The Places I Have Lived
- by Joe Jr Yamut
Cagayan de Oro ( < 2006 )
My home town 🏡 💙. Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is one of the more peaceful + prosperous cities in the Philippines. This place is fondly called the City of Golden Friendship. She sits in the northern part of Mindanao, and acts as a hub linking other surrounding smaller cities and towns.
What to do in CDO? Well, for starters I’d highly recommend you to try out the rapids of the Cagayan De Oro river 🌊🌊🌊. Yes, whitewater rafting is fun and something that should be in your bucket list. Take it from a Kagay-anon.
The kinilaw (a ceviche-like dish) 🐟 is also one thing you might want to whet your palates in. CDO’s take on this traditional Filipino food is quite unique but does not get the popularity it deserves.
Cebu ( 2006 – 2011 )
A.k.a the Queen City of the South. Although I’d like to think it’s right smack in the middle of the Philippine archipelago. This city is famous for a lot of things. It is rich in history and culture, beach resorts 🤽 🏊, scuba diving, and lechon 🐖 to name a few. Before I forget, Cebuanos are also known for not pronouncing the letter ‘L’.
The second largest city in the Philippines (not in land size). I cozied there for about 6 years. Among the more memorable moments of my life have been had here. Oh, but the insane drinking sessions 🍻 🍺 on the weekends where I’d get home not remembering how I even got out of my pants and on my bed the following morning.
Singapore ( 2012 – 2018 )
One of the fondest and most unforgettable 🏆 7 years of my life so far. First times, parties, new friends, and other happy adventures. This city-state is like a utopia. Living there is like you’re in one big, wonderful theme park. You feel safe. It is clean. There are myriad things to enjoy. Your taxes are really at work! 🏅
This Lion City is beautiful as it is expensive. A diverse culture. A mix of both the east and the west. A jewel both literally and figuratively. 💎
Metro Manila ( >= 2019 )
Currently my home sweet home 💟. This bustling metropolis is the beating heart of the Philippines. Many Filipinos come here to live their dreams. Others simply because there are more opportunities than anywhere else in these 7,000 something islands.
I’m still considered a neophyte in this concrete and steel jungle that is home to over 12 million people. Having decided to stay here at the start of 2019.
I look forward to great years ahead. 🌞
Here’s a Google Earth view of the locations I’ve lived and worked, starting with the present then backtracking up to my hometown.
- > i am a carabao January 6, 2007
- > Cebu Pacific Flight 5J806 Taxiing For Departure At Changi Airport September 4, 2018
- > home sweet home August 7, 2006
- > What’s In A Name June 13, 2020
- > moving out, moving in.. . May 19, 2007
Cagayan de Oro ( < 2006 ) My home town 🏡 💙. Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is one of the more peaceful + prosperous cities in the Philippines. This place is fondly called the City of Golden Friendship. She sits in the northern part of Mindanao, and acts as a hub linking other surrounding smaller…