Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

May 31, 2014 at 8:54 am | Posted in DOWNTIMES, WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE | 11 Comments
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This split-second story captures the end of my family’s Antipolo times. My parents sold this house last month because we have not stayed here for quite a while now. My family has been living in the UAE and we come here during our vacations only. We don’t even really stay here during the whole vacation because we would usually stay in our grannies’ place in Bulacan. This house is also a bit far, located in the cool and breezy mountains of Antipolo City.

Leaving this place is a sad part for our family because there’s lots of good memories shared in here.

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However, a new house is currently being constructed in Bulacan, and this will be our new vacation house in the Philippines. It is within my grannies’ compound so we will not be very far away from our loved ones. I’ll share the pics with you when the construction finishes.


This week’s theme for The Daily Post  Weekly Photo Challenge is “Split-Second Story”.

The challenge is to become a documentary photographer and attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place or thing. The author is asked to tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image.

Check out more split-second stories!

Icezine Split Second Story (Weekly Photo Challenge)


Vacation Bits 09: Goobye Antipolo House.

May 6, 2014 at 12:53 am | Posted in DOWNTIMES, MOM AND DAD, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 1 Comment
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One of the saddest part of our vacation was selling our house in Antipolo City.

My parents love this house because this was their first house after getting married.

But because our family now lives in the UAE, and nobody is looking after the house, my parents decided to sell the house.

This is my room in this house.But now. this will just part of a happy memory.

These are our last family pictures inside our Antipolo house.

It was a sad moment to leave a place that has been part of our lives. We hope that the nexthouse owners will love this place as much as we loved it.

We will surely treasure our happy moments here.



Vacation Bits 05: Antipolo City Churches

March 26, 2013 at 12:26 am | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 2 Comments
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Antipolo City is a city located in the mountainous province of Rizal, and is the next province east to Manila. It is 7th largest city in the Philippines.  Its name was derived from the word “Ang Tipolo” (The Tipolo). Tipolo is a tree that was once abundant in this component city (wikimapia).

This city is close to my family’s heart because my parents once lived here. After getting married, they moved in to a house in the hilly Woodrow Hills and enjoyed the cool winds and peaceful place.

Everytime we visit the Philippines, we always visit our house here. We also don’t forget to visit the churches that were once frequented by my parents.

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That is Mom and I (pulling a bag) walking towards the church.

This one is the Antipolo Church, also known as the “National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage” and was first built in 1578 by Franciscan missionaries who arrived in the place during that Spanisih era. The church have undergone lots of renovations since then.

Because of this church, the city became known as a pilgrimage site. The Marian image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or the Virgin of Antipolo, which was brought in from Mexico in 1626, and enshrined in the Antipolo Cathedral has a continuous following among Filipino Catholics since the Spanish era.

A popular custom of pilgrims to the Virgin of Antipolo is the trek going to its shrine on the eves of Good Friday and May 1, from various locations in Rizal Province and Metro Manila. Some pilgrims would begin the trek from Quiapo Church in Downtown Manila following the procession of the image.There is also an existing custom to have new cars blessed at the church in the belief that this will ensure the safety of the car and its passengers (wikipedia).

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This is the interiors of the church. There was an ongoing wedding ceremonies when we visited.

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Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage on the altar


After visiting a centuries-old church, we moved in to a rather new church – Piazza Della Trasfigurazione (The Transfiguration of Christ Parish).

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During the times when Mom and Dad still lived here in Antipolo City, this church was still being constructed. The funds for the construction came from the people who live around the area. The church officially finished by last year only.

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The interiors of the church


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My parents were surprised to see the great improvements of the church. They used to attend holy masses here during the time when this church was still without walls, and people would bring their own chairs because there were not enough benches for the churchgoers. Mom was still pregnant with me that time 🙂

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These places of worship are close to my parents’ hearts, so they always try to come back here everytime our family is here in the country. Our way of expressing our gratitude for the blessings that come our simple life.





Vacation Bits 25: Our House

July 12, 2012 at 12:52 am | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | Leave a comment
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My parents and I visited this house in Antipolo City. We call this “Our House”.

My parents lived here after they got married. I wasn’t born that time yet, but this house was the witness to all the love and struggles my parents had in their first year of marriage.

I have my own room here, but would you believe that I haven’t slept in that room? My father was abroad when I was born, and so Mom has to move to Bulacan where my grannies could help in looking after me.

But although I never lived here, I know how important this house is for my parents. And when we do visit here, I can always feel the warmth of love inside this house.

This is truly “our house.”

Vacation Bits 24: Slice N Dice

July 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Posted in FOOD TALK, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 4 Comments
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This is still part of my series of posts related to my recent vacation to the Philippines.


Slice N Dice Char-Grilled Steaks is a restaurant chain offering affordable charcoal-grilled steaks. One of our quick-lunch stops!

This one’s in Victory Park-and-Shop Mall in Antipolo City.

T-bone Steak and Pasta

Steak Salpicado


Red Iced Tea and Rootbeer

Vacation Bits 06: Antipolo Church

June 9, 2012 at 12:23 am | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 6 Comments
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We visit Antipolo Church everytime we are here in the Philippines. This is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.

This church was built during the 15th century.

Our Home Revisited

September 25, 2011 at 6:47 am | Posted in MOM AND DAD, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | 2 Comments

We had a quick visit to our Antipolo House on this day. My parents cleaned the house and my aunts and uncles helped. After this, we headed to Paranaque City to attend a prayer rally.

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