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Yellow Is My Favorite Color, What's Yours?

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yellow mums

All of us have our own favorite color. Mine is yellow, what’s yours?

Ever since I can remember, the color yellow has always attracted me. Somehow, I feel elated and alive whenever I wear something yellow. There was even a time in my life when half of my clothes were in various shades of yellow. I was not really conscious about this until one day during an acquaintance party, somebody used it as an identifying aid – describing me as the “the cute girl in yellow”.  There were others wearing yellow during that party but somehow everyone just knew that I was “the cute girl in yellow”.  Ha ha ha.... Can you guess why?

yellow gold sun

yellow gold sun

The Meaning of Yellow

Before I learned what the color yellow means, I already had so many favorite yellow things like sunshine and golden roses; mangoes, bananas and corn; yellow ribbons and canaries. Somehow I just seem to gravitate towards yellow things.

Then in my readings, I encountered those questions that ask what your favourite color is and you will be told what that means. So I learned that yellow symbolizes enlightenment, creativity, happiness, intellect, eloquence and the power of persuasion. It also means wisdom, joy, optimism, energy, movement, travel and the promise of a positive future.

Wow, I like that! Wouldn’t you? No wonder I’m attracted to yellow!

Unfortunately, yellow is also associated with cowardice. However this is no longer true here in the Philippines. Why?  Because yellow is now the new symbol of bravery. I will talk about this though in the later part of this hub. At this point, let me tell you about some other aspects or ideas about the color yellow.

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The Color Yellow and Health

In health and healing, it is advisable to use yellow if you want to promote clarity of thought. Yellow also energizes people and relieves depression. This is probably the reason why hospital walls usually have yellow paint.

Those who are into chakra healing and understanding know that the color yellow is associated with the solar plexus chakra. This chakra (which is found between your navel and sternum or approximately your gut), deals with identity or self esteem. So wearing yellow will not only develop your self esteem but also your “gut feel”.

Yellow is definitely a perky color. It is associated with the healing qualities of the sun. So it gives energy, warmth, optimism, happiness and light. Now I understand why I feel lighter every time I wear something yellow.

So if you want any of the following:

  •  sharper memory, clarity of thought, concentration skills, alertness;
  •  relief from “burnout” and exhaustion;
  • developed self esteem and “gut feel”; and
  • protection against lethargy and depression, then the color yellow is what you need. Use it on various things around you like your wall or a vase of yellow flowers.

People who suffer from SAD or “seasonal affective disorder” or “winter blues” may get an extra lift if they wear something yellow or surround themselves with bright, yellow things.

If however you are suffering from palpitations and nervousness, then the energetic effect of yellow is not the answer. Rather you will need the calming effects of blue and green.

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The Color Yellow and Products/Advertisement

Yellow is considered a children’s color because it brings happiness or joy and anticipation.  It has a relaxing and yet warming effect just like sunshine.

So yellow is considered as a good choice to advertise children’s products or to attract people to your place. Just think of McDonald’s and its big yellow arch or Jollibee and the big bee. Yellow is not a good color however if you are advertising a product that is meant to represent stability and seriousness.

It is known that people who are blind to other colors can see yellow. Thus this color (in combination with black) is used to paint those road signs and road barriers so we see them readily.

Yellow also signifies clarity of message. Think of your yellow pad and yellow pencils. Then there is “yellow pages” in your telephone directory and the yellow color of taxis and buses.

However, yellow is not a good color when it refers to journalism because “yellow journalism” is synonymous with sensationalism in journalistic reportage.

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Yellow Flowers and their Meaning

In general, yellow flowers mean happiness and friendship. However, during the Victorian era, yellow roses signified jealousy. This has now changed of course to its present meaning of friendship, companionship, joy, and freedom in life.

Yellow tulips also symbolize hopeless or unrequited love while marigolds can mean jealousy, grief and cruelty. So you have to be careful what kind of flowers you are sending to your love ones.


The Hyponyms of Yellow

The following are some words that also mean yellow

· amber (a deep yellow color)

· canary or canary yellow (a moderate yellow with a greenish tinge)

· gamboge (a strong yellow color)

· gold (another deep yellow color)

· greenish yellow (a shade of yellow tinged with green)

· lemon or lemon yellow (dark yellow)

· maize (another dark yellow color)

· orange yellow (a shade of yellow tinged with orange)

· pale yellow or straw (a yellow tint; yellow diluted with white)

· saffron (yellow tinged with orange)

By the way, when you make yellow or any other color lighter by adding white, you call it a tint. Adding black or darkening a color makes it a shade.

The Meaning of Colors

The Color Yellow around the World

The color yellow represents the element of Air in Greek history and philosophy. It symbolizes the sun, grain, and the power of thought.

In Chinese history and culture, yellow is associated with royalty and respect. It is the color of emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.  Saffron robes on the other hand are synonymous with Buddhist monks.

Yellow is the color for mourning in Egypt while to merchants of India, yellow is the symbol for peace.

In Polynesia, yellow is also a color of royalty and divinity. And to the Zuni, yellow symbolizes the North. In Aztec culture on the other hand, yellow means food because it is the color of corn, their primary food.

While yellow has many positive meanings like, happiness, intellect, energy, and clarity of thought, it also has a negative connotation meaning sickness (as in jaundice) and cowardice. In Japan however, yellow represents courage, and so too in the Philippines.

Yellow Means Bravery in the Philippines

The new meaning of yellow emerged when former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, was assassinated as he came home to the Philippines last August 21, 1983. We waited for his arrival by tying yellow ribbons on trees (inspired by Tony Orlando’s song, Tie a Yellow Ribbon).

The color yellow later became the symbol of Cory Aquino’s (our former president and wife of Ninoy Aquino) bravery and the first People Power Revolution, a bloodless revolution. Cory’s followers and supporters wore the yellow color and are called the Yellow Army.

Since then, the color yellow has symbolized bravery and a bloodless revolution. Now another yellow army is emerging as people wear yellow ribbons and demonstrate their love for Cory and her legacy. At the same time, the color yellow symbolizes Noynoy Aquino's (Ninoy's and Cory’s son) quest to continue the “revolution” started by his mother.

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My Favorite Color is Yellow, What’s Yours?


jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on April 17, 2013:

Hello diamonddust,

Hahaha! I suppose that is true! And it's also true for overdose of practically anything. Right?

I'm happy to find another yellow lover even if yellow is just next to white for you!

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment!

God bless!

PLUTO from ALBUQUERQUE, NM, USA on April 17, 2013:

overdosing on yellow can make one go crazy and lose touch with reality. lemon yellow is my favorite though, next to white


jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on February 28, 2013:

Hello Elsa,

Thanks so much for dropping by and telling us about this tint of yellow. I really appreciate it! Do you have a site for your paintings? I'd love to see them.

God bless!

Elsa on February 19, 2013:

There is also Naples yellow, i love this tint of yellow which i think has ochre and maybe some red, i use it in painting all the time

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on May 08, 2012:

Hello LadyFiddler,

It's great to know that you are another yellow lover!!! Now I have somebody to share all things yellow with!

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving an inspiring comment!!!

God bless!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on May 08, 2012:

I always loved yellow since i was young i say its my favorite colour but i don't have much yellow things, green out weighs it. I'd get me some yellow clothes soon. Still my fav though

Thanks for sharing I'd tie my ribbon around the oak tree ;)

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on March 02, 2012:

Hello Agaglia,

I'm so happy to meet another yellow lover! Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing your story.

I don't think your your father in law is wrong at all. I actually believe that in this case, the meaning of color as well as of anything really depends on the giver and the receiver. If they know and understand that that is what the color means to them, then that's it!

Thanks very much!

God bless!

Annette Gagliardi from Minneapolis on March 02, 2012:

I always thought yellow roses signify friendship. My father in law always gave his wife a dozen red roses for love and one yellow on for friendship. Was he wrong? Sweet but ...

anyway, thanks for an informative article. Yellow is my favorite color, too.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on November 20, 2011:

Hello Enlydia,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving an interesting comment.

Hahaha, you didn't like school? Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed school except that there are certain subjects that I did not care about!!!

Many people really like green but you're the first one who mentioned dusty rose as a favorite.

Thanks again!

God bless!

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on November 20, 2011:

Thanks for bringing to my attention the color "yellow"...I think I didn't care for this color as a child, because it reminded me the school bus, and that meant school.

I love green and dusty rose.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on May 17, 2011:

Hello Justin,

That's great! Nice to meet another yellow lover!

Thanks for dropping by!

justinbryan from India on May 17, 2011:

I love yellow too!!!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on April 27, 2011:

Hi Vishaaa,

Thank you very much for your vote up. Thanks too for visiting my blogs. I have not updated them regularly though.

God bless!

Vishaaa from Somewhere on this earth.. on April 25, 2011:

Voted up. I visited your blogs as well.neatly done. Great work.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 21, 2011:

Hello Manny,

Thanks very much for your wonderful comment!

I have a hub on green if you are interested.

Oh, that's great, I will check out your hub. I'm happy that you are also into photography.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!

mannyrolando on January 20, 2011:

This is one my favorite hubs! I enjoyed reading it, I felt so calm while I was reading and instantly fell in love with your style and tone... I look forward to reading more of your hubs. My last two hubs of photographs both start out with yellow flowers... interesting that I choose yellow both times! My favorite color has always been green, but I also love blue!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 17, 2011:

Hello ChiliWilly,

Thanks very much for your upbeat comment!

Hope to see you again!

God bless!

ChilliWilly from Kaunas, Lithuania on January 17, 2011:

Hey, very interesting hub. I agree with you that yellow is really very beautiful color. :)

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on November 11, 2010:

Hi Scribenet,

Nice to see you again.

I'm happy to find another yellow lover! Like you I also love the uplifting effect of yellow.

Thanks for your visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on November 10, 2010:

Well, tonight I am wearing a pale yellow sweater; I love the uplifting character of a pleasant yellow and my childhood favorite which I still gravitate to is a deep rich teal color

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on July 27, 2010:

Hi Samane,

I'm happy that you are able to use the info here.

God bless!

samane on July 27, 2010:

thanks a lot. i used it in my research

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on July 15, 2010:

That's great ki_no! Check out my hub on green then.

Thanks for the visit and comment!

God bless!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on July 14, 2010:

Hello 4mystickitty,

Thank you very much for your visit and wonderful comment. Isn't it that you have to use a special type of camera to take a photo of your aura? Is there any other way to find what is the color of your aura?

Thanks again!

4mystickitty on July 14, 2010:

Purple is the color of mystic devine energy, you can see it when you take a photo of your aura and see if you have this energy within you.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on June 28, 2010:

Hello skye,

It's great to see you!

Wow, your comment is just perfect to start my day on a high note. I know I have not yet done something special for blue. I'll do it one of these days. Meanwhile, check out my other color hubs - the one on rainbows and the one on sunsets. Blue is partially covered there.

Yes, yellow is lifting but your kind words are even more lifting!

Hugs to you too!

God bless!

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on June 28, 2010:

jill of all trades I so love your writing. This is a beautiful hub. The color lady. You are awesome. What do we know about blue? Thank you for Blessing me with your awesome pictures and words. I love it. Yes, yellow is lifting, I am lifted. Hug to you sister.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on June 17, 2010:

Hello seva8,

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment. Blue is the favorite of many. One of these days, I'll do something specific on blue.

See you around!

All the best!

Seva8 from Australia on June 17, 2010:

Hi,I loved what I read,my favorite colour is blue.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on June 17, 2010:

Hello yaritza,

Thank you very much!

yaritza from San Antonio, Texas on June 16, 2010:

Wow...I loved your article.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on June 06, 2010:

Hello Tom,

Thank you very much too!

Tom Lee on June 06, 2010:

Thank you. I love it.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on June 02, 2010:

Hello Betty,

There are many "blue people" around here, so you belong to the majority. Blue is cool!

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!

Betty Reid from Texas on June 01, 2010:

Cool topic for a hub. I think blue is my favorite.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on May 30, 2010:

Hi Al,

It's great to see you again! I'm glad that you are back!

Thank very much for your kind words. They make me happy.

Oh, so you are another "blue person". I thought you would be purple because of your name "Mystique". Well, blue is cool! And you are cool!

Thanks again for dropping by. See you around kaibigan!

God bless!

Mystique1957 from Caracas-Venezuela on May 30, 2010:

Hello, my dear kaibigan Jill...

Interesting hub, beautiful and informative! Rated up and beautiful. Love your photography work! It is beautiful indeed! My favorite color has always been blue, but I love colors. Just as Brother Tony said!

Warmest regards and infinite heavenly blessings,


jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on May 28, 2010:

Hi wavegirl - you always say the nicest things, that's why your visits never fail to make me happy.

If you like pink, check out my hub - roses are red...

Like you, I can't also understand why you can't wear pink if your eyes are blue. Oh well, my philosophy is - just go with the color that makes you feel great!

Thanks again for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

See you around!

God bless!

Shari from New York, NY on May 28, 2010:

jill . as always stopping by one of your Hubs always brings sunshine. . and here your words are as bright as ever;) Personally, I love pink. . so anything under the red umbrella works for me! Not sure if I love pink because when I was a little girl my mother never let me wear pink . it had to be "light blue" which she claimed went with my eyes. . my thoughts were so if my eyes are blue why cant I wear pink . I already have the blue going on!!!

Thumbs up .. positively awesome as always:)

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on April 30, 2010:

Hi Varenya - I'm happy that you found this hub even if by chance. Happy too that you enjoyed it.

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. I really appreciate it.

Check out my red color hub - roses are red....

All the best!

Varenya on April 30, 2010:

Wow, Jill, I found your hub casually, and it was a good chance! Very infomative and very interesting!!! favourite color is deep red, but also the yellow saffron!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on April 30, 2010:

Hello sspensley - you are most welcome! My pleasure really.

You are the first orange visitor here. Most are blue, green and violet lovers.

I can see that you also have a sunny personality because of your love for orange and yellow. That's great!

Thank you very much. You are very nice.

God bless!

sspensley from Ogilvie, MN on April 30, 2010:

Thank you for this hub; very thorough and informative. I'm an Orange girl, although yellow comes in a very close second. Congrats on your success.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on April 29, 2010:

Hi compu-smart - Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

Yes, you are right, they really miss one aspect of the beauty of God's creations. Aren't we lucky?

Tony Sky from London UK on April 29, 2010:

Great article!!!

Im now thinking of all the blind people who miss out!.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on February 08, 2010:

Hi Lizzy,

Thanks for the visit and comment. I'm planning to write more color hubs so it will be the turn of blue/green/red soon.

See you again!

LizzyBoo from Czech Republic on February 08, 2010:

My favorite colour is red, yelow and blue.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on February 08, 2010:

Hello genrp - Thanks for the visit and comment.

Well, it's true, some people do change their likes and dislikes. Hmmm...a black and white wedding motif? That will be interesting. I know somebody who used red as her wedding motif, and that's including her wedding dress!

Genie Rose Palabay-De Guzman from North Hollywood, CA, USA on February 08, 2010:

I used to love yellow..dunno when and why I started likin blue, black and white..sound like boring colors though but those are my favorites..and if I were to get married I want the theme Black and White ^_^

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on February 03, 2010:

Hi Cris - It's nice to see you here! Blue seems to be the favorite of most people here. Well, actually, blue is the favorite of most people according to a survey. I'm planning to write something on the other colors soon.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on February 02, 2010:

I like yellow as it is a very happy color. But my favorite is blue. And yellow and blue make green - not that it is of any relevance to this hub! haha Thanks for sharing :D

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 25, 2010:

Hi tim-tim,

That's great! Hi five! Thanks for the uplifting comment!

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on January 25, 2010:

Mine is yellow too! Hi five! I think yellow means uplifting, positive, happy, creative, etc. Yellow is a symbol of wealth. Chinese people can tell you that yellow mean gold! Great happy hub! Thanks, jill of alltrades.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 19, 2010:

I totally agree TattoGuy! And I love mystery! Thanks for coming back.

TattoGuy on January 19, 2010:

I am deff a man of mystery ; )

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 19, 2010:

I don't understand what happened there. Why didn't my avatar appear in my answer to your comment?

on January 19, 2010:

Hello tonymac,

Thanks for dropping by. Well, indeed there are some people who like you, do not have any favorite color. That's ok. At least you love colors.

Oh, I didn't know that yellow is the color of madness. Oh well, as you said, "a little madness can be a very good thing." Ha ha ha. Now my little secret is out! Oh no!!!

Thanks again Tonymac. See you around again.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 19, 2010:

I'm not sure I have a fvourite colour - I just love colours anyway! I read once, many years ago, that yellow was the colour of madness, I have no idea why! Anyway a little madness can be a very good thing!

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace


jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 18, 2010:

Thanks for the visit Antonrosa! You are the first one here to have silver as favorite. I'm happy that you also love yellow roses!

antonrosa from USA on January 18, 2010:

I like Silver. I also love Yellow Roses. They smell the best!

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 17, 2010:

James - why am I not surprised that purple is your favorite color? It usually represents power, nobility, luxury and ambition. It is also associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. Do I still say, go figure?

Thanks for the visit and comment my friend.

TattoGuy - great to hear from you my friend. Please read what I wrote to James above. Well, I'm also not surprised that purple is your favorite color especially since you are one guy with the many personalities.

TattoGuy on January 17, 2010:

Enjoyed that, like the good gentleman above me my fav colour is purple !

James A Watkins from Chicago on January 17, 2010:

My favorite color is purple but I still enjoyed your article on Yellow very much. Thank you for the illumination.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 14, 2010:

Hello The Rope,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment!

I think what you said is true, that - "everything looks incredible in the right setting". Sometimes it just takes a slight change of perspective.

I wonder which comes first, the change in color or the change in mood? Oh well,whatever way, that is still interesting.

Thanks again.

Hi katyzzz,

It's nice of you to drop by. Yes, that will be interesting - computer art based on yellow. Tell me once you have done it. That will be great!

Wow, you are definitely HOT in your favorite color!

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on January 14, 2010:

I shall have to do a series of Computer Art based on yellow, I think that would be enlightening ( pardon the pun) and self satisfying and maybe significant and meaningful to others and their emotions.

Red is my HOT favourite, but I do love yellow, Jill.

The Rope from SE US on January 14, 2010:

What a very "sunny" article! Thanks for such an in-depth look into an unusual topic.

As silly as it sounds, I've always had a hard time pinpointing my favorite color, it changes with my mood or my life stage. I once worked in an import store where we often laughed and said "everything looks incredible in the right setting". It's so true of colors as well. Thanks for sharing yours...

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 13, 2010:

Hello anglnwu,

Thank you very much! I am happy that you like it. You are probably right - that "our personality dictates what colors we like".

Another hub on other color choices? That's a good idea. I'm definitely thinking about it.

Thanks very much again for being so nice.

Hi Lady Libris,

It's so nice to see you! Thank you for visiting.

Your color choices do give you a "Goth bent." Intriguing and mysterious. Very interesting that your son leans towards it too.

Hello Tony,

I always look forward to your visit. You always make me feel good with your inspiring words.

Thanks my friend!

Purple suits you!

tony0724 from san diego calif on January 12, 2010:

Jill I have learned more about the color yellow then I ever thought possible. Nicely done , you never fail to educate me ! I like Purple for some reason , I just think it is a very regal color.

Lady Libris from Independence MO on January 12, 2010:

Great hub, Jill...again!

I think anginwu brings up an intersting point when suggeted "our personality dictates what color we like"

I don't have one favorite, although purple is probably the closest. I love dark, rich, colors, Burgany, Sapphire, Forest Green, Teal, Purple and Black. My closet contains mostly black with a smattering of the other colors. I've been told I have a little "Goth bent" to me personality wise. I've noticed my oldest son (now 22) favors black as well.

anglnwu on January 12, 2010:

Lovely hub. Yellow is definitely an uplifting color and it also reminds me of optimism and positive thinking. It suits you perfectly. Perhaps our personality dictates what color we like. I'm definitely one for subtler colors like white and blue and even green. Maybe, a hub on other color choices?

Again, another interesting and delightful read. Thanks.

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 12, 2010:

Hi Paul,

It's nice of you to drop by again! Thank you! Well, blue and green are the favorites of many. Actually blue and green are my favorite combination when it comes to painting.

You are right, green=blue+yellow in pigment but in terms of light, yellow=green+red, so we still connect. Thanks Paul!

paul_gibsons from Gibsons, BC, Canada on January 12, 2010:

Sorry Jill, yup I forgot.. or maybe avoided it. Difficult choice, my favourites would be blue and green, especially the myriad of shades of green in the early and late spring.. and as green=blue+yellow and the shade of green depends on the amount of yellow I guess we connect after all...

jill of alltrades (author) from Philippines on January 12, 2010:

Hello regality,

You are the first to visit! Thank you! Blue is the favorite color of many.


I'm happy to see you here. Thank you for visiting and for leaving an inspiring comment.


Thank you for this additional information. I did not know that. It's great to see you again! You did not tell us what your favorite color is though.

Hello Coffeesnob,

That's great! Green is a cooling color and signifies freshness. Thank you for the visit my friend!


Many thanks for your heart-warming words! I really appreciate them. Thank you for dropping by.

Green Lotus,

Of course, what else but...! Yes, colors bring out certain emotions so we must learn to use their positive effects.

Thank you for your beautiful words. They warm my heart.

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on January 12, 2010:

Lovely hub, Jill and so informative. I really believe in the power of color and we use it in our design business to bring out all the positive aspects you mentioned. As usual your photographs are a stunning compliment to your wonderful copy. Oh my favorite color is green, if you haven't guessed!

blue dog on January 12, 2010:

hi jill,

great hub, well researched. that's a stunning yellow rose image.


coffeesnob on January 12, 2010:

mine is green and in my little wordless book that I use to share the Gospel with kids it means grow.

paul_gibsons from Gibsons, BC, Canada on January 12, 2010:

yellow in england and holland is the colour of... hate! The pigment for yellow used to be cadmium as it is very light-fast but as this is a fairly toxic metal it slowly became banned in many if not all eurpean countries. The first country to ban it was sweden which apparently caused a rather unforeseen problem (at the time) with the swedish flag making industry.. :)

mimi on January 12, 2010:

As usual.....very nicely done,well presented and very informative.Great article!

regality from Iloilo City, Philippines on January 12, 2010:

hmm, interesting. mine is blue ;)

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