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Sunday, February 19, 2012
I snuck into my old deactivated facebook account to dig into my notes and I found this. I wrote this two years ago with fingers crossed, wishful mind and a hoping heart. :) I am glad to say that this note is now outdated and needs to be updated. :)
so where exactly do i want to go? Here are the major places i want to go to (and have been) in the next 2years.. :)
yes, i plan to go around my dear Philippines in 2years! :) may be a simple dream for others but a major one for me! i get more excited about the idea of going around the country than going abroad.. hehe
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I issued myself a travel ban for the whole month of February, '12. Yes, I am grounded and strictly not allowed to go out of town for the whole duration of this love month. This is part of my Rules to Survive Hell Month as a soon-to-graduate (fingers crossed) MIT student in a prestigious University malapit sa UPD. ^_^ But, the batang gala that I am, I find ways to feed my wanderlust without violating my above rule.
About 10minutes from my boarding house is this beautiful spot called Marikina Riverbanks. For those of you who tune in to the news during stormy days, Marikina River is always closely monitored as this was the very river which overflowed during typhoon Ondoy in 2009. I have witnessed how this river turned monstrous during storms and how it transforms into a beautiful place on a nice weather. This afternoon is one of those few times when the river is at its calmest.
Below are the pictures I took while spending time at the riverbanks. There were kids, students, couples and many others who, like me, is getting away from the business of the day.
|The river at its calmest|
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This is a very late post. But, then again, It's better late than never, ayt? So, finally, after a few months of contemplating how to describe a not-everyone-has-the-guts experience, here is the write up for my first ever scuba diving experience.
Around June 2011, I called and booked an intro scuba diving course sesh with Jof Zuzon, one of Gensan's certified dive masters. I had my first dive in October 26, yes, I booked four months in advance so I had to keep my excitement for almost four months. <Imagine my agony> Then, I had my second dive last Dec. 19, 2011. Yes! And I'm planning to do it again until I get it right. ^_^
I had both dives in Tinoto Reef Wall located in Maasim, Sarangani, Province. The experience of going 40-60ft underwater was almost indescribable. I could barely focus on equalizing as the beautiful sea fans, big sponges and corals along the wall completely caught my attention. Unfortunately, I don't have enough pictures of this lovely sight. I'll leave it to you to be curious and personally experience scuba diving yourself.
Since I don't have enough evidence, I'll just share the ins-and-outs of my scuba diving experience.
1. Gearing up. I don't remember any of the gears' name. All I remember is that they're heavy and I could not stand and walk on my own! Happy thought: most of my gears are pink!
|Sir Jof had to assist me, ALL THE TIME|
Sunday, January 29, 2012
There are just a lot of places to visit, sights to see and things to do in Bolinao, Pangasinan. You'll never run out of ideas if you decide to take that six-hour ride northwest of Metro Manila to this beautiful town.
So, here's a quick list of To See and To Do in Bolinao. ^_^
1. Learn to speak Bolinao. Yes, they have their own unique language. Get this book for a hundred bucks and speak like a local in no time.
2. Feed your hungry tummy at budget restaurants/eateries around town. Get these delectable Filipino dishes at a reasonable price.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
"Focus on the JOURNEY, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in DOING IT. " - Greg Anderson
As the title of this post implies, my trip to Pangasinan was indeed a day with many firsts. All I could exclaim during the trip was , "Wow, First time ko to! ". Aside from the fact that it's my first time to visit Pangasinan, I also had many new experiences during this 2-day quick trip! ^_^
Thursday, January 19, 2012
What do you do when you're free on a weekend and there's just nothing to do at home?
Well, you can pack a couple of beach wear (rashguard is highly recommended), some cash and get stoked in Baler, Aurora! ^_^
Five to six hours away from Manila is a small town called Baler. It has its share of historical sights, natural attractions and physical activities everyone will definitely enjoy. Baler is a worthwhile weekend getaway to any type of person.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Holla 2012! ^_^ Yeah, it's been a couple of weeks since we all changed our old calendars to a newer one. With that, we all bid goodbye to whatever transpired in 2011, and welcomed the New Year with a bang!
Before the year ended, I made a Christmas Wish List which I did not really expect to be granted. But, God is good and despite everything that happened, two of my wish list items actually were and will be granted!