Lighting of Candles @ Our Lady of Fatima10:33 PM Sunday June 24, 2018 |

June 18, 2018 2:45 pm Today’s tour was primarily to visit the holy pilgrimage site of the Our Lady of Fatima.   This was not included in the FPG Insurance official itinerary which was surprising because  I thought when one goes to Portugal,  a visit to the Fatima is a given  at least for Filipino Catholics… read more

Delicious Lunch in Restaurant Mar Bravo, Nazare10:07 PM Sunday June 24, 2018 |

June 18, 2018 From Obidos we drove for a few minutes to reach the Praia da Nazaré beach. By this time the temperature was even hotter at 36 degrees Centigrade. The van dropped us off at Praca Sousa Oliveira and we walked for some 80 meters to the restaurant located on the ground floor of… read more

Bye Obidos09:58 PM Sunday June 24, 2018 |

I enjoyed spending an hour here in Obidos. Such a cute place. I don’t know if I will have another chance to comeback here or in Lisbon. Maybe but I don’t know when. For now, bye Obidos.

Church of Santa Maria08:31 AM Sunday June 24, 2018 |

According to our tour guide Margarita, there are 13 churches situated in the tiny town of Obidos. Why so many? Sorry I don’t know, she didn’t explain. I only visited one church, the Church of Santa Maria. Yeah I was too lazy to walk any farther because of the heat. Walking on uneven cobbled stones… read more

Obidos juice coolers08:02 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

The temperature was a pleasant 24 degrees when we started our drive from Lisbon to the small medieval village of Obidos but about an hour after we got there the temperature started to rise to around 35 degrees centigrade and the number of tourists by the busloads started pouring in. I am going to buy… read more

A visit to the pretty little town of Obidos07:18 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

June 18, 2018 Monday The smaller van that picked us up from the hotel was a downer. I found the seats too tight but nevertheless I was still excited to go because today we were going to the holy place of Fatima. We drove 100 kilometers and our first stop was the charming little town… read more

Too Many Graffiti in Lisbon06:13 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

Graffiti are writings, drawings, scribbles, scratches, done on the wall or surface often without permission from the owner of the wall or surface. We see them on bridges, buildings, roofs, sometimes in places hard to reach but in full public view. In my opinion graffiti = borderline vandalism. No country or city is immune to… read more

Walked to Dinner at Rua Augusta01:30 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

June 17, 2018 The heat and noise inside Time Out market made us more tired that’s why we left the area and walked about 15 minutes to look for a restaurant around Rua Augusta. We passed by many bars and cafes where people were congregating and enjoying the football game. World Cup is huge in… read more

Time Out Market in Lisbon01:15 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

June 17, 2018 From the Jeronimo’s Monastery the bus dropped us of at Corpo Santo Hotel. We had an hour to shower and get refreshed. I still looked jet lagged. When I was in my 30s I didn’t know the meaning of jet lag. Just one short sleep after arrival and I would be good… read more

Vista Alegre Portugal12:52 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

These are the antique cups and saucers I found at the flea market. The vendor said that this set was manufactured by a very prestigious company named Vista Alegre. She told me to remember the logo VA which stands for Vista Alegre Portugal, a company founded in 1824. This little one is made by a… read more

Flea Market in Lisbon12:33 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

The sun was blazing on June 17. I covered my head with a shawl while walking from Jeronimo’s Monastery to the bus parking. I actually couldn’t see my surroundings I was only following Edmund’s feet. We saw a flea market just behind where the tourist buses were parked. Ang sarap mag-ikot but it was really… read more

Jeronimo’s Monastery in Belem12:20 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

June 17, 2018 The Jeronimo’s Monastery in Belem was a short bus ride. It was indeed a hot day and we had to walk maybe 300 meters from where the bus dropped us off. Salve and Lina were not feeling well and wanted to either just stay inside the bus or be brought to the… read more

Lessons on Compassion by Judge Frank Caprio12:10 AM Saturday June 23, 2018 |

Providence, Rhode Island 80 year old municipal judge Frank Caprio said he doesn’t wear a badge under his robe. He said he wears a heart. “The conduct of a jurist in the presence of youngsters can shape their thinking in a way that may affect their future particularly their attitude towards the institutions of government”—… read more

Drive By Bus Tour of Lisbon01:36 PM Friday June 22, 2018 |

June 17, 2018 It was really hot on this day so it wasn’t a good idea to have a walking tour. We sat comfortably in the bus while it drove us around the city for about an hour (drive by bus tour). I wished we were given a one page list of the important buildings,… read more

Lunch at Restaurante Leao d’ Ouro01:14 PM Friday June 22, 2018 |

We had Portuguese food for lunch on our first day of tour at the Restaurante Leao d’Ouro. The kind of restaurants FPG Insurance brings us has become a gourmet sensation each time. Not only do they fill our bellies, the way the food are presented also provoke excitement. And Cynthia Nakpil makes sure the decor… read more

First Day Tour around Lisbon01:11 PM Friday June 22, 2018 |

June 17, 208 The majority of the FPG Insurance tour mates arrived from the airport looking tired and weary. hahaha traveling really wears you off. The Turkish flight to Istanbul from Manila was turbulent meron pa kasing bagyo. When the flight is not smooth it’s really draining ones energy and when the plane is too… read more

Buffet Breakfast in Corpo Santo Hotel12:40 PM Friday June 22, 2018 |

June 17, 2018 Our tour mates from FPG Insurance were arriving today from Manila. While we were having buffet breakfast on floor 0 (Corpo Santo Hotel’s ground floor level), our tour mates started coming in one by one. My sister and Bong arrived just in time for breakfast. Their one maleta was left behind in… read more