Saturday, May 29, 2010

www.byahengbarok.com




Yup! That's right! I now have my own domain and transferred my travel blog to Wordpress. You can check out www.byahengbarok.com for further updates about my trips!





Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Facebook Status Updates during the Holy Week

Since Facebook is blocked in China, I decided to store my status updates in my mobile phone for later posting. (Hehehe! Adik lang!) Well, technically, I can post status updates using my Blackberry (thank God for smartphones!), but decided not to so I can take a break from the Facebook world.

But...

Here they are now. Below are the status updates I saved in my phone... May they give you a peek on how our Holy Week 2010 in China went...

March 28, 2010, 11:30pm
Arrived in Pudong International Airport 15 minutes early... It's now time to look for a place to sleep... here inside the airport.

March 29, 2010, 12:01am
Hmmm... Parang nagsasara ang airport nila dito sa Shanghai! Pano na 'yan, san kami matutulog?

March 29, 2010, 12:16am
Finally, an English-speaking airport staff! Whew! She said we still have to go out towards the arrival area and transfer to the third floor to get to the departure area. Ahhh... Oo nga naman noh...

March 29, 2010, 12:46am
Time to sleep... Lights out! But wait... Ang iingay nila!!! There's a group of old Chinese women a few rows from us having a conversation. Hmmm, conversation kaya 'yun? Parang nag-aaway naman ang tono nila?

March 29, 2010, 3:10am
Brrrr... Can somebody please turn the air-conditioning units off?

March 29, 2010, 5:38am
It's getting noisier and noisier. It's high time we should wake up... People are already pouring in the airport.

March 29, 2010, 6:10am
Weird! Paano ba mag-check-in? Nakapila na silang lahat, wala namang tao sa counter... Nyaiks! Kanino kami pwedeng magtanong...

March 29, 6:15am
Ay, ang sosi... Sa machine pala kami magche-check-in.

March 29, 10:11am
Welcome to Xi'an, China!!!

March 29, 10:58am
Arrived at the Han Yang Ling Museum... Teka, ano nga ba ulit ang makikita namin dito?

March 29, 2010, 11:15am
Finally, after a few picture-taking at the complex, we made a decision not to explore the Underground Museum and save ourselves RMB40 worth of entrance fee. Mahal din 'yan ha, especially kung wala pa kami masyadong yuan na pera!

March 29, 2010, 12:18am
Lunch time... Oh no! Puro gulay :(

March 29, 2010, 1:44pm
SIGH... Hindi pa man namin nakikita ang mga Terracotta Warriors, ang dami na naming ginagastos :(

March 29, 2010, 2:08pm
Hmmm... Bakit kami ayaw papasukin sa gate? May ticket naman kami :(

March 29, 2010, 2:25pm
Yahoo! We got ourselves an English-speaking guide. Ok na 'to for RMB 100 kesa naman mawawala-wala kami sa loob at mapagod sa kakalakad nang walang katuturan...

March 29, 2010, 2:51pm
On this historic day in 1974, we met one of the 7 farmers who discovered the Terracotta Warriors! We are face-to-face with history!

March 29, 2010, 4:29pm
The entire Terracotta Warriors has not been fully excavated & replaired. mokong, mag-archeology ka na lang sa college, please!

March 30, 2010, 11:38am
Cruising the expressway, temperature at 6-degrees, visibility at approximately 50 to 70 meters. Good luck sa Great Wall of China namin.

March 30, 2010, 11:49am
I was wrong... Visibility at 30 to 50 meters only. Good luck talag sa pictures namin. Saang pader yan?

March 30, 2010, 2:30pm
Ano pa ang silbi ng UWA, kung ang kukugaan mo rin lang naman.... Parang butterfly silk! Ampf!

March 30, 2010, 3:30pm
Now, I have a reason to go back to the Great Wall of China. Next time, I'm gonna make sure it's spring.

March 30, 2010, 3:45pm
Parang weather proof lang ang camera ko! Pero hindi... Don't give up on me, Cosme!

March 31, 2010, 8:15am
I'm seriously thinking of going back to Beijing. Maybe this is where we should treat Mama. What do you think, Ate and Bong?

March 31, 2010, 8:45am
The sun is shining! Kainis! Ba't nde ka umaraw kahapon? :(

March 31, 2010, 1:05pm
Waaaahhhhh!!!! Sa laki ng Tianenmen Square, hindi na kami magkita-kita! Pagod na kami kakalakad!

March 31, 2010, 2:16pm
Waaaahhhhh! Finally, we saw Os and Laiza!

March 31, 2010, 3:05pm
Ano ba 'to? Puro gate... Asan na ang Forbidden City? Hello???

March 31, 2010, 3:15pm
At the 3rd gate (or 4th gate, whatever!), we can't go on any longer. Pahinga na sa steps... I went up a bit to take a picture. Thank God for long lenses!

March 31, 2010, 3:17pm
I asked a Japanese tourist with a Nikon cam hanging from his neck to take a photo of me using my camera... Used all possible sign languages to let him know what I want him to do... While I was posing, and he was focusing, he asked, "Do you have a flash?" Lekat! Marunong naman palang mag-english 'tong hapon na 'to! Hayyyy....

March 31, 2010, 3:44pm
All tourists are now heading towards the exit... Asan na si Alia? Hayyyy.... Ang lamig na.

March 31, 2010, 4:15pm
Success si Flying Bangui!!! Naabot nya hanggang dun sa garden :( I envy her... Pero hindi ko na talaga kayang maglakad. Matanda na ako... At excuse me, hindi kami magka-age ni Flying Bangui, she's younger... By a year! Hahahaha!

March 31, 2010, 5:25pm
Yehey! Nakita na namin si Tita Roselle!!! Pero asan na ang "the egg"? ASAN NA?!?!

April 1, 2010, 7:15am
Bullocks! The sun is shining and I can see blue skies :( Breaks my heart that we didn't get to see the Great Wall at this weather. Hayyyy.... Aatakihin na ako sa puso...

April 1, 2010, 8:30am
Change of itinerary, mga adik! Yahoo! Isa lang ang nasabi ni Issa sa amin, "You're all such brats!"

April 1, 2010, 9:40am
On our way to the Great Wall of China! :)

April 1, 2010, 11:10am
We got our confirmation email from elong.net... Surprised to see that the cost ofticket is now full price. Gone are the sale tickets... :(

April 1, 2010, 1:49pm
Tantantinin... Need to rush back to Issa's apartment...

April 1, 2010, 5:40pm
Finally, train left the station... This is it! Start na ang 18-hour journey namin. Ampf!

April 1, 2010, 6:30pm
O, akala koba,super disiplinado sila (I read it in a forum somewhere) at hindi sila katulad ng mga Pinoy na walang kadisipli-displina at all... O, eh ba't "no smoking" na nga, ang dami nilang nag-i-smoke sa loob ng tren! Hello? Disiplina ba 'to? Ang daming signs na "no smoking"!!!

April 1, 2010, 7:30pm
Lord, ba't ang ingay?

April 1, 2010, 7:50pm
Dinner time...

April 1, 2010, 8:30pm
Oh, no... There's a group of friends in the next row that are super ingay. OA sa ingay, parang sa kanila ang buong coach!

April 1, 2010, 9:30pm
Mokong and I should attempt to sleep... Pero pano? There's a group of rowdy people and we're just 1 row of seat away from them. Promise, ang ingay!

April 1, 2010, 10:31pm
Promise, proud talagaako na Pilipino ako...

April 2, 2010, 12:12am
Dose oras na lang, matatapos din ang ordeal na to!

My status updates are incomplete... It doesn't say anything about our tour in the Temple of Heaven, or the fact that we cancelled our tour of the Beijing Zoo just so we can see the Great Wall again. Not even the chaos that we have to go through with our changes in itinerary. It also doesn't say much about the Shanghai leg of our trip. Kahit pala magse-save lang ng status updates, nakakapagod din pala! Hehehe!

Well, I'll be posting a more detailed rundown of our entire Holy Week adventure soon... with photos, of course. Hope you can find the time to read and view them later on...

Thanks, everyone! Hope everybody had a great holy week :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Look

You see that look? You only see that from children whose only refuge is a mother's embrace and sweet words. My son used to look at me that way. But he's all grown up now, living his own life. I'm not bitter. I'm just beginning to accept that my new role now is to stay at the background.



The photos above are my niece and my grandson. Yup! I am a certified grandmother... But Carla (Mom above) is a niece from a second cousin. So, technically, I am not their official grandmother. Hehehe! I'm just in denial.

The rest of my grandchildren's photos are in my Multiply site: http://byahengbarok.multiply.com/photos/album/134/Dahil_Lola_na_Ako

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009

I don’t usually go to cemeteries during November 1 or 2. The closest relative I have whose buried here in Metro Manila is my Mom’s grandmother. We never even met her. Though we were able to visit her tomb at the Manila South Cemetery a couple of times, my siblings and I never accompanied our Mom during the first of November.

But since my 6-week hiatus has made me bored and depressed, I decided to join my Mom in visiting her grandmother’s tomb today. I saw the November 1 event as an opportunity for me to take photographs.

So, by 8am, we were on our way to the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City. Good thing it was just near where I work, so I know the fastest route getting there. We only stayed a few minutes at my great grandmother’s tomb. We barely stayed for an hour. But it’s enough for me to take photographs. He! He! He!

We went back home to eat an early lunch. By 11am, we boarded a G-Liner bus bound for Taytay. This time, we are going to visit ‘Ta Rosie and her husband, ‘To Rudy, at the Sto. Rosario Memorial Park. ‘Ta Rosie is Mom’s cousin who died last year.

Though it was my first time to commute to such a far-off place since my major operation, surprisingly, I never had any difficulty. But it was one hell of a tiring day for me. At least, I got to do what I’ve wanted to do for 6 weeks now. And honestly, I feel so alive! He! He! He!

Don’t worry, I didn’t just take photos. Promise, I said a prayer or two for them.


Complete set of photos are in Multiply site: http://byahengbarok.multiply.com/photos/album/132/November_1_2009