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My 14 Day Commitment to Pantene

I used to have what you would call long black gloriously beautiful hair back in the old days. Old days being that period between high school and college where all I cared about was how I look. I remember during high school, my bestfriend and I became popular in school because of our hair, they often commented on how thick, straight and black they were that up to this day, I still carry this illusion that a lot of girls envied us for that back then.

here's an old picture of myself with long black hair

But then you know, somewhere along married life, motherhood and different career shifts, I eventually lost the youth and out went with it, my gloriously beautiful black hair. Days spent in the salon to have regular hot oil treatments were replaced by much more pressing matters such as managing a household and taking care of my kid. Money set aside for prettifying which includes budget for the best hair care products went instead to my little’s girls immediate needs such as ultra mild and not to mention ultra-expensive skin care products for her sensitive skin as a result of asthma. Eventually, for practical reasons, I made that decision to cut my hair short.
A couple of months back though my little girl started obsessing about her hair. After seeing an old picture of myself with my hair long, she immediately decided to grow hers too. Having been there and having done that, I just had to help her achieve her goal. I also remembered that not too long ago, I promised myself that someday I would regain that old “crowning” glory back, and it did feel like the right time has finally come. Thus us our search for that perfect hair care product that would give us exactly that. We literally tried everything together, almost all the products that promise glossy shine, less tangles, no split ends, the works. But then, nothing really came close. Until we took the challenge and did our own 14 Day Commitment to Pantene. Since I had been abusing my hair for quite sometime now and evidences of such abuse are showing (brittle and split ends hair as well as dulllness and dryness), I chose Pantene Total Care for us to use. I figured before you can actually achieve that naturally glossy and shiny hair, you need to have a healthy scalp and hair strands first. And after 14 days (even less) of continued use, I am happy to share that our hair has grown much healthier. It really does provide a healthy foundation for the hair, keeping it moisturized all throughout the day thereby protecting it from dullness, dryness, roughness, brittleness and tangles.
Pantene Total Care, the same product that my daughter and I now use

I had the chance to really put Pantene Total Care to the test when my husband and I went to Cebu for our well deserved vacation together two weeks ago. I used to hate how plane rides can leave my hair so dry and brittle, but then since I was on Pantene already during our flight, I never felt more beautiful coming out from the airplane. My hair for the first time survived the flight.
after the plane ride that usually leave my hair dull and dry. First time that my hair did not experience those problems, thanks to Pantene Total Care

We stayed in an island resort and spent three days frolicking in the sea and basking under the sun’s spotlight. I am glad to share that Pantene Total Care did not fail me. Despite long periods of swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, my hair, thanks to Pantene, still remained tangle free and full of life. Even during dinner at night, where I expected it to fall lifeless on my shoulder after long periods spent outdoors, it remained lush and full. And during the boat rides where I expected my hair to feel rough and brittle, it remained soft to touch. Pantene Total Care really really does magic for your hair.
too much sun, sand and sea they say is bad for your hair. Well, not when you're on Pantene!=)

they say, salt water is good for your skin but not for your hair. It can leave your hair dull, dry and lifeless. I say, not when you're on Pantene!=)

they say that swimming can leave your hair vulnerable and prone to split ends. Definitely not, when you're on Pantene.=)

Just before we left the island, with my hair still managing to stay healthy and strong (even right up to this time) despite the rigorous exposure to sun, sand and sea. Many thanks, Pantene Total Care!=)

Now I really don’t have any excuse not to have long healthy hair again, what with Pantene providing a complete line of breakthrough hair care products at a reasonable cost. It looks like I really would be getting back that old “crowning glory” with Pantene Total Care in no time at all.
For more of the complete line of the all new Pantene, log on to I Commit to Change and Pantene (just folllow the link).:) At the Forefront of Online Shopping Revolution

Eversince the dawn of cyber age, our life has never been the same again. The world has become smaller, so much so that it can actually fit right inside our computer monitor. Everything can be had in an instant. Valued information and fast track services are now just a click away in the internet. One aspect of our lifestyle that clearly underwent a total make over is shopping. Virtual sites offering hassle free transactions right at the comforts of our own home, at our own convenience, continue to emerge like mushrooms after the rain.
When the caravan of online shopping sites took the market by storm, I readily jumped in and joined the bandwagon. In no time at all, I had perfected the art of hitting the buy icon and filling out those clever order forms. And as if the lure of shopping online wasn’t enough, I also started posting items to sell in some shopping websites. But then, as much as I would like to paint a very nice picture of a successful online selling and shopping experience, I have to admit that in the end the setbacks far outweighed the benefits for me. One thing I learned about online shopping and selling is that the risks of getting used and abused in this kind of business are way too high. I had my share of bogus buyers and low quality items (that are far from the pictures posted online) from different sellers arriving at my doorstep at certain points that eventually, I decided not have anything to do anymore with online selling and buying.
A couple of months back though, my friends and relatives introduced me to, where they have already started selling and advertising their businesses. I have to admit that my “bitter” experiences in other online sites offering the same kind of services has made me reluctant to enter the wonderful world of at the onset. I was determined to observe the movements and learn more about the site first before I let myself be lured again. As luck would have it, I came across people who were more than willing to share their wonderful stories about their successful purchases in of items as small as books to items as big as cars and lots. These people, aside from my family and friends, all attested to the fact that is indeed “sulit na sulit” meaning, no money, time and energy are wasted here, the kind of investments that we really can’t afford to throw away.
I am now sold to the idea of online shopping and selling again, thanks to and to all those great testimonies. In fact I had already started purchasing items aand scouring Sulit for best deals. In the coming months I will also be posting items to sell, hopefully jumpstarting my Sulit career as an online seller. What I learned about Sulit that also helped paved the way for my comeback in this kind of business is this:
It is place that breeds honesty and trust among online sellers and shoppers what with its strict security features and measures that are clearly in place. It provides many great opportunities for people who does not have the adequate means and know how to jumpstart their businesses but has the determination and heart to succeed in their crafts and fields. It encourages people to exercise their freedom of choice and buying power to the limit, therefore pushing sellers to supply only high quality items at the best price possible, resulting in a best deal. It continues to stand out from among the rest for it constantly strive to evolve and improve itself so it can deliver only the best possible service to both its sellers and buyers. And the most importantly, it has the true marks of a Pinoy, always at the forefront of change and giving you the kind of service that is more than, much more than, your money’s worth.
For more of Sulit, visit their website at

Wandering Juan Travel Blog Contest

My blog, Palawan: A Place Like No Other, was chosen as the Best Travel with A Cause Blog in the recently concluded Wandering Juan Travel Blog Contest given by Cebu Pacific.

Cebu Pacific invited professional and amateur travel bloggers last June to share their insightful writings, travel tips and beautiful visuals to the Wandering Juan Travel Blog Contest in the hope of inspiring readers to join the “go-out, travel and explore” bandwagon. About a hundred or so bloggers participated proving to many that the travel bug has indeed bitten a lot of people. Out of these entries, 3 lucky bloggers took home the major awards and prizes: Mr. Angel Juarez for Adventure and Sports category, Mr. Estan Cabigas for Culture and Heritage category and Mr. Marcos Caratao for Leisure and Relaxation category. I bagged one of the minor awards, Best Travel With a Cause Blog (but the prize is anything but minor, it was major major indeed, so you can just imagine the prizes that winners of the major awards took home) together with Ms. Ada Lajara who won the Best Travel Blog Photography.
In behalf of the winners (I will take the liberty, just like what the others did in their respective blogs*wink*), I would like to thank Wandering Juan Travel Blog Contest team and Cebu Pacific for choosing us as winners. I am looking forward to my second honeymoon and trying out that Green Fun Tours package in one of your top resorts destination in Cebu. More power again, Cebu Pacific! and Kudos to us winners!=)

My Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs

The Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs , now on its 4th year, is a writing project spearheaded by Janette Toral that aims to identify new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers this 2010. For a blog to be nominated, it should have started anytime between March 2009 to the present.
I have been orbiting in this blog “universe” both as a blogger and as a follower (of other blogs) for quite sometime already. Recently, I discovered a lot of interesting sites that have created quite a stir based on the numbers of their faithful followers. They are young, fresh and hip and worthy to be called emerging influential blogs. They have made it to my list as well. Here they are:
Reluctant Stylista I enjoy reading her product reviews, fashion and styling tips. I also like her no fuss, no frills kind of writing.
Christian Homeschooler I have always admired parents who bravely took that great leap of homeschooling their children. Motherhood and teaching have a lot of similarities but they usually are incidental to each other, that is why there are a lot to be said about those moms who homeschool their child/ren. I’ve been learning lot from Jen as she chronicles her homeshooling journey with her son.
Gadgets and Tech I am not a techie/gadget person that is why this blog is of great help especially if I want to know the latest products or features of the gadget that I have in mind.
Fat Girl No More Her mantra “saying goodbye to obesity one step at a time” caught my attention as I have been struggling with some weight problem myself for over a year now. I’ve picked a lot of health and fashion tips from her blog that has helped me in my own weightloss/pretiffying project.:)
Feeling Photographer I am a frustrated photographer that is why I truly admire persons who have that eye for photography. The pictures in this blog speak for themselves.
nomnomclub I usually check out this site for some gastronomical feast for the eyes and some honest to goodness food/resto reviews.:)
yesnomeh A good “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” type of blog. A “He says, She says” corner of just about anything and everything under the sun.
Liboreto I love to travel but I don’t have the funds nor the budget to do that often that is why I just make do with reading nice travel blogs such as this one. This blog has that WOW Philippines vibe into it.
When In Manila Another travel blog that I like to read. It has the juciest travel features and tips.
Quirky Old Me This is the other blog that I am starting. It hasn’t gain that much followers nor have I written a lot of entries there yet but just the same, I want to plug it in here because who knows, maybe in a few months time it would gain as much following as this blogsite. Indulge me.:)
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Eat Pray Love

I love words. Happiness for me is reading a well-written piece such as Eat Pray Love. At the onset, I wanted to write a review of the book but scrap the idea as I was starting this entry. I believe that any review that I will write will not in any way give justice to this book’s being. You have to read it and get totally immerse into it to actually understand the message that this writer wants to come across. To me every tale rings with truth just because it happened to her, as the cliche goes, she’s been there and done that. It is written simply and sincerely as any woman would want her story to be told.
I am still in Book Two (India) and I am lovingly savoring each page and in no way in a hurry to reach the last and final chapter. Elizabeth Gilbert took me for a ride and I am not ready to get off just yet. I am still enjoying the experiences through her words and through her eyes. I have this little black book where I write down lines, passages, and quotes that inspire me or struck a chord inside me. From this book alone, I’ve written quite a lot. That’s what I would like to share here. May you be inspired by them as I am. May it touch your being, the way it has touched mine…
To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart instead. That way, you will know God.
From the center of my life came a great fountain
Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognize yourself as a friend.
the beauty of doing nothing
the art of making something out of nothing
Let’s cross over
yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough- but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository
Even in the Eternal City says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for rioutous and endless waves of transformation
I honor the divinity that resides within me (Om Namah Shivaya)
Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen
If you yearn sincerely enough for a Guru, you will find one. The universe will shift, destiny’s molecule will get themselves organized and your path will soon intersect with the path of the master you need.
Take seroiously. Make punctual. Be cool and easy. Remember, everything you do, you do for God. And everything God does, He does for you.
Prayer is the act of talking to God, while meditation is the act of listening to Him.
You are what you think you are. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts and you are the slaves of your emotions.
There is a reason why they call God a presence-because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.
At some point you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.
Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.
A true soulmate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. Soul mates, they come into your life to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it.

Prayer is a relationship: half the job is mine. Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well considered intention.
Destiny is a play between divine grace and willful effort. Half of it you have no control over; half of it is absolutely in your hands, and your actions will show measurable consequences. Man is neither entirely the puppet of Gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he’s a little of both. We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two horses, speeding side by side–one foot is on the horse called “fate”, the other one on the horse called “free will”.
When karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.
When the past has passed from you at last, let go. Then climb down and begin the rest of your life. With great joy.
God dwells within you as you yourself, exactly the way you are.
You may return here once you have fully come to understand that you are always here.
The hub of calmness–that’s your heart. That’s where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.
Happiness is a consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes you must even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now.
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
All the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. We create words to achieve our experience and those words bring attendant emotions that jerk us around like dogs on a leash. We get seduced by our own mantras.
In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you , forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.

P.S. I am finally done with the book. Thank you for the ride Liz. It was great travelling with you. Now, I better get on with my own journey.:)

32 and Loving It

Today, I turned 32. I believe I am neither young nor old. I am in that comfortable spot called “in between”:) That only means there are still a lot of things that I can get away with (like maybe wearing my comfortable mini skirts?hehe) without getting snickers and jeers from the younger set or the censure of the much older ones. It also means that I still have more chances to follow my dreams and much more opportunities to make the grand plans in my head happen.

This is the first time that I don’t have anything profound to say on my birthday. Usually I become philosophical and all. I guess, there’s really nothing much left to say but “Thank you” to God for never failing to bring a smile of wonder and delight on my face everyday. He always surprises me with abundant blessings wrapped in love, miracles that come in big and small packages, and angels in disguise.
I will be forever grateful to Him for giving me my…
Family. They have given me a sense of purpose. It is because of them that I feel like a superwoman, ready to take on whatever life throws my way. It is for them that I strive to be the best daughter, sister, cousin, wife and mom.
In-laws. They make me experience what it’s like to belong to a big family. They taught me what true family bonding is all about and how families should look after each other.
Girlfriends. They are there whenever, wherever and whatever. They know me well enough to anticipate my next move and the crazy things that are on my mind. I just cannot escape their knowing eyes.:) It is with them that I share some of those great heart-warming, gut-wrenching talks and those crazy belly laughs.:)
Students. They make me feel that I am finally doing something great. I grow ten feet tall everytime I receive letters and drawing that they lovingly scribbled for me. My heart does a small dance everytime they surprise me with their sweet bear hugs.
Colleagues. It is because of them that I know in my heart that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now. They have taught me how it is to be a true professional without losing that “human touch.”
Parents of my mentees. They have given this wonderful gift called trust. They have wholeheartedly shared their daughters with me and for that, I feel humbled.
Strangers who prove to be Good Samaritans. Their random acts of kindness reminds me to make a conscious effort to see the good in every person that I meet and to spread kindness all around.
These wonderful people I am blessed with, they make my life complete. They beat all the expensive gifts I can ever imagine receiving on this special day. They give my life so much meaning and make my soul so rich with love. At this point I can truly say, I could not ask for anything more.:)

Cats In Manila!

I have always been fascinated with theater. I get the Ohhhs and Ahhhhs whenever I watch a live musical. In fact, when I was a child, I once dreamed of acting in theater, never mind if I don’t know how to dance and can’t even carry a tune.
Last summer, my sister’s friend treated us to a live broadway musical at posh Esplanade in Singapore. We watched Chicago The Musical which was having its limited season run that time. I was in awe and just let the great great show weave its magic on me. It left a great impression that I was singing All The Jazz in my head for like days and kept on replaying scenes from the play.:)

Esplanade Singapore

after the show

And now, here comes a treat too good to pass up. Cats will definitely be here in Manila! Nope, not another one of those furry felines, but CATS Now and Forever, the hit stage musical. It is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It stars none other than our very own, Ms. Lea Salonga, as Grizabella! I am getting excited just by the mere thought of it. The last time I watched Lea Salonga was when she did the stage musical, Cinderella, a couple of years back. I am pretty sure she will give another superb performance (which is her trademark) once again here in Cats. A good enough reason to watch it.

It will have its run starting July 24 for a strictly limited season at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP. Tickets are priced as follows: Matinee- Sat 3pm and Sun. 2:30 pm. (Php 7,000, 5,000, 3,500, 2000 and 1000), Evenings– TWTh 8 pm (6,000, 4,500, 3,000, 1,500, 750) and Friday and Sat. 8 pm (7,000, 5,000, 3,500, 2,000, 1000).
So let’s go buy our tickets now, this great treat only happens once in a blue moon, let’s allow ourselves to be dazzled. For more of Cats in Manila, log on to their facebook page Cats In Manila.

My Path to Change

For quite sometime, I had been under the illusion that I still possess that skinny body I used to have when I walked down the isle with my husband 9 years ago. I remember that everytime the mirror screams fatness at me, I turned a blind eye on that image. When people would say, you’ve gained, I listened with deaf ears. When my close friends (who I know just mean well) warn me of my constant ballooning, I dismissed them as just mere criticism on my persona. Sure I go through bouts of depression everytime I won’t fit into that nice blouse and cool jeans, but that is how far it went. I never did anything. I still enjoyed my meal like there’s no tomorrow, with second and third helping at that. I would still guiltlessly eat junk food with iced cold softdrinks like they were the next best thing that happened to me. And I would still have second helpings of dessert with a lame excuse, I deserve some treat (like every meal?). In short, I was stuck in that negative pattern, until my health caught up with me.
Looking back, I realized that God never failed to drop little hints my way. Red warning signals like having an unstable blood pressure at this young age of 31, vertigo that suddenly developed out of nowhere, back pains due to scoliosis that would come frequently, or tummy ache that occur most often and refused to go away. Tell tale signs that I am abusing my body that I would choose to ignore. Until the day I received my ultrasound which showed too much fat and a simple cyst forming in one of my organs. Succeeding ultrasounds confirmed the cyst growing in centimeters and then later on developing into a solid mass. To say I was shaken was to put it mildly. Being sick at this ripe age of 31, when there’s still so much great possibilities in store for me , is something I don’t want to happen and so I took a tentative step towards change.
My eating habits and lifestyle underwent a total make over. I added fruits and vegetables in my must eats, started reading up stuffs that would help me get back in shape and began an afternoon ritual of one-hour walk everyday on top of the daily exercises that I had to do for my scoliosis. It wasn’t easy, for the most part, it was frustrating. There were times when I was just about ready to give up. There came a point when I became weak and gave in to my cravings of unhealthy food. There were moments when I would question the whole point of all that I set myself to do. There were also those instances when I get discouraged hearing all the sarcastic comments coming from friends, questioning the sincerity of my actions. It didn’t help that the medical results initially showed minimal and almost no improvement at all too. I guess what got me through is that deep down inside I know I had to do this, because I owe it to myself. It took me many misses and turns before I was finally on the right track, but I am glad I forced and willed myself to do it.
I started out as wanting to shed some of my unhealthy fats but then now, I feel like I’m going to end up with more than just a healthy body. For by trying my shot at change, I discovered a lot of things about myself that I never would have thought I am capable of. I learned to practice patience, of putting on much effort and time before expecting or reaping the results. I learned to have more self-control, of saying no to things that would give me great satisfaction in an instant but then probably a whole lifetime of regrets after. I learned to sacrifice, of letting go of things that I badly want in order for me to attain the things I truly need. I learned to embrace acceptance, of acknowledging the fact that there are things in me that need to change if I want to become a better version of me. And I learned to take responsibility, of owning up to my past actions that placed me in this difficult situation and actually doing something about it.
I am still halfway in my journey towards change. I still have a long way to go. I am still far from the healthy me that I set myself to be. But I know I am getting there in no time. If there’s one thing I realized, it is that change, you have to give it time. It is not something you can have in an instant. It is a long process because it doesn’t just happen on its own, you have to make it happen with all your heart, with all you’ve got. Everyday you have to fight for it and struggle for it to reach your goal. And change is something you do not do alone, you need all the help you can get. My family and close friends for one thing are always there behind me, cheering me on and accompanying me in this journey towards change. And I believe that God is ever present even from the start to give me little miracles everyday to motivate me even more. Recently I underwent a CT scan, to confirm the nature of the mass in my internal organ. To my and the doctor’s surprise the CT scan read no mass or cyst at all. So many theories and speculations but to me it is just pure divine intervention. You see, God has laid the path before me, all I need to do is follow. The path to change might look endless at this point but I am willing go the extra mile just to be the HEALTHY ME that God, my family and most importantly myself would be proud to see become eventually.

All The Best To You Mr. President!

June 30, 2010 marked yet again another milestone in our history. That of officially putting into office Mr. Noynoy Aquino, son of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and late Pres. Corazon Aquino. Thanks to the first ever automated election held last May 10 that made it almost impossible for cheating to occur, we now have a President truly mandated by the people to assume the highest position in the country.
Let me start of by saying that I did not vote for Noynoy, I went Gibo all the way. The main reason was Noynoy’s “portfolio” did not impress me at all. To me, he doesn’t seem to possess that impressive political track record that I was hoping our next president will have. But then, when the smoke cleared and everything settled down, I came to the realization that in the true fight for presidency, it doesn’t really matter how thin or thick your portfolio is. What truly matters is that big amount of trust you were able to gain from the people, for the rise to presidency is dictated by faith and fate. Noynoy Aquino for that alone rightfully deserves the presidency. I believe that what Noynoy lacks in competence, he more than makes up in character. Competence he can easily acquire with the help of sound political advisers, well meaning friends, supportive family members and a whole wealth of personal and professional experiences that would surely come his way in due time. Character, on the other hand, is something that he already has within himself. A product of virtues and values that he was able to gain over time through his natural inclination towards common good and his deep sense of what is right. Competence will make a very good president but Character I believe will make a very good leader. If we are to determine where he stands right now, he is neither way ahead of us like Pres. Arroyo nor way behind us like Pres. Estrada. He is at the moment, right beside us, clearly in our level, ready to march on with us towards change and progress.
To you P. NOY (as you wish to be called), though I did not personally vote for you, I still wish you nothing but the best. May you possess the courage to go against the tides if need be, like your father, who moved head on and fought for what was right even if the odds proved to be very little on his side. May you always be guided by your faith like your mother, who did as much work as she could with deep fervor in the presence of God. Like her, may you bow down and worship no one but God. May you aspire not to be the greatest president the Philippines has ever seen but instead the greatest leader the Philippines will ever have. May you also LEAD instead of rule, and lead not according to the laws that govern our society, for even that can bend and weaken in the hands of mishandled power, but according to your principles and beliefs that are clearly anchored on church’s teachings. As you lead, use not an iron hand but instead the gentle but firm hand of a true gentleman. May you always always carry with you these three things (which the previous presidents seemed to lack) as you move this nation towards greatness— true Compassion, Concern and Conscience. Make us proud Mr. President, you have the whole trust of the Filipino people behind you. In the end, may you give the whole nation that sense of pride in knowing that they made the right choice in choosing you.
To my fellow Filipino, let’s start working on that change now. It is now or never. P-Noy may have won the presidency but we are still the ones who will call the shots in our lives. The future is way too big for Pres. Noynoy’s hands alone.

Chinatown (Singapore)

Since my recent trip to Singapore was already my second time, you could say that I was not as much scared to venture out on my own as compared to the first time I had been there. I was able to figure out how to ride the bus and the MRT on my second day which surprisingly was quite easy as long as you read and follow the maps available in the stations. I happily explored Singapore while my sister was slaving it out in her office. The one place that I frequented to when I was there was Chinatown. I simply love the place. For one thing, they sell so many interesting pieces at a bargain (and I am a sucker when it comes to shopping)–Jades, Chinese bags, fans and wallets, pashmina, shirts, quirky chinese amulets, I mean they are all over Chinatown. This is, to me, the best place where you can buy stuffs to bring home. You can get great finds for like 3 for 10 dollars and sometimes 4 for ten dollars.

I love Chinatown

one of the best places indeed

one of the shops


busy street

In one of my outings to Chinatown, I chanced upon the Sri Mariamman Temple, a beautiful Indian temple. I got curious and went inside since it is open to tourist. As soon as you enter the gates though, you have to take off your shoes and walk barefoot since you are standing in what they considered as holy ground. If you want to bring your camera with you and take some pictures, they also charge a minimal fee of 2 dollars. I was mesmerized by the beautiful hand painted ceilings and big statues of their Gods.
at the entance

handpainted ceiling

work of art

looks like a tombstone

main door of the temple

worship area

Indian Gods

On the other side of Chinatown stood the Buddah Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a buddhist temple. I specifically looked for this place because they said it is beautiful. True enough, it left me awestruck. You do not have to take off your shoes here but you have to be careful not ot disturb the ones worshipping. The security team is also very strict with the distances so you always have to respect the line. You cannot go past it or else they will get upset, after all it is their place of worship. When I went there, there was a worship going on so I had to wait for it to finish so I can see up close the giant buddhas made in (sigh!) gold. I made sure I did not miss anything, there is just so much to see. In one of the floors, there is this Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic made in stuppa and pure gold. You can go inside the room but you cannot take pictures so I just stayed long enough for me remember how it looked like since I cannot capture it in film. This Buddhist temple is truly, truly beautiful. I was lost in this place for hours just drinking in the sights.
Buddhist temple

Universal Wisdom Hall (with the giant buddhas)

Pagoda of A Thousand Buddhas

Prayer wheel

just a small portion of the thousand Buddhas (mini ones)

lots of Buddahs around

My Zodiac Sign God

Buddhists in worship

Worship Hall

Posing with one of the Wisdom Buddah

last shot before stepping outside

looks majestic from outside

This is one of the things that I love about Singapore, the abundant culture clearly present there. It is very rich and diverse. Whether you’re a foreigner living there or just a transient visitor, the place, it just grows on you.:)