Posted in blogging, books, family, photography, University of Santo Tomas, UST, tagged blogging, books, guilty pleasures, photography, University of Santo Tomas on September 14, 2014 |
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What does one write about on a rainy evening like this? My mind gets stalled not by lack of what to say but how I am going to say something interesting enough to merit even just one reader’s eyes.
On a night like this, I take momentary pleasures dwelling in a world of remembering the not so distant past. At least that would provide a change to the inane and inconsequential things one thinks about on almost any night but a rainy one.
I just enjoyed browsing three filled notebooks of previous writings and quotations from my readings from way back. The beauty of reminiscing and getting in touch with the old self, the beauty of rediscovering how life was many decades ago. I even found drafts of letters to friends during my college years. And I found these, two black and white pictures with Dad and my youngest brother. I had a good laugh at my brother’s bell-bottom pants and my short skirt (so seventies). Never mind, these were our school uniforms at the University of Santo Tomas four decades ago. I just want to share them here, I am afraid I may misplace them again.
Those were the days and these are treasured shots with Dad.
There is something so nostalgic about black and white or sepia pictures of long ago. And I remember these because my dad received a gold medal as exemplary employee of the university. That is why, the four of us kids (my three brothers and I) studied in UST from high school to college and my two kids are Thomasians too. I am grateful though and proud of being an alumna of the oldest existing university in Asia. In terms of student population, it is the largest Catholic university in the world in a single campus. The Pontifical, Royal Catholic University of the Philippines, that’s UST for you.
I started reading Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell, another historical novel that reminds me so much of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and Trinity by Leon Uris. I am always fascinated by Irish-American history.
What book are you reading now?
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Posted in family, family life, food, guilty pleasures, life, Mother's Day 2014Lugang Cafe - Mega Fashion Mall, photography, recipes, silence speaks, tagged Chinese cuisine, family life, food, guilty pleasures, life, Lugang Cafe- SM Megamall, Mother's Day 2014, photography on May 10, 2014 |
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The family celebrated Mother’s Day today, a day earlier than May 11. We decided to meet at SM Megamall for lunch. Another day worth-remembering. One thing that highlights the day is of course Nate’s presence. The moment he saw us, he let his dad undo the strap of his stroller and let Josef carry him along. There is a special affinity between the “magninong” (that’s a Tagalog word for godparent) even if they don’t see each other often. He can pronounce Nonna clearly now and I was so glad when he took my hand and planted a loud kiss on my face. Nissa said he learned new words in the three weeks that I haven’t seen him.
We opted to dine at the newly opened wing of SM Megamall. The Mega Fashion Hall is the new high-end extension of the mall. It houses several restaurants and other international clothing brands. The set-up is somehow similar to the Ayala Malls. Aside from the more popular Vikings, there is another branch of Lugang Café where we took our lunch. So it’s Chinese food for lunch. I took some shots but mostly of Nate banging a spoon and fork on the table and playing with the plastic green cup which they provided for him along with a green plastic plate and bowl. I had a good time watching him eat what was served on the table. He loved the Fried Beef Noodles and Fried Rice.
He was behaved…at first but he clearly knows when to stop and say sorry to Mom and Dad.
Mother and daughter team.
Three generations of Abuel.
Nothing is more important than having the family around.
Busog na baby? Our little man!
That’s his way of saying, “I’m full, it’s your turn to eat Dad”.
I love the Garlic Pork Roll and Steamed Fish Fillet. No room for dessert…
He is probably looking forward to going swimming tomorrow with his Dad’s side of the family. Enjoy Nate but be careful with the sun. I know how much you love to paddle your feet and splash water with your hands. Until we see each other again.
(Note: This is my 1,440th post…can’t believe it)
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Posted in a simple prayer, blessings, Closer to God, family, Holy Week 2014, inspirational, photography, tagged Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, photography, silence speaks on April 18, 2014 |
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