Saturday, May 7, 2011

Maxima Resort in the Island of Samal

It's my first day in Davao! Hurray!!! Our original plan was to have a day tour at Davao Pearl Farm but we didn't do our research beforehand (Loser us!) we found out that the first boat going to the Pearl Farm Resort leaves at 8 in the morning and our expected arrival at Davao International airport is 8:15, GOOD JOB! hahaha So we changed our plan for that day and ate Teetel suggested to spend our day in the island of Samal. *insert excited face here*

  GrouPic before we leave the house. =)
  This was taken at Luz Kinilaw (Kinilaw is raw seafood mixed with vinegar and some spices).
  Us, enjoying the ride to Samal island. 
  Welcome to Maxima Aqua fun Resort!!!!!!!!! :P
   Great view of the Davao Gulf!
The resort is famous for this Giant water slide that drops you in an open sea (100ft deep, not sure though :P).
  You can't get in the water without a vest. 
I repeat!  You can't get in the water without a vest! hahaha 
Lifeguards are somewhere out there. LOL
Trampoline!!! ^___^
  My (sexy) silhouette! hahaha 

  Ate Baby & ate Acel (that's a 40-meter water slide)
Time to go down to watch the sunset. 
He's not a fisherman. He's selling cultured pearl accessories. Got myself a pair of earrings. 
   We rode a tricycle from Maxima Resort to the port.
then a bus going to Davao city

Our day ended with a scrumptious dinner at Garden Fresca (I highly recommend this resto)

happiness for you, 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

Every merry month of May, the legendary town of Antipolo becomes a beehive of acitivity and vibrancy as thousands, from all walks of life, flock to this lovely place amongst the hills. To the lilting tune of native songs, people come to this town, primarily to pay homage to the miraculous Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. more info here

Main reason why we attended the mass here earlier today because our family prayed (and continuously praying) for my sister's safe trip next week. huhuhu She's leaving for U.S. hopefully for greener pasture. =) Oh God please take care of her. =)

Before leaving the church, you can drop by the...

 we bought..

happiness for you, 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Uniquely Singapore

 I ♥ Singapore! I really had a uniquely Singapore experience! hahaha I still laugh everytime I remember 'that' stupidity that I did in Singapore. Are you excited to know what was it?

But before that let me tell you my first on board experience with the yellow, white and green aircraft (go figure). When I stepped in this aircraft I felt something's wrong or should I say I smelled something bad. Why is this aircraft reeks like a poultry? Okay, milder than a poultry, an aircraft read: should never smell that way!!! Yes?


Fast forward. Touchdown Changi airport! Hooray I'm already in Singapore. Yeah, dizzizit! However my happiness is not yet on its full potential LOL because I might experience something in the immigration.


True enough, aberya nga! the immigration officer asked me where am I going to stay, I replied "in Ang Mo Kio" he said "that's a big place, you have to be specific inday" Seriously I didn't understand him even if he speaks in English. Then he even asked me how much money do I have and he wants to see it. After that he called another immigration officer and this big man brought me in a room, with one side made of clear glass wall. Before we reach the couch the officer (who looks like a bad guy from a movie) and I had a convo,

Officer: "What are you going to do in Singapore?"
Me: "I'm going to visit my friends and celebrate my birthday here."
Officer: *verbatim* "Celebrate your birthday in the Philippines its much cheaper there."
Me: *in my head* (much na cheaper pa?)

Before he left the room he told me that, "using of cellphone is prohibited." I nodded and sat on the red couch. I want to sleep right then and there because I came from work, I'm dead tired and I haven't slept yet for crying out loud!!!

Three minutes had passed, then five minutes, seven minutes waaaaaaaaaa! I'm very loquacious, I can't last a minute (this is an exaggeration of course! LOL) not talking to anyone! Then silly things started to rent space in my head. Like being deported, molested...hahaha. I'm really bored and hopeless but in times like these, God is my only strength!

I began to talk to my Father up there. Then I prayed the rosary, I was able to finish the 5 Joyful mysteries. I prayed that if they won't allow me to explore Singapore, please just send me home although I know it will be embarrassing in my part, since most of my friends know that trip. (bakit ko pa kasi sinabi? hahaha)

At last a woman came in the room and told me to follow her. We went to another room, the woman asked me to stand by the wall, she took a photo of me. After a minute or two I've been telling my self that it was not a mugshot, hello I'm not a criminal! Then she showed me some photos and after every photo she asked me the same question, "Is this you?" "Is this you?" "Is this you?" errrrrrr! Then she told me to stepped out of the room (in a nice way)

Then the big scary officer started talking to me again but this time he seems to be in a good mood. He asked me slum book questions. Darn, what happened to him? Since my passport is not yet with me I entertain his questions. He even asked me to have lunch with him but I declined the offer and told him that my friend is waiting for me outside, then he let me go. Wait! Before I left the counter I made him laugh, really!

Whew! What a long story? Just so you know all of these things happened in less than an hour. I told it in full details for you to somewhat feel what I felt 2 years ago! hahaha

I'm not abashed and not proud of it either but one thing is for sure I learned a lot from this 'immigration scene experience'. Now I know what to do on my next International trip but before that let me show you some of my photos taken where else!?! =) Brace yourself! LOL

Esplanade & Merlion Park

mumu =)

Wild Wild Wet


Sentosa and Vivo City 


Chinatown and Clark Quay


MRT/Bus & JB Malaysia 

more pictures here

I believe that there are no MISFORTUNES only BLESSINGS! Thanks to the intercession of Mama Mary I was able to explore Singapore!!!

Tip: #1. Make sure you have all the necessary papers you need for your trip, like invitation letter, COMPLETE address & contact number (of your friend)

#2. SMILE at all times! ^______^


happiness for you,

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2009 was my travel year! Ü

 Two years ago I've decided to have an out-of-town trip every month, unfortunately I failed to do it for the month of June but luckily I was able to leave the country for my birthday! My happiness is indeed bottomless! =)

January - team bonding in Laguna with my teammates  

February - exploring Cebu city with my bro and sis in SFC  

  March - Enchated Kingdom with Kitin, went here to celebrate our friendship

April - spent Holy Week-end in Pampanga with my family  

May - experiencing Pahiyas (for the first time) with Ate Baby and Ate Kay

June - get together with my blockmates in college 

July - went up to Baguio City for the CFC-SFC Metro Manila Conference

August - kneeboarding at CWC (not wakeboarding yet, 'coz it's my first time), I’ll definitely go back to Legazpi, Albay just to see the perfect cone of Mt. Mayon, it was very cloudy then so Mayon didn’t show up =( 

September - flew all the way to Singapore to celebrate my birthday (Sept.19-22). Then it came to my senses that I was in two different countries on my very special day *cool* (went back here in Manila on my birthday which is the 22nd of Sept.)

October - ♪My dream is to fly over the rainbow so high♪ I tried zipline for the first time with Kitin =) 

November - Bahay Alitaptap Gawad Kalinga Build in Tarlac (2nd time to volunteer) 

December - chillax at Island Cove in Cavite then before dusk we went to Tagaytay brrrrrrrrrr it was very cold! *swear*

happiness for you,