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

Life Cycle

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He was there when you needed him; and will always be there if you’ll be needing him.

He is there.

Were you there when he needed you? Will you be there if he’ll be needing you?

Are you there?

He sees you,
can you see him?

He passed by;
you walked away.

He’s on the southbound;
found you on the other way around.

He’s into you no matter what;
you’re into someone who hurts you.

He is there, he will always be;
he just found you a life cycle advance.

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

Siklo

Tipikal na Lunes ng umaga. Naligo, hinintay na matuyo ang buhok, nag-ayos. May lakad, pero hindi pa sigurado kung saan tutungo. Pagkabihis, kaunting sipat pa sa salamin at ayos na. Lumabas ng bahay at tumingin-tingin sa kalangitan, mukhang uulan kaya dali-daling naglakad patungo sa ‘di pa malinaw na ruta. Nang medyo nakalalayo na’y isa-isa nang pumatak ang mga sinulid na gawa sa tubig. Kaya pa, kaunting bilis ng lakad lang. Pero tila hindi kaya ng mabilisan, isang bagsak ng nanggagalaiting ulan ang humarang. Lingon sa kaliwa, lingon sa kanan, sa harap, sa likod at sa kung saan pa pwedeng lumingon, ngunit walang matanaw na masisilungan. May puno! ‘Yon, baka pwede roon. Takbo! Subalit kahit ang puno’y nagsabing pasensya na’t ‘di siya makakatulong. Ang tuyong buhok noong una’y parang bagong ligo muli. Sumisingaw ang pabangong kanina’y isinaboy bago umalis. Unti-unti na ring naglalaho ang lotion na ipinahid sa balat kanina. Tagos sa balat ang lamig, animo’y nakailang buhos muli ng baldeng panligo. Wala ni isang taong dumaraan. Ulan. Ulan. Ulan, buhos pa. Mga paa’y nanginginig na sa lamig, bagong sapatos ay pinasok na rin ng tubig. Hinaplos ang basang mukha, luha ba ‘to o ulan? Sabay tingala sa langit…tama na po. Tama na po, babalik na po.

Mr. Unknown

How come you’ve shown without me calling you?
I felt your presence, your goosebumps, your warm arms.
The fast beat of your heart, you were catching your breath behind my me.
I felt like dying on your shoulders.
I’m afraid to lose you again. So please,show your face when I call your unknown name.

Then I woke up.

xxx