Dubs x Cavs III, the conclusion

The Cleveland Cavaliers entered game 5 in a fragile survival mode. The King and his cavs tried to crusade another historical comeback by surpassing a 3-0 deep hole. Kyrie Irving was sensational. Lebron James was a beast all throughout the series. But these two kings need more offensive help from their supporting cast. Unfortunately, the subs had a disappointing run.

Meanwhile, the hostile environment of the Oracle Arena makes the Golden State Warriors more lethal in a home court skirmish.  Steph Curry’s aggressiveness in the paint dismembered the Cavs’ defense. Klay Thompson’s take out against the main scorers was incomparable. Green’s all around presence was just superb. The bench led by Iguodala, Livingston, McGee, West and McCaw gave their fair share of support. But the one that stood up and dismantled the Cavaliers can be summed up in just two letters – KD. Kevin Durant, the most talked player and dubbed as the super villain since the start of the season unleashed his offensive firepower by producing 30+ points in 5 consecutive games. The finals MVP’s performance from both sides of the court fueled the Warriors to finish their revenge tour and ascended victorious on this epic trilogy.

Cleveland went all in and had a splendid run but Golden State was just too much and remained on their ground that there is strength in numbers.

Chapter three is over.

Slow clap, standing ovation for your 2017 NBA champions, The Golden State Warriors.
(Whispered chants: Yakimix! Yakimix! Yakimix)
photo credits: @nbatv

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Dubs x Cavs

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Summer ends, classes start.

Two things that prove June might not be the best time of the year. But for all hoop-junkies out there, this month has a handful of exciting days to offer.

The long wait is over.

NBA Finals is here.

For the third straight season, the rivalry continues. The rubber match we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. The Beast of the East meets his arch nemesis from the Wild West.

It’s all locked up.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors III.

Tracing Battle History

Warriors drew the first blood. Season’s Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry led the offensive charge. With the help of his splash brother, Klay Thompson and the bench mob, their offensive firepower is beyond compare. Andre Iguodala provided the veteran leadership and eventually named as the finals MVP. GSW took care of business in six games (4-2) and ended a four-decade title drought. They proved that there is #StrengthInNumbers and claimed the 2015 NBA crown.

When the 2016 NBA finals unfolded, the Cavaliers were determined for vengeance. Although, trapped in the edge of annihilation, LeBron James carried his team to a historic comeback win in professional sports (4-3). The prodigal son delivered his promise. Kyrie Irving’s dagger three will always be in the memory lane. Kevin Love’s presence is also a huge factor in the series. The Cavs went #Allin and snatched the 2016 NBA title. And the famous internet meme was born, “Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.”

The Warriors will win because…

Kevin Durant is too much. The third splash brother is having one of his best seasons yet.

The Golden State Warriors is the greatest collection of talent the league has ever seen.

The Splash brothers are dominating their cup of tea. Threes are raining.

Curry’s ball handling and inside penetration evolved.

The run and gun game is not contained.

Draymond Green’s temper is controlled.

GSW creates early separation and handles the lead.

The ball movement is just lit.

The subs deliver. JaVale McGee’s presence is matchless.

Zaza Pachulia injures Lebron (just kidding).

The Cavaliers will win because…

LeBron James is LeBron James. This year, the King is breaking the NBA records by storm.

The Cavs is up to any talent.

JR Smith and Iman Shumpert step up.

Kevin Love connects outside touch and dominates the board.

Uncle Drew is breaking ankles and clutch as ever.

Kyle Korver is having his Ray Allen moments.

Deron Williams provides play-making skills they’ve been looking the entire season.

The transition defense is superb.

There are no unnecessary turnovers.

James cries for help to referees and Adam Silver (just kidding).

Chapter Three

As good as advertised, we will be now witnessing an epic trilogy. The Warriors’ playoffs run is unblemished while the Cavaliers’ quest is in a juggernaut mode. As the tides shift and tables turn, we’re still clueless on which team will bring the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.

82 regular games played.

25 combined playoffs matches.

Down to best of 7 series.

Will the Golden State Warriors finish their revenge tour? Or will the Cleveland Cavaliers defend the land?

In less than 24 hours, Game 1 will begin.

Choose your coast now. East or West.

#ThisIsWhyWePlay

JeEpscapade bet: Yakimix buffet
Crocky is on Dubs while Gazelle is All In.

Cape San Agustin

Late last year we had a weekend getaway in Cape San Agustin, Governor Generoso. Initially we planned to go to Lake Jolon in South Cotabato, however due to conflict of schedules we opted to take a trip to the country’s south-easternmost point. Though it was only our second option, the place was a stunner and a must visit for people who are up for a laidback kind of adventure.

Cape San Agustin is a 2-hour trip from Tagum City, that is, if you travel on a private vehicle. But on our part it took us 3 hours because we were stopping here and there for photo opps.  There are basically a few instagrammable sights you can find on your way there.

This one for instance. We’d like to call it “The Wall”. It’s just basically a mountain of rocks that’s been structurally bull-dozed for road widening. A warning though: Be careful of falling rocks!

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Across “The Wall” is a small dock for fisher folks in the Municipality. This is where we caught the sunrise.

This humongous tree must not be missed! Because we wanted to be early in Cape San Agustin we decided to take pictures the next day. It’s over a century old. You can obviously tell its age from its trunk.

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We’re finally here!

Since we came early and no one was manning the entrance, we got a free pass to the lighthouse. On our second day though, we paid P50.00.

Cape San Agustin has three light houses, only one is operating, and the other two are the only ones accessible to the public.

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The first and shortest among the three lighthouses is an open staircase of time-worn cement spawning a more rustic feel. You better watch your steps here or suffer breaking a limb; this is the farthest barangay by the way so the hospital is nowhere near!

The second lighthouse gives you a better panoramic view of the place. It’s pretty windy up here but the view is just breath-taking; the sea with hues of blue and green, the big waves splashing through the hefty rocks and off the vast shoreline is just awesome!  Take note that Barangay Lavigan where Cape San Agustin is situated is surrounded by three major waters – the Pacific Ocean, the Celebes Sea and the Davao Gulf. No wonder the waves are these good!

After filling our stomachs with appetizing food, we went to “The Altar” where St. Francis Xavier first presided a Holy Mass. Going to the Altar requires a long but gratifying tread on the untainted Parola Beach. You can tell from the long strings of trees and wilted leaves that the beach is definitely untouched by commercialization. People flock to the shorelines with just their picnic baskets, take shade under the trees, swim through the waves, and simply relax and relish paradise.

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On the other side of the Parola Beach is a hidden oasis and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Getting there can be quite creepy because you have to pass a small cemetery. The way to this secret sanctuary is a bit steep, the makeshift ladders will help you climb down, but no worries, the sound of gushing waves and the glaring light of the sun producing palettes of blue, yellow and green will make the traverse worthwhile.

Staying overnight in this unspoiled haven won’t hurt your wallet. You only have to pay P500.00 for a small decent hut. There’s a challenge though, there is no direct supply of water within the area so the resort still has to get gallons of water from the nearby barangay. The resort provides for free two gallons for every rented room. Other than that you will have to pay P20.00 for each gallon. But for adventurists like us, it’s not entirely a problem.   The beach is already enough!

For those up for camping, you can bring your own tent. Just be careful of the coconuts.

The Get Go

Everyone has stories and life lessons to tell.

To travel and experience some of life’s sweet pleasures is a great opportunity. The best part of it is when you have someone to share that opportunity with.

Together, these Crocky and Gazelle will bring the fun in their escapades.  And what better way to showcase that than to start a blog!

So turn on the ignition, JeEpscapade is here to drive you into their adventure!

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