Dinner Time

Dinner Time
by Danny Tariman

“When you come together to eat, wait for one another.” (1Cor 11:33)

Dinner time is one of those moments I wait for. Each day.

This is the time when my family shares our daily experiences, the achievements we had for the day, the challenges we encountered at work, the joyful moments we had, and even problems we encountered during the day.

It is also a time for us to talk about our dreams, our wishes, and even a time to plan family events.

It is indeed good! We laugh together, we share ideas, we ask questions, and many more. It is a delightful family time.

There is one rule, though, that we observe during dinner time: no mobile phones on the table. This enables us to really have moments for each other — with no distractions.

Today’s verse reminds us to be together, to have moments for each other during mealtime.

Reflection: Do you wait for each other at the family’s table during mealtime?

Prayers: Dear Lord, grant that my family will have wonderful moments during meal time. May these be moments of sharing Your love and joy. Amen!

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Surfing in Puraran

Surfing in Puraran
By Danny Tariman

It was raining hard when we reached this surfing destination of Catanduanes. We had been in this place in the past, but its fresh salty-wind, fine-sand shores, and barrel waves in the seas are irresistible for us not to come back. I like this place — rather I love this place. After all, I grew up in the town where this resort is located.

The iconic islets fronting the Puraran shoreline

Despite the impending storm, we braved the rains. It was good, because somehow the storm induced bigger waves. Something that my daughter liked because she wanted to ride the surf again.

My daughter in her surfing form

She wasn’t disappointed: she enjoyed the surfing. While she was riding the surf, her equally adventurous father was taking videos or photos of her surfing.

The beach with just us strolling.

And while she was surfing, my son who owns a salt water aquarium, was busy searching the seabed for sea creatures he can put live in his aquarium.

Me and my wife had wonderful moments too in the beach: just gazing the horizon, sharing stories and experiences… Really good moments.

My family at the resort’s accommodation

My family had a good accommodation too. The beach resort we checked-in is a family-run simple resort, the Pacific Surf. It has just a few native huts lining the putting greens. But we got an aircon room for just 1,500 pesos!

Indeed, it was another beautiful day in Puraran! Thank You LORD!

I and my daughter before she rode the surf board
Another view of the Puraran beach