February 03, 2015

Baguio



WARNING: LONG OVERDUE POST / JULY 2014

I woke up very early to catch a bus to Baguio from Dau, Pampanga. It was very early I think I slept the entire time. I arrived in Baguio around 11ish and went directly to Upstairs Bed & Bath to drop my backpack.




It was cold and I love it. Very Bukidnon but much colder. Its my first visit in Baguio and I don't have an Itinerary at all. I just walked and walked and eventually got lost. I stopped and had lunch at a Carinderia. Gutom=solb!


Walked a little more and spotted a jeepney that reads "Session Road" its like a eureka moment for me. "okay, Session Road it is."  I love Session Road. I heard of Pizza Volante and their good pizzas from a TV show so I went in but I got curious with their pasta. It was good and Lemongrass tea was the bomb. It was SO GOOD. SO DAMN GOOD I ordered my second glass.





It rained a little when I started walking along session road so I decided to hail a cab and got back to SM Baguio since it near my hostel.



What a great way to end a cold day in Baguio hah!

We transferred to Microtel by Wyndham the next day. Boy oh boy it was gorgeous and we had a fantastic room to stay in.



I had no plans to really go to all "touristy" spots in Baguio So I just went with the flow. The plan was not to have a plan at all. Which Im pretty sure Im good at.

Its freezing cold in the morning. 




Food was so so. Trust me, I know food when I see one.  ~ they do have big servings though. 


Visited Camp John Hay and had coffee at the prettiest Starbuck's branch I've been too. (No decent photo of Starbucks but its really homey) This part of Baguio is beautiful and quiet.




I am very okay with cold weather. The cold never bothered me anyway (sings) Just like Bukidnon but has a particular charm that I really adore. The air is fresh too. Reminds me so much of my favorite scent. Light and Fresh.  Zalora has an extensive selection of perfumes. Check out their collection here. I'm pretty sure you'll come across a perfume that will remind you of Baguio.



Its so beautiful I don't want to leave. We went back to our hotel and spent the entire afternoon enjoying the cold weather.

We checked out Oh My Gulay along session road for dinner.





It wasn't bad but it's not spectacular either. I only had crepes and their pansit. We decided to eat at Chowking an hour later. lol


I spent a goody hour watching people cross the streets. 


We left early the next day. 

It's so beautiful. I even Imagined my self retiring in Baguio someday. Baguio is beautiful and I will be back soon. There's so many reasons why I want to go back and I'm saving that moment for the trip with my special someone and together we go restaurant hopping in Baguio.ohh dreams.  Here's a much detailed Baguio itinerary just in case you plan on visiting soon. It was a quick visit but its memorable. Baguio is love.

xoxo

January 02, 2015

2014 in a nutshell





A new year awaits me. A new year awaits all of us. It has been a wonderful journey. So here I am.. about to jot down the year that was. I clearly remembered I started my 2014 with lots of travels in line.  Crystal clear. Malaysia, India, Bangkok, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.  Basically the "Banana pancake trail". I started scheming itineraries last quarter of 2013. Flight tickets were booked, thanks to ******** (if you know what I mean then high five!) I still dream about it tho. I still have intentions to push through with the plan in the near future. 

The first two quarter of 2014 passed by like a speed of light. Plans crashed. Broken heart. just like that. I remembered I was working my ass off and worked 80 hours a week like cray. Everything else was a blur.  Then I realized its not all about travelling. There is more to life than chasing temporary high. There is more. hashtag grownup, hashtag mature. 

This may be a tad too late as a year ender post but I’m posting it anyway. 2014 has been a challenging year in my entire existence. I failed immensely but I learned a lot of lessons. It’s a year of letting go and letting God. I wanted to end the year with gratitude. 

Things I learned:


Friends

Real friends stick with you even when you’re completely a mess. You don’t even have to stress it out. You have so much drama going on but they are there. Always. Our time together is my favorite kind. We are effortless and crazy.

Family

I’m forever grateful to my parents for understanding and the unwavering support all the way. Thankful that they let me figure what I want about my life at my own pace and for not kicking me outta the house even I'm past the legal age. Family, I owe you my life. I may be the difficult kind but you trust me anyway. You make leaving home so so damn hard in a very good way.

Money

I really have a bad habit of spending too much so this particular topic really irks me. I failed a lot when it comes to dealing with my finances this year. Impulse buying is really a bad habit. I also overspend on food and unnecessary dine outs. I bought a laptop and a camera that goes on top of my needed list which is an exemption. 2015 stands a great chance for finance recovery. I know I have a lot of saving to do.

Health

Too much of a good thing is bad enough. I gotta catch up with my health or I’ll be sorry.  It’s so difficult to keep temptations and bawals at bay. Geez.  I’m trying.

Work

I’m very happy and comfortable working remotely. It’s definitely a luxury that I enjoy. I've finally finally convinced myself that it kinda helps the introvert in me (Not having to deal with a lot of people and you know some other introvert stuff). And I’m working with the coolest people. What’s not to love? I treasure this opportunity to be able to work at home err anywhere plus it pays the bill. Duh? 

Micro-business

Venturing into a mini business is surprisingly fun and stressful at the same time. It takes a lot of patience and getting used to. It also pays to have a nice relationship with your customers. There are a lot of ups and downs but it will be all worth it in the long run.

Travel

It may not be as travel full as I have planned it to be but I know it’s for the best. Sometimes a plan doesn't go your way and all you have to do is accept. Shit happens. You don’t have to push through plans you don’t even like in the first place. And yea do not book too much travels you are not prepared for. Travelling can wait. In 2014, I'm thankful to have visited Cebu, Leyte, Manila, Pampanga, Munoz, Baguio, Rizal and Boracay. I shall discover more of the Philippines in 2015. 

Love… Relationship… et al

Whoever said that people who were born in 1990 or a sign of a horse (Chinese horoscope for that matter) will have a blossoming love life in 2014? You can now go f*&^%$# yourselves and shove your predictions in your #$%^&*. No, Seriously, I can’t even remember when I last hoped and expected for the right guy to come along. Hell-o everything needs perfect timing and I’m more than sure it will come knocking right before I knew it. Now everyone, don’t come asking me why I’m still single. K K? Ohh God I get it all the time. 


Little progress is still a progress. I'm so happy I survived another year. It was one of a hell ride.
Bring it on, 2015.I have so much love to give.  I'm open to more changes and I really want to see what's out there for me. I will patiently wait for those little surprises to unfold and be. Cheers! Happy new Year everyone!

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