2011 seems like a promising year for movies. I’ve seen some movie trailers and there are a lot to look forward to. There are Thor, The Green Lantern, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part II, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and even The Hobbit!
So I saw the Green Hornet’s trailer on cinema and the entire time I thought it was John Cho playing Kato. It was only when I saw the poster when I realized, it really wasn’t John Cho but Jay Chou! I love Jay Chou! Initial D remains to be a favorite film… and what do you know, they’re coming up with a sequel too! And not only is Jay Chou acting on Initial D 2, he is directing it too! That should be interesting.
Mornings at Masferre Restaurant were the best part of my trip to Sagada. Mornings spent sipping deliciously brewed coffee while gazing at the lifting fog on the hill behind the restaurant – a view most enjoyed by the window.
The view of the houses from the window of Masferre Restaurant
If I told you I came out of a twenty-six hour boat trip that was only supposed to last six to eight hours, your initial reaction would be pity, amazement, shock, anger, worry, any one of those or all of those at the same time maybe. When I think about it though, I am glad that it happened to me, not for anything else but because it can only happen to a few people in this world, and it had to happen to me.
It started out a pretty normal day. No premonition of a night spent under a starlit sky that could have been well-appreciated, admired through the night, if only I were warm enough. No signs that Iâ€™d get burned under a hot sun for hours and go hungry and thirsty.
I have only been to Puerto Princesa City thrice but I feel like I’ve been there more than that. On the plane, I realized that it was the first time I would be arriving at the Puerto Princesa airport. I always flew straight to El Nido and the two times I was in PPC, I took the 8-hr bus ride from El Nido.
Since H and I have been to Puerto Princesa before, we didn’t have to take the City tour anymore. We took the opportunity to explore previously-unexplored areas instead.
Here are the changes that I noticed occurred in the past two years:
My second-favorite restaurant, Dang Maria’s Main is now closed.
Sitting next to my favorite restaurant Ka Lui along Rizal Avenue is The Lotus Garden, a restaurant that has an ambience that rivals that of Ka Lui.
Kinabuchs has now improved and expanded – the monobloc chairs have been replaced and a roof has been built over the previously open space towards the front of the grill and bar.
There are a lot of new inns to choose from.
There seems to be a growing number of young “escort girls”. (Too bad!)
There is now a coffee shop! Itoy’s Coffee Shop is now open. It looks quite an unfriendly coffee shop from Rizal Avenue but it has an open air garden at the back, which of course, we caffeine and nicotine lovers always look for. Coffee is reasonably priced and delicious to boot!
There seems to be a thriving night life now. There used to be none at all. Night life in El Nido was much better in those days. At least, there was a live music bar (or live music bars during peak season.)
There are only a handful of multi-cabs amidst the numerous tricycles. When one of the trike drivers was asked why, he said most of the multi-cabs had retired.
I had come from somewhere else that day and got home late. We arrived at 70′s Bistro quite late and missed one or two band performances. I spent some time hanging out with friends and did not take a lot of photos. Here are the shots I managed to take.
Games with hosts Blaise Rodriguez and Cedric Valera
The Travel Factor 2011 Kick Off Party held at 70′s Bistro last night was a terrific success. It was a night spent with good friends and good music from Pumping Pluto, Johnoy Danao, Peryodiko and Pedicab.
TF friends arrived in “rock star” outfits, or mellowed down versions of it. For the sake of my friend Ver who does not have a Facebook account, here are some of the photos taken by Deneb Villanueva.
It is January once again and I found myself thinking about the trip I made in January 2009, while I was 28 weeks pregnant – a trip to Cagayan de Oro in Misamis and Camiguin with Travel Factor. It was the first ever TF trip I made with Tikoy Tan, and there, got to meet her own circle of TF friends. It was a really fun trip, made even more exciting by the presence of Maya, AJ and Ver! I love you guys.
H and I actually arrived later than the others. We were on a different flight with Kim. When we got to CDO, the first thing H and I did was find an Ob-Gyne to sign my Cebu Pacific Expectant Mother form for the flight back to Manila four days after. That was actually quite of an easy thing to do. We then spent whatever was left of the day eating at Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant! My, my, Bigby’s is great. I love Bigby’s!
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