Weekend Wanderings: Celestial Gardens

To be honest, I don’t think this place was made for sightseeing. Considering the graves neatly lined in this vast place, it is evidently a memorial park. This did not stop me from exploring the place though.

Please don’t get me wrong, I mean no disrespect to the dead. In fact, I envy them. No, I don’t envy their dead state, I envy their view. The dearly departed seemed to have the best view of the city. Now, i feel like a loser 

I mean, just look at this view!

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Now, do you agree with me? Trust me, the dead has a better view than I have. Imagine waking up to that view everyday (not that they will wake up) and seeing the sunrise with Cebu city’s skyline. It would be awesome.

This is not the only thing you can see in this place though. When my internet connection is better, I’ll post the other photos. For now, I hope you enjoy the view.

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*I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. Proofreading via mobile is a challenge for me.*

Flashback: Mambucal Edition

I don’t know what Facebook is trying to say but I’ve been seeing reposts of posts liked or commented years and years ago. Browsing through, I found some albums that I uploaded before. Here are some photos I took before. All these were taken using my Kodak MD30 digital camera sometime in February of 2011 at Mambucal Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

A man-made lake at the center of the resort.

A man-made lake at the center of the resort.


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The second falls, Mambucal Resorts. *via MD30*

The second falls, Mambucal Resorts.
*via MD30*

The resort is around 45mins to an hour from Bacolod city via passenger jeepneys that acts like mini buses. Mambucal is a highland resort with 7 majestic falls to boast of. It’s a good place for people who likes to go on a hike. If you do however, be prepared for the trail. It is steep and sometimes slippery. You can do it in one morning actually as it is not very far.

If you don’t like hiking or not a fan of waterfalls, the resort also has swimming pools; one regular and one hot spring. You can also walk around the resort and see the sulfur pools, the butterfly farm or the beautiful flowers displayed along the way. In the late afternoons, you can go bat watching if you are into that sort of thing.

When I was living in Bacolod, I used to go there for my restday hikes. The view alone on the way to the resort is enough to clear my mind. 🙂

It’s a tough life and we just got to live it.

*taken Feb 2011 via Kodak MD30 at Mambucal Resorts Butterfly Farm*

*taken Feb 2011 via Kodak MD30 at Mambucal Resorts Butterfly Farm*

I can go on and on and talk about things that make me sad and teary but what’s the point? I will only succeed in demoralizing everyone but it will not really resolve anything. Just because you are going through something doesn’t mean everyone around you will have to be depressed as well. I choose to remain positive. I choose to pray instead of crying. I choose to hike and clear my mind instead of wallowing in things I am not able to control.

I believe in keeping positive memories and learning from negative ones. When times like this comes, I think of all the happy memories I have. When I feel down and trials come pouring in, I think of all the positive things around me and the blessings I had. And i have many.

Sometimes, it gets so difficult to see the beauty of things when there is a cloud of misery around you. Sometimes it feels so difficult to think of positive things and so easy to just sit in a corner and cry. But the sun doesn’t really stop rising and setting even when angry stormclouds are covering it.

So whatever you are going through right now, stay positive. Think of happy memories. Stand up and do something. Life is not always rough. Enjoy!

The No Soda Challenge

At the start of the month I made a decision to stop drinking soda. I was thinking of trying it out for just a week then after a week I decided to extend it to another week. Lately, I have decided that i’ll take it as a one day at a time challenge.

I have always been a heavy drinker when it comes to soda. I drink minimum of a liter per day. I drink more soda than water. I can survive for how many days without water as long as I have soda. Imagine that! I don’t want to imagine the state of my kidneys.

The first week was easy. I don’t even get tempted by all the people drinking soda around me. By the end of the second week, it became so hard. I want to drink Coke. I see Coke everywhere I look. I feel so tempted to take a sip, just a sip. But I know that once I start, I won’t stop and everything will go back to zero.

I don’t know how long I can resist this but I will do my best. So help me God.

(I still can’t post photos)

A Little bit of everything

A totaly unrelated photo. *via blackberry*

A totaly unrelated photo.
*via blackberry*

I know, it sounds totally pretentious to be so positive all the time. Days are not always sunny. You don’t always get what you want in life. It’s not always a happy, happy day. Some days are just the worst. Some days you’re just so down and everything that can go wrong seemed to go wrong and you can’t see an end in sight. Not a good feeling. You can cry and bawl if you want and nobody should blame or judge you. They’re not going through what you are going through afterall.

I do feel those days. And whenever I am in those moments, I think of the many good things I have in life and I feel better. I always believe that having a positive attitude is a choice. It doesn’t mean you are not allowed to be sad, you are human afterall and sadness is a natural emotion, a natural reaction to a situation. It only means you do not dwell in sadness and find a way to get out of your predicament. Moving on, I believe, is also a choice.

There have been moments when I would feel that things are not going the way it should be and I feel helpless. But believe it or not, I just tell myself that God will provide for my needs and God will make a way for me and things just work out fine. I don’t know how this happens really. I don’t understand it to be honest. I often just close my eyes and whisper a prayer, “Lord, you know what’s in my heart and you know what is good for me…” and things just go the way it should be. I mean, how can I not trust that there is a God when I have seen this happen to me so many times before.

This is why I can still find a way to smile and think of positive things no matter how dire the situation gets. I have a lot to be thankful for. I always say I do not have everything I want in life but I only have to take a minute to know that I have what I need. I have bits and pieces of the world that I want and those bits and pieces make up my little piece of heaven. They are not muh to the world but these little pieces are enough for me. I am thankful for what I have. I am blessed to have them.

The Travel Bug

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There are a lot of places I want to go to. I just can’t get enough vacation leaves to go. I have been to many places which amazes me when I look back and think of it.

This year I plan to go to Albay and see the famous Mt. Mayon. Then, I will visit Camiguin and the sunken cemetery. After that, Cagayan and Bukidnon. Then, it’s time again to plan for my birthday trip. I wonder where will I go again next year. My plan is to travel with my brother. But where?

I wish I have more than 15days of vacation leaves. I wish money is not an issue and I can just go whenever I want without worrying about the cost. Well, reality is I only get 15 days a year for vacations and I need to save up so I can travel. That is why I envy travel bloggers. Imagine going to those awesome places and be paid to do it? Awesome!

Well, probably someday. For now I have to be content with what life has to offer me. I may not have disposable cash I can just throw around but I am still living a happy life. I don’t have everything I want but I am blessed to have everything I need. I guess this is more than enough.

Oddly Satisfying

Cheers to Sunday!

Cheers to Sunday!

I was plannng to post this early in the morning. WordPress refused to cooperate. A good thing too! I wouldn’t have been able to do anything of it did.

This day has been satisfying. I woke up early and watched a movie, ate breakfast and gulped a whole pitcher of iced tea. Then, I downloaded two movies, watched one and proceeded to clean up the whole bedroom.

I am a very lazy person and when it comes to cleaning my bedroom, it takes a threat to get me started. So me just going ahead and cleaning up without being threatened is a miracle in itself. I havebeen plotting the whole thig for days, looking for the best strategy to make the place look like a woman lives there. Well, I cleaned it up and I think that is good enough. I almost broke my back rearranging everything and was thinking of just going to sleep but the fact that I already turned the place upside down forced me to finish what i started. I ended up cleaning the bathroom and washing sone shirs too!

Today was a tiring day but very satisfying. I didn’t realize my bedroom has sooo much space and sooo much garbage. so cheers to that!

I hope you had an enjoying weekend. Happy sunday everyone!