Life is the sum of experiences that we encounter as go through life. Day to day to struggles and triumphs are experienced by all of the world's creatures. As human beings, when we encounter a challenge, we have freedom to choose how to react. Every decision that we make leads us down another road. We will never come to exactly the same crossroads. Every decision the we make has significance. The tiniest choice that is made reverberates throughout the entire universe.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Diplomat hotel: Baguio Heritage hill

When we visited Baguio, what took my attention first was the big green gate at the dead -end of the Dominican Road which is a few block from our transient. Beside that gate was an abandoned building na parang hindi na itinuloy ang pag construct. No wonder....

Ronnel in his very lovely sitting posture

Ang pagvisit namin sa Heritage Hill ay hindi sinasadya.  WALA sa ITINERARY. But since malapit sa aming tinuluyan at nalaman namin they're welcoming visitors, ito ang naging first stop namin. 
Let the ghost hunting begins

The gate was nearly swung open when the security guard approached us and allowed us in. Before you start the tour, you have to register in their log sheet.
Based on the interview I did with the security guard, in between 1915 to 1916, there were two priests engineers (one of them was Padre De Guia) from Pangasinan who have originally planned to put up a retreat house along a 17-hectare property in Dominican Hill in Baguio but was swiftly converted into school for priest due to idea of tax exemptions. But unfortunately, the idea of converting it into a school did not materialized because there were only few students who have enrolled.

During World War II, the place was bombed by the Japanese army damaging different parts of the building and killed numerous priest and nuns.  

In 1970's, a Dominican priest sold the property to Tony Agpaoa, a Baguio-based faith healer and a businessman or also known as the "Agpaoa group" acquired the place and named it as Diplomat Hotel. The interiors were renovated and built 33 rooms for their healing purposes.

It is also said that after Baguio hit of an earthquake in 1990, the said structure was sold to the Marcos-es.
Currently, the Marcos-es turned over this property to the City government of Baguio City.

Though it was damaged for the passed years, it remained clean and the floor is shiny.

Today, the locals have been heard various screams of agony. Some called the property was haunted because of the scary stories spread during the time of the WWII. (Buti nalang umaga kami pumunta).

Fountain noon.

You can still imagine how it was perfectly structured and design for all students and priest even before it was damaged.

The top view

As per the security guard, marami ring mga visitors that time kase nga bakasyon. Mas maganda nga daw bumisita pag araw dahil sa gabi, maraming parnormal activities ang nangyayari sa loob ng Heritage Hill. 

I wondered how it looked like in afternoon and in evening. Care ko, hindi rin naman ako pupunta dahil duwag ko. hehe

The place was very quiet.  We were the only visitors then. Though I feel quite uneasy, I never fear that we would encounter ghost in that morning. Hmp, takot lang niya kay Chito. hehe

Buti nalang umaga kami nag visit. Kundi, hindi kami makakatagal at makaka-ikot ng ganito. Atleast, quite relaxed para mag picture ng magpicture.

Exterior design

May ibang mga abandoned building na kahit araw, you will feel different. Buti nalang, that time sa amin wala.

Wandering around the building

Going up...

Atop was the bright sunny day and a big cross
If you reached the roof top of the building, you seems can't feel scared anymore because of the nice panoramic view given by the Baguio itself.

Parang Lego toy lang sa taas ng Dominican Hotel
From atop the hill you can see the whole of City Camp all the way to Burnham Park and the Baguio Cathedral. Towards the left one could see Quezon Hill, Camp Allen, the Baguio Public Market, Center Mall, the campus of Saint Louis University, and Quirino Hill. The Marcos Highway, Green Valley Country Club, and the Sto. Tomas mountain are also visible from Dominican Hill.
 nice pose :p

Walking out through the door was Trel. Eh, sino yung nauna? 

By the way, let me share with you what Chito experienced during our first night in our transient.  
He preferred to sleep at the sala even we insisted that he can sleep on the room where Trel is sleeping.  But he still wanted to be alone in sala. 

He shared his story with us and since then, hindi na ako nakatulog ng maayos. Naging paranoid kaming lahat.

That first night after kwentuhan sa sala, we went to our rooms and tuloy pa rin ang kwentuhan. Kasama namin sa room si Ronnel kaya masaya kaming nagkukwntuhan hanggang sa makatulog na kami.

Chito could still hear our laughs and giggles before he finally fell asleep in the sala.  When in the middle of the night, he felt someone's touching his head. Btw, he's sleeping while his head is close to the door. 
At first he was thought na kami lang ang gumising sa kanya o ang nangangalabit.  Akala niya, lumabas kami ng room at hinihila ang taklob (cover) ng kumot sa ulo niya. It happened for about 3 times. 

On the last time, Chito finally woke up when he felt that someone's actually took off the bed sheet from his face but saw nothing!!

He was puzzled.  It was so strange.
I feel scared. Chito is honest to say that he was not kidding, that he actually felt it and it happened to him.

I just thought hindi kaya Chito was dreaming or making fun of us or it could be, ang mga taga Heritage Hill ang bumisita sa kanya?!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Part II: The UNFORGETTABLE and TRAUMATIC encounter with the CebuPac Staff in Busuanga, Coron

I suggest you read first the PART I.


We went back to Coron town proper.  Mixed emotions. Gigil pa rin at hindi makapaniwala sa ginawang pagi- iwan ng mismong manager pa ha, sa gitna ng ganoong sitwasyon namin.

Fortunately, pagkatapos ng anim na oras ng pakikipag talastasan sa staff ng Cebupac (walang nangyari) Kuya Joy was still waiting for our family.  Sanay na daw sila sa ganoong eksena. It was usual case na daw ang mga delayed flights saCoron pero hindi pa rin daw nila na encounter yung ganitong katagal na extension. Kaya pag merong delays/ cancellation naghihintay pa rin sila sa terminal para isakay ulit sa Van.  Walang ibang mode of transpo (for tourist) sa Coron kundi Van.

On the bright side:

At the town proper, we have 3 vans. Lahat kaming stranded ay nagsama-sama sa isang bahay. BONDING TIME with co- stranded passengers. We temporarily settled- in at Kubo Lodge, the free accommodation provided by the Municipality of Coron with the help of the Tourist OIC. Thank you for that Mam (I forgot her name, too bad for me). We told her all the incidents happened in the airport. The treatment we got from the staff of Cebu Pacific and she promised us that tom, we would have a word with the Vice Mayor. Mayor Hagedorn that time has another prior commitments.
Very coomfortable house, can occupy up to 20- 40 persons
The Kubo Lodge where we stayed for one night is very pleasant, clean and spacious. Kuya Joy until that time was assisting us. He's very nice person.  He even suggested that we should transfer to the other room. He noticed that it has its own rest room inside the bedroom. So we did, transferred. Thanks Kuya Joy sa pagaalaga at concern with my family.
Si Papa. Happy Birthday on that time.  Sorry for what happened to your birthday! But it's such an EXPERIENCE!

While waiting for the dinner (each group has to shell out 100+), we started calling our contacts in Manila to book us in Air Philexpress.  We got it 2000+ each.  Hay, gastos na naman. But thanks to Trel so much.

Prior to that booking, I have called Kuya Jhong (0908-4499523) who's our contact in Coron and the town councilor.  I've asked assistance from him to help us so we can get flight on the next day. We cannot let the family to stay more than that time because of some errands in Manila. She referred me to his wife. Ms. Michelle who eventually is working on Airphil.  Thank you Ms. Michelle who has been very patient din sa pagasikaso sa mga bookings inquiry ko. 

At night, we all had time to discuss and reminicse the things just unexpectedly happened to all of us......

Our 3d2n Coron tour became 3d3n due to flight cancellation made by Cebu Pac. Their reason, bad weather.

Granted. That is a common case in any airlines.  Delays or cancellation of flights wihtin 24 hours (1 -day) is acceptable but beyond that is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

But the Cebu Pac Staff in Busuanga wanted to hold us back then in 6days!

At ito pa masama:
  • We will be a chance passenger!
  • The staff cannot give us a valid reason of holding us that long and cannot do something about it!
  • The station manager has no right to be in that position, she just left us all at the airport with no any solid feedback from their main office. Very incompetent!
  • NO any compensation
  • NO FREE Accomodation
  • NO Transpo and
  • NO Food allowance!!!
And niether of our options did'nt granted:
  • Make it only a 24hours of cancellation. We all have work left in Manila!!!!
  • Have one plane to accomodate all 25 persons who are stranded.
  • I -squeeze nila kami sa mga next flights
  • or at least, first in - first out.
They're reasoning out that they cannot do it. They'll need to give priority to those who are next in line. Who has booking also. "Eh, bakit, nag booked din kami at hindi basta promo fare and inavail namin sa inyo (most of the passengers) but a quite expensive one, tapos gagantuhin niyo lang kami. Bakit hindi ninyo kami i - accomodate in the next flights then i adjust lahat ng flights accordingly. Eh ang nangyari tuloy kami lang lahat ang suffer at nag compromise ah?!"

And this Belgian kept on shouting lahat ng klase ng panlalait at pagmumura sa company.
Still, the team keep staring on us.....!

The next day, Thursday June 9, 2011.

Finally, our family booked already and sure na kami sa Airphil kesa umasa sa walang kasiguruhang Cebu pac. I have the one who arranged the booking for other passengers na kasama namin thru Ms. Michelle. It costs them 2800+ each though. Thanks po sa mga tumulong samin, Trel, Kuya Jhong, Kuya Joy and Ms. Michelle!  Vey much appreciated.

We went back to the airport, this time calmer na ang lahat though there were few "hot talks" pa rin because they still cannot accomodate us. They only arranged the flight for that day yung belgian, GF nya at ung isa pang guy. (Sus, pede naman pala, pinatagal pa).
While kaming lahat na naiwan, na talagang cannot be confirmed ang flight, umalis with the Airphil. 
Though, umuulan pa rin at least, we made it.  

Thanks to Airphil staff na super babait din sa family ko. They allowed our family to stay comfortably in one room while waiting for our flight.  The Airphil staff also let us to be part of the 12nn flight kahit pang 3pm pa booking namin but unfortunately, it was cancelled again due to bad weather :(

At least they knew how to handle it and they really did explain to their passengers the reasons of cancellation plus they confirmed a sure flight with their passengers tomorrow. At least malinaw unlike Cebu pac!

So, the family stick to 3pm flight na hindi na nakansel.

THANKS po talaga sa mga tumulong.
It was such an experience talaga for all of us.

So what we're gonna do sa perang hindi naman namin nagamit? Eh, it cannot be refunded pag weather ang dahilan ng cancellation.  So, they just given us a certificate of flight cancellation.  Pero yung perang un, hindi sayang. Magagamit mo yun sa ibang flights mo din sa Cebu pac nga lang ulit. hehehe, no choice ba. Within 3 months after the cancellation, kailangan booked kana ulit. Like we're doing right now....But the flight schedule might be at any time you prefer.

We'll be back to Coron but I'll make sure, it would not be on a bad weather! No more raining please.

Experience is such a part of your life you never wanted to miss...
Coron trip was unique, extreme and memorable talaga. All emotions are there in.  You can never ask for more..hehe :>

Here's the family vacation trip escapade:
Coron DAY 1
Coron DAY 2
Coron DAY 3
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The UNFORGETTABLE and TRAUMATIC encounter with the CebuPac Staff in Busuanga, Coron

June 8, 2011 (Wednesday)
Last day in Coron.
It's also my father's birthday! (That's why we planned this family vacation).

It was raining. 

While waiting for Kuya Joy to pick us up going airport, we checked our flight status via internet.  It was an awe to find out that there was no any information written in our flight schedule. NO STATUS. It was plain BLANK.

We arrived at Busuanga airport @ 12:30pm. No less than an hour, the staff announced that our flight has cancelled! Passengers who have comfortably fall in line after the announcement became anxious, have started worrying and became so...eventually furious.....

At first, hindi ako nakikialam. I was remained in line, just listening to the several arguments going on. I was positively hoping and praying na ang flight namin ay hindi nakasama sa mga na cancelled though I have a dreadful hint already......I could hear the passenger's tantrums and a far cry in front of the line.
I waited until it's my turn to ask the Cebu Pac staff..  

"Ate pa check naman po itong flight namin kung anu status", ang tanong ko sa staff. She get our itinerary copy and got back to me and said..

"Ma'am, Monday na po kayo".  (Freeze)
Parang nabingi ako sa sinabi ng staff. Kung nung una, I was in controll but when I heard what she just told me, uminit ang ulo ko but still pinigil ko pa rin ang sarili ko and in- insist ko i check ulit kailan kami pwede. The staff was so persistent that they can only accommodate us on Monday. She said sorry when I started panicking and outburst. Pinigil kong di ulit magalit ng sobra because I was with my family especially I was with my parents.  Pero malupet talaga itong mga staff, matitigas sila! 

All passengers where shouting then, asking for VALID REASONS why they're holding us that long!! That was sh*t!! Some of us can accommodate on Saturday (June11) and my family was worst - on Monday (June 13)! 
That was TOOOOO MUCH to bear!! "
"Anu bang dahilan, bakit ganon katagal"!!!! Tinanong ko muli ang staff at sinabi niyang, "Sorry Ma'am, ganun po talaga, my mga nauna na po kaya sila po uunahin namin. Isisingit nalang po namin kayo. But we cannot confirm it but as long as there will be a vacancy, ibibigay po namin sa inyo. Nako! Mapapamura ka ulit sa rason!! Sa daming pasahero na stranded ng ganung katagal, marami sa amin ang humihingi ng magandang rason kung bakit nga ganun katagal! Ngayon lang ako nakarinig na hinold ng ganung katagal! WALANG FREE ACCOMMODATION! ALL EXPENSE WILL BE SHOULDERED BY THE PASSENGERS na istranded ng ilang araw and it wasn't even our fault in the first place! Spell mo to, cge nga...A.S.A.R!!!!

Okay, they gave one reason why their plane didn't landed in Coron. Coron declared "zero visibility due to bad weather". Okay..noted, safety first. Pero after a while, the one that made all the passengers even more mad was when we witnessed Airphil successfully landed in Coron while they cannot! Grrrr! Ang hina di ba.
Pero their reasons cannot explained and justified bakit nila kami ganun katagal ihohold!!

Plus, there was this porenger, a Belgian who has connecting flight pa going Cagayan de Oro na galit na galit kase hindi magawan ng way ng Cebupac ang flight niya kaya galit na galit siya! U cannot imagine how did we, especially him reacted on that kind of very frustrating situation. We're actually shouting at the staff, force them to do something with our hopeless situation, pero wala silang masabi. Even the manager on that station, she cannot faced us because we're all so mad at them why they cannot explain, why they cannot give any concrete solution to this problem!!! Other nationalities who has connecting flights also, has to force themselves to book at Air Philexpress just to catch their connecting flights. Sus!

Almost after 5 hours of yelling and asking for someone to give us an explanation, the station manager finally  faced us.  She said that she's communicating with the manila office already but until that time, there was no feedback. Soooooo!!? What's now! Ano! Anung gagawin namin dito. Paano na kami, ni wala nga kayong maibigay ni kahit anung free lodging, food and transpo eh! Anu, hanggang kailan nyo kami iho -hold dito?!  

Hi blood talaga mga tao that time. As in kaming tatlong magkakapatid became so totally different and wild! Kahit makita na ng parents namin, go pa rin sa pagtatanung at pagsigaw!  We wanted a valid reasons eh. Ang hinihingi nga lang namin ay consideration. I -squeeze nila kami with all the flights accordingly.  Kahit pa isa- isa  or magpadala ang cebupac ng one plane just to accommodate us, ilan lang ba kami, we're only 20 or 25 then. Pero  hindi nila magawa. So we thought, nagtitipid sila. They didn't want to bring us one plane or at least add one flight for us kase nga ayaw nila gumastos!! All the options we offered, sa kabutihang palad, ayun ni isa walang nangyari, they turned it all down!!

Dumidilim na pero wala pa rin silang malinaw na sagot samin. The most I worried about was the brownout, our jobs left in Manila not to mention the additional expenses that the family will need to spend in case they will hold us until those days. At ito pa, may 2 kaming kasamang stranded na P300.00 na lang ang pera. So, that was the hardest part, we (with my 2 siblings) were so mad that time because of these people. Panu na sila?! Okay lang ang family namin, though we have resources, we pitied those people na super budgeted lang ang nilaan para sa trip na ito?!! Kaya talaga we're really so pissed off!!!

All security guards and police were still at the station, watching over us baka kasi magkagulo bet. the Belgian (who's until that time, was really annoyed due to the airline's policy) vs. the Cebupac staff.  Pero, anu ang ginawa ng staff especially the station manager, she just sneakily get off the station and fly fly na siya sa kanilang service van para umuwi! GALING diba! Husay na manager. No exact reasons were given to us and didn't do anything! Basta, tumakas na siya kasabay nang ibang staff.

Despite of what happened, we just cheered ourselves and decided to go ask for help of Mayor Hagedorn....
We went back to Coron town proper with the other stranded passengers. We're just hoping that there will be a positive discussion with Mayor the next day. :p

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

I will disable my Facebook Account..soon!

I am a bit iffy taking this chance to freeze my FB account.  Yes....I am planning to do it soon. I would want to disable my account and instead change it as PAGE.  I am learning to do it up to next month.  I cannot give any reasons yet but certainly I most likely do it.  I am just waiting of SOMETHING....

I am using my FB mainly on communicating with friends, from different colleagues I have in the world.  Nowadays, I noticed that friendship is not too much inclined in texting (kase madalas walang load) :) hence, they preferred using social networks like FB, Twitter and etc.where they can able to update their whereabouts and share it with friends.

I must admit I am not pretty sure of this plan yet but hoping it'll works me.

So that's for now coz I've been devoured thinking of that "something" and I was end up dreaming with all this stuff in my head. Whoo! That was one tough decision right?
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Eto na ba ang totohanang pagiging blogger ko - kung sakali?

Hahaha! The way I read my title parang kadiri.
Eh, nahihiya tuloy ako, parang hindi akma ang post title ko kase isang taon na kong pose ng pose.....
este, post ng post ng kung anu anu dito, un pala, di ko pa feel maging blogger. 

Add caption daw, anu ba ilalagay ko edi blog. (toinks) La talaga wenta! lols

Eh anu ba ang sukatan ng totoong blogger. Ito ang mga nakalat kong tsismaks at ito ang top 3:
Una-                       maraming post chimpri,
Pangalawa -           maraming friends o followers at
Pangatlo -              maraming comments.

Oh sabi na eh, walang dumadaloy na ganyang katangian sa aking royal blood. Ay teka, meron pala, marami akong post! Oe bakeeeeeeeeett!! Totoo naman ah, nakaka ilan na nga ba ako, teka nga't mabilang...wait.


Eto, eto na. Inip agad eh! oh ito, 2010 meron akong 51 post. 2011 including this post 18, that's make 69. Ay, bastos pa ang result.  Eniweys, not bad ha, I started blogging since last year.  Pero wala pa rin akong naipong followers at comments. Haha, follower ba ika mo ay meron din, ISA! Officemate ko pa na enganyo ko rin sa kalokohang ito. Sa awa ng Diyos mas marami pa siyang comments kesa sa kin, uy pero, 4000 + naman ang viewers ko. Sa kanya ata 500 +. hahahahaha!!!

Anesli, hilig ko magsulat kahit nung bata ako. Sa hobby kong ito, tuloy napagalitan ako ng titser ko, pati arm chair ko at titser table, un sinulatan ko!!! hehe, chos lang! Mahilig din akong magbasa.  Pero hindi ako genius, onti lang. onti lang. Hilig ko basahin mga dictionary.(Ayaw talaga paawat)!

Uy readers (kung meron) eto pa, Good News! Nag comment lang naman sa previous post ko si Chyng. Ohh, san ka. Mga batikang bloggers! Sosyal. Naiganyo lalo tuloy ako sa hobby na ito.

Dati, ang gusto ko ma achieve ung ingles inglesan na post, pero talagang nose bleed ako eh, alam mo un, parang may kausap kang porenger, at hindi mo masabi- sabi ang gusto mo.  Kaya onti lang ko mag post. So I realized (nakana, nag ingles pa ulit) taglish nalang which I really do naman. Nag advise pa si Annexia na i pure english ko ang blog ko para maka get ng money from blogging. Kase I was trying to add ung monetize ba. kaperahan, e di umuubra saken at prefer ko ung taglish talaga para mas maraming makarelate na pinoy.

I love blog, but did it love me?
Eto pa ang isa pa pala sa top 3, blogger ka kung may SLR ka. Ung specs eh to the highest level not to mention ung mga lente. Eh panu na naman nyan, wala ako. I know, I know (gasgas kong ingles) I was so pathethic.  But, but, (first ingles word na alam ko para mangatwiran sa nanay ko, another chos!) I've been planning to buy one. Magkanu nga ba SLR ngaun, 20k plus lang naman and up! Swerte mo nalang if nakatsamba ka ng cheaper than this. Sus maryosep, butas bulsa ito.  

Last one, bukod sa marami kang post, isa sa mga dapat mong i post eh ung mga travel acts mo at mga very informative post. Patay na naman, eh puro personal acts ko ung pinost ko dito. Hala, kaya pala, anu ulit ranking stat ko, it's always in between of 700 - 800 top blogs. Hahahaha,  Sabi pa ni Annexia bakit daw nasa pang 800 ako eh, ang daming magagandang blog entries. Wow! O cge para sayo friend, pang 1000 + nalang ako. okey na...? Di pa nakuntento, eh super kulelat na nga aketch. hehe. Uy joke lang ha. best friends kami nyan ni Ate Anne eh. I recommend her blogs also. read it guys.
Isa pang nakikita ko jan bakit ako pathethic, ung pagiging reader ko lang and not being commenter? tama ba? anu ba ingles nag nagcocoment ha? Basta un ang alam kong term dun. Yaw ko na mag- abala tumingin sa dictionary noh.

Dapat ang blogger daw, give and take relationship (mag jowa) you gain and lose (game). Hindi kase ako mahilig mag iwan ng comments, nahihiya siguro o baka sabihin nila feeling close aketch. Natutuwa lang talaga ako sa mga post na nababasa ko. I am just a fan.  Pero now, I will push myself to leave comments and link my blogs with them coz I like a millions blogs I've used to read naman, actually. 

Tatapusin ko na ang post na ito with some "meron tayong kasabihang".....

  • What's the used of my beauty if my blog is empty?
  • Magbiro ka lang sa lasing ‘wag lang sa sken na nangungulelat sa ranking.
  • Ang blogger na nagigipit sa Adsense kumakapit
  • Nasa blogger ang gawa nasa Google ang awa.
  • Aanhin mo pa ang Yahoo! kung Google na ang uso.
  • Post with the same features, are the bloggers who go out together 
  • When all else fails, gawa ka nalang ulit ng bagong site.
  • Link unto others, as you would have them link unto you.
  • To rank, is to believe.
  • Tell me who your friends are para i follow ko din sila.
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