Monday, October 1, 2007

M/V Doulos in Manila

Doulos was purchased in 1977 by Gute Bücher für Alle e.V. (Good Books for All), a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany. Over 19 million visitors have been welcomed on board for tours, programmes and visits to the floating book fair. With stops in over 500 ports of call, this unique ship has visited more than 100 countries in including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and many island nations. Doulos is recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest active ocean-going passenger ship.

It is also the largest floating library in the world.
This was taken last January 20, 2007 when the ship docked in Manila Bay.
With a Dutch crew

An opportunity to wear other foreign national costumes

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Blue Lagoon


This was taken when I went to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte last summer of 2007 with my friends, Michelle and Joel. As one of Ilocos' main tourist destinations, the Blue Lagoon of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is where you can enjoy swimming and sun-bathing.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bestfriends Reunited

At long last, after almost seven years of not seeing each other, I happened to hug my high school bestfriend again. I was in Baguio last, last weekend to attend an officemates' wedding. Before going back to Manila, I contacted Cathy to pick me up so that I could visit her and her family in Sison, Pangasinan.

After having lunch at Shakeys-SM Baguio, we allocated an hour of travel from Baguio to their hometown. I stayed overnight in their house. Good to bring back the memories of the good old days...

Morning after, at seven in the morning, we were already at the Victory Liner terminal. I had to run after the 8am trip to Cubao/Pasay so that I would be home before it was dark.

Saying goodbyes is the saddest part, I almost cried. Good thing, the bus blew its horn already and I had to jump up the bus and turn my back on them, without having the guilt feeling that we would be separated again.
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The Horses & Me

Mornings are best celebrated with natural things around you. Ever since I was a child, I always enjoy the beauty of nature and experience the breath-taking moments that the world brings.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

UP Sunken Garden

The gardens may sink, but not our friendship.

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

La Mesa Ecopark, Fairview, Quezon City

Wow! Tonight is a bright night. The moon is at its brightest. I just notice the moon in the mid of my thinking, while I am lying of my bed. Its light gives silhouette in my room.
Thanks to my PDA I am able to record in black and white all my thoughts tonight.

I am looking back to what has happened this day. Yobs, Sofia and I went to La Mesa Ecopark (P50 entrance) in Fairview, Quezon City. It is a nature park actually, where you can enjoy the following:
- eco museum
- a swimming pool
- numbers of pavillions and halls for team building and family day affairs
- the Lopez Picnic Grounds
- a long and high stairway where at the top you can see the view of the La Mesa Dam (the water is calm with some lighthouse-like buildings around)
- gardens full of flowers and ornamental plants
- a wild forest for trekking
- lagoons, swamps and a river where you can fish (rent for a fishing rod and baits costs P20 and P80 per kilo of fish caught - mostly tilapias)
- a butterfly nursery and sanctuary (entrance is P30)
- wall climbing facilities
- playgrounds for kids
- campsites (which we have not located)
- souvenir shops
- and many more...





Then we headed to SM North EDSA to have some cup of coffee at Starbucks. We had a good talk, though Yobs had to leave as early as 4 o'clock in the afternoon to meet his MA classmates in school.

Sofia and I strolled around, shopped and window shopped until dust. I bought a cologne spray at Plains and Prints, a black bra (hehehe!) by Lady Grace and a name tag from Name It, which I'm gonna hang on my front door. I truly had fun.

I got home at 10:30 P.M. My legs are still having cramps up to now due to our whole day walking. Whew! But it's a great feeling.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Lian, Batangas

I was invited to take an overnight vacation at Lian, Batangas; at my cousin's husband's hometown. It is near Matabungkay though we haven't had the time to stroll around. The place is purely farmlands. It is such a quiet place - all you can hear are crickets, birds and frogs' sounds. and the "moo" of the carabaos, as well.

I once said to Ann, my cousin, if I am going to be heartbroken again, I would go back in Lian, even without her. It's a place for thinking and reflecting. There's no problem, I now know how to go there, right? *devil's laugh*

I enjoyed taking pictures in the ricefields, plus the fact that the people there are warm and cool - in its truest sense. Warm because they are hospitable and friendly, and cool because they are all funny and cheerful. Everyone fills my stomache. Apple mangoes taste great. My favorite! There was never a time I stopped eating! Gosh, my tummy strikes again. I was so so bloated I couldn't help but accept all their offers. "Hmmm... stop pretending, girl, I know you liked the foods," said my conscience.

How to get there:
From Robinson's Pala-pala, get the bus with the signboard "Lian (Nasugbu)." It is a 3-hour travel, aircon trip costs P104 only. Tell the conductor to get you to Bagbag Bridge. At Bagbag Bridge, you can walk straight to Laparan residence crossing ricefields and highlands.

Here are some pics taken during my stay in Lian, Batangas.







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Monday, May 21, 2007

Atimonan, Quezon


One of my officemates (Mago) invited me to go out of town - in Atimonan, Quezon - for his sister's wedding. He also invited my ex. We stayed there for three days. Hehehe! We left the office at 5:30pm and proceeded to the bus terminal near Nagtahan Bridge. The fare costs P180.

It was a 5-hour trip and arrived in Atimonan at past 11pm. It was dark already (of course! it's midnight). Early morning, I was surprised. Their house is along the shore, a few steps from the sea. Exciting.
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We strolled around the town until we decided to take a splash on the falls, a 30-minute trek from their house. It is all green and serene. The view is indeed breathtaking!



At the falls, the water is crystal clear. You can also see the school of fish swimming under, they go near the surface if you give them food to eat (bread and chips are their favorite. Yumyum!).

It was also the first time I ate Catmon (the fruit)! Tastes like kamias, balimbing and suha. It's kind of sour. Lots of Vitamin C, I guess. I regret I forgot to take a picture of it. *sigh*

On our trip back, it was only me and my ex who had our way to Manila. We left the house at 2pm and was in Lucena by 4pm (fare is P60). We arrived in Alabang (P158) at 7pm. He came with me to GMA and separated ways at the terminal where he would take the jeepney rides to Dasma-Trece-Tanza. He should have taken the fx from Lucena to Tanza; I was glad he made sure I was safe back home by taking the longer trip with me, even it would cause him inconvenience. Still, thanks.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Daet and Labo, Camarines Norte

It was not a holiday nor a long weekend. It was just a Saturday and a Sunday. But this supposed-to-be ordinary weekend turned out to be a great one. Why?

We went to Bicol; Daet, Camarines Norte to be exact. One of my officemates, Adel, is a Bicolano and she went home for the 2007 Elections since she is registered there. I decided to go with her, along with 3 other friends - Albie, Edel and Edwin. It was pure fun and peace (I say "peace" because it's unusual that we didn't have any misunderstandings and quarrels at the moment - hehehe!).

Friday night, 9pm - we were in Cubao already, aboard an aircon Superlines bus bound to Daet. P407 as reserved. It was a cold yet stressful trip; sitting position for almost 9 hours, imagine...

Saturday - When we arrived at their house at 6am, we did nothing but sleep. As i've said earlier, it was really a stressful journey. We woke up @ 10am, ate sandwich and coffee for breakfast, then prepared for our beach escapade.


We rode the BFAR speed boat (thanks to Mayor Lo!) and upon arriving to Apuao Island, we had our courtesy call to the incumbent mayor of Mercedes town, Hon. Pepito Lo. The beach was inviting, I couldn't resist to touch its refreshing splashes on the sand. However, we were unable to enjoy swimming. Reality bites, and so as a colony of the "salabay!" There was an attack, not of the popularly known NPA troupe in Bicol region, but of the itchy bitchy jelly fishes!!! Hundreds of them, actually. Nevertheless, Apuao Grande Island Resort is such a peaceful place. A paradise, as I can call it. (Advertisement: the island is for sale, P48M. I would have bought it, if only I could think of a way how to get rid of those deadly salabays).

Past 4pm, our banca fetched us up for home. It was more than an hour of battling against the heat of the setting sun and big waves great for surfing. That was the only time an idea came into my mind: surfers can also use wooden bancas because it would be a perfect alternative to surfboards. Great experience, it is! Promise!

At home, we had some minutes to rest and take a bath. Then, we went to the town proper and had some snacks. We found the "Tippy Toppy," a native-inspired restaurant offering special delicacies of Bicolanos - Bicol Express, Laing, Cream Puffs, different flavors of Ginumis (ice candy-like desert) and more. I had a cream puff and mango ginumis while the others ordered palabok, empanada and cheese roll. One thing that made this dining experience different was that we were in a bahay-kubo (nipa hut) and ate like Japanese and Koreans; nakaupo sa lapag sa harap ng mababang mesa. Back home, a feast-like dinner was waiting for us. Adel's Mama and Ate Lorie Joy were indeed hospitable and warm. And also sweet little Harry, Adel's nephew, who kept on kissing and hugging each and everyone of us. Before midnight, we were all sound asleep. Ngooorrrkkk...


Sunday, 7am - we're all awake and after having an energy-giving breakfast of eggs, fish and rice, we're all packed for our trip to Adel's very hometown, a.k.a. Tulay na Lupa. We trekked, took pictures of nature and loved the cold running water of the river in Sinagtala Park. This quasi-resort has 3 pools - kiddie, average (4 to 5-feet) and deep. We preferred the middle one - just right for our height and swimming capability. Hehehe!

We had lots of baon, courtesy of the ever-friendly and accomodating Adel's high school friends, Anterton, Von, Niño and Jun. Tama nga ang sabi nila, "There are lots of nice guys in Bicol." Sabi pa ng isa sa akin, "Pag wala daw ako mahanap na boyfriend sa Manila, bumalik lang daw ako sa Bicol." Ang sagot ko naman, "Puao ka! (Crazy!)"

It was Sunday night. We're coming back to Manila (kanta yun ah!). Albie and I were excited because we're riding Philtranco's Gold Service, for P650 only. The aircon was at its best, it was so cold, kulang na lang mag-snow at fog. Good thing I had my socks, bonnet, armband and sarong with me. Or else, I would have frozen to death. I didn't notice that we're in Cubao already. Contrary to our trip forth Bicol, this journey back to the urban was restful and relaxing.

Haaayyy... I would love to go back to Bicol, with or without Adel and friends. Hehehe! It is a kind of place where I can find solace and peace of mind. I'm still thinking of buying Apuao Island... We can never tell, malay natin... manalo ako sa lotto, kahit di ako tumataya... Hahaha!

Someday, if time and budget permit me to, I'm going to BE COOL IN BICOL again!

More pics here: http://nicelyrom.multiply.com/photos/album/5


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Thursday, April 26, 2007

People's Park in the Sky, Tagaytay City

With Marisol and Edel
Looking from Above, Nice hair!
This happened last year. I just want to share with you some of our pics. It was memorable and fun because I was with my college friends, Edel and Marisol.

Taal Volcano and Taal Lake as Background

Carefree!


Wishing Well @ the People's Park


Whatta Giant Pineapple!!!

With Marisol

Feeling Cold...


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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

My Previous Travels

- IMAX, Mall of Asia (wala lang... gusto ko lang isama sa list)
- Coron, Palawan
- Brgy. Sambat, San Pascual, Batangas
- Mt. Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

-=to hell with everybody, i am going to be happy. -nice=-
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