September 24, 2016

Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

We conquered a part of Surigao del Sur back in July 2016. There are so many places to visit in Surigao del Sur and I wish I could visit each of them. I'm glad that I was able to share this travel experience in Surigao del Sur with my family and family friends. First stop is Tinuy-an Falls. Located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.


Tinuy-an means intentional.

The Legend of Tinuy-an Falls

Legend revealed that long before the Magdiwatu Mountain Settlers were enslaved by cruel tribesmen coming from the hinterlands of Agusan. They were mistreated by their masters and were forced to perform hard manual labor.

Tired of the maltreatment, the brave natives convened among themselves and created a plan to be free of the cruelty. So, one day, while rowing the gakit (bamboo raft) boarded by their masters, the slaves jumped off and intentionally shoved the gakit towards the waterfalls killing all their vicious masters and attaining the freedom that they longed for.

From then on, the high falling waters is called Tinuy-an Falls to commemorate the courage and gallantry of the heroic natives.





Tinuy-an Falls has three tiers. The image above is the first one. I was not able to up though since I was not too confident with my slippers. (Says the girl who climbed Tagbibinta Falls up to its 4th drop with only slippers on and held twigs on the way up! Haha!) I guess the older we get, the more we want to do stuff with more responsibility such as wearing the right gears in any activities. Just kidding, the locals wanted us to pay just so we could climb up! So everyone thought, we'll just let the drone fly and see everything for us. Hahahaha 



I remember staring at it for a while from afar, looking at how strong yet beautiful it is, hearing the strangely calming sounds of a strong impact of free falling water, feeling the splashing waters touch my skin as I walk closer and felt great to have such a beautiful place hidden in a province just nearby. 






Roll call: Kuya Melbert, Kuya Nuqui, Ate Aking, Ate Aling, Manoy Toben, Kuya Clarence, Not in the picture: Kuya Danny, and Kuya Arthur





 

Tinuy-an Falls, you are beautiful! I hope someday I can visit again and see more of what you have! :)

September 20, 2016

Life Lately | 3

I turned 26 a few days ago...


I took a day off on my birthday - I jogged on the treadmill for half an hour, cut my hair short, an hour of full body massage, ate my favorite salad (mambo salad), attended mass, and met up a few people along the way. It was nice.


I bought a new book - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. So far I am enjoying it. 


Visited Hatta with my family. It was nice to finally see mountains, greenery, and less people.


We had cakes and sandwiches in the office. There are seven September babies in the office so far!


And then I got sick after a few days... probably because of the change of weather. It always happens to me ever since I came in Dubai. 


My roommate came back from Philippines. She brought home food! Yay!


A shot of the sunset from my office today just before I left. It's getting cold now. Winter is coming. :)

September 17, 2016

Canibad, Samal Island

Right after a short swimming time (and jumping off cliffs) in Acantilado, we decided to go to Canibad. To the other side of the island. We got lost but it was fun. 



It was good to be back after five years!










It was great to spend the day with these people! I think nothing has changed except our goals and dreams in life. And also probably body fats for some of us! Haha I'm looking forward to seeing these people again hopefully soon :)

September 16, 2016

Time and Distance

I've been struggling for a while now
trying to find the right words to say
or write about you.
As the years go by,
my feelings slowly taste bland.
Is this how it is supposed to be?
The longer the years of longing,
the more immune you are of the distance.
The absence becomes too real
that you are actually not looking for
its time of presence anymore.
Time...
How tricky it is to get attached to someone
whose time zone is slightly
opposite to yours.
Distance...
How surprising it is to think about a love
that is going across the other side
of the world.
As these two expand,
the bond becomes weaker and weaker
until it breaks.
Until then no words could be written
down on a piece of paper.
No mailman will be standing outside our doors.
No line will be connected from here to there.
Until then we start over again
with our own selves.
Until then.

September 6, 2016

Ice Breaker #11: What was one of the most illegal things you ever did?





circa 2010: there was a tiny point in my university life where i was influenced by the happy stuff. so glad i left.

September 3, 2016

Acantilado, Samal Island

I went back home on July this year and had a good three weeks vacation. My first weekend adventure was spent with my college friends at Acantilado, Island Garden City of Samal!

Francis, EIleen, me, Carlo, Don, Adrian and JP
We left the city with all smiles at around 9ish am which was supposed to be 7 am if only Carlo woke up earlier! Hahaha


There is no entrance fee in this area. You just have to go there, park your car, enjoy the breeze and the view, and jump off the cliff! 


Samal Island is like my second home. It's the closest place I'd go to if I want some adventure. I guess all Dabawenyos would say the same!




At the tip of the cliff. 












We spent almost half a day in the area and decided to drive to Canibad (on the other side of the island). We kind of got lost going there but it's fine as long as our favorite songs are played on the stereo! Good times. I honestly miss everybody. :)

Good times, crazy friends, amazing memories!
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