Hello, Love, Goodbye.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a story about choosing between love or pursuing your dreams.

Kathryn Bernardo outstandingly exemplifies the character of selfless ‘Joy’ whom the only reason is her family as to why she keeps on pressing on her dreams.

Then came ‘Ethan’ portrayed by Alden Richards (surprisingly delineates the character well), a happy go lucky type, then again a sudden 360 shift of perspective thinking of saving Joy between layovers to her real destination.

Great story plot of rollercoaster of emotions giving you laughs to drowning you in tears. No wonder they received a unanimous Grade ‘A’ from the Cinema Regulatory Board.

Props to the friends of the mains who depicted the twists and turns completing every detail of the movie.

Of course, praises to the director, Cathy Garcia-Molina who never fails to deliver an outrageous delight, giving whatever it takes to produce the best quality of film.

Watch it! Napakahuhusay! 👏🏼

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Do Burma: A diverse Myanmar experience.

We are customed with usual tourist-y spots when we visit a foreign land. Here in @doburma, far more different than the usual. Sharing one of the highlights of my Yangon trip.

It was an amazing experience learning Myanmar’s language, culture, history, food and a lot more.

We started learning their language on a classroom like set up. Then we applied them by going to the market and buy the ingredients for our lunch in which we joined forces in cooking the famous Burmese cuisine ‘Mohinga’ when we get back home.

We learned about the Burmese culture and history by presenting to us how Burma changed their name to Myanmar, taught us how to wear the famous ‘Longyi’ and having the Burmese tea on the nearby Tea shop.

The most part of the tour was when we crossed the river, visiting different villages, dealing with the locals and seeing what the ‘real’ Myanmar community is made of.

Of course, trying their natural way of face skin care ‘Tanaka’, back-riding the motorcycle and walking on the rice paddies under the rain.

Finally, we went to the street market to try their street foods on our way back home.

It was an amazing experience learning and socially immersing on the non-touristy spots of Myanmar. It was a great time being in the moment realizing how everything feeds our body and soul.

Props to @doburma for the best experience. Highly recommended if you are up to what’s beneath culture and diversity.

Taipei Itinerary

Looking for a 4-day itinerary for Taipei, Taiwan?

Well, Taipei has been and still one of my favourite cities. With its food, culture, people and places, I keep coming back which brings me here for the third time.

Here is a quick 4-day itinerary which gives a guide to navigate this beautiful city. Estimated expenses are also included to help you.

Enjoy!

DAY TIME PLACE Train Station (Line) ACTIVITY ESTIMATED EXPENSES PHP NTD REMARKS
Day 1 9:00am Hotel Wake up call
10:30am Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (Green) Sightseeing Free
12:00nn Lunch
1:00pm Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall (Blue) Sightseeing Free
2:30pm Taipei 101 Taipei 101 (Red) Sightseeing Taipei 101 Observatory 500
4:30pm Elephant Mountain Xiangshan (Red) Trekking Free
7:00pm Shilin Night Market Shilin Night Market (Red) Dinner Street foods
Day 2 8:00am Hotel Wake up call
9:30am National Taiwan Museum NTU Hospital (Red) Museum Tour Entrance Fee 30
11:00am Lunch
12:00pm Maokong Taipei Zoo (Brown) Gondola Ride 379 To be booked on Klook
1:30pm Taipei Zoo Taipei Zoo (Brown) Zoo Tour Entrance Fee 60
5:00pm Double Decker Night Bus Taipei Main Station (Blue/Red) Hop on/Hop off Tour Free with Gondola ride on Klook
8:00om Raohe Night Market Songshan (Green) Dinner Street foods
Day 3 6:30am Hotel Wake up call
7:45am Gakuden Bakery (Exit 4) Ximen (Blue/Green) Meet up Package Tour (Klook) 1161 To be booked on Klook
9:00am Yehliu Geopark Park Tour Entrance Fee 80
11:30am Jiufen Lunch/Sightseeing Street foods
2:40pm Shifen Lantern release Lantern 200
Shifen/Golden Waterfalls
5:00pm Gakuden Bakery (Exit 4) Drop off
6:00pm Ximending Ximen (Blue/Green) Dinner/Shopping
Day 4 Free day to go to places you want to visit/revisit.
1540 870
OTHER EXPENSES PHP NTD REMARKS
4G Sim (5days Unlimited) 384 To be booked at Klook
Easy Card 100
Easy Card Load 300-500

What 2018 got me?

Looking back, aside from the pounds added, what do 2018 got me?

Life changing indeed when I started the year back to eating meat again after 3 years of being a herbivore. Giving up being a vegetarian never felt more liberating as I took back a lot of resistance on eating meat.

Of course, what a best way to have it in my favorite ‘eating’ city, Bacolod, as I had a quick trip in January. Ending this month with a great conference on how we should build relationships that transform.

February ticks as I decided to get back on my mat and gave back in to yoga. A quick trip to zone out with my Friday Group caps off this month. Celebrate successes when I got another promotion in my work.

Who wouldn’t want to kick off Summer with a great trip to Bali, Indonesia? Amazing temples, food and sites are way too fabulous not to explore. Truly, Bali is a good idea especially if you have a villa that you can enjoy by yourself.

April was when we organized my Lola’s 80th Luau Party. Successful indeed when it becomes another reunion for the clan.

May was quick when one cousin got married.

June started with a concert attended feeling blessed and even more blessed ending this month being one with the nature with a trip to Palawan. El Nido preserved it’s serene beach and wondrous islands where every tourist captures every scene with stars on their eyes.

Ending July slash opening August with a trip all the way up north. Batanes is truly breathtaking that you can never describe unless you experience it.

‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ was surely a hit as we watched the last show on their run in September. Catch their rerun this March 2019.

The past three months had been very challenging. Grateful to thy Saviour for enduring every lesson to always trust in Him in every step. October is victory, claimed it!

November always starts a rollercoaster of festivities celebrating the birth month being busy til the holiday season. Started a quick trip to Region 1.

Then 3 countries bagged in a month. Hong Kong and Macau after birthday and ended the month in an abundant cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, Japan.

December will always be for holiday parties and Christmas get together. Hosting them is another story, always grateful for it. This will always be a perfect time to reunite with friends and family. I realized that a part of your Christmas bonus/13th month pay should be allocated to this besides the gifts you share.

So what did 2018 got me? Yes, additional pounds (which is always included), 4 countries visited, with 2 local cities flown, struggles turned lessons and definitely a steadfast FAITH that will continue to grow. God uses our experiences because He always wants us in the position He wants us to be in.

Thank you 2018 and always looking forward to what lies ahed.

Ang Huling El Bimbo.

Caught the closing show of ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ and I must say it was GRAND. I need to use our own language para mas intense!

Eto yung sining na hindi mo maiwasang pumalakpak sa bawat tawid ng eksena at pagabot sa taas ng nota.

Salamat at ibinalik ninyo ako sa aking unang paborito. Sa pagsabay sa pagtugtog ng stereo ng kapitbahay at tuluyan ng nahulog sa kanta ng Eraserheads. Hindi man ako yung masasabi mong laging nasa unahan ng konsyerto nila, o memorize ang bawat kanta nila, pero sigurado akong ‘FAN’ nila ako.

Hanga ako sa mga aktor at aktres na mga gumanap. Ginamit nyo ang sarili nyong galing upang ilathala ang medyo naguluhan akong kwento, pero swak pa rin sa panlasang pinoy.

Iba rin ang areglo ng mga kanta. Sadyang hindi mo maiiwasang sumabay sa bigkas ng musika. At nakakagulat na ang may kagagawan ng mga kantang ito, ay dalawang dipa lang nakaupo mula sa kinauupuan mo. Oo, kasabay naming pumapalakpak ang siyang may akda ng mga ito, ang siyang alamat, ELY BUENDIA.

Pinakagusto ko ang ROTC scene sa saliw ng ‘Pare Ko’. Sumunod ang ‘Overdrive’ na di ka makapaniwalang may tunay na kotse sa entablado. Sino ba naman ang hindi tutulo ang luha habang kinakanta ang ‘With A Smile’ habang nagmamarcha ng pagtatapos. At higit sa lahat ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ na tiyak pupukaw na magdadala sa yo sa eksena.

Salamat at ibinalik nyo ang aking kabataan at pinatunayan ninyo nanaman ang galing ng Sining Pilipino.

Nakakaindak, Nakakabaliw, Nakakatindig Balahibo.

Mabuhay kayo!

Breathtaking Batanes.

People would always ask how will you describe Batanes. Others will say how the pinned location says ‘Breathtaking Batanes’, but how was it to experience it?

Batanes is the northernmost part of the Philippines. They are a group of islands situated around 190kms from Taiwan. Yes, that near, farther than driving Manila to Baguio.

Ivatans, how locals from here are called, treasured their culture so much that they preserved the beauty and untouched-like creator’s wonders.

Touching down Basco, which is the capital of this town where most homestay and accommodations are situated nearby. Batanes is such a breath of fresh air where each and every spot will truly exceed the expectation one way or another.

Grateful for a very good weather all throughout the almost 5 days stay worth every sun burnt skin are made of. Itinerary are as follows:

***Php 350 Environmental Fee to be collected to each tourist which serves as a passport to all spots in Batanes.

Day 1: North Batan Island Tour (Half day)

Mt. Carmel Chapel (famous in movies or churches for weddings in Batanes) > PAGASA ‘Tukon’ Radar Station > Fundacion Pacita (high-end accomodation in Batanes) > Basco Idkang Viewing > WWII Japanese Hideout/Tunnel > Valugan Boulder Beach > Sto. Domingo Cathedral > Vayang Rolling Hills > Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills

*Lunch/Dinner option at Panda’s Wine and Grill. Their camote rolls are to die for. They are open for deliveries to your accommodation.

Day 2: Sabtang Island Tour

***30 minute boat ride from Batan via Ivana Port.

San Vicente Ferrer Church > Malakdang Lighthouse > Bgy. Savidug Stone Houses > Sto. Thomas Chapel > Lime Kiln > Savidug Idjang Viewing > Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint > Bgy. Chavayan Stone Houses > Sta. Rosa De Lima Chapel > Nakabuang Cave > Mahayao Natural Arc Formation > Morong Beach (optional swimming and snorkling)

*Lunch option by the beach and enjoy their own version of Pork Bagnet.

***Vakul and Kana-i, known Batanes costume for female and male respectively against strong weathers that hit the islands most of the times. Rentals at Php 20 per person.

Day 3: South Batan Tour (Full Day)

Paderes Point and Cliff Road > Chawa Viewing Deck > Mahatao Boat Shelter > Mahatao Town Proper > San Carlos Borromeo Church > Mahatao Spanish Light House > Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse > White Beach and Hohmoron Spanish Lagoon (optional swimming) > Malapad Rock Formation > House of Dakay > Old Spanish Bridge > San Jose de Ivana Church and Ruins > Honesty Store > Uyugan’s San Antonio de Florencia Church > Ruins of Song Song > Itbud’s Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church > Imnajbu’s San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel (built in honor of the first mass and baptism in Batanes) > Alapad Hills and Rock Formation > Racuh a Payaman aka Marlboro Hills

*Lunch option at Paulvanna’s which serves really good food.

Day 4: Free day

Brunch at Cafe Du Tukon at Fundacion Pacita (a bit pricey but worth it) > Abad Street Market Shopping > Souvenir shopping at Tamsen > Bike tour around the city to experience the everyday lives of Ivatan.

***Bike rentals in Abad Street at Php 25 per hour.

People who have been to Batanes will always say that you will be in love with it. Going back to the first question as to how to describe Batanes. As for me, no words can describe Batanes but to experience it. Pictures will not give justice. The naked eye cannot lie how each 360 degree view can be able to take your breath away and surely captivates your heart.

Chanpan Tours arranged our tours and accommodation at a very reasonable price. It goes with a very informational tour guide slash a very creative photographer is highly recommended. Visit their Facebook page or contact them at 09088931475/09178574493.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Skyjet and Airswift flies to and from Basco everyday.

Dios Mamajes Batanes!

When someone unfriended you on Facebook.

It will always be a puzzle when you find out that someone unfriended or unfollowed you on social media. You keep on thinking deeper, especially when you find yourself not guilty of hurting nor committing anything which unfortunately leads to turning that blame unto yourself. But is this a usual way of reacting to such?

It is normal.

You tend to always think of reasons why this extent happened because you try to bargain and recall. This is a normal reaction when you find out that someone wants to take you out of someone’s life. Guilt embodies us that we tend to pattern our values to someone else’s which will never happen. Will it be worth it to find out and point on the blame to anyone?

It is not your fault.

We have different kinds of coping mechanism when we feel we are victimised by this world. Some people turn away from the people they feel blaming for the things they cannot grasp. This may not work for you or against your values, but this is something we need to accept, that our values cannot always be patterned to how the outlook of other people deciphers. Acceptance is all we need.

Let go.

May it be envy, anger, dismay or you just cannot accept what the world has to offer, embrace the fact that there are differences that each of us have. It is only by faith can ever be healed.

“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.” — 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Praying for you always.