Bud Bongao (Tawi-tawi, PH)

No Juan Is An Island

You haven’t been to Tawi-tawi if you didn’t go climb its highest peak (422 masl) – Bud Bongao. This is what most travelers would say when advising someone who plans to go on a sojourn down the Philippines’ southernmost province.

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And so during our last day in Tawi-tawi, we decided to trek our way to the majestic and sacred Bud Bongao or simply Bud. Actually, upon arrival at the Sang-Sanga airport, this imposing landmark would already catch one’s attention for it dominates the landscape of Tawi-tawi’s capital – Bongao. The mountain looks like a miniature version of Table Mountain in South Africa from afar (especially if you’re coming from the Celebes Sea area), although some people would say it looks like a turtle too.

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The mountain is forested and is home to different exotic flora and fauna like wild cattle and pig, and the ever famous white and brown monkeys…

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Saluag Island (Sikulan): Tawi-tawi, PH

No Juan Is An Island

My most recent trip made me channel the maritime explorer in me and set out to navigate the farthest reaches of the Philippine archipelago. Last year, I was fortunate to have set foot on the Philippines northernmost island province, Batanes. This year, I was able to explore the far-flung islands of Tawi-tawi. With untainted beaches, amazing culture, and more – Tawi-tawi’s 100 + islands is indeed a fascinating destination with endless surprises for the brave traveller.

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Scattered across the Sulu and Celebes seas like emerald gems, this tiny archipelagic province at the southernmost tip of the Philippines has been tainted with not-so-good reputation over the years together with its neighboring provinces (Sulu, Basilan and the entire Zamboanga Peninsula) due to unfortunate Moro raids, and some outbreak of attacks by extortionists. I myself was quite apprehensive of the thought of visiting it. Nonetheless, the wanderlust in me was more than decisive…

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Historical City of Melaka (Malaysia)

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The appealing and pleasant city of Melaka is a UNESCO world heritage site, with a rich trading history and multicultural heritage, making it a gratifying place to discover.

I was in Singapore one weekend when I felt the urge to go explore some place I feel like getting lost. Well, I haven’t fully explored the Lion City yet but my feet wanted to go elsewhere. And so the thought of crossing the border came about, the thought of going to nearby Malaysia was so tempting. (You see, Malaysia is just a bus or train away from bustling Singapore).

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The next thing I know, I was already inside the MRT on the way to the Woodland Station, the exit from Singapore. With just one light back pack, and one plan – I was already firm with my decision that my weekend will be spent in Melaka – a historical city known…

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Kampong Glam (Singapore)

No Juan Is An Island

When I started traveling, I have always thought that it is one of the best ways of enlightening one’s self about various cultures. I believe that the world we live in is beautiful that is why I am always fascinated with what it offers. I like the idea of trying different food, meet different people, experience different adventures and that hint of curiosity about differences among cultures led me to accept, respect and appreciate others.

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There is this one particular district in Singapore, called Kampong Glam that made my wandering soul really happy. Kampong Glam is regarded as the traditional heart of Singaporean Muslim life (because if one traces back its history, the area has enticed and united Muslims of different ethnicity). The name Kampong Glam comes from the Malay word kampong meaning “village,” and gelam, the term for cajeput tree that once grew abundantly in the area.

Walking along…

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Ang Pagkagusto sa Bagay o Tao

ANG PAGKAGUSTO SA BAGAY O TAO

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

Hindi lahat ng tungkol sa isang bagay o tao ay nagugustuhan natin. Sa mga prutas at gulay ay may mga bahagi silang hindi natin kinakain, ganoon din sa isda at karne. May mga ugali rin ang ating asawa na hindi natin gusto subalit pinagtitiyagaan na lang ang pakikisama sa kanila kahit may kaakibat na dusa dahil sa sinumpaang pangako at pinirmahang kontrata. May mga ugali ang ating mga anak na hindi rin natin gusto, no choice tayo, kundi tanggapin na lang ang buo nilang pagkatao dahil inilabas na sila ng kanilang ina,….alangan namang ibalik pa sila sa sinapupunan nito. Maski sa ating sariling pagkatao ay may mga characteristics din tayong hindi natin gusto kaya naiinggit tayo sa iba. Halimbawa, ayaw natin ng ilong nating pango kaya naiinggit tayo sa ibang may matangos na ilong, ang ating pagkapandak kaya naiinggit tayo sa matatangkad, etc.

 

Maski sa bayan kung saan tayo ipinanganak, may mga bagay doon na ayaw natin kaya ayaw nating balikan, pero dahil required na ilagay ito sa mga application form at bio-data ay wala tayong magagawa kundi talagang isulat na lang. Sa relihiyon ay ganoon din dahil may mga Katolikong ayaw magsimba sa mismong simbahan nila… ayaw kasi nila ang style ng pari sa pag-sermon, pero dahil Katoliko nga, no choice kundi tanggapin na lang si Father, dahil baka magalit si God. Sa trabaho ay ganoon din…ang workplace halimbawa ay ayaw natin dahil maraming lamok, at ang boss ay ubod na nga ng pangit ang ugali ay pangit pa ang mukha!…pero no choice pa rin tayo dahil mahirap maghanap ng trabaho ngayon.

 

GANYAN DIN DAPAT ANG TURING NATIN KAY DUTERTE. AYAW NATIN ANG KANYANG PAGMUMURA PERO DAHIL GUSTO NIYANG MAWALA ANG BISYO NG DROGA SA PILIPINAS O KAHIT MABAWASAN MAN LANG NG MALAKI AY I-LIKE NA LANG NATIN SIYA. KAHIT MUKHA SIYANG SANGGANO O BUTANGERO, SIGE NA LANG, DAHIL ANG KATAPANGAN NIYANG ITO ANG KINATATAKUTAN NG MGA HINAYUPAK NA MGA RAPIST, DRUG PUSHERS, DRUG LORD AT IBA PANG KRIMINAL.

 

Habang nabubuhay tayo sa ibabaw ng mundo, wala tayong magugustuhan na 100%. Kung minsan nga pati Diyos na gumawa ng lahat-lahat ay pinagkakatampuhan natin dahil sa mga nangyayaring kalamidad….at lalo tayong nagagalit sa kanya kapag nagsunud-sunod ang kamalasan sa ating buhay, sabay tanong ng, “WHY ME, LORD”?

 

Sino ngayon ang unfair?…ang Diyos na hindi patas sa pagbigay ng mga biyaya?…si Duterte na sinisisi dahil sa pagkamatay ng mga drug pushers na nang-estapa ng pambayad na kinuha sa drug pusher kaya sila ay binalutan ng packing tape sa mukha at tinadtad ng saksak o pinaulanan ng bala?

 

Para walang problema, iwasang magkagusto sa mga bagay-bagay o mga tao nang buong todo!…upang kung maging disappointed ay hindi rin todo-todo ang sakit na mararamdaman.