Baler Bound

Might be a little too late to post about my Baler trips but oh well… I’ll still write about it!

Thanks to my friend Cha, I discovered this place called Baler. It’s a six-hour-bus ride away from Manila. Just enough to catch some snooze and to recharge your energy if you’re leaving Manila around 1AM. I highly recommend for you to ride the semi-deluxe buses of Joybus! Not as expensive as their deluxe buses but they are as comfortable (no stopovers, toilet on the bus, free blanket, water and biscuits, lol). If you’re going there around the peak season, better reserve online for your bus ride.

My first trip to Baler was around September last year and we just stayed there for two days. Cha was kind enough to tour me around the touristy spots in Baler even though she already visited those places. My favorite is Sabang beach where I was able to have surf lessons. LOL! Since I’m too lampa, I wasn’t able to stand on the surfboard. For my first time there, I fell in love. I fell in love with the people, the stories, and the food (of course). Cha is a frequent visitor already of Baler, thus, she already made a lot of friends there. Their stories of how they end up there were amazing! It’s the wanderer and romantic in me, I guess. From bustling cities and busy 8 to 5 jobs, they decided to leave everything and start over in Baler. You can say that Baler is a place for the weary. It’s also a place to dream new dreams and make them happen.

Second trip happened in Novermber. We went there to celebrate Cha’s birthday. First activity was trekking to reach a secret waterfalls (only locals know the place). That was fun though, even if I’m not that into trekking. Haha! One of the highlights of this trip was our trip to Dicasalarin Cove. That place was surreal. It was beyond beautiful. You need to experience it to truly appreciate it. The beach, the lighthouse, the cave, and the artist village were soooooo beautiful. It’s a place that can inspire your soul. I highly recommend this place even though transpo plus entrace fee are a bit costly. Our supposedly three days stay in Baler became five days. We always don’t want to leave!

Now… let’s talk about food! Baler will not disappoint. From sweet to savory cravings, Baler got you covered. If you’re tipid na tipid, there are the rolling stores near the plaza to satisfy your hunger. For sweets, go and indulge on the different breads, cakes, and cupcakes at Dialyn’s Bakery. Don’t forget to partner them with their 20 pesos Twining’s tea (nakakaiyak sa mura). If you looooove food (like we do), eat your lunch and dinner at The Good Food. Their food is to die for!!! There’s nothing like them in Manila and their prices are soooooo affordable.

If you’re looking for new places to visit, Baler is a must. I love how the big waves are my lullaby at night. I love the stories of people there. I love how chill the vibe is there. I love how nice the people there. I love the memories I made there. I simply love it there.

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Best place to stay: Charlie Does Inn

Best food: The Good Food

Must Do: Surf Lesson

Must Visit: Dicasalarin Cove

Must pack: Sunblock

Must leave behind before you go here: Your worries

Must take away from Baler: Happy memories

P.S. All photos are taken by me πŸ™‚

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Hating 2016

Most, if not all, hated 2016 with a passion. Good thing that there’s an end to it. Hello 2017, bye 2016! And in all things we hate, we must have learned a thing or two… how about five? 

They say that we, millenials, are so entitled. But up to what point? Yes, we’re all entitled to our emotions. We are entitled to feel them. We are entitled to be happy, sad, depressed, mad, excited, etc. etc. However, we are not entitled to our actions. We are beholden to our actions. We need to remember that every action have consequences. So if your emotion is pushing you to do a certain action, better think twice! 

You will learn this the hard way. 2016 for me is full of No-s. Every job application I’ve been sending out since June were negatively responded… except for one. Which was just positively responded this December. Those month in between were a bit hellish but they are part of the journey. I love those No-s!!! Why? Because I strongly believe that every No will lead you to your real destiny. Never fear a No for it might just be the best thing that will happen to you. 

How many heartbreaks can 2016 throw you? Add those to the heartbreaks that were thrown at you from 2015, 2014, 2013, and so on. That’s a lot of baggage to carry! But maybe time can heal your wounds. It will. However, I’ve discovered, that travel can heal certain wounds as well. Travel nourishes my soul, it renews me. Travel locally, travel out of the country. Travel in style, travel cheap. Travel to places you’ve never been to, travel to places you know like the back of your hand. Travel with your eyes, travel using your feet, travel and smell that different air. Travel to catch sunrise and sunsets. Travel to touch oceans, travel to sleep in another bed. Travel to take pictures, travel to make memories. Travel to write, travel to tell stories. And when you’ve done all those things you’ll see your wounds healed.

They also call it the art of Letting Go. This is hard too, you need a 4.00 in your Philo classes to even try this. Well, ehem… Anyway… Back in the old days of my youth I’ve learn a thing or two about detachment. Some may interpret it as “not caring” but it is more than that. Detachment in the sense that I can let go of things that are simply not meant to be. Detachment in the sense that things can be replaced, that I’ve survived without them before. Detachment in the sense that I don’t dwell too long in situations that are beyond my control. Detachment in the sense that I cared but I understood enough to let go. Maybe this is why I’m always “chill”… 

Remember that movie with that hot Jack Frost in it? This is the piece of advice he took that made him a successful Guardian. What’s your center? Maybe it’s joy. Maybe it’s hope. Maybe it’s love. What can keep you going when everything else fails you? What can you hold on to when everything falls apart? Anong panghuhugutan mo? For me… it’s  faith. Faith in goodness. Faith that all things happen for the greater good. Faith in humanity. Faith in love. Faith in faith. Faith keeps me going. 

For being such a bitchy year, 2016 definitely taught me a lot. Here is just my top five. Well, top lessons that sounded so mature and philosophical. LOL! 

I am happy though. Happy that this year happened. Happy that it will end soon. Happy to have experienced it with people who are fun to be with. Goodbye 2016… maybe, just maybe, your worth looking back on. 

Here’s to an exciting 2017! 

First Solo Trip, a Continuation: Laoag and Vigan

Hi dear readers, I’m still alive and kicking. Remember my last post about my first solo trip? Well, I didn’t stop from exploring Pagudpud, I went southwards and also explored the treasures of Laoag and Vigan. I thought, why not?!? Since I’m already there then…why not?

I know that I’m soooooo, SUPERDUPERUBER, late in posting this travel diary but better late than never, right?

So, I finished my tour at Pagudpud before lunch time so I immediately rode a bus going to Laoag so that I can tour it that same day. While eating my lunch (luckily, they have wifi), I’m already booking my hotel in Vigan. After lunch, I just randomly ask a tricycle driver there if he can give me a tour of Laoag and I’m set! Here are some of my outtakes of the tour:

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After my half-day tour at Laoag I went to Vigan by bus also. I reached Vigan around 8pm, I think. So I just checked-in, had dinner and looked for pasalubongs around Calle Crisologo. Then morning came… first stop: a Vigan longanissa breakfast!!! Then I’m off to random places that was recommended by google search. Here are some of the things I did:

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So there…

I do encourage you to travel solo even just once in your life. It teaches you a lot of things. Like for me, it teaches me how to be more organized, control my spending, and how to talk to strangers. I really will treasure this experience because it’s a very nice one. Maybe…who knows…my next solo trip will be out of the country!!! Until that moment come, I will just spend my time living life like a one big happy adventurous journey.

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Dear Danna, travel on…

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™‚

Capturing Cambodia

Told ya I love alliteration for titles, haha. A problem with late posts is that you tend to forget details about what you are writing and since I’m not that OC to jot down details, well…… you can use the internet to supply for the missing information.

Welcome to the historical place of Siem Reap, Cambodia. They say that it’s the oldest civilization in south east asia and its very historical past makes it very colorful place. Most of the people here can understand English very well, which makes communication better, but they also speak some Cambodian dialect and French (some signage there have French translation). Welcome to the place of the Khmers. Sounds familiar? Probably. I guess their tales of war, devastation and survival are ones of the well known. I suggest that you watch Killing Fields to know and understand more about the history of Cambodia and its people. Its nice to see that even after what happened to them they showed that, indeed, life goes on. So, join me! Let’s go and capture Cambodia.

I must say that this is the CHEAPEST out of the country travel I ever had. For this travel I was with my mom, my friend Abi and her mom. We bought the tickets in May and our travel date was last June. Tickest are way cheap, at least we need more than two months to score cheap airline tickets but with this one we got lucky. Then, the issue of accomodation. The best way to search and book for your hotel is with Expedia (available for Apple and Android). I soooo love using it. It is so addicting! Anyhoos, the hotel that we have chosen was the Angkor Spirit Palace. It was amazing. It’s not really a hotel so that’s why there’s only few rooms. The place is an old heritage cultural house and they kept their interior very Khmer and Hinduistic. The place itself is already a tourist attration. With free breakfast for our 3 days stay we only pay less than $120 dollars, that’s like we’re only $30 dollars each, $10 per day. WOW!

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Angkor Spirit Palace

They also have the best pool in town, no kidding! Just look for the reviews about their pool.

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Best hotel pool ever!

Like what I’ve said earlier I suck with details. You can learn more from my friend Abi when she post her own take of our travel. All hotels in Siem Reap offers tours and packages, so better take advantage of the front desk! For all of our tours we always rent the tuk tuk for the whole day which will only cost you $25. Another tip for travelling here is that you need to pack your sunblock lotions and have an umbrella so that you’re ready for all types of weather. Well, June is the end of summer so expect some drizzles if you’re heading here this time of the year.

For our first day, we went to the Floating Village, then to Angkor National Museum which have fantastic galleries then we went and enjoyed a lot with the Cambodian Cultural Village (highly recommended). Then we spent our night at Pub Street and Night Market. Our second day is the temple tour, you need to be there around 4am to be able to catch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. I think there are at least 7 major temples/ruins there. You might need to spend a two days or three to take in everything! It is a sight to be remembered. It was so magical that I can easily believe that it was aliens that made it. Unfortunately, during our visit most of the temples are being reconstructed and that’s why we’re not able to roam around much. For our final day we spent it with the old Pagodas and the various Artisans Angkor around Siem Reap and haggling for the best prices at the Old Market. We always spend our nights at Pub Street and Night Market (best place to buy your pasalubongs). I enjoyed Cambodia a lot, from its best tasting coffee up to the warm smiles of people. This is really a very special place to visit…

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Angkor Wat
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Tah Phrom
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Stone carvings
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One of those amazing temples which I forgot the name
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Mama and me πŸ™‚

With all those walks we sure are hearty eaters and food here is also cheap but nonetheless very yummy! One of the best resto here is the Blue Pumpkin. I’ve heard they sell bugs and exotic food on the streets here and, luckily, I didn’t encountered any.

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Me in front of the Blue Pumpkin
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Sweet macaroons
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Spicy Chicken, love it!
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More food!

Some more captured memories from Cultural Village…

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Replica village
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Wax museum
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Peacock dance

Some good finds at the Night Market…

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Tiny turtles
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Elephant mobile
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Vintage finds πŸ™‚

Some sweets and eye candies (there are lots of these here!)…

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A very chocolatey cake
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I do prefer coke more than pepsi! Haha

Meet the people I was with…

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Tita Aida at the Silk Farm with Kry
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With Abi at the Blue Pumpkin
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Our tuk tuk ride
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Abi, Tita Aida, Mama and Me

So there it is! Dear reader, what have you captured lately?

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Floating village πŸ™‚

Strolling in Singapore

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Say hello to Singapore dear readers! I recently went there with my family and it was fun. I would definitely go back there!

Let’s talk about the weather first. I guess we were still lucky even though it was rainy for two days there. It isn’t really that bad to stroll in Singapore on a rainy day. The streets are clean, so you don’t have to worry about floating garbages. It doesn’t flood also. Lastly, most of there walk way or paths are indoors or it has a roof. Although, even if it was already raining it was still hot (but not as humid as Hong Kong).

The first thing we did was to eat at the airport while waiting for my cousin to fetch us. So we ate at McDonald’s and we all ordered McSpicy. I am one for spicy food but McSpicy in Singapore was on another level! It burns….

First stop for all the first timers in Singapore is Sentosa island, you can do a lot of activities there which is suitable for all ages. Plus, Resort’s World Singapore and Universal Studios Singapore are also located there.

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That’s me riding an old bike in Sentosa! There are so many things to see and do in Sentosa like there is the biggest oceanarium, going up inside their own Merlion, watching shows, and a lot more! In the Resort’s World side they do offer high end boutiques and good eating places like Hard Rock Cafe and Din Tai Fung. It is really one of the places in Singapore that tourist must go to.

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Going to Sentosa we opted to ride their cable car instead of riding a train. This picture is the rules that you will be able to read there! My favorite is the first one!

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My cousin, plus all of Singapore, said that you have not been to Singapore until you have gone to see the Merlion! The Merlion is the symbol of Singapore. You should really go there for, aside the quintessential Merlion, you would also see buildings of different companies on one side and on the side of the water you would see buildings of superior architectural design plus Singapore’s own observation wheel (which, sadly, we weren’t able to ride).

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The following day we went back to Sentosa to experience Universal Studios! The kid inside me was super duper uber happy!!!Β  It was a rainy day but nonetheless I enjoyed it a lot! I also think that the rain helped us to maximize Universal Studios. I expected a very very large crowd because it was the weekend but lo and behold there were not so many people. And because of that I felt like I had a quick pass or something for the lines are so short or even nonexistent! The rain also didn’t hampered us to ride the rides for most of the rides there were indoors. Since it is a theme park their streets are well… themed. My two favorites are Sci-fi City where there are the rides called Galactica and Transformers and the other one I loved was the New York side which is full of Sesame St. characters and stuff plus I so love the architecture. The down side of a rainy day there was that the Parade of Stars was cancelled but fortunately for us the rain stopped during the night that we were able to watch their fireworks display!

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That’s a picture of the Galactica, it is actually two rides. I love the blue one more than the red one. For the blue one your feet dangle in the air while your world turns upside down and all around! I love it so much!!! The thrill and the chill are the best!

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For our last day in Singapore we went to Orchard Road and Chinatown to do some shopping. Of course, if you are one to give gifts to your love ones when you come back from a vacation, then for Singapore, Chinatown is your safest bet! They have ref magnets, keychains, shirts, and food. Don’t anchor your happiness with how much you were able to buy in Chinatown but anchor it with the richness of the culture that you would see there. Singapore is expensive, haha. On a more positive note, Singapore is tax free especially for tourists and that’s why I was able to get a new pair from my favorite store which is Charles and Keith.

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There you go dear readers! Enjoy life and explore the word. There are so many things to see outside our comfortable corners, let’s see them… Dear reader, what have you seen in these past few weeks? Care to share?

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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Hoarding Hong Kong

You can assume from the title alone that we had plentiful experiences during our trip to Hong Kong. Indeed dear reader we had hoarded Hong Kong. Again, it is a trip wherein we’re on the save side rather than the splurge side. Also, it’s a diy tour yet again!

Be sure to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes because Hong Kong main mode of transportation is walking (oh, the horror!). I think this is why you usually see them looking sexy and fit! If you are on a spontaneous tour buy your Octopus card already at the airport, it’s your electronic ticket for the MTR, buses, and a lot more. Plus, any left amount from your card can be redeemed again from their airport stall.

It was forecasted in the news that on the day that we will tour Hong Kong there would be a thunderstorm. Well, it wasn’t sunny for sure but there’s no thunder nor storm. Still, Hong Kong is a very humid place so wear light clothes during this season. We first tried our luck with The Peak. We rode the tram to reach it then a bus to go down, made us saved some hk dollars to be added to buy our pasalubongs. It’s a little bit disappointing reaching the peak of The Peak because of the weather, it was so foggy we couldn’t see anything. So after there we went to Tung Shung to ride the cable cars going to the Ngong Ping Village where this big Buddha is located. Since we were limited in time we were not able to roam around the village that much which is too bad because it is so pretty there! The cable car experience is not one to be missed. Tip, if you’re afraid of heights opt for a one way trip cable car and ride a bus to go down.

After those stops, lo and behold, we had reached Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m a happy girl dear reader. We rode the Mickey Mouse train going there, it was so cute. I was so excited to go back to Disneyland! First and foremost we ate at Tomorrowland, I had this sumptuous chicken wings and fries. Yum! Then the Disney Parade started, it was simply magical. My favorites are the princesses’ float, elegance and beauty oozed and Toy Story’s float that represents my childhood. We also watched a show there presenting The Lion King. We rode rides and lots of attractions. My favorite is Small World and Space Mountain! Then during the night the fireworks at Sleeping Beauty’s castle was just amazing, red, gold, and lots of animation lighted up the sky.

After Disneyland we went to Tsim Shia Tsui which is very anticlimactic, I mean really…after Disney. We went there to check out the Avenue of Stars and see the scenic view of the water and the city. You could all see this big buildings and famous company names.

Last stop for hoarding Hong Kong would definitely be their airport! You can do your shopping there and everything is already there. It is really really really huge plus it is also beautiful. Shops are many and variety is offered. I love their airport!

That’s it dear reader. I did hoarded Hong Kong a little. I will definitely come back a third time up to the nth time! It’s really worth hoarding.

Tips and Tales on Travelling

Tales:
I just came from the beautiful land of Cebu, Philippines! I had a blast with my friends and all of it within my budget. It seems that it is our last hoorah for the summer. Cebu is very historical and that’s why it is essential to visit historical places here, the most famous is Magelan’s Cross at Cebu City. The original cross though is now encased within the wood but this place is really a must-see spot. You can’t say you’ve gone to Cebu without going here. There are lots of places to see at Cebu such as the Fort San Pedro, Yap-San Diego ancestral house, Casa de Gorrordo, and temples like the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills! The list can go on and on. Also, don’t limit yourself with Cebu City for Mactan is just a short bridge away! Mactan is famous for the Lapu-lapu shrine wherein the cheapest pasalubong can be bought. Mactan also boasts beautiful and cheap resorts, the ocean is really blue! If you’re feeling to splurge then go and enjoy Plantation Bay for only 2000php. Like any pinoy culinary you will not find any fault with Cebu’s dishes. If you’re on a budget just opt to eat Aa’s Barbecue, they have lots of branches in Cebu and Mactan. Be on the budget but don’t forget to indulge yourself with Lechon Cebu. The lechon there is not only sumptuous but it is relatively cheap, the best out there is CnT. This tour is really another experience for me since we made the tour ourselves. Lastly, I enjoyed my 2nd trip to Cebu because I’m with new friends that are really positive and beautiful…

Tips:
1. Buy your tickets early! Wait for promo fares. Despite the recent news about flights getting delayed and all the hassles our flights are all on time. Maybe, a big factor here is that it isn’t the peak season anymore. Don’t hesitate on getting a trip to Cebu after May (summer), Cebu have longer summer days so expect it to be sunny there even if it’s gloomy somewhere else.
2. Look for promos for your hotels. Of course, hotels that are nearer to the airport and malls are more expensive than others. The hotel we stayed in might not be five star but it is more than acceptable (hot shower, tv, free wifi, clean beds). Search for Alba Uno.
3. Rent a van! It might not be cost-effective but it’s surely time-effective. We rented the van for 8am to 4pm. The driver such knows the places where tourists should go plus if he doesn’t he can contact his colleagues. Also, it is very comfortable. In the long run I think we save money from renting a van instead of riding taxis after every destinations!
4. Utilise the front desk! Hotel receptionist do knows a lot. They’re locals for God’s sake! Ask away and they have loooots of suggestions to give.
5. Research before the trip. There are lots of site there that can help you with you diy tour.
6. Be alert and enjoy! Nothing can ruin a trip more than having bad experiences along the way. Be cautious, especially with pick-pockets. Lastly, enjoy! It’s a vacation! Forget about your worries and smile a lot!

There you go dear reader. Live your life to the fullest!