Sayonara 2016 we go again. It's already the last week of 2016, and we're two days away from welcoming another year. What better time to look back at all the amazing things that happened in the last 12 months than today.

TV Shows I'm Currently Obsessed With

This entire post is a portrayal of how much of a "TV show addict" I am and how much I badly need to go out and see my friends. Over the past few weeks, aside from being totally slammed at work, I've been busy looking out for new episodes. Along the way, I also discovered new shows but so far, these three are on top of my list. 

(Just a little warning, I might slip a few spoilers here and there so read at your own risk)

All-Time Favorite Style Inspirations

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Back when I was in high school, I had no idea about what kind of look I was going for every time I dress up to go out of the house. For me, it was always comfort over style. Gimme a cool shirt, a pair of denim jeans and sneakers, and I'm all good. In fact, I wore just that (plus a gray hoodie) during my second year Christmas party. "What the hell?" right? I'll spare you from all the horror by not adding a photo of it here.

What's in My Bag: The Out-of-College Edition

How long has it been? My fingers can't even count the days that has passed by that I didn't do an update for my blog series, especially the What's In My Bag? one. The last time I posted something under this category was ages ago in my old Tumblr blog. It was full of all the things I needed to survive each day in school. It would've been cool to have that post here and see how my bag contents has evolved throughout the years. Unfortunately,  I couldn't find the original post anymore. Anyway, let's get started with this "out of college" edition of this blog series :)

The Sunday Currently # 2

It's Sunday once again, and I believe I haven't posted a Sunday Currently entry since last month. I don't know what are the exact rules of this blog series (should I post one every week or every month? or every time I'm running out of new things to blog about?), but anyway, here I am publishing a new one.

One Day in The Surfing Capital of The North (La Union)

San Juan, La Union, Philippines

The last leg of our backpacking weekend was San Juan, La Union. From Baguio city, it took us probably more than an hour to reach the town of San Fernando where we chartered a motorized tricycle to take us to the resort we stayed in. The tricycle ride probably took around 30 minutes. 

My friends and I stayed at Isla Bonita Beach Resort in San Juan. The whole place has Mediterranean charm all over! I especially liked the brick walls we had in our room. We spent one night there and had dinner in their restaurant. I remember clearly how amazing their food was. I think not one of our order disappointed us. We loved their crispy pata and sinigang. Clearly, Ilocanos know their way around the kitchen and are  definitely culinary gods!

5 Places I Wish I Could Teleport To

Getting the urge to pack up your bags and book a ticket to anywhere but not being able to do that because of responsibilities you need to attend to (and not to mention funds you need to check lol) is probably one of the most frustrating feelings in the world. Plus, preparing for a trip isn't as easy as pinpointing a place on a world map, blindfolded. Not when you've got tons of things to consider like money, visas, and hotel bookings. 

Turning 22 In The Cold City of Baguio

Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

Jackets on, backpacks ready.

After spending most of the day touring around Intramuros and the National Museum (plus getting some well deserved nap), we headed to the Cubao bus station, got our bus tickets (that we purchased online days before the trip) and rode a super comfy bus. There were four of us now. The new day was already starting when the bus finally left the terminal and started the long journey to the summer capital of the Philippines.

It was my first time to celebrate my birthday away from home and exploring a place I've never been to. Saying that it was one of my most unforgettable moments in life is not enough.

Weekly Favorites # 1

Before diving right on to talking about my favorites this week, let me just congratulate myself for surviving such a crazy week. All that has kept me going is the thought that I'm a day closer to my next vacation (can September come reeeeeallyyy fast now?). I can literally hear the sound of waves crashing and feel the cold sea breeze right now. *sigh*  Steady, my heart.

Arts and Culture In A Day: Walking Around The National Museum

Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

After wandering the cobble stone streets of the old district of Manila  Intramuros, my friends and I went straight to the National Museum of The Philippines. Out of all the places that day, visiting the museum was the one I was most excited about. The place wasn't in our original itinerary. We were supposed to go on a hiking adventure in Masungi Georeserve but that plan got cancelled. I was beyond thankful when we decided to insert the place in our new itinerary.

The Sunday Currently # 1

One of the things I regularly published back in Tumblr was a series of Sidda Thornton's The Sunday Currently. The blog series was a good way to let my readers know more about myself and vice versa. Aside from that, the series was also a way of keeping myself updated with some of my blog friends' current obsessions or mind-boggling thoughts. Most of the people I interacted with before also published their own versions and it was nice to go read through all of it

Arts and Culture In A Day: Walking Around Intramuros

Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

The much-anticipated backpacking trip has finally happened. 

Last Friday, two of my high school friends and I flew the first flight bound for Manila to start backpacking around the metro, in Baguio, and in La Union. We've braced ourselves (and our wallets) for that weekend since last year. After we booked the promo flight, we all knew that preparing for it wasn't going to be easy (I took several stressful freelance jobs for Pete's sake!) but it will be so damn worth it.

Five Takeaways From Andy and April's Relationship (Parks and Recreation)

Fictional love stories are, I think, one of the many things that a lot of people obsess over. Mainly because these are things that we wish it would happen at least once in our lifetime. Though some people would say they hate cliche "boy meets girl" love stories, deep down there's a teeny tiny part of themselves who wishes that they'd meet their soulmate while reading a book alone in a cozy corner of a coffee shop.

A little warning: there are tons of spoilers in this post but I don't think these are the kind that would bum anyone out. So read on if you want :)

Here's To Fresh Starts

Of all the things I want to say, I'd just like to start this one with a hello.

Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) Launches Primavera City


After several months of anticipation, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) finally launched Primavera City on June 24, 2016 at the Pueblo de Oro Country Club. There were a lot of people who attended the event, clad in elegant dresses and suits. The program was hosted by one of Cagayan de Oro’s local talents, Jamie Bantigue.

Wandering in Siargao: Tips to Experience More of The Island

Siargao Island is a gem. And to be honest, that’s pretty much an understatement. I find it a bit difficult to describe it in words because its beauty is something you can’t easily explain. It must be experienced. 

The Isla Life: Swimming in Lagoons and Biking in Siargao

Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao Island is known for its huge waves and chill vibe. The place is probably on every surfer’s dream destination list. But for people who don’t see surfing as their “thing” or for people who want to try the sport but is too afraid to actually do it (like me lol), there are still tons of places to go and things to do around the island. 

The Condo Check List

Living independently is an idea that I’ve always fancied ever since. In fact, I went on a little condo hunt in the internet several days ago. It was sort-of an exercise for when I finally decide to move out and live on my own. Lol okay, I know how crazy that might sound but it wouldn’t hurt to be a little prepared for the inevitable *wink wink*

Island Hopping and Sunset Watching in Siargao

Siargao Island, Philippines

The summer was still long. There was still so many things my friends and I could do. There was still so many places that we could go before the season ends. We all know that after all this, when the tan lines fade and our skins go back to its natural color; when we trade our shorts and bikinis for black pants, crisp white blouses and blazers — several months will have to pass before we get to do this again. So we packed up and went.

Exploring Bohol: Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Visit

Bohol is one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines that you shouldn’t miss experiencing at least once in your life. It’s this super chill island located next to Cebu. Though the capital city, Tagbilaran, has huge malls, and popular fast food chains and restaurants, it still maintains it’s “island vibe”. The island’s attractions are mostly found in the countryside and in their famous Panglao Island. 

What To Do in Cebu for 24 Hours

One of my favorite places to go back almost every year is what people call as The Queen City of The South — Cebu. Every time I visit, I get that familiar feeling of comfort that only a home can make you feel. I also get that buzz of energy and excitement knowing that I still have so many things to try and places to go.

Sweet Trip at The Buzz Cafe

There’s one place in Bohol that you can see almost in all the busy areas of the island. It’s The Buzz Cafe by the Bohol Bee Farm in Panglao Island. The farm is one of the many spots we missed to visit because we were running out of time since we had to catch the boat we have to ride going home. I’ve seen several photos and videos about it and it’s surely one of the places I’ll go when I visit again. 

The Isla Life: Seeing Bohol’s Beaches and Night Life

Panglao Island, Philippines

Let me warn you: this post is definitely loaded with tons of photos, and these are already my “chosen ones”. I could have shared a whole lot more but it would take another post to do it. Before you check all of them out, I hope you’ll read this until the end. 

Accessibility, Style, and Comfort — All In Primavera City

When thinking about getting a new home, accessibility to necessary shops and offices is always on my top priorities. I’ve lived in a house that’s an hour away from the city center for probably all my life. It’s always stressful to get out of the house and commute for an hour just to finish requirements in school or do other errands. Sometimes the one-hour commute turns into a one hour and thirty minutes if the traffic is bad. And when that happens, all that’s running in my head is “Grabe, umaga pa lang stress at haggard na ako!” (It’s still morning but I’m already stressed and haggard!)

The Isla Life: Experiencing Bohol’s Countryside

Bohol, Philippines

“Uy, paghuman sa graduation adto ta ug Bohol ha!” (After graduation, we should go to Bohol!)

Everything started with that line several months ago. Back then, there were eight of us who talked and dreamed about escaping to the beautiful island. In the middle of school projects, assignments, and requirements, the dream of graduating and leaving for that 3-days and 2-nights in that island, kept us going. Everyone in the group was all in for a few months, but we got stuck in different circumstances after graduation. Despite it, there were still three of us who were eager to visit, so we went.

Adieu To You

Five days has passed since I reached the end of school. The “graduation high” is gone, and the anxiety for the future is slowly taking over.  
For the first time in my life, I don’t have any school-related work to think about. I don’t have to stress about enrollment, assignments, projects, class schedules, and most importantly — grades. 

Live The Green Way in Primavera City

Last time, I wrote about how important it is to invest on a place you can call your own. For me, that place shouldn’t be just any other place, but something that has tons of perks such as an indoor pool with a jacuzzi, a gym, and a reliable security system that functions 24/7, to name a few. It has to be a place that is not only visually appealing, but also a place where everything you need is within reach. 

Get Stoked at CDO's First Skate Park

One of my blogging goals this year is to write more about my city, its surrounding cities and municipalities. There are quite a lot of cool places and fun things to do that do not get the kind of exposure they deserve. Just like the newly opened Sovereign Skate Park in Tambo, Macasandig. I guess you could say that both local and visiting shredders are on cloud nine now that this place has become one of their skate destinations. 

Thoughts on Living Independently in Primavera City

Once upon a time, there was a silly 15 year-old high school girl who did not write “living independently” first in her list of priorities. All she thought about when asked what she wanted in the future was to buy clothes without looking at price tags and well...getting a car. It didn’t came to her mind that investing on a house or a condo is more important than shopping ‘till she drops and driving around town in a shiny red car. 

Market Sundays

La Castilla Musuem: A Walk Back in Time

If there’s one period in time that I can go back to, one of those periods would probably be the 70s. I can picture it all in my head: waking up on a Sunday morning, wearing my best dress, listening to Bee Gees’ songs in legit vinyl record and turntable while sipping coffee in a music room. This is what I thought about when me and a few of my college friends went to La Castila Museum last Friday. 

Sunday with the Family at Dahilayan

Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Philippines
Okay here’s a confession that I don’t frequently tweet about: I am still on a holiday hangover. Out of all the school breaks I’ve had (since god knows when), Christmas breaks are easily my favorite. There’s some kind of magic going on, you know. People are happier and the vibe is lighter. Plus, twinkling multi-colored fairy lights, and Christmas songs playing on the radio instantly puts me into a positive mood. 

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