Friday, August 30, 2013

Browie's Pinoy Style Picnic

Ang Agosto ay Buwan ng Wika, at marapat lamang na bago magtapos ang buwan na ito, ako ay makapagbahagi kung papaano kong  nagamit ang mga bagay mula sa aking mga paglalakbay.

Para sa kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika, kinailangan ng aking bunsong kapatid na magdala ng Pinoy style picnic sa paaralan.
Kaya naman napagisipan kong pagsamahin ang mga bagay na nabili namin sa aming mga bakasyon. Minabuti kong ilagay ang lahat sa isang basket na nakuha ni Mama mula sa Bayan ng Norala. Kasama nito ang isang abel placemat  mula sa Ilocos at ang nito bilang plato mula naman sa mga katutubong Blaan ng Lunen, Tupi.

Para naman sa kanyang baon na pagkain mayroong; Suman sa Lihiya na may "kalamete," Adobong Bahoy Ilonggo Style, Saba Muscovado Muffin at binalot sa dahon ng saging ang kanin.
Kaya masasabi kong tunay na Pinoy style ang naging picnic ng aking kapatid sa pagtatapos ng Buwan ng Wika.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Pitcher Plant Farm

Pitcher Plant Farm is my home away from home for my post birthday trip early this year to Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Booked their Studio Accommodation through Agoda, for Php 4,500, it's a two days, two nights stay. Price is fair enough for the kind of accommodation and comfort we had. There were three of us, each just spent Php 1,500.00 each for a two-days stay.
We took the 8:00 A.M. Rural Tours Bus from Tacurong City, estimated time of arrival is around 2:00 P.M., but with road constructions along Carmen, North Cotabato, we arrived in Malaybalay City past 4:00 P.M. I am so grateful to Mr. Volker for his patience, for waiting  at the city bus terminal. He even cancelled his afternoon meeting because I informed him that our ETA is 2:00 P.M.
You can asked Mr. Volker if you want to have their shuttle service. For those coming from Davao City or Tacurong City,  Brgy. Kalusungay is about 5 kilometers from Malaybalay City. One has to take a multi-cab from the bus terminal to Pitcher Plant Farm. But those coming from Cagayan de Oro, just asked the bus driver to drop you at Brgy. Kalusungay Barangay Hall.
The Studio Accommodation;

My bed.....
What made our stay more interesting is I got my self acquainted with pitcher plants. And I got hooked, I will tell you you how in my coming post. Even cried over it,hahaha.
We had dinner inside our room. The kitchen got all the basics; a rice cooker, oven toaster, bread toaster and water heater. If travelling with the whole family, you can go to the nearby market and cook your own meal.
And since its a post birthday trip, I just have to have my birthday gift.
I had a good night sleep on our first night, it feels like home, the weather is so close to the coolness we have in Tupi.
Pitcher Plant Farm is located at Purok 2, Brgy. Kalusungay, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
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Travel Date: February 22-24, 2013
Travel Buddies: Twin Angels

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Enjoying Rainforest Park Cebu

Yepeey! It might be the last post for 2012 travels. It was a Sunday afternoon of fun spent with Mama, Sissy and Browie.
Here are some of the fun activities you can do at Rainforest Park;
Visit the Amazon Aviary and Tarzan House. For Php 50.00 you can enjoy a close encounter with our avian friends, as they freely roam and fly inside the aviary. Try climbing Tarzan House and do the Tarzan swing.

Fish Spa at Oasis Spa and Salon. Spending Php 75.00 for a 30-minutes tingling fish spa is so fun. Browie can't help giggling.
Walk Around the Oceanarium. With Browie around, it is must getting in the oceanarium, a fee of Php 50.00 person, will make any kids crazy over our friends from the sea.
With Big Bear at the park's Souvenir Shop. It also serves as the entrance to the Oceanarium 
Coffee at the Zoofari Cafe. While waiting for Sissy and Browie , Mama and I had coffee at Zoofari Cafe. The cafe also offer some pasta dishes.

An afternoon visit at the Rainforest Park is a good way to end of Cebu City visit for 2012. Rainforest Park Cebu is located at F. Cabahug, Ayala Access Road, Panagdait-Mabolo, Cebu City.
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Travel Date: July 29, 2012
Travel Buddy: Mama Dora, Sissy & Browie

Pirate James 7th Birthday

I have been a busy bee "Ate" this past week for our one and only browie, Captain James. He wants a pirate themed party with a heart, that he wanted to invite not the rich kids from his school but those kids who passed by our house every after school to go home sa "bukid" or farm. 
Capt. James
Being the ever supportive big sistah; we created his two sets of treasure chest from discarded boxes, made pirate's flag cupcake toppers from electrical tape and a Capt. James name from painted game cards.
For the cake I baked a "Pirate Ship" mocha cake. 
Took a lot of roles that day; baker, cook and party planner.
It was a tiring but fulfilling day for me. All for our one and only Browie! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Eid'l Fitr Holiday at Isla Jardin del Mar

A long weekend calls for a trip somewhere, and no LPA report can stop us from taking a short trip. Despite the heavy downpour after lunch, we all packed inside the car and went to Isla Jardin del Mar, Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani Province.

It has been a great weekend of fun and relaxation for Papa and Mama together with their business associates and employees to bond. And I took the opportunity of another expense free wandering. 
Isla Jardin del Mar is an hour and half trip from my hometown, Tupi, or an hour road trip from General Santos City. We reached the resort past 4:00 P.M, after having settled in our cottage Mama went to join the games prepared by the employees. While I asked Ate Nene join Me and Browie for an afternoon walk at Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard is trail around the rocky cove within the resort. If not for a dark cloudy skies, watching sunset here would have been so magical.
Evening was spent playing with Browie and making sand castle. And squeezing some reading before hitting the sheets.
Our cottage has; toilet and bath with hot & cold shower, an air-conditioned bedroom with two double bed, and a terrace.
Early morning, I had another walk at Sunset Boulevard with Mama, Browie and Ate Nene.
 It was again a weekend to recharge a much needed energy for the coming weeks.
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Wander Date: August 9-10, 2013
Wander Buddies: Mama, Papa, Browie, Ate Nene & Cousins 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sunday Lunch at District 50

And gulo-gulo ko, haha, balik tayo more than a year ago sa Cebu City. When me, Mama Dora & Browie surprised Sissy on her 27th Birthday, sorry sis, had to reveal you age.
After attending a Church service at Bradford, we went to have our lunch at District 50, J Center Mall, Mandaue City.

District 50 is COOL. I love their interiors which looks like a "bodega" of cool, 50's stuff. The old gasoline machine and the good ol' Volkswagen makes a bold statement that your at District 50.

Their menu is more on the American side, so we have to try their Burger and Fries. We also had; Salad, Carbonara Pasta, Babyback Ribs and Mango Shake for Browie.

We were so full after, that a walk and some shopping around J Center Mall is a must.

It was indeed a happy Sunday for all of us.

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Table Date: July 29, 2012
Table Buddies: Mama, Sissy and Browie

Friday, August 09, 2013

Flashback Friday: Sitio Lamlifew, Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani

  November 27, 2008
Wake up around 4:30 A.M. and by 5:00 A.M. I'm on the road, driving to General Santos City. Left my car in my boarding house and went straight to Jollibee to grab a quick breakfast, while waiting for the hired van to fetched the performing artists for the Munato Festival of Sarangani Province.
11:00 A.M.
Sitio Lamlifew School of Living Tradition
Lamlifew has a School of Living Tradition and Community Museum
Our guest artists for Munato Festival.........JOEY AYALA
L to R: Shalom  & Allen (IPDP Staff), Mr. Joey Ayala, Ms. Beth Farnazo ( IPDP Prog. Mngr.), Ms. Helen  Lombos, and Moi
A Welcome snacks for our guests and me, hehe; hot native coffee in a glass and sticky rice wrapped in a leaf (Blaan's version of suman)
Inside the Community Museum
Lovely Blaan ladies receiving visitors inside the museum

LOL isa sa mga sandata ni Juan.....Sibat

Few of the 100 varieties of rice identified and retrieved through the effort of IPDP in partnership with MSU Research and Extension Center

Wooden Shield

Blaan folks, welcome visitors with their warm smiles
Lamlifew School of Living Traditions is located at Sitio Lamlifew, Brgy. Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani. It was started during the term of Governor Migs Dominguez, through one of its front line programs, IPDP or the Indigenous People's Development Program.
To visit just contact Ms. Helen Lombos, the President of the Lamlifew Women's Association.
Five years ago, I lived a life of rushing and pushing things just to get what I want. I never thought of slowing down a bit, 5 hours sleep is already a lucky night. And Munato Festival is of the many days that sleep is never an option, simply because I need to work by day, study law in the evening and be back at work after school to finish all the things needed on the next working day.
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