Today is a special day because it's my first day of school at the INSTITUTO CERVANTES de MANILA. I signed up for Level 1, Spanish Class.
A couple of weeks ago, my mother-in-law went to a Chinese Temple in Cebu and asked about our past lives. The master said my husband was a wealthy tax collector in Paris and I was dancer in Africa.
Makes sense. He does think of money all the time and I do dance quite well. Or so I'd like to believe.
However, I really feel that in my past life I was a Spanish lady.
I love Spanish architecture, Spanish food and the beautiful language. Unfortunately, in this life time I was born a Filipino-Chinese.
I want to name my future son, JUAN MIGUEL IÑIGO and my future daughter Maria Carmela Ysabel. BUT! Let's face it, it sounds odd if the last name is CHUA right? So, I will name my kids Ping Pong or Ah Choo instead.
The small campus of Instituto reminds me of the Picasso Museum in Malaga. Sadly...they are moving to Makati in a few months.
The library is impeccably clean and organized and very well lighted. It is beautiful, I tell you.
There is also a restaurant, CASA ESPAÑOL with a garden in the middle. It's very serene. I tried eating here once but the wine was corked, so I don't have high praises for it to be honest.
It's really beautiful here. The weather is especially kind to me. I took a break from reading so that I could admire the view, bask in the sun and enjoy the silence. The moment calls for an ice cold sangria and maybe some Pinxtos.
If you are interested to learn Spanish too check out the schedule at manila.cervantes.es. I only paid 4,250.00 for my level one classes. 10 sessions, 3 hrs each session.
My Fookien classes will have to wait for now.