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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Been Busy...

It's been a long, busy week, and I've been quite remiss (again!) in updating my blog. I am so sorry. The offline world has plenty of demands this week. Today, I have a bit of downtime and will finally get the time to catch up on the online world. :)

Anyway, I'm currently in my 6th month of pregnancy and I'm HUGE! People have been commenting that I look like I'm about to pop! I have some difficulty negotiating narrow aisles, I have to pee much more often than before, and I'm starting to have some back pains (which makes me wish that I had checked on a sleep number bed when we were buying our beds -- these are supposed to be more comfortable.)

Anyway, it's been a fun and productive week even if it has really been busy. Will do some updates here and on my other blogs whenever I get the time to post!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Cousin's Wedding

Most Chinese Filipino weddings nowadays incorporate elements of both Filipino, Chinese and western weddings. In most cases, the ceremony is at a Catholic church (since the Philippines is predominantly Catholic). There is, however, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony incorporated either between the ceremony and the reception, or after the reception itself.

Western influences show in the white wedding gown worn by the bride, and the presence of wedding attendants (maid-of-honor, best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen, ring and coin bearers and flower girls). Filipino influences show in the presence of principal sponsors, secondary sponsors, and, in some cases, Bible and rosary bearers (for the Catholic symbols of faith). Chinese influences show in the choosing of an auspicious date, the choosing of the right people for the entourage and the rules and taboos surrounding the wedding.

My cousin is getting married today, and my little boy is going to wear a suit for the first time, as he is their Bible bearer. We are excited to see him walk down that aisle. I just we have enough compact flash memory so that this event will be well recorded for us!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Today is World Glaucoma Day



Click here for more information about this dreaded eye disease.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Born Under The Dog Year




You Were Born Under the Compassionate Dog



You are totally loyal, faithful, and honest.

However, you don't trust others to be as ethical as you are!

Straight forward and direct, you really aren't one for small talk.

You are a great listener - and an agreeable companion when you're in a good mood!



You are most compatible with a Tiger or Horse.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pregnant Women in Weddings

In traditional Chinese families, pregnant women are generally discouraged or even banned from attending weddings. It is believed that a pregnant woman is full of "hok" (good fortune) and so are the newlyweds. If a pregnant woman attends a wedding, she is believed to be absorbing the "hok" that should have been reserved for the newlyweds.

The pregnant woman, however, is allowed to attend the reception, just not the wedding proper.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Our Philippines

A survey about the Philippines...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Macau

While a trip to Macau is probably not the same as real honest-to-goodness Vegas vacations, it's the closest that Pinoys and most other Asians can have that experience, other than traveling halfway round the globe to Las Vegas itself. There is now a Venetian hotel in Macau. I haven't been to the Venetian hotel in Macau, but I've seen the one is Las Vegas itself, and I would say that it's beautiful! I don't know if the Macau version approximates the original hotel, but if you would spend less time and airfare on travelling, well, that's a pretty good deal! I've been to Macau only once before, when it was already quite a gambling haven but with less of the present glitz and glamor that it is today. Ironically, when there are more flights going there, I haven't had the chance to go there yet. Maybe in a few years, I'll make another trip. :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My China Hotel Experiences

I've been to China a grand total of 4 times, in different cities and at different eras. The first time I was there was in the eighties, when we went to visit our great grandmother. We landed at Xiamen, spent a few days there, then went to the countryside to visit our relatives there, before going siteseeing in other cities. The most modern hotel we stayed in was in Xiamen, maybe because it was a major city in the south. But nevertheless, it was not as nice as the other hotel rooms I've stayed in before, just something very basic. I do not know if it was because my grandparents opted to get cheaper rooms, but my guess is that those were the already the best rooms available. The ones in the countryside and the less major cities were not as good as the one we had in Xiamen.

Fast forward to the late eighties (I think, or was it the early nineties). My parents had to attend a trade fair in Guangjou, and we tagged along. I didn't really have much expectations of the hotels given my previous experience with a hotel in what is supposed to be a major Chinese city. Lo and behold, the hotel we stayed in actually could be at par with some luxury hotel rooms elsewhere! There were modern restaurants, chandeliers, a piano playing in the lobby and good service. I suspect that it's because it's one of the trade centers and they have to cater to more foreigners with more discerning tastes.

The third and fourth times I went to China were to Fujou and Guanjou again, both in the late nineties, and both times were to bring my father for medical treatment. The hotels were nice enough, but not the level of luxurious hotel room we had when we went to the trade fair. Maybe that's because since we needed to spend for dad's treatment, we didn't go for the higher end hotels. But then I found that there were actually more hotels by then, from the budget to the luxury, unlike the eighties when there were hardly any choices for hotel rooms.

China has indeed come a long, long way.