Saturday, April 08, 2017

I know it’s been a while. Ever since I published my Cebu blog post last year, I have been undeniably busy with college work and of course I wouldn’t deny the fact that I have been idle with writing. I’ll spare you the details about my college events, but the bottom line is that the past semester was truly mad, horrible, and exhausting. 

The video I have posted here, as you have (hopefully) watched (and appreciated), are some of the shots I took from our Batangas trip last March 28 to 29.  I know, I really suck when it comes to video editing (OK I get it. Already working on it). Our trip was a two-day, one night excursion in the beautiful island of Tingloy, Batangas. Seems pretty quick but we agreed to stick with our budget since it was an out of the blue trip. 

Meet Bea, Shane, Bhea Jeem and Carl, five out of the eleven #SUMMERKADA gals (well of course don’t forget about me!!!). Only the five of us were able to go because of such reasons... heh. By the time we arrived on Tingloy Island we were all tired and hungry due to the long commute, we didn’t waste time though so we went and rested for a while before taking a swim in the beach. From six in the evening until twelve midnight the island is operated by generators for the consumption of light and energy. Thankfully we didn’t forget to charge our gadgets beforehand. After midnight, all you can see is darkness and the starts occupying the sky. Having no electricity wasn’t bad though because it was cold all night long. 

We visited the so-called lagoon the next day on the other side of the beach just to check it out and look at the ‘oh so beautiful’ rock formations. The view was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I highly appreciated it when I was able to look at it with my own eyes. I mean the waves were a bit scary, but man, the clearness of the water was astonishing. Long story short we took a lot of photos (especially the jump shots ones, I think we took thousands of those). Blah blah blah we ate lunch and... It was finally time for... SNORKELING!!! Actually (just a little f.a.c.t for all you guys) snorkeling was not in our itinerary for our last day. Supposedly we were all going on a hike, but then we decided not to because Tita Benie (the owner of the cabin we were renting) suggested that we go snorkeling instead since it’s our last day on their island. What made us more into it is the price she offered to us (hmm #tipid). 

I must say that my second snorkeling experience made me once again realize that there are wonders under the sea. For sure the five of us remembered our Ecology professor when looking down under. Marine ecosystem? Anyone? Haha! Anyway I can’t even explain the feelings I got from that experience! I saw a freaking sea turtle for the first time!! I wasn’t that close but I still saw it with my very own eyes so... HECK YEAH SNORKELING WAS A FREAKING GREAT IDEA TO END OUR TRIP! 

Eating Batangas’ famous Lomi before going back to Manila was unquestionable. I’m glad we saw Tita Susan’s Lomi House near the port because another commute for it would be the death of me. I was beyond tired and my body was already aching from our previous events, though it lessened a little when we ate lomi. Damn my 40 pesos for that lomi was well spent.

Cubao to Batangas Grand Bus Terminal – 160 pesos; we were all able to pull-off the student discount since it was still a school week for some universities so our ticket only costed 132 pesos [3-4 hours bus ride]
Batangas Grand Bus Terminal to  Anilao port  - 37 pesos [1 hour jeepney ride]
Anilao port to Tingloy port  - 80 pesos [1 hour boat ride]
 Tingloy port to beach – 15 pesos [5-10 minutes tricycle ride]
Food – we brought our own but we bought drinks that only caused less than 50 pesos since we each contributed for it and the Lomi we ate before going home. Which only cause 40 pesos. 
Cabin rental – 250 pesos
Snorkeling – 100 pesos (including the rental for the boat!!!)

The expenses travelling back to Manila is just the same as travelling to Batangas. Generally our trip expenses only caused us less than a thousand pesos. Tingloy Island is such a beautiful place. I recommend you visit it as early as NOW (not even kidding!) until it’s not that crowded yet so you can savor the quiet moments and the stupendous beauty of the place. 
All in all Tingloy, Batangas is a 10/10 for me. #AcadsBeforeLakads



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Our AirAsia flight from Manila to Cebu took an hour and a half. I was excited but a bit anxious seeing it's my first ever flight journey — ok it was impeccable *squeals*. I felt that weird tightness in my ear because of the altitude change. They say it's natural and bearable, thank God it was.


19 Things I've Learned In 19 Years

Friday, October 21, 2016

Since I turned 19 last month I thought it would be nice to reflect on the past nineteen years of my life. It was one hell of a ride, here are 19 things I've learned in 19 years :)

1. It's okay to be alone. You don't have to be with your friends or be in a relationship. It's okay to enjoy your own company.

2. Always remember to DO YOU! What makes you happy is what matters. Don't let what other people say get to you.

3. You have to hit rock bottom in order to get back up and start climbing again.

4. Surround yourself with studious people. I can't believe I'm saying this, but studying is fun, when you're with the right people.  

5. Stop trying to fix people. It's better not to get involved. It's not selfish, it's what's best for you.

6. Love your worst days. Just remember that even your worst days only have twenty-four hours. By the time you get over it you will just be laughing at the memory of it.

7. Save money.

8. No Guts, No Glory. Trust your instincts. Don't be afraid of failure. It's how we learn. So go out and try something new.

9. Believe, have faith, be hopeful. Believe and have faith in what you do. Be hopeful because there is always hope.

10. Praying helps. It doesn't matter what religion you are in. Just pray and give thanks for all the blessings.

11. You are never wrong to do the right thing.

12. You were given this life because you are strong enough to handle it.

13. Mom is always right. 

14. Some days it seems like nothing goes right. Accept the fact that life is sometimes unfair.

15. Everything is a lesson learned so keep moving forward

16. What you feeling right now is not permanent.

17. Unplanned escapades are the best. Let the current pull you along. 

18. Avoid insecurity. We all know that insecurity is a poisonous bitch. It will ruin you and suck the life out of you. It is so much better to remove it from your life and be thankful for what you have. 

19. Don't be such a Debbie Downer. Don't be that person who destroys the positive atmosphere.