Fall Break

Before everything, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all of you who helped me decide which eyeglass to take. Yong No. 1 ang kinuha ko dahil unique.


Tungkol naman sa aking bakasyon…as I briefly mentioned on my previous post, kaming mag-ina ay talagang nag enjoy sa aming galaan. I said mag-ina dahil hindi namin kasama si Papa Gerd due to his work. Unang destinasyon ng aming biyahe was Miltenberg. The original plan of my travel was only to bring some electric appliances to my eldest son. But as usual, it turned out different. Ang isang linggo ay naging dalawa at ang balak kong magrelax ay naging stress. While I was there kasi sangkatutak na party ang naka schedule.

One day before I left Miltenberg area, we were supposed to meet/surprise Tess Lermer (an old friend of ours) pero palpak dahil wala siya. My cousin Tess (yes same name) decided to call Melanie para doon nalang kami kina Genie magkita-kita. As she told me about it, bigla kong naalala na wala pala kaming pagkaing mai-serve dahil ang aming host na si Genie ay hindi nakapag grocery. I asked Tess to call Melanie again to tell her na magdala ng pagkain. Melanie on the other hand called the rest of Karilagan and other close friends of ours to join. Kaya ang labas, super fun party even if it was just a spontaneous idea. By the way, hindi naggrocery ang aming host dahil I warned her na hindi ako magluluto. Alam ko kasi ang tactic nitong friend kong ito, magpaplano siya kunyari ng party tapos ako kunyari ang tinatanong niya kong ano ang masarap ihanda…and at the end ako din pala ang magluluto. This time, naisahan ko siya. “The Kusinera” is on vacation noh (kaya mag ngatngat ng tsinelas ang sino mang gutom)! Hehehe. Pictures below were taken during the said kita-kita and hey, tingnan niyo ang dalawang nasa kusina…di ba’t ang gaganda nila?



MissP and I were supposed to meet but unfortunately hindi ito natuloy dahil sumabit ako sa Freiburg. The day before the said EB, my Kumare Jojo (who is from Freiburg) asked me if I would like to join her in Mannheim para mamili sa PX. Mabilis pa ang sagot ko sa kidlat because the opportunity to shop in an American PX is very rare. Doon nabutas ang aking wallet, I bought 1 levis jeans, Estee Lauder Make Up, 3 bots. of Victoria Secret Lotion, 1 Lacoste for Femme Perfume, Music CDs, some clothes for my kids and etc. Kumareng Jojo was not contented yet na magkasama na kami ng buong araw doon…hinila pa ako nitong tumuloy na sa Freiburg.

Ang one day visit na balak ko ay naging one week. Well at least, I managed to relax there for a couple of days then kong saan-saang lugar kami pumunta mula doon. Walang araw na walang event, there was an evening that we “girls” went to a bar called Hemmingway. We also went shopping on a Saturday where we accidentally met 2 POPSTARS candidates Bahar and Mandy (see picture #3 from the left).

Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006. We were actually invited to attend the baptismal of Brenda’s little boy, Jojo and I decided not to go. We went to Einsiedeln, Switzerland instead and visited the Benedictine Abbey with the Lady Chapel with the Black Madonna. My cousin Tess who is residing in Niederbipp, Switzerland was our tour guide.


It has been my desire to see my former colleagues in Roemerberg Klinik again, after such a long long time. Roemerberg Klinik is located in Badenweiler, just half an hour away from where my Kumare lives. Nakailang balik na kami dito at ilang beses ko na ring binalak na bisitahin sila pero laging di natuloy dahil nagkakataong weekend. This time tinutuo ko na talaga, it was a surprise visit kaya laking gulat ng mga ito ng makita nila kami. More than 3 years na ang nakalipas magmula ng umalis ako doon and I really missed them a lot. Ipinakilala ni Heike ang pumalit sa akin and I can’t avoid feeling sad looking at my desk na iba na ang nakaupo. How I wish hindi kami lumipat…

Lucerne , Switzerland

Sa tutuo lang ano, nagkandabuhol-buhol ang scheds ko dahil wala akong fix na itinerary. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. I was scheduled to dine out with my baklang stepson on this day, but I moved it on Thursday evening dahil plano naming magpinsan na pumunta ng Luzern. I drove back to Niederbipp, Switzerland on Tuesday evening para maaga kaming makaalis papuntang Luzern the next day. We planned to visit Mount Pilatus to watch the spectacular sunrise on the Dragon mountain. Siguro dahil sa sobrang pagod, halos tanghali na ng kami ay magising…kaya no more spectacular sunrise to see. It was already lunchtime as we arrived in Luzern, we dined at Schweizerhof. Hmmm, the food there was superb and their service is 1A. Lucerne is indeed a city to fall in love with. It was my first visit and I am very much impressed, thus I promised to come back next year.

There’s No Place Like Home

Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. On our way back home just few kilometers away from our place, kids were shouting “HUNGER, HUNGER, HUNGER” (hungry). I shouted back KENTUCKY and the reply was YESSSSS!



Beng Hafner is my name. I am proud to be who I am and I am proud of the way I am. I am alive because I have a lot to live for. I have many dreams that I wish to reach for and I have many journeys to make.

My life is like a soap opera, and you are the audience.

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Beng Hafner is my name. I am proud to be who I am and I am proud of the way I am. I am alive because I have a lot to live for. I have many dreams that I wish to reach for and I have many journeys to make.

My life is like a soap opera, and you are the audience.

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