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CEBU for first time travelers (Part 2 DAY)

It has been a long time since I’ve posted my Cebu Adventures. You might have been left hanging.. but here goes PART 2 after months of busyness, I finally found time to write.

If you missed part 1, here’s a link:

https://leviloveslife.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/touring-cebu-day-1/. 🙂

 

 

So begins DAY 2!

November 16, 2012

We barely had time to sleep since we arrived almost midnight the night before. Thanks to our delayed flight. Hehe. Sleeping in Cebu for the first time was refreshing. We woke up about 6 AM the following day, watched a little TV from the cable-ready television in our room and took turns taking a bath. The amenities for the hotel was quite good. They even had a sort of laundry/kitchen area.

After preparing for our transfer to our event venue, we decided to eat at the restaurant located at the lobby of the hotel. The restaurant’s name is ZUBUCHON which offers the nation-wide famous Cebu Lechon.

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The hotel is near a busy street, and unlike the night before, the street was filled with the colorful multi-cabs of the island. Zubuchon offers a variety of dishes which is a bit pricy for a frugal traveler. Their food ranges from 90-120 pesos per serving. This is a snap shot of their menu.

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Dek and I ordered Zubuchon, while Rex ordered slow-cooked Adobo. All in all the food was yummy. 🙂 The staff of this branch was also very accommodating, warm and responded quickly to our request.

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However, one thing to note is you have to wait for your food a bit. So, if you are in a hurry, this might not be the best option to have your meal. see the picture below? Yes, I was so hungry waiting for my food! haha.

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The food was worth the wait though… 🙂
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YUM! YUM! YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UH-OH.. Besides the length of time, we also noticed an insect in one of the condiments in our table.


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See that guy swimming in a sea of salt at the right side of the bottle?

But we didn’t mind. 😀

 

 

 

After these adventures as a group, we headed to our event – the 6th anniversary of the Jesus is Lord Church – Young Adult Ministry. I think I will be posting in another section activities pertaining to the event. 😀

 

 

 

 

TIP# 1: Try something new.

TIP #2: When we traveled from the hotel to our event destination… we realized that we should not act as if  we are new in the place (though we are), the taxi driver was not very helpful and friendly. 😦 If we acted as if we were naive, he would have taken an additional 100 bucks from us.

 

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Lessons from the SPERM and the EGG.

Lessons from the SPERM and the EGG.

“Salamat po sa Mama at Papa ko. Kung hindi po dahil sa egg cell at sperm cell nila. Hindi ako mabubuo.” That was the legendary speech of a biology student during her debut. Yes, that former BIO student was me. I didn’t intend to make anyone laugh during that night. I wanted my speech to be dramatic. I was DEAD SERIOUS when I acknowledged the fact that my Mom and Dad provided the cells which made me. 🙂 But after those words came out of my mouth, my family and friends laughed so hard that I was able to find those thoughts quite amusing too.

I happen to remember that moment when I was on my way to work this morning. I was reflecting on my current life status in terms of my career, my family life, my love life, relationship with others, ministry and spiritual life. It is quite amazing that I learned something from the sperm and the egg, that I wanted to share it with everybody.

Of course we all know that the SPERM comes from the guys and the EGG comes from girls. This is not bastos, it’s BIOLOGY. 🙂 So, let’s review how a baby is formed…

 

MOM and DAD make love (I love the term!).

 

[Disclaimer: I still believe and do adhere the purity of sex, and that it should be done only by married couples. Primarily because their commitment is for a lifetime. Hence, they only share themselves with one person for the rest of their life which minimizes the possibility of STDs and Broken Homes.]

 

There is a point in the love sessions that DAD sends a LOVE FLUID to MOM. This fluid contains a group of Sperm Cells searching for their ONE TRUE LOVE – the EGG. It is here our story begins, in the sperm’s pursuit of the egg. ^__^

Once MOM receive the LOVE FLUID from DAD, the little sperm cells in it starts swimming and finding the one (sometimes 2) egg cell awaiting her prince charming. But you know, usually there is only ONE SPERM CELL that can fertilize the ONE EGG CELL. How does it do that? We learn from Biology that there are millions of sperm cells swimming in the LOVE FLUID. According to some, it can contain up to 500 million sperm cells. TALK ABOUT COMPETITION! After these tiny SPERM CELLS reach MOM’s body, there are many obstacles that hamper them to go directly to the egg. It seems to me that it is like a test, a selection process wherein only the best remains… the best partner for MOM’s EGG CELL.

 

OBSTACLE 1

According to Tamar L. Goulet, Ph.D., the distance a sperm travels to be united with an egg is apporximately 6inches or 15 cm long. however, given the size of the SPERM that distance means 3,750 times the length of itself. That’s a long way to go don’t you think? But the determined little sperm cells… pursuing their princess.. continues to swim to meet her.

 

OBSTACLE 2

Dr. Goulet also notes that the place where MOM receive the SPERM is not very friendly. But because of the LOVE FLUID that DAD gives, it becomes a little friendlier. Oh Yes, DAD helps his little SPERM to reach MOM’s EGG.

 

OBSTACLE 3

Another obstacle proven by SCIENCE is the CERVIX. The Cervix is part a of MOM that comes after the receiving area. More like the gate of the EGG’s palace. The MUCUS or sticky fluid of the cervix does not allow abnormally shaped sperms to pass. One professor in the US that I’ve read about states that the LOVE FLUID contains many abnormally shaped SPERM. These are the not-so-good-kind. So, at this point they are eliminated from the love competition. Hence, a better chance for MOM’s EGG to meet her REAL PRINCE.

 

OBSTACLE 4

Miley Cyrus’ song “The CLIMB” can be the theme song of the sperm at one point. After surviving the cervix, the SPERMS need to climb up to the fallopian tubes through the UTERUS.  The Uterus is like the area of the castle after the gate, while the Fallopian Tube is the Castle itself, a passageway that leads to the Princess Chambers.

In the uterus, many sperms die while climbing. Dr. Goulet narrated that only a few thousand survives. (They were a MILLION not long ago). Also, there are 2 fallopian tubes, meaning two passageways and only one leads to the princess chambers. Some SPERM goes the wrong way and gets defeated. But there are a few with the GREAT LOVE INSTINCT that goes to the right path.. ang tamang daan! By this time, the surviving eggs are only a few hundred.

 

THE ARRIVAL

According to Dr. Goulet again, SPERMS during their whole journey transforms. The SPERM that started the journey is not the same cell that completes it. He grows more and more into the type of SPERM CELL that can fertilize or be one with the egg cell.

He and Dr. Thomas states:

Throughout this journey, the sperm are undergoing a drastic transformation. Freshly ejaculated sperm are incapable of fertilizing an egg. The newbie sperm must go through a process called “capacitation” within the female body. Chemicals in the sperm’s head change or are removed, and the sperm’s tail movement increases. “These steps help the sperm mature and render them able to fertilize an egg,” explains Dr. Thomas.

Once the obstacles make him who he needs to be, the SPERMS then try to find the PRINCESS in her CHAMBERS. The waiting princess goes out of her room and meets the sperms in the passageway. Many of the remaining sperms tries to win her heart. BUT ONLY ONE MAKES IT! 🙂

 

LESSONS:

 

a. WAIT.

Hebrews 6:15 (NIV)

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

We can see in the story that the egg cell does not nothing but wait until she hears the tail-steps of the sperms. it is the only time she does some action. There are some points in our lives when all we can do is wait. Waiting for the promotion in your job or waiting for the right partner are just one of the few waiting period we encounter. we can see that after the EGG waited, the ONE she was waiting for CAME. So let us not Fret, our God is faithful!

 

b. PERSEVERE.

I CORINTHIANS 9: 24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

The SPERMS knew their prize, and the price for them to win it. But, they endured every obstacle, and gave it their all regardless of the possibility of rejection , death or hopelessness. Are you in a situation that you are running towards your dream.. a dream of being the best in your profession, a dream of establishing a better ministry for the Lord, a dream of being deeper in knowledge and love of God, a dream of being recognized by your family, a dream of sharing your life with someone special? THEN RUN YOUR RACE. ENDURE THE TRAINING. GET THE CROWN. KNOW YOUR AIM. LET YOURSELF NOT BE DISQUALIFIED, even in the midst of temptations.

 

c.  TRANSFORM

 2 Corinthians 4:16 – 18

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The SPERMS transformed during the process of pursuing their dream. They transformed for the better. Hence, we must also do so during times of trials and obstacles in our lives. We must strive to be better – to be renewed day by day. Your troubles has an end. Your pursuit has a goal. Fix your eyes on GOD that gives you the strength to endure. Fix your eyes on JESUS who did not give up on you. 🙂 This is the greatest motivation for an eternal goal of being the best for His glory, and making Him Lord of your life. 🙂

 

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Levi Grace Ambon is a social worker. aspiring photographer/writer/blogger. bookworm. traveler. chubbier. 🙂 A princess for she is a daughter of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

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Because Dreams Come True.

Do you remember the days when you were young.. when life was bliss and the days are care free? This picture reminds me so much about a time where fairy tales are real. Prince Charming is coming… and I am a REAL princess.

 

As we grow up, we fall down and get hurt. We get rejected. We are left alone.. broken… wondering what is wrong with us. Our first heartbreak – romantic or not – becomes the alarm clock of life. The sound that rings and wakes us into reality.

 

It can come in many form. Maybe your father left you. Maybe your Mom was a drunkard. Maybe you were abused. Maybe you were not loved by that guy you wish to share your life with. The alarm clock of life comes in different times, in different kinds..

 

But despite that, we should never give up. We should never lose hope. Like balloons, our dreams may never fly forever.. but seeing one fly even for a moment gives us that magical feeling that flying is possible.

 

so Dream.

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Heaven sends its love.

While I was on my way to Nueva Ecija today, I captured an unusual cloud in the sky. This past week, NCR, Southern and Central Luzon was very much affected by the continuous rain and subsequent flood. But, the photo was a very uplifting sight.. It feels like God reminding me.. us… that He loves us. We might suffer much from this fallen world.. But He will forever send His Love!

 

Praises unto JESUS!

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Family Time

For a Young Adult’s life, balancing acts are so common in every situation. You have to give time to your career, your love life, other sources of income, ministry, social life, school.. but sometimes the least priority becomes our family.

It’s so sad that too many young people spend their days with friends.. when as a matter of fact.. they should be spending it with their families because once they get married.. they wouldn’t and shouldn’t be living with their parents or siblings anymore.. So personally, I also give time to my family. Some people do not understand it, but I guess investing time with my parents and siblings will pay off in the future.. besides, I love them and I enjoy our time together!

So I also want you to meet my family..

Here’s my Papa..

here’s my sister who is sooo into modelling

By the way, I am also inspired by my MOM and DAD’s marriage.. They will be celebrating their 25th year anniversary next year! Yey!

So if you are still thinking of going home during the weekends.. or making time for them.. Do not hesitate! Spend each moment with your family! Fill your life with laughters and LOVE. ❤