Seville or Sevilla
— is the capital and largest city of Andalusia – a province of Spain.
Aside from having a very accommodating and considerate tour guide here in Seville, we also had an amazing trip from its historical cathedral, parks and architectures to its traditional and entertaining dance known as “flamenco”.
I begin with the largest gothic cathedral in the world the – “Catedral de Sevilla” or “Seville Cathedral”. Its grandeur is undeniable and endowed with Seville’s remarkable history.
All throughout our trip, I typically start by snatching free pamphlets or fact sheets of the place where I’m in. And my multi-tasking is at its peak when I’m travelling as I listen to our guide, I’d write down notes and take some artistic snapshots of every corner, view and angle, and be mindful of my steps and the road 😉
Historical facts about the cathedral;
- 1184 – 1198 Construction of the main mosque of Seville and its minaret. (Spain was under the Muslims) Parts are conserved in the Orange Tree Courtyard and lower sections of Giralda tower, that I will post separately.
- 1248 After the “reconquest” of Spain by Ferdinand II, the mosque was consecrated as a Cathedral.
- 1434 – 1517 The construction of the Gothic Cathedral.
- 1528 – 1621 Construction of some parts continued including the completion of the bell tower – Giralda tower.
- 1618 – 1758 The Baroque phase of the Cathedral (my favorite period)
- 1987 Seville Cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
The cathedral’s construction lasted for more than a century. Our tour guide told us that when they were planning to build this, church elders declared, “Hagamos una iglesia tan hermosa y tan grandiosa que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos.” (Let us build a church so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it finished will think we are mad). Well, maybe 🙂 but this church is really wonderful!
- Giralda tower is the bell tower of this cathedral, said to be the symbol of Seville. This minaret is 76 meters in height and was originally constructed by by the Moors in 1184.
to be continued,
Today, I felt the need to post something about – confidence or self esteem. Many of us had or have low self-esteem. It’s deeply rooted from painful childhood experiences, neglect, abuse, illness/debilitation, painful life events such as losing loved ones or a job, divorce, and the most common is discrimination.
As a daughter, grandchild, mother, sister and friend, my dream is to empower people most especially women and young ones and help them boost their self confidence. Yes it’s not easy, I know. I’ve seen enough death in my family, my granddad who was like a father to me died in a car accident when I was very young, sudden passing of my younger brother then my father. And to add discrimination and scrutiny on the side. The negative early events later on become contributors to Low Self Esteem.
I’m no expert but I’m talking based on experience. It’s never too late to believe, to stand up and it all starts with forgiveness. To let go of these thoughts, forgive yourself and always remember that there’s always another chance. New hope.
Think positive. Instead of saying, “I’m a loser” or “no one really likes me” why don’t you talk to yourself and be your first and only effective motivator and coach – “You can do this!”
Positivity leads to positive outcomes.
Smile, laugh and surround yourself with happy and positive people. You’ll feel better as go through the process. They say faking confidence can help, and that’s true. I’ve tried that many times, put your chin up, dress up, use accessories or wear makeup just to elevate self confidence.
When you look better, you will feel better.
And it may take time and effort. But trust me, I’ve been there and it will all be worth it…
with much love,
2 years ago when I discovered Korean makeup and skin care product thru a friend of mine who’s been using it and swears by it. And yasss she is right! Their products are simple but straightforward. The packaging is cute with comical cartoons and very fun designs. Special mention – Korean Skin Care which is by far the most comprehensive and thorough. With it’s famous 10-step program or routine that can be adjusted according to your skin type. The following is the 10-step routine;
- makeup remover / oil cleanser
- water based cleanser
- serum, booster or ampouls
- eye cream
- sun protection (day time)
Even typing this program is exhilarating, but really they have the best (for me) beauty products and is less expensive than Western counterparts. What I like the most – it is made from natural ingredients and free from Parabens (unless indicated)
that’s it for today, see you next post 🙂
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in less than a year, I’ve lost my brother and just today, my dad. They’re passing were both sudden and painful. No words to describe the emotions I’m feeling right now. And my thoughts are running incessantly searching for answers in this moment of sorrow. I’m shaken and my heart is beaten, crushed into pieces that only God knows when and how will this end.
Some may misjudge me for posting while grieving, but let me share this quote from one of my favorite authors, Anne Frank.
“I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear, my courage reborn.”
I’ve been receiving messages of sympathy and prayers, I’m thankful for the comfort and consolation they bring to our grieving hearts. With two of our beloved family members’ passing so sudden, I’m left shaken. May this be a reminder to all that time is finite, life is very short,now it’s too late for me to tell my dad I love him but I pray with all my might that he knows…
As 2016 comes to a close, I take a quick look back on the highlights of this year. The highs and lows, good, bad and the worst times. I’ve had it all this 2016. The most difficult was the sudden passing of my brother. Grief and pain was so acute that I prayed the hardest.
Each time I’m being told that I’m a super woman, no. I’m a woman, not really super, nothing great. But I have One Great God, that is Super. With Him I can be anything. And so with full of hope and faith, I know 2017 will be a much better year for us all. I’m grateful for a January 1 filled with dreams and positive emotions. Cheers to a new and exciting year!
Happy New Year!
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
According to your message to a native Juan Diego
I venerate you as “the Virgin Mother of the true God
for whom we live,
the Creator of all the world, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
In spirit I kneel before your most holy image
which you miraculously imprinted upon the cloak
of the Indian Juan Diego,
and with the faith of the countless numbers of pilgrims
who visit your shrine, I beg you for this favor:
(mention your request)
To be a generous, self-sacrificing, faithful devotee all the days of my life.
Remember, O Immaculate Virgin,
the words you spoke to your devout client,
“I am a merciful Mother to you and to all your people
who love me and trust in me and invoke my help.
I listen to their lamentations and solace
all their sorrows and their sufferings.”
I beg you to be a merciful Mother to me,
because I sincerely love you and trust in you
and I invoke your help.
I entreat you, Our Lady of Guadalupe,
to grant my request, if this should be the Will of God,
in order that I may
bear witness to your love, your compassion. Your help and protection.
Do not forsake me in my needs. Amen
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Happy Feast day to Our Lady of Guadalupe!