Game CD Key Giveaways To all GAME enthusiasts, here’s a treat. I came across a site, free-cd-key.com, which is sponsored by AllKeyShop.com, and they are giving away game CD Keys from time to time. AllKeyShop.com is a price comparison service for PC and Xbox games, offering almost 50% off of the normal price. They continuously test their vendors, to make certain that you have made a good purchase. They also partner with gaming sites, to host those awesome giveaways. So this is really what I am telling you about. You can visit the Free CD Key site to join in the giveaways. The giveaway widget is pretty much easy to complete. Some of those instructions are mandatory, which when completed, will unlock daily bonuses ~ therefore you gain more entries, as you visit the site everyday. Oooh! I am continually checking this site and join in their giveaways. Who knows, Lady Luck will one day smile upon me, and give me that game. 🙂 Wish me Luck!
The P.I., or the Philippine Islands, is an archipelago consisting of 7,107 islands in Southeast Asia.
I was born, and I grew up at the heart of the archipelago, in the island of Cebu! So, that is where our holiday begun. I think, even before going someplace else, the moment one steps out of the airport vicinity, one would notice the kings of the road
~ the Jeepneys! ~
The first night, we had to go out for dinner at my favorite Filipino resto, Golden Cowrie, because of all the unpacking and taking a little nap. We did not have much time to go to the Supermarket, before this pic was taken. 🙂
Stefan and the kids were impressed by the uniqueness of the plates laid on the table. They were, of course, cut banana leaves! I retold the story of how my mother, as a small girl, would make use of the banana leaves as her food container because Tupperware has not been invented back then.
Cebu City has a lot of big malls, but we frequented the two biggest ones: SM City and Ayala Center, where we went the next day, shopping.
Even on vacation, I still would like to be able to work up a meal or two, and serve Stefan his brewed coffee so, I insisted on going to the supermarket for food and other basic stuff.
The next days were spent roaming around the city, from the uptown, to the midtown, then to downtown area, which offered more than a glimpse of our culture and history.
I could not remember exactly, but I think, we started with the Magellan’s Cross. It was planted by the explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, on the shore of our island in 1521. The original cross is now encased with this wooden cross on the picture, for protection. A few steps from this cross is the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.
The Basilica is the oldest Roman Catholic church built in the country, after the second set of Spanish explorers (in 1565) found the statue of the Child Jesus in a house (that now became the church). It’s the same statue given by Magellan to the Rajah‘s wife, when they got baptized in 1521. The Child is the patron of the island, and we (not only the Cebuanos, but people from all over the world) celebrate his feast every 3rd Sunday of January. It is really like a month-long celebration, with street concerts almost every night during this month, and the main highlight is the grand mardi gras on the 3rd Sunday. Then on the 4th week, they have another ritual of bathing the Child and changing his clothes.
Less than 500 meters from the Basilica, is another centuries old church, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
It’s a typical Spanish cathedral, and most of it was destroyed during the second world war, except for the belfry which was built in 1835. Our next stop was the old Spanish fort, Fuerza de San Pedro. It was built in 1738, originally to repel Muslim raiders. Now, it houses a small museum and the old cannons. 🙂
After what seemed like a long walk, we were glad there was a nearby AAA BBQ (barbeque) resto. They mostly serve barbecued seafood and pork, but no, we did not stop by to eat. We only had a drink of their tasteful juice, mixed with real sliced fruits. ahhh, it was heavenly refreshing that I could not remember its name anymore.
We also visited some of the beaches in the Mactan area (island), and took advantage of the low 500 Php, day entrance fee, with 300 Php consummable for food. I again, (must be Alzheimer?) forgot the name of the resort ~ but it could well be White Sands…
And before the sun set, we already had a good tour of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa. Upon learning of their day entrance (2.500 Php), we could not help but feel proud and happy of how much we saved that day.
We also stopped by the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, before heading for home. This is where the battle of Mactan took place in 1521. Lapu-Lapu was the chief of the island, and was the first native to resist Spanish colonization. The battle ended with Lapu-Lapu killing the explorer, Magellan.
The farthest north that we reached was in the town of Liloan, to explore Papa Kit’s. It’s a fishing lagoon, where you also get to enjoy horseback-riding and the Zip Line!
It was not part of the plan, but we made a short getaway to the nearby island of Bohol. An hour and a half away from Cebu, by fast craft, we were met by our guide when we arrived at the seaport of Tagbilaran City. The boat was delayed and so, it was almost lunchtime when we got there. Making a few changes with the itinerary, our guide took us first to Loboc River cruise, where we had a wonderful feast.
We had a vast selection of seafood, pork and native dishes for lunch, while there was a live band playing as we cruised along the river. We had 1 stop for a cultural show, before heading back to where we started.
Then, in a mixed series of events ( I really cannot remember which of the sites we visited first), here are the sites, Bohol is famous for.
After Bohol, it was high time to visit our relatives in Moalboal. It is located 89 km south from Cebu City, and is famous for its diving spots. We rented a car, instead of taking the bus, because then it would be easy to get around, and I planned to show them the whole south of Cebu on our trip back to the city.
I have lived in this town for a year, and frequently visited every summer, that I was ecstatic to see all my relatives once again. Stefan and Kids were all game for a trip down the memory lane…
They were too amazed when they first saw this game so, I took a spare table and a mahjong set, and taught them how to play it! Everyone in the family (father’s side) plays this, and I learned when I was about nine or ten years old. 🙂
On our trip back to the city, I did not take the same route. Instead, I drove further down south to the tip, and went on up on the other side of the island. It was some sort of exploration too, as there were already a lot of sites which were not there the last time I made a trip like this. It was just too bad that both my phone and the camera quit on us, but perhaps it was meant to be, so there is a reason to come back.
It was such a lovely vacation that now, the kids would ask me, from time to time, if we are ever going back to Bohol or Moalboal…
Yes, surely. But there are also so many places to see and visit, in this small country! There is Ilocos, Baguio, the Rice Terraces, Bicol, Puerto Galera, El Nido, Boracay, Samar/Leyte, Camiguin, etc… so much, that when you compile your pics from these places, you’ll see the natural beauty of the Philippines!
And, as we always say,
It’s more FUN in the Philippines!
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Cloth Used: plain Rinna Linen, 1.5 meters
This is for an ex-officemate, Irene, who will be wearing it to a Kiddie Party this weekend. 🙂 Now I’m off to see her, for fitting. Hopefully, there would not be any alterations ~ given that this is the 3rd dress that I have made for her! 😀
So much with the yellow minions …
this one’s my first evil one. Both are similar in a lot of ways, except for the hair and the teeth/mouth. I thought that I couldn’t do it, but I am pretty proud of what I made. 🙂
Oh, this one is still a WIP (work in progress). I’m planning to add a little bit more hair!
pals – mates – chums – buddies – comrades – fellows – companions
That’s what they are.
They found each other on the first day of their first year in school. Since then, Meri Lane would wait for my daughter outside their room, and won’t get in without her. I began to be fearful of the day my daughter will be absent from class, not knowing if she will stand to stay outside or get in on her own…
The day did come, and I was glad to know that she survived the day!
The year was full of laughter, long hours on the phone, fun and games (though it was only the two of them at first, they started to let their other classmates join them later on), but it was also not without quarrels and tears. Just the normal drama of friendship, really… they’d quarrel and patch up, and move on.
Their first school year ended, summer came, and they spent more than a month of it together when they joined a Kiddie Crew Workshop and the Flores de Mayo. And together, they discovered new things, new faces, new friends.
Another school year has begun, and sadly, they are not classmates anymore. We (Meri Lane’s mom and I) got worried at first, because Lane has lost the enthusiasm usually felt by Kids (and parents) on their first days of school. She has cried, and asked for Pia to be transferred to her class, or she go back to first grade. Later on, she learned that they can’t always be together, and you can see how they exert some time and effort to connect with each other. One would drop by the other’s classroom, the hugs when they meet, and the endless chatter … till we, the mothers, remind them that the bell has rung and classes are starting. 🙂
They are a team, the two of them. I’m happy of this, for one does need a friend (friends) to keep us going, in our journey to Life!
But I am also glad that they are starting to let other Kids into their lives, without forgetting and letting go of each other. It is then that I thought that their friendship did not last for only a particular time of their young lives.
Do you remember, when we were young, those promises we made.
The promise to be there for each other, no matter night or day.
The promise to keep secrets, no matter what they are.
The promise to be friends forever, no matter where we are…
~ Promises, Morgan Gregg
Here’s wishing you all, a wonderful Thursday!
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1994, in the island of Boracay, now one of the best tourist destinations here in the Philippines. Known for its pristine white sands, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, in 2012.