Quick updates

Thank you to all those who read my previous post, wrote comments and wished us well. My cousin’s interview went well. She thinks so. I believe in her. She has done her best so we will just have to wait.  I got back two days ago but I am still overwhelmed by the backlog I have (mostly laundry!) and the workload I have for this week.  I am slowly completing one task at a time.

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It was a long trip and I was fine. I did not vomit at all! It is quite an achievement for me. It was all for work so I did not take photos. The only evidence I have that I was in that part of the country was this photo.

It only means one thing. I need to go back to explore the place like any regular tourist. Because I already know how to get there, travel will be easier. I am so excited.

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When the time comes, I hope to take lots of photos. I have compiled photos and videos of my different trips. While I have posted most of my photos in this blog and on Facebook, I have also posted a few of the videos as a videoblog to my friend in Canada. We started exchanging videoblogs when she went on a trip to Saipan and Japan. I wanted to be part of the experience so she made some videos for me. I did a few on my own whenever I roam around my beloved city.

With the advent of mobile phones with high definition video recording, creating home videos has leveled up.  It is no wonder that there is an increasing number of talents who gained celebrity status by create catchy home videos.  Video editing is no longer limited to professionals.  With http://www.movietoolbox.com/joiner.html, putting together video presentations will be easier. What it does is to stitch together multiple video files to create one seamless movie experience.

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Hopeful

I just finished packing. I am traveling tomorrow. This time it is for work.  I have wrapped up some online deadlines I have. I still have a few deadlines for next week while I am away. I just hope that there is internet access in our destination so I can get things done, too. I made a major purchase this year so I hope I get to put it to good use.  I also made some business arrangements legitimatizing my freelance work. Everything is in order so I am hopeful for this year.

I hope to be able to do this.

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I received some good news last night. My cousin will have her final interview for the job she applied for last year. She really wanted (and needed) this job. She is a nurse. She was out of job last year because nursing schools have been downsizing. Nursing enrollment has gone down while enrollment to hospitality courses like culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management has gone up.  I am proud of my cousin for coveting the final interview. I guess she must have an impressive cover letter for resume. I really hope she gets the job because she has great qualifications. In every company she was a part of, she had shown to be an asset to the company.  I am sending positive vibes her way. May she be able to answer questions in a straightforward manner.

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I can see a bright future ahead. Thank you, God.

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10 Interesting Things About Sagada

This post is long overdue. I went to Sagada with friends last November and because of the frenzy of the holidays, I was not able find the time to share stories of my Sagada trip. Until now. Can I just say this?  My trip to Sagada was unbelievably fun! I have done things I have not dreamed of doing but I did them anyway.  To keep my post in an organized manner as I have almost forgotten some of the things I wanted to share, let me list the 10 interesting things I remember about my trip to Sagada.

1. The side trip to Banaue. The rice terraces are breathtaking. I had the chance to take a few snapshots before the fog hid them from view.

Of course, we cannot resist capturing some jump shots.

photo credit: Ayet J.

2. The Cold Breeze. Sagada is in the Mountain Province.  It is one of the highest towns in the country.  I am used to hot and wet climate but the I seldom experience this type of cold temperature. I love how it feels like being inside an air-conditioned room.  There are times I cannot stand the cold but most of them time, I love it.

3. Spelunking. Spelunking is the sport where people explore caves. (Merriam Webster) This is the most difficult part of the trip.  The entire activity lasted for 6 hours. We climbed, crawled, hanged on a rope, piggybacked on the guide, slid on the rocks  and prayed for dear life all in the name of adventure.  I never expected I could do all those things but I did.  Buwis buhay just to see these amazing cave formations.

And below is just one of the things we have to do just to get through. Once you are inside the cave, there is no turning back. You have to move forward.

4. There is abundance of nature in Sagada and all I had to do is click away. As I always say, nature photography is foolproof.

5. You need to walk everywhere. There are no tricycles in the town. To explore interesting spots, you must learn how to hike.

  We climbed rocks.

We maneuver terrain like this.

6.  Some Sagada folks still follow tradition. They hang their coffins. The guide said, “Where do want to be? Under the ground where you carry the weight of the world or above ground where you can seethe world?”

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I wonder if they believe in psychic readings and astrology.  I have not asked the guide. Some readings are meant to answer questions that is bothering the mind.  It is quite fascinating.

7. Souvenir shopping. The place is know for their weaving. I regretted not buying a bag from them.  I bought a shirt, fridge magnets and strawberry jam. Well, there is always next time for the bag!

8. Food. The vegetables are always fresh. There’s always that crunch when I bite into them.  Plus, we tried their yogurt and lemon pie.

9. Sunrise at Kiltepan. We woke up early to experience seeing the rising sun with a blanket of clouds underneath.

When the clouds rolled by, we realized we were above the Sagada rice terraces.

10. Sagada is a like a movie set and the movie is….”Breaking Dawn!” ha! We watched the movie before we went to Sagada and it was like being in Forks, Washington. Naks!

Look at us preparing for our jump shot. We look like a coven ready to support the Cullen family. Haha!

Sagada is 14 hours away from Manila. It is worth the trip. I never regretted making a trip there. The great thing is I did not vomit or felt dizzy even with the total 28 hours of travel.

It was a truly wonderful experience.

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New Business in Town

Going home from the cemetery last November 1, we took a different route. I wanted to do landscape photography. (Yes, frustrated photographer here!)

I got what I wanted. The alternate route had pretty rolling hills.

And there were ducks gathering around a lake. This is what I love about provincial life.

Along this road, we also discovered a new resort.

Construction is still ongoing but there is already a functional swimming pool.

The resort already accepts guests who want to use the pool. We grabbed the opportunity and returned in the afternoon. Since only a few knew the place exists, we look like we own the place. :D

The place also has a function room for those who want to hold their parties and meetings here.

We swam till dusk.  I love that the resort is surrounded by mountains. No obstructive view of those dangling electric wires.

 The place is pretty at night.

The resort is not yet fully opened and they do not even have a signboard. The resort is a water park for kids complete with slides and other water activities. I found this taped to a column in the entrance. So, if you happen to be in Butuan City, you now know who to call. ;)

A new business like this needs an online presence. Everyone uses the Internet to search for places to eat, things to buy and resorts to enjoy.  Having a website, a Facebook page or a twitter account  is just a start.

Masao Sunday

Last Sunday, my cousins and I went to the beach. Masao is the closest beach to the city. We brought the dogs along. This is not the first beach trip with the doggies but this is the first time I brought my camera with me.

The last time we went to the beach we had Joaqui on a leash at the back of the vehicle. At the first street corner from our house, he jumped off which prompted us to allow him to sit beside me inside the vehicle. His fur was all over me and my shirt looked like I rolled on the dirt. He moved from one window to the next, enjoying the ride.

This time around, my cousin volunteered to accompany him at the back. He seemed to be enjoying the ride.

 This is one of my cousins’ mini-pinschers. He’s cute.

 This is Joaqui’s favorite spot while the vehicle is moving.

 But when we met a tricycle carrying a girl on its roof, Joaqui took notice.

Only in the Philippines.  We really do not put importance on passenger safety. In this photo above, there are three things that are not allowed in other countries.  Riding at the back of pickup-type vehicle like we were doing, riding on top a vehicle and riding (and driving) a motorcycle without a helmet.

If these people have to apply for a driver’s license in the United States, they will have to unlearn whatever they have learned from driving in the Philippines and they will need to check out DMVcheatsheets.com practice test. It is a quick way to review the key concepts for a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) test.  I say that it is a quick way because the DMV driver handbook  is over a hundred pages! Oh my!

That said, we arrived safe and sound. This is Joaqui and I with the Magellan monument at the back.

Masao, Butuan was where Magellan landed to celebrate the first mass in the country. Although history books told us it was in Limasawa, Butuanons refute that claim based on Pigafetta’s account that they landed on a place called Masaua (with coordinates that point to Masao).  My father said that an earlier historian made a footnote that it is probably in Limasawa in Leyte. Historians, thereafter,  removed the ‘probably’ and declared Limasawa. But we know the truth. :D

Enough with the history lesson, let us just enjoy the beach.  The dogs (and  the people) did.

Joaqui  got tired with all the swimming and had to rest on the sand. :D

Oh, the sunset was beautiful. What a way to end a trip to the beach!

It was a nice Sunday afternoon.

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