What a creative mom!
2890. Wengenn in Wonderland. Artist and mother of three, Queenie Liao imagines what her son might be dreaming of during his naptimes. These are so cute and artfully crafted!
From 3 in the morning, we were already on the road traversing our way to Aurora Province. After transferring from a jeepney to a bus to another bus and to another bus and to a tricycle—a total of 12 hours on the road—we finally reached San Luis, Aurora where we stayed at my brother’s home.
Although tired from the looooooong journey, we were thrilled meeting my nephews and niece and enjoyed playing with the hyperactive techie kiddos.
Come the next day and we found ourselves savoring Aurora’s crisp fresh air and cool waterfalls. We found no surfers that time of the day but we were at awe at the waves continuously crashing on the shore. We got excited, too, seeing the huge centuries-old Balete tree.
It was drizzling but heck, for all we know, we were so full of Ate Lanie’s adobo and munggo and definitely having a really great time with the kids and the whole family.
I gotta be honest, travel time is loooong and tiring… but Aurora’s natural beauty is truly eye-candy and incredibly fantastic for nature lovers! :D
pronunciation | "so-frO-‘sU-nA
Greek script | σωφροσύνη
note | To everyone who is thinking “I want to get there” and also to everyone who is thinking “I’ll never get there”—you will. Even if it’s a battle, keep fighting, because you are good and strong and valuable, and your happiness is worth it.
Back when I didn’t know shyness (when I was 3 or 4), I’d do whatever I’m told: sing, dance, make funny faces for my parents’ and guests’ entertainment. And I answer smart whenever asked what I wanted to become when I grow up. “I want to be a doctor! Or a lawyer,” I’d say. And people would get impressed for such answer coming from a 3 year old.
Fast forward to today, well, I didn’t grow much vertically, socially awkward and a little panicky when caught in the middle of a crowd, not a doctor nor a lawyer, but a happy 20-something gal, joggling paper works, unprocessed photos, love and family life, slipping-away pay slips and backpack travels in between. :)
I guess what I have actually outgrown is society’s label and definition of success. I may not be society’s definition of success, but it’s enough for me that I am happy for who I have become, what I have learned and realized in life, what I am able to do, create and share.
I’ve been inspired by people who don’t even know I exist, (people who aren’t as successful and rich as who most of us look up to these days) but real people who chose to pursue their passion and unknowingly inspire a lot of souls to choose to just be happy, free and live life.
I’d like to make the same effect. Live, be happy, share my passion and inspire people. One day. Somehow. :)
Next time you get you’re itchy feet in Baguio City, give your tummy a little healthy treat, too! Head to Cafe by the Ruins and try their delightful menu or to Ben Cab’s Cafe Sabel for their unique set of yumminess — all healthy good food.
Here’s what we had:
Lemon Ricotta and Grilled Chicken Breast (Cafe by the Ruins)
Chicken Paprika (Cafe Sabel)
Pasta Primavera (Cafe by the Ruins) - highly recommended ^_^
Chicken Pinikpikan (Cafe by the Ruins) paired with red rice highly recommended ^_^
Lumpia Rolls - all veggies and tofu (Cafe Sabel)
Spicy Tuyo Pasta (Cafe Sabel) highly recommended ^_^
Choco Lava Cake (Cafe by the Ruins)
Lemon Grass Iced Teas (Cafe by the Ruins)
Blueberry Cheesecake (Cafe Sabel) highly recommended ^_^
The cool weather, the Burnham Park, the flowers and the mountain of lights at night — how cliche can you get when you’re in Baguio? But there’s that certain comfort in this crowded place that one cannot resist. It is one of those places I’ll never get tired of coming back over and over.