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!

Events That Made Me Happy This Week: PasigLaban Experience and Red Velvet Comeback

Excited akong sabihin kung ano-ano ang mga bagay na nakapagpasaya sa akin ngayong linggo. Actually, medyo may hangover ako sa mga pangyayari.

PasigLaban Experience

Hindi ako makapaniwala that I was part of that. Para lang maipagsigawan that I am supporting a person whom I find genuine in serving the people.

This is why I find it weird na may pupunta roon para sabihing “hindi masaya ang rally.” Of course, para sa kanya na supporter ng kabila, he will really find it “not fun.” Nakita ba niya talaga ang purpose niya sa buhay para manira ng iba? Anyway. Bahala na ang universe sa kanya. To me, kahit nangalay ako at mga two hours na nakataas ang paa ko pagkauwi ko sa bahay dahil sa sakit, it was an experience for me. I wasn’t there for Autotelic, even though I am a fan. I wasn’t there for Ben & Ben, even though they are one of the most famous bands of this generation. Their performances are a bonus. I was there to stand by my ground and make a statement: I support Leni Robredo to be the next president of the Philippines.

So ang dami kong eme. Teka lang. Haha. Kuwento ko na muna.

Before mag-announce na magkakaroon sa Rizal, decided na kami ng kapatid ko um-attend. Akala ko kasi wala sa Rizal, at since nagtrabaho ako sa Pasig, doon ko na lang binalak na pumunta (note ko lang na since meron sa Rizal, pupunta rin ako). Bale, 7:00 p.m. pa raw lalabas si VP Leni, pero sabi ko, kung gusto natin maabot kahit man lang ang screen, kailangan medyo maaga kami ro’n.

Sabi ko mag-lunch na kami sa Jollibee kasi baka wala na kaming makakainan, pero fine, gusto ng bunso sa Megamall para isang lakaran na lang.

Sumakay kami sa may PUV, at grabe—jeeps, PUVs . . . ang daming nakasuot ng pink. Medyo mapalad kami kasi nasa may Antipolo-Cainta kami kaya maluwag pa ang mga dumadaang PUVs. Halos mag-agawan na ng puwest sa Junction at Rosario.

Sobrang traffic na, bumaba na kami sa may Caltex. Good decision ito kasi nakita ko ‘yung ginawang effigy ng nakatindig na kamao ni Tarantandong Kalbo. Ang plano ko, mag-selfie lang kami doon ng kapatid ko saka na kami maghanap ng kakainan, pero magic! Nakita namin si Sir Neri Colmenares! Gusto kong magpa-picture, pero nanginginig na ‘yung kapatid ko sa gutom, and as ate, sabi ko, picture lang kami and then hanap na.

Sobrang daming tao at alam ko na kapag naghanap pa kami ng kakainan, wala na kaming mapupuwestuhan. Bumili na lang kami ng mga pampalubag ng gutom sa Mercury Drug. Ayun, napawi naman. At dahil alam kong sobrang tao, dito na lang ako nagpa-picture gamit Fuji ko sa kapatid ko. The rest are phone camera pictures.

So naghanap na kami ng puwesto. Go with the flow na lang kami until medyo nanlamig na ang pawis ko kasi biglang nag-sink in sa akin na may tao sa harap, kanan, kaliwa, at likod ko. Ang dami kong naisip na masasamang mangyayari, kaya sabi ko parang hindi ko na kaya mag-move forward. Umatras na lang kami at naghanap ng mas maluwag-luwag na lugar. Pinili ko ‘yung may mga tent kasi alam kong mga medic iyon. Para kapag may naramdaman akong hindi maganda, medyo malapit lang (sa kabutihang palad, wala namang nangyari sa ‘kin bukod doon sa muntikan na ako ma-overwhelm at nanlamig pawis ko sa may masikip na part).

Sa totoo lang, doon sa part namin, nahahagilap ng kapatid ko ‘yung screen. Pero dahil maliit ako, nakitsismis na lang ako sa kanya kung ano na ang nangyayari. Hahaha. Nakaupo lang ako, medyo natutulog na. Ang dami pa ring gustong pumasok, pero di na talaga kaya. Okay lang kasi nakita ko naman si Bayaw hahaha.

Ang tagal naming nakaupo. Tawang-tawa ako do’n sa isang meme ng PasigLaban kasi sobrang accurate. Nando’n kami sa “Yehey! May drone!” crowd. Hahaha. Kada may dadaan kasing drone, magsisigawan kami. Medyo malapit kami do’n sa may banda na parang may ibang program haha. Sobrang benta lang. At nakapag-picture ako ng mga favorite kong placards. Ang benta nila, please. Nakita ko ring nakapaglakad na ‘yung kamao effigy. Sobrang lupit.

Maraming hugot for Leni! Hahaha!

Sobrang ngalay na ng paa ko at tiniis ko na lang ‘yung wiwi ko, partida, mga dalawang sip lang ako ng tubig (kaya ayoko ring nagtutubig kasi alam ko kung gaano kahina ang pantog ko). Pero grabe, no’ng nagsalita na ang senatorial slate ni VP Leni (plus si Sir Neri Colmenares no’ng hapon), worth it na. Not only their credentials but also their platform speaks that they want to serve. Na-teary-eyed ako sa I shouted with the crowd “Hustisya!” when Sen. Leila De Lima’s speech played.

And of course, when I heard VP Leni’s voice, hindi ko man siya nakita, in the words of my brother, “Masaya na ako.” Para sa kanya kaya kami pumunta, hindi para sa mga banda. She was telling how our attendance showed her hope. She was telling that we can win the elections, manindigan lang kami, magtiwala lang kami.

If she loses, sa totoo lang, hindi niya kawalan. She can go back to being a lawyer. She will still have a job to return to. She can serve people in Naga, her hometown. Pero kapag natalo siya, ramdam ko na kawalan natin. She has proven her track record, that she is a real public servant. No matter how many rocks were thrown at her by the DDS cult, the trolls, and those who fancy other candidates, she stood by her ground. That’s a real female lead for me. Huwag na natin pakawalan itong once-in-a-lifetime chance na ito.

My vote is for Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan. Nagawa ko na rin full list ko ng senatoriables: Neri Colmenares, Elmer Labog, Chel Diokno, Risa Hontiveros, Carmen Zubiaga, Luke Espiritu, Leila De Lima, Teddy Baguilat, Sonny Matula, Alex Lacson, David D’Angelo, and Sonny Trillanes. I feel that these people will be able to work harmoniously with the executive branch and truly change the game for the Philippines.

Sa huli naman, lahat tayo, malaki ang pangarap para sa Pilipinas.

Red Velvet Comeback: Feel My Rhythm

Ang layo ng topic pero isisingit ko ‘to because why not coconut.

Bumili pa talaga ako ng red velvet crinkles to celebrate their comeback. Hahaha. I found out that they’ll be making several comebacks this year. Ang gusto ko lang sabihin . . . thank you, Red Velvet! Kahit papaano, alam kong makaka-survive ako this year. (The rest lies kung manalo si VP Leni sa election. Aaaaah!)

Napanood n’yo na ba ang music video ng Feel My Rhythm? Grabeng pasabog ng visuals, feeling ko magsusuka ako ng unicorn at glitters. Ang gaganda nila hay’p!

Also, sabi nga, “In my dreams, you love me back.” Here are my favorite screenshots of Irene from the Feel My Rhythm music video.

Ayun lang. Sana masaya rin ang linggo ninyo!

How I Celebrated February 2022 (and 2021)

Nag-browse ako ng birthday blog ko last year . . . and oh my! Wala nga pala akong blog last year because the next days after my birthday were so busy. I decided na isama ko na rin dito, kaya pasensiya na. Haha. So . . . long post ahead kasi pinagkasya ko na rito.

How I Spent My 30th Birthday Last Year

Aside from getting my first tattoo and getting a haircut, I also went to Tagaytay for a staycation. Grabe, it seems like a long time ago, as in parang 2019 nangyari, not 2021. What happened last year felt like a blur.

A Trip to Memory Lane

I stayed at a room in Prime Residences, Tagaytay. I’m not sure if the meal I had at Memory Lane was lunch because the check-in time, I believe, was 2:00 p.m. I could still remember how rustic Memory Lane felt. It looked like one of those rural houses on American shows.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter anymore. What matters was how delicious the baby back ribs was at Memory Lane, even though the staff seemed cranky. The meal I ordered was worth PhP 580.00.

Proof of Tsokolateria’s Greatness

After dinner naman, I went to Tsokolateria, one of Tagaytay’s well-known restaurants. Sadly, I don’t have much pictures of the resto itself kasi maraming taong tulog on the sofas kahihintay ng turn nila. Ayoko namang picture-an. May limit kasi since pandemic. I swear, pupunta ulit ako rito.

Anyway, pagkakaalala ko, nag-ramen yata ako before kaya I opt for a dessert. Basta busog ako that time. Super worth it ng inorder ko, which I already forgot. Basta . . . I want to try this again. Nagulat lang ako na ang laki pala ng drink hahaha. Pang-apatan, mga beh.

How I Celebrated My 31st Birthday This Year

Ang unang plan ko was to hire a photographer para ma-picture-an ako with my full Angela floral elf cosplay, but I had problems with the wig. Mas nagmukha akong He-man kaysa sa Angela. Here’s how I looked like:

My shots didn’t pass my own standards, as you can see. “Hala, Ate, maganda naman, ah!” For one, mali talaga ang color ng hair. Naloko ako ng lighting ng Shopee. Haha. Two, hindi makita ang pakpak and the accessory at the back. Three, in the picture na nakaupo ako sa kama (which I think was better between the two), the choker was not attached to my neck. Pinaayos ko naman na ‘yung wig, but it will take a lot of time hehe.

Peach Lolita Pictorial

And because of that, I decided to hire one pero for my peach lolita pictorial. Hindi na ako pabata, and wrinkles start to show. So before I lose my young-looking face, I’d taking pictures of the self I dreamed to be. Anyway, sakto, my dream dress by tailored by Dolly Kaye was already delivered.

I only carried three concepts with me tapos portrait shots na, I told Fil. I discovered him via Facebook ads when I was looking for an outdoor photographer, and sakto namang lumabas ang ad niya. Anyway, so my three concepts were “my love for writing,” “my love for coffee,” and “my love for taking pictures.” Saka ko na lang nilagyan ng dalawa pang concept, “my love for travel,” upon seeing the photos.

Anyway, ayun. Magsawa kayo sa mukha ko. Haha. These are my favorites; actually, multiple pics talaga since same poses naman, but I had to choose unique photos para di naman nakakaumay. I had them printed para maisabit sa kuwarto ko, panakot ng mga masasamang espiritu. Char.

Sitting Shots

Bust-Level Shots

Knee-Level Shots

Whole-Body Shots

“Peach Loves Writing” Concept Shots

“Peach Loves Drinking Coffee” Concept Shots

“Peach Loves Taking Photographs” Concept Shots

“Peach Loves Traveling” Concept Shots

There were like more than a hundred, I think, pictures, and I had to trim down to this number para di naman nakakaumay. I just wished I had a a car para hindi ako pawis-pawis during pictorial, pero gano’n talaga. Haha.

Follow Fil on his Facebook page, Fototronic! He’s accepting photography commissions.

Prebirthday Celebration at Laiya

I miss the sea and the sound of the waves so badly, so I decided to go to a resort that is near a sandy beach with calmer waves. I had many options, but Laiya was best for my budget and time (since I have to travel for 4 hours and I had 4 hours of work remaining at that time).

How to Go to Cocoons at Club Laiya

Bale, from where I was, nag-jeep ako hanggang LRT 2 Marikina–Pasig Station, bumaba ng Recto Station wherein may bridge toward LRT 1 Doroteo Jose Station. Ang baba ko e sa Gil Puyat na. Just look for the Alps Bus Station; it’s the only station I found going to San Juan, Batangas.

From San Juan naman, ride a tricycle going to the municipal tourism office so you could pay the environmental fee worth PhP 20.00. You can ask the same tricycle driver to lead you to Club Laiya (but it’s known as a different name, I forgot what it was). Just open Google Maps. May signal naman.

What to Expect in Cocoons at Club Laiya

The resort I went to was called Club Laiya. Though a majority of the area was still under construction (I assume this will be a larger resort later on), the Cocoons area seemed furnished already. The pictures above show what the resort looks like. If you only like to take pictures on the beach and not swim on it, you can always swim at the pool.

The pictures above are the ones taken pagtungtong na pagtungtong ko sa beach. Hindi muna ako nag-swimming. Pure pictures lang talaga.

They also have a private beach, but the whole area was crowded by morning of Sunday, which—it may seem—is the preferred day of Laiya residents to swim. Family day, ika nga. The pictures above are taken in the morning of February 12, 2022, Saturday, while the pictures below are taken the next day, Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Pero sa second day talaga ako nakapag-todo pasyal and picture-picture sa beach. After finishing a chapter, saka ako nag-picture ulit with my two-piece swimming suit. Haha first time ko, super nakaka-conscious, but embrace our perfections na lang talaga. Mamamatay ako na nakapagsuot ng two-piece swimsuit with all the confidence I could muster.

Third day, sa pool area naman ang focus ng pictures. Was really shy kasi there were kids. Napapaisip tuloy ako what they were thinking of me na nagpopo-pose. Hahaha. But anyway, once ko lang lang naman sila makikita. Wapakels. Awra.

I loved staying at the capsule. If it weren’t for the beach, I would stay there all day and work and write. Or baka hindi pala ako makakapagsulat sa sobrang lambot ng kama. Actually, after ko mag-swimming-swimming noong hapon, bagsak ako kaagad. Lambot ba naman ng kama, e!

The only inconvenience I experienced was the fact that the comfort rooms were separated from the capsules, but it was a given (or else they wouldn’t be capsules at all). I just got quite scared when I had to take a pee in the middle of the night. There’s a restroom near the capsule, but the toilets here in the main restroom were much more comfortable.

Visitors can either eat at their restaurant, which is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or by the rib shack, which is open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To experience many different dishes, I opted to eat breakfast and lunch at the restaurant and then dinner at the rib shack.

What to Eat in Cocoons at Club Laiya

Marami. Haha. Actually—this is my bad—I didn’t track my expenses because I wanted to enjoy my prebirthday celebration (kasi may work ako ng mismong birthday ko). Basta may budget ako per day at natipid ko naman. Ang mali ko, ‘yung natipid ko the previous day, I spent the next day. Hahaha. Ayaw na, di ko na uulitin ‘yon. Dapat, tracked talaga.

Sa beach may nagtitinda ng taho sa morning and ice cream naman sa hapon. Huhu, I love the cheese and cookies and cream mixture. I just want to go back.

For my breakfast meals naman, I was able to taste both their Filipino and American breakfast specials, featuring San Juan’s longganisa + two sunny-side up eggs + garlic rice and corned beef + scrambled egg, buttered toast with strawberry spread, respectively. Both meals were served with coffee. From what I remember, one breakfast meal is worth PhP 250.

Lunch naman, once lang ako nag-lunch dahil sa kabusugan, I tried bulalo. Grabe, it was so, so, so delicious. Buti hindi tumaas presyon ko. Haha.

For my dinner meals, pinaka-bet ko ‘yung pizza (don’t ask why I had pizza at night). The others that I was able to taste were pork ribs and buffalo chicken wings (I tried liking buffalo wings, pero hindi talaga. I’m a parmesan wings person.)

Favorite Pictures

Ayun. Happy 31st, self. Kahit nakalimutan mong originally na 31 ka pa lang, hindi 32. Excited? Hahaha. More blessings to come! I love you!