Summer

i can just imagine, how hot it is today in the ph. everyone’s fussing about the hellish summer heat and even my family is not spared. my parents send me daily updates about the temperature, as if i’m subscribed on a weather news bureau. haha.

father sent me this sms message today…

“very hot, pril! 36.7 ngyn!”

ok, that’s almost 37 degrees celsius, which is the limit for a normal person’s body temperature. i know how discomforting it is to reach a temperature beyond that, deliryo na yun!?

i’m not envious of the hot weather, though i miss ph during the summer days. it’s the only time of the year wherein you enjoy eating halu-halo, saba con yelo, sago gulaman, samalamig and etc.

summer solutions (top to bottom): sago gulaman, halu halo, saging con yelo and samalamig drinks

this is also the season of company outings and summer team buildings. despite the hot weather, ph summer is still the best for me and i wish i could visit and enjoy the beautiful beaches again.

while fb browsing of course, i can’t help but noticed how pissed most of my friends are for the crazy summer heat. everyone’s complaining about the weather, check out below.

gaano kainit ba talaga ang mainit?” 

different people. different ways of dealing with the heat. one complaint. haha. :) i can’t help but sympathize with them. eh yung manlagkit ka paglabas mo pa lang ng cr after maligo at pawis ka na!? nakakainis naman yun talaga di ba?!

Travel: Boracay

(circa 2007) april na. ang bilis! parang kelan lang new year’s eve pa. hahaha. #maymasabilang bilang april na and this is the peak of summer in the ph, andyan ang kabi-kabilaang beach bumming activities. sa mga panahong ito namimiss ko ang beautiful beaches of the ph at mag wow philippines mode. nasaan ang mala-paraisong beach sa singapore!?!? hmpf, makapag changi beach na nga lang! haha.

i’m going to share the boracay trip story which happened 5 years ago. oo lumang luma. hinalukay sa baul na hard disk ang memories. feeling ko lang mag nostalgia at maningin ng old pictures at masaya naman. dahil travel deprived na ako for the past 8 months, binubuhay ko na lang ang travel dreams ko through my old pictures.

boracay

boracay is memorable to me because of the following reasons: 1) first time ko sumakay ng eroplano and 2) first time ko mag travel outside luzon and 3) first ever lakwatsa trip. actually um-epal lang ako sa trip na ito dahil di naman talaga ako kasali in the first place. haha. i remember shedding out 7k++ worth of tickets just to join this trip. that time, dahil feeling ko ang romantic ng boracay, pinangarap kong makapunta sa boracay na dapat kasama ang lovelife. ngunit…subalit..datapwat may ibang pangyayaring nagaganap. to cut the story short, dahil go for gold ako at ok lang na maubos ang kaban, i joined the trip and bought my own tickets. love can make you do stupid things right?

so i joined bf and his colleagues (some of whom are also my college friends) kaya ok na din. i met new friends and acquaintances and i’m happy that i’m still friends to some of these people.

one summer day at boracay

masarap nga talaga mag happy-happy sa boracay. there are many things to do like mag-inom, magpa-braids, mag pasunog ng balat, mamasyal sa mga shops, kumain, chumika, maningin ng mga naka bikini and many more. unfortunately that time, di pa masyado uso (or di lang kami aware) sa helmet diving, flyfish at banana boating at di kami nag ganun. nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable and memorable trip for me.

pasunugan

the boracay sunset was also one of the best sunsets i’ve ever seen. let the photos speak.

twilight

namimiss ko na ang beach, as in yung mala paraisong beach. (beeeaaacccchhhh zZzZzZzZz)

me and my long-lost siblings. char.

Travel: Bohol

(circa 2008) i went to bohol with jex, reg and her highschool friends. extra lang kami ni jex dito, friendly lang masyado. bohol is one of the best places i visited. beach, food, culture and people — lahat ok na ok sa bohol. 

at tagbilaran airport

we stayed at dumaluan beach resort at panglao. the place is very cozy and has a relaxing ambiance. pwede na mag early retirement. hehe.

breakfast by the beach

since it’s me and jex’s first time in bohol, we did city tour for our first day while our friends enjoy the beautiful beach of bohol.

first stop, blood compact site. the first ‘treaty of friendship’ between europe and asia happened here during the 15th century. pwede sumali sa treaty of friendship? 

blood compact shrine

next stop, butterfly farm. having seen many other butterfly farms in the country, this is nothing but ordinary. 

butterfly farm

hoy bawal yan!

next stop is baclayon church, considered one of the oldest in the country. the church was close during the time of our visit, so we weren’t able to go inside.

baclayon church

after baclayon church, we visited the tarsier farm. tarsiers are one of the smallest primates in the world. they’re very small that i was scared of touching them. baka kagatin ako or di na maalis sa kamay ko. haha.

tarsiers

next stop, hanging bridge at loboc. di ko natawid hanggang dulo dahil umi-ik-ik ang kawayan habang naglalakad. haha. no to buwis buhay bridge!

hanging bridge at loboc

then we passed by the mahogany man-made forest on our way to chocolate hills. it’s a 2km stretch of mahogany planted forest near the town of loboc. we alighted our vehicle to take some pictures. pwedeng humiga at mag siyesta sa kalsada dahil wala masyadong dumadaan na sasakyan. 

mahogany forest trail

and the highlight of the bohol trip, chocolate hills. struggle paakyat on the way to the top, daming turista at ang i-n-i-t. but everything is worth it once you’re already on top. find your best spot for that awesome chocolate hills shot.

the chocolate hills

after the exhausting trekking to chocolate hills, our tour guide brought us to loboc river for the late lunch/merienda tour. di ko na ma explain ang nangyari sa loboc river cruise dahil ang naaalala ko lang ay ang sobrang sarap at sulit na pagkain. kung kakain ako ng last supper of my life, dito ako kakain. haha. we were listening to kuya singer while enjoying the beautiful sights of loboc river. nature, relaxing serenade from kuya, sandamakmak na masarap na food…this is eternal bliss. then we also watched the local’s song & dance number. culture achieve!

local performance during the loboc river cruise tour

it was a very tiring first day. first day pa lang yan ha ang ganda na ng bohol. so what more on the next day?!

for our 2nd day, we joined our other friends for island hopping, beach bumming, swimming and snorkeling at balicasag island. bilang mainit nun, tanghaling tapat at quota na ako sa itim … di na ako lumangoy. i just stayed at the shore under the nipa hut with my other equally kj friends (haha) at kumakain.

balicasag island

bohol. one of the best places to visit in the philippines. if you want to stay out of the noisy and hype borahkey..ergh..bora, go and visit panglao. aside from the delicious food, beautiful scenery and kind people, i simply enjoyed bohol because i’m in the company of good friends. friendly ako masyado that time at sumasama sa ibang tour groups. :)

memories of bohol

Travel: Cebu (Last Stretch)

namiss ko mag blog. parang ang tagal…paraaannnngggg 10years ago pa yung huli. busy lang sa work at personal life. nakalimutan ko ng may blog pala ako. haha. anyhoo, i’m back. :) 

i almost forgot that there’s a cebu 3rd day adventure. i know this trip was so long ago and panahon pa ni lola ko, but i want to share the nice experience and good memories of this trip. i felt scared yet excited during this adventure because nobody knows i’m in cebu during that time. during our 1st day, we had the city tour then on the 2nd day, my friend and i enjoyed the beach at bantayan island.

for our 3rd and last day, we had a short city tour (again) since we have limited time and we need to catch up for our afternoon flight. we were thinking of going to the taoist temple but that’s too far from the city and the airport. instead, we went to visit alegre’s guitar factory, one of the pioneers in guitar-manufacturing not only in cebu but in the ph. cebu is also known for their handcrafted, durable and world-class quality guitars. so if you want to ask for something as pasalubong, pwede na magpabili ng gitara, maiba lang sa otap and dried mangoes. hehehe! 

this is their factory…

…and their shop with the beautiful guitars.

...di ito kasama sa paninda.  :)

after visiting the guitar factory, we headed straight to lapu lapu’s monument for our last stop. amazing race ang nangyari dito, dahil 3 hrs na lang, flight na! hahaha.

lapu-lapu monument

mainit. tanghaling tapat mag pa picture ka with lapu lapu. negra lang ang kinalabasan. 

cynthia and me @ cebu city

cebu is a nice place, though of course para na din siyang metro manila (sans the nagtatagalogs). i wish na sana na explore namin ang provinces and outskirts ng cebu, yung may mga nature. maybe next time, who knows!?

Travel: Cebu (Bantayan Island)

(2008) Bantayan Island, a small island at the northernmost part of Cebu, is a hidden paradise filled with pristine waters and white sandy beaches. With Cynthia, my HS friend, we traveled together to explore this beautiful place.

Bantayan Island

It’s a 3-hr bus travel from Cebu City going to Hagnaya Port. It was an adventure because we rode an ordinary bus and beside us were the locals traveling with their live chickens. Probinsyang probinsya talaga! :) Then from Hagnaya Port, it’s another 1-hr ferry travel going to Santa Fe, one of the municipalities of Bantayan Island.

Mountainside

Cebu City to Hagnaya Port to Santa Fe

We stayed at Santa Fe Beach Club. Not a good location because it’s very near to the port. Swimming is not more fun if you see the ferries and boats docked few meters away from where you are.

Santa Fe Beach Club

Near the Port :(

So we decided to explore and look for another place. We rent a tricycle and told the driver to bring us to Ogtong Cave Beach Resort. Good find dahil masarap mag swimming, ang linaw at linis ng tubig. We spent most of the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the hammock, then we returned to our place.

Ogtong Cave Beach Resort

We also saw these friendly dogs at the beach. Most of the time, I see them loitering around the beach or sleeping. I’m really fond of dogs, so they became instant subjects of my photography. Parang may LQ na nagaganap, hahaha! :)

Lovers Quarrel?! 

It was a short 2-day stay only. That’s because I didn’t ask my parents permission to go there. Who would have thought I’m in Cebu where I’m supposed to be at … Subic. It even rain hard the night before we left and I was getting paranoid that I might not be able to go home on time. Lagot ako!!!

Travel: Cebu (City Tour)

(Circa 2008) Not many people know that I’ve been to Cebu once. I didn’t ask my parents permission for this trip because I knew that time that they won’t allow me. Since I hate interrogations and long discussions, I simply told them that I’m going for a “company outing” for a team-building event. (Babala: Kids, wag tularan masama magsinungaling. Gustong gusto ko lang talaga ng adventure ng mga time na yan.) :)

Ready for Cebu

I was with my HS friend, Cynthia, one of my closest friends back in high school. She’s now based in Paris with her French husband and sometimes, we still manage to exchange a few messages in Facebook. I already gained much weight since graduating from high school but then whenever I see her pictures in Facebook, it seems nothing changed for her. She’s still tall and skinny just like our HS days.

With Cynthia, my HS berks

I was on time at NAIA airport and she got stuck on traffic so she was left. Upon arrival at Cebu, I stayed at the airport for a couple of hours and waited for her. Luckily, she was able to book a flight. Otherwise, it’s just me for the entire 3 days. When she arrived, we went straight from the airport to downtown Cebu and started our DIY city tour.

Mactan International Airport

First stop, Magellan’s Cross. The place is very famous in Cebu yet I’m surprised to see that there weren’t too many people that time. We were able to get some nice pictures inside.

Magellan’s Cross

After that, we went to Fort San Pedro which is only a few meters away from Magellan’s Cross. The place is peaceful and relaxing that’s why we enjoyed strolling around together with some oldies and lovers.

Fort San Pedro

Next stop is Basilica of Sto. Nino. By the time we arrived, there’s an ongoing afternoon mass so the place is very crowded even at the outside. Consider as one of the oldest church in the Philippines, it houses the old relic of a black Sto. Nino.

Basilica of Sto. Nino

A few minutes more of walking and exploring Cebu City (which is reminiscent to Recto or Quiapo), brought us to the Heritage Monument of Cebu City. At first impression, it doesn’t seem to be a tourist attraction because it’s near the residential area and there’s also a street basketball game just across it. So nothing special in short.

Heritage Monument of Cebu

Sobrang pagod from the day tour. All places are of walking distance so we didn’t bother riding any public transpo. We didn’t book for any hotel reservation because we’re planning to go to Bantayan Island the next day, so we ended up looking on the spot. Luckily, we saw a pension house (which looks like a motel to me no offense), just a place to stay for overnight. In all fairness, the place is safe. It’s very cheap for only Php300-400/night and that’s for the 2 of us. Ang mura!!! :)

Our cheap find, HOPE Pension House

We woke up at around 5am to catch the early bus bound for Hagnaya Port. It’s a 3-hr road travel from the city. White sandy beach comes next. ;)

Travel: Puerto Galera

(Circa 2006) This is my first ever out-of-town company outing experience courtesy of my very first employer, ___. I was fresh from college then so join lang ng join sa company events, bibo much.

How could you forget Puerto Galera? Nung hindi pa masyado aware ang mga tao sa traveling and di pa uso ang ibang magagandang beaches anywhere in the Philippines, Puerto Galera is the ultimate place to be for beach party. Ikaw na ang cool pag nasa Puerto Galera ka. *hahaha* If you can’t afford to go to Boracay or anywhere remote, isang tawid lang from Batangas port, hello Puerto Galera ka na. Puerto Galera is accessible and not to mention VERY affordable, kaya dumog na dumog ng mga tao, achievegaya nito. :)

Beach ng Bayan :)

I enjoyed much the Puerto Galera experience with my colleagues. I’m still in touch with some of them up to this day. I had my taste of the Puerto Galera beach life, party, henna tattoo, Mindoro Sling, exploring the ‘caves’ (alam nyo na kung anong meron sa kuweba *hahaha*), macho cowboy gays and many more. Then being fresh out of school, all these things were new to me so amaze na amaze ako.

Happy Days

And of course, where else can you find girls in bikinis na nag sa sunbathe katabi ang mga bangka?

Beach Bumming

Kung gusto mo ng relaxation, serenity and peace, this is not the place to be. Ma stress ka lang umiwas sa mga nakakalat na sunbathers sa beach. :)

Travel: Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Underground River Tour)

We had the Underground River Tour during our 2nd day at Puerto Princesa. We had a long 2.5 hr drive from the city going to Sabang, which is the main entry to the Subterranean National Park. The river was said to be the longest underground river in the world and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

Palawan Underground River

The Underground River experience was worth every penny. The only thing that I didn’t like was the bumpy road travel. It’s an on-the-road body massage for 5 hours. We’re supposed to go to Maquinit Hot Spring after, but then everyone was too tired from the long travel.

Bumpy Road

It’s a one of a kind experience for the entire family. The sight inside the cave is breath-taking. I can’t help but feel really amazed by the different stone formations inside the cave. It’s just like those you see in discovery channels and science shows. Also, our tour guide was very chatty and funny who likes giving jokes from time to time. Though there are times I feel spooked because it was dark inside and I imagine crocodiles would show up any time. But no, the tour is very safe. No crocodiles according to the tour guide. But he said that the water is deep, almost 8-ft or more. Only the discovered parts of the river are accessible to the tourists.

Palawan Underground River

After the underground river tour, we had a buffet lunch at one of the beaches and they gave us some free time to stroll around. This is to prepare us for another long hour drive back to the city.

Beach in Palawan

It’s almost dinner by the time we arrived the city. I’ve decided to bring them to KaLui Restaurant, one of the must-visit restaurants in the city. I learned about the place from a local TV show. It’s a simple cozy restaurant. And what makes it special too is the concept of barefoot dining. The friendly staff greeted us and asked us to remove our footwear. The shoes and slippers are kept inside small lockers and baskets. And the floors are divinely well-polished, pwede na magsalamin sa sahig. The food is very good too, mostly seafood and vegetables.

KaLui Restaurant

For further details, you can check their websites:

Puerto Princesa Underground River - http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com/

KaLui Restaurant Palawan - http://www.kaluirestaurant.com/

Travel: Puerto Princesa, Palawan (City Tour)

(Circa 2008) Our first ever major family out-of-town trip happened where else but in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. This is a memorable trip for me because it’s my first time to treat my family for a vacation and it also happened to be in my father’s hometown, so all of us were really excited to go there.

I was in charge of everything – from booking tickets, accommodation and planning the itinerary. We stayed at Liberty Park Pension, a small guesthouse in the city. Some friends recommended the place to me. The place is nice and clean, there’s even a restaurant/bar at the rooftop in case you want to have a videoke session with your friends or family.

Liberty Park Pension House

We had a city tour on the first day. We’re lucky because we’re the only ones in the van when the tour guide picked us up at the guesthouse. Our first stop is Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. The farm has hundreds of crocodiles in captivity. Other than the crocodiles, there are also other animals such as bear cats, birds and monkeys.

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Next stop is the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The inmates and their families lived in the thousand-hectare land to do farming work and other livelihood activities. There’s a store near the entrance area where they sell various souvenirs, most of it made by the inmates themselves.

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Next stop is the Palawan Butterfly Garden Farm. You would see many butterflies in various shapes and sizes.

Palawan Butterfly Farm

After that, we went to Mitra’s Ranch, a house owned by the former senator Ramon Mitra. The house sits on top of a hill and the place is cool, breezy and relaxing. I saw families having their picnic at the vast grounds, kids chasing and playing with one another and dating couples, enjoying the overlooking view of Palawan.

Mitra’s Ranch

We then went to Baker’s Hill, a few kilometers away from the ranch. I saw this place featured once in a local television. The place doesn’t look like a bakery on a first glance as you will mistaken it for a house in a posh subdivision. We enjoyed taking pictures beside the colorful statues.

Baker’s Hill

Next stop is Plaza Cuartel, which is across Immaculate Conception Cathedral church. Some American soldiers were killed there during the Japanese occupation. The place was then transformed to a leisure park.

Plaza Cuartel

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral

There are so many beautiful things to see in Palawan. At first day pa lang ito ha. I like the province because of its simplicity. They really make sure to preserved the beauty of Palawan. In fact, there are no major malls such as SM as my father told me. My father is so proud of his hometown. I could see his eyes sparkle every time he mentions about Palawan, or when there’s some good news about Palawan. I hope to bring my family back here again someday.

Travel: Tagaytay

(Circa 2008: Ang pinaka baklang trip sa balat ng lupa) 

One summer day of 2008, Jex and I went to Paradizoo Farm in Tagaytay. Jex is one of my close friends from my previous company. We immediately hit it off the first time we met. He’s the funniest and sexiest among all my gay friends (Note: Jex puring puri ka na dito ha, hindi normal to. Haha!).

Jex and I at Paradizoo

Paradizoo is a farm/zoo found at the hills of Mendez, Cavite…hmm almost Tagaytay area. We rode the Tagaytay bus at Pasay bus terminal (the one behind Sogo). It took us 2 hours to reach the place. The zoo is well maintained and really a good place for family, couples or solo weekend getaway. I really like the place, it’s very gay — ang daming flowers! :)

The animals are very cute too. I like the kid and the mini carabao. ;) There’s also the special animals like ‘Bull-Tez-Five’ which has 5 legs…and the sleeping 5-legged pig.

Geese, Bull-tez-5, SleePIG and pony

Carabao, kid and the snake (ooops not me)

I love going to the zoo. I like the feeling of being young again, just like going on a school field trip during my younger days (Shit, I feel ‘manang’ saying this ‘my younger days’ Haha!).

Ang dami lang namin pictures, mapa…

…animals

Llamas, boars and ponies

Horse, baby swans and carabaos

…flowers

Flowers

…and of course kami, ‘Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa balat ng Lupa’. Hahaha, patalbugan sa shots, luvet!

My Happy-Go-Lucky Days

…ang ayaw patalo. Ikaw na nga!

Sexy Jex

I suddenly miss Jex. He maybe the most vulgar, promiscuous (hindi ba?!) and loudest gay among my friends, I consider him one of the most trusted. He’s serious when I need some good advice (he’s a good adviser — probably because he’s got too many boyfriends Hahaha!). Miss you sexy, bisitahin mo ako dito, dito ka na maghanap ng chubby bear!  :)

Me and the Pussycat Doll :)

Note: Paradizoo Them Farm located at Km. 63 Panungyan, Mendez Cavite (http://www.paradizoo.com.ph)

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