Sun, Sand and Storm in Boracay

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A great trip it was, but it wasn’t just rain that welcomed us. We practically battled with Mother Nature.

We spent half of the weekend inside our hostel because it was pouring every hour. We had little rays of sunshine but ended up staying cooped up indoors most of the time. It could have been a lousy trip but I was with good company. It didn’t go to waste.

Despite not trying any of the water activities because we were poor backpackers, I still had a great time. At least we ate delicious stuff, laughed till we cried, and got crushed by killer waves. And I had a tan! Hard to believe that I still manage to get tanner after all the thunderstorms that weekend.

Boracay is still one of the best places I’ve been to. I know there are many other wonderful beaches in the country, beaches more virgin, more pristine. But the moment I laid eyes on the white sand, blue sea and clear skies, I wanted to jump right in. I’m not even a beach person, but it’s really so lovely. Everything may be more expensive in the island, and you may really need a hefty budget to try all the activities and sights Boracay has to offer, but it doesn’t matter.

One thing I learned in my recent years of traveling is that it’s not up to the destination to please you. You can be in the prettiest hotel and still not be happy. It’s in the mindset and how you view your experiences that will make your trip worthwhile. And of course, great friends who travel with you make the journey even better, tropical storm and all.

Seoul Day 2: A Full Day at Lotte World

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Lotte World was supposed to be on the third day, but our host insisted that it’s best to visit on a weekday. He was right! Unlike my last visit to the amusement park, in which we barely got to try anything, this time we actually got to ride everything we wanted to try.

It was a friday so there weren’t that many people. Of course there’s still a crowd but manageable. We only had to line up for a couple of minutes till we get our turn in the rides. We arrived after lunch since we took the time to eat lunch at the food court in Lotte Mall. I still think we managed to utilize our time! It’s the only destination in our itinerary so we had the entire day to spend in the park. Continue reading

NBS Warehouse Sale Book Haul

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It’s been more than a year since my last book haul, so I went a bit crazy when National Bookstore had a Warehouse Sale. I admit I haven’t been reading much for the past two years but I really plan to read more this year! Gone are the days when I spent every payday at a book sale. So when given the chance to hoard books for a very low price, I became rabid and ended up bringing home two big paper bags of fiction and non-fiction books that’ll take me years to finish. Hehe.

Due to the amount of incredulous stares I got from the lady at the counter and my sister who saw me carrying my paperbacks, I think I have a bit of explaining to do. It’s ridiculously cheap! Even though I went during the last day of the warehouse sale in SM San Pablo, I still managed to buy tons. I made a rule not to buy any book priced for more than 50PHP and managed to buy about 30 books. Hehehe. I’m so happy with my purchase, and I really think it’s worth it. I mean, a Roald Dahl book for 10PHP? Hell yeaaaah. Continue reading

I Ship Jalex 5ever

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“Aren’t you scared that it’s getting too serious? Aren’t you scared that you might change your mind?” I asked.

You shook your head and answered, “Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t I be scared that you might change your mind?”

I smiled at how ridiculous it sounds. At this point I doubt I would. At this point I never want to. How can I even think of wanting someone else when I already have the best? Continue reading

Seoul Day 1: Sunset at N Seoul Tower, Namsan Park

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N Seoul Tower is one of the most popular attractions in Seoul, South Korea. You can see it perched on top of a mountain miles away, and if you watch enough Korean dramas you definitely know it’s the perfect place for a first date.

It’s my second time to visit N Seoul Tower, and I really didn’t mind. I enjoyed the first time I visited the tower and this visit, too. However, I was sad to learn that there’s no more Teddy Bear Museum! I was pretty sure my cousins would enjoy it, but the only Teddy Bear Museum I could find is in Jeju Island. So no chance we’ll be visiting that one. It’s still not a waste because we had a pretty great time and saw some amazing views.

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The Post-Birthday Wishlist

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This is the first time in years that I didn’t post a birthday wishlist before my birthday. I know, such a shocker! Good thing it’s still my birthday so I’m totes allowed to still post a wishlist even though I should be working on other things such as my Seoul backlog. Anyway.

I’m not sure what happened that I’m suddenly interested in anything white. I guess it just looks clean and looks great with everything. Or maybe I spend too much time on Tumblr style blogs. When I was a bit younger and had more sense (yes, it works backwards for me!), I don’t wear anything white. I loathed my all-white high school uniform and never considered going to a university that will require me to wear a white uniform. Pretty much the only reason my mother couldn’t convince me to take up Nursing, hehe. I’m messy, disorganized, burara.  I recently bought a white leather backpack that has now turned creamy. Wearing anything white is a no-no. But it’s so pretty I can’t help but want to.

I think the only reason I put the other items on my wishlist is so that the photo above won’t look too plain. Ahem. Off with the list! Continue reading