How was the long weekend?

Before anything else...

Happy Easter!!!

I had been busy the past week and was quite envious of people who finished work as early as Wednesday in observance of Holy Week. Working from home doesn't sound too good if everyone else is having fun, while you're still chasing your quota.

Fortunately, I had been able to finish by mid-afternoon on Good Friday. I was cooped up at home in the heat for a couple of days, so I've been itching to leave the house.

I made The BF take me to Mall of Asia, simply because there are hordes of people there on normal days and I wanted to see if Good Friday made a difference. In the Philippines, Good Friday is day you stay at home to respect the death of Jesus on the cross (yes, it's pretty heavy stuff).

Judging by the number of cars parked by the side of the road, I assumed there were still loads of people.

But the mall is closed!!!

Well technically, the seaside area wasn't closed.

The sunset is very nice here and would be a good place to think about meaningful things.

Unless you find yourself in Hooters, which was the only restaurant open at the time we arrived.

I didn't drink any alcohol, promise! I'm good on Good Friday!

I had a refreshing glass of apple juice instead (P85).

I camwhore while waiting for the food.

And I camwhored with The BF (who ended up just being partially in the photo.hehe).

Waiting for the sun to go down.

And when it did, I wanted to shove the couple out of the way because they were ruining my shot. *sigh*

My Fish & Chips (Php350) arrived. In the Philippines, you're only allowed to eat fish and veggies on Good Friday. It was good!

The BF isn't Catholic, so he ordered Training Burgers (Php350), which are essentially mini burgers with bacon bits and tons of fries.

Honestly, the food was great but the portions were too big for us. So we decided to go for a walk after dinner.

You wouldn't believe how many people were there.

Times have really changed.

I then dragged The BF to see how Bonifacio High Street was on a Good Friday. Again, I'm surprised to see there were loads of people. Some church people put up a Way of the Cross throughout the stretch of BHS, which was their way of bringing the church to those who would like to go shopping instead. It's a very modern way of doing things, which is good. But I like the traditional way better. Maybe I'm a purist like that.

But there was one station that caught my eye.

I've never done a Way of the Cross since I left school.

At this one, people are encouraged to write their pledges and to pin them on the wall with a clothespin. I didn't write anything, I just wanted to watch.

I kind of half-wished that a very strong gust of wind will blow away the small pieces of paper towards the sky.

What would you have written down?

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Sendo said...

woah..i guess u had one great weekend strolling and eating..nung good friday nga eh sarado lahat kaya nasa bahay pang ako...tingin ko nga pati mga hayop naki-holy week din...tahimik nila haha

anyway, kung ako naman yung pasusulatin don sa cloth na un....puro i love u Lord, Ma, Pa, Bro, friends, lang susulat ko mga dasal ^_^

naway maalala natin ang pagkamatay at pagkabuhay ni Lord everyday at di lang Holy Week..happy Easter ^_^

April 5, 2010 at 9:07 AM
Conrad said...

Hmm, I woulda thought that Manila would be in a stand-still due to Holy Week. Seems like it's a semi ghost town. I would have thought that most are at home or at church or someplace praying. But I stand corrected. Looks like alot of people are about. Happy Easter.

April 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM
elmie said...

most places are sarado naman, like the malls. maybe it's because the bayside was a park, that's why there were so many people. there was also a church nearby. but still, it's a lot more people than i'm used to seeing on Good Friday.

that's still a nice message, tho. :)

It used to be like that. Like you really had nowhere to go so you might as well just stay home to think about your sins. hehe! Or go to church to take part in the traditional ceremonies.

but it does seem like times have changed and people aren't as religious as they used to out here. It now seems more like a national day of rest or something like that. You shouldn't wait until holy week to reflect on your faith, anyway (I suppose).

April 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Janessa said...

My good friday was spent at home with the family. Usually I volunteer to act for the reenactment of the way of the cross at church but not this year.

I realise I need a vacation back home to familiarise myself with philippines again.

April 5, 2010 at 9:03 PM
Ken Wooi said...

looks like you had a fun weekend.. well, mine was.. boring as usual.. anyway, thanks for the nice pictures! =P

April 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM
elmie said...

That could be a great idea! Let me know when you're in town. Hee!

No problem! ;)

April 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Unknown said...

Yummy, the food really look tasteful. My family just stayed at home enjoyed each others company. We did went to church and celebrated the Salubong in DasmariƱas City.

Great Blog you got here. Happy easter too!

April 6, 2010 at 6:38 PM
elmie said...

Thanks, Mr Lunch Break! :)

April 7, 2010 at 12:01 AM

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