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LRT Moments

Trains or even railways - I haven't seen these in person nor from a distance, only from movies and tv shows like the Harry Potter and the like. Didn't really matter to me if I could get a ride though but it wouldn't hurt if I can at some point and guess what? When we went to Manila last September, James and I with my older brother and his wife took the LRT ride to Baclaran from Muñoz. I heard from a friend who came to Manila last summer that there's violence while people go into the vehicle. Ungentle men would tend to overtake the weak and the ladies just to be able to have their own seats. I couldn't imagine the scene though, I don't want to experience something like that but I have to take the ride for me to know.

Light Rail Transit is one of the cheapest rapid transits in Asia and so in my mind, I won't leave Manila unless I got to ride on it even just for one time only. And so during our last day, we went to Baclaran via LRT Muños. I never imagined it would take long for a train like this to reach our destination, but I enjoyed the scenery towards our destination, we passed by De La Salle where student passengers hopped down. My first impression never occurred, not even a shadow of it. The passengers I rode along were very courteous and silent. I only heard Bisaya while on the way, it was funny because James and I would tend to whisper when we talk so people wouldn't think that we are Bisaya but there in a distant, two Bisaya women of their thirties were speaking in Bisaya aloud. No you won't feel discriminated, the passengers never mind it.

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What To Do in Basdaku Beach Moalboal?

Swimming under the heat of the sun is the number one thing to do when we talk about the beach. But Basdaku Beach in Moalboal has more to offer than just merely swimming. Let me enumerate the things you can do and enjoy at the beach.

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Me Hearts Korean Drama : BIG

I recently finished another Korean drama series titled “BIG”; it was a story about a high school male student named Kang Gyung Joon whose soul entered a man’s body, Seo Yoon Jae during an accident. Seo Yoon Jae was about to be married with Gil Da Ran yet Da Ran was doubtful with his feelings for her, he was about to tell her about his true feelings but the accident occurred. Only Gil Da Ran knew about the switching of the souls, KKJ pretended to be her fiancée while Seo Yoon Jae was sleeping in KKJ’s body. Because of the story’s complication, both Da Ran and KKJ acted to be lovers and soon got married until KKJ felt in love with her and she fell within his love too!

Review:
I had great expectations to this series knowing that the main character was portrayed by Gong Yoo of the famous Coffee Prince which has a Filipino version now aired by GMA. The first episodes were nice I admit it, Gong Yoo had shown her own charisma and he had definitely changed. From Coffee Prince, he has a more manly body now, my friend Camille who had recommended the series describe him, the man with chocolate abs. His face is now much skinny compared to before yet his eyes still stayed the same. The internet said he had gone to the Korean army and this series was his return drama.

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Barili's Hot Bibingka

On our way to Sayaw Beach, Barili at the boundary of Barili and Carcar lays a long line of local Bibingka vendors. Bibingka is a Filipino delicacy, made of rice flour mixed with sugar and coconut milk. Way back during my childhood years every summer where the fields are dry and is harvest time, I could still remember myself together with my fellow children picking up those rice plants dropped by the farmers during harvest. We can pick up most of the time a bagful and we automatically go to my aunt who makes tasty bibingka and exchange the bagful rice with some bibingkas. The rate would depend on friendship, teehee since I am her niece, she would always give two or three more than the other kids.

I love eating a freshly baked Bibingka but I also like the uncooked one, the white liquid type uncooked bibingka mixture. I have been told not to take those because it causes diarrhea but I never mind just as long as my taste buds are satisfied. The rice flour combined with water, sugar and baking soda was cloud nine to my little taste buds but I finally stopped by the time I got admitted due to diarrhea.

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Ramon Resthouse Carcar City

Carcar City is an hour away from Cebu City and is well known of making quality shoes. James and I bought our first espadrilles in this city last year, we still have those pairs. When we returned to Carcar, it was not for their espadrilles but for our Team Building in Ramon Rest house.

We came from Barili and from the highway roads, we turned right at an intersection, it took us five to ten minutes to reach the beach front area where the rest house is located. It was an ordinary house of a well-known family, the Ramos but is now used as their rest house since the owners are now living outside the country. The house is now maintained but I say otherwise by a caretaker, I never mind asking for his name because he was some kind of aggressive.

The room given to us was very small; though we rented the whole area for Php 5000, only one room was opened. Reason was that the other rooms were not prepared and cleaned. It was an unacceptable alibi for me but we just consider it since the boys were all intoxicated and just stayed outside in the karaoke area. I can't appreciate the pool that much, it was an undersized one, I would say it is just good for a family and not for a team. It goes from three feet to six feet deep and of four by six meters wide.

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Jesil + Bambie Nuptial

Originally planned as a garden wedding, it could have been much prettier outside where the nature can as well witness the union of Jesil and Bambie. My cousin Jesil resides in Laguna where he is a Pastor and is a part of the World of Life Ministry. Their love story was stated with their invitation letter; I was unaware of their story until Bambie (I don't know if I have to call her ate since she is older than me) shared it to me personally that day when we had a double date in Lantaw Floating Restaurant.

Vintage Country - was their wedding theme, the invitation has the needed information in terms of the dress code. On the actual day, the entourage specifically the bride's maids and groom's men were all bubbly-looking with their dresses and get ups  The girls wore a vintage flowery whole dress while gripping a bouquet of fresh flowers. The guys' getup reminds me of the movie "The Notebook", remember Noah when he was still a teenager and had that cute hat on him with a khaki pants on, a checkered polo shirt and a rusty jumpers. And the girls were like Ally with their floral dress on with a flower head dress, the best part of them was actually their smiles, all of the girls were pretty!

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Double Date at Lantaw Floating Restaurant

In a secluded area somewhere in Lapulapu, a new native-inspired Filipino restaurant emerged, making its name and is now well-known so I didn't wonder seeing a long line of customers waiting at the welcome-area when we arrived there last September fifteenth. We were group guest number 46 and they were serving guest number 26 at seven in the evening.

I heard the place is good for couples because of the romantic ambiance so I suggested it to my cousin who recently got married to Bambie and boy, I couldn't agree more. The place was made of bamboo and native tall grass, wooden furniture such as tables, seats and lamps were add on to its native style. I love the bamboo made mini-bridge going to the restaurant from the main entrance and the lights were indeed romantic. The bamboos-inspired under the long table was an attractive as well as the half "jeepney" turned into a bar.

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O plus I

Simply thinking about taking blood out of me freaks me big time and so even I had taken multiple Annual Physical Exams, I would always forget requesting for my blood type each time the company nurse do a blood count. I never thought knowing my blood type is necessary and I had no plans of knowing it either, however my friends and colleagues often send emails about their relatives in need of blood of this type and this would actually make me wonder what my blood type is.

Fortunately, Sykesasia with the cooperation of 360 pharmacy and Primecare had a three-day Health Awareness festival and it includes blood typing, blood, bone and cholesterol screening and a lot more plus they have some mini-pharmacy booths which sells medicinal drugs.

I then got the chance to finally learn what type of blood do I have. I was again skeptical if I will do that then when I was at the site staring at the nurse, she was holding her syringe, no! I was just hallucinating. She was just holding a pen. My colleagues Darwin Legara and Richel Roca pushed me to the blood typing table and so I was forced and faced the nurses.

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Off To El Salvador

My September was so far the month with the most number of get-away and travels for this year. On its first week, I got to travel by plane to Manila, then the third week we went to Carmen for Mt. Uragay Spring and yesterday, before September ended, James and I went to El Salvador in Sabang, Danao City!

Thanks to my new team, I got to join another team building activity without spending much even if I wasn't included on their team budget. I had paid Php 100 only for two meals that day. I tagged James along so we could bring Mia as well.

Entrance fee was good for Php175 per person, it was quiet expensive for me but I soon realized that the price was justifiable to what it offers to their guests. We arrived at nine in the morning, had our brunch. Then the children went on swimming at the pool. Most of my team mates have families on their own and kids too so the resort was good for them. The pools were indeed inviting and I was just about to change for swimwear when I noticed something, I can't say it here but it ruined my day because I won't be able to take a plunge anymore. Too bad for me but James on the other hand went on and enjoyed the waters.

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