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Twas my first vt meet, different people, different culture, different tongue different food and different attitude. but they have one thing in common. they really have one big heart. Me and my wife want to thank them:
for accommodating us. in spite of her being hospitalized that night insisted to be released the following day to be with us. sent her sis neng and brother noy to meet us at the airport and have lunch at a great Chinese restaurant near the hospital where she was confined.
Our gracious city driver. and has a heart of a defender.
In spite of her tight schedule has accompanied us to ortigas center for the convention me and my wife are about to attend.
facilitated the reservation at Savore Chicken House restaurant for the VT meet and fortunately some sort of a reunion on the chicken i tasted 15 years ago.
doc Alelli and her darling Joel:
The defender of VT members with great sense of humor and a great cook. i really missed her chicken in a white sauce. and yes of course the prawns too. yummy..!
the silent type lady with a great heart to the oppressed..
The princess of VT
the observant, who hates gremlins.
Edwin (yellowcub): thank you for the shirts.
Perhaps, to travel is life's one exciting discovery. Different people, different culture, different tongue, different food and different attitude. Going to a place unknown to you, somehow you will meet people along the way and becomes your friend or foe, but mostly friends. Some of my fascinating and pleasant memories that were not captured by camera but of my heart and mind.
**Gone fishing in Liloan cebu. (almost jump offthe fishing banca when huge turtle surfaced gasping for oxygen.
**Climb the seven falls of mambucal in bacolod (huh! 3rd falls only, its too steep and dangerous.
**Still in bacolod city, "nabung-go kami sa bang-ga" looking for kansi with batwan, went to manokan country instead for the inasal and talaba.
**Lost in panay island, going to roxas city to look for some prospects, and was expecting a short cut. driving alone from iloilo city but came out at the town of barotac instead after passing the towns of janiuay to dueñans - dingle.
**Dined at tatoy's with their best grilled sea foods specially the scallops and entered to a night spot called barracks.
**Almost circled the island of negros if not for the "chics" (first letter of the town or brgy. infested with rebels.)
**Took a nap inside the car along the coastal road of Siaton not knowing that my father has a sister there.
**Flirted with real chicks (shhhh!) along rizal boulevard in dumaguete city.
**Frustrated that there's no sea food restaurant in tagbilaran city, bohol. but they have a mongolian restaurant instead (whew!).
**Jogged along the sea walls of roxas boulevard and dined at "savore" (their fried chichen is the best i've ever tasted.)
**Lost (again) in tondo manila looking for my mother's relatives.
**Travelling to north of luzon is more facinating. the "itlog" your holding in bulacan becomes "ebon" after crossing that long bridge to pampanga. The sea foods of Olongapo and the sweet mangoes of Zambales are worth the travel.
**Confronted by a drunken bastard in Puerto Pincesa, Palawan because i'm a good looking man? (eww!). went to brookes point looking for a bird that talks called "kiaw" and took a deep at a water falls in aborlan.
**Witnessed a japanese cook left behind by his ship in the ports of macar, gen. santos city.( of course the ship went back after navigating for almost 3 hours). And was awed while dinning in a restaurant, sitting next to my table was manny paquiao, his wife and some of his bodyguards.
**Have an argument to why, there's no Capitol in Surigao. (want to know why?)
**In Butuan, almost exploded when a tricycle driver pointed a finger to me and said "bading?" (local word for Gay). fortunately i saw first in his sign board "bading subdivision".
**In cagayan de oro city, they have this cultured crabs that the entire body is full of fat (aligue).
**In a market of iligan city, they sell "tapang baboy damo" and "tapang usa" isn't that illegal?
Different people, different culture, different food, different attitude and different tongue. T'was before. At the age of forty nine "sakit na likod sige byahe", after fulfilling my obligations as a father to my two daughters and are now both professionals and have their own lives, ( Physical Theraphyst and an Electrical Engineer). I have to settle now and give my full attention to my wife who in the past several years had never complained to how long will i stay to a place unknown to me. And perhaps, to travel is really one's life exiting discovery. next time i'll travel? . . . . . . . .
an event dreaded by a parent is to when their treasured one gets married. but eventually its a happy ending when another one is added to the family. My two daughters are now both married.
49 years ago a boy named carlito was born in davao city and was destined to become a VT member. imagine? WORLDWIDE!
the mainit falls, the water is really hot. but you can take a bath here, there's a portion of this falls that the water is less hot. you can smell the sulfur. it is located north side of davao city in masara, mawab, compostela valley "comval" province. it takes 1hr 45 to 2 hrs travel depending on the traffic by a private car "preferably a pick-up car for the road is quite rough." going there by public transport is quite exausting. you have to take a bus to tagum city approx 1 hr 30 min. travel. then transfer a jeep ride "will wait until the jeep is full of passengers and god knows how much time will you spend waiting." to masara. tell the driver you stop at a junction road going to new leyte thats the road going to by then masara mining a 500 to 600 meters walk uphill. remember this is an interior part of this place, so transportation back is scarce. so, using private transportation is more preferable.
"Fruit for the Gods" "Smells like hell but taste like heaven" that's what everybody is saying, but trust me, don't ever think of bringing this fruit albeit eating it inside your hotel room. remember, smells like hell and taste like heaven. now if you do this and have taken heaven, what has had left? hehehehe! it will haunt you in your sleep. but trully this fruit is for the gods. the best way to eat this is upon opening the fruit. every durian stalls here in davao are all provided with eating tables for your convinience. and in case the fruit is not good, e.a. overiped, spoiled or does not taste like heaven, you can exchange it with a better one free of charge. And i suggest to take the arancillo "the meat is yellowish" or the native varity they are the best. other varities specially the bigger fruits? naaah! its like eating cotton candies.
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