A Saturday night well-spent: George Frideric Handel’s Messiah

Last Saturday night, I was fortunate to hear a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. It was my first time hearing the oratorio in person so I was pretty excited.   The performance included the Cantate Community Chorus, the Guam Territorial Band, the Guam Symphony Orchestra,  as well as KIA,  a classical quartet from Japan. 

I’m not a classical music aficionado,  but I’m appreciating the beauty of music more and more these days. The fact that the music is performed by individuals from the community makes it all the more enjoyable. 

Guam is much more than just a tourist destination.   It’s an island community brimming with culture, art, and humanity.

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Remembering 2014

2014 was a year of ups and downs and lots of good, bad, and the ugly parts to this year. But I won’t be one to dwell on what went wrong or, rather, the lessons learned, at least not on this blog.  I will, however, share in some of the highlights.  

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The Mulan production directed by Ernest Ochoco

First, I was lucky to enjoy a few of performances– Cantate, two Ernest Ochoco productions, and a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. 

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The tinala katne (dried meat) plate at Meskla's.

Next, I indulged in some good food both local and otherwise.  My faves were the pho at Pho Thanh Xuan (they have different variations, but 7 and 12 are favorites), the tinala katne at Meskla,  and the chirashi at Sushi Ebisu. 

Third, I met and made new people.  Some I work with and the others outside of work.  I also strengthened friendships while others I just became more mindful of and reconsidered.

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Returning to the tennis court after many years

Fourth, I started back up with exercising.   I joined a new gym, started a fitness schedule, and even added variety like more morning walks and tennis.

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French Quarter, New Orleans.

Last, I did a bit of travelling.  I was able to go to New Orleans and North Carolina.   I even got to visit New York City again. 

So, although this year was tough, I still consider this year a memorable and blessed one.  It’s a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye but the prospect of a different year ahead makes the goodbye a little more manageable.

I wish you all well this new year 2015 and thank you so much for sharing 2014 with me.