Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Repost: The Amazing Race in Helsinki (24-26 November 2006)

(Other photos in this entry, courtesy of Theresa Bantolo)

Four years ago in November, my friend Theresa Bantolo treated me and two others (Grace Timbal and Reymund Inihao) to a cruise trip to Helsinki aboard Silja Lines as an early Christmas present.

May 4th, 2007 by musings-of-a-sojourner

Partners-in-Crime: There, Grace, Reymund and Tita Rose with the cameo appearance of Cristeo

What was it they said … that it is not the destination but the journey that matters or something to that effect. I’ll try adding another spice to it. The kind of people you’re with and their disposition throughout the whole journey matters as well.

"I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." -Mark Twain

If you ask me about Helsinki and Finland, I can’t give any lengthy reply. The most I can remember from this trip was all the singing, shopping and the TAR-like tour around Helsinki.

There informed us that there’ll be some photo op once we board the ship. We were the last to board and that means that there were no more photographers greeting the passengers. Imagine There’s disappointment as well as the doubt of the first-timers… not a single photographer, not even a single tripod or cable which can prove that there was indeed that *photo shoot*. We went inside our cabin and dozed off. Few hours after the ship started its voyage, I woke up, took a walk down the deck to have some fresh air and explored the ship. When I reached the foyer, photos of passengers taken a few hours ago were on display. There was right about that photo op.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lake Sebu and Around South Cotabato

(Thanks to my brother LPVJ for some of the photos which I used in this entry.)

Taking off from my GenSan trip, let me now continue with my journey to Lake Sebu. From the fish port, we travelled down the long stretch of the Pan-Philippine Highway, passing through Polomolok and Tupi and making a quick stop at the roadside market to buy loads of fruits in season such as the pineapple, mangosteen, durian, lanzones, rambutan, watermelon and guapple.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Repost: End of October, First of November and a Chaotic, Snowy Evening

It's the time of the year for our kindred ones in the northern hemisphere to experience the changing of colors and seasons, from the golden brown of autumn to the grey and white of winter. I wonder if the first snowfall came (or will come) as predicted or fall from the skies when least expected. I remember four years ago when Stockholm was caught unprepared with the first signs of winter.

I am reposting an entry from my other blog of that experience. 

November 09, 2006 

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