Feb 11, 2014
Abundance in Cebu (Part 2)
Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
You know you're in the Flow when things happen your way just by thinking about it. Sometimes, even without thinking about it, but when the need presents itself, rabbits come out of a hat. It beats printing money. It has been that way since I arrived in Cebu.
Yoga is the reason for my coming to Cebu. And yes, yogic bliss poured like crazy, thanks in large part to Jeanne who paved the way in opening up opportunities for
me. I got to teach and practice my yoga to nearly all yoga centers in Cebu - Dragonfly, YogaHub, Surya Nanda, Love Yoga, Plantation Bay, Gold's, Holiday Gym, etc. I met new interesting faces that drape the yoga landscape of the city as well. In fact, I had too much of it, I had to give up teaching at some point to go deeper into my personal practice. That was around the time I was getting absorbed into Veer's yoga orbit. In him (an Indian yogi), I get a resonance consistent with how I want to push my yoga, both philosophically and physically. The last time a man impressed me this much that I practically imposed myself on him was way back in 2005 when I met a French chef who toured Asia on a mountain bike - yes, it doesn't happen everyday. But I digress. I can't say enough about the yogic bliss Cebu has blessed me with.
When I decided to go to Cebu (from Davao), M Citi Suites took on my web offer allowing me a roof over my head. It was a great relief not to have to worry about where I spend my nights. When that was over, Jeanne invited me to stay at her Dragonfly Yoga Studio. After over a month of eventful stay, I moved out and had a brief stint at Sugbutel before another friend from the Theosophical Society, Ricco, invited me to stay at his empty self-contained unit near Mango. It was opportune. It came at a point when I was seeing someone and I wanted to have a home for us. Again, when that was over, I didn't feel the need to continue staying at Ricco's house, despite his assurance, "you can stay as long as you want". Lo and behold, Premiere Citi Suites accepted my proposal and again, I had a roof over my head. At the same time, Ricco found a tenant for his unit. The timing was simply uncanny - like jigsaw pieces falling into place to complete the puzzle.
My good fortune wasn't only limited to lodging. Upon arrival in Cebu, AA BBQ renewed its subscription giving me gift certificates to sink my teeth into their mouth-watering grills - not just for me, but I always use my blessings to treat my friends. I also got to use-up GCs from Handuraw Pizza. When that was all used-up and I was beginning to spend too much money on food, another acquaintance from the Theosophical Society, Firoze, who owns an Indian tea house, Firozian, asked to be subscribed to my service - this was even unsolicited. When Ricco, expressed his sensitivity to water, within 48 hours, I closed a Kangen water deal with CTAM for him. It beats a guy using a magic wand to make this happen.
Knocking on Every Door? No
My service is both unique and powerful. I already know that. And I have empirical data from Google to back me up. But still, I don't knock on every door to sell my wares. True, I perform due-diligence - that's the least I should do, even in keeping with the Way of the Tao. In my observation however, when a need arises, the help comes anyway - sometimes in shapes and forms least likely to be expected, but always on the 11th hour. Besides, if I knocked on every hotel door and lined up all the hotel deals ensuring a full year's stay for me, in effect, I would have forfeited the golden opportunities I experienced at Dragonfly and Ricco's. Those moments are priceless! No hotel deal can measure up to that - and I don't care if we're talking Radisson Blu or Marco Polo. In short, for the universe to unravel for me, I have to keep my efforts to the barest minimum.
Like I said, when the need arises, the help comes. When a friend needed to make a credit card purchase (but didn't have a credit card), my bank suddenly called me to say they have pre-approved a credit card for me. I'd been with them for 10 years now, and never have they offered anything until now. When I felt that I was a lonerider being alone too long, I met a special lady who happened to be on a rebound. It was a short-lived romance - a healing process for her, and for me, knowing again what it's like to be with someone. To add magic to that, a friend offered me the use of his empty unit, effectively giving me and my lady a place we can call home. Things just fell into place.
So, what do I do for money? Hardly anything, actually. I've only earned loose change since I arrived Cebu. I even survived for months before Cebu without earning a centavo. But when you think about it, since I have hotels over my head and good resto food in my tummy (in exchange for their good-looks on the internet), and I have no home to pay rent to, no car to pay insurance with, and no property to spend on maintenance and repairs with, then what do I really have use for money aside for jeep fare and coffee? As impoverished as I am (by design), I even turned down a web contract recently since the nature of the client's business was not in keeping with my tenets of right and wrong. Increasingly, money becomes less of a currency for me.
I used to worry about the basics to survive on the open road with no money and no address to go back to. But since then, life seems getting easier. There are more moments of abundance than drought. When abundance happens, I am quick to spread the love. Anything in excess of my meager means is to be given away or shared - that's how it works for me. I've done this for hotel rooms (gifting to friends and loved ones hotel room credits I still have from far away places), and I hardly eat alone if using gift certificates - almost always with friends. At some point, I would like my blessings (in its increasing magnitude) to be shared not just with friends but to a bigger audience...on a societal scale through more ambitious projects. Perhaps even change the planet to how I envision it. It's not as formidable a task when I know the universe is willing to part the Red Sea to ensure my well-being and manifest my desires.
All my benefactors are Good Samaritans. But I also notice that we simply fill into each other's void - our usefulness to each other comes in the right place at the right time. And more often than not, when that purpose has been served, it's usually time to move on. I'm already gone before things go stale. Everything has a shelf life. I don't delude myself into the 'forever syndrome'. By exercising detachment when the time is ripe, I open myself to other opportunities for growth. It's a karmic process I buy into.
Bliss notwithstanding, I know that when the moment comes for me to pack up again, I have to unquestioningly do so, knowing fully well, that the next destination may only spell drought. I am not attached to the bliss. I've already walked away from it when I left Cagayan de Oro. I'll do it again. I cannot forfeit what life has in store for me. And the only way I'll find out is to pack up when the open road beckons.
Cebu City, Philippines
Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
- Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
- S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
resto / cafe / bar
- Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
- Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
- Love Yoga World - yoga studio
11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
- Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
at The Yacht Club Mactan
- Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451
- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
- Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
- Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
Feb 11, 2014
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