My 2017

Reflecting on this year before it ends.. It seems that I could pick one or more memories from each month. Like travel, events or farewells. So before the amnesia girl in me forgets, I better enumerate. 😂

January: Finally started swimming lessons.

February: Attended for the first time a Hot Air Balloon Fest (Clark Pampanga), I turned 27! Climbed Mt. Ulap

March: Negros Tour – Bacolod, Lakawon Beach, Sipalay, Dumaguete, Siquijor Island, Cliff Diving in Salagdoong Beach, Tarzan Swing in Cambugahay Falls, Manjuyod Sandbar, Apo Island, Swam with Pawikans, Topload on a tricycle

April: Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

May: Stilts, Calatagan, Batangas

June: Watched Britney Spears live in Manila Boracay – Helmet dive, banana boat, crystal cove, paddle board

July: Kawit, Cavite – Farewell to Kuya Bernard+

August: Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas, Farewell to cousin Manny+ 😦 Baguio Trip

September: Elyu – Tangadan Falls, Surf! Ilat North, Batangas – Farewell to Lola Pia+ 😦

October: Watched David Archuleta’s concert, Davao City – Monster BT99. 5, Boodle fight! Monster Ball

November: Matilda The Musical, Mt. Pamitinan + Mt. Hapunang Banoi Twinhike with Wawa Lake

December: Monster Christmas Party presentation, Hannah’s 18th Birthday, Christmas! Complete family again ♥️ AYT get together, Bochak’s 1st Birthday 🎂 NYE! 😀

And so much more!!!

Good luck for the next year 😘

2D1N Mt. Ulap Fridayhike + Baguio Side Trip

Finally!! 😂
A climb with my bff Jefferson at Mt. Ulap. We almost not make it because the event we joined in FB got cancelled just a day before the set date. But since our VLs were already filed and we’re kind of adventurous that time, we decided to make a DIY itinerary instead. So we did a quick research and talked/chat with friends for help.

Anyway, here is the itinerary, estimated cost and some photos during the trip.

Day 0
2300-0500 Baguio City

Hotdogs in Sison, Pangasinan stop over

Day 1
0500-0600 Breakfast, etc.
0600-0700 Waiting mapuno ang jeep
0700-0730 Ampucao

0730-0800 Registration, orientation, preparation

0800 Start trek

The famous mark of Mt. Ulap

0900 First peak/Ambanao-Paway

1030 Second peak/Gungal

1130 Third peak/Mt. Ulap summit

The cows of Mt. Ulap, gives a New Zealand-ish feels 😀

1200 Camp Site 2
1200-1400 Rest, lunch, etc.

You’ll never starve with this sari-sari store near Camp Site 2

1400 Start descend

1530-1600 Wash, change clothes
1600-1700 Jeep waiting time to Baguio City
1700 side trip na sa Baguio! Haha..

Check in at hotel, malling in SM, dinner, nightlife or just rest.

Day 2 – Free and easy

After breakfast, we chose to go to Bencab Museum since it ranked no.1 in TripAdvisor as top place to visit in Baguio, althought it’s located in Tuba already which is 15mins away from city proper. Since it’s an art gallery/museum, it is very instagrammable and a must go for the millenials. 😂 ✌

Go back to hotel for checkout and head to Ketchup Community, a food park-ish place, for lunch. We ate at Rancho which serves Pinoy dishes. And their best sellers are Sisig Bagnet and Pinakbet with Bagnet.👍

After lunch, you can stroll in the very nearby Wright Park and The Mansion.

Ride a jeepney headed to Mine’s View Park and alight in Good Shepherd Convent to buy pasalubong. Then ride a taxi going to Victory Liner Bus Terminal.

1540-2200 Cubao

End of itinerary. 😀

Estimated Damage:
Cubao to Baguio – 450
(445 lang actually kaso kasama ung 5 na insurance)
Taxi from Terminal to Market – 50
Jeepney from Market to Ampucao – 31
Registration fee – 100
Guide fee – 600
(this is good for ten pax)
Tungkod – 20
Certificate – 20
(optional din)
Jeep from Sta. Fe to Baguio – 50
(special na kasi, last trip na ata. Express and tawag nila)
1 Night Accommodation – 1300
(2pax w/ free breakfast)
Dinner @ SM Baguio – 250
Jeep to Asin Rd., Tuba (Bencab Museum) – 11
Entrance – 120
Jeep back to Baguio – 11
Taxi to Ketchup Community – 60
Lunch @ Rancho 2pax – 500
(Bagnet Sisig Meal, Baguio Longganisa Meal, Pinakbet w/ Bagnet for sharing, 2 drinks)
Good Shepherd pasalubong (optional)
Taxi to Bus terminal – 70
Bus to Cubao – 445

Thanks Jhonny Martin for recommending Edu Losnong as our guide. Ang galing nya, and ang dami namin magandang pics, maganda sya kumuha ng shots sa slr. 👍👏📷


Don’t Sleep with a Lonely Heart

I woke up crying to this very bad dream I had this morning. It’s super bad that I still cried minutes after waking up 😭 and I decided not to tell anyone about it. As I sat outside the door, my Aunt was there and she asked me,

“Why do you look so sad?”

“I had a dream.” I replied with teary eyes.

“What is it?” she added.

And I looked away.

“You must tell it. Dreams like that must be told.” she insisted.

I pointed at my brother and said, “Him. He died in my dream.” My tears fell again and I wiped it with my hands.

“Don’t worry, it’s the opposite in real life.” she smilingly replied.

Somehow I felt lighter. Thanks to her.

My theory is, because I slept with: (1) Headache-although I took med before going to bed, (2) Sadness-because of the movie I just watched, and (3) Loneliness-I was literally alone at home. I even tweeted about those before I totally fell asleep.

Or maybe, because it’s still too early for me to sleep? Haha.. ✌
But seriously, I find it different from taking a rest after a very stressful day ‘coz sleeping will relax you and will bring you back to your energetic self when u wake up.
I don’t wanna have such a bad dream again ever!

So I guess this is a lesson learned for me. Don’t sleep with a lonely heart and mind and most importantly, don’t forget to pray. 🙏👆

Finding Courage

It’s already morning and I still can’t sleep. Suddenly I decided to reflect on what my life had been for the past few months.

Yesterday was Sunday and like most of the church days, I didn’t go. I didn’t go for no reason at all. And that what makes me feel more guilty. This laziness in me is my first enemy.

My work is from Monday to Saturday. So basically, Sundays are my only free days. There are so many things I would love to do, to try, places to go to, etc. but I don’t know how to fit all of those in my free day because I suck with time management and I have this one problem, my second enemy, lack of courage.

I may look tough and brave but the truth is, I’m afraid to a lot of things.

I’m afraid to go to church alone. I don’t know why, but I never really went to church all by myself ever in my entire life. As I remember, our whole family goes to church when we were kids. And as years passed by, that changed. All of us become busy with our own stuff. So now, my chances of hearing the mass is either when somebody asked me to go or it’s me who asked somebody to come with me. I know it doesn’t makes sense because it’s a holy place where nobody would try to do harm to anyone but I don’t know.. I really don’t know why I can’t go alone?!

I’m afraid of taking risks. I guess it’s not only me who has a problem with this one right? But I really wanna learn how to get rid of it. If only I’m not afraid, I would have started swimming lessons, I would have started my everyday run, I would have climbed mountains, I would have fell in love, I would have shared memories, I would have been more energetic and productive, and I would have been seeing life in a different perspective.

When and where can I find you? I’m just here, maybe that’s why I still don’t have you. What if you are a Pokemon? Would it be easier to find you? Haha.. I’m just kidding.

If only there’s a handbook, well I guess it won’t make a difference because I don’t read a lot. Why am I contradicting myself? Ugh!

I hope it’s not yet too late to meet you. I’m looking forward to it!


What A Watery World!


Not being able to swim doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the water.
Whenever people ask me, “Can you swim?” that’s the only time I get to realize that it’s kinda ironic how I’m always on the go when in fact I can’t save myself from being drowned.
Well, it really doesn’t matter.
I’ve rode boats many times, conquered rapids, hopped several islands, hide behind waterfalls, and even learn how to surf, but it didn’t bother me at all. \m/
I don’t know how but whenever I am in an activity, excitement prevails over fear.
And I must say that it’s a strong characteristic, the ability to face fears. Since nothing can be done about it, just seize the moment. Ginusto mo yan eh! 🙂

Survivor Cagayan: A Journey to the Northeastern Beauty of the Philippines


This was so far my longest land travel. Estimated 10 hours from Kamuning, Quezon City to Tuguegarao City with the deluxe bus. The normal bus would take around 11-12 hours due to several stop-overs. We booked our tickets in Victory Liner a week ahead since GV Florida is not in operation.

Highlights of this trip are the following:
(not arranged accordingly)
-Challenge of strolling around the very hot city of Tuguegarao
-Pancit Batil Patung, a must try variety of pancit which is authentic in Cagayan
-Beautiful Callao Cave and its rock formations in Peñablanca
-Chicharabao, a cracker made from carabao’s skin
-Palaui Island, location of Blood vs. Water season of Survivor
-Mini trekking going up the cape while feeling the cold fresh wind
-Cape Engaño Lighthouse
-Relaxing view of the island from the cape
-Dos Hermanas (Twin Islands)
-Extra challenge looking for souvenir shops in Tuguegarao.
-A Visit to Basilica of Our Lady of Piat
-Visiting the relatives of Christian in Sto. Niño
-Boating in some part of Cagayan River
-Seeing the long stretch of drying palays on the road
-Boat tour
-Crocodile Island
-Anguib beach
-And of course, who would not enjoy photo shoots!? :mrgreen:

We stayed at Jotay Resort in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Though the resort small, it is nice. You can play volleyball, swim on the beach or on the pool or just relax in one of their cottages.
While we’re in the restaurant, we were entertained with a cute St. Bernard strolling around.

Still we missed some must-see places here, meaning we still have an excuse to come back! 😁

During our travel back home, the bus experienced some mechanical failure so we got stuck on the road in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya for 6 hours. How was that?
We left Tuguegarao at 4pm, Sunday therefore we didn’t make it to office the following day, Monday 😦
Luckily we were near the handicraft stores along the highway and the kind owner of one of the stores allowed us to recharge our cellphone batteries for free while eating goto with egg for breakfast.

For long land commute travel like this and for DIY travellers like us, patience is essential and you should be always ready for all types of inconvenience. Because believe me or not, everything will still be alright. As my favorite song in times like this goes like,
“Don’t you worry, don’t you worry child
See, heaven’s got a plan for you.” 👌


Finding Your Travel Motivation


October is normally a stormy month in Surigao, but luckily, we were blessed with a good weather when we visited the province last week. I’m thankful that I managed to take a photograph of this natural wonder just right for sharing online which I can say as my own and not grabbed from bloggers and other sites.

I guess now I’ve found that having the opportunity to see the real life beauty of our nature and to appreciate it even more is what motivates me to travel.


This photo was first shared in my instagram account.

Good Vibe Breakfast

We ordered these for breakfast before the Island Hopping activity in Siargao.

We didn’t expect these to be picture perfect. We were amazed so I was like, I should share this online!

Delicious food, just right for our taste. Perfectly combined with either juice or coffee, and just right for a beach mood.

  1. Pork Tocino for Jeff
  2. Pork Adobo for Christain
  3. Pancake a la Mango for Theresa
  4. Banana Pancake for me

Wandering at KL and SG!


This is my first ever out of the country travel together with my bff.

We chose a DIY itinerary because we’re not strict with time (which is not always good) and we really like an adventure 🙂

The following were booked in advance for better planning:

Airfare – Cebu Pacific Air promo roundtrip ticket

KL Hotel – Cube Boutique Hotel online booking via Agoda

SG Hotel – Yes Chinatown Pt. Hotel online booking via Agoda

Day 1

1400 – 1740 MNL (NAIA Terminal 3) to KUL (LCCT)

1800 – 1900 LCCT (Sepang) to KL Sentral railway station (Kuala Lumpur)

1900 – 1930 KL Sentral to Cube Hotel in Jalan Pudu (Pudu Street) (via Monorail alight at Imbi Station)

1930 – 2000 Unpack and rest

2000 – 2300 Dinner in Hawker’s Row at Jalan Alor and wander around Bukit Bintang


Day 2

0800 – 0830 Imbi Station to KL Sentral (via Monorail including walks)

0830 – 0900 Breakfast at McDo

0900 – 0930 KL Sentral to Batu Caves (via Port Klang Line)

0930 – 1200 Picture taking, climb up the stairs to reach the caves, dark cave tour

1200 – 1230 Batu Caves to Old KL Station

1230 – 1400 Wander around and reach the National Mosque

1400 – 1500 Stroll around the vicinity looking for the Bird Park but lead us infront of National Planetarium instead.

1500 – 1600 Tired of walking and getting lost, we rode a taxi to Chinatown. Unfortunately, we failed to resist the driver’s suggested destinations. He drove us to shoes and bags outlet, chocolate factory and tea stores which consumed our time.

1600 – 1700 Chinatown, shopping for souvenirs (tshirt, chocolate, snowglobe, etc.) and eating Chapati 🙂

1700 – 1800 Walk going to Merdeka Square, picture taking.

1800 – 1830 Train back to hotel in Bukit Bintang.

1830 – 1900 Rest for a while and head to KLCC.

1900 – 2100 Ride a train and walk to KLCC, watch Lake Symphony of the water fountains, picture taking with Petronas Tower.

2100 – 2130 Ride Monorail to Imbi Station and inquire for a schedule of bus going to SG in front of Berjaya Times Square Mall. Tip: last schedule per day is at 10pm so it is better if you could catch this trip and arrive SG at 4am the following day.

2130 – 2230 Dinner at Jalan Alor again (but in another store)

2230 – Sleep and rest for tomorrow’s travel.



Day 3

0900 – 1500 Land travel from KL to SG Beach Road via Bus. Eat breakfast inside the bus and lunch during stop over.

1500 – 1600 Ride train (Yellow line) from Nicoll Highway Station to Dhoby Ghaut and (Purple line) to Chinatown. Even though our hotel is just around Chinatown, we got trouble looking for it. Our bad :p

1600 – 1630 Check in and rest for a while

1630 – 1700 Taxi going to Queenstown and meet with Aiza, my friend.

1700 – 1800 Little chitchat and eat at Koufu food court in Dawson Place.

1800 – 2000 Walk and stroll around Marina Bay

2000 – 2100 Ride train to Clarke Quay and drink some refreshments

2100 – 2130 Ride train going back to Chinatown


Day 4

0800 – 0830 Breakfast at Mcdo along the way to Chinatown station

0830 – 0900 Train (Purple line) to Harbour Front station. Head to level 3 of Vivo City mall and buy ticket (back and forth fare plus entrance fee). Ride monorail Sentosa Express to Resorts World.

0900 – 1000 Universal Studios Singapore (USS). Buy ticket at the booth and wait until the park opens at 10am.

1000 – 1300 Enjoy the rides and attractions and picture taking.

1300 – 1430 Exit USS take pictures with mini Merlion and eat lunch at KFC nearby.

1430 – 1630 Train (Purple, Green and Red line) to Marina Bay for sight seeing and stroll inside Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands.

1630 – 1700 Ride the Red line to Raffles station and Green line to Boon Lay station.

1700 – 1930 Stroll around Jurong Point Shopping Mall and buy chocolates at FairPrice Store

1930 – 2000 Green line from Boon Lay to Bugis

2000 – 2100 Shop at Bugis Junction

2100 – 2130 Go back to Hotel in Chinatown (via Green and Purple lines)

2130 – 2200 Rest for a while

2200 – 2230 Eat noodles at Maxwell Food Court near Chinatown

2230 – 2300 Walk trip and decided to take a taxi to Mustafa Center (open 24 hrs, lot of perfumes here but not the latest ones)

2300 – 2330 Stroll inside Mustafa

2330 – 2340 Taxi ride back to hotel and sleep.


Day 5

0830 – 0900 Breakfast at McDo

0900 – 0930 Train to Nicoll Highway station

1000 – 1700 Bus travel to KL

1700 – 1800 KL to LCCT via taxi

Unfortunately we missed our flight because of heavy traffic from SG to KL due to the F1 event in Sepang, Malaysia which we overlooked and not considered 😦

Since we don’t have enough cash to buy ticket immediately, we then bought via credit card for an early morning flight KLIA-MNL via Malaysia Airlines the following day.

Many places were missed in this itinerary and is somehow acceptable since it’s our first time. And it only means that a 5D-4N stay is not enough to stroll around KL and SG.

We learned a lot from this travel and will definitely come back more organized to visit the places we missed.

Down South to Northern Mindanao



June 19 to 23, 2013

This is so far my farthest out-of-town trip. I have many first experiences during this travel, and they are:

1. Airplane ride (Cebu Pacific)

1. Airplane ride (Cebu Pacific)


2. White water rafting experience (Great White Water Tours)


3. Swimming in a river (Cagayan River, which separates CdO and Bukidnon)


4. Saw real-life waterfalls: Katibawasan, Maria Cristina & Tinago (especially the Maria Cristina, which was once only my dream to see)

5. Ferry ride (RO-RO, which was so cool but i just slept during the trip because of our very early departure)

Camiguin6. Island tour (Camiguin)


7. Zipline experience (Zipzone in Dahilayan Adventure Park, the longest zipline in Asia)

8. etcetera 🙂

This travel would not be possible without Him, thanks for guiding us and giving us a good weather even if it’s raining hard in Manila. To Lacsi for pursuing us and arranging this trip, Terri and Jep for wonderful moments. Of course we won’t forget the kind and friendly drivers who accompanied us to our various destinations.
To Kuya Jay (for offering us cheap fare from Laguindingan Int’l Airport to Will’s Place, CdO City and vice versa).
To Kuya Jun (for fetching us from hotel to the start point of our water rafting, and back to hotel).
To Kuya Tito (for being available at 3am driving us from Agora to Balingoan Port).
To Kuya Darwin (for touring us to Camiguin Island, spring hopping and stopping wherever we wish to).
To Kuya Floyd (for back and forth long drive and rough road adventure to Dahilayan Park).
To Kuya Paris (for letting us see the majestic waterfalls of Iligan, also for stopping by my cousin’s place in Suarez)
Also to our Rafting guides for your endless jokes and stories, Kuya Lynard (aka Dodong) and the other guide (don’t know his name :p).
And lastly to our guide in Tinago falls for being our photographer while climbing the rocks behind the waterfalls, which we call buwis-buhay 😀

I can say that this is an all-in-one trip, may extreme sport (water rafting), may beach (White Island), may springs (Ardent, Soda, Sto. Niño), meron din religious (ruins of Old Catarman Church, and Divine Mercy Shrine), at may bukid (Bukidnon), zipline (best feeling ever, feel like flying), and syempre and mga photoshoots! It is really great taking shots with none other than, our Mother Nature.

Overall this made us grow with the experiences we had, appreciate our nature more, and made our friendship deeper. Hopefully next time we will be with more of our friends for a much memorable trip.

It’s really more fun in the Philippines.