Tuesday, January 22, 2019

25 Years Sinulog in Stuttgart

This year marked the 25th year of Sinulog celebration in the Diocese of Stuttgart - Rottenburg. From its humble beginnings in 1994, the Sinulog festivities on this side of the globe has grown bigger and better.

Last January 12, 2019, about 700 Catholic Filipinos gathered at the St. Martin Cathedral in Rottenburg to celebrate the Sinulog Holy Eucharist, with Rev. Fr. Simon Boiser as the main celebrant and co-celebrated by the diocesan Canon Thomas Weisshaar, Rev. Fr. Jonathan Ramoso Galope, Dean Dr. Tomas Begovic, Rev. Fr. Philip Ojibo and Br. Roy Paraiso. Church goers brought along with them their Infant Jesus (Sto. Niño) images to be blessed and adored. A procession of the Sto. Niño on a carosa from the cathedral to the Rottenburg town hall followed, with the devotees praying the rosary, faces all happy despite the chilly winter air.

Official YouTube Video from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart  

More merry making was witnessed inside the town hall as the people danced the Sinulog as a way of thanking and acknowledging the child Jesus for all the goodness, blessings and graces that He has bestowed upon the families and devotees gathered in his name. There were also various presentations prepared by the different Filipino communities in and around Stuttgart like the Sto. Niño Group, Kawayan Dancers, Philippine Cultural Dance Troupe Backnang, Mother of Salvation, and Waiblinger Dance Group showcasing different Filipino cultural dances. All these and more made the celebration more colorful and worth witnessing.

Filipino food and the Filipino way of sharing food was also a big part in the festivities. There was food for sale for those who are not so fond of Filipino dishes. There was food to share  in almost every table so that even if you did not bring anything to eat, you will not go hungry because everyone is generous enough to share their food with you, even if you are a stranger.

Games for both young and old kept the guests entertained. Another highlight of the Sinulog was the tombola raffle, where great prizes were up for grabs. This year, another lucky guest won a round trip air ticket to the Philippines. This and more prizes were raffled off - making the trip to Rottenburg really worth it.

After the formal program, everyone was invited to the dance floor to dance the night away.

Indeed it was a great way to celebrate our faith in the Sto. Niño with family and friends. Until the next Sinulog! Viva! Señor Sto. Niño! Pit Señor!

Commercial Cleaning for a More Productive Business

The everyday jobs that get done in a commercial office space can really wreak havoc on a building. With everyone trying to get their duties completed in a timely manner, maintaining and cleaning this space isn’t something that always takes a priority. That doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to  maintaining a clean space. A healthy and clean office space can help improve productivity levels, keep employees healthy and safe and impress the general public. If you are looking to have someone else take over these duties, there are a number of professional cleaning service companies in the area that can assist.

Professional Experience
A commercial cleaning company should be able to provide professionals that can effectively and efficiently clean your commercial space. It is important that you choose a reputable company that has years of experience under their belt. This means the people that are cleaning your space will know what they are supposed to clean, how to do it and what products to use to get the results that you are looking for. You can work with the company that you choose if you have a preference regarding how things should be done. You may want certain eco-friendly products used, or you may have a space that you feel needs special attention when the area is being cleaned. This is something that you can communicate to the company that you choose.

Working After Hours
Even though the majority of your employees are at your business during the day, the cleaning can and should get done during the evening hours when everyone has gone home. This will ensure that the work day is not interrupted by people vacuuming or cleaning. Just make sure that you can trust the company that you choose. You don’t want to worry about anyone having their personal items stolen when everyone has left for the day.

There are many different areas of a business that can benefit from a commercial cleaning in Olney, MD company. Make sure to ask around, and do your research on what company you want to choose. This is how you can get an impressively clean space that will increase your business potential.

Crafts Day: DIY Photo Frame

My daughter was invited to a birthday party by her twin friends last Friday. Because it was short notice, we didn't have time to go out and buy them gifts. So my daughter decided to make them something instead: a picture frame made made out of paper towel cardboard roll, jute strings and paper. She set out to do it herself without any help from me the day before the party. 

It took her a number of hours but I thought it really turned out great. My only contribution was printing the photo she used in the picture frame and then wrapping the frame in a gift wrap.

So what do you think? It looks like my little Miss is more creative than I am. I guess those days of crafting with her when she was smaller (and I had more time) has really paid off.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

3 Facts About Cajun Food

Sometimes, you are in the mood for something a little different for dinner. One option is plano tx seafood restaurants. You may have heard of Cajun cuisine, but are not 100% what that entails. It can be spicy and includes fish, but the amount of each varies.

Here are three facts about Cajun cuisine to consider.

Cajun cuisine was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was concocted by the Acadians and French Catholic individuals in the area who were forced to move to New Orleans after the British in Canada exiled them. Therefore, you can view this as simple cooking that lives off the land and sea. Dishes are often cooked in a cast iron pot and served with rice and/or beans. It is often spicy and blackened. Every dish will include onions, celery and carrots, and it will be topped off with garlic, parsley and scallions for additional flavor.

Cajun is not Creole
It is very easy to confuse two things that are so close in resemblance. This is often the case with Cajun and Creole cuisine. Remember, though, Cajun food is not Creole. Creole cooking also originated in Louisiana, but not in New Orleans. It utilizes ingredients that could be imported instead of found in the swamp. Components of Creole dishes include more ingredients, too. While it is true that Cajun and Creole share characteristics, they are still distinctive in that Creole is more of a city slicker food and Cajun is more of a comfort food.

What is on the Menu?
On a typical menu at a Cajun restaurant, you will find the same items. The menu will include a variation of crab and shrimp that will either be fried of boiled. When eateries offer fried Cajun seafood, they are often sold in baskets that include French fries. Other popular sides may be corn, potatoes and coleslaw. For those who are not seafood-inclined, chicken tenders and wings are often sold, too, with scrumptious sides like fried pickles, hushpuppies and dipping bread.
For something different for dinner, consider plano tx seafood restaurants.

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