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It’s Mother’s Day Here in the US!

Yesterday it was Mother’s Day tribute to my mom halfway ’round the world, today–Happy Mother’s Day to my mom-in-law. So sorry I’m pressed for time to find a more fitting picture of a woman as wonderful as my mom, but I guess mom enjoying her children is just as good as celebrating mom.

Memory of one Christmas gathering when pictures of her younger days were passed around the table after dinner.

Mom sharing memories with 3 of her 5 children. .

I’m having trouble with the rest of the pictures not showing, but Happy Mother’s Day anyway–I celebrate you for having raised a son to be the husband I treasure, and I am proud to be his wife. Thank you…for having met you!

Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com

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A Glimpse of My Garden

My garden is my refuge…my reality! In a world of chaos and drudgery, I am reminded of life’s simplicity as I touch the soil. Just like the little girl in the farm! I don’t have an award winning garden, but I have a reminder of what is important to me and the people I meet in life. This is for my curious niece, Donna, who wants to see a glimpse of what I have in my garden half-way around her world…maybe, both our connection to the Philippines that we missed. I’m sure the rest of her generation, which I equally treasure, would know a little more of mine.

Rescuing a piece of forsaken yard is a back-breaking exercise but rewarding when a little leaf or flower starts to sprout after a long wait.

It's the baby mint sprouting back to life!

 

Back to Life...yay!

An apricot tree down yonder the morning glory.

Apricot tree showing off its new leaves.

For a while...I will enjoy its purple flowers.

My Morning Glory...as it clings to the bare palm base.

 

When things are in shambles, and thoughts get chaotic…even my not-so-private garden can transport me to another place in time. I remember our small farm  where our mother lovingly tended her flowers and vegetables, despite the absence of running water. She had her creative ways of strecthing our well-water consumption! (It’s our secret!) Here are some of the flowers I remembered most that just came into being in my own garden-in-progress.

Just spouting from different places...even between the bricks.

More of the white flower with forgotten name.

Three of them in this picture!

Nudging its way is another purple variety ...which I like better.

When I look at the plants in my garden…be it a flower or vegetable, I remember faces–or just memories–of people in my 6 decades of traveling life’s path. Too long to document here…just enjoy everyone’s contributions if you may!

This pink bush just grew back last spring...dead again by now.

I love this one...I wait for them every year!

Bougainvilla reminds me of home...needs an arch soon.

I love this ground cover that I had to buy a starter piece.

One of the roses I enherited in this garden.

It's a unique one I call--tiger cactus.

Top of my tiger cactus blossomed to a huge head of flowers.

There goes a full view of my tiger cactus.

They come every year...now with purple and pink, too.

I had to buy this one from Home Depot...glad it was on sale.

Another cheap Home Depot flower, but covers the ground beautifully.

Nothing can beat this 99-cent cactus variety, anyhow!

My favorite mother cactus...more to come!

 

Originally posted at https://zylla3.wordpress.com

Where Dreams Come True

Disneyland is synonymous to Fairylandia in every Filipino vocabulary–from the time of growing up days to learning the use of computer when the internet brings the magic of Disney to the home. So commercialized…yet still a dream destination to some who finally have the chance to come close to its entrance. There’s Hong Kong Disney that’s a little closer to the Philippines and therefore a favorite dream destination for those who can afford, but when there’s a chance to make it to the U.S.–Florida or California–Disneyland is in the list of must-see places.

Florida might be the ultimate Disney, but if you are in Anaheim, California, and just 10 min away, then Disney destination it is. My niece was lucky enough to have more time this summer than when she just got here a year ago from the Philippines. Here’s her day at Disneyland with her younger cousin. To me Disney has already lost her magic, and I don’t do more than being just the drop-off and pick-up chauffer.

I should say there’s a free area that you can walk around…even with free parking if you don’t exceed 3 hours. It’s a good deal for those who really wouldn’t care for the rides and would just need a peek to the wonders of Disney. That’s as far I would suggest one should go, but that’s just me. The real experience begins when you pay for it.

There she is…with her smile, ready to blend in with the crowd–dream no more!

Not a bad place to take the kids for a couple of hours and walk off their energy.

Ever tried going in here?…uh, too bad there are still lots of things to see around.

Teen-agers could have fun, too…tons of rides to choose from after the fun walk.

Not just teen-agers and kids…maybe business associates might like it, too.

 

However, the real fun begins when you get to the rides where you can have choices from the kiddie stuff to the scary ones. It might take you the entire day until you drop….You want to get the most of what you pay for. Anaheim residents can still get a lower prices of $46.00 or $56 for two days which you can use within 30 days. Otherwise, you’ll pay the full prize of $86 I believe.

Since we are only 10 minutes away from it, we tried to schedule the activity in such a way that my niece and company could go out of the park and have lunch at our place for a tiny fraction or resort charges…then go back in the afternoon. That break allowed them not only to save  a bundle but also recharge to last until the closing time that usually culminates with the magic of firework dislay. 

Who doesn’t want to see Cinderella’s pink castle? Appealing to all young and old.

And, just to prove the appeal to all kinds of people from all walks of life–smile!

Little tea cups for the kids…nope! Of course, for the adults and teen-agers, too.

This was even my favorite, going around the theme park and looking down on it!

Another of my favorite…Tom Sawyer’s cruise line. If only it would last–aahhh!

Not anymore for me but the fun at Disneyland could continue for the rest of ’em.

Mary Poppins and escort are not busy…it’s time for a souvenir picture–quick!!!

Had this fire truck ever served its purpose before? Hmm…may need to research.

 

When one gets tired from wandering around, it’s a chance to get in line and find some place to sit down for a little while. This time the Safari Jungle seems to be a restful stop-over; what could be better than a boat ride?

A boat ride is a fabulous way to rest your feet while the eyes continue to feast!!!

This must be a trophy for one hunter who proved to be mightier than the beast.

Who wants to enter the lions’ den? Is it bonding time…the Lion King family of 4?

Where giraffes and zebras roam…a perfect picture of tranquility & co-existence.

Must be fun ride with dumbo in the jungle…looking so alive, posing like a king. 

In the green green river…gently swim with Hippo, the snorting hippopotamus.

Sneaky snake as he blends in with the tree roots…lost in its silvery color. Eeehh!

 

Then we go down yonder…where the pirates hide. The hidden life of booze, women, and wealth. Was this the ultimate life of fun and joy? Where could we find some left-over treasures? Would it be in this secret passage

Discover the pirates’ secret passage as we start from this house at the entrance.

As we follow the course of the river,… only little lights punctuate the darkness!

This must be the ship that takes them to places outside their world of wonders.

Are they ever home when they’re not out in the sea?  Is there a need for sleep???

What’s their market like? Can you tell how their day in the ‘mercado’ goes at all?

La Cantina? What a life! What could have been their contributions to this world?

What now? Is this some ceremonial gathering of some sort, or just death march?

Where could these treasures be? Is it sunken somewhere for you and me to find?

I don’t want to be like her… before I could find the pirates’ legacy to civilization.

 

Time for late lunch and a much needed rest…keep that hand stamped as a pass to come back later for the parade. Yes…there’s a parade of Disney characters later. We woudn’t want to miss all the wonderful stuff. Then 4pm came and time to be back at Disneyland grounds. (Videos will be posted when I have the time to learn the wonderful ins and outs of it.)

Here comes the parade…with everyone lined up on the streets waiting patiently!

Can you find Alice in her Wonderland…see the other side of blue wonder worm?

How can Ariel not have fun? Up, up in the air after being hidden down the ocean.

Ursula with her monstrous charm…what would Ariel’s life without her? Heaven!

Beautiful seaweeds…colorfully floating on the ocean and playing with the waves.

Time to say thank you for the magical day…California Adventure in another day!

 

Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com.

“Little Manila: Filipinos in CA’s Heartland”

I must have missed this in my email yeterday…which means I’ve missed watching it last night as scheduled in LA Channel 58. Maybe I’ll find it another time. Thanks M– anyway!

Please check out the documentary, “Little Manila : Filipinos in California
‘s Heartland,” which is going to be aired nationally on select PBS Stations.
We’d love it if you could watch the program on your local station and spread
the news, too.

About the Program:
Narrated by Dean Devlin, famed Filipino-American movie producer
(Independence Day, The Patriot), the program is about the infamous
neighborhood in Stockton, CA, once called, “The City of Gold” by Filipinos.
Filled with chop-suey houses, gambling dens, and dance halls, Little Manila
was once home to the largest number of Filipino immigrants outside of the
Philippines .

The show is part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on PBS. Below
are a few broadcast dates and times, but if your station isn’t listed here,
please download the PDF schedule for broadcast times all over the US .

San Francisco Bay Area:
on KQED Channel 9 and KTEH 54 on Sunday May 4, at 1:30 PM

New York :
on WNET Channel 13 on Sunday May 4, at 7:00 PM
Monday May 5, at 4:00 AM
Friday May 9, at 11:00 PM

Los Angeles :
on KLCS Channel 58 on May 1st, at 11 PM

Boston :
on WGBH Channel 2 on Friday May 30, at 7:00 PM
Saturday May 31 at 12:00 AM
Saturday May 31 at 8:00 AM, 2:00 PM

We’re also working on another documentary about the Filipino farm workers in
Delano , CA called “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW.”
For more information on it and our other programs please go to:
http://www.mediafactory. tv.

And feel free to email us with any questions!

Sincerely,

Sheila Flores

MediaFactory
http://www.mediafactory. tv
Saul Zaentz Media Center
2600 Tenth St. Ste. 600
Berkeley CA 94710
office: 510-295-4305
screening@mediafact ory.tv

Thanks to the above original source of this email, too.

*Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com