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March 2012

Chronicles: An Introduction

Personal, Travel By March 30, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

My unscientific stereotyping of Facebook users based on status updates and posted photos:

Toddler pictures: late twenties to early thirties
Child(ren) and toddler: early thirties to forties
Travels: singles with quarter life crisis
Old photos: quarter life crisis
Foodies: single females with quarter life crisis
Hobbies/running/photography/biking/diving/etc: single males with quarter life crisis
Pet pictures: single but looking
Bitter status updates: just turned single
Couple pictures: newly minted “in a relationship”
Status updates defining love: either “it’s complicated” or in a heterosexual relationship
Youtube/myspace links: maraming oras sa trabaho
Digg: bored
Religious quotes: your parents
Spam: gullible
Zynga games: escapist

This was posted by someone called H on Facebook and I happen to fall under “late twenties to early thirties” and yes, “quarter life crisis”, at least if I have every intention of living up to a hundred twenty.

Yes, I have been posting a lot of old photos. Not for anything but because my mother passed away, my father has “gone missing”, my siblings’ families are in other countries and I was left all alone at our family home in Camarines Sur, with nothing but a lot of people that I miss and a lot of mementoes of their once all being there. Since my mother has been gone for a year, that gave me license to clean up our home and move things. That’s when I went through all the family albums, all the childhood toys and clothes, and all the things I left in my bedroom when I left when I was seventeen. A lot have changed and yet nothing really has. The more things change, the more they stay the same, so the cliche goes.

It was fun to know that people that I thought I met just last year were actually people that I knew from years ago because they showed up in the photos of me and my siblings. Some of them were still skinny, some of them still had hair, some of them looked “really hot” but yes, they are still the same people.


What to See In Kalibo, Aklan While Waiting for Flight

Aklan By March 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

On our way back to Manila, we left Boracay early and afforded us a little time in Kalibo to grab some lunch at Kitty’s Kitchen and drop by the Kalibo Cathedral.




Kitty’s Kitchen is recommended for its barbecue ribs so that’s what we tried – and we we’re not disappointed. (Click here to see a list of other establishments in Kalibo and their specialties)


Boracay with the Family 2011

Aklan By March 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments


Though I have been to Boracay once in 2010 when I went with MangoRED, it was my family’s first time last year. Prior to these trips to Boracay, we have vowed to make Boracay last in the list of places we wanted to go to. One, we liked our beach uncommercialized. Two, we always thought it was expensive to go to Boracay. These have been changed. A commercialized beach appeals in some way and going to Boracay does not have to be expensive.

We were supposed to go with a group of 11 that included my aunt and all of my mother’s friends who I used to arrange their trips for when my mother was still alive, but only my aunt and her friend made it. We took Kalai and Nick along for the trip since we had lots of extra rooms booked at Blue Mango Inn.

Because I was swamped with work and fixing problems with the Amigo film screening in Naga that coincided with this trip, we missed our flight to Caticlan and had to buy new tickets on a different airline on the last trip to Kalibo. Instead of arriving in the afternoon at the resort, we arrived late at night because of the additional 2 hour land travel from Kalibo to Caticlan.


The Boracay trip was booked and planned as early as March 2011 and the Amigo screening was originally scheduled for August so despite H’s complaints on how the trip went, it was not my fault that I was so beleaguered on this trip. Alas, some people just do not get what that means.

We all loved Blue Mango Inn. It’s situated in Station 3, away from all the noise and hustle and bustle of all the other stations. It’s very homey. We loved hanging out on the beachfront and having our meals at our family room’s patio. We had the garden apartment and family rooms booked and that afforded us our own garden patios. We spent a lot of time over breakfast, over dinner, over drinks, having great conversations with our friends.


My Travel Wish List for the Year

Travel By March 28, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

I am compiling a list of places to go this year.

1. Tambaron, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro

An island owned by the family of one of our friends, we are invading this resort in May.

Visit their website at and view this video made by one of the guests to see what Bulalacao has to offer.

The upcoming trip will be a reunion trip of sorts with our Travel Factor friends, and it will be the first time Lia (age 3) and Calix (age 1.5) will be together on a trip!

2. Misibis Bay

Located in Cagraray Island, Albay, this resort is considered to be a top-end resort; but because this resort is only in Albay, a place that I consider to be accessible, it is on my to-go-to list.

They recently had a summer sale for March-May 2012 for only P16,000+ net for 3d/2n package for two that made me think this place is not so expensive to go to after all! Too bad we already have other plans for the summer but I am going to wait patiently for the next promo and off we will go!


Waves of the Danube – a 1997 Recital

Family, Music By March 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I did a major cleaning of my childhood home in Camarines Sur last month. Some of the things I found in my old bedroom, kept in a box stowed in the bottom drawer of my cabinet, are recital programmes from high school.

Recital Programmes, 1997-1999

I disliked having to attend regular music class so I enrolled in a special piano class at our school’s College of Music. At the end of every school year, a recital was held. I can only vaguely recall my recitals and even the pieces I played.

These programmes helped remind me. In the 1997 recital, I played Ivanovici‘s Waves of the Danube.


The Wall of Love – an Inspiration

Movies, Photography By March 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

My brother and I have a favorite movie called Sky of Love (2003). (Though apparently it is a remake of another film called Ditto released in 2000). For more information on that, click here to read the review.)

There is a scene there that I loved and it was what inspired this shot:

This photo did not escape my friend Leia’s notice and started a conversation on Facebook.


A Little Photo Shoot at Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, Marinduque

Marinduque, Photography By March 24, 2012 Tags: , , No Comments

For fun, we did a little photo shoot during our stay at the island. Here are some of my favorite photos.

I came up with most of the concepts, described to H how I wanted or would like it to be done, and he took the shots. If there was something he did not get, I would get the camera and show him how I wanted it to look. All the photos were shot in RAW because I love to shoot RAW. I also did the post processing.

Of course some of them were surprising. It always amazes me how an idea when acted upon can produce the most surprising results. You have something in your head, you try to concretize it, but when you are there, though you somehow have an idea how it will turn out, and actually hope it would turn out the way you hoped it would be and yet hope it would come out better; in the end, it’s still always a “shot in the dark.”

A look in a particular direction, a particular tilt of the head, a hint of a smile or even a big, happy smile, little things that make the difference. A ray of light on this side, or that side, or on this particular detail. Little things that make or break it.

I’m not a photographer really. I’m not a model either. I just happen to like nice photos.




Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, March 2012 – Part I

Marinduque By March 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 8 Comments

Though it would seem that we went on an expensive trip, if we will only base on the published rates, our recent trip to Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, was not as exorbitant as it appeared to be.

One of our friends disliked air travel so we opted for land and sea travel.

We left Manila Thursday, at ten in the evening and had two stop overs: first at the the Shell station in the SLEX to meet with the two other families going on the trip with us; and second, at the Villa Escudero McDonalds in Tiaong, Quezon for a late dinner and early breakfast rolled into one.

We hitched a ride with a couple friend to the Dalahican port in Lucena City, where we left the cars in the parking lot and boarded the ro-ro to Balanacan port in Mogpog, Marinduque.

Waiting for the ro-ro, in Dalahican port. Photo by H

Sunrise over the Philippine Sea, crossing Tayabas Bay, photo by H


Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up

Music By March 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Although the first single, “The World As I See It,” was released in September 2011 and was included in his set list for his acoustic concert with Toca Rivera in Manila last October, Jason’s Mraz’s latest album, “LOVE is a Four Letter Word” will be released next month, April 17. It is now available for pre-order on his official website at

Though I personally didn’t make it to the concert because of a series of accidents, here is a clip from that event.

I hope I can still get a chance to watch him perform live at some point in the future. (Unlike Amy Winehouse, who I have to admit, I dearly miss.)


Looking Forward to Summer!

Travel By March 19, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

This April, the 5th Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival is happening on April 13-15!

We were there during the very first Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival in 2008 and we we’re also there last year. We arrived and left early so I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the activities but this year I hope to have more fun!


Going Green in Pasig – No Plastic Bags

Musings By March 18, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’ve been collecting these shopping bags for some time now, hoping I could, one day, bring them with me grocery shopping; but every time I reached the check out counter, I felt uncomfortable taking out my shopping bags, fearing the cashiers and baggers would give me the stare.

So when H started coming home with groceries packed in brown paper bags that were almost always ripped at the bottom from the weight, I looked at him with eyes as big as saucers and asked, “Why are they in paper bags?”

He said, “Pasig has enforced the ‘No plastic bag’ policy”. I was ecstatic! Finally, I can now use my shopping bags!


Shopping Bags


What Just Happened?

MOMents By March 17, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

Lia in Garage

What Just Happened Moment One:

Our bags were packed, the grandma is already at home ready to take the babysitting duties for the next three days, and I’m saying goodbye to the little one.

Mama: “Lia, mama is leaving.”
Lia: “Mama, are you going to worp? (her K’s are P’s right now)”
Mama: “No, but mama is going far away.”
Lia: “I’m going with you.”
Mama: “No baby, you can’t go with Mama this time.”
Lia: “No? Mama, stay here….” (pulling me over to lay down on the bed with her)
Mama: “Mama has to go, but Mama will be back very soon. And Mama Helen will be here to take care of you.”
Lia to her grandma: “Mama Helen, I want teem (teem is milk).”
Lia then goes over to me, puts her face very close to mine, holds my face in both her hands, looks into my eyes and whispers: “Go mama, go. Take care. Have fun,” and kisses me.

Wow. What did just happen?


Friday Dump: Ah! The Element of Surprise

Fridays By March 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Every Friday, my sister does what she calls a photo dump – a collection of Instagram-ish photos taken during the entire week. It is what I took as inspiration when I realized I wanted to do my own version of a photo dump, but this time, a collection of the most interesting links I came to and re-posted on my Facebook timeline during the entire week (March 9-16).

One of my friends, Marcus, had unfriended me on Facebook, saying I yak a lot. I can flood my friends’ news feeds sometimes, depends on how bored I am. I say, they can always unsubscribe, or unfriend, if they feel so inclined, but just look at what they will be missing!

L: Oct 2006. R: Mar 2012

Haah! Just kidding! Seriously, here is a list of the most interesting links I shared with my network this week.

1. What happens if you fall in love with a writer?

I remember, last night as I was going inside the house, I was thinking I need to watch a film tonight. I need some intellectual stimulation. But first I got onto Facebook and saw this link one of my writer friends posted – and that was enough intellectual stimulation for me.