Friday, December 18, 2015

Hola Barcelona - Part 2

Every time we go on a trip whether local or overseas, I love researching Catholic churches around the area.  Where I grew up, we have this thinking that we have the privilege to pray for three wishes the first time  we enter a new church. It's a bit silly, but what's the harm in trying? J  But seriously speaking, our holiday vacation is more complete and more fulfilling whenever we have time to do church visits.

Part of our trip to Barcelona was to go on a pilgrimage to Montserrat, a Benedictine monk mountain retreat. For some people, a visit to Montserrat is considered the highlight of their Barcelona trip. Whether you’re a Catholic or not, a trip to this magnificent mountain is worth your time. Indeed, it was an unforgettable experience for all of us. The view was breathtaking! Montserrat offers a spectacular view of the region of Catalonia. 

Montserrat | Barcelona | Chichi Mary Blog

Friday, December 11, 2015

Where Do You Shop? The Pros And Cons

As one of my co-parents at Mary’s school says, the holiday season is the most expensive time of the year.  Admittedly, shopping is inevitable! :) It is the traditional time for gift giving.  There are a lot of holiday deals going on and for some it’s the perfect time to shop just in time for Christmas.  So where do you usually shop?  As an online retailer of girl's boutique clothing, I would like to share some pros and cons of shopping at each type of retail store.

Louis Vuitton | Venice | Chichi Mary Online Kid's Boutique
Our 2 year old Mary was attracted to the window display of Louis Vuitton store in Venice.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Reasons To Be Thankful

Eight years ago, I didn’t know the significance of Thanksgiving Day. I knew that it’s a special holiday in the U.S. but I didn’t really appreciate its significance. This is because I originally came from the Philippines where we do not celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Filipinos start looking forward to Christmas and the New Year's starting September -- what we call the "-ber" months -- so celebrating Thanksgiving wasn't something I was used to. But after almost a decade living in the U.S., I’m starting to catch on and get excited whenever Thanksgiving Day is getting closer.  Much more, I appreciate the symbolism of Thanksgiving Day and that regardless of religion, each family gathers and enjoys this special holiday to give thanks for each and everyone of our blessings.

Thanksgiving Quote | Chichi Mary Online Kid's Boutique