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My Latest Adventure

Due to my recent fatal attraction to this guy who plainly sees me as a pal, I have decided to channel my energies to gardening while I go devise other methods for our friendship to advance to the next level. I really hope I won’t have to use what I learned in our knot tying course or resort to using chemistry (as in mixing drug with liquor) just to get him. He seems such a nice guy and I really like him. The thing is – I’m like a sister to him. Oh malice, when will you ever cross his heart so he can see me as someone to spend forever with?! Bwahahaha!

Anyway – back to rechanneling my energy - I just bought a Basil plant kit from the hardware and in less than 10 minutes, my plant was ready for cultivation. The instructions that came in with the kit was a no brainer. It would be ludicrous for someone to get confused with it and if you’re interested to try gardening, you may want to start with those grow kits or seedlings you can purchase in hardwares and groceries. I saw some herbs and …

Connie's First Camping Trip in Anawangin Cove

Cawnie is my friend from work who just underwent her first ever camping trip last weekend. I was with her for the experience and it was just as memorable for me.

Our destination was one of my favorites – Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales. With us were several people from my outdoor group from work. We were divided into three batches, each leaving Manila in different schedules. Our trio comprised of my cheerful friend Connie and eternally sour Anthony left at 5:30 AM from Victory Liner Cubao and by 12 noon, our group had already reached the cove – that’s after a four hour bus ride to Olongapo, 45 minutes bus to San Antonio, 20 minutes trike ride to Pundakit and lastly a 30 minute boat ride to my beloved cove.

Though it’s already my sixth visit to Anawangin, I still had a lot of firsts: 1.First ever camping trip with Connie and Anthony 2.First time to go “snorkeling” in the river – Yes river! I didn’t know there were a lot of fishes there. We saw some colorful and interesting species …

Trekking Around Lake Bulusan

It was February 2008 when me and my friend Jules went on a backpacking adventure in the Bicol region. Armed with our backpacks and several pages of printed information straight off the internet, we set off to explore Sorsogon and Albay. Our primary target was to head to the open sea and swim with the whale sharks - but that’s another story. One of the places we visited that weren’t part of the plan was Lake Bulusan in the province of Sorsogon. This is found near the base of a volcano with the same name . Seeing this lake for the very first time was like entering another dimension – a place of solitude and beauty. I took several pictures but it’s not enough to capture the beauty of this place (and it's also because I'm not much of a photographer, hehe) We were the only visitors there when we arrived at around 8 in the morning. From Villa Luisa Celeste where we checked in the previous night, we hitched a ride with the resort owner’s dad. He took us all the way to the entrance of …

Red Corner Gym Operates Until 12AM + Offers Discounts to Students!

Some time ago, I met with my good friend Jules and she looked really blooming at that time. I asked her what’s the buzz and she said she was taking boxing classes in Red Corner (that nice gym located in the 5F of Holiday Inn). She also told me boxing was really enjoyable plus there were tons of great looking guys… Wow.. sweating with the gym guys sounds so pleasant hahahaha…I havebeen intrigued with Red CornerGym since then. I was curious because this is one of the few gyms in the country that is pro to alternative ways of getting fit. Who likes working out with gym equipment all the time?! It can get boring after some time. Well, for me at least…A few months ago, I finally went to Red Cornerto check out their facilities and inquired….And guess what?!Red Corner is offering discounts to students –yes to’s too bad, I’m not a student anymore but who knows, I may get lucky one day and get a free work out (ahem ahem..Red Corner people! Bwahahaha!) The mechanics of the student …

Mama’s Kitchen - Iloilo

My brother just got back from a two month work training in Iloilo City and he brought back a lot of local goods. I think he slightly overdid the concept of bringing back pasalubong which worked as an advantage to my family’s appetite for great food . He had one luggage and a huge box of food. I was pretty amazed with everything that now lay in a huge pile on top of our dining table. I can’t wait to start nibbling on each one.
One of the goodies that he bought were from Mama’s Kitchen. It's the first time I’ve heard about it and when I saw the cookies out of its boxes, my mouth started salivating. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I love cookies! He got mango chewies and Tsokolate Pinipig Crunchies. I started off with the mango chewies which really stood up to its name. It is so easy to munch your way into it. Its texture reminded me so much of Mrs. Fields cookies. It’s amazing. I tend to stick to chocolate chip cookies so liking other flavors of cookies means that it’s really that go…

Reuniting with My First Love

Woke up at around 5:30 this morning to do something I haven’t done in months – football practice! The office football tournament is coming up this November and my beloved OSMA team is gearing up for some fierce competition. It’s going to be a 6 a side game (yes, I know, weird no?!) and we have 19 people in the line-up comprising of 3 gals and 16 other guys…as usual, only about1/3 of the team showed up for practice today at the Sunken Garden in UP Diliman. We started off with some light drills – which I haven’t done in years.Seeing the cones in the field reminded me of coach Teng’sextensive “ball pealing” (aka ball feeling) drills and coach Toni’s slalom training (dribbling the ball around several cones) way back in High school. After the drills, we had a scrimmage – 3 on 3 and that’s when reality struck - none of us (with the exception of Totti , the team organizer) were in good condition to last in one football game. I can’t believe it, I thought I had enough endurance, I just swam las…

Which Backpacker Personality Are You?

Find out which backpacker personality you fall under: Got this from the Lonely Planet website.(’m the eco-career breaker type. How about you? Share naman! ‘The (self-proclaimed) born-traveller’Travelling isn’t a hobby; it’s a way of life. Eating from street stalls doesn’t register. Nor do you ask others where they’ve been – it can’t be to more places than you. You wear flip-flops you swapped with the Columbian barman and your bag contains no return plane ticket and no guidebook (but you do snatch cheeky glances at anybody else’s).‘The gap year beer-guzzler’You travel in packs on the hunt for beer and stripjoints. You found ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ eye-opening. Your daypack got stolen when you fell asleep on a bus and your parents have wired you money ever since. Trip highlight? Vang Vieng tubes in Laos, where you got ‘wasted and met loads of cool people’. You brought your laptop and mobile (mum tops it up.)‘Th…

A Lobster and My New Fave blog

It’s Friday and I just can’t wait for weekend to start. I don’t have any scheduled out of town trip but time away from work would be great..and guess what?! My friend gave me a lobster today. It’s so pretty! It is a bit smelly but who cares, it’s free lobster! Woot woot..Hehehe.. I cherish the fact that I do not have any allergic reactions whenever I consume it and I know I’m going to be smiling when I sleep tonight with that lobster in my stomach. I also miss traveling so much and I am consoled by reading stories from other blogs and because I’ve done a lot of browsing, I now have a new favorite blog  - Langyaw
This guy did the Luzon-Visayas loop in 2007 for three weeks spending 4700 pesos which included transportation, terminal fees and accommodation. A huge chunk of his work involves traveling and he’s also ranked as a Grade A traveler according to the Lakbayanpoint system which you may also want to try here. Read about his LVL loop blog here.