"The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods." ~ Elbert Hubbard
It's been somewhat a long week for me here in the Big Chili. But I'm glad that toward Thursday things got a bit hyped up and suddenly it's Friday; time to conclude the week by recalling what's great in it:

Coffee table books, a vintage flower vase and a Guess purse among the rest of the many bags, some still on the floor. Not exactly a spree but I did shop and it was fun.

Recent movies. There was The Lunchbox, Noah, Transcendence, The Amazing Spider Man 2, all entertaining and all gave me some time off too much stress at work. I appreciate being reminded of what forgiveness is like from the Railway Man - for both Eric Lomax and Takashi Nagase.

This is Kanchanaburi where much of the story took place and some scenes in the film were shot.


Leave approved without much ado. I am Vietnam-bound in eleven days.

Surviving a day of complete communication breakdown. Wrong event, wrong venue, wrong assignment. Last time I checked I was an English major. But Thursday I was talking finances in front of university deans. Then just as I thought I could finally go home I was called back to judge seven stage productions. Late that afternoon the real fun began. I found myself laughing so hard at what unfolded on stage it was like getting rid of five years' worth of toxic off the lungs.

Something new (to me) on the luncheon table. A colleague says it's Vietnamese. Chunks of sausage, sour mango, garlic, raw banana and sweet white bean sauce wrapped in paper noodle. It will be nice to try it again in Hanoi.


  1. What a beautiful photo! I don't know the Railway Man. Is this a TV series?

  2. I haven't seen the movie yet. The curving bridge looks scary.

  3. Forgiveness is hard but it feels like taking a lungful of fresh air once you get there.

  4. Wow what a beautiful photo and the words is awesome! Yes forgiveness is hard but if we know how to forgive it is liberating.

  5. Here's to healing ourselves through forgiveness.
    Lovely pics.
    Happy Thursday !

  6. Gorgeous flowers and great photos ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Oh my --- looks pretty rickety now. I saw the film a week or so ago and thought it was a magnificent story about the destructive power of anger and the freedom that comes with forgiveness.

  8. That hanging bridge is scary, i cannot attempt to try it. Your post reminded me of Chantaburi because it also has a bridge and a movie, The Bridge of the River Kwai. When i saw and passed it, i was also elated, just like how you feel.

  9. Beautiful flowers! Do enjoy your trip. I know what you mean about watching something on stage or screen -- it's often therapeutic for me. Have a great week ahead.

  10. Whew, that bridge would creep me out! You have seen a lot of movies!

  11. I hope you are able to get out on your trip. I just read that Thailand is under martial law right now. Please take care and be safe.
    Lovely flowers!

  12. sounds like a great week!
    oooh, lapit na Vietnam trip! couple or so of days nalang!
    so excited for you! :)

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Hazel
    enjoy your trip!


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