Sisterhood of the Traveling Bikinis

College, what do I remember? Hmm… of course, syringe, IV transfusions, some bone parts and a lil’ bit of anatomy. But mostly, I remember singing songs on the hallway, not sleeping until we finish endless reports, partying until dawn after the finals and having a great time with these promising nurses of the future.

What does a weekend of four ladies, all energy driven and passion seekers hold? Read along!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (1) First time to travel by boat going to Nagsasa Cove during nighttime. Though I am a good swimmer, I was kinda afraid at first since we are braving an open sea. But when the boat ride started, I knew it would be a safe one. The water was calm and inviting, thousands of stars twinkle in the sky and it was a great sight.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (2) After an hour and a half (travel time depends on how calm the sea is) we finally hit the shores. Since it was dark, I wasn’t able to appreciate the place as a whole, all I know was that I felt at home. The sands on my feet felt perfect. As you can see, we pitched our one and only tent, arranged our groceries and played cards before going to sleep.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (3) Morning came, another miracle given by God! This was the morning I thanked Him not only for the life He has given us but also for his wonderful creations. Waking up to this scenery was fantastic and oh so ‘mood motivator’. I will introduce my friends one by one as I go along, here we are, dancing to some songs for our morning exercise.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (5) So this photo shows how much I love rock formations, lol!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (6) After some time we decided it’s best to swim and experience the water.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (7) I just finished making “enseladang mangga” and they were all busy with their respective duties. Mona and Lyza cooking something and Kai, not so sure what she was up to at this time, haha!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (8) Afternoon came, perfect time to shoot some solos. I have read somewhere that photographers wait for this time of day just to get the perfect kind of light. Hope we got that kind of ‘light’ they were pertaining to.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (9) Kai being the model of the group had an idea about being submerged into the water. We came up with these shots. All photos were taken using a point and shoot digital camera, I say they were great shots! 🙂

Nagsasa Cove Trip (10) One problem, my blood temperature has always been hot, a lot of times people have mistaken me to be sick but it’s just normal I say. Being hot-tempered (blood only) mosquitoes love me. I ended up having 9 big bites… not so good. 😦

Nagsasa Cove Trip (11) My favorite shot among all! Always wanted to be Ariel of The Little Mermaid, this was the closest I got! Haha!

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And of course I needed a head shot! Thanks Mona for this one. 🙂

Nagsasa Cove Trip (13) Thanks to our sponsor Nivea, summer would not be same without you.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (14) Now it’s time to share some things about the people behind this happy event. Everyone, meet my friends, Mona, Lyza and Kai. All happy, single but we can’t escape some personal issues. I’m gonna keep them private (wink wink).

Nagsasa Cove Trip (15) Lyza, she currently works as a nurse abroad. If you don’t know her and she doesn’t smile at you, you might label her as a snob. Why? She has this almond piercing eyes that can look straight at you. But once you get to know her, you know she’s one of them ladies who knows how to have fun and keep it real.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (16) Sunsets remind us of another great day that we need to reflect on. Be thankful!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (17) Lyza and mine, the sand though grayish was as soft as Boracay. Just add up some twigs in it since the whole place of Nagsasa is covered by high pine trees.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (18) Trees, moon and mountains

Nagsasa Cove Trip (19) My three models!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (20) Reflection

Nagsasa Cove Trip (21) Kai, yes physically sexy and very good at dancing. When you talk about girl power, she’s one lady you can bet on. Not only does she photograph well, she knows how to model for real. Guess our love for great photos is our common denominator. She looks real pretty on the outside but oh so tough on the inside. Experiences make us independent at some point, like her case. I admire her for being frank most of the time and she knows it.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (22)Silhouette and friends

Nagsasa Cove Trip (23) Orangey horizon

Nagsasa Cove Trip (24) Now it’s time to finish what they started. I got to be a barista for a night! Yipee! Special thanks to Lyza for my coffees, she knows I can’t live without them. She placed so much efforts into these coffee of mine, it’s not a joke on how to boil water when you are on a camp site.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (25) Uno cards night! Uber fun! Sorry Mona if we asked you toooooooo many personal questions. 🙂

Nagsasa Cove Trip (26) Lyza bought some lanterns, so we wrote our wishes on them.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (27)And let them fly so high!!!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (28) Last morning before we head home, this was how our cottage looked like. Full of bikinis!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (29) (1)Save the best for the last? We have Mona, a lady who also live under books. We both love reading like religion. She also has this crafty side of her that I love so much. She borrowed my book one time and this was what I got in return. Emotions keep her real and she holds dear all the people around her.

Nagsasa Cove Trip (29)Notice how far we were from the shore?

Nagsasa Cove Trip (30) Just another narcissistic shot of the day

Nagsasa Cove Trip (31) My epic pose plus lovely girls!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (32) Thank you Nagsasa Cove, will be sure to come back. For those residing in the Philippines or anyone who wants to pay a visit, I have a good bangkero contact. Just email me and I will give you their number. Support local tourism!

Nagsasa Cove Trip (33)All travels come to an end, but it would be the experience that will never leave us. At the end of it all, it will make us better. Thank you Mona for calling me Aster, Kai for calling me Twinkle and Lyza for simply calling me Joyce 🙂 You know how I love each one of you, hopefully we will never lose our yearly tradition, travels and bikinis!

“Maybe the truth is there’s a little bit of loser in all of us you know, being happy isn’t having everything in your life being perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things. Making those count more then the bad stuff. Maybe we just get through it and that’s all we can ask for.” 
― Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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.

Batch 1 Boracay (58) Batch 1 Boracay (59) Batch 1 Boracay (60) Batch 1 Boracay (61) Batch 1 Boracay (62) Batch 1 Boracay (63) Batch 1 Boracay (64) Batch 1 Boracay (65) Batch 1 Boracay (66) Batch 1 Boracay (67) Batch 1 Boracay (68) Nakalibre pa ng photo sa sand castles 🙂

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!

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! ♥

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Last day

I opened my eyes and declared it was good morning, haha! Coffee time again with Hilda and Gen. We only have one plan for this day, since Mhadzs’ flight and mine were earlier than the others, Ampy and Anna accompanied us to the Iloilo Musuem.Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (1) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (2) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (3)The dress coincidence 🙂

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (4) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (5) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (6) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (7) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (8) Don’t you just love my dress? Starry one and I got it for only 350.00! Great catch!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (9) Paper earrings for sale!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (10) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (11) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (12) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (13) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (14) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (15) Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (16) Munching at the airport

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (17) Can’t get enough of my dress

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Batch 4 (18) Raining again???

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Remember how bad I felt on the first day since I was not able to sit near the window? Well, God answered my prayer and gave me more than what I asked for, I SAW A RAINBOW! ♥ He never fails!

Last words about the trip… it was AWEsome! Great people to travel places with and super duper fun stories with a bit of drama in between. Coffee talks and more talks with long walks will always be memorable.

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 2

Goooooooood morning! High spirits! I know, my usually morning exercise is smiling. Time to stretch my facial muscles, plus do not forget the coffee.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (1) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (2) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (3) The traveling fashionista’s Ampy and Kim.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (4) Wearing the cutest flats on earth!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (5) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (6) They are all so busy, and I am busy making fun of them too! Lol!

The ruins

Morning view

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (7) Again, we decided to visit “The Ruins” though it rained. We just can’t get enough of this place. For the nth time, I was in awe with its beauty.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (8) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (9) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (10) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (11) Be mine yellow flower, I was itching to place this behind my ears! 🙂

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (12)Yummy breakfast

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (13)And their mouth watering cake… heaven!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (14) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (15) Souvenir shop

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (16) Maskara’s

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (17) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (18) And their smiling staff

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (19) Prenup, the rain and The Ruins

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (20)We only have an hour left to check out some old houses, we first visited Balay Negrese. It is a must that you visit these houses. The smell of old books, windows and hearing your foot steps always bring a different feeling.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (21) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (22) Who wants to play “sungka”?

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (23) Oh! I love this!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (24) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (25) Can’t imagine how one lives in a basement like this. I want to go inside but it’s kinda creepy.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (26) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (27) The little museum inside Balay Negrese where you can find paintings, masks, art wires and souvenirs.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (28) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (29) I met the man who made this… 🙂 He’s a kind man with artistic hands.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (30) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (31) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (32) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (33) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (34) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (35) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (36) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (37) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (38)Next stop, Jalandoni Museum. Anyone who loves dresses will truly be inspired when they see this place. They were able to keep those special “Barong at Saya’s”. Finding one copy of the oldest Reader’s Digest was exciting!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (39) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (40) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (41) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (42) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (43) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (44) Ceilings were imported from Germany.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (45) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (46) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (47) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (48) I’d be happy to wear this!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (49) And this too!

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BGI 2012 Batch 2 (61) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (62) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (63) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (64) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (65) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (66)Quick stop at the “Pitstop” for the famous Mango Pizza.

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (67) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (68) BGI 2012 Batch 2 (69) Not bad! I really can’t imagine how one can come up with this type of pizza, but it was one of the best I have ever tasted. Cheese and mango does not sound bad at all!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (70) Make sure to take a bite!

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (71)Gen and Andy with my Clubhouse sandwich

BGI 2012 Batch 2 (72) While they were resting/sleeping… we were swimming and laughing our ass out! Thanks Gen for your effortless way of making us laugh.

“May problema ba tayo?”, “Wala, kasi walang namang tayo diba?”! OMG! It was crazy I swear!

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I swam and swam and swam until I can no longer walk, haha!

Bacolod Guimaras Iloilo Trip Day 1

Mom used to say “Kaya ka pala gala kasi may nunal ka sa paa” / “The reason why you are always out is because of the mole on your foot.” That was like an old school saying, but I believed her. Since 2007, I have traveled to different places here in our country. Believe me, I still have a long list up to now. But as of the mean time, I plan not to travel too much for 2013. Usually I would be the first one to plan certain travels for different group of friends. Now, I am the one declining, haha! Only accepted two major out of towns because they are important, weddings of loved one always are! I guess, 5 years is enough for now and I would like to take things seriously.

So for now, let me share my last unforgettable travel experience for 2012. Our Bacolod, Guimaras, Iloilo Trip! This is a late post but I won’t forgive myself if I can’t blog this before the year ends. Just by looking at these photos, you can say, we really had a great time. And yes, you will notice I am always in or near the water bodies. 🙂

We left Manila around 4pm and landed Bacolod by 5pm. It was a quick trip, sad though because I was not able to get the seat near the window. My body feels tired since we came straight from night shift, but I CANNOT sleep, due to excessive excitement.
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The travel team, left to right, front and back (Hilda, Kim, Gen, Anna, Ampy and Andy)

BGI Trip 2012 (4)Of course, first stop would be the “The Ruins”. One word “Breathtaking”! I cannot stop admiring how lovely it look. The driver said, “Too bad you missed the sunset, where you can really see the true beauty of the ruins”. I have to agree but you know, seeing it at night will also be one of the best things in life.

BGI Trip 2012 (5)The walls that I can’t stop touching, haha! I have this thing with old and vintage stuff. Walking here makes me feel so in touch with the past.
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BGI Trip 2012 (16) BGI Trip 2012 (17)I got a pretty model, meet Kim 🙂

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I could not ask for more 🙂

BGI Trip 2012 (20) BGI Trip 2012 (21) After visiting “The Ruins” we went straight to Ong Bun which was located in the city. Of course, our hungry stomachs would not let us sleep the night away though all of us are sooooooo tired to the highest level.

BGI Trip 2012 (22) While waiting for our food at Manukan, it’s a street of restaurant and believe me… the place smells so good!

BGI Trip 2012 (23) BGI Trip 2012 (24)A few chats here and there while waiting for our food.

BGI Trip 2012 (25) Gen, the coke model 🙂

BGI Trip 2012 (26) BGI Trip 2012 (27) BGI Trip 2012 (28) BGI Trip 2012 (29) BGI Trip 2012 (30)And the night ends with this! Weeeee! The best Chicken Inasal for only 116 each! *Burp*

Second Sunday of December

December is fast! Can’t catch it! So I better enjoy the ride. This time, Ghel, Jambi, Ton and I decided to have a mini trip. Didn’t expect it to be so so fun! From Binangonan, we headed straight to Caleruega since we wanted to catch the 11:00 AM Mass, too bad we didn’t make it, but it’s okay we just prayed silently. After a few (honestly, tons) of pictorial here and there, we had our late lunch at M&M’s Bulalohan. Once full, we visited the Mahogany Market to buy some beef and pineapples! Yes! Pineapples, they taste so sweet! 🙂 We skipped People’s park and Ton brought us to People’s Park in the Sky. The view was awesome, oh high places makes me high. Our photos were all crazy, I guess I have no ‘normal’ pic in here, haha! Last stop was at Starbucks Nuvali where I claimed my planner (jumps up and down with excitement). I finally have my 2013 planner, excited to write on it with my new gold and silver pens.

So there, please do check our photos below, just don’t be shocked with our wacky and super funny poses. Can’t help it, just so happy today! (Big smile on my face)

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More info about CALERUEGA from their brochure 🙂

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