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Heritage of Cebu

I became an instant tourist as I was heading to the city hall to get my CEDULA.  I’ve always wanted to visit these places but I never got the time.

I didn’t know exactly where the city hall was so I just guess on where I should drop myself off.  This beautiful church welcomed me on that hot day. I would love to visit the church, explore its grounds but I was on a tight schedule and just took a few photos.

Next to it is the Cathedral Museum of Cebu.  This building goes back to the 19th century.  I was tempted to take a peek but I just have to return on another day. I wonder what this museum has to offer.

A few blocks away is the famous Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.  It’s a 16th century church. It’s amazing that it had survived for this long. There are lots of saints carved into the walls and also in the big wooden doors of the church. As you enter, on your left there’s a collection of paintings of former parish priests, depictions of the relationship of our ancestors and the Spaniards who came. You can also find the Santo Niñ0 store. A small garden with a fountain at its center is located a few steps away. If you want to do some reflection, it is certainly the best place to be. The air is cool and relaxing. A good place to exercise your melancholy thoughts. Daydream for hours on end.

The view from where I sat

I didn’t stay long. I just sat there for five minutes, taking the scenery in. The garden is not really breathtaking. It’s peaceful. I guess that is what you need to have in a place like this.

On the right side of the church were various patron saints and a few devotees uttered their prayers. I’m not Catholic and I felt like an intruder. I shouldn’t be there in the hall where people say their prayers. I just took a photo of the beautiful grotto and immediately left. What I love about old Catholic churches is their beautifully painted ceilings. I wasn’t able to get a closer look but maybe one day.




The Cross of Magellan

I have lived in Cebu for a year twice in the last 5 years but I haven’t seen this famous tourist spot personally, just in postcards. I can’t miss it since it’s right outside the exit of the Basilica and the city hall is just a few meters away. Ferdinand Magellan planted this cross when he arrived here in April 8, 1521. Which reminds me of that infamous local song dedicated to this Portuguese explorer. How his arrival meant the start of Roman Catholic life here in the Philippines.

As I was in front of the city hall, the building has this  huge quote, “Public office is a public trust.” I almost rolled my eyes considering how our government is. But that’s another discussion altogether.

I got what I came for. I’m pleasantly surprise to be a tourist in that very hot day. All of it happened in more or less thirty minutes.  It was disappointingly quick. But I promise to be back and hopefully by then I’ll be bringing a bigger, better camera.




Looking for a new direction

Yesterday wasn’t supposed to be a work day. Unfortunately, Babbleglass changed whatever policy they have of late. When I first started here in July, the HR manager told us that their work schedule is a typical 48-hour work week that is required by law. But…there was still the but then. We were told before that we work from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Mondays are only for “special days”; one if you have an unfinished file on Saturday, two if there are a lot of files to work on. But if there’s none then you don’t need to come.

I missed the new memo. (Clair, it’s October already. Haller)

As a consolation at least I’m not the only one. Most of my batch mates didn’t go to work too. They sent an email but I thought that was for that week only. There was no statement there that Monday work was going to be forever regardless if you have files or not. Or maybe I really just missed the memo.  This is one of the things I don’t like about this company especially in how they disseminate information. They totally suck at it.

Anyway together with my friend, we went to Xlibris to do a walk-in. They have openings for copy editors. While I was waiting to be called, an applicant did some small talk with me. She asked me what a copy writer is. I said I don’t know. My name got called then it went bad from there.

The first question was what position are you applying for. My mind must have wandered somewhere because I answered copy writer. lol. Epic fail. It must be because of the previous conversation stuck to me. (pointing fingers, shame) Then she asked after a few questions later if I know what a copy writer does. Since I was thinking about the copy editor (hey, that was what I’m applying for duh), I answered with the job description of the latter. She kindly informed me about the difference of the two. I felt like I was doused with ice water. I answered as best as I could but I was now distracted. I didn’t get the job of course. I was shortlisted. Whatever that means. They weren’t also looking for copy writers. I just then waited for my friend to finish her exam.


I went to work of course. But there were no files for us. I immediately left the building, had some breakfast with Rhea then we went on our own way. I visited Sacred Heart Hospital’s training center. I received a text last Thursday to confirm for my slot for the psych exam. I wasn’t able to reply immediately because I was at work and I didn’t check my phone during lunch. Naturally, I missed it.

I inquired about the best option that I could take. They told me that if all of them passed the psych exam then the next schedule will be on June next year. Sad isn’t it? A lot of things can happen during that time. If November is for me then it is for me. Someone has to fail though. I guess, if it’s not next month then June it is.

Can I have my confidence back?

I feel like I’m in a middle of a mid-life crisis.

Now, it came to a point where I’m lost not just in career but also in religion.

I feel so indifferent to both.

I know where I would have wanted to excel at. It’s just not so practical right now.

But who cares eh? I should bring about the change. If that is really what I want to do.

I haven’t found my purpose, so to speak. Which sucks because I know time flies so fast

and I felt I haven’t done anything. I felt I left what ever future I envisioned back when I was still 23, in Manila feeling so

hopeful for the future, behind. I lost it somewhere over the years especially the confidence that goes along with it. Now,

I don’t know where to go.

In reality, all I need to do is to grow some balls. Take the future into my hands. Life is hard but it’s harder for some

people. I really have no excuse to be so ungrateful.

I need a purpose. A direction. A place where I can excel at. I guess I just need to stop wandering and to make the move to be

where I want to be.