Genesis

Tungang gabi ta kaw nasiplatan,
Pero wala ako keber, sa isip ko ang bus nga masakyan
Paagto sa lugar nga dapat namun lagawan
Ang akun isip indi mapahamtang basi kami maadlawan.

Kasanagun kang ako nakapungko sa tupad mo,
Ikaw pauli sa lugar nga ginahidlawan mo
Ako magahalin sa syudad nga magamo,
Pero sa paghimutad ko kanimu, natublag ako.

Aga kag ikaw nagpaalam kanakun,
Imo ginbilin ang imong manami nga yuhom,
Samtang ako nagausay sa ekis nga dalanun,
Imong nawong gasepal sa akun paminsarun.

Nag abot ang hapon ikaw nagpakilala,
Ikaw gale may tuyo nga mag imbita
Sa sangka yapon nga kita lang darwa,
Gusto ko man daad, pero ako gapangduha duha.
Ikaw gale may pamilya sa probinsya.

Gabii ang akun pamatyagan sa akun nabalitaan
Pero man an ko dapat ikaw likawan
Kay sa tatlo ka oras nga tupad kaw sa purungkuan
May nabatyagan ako tuhoy kanimu nga di ko mahangpan…

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Letter to a Beloved

Dear Baler,
I am mesmerized by your gentleness
On how your breeze touches my face
The tranquility of your home,
Your clear and refreshing waters that can quench traveller’s thirsty heart,
Your art brings me to the past and made me look and ponder for the future,
Your people are warm hearted.
I never regret to cross mountains just to see you,
For as I laid my eyes on you for the first time…
I fall inlove with you.
Please be mine,
Beatitudeness
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Hallu Cebu!

We already planned many times to visit Cebu together with my friends but we end up disappointed because we have different schedules and workloads to beat. But I feel blessed that our Summer Getaway this year happend to be in Cebu!

We have set our own itinerary and ended up taking all the good angles of Cebu tourist spots. We manage to go to our planned places, thanks to the accomodating and honest taxi drivers…

We first visited Lapulapu Shrine , where the chieftain of Cebu fought over Spaniard leader Ferdinand Magellan (the rest are history). Then we headed to Taoist Temple to revere  the Tao gods. We had given a chance to say our wishes but the answer to my wish is “Maybe”. So, maybe there’s another time to ask for it. Next stop is Fort San Pedro, it’s like a walled city during war period. We have seen canons and fortress on its ground. Few steps away from fort is the Minor Basilica of Sto Niño, the patron saint of Cebu City. We just offered our simple prayers, say “hi” to the Baby Jesus and hurried back to taxi, as there’s no parking space at the church. Our last stop is Ayala Center where we freshen up ourselves and stroll at the area. We content our eyes to the fountains and the green and yellow background of the park.

At past five, we go back to Plantation Bay, our resort hotel to have our hawaian themed dinner. The night performers are Hawaian girls and fire dancers and the night ends in drinking one bottle of San Mig while listening to the band. After that while others belted out at Cafe Havana we opt to enjoy the pool.

The next day, we visited the Our Lady of the Rule where we attend our first Bisaya mass.

We have our three days rejuvenation, bonding and fun… looking forward for next year summer getaway!

P.S: Here’s my snapshot at Plantation Bay before we have our Amazing Race. Btw, I belong to a Blazing, Sizzling and Hot RED team!

embracing the morning sun at Plantation Bay

embracing the morning sun at Plantation Bay

Talim Island Experience

I have still a hangover during my visit at Talim Island together with my Camillian Sisters friends. I participated on their search in process at the same time, one of the main reason is that : to visit another place to be included on my list AS “tHE vISITED pLACE!”

I am happy to travel through boat and it feels like going to Guimaras… And as we sail, I’m pondering if these residents are lucky enough compared to us where we live on the mountains while they’re enjoying the blue seas. Maybe I thought we’re lucky because even when it rains hard we can still go to the market to buy some foods, we can go to hospital without sailing in case of emergency or we’re safe if tidal waves happens.

On the contrary, they’re lucky enough because they have a permanent transportation (when there’s no storm), they have a good governance that they have a beautiful parish, accessible to the mainland and they have a lot of fishes to eat (lol)!

But to sum it all, I’m still lucky enough to visit different places where I can appreciate God’s blessing!

Thanks Talim Island for a beautiful memories. 

Looking forward to another adventure ahead!

The beauty of Talim Island

The beauty of Talim Island

 

Bangkok Sojourn

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Somebody gave me a Thai earphone before he bids farewell, and before leaving he said ” Remembrance mo galing saken, magagamit mo lang yan pag sumakay ka ng Thai Airways”, and I just shrug my shoulder on his mockery tone…

I don’t know but after a year, I landed at the Land of Smiles– Bangkok (my regret for I forgot to place bets with that someone). I crossed my dream list for I achieve it. I thank God for giving me a generous friend and confidant for making my dream so true!

We went to different places from wats, to cruising Chao phraya river, for meeting monks, visiting the jewel places, attending our first Thai mass at Assumption Church, riding the tuktuk, riding the BTS (BKK train), eating a dough with Thai custard, strolling Khao san Road, riding the elephant, eating a super spicy Thai chicken, visiting the floating market, and meeting new friends. The list will goes on, but cliche as it goes, “Picture paints thousand of words” so I’m just posting here some of my snapshots!

me as the wat as my background

me as the wat as my background

the wat says it all!

the wat says it all!

Golden Mount visit!

Golden Mount visit!

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The Assumption Church...

The Assumption Church…

   

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

elephant ride...and saw this handsome man!

elephant ride…and saw this handsome man!

bidding goodbye  at suvabhumi airport and not missing to pose on the pink taxi!

bidding goodbye at suvabhumi airport and not missing to pose on the pink taxi!

City of Pines Adventure!

I’m not getting over with our Baguio Tour!It’s my first time to witness the Panagbenga Festival or the Flower Festival at the City of Pines. The travel is somewhat tiring and exhausted but the memories are so beautiful, that it takes me an hour to look over our photos and move on. It’s not my first time to visit the place, but the excitement is still there and once the breeze of Baguio flew over your face it’s somewhat heavenly, plus the “Titanic-smoke” that comes out on your mouth when you speak is so awesome!!!!

Our first visit is Mines View Park. It’s my second time actually but still there’s things to unravel and try. We try to become an Igorotak once in a while and I just proved something: It’s so hot! Yes, the textiles are so hot that I keep on perspiring while taking some pictures…. but I assure you, I enjoyed much.. We’ve spent the whole afternoon at Mines, capturing pictures, horse-riding, and eating a strawberry salad– Baguio’s favorite fruit…  Our next stop is Good Shepherd Convent where Ube jams are so delicious but unfortunately, we haven’t try it out coz it’s crowded.. Maybe an evidence that their specialties are truly worth to wait for even of longest line… Next day, we witnessed Panagbenga Parade where they showcased floats of flowers. After that, we visited Our Lady of Atonement Church and headed to SM City Baguio for lunch. Bought some trinkets and giveaways for some friends and enjoy our eyes over the scenery. Next is Burnham Park where we enjoyed boating at Swan Lake. A few hours of rejuvenating and laughs… After some few rest, we headed back to Manila as chance passengers coz we’ve been left by our bus… But still it’s a nice experience…. and hope to come back again to Baguio, not to roam but just dropping by because I have another plans in mind and that is a trip to Sagada to view the Banaue Rice Terraces.. (cross finger)

The trip may takes our pennies out but the smiles and experiences will always stay even in our old age. It will pass through generations and who knows my great great granddaughter or son will say, “Oh, my, grandma sucks.. Look how she managed to rock Baguio?!”