Arriving in Venice


IMG_4993It was a day of leisure with no specific activity scheduled but unbeknownst to us Amber – our tour guide, had something up her sleeve and others took advantage of the break, brought their tickets to visit some of the most famous islands that makes Venice our guide kind had similar trip planned, visit the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, the difference is, it was no costs for us.

It was drizzling morning when we arrived at the Stazione Marittima on the west end of the islands of Venice. We parked the bus at the Piazzale Roma bus station, walked pass through a mini flea market to catch the water taxi. Some of us stopped to savor the local pastries, yes we couldn’t wait, and since the visit was previously booked, we walked up to the boat already docked.


Moment by Moment

bookReading this book alongside a group of roughly 30 people in my Bible Studies. It is a series of 32 “Moments” that guides you with thought-provoking questions, practical suggestions, and excerpts carefully chosen from scripture and The Spiritual Exercises. It helps to make the spiritual exercises in daily life and serves as a guide for daily prayer, as a companion for reflection, or as suggested themes for a retreat.

This book may be used in a variety of ways. It is designed to be used as a retreat made as you go about the ordinary routine of your daily life. This book may also be helpful to people during an extended quiet retreat. It can guide you in a process of regular reflection on your experiences – in your personal prayer, in conversation with another, or in a dialogue with a group. Each Moment may be used for a day, for a week, or for a random hour of reflection when seeking perspective on your life. It offers a way to reflect and sift through one’s multiple life experiences and to discover in them the leading thread of God’s longing and desire to make us holy people who are given in service to others. Anyone seeking spiritual growth will discover that Moment by Moment offers wise direction and fosters a holistic spirituality firmly rooted in the daily experience of God in one’s life.

We will read each lesson daily, spot those moments in our everyday lives and later share it with the group. It is going to be interesting as I have never done anything of the kind. I hope to find enlightenment and growth as I trot my way, on my quest to a better and spiritual life. Yeah, we began yesterday and I am already late. Better catch up!

A Metrosexual In The Making?!

dsc02758No, just a kid being kid!

Hahn, that is not his real name, is my mani/pedi’s cute and adorable youngest son.  He is 4 1/2 years old and a oops baby.

Talk about a locomotive. The minute he walked in, he was none stop, talking his heart out, going up and down, running around the shop like a nut but always very polite and never rowdy.

dsc02759He took to me engaging in a very interesting conversation for which unfortunately, I needed an interpreter. Although, he was born here, he mostly understands and speaks Vietnamese.

The showstopper came later when he quietly sat on his mother’s lap and allowed his aunt to paint his toe nails. How sexy!