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I recently posted this on instagram, and wanted to introduce myself.

My name is Mercedita. Nice to meet you!

Be brave! Be fierce! Be open! Be love!

imageI had a yummy, Vietnamese dinner with some of my closest friends to celebrate my birthday. I had a drink called a “Hanoi Hottie,” which was super spicy from muddled jalapēnos.  The fried catfish and the bouncing beef were the best.


R gave each of us a button purchased from the cupcake shop to represent us. The bottom two were for me.  S had brought this cute, mini pedestal for the cupcake.  How cute!

Cupcakes from “Love At First Bite” cupcake shop for dessert.

imageI chose this one because of the design. The little balls were malt balls, to my surprise, atop a chocolate cupcake with butter cream icing.  I believe this was the best one according to taste and design.  We cut it into quarters to taste.  That would have been enough for me, but they kept cutting more cupcakes–for a total of 6!  Oh, the sugar overload!  I was not used to all the sugar!

I am grateful to R, S, and G for the gift of their friendship, this celebratory dinner, and the gift to “Kitchen On Fire”– to help me expand my culinary knowledge and skills!  Thank you!

(For 2/20/15)


I am grateful to Liz of Liz Who Motivates for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog” award. The nomination post can be found here.

I unfortunately dropped out of the blogging scene for several months, and I wasn’t able to complete the acceptance until now.  So I am giving this nomination the delayed, but respected, due it deserves.  I am using the format from Liz’s nomination, as well as the modification.

The “One Lovely Blog” award is designed for:

1. Those new or up-and-coming-bloggers acknowledging their blogging efforts so as to increase their blog readership


2. Are chosen by their fellow blogging comrades for having a “lovely” blog as they share their stories and thoughts in a poetic or beautiful manner as they connect with their loyal audience of readers and followers.

In order to “accept’ the award one must follow the below guidelines (which have been modified):

1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you

2. Post the One Lovely Blog logo to your post and/or blog

3. List 7 interesting facts or things about yourself

4. Nominate 5 (modified from 15) lovely blogs you admire by informing them of their award nomination on their blog

Thank you,  Liz (Liz Who Motivates), for nominating me. I’m sorry this took so long to complete, but I appreciate your nomination and for all that you do in motivating others!

My 7 facts/things:

1. Before I die, I would like to fully able to converse in at least 7 languages. Currently, I am learning Korean. I can speak English, French, Japanese, and Tagalog. I learned Mandarin and Fukien when I was a small child, but I also stopped at a young age. I hope to relearn them, along with Cantonese. Next is Spanish.  I also want to learn Latin (with the mindset that if I can learn this root language, I will be able to understand the other romance languages… maybe…)

2. I prefer the smell of coffee to actually drinking it. I drink it black.

3. I am an energetic healer. (The way I heal others is similar to, but not the same as, Reiki)

4. I was pretty photogenic when I was younger, but I prefer to take the pictures than to be in it.

5. I can recreate dishes by taste. As long as I know the taste of a component, I am able to distinguish it.

6. I inherited my soprano singing voice from my maternal grandmother. Although I do not sing professionally, it is an honor to sing the songs she had loved. The last song I sang for her was “Ave Maria” at her funeral.

7. I have a distinct view of marriage, and that may be why I remain single. In these days of divorce, I do not want to marry unless I have found the perfect marriage partner. My idea of the perfect marriage partner is someone who wants the “real thing” and will continue to invest in love and the marriage until “death do us part.”

My 5 nominees:

Bonne Vivante Life –

Obzervashunal –

Ruth Williams –

The Law of Attraction and Your Momentum –

Ramblings and Musings –


Liz Who Motivates

Liz’s Nomination Post


This is one of the mats outside. It’s pretty remarkable that a small plant is growing there. I guess if something is meant to be, it will be. So believe that anything is possible, because you just won’t know what will happen! Like Miracles! 😊

20141105-201101.jpg“Some days you will be the Light for others, and some days you will need some Light from them. As long as there is Light, there is hope, and there is a Way.” –Jennifer Gayle

20141030-220912.jpgAs I grow spiritually, the more I become grateful for simple, but priceless moments.

The picture I took barely show its full beauty, but I had the privilege of watching the sunset for hours when I left New York for California. I normally book aisle seats, but on my return, I opted for a window seat, and I was given this beautiful, amazing gift.

As it grew darker, I was shown a rainbow skyscape from red at the horizon to purple at its zenith.

I would never have seen such beauty had I not booked a window seat. Clearly, the Big G wanted me to see this. 😁

I have not been posting much, and there is a good reason for it.

I was at a spiritual retreat recently undergoing intense meditation and training–where I was in constant state of bliss and peace.

Coming back from it, this time around, was quite jarring for me. I am having difficulty balancing my spiritual life with my “real” life. The clarity that the retreat gave me had me question things in my life, and it’s hard to find (maybe face) all the answers–while battling a bad cold and working on a new project at work.

Please bear with me as I figure a few things out and find my balance. I plan on introducing a new 365 Day Project as well.

Also, please check out Oprah and Deepak’s new meditation series on “Energy of Attraction.” You can register for free at

20141029-223637.jpg“We’re all just walking each other home.” –Ram Dass

A good friend, J, shared this quote with me a few days ago, and I was reminded of it again today.

If we could just change our perspective or how we see things, we are reminded that we are all, in this life, helping each other out. Whether we are learning a lesson (so we can become better people) from or with someone or we help someone else… We are just “walking each other home.”

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