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——–

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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

“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

My voting experience

Today May 9, 2016, commence the advent of the Philippine Election. After years under the Aquino administration, the time has come to choose new government officials in the Philippines.

I woke up early today – earlier than the last election. I have learned my lesson and that is – “the earlier you vote the better!” We arrived at our designated precinct at exactly six (6) in the morning. Our humble community is still at tranquil state. I experienced a hassle free travel from home to my precinct – Indeed a perfect time to vote.

In my whole lifetime, this election would be my second time voting. Compared to the previous, this year’s election has a great impact towards me. The advancement and the great influence of Social Media paved the way to this seemingly “roller coaster” ride election.

I arrived at my designated classroom and a woman looked through my records – including my name and precinct number. Next, she gave me a long piece of paper which is the exact ballot where I will be shading my vote. I grabbed the wooden chair in the corner, and carefully opened my marker – trying not to vandalize my voting paper. After I have finished shading the ballot, I approached the point person on the front desk and inserted my ballot to the “Vote counting machine” (VCM) where it is about to read my ballot. A piece of so-called receipt has come out and the volunteer cut it out for me to have my final check before I will be leaving it to a small ballot box. Lastly, a drop of indelible ink into my index finger, indicating I have official voted.

Well, that was quite a breeze – evident of course because I have arrived early than the others. By around eight (8) in the morning, a flock of people has arrived. I am sure there are millions of Filipinos in the country who has a worse experience to tell.

Vote buying is still evident. In fact, someone approached me for one!

I hoped everyone have voted, not only because Starbucks has announced a free drink but because as a citizen – it is our right and responsibility to vote.

Voting is an act of being a responsible citizen. An act of unity amongst men in this nation.

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What’s your voting experience? share it us – comment down below!

I would love to hear from you!

 

Stephen – Behind the scene

My life has been very busy for the past years.

I really tried my best to make the most of my time. Several people whom i know could see me with my bag pack almost everyday. Behind everything i have done has its reason which would lead to something we want to accomplish in the long run. A “strategic” play for our future. In God’s time we pray everything would work out, and I would be glad to share it with you guys.

on the other hand, this blog was left for about months now – and recently I’m starting to feed this with posts. Hoping to increase the traffic and improve my writing too!

Expect to see lots and lots of posts for the next few moments ahead! **hopefully.

Little by little, we are arranging the pieces. A huge portrait ahead of us, for me, my family and of course with my Rosen.

I guess that’s all for now, with a sneak peak picture attached ;D *wink* That’s all for now for my life’s behind the scene.

 

 

Sundays

When I was a kid – I hated Sundays. It is the day of the week that tries to tell me – “hey! Tomorrow’s Monday, back to schoooool!” Every Sunday, our community is plaque with silence. Some were asleep – “Siesta” they say and some were drinking hot coffee on the afternoon while watching the cloud’s sky pass by.

Sunday is when I wake up early to catch up church’s 8:00AM mass. Nothing’s really exciting during Sundays – that’s why I dread it before. Everyone is available in my Sunday – it is the day of the week when we could really be together and bond. In the 21st century – individuals seems to be busier than before – or maybe I’m just getting older.  My Sundays now are filled with work and responsibilities. “Siesta” has become a want and attaining one would be a-dream-come-true. There were times how I wish; I have lived my Sundays to the fullest staying with my bed or spending more time with my family.

Generativity versus Stagnation. The world seems to be more competitive than before and everything seems to be on a fast pace. Let’s always bring back the traditions and the things we love within our grasp and amidst life’s challenges – may we still aim to recollect and find the “Sunday” everyone used to have.