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Rekindling Roots: Travel to Bohol

 

Ah, Bohol! What can I say, home of the Tarsiers and famous for the chocolate hills. I was still in high school when I went there with my father. We took the bus from Gensan to Cagayan De Oro. Then from there you can ride Superferry or Cockaliong shipping line.

For the second time around, I went to Bohol to tour with family and relatives. Our starting point was from Cebu sea port and we boarded the supercat fast track ferry that took us 2 hour to reach tagbilaran sea port. We arrived noontime and rented a van to drive us to Guindulman.

It was past 2 in the afternoon I guess when we arrived at the house. I was recovering from a headache and still struggled with 3 mouth soars but I really enjoyed the view that day. The weather was good, the sky was blue and the water was definitely blue and clear.

From Tagbilaran city to Guindulman, the road trip was smooth and you can see the sea from the right side of the road. It was perfectly clean and clear that It makes you feel at peace. Compared to Oslob waters, the sight and view is better. Ang sarap mag road trip at ikutin ang buong bohol! Seriously.

We finished lunch, arranged our bags, changed our clothes, washed some clothes, and waited for the contacted van to arrive so that we can have a short swim at Anda. Locals there described it the mini boracay version.

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The beach that we went to was public and free. Anyone can just come and have a swim. You can bring food and drinks. The place is currently being renovated to provide better shower and changing area, and more tables and chairs. Later, the family had dinner at the house.

Our itinerary for day 2 at Bohol was tight. The time schedule was set 8 a.m to 3 p.m

Chocolate Hills

First stop was the Chocolate hills where I had to climb 2oo plus steps to get to the top. Imagine that. Yes, very challenging that you have to catch your breath once in a while. Overall, you have plenty of areas to take pictures. Lucky for us, that morning had a few tourist.

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Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP)

After the hills, we went to CHAP. This place is new to me and the park offered a lot of activities. You can see at the two photos I shared below. The place was cool and relaxing. They have a function area and a souvenir area. They sell ice cream, carabao’s milk, and water for refreshments. In the area you can feed the fish, sight see chickens and look at caged snakes. Read the rest of this entry

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Ten Commandments for Tourists

I’ve read a quote that says, “Spend money on experiences and not on things.” While I ponder on that thought, it sinked into me that there is some truth and depth to this. Come to think of it, If I were to compare my experience between buying the latest gadget and going to a place that I have never been before, the fulfillment of gaining a new experience is more satisfying than the material possession.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, agrees that:

We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them. .

In his study, he states that:

People’s satisfaction with the things they bought went down, whereas their satisfaction with experiences they spent money on went up. We consume experiences directly with other people, and after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.

Part of life is creating memories with love ones but we get caught up with trends that we forget to think twice and buy that dress that we really don’t need. I’m not against rewarding your self with a new watch, bag, shoe, or clothes because it is important. I would recommend you buy a really good camera (Handy digicam, GoPro) for all the wanderlust you have targeted throughout the year.

It is easy to fall in love with travelling. Planning your next trip can be very exciting so before you book that next flight, remember these few rules to help you enjoy your trip.


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Finally! SIARGAO happened to me.

Gensan-Digos-Davao-Panabo-Tagum-CompostellaValley-SanFrancisco-Butuan-Surigao-Siargao Island.

4 nigths. 5 days. Long road trip. Worth it. 🙂

We departed from Gensan around 6 in the morning and arrived at Surigao City about 5 in the afternoon. I have to commend our driver was fluent with the road. Kuya popoy is a friendly, funny and experienced driver.

SURIGAO CITY

First impression for the city of surigao, it was actually more urban than Iligan. The city were big and streets are congested. The people have surigaonon as their dialect which is quiet difficult to understand at first.

I also noticed that their airport is very small and well cute. You can easily see it. As we arrived at the area, we asked where the port is so that we can inquire the schedules for the ferry to siargao.

To go to Siargao, you have two options. You ride the Roro or the ferry where cargo and cars can be brought or the small fast track boat for people only. The fast track is located along what they call the boulevard, full of very insteresting boats with unique design, more like an airplane if you might ask.

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Schedules of departure and arrival:

Roro                        11:45 AM    3:00 PM – Surigao Port to Dapa port of Siargao Island

(fare 200)                 6:00 AM     9:00 AM – Dapa port to Surigao Port

Fast Track            5:00 AM     8:00 AM – Surigao Port to Dapa port of Siargao Island, different route

(fare 250)

Prices and schedule may change. They have discounts for children depending on the age. 7 years old and below are free.

After checking the boulevard cause we opted to ride the first trip on the following day and deciding we will just leave our vehicles on the hotel’s parking lot, we went to the Tavern Hotel to see if there are rooms available. The hotel is very nice but sad to say they were all fully booked. So we opted for their annex which is just in front of the main hotel, you can easily see it. The annex is budget friendly. 🙂

We settles ourselves cozy in our beds as our relatives arrive. One big happy family.

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hotel master size bed

Morning came and we went to the boulevard. After some time where everything is set, the little ferry started its course.

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Dahilayan Forest Park – Manolo Fortich

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

Whether to finish at school with high honors, to win that trophy or gold medal, to get on that stage to perform, to travel around the world, to start that business, or to volunteer and give back to the community, from the words of Lailah Gifty Akita, “no dream is too big to come true because you are born to manifest the glory of God on earth. The pursuit of dreams is the fulfillment of the scriptures and your divine spirit of personal power should inspire you to pursue your dreams.”

But your dream is not just wishful thinking. If you want to make your dreams come true, you have to put in the effort and make a reasonable plan.

Some of the things that I want to do are on my bucket list. As I constantly check on my list, I am amazed at how each of them are being crossed done. The Lord is good, indeed.


Barangay Dahilayan is located at the municipality of Manolo Fortich at Bukidnon. This place is a site most visited by travelers and locals for its tourist attraction – Dahilayan Adventure Park and Dahilayan Forest Park. If you are looking for relaxation and adventure, this is a must visit place in Mindanao.

How to get there

If you don’t have private car, you can avail of the shuttle bus service. One stations at Coffeeworks divisoria near Xavier University. Fare is 350 php back and forth, available saturdays 8:00-8:30 am. It has a capacity of roughly 20 persons. You probably would arrive around 10am as the bus goes directly to the adventure park. Your other option would be a shuttle bus from magnum express, a more modern-safe-fast bus compared to the other one. Fare is 249 php and stations at Limketkai near the souvenir shop. I suggest you take this one, cheaper and more convenient. It goes directly to the forest park just ahead the adventure park.

Dahilayan Forest Park

Luge

The Luge ride is one of the cutest ride ever. Very easy to manipulate. You sit down and stretch your legs a bit, you hold the handle. To lounge down the slopping hill, you just pull the handle towards you, enough angle to loosen the clutch that grips its mini wheels. When you feel like you are going too fast or about to turn  a curve, you just push the handle again to put some friction so that it will halt.

It cost 600 per head and you get to ride the Luge twice. Also included in the package is the entrance for the hanging bridge and the mini putt golf.

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Hanging bridge

The hanging bridge is quite the stroll. I thought it would be an easy-peasy but when I got to the middle of the bridge, I felt my knees start to weaken. I got a little panic and my heart started to pump a little faster than normal. My fear hightened when few people on the other end where starting to cross the bridge too.

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Hang bridge

Forest Putt Mini Golf

The mini golf consist of 18 holes. It was great to play this, I got a hole in one! After the Luge ride, this is perfect to calm those shaking knees after crossing the hanging bridge. If you pay to ride the Luge, this mini gulf is included in the route/package, as well as the hanging bridge. But if you want to try the mini golf separate, that’s 150 until you finish. It was worth it. Time consuming but worth it. 30-45 mins I guess.

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Maxima Resort & Aquafun – Samal Island

And that’s the wonderful thing about family travel:  it provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.  ~Dave Barry

The day has finally arrived. 7:00 in the evening, we were on the ferry to samar island. Dad is already waiting on the side. He just arrived at the port from Butuan from a business. Finally the whole family is complete. The evening enveloped the sea, as the car parked the ferry. I saw piles of big tanks of Maersk on the side as the boat left the dock and move towards the island. It took a few minutes to arrive at the other side, and we relied on our Google Map navigator to route us to Maxima Resort. It was a very long ride, and from the ferry port to the little town, it took a while. I noticed there were little street lights on the side, and no way to light the road except for the head light coming from cars. There seem to be few vehicles traveling too. Maybe because it was already past 8 in the evening.

I want to describe to you how road and the place at night looks like but I just can’t find the words. Arriving at the entrance of the resort, no staff was actually on post. It was pretty dark because of so many trees and because of the hillside behind us although there are flourescent lights scattered. If you can just imagine for a moment the movie ‘the wrong turn’ and its scenery, then you have a bit of an idea. Honestly, I said to myself ‘is this the resort?’ because its far from what I imagined it to be.

Either way, we had to get a place to stay for the night so we hiked down to I-really-don’t-know-where and what to expect. Imagine the steps you would take down the Tinago falls of Iligan City. Now you get the picture. To cut the story short, we found a guard who is on duty and negotiated for some close cottage. We got our bags – yes we hiked up and down the steps twice! – settled ourselves in a need-to-be-upgraded cottage.

The cottage is slightly raised above the ground, about 2 meters, and below you have a net swing. Beside it was a very tall tree with picnic tables and chairs. The cottage is fronting the sea which is a major plus. The comfort rooms are public.

We were able to hit the night at 11:00 in the evening, I guess.

Maxima Resort and Aquafun

A picture of what I had describe. It seems harmless at day, but totally different at night. 🙂

Maxima Resort and Aquafun

A picture of the steps a told you about. Very long hike down hill.

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Wakeboard Water Sport – Davao City

After having seen so many Philippine Eagle and Crocodiles at the Crocodile Farm, we headed on to our next destination. Taking the calculated short cut using google maps, we cruised the Philippine -Pan National Highway  and arrived at our destination.

Talk about something extreme.

We entered a subdivision called Deca Homes at Mintal, Davao. I wasn’t really familiar with this water sport and how it operated. I imagined some jetski or water boat to drag the wakeboarders. Observing the place while looking to park the car, I saw cables up high pulling the people. I see that the place was man made, kind of like a big pond. This one is oval with tramps and a center island. I wasn’t really that excited. I watched some guys flawlessly gliding above the water while holding a rope that would proper them forward. Some were exhibitioning.

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The Halloween Road Trip – Dapitan City

After a very exhausting, jam packed semester with my master subjects, work and lecture units I thought I need a break. I invited some of my coworkers for a getaway to unwind and relax. Unfortunately after some follow ups, few backed out. Eager to push through with the plan, my friend Coach Hennie was also game with the thought of traveling so the two of us decided to go no matter what. The trip Dapitan city is unknown for both of us because it would be our first time to go to the city. Nevertheless the adventure drawn us.

Early morning on the first day of November, we went to the bus terminal. Little did we know that many people were also traveling back to their home town that dawn. Five buses already pass still the people were so many. We had to fight for seats on the deluxe rural bus bound for mucas, good thing a fellow man helped us sat down. The bus was filled to standing position.

Arriving at the barge, trucks buses and cars lined up. We were able to catch the second trip to Ozamis port and arrived around 6.30 am. We had breakfast at Jollibee then headed to the bus terminal to catch another bus bound for Dipolog. The trip was long and I get to watch the beautiful scenery of nature along the way but most of the time a dozed off to get the sleep that I need.

We drop at the bus stop called the Polo round ball which was the diverging road between Dipolog and Dapitan. It was 11:30 when we arrived, 2 hours earlier than expected. My companion, Hennie, and I rode a tricycle to the inn that we booked the night before.

Travel Bee Heritage Inn
We checked in at the Heritage Inn and rested for a while. Impressed with the cheap price, they offer basic necessities with economy and standard rooms. Bath has hot shower which works fine with me.

Dapitan Escapade

Bike around the city
After lunch, we started our adventure. It was already three in the afternoon and we rented the inn’s bike to ride around the city. It only cost 50 pesos for a whole day. We had our travel bee tour guide map from the folks at the counter and headed out.

Our ride

St. James Church
After getting used to the bike, our first stop was at the St. James Church. It was the 1st of November. Streets where not yet busy and the sky was cloudy. We took some pictures (of course). Looking at the church, and some old lamp post, you can clearly see the deep connection of the town from it historical roots.

At St. James Church

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Google Street View Experience

Google is taking over the universe. From Google Map to Google Earth and now Google Street View, it’s even awesomer! 

I tried the street view on the Philippines but it won’t work yet. So I decided to view some other  place in some other parts of the world. All I can say is that wow! As if I am standing in front of it. 

Here are some of the screen shots I got from viewing the earth street wise. 😉

1. First is the Piazza Del Colosseo at Rome.

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2. A street view of the Eiffel Tower at Paris and the park in front of it.

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3. My next stop is at the Burj Tower at Dubai. You know just strolling around the streets. 🙂

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4. I little shopping won’t hurt, I guess, at the biggest mall in the world, Dubai Mall.Image

5. Ah London, United Kingdom. Home of Harry Potter and Mr. Bean. When I was about to cross the street, I found Big Ben’s Inasal. 😀

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6. Last but not the least, since my 15 minute break is up.I have to drop by the gym, Staples Center. Home of my favorite NBA team Lakers and my idol Kobe Bryant. 

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Google has updated the viewing experience because the last time I Google mapped my house, it was not that clear but now it has a better view although I can’t use street view on it. 

So there you have it. You can have the same experience by trying Google map here.

Let’s not forget to say thanks to the  man behind this genius street view, Mr. Pegman, who travels the world by feet just to give you a bird’s eye view of your backyard. Maybe next time he will traverse the deep blue see or North Pole just for us. 😉

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Experiencing Japan – JENESYS 2.0 Batch 3

The Land of the Rising Sun. We came. We conquered.

36 young, vibrant, enthusiastic, visionary delegates where chosen to represent the Philippines in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2.0 Batch 3 and were flown to Japan last June 23-30 2013 for a week long activities of getting to know Japan at the same time meeting and making friends with other ASEAN Youth delegates.

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The Purpose

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) are setting for the Integration in 2015 with the three pillars: ASEAN Politico-Security Community, ASEANEconomic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. ASEAN Economic Community (hereafter AEC), one of the pillars will play an important role for the future success of the ASEAN Integration,whose objectives are not only focused on being integrated itself, but also on facilitation the continuous development of the region. (Handbook 0607)

With the theme ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Youth Network: Preparing for the Involvement and Contributions of Youths to the AEC Through ASEAN-Japan Youth Exchange Program, It aims to:

1) To raise awareness of the university students of ASEAN member countries towards ASEAN Integration and ASEAN Economic Integration (AEC) and to let the young generation of Japan to deepen the understanding of ASEAN countries and AEC.

2) To learn about the activities of Japan and the key success factors for the economic revitalization in each area and toutilize the ideas for the economic development of each ASEAN member country.

3) To establish the AEC Youth Network to be given the function as a hub linking the young generation of the ASEAN member states and Japan for the future cooperation of the mutual benefit.

The Participants

All the 10 ASEAN member states participated in the project: The program composed of groups of university students from the various backgrounds in
Economics & Social Sciences, Science & Technology and Arts, creative works, & culture.

Each members from the ASEAN states were divided then grouped to form 30 members composed 3 delegates from each country. They are then assigned to the different regions and prefectures of Japan for lectures and tours.

All expenses and accommodations  where covered by the organizers Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in cooperation with National Youth Commission of the Philippines

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Group Name:  Mie C at  Mie Prefecture

Delegates from the Philippines are Bernadas, Irene Tia (MSU, Iligan), Carim, Nurhalim S.  (MSU, Marawi) and Lagmay, Wyona Dizon (UM, Davao).

Region:  Chubu

A summary of the activities are narrated:

DAY 1 – Pre-departure Orientation/MOA Signing

  • The Philippine delegates were gathered for the first time at Bayview Park Hotel for the pre-departure orientation with the JICC and NYC staff.

  • The Memorandum of Agreement between the delegates and the NYC was signed.

DAY 1 Filipino delegates unite during the Pre-departure Orientation and Signing of MOA

DAY 2 – Departure and arrival in Japan

  • The 36 Philippine Youth Ambassadors were met by Commissioner Georgina Nava at NAIA Terminal 1 then the delegates departed Philippines at 2:00pm via Japan Airlines and arrived at Narita International Airport around 7:25 in the evening, and were billeted at the Hotel Nikko Narita.

Day 2 ~ Happy and Excited. Flying high to represent the Philippines!

DAY 3 – Program Orientation with other ASEAN States Delegates

  • All delegates from ASEAN states were gathered at “Tsuru” for the program orientation and each group were assembled for the first time with their respective coordinators then had a dinner.

Day 3 ~ Arrival Orientation for the entire program

Day 3 - General Orientation

DAY 4 – AEC Lecture and Visit to Odaiba

  • From Hotel Nikko Narita the delegates moved to National Olympics Memorial Youth Center and had the lecture by the Secretary General of ASEAN-Japan Center, the Director of Trade and Investment Division and by the Director of Tourism and Exchange Division.

  • In the afternoon, the delegates spent their free time at Odaiba, taking pictures, roaming around and some shopping.

Day 4 - Tokyo bound for lecture & general orientation. Free time in Odaiba and Akihabara

DAY 5 – Mie Total Cultural Center (Mie Center for the Arts)

  • From the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont, the delegates traveled by bus to Tokyo Station. Then from there, the group traveled to Nagoya City for 2 hours by the Shinkansen Hikari (Bullet Train).

  • Once arrived at Nagoya, the group were met by two other coordinators, Misami San and one from the JICE.

  • After lunch the group visited Mie Total Culture Center were  lecture was conducted by the Mie Prefecture Government. They discussed some of the advantages of Mie like high technology, advanced development in life innovations, proactive in developing international strategies, contribute to the growth of developing countries through technology, and first rate tourist attractions and historic cultures.

  • After the lecture and a video presentation of a Ninja Demonstration, the students were divided into groups for a workshop. Each group is composed of 10 members, one representative from each participating countries. The group were to discuss what they learned before going to Japan and then their initial findings during the start of the program. The group also discussed about the ASEAN Economic Community and the possible impacts it has.

  • After the workshop the group moved to a restaurant for dinner before heading to the Hotel, Tsu Miyako.

Day 5 - Delegates from Group Mie C moved to Mie Prefecture from Tokyo via Shinkansen. Lecture from Mie Prefectural Gov't and then Workshop I

DAY 6 – Exchange program at Suzuka International University and Home Visit

  • The delegates left to Suzuka City by bus to the Suzuka International University. There a program was prepared comprising of several sessions and open discussions in which students from the university were also encouraged for active participation.

  • One topic was conducted by Mr. Tokishige Shimoda, President on Consortium for Industry-University-Government Interaction and Dr. Ananda Kumara, Professor of SIU and Director General of the Ceylon Gourd Project, entitled “On the Regional Vitalization through Industry-University-Government Collaboration: Lessons from the Ceylon Gourd Project in the Suzuka City”.

  • Another interesting discussion was about the educational ideas and aim of the school, the Suzuka International University molds students who are effective on the international stage with abilities to adapt to the global trend of time and analyse the social situation

  • In the afternoon the delegates traveled to Shima City to check in at Exceed Nemuno Sato. A hotel with Japanese-Western combination style and a Japanese Style Hot Spring Bath called “onsen” for communal use.

  • After checking in, a brief orientation with the coordinators for the home visit program took place and afterwards the group was introduced to the respective host families.

Day 6 - The delegates went to Suzuka Int'l University for student exchange and also they experienced home visit with local families in Shima City

DAY 7 – Visit to Shima City

  • The group went to Nakiri Fishing Port to visit the Marui Himonoten to learn about “himono”.

  • Afterwards the group visited the place of the “Ama” women divers. The huts are called Amagoya which are built on the beach that the Ama use to rest, to warm themselves, and to change their clothes. Some fresh fish, shellfish, and the famous abalone were grilled on charcoal brazier inside the shed. In which after they were cooked, the delegates took a feast on these rare delicacies.

  • Then the delegates had a short visit to the town’s Lighthouse to take a catch on the amazing view of the sea facing the Pacific Ocean and the Shima City.

  • After lunch on a Japanese set menu, the group visited Houwa-en, a nursing care home for the elderlies. The staff from the nursing home toured the group inside the building and the facilities they used in the nursing home.

  • Then the group visited the Honda Cars Ise-Shima Daio Branch for an observation on automobile servicing. They also displayed the latest Honda electric car, the hybrid model 2013.

  • The last itinerary for the day is to visit the Deguchi Shinju for an observation on pearl cultivation farm. There the delegation witnessed a woman planting a seed on an oyster so that in time it will form into a pearl. The place was also a souvenir shop for the cultured pearls accessorized into bracelets, ring, earrings, and necklaces perfect for gifts.

  • Finally the group moved back to the hotel and prepared for the welcome reception by the Shima International Exchange Association. The host families were also invited to the occasion and the delegates wore their national costumes for the event and Mr. Nurhalim S. Carim gave his thank you speech in behave of the group.

Day 7 - Experience of Japanese traditional culture (visit women divers), Visit local companies (Houwa En - nursing home and Honda Cars)

Day 7 (2) - Welcome party hosted by Shima Int'l Exchange Association with the Mayor of Shima City

DAY 8 – Visit to Mie Historical Structures

  • The last day in Mie Prefecture. The group moved to Shima City Museum of History and Folklore which opened only last 2011. The newly built museum houses wide range of cultural assets, such as the collection of farm implements of olden days and old artefacts from the early period of Japan.

  • After the last stop in Shima City, which is the museum, the group moved to Ise City to visit one of the historical structures in Mie, the Grand Shrine of Ise or the Ise Jingu. The group experienced a stroll around the divine forest of Ise Jingu and witnessed the remarkable structures of the Japanese old temples.

  • The group also visited Okage Yokocho, a street in Oharaimachi-town adjacent to the inner shrine of Ise Jingu. The group enjoyed traditional Japanese food and merchandise which are sold in the long street of Okage Yokocho. After the brief stay in Ise, the group moved to Mie Kyogijyo to have the second Workshop and as well prepare for the Action Plan. By 7:30, the group moved back to the city of Nagoya to stay for a night before finally moving to Tokyo the next day.

Day 8 - The delegates visited the historical structures in Mie (Shima Museum, Ise Jingu, and Okage Yokocho). After that they headed for Worskshop II

DAY 9 – Presentation of Action Plan

  • The group had a brief walk from the hotel to Nagoya Station and from the station, the group rode the Shinkansen Nozomi #118 bound for Tokyo. After having lunch in Tokyo, the group moved to Chiba City, Chiba for the Action Plan presentation where the 12 groups were reunited again to share the experiences and the thoughts they’ve gathered from their respective places during the past 4 days.

  • After the whole group finished their presentations, the program finally ended with great success. Each group finally headed back to Hotel Nikko Narita to rest and be reunited with the other delegates from their respective countries.

Day 9 - The delegates moved back to Tokyo and headed to Chiba for the Final Action Plan Presentation together with all other delegates from other group

DAY 10 – Departure and arrival in Philippines

  • The Philippine delegates were the first one to leave for Narita International Airport and back to the Philippines. The delegates bid farewell to their coordinators as well as their fellow ASEAN delegates whom they formed beautiful friendship with. Though there are tears in their eyes, their smiles tell each other “Goodbyes are not forever. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again!”

  • Each of the delegates from the 10 countries maybe divided by different culture, but JENESYS 2.0 brought them together as one. They may go to their own respective tomorrows, but the goals they’ve formed for the future of each nation will be bonded again someday, somehow.

Narita Airpot back to Philippines

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Photo credits taken from various participants. To know more about the program and how to participate you can visit JICE and NYC website.

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My 2011 summer escapade ^___^

Summer is ending and I though I was gonna shoved this boring summer in the back of my memory lane but my venture was yet to unfold.

HS  Batch-mates of my mother are traveling to town for their reunion and so my family was like an instant host for a day. It was Wednesday evening when the grouped arrive and they were housed at NFA dormitory. Mom borrowed a multicab for the family to use.

Lion’s Beach.
So we were busy for a day going about our itinerary. Our first stop was at Lion’s beach for breakfast. Lion’s beach is not much, we just ate there cause it’s free. Our menu for breakfast was awesome and courtesy of my awesome mother. Fried tuna balls and alugbati with cheese omelet. I swear it was  my first time to eat the omelet and it sure was delicious not to mention healthy. And the tuna balls was also delicious! We bought it of course at Citra Mina. 🙂

Fishport
One of our destination was going to the fishport – Gensan’s Fishport – at Brgy. Tambler if I’m not mistaken. Believe me it was my first time to go and I was so excited that I can finally see those big Tuna fishes they say. But to my dismay when we got there, hindi ako nakapasok kasi bawal pala mgshort at slippers. Ouch.  So there we were, outside waiting for them nalang. Nakapasok kasi yung sila mommy and classmates niya. Maybe next time I can pay a visit again.

Lemlunay Dive Resort – Maasim, Sarangani Province
Our next destination was to maasim, sarangani to take a look at the soon to be tourist spot, the one they call Lemlunay Dive Resort. Some of its attraction are the Infinity pool, great ocean view where you can see the sunset, and Scuba Diving and Snorkling facilities. It was really great to see all of it. I was so temtped to take a plunged at the pool but mother said later nalang. Madali lang kami doon, nagpicture2x lang actually. haha. next time, again.

Gensan View Resort
After Lemlunay we headed back to the city, to Gensan View Resort at Nursery road, Lagao after Sussana Homes. When we got there, the place was deserted, haha, kasi walang mga tao kundi kami palang. 50php entrance. Reminder: bring proper swimming attire kasi bawal ang inappropriate clothings para sa pool. And so ng.rent kami sa counter ng swimming attire and the 3 of us went for a swim in the pool while si daddy ng luto for lunch. It was a while before my mom and her classmates arrived with a separate car. Went they got there ng,luch na kami.
Menu: Sinugbang Panga and Tuna Belly. YUM! Plus kinilaw with wasabi+toyo+kalamansi sauce, few softdrinks, and fruits. I swear it was a windy afternoon, nilamig talaga ako sa lakas ng hangin na umiihip don sa gensan view that afternon. We left around 4:00.

Unexpected Visit – Manny’s Mansion
So we were heading out, and I thought we were going home na, but I noticed that Dad was driving in a different route. I couldn’t make out where we’re going. The next thing, we stopped in a not so familar road in front of a big house. I said, “Dadi, aha man ta?” The convoy car was right behind us and stopped too. They park at the other side and so did we. I was thinking, aha man intawon ni oi. hahai kakapoi. But they we’re all excited as the group neared the tall gate and talked to the guard. Then I realized we we’re outside the house of Manny Pacquiao! I was so excited I was like, “Hala manulod sila. Hala! Makakita ko sa balay ni pacquiao! hahah.” So I hurried to get out of the jeep and we entered. BUT hold your horses guys, we were not able to enter the house itself. Taman rami sa front lawn nila oi, haha, sayang lageh. Ngpicture2x nalang mi.

Sayang hindi rin kami pinayagan pumunta sa likod ng bahay kung saan andoon ang swimming pool ni pacman na hugis boxing gloves. really! Hindi naman masyado kami ngtagal.

After that we went home and the rest went to Robinsons. It was fun plus a got a one day leave from work. I hope I can go back to Lemlunay resort. *wink*

That ends my one day-short-but-fun escapade. ^_______^