Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Holy Tunic

Mixing Tagalog and English (TagLish) in one sentence is quiet common for us Filipinos. We are familiar with the words and actually can understand each other still. But mixing Tagalog and German in a conversation, well, could actually cause confusion. At least for me.

My friends called me to ask if I wanted to join them on a road trip – to see “The Heiliger Rock”. I thought, well, why not? I mean, I am a Christian, I believe in God. I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was just 14 years old. I celebrate Easter and I believe in Jesus’ resurection. I do have my own personal relationship with the Lord. Period!

But to see a holy stone? Why not? The holy stone turned out to be a Tunic. I, silly me, literally translated “Rock” for “stone”. But “Rock” in Germanic language is actually “skirt” or “tunic”. It is believed to be the “Seamless Tunic” that Jesus’ wore before He was crucified. According to tradition, St. Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, brought the Holy Tunic to Trier when it was the capital of ancient Gaul.

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The “Holy Robe” pilgrimage began in 1512. It is again available for viewing from April 13 till May 13 this year. The “Holy Robe” Pilrimage tradition is now 500 years old. I lined up with my firends inside the Cathedral in Trier for almost 20 minutes. The line was already long at 10:30 a.m. My friend, thinking ahead, knew that if we arrived later, it would probably have taken double the time just to see the Tunic inside the Cathedral.

Afterwards, we just walked around Trier which is Germany’s oldest city.

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Philippinen and the Filipino Way

Watch a video of Terra X 2DF channel presenting the Philippines and the Filipino sea nomads.

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The Filipino Way
The whole crew woke up at 5 a.m. as scheduled. But the boaters came late, (as usual – the famous “Filipino time”). When the boaters finally came, it turned out that the whole crew and their equiptments would not go in the boat. So they had to order another boat. Mr. Dirk Steffens was already pessimistic if they would even make it out that day, hehehe. But eventually, they managed to get another boat and the crew could sail out in the end. I like this cut, showing the boys in shorts and goggles playing under water with the foreign guests in full diving gear, hehehe.

Just watching these clips make me want to shout out: “Here it is! The country where I hail from. The Paradise of the Southeast.”

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LP Challenge: Babasahin

Simula nung ako ay bata pa lamang ay nakahiligan ko na ang mag basa. Oo, simula sa mga Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sweet valley High, Emilio Buto (Mills and Boon) hanggang sa mga Daniel Bakal (Daniel Steel) at iba pang Romance novels. Hanggang ngayon ay kinagigiliwan ko pa rin mag basa. Tulad ng Happy Rotter (este, Harry Potter) na akda ni J.K. Rowling at ng mga akda nila Dan Brown, John Grisham, James Patterson. Kasama na rin si Mary Clark Higgins. Pinag daanan ko din namang basahin ang mga bigating sina Leo Tolstoi, Anna K., At mga akda ni Jane Austen. Namuti ang bawat hibla ng mga buhok ko jan… kasi kinakailangan kong basahin para sa eskwela ang mga yan.

Ngayon naman, namumutla naman ang wallet ko, kasi ang mamahal na ng mga babasahin Ingles dito sa Alemanya. Mabuti nalang at doon sa dati kong pinag ta trabahuhan ay nakaka deilihensiya ako ng mga librong itinatapon na dahil hindi nabebenta. Mga top seller din naman sana, kaya lang bihira lang ang namimili ng English books nila. Kaya kesa gumastos sila sa pag mail nila ng sangkatutak ng libro, ay tinatapon nalang nila ito. Yun nga lang hubad sa likod ang mga binabasa ko kasi ang back cover ay tinatastas nila para isauli sa publishing house. Okay lang din. Ang mahalag ay libro ito at higit sa lahat, nakukuha ko pang ipagpatuloy ang kinagisnan kong “hobby” ang pag babasa.

Nitong mga huling buwan, mas napapabilis ang pag tapos kong basahin ang isang libro dahil sa trabaho ko ngayon, may time ako mag basa. Pwedeng-pwede kami magbasa ng libro, huwag lang newspaper, magazine, or tablet. Bawal mag internet for personal use at bawal din mag telebabad. Kaya nag stock ako ng maraming libro. Tuwing may pagkakataon na makapag uwi ako ulit ng mga patapon na libro ay gina-grab ko. Madalas isang malaking shopping bag na puno ng libro ang nai uuwi ko. Oo, natatapos ko naman silang basahin. Pag tapos na ako ay pinamimigay ko na din sa mga interesado o kaya ay dinadala ko sa Brussels para naman sa mga kapatid ko. Sila din ay mahilig mag basa. Talagang nasa lahi na rin ata namin yun. O di kaya ay sa pagpapalaki sa amin ng aking mga auntie at Lola. Naalala ko pa, palitan kami ng librong binabasa. My Lola used to bring lots of books at home. Borrowed books lang from the library at sa book-swapping stores sa manila. Mabibili mo ang libro ng 2,50 pesos pataas, depende sa author at kung bago pa ito. Pagkatapos mong basahin pwede mo itong i swap for other books at same price or lower. Unahan kami ng pili kung ano ang gusto naming basahin at pagkatapos ay nagpapalitan naman kami. Kinagagalitan ang pinaka matagal matapos mag basa. Kasi, gusto pa namin itong i swap for other books nga. Maganda ang kinagisnan naming magkakapatid na hobby. At masaya ako na hanggang ngayon ay nagagawa ko pa ito. Thank goodness, libre na ang mga libro ko.

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LP challenge: Nakagisnan

Simple lang ang buhay na aking kinagisnan. Naninirahan lang kami noon sa isang apartment sa Maynila. May dalawang kuwarto man ito, pero dahil sa masyadong mabait ang mga magulang ko, palagi kaming puno. Palaging may bisita galing sa probinsiya. May mga pinsan na nakikitira habang nag aaral sa Maynila. Siksikan kami sa kuwarto at sa kama, pero masaya naman kahit nag mistulang sardinas kami. Mabuti pa nga siguro ang sardinas nakakahinga pa ata ng maayos kesa sa amin, hehehe. Kapag naiisip ko nga ngayon ang kinagisnan kong buhay, natutuwa ako na kahit siksikan kami noon, magkasama naman kami lahat. Masaya kahit isang latang sardinas lang ang ulam namin. Kahit nale-late kami sa eskwela sa kaka hintay para makapag banyo sa umaga.

Ngayon, ang kasama ko lang dito sa Alemanya ay ang aking asawa. Minsan, nangungulila ako sa aking nakagisnang buhay. Maingay, masikip, mahirap… pero masaya.

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Berlin again… this time with Bong

I visited Berlin again this time with my classmate way back during my I.S. days in MCFI and her family and some friends. Last time I was in Berlin, was with my niece Duday. It was a first for both of us. For her, the first time she travelled from Brussels alone via the ICE going to Frankfurt am Main then further on to Berlin with me. For me, the first time to visit Berlin, the capital city. We stayed two nights at one of the Hotels in Potsdamerplatz. We had a really nice time. For her, perhaps tiring, but anyway educational. That was in August last year.

Two weeks ago, I went back there with some friends.

It was also tiring since we tried to squeezed as much place as we could visit in one day. Anyway, I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. I got to spend sometime with Bong. Got to know her a bit more. Caught up with her life’s ventures… as wife, mother and a career woman all rolled into one. The Bong that I used to know is totally different now. I can’t imagine her being the successful Realty Broker and over protective mom of Sophie. You see, before, I thought Bong was a softie. Although a really beautiful personality inside, I thought that she was the type who would need someone to protect her. Someone to provide everything for her. I never thought that she would turn out to be a very independent, very reliable sophisticated woman like she is now… to top it all… successful in her chosen field of career.

My hats off to you Bong and it was really nice to see you again. Last time we were together in Z├╝rich was 6 years ago. I hope it will not take that long till we see each other again. Hopefully, Mike and I can visit you and Leonick in your Villa in Antipolo next time we come home to visit.

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