Overnight @ Ozamis City

During my birthday last month, I went on a birthday trip to Siquijor.  Thanks to Alex, for helping me make the trip possible.

Iligan City is still 5 hrs away from Dapitan, so we are leaving the night before our journey to Dapitan.  Dapitan is our jump off point to Dumaguete en route to Siquijor. Hoping to arrive Siquijor that same day we traveled from Dapitan.

We left Iligan, Friday afternoon, after my work.  We took the bus going to Mukas since it will take a longer time to wait for the bus that goes direct to Ozamis.  I had a booking at the Western Mindanao Conference guesthouse so I was confident that we will have a good sleep before we start the long journey the next day.

This is our accommodation for the night:

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we stayed in a room where eight couples can be accommodated. So you can just imagine how comfortable we are. I had one bed for me and the other one for alex. I almost had a hard time dragging myself out of bed that morning because the mattress is just so firm enough and the pillows are fluffy. I can really spell C O M F O R T A B L E correctly! Thank you my friend, Mr. WMC President for that overnight accommodation.

After we left the campus, we decided to have breakfast before proceeding to the terminal.

Spell breakfast…

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J O L L I B E E!

May: the Travel Month is Over!

May 2012 is over and June is here.  Goodbye May and I want you to know that I had the great time of my life during your time.  Imagine, I made 4 trips just within the whole month.  Trips to places that i’ve never been to yet and to places where i’ve set foot many many years ago yet.

Thanks to time there is what we call summer and there is also what we call vacation that made me able to do these trips.  I’d like to think that April was a super busy month for me plus the death of my father, so I deserve to have a break during the second summer month.

The first trip was to Davao (first week of May) for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2012.  Been to places that if not for DFAT I will never have the chance to see and enjoy the food and places for a good four days.

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The second trip was to Siquijor with some friends from work.  We passed ferried to that mystic island via Dumaguete and it is also my first time to set foot in Dumaguete. It was a planned we agreed on since middle of last year. So I can say I am a bit prepared for it – emotionally and financially.

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But even how much prepared I think I was — I was not ready for the heat! Temperature so high in Siquijor that the moment you are out of your hotel room, sweat just pour out continuously for three days.

The two other trips for the month of May was not planned for long.  The Tour Mindanao of the workers was only planned in April and the unexpected trip to Kidapawan was only decided that week and the huling hirit for the summer get way was to HongKong which was decided only in April.

Good thing Tour Mindanao trip is free same with the Kidapawan, but the one in HK was not free.  It’s my daughter’s trip, but as her mom I have to tag along.  Thanks to Adbeans, I  was able to buy my ticket.

It’s now June and after the HK trip last weekend, and the Gingoog one day trip last Thursday, i’ve got to rest for now and just work and work.

I’ve got some planned trips coming up but still in few months.  There’s still time to work to pay for a P1600.00 travel tax.

More travel-related posts is posted at my travel blog and photos are posted in my Facebook account.

Visit to Tinago Falls: 2011

Months ago, August 27 exactly, I made my third visit to Tinago Falls. The first time was in 1993. I was still in college that time and I was with friends and schoolmates who were working in the business office of Mountain View College. That time, there was still no descent stairs to go pass. The going down was okey but in coming up, we have to grab on tall and sturdy bushes. It was tiring but not as tiring as my second visit.

The second visit in 2008 and I was with my daughter and relatives. There were many of us and the kids loved their swimming time in the pool. For me, I just enjoyed the sides and taking pictures. I have shared a bit of the experience somewhere in this blog. On our way back, I went up with the first group. While others were still queuing in the shower to change, me and my daughter went up ahead. It was still okey. I was already big that time and the going was still manageable.

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Then in August this year, the third time happen and it still looks like I went swimming because I was bathing in my perspiration. Still I enjoyed the moments with my camera while my friend enjoyed swimming and the gakit ride. When the whistle sounded that we have to vacate the place, I started going up. I am 50+ lbs overweight so surely I can’t make ten steps at a time so I have to go slow. Slowly and slowly. I walked alone and their was no one behind me nor anyone ahead of me that can see me in my slow steps. Luckily, I made it to the top! I smiled when I saw this:

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I think I made 10 stops in the whole duration of my ascent. I know I should not force myself to hurry up when all my friends were still down and even if they were ahead, I will still use the pace that would be enough for my heart or else I will pass out and will cause unnecessary worries to my friends. :)

The third visit was made possibly by the City Government extended to Iligan Bloggers Summit.  Thanks to the people whom gratitude is due for in relation to my third visit to Tinago Falls in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City.

Thank you DARE

DARE means Dietary Approach to Reduce Excess Weight.  A program made by the Nutrition and Dietetics Department of Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital   Thanks to DARE because it is a fun way to bit by bit shed the excess pounds.  It is fun because it is done with friends.  We challenge each other to really stick to the diet plan.  So far am doing good.  My tummy size has shrink.   I am given 42 weeks and now am on the 40th week.  Two weeks has passed and still I haven’t gained back what I lost during the experimental program.  If i will couple this program with exercise I know that the effect would be more visible at a short time.  I now have a sauna suite that hasn’t been worn since i purchased it.  I also thought of buying a yoga mat so that i can do some yoga at home. I am still asking my other girl friends if they want to buy so that we can buy together.

I just turned 39 lately and I hope that by the time I reach 40, have lost most of the excess pounds. I like the thought of Getting Fit to Forty. ^^

12 Days and Counting

We are away from my hometown for 12 days.  Six days has already passed and we are counting to the 12.  How i wish time would stop so that it would be forever holiday and there is no work but just live a life with no pressure.  But life is not like that.

It’s our 6th day in Bohol particularly in La Estrella Resort but i’ve spent only 1 full day at the resort and that was on Christmas Day (December 25, 2010).  All the other 5 days are spent away from the island.  Today was the 5th and Dimple was left behind as there were guests who traveled with us to Tagbilaran and on our way back, we also had 5 guests whom we met at the airport.  So we were full and just no space for Dimple. With the 5 days always leaving the resort, it feels like i started to feel that the trip is getting shorter and shorter but still i haven’t let go of the fear crossing the sea space between Mucpoc and La Estrella.  I have this fear of the sea because i can’t swim fgs! lol!

We arrived sometime before 7 pm and she was at the gazebo Facebooking.  I asked her how was her day and she said that she spent it  reading and she got online not very long before we arrived.

Anyway, i thought of posting a couple of pictures i took for a day.  I will post it in my photo blog so you can check out my photo blog from time to time.

I really need to do updates in all of my blogs.  I have this lappy with me and i can get online on the schedule times but most of the time am away from the resort and when we get back in the evening, Dimple is there. If there is no wifi then she has her anime movies.  So i almost don’t own my lappy.  She feels like she’s the owner. lol!

Nostalgia (My 16th)

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The photo I am sharing is a photo of a lighthouse which is located in the Island of Cabilao, Bohol.  Just a stone throw away from La Estrella Beach Resort (old location).

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This lighthouse brings back nice memories of a past love.  The first time i laid foot on this lighthouse was during the last few days of January in 1997.  I will say few days because i cannot remember the exact date anymore but i know it was around that time.  I was  3-4 weeks pregnant with my dd (dear daughter) :D

With me to visit this spot was of course of course my boyfriend (Dimple’s dad.)  I am the type who is very scared of heights so i did not make it up to the top.  I guess i lasted midway and he took a photo of me.  I still have that photo now and it obviously shows that i was not relaxed up there, but i managed to smile.

He and I were there on a very important purpose but after 3 days we both felt  a little disappointed because  our mission on why we were was not happening.  Anyway, we sort of just think that the days we spent there was our advance Valentine’s day celebration as our initial plan was to spend Valentine’s day in Bohol, February 14 of that year.  But due to an emergency situation, so we had an early visit to the resort.  It was my first time. Not his because his mom owns the place. :)

In April 2008, Dimple and I had the chance to visit the resort again and yes, we had the chance to stroll to the lighthouse from the new location of the resort.  Taking that photo, memories came flashing back and i smiled to myself because i saw myself in his place long time ago taking picture of me up there.  Now, look at another photo and tell me who is up there –

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A back view of someone with long hair.

Guess who?

That’s my daughter!

Oh my she was so brave to make her way to the top.  She even managed to stay awhile to enjoy the view.  I really envy her that time.  But i was already in a state where i can’t climb up heights anymore. lol!   I have i already increased my size twice from the first time i visited the spot.   So, i just end up her photographer of which i did not mind because i was feeling i was her dad. :)

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She looked tensed yet she moved upward more.  She’s standing almost at the spot where i sat one day that end of January 2007 – and she was still 3- 4 weeks old fetus inside.  Now, in this photo, that little fetus is standing on the same spot.

How time flies!

Oh memories…you make my heart lighter. :)

Nostalgia (my 13th)

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This is an old photo of my kids. I was the one who took this so am not in the picture. This was taken in summer of 2000 and i guess the only photo of the two of them.  Oh there were still so wee in this old photo and me? hmm i guess i was horribly big than i am now.  lol but it’s true!  I was bigger and ugly that time.

These two kids haven’t seen each other again since after that summer. Because of unfortunately events, i deprived myself of living with my son since that year and counting and went home to my daughter. It was not easy for me as a mom but i tried accepting the situation. My daughter though is mum about her feelings although there was a year that she wonders how her brother looks like until we got a photo of him in 2008. They have a few similar features but it was obvious am there mom. :)

In the next photo shows me with each of them them in two separate occasions. I wonder when would be the time the two of them could meet up again.

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For now i just wonder because I still dunno when.  I am a bit sad for missing the latest Cebu Pacific promo fare of P10.00 then we could have made it to Manila on January next year.

I am just waiting for the promo then for sure these two shall meet.  :)

Nostalgia (my 12th)

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Hey i have not fogotten it was nostalgia time! Brown out just caught me up last night and the day was long offline, so i just got the time now.

I am not ready with any photo so what i’d like to share this weekend about two men who at one point in my life they have come and have stayed and then just gone.

The first guy is my daughter’s dad.  For several years now we are not communicating and that simply means we are not friends.  When i think of him – my mind then will be full of questions.  So many questions.  But no answers.

The next guy is my son’s dad.  I was married to him but left their home in 2000, leaving my son with him.  Of course i miss my son but the thought of my ex-hub brings stirs the anger  kept in my heart.  I really don’t know why but he is one person that i can’t let my tone go down if he tries to disagree with me.  I bet being the meek and passive wife has already expired so when i was out of his reach, i  was able to regain the confidence lost and decided i won’t let him bully or abuse me because i won’t allow it anymore.

Both men create different reactions in me but somehow one day, we can still say hi as friends.