I’ve been wanting to finish this diary for quite some time now. Heck, it’s been eight months since this trip happened but since then work and school has been constantly eating my time. These days, it’s semester break already so I have some extra time to backtrack my travel diaries! I was actually alarmed that I could not remember already some of the names of the island we visited. Thankfully, I have my trusty notepad where I usually write the names of the places I visited and my expenses when I travel.
In my first Caramoan post, I last talked about Cagbalinad island. Day 2 was also about island hopping while on Day 3, we visited some sites in the town proper. Without further ado… here’s the rest of my Caramoan adventure.
It is sad a time to be a government employee in the Philippines these days. It’s not that I am not proud of the work I do but because I am embarrassed by the non-stop controversies that the government is facing these days. It has come to a point that the whatever honest work some or most of the small workers have done and are still doing, it becomes easily forgotten because of the big mistakes committed by a certain few.
I shared before in my FB account a letter by a South Korean who claimed that one of the reasons that the Philippines is not progressing is Filipinos are too doubtful of their system and instead of trying to remain in the country to initiate changes, many choose to leave. I posted an insight to the article saying I shared the sentiments of that writer and how I have repeatedly wondered why I am always being told that my skills as a scientist would be wasted here and that I would be better off in another country. Also, I choose to believe that there is still a very big hope in the Philippines.
However, with the recent events unfolding in the Philippines—the Php 10 billion PDAF scam, the Mamplaya fund scam, and now the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy—I cannot help but sigh. I guess it’s a no brainer now why many of the people here have lost hope. It’s so disheartening to watch the news these days knowing that the people involved in these controversies are the very same people who I am working with, albeit indirectly, in the system. Also, how can I believe what they are claiming now when they are the very same people who are pushing for fiscal transparency and tuwid na daan?
Frequent visitors of this blog probably already know I am sucker for sunrises and sunsets. Instead of thinking about coffee, news or how I look when I wake up, I usually look at the clock to see if I can still catch the sunrise or if I already missed it. Depending on what time I wake up or in which side of the Philippines I am, I can end up with a view like this:
.. or this…
And if I am on a travel and I am with friends or offcemates, I can end up asking them to do this early in the morning:
Good morning! Jump and feel how alive you are.
This post is my entry to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme Good Morning!
(From top clockwise: (1)Tacloban City Stadium in Leyte, (2), Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur , (3) Bantay Church, Vigan City, and (4) Tabaco Monopoly Park, Laoag City.
Lines and patterns in random places and structures…in a stadium, in a street, in a park and a church. They are everywhere…sometimes we are just to busy to notice. But when we do, they evoke a certain kind of seething amazement.
This post is my entry to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme “Lines to Patterns”.
I went inside an old bell tower wondering if there’s something interesting waiting for me. I was surprised to discover that there was just a staircase leading to the top most floor where a bell used to be located. And beside the staircase was window, offering another perspective of the outside world.
Outside, I wondered what’s inside. Inside, I realized I’ll be just looking back the outside world I come from.
This post is my entry to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme Inside.
I love traveling because it’s one of the few circumstances that I can let go of work and studies and be reminded of what it feels to be a like a child and express pure admiration at new discoveries. The Ilocos trip last week provided such a good refresher and the experiences I brought would probably leave me pumped for the rest of the year. I took a lot pictures but one that properly reminds me of the very essence of being carefree is this kid that I encountered in the cave we visited:
Two ladies asked this kid to take pictures of them. When he was positioned at this side of the cliff, he missed a step and went out of balance. I was so scared for him but he just laughed out loud and then assumed a serious look and proceeded to take pictures of his subject.
I missed such kind of carefree-”ness (if ever such word exists)–the kind where I can confidently say, “Bahala na.” or “I’ll leave it to fate”. I guess this is another reason I like to travel. I am allowed to get lost. I can admit that I do not know something. I take the wrong step without worrying a lot will be affected. I am allowed to be human and be child-like… something I am feeling less and less in my current environment.
I was also carefree… once and sometimes it’s really tiring to act like an adult or be the adult.
This post is my entry to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme Carefree.
Hi everyone! I just came back from a six-day travel and I think I have the perfect shots to share for this week’s challenge:
These were taken in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines near the Bantay Abot Cave. I tried two perspectives as I wanted a shot of stretch of the rocky shore line as well as emphasize the rock themselves. I will be sharing my Ilocos adventures soon. Hopefully, I will have some vacant time after I am done with my humongous school work. Have a great week everyone and don’t forget to drop by Daily Post for this week’s entries.
Do you like the rain? I don’t. When you are in a country that experiences typhoon all year round, you’ll learn to hate it. However, it’s one of the most interesting phenomenon on earth and one of the biggest players why life in this planet is possible. So yeah, I still marvel when it rains especially when it means I can stay at home, read a book and cuddle my pillows.
Do I make any sense? Sorry, I’m meteoric right now. Been suffering from insomnia for four days now. I’ll blog with a better sense next week when I come back from my travel.
Do check out the entries this week at Daily Post .
I contemplated on whether I should climb that 500+ steps to the top of a hill. It was steep and from the start I already guessed I was going to have a hard time. They say something brilliant was waiting for me at the top. So I went but almost died from the climb. Yet after that calvary… this welcomed me:
This small church and magnificent tree was perched at the top and promised solace to anyone who dared to climb. On their own, these two were not exceptional. However, just thinking how the builders of this church carried the construction materials all the way up, and how this tree found its way here, I must say there they are unexpected masterpieces. When I stood by the tree and turned, I saw another masterpiece which I know man can’t imitate in any way… this:
The world is so full of wonderful masterpieces, right?
Have a great weekend everyone. Do check out all the eye candies at Daily Post.
Every time I go home to Bicol, I make certain to wake early on a particular day to take photos of mom’s beautiful flowering plants. Chasing the morning dew on the petals of flowers is like trying to find a needle in stack of hay. However, once you are successful in doing so, you get a refreshing and elating feeling of achieving such feat. So.. here are some of my attempts at catching the fresh morning dew:
Check out all the entries for this week’s challenge at Daily Post.
I rarely talk about political issues simply because I am not well-versed in that field but one event that I never miss out is President Aquino’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the biopolar responses that it never fails to elicit.
Yesterday, he delivered his 4th SONA and for most Filipinos, it serves as a gauge as to how far the Philippines have gone since he was elected as president. To us government employees, it also one way of knowing whether the outputs we delivered for the year are among those the president considers as high-impact. Last year, the response of the people in our office were overwhelming because he talked about dengue, the monorail project, Project NOAH, the SEI scholars and many other DOST projects. This year, the response was neutral to non-existent as he only mentioned about NOAH, the Advanced Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL) and the screening for suppliers project which we hardly know about.
Personally, I was also disappointed because he left out many important S&T projects and issues. He could have discussed the interagency collaboration of DILG, DepED, DOH and DOST for dengue surveillance. I was also waiting for him to mention something about S&T human resources but sadly there were none. It was evident from his speech that from the get go, Aquino has mainly viewed S&T as a support system for the other sectors and not as a key driver and indicator of a country’s productivity on its own.
I feel bad for not posting new pictures for this week’s challenge again. However, when I saw the the phrase “the golden hour”, my mind did a happy jump because I’ve been dying for this opportunity to come up. I think I already mentioned in a separate post that I love sunrise and sunsets. I simply love the light during such hours and the magic it instantly bring to the subject of the photograph. Today, I am sharing several “golden hour” photos that I collected over the years. First up is a picture of two trees which I took while waiting for a cab in Subic:
I am getting a lot of inquiries about Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring and how the effect on the hair will hair look like. I already tried three colors in the past: natural brown, wine red, and sweet orange. So, I decided to share what my hair looked like when I applied the Sweet Orange one last November . Here it goes: