Sacred

When I was young, we lived in a house with a big altar facing the top of the stairs, so when you went up, the first thing that greets you is this massive altar with large, looming statues with eyes that seemed to follow you everywhere. Now that I have my own home, with my husband, I wanted a space for a simple, uncluttered altar. After all, we can make space for books, make up, televisions and gadgets, so why not carve a space that reflects our faith? So, with the little space that we have in our tiny apartment, I made my side table my little prayer corner. If there is one thing in our tiny apartment that remains, shall we say, immaculate, it is our altar.

Altar inspirations I found on the world wide web.

Altar inspirations I found on the world wide web.

It houses my book “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” a figure of Mother Mary, St. Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland, a place that is dear to my husband and me), an angel from Montserrat, which my mom gave to me as a reminder of our vacation in Spain, a framed photo of the Sacred heart of Jesus, a candle and pretty flowers that hopefully will not die soon.  On top of the book is my rosary, placed on our wedding ring holder that says “I have found the one whom my soul loves” from Song of Solomon 3:4. Also on top of the book is a figure of the Sleeping St. Joseph. The story says if you write a prayer or a wish and put it under the figure, St. Joseph will “dream about it” and interecede on your behalf and make your wish come true.

Our own altar. Pwede na diba?

Maybe I’ll put in a little lace tablecloth, and add a real Bible, but for now pwede na diba?

Gold!

We celebrated Jaime’s birthday this year with a bang – by watching Spandau Ballet, live in Manila. Well if, like us and our tito tita standards, you define ‘bang’ as watching an 80s band perform their greatest hits and some new songs they have churned out over the years. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert, as did the hundreds of other titos and titas in the audience.

Spandau Ballet sang old favorites like Gold, Through the Barricades, Lifeline, Round and Round, and of course, True. We were thrilled that Fra Lippo Lippi was the opening act, too. Or at least one member of the band was. Yihee prom songs. The kids in the audience had absolutely no idea what was going on.

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Grisly little trivia: Spandau Ballet actually refers to the “dance” that Jewish prisoners made while they were being gassed or hanged at Nazi concentration camps. No wonder the band landed in the list of “World’s Worst Band Names,” a list that includes Dogs Die in Hot Cars and Crazy Penis.

It will be a couple more years before Jaime actually turns golden. Hopefully we’ll still have enough energy to watch concerts then.

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Gourmand Market

When we were in London for our honeymoon, Jaime and I wanted to check out their famous Borough Market, but we never got the chance to. So when I heard that the 3rd run of the Gourmand Market, which was supposedly inspired by London’s Borough Market, was going to be held in BGC on the same weekend we were in town, we figured, why not?! So off we went.

The place looked something out of a Pinterest dream board. Chic, stylized food booths, cutesy little handpainted wooden signs, picnic tables, chalkboard menus, all that stuff.

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We spent the days of our weekend gorging on glorious food. Here are our favorites for future reference (Left to Right)

HHome by Good Earth Asado Pork Floss – asado siopao with sesame dressing and pork floss on top

Phatboy’s Ice Cream Sandwich – I got the mint ice cream, sandwiched by giant Chocolate Chip cookie on one side, and a dark chocolate chip cookie on the other. Topped with m&ms and chocolate chips. Heaven.

Gourmet Garage’s Crackling Bagnet wrap – wasn’t able to take a photo of the actual wrap, but it looks and tastes as good as that bagnet right over there.

El Jefe’s tortilla chips, with cheese dip, and salsa and everything good in life on it.

Gourmet Corner’s lamb curry – my husband is a fan of lamb, and curry, so unsurprisingly he went straight for this first..

Not in the photos are: Gourmet Corner’s mushroom truffle cannelloni, which to me was the star of our entire Gourmand Market experience, and Empanada Mas original chicken, original pork, and chorizo empanadas, bite sized goodies cooked to perfection.

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We also tried their drinks. My absolute favorite was Stellina’s Lemonade. Guzzled their old fashioned lemonade and cranberry lemonade the whole weekend. Super refreshing, with just the right mix of sweetness and tanginess, and for only 40 bucks for a 400mL bottle, not bad at all! Jaime tried the Standford & Shaw old fashioned ginger ale.

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We loved Gourmand Market so much we took home Delimondo’s Corned Beef and sausage, and Chorizo Cebu’s chorizo longganisa. Breakfast for the entire week is solved!

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We asked ourselves what we would serve if we had been part of it. Jaime would whip up curries, wrapped in pita bread, and I would probably just serve taho, in different varieties. It rained a lot during the weekend, and good old fashioned taho would have been a nice distraction.

i carry your heart with me

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i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

– e.e. cummings

Happy Birthday!

We prayed for this baby for a long time, always asking for Mama Mary’s intercession. Our prayer was heard, and today I felt the baby move for the first time. Today, Mama Mary’s birthday, of all days. Thank you Mama Mary, Undoer of Knots. And thank you for that reminder of your grace. Happy birthday!