Casa Gorordo, Cebu, Philippines

I have heard so much about this historical house, located in the Parian district in Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines, so this time, with the help of my brother, I was finally able to visit this “balay nga tisa” (“Balay” stands for house, while “tisa” means bricks). My impression was that of awe as I listened to the guide while she was explaining about the history and at the same time the customs and traditions during the 1850’s and 1860’s in Cebu. I found it really amusing to hear about how a Courtship could be during that period. “A boy who likes a girl would express his feelings to the girl with a “Harana” – singing a love song. If the girl likes him, she would drop a handkerchief from the window, which means, he can come up the house to talk to her. But not alone! Her mother would sit between them, thus, listening and observing everything between her daughter and her suitor. It is almost impossible for me to understand why the private/personal life of a woman could be controlled by her parents, as a child, as an adult and even after marriage! Women nowadays have more freedom to choose and to become what they want to be.

View of “Balay nga tisa” from the souvenir shop

The following are some images of the historical house:

A view of the piano and the dining room

Can this climbing plant be more than 200 years old?

Amulets

A wood stove

“Silong” lower part of the house

A very beautiful historical house in the oldest city of the Philippines. “Balay nga tisa”. For me, this experience really made me realize how lucky I am to be able to have an insight of the life of the “Filipina” – a girl from the Philippines, in the past. Life is a never ending story. It ends only when it ceases to be.

“Tartanilla” – a two wheeled horse-drawn carriage, one of the means of transportation in the olden times and still in use in some areas in the Philippines.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

“Tops”, Cebu

The view from here of the city of Cebu, Philippines was really breathtaking!

A beautiful day and the sight of so many persons around with their family and friends made me feel how awesome life is.

To the right from the entrance, shops and snack bars

Picnic zone

By night a good place to relax..

Another way of adding life to Time.

Wishing everyone an amazing week!

Long haul flight

Traveling will always be one of the best things in life for me. It needs time and money to be able to discover new places, new persons with different cultures and traditions, but resources spent over it will always be, for me, one of the best investments that I have made and make in life.

This trip to Cebu, Considered as one of the most beautiful cities of the Philippines started with a dream to see again love ones and it ended as a reality. I started planning this trip a year ago and now….

The trip from Marco Polo Airport (greatly improved in these last years!) to Dubai and then to Cebu was pleasant. I think it is not only because we took a flight with one of the most reliable airlines in the world, Emirates ( of course after having travelled a lot, for me, this is the best Airline company that I had the pleasure to travel with), packing and organizing the luggage ahead of time ( I start listing all the things that I plan to bring + the “pasalubong” for my family and friends – a Filipino tradition, mentioned in one of my latest blogs, that I honestly don’t want to break!), and of course, saving for this trip. The following are the things that I did for this long haul flight which made this trip begin in the way I wanted it. A pleasant and an enjoyable one. As an Italian saying goes “chi ben comincia, è a metà dell’opera” – well begun is half done:

1. Thought of a country to visit.

2. Considered the expenses that would be incurred for the trip. I always choose basing on the rule: Quality must go with the price.

3. After deciding where to go, I start buying 6 months before the things needed for the trip. Meaning, enough time to avail for discounts on the items. I get more value if I buy the same thing when it is on Sale. (Of course I don’t always find the ones I would like to buy at a discounted price).

4. I buy the plane tickets months before (usually 6 months before as I’ve noticed that buying them ahead gives me more chances to pay the same ticket at a discounted rate.)

5. There are a lot of ways to book a hotel accommodation these days. I usually avail for the booking services of Expedia and Booking.com. Until now, they never failed me. Oh! Lately, for a brief stay out of town, Airbnb can be a good option too! ( this is according to my hotel booking experience. I am sure that other persons knows other ways that are even better!)

6. Preparing myself physically (exercise) and mentally (each place is different, each of us is unique and Evolution is a priority. I travel to learn more about people and places. To make myself understand the great opportunity to be in this planet called “Earth”.

7. I start packing ahead of time ( 2 months ahead and finally close the luggage 3 days before departure) having in mind the rules of the airline company and the rules of the country of destination.

8. A pouch for all the documents needed for the trip.

9. A good rest before the trip.

View from the plane window. Marco Polo, Venice

Parklane Cebu

Airplane wing…

“Contrast”

Mango, “Puto maya” – a typical Cebuano steamed dessert prepared with glutinous rice and coconut milk and “Sikwate” – the typical Cebuano hot pure chocolate drink.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Friday!

A Mother

Who could truly comprehend the heart of a mother?

It is that sweet smile of hope, peace and love the first time she saw that little , defenseless but beautiful creature in her arms.

So how do you learn the essence of first love?

A mother’s love is never easy to define because it is all about learning the art of love itself.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!