Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Gondola Ride

Our day 2 in Venice saw us sightseeing and of course riding the gondola! I really had a blast and was fascinated with the old houses, the water canals, and the gondolier who spoke broken but sensible English. I learned from him the Venice is sinking by 2cm each year because of the rising water level. Blame that too on global warming.

Daddy and I were listening attentively to our gondolier..

The gondolier had to stoop down as we passed under this footbridge...

Fascinated with the old houses that seem to float on water...

My first ever gondola ride! It was fun!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Venice and Me!

Venice was a beautiful place! I enjoyed riding the gondola a lot and of course, the water canals all over the place. A city kept alive by tourism, Vienna is a rich city with majestic, old churches and lots of historical monuments. It has a very colorful culture too, very alive to this day. It was the height of summer when we visited and it was teeming with tourist, you had to stand long lines, and really hot too! I was cranky at times especially when it got to hot during the afternoon but it was overall a very fun experience.

Riding the vaporetto, the local transport that takes you anywhere in Venice. Yup! No buses or cars here. Only water buses and water taxis (a.k.a. speed boats).

There is so much to see in Venice. There was the Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark, the neighboring islands Burano, Murano and Torricello, the many museums and old churches, and of course the gondola ride!

Sightseeing in Venice. Behind us is the great Baroque church, the Santa Maria della Salute.

Enjoying the heat! Behind us is the Basilica of St. Mark.

Playing with the pigeons near the Doge's Palace.

Can you see the line of people behind us? They are lining up and waiting for their turn to enter the Basilica. The line was THAT long!

Giggling happily... gigitik ni Daddy!

More stories from our Venice trip so please stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Visiting the BMW World in Munich

Last Friday, we went to Munich for our UK Visa Application. We finished up early and since we were already there, we decided to go to BMW World again... This time, Mommy allowed me to get off my stroller and go around the exhibits. It was fascinating! The technology was amazing! Below are my photos so you will see how amazed I was:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bonding With Daddy

Last Saturday, we went to Nanay Cata's place. I had a nice bonding moment with my Daddy watching a German show on TV as if we both understood what the hosts were saying... I was already in my jacket because we were preparing to leave. We just waited until Robbie Williams finishes with his live performance. He sang his latest single, Bodies.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ehana's Need for Eyeglasses

This is Ehana and she is my friend from Japan. She is a very pretty girl, with a happy heart just like me. But she has a problem with her eyes. Can you see what it is? Yes, she is a little cross-eyed and since she is still very young, her pediatrician said that this can still be corrected with eyeglasses. I am sure these kids glasses with plastic frames will be perfect for her. I should tell Tita Luisa about it.

Ehana has a very playful nature. She runs around a lot and has tons of energy to jump, bump, skip and hop. It is amazing really, I couldn't keep up with her. Of course, I was still too small then and could not walk yet. I just crawl after her. So maybe she could also use a pair of impact-resistant children glasses so that Tita Luisa won't have to buy her a pair often each time her eyeglasses break. Or Tita Luisa can also choose kids glasses with resin and PC lenses. They come in funky colors too. Just perfect for kids.

I think Ehana is three years old now and she must already be going to Kindergarten. I hope I can see her again, prettier than ever before because her vision has already been corrected. I wonder if she has already started her treatment and is now wearing eyeglasses... Hmmm... I should ask Tita Luisa to send me a photo of Ehana wearing her eyeglasses, then.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Praying with Friends

Last Friday, I was astonished to find our house filled with our new friends. You should all note that I am not used to seeing many people in our house since there is only me and my Mommy during the day and only the three of us on weekends and evenings. So I was really surprised. I even hid in the kitchen for a while when they started showing up because I was shy. I am not so familiar with some of the faces though but when Nanay Cata showed up and then Tante Liza, I began to warm up and be my usual self. Unlike in the old days and in some conservative families in the Philippines when children were asked to stay and hide in their rooms when guests are around, the usual custom here in Germany is to introduce the children to the guests and are expected to also entertain them.

My Mommy and Daddy were happy to see me mingling and charming our guests. I was a good girl and didn't even cry. When I wanted to go to my room to play, I would pull Tita Cha's or Tito Mark's hand. Some of the guests even willingly hold me in their arms. I am not scared of them anymore.

Tired and sleepy after all the guests have left.

A Wish for Santa

My Daddy has been complaining a lot about his eyes lately. He says that they hurt especially his left eye because he works in front of the computer a lot. I wish I could give him something for Christmas like those New Arrivals eyeglasses so that his eyes won't hurt anymore. I like the Pure Titanium Full Rim Frame with Spring Hinge. It is made of pure Titanium but is very light weight, my Daddy won't even notice he is wearing one.

Or I could find him a very affordable $8 Prescription Zenni Glasses since he won't be using it much anyway. I could also go for a more funky and Christmas feel by giving him one of those Holiday Fun Eyeglasses but I think those are not his type. They are more to my taste but since I won't be needing them yet, the Titanium one will do.

I do hope Santa is reading this. I wish for my Daddy to not complain about his eyes anymore and instead of giving me a gift, I hope Santa will give me those eyeglasses for my Daddy.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Me and My Pigtails

I don't really like it when Mommy touches my hair. I'd rather she leave it alone. But sometimes, I have to give in to her wishes just to make her happy. She just loves to see me in my pigtails and my Daddy wouldn't stop hugging and kissing and praising me each time I have my pigtails on. So let us just say I have come to love it too because I realize they make my parents happy. And modesty aside, I must agree I do look pretty cute too!

So, what do you say?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Her and History's Grand Contest!

Dearest Mommy Gene is holding a great contest over at her blog, Her and History to celebrate Life and Love. This is my first time to join a contest and I am hoping to win one of the fabulous prizes too!

A Call To Celebrate

If you don't know yet what is at stake, here they are:
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.info domain with free 1 year blog hosting- Pinay Mommies Communities
5000 EC - Mommy Journey
3000 EC Cornymans Money-Blog
3000 EC All about babies and Kids
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2000 EC- The Movie Mommy
2000 EC- Chika Buzz
1000 EC - Love's Haven
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2500 EC - Thoughts in Daily Living
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2000 EC - Our Adventures Together
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2000 EC - Just About Anything
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Good luck to everyone! I'll keep my fingers crossed! :D

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