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

(Chorus)
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

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

(Chorus)
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

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

~Have a sip of Life

~TEAPOT

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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.

~TEAPOT

 

The Dancing Inmates of CPDRC

Have you ever heard of the name “the Dancing Inmates”? They are the renowned dancers from Cebu City,Philippines. They became famous since they’ve uploaded a video on youtube where they were dancing to the music of Michael Jackson’s thriller. It became a hit and since then, their performances are being watched by people from all over the world. They became a world sensation. And until now, they continue dancing and people still keep watching and enjoying their performances.

From the time we heard about these dancers, we really wanted to see them personally. These dancing inmates dance in CPDRC (Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center). They are scheduled to perform every last Saturday of the month. It is free to watch their performance but it is not that easy to go to CPDRC. Since it is on the top of the mountain, transportation is a hassle so the government of Cebu offers free bus ride from the Cebu Capitol going to CPDRC. But you have to call for a reservation. The performance starts in the afternoon which is very hot so you’d better bring shades and fans. It would last for about an hour. And it would surely be very fun to watch.

 

Me and my friends sat very close to the dancers so we could see their faces clearly. And we were quite surprised that most of them were at their 20’s. Then I wondered, “What could have they done wrong?” But I paused and thought, “I better quit thinking and just enjoy the show.”

Here’s my pictures of the performance:

the performance began with the raising of different country flags
the performance began with the raising of different country flags
dancing inmates
the continuation of the flag raising
inmates in black t-shirts are the star dancers. They are quite good at dancing
inmates in black t-shirts are the star dancers. They are quite good at dancing
with the rest of the dancers
with the rest of the dancers
with their wigs as props
with their wigs as props and pictures of influential people
in black and white
in black and white
they wear same shoes
they wear same shoes

At the end, we danced with them and they were very cool showing us some dance steps we could follow.

The performance ended with a blast. They danced Michael Jackson’s song “They don’t care about us”. It is a very powerful and meaningful song which is about criticism and racism. I can really say, ‘Hats off’ to these guys who changed my views on prisoners. Even if they are behind bars, they deserve second chances but it also depends on them, showing they deserve those second chances.

If you wish to watch the performance, book ahead and you may call these numbers:

(0063 International access) (032 local area code) 2539613/2541882

And they will publish their schedule on Freeman newspaper once they will have upcoming performances.

~enjoy

~TEA POT

 

 

 

 

Summer in Camotes Island

“Among the 7,107 islands of the Philippines, I encountered a paradise where heaven and earth meet.”

Welcome to Camotes island. It is an island located east from the mainland of Cebu. It is also a part of Cebu itself. If you want to relax and stay connected with nature, Camotes is surely one of the island you should visit. As I stepped on the lands of Camotes, I was fascinated by its fresh and clean environment.

It was in the year 2011 when I visited this place but until now, I can still remember the scent of the seas and the view of the clouds so near. It was the meeting of heaven and earth. How I wish I could stay there forever.

Here goes our itinerary:

We rented a jeepney going to Danao sea port. We didn’t book our ticket but we were able to buy the 5am schedule for php180. It took us 2 hours or more to reach the island.

It took us 1 hour or more to reach Danao seaport.
It took us 1 hour or more to reach Danao seaport.
friends at the seaport
My coworkers and friends posed at Danao seaport.

 

sunset in Camotes island
The breathtaking sunrise in Camotes Island.

Because we boarded at 5 am, I witnessed the breathtaking sunset of Camotes island. We then arrived in Camotes at almost 8am.

 

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The crystal blue water of Camotes.

 

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The ride to our hotel

 

Payag resort in Camotes island
Inside our hotel. It is good for 4 people with a very cheap price.

 

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Jump shot with friends. I failed to do so.

 

Camotes island beach
Running along the shores. What an amazing view.

 

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And we are in Baywalk.

 

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The stalactites in Timobo cave in Camotes island.

 

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Going down to have a swim. The water was very clear but the cave inside was very narrow.

 

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Another spot is the Lake Danao Park

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To sum up everything,

  • We stayed in Camotes for 2 days and 1 night.
  • We had a 180 ship ride for 2 hours at 5 am.
  • We stayed in Payag resort.
  • We had an excursion on the first day
  • The rest were just for relaxation

Here are the places we visited:

  • Baywalk
  • Timobo cave
  • Danao Lake Park

Camotes was not exciting but relaxing. If you want to relax and escape the rush and the pressure in the city, you can spend a 3 day 2 night stay in Camotes. You will be connected with nature with less worries. You can gaze at the stars and you will really feel that the sky is so near. It is not polluted and is really natural. It is very opposite to Boracay island which is very crowded with a lot of tourists and activities. Camotes is purely for relaxation and meditation. It will clear your mind and takes away all the pressure. So, I hope you can pay a visit to this wonderful island someday.

#Throwback time

~Have a sip of life

~enjoy Camotes island

~TEA POT