A Writer’s Tour

Last month, we toured a guest – magazine writer/editor TERRY BRAVERMAN from California – who was in town to do a write-up of Cagayan de Oro City. His 3-night stay at a 4-star hotel, basic course rafting activity, visit to the various museums and shopping centers, as well as his day tour of the cityContinue reading “A Writer’s Tour”

My Philippine Adventure (Departure) by Karen Haycox

MY PHILIPPINE ADVENTURE by Karen L. Haycox (Departure) Head back home. Go to Cagayan de Oro airport….yeah….this is the Cagayan I remember. The airport basically resembles a bus terminal. They do have air conditioning, but there are stand-alone industrial units that are held together with duct tape. No really. As I check in for myContinue reading “My Philippine Adventure (Departure) by Karen Haycox”

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Where Are We Now?

On the night of December 16, 2011 (Friday), just before midnight, an event occurred in Cagayan de Oro that changed the way we look at Philippine weather cycles.  It was an experience so unexpected, so unprecedented and so disastrous that whenever it rains now, we fear a repeat of the catastrophe that wiped out moreContinue reading “CAGAYAN DE ORO, Where Are We Now?”

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”

Typhoon Sendong Rams Into CDO

The original title was supposed to be “When It Rains…” and the post would have been about the funny things that happen when it rains in CDO, but after seeing the pictures and hearing/reading the news, I think the new one is more appropriate. I’m not going to write a lot, because I’m posting aContinue reading “Typhoon Sendong Rams Into CDO”

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”

I Know What You’re Gonna Do This Summer!

I bet you don’t know why I know this.. Let’s be psychic for a moment..  We know that this year 2011 is the Chinese Year of the Metal Rabbit and that it means it will be a year of prosperity especially for those with businesses dealing with metal and alloy.  In other words, those whoContinue reading “I Know What You’re Gonna Do This Summer!”