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Pacific War Memorial Museum – Beautiful Sunday

Pacific War Memorial Museum – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 and #sublimesunday by @c0ff33a Welcome back to another part of our adventure in the historic island of Corregidor in the Philippines. We have explored the beauty of nature, visited the gigantic cannons, wandered thru ruins and even took the courage to […]

The Mile Long Barracks – Beautiful Sunday

The Mile Long Barracks – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 After exploring the ruins of the hospital it was time for us to move on to our next destination. Our experience at the hospital was spooky at at some parts, but turned out to be quite an experience. Our next destination […]

The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor – Beautiful Sunday

The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor – Beautiful Sunday

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Aside from the rich WW2 history and the beauty of nature. Corregidor Island in the Philippines is also know as one of the most haunted places in the Philippines. Ever dare to visit a haunted hospital at night? Here if you go on a tour, night activities includes ghost hunting. Well, since we were on a budget we were our own. Armed only with a navigational app we headed out to find and visit the most talked about hospital on the island. Come with me today on a tour where others do not dare to go.

The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor

Previously I have shared some of the famous tourist spots on the island. If you would like to see and read more about Corregidor. Feel free to visit the earlier parts of our adventure.

Part 1 Voyage to the Island of Corregidor

Part 2 Exploring the Island of Corregidor

Part 3 The Ruins of Middleside Barracks

Part 4 The Last Stand of Battery Way

Part 5 The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn

 

After my solo trip to Battery Hearn. I headed back to meet up with the family as our next stop was the Hospital. From our location, we checked the map and it was a bit mysterious as the road that suppose to lead to the hospital does not exist. We could only see trees and wild growth. It seems that there was something that was preventing us from finding the site.

Refusing to abandon our adventure, we back tracked a bit and found a trail. There were no signs or markings where the road leads to. My wife was a bit hesitant to proceed in following the trail and she said that maybe they closed it up.

Still we followed the quiet, mysterious trail knowing that end we would be seeing the hospital.

The road was too quiet which was kinda creepy. No insect sounds nor songs from the birds can be heard.

We came over this ruin which the kids though was the hospital. I said that it was too small and the photos that I saw online was very much bigger.

I do not know what this structure was, but from the looks of it may also have been bombed during the war.

No markings to identify the building unlike the other ruins that we saw which gave a little information. The walls and parts of the ceiling were all busted up.

As we walked a little further, the kids went running and shouted, “Wow we found it, it’s so huge!”

Surrounded by trees it fully came into view and it was like a scene from a horror movie.

Coincidentally, we came across another group with a tour guide. We asked the guide if it was safe to come inside and he said that it was already made safe for visitors. They also offer a ghost hunting tour at night for around 150 pesos per person which is around $3.00 USD. Well, I’m not sure if I would be up to, but I guess some thrill seekers would be jumping on the opportunity.

As for us, we prefer to just see it during the day time. We wouldn’t want to see something that we would regret. There are things that you wouldn’t want to wish for as you might just get it.

Before entering, I wanted to see each side of the building first and then plan where to start.

The right wing building  is already very big with a lot of rooms to explore. With the little time that we have left we will try to explore the most parts of the site, but it was hard to decide where to start.

The back part of the right wing looks very dark even in daylight so we decided to check the front part of the building instead.

Here we saw the stairs leading the left wing building and I said that we will start there first.

Built in 1912 the hospital is composed of four buildings and formed a shaped like a cross from above. The reason behind this is to be identified as a medical facility. Under the treaty of the Geneva Conventions medical facilities are to be spared during armed conflict. This is not the case for the Japanese, they still bombed the building even though it was identifiable as a hospital. Today it lies in ruins and gave birth of sightings of spirits in the area.

We were ready to come inside and as we came closer a lot of creatures came flying outside as if they are expecting us. At first, we thought they were bats, but was relieved to find out that they were birds.

My wife didn’t want to go in and said that she would just wait for us outside. Out hearts were beating a bit faster as we approached the building.

Surprisingly, it was clean inside and debris were all piled up in certain areas.

We found this wall covered in graffiti by soldiers who lived and stationed here.

Names, ranks, dates and where they are from were either carved or painted on the walls. I have noticed that some of the dates on the walls were during 1960’s and 70’s which got me thinking. These soldiers were not from WW2 which was puzzling and I had to find out why these soldiers were here during that time.

 

 

There were also messages left on the walls.  “No one is allowed to enter the room”, we do not know what room is being referred to or what was done in that room. All would remain a mystery.

There are dark rooms in corners and best to heed the warning.

More names of soldiers on the walls and we will never find out if they are still alive.

We left the room and moved to a different location. We wanted to see more of the writings of the soldier and maybe some could tell a story.

The kids explored a room close by and I told them to stay close. I do not want them wandering around without me.

I asked my daughter if she was scared, she said the place was kinda peaceful and quiet.

Maybe it would be a different story if we came here at night, but right now everything seems to be going fine.

My daughter asked if we could check what was on the second floor. Since the guide said it was safe and the structure is now stable. I guess we can proceed to the second floor. Talking about the guide that we encountered earlier. Where is the guide and the other group? I guess they already left and we are now on our own.

The planes may have bombed this part of the building due the damage of the floor.

Stories has been told of many sightings and paranormal activities in this building. Other tourists who visited  said that they heard sounds of people in pain. Other reports they heard sounds like activities in a busy hospital.

Ghostly footsteps are one of the most common things that people report. Here it is so quiet it would make you easily hear the slightest sound or footstep that may follow you.

 

They say that if you look for them they might just find their way to you. I kept telling myself that we are not looking for anything, but just simply visiting. We do not mean to disturb those who rest within these walls.

Other sightings includes headless ghosts and medical staff running around the rooms. I do not really believe in ghosts, but I wouldn’t want to encounter anything like that. I felt that we needed to leave this room and move on.

Each room that we visited is filled with writings of soldiers to leave their mark. This one seems to be decades ago, but still not during WW2. This island may have been used as a training ground by soldiers during this time.

Apart for the other writings on the wall, we found something very disturbing. I have learned that this place was also a site of a massacre.

 

This was called the Jabidah massacre.  The government claimed that the north eastern part of Sabah belonged to the Philippines. The code name Jabidah is composed of Muslim trainees, trained for jungle warefare who’s purpose is to reclaim the north eastern part of Sabah Malaysia. Initially they were informed that they are being trained to fight communists in the country. When they learned the truth of their true mission they refused to obey orders due to their religious connections to their muslim brothers in Sabah. The trainees were taken out and killed. The officers behind the massacre were never convicted.

Aside from the chilling ghost stories, this massacre I guess is more frightening.

On other parts, some soldiers claims to be the fastest gun like in the old west.

After seeing this part I felt it was time for us to go.

I called my daughter and said that we have seen everything that we need to. It was time for us to leave the hospital in peace.

Before we left I kept thinking what draw us to visit this site. Was it the stories of the sightings? I guess what we were looking for were stories and mysteries of people who lived within these walls. We weren’t out here for thrills, we were here to learn about and pay respects to those who perished.

As we climbed down the stairs, we felt relieved and thankful that there were no paranormal encounters of any kind. We were thankful that we got a chance to visit this site and experience another part of this beautiful island.

Thank you very much for joining us today and I hope you enjoyed the tour. Do join us again on our next adventure and please do leave some comments. Let me know if you had any paranormal encounters. Until then enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep the love alive.

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Jabidah Massacre

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The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn – Beautiful Sunday

The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome to the fifth installation of our adventure in the historical island of Corregidor in the Philippines. An island filled with the beauty of nature, historical artifacts of war and mystery. Last time we stopped over at Battery Way which is […]

The Last Stand of Battery Way – Beautiful Sunday

The Last Stand of Battery Way – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to the fourth chapter of our journey in the island of Corregidor, Philippines.  Last week we took you the ruins of Middleside barracks and have seen what is left from the attack of the Japanese during WW2. The island […]

The Ruins of Middleside Barracks – Beautiful Sunday

The Ruins of Middleside Barracks – Beautiful Sunday

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and #SublimeSunday by @c0ff33a

Welcome to the third part of our adventure on the historical island of Corregidor in the Philippines. If you wish to see how we ended up here feel free to check the previous parts of our trip.

Voyage to the Island of Corregidor

Exploring the Island of Corregidor

Today I will take you on a tour to the first ruins that we encountered. Bombed by the Japanese during WW2 and was left in ruins. But still it stands and is slowly being taken over by nature. Join me on our trip to explore ….

 

The Ruins of Middleside Barracks

An island shaped like a tadpole, Corregidor island is filled history, nature and mystery. Served as a gateway to Manila, it was a port for galleons during the Spanish colonial era.

From South Beach of the island it will take you around 27 minutes to reach Middle Side Barracks. Although it would take you longer than expected as some parts of the road goes uphill.

After the intimidating encounter with the gang of monkeys. We were all relieved that we did not experience any form of aggression from the wild monkeys. I felt like it was nature’s test to see if we are worthy to pass to the next level. We pushed forward to our journey and the walk was very peaceful to the site.

The road was very quiet and the cool breeze was very refreshing. On my previous post, I shared star shaped green flowers covered parts of the road. This is the tree where the flowers falls from.

The leaves has yellow and pink colors. I have never seen this kind of tree anywhere else and I have been unsuccessful in identifying this tree.

This is the farthest my zoom lens could reach but if you would zoom in to the photo. You would see green bulbs that has not bloomed yet into the green flowers. I am not sure how many times it blooms per year, but I guess we got lucky to see the mysterious star shaped green flowers fall from the giant tree.

The trees here are ancient and has lived harmoniously with other types of plants.

I can’t really say if there are just only three types of plants growing on the tree. Just by looking at nature we could learn a lot of things. Living together in peace can overcome even the strongest typhoon in life.

The green leaves growing on this trunk almost looks like green fur on an ancient mythical creature. This old tree must have witnessed a lot of action in the past.

As we came closer to our destination, we reached a fork on the road. In the middle of this fork is a wide open space with a majestic tree in the center. All the grass and plants around this area seems to be dying, but the tree is thriving.

I am not a tree expert, but it feels like the tree is absorbing all the nutrients around this area. Like a vampire that feeds on the life force of other creatures, it remains beautiful.

Here is a top view of the large tree and you could see the dried up soil around it. Other surrounding areas are lush with vegetation except for this area. To me it seems unnatural, but I guess it is just a part of the mystery of this island.

 

After taking the road on the right side of the fork. The enormous ruins appeared before our eyes. We were all silenced by the structure.

The Middleside Barracks houses officers, enlisted men, includes a hospital, and a service club. It also has a PX (post exchange) store which is like a convenience store in military bases. This place is huge and I learned that it even had two school houses for the American and Filipino soldiers.

The ruins is located in the middle of the island and was built in 1915 for the 60th artillery anti aircraft company, US army, 91st Coast artillery and the Philippine scouts. Advanced concrete construction was used in the two buildings that each has three stories. Each floor had high ceilings and sliding windows made from capiz shells were used. Capiz shells has been used for windows in the Philippines for centuries now. An influence during the Spanish colonial period and is still being used in some architecture today.

On December 29, 1941, the barracks was destroyed when it was bombed by the the Japanese.

Today 77 years has passed and the ruins still stand as a reminder of that fateful day.

 

What used to be a home for soldiers is not being reclaimed by nature. Plants and trees grows thicker everyday.

There are even signs of trees that has slowly wrapped itself on one of the posts. Although only a dried branch remains it is a sign that in the long run nature still wins.

 

The kids needed some rest after that long hike to this site. Tired but still you could see a smile from my daughter which means that she is enjoying this trip.

The kids doesn’t get a lot of chance to go out on long hikes. But I’m pretty sure they have a lot of energy to complete this adventure.

Exhausted but I am glad we brought a lot of water to fuel our journey.

As the kids were resting, I took the time to take more photos around the area.

A lot of parts of the cement are crumbling and seems be hanging by a thread.

Visitors are forbidden to enter the ruins as the floors could collapse at anytime.

I am not sure what part of the building this is with those cement walls that are evenly divided into sections.

Rehabilitation has been made on this site. I noticed that there are metal posts installed to reinforce the structure. A good way to preserve and save what is left of the site.

I could only imagine how the building looks like before it was destroyed. I just wish that a part was spared to give us a glimpse of the architecture.

 

It must have been very frightening during the bombing of that December day. The impact of the destruction is seen everywhere you look. Twisted metal and rocks piled up everywhere and would forever remain this way.

All the floors are gone, but stairs that leads to the third floor survived. Climbing up those stairs would surely bring you demise.

Looking at this angle kinda reminds me of the Roman Colosseum. Instead of gladiators it was soldiers who fought for their lives during the bombing.

It has been a very long time already and what used to be a busy place is now very peaceful and quiet.

But the silence is somehow very eerie and you could easily hear a whisper. Would you prefer to have the place restored to serve as a hotel and restaurant? I think I wouldn’t agree as sometimes places are better left untouched and just allowed to retire from it’s service.

In these windows, soldiers may have hanged out during their free time. Thinking of a loved one or wishing for the war to end.

 

 

Would be able to get a lot of great shots from the ground floor. I had to be honest that I wanted to go down there, but it is not worth it. Safety first should always triumph in making decisions.

Any of these floors could fall at anytime and crush you easily. These are reinforced cement which are very strong, but the floors could still fall even if metal reinforcements it has been already installed in the ruins.

This must be the main entrance to the building and signs are placed for a purpose. No one is around to stop you, but if you get hurt don’t say you were not warned.

A view from the roof deck of the building. This is the last section of the second building of Middleside Barracks and looks to be the part that is least damaged.

Floors and walls are still intact and you could still see the paint on the walls.

Looking at the ruins made me think about a lot of things. How life was hard during the war and a lot of lives were lost during the destruction. War is ugly and I wish our world will get past it all already. We have seen a lot, but still some of us have not learned anything.

It was time for us to go and venture deeper thru this road. A road that leads to more history and mystery of this island. We still have a very long way to go to complete our goal. A lone tree blocks the middle of this road which is better than a group of monkeys blocking the way.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed seeing the ruins on this tour. I’d appreciate if you leave some comments and let me know what you think about the site. If you are near the area and planning to visit just let me know and I could point you to the right direction. Hope to see you again next time and if you love big guns you would be blown away by the next site that we will be visiting. Until then keep on dreaming, believing and I hope we will reach the moon soon. Cheers!

Resource

Corregidor

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Exploring the Island of Corregidor – Beautiful Sunday

Exploring the Island of Corregidor – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to next chapter of our adventure in the beautiful Island of Corregidor in the Philippines. An island rich with history and blended together wit the beauty of nature. Last week I showed you how we ended up in this […]

Voyage to the Island of Corregidor  – Beautiful Sunday

Voyage to the Island of Corregidor – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 How would you like to embark on a journey with me to visit a historical island in the Philippines. An island filled with ruins and remnants from the past. If you love adventure then come on board and hitch a ride […]

Ready, Set, GO! “Tamiya” – Beautiful Sunday

Ready, Set, GO! “Tamiya” – Beautiful Sunday

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There are times when interesting events are held at the mall. A car race is being held inside the mall. The crowd has flocked around the circuit. The tracks are set up and the cars are being tweaked to top condition. Join me today to witness the race of the mini 4WD.

Ready, Set, GO! “Tamiya”

People of all ages came to watch the race. A lot of them watched just out of curiosity. The Tamiya mini 4WD racer has been very popular during the 90’s era here in the Philippines. So popular they even had their own cartoon anime.

Tamiya corporation is a Japanese company that manufactured plastic model kits that ranges from cars to boats. During the 1960’s they created plastic models of battleships and tanks. They also manufactured a RC controlled model of the Porsche 934 which gained success. It was also documented that in order to fully understand the car. They dismantled a Porsche 911 and fully rebuilt it back again.

The Tamiya mini 4WD racer were first introduced in 1982. They came into boxes just like the ones below and you need to assemble the car. It has become very popular with hobbyists as the parts are upgradable. During the 90’s era each model had cool names. Names like Strato Vector, Magnum Saber, Cyclone Magnum, Black Stalker and Max Breaker. Because of the anime series as I recall the most popular model with the kids is the Magnum Saber.

Here you could see adults with their cars getting ready for the race.

The serious hobbyists even had bags that contained different parts for the vehicle.

Here is the actual model kit and their speed on the track can range from 14 to 65 km/h. It is also known that it can even reach the speed of 81 km/hr. If you would notice there are rollers on the back and front of the car. These serves as roller guides when they are released in the track. It doesn’t stop there every component of the car has an effect on the power and speed. The motor between the two wheels at the back which is powered by rechargeable AA batteries  . There are different types of motors available with names like Hyper Dash, Atomic Tuned and the most powerful Plasma Dash.

The motor itself does not ensure the win, but every component must be well balanced and tweaked. Too much power could send your car flying out of the course. The gears inside the car also plays a role when it comes to acceleration and torque.

Wheels are normally made out of plastic but is upgradeable to aluminum. The tires has four types which is made of rubber, sponge, reston or semi-pneumatic. What the hell is semi-pneumatic? I had to ask more about it and I was told that these tires has air pockets in the center. I guess it is the closest to the real vehicle tires.

As you could see, this is a serious game and not just a simple child’s toy anymore. With different tools and lubrication sprays this guy is meticulously replacing a motor.

This bag is like a car garage with cars tweaked and setup for every type of circuit for the race.

This racer has labeled his garage according to the motor installed each car.

Here are some of the racers getting ready for the next run. The track only has three lanes so only three racers can participate in each run. Although, there are tracks that has five lanes and the material for the track is made from plastic or wood.

The contest has been on going for hours now and winners are placed in this rack. They will be pitted against each other in the finals.

This hobby is not only for boys, but there are also female racers in the contest.

The cars are placed at the starting point and is let go at the signal.

I tried to boost up my shutter speed and try to capture the cars in motion. On the downside as you would notice there are a lot of noise in the photo and isn’t very sharp anymore.

Cars do fly off the tracks and here is one of them that has flown off. I believe that you are eliminated already once your car has gone off track, but still depends on the rules.

The tracks has some uphill sections that could easily send your car flying. With the proper tweak and parts, it could keep you on track of the course.

I took a little video in order to give you an idea how fast the mini 4WD racer can go.

One of the racers waiting for his car to pass by.

I tried to capture some of the cars in mid air flight, but it was quite difficult without sacrificing the quality.

Thanks for joining me today to witness race day at the mall. I hope you enjoyed the ride and if you are interested to get into the hobby. I have left the official page at the bottom.

Until then I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a very #beautifulsunday everyone.

 

Resources

Tamiya Corp

Tamiya Mini 4WD

Official page

Tamiya

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The Japanese Garden of Caliraya – Beautiful Sunday

The Japanese Garden of Caliraya – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Looking for a peaceful picnic spot? We visited a place in Caliraya, Cavinti Laguna here in the Philippines. Where the air is cool, a calm ambiance and the wind whispers to the leaves of the trees. Join me today as we […]