Sunday Night

Nothing really special today. I realized t’s been a while since the last time I posted a blog. I just thought I could spend a few minutes before my laptop’s battery charge gets empty.

Hi. How was your weekend? Well, mine went by really fast but it seems to be fun.

Last Thursday, I decided to sleep over in our house. PJ was out of town so the house was all mine. Mwahahaha! So I told my mom about my plan. Friday night, my whole family (except my dad who chose tennis over me </3 hahahaha) came over and we had sotanghon-pizza-squidballs kind of night! My bro even baked brownies.☺

I just had a glimpse of how it’s going to be like when I get married probably a few months from now… Sa totoo lang, I literally cried over it when they already left and I was all alone in the bed. Not sure if I am not ready to be married yet or be alone with just another human being in another house other than my mom. 😀

I woke up early the next day. Mukhang hindi na ako namamahay sa aming bahay, which is good to know. Adjustment won’t be hard. I had shower then went to the market to find something to buy. Haha! You know what I got, 2 white towels worth 12Php each that I can use to clean our floors and 25Php Mongo Bread for my cheap breakfast. Damn. Spent 40Php for my two-way pamasahe!!! Luge pa ko. Hahaha. Should get my own bike. Hihi 🙂

When I got back, I cleaned the house—swept and wiped the floor with my new towels and cleaned the bathroom. How come I don’t do this at my parents’ house???

I had to settle with this small TV (with no antenna) that PJ brought from their house. The signal was really making me hot-headed but I still managed to watch KalyeSerye. Eto na pala ang “tamang panahon”! Kung kailan naman panget ang reception, saka naman ganito! I turned up the volume to 60 to make it more exciting. Hahaha! Screaming my lungs out nung nagkita sila!!! ❤ I’m not really a fan of GMA shows but this one really got me… Lola Nidora’s words were really wonderful. I mean, all people should watch this show. It’s not only about ka-cornyhan, you know. You’ll really learn a lot! ^^

I did a little video editing then I watched Big Hero 6. Oo, ngayon ko lang napanood. Nakakaiyak pala yun! The story’s really great. I wish I could have my own Baymax… 🙂

When the night came, I picked up my Yema Cakes and personally delivered it to some of my customers with PJ. Yey! ^^

Woke up late this morning, around 9am… Missed my bed perhaps? Haha. I had homemade pizza pandesal for breakfast. Then delivered the Yema Cakes again: Sto. Niño > San Roque > Rancho Estate 3 > SM Masinag. I then had my defective bulb exchanged at Wilcon then went to Robinson’s Metro East. Do you believe I spent my whole time there in Handyman, Japan Home Center, Daiso, MK Kitchen and Dept. Store??? Things really change.

I spent my earnings from my Yema Cake business for Homey’s mats, toilet bowl cleaner, ceramic jar and Lemongrass oil.♥ Still have so many things on my list. Tomorrow, PJ and I will be getting our very own induction stove! Weeee!

Hoping for a good week ahead. Good night :*

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I’m Engaged! ♥

Saturday, May 9, 2015.
I thought it was just an ordinary day, but I felt extraordinary.
Without an alarm, I still managed to wake up early. With my mom, dad and
brother, I had my favorites for breakfast: corned beef and scrambled
egg with sausages. 🙂

I
also got mani-pedi services at home. For only 150Php (including the
tip), voila, I had French-tipped fingernails and gray toes! First time
to try this combination. You know, there are also times when I want to
make my feet and hands look fair and feminine. Hihi.

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PJ
and I had planned to go somewhere in UP Village to try a new restaurant
at 3pm. After lunch, I could still afford to take a nap. He arrived in
our house at around 4pm to pick me up. He was late because of the extremely heavy traffic
in Antipolo—it’s Sumaka (Suman-Mangga-Kasoy) Festival! But I didn’t
make scenes anymore because I was busy watching ‘Til My Heartaches End.
Hahaha! Plus, pormang-porma. Buti na lang a week ago, he asked me if I
could wear a dress. Ayun, hindi naman ako nagmukhang yaya. 😀

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All
along I thought we’re going to Artsy Café in Maginhawa St. That was the
plan last week. But instead of heading straight to A. Bonifacio Ave.
which is a shorter cut to Katipunan, he turned left… going to our house.
On our way, he kept saying “I love you, Babe” and even brought up those
dates when we started dating. He even asked me to take a photo and
video of us while we’re in the car but it was moving and the photos
were blurry so I didn’t have much. He parked the car on the side where
we don’t usually park. At dahil feeling lalaki kasi ako, I always go and
walk first even when he’s still inside. I think he already knew I’d be
doing it so he told me he’d get out of the car first. Then I knew he’s
brewing something… (If you’d ask me kung wala man lang akong
nakutuban, I thought they were really weird this past week. I just
didn’t want to assume things, you know.) He looked so nervous and
uneasy. Haha! I had never seen him like that. He handed me his phone and
asked me to wear the earphones. I remember, what I said was “ANO
‘TO???” as we were walking towards the gate when in the back of my mind,
I already had a clue. He instructed me to sit on the chair at the gate
and with his shaking hands, he played the video and left me. I was
already teary-eyed. There he appeared, he was talking, saying he already
wanted to bring our relationship to the next stage. My tears burst.
Then our photographer and videographer friends came out. And I guess God
really prepared me for this moment… I don’t normally have a hanky in
my bag but I had one that day. Probably because He didn’t want me to
look ewan on the pictures. Hahahaha! He compiled our photos and
videos from our first months up to the recent. Important events, travels
and just-because moments together… I really couldn’t hold back my
tears. :’)

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At
the end of the video, I was asked to look at the back… Hagulgol to
the max! Why? I was absolutely surprised to see my whole family and his
and our closest friends there!!! Then I recognized my dad, mom,
dad-in-law, mom-in-law and sis-in-law holding banners with words “Anj
Will You Marry Me? :)” respectively. PJ was standing in front, with a
beautiful bouquet of flowers (that I have always dreamt of receiving
whenever I saw it in the mall, haha) in his hands, as if he was waiting
for me at the altar. I just couldn’t walk. My hands were shaking. I
couldn’t stop my tears from falling. (You know, I’m still teary-eyed as I
write this…) He asked me to come near him. He was crying. (My BFF Soph was really kind to upload a video of this moment a few hours after. The link is here.) He looked
to my eyes and sincerely said it’s about time for this moment, that we
have God, our families and loved ones to guide us in this BIG step that
we’re about to take. He said the sweetest “I love you” I have ever heard
from him (so far). I hope the videographers were able to capture this
very moment because I won’t get tired of watching him say those words
over and over again… Then he knelt down and brought out a small red
box. He actually stood up again and handed me the bouquet. Nakalimutan
na nya sa sobrang pagka-tensed. Haha! Then he already asked me
the question every girl would love to hear… As he was saying the
words, I felt like only the two of us were there. I said “Yes!” without
any hesitation, as if I was all ready to answer “Yes” hindi pa man siya
nagsisimulang magsalita. Haha! I could hear my husky voice shaking. He
wore the precious thing on my left ring finger, kissed me on the cheek
and hugged me. I closed my eyes and thanked the Lord for giving me this perfect
man for me that I was hugging. He knew I’d be much, much happier having only the important people in our lives there. I heard them clapping hands and saw
them wiping tears. Everyone was happy. But I wasn’t… because I was the
happiest.

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Please say you’re happy for us. 🙂

Our priest-friend approached us and we started the ceremony… It was also the day of the blessing of our
new house. The house that witnessed his wedding proposal and will
shelter our future family. The house that will be our home with God’s grace.
Though we don’t have any furniture yet, we have our Sto. Nino (a gift
from PJ’s parents) and Holy Family (which I won from a “mini raffle”
from our priest-friend a few months ago) for our altar. After the rooms
were blessed, he asked our parents to give a message for us. Then we
threw coins from the outside of the main door to inside, as they say, it’s for us to receive abundant blessings.

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We also signed the turnover papers that day. Atin na talaga to, wala nang atrasan! 😀

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When
we got home, my mom and I were talking while we’re eating this sweet and delicious chocolate fondant cake made by my brother-in-law. She told me that PJ already asked her and my dad’s blessings
as well as my brothers’ (and nieces’ perhaps?) and treated them for
dinner last month. It was such a really sweet gesture… I sometimes
felt a little disappointed because he never asked for my parents’
permission whenever we go out (even out of town). Hindi ko naman alam na
ipagpapaalam naman pala niya ko pag papakasalan na nya ko… sa buong
pamilya ko pa.♥

The
day ended with heavy rains and thunderstorms. But I was even happy it
happened. It’s as if God was sending His message to us that this day was
really blessed.ü

So
this is what it feels like… Nalaglag sa lupa yung pagiging macho
ko… I felt like a queen. I just can’t contain my happiness! At work, I
would stop for a while and glance at my ring and the proposal scenes
play in my mind as if this ring has a VLC player. Dati napapanood ko
lang sa movies and videos yun. With all the efforts and love, my ex-boyfriend, who
is now my fiancé, absolutely didn’t fail to make me feel really
special…

There
had been a time in my life that I became afraid of
commitments—short-term or long-term—that even getting a 24-month
postpaid plan scared me. It’s a little scary how being an adult scared
me too much even when I felt I was macho enough for anything. I lived
with whatever I have but it seemed like there’s a big piece missing. I
was eager to search for it. I was one of those who believe in
#walangforever. For years, I have been praying for guidance, strength
and courage to take risks and prepare for life’s challenges. God is
indeed generous for when I had almost given my hopes up, He granted me a
man that would change my perspective towards everything in just a hit
of a button. One day came and I realized I am ready to commit myself to
‘someone’ for the rest of my life and that I won’t have to be afraid for
whatever the future brings as long as we hold each other’s hands. PJ Tolentino is
that ‘someone’ and God made me believe #mayforever.♥

How
we started was something I never thought would lead us to where we are
right now. The first few years were never easy. We had been through a
lot of things I thought would break us permanently. But I guess those challenges were God’s way of teaching us a lesson in life that everybody must learn, too: Fight for what you love. Love
is such a wonderful thing that it makes you brave enough to face what
scares you the most—accepting and being accepted. Each of us has our
own set of fears and flaws but we choose to deal with it together. We
still argue (and I’m sure we’ll be arguing more) for the small and big
decisions that we make but one must concede and lower his/her pride. You
know you win when you see yourselves happy and contented towards
the same direction together.

Being
in a relationship is just like playing Clash of Clans, we have just
upgraded our Town Hall (relationship) to the next level. As they say,
the higher the level, the harder the challenges. There will be goons
(problems) to attack us and test our strength along the way but we will
build strong defenses (love) to protect our base (relationship). We have
our troops (families and friends) to support us as we go through this
level. We build and fix what’s broken like what the builders do. We remove the
trees and rocks (problems and pride) that hinder us in achieving our relationship goals and
we choose the right strategy to gain more golds, elixirs and gems
(finances, career and personal growth, and relationships). We learn to
wait until the right time comes that we’re ready to upgrade to another
level. But we don’t stop there; we work harder to make things better
than the previous levels. Kaya PJ, wag ka na masyadong kokontra pag naglalaro ako kasi naire-relate ko naman satin to. Hahahahaha! :))))

To
our families and friends, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH. Each message you send is a gift we will always keep in our hearts. We
are truly grateful for all your best wishes. We are overwhelmed with the
support you have shown us all throughout. Thank you for being happy
for us. May you include us in your prayers that God will bless and guide
us in the next path that we’re about to take.

Hubby
Babe, I know you will be able to read this anytime soon dahil ikaw ang number 1 fan ng blog ko… Thank you very much for all the love,
efforts, patience and sacrifices. Di ako makapaniwalang isang linggo na
pala ang nakalipas. Hindi pa man tayo nakakapag-set ng wedding date,
meron na agad challenge sa atin. Pero kaya natin’ to! God is with us! I’ll reserve the rest
that I want to say to you. Hihi. Mahal na mahal kita more than a trillion times.♥

Have a great day and God bless.

Will be sharing the official photos and videos soon by Infinite Pixel Digital Photography… 🙂

My Papal Visit 2015 Experience

As I started typing this, my hands still feel numb after being soaked in rain for almost 10 hours.

Yesterday, I am more than blessed and grateful and became a part of the history.

Nung dumating si St. John Paul II na dating Santo Papa sa Pilipinas noong 1995, which happened to be also the World Youth Day, wala pa kong kamuang-muang. I was only 6 years old then and the only thing that mattered to me was playing with other kids on the street. When the Vatican announced through CBCP that Pope Francis will be visiting the Philippines in January 2015, I promised to try my best to see him and attend a Mass he will preside. Everyone was VERY excited, including myself. 🙂

2 days before Christmas, Malacañang declared January 15,16 and 19 as special nonworking holidays. Yeeeey! Not because there’s no work (well, syempre onti, hehe) but because I could watch his Mass and delivered speeches on TV.ü

The Pope arrived as scheduled on Thursday at around 5:45PM. I was watching it on TV online with my dad at our sala.

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The crowd started to cheer when they saw the SriLankan Airlines plane arrived.

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Kudos to this cameraman who captured this shot while the Pope was still inside the plane. Kung gusto, may paraan!

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Finally! The Pope was here! He was welcomed with a breeze of air which carried his skull cap. But still gave his sweet smile and wave.Ü

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He looked so happy and excited as he boarded his D-Max popemobile. Even more when he was welcomed by thousands of people along his way to the Apostolic Nunciature.

Here’s a closer look at the D-Max popemobile.

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Trivia: Pope Francis ditched a bulletproof popemobile and preferred to have an open and simple one so he could easily greet the people. He explained that at his age, he doesn’t have much to lose.

I came home from Cavite last Saturday night to celebrate the feast of San Antonio Abad with my relatives at my mother’s hometown, Kaong, so I was still tired from the travel, but that didn’t stop me from going to Luneta the next day.

I woke up at 7:30am and fixed my stuff. I had to bring a shoulder bag where I could put my phone, crackers, chocolates and water. I left the house on comfortable clothes: shirt I got from my sister-in-law as a Christmas gift, black denim, rubber shoes and clear raincoat. Oo, parte ng #ootd ko yun. Hehehe 😀

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I went to Santolan station and expected the long queues to the ticket counters. As I was waiting for my turn, I saw this man hugging Sto. Niño near the gate. He was just one of the people who brought Sto. Niño with them, surely to attend the Mass in Luneta by Pope Francis. Yesterday was also the feast of Sto. Niño.

A lot of people─kids, teens, middle-aged, elderly─wearing Papal Visit 2015 shirts boarded the train. A group of teens (probably from a parish youth ministry) was talking about how lovely Pope Francis looks when he smiles and how excited they were to see him. (Hindi ako nakikinig, maingay lang talaga sila. Hahaha!)

I even saw my dad after passing the Legarda station whom I didn’t notice was just beside me from Pureza station. Haha. He left as early as 6AM to see the Pope. We separated ways when we reached the Recto station. We have different lives, you know. Hahahaha!

After long walks from LRT2’s Recto station to LRT1’s Doroteo Jose station, pinigil pa ng guards yung mga tao kasi wala raw kaming mga ticket pa. Eh syempre, bibili pa nga lang kami kaya kami pupunta dun! So they had no choice but to let us in. Isang daan kami, dalawa lang sila.

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The train had to stop at Central Ave station and waited for like 5-10 minutes before we moved station dahil daw sa sobrang dami ng taong bumababa sa UN Ave Station (the nearest station in Luneta). Wala ngang joke, sobrang dami nga. The guards had to manually get the cards para mas mapabilis.

The last time I went to Luneta was for the Million People March a year and a half ago. Akala ko nun, yun na yung “maraming tao”. Walang sinabi yun sa nakita ko kahapon. Grabe, it was not a sea, but an ocean of crowds. I attempted to enter the gates of Luneta Park but backed out and decided to stay along Kalaw St instead. Since it was only around 10:30AM, I had an early quick lunch at Siomai House just beside the stairs of the UN Ave Station. Standing ovation, with my raincoat on, no complain. 😉

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There was a big screen in Kalaw St cor Taft Ave live-feeding the happenings in UST at that time so I watched first since it was still early. I was with many people watching him. When he left UST, people started to move and find a place to stay where they could see him. Good thing I had a screenshot of the popemobile’s route. I stayed in Kalaw cor Maria Orosa St. where ABS-CBN’s Doris Bigornia and her team were stationed.

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I stood there under the light rains for more than 2 hours. Siksikan. Walang pagkakataong makasingit. Kids and adults wore their raincoats but some had their umbrellas kaya maraming sumisigaw sa kanila ng “Payong! Payong!” lalo na when the popemobile was approaching. The gates were closed going inside the Luneta Park.

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While waiting, I heard a kid, carried by his mom, beside me saying to his dad, “Halika na, Tay. Nakakapagod naman.” I smiled when his dad said, “Nak, kaya nga tayo andito para magsakripisyo na makita si Pope at makapagsimba. Minsan lang yan.” I never expected he’d tell that to his son.ü

Around 2:15PM, the crown started bringing up their it-was-not-waterproof-until-yesterday phones, tablets and cameras as the jeepney popemobile carrying the Pope passed by Kalaw cor Maria Orosa St. It was a bit fast and he wasn’t looking on our side but I could still feel high… Yun pala yung feeling. Akala ko sinasabi lang ng mga tao yun pero pag ikaw na pala yung andun, iba pala talaga. What more when he was looking and smiling at us. Nakakakaba na nakakaiyak na nakakatuwa na parang yung spirit ni Jesus sumaboy sa bawat isa. I am not exaggerating. That was really the feeling… the feeling I never want to forget. :’)

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A screenshot from my video on his way to the Quirino Grandstand yesterday.

Pagkadaan nya, I looked for a place to stay with a big screen where I could better see him. He went around Luneta Park before he headed to the Quirino Grandstand to preside the Mass.

The Holy Mass started at around 3:00PM. First, I thought it was in Latin as announced before; glad it was delivered in English. Everyone who did not have the chance to get in gathered around the big screens found along Kalaw St. People did the Sign of the Cross altogether. Approximately 6-7 million people─mayaman, mahirap, bagets, jejemon, rocker, FilAm, emo, street vendor, naka-iPhone 6, naka-high heels, naka-raincoat, hindi naka-raincoat, conyo, may kasamang bata, matatanda, mukhang maton─attentively listened to every word he says. We were not wearing our best looks─walang makeup, basang-basa sa ulan, gulo-gulo ang buhok, marumi ang sapatos, putik-putik, hindi kita kung maganda ang damit, pagod, namumutla sa lamig, gutom─but we were there altogether, under the rain, celebrating this day, listening to his heart-touching homily and weeping as we sang the Ama Namin. I have never seen a situation like that ever in my life. :’)

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I’d like to share this part of his homily that really moved me:

“Sometimes, when we see the troubles, difficulties and wrongs all around us, we are tempted to give up. It seems that the promises of the Gospel do not apply; they are unreal. But the Bible tells us that the great threat to God’s plan for us is, and always has been, the lie. The devil is the father of lies. Often he hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being “modern”, “like everyone else.” He distracts us with the promise of ephemeral pleasures, superficial pastimes. And so we squander our God-given gifts by tinkering with gadgets; we squander our money on gambling and drink; we turn in on ourselves. We forget to remain focused on the things that really matter. We forget to remain, at heart, children of God. That is sin: [to] forget at heart that we are children of God. For children, as the Lord tells us, have their own wisdom, which is not the wisdom of the world. That is why the message of the Santo Niño is so important. He speaks powerfully to all of us. He reminds us of our deepest identity, of what we are called to be as God’s family.” ─ Pope Francis

He ended his homily with “Please don’t forget to pray for me! God bless you!” People smiled and clapped and looked at him as if they wanted to hug him from the screen. 😀

Before the Mass ended, Dagupan Archbishop and CBCP President Socrates Villegas delivered a message for Pope Francis saying that his love for the Filipino people is typhoon-proof. Manila Archibishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle also sent a message saying thanks to him in 3 languages (Spanish, English and Tagalog) and a promise that the Filipinos will pray for him.

Two decades after Pope Saint John Paul II concluded the 1995 World Youth Day with a mass, millions once again gathered at Rizal Park in Manila and sang in unison “Tell The World of His Love,” this time in the presence of Pope Francis,

I stayed in front of the big screen and only went home when he reached the Apostolic Nunciature. 🙂

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From the bridge near Plaza Miranda and Quiapo Church

I walked from Kalaw St to LRT2 Recto. When I was already on the platform waiting for the train, the LRT2 personnel announced that the operations were already halted and that the cards can be used within 5 days. I had to walk again up to Morayta where I luckily got a jeepney ride to Anonas. Nakasabay ko pa yung mga taga-OLA Youth, and this old woman. “Nakakapagod talaga. Pero buti na lang nakita ko si Pope at nakapagsimba.” When I heard people saying something like this, I feel so glad it was the “Pope Francis Effect” I wish to be planted in everyone’s hearts forever.

PJ and his family, who was already in Marikina, picked me up in Anonas so they could bring me home safely.ü Thank you po.ü

Today, Pope Francis ends his 5-day state visit and already on his 14-hour flight to Rome. May the Good Lord guide the pilots of the “Shepherd One” and bring him safely to Rome.

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The Pope gave his last wave before he boarded the plane.

My family and I were supposed to be in Davao today until the 21st but for security reasons, all flights to and from Manila within 5 hours of his departure were cancelled. So we decided to just cancel it as well. I don’t have hard feelings about this. It’s for the Pope, you know. 😀

I didn’t have the chance to personally thank him but I hope, though impossible, he can read my simple letter for him:

Dear Pope Francis,

Thank you very much for considering visiting the Philippines. Thank you for touching our hearts. Thank you for healing our emotional and spiritual wounds. Thank you for all the messages you shared that strengthen our faith in God. Thank you for inspiring us to be a good Christian. Thank you for reminding us and making us feel that God loves us and is with us no matter what. Thank you for showing us your contagious smiles despite tiredness and uncooperative weather; it makes me realize to always smile to make things lighter. Thank you for leaving us the feeling that you will always be with us in praying to God for strength and guidance. I hope you visit us again soon. I will always pray for you.

I love you so much!

Love,

Angela

Thank You Lord for sending the Pope to us. I will never forget these days. :’)

I compiled all the transcripts of the speeches and homilies delivered during his visit:

Thank You, 2014!

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I know this is the trend, but 2014 has been a really great year for me and I can’t accept not to post a blog about it! It was the year I was able to do some things I have always wanted to do.

I’d like to share with you the highlights of my 2014.

PS: This is a photo heavy post.

JANUARY

New Year’s Day with my family

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Ilo-Ilo and Guimaras trip with PJ

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Bought a new phone, Zooey (Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z) and got a new Globe number

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Bought a new laptop, Goldy (Acer Aspire)

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FEBRUARY

After more than 2 years, I finally had the courage to cut my hair short.

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MARCH

Batangas outing with Infinite Pixel boys

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Celebrated Ate Julie’s birthday with Little Light Ministry kids, organized by U! Happy Events 🙂

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Provided staff augmentation services at IBM-BPI

APRIL

First bowling experience with ECOM colleagues

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My elder brother went home from Cayman Islands after 3 years

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Lunch out with my CD Admin Team (IBM) at Giligan’s Greenbelt 1

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First time to see the PNR train crossing the street 😀

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Visita Iglesia with PJ riding our bikes. Visited OLA Parish Marikina, Sta. Lucia Church Pasig, Immaculate Conception Parish Karangalan Village, Our Lady of Light Cainta, Sto. Rosario Church Pasig and St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Masinag.

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Easter with family at Regina Rica

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MAY

Swimming with Infinite Pixel boys at Star Resort, Antipolo City

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Bought my first Longchamp bag, Navy

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Celebrated Mother’s Day at Laguna Hot Spring

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Got my 3rd pair of Havaianas slippers at Make Your Own Havainas 2014 held in Glorietta 4

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First time to go to Obando Town Fiesta, with friends

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Got my first Sennheiser earphones from Egghead, Robinson’s Galleria

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Sto. Niño de Cebu visited OLA

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JUNE

First time to go to a bridal fair with PJ at SMX Convention Center

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Got featured at DZBB’s photo report during the transpo strike. Find me. Haha

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Attended PJ’s kabarkada’s wedding at Sancturio de San Jose Parish, Greenhills

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Prepared dinner for the family in celebration of Father’s Day at home

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Attended my friends’ wedding at OLA Parish

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Received an invitation for the Philippine Fashion Week

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JULY

Pizza, pasta, movie and love on one Saturday evening ❤

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Received this loot bag from Watson’s after winning Patty Laurel’s giveaway promo

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Watched bands and orchestras with Mommy and Daddy at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

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Got myself a powerbank from Singapore. No more “empty batt na ko” moments :p

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IBM-BPI family send-off party for me :’)

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Left my Technical Consultant position and this desk for good. Thank you for more than 3 years, E-Commerce Philippines Inc.

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Joined Vishay Phils. Inc. as EDI Analyst

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Enjoyed my first ever darts tournament with my first ever sportsfest team in Vishay. Go Green!

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AUGUST

First out-of-the-country trip after almost 10 years. Went to Singapore for training. The mandatory shots of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, with the Merlion and my Starbucks tumbler.

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Weekend getaway with PJ and his parents at Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa, Subic.

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SEPTEMBER

Surfing session with friends at Baler. Read my blog about this trip here.

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Planned to leave my new job to apply for another company: Cosmo. Hahahaha

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First fire drill experience in Pacific Star Building

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A lot of areas including our house got flooded because of the monsoon rains

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Vishay IT Teambuilding at Shercon Resort, Batangas

Lunch out with my boss and the new hires at Tony Roma’s Glorietta

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Got this Holy Family from a small raffle during the last 5th OLA Parish Day Committee Meeting. It was my first time to attend the meeting and I have never won from any raffle eversince. According to Fr. Nante, he got it from a pilgrimage, meaning it’s blessed. I finally have something I can hang to our house’s wall :>

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Twister Fries was back 😀

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OCTOBER

First time to eat this expensive Ben & Jerry’s Fudgy Brownies ♡ Vanilla ice cream bar with brownie dough chunks and a thick fudge swirl, covered with chocolate cookie pieces and a milk chocolate coating. Ang haba ng description kaya mahal. Hahaha

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Coffee date with Daddy at Starbucks Pacific Star after he brought my passport

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Went to one of U! Happy Events outreach program for sick kids in Quirino Memorial Medical Center with PJ. There we met Kyla ☺

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First Mystery Manila experience with colleagues! We failed our mission but we had fun! ^_^

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Received this personalized Coke bottle from one of our assistant managers 🙂 Been wanting to have this one! ❤

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Glad to be part of the OLA Parish’s Temporalities Ministry. Had our first meeting and celebrated Fr. Nante’s birthday 🙂

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First Oktoberfest experience with friends! Enjoyed the beer, the bands and the umbrella. Haha! Umuulan pero masaya pa rin!

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Pre-birthday celebration with family at Cajun, SM Megamall Atrium

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Salubong ng birthday at our friends’ house while watching The Conjuring. Surprises and friends will always be the best combination!

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Celebrated my birthday with family at Leslie’s Tagaytay

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26th birthday selfie ♥

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Post-birthday celebration with Infinite Pixel friends at HID Burgers

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Vishay’s Halloween Birthday Bash

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NOVEMBER

First Nail Cottage experience! The place is so Cath Kidston! I wanna stay there forever. Hahaha!

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Sent to China to meet with our users in Shenzhen and Shanghai

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HIMYM barkada at McLaren’s Pub, Greenhills

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Got Michelle Phan’s book with exclusive cover all the way from New York!

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Infinite Pixel Digital Photography launched its new logo

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McDo breakfast with Mommy and Daddy. I love mornings! ♥

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Bianca Gonzalez’ “Paano Ba ‘To?” book launching and signing at NBS Glorietta 1. Read my blog post about this here.

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DECEMBER

First night of Simbang Gabi

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First yearend party held at One Legaspi Park, Makati. Hosted the party. Performed as Morticia of The Addams Family.  Luckily got a Lenovo tablet; it was my first time to win a major prize from a raffle :> I deserve a photo with my boss 😀

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Accidentally met two of my favorite IBM-BPI friends after almost 6 months at the newly-opended Burger King in Makati Ave.

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After 3 years, my credit card already has zero balance! Reached my goal before the year ended! Woohoo!

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Lunch treat of my boss at Dad’s Glorietta with other presenters

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PJ and I celebrated our 6th anniversary by eating! Hahahaha!

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Last working days for 2014

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Wrapped gifts for my loved ones under our Christmas tree

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3-day Ilocos trip with my family (photos soon)

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Got together with friends on the second to the last day of the 2014. Trinoma → Jollibee → Bulacan → Sancho’s Churros, Maginhawa St. → Ramen Nagi, SM North → Starbucks Tomas Morato 🙂

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Ended the year by hearing the New Year’s Eve Mass…

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It was indeed a wonderful year for me and I will forever be grateful. Another year’s about to start. I’m ready for 2015 as long as I have God with me. Ika nga ni Bishop Francis, “Ipagkatiwala sa Diyos ang bagong taon; humiling tayo ng biyaya at lakas ng loob para harapin ang mga panibagong pagsubok.”

I hope you had a wonderful 2014 as well! Cheers!

Paano Ba ‘To?!

It was a pretty Saturday.

I started my day as early as 5:00 as I was rendering the prenup AVP which was used in yesterday’s wedding covered by Infinite Pixel Digital Photography. I wasn’t involved in the team for that day, but I was wanting to come with them because the venues were new to us: Diamond Hotel, San Agustin Church and Patio Victoria. However, I thought there was something much more important than that. Hihihi.

I spent my whole afternoon with, ehem, Bianca Gonzalez. Naks! Hahaha! For the first time in 26 years, I went to a book launching and signing for Bianca GonzalezPaano Ba ‘To?! How to Survive Growing Up! I did it all for Bianca! Yes, I’m a fan! 💖 It’s her very first book published and I’m so happy because I have been wanting her to write one! I actually learned about it last week when I got the chance to browse my Instagram News Feed.

It was held in National Bookstore Glorietta 1. Not really familiar with the place so I asked the guard where to go. Haha! Probinsyana lang ang peg. It was my first time in years to go to Glorietta from Marikina para lang maggala.The last time I went there for it was when I was in 3rd year highschool, may bomb threat pa! I left home at almost 1PM na and I had no choice but to take the MRT dahil wala nang shuttle that time.

The book signing was at 2PM but when I arrived, it was already almost 2:30. Kahit sa ganito, late pa rin ako. Hahaha! Fortunately, Bianca wasn’t there yet (and I’m sure it was because of traffic). Nakapag-sign up pa ko at number 131. No chance of winning sa raffle :

The first thing I did was, of course, buy the book. It costs 240Php; the book has approximately 200 pages. The illustrations by Pete Rich are very appealing considering that the main cover is white.

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Around 2:30, Sky, the host, already started the talk and introduction. Then finally, Bianca went to the stage. It was good to see she was still amazed by the crowd even when she’s always in front of it. Hehe. She was surprised she turned speechless at first. Can’t blame her! Haha! She cried, specially when she saw his brother and mom from abroad who came here to attend her wedding, and even said ang panget na nya kakaiyak when she still looked a goddess. Hahaha!

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She shared that she wore red lips, black blazer, white tank top, jeans and black stilettos to mimic how she looks like on her book cover. Haha! I wasn’t able to take a photo but she was wearing her killer Christian Louboutin stilettos in black with red soles!!! Check her #shoeselfies on her Instagram account here.💕

Bianca was really blessed to have generous sponsors. 7 super lucky girls who belong to the first 100 registrants won shirts from Uniqlo, Galaxy phone from Samsung and lovely watch from TechnoMarine.

After giving the gifts, the book signing started.

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And this was the crazy crowd!

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Girls in all ages (bata, teenager, nag-aaral, nagtatrabaho, nagpapadede ng anak, tita, lola, etc) even guys were there! I think they had no choice when it’s their girlfriends who wanted it. Hihi. I was supposed to be with my boyfriend as well kaso may shoot sila so I went all by myself. #loner

After more than one hour and nagkalabo-labong pila, it was finally my turn! Kaso, may nakasingit sa akin…

Yes, it’s her ever sweet and supportive husband in 11 days, JC Intal!!! 💖 The crowd went crazy! He got his own copy and had it signed by her fiancée.

May kiss pa! The crowd got even crazier…

…and craziest when they had a photo together. All phones were up in the air! :))

Finally, it was my turn! Natapos ko na yung first chapter about family. Haha! I’ve waited for this day! Nung una medyo nahihiya pa ako at kinakabahan, I was even planning to back out, pero naisip ako, “I’m already here! Ngayon pa ba ko aatras???” Bianca is a simple yet pretty woman you won’t get intimidated to. She’s very beautiful; you’ll look up to her, hindi dahil mataas ang heels nya, kundi dahil she’s really an inspiration! I started stalking her virtually a few years back. I was a big fan of her blog─it was still iamsuperbianca.blogspot.com then─and her openness to public issues. I also read her “10 Things” column in The Philippine Star. I admired her more when she represented the Philippines for the Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driving Challenge and was crowned Shell FuelSave Celebrity Driver of the Year. Ang angas di ba!! :)) Her life story is also very inspiring, that’s why I won’t ever ask why a lot of women like me love her! Ü

I gave her a white bracelet with heart charm and a short letter I wrote while waiting for my turn.

A photo with Bianca Gonzalez: check! 💖 #bucketlist

When you open the first page of the book, you’ll a lot of beautiful letterings made by Abbey Sy and a small area where Bianca can write her dedication for the reader. I love what she wrote for me:

Keep winning at life!

After she signed my book, the man on my left gave me 4 Meg magazines, the June to September 2014 issues!

And since JC was still there, I took the courage to ask for a photo with him. Sinulit ko na! Hindi ko naman sila makikita everyday and everywhere. Hahaha!

He even offered to hold my phone and take the picture. He’s so nice and gwapo! I heard about him because of UAAP and PBA but admittedly, I only got more interested in him when I knew he was Bianca’s fiancé. Na-sense kong he’ll be a good husband to my idol. Hahaha! Ang fangirl ng dating. 😀

It was indeed a fun and memorable experience! Thank you so much Bianca and JC and Team #ProjectBG for this! I will never forget this! 💕

Bianca Monica Malasmas Gonzalez is currently a 31-year-old TV host at ABS-CBN, Editor-in-Chief of Meg magazine, columnist for The Philippine Star, Young Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, and (as of this writing) soon-to-be wife to JC Intal. She is also known as @iamsuperbianca in the online world. This book is a dream project come true.

So after ko magutom sa pila, I went to Landmark, Powerbooks and Fullybooked to check some 2015 planners then searched for a place to eat. I ended up having pizza for dinner at Pizza Warehouse in Glorietta.

It’s just a small pizza place with limited items on the menu but suits for gutom people like me. Haha!

I ordered this BIG slice of Cheese Pizza (99Php) and a big cup of iced tea (47Php). Other flavors available are: Pepperoni, All-Meat, Shrimp & Garlic. There are also Churros and Sausage sandwiches.

After dinner, I dropped by H&M and Forever 21 but left empty-handed. Haha. Not in the mood for shopping. I was also rushing as it was already 6:30PM and I needed to leave to attend a meeting with my churchmates.

Nakakapagod all day but it was all worth it!

Hope you had a great Saturday as well! 🙂

I have used a new layout for my blog! This is my kind of ‘procrastination’. Haha. I know this is something I have always wanted to do… so… I’ll do it.☺ Please bear with me as I’m still trying to do some tweaks but I’ll be starting to blog again…

How did you like my new layout?

My “Haler Baler” Part 2

M: “What did you do last weekend?”
A: “Hmm, I went surfing.”
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As I start writing this blog, I sit by the shore while watching my friends surf on the great waves of Sabang Beach on a Sunday at 1:54p.m. It was heartbreaking to just sit here as I had to “accommodate my visitor”.
This time with another set of friends, I finally had another chance to go back to one of the best tourist destinations and the beginners’ surfing capital of the Philippines, Baler. It is located in the province of Aurora, some 230 kilometers or 6 hours away from Manila.
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This getaway with my boyfriend and 6 of my church friends was only planned a week ago and I can say that this trip went really great… I am biased because I was the one who organized it. 😀 Thanks to TripAdvisor and travel bloggers for the help! Ü
It was a budget trip. We made an estimate amount of expenses to 3,000Php. I collected all the money from each of us while we were waiting for our breakfast food. In this case, only one person would hand out the money every time. Believe me, it made our lives less difficult. Haha!
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At first planning, we considered having it backpackers style and taking the Joy Bus from Cubao to Baler… until I found an affordable van to rent for our two-day trip in OLX. 13,000Php for a new Toyota Hi-Ace GL Grandia (no plate yet) and a nice driver (with a backup), the toll fees and the diesel. Luckily, he’s also familiar with the places to visit in Baler since he had already been here more than 5 times. I thought it was good deal so I took it when I talked to him the first time over the phone. 🙂 He’s even considerate to wait longer than expected for 2 of my friends and to take us to my friends’ houses nearby our meeting place to get the USB for the night’s music in the van and a bottle of Danzka Vodka. Hehe. 😉 If you’re looking for a van to rent to serve you on your weekend getaway, you can call/text the owner-slash-driver, Glenn Ricafrente, at 09163986497 / 09238100835, for the rates. He also drives to different points of Luzon (airport, Ilocos, Batangas, Baguio, Bicol, etc.).
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You can also hire a trike on your entire stay for 800Php to bring you to the tourist spots in Baler. These trikes are accredited by the municipal hall and DoT.
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Our first group picture.
We arrived in Baler at around 7:00 a.m. on our first day. We headed to Bayler View Hotel (where I stayed on my first visit here) to take our first meal of the day but chose to eat at Yellow Fin Bar & Grill instead which is located just a few steps away from Bayler View. The menu was just the same but with half of the prices of food in Bayler. We ordered the famous TapSiLog, ToSiLog and PorkSiLog for only 65Php each.
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We then went to the transient house that we reserved which was located just a few walks away from the beach. It was recommended by our couple friends who stayed here last April. The generous “Ate Lilian” owns this bungalow with 3 bedrooms (2 air-conditioned and 1 fan with 1 extra foam bed each), 1 kitchen (with utensils and gas stove), 1 big bathroom, TV with cable and 2 refrigerators (though one of them wasn’t working, hehe). The original rate of this big house for rent is 6,000Php but we got it at only 4,000Php, checked in at around 8:15 a.m. and checked out at around 4:00 p.m. (Normal check-in and check-out times are 2:00 p.m. and 12:00 n.n.) I guess we’re just lucky that there were no guests to book the room. They have other transient houses–air-conditioned and fan–for rent from 3,000Php. Even karaoke for “frustrated singers” at 500Php. They also sell a gallon of drinking water for 40Php. If you’re planning for this surfing trip in a group, you may consider this for accommodation. You may reach Ate Lilian at 09276484987 / 09399390870 or visit their Facebook page Lilian Baler Transient houses.
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imageAfter half an hour of settling our things and freshening up, we started our tour. Our first destination was the Ermita Hill. It was a 15-minute drive from the town that gives the tourists a really great view of the Sabang Beach. Just to add a little history of this spot, back in 1735, the whole town of Baler was washed out by a tsunami and only 4 families, including Sen. Angara’s, were able to survive when they went up to this hill. Ohhh… They’re the lucky ones.
 
When we got there, aside from the tourists, it seemed like it was a Boy/Girl Scouts Day. We found artworks of the cute kids using stems, leaves and stones. Very creative.
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We decided not to go to the end of the 200-step stairs which was the cross situated in a grotto on top of the hill. Instead, we headed to the town proper to have our Heritage Walk. These 5 historical spots are literally a few walks away from each other so you won’t have an excuse to miss one.
 
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The late President Manuel L. Quezon’s vintage car.
 
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This is a backdrop that you can use to take pictures. They also have props on the side like Facebook “Like” sign and Instagram frame.

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Museo de Baler. There’s no entrance fee but please be nice to leave a few bills as a donation to maintain whatever you see inside the town’s museum. Remember, we can no longer bring back those days… 🙂
 
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We walked to the Baler Catholic Church and offered a prayer.
 
One of the most visited spots is the Ancestral House of Aurora Quezon. You’ll see photos, furnitures, utensils and other old stuff. Sarap maupo sa sala. Preskong-presko!
 
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Students practising their dance moves under the scorching sun in front of the Baler Municipal Hall.
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There are wooden letter displays of “Baler” placed near the Municipal Hall intentionally for picture-taking so we took time taking good shots by group, couple and individual.
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Lunch time, finally! A few days before we left, I searched for restaurants where we could eat during our stay. I found this Gerry Shan’s Place Chinese and Seafood Cuisine which offers eat-all-you-can buffet with bottomless Iced Tea for an incredibly low, low price of 199Php. Good steal! We headed there after our town tour, but since it’s already past 12:00nn, the place was already crowded so we didn’t bother to wait for free seats. We looked for another resto and ended up in Hungry Surfer by Bay’s Inn. FREE lunch! Haha! It’s a friend’s birthday and to make it extraordinary, we celebrated it early in Baler. Sweet. Thank you, Rai!
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We took the table outside which gave us a perfect, nakakaiyak na view of the Sabang Beach. We didn’t bother the long waiting time as we had fallen so much in love with the sound of waves and the fresh breeze of air. Ahhhh… I can still feel it.<3
 
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This place was filled with chairs, tables, decorations and hanging frames in bright yellow, blue, and white everywhere. I loved how cool it looked like.
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We ordered one of their group meals for 1800Php: Crab and Corn Soup, Buttered Chicken, Sweet n’ Sour Pork, Crispy Noodles. Ordered Sisig separately.
 
It was a sumptuous meal. We went back to the transient house and we all fell asleep.
 
So we’re now on the main reason why we went to Baler: SURFING. I can finally cross Try surfing off my 100 Things to do in 2014 list! It’s been 2 years since my last surfing experience and I can still recall how great I felt the first time I was able to stand on the board and enjoy the waves. *teary-eyed*
 
It was already 4:00p.m. when we got to the beach and the waves were already a little wild but still manageable. We rented the surfing boards at 350Php for an hour (including the instructor), received a short briefing on surfing and on our rash guards, we headed to the sea.
 
Not quite sure if someone took a photo of me while on the board so I can use it as an evidence but I was able to get up 5 or 6 times! It could have been 10 had I not gotten tired of being like oh so great… Bwahahahaha! Yabaaaaang! :))
 
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This is a photo of me, my board, my very patient instructor, Felix. I really liked him because he encouraged me to do the best that I could when I was about to give up. He smiled and cheered whenever I got to stand up on the board. He even asked me to go on surfing more para ma-video-han daw ako nung isang lalaking kasama namin. Hahaha! He already knew the business. 😀
 
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An hour already passed and we didn’t notice. Arms, chest, legs and ribs were pained; it was tiring but really fun! I mean, r-e-a-l-l-y! We took a few group shots and swam a little then went back to the transient house to rest and have dinner. We didn’t go out; instead, we ate all the leftovers from lunch. Hehe. Sayang naman kasi. Maraming batang nagugutom. 🙂 Added to our dinner was John Lloyd Cruz as we were watching It Takes A Man and A Woman while preparing and having dinner. Hihi. Walang kupas JLC kahit nasa Baler pa ko!!! ❤
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After dinner, the boys and the girls separated ways and had our own sessions. Girls in the girls’ room, boys in the sala with a bottle of Vodka… Alam na what happened to the boys—lasing! :p We ended the night earlier than expected (2AM ang nasa itinerary ko!). Siguro dahil na rin sa puyat at pagod. At least, we were prepared the next day.
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We have completed an 8-hour sleep. It was a good day to wake up to. At 6:30am, we walked to the beach and took some photos. It was one of the most wonderful mornings I have ever seen.

 
On the morning of our last day in Baler, we went to Ditumabo Falls, a.k.a. Mother Falls. One of the best falls in the Philippines, I must say! We had to leave our van in the parking lot and took a trike. A maximum of 3 passengers each trike for 200Php two-way. The road to the falls was not yet developed. It was really rocky… and rocky. Tagtag kung tagtag! I wonder kung ilang gulong at trikes na ang nasira ng daan na yun. When I asked the driver, he just said, “Suki na yang mga yan ng welding shops dito!” So probably, a lot!

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Hey, this is not yet the Mother Falls. It’s just a small falls on the way. Hehe.

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I suggest that you wear trekking shoes/sandals for this trip. Aside from the makatagtag ng laman-loob trike ride, you still have to walk approximately 1.3 kilometers to get to the “falls”. You’ll cross bridges made of bamboo sticks, big rocks, By the way, you can’t bring bottled water (water in tumblers is okay) and wrapped food (Skyflakes, Ensaymada and Mamon in plastic wrappers, etc) in the premises so you can just leave ‘em in the van. They’re too strict when it comes to that as it’s their way of maintaining the cleanliness of the powerhouse. Thank you ‘cos I still want to bring my future kids there and experience the same great feeling of having been there. 🙂
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We were accompanied by a DoT-accredited tour guide, Kuya Peddie, who’s been doing it for a year and a half. It took us, I think, 20-30 minutes to get to the falls. But man, it’s all worth it. It was a very beautiful scene. The water was very cold but tolerable. Kikiligin ka lang pag lusong mo 😀 I recommend that you go there early in the morning (like 7 or 8) so it’s not yet crowded. No one’s gonna photobomb you. Hoho. We’re lucky to have a friend who has an underwater camera. We were able to have pictures with this beautiful creation. Na-lowbatt nga lang at after one year pa ma-a-upload. Hahaha! I’m not complaining… 🙂
 
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After swimming, we had a short merienda before we got going. There are stores on the way that sell bananacue na maraming asukal, jumbo hotdog, pichi-pichi na mainit-init pa, lugaw, hard-boiled eggs, buko juice and other beverages in case you get hungry or thirsty. Just make sure you leave the garbages and they’ll clean it up for you. They also sell slippers in case the pair of slippers that you’re wearing gives up on you while trekking.
 
Kuya Peddie said it is planned to be developed in 2016. I hope DoT will push it through so many people can visit the spot. But I also hope that people will cooperate with maintaining the cleanliness and natural beauty of the place. #hopeful
 
Instead of heading to our transient house to change, we proceeded to Gerry Shan’s Place to have lunch. From the Municipal Hall, it is located on the street going to the Baler Public Market and Pasalubong Center. It was only 11:30am and luckily, a lot of tables were still not occupied. We took our table and started the food war. Haha.
 
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There’s a long table on the side where people would line up to get the food. At first, there were a few varieties to choose from but as time passed by, they started bringing out other dishes. Meaning, bagong luto talaga! May chicken, beef, pork, fish, veggies, soups, fried, saucy, grilled, steamed, sauteed, name it! And of course, my favorite, desserts! 🙂 Sulit na sulit! Lalo na sa Ginataang Alimango! If there’s only Gerry Shan’s in Manila! Hehe!
 
If you plan to include this in your itinerary, be there 30-minutes before lunch so you can still get a table. Come 12nn, the place is already full. I guess it’s the most sought-after restaurant because you can eat all you can at an affordable price. Forget about Viking’s and Dad’s when you’re here. Hehe.
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After our "Bitay Bukas" lunch, we went to the beach and had another surfing session. As I start writing this blog, I sit by the shore while watching my friends surf on the great waves of Sabang Beach on a Sunday at 1:54p.m. I never thought I had to welcome a “visitor” on a day like this. Feeling meh :
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We had to go back to the house at 3:00pm to pack our things up and prepare for our departure at 4:00.
 
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We dropped by the Pasalubong Center to get a few pasalubongs. Shirts cost from 170Php up. There are keychains, magnets or wallets which you can get 3 for 100Php.

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Nearby the Pasalubong Center is the Baler Central Terminal. If you’re taking the bus to and from Manila, this is where you go.

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Our driver went to the Baler Public Market to get some fish.
The last destination that we went to was the Ronquillo Balete Park. It was said to be the largest and oldest Balete tree (it’s 600 years old). There is an entrance fee of 10Php per head. And you have to wait for your turn before you can get in and take pictures. There are tourist guides-slash-photographers to take the best shots of you with this Balete Tree. Duma-da moves pa sila! “Pagkasabi ko pong ‘go’, ikot po kayo sa likod ko.” Hahaha!
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You can go inside the tree too. According to our guide, there was once a tree inside this balete but was struck by lightning therefore it died. Hmmm… Not sure if I heard it right. Anyway, you can ask him again the story when you get there. Hahaha!

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He’s not the tourist guide-slash-photographer that I mentioned. He’s my friend trying to get the moves. I guess he can earn a living here. 😀

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And our 7-hour travel back home started…
Baler is a wonderful place I would love to always come back to.♥
I have made a list form of a 2-days-and-1-night DIY itinerary (estimated) and expenses that worked for us (group of 8) on our Baler trip.
 
ITINERARY:
Day 1 – September 27 (Saturday)
12:00am – 1:30am Waiting time
1:30am – 7:00am Travel from Marikina to Baler
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast at Yellow Fin Bar & Grill Restaurant
8:00am – 9:00am Checked in and took a short rest at Lilian Transient House
9:00am – 9:45am Ermita Hill
9:45am – 12:00 Heritage Walk (Museo de Baler, Baler Municipal Hall, Baler Catholic Church, Aurora Quezon’s Ancestral House)
12:00nn – 1:30pm Lunch at Hungry Surfer by Bay’s Inn
1:30pm – 4:00pm Free time
4:00pm – 6:00pm Surfing and swimming
6:00pm – 7:00pm Free time / prepared dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm onwards Free time
Day 2 – September 28 (Sunday)
6:00am – 6:30am Wakeup time
6:30am – 7:00am Walking by the beach
7:00am – 8:00am Travel and trekking to Ditumabo Falls
8:00am – 10:30am Swimming at Ditumabo Falls
10:30am – 11:30am Trekking and travel
11:30am-12:45pm Lunch at Gerry Shan’s Place Chinese and Seafood Cuisine
1:00pm – 3:00pm Surfing
3:00pm – 4:00pm Packed up
4:00pm – 5:00pm Pasalubong shopping
5:00pm – 5:30pm Ronquillo Balete Park
5:30pm – 10:45pm Travel from Baler to Sta. Rita
10:45pm – 11:30pm Dinner at Chowking Shell Sta Rita
11:30pm to 12:30am Travel from Sta. Rita to Marikina
 
EXPENSES:
13,000Php – Transpo (Rented van)
570Php – Breakfast (TapSiLog, ToCiLog, PorkSiLog)
4,000Php – Accommodation
2,450Php – Surfing (350Php/head, instructor and board for 1 hour)
100Php –  Museo de Baler (Donation)
1,200Php – Trip to Ditumabo Falls
          800Php – Trike (200Php per trike two-way)
          300Php – Tour Guide
          100Php – Green Fee (10Php/head)
1,592Php – Lunch (199Php/head)
140Php – Ronquillo Balete Park
          90Php – Entrance Fee (10Php/head)
          50Php – Tip for the guide/photographer
860Php – Dinner
300Php – Miscellaneous
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24,212Php TOTAL (3,026.50Php each)
 
Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip! 🙂
Credits to the owners of the photos. Mag-upload na kayo, please? :))

Last Hoorah

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

​​I remember, it has been more than a decade since I wrote my very first blog post. It was posted in Xanga. That time, Xanga was one of the most famous blog hosting sites. Then I got bored so I moved to Blogspot where I stayed for more than 5 years. Then tried WordPress because of the plugins but found it a little complicated so I switched back to Blogspot. Then there came Tumblr which is my current blogpage.

Most of the time, I talk a lot when I’m with close friends but whenever I feel like there are a lot more things left to share, I do it by blogging. It has been my outlet. Whenever I want to share something about the restaurant I’ve had dinner at, the travel that gave me great experiences, my reviews on makeups and other items, the events that I will never want to forget, the dates with my boyfriend or family or friends… basically anything under the sun.

Well, I went on blogging hiatus sometime last year. Probably because there’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that came into the limelight and I thought microblogging through these sites is already enough for me to keep a virtual journal. Then I realized they somehow don’t.

I once wanted to be a writer but didn’t have the courage to pursue it cos I guess I love IT more. At least I have a blog and a few friends who ask me to make a copy about a certain topic. Thank God for allowing me to fulfill my dream in this simplest way possible. :’)

Now that I’m almost done with the first third of my life (yes, I assume that I live until 75), I want to make this page more of a place everyone would love to visit every time and not just a plain virtual space where I burst my thoughts out, with posts worth reading and sharing, posts worth looking back to, posts I can share to my kids when they grow up and learn to read, posts that can inspire other bloggers to sit infront of their laptops (or mobile phone), start with a few sentences and bring their thoughts into this big, crazy yet amazing virtual world. And just like my blogger idol Patty Laurel, I want to create blog posts that can encourage everyone to be a person who shares good memories to cherish and bad memories to learn from.

You know, I have a few plans for this page. For this first time, I used Paypal to purchase a new theme that I think would match the simple goal of this blog, do some minimal tweaks and make an attractive header. I choose the right fonts and colors to set the mood of the readers. I prepare topics that will seem interesting to diverse types of readers and group them by category for easier browsing. With all these, despite my busy schedule, I hope it will be finished come the launching date of my revamped blog—the 19th of October, yes, my 26th birthday.

From the day that I turn 25 until my last few days at it, I can say it was a really, really great year for me. I’m glad to tell that I have reached most of the goals I have set whether it be personal, career or financial. I must say, I have done ginormous moves, some of which feared me, challenged me, even made me think twice about doing it and almost made me feel like giving up. But I let my determination take over the situation. I know that this is what I want. This is what I have always wanted. I’m not getting any younger; it was the perfect time.

This is probably going to be my last post for September. Can’t wait for the next.♥