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April 23, 2012

Young Blood

I am finally back after a month’s hiatus! I apologize for being such an irresponsible, neglecting “blogger” I promise to try my best to make it up to you on this post.

So.. long story short, I was in Cebu for a month to attend some important stuff at the same time “vacationing” for summer. I am just going to summarize the highlighted events of my vacay and I will try to make separate posts of it. For now, I’m just gonna share a couple of photos.

The main reason why I went to Cebu is to process my transcript of records because I am going to transfer to another school to finish my nursing course. Yup! I am finally and fully decided. I need a diploma already to get on with life.

then…….. I was there to attend the hunger games’ premiere 🙂 I was super excited, I’ve spammed my fb and twitter about it for two weeks. HAHA

While I was on the plane, I was surprised to find a magazine that featured THG! HAHA well it was mainly about Jennifer Lawrence and her role as Katniss Everdeen.. but whatever.. still THG related HAHA

the night on that day, we attended the last full show and wore our customized shirts 🙂 On the right is my cousin, Bea and that Team Peeta shirt of hers glowed inside the cinema. She used that special glow in the dark glue for tees. Forgive us, that was the only fan mode day we had. HAHA

We occupied the whole “L” row and we were as usual the noisiest. The people behind us must have been very annoyed HAHAHA We got the best seats because we, well, my awesome cousin Kyle reserved it a month before. 🙂

The next day, I met up with my lovie Essa and a couple of my CDU friends to watch Anne Curtis-Smith’s No Other Concert at Waterfront. I’m sorry I couldn’t give you teaser pics. My brilliant mind forgot to bring my cousin’s DSLR and my point-and-shoot camera has no memory card. Genius, I know. *facepalm* All I had was my cybershot phone and it was no hope.  And that ticket photo isn’t mine either. HAHA grabbed it from Essa’s twitter.
The after party was spent in Alchology with my cousins (sorry!the photos are kind of private :D)

On April Fool’s Day, my cousin had visitors from MNL and we gladly took them for some kilid-kilid shots at Streetlow then to Mountain View.
(L-R: Hydra, LA. Shobe, and my cousin Kyle)

Those are the only “decent” pics I could find. Everything was either blurred (from playing German game and laughing too much) or too dark (because we couldn’t we figure out the SLR’s freaking flash and we’re having too much fun to experiment)

Then came the Holy Week. My cousins and I had an impromptu decision to go to the beach at 2 in the afternoon. HAHA It was so hot in the house and we were so bored and we just needed some sun, sand, and  the ocean.

We even brought home a pet jelly fish! But it died without even a name 😦 huhu

Biyernes Santo is family day 🙂 Visita Iglesia to seven churches and then lunch at Co Jordan.

We finished the 14 stations of the cross, had seafood for lunch, and the place was just so peaceful. it was a very holy day 🙂

Friday the 13th salubong. Beer pong with the wolfpack 🙂 Girls vs. Boys

Friday the 13th nightout with the Wolfpack. 

This was actually my last nighout beforee heading back to Mindanao 🙂

Mid April, I attended my cousin and lovie’s graduation! yaaay! 🙂 Well, I wasn’t actually on the graduation ceremony because it was 7 in the morning and I was still sleeping. Went to their pinning which was held in the afternoon (that’s justifying their gala uniforms haha in case you’re wondering why they aren’t wearing togas)

 That’s the last important event in my summer. My remaining days in Cebu were spent on satisfying cravings, playing scrabble or rummi with family, and then packing – loads of it. Sorted things that are to be shifted back home and stuff that I will include in my new room (yes I’m moving!!)

When I get back on May, it will be a  whole new life. and when I say new, that includes EVERYTHING. Heartaches and heartbreaks left behind, mistakes were laughed at but will not be forgotten, old friends remain but ready to make new ones, and I guess it’s safe to say that I’m closer to where I’m supposed to be than yesterday.



January 24, 2012

My checklist

January 2, 2012

Food-a Fest

Food highlights last December before Christmas.


coconut chiffon muffins given by @kumoto

Korean ice creaaaaam! First time to try it. the vanilla and cheesecake ice cream sandwiches are to die fooor. Thanks to my girlfriend, Karen for taking me to the common USC-TC tambayan. I wouldn’t have the chance to discover it.

When my cousin Alina arrived from Vienna, she brought various kinds of cheeses. Among the variants are sheep’s, goat’s, cow’s cheeses and  even mountain cheese!
My personal fave is the sheep’s cheese, it’s uuuuber yummy! and the perfect one to pair with sky flakes is the cow’s.

When you have relatives in Europe, it’s never complete if they can’t bring Milka chocolates for pasalubong. It’s my number 1 favorite chocolate in the world (next is Merci ;)) Anyway, this time, my cousin brought Milka flavors that we’ve never tasted. I’ve always loved the hazelnuss (hazelnut) Milka. But I forgot about it when I tasted the Schoko & Keks and the Erdbeer Joghurt. Foodgasm to shorten the description.

Lychee shake at Vibes located behind Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital. It’s the next best thing to their durian shake 😉

Ber months mean that it’s the Starbucks sticker collection month. This year, I decided not to get their planner since I don’t go to Starbucks anymore. But when I saw the 2012 planner, it comes with a case. None of my sbux planners have cases so I decided to adjust my plans. So happy that for the first time in Starbucks history, they got my name right and it was my barista crush who  wrote it! 😉

The next day? FLOP. The barista was rude and I was “Nika” all over again.

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May 13, 2011

We’re only young once. Break the rules, get caught, and make it count ;)

When we think of Holy Week, it gives us a lot of options. It’s the week where some will reflect on their lives, the successes and failures, the ups and downs, good times and bad. Some will simply go out and celebrate in ways to forget all the burdens they face at this time. In our moments of solitude and rest, my cousins and I decided to do all the choices above but not forgetting what Holy Week is about —we go down to our knees that we may stand walk toward that one place HE wants us to be.

At 2am, Good Friday, we were all set to one of the most important journeys of our lives —BANTAYAN ISLAND, just us cousins, and a couple of good friends with no elders around. It definitely is something we’ve been looking forward for so long. We took a bus on our way to Hagnaya and then rode a barge to get at Sta. Fe, one of the towns in Bantayan Island.

We were lucky enough to rent a room at the house of my cousin’s friend.  Every resort was fullybooked and this trip wasn’t planned until days before the Holy Week so it’s too late for us to reserve rooms. Fortunately, this one we got was more than what we could ask for. It’s a couple of blocks away from our first destination, Sugar Beach and we’re thankful that we have somewhere to sleep and to put our luggage  J Surely, Sugar Beach and the rest of the scenery proves one thing: it’s a mini Boracay. Like everyone who’s been here says.

Of course, I was so excited. I’ve been sporting these unused bikinis from the time we settled.

Although it’s different this year because all kinds of programs (like bikini show or something) are banned, it’s okay for us because we came here to rest and to be basically on the beach. I could not wait to walk on the shore, sip piña colada, swim on the clear water and get sand on my bikini. I’m feeling so good I could almost taste it. When we arrived, we were able to rent a tent, and choose a nice spot to start the day 🙂

the bracelet we should wear so that the guards and beach staff can identify us 🙂

What is beach without henna tattoos? 😉

The night came and the beach and us were inseparable. So we decided to go nearer the shore (not really near since they have this fence that separate us from the games held) and did a little bonfire and camped & we fell asleep on our tent and woke up at 6 then head back to our room to take a shower and prepare for our second day.

And so, we went to Sta. Fe Beach Club/Ogtong Cave (for free! Thank you Engr. Figurasyon! ) and enjoyed the cave, their beach, and tasted the BEST ever siomai and siopao. The nice thing about being here is that you can just bike around. And we had our bikes for free too! Going from the house to the cave, to sugar beach then back to the cave again and then finally settled back in our tent at sugar beach.

My 3day-trip felt like a week and it may not be enough, but I really had fun. I made new acquaintances, been at a different place (something to add on my list of travel), and been at my most favorite place in the world —beach. Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Don’t be the person who has to look back and wonder what they would’ve or could’ve had.