Sunday, May 24, 2015



The town center of Badian in southeastern Cebu is a good 96 kilometers from Cebu City and going to Lambug is another 15 minutes travel. Lambug beach is a 400-meter walk from the parking area if you want to explore all of the beach coast.

Lambug Beach has a fine white sand and clean aquamarine water, in which you can’t help but feel you are not in a public beach! Unlike the other overcrowded public beachfronts of Basdako in Moalboal, Lambug offers and has a slightly peaceful and different appeal. 

You can play some beach volleyball
swim or sun bathing

Have a photo shoot! >_<
Even these visitors are bearing with the heat!

Staying there:
There are two ways to stay: either you camp in or stay in a small resort. There's Magic resort, there are other resorts along Lambug Beach like Grandeur, which is located right beside Magic. A few resorts offer air-conditioned accommodations as well. 

From the parking area

Getting there:
Getting to Lambug Beach is fairly straightforward. You can get a bus ride from the Cebu South Bus Terminal to either ride available buses going south. For the pleasant seeking traveler/tourist, Ceres Bus is for you. You can even inform the driver or dispatcher to drop off or inform you once you are near Badian.

You can ride a tricycle for hire to Lambug Beach and that's pretty much it!

Take a groufie!


Budget: This is usually a secondary travel destination for most people coming from Kawasan Falls. No entrance fee, just the fare in getting there!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Hidden from the chaos and nice of Metro Cebu is another falls that's in Cebu City which is called Kawa Falls in Barangay Toong! Kawa is one of the most odd looking and shaped falls that I’ve seen so far. The name was derived from the bowl-shaped basin formed out of a sinkhole. Kawa is like a large wok of sorts. The water in kawa is semi-full and cold (I could imagine it will be overflowing during the rainy season).

The place can be accessible via trekking from Banawa-Buhisan route or just take an around 20 minute or so habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) ride from Labangon. It is in a sitio (I think) called Linao and is heading down from Toong Barangay Hall. The first person we encountered (with his child and a carabao) told us it would take just 10 minutes to walk (depending on how fast we walked he said) but after 30 minutes and 5 more locals we still haven't reached Kawa Falls.

Right below the barangay hall is a forest patch with big rocks to have some of your first photo ops
The river is full of obstacles: Plants, Boulders, and Animals


After following some directions and the river, we reached a sign that we could be near the Kawa Falls. It was big pond-pool (called Linaw) that was quite deep (We did not take a dip but used a bamboo to check instead).



Kawa Falls is known by locals but for City dwellers it is almost unheard of. There is no tourism development as evidenced by no entrance fees and trail directions (we had to ask more than locals we encountered along the trail). But this comes with a great price -- unfortunately, some vandalism is carved in paint or scratched imprinted in the natural rocks.

That's the Kawa's sink hole mouth and it is huge. Certain parts of the bowl is I think around 6 feet deep at least!
Take it all in, the beauty, the wind, the heat, and cool off your feet in the pools of the Kawa Falls! #Moment

It is a sad thought that these unprotected falls will be damaged or worse destroyed by local use! But that's a different topic and debate all together. Not all commercialization or government intervention can be good. Case in point: Kawasan Falls and Tumalog Falls. There is a balance that needs to be done between maintenance of these falls against overcrowding.

Sa bukid walang papel oyy!! hahahaha

It isn't all nature in the area, we are after all still in Cebu City! You will pass by some sari-sari store (they sell some chips and snacks but no cold drinks -- you are in the mountains after all); you will pass by small/micro farms of fruits, vegetables and orchids as well.

Budget: Php200.00
Detailed Directions: NO, explore it yourself! Like what happened to Tumalog and other mainstream falls, people have become irresponsible, and seem to take no accountability when visiting these beautiful places. So I'll leave you some tips when traveling to these places: Respect the Locals, Leave No Trace, and always BE SAFE!



Monday, April 27, 2015



Good Advice Project: Tara Rose Donayre #16
The Good advice today which is also her Birthday comes from Tara Rose Donayre #16; Radio DJ, K-PoPer, and Frustrated Make-Up Artist. Thank you sharing your Good advice ate Tarah!! :)

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"Take Chances!"
I believe taking a chance is the difference between choices and risk or something like that. As what the introduction above told you, I wear many hats more than those three but I'll be talking about these three things in relation to my advice.

I hold a full-time job as PMO Associate in one of the biggest IT-BPO firms in the Philippines, so how did I end up being a Radio Disc Jockey then? It's kinda a long story but I'll make it short. It started in the days when MTV Pinoy Auditions was here in Cebu -- in which my friend dragged me in to "Try out".

Surprisingly, the lines for audition were short (were we early or late?) while in the audition process, I was thinking of the possibilities until I thought: "let's just see where this goes".

Long story short, I wasn't accepted and was fine with it since at the very least, I tried. But then after a few months towards the end of that year, I got a call out of the blue and got an offer for a radio gig; when I inquired how they got a hold of me, the caller mentioned that they knew I auditioned for MTV and they thought I can do this job in which (though I was worried but still) I said yes!! After that, for some reason everything just fell into it's own place. I still hold my full time job while still being able to be a Radio DJ!!

I took a chance and it turned out to be more than what I ever imagined or expected!
"Unsay mawala if dili nato sulayan?"

The pattern somewhat was repeated in my other endeavors such as being a KPoPer and Make-Up Artist in which I do on the side as well. I joined a sing-dance (KPoP) group here in Cebu in which at first, I really didn't know everyone at the beginning (but now we are friends) and ended up performing in different events including contests here in Cebu (Magnitude 7.2 girls!!).

Of course there is risk, disadvantage and a negative side to "taking chances." There are no guarantees but it's either you get what you want or you don't. You win or you learn. Don't over think, it's a learning experience and don't be afraid to learn and also try again.

As the old saying goes, "You will never know unless you try." So I encourage you to Take Chances!
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What do you think of this good advice?

About this 365 Good Advice project:
-My own version of a 365 project;
-reconnecting with the willing 1,400+ friends of mine (based from facebook)

-"Good" I mean the exact opposite of selfish. How can we give people good advice in order for them to care about others and not just of themselves.
-my friends share their "Good advice” – one every day or every other day or every after coffee talk.

For more information, do read the main blogpost on 365 Good Advice Project: Coffee Talks/Dates

Saturday, April 11, 2015


 Good Advice Project: Jenny Lea Tan #15
The Good advice today which is also her Birthday comes from Jenny Lea Tan #15; Youth Advocate, Development Worker, and alleged Girl-Maoy. Thank you sharing your Good advice ate Jenny!! :)

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"Do things Passionately."

I have observed and noticed that these days, the youth don't show passion in the work that they do. It seems that maybe it's "not cool" to show emotions whenever we are doing things that we like or being passionate about it and I think it is totally okay, and it should even be encouraged!

I think by being passionate in our work, even if it doesn't work out will eventually lead to one's passion. In my college days, I took up Computer Science and I was not that into my course and college in general. I didn't know what I want -- I thought to myself when I was in my 2nd year. But I do know one thing that made me happy, this was being able to be of help to others. So I found ways and means for me to be enhance this particular interest of mine which lead me to YMA - Young Minds Academy, which was a youth development program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation which totally changed my views, and perspectives in life.

Fast forward to graduation -- I wanted to do community development work which is what I do today! It is so satisfying to be able to do what you want to do and I encourage you to be vigilant in what you want, passion starts there and then just go for it.

I am aware that different people have different life situations and may not be able to do this now. So for now, plan for it so that you won't let go of your hopes, goals and dreams. Do soul searching, ask questions, talk to your family and friends; do discernment; start somewhere, continuously do something about your current challenge so you can pursue what you want.

Nobody can tell you what to do and where to go, you have the power, the free will to actually make it happen. Start and keep moving to the direction of your goals and of course do it with passion -- although that's easier said than done but if you do it with emotion, enthusiasm, you will most likely attract like minded people who can support and help you!

I'd rather do something I want without fully understanding everything than die and not be able to even try.

If "passion" is too complicated a term to figure out, let's make it simpler. Passion is connected to love. Be in love in what you are doing. And like love, it takes work/effort, commitment and time. It could even take a lifetime but if you hear the voice in your heart that says "this feels just right" then just follow it and continue to do whatever it is that you are doing.

And if I have a heaviness in my heart in deciding or doing something, then it usually is no longer worth pursuing. But of course you need to reflect, pray and a continuing discerning process.

Most of the passionate people I've met have anticipated the needs of others and also do more than the norm in their pursuits. I think we also need to do the same thing and also it doesn't hurt to try to be in the company of passionate people too!


Don't be afraid to pursue the things that make you come alive.

Let me share this paraphrased quote with you which I can't remember who shared this to me, but this is the quote that inspires me and has always pushed me to passionately go after the things that make me come alive.

“Spirituality, passion and happiness is when your deepest wounds, values and talents intersects with the needs of the world.”

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What do you think of this good advice?

About this 365 Good Advice project:
-My own version of a 365 project;
-reconnecting with the willing 1,400+ friends of mine (based from facebook)

-"Good" I mean the exact opposite of selfish. How can we give people good advice in order for them to care about others and not just of themselves.
-my friends share their "Good advice” – one every day or every other day or every after coffee talk.

For more information, do read the main blogpost on 365 Good Advice Project: Coffee Talks/Dates

Saturday, March 21, 2015

 


Good Advice Project: Mary Gretchen Tamarra #14
The Good advice today comes from Mary Gretchen Tamarra #14; Breadwinner, Customer Care Representative, and Happy-Go-Lucky. Thank you sharing your Good advice Tams! :)

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"Prepare for and think long term."

Life is complicated and with so many good and bad things I've experienced in life, I'm a bit apathetic (Wa koy paki). I don't really care much for things beyond my control, and I try not to bother or be involved in other people's lives and problems. But if I were to give an "advice" that can help, I'd like people to prepare for their future more and seriously.

I know we need to take breaks, enjoy life and the fun stuff but I've experienced first hand that too much of something can become bad. At least we need to balance enjoyment and preparation.

I advice this based from what happened in my family. My family, specifically my dad had a growing and you could say booming business. An animal farm (baboyan, manokan, sari-sari..etc.), micro business. Since we weren't really knowledgeable about finances and protection that time, we just consumed the money earned as if it will continue to benefit us all the days of our lives. And then a crisis happened, something happened to my dad, and of course lacking healthcare plans, we had to spend the money earned until all the income generating assets had to be sold in order to pay for the fees.

I would rather not know or witness the same scenario repeat to my friends, family and others. It's not like we did not learn this in school, but it was just all simulations, theories back then and executing or applying what we learned is another story.

I used to blame my parents, the government, the education system, for the tragedy that happened to us but later I realized, that we were lacking too. Even today, most people are not interested in preparing for the future and just say YOLO and enjoy living in the now. Once again, that's not bad but you never really know what will happen in our day-to-day lives.

So I encourage you, the youth to prepare for the future, whether it is to get a health plan, protection, investments and the like. At least in my little way, this advice is my contribution to society and world.

Wake up, it starts with you!

“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”—Proverbs 27:12, NLT

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What do you think of this good advice?

This advice also resonates with me, and just to add to Gretchen's advice I'd like to share a quote I learned a few years back in terms of shifting one's circle of influence in order to build the necessary habits in pursuing one's goals -- in this case..preparing for the future (whether it is for learning and wealth building).

If you hang around five confident people, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five intelligent people, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five millionaires, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five idiots, you will be the sixth.
If you hang around five broke people, you will be the sixth.

It is inevitable. Shift your circle of influence. Find role models, mentors and spend time with them in order for you to raise your game and achieve your dreams!

About this 365 Good Advice project:
-My own version of a 365 project;
-reconnecting with the willing 1,400+ friends of mine (based from facebook)

-"Good" I mean the exact opposite of selfish. How can we give people good advice in order for them to care about others and not just of themselves.
-my friends share their "Good advice” – one every day or every other day or every after coffee talk.

For more information, do read the main blogpost on 365 Good Advice Project: Coffee Talks/Dates

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


 Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc. has found a new ally in promoting financial literacy in Cebu and the Philippines. He is our very own, home grown and world renowned industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue. Sun Life’s partnership with Cobonpue was announced mid last year and now I was given an opportunity to listen in to a talk he recently gave here in Cebu.

Kenneth lead a business opportunity forum for entrepreneurs interested in becoming Financial Advisors in line with this year's 120th anniversary celebration of Sun Life Financial Philippines!

In his talk, he shared his story and journey in how he achieved the success he has today. Aside from that, he also shared the world-renowned designs he created as well as his passion for it.



Kenneth Cobonpue also talked about The Hive, a collective of like-minded Filipino and international designers—predicating both on the use of natural materials, an organic aesthetic, and intense hand-making. He shared that we must be passionate in what we do and have focus to see it through!


Cobonpue is known to always mention that “ideas are infinite”—a person, a brand, even a design is a story told over and over again in many different ways.


“My pieces carry all these values: valuing quality, integrity, and legacy. I don't design just for the present. I look at them as treasures that can be passed on from one generation to the next – just like Sun Life’s products.”

He also teaches his own employees to manage their finances, so they can save for the future which has led him to become Sun Life's new ally in promoting financial security in Cebu. He said: "Financial education is key to avoiding being saddled with debt. Now is the time for people to understand the need to save."

To learn more about Sun Life's products and Financial Literacy guide, tips and notes, visit www.sunlife.com.ph