Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Silip sa Siem Reap (A Glimpse of Siem Reap)

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
This post is long overdue. It was only when I got an invite to write “My ASEAN Story” that I thought of writing about our trip to Siem Reap a couple of years ago and giving you a glimpse of this charming city.

I couldn’t think of anything to write about as an ASEAN story that has changed my life as I am not involved in any of the projects or programs of the ASEAN. So I thought, perhaps a travel post will do. As one who travels frequently would realize, every travel brings a change into a person no matter how insignificant that change may seem.

And so, let me share my ASEAN story.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Eight kinds of Facebook users

Photo from Google

Facebook is here to stay, at least in our lifetime, unless something better that catches the people’s fancy will come along. I am a returning Facebook user as I have deleted my account in 2014. It was called “Lakwatserang Paruparo” as many of you who had been my friends in that account would know. I’m back but I’m quite choosy now as to who I will be friends on Facebook because I don’t want to crowd my day with reading and scrolling down my News Feed to update myself of what’s going on in other people’s lives. I’d like to call myself a rehabilitated Facebook junkie! Haha!  [Please check out my blog post: Facebook junkie no more!

In the course of my Facebook usage through the years, I have observed the following kinds of users. Let’s use the acronym F.A.C.E.B.O.O.K. to describe each kind and let’s see if you consider yourself in any of the categories mentioned. Hey, I wrote this just for fun, okay? No offense meant if you feel stabbed in the chest with this as I am also guilty of being in one of these. Haha!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Madayaw, Dabaw ... lagi! (Davao-speak 101)



[This was first published in Buhay Pinoy of the Philippine Online Chronicles sometime in September 2013. I'm sharing it here now that Davao is in the limelight because of the popular President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who is from Davao.]

Tuwing Agosto dinadaos ang “Kadayawan Festival” sa Lungsod ng Dabaw.

Ang salitang “kadayawan” ay hango sa salitang Dabawenyo, “madayaw,” na ang ibig sabihin ay mabuti, maganda, mahalaga at mahigit. Isa rin itong pagbati na parang “mabuhay” ang dating. Ang festival na ito ay parang isang pasasalamat sa mga biyayang natanggap ng mga Dabawenyo sa nagdaang taon. Ito ang katapat ng Sinulog ng Cebu, Maskara ng Bacolod, Moriones ng Marinduque at ng sandamakmak pang festivals ng Pilipinas.

Pero hindi tungkol sa “Kadayawan” ang ikukwento ko. Ang Agosto rin ang tinaguriang “Buwan ng Wika” kaya eto ang isang pahabol na kaalaman tungkol sa isang wikang maaring sumusulpot pa lamang. Naisip kong ibahagi ito lalo na sa panahon ngayon na ang presidente ng Pilipinas ay taga-Davao at nalalagay sa “limelight” ang lungsod na ito nang dahil sa kanya.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cape San Agustin Caper


It was a beautiful sunny day for a road trip in April 2016. So my husband and I took off one day on a "Mr. and Mrs. Adventure." Where to? To Cape San Agustin in Bgy. Lavigan, Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental.


From Tagum City, we traveled east to Davao Oriental. It was roughly a 3-hour trip on good cemented roads along the coast of the peninsula.

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