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Gusto kong matutong mag-drive

Published May 15, 2013 by Diosa

Have you played a song in your head over and over again? Or perhaps do you have a theme song for your current endeavor?

Four years ago, I got my driver’s license but didn’t drive. I’m proud to say that I went through the whole legal process. For some unknown reasons, I just didn’t drive. Last January, our car was left in my care. I have no choice but to drive it. Lucky me, right? I did learn how to drive (thanks to A1 and my dad) and going to Pampanga put my skills to the test. And now the song plays on, magda-drive ako buong taon,magda-drive ako habang buhay, magda-drive ako hanggang buwan

Well, here’s my first long drive or overdrive…

on the way  to arayat

just exiting NLEX at San Simon. A scenic drive turned nightmare when we got lost.

I decided to go to Gintung Pakpak Ecopark because it had been raining and it wouldn’t be safe to go to Biak-na-Bato (that’s what I was told) Since I heavily depended on maps, I searched our way to the park with Google map. I totally overlooked the map on their facebook account which is why I followed a different way. Together with my aunt and friend, we made our way to the park. San Simon Exit was not a bad choice after all. We drove through the greens of the fields while heading to Mt. Arayat. We even caught a glimpse of their old church. The nightmare began when we went back and forth a rough road. At first, we were told we would get there once we passed by the municipal hall. It was just unfortunate that we were passing along the wrong town. The park is at the foot of Mt. Arayat but not in Arayat town. We had been circling the same route when I decided to stop at a gasoline station. The seller didn’t know the park but fortunately knew the barangay. She gave us the right direction but I also asked two soldiers outside the store just to be sure. When we reached the end of Magalang Road, we saw a sign of Gintung Pakpak Ecopark. Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel was now in sight!

We just followed the signs and went though narrow and steep roads and behold the park is real.



When we got there, we saw some students and the parking space was full. I was just so happy we could eat. I was nibbling on crackers while driving because I was just starving. We paid the P200 entrance fee and went right ahead to find the restaurant. P50 goes to the environment fee while the remaining can be consumed at the restaurant. We ate sinigang and seafood. I love the spicy and hot seafood but did not enjoy the sinigang. I just don’t like too much oil in my food.


IMG_1691After the satisfying meal, a staff guided us with a tour in the park.


line of bonsai


with my aunt and friend


the dorm


tables and chairs, coffee and cream, stories and friends


one of their beautiful villas


inside the villa




the park’s cute pool or big basin






we found my friend’s wedding venue 🙂


at the restaurant

The park provides a place where you can really feel peaceful and commune with nature. I just felt connected with nature and somehow relieved from the noise of the city. After walking along the park, nothing quenched my thirst but their tamarind shake. I swear it’s the best fruit shake ever!

my tamarind shake

my tamarind shake

It was a long drive home but the experience of getting lost and going back the right path had the trip all worth it!

How to get to Gintung Pakpak Ecopark:

1. Visit their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gintung-Pakpak-Ecopark/104946462922843?fref=ts

2. Call 09152375915 or 09288107701 or 09424545019.

3. Check their website http://www.gintungpakpakecopark.com

4. Have fun!


Expendable me

Published August 28, 2012 by Diosa

I turned 32 today and this is my first post for the 365 posts I promised to myself. I don’t know if I can keep up with this blogging but I might find it worthy of my time. Why expendable me? Expendable means

  1. (of an object) Designed to be used only once and then abandoned or destroyed.
  2. Of little significance when compared to an overall purpose, and therefore able to be abandoned.

Too dramatic and gruesome right? As of yesterday, I had my moment of feeling old, dramatic, and tired of the usual routine. I’m still living with my parents (with no space for privacy) and missing my sisters terribly. Have you read Veronika Decides to Die? Well, I was pondering and relating very much with her ordeal. My mom was pushing me to clean the house and calling me very lazy. My dad was under acting and pretending to be doing all the cleaning. I gave up arguing. I don’t want to point the obvious that we actually have house helper. And how much dirt can 4 people could actually accumulate? I’m not lazy because I work almost 10 hours a day during weekdays plus 2 half-day Saturdays. I was so upset so I scratched my wrist. (It’s so stupid, I remember saying to myself “para kang tanga.”)

hindi ako suicidal, nagdadrama lang

I just shut the hell up and then they were nagging me to go out with them and watch a movie. Really, it’s a losing battle whenever I try to resist them. I took a bath and went out. Surprisingly, they gave me a wonderful treat. My dad treated us with my favorite tenderloin steak and my mom bought me swimsuit cover up and snorkeling gear. (My sisters can’t believe it either!) After that, we watched “Expendables 2.” OH, how I LOVE Expendables 2. My action heroes are altogether in one movie. Yes, I was one of the people who clapped after the action-packed scenes. (1. when Chuck Norris saved them first 2. when they fought for the village (Jason Statham is soooo hot! ) 3. when Arnold S. (yeah, it’s hard to spell, don’t want to google it) drilled them out 4. when they all fought together at the airport 5. and yes, another applause for Chuck! ( I never appreciated his movies but I sooo liked him in this movie) Van Damme did well in playing the man we love to hate. I could rave all the lines I love:

1. “When was the last time you did that?, I forgot.” while watching Billy the kid breezed through the steep forest.

2. “I’ll be back” / “You’ve been back enough.”

3. “That belongs in a museum.” / “We all do.”

For a movie that’s supposed to be used only once, I don’t mind having a part 3.

The whole day totally soothed my grudge and sweetened my disposition.

Going back to philosophizing the meaning of expendable, well, we all live once. The day we are born is the day we start dying. We need to fully live our lives. The world does not revolve around us. We are just part of the big picture. After falling off the calendar, I reflected on the days when I can’t wait to grow up and be an adult. I wanted to rush things and constantly worry about the future. This time, I wish for the time to slow down. Live each day. Smile for a moment. Laugh a lot. Cry a little. Get mad. Travel more. Walk farther. Drive now. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.Hold tight. Let go.

Though my parents drive me crazy at times, I would still love to spend time with them. When I was in my 20’s, I decided that I should be married at 30. And then, I don’t see marriage an option anymore. I dreamed of being a teacher and then, I dream to have another dream. I hope to build something. But the truth is, I really don’t know what chances I’ll take. I just pray that I have the courage to actually take the chance.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. It’s actually a good start. I was early at work today. It was smooth traffic all the way to school and no bad men trying to slash my bag. My colleagues greeted me. We ate lunch on time. I was less irritated. I taught and learned. I realized why I love and hate my job. One preschooler had a very high-pitched voice. A grade school student concluded, “you must hate your job, she’s so annoying.” That remark actually calmed me down. I have been teaching her since she was in nursery now she’s grade 7. It was fun teaching her and after 3hours of studying, I told her “you must hate studying with me.” Then we laughed out loud. Well, my luck ran out and I got stuck in traffic. I got off and walked home. My mom and dad waited me for dinner. They might have took an hour earlier to realize that it is my birthday today but they did make up big time.

I feel loved and I’m thankful.

*** I’m grateful to my family and friends that greeted me thru text. I just felt more important and I was touched.. really. Tata, Karen, Tito Ago and Tita Magie, Tita Liset, Made, Tita Baby, Ama, Janet, Rica,Beng, Ian and for my starbucks coffee,

my fave espresso frap

Mae, AJ, Arnold, Liza, Tita Susan and Mabel and Jen. My facebook friends, more than hundred people greeted me! Even my highschool crush who never talked to me.

And my sisters who called me, I just miss you so much. We’ve been celebrating birthdays separately for too long.

Karen’s Dictionary

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

Everytime I travel, I spend countless hours on the internet researching about the place. I would be awed, amazed, and surprised. I just to want make sure that we eliminate danger and possible rip offs. And I hope that we get to enjoy all the things the place has to offer even if we go to off beaten paths. Plus, I like trivias. However, my friend Karen usually comes up with things and terms that couldn’t be possibly seen on researches. Here’s some of the stuff she said which made us wonder at first then eventually laugh hard about it.


1. Trip to Coron


Coron is very beautiful. One that actually makes me shout “ang ganda ng Pilipinas!” Coron is a municipality that includes Busuanga Island and all nearby Coron island. (according to wikipedia and coronphilippines.com)


While waitng at the airport, we took pictures (camwhores we are) and came across the name of the airport. Karen made a conclusion: Busuanga Is. Coron, Palawan. Ahh, busuanga pala ay coron din. (Ahh, Busuanga and Coron is the same.) Then, we read what she saw. I think its Busuanga Island Coron, Palawan.


2. Trip to CDO and Camiguin


We really love to go to Camiguin. In order to get there, I studied different routes to the the place and decided to use the Cagayan de Oro route. We got there in the afternoon so we spent the night before heading to Camiguin. We hanged out at their Divisoria and attended the Mass the next day. On our way back to the inn, Karen saw a sign at a furniture shop. Since we were in Mindanao, we had a bit of hard time understandng the language. She read “lay away.”(all a’s are short sound a) We thought about it s0 we read it with her, we said lay away. Karen, that’s English. (the payment scheme)


3. Trip to Hongkong and Macau



Hongkong is my first international trip. My childhood dream of seeing Mickey Mouse at Disneyland is finally coming true. We only have 6 days to go around the place but we really don’t care if we get tired and exhausted. It’s a must that we get to tour all the destinations we chose to go.With hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipino workers in Hongkong, it’s possible that we’ll be identified as one of them. We were so excited when we saw them at the Largo Leal de Senado and it felt home when we heard someone spoke our language. Karen started gushing “DOH.” Huh? Domestic Helper. Ahh, DH. We had a good laugh even with an empty stomach!



This post is dedicated to Karen who teaches us the most provocative and sexiest model-like poses and provides us hysterical quotes when we get too serious.




Amidst the empty chairs and busy tourists

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

I was waiting at the jetty port for the boat that would take us to Caticlan and ride the plane back to Manila. Right at the middle of these chairs and tourist where I was sitting with my newly tanned skinny arms, bronzed glowing cheeks, and long super dry hair, I wondered…. would anyone notice if I pick my nose? Well, just a thought.


A Different Kind of Rollercoaster Ride

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

The best position: on top


The best weather condition: bright and airy


The best way to move around: fast and thorough


and yes, its best to do it with more people than just one.




Had it all on the Jeep roof in Batanes!









their unique road sign, they used this long before the text lingo


























the Lord of the Rings












what were you thinking about?



Rolling Hills: 360degrees of Breathtaking View

Published April 11, 2011 by Diosa

I swear I could list a hundred reasons why I love Batanes! This is my first post about my Batanes trip with my sister. This is the 360 degree amazing view of Batan island on top of the rolling hills. I forced my sister to take pictures of me while she went around me to include the view.










my smile would rip my face




Published March 30, 2011 by Diosa

Jump shots had never been this fun:


Planning our stunts… 


Yes! he can do it on his own! 

This determined two year old didn’t get tired from mastering his jump shot….. even with his diaper peeping out!