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January-February 2014, Boracay: Diniwid, Nami + Going Home

BoracaySo on the day before we were to go home, my parents and their friends went off exploring. I begged off from this trip because I knew there would be a lot of walking, and I didn’t feel fit enough to be confident that I can finish the trip without complaining. Good thing my dad brought my camera, though, because he did capture a gem of a place in Boracay, the part definitely less traveled by people – Diniwid Beach.

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January-February 2014, Boracay: Puka Beach & More

BoracayBoracay does not have one beach per se; in fact, it’s divided into Sections 1 to 3. Walking between those sections takes a lot of time; there’s a lot of land area covered. Hence, a lot to explore!

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January-February 2014, Boracay: Gone Beachin’

OH MY GOODNESS. Here I was since last month, complaining about having nothing to blog about. Then, our Mindoro trip happened, and I had all the time in the world to put up the pictures and blog about it. While checking my blog, however, I discovered that I DID NOT FINISH MY SERIES ON BORACAY. 😦 I just started with an “arrival” post, but never got around to finishing the other pictures. Dayum. My forgetfulness is having too much of a good time.

So without further ado…

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My 2014 Valentine’s

How did you spend your Valentine’s this year? Yeah, I know… “seriously, you’re asking me this question one month after Valentine’s?!”

But you see, that’s because I want to share mine:

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B1G #follow – Hotel Stotsenberg, Pampanga

One fine November weekend, I was blessed to have been able to attend the yearly singles’ retreat of CCF, B1G (Be 1 with God). Oh yeah, the word “single” and not “student” is starting to sink in now. But anyway.

It was held at Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark, Pampanga, which was a nice & decent place overall, but just not as perfectly lovely as I expected. Oh well, who cares about that when you’re having a jolly good time with the nicest and fun-nest (LOL) people on earth? I had so much fun, I forgot to take decent pictures! :p

DSC_0168The awesome stage. Those were ropes pulled and stretched up to behind the stage to create that cool design! 🙂

DSC_0135DSC_0126DSC_0122Me with the 5 other fabulous girls in my group. Sure, the range wasn’t what I was used to, but that’s more fun, right? I learned so much from each and every one of them. Love you girls to death! ❤

DSC_0169DSC_0115DSC_0124DSC_0130During the retreat, we were so blessed to have amazing people come talk to us about God’s love and how we can be better children of His. I mean, Ptr. Peter Tan-chi himself!! Edric Mendoza, just to name a few! 😮

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Neat room, just like how the girls roll. LOL anyway. As a bonus, we got to have Dawn Watch (early prayer time first thing in the morning) the next morning. It’s always different altogether when you spend time with your Father the very first moment of the day.

DSC_0133DSC_0132DSC_0153DSC_0154Okay, so I got a little distracted… but look at that gaggle of waiters behind! Wala lang (nothing doing), they were just fooling around. :p

DSC_0149DSC_0144We also had this awesome Amazing-Race like type of challenge, the B1G Challenge. Believe me when I say I ran my legs out like there was no tomorrow. Feel na feel ang pagiging contestant! 😀 (I felt like a real contestant LOL). My usually inactive body complained a few hours after the race, though, so future exercise is definitely in order.

DSC_0170Baptism was also held that afternoon, and it was truly touching to see how hundreds of people dedicated their life to Christ and publicly proclaimed their faith in Him! Kaiyak lang ng slight (it was a little touching). Among our group, Kaye got baptized – congratulations, Tita Kaye! We love you. 🙂

DSC_0186DSC_0181DSC_0182DSC_0183Okay, there’s a reason why I put these photos. 😀

DSC_0164DSC_0160I can say something cliché like, “I really enjoyed this retreat; it was such a blessing to me” blah blah, but that’s exactly how I feel right now. For something I was kinda hesitant to attend at first, it turned out to be an experience I totally enjoyed. (So you see, my ending words ended up totally cliché anyway LOL)

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Confessions of a Happy Shopaholic

Tomorrow’s a holiday in the Philippines – Bonifacio Day – so yay for teachers! 😀 It’s so hard to believe that after just a day, it’s the month of Christmas all over again. Sometimes you just get the feeling that time goes so slow, but so fast as well. Wait, does that even make sense? 😐

I don’t know, but since it’s Christmas season, we’re gonna go Christmas shopping tomorrow, Divisoria style! For now, here are some stuff that I’m already excited about:

Yes, I’m 21 and still have acne. I don’t know what’s breaking me out as I sleep at 10pm everyday now, but it’s kinda disheartening. I mean, skin, you should be calming down by now. Imma zap those stubborn ones (hopefully) with this Neutrogena salicylic acid wash.
And yay, Mom got won over with the idea of re-coloring my hair, as the last one was… well, a year ago. Le me is still in the process of finding the perfect brown-red, so my experimenting starts… here. 😀

I don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited when I see jumbo-sized beauty stuff. Not only does that keep me put for months, it’s actually cheaper to buy big! Did you know that? 🙂 Something my mom taught me ever since I set foot in my first grocery store. Anyway, I used to not be a believer of the Pantene hype, but after I got a US version of their conditioner, I was hooked. It was the very first time that my hair grew out, long, for months, without split ends. Needless to say, I’m a believer now! 🙂

Okay, this doesn’t count as a purchase, but… I was about to open them, and wanted to preserve the cuteness with a picture. 🙂 Cute Kleenex tissues straight from Guangzhou, which, as you may predict, brings back floods of memories again! Ahhh drama queen.

P.S. WordPress changed certain settings, mainly the “add media” ones. I am so thrown for a loop right now…

How to entitle this? Work?

I am out of ideas even for corny titles right now.

Anyway, so excited to say that I’ll be having lessons with a photography guru who’s been one of my personal idols concerning photography ever since pretty soon. 🙂 IMO, they’re going to be so, so much better than any online tutorial! Not that I hate those, though; there have been countless times where I practically live for free online tutorials of any sort LOL.

Oh-kay. Why am I always off-topic? Oh yes, work! (The first two ones, I edited ’cause I’m feeling so insecure right now haha)

 Work table. May I inform you that this is neat in my own standards, but messy and cluttered for our school’s standards. I mean, I was never the clean-desk type. Were you? 😀

Ahhh, my favorite mode: macro. 😀 (Beginner na beginner LOL)

Graduation cup they gave us in Guangzhou. *sniff sniff*

I asked my Chinese class, who was actually reviewing for a test at that time, to pose as the diligent students they were for me. This way, I got a couple of LOLs to brighten my day. 😀

Not so convincing…

Much better 🙂

Why so shy?

Seriously, I’m so blessed to have a class this behaved, pretty much every day. It’s a rare blessing that only teachers can understand. 🙂 See? Blessing every day!