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2nd in 2018: Olongapo

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Whew, patapos na summer pero ngayon pa lang ako nakapag out of town 😀

Months na napag-uusapan ng mga Angels mag-beach, and finally last April, nabuo na ang plano.

Went to Olongapo, stayed at Mangrove Resort Hotel. Nice naman sya, kinda pricey for the place, pero may K kung baket ganon ang presyo nila. Booked four rooms, 2 family rooms for 2 families (Lagula’s and Capacete’s) and kaming mga single. Hiwalay ng room sila Bong/Ezi, and Jhen and family.

Eh yung ang laki ng room namin, 2 king size beds, may veranda, flat screen tv, super liit fridge (na di makapagpalamig hahaha), toilet and bath, a/c, toiletries and snacks.

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View from our room

Kasama ko sa room sila Roch and Yoyce, yung 2 families ang nagsama rin sa room, we are located at the second floor, nasa 3rd sila, with pool access!!! Ang saya!

Anyway, I only had 1 hour sleep. Shocks. And ako lang driver, in fairness kinaya ko naman. Kitaan was McDo Centris, don na rin kame nag-breakfast. Then Lakeshore na next stop/kitaan.

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Breakfast

Anyway, after Lakeshore dire-diretso na kame, stopped one time lang to pee at SCTEX na. Eh nag-enjoy din ako pag-drive sa SCTEX, nag 120km/hour lang naman ako. Hahaha I told them bawal matulog kase kailangan ko ng kausap at bawal din ako antukin.

Arrived Subic around 11. Diretso kame ng Meat Plus Cafe. Ordered Burger Steak Combo (with soup and drink). Ang laki sa picture. Pagdating sa table nung order ko, sunog and its dry. Ampaet 😦

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Burger Steak (P280)

We also had dirty ice cream outside the restaurant.

After ice cream, went to Mangrove na. Nakapag early check in naman kame, and yun nga, mga natuwa sa rooms namin.

Later on, nagsipagbihis na kame at nagkita kita na lang sa pool. Ordered mango shake too, minsan parang kailangan talaga ang fruit shake eh. hahaha

After shower, nagkaron ng make up session sa singles room. 😉 And decided to just have dinner at the resort na lang, wag na lumabas then buy drinks at 7 Eleven.

Naghati kame tatlo nila Roch and Yoyce sa dinner, hmm tuyo ang grilled porkchop but wala ako reklamo coz I only ate yun taba and buto parts, then yun chicken adobo, puro patatas and lasang lasa ang laurel. No-no for me the dinner, but napasarap lang lalo kase Tin shared their pinakbet with us, then konting sabaw from Lagula’s. Solved nako.

After dinner, bought drinks na nga at 7 Eleven, bought Tanduay Ice, San Mig Light, Red Horse, and Soju ata yun binili nila Ezi. Takot na takot kame itago mga pinamili namin, tapos pagdating sa resort, wala yun bantay hahaha

Sa room namin kame nag-inom kase kame lang may veranda. Sila Mei, Tin and Jhen, mga mommy duties kaya di namin nakasama uminom.

Borlogs around 1am.

Woke up ng 7ish, nasa resto na raw sila Tin nag-breakfast, sabi ko sama nako sa pagbaba ni Roch kase gusto ko na mag-coffee. Pagbaba, ayun nag-order na kame food. Bumawi!!! Ang sarap ng breakfast. I ordered French toast with bacon and eggs. Tapos antay ako ng antay ng coffee, di ko pala na-order. Kainis.

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French Toast (P185)

Bihis after breakfast, nag-pool ulet kame. Konting pictures, and nag-ready na for check out.

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Last group pic minus Ez and Bong

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1st in 2018: Boracay

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Yes, I know, I know… I was just in Boracay last December. But this guy asked me to come and he wants to see me daw. And I want to see him too.

So I booked last January. I stayed at Henann Crystal Sands again, natandaan ako nung mga nasa front desk hahaha, yun lang, I stayed there for a night lang coz wala na available. But I booked the Premier with Pool access room that I NEVER got the chance to use, AGAIN!!!!! And on my second night, stayed at The District na katabi lang ng Henann Crystal.

But five days before ng flight ko, Em texted me and nandito sya sa Manila. Ang arti arti pa, sinurpresa ako. Kesyo may ipapa-meet daw sa MOA, sabi ko di ako nagpupunta don, eh di umamin, mag-lunch daw kame, kase aalis na rin sya agad.

Anyways, February 2 ng lunch time ang flight ko to Caticlan. Akala ko makakapag work pa ako, eh need nga pala maaga sa airport. Kaya ayun. Hindi sya nagpaparamdam non, until 12ish, kamustahin ako. Di ko nga sinagot. Nagparamdam na lang ako nung on the way nako sa resort. Nag text ng “update” eh, hahaha

Past 3 na rin ako nakarating, gutom na gutom nako. After checking in, dumating na rin si Em. Sumama muna sya sa room to check, then I gave him the Tsonggo shirt and cap. Then we went out para kumain.

After eating went back sa resort kase iche-check namin yun sky pool. And he’s so busy with work, puro phone. After few mins, sabi nya pwede pa kame mag-happy hour coz na-move ng one hour yun private event nila sa PubCrawl.

So we went to Manana, had frozen mango margarita. Sarap, and I love the margarita glass. Nakakatuwa pa yun server, forgot to ask his name lang. He’s nice and funny. He had beer, and he ordered nachos. I didnt bring my phone coz sabi nya iwan ko na lang, need to charge it kase. So I used his phone to take sunset photos. See how many the tao are?

We stayed there til 7, he made kwento about previous events. Yung mga nanghahalik sa kanila, yung about nung new year, etc. And then it’s time to go. He went to their office na, and I went back to the room. He said na mag-attend lang ako ng Crawl and that he’ll see me later.

Nag-ready ako and I messaged him again kung ok lang ba talaga, he said go lang. Sandali lang daw private event nila and magkita na lang kame don.

So I went to Exit Bar to register around 8 I think. I saw him there pa. Pero ilang, di man lang ako nilapitan, I went to him pa asked for scissors, pero yun nga, something is different sa kanya eh. Kaya sabi ko papasok na lang ako sa loob to get my shot.

He texted me, enjoy daw at see you later. Tell you the truth, I got bored. Wala ako nakilala (well except for Akash’s girlfriend Jen, but that was later on pa). Wala kumakausap, but Kelly, my captain saw me sa second bar na and checked on me, even Jessa. But that was it. Unlike nung first time ko, well I dont know if because Em’s trying to flirt kaya super asikaso sya saken. Pero sabi nga sa reviews, di ka naman papabayaan, pero yun nga, gusto ko na pumuslit sa totoo lang. OP much ako.

I saw Stefan sa second bar na, thank goodness andon sya, nagkaron ako ng kausap. I think may 2 guys kumausap saken. But they’re with friends, they left me din. Hahaha super iba sya nung first time ko, yon may nakikipag usap talaga. This time, kahit ka-group ko, hindi ako kinakausap. Then I met Jen after sa second bar, nung nag-games na. Nataon mag-isa rin sya, well Akash was there but he’s busy. So nataon na nagkatabi kame, nag-usap na kame. Then Akash told her to accompany me kase mag-isa lang ako. That’s sweet diba. Kaya mas kausap ko silang dalawa and si Stefan.

 

Sa Galaxy na kame, ayun sayaw sayaw. Hahaha pero we went outside to smoke, talked to this guy from I forgot where, he’s drunk. Then I saw Em’s text, asan daw ako. Sabi ko nasa Galaxy, outside smoking. He’s back na raw sa headquarter, he’s looking for me daw at di ako makita, sabi ko balik sya. When he got back, kausap ko pa rin yung guy, but andon sila Stefan, Jen and Kash and some other. Hindi nya ako nilapitan, but sumingit sya sa circle namin.

When its time to go, sa fifth and final bar, Kash and Jen left na. Sumabay ako sa tricyle with Stefan and Em. Kahit katabi ko sya, halos di nya ako kinakausap. Either sila ang magkausap ni Stefan, or kame ni Stefan. Pagdating ng Club Paraw, pinauna pa ako pumasok naiwan sila sa labas, parang tanga. Pagpasok nya, he asked ano gusto ko inumin, eh ako nagbayad? Hahaha nag-stay kame sa may shore, kumuha table. We just sat there, kwentuhan slight. Di ko na nakikita yun “EM” before. Parang naiilang sya pero isinsantabi ko yun pakiramdam ko. I was trying to be sweet with him. Sabi ko pa pasok kame sa loob, sayaw kame. But paglabas ko from restroom, di ko sya agad nakita, nasa labas na sya ulet. Kaya I went out na lang ulet. Hanggang nag-aya na lang kame bumalik ng hotel.

While walking there was a time he held my hand. Didnt take long. Sa room, he looked tired so I took a shower and went to bed. He said din pala na walang food si Champ kaya need nya umuwi maaga para gawan ng food.

I woke up at 6am, he’s gone. Hahaha so I ate breakfast alone. Then look naman, walang tao sa pool, but the mahiyain me again, didnt swim. Ang shonga shonga ko, sayang binayaran ko sa room. Inisip ko na lang kase I need to get ready coz mag-check out pa ako. Hindi sya gaano nagpaparamdam because busy sya. He said sorry for not waking me up para magpaalam coz nagpaalam na raw sya the night before. Sabi ko mas gusto ko pa rin na nagpaalam sya hindi yung magugulat ako na wala na pala ako kasama. In the afternoon, sinabi ko ulet sa kanya yon. Sabi nya puyat at pagod daw kase ako, and pinipilit nya na dahil nga ayaw nya mang gising, and if sya daw yon, ayaw nya ng gigisingin sya pag pagod sya.

Anyway, after checking out, nag-coffee muna ako at Starbucks, then lumipat nako sa The District, katabi lang naman ng Henann Crystal. But ah, hehe no one helped me with my luggage. Hahaha dumating sya while checking in. Lady from front desk told me na may free upgrade ako coz may ginagawa daw. Kaya from Premier, to Premier Suite weee!!!

 

Room’s nice. Two story sya, may loft and pool view. Oh, view ko rin ang Henann. Haha we stayed sa room muna while he was resting. Medyo nagtatalo nga kame about him leaving me in the morning and baket daw ba ako nagagalit. So imbes awayin, kinamusta ko na lang sya. He said may problema sa work kaya maya’t maya rin nagri-ring phone nya. I gave him konting massage sa ulo kase he looked tired, and he fell asleep. hahaha di ko maialis kamay ko coz naipit ng ulo nya. Anyway, nung super ngawit nako, inalis ko rin, and nagising na sya. I said sorry, and he asked me where I want to eat. So lumabas na kame. We had inasal sa D’Mall. Bought wine, coz sabi nya mag wine night daw kame. We went back to the room, nag-gym sya, showered then he left for PubCrawl again. And ako, I watched tv and I went out. Nag-BomBoms ako mag-isa haha sakto pa paglabas ko, sakto dumaan ang PubCrawlers, papunta na sila ng Epic. I saw him pero nagtago ako. hahah by hiding I meant lumayo ako ng paglalakad, sumabay ako sa ibang tao para di ako mapansin. But then, I saw Stefan. Nasa dulo na kase sya, haha sakto I was waiting for a table at BomBoms.

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Baileys Shake

He texted me and kinamusta ako, I told him nga na nasa Bomboms ako, ako lang daw ba mag-isa, sabi ko may nakilala ako. Sabi nya “Good” hahaha natuwa??? Joke lang kako, mag-isa ako. Later on, inantok nako kaya I went back sa room na lang.

Waited for him til 2 ata. Ang tagal nya. Kesyo nagkagulo daw dahil sa isang captain pa. Blah blah

He said na open na namin yun wine, di masarap hahahaha and it didnt take long til he fell asleep. Tried waking him up para lumipat sa bed, di magising eh di iniwan ko. Sayang yung gabi ko. Sayang yung ayos ko. Nagpaganda pako, tutulugan pala ako.

I went sa bed, sa sofa sya. Nung morning, pag gising ko to pee, gising na ata sya, he asked san ako pupunta, sabi ko mag-wiwi. Then umakyat ulet ako, sumunod sya. Mag-breakfast na raw kame kase aalis pa sya. 😦

We ate breakfast, hmm di masarap ang breakfast ng District. Buti na lang kasama sa bayad yon, if not at nag-avail lang ako, sayang pera ko. After eating, he stayed pa for few mins, we talked. He said that he’s going here sa manila this month for three days, magkita daw kame. I asked about his tattoo. Then sabi nya he has to go na kase mag-gym pa sila ni Stefan. Medyo nainis ako, coz wala nako 3 hours eh. I’m going home, cant he just go to the gym in the afternoon? Di man lang ako hintayin makaalis? Nakakasama ng loob diba? Kaya when he left he kissed me sa forehead, he said “Update ah?!” I didnt answer, sabi nya ulet “Cher!”, still dedma ako, and I heard the door na lang. He really left. Di na kame nag-text ulet til nakauwi ako.

Anyway, I like the new wing ng Godofredo Airport. PAL and Skyjet andon, may CebPac ata, pero ewan ko anong flight kase isang beses pa lang ako napunta dito. May Starbucks sila, charging station and maluwag ah.

 

Ang tagal bago pa kame nakaalis, but we’re on the plane na. Anyway, landed in Manila around 4.

I cant say I enjoyed my trip, coz I really didnt. It was okay. Nawalan ng kwenta yun pinunta ko. I didnt go there coz nag-plan lang ako mag-bakasyon, but he asked me to go. Then papakitaan lang pala nya ako ng pagka-ilang and less time. I find it weird coz he was so excited nung inaaya pa lang nya ako pumunta til the day ng pagpunta ko. And pagdating ko, everything changed. Labo.

40th Birthday Trip

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Since I am turning 40, I planned on going out of town or out of the country. But since my sister told us she’s coming home for the holiday, nag-out of town na lang ako and I went 13 days before my birthday.

I booked my flight a month before, and booked my hotel days before haha ayaw kase ako payagan ni BigBear. But I went still. I just didnt tell him na umalis ako. Sakto, di kame ok. Not naman magka-away, but he’s too busy para makausap ako.

So, I booked at Henann Crystal Sands, excited ako kase they just opened on September. Wala na available na may pool access so nag Premier room lang ako. Nag-avail din ako ng transfer para wala nako problema.

My flight was at 6ish am on December 11 via Cebu Pacific. Kinabahan pa ako sa airport, kase super daming tao. Buti na lang naka web check in ako, and narinig ko yun announcement para sa baggage check in para sa flight ko. Haha akala ko hindi ako aabot.

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ARRIVAL.
Arrived Caticlan 7am, looked for my sundo. Hihi katapat lang pala ng gate yun lounge ng Henann.

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Waited for others and the van. Then sa lounge ulet ng port.

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Transferred to the boat na and iba ibang vans na kame pagdating ng Boracay. Different Henann Resorts kame, but yun isang family kasama ko sa Crystal Sands.

HENANN CRYSTAL SANDS.
I checked in na but room’s not available yet since ang aga pa. And then I realized, I only have 400 bucks on my wallet. Hahaha putcha. Ang arte arte ko, nag-Caticlan ako, availed transfer, booked to Henann, then nakarating ako ng Boracay ng 400 ang pera ko. Poor! hahaha bad vibes pa, offline ang mga BPI ATM’s. Waaaah
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I went to Starbucks for breakfast na lang buti pwede EPS. Stayed there til receptionist called me to tell me na available na room ko, Yey!
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Room’s much nicer than Henann Prime. Mas maliwanag and much bigger. I had Premier room din sa Prime eh. But the bathroom, looks almost the same.

So I just stayed in my room for couple of hours, kailangan ko i-enjoy kwarto ko. But lumabas din ako to buy water. And had late lunch din. Napabili pa ako ng Havaianas coz ang saket sa paa nung Kate Spade flip flops na binigay ni mommy hahaha


Had lunch at Sapphire Restaurant in Henann. Tinamad nako maghanap sa iba. Hahaha na-doble pa yun food ko, di ako naintindihan nung waitress, but ok lang. I saved it for later na lang. Alam ko naman gugutumin pako.

PUBCRAWL.
Went back to my room, maulan. I dont know what to do, knowing myself, di ako makalabas coz tinatamad ako at alam na, wala kase ako kasama hahaha then a friend of mine commented on my IG post, mag-Pubcrawl daw ako. Pub what? Hahaha so sila pala yung mga nakikita namin minsan na group na mga naka-yellow shirt. I checked the reviews, and hmm ok sya for solo travelers. Nag-message ako sa kanila, nag inquire then bam, I’m joining. Ms. Jed told me to go na lang sa Exit Bar. Sir ako ng sir, babae pala sya. Hahaha I almost didnt go kase late na and nahihiya nga ako. Pero ayun Jed called me when I asked san yon kase naligaw nako. Pumunta na nga lang ako, I looked for her, then I registered. She gave me a shirt, shot glass and a baller.

Then this guy, Em introduced himself and made chika. Pinagsama sama nila kame nung iba, which became my friends na rin. Isa pa, mas chinika ko sila when I heard na taga Pangasinan si Jane. She looked like Devie (yun cousin nila Valerie) hihi

Kachikahan namin these 2 captains, Em and Stefan. They asked if first time ko ba, I said in Boracay no, mag-PubCrawl yes. Who I’m with daw, kelan pa ako and til when, how old am I. Sabi ko I just arrived nung morning, til wednesday, I’m alone and turning 40. Eh sabay sabay sila nagulat, sabi ko yup turning 40 ako in few days. Eh baket daw ako nasa Boracay alone, soul searching daw ba, or broken hearted. HAHAHA sabi ko, I’m celebrating my birthday soon, and since I’m turning 40 I decided sa Boracay gawin.


Took our first shot at Exit Bar, chikahan with others. Couple of mins later, we transferred to the second bar, I think Plagia is the name. Nag-karaoke kame. Hahaha. This Em kept on making pilit kumanta ako. Hinila nya ako in front and gave me the mic. Waaah

Third bar was Epic, and damn it I spilled mudslide on my Kate Spade. Hindi pa rin ako kinakalimutan i-check ni Em, but my captain is Stefan, take note. Hahaha I guess he’s just being nice, coz sabi sa reviews di daw talaga pababayaan ng mga captains ang mga participants.

Moved to our fourth, it’s a clubbbbb!!! There’s a club in Boracay! Woohoo! It’s called Galaxy Club, kinda nice, it’s big. Kaso, they play house of EDM or I dont know hahaha again, si Captain Em, hinila ako in front. I was dancing with Jane and the gang but hinila nya ako mag-isa to dance sa harap. Waaaah later on nung medyo busy sya, I went to the ladies. And I kinda heard my name being called by the dj. Deadma ako coz I’m really not sure, at baket naman ako tatawagin, right? But when I stepped out ng ladies, there’s Em, saying “Where have you been? We’ve been looking for you” sabay hila sa arm ko at dinala ako sa dance floor. Then, dj asked again “Where is Cher?”, tinuro ako ni Em and I raised my hand. Okay, they sang Happy Birthday. Hahahaha nakakahiya.

Last bar was Club Paraw, here medyo gulo gulo na. Hahaha kanya kanya na. Once again, hinila ako ni Em, may happy birthday na naman sila and a slice of cake. Sweet!!! Tho, 2 na kame kinantahan nila and nag-share sa pag blow ng candle and sa cake. I just had a bite, I left after, nahihiya ako eh.

Ganon na lang, may sulatan sa mga shirts namin. Then Em sat beside me, asked ano gagawin ko kinabukasan. They’re having their christmas party daw. Di mo malaman kung sinasabi lang or nag-aaya eh. Hahaha

Jane, Allen and Martin left na, nagpaiwan na ako. Feeling ko kase gusto na makipaglandian nitong Em na to eh. But I was wrong. LOL

Sabay sabay lang kame umalis ng Paraw, then hiwalay na kame sa may office nila and I walked to my hotel na, Stefan asked me pa if gusto ko pa ba samahan nya ako, sabi ko no na, malapit naman na.

That evening, aba tumawag ang BigBear, but we didnt talk long naman. 😦

SECOND DAY.
Woke up kinda early, I checked my phone pero Constancio didnt call na ulet, kainis. Sabi tatawag ulet eh. Nag phone lang muna ako, then I got up and went downstairs to have breakfast. Hmmm mas ok food nila kesa sa Prime.

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Good Morning!

Love the french toast.

I went out for a walk. I want to swim, but weather is not cooperating.

 


So again, just stayed in my room, decided to have a hot bath. Puro istorbo naman, coz the front desk called to confirm my transfer the next day. Then Allen keep texting me and nag-aaya mag-dinner. Kaya ayun, nag-ready ako to meet them, kaso di naman pala kakain si Jane, so its just me, Allen and Martin. Martin just had his tattoo. Tapos we had dinner at Mang Inasal, kalain mo sa Boracay pa ako nakapag Mang Inasal. Hahaha plan ko sana to have steak for dinner coz its my last night and birthday ko nga diba, but sumama na lang din ako sa kanila. Super tired daw sila from the days activities. Kaya di na nila kaya lumabas. Went back to my room na lang, then Jane messaged me naman, haha nagpapasama magpa-henna. Tapos sumunod na rin si Allen, nag-one round lang kame at Bombom’s. and hiwa-hiwalay na.

Stayed in my room, watched tv. Muni muni.

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And wala na paramdam na naman ang Constancio. Kainis no?!

LAST DAY.
Woke up in time for breakfast. Pinilit ko na rin bumangon coz check out time is 12nn. My flight is at 7:50pm, my transfer is 4ish pm. Waah san ako pupunta? Hahaha

Went outside the resort, gusto ko sana maglakad but, kulang na oras haha.

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While waiting mag-check out, Em commented on my post in IG na kung aalis na ba ako, I said yes but evening pa flight ko. He told me he’ll be at Tom N Toms at 2:30, confused me, I asked if mag-meet kame, he said yes. Ayun, when I checked out, naulan. And almost 2:30 na, sinugod ko na ang I went to Tom N Toms, hehe excited naman daw ako to meet him.

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Cafe Mocha

Nagkwentuhan lang kame, about his ex-fiance, about BigBear. About his nationality haha about his work, about my work. Etc.

Almost 5 na but the ulan still lakas. But I said bye na rin coz kailangan ko na umalis, kahiya sa resort. Sabi nya cancelled na raw flight ko, kase may bagyo, tulungan na lang daw nya ako humanap murang tutuluyan. Haha ang kulit. I left pa rin, hatid daw nya ako, but sabi ko ok na ako tutal working din sya eh.

Went back sa resort, aba kala mo wala akong sked ng transfer hahaha di ako hinahanap ah. But ayun, nagsabi nako then the van came na. And we left. I just messaged Em na I left na.

In fairness, on time naman flight ko and got home safe. I enjoyed my vacation. First time talaga to na mag-isa ako, coz yun first time ko nag Bora mag-isa in 2007, andon si Yen and nagkita rin kame. Then first time ko yung mag-attend ng ganong party ng mag-isa. Walang kakilala then umuwi akong may mga bagong kaibigan.

 

Henann Prime Beach Resort

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Transferred to Henann Prime after checking out at DSB. And I love that when I left DSB I was with friends, sinama pa sila sa paghatid.

Checking in was smooth. Had to sign something lang and deposited P2000.

On my first night at Henann Prime, I booked for a Premier Room with Direct Pool Access.

I loooove my room!!! The room has well, a direct pool access, smart tv, a TUB!!!!, mini fridge, 2 beds, a nice bathroom and lighting. The resort is new. It only opened a week before my stay. So the duvet and sheets are still new. Yung tipong di pa sya sobrang lambot sa sobrang laba. Yeah that new!!!

My issue on this hotel was, they dont give water in pitchers. And when I asked for bucket of ice, kailangan isoli right away coz sa resto pa yon galing. No mini bar, though di naman ako kukuha coz expensive sya. But at least may laman yung fridge. Also, on my second day, a/c was leaking. As in, halos buhos yun tumutulong water. And I dont have anything para saluhin yun water. Found out, most of our rooms, tumulo ang a/c on that day. Wala naman kaso saken, wala naman nabasa sa things ko.

Nalungkot lang din ako on my second day sa hotel, coz typhoon Marce came, they closed the pool kase muntik na umapaw. Never ako nakapag swim at Henann, kahit 4 days ako nag-stay. Coz they opened it lang ulet was on sunday na, I was about to check out. Not their fault naman. So I have a reason para bumalik diba?!

Also, water on tub, unti unti nauubos. Hahahaha while I was bathing. And hot water, not that hot. So, few issues lang naman.

Also, the breakfast pala. Hmmm not so inviting. Di sya yun tipong pagkakita mo, kahit di ka gutom, magugutom ka or gusto mo kumain. They are on soft opening pa naman, so lets give them time.

At night when I went back to my room on my first day at the hotel, meron din sila turndown service, and saw fruits on my table. No utensils though. Hahaha

I transferred to Premier Room on my second night, its located on 4th floor, with pool view na lang. Hahaha I asked sana if I can stay na lang to my previous room since a lot naman ang na-cancelled ang flight due to typhoon and I will add na lang, but they said fully booked sila. Konti ng tao ah! hahaha

So there, no issues will stop me para bumalik sa hotel na to.

My Discovery Shores Experience

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It was the best!

Why did I only booked one night at this posh hotel/resort?

My best friend is getting married at DSB. I wanted to book here and try to experience lang how to stay in a luxury hotel.

Early October they had a promo for November. Since I already booked at Henann Prime for my 4 days in Boracay, I booked my first night in Discovery Shores. So, I need to rebook my flight tuloy for November 24th to 23rd. But rebooking is expensive, I booked a new flight. Got lucky though, coz CebuPacific cancelled my flight on the 24th. Nakakuha ako ng refund 🙂

Anyway, I asked my dad if I can use the card and book my stay at DSB and will pay him na lang. He said yes, and I immediately confirmed my booking and paid right away.

I already imagined how I’m going to spend my first two days in Boracay.

I arrived at Caticlan on November 23rd at 6:30am. Found Ms. Julie waiting outside holding a DSB logo. I went to her and she said Ms. Vinluan? I said yes and she took my luggage, I told her ako na lang, but she said she has it.

She said we’ll wait for the van lang. And she gave me a bracelet with DSB logo. Ang cute.

Van came, and driver introduced himself as Ivan, greeted me a good morning and welcomed me. Siguro mga more than 5 minutes we arrived at the Fairways Welcome Center. Walang tao, ako lang. Hahaha

 

Ivan told me na we’ll wait for the boat lang be ready then alis na kame.

Few more mins, he went to me and said alis na kame, took my luggage and we walked. Introduced me to the boat driver (huhu I forgot kuya’s name 😦 ) he then took my luggage from Ivan and greeted me a good morning.

When we reached the boat, a lady was standing sa door holding a tray with cold towels. She offered ’em, took one coz nagpaa ako paakyat ng boat dahil may water and I dont know why pero I wore my Birkenstock kase.

Another lady approached me and handed me a bottled water and oatmeal cookie. I said thank you.

Then the boat attendant, Ms Grace introduced herself and welcomed me. Gave some instructions. And off we go.

We reached the jetty port in less than 10mins. They all said enjoy or something. Another driver, I think I heard he said his name was Audrey. He offered me mentos and greeted me. A little chit chat on the road. He showed me where Henann is located and said that pwede nila ako ihatid don when I check out at DSB. We reached DSB, everyone greeted me good morning again (hahaha totoo lang sa sobrang nice nila, napagod ako sumagot ng good morning and thank you sa kanila, but I love it. Kase ang babait nila). A guy gave me my welcome drink, and a girl named Nikka introduced herself and walked me to my room. She said that my room is available na (yey), and its only past 7. She showed me the room and gave me instructions and told me I can have my welcome foot wash later pag nakapag rest na ako. She asked for a P2500 deposit and left the room.

I looooooved my room, I booked for a Junior Suite, it has king size bed (well, one double and one single na pinagtabi), a day bed, a 42″ flat tv, mini bar, fridge, a/c, nespresso machine, etc. I took a nap, since wala pa akong tulog since Tuesday.

 

Naka 1 hour din ata ako ng nap. Later on met up with Sally and Len sa resto. Tapos we left na for lunch and I went back to my room gabi na. Waaah

When I got back, they prepared my room na rin for sleeping. Turndown service they say. I dont know, its my first time. Hahhaah

I love the animal made in towel in the day bed. They already served the pandan water and my welcome snacks.

Only took a shower coz I had to meet with the guys for a drink.

Went back to my room around 1. And I prepared myself to sleep.

Btw, had an issue with my bathroom. Water from drainage was overflowing and really smells bad. I called the front desk about it, pero walang dumating until I left that day eh. When I took a shower naman nung evening, ok sya. But the next morning, it overflowed again, I called the front desk again and sent someone from housekeeping. After checking, she said, may papapuntahin from I dont know where. But no one came. I even went to the front desk na rin to mention the problem pero wala talaga dumating to fix it. Until I checked out, so di ako nakapag shower.

But overall, I love my stay at Discovery Shores. I promise to go back.

2015 Travels

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  1. Boracay – my forever favorite island in the world (as of now coz I’ve never been to any beach outside Philippines. Oh except in 2002, when I was in the US nag-beach kame in Venice, not pretty hahaha). This was biglaan, as two of my long time friends planned in going. Kinulit ako and 2 days before the trip, I bought a roundtrip ticket.
  2. Baserri de Lipa – obviously, it is located in Batangas. This was a Holy Week panata with my bff’s. But since Sally was here for a short vacay only and no definite plans, Otchie looked for a place where we can spend our Holy Week. At dahil Holy Week nga, puno ang lahat. End up mag overnight na lang at dito nga nakakita si Otch ng may available room.
  3. Nasugbu – another Batangas getaway. It was Jemjem’s birthday and we want to go to the beach lang. I told Alfie we can share na lang. Sya naman din talaga ang may gusto mag out of town. I am happy kase nag-enjoy naman si Jem, even si Brenda eh nakabakasyon.
  4. Laiya – guess what, Batangas again. Hahahaha it was our company outing, and ayaw masyado lumayo. We stayed at Kabayan Beach Resort, good thing they have available room. Yun lang, good for 20 people and 7 lang kame. I enjoyed naman kahit di ko ma-enjoy yun dagat. Ang dami pang tao.
  5. Calaguas – actually, mas favorite ko na sya kesa sa Boracay. But I just cant stop coming to Boracay. I was with the Avon peeps, we booked a tour with Yapak ni Jose! Ang saya kase solo namin ang van, and comfortable. Di ako nabitin sa water and ice.
  6. Dasol – Pangasinan. My second time here. Independence day holiday and nangangati nako maglakwatsa. Good thing, may gala sila Joyce and sinama ako. I had fun, and super tawanan yung trip.
  7. Magalawa Island – Zambales. I’ve heard about this couple of months before kame nakapunta rin. Buti sumama ako, ganda sya. And memorable yun trip because of my ATM moment.
  8. Cebu – my second time in Cebu. Biglaan. At least this time, nakapasyal ako. We went to two  of 90+ falls in Cebu. When I heard we’re going to the falls instead of the beach, na-sad ako sa totoo lang. But, di ko pa rin pinagsisihan kase I had fun! The trecking and sitting on that cliff just for a photo, was just liberating. I was too scared kase ayoko sa mga edges, pero ang saya!

Ang konti ng 2015 ko, but better than none. I wish for more travels in 2016.

And my wishlist are:
Siquijor
Camiguin
Enchanted River in Surigao
Coron
Bohol
Bantayan Island, Cebu
More of El Nido

Australia
Phuket
Japan
Amsterdam
Paris

 

Road trip to Dasol with my girlfriends

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Holy Week 2014, plan namin lang puntahan ay Tondol Beach in Anda. But 2 days before the Holy Week, nagbago kame ng plan. Instead of Tondol, we went to Dasol. Read on other blogs kase that low tide in Tondol, parang most of the time lalo na summer. Parang di naman kame mag-enjoy non kung di rin kame makakapaglublob sa water.

So, a day before the Holy Week, naghanap na kame ng mga matutuluyan. And ang mga sumagot kay Otchie ay mga puno na. Kaya we decided to leave early ng Holy Thursday para makahanap pa kame ng accommodation.

And so we left 3am. I drove from Manila to Mangatarem in Pangasinan. It was traffic sa NLEX, kala namin dahil na sa Holy Week kaya traffic. May accident pala. Isang oras din yon kaya I let them sleep muna. Makikipagpalitan kase dapat ako pag di ko na kaya.

In fairness kinaya ko nga. I asked Sally to drive na nung nasa Mangatarem kase nag-start nako masilaw, at teary eyed nako.

Stop over, inabot ata kame more than 10. Hahaha mga yosi break, wiwi break, at pagtatanong. We also dropped by sa bahay in Malindong, kase I told them meron masarap kainan sa may Binmaley. Nagpaturo lang kame ng way papuntang Lomboy. Nag-enjoy sila sa pabaon ni lola na mangga at bagoong.

We had lunch at Rudy-Jing Eatery, napakasaya lang. Sa pagkagutom at excitement kumain, di na nakunan ang food. But we ordered inihaw na hito, tortang talong, adobong talaba, ginisang sayote, 3 rice and 3 fresh buko, naka 500 pesos lang kame.

Rudy-Jing Eatery

Rudy-Jing Eatery

After eating, we left na rin at diretso nang Dasol. Took us 2 hours pa rin, kase niligaw na naman kame ng Google Maps. Nung Makarating kame ng Dasol, boy we were happy.

Yey

Yey

Hanap na ng tutuluyan at ang pumatok ay ang La Playa Beltran. Karamihan ng mga nadaanan namin ay puno, syempre Holy Week eh. Nung una, sabi samin puno na, we asked baka kahit maliit na room meron sila, since 3 lang kame. In-offer samin ay attic. Aba, patok na patok.

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Our room for 2 nights

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Store/Tambayan/Reception

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We checked the beach right away. Hmm low tide.

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Inihaw na bangus, fried tilapia and tanigue steak, ginataang gulay = YUMMY

Inihaw na bangus, fried tilapia and tanigue steak, ginataang gulay = YUMMY

Sobrang busog sa dinner. So, nagsimula na kame magkwentuhan at uminom. Syempre our fave Absolut. Around 11pm, we called it a night. Shower, and went to bed.

Woke up early the next day para sa aming island hopping. Nag-shower, at breakfast. Naku, napa rough road na naman kame, pero syempre wala pa ring sinabi ang dinaanan namin sa Baler.

Inis lang talaga si Google maps sa pinapadaanan nya samin. But, nakarating naman kame. We reached Tambobong White Beach after an hour or more ata. Almost lunch time na rin when we got there. Nag halo halo muna kame while waiting sa pinaluto naming lunch. Napag usapang sa island na lang kakain para masulit pa namin ang araw. Nagpaluto kame ng daing na bangus, with fresh tomatoes, bagoong and yun mangoes na galing pa sa bahay.

Dasol Route was kinda bumpy. So, kawawa naman si Grey. Better bring SUV na lang. Not bad naman, pero para lang wag kabahan like me. Pero pauwi, we accidentally took the Burgos Route, longer but much better. Mas ok yun road.

Nakakatuwa lang, kase sa Dasol Route, ang daming cows, horses, goats sa daan.

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Just beside the road ay ang beach na. Aliw much

Just beside the road ay ang beach na. Aliw much

Tambobong White Beach Resort

Tambobong White Beach Resort

Off to Cullebra Island (also known as Snake Island)

Off to Cullebra Island (also known as Snake Island)

Culebra Island (also known as Snake Island), Dasol, Pangasinan

Culebra Island (also known as Snake Island), Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cove, Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cove, Dasol, Pangasinan

Cabacungan Cave

Cabacungan Cave

Maganda sa Culebra Island, kaso bago kame dumaong parang lahat ng tao samin nakatingin, eh bawal ba mag swimsuit? Sabi namin kay kuya ibaba kame sa wala masyadong tao. Kaya inikot pa nya at sa likod kame nagpunta. Dito na kame nag-lunch, nagbilad sa araw at uminom na rin.

Sumunod ang Cabacungan Cave, natakot naman ako sa loob. Parang ang lalim at medyo malakas ang alon. Pero masaya pa rin.

Dinaanan din namin ang Balinmanok Shipwreck, sayang mataas ang tubig, hindi pwede bumaba. Kaso si kuya sabi namin tumigil kase kukunan namin, dedma.

Balinmanok Shipwreck

Balinmanok Shipwreck

Nakabalik kame ng Dasol medyo madilim na. Medyo iba dinaanan namin, mas mahaba pero mas maayos na road.

Pagbalik sa resort, di muna kame nagbanlaw. Nagkwentuhan lang kame, inubos yun vodka, nagtawanan… ng malakas. Napagtulungan ako nung dalawa. Hahaha hanggang sa napagod na rin, nag-shower na at nag-ready para matulog.

Nag-breakfast kame mga 8am. Naligo, nagligpit. Umalis kame lunch time na rin. Namalengke rin sila ng mga pasalubong.

I had a short but awesome holy week get-away with my Best Friends!