Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#NewYork Restaurant: Pictures Katz Delicatessen Brief Review




We went to Katz Delicatessen in New York because it's supposedly world-famous.

It was incredibly crowded and the food wasn't that great. They have this crazy system of handing out numbers to people, then collecting them after you've paid.  A member of our party didn't have a number, which caused quite a stir. For a rare moment my husband lost his temper and yelled, "What the h--- does it matter!"

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New York: Video The Rockettes at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New York on a Budget? Visit Christie's Auction House for Great Art





Our dual-tour included a visit to the Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center Art and Architecture Tour.  Frankly we had difficulty getting to the right group as there were no signs, and personnel seemed not to know what was going on. We were not alone; every other tourist had to ask people as they meandered about trying to get to the right place. Even though we insisted we had a dual-tour, we were sent up the top of the building (Top of the Rock). The lines were long and personnel spent a lot of energy taking our pictures, then selling our pictures --- we had to work hard to finally get someone to understand we had a walking tour scheduled.

When we finally did the walking tour, it was fine.  Our tour guide pointed out the 14 buildings that make up the Rockefeller Center Complex (including NBC and nearby Fox). He talked about the art on the buildings, works by Paul Manship, Isamu Noguchi, Michi Ihara, Jose Maria Sert, Frank Brangwyn, and others. We heard about the quarrel between Diego Rivera and a Rockefeller over the image of Lenin in Rivera's work, and how Rivera's work was ultimately destroyed.

We also saw men setting up the platform for the gigantic Christmas Tree. People were skating on the nearby skating rink -- I could imagine just how festive the place will get in a few days. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained: Part 2, by Manny Gonzalez #Catalonia #Spain




My Guest Blogger is Manny Gonzalez who shares with us a four-part series on Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained. Here is Part 2

CATALUNYA INDEPENDENCE CRISIS EXPLAINED
an Op-Ed in Three Parts

The Unfolding Current Crisis in Catalunya
By Manny Gonzalez, founder of Plantation Bay Resort & Spa and now part-time foreign correspondent.

Catalunya’s “Silent Majority” finally takes to the streets to tell the world that most of them want to remain Spanish.

After Franco died, in 1978 the Spanish government was reorganized as a parliamentary monarchy. In Catalunya, the new Constitution was ratified by 95% of voters. So the Catalans today can hardly claim that the Constitution, in which they agreed to be part of Spain, was rammed down their throat.

Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained: Part I, by Manny Gonzalez #Catalonia #Spain



My Guest Blogger is Manny Gonzalez who shares with us a four-part series on Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained. These articles first appeared in The Philippine Star. They are reprinted in this blog with the author's permission. Here is Part I

CATALUNYA INDEPENDENCE CRISIS EXPLAINED
an Op-Ed in Three Parts


Spanish and Catalan History in a Nutshell
By Manny Gonzalez, founder of Plantation Bay Resort & Spa and now part-time foreign correspondent.


Catalunya occupies a small triangle in the northeast of Spain.


I didn't want to be around to watch history in the making, but here I am in Barcelona, witness to a tragicomedy that will, one way or the other, affect the future of Europe.

Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained: Part 3, by Manny Gonzalez #Catalonia #Spain




My Guest Blogger is Manny Gonzalez who shares with us a four-part series on Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained. Here is Part 3

CATALUNYA INDEPENDENCE CRISIS EXPLAINED
an Op-Ed in Three Parts

Key Questions About the Spain/Catalunya Crisis Answered
By Manny Gonzalez, founder of Plantation Bay Resort & Spa and now part-time foreign correspondent.
The European Union has brought an unprecedented period of peace and economic prosperity to the Continent.

Question: Why should you care about what's going on in Spain?


Answer: Because it offers lessons for the Philippines.


Catalunya Independence Crisis: Part 4, Cleaning Up the Mess by Manny Gonzalez #Catalan #Spain



My Guest Blogger is Manny Gonzalez who shares with us a four-part series on Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained. Here is Part 4


CATALUNYA INDEPENDENCE CRISIS PART 4: CLEANING UP THE MESS


By Manny Gonzalez, founder of Plantation Bay Resort & Spa and now part-time foreign correspondent


Last week I reported on the Catalan independence crisis, and made these  suggestions:


If the Catalan leaders persist, the national government will take control of Catalunya. If it comes to that point, the national government has to do it right, with firmness against the ringleaders but no retribution against the general public. Public services must be visibly more courteous, more efficient, more functional, than under the Catalans.


If the Catalan leaders back down, the situation might still fester. The national government should call for snap general elections, and hopefully convincingly defeat the separatists in Catalunya. Then more moderate voices need to be heard in Catalan schools, universities, print and broadcast media, and social media.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New York: Explorers Club and David L. Brainard #explorers





















WALKING ALONG East 70th Street in New York, my husband and I spotted a handsome old house with a sign, "Explorer's Club." I paused, remembering something I had researched and written about.

My husband's relative, David Legge Brainard, had been part of the Greely Expedition, which had set out to establish a metereological-observation post in the Arctic. In July of 1881, David Brainard and 24 other men led by Lieutenant Adolphus Greely, sailed on the ship Proteus to the Lady Franklin Bay. There they got stuck for three desperate years. While waiting for help, the men started dying of starvation and sickness. They would have been forgotten and abandoned in the harsh Arctic, but for the relentless lobbying of Mrs. Greeley. They were rescued in June of 1884.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nina Lim Yuson Caricature/ Portrait Cecilia Brainard



My Maryknoll college chum, Nina Lim Yuson did this caricature of me. I think this Toronto picture inspired her.

Thank you, Nina! 
The following article is about Nina:

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/268262/nina-lim-yuson-now-late-bloomer-artist-teaches-kids-heritage/