Category: 1001

Woven Rattan Baskets

Rattan basket, photo by JMorton

Woven Rattan Baskets

Rattan is some sort of a climbing bamboo looking plant which grows profusely in the mountains of Ilocos and other parts of the Philippines.

Thank goodness that they do grow abundantly as they provide materials for weaving so many things necessary to the farming communities of the Philippines.

Rattan basket, photo by JMorton

Bilao in Tagalog is a winnowing flat basket which is called bigao in Ilocano.  This flat basket is necessary in separating the husks or hulls from the rice grains, especially when a mortar and pestle had been used to manually dehusk the palay into rice.


Rattan basket, photo by JMorton


Increase Brain Power

It seems brushing one’s teeth is not only for health and hygiene reasons, it is so much more.

Brain Power

Increase Brain Power

There are also some research about the effect of chocolates to brain power.  Apparently the flavanols in cocoa can increase cognitive abilities, allowing for multitasking, i.e. ability to perform two or more tasks at a time.


1001 Most Romantic Songs

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) Hill Garden – Nr Hampstead Heath
Photo by PH Morton

1001 Most Romantic Songs

This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.

Our list currently includes the following:

YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes

Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”

Charles Trenet – La Mer

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover

hyun bin-that man lyrics (eng+korea sub) ost secret garden

Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)

All of Me – John Legend

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Enchanted by Taylor Swift and a reply version by Adam Young of City Owl

1001 Ways of living healthily

Old Friends

Old Friends

The life span of our generation is getting longer; we are living to a good ripe old age. Unfortunately, there are some of us who are living longer but do not get to enjoy this longevity.  We might be physically healthy but incapable mentally.

Living longer should mean enjoying its blessings. We should feel ‘young’ and look ‘young’ as well.

Fortunately, there are some ways how we can to do just that.

1001 Ways of living healthily

Diet.  Eat a balance diet.







Sleep. A study found that people who do not get enough sleep, tend to eat more food and more often.

R&R (Rest & Relaxation)



1001: Family

Peter and I love this little drawing of our beloved Nat-nat of his ‘Family Morton’. He’s five and learning to write and read. I am so impressed with his skill and talent. I think we are going to have a boy genius here.

I saw the film, Imitation Game, which is about Alan Turing, a mathematics genius, whose war accomplishment is said to have shorten the second world war,WWII, by two years and saved 14 million people from becoming casualties of war. The young brilliant Alan Turing used to painstakingly separate his peas from his carrots which reminds me of our little Nat-nat, who is rather pernickety with his food.

He likes his food, don’t get me wrong, but he wants his dinner served according to his predilection or in a certain way. He doesn’t want things touching each other. 😉 He wants his peas in one corner, his chicken nuggets in another corner and his chips at another side and not to mention his tomato sauce pooled in the middle, not drizzled in the chips or chicken, otherwise he would refuse to eat. Poor Stacey, his mother, had to take all these into consideration when preparing our little angel’s din-dins

This is family.  Looking after each other, for better or for worst.  Blood is thicker than water.  Proverbs and sayings have been coined for thousands of years with regards to families.

Nathan, age 5, family Photo by PH Morton

Nathan, age 5, family
Photo by PH Morton

Mind you, family can also be a source of so much grief, a la Romeo and Juliet or the late Diana, Princess of Wales with her relations with the Windsor Family so much so that the Queen, herself, grimly admitted in November of 1994 that it was annus horribilis for her. 🙁

1001: Family

You see much more of our children once they leave home.
– Lucille Ball

Odds & Ends On the BookShelves

Strange booksA good title is the first step in ‘selling’ a book to a reader.  The catchier and the more original the title, the better.  Sometimes a title can tell whether the book will be intriguing, horror-filled, take you on a magic ride, make you laugh out loud, make you cry, enlighten you, or leave you cold or be none the wiser what it was about.

More and more writers are using unorthodox, strange, weird, silly and down right disturbing titles to catch readers’ attention,  but some go the other way and create the most boring and unlikely titles to interest anyone, so much so that an annual award giving body for the strangest book title had been founded.

Diagram Book Prize gives award to a selection of the most bizzare titled books that get published each year.

The prize was originally conceived in 1978 by Trevor Bounford, co-founder with Bruce Robertson of publishing solutions firm The Diagram Group, as a way of avoiding boredom at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been administered every year by The Bookseller and Horace Bent, the magazine’s diarist. (

Some of the books that have come under the radar of the Diagram Group are as follows:

A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson(Amberley Publishing)

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon)

Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City by Chris Balsiger and Erin Canning

How to Pray When You’re Pissed at God by Ian Punnett (Harmony)

Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography by Jo Packham (Quarry)

How Tea Cosies Changed the World By Loani Prior

Reginald Bakeley’s Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop


Actually I wouldn’t mind reading some of the books on the list. 😉


Odd titling a book is not a modern phenomena.  The middle ages had done it first.

Here are some titles of books you might want to research and read about further:

A Shot aimed at the Devil’s Head-Quarters through the Tube of the Cannon of the Covenant.

Crumbs of Comfort for the Chickens of the Covenant.

Eggs of Charity, layed by the Chickens of the Covenant, and boiled with the Water of Divine Love. Take Ye and eat.

High-heeled Shoes for Dwarfs in Holiness.

Hooks and Eyes for Believers’ Breeches.

Matches lighted by the Divine Fire.

Seven Sobs of a Sorrowful Soul for Sin; or, the Seven Penitential Psalms of the Princely Prophet David; whereunto are also added William Humius’ Handful of Honeysuckles, and Divers Godly and Pithy Ditties, now newly augmented.

Spiritual Milk for Babes, drawn out of the Breasts of both Testaments for their Souls’ Nourishment: a catechism.

The Bank of Faith.

The Christian Sodality; or, Catholic Hive of Bees, sucking the Honey of the Churches’ Prayer from the Blossoms of the[Pg 30] Word of God, blowne out of the Epistles and Gospels of the Divine Service throughout the yeare. Collected by the Puny Bee of all the Hive not worthy to be named otherwise than by these elements of his Name, F. P.

The Gun of Penitence.

The Innocent Love; or, the Holy Knight: a description of the ardors of a saint for the Virgin.

The Shop of the Spiritual Apothecary; or, a collection of passages from the fathers.

The Sixpennyworth of Divine Spirit.

The Snuffers of Divine Love.

The Sound of the Trumpet: a work on the day of judgment.

The Spiritual Mustard Pot, to make the Soul Sneeze with Devotion.

The Three Daughters of Job: a treatise on patience, fortitude and pain.

Tobacco battered, and the Pipes shattered about their Ears that idly idolize so loathsome a Vanity, by a Volley of holy shot thundered from Mount Helicon: a poem against the use of tobacco, by Joshua Sylvester.

A Fan to drive away Flies: a theological treatise on Purgatory.

A most Delectable Sweet Perfumed Nosegay for God’s Saints to Smell at.

A Pair of Bellows to blow off the Dust cast upon John Fry.

A Proper Project to Startle Fools: Printed in a Land where Self’s cry’d up and Zeal’s cry’d down.

A Reaping-Hook, well tempered, for the Stubborn Ears of the coming Crop; or, Biscuit baked in the Oven of Charity, carefully conserved for the Chickens of the Church, the Sparrows of the Spirit, and the sweet Swallows of Salvation.

A Sigh of Sorrow for the Sinners of Zion, breathed out of a Hole in the Wall of an Earthly Vessel, known among Men by the Name of Samuel Fish (a Quaker who had been imprisoned).

1001: Home

“And there are new kinds of nomads, not people who are at home everywhere, but who are at home nowhere. I was one of them ”
― Robyn Davidson

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
~Charles Dickens

Peace — that was the other name for home.
~Kathleen Norris

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

1001: Art for Art’s Sake

Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
– Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (1910-1996)

Anonymous girls in paintings Photl by P H Morton

Anonymous girls in paintings
photo by P H Morton

I love these matching paintings that Peter gifted me in 2012.  They are so lovely.  I must admit I am tempted to add features to their faces but Peter won’t let me.  He has not forgiven me for desecrating a painting that was worth £5000.  Well it was so faint.  I just added a few outline to the painting. I thought it was prettier now that I could see clearly its outline. LOL

What is ART?!!!

Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly.



Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.
—Jean Paul Richter

Art is the daughter of freedom
– Friedrich Schiller

Art does not imitate, but interpret.
– Mazzini

Art is the gift of God, and must be used unto his glory.

Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.

The perfection of art is to conceal art.

1001: What is Beauty

What is Beauty?

Beauty is God’s handwriting.  Welcome it in every fair face, every fair day, every fair flower.
– Charles Kingsley

ALL kinds of beauty do not inspire love: there is a kind of it which pleases only the sight, but does not captivate the affections.
~ Cervantes.

I think Cervantes got the measure of beauty just right.

Let us hear more from some others.

1001: What is Beauty

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Ines dela Fressange

A beautiful woman is someone who pays a lot of attention to herself and knows what suits her.
– Vivienne Westwood

Beauty in the flesh will continue to rule the world.
~Florenz Ziegfeld
Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised except by those to whom it has been refused.
— Gibbon.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
H.G. Wells
Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
~Khalil Gibran
BEAUTY in a modest woman is like fire at a distance, or like a sharp sword: neither doth the one burn nor the other wound him that comes not too near them.
~ Cervantes.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
– Stendhal
Happily there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth, the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age.
— G.A. Sala

If eyes were made for seeing,

Then beauty is its own excuse for being.


It is beauty that begins to please, and tenderness that completes the charm.
– Fontenelle
It is seldom that beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue.
— Bacon
Keats spoke for all time when he said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
— Thackeray
Pretty is something you’re born with. But beautiful, that’s an equal opportunity adjective.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
– Aritotle.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
~Ninon de L’Enclos
There is no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
— J. Petit-Senn
Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE beauty of some women has days and seasons, depending upon accidents which diminish or increase it; nay, the very passions of the mind naturally improve or impair it, and very often utterly destroy it.
– Cervantes
There’s a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.
~John Erskine

1001: Nature of Friendship

30 July – United Nations’ Friendship Day

Friendship is one relationship that when nurtured will last a lifetime. This type of relationship is so special that it has been studied again and again by sociologist, scientists, psychologists and anyone else who really have the time to find out.

Tv shows have also been made of this form of attachment. In fact one of my most favourite tv shows, which I think is above the rest of most comedy shows is called Friends. It was such a good show that it lasted for several series/season and left such a fond and nostalgic memories to viewers and fans.  Even the heiress, Paris Hilton was inspired to look for a BFF in front of the camera: the surest way to not find a lifelong friends.

Apparently the start to a beautiful friendship is a smile.  If you catch someone else’s eyes, give them a smile.  It is hard to ignore a smile freely given. 🙂

But what is friendship? Why do we need friends? When do we not need a friend? What makes a friend?

Friend + Enemy = Frenemy

Foe + Friend =  Faux Friend

Let’s us find out the pros and cons of friendship.

A friend is a second self.
– Aristotle
A friend is he that loves, and he that is beloved.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
~ Aristotle
A friend is a present you give yourself.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend that ain’t in need is a friend indeed.
– Kin Hubbard

” Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. ”
– Oscar Wilde
A pure friendship inspires, cleanses, expands, and strengthens the soul.
A true friend is more precious to the soul than all which it inherits beneath the sun.
Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.
– Socrates

Be admonished not to strike leagues of friendship with cheap persons, where no friendship can be.
Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet.
– Chinese Proverb

Friendship that makes the least noise is very often the most useful; for which reason I should prefer a prudent friend to a zealous one.
Friendship, like love, is but a name
Unless to one you stint the flame.
The child, whom many fathers share,
Hath seldom known a father’s care.
‘Tis thus in friendships; who depends
On many, rarely finds a friend.
— Gay.
Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies.
” Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. ”
– C. S. Lewis

Friendship does not spring up and grow great and become perfect all at once, but requires time and the nourishment of thoughts.
Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good fortune.
Friendship is the great chain of human society.
Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.

God’s apology for relations.

– Hugh Kingsmill
He is a friend indeed who proves himself a friend in need.
He who abides in friendship abides in God.
– John Eriugena

I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
– Peter Ustinov

friendshipI prefer acquaintances to friends. They don’t expect you to call or go to their children’s wedding.
– A.A. Gill

I was angry with my friend:

I told my wrath, my wrath did end.

I was angry with my foe:

I told it not, my wrath did grow.

– William Blake

Money can’t buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy.
– Spike Milligan

O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.
– Voltaire

Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
– Leon Uris
Purchase no friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give such will cease to love.
Rare is true love: true friendship is still rarer.
Renewed friendships require more care than those that have never been broken.

Real friendship is a slow grower, and never thrives unless engrafted upon a stock of known and reciprocal merit.



True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited, but in adversity they come without invitation.

Back to back couple silhouette
The qualities of your friends will be those of your enemies,—cold friends, cold enemies; half friends, half enemies; fervid enemies, warm friends.

To God, thy country, and thy friend be true.

True friends stab you in the front.
– Oscar Wilde

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends. ”
– Mary Catherwood
The man who prefers his dearest friend to the call of duty will soon show that he prefers himself to his dearest friend.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little in me dies.
– Gore Vidal

Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.
– Elbert Hubbard


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