Friday, July 1, 2011

IMY Blogging...

And this is my 100th post! :)

My long hiatus meant I added 122 photos in my Project 365, saw 5 movies (3 of which were premiere nights), conquered 4 mountain peaks including Mt. Pulag, saw 3 friends who left for the US, attended 2 weddings, and ran once (ha! last weekend, oh how I miss running).

And there are some random winnings too! ^^

Juggling work and play, I wish I could update this blog regularly.  For occasional photo vomit, I now have a Tumblr account! Weeee..! Hope you can visit me.  Thank you!

IMY blogging,

Monday, February 28, 2011

Watak Wasak Wanderers at Mt. Tarak Ridge

What's in Bataan?  I know little about Bataan.  In fact, the only thing I can associate with it is the Bataan Death March.  And last weekend, Watak Wasak Wanderers did not march to death (I think) and Camp O'Donell was not our destination, but Mt. Tarak.

Call time was 1230am.  We boarded Bataan Transit  bound to Mariveles.  The fare was Php259 each.  What was supposedly a 3-hour bus ride became a 2-hour power nap time --thanks to no traffic, empty NLEX, and to Kuya (the bus conductor), who woke us all up.

We alighted at Alas Asin, and made our way to their baranggay post for the registration.  Registration fee was Php40.  Some of the climbers went straight to Nanay Cording's kubo, which happened to be right at the foot of Mt. Tarak.  It seems that there is an issue (political?) between the baranggay and Nanay Cording, and we refused to meddle on that.  Nanay Cording and Tatay Arsenio's presence is also a hit or miss for mountaineers, but for us (ASAL - Ang sa amin lang), as long as we do not feel harassed, in fact we were treated nicely, then we're good.
Tatay Arsenio offered coffee to all of us.  For me, that is a sure hit!
At 6am, after coffee, a prayer, and some conditioning and epic stretching routine, we were all set!

I did not realize my bag was this big until I saw this photo @_@

Our ascent was approximately 5 hours.  The first hour was difficult, the next 3 hours was insane, the next 55 minutes was impossible (almost), and the last 5 minutes (which I thought was never ending) was suicide!

After a few more cramps and shortness of breath and grabbing onto as many grassroots as I could, I reached the campsite and thought I died and saw heaven..

Oh, I mean.. this heaven

Despite all the excitement, my body clock did not fail and hunger set in, but the gruelling hours of trekking made it impossible for us to immediately prepare lunch, so how about some popcorn?^^

Coolest discovery last weekend!

We then indulged in a 3-hour siesta in preparation for another hour trekking to the peak {reads: more body pain}.   

It was our second climb

.. and Nici's first

To be perfectly honest, just seeing the trail and imagining my screaming joints and burning muscles, I nearly gave up, but I would have regretted it big time had I not joined the group to the summit.

I know photographers like taking photos of photographers taking photos. ^^

I know I mentioned before how I love to practically do nothing but to wait for the sunset, and I am really thankful that I had the opportunity to view the best sunset (so far) in Tarak Peak.

my favorite photo (Thanks Geh)

The view of the sunset was priceless. 

Nothing but this can be worth the 6 hours it took us to get to the peak.

Another thing I am thankful for is that my allergy/asthma kit was untouched.  I had countless false alarms of asthma attacks during the climb. Seriously, not a single puff on my salbutamol inhaler, but surprisingly, a couple of puffs on this:

Shisha (Thanks Ian)

Happy birthday, Georgina!
The 10pm mark, which was supposedly lights off (duh?) became the start of our socials.  It was Dorj's birthday, and the night was still young!  I refused to embarrass myself again {reads: getting drunk with just 3 shotglasses of vodka}, and I found myself satisfied with some popcorn and chips.  I barely could stand the freezing cold, so at the strike of midnight, I left the circle and said good night.

Talk about missing some fun there. Boohoo!

Good morning, Mt. Tarak!

If I am not mistaken, everyone missed the sunrise, ha! But that was actually the least of my worries.  I was thinking how in the world can we go down? 

♥♥♥ Morning hug ♥♥♥

Watak Wasak!

Our descent was approximately 3 hours.  I suggest you set aside your trekking pole if you have one.  There are lots of tree trunks, branches, twigs, and even roots at your disposal.  Oh, that reminds me to condition my upper extremities for the next climb. ^^

I assume all of us were looking forward to reaching the Papaya River, the nearest water source (2 hours away).  There, we settled for some rest and a great lunch!  Believe me, one of the best parts of the climb is our food!  Too bad, I wasn't able to capture it {Ah! Ang makabagbag damdaming gravy}. :D

Siesta time

Along with Ovalteenies and Presto Creams (Peanut butter), our favorite trail food, marshmallows!
Ehem, and TOBLERONE!

Kopiko Brown, a mountain climbing essential.  Addict much?
The Papaya River Scandal @_@

With sore bodies but lifted spirits, we managed to reach Nanay Cording's kubo in time.  Not to mention, without ripping off any shoulder.  Of course, there were the bonuses: an able guide {Kudos to Mang Pilo!}, good weather, great company, and blossoming romance on the side {I will keep mum on what I heard and witnessed that night, I promise}.  

 Bragging rights don't hurt either. Yeah!

Mt. Tapulao, beat that! ^^

Til' our next climb,
Photo credits to: Juveren, Geraldine, and Eugene

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love and Hate Relationship with V&M

Happy Hearts Day, Blogger world!

Let's talk about love and hate? C'mon. Haha!

My first V&M haul :)

At last! I got myself the much raved V&M products.  For the longest time, I avoided emu oil-based products because I did not consider them as uber organic for the fact that they came from an animal fat.  But still, I tried to ride the bandwagon and placed an order.  Talk about curiosity.

What's on my cart:

100% Emu oil
Modern Geisha Makeup Fix Soap
Happy Pores Alcohol-free Witch Hazel Toner
Smooch Lip Detox
Lip Bloomer in Choco Bliss

After a month of use, I can say that it gave great results on my skin.  I admit, it made my skin clearer, and I absolutely loved it!  Though, on the second week of staying on the Modern Geisha - Witch Hazel - Emu oil regimen, it tended to be drying on me that I had to alternate not using the toner and the soap. 

I hate it that I am getting addicted to Modern Geisha!

The Smooch Lip Detox and the Lip Bloomer combo is divine!  On the first week, I used Lip Bloomer on an every other day basis.  I loved V&M Lip Bloomer more than my Ellana lip scrub because the former is definitely lighter on my lips, no irritation and it gave great results too.  Being sensitive to chocolates, I can say that this Choco Bliss is one of the few chocolate products I can indulge in.  (Note:  According to Jamie, this has no cocoa content, just choco scent).

I hate it that I now can't leave the house without Smooch Lip Detox!

I am super satisfied with these products, but there's a tiny bit of apprehension because everytime I put these on my face, I remember this poor guy:

Aww.. who sacrificed his life to give us good skin (and lips)!  Sad.
Overall, I liked the products.. I really do, but I surely can live without them.  True?  Aaarggh! I don't know!   @_@

It's official.. I love and hate V&M!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 Planners: Belle de Jour and Apple 4

I love my BDJ planner as it got more kikay.. the papers have improved and the coupons got even better, but sadly I could not tag it along everytime!  I actually got a 2-week trial of bringing this with me, and I just ended up with complaints --it's bulky and kinda heavy.  I really don't want to further a love-hate relationship with my BDJ planner, so yes.. this planner stays in the office for my random thought's disposal - works perfect that way! ^_^

It seems I am ready to replace my BDJ planner with a vengeance when I found this little cute planner, I named Apple 4!  I instantly smiled when I saw this green little thing, which I bought at National Bookstore for just Php99.  I thought a five-liner per day organizer is neat!  Just about the size of any ATM card, I could gladly toss this gem inside my bag at all times!

I am fond of naming my stuff -- so here, meet Apple 4 :)
Lastly, I remembered collecting notebooks and stationeries when I was a kid, and adding to my collection is this cute notebook that is part of my Landmark haul. :)

Life is a beautiful journey

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lucky January

January -- the month that and I became allies!
Been participating in every blog giveaways, forum, and of course FB contests since last year.  My winnings range from nail polishes to gift certificates, from free bowl of soup to movie invites!  And I came so excited when I learned that I won these items.. truly, a great start for 2011!

Belle de Jour Power Planner 2011

I am a late bloomer BDJ user when I discovered this power planner in 2010, and since then I really embraced being a bella!  So you can just imagine how excited I was when I won this from HerWord (Business World).  Though I already have my own copy, which I got from the Paint the Town Pink BDJ Fair, I thought an extra copy won't hurt.  Great as a gift.. I say, time to recruit another bella. :)

88-pc Eyeshadow Warm Palette

It was during my brother's wedding when I promised myself that I will upgrade my makeup stash.  I mean.. seriously upgrade my stash!! I remember that day when I was tagged as the maid of honor/groom's sister with a messy eyeshadow.. really, how cruel can you get?! @_@  I was just happy that my ever reliable 4U2 Dream Girl Reflections E/S Quattro came in handy {I will forever love this E/S because it saved me a couple of times, I swear!}.  But still, thinking big, I wished for a great palette!  

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." ~Paulo Coelho

In this case, let me define "the universe" as MOI Cosmetics!  Their FB promotion and my 1:1000 chance allowed me to have this gorge palette, and I am so ready to play with it!

Thank you HerWord and MOI Cosmetics! 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Good Vibes for 2011!

In light of bringing good vibes for this year, we started it with a little party get-together-cum-post Christmas gift giving. 

During the party, the kids had fun participating in modified 'paagaw ng barya' as I placed 5-peso coins at every corner of the house imaginable, and finders keepers the name of the game!  I even had coins inside the microwave oven (luckily, actually surprisingly, one of my cousins got it!), one also ended up in this pair of shoes --and Sofia took it! @_@

Special marks are in the coins, those with white ribbon will get another coin, and those with stars and red  ribbon will get Php20.  The kid who got the least amount of coins also received a special prize -- another Php20 --hehe, so kuripot!  I just thought, when I was a kid I used to get Php20, and the kids nowadays also get Php20 bills -- made me think, one of the few things that does not inflate -- is pamasko.. oh well, haha! :D

A great way to start 2011, we had spaghetti (yay! not spaghetchup this time), hotdogs and mallows, chicken wings, cake, and ice cream -- all kids' favorite!

Sofia while attending the grill :)

Yum yum yum

And another favorite, PINOY HENYO!

We really had so much fun from our exchange gift and raffle.  Lastly, I made this fortune paperclips as giveaways -- GOOD VIBES FOR 2011!

Happy new year and good vibes for all of us!

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