Learning to Let Go

I went away for the weekend to go along with my daughter to another city for her second rotation.  It was not planned.  But since the school decided to let the students go on their own , anytime and any day in the week as long as they should be there before the Sunday orientation,  I then decided to go along with her and see to myself that she has settled well with her roommates in the room assigned to them.

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I did not mind going along and taking the long trip because I love to travel.  Opportunities like this makes my feet literally H A P P Y!

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Happy me and the girls.

For 2 nights, we slept side by side in the big bed.  On the first night, just the two of us while on the second night, Shaira was already in, so the 3 of us in the big bed.  I am suppose to travel back on the second night, but due to the strong rain, I decided to sleep in and wake up early the next morning.

The Sunday orientation was suddenly changed into a Saturday night schedule.  They reported at six in the evening and I thought they would be done in an hour or two. But nah, they came home past 10 in the evening with the news that they have to wake up early for the 5 o’clock bayanihan!   I do not know what to feel and react!  I just kept my cool and tried to look happy for them.  But really I cannot understand why they have to do the bayanihan on their first day before rotation.  Anyways, my plan to leave early the next day became definite.

Early morning came and the kids left for the hospital before I got ready to leave. I was not able to stick to my plan to wake up really really early. Ha ha ha. Lazy me! But indeed I did not feel like going home.  I had wished for a moment that I worked there so that I would stay there until their rotation is over.

I stopped daydreaming and left the house and I arrived at Ecoland terminal before the bus got full.

When the bus was about to leave, I tried calling the daughter.  Her phone just rang but she is not picking up.  I let it pass.  When the bus left, I called again. I just wanted to say that the bus has left and I am really going now.  Still the phone was not picked. I tried many times until the bus passed by the hospital, and still my call wasn’t picked.  I felt more sad than disappointed.  The fact that I am leaving her and we will not be together for some months hit me hard on the chest.  Then the tears started to fall fast.  I tried calling again while controlling a sob.  It took some time for me to feel better and stopped crying.

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Despite my tears, my sad feeling was never obvious to my seatmate – a lady who was excited to touch the clouds when they reach their destination.  My tears were hidden but I cannot stop blowing my nose. lols!

My mind then wandered to the time in the past when my mother brought during my first trip to Mountain view College for my college education. I can no longer remember if I cried when she left. But it made me wonder what she felt that time when she left me there.

I was already far from the city when the daughter called.  She said she tried several times to contact me but I was out of reached.  Possibly because of the signal in some areas.  She was laughing when she knew I cried.  She laughs while I cried!  Oh kids these days! lols!  She asked me why I cried.  And later she said, “stop crying na”.

The tears eventually stopped falling and I said to myself, I should start to learn the art of letting go of a child – because one day they eventually leave me and will have a life of their own.  I guess it is just easy to say it and think of it, but when the time comes, no matter how ready I would be, I will still bawl in tears.

Davao City is not really too far but it is farther than MVC and the daughter will not be home for several months.  So that explains my sudden sadness.  I then thought maybe I would make Davao my kitchen. lols!

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MMA Batch 1990 Mini Meet-Up

There was a call for a mini meet-up a week before the date of meeting.  It’s been awhile that us classmates from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and somewhere in between had been together.  Though the guys from cdo often meet-up when they could. Mas ubay ubay man pud gud sila didto. 🙂 But Clyde and family were home for a vacation from Australia, so we met and spent time with each other.

Anyways, we had the get together at a new resort in Libertad called C Resort. Thanks to Jun Dy for introducing to us the place.  It was nice. The pool was an eyes candy.

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I have an eye for bursting colors so I took a lot of photos of the pool from the cabana where we lanay. Pools were suppose to be a place for swimming, but we preferred to lanay up there than enjoy the water and the sun down there. I start to think that maybe because of our age. lols! Nah they were just so busy catching up with each other.

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The place is amidst nature so it was a perfect place to unwind.  To me, Mr. Sun was just so harsh that time that I don’t wanna leave the place with roof. Init jud kaayo para nako.  I kept thinking of the cool waters of Timoga. ha ha ha

Anyways, after some hours of almost “endless chika” ay catching up diay, we went out of the cabana to take pictures together.

It’s good to be together in times like this.  I can feel that we still act and laugh like high school bunch, but it’s good.  I think if we don’t have a regular meet-up, we could drift apart since almost all of us have different jobs and different priorities.  If we don’t agree to meet then pwede na mag limutay.  Sound sad. But nah some guys in the batch are very active – so we will still meet-up from time to time.  Even if none from abroad comes home, we would still meet up.

Here are some of our group photos:

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Attendance checked:
Melody, Cristine, Lucille, Fermel, Ervin, Clyde, Eun Ae, Nelson, Meriam, Christina, Ariel.
That baby is the first apo of the batch.

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So this is all for now! Until the next time, which is soon. 🙂

Venue: C-Resort @ Libertad, Misamis Oriental
Resort entrance:  100.00
Pool fee: 200.00
Cabana’s fee: 1650.00

Adventure Park @ Alindahaw Lakeview Resort

If you love taking pictures and you are checked in at Alindahaw Lakeview Resort, then you cannot stop clicking.  Our small group team went on  an overnight accommodation at the resort.  Many thought that it was not an ideal destination, thus, only few went with the group.

After traveling almost 5 hours in two types of weather – sunny and rainy, we reached the resort tired but excited.  The view and the surroundings were indeed a therapy.  It was what we needed for a weekend get-away destination.

After settling in for an hour, I decided to go down and walk around with my camera.   While others enjoyed the water swimming & kayaking, I spent time taking photos and relaxing in bed.  I have lots of photos taken but I wanna share some for you to enjoy. Somehow you will feel that you were with me there enjoying the view.

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We were accommodated at the dormitory. A cozy building built at their Adventure Park area.  They have many amenities for an adventure activity, but sad to note that they are not functioning as of now as they need still need a preventive job to ensure that they are safe to be used by their customers.  So for now, for your eyes only pa ang dating.

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I think the area is also ideal for an I-SHINE Bootcamp training site.

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If you go down on the zip line, you’ll end up at this area.

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The monkey stairs

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All these monkeys are showing off. ha ha ha

That Autumn Feel

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I saw several of these plants and their colors reminded me of a maple tree. Maple trees gave me Autumn feel. Si Gong Yoo dayon ang naa sa akong huna huna. lols

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This is not a maple leaf but the mix of colors reminded me of what Eun Tak said:

“If you catch a falling maple leaf, you’ll fell in love
with the person you are walking with.”

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This is not a maple leaf.
And I was not walking with someone
So, there no such thing as I will fell in love
during that moment.

 

 

IN PHOTOS : Lakewood Lake as Seen @ Alindahaw Resort

This weekend was spent reconnecting with nature.  The Kanchenjunga Group went out on a weekend trip to Zamboanga del Sur.

A convoy of 4 vehicles happily left Iligan City, excited to spend the Sabbath morning at Pagadian Center then later to proceed to Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.

This is not my first time but still the picturesque view amazes me.

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The last time I came here was in 2014 during the AMCI Strategic Planning.  The place where we stayed was not yet up during that time.  This time, tourists can have the choice of being accommodated in a dormitory type accommodation.

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They have 3 houses for the dormitory type accommodation and it can accommodate up to 24 persons.  Though one has to walk up a bit (200 meters up) from the main area, but still it was okey.

If the visitor will have a hard time to make that walk, they can bring their vehicle up to the Adventure area gate and disembark from there.  Then the walk up 30 steps to the door of the dorm.

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Each dorm has its corresponding kitchen.  So the group can cook rice in an electric cooker and they can also conveniently grilled their meats.  The water supply was not a problem.

There are two rates in the dormitory accommodation.  Php 450 for a no free breakfast and no towel accommodation and Php 650 per head an accommodation with free breakfast and a towel.

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It was raining hard while traveling from Pagadian to the resort.  Fortunately, it stopped when we arrived in the site.  But after a couple of hours, it rained again!

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The view of the lake is so breathtaking.  Viewing it from different viewing angles inside the resort, the balcony view was not inferior.

In spite of the rainy afternoon, we caught a glimpse of the sunset mode. It was not a dramatic mixture of color, but it was enough to sigh a thankful praise to the Lord for giving us the opportunity to reconnect with nature, a pause of our hectic city life.

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Sunset means a day has ended and another day is nigh.

At the end of this day, I have so much to thank the Lord:

The protection and care during our travel,
The time spent at Pagadian Central Church,
The yummy FREE lunch,
The beautiful Lakewood place.

<3 <3 <3

 

Travel Tales

I had this Facebook status a year ago.  Thanks to FB for reminding me what were the thoughts i’ve shared on Facebook. lols!  Oh well, this got me thinking, so I thought of making a post of it.

2014 granted me a trip to the US
2015 granted me my FIRST SOLO BIRTHDAY trip (Macau) and Barkada trip to Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
2016 granted me a spring fling with South Korea
2017 pwede JAPAN naman? (I am dreaming of having FUN in JAFUN)

I’ve been to Mainland China, HK, China, Bkk Thailand and KL Malaysia, HCM, Vietnam, and PP, Cambodia years before 2014.

I am thanking God for all these travel blessings and yet I am claiming that this Jafun wish will also come true.

These trips are not free. Flying out of the country is not cheap even if your back and forth tickets only cost less than a thousand pesos. All these places were possible because of hard-earned money.
I am not financially rich, but I am rich with WILL.
As said, “if there is a WILL, there is a way.”

I am really wishing I am somewhere than making this status. lol!
Gotta catch some pokemons now. ^&^

Fast forward to 2017. It is the middle of the year yet I do not have any pending travel anymore.  Why? Because the Lord granted me a trip to South Korea this year.  Who would have thought i’d make it back to Seoul this Year of the Rooster. 🙂

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The highlight of the visit to Seoul this year were:  traveling with a big group, the day trip to DMZ and the benchmarking tour at Sahmyook Medical Center (Sahmyook Adventist Hospital).

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#EatIligan 2.0 | Pop Snack

I am an Iliganon yet, I’ve never been to most food joints in my own city.  Thanks to Iligan Bloggers Society for showcasing different good food outlets around Iligan. It gave me an opportunity what places to recommend to friends and visitors.

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Pop Snack Iligan is my second stop for this week-end appointment.  The summer color splash coolers were the ones that caught my fancy.  I can could click my camera a thousand times to take this beauty.  Thanks to these coolers, it quenched my thirst.  So perfect for an early afternoon drink.

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Buffalo wings! I do not know when what the last time I have eaten buffalo wings, so this is also a welcome sight. ha ha ha. I heart chicken eh! But it’s spicyness was too much for me.  A little bite was enough.  For those who are more adventurous into the fiery-taste foodies, buffalo wings from Pop Snack is for you.

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I love bread so I definitely love their footlongs and the pizza bread.  They offered us to taste the Hawaiian flavor and the jalapeno flavor.  Keri ra ang ka spicy sa jalapeno. It’s way milder for me compared to the buffalo wings.

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Fries fries fries.  This is yummy when it just got out of the oven. Don’t let it out on the table for long so that it won’t turn soggy.  For fries lovers visiting Pop Snack, this will do na.  They have several topping flavors to chose from like: pizza, spicy jalapeno, chili con, beefy gravy, salty chocolate, and ham and cheese!  Each flavor come with different prices.

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Pop Snack is another good place to crowd during peak meal and snack times.  It is another place hang out with friends and enjoy their very affordable offers like budget meals with drinks, rice bowls with drinks, special desserts – special mention for chocolate pop smores and brownie smores!  Have them when you can. But for those with blood sugar problems, one bite will do! ha ha ha

Aside from their footlongs and burgers, they are also serving pancakes with flavors and you can have an option to add a scope of ice cream.


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Some members of the #EatIligan gang enjoying the jar of coolers.  The size is definitely pang barkada!

 

Pop Snack is located at the back of St. Michael’s Cathedral.

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Pop Snack served us several of their bests but unfortunately my takes were not that nice, so I didn’t include them na in this post.

Underground Arts

I chance upon these underground arts while going home from the Korean Embassy last May. I was so amazed because it is my first time to see art wall along the streets of Manila. I know that there are some walls displaying colorful arts but never been to one yet.

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The first time I passed by, I took a photo of three of the arts. I was in a hurry eh. So I thought I’ll do the complete set the next time I passed by. I was still familiarizing the way, and it was already getting late plus I was in a hurry.

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Two days later, I came by the same way again. It’s quite a long walk from Telus building, but it’s the cheapest route for me. During the second time, I really took the time to take pics of all the painted wall.

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I did not mind the stares of some passers by. I think they too admired the art, but felt shy to take pictures.

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If you wanna know where these nice wall art done, it’s in Makati. It’s one of the underground passage going to the bus stop near the Stock Exchange Plaza.

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The colorful art can perk up a tired and weary face. But for most of the busy people, they fail to take a pause and appreciate the beauty they are passing by.

If you can see one next time, try to pause awhile and look up and enjoy the art.

Pink Fridays 2/213 : That Lady in Pink

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Me and my friends wearing the Hanbok at Gwanghamon Square in Seoul, South Korea. Me and my friends but honestly, we do not know that lady in pink with white top. We (nardo actually) asked her to join us because she looks so pretty in her pink Hanbok (she walked around the area wearing that). There she is with us and now I know why she’s there with us. It’s because I can use this photo as an entry to Pink Fridays.