New Year’s Eve — an evening of merrymaking while bidding goodbye to the past year and preparing for the coming of the New Year. As has been the tradition for as long as I can remember, it’s the night for an almost unending fireworks display all over the Philippines, from every corner in the busy streets of Metro Manila to the most far flung village in the provinces.
Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language (1964) defines red as “a primary color, or any of a spread of colors at the lower end of the spectrum, varying in hue from that of blood to pale rose or pink.” Le Petit Larousse (1997) defines it as “of the color of blood, or of poppies”. (“de la couleur du sang, ou du coquelicot.”). In Eva Heller’s Psychologie de la couleur – effets et symboliques. (pg. 39–63), “Next to orange at the end of the visible spectrum of light, red is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, blood, anger, socialism and communism, and in China and many other cultures, with happiness.
Not everyone gets the opportunity to say thank you and express appreciation to the people who have greatly influenced their lives. Read the rest of this entry »
A pilgrimage to Lourdes is a dream for any Catholic. So when we went on the pilgrimage (my parents, my sister Fatima and her husband Rene, and me of course), I can barely contain my excitement, it was literally a dream come true! The night before the trip, I prepared 3 1-¾ liter water bottles that I planned to fill with the miraculous waters of Lourdes. Read the rest of this entry »
Long after you and I are long gone, there will always remain silent witnesses… Read the rest of this entry »
Christmas Day is fast approaching and everybody is busily preparing to celebrate one of the biggest feasts of Christianity. Everywhere you go, it is impossible to miss reminders of the fast approaching holiday season — homes, schools, offices, shopping malls, government buildings are all awash in Christmas decorations. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you know that in Farsi, the same word is used for garden and paradise? This is the very reason why people from all walks of life, regardless of culture, tend to their gardens with love and care – a garden is our very own paradise on earth! Read the rest of this entry »
For two years now, our family finds the time to get together to re-establish and strengthen our family ties, share our lives’ ups and downs with one another on a first hand basis, do activities that we have not done since we were kids, spend as much time as we can with our parents who are now in the twilight of their lives and do crazy and fun things together. If we happen to live in one continent, this would not be a problem but it just so happened that we are scattered on 3 continents – Asia, Europe and North America!