Five Hours Late From Home

A desert-heat of 42°C temperature is making me think that I wish I was in the Philippines. It’s hot there but not like this humid and irritating feeling.

I wish I was on the beach just few meters away from our backyard.

Cut to, my younger brother sent me some of his photos while enjoying the dry season or commonly called as summer the way we do it when we were younger, swimming! I miss this place where we enjoy beach-ing and playing during the season, and even some months of wet season. We don’t care how tanned we are as long as we make the best vacation not out of town but just few meters out of our house.

Our place is all-in-all 13-hour bus ride from Manila to San Bartolome in Santa Magdalena, Sorsogon in Bicol region. During dry season its descendants always come home to enjoy our very own little sanctuary, especially during the months of April-June.

I wanna share some of my brother’s photos here. 🙂

This particular area in the vast of the sea is one of my favorites. There this big rock in the middle where we climb into and then jump or dive to, as you can see in the picture, the very clear and clean seawater. That’s why it’s not my dream to go to Boracay.

If some summer destinations in the Philippines are now popular because of its sandbars, we have our own too. Though it’s not a sandbar but a seaweed and coral bar as I may want to call it. Like sandbars, it only shows up when it’s low tide, which is usually in the afternoon.

Still, it’s so hot in here but I would love if it’s the tag-init heat in the Philippines, in my hometown. I wouldn’t care if I get sunburn or whatever. Let me finish what has to be finished here and I will surely plunge into the sea as long as I want and sun bathe until I am tanned again.

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Meeting The Stripes and Your Highness

For my first travel out of town this year, I remember going to Palawan. I went there for work but I really enjoyed a lot, especially because of the first-hand encounter with giraffes and zebras! Yes! Lots of them in Calauit Safari Park in Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan. It is a wildlife reserve wherein we can see animals came from Africa, specifically from Kenya.

It was in the time of President Ferdinand Marcos that those animals were brought here to support then Kenyan President in preserving their animals from the wild. And there, until now we can visit and meet them eye-to-eye; the giraffes and zebras, and some other more in this island.

DAY 1, January 28, 2014: Travel from Manila to Puerto Princesa

Take off

(c) Around 6PM. Fly off Manila to Puerto Princesa.

DAY 2, January 29, 2014: Travel from El Nido to Coron

El Nido to Coron.

(c) 8:30AM. 10-hour whirling boat ride from El Nido to Coron.

DAY 3, January 30, 2014: Travel from Coron to Calauit, Busuanga

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(c) Rocky road to the Safari

10-minute bangka ride to the Safari's doorway. January 30, 7:41AM.

(c) 7:41AM. 10-minute bangka ride to the Safari’s doorway.

Morning sunshine from the doorway to the Safari. January 30, 7:57AM

(c) 7:57AM. Morning sunshine from the doorway to the Safari.

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(c) Itchy feet, wanna see those giraffes and zebras.

                   Day 1 at the SAFARI

Love at first stripes. January 30, 9:15AM

(c) 9:15AM. Love at first stripes.

Selfie.

(c) Selfie.

Closest encounter.

(c) Closest encounter.

Feed them. Rare close encounter with the Calamian deer.

(c) Feed them. Rare close encounter with the Calamian deer.

Fig tree in the middle

(c) Fig tree in the middle

Grass for the striped.

(c) Grass for the striped.

There they came Your HIghness. january 30, around 6PM

(c) 6PM. There they came, Your HIghness.

Safari. January 30, SUNSET

(c) SUNSET. Safari.

DAY 4, January 31, 2014: Day 2 at the SAFARI  Morning

Selfie with Your Highness! Jauary 31, 8AM

(c) 8AM. Selfie with Your Highness!

Into the wild.

(c) Into the wild.

Afternoon came and we were bound to Manila. More than the stress and tireless travel, I have enjoyed the trip. It was my first time to encounter these animals that we thought are wild, but the truth is… they’re endangered. I have loved more the wild and everything in it.

I lost the job that gave me the opportunity to travel a lot. But I promised myself that this will not stop me from travelling more place and capture memories through photographs.

Ready for the next travel!

xxx

It’s Okay, That’s Love: To The Mountains And Back

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If meeting face to face and cheeks to cheeks the Mother Nature would be a punishment, I would be glad to be punished every now and then.

I am a sinner but the trees; its roots to its leaves and its flowers, are not.

I am a sinner but the birds; its beak to its claws and wings, are not.

I am a sinner but the wind; be it’s mild or strong, are not.

I am a sinner but the flowing waters; from the moutains to the rivers to our mouths, are not.

I am a sinner but the worms, snakes, ants and spiders; they might hurt us, but they are not.

I am a sinner but the logs from dead trees; we may bump onto them and might hurt us, but they are not.

I am a sinner but the mountains; it may have steep and muddy trail, be it rocky and grassy, to its peaks, they are not.

I am a sinner but the nature tells, it’s okay.

We can be happy, we can be sad and be hurt again and again.

The wind, the trees, the mountains, and the rivers are there to slap our face.

I am a sinner and I know love.

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xxx

Of Korean Food, Kenshin, and My Sister

August 31, 2014, Sunday

My sister is in town! She’s on a two-week educational tour with her co-Civil Engineering 5th year batchmates (OMG she’s graduating next year!) Dayoff daw nila kasi Sunday.

Meanwhile, I was accidentally bumped by a bike while on my way to fetching her in the morning along General Luna St. in Paco, Manila, just near my sister’s hotel. Gosh! Kuya was not paying attention! Well there, I got pasa in my left arm and a dirt on my pants too. Nasangga ko siya ng left arm ko kaya ayon, buti hindi ako natumba sa kalsada.

Well anyway, I got my sister. I brought her to Sacred Heart and we went to church for Sunday mass. And then…the highlight! We ate in a Korean resto near Tomas Morato. She was so busog that I ate all the samgyeopsal in the end, bawal magtira eat-all-you-can kasi. Haha.

Korean it is.

Korean it is.Pigging out.Pigging out.

Samgyeopsal is best partnered with kimchi and soy paste plus sesame oil wrapped in lettuce.

Samgyeopsal is best partnered with kimchi and soy paste plus sesame oil wrapped in lettuce.

After we ate, we went to my apartment to change clothes and to rest for a while. Medyo nangamoy samgyeopsal kami. Hehe.

Bonding with 라락 여동생. :)

Bonding with 라락 여동생. 🙂

We watched Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Oh my God! I love the lips of Battosai Himura! Doon talaga ako nakatingin all the time. Haha! The movie was great of its kind, obviously hindi pa siya tapos. May love story pa at marami pang fight scenes. 🙂

"I will be a wanderer."

“I will be a wanderer.”

At the end of the day, nakakangalay sumakay sa LRT at MRT. Nakatayo kami all the time…hay. But still, it was an unforgettable bonding moment with my sister. 🙂 Fulfilling kahit na butas bulsa ko after. Lol!

Lalak wrapping samgyeopsal and kimchi in lettuce leaf.

Lalak wrapping samgyeopsal and kimchi in lettuce leaf.

xxx