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.  ❤

xx

Advertisements

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!

xx

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.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
Banaue Rice Terraces View Point was the first on the list.
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
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.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
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. 😀

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
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.

13015459_10208069795735184_6606972018255898848_n
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.
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
And they’re selling this Wheat Bread with Cheese in Kiltepan. Grabbed one because I got hungry waiting for the sunrise, haha.
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
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.
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
Who says no to (Dirty) Ice Cream?
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
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!

IMG_1227.JPG
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.

xx

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!

image

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. ♥

image

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!

image

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.

image

Upon entering the theme park…

image

Mickey surfs up and down!

image

Main Street.

image

My dream university, Monsters U! ☺

image

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

image

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

image

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.

image

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.

image

How could we eat these fancy Mickey-shaped foods!

image

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!

image

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

image

The relaxing Tea Cup ride.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

 

image

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

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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

 

image

image

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.

image

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.

image

More pictures! The view from our room.

image

image

With the Monsters University gang!

image

*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.

image

image

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.

image

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!

image

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!

image

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!

image

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.

image

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 ☺

Maundy Thursday: Marian Orchard

An unplanned Visita Iglesia again. That’s how we roll. It’s like that every single year.

And for Holy Week ‘13 we went to Marian Orchard at Balete, Batangas. A little use of Google Maps and ‘tanong-tanong’ from the very accommodating Batanguenos helped us get there with around two hours of driving time.

image

image

image

With just an entrance fee of PHP 25.00, you’ll get to experience and unwind in the calmness of the orchard that’s perfect for reflecting this Lenten Season.

image

The chapel will welcome you as you enter the park.

image

image

A beautiful garden set-up covers the place. My mom really liked the flowers and plantation. And that’s me trying to do some photography and obviously I don’t have the eye for it.

image

image

Probably, the most unique and exciting Station of the Cross I’ve encountered. Yes, trekking! It’s like having your own Penitensya. Good thing I was on my sneakers, but unfortunately we didn’t finished the stations because of the rain.

image

image

Mama Mary Chapel that has a very dramatic and Greek-ish entourage. Mama said this would be great for a wedding, especially when the bride’s walking down the aisle. On the side, there’s monkeys and love birds that are a joy to watch.

image

Me enjoying a bottle of Buko shake. Want some? 🙂

Before we went home, we dropped by Sto. Nino de Cebu Parish at CSA (Aaahh feels like home!), San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, and Mother of Perpetual Help at Heaven’s Park to finish the remaining stations. Such a fulfilling day. It’s nice to see fellow Catholics still practicing the traditions.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever. ✞

Under the Sea Right Above the Sea

Under the Sea Right Above the SeaA couple of weeks ago, we went to Manila Ocean Park and I felt like a student again having a field trip.

image

The Pacific Sky Wonder package includes all the park’s nine amenities. It’s a bit pricey but so worth it. Rarely do we go to places this kind so might as well enjoy it to the fullest, right? 🙂

image

My fail panorama shot while waiting for the Sea Lion Show.

image

The adorable sea lions with their trainers. The trainer on the left was way cuter than the sea lions though.

image

The All-Star Bird Show was okay.The parrots and eagles were amazing, but they only do one or two tricks. I don’t know. Maybe I was expecting a lot more, or the heat already got into my head. 

image

image

image

image

image

image

The Oceanarium was the second best place in the park. Lots of fishes I saw for the first time! I almost touched them…if not for that super sturdy glasses.

It irked us though that some tourists doesn’t go by the “No Flash Photography” rule. Oh people. -___- On a lighter note, it was amazing to witness these unusual sea creatures right in front of your eyes.

image

Trails to Antartica’s Snow is running on a very freezing -15 degrees Celsius temperature. Thank God Philippines is a tropical country.

image

Birds of Prey. A number of eagles house in this huge “cage”. You can bond with the eagles, like what I did! I was so thrilled because the eagle doesn’t want to leave me.I am bird-friendly.

image

image

The Jellies Exhibit was a beauty to watch. They were like swimming in tune of the relaxing beat inside the exhibit. I suddenly remembered Spongebob and the jellyfish field. 

image

image

I put the Trails to Antartica and the penguins on the last because it’s my favorite! I need not elaborate on this because I’m pretty sure all of us wish to have a pet penguin. Aaahh so cute, I want to bring them home! :”>

And the best way to end the tour was with the Musical Fountain. Nga-nga throughout the show. I had no photos because it’s too awesome for pictures. You have to see it yourself!

Totally had fun during this trip. One of the best days of my 2013. 🙂

Twenteen

I thought this year would be a boring birthday since it has been like that the past years. Maybe because it’s always on a weekday. But this year is different and an unplanned one. Biglaan lakadsare the best.

Sausemo was almost complete and that’s rare like a steak. (Weh!) The Sausemo boys were also present. Haha! We ate at Paw’s ihaw-ihaw. Sulit na sulit ang unli rice. Totally had fun during the dinner, not to mention Beyonce was there to entertain us. 😛 We made fun of almost everything. I think we were laughing the time we stepped in until we went home. Then we, uhm, they had nomnoms at Leslene’s. Well, I can’t drink because I just had my anti-rabies injection that morning. Nice gift. So I watched them gulp on those shots. Inggit. We talked about I-wouldn’t-spill-out stuff. Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete Sausemo vandeng without asaran and bullying time. Haha. And though Mama was bugging me to go home already, I still had so much fun. It was a crazy, memorable birthday. Simple yet I so enjoyed it! I don’t wish for an extravagant celebration, I just need to be with these people and I’m more than contented.

image

I couldn’t think of any other people to spend my bye-bye-teenage-years-day with aside from them. ♥ Looking forward to more birthdays with Sausemo!

And thanks to everyone who greeted me! 🙂

 

Photos courtesy of Czha