Heat is unforgiving during summer in the Philippines. And what more if you’re in the Ilocos Region?
We were hesitant to go out of the van when we arrived at the parking lot. But we all knew that the church that we were about to explore is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And knowing its rich culture and history, who wouldn’t want to witness its grandeur?
I am talking about the St. Agustine Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, also known as Paoay Church among travelers. It was built and completed on 1710 by Augustinian friars led by Father Antonio Estavillo after two decades of construction.
Paoay church was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 as one of the Baroque Style Churches in the Philippines. This is known for its intricate architecture with its huge buttresses on the sides of the church used as a support against earthquake.
Admit it. There are times when we just crave for specific food. Like in my case, last week, I craved for pasta, pizza, Buffalo wings and big burgers. Yes, just like my weight and body, I also have big cravings. Haha!
But when we want to eat these food, the first thing that comes to our mind is to go to the fast food chains right? Sadly, these have that similar, bland and plain taste.
At that time, I wasn’t looking for the usual taste of fast food. I want something much better, definitely more delicious and huge servings of course for my big appetite.
When someone says the trek is just okay and bearable, always remember that your physical ability and even threshold for pain is different from others.
A simple hike for some might not be simple for you and vise versa. So always be ready, especially when the rain comes and the trail gets muddy and slippery, that can make a supposed easy trail, difficult. And that’s what happened to me, to us, in Buntot Palos Falls in Pangil, Laguna.
I woke up one day, and a group of people at work suddenly turned cold on me.
I was dumbfounded, asking myself why? what happened? This people used to be my friends and one day they just didn’t want to talk nor even have an eye contact.
Tried to reach out but didn’t work, until I found out the reason behind the drama and negativity that suddenly surrounded me. Let’s just say that office can sometimes turn into a telenovela, like a person can just say and spread bad, unfair things about you, and the sad part is some avid, loyal fans believed. So they believed, and so they turned cold. And it was their problem, not mine.
Yes, I was surprised, and a bit hurt at first. But later on I was even more surprised of how I handled the situation. I just let it go. I just simply let them go.
I asked myself, what happened to me? That wasn’t me. The funny dude with a nice personality has suddenly learned to let go of people? I mean of draining people? Where did that come from?
I like exploring the not so mainstream destinations in the Philippines because it always makes me realize how beautiful our country is. Beyond Boracay and the rest, there are a lot of islands in the country that can really make you say wow! It’s just up to you to discover it.
A few months ago my girlfriend, Eloi, and I explored Burias Island in Masbate. And just a few weeks after that, we traveled to Maniwaya Island in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
Marinduque is not really that talked about among tourists, until recently that social media feeds have suddenly been full of amazing photos and experiences of travelers about this province. The first time, I saw a photo of Maniwaya Island, I was intrigued. “Marinduque has this beautiful beaches?”
After many years, I am back to my Alma Mater known as Sintang Paaralan to my fellow PUPians. PUP or Polytechnic University of the Philippines is one of the biggest State Universities in the country in terms of population. This is also where my girlfriend (Eloi) and I met because we were classmates in college. Yiihii!
It was supposed to be just a usual visit because we wanted to reminisce a lot of our student memories. But you know, after all these years, things have changed. We now have our own jobs and we’re older, but it will never deny the fact that within this university is where we started to dream and learn a lot of things in life.
And for some strange reasons, I ended up being a travel blogger Haha! So my visit to PUP has turned out to be an amazing blog post worthy experience especially when it comes to food!
In my recent hike to Mt. Pico De Loro with friends, we did not bring some packed lunch and opted to go for easy to eat food like breads, canned tunas and others.
By the time we arrived at the camping site, we all felt the urge to eat something full and satisfying. We were exhausted, and the beautiful view of the mountain was not enough to ease our need for rice. Yes, we all craved for rice that time! We checked the area and we ended up eating instant pancit canton!
I know it was our fault. Since Pico De Loro is considered a minor climb, we thought that having a full breakfast and bringing some ready to eat food was enough, but we learned our lesson. Rice will always be a part of our lives, especially me! I realized I’m gonna faint during a hike or travel without rice! Haha!
Just recently, I find death scenes on TV a bit weird and funny.
Those scenes when the actor would act lifeless and then followed by a dramatic song. He was trying to say something then closed his eyes, turned his head sideways, and then died. Some of the directors include shots of the hand falling from the side of the bed.
At one point I ask, “Is this how we make TV dramas?”
And then I realized, with all honesty, this just boils down to the fact that I find these scenes fake, because I know how a person dies. I just know it because I’ve seen it, felt its immensity when my father passed away. I was holding his hands so tight, looking at this face, counting the rhythm of his breathing. He was so weak he could not even blink his eyes, it was just open looking from afar.
Three years ago, I transferred residence in Cavite.
Living in the crowded city and enduring the flood for so many years, Cavite has been a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively.Our home is just near the rice fields and trees so it’s very relaxing. Though it is quite far from work and in the city, I have no right to complain because our place also gives me the needed relaxation during weekends and holidays.
Enough of my story. What I just wanted to point out is, when I transferred to Cavite, I have been wanting to visit some of the historical sites in the province, like the Aguinaldo Shrine, the symbol of independence of our country.
I’ve been wanting that, planning and re-planning, and checking how this would fit in my busy schedule. Naks! LOL! I had so many travels at that time.
I was like, the majority of us, who think that to live a satisfactory life, one must kill himself with work, and if ever he needs a break like a vacation, well he can do that just once a year.
Yes. Once a year. You read it right. It’s clearly way different from what I am right now who tries to explore new places for like once or twice a month.
But I had to be honest, that was me. That was my life. I focused too much on work, thinking that money and material things are the only way to go. Then if I need to travel, I just have to wait for my friends so we can travel together, once a year.
For me, the word “wait” is big” . After learning much about life from my travels, I realized that the word wait is dangerous.