Sonntag, 31. Juli 2011


Still Monday 20.06.2011 Day 171

Waving goodbye


Another plane


Between Ireland and England
waving to Janmary

After our time in Bluffer´s Park, we stopped at Girlies special supermarket Top Food.

We needed stuff for dinner and some food souvenirs for me. Girlie remembered my preference for their yummy mangoes and had a heart to buy another box.

For dinner we had Sinigang . It´s a very yummy sour soup. Girlie made it with tomatoes, ginger, salmon, string beans, spinach and tamarind powder that made it sour.

Afterwards we had tons of yummy mangoes for dessert. Sad to know they were the last for a long, long time.

Later the time has come - time to say goodbye - and the time as I no longer couldn´t detain my tears.

Nitz was so kind to drive me to the airport... and had to resist more of my tears! Another big hug and thank you for that,Nitz. Good he left the airport fast, so it wasn´t more hard for me.

Thanks for every hug, every heart-to-heart conversation, your trust and kindness and letting me be a part of your family. Hoping to see you again, some time.

Mittwoch, 27. Juli 2011


Monday 20.06.2011 Day 171
my last day in Canada

Seagull waiting for feed

Isn´t that a beautiful place?

Lovely Sofia

Making picnic

Girlie in action

It was such a beautiful sunny day, today! Canada presents its most attractive side for goodbye.

As beautiful as the day was... so sad it was.

Before we went home, we rested a while at the lakeshore. Sat on a bench, looked into the distance, listening to the waves and feeling the wind against the skin.

The view there

While I sat there I felt more and more sad. Tears ran down my face and my throat felt constricted (tried to hide this from Girlie and Nitz) knowing I have to leave Canada tonight.

It was so hard at this time - and it´s now again, while I´m writing these words. Miss you all so much!!!

Dienstag, 19. Juli 2011


Sunday 19.06.2011 Day 170

Way back to Canada


I was here!!

Miss you!!

Sunset at Niagara Falls

Dinner at Kelsey´s

Sofia eating the four cheese spinach dip on pita chips

Girlie has promised to show me the Niagara Falls during my visit in Canada.

Today was the day!

On our way home from Chicago to Canada Nitz was so kind to make a little detour - so at the close of the day we could enjoy a wonderful evening at the Niagara Falls.

In appreciation of the wonderful days and experiences (in Canada and Chicago) I invite all for dinner at Kelsey´s. We were happy with the offer there (and it was one of the few which was open) especially with the yummy four cheese spinach dip... we ordered twice.

Sonntag, 17. Juli 2011


Still Saturday 18.06.2011 Day 169

Nitz, Sofia, Ari, Girlie, Bong, Olivia, Mayan, Rene, Liz, Isabelle

Auntie Sonia and Olivia

Fun with the ice cream truck

Nitz refreshing himself


Illuminated bottle cooler

Yummy and refreshing

Ari´s BBQ

In the evening we were invited for another BBQ. This time it was Ari´s turn. Ari is the brother of Mayan and also Girlie´s cousin.

It was a balmy evening and nice to sit outside and watching the guys playing Mahjong.

Thanks Ari for a wonderful evening at your home and for welcoming me.


Saturday 18.06.2011 Day 169

A stack of four pancakes

Bong had T-bone steak with eggs and hash browns

Belgian waffle

Sleepy Sofia

"Take two combo" Half turkey sandwich and fresh fruits... More European


Jolly group

It was my first time having breakfast at IHOP "International home of pancakes".

Thanks for this special breakfast adventure and your invitation Salamat Sonia

Grace, Isabelle and Rafael

Lovely family



After breakfast we went home to Sonia´s and Rene´s house.

The kids had fun playing Mahjong. Mayan, Girlie and me made a little shopping tour.


Still Friday 17.06.2011 Day 168

Kuya Ed´s family (Miggy, Ed, Grace, Ate Mel and Paul)

Princess Grace

Delicious buffet

Excellent singer and guitarist

The birthday girl

Bong, Mayan, Sonia, Olivia, Rene, Aris, Kathy , Liz, Anne, Marcus, Junior

Rene and Sonia dancing

Girls together Mayan & Girlie

Father and his beloved daughter

Nitz and Girlie having fun

Cute girl Isabelle singing

In the evening we were invited to a birthday party of aunt Sonia.

That´s the reason for our trip to Chicago.

I was a bit nervously, knowing there will be only Fillipinos and I´m the only, not tagallo-speaking person, there. But my excitement was unfounded. Everyone was really friendly towards me - and it was an entertaining evening for us all.

Here, too I enjoyed the openness, cordialness and kindness - and *big smile* I enjoyed the yummy buffett there!

The performance of Sonia´s granddaughter Anne was outstanding. She is a very good singer and guitarist.