Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Singles Revolution

From Vigan we then took a bus which took us to Baguio.  Around 5 am when we reached Baguio, just outside the Burnham Park two of my friends were faking their cries because of the very cold climate, which we are not use to.  Later when the sun was out we all went to the place were we will be staying for the next 3 days, which was already contacted by one of my friends.  We had a nap then later in the afternoon we toured around the city of Baguio.  Then later during the night of feb. 10 the conference was opened.  It so nice to stay in Baguio because we didn't sweat at all! that's one thing i like.  One of my guy friends said he's going to get crazy with the cold water every morning he takes a bath!!! 



Image hosting by Photobucket> yumi took this photo on the last day of the conference with me is Sheri, an american delegate and my mom beside her and others from the Mindanao region.

Image hosting by Photobucket> i love strolling around this Park with a lot locals /natives selling souveinir items and local delicacies in Baguio and the strawberry vendors walking around the park, and of course the park itself which is full of flowers and the man made lagoon.  I didn't mind rowing a boat the lagoon. 

Image hosting by Photobucket> together with me here are Janvier, Jeremy who are delegates from Australia and Yumi.

Image hosting by Photobucket> this was during saturday afternoon.  We posted on the different villages namely Faithful Village, Braveheart Village and Chosen Village.  We also had a lot of worshops to choose from during saturday.  Yumi and me together with my mom chose to attend and listen to the Spiritual Deepening Workshop.  It was very refreshing and reminded us that truly God's generousity cannot be outdone!  We just have to give what is due to him and endure during our hardships because at this time God wants to accomplish something in us!  While the guys took the Gawad Kalinga Workshop ( a ministry helping and working with the poor).

Image hosting by Photobucket> It's just mostly Yumi and me or my mom and me in the photos because we can't find the rest of the guys throughout the day. 

Image hosting by Photobucket> later also on sunday afternoon with foreign delegates - Baptist and Eleanor.

Monday, February 20, 2006

My Trip to Vigan City

 



 I had a day tour at the City of Vigan together with my friends from Cebu, and my mother also came along with us.  It was an 8 hour drive from the city of Manila.  We were toured around the city on a horse - driven  - wagon (kalesa), which charge us around P150(pesos/hr) that is about $3 an hour.
Image hosting by Photobucket> this was our first stop.this is me and my friend Yumi. We took this photo in front of the churchgrounds of the Agustinian Church in Vigan City.  Vigan has a very reach spanish history and what I love about the city is that they have preserved the old spanish houses/settlements, unlike Cebu.  I love this City because of the windy climate it has.



Most of the restaurants there are renting the old houses along the streets of Vigan.  They have preserved and restored the houses by paint and it all looks new at the outside, but when we went inside at one of the restaurants there i am amazed at the old structures that the people there have preserved!



Image hosting by Photobucket> i think this photo was shot also by my mom.  I like the way Yumi posed here.  She looks like a model with her height and skinny body.



Image hosting by Photobucket> this is a bell tower just located beside the church.  Maybe this wad constructed during spanish times too which i do not actually know for sure, but it does look very old as i saw the bricks.  I think this one is a nice shot that my mom got for us, as she usually gets a crooked or blurry one.  I've been wearing my crocheted cap on and off because of the windy climate here. 
Image hosting by Photobucket> this is where we lodge through our one day and night stay at Vigan, just located along the old houses too that stand on the streets of the City.  Here we found a lot of souveinir items like bags, ashtrays, keyholders, t-shirts, etc. and also a lot of antique furnitures around here.  A lot shops sell antique furnitures around here.

Image hosting by Photobucket> this is the hidden gardens, which was our last stop.  I love this picture too because of the backdrop, which are hanging plants.  i think everyone had a pose here too. in the photo are Yumi, my mother, Carlo and me. this place is a plant nursery and also they sell landscaping materials like stones, soil, and a lot of other things related to gardening. 

Image hosting by Photobucket> this one is also at the hidden gardens at one of their landscaped fountain.  it is a very cozy place to stay and just look around the plants.
Image hosting by Photobucket>...just a solo shot of me at the fountain.



Well, we all had a very nice time at Vigan.  i spent all my money, but it was well worth it to see the northern side of my country, which I think I still have a lot to discover of beautiful places around.  We did all feel like we went in some other country too each time we thought we've reach this far and each time we all thought that there is still so much to see around.


Monday, February 06, 2006

reunion photos

just want to show some photos of the 50th wedding anniversary of grandparents. i did lost my reunion photos as it was accidentally deleted by my friend. this wedding was one week after our family reunion so everyone was still here in cebu to celebrate.



this one is with my sister and Tor, another cousin who is norweigian filipino and lives in norway. He often comes here with her mom once every two years, but he speaks a little english only.most of the time he speaks norweigian with her mom.
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another photo of aunts and cousins.



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here is another one of all my cousins and our aunt Myriam who's standing beside me, at my left. I think she deserves to come home after 20 years of living in America and this is her first time to come home in Cebu.Image hosting by Photobucket



this are my cousins, (from left) Dale, Eastroy, Jasil, and Latifa who is a mix of native american, black and filipino blood. She lives in Texas and just came here for in Cebu for 5 days.
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