2016 Week 18 Recap: The Challenge of Going Home

May 2-8, 2016

Nowadays, ticket reservations going to Baguio is a must. But I never learn hehehe. It was a long weekend but I thought that since it was election day, people will be going home to their provinces and so I did not buy tickets ahead of time. I left the office at the latest possible time, around 2:30 AM last May 7 thinking that when I get to the Victory Liner terminal in Cubao, there will be fewer chance passengers by then. But I was wrong. The line was still long, and at that time, there was no Baguio-bound bus being loaded. It just means one thing. Victory Liner did not add extra buses (I guess). And my best guess was that, I will only be accommodated maybe by 6 or 7 AM. And I was already too sleepy to wait that long.

I took the chance with Joy Bus. I saw online that they had trips at 3:30 AM and 4:30 AM but I was not sure if those schedules posted were updated. Anyway, it was just at the other side of Cubao. If that fails, then I guess, I’ll just go home first and travel on Saturday afternoon instead. Luckily, I was enlisted as a chance passenger for the 4:30 AM trip and was accommodated eventually hehehe.

We arrived in Baguio at around 10 AM. I went to SM to stroll a little and buy some groceries for my meals before I headed home to hibernate. And hibernate I did hehe. I did not go out that weekend. I just spent it either in bed or outside to enjoy the cooler weather, sometimes alone, sometimes with my nieces. And I also got to visit the parents’ mansions.

How (un)productive hehe.

2016 Week 17 Recap: Team Building

April 25-May 1, 2016

We had our team building last April 29-30 at Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas. I’m happy that my boss allowed us to just take Friday off, anyway, team building is still an office activity. We stayed at one of the private beach houses there.

What I liked about our accommodation:

  • Spacious for 24 pax
  • Super cold aircon in the bedroom. Hay, sarap lang magkulong sa kwarto lalo na if naiisip ko init sa Manila hahaha.
  • It has its own pool so if you don’t want to stay at the beach kasi medyo may kalayuan, pwedeng tumambay dito lalo na sa gabi.
  • The food…super sarap! And more than enough. I was second batch in all 3 meals pero ang dami pa ring tira. And complete with juice/coffeee and desert! Grabe. Busog lusog hehehe. Ang sarap nung cheesecake baked by one of the staff. We ordered the night before for take home the next day. Unfortunately, walang nabake na cheesecake. Super sulit sana non kasi Php20/piece lang pero ang sarap talaga. At sa food talaga pinaka marami kong nasabi hahaha.
  • They have a terrace so syempre, automatic na don yung mga nagyoyosi hehe.
  • Their living room is spacious. Sarap tumambay don.
  • The house is surrounded by mountains so it’s still a little cooler given that it’s summer.
  • The staff were all attentive of our needs. They even prepared a spot for us at the beach for our activities.
  • With entertainment room and game room. Ang hindi ko lang masyadong gusto is that medyo malayo sa beach. Around 15 minutes walk daw papunta, pero pag pabalik, for sure mas matagal kasi puro paakyat yung road. Plus, it’s steep. But it’s not a problem if may sasakyan naman.
  • I haven’t attended any team building in the past 5 years. Either I have other activities scheduled or ayaw ko lang hehehe. So I was pleasantly surprised when my presence was mentioned several times hahaha. And my boss really appreciates it daw. Hehe. Nagulat ako pero syempre secretly, natuwa rin ako.

It was pure fun and chill lang. No talks about work. We had one group dynamics and then the rest was free time. Some of us went swimming on Friday afternoon. I just stayed by the seashore and waited for sunset. I specifically requested that in case we still had group activities by the time it was sunset, we stop a while to watch it hehehe.Wala lang. Gustung-gusto ko lang talaga kasi manood ng sunrise at sunset. Nakakakalma ang ganda.

Swimming at the beach was only until 6 PM so we went back to the house after sunset and proceeded to the pool to keep cool while waiting for dinner. We had card games after dinner. May nagdala rin ng shot. May masipag nagtimpla ng punch. Two kinds of mixes – gin and juice and rum and juice. May tanggero na pagkabilis bilis magpa-ikot. Nagulat silang malamang umiinom daw ako at ang tibay ko raw hahaha. Well, I’m a social drinker. Di naman sugapa. At depende rin sa mood. At during that time, feel kong uminom. Plus, di naman ganon katapang so masarap.

May isa akong teammate sabi nya pangarap daw nya magmodel. Akala namin nagbibiro sya. Hindi daw. Pinagbigyan namin at instant photoshoot session sya. Nung una, tawanan pa kami. After a few minutes, kinarir na ng iba. May isa talagang binubuhat pa yung electric fan para lang may lipad hangin ang hair effect hehehe. Kaming 2 ng isa pang teammate ko, tawanan until matapos. Yun lang contribution namin hahahaha! It was all fun. Pero surrender na ako ng 2AM. The rest were still all wide awake. Not sure what time they all went to sleep. I allowed myself to just sleep longer. No pressure of going to the beach. Ayun, nagising kami 9AM na. Just enough time to have breakfast, wait for our turn in the shower and get ready for our trip back to Manila. Some still went to the beach for another dip. Ako, pass na. Nagkulong ako sa room dahil sa aircon. Ma-mimiss ko kasi sya.

Beach

Beach

PuntaFuego2

Enjoying the sunset

Can't get enough

Can’t get enough

Almost gone

Almost gone

Framed

Framed

Some wanted to pass by Tagaytay for lunch. Pero the one with car needed to go back to Manila for another event. Nakipagswap na lang ako since parang nasad yung isang batang teammate na di sya makakasama dahil sa car assignment hehehe. Anyway, Tagaytay is my home away from Baguio home kasi taga don hipag ko and I can just go there anytime. Plus, I wanted to go back to Manila earlier because I wanted to meet up with another friend.

And meet up with the friend I did. I just went home to leave my things and went straight to Megamall hehehe. Ang balak ko sana was manood ng Just the 3 of Us ni JLC and Jennylyn Mercado kaso nareschedule pala ang opening! We think it was because of Captain America kasi puro yun ang palabas hehehe.Anyway, we just roamed around for a while then transferred to Shang to have dinner at Rustan’s. Don kami medyo tumambay para magkwentuhan.

On Sunday, I met up with another friend and went to our friend’s dad’s wake. Unfortunately, our friend just left when we arrived at the wake. Her mom said she went home to rest for a little bit. We stayed for around one hour to try and wait for her pero mukhang nakatulog na so hinayaan na lang namin. The mom entertained us. Hay. Nakakalungkot kasi pinatay sya :(. What a waste of life if it’s not natural death. Rest in peace na lang po, tito.

Anyway, we went to Starbucks para magpagpag at para makapagkwentuhan na rin since matagal din kaming di nagkita hehehe. We called it a night by 9PM because both of us wanted to rest as early as we can.

Speaking of patay, may namatay din daw na kabarangay namin sa Baguio. Younger than me. Looks like he died in his sleep. At kakastalk ko sa FB, kakakasal lang nya last April :(. Hay. And for some reason, natatakot ako hahaha. As in di ko mapatay ilaw ko sa gabi. I planned to go home early last Friday because I was not able to buy tickets but I changed my mind. Ayaw ko kasing dumating sa amin ng gabi. Madadaanan ko kasi yung bahay nila pero malalagpasan naman ng taxi. Pero basta, ewan kung bakit. For sure nalibing naman na yun kasi bata pa per weired talaga. Maybe because it brings back memories to when we lost our parents. Anyway, may he rest in peace din.

P.S. Super late post na nito hehehe. Ngayon lang sinipag magtype.

2016 Week 16 Recap: Weekend Lakad

April 18-24, 2016

Last Saturday, a friend and I went to BGC to check out the World Street Food Congress. There were a lot of interesting dishes from the different parts of the world. Everything looks delicious. However, there were a lot of people, the order and claim lines were long in almost all of the stalls, the heat was just so unforgivable (at least to us) and the prices are abit steep for our wallets hehehe. A 500 ml Wilkins water alone costs Php50.00 hehehe. The cheapest I’ve seen if I’m not mistaken, was Php180.00. Setting aside the price though, my friend and I were willing to at least try some of the food stalls. However, it got a little windy and dust was all around hehehe. So we got disappointed and decided to just leave the place.

From BGC, we went to S&R Shaw. We just missed going around the place and inspect each and every item hehehe. We also missed the pizza and chicken so we had our late lunch there. Most of my breakfast staples were also available and cheaper so did some grocery shopping. It’s just too tempting to shop there though, so shopping discipline is a must, otherwise, you’ll end up overspending.

I am a little restless these days because of a lot of things going on in my mind so I just stayed home on Sunday. I was about to go out in the evening but I remembered it was the 3rd and final debate of our presidential candidates so I opted to watch it instead. But politics is one that I am not that passoinate about. Let’s just say I already have my choices and I respect others’ choices. To each his own. Regardless of who wins, I will still continue to strive to be a good Filipino.

I also got hold of news in FB that my uncle in the US (my dad’s brother in law) already passed away. Hay. Nakakalungkot. May you rest in peace, uncle. While you are already gone, I know that you will continue looking after auntie. It’s time to party in heaven with all the other folks who went ahead of you. I’m sure they all welcomed you in style, I mean the Igorot way – dancing, gong playing, butchered pigs, and a merry feast! Til we meet again.

2016 Week 15 Recap: Weekend Getaway

April 11-17, 2016

Work

Last April 14, my boss asked me to attend a dialogue on her behalf, as requested by one of our partner schools. In summary, the school’s goal is to get information and inputs from its industry partners so that they can bridge the gap between their curriculum and the chances of their students being hired after graduation.

It was the school’s first time to do it, and it was my first time to attend such an event. It was an eye-opener for me, most especially on the difference of the academe and the industry. And while there are glitches, I’m happy to know that there are schools who initiate such dialogues for the improvement of their curriculum. I’ll try to write more about it in another post.

Weekend

Finally had the chance to get out of Manila. A friend invited us to spend the weekend at their home in Lipa. We traveled to Lipa on Saturday afternoon. Sumptuous lunch was waiting for us upon reaching their place hehehe. Lamon galore ang weekend na ito.

After late lunch and few minutes of rest, we proceeded to the Bluroze Farms Parks and Wildlife. It’s a mini zoo in Lipa where the animals can freely roam around in their provided wide open spaces. The area itself is big. However, we were not able to roam around the place because we arrived there at 6PM and they close at 7PM, and even before 7PM struck, it was already dark so we had to leave hehehe. By the way, we paid Php120.00 entrance fee.

We proceeded to the San Sebastian Cathedral next. It is a big church with beautiful architecture. From the Cathedral, we went across the street to check out the night market. It’s a mixture of cooked food and more food and more and more food and some stalls also sell mostly clothes. While we did not have any intentions of buying, it was fun checking out the stalls and be amazed by all the delicious looking food hehehe. In fairness, there were a lot of people that night. Maybe it’s the usual time for the people of Lipa to spend time outside.

Because we wanted a sit down dinner, we avoided buying food at the night market. We went to LBN bar and restaurant for dinner. We wanted to order lomi but the restaurant only serves it until 7:30 PM. We arrived at 8PM. We settled for the usual pork sisig, grilled tuna belly and chopsuey. We also had one glass of margarita to cap the night. There was a live band while we were there so it must be our lucky night hehe.

On Sunday, my friend and I attended mass at the Cathedral. After a hearty breakfast, we proceeded to La Virginia Resort and Hotel for a much needed dip in the pool to at least beat the summer heat. Entrance fee for day tour is Php320.00. We did not rent a cottage since we did not have packed lunch. We just had lunch at their restaurant.

The place has 4 or 5 pools so even with the many guests, the pools were not crowded. We surveyed the place a little before settling to a pool with lesser people. We just wanted to stay in the water and exchange stories so the lesser the people, the better hehehe. We stayed in the pool for about 3 hours before taking our late lunch. We planned it that way so that we don’t go to the restaurant together with the crowd.

One store at my friend’s place sells halo-halo in buko. The buko juice and the buko itsself becomes part of the hal-halo. We tried it even if we were still full from lunch and even if we also had halo-halo at the restaurant. It was my first time to see such so buy na!

We left Lipa at around 6:30PM and back in Manila by 8:30PM. Thank God for a quick and traffic-less travel. And thank you for generous friends who are willing to host you even for just the weekend hehe.

Some pictures of the weekend.

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BluRoze Farms

Pinks and whites

Pinks and whites

Dusk at the province

Dusk at the province

San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa

San Sebastian Cathedral in Lipa

Overlooking Taal from La Virginia Resorts and Hotel

Overlooking Taal from La Virginia Resorts and Hotel

Castle at the resort. This is one of their accommodations.

Castle at the resort. This is one of their accommodations.

Weeeee! Time to dive, oopps dip only.

Weeeee! Time to dive, oopps dip only.

Dolphins

Dolphins

Halo-halo in buko! Yum yum!

Halo-halo in buko! Yum yum!

Bluroze Farms
4217 Lipa, Batangas

La Virginia Resorts and Hotel
Brgy. Manggahan, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

2016 Week 14 Recap: Anyare?!!!

April 4-10, 2016

Puro work updates. The boss of the boss treated us to Chili’s last Friday. Naisip namin birthday treat nya kasi birthday nya nung March pero hindi daw. Dinner lang daw.

He was in Tokyo, Japan with his family last Holy Week. Kaya pala wala sya that week at di na nagfollow up sa tinatanong nya sa akin that time hehe. Or baka ok na sa kanya yung last reply ko hehe. Anyway, so syempre na-share kong punta rin kami sa Japan this July. For sure daw mabibitin kami sa 6 days pero ok na rin daw. At Summer daw non, mainit. Basta ang tip nya ay i-reseach daw namin ang most cost effective option/s for the train tickets kasi marami daw pero may best option based on our IT. Plus, sabi nya, use Google maps daw because it’s so helpful. Just input your starting point and destination and Google maps will tell you what train line, and most importantly where to exit. Each station has so many exits daw kasi so nakakalito talaga if wala kang guide.

And last weekend was the most stressful yet this year. Hay at sana hindi na mauulit dahil nakakawindang talaga! We had an issue with the system that processes our attendance data and since prerequisite ito ng Payroll, mas lalong naka kaloka. I spent my weekend waiting for updates and thinking of all other options we can propose just in case hindi talaga kakayaning maayos. Nakaupo lang naman ako sa bahay pero pagod na pagod ako kakahintay at kakaisip.

It was the first time the issue occurred so clueless talaga kaming lahat anong meron kasi maayos naman syang tumatakbo ever since 6 years ago.

Good thing na rin that our resources were committed to resolve the problem. Ang galing nung bata. Salamat na lang at sya ang resource. No findings after namin madeploy yung fix. Lahat nakahinga ng maluwag after magconfirm ni HR kaninang madaling araw na ok naman lahat. Don lang ako nakatulog ng maayos.

Pinilit ko na lang din makapag laundry man lang at mag simba at maggrocery nung Sunday para naman may makabuluhang nagawa over the weekend. Pero iba pa rin talaga. Ang hirap magfocus. Sana hindi na namin danasin yun ulit.

Until today, Monday, feeling lutang pa rin ako. Kung wala lang kailangan tapusin, umabsent na rin ako ngayon. Anyway, move on na.

Ay gusto rin daw pala ng mga pamangkin kong magbakasyon at makipagsiksikan sa akin sa apartment ko. Gusto kong itake advantage tong stage na clingy pa sila pero hindi na ganon kaalagain since medyo malalaki na sila pero tignan ko muna if may time pa since di na ako pwede this April. If ok pa sa May, then baka ampunin ko muna sila. We’ll see.

Hoping for a better week.

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