Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pangasinan 2015 - Day 2

Day 2! Our agenda in the morning was to visit Patar Rock Formation, Patar Beach and Wonderful Cave. Patar Rock Formation is even better than the photos!















Then, we went back to the resort for lunch. You wouldn’t get bored because of the facilities, since they have an infinity pool, playground, lounge chairs and jacuzzi. The jacuzzi was one of the best amenities of the resort, I suggest they extend the operating hours of that. I haven’t been on a perennially low tide beach, so it was a novel experience.














Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pangasinan 2015 - Day 1



I remember reading, "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”


And so, I do. Travel is one of the best things in life, and even if travel is an inherently bourgeois activity, it's engaging in. It's the biggest contradiction in my ongoing proletarian reformation, honestly. So, last month, I went on another field trip for my resort management class, in Pangasinan!


(I will attempt to be as informative as possible for this post.)

We left Diliman at 1am and arrived at Alaminos, Pangasinan at about 6am. I slept the whole trip and woke up 5 minutes before we arrived, so I think my attempt at providing useful details for the trip failed right here. Since there were 27 of us, we got a boat that will take us to any island we want to in half a day. We payed PhP 200 each. It was more than worth it! The Hundred Islands was my favorite part of the trip. I was surprised that such beauty can exist like that 4 to 5 hours outside Manila. The water was like Palawan. It was breathtaking. I know not all islands can be visited, some are rock outcroppings, I just wished we visited all the islands that we can dock in. 












We stayed at Puerto del Sol, which is one of the best resorts I've been in. More on that on my next posts! 









Even better at night!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

"Three years later, a new girl sits cross-legged on your bed. 
She tastes like a different flavor of bubblegum than you are used to. 
She opens up a book that you had to read in high school, and a folded picture of us falls out of chapter three. 
Now there are two unfinished stories resting in her lap.
Inevitably, she asks, and you tell her.

You say: I dated her a while back.
You don’t say: Sometimes, when I’m holding you, I imagine the smell of her vanilla perfume.

You say: She was younger than me.
You don’t say: The sixteen summers in her bones warmed the eighteen winters my skin had weathered.

You say: It’s nothing now.
You don’t say: But it was everything then."

—Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, Auriel H. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ilocos 2015 - Day 3

Third and last day of the trip! As you have seen on my last post, we stayed at Adams, Ilocos Norte, where there the type of tourism prevalent is community based. We were warmly welcomed by the locals there. Too bad I don't have photos of their performance last night. The place was so stunning that all I can do is take photos although the photos won't justify the beauty. I couldn't believe that a place like that exist at such a remote area. I love those moments, I am an allocentric traveler, and it's spectacular every time you get to discover these places. After that, we went to Marcos Mausoleum, Paoay Church, then Vigan. Since this is my visual diary, I won't ride a long post, and I'll let the photos express for themselves.




Treehouse villa!


Marcos Mausoleum

Take me to (Paoay) church







Pangunahing pwersa :)



You said you wanted to go to Vigan


And now I'm here, and you're not

But I didn't wish you were here with me
Be happy now.