[umap id=”1962″ size=”m” alignment=”center”] This is where I grew up and marked places on interest. Its annoying that the maps can’t zoom enough to get a decent view of the area.
Last thursday, May 3rd, we attended our second wedding of the year- the wedding of: sarena & meson banas The wedding was held at New Horizons Church in Voorhees, with the reception at Adelphia’s Restaurant. It was a nice wedding, with which Em and I participated as bridesmaid and flower girl. My sister Steph and friend Michelle also shared the experience together as bridesmaids, which made it more enjoyable. To view the whole album, please visit our Photo Gallery.
Just like every train ride, by the time we pass New Brunswick, everyone has settled in. People are sleeping, others reading periodicals while others still, thumb away at their blackberry’s and mobile phones enjoying every little little bit of silence with only the hum of the train gliding across its electrical tracks before another chaotic day begins. The train was 15 minutes away from Newark Penn Station when I heard a melancholic diatribe from two seats away. It was someone singing through her iPod’s headphones. The effects were immediate as the haunting voice slashed through the peaceful air like a chainsaw through a pressure cooked oxtail in peanut sauce and secret spices. People’s heads were spinning, trying so hard to find the source of noisy irreverence. Then out of the blue a booming voice shushed that singer and forcefully told the person to keep silent … in spanish. The singer, seemingly undaunted by the warning shot, went through a second chorus. The same man stood up and smacked a newspaper across the woman’s chair and asked her one more time to please be silent or else he’ll ask a conductor to drop her off the next stop… this time in […]
Note: A compilation of Text Messages I received yesterday from family back in the Philippines for Emma’s Birthday. Dear Emma, GOD isn’t far away; HE surrounds you with His love. It was HE who opened your eyes this morning His strength will carry you all your life. Happy birthday! – Lolo Perl & Lola Nene — Happy birthday Emma! We love you. We miss you – Tita Zen & Isabel — Dear Emma, Till I have life to live, I will always love u. Remembering you on your birthday is my way of thanking God He created you… – Lola Nene
Our daughter leaves the terrible twos today and enters in the year of possibilities for even more dramatic growth- physically, emotionally, cognitively, and even spiritually. As excited as we are that she’s at the doorstep of this phase, we’re always ambivalently sad as we have to let go of that previous year because it’s only proof that her baby days are slowly slipping away. This means a lot to many parents, mainly because their innocence and stark joy for the simplest things were in those phases. She’d see a butterfly and be genuinely awed. She’d hear a tune and be automatically animated. I know some people don’t outgrow the wonder sometimes, but age definitely sedates it, and makes it harder for us to appreciate only what children can define. But with age, there’s a promise- a promise of potential, walking alongside w/ hope and excited anticipation and surprise. That’s what we look forward to w/ every passing year with Emmanuelle, because we’ve learned as novice parents, that we’re continually surprised, even with our expectations. We are immensely blessed by her life, her laughter, her thoughts, her humor, her sass, and her quiet wonder. I can’t really explain the emotion of […]