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Monday, July 30, 2012

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Isla Reta Resort: Life on a Crazy Saturday!

Last Saturday I went to the beach to accomplish #43 on my dream list.  What is that? I can't tell you, but yeah, it's a bit crazy for some people, but I did it! :)  Wooohoooo!

Although #43 doesn't exactly need a lot of practice and preparation,  I just needed to be in a certain emotional crazy state to be able to do that.  And I did it! Mind you, alcohol-free baby! :)

And no it's not in any way sexual if you guys might be assuming to be so. Puh-leaazz! @_@

Anyways they said that the road leading to your dreams is tough and bumpy, well I could say that it really was.  Up from the time that we got in the boat, I've been seesawed incessantly.  There happened to be a storm up north but wasn't really aware that it would affect us down here.  The land environment had rendered it unnoticeable.  Needless to say, it's a different story on water.

Publisher: Shy - Monday, July 30, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Beauty on a Sketchy Friday

She Walks In Beauty

SHE walks in beauty, like the night

  Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that 's best of dark and bright

  Meet in her aspect and her eyes:

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Day 4: Ilocos Trip - "Where Have You Been?" At Kaibigan Falls

First thing in the morning, I knew our next destination, Kaibigan Falls, would be a bit far.  It would be a 1-hour drive from where we've been staying, and with distances like that, I just couldn't help but question.   Geeez, for a waterfall?  I was afraid that we'll just check out the area, take some pictures and head on.  Thinking about that made me want to jump this part of the itinerary.  But I forgot about the fun part: take a plunge in it. 

Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

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Day 3: Pagudpod - Blasting All Them Waves!

Truth be told, I haven't heard about this Pagudpod beach before.   And after doing some research, I've read a good number of reviews about this.  This could something.  I might as well throw this in the itinerary.

After having to travel 2hours away from Laoag City, passing through a river (yes seriously), and really really narrow streets, I've come to think that this beach should be good that people would have to go through this trouble to get there.  This should be something! Heck, after traveling that far.  It should be!

The Beach

When we reached our destination, I was already exhausted.  I rested a bit and then went straight to the shore to validate the hype.

All I saw?

There were huge corals sticking out of the shore.  My heart sank.  There should be more to this, than this.  So I had to walk along the beach to check how it was on the other side hoping to find that spot worthy of all those praises.  Yet, I found none.  All I saw were pebbles they call sand.  Not the fine ones, not the white ones found in Isla Reta, which was only an hour away from my place!  Yaaayyy!  By then I was thinking if all the trouble was worth it.  And slowly I became more and more convince that it wasn't.  Then it had gotten darker,  which kinda reflects how I felt that time.

Then morning came.  I hit the beach and saw the waves came crashing against the huge sturdy corals.  What better way to take this opportunity by taking lots of cool shots.

Doesn't my mother look like a wizard of some sort?

Inspired by karate kid.

This shot looks like I was meditating.  Wait 'til you magnify that face.  I was cringing!

I don't know where she got that pose from.  Uhmmm superman?  Either way she looks silly. :P
After taking those awesome shots.  

I smiled.

Hey, it was worth it after all. :)

Publisher: Shy - Monday, July 16, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Because I Can Lip Sync

I had to seriously contemplate whether to post this one or not... because... I just looked too silly here.  But yeah whatever.  It's all for entertainment baby! :)

It was 7-ish  in the morning and was waiting for our tour guide to pick us up.  And then... I got bored.  
This is the result of my happiness.  It didn't rain during our Ilocos trip.  Great weather ahead.  Yes!

This one below is the product of my boredom.

And you know this video screams AWKWARD!

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, July 12, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

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Day 3: Ilocos Trip - Juan Luna Museum

Right outside the museum you would see printed works of this famous artist, filling in 2 walls with ... Oh what the heck.  Look at the picture! :P

Publisher: Shy - Monday, July 09, 2012
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Day 1: Ilocos Trip - Casa Teofila

 In choosing our accommodation, my top concern was the price.  Knowing that we would just be needing a place to sleep over, it wasn't really necessary to get something fancy.  Anything that's comfortable and cheap is perfect for us.   So I found Casa Teofila.

Publisher: Shy - Monday, July 09, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

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Watercolor Painting: So I was Using the Wrong Paper

I feel lazy today.  I knew I needed to write several posts for the trip I had, but couldn't seem to get myself to even start a single sentence, much more finish a post, related to the trip that is.

Anyways, I've been trying out watercolor painting for a week now.  Immediately after deciding to go serious on this, I bought several brushes, a plastic palette, a sketching and a water color pad.  Right at the time when I blot my damped brush on the new water color pad, I knew that the reason why I had great difficulty on the first try was because of the kind of paper I was working on.  Silly me, I used a regular sketching paper for painting. Result? The colors won't spread and blend as much as I wanted to.  With this legit paper, it made things easier.

Publisher: Shy - Saturday, July 07, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

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Day 2: Ilocos Trip: Vigan - Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo (Crisologo Street) in Vigan, Ilocos

When history is now.  

You'll know when you reached the right place just by looking at the ground.

Calle Crisologo
Publisher: Shy - Friday, July 06, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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Day 2: Ilocos Trip: Vigan - Hidden Garden

Wonder why it's called Hidden Garden? Well it took us a long time to reach this place.  I think we had passed through small subdivisions, farms and 30minutes has passed, and no sign of Hidden Garden.  

Believe me, after having gone through all that, you'll realize why.  And you'll get pissed why it's Hidden and why now when you're hungry!

 But you know, getting there was worth it.

The place gives you a Bali-feel to it.  Thanks to tribal decors nipa huts and, wood furnitures.

First thing we did?

We ordered.

Empanada (Php40)

Poque Poque (Php 130)
Bagnet (Php 225)
Dinengdeng (Php150)

We were really happy we chose Hidden Garden.  I mean, we were eating famous traditional Ilocano dishes whilst in a "Bali-inspired" garden.  Happy much! :)

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Day 2: Ilocos Trip: Vigan Tour - Baluarte ni Chavit


 Baluarte ni Chavit is owned by the infamous Singson's family.  Chavit is the first name of the former mayor who served in that position for decades. Currently his son, is the mayor.  
Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Day 2: Ilocos Trip: Vigan Tour - Pagburnayan Jar Making

 I had been looking forward for this.  Remember the sexy scene in "The Ghost" where Demi Moore was playing around with the clay, and Patrick Swayze thought of hopping in to have fun, but thought of messing around with her.   Who could ever forget that scene?  And oh my gosh! with Unchained Melody playing in the background?!  Can I scream Classic now? CLASSIC!

Anyways when we got there, the guy impressed us buy making one jar in less than 5 minutes. And then... and then... left us.  Great.  We weren't sure if we were allowed to play with his stuff so we just took a photo of us, pretending that we were the ones who made it. Sorry mama, you would probably look silly in your picture after my readers have read this. 

We ended up playing with a mound of clay and checking out the jars all lined up to dry.

My friend and my brother saw another decor at the corner that's shaped pretty funny.  The moment they saw it they were trying to call my attention.  And my friend unabashingly said, "Hey shy your masterpiece!"  I didn't dare to look at it, since I knew what they were talking about.  I glanced at it before and was pretty ashamed to look at it again.  My brother was fooling along with my friend, taking pictures of it, grinning as he was clicking away.  

Let's just say the figure looks like something that starts with P... 

Yeah... a pistol, everyone. :)

Outside the jar making "factory" was an array of souvenirs made of clay.  I didn't buy any of it since it might get broken or something like that.

Too bad I wasn't able to try my hands on the clay. Oh well, at least I saw how it's made. :)

Tip: Php50

Though he didn't really deserve it, at least he'll figure out that he should entertain visitors whether or not they'll give a tip.  I mean, we traveled far and long just to witness something amazing.  We would love if he gave us exactly that.  Ok,  ranting stops now.

Check out our Ilocos Family Trip Series:
Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Day 2: Ilocos Trip : Vigan Tour - Syquia Mansion

My brother with the portrait of Former President Elpidio Quirino.
Syquia Mansion is the mansion owned by Former President Elpidio Quirino.  Now it has been donated to the local government and is currently converted to a museum.  Tourism is one of the biggest source of income of people in Ilocos, so they're preserving this as a national treasure, sharing it to tourists through offering tours. 

The Tour Guide

When we got in the mansion, I saw an old guy who was seated and hurriedly went in another door, closing it behind him.  We were staying there for few seconds wondering who is in charge.  As more tourists came crowding in our space, the same guy who went inside the room was trying to gather us in one pack.  Oh, so he was the tour guide.  He was pretty feminine with his actions and speech so I figured he was gay.  Not that there was nothing wrong with that.   Anyways the way he managed the tour was pretty good.  He was strict with the house rules: no taking pictures while the tour is ongoing, and the visitors should stick in one group.  

According to him, the arrangement of the furnitures hasn't been change ever since the house was transferred to the local government.  Reason behind is to easily pinpoint if something was missing in the house or not. 

The golden jar right here was claimed to be given by the Emperor of china to the former president.  It was said to be priceless since this one is original as proven by the emperor's seal at the base of the jar.

The peeping hole.
 Peeping holes were used to check the visitors at the ground floor.  If they're approved, then they would be allowed to climb up the second floor, if not, then they'll remain downstairs.  There's also another peeping hole carved through the master's bedroom.  So the master could check whoever it is in the living area, if they're VIP's of some sort then they'll be allowed to enter the VIP room which is adjacent to this room above.

The VIP Room.

The room is practically adorned by expensive furnitures that came from Europe and other parts of the country as a gift to the former president.  Example of which is the golden mirror that was shipped from Europe

A replica of the Spolarium painted by Gen. Luna's apprentice.

Another feature in this room is a replica of the Spolarium, painted by the apprentice of Gen. Juan Luna.  Although this one's a replica, the fact that it was a work of his apprentice, makes it really valuable.  The original Spolarium is now hanged in our National museum and is so humongous that it eat up an entire wall in the huge museum. 

Entrance Fee: Php 20/head
Tip: Php80

The old guy needs to get some extra tip for not only giving us information about our history, but also sharing some juicy facts on some showbiz issues related to the descendants of the former president.  I wasn't really able to catch up since I don't meddle in the other people's business, but since the crowd was well entertained, and since he took a lot of pictures of us in different angles.  Then boom! Hefty tip for you. :)

Woow, so much for museums.  I need a breather, like getting my hands to work on some jars! :)

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Day 2: Ilocos Trip: Vigan Tour - Bantay Church and Bell

My Family heading to Bantay church and Bell.  Ilocos Trip in Vigan series.

Churches during the spanish times usually have bell towers next to it, sometimes standing close, sometimes far.  In this case, the bell tower is yards away from the Bantay Church

Bantay Bell Tower

Magnificent Spanish Church and Bell Tower

Spanish churches are almost always spectacular.  Though they vary in height, color and design, the special uniqueness is always there.  Added to it, it's role back in the days, where religion was more like a religion, but a way of life. 

Although the church is magnificent, we were more drawn to its bell tower which is perched on a small hill landscaped with beautiful array of flowers.  So we found ourselves taking more picture with the bell tower than with the church.  On normal occasions we would probably climb up at the top of the tower, but since the heat was blazing hot, we figured not to.  Taking pictures from the outside was already satisfying.   No entrance fees here, just donation.  However we had to sign up on a ledger that we visited the place.

A Japanese Seller

I remembered before entering the church's perimeter, there was a friendly japanese seated at a corner.  He welcomed us to the place.   Right beside him was a cart with an array of rosaries, small prayer books and carved altars of mother mary.  It didn't really occur to me that he was selling those.  I was more taken by his presence as oppose to what he was selling.  I just noticed it when we were about to leave the place.  I noticed him calling friend and asked us if we were interested to buy something from him.  We kindly decline though.  

I don't know. He just struck a chord in me.  What is a Japanese guy doing in a small town in Vigan, selling religious trinkets.  It was an odd sight.  But yeah, it was amazing of him to make such sacrifices for his belief.

Makes me regret for not buying anything from him.  Well reason behind it is that I'm not Catholic, but more of Baptist.  Actually I don't really wish to be exclusive in one religion.  I'm pretty more open, but keeping in mind to further develop my spirituality as my priority. 

But yeah, if ever you chance upon him, try to buy at least one item from that fella. 

Thanks! :)

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Day 2 : Ilocos Trip: Vigan Tour - Burgos Museum

Our calesa driver first dropped us off at Padre Burgos' ancestral house which the local government of Vigan turned into a museum.  So basically it doesn't only contains the old articles of Padre Burgos but also portraits of famous people that had a big role in Philippine's history.  It also contains old materials for fishing, printing press, coffins, some articles used for war and replicas of ships. 

Padre Jose Burgos, ancestral home.


 So for those of you who may not know who Padre Jose Burgos is, he was one of the first filipino who became a priest, a role usually spanish conquestidors had taken the role of  for years.  He was executed in 1872 for writing codified essays which empowered native clergymen.  Along with 2 other clergymen, namely Padre Gomez and Zamora, he was garroted in Bagumbayan field (Wikipedia 2012).

Burial ritual.

A coffin with skeletons and pot.
Coffins of our ancestral people are usually small since Filipinos before were really short, reaching up until 150cm to 159cm for men, and it could be shorter for women.  Modern Filipinos had gone taller through time due to interracial marriages with other taller races such as Spanish, Indians, Americans, and Arabs to name a few.

Old printing press.

Replicas of spanish ships.
My sister watching intently some old portraits of historically famous people.

A portrait of Ferdinand Marcos' family. Young Marcos (leftmost).

Sala (living room) at the 2nd floor of Padre Burgos' House.
 A traditional spanish house in the Philippines usually used big panelled wooden floors.  Salas are usually big to accommodate visitors and converting it into dancefloors on special occasions.  Sliding windows are made of flattened shells called capiz, and furnitures are usually made of the finest wood such as narra and mahogany

Kitchen area opening up to the balcony outside.
 Red tiled floors is also pretty famous before in a house during the Spanish times.  The walls are either made of red bricks or big blocks of special cement mixture made of corals, and eggs among others.

Bunch of Anahaw Leaves tied up and used as a raincoat before.
I've always thought that visiting a museum will be a great way to start a trip.  Immersing yourselves to articles from the past reorients you back to your roots.

After a lot of ahhs and oohhss, we were all warmed up and ready for more.  So off we went to our next destination!

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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