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Daily Prompt: All Grown Up

Daily Prompt: All Grown Up: When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?

AT MY AGE, I still go back to my yesterdays when I was still a little child for no matter how grown up I am now, I still miss my fixation stage and the times I spent with my mother, crack jokes with her, act childishly, boisterously laugh with my big sister, hanging out with  my high school friends, and above all, my undisputed fifteen years of being with my late twin sister.  They’re so sweet and familiar yet my present is quite more upbeat and adventurous though.  In the past, I can hardly recall the times I acted so grown up already for there were a lot of instances when I had to stand for what I believe in and they all took a real an adrenalin rush.  Partly I enjoyed, partly I got scared and partly I felt lonely and just wanted to run home.  A lot just happened in my life and funny how I can still recall most of them while the other some, I just can hardly remember.

My photo taken yearback December 2009!

My photo taken year back December 2009!

YET, IF THERE’S this first time I ever felt like a real grown up, I would say that, it was the time I moved away from home and got myself here in Metro Manila for a Call Center job.  It was an adventure for me for, though I had already previously visited Manila, I still had never settled for good and that time, I had to and it surely excited me.  Just to say that, though I was still in my own country, the place was still very foreign and strange.  I got culture shocked at first time for life here was just so far different from my province.  Here, life was so fast yet back in my hometown, all was easy and lay-back.  I wasn’t used in a severe traffic, then I had to hurry for I’ll be late.  I had to work in Makati and the travel was long.  Everything here was just too expensive and I was still on a very tight budget.  Overall, lifestyle was really different.  I also had to be very mindful for I never knew whom to trust.  Life here in this big city was so difficult and I can never count the number of times I used to say, “I’m quitting!” and I just wanted to go back home yet I just can’t for home was just miles away.  I can never forget my many sleepless nights and crying times.  It took time for me to adjust and thank GOD, I was able to.  He helped me out in this big city and He guided me all along.  He was my only refuge and I got no one to hold on but Him.  And here now, I’m all grown up now.  I’m already stronger and I already learned a lot from this sole journey.  This is the only place I’ve stayed longer than usual except for my hometown.  Though I can never deny that I easily get depressed lately and I once again have this feeling of being homesick and just want to go back home but I’m fighting it because — it’s all here!  My life is all here.  I have already settled here and I already made it for three straight years.  There’s just no room for quitting anymore.  Besides, my work is here, my circle of friends, my relatives, my life.

My photo taken last January 2013!

My photo taken last January 2013!

GOD is indeed good.  He gave me adequately.  He never came too early nor too late.  And, I’ll say it again — HE DOES NOT COME TOO EARLY NOR TOO LATE!

 

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Daily Prompt

 

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

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A real moment in time!  This is an old picture I uploaded on Facebook captured last June 29, 2011.  I was with my sister by heart but not biologically related best friend named Wilmzie with his brother, Chris who captured this caught-in-a-moment, self-detailed photo for without any warning, he just flipped his camera from its case and decided to take our picture in this not-sure-to-be-trusted place at night for some reported phone snatch scenes randomly occurred.

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It all started so funny for the three of us, so unplanned, unprepared, without any permission from the elders, decided to go to Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna, Philippines where all different kinds of Unlimited Rides of a lifetime can be found and enjoyed for the whole day.  So many things and unexpected events occurred along the way as we traveled to this nearby province just an hour and a half away up north Manila yet, we still managed to get there safely around three in the afternoon.

Then the magic began and the day started just right!

We enjoyed the whole day, taking unlimited pictures in almost every corner of the whole park and bravely taking breathtaking rides.

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We enjoyed the food as well and talk along the way.  Everything in there was already almost nearly perfect and though we arrived there late in the afternoon, we still all felt like we got there since morning and enjoyed the rest of the day.

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We did enjoy everything in there and the companionship of us, three as well.  We were like little kids running from one ride to another, laughing at one joke to another, eating from one store to another and living our lives like there was no tomorrow.  Bottomline is, it was all F-U-N!

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It’s already night when we left the place and commuted a provincial bus back to Manila and along the way, we’re still very happy.  A lot of talks and chit-chats and knickknacks on the other hand.

I happened to be the walking map at this one-day out and I somehow got confused on where to stop to get home.  Bravely I assumed I knew it all along and so we stopped at a certain bus stop.

As we got off the bus, I looked around and definitely, it’s EDSA, the main access road in the whole Metro Manila that takes a traveler from one city to another city within the metro.  I proudly said, “Yah, we’re here!  And all we need is just one more bus ride and we’re home.”  Then so I tried to call for a bus yet none of them stopped over.  There were a lot of buses passing us yet none of them even dared to look at us.

“That’s weird!”  I whispered then I looked around again and there I realized that we made a wrong stop.  The right one was still almost half a kilometer away which we needed to walk at that time.  I so hated it.  I hated it because it was my mistake.  I always hate making mistakes and above all, to suffer the consequences there is to take.  Worse was that, it even took us minutes for us me to realize it.

So there, we walked until we got to the right bus stop.  Wilmz and I realized where we were and felt a little chill right up our nape and so we not-obviously glanced our eyes to each other like pretending that we understood each other’s thought, and alertly looked around while waiting for the right bus.

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Surprisingly, Chris, her brother, without any negative thought and unaware of the place, took his camera, positioned the lenses and was about to take our picture which startled us and made us unconsciously react in very different unprepared ways that got so lousily caught in the above picture.  Funny how we reacted that got captured in the very first undeniable photo for what we actually told him was “Huwag!” a Filipino word that means, “Don’t!”  That’s because there were a few passers-by anywhere and not to take the risk, one in a million chance, the camera may get snatched.

I’m not saying here that this certain place along EDSA is indeed a notorious place.  It’s only that time where random occurrences were reported almost every night.  This time, I even walk the place some time at night all alone and I no longer get scared as how the place used to scare me before.

So, that’s the story of this cannot-be-denied startled photo.  I didn’t really like it at first time for I was so unpretty on the capture yet, looking back over the years, well, I still looked so unpretty yet the photo itself was so honest and genuine.  It’s funny to look back right at that time yet, though without words, the picture alone is enough to tell the whole long story about the three good friends who traveled out-of-town so unprepared and unplanned.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Weekly Writing Challenge

 

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It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Vigan Heritage Village

The Spanish era had contributed a lot here in the country.  Their influence was so rich that even now, most of the Spanish culture and traditions are still very well practiced in random parts of the whole Philippine archipelago.  The Spanish language or Espaniol is still partly practiced in Zamboanga City down the southern part of the country which happened to be the only Latin city in the country and Asia as a whole as well.  The culture and some old traditions are still well lived in most of the homes of the Filipino families up North.  The delicacies are still appreciated and served on most Filipino tables as to some ways of living are still observed by most Filipinos.  A lot of prestigious Spanish places are also preserved and open for public views.

Yet, there’s one place in the country that’s indeed the most popular preserved Spanish place for all the buildings and houses up to the streets were purely preserved from the Spanish era.  Though some were already repaired if not reconstructed, the atmosphere itself and the sense of being there indeed takes you back to the Spanish era when they still had the country under their government.  It’s The Heritage Village, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

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The above photos are just few of the many outstanding beauty of the Spanish era that still lived and preserved in this certain one-Spanish street popularly known as Calle Crisologo to the locals.  It now served as a Spanish Heritage Village as called for itself where all houses displayed used to be real houses and building enterprises of Filipino residents during that time.

Visit the country this summer and experience the Spanish-influenced atmosphere and get captured along nostalgic lane as you travel back in time.

All the above pictures were taken and captured by Chris Saunil, my teacher friend during his Pilgrimage weeks before Holy Week last year.

 
 

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It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Church of St. Augustine

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An old Baroque-Oriental Church of Sto. Agostinho (St. Augustine Church) or popularly known as Paoay Church in Paoay, Philippines.  The building of the church started in 1694 and was completed in 1710 with the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo as forerunners.  It is one of the four baroque churches in the country and one of the most visited places during Holy Week for it’s serene and peaceful atmosphere added by the influenced design of the Spanish during their era in the country.  The structure itself tells thousands of stories about the Philippine history all shouting in all edges from the Spanish era down to the Philippine Independence up to the Dictatorship of and Liberation from the Filipino Dictator.

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It’s walls were intentionally built 1.67m thick with twenty-four carved buttresses all complicatedly designed to fully support its whole structure for it’s located in an area prone to earthquakes which happened to be the worst natural destruction in the country.  At that time, technology was still very less of support therefore, all its complications were man-made which took the construction for more than a decade to finish.

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It’s doors and windows were carefully designed and attached to the thick wall openings to avoid possible future destruction through time and calamities.

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The window from the outside.

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The window from the inside.

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The bell tower was made of coral stones.

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The Historical Prestige of the Church.

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Visit the country this Roman Catholic Holy Week and experience the holiness promoted by St. Augustine Church only in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

All the above pictures were taken and captured by Chris Saunil, my teacher friend during his Pilgrimage weeks before Holy Week last year.

 

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SUNDAY POST : Captivating

SUNDAY POST : Captivating: To influence and dominate by some special charm, art, or trait and with an irresistible appeal.

Today is a winding road and it's taken me to places that I haven't gone yet.

Photo captured by Wilmz Saunil, my cousin.

It’s a winding road way up the hill heading Baguio City up north in the Philippines.  Its nature’s beauty shouts on its behalf inviting a traveler to keep going, surprising you on where it heads, where it turns next and on what’s way ahead of it.  Every turn is full of surprises for its forever amazing and overwhelming panoramic view satisfies your soul, bursts your ego and rushes your adrenalin anticipating you to get way on top of it.  Every second makes you count, every moment takes your breath away, every view nails your eyes as you keep moving upward confusing you on which way to look at for every site captures your imagination.  It’s enticingly beautiful making a mass hysteria right inside of you creating inner rapids right in your heart leaving you dizzy and breathless.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Sunday Posts

 

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Daily Prompt: Places

Daily Prompt: Places: Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

The Forever Historical Hispanic Beauty of Intramuros, Manila (the city within the city)!

Intramuros or literally means “within walls” is a city in Manila surrounded with thick brick walls built by the Spaniards during their era in the country.  The walls were built to protect the Spanish Governor-General, its administration and the whole city as well from any possible invasion for they all thought that the city would be forever a Spanish colony therefore they had it as the center of the Philippine-Spanish government.  The walls were never destroyed yet served as remains and attraction of the historical city within a city.  For further details, just click on each picture.

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Daily Prompt

 

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