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

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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! 🙂

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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.

Thoughts on The Legend of Korra Series

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It has been two weeks since the series finale of The Legend of Korra (note that this post has been edited 9 times already because I cannot organize my thoughts for some reasons) and yet, I have not gotten over it. My head is still in a spin and I had to watch the last 2 seasons twice intently while looking for hints I never noticed during the first time I watched it. To put it bluntly, I really didn’t expect that Korra and Asami will end up together because I didn’t see the signs. Or was I just too naive to see it because hey, it’s a kids’ show! And even though, Brian Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino confirmed it, I am still wondering why I didn’t see it coming. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against its ending. By all means, it is the creators’ story to tell and I don’t think there is a better way to end it, I just felt that I was missing something. The truth is I salute the creators because they are so brave in representing the queer in this show. I love Korra since the beginning of the series up until the ending because I have a bias on kick ass female leads. And Asami is no less than kick ass even though she is a non-bender and I like her as well.

This sort of withdrawal syndrome from the series led me to this tumblog here which gives the fans analyses of Korrasami. Thanks to the author of the blog I was able to fill myself with the gaps I thought I missed. And yeah, I did miss those. I was just not the too much of an analytic type of person on the show that I watch and was not expecting it in a cartoon series.

Aside from the growing up lessons that each season has imparted to its viewers, the fight scenes are epic as usual. (Man, I love those fight scenes between Korra and Zaheer as well as the one with Kuvira!) I will surely re-watch the entire series given I have extra time in the future.

As what Bryan Konietzko wrote in his blog post: You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it… and that’s what I am going to do. So, now on to my next series please. 😀

My Boracay Adventure

This is another late post. hahaha!

Last October, my travel buddies and I went to Boracay. It was booked on a whim and to take advantage of cheap flights. To be honest, I never thought I’d ever set foot on this island because the water never really entices me. But boy, I was so glad I did.

It was a rainy weekend and we arrived in Boracay with slight rain showers. We were able to manage to take a walk during the evening but it poured overnight until early in the morning the next day. Good thing the rain stopped before we head to our first activity of the day, helmet diving.

Helmet Diving

Helmet Diving

It was quite an experience for me. I’ve never been in the bottom of the ocean my entire life or even swam the beach, simply because I cannot. For a moment, I thought I was hyperventilating during the first few minutes on my way down the bottom of the water. But when I got comfortable, I was able to overcome the fear I didn’t know exist. I am so proud of myself. lol!

We head back to our hotel after helmet diving to take our lunch. The rest of the afternoon was wasted by a not so pleasant experience but it was compensated by the beautiful view during the Paraw sailing.

My camera got soaked because of the waves while we were getting in the Paraw. I was worried that it might break or malfunction but good thing nothing bad happened.

Sunset in Boracay

Sailboat Crew

Boracay Sunset

I was in awe. There is only one word to describe the sunset, beautiful.

The next day, the sun was generous enough to show up and I was more than happy because it would be a great opportunity to snap photos.

Boracay Dude

Sail Boat

Child's Play

grotto in boracay

Too bad, we had to head back to Kalibo the same day for us not to miss our early fiight the next morning. It was a short but fun trip and I will definitely come back. But next time, I will make sure it’s during summer so that I can take more pictures and do more water activities. ‘Til next adventure folks! 🙂

My Ilocandia Experience

Hi Folks! This is a very late post. My friends and I had finally had the chance to go to Ilocos Province last May to experience Ilocandia. It has been a long overdue trip that I had been planning a few years. Finally, I was able to go and meet my friend who lives in Vigan after 6 long years. I must say I had a great time.

Day 1

We left for Ilocos on May 2 between 7-8PM. We chose to go there via land because the trip was supposed to be a budget travel. So, we boarded the Farinas bus going to Laoag. Our first stop was Vigan because we would like to experience the Binatbatan Festival even just for a day.

We arrived at about 3:30 AM in Bantay where we were met by my long time friend, Jeriz. She was kind enough to offer her house for us to stay while we were in Vigan. Thanks to TPLEX, the supposedly 8-9 hours long trip was cut to 6 hours or more. We slept for a few hours and headed for the most awaited tour of the city.

Here are some of my photos during the trip:

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With my long time friend, Jeriz at Plaza Salcedo. We finally saw each other again after 6 long years.

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Calle Crisologo during the day.

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We toured the city riding a calesa. It was a very relaxing experience listening to the horseshoe sound as we pass by the old hispanic structures.

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And the food, too.

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Pagburnayan (place where clay jars where made)

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We were also able to witness the annual street dancing competition for Binatbatan Festival.

 

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We also went to Baluarte of Gov. Chavit Singson.

 

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Calle Crisologo looks great at night.

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Plaza Salcedo’s Dancing Fountain

Finally, we didn’t miss the chance to see the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo and Calle Crisologo at night. The street was packed during that time because the Ms. Earth contestants were also there during that time.

 

Day 2:

We woke up early to go to Pagudpud next morning. It was a grueling 2 and a half hours ride going to Laoag and another 2 hours to Pagudpud. We took the first bus that we saw to Laoag and boy! it was a huge mistake. The first bus that we chanced upon was an ordinary bus and we didn’t know that it would pick up every person it passes by. Thus, the long trip so when we finally arrived, we just took our lunch and headed for the tour.

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Our first stop was Kabigan falls. We had to trek for 30 minutes to get to the site.

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Patapat Viaduct

 

Bantay Abot Cave

Bantay Abot Cave

Cape Bojeador

Was finally able to personally see Cape Bojeador. Unfortunately, it was currently being restored and we were not allowed to climb the lighthouse.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

It was also my dream to see the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation with my own eyes and I was just so happy that it came true.

Bangui Windmills

I was so worried that we might not be able to make it to the Bangui Windmills because we started really late on our tour. I was just so glad that we were able to witness the sunset here and capture it.

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The tour was exhausting but really worth it.

That capped our second day in Ilocos and spent another 1 and a half hours of travel going back to our accommodation in Saud beach.

Day 3

Half of the Laoag tour felt that it dragged the day. Maybe I was just not into visiting museums. So,we all agreed to just skip the museums and asked our guide to just go on with the tour minus the museums.

Marcos' Residence Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Our first stop. This was the Marcos’ Residence in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and now a museum. I forgot what it was called.

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Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

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View from the Malacanang of the North

Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.

Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

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Bell Tower of Paoay Church. Errrr… not entirely sure. hehehe.

Fort Ilocandia

Fort Ilocandia

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This was the most exciting thing we did in Laoag. The La Paz Sand Dunes 4×4 experience.

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With Kuya Glenn, our 4×4 driver

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We also tried their ATV.

La Paz Sunset

It was indeed an awesome 3 day stay. Thank you Ilocandia for the experience.