Friday’s Feast # 137


Friday’s Feast has a new home: Love the new look! And isn’t the button cute too?

What are you proud of?

I am proud of my children. I am proud not only when they come home with high grades and end the school year with honors. But I am most proud when I see that they know how to share, show love and concern for one another, and show responsibility by doing what is right even when no one is watching them. (They think, though, that I have eyes at the back of my head! I tell them all moms have that super-power! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

What is the best thing youรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve ever won as a prize?

The best thing so far is this blog! I won the anniversary contest of blogger Noemi. As a result, I won free domain name registration for the first year, and free webhosting forever! ๐Ÿ˜€ Isn’t that the best?

Name something you do that is a waste of time.

I admit, sometimes many times I spend too many hours on the computer blogging, blog-hopping, surfing just wherever! My kids are complaining. My husband is complaining. I need to limit my time on blogosphere… Or at least, blog whenever they’re not around, teehee ๐Ÿ˜› . That way I won’t be stealing time away from them anymore.

Main Course
In what year of your life did you change the most?

It was probably in 1997, when I had my first child. Being a young first-time mom, and having just graduated from college, times were difficult. Thanks to the support of my wonderful family, and the tenacity of my husband, I (and my daughter) came out just fine. I’d like to believe that the life lessons I learned from that stage in my life are what helped me to become the better person I am now. (I am a better person now, believe it or not! ๐Ÿ˜› )

Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?


Photo of the sunrise from my secret spot exactly as I remember it.

(Taken from

Back in college, there was a spot in Camp John Hay where I would retreat to get away from it all, or to just give my day a fresh and beautiful start. It was on a mountain slope across the Fil-Am Friendship Garden (in front of what used to be the Main Club, but is now at the back of the Manor Hotel). On that spot is a rock where I can sit and enjoy the most magnificent sunrise view in Baguio. Too bad, this spot in John Hay is no longer accessible to the public as I believe the Friendship Garden (including, therefore, the mountain slopes and breathtaking views) is only for hotel guests to enjoy. ๐Ÿ™ Just one of the many setbacks of the “development” and commercialization of Camp John Hay. Oh, the current one is far from the John Hay I grew up with. But these laments are for another post.

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11 thoughts on “Friday’s Feast # 137

  1. If there was ever one crime committed, it was to allow historic and beautiful Main Club (where the second WWII surrender documents were signed) to be torn down and for the nondescript Camp John Hay Manor to be built in its place. There used to be a road between Main Club and the Friendship Garden that was accessible to cars, and many a wedding reception was held at the Main Club, the Main Club Garden and at the Friendship Garden. I, too recognize this photo and even downloaded it to use as my wallpaper. The Friendship Garden has just about the most spectacular view of the Cordillera Mountain Range in Baguio, which was visible also from the Honeymoon Cottage (which I believe no longer exists). Of the hundreds of hectares of CJH property, why did they have to build the Manor there? And now, all that’s left of the Friendship Garden are those miniature statues of Manuel Quezon and Thomas Jefferson!


  2. what a great blog u have! u really made use of what u’ve won & abt that waste of time…i sure felt the same way & they do complain so, i do it when he’s working & kids are playing…still i can’t help but to stay longer than i should…i always justify it by thinking, i’ve learned a lot of stuff just by bloghopping,lol! Great feast!!!

  3. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, come on! You’re not going to share the location of your secret spot? Oh well, I can’t blame you….it’s beautiful!!

    My feast is served. I’d enjoy your company if you can make it over to dine.

  4. Don’t you just hate when development takes over and you lose beautiful things like that? Ugh!

    I agree with you, children are the things to be most proud of!

    Thanks for stopping by my feast!

  5. Wow, congrats on your soup… that is awesome!!!

    Your appetizer is very sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ Kids are great aren’t they, and such a blessing.

    Your feast was yummy, thanks for sharing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Your secret spot is gorgeous!
    Great Feast!
    Thank you for feasting with me.
    Have a wonderful day!
    (“)_ (“)ร…ย 

  7. Lisa, gazing at the picture makes my heart ache literally. Sayang. No other place can duplicate this scene. Tearing down a historic place with worldwide significance is indeed a crime! Why wasn’t it stopped? My dream wedding was to be in the Friendship Garden with the sunset as backdrop as we said our vows, and the starry skies our roof as we party all night! Wala na, that can never come true anymore.

  8. Thank you Friday’s Feast friends for finding time to stop by! This was a wonderful feast that I enjoyed preparing and sharing with you all.

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