Saturday, March 21, 2009

Our Living Angel

Qu This is Quinito, our family's living angel. One of them, at least. Quinito has schizophrenia and stays at Lifechange under the care of Dr. Randy Dellosa. It's the best place in the Philippines to be if you are frail for the world outside but have so much heart that emanates nonetheless.

This is Quinito's cross. Recently Lifechange had an art exhibit at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, featuring the works of the people from Lifechange.
At Lifechange, they have art therapy weekly, and for years, Quinito would draw the cross. Always the cross. But as you can see, doing the same thing for years would make one somehow tell a story. This is Quinito's story.
Quinito's cross was the most applauded painting at the exhibit. I wish I could keep it, but I'm embarassed to ask for it. It belongs to Lifechange, where Quinito's potential has produced surprising result, sick though he is.
But I plan to have this digitally improved upon, and it shall hang on our wall. Quinito's cross, done by our living angel.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hongkong Part III: Disneyland

When we were kids living in Los Angeles, mom always brought us to Disneyland. I was a very little child then, and i recall 2 things. First, talking to Mickey Mouse who surprisingly had a very high voice. second, shaking his plastic hand. very, very plastic.

In Hongkong Disneyland is a full five sensory experience with a surprise a minute. The first surprise is the train, which already welcomes you with its Disneyland theme --statues of donald duck, snow white et al, and windows shaped like Mickey Mouse.

Disneyland welcomes you with awesome open space at the entrance. wonder. pleasure. amazement. good feeling. overwhelming.

"It's a Small world after all". kangaroo.
Pardon my sense of time. pretend it was never meant to be chronological. otherwise, ignore. below, stairs at the trains station going to Disneyland. Some of the filipino dancers are on the steps. i was proud to see that the Filipino dancers were the best in the shows:)
Back to "It's a Small World", blurred cause the train kept moving as did the steadfast steadiness of my er hand.
Stairway na naman.
Dinner. LIke a true tourist, had to show the mickey mouse on the plate and disneyland logo on the napkin. thankfully i did not bring the food home as a souvenir.
You can choose from several restaurants in Disneyland at all price ranges. We travel on the cheap, and enjoyed eating at this one.

Facade of "It's a Small World"
Er, someplace snowy?

Mexico, maybe?
Even i know there are no tigers in africa. must be india, this one.
Da middle east. hey camel, desert hath mammal.
Holland, but of course.
i saw a movie where there was a hot air balloon in italy....
hey diddle diddle...

"It's a small world" leads you to believe, for a while, that the world can really live together in peace and celebrate one another's differences.

Perhaps the next united nations summit should be held here?
Tommorowland was very nice. may i suggest the roller coaster? you feel like you are in a rocket in space, cause of the light show.
One of the programs at disneyland, where i got to see how wonderful the Filipino dancers were. the programs are really very good and of high quality. if i were a dancer i would be proud to be a part of it.
we also saw this fantastic 3D show, very realistic, totally enjoyable:)

Can't remember where this one was.
Marching band, and the boogie woogie bugle boy.

Feeling mickey. he so fine he blew her mind.
I'm a believer.
Mickey surfin on top of a whale

It's worth going to Hongkong if just for Disneyland alone:) even if you go alone....