Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Here comes 2015...

Looking back the past year, I wish I had done so many more things like travel more, relax a little, etc. But I regret nothing because I am grateful for its outcome.

As I write this piece today, I want to let you all know that I'm the luckiest 28 year old girl I know. I have awesome parents who gives me everything I need, or even things that I don't need. You may think I'm just a spoiled brat, but I'm not. My parents taught me that to achieve things, first you must HELP YOURSELF. Work your butts off your comfort zone. You cannot achieve things if you will just sit there and wait for blessings -- it doesn't come to you, you go and grab it. HELP OTHERS who are willing to help themselves. You cannot help someone who doesn't want it, what you give will only go to waste... so save it for a more deserving person.  My dad also secretly teaches me to BE HUMBLE, he doesn't say it out loud but I understand. He always says "We are not rich, but we have enough money to spend in cases of emergency and to live our lives comfortably. We don't have to be ultra rich like Henry Sy, who cannot go out of his house without bodyguards. We don't need luxurious materials or spend lavishly on unnecessary stuffs. We just have to live our normal lives and enjoy it." (Insert high five here!)

Have I mentioned how lucky I am? Yes I don't have a new cellphone, or an expensive camera, and people always tell me I'm so "kuripot" (thrifty) when it comes to my own stuffs. I admit, I choose not to buy because I feel bad spending on things that I want, not need. I've learned to manage my money through the years I've lived alone and paying for my own expenses. And I don't care, because I know I have so much more... I have friends and family who makes me feel loved and happy - happy enough that I don't think so much of material things. The bonus? I get to save up for my future, wherever it may lead.

Thank you 2014, for all the blessings and happiness you have offered me. Thank you for the bad also, because it taught me lessons I wouldn't learn if I have not failed. Thank you for the gift of love and understanding. Thank you for literally everything. And if I could change anything in the past year, today I would have been different, so I wouldn't (change anything). I am just going to leave 2014 behind happier and contented...

So here comes 2015 and the list of things I want to do/achieve for the coming year:

- travel more
- sleep when tired and drink vitamins
- donate to those in need (if not money or goods, then service will do) - My mom told me she cried watching a homeless man going through the trash for food. She cried while telling me the story, it breaks my heart. Now I understand why she segregates and puts in separate sealed plastic all the food we have to throw away.
- take risks
- exercise, lose the muffin tops
- push my limits
- more sleep
- if angry, don't argue and just walk away
- reconnect with old friends
- stay in touch with friends and family
- don't let work prevent you from building your social life
- buy a new phone (just because my phone is slowly dying on me) OR wait for Globe's free phone LOL #kuripot
- maintain a planner whole year round
- always be in good mood even when things are bad
- slight change in wardrobe, limit the shirts. more girly stuffs.
- more blogging for future references and to keep memories
- tap my artistic side again and make new projects
- love unconditionally
- give without expectations
- be a little more understanding of other people
- learn how to fire a gun
- own a gun
- go on an out of country trip
- appreciate the little things

...and this list will still go on...

Let me end this entry with a wish. I wish everyone a prosperous new year, may you achieve your life goals and live a better, healthier and happier life. Always remember, the choice is yours. Grab it.

Some people think they know me, but really, they don't. You cannot really judge a person by watching from the outside. But if they could (know me better), they'd be surprised of my stories to share. :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Island of Coron, Palawan

Recently named the best island in the World, Palawan is truly a majestic place to travel to. Compared to other islands I've been to, the islands in Coron are never too crowded - maybe because there are a lot of places to go to. You will never run out of places to visit. "So many things to do, so little time!" Which is why it will be worth it coming back to this piece of earth to find serenity and peace.

Our first adventure: We climbed Mt. Tapyas and its 700++ steps to view the spectacular sunset. There were resting spots in between where you can stop, sit, and take a deep breath. Don't forget to bring water because I swear, its super tiring! I almost didn't make it on top. LOL!

 After that tiring hike to Mt. Tapyas, relax yourself at the Maquinit Hot Spring for a P200 fee per pax. You won't feel sore the next day if you do this. Natural hot springs are the best.

The next day, we took a boat ride to go to Kayangan Lake - known as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. True to its reputation, it is clean. You have to hike a pile of rock stairs to get to the lake though.

It is most beautiful in the morning. You can take the best picture during that time since there are only a few people, it gets a little crowded after 10 AM.

Fish feeding and snorkeling. There is a spot where you can see a sunken Japanese Warship under water. It's so creepy it feels like the ship from Pirates of the Caribbean, goosebumps!

Another hike to Barracuda Lake.

By the way, you have to pay Php 50 per pax for each of the spots you will visit. I know, I know, a bit pricey if you will visit 5 or more islands. I hope Coron will give tourists packages that pays for the whole thing and make it a little hassle-free.

For your Coron island hopping, you may contact Mr. Marvin Tayco (boat owner) at 0915-611-1974 or 0998-163-2539. They offered us an affordable rate for four and prepared a yummy lunch for us. One of the boatman went with us as our tour guide.

We stayed at Coron Westown Resort. Spacious and cozy rooms, staff were accommodating and ok. I love their bathroom, it is sooo big! Choose rooms beside the pool on the ground floor for easy access.

Travel light if you can. There are no scanners in Coron's airport so they look at your bags manually.

Ooohh I love Palawan! :) Definitely going back, for the beaches next time.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Guidelines in choosing a condominium.

Looking for a condo? Here are some basic tips/guidelines that would help you determine if the condominium you're looking at will live up to your standards. This is for y'all especially the single people who are starting an independent life and moving out of their parents' home...

I wouldn't say I am an expert, but living in condos for about two years now, I've seen different flaws that could have been avoided if you choose your condo wisely. There is no perfect condo, that is for sure. But it's up to you to decide which flaws you can live with. 

1) First and most important, know the developer.

Research about the developers and visit their actual sites. Showrooms only show you the "ideal" appearance of your future unit, but when you get it bare, that's a different story (a story full of expenses LOL) For me, the most important thing is the foundation of the building and how the dividers in each units are built. Try to punch the walls and feel for yourself if its full concrete or hollow. Most developers build their projects the same way so you will get a slight idea what type of construction that developer does. Once you've chosen your preferred developer, choose which of their projects are within your preferred area. Then do your site visit again.

2) Management of propertyDuring your site visit, look around. Is their condo properly maintained, clean and homey? The appearance of the condo reflects the type of management it has.

3) Amenities and facilities.

How big is the pool and imagine if it can accommodate all the people in that compound. Some condos offer gym, tennis and basketball courts. Be sure that the events area is away from your prospect unit, because it might be noisy there occasionally, if you don't mind a little noise then okay. Common areas should be visitor friendly also.

4) Ask people there how much is the monthly association dues. Multiply that to the size of your prospect unit, and reflect if you can afford to pay it. Owning a condo is a responsibility, you need to start paying your bills. Haha!

5) Ask where the garbage bins are. Trust me on this.

6) Security - Of course you need to feel safe if you're living alone.

7) Parking - Whether you own a car or not, inquire if there are ample parking space. (Well if you ask the agents they usually say yes haha) It's still better to have your own though, yes pricey, but convenient. You can always rent it out if you don't own a car yet.

8) Drying cages - They usually have this for low and mid-rise condominiums. But if you don't have time to wash your clothes, you can ask the admin for recommended laundry shops near the area - they will pick-up and deliver your clothes for you.

9) Accessibility - Public transportation or private vehicle? Where is the nearest supermarket, mall, etc.?

10) Utilities - I know you can't live without cable and internet, available providers usually have flyers in the admin office. Admin will take care of MERALCO for you. Water charges are included on top of your monthly assoc. dues.

11) Pets - If you own one, you might have to ask if the condo allows it. Otherwise, you have to leave your baby at your parents' house and take your place as prince/princess. :))

12) Know the terms of payment and manage your financials. Request your agent to provide you with the payment schedule, they will compute this for you once you've chosen your unit. Prior to your move in, remember that this is like moving in a house also - they will make you pay membership fee for the association, fire extinguishers (if not free), MERALCO initial payment, etc. Therefore, do not forget to ask the admin office how much these fees are so you can prepare for it.

I hope this entry helps. These are just the basics. Choose wisely and good luck to you. Let's shout together: FREEDOM!!! LMAO ;)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be a good man.

"Be a good man.
Be good in the face of failure.
Sometimes, being the best means being the least.
Be good even after you made a mistake.
Sometimes being good just boils down to being able to say sorry.
Sometimes being good is loving the people who hurt you...
And making the most difficult choices that may hurt the people you love."

An excerpt from a John Lloyd movie.

May moral lessons din talaga doon, hindi puro kilig lang. :))

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Long overdue PH government issues.

In the eyes of a normal citizen like me...

Dear politicians,


Seriously? Hindi naman ito major problem. Isang napakaliit na problema na madali naman solusyunan. Simple lang solusyon dyan: ipagbawal na ng tuluyan ang "tandem". Pang-isang tao lang naman talaga ang motor diba? Nag-aaksaya pa kayo ng oras parahin sila at tanungin isa isa. Dagdag pa kayo sa traffic. 1) tapos problema nyo 2) for the motorists' safety na din, mahirap kaya may naka angkas, takaw disgrasya lang yan 3) bawas holdap. Three birds with one stone. :))


Its called "permanent" danger zone for a reason. Bakit ba hinahayaan nyong may tumira doon? Tapos aalis lang sila pag puputok na yung bulkan. Mag-eevacuate sila at gagastos ang gobyerno ng Php 178 million sa loob ng 3 months para mapakain at alagaan sila. Sana hindi nalang sila doon nakatira, para yung mga may mas tunay na pangangailangan ang makakuha ng tulong - hindi yung mga tao na alam nang delikado eh pinagsisiksikan yung mga sarili nila sa permanent DANGER ZONE. Ang nakakatawa pa nyan, pagkatapos ng pagputok ng bulkan, hahayaan nyo nanaman sila bumalik doon. Tapos next eruption ganun nanaman. Ugh. What a waste of resources.


I'll keep this short and simple: It affects businesses, and somehow, someday, it will hurt our economy. Somebody. Do. Something.


If it will happen, I approve of it. Why? Because during his term, madaming naglabasan na corruption issues. And for me, its a start. Ibalik lahat ng pera ng Pilipinas, tapos saka idistribute ulit to help others. Sana mabawasan na yung naibubulsa para makinabang naman tayong lahat, hindi lang yung paisa isang politiko na may mga mansyon sa iba ibang lupalop ng Pilipinas. Help the Philippines before you help yourselves - this should be the motto of every politician. ANO MAGAGAWA NG PERANG NINAKAW MO KUNG BABAKSAK LANG RIN NAMAN ANG PILIPINAS? Mag-aabroad ka? Sige lumayas ka na! LOL. Pero kung tatakbo si Mayor Duterte, sa kanya nalang ako boboto. I think that is what our country needs - FEAR of the government. Greed kind of wasted the beauty of democracy here in the Philippines.


Sa totoo lang, wish ko sana yung mga tax payers lang ang pwede makaboto. I know, I know, ang sama ng iniisip ko and its not fair. Pero isipin mo, pera ng taxpayers ang ninanakaw ng mga politiko... pera ng taxpayers ang ginagamit ng gobyerno... pera ng taxpayers ang bumubuhay sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana, taxpayers lang din ang pwede magdecide kung sino ang magnanakaw at gagamit ng perang pinaghirapan at pinagtrabahuhan nila. HINDI BA MAS FAIR YUN? Kung gusto mo may say ka, aba magbayad ka rin, wala ng libre sa panahon ngayon. Just saying.

I just wish politicians would end their greed... and take care of the people who gave them money and power. If you're running for office, remember that you have a big responsibility to the Filipino people. Think of us as your family, treat us like your children who needs your support and care. Whats happening here now makes me sad. All the negative news of stealing and killing and pointing fingers - it needs to end. Lets all go for the greater good and not settle for the lesser evil. We are Pinoy, we can do this! :)

"HUMILITY - all GREAT leaders possess it."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kaell Cid at 6

3 months old

Our second Christmas together :)

1 year and 5 months, you learned how to sweep and swim.

And buy your own diapers in the supermarket.

You always try to read and observe things around you.

When you smile like this, you make other people smile too. :)

At 2 years old, you learned how to use a gun, and do your own laundry.

At almost 3 years old, you became a professional.

Now that you're 6 years old... I'm sure that you're the most intelligent, unselfish and caring young man I will ever know and I wish you all the happiness and joy. You are the cutest, most adorable person in my life. Happy birthday love, Ninang loves you so much!!! I am very proud of you! Study hard and be a good boy, as you always are. ^_^

"Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's hard to please everyone.

But the real question is: Why would you (even try)?

This has been my ultimate question when I finally realized that I've been stressing myself for the approval of people who doesn't even like or understand me. After years of trying, I came to the conclusion that THEY NEVER WILL... AND I GIVE UP. I waved my white flag and I can honestly say (after a few months of what ifs, etc etc.) that I am happier. I promised myself that I will never let what others think of me affect me as a person... because whatever that is, this is me. I cannot change who I am especially for people who does not even care about me. People like me just the way I am and I know it. Those who cannot understand me clearly doesn't take time to even try to... so why even bother to please them? The perfect answer is to just be civil. Ignore it, as hard as it may be. I've been struggling for months now, to keep my patience and not get into arguments even if I have tons of things to say. Sometimes, expressing yourself too much is a bad thing. Besides, a closed mind and heart can never be moved. Whatever you say, whatever you do, you will always be wrong in their eyes. You just have to wait for that moment when they will realize ON THEIR OWN the things you try to do for them. Until that time comes, KEEP CALM AND STOP TRYING. :)

You live for your own happiness. Don't let other people define you and how to live your life. If they don't appreciate you, that's their problem -- not yours. Never apologize for being you.

We always make hard decisions for the people we love, but always remember this - they will come around. Patience dear friend, patience.

"If people talk negatively about you, don't let them affect you. Live in such a way that no one will believe them."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fortune Island, Batangas

We've been planning and researching about this for weeks. Finally...

I present to you, Leviste's abandoned island in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Once upon a time, this was a private luxury resort. People can only reach it through either a boat or a helicopter. Since Leviste was accused of murder, and following the opening of other private resorts in Nasugbu (where you won't need a boat or a helicopter ride), this island slowly lost the competition until its abandonment. No lights, no water, no everything.

Boat ride was a bit pricey. Php5,500-6,000 for 6-7 pax for overnight trip. Travel time is around an hour going from Nasugbu to the island. Landing fee will cost you Php400 per person for an overnight stay (this will go to the Korean, a diver who is renting the island from the Leviste's) Bring your own tent or you can rent one for a fee of Php700-800. I suggest you buy one kasi magkapresyo lang halos, plus you can bring it home pa. Don't forget your emergency lights and water. These are the most important things to bring.

So here starts the adventure...

Look for your friends and go for a boat ride.

Set up your tents and make sure your stuffs are safe and sealed.

Climb up and view the whole island.

Here I found lost kids wandering with a statue.

...and then I found a lost mermaid (or syokoy?) fighting with the waves.

I also found a kid who almost lost one of his slippers.

C'mon and jump off a cliff. (I didn't really jump haha)

We played with the sunset.

...and the sunset played with us.

All in all, it was a great adventure. It was my first time to experience something like this. Kaya naman pala mabuhay ng 2 days without electricity and internet, sleeping sa tent and walang ligo ligo. Bawal maarte sa island na to. Nawala yung arte ko. Hahaha :)) Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so try it girls and boys. #YOLO

"Every new friend is a new adventure... a start of more memories."