May Kwento Ako #53 : Ahoy there, Turtle Island!

On board a banca, enroute to a marine sanctuary called Danjugan Island Sanctuary, one will not miss this twin island called the Turtle Island.

At first, I thought it was funny and quite pretentious that we would actually have islands in the Philippines with such a name. Or perhaps, it was just made up. But one learns not to judge, right ? Just go with it and explore.

While we did not dock in the Turtle Islands, I thought that the memory of once in a lifetime seeing these islands even from afar would be worth my journal. After all, this was my adventure, my memory, my story.

Danjugan Island’s approximate location in the Philippines
So, I won’t remember in my old age. 😀

May Kwento Ako #52 : A Trip to Balanan Lake, in Negros Oriental

I hope to return to this placid lake once again. With a few friends, we boarded a small boat and crossed this expansive lake. Despite being born in this country, I did not realise how many more beautiful places I am actually seeing for the first time. And very thankful to the family that brought me here for a short visit.

I was starting with my photography hobby when I took this photo so this photo must have been taken in 2008 to 2009. The photo isn’t great but the memory of being able to visit this place to this day remains in my mind.

This natural lake is surrounded by tropical forests and felt like it was being embraced by mountains that were full of wild life. So, best be carry.

Located in the Visayas, the mid section of the Philippines.

We drove from Dumaguete, where we were staying for a few days to explore nearby towns like Bais, Amlan, Tanjay, Manuyod and many other beautiful, beautiful places. It was a pleasant drive to Siaton. And although the template of the Philippines seem largely similar, I still am thrilled by each visit anywhere and everywhere.

Sadly, this COVID19 Pandemic is now allowing many to travel worldwide for awhile but perhaps, it is the Lord’s way of telling us “My children, you need to relax, sit still and fix your affairs that seems to be a mess!” I find this to me one of the powerful messages that repeatedly came into me throughout the 78-day Quarantine.

I was far from bored. Thank you to ConvergeICT, the fiber internet that I have installed at home, my Globe Telecom and Smart Telecom mobile phones that did not fail me. And many, many the other support services that made sure I was ok. Very thankful is not saying enough.

May Kwento Ako No. 51 : Blissful Experience Under Paris, not so long ago.

Weaving through a maze-like underground tunnel, I was approached by a pleasant surprise.
I have not experienced this before.

We all travel for many reasons. Some travels to escape. Some travel to experience new things in life. Some to learn more about self.

With this Pandemic that we are all going through now, I will be sharing more of my treasured moments which awed me. Some of you may find it common and banal but it was not for me.

I have created this blog for me. To remind me that one day, I would like to reminisce as I become more sentimental with age.

Hope one or two of you will like it.

May Kwento Ako No. 50 : Meeting and Greeting Rodolfo “Opi” Sadler

Autographed by Opi Sadler ( please excuse the messy background )

I must have met Opi Sadler in 2014 or thereabouts when he came to Manila. In the world of Oenology aka the profession of wine making, Opi is a Rock Star !

This post is specially being written to wish Opi a very happy birthday! Opi is a proud father, a son, a big bike aficionado and of course, has recently been rated as the Top Wine Maker in the world by journalists and wine judges.

Opi must be very proud of his home country, Argentina, the city where he lives and where most of the vineyards are located, Mendoza and his creations, the Santa Ana, La Mascota, Unanime, Big Bat, Grand Mascota and his namesake, OPI.

Just google Opi Sadler and see what fine man and work this cool man tirelessly has done, with over 30 years experience. Incredible.

Happy birthday, Opi! More power to you and to your continued good health and humor! Salute!!