La Sagrada Familia

This is my take on the Daily Post photo challenge, ornate. This is inside the majestic La Sagrada Familia church which was designed by a Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. I can say that Gaudi did a very good job. I went here in 2012. I remember waiting to get inside for an hour in the scorching heat of the sun, but I didn’t mind. The wait’s worth it. The place is rich in history and culture. I couldn’t ask for more.

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Simple Joys in Life

The tea set that I ordered from my Japanese friend has finally arrived today. I’m so happy because I have my very own teapot now. I can now brew and serve Sencha tea into an authentic Japanese teaware.

I got this for 67 usd (Shipping is included.)

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The set is composed of a 0.5 L size of teapot and 5 pcs of teacups with lids.
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I found a small card in the box. I believe it says about the history of this teaware brand. (I can’t read Japanese. 😦 )
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The teapot out of the box. The handle is made of plastic.
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Simply gorgeous.

I opted for a floral blue one, because blue is relaxing for the eyes, in my opinion. When I asked my friend about tea sets, she sent me like 8 pictures of teapots. From the traditional ones to the modern ones and from the simple white and blacks and to the ones with patterns. I like mine simple yet with feminine touch so I chose the one with floral designs.

The tea set looks nicer and more eye catching in person than in the picture. I could say that my friend Eri, made a very good job finding me a tea set.

Fiesta in Stavanger! Day 1

Today is the opening of the annual food festival in Stavanger, Gladmat Festivalen (Happy Food Festival). My friends and I went there today to see what they have this year. I found out that it’s almost the same as the previous years. They have seafood, burgers and grill food.

Apparently there are lots of people today. The “not rainy” weather takes credit for that. I’m glad that I get to wear a summery outfit today too.

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Summer Vacation Part III: Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola

The feast of Saint Ignatius de Loyola is celebrated on July 31. Saint Ignatius is the patron saint of the soldiers, the founder of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) and he is also one of the patron saints of Liloan Southern Leyte.

It’s not my first time to celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola in Liloan because my mom is from there and we have relatives there as well.

Anyway, we arrived in Liloan 2 weeks before the fiesta and it was raining (July is rainy season in the Philippines) but it wasn’t that bad compared to Manila. I’m thankful because the sun shined a couple of days after the arrival so we got the chance to go for a sightseeing and swimming. Then every morning, the sound of drums and lyres woke us up-yes there’s parade everyday before the fiesta! My cousins said that they celebrate their patron saint for a week and there are lots of activities before and during the fiesta. Like for example, the Lilo-Lilo Festival and the beauty pageant.

As a girl who grew up in Manila, I find fiestas outside the city more lively and more fun because people are cooperative and care about their community.

Norwegian Petroleum Museum

One of the first things/places that I’m going to show my friends abroad here in Stavanger aside from Preikestolen is the Norwegian Petroleum Museum because the Norwegian Oil history has lots of interesting story to tell. And also the museum is really nice and modern and is great for both youngsters and adults.

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