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!

Dried Fish…Anyone?

Dried fish is called “bulad” in our dialect, which means it is being dried in the sun. Drying is one way to preserve the meat of the fish. I think this goes through the process of being dried through the sun and wind. Some are seasoned with salt and some will just have the natural saltiness of the sea.

My family used to have this when we were young, but since my mom was diagnosed of heart problem in 2005, we stopped eating this sort of a staple food in Philippine homes.
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There are several famous dried fish depots in the Philippines that I know – Pagadian City, Zamboanga City, and Cebu City. But while doing these photos last Saturday afternoon, some of the dried fish displayed are from Jolo! Wow! That was far!

One of my colleagues buys dried fish in Pagadian City and send it to America. For Filipinos, this is a very special food especially if you are far from the home country or in places where it is not allowed to eat this “i dare you” food for some people who are not used to the strong fragrance of the dried fish.

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This is my fave variety. But it’s been awhile since I have tasted one.

This post is intended for dried fish lovers here in my city or in neighboring Northern Mindanao towns or first time visitors who likes “bulad” as their pasalubong to their loveones.  I meant to tell you that you do not need to travel far because we also have our own dried fish market here in Iligan City.

Location site of the market is in Barangay Saray. It is so easy to find if you are in the city in the nearby Barangays like Tibanga and San Miguel.

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For those who are used to the strong fragrance, the place was just okey. But for those who are not used to buying dried fish, then the place is not for you to visit.

I should have taken a shot of the whole place. My friends roamed almost the whole area. I just took several photos and stepped aside and waited for them. The smell was too much for an ex-dried fish eater. I say ex because as much as possible I avoid it because it is not good for my health.

This one has high content of salt, so it’s never good for an obese woman like me.

This walk was made possible through the Iligan Bloggers Society initiative activity to place Iligan public establishments in Google Maps.  I was late and they were that they decided to drop by the place.

From here, we all went up to the City Hall.

Will post soon about it.

Valentine 2014 Related Images ^&^

While most of the couples were out dating and spending special dinner night with their spouse or partners and kids, we were have class in Managerial accounting. Although we had dinner at Sunburst after class.

Nothing significant really happened except that, each customer at the restaurant were given a balloon

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The red is mine and the pink is from Doc DLC.

We had dinner there with our teacher and some of our classmates. The usual group actually that goes out with our teacher during Friday dinner. We usually have dinner at 5:30 because of the Sabbath.

The next day, as usual, I went to church and after church, while waiting to get on air at 2pm, I made some selfies (ang hirap ha!) in the office.  Let me share with you the result though I really had a hard time doing it :D

Don’t make any palag na that I am sharing my own “selfies” because this is my blog. okey? hehehe Oh well I am just kidding. Please know that some simple stuff that I know I will be able to forget months later or next year or the next five years, I am keeping it here in my blog. So…i’m sharing.

This is moi…

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and here’s another moi…

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Both photos were framed using Photoscape frames.

I have so many photos I wish to share, but the effort of resizing it just makes me lazy even to make a blog post.

Manila Sunset

Manila sunset is one of the famous view in the Philippines anyone could capture in a camera or video.  That’s my opinion and I am sure many would agree with me.

In the many times I’ve been in Manila including the almost one year stay in Pasay, I never had the chance to go to Roxas Boulevard to take a photo of that beautiful sunset. There are many shots of it across the world wide web so it is my long time wish that one day, I will have the chance to capture it.

The chance came – February 2, 2014.

It was not included in the list of things to do during our Postcrossing – Philippines meet-up, but when walked out of The Hub to the statue of Rizal, the sun rays was ablaze. It was so near us – it promises a wonderful view of sunset, so we decided to go to the bayside  to watch sun go down over Manila Bay. So, allow me to share some shots =)

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This was my first shot. I then knew that my phone cannot capture the beauty that my eyes have behold. But then anyways, I only have my phone to take pictures.

Enjoy more shots:

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Here I am trying to get a zoom photo. I can’t zoom more because the result would be a pixelated one.

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I have more in my file but let me just share these four.

I am glad we decided to watch the sun go down. Thanks to my companions: Sis Willa, Raine, and Joelle (new friend) — friends who just not love sunset but also postcards, stamps, and stickers. lol! Rence and Philip were with us in the meet-up but they got an appointment somewhere in Cubao so they missed the sunset that day.

Now I decided that my phone – Samsung Galaxy Win is just a fine phone. lol! I thought it is equivalent to a 3310 when it comes to modern era Samsung phones. ^&^

Dashing Bride

One of the weddings that I cannot forget simply because I took pictures of them is the wedding of Byrne and Anne.  Byrne is a high school classmate of mine and one of the closest to us especially to my sister.

Few of us classmates in high school attended his wedding and we were just so lucky to be around to witness such special occassion.

Anne is just one of the dashing brides I know during her wedding day, and this photo will prove it:

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I feel proud in sharing this one pic of her with them. I told Ann that she was so beautiful during her wedding day.  She is beautiful every day but she was more during the day she got married to our classmate.

The look of one who is so in love and so happy to be married…

Mini Falls @ Taytay Spring Resort

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This is the pool at Taytay Spring Resort. I find myself with friends twice already in the past months. It is still a flowing spring pool but the water is cool, not cold compared to the neighboring pools down in the highway. If given the chance to have a swimming again, I will chose the same place.

One thing though, the place is a bit far. Unlike those in the high way, it can be accessed by public utility vehicles, any time. But to get to Taytay, you still have to take a motor trip. Either you take the trip alone and pay the whole fare or have it with another person to share the fare with.

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Just below the cottages, there is falls. I call it a mini falls.

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Me and the mini falls!

Taytay Cold Spring Resort is located in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City.  It is one nice place for a family Sunday get away.  They have the big pool for adults and small pool for kids.