Sunday, January 18, 2015

Catching a glimpse of the pope :)

Jan 15, 2015 6pm at home
Watching live streaming of the pope's arrival online.  Wow, he's finally here! Time to get ready for Ben's birthday dinner

Jan 15, 2015 7:30pm at Ben's birthday dinner
Papa was talking about going to the vicinity of UST to see the pope.  I asked what time he's planning to go. He's planning to leave the house at 2AM.  Oh my, I don't think I can make it that early since I am in charge of the twins during the night.  Memories of going to Luneta when St. Pope John Paul II came back to me.  I don't remember much except that there were a lot of people and we tried climbing up a tree to get a good view.

Jan 16, 2015 1am while soothing Bree back to sleep 
Maybe I should try catching the pope's motorcade.  If I am to do it, today is the day since I have the driver and none of the helpers (thankfully) are on their day off.

Jan 16, 2015 3am while soothing to sleep 
Researching online about the pope's schedule today and the road blockages.  I wonder when and where is the best time to catch him

Jan 16 2015 5am while soothing Bree back to sleep again
Oh my, the twins have Little Gym class in the morning so I guess the best time would be to catch him at MOA

Jan 16 2015 8am while eating breakfast
After brainstorming all-night long.  I told Bry that if I were to plan my trip to catch a glimpse of the pope, I would ask our driver to take me to MOA via his motorcycle.  This would be the best way to go there so that I won't be stuck on traffic.  

Jan 16 2015 9:30am 
Talked to driver Jeruel if he is willing to take me to MOA.  He said he would.  Told him I am grateful but  I'm still undecided.  I printed out the guidelines for him to study just in case.

Jan 16 2015 10:30am at Little Gym
about 70% chance I'm going to MOA, I think

Jan 16 2015 11:00am
asked driver if he had an extra helmet, he said we can borrow from his friend who is a driver of one of our neighbors

Jan 16 2015 11;30AM
wanted to go to MOA already but Ben wanted me to keep him company so I stayed with him for a while. ate a quick lunch and placed some books, the ipad, some crackers and milk inside ziplock bags then place them inside a netted bag.

Jan 16 2015 12:15
Here we go.  Nervous, I guess i can go back if the crowd is too big

Our route was smooth until we were stopped by a checkpoint near MOA.  I was a little nervous but we were allowed to proceed after answering some questions 

Jan 16 2015 12:45pm
Arrived and parked at an open carpark at MOA.  Hoping the crowd is not that large yet

Jan 16 2015 1:00pm
Found a shaded spot by the rotonda near the globe. A lot of people already but not that bad.  Let the waiting game begin.  Started reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Powell

Jan 16 2015 1:10pm - tried sending a message to Bry but no signal, uh-oh

Jan 16 2015 1:20pm
Getting a little restless, checking the time every 10 minutes.  Maybe I should have brought a different book or use the ipad.  But I saving the battery of the ipad.  It's probably the heat and the crowd making me difficult to focus.

Jan 16 2015 2:00pm
Getting hooked at Eleanor and Park and getting more comfortable sitting on the
ground with flyer found on the floor as a fan

Jan 16 2015 2:45pm
The 2 year old boy beside me is getting restless despite the attempts of his mom and aunt to entertain him.  The elder woman beside them gave him a snack and some coins and he stopped crying.  People around us were clapping.

Jan 16 2015 4pm
One hour to go, a lot of people would get up and cheer when a vehicle would pass by.  The person on my right had a radio so he knew that the pope is not yet on his way remained seated.  I'm going to take his cue

Jan 16 2015 4:50pm
Finally. the pope is on his way to MOA.  Big LED screen showed him riding the popemobile.  Everyone is getting excited.  I said a prayer and reflected on something I would ask the pope to help me pray for.  

Jan 16 2015 5:00pm
Everyone is getting their cameras ready. Wished I was taller! Time to tiptoe

Everything went by so fast but I'm glad I made it.  I raised my rosary up as he passed.  One may ask, is a 5 second view of the pope worth the 5 hour preparation and waiting time? What I can say is you can really feel the energy of the crowd as he passed by.  So thankful for this opportunity.

Jan 16 2015 5:25
Crowd ddispersing So many people!

Jan 16 2015 5:40
Finally on my way home.  Our route was malate-makati proper-rockwell-boni-nueve-shaw-home

Jan 16 2015 6:15
Home, not bad.  Taking the motorcycle was a good call after all

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