First of July

street smart

[Tunic vest: Folded and Hung, shorts: Bayo, pyramid cuff: Red Dot, jelly sandals: Jessica at SM]

Time is passing so quickly. Yay, into the second half of the year… my Chinese astrology reading says the next six months is as rosy as the first. All joking aside, I do believe in positivity… everything follows after it.

The first of July is party time. My family attended a house blessing/birthday celebration early in the evening. It was a gorgeous row housing actually. Then we went to the birthday celebration of Quan Sing Hu Ji and inauguration/ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ilocos Norte St. Santiago Chinese Temple (New Temple) and lauriat dinner with the Chinese community in Ilocos. Another set of Chinese banquet photos for everyone to love or hate?

Sky MoonPinksflower arrangements<3Cake Pop

Raise the red lanterns…

Lauriat at the TempleSt. Santiago Temple Lauriat
Top row: Cold Cuts, Abalone with Broccoli, Fried Pigeon
Second Row: Steamed Crabs, Soup No. 5, Sauteed Prawns with Leeks
Bottom Row: Steamed Garoupa, 8-Jeweled Chicken, Fried Taro Roll

The legendary Soup No. 5, gokong (center in bottom collage), is revered by the macho tribe. The mighty, wicked soup is made with bull testes and le bazouka.

A happy work week to all:)

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Chinese wedding banquet at Gloria Maris

softly lit

Spent the weekend in Manila. The hubby and I attended the wedding of his close friend’s only son. It was one lovely wedding, and a happy get-together with old friends as well.

Mirror ReflectionRed Roses

Reception was held at the Gloria Maris in Greenhills, where a Chinese seafood dinner was served lauriat style.

Chinese wedding lauriat menuSliced Calmex AbaloneWhole Suckling PigSteamed Flat Lobsters with HofanSteamed Lapu-Lapu (Garoupa)Steamed CrabsChinese Lauriat

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The New St. Santiago Temple

The doors of the newly-built St. Santiago Chinese Temple in Barit, Laoag, are now open for worshipers. (Read related article here).

St. Santiago Chinese Temple Gen. Segundo Ave. (Bacarra Road), Brgy. Barit. Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Open for worship from 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM


Following the annual tradition, the patrons of the temple gathered to celebrate the Feast of St. Santiago.

Here are some photos from one of the lauriat dinners.
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