February 23, 2014

The Mermaid Witch Book Review

Children's books are always fun! And this for sure is one of them. It's about a mermaid witch who lives her extraordinary life happily. A very good book for your little ones to read. It will teach them the morality of being good and worry-free. 

It's such a sweet things to receive a personal handwritten letter from the author of the book you like! :)

  The illustrations are clever and funny. The colors are bright; it lightens up the mood even more. A very good read even for an adult like me! 

Thank you, Mike Dimesa for the book! And Goodreads for the chance of winning the book! :)

February 21, 2014

Samal Road Trip

We spent the afternoon of January 23rd driving around the Island Garden City of Samal (popularly known as Samal Island). We went from Babak to Penaplata then to Kaputian and vice versa.


A view from the barge. That is one of the boats sailing in the sea that day. Behind that is [part of] Davao City.

There was nothing much during that ride. We did not mean to check in one of the resorts. It's just one of those random times where Kuya Mel wants some adventure. He just likes to drive around any place! Which is a good thing because we get to know some places, then-unknown cultures (e.i. like how the people live in this place, how they rock and how they roll!), new things! In short, it's like a school field trip. :)




This is the road going to a new subdivision site in the island. I have a bad/good idea about this though. Bad because I feel sad seeing part of the island go bald because of this. At home, in the city, we can see most of the island and back then it was mostly green but now, due to this big construction (and others), we can see its baldness. Good because it's a development where people can occupy. Let's just hope that the people who will live here soon will take care of their own private surroundings!

It was past three in the afternoon when Kuya Mel wanted to drink some coffee. So we were in search for a place -- a resort or a store --  along the rocky, muddy, and quiet road. Then we spotted a resort. The owners and other personnel were there but guests. So we went there walking around the area, taking pictures and drawing/writing pictures/names in the white sand. It was a nice beach resort to be in! But unfortunately, they have no coffee (or any food, I think) available that day. I guess they didn't have any expected guests during that day so they did not really prepare anything? Hm.


So we decided to move along and Kuya Mel brought us to a viewing site of the Malipano Islands. Similarly, the owner of the land was there and he informed us that maybe soon he will put up a restaurant in the place!

Along the road, my sister contacted her workmate from years ago. We visited their home at Babak and had dinner together with her sweet family.

After some chitchats, we drove back to catch the 9-PM barge ride going to Davao City. The wind was so cold that night so we decided to stay inside the car.

It was a good day well spent together with these people! It's my first time to drive around the city because usually I just travel there and stay for a night at a beach resort with friends. That day was different and it was a great experience being in different places in a short time. I am thankful for this short but great experience. :)

February 19, 2014

2014: Northern Mindanao (CARAGA Region & Southern Mindanao) Road Trip (Fifth Day)


Fifth day!

Bound to Davao!

This was our route. As you can see, we traveled more (or less) 346 kilometers.

We surely did a lot of stop overs just because! :D

Butuan City!

Nasipit. My siblings said they've been there before when our parents were still alive. They rode a ship from there to Bohol every time they visit my father's place. I am not sure if this is the place where my mother brought me when we rode a ship going to Bohol. It probably is. I was too young to remember but whether it is or not I can somehow remember some images and the feelings it bring everytime I look back to those early years.

We bought some bread at a local bakeshop in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. This pack of sugar-coated peanuts is made from there.

Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur!

A young rice farmer at Bayugan City. We had a chitchat with some of them. They're all happy folks! :D

Kuya Mel experienced planting rice in his younger years in his hometown. He demonstrated how it's done.

We always took a stop over at every Municipal Hall we pass by and, of course, take picturesss.

Municipality of Carmen!

Another version of "skylab"! It's more fun in the Philippines! :P


I can't remember where is this but I am sure that this was the second to the last stop we had.


Our last stop was in Tagum City where we had dinner at the famous night market! (P.S. we just had bread, chips, banana cue, coke, water for lunch along the road) One (or two?) street is dedicated only for the night market where there are different stalls of different kinds of barbecue, sea foods, and others. It was so festive! After dinner, we walked around the place and rode back home to Davao City. We got home around 9 PM. It was a long ride but it was fun. I am very thankful for the chance to travel with these people. The people who are with me in that picture are mostly the people who have given me strength through the years. So I am very happy to spend time and travel with them. Anyway, it was a happy vacation. A good one! :)

February 18, 2014

2014: Northern Mindanao (& CARAGA Region) Road Trip (Fourth Day)

A micro shot of the pine tree in front of Ate Anna's yard
On our fourth day in Cagayan de Oro city, we fetched Ate Anna to Laguindingan Airport which is  approximately 39 kilometers from their home. At the same time, packed our bags because we are also heading home back to Davao City.

Ate Anna & Manoy Junjun

Me a.k.a. chubby girl

After fetching Ate Anna, we went straight ahead on our way to Davao City which is approximately 525 kilometers! It could have been a short ride if we used the other route but it's not fun! So we opted to drive on the longer and much exciting route.

We passed by big bridges, rice fields, corn fields, mountains, and more beautiful scenery along the road. We traveled from Cagayan de Oro, Tagoloan, Jasaan, Salay, Kinoguitan, Talisayan, Medina, & Gingoog. 

It was too dark on the road and there were no lights as well. It was so scary and cold but we just laughed it off and tried to find a place to stay in. Luckily, we found a hotel at Gingoog City. So we stayed there for the night.

Ate Aling, me, Kuya Mel, Ate Aking, & Manoy Junjun

It was a long ride. Thank goodness we're safe. :) 
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