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Don’t Just Print Your Pics – Photo book It!

My 1st photo book from Photobook Philippines arrived today and it got me so excited! I want more!!! :) You see I have this one folder in my laptop with label ‘PRINT THIS’ – a collection of my fave photos from all the travels I’ve been on. My plan was to print at least 10 to 20 4R pictures from each travel, each event over the years, and then safekeep them in an album. But the digital photos sat on the folder, gathering cyborg dust for god knows how long. Then one day, my sister (@thatneverlandgirl on Instagram) pm’ed me and pushed me Continue Reading

Garden Blooms and Flowers by the Roads

I’ve been enamored lately with gardening. Passing fancy? Or my farmer’s family gene finally sprouting? My family on my dad’s side are farmers, when Kenneth and I were kids, we’d spent our summer school break in Mindanao to accompany our dad who goes there para mag copra. ‘Mindanao’ for us is Zambulawan, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur where my dad’s side of the family lives.  The family’s primary livelihood is connected with the earth, tilling it, growing crops, trees, and plants. I almost forgot my mom's grandads on both sides were millet and Continue Reading

Give Me Money Moon ~ A Wish for Blessings

A famous line in Cebu ‘Moon... Give Me Money Moon’ whenever the moon shines bright and big. Over the weekend, I asked my husband, my Tagalog friends, and a friend from Leyte, and nope, they are not familiar with it. And I'm so surprise “Really? You haven’t heard of it? You’ve never said it at all?!” Myyyyy. I do, and I still do at times especially when the moon looks enticingly beautiful, full of promises like tonight. I don’t know if it’s a Cebuano thing or just in our place in Lapu-Lapu City that folks utter the line when it’s full Continue Reading

Baler Road Stories: Canili and Diayo Dams and Reservoir

Baler, Aurora. We arrived there a little past 7 AM after leaving Cubao at 2:30 AM. It wasn’t such a tiring bus ride as our little group - me, Titus, Kenneth and Julie were on-board the executive coach of the Joy Bus line. As soon as we left Manila and reached NLEX, my companions have settled in to a comfortable sleep. I was unable to snatch a nap the whole ride which has become my usual during long bus trip, could be excitement, too many thoughts running on my head and whathaveyous but I did close my eyes here and there. For bus trip Continue Reading

It’s Pabasa For Holy Week!

2:47 AM after switching on the electric fan because it was a little stuffy tonight I got back into bed. I was almost drifting back to sleep again when all of a sudden I can hear ladies voices murmuring in earnest, twas faint at first, then gradually it becomes more and more distinct, building to a crescendo then again grows faint. Nagpapakiramdam ako, was thinking maybe it was just my imagination but no the up and down tempo of collective voices I could not mistake, it's the same tone of novena praying during wakes. I checked the time, it is Continue Reading

Ayala Triangle Gardens  Christmas 2014 Lights and Sound Show

Come see the Festival of Lights 2014 at Makati’s Ayala Triangle Garden!  Running for 5 years now, this holiday celebration never fails to bring wide smiles and warmth, fuzzy feelings to those who are able to watch it live. You can even say that this lights, laser and sound show is becoming a Paskong Pinoy tradition for those in Metro Manila and nearby area. The first time I watched the symphony of lights and music in Ayala Live and not just via Youtube videos was back in 2011. Ever since then if I am in Luzon during the Christmas holiday I, Continue Reading

Liliw Laguna Home in the Highlands

It’s my second morning here in Liliw and for two days in a row, I’ve woken up early. Right now it’s 6 AM, I usually wake up in Cebu at 8:30 AM or later. Lol.  =) The town comes alive at an early hour. The mamang magpuputo just passed the side of our house,putt, putt, putt. errrr I don’t know the sound name that mamang magpuputo makes hahaha.  Down below on the adjacent house to ours there is a pile of tree branch cuttings, probably a remnant of Typhoon Glenda last July. The wind here is chilly, feels like December that I had to put Continue Reading

ONE JOURNEY – Thank You for the Blessings!

After the wedding celebration wrapped-up my long-time friends asked me ‘so Cecilya is this what you dream your wedding day to be?. I replied I really didn't dream anything in details but everything far exceeds any expectation I may have. Our family and friends, our wedding suppliers from Cebu and Manila, and especially my husband Titus – all have given me something so wonderful that words fail me. Thank You God for this day! Thank You for letting us experienced so much joy. Thank You for leading our paths towards each Continue Reading

Summer Rising in the Philippines!

Sobrang init karon, gahapon, sa usang adlaw og murag mas init pa dyud ni in the comings weeks. Aghhhhhh. My newsfeed is peppered with similar sentiments, yours too? :) I have been following weather reports lately, found it fascinating learning how hot it’s going to be in the coming days, it's  my cue to say with exasperation and haggard expression “grabe ka init! di matabang!!!” Lol. Cebu and nearby provinces is looking at average temperatures of 33 to 34 degrees Celcius this May, says PAGASA. Manila environs hit 36 degC two days ago Continue Reading