I’m missing home.

When having a bad day, there is home. People annoys you instead of letting you breathe, making you forget what made your day a little tough.

When you are overjoyed, there is home. People celebrates with you whether there’s a treat or not.

When you are tired, there is home. People who make a fuss around you and makes you even tired.

When you are in struggle and pain, there is home. People who are just one text away and be there to share tears with you no matter how far or how late it is.

When you are feeling empty, there is home. People who are interconnected with you that slowly fills your cup again.

When you are hungry, there is home. People who cook your favorite or treat you to satisfy your hunger.

When it seems the world drags you down, there is home. People who always remind you that you are not alone.

And when you seem to forget who you are, there is home. People who sees all the bad and good in you and still choose to love you.

It is always good to be home.

And now my heart bleeds a bit that it is far from its home.

It’s been a while since my last post about my travel and adventure. Well, work is consuming too much of my time. Thank God this one happened.

Since, I’ll be leaving the country to work abroad, some of my closest friends at work decided that we have this trip. Actually this should be just an overnight which ended up to road trip and fun.

It was Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Our meeting place is in Tanay Public Market since two of my companions live somewhere in Rizal. I was with Mackie, we took a van from Starmall-Shaw, our fare was 70.00 each. We have no idea how far that place but based on the blog posts I’ve read, it was a 2 long hours drive. That hurts our butts, really!

After the waiting game in Jollibee near the market, our friends arrived.

There were already tricycle outside. Each one is offering fare, some were overpricing. You just have to be wise. Make sure your arrangement with the driver is clear if you don’t want to waste money. Since we thought, most of them were not giving fair fare, we decided to just go to San Ildefonso Church. We walked out and cross the street. While waiting for a jeepney, another tricycle driver came to us. We asked him to drive us to the church and the fare is only 10.00 from the Tanay Public Market. So we agreed!

While on the road, kuya driver asked our other destinations aside from the church and the bargain started. We agreed to pay him 1200.00 for a whole day trip with 8 local destinations.

Without further a do, we started our trip, a very long trip.

SAN ILDEFONSO PARISH

It is one of the oldest churches in Rizal and holds many religious artifacts.

(c) Mae Brimon

San Ildefonso Parish

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Inside shot of the church

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Me, Grace, Joy and Mackie taking a group picture outside the church:)

 

PILILLA WIND FARM 

From San Ildefonso Parish, it is a 15-20 minutes drive. According to Kuya Tutoy there are54 wind mills providing electricity to the whole province of Rizal.

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If you want a souvenir you can buy these cute little wind mills. (small-150, larger:200)

REGINA RICA (Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia)

It is a 71 foot statue of Queen of the Holy Rosary. It serves as a 14 hectares sanctuary for Dominican sisters of Regina Rosarii.

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CALINAWAN CAVE

Calinawan cave served a stronghold of Filipino resistance fighters against colonizers. It also served a setting to many local and some international films. There is tour guide fee which is 200.00 and entrance fee of 20.00

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Entrance of the cave. 

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Posing with a face rock formation on the upper right

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Flashlights to light our selfies. It is cold inside the cave.

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If you touch this natural glitters on the rock, you need to fine 25,000. So you better watch out.

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This is on the other end of the cave. Wooh! We survived!

 

DARANAK FALLS

It is one of known destinations in Tanay. It is 15-20 minutes ride from Calinawan Cave. It opens from 8am to 5pm. If you want to rent a table, it is 200.00 and if a table cottage, 300.00

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Water is so cold. An the falls is almost 10 meters deep.

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TANAY LAKESHORE

Tanay lakeshore became our last destinations. We were too tired and badly want to get home. So we just have one photo. But according to kuya Tutoy, during sunrise and sunset is the best time of viewing. It provides a grand view of the lake and mountains.

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So, this sums upo our trip. There are still other tourist destination in rizal that you might want to visit like hiking to Mt. Daraitan and masungi Rock. You can also go swim at Daraitan River, Kinabuan falls, Mayagay and Tinipak.

If you really want a short but fun travel with your family and friends you can always run to this place it is just 2 hours away from the metro.

So til our next travel and adventure!

1You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land    where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,  I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you;  your right hand upholds me.

9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.

10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

source: biblegateway.com

Mahal kita.
Mahal pa rin kita kahit may mahal ka ng iba.
Paulit-ulit.
Pilit ng pilit.
Kahit sobrang sakit.

Hindi kaya ng pusong iba ang naisin
pagkat sa puso koý ikaw pa rin

Kay tagal ng lumipas
Oras.
Araw.
Buwan.
Ngunit tila ikaý nananatiling nariyan.

Alaala moý sariwa
Tila pagningning ng mga tala
Magkahalong say at sakit
Ang sa puso koý humahagupit

Tama. Ayaw ko na.
Ngunit akoý walang magawa
Hindi magawang ikawý limutin
Kahit gaano katinding sakit ang sapitin

Pagkat ikaý aking mahal
At itoý tila magtatagal
Susubukan na ikaý limutin
Ngunit hindi maipapangakong itoý tutupdin.

Is there anything bothering you? Is there anything that you have done wrong? Is there anything that squeeze your heart and make you feel worthless? Are you afraid of the consequences? Are you afraid of what God has to say about it? Are you feeling hopeless at all?

Psalm 51 tells us how God accepts a heart more than willing to repent and renew thy faith. God’s grace is new every morning, it is never ending. He hears all our cry of forgiveness and never blind to what we are going through. So whatever you have in your heart and mind, lift it up to God and let Him take a seat in your life. He forgives those who desires forgiveness.

“PSALM 51

Have mercy on me, O God,   according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,    in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Amen. Amen.

In the darkness, I can see Him brightly shining
In the crowd, I can definitely identify Him
In the silence, I can hear His voice sweetly singing
In sorrow, I can feel His comfort overflowing
In triumph, I can feel His heart celebrating
And in trouble, I can feel His mighty hands protecting
…there is nothing I could wish for, than living a life with my SAVIOR!

Your presence is very hard to find
From time to time, you are swirling over my mind
When you are in front of me
My words of love suddenly flee

Every time you came near
I can’t stop my heart to be in fear
Fear or loosing you
Fear of falling too

Your smile is an innocent assassin
It kills my system again and again
Your poison slowly makes me faint-heated
And hopelessly devoted

Why I could not resist  your stare?
If you have nothing to spare
My mind keeps on saying “give it up”
But my heart insist “do not give up”

I don’t know what’s the matter with you
I just felt it out of the blue
You came in
And my heart welcomes you in

Now, I cannot let you go
You are the one who made me feel so
Just give me some glance
Or even an owe of chance

In the most limited time
I’ll do my best to make you mine
Let my love shine
And be in front of the line.

It is December again and everyone is already excited on how to celebrate this long season.

Every street and houses even churches and buildings has their own unique Christmas decorations which makes the night so bright.

Oh… what a beautiful scene❤ How I wish every day is a Christmas to celebrate. That would be a wonderful place to live in.

So now, I know everyone has their own Christmas lists and wishes. We are now busy preparing and planning for this season of love and giving. We still have few more weeks before the day, so let’s make the most out of every second, minute and day. For sure this will be a tiring one but will always be a time of peace, break, love, joy and giving.

May we have a bountiful Christmas season.

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Sometimes, you need to experience the reeling pain caused by someone you love. You’ll feel the heaviness thumping inside you. You’ll see how much tears you’ll shed. You’ll hear the worst person you can be but at the end of all those heartaches, you’ll see how far your love can go for the people who means life to you. You’ll realize how their love can heal every broken pieces of you because that is what family can do. Loving you on your best much more on your worst.

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Let’s continue to pray for the mourning people of Paris. Let’s continue to pray for their safety and may they find comfort in every support given. May the good Lord give them peace as they face the this nightmare.

People need the Lord.