Welcome to My Blog

This contains snippets of my journeys from the most mundane to the most exciting. This will contain some reviews as well, mostly of hotels and places visited. At times, this could be filled with gripes and frustrations but in all, it will most likely show how truly fascinating life is from my vantage point. My personal mantra, however troubled or distorted things may seem to most, is rooted from the movie "3 Idiots" - - All is Well. Thus, I am a fervent believer of limitless possibilities. Live well. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

FB / IG Diet

Today, January 6, I promise to refrain from viewing facebook and instagram on a periodic basis and shall only view these sites on a Saturday. Honestly, I have wasted so much precious time by liking, viewing, and checking who liked my posts and before I know it, I have already wasted several hours in such unproductive activities.

I have not even blogged in ages. Well some updates that you should know (addressed to the 2 members of my blog, lol):

1. I no longer have an apparel wholesale store because of some time constraints in connection with my other accountabilities.
2. I finshed my Ed.D. program in School Leadership. Yey! Finally (after many years of schooling....defintely not an understatement)!
3. I became school principal and I am nearing the end of my 3-year term.

Anyhoo, that is pretty much it. Spacing out now. I am probably very sleepy.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Genting Grand Hotel, Malaysia

We went to Genting Grand Hotel (formerly Maxim's Hotel) in Malaysia from April 17 to 19, 2014. From Singapore, we took a flight to KL and then from KL, a bus ride of more than two hours to Genting. It was our dad's idea as he wanted to be in a cool atmosphere since Genting is similar to Baguio, only a tad bit cooler. We've been here several years back and my recollection of the place involved howling winds, shady people, and a pretty dirty environment. The howling wind part did not happen in this trip as our room seemed pretty decent although it could have been better maintained (with the dirty air ducts, dusty bathroom and closet, cigarette stains/pock marked furniture and what have you taken care of). 
Perhaps the best feature of the hotel room is the good shower head, water supply, and water heating system. I also liked the his and hers sinks. The bed was also soft and fluffy.

We got to visit the amusement center of first world hotel...a couple of elevators down from our hotel. 

Inset: My sister and brother-in-law ; My mom and brother pretending to be in a super fast ride when in fact, it is absolutely super slow.
Inset: Stow-away monkey?

Its definitely in need of a face lift and lots of cleaning. There was a monkey rummaging through trash in the indoor amusement park/mall while we were having lunch. Perhaps among the few highlights in this venue is their "Snow World" activity area which is -6 degrees and the bowling alley where my son had a round of bowling. 

Well, perhaps things will change once the "21st Century Fox" theme park is in place (in two years, they say). I just hope things will improve here other than just the usual casinos, being one of resort world's gambling hotspots. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Life I Have

I feel privileged to have very generous parents, to travel the world with them, and to stay in really wonderful places and hotels. But on my own, I feel that I can't truly get very far at this point in my life. Although I live in comfort where my spouse and I are able to buy groceries, pay our bills, and send our kids to school, I can't help but still feel awfully embarrassed that I cant even treat my parents and tell them outright, "this is my treat, sky's the limit." I think once my dad asked me when I'd be the one bringing them to a holiday destination and where. I jokingly said "spratley island" but truly, I'd like to take them some place wonderful where they could enjoy themselves. 

I guess I am wired this way. I would love to give if I have the means to do so. Sometimes, I still give even there is nothing left for myself which is crazy that I scold myself silly. I even commit myself to treating people when they do a good job. When my wallet is literally empty and I begin rummaging my bag for coins, and nobody even suspects that this kind of thing happens to me, I silently laugh at myself in a bittersweet sort of way.

Let's see...traveling abroad with no money even for terminal fees, check. Receiving money, and then buying sale food items on the first  night of our hotel stay for dinner to save on cash, check. Eating a hefty buffet breakfast which is free to curb my appetite for the rest of the day, check. Resisting the temptation to buy stuff, check. Buying my presents for friends at Ikea, check. Cursing under my breath why prices are so exorbitant, check.

Still, I know in my heart that this is a temporary state and that the day would come where all the hard work we put in will eventually pay off. But first off, after this holiday, I need to really concentrate on dissertation writing and nail it. 

Flowers will soon be abloom. I am blessed and live in abundance. God continues to shine upon us all, teaching and guiding us towards fulfilling his holy will. I have been praying about this a lot too, for the Lord to lead us in all our words and actions and that we do not stray from the path he has paved for us. 

These photos were taken in Singapore where we stayed from April 14 to April 17. We are at the Genting Highlands in Malaysia as i write this blog.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Kalibo, Aklan - - So much more than the Ati-atihan

Kalibo Akan is really worth visiting so before booking a tour to Boracay Island, it would be really a good idea to stop by Kalibo for a day or so. The best hotel in the area is Marzon hotel. Very near the airport, most of its patrons are airline pilots and attendants. Prices are not too steep and are inclusive of daily breakfast.

This is our room in Marzon Hotel, Kalibo.

These photos were taken right after the ati-atihan.

One nice place to visit is the Precious Moments Museum. Who could ever imagine that something like this existed in Numancia, Aklan, just minutes away from Kalibo. The way I understood it, its owner made this place one of his residences. We even had a peek -3at his abode which I found quite classy and thai inspired. It would have looked even better if more attention were given to the upkeep of the place as some parts are already gathering dust while other areas are in need of repair.

This is where a lot of pretty dolls and figurines could be seen. Items here are for sale.

Really, everything is super cute. Its good for collecting as well especially its very attractive dolls.

I saw this book wanting to open it but my better judgement opposed this violation of privacy.

This is some sort of christmas village in a section of the house I showed earlier. Christmas decors,trinkets, and dolls are sold here all year round.

These angels are fascinating and their faces quite delicate. 
These could be seen in some sections of the house.

Check out this gorgeous doll adorned in an intricate Filipinana attire.

I just had to take this photo. I keep seeing this each time we visit Kalibo. It says "brotherhood." I wonder if this is an implication of marriage between 
good and bad.

We also had the chance to visit Bakhawan Eco-Park.

It is a nice effort to plant mangroves but if this is to prosper as a tourist spot, there's a need to address the sturdiness of the bridges as well as the stink in the area. It smells like pee in some parts. I appreciate the person who explained how people were mobilized to create this a livelihood source. She was very accomodating.

We also got to visit Leso, Aklan near Numancia and Kalibo. Here, pottery is the main source of livelihood of the community and everything from ash trays to vases are dirt cheap...literally. I was able to get so much under a thousand pesos which I gave away as presents to people.

This we did in a day (since it was a holiday). The very next day, we had to go around again to visit schools...which is our main reason for being in the area.