La Belle Vita

June 27, 2009

To Tatay

Filed under: Family Stuff,Uncategorized — by dangas @ 9:54 am

        And so he sailed away last night…

        I heard he was all this strong father who tended his farm (and its not a small piece of land at all)  during his glory years. I don’t have a memory of him doing that. Looking after the many squares of  rice fields in Kamuog. But when Mama told me that during their childhood, sacks of rice from the past harvest were still in their sacks come the another season of harvest time. I pictured Tatay to be this strong man that he was. They are a family of nine so the hard work to put it all together in the farm and raising the family had been really a big thing for him.

        I always see him as a silent family man. He is not the kind of grandfather who plays with grandkids or maybe because I’m a girl so i did not see that haha. But he was always there.  I’m trying to pick up a certain moment in my life that he was clear and I remember one.

        I spent an entire year of my third grade with him and Nanay in the province while the rest of my family was in Manila. I remember every month, we would go to Maasin to withdraw their monthly allowance. I would be sitting in his lap on the way there and back. That’s two hours each way but I never remember he complained.  I always looked forward for this trip as it was one of the few times that I can go out of our town and travel. And of course, they always let me pick up a box of chocolates before heading home.

       I also remember as a toddler, we go to him when our teeth need a pull… Hahaha.. Loose tooth was just a thread and salted water  away.  He would always tell a made up giddy stories to distract and calm our teary and scared little souls then he’d do a quick pull out of nowhere and its done. Haha.

       He spoke very good English. Maybe because of early years with the Americans in the country. But it was not the same in Tagalog. I remember one time when he came in the city, he was so full of praises and amazement when heard a toddler speak Tagalog fluently (as if its not a normal thing!). It always brought good laughs when we talked about it during get togethers.

        He is also good in tracing family roots. When someone comes over in the family home even someone he hasn’t met before, he always asked for family and parents name and from there he’s be able to trace the guest’s folks generations ahead of him/her. Cool memory eh?! I used to laugh when my cousins would court someone and he would asked about the girls backgound. And almost all the time it always end up that the girl is a cousin or a relative many degress away. Hahaha. My cousins would always get amused and irritated when they heard the dont-go-for-that-girl-she-is-a-relative line with the long family tree connection story from him.

       I also remember that he is a Kulafo and Shok Tong (famous alcoholic drinks among old folks)  lover during his younger years. Haha… Cheap fun for him! He also loved to keep himself groomed always. Even when he was sick and bed ridden he would always request for his barber when he feels his hair needed a trim.

      He was also a gracious host and he loved to talk to them. Years back, we used to have relatives coming over from other places and he always made sure that the visitors were feeling comfortable though most of the time the guests are from Nanay’s side of the family. I actually just realized its uncommon that his relatives come over.

      When he spent a few months here last year, we always laugh about how nosy he can be about what time we come home from school and work. He always commented that 9 in the evening is very late. Hahaha.

      So to Tatay… I hope you’re having a good rest now. I’m sure Diabetes had a hard time with you. You fought a good fight. It’s also considerate of you not to go on your daughter’s bday (Mama’s bday today). It would have been hard for her to celebrate her bday in the coming years.  Thank you for that…

      I  will always remember you as a devoted husband. Always worrying and defending Nanay all the time. Even when you are weak yourself, you always made sure she is okay. I will forever see you that way…

     I’m happy that all your kids are with you during your last moments. I thank God for that. May you find your way to Him and keep your cheery self… 

     Bye Tay… Glad that you are now Home :)

May 15, 2008

Updated: Mitti

Filed under: > Inc.,Journey — by dangas @ 11:53 am

     To make up for the space she left… I have this…

  • She checked out codes for me from Serena (very IT :) )
  • She never hesitated to stand up from her seat if I asked for help with my codes (IT ulit)
  • She gave me code sample to guide me with my tasks (IT ulit ulit)
  • She bullied me to buy them pizza on my bday on ’06 which made cry to sleep on my bday night :( (Napansin ni Anna… haha)
  • She gave me smaller bills when my money was a 100 bill and rumors about freaking bus driver and coductor modus operandi spreaded (Ate na ate…)
  • She influenced me to love mango shake with sago
  • She let me use her player so I won’t get bored
  • She used to make me buy her morning food… Pahealthy… Pinyapol…
  • She used to be on a no rice diet… Just plain ulam galore… For about… about.. a month!!! (d kinaya?! haha… Mababasa kaya ni Gilbert to? Lagot ako!!!)
  • She lets me browse Friendster and this site on her desktop… (hep! hep! Before you react… on lunch breaks naman… until… hmmm… mga 2… hahaha… Sneaky space of hers that is mine now… wahaha!) 
  • She let me read her Kuya’s books (book uuds…)
  • She is the bunsong unica hija in their family and yet she was very sisterly to me and to She

     A good friend who was brave enough to leave. Packed her things and gets to smell KL (quoting her ‘Ullckkk’) … hahaha… The last time I saw her I envied KC for having the courage to hug her for the last time. I didn’t want to cry that’s why I did not even try (Im liking the rhymes!). Two weeks of not seeing her in the office and it finally sinked in me that she already left. 

    I have mixed emotions (her fave song… dapat konek pa din) upon learning that she’s finally going and leaving. I’m happy for finally she’s getting what she wants. Going can mean growth as well. In every aspect. Career. As a person. Self worth. And yet, I’m tearfully sad inside. Just the thought of not having someone to annoy everyday (malditang bata! haha) and someone that I can actually laugh with and look forward to spend my day with even if it is in the office. Wala ng magugulat kapag sumilip ako sa cube nya. It’s just plain sad… Hayyy….

   So to you Mitti… I wish you well… Sabi nga ni Chris… Good luck sa mga pagsubok… hahaha… :) Goodluck talaga… I finally realized that I shoud start moving my butt and go get my own passport (loser tlga ako! haha) and hopefully anytime soon (kung kelan man dumating si Soon) we will visit you in KL sidetrip to SG (booh to us… May aalis na naman…). Panalo yun… Free space to while enjoying your home bases… (walang masama sa pangarap! haha).

   I will see you soon again… Saan kaya?! You are truly missed. It’s been weeks but to capture what I really want to say ito yun: “Madaya ka! Iniwan mo kami! ” :-P haha…. Can’t get over pa din pala…

   So Aja! Have a good time smelling Malaysia… Truly Asia… :)

 

Postscript:

May photo sana tong post na to… Kaso.. Kaso.. d ko na alam kung pano mag upload… hahaha.. Update ko na lng :)

Update: Yay! The joke of visiting Mitti to KL will happen this week (akalain mo na yan!) plus… plus… visiting KG in SG over the weekend as well… This means I moved my butt indeed ang got myself a passprt… Travel galore it is! Will post pics soon… :)

February 15, 2008

My 2007…

Filed under: Journey,Mine Oh Mine! — by dangas @ 8:39 pm
My second installment of this survey and here it goes…What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Get into a sport in my own will… Played futsal… hahaha )

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can’t remember them, but I somehow know I kept most of them. Though pasaway pa din ako… I still don’t like veggies.. Hopefully in the coming year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Shemai did. One of my girls in HS. It’s a boy!

Did anyone close to you die?
No one I guess… (

What provinces did you visit?
I went in Ilocos and had fun in Pagudpud… Spent a weekend in Baguio with James, Mikoy and Lizette… Great!

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A flexible and healthy looking body.. haha

What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Summer… That trip to Pagudpud… Oh dear life!

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting promoted at work which means… Extra cash for Mama… hahaha…

What was your biggest failure?
Never been able to do keep my promises for myself (

Did you suffer illness or injury?
My never ending skin asthma [though kasalanan ko din ) ]

What was the best thing you bought?
My phone…

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine )

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
No one. I heart loving more… )

Where did most of your money go?
Loveones and to me! haha

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Looking forward to my travel plans!

What song(s) will always remind you of 2007?
None…

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? — happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? — I gained 5-8 pounds… The IT world can make you fat.
iii. richer or poorer? – Richer maybe… I now earn my own money!

What do you wish you’d done more?
Exercise

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Shut up ako…

How many one-night stands?
Wala.

What was your favorite TV program?
Coffee Prince -P

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope.

What was the best book you read?
For One More Day…

What was your greatest musical discovery?
None.

What did you want and get?
Happiness and fulfillment.

What was your favorite film of this year?
27 Dresses… watch your groom when you walk down the freaking aisle hahaha…

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
At home… James bought me cake. Pretty 23.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Mine oh mine.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
I wear more formal clothes since I’m working but outside work I’m still the jeans and shirt gal. I try to be girly though…

What kept you sane?
Good books, good cry and good hugs.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Chiz Escudero )

What political issue stirred you the most?
Jun Lozada Rocks…

Who did you miss?
EVERYONE.

Who was the best new person you met?
No one in particular.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
I am braver, stronger, and wiser than I ever thought I was, and I really do know what’s best for me.

What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself:
I dunno )

The most touching experience you’ve had this year?
That is too special to share.

What did you like most about yourself this year?
My guts.

What did you hate most about yourself this year?
Shut up )

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Wala pa…

Was 2007 a good year for you?
It was a big year, and a good year, although it didn’t always seem like it was.

What was your favorite moment of the year?
Travel adventure in Baguio!

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
My own scary days…

Where were you when 2007 began?
At home! Farview…

Who were you with?
Mama, Ivan and Pao2

Where will you be when 2007 ends?
Home! [I don’t want to get hurt]

Who will you be with when 2007 ends?
Family -P

Do you have a new years resolution for 2007?
Yup…

What was your favorite month of 2007?
December. I discovered a lot about myself.

Did you lose anybody close to you in 2007?
No no no…

Did you miss anybody in the past year?
Everybody!

What was your favorite record from 2007?
Wala pa…

How many concerts did you see in 2006?
Wala ata…

Did you drink a lot of alchohol in 2007?
I don’t drink…

Do a lot of drugs in 2007?
Nope.

You do anything you are ashamed of this year?
Let’s not enumerate.

How much money did you spend in 2007?
I don’t want to know.

What was your proudest moment of 2007?
Being happy!

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2007?
Let’s not enumerate.

If you could go back in time to any moment of 2007 and change something, what would it be?
I won’t say… )

What are your plans for 2008?
Be better in taking care of myself!

How are you different now that the year has ended?
I feel more satisfied with my life… being able to do something for the people I love most )

What are your wishes for the new year?
To follow…

Big Girls Can Cry…

Filed under: Just Thinking... — by dangas @ 8:14 pm

      Life’s strange… Anything is possible… You can be so highly happy yesterday and so deeply sad today. And human can be stranger… We tend to embrace the sadness more than when we feel happy. I guess happiness make us feel so free and don’t think of the fact that you are feeling more than okay. Being crappy is just so opposite… It makes us stop and inhale the sadness we feel. I can’t figure why. But I think that’s how we really are. 

      I can’t think of any other way to describe happiness right now. It’s because I’m feeling more sadness than the other. My messenger status says “Crap Sucks” and it does. It does big time. Two people have asked me why. And I told don’t them that I can’t talk about it. I actually questioned myself too. But sadly sad… I can’t think of any thing clear to justify the feeling. I’m just feeling the crap… Totally embracing it.It makes me a part of the strange life. 

      All I know is that I’m gonna be back to ignoring happiness soon. I’m gonna be more than well again and feeling free. Its part of the cycle. Sad. Happy. Sad. Happy. It teaches us to be grounded and helps us keep our sanity.  

      When Mr. Crap is with me I can’t help but deny him. I feel I need to smile more. Though I know what can get me rid away from him. My tears dams are calling me. They have ripened and have to go… And that’s when I go against the famous Fergie song… Because it makes me realize that when someone like me is feeling dry… It’s good and helps to know that Big girls can cry :-)

August 4, 2007

Summer Report

Filed under: Fun, Fun, Fun — by dangas @ 7:40 pm

Sunrise thousands of Feet above the ground by PaoSummer JumpWarning: This is a long post… 

Summer Jump

       It’s been pouring hard these days so before raining days totally invade Pinas I’m now posting about my adventures during summer. It was different from my past summers, many travels this time! Yahoo! … Having my life brand new in one… Precious God!  Too bad I miss the YFC-ILC in Naga… We’ll maybe I’m old enough now… Yak! :)

      So hopefully my ‘Dory’[that blue fish in Finding Nemo] life will spare me for now and have a good memory of what I’ve been through these past few months.. 

At Home in Leyte… March 28 – April 9 

      I know… I know… It’s long been due but I decided to have it included here so I am only writing about it now. I went home a week before Lent together with my bunch… Yipee! Mama, Pao-pao and Ivan along… Nothing could be better… Good thing my Tita, Mama Liling paid for everything… Thanks Mama! Kudos to you! The most generous person I know…

Sunrise thousands of Feet above the ground by Pao

       I stayed there for about a week… And because of the Lent break, I had almost two weeks off from work… Spending few days having wonderful and almost happy rest days at home if only the cable load didn’t expire which brought us to tuning to the only free channel for 3 days… I can still hear the Batangas’ Governors’s ad on that channel playing on every gap… With that song! [Batangas.. Batangas.. Dangal ang lakas ng Batangas… ] hahaha… Oh yeah! Even my nephews know the song after a few gaps…  

      Oh Well! Well!  Two weeks is still Awesome two weeks spent so away from Oracle’s select statements, Unix‘s directories and more… [I can hear She saying: Kadiriiii!] :)

      We started our time there by of course, visiting Papa’s grave… It’s been long since we went there together… Few relatives were added on the place which almost confused us on where the right spot is… Good thing Mama was there… She really is a good wifey… She just knows where it is by heart… Astig!  

     I spent some time baby sitting the cutie Ryquin a few times… He let me handle him the first time even though he doesn’t know me yet and known to be aloof. Even Ryan [his Papa] was surprised he came to me… Bad thing… He realized I am a stranger during the next few times I was around. He is a grown up now… he was a just a few days old when I first saw him a year ago… Keeps on moving around and picking on things… No wonder he was hurt with the hot water from Shemai’s water dispenser when we visited her… hehe 

       I went to see Shemai one time with Quennie and Ryquin… She’s having a baby soon! Yipee! Though we can’t do joy rides anymore…who cares! :)  She let us see her baby’s first photo in her womb from her last check up… Galing… Hoping everything goes well so we’ll have a healthy kiddo to care for soon… Nice Neng! 

      I watched the senior graduation too at my high school where I got to see and hug my teachers before… Glad to see Missed Mom C, Warm Mama Ester and the ever Cool Sir Ramon [no hug from him syempre.. . hehe ]  there! :=P

        Happy to see Yul, Rainier, Fritzie and Ryan during my loitering around town…  

Girls in Shades... The Sponsor in the right :)

      Mama and I went to Maasin to do some thing in SSS and get tickets for Kuya. I also grabbed the chance to see Sheng and be with her even for a while. She’s been teasing me to treat her in Jobee since she learned that I’m coming. So a good Ate [waaah!] that I am, we invited her to have lunch with us. We had a good chat and laughed like we always do when we’re together… Upaw was with us too… Telling silly stories about his time at school… 

     I spent 2 days by the sea… Swimming in Dapanas… One was with Mama, Paolo, Ya Maxi and the kiddos… Eating the left over from lunch and playing in the water all by myself like I never been there before… Even if Paolo was shouting teasing remarks at me for never minding the clear sky and the big possibility of me getting ‘sunog’… hahaha..I love the sea, what I else do they expect me to do…Dangas Tagaw! Hahaha…

Flying Demoy

      Next was during Quennie’s birthday… Together with Hilbert and Ryan, we cooked her two cute chickens in the backyard for a good Halang-halang galore [Kalooy sa Manoks! :) ] So the with yummy vian cooked and bahaw [cooled rice] ready to go… We headed to the beach buying some drinks and some extra goodies along the way… [minus Ryan this time]… There were just the three of us eating all those food and yet we handled them just right [mga Taks! :=P ] It was a Sunday so many people including some familiar faces from high school were enjoying the place too which made the moment more fun! We’re supposed to stay there until it starts getting dark but an old man who’s obviously drunk started to bug us that we decided to go home instead… Badtrip! But still it was FUN! 

      Since Shemai can’t do the joyride with us… I still experienced the thrill with Hilbert and Quennie… [Thanks Kuya for lending us the bike] We had great time biking at night around town, getting ourselves full with ice cream one time to end Quennie’s day! We even tried going for ‘nilamaw’ [fresh buko with milk] one afternoon where Hilbert climbed the tall trees and kept on scolding us from above because the Pasaway Duo was doing it all again… Quennie and I are taking to buko flesh from the shell and instead of putting it in the container, we put straight it to our mouth, answering Hilbert’s noise with an excuse of just tasting it if its ripe just right… He didn’t accept it of course… hahaha… Stating that he’s all tired climbing and making sure to keep himself intact while the two us just picking the bukos and giggling at the taste of the fresh buko for free! No sweat treat! :)

        All in all, I think it’s an awesome vacation I had! Even if it was strange at first thinking that I’m going there and Kulit is not around for the first time and bad me for not visiting the Pedotera’s place [Tita was expecting me I heard… Bad Dangas! I wasn’t just used on going there without Kulit and me known now to be a family member’s girl… Hahay!… Swear! I’ll be good next time…] . 

See the sea

      Oppps!  I still had fun… Having good times with my folks at home, laughing with the olds, got to play with my cousins, clear weather by the sea and being with nature, seeing my old good friends… Simply spending time there… LEYTE is really HOME awesome HOME…  

Rockin in Subic… May 12  

      It was a Capability outing so there were hundreds of us loaded in three tourist buses going to White Rock in Subic[Zambales is more appropriate I guess]. It was a clear day so it was nice to be in the beach though it was extra hot that day which made it painful to the skin at times plus it was very humid too…

Caught in White Rock Net

       I was sitting next to Missy during the whole trip talking and laughing about anything which I enjoyed a lot. I didn’t mind taking a nap even if I woke up very early to make it to the said “5 am” meeting time at MSE which of course never happened. 

      The place is nice. There were even facilities under construction. I like most the wide area in the center where there are hammocks underneath the palm trees which was so refreshing to hang out to. I also like the pathways at the back of the main entrance building. The vines all around looks so ‘Greeky’, it must look so romantic at night. And the bath area near it was so cool… It’s an open area where they put steel above and let vines grew in there to cover up the place from the heat of the sun… Even the walls of the area were covered with vines too… It’s like taking a bath inside a room yet so near with nature! Astig nun! I I want something like that in my own home in the future… [Ehem Kulit! J ] 

First Four    Next Four?!

      The resort caters a lot of activities too especially for the sports buff… Aside from the water activities, you can also do golf, volleyball, bowling, football and more… I didn’t go for the water fun though but I tried my luck in bowling together with Missy and Michelle… And I was good enough for a first timer… Maybe more on tsamba! Haha… And I therefore conclude, it wasn’t my cup of tea… I think I enjoyed playing futsal more than just sliding balls down the alley… Maybe because I felt more into the game when I’m running around… But my playmates did well! Kudos to Missy! For doing extra well… Galing nya… Strike kung strike! J Thanks to Anna and She too for taking pictures… FUN! 

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      We played some parlor games before lunch. And it was great playing such kiddie games again. I participated in the blow-the-flour-in-the-container-to_get-the-marshmallows game which made my face and hair full with flour of course and I run the half size soccer field trying not to trip myself over the big the big wheels and going under some post doing an obstacle course relay with my teammates… We didn’t win though missing the cash prize for some pizza… But still it felt great! 

     We spent the afternoon taking pictures around the place… Taking a break by sipping a glass of fruit shake in a dollar rate… We missed Fruitana right away… J Then taking our baths in the bath area I mentioned above for maybe half an hour just because the place it so cool! I loved it! 

Kulits     Spot Me

      We left the resort before it gets too dark… Maybe a few minutes before seven in the evening… Spent most of the time sleeping and wondering why Oh why its still Pampanga after a long time… Bad campaign period which made us got stuck in traffic jam for a long time! 

     I was home at about 11… Not bad for a day spent miles away from QC and with the sea, much food, good resort, and super cool bath area [can’t get over.. haha]  all the way! White Rock… Rocks!  

Precious Ilocos…May 18-20     

       Travelling around Pinas is always my dream. Being someone who hails from Visayas, the geography [what a term! Hehe]  gave me opportunities to travel not only around my region but also into some places in Mindanao to visit some relatives that are settled there. But talking of Up North, Zambales used to be the farthest place I’ve been to. So the want of traveling the Ilocano speaking provinces [Baguio, Ilocos, La Union and more] is a dream by heart.   

       It was late last year when I started hearing the Pagudpud craze… So I tried to do some research [Bravo Google! J ] about the place. To be described as the “Boracay of the North” is something and being a beach lover that I am, it’s the next place to be! I learned that it’s in Ilocos and probably at the tip of the island of Luzon and the thought of that long road trip just excites me… 

       Good thing my team mates have heard about it too so after not having team building activities in the past few months and the funds being saved up. We excitedly planned a summer getaway we will never forget [who will forget that trip… That trip from Laoag to Pagudpud that early Saturday morning… Enough! Hehe… I chose not to discuss more…] !  And of course it has to be in Ilocos to realize our Pagudpud desires!  

       Good thing our Big Boss in France was on leave that Friday so he allowed the whole team to be off from work on that same day too that’s why we spent Thursday night sleeping in the bus on our way to Ilocos for good 8 hours [we actually thought it will be longer] So we were in the Vigan Bus Terminal just when the sun was up!

       Then it hit me… It felt strange to be in a place where the dialect I totally don’t understand [it felt like the times when I heard mass in Waray and Pangalatok many years ago where the only word I got was Amen… J ]. 

      We started our day with a breakfast in the plaza, where else but Chowking [what?! Still city food! Hehe]. We rode tricycles [bad driver for charging us unfairly] going to the town plaza where establishments were located. On our way there, we were already amazed with the old structures around, even the eating areas and other establishments have an old feel to it including their style. 

       After eating and leaving our bags in Eli’s relatives for a weight free walks, we started our tour by renting Kalesas [ours, I’m with She and Missy, was Jorge J ] to bring us to the tourist spots around which Vigan is famous for. We visited an old church [with a wedding when we got there] with a bell tower famous to be the location of the fight scenes of the old action movies [it was said that even FPJ did shoot a movie up in the tower]. Up above you can see the whole Vigan… a very pleasant view. Too bad the tower especially the very old bell is full of vandalisms from the former tourists who were trying too hard to be cool to leave their marks. Panget!  

      Other places we visited while in enjoying the Kalesa ride were a local museum [it was an old house of the Burgos family, if I remember it right, including the famous Fr. Burgos of the three martyrs] which stores very old artifacts of the earlier times and even the old furniture that the original residents used to have before. It felt creepy a few times! :)

         We also went to one of the many potteries in the area. A potter was even game enough to show off his skills and did a vase while we were in there.

        We also visited a paradise garden where there are many very good looking plants and animals were taken cared of. It was refreshing to be in there for the temperature was very warm that day.

       The place we visited to end the Kalesa tour was Chavit Singson’s Baluarte. It was nice to see ostrich! So huge! Hehe… Felt like a kiddo again… There were also ponies that look like midgets… cute! Cute! Kids can even ride them for free… There were also deers, tigers, reptiles like snakes and iguanas, and birds too… The place is so big… It was a good sight to see… 

       Then the Kalesa brought us to plaza where we had lunch! We’re all hungry at the moment to look for somewhere else to eat that we settled at Max’s right away and have a sumptuous meal.

       We spent the rest of the afternoon in Calle Crisologo [the famous postcard street]. We took our time going around the shops and buying pasalubongs for our loved ones left in Manila and even for ourselves. And took loads of pictures too… Sitting in one of the benches after getting tired of walking back and forth, we can’t stop on pondering on how the place that we just usually saw on pictures and movies was where we were at that very moment. Walking in there felt like taking a trip back in time. Felt so good and it made me proud! Pretty Pinas! 

       We took our things just before it starts getting dark to go to the bus terminal that will take us to Laoag but only after we took some time by the small cafeteria serving the delicious Vigan ensaimada…

       We reached Laoag after a couple of hours and we were fetched by a van to Archie’s relatives’ home. They were very warm. We ate our dinner and had my first taste of their famous bagnet! Sarap! We took our turns to have ourselves freshened up then we called it a day all excited for the Pagudpud trip the next morning. 

       After waking up early the next morning and had wonderful breakfast, we headed to Pagudpud but not in a bus which we originally planned but in a more comfy van. And not just in a van that can tour us around without renting tricycles anymore but loads of food too! Thank you so much to the family that adopted all nine of us in Laoag. You really know how to treat your visitors by heart! Astig talaga!  

       We saw the giant windmills on the way and their really huge! Hehehe… Then the driver took us to a grotto where little falls were flawing from the mountain side… The water was so cold. While going there we passed by the viaduct where we stopped for a while and took some pictures. The view was so amazing! Postcard perfect!…

       Then we headed back to our route and went to Blue Lagoon where the tag “Boracay of the North” brought to life… The place is secluded… No hotels and bars yet which makes the place extra special… Just cottages where you can eat were available and a small area where you can find the CRs and bathrooms. We settled and ate our bountiful lunch there. The water is crystal blue and the white fine sand felt very good in the skin… We enjoyed the place so much that we didn’t mind staying under the heat of the sun sunscreen-free! Sunog!…

       After lunch and enjoying the place and the water, we headed to Saud beach. We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon there and we even rented a room so we can have a good place to freshen ourselves. Though the resort sucked big time for the water in the shower room was just filtrated sea water! Ang sama!… We took our swim later in the afternoon and spent a few hours in the resort resto where we had some fresh buko juice and played sungka which was fun! We just slept after while waiting for the rest to get ready then headed back to Laoag and got on the bus that took us back to Manila. 

        The Ilocos trip was indeed a great one! It made me feel like I finally conquered Luzon… haha… Looking back… Pagudpud is really one of the ‘it’ places for the beach bums… And Blue Lagoon is the beast place there is…If you love the beach and want quiet moments as well… Be close to nature and have fun… Go there and stay in there for I think it’s the best in town!!! Sobra! Blue Lagoon… I heart you and I shall be back… 

       It’s the longest road trip I had without a family member with me which made the whole trip lonely at times. I even felt homesick when we got to Laoag…heheh… Maybe because I just wanted them to feel the same happiness that I felt wondering around having fun… I felt selfish at times…

      But still I treasure it for every trip I had was an experience I cherish where I learned to deal with things I don’t face in my everyday life… The long trip and the expense that goes with it were all worth it. 

      And yes, Ilocos… You are Precious! 

Fun in Bulacan…[June 9-10] 

      It’s our capability’s sub-team turn for a summer fun… [Just when the rainy season started… hahaha] Good thing the weather was very fair that day. Not a single heavy cloud at sight. We had it in 8 Waves in Bulacan. It was my first time there… I’m not really a big fan of pool resorts but I think I enjoyed the place a lot. The waves were huge! way big than what we have in Leyte :) So cool! The hotel was very nice… We stayed there overnight and indulge in Pancake house… hahaha…Made me think of going back…  

8 waves

  Bright Lights     Pancake Dinner

         So there! My Summer 2007 at its best…  

        Travel is such a strange thing… It makes you go away and when you come back… A part of you was left where you’ve gone and somehow you came back home different and feels much better…      

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