Monday, May 15, 2017

I Love Hilo!

I have to write a blog entry while I'm here in Hilo.

Our experience here has been nothing but wonderful - from our cozy apartment that has everything we needed, waking up to the sound of waves crashing to shore, the birds and coquis lulling us to sleep at night, to the aloof tabby cat that visits us in the mornings and evenings.

For some time I've been yearning to find a reason to smile again, and it was here that I felt that deep, pure state of joy. I'm referring to that type of happiness that exudes when: you're with someone you love, you fall sleep to the relaxing sound of birds and frogs, and you wake up to the tapping of rain on the windows and rooftop.  Our experience on this island taught us that it is the immaterial, simple, beautiful, natural things that radiate true bliss.

I told Kepi I'd love to visit again even if this is my fourth time visiting the Big Island.

Here's cute Mr. Kitty Aloof.

IMG_2029We certainly had our fill of Malasadas and other pastries at the Punalu'u Bake Shop.

We saw exotic flowers just like this Red Torch Ginger.

Tomorrow we will be flying to the island of Molokai. Our stay in Hilo has certainly made us temporarily forget what we will be dealing with in the next few months.

Tonight, we sleep while the coquis sing their heart out.

Linking this post with Our World Tuesday and Wordless Wednesdays.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Our Fourth Wedding Anniversary

Thank you for the beautiful yellow daisies and card.
Happy fourth wedding anniversary, my dear Kepi!

We've been through a lot - from my diagnosis, clinical trial appointments, transfusions, hospital stays, the search for my bone-marrow donor, my most awaited transplant to recovery - but you never left my side.

We are facing another test, but I know we will get through it TOGETHER. As you always say, "We're gonna be alright."

Love you always,

Every year during our wedding anniversary week, it's been our tradition to visit where we got married, the Hershey Gardens, and visit the blooming tulips as well.  You see, we timed our wedding date during the peak bloom of the tulips. This year, we missed the peak bloom but we still saw a lot of flowers.

My heart always skips a beat when we're here. This is exactly the location of our wedding venue. We had a small, simple and beautiful wedding. Surrounded by a few family, friends and crowded by all the tulips in full bloom.
These are the late blooming double petaled tulips.
A twofie with the red tulips.
Love these orange beauties too.
These yellows look like crowns.
These tulips are my favorite - beautiful purples.
Another twofie with the azaleas.