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Subic Town’s once every 4-year fiesta

Subic Bay and Subic Town are two different entities. Subic Town is the  quaint municipality of Zambales. Subic Bay is the free port zone that used to be a US Naval Base.


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Tap water in Baguio during the months of December to February is so cold, you’d be wondering if it’s coming all the way from Narnia. That’s why hot beverages are very popular here. Choco-late de Batirol, a garden restaurant inside Camp John Hay, is one among others. They serve the hot chocolate drinks prepared the traditional way - dissolving thick chocolate paste in water then placing it in a batirol, then flavorings are mixed using a wooden whisk.

I am not so much of a coffee drinker, so hot choco on a cool afternoon breeze in Baguio is perfect for me. :)


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I have never seen Baguio sooooo colorful like this!

Well, it’s my first time to witness the Grand Float Parade of the City’s Flower Festival, and it’s a real thrill (and challenge, too)! The crowd is already thick on the sidewalks of Session Road as early as 6am. It’s difficult to find a fairly good spot to take pictures.

Nonetheless, the colorful and fun vibe of the floats artistically decorated with flowers parading on the street is all worth the wait and long walks and heavy traffic after. And my most favorite float is of course the one with Mr. Gru’s minions from Despicable Me, FTW! :D

This made me love Baguio even more. :)

Panagbenga 2014


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Ah, let me feel you, sun!

It was such a thrill to be surrounded with the crowd and see lots and lots of flowers parading on Session Road! Oh, I love Baguio even more.

Panagbenga 2014
Baguio City’s Flower Festival
Grand Float Parade

Ah, let me feel you, sun!

It was such a thrill to be surrounded with the crowd and see lots and lots of flowers parading on Session Road! Oh, I love Baguio even more.

Panagbenga 2014

Baguio City’s Flower Festival

Grand Float Parade


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I have not been to many celebrated fiestas in the country, but for sure, any fiesta celebration in the Philippines - be it the grandiose Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, MassKara or a simple small town fiesta - will be a unique and fun-filled experience.

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon when I heard happy drum beats, so I decided to go outside. And here are random snapshots of a local village fiesta near our place.

Everybody was dancing in the streets with their Sto. Niños, and everyone is sort of licensed to wipe charcoal on anybody’s face. And I was not exempted! A random kid wiped charcoal on my face just as I was about to click the shutter. It’s part of the fun, I guess. And of course, Pinoy fiesta will never be complete without sorbetes.

Now this makes me want to experience the bigger and famous Pinoy fiestas in the country! :D


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Ahoi! How was your new year? Were you able to look back at the year that was and thank God for all the wonderful blessings and learning that 2013 brought you? I hope you did because there is no better way to start the year than starting it with a thankful heart.

I made it a ritual to start the year with a prayer and watching fireworks after a hearty dinner with the whole family. I feel so blessed for the whole 2013, with all its surprises, adventures and bunch of learning and great experiences.

2013 made me see things differently. It made me appreciate the little things. It made me trust myself more. It taught me to forgive and let go of things and people that do not help me grow, and value those that make me more alive. I learned a lot. It was a great 365-day journey and I am excited for what 2014 would bring, so let’s get it on!

Happy new year everyone! :D


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Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Oh, I’m just in time for my favorite time of the day in my favorite season of the year!

I stopped and set up my tripod and camera to freeze the blue hour over Ayala Harbor Point in Subic Bay before I did some gift hunting for family, friends and kids. And you see, everyone has their hands full of their own business, but even granny got a little bit fascinated with Santa.

Merry Christmas everyone! :)


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From 3 in the morning, we were already on the road traversing our way to Aurora Province. After transferring from a jeepney to a bus to another bus and to another bus and to a tricycle—a total of 12 hours on the road—we finally reached San Luis, Aurora where we stayed at my brother’s home. 

Although tired from the looooooong journey, we were thrilled meeting my nephews and niece and enjoyed playing with the hyperactive techie kiddos. 

Come the next day and we found ourselves savoring Aurora’s crisp fresh air and cool waterfalls. We found no surfers that time of the day but we were at awe at the waves continuously crashing on the shore. We got excited, too, seeing the huge centuries-old Balete tree. 

It was drizzling but heck, for all we know, we were so full of Ate Lanie’s adobo and munggo and definitely having a really great time with the kids and the whole family. 

I gotta be honest, travel time is loooong and tiring… but Aurora’s natural beauty is truly eye-candy and incredibly fantastic for nature lovers!  :D


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L-O-V-E-L-Y.

I’ve had a lovely weekend with my ever good old friends. It’s always nice to have them around. I am one lucky soul growing up with them. 

Nice to have our tatay Ef back, too! 

Hope your weekend is just as lovely. <3 


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Back when I didn’t  know shyness (when I was 3 or 4), I’d do whatever I’m told: sing, dance, make funny faces for my parents&#8217; and guests’ entertainment.  And I answer smart whenever asked what I wanted to become when I grow up. “I want to be a doctor! Or a lawyer,”  I’d say.  And people would get impressed for such answer coming from a 3 year old. 
Fast forward to today, well, I didn’t grow much vertically, socially awkward and a little panicky when caught in the middle of a crowd, not a doctor nor a lawyer, but a happy  20-something gal, joggling paper works, unprocessed photos, love and family life, slipping-away pay slips and backpack travels in between. :)
I guess what I have actually outgrown is society’s label and definition of success. I may not be society’s definition of success, but it’s enough for me that I am happy for who I have become, what I have learned and realized in life, what I am able to do, create and share.
I’ve been inspired by people who don’t even know I exist, (people who aren’t  as successful and rich as who most of us look up to these days) but real people who chose to pursue their passion and unknowingly inspire  a lot of souls to choose to just be happy, free and live life.
 I’d like to make the same effect. Live, be happy, share my passion and inspire people. One day. Somehow. :) 

Back when I didn’t  know shyness (when I was 3 or 4), I’d do whatever I’m told: sing, dance, make funny faces for my parents’ and guests’ entertainment.  And I answer smart whenever asked what I wanted to become when I grow up. “I want to be a doctor! Or a lawyer,”  I’d say.  And people would get impressed for such answer coming from a 3 year old.

Fast forward to today, well, I didn’t grow much vertically, socially awkward and a little panicky when caught in the middle of a crowd, not a doctor nor a lawyer, but a happy  20-something gal, joggling paper works, unprocessed photos, love and family life, slipping-away pay slips and backpack travels in between. :)

I guess what I have actually outgrown is society’s label and definition of success. I may not be society’s definition of success, but it’s enough for me that I am happy for who I have become, what I have learned and realized in life, what I am able to do, create and share.

I’ve been inspired by people who don’t even know I exist, (people who aren’t  as successful and rich as who most of us look up to these days) but real people who chose to pursue their passion and unknowingly inspire  a lot of souls to choose to just be happy, free and live life.

 I’d like to make the same effect. Live, be happy, share my passion and inspire people. One day. Somehow. :) 


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Manila, how crowded can you get?? 

Manila, how crowded can you get?? 


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Fun, fun shoot at Pamulaklakin Village, Subic Bay during the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk :D


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Ahh, El Nido! I’m still not over you. I’m coming back to you when the mighty sun is shinning hard, capable of burning my skin; while your fine sand is all over me. 


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It&#8217;s been raining and flooding for days in our place and I am getting really pale. I thought of cancelling the trip to El Nido, but glad that I didn&#8217;t. Otherwise, I won&#8217;t be able to get my much needed vitamin D and bask in the sun in ala-Survivor islands of El Nido. :D 

It’s been raining and flooding for days in our place and I am getting really pale. I thought of cancelling the trip to El Nido, but glad that I didn’t. Otherwise, I won’t be able to get my much needed vitamin D and bask in the sun in ala-Survivor islands of El Nido. :D 


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Next time you get you’re itchy feet in Baguio City, give your tummy a little healthy treat, too! Head to Cafe by the Ruins and try their delightful menu or to Ben Cab’s Cafe Sabel for their unique set of yumminess — all healthy good food.

Here’s what we had:
Lemon Ricotta and Grilled Chicken Breast (Cafe by the Ruins)
Chicken Paprika (Cafe Sabel)
Pasta Primavera (Cafe by the Ruins) - highly recommended ^_^
Chicken Pinikpikan (Cafe by the Ruins) paired with red rice highly recommended ^_^
Lumpia Rolls - all veggies and tofu (Cafe Sabel)
Spicy Tuyo Pasta (Cafe Sabel) highly recommended ^_^
Choco Lava Cake (Cafe by the Ruins)
Lemon Grass Iced Teas (Cafe by the Ruins)
Blueberry Cheesecake (Cafe Sabel) highly recommended ^_^


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