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A Journal: How Yolanda Broke My Heart

 Sunday after the typhoon, I went to Leyte to check on my loved ones and relatives if they were doing fine after the super typhoon.  Saturday morning, I was a bit worried because all source of communication went down. Me and my girlfriend were in Cebu and decided to rush to the ticket booth to buy tickets bound for Ormoc, but sadly, they were sold out for that day.  So we decided to take a fastcraft on a Sunday morning. A few dozen people surprised us on the ticket outlet of a certain fastcraft on a sunday dawn. They were already lining up as early as 3 am. They were, as well, anxious to see their families in Leyte.  We were not able to ride the first trip because it was already full, but thank God we were able to get a ticket for the second trip.

When we arrive in Ormoc, these images below stunned me and actually made some tears fell from my eyes because I just remembered how beautiful that place was before Yolanda came. It just crushed my heart.

I apologize for the quality of the images.  I only used my phone camera.

It is never easy to look at the surroundings.  About 90% of the houses have major damages while 100%  has damage (minor or major); coconut trees were cut off and even centennial old trees fell down as well.

When we arrive in Ormoc, my girlfriend’s family was there at the port waiting for us.  It was a relief knowing that all of them are safe. Now it is my time to check on my Nanay and my sisters in the nearby towns Merida and Isabel. At first, I had a hard time looking for transportation going there because transportation operations is not functional yet because of the electric posts and trees that blocked the highway. But good thing I was able to reach my nanay through phone and asked one of his grandchild to fetch me from Ormoc using motorcycle. It was already dusk then when we traveled from Ormoc to Merida. When we were travelling, I have seen a lot of devastation along the way.  Again, it squeezed my heart.  People were sleeping along the national road because their houses were swept away. Some just made bonfire to keep their selves warm. Their primary need at that time was shelter because if it rains, they would just be wet and cold again. Food is not yet a problem since they can still eat from fallen coconuts.

In my nanay’s place, Calunangan (Merida), I was able to sit with them along with the neighbors and converse with them that night outside the house. Their houses has damages as well. No more roof and no more ceiling.  Good thing, my nanay’s house has only minor damage.  Hope came in when I saw them talking together and even laughing (which is normal with their daily conversations) as if nothing happened. They even share their dinner together, and I ate with them. We had fish and some kind of a sea eel that they were able to catch earlier.

These are the scenes I saw on the morning after that small gathering in Calunangan:

 

That morning I was able to visit my sisters and my uncle’s place in Isabel, and I am thankful enough to God that they were spared.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Here are some pictures of Leyte towns:

Isabel, Leyte

Merida, Leyte

Yolanda is probably the only girl who broke my heart this worse. It should not happen again. It has not just affected the eastern part of leyte but whole Leyte as well, Northern Cebu. and some parts of Panay.

Let us all pray for our land.

Sabin Resort Hotel of Ormoc City

 Sabin Resort Hotel is a family/business/leisure resort hotel located in Bantigue, Ormoc City, Leyte.  It is just around a km or 2 from the city proper. If you want a peaceful environment with a stunning view of Ormoc Bay and the beautiful mountainous terrain in Merida and Isabel Leyte, then choosing Sabin resort would be the only perfect option. The resort offers wide variety of services that could cater to different tourists. They offer good food and offers excellent accommodation that is comparable to top hotel resorts in the island.

Let me take you on a tour of this little kept paradise. Here are some photos below:

   A stunning view of Mt Magsanga in Isabel town, Leyte. That mountain always remind me of “Paramount Pictures.” 🙂

  Poolside image facing the restaurant

    The Restaurant/Lounge

 Poolside facing the hotel rooms and conference halls

 Skyline view of Ormoc city from the resort

   Panoramic view of the resort

Some photos of us enjoying the pool      

They also offer food for snacks or any meal.   Hawaiian pizza

 Sweet corn for only 50 pesos (just to cover miscellaneous fee)

 Yummy! C’est La Vie! 🙂

Sabin Resort Hotel is valuable to me personally because this is the place where me and my girlfriend spent our first few moments as official lovers. I made her say “yes” to my proposal for us to be officially “in a relationship.” The romantic ambiance of the place might have been very helpful. By the way, the photos above was during our second visit at the resort. We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday there.

Anyways, if you happen to be visiting Ormoc or Leyte, then visit Sabin Resort Hotel. You would surely love your stay here.

 How to get here? Please refer to my previous entry about Ormoc City for more directions.

Ormoc City: The greener side of the Philippines

Ormoc City has been part of my life since before I got my knowledge about this world.  I haven’t reached a year of my life yet when my mom and “nanay” brought me to this place.  Up until today, I will always find time to visit this place.  Ormoc is a simple city with a simple form of living.  No BPOs that I know of (yet), but it has few coffee shops, and a bit of nightlife.  It offers world-class accomodation and could also cater to budget travelers.  It is really an ideal place to live in.  It is indeed, very peaceful.

How to get there:

From Manila:  You can ride a plane bound for Tacloban city and 2 hours van ride to Ormoc.  There is also daily bus trip from Cubao to Ormoc.

Above.  Ormoc City Bus Terminal with Daily bus trips bound for Luzon and Mindanao.

From Cebu:  There are daily 4-hour ferry trips that leaves at 11am and 10pm, and fastcrafts that has two trips throughout the day.

Above.  2Go Fastcraft en-route Ormoc-Cebu vice versa.

Where to stay:

There are plenty of hotels and pension houses to choose from but if you really want to relax and have fun, I suggest these resort/hotels:

Baybayon ni Agalon (Located in Albuera, a town around 10 km away from Ormoc)

Hotel Don Felipe (located at the heart of the City)

Sabin Resort (Brgy Bantigue, Ormoc City)

Where to go:

Bebidas – If you want to chill or have coffee.  This place is perfect for you.

Ikeas – This place is perfect for dessert.  They offer mouth-watering cakes and pastries.

Lake Danao – a guitar-shaped lake located above-sea level near the geothermal power plant that supplies visayas and parts of mindanao.

Never seen such scenery in my life.

Too bad I found some of these things in Lake Danao Park (ssiiiiggghhhss)

We sometimes tend to forget our responsibilities.  It goes back to us anyways.

Vivo – If you are in the mood for singing, then this place is just right for the whole barkada or family.

The Sts Peter and Paul Church

Gaisano Riverside  – Who says Ormoc aint updated with the current trend?

Public Market – Thrift way of spending.

Now tell me, isn’t this a good place to live?  Where food, clothing, and other expenses are lesser that you think and you might want to consider this place for retirement.  Visit your legal adviser now and your travel agent.  Visit the place and check it out for yourself.  It is very safe to stroll around this small but humble city.