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SAN RAFAEL BULACAN 2013

Sunlight by Nina via http://www.lyricsmode.com/

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“I watch the world go by in silence
Deep in the night in silence
Time going by so slow”

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“I think about the morning
And it warns my heart”

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“Because tonight I’m going back to the one I love
And by tomorrow with the dawn I’ll be there
And he’ll be beside me”

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“Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Bring me the love I’ll need to guide me
Shining deep inside of me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show me the way”

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“I look at the stars and I pray for morning
Counting the hours till morning”

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“Thinking about his smile
His sweet smile
I’m standing on the promise of a brand new day”

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“I couldn’t face another night staying all alone
I know he needs me just as much as I need him
So, baby, I’m coming home”

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“Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Bring me the love I’ll need to guide me
Shining deep inside of me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show me the way
Ooh ohhhhh, yeah”

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“And when I hold him
I won’t let him let me go, no no no”

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“No more running far and wide
I’m gonna stay right by his side”

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“He’s my laughter, my lover, my life
He’s my sunlight”

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“Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show me the way to a brighter day”

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“Oh, sunlight, oh, sunlight
Bring me the love I’ll need to guide me
Shining deep inside of me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show me the way to a brighter day”

SAN RAFAEL BULACAN 2013

“Oh, sunlight, oh, sunlight
Bring me the love I’ll need to guide me
Shining deep inside of me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show me the way…
To a brighter day
Ooohhhhh”

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List of Traveling and Beach Essentials

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On my 2nd dress-ever.
Photographed by Mami.

Spending some time at the out in a beach or a vacation? Then, this list is just the right thing for you!

  1. BAG: I prefer bags that are comfortable to carry. I like medium-sized backpacks and sling bags for there is no chance I could ever forget them, and I must always make my hands free from holding anything. I also prefer bags that are made in the Philippines and which are limited edition.
  2. BEACH TOWEL: I don’t usually bring any towels for my trips, What I use are my colorful sarongs (at least 2) and definitely my violeta lagu (sand-repelling blanket). Why it? It’s easy to carry, it occupies small portion of my bag, it can serve as a body cover, beach blanket, head cover, accessory,umbrella, bed blanket and many more.
  3. SWIMWEAR: In picking up any swimwear, you must imagine yourself wearing it and if you think you can be comfortable with it, you should wear it. Rash guard is better if you are protecting your skin. If you want a sun-kissed skin, you can wear bikinis or tankinis. I prefer tank-tops and shorts.
  4. SUNGLASSES: Protect your eyes from the rays of the sun.
  5. CAMERA: Capture every moment. Take nothing but pictures.
  6. BEACH SLIPPERS: I like colorful flip flops but to make my feet safer I usually use my sandugo sandals. Why? You never know if you might have a good trek around the area. Protection from sea urchins and stone fishes, too. When at the beach, it was best to walk in bare foot. 🙂
  7. DRINKS & SNACKS: Must never forget this. Exposing yourself to the beach and sun can dehydrate your body. Charge up with a bottle of water and nice snacks.
  8. ZIP LOCK BAGS: Use them to protect cameras and other electronics from getting wet. Store your wet clothes, too.
  9. TOILETRIES: It includes soap, brush, ponytail, toothpaste, toothbrush shampoo and conditioner, insect reppelant lotion, sun block (for skin protection), body deodorant and the like (all in small amounts).
  10. DRY CLOTHES: Comfy clothes which is soothed for a hot summer day. Usually, I wear pants on the first day of the trip and also use it at the end of the trip. I bring 2-3 shorts and 3-4 tank-tops, smaller spaces to be occupied in the bag. When I had no more clothes left to wear, I usually buy from souvenir shops. Hitting two birds in one stone! Clothing and souvenir.

When traveling, you must also try packing-up light. You save a lot of space in the bag, it’s easier to carry around and never the less, if your things are limited, you can never lost/miss anything on the road.

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Philippine Travelog List

7,107 island is a though number to count and I guess to fulfill my dreams and the challenge of exploring all of it,  let me try to at least touchdown on each of the listed provinces of the Philippines.

LUZON
Abra
Albay: Legazpi, Daraga
Albay: Rapu-Rapu Islands
Albay: remainder
Apayao
Aurora
Baguio
Bataan
Batanes
Batangas: Batangas City, Lipa, Mabini
Batangas: Nasugbu, Calatagan
Batangas: San Juan (Laiya)
Batangas: Taal Volcano
Batangas: remainder
Benguet
Bulacan: Malolos
Bulacan: remainder
Cagayan: Tuguegarao
Cagayan: Babuyan Islands
Cagayan: remainder
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur: Metro Naga
Camarines Sur: Caramoan Peninsula
Camarines Sur: remainder
Catanduanes
Cavite: Tagaytay
Cavite: Corregidor
Cavite: Ternate, Maragondon
Cavite: remainder
Ifugao: Banaue
Ifugao: remainder
Ilocos Norte: Laoag, Paoay
Ilocos Norte: Pagudpud, Bangui, Burgos
Ilocos Norte: remainder
Ilocos Sur: Vigan
Ilocos Sur: remainder
Isabela
Kalinga
La Union
Laguna: western
Laguna: eastern
Marinduque
Masbate: Masbate Island
Masbate: Ticao Island
Masbate: Burias Island
Metro Manila
Mt. Province: Sagada
Mt. Province: remainder
Nueva Ecija
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro: Lubang Island
Occidental Mindoro: remainder
Olongapo, Subic Bay
Oriental Mindoro: Puerto Galera
Oriental Mindoro: remainder
Pampanga: San Fernando
Pampanga: Angeles, Clark SEZ
Pampanga: remainder
Pangasinan: Dagupan, Lingayen area
Pangasinan: Alaminos, Hundred Islands
Pangasinan: western
Pangasinan: remainder
Quezon: Lucena, Lucban, Mt. Banahaw area
Quezon: northern (Infanta, Real area)
Quezon: Bondoc Peninsula
Quezon: Polillo Islands
Quezon: Alabat Island
Quezon: remainder
Quirino
Rizal: Antipolo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono
Rizal: remainder
Romblon: Sibuyan Island, Romblon Island
Romblon: Tablas Island
Sorsogon
Tarlac
Zambales
PALAWAN
Palawan: Puerto Princesa
Palawan: El Nido, Linapacan
Palawan: Busuanga, Coron, Culion
Palawan: Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo
Palawan: Tubbataha Reef
Palawan: Balabac Islands
Palawan: Dumaran Island
Palawan: northern remainder
Palawan: southern remainder
VISAYAS
Aklan: Kalibo
Aklan: Boracay, Caticlan

  

Aklan: remainder

     

Antique: mainland
Antique: Semirara Islands
Biliran
Bohol: Tagbilaran, Panglao Island
Bohol: Chocolate Hills

  

Bohol: remainder
Capiz
Cebu: Cebu, Mandaue, Mactan Island
Cebu: Bantayan Islands, Malapascua
Cebu: Camotes Islands
Cebu: remainder
Eastern Samar: mainland
Eastern Samar: Homonhon Island
Guimaras
Iloilo: Iloilo City
Iloilo: remainder
Leyte: Tacloban
Leyte: Ormoc
Leyte: remainder
Negros Occidental: Bacolod
Negros Occidental: remainder
Negros Oriental: Dumaguete
Negros Oriental: remainder
Northern Samar
Siquijor
Southern Leyte: mainland
Southern Leyte: Panaon Island
Western Samar
MINDANAO
Agusan del Norte: Butuan
Agusan del Norte: remainder
Agusan del Sur
Basilan
Bukidnon
Camiguin
Compostela Valley
Cotabato City
Davao City: downtown
Davao City: Mt. Apo
Davao City: remainder
Davao del Norte: mainland
Davao del Norte: Samal City
Davao del Sur: mainland
Davao del Sur: Sarangani Islands
Davao Oriental
Dinagat Islands
Lanao del Norte: Iligan
Lanao del Norte: remainder
Lanao del Sur
Maguindanao
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental: Cagayan de Oro
Misamis Oriental: remainder
North Cotabato
Sarangani: eastern
Sarangani: western
Shariff Kabunsuan
South Cotabato: General Santos
South Cotabato: remainder
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao del Norte: mainland
Surigao del Norte: Siargao, Bucas Grande Island
Surigao del Sur
Tawi-Tawi: main islands
Tawi-Tawi: Mapun, Turtle Islands
Zamboanga City: downtown
Zamboanga City: remainder
Zamboanga del Norte: Dipolog, Dapitan
Zamboanga del Norte: eastern remainder
Zamboanga del Norte: western remainder
Zamboanga del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay
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How Do I Get to Travel for Less?

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Going anywhere nowadays means you need money to get you on the road. But how will you do it for less?

I once wrote that I am not rich, I don’t have the traveling gear or equipment most travelers need, don’t own a DSLR camera but only a handed-down sony camera (with big black spot on the LCD) and I just borrow this pair of sandals from my brother (LOL) but for the love of exploring I invest my money in finding ways to get on the road or into the airplane.

Every time there’s a seat sale on cebu pacific (my travel partner, I wish…) or any metrodeal/ensogo/a-deals promos about educational tours , I try to analyze if that’s the cheapest they could give, and when it is, I go for it!.

How to do it? I try booking it first (experimenting) and paying via payment center (if I have the money and the companion for my trips).

When to do it? Whole-year-round would be perfect. I believe that the whole year is like summer in the Philippines and according to Paolo Coelho “that the whole universe will conspire just for my dreams to come true”. A weather is just a variable but my dreams are more powerful and with God’s providing hands, it will be done.

But bare in mind that most of my travels were early been booked (1-year maximum waiting time) because all are promo tickets. Thus, “Patience is a virtue.”

About to do it: One year or few months for preparation gives me time to search on the coolest places to explore. It also gives me time to reflect if I have enough money for the trip and if so, that also means I have to save all my pennies. To also devise a plan of not ditching my work and I also been thinking of how to make an extra income (any suggestions?)…

Now, it takes some courage to travel. Who wants to go with me? 🙂

“Travel is the only thing we buy that makes us richer.”

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Bucket list

Hit life hard before hitting the bucket.

  1. Plant in the rice fields of Banawe Rice Terraces
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    Taken by: Daisy Bumacod

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    Taken by: Xion Photography

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    Taken by: Mami

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    Taken by: Raulein Miranda

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    Taken by: Len Flores

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    Taken by:Fe Duldulao

  2. Teach kids in Banaue, Ifugao
  3. Visit the Sagada
  4. Travel via any vessel ship: RORO and Airplane
  5. Visit Aklan and meet my family
  6. Buying my own phone
  7. Learn how to swim and swim with dolphins and whales
  8. Visit a grand museum
  9. buy my own laptop
  10. Learn how to drive
  11. buy a car
  12. learn at least one new language
  13. Go to new places: Boracay, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Siargao, Surigao, Bukidnon, Iligan, Agusan, Abra, Vigan, Ilocos, Naga, Legazpi, Sorsogon, La Union, Pangasinan (Hundred Island, Corregidor, Palawan, Camiguin, Samar, Leyte, Tacloban, Batanes, tawi-tawi, zamboanga, gen. san., masbate, atbp.
  14. Dye my hair red
  15. party in a club
  16. try wall climbing, rapelling, skating, skateboarding, bungee jumping, white water rafting, surf, scuba diving, cliff diving, wake boarding, tree-top adventures… go extreme (well, i did a lot of zip linings).
  17. Memorize every capital cities of every countries
  18. to work for the country (permanent job)
  19. Be a tourism ambassador
  20. See the Asia: Japan (Disneyland), Singapore (Universal Studio), Macau (gamble), Hongkong (disneyland), Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Thailand (Ride an elephant), Malaysia (legoland), China (Great Wall), India (Taj Mahal), et cetera.
  21. Visit the 7 Continents of the World and EAT, PRAY, LOVE, too.
  22. Visit Avilon zoo and star city
  23. Virac trip to see the Doppler Radar (catanduanes)
  24. Climb a Mountain
  25. buy a telescope
  26. Find some sponsors to finally buy the Lego Robotics Kit (wishing to have a robotics class) for the school
  27. Receive a gift of molecular models
  28. Own a guitar and play beautifully with it
  29. Visit the 7,107 islands of the Phil (or at least the listed provinces from Lakbayan map).

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    Taken by: Kuya Manong Driver of Samal Island

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    Taken by: Ate beautiful of Eden Nature Park Davao

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    Taken by: the self-timer camera of ate fish

  30. Meet any of my idol travelers: James Betia, Gay Emami, dong ho,
  31. meet and greet any president or royalty
  32. See a turtle laying/ eggs hatching
  33. have 12 kids
  34. Go to Egypt
  35. Visit Shire and see Frodo and Bilbo’s house
  36. Meet one hollywood star
  37. See the wax museum
  38. Visit Belgium and taste the belgian chocolate
  39. Witness the power of the Eiffel tower and kiss the perfect stranger
  40. have a star tattoo
  41. Watch roland-garros + Rafael Nadal
  42. Go to New york
  43. have a mini-library in my home
  44. be a philanthropist (donating blood; April 2013)
  45. Ride a first class plane with my own compartment
  46. Enter a lighthouse
  47. Visit kuya in Germany and bring Mami
  48.  Receive a life-size bear from the man I will love forever
  49. be found by my soul mate and my heart’s owner
  50. Find my greatest treasure/my purpose in life

LOL! My Long-Crazy-Possible Bucket list. Don’t give up on me life… I am not saying that I want to live forever, but at least, make my dreams come true first. ^__^v

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IMG_5042VILLA ESCUDERO TIAONG QUEZON

Another work related adventure.
But I had inserted tips and budget-friendly reminders just in case you want to visit the Hacienda Escudero.
Read More: VILLA ESCUDERO TIAONG QUEZON

Photo 1: Rates
Photo 2: Church or Museum?
Photo 3: Omnipresence
Photo 4: Great interiors
Photo 5: Flower Plant
Photo 6: Hey it’s ME! What to bring for an adventure?
Photo 7: What is your favorite color?
Photo 8: Mossy
Photo 9: Is it me or is it just all pink?
Photo 10: not for hire
Photo 11: Rafting
Photo 12: Drink for a summer day
Photo 13: Instagram