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October 2014 – Where Is Werribee? (Day 4)

Is a two-month writing/blogging spell worth the wait for this new travel blog post with one of the corniest titles ever? I hope the pictures more than make up for it. 😀

To answer the question that the (still extremely corny) title presents, Werribee is a suburb of Melbourne, which we were very fortunate to be able to explore courtesy of our gracious hosts, the Alcantara family. Even as I write about it now, I’m still floored by the depths and widths that Philippine hospitality to their fellow countrymen go to. So – to any member of the Alcantara family – if you’re reading this, please do know that to this moment, any mention or thought of Australia that we have always has your memories in it. 🙂


The family patriarch first took us to a place I myself would describe as touristy, but not too much that it just goes over your head (if that makes sense at all) – the Werribee State Rose Garden.

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May 2014, Davao – Eden Nature Park

After a lackluster first few days in Davao, the real fun began when my uncle, now a native of Davao, assigned his right-hand man to take us to the places that we must go to. And boy, does he know where to go. First stop: Eden Nature Park!Eden Nature Park Continue reading

New Year at Baguio – Strawberries and Soldiers

Baguio flowersI think this is pretty much the last leg of my posts about our Baguio vacation – after all, January is ending. It would be weird still posting about New Year on February, right? Not to mention, we’re going somewhere exciting this February. Anyway. Flowers!

Baguio flowersBaguio flowersDSC_1603We were actually visiting an organic strawberry farm to stock up on strawberries for ourselves and people back home; it just so happened that place had a little flower plot of its own. Baguio is quite famous for flowers (their Panagbenga festival is about flowers too, I think), and this was just a little preview of what Baguio has to offer. But oh, so pretty!

Baguio flowersBaguio flowersLOL 😀

Baguio flowersBaguio flowersBaguio flowersIf you’ve been following for quite some time, you’d have met Julio the goofball. Turns out, he has a talent for capturing little things of nature, like the ladybug on the flower above, butterflies (or moths? haha) and the like!

DSC_1588DSC_1598DSC_1604DSC_1609One of the places you must visit while in Baguio is their public markets. There are a lot of stuff at crazy cheap prices – prices that even us province people consider cheap! Needless to say, Mom stocked up on baby potatoes and bell peppers here.

PMA BaguioNext stop! PMA (Philippine Military Academy) Baguio! This was exciting for my family and I, as it’s a large, sprawling camp and we were dying to sneak a peek into the life of soldiers and military people. On one note: I swear I didn’t wear a leather jacket and aviators to “fit in”. I didn’t even know we were coming here! *innocent face*

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioJackie Chan, spotted at PMA Baguio! LOL

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioPMA BaguioPMA BaguioCan you tell that my dad’s feelin’ the acting? Hahaha to have a dad like this, I am so blessed! And oh yeah, of course, my mom is ze coolest.

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioPMA BaguioDisplay of tanks and cannons aside, the place truly is sprawling. We used a car to go from place to place inside the camp, but if you want a good mountain workout, you can most definitely walk!

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioPMA BaguioThose are real sunflowers growing, dude. Wowee! Now off to the part my dad was most excited about – the planes and other aircraft.

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioI’m only posting this overly sunny shot because I love how red the hair looks here. When will I find a colour that actually looks like this without the sun shining directly on it? Le sigh.

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioPMA BaguioDoesn’t Julio boy look the coolest? 🙂

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioHere we go again, Dad. LOL

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioPMA BaguioMaru finally realized his dream of being a soldier, but realized his already-tall height is falling short. :p

PMA BaguioWhen 5pm struck, we were privileged to witness the flag ceremony – actually the opposite of flag-raising, what do you call that again? The whole place literally went hushed, and everyone looked at you evil if you made a sound.

PMA BaguioThe funny thing behind this photo was, right after I took it, the leftmost one suddenly checked his phone. We were shocked, mainly because they were supposed to be all disciplined and stuff. Now berating myself for not being quick and alert enough to take it!! 😦 Blackmail material LOL

PMA BaguioPMA BaguioThat ends it for Baguio! Such a blessing to have traveled to an old place, but to have visited new places in it at the same time. 🙂 Thank You, Lord!


New Year at Baguio – The Mansion and More

BaguioMore than a week without blogging? Yup, guilty here. Believe me that I’ve been dying to blog, but time just isn’t doing me any favors! Plus, got my third hamster death today. 😦 Man. But on to that in the coming days, here’s another photo diary of our New Year’s trip to Baguio. This was when we visited several miscellaneous places around town, including the famous presidential Mansion.

DSC_1394…but of course I had to do an outfit shot. Been dying to wear this cozy pullover, and let’s not talk about boots and booties! Baguio is the perfect place to do winter dressing if you’re a Filipino!

DSC_1405H&M pullover & leggings, from China boots, Lacoste bag

BaguioBaguioThe classic bee-on-flower shot. Little Julio pointed out to me another one, though…

Baguio😐 Now, mosquito-on-flower isn’t exactly the usual sight, eh?

BaguioDSC_1406BaguioSee it? When we arrived at Baguio, the president had actually just went back to Manila after spending his Christmas vacation here.

BaguioBaguioBaguioBaguioFinally, you can meet (part) of our traveling party! My family, the Luna family, and our Chinese teachers – okay, and then some. 🙂

BaguioJulio, the goofball who excels at catching butterflies and observes a lot of things that we simply ignore or look over.

BaguioDSC_1433BaguioI’ll now go bad-blogger and promise you that there’s more to come over the coming days – it’s not over yet!


More Exploring Around the Pueblo

For more information about Pueblo por la Playa, just check this previous post out. 🙂

Well now, it was just me, Kaia (the camera lol), and a gorgeous place with so many interesting things and subjects to shoot. Add to that the ever-changing lighting courtesy of Mr. Sun, and that’s photography heaven right there. 🙂

Pueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaSome of you may see this as a pool view, or the more observant ones see this as my brother dancing a pirouette, but that’s actually my brother freaking out on my dad, having one of his temper tantrums, because he’s tired of learning swimming. Oh brother, the middle of the 9 ft. pool is not the place you want Dad disciplining you. :p

Pueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaDon’t you love the gradient effect of the sky? 🙂 God’s marvelous creation, indeed!

Pueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaBy this time, the sun was beginning to set, as if saying: “uy, hurry up, a lot of things just got more interesting.” Thankful for God’s natural lighting! 🙂

Pueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaOne of my favorite shots – it’s that moment when you just spot it and go click, and then you got a little more than you bargained for. 😀

Pueblo Por la PlayaOff to the beach! Look at those gorgeous colours of blue.

DSC_0878Pueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaOn our way to a small strip with flowers (which Papa spotted), spotted ze brother’s windblown hair. O ha, di na kailangan ng hairspray! (You don’t need hairspray for this!) 😀

Pueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaPueblo Por la PlayaNo catchy or gimmicky endings for this post – seeing these photos just reminded me of how amazing God is, and how privileged I am to be seeing His hand in the small things around me. Blessed. ❤