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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