Serenata – simplicity at its best!

” nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed to be simple is to be great”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Indeed! The Serenata annual benefit concert last Saturday ,March 18,2017 was so simple in terms of the costumes and frills but the performance was superb and its charitable cause made the concert great! This was their 12th season and for the record I only missed two of their concert 🙂  addicted!


The Serenata Children’s Choir


The concert was under the musical direction of ever so beautiful Ms. Sylvia Delos Santos. Directed by Mr. Jerry Lagrimas and the ever energetic host of the night Mr.Ahjid Sayas. The ever supported husband of Ms. delos Santos – Mr. Teddy Delos Santos spotted playing Cello as assistant principal.


The introduction of all male Chamber Chorale was impressive noting that it was only formed five months ago and to gather each one for practice was challenging to everyone involve.


All male chamber chorale


The string orchestra was as usual in their best performance !


The Serenata String Orchestra

I enjoyed the participation of Knight Movers with their Aladdin dance intermission


The Knight Movers



The finale

Here’s some of the clips of the performance taken by iPhone 🙂 I could upload more but my storage plan is not enough..and so .. let me advise you to come and see them in action next season.

Congratulations to all!



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The Amazing Flower Festival 2017-Yanbu, Saudi Arabia


Yanbu flower and garden festival started March 14 and will ends on April 7, 2017. We visited year 2015 and we had a chance to visit again last Friday, March 17,2017. There were a lot of visitors and I think it would be better to come as early as 4 pm to appreciate the flowers.

Timing: Sat-Thurs 8:30 – 5pm Friday 4 pm -11pm


Admission : Free .. but there’s a minimal fee to get up to the Flat form and see the areal view of the garden. Another fee to Yanbu Butterfly garden. Beware, it was a long queue. Sorry, I was not able to ask how much the entrance fees.



So, whats new?

The addition of the fountains, made the place more refreshing and you can have your ice cream yoghurt too 🙂 The weather was cool so we just passed it!





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One new thing that I like the most is the addition of recycling items.

Do you know how long a plastic bottle decompose? 450 years! Omg!


See the white and blue? It is made of 41000 bottle caps which represent sea waves.

How about a rubber tires? It will take 50-80 years!

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made from old tires


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flowers are made from plastic bottles


made from papers



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It’s amazing to see the flowers bloom in Yanbu, remember this is Saudi Arabia 🙂


If you got tired of walking, you can also catch the cho – cho train 🙂 hahaha and you will reach your destination in 2 hours, just kidding.


or maybe just sit down a bit 🙂



or when you got bored, you can always call FB 🙂 or play games?


or maybe after seeing all those flowers, you will feel the sweetness of your heart 🙂



If you are from Philippines, this is “Enrique” and you will know who he is 🙂

and of course our “Liza”


Ladies, relationship goal? the “lizqen” of jeddah 🙂


How sweeeeeet…. so what are you waiting for? smell the flowers, feels the breeze and fall in!




if you would like to see flower festival 2015 pls click The Amazing Flower Festival 2015 in Yanbu Saudi Arabia

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Al baha road trip (part 2)


(ancient ruins of 400 years old village) Dee Ayn Village

Al baha is a region in Saudi Arabia nestled between Mecca and Al abha. It is known as the region of 1001 towers,though we have seen several towers, which usually at the top of the mountain, mostly are not protected and inhabited either completely gone or partially ruined.


palm trees and banana trees can be seen around the tower



it is built on the top of a marble


neatly arranged slate of stones

On our way back home, we passed through a town called Al Mikhwah, looking for a restaurant to eat breakfast but everything was closed probably due to Eid holiday. So we continued on until we found a huge bridge with fresh water flowing from the nearby mountain.

Is it a river?  lake? oasis?


We went down under the bridge and had our breakfast with the sound of fresh water and after around twenty minutes a herd of camels apparently the caretaker would like to have some rest too.





We supposed to pass by Al Leith hot spring but the weather was so hot to even attempt to pass by. 😦

Happy Eid to all!



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Dhi Ain Village – the marble village of al Baha KSA (part 1)



Dhi Ain Village (thi ain ancient village ) it is also known as Aqaba al-Baha. The 400 year old village was not easy to locate, we have to pass through 25 tunnels at 8,200 ft above sea level to get into al- baha. On top of that, due to numerous spellings we can’t google the place correctly. We have to go to Golden Tulip Hotel to asked for the direction. The scenery along the road was spectacular. There were few view deck along the area where you can stop and take pictures.


built 400 years ago on a small marble mountain

Before reaching this place, we have seen ruins of abandoned stones and slate towers along the way. It’s amazing to see how the stones were arranged.


We left our hotel early morning and we can’t just pass through without taking pictures. It was all foggy ,breezy but not so cold at this time.




It’s a long winding road but its worth seeing the place specially we have a week Eid holiday. Though we were not able to see forest garden, we have seen few green bushes, banana ,olive, flowers along the area.

Creativity at its best!


to be continued 🙂



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Weekly Photo Challenge : Careful

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

Iphone shot of leaving Honolulu International Airport to Los Angeles airport to King Abdulaziz International Airport.

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What’s in the Egg?

I know, it’s still a month before Easter 🙂 but here I am wondering what’s in the egg?

What's inside?

What’s inside?

I got this recently at the Flower Festival in Yanbu. The boy seller told me to put water in two days and see the surprise, Alright, let’s see.

1st day 🙂

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After opening

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As instructed, I put water on it, lets see what will happen tomorrow?


Ladies, stay tuned!

2nd day..

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I visited my friend and she kept the cotton on top, after watering it.

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Hmm nothing happening..this is the 3rd day!

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I’ll wait for a week 🙂



Serenata “Opus 10” one word – Spectacular!


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Challenging..blessed..grateful.. were the words to described the Serenata journey to 10th year according to Ms. Charo Hipos the chairperson and executive producer of Opus 10.

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SERENATA is a non- stock,non-profit, cause oriented organisation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia founded in 2005 through the pioneering efforts of Ms. Sylvia de los Santos, Ms. Desil Manapat and Mr. Louis Bautista. Serenata hold annual benefit concert and to date, they have produced 29 scholars and 7 college graduates.


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I have attended seven of their concerts and I was so eager to attend the eight concert but it didn’t coincide with my tight schedule and I was not lucky to find a ticket on the ninth and so when Ms. Lolit Cua invited me, I was jumping with joy (literally 🙂 ) and immediately blocked my schedule , for once, let me attend please!

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And to echo the words of Ms. Charo, my attendance was also “Challenging” I have to make sure my patient’s schedule were all specially booked well in advance though dental treatment will always be challenging to finished on time 🙂 nevertheless, I did it! Unfortunately another mishap happened, my bank card was retained at the ATM machine and to talk to customer service was a menace at times (rolling my all time!..this is KSA) Anyhow, I went home and hurriedly changed my clothes ,took a taxi and alas! I reached the alma mater of my chef Kevin, AISJ (American International School of Jeddah, hosted the event for the eight times).As I was waiting for my change, the blue guard came and reprimanded the taxi driver not to park  (taxi cab was on the side before the gate entrance) , waving his hand on me to get into the car and let the taxi move OMG! don’t bark! only dogs do that!

Anyhow, after checking my ID and ticket, the receptions was like attending the  Oscars! ,not that I attended it 🙂 but I like the photo shoot, the little poses hahaha. I was ushered to a special seat and I felt so “blessed” that actually I am in the “Opus 10″ concert. I will always be” grateful” to Ms. Lolit for the invitation. 🙂

Yes! SERENATA..I have only one word to describe the concert..SPECTACULAR!

And last but not the least, the special participation of Ms. Precy Ann Cua was stunning! not to mention she had undergone Oral Surgery twice before the concert 🙂  This soft-spoken lady holds a BS degree in Music (major in voice,minor in piano) at St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, Philippines. Bravo! (hats off)

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And while I was enjoying the show, suddenly I can’t remember If I unplug my flat iron 😦 I was in a hurry so I was not sure and later it became so obvious that I didn’t..OMG! concert or fire? yeah you’re right, I’m on fire so I left the concert without seeing the String Orchestra. Grrrrr.

Beautybeyondfifty was so frustrated. ahh blame it to the age! hahaha

To the members and participants, parents, siblings, committees ,sponsors and guest a big THANK YOU and Congratulations!


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The Amazing Flower Festival 2015 in Yanbu Saudi Arabia

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Friday the 13th when we started talking about going on road trip to see the 2015 Guinness World records – The Largest Carpet of Flowers in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The Flower festival was opened to the public Feb. 9 ,2015. A week after ,there was no available car to take us all and surprise! the Festival got extended to March 1 , lucky us 🙂 My friend got his new car and off we went ..336 Km from Jeddah to Yanbu – 3 hrs and 12 minutes. And another lucky day for us, we were under the care of a very hospitable friends of friends 🙂 we arrived in Yanbu just in time to have lunch.

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Yanbu al Bahr “spring by the sea” is simply called Yanbu, a very clean and well organised road of Al Madinah western province of Saudi Arabia.After lunch, we went around china harbour (I don’t have an idea about the name) why not yanbu harbour?

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DSC_7036 DSC_7032The 9th Flower Festival in Yanbu started Feb 9 – 24 but extended until  March 1.  I am not sure what time it opens regular days but every Friday it opens at 4pm, there’s no entrance fee, it is open for the public. Again, there was no brochure and I noticed there was no sign or card names to identify what kind of flowers was planted. However, It is fascinating to note, this is a dessert and to grow flowers like that is really amazing!

entrance to the festival

entrance to the festival

flower portrait of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosque King Salman

flower portrait of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosque King Salman

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World’s largest carpet of flowers – 10712.75 sqm(s) created by Royal Commission landscaping and Irrigation Department, Yanbu Saudi Arabia – officially Amazing!

look at the smiles 🙂

there were also souvenirs for sale ,fresh flowers and plants and a place to buy foods and drinks after a long walk .

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A close up look of the flowers 🙂 Enjoy!

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A very rewarding day!




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