From Dagupan to Bataan, with my beloved relatives! (LPT)

This blog entry is part of my “Late Post Travels”, geez! I needed to quote that since my backlogs are piling up.

So, these photos were taken last April 20 and 21, 2013 – our Sta.Ana Family Summer Reunion. We visited our Lolo and Lola at Dagupan before heading to Bataan. It was a long road trip but of course one of the happiest. My family from both sides (Aralar and Sta.Ana) have this insane sense of humor and we had a long list of topics to laugh and talk about while on the road.

I can’t recall when was the last time I visited my relatives at Bataan, maybe ages ago? Now, I have cousins taller than me and my oh my our family has grown bigger. Since it’s summer time, where else did we plan to go? The beach of course! That’s a given!

The photos below showed how we enjoyed our time as one big happy family. We arrived at midnight at the island, pitched the tent, ate a sumptuous dinner (Spell SEAFOOD!) then rested. Honestly, it was hard to appreciate the place since because it was pitch black except for our flash lights and torch.

Dawn came and the skyline was filled with tiny bits of sunshine until the sun finally made it’s way out.

Now who wouldn’t appreciate the place when you see its full glory? See for yourself 🙂

One of the happiest couples I have ever seen :)
One of the happiest couples I have ever seen 🙂
Meet my relatives from my Mother's side, the STA.ANA clan.
Meet my relatives from my Mother’s side, the STA.ANA clan.
Ready to ride that boat?
Ready to ride that boat?
Boat ride
Boat ride
Pitch that tent
Pitch that tent
They won't stop playing
They won’t stop playing
Dinner time
Dinner time
Yes? Survivor!
Yes? Survivor!
Dad checking the morning water
Dad checking the morning water
My parents ♥
My parents ♥
Small, medium, large
Small, medium, large
Family relatives
Family relatives
Book handy
Book handy
Sis in action
Sis in action
I was here
I was here
Caitlyn and Rose with the stones
Caitlyn and Rose with the stones
Caitlyn and Thania
Caitlyn and Thania
Hello there Mr. Sunshine
Hello there Mr. Sunshine
Jelly fish
Jelly fish
Low tide
Low tide
Can you see me?
Can you see me?
Swim swim?
Swim swim?
Collecting stones
Collecting stones
Nature at its finest
Nature at its finest
Kids playin
Kids playin
Mom and my titas
Mom and my titas
Family shot
Family shot
Wacky family
Wacky family
Everyone enjoying the beach
Everyone enjoying the beach
Siesta time
Siesta time
Lovely cove
Lovely cove
Chillin at the beach
Chillin at the beach
Beach must haves!
Beach must haves!

Friends, Fun, Fringes at Boracay Part 1

Let’s do this the Taglish (tagalog-english) way 🙂 Ang dami dami kong gustong sabihin about this trip of ours, hopefully wala akong makalimutan. I can say that this trip was priceless and more than that. Up to now, pag naiisip ko kung ano ang mga nangyari, napapatawa pa din ako ng sobra. Alam mo yung kahit mag isa ka lang, you still kept on laughing your ass out? Haha! Yes ganon ang effect ng trip nato sakin.

I have been to Boracay only once, that was year 2007 when I graduated from college. I had a blast on my first trip, masaya din kasi ang mga taong kasama ko nun. Iba talaga pag “cool” ang friends mo at walang ‘kill joy’ kumbaga. So, let’s start this!

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This is my friend Gen Tungala, siya ang leader ng trip na ito. I still remember, nag kagulo na lang kami bigla nung nakita naming may seat sale sa Cebu Pacific. Syempre, book agad kami flight papunta (thank you Anna Reyes sa iyong plastic card na laging maasahan) Good thing may nakita naman kaming flight pabalik, through Air Phil nga lang 🙂

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Ang balingkinitan na babaeng ito ay walang iba kundi si Ami Cenina at ng aming leader na si Gen. Amie exudes the true beauty of a Filipina. She is my plane mate and during our short conversation, I learned more things about her. I told her before that she is one of the prettiest faces I have seen here in the country when she became my Monita sa Christmas Party namin last December. That’s true, and all our friends would agree. She’s the type of girl that you can label “Graced still even under pressure”.

Batch 1 Boracay (3) A couple having a pictorial while the tide is still low.

Batch 1 Boracay (4)My friend Bianca was so kind, pinahiram pa niya ako ng SLR niya. So needless to say, ako ang naging official photographer, which I enjoyed!I Boracay as a whole will always be a fun subject, add mo pa ang mga COOL people na ito. From left to right, Ami Cenina, Jude Sosa, Hilda Villegas, Anna Reyes and Gen Tungala, they are the ones who made this trip memorable.

Batch 1 Boracay (5) Oh diba? full of buhangin lang ang peg ni Hilds at Jude? Ganung kasarap mag swim dito. Walang sawang swimming!

Batch 1 Boracay (6) Since I can’t take photos of myself sa beach, eto ang pic ko. DYI lang yan, fringed tops na perfect for summer. Napanood ko sa Youtube at hayun, a weekend before this trip, nagulat na lang ang nanay ko at mga kapatid ko, na halos lahat na lang ng damit ko eh ginugupit ko na. Malamang walang maniniwala sakin kung sabihin ko na hindi ako nag shop before this trip, haha, so yes, I did buy a few clothes and shades online. But I know I needed to somehow save para sa nalalapit kong kaarawan.

Batch 1 Boracay (7) Pretty faces by the beach 🙂 I know I already introduced Gen and Amie. I still got three left, lower portion (left to right) 🙂 Christine Sosa, we fondly call her Jude is a person who can light up any crowd. Pede na kaming tandem ng comedy bar actually, wala ng tatalo pa sa mga pick up lines niya! At kung ma malungkot ka, kausapin mo lang siya, siguradong sasaya ka.

Hilda Villegas, the stranger in my life, haha, pero naging friends na kami this year 2013. Haha! We had a lot of solo dates na, most of the time, puro kainan! I was with her on Christmas eve, she knows me well I guess even in a short span of time.

Anna Reyes, mas gala pa sakin ang batang ito, I tell you! Talaga naman nangongolekta ng Starbucks tumbler with the names of the country in it. Tama yan, Travel while you are young and full of energy, para pag tanda puro back track na lang ng events 🙂

Hopefully, hindi magalit ang cast ng Boracay trip dahil may short introduction pa ako for them, haha!

Batch 1 Boracay (8) Nakikiupo lang po sa magarang upuan, sa Station 2 lang kami nag stay. I know the resorts at Station 1 are the finest, pero sa dinami dami ng planned travels nitong mga kasama ko, kelangan mag tipid. Besides, kahit ako, ayokong gumastos ng malaki. Hindi naman kami mag s-stay ng matagal sa Hotel dahil bawal mag pahinga sa Boracay. Larga lang ng larga, beach bum ‘don, kain dito at lakad kung saan saan. So why rent an expensive place? (Saka na siguro pag honeymoon ko na, haha).

Batch 1 Boracay (9)The walking game, matira matibay! At mukhang ako ang natira. May nunal kasi ako sa paa, and my mom told me, yan ang reason kung bat ka gala! 🙂 Thanks mom, appreciate it!

Batch 1 Boracay (10) I caught her on an early Yoga, gusto ko sanang maki pose kay ate, kaso ang layo ko sa mga friends ko para mag ask ng favor na i take nila ako ng photo ala yoga.

Batch 1 Boracay (11) Sa susunod na buhay, I will have that kind of bod, ngayon, kakain muna ako ng kakain. Kaw na mag jog sa Boracay, sosyal!

Batch 1 Boracay (12) Ohhhhhhh! coconut trees! Wait for our exclusive video, haha! exclusive talaga? of course!

Batch 1 Boracay (13) Who wouldn’t want to experience the powdery white sand of Boracay over and over again?

Batch 1 Boracay (14) February na, no it’s not only love month, Summer na din!!!

Batch 1 Boracay (15) Jude and her blissful moment. Chill lang ang peg.

Batch 1 Boracay (16)Sexiness on the beach!

Batch 1 Boracay (17) Good thing tumawa si Anna, caught on cam ka! Effort less lang oh!

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Huwag kayong mag alala… haha, eto na ang solo ko! Dahil sa aking tuluyang pagtaba, kelangan ko ng mga pose na makapag tatago ng aking love handles. Bet niyo ba ang pag higa ko sa sand. San ka pa? with matching reflection yan. (I know I know, natural lang talaga akong maarte, pagbigyan niyo na ako, please!, haha).

Batch 1 Boracay (19) Best fruit shake ba kamo? Jonah’s na!

Batch 1 Boracay (20)More to come! haha, sorry wala kasi akong sawang mag pose (big thanks to Amie and Gen for the support)  Lalaban ka ba sa Bob Marley shirt ko?

Batch 1 Boracay (21) Eh ang saya ko lang diba?

Batch 1 Boracay (22) Pero mas masaya sakin si Gen, obvious naman eh! 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (23) While waiting for their orders, pictorial muna.

Batch 1 Boracay (24)What a scenery! beach umbrella!

Batch 1 Boracay (25) Breakfast at Amie’s

Batch 1 Boracay (26) Habang busy ako sa pag langoy with Gen and Jude, eto naman ang pinagkakaabalahan nila. Mag jump shot ng walang humpay.

Batch 1 Boracay (27) Oh isa pa! May masakit pang nararamdaman si Hilds niyan ha, pero naka jump shot pa din? 🙂 You already!

Batch 1 Boracay (28)Feeling ko isa akong lumpia, kaya bet ko ang mag roll sa sands ng walang sawa. Eto ang kinalabasan ko. Isang tustadong lumpia na feeling maputi dahil sa puting buhagin.

Batch 1 Boracay (29) Sabi ko naman sa inyo, sobrang saya ko pag asa beach ako, nothing compares to the feeling of the sand on your feet, the wind on your hair and the sun on your face.

Batch 1 Boracay (30)Kung ang lahat eh busy sa pag jujump shot, eto ang signature pose ko sa mga beach. 🙂 Baliktarin mo mang ang mundo, masaya pa din!

Batch 1 Boracay (31) Be happy! Bawal ang sad sa Boracay, may multa!

Batch 1 Boracay (32) Sa malayo, tinatawag ako ng pole na ito. Hindi namin alam, Lifeguard pole pala. Kala mo naman pag aari namin kung maka pose kami. Buti na lang mabait si manong lifeguard at hinayaan lang niya kami.

Batch 1 Boracay (33) Pumo pose pa eh, haha!

Batch 1 Boracay (34) Beach happy!

Batch 1 Boracay (35)Crazy friend of mine and her crazy pose. 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (36)Talk about body symmetry? She owned it!

Batch 1 Boracay (37) Kelangan laging nakataas ang braso at kamay ko, kung hindi… mukha akong palo palo sa tabi ni Anna, ke payat naman kasi ng batang ito! 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (38) At anong masasabi mo sa blogger pose niya?

Batch 1 Boracay (39) Family time, the kid is soooooo cute!

Batch 1 Boracay (40) Hair flip? prettyness lang oh!

Batch 1 Boracay (41)Gen, the life saver.

Batch 1 Boracay (42) Another family shot…

Batch 1 Boracay (43) … and another one.

Batch 1 Boracay (44) Cross above

Batch 1 Boracay (45) Feeling like Friday!

Batch 1 Boracay (46) Ang hirap mamili ng letra ha! lol!

Batch 1 Boracay (47) Since sa D kasya ang buong katawan ko, dito na lang ako.

Batch 1 Boracay (48) A for Amie ♥

Batch 1 Boracay (49) Chill chill lang sa sand.

Batch 1 Boracay (51) My view above.

Batch 1 Boracay (52) View below.

Batch 1 Boracay (53)Ang maitim kong paa 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (54) Sunsets at Boracay never fail to amaze one’s soul.

Batch 1 Boracay (55) At pag katapos ng aming nakakapagod na pag lalakad, pag swi-swimming ng walang humpay, oras na para mag hanap ng makakain.

Batch 1 Boracay (56) As we walk through Station 2 and 3, I got caught up with the lights. Iba’t ibang lights, restaurants, bars, stores and all that. Night life in here is so alive, countless things to do, have a henna or a real tattoo. Braids? Check! Fire zippers, countless! Shopping, endless!

Batch 1 Boracay (57) Nice lanterns and pretty ladies.

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Batch 1 Boracay (69) Batch 1 Boracay (70) Batch 1 Boracay (71) Sobrang daming buffet, we can’t choose kung saan ba talaga kami kakain.This one looks enticing pero ang mahal 😦 Buti sana kung mga lalaki kami, sulit na sulit siguro to.

Batch 1 Boracay (72) Batch 1 Boracay (73) Batch 1 Boracay (74) Lobster and seafood madness!

Batch 1 Boracay (76) Batch 1 Boracay (77) This is how you eat balot, with a smile.

Batch 1 Boracay (78)After dinner, it’s time to walk the other way, papunta ng Station 1 para mag hanap ng bar at gumimik. Fave part of the night! I can’t remember the last time I partied!

Batch 1 Boracay (79) Fire zippers 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (80) Batch 1 Boracay (81)This time, hindi na free, you have to give a donation to have a photo taken here. Which is fine, group shot naman kasi.

Batch 1 Boracay (82)Wearing another fringe shirt from Mad For Fashion Online Shop.

Batch 1 Boracay (83) Batch 1 Boracay (84)We settled for Club Paraw, hmmm, same bar that I have been to way back 2007.

Batch 1 Boracay (85)Sucess ang smoky eyes effect ko sa kanila except for Hilds kasi allergic siya sa make up. They all look so pretty! Love putting make up on girls, feeling make-up artist lang? haha!

Batch 1 Boracay (86)The birthday celebrants, getting ready to party???

Batch 1 Boracay (87)Cheers!

Batch 1 Boracay (88) Margaritas and Iced tea’s (hindi natupad ang piña colada ko, valid naman ang reason).

Batch 1 Boracay (89) Amie and her margarita.

Batch 1 Boracay (90)Let’s start the party!

Batch 1 Boracay (92)Dancing the night away 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (93)Medyo malayo kami sa stage so I opted to clear out the tables and make our own space.  Asa isang sulok lang kasi kami but that wouldn’t stop us from partying all night.

Batch 1 Boracay (94) Soon, we have our own crowd. We met a few good people, Rebecca, Carlo and Neil. Ganyan kasaya ang circle namin 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (95) Batch 1 Boracay (96) Hindi talaga ako umuupo, bawal yun, haha!

Batch 1 Boracay (97)This is where I laugh the most! Nakilala namin ang One Direction sa Boracay! LOL! Isa na lang ang kulang kumpleto na sila.

Batch 1 Boracay (98)“Baby you light up my world like nobody else”

Batch 1 Boracay (99) Ehem… memories will last forever 🙂

Batch 1 Boracay (100)Flying kiss with the lights on! Oh bliss!

Batch 1 Boracay (101) Fire away, fire away!

Batch 1 Boracay (102) Batch 1 Boracay (103) Amie and Niel

Batch 1 Boracay (104) Last photo and I was on chairs already 🙂 Let’s call it a night shall we?

Batch 1 Boracay (105) This is Marvin, yeah, being a super fan of Bob Marley, I have a thing with dreads!

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It was a fun filled day and night. My cheeks were slightly burned but I didn’t care. Now it’s time to sleep for a few hours, like 2 hours! And another day awaits!

Dubs and weekends

People know how crazy I get… just the other day I was browsing some apps and came across Dubbler. It’s kinda fun especially for people like me who loves to talk though no one’s listening (laugh roll). I can talk, sing (dance at times while singing), recite poems, talk nonsense and all that. The best part is, I can change my voice and be a cat at times, haha! If anyone of you dubs… please let me know and follow you! ^^

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Meanwhile, my friends and I are getting ready for another weekend getaway. We are going somewhere fun, where we can swim, dance and eat our hearts out. Hoping everyone will have a great weekend.

Leaving you with this quote ^^

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Marry me Leyte!

Day 1Left Manila after work, tiring but Dredd and I were too excited to care 🙂 We traveled from 12 noon to 7 pm. When we reached Libagon Leyte, I thought all my energy drained out, guess I was wrong. We loved our room so much (capiz capiz capiz inspired) and we swapped some stories before heading in to dreamland.

Day 2 (1)First morning, oh I can’t forget the feeling! We were up early and since I crave coffees a lot, Dredd and I decided to take a walk outside. We ended up buying ‘pandesal’ and a cup of coffee at a nearby store. Then after a few minutes, we came up to this beautiful scenery! Clear waters, it’s okay if the sand is not white, just as long as the water is clean and clear, that’s fine with us. So as you can see, no questions asked, we donned our bikinis and hit it big time!

Day 2 (2)After our first early cold swim, it’s time to prepare for the wedding. We went to Rozzel’s house and had our make-up time there. I decided to go with a bun and Dredd wanted some curls.

hair bun

Millions thanks for my hair bun Dredd, you are the best!

Day 2 (3)Wedding time! Dredd participated by reading the second reading and I placed the veil on Rozzel’s head 🙂 She’s the prettiest bride I have seen!

Day 2 (4)Reception area, too bad it rained and the chairs were all wet but everyone managed and we still got the chance to eat. Loved the food and and the speeches that were given by a few guests.

Day 3 (1)Third day, we swam again, strolled around the ‘spring’ :

Day 3 (2) Day 3 (3)It would be a big loss if we won’t be able to pay a visit to the famous “Hindag-an Falls”. I tell you, this is a must-see if you have plans of going to Leyte. Cold, refreshing water and jumping from one point to another was awesome!

Day 3 (4)Borrowed their wedding rings and of course, flowers on my hair again ♥

Day 3 (5) Few moments before the sun sets.

Day 3 (6)Picturesque

Day 4 (2) “Facundo, I want this room, pakiuwi ng Manila” 🙂

Day 4 (3) Mara Clara at Ang Babae sa Bintana

Day 4 (1)Last day 😦 had coffee for the nth time. After a few minutes, we packed our things since we don’t want to rush. While waiting for Rozzel and Dennis to pick us up, Dredd met a man who also lived in the same area (Jaro, Leyte) as her. He was so kind and even offered us coconut… so what did I say?

Day 4 (4)

“Buko? Bring it on!” So I finished three, haha!

From where I stood earlier

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It’s 10:20 am here in Libagon Leyte Philippines, today is the day we (my friend Dredd and I) have been waiting for. Our dearest friend Rozzel will kiss singlehood goodbye. We travelled a few miles to be here and we are nothing but excited to witness her exchanging vows with the man of her dreams. Like the photo above, absolutely stunning and breathtaking, I am absolute their love for each other will be the same. I already have a few photos but I will save them for my next entry. Just finished an early morning swim 🙂 Happy weekend everyone, may you all have a meaningful one.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

They loved me, I loved them back. 2012, You have been great and I won’t ever forget you, I know 2013 will be happier and more inspiring than ever.

At exactly 10 hours from now, 2012 will officially close. I just want to thank God for the blessings. Countless, countless, countless… from family, friends, relatives, love lost, love found and all in between. My heart is full of joy as I leave all my worries behind. I have gained enough wisdom to move on and enjoy my 28th year here on earth. Again to all the people around me who said I am inspiring as ever, I am delighted! Really, I feel like I am a star now. Do not worry, will make sure to inspire people and help in every possible way I can. The adrenaline rush of joy will stay with me each day. Life has never been this great and I have never been more positive. To all those who were there for me during my ‘downward emotional’ state, I appreciate it. Now, I am so much better. Self forgiven and self driven.

I ♥ you all. I mean it!