Reminiscing the Past

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My aunt Merlyn paid a visit to us this week. She just went back to Quezon yesterday. She brought us two sacks of rice. Wow! We would not have any problems with rice for the next two months. :) She said that she would have brought at least three sacks if not for the recent typhoons that visited the country. Well, at least she brought us. :)

Whenever she visits us, I always tell her how I love to spend a vacation at their house in Quezon. However, since my paternal grandmother is gone, I don’t find any reason in going to Quezon.

I remember when I was younger; I always looked forward for summer vacation because I would be spending my vacation in Quezon. How I loved the trees, the beach, the railroad, and the mountains. We usually stayed at our grandmother’s house. My paternal grandmother was very caring. She sees to it that my sister, and me would have good breakfast. She would even fetch water for us and prepare our bath. (Spoiled!) Well, our house there doesn’t have any faucet. They usually get water from a well or from “poso”.

We would play with our cousins then. I remember how we asked our uncles to accompany us in climbing the mountains that surrounds our little town. We would spend the whole day walking and picking banana fruit and coconut along the way!

I remember how we asked our aunties to join us spend a day in a beach. It is enough for us to have our lunch with ginataang langka with sardines. Well, we just really want to go swimming in the blue sea. :)

I really miss those things from my childhood. It was as if we are on cross country moving. :) I am not sure if we can make it happen again. My cousins and I are all grown up. Most are married and have their own family.

But what my Aunt told me was, I can always plan a vacation there and spend the time with my daughter and with my nieces and nephews like what they did with us! :) Well, that would work; I just need to earn enough money for that vacation. :)

Ciao! :)

Real Life Mysteries: Nessie, The Lochness Monster

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There are a lot of mysteries in this world. Some have been resolved. Some are to yet to be discovered. But there are quite a few which are left to be mysteries as the next century unfolds. I have read a lot of stories about world’s mysteries, and Nessie the Lochness monster is one of my favorites. Let me tell you something about it and share my own beliefs and opinions.

Loch Ness is a deep lake in Scotland. It holds three times more water than any other lake in Great Britain. Maybe deep enough to hide an enormous monster. There are six rivers that flow into Loch Ness, but only one flows out. That’s the river Ness. The lock is 36 km long, and over one third of it is deeper than 200 meters. It is more than twice the depth of the North Sea.

The tale about the monster started in AD 563. It was when St. Columba, the abbot of Iona supposedly saves a monk called Lugne from being devoured by the beast. It has been said that Nessie has already mauled one victim. Then, St. Columba demanded, in the name of God, that the beast retreat into the deep water and leave the monk alone. And, so the monster did and the monk was saved.

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I have watched about this in one of National Geographic Specials episode. There had been a lot of sightings about Nessie. Many blurred black and white photographs have been offered up as evidence. A man standing in the grounds of a nearby castle took the first colored photograph in 1977.

In 1934, naval officer Rupert Gould published the first book about Nessie. In his books, he proposed that large sea animals, such as plesiosaurs (was a marine reptile of the Mesozoic Era), arrived in Loch Ness thousands of years ago when the lock was joined to the sea. As the coastline changed, they became cut off from the sea, and the loch became their permanent home.

However, over years of research and expeditions done to find Nessie or the loch’s monster, to this date, there is still no solid proof that the mysterious beast does exist. If you have seen the movie, The Water Horse, it is actually a movie attributed to Loch Ness monster.

Does Nessie existed/exists?

My opinion about this is Nessie could have existed but it is not existing anymore. I believe that during the older times, there could have been an enormous beast living in the loch. It is also possible that there was more than one monster existed in there. But today, it is possible that whatever kind of animals lived or was seen long ago in the loch has all been gone. The loch may be deep enough to hide a monster, but one way or another, those would still come out in the open to search for food or to gasp fresh air. They could be breathing under water but even blue whales and vast sea creatures came out of the waters. Another thing, if the monster exists ‘til today, it could be very very old! Aside from that, it is possible that it did not live alone. It could have a family that lived and died in the loch.

Well, someday, I hope I would be able to visit the Loch Ness.

Ciao! :)

Going back to Manila

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Though ney and I slept around 3AM last Sunday (Aug. 23) from bar hopping in Lucena City, we still woke up at around 7AM. I guess I am just maximizing the time that we have for I would be leaving for Manila in the afternoon.

After taking a shower, we decided to eat our breakfast in a Chinese resto we used to eat then. The food store isn’t open yet so we need to look for another place to eat. :)

As I can recall, nothing much have changed since my last visit in Lucena, which was 4 years ago. I took pleasure in watching the local folks do their usual morning activities. Once again, I enjoyed the cool and calm breeze of the city. :)

After breakfast, we headed our way to Lucena public market. I wanted to buy a dried fish called “daing na pugot”. As the name implies, it is called “daing na pugot” because it is headless. I bought half a kilo of it, dilis and dried squid. Ney teased me that the bus conductor will not let me in because of my daings! :)

Ney then bought a dozen of longganisang Lucban for Nonet. I also got a kilo of Japanese corn and an Upo. Would you believe that I got the upo for only Php10. The size of the upo can actually feed 2 families! :)

We went back to our hotel room at around 10AM. We rested for a while. I pack the daings I bought properly, so it will not cause a “daing” smell in the bus later on. Then, ney and I visited another mall in Lucena called the Pacific Mall.

There was a food stall in Pacific Mall that offers very delicious spaghetti. I have craved when I was still pregnant with our daughter for the same spaghetti. We toured around the mall, and then decided to have our lunch there. I was disappointed, for it wasn’t the same taste of spaghetti I have missed. :)

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We went back to the hotel and took a nap. By 6PM we prepared ourselves and our things. Ney and I went to Lucena grand terminal together. He will be onboard a bus going to Gumaca while I would be on a bus going to Cubao. We bid our goodbyes. It was sad to say goodbye. But then, we have our own works to attend to. Anyway, I know that we will always be together.

With God’s blessings, I know that someday, all “crumples” in our relationships will be smoothened.

Ciao! :)

Going Around Lucena

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My last visit to Lucena, if I am not mistaken was in 2005. It has been 4 years since the last time I’d been there. I got off JAM Liner at around 7:30PM and headed my way to SM Lucena. ‘ney and I decided to meet each other there. As soon as I stepped out of the bus, I really breathe the fresh air the place has. It was very a very calm and relaxing feeling. Though, Lucena has been a city for some years now, one cannot really feel the “city” feeling because it is really far from the pollution Manila has. :) I was happy that I was once in Lucena again. :)

I told ney that I want to have dinner at Buddy’s Restaurant. That restaurant originated from Lucban, Quezon. I was able to dine in their original branch already. :) I love their Pancit Lucban so much! The store has 2 branches in Manila. One is in Market! Market! Mall in Taguig. The other is along Pearl Drive Avenue at the back of Philippine Stock Exchange in Ortigas (I believe it is still part of Pasig City).

Anyway, we still need to check the mall’s directories list to look for Buddy’s in SM. It was located on the 3rd floor level of SM Lucena. I was really hungry! We ordered pancit lucban which was good for two and enjoyed the meal together. I was really full and fulfilled! :)

SM City Lucena

After our dinner, ney and I headed to a hotel in the city. We just checked in and then we decided to go out for the night. I wanted to do the things and go the places we used to go then. For me, it is something that we should do for our love and our relationship be stronger and be able to stand the test of time.

We went first to Videoke place called Skyline. It is near the hotel where we stayed. We just stayed there for like 15 minutes. Since, I don’t have enough sleep yet, I don’t have the energy to sing well.

Our next stop was a bar called Sound…, something. Oh gosh! I forgot! It was Loaded before but it changed its name to something. Anyway, it is a bar that offers live band. Ney and I found a table near the performers. Ney being a drummer and was a band member enjoyed listening and watching live bands. Oh well, we often praise and criticize band members! : Hehehe!!!

He had two bottles of SanMig Lights. I took a bottle of it and a glass of mango juice. We also had sizzling sisig for our “pulutan.”

We really had fun together. We enjoyed listening to the talented folks and enjoyed watching the people of Lucena danced to the music.

Ney and I arrived at our hotel at around 3 o’clock in the morning already! Well, though I was really tired because of the travel on top of not having a good sleep yet from previous night’s work, I really had a good time! It was the relaxation, which I have longed for sometime now. It may sound cheap to you, but it’s different when you’re in Lucena. :)

Ciao! :)

Honey Let’s Cruise

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While enjoying the idle time at work today, I think about of things that ney and I have not done yet. Well, if only we have extra money, I love to cruise. Maybe we can go on Caribbean Cruise. I appreciate the beauty of the sea and enjoy the majestic sea creations. I also want discover the mystery behind the Blue hole in Belize City. :)

Mysterious Blue Hole

Belize’s mysterious Blue Hole first explored by French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is a popular stop for those visiting Belize.

I have to admit that I never been in a big ship and I want to experience the luxury that a cruise ship offers. Well, when I told ney about it, he said that we need to scarifice by not seeing each other longer than a year. So he can earn more to spend for the kind of vacation I like.

I told him, that I would still enjoy island hopping in Quezon province! :)

Ciao! :)

Off to Angola

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Ney sent me a text message last week asking me to look for a good box cutter and boxes for some important things he needs to pack.  I got confused when I read the message. I wonder why this guy is up to. It was like a big bang when he broke the news that he is leaving for Angola in West Africa for work before the month of July ends.

Map of Angola in West Africa

Angola

He said that he accepted the offer for our future. He’s been offered with a quite good compensation. According to his uncle who’s been working in that country for some years now, it is a fine country and it has nice people. According to my own research, people in Angola are mostly Catholics and their language is Portuguese. The country is 7 hours behind than Manila time.

Ney will work there as heavy equipment operator. His expertise is handling the excavator. They had a trade test last Saturday and he amazed his superiors on how well he operates equipment. I told him that since they are contractors, too and they have ample of  heavy equipment used for different purposes, his experience with their own equipment is his edge.

excavator

Excavator

I felt sad about it but I know that he likes to go there, too. He has many plans and dreams that I wanted him to fulfill. He didn’t want to let this opportunity of working in Angola to pass.  He said that we may be oceans and continents away but we should be faithful to each other.

He will be away for 1 to 2 years. I told him to get a laptop once he get his first pay and learn how to use Skype. Long distance call maybe costly but we can see each other through web cam and talk to each other over the Internet. :)

Ciao! :)

New project in Catanauan

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I was on the phone with ney last night and we’re talking about his new assignments. He’s operating a backhoe loader and at the same time he’s in charge of their other operators in their new project. He said that he will be responsible in his work and hopefully, he will not be tempted to drink liquor in a while. Hopefully! :)

backhoe loader

Backhoe Loader

Anyway, I told him that I trust him and that there are moments that I almost lose my patience on him, I can still keep up with him for I do love him. Their new project is located in Catanauan, Quezon. It is more on road-widening I guess. I forgot to ask him what’s this new project is about. But more likely, it is something like that.

Catanauan is about  an hour and a half drive from our little town in Plaridel, Quezon. From Manila it would be around 7-8 hour-bus drive. Well, I have been there. In fact, the farthest part of Quezon I was able to visit is Gumaca, Quezon. :)

Catanauan

Ney said that Catanauan offers a wide range of white sand beaches. But then, those aren’t fully developed yet for tourist attractions for the town of Catanauan is not as wealthy like the towns of Sariaya and Lucban. But he said that if only, the local government of Catanauan will initiate in developing those said beaches, then the town will be one kind of a tourist spot! Hopefully one day. He said that the place is peaceful and very relaxing. :)

Ney had been in Boracay already and he said that Catanauan beach sand can be compared to those in Boracay already. Hmmm.. I told him that someday I would love to have a house by the sea. He said that there are a lot of land by the sea which are for sale in Catananuan. That if I wanted to own one, I can acquire one today. Well, I really didn’t buy that idea. Aside from the fact that Catanauan is quite far from Manila, I don’t have money to a buy a resort! Haller! :)

Well ney said that who knows, we can have one. I think I should start joining in some lottery games. :)

 Anyway, because of his new assignments, it would take again a month or 2 for ney and I to see each other again. :( Well, I see to it that we talk on the phone everyday and make sure that my love will be felt even though we’re miles away from each other.

Ciao! :)

A vacation to be?

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My bestfriend Daisy was able to read my post about Nonet and I’s quick vacation to Quezon. She asked me if I can take her there, ofcourse I can but maybe after she gave birth to her second baby. :)

I have not replied to her comment yet, but surely if our schedules will meet then I will definitely take her and her family with my own family. The place is quite far indeed, but then the place will surely paid the travel time.

I hope to offer her some free hotel stay so that they could really relax and enjoy the place. I am thinking of inviting our two other girlfriends, Pinky and Ime.

I actually miss them all already.

Ciao! :)

Papa’s Kubo

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I took advantage of my 2-day stay in Quezon to visit the places I love to go to. Ney went to my Tita Lyn’s office early in the morning to see us. Nonet was still sleeping when he arrived. It was like 6AM then. My tita and tito are already awake then. I decided to take a walk with ney and to buy food for breakfast.

We walked through the railroad on our way to the store. I remember the old days, when that railroad was still made of wood. But it has been replaced with concrete few years ago already. The means of transportation is a trolley or iskit just what the local people calls it! :)

railroad

Railroad

The said railroad is from Manila all the way to Bicol. There used to be a passenger and cargo trains that pass by it. But ney said that there aren’t any nowadays.

trolley

Trolley or Iskit

The picture above is the trolley I am referring to. Then, it was the only means of transportation to get to our barangay from the town proper. Today, you have the option of riding on a tricycle! :)

kubo

Papa’s Kubo

On our way to the store, we passed by Papa’s old Kubo. It was built when I was in highschool. Then it was renovated when I was working. It used to be a feeds store. Then, it was turned to a videoke house. You see, there are not much past time you can do there but sing. :)

When my father died, my elder cousin bought it from us and it is now again sari sari store and a fish stand. I had a lot of wonderful memories in that kubo. During summer, my sister and I used to look after our little store and the videoke machine. Ofcourse I had sing couple of songs there! :)

Well, though I didn’t stay long there, I was able to visit the places I wanted to go to and reminisce the old days! You bet I’ll be coming here again and will definitely stay for couple of days!

Ciao! :)

Disneyland Dream

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I was reading an old magazine last night, when Nonet sat beside me and looked on what I am reading. Then she saw a picture of Mickey Mouse. The picture was taken at Hongkong Disneyland. She asked where that place it and I told her that it is Disneyland. Then she asked to bring her there.. :)

Well, I also have this dream of going to Disneyland. It is a good thing that Disneyland found a home in Hongkong. My dream of going there will be easier to turn it into reality. :) But due to other priorities, my dream of going there has been set aside. Up until last night, when my dear daughter asked me to bring her to Disneyland and meet Mickey and Minnie.

I told her that, mommy will save money for it and when she’s old enough to enjoy the place, we will go there. She was delighted! :) She said that she will eat more, have siesta in the afternoon and will not sleep late at night. In that way, she will grow up faster and we can visit Disneyland.. :)

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Well, I hope I can earn faster as well.. :)

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Sooner or later, we’ll get to greet Mickey, too! :)

Ciao! :)

Visiting Germany

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When someone speaks about Germany, we usually think of the Nazis and their not so good activities during world war. But then, Germany actually an interesting country and it offers many splendid places that a tourist can go to. I looked around the net this morning and found this awesome castle. Well, being a fan of princes and princesses, the Neuschwanstein Castle really caught my attention.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle was King Ludwig II’s castle. It is seated on a hill with a spectacular backdrop of Alps. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Germany.

Another important historical site that Germany has to offer is the Brandenburg Gate. This used to be a city gate and Berlin’s signature attraction. When Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many Germans celebrated the reunification of east and west Germany.

A tourist can also take a visit to Cologne Cathedral. What is so interesting about this cathedral? Aside from its magnificient Gothic architecture, it is said that the cathedral’s most sacred treasure and an important relic that can be found in the western world, is the Shrine of the Three Magi. There is a magnificent gilded sarcophagus thought to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men.

Ciao! :)

What to see in Quezon province

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My father was born in Atimonan, Quezon but they moved to Plaridel, Quezon during World War II. Plaridel (Siain) was then part of Atimonan. We visit the place during vacation when I was younger. But since I have to work to support my family and my little princess, I just go there to visit my grandmother during special occasions or when I have time and extra money.

Quezon played a big part in my being. Of course, my father was a quezonian. I usually spent my childhood vacation there and I met ney there.

Quezon province has to offer many beautiful places. Like other provinces in the Philippines, this province offers scenic spots which, tourists will definitely enjoy.

Quezon is divided into 4 Districts. It is currently head by Governor Raffy Nantes. Its capital city is Lucena City. Oh I have a lot of happy memories in Lucena. :)

I have selected my favorite spots in Quezon but let me tell you, this province has many sites you can go to. :)

Quezon national Forest Park and Zigzag road.

This is the zigzag road that cuts between the towns of Pagbilao and Atimonan, Quezon. It is also called “Bitukang Manok”. During the old times, provincial buses pass through this road. But due to safety concerns, a new diversion road was developed for buses. Only light vehicles are allowed to pass this. Though, there are still some hard headed bus drivers that pass this road specially on night trips. The trip is shorter is you’ll take this route compared to the use of diversion road. I really miss passing that road. It is kinda scary though, but you’ll really enjoy the view. I always pray when I pass that road. :)

Mermaid in Atimonan

This is the statue of a mermaid in Atimonan. During my visit to Siain, I always look out of the bus’ window and wait till we pass this statue. It is located along Maharlika highway, and you will really see her. Well, mermaid and siren stories really interest me. There were a lot of talks and hearsay about this mermaid. As of now, I really don’t know the real story why a statue of a mermaid has been built there. Though ney has his own version of the story of this mermaid thing. He said that not so many years ago, a fisherman caught a mermaid in the shores of Lamon Bay in Atimonan. A rich doctor from Atimonan, too, bought the mermaid and freed her. After that incident, the doctor became richer and really had a great fortune. Ney said that it really happened and he knows the family of the said doctor.

Tumagay Beach Resort

I am still thinking of what interesting spot our little town, Plaridel has to offer. Then I remember this beach. It is Tumagay beach resort. The water is clear and clean. Just a like ordinary resort. But the people are great here. Very accommodating.

Mount Banahaw

Mount Banahaw

Who will forget Mount Banahaw?  It is a mystic mountain. I have never been there though. But the mountain has a lot of secrets ready to unveil for those people who are “ready” to know it. They said that there is a certain falls in there, that the waters will clean your soul. There are also talks about a certain passage, that if your soul is not clean then you’ll not be able to pass it. I have found a site that talks about this moutain. You can read the full story here. The said moutain is in fact a volcano. But instead of lava and magma, it contains boiling water.  There are also hearsays that the trees at the top of the mountain is kneeling. Many devotees and faith healers visit the place especially on Tuedays and Fridays. I love to go there as well.  Hopefully, I will have my own story to tell with regard to my experience in going up the mountain.

Kamay ni Hesus

Kamay ni Hesus

This is Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban. It is a shrine dedicated to Jesus and it is about 325 steps if I am not mistaken. There is church at the foot of the hill and it is a healing center as well.

Villa Escudero

villa escudera

Villa Escudero can be found in Tiaong Quezon. You may check more information about it here.

Ancestral Houses in Sariaya

ancestral house

If you walk into Rizal Street in Sariaya, you’ll find old houses or ancestral houses. The one above is called the big house owned by Rodriguez-Gala family.

Minasawa Bird Sanctuary in Burdeos – The sanctuary is home to bird species such as the nutmeg imperial pigeon, black-naped oriole, rufous night heron, swifts.

Lighthouse in Macalelon – This century – old lighthouse was used as a watchtower fitted by a canon to protect the municipality from invaders during 1784 – 1854.

There are many more places that will interest you when you visit Quezon province. :)

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