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Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Fun Things To Do when It's Raining on Your Trip!

Approximately 5 hours before boarding, I figured to make this post.  I'm currently trying to find ways on how to make our family trip still fun despite of the storm.  You see I've booked for our family trip on a day where there would be storm coming.  How would I know, I just didn't get lucky.  Ilocos region is an area where it usually gets hit by the storm, but due to my persistence, I head on with the booking anyway crossing my fingers that it wouldn't hit during those times.  I was wrong, but I still believe that miracles can happen.

Here are the ways I have gathered through my research:

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Heading To Where the Storm Is: I Think I Need To Practice My Rain Dance.

Ok.  This is the situation. 

The family trip will be tomorrow.  And I just heard that there is a storm at that part of the country where we're going: Ilocos Region. Great!  How can we possibly go around town when it's raining?  Last year, we went to Cebu and the same thing happened. It was raining hard almost all day and we had to go buy something from the wet market.  We had to walk on puddles of water, holding our umbrella. But Mr. wind was kind enough to join the rain so, yeah, umbrella was no good.  After almost an hour of walking outside the rain, we finally got what we wanted to buy, we took a taxi and went straight to the mall for shelter.  I don't wish for it to happen, but then I'm faced with this fact again.  The stupid Dindo(name of the storm) bothered to visit us on our trip!  It won't be just a normal rain showers.  It will be a storm, signal 2, I heard. Weeehh!

Just thinking about it sucks out my energy and excitement.  I need to think of Plan B.  It won't be something drastic like change of destination.  No. Not like that.  It will be too late now.  I will try make videos while I'm  stranded somewhere.  What about that?   A music video.  Yeah. Call me Maybe?  Maybe.  Or have a pictorial while drenched in the rain like Vanessa Hudgens.  Oh, I remember, I just got 2 pimples below my nose and a stye on my right eye! I told you it was bad timing! A very nasty one indeed!  But who the hell cares!  It will be fun how I could turn things around. 

Oh dear! It will be great! We will have great time! It will be AWESOME

Will let you know how it turned out.

I have a feeling.

This will be very interesting.


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Life is not about to wait until the storm stops... It is about learning how to dance in the rain.





Publisher: Shy - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

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A Journey of a Frustrated Artiste: From Sketching to Watercolor

I discovered I knew how to sketch when I was 15.  I remembered it was one hot boring day, when everyone was having their own afternoon siesta.  I, on the other hand, didn't feel sleepy enough to do so, found myself walking around the house having no clue what to do.  Then as I passed by my mom who was by now sleeping soundly on her bed.  I figured.  I should draw her.  And so I did.  Several minutes after, I was done.  Hmmm, not bad.  In fact, it was good.  The face that I sketched resembled my mom.  I thought: Hey! I think this is a talent.  And I think so too until now.  With no formal background, no know-how on basic techniques, no history of practice, I was still able to make a decent sketch.  I figured this is definitely a God-given talent and I'm determined to develop it and take it into another level and make it mine. 

Publisher: Shy - Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

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Getting Inked!

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I've always wanted to get inked.  When "Hit me Baby One more Time" was still a hit, I've wanted to get a tattoo at my lower back like Britney Spears, until I discovered that it could look a bit tacky.  So I figured having a tattoo running at one side of my body would be sexy.  And I still think so.  But it's just too big of a tattoo.  Don't you think so?  Besides, too painful. Yaayy!

Publisher: Shy - Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

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What I'll Wear in My Ilocos Trip

A week from now, my family and I will be having yet again, a family trip.  Our second one.  The first one started last year wherein we went to Cebu and Bohol for 3 days and 2 nights.  I know it's such a tight squeeze, but my siblings need to work so we have to fit our vacation over the weekends.  

So where will we go?

Next destination will be the Ilocos.

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Publisher: Shy - Saturday, June 23, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Tough to be Japanese

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I'm studying Japanese so I bought this cool CD in Central Market, Malaysia.  
Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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How Are You Mr. Immigration Sir?

Have you experienced lining up for immigration, feeling guilty as hell for no particular reason?  Well I have.  

Immigration Blues

It was my first time to go to another country and to do that I knew I had to pass through immigration. I've heard tons of stories about it- most of which were bad.  I heard that they could be very superficial, so anyone who looks like a terrorist, whore, or drug dealer could get into serious trouble.  If these guys smell something fishy, you would be interrogated, or worse, you'll be asked to go to the immigration office for more torture.

My Friend's Immigration Nightmare

A week before leaving for Malaysia, my friend who just came home from Hongkong told me her story- well more like her nightmare.  She was questioned, fried and a bit humiliated for not having the needed documents, so she had to secure everything there.  Finally the immigration let her go and let her catch her plane which was just about ready to take off.  So she ran barefooted and that was it.  The thought of that happening to me, frightened me that my focus was just to be able to secure all possible documents that might be asked of me.  It was emotionally stressful -yes.  And even after securing all those, it didn't really eliminate my stress, only consolation was that my anxiety decreased a tad bit.

My Time Has Come

Lining up for immigration in Manila was really nerve-wracking. As I was doing so for the flight going to KL, I've witnessed a couple of girls trying to explain to the immigration officer their purpose of travel .  And after a few seconds, their passports were stamped!  That fast! I figured, it wasn't really that bad. I have a complete set of documents so everything should be alright, reassuring myself with this fact every minute.  Now my turn.  I greeted the officer with a faint smile and submitted my documents to him.  After 5 seconds, he said, "now I could produce these documents if I wish to".  I felt choked.  I said, "I have some other docs too, if you would want to check here it is".  After glancing at the papers for a few seconds, he then stamped my passport.  That was it.  I was off the hook! Challenge # 1 was over.  Now, one more barricade to go: the immigration in KL.


Facing Immigration Officer in KL

Upon stepping on the grounds of KL, it felt really surreal.  Was I really in another country?  But that trail of thought ceased when the thought of immigration shot passed my brain.  Here I go again.  I found myself lining up for immigration.  This time I was joined with people from different races: koreans, americans, french, indians and a lot more.  There were a group of korean ladies in front of me.  They were dressed as if they were actresses, one girl even had a bouquet of flowers with her.  My heart started to pound really hard when 2 of these girls were asked to go to the office.  Oh gosh!

So it was my turn, I gave the officer a very heavy-hearted smile, though I greeted him as cheerful as I possibly could.  He just stared at me seriously with keen eyes, ready to detect anything fishy.  My heartbeat was like a galloping horse by now.  He said, you going to KL alone huh? whilst checking my documents and staring at me suspiciously.  Told him my reasons, and then just like that, he stamped my passport.  Only until then was I  able to breath normally.

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

When bitches attack, there's blogging.

You'll never know if you'll encounter rude people while traveling, until you really meet them.  

One night upon check in, a Turkish guy went to us and sheepishly welcomed us.  He eventually turned his way back behind the counter to check on his PC, did some bit of typing and photocopied our passports.  While all these was happening, I couldn't seem to ignore the stabbing stare of a plump woman seated right beside him.  She was eating nuts while looking up at us with a rather unwelcoming stare.  I thought, why is she angry?  Was it because our 2-am check in ruined her date with her boyfriend?  Was it our race?  I don't exactly know what the reason was,  all I know was that she was just a bitch for making me feel uncomfortable onstart of my supposedly fun trip. 

She had bee tantamount to anyone rude that would come my way.  And Lilian, the lass I met on Cyclamen's Cottage, was the angel.  And it was always been like so all throughout the trip.  

I never get to confront the rude lady behind the counter.  I figured what for?  I'll just tell everyone about her through here!

Wherever you are, you need to go get yourself some manners! :P


Publisher: Shy - Friday, June 15, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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Eden Nature Park: Getting There and Expenses



How to get to Eden Nature Park using Public Transportation

Jeepney


From Davao city, you would need to ride a Jeep going to Toril. Just watch out for the Toril signage on  jeepneys.  These jeepneys are found passing along Aldevinco, and Boulevard among others.  Fare from downtown going to Toril is P20.  Once reaching Toril, you would want to watch out for the Mercury drug store found at the right side of the street.  Right across it is Chow King.  That's where you would need to be dropped off.


Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Free Taste at Bohol Bee Farm

Free taste attracts me like a firefly gets attracted to light.  Who doesn't? It's food and it's free.  Two words that serve as magnet to just about anybody.


Malunggay Ice Cream at Bohol Bee Farm

Now before my group and I went to Bohol Bee Farm, our kind-hearted tour guide already oriented us about it.   We were going there for the malunggay ice cream. 

Malunggay ice cream at Bohol Bee Farm
Publisher: Shy - Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Cyclamens Cottage: Home away from Home

Funny when sometimes you would immediately realize you like something the moment you see it.  Well that's what happen when I first saw the Cyclamen Cottage.

Publisher: Shy - Saturday, June 09, 2012
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St. Paul Church: Stunning Sunset Spot

Some tourists on their way up the hill towards St. Paul Church, Melaka.

Sunset at St. Paul Church

It's best that you time your itinerary wisely, making sure that after going around Melaka, you head your way uphill to check the sunset.  Best sunset spot in town is at a hilltop where St. Peter Church is found.  It's not much of a climb, well it could get tiring after having gone around town.  I however got tired from all the walking, which what we had been doing since 10am in the morning.  

But it's ok because by the time we got there, the view was really worth it.  The church itself is nothing but a skeletal structure.  Only huge stone slabs could be found and a statue of St. Peter perched in front of it.


St. Peter Statue


Sunset Watching

Find a good spot.  For us, we head halfway down the hill and made a seat out of protruding hard soil. It was comfortable enough for us to stay for minutes and enjoy the breathtaking scene of the sunset of Melaka.  My friend and I didn't talk that much.  Well we did, initially.  After that we just stared at the sunset most of the time.  We could not really talk a lot anymore and ignore that beautiful sight in front of us.  I just stared at it quiet and happy.  For me, it was enough.




Publisher: Shy - Saturday, June 09, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

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How to spend 8 Days in Malaysia: Itinerary and Expenses

To each his own.  This is just a suggested itinerary on how you could spend your 8 days in Malaysia.   This covers Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Perhentian.


Publisher: Shy - Monday, June 04, 2012
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My top 10 Things to Do in Thailand

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Lately I've been busy researching and planning for my trip in Thailand.  But now that I'm almost done. I finally figured out my Top 10 things I wanted to do when I get there.

Publisher: Shy - Monday, June 04, 2012

World Vision: Life Mission


Today marks a very fulfilling day. What started as boring, now seemed to be rewarding.  I have decided to sponsor a child.
Publisher: Shy - Monday, June 04, 2012
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