Proud to be Ormocanon!
Today, there’s really a big change in this small city after the flash flood which made this place known. That flash flood could be so devastating if I look back but if I’ll look forward and now, it was a blessings in disguise. Its not only the place that has changed but also the people. As the place keep on improving, the people as well became better and better, also growing in all aspects in life.
Its so nice to recall, how I walk in the city from my school OCHS (Ormoc City High School,now OSNHS) to the terminal for I live in one of its baranggay 14kilometers from the city. And the walking distance from school always has to cross the city proper. So as high school teenager, we most of the time hanged out at the seaside or plaza just besides the bus terminal.
Even during the night, this place is a beautiful place to relax and standby! Every time we come home in my loving town, together with my family, we’ll make sure we have time to standby in the city plaza eating “poso” with barbecue.
I might reach wherever in the world and tour around the universe, still I would love to be back in my dear home town, Ormoc City, Philippines!
*most of the pictures taken from Ormocanon Special Community
Its so funny to think now that even how we started life so poor but I can see how our family transport improved from time to time. I remember before in our village, there were only few like 2 or 3 families that owns “wheels” and we call them the rich families. One have two motorcycles that they used for living and one had a jeep and also a passenger vehicle. And of course the baranggay captain owned one. While our means of transport that time was only our dearest carabao.
It was indeed fun but maybe because of social issues, I wished to have wheels someday before. But dreaming is good after all because we really never know what can happen. By God’s grace, I can say that we get what I desired. But here’s the point, we didn’t get it that easy, it was step by step. First, we got a bike, it was already satisfying in our small village if you have a bike.
Then, early year 2000 we got our first motor cycle though paid monthly but we did it well. Then, we had a cab and used it as passenger cab but it was sold out also because of some reasons. Then as time progresses on and family’s living went better and better we bought a jeepney or a semi bus type just for the family and my brother’s use on his business. Then presently brothers got muti-cab each and a 4×4 pick-up. (pictures will be posted later, i still have to search it on my tons of pics:) ).
According to Wiki, Viajera is a spanish word for a lady traveller. This blog was made out of the thought to trace my journey as a traveller. This page will talk so much about places and travels under my experiences. So, I think the blog title “viajera” would be appropriate since I’m a lady traveller.
I named this first as Travel Episode which I think would also fit in since this is mostly about every episode of my travels from the small village to the big city , from Asia to Europe, and from here to where my feet ends up:) But then I think I have to change it into “viajera” and used the “travel episode” as the description! I don’t know if I decided it right! What do you think?
Living in a province and quite a small village, the word “city” was so much already for us. I remember, every time a kid friend or me or any kid that time who can go to the city with their parents, it was like heaven already. So how much more if we think about big cities like Metro, Manila and Cebu City. Many wished to somehow can visit these places. It was like something paradise for us.
When I became a teenager and became a member of Free Methodist Youth, a church organization for young people, my luck came in. I was just 12 years old when there was a general youth camp to all Northern Conference churches. And it was held in the queen city of the south, Cebu. And I was so lucky to be elected as the representative in our small church. Yes, only me from the village. I consider it as my first travel out of town that I already have consciousness about it.
This picture was taken lately but just want to use this cause I think the city is quite obvious there. This was at the hotel in cebu, top side wherein the city is overlooking.
One of the the famous place in cebu, where in the famous statue of Lapu-lapu is found! This is a beautiful park to standby!
Well, it was then an experienced I had which I can be proud of and shows how lucky really am when it comes to traveling! After that first time, Cebu City became almost my home as time progresses on!
Hello guys, welcome again to Travel Episode. I’m so sorry I was out for more than a month. During summer time we always have our vacation outside the country or out of town. I have to set aside blogging since we travel a lot as a whole family during these days.
We did have a lot of trips and travel but now is over, back to normal again. We really enjoy and are very thankful for the safety and for the opportunity to see the beautiful world we have.
Now I’m back and see you all guys as I continue to write every travel episode in my life and in our lives! Godbless and have a great day ahead!
If theres such name as ‘classmate’ since you’ve meet every weekdays in the class, I can say we got jeepmates before. Since there was only one jeepney traveling in the morning, it was almost the same faces I met in jeepney every morning and we were almost all students from different schools in the city, public and private schools. We might not be classmate or schoolmates, we knew each other gradually and we called ourselves jeepmates. We helped each other just to get in, in one jeepney.
Before, One jeep with full of passengers in it. Today, One road with full of jeepneys in it.
There’s really a big difference on transportations before and nowadays. If before we beg the driver to wait for us, now, its the drivers who will beg the passengers to ride on them. And because there are already multicabs almost every minutes, passengers specially students got a chance to choose a cab with nice or new, fast and with sounds/music. The road or baranggay highways are already crazy. Traffic become the biggest problem. It will be impossible to get a jeepmate nowadays. Instead, jeepneys got a roadmates!
*pictures taken from google
As I’ve mentioned on my last post about we moved out to the province which is 12km from the city. So, I also transferred school, otherwise I have to travel everyday with someone since I was still 5 years old then. In our baranggay, we had only elementary school, no pre-school as I was used to in the city. My age that time was just suppose for kindergarten. Still I enroll in grade 1 even if my classmates were already 7years old. Not to brag I even top the class, maybe because of my pre-school experienced from the city.
So my mother thought, it would be better for me to enroll my high school to the city. She thinks there’s a big difference then, when it comes to giving the education to particular students. So, after my elementary years for thick and thin, even how hard it was to get in to public highschool, I made it.
I have to travel daily back and forth to school and home. And it was so memorable because public vehicles were not that much as we have nowadays. As far as I can remember only 2 jeepneys traveling our place. And it travels 3 times a day only. One every morning and one in the afternoon then one in the evening. So if you missed the first trip, it was understandable that you will miss your classes too.
Well, it was fun as I was trying to remember it. Will post some details next. Good day!
I was born in the city and lived there until I was 4years old. Since my father is a farmer and his farm was in the province where he was born and where his family live, we had to moved from the city to the province where our source of living were.
I never used to travel on public or private vehicles since we lived just nearby schools and city proper where stores were located. We just used to walk to school, to the park, to the mall and to the market. But then that routine had changed to the extreme when we moved. From then on, we have to travel by jeepneys, motorcycle, bicycle or any road transport if we go shopping or even to school.
Our new place was quite far away from business places so we have to travel for couple of minutes to get there for example shopping goods. So by then, traveling back and forth became one of our way of life. And since it costs to travel that time, it feels great everytime we have the opportunity to ride on public jeepneys. I learned to love riding and dreams and wishes to own one of these vehicles when time comes was born:) Which if I look back now, I think those dreams came true!
Well, this is all for now and hang on for the next travel episode! Good day!
I believed I was born a traveler. Like its already in my veins that passion to travel. I remember my first out of town traveling alone was when I was still 5years old. Yes I travel alone by boat/ship bound to another town and I had my name hanging on my neck so my uncle who going to meet me can identify me. I was enthrusted by my parents to the captain of the boat which was a family friend. Well, it sounds crazy or scary but that was my first travel alone.
As I grow up, I always love to travel, to explore and to adventure places whatever it takes. I never been afraid going to places for the first time. I always took it as interesting and exciting. I have lots of experiences both great and hard times. I already tried rare situations like going to far away places without enough money , I call it “walking with faith” believing that every stop overs there’s a provision there for me to go on until I reach the distance.
This blog is going to be interesting and I want you to travel with me as I shared every episode of it. This might gives an inspiration, a lesson and even some situations you can relate too. Welcome to TRAVEL EPISODE!