Philippines: Last Destination to be with my Family again

I have re-united once again with my family back in the Philippines:
One of the reasons for going back to the Philippines was to
visit my father, Jose L. Angeles, who is now 90 years old:
Below, Papa and myself in front of the pool. As you can see, Papa is wearing
the Obama hat and t-shirt I sent him: He is now an Obama fan:

Enjoying the pool with my father:

I also visited and stayed with my brother's family
in Pampanga, in front of the house:

The newest addition to the family:

Lazlo Patajo -Angeles

Lazlo is my brother Jolan's first grandson

Madonna Davidoff, Lazlo Patajo Angeles and my brother Jolan Angeles

Lazlo's parents, my niece Anna Patajo and her hubby Paolo:

My niece Anna with her son Lazlo:
My niece Anna's Blog

Myself with my sister in law Tonette Palma Angeles, wife of my brother Jolan:

Below with my other niece, Amanda Angeles:

We visited the former Clark airbase in Pampanga Manila andwe visited
A traditional Filipino restaurant in Pampanga:

A bakery in Manila where you can buy the famous filipino Pan de sal:

I bought a quilted toy for Lazlo:

where we visited a quilting workshop below,
A Filipino Quilt artist with his design:

At Korea Town in Pampangga, Philippines

Finally, with the rest of the Angeles Clan below:

My Asian Trip 2009(Bali,Hanoi,Manila)

In a few weeks, I will be boarding once again SingaporeAir . This is my favorite airline because of the superb service and comfort. I will be away for a month starting in Bali, Indonesia followed by Hanoi, Vietnam and then on to Manila, Philippines.

In Bali, I always stay in Ubud. which is considered the centre of Bali's arts and culture. It is a remarkable town in the middle of the island of Bali and the climate is a lot cooler than the rest of the island. Once a refuge for scruffy backpackers, mystics, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now home for a lot of international as well as local artists.
I like staying in Ubud, because there I can paint in peace ,but at the same time have enough social interaction with other artists if I want to. At the outskirt of Ubud are beautiful ricefields, village life and local scenes where one can have a glympse of the true Balinese way of living.

The second part of my trip will be in Hanoi,Vietnam. It will be my first time in Vietnam and I'm excited about it because my hubby, Bart Davidoff ,will already be there to meet me.
Below is a Computer World article that covers a seminar in Singapore in which he moderated a discussion on information management.

The last part of my trip will be Manila, Philippines. There, I will visit my father, Jose L. Angeles who will be turning 90 years old next year and my brother Jolan and his wife Tonette, together with their daughters Amanda and Anna .

Unfortuntaley, my daughter Bianca is in College now in Florida and won't be able to come with us for this trip. The last time Bianca was with us was in Singapore and Thailand two years ago :

Bianca in Thailand :

Bianca will be missed especially by her grandfather. Our plan is to take the whole family next year to Manila again for my father's 90th birthday.

My Grandfather's Novel published in India

After reading my brother Jose Ibarra Angeles( nicknamed Jolan), blog about the Project Gutenberg, an online library of free electronic books, I was surprised to see my grandfather's novel in it. My maternal grandfather's name is Juan L. Arsciwals whose novels were published in Manila in the early 1900's. One of his novels entitled" Ang Bayani"( written in Tagalog) translated as " The Hero" has been out of print--- until I was shocked to find out after I ran a google search on my grandfather's name that it was published and being sold in India at this site called Flipkart" !

Below is a vintage photo of my maternal grandfather,
Juan L. Arsciwals with my grandma Felicidad Ignacio Arsciwals

Unfortunately, my grandfather died at the peak of his writing career while my mother was only a year old . Below is a picture of my mom , Luzviminda Arsciwals Angeles, as a young bride. My mom was also a writer, since the 1960's until she passed away 2004.

A childhood photo of my brother, Jose Ibarra Angeles(right)
and yours truly: taken in Manila late 1950's:

Jolan is also a writer. At the young age of 20-he wrote a play called '"Kastilyo ni Kardo"
which won the Sagisag Award and the Philippine Cultural Center awards.
He has been writing since his Ateneo High School Days till the present.

Finally, A present picture of my brother and I taken in Singapore:

Jose Ibarra Arsciwals Angeles & Maria Madonna Arsciwals Angeles-Davidoff


From reading this entry from I finally took out a DIY craft I did awhile ago but never did anything out of it. I love doing things with my hands like sewing, crafting, drawing , printing and painting and I actually thought of creating a separate site for my crafts and possibly sell it online--so here is one of a few I've crafted.

The cover is a digital print of an original illustration I made of a Balinese folktale. I used it as a cover for a handmade blank book with small pocket inside tied with natural fiber rope. I used non-toxic glue and materials.