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Never say never…Why we changed our minds about Boracay

November 1, 2009 Leave a comment

My fiance and I went to Boracay about four summers ago. We didn’t like it. We thought the island was overrated–being anti-social vacationers, we detested the crowd and the noise and vowed never to go back.

Fast forward to 2009. Fiance asked me to plan a getaway vacation in the middle of October. We were both stressed out from work and we needed a break. I decided to flip out my Enjoy card and checked out the affiliated hotels and resorts. On a whim, I checked out Patio Pacific Boracay’s site. I asked my fiance if he was willing to give Boracay another try. Friends kept telling me to go there on off-season to avoid the crowds plus resorts give great promotional rates at these times.

I contacted Patio Pacific then reserved a room for 4 days and 3 nights (we booked the trip a couple of weeks before Ondoy hit). Arranging the reservations with my Enjoy card perks was a breeze. All transactions were via email. The sales rep was so accommodating and was able to answer all my questions. I personally think that our stay at this resort-hotel was what made the trip so worth it.

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What’s the BIG DEAL about VALENTINE’S DAY?

February 15, 2009 2 comments

I’m engaged. I have no reason to be bitter about Valentine’s Day. Right?

I’m engaged. I’m supposed to have a date on Valentine’s Day. I’m supposed to get flowers, be treated to a romantic dinner and have the perfect excuse to be all corny and sickeningly sweet.

But I didn’t get flowers. I didn’t go on a date. I didn’t do anything corny (not that I know of). All because my dear, dear fiance had to work.

I wallowed in my misery and declined an invitation to go to a Valentine’s Day party at a friend’s house. I missed an opportunity to party and have a taste of genuine French cuisine because I wanted to stay at home and be a freaking martyr.

Then I almost bit my fiance’s head off because I found out he had a couple of beers with his friend because he needed to de-stress from work.

I can’t believe I can be such a pathetic pain-in-the-ass.

All because it was Valentine’s Day.

To my fiance, consider this my very public, very sincere apology for being an unreasonable girl.

I wish February 14 was just Kris Aquino’s birthday.

Best Dark Knight Spoof EVER!

August 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Whoever made this video is a genius. It’s too good not to share.Batman’s raspy voice was the only thing I didn’t like in The Dark Knight…I guess I’m not the only one with a similar complaint.

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I Kick Ass!

August 14, 2008 5 comments

Clare, the probinsyana, listed me as one of her Kick Ass Bloggers (thanks Clare!).

Since I’ve been tagged so to speak, here are my favorite bloggers who I think kick serious ass:

  1. Ederic
  2. Prudence
  3. Jester
  4. JM
  5. Teenage Atheist

To the five cool and kick ass bloggers on my list, please do this for me:

  • Choose 5 bloggers that you feel are “Kick Ass Bloggers”
  • Let ‘em know in your post or via email, twitter or blog comments that they’ve received an award
  • Share the love and link back to both the person who awarded you and back to Mamadawg
  • Hop on back to the Kick Ass Blogger Club HQ to sign Mr. Linky then pass it on!

Renewal Through A Song

I’m not overly religious but in preparation for the Holy Week, I re-listened to my Jars of Clay albums. “Worlds Apart”, which was from their self-titled album, is probably one of my favorite tracks ever. The lyrics seem like a prayer; a renewal of a promise and an acceptance that sometimes, what I want and what I actually need are different things.

“Worlds Apart”

I am the only one to blame for this
Somehow it all ends up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride
I flew too high and like Icarus I collide
With a world I try so hard to leave behind
To rid myself of all but love
to give and die

To turn away and not become
Another nail to pierce the skin of one who loves
more deeply than the oceans,
more abundant than the tears
Of a world embracing every heartache

Can I be the one to sacrifice
Or grip the spear and watch the blood and water flow

To love you – take my world apart
To need you – I am on my knees
To love you – take my world apart
To need you – broken on my knees

All said and done I stand alone
Amongst remains of a life I should not own
It takes all I am to believe
In the mercy that covers me

Did you really have to die for me?
All I am for all you are
Because what I need and what I believe are worlds apart

I look beyond the empty cross
forgetting what my life has cost
and wipe away the crimson stains
and dull the nails that still remain
More and more I need you now,
I owe you more each passing hour
the battle between grace and pride
I gave up not so long ago
So steal my heart and take the pain
and wash the feet and cleanse my pride
take the selfish, take the weak,
and all the things I cannot hide
take the beauty, take my tears
the sin-soaked heart and make it yours
take my world all apart
take it now, take it now
and serve the ones that I despise
speak the words I can’t deny
watch the world I used to love
fall to dust and thrown away
I look beyond the empty cross
forgetting what my life has cost
so wipe away the crimson stains
and dull the nails that still remain
so steal my heart and take the pain
take the selfish, take the weak
and all the things I cannot hide
take the beauty, take my tears
take my world apart, take my world apart
I pray, I pray, I pray
take my world apart

The Worst Cabs are in Alabang!

February 5, 2008 2 comments

I might be exaggerating but my feet hurt too much to be politically correct.

I went to Alabang to meet with two of my closest friends whom I haven’t seen for a really long time.  The last time I was this far south was when my boyfriend treated me to a day out in Enchanted Kingdom–we brought a car that time.  Today, I thought it was going to be “simple” enough to commute from Antipolo to Alabang.  I can take the shuttle to Makati, then take the bus to Alabang; I can even get a little shut-eye along the way.  I arranged to meet my boyfriend for dinner in Makati after the day out with my friends.  I really thought the day would go well.

The trip to Alabang went without mishap. I had a great time with my friends and was even able to do a little shopping for myself.  My friends and I separated at around 6pm; they dropped me off at Festival Mall and I decided to take a cab from there to Makati since I was feeling pretty tired.  Enlighten me please: Is there like a special taxi rule in Alabang that I’m not aware of? All (and I mean ALL) the cabs in and around Festival Mall told me that they operate on a “fixed rate” and all of them were asking me P500 to P600 just to take me from Alabang to Makati.  They were all polite but it was ridiculous! Isn’t it a transportation rule/law that taxis should use their meters and not to discriminate against passengers?  I was willing to play the metered fare and the toll gate fee naman. Again, I am virtually a stranger in these parts but if this is really the standard in Alabang then I would like to shout out a warning to other hard-core commuters: Alabang has the worst cabs–fare-wise.  Bring a car or just take the bus unless you’re willing to shell out at least five hundred bucks because of a “fixed rate”.  If this is indeed an “illegal” activity then I think that someone from the local government should do something about it. Hindi ako naniniwalang walang alam ang mga opisyal doon dahil may mga nakakalat na pulis kanina kung saan ako paikot-ikot na nag-aabang ng taxi! 

Frustrated, I finally took the bus to Makati instead. By the time I reached Ayala my feet were killing me…good thing my boyfriend took pity on me and treated me to a nice dinner. I am still desperate for a good foot massage. Call me vindictive but I hope those taxi drivers are having a worse night than I am…

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a piece of irony

February 2, 2008 2 comments

Was surfing through movie trailers at the apple website when I saw Adam Sandler’s new movie “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan“.  Briefly, the movie is about an Israeli soldier (Sandler) who goes to the US to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a hairdresser.

The irony?  This particular Adam Sandler movie was posted right beside “Beaufort” which has been dubbed as “the first great Israeli war film”.

from apple website