Thank God, typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) has left our province since last night and today, when the authorities have gone out for inspection, there were no major damages in the aftermath of the typhoon. Our province was under typhoon signal no. 2. Unlike last years typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), we were under signal no. 4 and in the direct path of the super-typhoon.
Still, we made sure we were prepared – for who knows – typhoons also change paths as they enter. Luckily for us, we were spared of major devastation. Other provinces were not and our thoughts and prayers are with them as we all start to re-build our lives.
Today, the rains have stopped, no more cold, strong winds, and the weather is good. Everybody is relieved. Today is also the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. People went out of their ways to hear the holy mass this morning – not only to celebrate the feast but also as thanksgiving for the protection received during the typhoon.
Here is a photo inside the cathedral – the altar with the statues of saints and the Immaculate Conception is bathed in yellow glow.
The Philippines is predominantly Catholic. And being through many typhoons, earthquakes, floods, corrupt politicians, etc., we still have a lot to be thankful for.
The CCS was set up last September at Ivisan’s town center. Many children and curious adults alike came and participated in the different activities. We hope to set up more spaces like this in many other municipalities.
I’m posting early this week coz I know I will be very busy in the coming weeks. We are on our toes as a new management (and owners) have taken over the company where I’m currently working. Each employee are being evaluated whether they remain in the company, or be let go. I hope I don’t get get into the latter category 🙁
Anyways, my entry this week is a snap I took while strolling at the city centro (center).
I always make sure I get to see the city while on vacation before going back to Pampanga again. Very nice to see old, familiar places and faces and keeping up with them. In one of those strolls, I passed by Arturo Store along Taft Street and reminisced the old times. My, it has changed a lot.
Next door to Arturo is Sunny Store, another old timer, and surprising enduring up to these days. Across the store is a strip of fruit stalls, including my cousin’s. And these are some of the yummy fruits that are sold at my cousin’s stall. They sell mostly imported fruits, those considered as “expensive fruits”, depending on the season. Apples, grapes, pears, tangerines and some local ones like pomelos, mangoes, etc. They also sell foodstuff like banana chips, peanut brittle, watermelon seeds, and many others. They are best as pasalubong, or a homecoming gift, which is a Filipino tradition.
My boy and his younger cousin, Chappi, riding on a fire truck. This is still in the playground at San Antonio Resorts. It really is a great place to bring your kids.
The two were role-playing. They said they’re off to save Bopbop, Chappi’s elder sister, who was “trapped inside a burning house”, or so they pretended. The role-playing was completed with Bop’s cries for help and a loud siren/alarm that, of course, came from the “firefighters” own mouths, hahaha.
Still at the San Antonio Resorts in Brgy. Baybay in Roxas City…
I was surprised at how nice is the children’s playground there. Filled with the usual see-saws, slides, monkeybars and swings, it is large enough for kids to play and run around. There are lots of trees and flowering plants, and the grass are wonderfully trimmed. There are benches/chairs, too, that you’d normally see in parks where the oldies can relax, read a book or watch the kids and while away the time. There also pockets of areas like this, where you see duwendes (dwarves or gnomes) that don’t look spooky at all.
After the initial chaos of assigning which one is whom, they all agreed that the gnome with the green hat is Joshua, the one in yellow, on the left, is Beebop, and on the right is Chappi.
And the three began singing … hi-ho, hi-ho.. it’s off to work we go…
Just saying the Angry Bird fascination has not yet waned. Here is the little boy with his red Angry Bird headgear with a yellow beak:
Here is the little boy with his little cousin, Chappi, at the airport. This was the day we flew back to Manila. Behind them is their Grandma, my mother. The little boy is holding back his tears when I took this photo. He didn’t want to let go of Chappi and Grandma coz he said he’d be missing them when we go back to Pampanga.
Wooot! I’m in my hometown since Wednesday. This is the seafood capital of the Philippines and I am alreading having a binge of fresh seafoods that I long have missed while we are in Angeles City. Of course, I also missed my parents and my payag (nipa hut) in Ivisan! My parents are getting older (and crankier, hahaha) everytime I see them but I love them both nonetheless. The little boy also missed his Grandpa and Grandma and his younger cousins, Beebop and Chappy. They have been playing non-stop but the girls noted the little boy speaks funny and demanded they speak in Hiligaynon (our dialect) instead, rather than Tagalog (the dialect he now learned to speak while in Angeles City). Oh how funny these cousins are!
We flew via Cebu Pacific’s discounted fares, that’s me, my husband, and our little boy. Thanks to my Ate (elder sister) who booked the ticket for us using my younger sistah’s credit card, lol. That’s how I call outsourcing. Imagine, we saved more than P5K (about $150) because of the really HUUUGE combined discount from the three round-trip tickets.
Anyhoo, I can only write a short post today as we are busy in the preparations for the coming wedding of my younger brother. The ceremony will take place this coming Monday (Dec 17). Thankfully we already had our dresses done so it’s less task in the list. I’ll be busy running around errands for the bro.
Also, one more thing. I heard about the Fairy Hobmother visiting blogs these days. When I read about it at my friend’s blog I could not believe it. A Fairy Hobmother spreading good intentions all over the world? Too good to be true, right? But, really, the Fairy Hobmother is for real. I know because he already visited a friend and my sister. I’ll have to go and visit my sister’s blog and see how I can get the Fairy Hobmother to visit me, too.
And lastly, I have some good news but it is too soon to tell, I think. I’ll wait a few more weeks to see how it goes and then I’ll announce it! hahaha. This is all for now, ta-ta!
Went to Virgin Beach in my hometown of Capiz for my son’s birthday. White sand, blue waters (yellow tint is actually a result of enhanced saturation level after editing), very few people… that’s how we wanted it to be. We had Virgin beach all to ourselves and my son had a blast!
Love the shadow of the coconut tree… it is as if extending towards my son (left) to give him shade. On the shore and under that comforting shade, we shared a hearty lunch of seafood freshly caught from the same waters and peddled to us by the fishermen.
This giant-sized chess pieces can be found in our city plaza (Roxas City, Philippines). Every afternoon, chess afficionados in my city go there to play and it’s always a crowd-drawer. My son wanted to play a bit (just toying with the pieces) so we went earlier.
Okay, here’s a quick post to my kababayans in Roxas City and Capiz. In answer to the increasing number of unemployed due to the recent global recession, the Roxas City and Capiz provincial governments are holding a job fair today at the Roxas City Civic Center. This is in line with the nationwide effort of the national government to help the unemployed find jobs.
Started only last year, thousands of job-seekers have joined the fair and, according to reports, over one thousand have been employed overseas and more than four thousand were employed locally. Today is the fourth time that a job fair is held. It started at 8am today and ends at 5pm later this afternoon. Job-seekers are asked to bring with them documents such as their resume, diploma, and transcript of records.
I am not sure as to what kind of job are available but, just the same, why not show up there to see? Who knows, ato lang gali didto gahulat ang trabaho sa imo.
This photo was taken while we were travelling to Olotayan island. Olotayan is the sole coastal barangay of Roxas City, a 45minutes travel by boat from the city. I was so amazed seeing this brave kid, playing at the “katig” (outrigger) while the boat is clashing against waves in the middle of an open sea. I don’t think i can do that… can you?