Sidetrip at Labyrinth in Toledo City

One fine sunny day, I went to Toledo City.

After my appointment and fortunately, there are still enough time left, I had a sidetrip at Capilla Santa Ana and The Labyrinth.

So, I told the tricycle driver that I am going to Capilla Santa Ana and he said that he knew the place.

Guests will be welcomed by the guard who opened the gate. He informed me that I need to pay the entrance fee of Php 100 per person for the Labyrinth. There is an office inside the chapel where guests can pay. After acknowledging him, I headed to the chapel.

The chapel is so beautiful and it’s like you are in the ancient days. From the doors to the furnitures to the saints to the altar. Everything about is mesmerizing.

Here’s a few shots that I have. There were paintings in one of the rooms but I am not sure if we are allowed to post so wag na lang.

I roamed inside the chapel, checked the other rooms and even upstairs. Afterwards, I decided to go out and checked the famous Labyrinth.

Labyrinth by definition according to Wikipedia (Greek: λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate, confusing structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos.

We commonly call it maze as well. The labyrinth in Toledo City can be found just beside the Capilla Sta. Ana. But, compared to the usual mazes that we can see, the structure of the plants here are shorter. Thus, the people can see the pathways. However, it is still challenging and tiring to walk through the pathway to the center and go back to the route to go out.

Yeah, there is no other way out but to go back. It’s really tiring but so fun. 😁

Take a glimpse here:

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just wished that I brought a bottled of water with us while walking around. Because I was really thirsty especially it was sunny that day.

After that, I went out so that we can go back to the city.

However, you cannot go out from the place unless you can present a receipt to the guard of the payment. And they have CCTV in the area so they know who’s paying and not. No escape guys! 😜😂

TIPS! 1. Bring a bottled of water.

2. There is a trick where you can get a good shot with the whole maze. Find out when you are there.

3. Do not forget to pay the entrance fee.

4. Take time to sit or kneel and pray at their chapel.

5. And do not forget to take good pictures. It is very picturesque.

6. Discover how beautiful what’s inside it and it’s history.

7. If you want to go there, from Cebu City, you can ride a bus at Ceres South Bus Terminal or v-hire at the V-hire terminal near University of San Carlos Main Campus. Then, get off at Toledo City. From there, you can ask the tricycle driver to take you to Capilla Sta. Ana. They already know the place.

8. They are open from 10AM-12NN & 1PM-4PM during Mondays to Saturdays. Closed every Sunday.

TRAVEL COMPILATION 2017

Disclaimer: it’s a super lengthy post and super late. 🙂

Let’s start the journey back to the first trip for the year in my favorite place with the best people. Siquijor Island with the Family ❤

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From the island  to the mountain of Laguna, to try the Masungi Georeserve Trail, Tinipak River, Regina Rica Shrine, Pililla Windmill, etc.

Then a trip to the beach with VMBU Family.

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We went home in the island for the birthday celebration of my father, Papa Sonny and sister-in-law, Ate Porcia.

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Spent the last weekend of March in Lambug Beach for April’s homecoming. This was also the time that they wanna tell me how stupid I am but I didn’t listen. 😀

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I organized a trip (for the first time, for my own business) for my bestfriend (April) and her friends.

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It was indeed a good time for us to catch up as she has been out of country for a few years.

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Friday night out with these cool officemates at League Sports Bar. Some billiards & darts & gulp (you know what I mean Hahaha) 🙂

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And then one night, I asked for Tropang Laagan’s time over dinner and admitted that I am indeed stupid. Reality hits me! Tanga lang talaga bes! Hahaha

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The next day, I am home in the island for the holy week, talked to my parents and spent the days with the whole family in the beach.

And then organized another tour for my friends and my family in Negros Oriental. We visited Apo Island, Pulangbato Falls & Twin Lakes.

Summer it is! And so, I tried how summer feels like in one of the famous resorts in Cebu, Solea Mactan Resort. (Actually, I was here for work but cannot stop from taking photos. Thanks Sir Andy! :))

Then, my officemates wanted to visit Siquijor and finally, we were able to go there at the end of April.

I hope they had fun in the island. I enjoyed riding the jetski, though. 😀

Just the week after that, me, Neil & Toj had an impromptu trip to Cebu Westown Lagoon. We agreed within 5 minutes and met there after 30 minutes.

2 days after, I was sent for work to Boracay. Yeah, I grabbed the chance to roam around after.

On that weekend, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the condo unit rented by Ante Abeth.

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Then, had a beach trip the next weekend with the Pabonita Family to Tabuelan and a side trip at Pinamungahan.

Then the following weekend, Tropang Laagan had a trip to Daanbantayan and stayed at Casa de Tohay.

Ended the month of May with a dinner with my UC Engg Family.

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And started June by meeting my kulit inaanak, Baby Kasandra.

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On that week, I reunited with some high school friends during Jayne’s son’s birthday.

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And the most nerve breaking trip happened on that weekend, our trip to South Korea.

Then had a side trip at Jeju Island.

During my mother’s birthweek, we went home in the island and celebrated it by touring around with the whole family and lunch at Dagsa Resto Bar. Also, to welcome home my cousin Argie, who has been outside the country for a few years.

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And followed by a series of trip to the island.

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July for a fiesta celebration

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August for vacation

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August with the Lenares clan

Then lunch dates with the sisters.

A sad news came when Ante Abeth passed away. We might not be able to see her on her last few days, but we made sure that we were there to see her for the last time.

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On the day of her funeral is the birthday of Ante Clara and the day after that is her birthday. Thus, we had a double celebration on the next day.

Then started September with a trip to Lambug Beach with the #dreamteam (FPI VMBU Technical Team).

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On the same month, the VMBU ladies plus Nino went on a day trip at Mt. View & Adventure Café.

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Then attended the 1st birthday of Baby Kulit  (Kasandra) in JSJS Mountain Resort.

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But we just ate and ran because we headed to Dalaguete for the fiesta celebration.

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So thankful to Toj for accompanying me.

But the most adventure trip I had was in CDO-Bukidnon. We never missed the Advanced Water Rafting.

And a sidetrip to Bukidnon. Thanks to Maizel & Howell for the accommodation, tour, transpo, and everything including us gatecrashing the baptism of Maize’s nephew. Hehe!

On the following weekend, me & Ms.Kate went to SM Seaside and was able to check this Cat Café. Not a cat lover though but I enjoyed playing with them and taking photos.

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And attended the baptism of Baby Calix.

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Baby Calix and Kuya Keifer

By the way, I have to thank my work for bringing me anywhere in the country.

Been to Boracay for 5 times this year… (May, August, September, October, November)

Davao twice… (November, December)

Bacolod once… (December)

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Solea Mactan for rehearsal and VMBU Christmas Party…

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Makati and take note they let us dance. Hahaha! It was FPI Christmas Party…

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Side trip at Gen San and met my friends…

Side trip at Capilla Sta. Ana and Labyrinth in Toledo City.

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In addition, one of the highlights for 2017 is my trip to the hospital.

Thanks to everyone who care, visited, checked, stayed, & prayed for me.

And of course, who will forget that surprise to everyone solo trip to Taiwan during my birthday. Two days after I checked out from the hospital.

And that unending food trips with everyone…

Be it with the family…

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Be it with Tropang Laagan…

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Be it with my Engg Family…

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Or my VMBU Family…

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Then, the best season of the year is here, Christmas!

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Time to go home. But what??? On a plane??? Really???

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Because I should be home for my parents Wedding Anniversary…

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And the Purok’s Christmas & New Year parties.

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And of course, it is best to celebrate Christmas at home with the family! 🙂

Then, here’s me! A happy me! Might be broken and sad and even mad in the second quarter of the year. But still so happy and blessed. More than enough. More than what I deserve. More than what I asked for.

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Thank you 2017! Let’s do this 2018! 😉

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There are many unexpected events and changes that will come in our life, both good and bad. But what is important is how we deal with it. Challenges come, people go, laughter fades, tears fall, and a roller coaster ride of life will occur. But let us not forget to continue living and facing it. Turn that challenge into an opportunity to become better & stronger. Let people go because those who love you will never leave you. However, open your hearts to accept the people that will arrive in your life. Let the laughter fades only once but promise yourself to bring it back again the soonest much louder, much happier and much longer. You all have the reasons to be happy & laugh more often. Cry until there is no more tears that will fall. And when all of them will be gone, show that sweetest smile of yours that you keep for a long time. You will look beautiful with that because it is your most perfect accessory. And lastly, take that roller coaster ride with all your heart. Have fun while doing it and shout if you need to. At the end of the ride, for sure, you have lots of story to tell. And you can surely tap your back for a job that you’ve done very well! 😉

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#Goals2018: Watching a movie alone

First on my list of the goals this 2018 that I just achieved was watching a movie (romantic) on my own. No sister. No cousins. No friends. But just me!

I really wanted to watch Siargao the Movie that much. However, my sister does not want to. While my friends want to watch another film.

Why Siargao?

Of all the movies being shown for the MMFF, Siargao captured me. Maybe because I have been to the place and I love it there. Honestly, I am planning to go back on my own. Or maybe because I am curious of how the story goes and why it garnered many awards.

And so, out of nowhere, while sitting inside the office one afternoon, I just had this push to watch it. I tried booking online but my card was declined twice for the reason that I don’t know.

Thus, I decided that I will go out as soon as the bell rings (clock) so that I will be there before the movie schedule. Fortunately my boss is so kind enough to offer a ride and he will just pass through Ayala Cebu on his way home.

I arrived at around 6:15PM and I planned to watch at 6:40PM schedule. I still have enough time to buy a dinner & french fries and to do whatever I have to (it means going to the CR).

When it was our time to get inside, people lined up, handed their tickets to the in-charged, had their bags inspected by the guard, and looked for their assigned seats.

While waiting, few reminders and trailers were being shown. Until the film started to roll.

What I love about the movie?

1. The actors are very natural especially Erich & Jericho. They all live to their roles.

2. I know most of the actors including the VLOGgers Wil & Bret, real life couple Wil & Roxanne, Gaby Concepcion’s daughter Garrie, surfers Luke & Ikit, etc.

3. Jasmine fits in Siargao. She really looked like an island girl. And she acts so well.

4. The beauty of Siargao can really be seen in the whole film. Especially during the first few minutes. The drone shots were totally awesome and beautiful. It boosts Siargao more. And it urged me more to be back in the island.

5. How the actors can speak Siargao dialect like they were really locals.

6. How the story goes. When you expect this to happen but other thing happened. The twist.

7. You can feel their happiness, pain and loneliness. You can feel the fun.

8. They made surfing easy to look at. Hahaha! I haven’t tried it when we went there but I promised to myself that I will do it on my next visit.

9. The community. You can see from the movie that you can go to Siargao alone but you will go home with lots of friends. It is a place wherein you are free to gain more friends. And that the locals are definitely friendly (and I can attest to that, they really are).

10. What the people are fighting. Siargao for some is just another tourist destination. But for the many (both the locals and tourists), it is their home. And they want to show to the world that they want their home to last long. That its beauty will forever live. That no one should and could destroy it. That’s why at the end of the movie, the whole cast is spreading awareness on how to protect and save Siargao. And tourists like us, we can do our own part. When we visit Siargao, let us make sure to help them protect their island and make it clean.

No doubt why they garnered many awards. The movie is not just about the love story of the casts but also the love of the people to Siargao. ❤️

I cannot wait to be back in the island soon and hopefully meet everyone there. 😉

Aside from my thoughts on the movie, I want to share also the pros and cons of watching a movie alone.

PROS

1. You can definitely focus. You will not be talking to someone during the movie. Instead, you can give the whole time watching and understanding it.

2. You don’t have to share your foods. Hahaha! You buy and eat all the foods. No one to share to.

3. You learn to react with the other viewers.

CONS

1. No one to talk to when you want to share something. Like when the cast has been shown one by one and I was talking to myself mentioning their names. Hahaha!

2. You don’t have someone to whom you can leave your stuff when you go to the CR. It’s just like solo traveling, you need to bring your stuff when going to the CR because no one will guard it for you.

But solo, with your partner or your friends, the movie is worth to watch. 👌👏

#Goals2018

As we all welcome the new year, 2018, we usually do give or share our New Year’s Resolutions. Those things that we want to change, we want to correct, we want to do, we want to achieve and we want to reach.

Honestly, I did that before. But nothing happened. Hahaha!

Fulfilling your resolutions need determination and passion plus discipline. We cannot just set it and forget everything when January ends or February starts. We have to put it in our heart and mind. We have to convince ourself that we can do it. That we should do it.

Anyway, for me, I did somewhat similar and different this year. I set goals that I want to accomplish. Most of them were that things I should have done last 2017.

However, it’s just this year that I had the courage and the will power to do it.

So what are they? 🤔

I will be sharing it one by one though. 😉

Here’s the list that I will fill up once I accomplished it.

1. Watched a movie alone. ✔️ 1/3/18