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Sunday Quote and Photograph: With Great Power Comes

"With great power comes great responsibility." Peter Parker (Spider-man) Trending with the movie “The Avengers” and super heroes, plus the trending summer topic on my recent blog posts, I am inspired to post this photograph. With me in this photo apart from the two kids are two of my mortal "BFFs" and my best super buddies in costumes are (from left to right) Bruce Wayne (Batman), Clark Kent (Superman), Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jay Garrick (Flash) and Hal Jordan (Green Lantern). Anybody want to guess where this photograph is taken?  No price to whoever can guess the correct answer though, just for pure fun! Clue: Peter Parker (Spider-man) is fighting with William Baker/Flint Marko (Sandman) near the entrance of this resort

Our Summer Fun at Club Manila East in Taytay Rizal, Philippines. Part 1

First off, this is not a paid post. LOL. This is the first series of  posts on our fun and adventure in the list of water parks from this post .  We’ve been to Club Manila East (CME) in Taytay Rizal three times.  Yes THREE!  Consecutively in 2010 and 2011, and a first visit which I still can’t recall the exact year because I can’t locate the photo files yet. The three visits probably explains why CME is on top of my list.  Anyway, as I go along sharing some photos and stories, you can judge if it’s really worth coming back to CME. What I noticed with CME is that every time we come back, they always have new amenities.  I’m supposed to share our own adventure using their website as a guide, but I noticed that the website is not too updated.  There are amenities that are already operational during our last visit, but I didn’t see some of them mentioned in the website.  Anyway, the best way to feature this water park is by sharing our photos and our story, so here we go! The entranc

Waterparks Within and Nearby Metro Manila, Philippines

The heat is on and by the feel of it and according to the country's weather bureau announcement, this freaking heat won't be over soon.  I'm sure a lot of us are looking for ways and places to cool down so I am posting this article that I'm sure will be useful in dealing this "major major" summer heat! For city dwellers, you might be thinking about that summer get-away in far-away beaches and islands but the problem is, you don’t have the time (or the budget) to travel that far so I am suggesting these perfect summer getaway – water parks! I have plenty of these water parks on my list because hubby’s schedule sometimes gets in the way on our summer plan, he’s into soccer by the way.  So every time that we got the opportunity to steal him from his hectic summer schedule we think of these summer destinations within or just around the city: Club Manila East   Km. 24 Manila East Road, Taytay, 1920 Rizal, Philippines Telephone Numbers: (632) 660-2801 / 2

Sunday Quote and Photograph: Look at the Flowers

“Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.   Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.” ~Osho~ Inspired by this year’s Earth Day celebration, I posted this photograph of hubby taken in Finland during one of his team’s Europe tour. Here’s a peek of this year’s Google Doodle for Earth Day 2012:

Guimaras Island. Our Unplanned Trip to Paradise

The original plan was a family road trip from Iloilo City to Boracay.  It was supposed to be the culmination of our ten solid days of “family’s escape from the city”.  The day before the trip, the kids expressed their dislikes to the idea of road travel for ten to twelve hours from Iloilo City to Catiklan, then a boat ride to Boracay Island, more so that it’s a round trip. Finally, we cancelled the plan just the night before the trip.  We all agreed that the road trip is a waste of time and is stressful for the kids, so we will just plan a separate Boracay trip via plane from Manila.  The mission now is to make the best alternative to the cancelled Boracay escapade.  We all wanted to make the most of our last days in Iloilo City so the plan should be better if not good.  Well it was not just good, but it turned out to be the best! Destination - Guimaras Island! As unplanned as it is, we take whatever available option that will bring us from Iloilo City to the Island.  First step is

The Phantom of the Opera in Manila

Here’s another huge reason to say “It’s more fun in the Philippines”! Not only Hollywood’s hottest actors, actresses and musical artists are flooding Manila, Philippines but something bigger is coming! After 25 years since the production opened on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical “The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Manila! It will  run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main theater from  August 25 (Saturday) to October 14, 2012 (Sunday).  Tickets go on sale to general public starting May 1. For Infinity (Powered by Smart) subscribers and Citibank cardholders, pre-selling of tickets is from March 19 to April 30, 2012. According to the press statement, this production is as good as the London’s West End or Broadway version, boasting around 130 cast, crew, and orchestra members, great set designs, visual effects and more than 230 stunning costumes by international designer, the late Maria Bj√∂rnson . The production contains some of Webber’s most popular song

Sunday Quote and Photograph: If You Raise Your Children

”If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings” … Brian Tracy The photograph is the screen shot from my “eight year old clone's” Tumblr blog.  It’s her summer school break and she’s allowed to use the computer on a longer time.  She’s been playing kid’s PC games so I thought of “stealing” some time from her gaming and taught her what mom do best .  But of course, this is with my super strict supervision. You may want to check her stuff here .  By the way, she also runs .

Friday the 13th. Some Quick Facts

I posted this on my Facebook wall last January 13, 2012.  It was also Friday the 13th then.  I thought about checking a bit about Friday the 13th because we were laughing about one relative who has a scheduled flight on a Friday the 13th.  We were supposed to join him but we can’t find an available flight.  What we got is a flight on the following day, “Saturday the 14th”.  We ended up jesting and frightening the relative who’s flying on Friday the 13th.  It was hilarious. So here’s sharing some facts about Friday the 13th  The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Jack the Ripper has 13 letters in his name and so do these serial killers : Charles Manson – an American criminal known for the Manson Family Murders Jeffrey Dahmer – American serial killer and sex offender Theodore Bundy – an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper and necrophile Albert De Salvo – known as the “Boston Strangler” Many hospitals have no room 13, some tall buildings skip t

Vicita Iglesia 2012 Part Two - 14 New Churches Added To My Chronicle

Part two of two.  Continued from this post 8th Station: Parish of St. Francis of Assisi (Church of Meycauayan) Meycauayan, Bulacan, Philippines I got so excited at the first sight of this church that I lost an important piece of paper here. I’m imagining horses and carriages, ladies in Maria Clara dresses attending masses and some timid stolen glances from the gentlemen. This church is founded in 1578 and there’s a lot of digging to do to make a special post for this one. 9th Station: St. Michael Parish (Church of Marilao) Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines Plants sprouting from all over its walls is the first thing that you will notice from this old church which is founded on April 17, 1796. And once you enter, be ready to be amazed by its breathtaking altar. Watch out as I share the details in a more detailed post When I was doing Vicita Iglesia in the old days, I don’t eat or drink anything unless I finished the fourteen stations. This time, my navigator bought some “p

Vicita Iglesia 2012 Part One - 14 New Churches Added To My Chronicle

Under a tight time frame but powered by the best navigator in tow, a GPS, the coolest and best ride, and “an imaginary Mission Impossible” theme playing in my head, I completed my Vicita Iglesia for this year, starting from a “church in the woods” and ended in the historical Barasoain Church . No offense to my catholic readers if I address this as an “adventure”. Again, this is my way of sharing the experience and the beauty of these churches to non-Catholics. The faith is something personal that will always remain intact in my heart. 1st Station: Our Lady of the Victory Chapel Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines I call it the “Church in the Woods”. A view that I usually see in the movies. It came to us as a big big surprise finding this church in the woods. A detailed post is coming for this one. 2nd Station: National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima Marulas, Valenzuela City, Philippines It looks familiar to me but I can’t find the old memory in my head. It

Sunday Inspiration and Photograph : John 3:16

“For God so loved the world That He gave His only begotten Son. So that whoever believes in him should not perish, But everlasting life” I took this photo some few years back using a mobile phone, during a live staging of the “Passion of Christ” (Senakulo) in my provincial home town.  This is during the “Pieta” scene, when the dead Christ is brought down from the cross and the Virgin Mother is holding Him at the foot of the cross.  I have more photos of this Senakulo including the Pieta scene.  I hope I could share the story here some time. The characters portraying on this live "Senakulo" are from youth organizations in my home town and they are doing the staging for free.

The 14 Churches I Like Most from my Vicita Iglesia Chronicle

Do you believe in reincarnation?  They said that whatever unique interest and quality you posses in your current life is a manifestation of the life that you reincarnated from. Some of my family and friends used to joke that maybe I am a reincarnation of a “nun” (don’t laugh hey!).  It is because I have always been interested and fascinated with CHURCHES.  When I go to places especially on provincial trips, the first place that I look for is the church.  I know that my being a catholic is one major factor for this interest.  But I also feel that there’s more to that. So I have always been wanting to write about churches and since it’s the lent season I think this is the best time to start my series of posting about churches.  I am observing “Vicita Iglesia” annually so I have been into a lot of churches within the reach of Metro Manila or the nearby towns. Some few years back, I started taking photographs of the churches that I have been to.  There are quite a number that are my