Friday, September 30, 2016

Hinulugang Taktak National Park Today

Nakakahiyang aminin, nine years na akong nakatira sa Antipolo pero lately ko lang nabisita ang Hinulugang Taktak.  Pero sabi nga nila, better late than later...

 At naisip ko na hindi ko rin masisi ang self ko kung bakit never ko binalak na pumunta dito noon. Many years ago kasi, (mga panahong hindi pa uso ang Facebook) puro pangit ang naririnig ko about Hinulugang Taktak. Kesyo madumi, madami basura floating in the river, mabaho, panget, panget at panget. Kaya ayun, siguro ito yung natanim sa isip ko. Pero one time, there's a voice inside me that tells me to visit the place, so yan, sometime in August 2016, sinama ko ang jowa kong kaladkarin at nakita ko for the fist time ang Hinulugang Taktak! And this is how it looks like today:


It was more beautiful than what I imagine it to be, or from what I've seen on tv and pictures. Nakakabighani ang waterfalls. Na imagine ko tuloy kung ano ang hitsura nito noong araw, baka pwedeng ipangtapat sa Niagara. 

Photo below ang daan patungo sa falls right at the entrace. Dito pa lang maririnig mo na ang tunog ng falls na very relaxing to the senses. Yun lang, kasabay din ng pagpasok mo may something smelly na you know that's coming from the waters. Pero tolerable naman yung baho aroma. Not sure if it's just me pero nawala din yung smell after a few minutes or na immune lang ang ilong ko.


Walang entrace fee dito. Malinis ang paligid, halatang may nag me maintain ng cleanliness, orderliness, and bongganess.  Sa entrance may mga uniformed personnel na may logbook na nakahanda para sa mga papasyal. Halos walang tao nung time na pumunta kami kaya tahimik ang lugar. Maraming punong malalaki at may mga birds pang humuhuni na ikinasaya ko ng bongga! Oh you know I love nature so much! 


Dahil sa kapayapaan ng paligid sinamantala kong mag ala model in a music video. Dito sa bridge na ito, sinamantala kong mag emote at mag conmtemplating-about-life pose habang nagpapanggap na hindi ko alam na pini picturan ako para sa mas madramang effect. Tagumpay naman. Sa ganda ng surroundings effortless ang pag eemote ko. Hahaha!

May mga cottages din para sa mga gustong mag picnic. Pero naghahanap ako ng basurahan, wala akong nakita. Saan kaya magtatapon ng basura? Inassume ko na lang na iuuwi mo yung mga kalat na dinala mo. Sige itatanong natin yan sa next punta ko. But the important is bawal magtapon ng kalat kung saan saan. Hello naman, tinuturo naman ito kinder palang diba?? (Nakataas kilay ko)



At para sa mga gustong mag isip kung paano iwawasto ang mga pagkakamaling nagawa nila sa buhay nila, may Meditation Area para sa inyo. Dito mo ibuhos lahat ng nilalaman ng puso mo habang nakatitig sa agos ng tubig at nakikinig sa huni ng mga ibong nagbabalik  ng masasaklap na alala at sugat na dinulot ng mapait na nakaraan... Hep tigil muna ang drama...Hihihi!



Meron ding pool sa loob ng park, may restrooms and shower rooms na perfect for a weekend family get-togetherness. Just inquire at the uniformed people in the area or you can call the city office kung may bayad or free. Ininspeksyon ko ang mga banyo, okay naman! Malinis ang pool, hindi nga lang masyado malaki pero pwede na. 



May wide space din na perfect for your playful little children. Pwede silang maghabulan dito hanggang sa mapagod at magutom sila. And all around was surrounded with a nice landscape na pa mountain char ang drama.



So what are you waiting for? Make sure you visit the park when in Antipolo. This is the second most visited spot in the city, next to the cathedral. Who knows, sa mga single baka dito nyo na mahanap ang forever nyo. Sa mga may asawa baka dito nyo mahuli ang kabit ng mister nyo, joke lang!. At sa mga tulad ko na naghahanap ng perfect backdrop for your Instagram photo, this is the place!!



xoxo,
Claire

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dear Ex-Friend

It's been a long time. I remember the old days when we were in school. I had this heavy mix of emotions as I recall those days we spent together. I was happy, but remembering them now, it felt odd.

Why this letter? I have doubts you would ever find this, but this is the only way I know to let this out. For the first and last time.  Somehow, I felt like you needed to know. After all these years.

It all came back when I saw a photo of myself wearing a blue shirt and red sneakers. I told myself you would hate or laugh at me because you were such a monochromatic person. I wasn't. I smiled at myself because for sure you would tell me I looked like the Philippine flag. And then memories came all flooding back...


Our friendship had a wonderful start. We instantly clicked like twins separated at birth and had only met for the first time at age seventeen. The two of us and the rest of our friends were like pieces of a puzzle that perfectly fit when put together. And I want to thank you for those happy moments...


Later then when school was over, and real life began for all of us, our friendship was tested by time and, probably change. Many things had happened that I thought to myself maybe I had only misinterpreted your actions, or the words you said so I let it all pass by and never held it against you. But at the end I only realized that you did not really change. That was what you really were to me all along. 


I didn't hate you. I hated the way you treated me and I was hurt like hell. I was miserable when I was jobless, and all I got was you on the phone talking about your glorious job and told me only those with the nicest smiles could join your company. That was one of the worst so I decided that maybe you were not the right person to run to when I needed comfort. It was a little too late to realize...

Years ran by, and after many desperate attempts to avoid you (that I had succeeded in most) I never lost the hope that things would change for the better. And they did. But you, did not. I still felt that same feeling when we're together that it wasn't a genuine love and respect for a friend that was supposed to be there from the very beginning. It almost came down to thinking you were just insecure, but who was I to ever thought of that.  It never really felt home with you. All I ever wanted was to run away from your presence all the time. It never felt right anymore.


Past forward to now, as I am typing this, I am okay with or without you, with the memories of the past, and our relationship now that I had painfully worked hard on.  And I'm glad about it. The pain and grudges are long gone and surely it will never come back because that chapter in my life has been closed already. It took me completing two stages of grief, and quite a number of self-pity to become the strong person that I have become to finally let go of that ugly part of my life which was our so-called friendship. 


I'd probably see you occasionally, maybe share drinks (in our case food) with you and come home not even thinking about the past anymore. I'm happy. I hope you are happy with your life too. And if fate and circumstance allow, we could start fresh and be good friends. But not for now. Because the wounds are healed but the scars are still clear. I wish you all the best in life!


Xoxo,
Claire





Friday, September 16, 2016

S&R New York Style Pizza at Robinson's Antipolo

At first I was afraid, I was petrified. Oops, mali! At first I thought this is sosyal, kasi may New York, pero sosyal nga kasi may Style. (Habang tumatanda pa corny ng pa corny at nag tatagalog na ako sa pag ba blog, sumuko na ang nerves ko trying hard kaka English)

Anyway, highway, pasensya na kayo sa ate nyo, ganito po talaga siguro pag bored at walang mapag tripan. Hindi naman masama mag blog at i share ang mga milestones ng buhay ko thru blog. Milestone na itong makakain for the first time in forever sa S&R New York Style Pizza sa Robinson's Place Antipolo City!!! Tatlong tumbling from the house!

So ito ang inorder namin ng jowa kong kaladkarin (kasi kahit saan ko sya yayain sasama lang sya):


For me is 1 Pizza Combo Slice at P 119, and for jowa is 1 Piece Chicken with Rice Meal for P 99. Nagdagdag din ako ng 1 order ng Fries for P 54 na di ko matukoy kung regular, medium or large ba siya kasi wala syang pagkakakilanlan. Inassume ko na lang na isang size lang talaga ang fries nayan, please see photo below.



So, at first I was afraid and petrified, kasi kala ko mahal ang food doon. Pero I was wrong. With the price ng inorder namin di ko kinaya ang sobrang kabusugan dun sa slice ng pizza na pwede paghatian ng dalawang tao. Ang laki ng serving nya te! Nag share pa kami ng asawa ko dyan sa pizza and fries. Tinikman ko din yung chicken at bet ko sya, pwede itapat sa McDo and Jollibee. While the fries is medyo nasobrahan ata ng lagay ng iodized salt. okay na okay din! Pero McDo fries pa rin ako forever!
And finally, with the place and all, it's clean naman, no langaw freely flying inside. The tables, chairs and floors and not sticky and stingy, and the staff are okay naman. Pak na pak mga ate! Until next time! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Quick FX CC Cream Experience

Hi me! I'm here to document my experience with Quick FX CC Cream. Take note guys, this is not a review, hindi pa ako beauty blogger (in the near future maybe, char!) just sharing my experience lang with this product. Hindi na ako magpapaligoy  ligoy pa, eto na ang before and after photo:



Top photos, using my very reliable Samsung Galaxy Tab S front camera, under flourescent lights (wala pong filter) , sa loob po kasi ng kwarto yan, wala po akong suot na CC cream, just a thin layer of Celeteque Moisturizer with SPF 15 lang po.

Photos below naman ay nakapaglagay na ako ng Quick FX CC cream, fresh na fresh pa yan, nilagyan ko lang ng Tiny Rice Buds Baby Powder on top para mabawasan ng oily effect na pag inipon ko pwede pang gasolina ng sasakyan. No lipstick and kilay and other make up effect din ang drama ko sa pictures below kaya maputla pa ako kaya po mukhang kakagaling ko lang sa Red Cross mag donate ng dugo.

Ang tanong? Kinaganda ko ba ang CC Cream na ito? Hindi ko rin masagot at nahihiwagahan pa rin ako sa totoo lang. Based on the photos, kayo na ang humusga! Pero seriously,  naka brighten sya kahit paano ng fez ko. Kita din naman sa pics. Yun lang hindi long lasting ang effect nya, hulas na sya pagkalipas ng mga ilang oras. At di nya kayang itago ang mga pimple marks at bakas ng kalungkutan, gutom at kahirapan sa mga mata ko, hahaha!

The product:

Ang Qick FX CC Cream na ito ay mabibili sa Watsons sa murang halaga. Less than one hundred pesos, sorry ang shonga I forgot hehehe. Plans to repurchase? Uhm, sa ngayon wala. Medyo on the look pa ako ng AA to ZZ (pak kung meron nyan lahat) Cream na magpapa perfect ng almost (sa pangarap) perfect kong mukha...

PS: this is not a sponsored review. Wish ko lang! :)


Friday, September 2, 2016

What Lucy Torres-Gomez and I Have Something In Common

One fine day, habang nag ba browse ako sa Instagram, I saw this post by Ms Lucy Torres:

Photo from Lucy Torres' Instagram

According to her, "ang hirap mag selfie"! Gustong kong mag comment ng "relate much!" 

Hahaha! Wag nyo  muna ko i judge na feelingera, mahirap talaga mag selfie lalo na sa tulad kong, kinulang sa ganda. That's one thing Lucy and I have in common. Ow wow parang ang sosyal ha!! Hihihi!

Mahirap lang talagang hanapin yung magandang anggulo lalo na kung mailap ito. I hope you understand...

At di ko ma gets kung bakit mahirap kay Ms Lucy Torres-Gomez mag selfie when all she needs to do is face the camera and smile...


Sorry this is the best selfie I can get. char!

Selfie above, pwede ko na lagyan ng caption na GGSS! Pero totoo, mahirap talaga mag selfie :)





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Some Helpful Tips If You're Visiting Cagbalete Island

I'm still not over Cagbalete Island kahit summer is sooo over! You can't blame me, I fell in love with the place :) I wrote about it HERE

Photo by Joane Macay
Okay, I'm not a traveler but here's a few tips you might find useful,  I will skip the tips that you have already found in other reviews (I advise you read other reviews first for the basics), so let's get down to business:

1. Some resorts like the one we chose, Villa Pilarosa takes another ten to fifteen minutes boat ride from the Sabang Port, so if you are a big group it is better to rent a private boat that will take you directly to your chosen resort. Or contact your resort personnel if they can arrange a boat to take you directly to your destination, this was our option. We paid P 500 sundo, hatid (back and forth) to Sabang.

2. If you are going via public boat, be early because the schedule may change once the boat gets full, specially during peak season. Yes, aalis po agad ang bangka at for sure ayaw mo maiwan!  You need to pay an environmental fee of P 50 before going aboard (see the photo below) After paying head straight to the waiting area near the dock because nobody will call on you when the boat arrives, (first come first served basis) just like what happened to us. We were sitting pretty on the chairs in front of this Ticketing Office, it was just our instincts that told us we should wait over there and not wait here. Again, in the photo below, you will pay P 50 here for the environmental fee, then at the boat during the ride you will pay the fare (P 75 during our time)



3.  Make sure that you wear your most comfortable anti-slip footwear, and girls avoid wearing short skirts for this,  because there is no dock in Sabang Port, and so be ready with your strong feet and legs. This was the challenging part in transferring from the public boat to the smaller boat :
Please look at the photo above. At first I thought that that bamboo platfrom was just for anything engineering related purpose, but when we reached the island, we used this as an exit to transfer from one boat to another, or so to speak, this is the dock :) On the upper left side of the photo, see the group of people in a small boat beside the bigger one?

3. It is advisable to bring your own food. There's a public market near Mauban Port. If the resort allows, they can cook the food for you. This was what we did in Villa Pilarosa. We asked a kind staff to cook our food during our stay. We bought fresh squid, pork, and the ingredients, bread, and rice of course for the whole time we stayed. We were charged P 250 for that and the cook was good. Not bad na :). But still if buying at the market is not convenient to you, you can always ask the resort if there's anything they can provide. Never hesitate to ask, and make arrangements, after all, you are their valued customer :)

4. Bring insect repellents because there are a lot of crawling little friends specially at night. We rented an open room so we experienced having these little creatures as room mates so better be careful.

5. Villa Pilarosa is a nice resort. The owner is kind and over all our experience was great. I recommend you choose this resort.


That's it! Very few tips. Thank you for reading! :)



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