Who’s Calling Me?… At The Underground Cemetery

30th of October

I think I have mentioned several times that I am not a spooky or a skittish person. Prankster will just waste their time playing pranks on me because there would be no satisfying reaction that will come out of my annoying face.  To perfectly described it “Basag and trip mo pag ako ang tinakot mo”. ha ha.  Probably this is the reason why I came out with My 10 Halloween-Related Wish List post. I don’t easily get scared.

But this does not mean that I don’t have scary experiences.  I have a lot actually and most of them are strange and un-explainable. Most friends told me that those things usually happens to people that does not get scared easily.  Hmn.. if this is true it’s not quite fair!

Let me share to you one particular story that happened during one of my road trips in the area of Quezon and Laguna with my “adventurista” friends.  

This happened when we explored the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, Laguna.  It was right after we visited three very old churches in the Laguna area also and we were trying to catch the opening of the “Anakalang Festival”.  It was already late in the afternoon and the sun is already setting when we arrived at the Underground Cemetery.

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An ambiance of serenity welcomed us when we reached the place.  The front façade is impressive by how it looks and how it is being maintained.

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I am amused that there is a registry at the entrance for visitors – reminds me of a visitor’s registry when you are visiting a wake (grinning).

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As the front park has a very welcoming ambiance, it is very much different when it comes to the underground part.  I must admit that it’s a bit creepy when you are taking the stairs down going to the under ground.  It gets more creepier around the altar.  I was (seeing) imagining lots of things while looking at it.

It was quite challenging taking the photos because we were prohibited using the camera flash.

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I find the stairs leading to the main exit as an interesting spot to have my solo photo taken so I asked my BFF to take my photo. The stone stairways is strangely cold which made me very uncomfortable sitting there.

As I my BFF is counting the 123 queue I can feel my phone vibrating in my pocket – someone’s calling. 
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As soon as I heard the camera snapped, I quickly pulled up my phone from my pocket to check who’s calling.  At the same time, my phone also stopped ringing/vibrating.  When I saw the name on the missed call on my phone screen, I climbed out of the stairs leading to the exit running.  Everybody automatically followed me.  I’m not sure if they also ran because I was trying to catch my breath when I reached the open air again.

My BFF who knows every inch of my being “me” was eyeing me suspiciously. I can see on her face that she knew something’s strange is going on.  She automatically asked? Who was that? Who called you? I hesitated to answer for a while then I answered…

You!  You were calling me at the very same time that you were taking my picture. And I asked her where is her phone though I knew fully well that her phone is inside her bag. She gave me a confused look so I showed her my phone screen wherein her name is registered in the “missed call” 

My BFF  then quickly locate her phone from her bag and found that it was screen locked but there was indeed on the dialed number is my name. Yep. She was calling me at the very moment that she’s taking my picture… while I’m seeing with my two eyes that she is holding the camera right on my face and not a cell phone.

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The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery (Filipino: Libingan sa Ilalim ng Lupa ng Nagcarlan) is a national historical landmark and museum in Barangay Bambang, Nagcarlan, Laguna supervised by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.  It was built in 1845 under the supervision of Franciscan priest, Fr. Vicente Velloc as a public burial site and its underground crypt exclusively for Spanish friars, prominent town citizens and members of elite Catholic families.  It is dubbed as the only undergorund cemetery in the country. Source: Wikipedia

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295/365: Sunday Lyrics and Photograph: I Won’t Give Up – A Song Dedicated To My Blog

26th of October

It’s 3AM on a Sunday and I am awake.  I am supposed to be sleeping tight by this time.  You know it’s Sunday and there’s no work, no pre-scheduled plans, no socialization commitments nor out of town or whatever.  A rare Sunday moment that I don’t need to be up so early but here I am up!

Can’t force myself to go back to sleep so up I go and made myself a mug of coffee.  My foot then automatically leads me to my home desk.  Hello my lappy!

Aaah I miss my blog so much!  By this time I already accepted that I failed my own “365 Blogging Challenge”. So far this is the longest time I did not post anything here since I started the challenge. But this doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on my blog or to blogging.

There are two major reasons why I started this challenge anyway.  One is that the idiot in me always love to take challenges which are mostly “Mission Impossible” to succeed. The second reason is that this is one way of me not to give up on my passion.  When I signed for a regular job after four years of being a freelancer, I knew that I will be eaten by the system of having a regular job.  I'd seen that happened to lots of my fellow bloggers which saddens me BIG TIME.  So this is just like the reason why I am not giving up on my running blog for the reason that it motivates me not to give up on my running – something like that.

Jeez I have so much of mixed thoughts that I’m not sure that you are understanding.  Anyway, what I just want to simply say is that I’m not giving up on my blog.  In fact I feel so romantically attached to it right now that I am listening and dedicating a song to it – “I Won’t Give Up”.

The original song is by Jason Mraz and I love all his renditions especially the live ones however, there is one video that I found in YouTube where I can totally relate every time I watch it.  It’s a video of a Scottish boy named Nicholas McDonald auditioning in X-Factor UK.  You may want to watch this video and I also want to share the song lyrics.

When I look into your eyes
It's like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well there's so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you've come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?
I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up
And when you're needing your space
To do some navigating
I'll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find
'Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it
No, I won't give up
I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make

Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts

We got yeah we got a lot at stake
And in the end,
You're still my friend at least we didn't tend
For us to work we didn't break, we didn't burn
We had to learn, how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I got, and what I'm not
And who I am

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The photograph is taken while I was shopping with my kids one time.  No the shirt brand is not mine nor I am commercially advertising for it  ha ha.  I was just totally in awe when I saw this hanging in one of the department stores.

You might be thinking that I bought myself one of these shirts but no. Because I am giving the chance to the sweet people around me to spot this and be reminded about me then buy me one ha ha.

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

230/365: Mailman Still Exists! And He Delivered Lots Of Love From Verona

28th of August

So I was sitting yesterday in the sofa gobbling a variety of food of odd combination plus drowning myself with pure pineapple juice in the late afternoon after doing the (forbidden) laundry, when suddenly I was startled by a fierce knocking on our front door accompanied by the shouting of my full name that can be heard up to the next barangay.

I almost knocked down the foldable table that carries the food I’m gobbling while hurrying to check who the h*ll this intruder interrupting my glutton solitude. (I was eating a lot thinking that I could regain my lost strength for not resting while I’m unwell).

I peeked at the window and found a wrinkled old man with a bag dangling on his shoulders.  The bag looks like as old as the man who is wiping his forehead with his left hand while his right hand is holding a bunch of envelopes. 

Aaaah!  It’s the mailman!  I curiously asked, “Why didn’t you just leave the mail at the gate like you usually do? And the mailman’s reply was…
“Mam mukang uulan baka mabasa hindi mo mabasa ang message postcard kasi”.
(Ma’am it seems like it’s going to rain, this is a postcard and you might not be able to read the message if it got wet”).
My heart melt. So mailman still exist and this one’s got a good heart.  I handed him a glass of water which he gladly accepted.  He then took off whistling and his old shoulder bag seems like dancing with his whistling.  I watched him in awe as he walked away and vanished from my sight.

The POSTCARD!

It’s from my good blogger friend Tripster Guy (TG).  I remember he posted on his blog that he and his friends had this road trip to the northern towns and cities of Italy.

I was grinning from ear to ear while I’m reading the message. So my crazy friend visited the romantic setting of the most stupid love story ever written. Yep I’m talking about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that happened in VERONA. Remember they died from suicide because of plain stupidity? But don’t get me wrong, I love Shakespeare. I am amazed how he came up with all his stories where almost all the characters died in the end then they became famously known as “Shakespeare’s Tragedies”.

Anyway, back to TG’s postcard.  The subject is “Saluti da Verona”.  Well the curious cat in me checked on a bit of history of the place and let me share with you what I found.

”“Saluti da Verona” – as famous as “Romeo and Juliet” is a lovely pink marble Roman Amphitheatre built in 1AD and still dominates the piazza in the middle of Verona.  It is now a venue for opera rather than gladiator battles and the third largest amphitheater in Italy.  Once it could seat 30,000 but these days it’s capacity is 15,000. (Source: Various web sites)

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I love postcards not only because they are sustaining life to the dying postal industry which for me is a far bigger and sadder tragedy than Shakespeare’s. Plus it warms my heart knowing that a friend who is enjoying his vacation took time to buy you a postcard, handwritten (an almost unreadable/lol) message on it and mail it. It is some kind of wonderful thoughtfulness isn't it?

May I also share TG’s message to you which part is talking about his (no) love life which for me is another sadder tragedy than Shakespeare’s ha ha ha.

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Okay I’m feeling a lot better now!  I’m not thanking TG for now because I know some more postcards are coming and I’m excited. Yipee!

239/365: Feeling A Little Unwell

27th of August

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I’m writing this around 7AM in the morning.  The kids are already out for school. I’m supposed to be out for work also by this time but I decided last night when I woke up around grave yard time that I am not reporting for work today. I was feeling a little unwell for two days now so I thought of surprising my own body and give it a rest day (LOL).

There were number of people from work who were absent yesterday because they were sick.  The virus probably got me and my body decided to go along with it.  Or… probably not!

Why?  Here’s why.

So I slept early last night after taking paracetamol.  In fact too early that I am unable to eat my dinner.  Then what happened is that I woke up before the break of the dawn and I can’t make myself to go back to sleep to rest more as I planned to do the whole day.  I went down and thought of checking my emails using my lappy instead of my mobile phone while thinking that it would also be a good time to check on my blogs.  But that was a wrong move.

Before I am able to reach my lappy I saw the sink and saw that there’s some unwashed cups and glasses so I thought of clearing them first.  That was really a wrong move because before I knew it I found myself beating eggs, opening a can of corned beef, chopping garlic, mashing cold rice, grabbing a wok and spatula.  Then voila! The breakfast table is set up with fried rice, corned beef omelette, coffee and hot chocolate.

I got a uniformed frustrated facial expressions that says “Aren’t you supposed to be in bed resting?” from the whole family during breakfast. But that was automatically erased when they gobbled the omelette.

“So what are you planning to do this whole day?” hubby asked over coffee. I said "I’ll rest" convincingly while contemplating on doing the laundry. Sssh…

What can I say? I’m an OC! (sigh).

229/365: Sunday Quote and Photograph: A Realization That I Got From A Snail

17th of August

Slow down and enjoy life.
It’s not only the scenery that you miss by going so fast
But also miss the sense of where are you going and why.
~Eddie Cantor~

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Everyday that I wake up and look at the calendar I always ended up frowning.  It never fails to cause me to chuckle and ask the question “Is it really that date today?”  Everyday seems like I’m days behind to so many things and trying to catch up with time seems not possible.

Am I the only one who feels this way? That everyday that I checked on the calendar I get frustrated that I am unable to do the things that I should have done or accomplished because I’m still catching up with the ones I thought I’m behind?

Or are we all in the same frustration?

A trip, tidying a part of the house that has long been neglected, visiting someone in the hospital (who was discharged before you were able to visit), movie time, shopping time, or just simply buying a bike part or whatever for your son, daughter, sister or for whoever and for whatever? Or coffee time with an old friend, or even a social media status that you should had commented yet failed to do until it got lost in the feed?

Did we even ask ourselves “Why are we even in a hurry?”.  “What are we really trying to catch up with? BIG QUESTION? But so true. 
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The photograph is taken this morning during my regular run this time with my young daughter.  My phone rang and I had to stop running and take the call.  I usually do not use phone when running.  But I was confirming an important seminar scheduled in the afternoon.  After the call I have yet to contact another person.

My daughter was pulling my running shorts to catch my attention while I’m on a call and she was silently pointing to something on the grounds beside my right shoe.  When I take a look I found a snail!

The snail was moving so slowly heading to my right shoe.  Too slow that even when I finished my call it did not even finished crossing the few inches distance between where it came from to my shoe. 

While looking at it, I realized it has been years since I haven’t seen a snail.  But then I thought, I’m not sure if I really did not see a snail for quite a while or I was just too busy to take a look around.  Actually the truth is, I had almost forgotten that there’s a creature called “snail”.

To my daughter’s persistence we observed the snail.  I decided to take a photo and to my amazement the snail stopped moving.  I’m not sure if it’s a part of its cautious instinct or what.  I don’t know anything about snail except that it has always been a simile for the word “slow”.  But it just stopped moving!  In spite of its unimaginable slow pace it can still afford to stop!

If I (we) could just be like the snail…

224/365: Remembering Robin Williams as Patch Adams. (Insert Sad Face Here).

12th of August

Who doesn’t know Robin Williams? And who is not affected by his sudden demise?

Robin Williams probably won’t get the highest score for a survey question “Who is your favorite actor? “ Not because he is not popular in the “heartthrob-kind-of-way” but because he is an automatic favorite.  One need not say that he is a Robin Williams fan because everybody is a Robin Williams fan.  And I’m sure everyone can “dig” what I’m trying to say here.

I guess the best question when it comes to Robin Williams is “What is your favorite Robin Williams movie or character?.”   Genie (Aladdin)? Mrs. Doubtfire?  Bicentennial Man? Or Mork (and Mindy)?  I bet you won’t be able to pick one quickly because just like the man, his movie character(s) is as versatile as the actor.  He has this extra-ordinary talent that leaves a unique mark to anyone who watch his movies.  It’s like an “imprint”. 

Isn’t that when you pick a movie to watch and you saw that it is a Robin Williams film you need not check who are the other characters in the movie right?  Or who is the director or producer of the movie.  It’s like if it’s a “Robin Willams movie it must be good!”  Yes I know you got me!

I love all Robin Williams movies (and character) but there’s one movie that I hold dear to my heart.  In fact it is one among the movies included in my personal list of My Top Ten Favorite Movies Of All Time - PATCH ADAMS.

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PATCH ADAMS is a character that I can not imagine being played by any actor other than Robin Williams.  Tailored-fit and perfect are understatements to say for Williams being Adams.  A character and story that is both cinematic and yet real.  A movie that can be entertaining and yet tragic at the same time.  A character that provides an equal amount of laughter and tears in just one movie.  All justified simply because Robin Williams is on this movie.

Aside from all the popular reasons, I have an extra personal reason why I love this movie and character.  I consider it as “healing” movie.

Some few years back I (almost) lost my trust in the medical profession.  It’s a long story that until now I don’t have the courage to completely share the details.  But let me just summarized that I almost died after undergoing a medical procedure.  I was trying to heal myself from the hatred to the country’s medical system and to the medical practitioners as well.  I found the movie Patch Adams and I was thankful. I was thankful that there’s a movie that the medical practitioners and its associations will (hopefully) chance upon to watch.  And I hope that they may get something out of it.

I love how the “medical practice” part of the movie is tackled.  I laughed so hard with the clown doctor character but his life and love tragedy broke my heart. 

Here’s a clip of one of my favorite scene from the movie Patch Adams.

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you straightforwardly without complexities or pride. I love you because I know no other way than this. So close that your hand, on my chest, is my hand. So close, that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep.”


I love you without knowing how…

RIP Robin Williams.  Thank you for all the memories.  The laughter… and the tears…  We are so saddened by our loss of one great talent.


Video credits: YouTube

215/365: Sunday Song and Photographs: Sorry Is All That You Can’t Say

3rd of August 

Why people find it hard to say “I’m sorry”?  Even for the most obvious reason?

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Is all that you can’t say
Years gone by and still
Words don’t come easily
Like sorry

Forgive me

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Is all that you can’t say
Years gone by and still
Words don’t come easily
Like forgive me forgive me

But you can say baby
Baby can I hold you tonight

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Maybe if I told you the right words
At the right time you’d be mine

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I love you

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Is all that you can’t say
Years gone by and still
Words don’t come easily
Like I love you I love you

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The song is an original by Tracy Chapman released in 1988 which the boy band Boyzone released a cover in 1997.  I definitely love the original than the cover, it is sang more soulfully.  The most striking part of the song for me is the opening line “Sorry” which I dedicate to people who can’t make apologies even for the most obvious reason.

True that it takes a lot of courage to say I’m sorry, so if you can’t make yourself apologize when needed then you can call yourself a “coward”.

The photographs were taken by my young daughter using a mobile phone. She did not only inherited my love for cats but also my passion for taking random photographs.  The subject are the stray cats that roam around our vicinity.

214/365: Philippine Festivities in the Month of September

2nd of August

WAKE UP when September comes because here is the exciting list of festival for the first “ber” month!

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HANDURAW FESTIVAL, Leon, Iloilo - September 1
HINIRUGYAW FESTIVAL, Cabatuan, Iloilo - September 1- September 10
VICTORY DAY, Kiangan, Ifugao - September 2
TUNA FESTIVAL, General Santos City - September 5
SINAB’BADAN TRIBAL FESTIVAL,  Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur - September 5- 6
SIPONG FESTIVAL, Bais City, Negros Oriental - September 7
SARAKIKI-HADANG FESTIVAL, Calbayog City, Western Samar - September 7
PADUL-ONG FESTIVAL, Borongan, E. Samar - September 7
TAMBOBO FESTIVAL, Ajuy, Iloilo - September 8-10
MINULUAN FESTIVAL, Talisay City, Negros Occidental - September 8-10
PANAGDADAPUN FESTIVAL (ARAW NG QUIRINO), Cabarroguis, Quirino - September 8- September 10
LINGGO NG BULAKAN, Malolos, Bulacan - September 8- September 15
PARADA NG KAKANIN / FESTIVAL OF NUESTRA SENORA DE ARANZAZZU, San Mateo, Rizal - September 9
BANOK-BANOK MARADJAO KARADJAO FESTIVAL (STREET PAGEANTRY), Surigao City, Surigao del Norte - September 10
SAYAW LAHI FESTIVAL, Naujan, Mindoro Oriental - September 10
BUYLOGANAY FESTIVAL, Ivisan, Capiz - September 6-10
SURIGAO CITY FIESTA (SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO-PATRON SAINT), Surigao City - September 10
ANNIVERSARY – BATTLE OF PULANG LUPA, Torrijos, Marinduque - September 13
ARAW NG SIQUIJOR WITH SOLILI, Siquijor, Siquijor- September 17
BISLIG CITY CHARTER DAY, Bislig City - September 15- September 19
VOYADORES FESTIVAL, Daraga, Albay - September 15
PENAFRANCIA FESTIVAL, Naga City, Camarines Sur - September 17
TALAKUDONG FESTIVAL (STREET DANCING), Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat - September 18
PATABANG FESTIVAL, Tapaz, Capiz - September 21-30
DUMALONDONG FESTIVAL (Tribal rituals), Salug, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur - September 23
ANIHAN FESTIVAL, Dueñas, Iloilo - September 25- September 30
DALIT FESTIVAL, Tangub City - September 29
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GEN. MIGUEL MALVAR, Capitol Site, Batangas - September 27
ANIHAN FESTIVAL, Lobo, Batangas - September 27
MEGAYON FESTIVAL (Thanksgiving), Zamboanga del Sur - September 27 - 30
BANIGAN FESTIVAL, Basey, Samar - September 28
BALANGIGA ANNIVERSARY, Balangiga, Eastern Samar - September 28
ANGEL FESTIVAL, San Rafael, Bulacan - September 29
KASADYA STREET DANCE, Anahaw Amphi-Theater - September 27
KAPAKYANAN FESTIVAL, Victoria, Mindoro Oriental - September 14-15
AGAL- AGAL (SEAWEEDS) FESTIVAL, Tawi-Tawi - September 25
BURDANG LUMBAN FESTIVAL, Lumban, Laguna - September 21
KAWAYAN FESTIVAL, Maragondon, Cavite - September 7
BAÑAMOS FESTIVAL, Los Banos, Laguna - September 17-23
DIYANDI FESTIVAL, Iligan City - September 1 - October 2
AM-AMONG FESTIVAL, BONTOC, MT. PROVINCE - September 7-16
MA-TZU FESTIVAL, San Fernando City - Sept 23-25
COCO FESTIVAL, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan - September 20-27
PAGAY FESTIVAL, Alicia, Isabela - September 28
TAMBANIPA, Bonbon - September 9
LANGARAN FESTIVAL, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental - September 10
GOLDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL (Rice and corn Festival), Public Plaza / Gym, Valencia City -
September 14-21
BUNGAG DAGTABINAL FESTIVAL, Misamis Occidental (Aloran) - September 15
GALAAN FESTIVAL, Don Victiriano, Misamis Occidental - September 17
PAGPAKANAUG, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Iligan City - September 20
KASADYA STREETDANCING AND MERRYMAKING
Main streets of the city / and culminates at the Anahaw Amphi Theater
September 27
KOMEDYA DE SAN MIGUEL, Rizal Park, Iligan City Iligan - September 28
HINUGYAW FESTIVAL / COTABATO PROVINCE FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY, Capitol Complex, Amas, Kidapawan City, September 1
FLOMOLOK FESTIVAL, Polomolok, South Cotabato - September 9-11
KASADYAAN FESTIVAL, Tupi, South Cotabato - September 9-11
PEÑAFRACIA FESTIVAL, Peñafrancia Village, Cotabato City, September 18 (3rd Sunday)
PASSINI KAT ABORLAN, Aborlan, Palawan - September 28-October 1
PANGALIPAY FESTIVAL, Magsaysay, Palawan - September 29
TINU-OM FESTIVAL, Cabatuan, Iloilo - September 1-5 (1st week)
TUMANDOK FESTIVAL, Robinson’s, Iloilo City - September (3rd week)
PASALAMAT FESTIVAL, Dao, Capiz - September 20 – 22
UNANG SIGAW NG NUEVA ECIJA, Nueva Ecija Convention Center, Palanan City - September 2
SINGKABAN FESTIVAL, Malolos, Bulacan - September 8-15
FEAST OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS, Church of the Risen Christ, Monasterio de Tarlac, San Jose, Tarlac - September 14
SAMBUKLOD FESTIVAL, Pleasant Hills, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan - September 25 (last Sunday)
BUSIG-ON FESTIVAL, Labo, Cam. Norte - September 7-8
LAPAY BANTIGUE DANCE FESTIVAL, Masbate City - September 29
KINAIYAHAN FESTIVAL, Dauin, Oriental Negros - September 7
KARANSA FESTIVAL, Danao City Cebu - September 18 (third Sunday of the month)
KABUHIAN FESTIVAL, Ronda, Cebu - September 18 (3rd Sunday of the month)
PITLAGONG FESTIVAL, Argao, Cebu - September 28
SINU-OG ESTOKADA FESTIVAL, Jagna, Bohol - September 29
KARATONG FESTIVAL, Dulag, Leyte - September 7
BEACHURERO FESTIVAL, Tacloban City - September 10
KAPLAG FESTIVAL, Mahaplag, Leyte - September 28
ARAW NG DIGOS, Digos City, Davao Del Sur - September 8
BANSAULOG FESTIVAL, Bansalan, Davao del Sur - September 12-18
ARAW NG BANSALAN, Bansalan, Davao del Sur - September 18
SINAWUG FESTIVAL, Asuncion, Davao del Norte - September 19
PISTA KADIG’GARAN, Digos City - September 8
BANSALAN FESTIVAL, Bansalan - September 15-18
BINULIG FESTIVAL, Panabo City - September 19-25
KIALEGNON FESTIVAL, Magsaysay - September 28


Photo source: Google images / Info Source: DOT website

208/365: Sunday Thoughts and Photograph: Blame It On Your Own Discipline

27th July 2014
Don’t blame it on the weather,
Don’t blame it because the shoe fail,
Don’t blame it on any the circumstances.
Blame it on your own discipline!

2014 Milo Marathon

Reaching the finish line at fifteen minutes over my PR (personal record), I was so delighted to see the Finish Line marker at the 38th Milo Marathon.  This is my fourth year joining this most prestigious running event in the Philippines and every year has a new personal challenge.  This year is the most challenging because I am coming back from a six months break from running.  I was doubting myself if I could finish the race much more to beat the cut-off time for the 10K category.  I gained more than five kilos of weight and I haven’t been running as regularly as I used to.

Apart from gaining weight and lack of training, I was also exhausted the day before the race day because I had to do overtime work due to unavoidable circumstances at work.  Instead of resting my body I came home late stressed and exhausted the day before the race day.

On race day, I was wearing a pair of running shoes that I was not able to use during my on and off morning runs.  For a week I was wearing a pair that I plan to wear on race day.  However some three days before race day the pair had some defects – probably the result of being stocked in my shoe cabinet, unused for quite a while.  I have no choice but to wear another pair during race day and it has a sort of unfamiliar feel on my foot.

I always say that I run better when its raining or on a colder weather that’s why I was praying for some rain that day.  Instead the sun shone earlier than usual and the heat is a bit punishing by around 6:00AM.

These are some of the reasons that I was morosely thinking about to where I am attributing the reasons why I am unable to reach my PR.  But within myself I knew that these are all stupid alibis. Within myself I knew that had I been able to maintain my discipline and had I not been undisciplined and careless with my health for the last six months I will still be able to reach that PR.  I will also be a lot more fit-looking than today.

Yeah right!  Blame it on my own discipline.

197/365: The Immortals vs. Typhoon Glenda

16th of July 2014

The wrath of Typhoon Glenda caught along Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City, Philippines at around 8:30AM.

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Congratulations to all the immortals a.k.a private and BPO employees who reported to work and survived.

195/365: Back To Regular (Body Clock) Programming. The World Cup 2014 Finals And Some Memories

14th of July

I’m writing this while I’m a bit gloomy and lacking sleep.  I just finished watching the World Cup 2014 Final Game – Germany vs Argentina . Argentina – the team I’m cheering on lost that’s why I’m gloomy (insert sad emoticon here).

Argentina was dominating the game all through out (that’s how I saw the game) until the young substitute Mario Götze got lucky and broke the deadlock in the second half of the extra time in the 113th minute.  That goal secured Team Germany’s win for the coveted gold.  Well that’s the way I saw the game.  Of course fans of Germany sees and believes differently.

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Now that the World Cup finals is over we could also go back to regular sleep schedule ha ha.  Filipino football fanatics like me and my family had been complaining for lack of sleeping specially those who needs to work after watching the game.  The games were being played live in Brazil and can be watched starting around 3:00 to 4:00AM Manila time.  Each game is played at 1:30 hours if without extension and penalty shoot out and more than two hours if extended which usually is the case when tough teams are competing.

In spite of the schedule, football fanatics still watched each game religiously.  Well we all know that the next World Cup is after four years – who would want to miss this opportunity?

Football fans are lucky today because there are many ways that we can watch the World Cup live.  Unlike some eight years ago when the internet is really not that “affordable” and “accessible” for the “masa” (common people like me) and cable subscription was too expensive.  Back then you can only watch the World Cup live via “Pay Per View”.  Aaaw!

brazil flagI remember watching the 1994 (USA) World Cup finals between Brazil and Italy at the National Sports Grill in Greenbelt Makati where Brazil became the champion, the crowd at the sports grill was so overwhelming because they are not only Filipinos but foreigners who are real wild World Cup fanatics.  It’s a bit expensive way to watch the World Cup live then but the fun made the experienced worth it.

Then in 1998 (France)  World Cup Finals between France and Brazil, we watched it from an exclusive screening at Rockwell Power Plant Mall.  My hubby who was actively playing this sports back then and he was regularly invited to those exclusive screenings. It was also the “heyday” of Team Brazil.  I used to have the Brazilian flag painted on my face during those days.  Too bad I can’t find the photos with the face paint. I only found the other souvenir photos that were taken from polaroid ha ha.

If I remember it correct after those two World Cup matches we were able to watch the following finals at home.  Internet became not only affordable but with a better speed that enables to do live streaming if cable is not available.  Aah thanks to technology and competition, we are able to enjoy this great sport without worrying where to watch it.

And aah to those World Cup memories.  Too bad we only get to enjoy it every four years.  Looking forward to  #Russia2018!


Photo source: Google images

186/365: Sunday Random Thoughts and Photograph: Thorns and Edges

6th of July

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I found this piece of dried stem on my hand after a short run in the park not exactly knowing why I have it and where I picked it. I guess it caught in my running shoes when I was about to cool down in the grassy part of the park.  I might be holding it unconsciously for some minutes.  I did not notice the thorns actually until it pricked my thumb. That is the only time I noticed that I am holding something and it already hurt me.

Is it not that sometimes we have the same situation in life?  People (and things) come into our lives and we keep them without knowing the purpose why we are keeping them.  Until the time that they hurt us that is the only time that we realized that is exactly their purpose – to give us pain, to hurt us.

Most of us became bitter after such situation and blame ourselves to the point of keeping the bitterness and closing a huge part of our hearts.  We tend to nurture the anger gained from the painful experience to the point of driving us to the edge of shutting down ourselves away from new people (and things) that comes along.

It has always been said that everything and every person that come to our lives has a reason. Instead  of hating should it not be better that we gain something from the experience?  Easier said than done I know but how do you handle bad experience? What did you pick from the experience? Bitterness or life's practical lessons?  Painful but wonderful lessons.

After the thorn pricked my thumb I was supposed to toss it to that hole in the photo so it won’t hurt me or anyone anymore. But then I took a second look at that seemingly useless piece of thing.  I placed it on the pebbled platform where the flagpole is erected.  The sun shone on it and emphasized its dryness in contrast to the fresh green grasses growing from the hole that dances with the wind.  Suddenly I saw a beauty on this thorn that just hurt me.  I appreciated its beauty and then tossed it away after appreciating it.

185/365: Happy 4th To The American Peeps and A Trivia for Pinoys About The 4th of July

4th of July
Happy 4th of July to all our American friends!  Enjoy the fireworks and stay safe!

(History) TRIVIA for Filipinos.

TFil-amhe 4th of July was formerly a legal/non-working holiday in the Philippines until it was abolished during the administration of former President Corazon C. Aquino (under Section 26 of the Administration Code of 1987).

Filipino-American Friendship Day or Philippine Republic Day is a day in the Philippines formerly designated to commemorate the official recognition of Philippine Independence by the United States of America.

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The Philippines was a US territory from 1898 to 1946.  Between 1941 and 1946, during World War II Japanese occupation, it remained a US territory with a government in exile headed by Manuel Quezon initially located in Australia and later in the United States. A campaign to retake the country began in October 1944 when Gen. Douglas McArthur landed in Leyte along with Sergio Osmeṅa who had assumed the Philippine Presidency after Quezon’s death. The battle against the Japanese continued until the Empire of Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945. The Philippines got complete independence on July 4, 1946. You may want to view the actual proclamation in 1946. 
Initially the Philippine Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan) was held on July 4.  Former President Diosdado Macapagal changed it to June 12 – the date when Malolos Republic had declared independence from Spain in 1898.  Philippine Republic Day was created in its place coinciding with the United States Independence Day on July 4. (Source: Wikipedia)
Now my question is… what if we remained a US territory instead?

Photo source: Google images

183/365: Philippine Festivities in the Month of August

2nd of July

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June officially ended which means that half of the year is done.  We are now running on the seventh month – whew that was fast!

Let’s go check out the excitement for August so we can mark them on our calendar a month in advance.  As we all know the month of August is a very important month to our Muslim brothers as this is the month where we are joining them in the observance of EID’L FITR (Feast of Breaking the Fast), a religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan (the Islamic  holy month of fasting).

Let’s take a look on the list of August festivities.

DURIAN FESTIVAL, Tagum City, August-September
ALMASIGA FESTIVAL, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental, August 1
UDYAKAN SA KABANKALAN/CHARTER ANNIVERSARY, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, August 2
PADAGYAW FESTIVAL, Dumarao, Capiz, August 1-5
SAL-LUPONGAN FESTIVAL, New Bataan, ComVal, August 1-10
EL SALVADOR (FIESTA), El Salvador City, August 5
NALUPON FESTIVAL, Lupon, Davao Oriental, August 8
BAYOMBONG TOWN FIESTA, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, August 5-9
MERCEDES FISHTIVAL/MERCEDES KADAGATAN FESTIVAL, Mercedes, Camarines Norte, August 1-8
PANGAPOG FESTIVAL, Island Garden City of Samal, August 1- August 7
CABIBI FESTIVAL, Lal-lo, Cagayan, August 1-4
ADLAW HONG BUTUAN, Butuan City, August 2
PALAGSING FESTIVAL, Butuan City, August 2
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SNOWS, Himamaylan City, Negros, Occidental, August 5
PALO-PALO FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION), Basco, Batanes
August 4- August 5
STA. CLARA FESTIVAL, Tigaon, Camarines Sur, August 4-13
BONGA, Sibonga, Cebu, August 9
MALIPUTO FESTIVAL, San Nicolas, Batangas, August 9
FRUIT FESTIVAL, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, August 09 - 11
CORDOVA DINAGAT FESTIVAL (FISHING RITUALS), Cordova, Cebu, August 10-16
PAVVU RULUN FESTIVAL, Tuguegarao, Cagayan, August 10-17
KAADLAWAN HAN SAMAR, Catbalogan Samar, August 11
KAAHAAN FESTIVAL (ARAW NG KINOGUITAN), Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental, August 11
ARAW NG CABANGLASAN, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, August 11-13
ARANDURUGAN FESTIVAL, Guinobatan, Albay, August 12-17
SANTONES FESTIVAL, Barangay Calumpang, Liliw, Laguna, August 12-16
“KUMBIRA” (FOOD FESTIVAL), Cagayan de Oro City, August 14-16
KALIBONGAN FESTIVAL (HORSE FIGHT & BLOOD COMPACT), Kidapawan City, N. Cotabato
August 14
CARO-TAO FESTIVAL, Mawab , ComVal, August 14
KALUBIHAN FESTIVAL, Jordan, Guimaras, August 14-20
DINAGAT (BAKASI), Cordova, Cebu, August 15-16
LUBI-LUBI (COCONUT) FESTIVAL, Calubian, Leyte, August 15
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION, Boac, Marinduque, August 15
PASAKA, Tanauan, Leyte, August 15
CORON FESTIVAL, Tiwi, Albay, August 15- August 17
SIRONG FESTIVAL, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, August 15
SUMAYAJAW FESTIVAL, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, August 15
KADAYAWAN SA DABAW, Davao City, August 14-21
SUNDAYAG, Cagayan de Oro City. August 18
QUEZON DAY/ANGONO DAY, Angono, Rizal, August 19
COCO SABUTAN FESTIVAL/BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT, Baler, Aurora, August 19
PILGRIMAGE TO JOROAN, Joroan, Tiwi, Albay, August 20
BANKATON, Lavezares, N. Samar, August 20
ANNIVERSARY OF CRY OF PUGADLAWIN, Pugad lawin shrine, Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City, August 23
24-HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE ENDURANCE, National Bilibid Prison Land Reserve Area, Muntinlupa City, August 23-24
LAMBAGOHAN FESTIVAL, Cagayan de Oro, August 28
TSINELAS FESTIVAL, City of Gapan, Nueva Ecija, August 25
ALCALA TOWN FIESTA, Alcala, Cagayan, August 26
BAHANDI FESTIVAL, Alcantara, Cebu, August 27
CAGAYAN DE ORO GOLDEN FLOAT FESTIVAL, Cagayan de Oro
August 27
JINAWA FESTIVAL, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, August 27- August 28
PALADONG FESTIVAL, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, August 28,
KALUMUNAN FESTIVAL, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, August 28
KAGAY-AN FESTIVAL, Cagayan de Oro City, August 28
BUYOGAN FESTIVAL, Abuyog, Leyte, August 29
NATIONAL HEROES DAY, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
August 29
NAGSABADO FESTIVAL, Pasig City, August 29
29 DE AGOSTO, Brgy. Hagdang Bato Itaas, Mandaluyong City
August 29
SILOY FESTIVAL, Alcoy, Cebu, August 30
TURUMBA, Teresa, Rizal, August 30
BATTLE OF PINAGLABANAN, Pinaglaban Shrine, Municipality of San Juan, August 30
DARAGANG MAGAYON, Daraga, Albay, August 26 - September 8
TILAW SA PAGKAONG NAN SURIGAONON FOOD FESTIVAL, Surigao City,Surigao del Norte, August 29-31
CELEBRATION OF BUWAN NG WIKA, Capitol Site, Batangas City, August (no definite date),
ARAW NG TAYABAS, Tayabas, Quezon, August 13
PASIGARBO SA SUGBO, Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu City, August 13 2nd Saturday of the month
PASAKA FESTIVAL, Tanauan, Leyte, August 14
GUILING – GUILING FESTIVAL, Siniloan, Laguna, August (no definite date yet)
LUMIN-AWA FESTIVAL, Lubuagan, Kalinga, August 18
MANUEL LUIS QUEZON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY, Quezon City, August 19
ARAW NG PINAGLABANAN, San Juan City, August 30
KAUMAHAN FESTIVAL, Opol , Misamis Oriental, August 15-31
HIGA-ONON DANCE FESTIVAL, City Streets of CDO City, August 26
GOLDEN FLOAT PARADE, Cagayan de Oro, August 27
ARAW NG ALUBIJID (DIYANDIHAN FESTIVAL), Alubijid , Misamis Oriental, August 18
PAGPASIDUNGOG FESTIVAL, Panit-an, Capiz, August 6-10
ILOILO CITY CHARTER DAY, Iloilo City, August 25
SABUTAN FESTIVAL, San Luis, Aurora Province, Agust 21-25
PASA-PASA IKAW FESTIVAK, Pasacao, Camarines Sur, August 25-30
MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, Catbalogan City, Samar, August 23
MADYAW, HUGYAW SAMAL FESTIVAL, Davao del Norte, Brgy. Penaplata, August 27-28 (every last week-end)
NATIVE “MANOK” FESTIVAL, Mabunao, Panabo City, August 27
KARIYAWAN FESTIVAL, Monkayo, ComVal, Aug 28-Sept 4
HOLY MONTH OF RAMADHAN, Regionwide, August
EID’L FITR, Regionwide, August 30


Photo source: Google images
Festival Information Source: DOT Website

178/365: Wok With Balut: Vegie Omelette

27th of June

I woke up too early today and thought I could whip something in the wok for breakfast.  Maybe I’m feeling tired of eating quick breakfast of bread, butter, spreads cold cuts etc. And I don’t know but I’m starting to frown for consecutive mornings that I’m seeing my youngest pouring her favorite cereal on her bowl.  I don’t know but I’m not a cereal fan and I don’t sort of believe that kids get enough energy they need in the morning from a bowl of cereal.  I’m still biased with that rice and something in the morning.  I’m Filipino hey!

So with my eyes still half-close:

1. I grab some potato, carrots and chayote, butter and eggs from the fridge
2. Chopped the potato, carrots and chayote in small cubes
3. Sautee them altogether in just enough amount of butter
4. Beat eggs in a bowl then added some salt and seasoning
5. Pour some amount of the beaten eggs in the same pan where I sauteed the cube vegies.
6. Then added just enough amount of the buttered vegies on the half cooked egg.
7. Roll the eggs and voila!

Vegie Omelette

Kids and adults surely do enjoy this in the morning!  And mind you it’s healthy!

170/365: Something About “Joe” On His Birthday

19th of June

Believe it or not I had several units of Jose Rizal courses back in college but if I will be asked “What happened to the remains of our national hero Jose P. Rizal after he was executed?”

– I can not answer that.

Not so long ago I heard the same question was asked in a TV show similar to the concept of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and nobody among the contestants was able to answer.  I remember researching for an answer for this question but failed to find the answer I was looking for.

So this question remained parked on my head unanswered until one day while I was exploring the historical Paco Park I found the exact answer.

The tomb stone says:

Jose Rizal
Executed 30 December 1896.  Interred secretly in this spot by the authorities on the same day.  Guarded for fifteen days by the Guardia Civil Veterana.  Remains exhumed 17 August 1898.  Placed in an urn made by Teodoro Romualdo De Jesus.  Deposited in the house of his mother in Estraude Street, Binondo.  And on 30 December 1912 laid beneath his monument at the Luneta.

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This a special post dedicated to our National Hero José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda who was born on this day - June 19 in 1861 and executed on December 30, 1896.

168/365: Ramblings Of An (Un)Deserving Soldier

17th of June

A platoon consisting of mostly new soldiers went to war.
The captain is either late or gone missing.
Halfway along the early part of the battle the lieutenant got wounded.
One private is watching in silence while fighting,
and saw that the battle is being manipulated by a double-faced ally
The private without being tasked volunteered to front the battle defying the odds from the double-faced ally.
She offered her own weapons and even covered her wounded comrades with her own shield until she was able to pull them to safety,
She did all that she could in the very limited resources that she has as a private.
Eventually this private got wounded but the battle is currently being won.
The captain is happy and proud.
He asked this wounded private soldier and asked
"Why are you wounded?"

we can do it

… from the rambling thoughts of a soldier who's in the battle field for quite a huge part of her life but never desired for a title nor a medal.


Photo Credits: Google images

167/365: Warning: This Is A Rant Post On A Monday The 16th!

16th of June

Rant 1 Prelude
Just when I set my mind that this first day of the week will not just be fine but great.  So I tried inhaling all the positive vibes to start my day right and promised to stretch it through the whole week, then suddenly baaam! it’s ruined!
“I'm no political I'm no showbiz. I say facts straightforward because I believe I don't need to please people in stating the facts”
This is me – always do and always will be.  Sadly most people (especially at work)  will not appreciate your straightforwardness, honesty and frankness.  They choose to hear sugar coated things rather than the truth.  Their stupid egos can’t handle the truth!

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Rant 2
Do you know a person who has gotten a minor title (maybe) for the first time in her life suddenly went floating from her own-created hurricane wind and wants everybody to bow down to her “power”? The phrase “I’m the Queen of the world!” is written all over her face?
Well it would be lovely to tell her …

“Jeez!
Get out and expose yourself to the real hurricane so you’ll see for yourself that you’re nothing but a piece of object among the tons that can be tossed around and smashed into oblivion. If you survive then that’s the time you can be proud! But for now keep calm and be humble!

Because if you don't, someone who's experienced enough to handle the worst hurricane will come along and blow the strongest wind right into your face and you'll be tossed and smashed the way you never experienced before.”

Rant 3:
Government offices always have the service that s*cks BIG TIME especially to ordinary citizen like me who happens to be one among the people paying their salaries through my taxes.  But I’ve learned to adapt and be patient to their inefficiency  no matter how frustrating it is.  It was like “for the sake of world peace I will bear with you.”   And then I will just maximized the stretch of my not-so-elastic-patience”.

But when it comes to private service provider it is so d*mn frustrating when you get poor service. You wanted to shout…

“Hey people we are paying you extra!
You see I came from a sh*tty day at work and you’re making me wait here? This is my third visit from my pre-approved schedule for five visits.  Why do I need to wait for an approval confirmation on each visit while in fact it was approved from day one?
I hate waiting especially if the cause is senseless.  Who loves waiting anyway?  And mind you I have another itinerary after this so it’s not funny that you are making me wait for a senseless reason!”

Rant 3!

Traffic!
What else can I say? I can’t do anything about this and it’s stupid to rant – I know right?
The only thing I could do is to wish that this vehicle will miraculously grow a unicorn wing and fly me out of this one-hell-of-non-moving line of horn-blowing metals with wheels so I can reach my destination in time.

Enough said. Enough rant.

By the way, congratulations to all people who’s having a good day today.  You are so so blessed!

166/365: Happy Father’s Day and Happy More

15th of June

Happy Father’s Day to you all great FATHERS out there!

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Happy Birthday to my dear blogger friend BLUE! Wish you all the best!

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Happy Sunday to all! Or whatever day you are in right now!
Just be happy!

Life is Good!

164/365: Randomness On A Friday the 13th

13th of June

Seemed like I woke up at the wrong side of the bed today that I somewhat I feel this day would not be at it’s best.  Well I am not actually hoping for a best or better day.  A good day would be enough for me just as long as it would not be “bad”.

I checked on my calendar and realized that today is Friday the 13th!  And marked on my today’s schedule is a visit to the doctor for my second shot of anti-rabies. Whew!  what a good day to have an injection – on Friday the 13th huh! 

Not that I’m superstitious about this day but… there are lots of days in the calendar hey!  Why does it need to be today?  Injection is not everybody’s favorite anyway.  I’m sure a lot will agree with me that going to the doctors is not fun – emotionally and financially

My husband is one example of a “no doctor visit policy”.  So it’s another challenge today that I’ll drag him to the doctor’s clinic not only to drop me off but also to get that medical certificate that he needs in order to register for the 38th Milo Marathon – his annual physical challenge.  This medical certificate requirement is just a new policy by the way thus hubby didn’t need to go though  a medical check up before he could register to a half marathon.

Anyways, so after (half) successfully convincing hubby, off we go to the doctor.  I automatically cringed at the sight of the wide screen televisions installed in almost all the waiting areas and every floor of the clinic.

We left home that my favorite NBA team Miami Heat is losing.  And now I’m seeing in all corners of the clinic that Spurs’ lead is going higher.  More so my husband decided again not to have the check up (sigh). 

I’m not sure what was more frustrating for me at that moment, seeing the Heat losing or convincing my husband again to have the medical check up (another sigh).

Finally my husband gave in and had the check up which turned out ok.  He’s physically fit to run the half marathon (of course). My injection went normally as well.  The only thing that was not fine for me was the Heat losing BIG TIME at home! Spurs Heat Game

163/365: Happy Independence Day To Us. Freedom!

12th of June

Today the Philippines is celebrating its 116th Year of Independence or as what we call it in the Filipino language “Araw ng Kasarinlan” .
Independence Day (Filipino: Araw ng Kasarinlan; also Araw ng Kalayaan, lit. "Day of Freedom") commemorating the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. It is considered as the country's National Day. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Philippine Independence Day is a legal holiday in the Philippines so most business establishments are closed.  Not for me though.  I’m working today so I will have the independence of being paid in double ha ha.

I invited my BFF who is not working today to come over to my work place in Makati City so we could have some bonding time after I get off from work.

As the nation observed the traditional Independence day celebration, me and my BFF is having our own version of independence.  The independence to…

Independence Day1. Eat
We ate in a Donut and pastry house. 
2. Stroll.
We went from city to another.
3. Eat again
We treat ourselves to street foods.
4. Register ourselves to two fun runs.
One in this June and another in July of this year
5. Shop.
I bought myself a pouch bag, a new memory card and some more stuff.
6. And eat again.
This time to an Italian restaurant where we had a huge pizza just the two of us!

We went home tired and broke but definitely happy!  Aaah!  This is what we call independence!

What about you?  Did you feel some sort of “independence” today?

161/365: Cat Misery – Bitten!

10th of June

How ironic it is that it was just yesterday when I was sharing a story about the mystery of a dead cat and my usual passion towards stray cats.  Today a very unfortunate incident involving a cat happened again.

It was raining hard all night and it was still raining in the dawn when I woke up today so I decided to get up early and prepare for work.  Living in Manila for years I am certain that heavy traffic is expected on this kind of weather.  Most likely the roads are flooded.  As I was preparing for work I was also stressing myself on how can I go to work early.  Today is an important day and I can’t be late.  Leaving home the earliest is the only solution so I’ll have extra time if ever an untoward incident happens.

So it was still dark when I hurriedly stepped out of our door all dressed up with my heeled shoes on.  Suddenly there was a wild sound from a cat who got hurt followed by a searing pain in my lower right leg.
I stepped on a cat and it attacked me!

I realized that seconds after hearing the cat cry and consecutively feeling the pain in my lower right leg. The cat hurriedly scoured away. It may have seek shelter during the rainy night and probably get comfortable with the doormat on our doorstep.

I took a hurried look on my right leg and saw a mark but I was still hurrying so I really didn’t had a clear look on how serious the wound was.  I went back inside the house and found the bottle of alcohol that I usually use to sanitize my hand when I’m working on my lappy. I hurriedly poured an amount of alcohol to the wound and ouch!  That was really painful I thought.

I then hurried out again because I can see hubby is now waiting holding the gate open for me waiting for me to be out so he can close it and then drive me to work. He asked about hearing a hurt cat and I casually replied that I stepped on tit.

It was still raining and I can feel the splatter of the water on my legs particularly on the wounded part, when I walk the distance from the door to the gate.  Along the drive I noticed that the pain is persistent and when I take a look there seemed to be some blood and that it looked like a prominent wound.  Hubby reminded me to check on it but I said that I’ll just go to the office clinic which I did.

It was in the clinic when I realized how the wound really looked like.  It does looks nasty! However the nurse is unable to tell if it is just a scratch or a bite.  After the interview, cleaning and a lot of “sweet scolding” from the company nurse on the manner I handled the incident I was instructed to consult a doctor as soon as possible. She said the doctor will be the one to examine if it’s just a scratch or a bite.

When I went to the doctor later that day, the doctor took just one look and confidently declared – BITE!

Cat Bite

The result?
Two immediate injections for today. One is the first shot of anti-rabies together with the very painful and “arm-crippling” anti-tetanus shot.  There are four more shots to go which will be given in the span of 30 days.  I feel more pain when I was told of the total cost of the injections - a whopping PhP11,000 ($255.00)!  Aaw!  Thank God it is covered by my health insurance. 

I was advised by the doctor to observe the cat for a certain period.  If it dies I’m in serious trouble (sigh and sad face insert here).  The problem is that I’m not sure which among the four cats who adopted themselves on our compound who attacked me. I did not bother to check because I am hurrying to work.

There’s a lot of lessons I learned from this including the very basic that health is important above all else. I exposed myself to a more serious damage because I gave more importance to work rather than taking care of my wound and doing what should be done.  I would gladly share these lessons learned in the next post.

I’m not blaming the cat nor my liking for them will change.  It was an accident caused by my carelessness.  I accidentally hurt it and it defensively bit me.  I know that is part of their being a smart creature.

I’m sure everything’s gonna be alright.  After all I am cat woman!  Meow…

160/365: Cat Mystery

9th of June

My family’s schedule did not match yesterday Sunday which resulted for me catching the last Sunday mass alone at 8:00PM. 

There is just one church is celebrating the 8:00PM mass which is a walking distance from home so I walk myself to catch this last mass.  I was enjoying the traffic-less Sunday night while I’m taking the short cut way to the church along the residential areax when suddenly something broke my peaceful walk.

A dead cat is lying in the middle of the residential street that I’m taking.  It was obviously ran over by a vehicle because I can clearly see the head injury where the blood was still coming out. 

As you know, there are just few things that can make me stop and stare while I’m on the street and one of them is (stray) cat.  When it’s alive and needs help I usually pick them and placed on a safe place.  But this one is dead.   I was considering to pick-up the dead cat but I am aware that it is unhygienic if I won’t be able to wash my hand immediately.   I also don’t know where to put it plus that I will be late for the mass.

I did not notice that I had stopped and was staring at the dead cat for several minutes until one of the residents said something that it was ran over by a passing vehicle.

I left the dead cat as it is and walk the rest of the distance to the church with a heavy heart thinking and hoping that one of the residents would pick up the dead body of the cat so it won’t be ran over again by another vehicle.  I know it is dead but it’s cruel to think that it would be ran over and over again.

When the mass ended I was hesitant to take the same route on the way back because I don’t want to see the dead cat again.  I vividly remembered how it looks like.  The size (estimated age), the color which is the very common color of stray cats – white and orange combination.    The same color of the four cats who adopted themselves on our compound.  I also vividly remembered its head oozing with blood and that it's dead.

I finally decided to take the same route on my way back because that route is familiar and safe for someone walking alone. I was hoping that the cat already resurrected and now consuming one of its nine lives.  Yes I seriously believe that cats have nine lives not because it is true but because I just want the cats to have nine lives or more.

To my surprised I did not find the body of the dead cat from the spot where I saw it.  Also, the street seemed extra clean compared when I took it on my way to the church. When I walked some more miles the mystery of the missing dead cat body is answered. There was an on-going street cleaning and the cleaning people were not only sweeping the streets but pumping the streets with pressurized water hose.  Hmn... this is something strange.  I walk this route on the same instance but this is the first time that I see people cleaning the street this way. Plus it's a Sunday?

Past forward to today…

I came out of the office building an hour over lunch time to eat out. Look at what I found leisurely lying just outside the main entrance of our building.

Seriously?
A stray cat right in front of our building entrance fronting a busy road in the
busy business district of Makati City? 
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And yes it looks like the dead cat I saw last night….

159/365: Sunday Song and Photograph: In My Dreams

8th of June

There was a time some time ago
When every sunrise meant a sunny day, oh a sunny day
But now when the morning light shines in
It only disturbs the dreamland where I lay, oh where I lay
I used to thank the lord when I'd wake
For life and love and the golden sky above me
But now I pray the stars will go on shinin'
You see in my dreams you love me

Daybreak is a joyful time
Just listen to the songbird harmonies, oh the harmonies
But, I wish the dawn would never come
I wish there was silence in the trees, oh the trees
If only I could stay asleep
At least I could pretend you're thinkin' of me
'Cause nighttime is the one time I am happy
You see in my dreams

We climb and climb and at the top we fly
Let the world go on below us
We are lost in time
And I don't know really what it means
All I know is that you love me
In my dreams

I keep hopin' one day I'll awaken
And somehow she'll be lying by my side
And as I wonder if the dawn is really breakin'
She touches me and suddenly I'm alive

in my dreams

And, we climb and climb and at the top we fly
Let the world go on below us
We are lost in time
And I don't know really what it means
All I know is that you love me
In my dreams

And we climb and climb and at the top we fly
Let the world go on below us
We are lost in time
And I don't know really what it means
All I know is that you love me
In my dreams, oh oh oh oh
In my dreams

The photograph is taken at a local park while I’m cooling down from a short run on a weekend. The insects scared me at first but then their behavior got me curious so I take a photo using my mobile phone.

The song just pops out of my mind while I’m taking the photo. One of my favorites from REO Speed Wagon and is my current LSS.

153/365: Philippine Festivities in the Month of July

2nd of June

It’s June and after this month is over the year’s second quarter or the first half is over!  Can’t believe I am now posting the feast and festivities for the seventh month o the year – July!  

July festivities is highlighted by the very popular SANDUGO Festival which is being celebrated by the Boholanos for the whole month of July in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

SANDUGO FESTIVAL, Tagbilaran City, Bohol July 1-31

The Sandugo festival is the commemoration of the blood compact between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.  The highlight of the festival is the Sandugo street dancing – a mardi gras type of parade.  The dances are depicting the theme of “friendship among equals and international diplomacy”.

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Here are the other festivals for the month of July:

SINUGDAN FESTIVAL, Maasin City, Southern Leyte July 1
SAN CARLOS CHARTER ANNIVERSARY. San Carlos, Negros Occidental, July 1
TANGGOGOAN FESTIVAL, Mati, Digos City, July 1
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUIBANG, Gamu, Isabela, July 1- July 2
FESTIVAL OF OUR LADY OF PIAT, Piat, Cagayan, July 1- July 2
FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS OF WAWA (PAGODA SA WAWA), Bocaue, Bulacan, July 3 (1st Sunday)
BANANA FESTIVAL, Tagum, Davao del Norte, July 1- July 10
ARAW NG DAVAO DEL SUR, DAVAO DEL NORTE, DAVAO ORIENTAL, Digos City, Tagum City, Mati, Dvo, Oriental, July 1
GATAS NG KALABAW FESTIVAL, Cabanatuan City, July 1-7
ARAW NG PASIG, Pasig City, July 2
SAGAYAN FESTIVAL (MARANAO WAR DANCE), Tubod, Lanao del Norte, July 4
PHIL-AM FRIENDSHIP DAY, Baguio City, July 4
BANIG FESTIVAL, Badian, Cebu, July 3
ALEGRIA DE ISABELA, Isabela City, July 8
HUDYAKA FESTIVAL, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, July 12
LUBID FESTIVAL, Malilipot, Albay, July 12-16
SINARAPAN FESTIVAL, San Buenaventura, Buhi, Cam. Sur
July 14-15,
S’LANG FESTIVAL, Malungon, Sarangani Province, July 15
SUBAYAN KEG SUBANEN FESTIVAL, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental,
July 15-16
BINUHAT FESTIVAL, Tagum City, July 17-23
TINALAK FESTIVAL, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, July 13-18
CORDILLERA DAY, Baguio City/ CAR provinces, July 15-30
PAHINUNGOD FESTIVAL, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, July 16
EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL DAY, Baguio City, July 16
PADIGOSAN FESTIVAL, Rizal Park, Digos City, July 19
KALIGA FESTIVAL (STREET PAGEANTRY), Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, July 22
LIBON PAROY FESTIVAL, Libon, Albay, July 22- 25
BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLNARIO MABINI, Talaga, Tanauan , Batanagas City, July 22
IBID FESTIVAL, Caibiran, Biliran, July 23
SUBILAN FESTIVAL, Batangas City, July 23
SINULOG DE TANJAY, Tanjay, Negros Oriental, July 24
KINABAYO FESTIVAL, Dapitan City, July 24
KINABAYO FESTIVAL (BATTLE OF COVADONGA), Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, July 24- July 25
KUTOO FESTIVAL, Cateel, Davao Oriental, July 25
KAUMAHAN FESTIVAL, Barili, Cebu, July 26
PAKAPYA-AGTIKE, Socorro, Mindoro Oriental, July 26
PANAGSOGOD FESTIVAL, Sogod, Cebu, July 25
KADAGATAN FESTIVAL, Cortes, Surigao del Sur, July 25
BUGANIHAN FESTIVAL, Compostela Valley, July 25-Aug 1
BALIKCARCANMADCARLAN CELEBRATION, Cantillan, Surigao del Sur,
July 25- July 31,
STA. ANANG BANAK TAGUIG RIVER FESTIVAL, Municipality of Taguig
July 26
ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF PAYE, Balimbing, Boac, July 30
ABAYAN FESTIVAL, Butuan City, July 31
SYENSAYA LOS BAÑOS SCIENCE FESTIVAL, Los Baños, Laguna
July ( no definite date yet)
KALAKAL FESTIVAL, Santa Maria, Laguna, July ( no definite date yet)
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PAYE, Brgy. Balimbing, Boac, Marinduque, July 31
SAN IGNACIO DE LOYOLA FIESTA, ComVal, Monkayo, July 31m

Photo Source: Google images
Festival information source: DOT Website

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