If there are cities to go to for a quick getaway because of the very hot season, it could either be Baguio City and Tagaytay City. But what makes it different with each other? Then I can help you. I will compare it through my experiences. Baguio City is 5-6 hours away from Manila via a public transport and can be easily accessible riding a bus along EDSA. Once you get there, you can hail a cab going to your choice of stay from hotel to a transient house or to a friend or relative’s house. If the place is nearby Burnham Park then you are on the point of everywhere in the city. I used to stay in a transient house along City Camp Alley (5 mins walk away from Burnham Park) because i can easily go to a nearby coffeeshop or go to a market or just in the park for bystanding and wandering. it is just an easy routine for me. I can also stay in my cousin’s house but it is far away from the places i wanted to go to(in any time) or in my friend’s house but is also the same distance as my cousin’s. Anyway, I advise staying in transient house because you can either cook your own meals or just go to a nearby restaurants to eat or go to a bar for a nottle of beer or to a coffeeshop for coffee and just relax for an hour or two. I would also like to say that transportation is easy in Baguio City. A lot of food choices nearby, tourist spots to go to even though you have been there many times or just a place to relax all day. By the way, i forgot to mention that one place i always go to is a very unique restaurant called Cafe de Batirol famous for its chocolate drink prepared by stirring 2 sticks together(i don’t know what it’s called) situated like a grass covered house surrounded by Pine trees and cold weather. A lot of people ask why i go there instead of nearby beaches or resorts, there is only one answer i gave them, I love the cold weather. It is relaxing. Why not Tagaytay? now let me compare it to Baguio. Tagaytay City is situated the opposite part of the Philippines, the south. It is a 2-3 hour drive away from Manila via public transport or at least 2 hours via a private car. Once there, I always drop by Starbucks along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway going to Batangas. Why there? because it is the point of everywhere in the city, it is where most of the restaurants and hotels are located. The view of the Taal volcano is beautiful while having your meal or a sip of coffee or a bottle of beer for a chill. And the weather is cold too but not as cold as Baguio city (because Baguio’s sea level is higher) compared to Tagaytay. I love Tagaytay too. But what makes it difficult for me (i have mo car) is the accessibility of the places and public transportation especially at night and accomodation such as transient rooms where you can cook your own meals (i haven’t found such even when i research on the web). That’s about it. Thanks for reading!
Did you imagine?
Imagine that I am a stranger. A friend of your friend.
Imagine I told a story about you, and then your friend believed it. Imagine the reason “it was my friend” that experienced it so there is no doubt I won’t believe it. Did you imagine that stories maybe created? Did you imagine if they are true or not? Or did you even imagine if it has relevance or not?
You did not, don’t you? Imagine if I say that it is not true. Imagine if I say, believe me and everything will be okay? But I did not imagine that there was no one who believes me except me? Did you imagine what my struggles are? Did you imagine the feeling of being left alone? Did you imagine where I am coming from? I guess you did not. Did we imagine people being judgmental? Did we even imagine that we hurt them rather than helping them?
Did you imagine if I tell a story about a person you know and not knowing if it’s true or not? Did we imagine that I may have invented it? Made stories just because I wanted it? Did you imagine that I hurt that person as if I stabbed him or her at the back? Did we imagine how dreadful it is as a being?
I guess if we imagined what will go wrong, how it turned out and will turn out, what we imagine as a threat to judge should have been a better understanding of what we have imagined all through out, what we have imagined of a better place for everyone and what we have imagined of a peaceful mind of understanding one’s own thing..
Now…Did you imagine?
Over and over again when new year comes, all of us would say “My new year’s resolution is” and so on. Was there a thought of having it fulfilled? Inch by inch we always ask ourselves if it was even started.
Many people has their own bag of stories and bag of what they have in mind. My twenty fourteen story began great and almost ended up miserable.Let me start it monthly..
January started good, started so right and ended better. Better in a way that all of the things came unexpected, blessings came and motivations went high,situations, happenings made me a better person and in realized that there are true to us that made us better. February is pretty much the same. Yeah, pretty much the same I say, though I started it very good and warming and still ended it so well. March, yes! it’s March and it’s okay..April, well, summer! A bit of “sadness but more of an “awesome”. Well, April started cold. Literally cold! summer capital was just one of those things and of course, i was not alone. It was so special, well my travel has always been special with you. It went well until unexpected things happen, a part of your life passed but I never left, I was always with you, the warmth of my hugs, my kisses and my love, is all that I can give and of help..Yes! it’s April, beaches and travel. May, hmmm, I guess May is just May, nothing’s really because, weekends are just there. June, yeah, bigger responsibility. What should I say, well, our home was just another home of our family, yeah! my family came in double. children with hard heads. Literally hard heads, nothing is unusual. July!! a month full of happiness and a bit of sadness. It was your first time and believe me, my smile is way too wide while writing this part of my story, I have alot in store for July, and that bag of happiness went all the way to Boracay, yeah! 4 days of happiness, 4 days felt like 4 years and that 4 days did I not imagine ended for 4 days as if I don’t want it just 4 days but I wanted it to be all the way until the end. Oh well, I just wanted to remember that always, I still have that in my imagination of eating, swimming, dealing with the sun until it sets yet dealing with the wind at night, then, go home, watch tv, sleep and that so called “Duyan”. You have no idea how wide my smile is right now. Okay, let me tell you the bit of sadness, July was also the month where, friends leave. I won’t have to tell more because, i am still getting the hang over of that Boracay. August, a month full of tension at work. Controversy? I don’t think so, there are some people not on our side and that makes us , well, not inclined. September, what should I say? It’s my birth month and that’s the end of the month story. October, I guess, the highlight was, it was a birthday of my travel partner. It was also the month where a big part of our lives passed away and we bid farewell, this was also the month where i decided to leave my comfort zone because that August Tension is growing. November started pretty fine, my family visits another family, we travelled north(again), we climbed upto Baguio to feel the breeze and see their first times, slept over night at a very small condominium good for 4 yet we were 20. ahahaha, that was an experience! On a serious side, November was not so great at all because it was devastating, a cruel month. There was a point that I have not been eating properly, at times that I don’t know where am I going, at times that I wanted to end my life slowly, it was too bad, to think that there is a plan of going to one of our favorite places, Tagaytay, but all was gone. November was also a month that I realized that Stories can be so true not even you knowing that it may have a core issue or may be of false claims, that day, I know, and I know, that I know my self very very well. That day, people that I befriended with, are the same people that will kill me because of stories of other’s stories. November was never a good to me, it wasn’t. December, holiday is almost there, bigger problems arise and fewer solutions is at hand, i felt like I was alone, felt like there is no one to listen, felt like I am talking to my self, that feeling was just intense. In reality, yeah, there was a hope, a hope that I know will just be a hope, it was inconsistent, there was a feeling of it..But I stayed true, I stand by myself, if it will, it will always be. Honestly, December wasn’t so felt for the holidays. Problems came forth, I struggled financially, emotionally and spiritually. My mentality was estranged but I still fought and yet still fighting. Now it’s 2015 and I am in the process of a new beginning, to set things alright and to start anew. Let 2014 pass and pray it won’t happen. Let this year a prosperous year.
And that…That alone…was my twenty fourteen…There are lines I left to end the this story…I always wanted to be with you..
familiar? he’s sam! a character in LOTR. One of my favorite character. We are so much similar. Watched the LOTR movies many many times and i still love it.
View on Path
It is my mistake. I just wish that mistake was taken for granted as my choice is you. All alone. The hardest part was when you asked for a space. A space that I can’t fill in. A space that I tried the hardest time I could. I just thought you realized how much I love and how much important you are to me. I care because I know what is right and I know where my boundaries are, but how can I prove that if all along you never trusted me? you have never seen the things that I am doing? Where is that part? Where will get that trust? I stayed i times we were struggling, I gave my efforts to save it but where was your part?
I believe that I have proven myself worthy of staying and maybe I also need you to prove yourself worthy of such staying. Maybe I am just a person who remains a person, I am that person that whatever we had or what somebody else had of me, I cherish that. It was a part of me that I used to love and cherish you everyday.. I just hope that space will be filled in..
The day I saw you I told my self that I will know your name and befriend you. Then, I knew from the very beginning that you’ll be that one person whom I know I can share everything about me. I was not hesitant to find a way to know your name, the I used Facebook to see you and initiate a friendship with you. At first, I had that fear of , you might push me away or even not to entertain me until i was wrong. Every little things, every little favor that you asked, did not bother me at all. It was then when schedules and circle of friends hinder us to be together during breaks and lunch but did not stop me at all knowing that there are times when I help you seemed to be my happiness. Time come and go, changes happen, we transitioned together, I was so happy at all that you are with me and I know that we will be together most of the time puffin’ some smokes and stuffs that we always talk about. I have to admit that falling in love is not impossible, rather a very difficult time for me to be secretive of what I feel but I knew, there will be that time that I can’t take it and eventually I did. I did tell you how I felt. Then you asked why? then I said, because it happened, it happened when we had the chance, when I had the chance, an unexpected chance. Then you did not believe me, then I said, whatever it is that I said, stays the same. You always make me happy and make me smile. As if you are my boss. I may not be what you wanted but at the end of the day, It is YOU whom I always cherish. It is YOU whom my heart felt true and I know, You are always the one that I will be loving in my heart and in my mind. What you give me is friendship but what I give you is special. It is my choice and I know that choice will never be forgotten once in my life time. That One day of my life became a very big part, became the result of what I am feeling. That One day is everyday.