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Monday, December 23, 2013
Let me go back to the main topic here. After taking our breakfast this morning, I immediately got myself ready to go grocery shopping. Before that, we went first to an electronic shop to buy something. Good Santa heard my prayers and wish this holiday season. He finally bought me a new laptop. If I am a musician, I would probably order an ultrasound amps at Musicians Friend. This site is perfect for those who want to buy musical instruments. I have a great love about music but sad to say, I cannot really play a musical gadget.
After visiting the electronic shop, we proceeded to a grocery store nearby to shop all the items we need for Christmas Eve celebration. This time will be a simple but wonderful celebration of Christmas. I am thankful for all the blessings big and small for this year 2013.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Next year, I am planning to do my own Christmas cards. That is the reason why I am looking for design online so I can have some ideas on what to do. I am not really a good designer but sometimes if I have the appetite to do things like designing, I can always try to do it good. Before weekend comes, I hope I can already finish everything about writing Christmas cards.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
|Christmas decors in a Supermarket we went last time.|
I bought it after Christmas season and they were on sale. I was lucky buying glass balls for our Christmas tree in a very very cheap price. I truly saved a lot of money for that. Imagine getting it for a $1.00 and its original price ranges from $5.00 to $10.00 per set. It was truly a great deal.
Shopping tips to all ladies out there, try to buy things that are off season. For sure you can have it in a cheaper price. You will also need it again and again the next season like what I did when I shopped for my Christmas decors.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
I also would like to share these inspiring thoughts sent by kyregma.com in my inbox. Thanks for sharing this!
"Christmas is a time when families come together to celebrate. However, we easily forget the underlying reason for the holidays, which is the birth of Christ. It is important that we all take time to reflect on the birth of Christ because it is a moment in human history that changed the world. No other religion has a figure who is both fully human and fully divine. We should never forget that this is why we celebrate Christmas — redemption is born into the world.
Micah 5:1-4 1 Thus says the Lord: But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. 2 Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne, and the rest of his kindred shall return to the children of Israel. 3 He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; 4 he shall be peace."
Monday, December 3, 2012
The holiday season is almost coming. I believed some are slowly wrapping their Christmas presents especially for their loveones. I am still browsing for an audio interface at Musicians friend. I guess it is a perfect answer to a former colleague who was asking about it. He is a singer and owns a musical band as well. I will show it to him as soon as I can.
I know for sure that I will also enjoy celebrating Christmas in my second home here in Europe. I hope you too!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow..."
Have a meaningful and memorable Christmas..
and a Happy New Year Too!
God bless us all!
No white Christmas this year but whatever it is Christmas will always be Christmas.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The main Christmas market is located near the Strasbourg Cathedral but there are other areas in the city center where you can also find little markets. I guess the pictures I have below will explain a bit about the Christmas market in Strasbourg.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
and Happy and bountiful
New Year to all!
The old, the very young;
The strangely lovely way they
Harmonize in carols sung.
For Christmas is tradition time -
Traditions that recall
The precious memories down the years,
The sameness of them all.
Helen Lowrie Marshall
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Have a lovely December to all! Happy holidays too!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Happy Holidays! It was truly a great party and celebration last night. We were invited with some other old and new friends in a gathering. It was really an amazing one. The fun especially the karaoke, dancing, singing, kidding, laughing and the joy that you can see in everybody's face are simply overwhelming! Don't forget to mention the banquet of lots of food! This is always the best part of the party. Without food, it will never be as successful when the stomach is empty. I am happy to meet especially my old friends who are always trustful and loyal.
I guess I have to start mentioning the food here which is always the most interesting part. I really can't imagine the food that were prepared last night. I guess it was good for fifty people. Actually there were only around eleven people who attended the awesome party. Ritchel and hubby prepared a big Ham, roasted turkey (already sliced when served), mashed potato, its gravy, stuffing, the yummy crabs, sweet and sour shrimps (cooked by yours truly for the first time), punch juice, pumpkin pie, bread and butter, fruit salad and fresh fruits were also served. Danna prepared spaghetti, pancit and lumpia. Of course I also cooked my favorite recipes adobo, bola-bola with tomato sauce, cassava cake, potato salad, vegetable salad and the favorite of all, my specialty I guess menudo apritada..Oooppps, don't forget the rice. Wine and beer were also served. After drinking the girls kept on dancing with the hiphop music!! such an enjoyable moments!
A short prayer was led by yours truly before the eating started. I guess everyone was confused of what food to take first. Some tried a little bit of it so that they can have rooms in their stomach for all the food. There were really a lot of left-overs that everyone had to take home with them. It was really a great party that before it ended a group picture was taken. As usual camera timer was used again. The group picture turned out to be a perfect one! It was also funny because at least four cameras were set to timer that everyone don't know exactly where to look. At least, it was still a great shot!
This Christmas celebrated with friends was really full of memories which made it unique and truly wonderful. Thanks to old and new friends who had renewed a bonding in this gathering. There might be other gathering in the future but last night was just so incredible that everyone went home contented and happy. Most of all, thanks to our Great God who helped us made this gathering a successful one. His love and goodness are truly overflowing that we were blessed with good friends around.
This year was truly full of challenges and trials. Despite of it, God's blessings and graces are just so much that we had successfully overcome everything. We keep on hoping and praying that the next years to come will be a more successful one!~ God is truly great!!
p.s. feel free to visit my other sites for more photos!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
When two persons who are greatly blest meet, what usually happens? They engage in a very lively exchange. This is what happens today in the Gospel. Elizabeth, even in her old age and barrenness, conceived. Mary, despite her young age and virginity, conceived as well. Both women were not only greatly blest; they were blest even beyond imagining. Today, the Gospel focuses on the meeting of these two unimaginable blest women and their exchange was so lively that Elizabeth's child even jumped in the womb while Mary rejoices unto her soul.
Mary's canticle,the Magnificat, highlights their rendezvous. The Magnificat, in turn, highlights what God has done. The canticle focuses on God's action on behalf of His People, How greatly blest we can really be if in every meeting we have with anyone highlights God's works in our life! Instead of talking about other people's lives, speak about God's action in our life. Discern with everyone we meet how God moves in our life. Focus on God's faithfulness to us rather than on the infidelity of others.. God's action underscores His fidelity to His promise of mercy to Abraham and his children forever.
can be a whole year round celebration if we proclaim everyday with everyone how God comes and enters into our life. should not be reduced to a mere annual commemoration of the Lord's birth. It must be a daily experience when we focus not on our selves nor on others but on God. Fr. Bobby T.
REFLECTION QUESTION: is primarily God's gift to us, not our gift to God.
Thank You, Jesus, for choosing to come to us and becoming part of our race. Help us to bring You to anyone we meet each day in our life. May our life always be a song of praise and thanksgiving to Your fidelity to us. May we ourselves be the proof of Your faithful love. Amen.
adapted from Kyregma
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Let me suggest why people make so many happy visits during . God was the first to have made a visit on Christmas day. He visited us, His beloved creatures. His visit was such that He took upon Himself our fallen nature and appeared as one like us in all things, but sin.
However, God was not content with a passing visit. He stayed with us. is Jesus coming to us. The Eucharist is Jesus staying with us.
While God was the first to have made a visit on , Mary was the first to have welcomed Him. And with God in her womb, Mary went in haste to make her Christmas visit. The Gospel today paints for us that beautiful visit of the Blessed Mother to her cousin, Elizabeth. She, too, was not satisfied with a momentary visit. She stayed with Elizabeth about three months, attending to her cousinâ€™s maternity needs, before she went home. Mary, with Jesus in her womb, is like Jesus in the Eucharist. She came, she stayed, and she served.
The same thing should happen as we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Our visits should be visits that bring Jesus to the people we visit. Then our visits become Eucharistic as we linger to attend to the needs of the people we go to. When this happens, we ourselves become Eucharistic. If is Jesus coming to us while the Eucharist is Jesus staying with us, is receiving Jesus while the Eucharist is becoming like Jesus to others. It is not a choice between the two; rather one should flow to the other. Christmas has its fullest meaning in the Eucharist.
Welcoming Jesus in must necessarily lead us to bringing Jesus everywhere.
God has visited us. We surely owe Him a visit. The church is His house; we can always find Him there. But His favorite address is the least of our brethren; we always have them with us.
God stays with us. He truly is Emmanuel, God-With-Us. The Eucharist is His real presence. But we, who receive Him in the Eucharist, are likewise His Body.
We are His presence, too.
is Jesus being born to us. The Eucharist is us becoming Jesus to others. Fr. Bobby T.
REFLECTION QUESTION: is Jesus coming to us while the Eucharist is Jesus staying with us.
Jesus, You are truly Emmanuel, â€œGod-with-usâ€. While we remember annually Your birth on Christmas Day, we celebrate Your presence in our midst up until today through the Holy Eucharist. As we receive You in the Holy Eucharist, transform us and make us Your loving presence to others who either visit us or are visited by us. We pray, maranatha, come, Lord Jesus! We pray, make us become more and more like You. Amen.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
May He rule from sea to sea....Psalm 72:8
The One who can truly bring the peace and love of the Christmas season doesn't have a North Pole address. He is much closer and more faithful than Santa Claus, who only appears once a year. He is found where we least expect him, every time we need him- in the mangers of our lives.
But don't let His poverty and hiddenness fool you. "He shall rescue the poor man when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him......The lives of the poor he shall save." (Psalm 72:12-13)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I woke up late today. Took my breakfast which is usually a cup of tea and sandwich toast with butter and my favorite kind of Himbeere marmelade. Wait a moment!! Sometimes I have to look at my translator Deutsch-Englisch (German-English) and vice versa to look for some German words in English translation. Since I already learned German language, sometimes I already forgot the equivalent in English. Or maybe I am already getting old???.. Ok.. I got it now!! Himbeere in English is raspberry.
Every time I wake up in the morning, I usually open my window and take a look at the weather outside. Well, today is a very typical winter weather here in Bayern or Bavaria. It is gray, wet and foggy outside.Drops of rain are falling outside as the weather forecast this weekend is rainy and snowy in some areas of Bavaria, with a temperature of 2 degrees C during the day and -4 degrees in the night.
I just wish that this month will be a joyous and memorable one for everyone, to my family and friends and most especially to all birthday celebrants. Let me wish you in advance!!!....MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A MORE BOUNTIFUL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
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