First Solo Trip: Ilocos, Philippines

Hello friends, I miss pressing some words… oh, the woe of holidays and school. Ha! Anyhoo, I’m back and I’m finally, finally, finally blogging about my first (and definitely not the last) solo trip ever!!! Β Say hello to Ilocos, Philippines!

Ok, here’s a back story of this trip. It wasn’t suppose to be a solo trip. I was suppose to go with seven friends with this trip, yes, SEVEN! What happened? Well….. something devastating happened. Long before this trip which was October 21, 2013 we’ve already book a plane ticket going to Cebu. Days before our trip, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the cities of Cebu and it was such a heart breaking scenario. So me and some of my friends decide to not continue with our Cebu plans. However, I don’t want to waste my vacation staying at home so I decided, for the first time ever, to go away… SOLO!

After much debate with myself and a lot of internet research I’ve decided to go to Ilocos and my first stop would be… Pagudpud!

Since I was late in leaving Manila, like around 12am already I took Partas bus going to Laoag. I think, Florida bus line has a direct bus route going to Pagudpud but it is not 24-hours unlike Partas. From Manila to Laoag I’ve spent 797php and an additional 12hours bus ride, Touch down Laoag and another hour and a half, riding another bus, to reach Pagudpud.

Hello Pagudpud and Kuya Arnel (the best tricycle tour in town) was already waiting for me. First, he let me put down my things at the place where I’m going to stay which is Cathy’s Stay Inn. Then off we went to tour!!! Yeay!!!

Kabigan Falls
Kabigan Falls plus a mini trek
Kuya Arnel at Patapat Viaduct
Kuya Arnel at Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct
Patapat Viaduct
Timmangtang Rock
Timmangtang Rock

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Bantay-Abot Cave

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Blue Lagoon in front of Hannah's

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Say hello to Pagudpud

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Bangui Windmills

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

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The lighthouse!

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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Behind the rock formation

Since I was late at arriving at Pagudpud which was around noon, I did my two tours for two days. You can do all in one day actually! Both tours will cost you 600 each, but be generous enough to tip since people there are so nice! As in! For tours you can check the internet for contact number or simply ask any tricycle drivers there. Good thing about this place is that the government train their people to be local tourist guides, from being guides to taking a good picture. Now, about accommodations well if you’re on the tipid side then opt for the beach front houses of Saud beach but if you can spulrge a little then better stay at the hotels of Blue Lagoon.

Aside from their empanadas and beautiful sites, one of the best things here in Pagudpud is their people. They are all so nice, from the mama who talked to me during my bus ride, Kuya Arnel, Ate Cathy, Ate Imelda at the falls, the kuyas at the tourist center, and even just the kids you meet!

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Warm smiles for everyone!

After touring Pagudpud, instead of going home I’ve decided to tour Laoag and Vigan (since I was there already). Haha. I’m going to post about them on another pressed word page! Soon, promise!

I like travelling a lot. It feeds me, it makes me happy. Travelling is not escape, it is about going to…

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Travelling is not escaping
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To travel is to go

p.s. all pictures are taken and edited by me πŸ™‚

13 Things in 2013

Before this year ends I would like to thank all and everything that made this year special. One of the best years ever! Some of my friends said that 2013 had been a long one but for me it was too sweet, too fast. So here are some highlights of the year…

1. My Singapore trip! Hello Universal Studios…
2. Seeing the wonders of Angkor Wat and spending nights at Pub Street
3. My first solo trip up to the North!!! (gonna post about this soon)
4. Baguio trip with the whole family! Whew!

This year is full of travel, I so love it! πŸ™‚

5. Spanish classessssss, classmates, and professors hihi
6. Grad stud yeah!
7. WYAAP conference
8. Moving at a new apartment, twice!!!
9. Countless food trip, from Tomas Morato to Binondo, yummy!!!

Not all was beautiful but it helped us grew our faith

10. Typhoon Haiyan…. and being able to help

People are resilient!

11. DLSU won! Yehey!
12. Getting good grades πŸ˜‰

Last but not the least….

13. Family and friends time, love love love!

Thank you 2013! It was such a blast! Looking forward to 2014, please be better! πŸ˜‰

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When March is Still Love Month

This is month is actually more of my love month rather than the last one. I learned many things about love this month. Not just about the love that we see in the movies or read in books but about real and the right love. Something about that kind of love is.

Real love follows

… it is also obedient. Real love also knows no limits and it forgives. Real love is selflessness.

Another thing about March that made it my love month is that, me together with my friends were able to attend RnR 2013 by Destiny Church Manila. That’s Romance and Rhythm! It is very lovely indeed. Also, this is also the month wherein two of my favorite people celebrated their birthday! Their birthdays made me streched my heart plus I can say that I was able to do things for their birthdays that I haven’t done before.

March made me realize that I love what I’m doing. I love studying! I love my courses this semester and that’s why I’m happily taking up my masteral’s degree.

I love studying but I also do appreciate breaks! Haha. Which leads me to a new love that I found. I lost a love this month (I found out that my celebrity crush is gay) but I also found a new (relatively) one. He is none other than Ed Westwick! Haha. I know, I know… but because of the movie I saw it made me appreciate him more since he was able to use his lovely sexy Brit accent!

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New love!

Since we’re talking about goodbyes and hellos let’s say goodbye to my long affair with curls and say hello to my new lovely summer hair. Yeay for us!

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Hello shorter hair

March is really lovely. However, saying goodbye to an old love is not that easy but it is possible. Sometimes we tend to hold on to the wrong kind of love. Most of the time it is because we cannot forgive ourselves and therefore we think that the only kind of love that we deserve is the wrong one. That’s wrong though. All of us deserve the real and the right kind of love. They say that time heals all wounds. False.

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Time cannot heal wounds

Wounds are healed when we learn how to accept and to forgive…

So dear reader choose to love this month! Love others and love yourself!

I am so excited for the upcoming months! I get kilig and so excited just thinking that there are more months for 2013! Haha. Remember dear reader, just love.

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I love you! πŸ™‚

A Story of Unrequited Love

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Not mine

I looked at her across the table, forgetting all about the things we were talking about. I couldn’t help notice and look at her hand, there it was. The diamond ring on her finger glistens with the lights of this coffee shop.

She noticed I was looking at it, so she looked down too. Then she smiled. Right there and then, I knew. I know that I was doing the right thing. Yes, it was right to marry her. It’s going to be next week. This is right, it is right to marry her.

I looked up and smiled back at her. This night would end soon.

As she played with her ring, she said “I love you…”

Top Ten Things

Since the world didn’t end here in this part of this world I have the time to post things like those Top Ten thingy.

They are not actually ten dear readers. I just want to list some random things. Here it goes:

1. I was able to go to Disneyland!
2. I lived in two different cities.
3. Enrolled in two different school in the same semester.
4. One of those is my language class, I’m learning Spanish again. Muy bien!
5. Got a new Samsung Galaxy Note. Yeay for generous parents!
6. Got my left ear pierced, 2 piercings, upper side and middle. I would want to add some more or get a tattoo.
7. Dropped a subject/course/class for the first time in my academic life.
8. Resigned from work.
9. Pursued my graduate degree! Oh God, let me finish it.
10. Didn’t get a haircut!!! Wow.
11. Buy and read books that I wanted. I also got some great books as gifts for my birthday.
12. Experienced a very nasty “habagat” here in the country. Because of this we donated goods and clothing for those badly affected.
13. Graduated from the various classes in my church. I am so thankful for this because it made me a better person. I learned a lot especially about love.
14. Celebrated lots of good birthday parties plus mine!
15. Gone to movies by myself. Forever alone mode on.
16. Been able to lose a lot of weigh but, unfortunately, I gained some of them back. Oh well.
17. Purchased tickets for our Singapore trip next year! I’m so excited for this one!
18. Been emotional but I always end up happy. It’s not easy sometimes to live a life wherein you need to be selfless but at the end of the day I am happy because I know who I am serving. All for His glory.
19. Survived December 21. It’s not the end of the world dear reader.

Enjoy life dear readers! Live life as if it’s the end of the world.

Get excited for 2013!

Life is full of surprises, so better get ready.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Birthdays and Blessings

2012 is nearing its end and, I must say, it is a very wonderful year! It is a blast dear reader.

Its that year end thing again wherein all people are feeling nostalgic and remember all the blessings that they’ve received. Well it is a good way to end your year. Count your blessings and expect to exceed them the next year.

So I’m making a list. Why 2012 made me such a happy girl? Here they go…

January
Hmmm… Well, I could not remember any thing major now but I bet it was a blast even if I was still working and got no breaks. Haha.

Oh, I remember! I posted a new year greeting here and that was a start.

February
Ahhh, love month. No guys were involve which is actually fine by me because greater things are about to happen. One of my favorite highlights was when I went to UP Fair. It was at the night that was sponsored by Destiny Church Manila. It was awesome!

This was also the month that I told my boss that I am going to quit my job. Well done feb…

March
I submitted all my requirements for my application for my graduate studies. Yeay! It was also my last month as an employee. Bittersweet indeed.

April
This is summer already. I think I was always with my family going here and there. Me and my friends went to the beach too!

May
We celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday which means it was such a party and my family is complete. A big cheer for May!

June
Ok, I like June… a lot! This was my travel month. Me and my friends went to Cebu then a week later we went to Hong Kong! That was so fun!

I was admitted for graduate studies at UP Diliman. This was also the month of that first gruesome experience they call enrollment. Then there was also my “first day high” (first day of classes).

July
Here comes trouble… Oh no!!! Well….. I, for one, was not a big fan of July. Oh acads, why?

I moved in at new house! Hello Balay P6. Nice meeting you.

August
It was an ok month. Haha. I cannot remember anything about this month except for the fact that this was the month of my highest stats here at wordpress. Yeay for me!

September
Start of ber-months! It was a happy month. Fun.

October
At last! I was able to complete all of my requirements for my classes. Sad to tell that I dropped one of my subjects for that sem, sad but still happy that I did that. Haha. Grades are more than what I expected, pats myself on the head. I love ber-months!

November
I really really loved November! It was all fun fun fun fun and more fun! Haha. All the foods, family and friends that I was able to get was so wickedly awesome! I so love ber-months! Food galore!

December
What’s not to be thankful for? It is my birthday month! By default, this month is the winner! I love all the love and gifts I had receive. From simple heart warming birthday cards to a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 10″ and a new camera. Loving this month so much!

This year is so awesome that I cannot imagine what more could I expect for next year. But you know what they say, the best years are yet to come.

Thank you 2012, thank you so much!!!

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Wishes and Snowflakes

My favorite month is now here! Hello december!

I love December so much because it is my birthday month plus it is also Christmas. Let the gift giving begin…

Here’s my wishlist:

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Secret Book Series by Psuedonymous Bosch

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Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros

There you go universe. Please be nice to me. Loving this end of the world month…

Money and Cakes

Money can’t buy you happiness.

Honestly… it can. I don’t want to sound materialistic or something worse but money can give you happiness. Sometimes or most of the time we are happy because of the things that money enabled us to have.

Last week I bought a pair of shoes and it made me happy. Last weekend I ate at this restaurant and it made me happy. Then I have these gadgets that makes me happy. I have all these pretty clothes that makes me happy. The travels I’ve done that makes me happy. All of these things are brought to me by money.

So, I guess we can really buy our happiness. If you’re sad or feeling a little low, you’re lucky if you have money. It’s ok to be idealistic once in a while. It’s ok to be simple but honestly speaking money does provides us the enjoyment we yearn for.

Ah dear reader, what happiness would you buy?

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Sweet November

Oh November you are so sweet! If I knew you were going to be this sweet, I could have wished for you harder. Oh well…

My November started eerily alive. Well, here in the Philippines we celebrate like the “day of the dead” during the first of this month. I love it. Many of my relatives came to town and I ate a lot… like a lot. The first week of November was gastronomically satisfying. Mmmmm, yummm….

This month was also the month to start my second semester which implies that I have been successful with my first. Hello graduate studies we meet again. The enrollment was (I highly hoped that I can be optimistic but…) still the same grotesque bureaucracy that makes little sense. Anyway… I am still optimistic that it will eventually improve.

So far November has been more than nice and I’m really thankful for that. I am looking forward for the rest of it. I’m going to take up language classes too! And I’m going to visit museums and try cultural things for one of my class! November seems so sweet.

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