Feedback on a Time to Mourne

Here’s something from Cora which I just had to post here separately: 

Welcome back and a belated Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family.Your Paris’ pictures are beautiful.One day, my husband and I will visit that famed “City of Lights”

We actually planned to go there from London when we visited our daughter in Scotland in December 2001,where she was on a study abroad program at the University of Edinburgh. But it was Christmas time and we could not change the itinerary she made for all of us.

Thanks so much for the CD.I am listening to it while typing away.Allan sure picked some easy listening pieces.

I was saddened by the latest calamity in the Bicol area.The poor and suffering people didn’t stand a chance.In our Charismatic prayer meeting last night, a collection was taken for the victims.I just hope that these funds would actually go to our needy kababayans.

The stories coming out of the Filipino media are so heart breaking.Poverty really makes the difference whether one can survive even in natural calamities.

But what gladdens my heart and gives me hope for our country are the words of Mr. Antonio Meloto(of Gawad Kalinga) and an Atenean , like you.

There are four things he always asks of every Filipino.

1.Never stop hoping for our country.
2.Don’t stop caring for our people.
3. Demand greatness of yourself as a Filipino.
4.Inspire greatness in other Filipinos.

I am going to include his speeches in this email.Just hope that I could do it correctly, I’m not very good in this computer business. My daughter gave me the fastest crash course in computer– 10 minutes..”Mom, that’s all you need to know”.

But I have three friends that always help me in navigating this course—-Prayer, Perseverance and Patience.

Thanks again and God bless you and your family.


On my way home

I finally got my wish today and landed on the newer buses that would give me the room and privacy to draft a blog post.  It’s freezing in New York and so I decided I would pick up the milk from the grocery near Alan’s hotel and take the express bus home from our usual stop. 

I’m actually making good time.
 I slept very late last night after working on my Starbucks brochures layouts.  I managed to come up with a total of 6 layouts which should be more than enough for the pictures we took in and around Starbucks.  I unfolded and spread out the small paper bag as well which turned out to be a good 12×12 spread, so he bag did very well for two pages. I’m going to work on a magazine I picked up from the Louvre tonight.  I think the scrapbook is going pretty well.  I have also started to get materials on the artworks I managed to photograph.  The good thing is that although we weren’t able to take photos of the paintings like I did in 2005, it was indeed true that all the works in the Louvre were in their online database.  You can access any works of interest to you by identifying the wing and the floor, then you can go from room to room to find what you are looking for. I wanted to be able to identify the statues/sculptures we had posed next to because it was there that I was able to rest the camera on some ledge and photography was allowed. Going through the database once again made me realize we haven’t quite seen it all.  So of course next time, the Louvre will still be part of our itinerary.

My Paris Starbucks Mug

Alan has been to Paris a half dozen times since he joined this company 3 1/2 years ago, but it wasn’t until this last visit that we finally found a Starbucks branch and I got my Paris mug.  It was a welcome addition to my Starbucks mug collection which has Manila, Cebu, Madrid, London, Singapore, Geneva and the local state mugs here.  I even have a few mugs with the original logo before it evolved into the new one.  Even if I have over 50 mugs in the collection, the Paris mug is special to me.

It’s one of the things I collect which I don’t pursue as passionately as my postcard collecting.  First rule of thumb is that I only buy mugs when they go on sale, unless they’re a state or city mug.  (Because then they never do go on sale.)  My latest acquisition is one of their halloween mugs bought just after halloween.

The goodies in Paris are just a little more expensive than the ones we have here in the US, so unless it’s a city mug, you’re better off buying it here.