Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban




ur·ban /ˈərbən/


  • In, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town.
  • An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to areas surrounding it.

My entry for this week challenge is…

My hometown. The land of promise and the land of the brave. The City of Davao or in Filipino  ”Lungsod ng Dabaw”  is the most peaceful, safest and cleanest city in the Philippines. Davao is 3 times larger than Metro Manila and 7 times larger than Cebu. With over 240,000 hectares of land area, Davao City is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of acreage.

Davao City, Philippines

Davao City  is  known for a lot of things. It is the Orchid Capital of the Philippines, the Fruit Basket of the Philippines and the City in Bloom.  The Philippine Eagle also known as Monkey-Eating Eagle is  found in this city. Davao is the home of a lot of gardens, plantations and a wide variety of flowers. The most famous flower found in abundance in the city is Waling-waling or Vanda Sanderana, a type of orchid.

Davao City has plenty of amazing beaches and mountain resorts, and is close to diving spots and the highest peak in the Philippines, Mt. Apo. It was awarded by the Department of Tourism as the “Most Livable City” in the Philippines in 2008. This city is a typhoon free and is also known as a Durian City of the Philippines. If you missed my previous post about Durian fruit click  here.

The other reasons why people like to choose Davao as a good place to live or visit  is because of the quality of life that we have here. The city is extremely urbanized and yet satisfyingly simple in lifestyle, so it retains the best of both worlds. Davaoeño, a dialectal variant of Cebuano, is the major spoken language in the city, while the Tagalog itself comes a distant second. English is the medium of instruction in schools and is widely understood and spoken especially in the field of business and for all official documents. Bistaglish, an informal mixing of the above languages, is spoken as well. My hometown was, and remains a peaceful and beautiful town and I am proud to say ” Davaoeña ko bai.

Day 22 – A picture of you somewhere warm

This photo was taken on August 3, 2011 at Mayumi Disney Sea Beach Resort in Samal. I am a super-duper huge beach lover. So whenever I felt stressed and lonely I went there to get some fresh air. I went there early in the morning and rented a Chiba-hut. The facilities of the beach resort are excellent, with mini Disney characters. The water is clean and the sand is powdery soft. It is a good place for a weekend or for a romantic get-away, and a nice place to hang out as well. It is the perfect place to go swimming or just to enjoy the beauty of nature.

My life before this was too tiring. I worked Mondays to Saturdays… So being alone sometimes was a great way to wind down, clear the mind and just plain feel good. It makes me feel better, relaxed and refreshed. I love spending my time sitting on the beach. Yes! Spending time alone provides me with a strong sense of self. It allows me to tune in more to who I am, what I enjoy, what my beliefs are or what I want to do in life.

My life will not be complete without me setting foot in Samal Island. If you are a beach lover, you will surely love this place. Why? Because Mayumi Disney Sea Beach Resort is a beach Island Resort that allows travelers to experience tranquility and relaxation. It’s nice when there is no one else around and you can just let yourself “fall in love” with the elements of nature.

How about you? Do you spend time alone? What benefits have you realized as a result?

Thinking About You!

Woke up at 5:00 this morning

Wondering what would happen today

Thinking bout your appealing  face

And the funny stuff you say

I close my eyes  and pray

That you’re thinking about me this way

Because God really knows

That I am thinking about you

Every step of the way

Note: I made this poem when I was in High School 😉

Day 5 – Picture of your favorite city



Davao has always been my favorite place to live. Yes! I left half of my heart  in Davao City.

God’s Exquisite Creation

As I take a trip  through life, I am constantly astound at the great beauty God has created.

From the majestic trees,
                                                              Waxahachie Tx
and  to a single blade of grass.
                                                                  Red Oak,Tx
From the complexity of a flowers, glistening in the morning dew.
                                                                Beautiful White Roses
a delicate rose to the fantastic human body itself.
                                                                    Red Rose

Look to the sky and see the clouds. High and mighty they stand, soft and silently they go by. Always changing, always moving and always beautiful.

Look to the powerful waves of the ocean as they crash heavily onto the shore.
Powerful Waves
Look to the heavens and see the moon and the stars at night.
Pointing my finger to the moon
See the cloud of gas, the sun, the planets. Even though they are so far away, when we see them, how can we help but see their beauty?


Look to your own body.Each one is exceptional and yet they are all the same. How much oeuvre, sculptures and photos do we bestow to this frail form.

                                             beautiful beach in Samal, Davao City Philippines
Thankful to God♀
As I behold the beauty of His creation, I cannot help but to praise Him. I cannot help but bow my head and humbly thank Him, thank Him that He acknowledge me to be part of His great creation. I thank Him everyday for this amazing world He gave us. I love exploring out into nature; feeling the breeze, hiking in it, swimming in it, and just generally enjoying it. God is the ultimate artist and His art is all around us; in the trees, the stars, the clouds, the sunsets, the list is infinite. Thank you once again Heavenly Father!
”The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory”  – Psalms 97:6