Monthly Archives: December 2010

New Year Mayhem

Less than six hours to go and we’re counting down to midnight. We’re back in San Simon for a family New Year celebration. The church service is at 8pm, which gives plenty of time for food, karaoke and a glass … Continue reading

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New year, new glasses

This afternoon we went shopping at what is quickly becoming our mall of choice, the Marquee Mall in Angeles City. There are four shopping malls within easy reach of Apalit – SM Pampanga and Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando and … Continue reading

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Rizal Day

30th December is a public holiday is the Philippines, in commemoration of the national hero Jose Rizal (1861-1896). Rizal was a true ‘renaissance man’, adept in a wide range of intellectual disciplines: a doctor of medicine, poet and novelist, conversant … Continue reading

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The road to Zambales

Zambales is the mountainous province to the west of Pampanga probably best known for Subic Bay, a former US naval facility which has now been transformed into a freeport zone and is being opened up for tourism. As I wrote in an … Continue reading

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Hospitality

We’re back home now in Pampanga, which gives an opportunity to review and edit the photos I have taken over the past few days and bring the blog right up to date. First of all, I’ve posted some pictures taken … Continue reading

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Boxing Day on the beach

So we survived the epic family celebration of Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) and Pasko (Christmas Day). On reflection, and despite what I said in my last post, Christmas Day was really not that different to Christmas back home, i.e. church, … Continue reading

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Wishing you a very blessed Christmas

It’s not the first Christmas I have celebrated outside the UK, but it still feels a bit strange. One comes to realise how much our ideal Christmas revolves around regular routines that are really quite peripheral to the real ‘reason for … Continue reading

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