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Azure Staycation with High School Best Buds

3 of #100HappyThings

We may have grown into young women now, but the wonderful memories of our youth will forever remain. Indeed, high school never ends.

The original plan was to have a Calaguas getaway before summer ends, but since there were conflicts with regard to our schedules, we opted to have a staycation within the Metro instead. Since Azure Urban Resort Residences has a man-made beach in their amenities, we thought the staycation thing would be budget-friendly and wouldn’t take much travel time.

We already had everything planned about a month before the date, June 11-12, Saturday to Sunday. I already reserved a penthouse for us. We were all so psyched about it and we were already talking about food and groceries and all the excitement until two days before the reserved date which is June 11, Saturday, the agent of the unit owner of the penthouse texted me that she will just be returning the reservation fee because the unit owner gave the booking to another agent.

We were so dismayed and disappointed. We tried to find another unit in Azure but we found no luck. Either the rent for an overnight stay was too pricey, or the person behind the Azure ads seemed to be a scammer (LOL to our judgmental selves haha). Luckily, a friend of mine helped us find a new unit for the weekend, and to cut the long story short, yes, we were able to book a room for our Azure stay. (Php 4,000.00 for five. Check their Facebook page for available rooms. The owner is very accommodating.)

When the day arrives, as usual, we were all LATE! Haha! We set a 5PM call time at SM Bicutan but we all arrived at around 6 or 7. We grabbed our groceries (Php 1,300.00 budget for the five of us) and checked in at around 8 or 9. After eating dinner, we went to the Azure Paris Hilton Beach Club Restobar.

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Claudine, Vernisse, Lara, Kate (Ehcel’s girl), Ehcel #iiiMendelRepresent

I ordered a glass of Pinacolada (Php 200.00). We stayed there for awhile as the band played acoustic music. I wanted to jam with them but I couldn’t think of any song to sing so I just shrugged the idea. We returned to our unit at around 10:30 and began our girl talk / grown-up session. We played the game Never Have I Ever, wherein we downloaded an app for the questions that we had to answer and every time the answer is yes, we would take a gulp of our punch (GSM Blue X Pomelo). It’s just amazing that from crushes to more mature stuff, and even when we rarely see each other, the friendship remains, the trust is never lost, and the bond is still tight. I’m more than blessed to have them in my life.

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City view

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Man-made beach

We watched a movie after and fell asleep at around 3AM. We woke up at around 6, cooked and ate breakfast, and headed to the Azure Paris Hilton Beach Club wave pool (Php 20.00 per head).

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Me and my back-up dancers LOL

I pretty much took all the confidence that day to expose my curves and edges despite the flaws. Who cares? I was celebrating freedom, remember? *wink, wink*

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That awkward pose because I’m really that awkward girl sometimes

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It was a jam-packed weekend, and I am looking forward to more staycations and travels with these awesome people! And next time, I hope we’re already complete (ChamGigi weren’t with us).
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I thank God that despite the May downfallJune made me feel that I’m a rising star.

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Cheers to all our free and happy hearts!


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Closer to Nature

During the Holy Week vacation, I’ve had a quick bonding with nature without going too far from where I live.

On Holy Thursday, we went to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon for our Visita Iglesia. We left Cavite at around 3:30AM, and we reached Kamay ni Hesus at around 7AM. It was already a long line of devotees and Catholic visitors all the way up to the giant image of “The Resurrection.”

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More and more people were coming to visit this blessed place.

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Even if the sun was high, it didn’t stop the devotees to make a little sacrifice for Holy Thursday.

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With my sisters Celine and Colleen

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An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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At the foot of the giant Resurrection image

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It was a tiring climb, but it was very much fulfilling.

 

We went home right after.

The next day, Good Friday, we’ve had our Station of the Cross at St. Jerome Emiliani Church near Alabang Town Center.

We then decided to have a quick road trip along Las Pinas to Cavitex all the way to Ternate, Cavite. We reached Kaybiang Tunnel, the boundary of Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas.

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Yep! It’s an active road!

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There are rocks on the side where you can climb to reach the top of the tunnel and have a good view of the place, with all the greens around.

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We also reached Caylabne Bay Resort, though we didn’t actually get into the resort itself.

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Monkeys were all over the place!

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It was a great joyride, being this close to nature, embracing its beauty. City life is nice, but nothing compares to the life in the countryside.

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ZALORA Discount Code

Hi everyone!

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Iloco-loco

During the APEC break (November 18-21), my family decided to have a quick North getaway. We left Manila Wednesday morning at around 5AM, had a lot of stopovers, and reached Vigan City at around 7:30PM. After eating dinner and enjoying Vigan’s night life, we decided to rest to continue our Ilocos adventure the next day.

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It was really hot so I opted to wear sleeveless and shorts. I am most comfortable wearing shorts during long travels because it makes me really free to move.

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Demins are always on track. For that day, I wore a black sleeveless top with a denim vest. I also paired them with my pink shorts for a girly but outgoing look.

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I also used my Skechers Memory Foam footwear with pink shoe laces because aside from being a perfect match with the look that I wanted to achieve, it’s really good for long walks and long runs and I didn’t sacrifice comfort over style. I got the best of both worlds!

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Here are our quick stops in Ilocos that you might want to visit when you get there:

1. Vigan’s Main City Plaza
2. Calle Crisologo ♥
3. Baluarte Zoo
4. Paoay Lake
5. Paoay Church
6. Fort Ilocandia

Ilocos’ BAGNET and EMPANADA are must-try’s!

For long travels like this, you must have a good companion to take care of your things. Personally, I choose The North Face bags because there’s a variety of bags that you can choose from, depending on your needs. And guess what? Zalora has them in store for you! You can buy bags from The North Face through Zalora and have them delivered right at your doorstep! Pretty much a click away for a great travel experience!

I can’t wait to visit Ilocos again, especially Vigan City. It’s a place that I would love to go back to again and again.

You may visit @cldnchls on Instagram for the travel photos. #CLDNCHLStraveldiaries