Where is Daraitan Falls?

Hi everyone! Summer 2013 was very memorable for me, again, I was not able to fulfill my dreams of staying at home to finish all my books. My friends and I went to visit Daraitan Falls last April 14, thanks girls for coming with me 🙂 The trip wouldn’t be uber fun without you.

Tinapak River (2)The heat was unbelievable but we are ready to conquer the day. We met the Barangay Captain of the area, thank you sir for welcoming us (kiddin’, he was really there before we came, having a talk with their barangay members). All foods ready! Let’s walk then!

Tinapak River (3) I can’t imagine there’s a place like this near our province. It was amazing like the other places I have been to. Okay, so here’s the real deal, when I invited my friends, I told them it was Daraitan Falls. Little did I know, it’s called Tinapak River and the Tinapak Falls was destroyed by Typhoon Ondoy last 2009. So that was like, 4 years ago!!! I cannot forget their faces when our tour guide explained that. Still, Tinapak River can be found at Daraitan… so they are still connected right? Haha!

Tinapak River (4) The whole group while taking a rest… our tourist guide, CK, Jude, Amie, Anna, Hilda, Ampy and Gen.

Tinapak River (5)A little adventure? Yes, we had that! And if you want one, why not visit the place?

Tinapak River (6) You can’t get to the other side without getting wet. 🙂

Tinapak River (7) First things first, SWIM!!! Oh the heat was really on! The river was a great place to swim and cool down. It was green, clear and inviting.

Tinapak River (8) Lunchtime girls! Overwhelming food, how can we finish these?

Tinapak River (9) So much for rock formations, I want to have a pictorial at every stone I see. They are all so white and pretty! We spent most of the time swimming, eating, exchanging stories and laughing.

Tinapak River (10)Our happiness was overwhelming, Hilda even bought a cake for this special event! FREEDOM at it’s finest.

Tinapak River (11)Yep, I can jump of a cliff whenever I want to. My legs always shake before I do these things, but I can’t let them pass. My blood calls for adrenaline 🙂

Tinapak River (12) The Megastar Ampy sitting on top of the cliff… this was the only place where you can find a signal for Globe.

Tinapak River (13) Look how clear and clean the water is!

Tinapak River (14) Gen, floating 🙂

Tinapak River (15) Anna, Jude, Amie and Gen having a real good time talking about some stuff.

Tinapak River (16) View from a far, I swam to the other side just for this shot. Time to get mushy… when I saw them so happy, just chillin’, I can’t thank the Lord above for giving me such kind and soulful friends. These girls helped me a lot when I needed them. Those times when I felt life was draining me to pieces, they were there. When I needed encouragement, they were there and they never left my side. Up to now, I can’t thank them enough, I just love this group.

Tinapak River (17) One of my fave picture, it was hard to achieve since I need to swim against the current. I see that it’s worth it.

Tinapak River (18) Spell F-U-N!!!

Tinapak River (19) Whohoooo! I made this! I am proud of myself, haha! My very first rock formation! Lol!

Tinapak River (20) Now it’s time to head back to the barangay…

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Rocks rocks rocks, rocks everywhere!

Tinapak River (22)We fit the holes perfectly 🙂

Tinapak River (23)To those who want to visit, the Daraitan Road is a long one, just continue driving until you reach this bridge. If I remember it right, we asked 5 times where’s Daraitan, they all just pointed “straight ahead”, lil’ did we know it was a long long way down there.

Tinapak River (24)Of course, a trip would not be complete without visiting Vista Barista Cafe. A stop over all tourists must try! Coffees, pasta and cakes were affordable and they tasted so good. Hoping the next time I visit, I will be able to speak and have a few words with the owner.

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Since it was Sunday, we also visited Baras Church.

Tinapak River (26) We even met the Parish priest who opened the doors of the Church for us. Thank you thank you Father, you are blessed!

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A perfect way to close the night, videoke baby! After that, some left… Hilda and Gen slept at my room 🙂

So where exactly is Daraitan Falls? It’s in my heart.

Pampanga’s Best, let’s do this!

inviteWe were invited by Mr. and Mrs. Figueroa for the Christening of their first son, Dwayne Dom. We were more than guests, we were God mothers and God fathers of this little cutie. Proud to be a part of this big event, I made the invite above and so glad that Jeanne (Dom’s mother) loved it so much.

pampanga's best (1) Since the event falls on a Sunday, we decided to have a quick road trip and left after our Saturday shift. First stop, the famous San Guillermo Church where Santino used to pray for the Filipino Teleserye “May Bukas Pa“. For those who plan on going anywhere Pampanga, this is a must visit! Why? It’s so beautiful! An earthquake and the Mt. Pinatubo eruption may have ruined it, but it’s still very captivating.

pampanga's best (2) A closer look, old and ruined by time.

pampanga's best (3)From the outside, the Church may look small. Wait until you get inside, you will be more than amazed. The altar is glorious! You will notice small bats that hang around the ceiling. The area is quite big on the inside and I have seen some weddings that was celebrated here on Facebook. Must feel nice walking on these wide aisle 🙂 Photo on the lower right shows how deep the Church was buried. That used to be the upper part of the windows.

pampanga's best (4)The right side holds “Museo de Bacolor” where they kept numerous paintings and photos of San Guillermo Church. You can see pictures of how the place looked like before and after being buried in hot molten lava. If you walk a little further, you will notice their small adoration chapel, so unique and I tell you, this is a room where you can feel the Lord’s presence, so quiet and homey.

pampanga's best (5) One of the paintings that awed me.

pampanga's best (6) One last photo before we continue on our road trip, meet Arjay, Daniel, Ruby, I and Ami. Gen took our photo 🙂

pampanga's best (7) Second stop… Toll House. Any road trip would not be complete without trying out the best restaurants in town. Ask anyone how’s the food and service, I bet they would all tell you that they had the best experience. This was my second time to eat here, the first time was when we attended the Hot Air Balloon Fest. Like the first, the food didn’t fail me at all, I enjoyed my yummy Caesar salad and Calamansi juice.

pampanga's best (8)Now that our stomach is filled with food as it should be, we drove to Antonina’s Resort. Fixed our stuff and started our mini drinking session. So many funny, “kilig”, and laugh out loud stories. Being with a cool crowd is a must when going out. No dull moments, just good music, stories and fun stuff. When dinner time came, our tummies were at the war zone again, thus making us leave Antonina’s to Ronald’s house (Dom’s father). But before that, we needed to search for this super big cake since it’s Ron’s birthday. Good thing, there’s Goldilocks! Dinner was quick and before we knew it, we were back at the resort having a good time at the pool.

pampanga's best (9)Sunday came and the new batch of God mothers arrived. We bought pandesal and coffee early in the morning. But wait, there’s more, can you imagine a group of crazies hopping from one store to another looking for “toothpicks” early in the morning? Hmmm, that would be us? Lol! Ms. Glory would be finishing her cupcakes and toothpicks are really important for this one. Though we got weird replies from cashiers, we didn’t care. We still asked and looked, thanks to a small shop who has one! Life saver! Look how happy we were making these cute blue and yellow cupcakes. Thanks to Ms. Glory for letting us help her with the design and toppings, it was a fun experience.

pampanga's best (10)Time to swim for a while before the main event.

pampanga's best (11) Tadah! A sunny and good morning to everyone! The photos above were taken during the Christening ceremony inside the ‘Parish of the Lord’s Ascension’. Jeanne and Ronald looked so happy all through out the event, big smiles everywhere.

pampanga's best (12) The God fathers and God mothers with the Figueroa Family. 🙂

pampanga's best (13) Before leaving the Church.

pampanga's best (14) Lunchtime food attack! Thank you so much Jeanne for the overflowing food and drinks, sorry I was not able to sing because I feel so sleepy after eating a lot! Haha! Again, you made our tummy so happy.

pampanga's best (16)All kinds of meat and chicken viands plus veggies, talk about “handaan”. Another cute souvenir, baby cupcakes and my vanity moments.

pampanga's best (15)One last photo of the group, it was indeed a fun, unforgettable, full of happy moments weekend! (Meg, I, Ruby, Anna, Rosche, Dan, Mhadz, Gen, Ronald, Jeanne, Glory and Ami.

pampanga's best (17)To close the event, we stopped at Razon’s for the best halo halo in town. A few minutes of reminiscin’ on how the weekend went then we’re back on the road to Manila.

One reminder, wear sunblock if possible especially if you are going to visit Pampanga during the summer season. The weather was really hot and I bet you would stop at any halo halo store just to cool the temperature of your body.

BCC 2003 turns 10!

1 2 10 years ago, this is how we looked like. In plaid uniforms and oh so “neneng image”. Can’t seem to find our batch picture so I decided that this epic shot will do.

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After 10 years, here we are 🙂

It was truly a day to remember, we started out with the Holy Mass at Sta. Ursula Parish (wasn’t able to attend) then followed by the motorcade. Everyone looked fresh in this photo. Thank you so much to all who woke up early just to participate and beat the summer sun.

4Now let’s get it on! Time to rock it! 🙂

5 Who says it was hot? I guess all of us?! But who cares, we totally enjoyed shouting on top of our lungs while giving out candies.

6 My section, our Lady of Lourdes 🙂

7After a tiring morning at the motorcade, it’s time for the real party! Hoping everyone got a chance to taste this cake that I ordered for everyone. Not sure where it ended because I didn’t get to see it after getting a slice.

8 Our cute tarpaulin with all the sections of our Batch.

9 Out of 9, we are down to 5. When will we ever be complete again? 😦

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To my Dad, thank you so much for our Fundador Gold Reserve, was not able to keep the bottle. My dear friend Jambi with our beers!!! Yeah! Cheers for the 10 Years! “Ang sarap sarap mag Oh-ten

10Special thanks to the Recall Band, a party isn’t a party without great music.

11Music, beers, friends, batchmates, fun = great time 🙂

12I want to go around the table and talk to some people whom I have not really gotten to know way back high school, but being the MC with the only one Minerva Diyosa, that seemed impossible.

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Marshmallow eating contest, thanks SCA for the game and prize.

13Beer drinking with straw… anyone?

14And, carrying of loved ones? Lol! By the way, the man carrying his girl is Mikki, the one who made our fab shirts!

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My fab co host Minerva Diyosa dancing 🙂

15Recall Band, thanks for letting me jam with you. 🙂 Next photos are with different sections and their respective group of friends.

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With my classmates… the balloons look amazing in here! 🙂

18 Butch helping us open a beer bottle.

19Time to make some chikka with a dear friend whom we missed so much, Christian Basas! 🙂 Glad to see you!

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And of course, it’s a night to take unlimited photos with my ultimate crush! He is still a cutie after 10 years.

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The man on the left, JC, thanks for being my seat mate for the night. Next time I promise to concentrate on being the “tangera” haha! I wondered who drank the mixed one, lol! And of course, the man of the right, this event would not be possible if not for his patience and hard work, meet Mr. Relly Bernardo. I am super proud of you, glad you were able to pull off this event although you were very busy! Everyone, as in everyone, had FUN! Truly a night to remember!

Lastly! To each and everyone who attended, your efforts were appreciated. To the team who fixed the place, it was so nice! To the people in charge of the food and the drinks, thanks for running to and fro. To our batch mates outside the country, hope you were able to catch us on Ustream, thank you for the financial help. As Relly quoted, this Re_nion would not be complete without “U”.

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Special thanks to Ghel and my batch mates for some photos, out of all this is my fave, although blurred, I look so happy here serving drinks to my friends and cleaning out the table. I got to be a waitress for a night!

Again, big thanks to our sponsors 🙂

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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!

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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!

Saturdays and Baby showers

Saturdays are always fun. In fact, I love them, who wouldn’t want weekends and all the good things. Yesterday was an extra special one, I got invited to a baby shower. Yes! A baby shower but not the normal ones, this is a baby book shower. My friend Shine (previous Team Manager) is a bookworm she decided it’s best to collect books for her soon to be Baby, Rain (soon to be Rain and Shine! Weeee!). She sort of had an emergency before the party, she needed a new host. In short, she chose me and our friend Gem. I had a few doubts since I have not hosted any events like this before and honestly I think I forgot how to, lol! (can’t remember the last time I hosted). Good thing Shine briefed us on some information on how she wanted the party to go. So we had a few games like ‘guess my belly size’ and ‘guess baby rains’ birth date’. We also read mommy tips and wishes for Baby Rain. Of course, we do have a finale, book reading by the ever famous Bebang Siy (author of the book ‘It’s a Mens World‘) . She did an amazing job, it was my first time to hear “Biag ni Lam-ang” and I am sure I won’t forget her version. She is ‘laughable-talented’ and soon to be married, yey! One great ball of energy, everyone enjoyed her short show. Too sad I was not able to have a photo taken with her.

So now, let me share a few photos from yesterday :

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Moonleaf Tea Shop Thank you so much! Cozy place and perfect for events like this!

TM Shine, I do hope Baby Rain will love books like us. It is amazing that you want her to be a ‘bookworm’ at an early age. I know she will be, you are surrounded by books everywhere, like literally! 🙂 I enjoyed hosting the event with Gem, reading mommy tips from your friends was helpful (haha, feeling soon to be mom?) and of course wishes for Baby Rain were all so sweet. Now, I can’t wait to have my own since you volunteered to organize it, lol!

Have a safe delivery and you are gonna be a great mom, I just know it! Your kind words are appreciated.

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♥ Joycey

Missing Potipot Island

Beaches as you can see, is one of my favorite destinations. As a kid, my mom used to take us to places we never knew, mostly what they call the virgin beaches. I wish digital cameras were a big hit back then, but no so I learned to stock them up on my head as mental images.

When I started out traveling on my own or with friends after college, I promised myself I would take as much photos as I can. My head is already full of so many things I can’t keep track of the others, lol! 🙂 Anyway, allow me to share with you the beautiful island I have met late 2009. This small but VERY beautiful place is in Candelaria Zambales City Philippines namely POTIPOT Island.

My first trip was very unforgettable, we took the Victory Liner Bus Station at 7:30 am and arrived at the place by 2:30 pm. That was 7 hours long but it was worth the trip (it just took that long because of too many stop overs). We stayed at Sunbloom Resort and was assisted by Ate Mercy who also cooked for us, so nice of her. You actually have two choices, you can stay at nearby resorts or sleep at Potipot, but we chose the first one.

Potipot 1 (5)The next day, we were ready to discover Potipot Island. From our resort, it only took around less than 10 minutes to reach the said island. The first time I set foot and the first time my toes felt the water, I knew fun had started.

Potipot 1 (6) This was one of the cottages for rent, you can stay here overnight or pitch a tent whatsoever.

Potipot 1 (7)Potipot 1 (8) Time for some solo pics (please do not mention my weight, haha! I was skinny back then).

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This old tree at the back of the island was love!

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So I climbed… 🙂

Potipot 1 (3)Before the sun set, we went back to Sunbloom Resort. Though I spent the entire day swimming, I am not done yet. I braved the cold waters and yes, swam until I was dead tired.

Potipot 1 (2)Potipot as a whole.

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Race anyone? One of my epic shots!

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Tanned up and loving it! ♥

After 5 months, I was back at the same place, this time with some great friends. Less hassle for the travel since two of them decided to drive. We laughed, ate and chatted all the way from Manila to Zambales. We joked around, talked about “Pilapils” and got even caught up by the police at Clark. Oh memories! I just love the good old times!

potipot 2 (1) Joann, Salvo, Miley, I, Eldrige and Che

potipot 2 (2)Che had a hard time ‘leveling’ up to the small one, haha! Her bod is naturally long and sexy! I miss her so much but I know she is having the time of her life right now. 🙂

potipot 2 (3) I crawl everywhere, and the sand can be my bed.

potipot 2 (4) Sun on my face 🙂 Summer love ♥

potipot 2 (5) Joann and the pink donut, lol!

potipot 2 (6)Isn’t he cute? 🙂

potipot 2 (7) Tan, tan, tan, summer, summer, summer, fun, fun, fun, sun, sun, sun!!!

potipot 2 (8) Eldrige, I and Miley

potipot 2 (9) A starfish!

potipot 2 (10)Small jellyfish, so adorable!

potipot 2 (11) Forgive my vanity, I just love posing before. 🙂

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Bench and I.

potipot 2 (13) Happy as ever!

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All tanned up!

I guess the photos above sums up my short travel story. As usual, I had a hard time thinking what photos to include since I am the type of person who wants to capture them all thinking, I will be able to use ‘this’ in the future. Truly I did, it has been 4 years and I what is great with having a personal blog is you can still write things up even if it’s about past travels and the like.

It’s the month of January, summer is around the corner and personally, I am looking forward for my first travel for year 2013. So excited, hope all the plans will be successful! Missing my sun kissed tan! ♥