Wednesday, December 1, 2010

KORONADAL: Travel to the southern part of the Philippine Archipelago

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This is the venue of the scholarship examination for children of clients in General Santos City and neighboring towns. I was assigned to facilitate the examination. This is my first time on this place at the southern part of the Philippine archipelago.



Monday, November 15, 2010

ONCE A PATH, NOW A DESTINATION

Before, I am only passing through the island of Masbate form my area of assignment Cebu to my hometown in Pili, Camarines Sur. But now its my destination, I have been assigned as a training facility manager here in Masabte City. New people to meet,new place to stay meaning new adjustments to make. I am hoping that my adaptability will be working . I find this place boring but I will try to find ways to make exciting.






Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WITNESSING CULTURAL SHOWCASE OF BANGLADESH

Bangladesh, the first foreign country I visited. Since this is my first trip outside the Philippines, I felt mixed emotions. There was excitement. Although it's not my first time to ride an airplane, I felt very much excited for I am about to experience traveling internationally at last. There was fear. Before the trip we already arranged our itinerary in Bangladesh. We also been briefed on what to do and where to go from NAIA airport to Bangladesh.  Because it's my first time, It's like walking in the dark. Afraid of what might happen if you go a wrong way. There was full of happiness. One advantage of traveling in group is that it boost your confidence. You have someone to talk to if in case no one understand you. So, most of the time we've enjoyed the trip despite of some technical problem we've encountered.  

Friday, July 30, 2010

THE EXPLOITED CAVE OF HINAGDANAN IN BOHOL

Hinagdanan Cave in the town of Dauis, Bohol got its name because of the "Hagdan" or stair built on its narrow but deep entrance. The cave serves as refuge to the Filipino revolutionist during Spanish Era and also a source of water of the locality that time. Now, Hinagdanan is considered as dead cave.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

VISITING IN THE FAMOUS TOWN OF LOBOC IN BOHOL




BOHOL: Two Days Amazing Adventure

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Have you been to Bohol? If not, this post can give you an idea on where to go and what to do in this Amazing Island. Bohol, the 10th largest island in the Philippines, is considered to be one the country's tourist destination. Thousands of tourist from different parts of the world come here every year. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SAMAR-BOHOL: My Travel Path

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Afternoon of July 23, 2010, after a successful training in Maqueda Bay Hotel in Catbalogan City, Samar, I boarded a public utility van (Grand Tours)to Leyte's capital, Tacloban City. I spent a night in the regional office for it's dangerous to travel at night considering the distance and terrain of the area. It takes 2 and a half hours travel from Catbalogan to Tacloban. Five o'clock in the morning when i woke up. 

After packing up my things I went to the Duptours terminal and boarded a coaster( larger than van) to Ormoc city. The coaster departed at around 7 am and we arrived at the pier of Ormoc at around 10:30 am. I immediately bought a ticket but only to know that the latest trip had just left minutes ago and the next trip will be at 1:30 pm. There's nothing I can do but to wait.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

PTEROMECHANOPHOBIA

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Pteromechanophobia, aerophobia or aviophobia anyway you call it, means fear of flying in an aircraft like plane, helicopter, etc. That's what happening to me nowadays. I've been flying for more than 3 years, some people were get used to it if been flying that long, but it's different in my case. Maybe, my mind is too imaginative that I imagine most of the worst scenario of a crashing aircraft. Sudden stop of the engine or engine failure, explosion, plane-wrecking turbulence due to bad weather, human error on landing are some that I imagine every time I'm boarding an airplane. My heart pumps over the normal bps, my hands sweat even with the cold temperature inside, that's what happening to me aboard the aircraft. Strange noises on the plane added work to my heart and lungs. They say that plane crash is a one in million probability, but there's a probability isn't it?Imagine soaring at a speed of 500+ kph, what do you think will be after? I can't imagine! My mind's negative imaginations maybe triggered by some news about plane crashes. For instance, 3 cases of plane crash happened in a month in different countries, how's that?



Truly, it's a miracle if you have survived a plane crash, unlike other land or sea crafts there are more chances of survival. What if you're on that situation? Horrifying screams will be the last you can hear.
Second reason of my fear maybe my family. What will happen to them if I'm gone? I love my family so much that I can't live without them. And last reason maybe "thanatophobia"or fear of death. Most of us do have this, only few doesn't.



I wish I could overcome these fear......





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SAN JUANICO: Bridging People, Places and Cultures

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Constructed in the year 1969, San Juanico Bridge is so far the longest bridge in the Philippines with a total length of 2200m and 41m high. It is considered to be the most beautifully-designed bridge that connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte. Just 11 km away from downtown Tacloban, All vehicles bound for Samar and Bicol are passing the bridge. The bridge was one of the beautiful things that the Marcos regime has done in our country. Before, I only watch this magnificent bridge on books and tv, so I wish I can take a closer look and walk on this bridge from end to end. And that wish came true.
Here I am now, walking on the longest bridge in the country. A bridge  which everybody want to experience walking on it. Especially when you're on the highest part, you will  experience a slight quake every time a vehicle is passing through the bridge.  

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BALUARTE: VIGAN'S HOME OF WILDLIFE


Ten minutes away from downtown of the heritage city of Vigan you can find the zoo known as "BALUARTE"which means territory. The place is said to be owned by the governor of Ilocos Sur, Chavit Singson. Here, you can find different kind of animals from domesticated to endangered species. You can see animals that you can only see on tv or in books. Everyday there is an animal show open for public where audience can play, touch or hold some animals that are presented on the show like bengal tiger, monkeys, parrots, pythons, and others. What's good in here, unlike other zoos, is that entering the place is free of charge, no entrance fee. It is good to know that there are places like these where some of the endangered species are being preserved.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

VIGAN: PRESERVED SPANISH INFLUENCE


In the northern part of the Philippine archipelago on the province of Ilocos Sur, there you found the heritage city of Vigan. In the city,there is a village where you can find buildings, decorations, furnitures and others that were built as early as 1800s. Over a hundred year, the city of Vigan preserved all structures without or minimal repairs so you can witness them as they were built. If you happen to visit the place it's like traveling back during the Spanish era, the time of Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Guardia civil.

Antiques were being sold all over the village along with some "burloloys" or native accesories, old jars, key chain, locally designed t-shirt and many others. You can ride a "Calesa"to go to some other places in the city. Hundred of visitors and tourists visit the place daily.


CATBALOGAN, SAMAR: Eye- Refreshing Sights

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The hot temperature on Catbalogan City brought me to this beautiful unexploited beach, Mayburi Beach. I was in Samar, Catbalogan specifically, for a training. Because of my eagerness to explore every place I go to, I ask my friend there to bring me to beautiful place near the city. He suggested many but some of them were too distant. I had only limited time so I can't go too far. Until we agreed to go to a beach. It's positive for me because of two things. One was to get rid of the heat, cool ourselves in a refreshing sea water with matching hard drinks. And two, explore and capture the beauty of nature in this unfamiliar place.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

CEBU-SAMAR: Another Destination

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CEBU CITY,MAY 26,2010, 1135H.

I'm at the skyliner travel agency buying a ticket for my travel to Samar. There was only one shipping lines that offers a travel to Samar, the Cokaliong shipping. I bought a ticket from Cebu to Calabayog, Samar which will depart at 7pm on the same day at pier 1 of Cebu city. 


I chose to buy the economy one instead of deluxe not because i cant afford it but because i am afraid to stay in the cabin or close part of the ship. I prefer to stay at the open deck because of so many instances that most of the people who died in a a sea accident were the people inside the cabin.


Just like what happened to the passenger of the MV princess of the star tragedy. Most people that were drowned were those who are in the inner part of the vessel because they can not make it to go out easily unlike the people who were on the open deck.




ETA to Samar: 0600H.

Monday, March 15, 2010

BANTAYAN ISLAND: Cool and Relaxing Getaway

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On the northernmost part of the province of Cebu there lies the beautiful Island of Bantayan. It takes 3 hours, more or less, land travel from the city of Cebu to the municipality of Bogo and almost 2 hours travel by sea via ferry boat from Bogo to the Island. White sand beaches are the pride of Bantayan. Dried fish popularly known as "Danggit" and dried squid are some of the main products in the locality.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

KAWASAN FALLS: ONE OF NATURE'S BEST


After a 30 minutes walk in a forest from the highway of the Municipality of Badian, southern part of Cebu, there you find a very awesome place to unwind, the Kawasan Falls. Kawasan is composed of three falls. The  first falls is the one you can see upon entering the place. It is the highest of three. going upward passing the first falls you can find the second falls which is smaller falls. And up a little, there you find the third falls. Your tiredness on your walk will vanished in an instant as you feel the very cold water flowing from the falls.












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