May The Gods Be Ever In My Favor

Lately, I have come at a realization that targets could stress you out. However dreams and wishes inspires you!!! And…Dreaming and wishing is ABSOLUTELY free!

So today, I started the day plotting my leaves and PH’s holidays. I have a total of 6 weekends for adventures!!! Wew! Five 4-day weekend, a 3-day weekend and a 5-day weekend. Just AMAZING!

I planned to just plot the leaves but look where that takes me. 🙂

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Dreams for 2015!!! 🙂

 

I love adventures but I am not that brave to do things on my own yet. I need people to be safe but unlike before, imposing is no longer a must. Organizing is too much hassle especially if the people you plan it with is not as excited as you are. So this year, it’s gonna be a year of memberships and invitations. 🙂 I just hope that the invitations fall in those dates. Hahaha! Otherwise, it’s gonna be jewelry-making and scrapbook weekend. Hahaha!

This is not a target but just wishful thoughts. 😀

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In case one of them comes true, here’s some info:

Mount Ugo Benguet then Sagada?
Ilocos Norte
Mount Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon
Mount. Guiting-Guiting, Romblon
Samar-Leyte
Mount. Halcon, Mindoro

Others:

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Biri Island, Samar

Mount Halcon is LEECHY! Oh nooooo!

 

The LISTs

To Do 2015: 
Be More.
Dwell on the things that you can!
Abhor the thoughts of wallowing on the things that you can’t.
YOLO!

  • Enjoy the beach with Cebu Board Gamers.
  • Do free lance climbs with new mountaineer friends.
  • Be aware and volunteer of Kindred Nomads projects.
  • Be a part of LDIPh’s advocacy.
  • Rock climbing with Maria, Liz, Roxanne
  • Craft day with Analyn (crochet). Invite Ms. Alvie.

Bucket LIST

Why I’ve Been On A Hiatus?

My last adventure post was exactly 2 months ago today – the last of the Apo series. After that was a new adventure that I didn’t get to finish. Haha! Oh well, it’s maybe meant for another time…another down time perhaps ’cause right now, I’m on yet another adventure. A different one! Something that I’ve been dreaming my whole life. Because of that I’ll once again go on a hiatus…for a long while. I’m hoping that you’ll still be here when I return. But before that let me take you to the 2 places I’ve visited and enjoyed last month Sirao Peak and Siquijor.

Trek to Sirao Peak
14 June 2014 

This was the boyfie and I’s 4th trek to Sirao but a first without our mountaineering friends, and the weekend before the 6th Anniversary. The trek was part of the whole week anniversary celebration featuring our activities over the years. We started in a movie date at our apartment, then trekking to Cebu City’s closest and most accessible mountain – Mt. Kan-irag.

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And Sirao will never be the same again. 🙂 The activity was supposedly my idea, I didn’t know the boyfie was cooking his own as well.

Trip to Siquijor
20-22 June 2014 

Siquijor has been on our travel list for a long while that got bumped too many times. Then one day, the boyfie said he’s planning the trip. Boy, you should have seen the look I had when he told me. That was before Sirao Peak, as I was thinking about it now, Siquijor must have been his decoy. I was too excited to finally be able to visit Siquijor that I didn’t notice his clues. I actually thought of not pursuing Sirao since a friend invited us to what I think a much more fun adventure in Osmena Peak. The boyfie lashed out for changing my mind. Glad I stayed put. Haha! I wonder what happened if Sirao didn’t happen. Hmmm!

Siquijor (Tagalog pronunciation: [sikiˈhor]CebuanoLalawigan sa SiquijorTagalogLalawigan ng Siquijor) is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayasregion. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. To the northwest of Siquijor are Cebu and Negros, to the northeast is Bohol and to the south, across the Bohol Sea, is the island of Mindanao.

Siquijor is the third smallest province in the country, in terms of population as well as land area (after Camiguin and Batanes). For a time it was part of Negros Oriental.

During the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines, the Spaniards called the island as Island of Fire (SpanishIsla del Fuego). Siquijor is commonly associated with mystic traditions that the island’s growing tourism industry capitalizes on.

I knew beforehand that Siquijor is small but I only felt it when we actually motorbiked almost half of the island.

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Migo and Miga’s 6th Anniversary Day 0 (20 June 2014)

Itinerary:
0900 South Bus Terminal
0930 Dmgte bound via Aircon Ceres Bus (Fare:205/pax)
1330 Bato Arrival
– Snacks: Bingka
1345 Bato Departure via RORO (Fare:70/pax)
1430 Tampi, San Jose, Negros Or. Arrival
1500 Dumaguete Port Arrival
1515 Tricycle to downtown for lunch
– Lunch @ Foodnet
– Snacks
1600 Siquijor Bound via GL Shipping Lines (Fare:140/pax, TF:15/pax)
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– Rent motorbike (350/day) c/o Aipee Dongon 0927 263 3983
– 3 liters Gasoline (150)
18:15 ETA Lorna’s
19:00 BBQ Dinner (135)

We arrived in Siquijor via Cebu-Dumaguete-Siquijor route. For comfort, we opted to ride the Ceres bus from South Bus Terminal bound to Dumaguete then took a ferry to Siquijor. The boyfie already booked a place in San Juan, Lorna’s End Of The World. I actually laugh when he said the name of the place, thinking it was another one of his jokes.

When the ferry arrived at Siquijor port, I get the same aura when entering Bantayan Island. The port was almost the same. A crowd of tricycle drivers greeted us just when I caught a glimpsed of the church. I was pretending to have a closer look just so they won’t insist. We didn’t have a ride to San Juan but I didn’t want us to hop with anyone and then regret for paying too much. I saw a somewhat trustworthy looking guy. Later I would know that his name is “Aipee Dongon (0927 263 3983)”. He showed us a cardboard with tricycle rates. We were surprised that a trip to San Juan cost Php 250. He must have seen our faces so he offered an alternative. Renting a motorbike would only cost Php350/day, I was all in for the cost but waited for the boyfie to react. We owned a motorbike at home but it’s been a while since his last drive. I saw him nod with reluctance. When I asked him again, his answer was already with confidence. Wew! It was my turn to shy away.

“Safe ra gyud kaayo mag-drive diri sa Siquijor, Mam.” Kuya Aipee said then did a quick run through of the roads and states of the entire province. I was sold.

He had the boyfie tried his motorbike and when it was all good, he asked us to wait to get a new bike. The boyfie tried the new bike as well but in the end, Kuya Aipee lets us take his own motorbike saying it was new compared to the other one. Thanks, Kuya Aipee. 🙂

Renting the motorbike was probably the best decision, we learned later. Siquijor’s spots were really just within the road plus there were signs and everything to lead you from place to place. We were more mobile and free because we had our own ride.

The boyfie with the motorbike at Lorna’s entrance.

For 2 days, we rented the motorbike for Php600. We arrived at Lorna’s without a hitch. And was very amazed how silent the road to San Juan is. We just saw countable motorbikes and never saw any jeep at all. It seems Kuya Aipee was not saying what he said just so we would rent the bike after all. 😀

At the front of Lorna’s.
Sunset in San Juan, Siquijor!

The sun was about to set when we reached Lorna’s so the first thing we did was cam whoring on San Juan’s sunset with Talinis Peak in the background. We had dinner by the boulevard eating barbecue with the locals. We slept early opting to greet each other a happy anniversary earlier for the planned tour the next day.

Migo and Miga’s 6th Anniversary (21 June 2014)
Motorbiking around Siquijor

Itinerary:
0800 Breakfast @ Lorna’s
0945 Begin Tour
Lazi Balete (10 donation)
1100 Lazi Convent, Museum entrance (20/pax)
1130 Cambuhagay Falls
– Parking (10), Snack (35)
1300 Lunch @ Lazi, Port, Noynoy Eatery
– Snack
1400 Salagdoong (15/pax)
– Motor Parking (10)
1700 Maria Souvenir Shop
1800 End Tour
2000 Anniversary dinner: Bubi’s Restaurant @ Royal Cliff (540)
2130 Game Time: RFTG, Carcassone
2400 Light’s Off

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Migo and Miga’s 6th Anniversary Day 2 (22 June 2014)

Itinerary:
0830 Breakfast @ Lorna’s
0930 Beach Swimming
1100 Bye Bye Lorna’s (1080)
– 2 days stay (300/day)
– 2 breakfast (360)
1130 Capilay (30 gas)
1200 Siquijor Port (Red Cross Donation 4)
1350 ETD Dumaguete via Ocean Jet (210/pax)
– Souvenir 100
– Lunch 105
1445 Dumaguete Port, ride to Ceres Terminal
– Tricycle to Sibulan
1515 Sibulan Port
1530 Cebu bound via Pump Boat (Fare:35/pax, TF:10/pax, TF: 2/pax)
1600 Santander Arrival, tricycle to hiway
1630 Cebu City Bound via Ceres Liner

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We spent a total of Php 5298 for the entire trip so around Php 2600 per person. It was quite cheap compared to our other escapades. 🙂

Contacts and References:
Where we stayed:
Lorna’s End of the World
Owner: Lorna
Contact Number: 0927 381 6377
Lorna’s was a little different from the boyfie’s reference. Then I learned from talking to Ate Lorna that their home caught fire last 2012 that’s why it was different. Ate Lorna was very kind and accommodating. If we’re going back to Siquijor, I would surely still stay there. The room was supposed to cost Php 500 a night but the CR drainage was stuck so Ate Lorna gave it to us for Php 300. Yay! We didn’t mind taking a bath at the common CR at all.

Our Transportation:
Motorbike
Owner: Aipee Dongon
Contact Number: 0927 263 3983
See description’s above!

Around the web:
http://www.thelonerider.com/2010/apr/siquijor/skindiving.shtml
http://www.senyorita.net/2013/03/camp-bandilaan-conquering-siquijors-highest-peak/
http://www.senyorita.net/2012/06/luxury-resort-hopping-in-siquijor/
http://wanderingdylan.com/2013/03/06/how-to-get-to-siquijor/
http://wanderingdylan.com/2011/03/28/places-siquijor-part-1/
http://wanderingdylan.com/2011/04/03/siquijor-places-part-2/
http://www.adventurousfeet.com/2013/12/part1-trip-to-siquijor-day-1-sta-monica.html
http://www.adventurousfeet.com/2014/01/part2-trip-to-siquijor-day-2-things-to.html
http://thetravellingdork.com/archive/siquijor-do-it-yourself-itinerary-travel-guide/

Overall Description of Siquijor:
IT’S A MUST VISIT! 🙂

Have you been to Siquijor or planning to go? Let me know on your comments below. Thanks!

You’re Not a “Plan B” Kind of Girl

“Be the kind of girl who deserves him and treats him with kindness. Who laughs at his jokes and thanks him when he opens your door. Leave the head games behind you. Encourage him and wear the kinds of dresses that make him respect you. Be the kind of girl who gasps at his surprises and hugs him for his compliments. Be worthy of the kind of man that you deserve and & the man that he was born to be.”

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!

Prenup Photo Shoot on the Philippines Highest Mountain

To be promised forever on top of Apo crossed my mind but didn’t linger.  There’s so much to do in the peak and proposing is not on the list. But sans engagement, it didn’t stop the boyfie and I to enjoy a free prenup session. Yay! Here are some of my favorites!!!

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Now it’s not only the mountain that we look forward to conquer…Credits to the photographer Dea! Visit her blog to see more of her photos. Yay!

Once Upon A Summer

Being young is like summer, it doesn’t last long. No matter what you do, it won’t last forever. Yet unlike summer, youth doesn’t come every year. With those thoughts, make it a point to make every summer counts, because after all, every summer is different in your time of youth. Haven’t thought of it yet? Why don’t you start NOW. Make this SUMMER your BEST SUMMER EVER!!!

How to do that?
Well, there are tons of activities that you could do.

Hit the beach.

Climb a mountain.

Test your limits and go on an adrenaline pumping sports.

Not the adrenaline junkie?
Read a book.

Try board games.
A thriving community of hobby gamers is right around the corner.
Visit CebuBoardGamer’s page on Facebook to check if your on to it.

Health buff?
No problem. WIN has brought Zumba within our office grasp.
Be at 6th floor, Gameroom every Mondays and Fridays from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Join and meet more health buffs like you.

Still not convince that those could make your SUMMER the BEST EVER? Hmmm!

Just take a deep breath and think of that something that you wanted to do since.
Vision yourself doing it. Forget all the reasons why you can’t.
Just plan and DO IT NOW!
Never lose the chance to create a beautiful story of "Once Upon A Summer"!
That summer where you become the person you have always wanted to be.
Get into it.
Be excited.
Be inspired.
And lose yourself in it! 🙂

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Dream and Reality…and the words in between!

I’ve been whisked into many things but travel has always been a constant nag. Every time I come across posts like this on the vastness of WWW, I always linger and ponder about my life. Most of the time, I can’t help but be full of remorse in my cowardice to abandon my comforts…and live THE DREAM.

I could list a number of reasons why pursuing THE DREAM is not an option yet but I know it’ll just be pity cover-ups to the reality. Words are empty without actions. And until I will decide to make actions, they will remain words. Tic. Tac. Tic. Tac. People are telling me I’m still young and that I don’t need to rush anything yet but am I really…young?!

The ability to pro-create safely will probably be gone in 5 years for my age. And even if the zest to travel wouldn’t expire even when you’re old, it wouldn’t be as much fun if you do it sooner than later. And how about the change you’ll go when you decide to raise human beings? Right now…I am in a big fork path. Will I raise a family or continue to live only for myself?

Tic. Tac. Tic. Tac!

17 Years Old…10 Years Ago :D

Happy birthday to me. 😀 Saving my words for a longer and heartfelt post laters. 😀 Just a quick note to myself that I should be extra happy today because I wasn’t feeling very good last night. Haha! Homesick birthday. 🙁 I never feel more alone. 🙁 Guess it was wrong to feel that because even if I’m a million miles away, people will always remember me. Thank you for being one of those people. 🙂 You certainly make my day. I’ll be wearing this big smile throughout the day. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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