1. Whatever “coming of age” really means, I guess it’s not about having the last laugh or winning every fight anymore. Sometimes, it’s about understanding your wrongs, letting your guard down, asking for forgiveness and forgiving yourself thereafter. 

     
  2. Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

    A different birthday treat for this year was a chance to visit to Burot Beach, one of the beaches yet to be developed here in the Philippines (thinking that it’s now owned by SMDC). We had to camp overnight, cooked ourselves our meals and had to save ourselves water to take a bath. It was quite an experience nonetheless! :)

    Photos taken with S4.

     
  3. Baler in January (Part 2)

     
  4. Baler in January

     

  5. There will be times in your lifetime that you will love a person more than you should.

     

  6. Adios, 2013!! Lessons learned, experiences earned.

    So much has happened, I may want to remember you — just to look back, without pain and bitterness — but I’m never gonna return again. Thank you, nonetheless. :)

     

  7. Taking a Leap.

    2013 is finally coming to an end. Not that I am too ecstatic to have the year ending, it’s that feeling of entering another “chapter in our lives” that is more comparable for the thought that I have.

    2013. How do I even begin while ending it? It was a year of a big turnover. A time when a lot of things, transitions particularly, have slightly overruled my last 20 years of existence.

    There’s much I could tell, a can of feelings waiting to be poured out but I insist on keeping shorter post than I originally planned to. Then it boiled down to three all-text summaries. 

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  8. WHERE HAVE YOU BAGUIO BEENZ? (2/2)

    Last (mid)night, I posted the first batch of some of the photos I took during our short Baguio getaway. Aside from my mother and I’s visit to Bencab Museum, we also had a market shopping spree at the La Trinidad where we bought a significant number of vegetables. We even joked saying that if anyone would ask us what we did in Benguet, we’ll just reply, “ay, namalengke lang.” Haha! Alright, anyway….

    Too bad though there weren’t much time to roam around but we did go to the Cathedral, The Hill Station and Burnham Park which was just an intersection away from where we stayed. Hours before we boarded the bus, my father and I went to Mt. Cloud Bookshop which I, since long ago, been dreaming of going to and alas! The bookstore is indeed worth of paying a visit! Books there ranged from Philippine history, travel books and catalogues to fiction ones to children’s books and a lot more!:D

    Also, as Mt Cloud’s just beside Hill Station which has a very cozy ambiance, we decided to have a short coffee time before we finally go. I’ll definitely try the food there the next time!! :D

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    Cutest sections imo of Mt Cloud Bookshop 

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    The view just outside of our dorm.

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    Spectacular view of La Trinidad: fruits and vegetables! :)

    The most interesting part of this visit was when I decided to walk myself to Burnham Park to take some photos. Putting my parents’ worries aside, there was no stopping me from doing this short photowalk thing. Til when would I be able to go back there anyway? Might as well do it! There was this girl with her parents (same as I was!) who poked and asked me if they could have there photo taken as a family. Of course, without hesitations, I said yes immediately. Albeit being pretty random, it’s got me a good vibe! Here’s their photo:

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    Also those which were taken while I was loitering in Burnham Park. Got the hang of black and white with nostalgic feel so…

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  9. Where Have You Baguio Beenz?

    How many years has it been when we last climbed up Benguet? Well, duh, of course, you have no idea. And I don’t have any either. (Okay, what’s the point. Croocroo).

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    So, few weeks back, my parents and I decided to have some family time in Baguio for two days. We went back to Manila shortly because it was elections the next day, October 28. What I remember though from our last last visit was that it felt like I wasn’t in the City of Pines then as it was Holy Week. Nevertheless, this time, I am glad to say we were able to breathe the cold, fresh air of Baguio.

    Despite our breeze of a trip, we actually got what we wanted: a time to unwind from the bustling streets of Metro Manila. The first on the list of to-visit was the Bencab Museum. Since it was only my mother and I who were interested to go there, we rode a jeepney for around half an hour to go to the museum. It wasn’t that tiring since the weather was so-so that time but it did rain a bit when we were just about to leave. 

    The museum basically consisted of wonderful preserved wooden sculptures, paintings made by the Benguet natives. Everything was with exquisite details and pure ethnicity possessed by the Cordillera region. Going down the building is a restaurant packed with people for we went there during lunch. There was even a gazebo or nipa hut right outside of it. Unfortunately, as it was drizzling, we weren’t able to visit the place. Nevertheless, it was really compelling to see various works of art there at the museum. My mother enjoyed the visit too! (and I’m glad) :D

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  10. Finally, bonding time with my laptop which seemed like ages!

    These were taken during our last day in Singapore months ago. Since the sight of a beach didn’t have to go missing after days in the city, we decided to visit Sembawang. It’s the town just before Malaysia. Man, was it foggy —- or smoggy —- the time that we went there, I wasn’t expecting to see a port. There were people happily fishing then, though. The tranquil vibe wasn’t really that overwhelming, unlike with Philippine beaches, but seeing a natural waters will always be a pleasure!