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Read PART 1 of the story here

We rode a jeepney to my aunt’s old house in the town of San Juan. The night ride was balmy and breezy. My cousins now all-too familiar voices firing endless ‘how-are-yous’ filled the warm ride home, a genial sentiment that made me took in the moment – oh, finally I’m home. I ducked out my head to breathe-in familiar scents of summer. The whiffs this short night ride has, burrowed reminiscences out of my arcane and emotional amygdala. The earthy night mists, the sun-burnt grasses, the scent of Calachuchi and Dama de Noche brought out the remembrance that reconnect me back to the place where I first saw light and cried – my birthplace.

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Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party 2014

I miss our acquaintance party last year. The date was scheduled in time for our vacation departure, I missed a bunch of doughnuts, lol. I’m excited to join this year, the date falls on where I’m so humanly idle. I’m sure this would be extra fun having to see new faces and meet new bloggers in town.

So bloggers around Davao region, if you happen to drop by and read this post, you are cordially invited to join us. No need to wear your tuxedo vests and ties or long gowns and night dresses, just come smartly with your awesome self and we’re good to have fun.

Feel free to pre-register yourself in this doc, who knows you’ll be the lucky to win free flights courtesy of Cebu Pacific. And oh, wait, I heard there’ll be more exciting prizes to be raffled off. You can’t afford to miss this, right?

Refer on the poster for the venue and time. See you!

Davao Bloggers Acquaintance Party 2014

Part 1 – The summer I met a shoreless fisherman


I was sleeping half the time I was onboard the OceanJet. It’s the best remedy to contest seasickness and get rested before arriving Siquijor. It was 7 in the evening when we docked at Dumaguete City port. I calculated, we’ve spent 4 hours already on the sea after we left Pier 1 of Cebu City, no wonder my rear sored. I stayed still on my settee as I watched passengers disembarking and after a while few more were embarking for the last stretch of our trip. We still have 1 hour further to cross the Philippine deep before we’ll finally dock at Siquijor port.

Summers are always a good time to cruise this part of the Philippine ocean. I know for certain, most locals won’t propose travelling on the months of August to December when you’re not a frequent sea traveller. Monsoon winds on these months are just too fierce. Waves are often too enraged and for certain you’ll swear to the gods of seas not to return and take this route again. But on the night of that summer we travelled, the water was emolliently composed and the rhapsodic moon where our ferry was heading gleam in light like a golden asphalt highway in the dark.

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That tuba player

I was reading this novel about a certain guy who has a gift to play multiple musical instruments. He was so skilled at all of them that he spent all his time playing them and composing pieces. He practically made a little bubble of his own and eventually forgets he has another world out of such effervesce. Eventually people called him mad (people always do that) and he withdrew. The story ended tragically, he made his last piece using his blood to draw the notes on the music book. His last piece he composed made him the most celebrated musician in their town.

It was one of my creepy reads this year and made me reflect that – maybe if there weren’t people as crazy as him this world might have been as forlorn as his fate. Music made us all alive, a kind of universal sensitivity that cuts across all aspects of humanity.

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Live street party music in Davao City

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Hi there people of the world!

Davao City is celebrating its 77th founding anniversary and we’re inviting you, wherever you are to come down here and join the party with us.

We have fantastic and exciting activities lined up for you the moment you step Davao grounds. But for those who are already around, you can probably hear by now live music on the streets played by local bands here. I know they’re cool as ever having all these premier drums from guitar center to entertainment you without noise ban ‘till the wee hours of the night.

Let’s make memories people, 77th Araw ng Davao happens only this year, as it’ll be 78th next year, so let’s go out and enjoy!

Araw ng Davao 2014 Schedule of Activities

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Hello there! Davao City will be celebrating its 77th Founding Anniversary this March 2014. Lots of exciting activities are lined for those who love to go out and celebrate. Here’s a schedule you can follow throughout the rest of the festivities. I was thinking of printing this and have it posted on our gate, sort of goodwill for my neighbors to see, lol.

But really, I always look forward to festivities like this in the city because of the Agri Fair. I can live with only this. You should come down to Davao and find the rarest of plants and ornaments for sale in the Agri Fair. All of Mindanao’s best are on display on this fair. I’ll score several lemon plantlets shortly before they’ll wrap up on March 31st. I’m sure I can get a nice discount on this. The Agri Fair will be at the SM Ecoland grounds until end of March 2014.

And Oh, the great Davao Fun Sale is also up starting March 14 until March 16, I heard malls will be dropping prices bottom’s low on these dates, so see you around and have a great time roaming Davao.

Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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“We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.

Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind… there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey.

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The Sounds of Travel

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Everyone has its own idea of traveling. Some travel because of work, some travel to escape life, some travel to look for meaningful elements of life, some travel fast, some travel not to get on time but to have a good time.

Often, as I what I always see, people try to plug their ears to avoid the noise hassles around them and just focus on their travel playlist and I find it really odd? Isn’t traveling also about hearing? I really think so…

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Up close and personal with Carlos Celdran

 photo Carlos-Celdran4.jpgWhen I got an email invite to be with Carlos P. Celdran over dinner, I blurted, O. My. God. My wishes to St. Expedite just got granted. Joining Carlos Celdran in one of his elaborate Intramuros tour has always been in my bucket list, but for some reasons it has never been ticked until Feb 6, Thursday.

But before going to the details of why he’s in the city, I just would like to share how it’s like meeting one of the most interesting men this country ever has. Indeed, he’s exactly what I expected him to be, eccentrically bubbly, minus the black top hat at that night. But he was on his black ‘Damaso’ shirt which obviously that print has what made him so popular for.

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When in Siquijor: Travel Photos

Siquijor Island Seascape

Part 1. Siquijor Island Seascape 

I went cleaning up my drive and I was greeted with a sheer actuality that, oh my gosh, I actually have tons of photos unpublished from our trip last summer in Siquijor Island. We’re up for another trip this year, so I thought I should share before another SD card get to slip my camera data slot.

I thought this might inspire you to pack a sarong or two to take some time to this island I call my immaculate paradise .

Getting here is no hassle at all; there are regular trips from Cebu City and Dumaguete City that frequents the island. I made a post on how to get to Siquijor Island if you’re coming from Cebu or Dumaguete City here, check it out.

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