My 2015 Vision Board Report

December 31, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

Oh, right. I created a vision board for 2015. Let's see what I've accomplished, alright?
So, let's start, alright. Hmmm. Travel goals, I've accomplished all of them. I went to Siquijor, Korea and even celebrated my birthday in Batad. But I failed on my personal goals, like boxing and volunteering in Habitat for Humanity and Project Pearls. Good thing, I am still sponsoring children in World Vision. 

I was unable to buy the Kindle Paperwhite, because I bought bags. Buying a bag is always an easier thing to decide to as compared to buying other stuff, ugh. I am still not as liquid as I would have wanted to. But I secured additional mutual fund accounts this year. 

So, there. Very uneventful year, this is probably my growth gap year. I should do better in 2016. :P

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Magayon, Mt Mayon!

December 31, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

We only spent a day in Biri, and went back to Legazpi. It was a long travel. Like really long travel. But hey, it was worth it, right? Say yes, please. :P
We went back at Mayon Backpackers Hostel, it was already late in the afternoon by the time we reached the hostel. We decided to go and visit Daraga Church for a glimpse of Mt Mayon. We waited an hour for it to clear up, but got slightly disappointed again. This was the second time we went to Daraga Church, the first time was during our first day in Legazpi. On both days, the Mt Mayon was a no show. 
We left, and agreed to go back the following day before our flight. Well, this was one of my objectives on this trip. I wanted to see the perfect cone. So, there.

Pao and Aron went to the supermarket, Alvin and I waited for them in the nearby coffeeshop, the La Mia Tazza. Good coffee, if I may say so. EJ already left for her flight to Manila by this time. Pao and Aron cooked our dinner. Well, they cooked all our meals for this trip. Hihi, thanks guys. After dinner, the couple introduced us to Brew Kettle. Good beer. This is a local beer, so go and try it. :P
We woke up early the following morning, and we headed straight to Daraga Church after breakfast. Boom, finally it showed up. Our patience paid off. 

Magayon, Mt Mayon!
Alvin and I left for our flight. We were happy that we were able to see the Mt Mayon. We tried three times, imagine that! Unfortunately for EJ, she left without seeing the perfect cone.

I took photos of the Mt Mayon even when we were already in the plane. It was a wonderful sight. I felt so accomplished on this trip. Yay.

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2015

December 30, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

The shift in priorities happened this year. I encountered a lot of disappointments this year at work. I met a lot of issues with some friends this year. Few of them broke my trust, but then some just slipped away. Well, that happens. Life happens.

If I'm going to be honest, I'd say that I am still naive. I believe in the goodness of people. I believe in dedication and hard work as the secrets to success. When I am being sincere and honest, I believe that people will be just as same to me. I believe that people value friendships over pride and flirtations. I am 30, and I still believe in fairytales. 

I was unable to handle my issues properly this year. When people downplay what I do, or give others undue attention, lie in my face, and even assume the worst in me, I was not sure how to deal with these. I was not sure how to deal with these toxic people. I became toxic myself. I was hurt. I came to a point that I wanted to leave, and re-start my life. I made few wrong calls. But I am fortunate to have friends who stay with me at my low days. I have friends who keep on reminding me on the person I used to be. Then one day, I let go. I let go of the toxic thoughts. I let go of the hurts. I cut connections. I shifted priorities. I became happier and accepting.

My 2015 is far from perfect. It sounded bad, but I learned my lessons. If I am going to compare it to my 2014, it will come short. But the personal accomplishments I made this year is enough for me to be happy. I've come to know myself more as a person, and hopefully be able to handle my issues better in the future. Oh, and I also traveled few times this year. So, as long as I could travel, I'd be happy. As long as things are good at home, I'd be happy. So thank you, 2015.

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Biri Beautiful Rock Formations

December 30, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

Okay, the main goal of this trip was really to explore Biri Island. We found awesome photos of the rock formations in the internet, and we would like to see them ourselves. Kuya Eddie was hesitant to bring us to Biri Island due to the large waves on the day we arrived in Matnog. But good thing, the waves seemed to tone down the next day, the day we ought to go to Biri Island. When we arrived in the island, we took a habal-habal going to Villa Amor, our accommodation during our stay in Biri. We left our things in Villa Amor, and proceeded to pay PhP50 for the environmental fee. 
the map
There are seven rock formations in Biri, these are Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Puhunan, Bel-at, Pinanahawan and Caranas. Hopefully, I would be able to identify the rock formations correctly (with the help of Google). :P 

We started at the Bel-at rock formation. I was a bit scared of the bridge, because it's old and dilapidated. But should still be helpful in order to reach Bel-at.
the bridge
You really have to be careful here.
This was my view from the top, overlooking the tidal pool which is between Bel-at and Caranas. I tried my best to swim in the tidal pool, just the way I know how because I really don't know how to swim. :P We would have stayed here longer but this was the first rock formation we visited, and we still had to finish the rest. It was a scorching hot day. I was already sunburned in Bel-at. 
awww, the view. 
#TeamTadhana
best effort at this tidal pool
We walked to Puhunan rock formation afterwards. Bel-at, Caranas and Puhunan are located in one area. 


We headed to the Caranas rock formation, but that was after wading another tidal pool.
We visited the Magasang and Magsapad rock formations last, these are the northernmost rock formations. I was too tired at this point, but damn, we saved the best rock formations last. So go!




I'm sure I've mentioned multiple times already that I do have fear of heights. But these guys are mountaineers, and they encourage me to sit in the edge of the rocks, something that I would never do if I don't trust the people I am with.
Hihi, look at my smile.
There is no bridge connecting the two rock formations so we had to walk our way to Magsapad rock formation. And boy, I slipped. I was walking by myself, and a bit pre-occupied, when I accidentally stepped on a rock which was covered in moss. It took me a minute to recover from my fall, I fell face down, ugh. I got bruises on my knees too. 

Magsapad, the last rock formation we climbed, is dubbed as the Little Batanes. See this for yourself. Batanes feels. Probably a sign to go and visit Batanes, noh? :P


brave girl :P
What are we looking at again? :P
yay, done!
It was time to go, so we did not visit the last rock formation. But yes, we climbed all the other rock formations. Imagine that! Good job to us, especially to me. :P But hey, the views on top of the rock formations are spectacular. My personal favorite is the Bel-at, probably because of the tidal pool and the view overlooking it, absolutely breathtaking. If you are visiting Biri Island anytime soon, make sure to make it on top, you won't regret it. Very beautiful Biri, indeed. 
my favorite shot
P.S. Feel free to let me know if I label the rock formations incorrectly.

*Credit to EJ, Alvin, and Sheena

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Subic Beach Matnog Surprise

December 26, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

So, the goal in the Legazpi-Sorsogon-Samar was to get to Biri Island (+ a glimpse of Mt Mayon) and explore the place. It was awesome in photos. But on the side, we also went to Subic Beach in Sorsogon. It was Pao who arranged the whole trip, and he was the one who talked to people. We hired a boat to bring us to Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon and Biri Island in Northern Samar. The waves weren't friendly that day, so they were a little apprehensive in bringing us to Biri Island the following day. But we told them, let's go to Subic Beach first, and let's decide the next day. By this time, we were already discussing our Plan B.

From the bus station in Daraga, we took a bus going to Matnog and alighted in Matnog town proper after four hours, near the market. We went to meet Kuya Eddie, who also happened to be the brgy councilor. He was our boatman, alongside with two other guys. We paid PhP50 registration fee and PhP20 for the environmental fee, and bought our supplies in the market before we went ahead on our trip to Subic Beach.

Auhm, so I did not read about Subic Beach prior to going here. But they said, this place has pinkish sand. So you could imagine our surprise when we see the place, it was horrible. We were already looking at each other trying to hide our disappointment, when they said that we were on the other side of the island. Imagine our delight when we finally see the long stretch of white sand. Forgive us Subic Beach, for we have judged you. Hehe.
Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon
happy kid in her happy place
Trivia, the first thing I always do when I arrived in my destination is to take photos, no matter how tired or hungry I am. Hihi. 
with Alvin and EJ
We rested a bit, and waited for our lunch to be ready. #likeaboss When we were done on our lunch, we went back and enjoyed this beach. We deserved it. :P
#TeamTadhana
smile
We stayed in one of the huts in the island, but ate in one of the open cottages. The hut is really small, and the girls slept in one bed, and the boys slept in the floor. There is no bathroom, only shared bathrooms. After we had dinner, Pao brought out the bottles of Emperador, and I brought out the Timtams pasalubong when I went to Sydney in June. It was a fun night, but in the middle of our conversations, it rained hard. We had to run to our hut. 
from Batad to Legazpi, Sorsogon and Samar
We decided to call it a night, since we had to be early for our trip to Biri. By that time, we weren't still sure on whether they could bring us to Biri. When morning came, Kuya Eddie told us we were good to go. Yay.
If you've decided to come here, you can contact Kuya Eddie (09261404577). We used his boat going to Biri Island as well.

*Photos are mine, and EJ's

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Eat and Drive in Legazpi

December 24, 2015 Tsina 0 Comments

Auhm, remember the guys we met in Batad? They are one my good friends now, and we had a bonggang trip last August. This was the Legazpi-Sorsogon-Samar escapade with these great guys. 

I was still in Sydney when we booked Cebu Pacific for this trip. But John and Lloyd begged off, Regina was unable to come with us. It was just the five of us, Ej, Alvin, Aron, Pao and myself. My flight with EJ and Alvin was on August 21, Pao and Aron joined us on the following day. 

We visited some spots on our first day, and a bit of food trip on the side. Hihi. We had lugaw power to jumpstart the day at Bigg's Diner. Lugaw is good on any kind of weather. Hehe.
lugaw power
We hired a tricycle to bring us in the Cagsawa Ruins, what remains of the 18th century Franciscan church. It was foggy that day though, the Mayon's perfect cone was nowhere in sight. 
It was supposed to be there, ugh.
We had to contend ourselves taking photos of the foggy site, and selfies (or groufies?) of course. It was still a good day for photos. Plus a jumpshot for the noob.

with Alvin and EJ
the Cagsawa Ruins
peace yo
jumpshot noob
Because we were disappointed on not seeing the Mayon, we decided to ride an ATV. This wasn't on the plan, and not in the budget. But what the heck. We went, even though it was raining. This was my first time, by the way. 
first time to try ATV
Cagsawa ATV
hurray on the first ATV ride
I got scared a bit of the trail, so I let the guide to ride with me. He got scared of my driving too, I guess. I have the making of a kaskaserang driver. But we finished the trail alright. Yay.
We did it!
Oh, and I am sharing the ATV video with these two. I had fun, so have fun. :P

We were hoping that after the ATV, we could see the Mayon at the Daraga Church. But no, it was really not the day for it to show up to us. 
Daraga Church
waiting
When you're disappointed, you eat. And that was exactly what we did, hehe. We went straight to 1st Colonial Grill after we checked in at Mayon Backpackers Hostel wherein we were able to try the Sili ice cream. Not something that I would try again, but for experience, go ahead! We chose only level 1, but it was a bit spicy for me already.
sili ice cream
To counter the aftertaste, we went to find the cheesy halo-halo of DJC. It was not the conventional halo-halo as it was topped with cheese. But it was good, if I may say so.
cheesy halo-halo
We went back to the hostel and rested a bit. It was already a long day. For dinner, we were supposed to eat in Small Talk Cafe but it was closed for renovation during that time. We googled a bit, and found Sibid-Sibid Restaurant. This is located in front of Waway's Restaurant.

Despite the no show of the perfect cone, we had fun on the ATV and the food trip. It was a good day, Legazpi!

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