A summer to remember


After counting a zillion sheep and giving up the count.  Here I am running photos looking for a possible #throwbackthursday photo and ended up reliving the summer that hadn’t finish yet but missing it already.  So here is my #dramamonday meme “A summer to remember.”  This not about summer fling, haler, you know we don’t do fling.  We’re serious kind of creature.

 4 girls

2 plane rides

6 ferry rides

5 islands

4 accommodation

in 5 days

…….and zillions of photos

The idea was a product of “we think we’re getting old”, things will never be the same after this year and the sudden drift to cross somewhere in the middle eastern Asian country of one us.  And, may I add the absence of the usual travel we normally had from last year.  After ditching the usual Cebu-Bohol we came up with idea of Cebu-Dumaguete-Siquijor-Bohol-Cebu.

                                                                        “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go.  Travel for travels sake.The great affair is to move.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

It not about the place but the experience, we want to see all the five places but our major concern was the experience the learnings and the discovery.  We didn’t have the usual 9-5 jobs, we have no weekend off, we are not acquainted with long weekend nor long holidays.  We are working in a stressful, destroyed body clock hospital life.  Vacation Leave are very special, well second to pay day.  Rest and respite are a must for us or else we had delivered the “I tender my resignation” piece and enjoy the unemployment world.  But, I know many had raised their eyebrows for the ferry rides and the places in a very limited time,  many of you maybe will say that we had just waste out time and money spending most of the time in the middle of the ocean hopping to places to places. But hey, who cares we travel for travels sake. My favorite part of vacation is the idle moment of knowing nothing just a the mere anticipation of finally set foot to a new place, a time when you are in the most spacious moment letting thoughts run through your senses and think things through.

“One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.” -Edith Wharton

And in a place where hospitality is just a normal thing it is very easy, so easy, very effortless.  And in all 5 places we visited the many people we meet from the fast and fleeting encounter  to the people we shared stories and bottles of I don’t remember how many, to the people who lend a short smiles, they never failed us.  Filipino hospitality will never ever really fail and I’m so proud to belong.  I’m hashtagging #prouldlypinoy.  Thank you to all the Casa Miranda peepz and to Martin who offered the lost Tuna but it was redemmed, thank you.  To Matthew for a great night at Hayahay.  To the Seaview point  and Poro point ladies and gentlemen for being nice and accommodating, thank you. To all the strangers who entertain our questions regarding directions, thank you. It is really true that we should not be afraid because there are a lot of strangers who are always willing to help and willing to save you from all the distresses of your life.  Sorry for too much acknowledgement.

Looking for a nice, comfy, cheap and unforgettable stay at Siquijor call CASA MIRANDA if they have a spare room at this number  : 09059430536/09179106995

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And for Camotes (laidback) island accomodation: Seaview Pension House call Ms. Ruda at this number 09057552398, the pension is located at Poro point so you have to take the Super Shuttle ferry for convenience.  The Pension is located far from the beaches but the place is cheap, quiet and somewhat like a home away from home.

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Don’t forget to try the gastronomic barbecue “ala Camotes Island”

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When we are doing the itinerary we find it hard looking for cheap accommodation so here’s my recommendation and just a piece of advice sometimes ditch the high end, well advertise accommodation after  all you will only sleep for less than four hours there plus the fact the you will be drunk on your stay so don’t spent too much on accommodation (just a friendly, unsolicited advice) fellow.  But is still up on you, anyway, its your vacation and its your money.

Summer will soon be over but never let every summer passed without kissing the sun.  We still have time have some summer moment, sail away to the great harbor or be a little adventurous or suicidal. After all,  “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Chinese proverb

List: Changing for a better you


“people change” my friends favorite line after coming home from our trip this past week.

Everyone feels like a fresh start at times. Change is easy but knowing where to start is the hard part. Here’s a list of pointers.

1. reflect

Make a wishlist or bucketlist or a  “if you had one day to live” list. Mull over your thoughts.   Take one hour moment of reassessment, do some root cause analysis over a cup of tea. Reassess your financial status- overspending, savings, credit balance.  Prioritize things according which is much needed.  Go over the past day and review.

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2. refresh

Slow down a little, avoid an overloaded life, keep a moment of giving a full attention to your breathing. Break some routine, try something new, seize the moment and appreciate all your blessings.   Relax. Everybody deserves a break. Take some moment of silence and be comfortable by hearing only your breath. calm down, inhale, exhale.

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3. resolve

Always be motivated by your resolutions keep it realistic and practical. It should always come from the heart and not from the expectation those around you.  Break away from the old habit, from the not so better old you. Embrace your eccentricities, show off your kooky side.  Why not switch the introvert you to an extrovert or at least an ambivert.

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4. relate

Talk it over. Don’t harbor your feelings. Give problems a chance to be fixed, acknowledge it, voice it out, express your thoughts.  Lessen the load of household chores by sharing, too much housework can be dreary and depressing.  Socialize, I mean don’t sit all day rolling your facebook and twitter timeline, go out and have fun, let strangers and friends know you.

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5.reinvent

Make some radical change on your self, lifestyle, ways. Make your better or maybe a bolder you. New hairstyle or a new point of view.  Have some fitness routine like running, boxing or swimming.  Unleash the wanderlust in you, pack your bag and run away from the hassle and bustle of the city life.  Try new things.  Give change a chance to be discovered.

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why do we need to kick a bucket?


What’s with bucket list? Why I have it and why a lot of scribble for those, where did it originate, why it has been trending on my mind, in the minds of a lot people I know.  Tell me what is with bucket list.  And, if we did kick those what will happened after?

According to sendoff bucket is a slang term that refers to dying and a lot more theories for that but just like many other epic stories there is no documentation found for that.  Well, anyway so what will happened after checking each bucket list?  There maybe nothing just the adrenaline and the happiness or maybe sort of fulfillment. After running down the memories of those crazy things for the sake of bucketlist and running down on my timeline, this is what I found.

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itinerary: Central Visayas invasion


ITINERARY

Feb. 17 (Sunday)

Manila (MNL), Philippines, PH
Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 04:00
Cebu (CEB), Philippines, PH
Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 05:20
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Fare Basis Code: PFRT
Booking Class: P
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  • NAIA2         2am            Check in

4am            Departure time

  • Cebu city

520am        Arrival time

Ride a jeep going to Ogon, visit the church ride a ferry and then a jeep going to Sto. Nino Cathedral

7am ride a taxi going to South Central Bus Terminal

Option 1:Ceres Bus Line (Bus-Ferry-Bus) – 4 to 5 hours / P300+

Go to the South Bus Terminal in Cebu and take Ceres Liner Bus directly to Dumaguete.

Cebu – Dumaguete Ceres Bus Schedule

  • Non Aircon – 06:00, 07:10
  • Aircon – 07:30 (Air con), 10:00 (Air con), 13:00 (air con), 15:00 (Air con), 18:45  (Air con)

Option 2:Via Liloan / Port (Van– Fastcraft-Bus) –4 to 5 hours / P250-P300

A bit cheaper and a faster option than going direct via Ceres Bus but is only recommended for passengers who are traveling light. Go to South Bus Terminal in Cebu and take a bus or van (V-hire) to Liloan Port. Then from there, take a fastcraft / pumpboat (motorized outrigger), to Sibulan Port. From the highway, ride a bus to Dumaguete City. There are buses / fastcrafts / pumpboats leaving every hour. Total fare is around P250-P300.

 

 

  • Dumaguete City

 

Accomodation: HOTEL CAMILA

L. Oriente Bldg., Real St. (near cor Silliman Ave), Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines 6200

(799/room)(200/person)

#09228590388

c/o Sir George

Dine at          :  Mel’s Café – 2nd floor, UTH Bldg. Sta. Catalina St. (near Matiao Gasul) Operating hours: MMon-Sat: 11:00am – 8:00pm; Budget: Php 30 up

Jutz Café -Sta. Catalina St. (just across FoodNet), a block away from the famous Rizal Blvd. Budget: Php100 up

                     Kalikaf – Al Fresco dining area, Robinson Mall Dumaguete (across Go Hotels), Operating hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm; Budget: Php 150 up

                    Qyosko 24 – Along Sta. Rosa Street, Store hours: Mondays to Saturdays, Open 24 hours, Budget: Php70 up

                    Sanrival Bistro – San Jose St. corner Rizal Ave, facing Rizal boulevard, Operating hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00am – 11:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 10:00am-12:00mn Budget: Php 150 up

                    Hayahay treehouse and view deck resto– for booze

 

Places to see  :     NEBAS 

                                  Old Cathedral

Rizal blvd.

Siliman University

Feb. 18 (Monday)

  • Dumaguete City

6am ride a ferry going to Siquijor

Time of ferry boat (Dumaguete to Siquijor) 160php+15php terminal fee

GL shipping lines: 5:45am 09158911426

Delta Fast Ferries: 9:00am 09175323588

180-220php + 15php for terminal fee

Accomodation    : Casa Miranda

                                   09059430536/09179106995

300/room (150each)

Places to see   : Joseph (09069534204) Tour guide

                            1,000php (250 each)

                            400php  port transfer

*San Isidro Labrador Parish, one of the few remaining Baroque Churches in the Philippines, and a candidate for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

*Cambugahay Falls

*Salagdoong Forest

* Beach in Barangay Olang

 

Feb. 19 (Tuesday) Siquijor to Tagbilaran (4 hrs)

6am: via Ocean jet (800php)

Accom

                        Places to see :

  • Visit the old St. Peter’s Church, museum and bell tower of Loboc
  • Dine in the floating restaurants of Loboc River (P250.00 per person)
  • See the small Busay Falls at the end of the river
  • Pose for a photo in the traditional hanging bridge
  • See the unfinished bridge near the church
  • Hear the Loboc Children’s Choir during a mass at St. Peter’s Church
  • See the tarsiers, one of the the world’s smallest primate
  • Go to the nearby Chocolate Hills, Hinagdanan Cave, man made forest and Blood Compact Shrine
  • Visit other old churches in Baclayon and other towns of Bohol
  • Swim in the white sand beaches of Panglao Island
  • Dive and snorkel in the nearby diving sites of Anda, Pamilacan, Cabilao, Panglao and Balicasag
  • Whale and Dolphin watching in Pamilacan Island

 

Feb. 20 (Wednesday) Tagbilaran to Cebu City (2hr)

To Cebu City Center by Jeepney

This trip requires three steps:

  1. Take the yellow multi-cab (similar to Jeepney) in front of the Departure Hall to the “Save More” supermarket at the highway. It is a very short ride of about 5 to 10 minutes. PHP 8.
  2. Take a Jeepney on the highway to the “Park Mall” shopping mall (e.g. line 23 – to be confirmed). To reach the highway, you continue walking for ca. 30 meters in the direction the multicab from 1. was driving, then, you cross the highway. About PHP 10.
  3. Take any Jeepney that brings you to the city center (e.g. line 01K, which goes via the North Bus Terminal to Colon Street). PHP 8.

Note: The whole journey takes quite a lot of time. It is not known, whether you can do this trip with (a lot of) luggage as space in the Jeepneys is very limited and it can get very crowded. A smaller backpack was fine, though.

From Cebu City, catch a multicab or bus going or passing in Danao. Travel time usually takes an hour. Fare is less than P30.

In Danao Port, ride a public boat to Camotes. Boats from here usually go to Port of Consuelo, in the town of San Francisco, Pacijan Island. The boat ride is approximately two (2) for P180.00. In the port, there are multicabs and motorbikes (habal-habal) that offer hotel transfer for P50.00 per passenger.

Jomalia Shipping 8:30 am Consuelo Port

Super Shuttle ferry 1pm Poro Port

Accomodation: Seaview Pension House

Poro, Camotes Island

09057552398

800php/room (200php each) clo Ms. Ruda

           Places to see:300-500php/motorcycle (250phpeach)          

 

 *Bakhaw beach

*Timubo cave

*Cliff Jumping at Buho Rock

*Lake Danao

*Mangodlong beach

*Underground cave

*Santiago Bay

 

 

 

Feb. 21 (Thursday)

9am Poro-Danao

12nn Danao-Cebu City

1pm Cebu city

Lunch at:

           Places to go:

           8pm check in time at Mactan Airport

10pm Departure L

Cebu (CEB), Philippines, PH
Thu, 21 Feb 2013, 22:00
Manila (MNL), Philippines, PH
Thu, 21 Feb 2013, 23:15
PR   866
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by: Marela Bien, Geh Revilla, Joy Natividad and yours truly

notes and thoughts


On my way home last Wednesday after getting stuck in the The Medical City because of the heavy rain, floods and understaffed.  I was very excited that day I even wanted to already go home early of that morning but my OIC keep pleading on us to duty because there is no one but us she can rely and because patients should always be on the center stage, we go even with so much longing to feel our bed and even with dizziness, we still go on and continue with our AM shift.  
When I am about to go home at 3pm the rain starts to pour hard again that made EDSA a huge parking lot with continuation to Quezon City hall.  It was a four (more or less) travel time.  I wanted to cry not just because I miss home so much but because my urinary bladder is about to explode but then I realized I have no right.  I have no right to fret, I have no right to complain.  And, the men who made me realized this are the bus driver, the conductors and the Navy man standing in front of me.  I stayed three days inside the hospital to do my duty and to cover the duties of those who wasn’t able to cross , I get paid to it, I was given a free meal, although I was not given a hot shower for my tired body I am inside an air condition facility which will not make sweat.  But the driver and the conductor they will not earn the money they used to earn on usual days.  They even joked about it while findings means to survive, they were planning to catch frogs, thinking of borrowing money to their boss, even wildly thinking of applying on “riding on tandem” but of course they were just joking.  I firmly believe they were just joking.  The other man is the man in army uniform, if my ears heard it right he’s from Navy and he is heading to Tandang Sora to rescue.  Because the (intrigerong) conductor kept asking questions we knew that the gentleman haven’t eaten and slept since yesterday.  After rescuing the people from Cainta they were rescuing people from Tandang Sora on that day.  So, hail to all the rescuers they have the most fulfilling job in the world.  They were indeed at our service across the land, in the name of Honor, duty and Valor and always in the first force.  
Home is where the heart is but to these days I guess home is where the heart breaks.  When I was working for the second day a colleagues told me that there was a landslide in Commonwealth and my stigma made me dialed our number and ask them if how are they at home.  I know it is so impossible to have landslide to where we live and even far to be flooded and I thank God for it but I just don’t know maybe the first thing that will come to your mind when you think about tragedy is family, is home. Thank God that we are all okey and safe. The landslide that took away the whole family of the father and left him all alone.  The tragedy that took away their home and broke his heart to little pieces. I know up to this night many were still on evacuation sites finding a temporary home, recovering and putting up the pieces of the broken heart. 
I know a lot of us still on recovering stage-recovering from  the massive stress, recovering from floods, recovering our houses from mud and recovering from all sorts of recovery.  As we recover let us all remember that tougher nights are about to come but we will live for as long as we hold on to our super power and that is HOPE.  And as we hum this Kelly Clarkson song “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, let us invite good vibes and pray for the speedy recovery of our nation especially those who had the most destruction.  Always remember that despite what Metro Manila had been trough we still owe God a lot and take this challenge as a major call to clean our drainage, to reuse, recycle and reduce. 

photo credit: paulina celis

Can we just please set aside our personal issues and think how lucky we are.  Let us set aside petty love life issue, unhealthy cravings and selfishness and give to those who are in need, I didn’t mean materials things help could also be in the form of prayers.  

This has been Liza tapping myself to realized.

 

 

 

 

Quick press just to say HBD


And because birthdays will always be special I’m making this quick press just to say Happy Birthday to the man I always fanatasize….charrr

And this is my gift for you….

charan!

Joke lang….

ito talga yun…

o di ba ang effort, parang project lang nung highschool…
But, seriously looking at those Facebook pictures made me miss you on this rainy day (parang LDR love affair lang)…  Yung mga times na 24 hrs kang nasa twitter.  Yung Greenhills moment natin o ako lang yata ang nag moment nun, yung so Happy horse and red horse..  Tubig at hopia moment sa upuan ng teriyaki boy. Yung hikbi moment mo sa Sacred heart ng gate nyo at nung nahuli tayo ni Manong guard sa basement makapgyosi lang.  At ang maraming maraming tawa and di masyadong halatang serious moments natin.  At syempre ang drama na…hehehehe

I miss you Toni and the long coffee talk and that big big smile.  Happy Birthday!

 

PNR and the thoughts



It was the 6:30 pm Bicol express to Naga ride that we took, It was 5pm when we got at the Tutuban terminal station, very hungry and very excited as well.  I have all the anticipation on my mind, of how will it feel, how will it be and never minding about the safety despite our colleagues jokes about train ride.  Until, finally the personnel start the call for the passenger and (as we wish) someone offered us help as a porter for the boxes and the bags that we have.  Then it came, finally I will now experience a long train ride.

Even before the driver start the engine we already open the bucket of chicken and start eating, we haven’t eaten the whole day due to cramming packing and maybe (for my self) adrenaline ranging. So, there it us looking like children deprived of food.

KFC and train dinner

After sharing our thoughts about the train, the outpouring of blessing from our colleagues, friends and family for the outreach and the thoughts of pushing this through even in the absence of a defined plan and even without serious conversation about this so called (as our friends named it) “singles with a cause”.  It still (thank God!) happened.

As my friends get on with their respective bed and I decided to squeeze in Franz bed assume that like them will be able to doze off but apparently, sleep didn’t recognized my wasted body, mind and soul.  I tried it hard, watch a movie (courtesy of Marela’s laptop) listen to music, pray and even drained my mind, sleep still ignores me.  After turning around in Franz free space, find the position, even the right angle just to sleep I already gave up, I stand on the bed, pull the flip chair located at the walkway of the train, borrowed Crystal’s book “the unbearable lightness of the being and just plug in the earphones, read and guard them on their sleep.

thanks Marela for the photo grab without permission

Then suddenly I realized Crystal had the same dilemma, I was not alone.  Crystal went up of her bed and talk to me about the book, travel, philosophy, reasons, life and about PNR. We even made an issue (as we usually do) about the train being just a second hand thing from Japan (as we guess), that well I guess Philippine can only afford a used thing. Comment about the creepy trains stop over, about the smell of the cabin, talk about the late comedy king Dolphy and the life along the Riles. Naiitindihan ko na kung bakit sila nambabato, sa ingay ba nman ng tren mapapasigaw ka talga ng “kung ayaw nyong matulog, magpatulog kayo” tapos may yanig factor pa. Sad to say that Filipinos and all its tax payers deserved what is best not just better because we pay taxes, pay for the ride and also pay for a lot of extra fee.  PNR, terminals is not just the issue there are a lot actually including best settlement area for Filipino people.  Everybody deserves a safe, comfortable shelter as our basic necessity.

Coffee break…..

It’s 4 o’clock in the morning already then I ask again the train police if where we are, I forgot the name but it was in Bicol area already, Marela said half way through Malilipot and ask if he saw manong who sell coffee then he look for him.

presenting “Manong” and his shaky cafe

I wondered if “Manong” rides the train 24 hours back in forth Manila-Bicol-Manila.  I forgot to ask because my mind is loaded with hesitation to ask Mr. Train police if we can see the driver’s train and witnessed the Bicol Sunrise in full glimpse.  If I was able to ask I actually did but Mr. Train officer declined my curious thoughts.

coffeeing and sneezing

After drinking coffee I had the chance to sleep or lets just call it power nap.

It’s 7am when we got at Naga Terminal, a little bit late but it’s okay.

our cabin and my TMC visitor sticker (forgot to remove)

Naga Terminal and my glimpse of good morning Bicol  (my longest train ride so far and farthest Luzon South travel)

Rise and Shine Bicol version

If Train or bus ride? In terms of comfortability I’d go for trains, when you want to get rid of stiff neck hop the next train ride but if you are the kind of person very sensitive to noise well train ride is not for you.  The ticket fee is almost the same.  On train ride we spent 13 hours more or less, we depart at Tutuban station at 7pm we arrived at Naga terminal 7 am or 7:30am while when we took the bus going back we depart at Tabaco at 8am we arrived at Cubao 11pm.  So you choose, which do you prefer.  In Bus ride you have a lot of stop over plus a bonus stiff neck while in train ride you don’t have very little stop over, CR is already available inside the train, you can sleep lying down position but with free annoying signal horn sound and thousands of allergens to make you sneeze.

And the things I realized while cursing sleep for ignoring me is in cherish every chances of solitude.  It is not a bad idea having taking train ride going to places you have never been as one of your bucketlist.  Forget the world for just one moment, drift without being afraid of not coming back.   This whole vacation made me forget about work, home and Manila, this is one of the vacation I will really cherished.  Thanks Marela and thanks for the hospitality of your family, you made us all feel on a vacation plus plus thank you for a yummy three times a meal.  It is indeed an adventure to cherish and a vacation to remember.

If only the  railways could talk.  PNR has been there ever since the time of Rizal, it has been through world wars, revolution, a lot of typhoons and volcanic eruptions.  It has its fair share of history and story.  It remain still despite the many hardship the Philippine had been through.  I just wish that its service will continue up to my futures “apo’s” adventure.  I just wished that PNR mattresses and cabin will kept maintained and clean and hygienic.  I wish that they will allocate budget for Lysol or any disinfectant spray.  You’ll never know high end traveler might consider train ride on their next vacation.

This has been Liza looking forward for another long train ride, through Russia with the changing of timeline while on a train ride.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple


In aura purple indicate spiritual thoughts, it is not a strong point according to this link but it indicate right reasoning, higher purpose, being right and spiritual awareness. Well, I just want to share, don’t ask me your aura I don’t know how to read, Madame Auring haven’t hand me down her super powers yet.  Anyway, purple is a combination of red and blue (if my memory of color wheel feeds me right) and a favorite color of many. It is said that purple was a favorite color of Cleopatra while Leonardo da Vinci believed meditating in a lavender or purple-colored light was improved by a factor of 10.

Purple represents nobility, abundance, and dignity. It is very soothing and calming and is often related to intuition and spirituality.

That’s my fair share of purple, I know you own something purple.

This has been liza and her thirsty thoughts dreaming of a purple hair for the future.

This little island called “isla”


When we were asked by Marela’s grandmother to where we want to give the school supplies, to “isla” which is obviously an island or to “putok Mayon” a place located at the bottom of the famous and beautiful Mayon Volcano we actually can’t decide and just leave the decision to her grandmother.  After thinking it through we decided to bring the school supplies to “putok Mayon” since they only have school their unlike in “Isla” they have two school but before the day of the school supplies giving day her grandmother “Mammy” decided to change plan and give the school goodies to “Isla”, I think  they consider our sense of adventure.

at their VIP table, yes! feeling VIP

                      ***Mrs. Amparo Bien is a former vice Mayor of Malilipot, Albay and is still active with social works even at 74.  Still very groovy and always on the go.

Fast forward to the day itself….

The Bacacay port is half an hour away from Sta. Theresa while the island is more or less 30 minutes boat ride from the port.  The “Isla” is actually San Antonio Santicon Island, one of the baranggay in the Municipality of Malilipot, Albay and is included in Luzon group of island.  An Island where beautiful and famous Mt. Mayon and another famous Mt. Isarog is overlooking, a small island hidden from the off beaten path of the tourist.  An exit and entry point of typhoons that goes in and out of our archipelago.  A place where struggles, hopes and dreams remain unchanged.

Bacacay Port

Bacacay port is the entry point to San Antonio Island and other islands like Pinamuntugan Island.  Thanks to google for all this facts, I hope I googled it right. hahahaha.  When we go to places we researched but for this we leave it all to Marela.

Then after the 30 minutes boat ride and 30 minutes of excitement and 30 minutes of thirsty thoughts we finally arrived.

“Isla”

boxes are coming kids

stones are a bit slippery so we take every step carefully

Upon our arrival we were greeted by a lot of smile and curious faces from the little kids

After emptying the boxes, we proceed to of course eating.  yahoo!

We are not expecting anything about the food, what ever will it be we will eat it, after all we don’t have any problem with food especially when it is free but we know its gonna be good because hello we are in Bicol, a home of good food.

The home where we will take our lunch is at the other side of the island, they are the owner of the boat we rent going there and a good friend of Marela’s family.  We are supposed to ride again a boat going there but it becomes low tide already so we decided to walk going there which is pretty far away from the school but no problem we’re very much used to walking.

Until the food were served. Charan!

sumptuous

Don’t ask my name, I forget it.  Lechon paksiw, adobo, veggies with crabs, tilapia, crabs and crabs.  What more could you ask for?  See the crabs are smiling.  They are all fresh.  Hayyyy…Thank You Lord!  Bless them.

Burp.  Excuse me.

After that very sumptuous lunch, a few videoke songs and after digesting everything this is what happened.

we jump for joy

This is San Antonio Island very far from the look of the  luxurious Misibis bay, not as famous as Mayon Volcano but few hours spent here are as good as the holiday we spent at CWC.  I love the people here, the kids and their genuine smile and how they appreciate the little things.  I just hope that all this kids will remain hopeful and will still hold on no matter what, they will hold on the way that this island hold on.

Travelling with a cause is travelling with not just your backpack, not just your things but things that you can share.  It is travelling beyond your reasons.  It is spending a holiday with people whose notion of holiday is vaguer than yours.  Next time you travel, travel with a little something, travel with a cause.

Special thanks to Marela and the rest of her extended family, to our friends who share their little something and those who gave us a lot of good vibes.  Thank you!