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Kota Kinabalu From The Top

Kota Kinabalu From The Top

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Malaysia, Truly Asia

Early this year, I went to Malaysia alone – not that I wanted to be alone, but my friend who was supposed to be on the trip with me had to cancel because of unforeseen circumstances. I didn’t want to waste the opportunity so I still pushed through with the trip. Anyway, a former officemate who worked in Kuala Lumpur offered to be my tour guide during my stay there. (Thank you, Ochie, for being such a great host!)

Here are some photos from my trip:

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I loved the food and architecture in Malaysia! I didn’t have enough time to visit all the famous tourist spots but someday I will go back and explore the countryside, the islands and the beautiful beaches.

Kota Kinabalu, I will see you in May. ūüôā

Love,

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Keep Calm and Take a Break

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Magalawa Island, Palauig, Zambales

The quiet sea always has that calming effect on me. I know that it isn’t always like that, that there are days when the wind is strong and the waves are raging. Yet, I know that each storm will eventually come to pass and the sea will become still again. Despite knowing that toxic days are ahead, I somehow feel at peace knowing that everything will be alright. Thank God for the short but wonderful break last weekend. It helped clear my mind and calm my anxious heart.

http://www.magalawaislandresort.com

One Sunny Day

Yesterday was a bright and sunny day. Before dusk, I took my dad’s bike and rode to the beach near our old family house. I wanted to sit on the sandy shore while I waited for the sun to set, just like I used to when I was younger. The sunset yesterday was worth the wait. It was really beautiful. Aside from that, I also got to see fishermen coming home from a long day at sea, with their families and relatives eager to see the day’s catch.

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Today, I woke up to the sound of the rain softly falling down on our roof. I look out my window and see dark gray clouds hovering over our town. I still hope I’d get to see the sun before I leave for the city tonight.

Thank God for Long Weekends

I don’t get to see sunsets that often. So, I’m glad for long weekends like this when I can come home and watch my favorite part of the day at the beach near our old family house.

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What Do You See?

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Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung
 
 

Sometimes, We Need to Take a Break

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Missing Bolinao

Late last year, I went on a trip to Pangasinan with friends. I already posted about our HUNDRED ISLANDS tour but I haven’t been able to share about our second destination – Bolinao. So, here are my favorite shots from our weekend getaway in the beautiful town of Bolinao.

The day ends with a beautiful sunset

Reflections from the infinity pool

Kayaking at the river fronting Punta Riviera

Where the river meets the sea

Chillin’ by the pool in the morning

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

White sand

From the top

The 400-year old Roman Catholic Church of Bolinao

Getting ready to go fishing

Capiz lanterns

We weren’t able to fully explore the tourist sites in Bolinao but if you’re planning to go there, check out this site –¬†THINGS TO DO IN BOLINAO

Nearly There

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Don’t Be Afraid To Fall

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Catandayagan Falls in Ticao Island, Masbate (one of the few and biggest falls that drops to the sea)

A Reminder

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

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What’s Your Attitude?


Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? 

~ Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Stop, Look and Listen

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

I’m Lost

I feel like a lost soul, aimlessly wandering through life, eyes clouded by fear.¬†But I am hopeful that I will soon see things in God’s perspective, as certain as the sun rising in the morrow.

Be Still

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Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river. ~ Lao Tzu

Rockin’ the White Rocks

During one of my recent trips to my province, Ilocos Norte, my friend Rocky and I decided, out of the blue, to visit Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation in Burgos, about 30 minutes away from my hometown Pagudpud. The reason why we both really wanted to go there was simple – we thought it was weird that we haven’t been there when everyone else we know had been. I, for one, found it embarrassing when my Manila friends asked me how it looked like and I didn’t really know what to tell them. Before the trip, I only saw it from photos of friends who’ve gone there. Armed with the determination (and my iPhone) to finally see Kapurpurawan, we rode in Rocky’s motorbike to Burgos at 10 in the morning, not minding the uncomfortable heat of the sun.

On the way to Kapurpurawan on a motorbike

The place is about 30-45 minutes of dusty road away from the highway.

From the jump-off point, we walked for about 5-10 minutes. You can also take the option to ride a horse for P100 pesos.

Getting nearer. We still have to go around the hill to really see the whole thing.

At last!

This is no place for swimming. Too rocky. ūüôā

At 12NN, we were both drenched in sweat when we got back to the jump-off point but I felt so glad that we pushed through with our unplanned trip to Kapurpurawan. It was an adventure like no other, and I was amazed with what I saw.

I’m happy that there aren’t any hotels or resorts or restaurants in the area yet. Although there are vendors at the jump-off point and one along the trail, I just wish they’d remain at that number. Too many vendors mean food and plastics and garbage. I hope they can maintain the pristine-ness of the place.

Now, I can finally confidently describe how beautiful the White Rock Formation is to anyone who’ll ask me. On our way home, I closed my eyes and offered my face to the wind and sun and thanked God for a wonderful day.

Check out the sceneries that we saw on our way home:

Bangui Windmills

The town of Bangui

Pagudpud. Home.

Run to You

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I wish I was this little crab, so I could run to the sea anytime.

Sunrise

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Sunrise at Abra de Ilog port, on the way to Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro

Welcome each day with gratefulness in your heart and love and blessings will flow abundantly.

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