Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ilocos 2016 Photodump, Day 2

Time for day 2! If you want to backread, click here to read about day 1 :)

Let's make this quick and short, so let's start!

Our bundle had to leave at 7 in the morning (after last night's puyat? pahirapan!) Breakfast was served at the hotel we were staying at. Today we were headed to the north-east of the Philippines.

First stop, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos, Ilocos Norte
It is a cultural heritage house established during the Spanish era here in the Philippines. It's one of the most famous historical landmarks in the Philippines daw. It indeed didn't prove us wrong. All vehicles are parked in an area below the lighthouse and people have to "mini-trek" to be able to reach the top. Since it is a lighthouse, it has a neighboring body of water with a view that was so lovely from the top. We weren't able to climb up to the top of the lighthouse though because it was closed. Not sure though if it was just closed that time or if it really is always closed. No entrance fee by the way! In fact, no entrance fee to all the places we went today except for Bantay Abot Cave, roughly P10/head if I can remember it correctly.

Next stop, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Ilocos Norte
Nognogan day 2 starts here. Hahaha. See how lovely these creamy white limestones are. These were naturally sculpted by the oceanic and weather forces. Nature really does wonders! It took us I think more than 2 hours taking loads of photos here. Hahaha. Such a beauty kasi! There was a kuya there who take a looooot of photos. Kaya sobrang dami naming picture dito sa lugar na to. Haha. Smile in 1, 2, 3, and 3, and 3, and 3 =))

Here's a photo of us (minus 2) with the rock formation. Pwede na bang pang telenobela? :))

Posting this for the background. Yun talaga eh :)

You can also see the windmills from here!

We were contemplating if we were to have lunch first or windmills na. But as always hungry as we are, we chose to eat first. Hehe. Had lunch at some bahay kainan again. Happy tummies once more!

Next stop, Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte
This is known to people as Pagudpud like when people say Pagudpud yung windmills agad naiisip nila, but, I learned that wala pala sa Pagudpud yung windmills. Ibang lugar pala yun. Hihi. This is rather the Bangui wind farm in Bangui Ilocos Norte. We were here at 12noon at soooobraaaaang sikat ng araw! Grabe! Tiis ganda ang mga Tita's and Tito's niyo. Haha. But sobrang ganda pala talaga niya in person. From pictures to real life talaga sobrang amazing :)

We were supposed to do a lot of stopover pa sa iba-ibang lugar pero we ought not to nalang. Idk. Pagod na rin and sobrang init talaga kasi. Haha. Sorry na!

Next stop, Bantay Abot Cave, Baloi, Ilocos Norte
It is not actually a cave but a mini hill that has a "hole" like a doughnut hole at the middle that made it look like a cave. Sabi the hole was formed because of an earthquake. Amazing! Nature is amazing. The funny thing here is sabi namin quickie lang kami kasi not much to see kasi ung hole lang naman, but it took us more than an hour para lang magpicture picture. Hahaha. =))

We dropped by pa at Blue Lagoon in Baloi pero as in literal na dropped by lang. Baba ng van, picture then bye. Haha. Init!!!

Had some legit Ilocos empanada on our way back to Currimao. Nagtalo talo pa kung saan napunta yung suka. Hahaha. We were in a rush to get back to Anjon's resort to witness a dramatic sunset. And voila! We made it just in time! Now it's time to chill. Going back to Sitio Remedios was a huge relief.

A look at Sitio Remedios at night. What a beauty! It's a heritage resort like an old village housing old school houses. Instead of staying in the usual hotel rooms when you stay at a resort, in Sitio Remedios, you get to stay in an old house. Just wait till I blog about that! Very soon I wish! Haha.

I have no photo of the boodle fight that we had that night because our hands were all busy and it was such an amazeballs experience. Boodle fight beside the beach! Sobrang saya! Soooooobraaaaaang saraaaaaaap ng pagkain. There was a time na wala talagang umiimik, lahat busy kumain. Haha. Remember Steph saying, parang last supper na natin to tapos bukas hahatulan na tayo. Haha. Sobrang dami ng pagkain. At sobrang sarap! (here goes my superlatives again haha get used to it :P)

We dipped in the pool. We dined. We listened to good music while chatting. We had a bonfire. We had a good glass of wine and drinks. We had a good time. Good people they are. :)

And of course! Thank you for the "Padapadacam" you guys :) It's a traditional Ilocano song they sing to someone who has a birthday. My extended birthday celebration! Haha. Para akong nagdebut ulit :)) Anyway, from the bottom of my heart thank you so much guys! Totally appreciate it <3

Day 2 just got better! And we're 1 day away! Had sooooo much fun guys! Thank you so much! :)

Kristine xx

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ilocos 2016 Photodump, Day 1

Hello! Almost a month ago since my Ilocos trip with my lovely med friends. I usually always do a summer or trip vlog at the end of it, but this time I can't promise one due to some circumstances. Huhu. This saddens me too, I know. So instead, I'm just gonna throw a photo-dump of the trip!

This Ilocos trip was supposed to be last sembreak pa but our schedule got messed up plus there was a typhoon there also, obviously the trip was postponed. Then one day I saw a 2999 trip to Ilocos on facebook. Messaged Arvinjay about it and he contacted them. And we ended up agreeing to the tour and decided to book a date before the clerkship starts.

Here comes April 1, the night where we met up at Mezza at 9pm. Our driver got stucked on traffic (what's new though) so he arrived around 10pm. Then off we go!

Arrived Ilocos around 7am. Had breakfast at Hidden Garden. What I had was tapsilog with coffee for P150.

They had loads of different kinds of plants and flowers. Including this one which looks like a Mandrake from Harry Potter. It does, right? Thank god no one pulled it coz nobody wants to hear it cry :))

After breakfast, the tour proper began.
First stop was Baluarte, Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
My family was supposed to go here during our Vigan trip back in 2012 but due to time constraint we weren't able to. I didn't know what was there in Baluarte, it's a zoo pala by Chavit Singson. Entrance was free by the way. If you would like to take pictures with some animals, like what we had, there's a fee of P500 for 4 persons.

Here's a photo of me and my twinnie-of-day Pb with some bright blue and yellow parrots. They don't talk argh hahaha. And a photo with a snake. A snake!!! At first ayoko talaga. I hate snakes and I'm scared of snakes. Pero sabi ko, what the hell, face your fears. Go lang ng go! Say yes to new adventures! It was so slimy at ang swabe niya gumalaw ang creepy lang. Haha. Plus I'm holding the head pa waaaa.

Plus a photo-op with this cute but huge tiger. Finally! I get to touch a tiger, happy Thomasian here! Haha.

We left Baluarte around 11. Imagine us walking under the scorching heat. Nognogan day 1.

Next stop: Bantay Bell Tower, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
This was a quickie stop because it's lunch and we're hungry, again.

We had lunch at some local bahay kainan where they serve buffet for P150. I wasn't in a mood for a buffet so myself, Fae, PJ and Marge went to hunt for other food house that serves "regular" non-buffet food, you get what I mean right? Haha. Anyway, I ended up having lunch for only P55.

Next stop: Marcos' Presidential Center, Ilocos Norte
There was an entrance fee of P20 for student and P50 for adult. First you get to have a tour of some of his memorabilia and his journey as a politician. Then we saw him. The preserved Ferdinand Marcos. Photos were not allowed though but damn I just saw Marcos in flesh. I can already go home haha I kid I kid.

Next stop: MalacaƱang of the North
It was this huge house beside a very beautiful body of water. I can't remember if there was an entrance fee, if there was it could've been P10 or P20 only. The interior of the house was really lovely and neat. Old school house it is.

Next stop: Onse Reef 4x4 and Sandboarding, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, P500/head
Time for the extreme coz it's Sand dunes time! Rented 2 4x4 for the 12 of us under extreme level. Woooo! It was the best! Love how you get to rock and bounce and sway in all directions plus a lot, I mean a loooot, of shouting and screaming for joy hahaha. It was soooooooooooo FUN! Especially when you're from way up going down the sand uhuh love it.

Then sand boarding. I was scared at first because I was wearing my contact lenses and sand might go inside my eyes and get irritated. Again, I told myself, what the hell andito na'ko di ko pa ba to gagawin? I will just use my eyeglasses nalang when I surf to be sure. My first try was a success! I didn't trip! I got to finish the trip without problems. Woohoo! Happy me! Had to try it again for the second time, this time with Steph. I fell on my way down naaaw. Pero it was more fun tripping than having a perfect surf. :))

Just imagine how lagkit and full of sand we were in the photo above hahaha. It matches to how happy we were naman :) It was so tiring but was so fun. Can't wait to do it again! :D

Off we went to Parklane Hotel in Laoag, where we're staying for the night. We took a quick rest, showered, changed clothes then off we go again.

Next stop: Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte
It was so lovely at night. My photo could never give justice to how it looked in person. Just lovely. I was so happy I got to see it personally na. Nakikita ko lang siya dati sa pictures and in Mario Maurer's and Erich's movie, tapos nakita ko na rin siya finally. :)

Last stop: Sitio Remedios, Curimao, Ilocos Norte
Anjon's resort. Sobrang gandaaa!!! Thank you so much Anjon! Sobrang agyamanak! :D
Just look at what awaits us. Eto nadatnan namin upon arriving for dinner.

Look how lovely it is. Grabe <3 Nakakainlove yung lugar. Sobra. (can you notice my abuse use of superlatives?) The place is just so beautiful. Sobra sobra sobra. I'll probably do a separate blog for it. So as to thank Anjon and his dad for their kindness and awesome welcome for us.
They served us all these local Ilocano food for free! Ang sarap na nga libre pa, edi lalo ng mas masarap huhu grabe talagang sarap. Me, I eat a lot of Ilocano food since childhood pero ang dami ko pa palang hindi natitikman. Sarap talaga! We also had Basi, an Ilocano wine, after dinner to toast for this adventure and for clerkship.

There was an on going wedding reception pala dun while we were there kaya we weren't able to swim na plus we're so dead tired na rin from the sand dunes. We enjoyed the night nalang looking at the beautiful dark sky so full of lovely stars. Sobrang ganda ng sky that time! Cristy and I were telling each other na we'll just find an Ilocano man to marry and have it preside at Paoay church then reception here in Sitio Remedios. Sobrang nakakainlove lang talaga kasi. Haha.

We went home around 12 midnight to cap off the day. It was indeed a tiring and hot day but as always, a very happy one.

Okay, this was supposed to be a photoblog of the whole 3-day Ilocos trip but parang ang haba na pala, so I'm chopping the photoblog into 3 separate blogs nalang para hindi mag mukhang nobela. Hihi. So this is day 1 of our Ilocos trip.

Kristine xx

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kneel or Bleed: Glass Sword

Read Red Queen last May 21, 2015 (yes I remember the date) saying it was better than the Hunger Games. But because it really was. The ending was sooooo bitin. Kept asking myself, "what the hell happens to Mare and Cal now?" But I know only the next book can answer me, which will not be available after more than a year. So I had no choice but to wait.

Comes February 9 2016, the release day of Glass Sword, sequel to the Red Queen. Right after class, I went straight to NBS to grab a copy. Couldn't read it right away due to the obvious med school reading, studying and papers I have to attend to first. I had to postpone reading (which is against my will but I have no choice, priorities come first)

Here comes our we-are-so-lucky-we-have-a-month-of-summer-break-before-clerkship summer vacation. Took the time to read Glass Sword. And I was in big awe while reading it. I got to finish it earlier this evening while at Veranda Cafe. Had to blog about it right after going home. Don't want to miss my giddiness writing about it while it's still fresh!

I would read at night fighting the urge to sleep because it was so damn good. Chapter one is already action-packed! Just the continuation of how the Red Queen ended. It answered my hanging question right away. Mare and Cal survived Norta, Shade is really alive and Maven is in the hunt for Mar and Cal.

I was a bit lost when it comes to the Houses and their special Silver abilities. I forgot about them already since they were mentioned and described in Red Queen. I can only remember a few like Cal has fire, strongarms, magnetron, banshee, Queen Elara's abilities, Maven the traitor and a few more. It will be difficult to read Glass Sword without reading Red Queen. One will be in shocked because of the "terms" used.

I don't know how not to spoil you but I'll try my best and please read at your own risks. :))

This isn't a love story. This is action. When Farley and the Scarlet Guard rescued Mare and Cal from the hands of Maven and Queen Elara, Mare began her journey to recruit her fellow newbloods, meaning those like her, born Red with special Silver abilities no other Silvers have.

I can't believe Shade died! That part almost made me cry. Shade was such a loving brother to Mare, even in his death he did it to keep Mare alive. And as I've expected, he and Farley has something going on. Shade was my favorite character in this book. He was so brave, loyal and true to his words. I love him so much that it aches to know that he has to die. Why Victoria? Why him? Could've been Farley, then Colonel would be the one weeping and the ending would be different for sure.

Maven could have won in the ending having Mare kneel down before him but I'm sure in the next book, the newbloods will seek vengeance for their fallen brother and sister.

So happy Queen Elara died! A huge V for the newbloods! Can't wait to see how Maven dies now. Ugh. We hate self-imposed kings who are traitors.

I'm so glad Julian and Sara are alive. Out right Silvers added to Mare's troops. I love the newbloods' special abilities. Would love to see those on screen (ehem movie soon pls?)

As how all book series ends, always so bitin (nothing new). Now I wait.

I remember posting, "If I could play only 1 fictional character in a movie in my entire life, I would be Mare Barrow." I'd like to be a lightning girl somehow.

Remember, anyone can betray anyone. x

Kneel or Bleed
Kristine xx

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Siren's voice

It's been a year since my last update. I have a month of summer break to spend on stuff I probably won't be able to do when my clerkship starts.

First of is reading novels. I'm not sure if I can squeeze some reading time pa kaya I'm trying to read more books as much as I can. The reading continues kahit na summer na, basta wag lang transes. Haha.

Second would be blogging. Ever since our Ilocos trip, I kept on thinking about this baby blog of mine. Being in blog-hiatus is finally done and over. I'm officially back! I just need new interesting bagay bagay that I can blog about and not only the medical experiences I will be encountering in the next years to come. I have a mini list on my mind though, which would include the books I'll be reading, movies I'll be watching, my planner stuff (new!!! eeek), music I listen to and sports updates! I'm still debating if blogging about medicine is proper. Hmmm.

Anyhoooo, I'm here to write a review about my recent read, Siren by Kiera Cass. I'm a huge fan of Kiera and her The Selection series. I blogged about those books more than a year ago (you can scroll to previous posts to see).

Siren is not part of the The Selection series by the way and I don't think that it'll be a part of any soon. But the book cover shares the same idea as the The Selection series. Lovely ladies with very very pretty dresses. Just look at the cover. Gaaaah so pretty!!! <3

The funny thing is at first I thought this was a story about mermaids. Kasi nga siren diba. Haha. As I read through the first chapter, mermaid pa rin iniimagine ko, until I realized that they're not mermaids, they're humans! Who sings very lovely. Hahaha. 

To cut the long story short, plus I don't want to spoil anyone, here's a quick summary of the book.

The protagonist is named as Kahlen, the Ocean made her a Siren. She gets to live for 90 years without getting old. The Ocean is her "boss/mother" together with other Sirens, girls same as her. The sirens' job is to sing to a cruising ship whenever the Ocean is hungry. All the people in that ship will die once they hear the Sirens' voice. The sirens live like normal human beings but they are forbidden to speak because their voices are deadly or are poison to humans. Until one day, Kahlen fell in love with a human boy. They hang out but she can't speak or else Akinli (the guy) would die. (See how difficult that would be huhu forbidden love) Kahlen only has 11 years left of service as Siren then she can be a normal human again. But can love wait? Sure Akinli will get older in 11 years, but not her.

Basta! Obviously, I will leave you hanging there. You have to read it for yourself to find out what happened next. It got a little boring midway but gets better as it ends.

I guess that's all for now. I'm currently reading Glass Sword, now that's a better book! So you wait till I blog about it. :P

I miss ya'll.

Kristine xx

Sunday, March 1, 2015

5 Lessons You Will Learn from Love, Rosie

I've been eyeing this movie since its first trailer release. A Lily Collins and Sam Claffin movie? Very clever! A really must-see movie. <3

Was able to see the movie last friday night since I was celebrating a "chill-no-school-related-friday-night" that time =)) I was enjoying the whole movie until I found myself crying towards the end. Huhu movies like this always make me cry T____T

It's a movie based on Cecila Ahern's novel :)

1) When you have someone whom you can share your weird dreams with, keep them close.
In the movie, Rosie (Lily Collins) is bestfriends with Alex (Sam Claflin). Back when they were still in their gradeschool days, Alex would usually have weird dreams about himself being someone else like he's a superhero, an animal and the like. He would usually share these dreams with Rosie, and being the best bestfriend that she could be, she listens and understands him well. They have this connection no one else has. They perfectly get each other. When they grew older, Alex shared one of his weird dreams with his current partner, and she couldn't get it, so he had to share it with Rosie who is in the other side of the world and they were able to laught it all out. See? Sometimes you just need that one person and you're all good. :)

2) Life is good when there's a mixture of party, drinks, grass and sun.
As young adults, partying and drinking would always be a part of it. Like during Rosie's 18th birthday party, where she and Alex had their first kiss which changed everything. On the contrary, silence and fresh air should also be a part of it. A little walk in the grass while embracing the heat of the sun sounds okay when you're trying to relax. A world outside the noisy walls from partying.

3) Don't be ashamed raising your child as a single parent.
Rosie had her first born when she was 18. She was unable to go to college because she had to attend to her daughter. She had to raise her alone, though she has her family, still her daughter's father could've been there to support Rosie but he wasn't there. Rosie was very supportive and very hands on. She was able to grew a beautiful and loving daughter in the best mom-ways she could do. It was nice seeing Rosie and her 5-year old child doing cartwheels by the beach. They looked so happy even if it's just the two of them. :) It's okay to be a single parent as long as you have to be strong like Rosie. Would you rather be alone and raise a good-willed child or be with someone who could just ruin the bond you have with your child?

4)  Everyone deserves a second chance, but be careful.
When Katie's (Rosie's daughter) father returned, he begged Rosie for a second chance and that he'll be a good father to Katie and a better husband to Rosie. Rosie gave her a second chance end eventually they got married. Until he cheated on Rosie. When you ask for a second chance, you should make the most out of it prove it to them four times because not everyone is given a second chance. It's also hard to give someone a second chance after all that they've done to you. One would think that, he already did this to me and he could do it again if I give him another chance and it would hurt twice as bad. Giving a second chance increases the chance of getting stabbed twice with the risks you offer being doubled.

5) It's okay to fall in love with your best friend, as long as it's at the right time.
The movie basically revolves around this. Rosie being best friends with Alex, both of them in love with each other but they're too afraid to show/tell it because they might loose the close friendship they have. What's at stake is so crucial, you may fall in love with your best friend and if the feeling is mutual you'll be so happy about it but when the feeling is not mutual, you loose the friendship and be in awkward state forever until you get over it. Some say it's haaaaaaaaard falling for your best friend, but if the time is right, it could be the most right thing you could ever made. <3 But how can you tell when the right time is? When the world conspires to keep you two together? No one really knows.

Sorry for the bits of spoilers. Tried to minimized it and this is the best that I can do. So, enjoy the movie! :)

Love, Kristine