Sunday, January 27, 2008

Now We Can See Manila Bay

A recent picture of the view of Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard. Gone are the stores and bars along the Baywalk. It's no longer a place for weekend gimiks since Mayor Lim decided to do away with the structures. The result, a clearer view of Manila Bay. Personally I like it better this way - a more quiet and relaxing place for people to go to and enjoy.

Funny stories from our funny uncle

My husband's uncle from Malolos is quite a funny character. It seems that almost every story he tells makes his listeners laugh and snort :) Here are some of them and I'll try to tell them as best I can, though he would do a better job and it would be funnier in tagalog...

When we were almost done with our lunch (a treat from our balikbayan titas, our funny uncle's sisters), the waiters handed us rolled-up moist towels to wipe our hands. Our funny uncle remembered one of their uncles who on one previous occasion saw the towel and said "hati na lang tayo dito. Busog na ako." (let's just share this one. I'm already full.), thinking that the rolled-up towel was a rolled lumpia!

... He also remembered being in the beach in Palawan with a niece and her sons. They had no toothpaste and since it was known that sand cleans teeth, they tried to substitute sand to clean their teeth. What a big mistake! It didn't work and after two days of not brushing his teeth with toothpaste he felt that his gums doubled in size and he continuously had sand between his teeth!

(Reading back these stories in writing, like I said they're not as funny as when you hear it in person. The joke is funnier with the gestures, expressions and in-between insinuations. Let's just use our imagination on this one :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

My Movie Night

Before motherhood, my husband and I used to go to the movies often. Especially when we were still engaged, we both enjoyed going to the movie theatres and watching the latest movies. It's something I've missed. But I've realized that I do not have to miss out on watching movies, especially after reading an article about not centering our lives around our children, which I believe my husband and I have done, but to always center it on God, as we are supposed to.

We went to a video rental store to rent some VCDs. There was a promo on, rent 5 for the price of 4. So the kids chose 3 ("Surf's Up", "Over the Hedge" and a Hello Kitty movie), Jojo chose 1("The Departed") and I chose another. It was a hard choice, but I found one that I actually never heard about and starred one of my favorite actors, Tom Hanks. The movie - "The Terminal" did not disappoint. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Funny and endearing, it made me laugh and cry (though by myself since I watched it at a time when everyone was asleep). Though this was not about a Filipino, I think any person of any nationality can relate to the main character... Loved it! Can't wait for my next movie night!

(FYI: Video rental at Video City is P16/vcd - some overnight, some 2, 3 or 5 day rentals.)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Viva Sto. Nino!

Filipinos are unique in their devotion to the Sto. Nino. The 3rd Sunday of January is the feast day of Sto. Nino, with a grand Sinulog festival held in the province of Cebu. Since we can't be in Cebu, we were fortunate to view not one Sto. Nino but thousands of Sto. Ninos where they are on public exhibit at PNB (Philippine National Bank) main office on Diosdado Macapagal Blvd until January 27.

There were all sorts of Sto. Ninos, made from different materials and dressed in different costumes. Some unique ones dressed in an Ifugao, police and one doing chemistry. Benjo found one to be his favorite - Sto Nino de Activo which had little toy cars at its feet.

Viewing the roomful and corridor full of Sto. Ninos I was awed at the devotion these statues symbolized. I felt a sense of peace while in the outer corridor where some of the statues were displayed.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Back-to-front blooper!

Went to church today with my blouse on backwards (hehe!). I noticed it (and maybe others did too) while I was following the kids from the candle room area. I felt foolish but I guess it wasn't that obvious or else mom or Jojo would have told me. Good thing it was one of those blouses that had the same print on the back as the front, except for a style difference. I quickly asked for the keys to the car so I could put it right-side on. Well, this is one of the consequences of waking up late to get ready for church (or for any place for that matter) and not having time to even look in the mirror.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Feast of the Black Nazarene

We went to Quiapo church on January 8. The feast day was the following day and we wanted to avoid the crowds. Jojo though continued his "panata" which he started in 2003 and dared to be one of the millions (they estimated 2 million in the news) that joined the procession. He snuck away from the kids.

Around 1:30pm we turned on the TV to see the image of the Black Nazarene just coming out of the church. I told Benjo to look for his dad, but he didn't believe that Jojo was there. We brought down the image of the Black Nazarene and the crucifix from the altar as our way of joining in the procession on TV.

Here's my first try at uploading a video using youtube - hope it works...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Piso Buddies

Here's Benjo and Eriz with their "piso bracelets" that Ate Emma made for them for good luck - several peso coins stuck to tape around the wrist. With the new year comes many new resolutions and wishes for a better year. Many feng shui beliefs have also become part of the Filipino culture, from setting up round-shaped fruits at medya noche, to jumping up and down to gain height, to making a lot of noise to scare off evil spirit. Whether you believe in these or not, our wish for all of you is more blessings from On High this coming new year. Happy New Year! Welcome 2008!

Fireworks - the aftermath

I only got to see some of the new year's eve fireworks. My son Benjo was enjoying the fireworks outside the house in Binangonan. Near midnight, our nearly three-year old Joselyn awoke and I picked her up excitedly for her to see the wonderful fountain that was lit in front of the house. I thought she was enjoying it until I realized that she was shaking and frightened from all the noise and chaos. So we spent the rest of the midnight celebration inside the house as I tried to calm her down. I would have wanted to take pictures of the fireworks but only got to take a picture of the aftermath.