KL Shenanigans

From our few kalokohans back then to #KLokohan now, I was more than ecstatic for this trip because it was the first time I flew out of the country with my friends. 🙂

Legoland Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers – Merdeka Square – Central Market – Menara KL Tower

Batu Caves

It’s definitely just the start of a handful adventures with my favorites.  ❤

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I Fell for Hulugan

Just a few hours from Manila lies a serene gem waiting to be uncovered. Hulugan Falls, located in Luisana, Laguna, is the newest spot for adventurers seeking for a quick weekend escapade.

We started the day in Kagawad’s House where we paid the entrance fee (P 20.00 each) and met our designated guide. (Tip: It’s best that you bring your own food as there aren’t much choices here.  Also, pay for the guide depends on you – just please give those Kuyas enough. 😉 )

We continued trekking for almost an hour. It was a struggle (newbie trekkers, I guess. Haha), the path was muddy (it was raining the night before), the summer heat killed us but hey, we made it! 😉

Tadaaa, Hulugan Falls! 🙂 There are actually three falls you can go to: Hulugan-Talay-Aliw Falls but, we decided to stay in Hulugan because of the rain. 😦 You can kill time here for as long as you want though it’s safer to be back to the starting point before the dark kicks in.

Glad that places like this are just towns away from home. It’s perfect for an easy  getaway from the cityscape. Go pack your bags and drive to Laguna now!

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Summer in Sagada

This has got to be one of those trips I’ll post a throwback picture soon because it was that great. Aside from it being the farthest, it was also the most amazing and coolest place (way to beat the hell of a heat that was) I’ve been this year.

Not in this post though was the Sumaging Cave adventure we did on day 1. I didn’t brought my camera inside. 😦  It was a fun caving experience that lasted for almost two hours. And you won’t feel eerie inside as there were other tourists as well.

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Banaue Rice Terraces View Point was the first on the list.
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Kiltepan Sunrise or a.k.a the Sea of Clouds, so majestic! This alone made the trip so worth it.

We went to Church of St. Mary the Virgin before going to Echo Valley. The church was all draped for a wedding happening later that afternoon.

The way through the Echo cho cho cho Valley.

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The famous Hanging Coffins of Sagada

We also dropped by the Sagada Pottery House.

This was probably the most challenging part of the tour, the more than 4-hour trek and at least a thousand steps to see the Bomod-Ok Falls! Thanks to the lush terraces and the wonderful view that made the trek less tiring. But I’ll never, ever, as in ever forget this place because it made a mark on me… Literally. A mark on my knees. #LampaProblems

Sagada Food Tour! 

If there’s one thing I’d truly enjoyed, it’s the eating part. 😀

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Etag – Igorot smoked meat

This Peppered Porkchop (which btw, stayed true to its name of being peppered. I’ve never tasted anything as peppered as this!) and Cookie Crumble Yogurt from Salt & Pepper were the first Sagada food that went in my tummy.

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Never leave this place without having the Sagada Lemon Pie. I paired it with their Mountain Tea Milk as it was raining that night. Good combo to end a chilly night.
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And they’re selling this Wheat Bread with Cheese in Kiltepan. Grabbed one because I got hungry waiting for the sunrise, haha.
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The Banana Yogurt from Sagada Yogurt House hit the spot! It was tangy in a good way. Although I wasn’t able to finish it because we just had lunch.
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Who says no to (Dirty) Ice Cream?
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Loved this yummy Baby Back Ribs with Red Rice. I forgot where was this. 😦

We also tried Bana’s Cafe and Sagada Brew which were okay as well. There was also a newly opened French Crepe store. We got the Nutella Crepe and I say you can never go wrong with Nutella. Too bad we weren’t able to eat at the Strawberry House, it was closed by the time we went there. But one thing I noticed, the serving size of the food here was a lot bigger than what we’re used to and that’s a plus for me!

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Also passed by the Highest Point of Philippine National Hi-Way on the way home. Greens, greens everywhere!

Before going back, we passed by Baguio for a strawberry overload ending to what has been a wonderful journey up north.

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Booked our Sagada tour through Viajero Gabrielle Travel and Tour. 🙂

Twenty Thirteen

Few weeks from now we’ll bid goodbye to 2013. So before this year ends, let me roundup a few things that made my year.

2013 has been a monumental roller coaster ride for me cos I’ve crossed new paths and explored reality.

I finished school and graduated with Honorable Mention, which is my only achievement in life. I’m so happy and proud, but at the same time anxious about my future. Don’t know if I’m ready for the real world or is the real world ready for me? Haha kidding!

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Also, I’ve landed a job! After a handful of interviews, someone accepted my awkwardness. Thankful for this opportunity and so far, I’m really happy and surviving at work. And with this, I also got to pay for my own things and started buying myself what I want. This is so fulfilling! I got to have the things I wish for. And more importantly, I could get the food I crave for. Glutton alert.

I said farewell to my teenage years. Finally had the courage to undergo the dreaded impacted tooth extraction, and I need to do it again (Can I? Hahaha!). Had my first work-related out of town trip. First time to go on a workout session: now doing Zumba in the office and I am enjoying it, really! Getting back into swimming. And a lot more to be thankful for this year. ☺

But the real highlight of this year is building new relationships and strengthening old ones. Met such great mentors at my internship and found a new family at work. I will forever cherish them and the valuable lessons I’ve learned from them. ♥

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This year has also been tough for the Philippines. Prayers go out to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and everyone who were affected by this year’s unfortunate events. Let’s hope and pray for the best and that no calamities would struck our country this 2014.

This year has been an end of a chapter and a start of a new page. As much as I don’t want this to end, I am really looking forward for the coming years. Thanks to everyone who has been part of my 2013 and CHEERS TO 2014!

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HK ’13: Disneyland

As promised, the second part of our Hong Kong trip. ☺

Our second day was solely dedicated for HK Disneyland and I realized that a day isn’t enough. Or maybe the rain slowed us down. (I know, I’ve been ranting about the rain too much haha)

Disneyland had their own MTR which was accentuated with Mickeys such as this cutesy handle.

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Upon entering the theme park…

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Mickey surfs up and down!

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Main Street.

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My dream university, Monsters U! ☺

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle (we can’t took a beauty shot cos of the people and their umbrellas)

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We had lunch at The Banquet which had the Disney Princesses theme. Here’s Sleeping Beauty and her Prince.

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One of the newest surprises in the the park, Toy Story Land. It was my favorite cos I’ll always be bias for Toy Story and it had the coolest rides.

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See that U thing on the lower right picture, it’s like a ginormous Anchor’s Away. I rode in it and t’was the best decision I made! I also tried the Parachute ride with sister and we equally enjoyed it (not in the picture tho).

The rain preempted the grandiose Parade of Characters ☹ so we settled for the Rainy Mickey Express.

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How could we eat these fancy Mickey-shaped foods!

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What’s Disneyland without Mickey! Also, this was on Mom’s priority list so we can’t leave without this. We endured our achy feet just for you, Mick!

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The Mickey statue made with pure gold. I would love to take this home. Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

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The relaxing Tea Cup ride.

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As the sun went down, Disneyland sparkled with shiny and playful lights. This is the It’s a Small World and inside these beautiful array of lights are thousands of dancing and singing puppets that represent different races.

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We waited ‘til 9:00pm for the celebrated Disneyland fireworks which was magical indeed. I’ll not spoil you how fantastic it was so better see for yourselves. ☺

One last, I’ve been eyeing on this Stitch cap even before we flew to HK but it was pricey (and as much as I forced Dad, he won’t buy me this ☹) so a picture will do haha.

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However tiring it was, I still had fun, fun, fun at Disneyland. Had a blast rekindling old, childhood memories as well as creating new ones at the happiest place on Earth. I am certainly a kid at heart.

Truly, no one is too old for Disney! °o°

HK ’13: Of Firsts and Rains

It was my first time to ride an airplane and my first out of the country trip so imagine my excitement! We woke up at 3:00 am and not a sign of sleepiness can be seen on my face.

 

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I love watching the cityscape as we float through the air, and seeing the clouds beside you was the real cloud nine experience.

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Around noon we arrived at HK. It was breezy with light rain showers. Erase that. It was raining continuously and it’s such a bummer!

HK Int’l Airport was way different from NAIA. So neat, organized and not to mention the broad space and abundance of walkalators. I think HK was like that. Everyone was so disciplined and it reflects in their surroundings.

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Going back, we went straightly to The Peak after we checked-in. Like I said, the rain was a let-down! We didn’t see anything but fog. Although the Peak Tram was a unique experience. Going up on a steep mountain was sure creepy and stressful haha I felt like we’ll scuttle downward anytime.

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Then we went to The Avenue of Stars and again we didn’t got anything aside from wet shoes and soaked pants. Since it was near the waters, the rain and wind was harder. We tried to brave the rain but too bad we just got drenched.

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We decided to go home cos our feet were sore and we’re basang sisiw already. Come night time, the rain stopped so we were able to walk around Tsim Sha Tsui. Sight-seeing along the shops and snacks along the street to cap our first day.

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Let’s jump on our third and last day. We literally walked ‘til our feet knocked off. We went to Sky 100 but draw back because it was drizzling and we thought that this would be like ‘foggy The Peak’ all over again. Yet we still enjoyed Elements, the connecting mall from the MTR to Sky 100. It’s like Rockwell and Podium in the Philippines with all the high-end shops.

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We set off to Mongkok but we’re time-constraint so we plainly strolled the main street and rushed through the Ladies’ Market.

 

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Saw a DMs store!!! But it’s the same price in the Philippines so might as well force and bargain with Dad to buy me here instead haha.

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Our last stop was the 360 NgongPing. Such an awesome yet scary cable car ride. It has a full view of the wonderful scenery that is HongKong! Being thousands of feet above ground and crossing about five mountains was surely a feat for my bucket list.

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More pictures! The view from our room.

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With the Monsters University gang!

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*P.S This photo is dedicated to greenmile hahaha*

 

Totally enjoyed this trip though the rain bummed us out. I love how HK was so organized despite it being a populated and busy place. And I don’t know how they did it, but their train system was prolly one of the most convenient. I just wish our MRT and country in general would be the same!

 

Watch out for the continuation post which is also my favorite part, the Disneyland Resort!☺

Last Hoorah for Summer: Dive and Trek

The heat is still as hot as what’s summer supposed to be but the occasional drizzles remind us that rainy season is on its way.

So before summer ends, we had our probably (still wishing for more) last outing for 2013 at Dive and Trek, Bauan, Batangas. We woke up at 3:30 in the morning, making me nap the whole ride thus didn’t figured how we got there.

Before reaching the site, we had a 20-minute boat ride which was really cool, like you’re having your own ‘Life of Pi’ moment.

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Once you enter the Dive and Trek resort, their accommodating staff will welcome you with their complementary drinks. I must say they have a helpful crew out there; they were constantly assisting us during our stay.

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We basically snorkel ‘til we got tired, bonded with the fishes and explore the waters. It was a liberating experience to be up-close with the marine creatures, as in face-to-face with Nemo, Dory and the gang! Sorry we don’t have an underwater camera so I wasn’t able to capture it but I tell you, you should try it at least once in your life. I had a seriously fun time. I will forever remember this day!

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If you don’t have snorkeling gears, no need to worry because you can borrow for Php 350. This includes vest, snorkel, goggles and booties that you can use the whole day. For the adventurous soul out there, they also have scuba diving package for around Php 2, 500.

And for the most important matter, they serve a sumptuous buffet lunch and merienda. Being the foodie that I am, I made sure the buffet is sulit haha!

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It becomes low tide during afternoons so careful around the rocks as well as the slippery parts of the shore. I and my mom had a gasgas on our knees as we were swimming back to the land. Ouch!

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Low tide when little spiky, cutesy sea urchins will show up. They only got revealed during low tide because they were at the bottom part of the water. Isn’t it weird that I find them cute hehe.

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We went home at around 6:00 pm and the boat ride was a bit wavy but more thrilling. I like waves! It was such an enjoyable day and what a way to end the summer by crossing out snorkeling on my bucket list. Next time, I’ll go on scuba diving but ‘til then I have to save some bucks first!

 Hoping you all had a great summer ☺