Mar 31, 2019

March 31, 2019 at 07:28AM

033119 Normally, we’d veg at home to catch up on episodes of Madame Secretary… Yesterday, we found the time and place for some couple shots. via Tumblr

Mar 30, 2019

Mar 29, 2019

March 29, 2019 at 09:28PM

032919 Today, Facebook said we’ve been friends for 9 years. Going back to 9 years ago, I probably created his FB account when he was 6 years old and added myself as his friend too. LOL. Most teens his age are all about social media, selfies and what-nots. This 15-year old son of ours is not even active on FB or IG. In fact, majority of his photos are mostly from tags by this oversharing parent. #forumsession#forumtraveller#fsmarching29friyay#pintoartmuseum#flashbackfriday#fbf via Tumblr

March 29, 2019 at 09:28PM

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Mar 28, 2019

March 28, 2019 at 08:28PM

032819 I’ll let you in on a little secret. When we got married 27 years ago, the photographer requested me to remove my bridal shoes so he would appear taller in pictures. I’m not sure if he remembers. via Tumblr

March 28, 2019 at 08:28PM

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March 28, 2019 at 12:28PM

032819 My stolen shot of son number 2 last Feb. He is currently on his last training day in SG and will be staying a few more days to bond with his workmates. Enjoy Kyle! It has been said that your first job can set the trajectory for the rest of your career. See you in Cebu in 2 weeks! via Tumblr

Mar 25, 2019

March 25, 2019 at 10:28PM

032519 Trusting fully… via Tumblr

Mar 24, 2019

March 24, 2019 at 08:28PM

032419 This charming terrace overlooks the pool, cabanas and lush garden of pink bougainvilleas. The sitting area was exactly where I imagined to have our family photos taken during Ma’s 80th birthday last September. Sadly, we had to cancel our room reservation weeks before the occasion. The hotel emailed us that their pool was boarded up and was being renovated. Months later, we’ve been back here a few times for lunch. The place still looks quaint and postcard-pretty. It would be nice to revisit old plans… via Tumblr

March 24, 2019 at 08:28PM

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Mar 23, 2019

March 23, 2019 at 12:28PM

Our little tribe 15 years ago… This particular shot was by my brother @junniearreza. It was taken in Cafe Adriatico Cebu, now long gone, and days before or after our youngest son’s christening. He was 2 months old here. Poring over my online photographs is my best-loved hobby, my catharsis. Thanks to Flickr, I have 70,000 photos or about 209 GB worth of used space. And I’m still adding. via Tumblr

March 23, 2019 at 09:28AM

032319 Biblical… Karmic… Law of nature… via Tumblr

Mar 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 at 09:28PM

032119 Soar high, Kyle! He may be the most timid among our three sons, but he is definitely the most creative. He draws, paints and plays the guitar.

He is more comfortable with analyzing numbers than reading prose. That he can easily wiggle himself out of any situation puzzles me, given that he is a man of few (Tagalog) words. Hehe.

Our middle son Kyle just got regularized at his first job in Manila. And in a few days, he is bound for Singapore to attend training courses together with his workmates. I couldn’t be more proud... and grateful. via Tumblr

March 21, 2019 at 08:28PM

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Sharing an unedited behind-the-scene clip from two years ago... It was a breezy noon, but the sweltering heat from the sun was quite unbearable. We only took a few seconds of footage, to the relief of my companions I guess.

I love that the sons (behind the cam) and the hubby all accede to my vain bidding. Pagbigyan na. Ang arte kasi ng kasama nila. LOL.

Not all will feel the same way, but I get that satisfaction each time I put together a nice printed photobook or a travel video I could watch repeatedly.

Remembrance of our family adventures...

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Mar 20, 2019

March 20, 2019 at 03:28PM

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Mar 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 at 08:28PM

031819 Us right before lunch… Youngest son is now on summer break so it’s going to be happy chaos around the house from here on. His assigned chore is to sweep the floors daily, and be my gopher for other errands. As added activity, his Pa and I gave him the go to attend soccer practice too. Hehe… anything to wean him from gadgets… via Tumblr

March 18, 2019 at 07:28PM

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March 18, 2019 at 10:28AM

031819 “They are the beat of my heart, the pulse in my veins, and the energy of my soul”. They are my sons. This was in 2016 at Fushimi Inari, in Kyoto. Incredible how much they’ve matured in three years. Today, one could hardly tell who is the eldest, the middle and the youngest if one meets them for the first time. via Tumblr

March 18, 2019 at 12:28AM

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Mar 15, 2019

Good health and more travels

031519 Good health and more travels.

The sky lanterns at Shifen Old Street are of particular note. Once used as a signaling system for those living and working in the railroad industry, visitors today paint their wishes with calligraphy before releasing the lanterns into the sky. We think Shifen Old Street is one of the best stops on the Pingxi Line, but if you have time, jump back on the train to visit some of the other stations, offering gentle mountainside strolls, sky lanterns and an up-close look at the early days of train travel and coal mining in Taiwan. Releasing a sky lantern costs TWD100~150 each. -

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Mar 14, 2019

March 14, 2019 at 07:28PM

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March 14, 2019 at 01:28PM

031419 Five hundred years before the Philippines was discovered, a Roman Catholic church was built in Budapest. It is not the oldest in Christendom, but it is historically significant as this was the site of several royal coronations and weddings since the middle ages.

The Mongols destroyed it. The Turks occupied it. And the 2nd World War badly damaged it. To actually see it standing to this day after an extensive restoration, is actually mind-blowing.

Wikipedia states: Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman's Bastion at the heart of Buda's Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, although no archaeological remains exist. via Tumblr

Mar 13, 2019

March 13, 2019 at 09:28AM

031319 A fitting reminder to always choose to be good and to have a grateful heart. via Tumblr

Mar 12, 2019

March 12, 2019 at 08:28PM

Les Buissonnets. The house of the family of saints.
The Martin family: St. Therese, and her parents St. Louis and St. Zelie lived here.

When we planned this trip, Lisieux was a far stretch, because of the limited free days we had outside of the bus tours we booked. However, the Filipino tour operator’s offer was hard to refuse. I thought “Dear me, this is not part of our budget”. I was back and forth. “Perhaps we could squeeze this and juggle items here and there”. LOL. Shortly, Jerry and I said we’ll do it.

After all, with the second son about to land his first job, when do we (all 5 of us) get the chance to travel this way again together, right? That’s me trying to justify.

Added to our original itinerary were: Giverny, Mont Saint-Michel and Lisieux. So off we went very eager to see places for the first time. via Tumblr

March 12, 2019 at 08:28PM

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March 12, 2019 at 09:28AM

031219 Happy birthday to my only brother @junniearreza, the youngest 50 year old in the family! πŸ˜‚ Welcome to the golden club. ♥️ via Tumblr

March 12, 2019 at 08:29AM

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Mar 10, 2019

Mar 8, 2019

March 08, 2019 at 10:28PM

030819 During dinner in one of the restos at Stephansplatz, a kindly couple from our tour group gave us a box of pizza. They said they ordered too much. We accepted and said our thanks, because to decline would have been rude.

Having spent a hefty price for lunch earlier that day, we were ready to settle for a light dinner of salad, pasta or burgers. The boys obviously just went along with the plans of their peso-pinching folks. No complaints. So imagine the intense delight elicited by that extra box of pizza. The wide-eyed look and grin I saw the sons made meant they still had room for more. #flashbackfriday #fbf #travelsnippets via Tumblr

March 08, 2019 at 08:28PM

030819 Forever mantra via Tumblr

March 08, 2019 at 10:28AM

030819 One could easily spot my 2 elder sons in this photo from last year. LOL. I sometimes kid them they are generously blessed but they can’t have everything. Height in this case. Hihi.

Hubby and I together with the youngest son were sitting from across when I took the shot. We were having some ice cream while enjoying the view from this iconic French boulevard... pebble beach, blue sea, palm trees along the French Riviera. This was a once in a lifetime thing and we are truly grateful we were able to do this as a family.

This was at Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Sadly, this was also the scene of an attack during Bastille Day in 2016.

Not really too long ago for #flashbackfriday #fbf. via Tumblr

March 08, 2019 at 09:28AM

030819 Being grumpy and being combative give the opposite via Tumblr

Mar 7, 2019

March 07, 2019 at 08:28AM

030719 In the off-chance we get to travel together, we prefer the season of spring when temperatures are warming up, days are longer and there are fewer tourists. This was last May in 2018 when the sons waited for me and thought I was in one of the boutiques on Rue Saint-HonorΓ©. #spring #travel #europe via Tumblr

Mar 6, 2019

March 06, 2019 at 10:28AM

030619 Ash Wednesday via Tumblr

Mar 3, 2019

March 03, 2019 at 02:28PM

030319 When the youngest son snaps photos before I am even ready… via Tumblr

March 03, 2019 at 01:28PM

030319 And we can never outdo His generosity via Tumblr