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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

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Hopeful Dreamers

Last April 26, Saturday, my friends and I went to visit Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan to ask mercy to grant our petitions for the battle that we’re facing right now.

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Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag

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Candles representing the Prayers of the Faithful

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After the mass, we lighted candles for our prayers, went up the Our Lady of Manaoag mantle to pray as we touch it, and visited the museum and wrote our petitions and dropped them on the petition box.

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Manaoag visit buddies: (L-R) Xam, Me, Angelou, Roland, Ysabelle

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Room 18 Represent! #dormmates

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I also bought rosary bracelets for him and I and had them blessed after the mass.

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Black for him and white for me. To infinity and beyond.

Big thanks to my Mom and Dad for driving us there.

P.S. Beware of those people who are going to “use your faith” just for them to earn money.

* All photos taken and post-processed by yours truly.


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The Walk

Heyaaaa! I haven’t updated this blog for some time but I’ve been quite active in Random-MissC and Of Clueless Letters. For some reasons, I haven’t thought of anything that’s blog-worthy.
Recent events have happened though, and I guess they’re good enough to share (but pardon me if I would just be too brief in telling the stories).
Last August 30, 2014, I joined the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Oplan Broadcasteering: Save Our Planet 2014. It was a long drive all the way to Antipolo but the breath-taking views eased my tiredness right away. It was my first time to join such event and I was glad to be among those volunteers who did a little something for Mother Earth. I am really looking forward to more missions like that. I have always wanted to be engaged with social activities; so far I have already been a volunteer for outreach programs and blood-letting events. However, I didn’t donate blood before because I used to be underweight so I just assisted in the registration and food distribution; hopefully I’d be able to donate blood soon.

I also had the chance to meet the Greatest International Bowler of All Time, Mr. Paeng Nepomuceno. He was our special guest during the opening of the 2014 ECJ Invitational Ten-pin Bowling Tournament at the AMF Superbowl, Makati Square. I was tasked to host the program so I really had the chance to be with him side by side and face to face!

And just this Wednesday, I was able to taste a popular beverage in the world of witchcraft and wizardry. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know definitely what I’m talking about. Yes, yes and yes! Butterbeer! A new friend invited me to check it out at Early Bird Breakfast Club in Bonifacio Global City.

Blimey! The excitement of drinking it rose to its extreme the moment our glasses were already served. The taste? Geez, I thank the heavens for such creation! 😉
I also had Bacon and Egg Nest and man, I must say that my visit there was worth it. The nest was filled with bacon, egg, cheese and veggies that really gave complementing flavors.
The ambiance at Early Bird was also fine and cozy. I would give 4 out of 5 stars for the service they’ve given us. It was really a #selfie-worthy place. 😉
We also visited Fully-Booked (BGC) and I just fell in love with the whole place for having lots of books. Applause for the amazing book and wall arts!

And lately I’ve been so LSSed with Mayer Hawthorne’s The Walk. I even stopped when I heard it while strolling around the mall.

So long you did me wrong. Kbye.


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Weekend at the City of Pines (late post)

As a graduation treat for my sister and I (aside from our dine out after grad), our family plus Tito Yeng stayed at Baguio from May 11 – 13. 🙂 We stayed at Teacher’s Camp for the weekend. We got a huge room for six, with two big bedrooms and five “double” beds. And since Baguio’s temperature during night was really cold, we didn’t need aircon or fans. The breeze was enough to make us wear our jacket and cover ourselves with blanket.

We visited, in no particular order, Mines View Park, The Mansion, Botanical Garden, Wright Park, Philippine Military Academy, Lourdes Grotto, Strawberry Farm, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Pacdal Church and Baguio Cathedral. I’d really be glad if we’d stay there on December for Christmas. 😀 Though the Summer Capital of the Philippines isn’t as cold as it used to be and since it’s pretty much crowded now, it’s still nicer to smell fresh air in the province – the pines, views and the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” spirit! 😉

We also went to Manaoag Church before going home. 🙂

And you know what? Nothing’s better than quality time with your beloved family! We celebrated Mother’s Day there too. We gave Mom a simple gift and since what we gave her is not really something, I bought her a summer hat when I went to Lucban, Quezon during the Pahiyas Festival (see post).

By the way, here’s my favorite shot when I was in my “aspiring photographer mode” at Baguio. This was taken at the Botanical Garden. 😀

P.S. Sorry for the photo-dump-slash-lazy-post. And the unorganized order of the photos. Mehehe.


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Pahiyas Festival 2013 (late post)

MAY 15, 2013 – Oh yes! For the very first time, I was able to witness one of the most famous fiestas in the Philippines. Sir Momon invited the whole Fauna and Flora International (FFI) staff to see the very known Pahiyas Festival at Lucban, Quezon.

I wasn’t able to take my own photos because I didn’t bring Parallax with me. I just grabbed these photos from our finance manager’s Facebook account. I was actually the one who held and captured most of the photos using her camera anyway. 🙂
Aside from enjoying the colorful view and the food at Sir Momon‘s house, I was able to buy pasalubong for the family plus a beach hat for my Mom. I know she wanted to buy one in Baguio but just didn’t because she thought of us more. 🙂 We’ve also had a happy roadtrip along Laguna on our way back to our office at Tagaytay.
I reached home few minutes before12 midnight that day. It was tiring but indeed a memorable one. 😉 The Pahiyas Festival is indeed one of the view things that we must be proud of as Filipinos. It just shows how creative and grateful the Filipinos are. 😀