The Awesome Things: September 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bisdak jud ko. Wa juy makabag.o anah. ug "PROUD" jud kaayo ko anah.

Kita bitawng mga PINOY hilig gayud kaayo ta sa mga langyaw. Langyaw na mga butang, mga tao ug mga lugar. Wa mai hinuon dautan anah. Pero ayha ra siguro siya mahimong dautan sa imong kaugalingon kung ang gugma na dapat sa atung lingwahe, mga tao ug sa atung nasud ma pulihan ug atung gugma og belib sa mga butang nga gikan sa lain nasud.  Ug tungod ani ma wa na ang atung gugma sa Pinas. Mao siguro ni ang usa ka rasun kung nganung nagkalisud na ning atung nasud ky na wa na atung atung gugma ug pride sa pagka pinoy. Mas mu.pabor naman gud hinuon ta sa mga foreign systems. kita wa dai tay kaugalingon systema?

Miskan sauna pang panahon creatib naman tang mga pinoy, tanawa ang Banaue rice terraces oh. Gihimo na sa atung mga ninuno miskan atung wa pa niabout ang mga Kastila. Tan.awa na.apsan na hinuon ta sa atung mga silingan na mga nasud sa Asya. Layu na kaayo atung agwat sa ilaha. Nag-una na sila samtang kita ky nauwahi na sa dagan .

Ako, hilig man sab ko anang mga langyaw na mga butang, ug mga foreign culture ug mga tawo pero dili pasabut ani na di ko proud sa akung pagka pinoy. "I just want to broaden my horizon" kintahai kung sa ingles pa. Pero una jud nako gihigugma ang Pinas ky dre ko nabuhi ug dre ko nagdako. Malipayon gayud ako nga mao ning kultura nga akong nakadak-an.

Pero tinuod na daghan pud mga di maayu na mga kinaiya ang mga pinoy, wa tai originality ug likas pud sa atu ang crab mentality ug manyana habbit. Pero di pasabut na di nato kaya mag-bago. Pero hinaut na ma wa napud ning atung pagka small-mindedness. Maliit mag-isip ang pinoy, tinuod nah.. ug naa pud tai pagka simple-minded. Dakoon pa unta nato ang atung damgo ug atu pud unta buhaton tanan pra makamtan ang atung mga gusto. Di kay mag sige lang ug ima-ima. hala  oie, nag yaw yaw na ko.. ambut nalang.. hahah

Kini pung mga politiko nato ky wa ra pui ginabuhat, miskan nakakita nag tao nga nagkalisod sa dalan. Ug ang ka paet pa anah, ginakawatan pa gyud nilya ang mga kapos sa buhay. mao pai nag lisud mao pai kawatan. Tawun ui, asa man nila gibutang ilang utok? sa ilang lubot?! abi kog bag bright na sila. Hinuon, bright lagih sila pero wala pud silay morale. Di man hinuon tanan politiko, pero halos tanan gyud hinuon.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kawasan Falls

After we killed our midterms the weeeek-long (that seemed like a century) planning of going to kawasan falls was finally happening. No, this was not one of those plans where people back out and where it was not put into action. Non non non! this is different. Experiencing on of the most beautiful creations of God was finally unfolding before our very eyes.
                                                             On our way to kawasan...

The long week-end awaits and off to kawasan we go with my wonderful and fun friends! It took us about # hours from the city until we reached kawasan in Badian province. good thing we only paid P101.00 as a student discount but I think the regular fare of the Ceres bus was P120.00 (tip: so bring your id when you go there, ok?)

First off, I was scared of the idea of going there since kawasan has already taken a lot of lives, it's either people drown or people drown as though someone is pulling them from under and the waters was really deep about 10ft deep though Rosevie was really very persuasive and enthusiastic about the whole idea, I didn't really expect that it would be an action-packed adventure with a beautiful place I just thought of the whole trip as a bonding with my friends and I didn't expected much. Much to my surprise.....













The moment we arrived at the area after a few meters walk, the inviting, magical looking gorgeous blue waters  and lush green tropical trees immediately met our tired eyes and aching butt from all the sitting at the bus and the exhaustion suddenly washed away and i was filled with excitement thinking that this is not so bad after all, this is going to be a wonderful adventure.



So we walked..... and walked, paid the P10.00 entrance fee and walked some more for like 25 mins. plus the picture picture by the side views going there. and then, we heard the sound of the gushing waterfall, the moment I saw it, it made me one to jump into the water. but i did not do it of course. I certainly do not want to get cramps and varicose veins caused by all the walking and them immediately plummeting into the waters. No, don't varicose veins don't interest me so we had to rest for while before swimming





There were actually 3 levels at kawasan falls:







This is level one though we didn't swim here because all the dirt from level 3 and level 2 will eventually lead to level 1. We were thinking that it might be dirty but it's not. Matter of fact a lot of people were swimming there. 

                                                                   still at level one..

                         This is level 2, (thinking about it, there's not much difference since 
                                 all the views look gorgeous  and breath-taking) agree?



and finally this is level 3 where we stayed and swam for most of out trip there. By the time we got there, we were starving good thing I brought food as well as daisy and easson and mark mendoza. So we didn't have to buy the food their with jacked-up prices. The sound of the waterfalls was so replenishing to the soul it even drowns out the sound of the stereo because it's loud and strong like that. Thought there was some degree of eeriness of the place we didn't mind that and just had fun but before we even jumped into the waters. My superstitious neighbor advised me prior to the trip to (tip: drop a 1 peso coin make a lil a prayer for protection and make the sign of the cross as an offering and prayer for protection from the "di dingon nato" to avoid someone in our group getting harmed) since it was well- known that kawasan falls often takes the lives of people "mamira" . I'm not really superstitious but hey, there's nothing to lose except for a 1 peso coin.

Rental fee:

Cottage and table: P300.00
Rack: P300.00
Lifevest: P50.00

Overnight rate: (ranging from P900.00 to P2000.00 depending on the types of rooms and cottages)

               I miss the waters of Kawasan falls.. Its as though I can almost here the sound of the gushing waters from over here in my room..



                                             I miss this part, it's like a mini jacuzzi au naturel!

                                                I love jumping from that small waterfall again..

                                       Daisy, hyacint, Rose, Me, mark and Easson striking a pose

                                                           bonga! feeling diwata hahah












It was time for swimming and I just couldn't wait to get wet already so I jumped! WOOSH! The cold waters just seeps through my skin, perfect for this sweltering Monday where the heat is really oppressive most especially in the city. The area really gives off this cool refreshing atmosphere taking you away from the hustle and bustle as well as the pollution from the city.


I really had a fantastic time with my friends! Playing around with them on the waters and feeling the heavy waterfalls on our backs. It was a truly memorable experience. One I haven't had for quite a long time. okay, so not that long but one that  I haven't had for a while. I really loved the part where we jumping on the mini falls feeling the adrenaline rush through my veins.


It was quite scary to swim around the waters thinking that something might pull you plus the strong current of the waters makes it even harder for you to swim.




My day was perfect my soul feeling anew with all the stress and sadness being washed away. I can't imagine that something this beautiful actually exists despite the pollution and dirt from the city made me think that there's probably more nooks and crannies out there hidden from the world but waiting to be discovered. I'm so looking forward to my next adventure with awesome friends such as these:


The day after that, pain from all the swimming starts to seep into my body and I really had a hard time moving. My butt, my arms and my back aches. But it was all worth it. It was all out fun! I can't even wait to go back there. sooon after camotes (hopefully matuloy!)

okay, gotta rush to school now, still have my pre-final exam for finance.. good luck to me.
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