|2011 has been a great year for me!|
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
|Cliff diving at Malapascua Island|
Monday, December 19, 2011
|Beautiful sunset at Malapascua Island, Cebu|
Friday, December 9, 2011
|Finally got my passport today!|
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
|Jaro Church, Iloilo City, Philippines|
Monday, December 5, 2011
|Pasko Fiesta at People's Park|
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
|Sunrise at Davao International Airport|
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
These were the first few words I've heard when I woke up from my deep slumber (man it was the best sleep I've ever had) last Friday:
"Oh ano? Iwan ka nalang dito o sasama ka sa amin sa Kidapawan?"
What an awesome 'good morning' greeting. Yeah, and because I don't want to get stuck in our home together with our three noisy and forever hungry dogs, I groggily replied, "Opooooo sasaaamaaaa akoooo." I felt like a zombie that had gone back to life... back, back to life!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
|Manila Bay Sunset. Photo courtesy of jhaycalimbo|
Monday, October 31, 2011
Philippines is indeed one of the premier destinations in Asia. And because seven is my favorite number, I will share seven travel tips to have a worthwhile experience here in this tropical paradise.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
You won't believe that these boats have traveled as far as China!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Sit back, relax and enjoy this virtual tour to the mighty Agusan River!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|The different colors of Mindanao.|
Monday, October 24, 2011
|The City Hall of Butuan|
And I got excited after I learned that we're going to have a city tour after the camp.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Suite Room of North Palm Hotel and Garden|
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|The newly renovated lobby of Royale House Travel Inn & Suites|
Sunday, October 9, 2011
|Davao International Airport (DVO, PH)|
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
On our way back to Davao from Camiguin Island, we visited the Monastery of the Transfiguration (also known as Transfiguration Church) located at the outskirts of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Base from what I’ve learned from my Humanities (Art and Society) subject, this building was designed by Leandro Locsin, National Artist for Architecture. Coincidentally he’s the same man behind the iconic old terminal of Davao International Airport.
Famous from its modern architecture, the Transfiguration Church houses the monks who vowed to follow the Rule of St. Benedict by living a contemplative life in their quest for God.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Honestly, we weren’t that excited after our Animal Ecology professor announced our scheduled field work at Glan, Sarangani. Yeah, we were aware that Sarangani offers one of the most pristine white sand beaches in Mindanao and all the yakiti-yakiti-yaks from my GenSan friends. But, the fact that we were going to be bombarded with four laboratory works seemed to be a stressful trip instead of a fun one.
And for the first time in history, we all got fed up with field works. I mean, we already had difficulties with time management and every decisions we partake is a matter of life of death.
Despite the four laboratory reports which were scheduled to be reported a week after the trip, we still found ways to make our trip fun and a memorable one.
Besides, this particular trip in Glan was the second to the last field trip that I’ve had in college.
Friday, September 23, 2011
For four years, my life in UP had been a routine one… well almost. I usually wake up at three in the morning just to continue reviewing for my exam and sometimes finishing the half-baked laboratory reports. Then by seven in the morning, I go to school, still groggy and sleep deprived.
Oh yes without a doubt, I have learned a few essential things during my four-year stay in UP. I learned the art of speed-reading (LOL), I learned the basics of photography, I learned how to use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and most of all, I learned how to dance (don’t ask why).
But since after graduating from the university last April (sniff sniff), I have become more open to the idea of exploring different places. But even after graduation, I still continue to learn important things about life. Indeed learning is not limited to the four corners of the classroom.
These are some of the essential things I learned from traveling:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
“Talaga? May kuryente pala sa Davao? Akala ko wala!”
That was an ignorant statement by my mom’s dorm mate when she was still reviewing for her Medical Technologist licensure exam in Manila, twenty years ago. And boy, I can’t imagine how mom reacted about her dorm mate’s ignorance.
For years, Davao City has emerged as one of the most progressive cities of the country. Since early 90s, the local government had exerted extra effort to promote the city. But unfortunately, the city itself had suffered from bad images portrayed by the media.
Today, with perseverance and determination, the local government together with the Department of Tourism - Region 11 has brought Davao City into the next level.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Lieutenant, this is Private Officer Maro, reporting.
0545H / Davao
The sun has just risen.
Another brand new day for my new mission, sir. I know it was a bit hard to locate this young man you were searching. I thought it was implausible to locate him, but no.
While lighting my cigarette along the junction of Ulas and Bukidnon-Davao Highway, I saw three Toyota Hi-Ace vans. They all looked brand new… and suspicious. There I saw groups of young people who were busy talking to each other. I surmised, sir, that they were all excited for their trip. And then, I saw someone that exactly matches the description of the person you were searching.
Finally, the long wait has come to an end.
Male. 5’6” to 5’7” in height. Slim. Semi-faux hawk hairdo. Loves to wear aviator shades. Certified lefty as he wore his wristwatch on his right hand.
Positive identity of the subject.
So I followed their van. They were driving south of the city. Little did I know was, they were embarking on a trip near our camp at Kidapawan, North Cotabato.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I am one of those people who dreams of flying and touring around the world. Despite the exorbitant tuition fee of flying school (yes, I’m talking millions here), it didn’t make me to stop dreaming about it.
Besides, when you dream, you have to dream BIG.
I always fancy airplanes, Boeing-made airplanes to be precise. My fascination started when I was little. My grandmother gave me a souvenir from Saudia Airlines, a 1:500 model scale of Saudia’s A330-300 plane.
Since then, I’ve started to appreciate those big birds, majestically flying in the sky.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
(Jump shots! Top: Bagets at Passig Islet, Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of Jerome Baluyut. Bottom: Couchsurfers at Kaputian Public Beach Park, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte. Photo courtesy of Edgar Yap.)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
We used to eat together, sleep together and be together… just the two of us. Everything seemed perfect; my world revolved around her. I just love everything about Lexie - her tantalizing eyes, her sweet smile and her soft lips. God knows how much I love her.
It was until I woke up on a cold and rainy Monday morning of October. I was all alone in my bed. I stared at the ceiling, thinking of what to do next. And then it dawned on me - it was just a dream, just a dream… or so I thought. Ever since the day she left, my life has been a routine one. I keep on doing the same things over and over again. And frankly speaking, I’ve lost my drive to do something new and exciting.
Work was suspended due to bad weather. After finishing my coffee, I went to the drawer and looked for my passbook. While rummaging my drawer, I dropped something on the hardwood floor. It was an unopened envelope from Lexie dated back three years ago.
(MassKara Festival of Bacolod City, Philippines. Photo by –hbm-)
I opened the envelope and read her letter. It brought back those bittersweet memories of us.
Monday, September 5, 2011
The April sun shone brightly as I climbed down the stairs connected from an Airbus A320-200 plane and walked to the tarmac of Iloilo Airport. While waiting for my cousin, I took a deep breath and welcomed the Ilonggo air to my system.
Finally, Iloilo na guid!
Like any other modern airports in the country, we had a long walk from the tarmac to the the arrival hall. My tita was already there, waiting for us.
(Ted’s Special La Paz Batchoy. Photo courtesy of efrenefren)
It was a long drive from Iloilo Airport to the city proper. We had the usual kamustahan stuff for a minute or two, then dead silence.
And my aunt knew the reason why.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I was not in mood to do something productive because (i) my earphones got busted; and (ii) there’s a possibility that I may not join the Soccsksargen Tour 3 this coming September.
Dinagyang Festival dancers, photo courtesy of woofoo via Flickr.
I originally planned to sleep at around midnight when Marx sent me a message on Facebook.
It read: Renz, piso fare ng Cebu Pacific!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
(Beautiful Singapore. Photo credit: zoompict of Flickr)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Armed with only Php 1,500, I flew to Manila in search of her soul while braving its chaos.