Daily life in the sweetest city

In response to harsh-reality-challenge

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an everyday sight on my way to work

I live in one of the small cities in the central part of the  Philippines…Victorias City.

It is the sweetest city because aside from its vast sugarcane plantation, it is where the once largest manufacturer of raw sugar in Asia is located. Why it was “once” because in the mid 90’s the company experienced its major downfall. It took them many years to rise again from that fall.

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i love sunrise and the morning breeze. It makes my morning walk enjoyable.

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the road going to market.

Life here is slow-paced. It’s not because people here are lazy, but because people have more time to appreciate and experience things, like leisure walks in the morning before work (my form of exercise), enjoying pleasantries with neighbors, and not to mention less traffic and almost zero crime incidents.

Aside from a relaxing atmosphere, our city offers places that you can find invigorating like the refreshing waterfalls at  Gawahon Eco Park. The park is a 30 minute drive by private car or tricycle from the city.  It has seven breathtaking waterfalls with verdant vegetation in an elevation of about 800 meters above sea level. The forest that surrounded it is a part of the Northern Negros Natural Park, the province’s largest watershed.

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Gawahon Eco Park 1st Falls

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Gawahon Eco Park

In our city, you can also find Antonio Ossorio’s  world famed liturgical art masterpiece, the Angry Christ of St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church.  Colors used in the painting were flaming orange, bold red, deep blue, brilliant magenta and vibrant yellow. The mural painting may have a craggy face of Christ  but when you look into the eyes you will see and feel the compassion, kindness and warmth.

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Angry Christ Mural by Antonio Ossorio

Next week, our city will celebrate its 17th Charter Anniversary. It is a week long festivity with various events lined up. One of the highlights and the most visited by local and foreign tourists is the streetdancing competition. It is a street dance contest where participants dress in colorful and dazzling costumes  doing rhythmic movements to  interpret the city’s legend and history. Spectators on the other hand can have their faces painted for free and join the parade.

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Street dancers

 

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Where will you be?

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photo source: google image

I was asked this morning, “where will i be in the next 5 years?”. I answered it with a smile and a joke that i will still be same old me without kids and more dogs.” Now i sit here, thinking about it…”where will i be indeed in the next 5 years?”  truly i can’t say…i live in the present and I’d want to take life  one step at a time, so i can appreciate every aspect of my human existence. I want to breathe the air in the early morn and see the sun rises radiantly in the eastern horizon. I want to feel the cool breeze at dusk and see the stars shining brightly in the dark skies. Life is short and i want to live today.

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#justmesaying #feelingkolangngayon #opinionsubjecttochange 🙂

In loving memory

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Loving Memory.”

Though she rest in the cold earth,

her smile shine like a bright light.

This is not the end but a beginning,

life is now eternal…everlastingly serene.

No need to shed tears, for she is in peace.

Walk now… move on…soon, you will see her again

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Hotcake, finally

Streetfood are amazingly delightful to eat…It’s tasty and inexpensive.

One of my favorites are hotcakes. They’re yellow, smothered in margarine then sprinkled with granulated sugar.  Rapsa.

I always wanted to make one. So I started to search online. There are thousands of recipes available but one that catches my attention is from a blog called Russian Filipino Kitchen. I was so thankful that I found her blog and her recipe. It’s exactly the kind of hotcake I want to make. I was so excited, saved her page in my Pocket ( a very helpful app for offline reading) and tried making it earlier.

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…and here is my first attempt of Filipino hotcake using Russian Filipino Kitchen recipe .

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Taste – almost the same I devour in the street

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Looks – forgot the yellow food coloring… I failed in that area =)

It was a good try for a first timer. I will surely make one again probably next weekend.

Ang Lechon

Ang lechon…bow
masarap ang lechon
lalo na pag ito’y crispylicious 🙂
puno man ito ng cholesterol
at malapit sa stroke
hindi iniinda dahil ang ligayang dala
daig pa ang nasa langit ka na
O lechon bakit kay sarap mo
naglalaway pag ika’y nasilayan ko
sa hapag kainan ganang-gana ako
sa paglamon sa isang katutak na balat mo
sa lechon ako ba’y adik?
sa isang sulyap ko lamang
sa balat mong mapupula
labi ko’y takam takam
at gusto ka nang sunggaban
O lechon…o lechon
ika’y isang tukso
kaya ako’y layuan mo
at baka sa ataul ang bagsak ko…
Ang lechon bow.