“I Killed Jesus”

“I Killed Jesus by Christina Mead While I read the story of Christ’s passion and death in the gospel of Matthew, I was looking for myself in the story. Which character am I? What is God trying to teach me? Well…. I think that I am every character in the story of the passion and…

On Gardens and Good Friday

Gardens are one of the most refreshing places to visit with God’s unrivaled living art and science in the form of flowers in nature…specially during Hanami (Cherry Blossom) season!  From one spot alone at Ueno Park on a timely Hanami Season visit:In capturing the scene of this grand symphony of beauty, there is only one…

Hanami 2018 Tokyo and Osaka

Hanami is the long-held Japanese tradition of celebrating the arrival of Cherry Blossoms and with it, spring, while appreciating the temporal, transient nature of flowers.  This week, I was blessed to be in Japan for the fleeting 2018 season. Ueno Park in Tokyo was all set for Hanami  even early in the morning, with the path…

Mundane Is Sacred

Torii, the traditional Japanese gate usually found at entrances of Shinto shrines, marks the transition from the mundane to sacred. In contrast,  for the follower of Jesus Christ, even the mundane can be sacred. Steven Curtis Chapman put into song 1 Cor 10:31 (whatever you do, do it for the glory of God) and Rom…

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in 4 1/2 Hours

  If you want a taste of Philippine history, culture, architecture, art craftsmanship, music, food where sun, sea, and mountains meet, you must visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, an outdoor Philippine heritage museum.  Its name translates to “The Philippine Houses of Acuzar” developed by architect and “construction magnate,” Jose “Jerry” Acuzar. It is a collection…

The Girl With A Pearl Earring

At Racuj a Payaman when the clouds covered the sun, the wind was so strong, it almost seemed like you could remain standing if you just leaned on it. After taking souvenir photos as we froze on the mountain, two other groups of local tourists arrived. One lady seemed to be looking for someone as…

The Lost Coat

I was looking for a coat to pack when Manang casually told me that I left my Yeti coat abroad. It came in handy for the negative 2 degree Celsius winter weather in Canada when I visited the young’uns but I am sure I didn’t leave it abroad. Except how come it’s not here? I…

Cool Jewel: Kuh Ledesma

The first time I saw Kuh Ledesma sing “Ako Ay Pilipino,” her commanding presence and rich silky voice declaring pride in being a Filipino etched a vision of a regal, dignified, strong Filipina worth looking up to. Over three decades hence, Maria Socorro Ledesma, as fit and fabulous as ever, continues to grow in grace and beauty…

Stuffed Pasta Shells, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake and Music Day

When these lovely kids’ lovely mom had to take care of business, I had the joy of cooking with J, KS, and KT. On our menu: Stuffed Pasta Shells and Chocolate Chip Cookies. For the stuffed pasta shells, you can substitute with canneloni or any pasta that can be filled. Sauce Ingredients: ¼ c. olive…

Princess Diaries

My dear friend, Joi, planned a lunch date at this new place in BGC.  Sounded dressy so I fixed myself up in case she takes pictures. Plus I wanted to wear my dinner clothes a second time before I dry cleaned them; those Dryel sheets are rather pricey. 🙂 When I got to the shop,…

Batanes Tour Day 3: Southern Batan Island (UnMarlboro Country, Honesty Coffee Shop)

“What do you do in Batanes on a rainy day?” I called Front Office to ask.   We had the morning free as Kuya Art, our tour guide, had to attend a tour guide association meeting in Sabtang Island today so our meeting time was moved to 12:30pm. Ramil suggested a massage. Oh I love this…

Batanes Tour Day 2: Sabtang Island

Turns out the impromptu dance on the cliffs with Malu Ortiz on the impromptu adventure trip because someone had to cancel last minute was a physical reflection… Resurrection wasn’t just an event; it is a Living Person (John 11:25) who raises up hope where there is despair, strength where there is none, life where there is death. Beacuse He lives, He can turn our mourning into dancing.

Batanes Tour Day 1: Boulder Beach, Vayang Rolling Hills

Our tour, hotel, and flights were very ably and excellently arranged by Pio Luistro of Pacific Bound Travel and Tours. It cost P4,333 per person for six persons sharing a nice airconditioned van inclusive of three-day tour guide, lunches, boat ride and driver and keep on Sabtang Island, pickup and return from airport for arrival and…

Fundacion Pacita, Basco, Batanes

If you love an outdoorsy adventure but not in terms of answering the call of Mother Nature, you will feel pampered and at home at Fundacion Pacita in Basco, Batanes. Regally situated on a hilltop surrounded by picturesque seaside cliff mountains, meandering pasturelands, and the Pacific Ocean, this sprawling property has become a refuge for…

Preparing for Batanes Trip

Batanes is a top scorer for Filipinos’ bucket lists. God’s beautiful creation is on majestic display around this archipelago province and the Ivatans (the term used to refer to the people of Batanes)’ unique heritage represents an important aspect of Philippine culture. Batanes is on the World Heritage Convention UNESCO Tentative List for the ff. reasons:…