Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tinuy-an Falls - Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Another Pride of Mindanao! The Tinuy-an Falls! Located in the southern region of Mindanao. Another main tourist attraction in Bislig.

One of the widest waterfalls here in the Philippines. Most people noted this as the "Niagara Falls of the Philippines. This falls has 3 tiered. With a total height of 55 meters. They also said that it has a formation of rainbow rays around 9am to 11am. Unfortunately, we arrived here late in the afternoon. Didn't had a chance for the rainbow.

I enjoyed staying in Surigao. Lots of beautiful places. Definitely a paradise for everyone!

Monday, October 22, 2012

San Pedro Calungsod - 2nd Filipino Saint

Sacristan.. Missionary.. Catechist.. and Martyr...

While in Guam, Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechism, while baptizing infants, children and adults at the risk and expense of being persecuted and eventually murdered.

Born: July 21, 1654 (Ginatilan, Cebu)
Died: April 2, 1672 at the age of 17 (Tumon, Guam)

Honored in Roman Catholic Church.

Beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II, March 5, 2000 in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, October 21, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Major Shrine: Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod, Archbishop's Residence Compound, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Feast: April 2

Attributes: Martyr's palm, spear, bolo, Catechism Book, Rosary, Christogram, Crucifix

Patronage: Filipino youth, Catechumens, altar boys, the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers, Guam, Cebuanos, Visayans, Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines

After Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Calungsod will be the second Filipino declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Pls click this link if you want to know more about Saint Pedro Calungsod.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sibadan Fish Cage - Surigao del Sur

A few minutes boat ride from Enchanted River. Since there are limited tables and chairs for lunch, we decided to take our lunch at Sibadan Fish Cage.

Before you get there, there are a lot of nice scenes. Clear waters. Amazing islets. Even huts standing in the middle of the waters.

Anyways, lets go to Sibadan Fish Cage.
Visitors can swim and do fishing.

This is my favorite! Eating time. We ordered crabs. Surigao is very rich with seafoods. Name it! Must-try is their dried seaweeds. I didn't got a chance to take some because it is order basis. Order now, you get it the next day. To sad because we don't have much time to staying in Surigao. I planned to make some salad from seaweeds.. Tsk tsk tsk... I'm so frustrated... hehehe

Wait till my next blog.. I will post the Tinuy-an Falls. I love this falls..

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Enchanted River - Surigao del Sur

Another place was visited.. The Enchanted River.. I didn't expect how beautiful this river was. It has crystal blue water which is around 80 feet deep with a mixture of saltwater and freshwater. It is called "enchanted" because locals believed that the river is protected by spirits.

The photo above: the current is going to the sea. Lifeguards always remind us to be careful because the current is a little bit strong. There is rope as boundary. Careful enough not to go beyond that point.

Feeding time is around 12pm and 5pm. When we were swimming, no fishes! Just imagine how deep it is!

Its like having a spa in a river! Stepping on the limestone, its just like having a foot massage. I don't know if this is true, they said that its water is like a fountain of youth. Whatever it is believed, swimming here gave me an amazing experience.

Enchanted River...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Mom

Today is Mothers Day. Let's give our mom something special. Here are some of my gift ideas.

No. 10 - Flowers
Roses. These blooms are linked with motherhood. The number choice on Mother's Day. To the Greek goddess Isis, these are sacred, that's why it is ideal for mothers. Roses also symbolizes Mama Mary. The other choices for flowers are Lilacs(signifies love between mother and child), Irises (symbolizes warmth and affection), Orchids (refinement and beauty), Carnations (symbol of a mother's eternal love), Tulips (new life, spring and charity) and Lilies (usually added to mixed bouquets on Mother's Day for their grace and beauty).

No. 9 - Candles
Personalized candles are popular gifts during Mothers Day. Let's give our mom a relaxing moment with the flattering and soothing light, and mind-clearing aroma of a scented candle.

No. 8 - Gift Cards
Surprise our moms with gift cards! Give them a break from a busy schedule and shop to their favorite boutiques. They can choose their own gift and we can assure that they got what they want!

No. 7 - Gift Basket
If your mom loves cooking, gourmet gift basket will be a bright idea. Gardening gift basket (hand rake and hand shovel, garden gloves, a book about gardening, choose seeds from her favorite flowers). Pamper mom with Bath Gift Basket (her favorite soap, facial cleanser, foot soak, hand cream, body scrub). You can also choose variety of chocolates, wines, cookies, fruits, books, or any mom's favorites. It's the thought that really counts.

No. 6 - Home Spa Treat
Entice mom to take a day off with a collection of essential body oils. Enhance your mom's spa experience by using specialty bath products you don't use everyday like specialty body wash, bath salts, bath oils, and milk baths. Give her some beauty treatments mud mask and facial peel masks. Wrap herself with softness with Spa robe or towel.

No. 5 - Home Decor
There is no place like home. Home is their sanctuary. Some moms are fond of collecting home decors. Give them something unique. Decorative pillows, lampshades, rugs, vases, candle holders, collectible figurines, etc. These will remind her of you even if your not around at home.

No. 4 - Sweet Treats
A box of chocolates, cookies, brownies or tarts for her coffee break. Personalized cakes and pastries would be a great idea too.

No. 3 - Greenery
Some moms enjoy gardening. Why not give them some potted plants. Plants will make homes more relaxing and stress free sanctuary. Flowers also can give color, fragrance and life to the home. It can also changes the mood. Gardens are usually a place to escape. It can lessen anxieties. A place for gentle rehabilitative therapy and prayer. This can also give mom an exercise as well as enhanced emotional being.

No. 2 - Perfume
Give her a bottle of her favorite perfume. They said that scent is the most powerful sense attached to the memory. Here are the Best Fragrances for Mothers Day 2012: 01) Prada by Prada - according to what I read, this scent is for the powerful and confident women who can do it all. Containing blend of bergamot, rose, patchouli, raspberry, sandalwood and vanilla. 02) Chanel Chance - for sophisticated women. Includes pink pepper, lemon and pineapple, hyacinth, jasmine and iris, amber, patchouli, vetiver and white musk. Great for showing off your lady-like demeanor. 03) Omnia Crystalline by Bvlgari - soft floral fragrance. Includes Asian fruit Nashim, apple and pear, lotus blossom, and some woodsy notes. This is a great relaxing fragrance which all mothers will enjoy. 04) Alfred Sung - great for a working mom. Composed of orange, mandarin, bergamot and lemon, ylang-ylang, galbanum, jasmine, iris, vanilla tones, orange wood, sandalwood, amber and vetiver. 05) Calvin Klein Euphoria - for the on the go mom because its fragrance last long. Includes scents of Sicilian bergamot, peach, green notes, lotus, champaca, orchid and wite, sandalwood, and liquid amber.

No. 1 - Spa Treatment
After a lifetime of making you feel good when you needed it the most, treating her to a day of relaxation is one small way of paying her back.

Let your mom feel special on Mothers Day.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Food Trip at Sbarro

My colleague and I went to the mall. Got hungry and spotted Sbarro! I tried Sbarro in Cebu. My friend said two thumbs up for their pastas and pizzas. Well, he's right! When Sbarro opened here in Davao, the places is crowded. I mean, all the seats are taken, and a lot of people had a take out. But the other day, at last! After how many months... Here are our order.

Pasta Cravings
Baked Ziti. Ziti, mozzarella, romano cheese, ricotta and tomato sauce.

Meat Lasagna. lasagna, beef, italian sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, romano cheese.

Pizza Bites
Chicago White. mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, ricotta

Pizza with Meat Balls Alfredo sauce. I forgot the name of this pizza. It's kinda weird and it's my first time to taste a pizza with ziti!

Ceasar Salad. romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, bacon bits, croutons, romano cheese.

Enjoy my mouthwatering blog post about Sbarro. To find Sbarro near you, click here.

Enjoy your Pizza and Pasta! Happy Weekend!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oreo: The Blue Cream Persian Kitten

This is Oreo. My sister's Persian kitten.

Persian cats has long flowing coat with luxurious full, soft wooly undercoat hairs with longer coarser guard hairs and a chunky body which is often referred to as "cobby". Their legs are thick and stocky. They have round eyes set in a sweet round flat face. The beautiful copper eyes of a Blue Persian cat are the most aesthetically striking feature. In fact, it gives out a commanding and often haunting kind of feeling when you look into them. The overall expression of its rounded face with soft lines makes it appear sweet and unique.

Persian cats are known to have a quiet, gentle, and easygoing personality. They are calm and undemanding and very affectionate. They are very placid and unlikely to scratch anyone. They enjoy spending time with their
owners and participating in daily activities. These Persian cats craves and demands your attention. They are playful and can give their owners much love and devotion. They love to be stroked and patted and lap up any attention you give them.

Described as a sweet cat, Persians are not particularly active. Though they do enjoy running and playing, they will spend a fair portion of the day sleeping.

The only concern is the Persian's large eyes, which tend to run and tear more than other breeds. Washing the cat's face daily helps prevent matting around the eyes and helps reduce the risk of eye infections.

Persian cats needs special attention because of its thick fur and long coat. Daily brushing is recommended and occasional baths may be in order when their coat becomes excessively dirty or matted. Knots are always a problem, so preventive maintenance on the coat is very important.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Avengers Mania

I was just surprised how The Avengers Film 2012 is a blockbuster! I mean, one of our malls here, with 6 cinemas, all the same movie! I know some of the characters because way back years, I read marvel comics. Just to refresh my memory who are these famous characters featured in this movie.

IRON MAN... Anthony Stark. He has no powers. Only his body has been enhanced by the modified techno-organic virus. It is named Extremis. For now, it is currently inaccessible and inoperable. He is very intelligent. This allows him to invent wide range of sophisticated devices. Very advanced. He is also a very business-minded person.
His armor includes primary energy weapon, repulsor, and a powerful particle beam his is a standard equipment in the palms of his armor. He has also has repulsor ray that can repel physical and energy-based attacks, Traveling as either a single stream or as wide-field dispersal.

CAPTAIN AMERICA.. Steven "Steves" Rogers. The pinnacle of human physical perfection. He has a very high intelligence as well as agility, strength, speed, endurance, and reaction time superior to any Olympic athlete who ever competed. The Super-Soldier formula made his body functions to the peak of human efficiency. His body also eliminates the excessive-build up of fatigue-producing poisons in his muscles, givinghim a phenomenol endurance.

INCREDIBLE HULK.. Robert Bruce Banner. He has high level of superhuman physical ability. His physical strength is potentialy limitless to the fact that the Hulk strength increases proportionally with his level of great emotional stress, anger in particular.

THOR.. Thor Odinson. He is trained in the arts of war, a superbly skilled warrior, highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat, swordmanship and hammer throwing. He has a hammer made from uru metal named Mjolnir. It is unbreakable. It allows Thor to command the powers of the storm which will cause rain, thunder and lightning.

BLACK WIDOW.. Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova. She had government treatments that slowed down her aging, augmented her immune system and enhanced her physical durability. She wears two bracelets equipped to discharge the "widow's bite," high-frequency bolts that have up to 30,000 volts, that has a capability to stun a superhuman opponent at a range of at least 20 ft. She shoots tear gas cartridges and act as a radio transmitter. Her bracelets' are activated by galvanic sensors keyed with her wrist musculature. She can also carry plastic explosive discs with a weight up to 4 lbs. of TNT in her belt and she uses automatic weapons and combat knives. She wears a kevlar-like substance which is designed for maximum protective qualities. Her Fingers and feet are lined with microscopic suction cups acticated by an electrostatic charge, allowing her to adhere to any standard building material surface.

HAWKEYE.. Clint Barton. He is a master archer with extraordinary fast reflexes, exceptional readiness and near-perfect target. He is also an excellent all-around sharpshooter with weapons using energy for targets, and has an extraordinary expertness in using miscellaneous hand-held objects as projectile weapons. He is a veteran spy to get political or military secrets, extremely impressive in strength or excellence as a combatant, and an experienced fighter pilot. He carries at least one custom bow and small arsenal of arrows - mostly standard shaft, but some are fitted with specialized tips. Sometimes, he carries special weapons such as flamethrowers.

There a a lot of marvel heroes. Click this link and explore the marvel universe!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Purple Crabs in the Philippines!

I want to share what I found when I'm surfing the internet. A purple crab found here in the Philippines! These photos are from National Geographic News. Another new discovery from our country. According to Henrik Freitag of Germany's Senckenberg Museum of Zoology, these small creatures burrow under rocks and roots in streams, feeding on dead plants, fruits, carrion and samll animals in the water at night.

Found in Palawan and it named Insulamon Palawanense. One of the four Insulamon genus species.

This deep purple crab is a female Insulamon johannchristiani. These purple crabs are strong and hard. It is used for prevention from getting battered by river rocks, according to Freitag.

This is a new crab species Insulamon magnum. Magnum means "big" in Latin. This crab is large, about 2 inches or 5.3 cm. The shell of these species are very soft. Very prone from predators.

I don't have photos for the Insulamon porculum and Insulamon unicorn. According to Freitag, scientists began extensive investigations of similar freshwater crabs in the area in the late 1980's.
This Insulamon porculum is similar with Insulamon magnum. They are big in size which measures 3 x 2.5 cm.
Insulamon porculum, measures 33.1 by 25.1 millimetres.

Although they are crabs, they also differ in physical features. Their first hind, the shape of the body shell and sex organs.

Proud to say, Philippines is one of 17 countries that shelters most of Earth's flora and fauna species. The threatening reality, a lot of mining, farming and industrial activities which causes water pollution. The higher risk of extinction for these species..

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Nothing Much To Say

I just wanna post these pictures. It's late at night and I feel sleepy already. Got these shots during weekend. Nothing to do. So I grabbed my camera and went to our garden Found some wildflowers. Really bad, I don't know their names! But still, I enjoyed taking experimental shots. And I like them!

This photo above is a wildflower.

Same flower in a nostalgic way.

Another flower with a dramatic touch.

I love this shot! This is a sky. But when you look at first time, you will notice that it's look like a globe.

Have to park my laptop and sleep. I can't help it anymore! My eyes starts to ache. hehe Hope you like my photos. It's simple but a lot of words... Nothing Much To Say...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Davao Baywalk

It was Black Saturday.. We planned to go swimming. We didn't thought that it rained that night. The tide is high and we can't even swim. Our alternative plan, Baywalk. A little walk.. A little sweat... But I enjoyed taking pictures of the sunrise!

Good morning Davao! Sunrise. Cool breeze. A perfect place to go for a walk or even a jog with a view of Mt. Apo.

Below is a replica of Michaelangelo's Statue of David. Which marks this place as of the tourist destination in Davao.

Another Davao's Pride. Got only a few shots here because we didn't stay long.We have to go home. The sun is rising high. It's getting hotter. And I'm hungry! No breakfast yet. **wink**

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

By the Sea

It's summertime here in the Philippines! Here are my photos of some of the beaches I've been. I seldom swim. But I always took photos that captures my attention. I usually get fascinated and amazed on the different moods of the sea.
My first photo was taken at Maxima Aqua Fun in Samal Island, Davao. Wishing that someday I can experience island hopping!
I don't know what was in my mind when taking this photo. A big rock (i think this is a coral stone) with small soft waves. Very gentle.
I love this photo! It's one of my favourites! Taken in Sigaboy, Davao Oriental. The mangrove trees, the sea and the sunset. Very relaxing scenery. For me, this is an anti-stress moment. Sitting outside while sipping some coffee and reminiscing.
My next photo was taken in Caraga, Davao Oriental. Breathtaking scenery! For the first time in my life, I stood in front of Pacific Ocean! Looks like gentle waves, but its kinda a heavy one! It's like massaging your back as it hit you.
Taken in Panglao, Bohol. Waves here is different. Very gentle.
Enjoy the summer and let's hit the waves!
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