Surface Pressure


Few days ago, we watched the movie “Encanto”. I love it but it didn’t really drove me to write a reflection until today when my 3-year-old toddler was singing a song. The lyrics were different but the tune is very familiar. She was even matching it with dance steps even if she is lying down as it was after our breastfeeding session.

I was so entertained that I kept asking her what it meant and she tries to explain it to me through repeating the performance. The husband who is just listening, after a while had a “eureka” moment. He said that Unyara is singing “Surface Pressure” from the movie encanto. When she heard what his Daddy had said, she got out of bed and requested to have it played.

I don’t know much about other 3 year olds as I try to stay away from comparison. However, I always check her skills against the expected age skills. She hit most of it but is acing the communication area. She is very expressive around us especially with me. It’s very different around other people though and as a child who grow up under so much pressure, I am intentional in raising Unyara differently.

I don’t know the reason why Unyara likes the song but it’s probably because of the catchy tune. However, I would like to think that like me she can connect to Luisa too. As an only child now, it wouldn’t feel right to call her the eldest yet. However, for sure, she can relate to “surface pressure”.

For me, everything happens for a reason. Today, after Unyara’s re-introduction of the song, I am reminded of all the “surface pressures” that I had growing up. Luisa looks out of the ordinary – masculine in a feminine attire. I remembered that there was a time in my life that I hated my size because it makes me look masculine. Haha! I guess having “Luisa” as a new “Disney Princess” makes me feel comfortable.

Going back to Unyara, I hope to one day share to her the meaning of the song with a prayer that she wouldn’t have to feel any “surface pressure”. However, as I am just human, I hope she will have the courage to remind me about what this song means! 🙂

Dreams Do Come True


The first quarter of 2017 is almost done but the 2016 recap is still in draft. Wew! Time to catchup. These days, I hardly have time to write anymore but if I’m not gonna do it, I’m sure I would hate myself 2-3 years from now. 😊

If there’s a line that would best describe our 2016, that would be:

Dreams do come true.

Indeed they do. All we wanted was to focus the year with travel  but we were blessed with so muchhh more. In 2016, we were able to experience wanders and achieve our goals too. Just thankful.

Here’s the list of the awesome things in 2016 starting with Laag then Katkat then Dula and our personal developments:

  1. Treks within Cebu (JanFebAprMayJun), out of Cebu (Jun) and out of the country (Aug).

2. Travels within Cebu, out of Cebu and 2 out of the country (MarAug):  (1) Wedding anniversary in Hong Kong and Macau (2) Welcoming Miga’s 30th on a 2-week adventure in Indochina (Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand).

3. Hosted an awesome table top day with the Cebu Board Gamer’s at Maxwell Hotel (Apr), went to a board gaming summer weekend in Sogod (Jun) and a Christmas event at a house in Mactan (Dec).

4. Miga attended a young adult ministry and joined Volunteer in Cebu outreach (Feb), found Godly friends with the formation of NCR Ladies Life Group (Jun), started the Women In NCR presidency and revisited her jewelry making hobby (Jul), lost her Tatay (Oct), increased family visits and events, went on a social media diet and started pursuing the Jesus life style (Sep – Dec).

5. Migo bought Raspberry Pi and installed KODI (Feb), finished watching firefly, watched new series: Dark Matter, Community and Expanse. Acquired 10+ new board games. Found a hobby, kite flying. New phone in July ’cause of Pokemon Go, not a bandwagoner.

Daily Prompt: Waiting


via Daily Prompt: Waiting

When I started to embrace travel as a way of coping up back in 2011, I wanted to travel as many places as I can. But I don’t have the means and capacity both financially and emotionally yet so I stayed put and waited for the right moment. But as I was waiting, I kept on dreaming of the day that I would be able to tick off the entries in my list one at a time. 5 years after, I haven’t been everywhere but I am satisfied of the places I have been. Had I stop waiting, I’m sure I would stop dreaming too. But I didn’t.

In life, everything has its own moment. Waiting is tough but it has its benefits. You’ll never know how worthy is the wait if you stop on waiting. And to top of it all, the best waiting I’ve done in my life was waiting for my boyfriend-then-now-husband to realize I was the one for him. Haha! We started traveling because he was not ready to settle down. LOL It was our way of keeping me happy. Haha! Looking at it now that we are married, it was the best wait EVER and the most fun too.

Here’s our latest travel memoirs – our last hurrah before our long vacation away from travel to embark on another waiting moment for our little Migo or Miga. Hopefully, we wouldn’t wait long. 😀

This is my waiting. How about you, what are you Waiting for or waited?

The (Modified) ROY G BIV Wedding Theme


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “ROY G. BIV.” Yesterday upon cleaning up the categories on this blog, I stumbled unto this photo challenge. I then thought of posting the photos from our COLORFUL wedding. Hesitated at first since the entourage was not really in ROY G BIV colors since I added purple and pink. LOL Then I remember the origami flowers were (supposed to be) in rainbow colors. So there! 🙂

Indulge me on this non-travel & trek post. Promise this would be a first and a last. But if you want more, I have a separate documentation of everything here! Still on a wedding high after 3 months (our 3rd month on the 28th)!!!

Just some colors!
Just some colors!

With the green leaves!
With the green leaves!

With the red tiles!
With the red tiles!

The invitations!
The invitations!

The lighters!
The lighters!

Table listing with the origami flowers!

CUP CAKES!!!

Unconventional cake!

The guests' table!
The guests’ table!

The demo version!
The demo version!

The baywalk!
The baywalk!

The Wall!
The Wall!

Awww!
Awww!

The cool entourage!
The cool entourage!

A New Adventure…In 25 Days!


This is not my usual adventure. Just done the 2nd day and I already thought about quitting. Who am I kidding? 1000 words in a day for 25 days? I love writing, but I’ve never written something everyday and FORCED myself doing it. Fiction was hard…now I realized non-fiction is much, much, much…harder. Should I give up now? I can but I’ll go back to being BORED. Hmmm!

Before I’ll bore you too much, if I didn’t already had, check my new adventure. And I’m taking back the non-fiction part. Also, I might need your comments and suggestions. Please, please if you have time, read it and let me know if there’s something I need to change or improve. I can’t afford editors right now…and I’m not VERY committed to finish it yet. Haha! It’s just something I do to keep me occupied while I don’t have anything to look forward yet. No travels and climbs schedule for the coming months. 😦

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And to make it more “book”-y, I even went ahead and make a cover. Hahaha! Choosing an author name was VERY hard. Oh well…if I’ll be able to finish this and make it a book, I think I could consider getting an item out of my bucket list. Haha! “Publish a book.” I didn’t say it will need to be publish by a “REAL” publisher. Hahaha! Sly, sly one! 😛

And I just realized I can’t be awake until 4 AM today, like yesterday because I have an early meeting tomorrow. Oh well, Day 2 can wait until I’m BORED again over the weekend. Hahaha!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Action


I’m a reluctant photographer because I’m still confused whether I want to be the one in or behind a beautiful photograph. But ever since the boyfie had this signature craze pose in every places we went and mountains we climbed, I just had to get better.

These jump shots were taken from our last trip in Bicol Philippines. I still can’t get the perfect angle in all pictures though. But I’m determined to be. 

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Cagsawa Ruins in Legazpi City, Albay.

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CWC Wakeboarding Complex in Camarines Sur.

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Matukad Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

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Cotivas Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

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Lava Ground from the eruption of Mt. Mayon, Legazpi, Albay.

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Lignon Hill, Legazpi, Albay

Jump shots are tricky. Even if I did it countless of times already, I still can’t get the hang of it. The boyfie is also very strict so I just had to take the shot he would approve. Sometimes, it would take up to 5 jumps. 😦 Anyhoo, I’m happy to be learning things. And though I still don’t own the camera I’m using now, I’m considering to have one. Cheers to photography!

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The bottom picture was the first shot. We decided it was cool to have a series shot so the other 2 were done. Taken at Cotivas Island in Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

PS: This is my first post from Sue’s “A Word A Week Photo Challenge”. I have this monthly goal…for the month of March, I aimed to improve my travel blog. Along with that goal, I promise to grab everything in the blogger web that would help me get better.

This is a good starting month for me. I’m thankful to all the new friends I’ve known as seen in my Community widget. I was still not able to know and connect to all of them yet but one day, I will.

Hang in there friends. 🙂 Thank you for all the inspirations. It gives me the energy to blog more…but this time…BETTER!

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

At 2 AM


Will You Marry Me?
It said.
I crinkled my nose and pout my lips.
Is this a JOKE?!

Then it dawned on me.
Maybe…
But why at 2 AM?!
Something different maybe?!
Oh right…
I am surprised…
But what now?!

And just as I was about to turn on the lamp, the room lights blinded me.
And he was there…
Smiling ear to ear…
Holding an enlarged version of the photo…

And…my heart skipped.

A post for Daily Post’s creative writing challenge. Want to join the fun? Go and write your own.

Bicol Day4: All Day Ride


Ferry schedule from Guijalo Port to Sabang Port start at 5 AM and every 2 hours until 11 AM. Since were quite battered the day before, we opt for the 3rd trip. Reached Sabang by 11 AM where our van to Naga City awaits. The 3rd league of the all day ride comes after lunch at SM Naga City. Left SM around 2 PM. The van ride from Naga City to Legazpi City took 2 hours. At 4 PM, we arrived at Mayon View Apartelle.

Took an hour rest then mass at San Raphael Parish church followed. The mass was in English but there are vernacular excerpts in homily. It amazed me because I actually understood most.

From the church our next stop was Pacific Mall for dinner. The dispatcher advise us not to take the tricycle so we waited for a jeepney to Tabgon. Unfortunately, those jeepneys were rare, 1 in every 10 jeepney bound to Daraga. He helped us to get a Daraga jeepney that would detour to Pacific Mall. Just paid Php 10 each for that detour. I was thinking it would cost more.

Decided to have our first meal in Legazpi at a place not in Cebu. We dined at 1st Colonnial Grill. It was a delicious banquet. Loved their unlimited tinapa rice, chicken and ice cream in rare flavors of chili, lemon, ginger, tinutong and pili nuts. Thumbs up!

After dinner, had grocery for breakfast the next day. Retired early. Had to be physically fit for another extreme adventure – ATV Tour to Mt. Mayon.

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood


Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

On the way to my unit at Building 14 this morning. Looks like Building 15 will be ready by the end of this month. Yay! More neighbors to come. Taken with my Starmobile Astra.

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