152/365: The Viking From The North Talks About Norway’s Oldest Stave Church

1st of June

RoffeRoffe - The Viking From The North (Norway) is a long time blogger friend.  If I remember it right it has been since I started this blog.  He is one among the few long time blogger friends who still around and actively blogging. 

If you will check on Roffe’s site you will find that he’s been blogging for quite a long time now and he has several blog sites too.  His blogs have quite a number of regular visitors and followers.  No wonder Roffe’s sites also have good page ranks consistently.

I learned a lot about Norway from Roffe.  Its culture and tradition, food, occasion, season and a lot more.  Reading along Roffe’s post is like reading a concise encyclopedia about Norway.  He also shares his experiences and adventures outside Norway.  His blog site is very informative and entertaining at the same time.

What I admire about Roffe’s blog entries is his unique way of posting short yet so interesting posts.  Which is what I have been trying to learn.  He has this unique writing style that makes each entry brief, concise but interesting.   Awesome!

Take for example this guest blog post where he presented a very unique kind of church. 

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Norway’s Oldest Stave Church

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The ground under the Urnes stave church is sinking, and this national treasure in Sognefjord has begun to sink at its northern end.

During the summer of 2008, researchers from NTNU worked to determine how much the church could be lifted and stabilized without being ruined. At the same time, dendrochronologist Terje Thun took tree ring samples from the oldest wood. The samples confirm that the church was erected over a longer period in the 1130's.

At the same time it was shown that a portion of the church, - including the northern wall, with its spectacular carvings, was actually recycled material from another church that previously stood at the same spot. The youngest of these timbers were felled around year 1070.

Based on the wood samples, it is concluded that The Urnes Stave Church is the oldest Norwegian Church that has been dated.

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Thank you so much Roffe for granting my request!  I hope you will never stop blogging and sharing your interesting entries to us.

151/365: I Know It's Saturday And I'm Supposed To Post About Churches But…

31st of May

I just finished watching the Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA and “my” team won!

So… You know I’m a HUGE fan! forgive me I just need to shout this CONGRATULATIONS to MIAMI HEAT – the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals Champion! The  FOURTH! 

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Of course a HUGE congratulations also to our very own pride the Philippine AZKALS!

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Don’t be in despair guys for not getting the gold. We are so proud of you for just merely playing at the AFC Challenge Cup Finals! We know that it was not an easy challenge! The gold will come soon just go on believing!

Watch out for an exciting guest post tomorrow from  the“Viking from the North” about an extra-ordinary church.

Photo credits: Google images

147/365: Happy Birthday To The Only One Who Stole My Heart Away

27th of May

I was a wild young woman, the kind of elusive wildness.  Not wanting someone to hold my reign.  I don’t want to be in a relationship because for me it was just a complication. So I kind of scared the young men around me which in effect made me successful in putting most of them at the “friend zone”. 

Until one brave heart came along. He talks less but does more. He doesn’t promise anything. He just surprised me big time. He was not a knight in shining armor but a “kicker”.  A silent but one deadly kicker. 
Before I knew it “he stole my heart away”.  And until now he owns it.

Every time I hear this song I’m seeing the face of the “Only Man Who Stole My Heart Away”. 
Lionel’s original version is great but I prefer the reggae cover by Big Mountain because that’s what kind of thing that we have – cool!

You stole my heart away
You stole my heart away
Oo baby, let me show ya...
Let me tell you now
All that's on my mind
For a love like yours
Is oh, so very hard to find
Look inside myself
Now I'm very sure
There can only be, you for me
I need you more and more
Chorus:
You, turned me inside out
And you showed me what life was about
Only you
The only one that stole my heart away
I want to do all I can just to show you
Make you understand
Only you
The only one that stole my heart away
When you're in my dreams
When I'm close to you
There's a magic in your touch that just comes shining through
Want you every day, want you every night
There can only be, you for me
You make it seem so right
Oh man 'cause...
Chorus
Baby..
You stole my heart away
In my mind there's no other love
You're the only man my heart and soul is thinking of
Only you
Only me
There can never ever be a love that understands the way that I feel inside
Man you, turn me inside out
And you showed me what life was about
Only you
The only one that stole my heart away
Man you turn me inside out
And you showed me what life was about
Only you
The only one that stole my heart away
You stole my heart away
You stole my heart away
You, the only one that stole my heart away

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143/365: The Church of Meycauayan, Bulacan–Parish of St. Francis of Assisi

24th of May 2014

I was imagining the faces of Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara stealing glances with each other at the church patio while the “Guardia Civil” are scattered all over the church yard watching the simply dressed “indio”.  Horses hooves can be heard approaching holding the reigns are the “konstable”.  “Donyas” in thick “colorete” fanning profusely under their ruffled umbrellas hurrying to be inside the church to avoid the blazing heat of the sun. 

Someone called my name and I was jolted back to reality!  I found myself under the blazing heat of the sun wearing jeans and flip flops and holding a camera to document this unbelievably old-looking structure.

I looked at the direction where my name was called and found hubby gesturing me to move a little closer to the structure while taking this photo from another camera and a mobile phone.

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That call from hubby confirmed that I was in the modern time. It was during the lent of the year 2012 and I was doing my Vicita Iglesia at Bulacan (Philippines)  area when we chanced upon this church. I was really flabbergasted when I had my first glimpse of this structure.  I remained just standing there speechless and mouth agape while appreciating the beauty of it.  It is so old and yet so beautiful.

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The church structure is a story itself.  I was not surprised at all when I found about the the rich history behind it when I did my research back home.

I will let you read by yourself about the history of this church but I can’t help but to particularly mention a part that really amused me.  The acacia tree that is planted in front of the church yard and seen on these photos plays a huge part on its history.  According to records, the late President Manuel L. Quezon played under this acacia tree during his childhood days.  Wow!

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The front façade alone made me speechless,  What more when I saw the inner structure?  I don’t exactly know how to describe the architecture and art of this church so I am again letting you to read by yourself through the link that I provided.

What I can share to you are the photographs that I took.

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I saw some renovation and re-painting was on-going during my visit.  I just hope that it was being done by heritage experts.  It’s a pity to lose the original structure and design of this church.

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Written on the church marker is:
The first church was destroyed by a typhoon in 1588.  The construction of the present church was started shortly after 1628.  The town was moved from Lagolo  to the present site.  Rev. Franscisco Cascueña, O.F.M, who built the belfry in 1600, preached the gospel in China for six years, and on being exiled from that kingdom out of opposition to his religious teachings, returned to Meycauayan.  He served this parish for 31 years and died here on November 18, 1831.  The convent was built from 1731 to 1759.  Both convent and church were seriously damaged by the typhoon of 1882.

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For the rest of the history about this church you may read it from here.

142/365: A Bit of Nostalgia After Realizing That I Am Not A Toy Person

22nd of May

If you were a toy, what kind of toy would you be?

The question came from a blogger friend’s post and I was surprised that I can’t give an answer to this question.  After trying for an hour and three returns to Blue’s blog post I gave up.  I went back to Blue’s site, re-read the post and enjoyed reading the awesome comments from Blue’s loyal blogger friends.  Then I typed away my thoughts on why I can’t think of any toy if I am one.

I also realized that half of my youth is clogged with traumatic experience of having a mother who was gravely ill.  But before that I was a happy kid. I have lots of good memories particularly back in the house where I was born before moving to the house where we coincidentally found that my mother was ill. (As to why we moved house is another long story).

When I was a kid my idea of playing is being outdoor or in the backyard, climbing trees, playing street games, hide and seek, swimming in the river that includes wild diving and a lot more games that includes physical movement.

“Luksong Tinik”, “Piko” “Luksong-Baboy”, “Patintero”, “Sipa”, "Tumbang-Preso” are some of the outdoor street games that defined my idea of play when I was a kid.  It not only taught us of healthy competition but of the real essence of socialization with our peers. I thank God that I belong to this generation.
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Our first home had a very wide back yard with rows of coconut trees and other fruit bearing trees.  It’s probably the reason why I love climbing tress.  My neighbors and playmates would ask free fruits and “pakiling” leaves from our trees but they don’t know how to pick them. I would volunteer to climb and pick the fruits for them!  Wow I was a good neighbor and play mate eh?

When some playmates invite me to do “play house” or “play cooking”, I would volunteer to fetch the water or hunt for “food” or tiny woods to be used for cooking.

I am the youngest in a brood of six.  Before me is a four-year older sister who is not as hyper active as I am.  My mentor was a brother who is six year older than I am .  He’s the one who taught me all the physical outdoor games – probably why I ended up looking like a tomboy when I was a kid ha ha.  I was his favorite “tag-along”.  I have another brother but is a lot more older than the two of us (actually the oldest among my siblings) and is not as fun to be with (Hush! don’t tell him I said that).  My awesome brother taught me how to ride the bike, jump over a bonfire and a lot more games that boys usually do.  He also made my first rubber sling that I used for hunting tree lizards and other uncommon creatures.

One of the toys that I can’t forget was a home-made scooter made by my father from scraps.  Yes we were like that before.  We made our toys.  We don’t go to expensive stores to buy fancy toys to play with.

paper dollsWe made our paper dolls and dressed them from our own designs made from old magazines and paper scraps. We accessorized them with garlands made from real  ”santan” flowers that we also made.  I pity the young girls of today for knowing Barbie.


If ever we play house that involves cooking we look for empty cans to make our pots and pails.  We used the neighborhood plants as our vegetables.  We made our dough from mud.  We don’t buy kitchen sets and “play dough”.

We chased butterflies and dragonflies and play with them then release them if we see that they are already stressed.

We run and crossed the river with our dogs.  We don’t bring them to dog parlors to trim their fur.  We don’t bring them to shop for fancy dog clothes.

We draw our own board games from paper board scraps or from the street itself using a broken chalk vase.  We used bottle caps as our markers.

We lay under the trees and wait for birds to settle, watched them pick fruits and make their nests and listen to their chirping.  They were our music along with the sound of the river flow and the wind playing with the leaves of the trees. At night we listen to crickets while waiting for fireflies to appear then share our strange stories under the moonlight (when not playing hide and seek).

We bathed under the rain specially during strong ones.  After the rain we swam in the river because we knew that the current is stronger and the water is cleaner. We made floaters from fallen banana trees.  We don’t buy them.

Now I realized that this is the reason why I can't think of any toy if I were one because my thoughts were clogged with the fancy and senseless toys that the kids of today are exposed with.  I don’t want to be identified to any of these fancy toys.

Back then we don’t need fancy toys to play with or to enjoy our youth. I thank God for bringing me to this world on that generation.  I am lucky! How I missed those days...

Photo Source: Google Images. Collage by: Blog Author

137/365: Fresh From Budapest The (Not So) Wholesome Kid Talks About A Church Inside A Cave Called Sziklatemplom

17th of May

“Shameless syet” , “inorgasm”, “kilig-b*y*g”, “k*nt*t”, “lamp*ngan” are some of the the regular words being used by the smart-cracking-mouth of this young guy on his social media statuses and on his blog  which by the title itself is a warning - Hindi Ito Wholesome (This Is Not Wholesome).

My apologies to my foreign readers because there are no decent exact translation for the opening words to the English language.  If I will find one and translate them for you my blog might be re-classified ha ha!

If you judge this kid through his words probably you will never like understand him.  I honestly cringed during the first time that I was coming across his statuses and blog posts.  But when you read beyond words you will realize that they are logical and sensible.  I took it that this kid uses words to emphasize his points which I think is very effective.  Plus his presence in the blogosphere by his own unique way of expression serves as a balance versus the abundance of the “goody-goody” blog sites. “Pang-balanse ika nga at maiba naman.”

Funny thing is that, in spite of this kid’s blatant way of expression I found it very contrasting to his angelic face.  Meet Cyron – tadaah!

Cyron's talent came in bundle.  Aside from his talent in writing he is also very good in art.  And attention ladies – he is SINGLE! (as far as I know ha ha).  Go get your passports and chase him in Hungary  

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I had the chance to be in conversed with Cyron a few times because we share the same love for cats.  From there I found that there’s really a sweet boy behind those censored-risk-defying-expression (lol).

Now considering how Cyron expressed himself do you think it was easy for me to ask him to be my guest blogger and write about something that is related to ”holy” ?  Yep!  I did not hesitate!,  In fact he is one among the first people that I asked because I am certain that behind those “censored-risk-defying-way-of-expression is an intelligent and sensible sweet boy. 

And I was not wrong.  After clarifying some details about my invitation his “orgasmic” reply was “look forward for my post”.

So here it is for the first time in history!  Fresh from Budapest the Wholesome Cyron! 

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When it comes to places of worship, Budapest (Hungary) is rich in historic places of it representing many faiths and traditions. I have been living here for more than 10 years now and I must say this country is a must to visit here in Europe.

The spire, tower, dome or minaret is usually the most distinctive feature in any village or urban neighborhood, and often is the most significant historic building.  Fortunately, most are still used for worship, and some have found new sympathetic uses.  But investment in their care is also a significant responsibility, so congregations and communities can find it difficult to raise funds and maintain the buildings and their beautiful decorations and furnishings.  For the tourists and visitors, it is not easy to find interesting places of worship or learn of their history. 

As a person living here in the city, this is one of my favorite places of worship. To be tell the truth, I am a religious person in away that I don’t schedule myself to go to church on Sunday but instead just go in whenever I have a time and feel like to be alone and talk to myself and to God.

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Sziklatemplom pronounce as ’Sikla Templom’ or Cave Church is one of the unique church in Budapest, Hungary. It is located inside of the hill called Gellért Hill. It was founded in 1926, by a group of Pauline monks after a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France.

If you are not familiar, Budapest is home to a number of natural caves and cellar systems formed by thermal springs.

This church is not your typical church with high ceilings and gilded interior. The altar itself is located at the entrance of the cave and the congregation was seated outdoors on the terrace.

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According to the legend, used to be, this place was a place for healing. Some time in the medieval ages there was a hermit called Ivan who cured many people with the thermal healing waters that kept flowing from the underground hot springs from the karst caves of the Gellert Hill. At that time the name of the hill was ‘Pest
Hill’ pest pronounce as ‘pesht’ – meant ‘cave’ in the Slavic languages, and Hungarians used the Slavic word for this area (part of Budapest now) indicating that the natural cave existed many centuries ago. St Ivan cave was not too big, so to make the church more spacious, there was a series of explosions carried out.

During World War II, the church served as a hospital and asylum. After the war, the monks were arrested and their superior, father Ferenc Vezér was sentenced to death by the Communist regime.

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By the way if you need more amusement and laughter in life you may want to tumble with Cyron here.

131/365: When You Lose A Mother The Mourning Never Stops. You Just Learn To Live With It.

11th of May - Mother's Day 
(An excerpts from a post originally featured on my Running blog… )

….The wind blew very softly and I smelled a familiar scent that never fails to make me emotional.  Ylang-ylang!

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The ylang-ylang flower is my late mother's favorite flower.  She loves flowers but she loves the ylang-ylang scent the most.  I remember when I was young and she was sick I always pick ylang-ylang flowers from somewhere to bring home to her.  My heart smiles every time I see her smile while looking and smelling the ylang-ylang.  But all those times that I was bringing her ylang-ylang, she was always scolding me sweetly because she knew that it’s not easy to get those flowers.

The ylang-ylang flower bears from a tree unlike the ordinary plant-bearing flowers. It also grows in the wilderness. Back in the province I found an ylang-ylang tree in a distant farm from our neighborhood planted near the river side. Every time I have the chance I go to this place, climb the tree to pick some flowers so I can bring them home to my mother. My mother always reprimands me from doing this.  She said that the place is not safe for a girl and that she does not want me climbing trees. I had a minor accident from climbing an Alatires tree which she never forgets.

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The face of my sick mother smiling while smelling the ylang-ylang flower is still vivid in my memory.  I was thinking while on my way back home from the run - I will never get tired of picking ylang-ylang from the wilderness as long as it brings smile to my mother.

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I brought home some pieces of ylang-ylang from the park and scattered them on our family portrait’s table located near the door. When somebody enters they ask “What is that sweet smell?” In silence I answered “That is the scent of my mother”.

I love you 'Nay...
I HELD you till your last breath,
I will LOVE you till my last…

130/365: Churches: Hail To The King of Mercy! Featured By A Christian Blogger From The Faraway Island of Surigao City, Philippines

10th of May

me and myzolChristian Song Lyrics – by the title itself of his main blog I knew instantly that I will NEVER receive a no from my blogger friend Mak when I asked him to be my guest blogger for this special feature.  And he actually sent me his entry on the feast day of the Divine Mercy! Wow!

Mak is another long time blogger friend.  One of the most supportive and thoughtful one I should say.  Though we haven’t met personally we regularly have interactions through comments and to our social media accounts.  I am blessed to know Mak through the blogosphere and thankful that he is still around.

Now if you are wondering who is the pretty girl on the photo with Mak.  Well she is the lucky girl whom Mak got engaged with last December!  Congratulations to both of you!

I would also like to invite you to visit Mak’s other home - Mav's Healthy Tips.  But before you do that come travel with me to the beautiful city of Surigao through Mak’s guest post.
  
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“It is my desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.”

Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My mercy”, 699
Excerpts: Diary of St. Faustina.

The feature Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy is located 8 kilometers away from the city proper with 1.6 hectares in Brgy. Orok, Surigao City. Circling the Divine Mercy Shrine is the prayer cottage, grotto, orphanage building, Jesus king of mercy chapel, home for the aged, piazza, station of the cross, rosary beads and the newly blessed 30 ft Divine Mercy Statue.

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The shrine is just so fitting for religious activities, especially during holy week. Just beneath the chapel is a function hall where recollection and seminars are being held.

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Last 2013 Holy week, I had the chance to carry the cross when our chorale group did the Station of the Cross. The cross was not that heavy compared to the Cross that Jesus carried during his passion, but it was a very nice and fruitful experience for me and for the whole chorale group.

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The construction of The Jesus King of Mercy Chapel started last June 22, 2011, and was blessed on the feast day of the Divine Mercy last April 15, 2013 by the Bishop of Surigao.  It was witnessed by more than 2,000 devotees.

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Today we expect 3,000 devotees to celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy from different parish of the diocese and also pilgrims from other places.

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Same as last year’s celebration, there will be a motorcade from San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral going to Brgy. Orok and The Image of The Divine Mercy will be displayed.

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There will be a con-celebrated Mass at 3:00PM (3 O'clock)  at the future Diocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Brgy. Orok, Surigao City. And then a fellowship dinner (Barrio Fiesta Style) will be served to all those who will come to the celebration.

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Ad Dei Omniam Gloriam!!! To GOD be all the glory!!!

123/365: How The Grumpy Blue Blogger Was Able To Write About A Place of Worship: OMKARESHWAR, INDIA: JYOTIRLINGA SHRINE OF SHIVA

3rd of May

BlueHis name happens to be my favorite color - BLUE.  He said he is GRUMPY but I don’t think so! … well, usually he also said,

I am posting this a bit late than the intended schedule that this is supposed to be posted.  The main content has long been queued on my draft but...I honestly can’t find an ideal introduction for our guest blogger for today.

Probably because I don’t know him personally.  I can’t stalk him either because he is NOT on Facebook.  He has this “MENTAL NOTE” posted on his site:

“Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run. Blue, resist the urge to use Facebook. You can do it. Good luck.  Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and Indians. So can we.”

All I know is that it never fails to amused, amazed and puzzled me every time I read his blog posts.  Sadly he deleted most of his (earlier) entries (so I also consider him a bit WEIRD for that). Yes he deprived me of my pleasurable habit of back reading so I can also call him CRUEL.

“WIT“ is the best word to describe his writings.  I was suspecting an intelligent mind behind those posts and I was not surprised at all when I found that he is a University Professor!

When I ask him to be my guest blogger this was his reply…
“I'm not really into places of worship, Balut. The best I could do is write a post about why I wouldn't ever visit a particular church. In my view faith and buildings are not related. That's borderline rude, I know, so I have to pass. But.... here's what I could do for you:”
And so I was smiling from ear to ear when I found his email in my inbox one day.  He really made my day.  Isn’t he AWESOME!?
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OMKARESHWAR, INDIA: JYOTIRLINGA SHRINE OF SHIVA

In Madhya Pradesh, a central province in India, there's a seemingly insignificant little island located in the sacred Narmada River called Mandhata Island which happens to have special religious importance for Hindus across the globe. So much for appearances. It is there that my then girlfriend and Bollywood princess Angie went to stay at her mother's nephew's house right before she made a life-altering decision, and it's through her eyes that I'm writing this post for my friend Balut.

Mandhata Island is better known as Omkareshwar, so named after the famous white Hindu temple that is situated on the island. Don't ask me to pronounce the word Omkareshwar, but Angie tells me the island oozes tranquility and spirituality. Which does not come as a surprise given that Omkareshwar is a place of pilgrimage where visitors are welcomed to spend the night at an ashram, that is, a spiritual hermitage or monastery. Just like in the temple itself, people come to an ashram to perform a prayer ritual known as puja (poojah, pooja), which is what Angie did. She also walked around the island, which took her only one hour and a half.

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Omkareshwar, the temple itself (also known as the Shri Omkar Mandhata temple), is dedicated to the notable god Shiva. The reason why pilgrims come to this particular place in India is that it houses an actual jyotirlinga shrine, a sacred devotional object representing Shiva of which there are twelve in the entire country. Jyoti meaning 'radiance' and lingam meaning 'sign of Shiva,' a jyotirlinga shrine is said to be a place where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. People come from afar to kneel before said object to pray and offer mala (garland), phal (fruit) and prasaad (sweetened confection). When Angie came to visit the temple in February 2012, there weren't many visitors - that is to say, not many in the Indian sense of the word. Everything is relative.

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The temple itself is white (if a bit smudged) and clearly visible from the river, reminiscent of a big beehive on top of a big square. There are two entrances, one on each side of the building. Once you're inside you'll notice the impressive high ceiling, entirely white too, with few decorative patterns that are so typical of Indian art. In contrast to many other temples, you can stay here for a couple of hours and speak with the priests.

Although I am not much of a believer in visiting holy shrines and religious buildings myself, the fact that Angie was connected to Omkareshwar in more than one way made me think hard about my own life and the direction I would want to be heading in. I came to the conclusion I wanted to marry her in spite of our huge religious differences. I picked her up from the airport on February 18, popped the question and luckily she said yes. Omkareshwar will forever be connected to me too. Even if I'm not planning on visiting it in person, it feels like I've already been there. All I need to do is close my eyes and watch by future bride walk along that river toward the big white temple.
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After reading Blue's entry  I am sure you will agree with me that he is also sooo SWEET and ROMANTIC!

122/365: Philippine Festivities in the Month of June

2nd of May

Can’t believe I’m posting the feast and festivals for the month of June!  That means half of the year 2014 is almost here (and soon be over). Sigh… it’s June!

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PUJADA BAY FESTIVAL - Mati, Davao Oriental - June 19-24
BILANG-BILANG ABAYAN FESTIVAL - Balangay Taft, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte - June 01
RIZAL ARTIST FESTIVAL - Angono, Rizal - June 1- June 30
SAKAY-SAKAY ABAYAN (FLUVIAL PROCESSION) - Barangay Taft, Surigao City - June 1
LINGGO NG ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE & “SARDINES AND MANGO FESTIVAL” - Dipolog City - June 1- June 6
PHILIPPINE EAGLE WEEK - Davao City - June 1- June 6
SUROY SA SURIGAO (GUIDED FAMILIARIZATION TOURS) - Dinagat and Siaragao Island - June 1- August 31
CAMOTES CASSAVA FESTIVAL- Tudela, Camotes Island - June 8-14
CARRERA HABAGAT - Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte - June 8- June 12
ARAW NG AGUSAN DEL NORTE - Agusan del Norte - June 12- June 17
ARAW NG AGUSAN DEL SUR - Agusan del Sur - June 12- June 12
INDEPENDENCE DAY - Cavite, Manila, and other historical site, (nationwide) - June 12
ARAW NG COTABATO - Cotabato City - June 12-20
LA TRINIDAD FOUNDATION DAY - La Trinidad, Benguet - June 12- June 16
BATTLE OF BESANG PASS - Cervantes, Ilocos Sur - June 14
PINYASAN (PINEAPPLE) FESTIVAL - Camarines Norte - June 15- June 23
NALIYAGAN FESTIVAL - Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur - June 12- June 17
BARAGATAN SA PALAWAN (FOUNDATION DAY) - Provincial Capitol Compound, Puerto Princesa City - June 10-23
PISTA Y ANG KAGUEBAN - Puerto Princesa City, Palawan - June 20- June 27 (3rd week of June)
ADLAW NAN SURIGAO - Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur - June 19
RIZAL DAY - Calamba, Laguna - June 19
PISTA NG KALIKASAN - Provincewide, Palawan - June 19
LINGGANAY FESTIVAL - Alang-alang, Leyte  - July 18
DAPITAN’S CHARTER - Dapitan City - June 19- June 22
“OYANGE KAUGMAN” FESTIVAL - Polangui, Albay - June 20- June 29
ZAMBULAWAN FESTIVAL (Street pageantry) - Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur - June 20
PILI FESTIVAL - Sorsogon, Sorsogon - June 20- June 29
MUDPACK FESTIVAL - Murcia, Negros Occidental - June 21-22
DIWATA FESTIVAL - San Francisco, Agusan del Sur - June 21
PAGADIAN CITY CHARTER DAY - Pagadian City - June 21
KALIGUAN FLUVIAL FESTIVAL - Cagwait, Surigao del Sur - June 24
CALUMPIT "LIBAD" FESTIVAL - Calumpit, Bulacan - June 23
PIAT SAMBALI FESTIVAL (RELIGIOUS) - Piat, Cagayan - June 23 - July 2
AGGAW NAK CAGAYAN (CAGAYAN FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY) - Province of Cagayan - June 23- June 30
FEAST OF SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA - Pilia. Laguna - June 24
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST / LECHON FESTIVAL - Mindoro Oriental - June 24
REGADA WATER FESTIVAL - Cavite City - June 17-24
ARAW NG MAYNILA - Manila City - June 24
TAONG-PUTIK FESTIVAL - Aliaga, Nueva Ecija - June 24
PARADA NG LECHON - Balayan, Batangas - June 24
WATTAH! WATTAH! SAN JUAN FIESTA - San Juan City - June 24
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - San Juan, Metro Manila - June 25
PALO PALO FESTIVAL – Batanes - June 26
TAEPHAG FESTIVAL - Tagbina, Sutigao del Sur - June 27
SIRONG-SIRONG FESTIVAL - Cagdianao, Surigao del Norte - June 28- June 29
KALILANG SA RANAO - Marawi City, Lanao del Sur - June 28 - July 05
SUBIRAN REGATTA - Family Park, Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City - June 28
APUNG IRU FLUVIAL FESTIVAL - Apalit, Pampanga - June 28 30
PINTADOS FESTIVAL - Tacloban City, Leyte - June 27
BALYUAN RITES - Taclobay City, Leyte - June 20
BAILES DE ARCOS - Makati City - June 29
BINIRAY FESTIVAL - Bulalacao, Mindoro Oriental - June 29
KANIYOG’N FESTIVAL - Brooke’s Point, Palawan - June 28
INDEPENDENCE DAY - Kawit, Cavite - June 12
SAB’UYAN FESTIVAL / FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - Pola, Oriental Mindoro - June 24
LUBID – LUBID FESTIVAL AND COW PARADE - Tiaong, Quezon - June 24
RIZAL WREATH LAYING - Dapitan City - June 19
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION - San Juan City - June 12
VICTORY AT BACSIL RIDGE - San Fernando City, La Union - June 14
BATAC CHARTER DAY & EMPANADA FESTIVAL - BATAC, ILOCOS NORTE - June 23
PAYUHWAN FESTIVAL: BATANES DAY - Province of Batanes - June 21-26
BAYKAT FESTIVAL, AMBAGUIO TOWN FIESTA - Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya - June 17-19
PANAGSASALUG FIESTA - Maddela, Quirino - June 12-15
QUEZON TOWN FIESTA - Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya - June 17-20
GINNAMULUAN FIESTA - Cabarroguis, Quirino - June 20-21
LECHONAN SA BAROY - BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE - June 10
ARAW NG QUEZON - QUEZON, BUKIDNON - June 12-18
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY CHARTER DAY - Cagayan de Oro City - June 15
ILIGAN CITY CHARTER DAY - RIZAL PARK, ILIGAN CITY - June 16
TAGNIPAN-ON FESTIVAL - EL SALVADOR CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - June 17
SAN JUAN SA HIBOK-HIBOK FESTIVAL - CAMIGUIN (province wide) - June 24
SAKAY-SAKAY FESTIVAL - JIMENEZ, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL - June 27-29
KAHALAWAN TE SEBSEB “SPRING FESTIVAL” - MARAMAG, BUKIDNON - June 30
ARAW NG SAN FERNANDO BUKIDNON - SAN FERNANDO, BUKIDNON - June 18
ST. PETER TOWN FIESTA - SUGBONGCOGON, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - June 19
ARAW NG EL SALVADOR - EL SALVADOR CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - June 27
ARAW NG MARAMAG - MARAMAG, BUKIDNON - June 27
SUGBONGCOGONTOWN FIESTA / SACRED HEART OF JESUS - SUGBONGCOGON, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - June 29
3RD SANGYAW FESTIVAL - Tacloban City - June 20
IKID-IKID SA HONONGANAN FESTIVAL - Hinunangan, Southern Leyte - June 25
3RD SANGYAW FESTIVAL SEARCH FOR MS. TACLOBAN - Tacloban City Convention Center -
June 27
16TH LEYTE KASADYAAN FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS STREET DANCE AND RITUAL DANCE   COMPETITION - Leyte Sports & Development Center, Tacloban City, Leyte - June 27
BITUON HAN LEYTE KASADYAAN - Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park, Tacloban City - June 25
SANGYAW FESTIVAL STREET DANCE AND RITUAL DANCE COMPETITION
Tacloban City - June 29 -
BONSAI FESTIVAL AND FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF SAN ISIDRO - San Isidro, Davao - June 12
DORONG FESTIVAL - Kapatagan, Digos City - June 16
KAIMONAN FESTIVAL - Maco, ComVal - June 17
WHITE NIGHTS FESTIVAL - Davao del Norte, Brgy, Poblacion, Kaputian District - June 18-19 (Every 3rd week-end)
PANGAPOG FESTIVAL - Sta. Maria - June 13-18
DORONG FESTIVAL - Kapatagan, Digos City - June 14-19
DAMSU CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Kiblawan = June 16
CADANG – CADANG FESTIVAL - Mun. of Carmen, Davao del Norte - June 18
CACABYAWAN FESTIVAL - Municipality of San Isidro - June 27
PABULIG FESTIVAL - Boston, Davao Oriental - June 18-19
GOTAD AD IFUGAO - Lagawe, Ifugao - June 14-28
MATAGOAN FESTIVAL - Tabuk City, Kalinga - June 24-26

Source; Image - Google / Festivals – DOT PH

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