Christmas

Christmas is one season in a year wherein people in my country really look forward to. May they be rich or poor, there is that extra smile on everyones faces on christmas. As a matter of fact, 3 month before christmas (-ber month), Filipinos already start their count down to December 25. Everyone fills their houses and their surroundings with decorations: From christmas trees, colorful parols/lanterns, christmas lights and all sorts of decorations you can think of about christmas. There is also that christmas carols that you hear everywhere you go. And people tend to be extra generous this time of the year.

But one thing I like most about this season, is that you get to be reunited with people that have been part of your life.

From the people you loved in High School

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Your College Friends

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Your boyfriend

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and to the people you love the most

(your family)

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This people made me feel the true spirit of Christmas, which is LOVE.

Happy Birthday JESUS CHRIST.

In Oslob, Cebu I saw Whalesharks

In tagalog, we call this Butanding. Down South of Cebu, Philippines there is a town called Oslob. Every day from 6am – 1pm a dozens of whalesharks swim near the ocean shore. They don’t eat humans, they eat planktons and small shrimps.

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The water seems shallow, but believe me, that is deep. Maybe more than 20feet.

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These are my folks.

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Tips on going to this trip:

  • From Cebu City, it’s 2-3 hours drive. We rented a car and used GPS to be able to control our own schedule and for convenience sake (but I think you can also take a bus for php 75 for a one way trip)
  • If you’re coming from the City I suggest that you leave early! They say…early bird catches the worm. You leave early, you skip the traffic in Cebu. You get there earlier, you save time! And of course if you swim early in the morning, you get the Vitamin D since they don’t allow you to use Sunblock.
  • It gets crowded there, especially on weekends. A lot of tourist! So choose the best time to go there wisely!

Price of the encounter:

From the shore, you can already see them for free. However, if you want to have close encounter with these creatures, they offer a boat ride.

  • Oslob Citizens – P50 ($1)
  • Filipinos – P500 ($10)
  • Foreigners – P1000 ($20)

This also includes the rent of the life vest and goggles. Just 30 minutes per group is usually the time allotment for the swim to be able to accommodate more tourists. However, believe me, that’s more than enough time already. It gets tiring to take photos after a awhile. And the water for some weird reason, is extra salty in that area.

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  • If you don’t have underwater camera, you may also rent there (with free photographer) for P500. However, I suggest that you bring your USB because they charge P50 for the CD.
  • There is bathroom wherein you can take a shower after the encounter! However, do not expect a resort kind. It’s not a resort!

Actually if you want to get the salt water out of your skin, I suggest that you swim in TUMALOG FALLS! Just 5 minutes drive away from the whale sharks, you get to see this natures wonder:IMG_9943

My boyfriend calls it the Avatar Falls.

My brother calls it the magic falls. Coz it feels magical swimming there.

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There is a hike of 20-30minutes depending on your hike speed. The road is steep I tell you, however if you’re lazy like me. Or if you want to save time, you can rent a motorcycle ride for Php 50 (two way) to make the travel time 5 minutes.

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The water is cold, fresh and clean. Really amazing. A highly recommended place to visit.

Photos do not have filter. And was taken using an iPhone 5.

Weekend in Marina Bay Sands

This is a sweet escape for me. After being torchured in school, I finally get to breathe again.

So, I’ve been in Singapore several times already. And this country amazes me everytime. Coming from a third world country, I really admire how they were able to make their country very rich with limited resources.

We decided to stay in Marina Bay Sands. Well because of my dad really wanted to have his photo taken in the pool above the boat of the building.

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The architechture of this hotel is pretty amazing. And the view on the infinity pool was spectacular. This hotel has one of the best locations in the world.

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Do you see the tini-tiny Merlion?

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A concrete Jungle at my back

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However, that is just it about it. A very expensive hotel for just a normal standard service. The hotel room was just like any other standard hotel.

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And because of the hotel is composed of three towers. The queue to check in is very long. That goes the same when checking out.

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The lobby looks like a big market place! Instead of a usual relaxing place to sit in.

I say it was a good experience to stay in this hotel. But I don’t think I would go back.
It is too expensive for the quality of service you are getting.

Suspension of Classes. Boredom. Ended up making a blog

Hagupit Ruby has just given me 5 days of me time. I know I should be studying now, but how could I?? It’s pretty much bed weather outside!! So I decided to make myself productive by staring a blog of my thougths of my journey to become a doctor and of course my travels to spice up my boring life.

I don’t even plan to share it to my friends. But If you find this site and you are my friend, high five to you!!

 

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