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For the first time in my adult life, I cried in the shower today. I don’t normally cry over stuff. But today, I did. It was just too much to bear. I just had to let it out and I still get teary eyed whenever I think about it.

You might see me as someone who is very optimistic. Yes, I am because I choose to. But it doesn’t mean that I am happy, truly happy. I just choose to smile everyday and psych myself that I’d be happy for the day. But why is it so difficult to be happy? Why does it have to be an everyday struggle?

Then one day, I found my happiness. There is this certain calm and peacefulness with it. I was in denial at first but the force was so strong I can’t go against it. But was it just a temporary bliss? Why is it so difficult to hold on to the one thing that makes you happy? I just wish I know the answer.

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Paco Park and Intramuros Day Tour

Last week, my friend Abba asked me to accompany her to pick up her Chinese friends and tour them in Intramuros.

We left very early to make sure that we beat the number coding in Manila but we got lost looking for Garden Suite Hotel, got caught and was issued a number coding ticket. It was just weird that none of the folks we asked know the name of its street as well as the hotel. Anyway, we were able to finally find the hotel and to our surprise it was just beside Paco Park. Geez.

Below are the photos I took during the trip. Enjoy!

Paco Park

Paco Park

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Paco Park

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San Agustin Museum

Hallway

San Agustin Museum

Courtyard Door

San Agustin Museum

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

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San Agustin Museum

San Agustin Musuem Lobby

San Agustin Museum

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

Inside Manila Cathedral

Inside Manila Cathedral

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Revisiting Pinto Art Museum

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The mandatory pose at the entrance of the museum

It was known as Pinto Art Gallery before and now it is called Pinto Art Museum. After 6 years, I had the chance to visit this place again.

The place is very different from what I remember. The old entrance door has been permanently closed and a new entrance door had been used. Everyone who enters the place is now required to register and pay Php 180 for regular guests while Php 150 for students. There are a lot of new beautiful structures that houses a lot of great artworks. I am particularly amazed at the huge gallery 1. They followed the terrain of the land and did not remove the rocks that were found on it. What they did is use the rocks as landscape design of the gallery which I think is really cool.

Here are some of the photos I took today. Enjoy! 🙂

Bell

Gallery

Mural

Greek Like Structure

Bridge

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Tower

Art Appreciation

Gallery 2

Rediscovering OPM

Synthesis

I can no longer remember the last time I purchased an audio CD. It has been too long that I lost track. I vividly remember how I make sure to hang out in the music stores when I was still in college in between our classes and how much CDs I used to have way back and are now dusting somewhere in our house.

To make the long story short, three days ago I purchased Synthesis, an independently produced album here in the Philippines. I got curious and decided to give it a try.

Well, I was not disappointed. It is a pretty solid album. I was surprised at the artist’s musicality and I love all the tracks. But my personal favorites are Sayo Pa Rin and Barcelona. The music is catchy and the lyrics are well written. I was hoping there were more tracks though.

Kudos to Glaiza and her team! If you are into Indie Pop, please do grab a copy of this album. It is worth the money plus you get to support and encourage independent producers and composers to create more music.

Revisiting Lucban’s Pahiyas Festival

I love Pahiyas

It was 6 years ago (2009) when I first visited Lucban, Quezon for their annual Pahiyas Festival. I really don’t have any intention of going during that time but an officemate/friend and fellow photo enthusiast asked me if I wanted to join her and her friends because one of their friend backed out. Having had my first DSLR during that time, I said yes because of the opportunity to take pictures.

This year, I’ve decided to go back because a good friend told me that he really wanted to go and it is his first time to experience the festival. And being a good friend (I’d like to think I am) and travel buddy, I said yes. I didn’t have any intention to go at all prior to my friend asking me but I thought it is already time to go back.

The weather that morning was not tour friendly because it would rain then stop then rain again then stop and the sun will slightly peek then rain again. Geez… I can’t even take a proper photo during that time. But at noon the rain finally stopped and the sun finally shone. Down side is, it is too hot. hahaha!

It was a very tiring and yet another fun day with my friends. 🙂

Here are some of the photos I took during the day tour. ‘Till my next adventure kids! 🙂

Donuts

Pahiyas

Lucban Pahiyas

Kiping

A Sea of Umbrellas

Head Dress

Door

A Short Road Trip To Pangasinan

I recently went to a short road trip to Pangasinan two weeks ago with a few friends. I just wanted to share some photos I took during the trip. Will just edit this post once I get to have time to organize my thoughts. Believe me I tried to write something but just couldn’t. Hahaha! ‘Til next post! 🙂 All photos were taken in Lingayen beach. 🙂 Waiting for the breaking wave Mother and Son Skimboarder Boy Lingayen Sunset