Glad I did this before 30: Indeed an underwater garden


Still on Day 2 – Aug 21, 2011

It was still early in the morning and yet our first stop at the Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck already topped our island hopping agenda. The best was yet to come as we headed to the the Bintuan Coral Garden. Just the same, the sea was so calm but you’d be occasionally surprised with a school of flying fish 🙂

It was indeed an underwater garden with a variety of hard and soft corals bursting in different colors. Bohol‘s Balicasag Island doesn’t compare to this coral reef at all. 🙂

foliase or cabbage coral

devil's hand or finger coral

green table coral

anemone

the threatened clown fish

xenia soft coral

brain coral

this maze coral actually resembles a rotten apple 🙂

elegance coral

mushroom coral

toadstool leather coral

flat cupcakes?

this purple staghorn coral seems to glow in the dark 🙂

the biggest clown fish I've seen so far...about the size of my hand...

i bet it's telling me to back off...

To be continued…

Glad I did this before 30: The first shipwreck experience


Day 2 – Aug 21, 2011

We were hoping for a good weather the following day as we began the first of our three-day Calamian Islands hopping. Fortunately, it wasn’t too sunny and the water was placid.

boat ride to Lusong Gunboat Shipwreck

Our tour guide got loads of trivia to share during the boat ride. He mentioned that most of the islands were owned by private foreign citizens. What sucks is these islands were sold by the Tagbanuas only for a few thousand pesos!

if I were born & filthy rich back then, I could have bought this island

Our first stop wasn’t actually an island but a shipwreck [Lusong Gunboat]. I was really looking forward to it as I haven’t seen one and the tour guide mentioned that it actually sunk in shallow waters so you can readily see the remains of the ship. Relieved, my new Pentax Optio WG-1 camera was able to capture these great underwater photos! But of course, I had to do a little photo editing. 🙂

Imagine the ship sideways teeming with corals and schools of fish. Quite frankly, I was too scared to get near and step on the shipwreck as it was kind of rusty. Haha…

But wait, there’s more….

Glad I did this before 30: Conquered Mt. Tapyas


Day 1 – Aug 20, 2011

Pitik / Crawfish at Kawayanan Grill

Though nourished with a hefty lunch followed by a short nap prior to the hike, my body just couldn’t keep up with the first stop in our tour itinerary — the 724 steps of Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan.

Mt. Tapyas

As I and my friends took the 5 to 10-minute break per landing, we either contemplated on quitting ahead or assuring ourselves that we can make it to the peak of the mountain. Perhaps the only motivation we had at that time was our pride and curiosity. Nonetheless, we made it to the top in a matter of 45 minutes as the sun was about to set…giving us a serene view of the Calamian Islands.

glad I have beaten this snail c",)

The short dip at Maquinit Hot Springs helped sooth our trembling knees. Surprisingly, we didn’t feel any muscle pains the following day.

To be continued…

Dressed Alike


My sister posted some of our old family pictures taken back in the 80s and 90s in her Facebook account. Though embarassed, every photo reminded me of my childhood.

But one thing’s in common…my mom dressed us all alike most of the time! See for yourself! 🙂

L: our nanny with my brother, my mom with me, and my grandma with my sister; R: with grandpa

Aren’t those denim jumpers with a bear patch cute?! What about those green and white PE uniforms? Obviously, we were enrolled in the same school. 😀

I couldn’t remember which cartoon character that was on me and my sister’s shirt… perhaps Voltron? Laced socks and dolfin shorts were a hit back in the 80s.

Same nursery uniforms in pastel colors partnered with white sandals. And those striped two-piece bikinis were one of my favorites.

In pink pajamas, Filipiniana costume, and summer jumpsuits with pearls. My mom is really into fashion. 😀

We’re not twins yet my mom is really fond of dressing us up like one.

As you grow older, you try to have some identification–individuality…but still…it looks all the same. 🙂

It’s like giving birth


I have no plans of having a baby but growing plants is like giving birth. 🙂

After moving into my new unit, I wanted to prove I have a green thumb and fulfill my life-long dream — a secret garden.

I saw these little plants creeping on top of my laundry wall.

On the left are my tomatoes and on the other side are hot peppers, which started to germinate on its 4th day.

Other than these, I also planted cilantro and onion.

To add some color to my garden, I was hoping to get some flowering plants but haven’t got a chance to drop by Tagaytay. Fortunately, I saw this alley in Kalentong market with an assortment of potted plants for sale. 😀

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unnamed plants that I have to find out

neem tree

tied some mothballs to ward off cats

Looking forward to harvesting 😀

When your mom starts using Facebook…


She did and I was dreading it, hehehe! Goodbye privacy!  Hello paranoia! I hope she doesn’t start putting up her own blog….:-)

From 2, then 18, then 24 friends in 3 days! Her friends were mostly relatives and her previous officemates.

And yes, she has been updating her FB account everyday….she already has an About Me description which began with “Loves my 3 kids, loves ballroom dancing, blah…blah….blah…” including wake-boarding which I believe she has only tried once without her contact lenses on. How did she enjoy that without seeing a thing?! Maybe I’m just bitter, because I haven’t tried it. 🙂

What a disaster if she starts:

  • Be-friending my real friends and officemates…Oh my!
  • Likes or comments to one of my posts or even my friends’ posts.
  • Starts leaving lecture-type messages on my wall….
  • Worse….starts asking where I am thru my wall or thru my friends’ walls….I just remembered a friend who’s kid would look for her and leave funny messages such as, “Mom, where are you?” or “When are you going home, mom?” 😀
  • Lastly, I’d probably be devastated if she’ll keep on changing her status message….worse, her relationship status!

Perhaps, I’m gonna have to deactivate my account soon….hehehe!

An SOS to SLS


It’s been a while since I’ve made an entry and this is my attempt to SOS my SLSStressful Life Situations.

The months of March & April have been very stressful. Looks like I’m about to ace the list that comprise the life events stress test. But thank God, I don’t have to go through a marital separation or divorce nor do I look forward to a death of a loved one.

My so-called stressful life may seem petty for some but adding it up might just be stressful enough.

1. I just recently left my previous company [2 months ago], which I’ve been enslaved for 6 months. Leaving the company was the only solution I could think of to get my life back.

2. With Friday as my last day, I started immediately with another company the following Monday. I wasn’t too excited but just grateful not having to queue again in that dreadful office elevator. With every new office environment, colleagues, role, and boss comes adjustment.

3. Two weeks ago, I had to deal with a difficult neighbor. It was way too difficult[!!!] especially when you’re dealing with a crazy [literally mentally unstable] female neighbor who threatened to kill you. Specifically, she threatened to evict me from my unit, then eventually threatened to butcher me. So much for grave threats!

4. With the way things are, the landlord and the police officers remained to be imbeciles. It’s just frustrating to know that people just don’t care whether your life is in danger and will only act on it once the grave crime has been committed. Poor me, I won’t have a share of justice should I be killed by the crazy b!+ch [pardon my French] 🙂

5. I decided to transfer to a different unit as I couldn’t bear the thought of sharing a wall with the insane. I had a hard time sleeping at night, had been very careful not to make any noises….to the point I almost murmur when I talk and watch TV with my headphones on, had to check the hallways if she’s there, and had to even ask the caretakers to escort me in and out of the building. It was a painful process.

6. I’ve got only 1 day and a half to pack my stuff which I have hoarded for the past 4 years. I only had 2 hours of sleep to re-energize myself for the following day as I plan my escape without having her notice I’m gone.

7. Here I am in my new unit, barely a few has been unpacked. I can’t even remember which boxes or containers I have placed most of the items.

8. Lastly, am I even gonna be ready in time for a house-warming and birthday party in 2 weeks?!

Let’s see how am I doing based on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale.

Life event↓ Life change units↓
Death of a spouse 100
Divorce 73
Marital separation 65
Imprisonment 63
Death of a close family member 63
Personal injury or illness 53 > check, was emotionally damaged by the grave threats… 😦
Marriage 50
Dismissal from work 47
Marital reconciliation 45
Retirement 45
Change in health of family member 44
Pregnancy 40
Sexual difficulties 39
Gain a new family member 39
Business readjustment 39
Change in financial state 38 > check since my last pay was on hold + I recently had to shell out some money for home upgrades
Death of a close friend 37
Change to different line of work 36 > check
Change in frequency of arguments 35
Major mortgage 32
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
Change in responsibilities at work 29 > check
Child leaving home 29
Trouble with in-laws 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse starts or stops work 26
Begin or end school 26
Change in living conditions 25 > check
Revision of personal habits 24 > check
Trouble with boss 23 > check
Change in working hours or conditions 20 > check
Change in residence 20 > check
Change in schools 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
Minor mortgage or loan 17
Change in sleeping habits 16 > check
Change in number of family reunions 15
Change in eating habits 15
Vacation 13
Christmas 12 > check due to the upcoming occasions
Minor violation of law 11
  • Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
  • Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
  • Score 150 & below: Only have a slight risk of illness.

Sadly, I got 304… 😦