Corpus Christi….Amen.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


FINALLY, it’s Corpus Christi on the list and I say “amen” to that. This coastal city in the South Texas region aka the "Sparkling City by the Sea" is the one place I was excited to see on this trip. You see my good friend lived here for years and on this second visit to the Lone Star State, I’m not going to miss the chance to see his so-called habitat.

“There is really nothing to do in my area I live in,” my friend kept telling me about the small city that used to be trading post and named after the Eucharist, yet ironically it is home to the 5th largest port in the US. Don’t get him wrong for he meant well. What he was trying to drive at was for me to spend more time in the other states that I wanted to see as a first time traveler to the country, and spend some time in his city on another visit.

But unfortunately the visit to Corpus Christi was cut to a day from three, turning it into a layover before heading to Houston for our date with Madonna—the mother of Lourdes, not Jesus. With the time constraint, the tour originally planned was scrapped and hopefully will happen on the next visit.

I chanced upon a couple of attractions though— the Sidbury House, one of the 12 historical homes at the Heritage Park Museum, and one of the four that’s said to be haunted which one particular tourist didn’t find the need to enter; and the other is the Harbor Bridge, which is impossible to miss since we had to cross it driving from San Antonio.

So when I make it back to Corpus Christi, I will make sure to check out these attractions that make the city truly a sparkling city by the sea — the replica of Niña, one of Columbus’ 3 ships, at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. I would have thought the ship would be bigger, or were people smaller back then?; The floating museum of USS Lexington, a 1943 aircraft carrier turned into a floating museum—how cool is that?; Mirador de la Flor. Remember Selena the “Queen of Tejano Music”? They say she’s the Mexican equivalent of Madonna. Say what? This memorial was built in her honor; Imagine your aquarium can fit dolphins.

That’s what it is like at the Texas State Aquarium.; Goosebumps trip. I would like to check out the other haunted houses – from the outside.; And most importantly, spend a couple of days at Padre Island, the largest of the Texas barrier islands and the world’s longest barrier island, the south side is famous for its white sand beaches. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to get a Texan tan?

Small city, you say? All I see is big fun. I will certainly revisit Corpus Christi. Amen.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 25, 2013.

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