I was actually ordained to the priesthood on the 18th of December 1990. Since it falls at a time when there are so many things happening during the Christmas season, the parish decided [with my consent] to celebrate it in January. In that way, more people are able to attend.
The Thanksgiving Mass was held at the Saviour of the World Chinese Church followed by a formal reception.
My mother was able to travel from the Philippines and my siblings together with their families were also able to attend.
Akaroa is the most wonderful place excluding the Fiordland in New Zealand… I had a great time in Akaroa and it was kind of sad to be there only for a brief time…This was the last scene I saw as our boat left for our next port of call.
From November 17 to December 7, twenty-eight travelled with me to New Zealand aboard the Dawn Princess, which is shown in the photograph above. The photo was taken in Akaroa.
We flew into Melbourne from Cairns for an overnight. From the airport, we had a brief city tour and the driver brought us to a few places such as the war memorial. Being November, the month we usually honour those who sacrificed their lives for freedom, it was appropriate to visit the place. As the driver pulled to the curve to park, I noticed a small sculpture of a mother with her two children. The sculpture was on a pedestal, but from my vantage point I was able to frame the photo in such away that mother and children seem to be walking towards the stairs.
Venice is one of the most visited places on earth…just getting lost in the narrow streets of the old city is absolutely delightful. This photo was taken aboard a cruise ship as it was leaving for another port of call.
While visiting Montreal this summer, I saw this artist using only a white board, a barbecue lighter, and his breath in order to create a work of art. It amazes to see the genius of an artist – like a child playing, and yet creating something beautiful and inspiring.
Summer is over and we are now officially in the Fall season. Soon, the green leaves will turn red and yellow and fall into the ground. It is the prettiest of all the four seasons, I think.
On a visit to Sault Ste. Marie, I saw this site not far from the hotel where I stayed. There’s the railway bridge, which can actually be moved to connect with another…and then, there was also the canal that can bring the boat from the lower side to the upper side of the lake.
Looking down from the veranda of the Ludwig Castle, one can see this older castle and the surrounding landscape. It is from this castle that a child would one day set his eyes to build a bigger and more spectacular structure further up the mountain.
The Abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland has a horse stable and some parts of the building are where the horses are being bred.