The Comforts Of Home In Your Hotel

>> Tuesday, October 8, 2013

When looking for accommodations for your family vacation, what do you usually look for? No matter where you are, isn't it that you would look for comfort for your family first? I for one would usually look into the hotel room's size, and the services available. It should be clean, with amenities that my little girl can also enjoy, is accessible, and will of course allow me to unwind and relax. It also must have good reviews from people who have actually stayed in that hotel. It should also have hotel bar supplies that meet my expectations, a good selection of wine and a modern yet subdued ambience conducive for conversations.

I would always appreciate a hotel that offers a welcome service to its guests. It gives it a more personal touch. It could be a bottle of wine, or a small basket of sweets and chocolates to nibble on when you have nothing to do in particular or complimentary drinks at the bar. It need not be a five-star hotel for you to enjoy luxury in your hotel room... We once stayed in a hotel that was really nice. We were able to book it at a very reasonable price. The room was very charming and the bath supplies had me thinking of this hotel supply online that also offered almost exactly the same products. 

Come to think of it, if you are a hotel operator and would love to upgrade or update your hotel supplies, the Atlanta hotel supply can just be the right shop for you. It would be a great idea to start a business in the hotel industry. With all the hotel rooms that we have slept in and the experiences, good and bad, they will surely help in designing a place that guests can call their home away from home.


The Shape Of You

>> Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Two Sundays ago, we received a very unexpected news. A news that my father in law suddenly collapsed and was critical in the hospital. My husband had to fly immediately to the Philippines but my mother in law told me that it was the same case as Uncle Nilo's. Tatay has always had hypertension and was diligent in monitoring his BP and was very careful with what he eats. He refused however to take his maintenance medication because he felt his BP would worsen/shoot up if he failed or missed a day to take them. But then it was too late for that... :(

Tatay passed away last Tuesday due to high blood pressure aneurysm. What it is, and how it can be diagnosed and prevented you can find here.

It was such a sad and bitter day for us, especially to his two children who are both based abroad: my husband who is Germany-based and his brother who is UK-based. I guess it must have been a very long journey for my husband. I honestly wished we could be with him when he flew to the Philippines or that my brother in law can also fly back home to see Tatay for the last time but certain circumstances prevented us from doing so.

My heart still grieves at losing him... It was barely five months when we last saw him. He was always so happy and always laughing, making jokes and always tickling our little girl. Making sure his granddaughter is comfortable and happy. He always puts the needs of his family first before his needs.

Now he is gone. Finally resting and no longer feeling pain. I pray that you are now resting in peace Tatay. And I pray that the Lord will comfort the loved ones you have left behind: Nanay (my mother in law), Kuya Leo and Ate Ann and Luis, Hanhan and us.

Coincidentally, I found this song from Jewel entitled "In The Shape Of You" which perfectly describes how I felt with your passing away... I am thankful for the time given me to get to know you more. Thank you for everything... Coming home to the Philippines will never be the same again without your laughter. :( Indeed, there's a hole in our hearts in the shape of you.

Your passing was unexpected Tatay... May you find rest in the Lord, our God.


Fireworks Are Heavenly

>> Friday, September 13, 2013

I have always enjoyed fireworks shows... I was in awe when I saw my first spectacular and long fireworks show at the Showa Kinen park in Tachikawa, Tokyo in Japan. It was the summer of 2007. Then came the string of fireworks festivals in the succeeding years.

Each firework show is unique and beautiful in its own way and each never ceases to bring home that feeling of awe and wonder at the beauty that pyrotechniques can offer.

When we moved to Germany, I thought I would be missing out on the fireworks show but I guess I am way too favored when we found there is an annual three-day fireworks show called "Flammende Sterne" happening every summer at Scharnhauser Park in Ostfildern. Year after year, we go to the park to witness it, except for this year since we went on a summer holiday.

Since I wasn't able to watch this spectacle, I felt my summer went by incomplete. But then I saw this video shared on Facebook about a fireworks show competition held in Berlin and was again awed. I felt like I was there watching the fireworks myself. And on top of that, it was designed by Filipino contingents. I am just so happy to see it so I am sharing it here. I hope you like it.

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