Cinco de Mayo!

Another delayed post. Tinamad kasi ako mag-blog for some reason. Anyway…

I went out for Cinco de Mayo with my good friend Via, and we went to Agave at The Fort to celebrate. We don’t exactly know what the holiday is for, but heck, any happy excuse to drink loads of alcohol is good enough for me!

So we got there, perfect coz it was a Thursday, and ordered a bottomless Cancun Margarita each. Tas we ordered food na, and pretty soon, we were feeling the effects of the Tequila. Pero hindi sapat yung Margaritas lang. Of course we had to take shots of Tequila! Via even spotted a guy na mag-isa so she sent a shot his way. He went to our table and thanked Via, introduced himself (his name is Charlie) and apparently he’s American, a writer and is just here to relax. And yung girlfriend ata nya works for Agave.

Pretty soon, after chugging at least 10 glasses of Margarita and maybe 4 shots of Jose Cuervo Silver, feeling ko wala na akong ulirat. Pero meron pa naman. Iba na nga lang yung ngiti ko. 😛 I was laughing loudly na and exchanging stories with Via and Charlie (who joined us at our table) while drinking up a storm. I think final count ko was 14 glasses of Margarita (probably more) and 7 shots of Tequila. I think I threw up pa nga sa CR, pero oks lang. At least I didn’t black out. Skyy Vodka lang ata nakakagawa sa kin nun for some reason.

So I was able to go home naman conscious, but Via got sick for several days. Hindi talaga sila bati ng Tequila. For me, I kinda like Tequila kasi, so oks lang. And buti I really don’t get hangovers kasi with the amount of alcohol I consumed, I guess for those who do get hangovers, well. Sabihin na lang natin na the morning after ain’t gonna be so much fun. Pero kahit na.

So parting words for y’all: Live life! Be adventurous! And celebrate! Cheers! 😀

#the2011SUPERVACAY! Part 3

Next stop, CORON! Takte, I was really excited for this one. I’ve never been to Palawan. And from what I’ve seen in photos, mukhang maganda sa Coron. And I’m going here with my family, coz we decided to celebrate ate’s birthday here. 🙂

So first day, habang palanding pa lang yung plane, ayun, ang ganda na kagad ng view. Low mountains, trees everywhere, pure nature! Lalo tuloy akong na-excite. Last frontier ba naman ng Pilipinas e.

We got out na din kagad. Tas nakita na namin yung sundo namin papunta sa hotel. Ang layo pala. Tas may part pa nung highway na maraming cows grazing. Nakakatuwa lang. I mean, I’ve seen cows naman na, pero hindi ganun kadami. Ang cute lang nila minding their own business. 😀

When we got to the hotel, they gave us our complimentary drinks na. Uso na ata talaga yun sa mga pa-high-end na hotels, ano? As if naman ang mahal ng juice. But oh well, at least feeling welcome ka. Pero sana hindi naman yung usual lang na mango shake or something. I’d rather yung parang kung sang place ka, yung kahit papaano e medyo unique drink na signature ng place na yun. Wala lang. Naisip ko lang.

Anyway, we toured around the hotel grounds. Maganda naman sya. Malayo nga lang sa bayan, pero ayos lang. Tahimik. Relax-mode naman talaga ang habol ko dito sa Palawan, tutal sobrang napagod ako sa Bora, Baguio and Dagupan. Time to chill.

We decided to eat sa bayan. Para ma-tour man lang kahit konti, ganun. So we went to this resto na mukhang masarap naman yung food dahil sa ambiance. Buti na lang pala we went here, kasi one of the waitresses e nag-o-OJT lang pala dun and is currently enrolled as a Tourism student, so she was able to give us information about the place, where to go, what to do, etc. Kahit hindi na nga namin itanong nasagot na nya.

The food. The food was delish. Tas adventurous kasi ako kahit papaano, na when we go to a new place, I try to at least try local cuisine. This time, it was “Lato” or sea-grapes. Para syang miniature grapes (kasing-laki ng munggo) na kulay neon green. Masarap sya. Kaso, I think we had too much of it kasi the following day, well. Let’s just say humilab yung tiyan namin ng kapatid ko and we used the CR waaaay too often. Tas kahit naka-ilang Diatabs or Imodium na kami, sumasakit pa din tiyan namin and we still rushed to the CR when we had to go. Ugh.

So medyo naudlot yung plano naming island hopping for the second day. E yun pa naman yung araw ng birthday ni ate. Ang saya lang. 😛

Anyway, bago pa man kami saktan ng tiyan, we climbed the 700+ steps of Mt. Tapyas. Takte extra challenge! Mom only had enough strength to go up 300+ steps. Ate and I went up to the top, took pics, and went down to where mom was. Sabi ko gusto ko abangan yung sunset, so nung malapit na, I went up again. So basically, I climbed about 1100+ steps total. Pagod pero sulit naman. I took shots of the sunset. Sayang lang I didn’t have an SLR camera, mas maganda sana yung labas. Oh well.

Balik tayo sa second day. Since masama na nga pakiramdam ni ate, mom and I decided to check out the hot springs na lang. Ang layo din pala nun, tas ang mahal ng pamasahe! P300 roundtrip! Takte. E parang promo fare na ng Cebu Pacific yun a! Yun ngang roundtrip ko going to CDO last year P600+ lang binayaran ko e. 😐

Hot springs. Oks naman sya. Mainit nga naman, sarap sa laman. Kaso. Ayun. Tyempo sumasakit na din tiyan ko. BUTI NA LANG MAY CR! Augh. Saya. Dun talaga ako inabutan. So after nung incident na yun, we went back to the hotel na tas nung nasa kwarto, salit kami ni ate sa paggamit ng CR. Pagkatapos nya, ako naman. Pagkatapos ko, minsan sya naman. Some vacation this is turning out to be. Second day: planned island hopping naging sleep-all-you-can day.

Third day, medyo ok-ok na kami ni ate, but we bought Diatabs just in case. So ngayon na lang namin tinuloy yung island-hopping. Mula sa bayan, pinuntahan na namin yung boating service, bought food for lunch, got some snorkeling gear then off we went!

Actually this was a very nice day. Hindi masyadong maaraw, tama lang. We went snorkeling ni ate, and the underwater scenes are just breathtaking. We went to a total of five places, I think. Siete Picados for snorkeling, Kayangan Lake for some swimming (freshwater, so medyo nakakapanibago after just coming from saltwater), Banol Beach to eat lunch (which was just divine), Twin Lagoon na sobrang lalim, medyo nakakatakot, and CYC Island just for a bit of shallow water swim. Di na kami tumuloy sa Barracuda Lake kasi aakyat pa ata and mom was tired na from climbing the trail just to get to Kayangan Lake. Pero oks lang, worth it pa din. 🙂

After that, we had dinner na lang sa hotel and prepped our things para ready na for our departure the next day. So nung last day, we just had breakfast sa hotel, got our luggage, and went home. It was a mix of good and bad experiences (I mean, there were some trash pa e parang I was expecting Coron to be really clean), but overall, it was a relaxing trip. Can’t say I’ll be back, though. Medyo mahal din kasi. But overall, a must-visit. 😀

#the2011SUPERVACAY! Part 2

Well, the second and third place I went to were not really for vacation per se, but it was interesting nonetheless. Second stop: Baguio and Dagupan. It was for HP’s Value Campaign 4 that I was involved in.

Baguio was kind of a welcome sight, since I’ve been here maybe three times before, usually for vacation. Last time I was in Baguio was Christmas 2009, so it was very cold, like jacket + thick pants + scarf weather. Yun bang pag humangin lang e tagos na sa buto yung lamig. This time, tolerable naman. Oks na yung kahit naka-t-shirt ka, although malamig pa din. Yung lamig tamang-tama lang pag tanghali, kahit wag na mag-jacket. So I bought some strawberries and other shit since I’m already here.

Dagupan. Well. I haven’t been to Dagupan pala. I thought nadadaanan namin to dati when we went to Ilocos and Baguio, but I guess hindi pala. Ang alam ko lang, mainit daw dito. Fortunately, nung nandun kami hindi naman. Pero naligaw kami looking for our “hotel.” I mean, uh, oks lang, pero I think kung ako pipili ng accommodation, I wouldn’t stay here. ‘Nuff said.

Both events were successful. Well, I think mas naging mabenta yung sa Dagupan compared to Baguio. Mas willing kasi magparticipate sa games yung mga taga-Dagupan e. But overall, maganda yung turnout pareho.

Actually, by this time, pagod na ko. One more trip to go!!!