The TF Trip to Camiguin

Camiguin By January 7, 2011 No Comments

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!

We left early the next morning on an hour- and-a-half van trip to the wharf in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental – about 86 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro. From there, we boarded a barge that took us to the port of Benoni in the island of Camiguin in an hour or so.

On the ferry with us were a lot of boy scouts going to the island to attend a Jamboree.

Excitement on a boy scout's face

Dirty feet don't matter

Color matters


The TF Trip to Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Camarines Norte By January 5, 2011 2 Comments

Another one of those late travel posts that I am trying to catch up on. This was a trip made in April 2010, made possible by the Travel Factor.

My Nikon D80 died at the Gijalo Port in Caramoan, Camarines Sur in the trip I made in February. My trip to Malapascua, Cebu was thereafter documented using a point-and-shoot Canon SX120. I used the 18-135mm kit lens from my D80 and borrowed my sister’s Nikon D40 for this trip to Calaguas.

Boatmen & Porters waiting, Vinzons, Camarines Norte

I did not notice that the body had molds in it until after all my trips were done. I also used this camera on my trip to El Nido a few days alter. I actually have hundreds of ruined photos.

Sari-sari store, Vinzons, Camarines Norte

I wanted to document local life. This girl tends a little sari-sari store perhaps a few meters away from their house. This little store makes a little money off the travelers/tourists that take the boat in the port of Vinzons to Calaguas Islands.


Surfing La Union, December 27-29, 2010

La Union By January 4, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The little family drove to LU for a little surf break during the holidays. My usual surfing buddies, PJ, Gerard and Donna were already there. Some of my Travel Factor friends also took the bus on the same day and we were able to spend some time together in LU for the very first time. All the lodging houses and resorts were fully booked, even Surfer’s Inn where we usually stay. We did find a gem in Monaliza’s Resort right by the point. Wonderful wonderful weekend!

We spent a lot of time eating and hanging out at Little Surfmaid since it was just next door and I absolutely love their kilawin tanigue. They also have fast free wi-fi! We went there to hang out and ended up having a Facebook and Twitter party.

La Union December 2010

La Union December 2010


Fireworks over Makati

Photography By January 3, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Here are photos taken by my brother-in-law from their condo’s balcony in Makati. There is nothing like New Year in the Philippines!

Fireworks from the Makati Poblacion area

Fireworks from the Makati Poblacion area

Fireworks from the Rockwell area

Fireworks at Burgos

Fireworks courtesy of the Korean neighborhood

Fireworks over at Rockwell

Fireworks over Rockwell

* Photos by Manuel Diaz.


New Year with Friends… All Love.

Personal By January 2, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The traditional New Year countdown was held at our friends’ apartment, same as last year. There were games, like last year, charades; programs like our own version of Face to Face; even a raffle (of anything we could put our hands on); a photo shoot… and a rave party. And of course, drinks all around. I went home at four thirty in the morning, drunk like I have never been drunk before in years that I cannot even count. Fun could not even begin to describe how it was. Now we have the rest of the year to look forward to the next one. You, my U.P. Repertory Company family, has been my “family” for the past eleven years and I have nothing but love in my heart for you people, and my endless gratitude for being part of my life. Cheers to 2011 (and beyond!)



New Year Fireworks at Eastwood City Libis

Philippines By January 2, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

After spending the evening with my parents and my sisters’ families in the condo in Taguig where we actually used to live, we went home to put Lia to sleep, then at eleven thirty in the evening, drove off to Eastwood to welcome the New Year with drinks and watch the fireworks. It was alright, though I could not help but remember last year’s when we were at the penthouse watching all the fireworks all over Metro Manila for hours and hours.