Davao: Life is here

Today is the 69th Birthday of our Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City’s most handsome and awesome Mayor. I am writing this post about Davao because I want people to know that Davao is such a beautiful city. 

I lived in Cebu City for 5 years. I have also visited Manila twice so I think I can run some comps like I do with my work. LOL. Kidding aside. I mean, I can have a point of comparison. 

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COST OF LIVING

Davao is a thriving city when it comes to industrialization, high rise buildings are sprouting here and there. It used to be just Landco, Pryce Tower, Marco Polo, Grand Regal, and the abandoned Durian Hotel. But now I could no longer count ’em. Cebu on the otherhand, is the melting pot of all other cities in Visayas, thus,it is great to do business there. So Cebu is a progressive city. Commodities, Real estate, taxi fare, jeepney fare, coffeeshop, restaurant; Price are almost the same. Cebu has SNR. Davao has one now. Cebu has two SM Malls, One in Consolacion, one in Mabolo. Davao has two SM Malls one in Ecoland and the other one in Lanang. Prices are almost the same. Dong Juan restaurant in Davao offers more expensive prices because of some franchising fees they have to pay extra. Starbucks coffee are now available in Davao. 

Alot of investors were very leary at first. Davao did not have Starbucks Coffee, not until Ayala started investing in the city. We now have Krispy Kreme, and J. Co’s, these are famous Doughnut stores in Manila and Cebu, and now here they are, in Davao. 

DANGER/TERROR/WHATSOEVER


There is danger everywhere. If you go to place where danger is, you will definitely be going to get what you want.

When I was in Cebu my necklace was snatched from my neck by some 8 year old boy. I did not blame him, I blamed myself for wearing one while trudging the streets of Colon. It did not only happen once but twice. The second time was in Colon still, while buying mangoes. But thank you to my fake LV bag, the snatcher had a hard time unzipping it, my phones were out of trouble. So I still have my two phones. 

I lost one of my phones, guess where? In Davao City. While riding a jeepney, I did not pay so much attention with my belongings because I was so confident that no one will get it since it’s a low-end cherry mobile phone. I lost it. There are snatchers in Davao now. And here’s one good news Mayor Duterte is taking care of those snatchers. That’s what I love about Davao, there is this awesome guy to the rescue.

I lost my camera in Davao, but I got it back. Now this is not a snatching problem. This is a ME problem. It also boils down to, wherever we are…We have to be careful. You don’t go to places that you know is dangerous and you are wearing jewelries and bringing valuables. 

SPEED LIMIT


There is no speed limit in Cebu and Manila, but in the land of promise where life is (Davao’s slogan) there is a speed limit. If you are in the busy streets of Davao you will have to drive 30 kph, if you are heading outside the busy streets you can speed up to 40 kph, and if you are outside the busy streets you can speed up to 60 kph. But well, slow, yet the number of accidents in the streets are not as high as before. I don’t normally cross the street alone, that’s why right now I am obeying the rules of the land. I cross the pedestrian so I could be with other people. I am happy with the speed limit, it gives me peace of mind that I will not die from a car accident or a motorcycle accident or even a bicycle accident. Got hit by a bicycle once, Got hit by a motorcyle while riding a bicycle. Had two motorcycle accidents, one I was badly hurt. So you would understand why I love the speed limit.

FRUITS


I know you can find fruits anywhere, everywhere but Davao has alot of fruits. I could name some of few that I delight eating; Durian, Mango, Mangosteen, Marang, Rambutan, Lansones, Mabolo. Ohhhhhh. I especially love Mangosteen. You can still buy it from Cebu and Manila but they are pretty expensive.

BEACHES


There are lotsa beaches in Cebu. That’s why there are so many Expats there, many foreigners want to settle in Cebu for that reason. I love all the beaches there but going to beaches there means riding a bus for 4 painful hours. Or the easiest thing you could do is go to Mactan and visit some resorts there. 

In, Davao you can go to Samal Island in a matter of 30 minutes to an hour and wuhoooooooo go sunbathing and spend less money as well.

FRESH AIR/PROVINCEY FEEL


In Cebu though, I chose a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I lived in Talamban, so I loved my stay there and there was fresh air. But most places in Davao still has the provincey feel. I rented a place near Abreeza mall and guess what my clock is:the crowing of the roosters outside. You can still see places that even if you are in the city, it still feels like that of the country side.

ROADS and TRAFFIC


Surely Roads in Manila are wider because of the number of vehicles and of course their population. Roads in Cebu are also wide, but growing number of vehicles made the roads small. We still have wide roads in Davao, so traffic is not so bad.

LANGUAGE/DIALECT


Cebu: Bisaya, Cebuano

Manila: Tagalog

Davao: Bisaya, Cebuano, Ilonggo, Tagalog

 

I guess, this is it for now.

 

_Magic_

Tough love

March 27, 2014

Dear Destin Gaia,

Today I shouted at you, I spanked your lovely butt again and again. My horns were up, because you almost undo all the works that I did for four agonizing hours. You said ouch! And you cried and suddenly I stopped hitting you because realization also hit me, tough love. Oh this is tough love my dear. You did something not good, so you deserve some beating. I felt sorry, because truth is I did not want to hurt you whatsoever. I am not a Mummy, I am a Mommy. You are loved. Matter of factly, I am doing this because I love you and I will always love you.

I will continue to write a love letter to you, to remind you that I have such a wonderful time with you. Oh the perils and joys you gave me. They are priceless. They are countless.

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This is you and me. You are such a beautiful, smart baby. It is my duty to give you a life full of smiles. You will grow God-fearing.You will grow with respect and honor to your elder. You will love all the people around you, like I do. You will grow to be a strong woman any mothers wish their children to be.

I love you, and I hope you will forgive me for spanking you. I know I fall short sometimes, but I will strive to become a Mommy and not a Mummy.

 

Yours Truly,

Magic your Mommy

A Letter to you from me

I never received a letter from my Mom and she ended up lying six feet below the ground. I love letters. I love receiving letters. So I will take this opportunity to write a letter to my 3 year old while I still can. Hoping that one day you will be able to read this.

Dear Daughter,

Your name is Destin Gaia. Destin is a french word for Destiny. French has gender when it comes to words Destin is a masculine yet I still chose it. Not because I want you to be a tomboy but I want you to be the strongest possible you. Gaia means Earth in Greek. I have always wanted to name my first born as Earth but you will then become a subject of ridicule, so I looked for a different one. There you are, Destin Gaia. You are destined to be on earth. And you shall be destined to be in heaven. It was love at first sight that I felt for you. A love of a mother that shall be forever true. I hate the way you cry because you cry in the highest pitch you could ever reach. You can disturb our entire neighborhood. And I have a feeling they hated me for not being able to stop you from crying.I could only care less. Your cries gave me a guarantee that your lungs were in perfect condition.And yes, you were such a healthy baby, that I didn’t have so much worry. 

Your first nanny was your Great Grandma, then another one came, then another came, then another came, then another came. And then finally the sixth and the final one with extra patience in her. You were an independent baby. Even a baby can be independent.

And now you are three, you are still young and free. I will give you freedom not boredom. 

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You loved Disney’s Frozen. You always bugged me everyday saying you want to sing DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? You like to sing LET IT GO. I am not sure but I am guessing you have a heart for music. Because you hit the notes, other kids don’t.

You like to eat apples. 

You like to eat at Jolibee.

You like motor rides.

You like TIGER biscuit

You like make up

You like to dress up

And surprisingly you like to shop.

 

You are my respite, most of all the source of happiness.

I promise to write a letter whenever I feel like writing and whenever I have words to convey.

 

Yours truly,

Your Mother

Do you honor people who dishonor you?

They said lightning don’t strike the same place twice. But what the Pastor said last Sunday hit me almost all the time.

1 Samuel 2:30 ESV

Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

 Romans 1:21 NIV

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 13:1-7 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV

“‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

1 Peter 2:17-19 ESV

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

Romans 12:9-13 ESV

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Hebrews 13:18 ESV

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

1 Timothy 5:17-18 ESV

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

 

I wrote this today because I was reminded again to honor my Father. Sister called saying he was drunk, he gambled and lose all his hard earned money. Lord, I believe your power. Your power that will transform my Dad. Your power to cast those demons away from his body. Lord, give us the strength, the wisdom to continue honoring him, despite him not doing anything that pleases You. We don’t want him to please us. We want him to please You Dear Father. Lord, I beg you to touch his heart. To move in power to his life. Lord make him your servant Father. Give him that hunger and thirst to serve you Father God.

In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen and Amen.

I know there might be some of you out there who has the same burden and all we can do is to TRUST God, that He is in Control of Situation like this. I will honor my father, and I will rest everything to God. He will have to deal with my Dad.

 

-Magic-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the little things around you.

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Mt. Apo, Eden Nature Park, Tagaytay, Sonya’s Garden, Boracay, Malapascua Island, Bahura Beach Resort, Hagonoy Davao del Sur

 

I thought I would only see these places in postcards. I live in a very small town of Hagonoy, my Dad was a farmer and my Mom was a househelp of one of the hacienderos in our place, I have four more siblings and their income would never take us to places, it would only suffice our needs for food three times a day. Well, at least we were not starving. I was able to go to college because of a scholarship offered by one of the biggest Agri-Businesses in our province. Thank you sponsors, I enjoyed the 4 academic years in college. And most of all it pave the way of getting a good paying job.Enough to get by and to see the world(big word), I mean enough to see God’s wonders, to see the beautiful land Philippines.

I don’t think I am good in photography. But these pictures I took, only shows that even with an amateur or someone who doesn’t have taste of beauty, the pictures still appeared beautiful. Because they are really beautiful. Not everything can be captured in cameras though, the best part is captured in memories. 

Enjoy the little things around you;

The flowers

Even the stones

The sunrise

The sunset

Even the rain

Enjoy the waves

The water

The sky

The clouds

These are things we see everyday. Simple things bring happiness. It brings peace. Beauty is something you see everyday, something that you experience everyday. You don’t have to go so far to look for it. It may be just within you.

I especially just want to post this because just in case you don’t know yet, Philippines is such a beautiful country. You don’t have to look far, to go farther. I love my own.I love the Philippines. 

Gratitude brings happiness.

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It’s summer time. I don’t enjoy so much water and so much heat of the sun and so much traveling (5hours bus ride) and of course so much expenses. But these things change when I gave myself a chance to enjoy God’s beautiful and impeccable works. 

Life is so simple. Just enjoy the simple things offered to you and that is pretty much it. If you want to be reminded of God’s promises, God’s works just simply experience sunrise, sunset, beach, look at the sun, feel the waves, relish your freedom of time, even watching the dark abyss can be a pleasure too.Life is an adventure, if you don’t want to try it, you will miss the fun.

I was exposed to the scorching,nagging heat of the sun for over 6 hours (including the life threatening boat ride) and boy, it was one of the best day of my life. The waves, just even the waves,playing with the waves, it was perfect. And I was at peace, not just because I saw the sunrise and the sunset but the fact that I was able to appreciate God for His works. Simple yet beautiful. Very Beautiful. Thank you Lord.

 

P.s: These photos were taken from my beautiful Land Philippines, at a small Island called Malapascua, its old name was Lugon/Logon. Home of the thresher sharks. (Sounded scary, but the Island possesses a mysterious beauty)

Magic

 

Why are you unhappy? and Why am I so happy?

Happiness is

The feeling after washing my laundry
No Dirty Laundry at all
Watching the sunrise and sunset
Beach, Waves, Sand and fun
When my stomach is full
Watching my daughter sleep and calling Mama
8 hours of sleep
Being able to smile
Morning walk
Dancing with the rain
Champurado and dried fish on rainy days
Garlic Beef from Jollibee when hungry and limited money
Listening to Hillsong, PlanetShakers, Chris Tomlin
Ending a call from a micromanager Boss
Being able to give
Being able to laugh out loud
Buying new books and notebooks
The smell of roses
The smell of rice straw
The smell of banana cue
Being able to fix my hair perfectly
Being able to pay my bills
Sunday Service
Tuesday Victory Group Bible Study
Singing my favorite song
Shrimps, crabs and more shrimps
Hugs from my daughter
kisses from my daughter
Laughs from my daughter
Cries from my daughter
Manicure and Pedicure
New bag
New pair of shoes
New watch
Cold water
Decent Internet connection
Knowing that someone cares for you
Falling inlove even if it is unrequited love
Jesus
Rest days
Watching koreannovela
No work but with pay
Friends
Family
My Daughter most especially
Bus rides
Plane rides
Good sensical conversation
Nonsensical conversation with nonsensical friends
Christmas
Weddings
Hugging someone special
Hugging a friend in need of consolation
Eating rice and viand
The smell of downy Fabric conditioner
Being able to say sorry
Being able to say you are welcome
Defecating everyday(gross)
No work backlogs
To know that I am alive and there is still tomorrow to relish and cherish

These are simple joys of life. Life is so simple. Just smile. Just mingle. Just be simple.