Sunday, December 30, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2012

It has been a tradition for me to look back on the "positive" highlights of the passing year. For 2012, I can say that I've been blessed with bountiful surprises from God. Not only that I got what I've always wanted (to do a PhD Overseas with a scholarship), but I've been showered with loads of surprises since January of this year.

Before I proceed with my goals for 2013, let me share with you the goals that I set in 2012. So far, Im proud to say that I achieved what I envisioned.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

EMO-EMOTIONS!

Let me take a respite from the line-up of books and journals that I have to read. Allow me to share with you some of my sentiments on my third week in Melbourne.

I am happy that I'm surrounded with great people who has been helping me to adjust in Melbourne. First of all, there's the presence of my co-Filipino scholars in Melbourne. Second, I've met Leo, a friend of Ms. Jing and Sir Joey, my "nanay-nanayan and tatay-tatayan in Brunei; Leo toured me in some amazing places in Melbourne city. And lastly, I have Ben, a close friend, who has been so patient in assisting and touring me around. On the other hand, homesickess sometimes kicks in. Thankfully, I know how to manage it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

ON TO MY SECOND WEEK

Tomorrow will be my second week in Australia. So far, I'm enjoying my stay in this lovely country. It seems that everything's readily available and organized. Of course, I still miss the Philippines, my home country. But thanks to technology, I can watch news over the Internet.

For the past days, I've been, well, coping with the Australian accent. In my recent Facebook posts, I shared some funny encounters, which I personally feel and think "crazy." Positively, through listening to Australia's radio stations, conversing with my supervisor and some co-PhDs and meeting locals, I'm now able to understand the "twang!" On one hand, I sometimes really don't get what the other person says. I just answer back with, "I'm sorry?"

Friday, November 30, 2012

A NEW WORLD TO EXPLORE, MELBOURNE!

Just last week I arrived here in Melbourne. If you've been flollowing my life (if following is even relevant to counterfeiting the end of the world, chos!), you already know that I moved out of the Abode of Peace and moved in here in Land down under, yes, Australia.

Weeks before packing my bag and saying goodbye to my family and friends, I was preoccupied with what to bring in order to survive in Australia. With an understanding that this time of the year in Australia as said to be in summer season, I was confident to bring clothes fit for a "warm" weather. On one hand, I also brought some warmer just in case the weather slams me with a cool surprise.

TOURING THAILAND: TEMPLE VISIT!

Finally I'm back in my blog. Before I proceed with my "late" post on my adventures in Thailand, let me tell you that I already moved in Australia. I will be here in Melbourne to do my PhD for the next 3 years. And with my visa, I'm allowed to stay for another 10 months after I finished my PhD. Having said that, I'll be really staying for long in this vibrant and lovely city. Seriously, I'm in awe with Melbourne's beauty. I'm not only inspired to do my research here, but I'm also excited to explore Melbourne.

Going back to my Thailand adventure, yes, this is a late post, I was in Thailand last October 25 to 28 for a 3-day Conference on Media and Communication. I presented my paper on OFW Blogging in the Conference organized by Asian Congress for Media and Communication. Well attended by scholars all over the world, the conference was held in Chulalongkorn University.

Apart from putting my heart into the conference, I also had a grand time walking around in selected temples, experiencing Bangkok's night life, shopping for souvenirs, bargaining, dining with Thai's irresistible delights, riding the tuktuk, and a lot more. So in this post, I will share to you a short chronicle of my fast yet fun-filled adventures.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

TRIP TO THAILAND: CONFERENCE ON MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION


Last week I was in Bangkok Thailand for a 3-day conference on Media and Communication, organized by the Asian Congress for Media and Communication. I presented my paper entitled “Blogging Away from Home: Blogs as Discursive Platforms for Empowerment among Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Bloggers. I was also tasked to chair the New Media and Education session in the said academic gathering.

I didn’t expect that I will extremely enjoy my stay in Bangkok. In my mind, apart from being focused to properly present my research in an International conference, I couldn’t see myself on the streets of the Land of Smiles as with he conference’s tight schedule. Surprisingly, I found a way to experience the wonders on Bangkok, in broad daylight and at night. Thanks to newly-found friends in Bangkok, I gained lots of unforgettable experiences around Thailand.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SOUVENIR SHOPPING IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Since I was on a tight budget when I went to Malaysia last September, my priority is to really spend my Ringgits in souvenirs that are local, cheap yet fab. With a limited budget in mind, I checked on my options.

In my recent trip, I visited four places to do my pasalubong shopping. Basically my first stop was Bukit Bintang as lots of shops sell souvenir items. It’s in there that I purchased my ref magnets and key chains at a cheap price.

Surprisingly, there are lots of shops to visit in KL, which you can  walk away with great finds!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TRIP TO MELAKA:WORLD HERITAGE CITY AND THE TOP 12 THINGS NOT TO MISS!

When I was plotting my itinerary for my solo traveling challenge to Malaysia in September, a travel to Melaka piqued my interest. Based on what I read in some blog entries written by Filipinos, Melaka or known as a World Heritage City is a must-visit in Malaysia because of its historic appeal.

With a travel to Melaka in my mind, I allotted one day of my itinerary to the historic city. The travel time to Melaka is 1 hour and 45 minutes by bus and so that helped me to monitor my time. Of course, I have to consider being lost in a foreign land and finding my way out. On top of that, I inquired that the last bus going to Kuala Lumpur from Melaka is at 8:30 in the evening.  

Melaka is definitely a glorious place not to miss in Malaysia. Now, read on to know more the TOP 12 things that you can enjoy in Melaka. 

THE NATIONAL MOSQUE, MUSEUM, AND MORE IN MALAYSIA!


Whew! After two weeks of hiatus as I was sooooo busy working on my paper for the Asian Center for Communication and Media 2012 Conference, which was held in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, I can say that I'm finally back in blogging. As I realized, I have lots of entries to share to everyone. Imagine, I haven't finished blogging about my solo travel adventure in Malaysia, which happened last September. Now, let's get the ball rolling.

When I went to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, I toured and visited tourist spots in the city. Well, thanks to Malaysia's Hop on, Hop off bus, everything went smooth and on a budget.

Now, let me show to you the tourist spots that I visited in Kuala Lumpur, which I hope you will visit as well when you go to Kuala Lumpur.

Friday, October 12, 2012

SARANGGOLA BLOG AWARDS (FREESTYLE): "AKO SI BEN CABALQUINTO, LAKING KALYE BIGHANI"

Personal ang pagdanas ng isang lugar o destinasyon. Gaya ng pagtira sa isang lugar, mula pagkabata hanggang sa pagtanda. Ngunit sa aking entry na ito, nais kong itanghal ang tatlong kakaibang bisita na hindi lang sa aking kalye namamahay o nakikisalamuha kundi maging saang mang dako ng Pilipinas. Tara't pasukin at mabighani sa Kalye Bighani.





SARANGGOLA BLOG AWARDS (KUWENTONG PAMBATA): "KALABIT, KUPIT, NAMIMILIPIT!"

Mapaglakbay ang mga bata. Nais nilang tuklasin ang saya kahit sa sarili nilang bahay, sa piling ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. Pero sa aking kuwentong pambata na "Kalabit, Kupit, Namimilipit!" ay nais kong itanghal ag kakaibang paglalakbay sa buhay ng isang bata at isang matanda na tumatayong magulang kapalit ng mga tunay na magulang na nasa abroad. Tuklasin ang ugnayan sa pagitan ni Raprap at ng kanyang Lola-Nanay.



SARANGGOLA BLOG AWARDS (MAIKLING KUWENTO): "CANVASS"

Ang mga kamay ay parang mga indibidwal na naglalakbay sa kung ano man ang mahawakan o madapuan nito. Ang katawan naman ng tao ay parang mapa o isang destinasyon, puno ng misteryo at ang mga kurba ay representasyon ng gilas o ganda. Ngunit sa mundo ng mapang-abusong paglalakbay ng mga kamay, nagiging isang mapait na lunsaran ng karanasan ang pisikal na katawan ng isang indibidwal. Ito ang nais ilantad ng aking maikling kuwento na aking pinamagatang, "Canvass."



SARANGGOLA BLOG AWARDS (TULA): "e-ntablado"


Ang tulang nasusulat rito ay kalahok sa 2012 Saranggola Blog Awards. Layunin ng tula na ipakita ang paglalakbay ng mga kaisipan sa mundo ng birtwal na espasyo na nais panghimasukan ng pamahalaan.






Friday, October 5, 2012

STARHILL GALLERY: WOW INTERIORS!

Before going to Kuala Lumpur, my supah friend Elna told me to visit the ground floor of Starhill. My friend told me that the interior of the restaurants is spectacular. So out of curiosity, when I went to Malaysia, I included in my itinerary to visit Starhill Gallery. 

Actually, I almost miss out visiting Starhill as I was enjoying the night with some friends, whom I met, in KL. Thankfully, the group decided to stroll right after a hefty dinner in Jalan Alor.

Now, are you excited to see the amazing interiors of Starhil Gallery? Read on!

KUALA LUMPUR HOP-ON HOP-OFF

In my recent trip to Malaysia, one of the best things that I enjoyed the most is touring Kuala Lumpur via KL Hop-on Hop-off Bus. It's a 7-day operation bus tour which brings tourists around Kuala Lumpur. What's more exciting, the bus stops at over 23 stopovers, which are accessible to hotels, tourist spots, train stations, and major malls.

Since I was on a shoe string budget in my recent trip, getting on KL Hop-on Hop-off was glorious. Not only that I was able to visit museums, a national mosque, and Merdeka Square, I also felt at home with few tourists who are just hungry to explore or discover the beauty of Kuala Lumpur.

Now, join me as I give you tips on where to hop on and off and how much should you pay if you wish to experience KL's Hop-on Hop-Off.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

BUKIT BINTANG: KUALA LUMPUR'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE



Finally, I’m back! My apologies for the hiatus, my dear readers. As you all know (and would probably know), I already left Brunei Darussalam to embark on a new journey in another foreign land. As of writing, I’m preparing my documents to obtain my Australian Student Visa. I am going to Australia in November of this year to jumpstart my PhD in Media and Communication via a scholarship to support my tuition fees and living allowance.

There had been lots of happenings in my life for the past weeks but I won’t disclose it yet. As for this blog entry, I am sharing (still, and for there’s just plenty) my solo traveling challenge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And today, I will be talking about Bukit Bintang or known as the Shopper’s Haven.

When I stayed in Kuala Lumpur, I opted not to shop but went for tourist spot hopping. Interestingly, I stayed in Bukit Bintang because that’s where budget hotels are located. I checked in at La Comme Budget Hotel, which is 100 tumblings away (lol) from Jalan Alor, where I dined most of the time in hawker eateries and 200 tumblings away (lol) from the stretch of Malls in Bukit Bintang.

Monday, September 24, 2012

MY UP CIRCLE BRUNEI FAMILY ( I WILL BONGGANG BONGGANG MISS EVERYONE!)

I'm on my last week of stay in Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace. With a few days left to pack my balikbayan box and explore Brunei, left and right send-off dinner, party or celebrations keep my schedule oh-so tight.

I had a jaw-dropping send-off last night. I was supposed to be out with Ma'am Betsy and Ton for a dinner in Gadong when I suddenly found myself in shock at the Curaming's Residence. I was so naloka with UP Circle Brunei's surprise send-off party for me. I was so clueless that such well-prepared and appetising celebration is dedicated for me.


Friday, September 21, 2012

BATU CAVES: THE 272-STEP CHALLENGE

I was doing research on what to explore in Kuala Lumpur when I stumbled upon some information about a sacred place in Selangor called Batu Caves, which is 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, As I browsed through the pages, I learned that Batu Caves has three caves, which have temples and galleries: the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave. Since I wanted to check on unique and culture-rich places in Kuala Lumpur, apart from shopping malls, historic landmarks, and modern infrastructures, I put Batu Caves in my itinerary.

I visited Batu Caves on the first day of my solo traveling challenge in Malaysia. I was (seriously) alone in my sojourn. In preparation, I had a good breakfast; I brought a small bag with my money, map, passport, water and baby wipes; and I loaded lots of courage and extra precautions as I embarked on the challenge.

Believe it or not, I just paid RM1.00 going to Batu Caves. I rode the Komuter Train, which is found in KL Sentral Station. On the side, based on what I read, you can also reach Batu Caves via bus11/11d from Bangkok Bank Terminus (Near Puduraya Terminus) or bus U6 from Titiwangsa.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWER

My trip in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia won’t obviously be complete without having a picture taken with the phenomenal and jaw-dropping Petronas Twin Tower. So on my first night in KL, Kuya Raul joined me in my Petronas Tower Hunt.

Most of the time, I was holding a map in KL. Since I’m on a tight budget, I tried to avoid getting on a taxi to visit tourist places, as listed in my itinerary. Unfortunately, on my first night in KL, since I was tired as I just arrived, I opted to get on a taxi and went to the Petronas Twin Tower. Kuya Raul, who is assigned to do a photoshoot in KL and who has no itinerary for the night, joined me on my trip. We just split the taxi fare.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

LA COMME BUDGET HOTEL

Traveling on a shoestring budget is what I’ve always wanted to try. With last week's chance to travel alone, I thought of budgeting my money properly. Actually, as I was making my itinerary, I told myself to go for tourist spots and not just shop in shopping malls. Since I heard that dishes in KL are very cheap, I thought I can work on a budget. True enough, with my research and planning, I achieved a budget-friendly trip. More or more, I got hooked in visiting museums, mosques, a cave, a world heritage city (hello, Melacca), and taking lots of pictures in any place I got in.

Since I was clueless on where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, I asked my friends in Brunei. Quickly, they referred Hostelworld.com, which I immediately browsed and bookmarked for research. As I read the reviews on the list of accommodations ranging form hotels, inns, and even hostels, I decided to pick a budget hotel, which is located in Bukit Bintang. What’s more, in consideration was the budget hotel should be near Jalan Alor, the street which boasts food stalls and restaurants.

After a careful review of prices and tourists’ comments, I picked La Comme Budget Hotel.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ARRIVAL AT KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KLIA)

I arrived early at Brunei International Airport on 3 September 2012. Not that I’m “uber” excited with my solo traveling challenge but I was anxious on possible problems that may arise with my pass; with my multiple pass to expire on 14 September 2012, I thought of the possible scenarios that could happen such as not allowing me to board in my flight. Positively, everything went well.

Meanwhile, one of my friends named Raul, a well-known and professional photographer in Brunei, was on the same flight as mine. He’s bound for KL to do a two-day photoshoot. With his presence, I kinda felt relieved. In my mind, I said, “Buti at may makakasama sa flight.” Apparently, as Kuya Raul and I conversed, I found out that he’s also staying in Bukit Bintang, a place where I booked my accommodation. In end, we agreed that we’ll just help each other in finding our hotel once we reach KL. Soon, we boarded and our journey to KL began.

I was clueless on how does Kuala Lumpur International Airport look like. In fact, I didn’t even google it. To me, the only objective is to land on the country of destination and fulfill one’s itinerary with a big smile plastered on one’s face. Surprisingly, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the world’s best airport for three consecutive years. I tell you, I was so shocked to see the colossal, modern and cosmopolitan architecture of the airport.

Wanna know more about it? Read on.
 


Monday, September 10, 2012

PRE-KUALA LUMPUR TRAVEL PREPARATIONS


I’ve never experienced traveling alone. Although I’ve always wanted to try, I didn’t have enough courage to face my fears. Truth be told, one of my major fears in traveling alone is to be abducted by crazy people. Paranoid much? Anyways, last week I gave in to the challenge of traveling alone. I was in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia for a four-day holiday, which ticket and pocket money were my prizes for winning in Brunei’s 2012 I love Brunei National Day Competition (Essay, English, Open Category).

My officemate was supposed to join me in my trip. We already planned that we’ll go together in tourist spots in Malaysia. My officemate is a Malaysian and I was counting on her. Apparently, after I booked my ticket, which I was charged with BND118 for the surcharge, my officemate suddenly backed out. The high airfare ticket was her reason. Okay. As much as I wanted to rebook my flight, well, I couldn’t for there’ll be charges. So with a tight budget and a pinch of courage on traveling alone, I proceeded with my travel. So from being a "travel with a friend" series, I ended up with a solo traveling challenge.

How did I survive with traveling alone? Read on to know more about my preparations.

Friday, August 31, 2012

BOUNTY OF BRUNEI (SECOND AND LAST DAY)

 Apart from visiting Mosques in Brunei, a tourist can also enjoy a walk through in museums, food tripping in a night market, and engaging with the local culture through interaction with the people. On our second and last day of tour in Brunei Darussalam, we visited the Royal Regalia Museum, had fun grabbing cheap and yummy finds in Brunei’s popular night market, and went on more delectable food craze ranging from dining in at restaurants and attending a gathering.

Wanna know more about our adventures? Read on!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

THE BOUNTY OF BRUNEI (FIRST DAY)

Rich in Oil, a sanctuary of Gold and a peaceful country led by a strong Monarch are few characteristics that best possibly describe Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace. Surprisingly, Little did most people know, etched in the panorama of luscious greens is a bustling city that boasts a gamut of tourist attractions ranging from historic sites, delectable food, on-the-road cultural finds, and architectural Islamic influences.

Last week my highschool bestfriend April and her husband Mark went to Brunei for a three-day holiday. My Dad was also with them on the same flight and he’s to stay for twelve days in the Abode of Peace. Given their excitement to explore Brunei and learn about my life overseas, my “tour guide” self was put to the test. Thanks to past experiences in touring around friends and acquaintances, planning our itinerary was a breeze. The must-visit places, food to try and stories to tell were just plotted out smoothly.

Read on to join us in our adventure.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

MARKDOWN MADNESS: MOVING OUT SALE!

As of writing, I'm 39 days away from leaving Brunei. As my flight date comes close I can't help but feel emotional. Actually while I was packing some books last week, I realized that I've amassed not only loads of material things but unforgettable experiences as well.

So with few weeks left, I've started to check on which items I plan to take with me back to the Philippines and which ones should be sold and be given away. Viola, here's my upcoming garage sale which I call "Markdown Madness: Moving Out Sale!" Interestingly, my friends will also be joining and selling cool items. We're still thinking if we're gonna sell food and drinks.

So if you're interested to purchase some great items (and support yours truly before I embark on my PhD overseas), read on to know the details.


Monday, August 13, 2012

LETRA-TURA: "SILID"

Hingang Malalim! yes, buhay pa ako at buhay na buhay na buhay pa ang blog kong ito. Pasensya na at hindi ko na-update ang aking blog sa mga nagdaang araw sapagkat masyadong abala sa mga gawaing pang-opisina, pagpoproseso ng mga dokumento para sa aking PhD, at higit sa lahat, pagaayos ng mga gamit para sa nalalapit na paglisan sa Brunei.

Tayo ay nag-ta-Tagalog rito sapagkat buwan ng Wika. At bilang espesyal na handog, papasukin ko kayo sa aking silid dito sa Brunei. Itatampok ko sa panulat na ito ang ayos, disenyo (kung meron) at karakter ng aking silid na nabuo sa mahigit apat na taon ng paglagi sa Abode of Peace.

Kung handa ka na eh simulan mo na ang pagbabasa! Tuloy po kayo!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

LETRA-TURA: "PAGSUONG" + "TOP 20 THINGS NOT TO SAY SA FIRST TIMER OFW NA SASAKAY SA EROPLANO"

Bilang pagkilala sa buwan ng Wika, ang Agosto, ay itatanghal ko sa aking blog ang 30 Akda na isusulat sa loob ng tatlumpung araw. Ito ay tatawagin kong LETRA-TURA, o ang pagsasanib ng mga LETRA tungo sa pagkatha ng mga karanasan ko bilang isang inbidbwal, OFW, anak, kaibigan, at matabil na nilalang.

Maliban riyan ay ibabahagi ko rin sa inyong lahat ang mga kakatuwang TOP 20 tungkol sa pagiging isang OFW. Siempre, gaya ng lagi kong sinasabi, ang hindi matawa o tumawa ay kukunin agad ni Lord. Dahil sa sapilitang pananalita na may halong sumpa, siempre, makuha mo pa kayang hindi matawa?

So ano pang hinihintay mo? Makibasa na at maaliw!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

DAY 29 & 30: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - "TOP 20 THINGS TO SAY TO YOUR EX-FAT BODY"

Wohoo! I'm in the the final blog entry of documenting my fitness challenge. Gaaaawd! Last Tuesday was my 30th day. Unfortunately, para lang akong lobo na hinipan at binawasan ng hangin in doing my fitness challenge. The last time I checked my weight, ayon, ganon pa rin ata.

I don't feel any panghihinayang with the smashing success - NOT! - of my fitness challenge. If there's anything that I got from it, that's consistency in exercising. In fact, I'm even more challenged to level up my routines. Hopefully I'll get back the discipline in eating the right food.

Don't worry. I won't stop with exercising and my diet. It's just that I've decided to give way to new blog entries that will chronicle a different aspect of my life such as my PhD journey, upcoming travels, and my bakasyon in the Philippines. Baka naman kasi maumay na kayo sa kakapost ko about my fitness eklavus!

In this entry, I will be sharing with you, again, dapat funny at dapat matawa ka kasi pag di ka tumawa eh kukunin ka agad ni...Lord, the TOP 20 things to say to your Ex-FAT body!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

DAY 26 T0 28: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE: "TOP 20 WAYS TO COMPLETE THE STATEMENT, "PUMAPAYAT BA AKO? HINDI,_______________ "

As of writing, two days to and go and I’m on my 30th day of making pilit myself on this Road to 65 Fitness Challenge. Making piliti talaga? Well, based on the past days, mukhang hindi naman ata ako nagloose ng weight. I guess it’s because halos lamon ako ng lamon sa handaan. On a positive side, I’ve been consistent with my afternoon workout session. With that, I feel light pa rin and healthy! Okay fine, sige ipilit ang konsepto na pumayat nga!

One reason that has kept me derailed in my fitness challenge is the thought of moving out of Brunei and starting a bagong buhay sa ibang lupain. Although the thought is really exciting, still, I can’t deny na talagang nagenjoy rin ako sa Brunei especially dahil sa mga kaibigan na nakasama ko. Wag na natin pagusapan ang work. Chos!

So the past three days ay talagang nakakagulantang in terms of kainan. Since Friday, I’ve been eating crazy! I was invited by a close friend over dinner, another dinner (buffet!) came in Saturday and on Sunday, I attended the birthday celebration of my supah friend Jovert. Di ako nakatanggi sa kainan. Lamon kung lamon. And as I was eating, I just conditioned myself to work out – more!!!!

With all of the kainan, I felt that I’ve not lost any pounds for the past months. Parang dengue ang paglalaro ng bigat ko sa timbangan. On and off ang pagsexy at paglobo! With this, I thought of the TOP 20 ways to complete the statement "Pumapayat ba ako? Hindi, ____________"

Read on to know more.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

DAY 24- 25: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - TOP 20 WAYS TO COMPLETE THE STATEMENT "PUMAPAYAT BA AKO? OO, ___________"

Since last week ay nagsimula na akong magplano for my upcoming vacation in the Philippines. As you all know, at para sa hindi pa nakaka-knows, I'm going to _______ (secret!). Chos! Yes, I'm leaving soon Brunei and be back in the Philippines to proseso my _____ and eventually make lipad to Land Down Undah. As my friend said, doon naman daw ako maghahasik ng kaguluhan. 

The past days have been crazy. To the max ang kaguluhan sa isipan ko. But I'm simply happy. The mere fact that (finally) I'll be able to fulfill my dream of getting a PhD, I'm very elated that I'm blessed with a scholarship na magbibigay daan upang manirahan ako sa isang panibagong lupain at umunlad. And hopefully in the near future ay makapagturo ako sa isang Unibersidad o di kaya naman ay maging researcher, or Artista! Chos naman sa artista.

Truckloads (as in lebel ng trak ng basura) of thoughts have been brewing in my mind for the past days. As in ang dami daming kong iniisip maliban pa sa fitness challenge na ito. Aside from the conference paper that I'm working on, which is to be presented at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in October, I've been also busy pondering on (and reminiscing) the 4 years plus of my life in the Abode of Peace. Marami na ring kaganapan na bumago sa buhay ko. With this in mind, as I prepare for the line up of send-offs that I need to accommodate, I've decided to cut my fitness challenge (blogging pero go go go pa rin ang workout) sooon (hanggang Day 30 na lang) and will work on blogging about my feelings on leaving a place and starting anew. I know you'll be delighted to know more about that.

But before I start sobbing like a child dahil siguradong mamimiss ko ang buhay ko rito, apart from showcasing the yummylicious foodamba that I enjoyed for the past two days, allow me (Siempre wala namang kokontra kasi blog ko ito) the TOP 20 Ways to complete the statement, "Pumapayat ba ako? Oo, ____________"

Makibasa na! Now na!
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DAY 22 - 23: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE "TOP 20 FUNNY NEWS FEED ABOUT WEIGHT, FOOD, FITNESS AND HUNGER"

Drugs. With too much intake, nakaka-adik. So am I into drugs? Of course not. But I realized that I've been drinking Choco-o-Cino, coffee with chocolate, for the past two days. Dahil inaantok ako ng bongga sa umaga, I really had to drink something to keep me awake.With that, mukhang naaadik na ako.

But here's the deal. As I was sipping the warm drink, I thought of some tabloid headlines, which are related to loosing weight. Dahil wala  namang tabloid dito na naglalaman ng mga nakakalokang headlines, naisip kong gumawa. Funny naman. Yes. Funny. Ang di tatawa, kukunin ni Lord. hahaha!

If you think you need a laugh? Read on and make tawa, now na!

Monday, July 23, 2012

DAY 19 - 21: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - "TOP 20 FUNNY SIGNS NA PAYAT KA NA"

It's bonggang bonggang challenging to loose weight especially in this naglipana-ang-yummy-food era. On top of that, ang bonggang bonggang camera-powered mobile phones and social networking contribute in creating appetite. Having said this, obviously, nasira ang diet ko for the past three days. Despite that, I'm still on a work in progress in achieving my desired weight, which is 65 kilos.

Instead of thriving on how I make baboy myself for the past days, I've chosen to look on the bright side. I told myself, naburn ko naman ang nakain ko because, wala, aminin na, hindi naman talaga  naburn! Chos! But seriously, as of writing, I'm now back on track in doing my fitness challenge. I really couldn't believe it that I'm on my 22nd day. Great, isn't it? Mas bongga dahil mukhang hindi naman ata nabawasan angt imbang ko. Chos!

Anyways, highway and sideways, I will share to you today some funny thoughts on how to identify if you're loosing weight. If di ka matawa, wala lang. Eh sa hindi ka natawa eh.

Need a laugh? Read on!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DAY 16-18: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE "THE WAIT IS OVER"

 Perhaps you may be wondering that I already stopped with my fitness challenge. You're absolutely "bloody" wrong. May bloody talaga? Anyways, sideways and highwaysss, I'm still up (alive and kicking) in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Alam niyo naman ako, pinaninindigan ko talaga ang malusog na pangangatawan bilang paghahanda sa mga plano sa buhay -like getting a PhD, teaching eventually, or puede ring maging artista. Chos!

This entry, serious na kasi, will basically chronicle not only the yummylicious food that I had for the past three days. I will also be sharing the wonderful feeling I've been containing since Monday.  As you all know, siempre hindi niyo pa knows.

So if you think this entry deserves some reading from your tantalizing eyes, then read on!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DAY 13 - 15: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE "BABUYAN EPISODE"

The moment I woke up last Saturday morning I realized that I had PORK in my mouth. Kidding! But let me just tell you all my dear readers na talagang napabayaan ko ang aking diet last Saturday until Monday. Positively, with a massive guilt feeling, I burnt calories through swimming and jogging. O sige, pilit ko lang jinu-justify ang aking pig-out session. Since pinaguusapan na rin naman, eh itodo na natin ang chismisan at babuyang ito. Chos!

If you think you’re ready to scream, “Pabaya sa Diet” or you want to say “Walang silbi ang fitness challenge,”  no one is stopping you. But for the sake of my pagsisisi sa nagawang paglamon, I will share to you what really happened for the past three days.

Read on to make asar yourself. Now na!


Friday, July 13, 2012

DAY 12: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE "PROGRESS REPORT (WITH BONGGANG VISUALS)"

Kalma.Kalma. Kalma.Yan dapat ang sinasabi ko sa sarili ko. But I can't help it, I'm just excited. OA much? Anyways, I just want to tell everyone, especially my dear reader of this blog, that yesterday was the 12th day in my Road to 65 Fitness Challenge. Yes, time flies so fast.

Perhaps you may wondering if I'm making progress with what I'm doing. Well, well, well, balong malalim, awa ng Diyos, I'm umuusad naman. To prove that my dear readers, read on and you'll see my "feeling hunk" photo.

Beware: feeling hunk photo inside. Pagsusuka is an option. Iwasan magpantasya. Pak!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

DAY 11: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - "TOP 15 PA-SOCIAL CLIMBING GESTURES IN LOOSING WEIGHT"

Day eleven. Yes, yesterday's the eleventh day of my fitness challenge. As of writing, I'm on my ika-labindalawa na. Akalain mo yon? Magnificent! Pak!

Yesterday was a very eggggzoiting day for my fitness challenge. Ano nga ba ang ka-excite excite sa buhay ko now? Well apart from being a relationship (kiddddding!), seriously, apart from waiting for a scholarship eklavu, I'm very focused in reading tons of books and journals in preparation for my PhD. I'm also researching in advance on my study. As I mentioned in my past entries, my dissertation will focus on migrant families, virtuality and transnationalism. Nosebleed? Nako, utak ko ang nag-be-bleed.

Anywayssss, I won't be talking about my PhD topic here or any matters about postgraduate studies. What we'll talk about today is my fitness challenge exklavu which I completed yesterday. Hep, hep, hep, hindi pa tapos ang challenge. Paguusapan lang natin ang naganap yesterday.

What's more exciting I had an idea yesterday as I was sipping a sosyalang cup of CBTL and eating a banana cupcake. Yes, oo, ako na ang sosyal.

So today, let me share to you the TOP 15 funny ways to spot a person loosing weight yet trying to be a pasosyal. You may say that it's social climbing. But for the lack of a better word, let me use the word, uhm, wala ako maisip. Pak!

Read on to know more.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DAY 10: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - "TOP15 FUNNY AND CRAZY REASONS TO LOOSE WEIGHT"

Kapag nag-crave ang puso, wala ka ng magagawa kundi sundin ito. Kapag nag-crave ang puso, wala ka ng magagawa kundi lamuni ang gusto mo. Nako yan na nga ata ang reyalidad ko yesterday as I was doing my fitness challenge. In an unexplainable feeling suddenly I craved for something sweet. And it's not just something like ice cream or cake. Bumongga ang paghahanap ko ng rice. Yes my dear followers. Yesterday was my cheat na cheat na cheat day. Indeed, ako na.
  
Let me share to you the exciting moment with my rice yesterday and the other sweet eklavus that I had to satisfy my craving. Bagamat ganoon nga ang nangyari, hippie happy pa rin because I exercised in the afternoon nang bonggang bongga!

Read on to know more.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DAY 9: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE

Yesterday was the ninth day of my fitness challenge. Based on my religiosity in doing my pampapawis routines, I can say that I'm progressing. As a proof, I checked on my weight yesterday and I found out that I'm 68Kilos. Coming from 69 to 70 and back to 68, yes, I made it happen.

Apparently yesterday I grabbed a sweet treat for myself. Irresistibly tempting, I went out of the office after enjoying my packed lunch and bought... guess what? isang pampaseksi!

Read on to know more.


Monday, July 9, 2012

DAY 8: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE

Days walk fast. Hindi na maitatanggi yan. It’s just last week since I started my fitness challenge and now I’m on my eight day. This is preposterous! preposterous talaga ang word na gamitin? Okay, crazy na lang!

Unfortunately, for the past three days, mukhang na-violate ko ang aking rules on eating. I ate sweets. I had my fave pearl milk tea. And I missed exercising in the morning. Despite these nakakakonsensyang aktibidad, I’ve managed and just promised myself to be back on track. So today, on my eight, I engaged in an intensive workout session and went back to enjoying my banana diet.

Read on to know more.

DAY 6 - 7: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - EXCLUSIVE: PRIZE PRESENTATION OF THE 2012 "I LOVE BRUNEI" COMPETITION + THANKSGIVING

For the past three days, nawala ako in my fitness challenge. I tried sinful cuisine. I missed exercising in the morning or doing my Taichi. And what’s worse, I gave in to my cravings on sweet food. However, despite all of these “fatness-based” activities, I still had my conscience in full circle and so I worked on some pagpapawis session.
 
In this entry, I’ll chronicle three exciting days, day five to seven, of my fitness challenge. Basically this entry will cover my band rehearsal on Friday; the “I Love Brunei” Prize Presentation and Food Fest with friends on Saturday; and a laid back Sunday. These activities made my days oh-so bonggang bongga talaga!
Read on to know more about my explosive (fitness induced) adventures.

DAY 5: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE - EXCLUSIVE BAND REHEARSAL

For the past three days, nawala ako in my fitness challenge. I tried sinful cuisine. I missed exercising in the morning or doing my Taichi. And what’s worse, I gave in to my cravings on sweet food. However, despite all of these “fatness-based” activities, I still had my conscience in full circle and so I worked on some pagpapawis session.

In this entry, I’ll chronicle three exciting days, day five to seven, of my fitness challenge. Basically this entry will cover my band rehearsal on Friday; the “I Love Brunei” Prize Presentation and Food Fest with friends on Saturday; and a laid back Sunday. These activities made my days oh-so bonggang bongga talaga!

Read on to know more about my explosive (fitness induced) adventures.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

DAY 4: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE

Wohoo! Yesterday was the fourth day in my fitness challenge. As of writing I'm now on my fifth. So how did things go in my fourth day?

Nothing much happened in my fourth day. Apart from missing my Taichi session in the morning because I slept late the other night as I attended a birthday party, I just did all the necessary routines in my afternoon session workout. I jogged for 30 minutes and did some stretching - push ups, side crunches, and more.

What's intriguing in my fitness challenge is that I can't (and not allowed) to do weight lifting. You heard me right.

Read on to know more.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

DAY 3: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE

One of the most challenging part in doing a fitness challenge is resisting the call of temptation such as bonggang bonggang and nakakalaway na pagkain. And just yesterday, I veered away from the fitness challenge as to give way to my supah friend's Elna's birthday celebration. I thought, minsan lang naman ang kasiyahan so why not give it a try.

As usual, in a party or handaan organized by a Filipino, the food is just irresistible. Ang sarao sarap kasi!. Meanwhile, it's must to eat rice to enjoy the cuisine. Such bestsellers Menudo, Kare-Kare, pansit bihon, embutido and even ulo ng lechon are worth your taste bud's delight. So last night, I had the bonggang bonggang privilege to enjoy a hefty serving of Filipino cuisine. Thanks to Elna, and Elna's mother, Inang.

Now, read on and be warned that the images that you'll see are meant to ignite you appetite. So should you be into a strict diet, perhaps it's not ideal to browse this page. Pak!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DAY 2: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE

Time flies soooooo fast. I'm happy that I survived my first day, and yes, my second day. As of writing, I'm now on my third day of burning all the bonggang bonggang fats in my body.

One of the most challenging part in doing my fitness challenge is to wake up every morning; I have to be up by 5:30 and should be exercising by 6. On my second day, too bad, I missed my schedule. But thank God, I was still able to exercise. The moment the clock hit at 6, I was rushing to prepare for my pagpapawis session.

Continue reading to know more.

Monday, July 2, 2012

DAY 1: ROAD TO 65 FITNESS CHALLENGE

Finally after weeks of bonggang bonggang contemplation eh I've put myself to another challenge. This time, I'll call it the Road to 65 Fitness Challenge.

Actually, I already thought of my challenge before I went back to the Philippines last May. Obviously, with all the scheduled gala, kainan, and tambay with friends and food tripping with my family, hindi ko kakayanin ang challenge. OA naman kung mag-diet habang nagbabakasyon. On one hand, I exercised everyday when I was in the Philippines. As in araw-araw.

Now that I'm in for another challenge, mejo naluluha ako. Naluluha talaga, kuya? Yes! True! Correct. That's because nakakaluha ang challenges na pagdadaanan. Okay, that's OA na! hahahaha! Well, hindi naman ako pahirap sa sarili ko so walang magaganap na pagbubuhat ng truck, pagtakbo ng sampung oras, o kaya ay pag-akyat ng beinteng bundok. I'm still on a proper and let's say madisiplinang program. Eat healthy and exercise everyday are the two most important element in this challenge.

Read on to know more.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

MY 30TH GLAM GEEK BIRTHDAY BASH

Blessed. That's the exact word to describe my life right now. 

For the past years, despite struggles in living away from my family and friends in the Philippines, I've always had joy from the simplest to the grandest surprises God has been showering me. Through the people I meet, I find strength. With day-by-day challenges, I am empowered. And with all the experiences, whether it's good or bad, I learn in abundance.

I've been in a crossroad in my life. Well actually, I'm still in that phase of my life right now. As much as I wanted to start a life in research and in a university, I can't yet. I'm undecided yet on where to start my academic sojourn. But what's promising, God has already blessed me with options to choose from.

A wide array of options is a blessing. And that's what I'm very grateful. Not just that, God has been surprising and literally showering me with  gifts over the past months.

Read on to know more.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CELEBRATING MY 30TH IN MIRI MALAYSIA

It was in 2008 when I had the chance to go to Miri Malaysia. I was with my officemates and my two bosses for a company treat. While I enjoyed our stay in Malaysia as we had the privilege to dine in a seafood restaurant, walk around in the vibrant yet clean city of Miri, and went clubbing at night, my recent visit is far different and more relaxed (plus super enjoyable) from my previous escapade in Miri.

Last June 17, together with Elna and Jovert, Jill (Jovert's daughter) and Joshua (Jovert's nephew), I found myself in Miri Malaysia for the second time. Actually, the group planned the trip as part of my 30th birthday celebration. With Isra' Mi'raj on Sunday, it was declared holiday on the next day, the 18th of June (Monday and the actual day of my birthday), and so there's a looooong weekend to maximize.

From indulging in a plate of crispy pork, going gaga over shopping, starbucks-ing, and clubbing at night, my birthday and our trip was just absolutely ang saya saya!

Read more to know more.

Friday, June 15, 2012

PINOY FOOD FESTIVAL



One of the best things I always enjoy whenever I go back to the Philippines for a vacation is to indulge myself in a sea of Filipino cuisine. And just recently, with a budget in mind, I chose to throw my graduation treat to my family and some close relatives at Congo Grille in Mall of Asia. Apart from celebrating the success of my recent graduation, it was also a special day to give thanks to all Moms as it's Mother's day.

Read on to check out the price and the bonggang bonggang Filipino cuisine that we really enjoyed!



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ZOOBIC SAFARI ADVENTURE PART 4: GO LOCO WITH CROCS!

Finally after three posts, I'm now on my last entry in chronicling our family adventure at Zoobic Safari.

In the past entries, what I enjoyed the most was the close encounter with a Tiger through riding a Safari Jeepney. I also loved the mini show and the ala-extra challenge activities. On top of that, I was delighted seeing my nephew engaged in bird feeding, a close encounter with a Camel, and pagpapadede some animals.

In this last entry, I will share to you one of the highlights of our trip. Yours truly teased and fed some bonggang bonggang hungry crocs. You read it right.

Wanna know more about this heart-stopping adventure? Read more, as in now na!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

ZOOBIC SAFARI ADVENTURE PART 3: CLOSE ENCOUNTER

In my two previous entries of my Zoobic Safari Adventure, I talked about our walk-through at Zoobic Park and Serpentarium. I also chronicled the entertaining Safari Show topped with an extra-challenge activity for the audience. This is the continuation of my Zoobic Safari Adventure.

So after the Safari show and awarding a prize to the brave volunteers in the ala-fear factor activity, everyone was asked to stand by and wait for the arrival of the tram. Our group, number 27, was called by Jessa, the tour guide, and we were asked to ride the zebra-designed vehicle.

As we relaxed in the tram, Jessa uttered via her megaphone that we'll be heading to the Forbidden and Zoobic Caves. Right after, we'll be riding a Safari Jeep for the Tiger Safari ride. On one hand, she added that we'll be visiting the cages of the Tigers.

Yours truly got excited. I told myself, "ito na yung inaabangan kong close encounter sa Tiger na nakita ko nga sa movie."

The tram moved and we anticipated the unfolding of more adventures at Zoobic Safari. Read to know more about our close encounters with Zoobic's fierce creatures!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

ZOOBIC SAFARI ADVENTURE PART 2: SAFARI SHOW AND CHALLENGE

After our tour at Zoobic Park and Serpentarium, everyone was asked to stay and sit on the bench. We were advised that we will watch a short performance in one of the Pavillions.

I was so thirsty after our walk through at Zoobic Park and Serpentarium. Good thing, I brought a bottled water. Unfortunately, by the time we reached the sitting area for the performance, I already finished my water. So while waiting for the show to start, I bought a bottled water. Plus, to ward off the intensive summer heat, I bought an ice cream and ate it. At almost 1 in the afternoon, the only food that we had was the (at least) heavy breakfast at Coral View Beach Resort and some biscuits. Pero dahil na-excite kami at walang tigil ang tour, di na napansin pa ang gutom.

Soon, the show started. Now let me share to you the exciting and enjoyable show that's presented by the performers of Zoobic Safari. I recorded some videos which you can view.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ZOOBIC SAFARI ADVENTURE PART 1: TOUR AT ZOOBIC PARK AND SERPENTARIUM

One of the activities (unplanned) that I enjoyed during my three weeks vacation in the Philippines last May is our tour at Zoobic Safari. Since my family and I went to Coral View Beach Resort (which I will blog on a separate entry) and the resort was in Bataan (Subic was on the way), we opted to drop by at Zoobic Safari.

Our Zoobic Safari experience was truly enjoyable. Apart from watching some jungle safari shows and riding the tram to visit more than five stations, which include a museum and zoo, the tour package was filled with interactive and heart-pumping activities. Seriously, I felt that we lost lots of body fats as we walked, rode the tram, went down, rode the safari jeep, walked again, interacted with animals, and walked, and walked endlessly. And we seriously forgot to eat our lunch as everything went spontaneously.

So if you're thinking to bring the whole family at Zoobic Safari, let me detail to you what are the stream of activities that you and your family should not miss to enjoy at Zoobic Safari.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

PASALUBONG IN LOS BANOS

When my family and I went to Los Banos Laguna for my UP OU graduation, even though I was on a strict (strict-strictan ever) diet, I promised myself that I won't leave Los Banos without bringing home the talk of the town pasalubongs Lety's Buko Pie and Mer-nels Chocolate cake.

So despite my busy schedule, I asked my family to help me look for Lety's Buko pie and Mer-nels chocolate cake. Finally, after hours of pie and cake hunting, we found both stores. Lety's shop was situated near Dalcielio, where we ate for lunch on 5 May, and Mer-nels shop was across a shopping complex that's being constructed near UP Los Banos.

What's my comment on the truly mouth-watering and delightful sweet treats? Wanna know where to find both shops and the price range? Read on.

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