To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Simbang gabi / Misa de Gallo in Bangkok

Yoohooo!!! Ten more days and it's Christmas once again! I'm always fascinated of the glimmering Christmas lights wherever I go and of course, the celebration will never be complete for me without going to a Catholic church for mass blessings here in Bangkok.

We are quite lucky having more options in here, too it's either we can  go to the novena mass in the evening or at dawn.

Simbang gabi will start tonight, December 15 at St. John Church in Ladphrao Soi 2 and  Mary Help of Christians Church at  Krungthep Kritha Road, Hua Mark.  Mass will be at 7pm  from December 15-23.

Misa de Gallo or the early morning masses  will start on December 16 at 5:30am both in  Holy Redeemer church in soi Ruamrudee, Ploenchit and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ramkamhaeng 184.

This should sound more fulfilling having more churches to choose from. I for sure can go to the nearest church from my home and indeed it feels better to feel  Christmass like in the Phils. even being away from home and family.


  1. It is really good to feel Christmas even though we're away from home and family.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


  2. Thanks for dropping by, kabayan! God bless! :D

  3. It's really great to still experience old traditions during the Christmas season even though you're miles away from home. Hope you had a splendid time!

  4. Thank you very much. You're right, it just feels like home and I did have a great Christmas. :)