Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Neo in the Philippines (Cabanatuan and Philippine Arena)


Hello everyone! My name is Neo and I'm from Australia. I'm here to tell you about my adventure in the Philippines. It was my first time to come here and I did have a wonderful time! My tita Leah allowed me to have a series of post here in her  blog so i hope  you all follow me in my adventure.



Credit to the owner

On our first day we went straight to Cabanatuan city and stayed in a nice and quite hotel. I loved hotels! They also have a pool but i didn't have the time to swim. I'm so busy.

 Look my tatay visited me! my tatay hugged me...


 I missed him so much and I think he missed me too. He said that i will have a birthday party  in his house the filipino way.


So many kids and so many food! Sorry for my serious face, I'm a bit shy...


Look, a Poso! I have never seen anything like this before, and that's' my daddeh by the way.

Vicentico's Restaurant


The next day, my mommy and daddy invited some on their friends to meet and eat at Vicentico's restaurant. My tita Leah said that it is one of the famous restaurant here in Cabanatuan. Hmmnn, I hope their food is really, really good coz i'm starving!




That's my tatay and my uncle. I loved their swing!



yummy! My mommy and daddy loved the chicharon bulaklak that they ordered it twice! Tita Leah liked their sisig and torta, you know the eggplant with meat inside.
Happy Tummy, happy me!

Hapag Vicenticos
1077 Del Pilar St. Cabanatuan City
(044)600-3237

The Philippine Arena


Look at me, I'm so pogi.


Our first stop was the Philippine sports stadium. It was big and beautiful. Maybe one day I will play football  here.


Look! Its so beautiful...




I'm doing the Korean pose...


Me and my mom. I loved stairs...really!


It was hot but fun day! Tatay was driving the cart:)

Jollibee. 

 
My mom  told me that she and daddy grew up eating at Jollibee. They said I have to meet him. So  here I am. 


Yummy..but I was so tired I fell sleep while eating...zzz....zzzz
Bye for now!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Beguiling Baler



On the first month of 2015 My husband and I found ourselves in the quaint town of Baler


Baler is located around 230 kilometers northeast of Manila and is well known as surfers haven. But if you are not a fan of surfing there are other ways to enjoy this quaint town up north. I found other reasons to enjoy and love this place.

Catch the sunrise at Ermita Hill


The weather was a bit gloomy and airy, but for me it was just perfect for I prepare not to get sunburn...for now.

Climb the rock formations at Lukso-lukso islet



This one is my favorite spot. All the rock formations was really amazing. Hubby and I did enjoy our photo shoot here ^_^


Visit the Mother falls (Ditumado)


I wasn't prepared for that long, hard trekked going to Ditumabo falls. But as they said it, you're only young ones so we might as well take the stairs...


sulit ang pagod! Never leave Baler without visiting this falls.


Turn back time At the downtown.


Walking in the town proper of Baler was like turning back time a long long time ago, as you can still see  heritage structures , ancestral houses and other establishment that will remind you about the past.


Explore the town of foot, eat local food, learn a bit about their culture.


It so nice to explore a town like this where time seems slower and the air feels fresher...

Enjoy the beach and watch people surf!



The beach doesn't have  white sand but it was clean. I enjoyed my time playing with the waves.




Believe me , watching people learn how to surf is a fun--ny thing :)


Climb the century old Balete Tree


When I think about Balete tree my mind usually wanders on horror stories and superstition, but here in Baler it is a source of local pride. The millennium tree is estimated to be around 600 years old and is over 200 feet tall!


Buy /Eat at Dialyn's bakeshop



This...place....is....heaven! I could not believe that somewhere in Baler  you will find a bakeshop that could compete with  well known pastry shop in the Philippines! Its cheap but its super delicious. I would go back to Baler just because of this^_^  My ultimate favorite was the dulce de leche but i also loved their ensaymada, yema , ham and cheese and chocolate bread! (i'm drooling now)


Note:
Hubby and I joined a group tour during this trip. We love that their itinerary was very flexible and they gave us time to explore more of Baler. You can learn more about their packages here: extreme outdoor club

To go to Baler, You can ride a bus from cubao (genesis joy bus) that will take you straight to Baler. Fare is around 700 pesos and travel time is 5 to 6 hours.


Friday, January 2, 2015

2014- A year of dream, spiritual maturity and lesson well learned



New Year, New lesson
My 2014 started with heartaches and pain. After our trip to Boracay, we were faced with very stressful experienced. It was a very sad new year indeed but we  tried to move on and accept the situation as it is. It was hard, especially when I saw how affected and pained my mom and uncle was. This experience was also very traumatic to me that I thought that 2014 will not be easy for us. But we tried to be positive and took everything as a learning experience. So we move on and choose to be happy.
Lesson: Not everyone will support you with your decision and that’s perfectly okey. 


World Wide Walk
2014  was the year Iglesia Ni Cristo will reached its 100th anniversary. We started CELEBRATING by having a charity walk called WORLD WIDE WALK.  Each participant donated 250 pesos to support typhoon Yolanda relief effort and we also aimed to set world record for charity walk. We ended up setting two new world records: For having the most participants in a charity event and for holding the longest charity walk in multiple venues in different time zone.


I’m just an ordinary girl, serving an extra ordinary God







Broke my rubber shoes, good thing someone lets me borrow his slipper.
 

Kabayan ko kapatid ko (Laur, Nueva Ecija)

 You can’t serve God without serving the people

 The worship service was conducted by our beloved Ka Eduardo V. Manalo and INC sets another world record after successfully distributed 302,311 hunger relief packages In Laur Nueva Ecija

Return at Enchanted Kingdom



After so many years, I had a chance to finally return at enchanted Kingdom. It’s been too long! I missed being a child again

A very unique girl, a free spirit. I see all the beauty and childlike innocence in life.

Cancelled trip, lost friendship, another lesson in life.

 Photo via google


A group of acquaintances asked me if I could organize a trip somewhere near Manila. Being a travel addict I hurriedly organized a trip not thinking clearly, trusting everything they said. A week before the trip, I gave a down payment for the four of us thinking that the trip will push thru. It was too late when I found out that they cancelled the trip without informing me. I was so mad! But in the end, I didn’t blame anyone and accepted it as learning experienced.  I may be dismayed and hurt for what they did but I learned a very valuable lesson. A lesson that will change my life forever. That’s the joy of being alone.

Not so alone in Elnido

 

Being alone felt good, but it never felt right

I never thought in my life that there would come a time that I will travel alone. Honestly, I was really, really scared. The solo travel came in time that I didn’t have a choice but to take a chance, follow my intuition and get excited. The solo experienced was one of the most liberating experienced I’ve ever had. Before I always pitied women who seem comfortable being alone. Now, I have high admiration towards them. Being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely, it means you’re strong enough to stand on your own. My solo travel in Elnido has the biggest impact in my life. This changes everything.
Lesson learned: Human being can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness….but not loneliness. It is the worst of all the agonies.  And what’s the worst kind of loneliness?  The kind you can’t escape- when you are uncomfortable with yourself. 

My father’s Double Birthday Celebration





One of the harsh realities I have learned of life is regardless of the quality of your relationship with your family, relatives or friends; you will miss them when they’re gone from your life. And someday they will. So express your love. Tell your family what you need to tell them. Stay close in touch with what’s going on in your loved ones life. You never know when you might lose your opportunity.

High School Reunion.


Some of my pretty classmates
As I have said, 2014 was full of lesson learned. I was excited when I found out that we will have our first high school reunion.  I have been actively participating regarding the plans and even trying to contact and invite some of our classmates. But sadly, some people never change. Bullies will always be bullies. Me and my friend Lorie were abused, insulted and humiliated by people who were manipulator and toxic. Some people love to stir up controversy and drama for no apparent reason. It was too much that we almost contemplated not attending the reunion. But we chose to stand up for ourselves. They may have attacked our dignity, ravaged and disgracefully mocked, but we didn’t willingly surrender it. We found strength to defend our boundaries.  We showed them that we will not be insulted or belittle.
Lesson learned: Constant drama and negativity is never worth putting up with. Truly toxic and negative people will pollute everyone around them including you if you allow them. You can avoid them but some people won’t stop unless you speak up and put your feet down. 

Happy 100th anniversary Iglesia Ni Cristo


  








Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God

Short Trip to Bulacan

This was just an impromptu trip. Before we watch the show at the Philippine arena, me and some Brethren decided to go on a short trip In Bulacan. It was simple yet fun and relaxing. We ate, we laugh and took photos.  




A relaxing day at 88 Hot spring Resort




I sustain myself with the love of my family.
Being a family is about supporting each other through life inevitable changes. My father is now facing a difficult future ahead of him but he knows that we will be there for him, through thick and thin.
 




I cannot promise to be there for the rest of their life, but I can sincerely be there for the rest of mine.

I dreamed of Batanes.
 



Batanes is a place of surreal beauty
 



The incredible landscape of Batanes is staggering. Most of it was uninhabited rolling hills, towering light houses and fierce but beautiful beaches. Plus the people are really, really nice.
 


 Batanes is my one of my ultimate destination in the country. Not only because of its stunning landscape but also to the challenge of reaching this piece of heaven. Batanes is known for being typhoons belt not to mention the high airfare and rare seat sale.  But as they said it, nothing is impossible of you really wanted something.  I have been travelling for almost four years now and it’s definitely one of the best things that God has given to me.
We were born wanderers. It’s in our nature to explore and see places as much as we can. I still cannot believe that I am doing this but as one quotes said.”If you’re dream do not scare you, they are not big enough..”

Subic adventure
 





Let’s bond and share our blessings.
                                                                         Hardin De maria

 Third year in a raw. This time I have decided to end my year by giving back. I am preschool teacher and I love kids and will always love an opportunity to help other. Never ceased a chance to make a positive impact in someone’s life because this way you also make a positive impact in your own life.  Do something that is greater than you-something that make someone else happy or suffer less.  You have more to share that you realized. 




Let’s help ourselves by helping others. We will all die one day. The goal isn’t to live forever but rather make each moment count. Do something that will help others live better. Strong people stand up for themselves, stronger people stand up for others. Be the change you want to see. Give what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect and mirror what you admire.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, BEAUTIFUL HUMANS!