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Malayan-Indian Tradition: Seaweed Flour

Conversations coming from experiences in Belize, Central America are quite rare to have with someone whom you just met for a brief moment. His tales of hidden paradise and unforgotten cultures, caught my attention as I was holding on to a seaweed freshly caught from the shore – locally known as “guso.” I enjoyed talking to a man who might have been to most parts of the world and my eyes we’re like puppy dogs’ that were so eager to know more. Read more →

Day 54: The Guy Named Nathan

I can’t believe I shared a sunset with a total stranger, on the deck of the boat, with a picturesque scene just like in the movies! It was really not that romantic, although my mind was swirling with different thoughts like “Someone special should be right here next to me, and sharing a view over the horizon between the two islands – together!!!” Then my “romantic trail of thoughts” disappeared when he asked for my number… 😛 So, I had this defense mechanism, and I said “Sorry, my boyfriend will get upset if I gave you my number.” Oops. I lied. 8) Then I left. Read more →

Embracing History: A Look at Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

The Basilica de Santo Niño de Minor is a 16th Century Church in Cebu City which was the first to be built out of earth, nipa, and hard wood. Later, it was remodeled with hard stone. The church was built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus found by Spanish explorers in 1565, which was preserved in a burned wooden box that was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition. Read more →

Under Magellan’s Cross

March 16, 1521: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed on Cebu and on April  21, 1521, he planted the Christian Cross, now known as “Magellan’s Cross” to signify the conversion from paganism to Roman Catholic faith. It is found inside a small chapel or a “kiosk” along Magallanes Street, near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and across the City Hall of Cebu.  However, the original cross is encased in another wooden cross to preserve it. Read more →

Day 50: A Map For Thursday

It was a month before the Nursing Licensure Examination and I found myself staring at our wall filled with reminders, notes, and motivational quotes, posters, illustrations – practically a huge room-sized “vision board.” It was an hour before the exams and I made use of that time to pray the rosary. Then, it was time to take the test and a few months after… I passed. 8) Read more →

Day 43: Burning Passion

Today I learned about “passion” – doing things in life that you actually enjoy. For me, passion is falling inlove with what you do, pursuing those things that make you happy, and above all, it gives you that “purpose of living.” I mean, you take control. Read more →

Local Legends of The Chocolate Hills

On our way to the popular tourist destination site of Bohol, Philippines, I was having an awkward conversation with our driver. Although he’s not our tour guide, he still tried to answer my queries. Obviously, I could not hold my thoughts together: I was really curious of how these hills came about and why was it named “Chocolate Hills?” I even joked about it by asking a ridiculous question if these legendary hills were edible. Good thing the driver could not understand Hiligaynon – else, I’d be such a lousy joker. 🙂 Read more →

Day 42: Experiences Put Into Words

It is great that I am almost done with the Bohol blog series, I only have three posts left before working on Cebu, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Negros Oriental and Occidental, Manila, and lastly, Iloilo. May will be another month of trips and I hope I could finish these backlogs sooner. Read more →

Bohol Afternoon: The Joy of Packaged Tours

The minute you set foot on Bohol land, you will be the center of attention among the locals, marketing to you their good packaged tours for an affordable budget. They are like swarms of excited people, waving their hands at you, maintaining eye contact, and of course, pointing at their vans awaiting for you to nod your head for a sign of approval. They sure are interesting. Read more →

Day 41: Learning The Basics

I am not an expert in blogging, although I did multiple blog entries in some of my websites, which I do for fun and for my writing freedom too – but those are not really “niche articles.” Just like learning how to solve complex mathematical equations, I placed myself as the student of those who are what I call “professional bloggers.” I learn from them – from the structure of an article to the labeling of photos to the inline links, it was like I was in Journalism class all over again. Read more →