Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Leyte: Sabin Resort

Ormoc, Leyte! Famous for its sweet and fresh pineapples. We we're able to enjoy this scrumptious fruit here at Sabin Resort where they serve pineapples as desserts every meal yum!

Aside from foodies, I personally enjoy the place for many reasons... Upon entrance to the resort you'll be greeted by its spacious entrance hall in checkered, black and white tile flooring, hanged as central pieces are various sizes of lights adorned with a circular-formed capiz.


Inside you can find a long and panoramic view of their swimming pool embellished with a man-made bridge, central bar in the pool, surrounded by coconut trees and different plants.


Facing the Camotes Sea and the Ormoc Bay, you can go for walk in the park or just sit back and enjoy the horizon.


The cottages and hallways are decorated with colorful, hanging lampshade which gives glow to Sabin at night.


The hotel also have restaurant facing the sea so visitors will not only enjoy the savory food, fresh fruits but also the lush surroundings.



Sabin Resort Hotel
Barangay Bantigue, Ormoc City, Leyte 6541
  • 053-255-3801
  • 053-255-3802
  • 053-255-3803

Leyte: Rafael Farm

About 30 minutes drive from Tacloban, we plan to take our lunch at Rafael Farm - a garden, farm, park, restaurant roll into one. We were so fortunate to arrive early in the place and enjoy the lush garden, picturesque landscape, serene lake, wooden platform leading to a gazebo in the middle of the lake, shady treehouse, man-made falls, cozy restaurant and of course the food :) 


Growing vivid green grass, variety of plants and colorful flowers, this is indeed a sanctuary to just relax, breathe fresh air and delight our eyes with nature.





RAFAEL FARM RESTAURANT
Brgy. Pagsulhugon
Babatngon, Leyte
Philippines

For reservations and inquiries:
0063.53.325.0729 / 0063.918.669.9909 / 063.915.920.032
inquiry@rafaelfarm.com / reservation@rafaelfarm.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 Praise Report :)

First, I thank God for the opportunity to share my praise report with our network and dgroup Christmas party yesterday at CCF.

I can't thank God enough this year for all His blessings, favor and reminders to me.

I got three items to share:

1. I remember last year 3 in my immediate family including me got hospitalized. September, 2010 when I was admitted for a suspected dengue it turned out it was an acute bronchitis. November, my tatay got stroked. December 24, my 2 year-old nephew was also confined and we spent Christmas in the pediatric ward. But this year I praise God for a healthy and safe year for me and my family.

2. Late last year until early quarter of this year I have the desire to leave my company and find job abroad for several reasons:
* most of my batchmates are leaving and I don't like the feeling of being left-behind
* I felt I needed a new environment, new challenges and in the back of my mind I felt I deserve a better paying job

So I asked God for direction, it was early February when I finished reading the first four books in the New Testament(Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) so I was thinking of either continuing to Acts or starting with the Old Testament(Genesis). Anyways I read Acts, and God led me to:

Acts 1:4 -- ... "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about."

No way! God knew this was the last thing I wanted to hear from Him that time because I really wanted to go. In my fear of reading more scripture regarding 'staying' I immediately turn my bible to Genesis and tried to justified it by telling God, 'Lord I really wanted to read naman talaga either Genesis or Acts eh, I think I'll go with Genesis muna' :D So off I started reading the Old Testament where God gave me:

Genesis 12:1-2 -- The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you ..."

Bingo!!! This was just the perfect verse that I've been waiting for. At first I felt relief but deep in my heart I knew I don't have the peace. So again I asked God to speak to me one more time and promised Him not to run from it anymore. I continue reading Genesis then, where He led me to:

Genesis 26:3 -- Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.

That moment I already knew what God want me to do and this time I didn't bargain with Him anymore.

I praise God on how He speaks to each one of us in a personal way and how He guides us on our decision-making. I am now on my 5th year in our company, I met new QA friends and I thank God for the opportunity to bless and encourage them in my own little way.

3. Finally I thank God for making me a part of His big work in B1G 7, an annual single's retreat hosted by CCF. It was my first time to facilitate in B1G so I had fears and apprehensions, and God knew if I can think of a reason not to facilitate I could have invented one. But God knew me too well and He knows perfectly how to encourage me. He continuously reassure me in His word through the book of Joshua:

Joshua 1:9 -- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 10:8 -- The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand..."

Joshua 10:25 -- Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous..."

These words gave me courage and peace knowing that I've got God on my back and I'm doing His will for me. True enough when we obey God He will never disappoint us. In B1G, I met four beautiful ladies who encouraged me and together we learned how a perfect God loved us despite our imperfections and how He sacrificed to pursue us to be His children.

I was reminded by His word,

Philippians 4:13 -- I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 

To God be all the glory!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exchange Gift Idea: Gift Grabbing


I had the craziest exchanged-gift ever! with the craziest people I ever met and their craziest white elephant gift =D

Rules of the game:
1. Participants should bring a white elephant gift(please see white elephant gift definition on my link above) properly wrapped.
2. Participants form a circle while organizer collects all the gift and pile it in the center.
3. Organizer prepares sheets of papers with numbers depending on the total number of participants. Each of them picks a number to determine who goes first.
4. First wave: Whoever gets #1 has the first chance to pick a gift from the pile, opens it and shows it to all.
5. Second wave: #2 person has the option to either grab the gift from #1 person or pick a gift from the pile.
6. Third wave: #3 person has the option to either grab the gift from #1, #2 person or pick a gift from the pile.

Note:
* If a gift is grabbed from you, you'll have a chance to pick a new gift from the pile.
* Once a gift is grabbed twice, it reaches its "safety haven" and the second person who grabbed it becomes the final owner.

The last step goes on until all the participants have picked/grabbed a gift.


Exciting/Winning/Crazy gift items:
1. Julie's "pamana" shawl from her lola =D
2. Bernard's historic 1st notebook in Exist! almost 5 years up-to-date with signature pa. Classic! :))
3. Ayee's memorable umbrella still wet :D
4. RV's token wrapped in fancy but empty paper bag =D
5. Janice grabbing the iron box with Naruto toy inside =)

Have a great Christmas everyone! =D





Thursday, December 8, 2011

Leyte: MacArthur Landing Memorial Park


 

Located at Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, this monument was built to commemorate history where General Douglas MacArthur landed with the American Liberation Forces in October 20, 1944 to accomplish his promise to the Filipino people:

"People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil — soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people. "
-Douglas MacArthur



These bronze statues of the liberators stands more than twice my height ;))

Leyte: San Juanico Bridge

The longest bridge in the Philippines that connects Leyte (Tacloban City) and Samar (Sta. Rita) spanning across San Juanico strait over 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi). Construction started in August 1969 and was completed in December 1972.


The bridge is shaped like the letters L S which stands for Leyte and Samar.


Also called the Bridge of Love because it was (allegedly) a gift of Ferdinand Marcos to Imelda Romualdez(originally from Leyte) and to the city of Tacloban.


Before I only got to see this huge infrastructure in my textbooks back in my elementary days. Now it's for real and it's amazing! =D

Leyte: Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum

Our 2nd stop in our Leyte tour - Romualdez Museum also known as Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum.

After settling our fees, we were requested to remove our footwear and use these colorful slippers in red, blue and green upon entrance to the shrine for the duration of the tour.



The ground floor consists of a chapel dedicated to Sto. Nino and 13 themed guest rooms, each room unique and exceptional as it exhibit different places in our country.


During the tour we were captivated by the splendor and luxury of the entire house from the grandiose ballroom, majestic living rooms, enormous dining areas, floorings, walls, furnitures, chandeliers, antiques, paintings, ceramics, dioramas and even the smallest ornament display.









Sto. NiƱo Shrine and Heritage Museum
Address: Real Street, Tacloban City, Leyte
Contact Details: (053) 321-9775

Schedule:
Monday - Sunday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entrance Fees:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Exchange Gift Idea: White Elephant and Mr. & Mrs. RIGHT story

Last year we(Exist - QA group) tried the White elephant exchanged gift idea combined with 'Mr. and Mrs. Right' story.

First let's define a white elephant gift. This is a possession unwanted by the owner but difficult to dispose of or something with sentimental value to the owner. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/white+elephant)

Instructions:
1. Participants will form a circle holding their white elephant gift.
2. Someone will read the Mr. and Mrs. Right story found below. Every time the word RIGHT/LEFT is mentioned all participants will pass their gift to their RIGHT/LEFT.
3. At the end of the story, whatever gift participant holds will be his exchanged gift. :)

Enjoy! and advanced Merry Christmas everyone!


Mr. and Mrs. Right story

Christmas was almost here, and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking.
Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute Christmas errands.
"There's not much LEFT to be done," said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.
"Did you leave the basket of food at church?" asked Mother RIGHT.
"I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to," said Father RIGHT.
"I'm glad my shopping is done," said Billy RIGHT. "I don't have any money LEFT."
The hall telephone rang, and Susan RIGHT LEFT to answer it.
She rushed back and told the family "Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT's porch.
I'll go over there RIGHT now and get it." she said as she LEFT in a rush.
Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.
By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree.
The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating.
Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family.
Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that's all that's LEFT of our story.....
Except to wish you a Merry Christmas....Isn't that RIGHT?