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Dropped Everything and Had Fun in Pampanga

Just before the summer ended, I was having a hard time with my life. Everything was just so chaotic and I have this life-changing event that I had to face in a couple of weeks. It was already taking a toll on me and I really needed to take a break.

It was a good thing that around that time, some friends from college invited me to have dinner. That’s when they told me they were meeting up with one of of our friends from Pampanga for the weekend to have some fun and catch-up. I was immediately up for it since this was the opportunity I was waiting for.

Boy, was I surprised when I found out we were going wakeboarding a few nights before the trip! I’m really not the kind of girl who’s into extreme sports, or any sport for that matter. The only extreme things I’ve done was river-rafting and zip line in Cagayan de Oro, and I was also with these people. Okay, I know those activities were more extreme than wakeboarding and I’ve done them already so that doesn’t make sense, but I’m really not into sports. Plus, I don’t really know how much it costs and if I could afford it.

The day of the trip arrived and I was rechecking what I packed the day before. I was torn between packing a change of clothes, if ever I decide to go wakeboarding, or not to, and just watch and take pictures. In the end, my peer-pressured self won, that evil brat, and I just threw in some clothes just in case.

I met up with Ejae, Betti, and Lea at Pedro Gil, near our old university, UP Manila. As usual, Ejae didn’t wake up on time and we were a little late (Yes, I had to write this down, Ejae, because you keep doing this. haha). After that, we took the LRT to Doroteo Jose station and rode a bus to San Fernando Pampanga.

Betti, Lea, Jill, Ejae, and me at Everybody’s Cafe, San Fernando Pampanga.

The bus stopped at SM San Fernando and we all alighted to finally meet Jill. We haven’t seen each other in a while so after all the hugging we did and stares we got from people passing around, Jill led us to her car and drove us to our first stop, Everybody’s Cafe.

Once we entered the restaurant, everyone was so excited to order Kapampangan specialties. We ordered a Kamaro (Cricket) dish, Pritong Palaka (Fried Frogs), Afritadang Kambing (Goat), and something normal, which was Lechon Kawali.

From the left: Pritong Palaka and Afritadang Kambing (at the back), Kamaro, and Lechon Kawali

Everyone tried all the dishes, except me, being the scaredy cat that I am. So I just ate Nilagang Kambing, which tastes like beef, by the way, and of course, Lechon Kawali (hahaha).

If you’re wondering what the frogs taste like, my friends told me it was like fried chicken. As for the crickets, I don’t really remember what they said about it, but what I do remember is that they finished the dish. They had the intention of buying some more but it that was the last plate the restaurant had.Β After our Kapampangan lunch, we stopped by Jill’s place to pick-up her things and headed straight to Angeles City’s wakeboarding park, Deca Clark.

Jill, me, Lea, and Betti at Deca Clark Wakeboard Park
Photo opp at the office while waiting for each of us to finish signing-up.

We arrived around 3:00pm but the park closes at 5:00pm so we only had 2 hours left. It turns out, the prices are pretty affordable. We paid PHP 600.00 for the 2 hours. If you avail packages with longer hours, rate per hour gets lower. And if you visit on a weekday, rates are cheaper.

Lining-up and waiting for our turn!
Ejae getting ready to wakeboard… and the handle just hit him on the face. (haha)

We had a good time trying out this sport, even we just fell off the board and lined-up again most of the time. Jill almost reached the end of the training course, and Betti can already turn the board around. I was in last place because I barely reached 1/4 of the pool (huhuhu). But even though that was the case, I still had fun.

Here’s our post-wakeboaring photos.
Rosario Church, Angeles, Pampanga

Finally, we ended our day by stopping by Rosario church to pray and thank the Lord for an awesome weekend with friends. πŸ™‚

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Credits to Bettina Arriola for the title of this post.

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Posted in Filipino, Interests and Hobbies, Travel

Throwback Laoag

A few weeks ago, Ang Pinaka, a magazine show in GMA 7 featured the Ilocos Norte province in their episode, “Ang Pinaka Yummy in Ilocos Norte”. I enjoyed watching this episode because I have been to Ilocos Norte myself and saw some of the restaurants I visited in the show’s Top 10 list of the week.

This made me remember that I really haven’t posted my pictures from that trip, just a few shots for my Instagram account. So for the love of throwback Thursday, here’s Laoag and Bangui for ya! πŸ™‚

NAIA International Airport Terminal 3
Balay da Blas Pension Home, our hotel for the night.
I ordered pasta from Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant for my first meal at Laoag.
Of course, our stay in Ilocos Norte would not be complete without trying their famous Bagnet! So we also had this for our first meal! πŸ™‚
Also, don’t forget to try the awesome Ilocano Dishes and cakes from La Preciosa.
Drop by the town at night to see the beautiful fountain and city hall.
Drinking my morning tea at Balay da Blas.
Here’s another Ilocos specialty I found on my way back from research work, the Ilocos Empanada.
We transferred to Java Hotel during our 2nd night. I felt like I was in Aladdin because of the Persian inspired design.
Here’s a view of the rice fields, there are plenty of those in Laoag.
Do you see the spider?
We visited the TV Patrol set.
And for the weekend, we had a little side-trip to see the Bangui Windmills before going home.
Farewell, Ilocos Norte! I’ll be back soon to visit the other sites I didn’t get to visit. *ahem Pagudpud and the Lighthouse*

P.S. All photos taken using my cellpone camera.

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In Pictures: Exploring South Korea

In my teen years, the Philippine television landscape was invaded by Korean dramas. During that time, who would’ve thought that these for dramas would become so influential not just to the Philippines but to the whole world?Β Because of Korean dramas, Korea was put in the map as one of the most visited tourist destinations in Asia.

In the Philippines, a lot of Filipinos has listed Korea as part of their travel bucket list to see for themselves the not just the beauty of the country but to also visit the settings of their favorite Korean dramas. Friends, I’m one of them, and I am proud to say that I’ve finally crossed that off my list. So sit back, relax, and let me share with you some pictures of the awesome things we saw and did there! πŸ™‚

DAY 1: Arrival, Insadong, and Gyongbokgung Palace

Just arrived at Incheon Airport. Here’s a picture of me trying to create mist coming from my mouth. It’s my first time experiencing this kind of weather. It’s soooo cold! BRR
Travel Buddies: Migs, Victoria, Diane (Me), Bea, and Trisha
Travel Buddies: Tito Dennis, Tita Cosette, Lola Annie, Tita Luchi, and Tita Yen (The Oldies.. #justkidding)
This is called Hoddeok, one of the many variants of Korean pancakes. AND it’s officially my favorite Korean food!
Here’s Migs, Victoria, and me waiting for our lunch at Jaws (Insadong).
And, of course, here’s the other side of our table, Trisha, Bea, and Migs’ twin! (Haha just kidding)
This is the view from outside Jaws. There’s our empty table at the back!
Pretty flowers at Insadong
Spotted these colorful paper lanterns on our way to Gyongbokgung Palace.
Me at the Gyongbokgung Palace Gates
The steadfast guards of Gyongbokgong Palace still stood by the gate despite the rainy and freezing weather.
Gyongbokgong Palace Entrance
Statue by the bridge
Cherry Blossoms: One of my favorite flowers
Cherry blossoms just starting to bloom at the palace grounds.
On our way to the back garden.
This is the building where the throne is.
Tita Cosette, Tita Yen, and Tita Luchi at the palace grounds.
My favorite picture of the whole trip, our Happiness Picture!

DAY 2: Naminara Island

Nami Island, here we come! (View from the Ferry)
Pine tree made from recycled materials.
Naminara Island
Just arrived at Nami via ferry boat.
Nami Love
Cool sign! I only find these in Anime. Never thought I’d find one here! Hahaha
Snowmen in the middle of spring? Kawaii! πŸ˜€
Busy day at Nami Island!
Mini-house in the middle of the pond. Wonder what happened to one of the clay men’s head?
Giant caterpillars in love! ❀
Winter Sonata Shrine
Of course, you can’t miss Joon-Sang and Yoo-Jin’s First Kiss!
Trees.. Trees.. Trees..
Tito and Tita creating their own Winter Sonata moment. πŸ˜€
Here’s my “inggit” picture! Yes, I was here! Bwahahaha
I’m pointing at my Doritos! Yummy cheese flavor with sunflower something. hahaha
The sign says “Kimchi”. This where Koreans preserve their Kimchi in the past. πŸ™‚
Stage in the middle of the park
A small shrine of jars and scripts πŸ™‚
Ohhh.. More clay men displays! There’s another headless one. I bet he could pass for the headless hunt in Harry Potter! πŸ˜›
Coca-Cola products! I tried the sparkling yogurt one, yummy. πŸ™‚
Clay necklaces, I regret not buying one. huhuhu

DAY 3 & 4: Hanok Village, Han River, Namsan Tower (plus Teddy Bear Museum) and The Blue House

My favorite street!
I’m in love with this place. Too bad I can’t take it home.
A trip can never be complete without a jump shot!
Me at Hanok Village
Err.. I don’t really know where this is but we passed by this on our walk-a-ton to Han River.
This is the famous Han River, the one you see in Korean dramas! Hahaha. Next time I’ll visit in the evening so I could watch the pretty lights. πŸ˜€
Entrance to the Cable Car ride to Namsan Tower. πŸ™‚
Met this cute baby on our way up. πŸ™‚
N for Namsan πŸ˜€
We’re at Love and Locks!
Finally, the Teddy Bear Museum! This is what I have been looking forward to the whole trip. Can you guess how I found out about it? That’s right, Goong (Princess Hours), my favorite drama! πŸ˜€
Bears building the palace.
These bears reminds me of the first part of Les Miserables. haha
Musicians in the Palace
Now where can I find that book?
Meeting with the Emperor
Can you guess where this is? That’s right! Gyongbokgong Palace!!!
Reminds me of Jewel in the Palace and Jang-Geum. Hahaha
Bears bowing to the Emperor Bear.
Ready, aim, FIRE!!!!
Oppa Gangnam Style!
Awww.. Bears dating at the zoo. πŸ™‚
Rock Star Bear!
Painter Bear!
Wedding Bears
Me with Janelle and Gian, the Goong Bears!
You should not leave Korea without trying authentic Korean BBQ! I swear it is the BEST!
It’s not complete without all the side dishes! πŸ˜€
Our last stop, The Blue House.

Hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures. I’ll be back there next year to experience the Winter season and try Skiing with my cousin. Wish me luck so I won’t fall. Haha. Til next time! πŸ™‚

– Diane

P.S. Photos taken using my Nikon Coolpix L310. My best investment ever.

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Blog Revamp

Hey everyone!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog and I’m starting to miss writing here. Given that, I’ve decided to continue this (again) and hopefully I would be able to post regularly.

Currently, I’m busy with another blog, where I write the deepest and darkest secrets and feelings that I have. Hahaha. I can’t believe I just wrote that. I sound like a villain! However, it’s a private blog ’cause it’s like my online diary. I started it because I read in a psychology article that expressive writing helps you let go of the things you are frustrated about and is healthy for you. AND it totally works, you should try it!

Anyway, this blog’s revamp is on the way! I need to update my template and banner, and all those shenanigans. New posts on the way too, starting with my Korea Trip. Yes, I went there! πŸ˜€

Until next time! Bye! πŸ™‚