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Saturday, 7 January 2017

About Thelma

Hi!

I know it is a bit late for writing About Me, but it's better to be late than never, isn't it?

I am Thelma aka thelme55. I am a Filipino Expat living in Germany most of the time. A 50+ years old me who loves to write and blogs about the things I knew, experienced and created. I am writing online since 2011 and my main writing site is Hubpages.

What things can you learn from reading my blogs? Well, I have many interests in life besides reading books.  You will know about....


  • My expat life in Germany
  • Travel places I have been to
  • My tropical garden in the Philippines 
  • Gardening tips, how to and more
  • Filipino and German cooking
  • Massages, massage treatments and how to massage
  • Paintings of my husband
  • My passion in baking cakes, cookies, popcakes and of course gingerbread houses
  • DIY of Gingerbread Houses 

These are only some of the things I have written online. You can check my blogs here and in many writing sites I am writing. I write for:

Hubpages - a content writing site where I started writing online with different various of topics from cooking to travel places.
Blogjob - where I write about my home country Philippines.
Blogspot - my cooking site.
Blogjob - everything about spa and health

Niume - the newest writing site where I joined. I have also various topics there. From recipes, lifestyle, animal, travels to photography and paintings.
PILYA- a PILYA BLOG MAGAZINE contributor. A Filipino German blog magazine originated in Bavaria, Germany.

Please feel free to comment and share my blogs to your social media sites. Thanks for having the time reading my blogs.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas in Germany



Christmas in Germany is great! You know why? Because it is one of the solemn celebration that I  have experienced.  I usually heard that Christmas is a very stressful season of the year. Well, not for me. I think it all depends on you how you organize your Christmas shopping and celebration. Having only a few members of my family, it is okay celebrating Christmas without a hassle.


ADVENT TIME

Christmas in Germany starts on the 1st Advent. This 1st Advent is the 4th Sunday before the Christmas  Eve and it usually falls on the last Sunday of November. Before the 1st Advent , most Germans have cleaned and  decorated their windows and inside their houses. They have started buying what is on their shopping lists like buying gifts  and ingredients for baking cookies and other German goodies. They make gingerbread houses too with their kids. Either they make this from a gingerbread house kit they have bought in a package from a supermarket or they will bake the gingerbread building by themselves. Of course there are ready made gingerbread houses sold in the German bakeries. The choice is ours.


CHRISTMAS BAKING

Yes, Germans are fond of baking their own cookies if they have time at home. They bake with their children and have already the spirit of Christmas. Baking with their children is a good opportunity to bond with their  kids and then they would spend the time eating their vanilla cookies, Spekulatius, Lebkuchen in the living room with the 1st Advent candle of the Advent wreath lighted.


There are still  a few days before the Christmas Eve. Enjoy preparing for this fun season and enjoy your Advents first. Thanks for reading.

Here are some Christmas links for you to check:

 

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Happy Mother´s Day!

These flowers are dedicated to my late mother.

Happy Mother´s day to all my online friends everywhere in this world. I don´t know if all the countries have the same date of Mother´s Day like what we have here in Germany. We have this day on every second Sunday of May every year.

We are very lucky as this day of the year, the sun is so bright and it is 26°C where I am in North Rhine Westphalia. It´s time to have this beautiful weather as winter was so long and too cold for me to enjoy.

Here´s a poem I am dedicating to my beloved late mother. I specially made this today for her. Remembering her when she was still alive.

HAPPY MOTHER´S DAY NAY!

Dear Nanay,
I wish you were here
Celebrating this day
In May.

I wish I could spend this day with you
Laughing with you 
Joking about everything
That come in our way.

I wish I could spend not only this day
But the days and months
When I am in your garden
Which is now my garden.

We could have talk a lot
About what kind of herbs are good
For constipation, diarrhea and stomachache
We could have talk a lot
About how I should do it right.

Nay, I miss you so much
I miss the days when I was with you.
You massaged my head while I laid down on your lap
Even though I was already old enough and a mother myself.

Nay, sorry that I was not in your last day on this earth
That didn´t mean that I did not care for you
But I was glad that I talked to you in the phone before you left us
I know you were there in our bedroom when I was there these last few years.

I am not afraid of your ghost
You can put on the radio when I am sleeping
You can even pinch my thigh as you have always done
I don´t mind as I love to know that you are always with me.
HAPPY MOTHER´S DAY NAY!

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I know this is an emotional poem but that is what I feel now on Mother´s Day. Please appriciate the time with your mother. You´ll never know when it ends. Happy Mother´s Day to all.

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Happy Easter!



Good morning to all of you Guys who read this blog. We have a beautiful sunny day here where I am in Germany. We still have Easter Saturday which is a working day but some shops are closed. I am free today and so I will be able to enjoy the sunny day outside. What about in your country? Do you have a good weather now? I hope so.


As it is Easter weekend, I am sure that most of you there are busy preparing your Easter family bonding with delicious food to eat. Maybe some of you are just having a vacation in another country to relax from the stressful life especially at work. Maybe some of you just started coloring eggs with your children. I know that it is fun and you will be having a great time with the kids hunting the eggs, maybe at home or in the park of your choice.


Here is a link for you to know how Easter is celebrated in Germany.

http://hubpages.com/holidays/How-The-Germans-Celebrate-Easter-Season


Maybe you are going to have an Easter hunting with your friends or families. Here´s a link where you can hide the Easter egg chocolates and some other goodies.

http://blogjob.com/thelme55/2016/03/19/where-to-hide-easter-eggs-at-home/


Tonight or shall I say, this  Sunday dawn, our German time will be changed to summer time. The 1 hour time that was given to us last late October will be taken from us again. When it´s 3 a.m. dawn, it will be changed to 2 a.m. Changing time is always confusing to me. I hope this winter-summer time changing will be gone in the future. It just don´t give any sense to me. I will always be waking up late anyway. LOL!


Anyway, HAPPY EASTER 2016 to all of you. Take care and be safe always.


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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Hello Spring!




Can you hear it? 
Can you smell it? 

Yes, it´s spring time again.
 I can hear the sounds of the chirping birds all around me. 
I can smell the fresh and clean air near me. 
I am living in a city but I am near to the woods than in the city itself. 

Flowers are coming out of the ground. 
Crocus, tulips,peonies are beginning to blossoms. 
Is it not great to be surrounded by nature? 
Is it not great to be healthy and alive?

Life is beautiful. 
Life is too short to be sad and to worry about everything we can´t control. 
Yes, life is what we make it. 
We have to make the best of it. 

Come, join with me. 
We will discover what beauty we have before us. 
We don´t have to go far away.
 We have it here.
In us
With us
In our hearts.

Spring!
The beginning of everything.
Desire, of the life we want to have.

Come join with me!
We greet the Spring
Happily.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Hello December!



Autumn in Germany

Oh my! It´s been a long time since I was writing in my Bloggers blogs. Time really flies too fast and now it´s December again. What kept me from posting here? Well Guys, I have a lot of things on my "plate". I have started working offline for a part time job and I was also busy writing on my other writing sites in Blogjob. Now I am back. I am updating something. 




Well, what have I done these last few months? Writing, writing and working!!! 


  1. I am a contributor of PILYA BLOG MAGAZINE which are for sale mainly in Germany. I am proud of myself to be a part of this magazine.
  2. My Thai friend asks me to work again in her massage wellness spa as a mini jobber and I accepted the offer.
  3. I made a lot of videos and photos for my writing sites.
  4. I made 2 gingerbread houses for my dutch nephews.
  5. I have made my first fondant roses for my cupcakes.

I am sure I have done a lot of things on and offline but I don´t know what else at this moment. Ah, I have a new writing gadget. It´s Samsung tablet and I find it good though I have not checked all what I can do with it.

Thanks for reading. Merry Christmas to all!!!

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My selfmade Gingerbread houses and cupcakes with fondant roses.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

25th Reunification Day

The Remnants of Berlin Wall, Germany

Today, October 3 is the 25th Reunification Day, Tag der Deutschen Einheit, between the East and the West of Germany. Around 100 thousands of people celebrated the 25th Reunification Anniversary in Frankfurt. 

How fast was the time. I can still remember in the 80´s when a German was shot by a soldier at the eastern side of the Berlin Wall  trying to jump over to the west. How horrible was that for me watching in front of the TV, gobsmocked by the tragic event. 

I can still remember the day when the German people celebrated the opening / fall of the Berlin Wall. When the East and West Germans were jumping up and down, danced on the streets, rejoiced for that wonderful event. People were crying, hugging each other and some were climbing on top of the Berlin Wall, some were scratching  some pieces of the wall and demonstrating the freedom they have on that day on. It was a very weird feelings for me as an outsider living in Germany.

Reunited for 25 years, there´s no more East and West Germans. Freedom for all the Eastern Germans to go when and wherever they want to. No more boundaries except in the mind of other Germans. Plenty of things have changed, for the good and for the bad of the country but it is not for me to complain. Germany is still the best country I have moved to.

A month ago, I went to Berlin and have visited the remnants of the Berlin Wall. It´s not much left but the one that still there is painted with graffiti art. For me, some look good. I think it´s the matter of taste. The short video below was taken by me last Aug. 29, 2015.


                                              Thellys Travel Videos & More
A part of the Berlin Wall, Germany

Thank you very much for reading. Feel free to share to any social media sites you have and to comment on this post. Have a nice week to all. 


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Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Beauty of Autumn



Yes, it´s Autumn again in my adopted country. Autumn in Germany starts on the 21st of September. It does not mean that in that day, it´s automatically cold. The temperature drops down to 10° Celcius in the early morning but sometimes our Autumn weather is what we call "Altweibersommer" and it´s warm up to 22° Celcius. 

This "Altweibersommer" is compared to the Indian summer when the colors of the leaves on the trees are  in yellow, golden and dark royal red shimmering color. The lack of chlorophyll in the leaves due to the lack of sunlight changes their colors into a beautiful foliage of Autumn.  Like the photos above and below which I have taken in our city a few years ago.



This is one of the best Autumn view of the tree. The vibrant color of the red orange leaves still hanging on the tree.
These shrubs in pink were once green in summer. I saw them in green leaves every time I passed this park in going to the city.
This is another beauty of Autumn in golden yellow while the leaves on the ground are wilting in dark brown color, waiting for the wind to blow them away. The trees are preparing for the winter season.


The falling leaves before my eyes were once so green. The day is getting shorter as well as the brightness of the sun. The weather is getting cold everyday. Rain is the constant guest to the misty breeze of the day.


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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Photos of the "Tag der Offenen Tür 2015" in the Bundeskanzler Building

A framed collage hanging on the wall in the hallway of Bundeskanzler building.
It was "Tag der offenen Tür 2015" in Bundeskanzleramt  in Berlin last August 29 and 30. The Bundeskanzleramt / Chancellor building was 2 days open to the public. 2 days when the locals and the tourists were able to see the inside of the building. It was the time and the chance of the Federal Government to represent to the people how the government works and to be in contact with the German citizen especially that this year was the 25th year of German reunification.


The entrance of the Bundeskanzler building.

Before the visitors were allowed to enter the Bundeskanzleramt building, the people had to give their bags to the staffs who were assigned for that in the huge built-in tent outside the Bundeskanzleramt building. People were only allowed to bring a small bag or purse with their cameras, smartphones and their important documents. There was a very strict security control before we were allowed to go inside the Bundeskanzleramt ground. 

                                         The Chancellors Portrait Gallery
                                          Previous Chancellors of Germany


L-R. Chancellors Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Ludwig Erhard and Konrad Adenauer
L-R. Chancellors Helmut Schmidt and Willi Brandt 
L-R. Chancellors Gerhard Schröder  and Helmut Kohl
An abstract painting in the hallway.
The Conference room of  Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Press Section of the hallway.
                                                           Bundespolizei
Bundespolizei / Federal Police helicopter open for the public.
The cockpit of the Bundespolizei helicopter.

The inside of the Bundespolizei helicopter.

                            Gifts From The Statesmen of Different Countries:


U.S. President Ronald Reagan speech card at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987.

A gift from Saudi Arabian Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Chancellor G. Schröder in 2005.

A gift from King Hassan 11 of Marocco to Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in 1965.

A sculpture of Albertus Magnus sculpted by the German artist Gerhard Marcks.
The author with Chancellor Angela Merkels bullet proof car.

My visit to the Bundeskanzler building was an eventful one but sad to say I was not able to meet the Chancellor. I waited for hours until I got hungry and left the building. 

Thank you very much for your visit and I hope you like the plenty of photos I have included in this blog. Please feel free to share this blog to any social media sites you want to. Of course you can comment below. Thank you!


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Monday, 31 August 2015

Berlin Wall Turned Into An Art Wall

Stand alone Graffiti Art of the Berlin Wall. Beautiful!

Have you heard about the Berlin Wall in Germany? I know some of you have and some have not. So I will start with introducing to you the Berlin Wall. 

Berlin Wall or Berliner Mauer was the long wall that divided the East and the West of Germany after the second world war. It was built by the East German Government DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) or GDR (German Democratic Republic) in 1961 until it was opened in 1989 after a massive escape of the East Germans to the West neighbouring countries. 

I don´t want to go on details so please check this Wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Wall if you want to know more of the history behind the Berlin Wall. 

What I want to show in this post are the photos of the Berlin Wall now after plenty of people broke the wall for their freedom. Some parts of the wall were taken down by the tourists as remembrance for their visits. There are souvenir shops selling small rocks of the wall but I wonder if they´re real.

I have seen the Berlin Wall through media in the early 80´s and it was indeed an ugly wall. A wall were plenty of east Germans were executed due to trying to escape from that wall and climbed over to the west part of Germany, in the time when East Germany was still a communist country. There were plenty of ugly and sad stories behind that wall that many  American and British movies were made. 

Below are the photos I have taken. The Berlin Wall is still the center of attractions for the tourists but there is not much left of it. What is left is being used for Graffiti Arts. 


The photo was taken from the eastern side of the Berlin Wall
Taken from the eastern part while waiting for the green light for us to cross to the west side of Berlin.

The Berlin Wall on the western side of Berlin.
Graffiti Art on the west side of Berlin.
The leftover of Berlin Wall, west side photo.
A stand alone Graffiti Art of the Berlin Wall, one of the best for me.


Above is a short video of Berlin Wall in Germany. From my You Tube Channel,
 Thellys Travel Videos & More

Thank you very much for reading. Feel free to share to any social media sites you have and to comment on this post. Have a nice week to all.




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