• Gypsy Beach Zambales
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    Gypsy Beach Zambales

    The long awaited beach trip to Gypsy Beach Zambales happened last May 19 to 21. Unlike the impromptu out-of-town trip to Southwinds Resort last March, this was meant to be a birthday celebration between our group of friends and has been planned since January, but most of them backed out so it was just me and my good friend JK. Our trip almost got canceled because I tripped and sprained my ankle the week before, but I could not be stopped, WE could not be stopped. I prayed for a fast recovery, and while walking was still a struggle by the time we had to leave, I sucked it up…

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    Hangout Fellowship at UPLB

    Having no plans for Holy Week, I decided to go with some people from church for an afternoon of picnic and hang out at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) grounds. It was my first time to go and I was excited to use my new phone to take pictures, and I took quite a lot.

  • superfriends-swimming
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    Super Friends at Southwinds Resort

    During the first week of March, I had the sudden urge to go out of town so I sent a message to one of my closest friends and asked her to plan an outing, something cheap, as long as we get to swim. After she came back with a place to go to, I asked for the availability of our other friends. Unfortunately, most of them were not available for the weekend so it was only 3 of us who went.   We met at South Station at around 8 pm on a Saturday. We took a bus to Calamba and got off a street where we took a tricycle to get…

  • Tree Planting
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    Tree Planting With Feed Inc.

      Last Saturday, I joined some people from the offsite ministry at church to a tree planting weekend with FEED Inc. at Siniloan Laguna. I have been craving some time out with nature and I figured a short trek in the woods to plant trees would do me some good.

  • Mt. Tagapo Day Hike with MalayaIOG
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    #MalayaIOG Mt Tagapo Day Hike 2015

    Before the year ends, I thought I’d finally sit down and write about my adventures earlier this year. Last February, out of the blue, I decided to join a beginner’s day hike with Malaya International Outdoor Group. I found the group from Couchsurfing and joined their Facebook page. I wanted to travel more and experience backpacking. Joining an outdoor group seemed like a great first step to achieving that. Around January, they posted an invite to an event for a beginner’s day hike to Mt. Tagapo. I was never attracted to mountain climbing because I’m more of a water activity person, but the word beginner caught my attention and after finding out…

  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar main grounds
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    Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: A Historical Tour

    Last year, I received a very generous gift from a family friend, a groupon for an overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar good for 4 people. The groupon was good until the end of May only but got extended till August. I invited my cousin Hanna to go with me and our other cousin’s son, Jasper. How to Get to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar by commute We took the Genesis Bus from Cubao to Balanga, Bataan. Fare is around P200, and travel time is about 3 hours. After getting off at Balanga Terminal, (and after having lunch), we took a jeep going to Bagac. Fare is 47 pesos…

  • Jakarta, Indonesia
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    #FlashbackFriday : My Trip to Jakarta in 2005

    I had the sudden urge to visit my old blog from 2005, back when I treated blogging as my diary, where I write uber random things and the writing style would surely annoy any present blogger. I considered importing the whole things here for the sake of “having proof” that I’ve been blogging for a decade already (started in 2003 by coding the posts manually and then moved to tblog.com in 2004), but that wouldn’t be advisable as my posts back then were ramblings of a 20-year old blogging newb. So I decided to re-publish some notable personal posts instead, like my trip to Jakarta in 2005. You know, to…