#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok

It was a sunny Sunday when I woke up alone in my hotel, during my solo holiday. What a fun days so far. And I had a plan to attend the Sunday Mass at the famous Cathedral in Bangkok.

Apparently the Cathedral was located not too far from the hotel. I took a taxi and it cost me less than 40B.

#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, 23 Oriental Avenue, New Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand

The Renaissance style building is the Cathedral of the Archbishop and of the Archdiocese of Bangkok has a beautiful red bricks on the facade, facing the car park.

The history of the Cathedral date back to the year 1820 when Bishop Florens was the head of the “Siam Mission”. A piece of land was purchased to build a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, paid for by donations. A traditional Thai-style church was completed for the Catholic community in that area in the year 1821, and given the name “Assumption Church”. After the completion of the church, the office of the bishop was built nearby and in the following year, the church was named “The Assumption Cathedral”, the Cathedral of the Bishop of the Bangkok Diocese. Since then, the Assumption Cathedral has continuously been the permanent residence of all the bishops of the Bangkok Diocese.

As Grand as the people talk about it, the interior was very impressive! The golder altar, golden ceiling, golden statue, everything looked amazing for a non-catholic country. The choir group sang very beautiful even without a conductor! And there was this young lady who sang the Psalm solo, and she truly has an angelic voice! She really amazed me!

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#LittlePilgrimage 37. โบสถ์พระมหาไถ่ Holy Redeemer Church, Bangkok

This church was my first place I visit when I reached Bangkok during my solo holiday. The church was located about 3 km from my hotel. I had no idea about taking a public bus there, and there was no BTS station nearby. So I decided to walk. It was a pleasant walk since I walked pass through a natural park.

LittlePilgrimage 37. โบสถ์พระมหาไถ่ Holy Redeemer Church,

I had this plan to travel together to Thailand with a friend since last year, but due to some reasons, she canceled it just a day after I booked my flight and hotel. I decided to go anyway since I already booked my flight, hotel and even done with my itinerary.

From the airport, after I checked in my hotel and had lunch around the hotel, I headed to the church. I had to walk pass through the Lumpini Park. It was very green and relaxing park, that offers rare open public space, trees, and playgrounds. I saw a lot of dove gathered around the artificial lake, I saw some people jogging, I even saw some people rent boats. I walked diagonally from the park entrance to the exit. There was a school at the park exit, and from the school, turned left, walked to the traffic light, cross the street diagonally with the bridge, then turned right to Soi Ruam Ruedi road. If you see Neil’s Tavern (a cake shop) on your left hand side, it means you’re on the right track to the church. Just go straight. The church is just at the end of this road.

Please take this note from me; if you are travelling alone, you don’t know the area, you don’t know the language, please do your homework first at home: check how to get there by google map, print out the church name in English and in the local language, and don’t forget to print out the picture of the church too! It will help coz some people won’t remember the name but remember the building from your pic.

The walk from the hotel to the church was probably more than 1 hour. I didn’t rush, I enjoyed my walk and took my time to sat down a while at the park and took some selfies. When I arrived at the church, It was almost 4PM. The building was exactly like the one I saw on google. White wall with colourful roof, lots of pillars and vernacular doors. There was a couple doing their marriage preparation at the church. A beautiful lady, a handsome man. I was glad to be there and see them preparing their big day of their life.

The altar itself was very unique. Jesus was not nailed on the cross. He was in the middle of the altar with golden statue, his both hands raised up to heaven, and by the lighting from the ceiling, it makes the Jesus statue has 4 shadows! It somehow reminds us how Jesus always a helping hand for those who seek Him!

And look at Mother Mary statue! How beautiful with a lot of roses around her! What a coincidence that the first day I had my solo holiday and decided to visit this Holy Redeemer Church, was also the same day as our Mother Mary’s birthday! Happy birthday o The Blessed and the most Beautiful woman!

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It was a pleasant short visit and watching the couple preparing their marriage. After just 10 or 15 minutes, I left the church to hotel because I need to rest early, the next day will be a long interesting day.

This is the church’s website http://www.holyredeemerbangkok.net/ENG/

Mass Schedule
Saturday : English 5.30 p.m. | Thai: 7.00 p.m.
Sunday: English : 8.30, 9.45, 11.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. | Thai 6.30, 7.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m. & 7.00 p.m.
Daily: English : 7.00 8.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. | Thai 6.30 a.m.
Wednesday Novena: English : 8.30 a.m. 6.00 p.m. | Thai : 10.00, 11.00 a.m. 3.00 7.00 p.m.
Confession Sundays : Before Masses | Weekdays : After Masses

#LittlePilgrimage #36 Kapel St. Petrus (Chapel of St. Peter) — How I met my Guardian Angel

I met my guardian angel (again). He (or she) disguised herself as an old cab driver. We talked like old friends.

After another heartbreak, I decided to take a short holiday, a weekend getaway to anywhere outside the island. So i found this ad online 2 weeks ago, the host offered a 1 night trip to Bintan, Indonesia, with Pilgrimage to Grotto of Mary Mother of Perpetual Help. I signed up immediately without second thought. Lesson learned here, don’t make any decision when you can’t think clearly. Don’t rush into making decision when you’re under stress.

#LittlePilgrimage #36 Kapel St. Petrus (Chapel of St. Peter), Teluk Dalam – Pantai Trikora (49 km dari Tanjung Pinang), Kab. Bintan, Kep. Riau, Indonesia.

CYMERA_20150914_105547 CYMERA_20150914_105606 CYMERA_20150914_105623 CYMERA_20150914_120502The driver from the Hotel took us to the Chapel, about more than 1 hour from Tanjung Pinang. It was more like forested village area. The Mass started about 5 minutes after we arrived at the Chapel. We soon took a seat and follow the Mass. This was my first time attend a Mass in a very small chapel, in the middle of nowhere. One good experience for me. I feel so blessed to sit around them, and feel so grateful that someone built this chapel for the locals to gather and praise God every week.

This mini chapel located in the middle of a forested area. Outside the chapel, there are the 15 ways of the Cross. Yes you heard it right! They put one more extra for us to remember how Jesus suffered and finally rose from the death. The famous Grotto of Mary Mother of Perpetual Help was apparently not-so-famous among the locals. And I have to admit that it was such a pity to not doing any maintenance properly for this Pilgrimage Site so more tourist can enjoy their religious trip.

But I do enjoy to be around the nature. I cherished myself during my religious trip to this small village around the forest. And this Pilgrimage site has reminded me of another Pilgrimage site I went many years back in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia. Maybe next time I can revisit that site and post it on my blog. Anyhow, after the Mass and follow the 15 ways of the Cross downward back to the entrance, we went back to the hotel.

Long story short–the host tricked me and I paid two and a half more expensive than what’s necessary in total. I was too tired of being tricked and lost this amount of money by a stranger disguised as a nice lady, in my own country. I just wanted to go home and have a good rest. But the taxi queue was very long at the terminal, so I decided to take the bus back to Tanah Merah MRT station, then take a cab from there.

Instead of grab those random empty cabs passing me by with their green lights, I just–somehow–wanted to grab a cab from my application, instead of stopping them. Finally this old cab driver with number 710 called Mr. Ong, answered my call.

As I was trying to be a nice passenger to the driver, I told him I just finished my short holiday in Bintan. Then I realized I couldn’t hide my disappointment of what just happened during the holiday. But since I didn’t think it’s necessary to bad mouthing about someone, so what I told to the old driver was just “I can’t believe my friend tricked me for my holiday.” But what the driver answered me was surprised me. He didn’t ask me back like, “how do you know this friend?” or “how much did she trick you?” or “what is the nationality?” or what ever kepo question the normal people here would ask. What he answered me was something like, “that’s okay Miss. It’s no use to keep your anger towards someone else’s fault. Don’t let it bring you down.” He didn’t blame me for not being cautious, he didn’t blame her for conning me.

Then we talked about other topics. It seemed like the nice cab driver was trying to distract my bad mood into a nice and friendly conversation. It also seemed like he knew what topics interest me. We talked from politics, to my job, to sg life, and I found it strange and amazed me how we talked like old friends. And then we talked about the rich and the poor and the gap between them, and then he asked me, “you don’t like about this gap, right?” It was literally like we are old friends, he followed my facebook and he knew me so well. And it was also surprised me how he literally lightened up my mood with a very enjoyable conversation, and not just a light chit chat between a cab driver and a passenger who has just met.

The second time I somehow brought our conversation back to the incident I just had, once again the cab driver told me, “You know what Miss. Sometimes, this kind of thing must be happened in our life so that we can learn something. And there’s nothing much you can do. All you have to do is just accept it and move on.” He didn’t even quote from anyone, we didn’t even talk about religion, but everything he told me was all correct and somehow calmed me down.

When we finally arrived at my condo, being a polite person I told him, “good night sir, it’s been really nice talking to you.” Because that was exactly what I feel. I’ve been in hundred cabs before, but tonight was the first journey I enjoyed it very much, I felt so lightened up because of the friendly conversation with him. When he replied me, “It was nice talking to you too, Miss”, it sounds like a polite reply. But when he turned to me and smiled at me and said, “have a good rest,” I suddenly feel so much calm and the bad mood vanished. I’m quite sure that wasn’t humanly smile.

I reached my room and cried after I realized how God taking care of me during my trip. And even after all that incident happened, the hotel staffs treated me very nice like helping friends. The nice and friendly conversation with the cab driver was the most knocked me to the heart. I can feel the warmth of when I’m talking to a wise best friend. I believe I had an unforgettable conversation with my guardian Angel. I believe this time my guardian Angel just wanted to help me and cheer me up after the incident. I believe he (or she) disguised herself as an old cab driver.

#LittlePilgrimage 35. Notre-Dame Basilica, Church of Saint Jeanne D’Arc & Saint Francis Xavie Church

so i went for another holiday in Vietnam last weekend. and i was so happy because i didn’t skip my weekly Mass and visited 3 local churches there.

i arrived night time at Hồ Chí Minh on last saturday, and decided not to go too far from my friend’s apartment, because i need to save my energy for the next 3 days.

on Sunday morning after we had breakfast, me and my friend and her husband went for a Mass in Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon) or officially known as Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Following the French conquest of Cochinchina and Saigon, the Roman Catholic Church established a community and religious services for French colonialists. All the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France (perhaps stating the locality where the tiles were produced). Some tiles are carved with the words “Wang-Tai Saigon”. Many tiles have  been made in Ho Chi Minh City to replace the tiles that were damaged by the war. There are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres province in France. The cathedral foundation was designed to bear ten times the weight of the cathedral.

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after the cathedral, me and my friend went to the Saigon Central Post Office (Bưu điện Trung tâm Sài Gòn) which located just next to the cathedral. it’s another old and classic building, and it’s worth to go for a philatelist like me. other than post stamp collection and post cards, they also sell many kind of souvenirs. but what most captivated my eyes was the interior, especially the unique ceiling design. after roaming around and took some pictures of the cathedral and post office, we decided to go for a lunch at the Thuận Kiều Restaurant.

before reaching the restaurant, my friend’s personal driver decided to drop us at the Church of Saint Jeanne D’Arc (Nhà thờ Ngã Sáu) or locally known as Thánh Nữ Jeanne D’Arc. the church is located in the Chinatown district of Saigon. Built from 1922 to 1928, this Ho Chi Minh City landmark is almost always photographed straight-on with a wide-angle lens in travel brochures. a statue of the brave lady saint can be seen above the entrance. but too bad the church was closed so we couldn’t get inside the building.

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after quick stop took some pictures, had lunch, we told to the driver to drop us to our next stop, Bình Tây Market. but the driver refused, “no, i will drop you to another church first.” well okay. obviously this driver really wanted to impress me with their beautiful local church! haha. but i don’t mind. the more church i visit the more pictures i can post on my blog! haha. lucky i went with my catholic friend and a catholic driver!

so the next church we stopped by for a quick prayer was a Saint Francis Xavie Church or locally known as Father Tam Church – Nhà thờ Cha Tam. a little bit history about this church, in 1898 the Chinese priest Father Francis Xavier Tam Assou was sent to Cholon by the local bishop to take care of the city’s Chinese Christians. His first act was to build a church for them, and ground breaking for the church was held on December 3, 1900. The gothic-style building was inaugurated in January 10, 1902 and dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, whom Father Assou was named after. The church boasts a 38 meter bell tower with a statue of St. Francis Xavier built inside. Father Tam’s grave can be viewed as you enter the church.

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i was so stoked with the churches hopping during my holiday with my friend accompanied me. it was always such a homey feeling everytime i enter a catholic church, wherever and what ever country the church is, always the same feeling.

see you on my next #LittlePilgrimage! :”D

photo credit and big thanks to ciMeL

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Saint John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong

Me and my friend went holiday to HongKong and Macao. Wednesday (29 April 2015) First day we arrived in HK,, we supposed to visit St. Peter’s church nearby East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station exit-K. We arrived at what we thought it must be a church, we followed the map but somehow we cound’t find the church. I was disappointed, but since we planned to go church hopping in Macao, so I felt a bit releaved.

On Saturday (2 May), we supposed to go Victoria Peak. But when we arrived at the tram terminal, the queue was so crazy and it was already 6 PM. So we decided to walk around the terminal, and we saw a gothic building that looked like a church. And it was St. John’s Cathedral!

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Saint John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

st.John Cathedral HK01  st.John Cathedral HK02st.John Cathedral HK03Funny how me and my friend both were so excited to found the church and attended the Mass there instead of joining the tram queue. When we arrived in the church, the Mass has just started In Chinese. Although we didn’t understand chinese, but both of us decided to finish the Mass and received the blessings.

Too bad we arrived there a bit too late and my phone couldn’t take a good picture in the dark. So here are the pictures taken from google :”P Funny how for the second time, God didn’t allow me to skip Mass! And funny how sometimes plan-B turned out to be more joyous and exciting than the original plan! :”D

Here’s the official web of the church : http://www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk/

#LittlePilgrimage 32. Saint Dominic’s Church & Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Largo de São Domingos, Macao

Me and my friend went holiday to HongKong and Macao. On Friday (1st May 2015) we arrived in Macao by Ferry. Lucky I travelled with a catholic friend, meaning we can do church hopping together, instead of casino hopping XP.

According to our itinerary, from ferry terminal we went by free shuttle bus to Grand Lisboa hotel. From there we walked to Senado Square and took some selfies. From Senado Square we stopped by at Saint Dominic’s Church.

#LittlePilgrimage 32. Saint Dominic’s Church & Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Largo de São Domingos, Macao

st.Dominic Church Macao01 st.Dominic Church Macao02The yellow churchruins of st paul's cathedral in baroque style is easy to spot when you have seen it on the internet before. The Church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. It was constructed in haste by the Dominicans in 1587 simply with wooden planks and an erected cross as a small chapel for they were tight on funding and constrained by time. When more ample funding became available, quality timber were imported to turn it into a decent church. By 1828, Spanish priests proficient in architecture helped out in the church’s reconstruction to shape its present look.

I’m not sure if they still hold a Mass here, as too many tourists (Christians and non-Christians) come in to the church without any respect at all. Me and my friend were sad to see how many people are so loud inside the church and taking too many selfies in front of the Altar. But what can we do about it?

After short prayers, we decided to move, continue to the main tourist attraction in Macao, our #1 goal must-see place in Macao, which is Ruin’s of Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

The Ruins of St. Paul’s (Chinese: 大三巴牌坊; pinyin: Dàsānbā Páifāng) refers to the ruins of a 16th-century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

First constructed in 1580, St. Paul’s Church caught fires in 1595 and 1601. However, reconstruction started in 1602 soon after the church was burnt down. Completed in 1637, the church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time. Unfortunately, a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835 and the church caught fire for the third time leaving its glory a history. According to historical materials, St Paul’s Church, built with white stones, had a grand vaulted roof. It had three magnificently decorated halls. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s best known landmarks.

The ruins is just walking distance from St. Dominic. Just follow the crowds and the street signs, it’s easy to find. Too bad the weather that day was way too hot, so we decided not to go to the top of the stairs and see what’s behind the façade.

But here’s the wiki about the ruins : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruins_of_St._Paul%27s

And wiki for Saint dominic’s : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Dominic%27s_Church,_Macau

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Gereja St. Yohanes Penginjil (Church of St. John The Evangelist)

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Gereja St. Yohanes Penginjil, Jl.Melawai Raya 197, Jakarta 12130

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but God has his own way to make me not skip the Mass. just today, 2 days later after my quick visit at Gereja St. Yohanes Penginjil, God dragged me to St. Joseph Upper Bukit Timah Church to attend weekday Mass there. funny. just so sudden this girl showed up in the same elevator with me at the office, and she told me she’s going to church and ask me to go with her (without asking me whether i want anot). anyhow,, i never reject the invitation to go church. so i think this is the way God makes me laugh.

anyway. i found this beautiful paintings of Mother Mary dressed in local javanese kebaya (costume) by a famous artist, F Widayanto, which is very very beautiful and represents the local beauty very well. too bad this painting has reflection glass and this is the best shot i could get–sorry about that.

Catholic Church At The West District Singapore

these are the list of Catholic Church at West District which I forgot to make the summary :

21. Blessed Sacrament Church : https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/littlepilgrimage-24-blessed-sacrament-church/

22. Church of St. Francis Asisi : missing pics. sorry. will update l8r :*

23. Church of St. Ignatius : https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/littlepilgrimage-14-church-of-st-ignatius/

24. Church of St. Mary of Angels : https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/littlepilgrimage-26-church-of-st-mary-of-the-angels/

25. Church of The Holy Cross : missing pics. sorry. will update l8r :*

 

there are 2 churches i lost their pics. couldn’t find it on my phone. *sob*. it means i have to go there once again to update for the pictures. cheers!

 

Catholic Church At East District Singapore

i finally finished with East district. here are the list :

15. Church of The Holy Trinity https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/littlepilgrimage-18-church-of-the-holy-trinity/ –> remember : “Holy Trinity Church” was Anglican, and “The Church of The Holy Trinity” at Tampines was the Roman Catholic one!!

16. Church of Saint Stephen https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/littlepilgrimage-19-church-of-st-stephen/

17. Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/littlepilgrimage-20-church-of-our-lady-of-perpetual-succour/ –> the lovely church with colorful flags and a hidden message!

18. Church of The Holy Family https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/littlepilgrimage-21-church-of-the-holy-family/ –> remember the Lady in Blue painting

19. Church of Divine Mercy https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/littlepilgrimage-22-church-of-divine-mercy/ –> the stunning-flying cross!

20. Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace https://catholico.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/littlepilgrimage-23-church-of-our-lady-queen-of-peace/

my next stops will be west district. hopefully i can finish this district within this year.

cheers! 😀 😀