Here we are now sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea in hand and see what is in store tomorrow morning. My nephew Ray and sisters Cris and Maria and brother Marc will be joining us and arriving tomorrow night. The next morning we drive two hours to Traverse City for wine tasting at Chateau Chantal and lunch at the Boathouse – escargot, mussels, white fish etc.
The following weekend Sunday 14 October we woke up in Christmas Mountain in Wisconsin. We arrived here on Friday night then went outlet shopping on Saturday morning for 5 hours – lots of good bargains on designer clothes such as Polo, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger – got 2 large bagful of purchases for total of $500 – that was really cheap. My sister Toya invited us here to celebrate Terry’s birthday – we had lots of Filipino food including hopia and yema, they brought all the way from the Philippines. Unfortunately this morning we thought we’d have breakfast at the resort restaurant but they don’t open until 11 am – so we just made a cup of coffee. We will be off to Puerto Rico on Sunday 21 October for one week cruise of the Caribbean and 3 nights in San Juan Puerto Rico then back to Canberra on 2 November 2012.
Natividad birthdays, reunions and other milestones
My nephew Sean David attends Glenbard West High School – more like an Ivy College. We attended his band concert– he looked really smart in the green band uniform and the band played really well – they have won contests around Illinois. My sister in law Maria and brother Martin were in the Chicago half marathon – that was really impressive too considering the training they had to go through to be able to finish the race. My brother Marc is preparing for his climb of the Will’s Tower – some 120 floors in November 2012. My niece Holly Hernandez and nephew Paolo Natividad are now attending the University of Illinois. Holly is a freshman (Nuclear Engineering) and Paolo is sophomore (Chemical Engineering). My Mama, Cory Natividad) celebrated her 86th birthday on 12 September 2012 at Little Quiapo in Chicago. The whole family was there. My sister Cris attended the gala night of the Global Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Nature family celebrated Mama Cory Natividad's 86th My sister Cristeta Natividad (third from left) with her
birthday (12 September) at Little Quiapo Chicago Beta Sigma Global Fraternity in Chicago
Volet Carolan, Marc Natividad and Maria Gonzalez
at Deer Lake in Michigan
FCCACT LEADERS IN THE FILCCA CONFERENCE IN PERTH
I would like to congratulate the newly elected officers of FILCCA headed by Aida Garcia, President and Mrs Perlita Swinbank as Vice President External. Although I was not there I am sure it was a success but I am sorry I missed the FCCACT performance of ‘Billy Jean’. I will tell you more about it next month.
Congratulations to Mrs Perlita Toti Umali, Chairman of Filcom Sports Club which was
Swinbank, newly elected FILCCA awarded as the Outstanding Community Organisation and
Vice President for External Affairs Mrs Perlita Swinbank, President of FCCACT with her
Leadership Award at the FILCCANational Conference
PRESIDENT AQUINO IN CANBERRA
Unfortunately I will miss the very important visit of President Noynoy Aquino in Canberra on 24-25 October 2012. I wish all organisers of his visit a success.
Again I would like to extend our invitation for all Filipinos and friends to ‘Pasko sa Canberra’ on Sunday 2 December 2012 at the Philippin Embassy grounds in Canberra. Entrance is free.