Sunday, September 18, 2005

Pancakes with Sausages and Eggs

So what are pancakes, sausages and eggs doing in this row of sand sculpture pictures? We planned for a weekend trip to Harrison Hot Springs where the World Sand Sculpture Competition happens every year. The judging has happened already a week ago but they keep these sculptures for exhibition for a month. The organizers must be praying for just a bit of rain now to keep the sculptures intact and minimal sunshine to keep the sand from drying and being blown away by the wind.

Again, why the pancakes, sausages and eggs? Well, we meant to stay at the resort overnight. Our place is about 2 hours drive to the resrot and so we decided to stay in a hotel so we can pass by this school to visit a friend's son who just entered the seminary the next day. He was a friend of my kids byt the way. It was quite an adventure right from the start. My kids have other plans for the weekend with some friends but already, during the week I was keen on going to see the sculptures before the weather starts changing so they weren't happy.

We started late with a busy Friday night, we slept in and travelled late. Kids were of course disappointed with my plans so they weren't looking forward to this trip. We bought a dozen corn on the way from a place known for its corn mazes. The lake was not difficult to find. Check in time at the hotel was at 3:00 pm and so we decided to walk around the area first. We had a favorite Japanese Restaurant where we live and apparently the owner of this restaurant moved to the Lake to start his business so we started looking for him, starved and tired. We did not find him but we decided to eat at a Japanese Restaurant near our hotel.

We further decided to try checking in earlier so we can enjoy going around with no more luggages in tow. For some reason, I happened to mention to the receptionist about our search for this Japanese Cook and found out that he was in fact living in the same complex, at the back apartments of the hotel. Apparently, he owned the restaurant where we ate but did not stay long in that business and sold it to someone else.

Anyway, when we got into the hotel, it did not smell good. Son said it smelled like a hospital. Already, the kids with heavy hearts were not happy with the smell. Add to that the weather condition. It was not sunny, nor was it raining. It was just cloudy and the place was cold. We decided to just head home and we got home late. Daughter thought that pancakes, sausages and eggs would make-up for that trip and so she cooked some this morning, at home.

Well, here are a few of the pictures I took. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.


The sand sculptures from the viewing stage
An entry from a chinese delegation
chinese sculpture

Arabian Nights

Campfire Tales. This is my favorite. I failed to take a picture of the kids listening to the storyteller.

Seeing Through My Hands

Japanese Sculture

Castles in the Sand

unicorn heads

18 comments:

rolly said...

Ang gaganda ng mga to ting. Pano kaya ginawa yung may hawak na abaniko, no? Suspended in midair halos yun. Usually, babagsak un..

BatJay said...

wow - great pics. fascinated ako sa mga sand castles ever since i was a kid kaya everytime i see complicated sculptures, i get excited.

ting-aling said...

Tito Rolly, I promised myself that I will go and see how they do these next year.

Jay, ang galing ano? I am fascinated myself. Grabe, vry elaborate talaga ang pagkagawa nila.

bugsybee said...

I noticed that one sculpture was from a "Chinese delegation". So I wonder when you are going to see a Filipino delegation there. I am sure they'll make something awesome. :)

marezone said...

Wow, those are beautiful. I don't think I'll ever make a sandcastle again, ahha.

dexiejane said...

WOW! all i can say....

Thess said...

i enjoyed the pics, chef! *thumbsup!*

ting-aling said...

Bugsy, I was wondering myself. the thing is, this is a world competition and those who competed must have gone through a lot of trials already before they were able to compete in the "Worlds".

Marezone, as long as you're young at heart, you still can. Afterall, this was a competition.

Dexie..me too!

Thess..I enjoyed them myself Thess.

stefoodie said...

wow! ang gaganda naman! this must have taken them hours! do you happen to know the names of the artists? ay teka pala, google ako....

ting-aling said...

Stef, there were names beside the fences pero I didn't recognize their names. I was so engrossed with the work..

Ardythe said...

Wow ang galing. Wow ang galing. Wow ang galing. Wow ang galing.

That was all I could mutter.

Andrea said...

My mom lives in Harrison! They spray a special glue water on them to keep them in tack. Their biggest fear is actually vandles.
I went two years ago with my husband. my pics are posted here

http://imageevent.com/andreainjapan/canadatrip/adayinasandcastle?z=2&c=4&n=1&m=21&w=4&x=0&p=23

Enjoy.

Beng said...

Mommy howdy? I enjoyed looking at your pics. Ang ganda-ganda ng mga sand scultures :). I remember my little boy who tried to build one when we were in Holland. Instead of building a sculpture...tunnel ang nabuo ni liit.

Greetings Mutti.

watson said...

Ang ganda, Ting. Sa Boracay, what they have mostly is round-shaped sculptures on the sand with holes in the design and hollow yung ilalim so when you put a candle or gasera underneath it, maganda yung effect. Those were made by kids; in your photos, it is obvious that they must have been doing this for the longest time. Ang galing!

ting-aling said...

Hi Andrea. I've seen the pictures. Wow, they're really great. You could also see the difference every year it seems huh?

Did you watch them make the sculptures?

ting-aling said...

Hi Mutti! I am glad you liked them. I used to pile the fine sand and called them sand castles. Haha, they were no where pag dating sa sculptures na 'to. Grabe, ang gaganda.

ting-aling said...

Watson, if you noticed, it's a world competition. So all those guys who participated must have really been doing them for ages. I wonder how it would look like sa Boracay.

Sassy Lawyer said...

ganda, ting. nakaka-enganyo lalo mag picture picture.