The Land Of Promise 2: Day 1

So The Girl has left for Mindanao(Iligan) for good, to pursue her studies. Long story short, she wants to be come a CPA and she needs a 2 year refresher of sort. When she left, she couldn’t bring all her stuff with her, so I volunteered to take them to her a week after she left.

I left for Mindanao on morning of June 3, 2014 via an airplane.

I arrived at the new Laguindingan Airport, about 1 hour bus ride from Iligan. So I The Girl met me at the airport and we rode a shuttle bus to Iligan. Iligan was really nice! The Girl had told me everything about it and it was better when we actually saw what she was telling me all those time. I saw her old school, the place she used to hang out with, the places where she ate, everything! We were starving when we arrived at Iligan city so we ate at a local Jolibee store inside a mall.
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We then tour around the city, by tour I mean ride a tricycle to get to their market to buy some fish. She then told me everything about the place and where she usually go.

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By today’s standard, a selfie is required. Not really. But what the hell.

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With eyes wide and shining, she explained to me everything that she can remember about the place. We arrived at the market, and bought some fish. She then take me to a place where her family used to eat during his father’s payday.
IMGP0205 IMGP0204 IMGP0200It was said, that you are not a true Iliganon if you haven’t eaten halanghalang. It was delicious! I like and would like to try it again when I get back.

We then rode a jeep to their house, which was more or less 20 mins ride. The place was nice, it had a lot of trees. The girl kept on bragging that the water from their place was really good, and it was. I really like the water, it was better than most I’ve drank. They left this house to live in Zamboanga since they have a land there, check out my previous post. I was there. =)
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Her family was there as well to help her clean the house. They made a new restroom inside and other stuff. Spoke to her dad again who taught me more spiritually.

She then showed me the places where she used to hang out as a kid. Although it was not the same as when she was a child, Mimbalot Falls was as nice as she can remember. For me, I was amazed! It was my first time seeing a falls! The place around it was developed(on going) and I think it would be a nice place once it’s done. 🙂

It had a pool, zipline, swing, tree house, garden, and a whole lot more! It wasn’t finish yet and it had all those stuff, I cant wait to see when they finish developing this place.

On the way home, she saw some flowers and asked the owner what are they. The lady kindly gave her some flowers. People in these parts are kind. 🙂
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She then contacted her friend, whom I met in Cebu, and we went to her place. On the way, we saw the infamous river where she took a bath almost every day. She gets spanked by her parents though but that doesn’t stop her from swimming there. She would make excuses like, asking her friend to push her into the river and tell her parents that her friend pushed her that’s why she got wet, and some other lame excuses which didn’t work since some of her classmate will tell on her. She said that she specifically love it when it rains since she will have an excuse to take a bath. When she told me that story, I started to wonder what kind of river would make her bathe there regularly. Then, I saw it.
IMGP0307It may not show because of the reflection but this river was crystal clear! It was really clear. I too would have been tempted to jump if it was this clear. She said that it was way better when she was a child, there were no plastic bags and other stuff. Still, it was still nice to finally see this river in her stories. 🙂

We then found her friend, she’s having her toe nails done. After that, The Girl asked for some plants(yep, she really likes plants and plans to have her own garden), so we went to her house and got some plants.
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After a little chitchat, we went home and called it a day. We need to rest since we had a long day tomorrow.

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And by rest, I mean checking facebook and stuff.

My first day in Iligan was really nice and I had a feeling that time that this Mindanao trip would be legen-wait for it-dary! ;D

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