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A New Beginning

Posted on April 6, 2015

When I was coming of age, I spent most of my days with siblings and close friends. We were very much engaged in our parish youth activities.  I grew up surrounded by people with solid belief and a family whose faith is anchored in Christ. The priest in our parish was instrumental in honing us with the foundation of Church’s teaching. One of the most important lessons I learned is to remember that Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.  I always thought it was Christmas with all the festivities around both the faithful and secular world. Nevertheless, the given explanation to youngsters with simple minds was easy to comprehend; Christmas is when we celebrate the humanity of our savior, and on Easter, we celebrate…

Tinker, Tinker, Little Stars

Posted on January 5, 2015

We had an opportunity to take our daughters with their younger cousins to visit Exploratorium in San Francisco during the holiday break. As usual in a place like this, children and the young minds are the stars of the museum. This museum is full of interactive exhibits that will absolutely piqué one’s mind. It’s hard to just stare and observe without exploring them with your own hands (hence the name “Exploratorium”). I found out that the founder of this institution was Frank Oppenheimer. His last name definitely rings a bell. I’m talking about the Manhattan Project in the mid-40s during the 2nd world war era. He was the younger brother of Robert Oppenheimer, the father of Atomic Bomb. I’m sure you are all familiar with the…

A New Year of Blogging

Posted on January 10, 2014

“I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart” – Anne Frank Before I begin another year of blogging, happy 2014 to all my readers! My calendar is already filled with activities for the next two months although no blogging schedule is included. For some reason, the impulse to write in my blog just comes out randomly; yet sadly, the constraint in time is obviously crushing. I’m thinking of sharing the activities that occupied me in the last two weeks of holiday period. I want to re-experience those moments by writing them…yes, those exhausting, frustrating, and overwhelming moments! It was exhausting because in spite of the holiday spirit, I…

Adventures in the Universal Studios (Hollywood)

Posted on December 4, 2013

….Continuation of our Thanksgiving holiday escapade. It was around 5 AM on the morning of Friday after Thanksgiving when my body clock awoke me. I knew it was “Black Friday,” one of the most important dates to shop in prep for holiday gift giving here in US but I didn’t even bother to look for online deals. I checked on the girls in the next room and they were still asleep. I rested an hour more and the four of us were at the breakfast buffet of the hotel by 7AM. Hubby and I had omelets while the kids picked their choices. After our fill, we went back to our suite and started to get ready for our adventure. There was a 30% chance…

Making Memories on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on December 2, 2013

  This year’s Thanksgiving Holiday was different from our traditional dinner celebration. The past summer was too demanding, so we never had a chance to go on a vacation due to some priorities that we needed to accomplish. Even though my enthusiasm changed after the Typhoon Haiyan, hubby and I have previously planned our TG holiday at the Universal Studios in Hollywood. We already bought the tickets to surprise the kids and prior arrangements have been made so it’s not wise to cancel, we finally traveled this weekend.  We left home in the early morning of Thanksgiving Day with the hope of reaching the South by noon. We prepared for our trip so to speak…To SoCal we go! …When our girls were little, we would enjoy their amazement during…

Finally, a Break from Monotony…Memorial Day holiday

Posted on May 29, 2012

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Holidays make our sanity intact. Legally speaking, this is the time when we get to spend some quality time with the most important people in our life without having to worry about skipping from work. On the other hand, no one can take away that choice anyway, but it’s always nice to have an extra paid time off. In between stress and hustle-bustle of life, we sometimes cannot recognize which one has taken control of ourselves, thank God for holidays and we are able to stop and put on the brakes of this rapid accelerator of life. Whatever it is that drives us nuts, it depends on the kind of world we live in.

Living in the fullness of life is what makes our life worth living. It is not about the hardship; this is what gives us endurance. It is not about poverty; poverty makes us human. It is not all about money; money is just a tool for making things easier. It’s not about just getting rich; nobody cares about those who are in the millionaire’s list. It’s not all about our job titles; our job is to make a difference in the lives of others. These thoughts will occur if we have a time to reflect and contemplate. Turning off the “noise button” of life will help us understand why things are just the way it is. I guess my point is that we allow things to happen because these are part of the elements of life. However, the proverbial saying (which my mom used to tell me) will always echo in our hearts and minds…”Life is what you make it”.


Let’s begin the tour at the 17-mile drive. First, we paid an entrance fee of about $9.75 (I guess that’s per car). We were not really sure what to expect. So we paid a fee therefore, it gave me a hunch that it is worth driving the area otherwise, why charge? So a welcome sign greeted us at the gate and the friendly staff gave us a brochure/map of the area.

Driving the 17 Mile Drive in California

The brochure tells us that there are 21 scenic views to enjoy. The Huckleberry Hill is one of those. It was colorful and beautiful.

The Huckleberry Hill

Here’s one of the many stops we did, enjoying the color of the sea.

Pebble Beach

My daughter didn’t want to go home. She really appreciate the beauty of nature which she rarely see in her normal routine.

My daughter enjoying the breeze and the little waves brushing off her feet

Sandy Feet

My two Hijas


This deer runs free, not bothered by the passers-by. Such an amazing thing to see.

A Deer graciously stopped having his fill and posed for a picture.

I think this is one of the most Spectacular views. How grand and regal this lone Cypress Tree is..standing alone with pride.

The Lone Cypress Tree

The colors are so natural, the sound of breeze so peaceful, and the sight is so powerful, enough to calm a troubled soul.

Deep blue sea

Journey 2

Posted on February 13, 2012

       Last Saturday, we treat the kids for a late night movie theater trip instead of the usual “Redbox”  machine trip when we rent home videos at our local grocery stores. We rarely go see movies. But that night, we just all decided to do something outside from our weekend routine.

       We reached the mall an hour before the movie schedule. The line was not long at the ticket booth at first, but when that guy in the photo showed up, he attracted the crowd. I don’t know how long he stayed up to man the ticket booth but it was fun to see some starwars personalities handling you the movie ticket. My daughter took this photo from an iphone.

       So, we ate at the food court while killing time, talk a while and at the same time enjoying the view of the starwars crew waving and helping at the booth. I thought it was a cool marketing strategy.

Ron Phillips/HONS/Warner Bros. Pictures/AP

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is something every family will enjoy. It’s full of wit and adventure. We watched the 3D version ‘coz that was the only available at the time we were at the theater but I’m glad we did.

My little one keeps attempting to touch the things she sees in her 3D  eye glasses, she really cracked me up!  I think that’s what makes it more fun watching it.  I cannot express how much I embarassed my family everytime I scream and gasp loudly in this suspenseful movie.

Over all, this is worth watching. It was well applauded by the crowd at the end of the movie.

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