Cartagra – The garden of judgment where the contractor bearers battle for the king’s ring.
A boy named Yuuki who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. On the school he was attending a circulation of demon worshipper sacrificing someone emerges as different rituals were being conducted and animals have been sacrificed. One day, she meets this girl who apparently is a bearer. (Bearer is the term called to those people who made contracts with demons to do their bid and fight for the King’s Ring.) However, Yuuki did not believe and on the same night she saw a girl walking outside school dorms bothered by this he follows her and saw she is about to commit suicide. She actually committed suicide when she jumps the school’s roof and Yuuki was unable to save her. By twisted plotted fate the girl landed on some ritual circle of which summon Belial (if your worth enough of him and his power) offering Yuuki and tempting wish to bring his parents back from the dead. (Yuuki actually had his parents die right by his own eyes and his seeking udgment that is why he wants to be a prosecutor.) But instead of that wish he asked for the girl Amatsuki (the one who committed suicide) to be brought alive from dead. But demons cannot miracles from nothing. So in exchange of the girl life was Yuuki’s soul. And so the the fight of the Cartagra begins. Yuuki later then discovered that Belial is the one of the two highest rank demon the other one being Bael (which is not handsome as Belial and also twisted.)
But what if the truth will be revealed. That everything was only a play and a game. A bet wage by Devil and Angels of God. And what if Yuuki knews he was the reincarnation of Solomon who almost attain the King’s Ring. With the Devil betting the punishment of whatever heavens deemed fit for him and in return if he wins Lucifer will ascend into heaves. And the begin begun the moment Yuuki was born. Who will win?
Contract Bearers Story
Yuriya Yuuki – at young age he saw the death of is parents being murder infront of him. He was also shot but by luck the criminal ran out of ammo resulting only to his serious inury that lead to almost death. He made contract with Belial of which he was summoned by ritual and has the ability of to control the purgatory hell fire.
Sayaka Amatsuki – the girl who comited suicide and was saved by Yuuki. Apparently she is a more than meets the eye. She can hear and see the shape of a person’s heart and absorbs their pain. It was then that when she was saved by Yuuki in exchange for his soul that only her can relieve Yuuki from the pains while using Belial’s power.
Honoka Akishiro – Yuuki roomate and eventually become a bearer in contract with Bael that can control the rain and lightning. He admire Yuuki. Her wish was to see his mother and in exchange for that is the death of his grandfather whom he had thought was preventing him from seeing her mother. Only to find out that it was his grandfather who loves him deeply and was the one sending him letters under the guise of his mother name. He was kept away because his mother does not want him. That it was his grandfather that was happy that he was born while his mother actually wants for his abortion.
Kirio Aoi – contract with Asaroth who can control the snakes and paralysis. His wish was to play piano and in exhcnage granted for this was the permanent loss of his bestfriend to play the piano. He appararenlty was defeated and was release from his contract. But appararently the mircale/wish that was granted will cease also to exist once the contract has been completed and broken.
Rintarou Kirishima – he was in alliance with Kirio. He made contract with Agaser who is more secializing in information. His wish was to save his sister.
The Purgatory of Cartagra opens the curtain for Takahashi Ryo’s debut work in the supernatural genre. It is also known as Rengoku No Karatugura is a short manga with only 10 episodes. (Yup, pretty short. And the first time since from the long time I have read manga and write my review.) For me, the story is interesting and very evily twisted. I actually thought at first that Yuuki might be Lucifer’s reincarnation or sort of something but turns out he was Solomon’s reincarnation. Anyway, the story is interesting and painful. It reflects our wish and what could or might happen if we made a deal with the devils. Like what Asaroth said, “Only God can make permanent miracle and demons miracle cannot be made without nothing.” Pointing out that is you want something you need to sacrifice something in return but this is not permanent. It’s actually and interesting manga
Time doesn’t stop
Crime doesn’t stop
So I won’t stop till I’m sitting on top
I won’t go through the ordeal of not having you
Even if my breath ends
I will never leave your side
I want it to be you
Cause you’re the only one
I’ll have you, my perfect man
Till I drop
Your dazzling image makes me stop in place Rooted and unmoving From your head to toes, everything is perfect The moment you passed me by Wordlessly You light up this dull color world Your beauty is fantastic Your heaven sent fallin’ down Your level is different Even comparing you to anything might be a sin Even by looking at your showdown Was more than a blessing
I can’t get enough I cant get off of your love I can’t live without your love I am addicted In a blink of an eye, I’m by your side We kiss I feel so high Every time I count 1..2..3.. The world stops Only the pounding beat remains One kiss from you It runs havoc to my system I feel like I can have the whole world I live for this love This love
The Red Light The moment where time has stooped Yet your scent Only your scent lingers and remain Is this a dream? I don’t wanna wake up Rather, I want to fall Falling deeper Falling more and more unto you I’m trapped in your burning eyes
The Green Light I have gone crazy My heart pounds and about to burst It races only for you Should I rush to you? Like shooting stars, I pray I wanna reach for you Like a star seeing the sun I wanna revolve around you Though your hot I wanna approach you Touch you Feel you Finally, hold you in my heart Dazzle as I burn up
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
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.
The 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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.