A Day at Home

It has been 25 years since my dad retired from Del Monte and we moved out of Cawayanon.  My brother, Joey, wanted to have his kids, Frankie, Kitkat and Kobe, along with friends, experience how we had lived — even for just a couple of days. In the morning, we went fishing! The Cawayanon lakeContinue reading “A Day at Home”

A Night at Home

We stayed at the Lodge tonight.  Would you believe I have NEVER stayed here ever before.  Oh, I lived in Cawayanon for 13 years, but in my house at the end of the road.  Even when we were moving out and supposedly the family is allowed to stay at the Lodge for a few days,Continue reading “A Night at Home”

Life Savers III

At home in Bukidnon, it was already raining in earnest.  I asked the van driver to enter the gate as I couldn’t jump over the water flowing over the canal.  You see, to get to my driveway from the highway, one had to cross a culvert which had sunk many years before due to continuousContinue reading “Life Savers III”

Life Savers II

It was a day like all days, and the night started like all nights, even though it was raining. Bonuses had been awarded and people were rushing to the malls to spend their hard-earned money.  Christmas was just around the corner and people were happy!  Then the nightmare of Typhoon Sendong changed it all inContinue reading “Life Savers II”

Life Savers

One night, not long ago, a typhoon raged.  In the city of Cagayan de Oro, drenching rain and howling wind pounded on roofs and streets.  But since this was a normal occurrence, and people were within the safety of their homes, it was easy to believe that this was the perfect weather to fall asleepContinue reading “Life Savers”

I Really, Really Like Bohol

This is the third time I have come to Bohol.  The first was in 2007, with my cousin, her husband, my husband and my mom.  We stayed on Panglao Island and did the Countryside Tour.  The second time was last year (2010), with a group of tour guides, attending the First National Tour Guides Convention.Continue reading “I Really, Really Like Bohol”

A Matter of Family Pride

You know what they say – if you’re a Filipino, and you go anywhere in the world, you’ll probably meet someone you also know somehow (i.e. like the cousin of the officemate of your high school classmate’s brother’s girlfriend’s best friend). Well, I know someone – a Filipino in the US – one who hasContinue reading “A Matter of Family Pride”

White Water Rafting in CDO

My first experience with the Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting Adventure was in 2004, with my cousin and his family.  Back then, the Basic or Beginners Course took almost the whole day to complete and there were numerous fun and challenging activities that made the whole adventure memorable.  As years passed, the course becameContinue reading “White Water Rafting in CDO”

My Goal: The Philippines

In a 1997 workshop I attended, I wrote down 100 goals and dreams.  One of them was to visit all the islands of the Philippines. The actual decision to do it came when we literally fell into the tourism business in 2002.  We were invited to join a public transportation group and I became aContinue reading “My Goal: The Philippines”

It’s a Small World After All

You know that song we sang at United Nations Day when we were kids?  “There is just one moon and one golden sun, And a smile means friendship to everyone. Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, It’s a small world after all.” Well, last week I was hired by my ninang (godmother)Continue reading “It’s a Small World After All”