We were so blessed to be toured around on a Sunday by hubby's cousin, Fanny. They were very generous of their time and drove us to practically all the iconic sights of San Francisco. As added bonus, they even treated us to a lovely dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
We just heard mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church along Mission St., San Francisco. This church dates back in 1850s. It's good to see the church almost full with people and a lot of Filipinos actively participating as lay ministers.
The lady at the front desk of Grand Hyatt San Francisco upgraded our room and gave us one that directly has the view of Union Square. Nice touch especially after a long trans-Pacific flight for these tired but excited guests. :)
Son #2 "unearthed" his more than 5-year old set of World of Warcraft cards. This is another activity our son #3 can enjoy with his elder brothers while he is being weaned from the gadgets (laptop, iphone and ipad).
It's day 1 of OJT for our eldest son today. He mentioned last night that he was nervous. I said it's a normal feeling. His Pa and I also had butterflies at some point. :) As I said that, my thought bubble was, wow... another milestone for our eldest son.
I suggested for him to channel his energy into learning new things, because the work experience he is bound to have will far outweigh whatever he learned from his comp sci course. This is as close to and as real as he could get in his field of expertise. His foray into the real world of software development is a valuable opportunity to prove his mettle.
We got invited to lunch by our good friends, the Khos, to celebrate their eldest son's birthday. Aside from feasting on the bountiful spread at Mooon and endless chatting and catching up with everyone's activities, we also made sure to take photos.
Loving our colors in the pics. :) Bright shades for summer.
After the kids and hubby's short dip in the beach (Maribago Bluewater), we drove to Ibiza (Movenpick) to see the place and enjoy the music while having paella mariscos and a round of drinks.
We love the look of the place. Quite a fortune must have been spent to totally make over what used to be a predominantly pink structure. Very nicely done. Next time we come back, we'll make it in the afternoon, just before the whole place is illuminated.
(Grainy photos taken by an iPhone.)
at the main lobby
the way to Ibiza
saying bye to the fish below... and promising to be back soon...
It's around 45 minutes drive from our house to Maribago Bluewater Resort and we just came from a lunch treat courtesy of the Khos. It was past 3pm but we proceeded to Mactan to use the membership card for the first time.
Upon entrance, we were let in after we showed the card. That was a score. When we tried to request for towels, they required for P500/towel deposit, P400 of which would be refunded. No worries, we brought our own.
We're still here now and I'm keen to find out if this membership is as good as they advertised it to be or if the "horror" stories about bad service will be proven or debunked.
Son no. 1 (in blue) is back from uni for a short break. When he goes back to attend his last schoolyear, son no. 2 (in black) will join him... Before June, not one, but both will be in the big city far from home.
"Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away without either
inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart. If your heart can be
like this, you will be near to the way."
Since our kids started their school break, I have been quite lax about keeping fit. Lately, right after lunch, my afternoon activities include sitting on the couch tinkering with my ipad while my grader watches an hour or two of his favorite cartoon shows. "Bonding" moment is really a lame excuse for this sedentary (non)activity. And it even turns from bad to worse when we start raiding the pantry and the ref for munchies and junk food. Ayayay!
A few days back, I weighed myself prior to attending my usual yoga class. The scale tipped at four pounds over my last weight. No surprise there after the junk food binge eating and hours of sitting, right? Still, my jaw dropped south when I saw the effect of backsliding. 2 kilos heavier!?! This could not go on. Time to get a grip on myself.
So... I began cutting my portions like I used to and went as far as checking out Emeals's weekly menu plan for food ideas to break the usual fare. I bought a yoga app too so I could do my practice at home when I don't feel like dressing up and driving to the studio. Little steps to get me back on track and keep the weight from creeping back again.