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          ​I was jolted awake at around 1 this morning by a panicked call on Facebook from my sister, a dealer at Resorts World Manila. Thinking that it was a terror attack, she checked  on us and her exact words were: “kumusta kayo? Ta&*^/ nagpuputukan dito. May isis!”

       Could anyone blame her for thinking that it was a terror attack? Hearing news about Marawi everyday, the situation in Syria and the attacks on Europe – that was the first thing that popped into her head. The gunman was only a few feet away from her, imagine the terror! 

      She was able to run to the nearest exit and the rest is not my story to tell. Thank God for Facebook because we were immediately informed that she was safe. 

        What I’m trying to say is believe what you want but do not trivialize the fear of people esp those WHO WERE ON THE SCENE. 

        She lost one of her friends by the way. Let us pray for those innocent lives. Now more than ever we need the protection of God against all kinds of evil.

Cooking Adventure: Pigs in a Blanket

We are expected to report back to work tomorrow and I still feel a wee bit lazy. I came across this recipe on my FB wall and I thought why not?! Going back to the kitchen and eating something comforting just might give me the push that I need.

Thanks to this recipe: http://riceype.blogspot.com/2017/03/pigs-in-blanket.html

I was able to enjoy these little piggies in a blanket.

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Teachers’ Outing 2017: The Bicol Adventure

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It’s the annual Teachers’ Summer Outing and this year we visited the very beautiful Bicol Peninsula. We acquired a tri-city tour promo from one local travel agency and enjoyed a tiring yet very fun trip. We rode a van from Manila and it took us 12 hours to get to our destination.

Our first stop was the province of Albay where we reveled in the beauty of Mt. Mayon. My mom is originally from Bicol and I lived in the town of Daraga for two years. Honestly, I didn’t appreciate it that much before. I was 8 or 9 at that time and all I really cared about at that time was playing. It was like putting on a new pair of glasses when we entered the province. Mt. Mayon looked so grand and beautiful; no wonder the legend says it was once Daragang Magayon or Beautiful Lady. We went to Cagsawa Ruins where we took a lot of pictures and had fun riding the ATV.

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Then we visited Hoyop-hoyopan cave and learned a thing or two about fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.

We also visited Quitwinan hills where we enjoyed another breath taking view of Mt. Mayon and even explored a Japanese tunnel which was used during the Second World War.

Then we dropped by Sumlang Lake, a picturesque lake in the middle of a rice field. The entrance was fairly cheap as well as the raft rent but the sun was really hot and we were really exhausted from travelling all day that we had to pass from the opportunity. We also went to Daraga church, said a short prayer and went straight to Legazpi City for dinner.

We left very early the next day and had another six hour road trip to Caramoan. We got there at exactly lunch time so after eating, we dressed up and went island hopping. Survivor Africa is currently shooting in one of the islands so we were not able to visit that but that’s fine because all the islands we visited are really beautiful. No wonder Survivor chose those islands, the terrains could look pretty in pictures but they don’t seem too friendly in person. You got to have some skills and determination to get to know them better.

Our last day was spent going around Naga City. By this time, it was raining so we were not able to get down from the van when we visited CWC and the Naga Cathedral. We were able to visit a deer farm and I am so glad I was able to visit Our Lady of Peñafrancia before we headed back to Manila.

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It was another memorable three days of summer. I wish I could still visit a few more places before the season ends.

Field Trip 2016

Our class had a field trip last Tuesday. We visited a zoo and a doll museum. Truth be told, I was not really excited about this one because I’d rather stay at home and lie around with my smart phone. I have used up my mobile data units and there was no wifi in the places we’re going to visit.

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But there’s something about a trip to the zoo that brings out a child in you. I would not call myself an animal lover, sure I have a pet but I am not really fascinated with reptiles and huge mammals. However, I found myself smiling and being amazed at how huge tigers and lions and giraffes are. They don’t have an elephant and the baby rhino is undergoing a medical check-up. The variety of snakes and tarantulas are both scary and fascinating.

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Then there’s the doll museum. It was another sight to behold. I did not own a lot of dolls as a kid because I prefer Legos and cooking sets. I had my first Barbie doll at nine and I cut its hair because I forgot that it wouldn’t grow back. All those dolls silently looking at us were a bit creepy but once arranged in a scenery, they are somehow enchanting and magical.

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It was a day long trip and we were all exhausted when we went home. The kids’ laughter and their ooh’s and aah’s and wow’s made all the tiredness go away.

Happy Birthday sisters!

Two of my sisters are November celebrants, Jane last November 2 and Jackie November 13. They decided to celebrate together so we went out for dinner.

Oh, they know me so well. I am not the type to get all mushy. They know I love them and it’s all that matters. But tbh, I am just really tired. Happy birthday my dear sisters! 🙂

Twenty Six Years and Counting

As I have always shared, I don’t meet my friends as often as I used to. We are all busy with our own lives, trying our best to make our existence better. We only meet each other on FB lately so I really miss them.

Finally, after almost six months, we were able to find time. Ana’s daughter is a member of their school’s marching band and they performed near our place.

Gladys and I became doting titas while Ana became a stage Mom. There are times that I am still amazed how long we have known each other and stayed friends throughout these years. 

We met during the first day of high school. Although we belong to the same barkada, we were not really what you would call close. Ana and I used to bicker a lot. I used to tell nasty stuff about Gladys behind her back. Gladys used to get annoyed by our jokes. We have other friends and we only hang out with each other if we have no choice. 

Those four years in high school flew by. We went to different universities. Our group stayed in touch but our number became smaller and smaller. We were 12 in high school, about ten years after we graduated, only Ana, Gladys, Ted and I were left. We just grew apart, some migrated, others just forgot. Then, Ted passed away. He was actually the one who brought the three of us closer to each other.

I can never imagine how my life would be without these two. If Jingle is my best friend, Gladys and Ana are my sisters from different parents.