Thursday, September 8, 2016

Today marks another low point in my life.

I cried a little.

I'm afraid though that I'm starting to get used to it.

But then I remember this...

image source here

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Solo Traveler

Here's a compilation of the videos I took during my first solo adventure last August.

More details to come soon! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Trip to Baguio (Part III)

Finally! Here's the continuation of our second day in Baguio.

So after dropping by at The Mansion, we headed to Mines View Park. It's also one of Baguio's famous tourist spots but, in my opinion, it really doesn't stand out compared to the other places we've been to in Baguio. But anyway, what I love about it is that there are lots of plants on display, err, for sale.

These succulents captured my heart!

And then, there's also this beautiful, delicate carnation.
My mom got these flowers (pictured below). We call it "everlasting" because it takes a long time for them to wilt. They can last for up to several months!

We also spotted some kids having a picture taken with a huge and fluffy Saint Bernard dog. 

And another kid sitting on a horse. Look at the smile on his face!

And I wondered what it felt like. I've never ridden a horse before, let alone be up close to one. At first I was really, really excited but then I felt kind of nervous I wanted to back out. And this situation happened several times! Haha!
But in the end, I went for it. Here's a picture of me sitting on a pink horse. I was smiling but deep inside I was kind of nervous the horse might run and we both plunge into the deep located just a few meters away. (Note: In the picture below, beside that tree, it's already a cliff.) But, thankfully, none of those bad thoughts happened and all went well.

The afternoon was spent at Camp John Hay. It used to be a military reservation of the US army, now it's a touristy area with hotels, shops, and cafes. There's also a golf course and the ground is filled with agoho trees. It's a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city proper.

Located inside Camp John Hay is the Choco-late de Batirol. I found good reviews online so we checked it out. We had some snacks and different flavors of hot chocolate. But I have to say it's overrated and a bit pricey.

Before leaving, we found a good spot nearby and decided to take some photos. Solo shots, group shots, jump shots, wacky shots, blogger name it! We had so many photos but posting them all here will take a lot of space. Haha! So here are just some.

All in all, I think we covered a pretty much number of places in exploring Baguio for two days. It was tiring but fun nonetheless. And more importantly, I get to spend time with my family.

By the way, hello September!
You've come pretty fast.
Please be amazing! =)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

To one of the bravest and loveliest souls I have ever met, happy birthday! Cheers to 95 years of existence! I will always be your number one fan Lola (grandma)I love you! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trip to Baguio (Part II)

Before anything else, my apologies for being MIA for almost a month. Been very busy for the past several weeks because of work, attending conferences, and reviewing (again). Also, I broke my plug-in, the USB-like thing that I used to connect to the internet, and I still haven't gotten a new one. Thus, to have a good internet connection, I can be found sitting in coffee shops after work or during the weekends (exactly what I'm doing right now).

So this one is a long overdue post. It's a continuation of our trip to Baguio last May. For the second day, our first stop was at the Botanical Garden. It was actually a perfect way to start our day. It's relaxing walking in paths lined with pine trees and seeing gardens filled with blooms.

There were also some small shops selling souvenir items - from clothes to bags to home wares to paintings! 

We also experienced wearing traditional clothing worn by Igorots, the ethnic group living in the Cordillera mountains. Here's a picture of me, my mom, aunt, and uncle getting a feel of what it's like to be an Igorot.

After spending the whole morning exploring the Botanical Garden, we headed to The Mansion - the summer residence of the President. There's really not much to do here but have a picture with the mansion as your background.

Or the gate as your background? But my mom and dad seemed pretty happy.
But the thing that I loved here was that I get to buy strawberry taho. Taho is a Philippine snack consists of silken tofu, sugar syrup, and sago pearls. But it's only in Baguio that one can buy strawberry taho because it's the only place in the Philippines where strawberries grow. Say hello to my first strawberry taho! Yum yum!

Okay, I think I'd better stop here. There's still a lot to share but let's reserve that next time. By the way, I just noticed now that while writing a post about Baguio I'm wearing the shirt that I got from none other than... Yep, you guess it right! =)
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