Panacea

 

He is a cure. He always has a solution with the problem she has. He could make her situation lighter without even trying hard. He could turn her frown into laughter with his corny jokes. Whenever she’s tired, his arm is a place to lounge and his hands are always ready to feel her secured whenever she’s frightened. Only him can calm her down with a hug on her back when she’s angry. When she doesn’t want to walk, his back is always available. He tells her stories whenever she wants an inspiration to write a poem. He listens to her spoken words and gives her affirmations when she needs it the most. This world is troublesome; but he is her cure.

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Discovering Malabrigo in Lobo, Batangas

Weekends are always the best time for getaways especially if you are working on weekdays. It is the best time to stress out and unwind in a place where you most enjoy it. Fortunately, I happen to plan a getaway far from the usual places that you could think of when you hear of Batangas.

I grew up spending almost all my summer vacations when I was in grade school in my Grandparents’ place in Taysan, Batangas. I remember one or two of those summer vacations where my parents, together with some of my cousins and relatives there brought us to a nearby town – Lobo. There are quite a number of beaches that you could find around the area in different barangays. One of those is Malabrigo where one of my dad’s sisters used to live. And what I remember was the pebble beach that I don’t really enjoy because of the stones. Malabrigo is only few minutes away from the town proper of Lobo passing through fields and resorts in other barangays. Lobo is an hour travel from Batangas City.

Then came last weekend and I thought of going back there with my housemate, two of my siblings and my cousin – our tour guide. I told my cousin that I wanna go to the pebble beach in Malabrigo where I used to remember spending one of those summer vacations.

He brought us to Malabrigo Lighthouse, officially known as Faro de Punta de Malabrigo built in 1896 and served as beacons to vessels at the Verde island passage during the Spanish regime and it was declared as a National Historical Landmark last November 27, 2006. Quite a historical tour out there.

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Malabrigo Lighthouse

Down the “parola”, there is a stairway going down to the beach – the pebble beach that I was talking about.  And I thought, I’ll be disappointed because what I’ve seen on the web are too perfect and I thought, the photos are photoshopped.

But then I’ve seen the same thing and I was in awe. It was so relaxing down the beach and hearing the waves are like music to my ears. The pebbles look great and since there is no resorts in that area, the beach shore is really clean and the water is clear, you can see at the bottom. My cousin told me that it is allowed to have camping there as long as you have the permission from the barangay officials. The place is really great and the views are Instagram savvy! I would definitely go back here.

My Mom

My mom taught me how to laugh,
She showed me the deepest cry of her heart.
She told me I am pretty and put on my necklace,
Taught me how to properly tie my shoelace.
My mom doesn’t know how to put on her make-up
But her beauty is timeless, there’s just no doubt.
She managed to take care of a child,
A child like me who sometimes has a stubborn heart.

My mom taught me the value of honesty,
She said to be true to my words every time
Because if not, it will mark a negative impact.
My mom is my great confidant and best friend.
She may never relate to every situation,
She assures to give me the best solution possible.
My mom is simple, her ways and personality.
But she is the most amazing person I have ever known.