There We Have It

WOAH.

That was my first reaction when I clicked on the ‘New Post’ button because a lot of things have changed since my last post, apparently, including WordPress. But don’t get me wrong; change is good! It’s been exactly a semester and my lack of, or completely missing, posts indicate how busy my schedule has been. From all-nighters in reviewing for the next quiz (after quiz, after quiz, after test, after test) to org duties (and sacrificing some… details later), I barely had any time for my occasional R&Rs, which some of you might know is a must for me to keep my sanity.

I really tried my best to squeeze in some time to drive away from the hustle and bustle of a Physical Therapy student’s life. I love my course and the people in it who have inspired me or have made it a little less crazy, but third year is no joke. There would be times when I’d grab that iced coffee in the refrigerator, try my best to stay awake, but still head bang then cry because I was already too sleepy to function. There would also be times when I’d have to put studying for Physiology on hold just so I could study for Anatomy. Juggling all those subjects and dealing with their difficulty really stressed me out. This semester, I learned a lot about sacrificing some things in order to make way for something else to bloom. This does not only apply to studies, but it also applies to hobbies and relationships as well.

This semester, I also had to give up dancing due to my Editor-in-Chief duties. It was really hard to see my other orgmates performing while I was on the sidelines taking pictures. I had to run so many errands during college events that I gave up time for training, which I also consider as time for myself. Another thing I had to sacrifice earlier in the semester was a really close friend. It was difficult for me at first because I didn’t understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of what was going on. I was completely left in the dark, but I was eventually enlightened when I learned the truth… the whole truth. I’ll spare you guys the dramatic details of that story but basically, it became so much easier for me to let my friend go for their relationship to grow. A chance to love and be loved is a blessing, and I wouldn’t want to hold anyone back from it. I know that in the end, giving up our friendship will be worth it because love, or even the slightest opportunity of experiencing it, is worth it.

There we have it – a semester full of stress, change, and sacrifices. More updates soon x

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From Liliw, we traveled next to Lake Pandin wherein we rode a raft to cross to the pathway leading to Lake Yambu. They served us ginataan and fresh coconut juice. I loved this part of the trip because it was breezy and the views were amazing. I thought I was somewhere in the amazon!

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Because I was live blogging on my twitter and instagram + had music during the car ride, I slowly lost my battery! Good thing Kuya Jim brought his portable Bavin charger!

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Lake Pandin

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Lake Yambu

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With Kuya Jim! This was our second trip together after Cavinti. He’s my super traveler idol!

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After our trip to both lakes, we had our well-deserved dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe. The ambiance and the food were so amazing that I would definitely go back there just to eat their dishes again. I had beef sirloin in red wine sauce with mango shake and half of Kuya Jim’s best-seller dish. Afterwards, we unfortunately had to end our road trip day and say our good-byes.

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VIAJE DEL SOL ITINERARY RECAP:

  • Breakfast at Casa Vida by Lake Sampaloc + tour of town

  • Ugu Bigyan Potter’s Garden

  • Lunch + tour at Sitio de Amor

  • Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

  • Shopping at Tsinelas st. in Liliw Laguna

  • Rafting + merienda at Lake Pandin

  • Trekking to view of Lake Yambu

  • Dinner at Sulyap Gallery Cafe

My road trip for Viaje del Sol was only part 2 of my last summer hurrah. Last July 4, 2014, I attended the eighteenth birthday party of one of my really good friends, Mojah. You looked stunning girl! I enjoyed that night with my friends and previous blockmates who I won’t be seeing much of anymore because of the shuffling. I got home at around 2am, took a shower, and had a short nap before my trip at 5am. I thought it would be hard to go to sleep with wet hair and alcohol in my system but I was wrong. Haha. Blackout bar knocked me out but good thing I was still about to wake up in time for my trip. Wishing for more nights like these with my friends!!! A new chapter of adventures await and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.

BONUS POST: BLACKOUT BAR PARTY FOR MOJAH’S 18TH RIGHT BEFORE MY VIAJE DEL SOL TRIP

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The early birds! We were the first ones to arrive… we even got there before the debutant did in her dressing room.

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The only shots I promised I would take that night. What happened.

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My friends and I with the gorgeous debutant!

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For lunch, we went to Sitio de Amor Farm Resort and they served us unlimited food! I swear, we’d empty a plate or a bowl and the staff would refill it immediately. The place was so vast, beautiful and serene. I honestly didn’t want to leave the place! They also had an old house that reminded me a lot of The Ruins in Bacolod. I promise to go back, stay and swim there next time.

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In the afternoon, we went to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. To be honest, the whole land was bigger than what they had underground but it still looked amazing and looked pretty historic.

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Afterwards, we went to Tsinelas st. in Liliw Laguna where they were literally surrounded by shoes and slippers!!! I bought these floral espadrilles from Entrada (it was air-conditioned so plus points to the store) worth 380php! Their products are not only affordable but they are also very stylish. I also bought delicacies to take home with me.

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The start of July has been a very busy yet crazy fun-filled week! I’ve been going to school to rehearse our dance routine and tomorrow, we’ll be shooting our college video, all to be presented on our college’s general assembly on the 19th. My body feels extremely beaten up and my mind exhausted, so I decided to go on a road trip adventure with my Travel Factor family at Viaje del Sol! Viaje del Sol, or the way of the sun, aims to promote the beauty of Philippine archipelagic ecology, preserve the land’s biodiversity, and nurture all forms of life.

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Our first stop on our trip was breakfast at Casa Vida, which overlooks Lake Sampaloc. We had corned beef, scrambled eggs, and matched it with either coffee or orange juice. Afterwards, we took a stroll by the lake to snap some pictures and feel the cool morning breeze. By the way, the weather that whole day was perfect even though the rainy season just started to roll in. The skies were so blue and the clouds were white, which were beautifully painted in the waters of the lake.

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After breakfast, we drove to Ugu Bigyan’s Potter Garden. This has been open for more than 30 years and on weekdays, they even have a pottery demonstration!

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Apparently, I’m on Instagram.

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Sooooooooo I totally forgot that I had an Instagram account until I googled myself (yes, I googled). It was originally itscookielle and luckily, I was able to get in my account since I use the same password for everything. Shh. I also just found out that my first post was just a black photo. I don’t remember if I was trying to take a picture of something in the dark or??? Honestly, what was I thinking when I made that and suddenly stopped? I ended up taking that black photo down because what on Earth was that anyway? Even I don’t know. I also found out that despite my lack of posts, meaning none, and having posted a, lets say, black box,  I have 2 followers! I laughed so much because I found it so cute that I even had any.

Feel free to follow this crazy girl on instagram because yes, apparently I have it and I promise to use this now so I won’t flood my twitter with pictures anymore. Maybe a couple of throwbacks here and there but like I always say, we only have tomorrows to look forward to and not yesterdays. x

Fault Feels

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Last night, I had the privilege (and yes it was a privilege because it was awesome) to finally watch “The Fault In Our Stars”. I read the book back in 2012 when I was starting my first year in college and I was really psyched to start on it because of all the recommendations and insights from my friends. I really liked the story. I loved Augustus. He’s even in the top 5 of my fictional boyfriend list, and yes, I do have a fictional boyfriend list ‘cos the real life one sucks so far. The only problem I had with it though was how the story was built up so much by my friends and reviews from other people that I ended up not being as emotional as I usually am with books, or fictional stories in general. People told me that I would definitely cry but I didn’t. However, when I saw the trailer, I cried a pacific ocean. I even dared myself to watch it again after a few days and ice caps melted and flooded my room. When I saw the movie, well, I literally felt like my heart was going to explode.

The movie was beautifully made and the cast was brilliant! I just love both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort a lot as they are both talented people with great personalities. Here’s an interview of the two of them by Emmy winning reporter Chris Van Vliet and a commercial of Ansel and his girlfriend since high school for Amanda Uprichard. They are all so adorbs. I can’t.

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