Monday, August 4, 2008
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Monday, May 26, 2008
The volunteers intended to visit Cambulo Elementary School in Banaue to distribute school supplies, bags and shoes to the community. The trek going there approximated 4-5 hours from the town proper of Banaue. This was on the assumption that the trekkers had had previous trekking experience. Dead meat!
We departed Fort Bonifacio Global City at around 430 am last Saturday and we were able to reach Banaue at around past noon since we had several stop-overs along the way. Upon our arrival, we immediately proceeded to the town hall for a courtesy call with the municipal mayor of Banaue. I had my picture taken together with the mayor hoping that he would find me nice and thus give me money or goods. hehe. "There's no harm in trying." Pero wala e.
Our trek to Barangay Cambulo started at around 430pm. Night trekking in Banaue is a test of faith in itself. There was no light along the way (What am I thinking about?) except those from fireflies, occasional lightnings, and flashlights by other trekkers. Actually I thought of bringing a flashlight, but decided to leave it in favor of the tripod. And now that's what you call prioritizing the necessity!
During the middle of the trek, it rained and that was expected. I was wet like Denise Richards in Wild Things because I had no rain gear. I brought 3 jackets but no rain gear. I knew it's going to rain but the thought of carrying a heavy backpack because of rain gear prevailed over me. Crazy or stupid?
Finally, we reached the school at around 930pm, exhausted, tired, consumed, etc. After a brief meeting, we proceeded to the inn to rest. For dinner, we had bacon and longganisa, courtesy of Pampanga's Best. I was so hungry that I ate like I've never eaten before. The way I ate, probably other trekkers thought that I live in the mountains.
The next morning, ice cold water for shower! All I'm thinking during that time was whether to shout or not. Each drop of water was so painful to the skin but I survived! They say that a winner doesn't quit and a quitter doesn't win. And I was able to prove it. It's a war within me and I was able to conquer my fear (of ice cold water). hehe.
The students and the local officials prepared a program for us, probably as manifestation of their gratitude. Peeps, it's not you who should be grateful, but us; Because in a way, you taught us to appreciate the things that we have.
By the way, Rica Peralejo (star of TGIS and Balahibong Pusa) was there as well to shoot an episode for Umagang Kay Ganda. Who am I to refuse her?
After the donation/gift-giving, we trek to Batad before going home. I must say that the terraces of Batad were still beautiful and well-preserved unlike in Banaue. Nature at its finest right there.
But trekking Batad was not without danger; we literally had to catwalk on the narrow pathways and risk falling off to the muds.=p
This is the wall of the terraces.
Walking along further, I noticed some traditional houses as well as modern structures, which I thought doesn't mix well together. I am not against development, but I hope that the new houses that were being built in the terraces may look something like these.
Finally, we were able to reach the Rice Terraces of Batad. Stunning! Sometimes I can't help but to wonder why some of our farmers/fishermen would rather live in the city with no means of livelihood (and sometimes squat in others' land) than to live in the countryside (but at least they have stable jobs).
"Nobody said it's gonna be easy, but it's going to be worth it."
After the picture-taking (this is an essential requisite whenever I go out-of-town), we trek to Tappiya Falls.
Then, we had to trek a few hours again to reach the campsite for lunch. I was so hungry that I heard my stomach running amuck inside. We ate at 3pm.
I saw another first in my lifetime. Seeing about 1000 red hotdogs and brown longganisa in one huge plastic bag might be something of a record. That must be an entry in th Guiness.
Actually I love eating sausages, but seeing sausages in that magnitude gave me a "different" feeling. It's some kind of a massacre, mass murder or genocide. It's very scary for the male species. And another thing, Can you explain to me why sausages are shaped and colored in that manner? Was the inventor of sausages a woman? Was it intended to be reminder for men not to abuse their wives?
Can the Congress ban such kind of foods? Because aside from the fact that it promotes violence, it might breed immorality as well.
The way going home best described the entire trip- adventure! On the way going to Banaue town proper, we rode the Jeepney. For a change, I decided to rode on the rooftop to have a different perspective. I made a quick mental computation. While it's risky, the incremental satisfaction exceeds the incremental fear.
I can't help but to compare life to a jeepney ride- sometimes the road gets bumpy, the rain might fall and you might get bruised, but if you hold on to something that you believe in (like the spare tires or jeep roof) (and God in life), you'll be fine. Inspite of the presence of danger, you'll find peace and bliss and in your heart, and you won't worry even a bit because everything will be fine in the end.
If you want an ordinary ride, the satisfaction is also ordinary but if you want something extraordinary, reach for the top!
While God didn't promise a smooth sailing, He promised a safe landing.
I reached Fort Bonifacio 4am Monday... and went to work at 8am. Work is the break between vacations! Bwiset!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
After we were done with Lakeshore, I requested/begged the group to go to Mexico Church. It's just my personal preference that whenever I go to a certain place, I would visit the church in the area. One wish for me again...but this time, I didn't make a wish because everything is fine with me right now.=p
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
After the pets, I went to check out the rubber shoes in the next street. I was on a store when I saw a guy (aged late 20's based on looks), accompanied by her mom, paying for the shoes he just bought. I presumed that the guy had some disability on his left leg, because he can't walk straight and that his mother was holding his walking cane.
Based on my superior eavesdropping capabilities, I heard that the mother and the salesladies were discussing about therapy of the guy. According to the mother, the guy had undergone a lot of therapy sessions in the past but nothing became successful because the guy won't follow the medications. The mother was smiling but you can notice the sadness in her eyes. Her eyes communicated something contrary to her smile.
I remember when I was still a kid, my mom would always accompany me whenever I want/need to buy a pair of shoes. Mothers don't get bored if the time is spent with the kids or the things to be purchased are for their littleones.
The guy not only didn't thank his mother, he even asked his mother to carry his walking cane as they exit the store. The mother is old, and already exhausted after buying the shoes. The minimum the he could have done was to hug/kiss his mom in front us.
A few days from now is Mothers' Day. To all the mothers in the world, I salute you! You work 24/7, not properly compensated and don't even complain.
Happy Mother's day to the best mother in the world, my mom! I love you mom!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I was a little disappointed with MOP probably because I had high expectations with the place. Considering that the Philippines is the center of marine biodiversity of the world, I wondered why the marine animals in MOP are only ordinary. For me, some of the pet shops in Cartimar are even better than this place! With all the funds that they have, they could even buy all the pet shops in Cartimar. I hope they would improve their facilities, including the airconditioning. Tsk tsk.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The only attraction that I enjoyed was the LUGE (pronounced luj). Here is the picture.
I had so much fun in the Luge that I didn't notice that I lost my cellphone. Bad trip! It has witnessed my ups and downs for the last 2 years. Why does bad things always happen to good people? Here is my picture after I realized that I lost my phone...like naluge. From Luge to luge.
After I was satisfied with the pictures, a Muslim brother approached me to discuss about Islam. I readily agreed to have a coversation with him. We talked about a few things about Islam like the reason why they don't have any statutues, images inside the Mosques, that they believe in Old and New Testament, Muhammad etc.
There's not much difference between Islam, Judaism and Christianity I believe. The basic premise is that all believe in one God.
By the way, I borrowed a white cap for pictures sake, risking to have dandruff.
Monday, April 21, 2008
When I turned, I was confronted with 2 ironies. First, The culprit was a girl (but looked like a guy); Second, she gave me a look with the intention to traumatize me. She probably thought that my lower back molested her fist. Are you kidding me?How could a lower back deflower a closed fist? Confronted with similar situations, there's not much you can do except to understand. Maybe her mother was so fond of eating dilis (small fish) during her pregnancy.
Here is a picture of dilis.
Anyway, since I'm kind, I decided to forget.
"To the good, I'm good; to the bad, I'm good. For kindness is a virtue." - Lao Tzu
Sunday, April 20, 2008
2. How much? It's 1 teti. (Hindi po bastos yan, 1 dollar and thirty cents lang.)
3. Do you want to eat pinuputa? (Hindi po yan ung babaeng for hire...pineapple tart)
4. Kapa (paradahan ng sasakyan...carpark)
5. tex auditor (buwis po ang inoodit ko, hindi na po ako nagtetex.)
6. Cali (hind po beer yan, ito ung sauce na maanghang...ex Chicken Curry)
7. Popeye (Bye bye)
8. Do you have kets? (wala po akong leprosy...cats wala rin)
9. lemong (lemon)
10. Eng (Ng)
Friday, April 18, 2008
1. Dura Lex Sed Lex (The law is hard, but it's the law) (You can substitute "law" for other hard things and make another Latin quote)
2. Do ut facias (I'll give so you may do) (Is this what rich people in ancient times say to their "hired workers?")
3. Ignorantia Legis Neninem Excusat (Ignorance of the law excuses no one)
4. Injuria non excusat injuriam (One wrong does not justify another)
5. Nemo dat quod non habit. (One cannot grant what one does not have) (True!)
6. Acta exteriora iudicant interiora secreta. (Outward acts indicate the inward intent) (Bastos!)
7. Mala iter itineris (Badtrip!)
8.Vox Populi Vox Dei (The voice of the people is the voice of God)
9. Ut in omnia glorificetur Deus (That in all things, God may be glorified)
10. Nunc Et Semper Te Valde Amabo (I will love you very much now and forever)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
2. Palawan (Coron, Puerto Princesa etc.)
3. Bicol (Mayon Volcano, Butanding encounter, Our Lady of Penafrancia)
4. Quezon (Banahaw, Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center)
5. Tarlac (Shrine of True Cross)
6. Zambales (Capones Island, Anawangin Cove etc.)
7. Banaue Rice Terraces (All my pics here were accidentally deleted; I just have to go back!)
8. Ilocos Norte (Pagudpud, Windmills, Lighthouse, Paoay Church etc.)
10. Spratlys (I'll bring Chinese and Philippine Flags!)
1. What is right must be kept right, what is wrong must be set right- Sen. Panfilo Lacson
2. The law applies to all; otherwise none at all- Mayor Alfredo Lim
3. Ang bangang maingay walang laman.-FPJ
4. I am sorry.- GMA
5. Moderate your greed.- Jun Lozada
6. Don't do to others what you don't want others do unto you-Confucious
7. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. - Buddha
8. Nothing is impossible to him who believes.- Jesus Christ
9. Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.- Pope John Paul II
10. God made life to be a journey, it's our job to make it an adventure.- Kenneth Ng