Mahalo, 2013!

December 31, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

I had a great year! It is honestly one of my best years. :P I've got to do a lot of things that I've been meaning to do for the longest time.

The start of my 2013 was rather tough. I left my comfort zone on the December of the previous year, and started on my new work on what I considered as an unfamiliar territory on January. I was scared that I'd screw up. When I left my previous company, I was very clear on my career path, and was working hard to achieve my career goals. I had to prove, if not just for myself, that I made the right decision. When you leave something good, you have to hope that you'd end up with something better. Thankfully, I've got the hang of it, and everything is fine at work. :)

Last March, I started sponsoring a kid on World Vision. I've been meaning to do this for years, but never had the chance to. But on this month, I decided to go ahead with it. This is one of the things that is constantly making me happy. :)

My brother finally graduated from college last April. Oh, I didn't graduate though. But that's fine, I didn't want to take the spotlight from him. Lols. :P

I finally got to do a solo trip in Boracay, and that was for my birthday last June. :P It was rather a life-changing event. Echos. But seriously, the solo trip proved to be a worthwhile experience for me. Now, I do not hesitate on doing things on my own. I still get weird looks though whenever I tell people that I travel solo. Hehe.

It was also on this month that I've decided to take the plunge on my biggest investment to date. I've got the family a house in our province. Hopefully, I can pay this off ASAP. It should be one of my happiest moments when I finally get the keys to the house.

I went to Sydney for a business trip last September. I  stayed there for five weeks, and even got the chance to see my Tita and her family, and my Sydney teammates. I had an awesome weekend in Canberra with an old friend too.

When I think about it, the biggest accomplishment I had this year is being able to finish my thesis. My professor accepted it last October. Hurray. But I will graduate on April 2014 because I failed to meet the deadline for the graduating students then. But still, I'm gonna graduate. :P

I had few out-of-town trips this end of year. I went back to CDO-Camiguin this early December, and went surfing in Baler last week. I'm excited for my trips next year. :)

Kung nakilala ko si BB, best year na sana ito. HAHAHAHAHA. Kidding aside, I'm very happy this year, and grateful for all the blessings. I can't wait for 2014. Game on!


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The Three Sisters and the Blue Mountains

December 31, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

I DIY-ed on Blue Mountains. It was very exhausting. When I told my Sydney teammates about it, they we're like woah. Howell told me that he did a DIY so I thought I could manage to do it that way as well. If he could do it, I can do it as well. I wasn't very good on directions. But I managed to get to the Blue Mountains. I took the train from the Central station to Katoomba station; it took me two hours to reach Katoomba station. I paid around A$20 for a roundtrip ticket. You can opt for a Blue Mountain Explorer ticket though. 

When I reached the Katoomba station, I had to walk around 2.5km to get to the Echo Point. I was debating on getting the explorer the last minute, but I told myself that I already walked that far. The view on the Echo Point is worth the trouble.
Echo Point Lookout
Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters and me
After staying for few minutes in the lookout, I went to the Prince Henry Cliff Walk to go to the top of the giant stairway which was another half an hour walk for me.
The lookout provides another view of the Three Sisters. I would have wanted to go down the bottom of the giant stairway, but I decided not to because I felt that I wasn't fit enough. I took my late lunch right after I went back to the Echo Point, and ate at the Three Sisters Cafe which provides amazing view of the Blue Mountains. Unfortunately, I lost some of my photos when my iPhone died weeks ago. :S
Three Sisters Cafe photo from Weekend Notes
I was supposed to try the Scenic World, but it was already late in the afternoon, and I was really tired at that moment. It was actually the Scenic World that I was dying to try. I really regret missing that one. :S I crawled, I mean walked, another 2.5km back to the Katoomba station and went back in the city.


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Sydney Zoo Visit

December 30, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

On the same day that I went to Madame Tussauds, I also went to visit the Wildlife Sydney Zoo. So I went to the Darling Harbour and paid the animals a visit. I'd be honest, I'm not an animal lover. But I gave this one, a go.

The Wildlife Sydney Zoo recreated the natural habitat of these animals - koalas, crocodiles, butterflies, snakes, and spiders among others. 

There are many animals in the zoo, and some of them are interesting. Few of them are scary though. :P

This is perentie, the largest monitor lizard in Australia. It can be as long as 2 meters or more.
You can find an agile wallaby in the zoo, as well. They belong to the kangaroo family.
Of course, I saw some koalas in the zoo. :)
The close encounter on the koala made up my Sydney Zoo experience. Not so close encounter, I mean. :P


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A Note For Christmas

December 26, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

My iPhone died two weeks ago. Funny that it was right after I tweeted "Hoping to get lucky on Friday the 13th." Like seriously. I didn't try to get a mobile phone for a week, then my friend lent me her basic phone. For some reason, the display went off after using it for few hours. Sigh. So I've decided to get the basic Samsung phone.

My officemates were telling me to get a new smartphone. I didn't really plan to get a new one this Christmas. But I have a data plan, so it would be of no use if I keep using that mobile phone. I decided to drop by Globe at Glorietta, and asked for a retention. The rep told me that I still have a month on my plan, so I decided to pay the pre-termination fee. I was debating on getting the iPhone 5S and the Note 3. I have always been an Apple fan, and love my iPhone to the bones. It's easy to use. It has stable mobile ecosystem. I have all the things I need in the App store. Plus it has the premium feel. 

I always find the Android very complex. I heard, it lags. Whenever I borrowed my friend's mobile phone, I always end up irritated because I can't navigate my way to what I want to do. But I decided to give the Note 3 a try.

I've been using my Note for a week already. I can say that I am happy with it. I am seriously enjoying the S Pen. I used to hate Android because I thought you can't organize the apps into folders, but I was wrong. I like it that the photos are automatically moved to the respective albums. When you take a picture, it goes to Camera album, when I save a pin on Pinterest, it goes to the Pins album. This is one of the things I dislike on iOS, but I love on Android. I'm getting used to the big screen. One of the reasons that I love browsing on my iPad is the big screen,which I totally enjoy doing on my Note 3. There are still many things that I have to explore on my Note though. I still don't know a lot of things, and I've been constantly messaging my Android-user friends for info. I know, may Google na. :P
I've got my iPhone two years ago for Christmas too.I've got the Note for Christmas this year. Oh wait, I'm on a long break too. :P I've been on leave since the 21st and I'll be spending my days here at home til I get back to work on the 6th of January. Hmm, that's actually not totally true because I'll be leaving tonight for Baler with my officemates. I'll spend the New Year's eve with the family, and then off to Boracay on the 1st. It should be the best way to start an awesome year. :P


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Glitzy Day at Madame Tussauds

December 15, 2013 Tsina 1 Comments

One of my favorite visits in Sydney was in Madame Tussauds. This is a wax museum located at the Darling Harbour. I went here during my long weekend in Sydney. I got sick so I decided not to join the Port Macquarie trip with my Tita and her family. Chryss already went home by this time, too. I was doing my thesis, but decided to snap out of it and paid a visit to Madame Tussauds. There are few areas inside the museum that one could absolutely enjoy - History Zone, Leaders Zone, Sport Zone, Music Zone, Culture Zone, TV Zone, Film Zone, and the A-List Zone.

In the Leaders Zone, I got a photo op with Barack Obama. :P I felt like a queen for a minute.
Parang tunay. :P
the crown on my head, and the stars at my feet
For the sport buff, you'll enjoy the F1 car, Wii tennis, or golf with the superstars at the Sport Zone. :)
cute kid
I had a photo op with MJ at the Music Zone, and of course Rihanna. I listen to almost all her albums. Hahahahaha!
teach me the moonwalk, please!
so what if I missed the concert? Riri's here. :P
I got comfy with Albert Einstein at the Culture Zone. Dedma lang siya sa akin. Harsh. :P
smile naman, Sir Albert!
I saw Oprah at the TV Zone, and almost got my interview of a lifetime. :P

I sat with the very beautiful Audrey Hepburn at the Film Zone. Got little insecure with Mareng Marilyn because I can't twerk like that. :P I tried to hold hands with the Iron Man, too. :P
ganda niyaaaa!
A for effort. :P
Plus of course, a photo with the newest boyfriend at the A-List Zone. Lols.
I considered this one of the most enjoyable visits. Just don't try to think of the many times I had to ask someone to take my photos. :P


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Oscars Peg of the Year-End Party

December 15, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

I didn't intend to join the company year-end party. I dislike dressing up. I can't do my make up, I don't wear heels. It would be a lot of trouble for me to even show up. Lols. So that was why I didn't register for the event, I was still in Sydney during the registration period. It would be a good excuse, I thought. :P So I didn't register, and was hoping that my bosses won't ask me about it. 

But everyone signed up, and I really thought that it would be fun. But I still couldn't convince myself. Arte much. :P But Kit told them that I tried on few dresses at The Ramp, hahahahahaha! I'm starting to think that I couldn't trust him. Lols. 

This last week proved to be very toxic, I only have coffee for breakfast, and forced myself to come to work on the last few days. Gosh. My phone decided to act up pa, and got stuck on the Apple logo on Thursday night. Things were bad this last week. Ara said that the party could be a good breather for me. Friday morning came, Elsie asked me if I wanted to join the party, and she'll give up her slot. I didn't bring any, not a dress, not a pair of shoes. But I agreed. Tin said she brought extra dress and shoes. Ara said that she would do my hair. I saw the dress at the late afternoon, and glad that it fitted me. The shoes fitted well too. Although I can't walk that well. It's always difficult for me to wear heels. :S At 4pm, Ara started on my hair. I super love the curls. Maybe I could get a curl next year. :P Oui did my make up, and Tin did my lips. HAHAHA. Gosh, I know that I always have the best teammates. :)

Miko brought her camera, and we had been photo-oping the entire night. We watched the program, but I wasn't really sure if our house won. Hehe. The plus point for the night was that they were serving our food, I don't think I could stand walking around with the shoes. My feet were already hurting like crazy an hour before we went home.
silver-y night
the Miko pose
with the boys
the Sheena pose :P
the team
Oh, I only had two glasses of wine, and a glass of beer, and I felt weird already. I think, I'm getting old. :P It was a fun night for me though, and enjoyed every bits of it with my teammates. :)

* Thanks Miko for the photos!


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November 25, 2013 Tsina 1 Comments

She picks up her pieces; looking at the brokenness, seeing.  She wanders, always hoping to bump into something more real than the rainbow; and more solid than the universe. Because the universe keeps on sending her messages; but vague. 

She looks at her pieces; and the universe sends her another message. She wanders; not finding anything but the vague scent of the night. She frowns; maybe the universe believes that she is not his equal. 

Not his equal. She looks away; not this time. She looks at the stars, and see herself; fragile but almost whole. She, who does not believe in happy ever after anymore, hopes that the universe will prove her otherwise. 

But the universe slips into series of uncertainties; taunting her. She needs something more solid than the universe. She looks at her light; she could do with her own this time.

* not my style, testing lang ❤️


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Parliament House in Canberra

November 25, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

Our last stop in Canberra was the Parliament House. It was a quick stop, but fun nonetheless. In going to the Parliament House, one has the opportunity to visit the House of Representatives and the Senate chambers. Our things were inspected before we were allowed to get in.
the grounds

This was the first time that I ever visited a House of Representatives chamber, I guess it would be interesting to visit our own chambers while in session. I think, I love the idea. :)

We only went around the Parliament House, and proceeded at the roof. This was where we saw the 81-metre high flagmast which is considered as one of the largest steel structures in the world.
I like this photo!
We stayed at the Queen's Terrace Cafe for our coffee fix, and waited for our bus schedule going back to Sydney. By the way, here's a photo of me in front of the Parliament House.
chubbs! :P


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War Memorial in Canberra

November 24, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

Since we were already in Canberra for the Floriade, we decided to explore the city. Divine brought us in the Australian War Memorial. The museum commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of the Australians during wars. This is a huge place, if you could see the maps below that I grabbed from their website, the museum showcases almost every single event in history. 

The Aircraft Hall displays various aircraft used throughout history.

The Anzac Hall displays the spectacularly large objects in the museum; and provides sound and light shows every hour. We didn't stay to watch the scheduled screening at that time though.

The Discovery Zone, on the other hand, is the educational space of the museum wherein the visiting guests can try the feel of the objects; and children can jump or crawl on military environments created in that area.
Look at that cute kid!
The area for the Conflicts 1945 to today showcases the Australian war history using modern technologies.
If you're a history buff, I think you'd like a visit on this museum, it tells a lot of fascinating stories. I used to be a history buff (Philippine history lang :P), but strayed away big time. So there. 


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Flower Power in Canberra

November 09, 2013 Tsina 0 Comments

We booked a bus for our Canberra trip on the 28th of September. I was supposed to go on the second week of October, but since Chryss wanted to go too and she had to leave on the first week of October, I opted for the last weekend of September. Okay na din na may kasama ako di ba? :) We paid A$64 each on our Murrays booking. We almost didn't make it, because we just got back from our Saturday pasyal, and had to prep our things pa and went to the Central station. We were the last passengers to get there. We got to Canberra at 10.30pm, and my friend, Divine, was waiting for us. We spent the night on her place.

We left her place early so we could secure a good parking spot for the Floriade, the Tulip Festival. People, even from the nearby cities, troop the Floriade every year. We took our breakfast in the car, and decided to stroll a bit since we were way too early for the event. :P We saw the Captain Cook Memorial Globe too. But got distracted immediately with something that looks a lot the one that we'd really would have wanted to see - cherry blossoms!
such a lookie
The Floriade is the largest floral festival on that side of the planet. The theme for this year's event was Beautiful Innovation. When we entered the place, I got giddy on the beautiful flowers. Flowers everywhere, baby! :)
red is love
me so cute with beautiful flowers lol
OOTD lang. :P
I used to love white roses (not that these are roses).
wonderful garden beds
my favorite of the lot
It took us a little more than an hour to go and check the place. I love flowers, even though I'd always choose letters over flowers, flowers as beautiful as these have special spot in my heart. Naks! I enjoyed the Floriade despite the heat, and it's more likely now that I'd visit our very own Panagbenga one February. :)


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