Saturday, December 31, 2011

This year I,

1. TRAVELLED. A lot. Malayo. Malapit. (libreng) EK. Ecopark. Splash Island. Cagayan de Oro. Iligan. Bukidnon. Camiguin. (weekly) UP. Nasugbu, Batangas. Club Manila East. Cebu. Baguio. Benguet. Naga. Caramoan. Bohol. Butuan. Hinatuan and Mangagoy, Surigao del Sur. Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Davao. Samal Is. Pilillia, Rizal. Nuvali. Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Corregidor. A total of 10 domestic flights (all in Cebupac. Haha, I deserve a loyalty reward. :P) Miles and miles of bus rides. Hundreds of strangers befriended. Several personalities (and fictional BFs) invented-- for security purposes. Hahaha. A lot of habal-habal rides (thank God for keeping me away from accidents, always). And the breath-taking sights-- I tear up just remembering them. Thank God for a beautiful Philippines. Thank God for the opportunity to see them. Thank God for the adventure.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ililibre mo ko ng dark mocha na venti (walang space)

Eto na yung pinakamatinong picture nating 3 sa ofis na nahanap ko. Pero tamad ako maghanap so baka may mas ok pa jan. haha | Larawang kuha ni Ate Ems


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Monday, December 26, 2011

UP Lantern Parade

This happy activity marks the start of the holidays for the students. It's something everyone looks forward to, even the non-UP people. So many people flock to the campus that it's usually difficult to get a text message across, much more a cellphone call. XD
People gathered in the best viewing spot: Eng'g steps. We weren't able to find a spot. :(

UP GL Christmas Party

This year, my beloved envi org celebrated Christmas by giving back and hosting a party for street kids in the campus.
Some of the kids in our Mini Christmas Party

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Corregidor (and Corregidor Int'l Half Marathon) Day 3

Yaayy! Finally got to explore Corregidor on foot (and two hitchhikes :P). I have to go back though, and bring lots of courage with me so that I can follow paths that lead into ruins hidden in the forest.

Like these:
I think it's the path to the old hospital

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Corregidor (and Corregidor Int'l Half Marathon) Day 2

We woke up before the sun does. As marshals, there were sooo much to prepare: water, ice, bananas, tables and the lot.
Testing the timer at pre-dawn

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Corregidor (and Corregidor Int'l Half Marathon) Day 1

Thursday, around 9 pm
SMS: Au, 3d2n all-expense paid trip to Corregidor. Game?
Me: Wait, paalam ako sa work. (Sends sms, received an OK) Ayan, gaaaaame!

Friday, around 4 am
Grabbed what ever clothes are on top in the closet, stuffed them in a backpack . Bakasyon naman eh, keber kahit anong damit.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Be a Blessing this Christmas

It's my favorite season again! Every time the streets and houses light up with Christmas lights, my heart lights up as well, for these colorful decorations bring up lovely childhood memories of Christmas. It was a wonderful time to be a kid when it's Christmas-- lot's of of gifts, food and games for every one.

But, of course, I learned soon enough that not every kid gets to experience that sort of happy Christmas. For some kids, Christmas would be just another day to get through, and worse, just that time of the year to look on enviously at more fortunate children having the time of their lives.

There is something we can do for these kids, the unfortunate ones, I mean. For Php350 and/or a day in our year, we can give them a field trip that would not only be enjoyable, but educational as well. I Pinoy is sponsoring a field trip for Grade 1-36 of CAA Elementary School in Las Piñas City.

Grade 1-36 students of CAA elementary School. Photo by Mars Mercado
A lot of these kids have never been to a field trip before, and may never get to experience one again. It is now our chance to make their Christmas season a memorable one, and ours as well.

Our Php 350 will pay for the a kid's transportation, entrance fee and food. We can also donate our time to this activity by being a buddy to one kid during the field trip.

For more details on how to join and on how to donate, visit this Facebook event page.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

When It's Saturday in Ayala

Being a business district, Ayala Ave is a setting to countless stories of rush hours, looming deadlines, urgent meetings and nerve-wracking first interviews told in the language of pattering feet and jostling bodies. It is the background for scenes such as call center people letting off steam (and quite literally--through endless cigarettes), for jubilant or down trodden first interview takers, for tireless barkers filling up jeep after jeep, for contemplative businesspeople with briefcases in hand and business plans in mind. It is a perpetually busy place-- with apparently no space to spare for a dreaminess and slow pace. You either walk fast, or get shoved to one side.

But, as I found out today, it is not so bad on Saturdays.
Hurray! No busy, harried crowd.