Thursday, September 28, 2006

It's A Girl!


Vita and Aiken Chan, proud parents of

Hannah Victoria.

And to their precious little one, my warmest welcome.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A Puzzle in My Tree: The Blog

My grandfather was a Hindu from East India. I have never met him as he passed away when my mother was about 11 years old. All throughout the years especially when my grandmother, who was Filipina, was still alive, I would hear stories about he neatly dressed in a white 'polo' shirt embroidered with his initials on its left breast he liked to laugh especially when teasing my grandmother about the cultural differences between the two of them created vague impressions and a unique impact in their lives and consequently in our he tended his hairy he handsome according to my grandmother and my he travelled back to India to visit his one of those travels was to be his he passed giving in to a heart problem while he wasn't buried but cremated...
I have often wondered how he was really apart from the stories. What would be his voice like? How did he speak when he spoke in his home country's language? in English? in Filipino? Did he like books?
Today, I joined a tour with a dearest friend together with some others in this glorious Hindu temple called the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in a city close to Houston called Stafford in Texas. As the rest were probably awed and inspired by the wonderful architecture, culture, and religion this heavenly place signified, I was touching yet again that part of me that was so familiar yet distant. As I listened to the vibrant tour speaker, an Indian man, I wondered if my grandfather had eyes like him? Did he smile like him? Was he devoted in their faith?
After the tour, I sensed a very bright smile within me. For today, another part of me was opened and celebrated.
16 September 2006
BAPS-Shri Swaminarayan Mandir-Houston
Stafford, Texas
[In loving memory of Rupchand Varoomal]

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

On The Road, Once Again

On a borrowed bike, I rode
again. This time along the expanse of a Texas suburbia. (soon)