Angels on Top

What a beautiful day!

My mom, Dorlay, Pao, ate pang and her brother Josh took a spontaneous trip to an organic farm here in Davao.  

We dropped by at Balolong (best garlic pandesal in town) for breakfast on the road.The trip heading to the highland farm called Bemwa went really well.

When we arrived… This view greeted us:
  
They grow organic lettuce, cabbage, various herbs and strawberries.

In the middle of the farm, there’s a tree where we I gave them all angel & fairy readings. All the messages from them, hits home.

I am particularly excited for Mom’s.

Part of my angel reading earlier this week was to incorporate play and have fun with whatever it is that I am doing.

I have been currently juggling 3 works which can sometimes overwhelm me, but I really wanted to do them anyway.

So, this is my short break from my usual days.

Anyway, we bought organic produces, chocolates from GenSan which they are selling and i find the packaging really quirky and fun.

As soon as we left the place aboard the car, it suddenly started to rain. And we thanked, the angels for making sure we are out of the farm before it rained.

And then, we went to the nearest restaurant called Seagull Mountain Resort. There was a crowd, so we tried securing our table first. When we were about to order we found out only two viands were left. So, we decided to take the risk and went to Il Toscana Italian Restaurant which was believed to be a 10minute drive.

And lo and behold, the rain was falling hard and we made it to the restaurant a lil bit wet but just enjoyed the whole process.

Then we ordered pasta and pizza.

Actually, Toscana is a known Italian restaurant downtown. Very romantic and with an Italian chef. I dont know if the Italian chef was at that branch though.

Nevertheless, the place was just my kind of place. Quirky and quiant. Then, I noticed the numbers on one of their signages 888 sea level.

I took it as an angel sign. And, I believed the angels really wanted us to dine there on that spot.

We had a hearty good meal and we drank our fave coffee of course: Lingzhi!

Then, after the hearty lunch the rain stopped and the sun was already giving out its awesome rays. We went and dropped by at Cicada Hills. And another majestic view greeted us:

  
We stayed for a few minutes to take photos and enjoy the scenery. When we are about to leave, an old dog approached us and the dog was filled with warmth and affection and was making lambing. It wanted belly rubs and attention. It was just cute.

When we left the place, it again started to rain. We thanked the angels for being gentle with us this time.

We dropped by a few plant shops wher emom bought roses, rosemary and a lemon tree.

Heading home, the angels gave me a wonderful gift.

They know how much I love this splash of love and hope in the sky:

   
 
It is really fun when you allow angels to be with you in your adventures. It’s alwaysfilled with fun and surprises. And wonderful, sweet favors. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸ˜‡ 

Angelic musings and fairy bits,

Liberty

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Nostalgic Days

It’s days like these that I enjoy…..Β  rainy… cloudy….

very nostalgic. reminds me of myself when i was younger when I would just stay at home… read a book… and drink coffeemilk. πŸ™‚ Happy and grateful for this day.

oh and during these moments.. i remember my crush πŸ˜› HAHAHA. Ive a new one!! actually two!! HAHAHA.

the Fab 2011

2011 was indeed a FABULOUS year for me. As what I declared in Facebook and over my blog.

This year I fell in LOVE with LIFE, and with every person that I meet.

Though I still have my pet peeves and I get annoyed now and then by few people measured by the fingers on my hand…. I get to appreciate their existence. Really.

Success is indeed a cocktail mix of love, kindness, compassion, integrity, passion, focus, determination, and being committed and it ain’t a stroke of luck. It might seem like that because when you mix all those, you simply get – magic!

This year, I stopped playing the “unworthy” game…. thanks to wake up calls by my Coaches (Jic, Bong, TJ and Father Allan).

This year, I tried my best to practice what I preach. But, of course there are moments where my reactive mind goes woo-woo and ego goes hee-haw! But, that’s why I am taking the path to personal mastery….(witness to this would be my immediate family who gets the blows! sorrrryyyy!!!)

This year, we created a lot of “campfire” sessions like Kamustahanay with the Imaginals, our mindful LEAP gatherings, and our documentary film watching….intimate sessions over coffee, and whenever we bond we make sure we ignite each other’s fire.Let us all burn without burning out!

This year, I valued doing everything 100%, for Zen Masters it means being fully present in the moment. And true enough when one does everything 100%, our results outweigh what we intend.

This year, made me realize that I worked my way up with a hesitation. I believe I can be remarkable in everything I do, however I was hesitant to do all things 100%. I am nudged all the time by my guides and angels when I hesitate and I always come to my senses! Thank you dearest guides! I know I’ve been quite ma-drama with my “inarte” when in the end, I know that I know that I will be doing it. Despite everything, once I set my heart into it…. everything followed smooth sailing and sometimes it’s even an exciting ride with a lot of wonderful surprises in stored!

I began to appreciate the simple yet extraordinary moments in my life. Such as having an intimate talk with a girlfriend over coffee or pizza. (Ana, Matet, Mona, Phoebe, Abigail, Irish, Ate Ge, and June Mae)

There were days in this year that I was a grouch, and can be nasty at that. But, I know that past emotions are just rising up and I just honor it, feel it and kiss it goodbye.

I also began learning how to manage time and making my days full at most and then getting to do nothing but ground and lounge around after those “full days” A full day meant 4-5 meetings in a day! Mixing friends-business-advocacies-family all in one day! Whew! Remember, I am a Light Worker, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a service center directress, a healer, a speaker and everything in between. [ Hey, Tina got time to squeeze in LOVE? ] I took time to live a balanced life, though!

Someone even asked me…. “Where do you get all this zing and zest life? How do you manage to stay positive amidst everything?”

Well, here’s my secret… when it’s my “off” day…. I avoid human interaction. And just simply sit with me. And then I’d talk to my angels… or go oracle reading… then things will turn around. Or I go journal writing.

This year, I met countless of people who deserves another blog post as I try my best to describe how they shaped my 2011 into a fabulous year!

And to my dearest family… Pa, Ma.. .thank you so much for bearing with me. All my inarte. Mwahahaha. That only you guys know…. thank you for the patience… the unconditional love and support… specially in MISSION! Thank YOU THANK YOU! Thank you for being my “devil’s advocate” whenever you test out my crazy ideas…. but thank you for honoring those ideas whenever I can defend it. Hehe. Loveeee you!!

And Darlene…. Thank you…. for bearing with my… uhmmm “creativity” when it comes to placing things in our bedroom. Can’t you see that those shawls draped overΒ  our double-decked bed acts like an accessory? or the way the bags would spill over with its content staring up on you or the luggage left at the floor and you just have to sigh and close it yourself… thank you. please be patient… as im thinking of ways to let go of all the clutter….To Paolo.. thank you as well for bearing my weird affection. Sometimes happy but sometimes a grouch. Sorry! work on progress here. I didnt say I was a master and a saint that is ready to be painted on church walls!

And to all my friends.. old and new… you will forever be etched in my heart…as i said detailed posts will be done next year! Hahaha. πŸ™‚

Statistics for the year: I drove 13 times, conducted trainings/co facilitated workshops 13 times, went to the gym 8 times, the beach 4 times, nightlife 3 times, massage 4 times, and innumerable coffee,pizza,resto dining… and 10 kilig moments πŸ™‚

Ive been to:

Cebu City (2), Tagum City (3), Island Garden City of Samal (1), Zamboanga City(1), Ipil (1), Dipolog City (1), Metro Manila (8), Padada (3), Dumaguete City (1), Cagayan de Oro (2), Iligan City(2), Butuan City (1), General Santos City (2), Cavite (1), Marbel (1), Batangas City (1)

And as I close a chapter of my life… 2011…. I bid hello to a 2012… I have yet to find a theme suited for 2012…. πŸ™‚

Davao’s Best Award 2007

I was planning to post this last December 31. Better late than never.

I saw this tag from Ate Gladys. Since, I love Davao sooo much I’ll do this tag.

Note: This award is basically from my own viewpoint.

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BEST INTERNET CAFE – uhmm.. Net Express. Good service + Privacy. But, I guess the Amigoas cafe would top the service thing. It’s a shame I haven’t visited the said cafe but I’ve heard a lot about it from Kuya Dave.

BEST COFFEE SHOP – uhmm Figaro sa may Chimes.

*( me and my parents often go there hehe.)

BEST FITNESS GYMHoliday Spa.

*Honestly I haven’t been there yet. But, most of my classmates are members there. I’ve heard good reports about it.

BEST MALL (OVERALL)SM

*when it comes to accessibility, it’s a bit far from downtown. But, it’s the best mall even though it’s not that big. It’s clean. Great service.

BEST DEPARTMENT STORE SM

*still SM.

MOST CLEANEST COMFORT ROOM NCCC Mall

*clean. I hope they would maintain it. ;p

BEST CINEMA – NCCC Mall Cinema

*the screen is not that big, but it’s the latest cinema we have so far and very comfortable.

BEST BAKESHOP – Bistro Rosario

*love the cakes and pastries there!

BEST BANK – GE Bank *magallanes* Used to be Keppel Monte Bank

*Best bank ever. Great service… and man it’s G.E. for crying out loud.

BEST HOSPITAL – Brokenshire Hospital

*they support alternative medicine. It’s where my cousin works also. They have friendly nurses.:)

BEST HOTEL – Marco Polo Hotel

*expensive from the rest but great service.

BEST PHOTOSTUDIO – Lito Sy

*posh.

BEST AIRLINE – Philippine Airlines.

*great service. even though it gets delayed most of the time. (i have come to understand why. from my post Disaster. )

BEST BUDGET HOTEL – Hotel Galleria

*i am not so sure… but i guess they go cheap.

BEST PHARMACY – Mercury Drug Store

*i have to agree to Ate Glad with this.

BEST FASTFOOD CHAIN – Mcdonald’s

*Haha. Asa pa? πŸ™‚

BEST CHICKEN INASAL – Mang Inasal

*yummy. we often eat here.

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Another tag from Ate Gladys: Blog Addiction

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Have a Great week ahead!!

City of Smiles

I got back from Bacolod, the “city of smiles” yesterday(August 11). We stayed at Grand Regal Hotel conveniently located in front of Gaisano Mall, hosted by Mrs. Talas a very generous woman and a very great host at that.

Mom and I attended a special business event(August 8, 2007) that was coordinated by Bacolod’s Charity Prince Joery Llanera. It was a good show. I had fun.

The next two days (August 9 and 10), mom trained 30 leaders and I had a great time seeing how the training changed their outlook in life. We received a lot of good responses from them and mom said she had a lot of fun with the network leaders. πŸ™‚

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I never got the chance to tour around the place but at least I got the chance to eat out at two of their best “eating places”.

FOOD.

PALA – PALA / HYSKOS

There is an eating place they call “pala-pala” or “tulahan”. You get to buy fresh seafood at the back (wet market) and have it cooked at the eateries in front. Just take your pick. The place is near the seashore, that’s why seafood comes cheap. The facade of the eateries may look like an ordinary karinderya but oh boy…. their food is great.

TIP: if you want good food, just have it cooked at an eatery where numerous people eat because I’m sure they serve YUMMMYYY food. We ate at an eatery called “Hyskos” twice.

IMAY’S

This restaurant also serves great food. It’s cheap (compared to restaurants here in Davao that serves the same food), and very yummy. The interior of the place is good and it has a great service. (Wow! Writing about food made me hungry tonight. *growls*).

I ordered their cheese sticks… and by gum you wouldn’t say “bitin” because it’s very CHEESY (unlike other cheese sticks I know served in other restaurants here in Davao).

One dish perked my interest was the “porbidang kangkong”, because of it’s name. It’s probably “porbida” because it’s hot and spicy. Very Very yummmmyyyyyy….. !!!

I did not get to taste Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal which is pretty much popular and Bacolod’s known for that… but at least I got to be in two places that serves great food with a low price.

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Till here! Have a great week ahead!!

Adventures in China

I learned quite a few things in China. Our first stop was Beijing and then Shanghai.

Beijing is the conservative and ancient city unlike Shanghai which is the exact opposite.

Weather: The first thing you would notice when you step down from the plane is the weather.

Beijing is way cooler than Shanghai. Beijing is dry, windy, and sunny and the weather when you are outside is untolerable. In Shanghai, it’s wet(rainy) and cloudy and a ray of sunshine would bring a delight to your face.

Tour Guide: Most of the tourists have tour guides here. It’s the next thing you would notice.

*Miss Vicki fooling around while Mr. Hao gave us a few tricks.*

Our Beijing tour guide Miss Vicki, was jolly and very efficient. Good services. She made our stay in Beijing fun. She was not a bore, and she made us interact with her as well. She is very flexible and cater for everybody’s wants.

Our Shanghai tour guide Miss Sammi, was ok. She smiles and answers your question but not as efficient as Vicki.

Common thing in our tour guides: Nice clothes. You can make them sing(and the same song). Both are trying hard to give us jokes. Both are single and looking for a boyfriend. Haha.

Buildings: The bus has a wide window, enough for you to take pictures and get a full view of the places you are passing.

*A Beijing building*


*Another Beijing building*

Shanghai is much developed compared to Beijing. It’s buildings are higher than in Beijing. Shanghai has a lot of well-known hotels.


*Taken outside Shanghai Airport*

Food: We arrived during lunch time in both cities. So, before we proceed to the hotel we ate our lunch at a local restaurant.

Shanghai-nese food is much sweeter than what is served in Beijing. Still the same though, too oily. -_- The signal for the lauriat-style to end is the watermelon. It is the last to be served. Peking duck was not new to me. Davao has a Chinese restaurant that serves Peking duck but lately it ran out of supply due to the bird flu. But still the way they serve the duck is different. They also serve pigeon in Beijing and goose in Shanghai.

The part I like there was the breakfast buffet. Less Chinese food. Haha.

I like the interior of their restaurants. They have a man-made falls or whatever in display that would attract customers. It’s nice. Every restaurant has a different faΓ§ade and interior. Some restaurants has a performance every night as well.

*Shanghai: While we were having dinner they performed different kind of dances and one of them is tinikling and they are encouraging the diners to participate as well*

*We were supposed to have pictures with some Chinese girls in costumes.. but they’re asking us for money if we’re to have our pictures taken with them.*

So guys beware of those picture taking… because you might be asked for some money.

Nights: Shanghai Nights

They said Shanghai is the Eastern Paris. The city is well-lighted during night time. They spend millions for the lights the tour guide says. (I wish they could spend it for the people in China who has no living/home. Specially during winter days. It’s awfully cold and freezing outside.)

Shanghai night life is pretty much active. They have a lot of bars/karaoke/mah-jong places. There are more foreigners and business people in Shanghai. Teenagers go to bars, the not-so-much teen goes to karaoke and the old ones in mah-jong places.


Shopping:
I have to say shopping in Philippines is way better than shopping in China!! They have 3 different qualities. Class A, Class B and Class C.
Vicki: Class C may be cheap and you can bargain at a much cheaper price but it’s rubbish. Really really rubbish.
Vicki: I will take you to a shopping place…. but I’m warning you. The prices should be bargained 70% off. Example if the price is 100 just pay it for 30.
And asking for the bargain is really stressful.. SUPER! They have crazy prices!!!!! and its not easy to bargain with them because they SHOUT! Gosh!!! It would make you want to go back to Philippines and buy from there. Usual convos in bargaining.
Pinay: How much is this?
Chinese: *takes her calculator out and types the price* 350
Pinay: Oh… so expensive… *types out her price 105 *
Chinese: Oh.. no no..*face angry* *types out 330* That is already cheapah.
Pinay: No.. that’s too expensive… *sticks to 105*
Chinese: Oh ok ok.. *types 180* that’s cheap. Very cheap lady.
Pinay: No… never mind.. *tries to go away*
Chinese: Wait lady! How much you want?
Pinay: 105
Chinese: That is a crazy price lady! You must be kidding!!!
Pinay: Im not kidding.. Im serious. *walks away* (you can call this the WALKAWAY TRICK)
And then in a few minutes… the chinese lady would run after you with your item in a cellophane already.. and giving you your price.
NOTE: Never ever try to bargain if you are not sure you will buy it, because they might *smack* you with their bag. Believe me… one incident like that happened. So, if you try to bargain…… be sure you will really buy it.
If you are just looking, they would grab you and force you to buy. *gah* what a terrible shopping experience. You would appreciate Pinay’s who sell in Divisoria/168 better. Really. Those Chinese might be cussing you in their language for all you know.
But of course there are some who seem pretty fine. Just laugh and dont forget to smile when you try to bargain.. there might be other Chinese who are pretty much nice. But they are just the 5% of the lot.

CLOTHES:
Since, it was the winter season their clothes are mostly for WINTER. Checking out their winter clothes/boots/gloves/hats/scarves… you would want winter to be in the Philippines too. I absolutely love their winter apparrel.. as in!!! Imagine, all those cute boots… those gloves. *sigh*
We did not get to buy some of their clothes since…. the ones in display are for winter and pretty heavy!!! Too bad.

FACTORIES
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In Beijing we visited the Jade factory. Real Jade is pretty much expensive. They have nice designs. Prices are fixed here. No bargains.

*taken outside the royal pharmacy*
We also visited a very popular herbal medicine factory and also their royal pharmacy which goes back to the Ming dynasty. Amazing huh? πŸ™‚
In Shanghai we visited the Pearl factory. Fresh water cultured pearls. Not so exciting, since we have our very own South Sea pearls. πŸ™‚ Although, I liked their Pearl Lotion. It is so nice.
We also visited the Silk factory. We bought the silk quilt (wala sa pinas eh) and it is sooo comfy. πŸ™‚ Just the quilt would be enough, you can buy any cover (cotton/wool/silk) of your choice when you get back to the Philippines.

Temples and Gardens:

*This one is the frozen lake. You can see people are trying to walk through the frozen lake. Just look closely. They said, this was the setting of King and I. I am not sure. :)*

Beijing has a lot of temples and gardens. Since, it is pretty much old-fashioned. And mostly people in Beijing still stick to their old customs/values and preserving the ancient structures.
Great Wall of China(Beijing):
So yeah, this is the number one spot. I finally saw it’s wonder. Haha. Wonder ba talaga? Hehe.
There are different parts of the great wall.. and I am not sure what part we visited. I did not actually went to the top… it was freeeeeziinnng.. and the steps are too steep….. it’s a bit hard to go down.

*The DXN TSI Qualifiers w/ the DXN staff. Wooo Go Philippines!*


Forbidden City(Beijing):

I thought it would be exciting to visit it…. but then since the fact it is not forbidden anymore and pretty much open to tourists made it less exciting. The history itself is a good story. Beijing has a lot of stories about Emperor, Empress and the concubines.
Chinese people are fond of rock formations. Every temple/garden you go… you see rock formations everywhere and with different meanings. πŸ™‚

Disneyland China(Beijing):

This was supposed to be their Disneyland. It was unfinished because the owner got bankrupt.

Olympic Stadium for 2008(Beijing):

Everybody knows that the Olympics this 2008 will be held in Beijing. Everybody in China is preparing for it. They have different souvenir items ready even if it is just 2006.

Panda Zoo(BEijing):

I did not get any decent pictures of the cutieee pandas. *gah* All were too dark. They were inside and the lighting was not that good. It was a bit dim… so the pictures are dark. One is supposed to be staying outside but I guess the weather is a bit toooo cold for them. They said during summer the pandas have a cable tv to entertain them. And since they are too preoccupied with the tv they would not even look at the tourists. Nyahaha. πŸ™‚

Mausoleum of Mao Tse Tung(Beijing):

This is where the body of Mao Tse-Tung lay. Mao Tse-Tung wants to be cremated… I wonder why he wasn’t. Ala-Marcos style. Once inside, you are not allowed to stare at Chairman Mao’s body… but you need to move on. Cameras are not allowed inside.

NOTE: Do not buy the flowers they sell to honor Chairman Mao. You know why? Because, they are just recycling it. All the flowers are identical. And once it is inside…. they can recycle to use it for tomorrow. Wow.. pretty cunning huh? πŸ˜›

Tiananmen Square(Beijing):


*Behind is the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao*

This one is just near the Mausoleum of Mao Tse Tung. Here you can take pictures all you want.

Kung Fu Show (Beijing):

They say it’s one of the best show. (but I like the Lion King Live Show in Disneyland HK better hehe) -_- You can even have your pictures taken with the actors/actress outside.. before and after the show.

I did not have mine taken with them… because there were soooooooo mannyyyy people. Foreign people. Big people. British and Americans alike. Haha. -_-

Yu Garden(Shanghai):

*A picture with the shy lioness*

The Yu Garden in Shanghai. Near this garden is a temple-turned-flea-market. The bargain thingy here is much better compared to Beijing. -_- A bit better… but still…

Nan Jing Road(Shanghai):

This is the shopping haven of the people in Shanghai or so they say. A few minutes walk in our hotel. Well lighted as well. πŸ™‚ Nice place to hang out.

Huang Pu River Cruise(Shanghai):

This is a nice river cruise. πŸ™‚ You’d see Shanghai at it’s best! Yay. Well lighted… with all the prominent structures…. *sigh* It was soo nice. πŸ™‚

Kids:

I love to watch the little Chinese kids. -_- They look so cuteee with their winter clothes.. and it’s not hard to make them smile. They smileeee sooo genuinely from the heart it would make you want to cry. SOooo cuteeeee.

*That kid made me teary-eyed… hayyyy. I would never forget that lil kid’s smile. It wass just so different from the smiles of other kids. -_-*

Language:

Not everybody knows how to speak English. Hard to communicate with them. But there was one kid who showed us the way to Pearl Market… and it was quite astonishing to hear him speak in straight English.

Random Pics

*The Czar and Czarina of da Philippines*

*That guy is so funny. After the picture taking he would gesture to look at your camera… maybe to check how he looks like in the picture. hehe*

*Sunset in Beijing. Outside the Royal Pharmacy and near the Tiananmen Square.*

I almost did not get any chance to take the Sunset in Shanghai. And *good heavens* when we were about to board the plane for Shanghai-Manila… I was able to see the sun setting in Shanghai and capture it. Weeeee.

*Sunset in Shanghai*

That’s all for now.. Picture overload na ata eh. -_-

All in all… it was a fun filled trip.. although there were certain times… it was not that good because.. my parent’s oppressor is around. Read this for more info.