12 Monthly Reasons why we should all enjoy Philippines

24 11 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Guam, USA

1. HIKING to Pulag in JANUARY – via Ambangeg trail, hike up the highest mountain in Luzon at 2,922 asl. Enjoy the breeze and see the most beautiful sunrise

2. Balloon ourselves up for the HOT AIR BALLOON in FEBRUARY – every year, Clark has the most extravagant celebration of hot air balloon and aviation sports event

3. Join or arrange your own OUTREACH programs in MARCH – go any where in the country to help indigent families

4. SWIMMING with the Butandings in APRIL – go south of Luzon to the Bicol region and enjoy swimming with the quite gentle yet humongous whale sharks of about 15 ft

5. SUNDUNE in MAY – make sure it is the early rush for you to go up north the Ilocos region and enjoy a 4×4 short circuit. If you miss the first two weeks of the month, rainy season will already be a hindrance to your fun!

6. SNORKELLING to the Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery in JUNE – challenge yourself while you “fight with the tide” as you reach the marker of Camiguin island. The current is so strong that you will end up riding a boat on your way back to the main island.

7. ZIP LINING in  JULY – go to the longest zip line of Bukidnon and enjoy the view of Mindanao while you are wearing a harness

8. WHITE WATER RAFTING in AUGUST – get the splash of your life in Davao during the Kadayawan festivities. It may be a prelude to your Mt Apo (the highest in the country at 2954 asl) adventure.

9. SEPTEMBER REEF WALKING in Boracay  – go to the Visayas region and look like an astronaut for once, with your diving helmet

10. CATCH the vinta* REGATTA in OCTOBER with your lens – be amazed with the colourful ala Latin festivities of Zamboanga City in the island of Mindanao, southern part of the country

11. PAY TRIBUTE to the Kabayan Mummies of Sagada in NOVEMBER – take the late bus bound to the north of the country and immerse with the culture and prepare yourself as a travelling archaeologist

12. DECEMBER MOUNTAIN BIKING in BATANES   – cool down and enjoy the slow-paced life in the Batanes area, the north most part of the country. And surprise yourself if you are still in Asia or not..h

*vinta-traditional boat


Thoughts of Being a Flight Attendant

17 04 2009

Zurich, Switzerland

I dreamt about being a flight attendant. I wanted to travel around the world and see the places I only know on the map and the 5 inch-volumes of encyclopedia. I wanted to meet people and learn their cultures. The best and easy way for me to do all those things is to become a flight attendant, so I thought.

Have I reached my goal? Naaah… I will never will. If I will land a job in an airline, for sure I will only be a ground staff. Nothing more, nothing less.. I perfectly understood why it is so. Not all people can have what they wanted to have. I am short of attributes. I never have the number one criteria for being a flight attendant. How can I reach the top bin without stepping on the seat of the business class Boeing 747-400 just to help a passenger who I literally look up whenever there is conversation?

I may have the education of being a flight attendant, the smiles, the correct customer service and the right communication skill that goes with it, but I will never will. I have already accepted the fact.

Then after years of no regrets, I realized that I have been traveling after all. In fact, the career of being a flight attendant that I was dreaming of is now part of my archive. I feel better being served by jolly flight attendants and their wits in injecting some funny words whenever they say thank you to the passengers before landing. The crew of Airbus Industrie A319 flight LX 2815 1855 really changed the European air flights. The “charming crew” and “have a romantic stay in Zurich” made my flight more relaxing and not monotonous as it was for the past years. Normally, they have a standard lines that they say over the airwaves that makes the passengers do not listen anymore.. hF1

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