we got the amount of blood we needed and as of now, my grandma’s condition is starting to get a bit better. (she still ain’t out of the ICU, though) i would just like to say thank you to everyone who helped, offered help, and got the word around. thank you all so much.
my grandmother was rushed to the hospital (DLSUMC) a while ago, and right now she’s in the ICU. the doctor says she needs blood donors so if there are any of you out there from around Cavite (or anywhere, really) who can help us, we’d really really appreciate it.
if there are any of you who are willing to help, you can contact me thru my tumblr ask or my twitter (@kristiabanda). if not, the least you can do is reblog and get the word around. thank you.
after almost 2 years, we finally got to visit Baguio again!!! my aunt — out of nowhere — suddenly decided to go to Baguio right after visiting Mt. Samat. (we arrived in Teacher’s Camp at around 9 in the evening but i ain’t putting up photos from our ‘arrival’ anymore because there’s not much to see from ‘em anyway lol) didn’t get to go around that much, though. there were so many people i can’t even fehfdughdkfhdkg i kept having rage fits everywhere — the traffic was really bad, the parks we went to were really noisy and just… rageragerage. HAHAHA. still love Baguio, though.
woke up at around 6 in the morning to someone shouting “taho! strawberry-flavored taho!”. i ran out of bed because i love strawberry-flavored taho.
Teacher’s Camp is beautiful in the morning.
realization: my hair is naturally reddish woohoo. (no filters)
the only photo i got to take of Wright Park. -_____-“
went up the stairs of the OLL grotto for the 2nd time in my entire life. once we reached the top, we were already exhausted as fck.
after that, we finally went to Burnham Park!!!!
realization: the water’s depth was only about yay-high. for the many years that i have been visiting Baguio, i’ve always avoided the boat rides in Burnham Park because i thought the water was so deep that i’d drown when i fell off the boat.
we went biking after we finished with our boat ride. didn’t get to take pictures, tho lol. we went back “home” to watch Talentadong Pinoy since my aunt, Tita Tara, was one of the contestants on that particular day.
when the show ended, we decided to go out and buy food from 50’s Diner. good God i love that place.
^ sleeeeppyyyyyy (it was already around 11 pm or so at that time lol)
as you all know, i’m a sucker for war-related stuff so that makes Bataan one of my favorite places to visit in the Philippines. it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to visit Mt. Samat — the mountain where the famous “Dambana ng Kagitingan” (or “Shrine of Valour”) stands. The national shrine is dedicated to the fallen Filipino and American soldiers of World War II.
now, for some ~family pictures~ hahahahahahahahahaha
^ Jose Rizal’s face in there, tho.
and here’s a shitty photo of the 302-ft memorial shrine:
SO MUCH FEELS
this is a continuation of the “I do not know the dignity of his birth, but I do know the glory of his death” | 112512 blog post. like i said, right after we packed up and left Libingan ng mga Bayani, we headed to the Manila American Cemetery in Taguig. it was my first time to go there, so… i took lots of photos because i was pretty much amazed by the place.
i was surprised to see Sgt. Isabelo Banda on the list. one proud Banda right here!!!!!!!!! =))))))))))) lol ok i should shut up
the Guillermos were there too!!!!
moving on, though…
the whole hallway was filled with names of soldiers from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines. my uncle once tried reading ALL the names (from the A in the Army section to the very last name in the Marines section) — and he finished reading at around 12 midnight (he started reading at 9 in the morning… or at least that’s what he told me).
and i end this post with a shitty photo (the wind wouldn’t cooperate so…fck that)
yesterday, we celebrated what was supposed to be my grandfather’s 66th birthday. we went to Libingan ng mga Bayani to visit grandpa after what’s been more than 6 months.
when we got there, the first thing we did was to fix our “tent” HAAHAHHAA. it was pretty difficult to do because the wind kept blowing the damn thing away.
after we succeeded with setting it up, we did nothing but take photos, eat, talk to gramps and take a nap hahaha
after almost 2 hours of staying there, we decided to pack up and head (nope we weren’t heading home yet) to the Manila American Cemetery. :-)