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!

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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Rambutan Party

Last week, we celebrated my Mom’s Birthday by going out-of-town. Supposedly, we have planned of traveling to Bicol to visit my relatives, pray at Our Lady of Penafrancia and see again the beauty of Mayon Volcano. Due to some reasons, the plan was cancelled. Good thing, Mom also has plan B which was to visit Our Lady of Monte Maria and then head to my Tito’s house near the area.

We arrived early at Our Lady of Monte Maria, since it was also Mama Mary’s birthday, they offered a procession before the mass started.

You can donate 5 peso coins and light up a candle.

I love kids who pray at an early age. 🙂

Been here twice but didn’t know there was a cute little garden at the side.

Nature, flowers, snails, oh green things!

If you walk around the area, you will find these bible verses planted on different corners.

The angel statue near the entrance.

Happy birthday Mama Mary!

Our big family with the two birthday celebrants, Mama Mary and Mom!

The family that prays together, stays together.

The weird siblings!

Love my sister’s hat!

After the mass, we headed straight to the public market to buy something for lunch. Sister Rose and I walked along the area, and I was so scared when I first saw this. Still, I want to have a picture with this little headless haired animal, conquered my fear!

Chuckie girl eversince, can’t get enough of the chocolatey things.

Human parking, lol!

In her eyes, I saw this!

Taal Volcano and the clouds.

My Tito’s house was situated between Batangas and Cavite, the place was so green and refreshing. Notice the little worm? I found it cute!

Our arrival was also time for the Rambutan harvest. Rambutan, if I am not mistaken, is a fruit near Lychee family. The color varies from yellow, orange to red. I wanted to pick one myself but there are so many large ants, so I just waited for some time before I tried eating one (no no to ants).

Aside from Rambutan, my Tito also had Calamansi’s all over the area.

This area caught my eye! The stones were marvelous, I want one for myself too.

Jesus Lourd and Lourd Jesus

Notice the spider?

ANTM time, who posed better with the Papaya Tree? Haha! 🙂

No one can beat my weird face and wacky poses!

Another caterpillar!

Posed and laughed all the time!

Love them! ♥

My relatives, mother’s side, that’s not even 1/4 of our kin.

We Just love to eat. Non-stop.

Time to hit the bed!

The following day, I sat outside and read a book. I can literally live here!

Hide and seek Papaya!

Again, the three weirdos.

Caitlyn said she will beat my modeling stunts, lol! Not bad for a starter dearest!

Getting ready for lunch, picnic time!

Lunch buffet table is full!

Lourd Jesus, Kriss and my Grandma Cora.

Food attack!

You can never go wrong with rice. The photo on the right was my plate. 🙂

“the fault, dear brutus is not in our stars, but ourselves”

With my ever loving Dad!

Stolen conversations! You both look funny sisters!

Caitlyn will not give up her posing career.

You can’t reach the stars, but Pomelo’s? YES!

Pomelo on top.

She got so many!

Cute cute kids! 🙂

I live to inspire, everyday.

 

 

 

Great time at Joyce’s Diner and Joaquin’s Bed & Breakfast

Last week, we went to Tagaytay to celebrate my sister passing the Nursing Licensure Examination 2012 and my Dad’s birthday. All restaurants were full so we decided to look for alternatives.

The name of this restaurant caught the eye of my sister Lily Rose (Ehem, it was named after me) JOYCE’S DINER AND JOAQUIN’S BED & BREAKFAST. So we parked for a while and checked out the food availability. The two ladies who assisted us were so nice, we decided to dine in the place within 2 minutes. Besides, I was really hungry and so many things were running in my head that time, I wanted some clean air to breathe into.

When I walked in, I was awed by the beauty of the place! SO VINTAGE! From wooden floors and tables, cute lamps and lights, colored sayings and old clocks! Everything in this place was adorable. Plus their over looking space was very neat. They have benches and a wooden swing outside. (I spent most of the time posing in all areas, just scroll down so you would believe me, haha!).

The food tasted great, if you will notice, I was not able to photograph the food well because when they were served, I was the first one to indulge. I loved their Kare-Kare, Mom agreed that they tasted good. The waiters and waitresses were all attentive, if you ask for something, you will get it as soon as possible. Mom gave them a tip, and I gave them a separate one too.

***ONE GREAT THING about this restaurant, the MUSIC was so good, they have reggae songs on their playlist!***

GIVING THEM 5 STARS! Next time you are headed to Tagaytay, drop by their place  to experience it for yourself.

 My diner? 🙂

 Entrance, loved the wooden theme!

 And they have a wonderful aquarium.

 A view from the balcony, Taal Lake.

 Our beloved driver, Kuya Ramil and the fascinating view.

 Sisters and brothers!

 She’s a registered nurse now! Congrats sissy! ♥

 Mom and Rose

While waiting for our food.

My nails are so blue and so was the mat.

 Chicken, Bulalo, Crispy Pata, Enseladang Manga and Kare-Kare! All so yummy!

 Mom and Dad, sweet!

 The whole fam!

 These walls are the nicest I have ever seen.

 Table for four please!

 Designs and the bar.

Tissue holder.

 Wine bottle.

 It rained for a while, no worries.

The door handle.

TRUE! Lol!

I’m unattended! Where’s mine?

Nice place to read a book I guess, with some hot chocolate! Weeee!

 Old wall clock are ♥

So I can’t get enough of these walls! Forgive me.

Old lamps, lead my way please.

Washroom.

Vines and cute lights!

The lamp.

Please sit beside me.

Pictures on all the tables er?

Wine glass and wine bottles!

I can stay here all day… and eat? Haha!

Family bonding time.

Ceiling!

Lights are so pretty! Drawn to them always!

Kriss is tired of taking pictures of me, on all angles, haha!

Wines.

Bottles.

Old things.

After eating, time for some outdoor pictures!

The light shone on me… 🙂

With my crazy siblings, JL, Rose and LJ.

JL, Rose, Kriss and LJ.

Our family, so happy to have them always!

I am the smallest, need to step up!

Well, I wanted a solo picture here, but Sisters Rose and Kriss did not let me have it. 😦

Reminds me of the Kite Runner book cover.

Dad and Mom, always in love.

Then again, I know nothing.