Monday, May 27, 2013

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Part 2

Windows and doors have always intrigued me.

They witness the comings and goings of all and they are privy
to the most joyous and mournful partings.

They hold their own beauty.

These windows and doors are from a beautiful place in the Philippines
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

How I wish the whole country looked like this!
But alas, no one can stop the wheels of time and
modernization.  It's a good thing that we can always
visit this place and remember.


Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. John Barrymore 


Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. - George Bernard Shaw


Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. - Herbert Hoover 


If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.


A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. - Denis Waitley


Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

May all the doors you pass through bring you to a blessing.
May those who pass through your door bring goodness and kindness into your home.
May all the windows you look through bring you a good view.  
And may the windows of your soul shine God's light through to you and reflect His love to those around you.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Part 1

Visiting this place enriches the heart.

I've always dreamed of a distant time gone by when Manila was in its prime,
the sparkling toast, the Paris-like playground of the world.

It was the 1800s pre-war era and people wore the traditional Maria Clara and Barong
seemingly unfazed by the heat.

Just 3 hours from Manila, you can relive all the glory of this era.
Don your best Filipiniana and be among the similarly attired staff all over the grounds.


A walk along the houses and buildings gives one a sense of nostalgia
and a feel of the rich history each of these structures hold.


Some of the homes are made up of 1% vintage and 99% restoration work
but the fine craftsmanship of the Las Casas workers were able to skillfully fill in
what time has ravaged.


Surprise surprise!  Delight in the nearby pool beside the beach!




The intricate details do delight.





When you're in the Philippines, it's worth an overnight stay here to get a feel for the old world.  Bring the whole family!  

See what our crazy clan did here!
  

See my windows and door photographs in my next post!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Moving the Mountain

Have you ever heard of St. Simon the Tanner?



If you don't believe in the bible, maybe St. Simon's story will convince you.  

if you've never heard it before you're missing something. take note that this event was written as a historical fact. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_the_Tanner

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