WHAT FRIENDS CAN BE LIKE

Have you came across someone who was really awesome close to you before, then it came to a point when you just ended back to strangers? Why? What do you think are the things that may have contributed you to have shattered friendship after all? Let me ask you this, Have you had a friend who took advantage of you? What about the ones who talked behind your back or false rumors about you? Such factors or experience may be a nightmare for you which will eventually shatter your trust. Always remember that when it comes to friends, quality is better than quantity. You have to be selective in choosing friends, It may give you negative insinuation but wise people really are selective on real friends. If only negative traits come to mind, it might be better to look for better friends. The more desperate you are for friends, the more likely you will settle for the wrong kind.

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One of my favorite shots with my dearest friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Choose people whom you go along with, who bring out the best in you, not on your worst. People around you somehow influence you on how you talk, act and think. We may say we have our own prejudices but they give you the most volume of influence whether you like it or not.

One of the wacky shots I've had with my best friend. She's the one I can always count on, through thick and thin. I love you pare. :)
One of the wacky shots I’ve had with my best friend. She’s the one I can always count on, through thick and thin. She’s one of the smartest girls I’ve known. I love you pare. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stupid ones are the kind you can do without! Also, if you’re just being moved around at their whim, you deserve better than that. Better cut off ties with those who insist to change just to conform on their way of life. You may have fewer friends but you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll
open the door for the better friendships. Just take off your binders and you would realize how plenty of better friends there are. Genuine friends are always there when we need them. you’ll get surrounded with real ones if you live your life being you.

My guys whom I consider my second family here in Manila. They're my workmates, housemates and my VIPs in life. :)
My guys whom I consider my second family here in Manila. They’re my workmates, housemates and my VIPs in life. ๐Ÿ™‚

On our part, we also need to instill on our minds that we also have responsibilities as friends to keep it going. Ultimately, we need to show interest on our friends’ welfare. Take note, being too self centered is anonymous to being so selfish. We wouldn’t expect perfections though. We all stumble many times but this will be the best yardstick to gauge our friendship and will make us stronger in the long run.

L-R: RJ (my cousin), Ate Heide, Abby, Jen, myself and Henry on our fun-filled Tagaytay trip. I chose them as my friends because they're positive people who've influenced me to be at my best. :)
L-R: RJ (my cousin), Ate Heide, Abby, Jen, myself and Henry on our fun-filled Tagaytay trip. I chose them as my friends because they’re positive people who’ve influenced me to be at my best. ๐Ÿ™‚

So live by upright standards and others who are striving to do the same will be more likely to find you. They will be the best kind of FRIENDS you’ll get ever! Being selective is not bad, You’re just being wise. Choose someone who will help you clean the mess though they weren’t even the ones who brought the mess. Your kind of friends ย speaks more about you and will also define you. Happy choosing! May everyday be friendship day to everyone! May GOD bless my real friends more! ๐Ÿ™‚

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GETTING INTO ‘FOREVER’ FEVER- My La Presa trip

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Like what I’ve mentioned on my last post, It was a surprise trip when my friend Redz and I decided to see La Presa. La Presa (originally known a Sitio Pungayan) is located in Sto. Tomas in Tuba Benguet. Tuba is a nearby town in Baguio about an hour trip away from the city proper. La Presa is where the famous ABS-CBN teleserye FOREVERMORE was shoot for about 8 months (October 2014 until May 2015). It was starred by the heartthrob Enrique Gil and the modest gorgeous girl Liza Soberano.

At Bakakeng are, On our way to Sitio la Presa, This beautiful view have enticed me to take a photo of it.
At Bakakeng area, On our way to Sitio la Presa, This beautiful view have enticed me to take a photo of it.

From Bakakeng, where we stayed overnight with Redz, We took a cab to La Presa for only 200php. Not like during the peak of the visits, The cab is costing 400php to 500php one way. The cab driver was nice. Since Redz and I were speaking in Iloco dialect like him, we had a strong connection since the start of the trip. He even taught us how to get back to the city.

Since I'm a huge fan of Enrique, here's the result. :P
Since I’m a huge fan of Enrique, here’s the result. At the entrance of the Sitio. ๐Ÿ™‚

From a simple house owned by a simple resident of Baguio City, it now turned out to an iconic house where tourist from all over the Philippines are extremely fascinated to see it. There is an entrance fee for 20.00php though but worth it. Some stores are also scattered all over. We bought some souvenirs like purse, chains and shirts. Other than that, there are also stores where to buy goods for pasalubong, good thing is I won’t need to go to Baguio town proper to buy those like what we’ve initially planned. From there, there’s a jeepneyย  going straight to Baguio. This indeed has somehow helped the tourism in the Philippines and hopefully it would last to help the business owners too.

At the house where memories in the Forevermore story started. :)
At the house where memories in the Forevermore story started. ๐Ÿ™‚
My favorite shot for Redz who supported all along my crazy trips. :)
My favorite shot for Redz who supported me all along my crazy trips. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a 23rd of November, Monday when we visited La presa. It was expected that the place should be populated, but surprisingly, It was quiet with only few visitors. Was it because it’s a weekday? Or probably because the fascination is getting frail now? I had a little chat withย  some residents and I’ve learned that during the shoot, the place was crowded. One of the T-shirt vendors even bragged that he earned about a million in a month in the store he was just renting. Now he bought a property where he can resume his souvenir business. Great one Kuya! A huge Kudos to you!

The strawberry farm where some scenes where also taken. :)
The strawberry farm where some scenes where also taken. Sorry for the distracting cable wires. ๐Ÿ™‚

But my question is, how long will the people be addicted to this place? One thing is, the place doesn’t have much ways for sanitation. How can they supply water all over the place? I hope the government would look into this, if by chance, tourism in this place would continue to burn on. These things needs to be seriously considered to keep mother earth safe too. Then again, shouldn’t we need to consider cleanliness everywhere? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARLY SUMMER ESCAPADE AT BOSAY RESORT

10th January: T’was Saturday afternoon about 4ish when we got up and prepared for a night swimming celebrating my cousin RJ’s 23rd birthday. Not because we have much time and money to spend, but it was his wish on his day aside from just having a typical food trip and drinking session at home. My cousin is fond of outdoor adventures. And because it’s his day, about 6 of us decided to come with him. Himself prepared pork adobo, shanghai, pansit, fried chicken, fruit salad for our desert and a lot more.

We took a cab from Eastwood to Antipolo. Since we were not familiar with the route, my friend Kaye had turned her GPS on to serve as our guide along the way. Surprisingly, the GPS had misled us on the wrong path. Haha! Credits to Kaye Beltran for the hard work on the GPS. ๐Ÿ˜€ Then we just decided to ride a tricylce bound to the resort, which is luckily just few minutes away from where we were (on the cab).

This is just one of the attractive numerous pools I was able to take a photo of other than the disco pool as the battery cam went drained haha!
This is just one of the attractive numerous pools I was able to take a photo of other than the disco pool as the battery cam went drained haha! They call it turtle pool.

At the resort, Pauleen (RJ’s friend) has been waiting for us, already arrived there ahead of us since he just reside just nearby. Had a funny experience along the way as he (Pauleen) is a gay person and is fun to be with. What a fun-filled experience it is to be with them. After few minutes of resting in the resort, Other friends also came (Sam and Angel) with the drinking session and all that.

Our group photo to start the night while waiting for Sam & Angel. :)
Our group photo to start the night while waiting for Sam & Angel. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also experienced the disco pool. Never had a chance to stay long as it’s a bit cold and I had cough then so I just decided to join the drinkers’ session. Had a taste of wine but not much though. Half of the group decided to spend much on the pool but some had to drink or stay at the room to take rest.

My friends at the disco pool (from right to left) Henry, Ate Mitch, Pauleen,  Kaye, with the birthday boy at the middle. :)
My friends at the disco pool (from right to left) Henry, Ate Mitch, Pauleen, Kaye, with the birthday boy at the middle. ๐Ÿ™‚
There random guys I took a photo of at the disco pool. The disco lights should've had a better effect without the camera flash but it's kinda blurry so I decided not to put one 'ere.
These random guys I took a photo of at the disco pool. The disco lights could’ve had a better effect without the camera flash but it’s kinda blurry so I decided not to put one ‘ere.
At the disco pool with the disco music accompaniment.
At the disco pool with the disco music accompaniment. That funny ones with his mouth wide open is Pauleen. ๐Ÿ˜€
That birthday boy needs to be at the front. :)
That birthday boy needs to be at the front. ๐Ÿ™‚

But the most fun part is, when someone fell off from the huge dinosaur statue after the disco pool session. Everyone was already drunk when some of us went to the pool. We had so much fun that night but that moment was the highlight among all. ๐Ÿ˜€

That giant statue where someone fell off from it. :D (That very moment of the photo shoot!)
That giant statue where someone fell off from it. ๐Ÿ˜€
That very moment of the photo shoot for the awkward moment! Haha!
That very moment of the photo shoot for the awkward moment! Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

What an exciting night indeed. For adventurers within Manila, this is one of the best recommended place I can give since it’s affordable. Our entrance costs 180php each, cottage of 2,100php & the room where we secured our things is costing about 2000php overnight. It took us just about 45 minutes or so to reach the resort.ย Not bad! About 7ish in the morning when we left the resort after a nap. Thanks again Jenefer Belarmino for lending me your beautiful DSLR cam. But of course, not too late. Happy birthday to my gorgeous cousin, Stay nice and humble. Mabuhay everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

A Christmas Worth Thanking for

First, I would like to extend my apologies to those who are following my page as I haven’t been updating this yet for ages as I have been busy at work. It’s Christmas and I know it will be a special day to everyone so I allotted time to update my page specifically because I have a lot to express this date. I never felt too bad as I was given a chance to see my family afar. Working far takes a lot of emotional effort this season but for me I really am blessed.ย I have a lot more things to be thankful for, yet the exact words is not as extreme to describe how my heart feel deep within. To my new Boss Ms. Mimay, I cannot thank you enough for having me as a part of your team and I know you’ve decided it this way.ย I don’t have much to give back but hard work and prayers to keep our project more prosperous and in a goodย  and steady relationship with Mr. Richard Branson. ๐Ÿ˜€ To my Mobius team, I cannot thank you enough for making me feel I fit in to the project and one thing I’d like you to know is, I cannot afford to disappoint you for giving me blessings and opportunities I don’t think I even deserve (yet). Being a part of the beautiful SME’s is incredibly heartwarming and it really inspiredย  me a lot to work harder as I didn’t expect it this early.ย  My gratitude is immeasurable.

Unexpected gifts from special people in my life. Tita bunso, my Boss Mimay and from a friend Alex.
Unexpected gifts from special people in my life. Tita bunso, my Boss Mimay and from a friend Alex.

And like what I’ve said on my previous post, What I’ve started in a year is just the tip of the iceberg I have a long way to run and I’ll make sure this will make my stay with this project worthwhile and I wish I could inspire more people to stay happy with the company and the project. I couldn’t think of anything more to wish for but just to have a good health.

Our X'mas party held at Gateway Cubao.
With my cousin/colleague RJ on our X’mas party held at Gateway Cubao. Again, sorry for the bad photo quality. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My family who serves is my inspiration is the reason for who and what I have now and with God’s will. My parents and siblings who are always been so supportive to me is a plus for me to push harder (like what I’ve been mentioning from previous posts).

I was amazed ow this huge X'mas tree was built. This was taken in Gateway cubao.
I was amazed ow this huge X’mas tree was built. This was taken in Gateway cubao. Forgive me for the bad quality of the photo. Just taken using my Samsung phone.

A lot in the list are scribbled for my 2014 plan and I am determined to achieve all those things for me and my family. Tatay is always been missing me like I do but he knows I wanted something more to accomplish so he understands much if I’ve been so busy at work. To all of you Happy 2014! Hugs and kisses everyone!

IBLOG9: 2013 BLOGGING SUMMIT

Iblog9 is the 9th blogging summit held at UP Diliman Campus on May 31 and June 1, 2013. I am really gratified being a part of this spectacular blogging summit I’ve known since last year. This is my second time by the way to attend this event. Though I am not yet that savvy into blogging, and not yet known to be a blog guru, (Hmmm… :D) In short, I have nothing much to brag about yet compared to those who really are blogging for 3 to 10 years or more! Nonetheless, I believe in what they say that, you will never run out of passion as long as you love what you are doing. And those people whom I’ve seen with diverse and brilliant perspectives towards blogging really inspired me a lot to continue whatever I have started.

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At Day 1 (May 31), Since I just came home from work at around 5:00 am, It was really a challenge for me to just take a nap for less than an hour or so since I need to travel from Makati to UP Diliman and thank God, I wasn’t late! At the registration, I was just totally shocked that my friend’s blog page was the ones printed out on my ID instead of mine, I got curious about it haha! But never mine, at least I was registered to be one of the participants.

At day 1 I met Patty, a former UP student who served as my tour guide within the UP Campus.
At day 1 I met Patty, a former UP student who served as my tour guide within the UP Campus.

It really pretty amazing that foreign people would also want to see this event and it’s really nice seeing them. At day 2, I met Shelly Guyton from San Franciso California who is a researcher/blogger. I also saw Jennifer Sevilla, the former sexy actress and for you to know, she is also a blogger, unfortunately I was not able to take a photo of her before she left. ๐Ÿ˜€

Shelley Guyton, a scholar from San Franciso CA.
Shelley Guyton, a scholar from San Franciso CA.

The discussion started by a gold fish addict named Ben Francia who tacled about “Blogging as an effective content” where I learned that being remarkable is one of the best way for your blog to stand out. And we need to also focus on the content that we wanted to share and as passion will sustain, it will just turn to opportunities. Ms Janeth Toral also discussed how your blog would stand out and I was challenged on her ending question, “Now that iblog is almost a decade now, did you also evolve?” A question that really captured my attention, to somehow think and figure out if there was really an evolution of my blog page for it’s couple of years of existence. This really challenged me a lot! Hell yeah!

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To top it all, the entire summit was fun and never got tired listening to to those speakers and the questions being asked after each discussions. I really learned a lot! Both days ended with raffle draws, and at day 1, I was lucky to get a white Iblog shirt. To top it all, the event was fun and meeting those people whom I’ve learned a lot is really priceless. See you all again on Iblog10! Cheers!

GREET A STAR: MAVERICK E-Twist GOMEZ

Nice meeting Maverick at Glorietta. :)
Nice meeting Maverick at Glorietta. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a wish come true to see Maverick, a good looking and talented young man all the way from Barcelona Spain despite his busy schedules meeting a lot of huge people in the show business, (Feeling like robbing his precious time for VIP’s in ABS-CBN network ๐Ÿ˜€

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Maverick Silang Gomez was the 1st grand winner of TKCKAT Europe, among 15 contenders from France, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy held in September 2012, Acropolis South France. It was just another bonus for him to be brought here in the Philippines to compete in Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4, atop of his prize.Maverick, who’s mom was raised in Occidental Mindoro and who worked as Ama de Casa in Barcelona Spain– ladies who takes care of Royal families big houses has been there working for decades now.Born March 8, 1993, Maverick has started his dancing potential to be seen as early as about 7 years old, he started being an an urban dancer from the streets of Barcelona influencedย  by the rhythms and techniques of funk and hip-hop music.

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He has a group then which was called Krump of Barna 18th street.He was also inspired by another dancing tandem Les Twins,identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois (born December 6, 1988) are French dancers, choreographers, and models who are known to be dancers and choreographers in France. His first exposure to public was when his manager, Louie Simbe thought of inviting him on Timpuyog ti Ilocano’s PASIKATAN, a Barcelona wide talent competition organized by the said group in Barcelona Spain where he won the grand prize. (Louie by the way is a friend of mine who is from Echague Isabela, in Cagayan Valley where my home town is.) That was when Filipinos in Spain started to be fanatic of Maverick.

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Maverick, who has a stage name E-Twist (Earnest Twist) is really having an impressive dance moves with his body twisting and bending where ladies would really shout for joy watching him with love invading the dance floor. I haven’t seen him performing live though but I just watched some of his you tube videos, Please see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9FbjBzcmjE
and also:ย  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwZgAWoGlwI ย  ย and:ย http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkAKKwinoKA&list=UUuu-xS8aIBpn7IcVpODyAbg

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Maverick’s proud mom Tita Elizabeth ๐Ÿ™‚

At first glance, I already felt that he’s a down to earth person and really such an impressive man, from inside and out. He grew up in Spain so apparently we won’t be expecting him to speak in Tagalog that good, he speak a little but he really loves our language which is why he even bought a booklet with an English- Filipino translation on it just for him to learn bit by bit Filipino. I even burst to laughfter when I saw that it was a booklet for nursery kids lol ๐Ÿ˜€ His mom, Tita Elizabeth is also a lady who has a kind heart and you can feel how warm she is at our first meeting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I would like to thank my friend Karen Joy Salvador who was also an angel to me who made a way for me to meet Maverick and his manager Louie. It was nice meeting Tita Elizabeth too! Let’s just watch out for Maverick’s next battles on Pilippine TV and expect that he will be loved by his fans as he has a humble heart who would love to just entertain people. He would love his fans to be called as E-Twisters, and I myself is proud to be an E-Twister! I am also inviting you to please like his page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Etwisters

Please keep liking! Maverick says thanks all for the support! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

REMINISCING MY FUN RUN EXPERIENCE


Filipinos are known to be hospitable and caring ones.This is a fundamental distinction that we must be proud of being a Filipino.Committing yourself into noble deeds,it’s priceless.One of the best example for this is when I participated in the Aparri fun run last May of this year held in Aparri, Cagayan Valley. This was organized by Cagayan Valley Bloggers Society Inc. (CVBSi) headed by our President Karen Sapla Farro. Apparently, because of the unending support of the LGU’s of Aparri and of course our dedication and teamwork was a plus for us to grab an immeasurable joy and fulfillment organizing a successful event indeed.

During the assembly time at around 7am.

Most of us came from far places due to work locations. I myself traveled fromย  Makati to Aparri for 14 long hours. Efforts are paid off since an opportunity meeting brilliant peopleย  is priceless. For the very first time, I met new precious friends who somehow made me feel welcome among the team, considering I am just a newbie and feeling stupid when it comes to blogging. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for the warm company Kuya Germain, Kuya Roy, Kuya Mike, Xyve, Aries, Ate Glenny, Mhegan, Kuya Jerc, Kuya Igor,ย  and of course Kuya Diboy who came from California USAย  just to meet us. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was nice meeting youย  guys, You all ROCK! ๐Ÿ™‚ The preparations all went good.

Kuya Roy and Kuya Mike segregating the shirts.

Aries who was the star to manage the registration. ๐Ÿ˜›

About 400 participants attended the said event and what’s amazing about this is, even old people who are,I suppose, senior citizens in town took the opportunity to run without thinking of any pressure absorbing the extreme heat of the sun. The eldest is 63 years old and the youngest of them is 12? Impressive!

warm up for ladies. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was tasked to be one amongย  those guys who would look after the top 8 winners for women’s division but I was unfortunate to overlook on the second winner because of her image. I didn’t realize it’s a “she” and bang! I screwed up on the record! My apologies on that. Nevertheless we were grateful that a lot of my fellows who are present were so vigilant enough to capture a video of it to trace it further, and at last we did it! One other thing is, we came up with an idea about having a distinction between the men and women’s shirts to avoid confusion next time. Moving forward,there will always be a room for improvement anyhow.

While waiting for the top 8 winners which I had the record messed up lol ๐Ÿ˜€

FYI, the following are the lucky ones who made it for the scholarship program.
1. Allah Mae Ragonjan
2. Mary Ann Onde
3. Robina Mabanag
4. Krizza Mae Renon
5. Reeshelle Damaso

…and more to come!

I can’t explain how blessed I am to be with CVBSi team who’s main goal is to help destitute but deserving youths whom we don’t even know very well. This only tells us that whether we are gifted or not, financially stable or not, we just need to do the right things that we know we are happy about without expecting anything in return.This is a spiritual gift from GOD that I am thankful for.I cannot thank all the CVSBSi members enough especially Ate Karen for having me there. Those guys whom I metย  who made me feel welcome among the group is another reward.