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There are feelings that have been lost, feelings that have faded away, feelings that have been deformed by the circumstances, feelings destroyed by conditional terms, and feelings ruined by another stronger destructive feeling. Whatever feelings those maybe, feelings are still feelings demanded to be felt no matter how you avoid and deny it.

The heart never says to stop loving. It’s the heart that opens your mind to the reality and finally it’s one’s decision to take it or leave it. Some feelings do fade away, falling out of love as it is called, and it’s during one’s moving on process that one realizes that life is too short to be anything but happy. But, can two broken hearts find comfort in each other?

No one have fathomed the possibility of finding comfort and love in one person who’s broken. Broken by love, by the cruelty of life, consequences of bad decisions made before, and loss of hope thinking of no chances to win everything back again. Persons who thought that they do not have any more right to be happy, to love and to be loved, persons who thought their world has ended. Yes, it is possible for two different jagged hearts to fall in love and start anew.

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Love doesn’t require couples to be perfect. As the old, probably most cliché, saying goes- ‘You don’t need to find the perfect person to love, but you have to accept a flawed person and love him/her perfectly”. Given the fact that it’s like once you’ve been hurt, you’re so scared to get attached again, like you have the fear that every person you start to like is going to break your heart. It is as it may seem, but that isn’t how love works.

There comes a point in our lives, always, when we do things or mistakes, ones we thought we would never capable of doing. That doesn’t mean that we are bad people, it only means we are not perfect. In those moments, everything is put to the test- our friendships, our relationships, who we are and who we can still become. In the process, we wonder, who will accept that we are only human and we admit to making mistakes, who will forgive us and who have enough faith in us. In those same moments, we begin to find the real ones, the best ones, the ones who, no matter how tough and crazy it gets, will always love us enough. Just enough to stay and start over with us. We may choose to let these mistakes consume us and then define us but we can always choose to forgive it, own up to it and rise above it. We should always know that in spite and because of these mistakes, we can become better people and that making mistakes happen-even to the best of us. No matter what, we should never stop having hope, keeping Faith and believing, that one blessed day, we will redeem everything and right there we would know as maturing individuals we finally got our second, third, fourth, fifth chances,

Moving on is a tough process. You need to be real strong in order to get over with it. It happens to everyone as they grow up, you find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.

Yes, it is possible for broken hearts to be restored to a place of health and emotion again, demonstrate love, and forgive.

I can barely remember the times when I have had my vacation- I mean not related in any way of work and studies. I guess this trip has compensated the things that I was lacking just right after graduation- friends, adventure, and me-time. Though I was surrounded by sets of lovers, just then I thought that I can enjoy everything that comes my way without someone. Thanks to Jelah/Joshua and Bridgette/Francis for making me fathom that being alone doesn’t mean I’m lonely.

I fell in love with Cebu several times. Of course, we prepared for this trip several months ago. Me, Jelah, and Joshua agreed to implement the rule “no-restaurant-eating” during the entire trip, to lessen the expenses and use the money instead exploring all the things possible in Cebu. We seldom use the cab and ride the jeepey (which costs Php 8.00-12.00 every trip), ferry boat (Php 12.00), and motor cyclye (Php 20.00) instead, to reach our itinerary every day. The mode of transportation in Cebu since the jeepneys have number coding (e.g. 12I, 1k, 12J) so if you’re in a hurry, taxi should get along your way.

When we arrived, we were starving, a lot, and decided to eat Ginat-an along the streets. We had meat soup, rice and soft drinks, just enough to satisfy us. With our stomach full, we only paid Php 280.00 and there were five of us. The entire trip was this thrifty but worthy, and we never expected the trip to be two times as thrifty as we expected.

Here’s an overview of where we went:

The Mactan Shrine

This was me in Mactan Shrine :)

This was me in Mactan Shrine 🙂

Cebu IT Park

Cebu IT Park now vibrantly brings together top-class talent and technology in a community that was master-planned as a convergence of Asian architectural warmth and efficient Western functionality.

Cebu  IT Park also strives to preserve its beautiful environment through well-maintained landscape and greenery to complement the high-rise infrastructure of its global locators. Tall buildings, brightest lights ever!

Fort San Pedro

Squad goes to Fort San Pedro

Squad goes to Fort San Pedro.

Fuerza San Pedro, the fort is described as built of stone mortar with a terraplein where guns are mounted. The fort contains the necessary buildings. The largest of these buildings was the “Cuerpo de Guardia” where the personnel that manned the fort lived. Adjacent to it was the “Vivende del Teniente” which was the living quarters of the lieutenant of the Fort.

Basilica Menor del Santo Niño

Sorry for the wrong dress code :)

Sorry for the wrong dress code 🙂

“Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu” is the oldest Roman Catholic Church of 16th century in Cebu city. Located in the center of the city and is a perfect example of combination of three different architecture styles . The church was built at the exact location where the image of Santo Nino that means the Black Holy Child Jesus was found. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside the church since we wore improper dress codes for a religious institution.

Magellan’s Cross

Me with my anak, Jelah :)

Me with my anak, Jelah 🙂

This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Menor del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magallanes being the Spanish name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.

Rainforest Park Cebu

Rainforest Jungle Adventure

Rainforest Jungle Adventure.

The first of its kind in Cebu of a well-thought unique concepts that encloses an inspired mix of entertainment, adventure, leisure, educational, dining and unwinding for the entire family.

SM City Cebu

SM City Cebu with these girls.

SM City Cebu with these girls.

We went to SM to have snacks and God, it was a hell of a shopping mall!

Butterfly Sanctuary

Me, my eye bags and the preserved owl butterflies.

Me, my eye bags and the preserved owl butterflies.

Prof. Jumalon amassed a vast collection of butterflies through his travels worldwide and by trading local Philippine species with foreign ones. Jumalon’s fascination with Lepidopterans did not just end in having them preserved and framed. He wanted the butterflies close by especially the rare ones. So to invite these insects he planted his residence with butterfly food plants. He also caught live specimens and released them in his garden. His butterfly collection is known to be the oldest and perhaps the biggest in the Philippines. So amazed by the little creatures I’ve witnessed. Wonderful were the masterpieces made out from dead butterflies.

Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple.

The Taoist Temple.

The temple is the a center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. You can see Taoist devotees following their traditional rites and rituals on Wednesdays and Sundays, as they climb the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks and have their fortunes read by the monks. Took a lot of pictures because the aura was so Chinese. I felt Chinese back this time.

Ayala Center Mall

The nice thing about Ayala Mall in Cebu is if you need a break from shopping you can go sit at one of the many shops on the Terraces and just relax and have a drink or dine on one of the many different cuisines that are offered on all levels. Ayala Mall Cebu is located near the IT Park and in the heart of the Cebu City Business Park. Ayala Mall Cebu is the area’s most beautiful and comfortable mall to go shopping and dining with live entertainment events on the ground floor almost daily. We ate lechon for snacks, and oh, the mall was pretty much big!

Crown Regency Hotels Crown Regency Hotels and Resorts Sky Experience Adventure

Our jump shot after 6 exciting activities.

Our jump shot after 6 exciting activities.

We were asked to wear an orange jumpsuit and white sneakers before stepping out in the platform. There were also guides that walked us through the edge of the building aside from the harness as support of course. I briefed myself not to look down because it may just take away the little courage I have left. Fortunately, nothing bad happened to me after that but still my fear of heights is still present until now.

We tried the bucketlist challenge which includes Skywalk, Edge Coaster, 6D Theater, Tower zip, Wall Climbing, and Vertex. Oh my gosh, amidst the heights, we made in in 5 hours! You guys must visit http://www.skyexperienceadventure.com/page/rates-and-schedules if interested. The activities are a little bit expensive. However, the experience will be worth the price, I tell you.

Karancho Beach Resort

The lovers.

The lovers.

Karancho is a nice and spacious resort located in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, Cebu Province, Philippines.

It is a resort that is friendly to family picnics and group gatherings. And, it is a great place for parties, event venue, and obviously a beach resort with facilities for various activities. We had so much great times here since girls did the grocery and the boys made all the cooking- which is something I’m proud of. We went boating and of course, swimming!

Of all the food we tasted, the Tuslob Buwa (Deep Bubbles) was my favorite. It was made out from pig’s brains (yep, you read it right), liver, onions, and oil. Amazing it is since we were the ones who cooked for it and it tasted like so heaven. It;s the first time I tasted it and i will never get tired of dipping the puso (steamed rice cooked in coconut leaves). Really one of the best!

This is how a tuslob buwa menu looks like

This is how a Tuslob Buwa menu looks like.

Me and my friends waiting for the Tuslob Buwa :)

Me and my friends waiting for the Tuslob Buwa 🙂

Traveling is not for the rich. Traveling is for the people who wanted to see the world and to explore new things- going out of their comfort zones and see what the universe has to offer. Honestly, I didn’t bring too much money but I’m glad I still have enough when I get home. Travel is giving yourself a chance to relax and the chance for the world to know you more.

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(Note: Some of the historical descriptions were grabbed from the internet)

“But how could …

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Blessings, Food for Thought
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“But how could anyone be
grateful for what they have if
they didn’t know what it was
l i k e not to have what they
need?”
― Josephine Angelini, Goddess

“The LORD bless…

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Blessings, Food for Thought
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“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace ~ Numbers 6:24-25”
― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“If we never ex…

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Blessings, Food for Thought
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“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.”
― Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

“You’ve been gi…

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Blessings, Food for Thought
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“You’ve been given the innate power to shape your life…but you cannot just speak change, you have to LIVE change. Intent paired with action builds the bridge to success. You can’t just want it; you have to do it, live it…BE it! Success isn’t something you have, it’s something you DO!”
― Steve Maraboli

“One of the mai…

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Blessings, Food for Thought
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“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..”
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential