Photo Diary: Ilocos Trip with the Sisterhood

Photo Diary: Ilocos Trip with the Sisterhood

Hello, guys! Just want to share my last trip in the Philippines before I left for the United States. 🙂

Sparks and Sounds

Roadtrip Dates: April 9-11, 2015

You’ve probably heard of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s a young-adult book series written by Ann Brashares which were also turned into movies. It’s about four bestfriends and a pair of pants that miraculously fit them all. When they have to be apart from each other, these pants were passed from one to another and that somehow connected them.

I have my own sisterhood, too. And just like the four main characters from the series, we were also different in some ways but when we’re together, it’s like we have our own world. After high school, we started to be “apart” going to different colleges and now that we are already completely “adults” and in different professions, we hardly have time to be physically together.

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Before I share some of the photos I took from our roadtrip, let me introduce you to my sisters…

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Photo Diary: Villa Escudero Day Tour

Photo Diary: Villa Escudero Day Tour

Hi, guys! I changed my URL a little bit so in case you want to hear me from me again, here’s my latest post which will lead you to my blog. It’s about a tour I had last April. I’m not really good with photography but hoping to be better next time! Cheers!

Sparks and Sounds

Date: April 7, 2015

After another challenging school year, my co-teachers and I decided to welcome summer vacation by taking a tour at Villa Escudero, a plantation and resort on the border of Tiaong, Quezon, and San Pablo City, Laguna.

We didn’t go swimming, we just mostly enjoyed the view and the buffet! Hehe. Here are some of the photos I took during the tour using my phone camera.

We arrived too early so we had our breakfast first at McDonald’s San Pablo City…

While waiting or our order... While waiting for our order…

The reception hall opens at 8:00 AM so we waited outside first and just took some pictures.

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Here are some of the things you can see outside the hall… DSC_4573DSC_4571DSC_4574We were allowed to wait inside…

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DSC_4583 The view from the side of the hall.

DSC_4584 Traditional restaurant tables and chairs.

Finally, after registering, we…

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Just Sharing: My Blog’s Glossary

Hello! One of the pages that I recommend for you to add on your blogs is a personalized glossary. Meredith requested for me to post mine here. This is how it looks like right now but entries will be added as I continue on blogging… You check the page here.


 

 

Hey, guys! I’m a Filipino and there are words that I’d rather say in Tagalog or have no translation in English. There are also places and popular people in the Philippines that I want to describe to you. Here are some of those I mentioned in my posts with my very own definition and description (plus a little help from the internet).

  • Halo-halo – “halo” means mix or mixture so basically, this dessert is a mixture of  fruits, jelly, tapioca pearls and sweetened boiled beans with crushed ice and evaporated milk. Please search it on Google Images to get a better grasp. However, what we were selling was a little downgraded version of that! Haha. Our customers were only our neighbors so we had to make it a little cheaper. It’s still delicious, though. 🙂
  • Jennylyn Mercado – She’s an actress in the Philippines and we almost have the same age. I’m not a big fan of her but I think she became prettier and sexier after she had her child.
  • kilig – a feeling triggered by the idea of love or when something romantic happens; blushing; butterflies in your stomach >>>Examples: 1.) I’m so kilig! My boyfriend surprised me with flowers! 2.) This Korean drama is nakaka-kilig. (making me kilig) 3.) I get so kilig everytime Channing Tatum dances.
  • lola – grandmother; grandpa is lolo.
  • Mamang – See Papang.
  • Master Teacher – I am not sure if this is only in the Philippines but a Master Teacher is a position in public schools where this teacher is promoted through the number of years in service, education, etc. You can view the requirements here. They are usually the oldest in service and they have the highest salary.
  • masungit – cranky or snob
  • merienda – snacks that can either be in the morning or in the afternoon.
  • Papang – This is what I call my father. It’s not really common in the Philippines. The common ones are Daddy, Papa or Tatay. I call my mother mamang.
  • Saging con Yelo – “saging” is banana, “yelo” is ice. It’s kinda similar to halo-halo but it’s only banana (specifically plantains) in sugar syrup, crushed ice and evaporated milk. 🙂 Again, Google Images.
  • SM (Supermalls) — a chain of shopping malls in the Philippines. Having an SM in your city means your city is civilized. 🙂 Haha. I’m exaggerating.
  • tricycle – one of the public modes of transportation. This is how it looks like:

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    Photo via pbase.com

>>>This page will be updated as I continue on blogging.

 

Cheers,
Wax

Customized Blog Giveaway!

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It’s almost my birthday, so I wanted to celebrate my birthday & by finally reaching 200 subbies with having a giveaway! I am also celebrating my grand opening of my custom blog shop! Stay tuned for specials.I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my blog header along with my sidebar so I wanted to spread the love! I know how expensive custom designs can be (about 80 dollars) because I’ve looked. Although, I have just a basic knowledge of designing using Java and CSS+ I made my blog using mostly graphics. 

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Also, click the photo to check at what else you will be getting with this giveaway! I promise to deliver the same things listed under “What you get with each purchase.” !!!! 

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I’d Rather Have Classes…

via Rappler.com

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It might be summer at your side of the world but here in the Philippines, it’s the start of the typhoon season. At these months, students and even teachers like me are waiting for class suspensions. Last Monday, when I heard that a typhoon was approaching, I was kind of hoping that classes would be suspended. I always say on my blog posts that I’m so stressed at work and I really wanted to have a day off. And so, last Tuesday I was able to get what I wanted, a day of rest. But now I regret it…

It was still sunny last Tuesday so I expected that the storm would come the next day and I was right. Classes were suspended again on Wednesday. I woke up at 5 a.m. at the sound of the strong wind. I tried to sleep again but hearing the sound of flying iron roofs scared me. Our province was under  Storm Signal no. 3 (although I thought it was only Signal no. 2 that time). My parents were also awake and they told me it had been going on since 2 a.m. so they couldn’t sleep as well.

Our kitchen walls were only made of thin woods. We really hadn’t fixed them yet so I knew they were not that sturdy. My father wanted to tie them up but I was so worried. I was telling him to just go inside the house but he was stubborn as usual. I was really scared of the strong winds. I mean, I remember what typhoon Haiyan made last November and I was too scared it would happen here.

I just went back inside my room and prayed. I felt guilty because I knew I haven’t talked to God lately. I cried. I wished I just had classes that day. I could just wake up early and go to work. I was asking God to let it stop repeatedly. My mother went inside my room and lay down beside me. I was like a child who suddenly felt comfort beside my mother.

She went outside my room again to check on my father. I just wanted to sleep so I wouldn’t feel the fear. I sang Gospel songs until finally, I fell into a deep slumber. I woke up before 8 a.m. and everything was over. However, we had no kitchen walls anymore. I’m still thankful though because my family is safe.

There was a power blackout for two days. We just had electricity back on. It’s time for me to check on what’s going on with the rest of the country…

Regada: Wet and Wild Party

I’ve been living here in Tanza for three years now but I spent 23 years of my life in Cavite City, my beloved hometown. Yes, it’s a city but you won’t find any tall buildings or even a mall there. It’s so small that you can easily bump into someone you know by just walking through the commercial area. It’s also a peninsula. Sadly, we’re not known for beaches even though we’re surrounded by water. However, we are known for something else…

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Map of Cavite City. Photo via huno.com

The feast of Saint John the Baptist is held every 24th of June (today) in most towns and cities here in the Philippines and the way of celebration is usually associated with water. In Cavite City, this water festival is popularly known as Regada derived from the Spanish word regar meaning “water” or “to sprinkle”.

If you will go to work on this day, leave home as early as possible because everyone is allowed to throw water to anyone once the clock strikes eight. When I was a kid back in the early 90’s, we would just simply fetch water from the water pump and throw water using a dipper or pail. Water gun is such a weak weapon for this. Haha. If you don’t want to get wet, better stay at home because no one is exempted. Even passengers inside the jeepneys and buses are targeted.

As years go by, this particular event has evolved into a huge environmental, religious and cultural activity. It was only 1996 when the name “Regada” was born. We just used to call it “San Juan”. Hehe. Now, the main water party is held at P. Burgos Avenue where water sprinkles are installed on the street for a big shower room experience. The street dancing contest is also held here. Dancers parade on the street while drenched in water from these sprinklers.

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I captured this last Sunday and they are still working on it.

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Jollibee trying to help but nope, he couldn’t.

So now, since I’m in Tanza and “San Juan” is not actually considered a holiday, I had to go to work and missed the fun of Regada. I’m not Catholic so I really don’t celebrate the religious part of it but I like the idea of having a big playground where adults can also join the fun. At 12 o’clock, everything should be back to normal.

Looking at some photos from the web…

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Street Dancing…

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37409_127705830598382_7982154_nThat’s all folks. 🙂

 

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The Great 8: Filipino Traits I’m Proud Of

Hey guys! This will be my first ever post for the Covey View blog. I’m Wax (or Wannie) from Cavite, Philippines. Yep, I’m not from Manila so the things I will share with you will be about my country in general or about my hometown.  The Great 8 is one of my blog’s regular feature and I’ve decided to post this week’s article here. 🙂

On June 12, we will be celebrating our  Independence Day so I’m in the mood to be nationalistic. Hehe. Philippines may be  known as a third world country or for corrupt officials but I can’t help but still be proud of some of the Filipino traits. Here are just some of them.

1. Our unique beauty. Filipinas usually have the kayumanggi or brown skin. When you visit here though, you will notice how diverse our beauty is. Probably, it’s because we are a mixed of different ethnicity traced from the early groups of  people who occupied our land until the Spaniards colonized our islands for 300 years. Then, we also became under the American and Japanese rule. Anyway, I’m so happy that this trait of Filipinas our now being recognized by the world. For the last couple of years, our representative always get to the top 5 of international beauty pageants. Wait, Pinoy guys are handsome, too. 🙂

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Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 – 3rd Runner-Up) Photo from lifestyle.inquirer.net

Megan Young (Miss World 2013)

Megan Young (Miss World 2013)

 

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Wax (Filipina Blogger. Haha)

2. Our Talents. We have all sorts of talents but let me just focus in music on this one. Filipinos love to sing and you will find karaoke machines even at funerals. There are a lot of famous Pinoy artists already known to the world. Some are not pure Filipinos but as long as they recognize their Filipino blood, we feel so proud of them. (Yeah, we like to brag).

Nicole Scherzinger. Combination of Filipina beauty and talent. Photo from djspook.com

Nicole Scherzinger. Combination of Filipina beauty and talent. Photo from djspook.com

Bruno Mars. Amazing singing voice!

Bruno Mars. Amazing voice!

The composer of the phenomenal song “Let It Go” has a Filipino blood. He’s now the youngest in the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner’s circle. Before “Let It Go” became famous though, 90’s kids would be singing A Whole New World from Aladdin or Reflection from Mulan. The singing voice of the Disney princesses from these movies are from Lea Salonga who won a Tony Award at the age of 20. My middle name is Salonga. Maybe, we’re related? Haha. Let’s be nostalgic for a moment and listen to the song.

 

3. Our hospitality. If you are a guest (especially from a different province or country), Filipino families will offer you the best of what they got. They will give you give the best food they can serve and make you feel at home.

4. Our strong family ties. Yep, it’s common here to stay with parents and not move out when you’re still not married. Well, some say it can make the children dependent (and maybe that’s why I’m still used to my mother’s home-cooked meals) but when the parents get old, they will sure take care of them.

5. Our Willingness to Work Hard. A lot of Filipinos work overseas so they can be able to provide more to their families. They work in a foreign country and endure the pain of being far away from their loved ones just to be able to give them a good and comfortable life.

6. Our resiliency. As you all know, my fellowmen just experienced a super typhoon last November. It was indeed heartbreaking but I am amazed on how quickly they have recovered and I’m still praying that their cities will be built again.

7. Our creativity/resourcefulness. I just learned that these cool things were invented by Filipinos. Read: The 12 Surprising Filipino Inventions You Might Want to Know. Besides these, here are some photos that went viral the past few years during the floods that we experienced. These pictures show our resourcefulness, creativity and even  humor.

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8. Our optimism. Yes, we face a lot of problems but we are always included among the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Because of that, here are more flood photos to inspire you. 😛

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“It’s like rain on your wedding day…”

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The queen mermaid just emerged from the flood.