Corregidor Chronicles (Part 1)

Surreal.  The 1 hour and 15 minute ferry ride on a weekday early this year took me back to hazy Manila Bay and 48 kilometers west of Manila to a tadpole-shaped island at the end of the Bay. The island is called Corregidor, an historic small, rocky island that was a key bastion of Philippine allies during World War II. The ferry ride via Sun Cruises was not as exciting as when we landed.  The island takes you back in time when Corregidor was the site of two costly sieges and pitched battles between the Imperial Japanese Army and the U.S. Navy, the first in 1942 and the second one in January 1945.

 

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Photo shot at Battery Way, one of the gun emplacements in Corregidor Island.

batteryhearn1Battery Hearn’s largest cannon on Corregidor Island.  Named after Brigadier General Clint C. Hearn, its reach can go as far as 26 miles (flat trajectory range).

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The Old Spanish Lighthouse. Built and first lighted in the 1850s, it stands at the highest point in the island.  Imagine yourself standing on its peak during WWII and seeing warships from afar.

The 150 Word Article

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How does one promote oneself in one hundred fifty words?

If you’re stuck in a 6×8 room with only the sounds from the crickets outside, the Ikea clock on your wall and a 2-year old fan to keep you upbeat in this dog day afternoon, there doesn’t seem to be any worthwhile topic to work on.

Or are there?  Let us see some possibilities…

1. Drag the number word count into words to meet the target count due to lack of a topic in mind;

2. Surf the internet until you land in a number of sites that takes you to another site that requires you to come up with an article of 400 words;

3. Stare at an object in the room and come up with amazing tips on how to use it;

4. Log in to Facebook and start stalking…rather, talking;

5. Call a friend and tell her you’re working on this one hundred fifty (sorry, can’t help it) word article that needs to be submitted and maybe she can help.

Imagine that…just finished a write-up with a hundred and eighty word count! Damn, just when the ideas are starting to roll…

If I ever get a chance to travel through time

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There are more than one instance when I wish I could travel through time. Either back to when I was born or forward into the future. Thing is, as much as I try to invent the nearest time machine (as if I’m even trying), I always get goose bumps, anxious of what the other side could behold. Do you recall Michael J. Fox in the movie, Back to the Future? If you don’t know Michael J. Fox or even the movie Back to the Future, then poor you, you’re not in my age group…nah, just kidding! Anyway, the movie depicted Michael J. Fox who accidentally got a chance to travel through time to when his mother and father were still in high school. It was an amazing journey for him, it was one heck of a time travel for us all – it took 3 movies of travelling through time for the character that Michael portrayed to realize that he should not have changed anything in the past.

Another movie on time travel is The Terminator with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, don’t tell me you have not heard of that movie. Really?! Under what huge rock did you crawl out of?!?! This movie even introduced a new TV series, the Sarah Connor Chronicles (nope, I didn’t get my blog title from that series). The movie’s plot is set in the 21st century and the lead actor goes back through time with a mission and there, in the 80s, he met The Terminator.

Seriously, if I ever get a chance to travel through time, I wish I could see what it was like when I was born, or even during the time when my parents haven’t met yet. That would have been awkward but exciting (oops, there is that goose bump again). But at least, I could try to reason out with my Dad to quit smoking and focus on his future. Or I could have told him to invest in Microsoft before marrying Ma, then he still doesn’t have to work his butt out but he’ll still get rich!

The thing that the movie Back to the Future taught me is never to change the course of the past or the present as it will alter the future, yeah, I got all that from the trilogy. So, if I had that chance to travel through time, the most likely outcome if my Dad had invested in Microsoft, he would have married a different gal and I would not have been born…yikes!

Time travel has been depicted in a number of movies, even TV series, and each time there is a different story where the protagonist would go back to the past and find the best way to change the future. Below are just some of the memorable travel time movies so far (who knows what the future holds). I must admit I haven’t seen some of them.

10. Somewhere In Time

9. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

8. Looper

7. Groundhog Day

6. Primer

5. The Terminator

4. Star Trek IV

3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman

2. Back to the Future

1. 12 Monkeys

Change is good

Just recently, I got news that I will be permanently living in a different country with different cultures and different environment.  It is news that I have been waiting for so long and when I did get it, I kind of got some mixed feelings about it. Excitement and apprehension.  Perhaps it is normal, maybe it is just right to get that emotion, otherwise, I would not be human.

But change is good and I am embracing this new phase in my life.  Just what they say, “bring it on”!

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