Thursday, November 29, 2007
handwritten post (from dhez):
1. sceneries: as in sunsets, cloudless skies, crystal blue waters, the wind, lush green mountains... ah, don't get me started. :)
2. music: gotta have earphones plugged to my ears especially when working.
3. world war 2: i've reveled in my aunts' stories of their lives during the war and even from the peacetime.
(i won't be tagging anyone in particular for this one, but consider yourself tagged if you've reached this part hahaha! ü)
i am beautiful (and sexy), no matter what they say...
from an equally beautiful and sexy blogfriend, pusa:
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
note: this will be my last installment of my roxas city-boracay trip. hope you enjoyed reading it as much as i had posting. =)
Monday, November 26, 2007
my trip to boracay would have been totally perfect if not for one thing: i lost my glasses. so from sunday noon up until the end of our trip (6 nov.), i had to look at the world through hazy eyesight. stupid, stupid me! i won't go into the gory details anymore as i could not recall where and what time exactly i lost it, although i have my suspicions--might be when we took a last dip in the water. (to give you an idea how weak my eyes are, i'll give you an illustration: i'm practically kissing the computer/book to be able to read).
right after lunch, we did what other tourists would do: buy souvenirs. shirts, keychains, cell phone toppers that all scream, "I'VE BEEN TO BORACAY!!!" as usual i bought more than what i could give so there are still some more cell phone decorations/keychains (whatever you call them) stashed somewhere in my bag. want one? ;-P (available until supplies last hahaha)
on the pump boat ride back to caticlan, i surmised that once in a while, it would be nice to visit boracay no matter how commercialized it is. what really matters is the people you're with and how you enjoy the place for what it is. so yeah, i'll be going back to boracay, hopefully not 9 years after. there might be an sm or robinson's mall by then. ack!
back to roxas
if the total travel time we've had last november 2 from roxas to boracay was 5 hours, we actually cut our travel time back to roxas by 2 hours. i noticed that on every trip i've done, the trip back home takes a shorter time. excluding rest and emergency stops, this really happens. what reason that is, it still evades me.
in our case though, one of the reasons would be because the daughter of cuz O's cousin (who told us to hitch a ride with them to and from bora) took a bug in boracay in which medical attention is needed (she's definitely better as of this writing). in just three hours we were at the emergency room in a hospital in roxas city, where our tito and tita (cuz O's parents) and nephew G picked us up.
fun with language barriers
back at our tito and tita's house, we had some time to rest before dinner. nephew G wandered into our room as me and cuzes M and E were lounging on our beds. now for G to even come near us is quite a feat, considering that he's really, really shy and doesn't talk to just anyone except his family. so we stared at G, and he in turn stared back until i said, "G, kiss your titas." so he went around the room to kiss us titas which broke the ice and we started to talk to him in tagalog. the problem is that he answered us back in ilonggo (pls. correct me if i'm wrong here), complete with the lilting sound of the dialect. we were like, oh man, what's he talking about? so for the next few minutes and up to the next day, our conversations generally went something like this:
moi, M or E: G, nasaan si elmo? (G, where is elmo?)
G (speaking in ilonggo): si elmo ara sa balay namon.
okay, this we could understand somehow. he's saying that elmo is in his house. but read on:
moi, M or E: ganun ba? sige, dalhin mo sya dito para paglaruan natin. (is that so? ok, bring him here so we can play with him.)
G: (now speaking in rapid ilonggo which we couldn't catch except for a few stray words)
moi: ha? M, anong sabi nya? (what? M, what did he say?)
M: malay ko! (i don't know!)
G: (speaking in more rapid ilonggo)
moi, M or E: huwaaaaaaaat???
G: (laughing at us coz we couldn't understand him. apparently, he understands tagalog but can't/doesn't want to speak it yet.)
and with this, our lifelong bond with G was sealed. (G is four years old, btw, and the first cousin of K and E.) that adorable little kid has a sister, I, who fortunately came to our rescue the next day as our translator since she knows how to speak in tagalog. at one time, she and G came into our room whispering in ilonggo. cuz E, who apparently just woke up from one of her countless naps (peace, cuz! ü), blurted out, "bakit pa kayo nagbubulungan hindi ko naman kayo maintindihan?!" (why are you whispering? i can't understand you anyway!)
Friday, November 16, 2007
we originally planned to eat at cyma for dinner on our first night in boracay, but the restaurant was already full by the time we went there (we made a reservation for the next night but still we didn't get to eat there but that's ok). so we went over to true food indian cuisine. since this is our first night, we were already tired by this time. the big fluffy cushions we sat on in true food just about made our stay there oh-so-fine. and the food? it's a bit pricey (about 200 pesos up) but if you're adventurous enough in trying out different types of cuisine, then you'll love this place. sorry there ain't enough pics for this as we were all too busy eating (did i say we were very hungry?) to take pictures.
for our last meal in boracay, we ate in lemon cafe, a restaurant in d'mall where they serve mediterranean food. but since we had to leave early, we opted for brunch and ordered from their breakfast menu. cuz O and i had the big breakfast (which as a really big serving... duh!) which consists of potatoes, bacon, egg sunny side up, sausages and very yummy warm bread which i slathered in butter *drool, drool!* the rest ordered pinoy tapa. i must say, their tapa is one of the best i've tasted. not only has it a really big serving too, but also the meat is very juicy and tender, the flavor is salty-sweet and dip a piece of that in vinegar, ahh, heaven. :-) cuz M couldn't finish hers so i got the last piece and put it in the remaining roll from my breakfast, and had that as my baon on the way back to roxas. :-P
note: the restos mentioned here are all located on the beach front (except for d'talipapa), hence, they are quite pricey for a cheapskate like moi hehehe (think greenbelt, eastwood, and their ilk). but ya know what's the best thing about this food trip? having guy cuzes who get the bills! LOL
well of course not all of them bills but still...
thanks guys! =)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
well before you think of those raunchy videos of wild girls during spring break, think again. for someone whose social life is practically zero for most of her existence on earth, this is how wild she can get. (or maybe i unconsciously turned into an oldie... ah, heck). so i guess here is a more appropriate title:
a hairy tale
i've mentioned in my previous post that there are a lot of people offering hair braiding services in boracay. for 300 pesos, one can get a half or full head of cornrows, depending on the hair length. as you have probably seen already on my sidebar, my hair is short so i had no choice but to settle for a half-head of cornrows. nevertheless, i loved it even if people called me iverson or asked when my next basketball game is. ;-) i'll make sure my hair is long next time i go there so i can enjoy it fully.
my cornrow getup won't be complete without a henna tattoo. so for any tattoo like the one on my hand, it costs a hundred pesos. anything bigger would cost up to 300 pesos. the guy who did mine and cuz M's tattoos assured us that they would last for two weeks. well, in my case the first week hasn't even passed and it's practically disappeared. as of this writing, my hand is as clean as can be. either the henna wasn't totally that strong to last, or my skin's ph level is... ah, do i even care about my skin's ph level?!?!
Summer in November 1
Summer in November 2
Summer in November 3
Summer in November 4
Just Breezing Through
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
anywho, what i do remember about that trip was that there weren't that many people around considering that it's summer, and there weren't a lot of shops except the ones for diving and some restaurants. we even got to eat halo-halo on the beachfront. aside from walking around, sleeping by 8PM and the pictures i took at the time, yeah, there wasn't much to remember. (i told you there were oldies with us, so me and my bro didn't get to enjoy the place as much as we wanted to.)
but now, nine years later, with only cousins my age and no oldies around, i am so set to conquer the island!!! ;-P erm, not. quite.
actually, i wondered what boracay looked like these days, and i was kinda surprised to see what's there now: stalls that offer henna tattoos and hair braiding services abound as well as hawkers of pearls, accessories, and even religious items. most surprising thing of all is that there were lots of resorts and restaurants on the beach front; at night it reminded me of baywalk and if it weren't for the sand and the sound of the waves on the shore, i would have thought that i'm in baywalk pre-mayor lim days. aside from that, it's a long weekend so there were so many people. it's good that i didn't expect to have any peace and quiet, boracay being popular a destination.
after a near-disaster at the resort we were supposed to stay in, we found another one that fits all seven of us at el centro resort, located in station 2. the room we got there has four queen sized beds, airconditioner, tv, refrigerator and a really nice and clean bathroom (one thing i expect of a resort is how clean their bathrooms are). they even offered us welcome drinks and free breakfast for the duration of our stay. now how cool is that? click here to check it out.
thanks to cuz M for some of the pics :-)
Summer in November Part 1
Summer in November Part 2
Summer in November Part 3
Monday, November 12, 2007
the people in my father's side of the family are known to fall asleep anywhere... in family gatherings, in any moving vehicle (may it be a car, bus, boat)... anywhere. even i am not spared from that and usually my mum or brothers would tell me to just go back to sleep and wake up only once we arrive at our destination. hah. don't they know that the comforting rumble of the car/bus/boat is very relaxing? but anyway, back to the road trip. we were fortunate that the family of cousin O's cousin is also going to boracay, so we were able to hitch a ride instead of renting a van. i am proud to say that during the 4 1/2 hour travel from roxas city to caticlan, i slept only ONCE. hah-ha! ;-P
here are some pics from the road trip, taken from my brother's phone cam:
Summer in November Part 1
Summer in November Part 2
Thursday, November 08, 2007
on the way to the beach, there was this building so out of place in the fishing village where we passed. it was white, big and it looked like a castle. no, it was really a castle, because there's a sign in front of it: don's castle. not kidding! that strange, garish edifice had us laughing. check out this vid my bro took from his camera phone. it's not that good and the car was moving so just try to pause on the parts where the castle is visible:
food trip sa sementeryo (food trip at the cemetery)
this was my first time to go to the cemetery at night time. i never thought that there would be a lot of people by that time but yeah, there were. we visited the mausoleum of cousin O's family and met his relatives (the ones who are alive and kicking, not the dead ones) who immediately offered us different kinds of rice cakes, barbecue and inasal na tinapay. yep, you've heard me right. there's such a thing as inasal na tinapay. basically it's just pan de leche brushed with some barbecue marinade and skewered on a stick and grilled over hot coals. yum-yum! my brother had this when he went to roxas a couple of months ago and he warned me not to get my hopes up. but then again, i'm a bread person so i found this inasal na tinapay really good, especially when paired with pork barbecue.
barbecue and inasal na tinapay. yum-o!
as for the rice cakes, they're similar to palitaw, only smaller and stickier. they can be sprinkled with either linga (sugared sesame seeds) or coconut in syrup (something similar to bukayo, only thinner). if you eat it with linga, then you call that matsikoy and with the coconut, it's called inday-inday. sorry no pictures for this one. =)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
to make sure we will get seats at the plane, my brother and i paid 50% of our trip passes. and so the days after passed oh, so slowly that i was raring to go. but of course, came november 1 did so... let's go!!!
fortunately the guy who sat beside us on the flight offered to come with us to roxas. turned out that he was from there too, so there was no problem. we took a taxi from iloilo airport to jaro where the van and bus stations are. the taxi ride actually cost us a whopping 300 pesos--the meter plus a hundred pesos more because a big part of the highway was flooded due to the river which overflowed (the water even seeped into the taxi after some time, but it wasn't that bad). at this point i didn't care as long as we get to roxas. i felt like i was on amazing race, only there's no race at all. besides, the weather in iloilo was perfect, and the airport certainly was nice as it was built recently. check the picture above. looks a bit like naia terminal 2, right?
when we arrived at the station we found out that the last van to roxas had already departed with only three passengers so we had no choice but to ride the bus, which, i must say, was filled with our co-passengers so we had to wait for another one. the bus to roxas from jaro cost 113 pesos. not bad at all for a two and a half hour trip. i'd like to describe the ride, but i was asleep most of the time. ;-) oh, and guess what? at 9AM my tito texted from roxas airport that the plane has landed, with only eight passengers on board. oh well. i didn't mind it. besides, my brother and i didn't want to gamble on the possibility of flying to roxas again because if the plane didn't land there, our vacation would have ended before it even started. we certainly didn't want that!
roxas city at last
my cousin picked me and my bro up from the bus station at roxas city by lunch time. save for my other cousins and their friends, our aunt and uncle weren't at the house as they were back at the airport to pick up our other cousins who came in via cebu pacific. i enjoyed my lunch of rice and crispy shrimp splashed with lots of vinegar immensely. afterwards, we finally crashed on the beds in the guest room and waited for our cousins to arrive.
tune in for part 2 =)
Friday, November 02, 2007
this is the second day of my engrande bakasyon and i'm sooooo lovin' it. in my previous post, i have mentioned that i'm looking forward to seeing boracay at off-peak season. well, i haven't anticipated that it's a long weekend, so there are lots of people here at this time. but then again, i've been told that there are still less people this time than in summer.
my cousins and i arrived here in boracay at about 3.30 pm, and i think we used our first hour in looking for another (better) accommodations than the one we've already had reserved. well, no problem at all as long as we could get one, and get one we did. the room is bigger (we are 7 in all), the bathroom looks great and the people there even gave us welcome drinks. hmm!!!!!
we just finished our dinner at true food, this really great indian restaurant with really great ambience. instead of the regular tables and chairs, our table was a low one with oversized cushions for our seats... ack, i think i'll save the rest for later, i've too much to say. oh well 'til next time! =)