April 23, 2011


There are moments in life that a still camera can’t perfectly capture. Like the way I lie on the sand watching two fireflies dance above a tree and beneath countless stars that seem to shine only for me. They say decisions are the hardest thing to make especially when it’s a choice between where you ought to be and where you long to be. But I know in my heart, I’ll choose Calaguas anytime. – 19.45, 04.21.2011.

How to go to Calaguas (the backpacker’s way and tipid tips):
1. 7-9 hour bus ride from Manila – Daet (better leave Manila at 9 or 10 pm). Get off at Talobatib junction, town of Labo – the way to Paracale. Fare ranges from P450 - P700.
2. 1 hour bus ride from Talobatib to Paracale. Fare P25.
3. Hire boat at the fish port (or you may contact Ate Lorna or Lalay at 09285842052. They’re charging 3K for a two way boat ride, maximum of 6 pax; they also have a bigger banca that can accommodate more than 10 pax at a much higher price). Be prepared for the 1-2 hour boat ride. Big bad waves will welcome and keep you company. To quote kuya bangkero Malambot ang tubig pero matibay na kaaway.
4. Don’t forget to bring tent, food and yourself. There’s a poso and CR in the island. Just pay P10 everytime you take a banlaw. There’s a sari-sari store. No cellphone signal. No electricity. But some tour groups have generators for the convenience of their guests. Camping fee is P100 per pax.
6. Go now! Go! Now!

April 17, 2011

The treasures of Bolinao: my summer has officially begun

Bolinao lighthouse -
2nd tallest lighthouse in the Philippines

White Beach, Patar

Treasures of Bolinao Resort

Punta Riviera Resort

Enchanted Cave

Next week my tans will fade, but my beach memories will last forever.

April 9, 2011

Lessons from the (Canyon) Woods

You may be physically present but your mind, heart and spirit could be elsewhere.

The difference between a friend and a fiend is the letter “r” which stands for respect.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

If you are unhappy, quit.

Don’t work for an organization you don’t believe in.

The most difficult teachers are the best teachers because they try to take you out of your comfort zone.

Don’t offer unsolicited advice. Just listen.

Embrace change.

Have a reason to wake up every morning.

You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your colleagues. Learn to co-exist.

Learn to empathize.

Don’t backbite the hands that feed you.

It’s not the differences that divide a group but their judgment about each other.

Lack of effective communication is often the root cause of misunderstanding.

Don’t let the past hostage the future.

There’s a big difference between “loving a person” and “loving your idea of that person”.

Every experience, every heartbreak as long as processed will not come into waste.

Remember Newton’s third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Kaya don’t rush at baka mabangga sa glass window. Nakakahiyang tumilapon.

Follow your dreams.

But for now, my dream of owning a home (which costs more than P12 million) at Canyon Woods seems a wishful thinking hehe.

2011 CFO Teambuilding Activity
facilitated by Milagros Center for Healing
and Recreation of Developing Organizations
Canyon Woods Residential Resort
Diokno Highway, Brgy. San Gregorio
Laurel, Batangas
April 8-9, 2011

April 4, 2011

Love and Public Policy

"Every great love story must come to an end."
- Sheena

"Sometimes, every great love story must come to a pause."
- Pia

Abra de Ilog port

Rep. Cortuna's mango orchard

Nueva Villa Farm Resort

Tayamaan Beach

Vista del Mare Beach Resort

Alastre Beach Resort

The semester is now over.

Thank you Sir Ebie for being a good and approachable mentor, and Rep. Cortuna for graciously hosting the class outing in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro. I enjoyed touring the mango orchard; beach bumming in Alastre, Tayamaan and Vista del Mare; lazing in Nueva Villa; pig-eating seafood, bulalo, sinigang and lechon; listening to Sheena’s jokes and witty banters, Russell’s crazy big bang theories, Ponyong and Nicole’s Inglesan catfight, and the stories of my other classmates (Pauline, Patrick, Ate Giselle, Ate Norms, Kareen, Macel, Gelo, Janine) and Ate Becky; and sintonado musical singing with Pia and Nicole all the way from Batangas to Manila. How in the light of one night, did we come so far?

Inevitably, every good class must come to an end.

(Sad as it may be) Goodbye 241.

Hello summer.