Weekend Getaway!

Midterms off. Healing on. 

After the stressing week of midterms and the releasing of results heartbreaking and not results. My friend, classmate, neighbor and the person I always walk whenever going home with decided to escape from law school and everything that has to do with it. As well as the work and the daily life. Since both of us are probinsyana girls or those who grew up in the country side we decided that the best way for us to be filled with positivity is to be with the environment we grew up, the nature. The comfort it offers reminds me of home and the warmth of it. And coincidentally we both have on our bucket list to go is the Sirao Garden and Temple of Leah. With my favorite playlist on! We hit the road for an hour drive.

 

First Stop Sirao Garden

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Mountains. Greens. Trees. Flowers. Fresh Air. It’s really the best healing place for my soul who had been occupied by the pressure of law school. The dizzy life of the city and the fast pacing environment around me.  The moment we are out in the city and the mountains and trees are anything I can see. That was really the moment for me  realize how much I miss home. 

 

IMG_20170820_200518The garden’s flowers are not the rare type. In fact I can almost see this in my hometown but what make’s it stand out is that it was properly arranged in rows, taken care of and how they have grown. Plus the fact that it was already in mountains and cold fresh air is surrounding you with endless greens and trees as well as clear skies it makes the place more astounding. No big cities. No busy life. Just carefree moment. Just a peaceful moment where I can hear the bird and feel the wind kissing me. 

 

And I’m actually embarrassed too. Talk about being too carefree I was wearing my headphones and Most Girls by Hailee was playing I was even dancing and singing and the foreigner couple who was near me told me such a cheerful girl and was smiling. I’m not really good in handling compliments it makes me shy and awkward but I’m glad people can still see the happy virus in me. That I can rarely show my classes as professors always taught I am not serious and not dedicated enough. 

There is a small cafe in there and you can order simple dishes even your favorite coffee might be on the menu as well as some delicacies of the place was also there. For me I order sikwati (Cacao chocolate) and Puto Maya (Sticky rice?). Both taste heaven as you sit in there small yet fancy cafe and rest your feet from walking around the garden. 

 

Second Stop Temple of Leah

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Going down from the mountains is the next stop the Temple of Leah. I really thought that this temple was preserved due to it being a relic of history only to find out when I got there that the temple was created for the love of the husband to his wife. He build the temple for his love to his late wife as a signed of undying love and faithfulness. The temple was inspired in Greece temple along with statutes that you only find in Greece. All I can comprehend is that she is a goddess in the eyes and heart of his husband. The best feature of this temple is the overlooking view of the city. 

 

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The 10,000 Roses

It was holiday last Monday so I got the privilege to spend and spare some time off (Law school and work got me chained on a fixed plan and schedules.) and went to the 10,000 Roses Cafe here in Cebu. It’s kind of far from Cebu City but the place is actually nice and small. (Though it’s hard to appreciate if there are lots of tourist and locals and its pretty small compared to what you could have expected.)

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The 10,000 Roses Cafe made it’s official announcement of opening late month of 2016 or the early 2017. (Not really sure, I forgot. It’s just it was on my bucket list.) The cafe is affordable like any other cafe’s you see in the city but the main attraction was the 10,000 roses. Such a creative idea to have lights in the form of roses. It attracts both locals and tourist alike and from neighboring city. 

The location site is really well thought of. The cafe is situated at the sea side over looking the opposite site and well lighted view of Cebu City. (Yup, you can clearly identify the Crown Tower.) You can really relax and have a good talk or you just want to be left alone. 

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But my advice do not go there in a holiday or any day that everybody is free. The reason, you can’t fully enjoy the scenery due to the place being overcrowded. You can stroll the area but definitely you can’t go to the center of the roses to have your picture taken. 

Directions:

A private car or rented car you can just drive straight directly to Cordova. (I’m not sure to specifics of direction but you can asked the locals of the place. Just make sure you had GPS so you won’t get lost.) Anyway, my friend and ride a V-hire or van in SM City Reclamation (Not the SM seaside, the one beside Radison Blu Hotel) it cost around 50 pesos if you go straight to Cordova. However, we made a stop on Lapu-lapu to pick the our friend. So via Lapu-Lapu City its only 35.00 php. And from there we rode a jeep which is only 9.00 php. Once we reached our stop that we asked of the driver we rode a tricycle that cost as 10.00php each staright to the 10,000 Roses. We arrived there around 7pm in the evening and really lots of people are already in there. 

There is also an entrace fee of 20.00 php. I guess the government officials of the place use the toll to maintain the cleanliness and order of the area since lots of people are really coming. 

 

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Departure

Far away I shall go
Away from the borders of my comfort
To a new horizon
To unknown territories
Searching
I don’t know
One thing for certain
Send me away with your love
Send me your blessings
As I depart on the shore

Wild Berries and Cucumbers in the Backyard

“Just wash them and eat.” My annoyed sister (Fun fact: My sister Danielle is a incoming 4th year Agriculture student she majors Horticulture minoring in Plant breeding.) told me after asking the same question if this wild berries and cucumbers she found is edible for the tenth times. We are tending the garden and cleaning up all the grass to plant the seedlings she had brought from the university when she found familiar wild plants. (I may love going on food trips but I definitely not the person who eats unknown plants. Plants I cannot identify. Plants I haven’t see. I am not a dare devil when it comes to food.) But stubborn as she is she shove one to my mouth because nothing has happened to me. So I’ll tell you my tale. (By the way, I’ll describe it based on what I have taste and it personally looks at me.) Like what the pirates say “Dead Man tell no Tales.”

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The first one was a Physalis. It can be commonly identify as lantern berries. It is a fruit with husk. It is light green and the texture is like a tomato (it’s like a mini tomato actually) as for the taste reminds me of strawberry, or pineapple, with mild acidity. But there is other color such as yellow. To eat it you have to peel to reveal the fruit. 

creepc1The second one is Creeping Cucumber: Melothria Pendula. A plant I have been seeing my whole life yet ignoring it at the same time because I thought its just nothing but a wild grass creeping in a tree or in the fence with some weird green and black fruit. Accordingly, only the green ones can be eaten while the black one which are ripe are not edible. My sister told me that this plant has a big reputation and in fact they are breeding this on their green houses. And because I have written I can say it is completely safe. ^^

Ending My 2017 Summer

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“Time is almost up! School bells are ringing, calling us back. But before you fold your bikinis, tuck you surfing boards, and move on from summer. Give your self one push for the summer of 2017. Be it on your favorite beach, on the solitude of the forest or just at home having a barbecue party with the family. It’s your call. End it with a blast. No regrets.” – Aly, at somewhere Island, 5-28-17. 

Undiscovered Gem: Bawbawon Island

So I decided to post all my travels and food adventures because my personal instagram has official been deactivated for good. And share my little stories while on it. (This the beauty of blog) Include is also how to get in here as well as necessary information. Let’s go!

Undiscovered Gem: Bawbawon Island

8.jpgAccording to one locals the island officially open for public in 2013. It is both private and government property (I’m thinking that the island itself is owned by individuals as well as surrounding lands but the road access was made by the local government. An existing agreement must have been made to benefit both ends. Which is common practice). And it is not cement road so you better be prepare for bumpy ride. (Another reason for the undeveloped road its because driving a  tourist from highway to the island is a living of local drivers or the habal-habal drivers.) The island has no running water and electricity so you must bring your own necessities in there. There are locals residing on the island itself who are selling some foods and stuffs.

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There are two ways to enter the island first one is by pambot or small boat you have to pay 35php. It will bring you straight to the island beach passing over the mangrove forest. The second one (which I took along with my cousin) is the footbridge. Upon reaching the entrance of the island you can walk via bamboo bridge (Kawayan bridge). The bridge connect the main island to the Bawbawon Island passing under the big mangroves and really a bridge made in the sea! Don’t worry about being lost (I got lost too.) there are locals you will meet once you reach the island and can asked direction.

4.jpgPassing over the mangroves and reaching the island you must literally enter on a semi forest. Once you passed in here you will reach the beach and locals residents. But you might also wonder that there is not tourist in there its because they are on the other side or rather the inside, in the heart of the island which is another walk. Imagine Boracay station 1, 2 and 3 concept (minus the crowds and all things in the stations but rather over grown grasses and overgrown corals) the island is somewhat that long.

5.jpgLet’s just say on station 1 is the point where you manage passed the footbridge and the semi forest you will reach the beach but only locals are in there. So another walk (Yup, another walk) but not on the beach side but on the inside of the island itself. It’s because the islands sea shore is mostly made on corals and trees are there you cannot walk. Along the shore there is also caves made of corals! (Too bad I did not have the chance to view it because the water is high and my swimming skills is to save myself and becomes only confident when someone good in swimming is with me.) 

6.jpgOnce you’ve passed the lemon grass area you will reach station 2 where mostly cottage are located and you can as well overnight stay in here. (Fun fact  bermuda grass is growing in there. Haha.. But remember no water and electricity). Then walking further you can consider is station 3 (just imagine it.. but not really boracay). Compare to area 2 there is not much of a cottage in here. The choice is up to you specially if you are looking for privacy to where you wanted to stay. (Just side note: Unlike in any beaches that you usually go in swimsuits specially for women, locals in there will look at you. Literally stare at you. That is because they are not expose to the kind of seeings. Still conservative. If you don’t want that stare better look for a private place to enjoy.)

How to get in the Island

The nearest point if you are really from far away is to first reach Ozamis City (via plane, boat, or land). Dipolog or Dapitan would be kind of far both that is why I’m recommending Ozamis. (If your have private car or a local near the area just drive straight to Plaridel, Misamis Oriental). From Ozamis (if your commuting) you to there Agora Terminal you can either choose to ride a bus or a van (I recommend the van much faster it will only be an hour travel) that will go to Calamba or Dipolog because you can just tell the driver to drop you off for Bawbawon Island. (Yup, they knew! They would really drop you off at the highway for the entrance of the island.) The fare is 100php for the  van, bus its 125php. From drop off point you can hire a habal-habal to reach the foot bridge it will cost you 25php and this would be another 3 kilometers. Once you reach the footbridge sign the attendance for visitors as will as drop off your donation (any amount). And from there you can choice as to whether to walk or to ride a boat. It’s really easy travel

So enjoy the Island! Please respect it. No throwing of garbage or anything. It’s really clean and untouched. And on the closer inspection it is not actually white sand its more of corals. My cousin and I think it was submerged before and the sea water had lower the is why an island was formed.

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Manga Review: Chronos – Deep

chronos-deep-2804403Chronos-Deep is about a boy that was saved but ended up with no memories of where a mysterious fire that cause the sudden death of his family. Nanasawa Io has then lived a life of an outcast. He is feared as animal around him (at the beginning of the story) begin popping up dead. This brings an investigation into Io by a group know as the Titans. The Titans goal is to hunt down and destroy Kagetsuki- people who have become possessed by malicious shadows. However, what the Titans soon discover about Io isn’t what they expected.

Assigned on him was Hatsuki and Koyomi both are also possessed by shadows however they managed to keep their humanity and control their shadows or so they thought. (Because later on the manga they will learned that they are chosen by some of the 13 guardians as their host). Hatsuki who was trailing Io believed that he is not possessed and did not turned into a Kagetsuki. Let’s just say because Io has no friends and family Hatsuki grow fond of Io soo much.

chronos-deep-2804443Cannot be determine whether Io is an enemy or an ally. Meg head of their team (consist of Io, Hatsuki and Koyomi later to be joined by Souo) was asked to conduct a test per order of the head of the division of Titans. So they were sent to a school were a Kagetsuki was prying and already 3 dead people is confirmed. Then they learned that Io shadow Chronos can kill a shadow without killing the host. One thing the Titan members cannot do.

Later they face Haru, a human, who has hatred towards Io. He also possess Uranus (which is the same with Chronos) and has a grudge towards humanity. Because of Haru’s appearance suddenly everything came to pieces and their fate was already connected seven years ago. That fateful day where everything starts. The day their memory was sealed to hide the truth. The day the malicious shadow starts swarming the human world.

d6e45be69724243f1054ffde58ec59a8What’s up everyone?! It’s been quite some times since I post about Manga. I’ve been reading actually manga’s past few days but I haven’t have finished it cause some really are not my genre and the story is rather boring until Chronos-Deep.

Chronos-Deep is a short supernatural manga (25 chapters only). And its been quite long since I read a short manga about supernatural adventure action similar to the likes of Fairy Tail. The story is really nice and the ending is good. But there is still a lingering feeling that it is not really the ending. Despite that it was completed 2013 I think a new volume is possible. Why? Their are 12 wardens of the gate connecting humans and shadows along with Chronos as their head their are 13 wardens overall. Only 7 of them has been showed. (Chronos, Thethys, Themis, Cean, Mnemosyne, Krei and Rhea.). Riku (younger sister of Souo who possessed Rhea) has a shadow but the name was not revealed or if it is one of the 12 wardens. I think the eight one that was revealed was the shadow of their former head director Kiriki (I forgot the name of his warden) but also one of the 12 wardens but went missing after the incident with Haru. Spoiler alert. The end shows that Meg and Haru (now on one team along with the rest) is looking for Kiriki so this is something really interesting but hanging.

But I really love is the last chapters of the manga. Where the Shadows shrunk to small sizes and how they choose their host. It’s pretty cute and heartwarming. So if you are not into shoujo like the one I have post and read before I would recommend this one. It’s short and refreshing. Also all types of characters are present. I really like the story not the characters.. hahaha.. But rest assured it is very enjoyable.