National holidays.

Oh wait! I am reminded of a question from one of my former American bosses. Philippines has a lot of holidays. Most are for celebrating the heroes of the past. It was the day before National Heroes Day, if I am not mistaken. That day is a national holiday and we were telling the boss that the Finance team won’t be around because of it. He asked us what we do to celebrate National Heroes Day. And we all chorused “nothing”. Filipinos normally spend national holidays at the mall, at the park, going out of town and anything that has nothing to do with the event. The boss was scratching his head, muttering why we had to be on a holiday if we don’t even spend it celebrating the holiday itself.

Why indeed?

WW: Quezon Memorial Circle

Early morning exercises (tai chi by the looks of it) at Quezon Memorial Circle

Here in Quezon City, we have a national park and shrine called the Quezon Memorial Circle. It is called such because at its center is a mausoleum containing the remains of Manuel L. Quezon, the second President of the Philippines (and from whom the city derived its name), and his wife, First Lady Aurora Quezon.

Since the park is quite peaceful in the early morning, there are many people who go there to exercise, meditate or just plain enjoy the early morning sunshine.

Oh well, not so wordless after all.

Have a great day!

When you’re gone.

I got so teary-eyed when I saw the music video of When You’re Gone by Avril Lavigne. When I was in my high school and college years, I was an MTV junkie. But when I started working, my love for music never waned but my love for music video did. So I never did get to see most of the music videos of my favorite songs including this song by Avril until the onslaught of Youtube videos.

Back to the song’s music video, the scene where the old man is shown pining for his wife really touched my heart. It’s so hard to be away from the love of your life, especially if you know it’s already permanent.