Surf at La Union, Pangasinan

It was my first getaway this 2016. I’m not even sure that this out of town trip will push through because of some stuffs we need to consider. I’m really tired that time so I slept through out the travel hours. Kudos to my friend, Jeng. She’s the weakest! Hahaha. Lols!

Unfortunately, we got to the resort 4-5 hours ahead of our check-in time. We had our breakfast there and decided to roam around La Union and searched for cool spots.

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Pagkain na lang ngayon ang may Puso – Tocilog of Sebay Surf

When we returned to resort, we slept for hours and start surfing around 4PM. It’s not my first time to surf, but it was really hard for me to do it again. Why? First, La Union waves are bigger than Baler. Second, the surfing board is a bit slippery. Third, I think I’m really not good at it. Hahaha! Gusto ko na mag-give up. Luckily, my friends who planned not to surf just took pictures of us and watched us every time we fall. At least may remembrance. Haha!

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Sunset and scenery pictures will always be present.

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Ready. Set. Surf

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What’s your Wave Story?

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Walang Forever. Joke!

Thanks guys! Hope this will not be our last. Cheers! 🙂

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Luljuetta’s Hanging Garden, Antipolo

It was last year 2015, when this resort caught my eye. It was a good place for relaxing and at the same time for couple’s us time. But because I’m a single independent woman (self proclaimed), I’m with my single friend too.

Jeng and her friends planned to go to Baler for a weekend trip (sabit ako). Due to workload, we two decided to just create a new plan. Luljuetta’s Hanging Garden has been famous for it’s view and spa packages.

We were not able to reserved earlier so I just informed the resort that we’re on our way and will avail packages. We booked GrabCar from Taguig to Antipolo, the fare was almost P500 (not bad!).

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We availed their Hanging Garden’s Experience which is Hanging Garden Retreat worth P1,100/each. The package is good for 5 hours inclusive of Access to Hanging Gardens Facilities (Locker, Sauna, Dr. Fish Spa, Heated Jacuzzi, Hydro-massage Pool, Infinity Pools, Meditation Lounges), traditional bathrobe (batik) and towel for your use and snacks of Lemongrass Tea and Antipolo’s Best Suman.

Say hi to my friend, Jeng.

What I don’t like about our stay is that they don’t have a process on where to go next or what to do next. We just have to show our receipt to another receptionist. Anyway, let me show you some of photos Jeng took for me.

It was expensive but really a great experience. We also avail their signature massage for P750/each. Why not? Lols.

For our free snacks? Antipolo’s best suman and lemon grass tea. We just ordered a pasta to try on.

Fortunately, we were able to book GrabCar from Antipolo. Lucky us!

You can visit their website at: http://www.bienvenidotours.com/luljettas-hanging-gardens-and-spa.html

Thank you travel and food buddy, Jeng. Till my next adventure with Jenggita.

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A Day with U! Happy Events

Have anyone heard about “U! HappyEvents”? Probably some of you are familiar or maybe the other way around. When you searched them on Google, results will give you information that these is a non-profit organization which gives anyone a chance to volunteer in sponsoring an event for beneficiaries here in the Philippines.

I heard of them a long time ago and I’m really interested to have a chance to participate in any of their activities. So when my friend, Jeng, open up about her plans to become a photographer in one of their events, I grabbed the opportunity to go with her and experience a day with U! Happy Events.

The event was held at Payatas together with the Sparrow Music kids. Let me share to you our photos as we facilitate and join the Face Painting Workshop with Kuya Eric (The face-painter).

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Things needed for Face Painting

We had games first before the Face Painting starts.

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My groupmates – The Sailor Kitty (They love Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty)

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After making different poses. Let’s do the Face Painting.

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Me doing the Minion Face Painting

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It’s give and take so…

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Our Minion Faces

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He is Kuya Eric and the birthday boy, Kuya Romeo.

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My masterpiece. Hahaha!

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Cool dragon bro.

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After the agenda, we were surprised that the Sparrow Music kids organized a number for the sponsors and volunteers. Really sweet.

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The kid in yellow shirt came from hospital because of an accident. But look how happy he is when he started until he finished singing. 

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Ate is really talented.

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U! Happy Events Team, Sponsors and Volunteers

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Thank you Kuya Romeo and friends!

I’m really happy to experience this kind of event with them. I hope there are more Kuya Romeo around the world. Someday, I’ll be the one creating this kind of event. Kudos to all! 🙂

Some are my photos and obviously some are not. Credits to U! Happy Events for their photos.

 

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Banawe: Love Desserts

Having sweet tooth? Looking for an unlimited desserts?  Love Desserts is what you’re looking for.

My first try in this restaurant was way back in college, almost 5 years ago. And that was the year Love Desserts was established. This restaurant became famous because of their buffet dessert for just P199. They were the first one who offers this kind of treats in the Philippines. And this year when I visited their restaurant at Banawe, I was surprised that they haven’t changed their price and their interior is better than before. Which I find cool.

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Love Desserts’ Logo

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Look at those colorful glass bottles

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Crepe + Cookies + Ice Cream

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Cakes + Fruits

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Breads

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For Saging con Yelo and Halo-halo

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Candies

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Look at that Ice Cream

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The two girls in white are my date for today

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Oopsie

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Quotable quotes (Haha!)

 

What I enjoyed the most are the ice creams and halo-halo. Hello tonsilitis! 🙂

There are two branches of Love Desserts: Banawe and Fairview.

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Baguio: City of Pines

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I went to Baguio last year to celebrate my 23rd birthday with my family.I always value this kind of experience. But before that, toka na naman ako sa paghahanap ng tours and also creation of itinerary. Buti na lang I love reading blogs and searching.

So here are the places we’ve been for our 2D/1N Baguio trip.

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Kennon Road View

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Bought roses before going to the Lourdes Grotto

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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

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Strawberry Farm at La Trinidad Benguet

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Group picture with the locals at Baguio Botanical Garden

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Our Family picture as Ifugaos

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Having a kulitan with my sister and papa

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Bell Church

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Amazing view from the Bell Church

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Say hello to different horses at Wright Park

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Sophisticated arts at Tam-Awan Heritage Village

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PMA building

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Shile strolling at PMA site

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Relics Point at Camp John Hay

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Bamboo Exhibits at the White House’ Entrance

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White Laperal House – “The Haunted house”

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Burnham Park

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Who loves Baguio’s Night Market?

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The Mansion

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PMA Museum

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Mines View

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Entance of 50’s Diner

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50’s Diner – I love their Tapsilog

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Strawberry Ice Cream

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Epic Strawberry Taho

So how did we manage to visit them all given the short period of time? Ohwell. Let me share to you the sequence of our trip.

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Looking forward for this year’s family trip. Will definitely go back for the BENCAB Museum.

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#brew2016: Ask Yourself

Did you know that the literal meaning of passion is to suffer? Being passionate about something means loving something so much that you’re willing to suffer for it. So now ask yourself, “What do I find so amazing that it’s worth the struggle?”

When it comes to passion, I still don’t know what I’m up to. What I can do best. Always questioning myself if can I still do things beyond what I know and what I’m expected. But that was BEFORE.

NOW, I know currently that the challenges I’m facing is a great opportunity to know myself better. Searching for cool and exciting adventures and new experiences are worthy. I’ll have to sacrifice my time, energy and money in order to create new memories as I travel.

For me, traveling is sometimes expensive, as I’m still supporting my family financially. But I don’t think it will be  hindrance to commit on my travel plans for as long as I could manage my finances (which I’m not good at but working on it, haha!).

Traveling is amazing and worth the struggle. 🙂

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Pundaquit Beach Hopping: Anawangin, Capones, Camara & Nagsasa Cove

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It’s May 2015 and it’s Laboracay time! And I felt bad for not good in catching Promo Seat Sales of Cebu Pacific or PAL. It’s my only free days before I start my work on my second job. Thanks to internet and blogs, I was able to search for a chill time at Zambales with my friends. And we’re calling it “LAZAMBALES” (Hehe! Sounds cool for me). No network signal and internet connection.

If you’re looking for an affordable quick getaway with your family or friends, I highly recommend Zambales. These province is known for many islands nearby. As I was searching for our itinerary, I found these travel and tour from Zambales which offers almost everything for the trip (inclusive of transportation, boat transfers, tents, bonfire, water and most especially foods). What a great deal right? For only  P1,200.00. Visit their page here: Anawangin – Nagsasa Travel and Tour Package.

We were able to have our tour on 4 islands. And because we’re only 3 in a group, we get the boat only for our group.

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The view in San Antonio before we depart

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Our boat doesn’t have roof. So hello sun!

First stop.

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Capones

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Cool

We were not able to try snorkeling because of lack of gears. Some from our tour group is enjoying it too much. So after an hour of staying under the sun and enjoying the beach, we proceed immediately at Capones Lighthouse.

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Capones Lighthouse

We need to “trek” for about 15-20 minutes before reaching the top of the lighthouse. It’s very hot but when you get to the top, you’ll appreciate the air and the place’s view.

Next stop?

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Nagsasa Cove

We decided to proceed to Nagsasa Cove for our lunch and just visit the other islands the next day. Nagsasa Cove is so beautiful. So attractive. It’s not yet crowded unlike Anawangin. So hooray for this happy trip!

We started to have our lunch and the cool part is to build our tent. Thanks to the Manongs for helping us. We really don’t have experiences on this.

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The kapitbahays

What to do in this place? Stroll, explore and eat! There are lots of Halo-Halo and Banana Con Yelo vendors in front.

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Best game ever: Monopoly Card Game

What’s beach without sunset?

At night, we were not able to sleep inside the tent. It was so hot. So we took the mat and just stay at beachfront. Bonfire is  also available. Hello to beer and smores ♥

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Graham + Marshmallow + Bonfire = Heaven

We woke up early the next day to trek. And look what we’ve found.

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Good morning beach!

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Trekking and it’s worth it

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A hidden paradise

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God is an artist

After our trek, we packed our things and went to Anawangin. As far as I know, some of my colleagues had their overnight there. Anawangin is a bit populated. But the trees are amazing.

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We just stroll for a half an hour and transfer to Camara Island.

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Camara Island

Camara Island is full of reefs and a bit rocky. So we asked Manong Mario, our bangkero, if we could go back to Capones Island before we go home. It is the only place where we enjoyed swimming. (Promise!) He approved but we need to pay extra which we did.

Our LaZambales trip is very exhausting but amazing. Who would have thought that we could still live without phones for text messaging and internet. All we have to do is open our eyes and be thankful for everything we see and experience new things. I truly hope that the tourists and locals will keep the islands clean.

Thank you friends!

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I, Bea and JP

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Zamboanga: Asia’s Latin City

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One of the my greatest wish was granted last April 2015. That is to spend days and nights with my family in Mindanao, meet my siblings on my father side and also visit my grandmother and other relatives. What’s great about the trip is I was able to explore the city in a short time but really enjoyed it. Oops! Don’t forget to try their “exotic” foods.

Zamboanga is a beautiful place, despite the fact that there are news about the crime incidents in their city. When I got there, the province is really peaceful and calm. You could see smiles from Zamboangueños and how simple their living is.

Here are the places I visited and their must-try foods.

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Climaco Freedom Park

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Boulevard

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Way of the Cross, Abong-Abong

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Paseo Del Mar

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Fort Pilar

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Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Immaculate Concepcion

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Butterfly Garden

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Jardin Maria Clara

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Pasonanca Park

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Satti (Spicy Dish) – Highly recommended

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Curacha – Zamboanga’s Crab

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Knicker Bucker  (Mixed fruits) – Famous dessert

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Pastil – Mini empanada with pancit

One of the best beach I’ve seen so far is The Great Santa Cruz Island. Why? This mini island is rare for its unspoiled pink sand. All tourists or locals who would like to visit these beach is accompanied by an army. As I can remember, the boat rental is P1000.00. Hope the government will preserve this beautiful island.

Zamboanga was known for its 2013 MNLF attack. Wherein these armed group clashes which resulted to a number of wounded people. And some also were being held hostage.

Below are the photos I captured which let me realize how people felt at that time.

Zamboanga is a great place. And I hope everyone would be able to see it despite of the tragic. I has a high respect to their culture and beliefs. Zamboangueños are such a great people. I love how they value their home and community.  I hope to see the places again the next time I’ll be visiting this city.

And the main reason for my stay here is MY FAMILY. And I really do miss them. If only I has lot of money and travel perks I’ll be visiting them, every now and then. Being with them let me realize how lucky I am to have them in my life despite our conflicts. Cheesy! ♥

Kudos to my family for being my tour guide! See you all next time! ♥

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#brew2016: Make the Shift

Begin the year with a heart full of gratitude. Think back to the events of last year and be thankful for all of them- whether they were good or bad. Know that every single event in your journey is leading you to something greater.

Thank you 2015. Hello 2016!

I made a shift.

CaptureI’ll be no longer drinking beers from now on. Its hard to quit drinking, so I’ll just commit to my #NoBeer2016. And hopefully will stick to it. And if not, one bottle a month will do. I can do this.

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Throwback: SHP Bibimbab Cafe & Restaurant

SHP Bibimbab Cafe & Restaurant is a known Korean food place in Malate, Manila …… and their giant teddy bears!

As you enter the cafe, their crew will greet you “Anneong Haseyo”. The place is spacious and at the same time, stuff toys are everywhere. Luckily, I am with my sister Betina. It would be so hard going to this place alone and only talk to their bears.

Below are some of our pictures.

Our foods.

And me! 🙂

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I just wanna share with you my photos. That’s it! HAHAHA! 🙂

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