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Evanescent (n) – soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. This week’s photo challenge stumped me for a second. I told myself not to over think it, and came up with fireworks! 

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Wordless Wednesday: Manchester Arena…đŸ’”

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Tasty Tuesday: Durian Fruit

Otherwise known as the stinky fruit, durian is an acquired taste.Have you tried it?

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Memento Monday: Handwoven Turkish Carpets and Rugs

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Carpet rug weaving is a Turkish heritage. I am awed by the skill of these women who produce such beautiful silk carpets and rugs with only their hands.Their work are showcased in an elaborate presentation, snacks included.Made by hand, I … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

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Intramuros, A Filipino Heritage

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A popular quote of Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, goes “Ang hindi marunong tumingin sa pinangalingan; hindi makararating sa paroroonan.” (He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his … Continue reading

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Free Friday: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Rome has four Papal Basilicas, namely, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Basilica di Santa Maggiore, Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran, and Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Papal Basilicas are the highest ranking Roman Catholic Church buildings. Santa Maria Maggiore holds this title, and it is also the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome.Visitors come to see Rome’s best surviving mosaics from the 5th century. But hubby and I did not know this before we went. Our purpose was simply to see the largest Marian Church in Rome. Therefore, we have no pictures of the mosaics, regretfully.The basilica’s Nativity Crypt located under the high altar has a reliquary said to contain a piece of the Holy Crib of the Nativity of Jesus Christ.If one has €5 to spare, there is a tour that includes the loge, Pope room, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s staircase. I loved this tour. We were able to see up close 13th century mosaics, ceremonial vestments, one of the few ancient copies allegedly of a letter by Saint Peter, and Bernini’s baroque helical staircase which until today fascinates architects because it does not have a supporting middle rail, instead it is supported by its travertine spirals and their weight against the wall.As an added treat, I got to view the Piazza below from the balcony.

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Thirsty Thursday: Romano’s Italian Soda

Today the temperature was in the 90’s! Hubby and I were out and about on our day off and we got really thirsty. We saw a Harry and David at a local outlet mall, and went in to check it out. They had a fridge with Italian soda. Just what we needed on a hot day! It was both refreshing and delicious. A pity I did not get to try Italian soda that is bottled and made in Italy on our trip. Nothing beats the original, they say. 

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Wordless Wednesday: Reminiscing…Reykjavik, Iceland

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Tasty Tuesday: Halo-halo, A Filipino Summer Treat 

Last week, hubby and I met up with a mother and daughter we met on our trip to Turkey back in 2014. They were on the same flight as we were from New York to Istanbul. Our flight got redirected to Heathrow in London due to a medical emergency. Their seats were on the row behind ours. They had the same concern of missing our connecting flight to Cappadocia from Istanbul. We started talking, and became travel buddies! They also happen to be Filipino-Americans. Therefore, hubby thought they would enjoy eating at a Filipino restaurant. Which they did. We all raved over the halo-halo at Pilipino Grill in Sayreville, New Jersey.Halo-halo, translated as mix-mix, is a very popular Summer treat in the Philippines where summers are hot and humid. To cool down, residents indulge in halo-halo. The dessert is composed of shaved ice and candied fruits topped with milk, then garnished with flan and ice cream. Oh, so delicious! Celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain are fans as well. 

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