Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The "Palawan-turned-Camotes Island" Getaway

Whaddup, folks! I intentionally had a semi online hiatus due to our recently concluded outing at Puerto Princesa, Palawan! Wait... Where?!!! Palawan?! Basin 'Palaw' lang sa. Hahaha! 

Hayyy, friends. If you just know how excruciating it was for us to push our Palawan getaway, you would surely relate to our sheer despair and disappointment with #TransAsia! 

Imagine---We have booked our flights (Cebu-Palawan-Cebu) several weeks back; arranged a tour package with Hadefe Travel and Tours; prepared a detailed budget alongside the 3-day itinerary; bought outfits that would be at par with the Underground River Tour, Honda Bay Island Hopping, City Tour at the Crocodile Farm, Baker's Hill etc. and; conditioned ourselves (entirely) that after the underrated busy season, we will be reaping the rewards of our hard-work in the much anticipated Palawan escapade, ONLY to find out, that our scheduled ship departure would be delayed for 8 long hours WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. 

Isn't it amazing? (Amazing!) Isn't it surprising? (Surprising!) Isn't it?!!! 

We were supposed to fly at 10 AM but unfortunately arrived at the Queen City of the South at exactly 2:30 PM. We went to TransAsia's office and stayed there up to 7 PM hoping that they will indemnify us fully with the damages they have caused us, but to no avail... 

Now to cut my seemingly endless whining, let me just share to you our Camotes Island Getaway, as the entry's title suggests.

Let's have a mini flashback with the things that concurred after we were bombarded with distress in Cebu. Hahaha! To compensate our sawi moments, we decided to have a buffet dinner at the Port of Waterfront Hotel. 
I was super SLEEPY+HUNGRY during those moments so I didn't really bother tasting all the viands and desserts and whatevs ahhh can anyone take me to the Port right now huhuhu I want a rematch with all kinds of food out there!!! Hahaha! 
 I just find this so nomnom beyond words.
See?! We're positive kids like that! Smiling even in the face of adversity. Mwuahaha!!! 
After the tedious decision making, we decided to have our outing at the Camotes Island instead. We didn't push the Palawan getaway anymore since we will only be incurring additional costs NO-NUH-UH Huhuhu!!! Say an airfare worth Php11K (one way)?!!! No way!!! Hehe.
Fortunately, Saturday was a sunny day! 
We then arrived at the private resort so wow, much wow it was PICTURE PERFECT I cannot even...
When I'm in a picture perfect place, ALL I just want to do is... Okay you start guessing. Hahaha!!!
Friends all over the world, meet my fellow SGVeans!!! I took the following photo that's why no Sholala in the foregoing. Huhuhu!
We then went to Mangodlong Beach Resort after our breaky! The scorching summer sun made the resort look extra beautiful.  
Again, when I'm in a picture perfect place, all I want to do is.. Pose. In. Every. Single. Minute. Hahaha!
Heyyy, friends. This is my office mate slash friend, Karen. Say hi to her pretty please?!!! :)
Who would not want a buko juice under the heat of Mr. Sun?!!! 
Chillin'!!! Hahaha. I really believe that we deserve all the kinds of slackening in the world after our busy season. We worked for almost 24 hours a day just to beat deadlines but but but, we survived! Fist bump!!!
Bb. SGV 2014. See posters and print ads for more details. Hahaha!  Kidding. 
Headed to Santiago Bay Resort for our lunch!
And of course, Groupie! Ugh-huh!!!
Also visited Lake Danao Park, too! 
I love this photo so much except that Justine is at my back! Edit! Edit! Edit! Hahaha! Peace, Just. 
Yeeee. Hahaha! 
The Camotes Island getaway won't be completed without visiting the Tumubo Cave. A fab surprise awaits underground! 
Tadahhh! Be refreshed underneath!!!
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the Buho Rock---a place that I will NEVER EVER FORGET in my entire life. Wanna know why?!!! Hahaha! Hmmm. You'll know later!
But before my revelation, let me show some photos! Hahaha. Loving this candid shot to bits!
The foregoing looks like paradise! Noh?!!! Tubaaag!!! Hahaha! 
Imagining that Danny O'Donoghue (The Man Who Can't Be Moved) is just around the corner! Kidd. Hahaha. (Hi, Aj! I miss you and I love you!)
Okay. So here's what I was talking about. I'll forever remember Buho Rock since it's the place where I've tried cliff diving jumping for the first time in forever! Haha! It's just sad because the cliff in the photo doesn't seem to look so high as compared to the ACTUAL height. Huhuhu. Pero sa tinuod, dugay kaayo ko niambak sige gyud ko panguros balik2. Naglagot na gyud siguro akong mga officemates kay dugaaaayyy gyud ko nagtry. Hahaha! But you know what?!!! I did it not just once.. but TWICE! Achievement, eh?!!! Hahaha! 
Posing at the Camotes Island's baywalk afterwards. 
Hello to Karla, Joey and Ms. Lala! :)
Fruit shopping chareng. 
My best friends! Hahaha! 
We headed again to Santiago Bay etc etc etc. and ended the day by playing the infamous Mafia Game! IT WAS SO FUN LET'S PLAY IT AGAIN SO FUN LET'S PLAY IT AGAIN! #CitizenLagiKo #MafiaKa Hahaha! 
We then spent our Sunday at Cebu City and bought souvenirs slash pasalubong for the ones we dearly love!
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Looking back, I am still bitter with TransAsia for ruining almost everything that we have invested (most importantly those that cannot be quantified). However, to better my ill-gotten feelings, I just want to think that perhaps the trip wasn't really meant for us and that God would want us discover an equally beautiful place via the Camotes Island's greatness. :)

Till my next getaway, friends! See you in my next posts!

P.S. We love TransAsia.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Letter to my 5 Mommies

Dear Mommy - Yvonne / Linda / Manleen / Mary Faith / Mary Love, 

Do you remember the days when you called my attention because you want me to sing 'Maria Mercedes' in front of so many people? How about those days when you let me recite lots of poems, perform monologues, read several story books and entertain most of our relatives? Uhmmm. You don't?!!! Me? I do! Hahaha. 

I swear, performing all those was never embarrassing because you were all there to back me up. During my formative years, you taught me to believe in myself, to be confident, to be grateful, to keep my solid faith in God, to fight back (when there's a need), and my list goes forth. 

To my Mommy Yvonne, 
Thank you for bringing me into this beautiful world. At a very young age, you were so brave to raise me well despite my 'kulitness overload'.  You never grew tired from answering my random questions (even if it's already too much lol this is even an understatement.) Mommy, thank you for buying me books specially when I was little, for wiping my tears when I'm extremely sad, and for the endless litany which I find  so annoying but I love you so much (so whatevs!!!) Hahaha. 

To my Mommy Linda, 
Life has always been easier because you're always there! I had the best days in Jasaan Central School because you never failed to call me whenever you had snacks in your classroom yeaheyyy such a happy little girl! Hahaha. Thank you for providing my needs, from the basic ones to the 'char-char' ones. I cannot imagine a life without you. You're truly an awesome grandmother! 

To my Tita Manleen, 
You told me "Nacky, murag dili ko kaginhawa katong naa ka sa stage specially Question and Answer portion na. Kulbaan kaayo ko." Hahaha. That's okay, Mommy MM. Maybe because you just treat me like your own daughter?!!! Yeee. But on a serious note, I admire your generosity to our family. I always follow your advice to give more without counting the cost. Most of all, thank you for giving me money and dresses and shoes hahaha but yeah, I love you so much!!! 

To my Tita Faith, 
I always remember how patient you were when you taught me how to read, etc. Imagine, you were so patient teaching me how to identify the Presidents of the Philippines at a very young age?!!! So you really think that I can honestly fall in love with 'learning' more and more each day?!!! Hahaha. Congratulations! You did it, Tita! (Or so I think!) Hahaha. I am grateful that you instilled in me the passion to learn new things everyday of my life. You just don't know you made a significant impact to my being. 

To my Tita Love, 
Thanks for being my confidante. I am grateful that I have a cool Tita in your presence! I appreciate your generosity too, as much as I value the time that you always spend with me. More so, thank you for being my number 1 critique. Your suggestions matter to me more than any other. I love you to bits! 

Happy happy Mother's day to the five beautiful mothers / teachers (by profession) that I know. Thank you, thank you, thank you for teaching me all the essentials in life. I will certainly treasure and value the wondrous lessons you taught me. I LOVE YOU, ALL even if you still make me sing and dance and act and deliver a speech and even perform 'Maria Mercedes' to date. Wow so cool bye! What A Masunurin baby girl like that! HAHAHA!!!

P.S: Happy Mother's day, too to all the great moms in the world. Do know that you are very much appreciated! Kisses! 

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I Love Jasaan - Post #1

There are lots of reasons why I love Jasaan (although I already told Mommy that I'm gonna live somewhere else the moment I'll have a family of my own hahaha nakkks.) For me, it's a blessing to have experienced living in a town where everything is simple yet you still experience pure joy. The simplicity of my town amazes me that's why I am always, always proud to say that I am one of its grateful products. 

Anyway, before this blog post get crazy by my ultra dramatic introduction which happens ALL the time, hahaha, just look at the following photos. 

Let me start with one of my personal favorites, Crystal Pool Resort! 
Jasaan is blessed with an abundant water, the reason why most of its pools have free-flowing water system. 
You need not worry about the entrance fee because it only ranges from Php25.00 to Php40.00. Cool right?!!! Tubag!!! Hahaha! *Uyyy correct me if I am wrong because I'm not sure about the exact price lol hahaha thanks to Crystal Pool for being so generous to a pulubi girl like me most of the time. Hahaha*
 I also love the place because it's delicately pretty.
The cottages are dainty, too. You can also have them at low prices. Insert range here again. Hahaha. Sorry for the lacking info. Next time, I'll try to get all the details just to give you everything that you need for your much awaited outing!
 And, the colors! Who doesn't love colorful things?!!! You?!!! Such a sad story. Hmmm! 
I learned to love the place because it is where my Tatay usually takes me whenever I'd love to swim. I took these photos earlier before I had my ultra refreshing swimming. Nakkks feeling swimmer! Hahaha!!! To the kiddie pool section, please. Hahaha! 
Aside from Crystal Pool Resort, Jasaan also has other invigorating pools. I wanna mention all that I know but I might forget some hehehe. I wish I could visit them, too so that I can also make a separate blog post about them. :)  I have been to some of them and rest assured, you will also feel great as much as how you'll feel here in Crystal Pool. 
Sorry for the photos. I really believe that my photos cannot give justice to the actual feeling that you'll get the moment you'll dip your toes ohh so cold! Brrrr. 
There you have it. Looking forward to posting more about Jasaan. This won't be the last time that I'll be blogging about a pool/resort in my place because I tell you, there is more! ;) 
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