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Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Travel --- Happy, Happy Me (Part 3)


It’s celebration time! Celebrating a special day doesn’t mean it needs to be a grand one.  What matters most is the thoughtfulness that you are being remembered and being with your loved ones to celebrate your special day is important.  It brings unity, reconciliation, peace, happiness, and most of all, love.  When your special day ends, it should not just end there.  We should look forward to all positive things to come to our life and do our best what we can afford to give or offer to help others if not, financially, but most especially spiritually.  To lend an ear to someone,  who is emotionally disturbed because of family problems, is a great help we can extend and offer him or her a good advice.  Prayer should always go with it.  In the same way, faith should be coupled with action. One can’t do without the other. That’s how good karma comes to our life. 
     

From the day I arrived, my mother cooked a noodle for my special day. She gave away this to all the members of the family, employees, and workers of my elder brother. I’m really very happy that I arrived safely and be with my family even once a year. I really have to rest and make time adjustment, especially with my sleeping time, and my elder brother knows this.  He wanted me to take a rest first while he works in his office. Here are the pictures of my family members as shown below:


My Family Members

This picture was taken at my eldest sister’s house 10 years ago during our family reunion after New Year’s celebration. At last, now you can see who I am, what I am, and who are my family members are after having 80 posts already. Front row sitting from left to right -- my eldest sister, my mother, and yours truly (happy, happy me.) Back row from left to right -- my eldest brother (who died already) and my elder brother.  I’m sorry if this picture is showing in a position different from the succeeding pictures below. I have no choice because this is the last family picture I had saved in my computer before my eldest sister and I migrated to the United States. I’m the youngest in the family and I still feel blessed to have such wonderful family even without having seen my own father.


My Special Day Celebration
Three days after my arrival, my elder brother brought me to a fine dining restaurant with some members of the family invited, except my sister, who is also living in the United States. After our dinner, we took the chance to have a family picture in front of a beautifully embossed wall decor in the reception area as shown from left to right – my niece (daughter of my elder brother), my mother, happy, happy me, my eldest daughter, my son-in-law, and my nephew (3rd son of my eldest brother).  Some went home early and that’s why they were not included in this picture.  


Church in Tagaytay City
My elder daughter and another son-in-law brought me to this church the following day after the celebration in that restaurant.  I need to pray and thank my Lord for His guidance and protection during my travel.  This church is really awesome because the upper center of the altar will show the crucifix by way of a video with corresponding sound effect during the consecration of the Holy Eucharist.  I wasn’t able to take the picture when it showed during the mass because of too many people lining up to receive the communion.  I felt great afterwards and went to our destination.


Family Bonding at Sonya's Garden


Granddaughter and Grandmother Bonding
After having our lunch, we walked around to see the place.  It’s an awesome garden restaurant named, Sonya's Garden, and I really felt delighted to see the nature surrounding the area.  They have different store areas like bread store, antique furniture store, souvenir store, spa and massage area.  We were not really allowed to take pictures of these stores, but only the outside area.  The first picture above shows my elder daughter’s family.  The second picture is showing me with my only granddaughter.  I named my pouch projects after her—Zoe Pouch.



Farewell Dinner
My son will be going to the United States also.  That’s why we gave him a small dinner celebration in a Japanese restaurant before he leaves this February. He requested that because he likes to eat tempura. My mother was also very happy for him that night. I also feel blessed that my two daughters have their own respective wonderful families.  I’m also proud of my two sons-in-law who are really both very good family man.  Unfortunately, my 2 grandsons were not included in this picture because they still had to study for their exams.


Related Personal Travels:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
      Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)    

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Travel --- Happy, Happy Me (Part 2)


To travel is my destiny because I really dreamt about travelling to another country.  I believe in dreams and I believe also that God speaks to us through our dreams. I don’t like to travel when I’m already so old that I can’t enjoy anymore taking a walk. I can’t enjoy anymore the sites I like to see around if I get tired easily because of my old age. There’s no more fun and excitement I can feel when turning much older makes my body less energetic unlike when I was younger than before. By then, a doctor will tell me that travelling is not good for me anymore because of my health condition and old age. My mother used to travel a lot when she was younger, but she can’t travel anymore because of her health condition and old age. She traveled to Asian countries like, Singapore, Hongkong, and Japan, as well as, United States of America.  Taking from her own experience, I like to travel where I can still manage to do things my own with the remaining strength I have.  When I had my first passport, it expired without any travel stamp on it. (^_^)  I renewed my second passport and promised to myself that I will travel a lot. I brought my mother with me to Singapore, which was the first Asian country I visited. It was my gift for myself on my special day. Though it is expensive and really tiresome to travel, it is worth doing it.  I love and miss my family very much.  There’s no way I can’t see them even once a year.
 
Before I left our house, my mother, who is 85 years old already, has been asking my niece, Rose, when I will come back to see her. In her old age, she can still do household chores and still has good memory.  She goes to market and cooks our food. Whenever there is someone celebrating his or her special day, she always cooks noodles to signify “long life” for the celebrant.  During her younger years, she really worked so hard when she became a widow at the age of 27.  She was pregnant with me when my father died.  I was born without seeing my own father.  In spite of emotional and financial problems she experienced, she was able to send all of us, her four children, to college.  She is now harvesting the “fruits of her labor” ---  17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  This is how being a mother is. 


Last 2011 was a bad year because my brother died in a car accident. The last time I saw him was in 2010.  At that time, he planned to retire from his job to spend more time with his family.  He became spiritually active in evangelizing many people before his death.  I really miss him a lot.  One of my itineraries is to stay at his house for a week to visit his widow who is living in a country, too.




WELCOME ABOARD
 My husband drove me to DFW International Airport and the plane departed at 12:00 pm. I’m lucky this year to have a good flight schedule because I don’t have a longer waiting period for my connecting flight which is 4 hours only.  Last year, it was really terrible because my waiting hours for my connecting flight took me 15 hours and a half.



I arrived in Dubai International Airport the following day at 12:30 pm. This is one of the most beautiful airports I have ever seen. Their shower and restrooms are really very clean and well maintained. It has many shopping stores, grocery and food stores, and even a hotel inside the airport. I took a walk from one end to the other end of the airport building. It’s really a good exercise to walk.  The pictures speak for themselves what they are and what you can buy from each store. Take a look also of the structural design of the building and the landscaping of indoor gardens from one end to the other end as shown below:


The Desert Garden (a)


The Desert Garden (b)


The Terminal Gates


The Structural Design of Ceiling (a)


The Structural Design of Ceiling (b)


 Seafood Restaurant


McDonald’s Fast Food


Pharmacy Store



Swarovski Store


Perfume-Cosmetics Stores


Gold-Jewelry Stores


Watches Store


Duty Free-Tobacco Stores


Sunglasses Store


Olive Mediterranean Cafe


Mobiles-Cameras Stores


Fashion Store


Books-Magazines Stores


Sports – Leisure Stores


Electronics-Music Stores


Foodplus – Luggage Store


Starbucks Coffee


Burger King Fast Food 


The Telephone Booths


The Structural Design of Walls


The Flight Monitoring Board


The Green Garden (a)


The Green Garden (b)

At the end,  it’s important to reflect that we need to appreciate all the opportunities in our life wherever we are.  Not all is capable of doing what one likes to do and enjoy, especially the luxury.  Time, effort, and money are needed to see the beautiful places around the world.  Whatever is the purpose of your travel,  this is just short lived because we need to face the realities in our life  after this.  The right purpose at the right time and place is always necessary to fulfill whatever our goals are.   Our life is like a never-ending journey where struggles are inevitable; a never-ending travel from one end to another end, back and forth where struggles still continue. To find a place where we can feel happy and have peace of mind and heart is limitless to satisfy our needs and wants. Lastly, we should not forget that God's guidance through His Word is very important to lead and guide us in all our journeys.

Related Personal Travels:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Three                                                              
  Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)     

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two