Trip to La Mesa Eco Park (June 2010) . . .

Event : TPG-HD Green Team GIRLS Bonding
Date : June 11, 2010
Venue :
La Mesa Eco Park, Quezon City

My colleagues decided to have our mini-team building in La Mesa Eco Park, a vast garden with lots of towering trees and beautiful flowers.

Even though it is just a few minutes ride away from our house, this is actually my first time going there. I was reluctant at first because not only do I dislike long walks on a hot sunny weather, I was also not very close with most of the girls (when this event was on its planning phase). Even so, the day turn out pretty well — it was exhausting but fun. The anxiety I felt before was replaced by ease and I don't regret my decision of going out with them.

Commuting via a green tricycle from FCM costs P15/person. The entrance fee is cheap at P50, and I got a P10 discount since I am a resident of Quezon City. The reason why the entrance fee is so cheap is because the rest of the park's amenities and "Adventure Zone" activities are expensive. A dip in their pool costs P100; renting a tent costs P500; a bike ride is P80/hr; the zip line, rapelling and wall climbing cost P100 each; boating costs P40 (I think); and the list goes on!

Apart from the cam-whoring, the best thing we did in this trip was the Zip Line. It looks dangerous but it's a thrilling experience! I'd love to try it again but it's darn expensive!

We started the trip at around 11AM and ended at 3PM. Short trip but it was still worth it. When I got home, I took a nice looooooonnnnggg bath (because I was sweating a lot due to excessive walking) before I edited the photos from the trip. ☺

Trees [3]Lotus ?Eco CenterSHELL Flower TerracesTrees [2]

StaircaseEco Park cam-whoring!WELCOME!Ready for the ZIP LINE ! ! !Finale Photo

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Surprised ! ! ?

Dad came home and surprised all of us. He said he wanted to patch things up with Mom.

One of the things he planned on doing is to take us all out of town. They were thinking of going to Puerto Gallera the following week but we thought that a ferry ride is too risky for people who don't know how to swim — Mom and siblings. So, we ended up going to 88 Spa. Our stay wasn't as exciting as when Dada and I first got there. I felt some sort of restraint. I then concluded that measuring the excitement of one trip is not about the beauty of the place but it's the company you get from the people who're with you during the entire trip.

Dad also bought a black Toyota Innova. I am not into car specs so I don't know its features but I like it because it's comfy. Aside from the out of town trip and the car, Dad also bought me a Sony DVP-NS15 and a 40" Sony Bravia!!! Whooohooo!!!

Sony Bravia KDL 40 ! ! !Sony DVP NS1538PToyota Innova



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Trip to Enchanted Kingdom – OtakonEK 2009 ! ! !

Event : OtakonEK 2009
Date : October 18, 2009
Venue : Enchanted Kingdom

Last year, I said that OtakonEK will be my pilgrimage because Azrael confirmed that this will happen every September. OtakonEK was a bit postponed this year due to typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) [link, viewable by family & friends only], which hit the country a day before its actual date. I also thought that I won’t be able to attend because of my work’s schedule. As if luck was really on my side, I had an acute laryngitis which became my excuse for skipping our shift. Even without a voice, I can still have fun!!! Dada was against it at first but when I explained to him that I have been planning this for the longest, he then allowed me to go. Wheee!!!

 

 

 

Jeiro and Lora went to EK wearing Pirate costumes while Leidi and I were just wearing casual clothes. I planned on donning the Scarlet gown [link], but I realized that it would be too cumbersome and I don’t want to pose for pictures there (yeah, I have issues).

Leidi and I missed both the 10:30AM and 12:30NN shuttles so we had to commute going to Sta.Rosa, Laguna. I was thinking that if something else goes wrong or if we get lost, we might not make it to EK! During those times, I realized that people can either be complete @$$h073S or be very helpful to the needy. Some people took advantage of the situation and charged us too high for fares, while some are very kind to point us the fastest routes and tell us the actual rates.

 

We arrived in EK around 1:30PM and immediately stashed our bags in the locker area. Leidi was a bit reminiscing because she said that the last time she’s been there was when she was ten. It was time for her to feel the thrills of the rides she missed during her elementary years! LOL!

1) Roller Skater (mini roller coaster) — Leidi wanted to try Dodgem (bump cars) but I told her that it’s too boring so as an appetizer, I took her here. I think she had fun. Hehe~

2) Anchor’s Away (swaying pirate ship) — The line was pretty long and we waited for about 10 minutes before our turn. While standing in line, Leidi felt scared as she heard the screams and wanted to back out. I firmly told her “NO! We are going to take the topmost seats! You see blood everyday [you’re a nurse-to-be!] and you can’t handle this?!” Hehehe~ Of course, people go to EK to experience the thrills and I want nothing less. While the ship was swaying back and forth, Leidi got really scared at tinawag na niya ang lahat ng mga santo! LoL! She screamed “OH MY GOD -TAMA NA – SHET – ANG PUSO KO – LORD – OPERATOR – STOP – AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!” all in one breath! LoL!

 

3) Grand Carousel – no lines, I wonder why? LoL!

4) Flying Fiesta (wave swinger) – Leidi said that if she survived Anchor’s Away, she can survive anything! LoL!

 

 

 

5) Wheel of Fate (giant ferris wheel) – it was our time to relax a bit and enjoy the view.

6) Rialto (motion sim theater – feat. Speed Racer) – if my reaction to Sponge Bob was “That was it?!” for Speed Racer it was “What the fn(K”?!”

7) Jungle Log Jam (log flumes) – We didn’t get wet. It was still cold, though.

8) Rio Grande Rapids (river rafting) – We were VEERRRRYYYYYY WET! LoL!

Despite the fact that we arrived late, we still managed to try out eight rides. This is my best record as of late. LoL! The Space Shuttle is undergoing maintenance so Leidi wasn’t able to feel what it’s like being the signature ride of EK. Nonetheless, we’re able to watch the Sky Wizard fireworks display contest. The entry that we liked was #11.

 


We got home around 12:30MN. Cold and tired, but we had fun. LOL!

 

Trip to Enchanted Kingdom – Feb 2009 ! ! !

Event : Dada and Bebe goes Out-of-town (extension)
Date : February 14, 2009
Venue : Enchanted Kingdom
Photos : [click here]

Dada and I planned on going here as part of our week-long out-of-town trip but EK is closed from Monday to Wednesday so we had to re-schedule it. I don’t consider this as a Valentine’s Date. Dada said he doesn’t celebrate Hearts Day so I treated this like a regular stroll on a huge theme park too.

This is my third time going to EK in a span of one year! Weeeee~~~ I’ve been to EK about six-seven times since it opened. Addict mode~!

Other trips to EK that I put in my blog:
1) Teletech Summer Outing 2008 [link]
2) OtakonEK 2008 [link]

I got 3 free tickets when I volunteered for the Press Conference of OtakonEK last September 2008.

Dada and I met up in the Ayala-MRT station around 9:30 AM. We headed to Glorietta and waited in line for the EK shuttle. There were a lot of people and the shuttle service was delayed for a couple of minutes. *sigh*

Upon arriving in EK, we immediately stashed our stuff on the locker area so that we won’t have a hard time roaming around.

We went to the Amazon Grill and had lunch. The barbecue and side dishes were soooooooo delicious! Dada also gave me chocolate marshmallows for desert (there goes my diet!).


The rides we took were the ff:
1) Roller Skater (mini roller coaster)
2) Wheel of Fate (giant ferris wheel)
3) Anchor’s Away (swaying pirate ship)
4) Rialto (motion sim theater – feat. LEGO Racers)
5) Flying Fiesta (wave swinger)
6) Space Shuttle (Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster)
7) Jungle Log Jam (log flumes)

Roller Skater – We proved that the backmost seats bring more excitement.

Wheel of Fate – It looks like a glowing spiderweb at night. Dada said that this ferris wheel is where a lot of couples go to either confess their love for one another or to break up. LoL!

Anchor’s Away – There was a kid who threw up while the pirate ship was swinging back and forth. They halted operation for about 15 minutes to get everything cleaned. 😄

Rialto – Not much exitement because it lacks the 3rd-person perspective.

Flying Fiesta – It looks like a UFO at night.

Space Shuttle – FRONT ROW SEATS OFFER AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!! 😄

Jungle Log Jam – it was cold but we didn’t get too wet.

We were not able to ride the Rio Grande because it was closed and we were not able to see the fireworks because it was getting late.

I bought a red bonnet, a spill-proof mug and I also bought a photo from the Space Shuttle ride. Dada bought a pouch for his cellphone.

We got back in Makati at 10:30 PM. Dada escorted me back to the condo and I kissed him goodnight before we parted ways. ^_^

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Trip to ’88 Spa and Resort’ ! ! !

Event : Dada and Bebe goes Out-of-town
Date : January 30 – February 1, 2009
Venue : 88 Spa and Resort (Laguna)
Photos : [click here]

I filed a week-long vacation leave because Dada and I were supposed to go to Cebu and watch the Sinulog Festival. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t push through so I got frustrated and I insisted that we go out-of-town because I don’t want my leaves wasted. Thanks to my teammate’s suggestion, we found a very nice alternative88 Spa and Resort ! ! ! We headed to their Makati office during our day off and made reservations. We paid the package of 3 days and 2 nights and it cost us 5K Php.

We waited in Alabang but we had a hard time looking for an air-conditioned bus. I suggested to Dada that we should’ve gone to Cubao because that’s where the HMT terminal is but he said it’s quite far. I got disappointed because one of the bus conductors told us that aircon buses bound to Calamba use the flyover (which is directly above us). It took about half an hour before we finally boarded a bus — an ordinary HMT bus. Anyway, it can’t be helped. I just thought of the nice things that would happen once we’re there. Besides, he’s the one carrying my stuff. Hehe~

Calamba reminds me of Mamburao (there’s a mix of city establishments and a provincial ambiance). I wanted to escape the city’s hustle and bustle so I requested Dada that we stay in the resort instead of going out to eat there.

Around 12NN, we reached 88 Spa and the receptionists told us that our reservation was for January 29! OMG! Well, the receptionist in their Makati office who talked to Dada had a hard time with the dates but she noted that it should fall on a FRIDAY. Good thing there were available rooms so we didn’t encounter difficulties. We stashed our bags in the room we rented and then had lunch in their restaurant.

They ONLY serve Korean dishes! We don’t know anything about their cuisine so it was a good thing that the crew were Filipinos so they gave us an idea about the food. The first we ordered was their Beef Bulgogi (marinated beef with mild sauce). The waiter told us that Koreans mostly want separate servings but Filipinos are okay to share the same viand. Hahaha!

We didn’t know that they serve side dishes along with the main course. I like the Egg Kimbap (Korean version of the Tamago Sushi) and the Goguma (sweet potatoes). Dada liked the Marun Panchan (dried sweet and spicy anchovies) and the Yellow Mango Shake.

Other dishes that we ordered during our stay were the Clubhouse sandwiches, Samgyeopsal (grilled pork strips) and the one that made me cry because I couldn’t eat it — the Pork Bulgogi (spicy pork version of the Beef Bulgogi). The food bills for our entire stay amounted to 3.6K Php.

We wandered around the resort and looked at the nice things that we could find. 88 Spa has a total of about 7 major swimming pools plus a few jacuzzi. There were also a lot of cottages and rooms, ranging from the basic to the more extravagant ones. The crew included towels and toiletries in our room which they constantly change everyday. The comforters are very warm and the pillows are very soft. What I didn’t like was the bed — it was huge but I felt really iffy because it was as hard as a rock!

Since it’s a Korean-themed resort, most of its patrons are also Koreans. In fact, during our entire stay, I think I only saw about two other Filipino families and about 2-3 Caucasian couples.

We mostly stayed in the hotspring pool near our room because it’s only about 27°C and is deep enough to submerge Dada’s body. LoL! He said he can’t swim but I envy him because he can walk on the 6 ft part of the pool while I have to exert effort in order to stay afloat! @_@ Anyway, I let him carry me while we’re there and I just hugged him. Hahaha! Yeah, so much PDA but I enjoyed it. 😄

Aside from the swimming pools, 88 Spa also has massage centers, a mini-zoo, a fishing pond, a horseback riding area and a very nice view of the mountain side. We also found several erotic statues that made us laugh so loud!

I was so amazed by the scenery and I am so thankful that I have my trusted CANON P&S with me. I took about a thousand shots but only got 80+ good and not-so-repetitive photos. LoL! 😄

On our way back, we stopped by Glorietta and had lunch in Sakura, a Japanese restaurant. After eating, Dada escorted me to the jeepney terminal in Ayala. I went back to the condo to get my workout gear before I rode a bus going to Fairview.

Sigh, 3 days and 2 nights came by quickly but those were really fun and memorable. This is the first time I went out-of-town with Dada for more than a day and I hope there’s more to come. Weeeeeeeee~~~~~ ^__^

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Trip trip trip FEU-FERN fieldtrip 2008 . . .

Event : Popay's Fieldtrip 2008
Date : November 27, 2008

Venues :
Philippine Science Centrum (Marikina) [link]
Jollibee Commissary (Laguna) [link]
Manila Coconut Palace [link]
Manila Ocean Park (Pasay) [link]

PHOTOS: [link]

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Several weeks ago, Popay (my youngest sibling) asked me to be her chaperon during her field-trip. I was hesitant at first (because the fee was P1,200!!) but since it falls on my day-off, I eventually agreed. Besides, I thought that it would be a great way for me to relieve stress and forget about my problems.

Popay woke me up 10 minutes before 5AM and she was very excited about the whole thing. I only had 5 hours of sleep since I updated some of my websites last night. Groan~ Mom prepared warm water for our bath and she also drove us to FEU-FERN.

We reached FEU-FERN at exactly 6AM, just in time for the roll-call. It's been years since I last stepped inside any campus and it's getting a bit nostalgic and annoying at the same time because it's very noisy. The bus left around 6:45AM and our first stop was the Philippine Science Centrum.

The tour-guide on that bus was "Kuya Rich". I can safely say that he's a lively fellow and he knows how to prevent boredom while waiting for the next pitstop. He played Q&A's with the kids and gave them prizes whenever they give a correct response. Popay got a Disney Princess pencil and an eraser from him. Haha!

En route to PSC, Kuya Rich gave us some facts about the city of Marikina. Well, I am no stranger to that city since I spent my toddler years there. Marikina is known as the "Shoe Capital of the Philippines" [link] since it has a lot of  quality shoe factories. My Tita used to work in one during her younger years. Recently, it's also been dubbed as "Little Singapore" [link] since it's the cleanest city in the country today (thanks to Bayani Fernando [link]).

When I was in grade school, we also got to visit PSC but I can no longer remember the venue. PSC has changed a lot and some of the experiments I remember were no longer part of their exhibit. They've been replaced with some electronic contraptions and thingamajigs. One stayed, though.. The classic "Finger Tingler" [link]. LoL! Popay asked me to buy her a rainbow spring and she played with it the whole day! Haha!

The next place we went to was the Jollibee Commissary, which is a large "kitchen" where they cut, grind, process and pack the goods that would be delivered to Jollibee stores across the country and the globe. We gathered in the A.V.R. to watch a presentation of the commissary before they let us view through the "looking glass" how things are done. I have never seen so many patties and buns in my entire life!!! LoL! Too bad they didn't allow cameras within the comissary so I wasn't able to take any shots. This is the most boring part of the field trip.

Since we're late, Kuya Rich told us that we're just gonna take our lunch aboard the bus while we head to the Coconut Palace. I got very worried because the "porcelain goddess" (as Dada coins it) was calling me. My bladder wasn't that strong against long trips. Good thing some guardians needed to buy food so we had a brief stop-over and I was able to relieve the need. GAAAHH!!!

Two of Popay's Korean classmates (Min and Steve) sat beside us and played DJMAX-2. These kids are waaaaaayyyyy better than me! They beat my high score in one of the hard songs! Min shared with us his bento, a Tupperware-full of Korean riceballs he called "yabachuba".

We reached Pasay after another hour and it was raining hard. Good thing there were so many things to look at inside the Coconut Palace so by the time we got out, the rain already stopped. The building was like a huge hotel with different Filipino motifs for each room. The most noticeable designs in the palace are the hexagons and octagons within doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floorings, the swimming pool and even the building itself! I think they got the idea from cut-coconut-shells.

Kuya Rich gave us a trivia about the Cultural Center of the Philippines [link], one of the notable landmarks we saw (aside from Star City [link]), on our way to the Manila Ocean Park. He told us how we'd know if a play is being held either on the main theater or on the mini-theater inside CCP. There are two fountains in CCP, one larger than the other. If the smaller fountain is visible, then there's a play going on in the mini-theater. If it's the larger fountain, then there's a play in the main theater. He also joked that CCP is known as the "Largest toilet bowl in the Philippines" because CCP looks like the porcelain goddess on a bird's eye view. LoL!

We reached MOP at 3:46PM. Kuya Rich gave us our tickets and told us that we can proceed on our own so long as we return to the bus at 5PM. I told Popay to walk slowly since we're not allowed to look back once we enter the Oceanarium.

My trusted P&S digicam (Canon IXUS 850-IS) ran out of battery during the first few minutes of our trip in MOP so I got disappointed and I panicked – A LOT! My options are either to use my N70's main camera or take no pictures at all! I can't afford going home with no souvenir photos! NOOOOOOO!!!! T____T Alas, I decided to use my N70 and hope that I can salvage some shots using ADOBE. it was a really hard task for a novice photographer like me to shoot with so-so equipment (the 2-megapixel main camera of N70), little lighting (FLASH photography is taboo in that area) and models who won't stay put (the sea critters a.k.a. 'fishes'). Since we can't use the flash of the camera and the fishes swim here and there, most of the photos I took are blurry. I had to take 4-6 shots of every aquarium and hope that at least one from each group is good enough for post-processing.

Popay and I bought some souvenirs before we boarded the bus at exactly 5PM. We're the first ones to arrive and it brings back the classic "Filipino-time" attitude. I really hate it when people make me wait! The last guardian-and-student pair arrived 45 minutes later! We could've gone to the fish-spa or did more shopping if we only knew that they'd be super late! Darnit … ¬_¬

We got back in FEU-FERN around 8PM. I called up mom so she could fetch us but she said she couldn't. It turns out that there's another screening of a local tv-drama going on in our neighbor's house and she cannot maneuver her car properly because of the other cars parked on our side of the street. Groan~ We took the trike going home instead.

I began editing some photos and had a chit-chat with Dada before I went to bed.

Sigh, long day… but it was fun!

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OtakonEK 2008 ! ! !

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I woke up around 5:38AM and put on black nail polish. Good thing it dried up fast so I was able to finish within an hour.

I left the condo around 7:15AM because Dada was supposed to give me the ROSE installer before I leave. We met up in KFC beside the Ayala-MRT station 15 minutes later. Well, he forgot to bring the installer so we just had some chit-chat. I wasn't sure if he was serious or if he was just teasing me when he said "'wag ka na pumunta sa EK" (don't go to EK anymore) because he was smiling. So I told him that there would be several conditions if I am to do that. I asked him to reimburse the expenses I had so far with the OtakonEK preparation and that we have to go to EK next month. He then said "Sige na nga, umalis ka na lang!" (Alright then, just go!). Hahaha!

We met up with Jeiro and Ten around 9:15AM and we headed to the EK shuttle service. The situation was contrary to what we have expected — there were less than 10 cosplayers waiting. Dada gave me his ATM card sleeve and shades pouch so I can put my money in there. He noticed that my Lolita bag was so cluttered so he snagged it from me and arranged my stuff so that everything would fit inside — yes, he's OC! He also asked me to text him once in a while so he'd be updated as to what's happening. He said he would sulk if I don't! Well, I would be texting him often even if he didn't tell me. ^_^

The shuttle left at 9:30AM and we reached EK around 10:30AM. I was shocked to see a lot of vehicles already parked and what's more, a lot of cosplayers are already dressed up! In short, WE ARE SO LATE!!! I forgot the fact that about 90% of the cosplay community is composed of wealthy kids so they have their own cars and personal assistants. LOL!

Jeiro and I changed into our cosplay clothes in the ladies room outside the park because the marshals wouldn't let us in if we're not dressed up. What shocked me more was that there's this teenage girl cosplayer who, probably was in much of a hurry and couldn't wait until one of the cubicles became available, undressed herself in a vacant portion of the ladies room! The door of the CR was open and there's a HUGE mirror in front so she's a free game to those nose-bleeding guys standing outside. OMG! It was hilarious!

After getting lockers, we started strolling inside the park. There were plenty of people who asked us to take photos with them and we gladly agreed. Some kids got scared of me, though. It's probably because they see me as a huge walking-and-talking doll with a Sharingan! There's this one cute Chinese baby who got curious and kept on staring at me. I wanted to take a photo of him with me but I got shy asking his mom. Besides, he was too delicate that I got anxious because I might hurt him. I'm really not good with kids… A lot of people would also pass by and murmur "Oh my! She's got red eyes!" Jeiro and Ten laughed when I told them that I get that comment a lot when I wear these contact lenses.

We entered Eldar's Tent and I got to see Jaja. I got the Victoria headdress from her and also bought another annulet to complete my Lolita ensemble. There were a lot more items I wanted to buy from her but I couldn't decide that time! Shucks!

We were not able to eat while inside EK. The restaurants were jam-packed with normal people, cosplayers, and other patrons. So we decided to just have a drink and rest a bit before we continue strolling around.

We didn't join the cosplay competition because I don't want to feel the pressure and I wanted to go around the park as much as we can. I also didn't have time to take photos of other cosplayers. They paraded around the park, according to one of the employees, and they asked us why we didn't join. I told her "Namamasyal lang po kami tsaka ine-enjoy yung rides. Hindi po kami kasali dun." (We're just strolling around and enjoying the rides. We're not part of that.) Anyway, I did indicate on the online pre-registration that I will not join the contest.

While occasionally posing for photo-ops and all, we also tried some rides and tested the "KAPIT" POWER of our blond wigs!

STAGE 1 : Roller Skater *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 2 : Anchor's Away! *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 3 : Flying Fiesta *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 4 : Wheel of Fate *CLEARED!!!*
Bonus Stage : Grand Carousel *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 5 : Up! Up and Away! *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 6 : Rio Grande *CLEARED!!!*
Hidden Challenge : Space Shuttle *NOT ENOUGH POINTS!!!*

The last ride we took was the Rio Grande and that's where I got drenched up to my undies. The Rio Grande and Wheel of Fate photographers took about 4-6 shots with me in it and and I liked them all but it was too bad they do not sell soft copies anymore. It would be too expensive if I buy all of them! Hah! Nevermind . . .

On the way to the locker room, I saw my crush but since I was not prim and proper after the Rio Grande ride, I got too shy to ask a photo with him. Instead, I just said "Hi!" and then left. *sigh* I wish I can see him on the next conventions. *dreams on* I also saw a lot of my cosplay friends and online buddies. I just said "hi!" to them too. We were in so much of a hurry to change our clothes because we were soaking wet!

We wanted to try the Space Shuttle but there was no time left too. *sob*

I guess it was also okay to leave early since we're not cramming and there's no competition in the dressing areas and transpo.

The shuttle left at 6PM and we arrived in Glorietta after 30 minutes! We had dinner in KFC before going home.

I reached our house around 9PM and everyone was already asleep. I tried editing some photos while talking to Dada via the YM phone. *sigh*

Well, there it goes. One month of waiting for this event and it's over just like that. Hah! Ang bilis! I had loads of fun though. I hope there would be another event like this next year!

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More photos at my OtakonEK-2008 multiply album [link]

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