Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Wasn't So Bad

Personal life-wise, if it was Kagulo 2015 then last year was Kaya Mo 'Yan Gurl 2016.

(Luh, new year essay writing contest na naman.)

Canibad Beach, Samal Island

2016 gave me some sort of pause and relief from the heaviness of emotional baggages. Depression is still present but is kept at bay by instances of calm and mindfulness and by a series of opportunities I am grateful of.

Isla Reta, Samal Island

I got a new job, lived in a new city for 6+ months, watched my brother get married, officially became a tita, traveled out of the country, joined a trail run, and climbed a beautiful mountain.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jogjakarta Photo Diary: Taman Sari Water Castle

The Taman Sari Water Castle is located near the Royal Palace, which we didn't get to visit because it was already closed when we got there, within the Kraton. After buying our entrance tickets, we were greeted by one of the tour guides lined up to meet visitors at the entrance. Our assigned tour guide promptly started the tour of the castle grounds.

We really had not idea of the history of the water castle prior to our visit. So, it was interesting to learn that it used to house Sultan's concubines/mistresses and family and he spends his time there when he is not busy with boring task of actually ruling a sultanate.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jogjakarta Photo Diary: With Locals / Daily Life

The Jogjakarta trip July of last year was a memorable one: it was my first international travel.

It was also my birthday.

My friend, Jini, and I were lucky to have grabbed seats sales to Jakarta and Bangkok (which we would later take on November) from Cebu Pacific Air sometime in January. We just bought these two one-way tickets and worried about the return flight later on.

Manila to Jakarta was an evening flight and Jakarta to Jogjakarta was an early morning one the following day. We met a fellow Filipino in Jakarta who happily took photos with us under "Welcome to Jakarta" signs ("Souvenir!"). Her flight to Bali was also early in the morning, so we chatted up about her life, love life, and grown-up kids at a friend chicken joint outside the airport to kill time. When asked why she's travelling alone (she's meeting up with former colleagues/friends in Bali, though), she said her husband has flight sickness.

Jogjakarta feels familiar and foreign at the same time. Flying over it before touchdown, you would notice their roof's uniformity in colour and design, unlike most of the cities' roofs in the Philippines that are as confused as our identity.