Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quitinday Hills

I had quite an exciting weekend two weeks ago because Ryan visited me in Legazpi *cue happy dance*! I brought him to Quitinday Hills because we were itching for an adventure. The trek was relatively easy and the view from the top was amazing. Planning to come back here with a picnic blanket, and some snacks and cold drinks in hand!

Didn't edit some of the photos because I'm too lazy to do it lol.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Achievement Unlocked: Headstand

Yup, I finally did it! Learning this pose was definitely not easy. I allotted five to ten minutes of practice (almost) every day for two weeks and even developed red spots on my face four days to my practice. I panicked for a while, searched the net, and found out that this is normal for beginners trying to do headstands (whew!). This can be remedied by breathing properly while doing the pose. 

I used to do the pose with the wall behind me as a safety net in case I fall. But after several more days of practice and after a ton of pep talk I gave myself, I mustered all my courage and tried doing it without the wall, and I survived!

My headstand is far from perfect, and I still get out of balance from time to time. But it makes me happy knowing that I can achieve anything if I put my heart and mind to it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Visit from Friends

Okay-- long story short, my friends Fran and Michelle visited me in Legazpi! I haven't seen them for a long time so I was really excited to see them and show them around my hometown. So what exactly happened in the two days that they were here? 

1. Visited Sumlang Lake and enjoyed a view of the majestic Mayon Volcano
2. Tried sili ice cream at Colonial Grill
3. Went hiking up the Quitinday Hills and watched the sunset
4. Dropped by Legazpi Boulevard and drank refreshing buko juice straight from the shell
5. Did some exercise by going up Lignon Hill
6. Tried the popular fried chicken from Four Seasons 
7. Went to Cagsawa Ruins to take photos

It was physically exhausting but we sure had loads of fun! Although I've stayed in Legazpi for more than fifteen years, this was actually my first time to go to Sumlang Lake and Quitinday Hills. Thank you for the visit, Fran and Michelle!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Althea Food Skin Love Box Review

Ever since I moved back to my hometown this January, I find myself constantly browsing online shops. In fact, one of the things I miss most about Manila is that it has everything-- from clothes, bags, makeup, skincare products, to different types of food (Japanese, Italian, Mexican, French, Mediterranean) to various fitness activities (I terribly miss doing anti-gravity yoga). Name it, and Manila has it! Lol so anyway, I have limited access to all those things now because I only fly to Manila once or twice a month. I discovered this website called Althea around the same time I moved back to my hometown. It's a website that sells Korean beauty and skincare products. Talk about perfect timing!

I first ordered from Althea early this year which you can read about here. This is my third purchase from Althea and so far I'm happy with all my purchases. This time, I got a Food Skin Love Box which included eight full-sized products.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Blue Everything

Hi guys! Do you remember my shoot with Ben late last year? Here's another set of photos from that day. The photo above is actually my favorite ❤.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Islas de Gigantes Day 2

Naturally, we went island hopping and did some swimming on day two. Although the accommodations were humble at best, I very much enjoyed my stay here. The white sand beach was pristine! The place was very peaceful and private since there weren't a lot of people. In fact, we were the only group (well, aside from the locals) staying in the island when we visited!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Islas de Gigantes Day 1

A blog post about a trip taken nine months back? Yep! Lol. 

So anyway, I went with a few friends to Islas de Gigantes (or Gigantes Islands), a group of islands located at the northeastern part of Iloilo. To get there, we took a flight headed to Roxas City, stayed there overnight, then took a car ride and a boat ride on the following day. Travel time is much shorter as compared to flying from Manila to Iloilo City.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ryan in Albay!

How's everyone doing lately?

If you guys don't know yet, I moved back to my hometown, Legazpi, seven months ago. This place is definitely much more peaceful and relaxed, still, I can't help but miss the craziness of Manila -- the crowded malls, the horrendous traffic, the noise, the feeling that so many things are happening all at the same time. So far, I've been flying to Manila once or twice a month.

Anyway, right after I made the big move, Ryan said he would visit me, and we decided that May would be a good time. He brought me to his hometown, Tabaco, which was around 45 minutes away from mine, and took a good look around. He brought me to Cafe Molave, a quaint restaurant in the middle of the city, and to Ishi-aya, a Japanese restaurant he kept on telling me about since last year. We went to Mayon Rest House, located in Mayon Volcano itself, although the view wasn't as nice because it was too close to the top (lol!). I also brought him to some places in Legazpi. On his last day, we went to Donsol and swam with the whale sharks. This wasn't the first time I've seen these huge creatures but it was my first time to swim with them! Seeing them up close was amazing-- no words to describe it! 

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