Sunday, January 18, 2015

Beautiful Sunday # 143 - The Rare Long Weekend

The past week has not been so good at the workplace. My projects are running smoothly. I almost don't have any problems at all. The minor trouble arose from some people who failed to perform their work. The unexpected headache... My long weekend was almost ruined if not because of a few friends who consoled me. When I related my sentiments to my friends, my initial intention was to seek their assistance on how to handle my little misfortune. I was hoping to be enlightened. Much to my surprise, we all ended laughing about all those people causing the inefficiency. Call us mean but I guess, laughing is always better than planting another seed of stress. 


Prior to the long weekend, I secured documents from several government agencies. This is actually when all the problems were discovered. On the way back to the workplace, I felt refreshed to see some places I used to frequent.

Please don't mind the electrical wires, I always find beauty to this blue and white building. There are a lot of fastfood chains and local banks on the ground floor. This area never fails to gain foot traffic, I just don't know if they share the same appreciation with this beautiful infrastructure.

Another new / old beautiful building  - I love that the owner decided to construct the building inspired by neoclassical architecture.

The Manila Cathedral - No doubt about the beauty of this hundred year old Cathedral. I saw a handful of foreigners who are probably part of Pope Francis' advance committee.


Had a quick trip to Binondo to buy a simple present for the Boss' birthday - I have to find the famous peanut kiosk in Binondo. Thanks to my friend W, we found the most coveted peanut kiosk in Hormiga St. I should have taken photos of the queue of lines. There were locals and foreigners joining the crowd of excited buyers.

And just because it took me a  lot time and effort to purchase bags of peanuts, I treated myself to my favorite "dirty" street ice cream.



Cute signage from a homegrown burger place - Chevy Burger, I hope to see you soon again.

Feeling Korean - I have been seeing this bottle of soju from 7-11 for the longest time. I didn't want to buy it from the 7-11 store near the workplace. I wanted to protect my image as a good teacher. LOL This weekend, my cousin joined and supported my curiosity. She purchased one from another 7-11 branch.. away from home and the workplace. Haha We googled different ways on how to enjoy soju... The outcome: it was just too strong for us! Our excitement made us forget to read the label which states 19% alcohol!!!

Les Miserables 1978 (I think) - The priest who saved Jean Valjean from the police reminded me of Pope Francis.

The Production Number on old local films - One thing we always laugh about the old local films (Era of Manilyn, Lotlot and company), there has to be a full dance production number. Long before Glee and High School Musical started, there's always the Filipino local films equipped with full production number.

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This week has been filled with stories and encounters with Pope Francis in the Philippines. For me, this is probably one of his best photos. :) 


19 comments :

  1. Those buildings look amazing! I am curious about how the cathedral looks on the inside. Over here we have sugar covered peanuts, I can never have just one over those. The whole bag needs to be devoured!

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    1. We also have sugar coated peanuts here :) I'm making a mental note to blog about it.

      The cathedral looks way beautiful inside. You will love the details. This is another place to blog.

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    2. I would love to read / see more on the Cathedral!

      Sometimes I have no idea what to blog about, and sometimes ideas keep popping into mind. I really need to start writing things down!

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  2. Gusto ko ma-try ang soju na yan hahaha :)
    Nung bata ako, bentang-benta sa akin yung 'production number' na yan sa mga lumang pelikula, parang ang saya kasi ng mga characters 'pag ganun lol.

    Ang saya ng pic ni Pope Francis!

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    1. Dati natututwa ako dahil masaya at lively... ngayon yung tuwa ko eh na-we-weird-an na ako pero entertaining pa din

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  3. I wish we preserved more old buildings here in the country. In the UK, especially in London, no one is allowed to modernize the buildings. So the inside will be completely refurbished but the outside will still look a hundred years old. It's pretty kasi when old buildings are preserved...

    Modern is nice, but iba kasi yung character that history brings.

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    1. we have a law.. i think if the building is at least 50 years old.. bawal na siya i-demolish. although you know, the problem here is as always... the law does not have sufficient teeth for implementation

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  4. That flyer or I-don't-know-what-to-call from Chevy Burger is sooo cute! Of course Hungry would be the best choice! Haha. Lovely post Diane!

    Janine | Lime & Life

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  5. How I wished we had a long weekend too. But then again, Cebu is at its busiest right now because of Sinulog.

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    1. visiting cebu in sinulog season : nasa bucket list ko pa din haha

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    2. Diane, punta tayo next year! Di pa ako nakapunta ng Sinulog.

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    3. Bet! Ang dami ko gusto puntahan sa Cebu!!!

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  6. Hi Diane!!

    I Love your post! Those buildings are so beautiful! Were you in that area a lot when you worked a different job? Or just for general living? That blue building looks so peaceful... it has a cool feel about it! and I Love the architecture in those buildings and the Cathedral!

    What is 'street ice cream'? it looks yummy, but I have no clue what it is!

    When I saw that Pope Francis was going to be in Manila I wondered if you were going! The picture you posted of him is fantastic.... :)

    I hope this week goes as well as last week did for you! With low stress on your end and laughs when things comes up. :)

    <3

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    1. my workplace is a few blocks away from these old and historic buildings :)

      we call it dirty ice cream because it is cheap and sold along the streets, but in reality its made from coconut milk

      i miss reading your blog.. will head out and check your posts. (you finally updated hahaha)

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  7. Nakakaubos ako mag-isa ng Soju. Lalo na pag emo ako. Wala lang, nishe-share ko lang sayo. Hahahaha. :D

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    1. Hindi kaya ng powers ko. Hanggang San Mig Light at Tanduay Ice lang ako (walang kwenta haha!) Nag-init ung tiyan ko. Ang positive effect lang sa akin, medyo nawala ang ginaw ko. haha

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  8. Mahilig ako kumain ng mani, with skin on please. Hahanapin ko rin yang Hormiga St. na yan pag nagawi ako sa Binondo. :)

    P.S. Ang cute talaga magsmile ni Pope Francis! Haaaaay, sobrang nakakatuwa talaga sya. :)

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  9. Les Miserables! I haven't seen that version but I really love the most recent one, the one with Russell Crowe as Javert. Ang saya-saya ni Pope :D

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