Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bath Time in Adela is "Kabo" Time, A Life

View from the Second Bath
Rustic way of life, that is what we have in Adela. It was breather for me, who once lived a life of push buttons, easy and fast.
There are three bath sites in the place where we stayed. LOL 
First Bath
First Morning ing Adela

We passed by farm lots, each carrying water containers for drinking water
A few meters from where we stayed. You have to bring "kabo" dipper and "galonan" or a container, to get water from a well. If you want to take a bath, go there very early, as it gets crowded because it is the nearest one to the households around.

Second Bath
That's ME taking a bath with trusty ORANGE "KABO"

Miya doing her laundry
 I love taking a bath here, not as crowded as the first one. I do my laundry here, it has a "bomba," that you have to pump to get water. It was owned by one family, but nice enough to let us used it.
Our cute friend, relaxing meters away from where we bathe
Third Bath
Getting our drinking water
 We go here everyday to get water, potable water. It is an enclosed water reservoir, safe for drinking. It is the farthest of the three, but the safest I believed.
On our first night, we went their to bathe and get water.
It is a Community, one we do not get to experience in a busy city
Mai Lessons:
Life gives us surprises, the kind of life I experienced in Adela is so familiar. It is my childhood, growing up in my family's farm, playing with my Lolo Pedro in the "sapa" and catching crabs with my sister in the "bobon" or well. Experiencing it once again is a BREATHER!
Date: May 15-20, 2012
Place: Adela, Poro, Camotes Group of Islands, Cebu

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mai Walks: The Surprises of the Hills of Adela

It was a Saturday, and being a morning person, I was wide awake around 5:00 A.M. After my morning devotion, I asked my sister if she wants to go to the hill we saw a day before. Adventure & fun runs through off we walk the hilly side of Adela.
A rainbow welcome us.....

Buddies for Life
We are in new place, we do not know the people but I trust them. Knowing that Jesus Christ is in every person.

Playing with us......

Along the way we were fascinated by the flora and bird species that we meet and hear. Sissy had fun going after a big yellow and blue bird that keeps chirping and flying as if playing with us. And how can I forget the cow coming after her, well she was wearing a red shirt then. I remembered Lolo's warning; "not to wear red, when there is a bull around, it will surely charge on you." LOL, lessons learned for sissy.
Plant LIFE

WOW......My first time to see these

Lower Right: Taking a rest
The biggest surprise for us, is the area on top of the hills that looks like a canyon. We were transported in another world, with those high cliff walls around us and unique plants around. 

I was in awe as we climb in one of the cliffs. On top we saw the whole of Adela and on the horizon is Leyte Island.

Leyte Island in the distance

Brgy. Adela

As I end this morning walk in Adela, I realized how beautiful Adela is. Planting "kamoteng kahoy" is the main source of living in this place, but the people of Adela is happy. 
Walk Date: May 19, 2012
Walk Buddy: Sissy

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mai Walks: In Search for Esperanza's Sunset

Sunset is the most beautiful part of day. On our way to barangay Adela in day 1, we were welcomed by a beautiful sunset as we go up the limestone hills of Esperanza.
And on the last day of our Mission Exposure, Sissy, Maya & I decided to take an afternoon walk to the place where we first saw Esperanza's Sunset.
The walk leads us to a lot of discoveries.

Heritage Tree
It is an old Acacia Tree that is marked as a Heritage Tree that we passed by. We might not know its history, but we just took some pictures with it.

Never Seen Flora
Mama loves plants that I can already recognize certain plant to be rare or not. Here in Adeda, there are a lot, that I saw for the first time.

Bird Sanctuary
We passed by a forested area, marked as a Bird Santuary, we have not seen a single bird but we heard them anyway, so its a sanctuary maybe.

My Little Island Hotel
There is a hotel in this interior barangay. My Little Island Hotel website claims it to be the first and true hotel in Camotes.
What we came for, it took us an hour to wait for it, but the gazillions of images and beauty that we saw is worth all the walking and waiting it takes.

From Kodak EasyShare Sport

Canon 60D

Walk Date: May 18, 2012
Walk Buddies: Sissy & Miya