7 things in Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort

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“Ahoy Mateys! Welcome to Seven Seas!”

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I have to admit, when the Waterpark was still at its construction phase, I didn’t feel any excitement. I am from Iligan City, water is part of almost every activity.

However, never pre-judge a thing when you have not yet gathered enough data to form a conclusion.

Boy, I was wrong.

When it comes to these things, I make sure to have relatively low expectations so as to not disappoint myself in the end. Except when the place has already been established as a place of high regard.

Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort gave me the break i needed after a year in law school (that’s another blog post coming right up!) My experience was fun and, indeed, worth it. Here are things that you should know before you decide to go to Seven Seas to guarantee you a trip that holds no regrets.

  1. Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort is located in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.

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2. For a beaut like Seven Seas to function accordingly, you must pay a relatively high price.

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Rates vary depending on the day of the week.

Weekdays (Mon-Thur)

Adult 799php

kids (below 4 ft) 499php

kids (below 3ft) FREE

Senior Citizens/PWD 639php

Weekends (Fri-Sun/Holidays)

Adult 999php

kids (below 4 ft) 599php

kids (below 3ft) FREE

Senior Citizens/PWD 799php

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(Photo grabbed from https://www.facebook.com/sevenseaswaterpark/)

You can also rent Cabanas, prices vary depending on the size and quantity of people:

Beach Gazebo  900php

Privateer 700php

Islander Huts 600php

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(Photo grabbed from https://www.facebook.com/sevenseaswaterpark/)

On the other hand, if you are only a party of two (like us) you can rent a locker. Priced at 50php a locker.

3. To enjoy the rides and the pool, make sure to wear the proper attire!

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(Photo grabbed from https://www.facebook.com/sevenseaswaterpark/)

I wore a rashguard and cycling shorts with a two-piece swimsuit underneath.

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However, my experience was sad though. I didn’t get to be a finisher of one of their scariest rides because apparently, I was either too light or I needed to show a bit of skin. I had to stop in the middle of the ride. TIP! If you wanna enjoy their intense rides, best to wear a swimsuit that shows more skin.

4. The Waterpark operates from 9am to 5pm. So, be early!

We arrived around 12 noon because we are like vampires – afraid of a little sun to touch our skins! But if you are a brave soul and willing to be devoured by the scorching heat of the sun then go ahead!

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5. You cannot bring food in, unless you are willing to pay the corkage fee!

Best to buy from the food places inside. You get to choose from a variety ranging from fast food, fine dining, and snack bars (including a pizzeria!) that are scattered all over the place. We chose to eat at their cafe, which is categorized under fine dining.

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The interior of the cafe is the bomb!

We ordered these dishes: (YUM!)

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CAUTION: wait for 20 minutes after eating before dipping in the pool to prevent having cramps!

6. Immortalize the moment with the most ideal: a waterproof thingamajig!

Honestly, the most ideal way to get IG-worthy pictures in Seven Seas is through a camera or a phone that is waterproof, to secure your phone from all the water. The whole point of the Waterpark is to immerse yourself in water and enjoy while in it. So, if you bring your non-waterproof gadget, you might as well say your parting words to your beloved. You may want to secure it inside a waterproof bag. PLUS! you can only use a waterproof action cam like Gopro and the like, equipped with body or headstrap when using the slides. I think it is only rational because the camera might fall off if held.

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7. Remember the moment, buy a souvenir!

Their merch does not have much variety yet, but it’s cute and cheap, ranging from 30php to 700php. You can also buy rashguards and boardshorts if you failed to secure yourself one beforehand.

Here’s a sample: (It’s the shirt, by the way.)

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(Don’t mind the Tuna Pie. Oh, and that’s the Sea of Clouds behind me.)

There are so many things you need to know about Seven Seas, but i feel like I would only bore you if I made this post longer than 7. I hope this post helped.

As what the employees at Seven Seas would say, “Enjoy your stay!”

Indeed.

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Self-love and an invitation to selflessness

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I believe there is good in the midst of evil.

We often look at ourselves and be blinded by negativities that we fail to acknowledge the positive things that have also happened.

For example, you were chosen as one of the few people who will represent a certain group. The decision arrived by way of voting with the group.
Shouldn’t that tell you that the group saw something in you that you fail to see?
Oftentimes, we tell ourselves these:
“I am not good enough.”
“I don’t see any reason why they picked me.”
“I am not viable enough to represent the group.”

We fail to give credence to the fact that when the majority votes for you, it means that they observed something in you that made them believe that you can do it. But if vote buying is still a thing, then i’m sorry, i’ll have to take my statement back.

Sometimes, we fail to put faith in ourselves because we are blinded by the illusion, “i am not enough”. When we are piled up with these types of illusion, we often hurt ourselves in the process, and subsequently, the people that love us. Those are the people that has always been there in times of doubt, the people that would always try and cheer you up when you think that everything is falling apart, and the same people who are underappreciated because we are too busy being selfish and sad on a problem that clearly involves our state of mind.

I know, it’s okay to be sad about things. It’s okay to tell other people of your miseries. In fact, the same people, if they are genuine enough, wouldn’t ask you to appreciate them, because they would be too busy comforting you; too busy being selfless.

This only serves as a reminder that sometimes we should give them the proper treatment they so deserve. If their patience is not the same length as Rapunzel’s hair, sooner or later, they will grow tired; tired of your incessant complaints.

By that time, you are already dependent upon their presence.

Self-love is the most powerful thing you can ever do to yourself. It doesn’t only affect you but also the people that surround you. Give yourself love so that you can give the same to others; be selfless.

Faults in Humanity: Fault #1

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I hate it when people start judging others negatively based on how much they go out or how much they can drink, how much make up they put on, or how less their clothes can get, and the like.

I always believe that there are stories behind every detail of a person, that what he or she is right now is an amalgam of all the experiences they’ve had in the past and the learnings that came with it.

I get that those who judged base their opinions on their own experience. But isn’t that unfair? You have already concluded something about a person without knowing their side of the coin, because you have generalized that part of his life based on what you have observed in the past.

I think that’s one of the many faults in humanity.

We think of ourselves as high and intellectual beings, capable of rationalizing everything, judging others because we think that our thoughts of certain things are the most reasonable. We fail to acknowledge that every situation is unique. You cannot judge a thing about another person based solely on your experience. You have to concede to the fact that there is a plethora of causes or events in their lives that are different from ours, that makes their experiences dissimilar from the ones we encountered.

So before you judge, look at other possibilities. Think of the many possible causes of how they arrive into such state. Don’t limit yourself to your chops. Be open and explore. Most importantly, empathize. Put yourself in their shoes.

If we just give credence to the saying that, “human beings are basically good”, people wouldn’t have to arrive in judging others negatively and subsequently, would not have categorized others into different stereotypes which would lead us to a division amongst communities.
We would have achieved being at peace with others, we would all have lived in unity amongst ourselves.

We actually need Vhlademeir’s in our lives

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Before i get busy for the NYE preparations (and travel back home) let me just appreciate my most favorite plot twist of 2017: My boyfriend, Vhlademeir.
Never expected for you to come along on such short notice. I always thought of spending the rest of my l(aw)st life alone. Although I was already happy being independent (As what I have said, “hoe it out” P. S. Figure of speech), the idea of sharing the struggles with you got me all giddy and excited.
Most people say they have fallen for their significant others but in my experience, I beg to differ. With you, I always feel like I am flying amidst the clouds, constantly chasing scenic sunsets.
Loving you didn’t feel like butterflies flying inside my stomach (because that’s just uncomfortable, don’t you think?), instead it felt like still objects coming into life before your eyes; Genies coming out of lamps and granting you unlimited wishes; or riding on a magic carpet ride over the city. It felt like it was magic but only this one is real.
Real enough to love every nook and cranny of your soul and body, and all the dark and twisty parts of you. After all, as what I have observed, there is beauty in tragedy.
You become stronger after being hurt.
You become better after being a failure.
And eventually you find someone better after a break-up.
That someone better is you. Even if you are blinded by the voices in your head that tell you that you are not worth it, let me tell you this: You are ☺
In fact, everytime I put my hands together, it has always been for prayer. Now, as i hold your hand, I am holding the hand of my answered prayer. Although you weren’t specifically prayed for, but I know you were supposed to be the man i prayed for.
I love you.

 

Nicolas Lewis VS COMELEC GR No. 162597, August 4, 2006 (CASE DIGEST)

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Facts:
Petitioners, Nicolas Lewis, Gregorio Macabenta, Alejandro Esclamado, Armando Heredia, Reuben Seguritan, Eric Furbeyre, Teresita Cruz, Josefina Disterhoft, Mercedez Opena, Cornelio Natividad, and Evelyn Natividad have retained or acquired their Philippine citizenship under RA 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003.
Petitioners are duals praying that they be allowed to exercise their right to suffrage under RA 9189 or the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003.
Petitioners were successful applicants of RA 9225. They sought to register and certify themselves to vote for the May 2004 national and local elections. However, the Philippine Embassy in the United States, per a COMELEC letter to the DFA dated September 23, 2003, advised that petitioners do not have the right to vote as they lack the one-year residency requisite under Section 1, Article 5 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
Petitioners, filed a petition for certiorari and mandamus, owing to the refusal of COMELEC from allowing them to exercise their right to vote for the May 2004 elections.
A week before the May 2004 elections, COMELEC filed a comment for the denial of the petition.
Petitioners were not able to register and vote for the May 2004 elections.
10 days after the election, OSG filed a manifestation stating that, “All qualified overseas Filipinos, including duals who care to exercise their right to vote may do so.” However, the May 2004 elections have ended rendering the petition moot and academic.
However, for the petition to perpetuate, petitioners’ participation in a political exercise is the subject of the concern making it a transcendental issue. The exercise of duals of their right to suffrage has still remained unsolved.

Issues:
WON Filipinos whose citizenship that was granted under RA 9225 may be allowed to vote under RA 9189;
WON RA 9189 is constitutional

Ruling:
Petition was granted. Petitioners are able to vote under RA 9189.
Section 1 and 2 of Article 5 are as follows:
SECTION 1. Suffrage may be exercised by all citizens of the Philippines
not otherwise disqualified by law, who are at least eighteen years of age,
and who shall have resided in the Philippines for at least one year and in
the place wherein they propose to vote for at least six months
immediately preceding the election. . . . .
SEC 2. The Congress shall provide . . . a system for absentee voting
by qualified Filipinos abroad.
Residence in Section 1 of Article 5 is synonymous to domicile. If the Filipino citizen is an immigrant, established permanent residence abroad, has not renounced his Filipino citizenship, and has an intent to return may exercise his right to suffrage.
RA 9189 is as follows:
Section 4. Coverage. — All citizens of the Philippines abroad, who are
not otherwise disqualified by law, at least eighteen (18) years of age on
the day of elections, may vote for president, vice-president, senators and
party-list representatives.
Section 5. Disqualifications. — The following shall be disqualified from
voting under this Act:
(a) Those who have lost their Filipino citizenship in accordance with
Philippine laws;
(b) Those who have expressly renounced their Philippine citizenship
and who have pledged allegiance to a foreign country;
(c) Those who have . . . [been] convicted in a final judgment by a
court or tribunal of an offense punishable by imprisonment of not less
than one (1) year, including those who have . . . been found guilty of
Disloyalty as defined under Article 137 of the Revised Penal Code, . . . .;
(d) An immigrant or a permanent resident who is recognized as such
in the host country, unless he/she executes, upon registration, an
affidavit prepared for the purpose by the Commission declaring that
he/she shall resume actual physical permanent residence in the Philippines
not later than three (3) years from approval of his/her registration under
this Act. Such affidavit shall also state that he/she has not applied for
citizenship in another country. Failure to return shall be the cause for the
removal of the name of the immigrant or permanent resident from the
National Registry of Absentee Voters and his/her permanent
disqualification to vote in absentia.
(e) Any citizen of the Philippines abroad previously declared insane or
incompetent by competent authority . . . . (Words in bracket added.)

A Review on the newest cafe in Iligan City, Cafe Ambiente

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Located at the heart of the famous food strip in Iligan City, Cafe Ambiente is the newest addition to the growing family of coffee shops around the city. The coffee shop offers a wide array of food and drink choices, from hot coffee to pastas, green tea drinks to rice meals. A place that is designed for those people with chic taste.

I had the chance to visit their beautiful coffee shop earlier and tried one of their acclaimed best-selling iced drinks, the Iced Coffee Vanilla.

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Iced Coffee Vanilla, 158php

The drink was okay, but I believe it could have been better. I have tasted a lot of coffee drinks in my life and I am sure that this is not the best one I’ve tasted yet. I was also a bit disappointed with the packaging because it doesn’t promise the same chic look compared to the interior design of the place.

What’s to like about the place:

  • The place is good for group discussions/meetings, chats with your friends, and get-togethers with the people you miss.
  • The staff in Cafe Ambiente is nice and accommodating. Kudos to that!
  • The coffee shop was not the noisy, even though there were a lot of people during my stay.
  • THE INTERIOR DESIGN. PERIOD.
  • I N S T A G R A M M A B L E.
  • The location of the coffee shop is accessible.
  • Their serving of French Fries is good for 2 to 3 people. *yay*

What’s not to like:

  • The packaging of their iced drinks! Not really a fan of plastic cups with horizontal lines. It looks *forgive me for the lack of a better term* cheap.
  • The prices are not student-friendly (this is based on and compared to the coffee shops in Iligan City and the budget of the students living in the area) For reference, here are pictures of their menu:

I can’t say much about the food *yet* because I didn’t order their bestsellers.

Overall, the experience was still nice because the pros outweighed the cons. But for a coffee addict like me, I wouldn’t order another Iced Coffee Vanilla drink of theirs. I would order something else for a change, maybe it’ll change my perspective about things. Nevertheless, try to visit Cafe Ambiente located at Ubaldo Laya Ave, Iligan City, across The Strip and comment down below your experience! I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions about the place!

 

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8 things you need to know before you decide to go Canyoneering at Badian, Cebu

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Canyoneering is an activity every laagan person should experience. This is an activity that is perfect for all you adventure junkies out there.

These are the things that you should know to help you decide if this activity is something that you could enjoy or help you not go outside of the house ever again.

  1. Look for buddies who are game for anything. There is a lot of walking, swimming, jumping off cliffs, climbing, and conquering of fear off heights and the unknown involved in this activity. Find friends who are not afraid to try something new and earn a couple of bruises.. or two.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0982.luckily i had friends who even pushed me to try this one out! they were amazing. TIP! this is a great activity for you lovers out there. Romantic walks (and climbs, and dives, and swims) with the one you love? Yup! off the bucketlist!
  2. Don’t wear bikinis, shorts, or anything skimpy. Trust me. It’s not a good idea. Canyoneering doesn’t just involve the waters, it also involves letting your skin touch mud, rocks, leaves, and maybe… insects. Wear leggings, rashguard, swimming clothes that are both friendly to the water and protective for your skin.
  3. Everything is going to be wet. From your hair down to your shoes. If you don’t have shoes that are designed for the water, there are some shops in Badian that offer rentals. Plus your guides will take care of that actually. All you have to do is to pay your guides and they will take care of the rest. Your phones, wallet, and other valuable things, you can either leave them at your guide’s place or you can bring it with you. Your guides will bring waterproof bags for you. If you have one, the better. Furthermore, if you don’t have a Gopro or any waterproof camera, the guides will provide one. Don’t worry, they might have thought about everything before you go to the actual spot. That is why it is important for you guys to know if your guides are experienced enough to handle the activity. 🙂DCIM100GOPROGOPR1171.4. Book guides ahead of time. Everyone is dying to join the bandwagon. Tourists from around the globe would go to Alegria/Badian just to experience this. With just a limited number of trained guides in the area, they are bound to be fully booked most of the time. So you book a schedule first, before you go there. With that being said, this activity is not designed for those who are too spontaneous and unpredictable (sorry.) DCIM100GOPROGOPR0991.5. Canyoneering is safe for those who are concerned with their skin tone. Trust me. I don’t like being under the sun at all. After the activity, my skin color stayed fair. I only put on GT carrot lotion to both my face and body and wore rashguard and leggings. The activity doesn’t really involve a lot of sun. So, you’re safe 😉 (I used an umbrella because our bus stopped a bit far from our guide’s house. hehe!)DCIM100GOPROGOPR0989.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1000.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0996.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0993.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0992.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1020.
  4. There are carenderias along the highway if you get hungry before the activity. Just ask the guides where to eat. Make sure you eat a lot (but not too much)! The activity is physically demanding and requires a lot of hours to fulfill. Imagine walking between 2 municipalities (Alegria to Badian) topped off with swimming, diving, and etc.!DCIM100GOPROGOPR0981.5. If you get hungry during the activity, there are barbeque stalls in the middle of the river. Yup you read it right. There are stalls there but what they are selling are a bit pricey. Well, it is understandable. It’s not easy transferring those goods from land to the middle of nowhere! But if you’re kuripot, you can always bring energy bars with you just to help you end the journey.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1230.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1231.6. There are gonna be times when you are required to jump. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to swim. Guides are there to tell you what and what not to do. They got yo back. Plus everyone is required to wear life jackets, whether you’re a swimming athlete or not.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1029.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1032.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1193.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1280.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1235.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1073.7. At the end of the journey, you get to enjoy the good food and Kawasan Falls. Food is being served by the people taking care of the business in Kawasan Falls. The ones who are going to take care of the food and payment will be your guides, unless your guides told you that it’s not part of the package. But usually, food after the adventure is part of it. TIP! always ask the details of the package before paying!DCIM100GOPROGOPR1289.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1288.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1286.8. Most importantly, smile and enjoy the adventure! It’s not everyday you get to overcome something scary in your life. This activity is good for those who want to try something different and out-of-this-world, something that is different from the big city life. This is also a good time to bond with your family, friends, and loved ones.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1183.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1180.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1019.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1165.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1011.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1247.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1044.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1276.I want you all to know that Canyoneering is really not for the faint-hearted. You have to give up a lot of sweat, money, time, and effort just to experience something this amazing. It is for those who are willing to undergo hell just to see heaven in the end. I swear, it’s worth it.