Category Archives: Travel, Fun & Adventure

Things to do while there’s nothing to do

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Bacolod
Sept 18-21, 2013
2 days bonding moments with BFF-partners (SVS) and 2 days CPA convention

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(Not necessarily in order):

1. Set no schedule, no itinerary…. just bum around
2. Enjoy a massage
3. Update Instagram
4. Read blogs
5. Update 101 in 1001
6. Sleeeeppp zzzzz
7. Watch Aga movie – done
8. Watch Be Careful…
9. Picture picture with celebrities (Bamboo)
10. Update iPhone Apps
11. Cleanup iphone files
12. Plan for date adventure with Papi
13. Plan for bicol with dad
14. Plan for house renovation for mama
15. Calea cake with friends
16. Nightout with PG staff
17. Facial kikay self-session with sisters
18. Chicken bacolod with friends
19. 5 pillow designs
20. Email kuyas
21. Plan for getaway with Family – December
22. Listen to inspirational speakers
23. Scout for a new good author
24. Read Kerygma and God Whisper
25. Read newspaper
26. Update blogs
27. Order easel for Aliya and Mama
28. Scout robotic or art workshop for Lean
29. Visit the Ruins
30. Write 43 things to be thankful for

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Virgin Island, Bohol – Day 2

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(Catch-up post : June 2012)

After a few rest on the swing under the tree at Balicasag Island, Kuya Bankero took us to another island called “Virgin Island.” An uninhabited island that can be gone under the water during high-tide. Going there is a challenge because of shallow water that time. You can see the corals and sea grass on its shallow bed. And the island and the crescent sandbar, another beautiful place to be… we took a “bath” (if that what it means by just sitting and laying on the sand)…

After awhile Kuya Bankero decided to start our way back, because we might get stranded if the water will further subside and became shallow, going back will be a big problem. So off we go, not a straight-line route to Panglao Island though, as he has to choose the correct path of deep water. Going back took us too long…

This is one of few moments that one can be at peace with nature and savor its beauty and misgivings… Another day to remember that there are so much to than about…

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Preparing for Hong Kong 2013

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Been planning for this family get-away for about two years now… Now, Aliya is ready (and excited) to take this tour. This time, it’s all of us five (and those who are willing to come with us). We’ve been saving for this and each of us has a piggy bank (and Aliya is already on her 3rd “savings”)… This is a treat for Aliya’s 5th birthday, and she is very excited that she already announced this to her classmates and cousins. 🙂 Aside from Kuya Jolo (who’ve seen HK 2 times before and is contemplating not to come with us — BUT I am insistent for Aliya’s sake and memories), we are all talking about this and counting the calendar with Aliya.

So I have to make the preparations and researching and booking.
I had actually booked our flights via Cebu Pacific 50% fare via Clark. And now, titas and cousins have signed-in to join, we are now 11 in the group.
A big splurge but we will make this happen!

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Bohol: “Date,” and Nature Adventure – Day 1

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Our Bohol Escapade : Date with Papi

We were alone on this trip, no kids, no friends, new place, new adventure… We look forward to wonderful time. Little have I researched about this place, i only did my “homework” a day before we leave. I want to be surprised and amazed… I just need the keywords for certain tours and spots, and leave everything to last-minute arrangement.

First nice thing stored for us is the beauty of the resort, Flushing Meadows. It’s actually for “honeymooners” and those want to be “isolated.” The resort landscape is admirable, the rooms are cozy, however, the beach is narrow and not too inviting. And the food is quite pricey… Anyway, we can adjust and still enjoy the place.

I have only arranged our first tour when we get there, I called Kuya Jerry (recommended by colleagues) and set the following desired places: Dauis Church, Mag-Aso Waterfalls, Hinagdanan Cave, St. Joseph Church, Alona Beach. All of these I choose are not included in our hotel package.

Dauis Church, a beautiful, artful church, with well-known miraculous eternal well (balon) of holy water. The ceilings are artistically designed with murals and moldings. I got so many shots of this posted in my Instagram.

Next stop is quite far and out-of-the-way, the Mag-Aso Falls… I really have to see it, so I insisted to include here in our tour. The falls is splendid, but have to take 97 steps down to reach it… No sweat… :>

It’s quite dark when we reached the Hinagdanan Cave, the ticket booth have already closed, but an enthusiastic guide let us in (over-the-bakod)… Nothing can stop us at this point (we came this far not to see this!)… It’s worth it, and our guide was very funny! Thanks for the wonderful experience (and photos)!

We just passed by the Panglao Church because it was about nightime. We’ve decided to “splurged” on our dinner and beer on seafoods restaurant along Alona Beach. We had great time watching the fire-dancer (which is actually just a kid)…

So that’s Day 1 of our Bohol Experience… Will blog the Part 2 next time…

Summer Weekend at 8 Waves Waterpark

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Late post: it happened May 27, 2012
Before we end the summer vacation, we have to have meaningful, fun-filled getaway together as family. Since taking the whole family to Bohol is quite to costly (i have good-for-2 free vacation to Bohol, but bringing the kids along is a big chunk in budget), so we decided to have a family overnight getaway at 8 Waves Waterpark and Resort, a nice place in Bulacan too. So we packed our bag (luggage!) and bought some food, and got a room in their hotel (thanks for the discount, we are supplying the souvenir pillows in their resort).

We had a great time together…!! The first time of us 5 (only), together in overnight trip…

I.am.Me ChaChi

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(April 14, 2012) I am now here in a dance studio watching ChaChi Gonzales of “I.am.Me” doing her signature steps.  Jolo is one of the “students” of about 100 kids/teens on this “once-in-a-lifetime” dance tour of this dance group in the Philippines… Jolo’s favorite.  We have signed up for this dance workshop since January (Jolo kept on bugging me for this). I gave in to his whim (again)… Anyway, this is yet again just a piece for the “memory bucket” of Jolo.

Jolo sure had a great time during this 2-day event, he met new friends, seen his crush (Chachi) and admired the dance moves of the rest of I.am.Me dance crew. The workshop was full-packed and tiring, but fun. I was there the whole time during Chachi’s time (she’s really an admirable, passionate, young, cute girl who knows her art!).  And for that “pricey” event, what’s left are the I.am.Me bowler, autographed cap and memories of fun time! (oh, there are youtube video with Jolo in it – just watching as audience 🙂 “> here and here ).

 

Hundred Island and Hundred Waves (Day 2, Part 2)

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Part 2 of day 2… The interesting and scary part of the adventure…
(See Day 2, part 1 here…)

So, we had the Children’s Island all by ourselves… And enjoying it… Then the great lightning and thunder all startled us! Seeing the storm from the “far” away made us decide to pack and go back! Apparently the storm is not that far!

Well, that hurrying to go back to mainland put us to a “dangerous” adventure. Something was also amiss since our two boats were docked at different sides of the island, that’s why we didnt see each other went. A single blow of the wind and sudden mild darkness made me wary and anxious. One can see an all-white horizon ahead of us. Storm! Our boatman said that we’ll dock for awhile at Cuenca’s Cave… Kuya Bong, the boatman said, “Sandali lang yan, palipasin muna natin” (that will only take fee minutes, lets just wait to let it pass)… that made another kabog in me (how about the other boat?) anyway we hope that the other boat will follow us and stick to the itinerary (the Cuenca cave).

I was really worried where’s the other boat, what if they went straight to that storm! Kabog kabog….
After awhile, Kuya Bong told us to go back to the boat, i am sure he was worried about the other boat too. After struggling thru rain and wind, we. eventually we found the other boat (full of green people) and I remember feeling the same way when I almost lost Jolo at Singapore train and later found him. The relief!! But Apparently, they have been through that storm and came back (all in one piece)! Speechless and non-smiling, traumatized and relieved… that’s what they all looked like.
Well, the story is more frightening based on their accounts (big waves, angry winds, water on the boat, all foggy-white surroundings, “apparitions”, their struggle to take the u-turn, their fear)… it is written somewhere in a facebook account… I know i cannot do justice recounting the story. The older people in the boat described it as “delubyo”… the younger members described it as just like riding anchors-away in Starcity… I will just leave to your imagination!
Back in Pantalan, one boatman said he had not experience that in his life; Aling Juliet said, it happened only in few times, its like twister that passed fast; another boatman said, he saw the “Monkey’s Eyebrow” kilay ng unggoy — apparently a sign of terribly bad weather. Well, we’ve been through that!
So that’s the extreme adventure we were looking for!?
But in the end… we all thank God we are safe and intact!

The sky before we left…

Boat 1 “Aquarius” – those who worried a lot… the “seniors”

Boat 2 “Nina” – those who experienced the great storm… the “adventurers”

The LESSON…