Giant Lantern Festival

Giant lantern festival
Last night, we went to the giant lantern festival. It was our first time. It’s a big event out here in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga every year. From what I’ve learned, this has become a tradition in this locality where a contest of really giant lanterns with a diameter of about 20 feet are held each year among the barangays of this city. These lanterns are intricately designed with all the dancing lights with thousands of bulbs and intricate electrical wirings controlled and operated by expert electricians and lantern designers. I understand that last night, the grand champion got One Hundred Twenty Thousand Pesos if I’m not mistaken.

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Too bad, we did not have a good vantage point for me to take good photos. There were just too many people eagerly watching and we were stuck behind where the TV production crew and their monitors were placed. We were stuck and squeezed unable to move! Oh well, I just watched the TV monitor instead once in a while haha! It was fun though as my daughter enjoyed it as she really wanted to see the TV production crew do their thing because her college course, Animation, is related to that kind of stuff.

Abandoned Rocking Chair


I once knew an old man. He was about 96 years old when we first met. Having spent all his life in the construction business, he was a strong and healthy man for his age. I admired the man for reaching that age and for having accomplished a lot in his life. But years later he got sick as everybody does. The last time I talked to him, I asked how he was doing. And he answered me in Tagalog, “Heto, buhay pa” meaning, “Here I am, I’m still alive.” I thought that was an amusing answer coming from him but that was the last time I talked to him. He passed away already a few years ago. But I do remember him from time to time because of an abandoned rocking chair. What is left now is just the metal frame of a rocking chair once owned by a man I once knew and learned to admire and respect.

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My Daughter’s Art Commission and New Paypal Account

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Earning Through Art Commission

My teenage daughter enjoyed the day today. She received $10.00 USD for making a simple sketch for someone who loves her fan art work. This is not the first time she received a commission but today, I helped create a Paypal account for her. She was happy to see that her new Paypal account has $10.00 USD in it haha!

Opening a Paypal Account

I thought that a credit card was needed to create a Paypal account. I was wrong. I’ve just realized that it’s possible to have one without a credit card. That’s neat. Now she plans to save money in her new Paypal account so she can buy things she wants online. It’s a happy day for my daughter today.

Here’s the link to my younger daughter’s portfolio/blog. And here’s the link to my eldest daughter’s site.