Thursday, December 16, 2010
But simple as it may seem, there is one thing I never take for granted – my beloved planner.*
Ok I admit it. My happy-go-lucky friends may roll their eyes on me, but yes, I so love planners. In fact I keep various planners in a year – my favorite theocratic planner (helps me manage ministry and theocratic schedule), business planner, and a private online planner (I update from time to time to input milestones in life, which proves to be very useful every time I want to reminisce so I can just toggle on the Search button and find a memorable event in history).
Have you ever felt dramatic as the last week of December approaches, since you know that you have to replace your about-to-get-obsolete planner for the closing year? Your companion since January 1st, the steward of all your secret rendezvous, keepers of memorable notes, and the everyday confidant will now be replaced with a new friend.
If you don’t feel that way, forgive my drama.
If you do, thanks for the empathy, dear.
Anyway, it’s mid-December. Planners of all sizes and shapes are already out in the market.Go ahead, grab one and enjoy the privilege of organizing and managing topsy-turvy life.But of course, don’t be too boxed up in your schedules because you can’t plan everything. Life is full of surprising events. Enjoy the planner but be sure to make some room for the unexpected.
To my 2010 Planner: 16 nights to go.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you’re the adventurous type, wants to explore virgin islands, plus willing to be a “survivor” in places much isolated from home; then Bicol is the place to go to.
Bicol is the home to Camarines Sur - which houses the becoming-well-renowned Caramoan Islands.
Before, I’ve been told great things about Caramoan. Called the Philippines’ Secret Paradise, the island group in Cam Sur has a lot to be proud of: pristine shores of powdery sand (untouched unlike Bora), crystal-clear waters of teal and indigo, an aesthetically appetizing assortment of marine life and delicacy, an adventurous encounter of mid-sized cliffs and caves, and islands made for you to admire in awe and admiration.
Always game to experience these statements firsthand, we set off for Caramaoan. Boarding a 45-minute plane from Manila to Naga, I was psyched to have the time of my life. You have to undergo a long trek – van ride to the port, an almost three-hour boat ride to Guijalo port, and a 20-minute ride to Julia Villana.
Remember: Always be ready to be carried by local boys on their shoulders whenever you “dock”, because there’s actually no docking point in the so-called ports. Of course, handing over a P5-service fee per head (or more) will make them beam with energy.
Caramoan trip is never complete without a visit to these islands:
4.Emerald lagoon in Matukad Island
On our way back to Naga, we visited CWC. Cam Sur Watersports Complex, the favorite venue for most events, is the perfect place for sports-oriented individuals. If wakeboarding is your thing (or even for those who want to try), then CWC offers the perfect venue. An approximately 20-minute ride from CWC is SM Naga, the place where you can buy pasalubongs.
Claiming to be Boracay of the North, Bolinao’s strip of land offers numerous resorts and hotels much to the delight and convenience of tourists.
Revisiting Bolinao, this time we went to Puerto del Sol.
Here are some snapshots of the place.
We also visited our old friend, the Lighthouse in Patar.
Puerto del Sol could have been a great resort, but the personnel are not so friendly to tourists and I do not suggest swimming in their beachfront during low tide. For those who want to visit Bolinao, I suggest you go to Treasures of Bolinao – perfect sceneries, strategic beachfront location and friendly staff.
Click here to compare with Treasures of Bolinao snapshots during our last visit.
Puerto del Sol's website
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Despite her poor eyesight, she is an industrious student who prioritizes studying the Bible despite many chores. She selflessly cares for her old mother who cannot walk and she has the initiative to serve their relatives wholeheartedly. A woman with a noble heart, she always beams at me every time she learns something new; and laughs wholeheartedly whenever she forgets last week’s lesson.
She is hearing-impaired, plus, she is illiterate (is not very familiar with alphabets and numbers).
Since birth, she wasn’t able to enjoy the gift of hearing life’s melodious music. But this doesn’t prevent her from hearing the word of God. She makes every visit to her place a memorable one for she always welcomes visitors and teachers like us with her sweet smile.
Being shy is one of the major traits of a hearing-impaired individual and most deaf run away from people whenever they are given attention. But not Normi. Eagerness to learn is seen in her eyes and she bravely tries her best to mingle with others.
The process of studying with an illiterate hearing-impaired is really quite a challenge. It’s like teaching a 2-year old kid the fundamental ABCs. But the effort is all worth it; for I know that time will come when Normi will reap great fruits of her labor. Soon, she will be able to hear the music of everlasting life in God’s new world.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
I remembered walking down the aisle as a flower girl for less than ten times and as a bridesmaid for more than 5 times. I cherished these moments because back then, I believe that being part of the entourage is a great opportunity to make the wedding-of-a-lifetime successful.
Now, weddings have a deeper impact on me.
The latest wedding I attended was that of my friends, Jason and Haidee; held at Club Balai Isabel, Batangas. Aiming for a dream wedding everyone wants to have, they exchanged their vows after a marvelous sunset and partied the night away with butterflies (literally) also celebrating with the blissful crowd.
These are the moments I now cherish during weddings:
Ø bride walking down the aisle with that teary-eyed-with-joy-look in her eyes
Ø groom awaiting his long-waited bride march towards him with a smile of triumph and awe
Ø Parents hysterically parting with their offspring
Ø Exchange of vows ( I listen to every word they said)
Ø Tips and advices of the officiating minister
Yes, I see not just the tangible part of weddings anymore – venue, food and merrymaking. I see the warmth of emotions and commitment. I see the tying of 3 cords – husband, wife and God. I see sacrifice, trust, love and the start of a new chapter in life.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Park is open 8AM to 4PM daily. For more details, you may check the Zoobic Safari website.
Here are some shots of our adventure.
Ready to enter!
You have to pay P50/head for this ride to take you from one section to another.
Get a feel of the Aeta community - their dance, history and culture; plus have pitures taken with them.
To test your courage, have your picture taken with a live "baby" tiger.
So experience the wild, go to Zoobic Safari for adventure. :)
Then Zambales is the place to be.
An almost 2-hour ride from Manila, Zambales offers a venue for relaxation, adventure and bonding with your family.
Sharing with you striking shots taken in Zambales.
a time for meditation
Cabalan beach sunset
flora in zambales mountains