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MY MIDDLE THIRTY BUCKET LISTS

I just read my EARLY THIRTY: My Realization and My Own Bucket List which I posted on August 2012.  It’s quite a long time that I listed some things that I needed to do and realized, I got few of them recently. We are in final months before ending the 2015 and next year will be another year to be added in my life (if God permits).   :V :V : V :D  ….It seems that it was just recently that I tried to make some lists, actually I was just doing what other bloggers do when I posted that blog.  But hey!I kept it to myself hoping for adventures, inspirations, more dreams to realize and places to travel. 8-) 8-)

There were number of times when all I could do was to cry for some uncertainties, but every second of the day, God always reminded me how He turned every happenings into a blessing.  Not all the best gives me joy and happiness.  That is  very clear to me now.

I looked at the list I posted before and meditated how long or short I went after how many years of struggle.  I mentioned “struggle” because that was the time where I tried to pick up myself after few of many defeats.  And again, I am talking about defeat because I was totally down and hopeless then.  Having gone through my lists it reminded me I really did my best to make things happened and it really turns out what I really hope for.  As I mentioned before, God has its own way of doing trick to us. <3 <3 <3

Having been away from my family for almost three years,  I learned the value of my parents.  Though the roller coaster ride of family relation is not that smooth but somehow, what I learned is making the most of my days with  them while they are already at their twilight years, and I could say I am bless enough to have it realized before I will regret. :D :D :D

One of the biggest lessons in life is realizing there is no failure but the failure to stop trying. 

Here is my Personal Update of My Own Bucket Lists now that I am already at my 35th years of Existence (Based on my Previous Blog): ^_^   ^_^   ^_^

1.  STILL HAVE TO CONTINUE MY DREAMS OF BECOMING A LAWYERDONE NUMBER OF TIMES..and still pursuing my passion of becoming a lawyer…UNTIL NOW, I still don’t have the plans to stop the dream)..One of the biggest lessons in life is realizing there is no failure but the failure to stop trying. Never give up on your dream.

2. I WANT TO BECOME A CHEF.  uHHHMMM!!! Sounds so beyond what I used to dream.I love cooking and I love to share some foods.  Doing the platting is for me like doing a make up or decorating a home.  I need to put some love and passion and it feels so good to make other people happy because they were satisfied with the foods I am serving, and right now, I want to do more, to learn more.

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3. I MAY NOT HAVE THE BEST RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD, but I never stop praying.

4. CONTINUE BLOGGING. The only platform where I could share my thoughts and aspirations, preserving my emotions and smiles of the days that cannot be forgotten.  Blogging is one way of expressing and being with  myself.  I do not pretend to be what I am not, I don’t care what people might say.the important thing is, I am what I am and what will I want to be. For the past years, I embraced a number of different hobbies: gardening, oil and watercolor painting, handicraft making, cooking,uhhhmmm…and a once-in-blue moon trying hard on the job trainee in photography with my friend, Nog Bernido, just to name a few. All of them changed my outlook in life, but through blogging I could put all the words somethings which would likely described me.

“And while there are many articles written about why you should blog to grow your business or become an expert or make a whole bunch of money—the best recommendations are still found in the personal realization that blogging changes you, the writer.”(excerpt from a famous blogger, becomingminimalist)

5.  TO MAKE THE FARM COTTAGE A BIG FAMILY BUSINESS and the FARM COTTAGE SOUVENIRS AND GIFT SHOP a successful.  Farm Cottage is our parent’s legacy for us, and I want to make it big for them. (I used the Blackberry Z10 for this photo)

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MY MIDDLE THIRTY BUCKET LISTS

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THE ART OF TRAVELLING

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I spent 8 hours a day and five times a week attending my duty at work.  For the past years in my life, I craved for travels. Nothing is wrong with it. One really needs to have her own time to enjoy a day.I guess I needed a break that could take me back to my old momentum before a year ends. Honestly, there came into my life when I felt so empty, overwhelmed with too many worries while still coping up with  big adjustments, and I needed to break free from all those untowards anxities. Questions hunting me for months for an unknown fear or the thought that I was already drained from chasing on things that I wanted so fast, still doubtful for so many things.

For the last couple of months, I focused myself into doing the things that I really need to do for the most anticipated financial stability.  This is to finance myself for the possible expenses that I might be creating for another months. So many things that I really need to focus before leaping into another milestone of studying and doing business at the same time.  But for now, i simply want to share another travel I have been into together with my colleagues.  I already posted several photos i took during my visit to one of the most beautiful island here in Bohol, Pamilacan.  IT is a place of serenity.  I love Pamilacan.

Beauty from a distance of the destroyed Immaculate Concepcion Church in Baclayon

Beauty from a distance of the destroyed Immaculate Concepcion Church in Baclayon

A simple step could take you to anywhere, just have the courage to do it

A simple step could take you to anywhere, just have the courage to do it. Start enjoying life and start with a single step :-) <3

I like to think that I am pretty strong person. I’ve been living in Manila having myself alone, yet inspite of it, sometimes, I underselling myself and even questioned my capabilities when personal and family problem came, but I challenged myself of doing the things other people could do. I never been a passive person, playing supporting roles. I always been the lead even in the men’s world, but most of the time then, I felt the pain of taking the lead.  I simply wanted to relax.   Seriously, sometimes, I want to be a damsel in distress. But who will care? :-(

But today, allow me to unload my heart, this is fast and you will enjoy.  Sharing photos might be a great help.

Boat that could take us to PAmilacan

Boat that could take us to PAmilacan. Pamilacan Island can only be reach through boat.  No other means of transportation since no bridge is connected from the mainland.

When the sky meet the water

When the sky meet the water A clear blue sky with blue water.

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Lengthy sand bar.

The beauty of island is amazing with it’s powder white sands. There are beautiful places in Bohol and Pamilacan Island was one of the most lovely places I visited, where yone can see the sky and water meld into each other so seamlessly.

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Enjoying a day with no less than kuya Lawrence. (Photo taken Maam Anamor Akil)

I posted several pictures in my recent blogs about Pamilacan Island, but everyday I got the chance to visit the island, my love and admiration undeniably renewed.  No doubt this place is a paradise. (All the pictures are unedited, this is my way of knowing whether I have the progress in my photograph).

FISHES IN THE OCEAN :-)

FISHES IN THE OCEAN :-)

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Fresh new catch

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Blue Starfish (Wondering)

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RED CORALS

Life changing experiences happened in different ways and even in the most simple incident in life.  From the harsh reality of busy world, I aimed to spend a time for myself meditating on how to go on, picking few pieces of me shattered by the material world and I came to realized taking a break is one of the best thing to reconcile with my inner self. A day can create a difference in my own core.

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THE DIFFERENT FACES DURING OUR DAY TOUR:

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KUYA LAWRENCE

KUYA LAWRENCE AND GABRIEL

KUYA LAWRENCE AND GABRIEL

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I encountered different characters along the way, but somehow it could give me enough wisdom to decide on things without judging.  During my break I learned not enough neutrality but courage to stand what is right, because at the end of the day what matters most are the people who  came into my life which became part of who I am.

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wITH THE TEAM

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SHARING STORIES OVER ARRAY OF FOODS AND DRINKS, A BEST WAY TO RELAX AND ENJOY NATURE

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In the next few months, I will be updating my blog again, because at last I am back to my old self doing the things I really, really love. I will be posting places that made me cry, laugh, smile, dream, inspire and love.  Places that made me feel I’m alive. :-) :-) <3 <3 <3 <3

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My Own Version of Japanese Hot Pot – the Every Classic SUKIYAKI (FILIPINO VERSION)

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me and my little sissy

For the past months and before I came home, I enjoyed some comfort foods which I longed to taste again. Thanks to my friend, Fria, who unselfishly share her expertise in cooking, from Ilocano-Bisayan-Japanese Foods.  One of our fave food is the famous and the most exquisite Japanese food, the SUKIYAKI.

Here are the ingredients:
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MY OWN VERSION OF SUKIYAKI THE FRIA'S SUKIYAKI

MY OWN VERSION OF SUKIYAKI
THE FRIA’S SUKIYAKI

mirin (but in my own version I used the Korean Mirin)

Beef (tenderloin /sirloin)

water

1 tablespoon black pepper

Kikkoman soy sauce

white sugar

butter/vegetable/ canola oil depending on what is available in your kitchen

beef broth

carrots (sliced)

1 stalk leek

1 medium onion cut into rings

Beef very thinly sliced

dried mushrooms, soaked in hot water,drained, then sliced into strips

Chinese cabbage leaves,  sliced into strips

Japanese Noodles/ Ramen

Japanese tofu, cut into small cubes

  PROCEDURES:

1  In a pan, combine mirin, water, Kikkoman soy sauce, beef broth and sugar. Bring to a boil, about 3 minutes. Turn off flame at once. Set aside. (this composed the mirin mixture).

2  Melt the butter in a separate nonstick pot. I never used for my first try an union (this is according to Fria) but just for another version let us try using  and Sauté an onions. Add the beef slices and stir-fry briefly until color changes to a darker brown. Set aside and make it ready for the next step without taking it away from the pan.

 Add the japanese tofu (for the tofu, i prepare not to fry it before adding), next the slices of carrots, crisp cabbage, mushrooms, sprinkle with black peper and the  pre-cooked Japanese Noodles/ Ramen and one stalk leek.  Pour the mirin mixture and cover, let it simmer For my own version, I separately simmer the noodles/ ramen (the way spaghetti noodles should be cooked):

What I did for the plating, and this is the most exciting, arrange neatly the tofu vegetables, mushroom sprinkle it with black peper in the pan and slowly adding the broth mixture.  The perfect aromas could easily capture the attention of your family members. This is my own version of Sukiyaki…the way i learned it from my friend..the Filipino version. According to Fria, it is always best in individual soup bowl and add wassabe to taste.

Note:  I don’t have a measurement on the ingredients.

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JUST ANOTHER DAY TO BE GRATEFUL

Even before the start of summer, I already planned to spend it enjoying and taking vacations. It is always one of the best season for me. So what’s all about my 2014 summer?

Taking the opportunity to enjoy my life, it seems the whole world just close to me like a door waiting to be opened.

I just took every opportunity…and there lies…waiting to be opened.

I am sharing few of the photos during my vacation from  Luzon to Mindanao.  EVERYTHING!!! :-)  <3 <3 …I am so excited !!! yahhhooooo!!!

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I brought my family here in Manila to spend the vacation with them.  Though the vacation was just short, but it was still worthy spending moments with them.

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What is my summer is all about?  How far my learning go?

Maybe I mean everything…the love, the fun, the adventure, the wanderlust, the risk taking, everything…

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I never realized how much I value the time I spent the days of my vacations.  I listed my wishlists in my bucket list, every now and then, everything seemed slowly unfold.  God is so good.  HE give me everything that I never thought I wanted before, but here it is!

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I never thought I could go beyond the limits, but yes, I did! Rock Climbing and CLiff Jumping…

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OH!!!I am just so overwhelmed to share all the selected photos during my vacations.

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ANAWANGIN COVE, PUNDAQUIT, ZAMBALES:

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CORON, PALAWAN:

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Proud to pose above the Kayangan Lake.

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Posing with the members of  Tagbanua Tribe in Coron, Palawan.

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Coron is one of the best diving spot in the world with it’s majestic and stunning corals and it’s rich of diversity of marine life, but, some of those corals were badly destroyed by the Yolanda.

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Parking is more fun in the Philippines…. :-)

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IMG_3254IMG_3260      Entrance to the famous Twin Lagoon.  During low tide it serves as the entrance, however, during high tide you can use the ladder and have a free dive to be able to go to the second lagoon.  According to our tour guide, the deepest is 80 feet.

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Encircled by gigantic limestone cliffs,what truly amazed me during my Coron adventure was the limestone formations that composed the islets.  Accordingly, there are different kinds of limestone that composed islands, one of those are coral limestone which is the composition of the island of Bohol, and here in Coron,it is said to be of  Permian limestone of jurassic origin.

More to discover some beautiful places in the Philippines.

What will be my next adventure?

 

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PARADISE ON EARTH

One of the best vacation as to date was taking the break from my busy schedules and enjoy the moments.  A first I was skeptical of going to the vacation but I never regret a moment of going.

Greeted by the majestic landscape of the place, it is really a paradise here on earth. I never heard much about its beauty, but as I stepped down, why not figuring it out by myself. The experience, the sleepless nights did not disappoint me.  The only downside of going there was leaving my cards empty.DSC_0002

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DSC_0863    Socorro in Surigao is the home of the stingless jellyfish..

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MAJESTIC LANDSCAPE OF CARAGA REGION

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustus

Almost seven (7) years ago, Agusan del Norte has been a part of my heart, no doubt I have good memories on the place, but honestly, then, I was not amazed with the vibrant beauty of the place not until I spent almost 5 (5) days and four (4) nights IN THIS VERY AMAZING CARAGA REGION.

I love travelling, exploring different kinds of adventures.

I decided to collect landscape shots from my travel which I took personally without having it edited, using my SONY Digital Camera and at this travel, using the borrowed Nikon D3100.

Let me share some landscape photos that I really chose for my blog and for my coffee table book.

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          The view of Butuan City from the plane.

Butuan is the commerce capital of Caraga Region. Though it’s not that urbanized and industrialized if compared to other cities, yet for me it’s one of the most inviting place to visit. The moment we gone out from the arrival area of the airport, I was stunt by the rice fields in the area. I grew up in a little province of Bohol, and Caraga is one of the best place I’ve gone.

There is no need for a filter to see the beauty of the landscapes of CARAGA Region.

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4     Port Going to the Bucas Grande, Socorro, Surigao del Norte

DSC_0696       Dilapidated boat that caught my attention as we stepped from the boat.  It’s actually became a subject for a photograph.

DSC_0700    There are islets in Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte.  Paradise hidden in paradise as i described it.  Words are not enough to fully described the hidden beauty of the place, thanks God it is still not commercialize.  I am crossing my fingers the next generation will be able to see it’s beauty and enjoy it, because as far as I have noticed, mountains around Surigao del Norte are exploited by many miners, most of them are foreign investors.  Let us just hope that politicans will be able to see the future effects of this.  Their place is truly amazing, hoping again they will have the heart to preserve it, not only for them but for the future generations.

 

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DSC_0787       The beauty of Caraga Region is truly unlimited, I cannot imagine seeing such a great and amazing God’s masterpiece before my eyes.  Honestly, the whole trip was kind of tiring because of a distant travel, but all the stress and pleasures from work and from the travel was vanished as we saw the whole island that truly left me speechless the whole island hoping.  Thanks God I was given the chance to see God’s perfect arts.

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For my next blog, i will be writing about the an “Enchanted River” as they called it., but the moment i took my eyes on it, it was like owwww!!!it’s magical!

So watch out for my next blogs…Hope the next you plan your vacation, you will include in your list the Caraga Region.

 

 

 

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