CLSU-Munoz Photo Diary

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#Sorry not so sorry, I just need to post this photo diary taken last December 13. It’s been awhile since my last update and I’m here to share some snaps of me and my friends Krishara, Krizette and Hazel as I toured them in my little home town.

We feasted lunch at Quatro, a newly opened resto  offering various “you name it they have it” dishes and specializes in seafood cuisines.

We devoured cheesecakes matched with matchas and coffee frappes at Milka Krem, an almost a year old infamous carabao’s milk based cafe. (FYI for those who didn’t know, Nueva Ecija is famous not only with rice but also with carabao’s milk, and the Philippine Carabao Center which is located in Munoz had this magnum opus Milka Krem for everyone to love.)

We trailed inside CLSU Campus.

We catched up and took selfies like forever.

The time was limited so I only got to bring them in just few corners of my so called home, but there will always be next times for more. Even I have lived for more than 20 years in CLSU, I still keep on falling inlove with it. I’ll always be mesmerize by its luscious greeneries  and to its nooks and corners that’s just too perfect for photo ops. I was feeling touristy in my own very home that I just had to have my photo taken! See! :) 

Nothing great to end my photo diary but a photo of Santa with my friend Krisha and me photobombing. 

P.S.

It’s Christmas in few days and I’m wishing everyone a merry one! It was devastating for all when just a month ago Yolanda hit my country, but the spirit and faith of my fellow Filipinos are stronger than the typhoon, that’s why nothing can tear us apart. It was fascinating to know that everyone is willing to help and I’m very grateful for all the kind souls who keeps on helping, praying and inspiring. :) Now I believe Christmas is not just in the air, but in everyone’s veins. Thank you! 

  12/16/13 at 12:47am

Memories of Summer 2013

This post is somehow (5 months) past over due since its already downpour slash flood season that has been covering mostly the whole Philippine archipelago nowadays.

But since its sunny shimmery SUMMER in some parts of the world, and I am terribly missing the beach-y season that’s why I’m back (after long hiatus) sharing some of *photo memories of my so called Summer 2013. 

*photo vomit ahead. :)

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We spent the Holy week at the beach like what the "usuals" would normally do, taking advantage of the long weekend/holiday.  I’ve BEEN to this pristine Bolinao beach for the 3rd time since 2009 but still we keep on coming back for certain unutterable reasons. 

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Oh look, how they love the beach.

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Kids, even kids at heart really do love beaches.

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The Bolinao sands is not powdery white, but semi white rough sand mostly from crushed shells and corals.

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My nieces Harie and Elise, in attempt of sand castles.

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Bokehs from sparkling sea waters.

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This year, we opted to stay at Dutch Resort having fair share of sunset worthy skies, clear yet crazy depths of waters, company of sea creatures such as star fishes, urchins and cucumbers, and the rejuvinating sound of waves that has been our OST of our 3 day stay at Patar Beach.

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What I love about Patar Beach is its being uncloggedly-populated, thus you can cam whore all you want without those scrutinizing eyes.

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Notice the depths of the waters.

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Silky sheets of the sea.

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The very famous Bolinao sunset.

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Scooping bokehs. lol

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Cerulean skies and seas.

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The water is flat and the waves are only available at far. It feels like your in a huge salty swimming pool. Be extra careful though with the humongous coral reefs. 

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Holy week means no meats until Saturday. Thus, when Saturday came, its meat feasting!

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Sea weeds.

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Palms do really have a take when it comes to summer. So pretty! :)

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We visited the over rated Cape Bolinao taking photos like forever like it was our first time. #overused line #sorrynotsorry

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This landmark is one of the places tourist would frequent when they went to Bolinao, Pangasinan.

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Cape Bolinao is 351 feet above sea level, thus the second tallest light house in the Philippines next to Cape Bojeador in Ilocos, Norte. Built in 1905, it was used to guide ships and vessels  preventing disasters until light has gone off last 2004. Despite being un-operational today, it still has been a tourist attraction.

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Overlooking South China Sea atop Punta Piedra Point.

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Spot my neon slippers.

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The ruins of the old administration building.

I remember way back summer 2009, this structure was still standing complete until a typhoon destroyed some of its parts.

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Scorching sun mid afternoon.

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Pretty bougainvillea flowers and siniguelas trees around the area.

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Patar Beach is kilometers away from the town proper. This part of the road seen in the photo above is concrete but some parts especially the one going up to Cape Bolinao is dusty and rocky like your in an off road challenge. LOL. #porkbarrelproblems?

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I was deliberately taking photos when I un-awarely happened to capture this photo, only to find out when browsing photos that I noticed a man lying on the sand with a sleeping toddler over him.

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Overseeing this view on the way going to the town. I think this is part of Barangay Ilog Malino (ilog means river in english), an area known where river meets the sea water.

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A little girl playing in a wrecked boat.

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Almost sunset photos when most of the boats where ashore.

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We payed a visit in the Church of St. James the Fortress which was built by the Augustinians way back 1609. It is also allegedly believed that the first mass in Philippines was conducted here by an italian priest named Odorico way back 1324.

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Spanish style architecture (baroque) is still evident in some parts of the Philippines as seen in some Churches erupted during Spanish colonization era.

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There were long lines of people waiting outside the church so instead, we opted to just light a candle and offer a prayer.

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Just beside the church is the town market  where we bought seafoods for dinner. One bakery had caught my attention and bought this pastry which the sales lady called “Half Moon”. It was a soft textured bread like “mamon” with buttercream fillings inside then topped with caramel. So good.

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Back to the beach, we noticed few locals with flashlights in search for sea urchins. My sisters and I, though a bit anxious, went to the sea for a quest of sea urchins. Luckily after 5 minutes of exploration with an aid of hand held flashlight, we caught one, took a photo of it and returned it back to its home, repeatedly wishing for it not to be caught by those sea urchin hunters.

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Waking up early has always been a battle for me. But during over nights at the beach, I always make it a point to rise early before sunrise to witness a pretty pastels in the sky clashing before my eyes.

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Ghost in the sea. :P 

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Mirrored pastels.

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Oh, they woke up pretty early too. :)

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Skinny dipping.

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My family awed with the sky.

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Moon rise.

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Pretty horizons. The prize of waking up early :)

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The war of hues of gold has started. 

Sunset in Bolinao is awesome but the scene of sun rising can’t be witnessed perfectly since its in the other side where trees and structures are blocking its beauty, yet, generously shares the panoramic war of pastels and gold till blue sky has overdrawn everything.

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Another silky sheets.

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Balsa. #raft

Early fishermen catches early fishes. LOL.

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Then before lunch, we left the paradise.

I couldn’t remember everything we did and/or summed up what happened during our stay but all I know was our three day stay was too short yet conducive-ly enough for relaxing, resting without the worries of bustling life outside the beach, and indeed we had a quality time together but left us all in awe when its time to go home.. Looking at this photos again brings back the memories of my so called Summer of 2013.  (okay, not really my summer wholly, but its still a part of my summer.)

I hope this photos of Bolinao will give you an unbiased sight of how imperfectly perfect Philippines is. :) 

  09/12/13 at 06:53pm

IL MARE

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Il mare. The sea. A place which never fails to mesmerize me. In presence or absence of pastel colored skies nor clashes of colors of fire in the sky due to ever magical prowess of sun rising or setting, still, there’s still unbearable feeling of relentless endearing to the sea every time I see one because most of the time or its the only the times  wherein I can stare at one’s vastness for a long time without getting bored.

Last month, I went to Dagupan City and stayed at BFAR Bonoan for family matters. My sisters and I took an advantage of our 2 night stay by scouting food hubs, coffee shops even the famous late night dining during wee hours of the morning at that one most probably the only one wide awake street, serving well-known Dagupenyo delicacy/dish, the Pigar-pigar (stir fried beef) and kaleskes with “unli” sabaw(broth) and dugo (coagulated cow’s blood) as side dish. Food porn! Yayy..Sorry :)

Going back from the main attraction of this post, the morning before we leave, we had an early trail to the sea. It was just an easy 15-20 minutes walk from where we stayed in but with a fair share of fresh air and lil stops in between (fish cemetery, backyard solar salt, fishponds, mangroves, weeds and flowers and that structure that should be floating but too bad its low tide).  

There is something about the sea that my unbiased joyfulness, making me exhilarates every time I see one,  just like its always a first time. Always unfathomable. Its the wonderful feeling of being able to run back and forth as the waves approaches my feet while the salty wind blows my hair and gently kisses my face. It was overjoying like nature has come out for a play with me.  

The sea has always been my favorite. And I was lucky to be able to visit a sea this year on my fifth time but still crossing fingers to be able to go to other seas and beaches for another five times or more, even its already rainy season. Sorry, I just can never have enough of it.

But as I always describe the sea, its always endless, boundless, limitless. Thus, like possibilities. :)

Amo il mare!  . 

Photo taken at Bonoan, Pangasinan

  08/11/13 at 01:44am

"So then I took my turn

Oh what a thing to have done

And it was all yellow..” Coldplay/Yellow

P.S. Just a random photo of cropped photos in photos and turned into a collage photo of photos. Ok, this isn’t special nor anything  just a mere product of my laziness to take better photographs thus came up with it with the aid of collaborative juice of my imagination and my attitude towards myself lacking the art nor the right understanding of what could be’s nor the ifs of it under proper circumstances but with a massive desire of posting atleast a photo of anything due to long hiatus that my blog COULD almost died, thereof, that’s why, its shoulda, woulda, coulda. Hahaha Ok I’m sorry, typing this at wee hours of the morning and I have nothing to talk about or say about this photo post. As is. and it was all YELLOW :P hashtag #craycraymode

  07/11/13 at 01:22am

Sandy

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Had a little photo shoot with my soon to be turning one year old niece Sandy. I never thought that photographing could drive me insane. Its almost late lunch and time for her nap so her energy to be all active almost got drained and it took us lots of efforts to at least get her to smile even just for once. At a long run, I managed to capture one or two nice photos of her that at least could pass for her invites photo inserts. #imsorryjusttryingouttobeaphotographerevenjustforaday :)

  06/24/13 at 02:13pm

Talipapa Files

There is something fishy in this post. Believe me :) 

I remember when I was a kid, I went to the market to accompany my mother to buy goods for a week supply. Market is the mecca of various finds. I’m very used to seeing meats, fishes, veggies to name a few and to the concoction of smell they made all together. I was always present every week back then for the sake of meryenda (snack) after interacting, haggling and hording all the corners of the market for fresh finds with my mom. Nowadays, going shopping for food becomes easy thanks to the sprouting grocery stores on every side of town complete with meat/fish/veggies section at the most convenient and air conditioned way. Now life became easy. 

Going to a market often reminds me of Yishai Golan and his adventures at the mercatos of the world. As much as possible, I want to immerse myself in the market to see, smell, feel what’s behind at busiest place of the town apart from its tourist attraction, which can tell us more about the place and its people and how market reflects their culture.

When I go traveling with my family, we always have this side agenda to visit their market. One reason was products sold in the market were cheaper aside from fresh goods and lots of variations to choose from. But apart from buying goods, I had this interest of observing life inside the market. I often not include a camera with me during market shopping because it can lure robbers or people will keep on gawking at me or more often even though there were plenty of pretty subjects to photograph at the Mercato, I was too shy to point the gear towards somewhere because back to reason number 2, my insecurity strikes when people look at me or on what I’m doing. How I wish I could be braver when it comes to photo taking..

But last April, we went to a talipapa (small market) in Dingalan, famous for its fresh fishes. I took advantaged when I saw lots of tourist with cameras tied on their necks so might as well take ninja shots. Which I did. I made it a point that my mom bought stuffs first (which is necessary) as an approval of taking photos of their goods or them as well. :) I took photos of fishes, vendors, five peso kropek, more fishes, stores, people, that edible fern, and more fishes. Certainly made this post fishy, agree?

  06/10/13 at 02:57am
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