Looking back: Bukidnon trip 2015

April 8, 2015

Transfiguration Monastery, Malaybalay, Bukidnon

As much as I like watching the sun rises, I don’t like waking up early in the morning. Today was an exception. My body might have adjusted to the place and the weather. Or maybe God just wanted me to attend the scheduled Lauds and mass. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning walking and chatting with my friends. I even played the music score of Pride & Prejudice! haha. Sunrise reminds me of the Knightly-Macfadyen scene.

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Another thing to share: during the mass, a lizard fell from the roof and crawled on the back of the priest in front of me. My friends and I were having a silent panic-stricken moment as it crawled higher and higher on the priest’s white robes. We wanted to flick it off but we didn’t know how. My friend tried to tell the priest but the lizard jumped to another priest! And the moment was repeated until the lizard reached the priest’s neck. He swiped it off and it was the last of it. Then, a bug just landed at the back of the priest in front of me.

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This photo was taken after the mass.

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a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh

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Dom Martin, a Benedictine monk, designed Filipino vestments with local materials. It’s interesting that he used to be known for dressing famous people back in the day. He turned his back from the glamorous life and became a monk. But I think he still makes fashionable vestments for the priests 😉

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Sacramentary book cover of hand-woven abaca made by the B’laan of Mindanao. The thread and embroidery were made by the Ifugao tribe and the bordadoras of Manila. The pearls used were from Zamboanga. It’s just lovely!

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I rode Asia’s longest zipline✨ 👍😜
(pls excuse my face)
I like zip lines because I like to fly.

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Of Mice and Men is one of my favorite books. I brought it just because. (yeah, I kind of re-read it)

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April 12, 2015

I’m a difficult person to meet. I am an introvert who gets exhausted with socializing and feels claustrophobic seeing tons of people in a room. I only have the capacity to interact with small number of people. I do not open up to people right away, but I got some friends along the way. I do not even know how they stuck with me! My trip to Bukidnon made me realize that it’s alright to be myself and to not worry too much. I had so much time to reflect. I also learned new things about my friends and myself. The trip strengthen my hope that God will make everything fall into place. I will miss the Lauds, Vespers, monastic walk, and the free coffee. ✨✌️

P.S. I drink coffee now but I still haven’t overcome my chicken allergy 🐣
(featuring Monk’s Blend: Salvation Guaranteed) ☕️😇😆

P.P.S. The excess of hostia tastes like wafer.

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