Sunday, February 17, 2008

Our Lady of Lourdes

Last February 11 was the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our parish is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and it was an eventful day in honor of Mama Mary. This church holds a special part in our lives. It is where my mom and dad were married back in January 26, 1969. It is where my brother and I were baptized; where my husband Jojo and I were married and where Benjo and Joselyn were baptized.

We went to mass at 8am where people lined up to touch the image of Our Lady. At 5pm Benjo and I joined the procession. We'll wait 'til Joselyn is older for her to join the processions (when she doesn't ask to be carried any more :). It was our 2nd procession, the first time was last Dec. 8 for the Immaculate Conception. This procession though was a much bigger event and the route was much longer. Even if Benjo wanted to go home, it would've been difficult to get a tricycle of jeepney. We started near the back of the procession but Benjo wanted to get nearer to Mama Mary. We finally caught up with her when the procession stopped at an intersection. It was a long and tiring walk and we left the procession when we reached our street and didn't finish the procession. I didn't grow up joining processions but the past experiences have enriched my faith and my devotion.

Street Drilling... Again!!!

Ginagawa ulit ang kalye namin. As I write, the noise of the drill on cement fills our ears. But didn't they just finish fixing our street a couple of years ago? Yes! And in my cousin's street, just walking distance from here, it has been less than 8 months since they finished the street and pavement. Why??? Babaguhin daw ulit ang water pipes! Imagine the waste - of time, material and manpower. What a wasteful country we live in. No planning...inefficiency... or just stupidity! And to think that we are a third world country where millions still live below the poverty line. This isn't a first and we've heard this complaint before. We've seen this wastefulness before.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kangkong-an sa Pasig River

We go by the Julio Vargas bridge going over the Pasig River often and this sight isn't new to us. The old, run-down dwellings along the river and the kangkong plantation on the river itself. Here you can see those farming the kangkong vegetable. You can imagine that this part of the river is very fertile with the help of the dwellers throwing their waste in the river.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Now You See... Now No See-Saws

There are 8 sets of see-saws in this park in Binangonan, Rizal. My children would like to ride on one, but there is not even one that they can ride on. It seems that each time we went to the park, one or more see-saws "broke" off. Someone saw some other use for the heavy metals. It's most likely in some junk shop somewhere or has already been recycled and molded into some other object.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hot-Air Balloon Festival

Today we woke up early to go to the hot-air balloon festival at Clark Airfield in Pampanga. You can see more pictures of this in our flickr page and a more complete story in our pinoyhomeschool blog. It's been something that I've wanted to see for the past years and we finally pushed through on it this year. We saw more than the hot-air balloons and it turned out to be a great outing for our whole family.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Early Summer Weather

I leaned against the south wall of our room upstairs and it felt hot. It's nearly 5:30pm but the cement wall still stored the heat from the day's scorching sun. That explains why the room is warm even if the air-conditioner is on full power. It's only the start of February but it already feels like "summer" or what we call summer here in the Philippines - usually the months near the end of February 'til around May.

So when my friends in Seattle are experiencing one of the coldest seasons of the year, we here are sweating and feeling sticky from the humidity and heat. Not sure which I would prefer. At least we don't have to wear layers of clothing here. In the shade it's not that bad as long as it's windy or you have a handy fan with you. Wonder why so many people flock the malls during hot days? Not everyone goes there to shop but to just cool off with the free air-conditioning.