Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quote for the Day

"There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living."
~David Starr Jordan

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My New Running Shoes

My new running shoes courtesy of Ninang Edith ("pasalubong" from Kuwait). I love it! Thank you Ninang!

 Looking forward in using my Adidas Duramo in a fun run or marathon.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Rules for Being Human

1. You will receive a body.
    You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period of this time around.  
2. You will learn lessons.
     You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid. 
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
    Growth is a process of trial and error: Experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works". 
4. A lesson is repeated until learned.
    A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson. 
5. Learning lessons does not end.
    There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned. 
6. "There" is no better than "here".
    When your "there" has become a "her", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here". 
7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
    You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself. 
8. What you make of your life is up to you.
    You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours. 
9. Your answers lie inside you.
    The answers to Life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust. 
10. You will forget all this.
11. You can remember it whenever you want.

~excerpts from Chicken Soup for the Soul 1993

Friday, April 9, 2010

Puerto Galera Trip - Mariner's Beach Resort

Our trip to Puerto Galera,Talipanan Beach was indeed a great get-away during the Lenten Season. And our stay at Mariner's Beach Resort was one of the best reception ever. I love the hospitality of the resort owner's Mr. and Mrs. Evangelista and of course their son, Gerald who manages the resort.

Their hospitality was awesome and they made us feel that we are their house visitors not as typical resort guests.
 Thank you to Mariner's Beach Resort! We are looking forward to have our vacation again in your resort.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Puerto Galera Trip - The Scenic Boat Ride

From Manila, the trip to Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro takes two rides -- first is an 2-hour bus ride to Batangas Port and another 2-hour boat ride to Puerto Galera.

My wife, Myrnelly and brother-in-law, Mark Ian on-board MB Ederlyn going to Puerto Galera

The famous White Beach, Puerto Galera

The Tamaraw Beach, Puerto Galera

On-board MB Tamaraw Express going back to Batangas Port, April 4, 2010

Taken prior to disembarking MB Tamaraw Express at Batangas Port

Til next travel guys!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Puerto Galera Trip - Trek to Talipanan Falls

This is the 2nd episode of the 4-part story of our Lenten Season April 2010 Puerto Galera Trip. It involves our trek to the Talipanan Falls, one of the several waterfalls found in Mindoro. So here it goes...

After arriving at Talipanan beach, Puerto Galera, and having secured our room at the Mariner's Beach Resort, we immediately planned to go on trekking - our destination the Talipanan Falls. It was around 30 minutes uphill trekking as informed to us by our guide.

I thought it would be an easy trek because our guide was a young boy. But I was wrong, it was one of the hardest trek we have done so far, with some areas that are so steep and the trail is just a foot away from the ravine.

At the foot of the trail is an Iraya Mangyan community (native people of Mindoro), I took some shots of their native crafts. And even bought one small craft in our way back to the resort.

And here it come! The hardest part of the trek - see it for yourself folks!

 At the end of the trek - Talipanan Falls. Looks affected by the current El Nino phenomenon in the country.

I would love to trek again the trail going to Talipanan Falls especially on a rainy season. Would be a lot challenge!

This is my most Memorable Outdoor Adventure for the year 2010 and this is my entry to the Blog contest of R.O.X Philippines.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Puerto Galera Trip - Sunrise and Sunset

We just got back from our vacation at Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro this afternoon - April 04, 2010. I just want to share my first batch of shots taken during our early morning travel, sunset and sunrise at Talipanan beach, Puerto Galera.

  Sunrise shots during our travel to Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Taken at South Luzon Expressway, 6 AM April 03, 2010

Shots taken at Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Around 6PM April 03, 2010

 Sunrise at Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Taken around 6AM, April 4, 2010