Anawangin Cove, Zambales : Chillin’ with the Best Buddies

Way back 1996 ¬†looking back in my college days were freshmen students in Trinity College of Quezon City. Marjorie¬†and I are classmate in most of the subjects and at first were not really friends at all we have a little fight because of one student ( that’s the start we hate each other..lol).¬†¬†And if i¬†have a break i¬†usually to sit in the canteen just to eat and one day i saw Jerome¬†(he’s looking good and looks very kind)¬†but¬†of course¬†i¬†don’t talk to the strangers. I didn’t realize that this two lovely person is taking a space in my heart. We are jive in so many things specially the mountaineering activities. ¬†We have lot’s of good memories and ¬†we treated each other as a real ¬†brother and sisters.

In 2009, i¬†decided to visit Philippines i¬†work and lived in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I am so stressed in my work and i need a break. ¬†I contacted Jerome by the way there’s a¬†little¬†bit¬†changing¬†of his name ¬†call him ¬†Jom¬†he told me to join with them ( his¬†office mates¬†) and i¬†definitively¬†agree. ¬†Then i heard that Marjorie is on vacation too from her work, ¬†calling her¬†as Meg¬†now. ¬†¬†I am so excited to this trip .. Anawangin¬†Cove here i come.

We meet up in Victory Liner Caloocan Monumento Station.  While waiting for the other backpackers we decided to buy something to eat. Then later on the bus is move and  After three hours of travelling from Manila to San Antonio Public Market then after that we take a tricycle going to Pundaquit and from Pundaquit we need to rent a motor boat (banka) for another ride. This boat will take us in Anawangin Cove Island.

waiting for our rented motor boat (banka) … priceless views of the beauty of nature!

¬†morning¬†view¬†after we travel from the bus¬†.. it’s really worth to wait ;D … ohhh summer breeze makes me feel fine! ūüėÄ

a formation of beautiful rocks and crystal blue water welcoming to us

and finally here we are .. another take shot .. we are obsessed ( not really¬†obviously¬†.. ūüėÄ ¬†)

green thing ….

dried leaves by the tress …

The whole cast!¬† Meeting new friends is one of the best thing to do …

and one more thing if you use this wooden table and chair you have to ¬†pay ¬†because it’s a rental¬†but it doesn’t matter it’s a big help for our group to use this table .¬†¬†Time to prepare what’s for the lunch ;D

Grilled fish (¬†inihaw¬†na isda¬†) plus yummy grilled egg-plant (¬†inihaw¬†na talong) meet our chef ¬†.. ¬†Norman and his assistant ūüėČ

Chef ¬†Kim …¬† ( craving for her cook .. yummy indeed )

our four  tents ..

the rainbow after the rain

beach and mountains

left side view

hammock .. to the max ( sleeping ) if you could¬† see at my back ground¬† it’s Pine Trees¬† (yes a pine trees ) in the place which is¬†not cold area .. just wondering a pine trees in Zambales.

SUNSET … FOR MORE ? ūüėÄ

A simple plan it ends to a ¬†brilliant¬†vacation.¬† We didn’t spend a lot’s of money on this trip and eveni¬†travelled in the most expensive place and i¬†couldn’t¬†find the real beauty of nature and the amazing people who¬†i newly met.

“Beneath the light, the river and hills are beautiful,
The spring breeze bears the fragrance of flowers and grass.
The mud has thawed, and swallows fly around.
On the warm sand, mandarin ducks are sleeping.”
 РDu Fu

Photo Credited by :

Jom De Castro

Esquelito “kim” Pablo

Florence Herrera

and

Myself

Words Copyright 2012

By: Pinaybyaheras

The Hidden Beauty of Kalba Fujairah

After 10 years of living in Abu Dhabi way back 2007 is my first time to visit Fujairah¬†one of the seven Emirates of United Arab.¬† It’s just because when i¬†came in this country there’s no chance to go out and to visit some¬† places.¬† And the usual¬†thing, busy¬†at work plus overtime.

Well, let’s start in the road going to Kalba¬†in Fujairah. So excited to go there because it was my first time. From the beginning¬†i¬†know that this place is a province no big malls no tallest buildings .. and yes this is what I’m¬†looking for. Something new .. “Mountains” but the mountains here is not¬†the usual mountains that you¬†would see .. it’s a “rock mountain” yes it’s a¬† solid rock and there’s no trees.¬† I saw some few tress but¬†it was too dry because of the heat.¬† After¬†almost¬†four hour¬†of ¬†driving from Abu Dhabi to Kalba¬†and finally here we¬†are.

It was friday afternoon on our way  we saw a fighting toro, here some of my shot. Pleas, excuse the unclear shot.

Fighting Toro  ( local people outdoor sports)

ooppss .. Donkey crossing the road ;D

Kalba Bridge

Found this people picking crabs on a low tide lake (interesting) plus the beautiful background the mountain

after the kalba bridge on the left side i found this amazing view

another great view

far away view .. the white buildings over there is an Ice Factory.

Dessert Sands meet Lake

while driving i¬†took a quick shot from this group¬†Emirati Men with their 4×4 wheels

Dove .. looking some place to landing

and ME .. thinking what’s the NEXT DESTINATION ;D

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and
hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden
daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in
the breeze.
 РWilliam Wordsworth

Words and Images Copyright 2012

By: Pinaybyaheras

Ramadan – A Month of Fasting

Ramadan is a period of fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world.  While major holidays of other faiths have largely become commercialized events, Ramadan retains its intense spiritual meaning. Ramadan is a Muslim festival celebrated all over the world which falls on the ninth month of Islamic calendar. It is the period when the holy Quran was disclosed to Prophet Muhammad.

  • Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat every day.
  • Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their Creator, and recognize that everything we have in this life is a blessing from Him.
  • Through family and community gatherings, Muslims strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities and throughout the world.

Muslims fast for the whole month which is regarded as one of the five pillars, beliefs or duties of Islam. During the whole month when the sun shines they do not drink or eat anything. Before the sun raises, Muslims get up for suhoor and consume meal. Fast is broken only after setting of sun and they eat Iftar meal. The basic purpose of fasting is to remind them of the poor people’s sufferings and to practice self control and cleansing of mind and body. During the whole month, entire Quran is read by Muslims, they visit mosques and remember Allah means God.

Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year.  May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path.  May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other.

Muslims are commanded to fast so that they may “learn self-restraint”- ¬†(Qur’an 2:183).¬†

Copyright 2012

By : Pinaybyaheras