Malaysia: Batu Caves

We were one day early for the Thaipusam Festival. We actually didn’t know about it, so we felt lucky to witness the preparations made by our Hindu brothers and sisters. We were greeted by this gigantic statues and intricate architectural designs. There were a lot of people both tourists and devotees roaming around and performing some rituals.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

People were busy going back and forth. There were also stalls that sell different kinds of stuff. There was one that has a snake photo booth. You have to pay at least 3 RM to have a picture with a snake.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

This picture’s kind blurry. This was the result of zooming in,and no-camera-control because I was hungry and shaking a little.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

This is one the prayer areas.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

Many people entered this, but they had to remove their footwear.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

The big yellow balloon. It was so big, I wondered if it could lift me up.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

The famous Punjabi sweets. I bought 10 assorted pieces. My sister didn’t enjoy it much as I did.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

Another beautiful view… Made me feel like I was in a movie.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

The famous Murugan Statue.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

I was too tired and hungry. i was about 23 steps high when I decided to go down. However, I thought this might be my one and only chance, so I gathered my all my chakra, and climbed the 272 steps high cave. It was worth it.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

As you can see, it was a busy day. Some people were also carrying a pot and they had covered themselves with a yellowish clay.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

I was amazed how devoted the Hindus are. There were very old men who actually managed to perform their rituals. Young children as early as 3 or four were also participating.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

Afterย  the 272 steps exercise, I was awed by the Ramayan Cave. It was my first time to actually enter a cave. I was so overwhelmed. I conquered my fear of falling down,and had crossed out one from my bucket list. Anyway, my sister was waiting for me at the top for at least 10 minutes.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

I was contented by the view, so I didn’t decide to go further. Plus, I thought the Ramayana Cave was already too sacred to intrude.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

I was also surprised because there were two men dressed in these costumes. I believed they were seers. Hindus were whispering something to them, and they also responded.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

Every corner has its own design.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

People were worshiping. I like this small temple-like place.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

These are part of their religious beliefs.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

Another attractions are the monkeys. They were waiting for people with bananas. They would get the fruit and go back to their places.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

The view halfway.

Batu Cave Malaysia

Batu Cave Malaysia

This picture reminded me to be brave and fly.

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Lake Sebu

I finally had the chance to zipline. I waited for this day. Lake Sebu’s zipline is known to be the highest in Southeast Asia. It’s 600 feet high! Tehre are two ziplines. The first one is 740 meters, and the second one is 460 meters long.My sister and I survived the thrilling ride. We also enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Lake Sebu is also famous for its 7 falls, tilapia (mud fish), and the T’boli tribe. Fly! Hummingbird!

Zipline at lake Sebu

Zipline at lake Sebu

One of the seven falls

One of the seven falls

Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu

I hadn’t fully recovered after the 400 something steps in Tinago. In order to see this view, I had to go down 740 steps. It wasn’t easy for me because my legs were very tired.

Mountain View Resort and Restaurant

Mountain View Resort and Restaurant

After the seven falls adventure, we were hungry as a bear, so we went to Mountain View Resort and Restaurant. They served different kinds of tilapia dish.

T'boli Women

T’boli Women

These are the T’boli women. They handmade accessories. The prices are really cheap compared to those from the souvenir shops.

Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu

Malaysia: Thean Hou Temple

My sister and I had an amazing race experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Why “amazing race?” Well, we didn’t have much time. We only had three days. I personally like the mode of transportation since there are free buses, and train stations everywhere. Tic-toc-tic-toc!

We had a hard time finding Thean Hou Temple. We had a race with the two Indians. My sister and I got lost first. We climbed a different hill. The couple got lost next. They went to a school instead of the temple. Anyway, a few minutes after my sister and I arrived at the temple, we also saw the couple finally reached the finish line. This imaginary race kept us from not giving up. Also, thanks to the Chinese whom we met along the way. They were very helpful.

Thean hou temple

Thean hou temple

Thean hou temple

Thean hou temple

We went to Thean hou temple. It was located in Robson Hill. We actually didn’t know where to find it. But, takes to Google and bloggers, we managed to get directions. We got there by train. The temple was being prepared for the Chinese New Year. You can see bird’s eye view of the city.

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

It’s like an altar. Visitors also pray here.

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple

We passed by this temple on our way to Robson Hill. Based on my observation, this place is like the Chinatown of Malaysia since there are many Chinese temples, restaurants,ย  and schools located here.

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Some of my pictures were kinda gloomy since it started to rain a little. Also, it was around 6 pm I think. Too bad we didn’t stay to see the night view. Well, maybe next time.

It’s MORE FUN in the Philippines: Madayaw! Davao!

Paradise Island, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort is in Samal Island. It’s a fifteen minute boat ride from Davao City. Although it does not have a wide shoreline, the water is clear and there are lots of activities to do. The price is also affordable, and the place has been popular with tourists.

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Paradise Resort, Samal, Davao

Blue Jazz Resort, Samal Island, Davao

Blue Jazz Resort, Samal Island, Davao

This is the front view of Blue Jazz Resort. It is just beside Paradise Resort.

Jack's Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

Jack’s Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

After the long drive from the port, it is really good to have a sumptuous meal while enjoying the view of the whole city. Jack’s Ridge offers delicious yet affordable meals. I personally enjoyed the “Bihod” or the eggs of the tuna.

Jack's Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

Jack’s Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

The designs are also very Filipino. It is really a must visit place in Davao.

Jack's Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

Jack’s Ridge Mountain View Restaurant

This is another view from the restaurant. I called it the “Mayan’s offering ground.” I don’t know what to call this, but I felt like I time traveled. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

The long and winding road going to Eden Nature Park. I was really excited. I forgot that I didn’t have the chance to try zorbing (the zorb park closed last year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ).

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

Instead of Zorb, I was ecstatic to try this. It’s called Skycycling. Just by its name, you know it’s worth a try.

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

Eden is on the mountain top so it’s like little Baguio. There are lots of pine trees.

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

This is across the activity zone. It’s an ideal place for relaxing.

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

It’s a cozy dating site, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eden, Davao

Eden, Davao

You can’t leave without taking a picture. Show some loving, i guess. There are many more to see, but some of my pictures are on my laptop, so these will do for now.

Madayaw! Davao! Enjoy!

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Mindanao Escapde

My mom, sister, aunt, cousin, and I went on a week long vacation. We traveled from Iloilo to Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte by plane. We rode on the bus for 12 hours to Davao City. We passed by Bukidnon and Cagayan De Oro. We then took another 4 hour bus ride to General Santos City in South Cotabato. After spending a night there, we headed to Lake Sebu. We stayed in Banga for another night. We passed by Koronadal and Suralah. We went back to GenSan and stayed there for two nights before going back to Iloiloi by plane. It was a week to remember. We were all backpackers. It was fun despite the heat of summer.

Maria Cristina

One of the Magagandang Tanawin in the Philippines. It generates electricity.

Maria Cristina falls

Maria Cristina falls (View from the top)

People are not allowed to go near the falls since it is dangerous. You can enjoy the view from the building next to it. Tourists are allowed to go up and take pictures.

Tinago falls, Lanao Del Norte

Tinago falls, Lanao Del Norte

Iligan, Lanao del Norte is a home of more than 20 water falls. From the name itself “ILIGAN” means “to go downstream.”There are a lot of swimming pools with spring water. And you can’t afford NOT going to Tinago Falls. Legend says that the water’s depth is infinite. Well, if you have the endurance to go down 420 steps or more, then you’re sweat will be worth it. A movie was once shot in this spot.

Tinago falls

Tinago falls

Tinago falls

Tinago falls

Tourists can go near the falls. You just have to pay, and you can go there and enjoy a “fresh shower.”

Geometric Psychological Test

Do you want to know yourself more? Are you in crisis right now? Do you think there’s more you can do yet you feel lost? Well, I don’t have the solution to your problems. But, I can help you assess yourself by doing this simple activity.

Prepare a sheet of paper, any drawing tool, and try to look at these figures.

Forgive my drawing. :)

Forgive my drawing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start:

  • Rank them from 1 to 5. I means it is your most preferred figure, five means it is your least preferred figure.
  • Draw them horizontally: from left to right.

*Tip: the first figure that comes to your mind should be your answer. Don’t think too much.

In my case, this is my ranking.

mineResult Interpretation:

Figures and their meaning

Figures and their meaning

  • Label each figure with their meanings.

Ranking:

  • Number 1 represents where you want to be.

In my case, I want change. I find this true since I am actually striving to improve myself. I am currently in the process of a career shift. It is totally different m\from my previous endeavors so I am hoping to be the change that I want to be.

  • Number 2 stands for “What will bring you to number one.”

As you can see, I need vision in order to change. I also find this so true because for years now, I have been creating my own vision board: literally and figuratively. I believe that in order to change my current status, I have to visualize who I want to be.

  • Number 3 is where you are right now.

When I turned 21, I learned to value relationship more. In my case, it is my relationship with my family and friends. It is true in a sense that I have opened myself to my family. My priority is to be with them especially before and after my father died a day after Chirstmas. I didn’t seek jobs outside home. I worked online just to be with them. I also tried to reach out more than I used to. I was a typical self-supporting child back then. However, when my father became terminally ill, I realized I need to give myself to others, too. I can always hangout with myself but not with my family and friends. Thus, until now, I value relationships.

  • Number 4 is where you were in the past.

I define wholeness as doing the things I love and being able to live with my potentials and skills. This is also somehow true. Before I became so family-oriented, I was living my life my way. I fell in love, worked in the city, and enjoyed hanging out with my friends. During those times, I did not have any regret. I felt like a functional individual who juggles all aspects of life: career. family. love, and friends. I felt whole. I thought that it was the life I wanted. I was happy.

  • Number 5 is the aspect you have neglected.

This is the most relevant one. I neglected stability. I was too young and busy with my “Living Only Once” that I forgot I also grow older each year. After four years of graduating from my university, I still don’t have a stable job and career. Well, I am back to studying again and working as an online tutor, but I know I am not stable economically.ย  I also don’t have a boyfriend or my own family. My friends are getting married and having babies while I sit in front of my computer watching anime and reading manga. Emotional stability and the assurance of having my own family someday are just too out of reach for me now. Because of my awareness, that is why I desire for change. Somehow my result makes sense to me.

Have fun knowing yourself, too!

Dresslink.com

I have always been hesitant to go online shopping because of my trust issues. I have many “what ifs” in mind. However, I stumbled on this site called Dresslink.com. There were free shipping items so I said, “Why not? If my orders do not arrive, then, at least I only spent less than 500 Pesos orย  roughly $11. ”

So, before October ended, I purchased using my BDO debit card (since it has a Master Card logo, and sad to say I don’t have any credit card). Here are the items. I spent $8.42. The brush set was about $6 (free shipping) and the leggings was about $1.98 with 0.98 shipping fee.

After checking out my order, I received an email from the site telling me that my orders had been confirmed. Another, one arrived saying that my order was shipped. I chose Chinapost (without tracking number) since it was the cheapest. ๐Ÿ™‚ Surprisingly, they gave me a tracking number! Awesome! I tracked my package using Wedoexpress.com.

After 19 days, the packaged arrived at home. I just had to pay 100 pesos maybe for tax from Philpost.

Package :)

The items were in good condition and they look exactly the same in the pictures.

Pros:

  1. easy shopping (not complicated like other websites)
  2. affordable items
  3. good quality (considering the price)
  4. no hassle (so far, I ordered again, so let’s see)

Cons:

  1. every item has its own shipping fee (not good for bulk orders ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

Will I shop at dresslink again? Definitely! If you are like me who’s looking for affordable products, then, it’s worth a try.