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Day 1: Dream

When you look at this view, you can’t ignore the beauty of God’s workmanship. It’s just relaxing and inviting. You can daydream all you want. This was taken in Park City, Utah during the time when we just want to unwind. We were at the “lowest point of our lives” in the US but here we were, being welcomed by a butler, ushered to our suite with two fireplaces, wine and cheese, tv in one of the two baths. It was just awesome! We were pampered at St. Regis Deer Valley. 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” Eph. 3:20-21

 

911 Memorial Visit

Eleven years ago, when my husband and I got home from an evening class in Taft, Manila, we saw on TV what seems like a scene from a movie. The World Trade Center towers collapsing, smoke coming out of the rubbles and tiny images of people jumping to their deaths were repeatedly shown. We could not believe that was really happening. 
 
Last year, my family watched History channel’s documentary of 9/11 tragedy. It was the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack. We can’t help but cry seeing different angles of the story from how the terrorists entered the US and trained to be pilots in American soil, to the security head of World Trade Center predicting about terrorist attacks.
I never thought that we would be able visit the site where the tragedy happened. It gave me chills to remember the scenes from what I watched that are forever etched in my memory. 
 
Here’s to remember the lives of innocent people and salute the heroes who gave their lives to save others.
 

The Memorial closes at 8 PM. We were late so we just took some photos outside. We planned to go back the following day.

The buildings behind us are almost finished. Several buildings are being constructed within the World Trade complex.

We’ve learned that names etched on the bronze parapets were arranged meaningfully by the designer of  the Memorial. They were arranged by relationships and affiliations.

This reminds me of the plane that hit one of the towers.

She was not even born when that terrorism happened. I don’t know what’s in her mind but she was pretty serious huh?

This pool with cascading waterfalls was built on the exact location where one of the twin towers was located. 

We bought this medal from the souvenir shop. This was minted and made available to the public for sale to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Obverse design shows Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of Remembrance. Reverse design (not shown) depicts an eagle symbolizing the strength of survivors, families and Nation, against a backdrop of cascading water. 

This is the Survivor Tree that was burned, twisted and almost died but with a little TLC it was resurrected to life. The tree was replanted in Ground Zero memorial park. Really amazing tree! Life is still beautiful even after the tragedy.

Empire State Building

Perfect weather we had on our first day of tour. It’s better to walk wearing layers than sweating a lot under the sun. Our friend  was surprised to see few people visiting the tower today. It’s a jackpot for us that we don’t have to experience long lines to go up. See? We managed to have a photo op here, otherwise we have to go up immediately.

We went up knowing that it’s zero visibility. That’s the risk we had to take if we want to save time and tour the city more. Here are some pictures of what we saw:

Times Square

This place is so bubbly! By merely observing people here and there you will be entertained. We spent the whole night going around this side of Manhattan. Our eyes feasted on so much blings and lights of Times Square. So many things going on in different corners of this place. We’ve even followed the pursuit of a guy carrying a bouquet of flowers waiting for his girlfriend to propose to her. Sad thing was, the girl didn’t come. We don’t know if she was intimidated by the crowd that she didn’t want to show up.
 
Here is my New Yorker wearing her fuchsia hat with feathers. :) This hat attracted many ladies everywhere we go especially at the airports.    

Awwwww… This is super cute! But only in the pictures. I don’t like pets. Sorry!

We’ve been smiling for so long because we waited for the Times Square to flash on the screen. It took us a while! 

The ever busy Times Square plaza. So lively!

Thanks to de Guzman family for touring us around. We had a wondrous experience of NY.

A glimpse of Times Square later on. We stayed there til midnight. ‘Twas fun meeting friends and chatting with them here. 

Brooklyn Bridge

Based from my research, walking across the bridge of Brooklyn is a must when you are touring NY. The bridge is old (more than 100 years old!)and has its own character. It’s really beautiful.
I was satisfied to just see it because I know that kids were tired already. Glad to have them enjoy the moist and cold weather outside. 
 
 This is the view from the car lane.   
 
This one is for Spidey. Love, love the bridge.
 
 
Kids reading the tablet signage of the Manhattan side of Brooklyn bridge.
 
A leisure walk around 7 p.m. on a wooden pedestrian walkway. This part of the bridge is higher than the automobile lanes.
Group picture with our friends. Little Cyrus was awake!  
 
Husband took a photo of Optimus Prime’s head. I didn’t see it on our way. Let’s play a game. Spot the difference.
 

Working Hard

We happen to pass by this place in IRRI Los Banos, Laguna when I requested for a copy of my transcript of records and my certificate from UPOU. Yay! Soon, I’ll receive my certificate after more than 3 years of waiting. 
 
The scene reminds us of hard work. Planting rice is no joke. Being exposed to sun the whole day, your feet soaked in muddy water and your back breaking posture while planting, it’s definitely hard work. An ordinary farmer who plants rice is paid lower than the prevailing minimum wage. (That’s what I know). So sad to think that one can’t even buy a sunblock with that wage. But what can a farmer do? 
 
    “All hard work brings a profit, 

   but mere talk leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23

 
May the Lord bless our land and our farmers. 

 
 

Fascinated by Airplanes

My son is obsessed with airplanes. He’s been busy doing this paper model for the past few days or weeks already. Many times I would see him getting out of the house just to watch the airplanes flying above our area.

One day, while waiting for my kids who were swimming, I happen to watch and observe planes that are passing by every 5-10 minutes. This one caught my camera and my son said, “that’s the one I am making.”

Adrian is still consistent on what he wants to become, a pilot. I hope he’s going to fly commercial planes and not fighter jets.
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Digging some old photos, I came across this one.
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I’m Back!

After hibernating for about two years, our blog site has now resurrected! I will be inviting my kids & husband to contribute from time to time. It has always been my goal to update this site but I don’t know what happened. I will just backtrack from the time I stopped just like in the movies.

So to start anew and since it’s the love month, I’d like to touch on one of the 5 love languages – Quality Time. As a family, we love going out and spending time with or without plans. Spending quality time is really a must for our family. We make sure that even if our weekdays are full with individual schedules, our weekends definitely are always busy (I figured out now why I have tons of chores every Monday).

Last week was one of those outdoor fun activities we had. We went to Ogden to see their Winterfest Activities. We’ve learned that they brought tons of snow (460 large dump trucks) from different areas such as Hinckley Airport and paved them up along the 25th street for the event. This was their 2nd year hosting the event and about 12,000 spectators went in the two-day event.

We spent more than 4 hours and we had so much fun. There were too many activities that we don’t know which one to go to. We spent more time with the sled and ski and was distracted by the food booth that’s why we missed the skijoring competition. Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse.

We started off with watching the Toboggan (Sled) Parade mostly by sponsors. One of them is Coca Cola, thus we have this photo of the Coca Cola Polar Bear.

Then, sledding. Notice how high was the starting point. It’s as high as the traffic light.

We took the opportunity to try cross country skiing with skis, poles and shoes provided by Weber State University.

There were many activities happening simultaneously like snowmobile racing, polar bear swim event, flag football competition. Other activities include junior jazz basketball, 5K run, ski-bike race, live music, dog show, human dog sled race. Plus the many booths that served yummy food. We tried Hawaiian chicken barbecue, pulled pork sandwich, the very popular ribbon fries with cheese and a big buffalo burger.

After the event we went home exhausted but happy. We’re glad we went to Ogden that day.

Happy Holidays!!!!

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Kumon Art


Summer was filled with kumon art activities for Michelle. Her cutting skills and following instructions were honed making her fine motor skills improved. I’ve seen dramatic changes in her handwriting and cutting after she finished the whole book. 
 
I recommend it to 4-5 year old kids.
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