The importance of creative play

CREATIVE PLAY

Atulayan Island, Camarines Sur Philippines

The importance of creative play in early childhood is one of the most important criteria in Mental Health. Play helps children weave together all the elements of life as they experience it. It allows them to digest life and make it their own. It is an outlet for the fullness of their creativity, and it is an absolutely critical part of their childhood. With creative play, children blossom and flourish; without it, they suffer a serious decline.

Source: Joan Almon of  Wardolf Research Institute

* The photo was taken before leaving the island. The kids in the photo live in the island with their family who watches over the resort.

Toy Banka (Boat)

TOY BANKA (BOAT) 

As soon as we got down Nato Port from Atulayan Island, I saw these two adorable brothers playing with their toy banka (boat). I just had to take a picture. You can see the innocence and joy of  the two brothers showing off their prize toy.

 

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Kids playing with their toy banka (boat) – Nato Port, Camarines Sur Philippines

Atulayan Island

MY TRIP TO ATULAYAN ISLAND

This day trip with my niece and our friend, Jake was spontaneous.  Had a late start and left the terminal in Naga City Central around 8:00 am..The bus ride took about two hours and had to take a Trycicle in Tigaon to Nato Port. From there, I hired a boat (Banka) for P700 ($16.50) and rented a Hut for P300 ($6.92).  The boat ride only took us 15 minutes from the Port of Nato. The island is located in Sangay Camarines Sur and was once the site of the French-Italian movie “Mutiny in the South Seas.” It is a paradise of an island…with its thick forest, coral reef and friendly Bicolano caretakers.

I say, I truly enjoyed this day trip with my niece. Nothing but adventure especially the part when we had to wash off in the balon (well) and changed behind a coconut tree.

Now, I am itching to see Bagasbas in Daet Camarines Norte..a 4 hour bus ride from Naga City.   It is known to be a surfing beach because of its waves….I plan to take my niece again tentatively this Saturday but will have to stay overnight if the plan pushes through. Would love to go to Caramoan but  it is currently close since they are shooting the Survivor USA in that chain of Islands…

Happiness all day!

Sunset and You

Sunsets and You

Sunsets are not a rare commodity

they come and go every night
so i compare you not to a sunset
for you come once in a life
your beauty surpases the colors of the sky
painted anew each night by angels on high
for god himself has sculpted you
he made it so your only seen by few
and you do not hide from the moon
as all the sunsets do
rather you shine bright under its silver light
and you dance all night
you do far more than any sunset would
more breathtaking than any sunset could
sunsets have moved and inspired all man kind since forever
but you move me each moment, to a love that sunsets could never

Location: Pasacao Beach, Camarines Sur Philippines

Life is beautiful!

Life is indeed beautiful!

I am thankful for what God has given me. Despite hardships, this life of mine seems so blessed, rich and full that I never ever ever will forget God. Even if doors close, life always gives way to new adventures and opportunities. I have to spend more time in being grateful for all what God has given me. I thank my maker for all the beauty and blessings he surround me because life is really special. It is the best attitude one can ever have for one needs to be aware of how blessed their life is. Life has its unexpected twist and turns but we all must cherish the beautiful memories of our showered blessings.

Jenny

Photo Credit: Taken in Mt Isarog National Forest, Camarines Sur Philippines

Candle Vendor

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.  ~Chinese Proverb

After the hike down Malabsay Falls…

The pictures were taken by the camping site.  You could see me smiling all the way. Nature gives me that I am in heaven feeling.

By this time, the boys were hungry, thirsty and tired from the trek. Filipinos when they go for an outing – food and drinks is included. Well, not me…The lighter the better.  Bringing your home with you is such a hassle.

Thinking where to go next..Perhaps Caramoan Islands..

Buying some drinks for the me and the gang……

buying 1 kilo avocados – You know what that is for? Avocado smoothie. …Yummy!

Fresh produce from Mt Isarog National Park

A Nipa Hut in the camping site

A rooster in the camping site

My trek down Malabsay Falls, Mt Isarog National Park

This is part two of my trek to Malabsay Falls. 

Malabsay Falls, approximately 40 ft. high scenic wonder is located on the slope of Mt. Isarog in Barangay Panicuason, Naga City.

Going down to where the falls was definitely more challenging that I taught it was. We had to walk on narrow and steep pathway.  I was thinking of going by myself but thanked God, I decided to take the 4 gang of boys with me. Seeing the falls after the long walk was a truly a rewarding feeling. I was planning to go swimming with my bathing suit but chose not to. I dived immediatly to the falls even with clothes on. Who needs to be all glam up anyway?

To have a clear picture of the magical place, here are some of the shots that I took of the place from the step of the rain forest down to the falls:

Enjoy and click away!

Hiking up to Mt Isarog Malabsay Falls

My trek to Malabsay Falls

Mount Isarog National Park harbors rainforest, endemic wildlife, waterfalls and is also home to nomadic Negrito (Agta) tribes people. I will write about my encounter with an Agta Tribe later on.

Mt. Isarog, an inactive volcano, rises in the heart of the province of Camarines Sur, the central part of the Bicol Peninsula. It is the highest forested peak in Southern Luzon. The Philippine government declared it as a national park since 1938 to preserve the pristine rainforest in the area for the enjoyment of local and international tourists.

I took my brother, my nephew and two other guides with me.  The weather was cloudy and it rained while we were in the falls.  The trip also took back memories of my childhood. Our parents would take all of us to visit this majestic mountain from time to time.  According to my father, during the Japanese occupation, the soldiers would trek this mountain to go to the falls to shower.

I only paid P50 for the entrance fee for the five us.  (Only a little over a dollar) How cheap is that!

Cagsawa Ruins

Me and my niece left for Daraga Legaspi to see Cagsawa Ruins earlier today.  Unfortunately, Mayon Volcano was covered with clouds so I was not able to have a good shot of the volcano.  Because of the extreme heat and humidity, we did not stay more than an hour in Cagsawa Ruins…

The church of Cagsawa was built after 1724 by Franciscan friars under Fray Francisco Blanco in the small town of Cagsawa. It was supposed to replace an earlier church built in 1636 that had been burned down by Dutch Pirates. It was destroyed during the most destructive eruption of the nearby Mayon Volcano in February 1, 1814. The eruption killed an estimated 1,200 people in the surrounding areas and buried the town of Cagsawa (among others) under several hundred million cubic meters of ash.

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