April to May Ganaps: Mangrove Boardwalk in Quezon, Stomach Issues, Complete Angela Skins and Floral Elf Cosplay, Yesterday’s MDA, and Mission Accomplished for Kape Tayo, Rizal

Dami ko lang gustong i-share na natambak kasi ang dami ganap during and after Holy Week. Pero nauna ‘yung isa kong post dahil nag-bottle up na talaga, as in hindi ko na kaya. Pero ito, kahit papaano, kaya ko pang tiisin.

Observing Holy Week in Quezon

Share ko lang that I included Quezon as the hometown of Ardi in Laro Tayo. Here in Quezon, I experienced a person borrowing a tric and really saw bahay-kubos in the middle of fields. Pero siyempre, may mga “bayan” kung tawagin. Doon sa mga bayan, maraming tindahan and bahay. Malakas pati ang internet. Compare ko lang sa may amin sa Ilocos, layo-layo ang mga bahay tapos hindi talaga mahagilap ang signal.

Last Holy Week, I was able to visit Mangrove Boardwalk. Hindi sa hindi ko gusto mag-beach sa Quezon; gusto ko. Pero this time, I just wanted to be in peace and appreciate nature. Libre ito. Walang ticket. Sobrang nice, and I really appreciate their local government’s efforts.

Actually, doon sa napuntahan ko, mas marami ang mga ilog. ‘Yung beach nina Ardi, malayo. Hehe.

Nakakatuwa kasi ang daming isda. May nakita akong black and white jellyfish! Ang ganda rin ng lugar. Sana ma-maintain ito kasi I’ve heard how mangroves are able to reduce the impact ng mga storms, lalo na’t ang lugar na iyon ay super lapit sa dagat.

Dreading My Stomach Issues

I just don’t know kailan ‘to nangyari, pero grabe. Parang quota na ‘tong 2022 na sa akin with regard to health issues. As in iyak. ‘Yung feeling na nanlalamig pawis and pinipiga ‘yung tiyan na parang gusto mo na lang madedz kaysa maramdaman ‘yung sakit.

Anyway, fiber is good, but too much fiber isn’t. I mean, lahat naman ng “too much.” At iyon ang nangyari sa akin. Sa sobrang gusto kong mag-detoxify because I was gaining weight because of stress and election anxiety, ayun.

I just hope that it won’t happen again. Mas malala ‘yung sakit ng sobrang gas kaysa sa acid, based on my experience.

Cosplaying Angela’s Skin for the Second Time

Gusto ko lang i-flex na nakumpleto ko skins ni Angela sa Mobile Legends. Huwag ninyo ako gayahin kasi feeling ko wrong decision ito. Hahaha. As in gumastos ako sa savings ko for this. I mean, siyempre masaya ako. Pero may times na iniisip ko na ang daming puwedeng mapuntahan ng perang iyon.

At dahil diyan, na-realize ko na ang hobbies talaga na ganito e pang-mayaman lang hahaha. Para sa mga tulad kong maraming responsibilidad sa buhay, mahirap talaga magpakasaya haha. Parang 50% masaya, 50% “gusto ko pang mas yumaman para hindi ako nagi-guilty maging masaya.” Gets?

Anyway, share ko lang na I have finally completed and cosplayed Angela’s floral elf skin! Yehey! ‘Yung una kasi, hindi ko trip ‘yung wig. Hindi masyadong kita ‘yung buns. Parang alam ko na-post ko na last time, pero check these:

As you can see, para akong si He-man na nagsuot ng costume ni Angela na, by the way, made by Acxajarai’s costume maker. Compare naman sa new wig ko made by FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION OMO. Sobrang laki ng difference, and I felt na mas maganda rin makeup ko sa sarili ko here. Hehehe.

Hehe. Would really love to wear this during cosplay pero ang hirap mag-commute. Buti sana kung may jowa akong may sasakyan na supportive sa pag-cosplay ko, kasi wala hahaha. Anyway, maybe next-time.

Attending Leni Robredo’s Miting de Avance

For the last time, nanindigan kami ng kapatid ko. Ako, ang tinuturing na black sheep sa pamilya, ang pinaka-vocal sa magkakapatid. Alam naman nila ‘yan. Kaya rin siguro favorite ko si Tricia Robredo haha. Mga middle child talaga, maraming emosyon.

Unlike sa Pasig, wala akong nakuhang pics dito. Ewan, sobrang daming tao! Parang na-overwhelm ako at grabe ‘yung pagod. Pero grabe the support of different groups and celebrities. Uhaw na uhaw na ako sa good governance. Sira ‘yung LED sa may Paseo Center, so naghanap na lang kami ng may signal para manood ng live. Quite weird ano kasi nga pumunta sana kami para makita live kahit through LED, pero sige na lang ako. Anyway, di ko talaga mapigilang umiyak when I saw her delivering her speech. She was a symbol of hope for me . . . hope na kaya pa nating i-uplift ang Pilipinas by electing officials na walang bahid ng corruption.

Please, universe, ibigay ninyo na sa amin ito.

Share ko lang din na 1:00 a.m. na ako nakauwi. Naghintay kami ng masasakyan until 12 a.m. pero wala talagang ma-book. Nag-decide kaming maglakad hanggang Taguig (hahaha, oo na lang ako kasi wala naman akong choice), pero buti na lang may nakita kaming FX.

Umuwi akong pagod . . . ngunit may dalang pag-asa. Sana, sana.

Completing the First Round of Cafes in Rizal for Kape Tayo, Rizal’s Content

Gusto ko lang sabihin na sobrang proud ko sa sarili ko dahil nakabisita ako ng kapihan sa bawat lugar sa Rizal. Bale, may 13 municipalities at 1 city sa province of Rizal. Parang ang weird kasi sabihin na “Kape Tayo, Rizal,” tapos puro Cainta, Taytay, at Antipolo lang ang nabibisita, di ba? Ito talaga ang goal ko. Yay! And I’m super happy! I actually doubted myself kasi, hala, paano ako pupunta sa places na never ko pa naabot through commuting? Sobrang dali sana kung may motor ako, kaso waley. Kaya thankful din ako sa cafes na napuntahan ko kasi most of them ay responsive. May iba rin sa kanila na nagbigay pa ng freebies.

Maraming salamat po!

Daming ganap this April to May! At dahil wala naman ng rallies and I don’t think kaya ko maging part of other activities, focus muna ako sa work, writing, and Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Ay, meron pala akong announcement sa May 21 kahit medyo alam na ng lahat. Hahahaha. Pero lez g. Sana maging successful.

Fighting tayo!

On “Respect My Opinion,” “Nasa Atin Pa Rin ang Gawa,” and Toxic Supporters

I posted this on my other Facebook account (Peach Xvision) and would just like to share here din hehe. Haba pala kasi. Hahaha! Puwedeng blog. Gulat ako, ang dami kong thoughts na naipon na naka-draft na nakumpleto lang today. Hindi na lang basta two cents, limang piso na ganern.

On “respect my opinion”

It’s no longer merely an opinion. It’s already a choice, a choice that will affect the whole country.

Sorry, I cannot understand your decision of voting for Marcos. I believe that respect is earned too. So hindi ko fully masabi na I respect your decision. More like . . . I acknowledge that you are voting for the other candidate, no matter how I think VP Leni is more capable of leading.

Ganito po kasi iyan. May mga prinsipyo kami tulad ng pagbabayad ng tax at ang pag-file sa tamang panahon nito, ang huwag magmanipula para lang mapaniwala na isa kang graduate ng Oxford kahit hindi naman pala, ang hindi na pag-uulit ng kasaysayan ng isang diktador, ang hindi pagsanib-puwersa sa mga taong may reputasyon na sa corruption. We don’t really see these values and principles in your candidate. And we really do not get why you will vote for him. Pero May 6 na kasi. Ilang tulog na lang at eleksiyon na. Alam namin, o at least ako, na maliit na ang chance na makakumbinse.

I understand this is a public space; of course, you are free to speak of your sentiments. Pero sabi ko nga, ‘yung mga opinion about interests ang kaya kong palagpasin. But when we ask “why are you voting for him,” it’s really a genuine question because we do not understand and we want to.

Is it because you are from Ilocos and you’ve seen how their family made Ilocos prosperous and you want the same for the Philippines? Then tell that to me.

Is it because of your religion? Tell that to me.

Is it just because napapaligiran ka ng toxic supporters of the other side at napipikon ka lang sa kanila so hindi mo na lang titingnan ‘yung plataporma ni VP so do’n ka na lang sa kanya? Then tell that to me as well kahit na parang ang sakit-sakit pakinggan n’on.

Is it because you’re okay to set aside his issues kasi mas nananaig ‘yung kagustuhan mo of an authoritarian leadership na mukhang pinapangako niya? Then tell that to me.

Siguro, siguro lang kasi hindi ko mailagay ang paa ko sa sapatos ninyo, you want the kind of leadership of the Marcoses—authoritarianism, or “enforcement of strict obedience at the expense of personal freedom”—during the times they ruled the country. And you don’t see this kind of leadership sa ibang mga kandidato. That you might dismiss ‘yung issues sa tax, ‘yung sa cases nila before, ‘yung about sa schooling niya . . . pero, kumbaga, nonnegotiable n’yo ito. Ito ‘yung gusto n’yong uri ng leadership. Na hindi n’yo rin maintindihan bakit hindi ‘to maintindihan ng ibang tao.

I can respect your opinion na mas gusto mo ang TWICE kaysa Red Velvet, o na mas gusto mo ang Spiderman ni Tobey Maguire kaysa kay Tom Holland—ayan, ayan ang mga opinion na oks lang. But your opinion that there are more superior lives (i.e., the statement “Tama lang na namatay ang drug adik kasi pumatay sila ng inosente” or “Kritiko sila ng gobyerno at mga salot sila kaya dapat naman talaga sila mamatay”), I cannot, but I will acknowledge that we have differences in philosophies . . . that yours is “a tooth for a tooth” and mine is an idea of a justice system employed with knowledgeable lawyers giving the rightful judgment to the criminal.

Sa mga INC contacts ko, I share the same sentiment that I will never understand the concept of bloc voting whereas no one will really see your ballot (and I think it’s a greater sin to your god if you vote for plunderers and allow the country to suffer longer). Pero paano ba . . . it’s not really respecting your decision, e. Kasi maaapektuhan ako as a taxpayer sa mga ganitong decision. 😞 It’s more of acknowledgment; acknowledgment na it is a practice in your religion. Same as how I will never understand how Catholics would wipe their handkerchiefs to statues and then keep them for blessing/luck. I don’t understand these traditions (so I can’t say I respect them), but I acknowledge that they are a part of your religion.

At dahil naulit-ulit ko na, ang point ko is . . . acknowledged, not respected. “Acknowledge” to me is more like “okay, ayan na, wala na akong magagawa.” But when I say “respect,” it means I admire your decision, pero hindi nga iyon ang case.

I hope that’s clear and more, uhm, not hurtful. Parang sa inyo ring voters of Marcos siguro. Hindi ninyo maintindihan kung bakit iboboto namin si Leni, but maybe you have acknowledged it already.

On “at the end of the day, nasa atin pa rin ang gawa”

Of course nasa atin ang gawa, but the decisions of our government affect our day-to-day living. Pagod na ako sa tolerance.

We are paying our taxes, and ideally, we MUST feel where these taxes are going to. Oo, nasa atin ang disiplina—tayo ang tatawid sa daan, tayo ang pipila, tayo pa rin ang tatanggap ng sahod at magpaplano kung saan gagastusin ang pera. Pero kahit anong sipag mo, kahit anong disiplina mo, kung walang pake ang gobyerno at sa corruption napupunta ang pera, the efforts are futile.

Sabihin nating 25,000 pesos ang sahod mo tapos may inflation rate, e di tataas ang mga bilihin. ‘Yung 25,000 pesos mo na pambayad ng renta + tubig + kuryente + pagkain at nakakapagrelax ka pa ng kaunti siguro, biglang magiging pambayad ng renta + tubig + kuryente + pagkain na tinipid at wala ng pang-relax. Single pa ‘yan, ha. Paano pa kaya ‘yung may mga anak? Kung dati kaya mong bigyan ng gatas araw-araw ‘yung anak mo, naging twice a week na lang (paano ang sustansiya na natatanggap ng anak mo?) O, sa mga nagpapaaral, dahil sapat na lang ang sinasahod mo sa necessities, iisipin mong patitigilin na sa pag-aaral ang anak mo. Pero kung ayaw mo n’on, anong iisipin mo? Siyempre maghanap ng ibang raket. Maghanap ng ibang trabaho para may pagkakitaan. Nakakapagod. Tapos malalaman mo na ‘yung binabayad mong tax e napupunta sa mga corrupt na opisyal. Ikaw na nagtatrabaho nang matiwasay . . . tapos sila ninanakaw lang ‘yung pinaghirapan mo.

Sa commuting. Ito, real situation. Taga-Cainta, Rizal, ako and ang work ko dati, sa Makati. During first days ko na wala pa akong WFH, gigising ako ng 4 a.m., aalis ng 5 a.m. para makarating sa opisina ng 6 a.m. (tapos doon na lang ako matutulog hanggang 8 a.m. or mag-uumpisa na ng work para makauwi nang maaga kasi nga traffic ulit pag-uwi). Kasi kapag umalis ako ng 5:30 a.m., saktong 8:00 a.m. na ako makakarating (traffic, walang masakyan). Minsan mas late pa. Ang layo ng agwat, di ba? ‘Yung mga desisyon ng government natin noon e nakakaapekto ngayon. Hindi ko alam kung reversible pa ba ‘to o tatanggapin na lang natin na ganito ang traffic system sa Pinas. Pero may hope ako na through good leaders, baka . . . baka lang kaya. Na sana, bumabalik din ang tax na kinakaltas sa akin through laws that think of us commuters. Kaso hindi, e.

I just want to feel the taxes that I am paying. And I want them to be handled by good and well-reputed leaders.

On toxic supporters

I’ve seen here destructive posts of different camps. Gusto ko lang sabihin na there are toxic supporters at ito ang mga hindi natin gustong i-tolerate.

For example, sa aming supporters of TRoPa, we see how BBM supporters ridicule her. Like 2016 pa. May nanalangin na sana ma-rape siya. Na sana mahulog din ‘yung eroplanong sinasakyan niya. She has been called lugaw and lutang. Her pictures have been edited everywhere—her face in a coffin, her face in trash cans, the faces of her daughters as sexy dancers, etc.—her videos spliced. They say na nandaya siya sa election, pero nagpa-recount si Marcos for how many times already, and he even chose the provinces—thus the joke “baka magbrownout.” Do you know how insulting that is, knowing that it was the same election that the president and senators who are seated now had won?

For BBM supporters, are these familiar? Of course. You’ve seen how his pictures were glued to coffins and trash cans as well, the pictures of his sons glued to different people. You’ve seen how spliced videos tarnished his reputation. You’ve heard how a lot wished for his death when he had COVID. And I can empathize how these must have insulted you . . . kasi ganyan din sa amin pero the other way around lang.

Ang point ko, when you fight sana for these issues, sana for all of humanity, hindi lang dahil apektado ang kandidato mo. I mean, okay, minsan natatawa tayo sa ibang mga post, pero sana at the end of the day, alam nating mali ang mga ito at na sana ay nando’n pa rin tayo sa mas respectful na paraan ng paglatag ng arguments.

Ayun lang. Alas dos na grabe hahahaha. Kain muna tayo ng lunch (or baka ako na lang pala haha), pahinga at detoxify para hindi ma-drain sa election anxiety, at ipanalangin na tunay ngang may malasakit lahat ng kandidatong tumatakbo. 🍑

My First Visit to a BTS-Themed Cafe: Personas Cafe

Because I have time to write blogs last May 3 (thank God for holidays)! Yay!

I’ve never been to Jalajala, so I was nervous and excited at the same time. Good thing Personas Cafe replied to my text message, wherein I asked about directions. Note that I left at 11 a.m. and arrived at the cafe at 2 p.m. Really proud of myself on how dedicated I was to Kape Tayo, Rizal. At dahil diyan . . . na-tour ko na buong Rizal! Yehey!

How to Go to Personas Cafe

Ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeep and then tell the driver to drop you off at Tanay palengke, near the jeepneys going to Pililia. Ask around where to ride a jeepney going to Bayugo, and then open your Google Maps and pin “PMSI Commercial Building,” which is the location of the cafe.

I suggest that you go a little earlier if you’re a lone commuter like me. According to the residents nearby, jeepneys going to Jalajala bayan travel only up to 5 p.m. Since it was past 5 p.m. when I left the cafe, I had to ride a tricycle going to Malaya, which was thrice the fare of a jeepney ride. The jeepney I rode in Malaya dropped me off at Tanay palengke, wherein I found Crossing jeepneys.

What to Expect in Personas Cafe

I wasn’t able to take a picture in my Fuji camera, but BTS standees welcomed me as I went up the second floor. The doors, the walls, even the ambiance had purple hues, reminiscent of the famous K-pop boy band BTS.

Pictures of the handsome and talented boys surrounded the whole cafe. Pillows of BT21, charming characters created by the iconic K-pop group in collaboration with Line Friends Creators, were lined up at the edge.

Their comfort room was clean, PWD-friendly, and complete with bidet and flush. They also have an outdoor dining area (apologies, as I didn’t have pictures taken from my Fuji cam, but I took several in my camera phone, which I posted on Kape Tayo, Rizal’s page).

What made this experience unique was the woman in the cafe who served foods and drinks. Aside from the fact that she lent me a special edition of BTS’s photobook, she also shared about the sunflower farm and other tourist spots; it made me think of how proud she was of Jalajala. She was also the photographer behind my favorite pictures!

What to Eat in Personas Cafe

They had no meals, but small snacks, such as corndogs and brownies, were available. One piece of corndog (PhP 60), two pieces of brownies (PhP 15 each), and a cup of dark mocha frappe (PhP 90) were enough during my three-hour stay.

For more information about this cafe, check out this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Favorite Pictures


Personas Cafe
Tues to Sun, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
2nd Floor, PSMI Building, JICA Highway, Purok 3, Jalajala, Rizal
https://www.facebook.com/personascafe/