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May 2014

World Turtle Day 2014 in El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Outventure, Palawan By May 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

First off, some credits where/to whom credit is due.

Happy World Turtle Day from all five species of sea turtles that can be found in Palawan! El Nido Resorts takes part in sea turtle conservation by protecting their nesting sites, educating guests and staff, and engaging in monitoring activities.

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Daragang Cuyunon 2014, Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, Photography By May 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It was a nearly cloudless day in Sibaltan. We left the Tourism Office in El Nido town at half past eight in the morning, Lia and I, on the motorbike that Almer was driving and took nearly 2 hours to get there. Nearly two hours of a few kilometers of paved road, and then dusty, rough road the rest of the way all the way to Sibaltan.

We arrived to find ten lovely girls all dressed and made up for the shoot for Daragang Cuyunon (Miss Cuyunon) 2014.

Miss Cuyunon 2014

Here are the photos:

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This is Tour A, El Nido, Palawan by Outventure

Outventure, Palawan, Travel By May 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 7 Comments

On the first day that we went out on Tour C with a group of four, another group composed of nine English and Spanish guests, went out at a later time on a different boat, also on Tour C. On the second day, we combined the two groups in one big boat, the Kryzel Jane, that is good for 2o pax, and went out on Tour A.

Guests on Tour, El Nido, Palawan

Our first stop was the Small Lagoon in Miniloc Island where the girls did some kayaking outside. I took this panorama shot using my phone.

Tour A, El Nido, Palawan

Tour A, El Nido, Palawan

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This is Tour C, El Nido, Palawan by Outventure

Outventure, Palawan, Travel By May 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

The last time I was on a tour boat was years ago so on one particular sunny day, when my resident tour guide was on day off, I decided to go with my tour guide in training instead. We only had 4 guests from Brazil and Austria and it was a rather relaxed and fun day! We did a stop at Cadlao Lagoon, which is actually part of Tour D, in place of Hidden Beach because the tide was too low to go there, before heading for the area covered by Tour C.

Our second stop was Culasa Beach in Tapiutan Island for lunch. While the tour guides prepared grilled pork, chicken, fish, squid, and eggplants because we had a vegetarian on the tour, our guests went snorkeling and swimming, and took some nice photos on and around the beach. Culasa Beach is also one of the stops of Tao Philippines.

Tour C, El Nido, Palawan

Tour C, El Nido, Palawan

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Everyday is Mother’s Day As Long as…

MOMents By May 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

So today is Mother’s Day and as in the past 5 years, I didn’t feel or do anything special. I remember last year’s Mother’s Day was extremely difficult. I was alone in my family’s condo in Taguig and afterwards I was walking around the mall in tears. I went to a waxing salon and they thought my tears were all because of the wax. I had to assure the lady that it wasn’t.

I sent Mother’s Day greetings to all my surrogate mothers, the “mothers” I have known, the “mothers” I still have, and the women in my life that were the closest to the mother I could ever have. I have never been very close to my own mother but she passed away in 2011 and the fact that I had no real mother to speak of, to celebrate Mother’s Day for, caused me a lot of pain.

And also because nobody celebrates Mother’s Day for me. Until Lia is old enough to know it, nobody will do special things for me on Mother’s Day.

But really, Mother’s Day is not only one day a year. Or twice a year depending on your nationality and where you are currently living (like my niece in Sydney).

Last year, I was feeling absolutely horrible, sad, lonely, and basically all those depressing adjectives, because not only was Mother’s Day passing by with nary a trace, the reason I can be and am called “Mother” was absent.

This year’s Mother’s Day is better simply because my daughter is with me. We don’t have to do anything special. I don’t have to receive anything. Every single day that I spend with Lia is Mother’s Day.

Everyday is Mother’s Day as long as I have her with me and that’s all that matters.

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Summer and Angku Through the Years

Personal, Photography By May 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I was in Manila last week for my friend’s wedding. She and I have been friends since university and have been through all kinds of stuff! Like really, all kinds! 😛

This was taken at my bridal shower in 2006.

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And she was the on-the-day coordinator for my wedding.

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I move around a lot so we don’t get to see each other much. We make it a point to see each other when we can – in the few times I am in Manila each year.

This was taken outside of 70’s Bistro in Quezon City in 2012. This was the night she told me she was getting married.

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Photos by Mario Wong and Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

I model for friends once in a while. My make-up artist, E.J. Belen-Litiatco, was doing her new portfolio and the shoot fell on a date when I myself happened to be in Manila. I am seldom in Manila but on the scheduled day of the shoot, I was.

I love E.J. We first met in 2006. She did the make-up for my wedding and the make-up for a number of my friends’ weddings thereafter.

We did a portfolio shoot in 2008. This shoot was done in November 2013. It took a while for me to post about this and I even hesitated. In the end, I decided to blog about it so I can promote her talent as a make-up artist as well as the photographer’s, Mario Wong.

This is the photo I like best.

Make-up by E.J. Litiatco (Portfolio Shoot)

Here are the other edits sent by the photographer, Mario Wong.

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Throwback: Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Friends and their Interests, Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I first met E.J. Litiatco in 2006. We did the trial make-up at her salon in Visayas Avenue.

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We had the pre-nup shoot after in the U.P. Diliman campus.

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E.J. did the make-up for my wedding in 2006. (And a number of my friends for their own weddings thereafter.)

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How to Find Outventure Travel, El Nido, Palawan

Entrepreneurship, Outventure, Palawan By May 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

This is Serena St. and these are our neighbors – Seadog Diving, The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Taraw Booking and Ticketing Office. If you are coming from the main streets of Rizal Avenue and/or Hama Street, you will pass by these establishments before arriving at the Outventure shop and booking office.

Outventure, El Nido, Palawan

And this is us:

Outventure, El Nido, Palawan

Outventure, El Nido, Palawan

Our next-door neighbor on one side is a sari-sari store and next to it, Shipwreck Pension. And on the other side is El Taraw Booking and Ticketing Office.

Outventure, El Nido, Palawan

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To Philately, the IYS, and 17 Years of Friendship

Personal, Random Stuff By May 5, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I inherited my brother’s stamp collection when I was 12. He had graduated from college (the university) and as a direct result, also from some hobbies of his, and he had passed on to me his precious and extensive stamp collection. I was ecstatic. I was excited about knowing all these countries and their histories, their culture, and I flipped through giant world atlases and thick geography books. I spent hours organizing and re-organizing the collection in various albums. Sometimes I organized them according to countries, and sometimes according to themes. I loved philately.

I thought about ways on how to add stamps to my collection. I joined a philately club in the city and combed book stores and specialty stores for more stamps. One of my aunts lived in Italy and we always had letters coming from Italy and I added those to my collection. And then it came to me – what better way to add stamps but to receive letters! I only didn’t get stamps, I also got friends!

I signed up for the International Youth Service (IYS) – a service I found through some clubs in my high school in Naga City.

“IYS (International Youth Service), founded in 1952 and based in Turku (Finland), was an internacional penfriend organization which arranged foreign penfriends for children and teenagers between 10 and 20 years of age. In exchange of a fee per address, IYS provided addresses of one or more penfriends (matched in age, country, interests, language abilities… through a computer system). Sadly, IYS closed down in 2008 as this Finnish firm couldn’t compete with the communication through the Internet.”
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I remember being 13 and holding this form. I filled it up, checked the boxes with the names of the countries I wanted to have pen friends from, and mailed it to Finland. Basically, I checked the countries where I had wanted to get stamps from, and have some unique friends from – like Brazil because to my 13-year old self Brazil sounded far, far away and totally exotic! (Heck, to my 31-year old self, Brazil still sounds far, far away and totally exotic! :P)  I also checked the box for Thailand because the Miss Universe Pageant was held in the Philippines in 1994, I had loved Miss Thailand and thought Thais were beautiful. 😉
 

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