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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

One and Only Boracay

 

I know, I've just been to the beautiful, gorgeous and extraordinary island of Boracay during the first weekend of July 2010.

So why in the world am I writing this entry for SEAIR & Microtel Boracay Bloggers' Tour?

Well, I might have to start with a short history. In 2008, myself and three of my colleagues at work decided to finally take the plunge and visit the well known Boracay Island. There's three of us who haven't been there, so it's an enormous excitement and frenzy from the very start.

When I first saw the island, I was immediately captured by the fine white sand, that I would even mistake it as baby powder! Just kidding. But honestly, I so love how cool the fine sand glides through my feet. It's indescribable really. I've never seen or felt anything like it.

I'm sure you'd think how the sand makes such impact to me. But you see, it's really these simple things that makes me happy! If I can only take home a bottle of sand, I would.

And so, because I can't get enough of Boracay's fine white sand, I'm taking this chance...and wishing other bloggers the luck!

Do check out SEAIR's Facebook page!!!  And start writing. I'm sure you'd also want to join the Blogger's Tour!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Boracay Post Accounting

So I've traveled to Boracay for the second time. And here's the post-accounting. In my opinion, it could have been cheaper but having had activities and didn't really skimp that much on food, I guess the expenses was just on the budget.


I've shared the cost of course with my cousin. Here's the damage in detail...


Boracay 2010 Post Accounting Per Pax
Flight Mla - Kalibo VV PAL 1240
Accommodation w/ free bfast La Bella Casa 1750
Transfers c/o hotel 800
Taxi to/from Airport 250
Tricycles 100
Food
Activities: Helmet Diving 600
Activities: ATV/Mt. Luho/Butterfly Farm 700
Misc/Pasalubong
Tshirt 350
Food 600
Keychains 200
Hair Braiding 200
Food Breakdown
Day 1
Yakun - Roti @ Naia 135
Dinner - Pancake house 244.285
Day 2
Lunch - Inasal 200
Dinner c/o Lynn's party
Day 3
Lunch - Mang Inasal 125
Jonah's Drinks 150
Dinner - Andok's 91.5
Drinks @ Juice Bar 150
Day 4
Lunch @ Kalibo Airport 150
TOTAL 8035.79

CS @ Boracay - my 2nd time

I'm very grateful that this year I was made to go back to Boracay. I have been invited by a fellow Cs'er Lynn for her Boracay Beach party! Since I didn't want to go by myself I brought along my cousin, also owing to the fact that the fare is discounter from PAL. Got the round trip ticket to Kalibo for 1240php.

It was real fun and enjoyable. And because it's my cousin's first time in Boracay, we tried the Helmet Diving and ATV for our most memorable beach activites.

But nothing is more memorable than the Beach party with the rest of CS group!

I was talking with my cousin and we are actually wanting to go back next time with my sisters and the whole family hopefully...

We stayed at La Bella Casa de Boracay. It's not a beachfront beach but only a 1 minute walk from the beach. Their accommodation is superb and can say anything with their services.

The rest of the photos are in my facebook but here are some pics!

My First Ever Run

Hahaha...since my workmates have been asking me to join. I began to join the run and this is my first!

I ran the 3K route with Eva. We did run but mostly brisk walking. I had been in the starting point at 5:30am.

And the run starts at 6am. It was good and fun!

My next run happens on 1st of August for the Rexona run. Upcoming runs I'll be joining are the 1st Finex Fun Run and the 10.10.10 Run for Pasig River.

Pula Playground Project Part 2

Okay, I finally decided to start blogging once more. And this time it's about my second time to go to Pula. The Pula Group of CS'ers decided to go back to actually do the inauguration. We are all enthusiastic that the playground is done and well for us to celebrate it's opening. However, due to unforseen weather disturbances, the development hasn't gone as expected. The five of us still pursued and decided to help out with the remaining tasks at hand. I had Sam, Rand, Jester and Charlie, just five of us decided to go.

We had to catch the last bus coming from Kamuning. We first waited until Rand and Jester gets back from the Bench show. They arrived well ahead what we expected but we still caught the late bus as we had been all chatting from that time and didn't realize we are almost late for the bus.

So we went and waited for the bus coming from Pasay. We almost thought we won't get in. There were a few seats available but unlucky us we only get to take seats for 3 persons. So we are five, how on earth did we manage to ride to Ifugao with only 3 seats...well, Rand, Sam and I shared the 2 seats. Jester has his own. And mind you...Charlie opted for the deluxe accommodation on the floor of the bus. He had a mat spread on the floor and with no qualms slept and enjoyed the trip. Haha

So since it's our second time we now know how to get to the Playground. We reached Ifugao almost 8 or 9am. And then decided we take the tricycle up the mountains because we don't feel like taking the motor and the jeep leaves at 1pm.

Unfortunately, the tricycle only goes up to the Municipal Hall. And from the municipal hall we need to walk on foot. Mark is picking us up at the Municipal Hall by the way.

It was almost 12 when we reached the playground. We rest for a few minutes and then Sam and I prepared lunch of 'Chopsuey'.

We are so pagod of course and we also feel like having a bath. However, we get there to help in the playground so off we go. There isn't much I had to do. I had the chance to paint some more and clean up the wood of cement I think. haha That's the least I can do that time while the rest did some painting too, chucking up wood etc. Oh by the way, we were also joined by other three volunteers. One of them is Will, from London, one from NZ and one is a Japanese lady named Asoka.


And then it rained in the afternoon. It was a great time for Sam, Rand and Jester to get wet in the rain though.

At night we share a dinner of spaghetti and dessert of fruit salad. Had a music jamming while having drinks.

I was too sleepy to join when they played some card games. So I went to stuck myself at the airbed. Hahaha

In the morning, we were left by the Jeepney. So it's quite unfortunate for us to walk back again to the Municipal Hall and from there catch the Jeepney to Solano. It was a tiring and long trip again back to Manila.

When we got to Solano, must be around 3pm we had lunch and then waited for a bus back to Manila.

Alas after hours on the road. We got to Manila at 1am. And I had to go to work on that Monday. Oh well, it was full of adventure as usual with my CS travel buddies.



To give some information on the Playground, it's basically a project by a fellow Cs'er Mark Booker. And basically after some months of construction the project should be finished soon. It's great to be part of these kind of projects. I know I have not done much but the little things you could do to help is still something, right.

And there goes the story though I'm not too sure if we still plan for a third visit - by that time the Playground is finally up and ready for the kids!

Friday, July 23, 2010

My External Hard Disk

Yeah! I'm just swamped with so much activities that I no longer have time to blog about those things. I miss this. Sitting infront of my laptop, listening to soothing music, typing the fun I had after an event, a trip or anything I want to keep memory of. Doing some post accounting, looking at the pictures and compiling my own version videos to keep.

So since it's Saturday, I have a sweet feeling I want to blog again. I don't want to miss the wonderful things and events I have had the past month, weeks and days. My blog is like my external hard disk. Trully I will all have the memories right in my head but if I blog them, I immortalise them and I can go back to it anytime I want...unless Multiply/Blogger decides to shutdown...but since it's still here oh well then I'd go ahead and post!

I love this kind of Saturdays! :)