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Looking at life in a new perspective

This mini-photo shoot is an attempt to make a bad day into a  good one. I believe it turn out well.

PS.

3 days to go before the adventure of my life!

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Rattrapper Le Temps Perdu

MRT Taft Avenue Station

2013 has been good to me, so far.

I started the year by getting my dream job.  I was stagnant for a month. Truth be told, the search was frustrating but it lead me to an opportunity that is very promising but different from the job I want.

The Office

 

Come February, I became a working girl. I work regular shifts, dress in corporate attire and deal with irate clients. Payday came and I was ready to cash out my paycheck when the ATM machine decided to restart and it ended up debiting my whole paycheck. I recovered my money after a week. All in all, work is work.

Coffee

While I was gone here, I reconnected with a past lover, Brewed Coffee. My heart palpitated after 5 cups and since then, I swore not  to drink or even think about it ever again.

Moi

 

So that’s me and what I was doing with my life these past few months.  My contract for the company I’m working is due to terminate at the end of the month.

Oh, what to do next?

 

 

 

 

Birthday Trip, no more

In 8 days, I’m turning a year older and hopefully, a better version of me. Being 21 marked the start of my adult years.

Moving out of the house, finishing my internship and graduating from College – these are events that highlight my 21.

Updates? Sad to say, the dream vacation remained a distant dream. Reasons? Lack of funds and precious free time. My review for the licensure exam starts on the 15th of next month. Instead of traveling, I need to save money for the enrollment fee and the application fee for the exam.

Siem Reap, I will try see you next year.

Cambodia. Courtesy of Ms. Tricia Gosingtian.

You too, Ho Chi Minh.

Saigon at night, by Ms. Tricia Gosingtian

For now, I just have to save enough passion for traveling. Hopefully when I start working, I can reward myself with trips every now and then. *Cross Fingers* Life please be good.

 

Travel Log: Banaue Rice Terraces

A van stopped and parked in front of me. Next thing I knew, the foreigners started unloading the van. Opportunity? Well, it doesn’t hurt to ask so I approached the man driving the van. I told him how we missed the last bus to Baguio and how much we need to go right that moment. He said he knows a terminal station at Banaue with the last bus leaving for Baguio at around 6pm. He’s going back that way and he’d be glad to take us there. He added that Banaue is having a festival and he’d know a place where we could stay for the night if we ever change our minds. Have I told you I dream of seeing the Banaue Rice Terraces since I saw it on a postcard when I was young?

Cloudy road due to heavy rains.

Part of our Journey to the beautiful Banaue Rice Terraces was the long van ride, and a couple of landslides which further lengthen our adventure.

We waited for the road to be cleared up by the DPWH due to a landslide.

When we got to our destination, the sight was simply breathtaking. Yes, it didn’t look like it used to before but it was worth it.

 

 

Life is simple around Banaue. The people are very accomodating. Though we didn’t stay for the festival, at least we were able to shop for woodworks. We had it for a good deal, because when we got to Baguio and saw the exact products, the prices were tripled. Also I was privileged to see the Ifugaos with their wooden bikes.

The Ifugaos’ wooden bikes don’t have the usual gears and chains. They start at the highest point of the road and let the bike take them to the bottom. In order for them to use it again, they have to push the wooden bike up the hill again. They seem to enjoy the ride. I wanted to try it to but the bikes are way too heavy for me.

Our driver who turned out to be our tour guide at Banaue was kind enough to show us around and drop us at the terminal station. We were just in time for the last trip back to Baguio. By that time, I was wondering how we would be able to go to Pagudpod. Since this trip was spontaneous, I let circumstances lead us to where we should be.

The Perks of Traveling

 

Travel Log: Sagada, Mountain Province

The  Memoir from Benguet

Everything happens for a reason.

I happen to get a hold of this lovely woodwork by accident. Truly, unplanned circumstances are magical in its own way.

The Sagada, Mountain Province trip consisted of more or less 14 hours of bus travel from Laguna via Manila-Baguio-Sagada Route. We only stayed there for one night. As soon as we got there, we registered at the City Hall. We went to the inn to put all our bags.

This is the lodge where we stayed at. They only charge Php200.00 per person. The place is very neat. All the linens smells fresh. They also have clean bathrooms and hot showers.

We had our lunch and immediately went back to the City Hall. We hired a tour guide to show us around. We paid additional for using the van for the tour. Sagada is breathtaking.

My camera died on me way too early but the images I’ve seen is still vivid in my head. After the tour, we went to have dinner at the Lemon Pie House. We resorted to have a breakfast meal – two hotdogs, sunny side up egg, and fried rice. The hostess is very friendly and accommodating. After the meal, we went back to the lodge and had a nice hot shower. That was the end of our day.

The next morning, we decided we have seen the beauty of Sagada. We went back to the Lemon Pie House for breakfast.

My Love and I went to go walk around the city, visiting all the souvenir shops that we can see. Have I told you that everyone in Sagada speaks English with an accent? 🙂 I was drawn to the souvenirs I see that ranges from shirts to bracelets, even woodworks. Everything’s affordable yet we didn’t buy anything.

It’s 12:30pm and we practically missed the last bus back to Baguio. We asked around for other options, like renting a van. The cost made it out of the option. We had to stay another night here again. We have limited time and our plans was to go all the way to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte. I was definitely sulking, when the opportunity just came right in front of me.

-To be continued-

I Never Knew

…that a person could possibly be sick for two-three weeks straight! I am just wishing to feel better, so I am here right now again. I needed rest and I had plenty of it but still, all efforts fail. I have been lousy with work. Good thing my Boss, Sir Glenn of Mixed American Life is understanding. However, I feel like such a failure for my 30 days blog challenge. 😦

Anyway, a few updates in my life? First, my dream vacation is finally coming true! I will give you details as soon as flights and hotels are already booked. Second, my Love gave me an early birthday present – Nokia Lumia 610. I fell in love with it right away. Mostly because of the 5 megapixel camera with flash, and all the free apps I can download like InstaCam (Windows Phone’s version of Instagram), Lomogram and Polaroidz.

I’ll let you be the judge.

 

I noticed my eyes drooping, probably because of my meds. I see my love and my dog sleeping and snoring at the same time. I think it’s time for me to go to bed. Until next time. Ciao!