Friday, May 29, 2015

Villa Kitane Hotspring Resort, Pansol, Laguna

I've gone to another hotspring in Pansol, Laguna but this time, it was an overnight swimming and I was with my friends. 

My first time in Laguna Hotspring since 1946 link: here.

Unlike my previous post, there isn't much to say about Villa Kitane so I'd rather show you the pictures I took there.



This was our room. 2 bunk beds and 1 pull out bed.

It was an okay room but we had two problems with it.

1. They did not provide blankets.
2. 'Yung aircon namin, nasa bandang baba kaya hindi naka-circulate 'yung lamig. Dun ako natulog sa taas kaya ang init. Akala ko naman mahina lang 'yung aircon, only to find out when we were exchanging stories in the morning na 'yung mga nasa baba e hindi rin naman masyadong nakatulog kasi sobrang lamig naman pero hindi nila mapatay 'yung aircon dahil sobrang maiinitan naman kaming nasa taas. 
No water heater but it's fine. Hindi naman sobrang lamig dun para maging essential ang water heater.
Party party sa gabi.

May kasama ng water dispenser,refrigerator, lpg, water saka karaoke dun sa binayad namin. 
Sa compound ng Villa Kitane, pwedeng share 'yung dalawang group. Kung ano 'yung facilities na meron sa side nila, meron din sa'min kaya dedma lang.

Unlike the other hotspring that I went to, walang stones and fishes dito at okay talaga aesthetics wise.
Okay dito kung swimming sa hotspring ang gusto with friends/family saka private.


Pero 'yung pag naghahabol ka ng therapeutic properties, syempre mas okay dun sa isa.
Good morning, Mt. Makiling!!!



I don't know what the rates are kasi hati-hati na 'yung binayaran namin.

 And... you can find them on facebook because I don't have their contact number. :)


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

3D2N in Leyte: Medical Mission + Kalanggaman Island

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” 


Before we left, I was not sure if it was the right decision to join a Medical Mission to Leyte when: 1.) It was Ilocos ver. 2.0 that I was looking forward to. 2.) I only know two persons in the group. 3.) I am not a healthcare professional. 

But so as not to confuse the universe because this year's hashtags are #explore2015 and #othersbeforeself2015, Leyte it is. 

Arrival link: here.
Afternoon Medical Mission link: here.
Whole Day Medical Mission link: here.
Kalanggaman Island and Sandbar link: here.
 

This was my second fly out for 2015. I have some (some kasi baka may madagdag pa) more so keribells. Make it work nga, diba. Hahaha.


MY TOP 5 MOMENTS IN LEYTE:

1. No internet. Alam mo 'yung ngayon pag bored ka na, pag gusto mo lang ng kausap o makatakas sa isang awkward situation, kukunin mo lang 'yung phone o gadget mo tapos okay na. Pero pag wala, we're forced to be in the moment and actually try to get to know the people we're with. On our second night, we gathered outside the house and shared stories. Seryoso, sobrang bihira na lang ng ganung eksena na sa isang grupo e wala kahit isa ang may hawak na gadget. To tell you, we even got thrilled while watching lizards plan on how they'd attack a praying mantis. Also, I'm thankful for the people I went there with. Kasi kahit dun lang nila ko nakilala, they were all accommodating.

2. Fiesta. Hindi talaga celebration ng fiesta but we never ran out of food. Bago kami pumunta, iniisip ko na kung paano kaya kami kakain pero bakit nga ba ko nag-alala? E may mga nagluto ng pagkain namin, may namili sa palengke nang naka-Sunday dress pa para lang maipaghanda kami ng pagkarami-raming pagkain nung pangalawang gabi namin, may mga hindi natulog para lang may baunin kaming lechon baboy habang nasa Kalanggaman Island kami at may nag-bake ng cake at mga nagbigay ng pampasalubong. I was really touched but how the locals treated us. It was the first time to experience such thing. Lahat nang 'yon for free eh kaya lalong woah.

3. Water. The house we were staying at did not have its own water supply. Pinagi-igib pa kami para may magamit lang but since we were more than ten, nakakahiya magpa-igib ng tubig kaya problema kung pano kami maliligo but on our first night, may nag-offer na dun na lang kami maligo sa bahay nila since they have their own water pump. On our second night, nakiligo kami dun kay Ate na namalengke ng nakapang-simba mapaghanda lang kami ng marami. We were strangers but they treated us as if we were friends who've known each other for years. Kapag kulang ka a lot of people would be there to help you at times but it's still better to find solution on your own. 'Cause on our third day, we bathed at the water source. Yep, dun kami naligo sa bundok kung saan galing 'yung tubig. Sarap maligo. Masagana sa malamig tubig. Fresh. Parang buhay lang natin diba, hindi dapat lagi na ma-mroblema kasi pakiramdam natin kulang kasi kung hahayaan mo lang sarili mo na mag-isip ng paraan and to let blessings pour in, lagi naman enough at minsan pa nga, sobra. Wala naman talagang shortage ng grace sa universe; hindi lang natin agad mahanap 'yung source. Hahaha. #ansabe 

4. Language Barrier. I felt ashamed. I can converse in English because English is still my second language kahit ganito lang level ng English ko. HAHA! I can somehow converse in Korean and I am a level 2 basic TOPIK passer. I can introduce myself and count from 1 to 100 in French, Spanish and Japanese (Sino-Japanese). Pero wala naman masyadong relevance, gusto ko lang sabihin skills ko. #yabangkainis HAHA! But in all seriousness, I felt ashamed not knowing any Philippine language apart from Tagalog. I've been to a lot of provinces but in all those places, Tagalog-speaking persons abound or so I thought. I forgot to take into consideration that in all those provinces, I was a tourist who only went to famous tourist attractions and that's the reason why conversing wasn't a big problem - marami sa mga taong nagt-trabaho doon sa mga lugar na 'yun ay bi-lingual o multi-lingual din.

 "Tagalog lang."
"Ah galing pala kayo ng Manila."

"Tagalog lang."
"......." 
Wala. End of conversation sa isang hand gesture na nagsasabing hindi nila maintindihan.


Ayun pala 'yung pakiramdam kapag pumasok ka, hindi lang 'yung titingin ka lang mula sa labas. 'Yung pakiramdam na kasama ka kahit panandalian lang kesa 'yung napadaan ka lang sandali. Pero alam mo 'yon, one thing I noticed is that during the priest's homily, I didn't  know every word he used but I somehow managed to understand what he was talking about by picking up the familiar words and applying context clues.  Nakakatuwa rin na kahit wiz ako sa conversations, naiintindihan ko ng kaunti pag may nagk-kwento. 
Balang araw, matututo rin ako ng ibang wika sa Pilipinas. I also want to adjust to the locals as much as they are adjusting to me.

5. Quotes.
"There is always something to be thankful for." 
"Whatever is worrying you right now, forget about it. Take a deep breath and trust in God." 
"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see."
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."


I have stopped telling myself that I am lost. I am on my way and I am enjoying my journey now more than ever even if I do not have a definite destination yet. I have learned to be grateful and to stop worrying even if I feel that I am not good enough or I am not suitable for something. I have learned to do things for others without expecting something in return.

 Last but not the least, I am convinced, that in this lifetime, I am not only destined to go places but I am also made to influence and share stories with others. Kaya nga nagb-blog ako eh. Charot. HAHAHAHA! Pero uyyyy, universe sige na please! Marami pa please!! Paka-Dora the Explorer forevs please. Hala ito na naman ako, sabi ko gagawin ko 'tong seryoso. Haha! Pero ang lifestyle peg ay maging isang traveler at hindi lang basta basta turista. Haay, funds. Ginusto ko 'to eh.


I'll be forever thankful for the three days I spent in Leyte because they proved something... possible pala. Kahit anong gustuhin natin, pwedeng mangyari. Naniniwala ka ba???? Hehe. OO YAN! GO. PUSH. KERI! :)


Monday, May 25, 2015

Leyte: Day 2: Medical Mission.

I had plans for my Leyte posts.

Sabi ko when I was there, I'll share the pictures of the persons I was with for three days but now that I'm in the process of composing this, I realized that I still can't do it. I really can't bring myself to post pictures or to write a lot about the people I am with in all my posts... maybe someday. Maybe someday when I get to announce that I blog. Maybe someday when I feel comfortable in exposing all aspects of my life online. Maybe that time will come, maybe that time won't come. Bahala na. 


Second day started really early because we had to catch the 6 AM Sunday Mass.

I had a different "assignment" during the second day. Importante na ginawa ko. As in super important. Ako lang naman, A-K-O nagbanlaw ng mga dental tools at nag-disinfect ng mga ito. O DIBA!!! E kung wala kami ni Ate na kasama ko?! Wala. Kung importante ang mga doktor, importante rin kami!!! Hahaha. So ganito na nga, syempre kailangan din itaas ang self-worth.

Habang nakikipag-usap ako kay Ate, sabi niya sa'kin, "Bukas, dun kayo pupunta oh." Sabay turo sa isang isla na medyo malayo. Tanong ko, "Saan 'yun?" Sagot niya, "Kalanggaman 'yan. Lilipat pa kayo ng Palompon tapos magba-bangka para makarating diyan." ^TAMA BA 'YUNG NARINIG KO?! KALANGGAMAN ISLAND?! OMG. 
Gusto ko lang ipakita sa inyo ang mga dental tools na hinugasan at dinis-infect namin. BWAHAHAHAHA. 
During the afternoon, I was asked to stop disinfecting and start taking pictures again. I gladly obliged because it meant that I will be able to roam around the vicinity again. 
Thank you, Colgate-Palmolive for sponsoring the toothbrushes that were given away.
And Lamoiyan Corporation for the Happee Toothpastes.
Isa sa mga batang nagmamadaling tumakbo papunta sa palikuran dahil pinapapila na sila sa mga tutuliin.

Hindi ko alam kung sadista lang talaga ko pero 'yung mga batang tinutuli ang pinaka-paborito kong pinapanood at pinapakinggan.

Nakakatuwa lalo:

1. 'yung mga magkakaibigan tas kahit na may gusto ng umiyak, hindi pa rin siya iiyak kasi makakan-tyawan siya.
2. 'yung mga ngiting tagumpay ng mga batang bumababa pagkatapos tuliin sa taas kasi natapos na sila.
4. 'yung mga tatanungin ko kung kinakabahan ba tas hindi kami magkakaintindihan, buti na lang e merong iilan na marunong mag-Tagalog.
3. HAHAHAHA. Sa lahat ng natutuhan kong salita this my favorite. :))))) "PATYON TAKA!!!!" na ang ibig sabihin daw e, "PAPATAYIN KITA."

Kahit na pinipigil na nilang umiyak e may mga bata pa rin na hindi kinakaya kaya umiiyak nang sobrang lakas. Pag nangyari 'yon, lahat ng nasa kwarto e iiyak na rin. Pag-akyat ko, may isang batang nakahiga na sumisigaw sa doktor na, "Patyon Taka!!" Pagbaba ko, naririnig din pala ng lahat ng tao 'yung sigaw nung batang 'yon kaya tinanong ko agad kung anong ibig sabihin... Ah, 'yun pala. Patyon taka! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Leyte: Day 1, Medical Mission.

MEDICAL?!

 IZ DIZ FOR REALZ?

Who would've thought that in this lifetime, I'd have a chance to be a part of a "Medical" Team. 
A lot were already waiting for us when we arrived at the area.

I didn't even notice this when I took this picture but some of them were smiling. Hahaha! If someone took a picture of me while seated there, I won't even look at the camera.
The town of Villaba is a coastal and mountainous town.

I've heard a lot of stories about Yolanda through news reports but it feels a lot different when you hear it from someone who experienced it first hand. Only one died in this area but it was indirect (heart attack) but almost all houses were destroyed. It took three months before electricity supply was restored but until now, they have no proper water line. They still had to get water from the mountain if they can't afford to buy their own water pump. 
Cutie. Haha. A lot of kids went to this part too. I don't know what they're talking about  but it was still better than having no one there with me. Hehehe.

Dito lang may paunti-unting signal so I always went back on this part of the stage 'cause I wasn't able to text my mudra that we were there already. And, medyo nase-sepanx ako sa internet but to no avail, wala talagang mobile data.

On the first day, I helped giving vaccine shots. Give talaga. hahahaha. Alalay lang dun, taga- ng kung ano ano kasi malay ko ba naman sa injection and I was the one who took pictures because documentation was needed. Buti na lang!!! Buti na lang may nagawa kahit konti. 
Natapos din so we rested for a while and I was able to catch the sunset.

Hayyyy, Thank You!!!!


So wala pa kaming ligo at wala ngang running water sa tinulugan namin but luckily, one resident found out that bathing was a problem so she offered her house and let us bathe there. Huhuhu. Buti na lang hospitable ang mga Pilipino.  <3 


When I put here that I want to help other people, I also put that I don't know how or I have no idea on how will I make it happen. After four months since I composed this blogpost (link), I was in Tacloban for a medical mission. Gusto ko pero hindi ko alam kung pano, pero ayan, nangyari. Huhuhu. So far so good tayo ah, 2015. Please continue being my miracle year. <3

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Leyte: Day 1, Arrival at Tacloban and McArthur Landing Site

Yolanda. Haiyan. Storm Surge. Tacloban. Donations. Relief Operations. Pope Francis

One and a half year has passed since Yolanda happened... where are they now?

Asked to choose between an Ilocos tour and a medical mission at Leyte, I chose the latter.

But it wasn't an easy decision. Really. Not to the point that I had sleepless nights but it was tough.


Friends vs. Strangers

Leisure vs. Work

Ilocos used to be my dream destination but I was able to go there last 2013 so okay, fine. Tumigil na ko but it wouldn't hurt to tour the place again especially when going back meant creating new memories with different set of friends.

Tacloban, on the other hand, wasn't in my radar. It never occurred to me that I'll have a chance to go there. The opportunity just came all of a sudden. And, even if I were to go, medical mission 'yun eh. Anong gagawin ko?? I am not a healthcare professional and I don't even like the sight of blood.

But I wrote here before that I want to ride an airplane again and that I wanted to make this year less about me and more of others.



Wala kong kaalam-alam sa pupuntahan, ni hindi ko nga alam kung anong gagawin ko dun, at dalawa nga lang sa mga kasama ko 'yung kilala ko, pero para hindi maguluhan ang universe sa kung anong gusto ko, sige, tara, Tacloban it is.


Anyhow, this is my second fly-out for 2015. Hi, Tac. <3

(Baka ito pala 'yung lucky charm... second kasi may third, fourth, fifth, sixth and so on fly-outs pa. Malay natin, diba!)

 O ako na magaling, pero nagulat talaga ko sa itsura nitong airport nila. I know for a fact that it was one of the greatly damaged infrastructures in Tacloban because it's near a body of water but airports are the gateways to cities so I feel that they should make extra effort in renovating their facilities. 

It's a good thing that Tacloban Airport was scheduled to have a rehabilitation when we went there. Nabawasan nga kami ng isang araw kasi dahil sa rehabilitation nung airport at buti na lang din, sana nga, mas maayos na.

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Because we were there, we just had to make a quick stop here at McArthur's Landing Site.
We ate at Andok's and beside it is this building that wasn't repaired and still show how great the damage of Yolanda was.

I can not imagine how strong the force was that it was able to do that. I can not imagine how difficult it was for them. I can't help but admire the strength of the people who have survived the onslaught.

But I don't understand....

I am sure that lot of help came pouring in and one and a half year has passed, pero bakit wala pa rin ata masyadong improvement? I don't have pictures of other places but the effects of Yolanda were still evident as if it just happened a few months back. I know that it's not easy to rehabilitate but with that much help that they received, I believe that the people of Leyte deserve better. I know that there's still a lot of room for improvement.


Hindi ko na rin masyado naisip na gusto ko mag-picture, tinignan ko lang hanggang sa nakatulog ako at pag gising ko, nasa Villaba, Leyte na kami.
I only had around 1 1/2 sleep prior to our flight so it's not surprising that I was so sleepy.
I slept the whole travel from Tacloban to Villaba which took around 3 hours. So even if I wanted to stay awake and see sight see, I can't help it but fall fast asleep.




Sabi ko nung hapon na 'yon, "Bakit kaya masakit 'yung ulo ko?"

Nalaman ko na zigzag kasi 'yung daan dahil mountainous area papuntang Villaba tas untog ng untog 'yung left part ng ulo ko sa bintana ng sasakyan. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Di ko alam kung matigas lang talaga ulo ko o parang mantika lang talaga ko matulog. 



Anyhow, I arrived there not as a tourist but as someone who's taking part in a medical mission. Huhu. I did it. <3

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cristina Villas Mountain Resort and Hotel, Antipolo, Rizal

'Cause you might hate me for not posting about my resort sooner... ito na siya. :)) Ooops, back to the now, nasa future pa 'yung resort ko. 'Cause you might hate me for not posting about this resort sooner... ito na siya. Being so so so so true to its name (magaganda talaga mga Cristina), Cristina Villas in Antipolo is surely one of the most beautiful resorts that I've been to.

After attending mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage, we drove to Taktak Road and found the location of this resort through Google Maps. It's situated in a mountain side, kaya pa-loob saka pa-taas 'yung daan but there are also signages along the road that's why it was easy to find.

Now that I am posting this here, I feel that I should've done what I always do: taking excessive pictures of everything. I don't have a lot of pictures at Cristina Villas. Bakit? "Hassle magdala ng camera eh. Nags-swimming ako." Akalain mo 'yun, na-hassle pa ko. But this is for your advantage na rin so you wouldn't know what else Cristina Villas has in store for you aside from the pools that I'd show you below. 
5 feet deep with two slides.
Shower room, comfort room area.
Jacuzzi and the slide to the 5 feet deep pool.
Another 5 feet deep pool with slide, there's also a jacuzzi on the side.
On my way to the tree house.
Taken at the zipline area/ tree house.

On the view: 5 feet deep pool, children's pool with slide. There's also another children's pool (two feet deep) near the 5 feet deep pool with two slides. All in all, this resort has 5 pools.


It isn't really that visible in this picture but you can see (smoggy) skylines from the resort.
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Taken at Cristina Villa's infinity pool which was my favorite pool that day. Aside from the cool water, the trees surrounding this place shade the whole area, and there's also a small man-made waterfalls here. 
This is where we stayed at. I don't know what these are called but we rented the one with the "second floor"
It was a surprise that there were only a few people there the day we went.

No other people rented these near our place so I was able to use one on my own. As in dun ako natulog, 'yung iba, kumuha rin sila ng second floor nila tas dun natulog. E kasi nga resort ko 'to diba, kahit isa lang binayaran e nagamit lahat nang libre. HAHA!


I think two reasons for that (konti lang tao) is because it's not that well-known or a lot of people doesn't anymore have this place on their list because it has been in the industry for a long time. Pero personally, I didn't know I had a resort in Antipolo prior to going there. Kulang talaga sa exposure eh.

 Sabi ng mama ko, matagal na raw 'tong Cristina Villas pero nagulat din siya nung pagdating namin e maganda pala dito. You know how those old resorts usually are, diba?

Sometimes being old is synonymous to being ugly but ibahin niyo kaming mga Cristina. Kami pa ba? Habang tumatanda, lalong gumaganda at nag-i-improve. HAHAHAHAHA. Jk. Cristina Villas is continuously renovating and making their resort more beautiful and more relaxing place to stay in yet remaining to be a budget-friendly resort.


I want to go back for a night swimming and/or stay in one of MY (My talaga. Inangkin. haha!) hotel rooms because the resort is overlooking a part of the Antipolo mountains and the Metro Manila skyline. Siguradong mas bet tignan pag gabi 'yung view.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Unlimited Matcha Ice Cream at Sambokojin!!!

Talagang unlimited matcha ice cream 'yung title? Haha! Ang saya ko eh, bakit ba?

During the opening of Sambokojin, Megamall branch, they were offering promos like a buffet lunch for 50% off and we got so enticed. But then, they posted a picture in their facebook account showing the long lines of people availing the offer and we were, "Ah sige, dyan na lang sa West Ave." 

At first I thought that I wouldn't have to blog about this anymore since this is already the fourth post about Sambokojin but because of their new ice cream flavor, here, obviously, is another blogpost.

First
Second
Third


I know there are some improvements with the food choices and all but I can't pin point any because none of those were my concern. :))))) 
As usual, it was prawns-all-you-can for me plus the other food that looks good. 
Aside from the grilled prawn, I also enjoyed this buttered garlic shrimps (hipon ulit. Haha!) 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. ITAWA NA LANG ANG KATAKAWAN. :))) HAHAHAHAHA!

Thank you, Sambokojin for including matcha in your ice cream flavors. This was the first time, in all those four previous visits, that I enjoyed your ice cream to the point that I want to take the container from the freezer and have the matcha ice cream all by myself. Hahahaha!!!!




Now, lagi bang may matcha o naka sakto lang kami sa araw na merong matcha?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Intramuros and Rizal Park Walking Tour

A famous quotation from Henry Miller says, "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

I have done this before with a different set of friends and to be honest, I don't even remember how many times I've been to Intramuros but it's always worth coming back to so why not? Anyway, we had a challenge when we went there so this walking tour in the Old Manila was also known as the P 500.00 challenge. We wanted to tour Intramuros and Rizal Park spending less than P 500.00 each.

From the LRT Station, we just walked to the southern gate of Intramuros.
This gate is near Puerta Real and PLM.

Should you want to spend the whole day touring around Manila, go there on a Sunday because museum admissions are free on Sundays. National Museum (NAG and MFP) link: here.

Or should you opt for a WOKing tour before the walking tour, you might want to go to Chinatown first before heading to Intramuros. Binondo Food Wok link: here.

Anyway, since we're on a tight budget... :))
Here's the Plaza del Gobernador.

It used to be the home of the governor-general during the Spanish Colonization era but this 8-storey building now houses offices such as Intramuros Administration. 
Here is the Manila Cathedral.

The last time I was here was during our Visita Iglesia 2014.
Across the Manila Cathedral is the Plaza de Roma.

The monument is made in honor of a the Spanish king Carlos IV as a tribute for the introduction of the smallpox vaccine.
Thanks to Intramuros Administration that the street from the gate to Fort Santiago is now pedestrian-friendly. There are several pedicab drivers who would offer to tour you around the historical landmarks inside the Intramuros but the fun is in the walking... or ako lang natutuwa pag naglalakad? haha. Support their livelihood and hire one if you don't want to walk a lot. :)

It was written in one of the tarpaulins of IA that "Intramuros was Manila," there's so much history and heritage in that place so it's a good thing that they're reclaiming the historic streets to encourage more people to do a walking tour in the area as well. 

Infairness sa announcement na 'to, gusto ko 'yung, "... not about the shortest route or time traveled. IT'S ABOUT GETTING THERE." Parang metaphor lang ng buhay, noh? 
There are a lot of tombs inside the San Agustin Church and we spent several minutes looking for the tomb of the Spanish Conquistador/Founder of Manila, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. We were shy to ask around so we just looked for it on our own but to no avail. But I learned that it's located in the room beside the altar so the next time I'll go there, I'll definitely pay his tomb a closer visit. (Tama ba 'tong pinagsasabi ko? HAHAHAHA)


There are currently 8 places in the Philippines that are included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO and I'm proud to say that I've been into 3 of them. Wow, laking achievement naman!!! HAHAHAHA. Gusto mo rin? Punta ka na San Agustin Church. I mentioned this because I'll be needing a back link when I get to visit the rest some time in the future (Di ko alam kung paano, gusto ko lang. Haha!). So for the three of them that I've been into: San Agustin Church. Intramuros; Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte and Vigan, Ilocos Sur.  
They preserved the cobblestone streets in this area.

On our way back to Fort Santiago from San Agustin Church, a street name caught my attention because it's one of the things that I need in this life. HAHAHAHA. Konting konti na lang maglalagay na ko ng Donate Button dito baka lang kasi may generous na tao, ganyan. :))
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Yan. Mga ganyan lang talaga kasiyahan ko. Tuwang-tuwa na ko nung nakita ko 'yung Anda St. Hahaha. K. Fine. 

Going here has an entrance fee but I think paying is worth it since you may spend the whole day in this area. 
We're so paranoid that we almost ran for our lives the moment we walked near this area. One of my friends saw the statues inside and he was like, "ANO YUNG NASA LOOB?!" Parang kami, without even looking, "HALA ANO NGA 'YUN?" Konting takbo palayo sabay nung naisip namin na nakakahiya kasi medyo maraming tao, "AH WALA. WALA PALA. WALA NA LANG PALA" Pero wala, statue lang. Kinabahan lang kami. hahahaha! Lam mo na. Pranela.
Pasig River

Just like the Fort San Pedro in Cebu which is facing the sea, Fort Santiago is strategically built near mouth of the Pasig River.
The facade of Fort Santiago.
After our Intramuros Walking Tour, we went back to Rizal Park and waited for the start of the free dancing fountain show. 

And our walk to the past ended here in Rizal Park link: here.



As for the expenses, we have managed to survive spending less than P 350.00 each. Yes, sightseeing doesn't always have to be far and expensive. There are a lot of near and affordable places for us to go to and it is never a bad idea to relive the past by visiting heritage sites like this. :) 

So ano na? Magbabasa ka na lang ba? Gora na sa Intramuros! :))

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cafe Seolhwa, Forum South Global, BGC


Second time at Cafe Seolhwa link: here.

One way of beating the incredibly hot weather that we're having these days is to eat something cold, right? That's what my friends and I did last Saturday. I haven't been going to BGC for months so it's not surprising that there are a lot of new restaurants to try. One addition to the newly-opened restaurants in the area is Cafe Seolhwa, a Korean dessert shop that specializes in bingsu. 

I have seen posts of Facebook friends dining here at Cafe Seolhwa but it was only when someone posted a green-colored bingsu with red bean that I became so interested. I knew at that moment that I NEED to find Cafe Seolhwa and eat their Matcha and Red Bean Bingsu. If you've visited this blog before, you would know that I am close to being addicted to matcha (close to being addicted lang! iba naman siguro 'yung addict talaga. haha!) that I still went even if this is located in BGC. Time to make new memories there anyway so... :)

Here is their bestseller: Mango and Cheese Bingsu and my ever favorite: Matcha and Red Bean Bingsu



This was the first time I ate bingsu and when I had my first spoonful of Seolhwa's goodness, I immediately asked myself, "Why have I never tried eating bingsu before?" Now, my standard for eating one would be Seolhwa's and I think it would be hard to beat. Do you know other dessert shops that serve bingsu? Tell me please. :) 


The ice was really fine, it felt like I was eating ice cream. 

To my surprise, cheese and mango complemented each other well. It's a flavor combination that was new to me but I liked it a lot.

As for the matcha, hihihi, I love it!!! But it's because I'm into the potent matcha taste that I loved this a lot. I know a lot of people who would rather that the matcha be creamier. I think Seolhwa Cafe should also offer a variant which is a mix of matcha and the milk flavored snow ice (snow ice nga ba tawag dun?) that the cheese and mango bingsu has. You know, for those who prefer their matcha creamy. Matcha talaga priority ko eh. Halata ba? hehehe. 


I really have a hard time expressing myself when it comes to food/ restaurant reviews because I don't know how to critic food. Lagi lang masarap, hindi masyadong masarap, sobrang sarap mga sinasabi ko (HAHA!!!) but I hope to come up with a better post about this cafe in the future. Yes, there will definitely be a next time. <3

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Welcome, May! May surprise ka ba?

It has been a while since I last posted here... sorry na... hehehe. Joke. I don't know but days seem to pass so fast or is it because I keep on procrastinating? You be the judge. I know it's obvious that it's the latter, though. Lakas ko lang mag busy-busyhan. Anyway, eventhough April wasn't as activity-filled month and there wasn't any feeling of anticipation for the coming of May (unlike last year when I was preparing for my first out-of-the-country trip), it has managed to surprise me so much. Mga bagay na jinoke mo lang, mga bagay na nabanggit mo lang saka mga bagay na inakala mong impossible pero ginusto mo...

#1


When my phone got snatched in 2013, I posted a blogpost on that: "Xperia, lumapit ka sa'kin nang wala kong gastos o kung meron man, konti lang."

I was able to buy an Xperia phone back then but you know what? I got a new phone this month and I only paid 20% for its tax. Wow ah. Ang Xperia Z3 ay lumapit sa'kin nang meron akong gastos pero kaunti lang. O, #MySmartWatch3 at laptop naman oh. Aba, nawili ako diba? HAHAHA.

Don't mind the eyebags. :)) Goodbye, Xperia ZR. You have been a great phone to me but Z3 is definitely a lot better. I know that we will be together for a long time as well, Z3. Pwede bang luminya ng, "Thanks for coming to my life"? hahaha! Singapore, I'm ready to go back! May magaganda na kong camera oh. hahaha! Daming sinabi. Nawili talaga. hehehe. 

#2

"And because I'm blessed, I am blessing the world."

When I got back from the bank where I paid my tax, I received an e-mail from World Vision and that was for the Nepal earthquake relief. 
I decided to pay it forward and donated. Interested? You may also extend your help through World Vision link: here.

The interesting thing here is that I am now able to donate money. Since when did I become a better and generous person, world? Hahahaha. Seryoso, dati parang laging kulang eh ngayon hindi PA man sobra-sobra pero 'yung pakiramdam na kaya mong bumitaw dahil alam mong hindi ka naman makukulungan kasi sapat na kung anong meron ka o kung may paga-alinlangan man e mas malaki na 'yung paniniwala mong may darating na bago. O siguro kasi dala na rin na may cellphone akong natanggap. hahahahahaha. Whatever the reason is, I am happy that I was able to give. Maybe what I donated is not a substantial amount (for some) but I am sure that it was already a big help to those who have been affected by the earthquake. And, it was supposed to be painful given na may days na ubos ako but I didn't feel any regret when I sent the money. Bahala na. Huhuhu. Mabait na pala ko ng konti. Di man lang ako na-inform. hahaha!

#3

"Leave this world a little better than you found it." 

This was what I wrote as one of my wishes for this year when I posted last New Year's Day. Sabi ko nun na kung makaalis man ako ngayong taon e may magawa ko para sa iba. Alam mo ba? Nakapag-medical mission ako sa Tacloban. Weird. Sobra. Pero ang galing, noh? Paano nagkatotoo? Hindi ko rin alam! Ito talaga wala sa isip ko kasi hindi ako healthcare professional tas biglang napadpad ako sa medical mission. haha! Iba rin pala nagagawa na alam ng ibang tao na kaladkarin ka.

Napatotohanan agad 'yung arte ko na, "Let's make this year less about you and more of others." Grabe. Hindi ko naisip agad noon pero, ito pala 'yun. Mas kinikilig ako ngayon na binabalikan ko na lang 'to kesa nung nasa Tacloban ako.



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And it was also a surprise that we were able to visit Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte.

Sabi ko, gusto ko na may mga tao akong matulungan.
Sabi ko, gusto ko makakita ng sandbar.
Sabi ko, gusto ko ulit sumakay ng airplane. 

Wala sa plano kasi hindi ko alam kung paano pero gusto ko at ito na nga, tapos na. Maraming Salamat po! The best talaga pag si God ang gumalaw, noh? 

Thank you so much for being a miracle month to me, April.

Ready na ready na ko for you, May. May surprise ka rin ba para sa'kin? Hehehe. Sana!! Surigao o Lake Sebu na ba? hahaha! Pakiramdam ko kasi tinatawag talaga ko ng Mindanao ehhhh.
  Sabi nga, "Do more than you thought possible." Malay ba natin ulit. :) Basta sa safe areas naman ha, life. Hehehe

MAY this month be a surprising and gratifying month for you as well. 
God bless. :)
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