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Monday, March 30, 2009

The Divine Will

"Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean", Jesus stretched out His hand, touched him, and said, "I do will it. Be made clean. "And the leprosy left him immediately." - Luke 5:12

The Lord wants the best for all of us, may it be on our career, family life and missions, but sometimes or oftentimes we tend to forget that truth, we tend to ask the Lord when our plans isn't going on our way.

There are also people who are happy go lucky, do things on their own and if things are getting wrong they go to God, either questioning Him or surrendering to God as if the Lord is their last option.

Sometimes or many times we doubt the Lord if this or that thing is His will, one reason is lack of trust in Him. But how can we trust someone if we don't have relationship with, we can't trust someone we don't even know,..we can't trust a stranger. Knowing God is different with having a relationship with Him.

The leper in the Gospel said "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean", the tone looks like the leper is not sure if Jesus could really heal Him, it is because he doesn't know Jesus personally, he maybe just heard about the miracles the Lord did. The leper's attitude is in contrast to a woman Jesus healed, or the army's son and the paralyzed man all of them put their trust in Jesus.

We all have our own plan but is it really guided by the Divine will, do we entrust all our plans to Him?.The Divine Will may not be always be acceptable or agreeable for us but certainly it the best thing for us.

Through times, I was able to accept everything as a blessing from God, may it be good or bad because I know along the way, those trials, difficulties and failures will become a blessing, a blessing for me or for others..that is why there is a so called "blessing in disguised". It is up to us if we react negatively or continue in trusting the Lord.

The Lord gave us the free will, the will to choose our own way or choose to trust His Divine will...His will is rock.
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Prayer: Lord teach me to trust in you, Your will be done, Lord.
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done" - Luke 22:41-42

"Life with Christ is an endless HOPE, without Him a hopeless END." - Anonymous

Sunday, March 29, 2009

CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)


Camsur Watersports Complex is a unique watersports park designed for wake boarding, wake skating, knee boarding and water skiing. It is located within the Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili in Camarines Sur.

For beginners and professional wake boarders and skiers from all over the world, CWC offers a 6-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands to hold guests. Riders can also enjoy their favorite water sports at night as the park is equipped with spotlights.

Facilities also includes sports house, game hall, swimming pool, massage cabanas and free WiFi access. CWC provides a number of budget-friendly and yet classy accommodations which includes the Villa del Rey Cabanas were we stayed which are designed for the more adventurous tourist who craves to be within walking distance to the CamSur Watersports Complex, Skate park and Bike Trail. These affordable accommodations also come equipped with all the modern day conveniences. . Check their web site for more details on CamSur Watersports Complex.

Definitely you will enjoy your stay at CWC for there are a lot of things to enjoy with. From watersports to indoor games or simply take a dip in their pool and have a massage and even enjoying the nice scenery of Mt. Isarog.

Unfortunately, I was not able try knee boarding because of a neck pain, I just enjoyed myself taking pictures and watching expert wake boarders doing their stunts.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Taste of Heaven

Last weekend my wife and I attended a retreat (Marriage Builder Retreat) in Tagaytay. Actually this retreat is supposed to be the 4th of a series but we were allowed to attend it anyway.
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We, the young couples were blessed by the story of the speaker as well as the stories of the couples who attended the retreat as participants. We may not experienced those struggles and difficulties in their married life but we learned from them, imitate what is good and avoid what is bad.
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The most touching part was the ministry time, here we were instructed to have a conversation with our respective spouses. We haven't had the kind of problems like the couples who are married a decade or so but it gave us the time to re-affirm our love for each other.
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I thank God for giving me wife who is so supportive, respectful, thoughtful, loving not to mention beautiful and charming.
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Each moment with her is like experiencing heaven here on earth, a glimpse of what awaits me in heaven...happiness and joy, no more sorrows and pain. What more can I ask for, I have a loving family a loving wife and a child who is in my wife's womb awaiting his/her birth.
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God gave me a parents and siblings who are caring and loving and let me feel His love for me and what sacrifice really means. God gave me a loving wife who supports me in my journey and let me feel how heaven looks like and how much He wants to make me happy and feel blessed each day.
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God is truly amazing and loving.
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"Happy marriages are based on a deep friendship. By this I mean a mutual respect for and enjoyment of each other’s company." - John Gottman
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Coron, Palawan Photo Gallery

















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Here are some photo from our Coron Tour. We went to some of the famous tourist attraction in Coron, Palawan. For more information click here.
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Athena the Giraffe @ Calauit Safari

Here's a video from our Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary trip. See Athena's long tongue, it looks like it is about 2 feet long. Honestly I really want to ride on her back but the guide wont allow it for my on safety, tsl! tsk!.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary a.k.a. Calauit Safari, Busuanga


Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary (CGPWS) a.k.a Calauit Safari was established on August 31, 1976 by virtue of the P.D. 1578 during the time of Marcos Regime. It was then managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources until it was given to the Office of the Palawan Council of Sustainable Development by virtue of R.A. 7611.

Calauit Safari is located at Calauit Island in Busuanga, Palawan, a perfect place for wildlife conservation because of its relative isolation, variety of wildlife habitats and tranquil scenery. It is the house of African animals and the endangered endemic animals of Palawan. It is a local version of African Safari minus the predators and huge animals such as elephants.
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One would dare not missed this sanctuary, you will definitely enjoy the scenery, the flora and fauna and the hundreds of birds and animals living freely. It was an awesome experience of feeding a giraffe named Athena (her tongue extends up to 2 feet I guess) and touching a deer (somehow they are used with the presence of visitors), though I haven't got the chance to see different birds in the area.
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It is sad to know that budget for the sanctuary is very limited now compare with the budget during the time of former President Marcos. It is very evident that the government now does not care much. Wounds of the animals are not treated properly because of the absence of a veterinarian who will look into the condition of the animals in a regular basis.
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If the government will not give the right attention, sooner or later we will say goodbye to this wildlife sanctuary.
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How to get there:
  • An hour land travel from Busuanga Domestic Airport. After which, a 5 minute boat ride to the sanctuary.
What to expect:
  • Animals are roaming freely, wandering and getting near the animals without permission of the Calauit guide is strictly prohibited.
  • Sometimes you wont get to see as much animals specially after 10AM.
  • The chance of feeding a giraffe
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Our Dream Board


I was supposed to blog about the Calauit Safari in Coron, Palawan but this blog entry can't wait to be posted. Above photo is our "Dream Board", it's still under construction for there are still many things we want to include in this "Dream Board"
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Two days ago, my wife and I received the most special gift from God, we're going to have a baby (yahoo!!!). Just barely 2 months after we posted our dreams on the board, God already fulfilled our dreams..our prayers.
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My wife is 5 weeks pregnant and this would be the beginning of our journey to become a good parents to our future child. Please pray for us. Any update to my wife's pregnancy and my child's tales can be found at http://ababytales.blogspot.com/
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Siete Pecados Marine Park

The sky are dark and it was raining when we begun our island hopping at Coron. Our first stop was the Siete Pecados Marine Sanctuary. It was declared as such to protect it from illegal fishing which will greatly affect the habitat of the marine life, actually the area is declared a no fishing zone.
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Being a protected area, by snorkeling on can enjoy and witness coral reefs and marine life, SCUBA diving is also allowed in the sanctuary provided that carrying capacity of the area is not exceeded.
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I wonder why it is called Siete Pecados, I searched it on the web and found out that Siete Pecados literally means "Seven Sins". Well, maybe it is called like that because it is really a sin to destroy the sanctuary just for personal gain. The same was also named to a group of islets in Guimaras Island.
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Camera Used: Olympus MJU1030

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Twin Lagoon, Coron

The Twin Lagoon nestled in the largest limestone formation which is called the Calis Mountain, which is actually the Coron Island. The Twin Lagoon is divided by limestone wall and is connected by a small and narrow opening. The inner lagoon is only visible and can only be access during low tide. One must have a diving skill to get to the inner lagoon during high tide.
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The outer lagoon have a number of sea urchins and the temperature of the water is a little warmer compare with the inner lagoon which is cooler and deeper and more serene. We were just lucky that it was low tide when we get there, I was able to get through the inner lagoon.
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Going through the inner lagoon is like moving into another world. It has deafening silence and only the wind breaks it. The water is so calm, and blue, there are lots of trees which adds color to the environment. It was so relaxing to just float and look into the scene, it was indeed an awesome experience.
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Just some notes:
  • You need a water proof camera for you to catch the scene in the inner lagoon.
  • According to our guide introduction to SCUBA diving sometimes took place here.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Banol Beach, Coron

Banol Beach is part of the Ancestral Domain of Tagbanua people and is one of the many white sand beaches found in Coron. It is about 30-40 minutes boat ride from Coron town. Though the beach is too small compare with other beaches in the country, one can still enjoy the crystal blue water of the beach.
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Usually, tourist go here to take some pictures and eat their sumptuous lunch. Our group arrived first and we almost feel that we own the place. There are two cottages available at the beach were we took our lunch prepared by our guide.
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The beach is a good location for snorkeling and kayaking. Sea urchins is found in the water of Banol Beach, so one must take an extra care if you decide to swim in the water. It is perfect for relaxing and enjoy the serene place.
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The waves were too strong for us to swim and enjoy the cool water, we just posed for a few or many photos before we leave the place. Maybe next time when the weather is more favorable and cooperative we could enjoy more.
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Entrance Fee: P100
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Kayangan Lake, Coron

Kayangan Lake which is also called Blue Lagoon is said to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines. It is one of the must see sites when visiting Coron, Palawan. The Tagbanuas took care of this lake, actually most of the places in Coron is taken cared of by the Tagbanuas since Coron Island is the Ancestral Domain of the Tagbanua Tribe.

From the Kayangan Bay, where the boats dock, one must hike uphill for about 10 to 15 minutes and a few more minutes downhill to reach the Lake. After reaching the peak where a small cave is also located one can see the breathtaking scene of Kayangan Bay, with large limestone and the crystal clear blue water around it.

A few more minutes of hike (descending) is the Lake of Kayangan. Visitors are welcome by the beautiful and majestic site of the lake enclosed by lime stone cliffs. There are platforms on the edges of the lake for the visitors convenience in walking on the side. The water is so clean, you can even see the bottom of the lake even if it is more that 10 feet deep.

The view of the lake is relaxing by itself and swimming in the lake is much more relaxing and refreshing. I wonder how does in look during the night. It really amazed me that a place like this really exist until I've seen it with my own eyes.

I took a few shots of the lake and the bay before refreshing myself with the clear water of the Lake. I wonder how does it look in different angles. I will try it when I get the chance to visit Coron.
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Entrance Fee: P200
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© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Unauthorized use, edit, copy, reproduction, publication, duplication, download and distribution of any image may result in severe legal and criminal penalties under the law. The above photos were taken by Ricky Pascual and remain the properties of the photographer. Please do not use elsewhere without the owner’s permission.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Island of Coron, Palawan

It was raining heavily because of typhoon "Cosme" when we left Manila. Actually, I was not too keen on travelling with this kind of weather. Our Departure time was delayed for 8 hours and I was not sure if our trip will push through.
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We left the Harbour at 10 in the the evening, expected time of arrival (ETA) is around 10 in the morning of the following day. The rain continued, waves were strong, I heard falling of utensils and television. Having a hard time of sleeping because of the situation. I saw people in distress and worried. I woke up in the morning hoping that we were already in Coron, Palawan but a voice over told us that we were still in Mindoro. What?!!, after all of what we experienced the night before. Everyone is so anxious, but we all have no choice but to wait. We arrived in Coron after 24 hours of travel.

It was still raining in Coron, we waited for 2 hours and finally we begun the island hopping.

Our first stop, Siete Pecados were we snorkeled. We saw different fishes in a well preserved sanctuary.
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Then we proceeded at Kayangan Lake were we experienced the cleanest lake in the country. Somehow it refreshes our frail bodies, the scene is breath taking especially the view at the peak going to Kayangan Lake.

After Kayangan Lake, we went to the Twin Lagoon and we had our lunch at Banol Beach, another nice place to relax though the weather wasn't getting any better. We missed Barracuda Lake and other places which are part of our Itinerary, it was cut short because of time and weather. Still, we enjoyed the trip.

The following day we woke up early to go to the Calauit Safari, were you can find different animals like giraffe, zebra, deer and many more. They moved freely around the area. Some of the animals have wounds which are not treated because of lack of funds and because of the agencies concern don't bother to give them enough funds (the safari was established during the time of Marcos Regime).
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We went home the next day via Philippine Airline (PAL) Express (most of us cancelled the boat trip and booked for a plane ride instead). We felt the heat of the sun for the first time in three days. We still wanted to stay but time is against us.

Anyway, the experienced is still enjoyable and we will be flying back to Coron this summer. Hopefully, the weather will be favourable this time.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Capones Island, Zambales Photo Gallery




























































Here are some photo of Capones Island and Capones Lighthouse in Zambales
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Camera Used: Canon 400D and Canon A540 P/S

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Capones Island, Zambales


Capones Island in Zambales is famous for its Spanish Colonial Lighthouse located at the top of the hill. It is one of the main attraction of Pundaquit and is usually the last part of the itinerary of tourists who visited Anawangin Cove or Nagsasa Cove before returning to Pundaquit.

Sometimes the island is called "Tsinelas (Slipper) Island" since a certain part of the island is riddled with so many slippers brought buy the typhoons.

Though the sand is mixed with rocks cause by the waves of the open sea, one can still enjoy the rock formations and the beach around the island. Ideal place to practice your photography skills were you can capture nice photographs.

The time spent at Capones island wont be much enjoyable if you will not go up and take a tour of the Capones Lighthouse. It is not an easy way going to the lighthouse since it is facing the open sea and you will encounter big waves along the way.

The sad thing about the island is that there are garbage left behind by tourist who are not responsible enough to bring with them. Aside from the garbage, vandalism is also a problem cause by these irresponsible tourists. These people should be educated on the importance of taking care of our environment.

Several Clean-up drives were held at Capones Island, including our group's Lingkod Kalikasan clean-up drive and I am afraid our drive wont be the last. Until every stakeholders is educated, the garbage problem of the island will not be solved. Though the problem is not yet in the alarming stage, it would be better to solve it before it is too late.

Things to Remember:
  • Pre-arrange boat ride going to Capones Island if you will be coming from Anawangin or Nagsasa.
  • Wear your life vest at all times.
  • Make sure you put your things in a sturdy bag with a strong strap when going up to the Lighthouse.
  • Put all your things on a zip lock or any waterproof bags to keep your thing safe and dry.
  • Bring garbage bags, don't leave your garbage in any island you visit.
  • Bring sun shades and sun block to protect you from the heat.
  • Bring extra magazines or extra snacks for the people who guards the lighthouse, they will appreciate it.
  • Always remember this, "Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time."

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Camera Used: Canon 400D with 18-55mm Kit Lens

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