Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rio 2

Happy wife, happy life!

The fiance and I were very excited to watch this sequel because Rio was one of the first movies we ever watched together as a couple since we started dating almost 3 years ago.

The movie definitely did not disappoint. And with Sergio Mendes giving musical direction, of course the songs were spot on.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Everything is awesome!

I don't know if it's still in theaters, but if it is, please do yourselves a favor and watch The Lego Movie. It's absolutely awesome - and the theme song was composed by Tegan and Sara, the duo behind Closer, another super fun song.

Picture from MSN Movies

A lot of things happened since my last post... I'm engaged!  And I think we've been doing well in terms of the planning since we've already booked the major suppliers.  Kool.

Oh, and we watched Wicked in Manila last night.  It is now one of my favorite musicals.  They say the London production is better but it's not like I have the funds to go to London, do I?  :P  Here's a video from the official website:

I spent the day cleaning my room.  I've never moved out of the house and I realized how much junk I keep!  But well, it's a good exercise.  I can't seem to part with my old CD collection though even if I don't listen to them so much anymore.

The second month of the year has almost passed!  I'll be married in 10 months!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Where did 2013 go?

Merry Christmas, Everyone!  :)

It's funny that I stopped posting anything after my Puerto Princesa trip when in fact a lot has happened since then.  I've been super busy at work and weekends (Saturdays, especially) are reserved for the boyfriend - but I really think I should get back into the habit of taking time to post once in a while.  The only writing I do now is for work!  I should start reading too...  I have a lot of nice books here which I haven't gotten around to picking up - shame on me!

I just did some spring cleaning here in my room and finally got around to disposing some old cassette tapes. Yes, you read that right - CASSETTE TAPES. They've obviously been lying around my room for the longest time.  And yes, I'm that old.  Remember using the caps of pens to rewind them? My niece can't relate.  She called it "primitive" when I tried to demonstrate it to her once.

Anyway, I really hope that everyone enjoyed their Christmases with their families as much as I did.  I'm also looking forward to the upcoming New Year long weekend! We'll be spending it in Batangas as we have in previous years.  Enjoy the rest of 2013 and may you find meaning in the year that was... Cheers!  Here's to 2014 and what lies in store...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Puerto Princesa

So much for promising to post something right after my trip.  :P

We stayed at Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast, which is located about 15 minutes away from the airport.  It's also probably about 15 minutes away from the city proper via tricycle (They don't have taxis in Puerto Princesa to lessen the air pollution.), but it's very near 2 of the famous restaurants there: Kinabuchs and KaLui.  Anyway, the place was really nice and you could just spend an entire day chilling there since there's a nice pool and you can have them cook all your meals if you're really lazy to get out.  Here's a view of the courtyard and the pool.

On our first day, we asked the tricycle driver to take us to a yummy restaurant (talk about vague).  He took us to Badjao Sea Front.  Food was super yummy and prices were very reasonable.  It was really nice seeing it during the day because the place is surrounded by mangroves.

We did the Firefly Tour on the first night and unfortunately I do not have any pictures of it.  But it was one of the best things I've ever seen in my life - several trees filled with fireflies!!!  It was too dark so my low-tech camera phone couldn't take any decent pictures.  Anyway, here's a picture of the yummy seafood dinner we had on the boat:

Our second day was spent doing the Underground River tour.  It was a very interesting experience.  There are a number of interesting formations, but we were only able to capture the "corn".

That night, we ate at Kinabuchs...  Nyom nyom.

Third day was Honda Bay island hopping!  Our tour guide, Omar, was the best.  My niece's favorite activity was fish-feeding.  I don't like feeling weird things on my fingers so I was just throwing the bread a few inches away from me and not feeding them from my hands (Yeah, arte, I know).  :P  Here are some cool pictures.  We also got a taste of "alupihang dagat" which seems to be a cross between a shrimp and a lobster, or something like that.

And yes, I just had to post the jump shot because that is one of the few successful ones for me.  I am usually the last to launch.  Hehe.

There's still so much to do there.  I hear there's a Firefly tour from another area so I'm definitely going to try that.  We also decided to skip the Dolphin watching so that we would have a good excuse to return.

If you haven't been here - GO!!!  Tour prices are regulated by the local government so I don't think any of them go above 1,500 per head.  Food is also reasonably priced.  I really hope the new mayor will retain the current scheme because things are extremely organized here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Goodbye probationary status, hello leaves!

So the best thing about my regularization was finally earning some well-deserved leaves!  I've been rather busy these past couple of months and this was just such a welcome break.  Yesterday and today were just been spent bumming (finishing the book in the photo) and catching up on sleep.  And I'm super happy because the boyfriend was also able to file his leave yesterday and today and we were able to spend some quality time together too! 
Tomorrow I'm off to Puerto Princesa, Palawan for the first time and am quite excited.  Will definitely blog about it when I get back.
I also recently visited Cagayan de Oro, but for work.  I definitely want to go back there to try out white-water rafting.  I realized that I haven't really been around the Philippines much, and I really should explore this beautiful country of ours.  I just wish I had more money to burn.  Haha.