Source: MY MIDDLE THIRTY BUCKET LISTS
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
THE DIFFERENT FACES DURING OUR DAY TOUR:
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.
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
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.
mirin (but in my own version I used the Korean Mirin)
Beef (tenderloin /sirloin)
1 tablespoon black pepper
Kikkoman soy sauce
butter/vegetable/ canola oil depending on what is available in your kitchen
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
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.
3 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.
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!!!
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.
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…
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!
I never thought I could go beyond the limits, but yes, I did! Rock Climbing and CLiff Jumping…
OH!!!I am just so overwhelmed to share all the selected photos during my vacations.
ANAWANGIN COVE, PUNDAQUIT, ZAMBALES:
Proud to pose above the Kayangan Lake.
Posing with the members of Tagbanua Tribe in Coron, Palawan.
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.
Parking is more fun in the Philippines…. :-)
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.
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been a while since I wrote a blog. There were many different experiences for the past months, yet, I cannot figured out what will be a subject that would interest me in some sort, something that could give me so much inspiration and learning. Though, for every minute of my life, I learned to be mature and happy with the small things around.
Maybe, this is a sort of diary that I would love to write and share. For number of times, I failed the bar exam, number of times I shed tears. Many times did I question the destiny, few people judged me according to what happened in my life. Yet, I learned to stand, with the hope and faith, that at the end of every storm is a rainbow that would give me back the smile and hope.
There was a time I experienced the so called “quarter life crisis”, questioning myself if I am still at the denial stage, is lawyering is really meant for me, am I taking the right path or just making the road rocky for me. Accordingly, the doubts that linger in my mind might be the result of the crisis that strikes me at that moment.
It took a while to be able to comprehend, accept and be at peace with my situation, I know this happens to everyone, in different forms, instead, I tried to know and accept all the opportunities in my life. I was so excited to venture the things that I forgot to do and decided to pursue with the things I love and wish to do.
1. For the past years, I focused in my law school, though I never regret any of it, still I wished I have done better with my life.
2. I dreamt to take a vacation alone or with my family, I have no enough time and money to do it.. I still have always wanted to do it….. :-)
3. I want to try photography, not just because my good friend is into it, but I guess, I want to capture every beautiful moments, landscape etc for my future generation..
4. I want to have my own business and expand our family business as well…still pursuing it one at a time..
5. Love to paint…and still wanted it as always.
Putting it all together, after more a year in my job, I realized :
1. When life unexpectedly takes you in another direction, absorb wisdom and love (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success). Time to reassess and rethink my plans in life.
2. I love my job, having been able to help people through my humble job means a lot to me, it’s priceless. The more I am so eager to fulfill my dream, to be in a legal profession.
3. I bought some brushes and oil paints and for almost eight months, I already finished almost four (4) oil painting on canvass…so fulfilling…
4. One of the things I listed in my Bucketlist (which was published in this blog), is to be able to have my own Canon camera, it may not be as high-end and advanced as Canon 6d, 7d or 70d but at least i could have a better start as a beginner in photography, good investment for me though… J
5. I took my family on short vacation, spent few bucks for them and it’s so rewarding to see them enjoying. (Planning to give them a surprise in the future).
“Life is not just what happens to you, it is what you make of it.”
At the end, I thanked God for the blessings “in disguise” that came into my life, from those happenings and struggles I went through, I merged as a winner in standing up again and face the reality of life. There are things in my life that turned into something I never expected to happened nor even envisioned in my wildest dream, but, slowly, the reasons behind the reason why I am here appeared to me.
No matter how much I plan my life according to what I think would make me happy and fulfilled, there is God who plans that are far better than anything I can dream of or envision.
Lastly, I wished and prayed that I could find my way to have a distinct voice as a writer, and be able to inspire people in different ways. Let us attain our dreams and be happy!