November 26, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 8

Cheers to 2016!

Listening - Coldplay. They are having their A Head Full of Dreams concert in the Philippines on April 2017 but sadly I won't be able to go. If only it will happen on the last week of April, when I am planning to visit again, I would have the chance to think about going.

Thinking - How fast 2016 went! Already a couple of weeks and it's another new year.

Loving - the fact that I am part of the Team of The Year in the company I am working for. It's such a big surprise and heartwarming that our colleagues have noticed our hard work! Thanks to my bosses for all the work given to me! Don't you just love having a sense of responsibility? I love it! Haha

Feeling - very satisfied with where I am now. It may not be very grand but I have managed to live on my own now. Good job, self. Thanks to my family for teaching my how to be on my own discreetly over the years. It works now. I get to pay my own bills. Ha!

2016 is ending very soon! Where did this year went?! I think this year has been so fast but I remember every bit of it. It's like eating a dozen of donuts so fast but enjoyed every bite! How fulfilling this year has been. Thanks to all people who took part of it - the excursions, flights, family, friends, colleagues, roommates. Thanks for a good 2016, everyone!

November 4, 2016

Naked Island, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Naked Island is the second island we visited during our Britania Island hopping! It's my favorite among the four islands! How amazing it is to be standing on a sandbar surrounded by the deep blue sea?!

There's nothing else to do here but to enjoy the moment! We made quite a few jumping here and there, swimming, group dancing for the drone!

It felt like we're in kindergarten again! 

I was not able to take photos with my camera. My brother covered everything with his drone but I don't have any access with the high-res images yet. These are just snippets from the video taken by a drone. What a lovely place!! :)

November 1, 2016

Life Lately | 5

Al Barsha 1 Lake, Dubai

The weather has settled down to getting colder now. I am looking forward to the winter months in Dubai. In addition to that, I am looking forward to my first solo travel in November. I am not really alone most of the time since I am meeting my sister in Manila however it will be my first time travelling from Dubai to Manila and vice versa! I am supposed to be travelling to Kuala Lumpur but thought I should give myself a good practice and settle to Manila where the place is a bit familiar although I have never been to the capital but somehow I am meeting someone I know! The point is to know how it is travelling in and out the airport all by myself then maybe next time I can go somewhere alone with more confidence.

My evenings are spent either around the lake or the gym. I am surprised that I can run longer now compared to those pre-summer nights. Now I am thinking if I should join a fun run or not. I know there is one in November. This I will have to check since November is a bit hectic for me -- I will be travelling for one week and I have one weekend to be spent with my colleagues for the year-end party. December would be nice. It should be! I can't wait for it.

2016 is almost ending. So far it has been nice. I got to see my family and friends back home. It was nice and perfect! It's sooooo great to be alive right here, right now, isn't it?

October 15, 2016

Hagonoy Island, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Hagonoy Island is part of the Britania Group of Islands in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. We got the chance to visit it on July 2016. The weather was permissible as it was a bit cloudy in the morning however the rain did not pour down throughout our trip. In fact, we got a full sunshine when we started sailing! Perfect!

The images were taken with my brother's DJI Phantom 3 drone and my Fujifim XT10. I am so in love with these shots especially the aerial images. The thing about aerial images is that it captures awesome shots and makes you think how small we are in this beautiful world!

This island has a powdery white sand and is surrounded by clear waters. I must admit some people are too irresponsible to leave soda bottles around. I don't get why they don't bring their trash with them when they are surrounded by such an amazing albeit small island! Shout out to those people who posts on social media about their journey towards a beautiful destination and how much they love the place and taking selfies left and right but does not care to bring their shit with them. You guys are such hypocrites. Ooops sorry not sorry!

Look at our happy faces! Heehee~ I remember we were running like kids at recess time towards the island when we docked the boat! It was too beautiful to not jump and run around, pictures here and there, swim and swim even more! I must say despite seeing plastic bottles of soda (which really makes me mad every time I remember it lol), it made me happy to sea shells, fishes and sea urchins! I was very fond of these things back in my childhood~

Of course, we have to grab each others faces when we take group pictures. I lost this time. Just this time. ;p

Yay! One island down, three more to go :)

October 11, 2016

Life Lately | 4

A few days ago was interesting in terms of companionship! Glad that I am surrounded by these people on a daily basis. I am winning!

We watched Barcelona movie at Vox Cinemas. Yes, we had to wear black just because! The movie was great - it was not just a plain romantic movie and all that cliche but there were also family and personal issues. I can relate as well with how they portrayed the life of overseas Filipino workers. I was not expecting such a great story line so I think it is one of the best romantic Filipino movies to date (at least the ones that I have watched.)

When one of your friends is stressed at work, you all go listen to her rant over a bucket of chicken! That's what we did a few weeks ago. We wanted to play bowling however a highschool kiddo approached me and asked if we want to play billiards. He gave us his ticket to the game! We didn't even ask why he does not want to play anymore!

Spent a humid afternoon with my family at Box Park! Despite the sweat, it was nice to see how they designed the containers for each restaurants and/or stores! There was this craft store that I wanted to visit but I did not because I don't want to spend money on paper again. Hahaha

Yesterday was so spontaneous with these girls again! We had dinner by the pool and swam into the pool without changing clothes. Hahaha good times.

October 1, 2016

Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

I have been wanting to visit this place back in college but I never really did. Glad to have the chance to see this back in July 2016! Enchanted River is located in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. We arrived during the fish feeding session in the river. No one was allowed to swim or jump into the water except for two people who are actually feeding the fishes. It was such a great sight to see big fishes swimming freely! After an hour, we were allowed to jump in and so we did!!

Ready to jump into the clear waters of Enchanted River!

I tried to go towards the cave but kind of scared that a kraken might appear! Kidding! I wanted to be next to the fishes but however I swim deeper, I just could not seem to be near them. This just means that the water is too clear, you think that the riverbed is just a few hand span deep!

Of course, the most important thing in this travel, group jump shot!

Another one that I crossed off in my bucket list! :D

September 30, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 7

The Burj Khalifa - the highest skyscraper in the world

Reading - I'm currently reading several blogs about places that I can visit in Manila and neighboring cities for my short vacation on November. 

Writing - About my short vacation in Surigao which will be posted after this entry. 

Listening - 500 Days of Summer soundtracks.

Thinking - About how my first long flight with Cebu Pacific will be! 

Loving - taking naps in the afternoons before hitting the gym. It's something that I look forward to after work!

Feeling - a bit sleepy. The afternoon light in this room is too relaxing. I might just doze off after this.

Clicking - some blogs about Fortune Islands, Nasugbu, Batangas. I really want to visit this place! 

September 24, 2016

Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

We conquered a part of Surigao del Sur back in July 2016. There are so many places to visit in Surigao del Sur and I wish I could visit each of them. I'm glad that I was able to share this travel experience in Surigao del Sur with my family and family friends. First stop is Tinuy-an Falls. Located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

Tinuy-an means intentional.

The Legend of Tinuy-an Falls

Legend revealed that long before the Magdiwatu Mountain Settlers were enslaved by cruel tribesmen coming from the hinterlands of Agusan. They were mistreated by their masters and were forced to perform hard manual labor.

Tired of the maltreatment, the brave natives convened among themselves and created a plan to be free of the cruelty. So, one day, while rowing the gakit (bamboo raft) boarded by their masters, the slaves jumped off and intentionally shoved the gakit towards the waterfalls killing all their vicious masters and attaining the freedom that they longed for.

From then on, the high falling waters is called Tinuy-an Falls to commemorate the courage and gallantry of the heroic natives.

Tinuy-an Falls has three tiers. The image above is the first one. I was not able to up though since I was not too confident with my slippers. (Says the girl who climbed Tagbibinta Falls up to its 4th drop with only slippers on and held twigs on the way up! Haha!) I guess the older we get, the more we want to do stuff with more responsibility such as wearing the right gears in any activities. Just kidding, the locals wanted us to pay just so we could climb up! So everyone thought, we'll just let the drone fly and see everything for us. Hahahaha 

I remember staring at it for a while from afar, looking at how strong yet beautiful it is, hearing the strangely calming sounds of a strong impact of free falling water, feeling the splashing waters touch my skin as I walk closer and felt great to have such a beautiful place hidden in a province just nearby. 

Roll call: Kuya Melbert, Kuya Nuqui, Ate Aking, Ate Aling, Manoy Toben, Kuya Clarence, Not in the picture: Kuya Danny, and Kuya Arthur


Tinuy-an Falls, you are beautiful! I hope someday I can visit again and see more of what you have! :)

September 20, 2016

Life Lately | 3

I turned 26 a few days ago...

I took a day off on my birthday - I jogged on the treadmill for half an hour, cut my hair short, an hour of full body massage, ate my favorite salad (mambo salad), attended mass, and met up a few people along the way. It was nice.

I bought a new book - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. So far I am enjoying it. 

Visited Hatta with my family. It was nice to finally see mountains, greenery, and less people.

We had cakes and sandwiches in the office. There are seven September babies in the office so far!

And then I got sick after a few days... probably because of the change of weather. It always happens to me ever since I came in Dubai. 

My roommate came back from Philippines. She brought home food! Yay!

A shot of the sunset from my office today just before I left. It's getting cold now. Winter is coming. :)

September 17, 2016

Canibad, Samal Island

Right after a short swimming time (and jumping off cliffs) in Acantilado, we decided to go to Canibad. To the other side of the island. We got lost but it was fun. 

It was good to be back after five years!

It was great to spend the day with these people! I think nothing has changed except our goals and dreams in life. And also probably body fats for some of us! Haha I'm looking forward to seeing these people again hopefully soon :)
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