Malapascua Island


We took a taxi from Juan Osmena (near Mango Street) to the North bus Terminal. There were a lot of buses in the area and we decided to take the ordinary bus. The conductor said that it only takes 3.5-4 hours (160.00pesos/pax) to reach the area. It was a slow ride which took about 6 hours because the bus was roaming around Cebu to get more passengers. In connection, the road to Maya is really dusty because they are trying to pave new good roads.

Reaching Maya was kind of new to me. The seaport is not so good. It’s very rocky and that you have to be really careful when going down to take the Bangka (80.00pesos/pax). The ride took for about 20-30minutes.

We jumped off the boat with an overwhelming welcome coming from the locals. They were asking us if we have reservations and what kind of hotel we’re looking for, blablabla. They are very helpful because they know everything about the island. Then one the guys recommended a cheap but neat hotel which is located at the back of the Thresher Shark Divers for only 700/night (fan, clean private bathroom, one bed good for two and veranda). Thus, we decided to stay there for three nights. I was kind of surprise because it was semestral break, I thought that there will be a lot of tourist and that we can’t get a hotel, but there were just a few traveler compared to Canigao Island.

The next morning we had our breakfast at the Blue Waters Resort with budget meals. At night, we had a dinner with one of the most expensive restaurant in the island which is at the Sunsplash Resort, but hey, they have a really good food! The other restaurants were totally dead, literally.

For the next day, we walked through the entire island. The weather was excellent. Then we found small villages while walking. Some were doing nothing and some were doing their business.  There were also some spots in the island with good and smooth sand where we can cool down and swim. Then back to the Bounty Beach waiting for sunset… it was beautiful!

For the last day, we rented a snorkeling gear (100/gear).  We spent our time snorkeling in Bounty Beach. It was fun! Even if the beach was too shallow, we still saw small and big fishes. At first it was kind of scary because I’m not good in swimming so I had to ask Lyngve to swim with me with the risk of our valuables being stolen. But I think our stuffs were safe.

For our last day in the island, we had to find the seaport so we can get back to Cebu City. The seaport is located near the Barks Restaurant. Take note that the last departure of the Bangka is until 2:00pm.

So who in the world said that Malapascua is the next Boracay? I don’t think so… in reality it’s different.






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Alto Peak (Mt. Mindieun)

Before we arrived Ormoc City in the Philippines, we had done some research about Alto Peak (1330m), which is the highest peak in the Eastern Visayas region. Locally this peak is more correctly known as Mt. Mindieun. 

The original trip report is written by Lyngve Skrede and can be found at www.distantpeak.com. On that site you will also find a GPS-track of our Alto Peak climb.

Shoot first, ask later 

A couple of sources we had been in touch with was very negative to Alto Peak because of NPA (Maoist rebels) activity in this area. Just over a year ago, an innocent botanist was shot dead in these wild and beautiful mountains. The military had apparently confused him with an NPA rebel. "Shoot first, ask later" seems to be the custom here, thus the military can actually prove to be a greater threat than the Maoists (NPA). Some hikers have experienced that the military has aimed at them, and even tried to shoot at them. Understandably our sources recommended us instead to climb Tres Marias, located on the neighboring island of Biliran, the second highest peak in Eastern Visayas. This island is said to have no Maoist rebels, but it's dotted with poisonous snakes there. Despite of all the horror stories, we had not given up to climb Alto Peak. When I walked around in the busy streets of Ormoc, I came across the official tourist office next to the terminal (Tourism of Ormoc). I went in there to ask them about Alto Peak and if there was any NPA threat in the area. Their feedback was actually very promising, and they told me that the rebels mostly are defeated. Just as a precaution, they ensured me that the army would be informed if we decided to go up there. They gave me the telephone number (09095756540) for a possible guide, his name was Peter Ian (onas_08@yahoo.com). Back at our hotel (IA Lodge) Emily called Peter Ian, and we agreed to meet in person at the Greenwich restaurant the following day. 

Meeting with our guide Peter Ian 

Peter Ian showed up as agreed, and we talked more about Alto Peak over a meal of pasta. We agreed on a 3-day itinerary (2 nights) that included both Alto Peak and Lake Danao. Peter Ian said he would charge 500 pesos (12 USD) per day for guiding plus some money to buy food for himself, so we gave him 500 pesos (12 USD) in advance for food. This is a normal price in the Philippines, so we felt absolutely no need to haggle down the price. We got a very good impression of Peter Ian during this meeting. He had been to Alto Peak one time before, but he is not a commercial or professional guide. He is a bit like us, being very interested in the mountains and nature. So if he could earn some extra cash as a guide on his local mountains, that would enable him to travel to other mountains. We finished the meeting and Emily and I walked over to a large supermarket in Ormoc (Gaisano Riverside Mall) to stock up on food and snacks for ourselves for 3 days. Then we went back to the hotel to pack and get some sleep. Next morning we went to the tourist office, where we had agreed to meet Peter Ian at 08:30am. It turned out that Peter Ian already had talked to the officials at the tourist office and got the acceptance that we could go into the area. There was no written permit or anything, so we assume that this was just a verbal formality which was to ensure our safety. We paid no fees for this service. Peter Ian told us that a friend of him wanted to join as well. He stressed that this of course was voluntarily from his friend side, and not something we should pay extra for. We had no objections, on the contrary, it would just be fun to join with another local youth with a strong passion for mountains. 

In a overloaded jeepney to Cabintan 

We walked over to the jeepney terminal, just a stone's throw away from the tourist office. From there a jeepney leaves every day to Cabintan at 10am (notice that there is only one departure per day). This trip takes about 2 hours, but costs only 30 pesos (0.70 USD) per person. As soon as the overloaded jeepney left the city center of Ormoc, we climbed onto the roof of the jeepney to get more space and better views. Peter Ian's friend (Benjamin) jumped on the jeepney about halfway, and that finally completed our team. Upon arrival at Cabintan (680m) all four of us visited the village chieftain to register ourselves into a book. This is supposedly for the sake of our security, and applies to all visitors, both foreigners and visiting Filipinos. It was his wife who arranged this, because the chieftain was on a mission outside the village. In the book we could see that there had only been one team here during the first 10 months of 2011. A Philippine team had been to Alto Peak in June 2011.So this was yet another sign that Alto Peak rarely has hikers on its soil. As of 2007 there had been fewer than 10 ascents in the history on this secluded peak, but as a result of the booming interest in mountaineering in recent years in the Philippines (mostly thanks Pinoymountaineer.com), this figure has now risen to 40-50 ascents (according to Peter Ian's estimates). I know that among these there have been a woman from New Zealand on the top (2010), but other than her, it is unlikely that there have been any other westerns on the top. The wife of the village chieftain in Canbintan was very friendly towards us. We borrowed the toilet and ate our food indoors. There was never any questions about money. In Cabintan there is pure hospitality only, because tourism and commercialism has not arrived at this village yet. 

Walking on an abandoned road to Base Camp 

We started to hike at 1pm, in the beginning on a very good gravel road. As the road began to rise outside of the village, it transformed into an abandoned road. It became increasingly overgrown, the higher up we came. When we got up to the pass, we could smell the sulfur, a sign that this area still have volcanic activity. We took a small detour to have a look at the "Old Drilling Site". Here the government has drilled into the ground to find a source of hot steam which produce electricity. But this site seems now to be abandoned. From the pass (920m), we continued gradually down the abandoned road. Eventually it became almost invisible. The only thing that indicated that this was once a road, was the level surface compared to the surrounding terrain. More than two hours after we left Cabintan we came to a small stream that crossed the road/track. This is the most suitable place to set up a camp (820m) below Alto Peak. It was supposed to have taken us 4 hours to reach here, according to Peter Ian. But although we arrived way too early, we decided nevertheless to stick to our itinerary; namely to camp here, rather than having to carry tents, food and water to the top of Alto Peak. We pitched our tents and sought refuge from the insects, so we could get a little rest and eventually a dinner. There was a couple of showers in the afternoon, so we had to put on the outer layer of the tent as well. Then it became uncomfortably hot inside the tent. I had hopes of slightly cooler temperatures during the night. But it remained a hot night, so our warm blanket was never needed.

Through dense jungle to the top 

Next morning we were up at 6am, and ate our breakfast before we began the climb to the top. We followed the abandoned road a little further, before we left it and continued steeply upwards through the dense jungle (this "junction" is almost impossible to see, thus I have enclosed my gps-track for route finding). The guys that pioneered this route a few years ago, had cut a path through the dense jungle. Subsequent groups have, to some extent, tried to maintain the route, but there is not much evidence of a track here. We crossed over and under fallen trees, walked through wet grass and bushes (some with thorns) and when there was no foothold at all, we hauled ourselves up branches of varying quality. It went slow, very slow at times. We eventually reached the summit after 2.5 hours. Alto Peak is a sharp mountain, thus there is not much of space on the top. The fog had appeared, so we had no views either. According to my GPS the elevation was 1026m after putting it on the highest point for a while. Getting down from the steep and slippery mountain took its time. But there was always some branches to keep hold of, so we avoided any big falls. Safely down in the camp again, we ate a quick lunch before we continued the hike towards Cabintan.

Camping at Lake Danao

In Cabintan we bought us some refreshing cold Coke, before we started to negotiate with the local motorcycle heroes regarding transportation to Lake Danao, approx 10 km away. Each motorcycle could only take one passenger, because of the steep and bad roads. We ended up paying 150 pesos (3.50 USD) for each motorcycle. The motorcycle journey was indeed horrible, there is no doubt that this is a substantial risk to take. But all of us arrived safely without accidents. Lake Danao is a beautiful lake located 820 meters above sea-level. First we had to stop at the village chieftain's house in order to register and to ensure our safety. The chieftain also said that they would send a guy to patrol our camp after dark. All this was free of charge and well in line with their motto "we are happy to serve you". It took us almost one hour to walk over to the other side of Lake Danao, where there is a outlook platform and good possibilities for camping. The patrol arrived as agreed by nightfall, after we had a simple dinner. We were so tired after a long day that we almost immediately fell asleep after a big bottle of Red Horse beer. Unfortunately we were plagued by ant all night long, for in some way they came into our tent. Next morning after breakfast we were met by another village resident. His name was Tope and he smiled broadly. He invited us for a hike around the lake. Tope turned out to be an avid mountaineer, and he was very interested to know more about my trips in the Himalayas and the Andes. On my question about why neither Peter Ian, Benjamin nor Tope had girlfriends, the response was that none of the girls understood their passion for the mountains. The local girls are probably more interested in a hard working man rather than a mountain bum like us.Tope took us back to the village, after we had walked for more than two hours. We said goodbye to Tope and jumped on a multicab, which took us back to Ormoc for 30 pesos (0.70 USD) per passenger. It was great to get back to civilization in order to shower, check e-mail and enjoy good food again. Now we will carry on to Cebu to get some tan on the white sandy beaches of Malapascua and perhaps climb Osmena Peak, the highest peak in Central Visayas.

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Miss Southern Leyte 2011


Southern Leyte has celebrated its 51st founding anniversary last July 1, 2011. One of the highlights of the celebration was a beauty pageant (Miss Southern Leyte 2011). It was truly a success and the winners were all deserving. To those who didn't win, there's always a next time!

Winner: Ms. Sogod (Beryll Lynn Yu)
1st runner-up: Ms. Anahawan (Marian Mate)
2nd runner-up: Ms. Maasin (Beverly Oraiz)
3rd runner-up: Ms Bontoc (Shara Tibon)
4th runner-up: Ms. Macrohon ( Sheila Diokno)

CONGRATULATIONS!

I would like to thank Ms. Kat Ross (host, ABS-CBN Cebu) and Mr. Patrick (host, radio personality, RCTV channel 36) ) for being so friendly to us. It was an honor to meet you in person guys!

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Philippines Declaration of Independence


The Philippine declaration of Independence transpired on June 12, 1898 in Cavite, Philippines. The declaration however, was neither recognized by the United States nor Spain. The United States recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946.

July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964 when, upon the advice of historians and the urging of nationalists, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country's Independence Day.

Recently, the City Government of Maasin decided to have a fun run "Takbo para sa Kalayaan" or "Run for Independence" to commemorate Philippines' Independence Day. My friends and I will be joining the event which in my part, is interesting.

WHAT: Takbo para sa Kalayaan
WHEN: June 12, 2011; 5:00am
Where: Maasin City Plaza
NOTE: no registration is needed

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Lanzones Festival in CAMIGUIN


Why do I want to experience and join that festival?

Camiguin Province is an island born of fire. It's interesting to see how the island looks like. I've never been to Camiguin and I guess I would surely enjoy the place especially in October that the province will celebrate LANZONES FESTIVAL.

The Lanzones fruit is a major source of the Camiguin Islands' livelihood and it is for the annual harvest that they celebrate this thanksgiving day. I have tasted lanzones fruit harvested in my family's farm in Leyte but I've never tasted lanzones from Camiguin. According to my friends, lanzones fruit from Camiguin is the best, far from our Lanzones in Leyte. I guess it would be an honor for me to visit that place and to taste their very own Lanzones fruit.

I want to experience how the people celebrate and enjoy the festival. I don't know what to expect but as I look at the photos in internet, it looks very jolly, interesting and creative.

There's a lot more to see in Camiguin. White sand beaches, waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, jungle and many more! What else can I ask for?

"Experience MassKara Festival, Hermosa Festival and Lanzones Festival this October. Airphil Express flies daily to BACOLOD, ZAMBOANGA and CAGAYAN DE ORO from Cebu and Manila. Visit www.airphilexpress.com to book!

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I miss him!


What do you do when you miss the person you love the most?

I listen to our favorite songs: Umbrella, Love Song, Faithfully, The Lazy Song and many more. It makes me feel that we sing these songs together. I can feel his presence. I think of him everyday of my life. I hope he thinks of me too.

I download and/or watch movies. Yes, I kind of fantasized that he is watching movies with me. I miss all our dates in cinemas. We love to watch movies together. I remember how it was watching a scary movie with him. I shouted so loud and he was there to laugh and comfort me. I miss those times. He is the sweetest person I have known in my life.

I write poems. He's my inspiration why I write. He gives me a lot of ideas. Because of him, I am able to develop my skills in writing. I hope that the framed poem I have given to him is now placed inside his room. I hope he likes it. I can't wait to write more poems for him!

I scroll all our photos together from the first day we met until now. It makes me miss him so much. Tears fell down and roll over my cheeks. Long distance relationship has been so hard but it makes me strong. The feeling of being in love and be loved is like WOW. I can't describe the feeling. It is bursting! People asked me how I handle this kind of relationship. All I can say is that I have the PATIENCE and COURAGE to wait. It doesn't matter if I wait for months as long as we love each other and that we know that we will be seeing each other again in the right place at the right time.

Jeg elsker deg fra bunnen av mitt hjerte Lyngve!

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Shadow


The idea of having the shadow concept was taken from the America's Next Top Model, Cycle 16 Photo shoot. For me, this is the best photo shoot I've done. The photographer and the make-up artist did a very good job. I super love it!

Photgrapher: Abegail Borres
Make-up artist: Myra Escoro
Model: Emily Homillano

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Dominant Black


My friends and I were a bit bored. One of them asked me to join their photo shoot. It was actually their first time to do a shoot just for fun. So, why not? I wanted a colorful photo shoot but then it ended up with a dominant black theme. That's fine... at the end we had fun. I was worried about the shoot because the photographer had no background about photography and the owner of the camera doesn't know how to adjust the camera.

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Sindangan


I am so back in the Philippines! The day after I arrived Maasin City, my friends invited me to celebrate a feast day in Sindangan. Without a doubt, I accepted the invitation.

We took a cab from Maasin to Ichon(12.00 pesos/pax) and a habal-habal from Ichon to Sindangan(20.00 pesos/pax). It only took 30 minutes for us to reach the said place. We waited for hours before we started to eat our lunch. The food was great! It feels great to eat Filipino dish again!

After the celebration, we decided to go swimming in the river. The river is beautiful. The place is scenic and I so love it. The heavy rain started to fall before we were able to change our swimming clothes. Thus, all of our stuffs gone wet. It was cold, but hey, I'm used to cold weather anyway.

Crossing the river was the hardest part. The current was really strong and I can't hold my muscle. I asked my guy friend to help me, and yes, I was able to cross the river. My friends went drinking and drinking. Don't ask me if I drink because I don't drink.

Finally, the rain has stopped. PICTURE! My friend shouted! "Ems! Picture!!!". And so, I had to cross the river again to get my camera from a safe place where the rocks has covered our stuffs. "POSE GUYS! I have the camera na!" Everyone was like posing to death. We love to be in every photo!

We were like small kids playing with the camera. Pose here, pose there. The bottom line is that, I had fun! It was like a welcome home party for me! Thanks to my friends especially to Ringo!

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Helambu and Gosainkund Trek


Gosainkund is a holy body of water, located so high up in the mountains (4400m) of Langtang that the lake is frozen almost year round. I've been trekking to that scenic lake 10 years ago, but never from the south side, through the cultural interesting Helambu area.

Preparations

After our recently completed Annapurna Sanctuary trek, we basically had all gear needed for another trek, hence it was not much preparations required for a new teahouse trek like this. Most importantly we needed a map of Helambu/Langtang and new TIMS cards. We took a taxi to the TAAN office located outside of Thamel, where TIMS card can be obtained for 1400 Rs each. You have to bring two passport photos, a copy of your passport and fill out two forms, but the whole process would take no more than 15 minutes unless there is a line of other trekkers. The funny thing is that these silly TIMS cards cannot be reused for multiple treks. So this new system is more of a cash cow for the trekking agencies, rather than a security system for the trekkers, which was its original purpose. In other words just another fee to be paid by independent trekkers. How far can Nepal really stretch this fee and permit structure, before the hikers decide to spend their trekking holidays somewhere else than Nepal?

The TAAN office says it's impossible to obtain TIMS card on the trail in Helambu, but this is totally wrong. The TIMS cards can also be purchased in Chisopani just a few hours into the Helambu Trek, according to the guys who checked our TIMS cards there. So the TIMS doesn't necessarily needs to be prearranged from Kathmandu. But it would still be wise to do so, since anything can change rapidly without further notice in Nepal. The last thing you want is to return to Kathmandu after the trek has started, only because of some missing papers....

Two other permits/fees are also needed for this trek. Shivapuri National Park (250 Rs) and Langtang National Park (1000 Rs) but both of these can be obtained/purchased during the trek. So it's a waste of time to get those in Kathmandu.

People doing the Gosainkund trek usually starts from Langtang (which is far better in terms of acclimatization), however we decided to start from Helambu. Here is our diary:

Day O: Getting to the trailhead at Sundarijal

In order to get an early start on the trail the following morning, we decided to take a taxi in the afternoon to Sundarijal. The taxi takes about 1 hour from Thamel and costs 1000 Rs. One can also take a public bus, this is much cheaper but slower and less convenient. We stayed at Base Camp Resort in Sundarijal (400 Rs for a double room).

Day 1: Sundarijal to Chisopani

We tried to get an early start from Sundarijal, but the breakfast at Base Camp Resort took ages to prepare. So we were not on the trail before 8am. The trail climbs steeply from Sundarijal (1350m) beside an enormous water pipe that supplies Kathmandu with drinking water from a reservoir inside Shivapuri National Park.

The trail continues uphill to Mulkharka (1800m), but the new road being built along the trail makes the navigation somewhat more difficult nowadays. We were hiking under an awfully hot sun for quite a long time before we reached the pass at Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) at noon. From here it's just an easy hour downhill to Chisopani. The lodges in Chisopani are good, and the rooftop views and mountain panoramas are excellent. Unfortunately it was somewhat cloudy when we were there.

Day 2: Chisopani to Golphu Bhanjyang

We were on the trail at 8am on a very hazy day. No views at all from Chisopani. The downhills to Pati Bhanjyang (1770m) takes approx one hour, before we started on the long climb to the next pass. We decided to take a break from the uphills in Chipling (2170m) where we had lunch in a nice green garden. After a simple meal of egg-fried-rice we continued on the remaining uphills to the pass at Lapchu Danda (2420m). From the pass it's an easy downhill mostly on a dirt road to Golphu Bhanjyang (2140m) which we arrived at 2:30pm. The lodges in Golphu Bhanjyang are very basic, but we kind of liked the old couple running the Gosainkund Lodge. The rooms are dark and ugly but their Dal Bhat is excellent!

Day 3: Golphu Bhanjyang to Magin Goth

The Lonely Planet itinerary suggests that we walk all the way to Tharepati in one day. But that would be a very long day for Emily, so we decided to see how far we got before we've had enough. We were on the trail at 8am as usual and the uphills to Khutumsang (2450m) took about two hours. Here we had to pay the 1000 Rs national park fee for Langtang. It was still too early to have lunch, but the problem is, there are no more lunch places for a long time after Khutumsang. Instead of lunch we drank plenty of hot lemon at a teahouse and then we bough some extra supplies of biscuits in addition to the 4 boiled eggs we already bought for 10 Rs each in Golphu Bhanjyang. That would do as a simple lunch package.

The uphill after Khutumsang seems dauntingly high and distant, so we took several short breaks in addition to a longer break about halfway up the ridge to eat the boiled eggs and biscuits. We were surprised to reach the ridge at 3250m altitude, since the Lonely Planet states it's 3510m high. Usually I have found their last edition of "Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya" to be of much better quality than the local maps (especially in terms of elevations). But for some reasons the Helambu section in this book seems to be of much poorer quality, than the Annapurna section. The good thing is that we arrived the first lodge in Magin Goth (3285m) a bit sooner than expected (2pm). The cozy Green View Lodge has such an excellent location at the pass, that we simply decided to stay here instead of pushing it any further to Tharepati (3640m), which would not be very wise in terms of acclimatization.

Day 4: Magin Goth to Tharepati

It was a cold and cloudy morning, so we decided to have a fairly late breakfast. It was just a short day of walking to Tharepati anyway and we got plenty of time. We didn't hit the trail before 9am and shortly after we reached the main village of Magin Goth. From here it's mostly gentle uphills to Tharepati (3640m) where we arrived before noon. We decided to stay in Sumchoo Top Lodge, recommended in Lonely Planet because of its location on top of the ridge. There are only three lodges left in Tharepati after one of them burned down to the ground just a few months ago. Fewer lodges doesn't necessarily mean that everything is going to be more crowded. We had almost the the entire lodge for ourselves.

Heavy thunder and lightning in the afternoon left a white cover of snow on the ground. Quite interesting for Emily who has never seen snow before.

Day 5: Tharepati to Phedi

It was a beautiful morning in Tharepati. We got an early start on the trail (7:45am) because it would be a rough day to Phedi in case of bad weather in the afternoon. The trail descends to Gopte and the first part was quite slippery because of snow and ice. The trail climbs in and out of ravines below the towering cliffs of Thare Danda, which also results in a substantial gain and loss of elevation. This is also why the Tharepati to Phedi section takes longer time than what a quick look on the map would suggest. It took us almost 6 hours to reach Phedi, just in time before the weather turned bad. There are only two lodges in Phedi, and we chose the lower and smaller one. That's a brand new lodge, still it's pretty basic compared to what we're used to elsewhere. A group of five young Israelis arrived shortly after us with their guitars, hashish and all the noise that follows.

In 1992 a Thai International airbus got lost in the clouds and crashed into the hillside just below Phedi. The crash site is visible from Phedi.

Day 6: Phedi to Laurebina Yak

The morning in Phedi was nice and sunny and we got on the trail at 6:40am. After two hours we arrived Bera Goth (4230m) and a basic seasonal lodge where we bought a couple of hot lemons. After the warm drinks we continued on the uphills, but the weather seemed to deteriorate pretty fast from here. Emily also started to complain about a bad headache and soon after also a feeling of nausea. I started to consider our options, should we push across the pass or descend? I reckoned we had only one more hour of walking to the pass, so my decision was to continue to the pass and then descend as fast as possible on the other side. We had already spent two nights at approx 3700m (in Tharepati and Phedi) without AMS symptoms of any sorts. We would easily get down to a similar elevations on the other side of the pass within a reasonable time, if her situation would worsen.

I took Emily's backpack over my shoulder and we got going again. We arrived the pass at 10:30am, shot a couple of photos before we started on the downhills. The loss of elevation towards Gosainkund, however, didn't seem to relieve Emily's pain, nausea and tiredness. At the moment we arrived the lodges in Gosainkund (4400m), my decision was pretty clear, we cannot stay the night here. Emily looked sicker than ever and needed to get further down. But she rejected. She told me she didn't have energy to walk any further, and that she only wanted to go to bed. But after a cup of hot lemon in Gosainkund, I forced her out in the cold and snowy weather again. She couldn't walk on her own, she was too dizzy and nauseous, so I had to give her a helping hand on the trail.

After two hours of misery in the windy, foggy and partial snowy weather we finally arrived the upper lodges at Laurebina Yak (3920m). I got Emily into the dining room, and the lodge attendant immediately put more wood on fire, when he saw that Emily was trembling with cold. Shortly after she started to vomit, probably because of shear exhaustion and the fact that she had been too high too long. But I was convinced that Laurebina Yak was a perfectly safe elevation for her so I didn't worry too much. During the afternoon and evening she was vomitting a couple of more times. The painkillers didn't work on her strong headache, neither was she able to sleep. Thus I decided to give her Diamox (altitude medicine) to make her evening and night somewhat better. After one hour, she was finally in deep sleep. During the night I was checking on her a couple of times. Her condition seemed to be improving, and after all the vomiting it was very important to keep her hydrated.

Day 7: Laurebina Yak to Sing Gompa

It was a beautiful morning. Emily was feeling a lot better, she was even able to eat some porridge. We enjoyed our breakfast in the warm sun outside the lodge. The views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himal are stunning from here. Emily had already decided that she didn't want to continue up the Langtang valley, she's had enough already and want to go back to Kathmandu. I've been in the Langtang valley before (2001) so it was not a big issue for me to abort the trek and head down to Dunche. Emily was too weak to rush down to Dunche in one day, so we decided to just take an easy day to Sing Gompa.

We started to walk 9:30am, and it was easy going (downhill). We stopped for some noodle soup in Chalang Pati (3550m), where we also enjoyed the views of Langtang Lirung (7246m) on the opposite side of the valley. Then we continued further down to Sing Gompa (3330m), where we arrived shortly before noon. Hotel Green Hill is a really nice place to stay, and the first thing we did was to get ourselves a welcoming hot shower, the last one was in Chisopani almost a week ago...

Day 8: Sing Gompa to Dhunche

From Sing Gompa to Dhunche it's just a big downhill (1400 meters) that takes about 3 hours. Even if we arrived Dhunche before noon, it was still too late to get a good seat reservation on the bus out the next morning. There is only one bus a day from Dhunche to Kathmandu, so we reluctantly decided to buy the two available slots in the backseats of the bus (250 Rs per person).

Day 9: Bus from Dhunche to Kathmandu

It was a foggy and rainy morning in Dhunche. When we boarded the 7am bus we realized that this bus was going to be heavily overloaded with people and luggage. Sitting in the rear of the bus, with 20 people standing in between the seats (and blocking all exits) is a big trap if something bad would happen. The road from Dhunche is really terrible, and combined with the overloading issue, we decided to jump off the bus in Trisuli Bazar 3-4 hours into the journey and rather take a shared van (microbus) the remaining part to Kathmandu, which cost us a mere 165 Rs extra per person.

Arriving back in Kathmandu safe and sound after a climb or trek is always a pleasant experience. The abundance of food and good hotels in Thamel, makes you wanna stay here for a long time, unless one have an international flight to catch or a new trek coming up :-)

Author: Lyngve Skrede

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Missing About Something



Today, I asked myself "Am I missing something?". Hmmm... I have an answer for that. Yes, I miss something. What I miss the most is the Filipino Food (adobo, dried fish, bagoong, tinola, guso, etc). I didn't find any food here in Nepal that is related to what I'm used to in Philippines.

I miss the beach. There's no beach here in Nepal, obviously. I miss the waves, the dirty white sand in the beach. I miss talking Visayan language. I miss watching MYX in TV. I miss my pets Mingok, Skinny and the 3 little kittens. For sure, those little kittens are all grown-up now.

It has been a month that I have stayed here in Nepal. The local people are friendly and polite."NAMASTE", I always hear that word. It is a greeting which means hello or goodbye.

I am pretty careful with what I eat here. I can be pretty sensitive when it comes to new dish especially that I am prone to gastritis. Because of this, I am not allowed to eat fatty foods, tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, some dairy products, tea, coffee and many more.

Despite all of those precautions, I still enjoy eating plain food like Dal Bhat. But it is not favorite because the lentil is tasteless. The bottom line is that, I don't care if I am experiencing all of this as long as I am happy and enjoying the trip and as long as I am with the person I care, love and treasure.


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Chitwan National Park


Getting there and away

From Pokhara, we ordered a ticket for a tourist bus in an agency near Laxman Restaurant. It cost 400Nrs/person. The bus departs around 7:30am (Mustang Bus Station).

From Chitwan to Kathmandu, the bus departs at 9:30am and will arrive at 3 in the afternoon.

Accommodation

Jungle Wildlife Camp is in the river side of Chitwan. The room ranges from 600-800Nrs. Our stay in this hotel was in package (7,500/person). It includes the hotel room; food (breakfast, lunch & dinner --- the cook delicious and mouth-watering dishes); activities such as elephant breeding center, jungle walk, jeep safari, elephant safari, and tower night; and a bus ticket to Kathmandu.

The room is worth the price with big, clean and nice powder room; balcony; and bed with mosquito net. The staffs are friendly and polite. The ambiance of the hotel is good!

Activities

Elephant Breeding Center (3:00-4:30pm)

You will ride a jeep to reach the area where you can find wild elephants. You can take photos but you’re not allowed to get closer to the elephant (they are aggressive). After that, the guide will take you to jungle vicinity located near the breeding center.

Jungle Walk (7:00-11:30am)

Walk a short distance from the hotel and you will reach the main vicinity for canoeing. Canoeing will take for 30-45 minutes, where you can see different birds and crocodiles.

During the jungle walk, if you are lucky, you may see rhinoceros, deer, monkey, bear, birds and wild boar.

Our experience with the jungle walk caused me an adrenaline rush. We were chasing for a deer and it so happened that 2 rhinoceros were blocking our way, 5 meters away from us. It was a nerve-racking and stomach-churning event. Then the rhinos noticed our presence and ran away.


Jeep Safari (1:00-5:00pm)

If you are lucky, you will see more than what you’ve seen in jungle walk (rhinos, tiger, bear). The road is rough and so you have to hold tightly in the jeep.

In our experience, the start of the activity was exhilarating. The first thing we saw was tiger footprints. Then we drove more and more (30km minimum) and saw rhinos, deer, monkey, birds. We didn’t see any tiger though. At the end of the day, we saw a total of 6 rhinoceros. It was quite interesting. Before we left the jungle, we had a flat tire. So we waited for 20 minutes for it to be replaced with another tire and went back to the hotel.­­

NOTE: It is dusty and warm in the jungle so you better bring sunglasses and cap.


Elephant Safari (9:00-11:00am

The hotel management will drive you to the elephant safari vicinity. Then you will line up in the stairs. You will see big, small and medium sizes of elephants. At first, you may see it very interesting but wait until you ride on the elephant. It is uncomfortable. Only 4 people maximum is allowed to ride per elephant. During the ride, you may see rhinos, wild boar, wild chicken, deer and monkey. The trail in the jungle is too small so you better watch for your legs not stuck in the branches.

I got 2 blue marks in both of my legs due to the uncomfortable wooden chair and branches.

NOTE: You might feel dizzy at the first part of the ride.


Tower Night (4:00pm-6:00am)

In the morning, you can check-out in the hotel until 12noon. You have to wait until 4pm before the guide will take you to the tower night vicinity. When you reach the vicinity, the guide will show you around the jungle. You may think that the vicinity looks familiar. Yes, it is indeed familiar because you have surely passed the tower during the Elephant Safari Activity. At the end of the day, you will see a lot of deer in the wide area where the tower is located.

The room is nice and the bed is comfortable enough with mosquito net. The hotel will still provide you the breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning, a jeep will take you back to the hotel so you can eat your breakfast and prepare for departure on wherever your next destination is (Kathmandu/Pokhara).

NOTE: You don't need to bring sleeping bag. The tower has its own bed, blanket and mosquito net. You can just bring headlight and your valuables. Leave your backpack in the hotel.

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L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5 review


Product: L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5

Price: 120 pesos

Review:


I saw a TV commercial about L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5 that talks about how it combats 5 signs of damage, and so I decided to try it. It's not that I am not satisfied with my conditioner, I just wanted to try new products.

When I was trekking in the Helambu and Gosainkund, I found out that I forgot to bring my L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5. I always tie my hair up and ends up being tangled. During the night, it was so hard for me brush my tangled hair. So when I arrived back in Kathmandu, I took a shower immediately and used L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5. Oh yes... it worked! After I shampooed my hair, I applied L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5 avoiding the scalp (it can cause dandruff). I left it for 2 minutes and rinsed. It was like a magic that I was able to brush my hair without hassle. It was so smooth and silky. Goodbye tangled hair! This product really works in my hair. I would definitely use it everyday.

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Himalaya Protein Conditioner Review


Product: Himalaya Protein Conditioner

Price: 140Nrs or 84 pesos

Review:

This product is perfect for all types of hair. I am currently using it now. My hubby bought it for me when I asked him to pick some conditioner for me in the supermarket. When I tried it, it was a BANG! It worked! My hair became silky smooth, soft and tangle free! The conditioner smells so good and gives 3 essential benefits that my hair needs --- strength, reduced hair fall and protection from every damage.

Himalaya Protein Conditioner is safe to use on artificially coloured or permed hair.

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Nivea Intensive Body Milk Review


Product: Nivea Intensive Body Milk 250ml

Price: 220NRs or 132 pesos

Review:

I was looking for a lotion when I was in Pokhara, Nepal because I had a super dry skin due to the cold weather. My legs were scaly and it looked awful. Then I went to the supermarket and saw Nivea. I read the back portion of the bottle and decided to try it.

Nivea Intensive Body Milk lotion is a good product in which I can recommend to my friends. Why? It has a 24 hour intensive care, especially developed to meet the needs of dry to very dry skin. It's not sticky and it smells good to me. The price is cheap (220Nrs) and worth it. The lotion is runny so it spreads into my skin well. It makes my skin soft, smooth and reduces the roughness of my dry skin. I super love it!

Try it! :)

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Syaulibazar-Nayapul


From Syaulibazar, the walking was flat, which after the last 10 days seems distinctively weird. We walked from the trail that follows the river valley through a forest and rice terraces. We reached Birethanti (1,000m) after 1 ½ hr of walking. The last stretch of the trail was rough and rocky, down a dry streamed to a shrine by the Modi Khola. Then we reached ACAP and surrendered our permit. It was a 30-minute walk on the rough road to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we took a taxi to Pokhara (1,200Nrs)

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Chhomrong- Syaulibazar


We chose the quickest way to Syaulibazar (7:50am). We descended steeply to Jhinu Danda where you can find the hot spring. Then we continued to Himal Qu. We were walking on the Westside of the river. From there, Landruk was visible. We crossed two new bridges from Kimche (1,640m) and Kliu (1,390m). We reached Syaulibazar at 4:00pm. The hotels and cafes were seemed quite cosmopolitan. We stayed at Riverside Lodge (200Nrs).

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Deurali-Chhomrong


My stomach had been so painful since the day before. Instead of going to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m) and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), we decided to go down to Chhomrong (8hours). It was a tough decision. Both of us wanted to reach ABC for it will be our first time to see the sanctuary. But it would be too irresponsible if we insist to reach ABC. Prevention is better than cure.

Heading back down the valley was much easier (7:00am). Some rocks can be very slippery due to the glaciated rocks but we handled it very well. The temperature was cold--- below 0 degree Celsius.

We retraced our steps to Dovan and continued to Bamboo for 4 hours. We reached Bamboo at lunch time and decided to just have cookies. My stomach was getting better and it made me move faster. Then we continued walking, making a long, steep climb back to the top of Chhomrong. We wanted to stay at International Guest House but it was full. So we stayed in Excellent View Top Lodge. I was surprised because there were a lot of tourists. Three days before, there were only 4 guests in the lodge and the place was really quite.

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Bamboo-Deurali


We climbed steeply through stands of bamboo, then through rhododendron forest up the side of the canyon. The trail dropped us to cross offshoot on narrow bridges and ascended continuously. After traversing avalanche channels, we reached a small hydro plant and lodges alongside the stone-paved trail of Dovan (2500m), an hour from Bamboo.

Elsewhere in Dovan, we crossed a stream and avalanche chute, and then we climbed across a landslide. We climbed past a cascade over a rock platform and passed a trailside temple decorated with Shiva tridents and flowers. Thirty minutes later, we reached two lodges that were both named Himalaya in a deep valley at Himalayan Hotel (2840m).

From Himalayan Hotel, we took about 50 minute walk, first on a rocky trail through forests, then up a steep valley, to Hinku Cave (3100m). High cascades tumble off the high rock walls in all directions. We crossed the remnants of a glacier just beyond Hinku, then we climbed through large rocks to Deurali (3140m) and stayed at Panorama Guest House.

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Chhomrong-Bamboo


We left Chhomrong at 8:30am. We descended 150m on a stone staircase and crossed the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge at 1860m. Then we climbed out of the side valley through the tiny settelement of Tilche, through the forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. We climbed further on a rocky trail and reached Bhanuwa. Another further climb of about an hour took us to Sinuwa. We opted to have a break in a little restaurant just before we arrived at Sinuwa Guest House. We had a cup of milk tea (55Nrs) and hot lemonade (50Nrs).

Then we climbed for about an hour in a forest of rhododendrons. We descended a long, steep, slippery stone staircase. We saw snow everywhere from this point and arrived in Bamboo at 12:15pm. We stayed at bamboo Lodge paying 200Nrs.

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Tadapani-Chhomrong


We started the trek at 7:30am and descended at the Hotel Grand View on a narrow trail full of bromeliads to a pasture. Downhill, there was another lodge (Mountain Discovery) with a peaceful location, a fine lawn and good rooms that look out the valley. Twenty minutes later, there was a farm-like Hillside Lodge at Chiule. Then we dropped down on steep steps through millet fields. Another 15 minutes descended us to an old suspension bridge over the Khumnu Khola at 1920m.

We started toclimb immediately to the spread-out village of Ghurjung (2010m), passing the school and Namabuddha Guest House. The trail passes through several homes and lodges, crossing another old suspension bridge. A walk in and out of side valleys to Dhiklyo-Danda took us for 45 minutes, where the Ghandruk-Chhomrong trails join the route. We climbed steeply to vest a ridge, gaining views of the fishtail (Machhapuchhare). Forty-five minutes later, we passed Taglung and the signed trail from Jhinu Danda and swung around the ridge for views of Chhomrong (2210m) beyond. We decided to stay at Internation Guest House for 200Nrs.

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Ghorepani-Tadapani


Same as usual, we started to walk around 8am. It was a cloudy day. So to those who went on hiking to Poon Hill, I would say it was a failure for them to see the mountains. We descended 500+ meters and ascended 700+ meters. Reaching the last lodge in Banthanti (Trekker’s Sanctuary Lodge), it took 20 minutes to descend and 20-20 minutes to ascend. It was a steep uphill. We arrived Tadapani at 11:55am, and stayed at hotel Grand View (230Nrs).

NOTE: Make sure that the hot shower is working; else you’ll end up like me freezing inside the bathroom. I was waiting for the water to get warmer but it didn’t. I was freezing inside the bathroom for 10 minutes, naked. So I just decided to go out and jump into my sleeping bag.

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Ghorepani-Poon Hill


We woke up early at 5:00am to start a short hike to Poon Hill (3210m). No need to worry about the trail because it’s not steep (I keep on complaining though). Reaching Poon Hill was such a fulfillment for me because I was able to see the different mountains surrounding it such as Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulgiri, name it! A lot! I think there were 100 people maximum in Poon Hill. The temperature reached to below 0°C, and yes I was freezing. But hey, I enjoyed a lot with this trip. I’ve seen how remarkable the world is, though some people don’t know it.

After the entire trek from the start to Poon Hill, we decided to stay one more night in Ghorepani because I had sore legs.

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Tikedhunga-Ghorepani


We woke up early in the morning (6:00am) to eat our breakfast and to do the trek as soon as possible to Ghorepani. It was super duper tiring on my part because the stairs were so steep. They said that there are more than 3,300 steps from Tikedhunga-Ulleri.
For lunch, we stopped in Banthanti for an hour for us to relax after all those steep stairs. Then we continued trekking from Banthanti-Ghorepani. We reached Ghorepani at 3:30pm and stayed in Nice View Point Lodge (200Nrs).

The rate of the food and hotel in the lodge is more expensive compared to the area of Nayapul-Tikedhunga. They said, the further you go through, the more expensive it will be.

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Nayapul-Tikedhunga


We took a taxi from Pokhara to Nayapul which cost 1000Nrs. It took 1 ½ hr to reach the place. The road was okay unfortunately my sensitive stomach got upset. Around 10am, we started to walk from Nayapul to a little village with a couple of tea houses for 2 hours. We stopped there for an hour and ate our lunch. While walking, there were wrong signs and I don’t know why. There are new roads being constructed so you can choose either to walk on a trail or road.

We reached Tikedhunga after 3 hrs of walking. The trail wasn’t steep. We stayed in Sanker Guest House and paid 150Nrs. When I saw the menu, I was kind of surprised because it was expensive. They double the prices of the food and all of the lodges in Tikedhunga have the same rate. I think they have a price agreement in Tikedhunga.

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Kathmandu


I started my day in Kathmandu with a set of breakfast at Helena’s restaurant which cost 140Nrp. It was followed by shopping in the area of Thamel where you can find all the things you need for trekking. We bought sleeping bag (super down, -10C), jacket (super down), thin fleece, Goretex Jacket, bonnets, high profile shoes, plastic bag, gloves, sunglasses, book (True believer by: Nicholas Sparks), duffle bag and medicines.
After shopping, we went immediately to TIM’S office (Trekking Associations) to get a trekking card which serves as our permit to trek in the sanctuary of Annapurna. Afterward, we went to the Annapurna office to get another permit.
Requirements:
Registration form
2 passport size photos

Fee:

1,400 Nrp –Trekking permit at TIM’S
2,000 Nrp – Annapurna Permit

You can get a map to find the location of these two offices. It’s kind of weird because it is located outside of Thamel. So, we had to hire a taxi (600Nrp Thamel-TIM’s-Annapurna office-Thamel).

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First casualty in PH’s tallest bridge


SOGOD, SOUTHERN LEYTE – What was to be joyride amongst friends to visit the country’s tallest bridge quickly turned tragic as 20-year-old Lowela Agero jumped off the Agas-agas bridge and plunged to her death.

According to initial reports from her relatives Lowela Agero who is a native of Maasin City invited her friends to go to Sogod town to visit the bridge since it was reportedly one of her favorite places to visit. Little did her friends know that Agero had something else in mind as she suddenly started to distance herself from them while at the bridge.

Alarmed, her friends started to lead her away from the edge of the bridge, and then she pushed them away and suddenly jumped.

The 90-meter tall (30 stories down) Agas-Agas Bridge, the tallest in the country was opened to the public on August 8, 2009 as an essential link in connecting the Visayas and Mindanao road network.

Many Southern Leytenos who attended Agero’s wake said that such a waste of life could have been prevented if proper safety precautions were built on the bridge.

Before the incident the provincial government of Southern Leyte and the Southern Leyte Chamber of Commerce have revealed proposed plans to make the bridge and its surroundings to a extreme sports venue wherein bungee jumping and zipline rapelling would be offered to the public to help generate tourism revenue for the local government.

Many sectors now in Southern Leyte have expressed their concerns after the death of Aguero on the bridge’s inadequate safety measures for the public and also the bridge’s lack of security from any terrorist attack.

Author: Ruevivar “Wowie” Reyes, Southern Leyte Times

Agero was my classmate way back in Elementary and my batch mate in high school. It was really surprising on my part because she is a strong silent type of person. I can't believe that she would take suicide. Anyway, we don't know the real reason why she took suicide, thus we don't have the right to judge her. I pray for her soul and may she rest in peace.

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St. Isidore the Laborer



Waking up early in the morning is like a nightmare. My TTh (Tuesday and Thursday) starts at 7:30am, it's a drag. I know my classmates feel the same way, I suppose. Crap, I was 30 minutes late but hey, I was the 4th person to arrive in the classroom.


Our professor finally entered into our room. We didn't wait for the others to come and so my classmate started her report about Saint Isidore the Laborer. Let me just state the life of St. Isidore.

I. Life of St. Isidore (Reference: Catholic Encyclopedia)

A Spanish daylabourer; b. near Madrid, about the year 1070; d. 15 May, 1130, at the same place. He was in the service of a certain Juan de Vargas on a farm in the vicinity of Madrid. Every morning before going to work he was accustomed to hear a Mass at one of the churches in Madrid. One day his fellow-labourers complained to their master that Isidore was always late for work in the morning. Upon investigation, so runs the legend, the master found Isidore at prayer, while an angel was doing the ploughing for him. On another occasion his master saw an angel ploughing on either side of him, so that Isidore's work was equal to that of three of his fellow-labourers. Isidore is also said to have brought back to life the deceased daughter of his master and to have caused a fountain of fresh water to burst from the dry earth in order to quench the thirst of his master. He was married to Maria Torribia, a canonized saint, who is venerated in Spain as Maria della Cabeza, from the fact that her head (Spanish, cabeza) is often carried in procession especially in time of drought. They had one son, who died in his youth. On one occasion this son fell into a deep well and at the prayers of his parents the water of the well is said to have risen miraculously to the level of the ground, bringing the child with it, alive and well. Hereupon the parents made a vow of continence and lived in separate houses. Forty years after Isidore's death, his body was transferred from the cemetery to the church of St. Andrew. He is said to have appeared to Alfonso of Castile, and to have shown him the hidden path by which he surprised the Moors and gained the victory of Las Nevas de Tolosa, in 1212. When King Philip III of Spain was cured of a deadly disease by touching the relics of the saint, the king replaced the old reliquary by a costly silver one. He was canonized by Gregory XV, along with Sts. Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Teresa, and Philip Neri, on 12 March, 1622. St. Isidore is widely venerated as the patron of peasants and day-labourers. The cities of Madrid, Leon, Saragossa, and Seville also, honor him as their patron. His feast is celebrated on 15 May.


While I was listening to the reporter, I was like "WOW". He is a perfect role model for workers/laborers. After the report, our professor gave his comments and asked my classmate on why she had a lot of absences in school.
Then she told us in front that she is financially incapable of paying her fare in going to school. All of us went silent. We felt sorry for her and that our professor offered her for a hitch on his car from her house to school. That was so nice of him.

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Visiting the Sick



Once again, the Friends of Fr. Justin conducted one of the corporal works of mercy which is visiting the sick. We, the members of this organization joined forces to do such activity.
We bought fruits and biscuits as a gift to the patients. When we arrived at the hospital, we inquired to the head nurse for us to know which patient is allowed to eat the food that we bought since they follow a proper diet for a particular illness. One of the nurses recommended Mrs. Maria Geraldo which is suffering from low hemoglobin (Anemia). She has been admitted in the hospital for 3 days because her family wasn’t able to find a Type “AB” blood donor. She is from Sta. Cruz, Bantig and under the care of Dr. Otares.
We were touched by her stories because she is desperately looking for a blood donor. We felt sorry for her that we decided to check our blood types in order for us to know if one of us would be a perfect match to her blood type. Unfortunately, Junegil, Gerry, Majel, Jeniecel and Emily have blood types of A, O, B, B and O respectively.
Another patient was Mrs. Christine Espinosa. She was suffering from LBM which resulted to dehydration. We gave the gift and decided to leave because we weren’t able to interview her because she hardly spoke. We saw her suffering from pain. We were touched because her bed didn’t look comfortable. She had no beddings and pillows. She even used her bag as a pillow. She was completely alone. She had no visitor and there was no one taking care of her except the nurses. It was quite scary to see her alone.
From this activity, we’ve learned that prevention is better than cure. People should take care of their bodies. One of our roles in this world is to be a good shepherd, a keeper.



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Black and White Photoshoot


According to Wikipedia, Black and white as a description is also something of a misnomer, for in addition to black and white most of these media included varying shades of gray.

Black and white, often abbreviated B/W or B&W, is a term referring to a number of monochrome forms in visual arts.

So why am I talking about Black and White? Well, my friend and I got bored and that we decided to make a photoshoot with a theme Black and White. Everytime we make a photoshoot, we always opt to choose black and white concept.

I chose to wear a black top with white buttons paired with brown shorts and brown boots. Regarding with the make-up, I chose to apply dark violet as my eyeshadow with a black dots on it. My lips was just pale and simple.

The camera we use was my Casio Exilim. I like to use this camera because of the MAKE-UP effect featured on it. It's a good camera with a good quality output.


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Depiction

One day, my sister asked me on how she will look like during the HS Promenade. She asked me to dress her and put make up on her. Gosh, she's pretty excited for her prom. So I did what she wanted me to do. Suddenly, my mind said that it would be better to take photos of her after all the retouch. I know, right? So, there you go… When I saw the result of her photos, I was kind of thinking like, I want to have new photos to be posted in facebook and I want to make sure that I will look different. So, I put some make-up on my face, grabbed my old yellow cap, and shoot!
My elder sister was surprised with the result, so she did the same thing as me. We made a silly photoshoot! :)

So tell me, were we good? :)

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