Monday, June 29, 2009

Explore Camiguin Island, Philippines




Camiguin is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao, with its land area pegged at 29,187 hectares. It is composed of five towns, namely, Mambajao – the capital town, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman. The island plays host to seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mount Hibok-Hibok. According to the National Statistics Office, Camiguin has a total population of 74,232 persons, making the province the second smallest in the Philippines in terms of population.
Among the Province's major products are coconut, cassava, banana, camote, palay, corn, fruits, coffee and vegetables. Camiguin's volcanic soil has proved to be a fertile ground for planting various crops. At present, the Provincial government is looking into an agricultural program that would increase the cultivation of fruit trees and vegetables in Camiguin. The Province is also among the best abaca fiber producers in the country. Camiguin is proud of its natural resources, which include sulfur deposits, geothermal energy, agricultural lands and fishing grounds.

The Camiguin culture is a mixture of both Boholano and Cebuano culture. It is very colorful and creative. The people are deeply religious, hospitable and friendly. Cebuano is the major dialect in the Province. However, in the towns of Sagay and Guinsiliban, where most of the indigenous tribes reside, the Kinamiguin dialect is still spoken. Kinamiguin is derived from the Manobo dialect with some mixture of Boholano.

How to Get Here


From Manila, you can take direct flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or Air Philippines to Cagayan de Oro City. Flying time approximately takes one hour and 20 minutes. From Cebu, Cagayan de Oro City is even nearer -- a mere 30 minutes away. One can also take the longer but infinitely more exciting ferry trips from the North Harbor aboard the ships of WG&A, Negros Navigation, and Sulpicio Lines. Depending on the routes (sometimes they stop over at certain ports such as that of Cebu City, Iloilo City or Bacolod City), a ferry trip to Cagayan de Oro City usually takes 28 to 36 hours.

From the Cagayan de Oro City airport, you can take a cab to the bus terminal located at the Agora Market and get on a bus for Balingoan, a town 88 kilometers outside the city. At Balingoan, take a ferry bound for Camiguin Island approaching Camiguin by sea. The trip usually takes an hour before you reach Benoni Wharf of Mahinog, which is 17 kilometers from the capital town of Mambajao.

You can also take a three-hour ferry ride from the Cagayan de Oro Ferry Terminal to Guinsiliban, also in Camiguin on board M/V Yuhum.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This once quenches me!


Everytime I am thirsty, I never surpass to quench with Coca Cola. This refeshing drink will always let me search it wherever I go. I am very happy to have Coca Cola with me in hot days, everyday. It is cool to drink Coca Cola. It taste like no other! Open happiness! Open Coca Cola!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I thought it was just a dream.

I was so shocked of the instant death of Michael Jackson. He said "Farewell" to us. I never thought that he passes away. There has been no problem about his health (as I have observed of him) The news is fatal. People all over the world was in the state of shock and I was one of them. I thought it was just a dream. But now, I have to tighten myself to accept the truth that he is really gone. I will miss you, Michael! I couldn't hear you sing again and do that extraordinary dance for us. You leave us with many things. Goodbye, Michael!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Why do people instantly pray only when problem arises?

Praying to God is one way of communicating with Him. It is the way where we will be able to express ourselves wholeheartedly. Others pray heartily while there are others who pray in times of great need. But what is the value of prayer that oftentimes we make "being busy, no time" an excuse?

I have a friend who are so blessed with a happy family. She works now as a classroom teacher in Grades 2. She always wear a smile on her face everytime she is with people and the kids in the school. I have observe that maybe she has less problems in life. Happy family, good teacher, smiling one, happy professional career. What else she could ask for?

Time runs so fast until she never expected that her mother is suffering of a cancer -of the bone. The happy, smiling face is not the face that I usually seen everyday of her. She just leans in the corner, thinking too deeply. I know she has a serious problem. One time she shared to me (tears running on her face) about the problem of her mother that she couldn't find lots of money to prepare her mother for an operation and that is quite too BIG of value. She once told me that she loses hope and she asked God that why from all the people in the world, the disease dwell on her mother. She blame God on everything. I explain to her that God never brings chaos and disaster in every family for Jesus don't want that. She always insists the negative side of passing the sin to God. She said that she always keep on praying and never misses to attend the mass during Sundays. I know that she has a great mistake of passing the sin to God and that is not worthwhile. I just listen to her at that time and let the incidence pass.

Why do people blame God for the bad things that is coming in their lives. In fact, when they receive the happiness and triumph, they never ask and even not thank God.

I think, the things that happens and come into our life are just spices to let us know that there is God, Lord Jesus who is always there for us no matter what happens. He is just waiting for us to call Him and live His teachings.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stress

Almost everyone is very busy with their work...with their life. Obviously, I am one of them. I have lots of things to do and having spare time is of no exemption to me because of the hectic schedules that I have everyday. In fact, this opportunity for me is a blessing because I have work and I am able to sustain my needs. But the great problem is I am overly stressful. Though I consider my work as a gift and blessings, but still I ponder to myself that I am very stressful.
I am used to this kind of system and it gets me in the nerves. This is my life and there is no escape to this. I hope that I can spare time for myself!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Russian Orthodox Cathedral



This is one of the church that is found in France.

The Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice (Cath├ędrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas de Nice) is a Russian Orthodox cathedral, and a national monument of France, located in the city of Nice.

For more information, you can visit this website: www.wikipedia.org

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Prepare Before You Travel!

Traveling to different places makes a person a well-rounded man. There are lots of thing to be told and has been told about going to any places. But what should one know when traveling? Here are some helpful tips that I researched through www.boliviabella.com.

PREPARE BEFORE YOU GO

Preparing What to Take

Safety begins when you pack. To help avoid becoming a target, do not dress so as to mark yourself as an affluent tourist. Expensive-looking jewelry, for instance, can draw the wrong attention. Always try to travel light. You can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended.

Carry the minimum number of valuables, and plan places to conceal them. Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe. When you have to carry them on your person, you may wish to put them in various places rather than all in one wallet or pouch. Avoid handbags, fanny packs and outside pockets that are easy targets for thieves. Inside pockets and a sturdy shoulder bag with the strap worn across your chest are somewhat safer. One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing.

If you wear glasses, pack an extra pair. Bring them and any medicines you need in your carry-on luggage.

To avoid problems when passing through customs, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Bring copies of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs. If a medication is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting to your need to take the drug. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel.

Bring travelers checks and one or two major credit cards instead of cash.

Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport’s information page to make replacement of your passport easier if it is lost or stolen.

Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage.

Consider getting a telephone calling card. It is a convenient way of keeping in touch. If you have one, verify that you can use it from your overseas location(s). Access numbers to U.S. operators are published in many international newspapers. Find out your access number before you go.

Preparing What To Leave Behind

Don't bring anything you would hate to lose. Leave at home:
• valuable or expensive-looking jewelry
• irreplaceable family objects
• all unnecessary credit cards
• your Social Security card, library card, and similar items you may routinely carry in your wallet.

Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home in case they need to contact you in an emergency.

Make two photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, driver's license and the credit cards that you plan to bring with you. Leave one photocopy of this data with family or friends at home; pack the other in a place separate from where you carry the originals.

Leave a copy of the serial numbers of your travelers' checks with a friend or relative at home. Carry your copy with you in a separate place and, as you cash the checks, cross them off the list.

Have a happy trip!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Habal-habal Motorcycle: Only in the Philippines!


It is only in the Philippines that one such cheaper transportation you can ride on. This is what you call as "Habal-habal". There are 5, 4 or 3 persons that will suit to ride in a "Habal-habal" motorcycle. One can see such this kind of transportation mostly in the province. It is the only motorcycle tranportation that is without a sidecar.
Next time when you visit the Philippines, be sure that you will experience to ride on a "Habal-habal". It is fun and exciting!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I love listening to music with my MP3!


I am a music lover person. I can't live without music. Music has been a part of my life. Whenever I go and whatever I do, I always make sure that I am updated with the latest hot music of various singers around the world. Using my MP3 players, I am well connected of the latest news and songs of my favorite artist. I can download at the Internet whatever kind of Music I want, whether its a Jazz, RnB, Ballad, Classics, Slow Rock, Religious, Mellow, Pop and Reggae, I can possibly have it all.

Whether I am at work, in the house, having a garden and traveling to different places, Music also plays a great role of my everyday life. With these handy, comfortable and affordable MP3s, my life goes along with music.

Music travels with me and I am journeying with it!

I dream of a Chevrolet!


I dream of having this car. This is Chevrolet car. What I want, I know that I will be able to have it. Now, I am saving a lot of money so that I can buy this kind of car. I believe that having a car is very accessible because whenever I want to go places, I can easily get there without any hassle. This car is suitable for me specially that I am the type of person who wants to travel various places. I can then give my family a ride. I dream of this car and I know that I will get it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Notebook: Best Movie Ever!

I like this movie. It is inspiring and realistic. I was impressed by their love especially the guy who is truly inlove of the girl, he fight and will always fight for it. He is totally, deeply inlove of the girl that he send letter everyday in order to reach her. But unfortunately, the girl didn't received those letters because her mother kept all of them.

The Notebook is an epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to an older, invalid woman whom he regularly visits. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.

As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is quickly separated by Allie's upper-class parents who insist that Noah isn't right for her. Several years pass, and, when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soul mate and class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman (James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion (Gena Rowlands).

Source: www.thenotebookmovie.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bukidnon, Philippines: The Pineapple Capital of the World




Bukidnon - Pineapple Capital Of The World

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Bukidnon is a highland paradise in the heart of Mindanao. It is home to the world's biggest pineapple plantation boasting a classic golf course dating back to 1928. It is the biggest cattle-producing province in the region. It is well endowed with natural attractions like the Kitanglad Ranges that includes Dulang Dulang, the second highest peak in the country. And it has been identified as one of the country’s richest in biodiversity and endemic species of flora and fauna.

Bukidnon is in the heartland of Mindanao, linking Davao to the south and Misamis Oriental to the north of the island.

GEOGRAPHY

Bukidnon, a rich tableland, is a landlocked province in Northern Mindanao. It occupies the extensive plateau that is bounded on the north and the northeast by Misamis Oriental; on the east by Agusan; on the south and southeast by Davao; and on the southwest and west by Lanao and Cotabato. It lies between the parrallels 7'25' and 8'38' north latitude and meridians 124'16' east longtitude.

Topography is predominantly a rolling tableland of grass with an average elevation of 915 meters. Low plains alternating with rolling uplands, deep canyons and valleys characterize the terrain.

CLIMATE


Bukidnon is relatively cool and moist throughout the year. There are two prevailing types of climate variations: the northern part has no pronounced maximum rain period, with a short dry season lasting only for one to three months, while the southern part has no pronounced maximum rain period and no dry season.

The province is outside the the typhoon belt. The mean annual temperature is 24.04°C with maximum and minimum temperature of 29.6°C and 18.5°C, respectively. The annual average rainfall is 2,581.84m.

MAJOR INDUSTRIES

Bukidnon is an agricultural economy. It is a major producer of rice, corn, sugar coffee, rubber, pineapple, tomato, flowers, cassava, and other fruits and vegetables. It is also a major producer of chicken, hogs, and cattle.

Among its major corporations, Del Monte Phils Inc. is engaged in pineapple production and cattle fattening while Bukidnon Sugar Milling Corp. and Crystal Sugar Milling are into sugar milling and refining.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Boracay, Philippines





Known for its scenic beaches, Boracay is one of the most popular destinations in Philippines.
You can get to Boracay by sea, air and road. The easiest way to travel to Boracay Island is to take a plane from Manila domestic terminal and fly to the island of Panay in the Visayas. You can fly directly to either the cities of Kalibo or Caticlan on Panay Island. It takes around 1 hour to reach Boracay.

Another way to get from Manila to Boracay is to take an air conditioned bus from Manila to Batangas. You can also board the ferry service from Manila that takes a night to reach Boracay. Boracay is served by 3 ports: New Washington, Dumaguit and Batan, Aklan to be dropped at. From Iloilo or Bacolod on neighboring Negros Island, the only way to get to Boracay is by bus. Mini-vans or buses ply the 4 to 5 hour Iloilo-Caticlan route.


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