)
* ZINNIA (MAGENTA) – Lasting Affection
* ZINNIA (MIXED) – Thinking (or in memory) of an Absent Friend
* ZINNIA (SCARLET) – Constancy
* ZINNIA (WHITE) – Goodness
* ZINNIA (YELLOW) – Daily Remembrance
I HEART FOREIGN FILMS
Do you? I have to admit they can be infuriating because often they end open-ended, unlike Hollywood movies. They can be slow and monotonous almost. I get it, I get it. Sometimes they can be a bore. But sometimes they can be surprisingly good. You can even hone your foreign language skills, and get your wanderlust on because they cinematography makes you want to go to whatever country you’re watching.
Here are some of the ones I have really liked (not in any order):
SCENT OF THE GREEN PAPAYA
I AM LOVE
THE GREAT BEAUTY
A ROYAL AFFAIR
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
RUST AND BONE
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
This summer included a girls’ reunion week on the majestic island of Kaua’i. A reunion, of sorts, because the gal pals I met up with live in three different countries, and we haven’t seen each other for almost 8 years!?! I know, seriously. We used to live in the same city, once upon a time — and then we went to all points across the Pacific Ocean (south, north, east, west).
So, I had no idea what to expect from Kaua’i — I came there with clear mind and open heart to just discovery its beauty and warmth. It showed up in spades.
I had a layover in Seattle, where CNN informed me that two hurricanes were hurling towards the islands of Hawaii. TWO. You know what they look like on TV? Whirling dervishes, my friend.
Not to worry, by the time the first hurricane made its way to Kauai, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, what with Big Island and Maui getting the brunt of it. We had one day of morning rain. That’s it. The second hurricane decided to change course and it deviated north, away from the islands, and that was that.
So here is what’s most important to you. We beached. We snorkelled. We hiked. We chilled. We shopped. We explored. We ate. We ate. And we ate. You basically drive around the outskirts of the island in one big loop. We stayed on the east-side of the island in Kapaa, which is basically between the North Shore and the South Shore, and a tad north of Lihue, the capital. Kaua’i is not as bustling as Oahu or Maui, it’s more of a nature enclave, and thank goodness for that. These are the sights and eats and in betweens we enjoyed the most:
♡ WAIMEA CANYON
Oh holy wonder. It’s apparently called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific with a chasm over 3,000 feet deep. You’ll drive up and stop along the way for lookouts that crop up every here and there. There’s a variety of hiking trails you can take too, but the easiest one is Cliff Trail, which is 3.2 km (2 miles) long.
♡ NORTH SHORE
Lush green mountains. White sandy beaches. Clear blue ocean. Surfers. Bikinis. Fish. Pure love. The best beaches on the island are situated here — but get there before 10:00 or else you’ll be driving around looking for parking.
NA PALI CLIFFS
PO’IPU BEACH PARK
MAKUA (TUNNELS) BEACH
HAMURA’S SAIMIN STAND
Somewhat hidden from the main road, so you better have GPS to figure out where to find it. Saimin = ramen, if you’re wondering. The lineup is ridiculous and the place is this slapshot diner, with the cutest Nikkei women running the kitchen.
I love their noodles — chewy, long, just right. Their broth tastes subtle like a really good ramen shop in the backalleys of Shinjuku have to offer. This is a good thing. Sometimes noodle broth in North America is too salty to appease North American tastebuds. There’s tons of bowl sizes, toppings to choose from, but I went for the prawn.
We sat with locals, including “living treasure” Beverly Muraoka (hula queen). Her family was there to celebrate her honour at the Kauai Museum (but the hurricane threat postponed the event until October). So friendly and lovely!
After you finish your saimin, enjoy a piece of lilikoi chiffon pie. Oh.my.word. Best thing ever. Lilikoi = passionfruit. A spo
ORIGINAL JO JO’S ANUEANUE SHAVE ICE
OMOIDE BAKERY & WONG’S CHINESE DELI
OASIS ON THE BEACH
KAUAI COFFEE PLANTATION
COUCH POTATO 101
Can I say my excuse is that it is always rainy, dark and dreary in my part of the world — which just begs one to curl up on the sofa and get caught up with TV shows? Much more so with the signing up to Netflix *shake fist* — brain drain.
I am just catching up on all those shows everyone raves about. I’m liking: Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Damages, The Bridge, Firefly, Call the Midwife, Suits, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Bletchley Circle, Luther, Sherlock, The Fall, House of Lies, Veronica Mars, Dexter, Covert Affairs…but am not feeling Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men, Community, Portlandia.
Oh no? Have I lost credibility? Have I lost the perception of being hip and cool? Yeah, yeah, I can’t pretend to like something just to seem hip and cool, sorry. I’m not saying those shows aren’t any good, of course not, but I just can’t get into them. I have heard the ones I’m not feeling are a slow burn at first, but if I wait it out, it will get better.
Now, on regular ‘ol TV (we only have basic cable), I’m waiting for the return of Scandal and The Blacklist and The Mindy Project. But hello-on-wheels, I’m intrigued by the following new TV shows arriving this new fall. Dammit. I cannot let TV overrule my life!