DUYOG (Accompaniment) (A Visayan song)

I live in a country with thousands of islands so we also have hundreds of dialects. I speak Bisaya, Filipino and English. Bisaya is my mother tongue, Filipino is our national language and English is our second language. I read books in English, watch movies in Filipino but in my daily life, I use Bisaya. I don’t usually sing songs in Bisaya because I am not used to it until one day, I stumbled into this Bisaya song which I personally think is not the usual Bisaya song I hear. And after hearing this song, I am more than excited to hear more songs like this to globalize Bisaya dialect. I hope there would be more and more Bisaya songs in the making.

This is actually a winning piece from the first ever VISPOP competition in the Philippines. The singer is a 20 year old Jewel Villaflores who composed this song together with her brother. It is a shame that I just found out about this song today. It is a great song that I think deserves more attention.

This is the English translation.

You are the priced possession
I’ve longed for
You are the star
In my dark ocean

You are the only one
I will love
You are the only one
My words are true

You are my wind
You are my rain
You are my heaven
And my world

You are the only one I will love
You are the only one
My words are true

You are my yesterday
You are my today
You are my everyday
My words are true
Listen to my heart
Accompanied by this guitar
You are not alone
You are my love

You are the sweetness
My happiness nothing can compare to
Are you even aware?
that behind this smile

You are the only one I will love
You are the only one
My words are true

You are my yesterday
You are my today
You are my everyday
My words are true
Listen to my heart
Accompanied by this guitar
You are not alone
You are my love

~I hope to be able to compose a song like this~

~Have a sip of Life



Cebu Trick Art Museum

It was one sunny fine day when me and my friends decided to visit a museum. It’s not a historical museum though but a trick art museum. I personally enjoy art but I am not knowledgeable enough with the different artists. We enjoyed taking pictures in the museum. There were like 40 paintings and we took pictures with everything. It was fun and interesting. The paintings were painted in 3D so it looked like we were part of the paintings itself.

Here are the pictures we had.

I wanna dance with a ballerina and be a ballerina myself.
I wanna dance with a ballerina and be a ballerina myself.
The mirror. But the clock seems wrong.:)
We are butterflies! I would love to have butterfly wings and travel the world.
Say Cheese! Would it be nice to have a polar bear camera man?
The motorbike ride! Always be careful when driving.:)
So the legend is real. There are unicorns!
Yes! We are stealing money from a rich man’s vault.
Oh my God! We are gonna be swallowed alive here.
Hey there Kingkong. I never thought you would fall in love with a human.
Bulls eye! That’s what you call shooting!
Angels are for real. I am your guardian angel.
I can’t swim but I would love to be close with these creatures.
We carry the world on our shoulders. It’s quite heavy with billions of people on it.
This is traditional plowing. It’s definitely hard work.
A snake behind me.
It’s great honor to have a class with Einstein.
Your eyes are tricking you.
I’m trapped in a bubble!
Our public transportation! Jeepney!
Run for your lives!
These smart creatures surely know how to take pictures with cellphones.

We had plenty of pictures but I will just have to post only some. I love to go to museums and any museums would be interesting for me. Would you pay this museum a visit?

It is located in Jcenter mall, Mandaue City Cebu. It cost around 400 per person including the 4D ride which is not in the picture. I don’t know really but the 4D ride was not my piece of cake.

~Have a sip of life. TEAPOT

Promise Yourself Only the Best

Promise yourself to dream more and hesitate less.

To believe in yourself more and judge yourself less by the accomplishments of others.

To appreciate your family and friends for the wonderful ways they make your life better.

Promise yourself to accept life as it comes and truly make each day special.

To become more independent and more willing to change.

To fill your life with special times,

and make your dreams come true.

– Deanne Beisser

Carry With You These Gifts of the Heart

Trust…that whatever happens, there is someone who will understand.

Honesty…the feeling that you never need to hold back.

Peace…in being accepted for who you really are.

Beauty…in outlook more than appearance.

Freedom…to be yourself, to change and to grow.

Joy…in everyday, in every memory and in your hopes for the future.

Love…to last a lifetime, and perhaps beyond. -D.L Riepl

Summer in Leyte Island

It was March of this year when my aunt who’s been living in the states, came back home. After 18 years, she’s finally back home, but only just for 3 weeks. And because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, we did many things for her homecoming, and one of it, was going back to Leyte, our HOMETOWN.

It was actually 3 months after the biggest typhoon hit the island so we were scared whether it would be possible for us to go there by ship. But luckily, we were able to travel and we arrived safely to the island. It was nostalgic. I was satisfied. The ruins of the typhoon surprised us: roofless houses, damaged roads, but business was back to usual. My hometown was not severely affected by the typhoon but the electricity supply was still cut. We stayed in the island powerless for a week. But we still enjoyed it. 🙂

It was also a reunion party for us and especially for my mother, aunts and grandparents. They have not been together for 18 years. I was very happy when I saw them reunited.

My mother with her sisters and parents.
My mother with her sisters and parents.

We stayed in the island for a week. We didn’t have electricity and we need to fetch water from the opposite area. But we were able to have fun though the nights were sleepless.


This place has been the same for 2 decades and more.
This place has been the same for 2 decades and more.

And for a week, I enjoyed the sunrise and sunset right before my eyes.

The Sunset



One of the best thing during the vacation was our visit to the beach. It’s an isolated place but pristine. And below is a picture of the road towards the beach. It’s kind of creepy.

The Road towards Isolation


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I posed with the horizon behind me.
I posed with the horizon behind me.

We enjoyed the 1 week stay in the island, with no electricity, choppy phone signals and far fetched water supply. We were reunited with our relatives and I met my mother’s relatives as well. It feels good knowing you have many blood relatives.

Me, my mother and my baby sister went home earlier than the schedule because the baby got sick. The vacation didn’t end that good though but it was worthy. 🙂

I hope to visit the place again.