Sum up 2014.

“Life has so many detours because God cares more on the development of the dreamer than the fulfillment of the dream.”

 

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It was January when I revisited Singapore and cross over Malaysia. A lot of rediscovering while reminiscing my last visit when I first had my first marathon in 2011.

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A day tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia kept me insane channeling the impressive Petronas and the cultured Batu Caves. Another check again on my bucketlist.

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On the latter part of this month also traveled me back to the Amazing Bicol. Enriched with culture and great food, Mayon Volcano, as it’s top spot, mesmerized me with it’s alluring shape and site.

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A lot of new beginnings that year starting it with a bountiful 207-pound heavy. This brings me to submitting myself into a discipline of watching the food I eat, eradicating the rice on my diet.

February when I started a new journey shifting my career back to the corporate world. Meeting new friends and colleagues makes me feel relieved once again that I have a purpose and God leads me into something according to his own plan.

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March marks the birth of my new phone giving in to the apple bandwagon catalyzing my hard work and rewards.

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April opened the summer season of my revisit to Boracay, which starts to be an annual affair for the past 4 years. Checking my bucket list parasailing by the sea for the first time was such an amazing experience. Having a great time spending it with awesome friends surely made the adventure worthwhile.

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May continued the summer season with more beach travels and wake boards plus a wedding of friends to remember.

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Summer never ends in June flying to Cebu and Bohol with the epic friends. A birth of new friendship and travel bond. The encounter with the big creatures of the sea highlighted the said revisit.

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June marks a new discovery for me finding that spot in my heart enriching my strong faith with our creator. In this month, I joined CCF which made my relationship with our God intimately. I couldn’t ask for anything more having him in my life.

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July tested my faith once again taking another licensure exam. Fortunate enough, with God’s faithfulness, three letters were entailed again in my name. God is truly amazing!

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August is when I finally reached my target weight. From 207lbs. to 173lbs. with a normal BMI of 24.3 and an average body fat of 20.1%. It is worth every sweat and discipline.

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September brings back the boracay crew going up north to Baguio. Emotional enough yet an amazing experience to spend this vacation with awesome friends for keeps.

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This month finally removed my braces which I kept for almost 4 years. Indeed, a milestone to be regarded.

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October proves that summer is forever with a quick trip to Laiya, Batangas to beach up.

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Ending this month with a big decision of resigning from my previous job believing in God’s amazing plan.

November started with a big switch to a new company for new beginnings. I truly trust God on his plan for me on my journey.

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Who will ever forget about my birthday month? November has been good to me realizing every blessing and appreciating what life has to offer. Truly, I am grateful at 27 beyond bliss.

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December has been a busy month. Opening it with a roller coaster travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Vietnam never failed me to their food cravings. It was such a great experience to visit ¬†one of the world’s greatest wonders, the Angkor Wat.

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Attending one of my closest friend’s wedding this month is one of reasons why I continue believe in love. A testimony that love is a choice and a part of every happiness.

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Jam packed 2014 deserves a cheers of great blessings and lessons learned. Focusing now on new beginnings this 2015 with grateful hearts to what God plans for us.

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Thank you 2014. Cheers to 2015!

 

 

Holy Week Boracay.

Everybody seems to be raving over a man-made blockbuster party in the well-known paradise during the special holiday weekend here in the Philippines… The LABORACAY. A catastrophe for a few but definitely something to look forward to mostly half of the people in the city. My enviousness to the people in the isling this weekend is one best way to introduce my Boracay experience during the holy week. 20140504-083943.jpg Boracay has been one of the must see destination in our country. With its fine white sand and a serene beach surely captures the eye of every tourist. Modernization of today bring this island into a new contemporized place with mostly the business in the city brought into this destination. Not to mention the fastfoods, shops and the party of Manila are now available in this spot. The hype started having a long weekend in the spirit of the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. The memo was received by my treasured friends and so was tagged along in the trip last minute but totally worth it. 20140504-084005.jpg Everyone is excited yet airline messed up having a delayed flight and so the first day flown away so making the most out of the days to come. 20140504-084214.jpg Boracay did not disappoint me even for the third time visiting this island. It was indeed a great way to just stay quiet and reflect at the same time spending it with the best people. Sand on my feet as I walk through the shore felt really great contemplating and leaving away the worries of the busy streets of the city. With its wondrous sunset, who can never be in love? 20140504-084106.jpg Getting through the island life is way too enticing. Engaging with the banana boat ride with friends with an unexpected drop in the moddle of the ocean was really exciting. Having a break at the famous Jonah’s fruit shake station was indeed refreshing. Kissed by the sun in the middle of a noon time heat was enough way to tan our skins, yes, by a 2pm sun. Lol. 20140504-084132.jpg Smoke Restaurant in D*Mall never failed me with my ever favorite Sizzling Bulalo. Observing the Good Friday, a no music chill night ended us tipsy by Pat’s Grill and Bar’s signature concoction. 20140504-084147.jpg Another day in paradise calls for a lot of bonding experience. Puka beach is an isolated sanctuary with it’s sand made from pulvurized puka shells. It can be reached through a tricycle ride. Drinking an ice cold beer by the beach indeed caps the afternoon sun. 20140504-084312.jpg A lot of activities can definitely keeps you busy in the island. Flying fish, paraw sailing, jetski, ATV, zorb, etc., however, one reason of returning to this place is the para sailing. Parachute in the middle of the ocean in a moving craft. Fascinating enough for an experience scrapped off my bucket list.

Last night here should never be disregarded so overflowing alcohol brings us into our feet in Juice Bar. Truly, never leave the island without trying the party life. Yes, the reason why laboracay is born!

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Summing it up, the experience was indeed fun, especially spending it with the people you really treasure most. But going back to my introduction, I hope I can get through this laboracay fever next year. Surely, a big one to look forward to. Boracay will always be Boracay. Definitely, a destination worth visiting again and again.

Boracay.

BORACAY

JUMP OFF: Touch down Kalibo Airport. Ride a van which will bring you to Caticlan Jetty Port for P200 then ride a boat to the island for a fare of P30 with a terminal fee and environmental fee of P150. Tricycles and multicabs are available after to bring you to your hotel in the island.

WHAT TO EAT: Sizzling Bulalo at Smoke located at D*Mall is to die for. Try also the exotic calamansi muffin exclusively from Real Coffee and Tea Cafe.

WHERE TO GO: Are you adventurous enough to do cliff diving? Ariel’s Point is about 30minutes away from the island. You need to reserve a day in advance at Boracay Beach Club for an amount of P1500 which includes the boat ride to and from, unlimited drinks and BBQ lunch. If you want a quiet place to watch the beautiful sunset, Puka Beach is a great deserted place to consider.

WHERE TO SHOP: D*Mall at the center of the island in station 2 gives you a good choice for shopping. But if you want a cheaper place to shop for pasalubong, you can check D*Talipapa in station 2 as well.

Cliff Diving.

Boracay is known for its vibrant sea treasures and an array of great beach stretch. It is one of those tourist destination wherein a lot of people from the foreign countries came in and testify as a paradise indeed.

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In the heart of Aklan lies an incessant formation of enormous rocks. It is one of those place where cliff diving was an activity you couldn’t resist. Ariel’s point will give you a definitely pleasurable experience which will take your breath away. For a fee of P1,500.00, boat ride to and from, unlimited food and drinks plus free use of snorkling and kayak gears and of course your overwhelming cliff diving experience. The highest point of the jump was 16 meters or roughly 30-45 feet to the water which will definitely make you scream.

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I myself experienced this cliff diving and it will definitely put a check on your own bucket list. It was indeed a worthwile experience trying out something new. However, safety should always be considered. You gotta dive at your own risk.