Monday, December 11, 2006

Heavenly Trip - Thrilling Trip

Our daughter's first school field trip was scheduled on December 1, 2006. Lilia and I decided to come along with her. The part of the trip that I was excited most was the tour inside the Gardenia Bread Plant in Laguna. There they produce bread virtually untouched by human hands. I saw their facility once on TV and the enormous cooling tower that bridges the baking process ang packing process amazed me. I want to see it live! But with the threat of typhoon Reming doing a typhoon Milenyo act moved the field trip to December 9, a Saturday, and Gardenia does not accept plant tours on weekends. The great cooling tower, conveyors lined with hot bread and the fragrance of freshly baked bread - I won't experience it anymore, waaah!
Mental note: join a future field trip wherein Gardenia is one of the stops.

The bus left school at 7:00 AM and we headed for Tagaytay. The first stop was the Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy more commonly known as the Pink Sisters Convent. The whole compound was calm, cool and silent. Places like this always make me feel relaxed and as if my prayers become more powerful and reaches heaven faster. It's like being in the SLEX or NLEX of prayers to heaven.


The sisters of the convent wear rose colored habits (thus the name pink sisters) in honor of the Holy Spirit and symbolizes their dedication to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. They adore the Blessed Sacrament by praying 24 hours a day - everyday. They have convents in the Philippines, United States, Europe, South America, Africa, India and Indonesia and accepts intercessory prayer for the needs of all. Prayer requests can also be submitted in their website. Hi-tech diba?



This is where former president Corazon Aquino prayed with the sisters and finally decided to run for president. GMA also frequents this place.


Jesus Christ


Mama Mary


These tree stumps surround Mama Mary and can be used to sit down and pray


Beside the Pink Sisters Convent is the Angels' Hills Retreat and Formation Center. They can accommodate 400 to 450 participants at one time. Convention halls and conference rooms with seminar equipment are available.


Next stop was Residence Inn to see their mini zoo.

This super cute creature was there to welcome us with open hands.



Hannah was terrified with snakes and she was crying really hard when we had this picture taken.


From the left: Joznic, Katrina, James, Yona and Hannah


Aha! Finally, a civet, an Alamid. Now I know what its poop looks like (see the yellow thingy with black center in the inset). Why do I want to know what its poop looks like? Hehehe, brace yourself and read this.


Other animals they have are snakes, pythons, rodents, rabbits, monkeys, flying fox, goats, llamas, tigers, peacocks, chickens, deers, crocodiles, ostrich, bear and more I can't remember. But no elephant or giraffe.

But for our daughter and her classmates, nothing beats a big play pen situated in the cool Tagaytay ridge overlooking the beautiful Taal Volcano.


By noon we headed to Enchanted Kingdom as the final stop of their field trip (waaah, really no Gardenia Bread Plant tour). They just kept running and running, hand in hand, without waiting for us grownups. No thrill ride or hi-tech rides like Rialto, Rio Grande Rapids, 4D theater, Wheel of Fate, Flying Fiesta, Anchors Away and Space Shuttle. Just them running around and around and a lot of Santa Claus.

Lil girls


This was Hannah and Yona's thrill ride. They held hands all throughout with our daughter giving strength and assurance to her dear classmate.




Happy faces: Our daughter Hannah and her friend Katrina


Milk break after kilometers of running


A picture with Bobby Andrews, the celebrity story-teller of the day.


People waiting in line for the Jungle Log Jam. This ride was also a no-no so all I did was take creative shots of the flowing water.


We stayed in Enchanted Kingdom up to 8:00 PM


A ride in an adrenalized Grand Carousel. Grabe! My eyes popped out. Great thrill!

Hyper go round

'Eto pa o, the Flying Fiesta in normal mode and in hyper-drive at night.

Flying Fiesta




tina said...

Nice pictures ha! :)

Your daughter's pose in the carousel with the pink shirt... she looks so pretty there.

Baka na trauma ung daughter mo.. sa snake. I dont like snakes too. hehe.

nina said...

nice shots..the "milk break" in eK is uber cute..ehehe!

Vince said...

wow! nice retreat! what did u do there? Im sure, you're blessed again, the whole family seems so happy to be there, and tnx for remembering my friends from abroad.

Nice pics talaga. God less!

pining said...

hi hermie! you're photos never fail to excite me. Your kids are gorgeous! Two girls ba?

Hermie said...

Pining, yong left girl ang daughter ko. Kaklase nya yong katabi nya. Hehe.

Louie said...

Hi!Hermie,I'm lilia's firstcouisin I'm Louie by the way from Galloway New jersey.Dude! those pictures are so cool!!! specially your daughter,she's so such a princess cutie,she's little Lilia.And would you pls. tell your wife---Hello from me!Those photo, I mean the Foods Ohhhhh!!!my gush!! it make me hungry !!! I can't wait to visit Philippines in the future.--muaaahh !!!!