Sunday, January 29, 2017

Travel Diary 2016: A Walk Around Gloria's Fantasyland

One of the things that get me so excited about our Dapitan trip is to be able to experience the Haunted Mansion of Gloria's Fantasyland. We arrived in Dapitan City, Thursday afternoon and it was a rainy afternoon.
We went to Gloria's Fantasylang after our early dinner at Manay's Kamayan, which is a few steps away from Gloria's Fantasyland. When we got there, there is not much people around except those having dinner at the restaurants inside. No kids running around as I expect it to be just like what I saw on T.V.
Near the entrance is a beautiful fountain welcomes visitors
We visited Nov. 4, Halloween fever is not yet over
Behind us is the ticket booth, a mushroom ticket booth
Off we go, walking around the complex is free
Inside Gloria's Fantasyland there are; restaurants, a grocery and department store, carnival and adventure rides and "the haunted mansion." We walked around, until Miya and I got into the ticket booth of "the haunted mansion." There we learned that all rides were closed for the night because of the weather. In times like this, I was disappointed, but then I can't just sink into its pit, I will always find a way to make it a better first night in a new place.

Then I realized that it was good that we have to go back to Dipolog to rest for the night. After more than 12 hours on the road, Lolo Boy needed a break and rest from a day of driving.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Start the Year Right

Happy New Year! After more than a month, I finally get the time to collect my thoughts and write my first ever blog post for 2017.
Have I started my year right? Or do we really have to wait for the new year to make things right? After the holiday orders' overload was over, that I am forever grateful for, I pondered on the kind of life I want to have. And that is to RECONNECT.
1. Reconnect with the Lord. Seek God first. And I vowed to take it seriously. For the last 15 days, it's the first thing that my mobile phone reminds me of. Yes, we can have it in our mobile phones, an app called Solid Joys. It's a daily devotional that my cousin Miya shared to me. I find it very fulfilling that I get to start my day reading and meditating on God's word. I encourage you to have and take the time to be with the Lord in whatever way you are most confortable with.
2. Reconnect with friends and family. Social media helps us see and know what is happening with the people around us, our family and friends. But Iet us have a better reconnection, by seeing our family and friends face to face. I was glad that on the first week of 2017, our family got to do it, by remembering the last birthday celebration of Mama 'Be, 5 years ago, we had a family lunch, invited our relatives from in the paternal side of my family, the Mercados and the Nolascos.

And on the 2nd day of the year, I invited  my highschool friend, Fermae and her family for a quick catch-up lunch at home. 

3. Reconnect with the ME. Often times, we lost the track that we wanted to take. And it a must that we take the time to be with the ME, because only then we can be the better version of who we are. And as I reconnect with the ME, I go back to the hobby that took ME places and got ME live lives, reading. I also planned a number of travels for the year around the Philippines to satisfy the wander girl in ME. 

Let us always make the best of our every waking day. BE GRATEFUL!