Gising 

Gumising ka Lisa, Bagong araw na naman.

Marami kang pangarap dba?

Kaya gumising ka na.
Sing taas nang bundok

Sing lalim nang dagat,

Kasing lapad nang himpapawid,

Mga pangarap mo’y aking batid.
Pwede kang maging doktor,

At Manggamut nang may sakit

Bawat sulok ng katawan ng tao ay malaman.

At Mag alaga sa mga may karamdaman

Pwede ka ring maging enhenyero.

Gumawa nang bahay,

Oh di kaya’y mag tayo nang matitibay na tulay

Pwede ka ring maging guro.

Mga mabuting asal at kaalaman sa atin ay pumupuno.

Ang siyang haligi nang bawat propesyon nang tao.

Ang dahilan din bakit meron tayong magagaling na doktor at enhenyero.

Maging guro, doktor, enhenyero, oh kahit ano ka man.

Ang mangarap nang malaki ay walang hangganan.

Pero laging tandaan,

Kahit gaano kalaki ang iyong mga pangarap – kung wala kang ginagawa, wala karing mapapala.

Kaya mahal kong Lisa,

Gumising ka na sa iyong pagkahimbing

Oras nang bumangon at mga panaginip mo’y ating gawin.
——— LIM, STEPHEN AGUILAR——–

BARBECUE STATION: CDO’s Best

Hands down, Barbecue Station’s barbecue is by far the best Barbecue in CDO.

No fancy advertisement or events, just quality product.

What started as just a side vendor by divisoria, BBQ station grew into a multi-branch family restaurant. However, the journey wasn’t so easy, the owners drew hardships as they tried to establish their product. But as the years go by, its popularity grew due to its juicy, tender and delicious barbecues. The sought after tender, juicy bbq meat is marinated from the secret family recipe. You could even live just by eating their sauce with rice. At present it has 10 branches strategically located around Cagayan de Oro.

 

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Their Barbecues has been everyones favorite especially among the students. It is a perfect meal for parties, birthdays or any types of celebration. Although the taste may seem like it came from a 5 star restaurant, the price is actually very affordable and suits the masses. For only 15 Pesos, you could already find heaven on a piece of stick.

For orders:
Please visit any BBQ STATION branch in the city. Or call them !

Dial: 0906-678-2222 for orders.

“We’re open when you’re hungry” – Hungry Plate 

Everything is great when it’s grilled. Grilled burgers, Barbecues and more. A place where families can get together, eat and walk out the restaurant feeling fully satisfied.



On Today’s blog post, I am going to share my experience of this newly opened restaurant – THE HUNGRY PLATE. Found on Corrales street, Cagayan de oro city, beside Boy Zugba and fronting BFB – The Hungry Plate surely is a great competition to the other family restaurants surrounding it.


They have fries, milk shakes, and not to mention BIG burgers! Of course it comes with a reasonable price. A warm and cozy resto to be with family or with someone special for a date!

Highlights of our dinner was the mushroom soup placed on a huge bowl made of bread with a bun to cover it and the “mouth watering” Mud pie.

The Hungry plate is surely a new place to try! They have Great food and service that will surely satisfy your Hungry tummy. Try them out! and comment down below your experience with them!

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PS: I would love to thank Ms. Erika Legaspi for these great pictures. You can catch her on Instagram: erika.legaspi

Airports: Saddest and Happiest place on earth

The hardest words is to say goodbye. A farewell to someone you love, or someone you hold dear. You can’t help but to cry everything out, trying to express the worst feeling your heart is trying to say.

Today, June 30, 2016 marked the day of her travel going back to Canada. Thus i consider Airports as the Saddest and Happiest place in the planet – and today i have experienced the sad part of it.


Saying goodbyes has never been easy. Few days before the scheduled departure, you’re trying to keep the sorrow you’re feeling. Trying to be jolly and happy – masking the inevitable sadness as she leaves you.

Trying to be the strong one, doing the usual things you used to do – like laughing at none sensed moment, or just a mere holding of hands wherever you go. I am trying to do all of this when i still can. When I am still near you.

To my dearest, you know i am the stronger one, i am the resilient and the brave between the two of us. But today i realized i was all of this because of you. Now that your traveling on the other side of the globe – where my day is your night and your night is my day, i feel “less” whithin me. 

I am happy i married you – it would act as a repellent to guys out there. 

I will love you here, hoping you could feel it there. I will take care of both families, and anyone you hold dear in here. I will always let our LOVE be my greatest aim. Till we meet again soon. It’s not that i will never see you – it is just that i will miss you and everything about you and about US.

I LOVE YOU, and i will see you soon. Maybe on an Airport. 

And on that day i will see you again – it will be the Happiest place on earth.

“Born of Fire” – The Camiguin Island Adventure

Summer is about to end. The last stretch of our vacation heat is bidding its farewell. As we unpack our bag-packs full of swim wears, we tried to catch up before the summer signs out.
Last May 27, 2016 – our destination was the Camiguin Island. It was a rush! We woke up around 3:00 am to catch the bus ride at 5:00 am. A 2 hour bus ride from Cagayan de Oro to Balingoan and another 1-2 hours of boat ride from Balingoan port to Camiguin Island.

It would personally be my first time setting foot in Camiguin. An island known to be one of the nearest top tourist destination for individuals specially from the Visayas and Mindanao. Away from the busy streets of the city, and the raging heat from the combustion of vehicles – Camiguin is surely a sanctuary for every individuals seeking refuge to the environment.


While riding the boat, you can already see from afar the island – Green at its bottom and the top mountains covered with the sky’s thin clouds.
We landed at the island at last – around 8:00 in the morning.

Transportation
The availability of means of transportation is a very important aspect on every destination traveled.
Transportation available in the island are the following:

  • Multicab
  • Vans (Hiace)
  • “Bangka”
  • Motorela
  • Motorcycle (“single”)
  • Jeepneys

There are no Taxis available. So if you are tourists visiting the place, it would be an advantage if the group have their own private car.

As of us group of six(6) – we rented a multicab for only P1,700 (max 8 people) – good already for eight(8) hours. On the other hand, the sheer number of motorela made it a bit difficult to commute in other areas of the island.
PS: motorela fare is around 10-20 pesos.

Lodging
A place to stay is also a very important aspect on any vacation getaway! The increasing number of beach resorts and Inns, pave the way to an array of choices for tourists. Few of which boasts the “view” of the beach from their Inns. Some also have a reasonable cheaper selections. We stayed at PAGUIA’s cottages, this is a cheap lodging house near PARAS and WHITE ISLAND resort.

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For only P1,500 – We have obtained a room good for six(6) and an advantage of having only a walking distance towards the bangka port going the the infamous White Island – a must-go tourist destination in Camiguin.

White Island
The “White Island” is one of the tourist destination found just ashore the main island.

It is an islet of white sand, and provides a great scenery of Camiguin Island. To those selfie addicts and instagram/snapchat whores – this is the place to be!

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Casa Roca Inn
One motorela drive from our hotel is a place called Casa Roca. This is just a regular place to chill, hang-out and dine but with an extraordinary scenery.

 

 

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This place is best visited around 5:00pm when the sun is about to set. Located at a cliff and on the side of the island where the sun goes down – this place is surely something worth the try.

The Lagoon Restaurant
People calls this restaurant “Lagoon” for a reason. This restaurant is located near the Camiguin port. Anybody could stop-by to dine.

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Comparable to the Panagatan of Opol Misamis Oriental, this restaurant also has a sea view and a taste of the Islands delicacies – Sea foods! They have Kayaks and Zipline for P100 AND P250 per ride respectively.

Cold Springs
We went to St. Nino cold spring and it was freakin’ ice cold. Springs like this is sought after by the masses due to its affordability and wallet friendly character. St. Nino cold spring has huge pools ranging from 3 feet to their deepest 7 feet. To combat the heat of the El Nino Phenomenon – the St. Nino caold spring is a go! (how ironic)

Mantigue Island
A new tourist destination, that everybody must try! Few kilometers away from the main island is an islet called Mantigue Island. Just like the White Island, this can be visited through a 550 pesos boat ride.

The island boasts its “Sanctuary” – which people can swim, snorkel and experience the captivating views of huge coral reefs.

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ALERT! Every movement you make in this tour sheds money!

My overall experience was quite fascinating. The island, the hospitality of the people and the great scenery. Surely something worth to be called a “Tourist destination” here in the Philippines.

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The Camiguin Island is a peaceful and beautiful region. Full of nature’s bounty and great people – let us take care and nurture our environment and recollect our actions. In Lieu of bringing harm, let us preserve what we have and let the future generation see what we saw – thus giving them a chance to savor the experience we have felt.

“It’s more Fun in the Philippines

She’s not my Girlfriend anymore

I’m getting married.

And FYI: nobody’s pregnant **you judgmental people. HAHA.
It has been two(2) years since we first decide to get married after everything nursing career could offer.

Last year, just after passing our Local Board exam – we finally ask our parents permission to get married. Another year of long struggle of planning while also reviewing again for the NCLEX – finally the day has come!

We passed our NCLEX last May 8, 48 hours after we took the exam we got the results. Today May 19, 2016 – marked the day of the beginning of our union as a couple sealed with the blessing of God.

Second, the reason of our marriage is also due to the untimely return of my Rosen to Canada. Which in the first place she was already a citizen since she was still on Grade-school. This end of June, her inevitable return is already marked. Let’s face it, long distance relationship (LDR) is quite difficult. This marriage will aid the early reunion of us both through Canada’s Spousal sponsorship.

In comparison – her cousin who recently return from Canada, also got married 3 days before ours. **and nobody’s pregnant – you judgmental people HAHA.

Today, i’m getting married to the girl of my dreams. Everything was well planned of – from our career to our relationship. 

She won’t be my girlfriend anymore. But a partner to be, a wife, my happiness – my everything.

How to live in a “hotel” for the rest of your life

The increase of the human population throughout the past decade, prove to us how a living “Space” is quite a necessity nowadays. The boom in the area of infrastructure in any Metro city is also the beginning of utilization of our “air spaces”.  These including sky scrapers, and gigantic buildings – which are now few of the most sought after business in the modern era.

Hand in hand, the individuals whose livelihoods are found on the urban areas – seeks shelter near the vicinity of their jobs. The convenience of having a nearby living space plays a big factor in the market and the people needing it.

Last May 14, 2016 – marked the Top-Off ceremony of one (1) of the condominiums which is about to rise here in Cagayan de Oro city. S.M.A.R.T. Condominium located in Fr. Masterson Avenue, fronting Phase-I Xavier Estates Subdivision is opting to rise in the near end this year.

It said to boast the qualities of:

S–Safety, M–Money’s worth investment, A–Affordable Luxury, R–Relaxing Lifestyle, and T–Technology.

Though the letters’ M and A’s meaning is quite redundant already. The investors of the said condominium promised to have a luxurious experience with a good touch of modern technology but in an affordable/reasonable price! Packed with SAMSUNG’s latest gadgets and modern security facility – this is surely a way-to-go to all tech savvies out there seeking home in middle of the city.

Considering the size of this condominium, this is not as huge as some of the rising condominiums here in the city – such as the Ayala Condominium, and the One Oasis by Filinvest. Thus the SMART Condominium is comparable to a “hotel” – which is smaller than your average condominium but packed with luxury touch and high-end techs.

The boom of the city’s economy led to the continuing progress and rise of various infrastructures. The need of an affordable living space is must have in today’s demanding environment.  Living on hotels, studio type apartments and condominiums is the “IN” of this present time.

Therefore, choosing one should fit the individual’s need, and one’s buck.

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For more information of SMART Condominium, please visit their Facebook page, of visit their site Uptown Cagayan de Oro city, Msgr. Masterson Avenue – fronting Xavier Estates Phase-I where transactions can be settled faster.