Easter Sunday Feast with the Family:
It’s been a while since I last cooked for my family. Ngayong Pasko ng Pagkabuhay, muli ring nabuhay ang pagluluto ko. :)
On the menu:
*Mac and Cheese
*Grilled Chicken with Buttered Poatatoes
*Easter Basket Cupcakes
The video depicts the traditional “Salubong” wherein Mama Mary sees the risen Lord.
Yes, it is Easter. With it comes the good news shared during the Eucharistic celebration:
*God’s love conquers all, even death.
*God’s love transforms….
*It is a new beginning….
The Lord is risen, Alleluia!
Many times we say, “Thank God it’s Friday!” But for today, Good Friday, our gratitude is much deeper for we have received the gift of salvation.
Monday morning, I was in a bus bound for Metro Manila and it passed by a group of men wearing red clothing and carrying crosses. Tonight, I knew that I was back in Kapampangan soil as I heard various female voices break through the silence of the night in observance of the Pabasa. The traditions are alive….
"Patience is a virtue.”
(I had to stand and wait in line for three hours at a bus terminal just to be able to go home for the holidays. The picture here shows just about 1/4 of the volume of people. ^_^)
The Macau-Hong Kong Trip
It’s been said that we shouldn’t let the child in us die as we grow older. So it’s with the heart of a child that I discovered the beauty of Macau and Hong Kong. :)
Macau: I was told before that there is not much to see in this place. But I saw for myself that this is not true. Beautiful buildings/infrastuctures, bright lights, spectacular presentations…these were surely eye candy to tourists, especially the photographers. I am more than happy that this place known as Asia’s Las Vegas was the first foreign land my feet stepped on. Never mind if I lost my jacket trying to capture every place and moment. :p
Hong Kong: Home to almost every child’s dream destinations, Disneyland and Ocean Park, this place will make anyone who is young at heart really enjoy his or her stay. It was fun running all over Disney, rubbing elbows with Mickey Mouse, watching the parade of Disney stars, riding a cable car and train at the Ocean Park, watching people enjoy the rides, and a whole lot more.
I of course couldn’t discount the knowledge I acquired by taking this trip and my immersion in the Chinese culture/lifestyle.
I thank all the people who have shared this wonderful experience with me. And most importantly, I thank God for keeping us safe during the entire trip. He is definitely the God of perfect timing. I could have gone out of the country earlier but it was in this time, His time, that He made these wonderful moments happen.
'Til the next trip! :D
040714: I love you, Mark! :D
Co-hosted another party…Despedida de Sheila.
Farewell and Hello
March is usually a time of farewells and hellos for graduates. But for this particular March, GDS had its own share…. We bid our director MDG goodbye and wished her well in her next endeavor. We also looked forward to the coming of Jaja’s baby boy.
Jaja’s Baby Shower Party: It was fun being one of the hosts in this event. :)
Catch Up Coffee Session With My Compadre
New Neighbor: Google, Google on the Wall ^_^
Another Northern Sojourn
I have just come home from another journey to the northern part of the Philippines. This time, it was an unforgettable experience of Ifugao and Mountain Province.
Highlights of the trip were the awesome view of the Banaue Rice Terraces, the challenging walk around Echo Valley, the breathtaking exploration of Sumaguing Cave, and the rewarding hike to Bomod-ok Falls in Sagada. It was not only a series of physical activities though…my friends and I learned more about history and art in a museum and a pottery house. And what would a trip be without souvenirs and pasalubong? We once again stopped by our dear Strawberry Farm in Benguet to conclude the amazing journey.
Needless to say, we survived! And so, with a glass of rice wine, I say cheers! :D