Revisiting Ilocos Norte ♥

Revisiting Ilocos Norte Bangui Bay Windmills

June 11-13, 2012 – Ilocos Norte, cradle of natural and man-made treasures way up north, was our destination last week. Together with two friends and Moche, I went back to Pagudpud, Laoag, Batac and Paoay to revisit places that I have already seen but will never grow tired of. Getting Ready…

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Long-Distance Running and Bloody Blisters on Toes

Long Distance Running and Bloody Blisters on Toes

After almost a month of no running nor badminton, I finally got into my sports shoes again this morning.  The culprit behind the sudden sedentary lifestyle?  A bloody blister on the middle toe of my right foot. I got the ugly blister from running my first 15km last May 6.…

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My First 15km Run

Today I met one of my 2012 goals of running for more than 10km. I had my first 15km run early this morning, despite an emotional hurdle and utter lack of preparation. What training I had was not enough to prepare me for this endeavor, having only had four 5km runs at…

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Just Keep Swimming

Makati Aquatic Sports Arena MASA

Now that my swimming lessons are over, I would like to rave a bit about it.  It might sound too dramatic for others who were fortunate enough to learn how to swim at an early age, but for one who had always been bereft of opportunities, this is a big…

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Batangas Beaches = Bummer?

Rico Beach Front Batangas

Living in southern NCR automatically draws us to beaches further south and the nearest ones are in Batangas.  And since this province is pretty well-known for its dive spots like Anilao, we have been pretty confident that anywhere in Batangas should be satisfactory.  When we were younger, my mother used…

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Halu, Cebu! (Part 4)

Altar of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño

DAY 3 Happy birthday to me!  ^__^ My plan from the previous night had been to wake up early, go to the Basilica Minore for my birthday mass, go back to the hotel and take a taxi to the airport. However, after taking my sweet time in reconsidering my options,…

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Halu, Cebu! (Part 3)

Zubuchon Lechon Cebu

DAY 2 (No) Thanks to my very comfy hotel, I overslept. Check out: 4D3N Cebu Itinerary, Budget and Travel Tips My plans of going to Shangri-la Mactan went up in smoke. I was supposed to get up at 7am, take a taxi to Shangri-la and have myself some beach time.…

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Halu, Cebu! (Part 2)

Taoist Temple Parking Lot

DAY 1b After having lunch, it was already 1pm and I decided that it was already high time that I took a taxi to my hotel. I loved my hotel!  Many thanks go to JSY on that score because she was the one who recommended that place to me.  She…

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Halu, Cebu! (Part 1)

Cross of Magellan

I did it!  I conquered Cebu.  All by myself. It all started last year when we failed to go to Caramoan for my birthday.  I decided that I will have my birthday trip this year, no matter what happened.  And even if I had to do it alone. Check out:…

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I ♥ Mangroves

condura run for the mangroves medal

I ♥ mangroves.  And that is why I ran all 10 kilometers for them earlier today.  ^__^ My second official 10k run was a success!  Despite waking up late, running from the market all the way to catch up to my fellow 10k runners at the starting line, and barely…

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Sports Enthusiast

I have always wanted to be sporty.  I have these disproportionately huge calves, care of my Mom, and they might as well had been my first conscious thought: wow, my calves are big!  And because of this, I pestered my mother to let me take gymnastics.  But she told me…

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If our languages won’t divide us, our values will. This is the ultimate lesson that I learned from reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, another post-apocalyptic young adult fiction.  In this latest dystopian book that I read, the known world has become divided into five factions according to the values that…

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The year 2012 is less than 24 hours away and for the last 120 hours, I have been stuffing my thoughts with post-end-of-the-world stories.  I wonder if December 22, 2012 will still come, knowing that the ancient Mayans predicted that our world’s demise is at hand.  Hence, I think that…

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