Swim the night away: The Loreland Farm Resort Experience

We had this memorable experience last night as we (my college buddies) decided to go night swimming at Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City. :)

My college buddies :)

My college buddies :)

So, it was just the unplanned turned planned swimming as we decided it a week before. Originally, we are six in the group. But unfortunately, three of them did not show up due to personal businesses.

Anyways, though we end up four to count (Jessica, Jeffrey and I), plus my boyfriend, still we had a lot of fun there. :)

Sweetest smile with Jec :)

Sweetest smile with Jec :)

So, we arrived n the said place at 8 p.m. and directly paid our entrance fee of 180 pesos (night swimming from 7 p.m to 6 a.m.) and we chose to have just a small yet comfortable “shades” cottage amounting to 600 pesos. A very affordable price, I think. :)

We first took our dinner consisting of hotdogs, rice, liempo and juices. :) After sometime, we then enjoy the swimming pools around.  Apparently, we haven’t taken photographs of us while we are swimming, but still the happiness grew. :)

Our good foods :)

Our good foods :)

Then, we decided to tour ourselves inside the resort and then we took pictures. :) To keep us awake, we had enjoyed playing cards brought by Jeffrey and we end up laughing while playing “Game of 10, Crazy 8 and 1, 2, 3 pass.” For the consequence of being a loser, we decided that he or she will be drinking the assigned shot. Honestly speaking, that was really the first time I have drank a liquor. Good thing I only lose thrice. :)

We have really enjoyed the night. It was a nice feeling to be around those people you haven’t seen for the past years. The bonding we have last night was really amazing. Though we are short in number, still we had fun sharing stories, eating, playing, taking pictures and swimming. :)

The floating nipa hut in the swimming pool :)

The floating nipa hut in the swimming pool :)

At 5:45 in the morning, we packed our things and decided to go home. :) It was a night and day to remember. truly, spending some of your time with those you had spent your past years with really makes sense. The memories count, the laughter will remain and the happiness will forever live as long as we want it. :)

Complete at last :)

Complete at last :)

Breaking the hot season: The Bosay Resort Way

Yey! :)

We had such adorable time yesterday night as we had our swimming in Bosay Resort, Antipolo City.

my sister, nephew and niece :)

my sister, nephew and niece :)

We’ve decided to go night swimming with affordable entrance fee of 190 pesos for adults and 140 pesos for kids. We were scheduled at 7 p.m. to 5 a.m and we really got the night away. :)

Anyways, we had fun playing in the water with my family and my boyfriend. We’ve got the chance to enjoy the cold water though there are a lot of other people in the place also.

So cold :)

So cold :)

It was nice though we have this instance wherein we were in the middle of the swimming session and all of a sudden, there were these naughty and arrogant girls who were poking each other and unfortunately, one of the girls got choke with the continuous cough and there comes the phlegm. And its really eeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

We readily got off the pool and decided not to  go there anymore. Such an arrogant behavior for those girls.

But overall, its fun though we’ve decided to go home at 2 a.m. because we don’t want to take hard time keeping pace with other people in the morning. :)

Summertime. I just hope I can get another swimming opportunity this summer. Cross-fingers! :) Enjoy your vacation folks! :)

Picture smile :)

Picture smile :)

A Beginning vs. an End

BEGINNING. A wedding probably is one of the best moments in a girl’s life. Yes, it really should be in the case of my cousin.

Last January 29, I was blessed to witness the “Vow of an Undying Love” of my cousin and her husband’s wedding ceremony in San Antonio De Padua Church, Antipolo City. I was blessed to be chosen as a maid of honor. It was a first time. When I was a kid (about six years of age), I remember then that I became a flower girl. Chesca (my cousin’s name) and I were both flower girls that time. But now, see how time flies so fast. I belong now to her wedding entourage.

San Antonio De Padua Church, Antipolo City

San Antonio De Padua Church, Antipolo City

It was amazing how I see that looked in her eyes, she who wears a long and elegant gown walking down the aisle. I see that she was really happy. Her smile never faded. Their love story has begun that moment they said their vows.

The Public Kiss :)

The Public Kiss :)

I am proud my cousin has found her love of her life, the one who made her happiness to the extent. It was nice to know that though she married so young (we are both 21 years old), still I could figure out that she loves her groom more than ever. She is young but I know she is strong and lovable.

A new life for the newly weds! :)

A new life for the newly weds! :)

Anyways, what I really wish for both of them is to maintain that love I have witnessed during that day. I wish that will grow old together, surrendering every moment just to be beside each other. More importantly, I wish that both of them will make God as the center of their life.

Part of the Wedding entourage :)

Part of the Wedding entourage :)

Happy New life newly weds! Congratulations and best wishes!

Yes! I am a maid of honor :)

Yes! I am a maid of honor :)

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After the article above, I had this awry feeling to write this one. But I know this time; the one I will be talking here is now in the loving arms of God.

END. It was a first time to see a dead man lying beside a corner, surrounded by his collected reusable waste.  I know for a fact that he was a reputable garbage collector. But all of a sudden, his life was change.

Yesterday, February 2, in traversing the road on the way to the office, somewhere beside St. Paul Apostle’s Church in Timog, Quezon City, there was a yellow wrecked car and in front of it was the dead man. My condolences for him and his family.

I don’t know the real story. But at the end of it all, my feeling goes for the family of the dead man. I hope that they will continue to live despite the lost. The dead man was blessed to have left this earth beside a church. God truly never leave him during his final hour.

Life is really unexpected. We cannot tell when our time will begin or end. Life is a plan, a God’s plan. It is just a matter of how we live each day. We are all blessed to experience God’s grace. We should really thank Him. After all, life is about living the way God want us to live.

In the loving arms of God
In the loving arms of God

Wandering Christmas holiday with stunning places

As a tradition being practiced by my best friend and I during Christmas season, we celebrated the holiday at PACEM Ecopark and Hinulugang Taktak  in Antipolo City. Unlike the other holiday season, we visited such place with our other friends Elise and Alysa.

It was a good and enduring visit to such place. Before hand, I had researched the said place for it is the only place in our home city that we haven’t visited yet and miraculously the internet gave me the information I needed. Anyways, it was totally fun.

We started our walk to Assumption Antipolo, a way up where we talked while walking. Just as we arrived at the main gate, I was asked by my pals to ask the security guard where PACEM was and luckily we have granted the permission to visit the place for I assumed they will never let us because it is a holiday.

Then there came the tourist guide I think, and we asked how much the entrance fee will be. They told us 65 pesos if we are student and 85 pesos if not. We told them that we are college students but were not able to bring with us our ID. But because it is Christmas, they let us paid 65 pesos. And I think it’s worth the fun.

The tourist guide led the way first in the butterfly museum where we found collections of different butterflies around the world. And apparently, the one that caught my attention was a butterfly named “Ulysses” with its color light blue and with a touch of black over its edge.

After which, he lead us to a shell museum where we found different shells of sizes and colors. We also discover a shark mouth with its large growling teeth all over its mouth. Next thing we know, the guide told us that we can led our own way by following the sign “THIS WAY”. So, walking through and for, we found our own way to the different animals at the ecopark.

First we discover different flying animals such as different kinds of birds such as owl, then peacocks, rabbits, bear cats and many more. What I was truly amazed was the playful monkey in the cage where I attempted to make a hand over him but I was shocked when he grabs my finger (but that was fun). :)

Next we came to a way which led us to a butterfly sanctuary but I was disappointed when I haven’t seen butterflies flying around us. I am expecting that those butterflies will sting on our hands or maybe we can able to touch them but luckily I was able to take a picture of one of the butterflies even though it is so far that I needed to zoom in my camera.

After sometime, we rest on the benches of the park and played crime scene, a playing card which my best friend had brought with her. Next thing we know, it was already lunch time and we had our lunch of hotsilog and longsilog. Though the food was quite expensive, I realize it will be that high because the ambiance of the canteen was very accommodating plus the fact that our food was specially cooked.

Then as we make our way to the exit door, we take time to take picture in the façade of the ecopark and we planned to go to Hinulugang Taktak.

Hinulugang Taktak is one of the famous tourist destinations of Antipolo. With its overflowing water above, I can say it is truly amazing. But I was disappointed to know that it is still olid. Somehow, we need to get our hanky over our nose to avoid the foul odor that comes from the water of it.

Though we experience the uncomfortable scene, still I can picture Hinulugang Taktak as one of the best place I revisited because it depicts a history my beloved place long endured. Still, Antipolo City is the place I will look into not because I had grown into it but because there exist a hidden beauty, a beauty that will rest until eternity if entrench.

Like the past Christmas holidays I have, visiting PACEM Ecopark and Hinulugang Taktak were also special. Taking time to visit the place we were grown into is very spectacular and we will learn to understand our folklore and the beauty concealed inside it. :)

Environment Friendly

Living in the the Pilgrimage city of Antipolo, it is my pleasure surrounding with tourist destinations just like Antipolo Cathedral, Hinulugang Taktak, Mystical Cave,  Old Boso Boso Church, White Cross and resorts.

The ample feeling of walking in the city with such enthusiasm brought me the joy that I really belong here. The sense of pride when stepping in the road of this ever been place for the holy is such a remarkable sensation plus the ambiance which is startling.

After a long day at school, I sense this feeling that whenever I step out in the jeepney, I will experience total stillness. I was at home. All the boredom, tiredness and ennui I feel at school abruptly fade away when I am in my own land.

Such great happiness moves me. I am proud to be an Antipoleno, I swear.

I heard this news that my beloved city now bans styrofoams and plastic materials. See story http://mb.com.ph/articles/340409/antipolo-bans-styrofoam-plastic-bags

That is good news for me of course. This city that is once in nightmare with its environment type that suddenly grows fainter in the last decade now embarks its quest for development. The nature now puts the city in its success while doing its best to provide a beautiful environment for people and others.

A friendly environment for future Antipolenos, this is the mission of our city. And I will be proud to support such Eco-friendly advocacy. Now is the time to help Mother Earth heal its wound. Now is the time everybody should act. Not just our city but also the other parts of our country.  What lies in our hands is the future of our next generation.