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31
Mar
08

I’LL STOP THE WORLD & MELT WITH YOU…

I love these european photos ! I see them even in my "rapid eye movement"

taken without permission from authors in FLICKR.

(hey, they’re uploaded publicly anyway)

one day… definitely one day…  i’ll enjoy these places with my family. (SIGH…)

It’s a visual feast… FOR NOW… at least for me…

gondolas of venice, italy… isn’t it romantic ?

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                              venetian carnival masks… this time, their poetic…

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                    plaza san marco, italy                             eiffel tower, paris, france

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                                               colloseum, rome, italy

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25
Mar
08

PAALAM…

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The last time I am with her was March 21st Good Friday. We watched the procession of santos in Marikina (as I previously blogged here). She even joined us in a dinner-merienda at Mcdonald’s.

             sampaguita    And now she’s gone…

My Lola Idang, my maternal grandmother left us at the age of 76. She joined our Creator last Monday, March 24th at 1:15 AM.

We noticed her body gradually became weak few months ago. She kept on complaining about muscle & joint aches and tingling sensation medically called paresthesia. Simple things such as going up to her room became too difficult for her. She also became anorexic. My mom provided her with adequate medication prescribed by our family’s internist from St. Luke’s Medical Center. But my Lola later refused to take them. She also refused to be brought to hospital for admission.

But there were intervals that she can do the same household chores that she used to do though my mom and my brothers would remind her to leave everything to the househelp.  But she would insist, as always.

Her condition was brought about by her Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus type II.

I never thought that the very 1st death certificate that I will sign would be hers.

Thank you Mama, (that is how we call our Lola Idang) for raising us all your apos.
Thank you for the memories. Rest now, Lola, in God’s embrace…

WE WILL SURELY MISS YOU.   

21
Mar
08

SEMANA SANTA

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us            It has been a tradition of our family to watch the procession of images of santos depicting the life and passion of CHRIST every Holy Week at Marikina. Since my elementary days in a Catholic school, I grew up with this event that helped me understand my belief. This is what I am sharing now to my son Gabby and to the readers & visitors of this blog. 

These santoses are being handed down from generations to generations of family owners. The processions of santos every Holy Week in any parishes here in the country are scheduled every Holy Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Below are some pictures of this procession worthy of blogging .  God bless !

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17
Mar
08

WHEN THE OCEAN WAS BROUGHT TO MANILA BAY

Last Saturday, I, my wife and our son Gabby went to Manila Ocean Park’s Oceanarium.  It’s the latest attraction at the back of Luneta grandstand. Tickets sold at P400 for adults, P350 for kids.  It’s by-word is A DEEPER EXPERIENCE…

Did it live up to our expectations ?  Read on…

I have been to San Diego California’s SEA WORLD where I saw SHAMU, the whaleshark, lots of sealions, aquariums of fishes, manatees, dolphins, sting rays, even flock of colorful birds in a bird show.  I have been to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park where similar attractions can be found and a cable car ride to boost.  Then back in 2005, my family went to Auckland, New Zealand for a 7-week-vacation where we saw Kelly Tarlton’s Ocean Adventure. There we saw real-life-PENGUINS !!! The amazing thing about Kelly Tarlton’s though it is on a smaller-scale area compared to the other sea-adventure parks that we’ve been to was it’s located underground or under-the-sea… Our experiences of going to sea-theme-parks abroad were worth it.  Memorable and splendid.

I became a bit excited (for my kid and being a kid-at-heart) when I heard the news about the opening of Oceanarium here and it was heightened when I first saw its banners posted in main streets of Manila .  The idea of bringing the sea-life to public awareness is truly informative and educational.  The fact of setting a theme park similar to those abroad may lessen the expenses of traveling and rather make it more affordable to many.   

What really disappointed us was the very poor presentation of everything; to think that it is (and it should be) one of the newest tourist attraction in Manila. Some Filipinos (especially GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS; read : FIND OUT WHOSE FACE IS ON A GIANT BANNER FRONTING OCEANARIUM… LOL) are really good at boasting "HALF-BAKED goodies."  The Manila Ocean Park is of one these.  In my 2-cent-worth of opinion, it should not be open until it’s completely DONE… There should be no tickets being sold until it’s construction is finished. The long queues to buying tickets to the Oceanarium and gaining entry were unbearable. Airconditioning was not that enough to enjoy the cold-blooded sea creatures.  The staffs could have been more considerate to children who are mostly their patrons. Cleanliness is needed.  There were no tissue papers at toilets unlike theme parks abroad where KLEENEX are abundant.  There was no crowd control.  Construction is still to be completed in most parts of the park from its entrance to its last attraction. 

Was it a DEEPER EXPERIENCE ?  I guess it’s better to enjoy a fried TUYO on a plate at home rather than to remember that I paid P1,150 for our 3 tickets. 

   The Manila Ocean Park’s Oceanarium should have IMPROVEMENT, for children’s sake.

Anyways, what else can we do that time but to smile (as if we enjoyed) for the camera…

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