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At this moment, there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, that war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. 6 billion people in the world. 6 billion souls. And sometimes, all you need is one.

Sometimes, when youre young, you think nothing can hurt you. It’s like being invincible. Your whole life is ahead of you and you have big plans. Big plans. To find your perfect match. The one that completes you. But as you get older, you realize its not always that easy. It’s not until the end of your life that you realize the plans you made were simply plans. Because at the end when youre looking back instead of forward, you want to believe you made the most of what life gave you. You want to believe youre leaving something good behind. You want it all to have mattered…

- From One Tree Hill.

My Bestfriend’s Birthday Weekend

It’s been four years since he last came home. Even if I saw him last February and last July, it was still different having him back in the country. And I’m glad my bestfriend, Edward, decided to spend his birthday weekend in Manila with me. Yes, I made him fly on his birthday!

I almost did not recognize him when I went to pick him up at the airport – the longer than usual hair, the mustache, the goatee. But I forgot to take a picture!

Took Edward to F1 Hotel where we stayed overnight. Picked it because I wanted a place close to Bonifacio High Street where Edward has never been to before. I booked a deluxe room. When we checked in, was pleasantly surprised that they upgraded our room to a suite!

First thing we did was to find a barbershop for Edward’s haircut. Glad we bumped into one of my officemates, Paolo, who showed us where the nearest one was. (Yeah, don’t have any idea where to find one.

2nd’s

Took Edward to one of the best restaurants in the area, 2nd’s. Got one of their bestsellers, beef steak, and Edward’s choice, lamb shank caldereta.

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Because we were so full from our heavy meal, we walked around the area and went to Market Market to buy me some medicines for my colds. Bad decision because it was raining hard and we had a small umbrella. We got really wet. Worse, on our way back, I decided to buy cakes for to go so we can eat the cakes while watching tv back at the hotel. Well, while walking at the parking lot, the 2 boxes of cake fell, only one survived. Yay, we still got to eat one cake! Lol

Breakfast

Had buffet for breakfast

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And took pictures by the pool

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My sisters picked us up around 10am for a trip to Batangas.

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Acuaverde

We spent the weekend at Acuaverde in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.

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We were joined later in the afternoon by my friend, Quennie, and her family.

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Morning fun

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Lunch in Tagaytay

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And a rainbow to cap the weekend

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My Solo Adventure: Autumn in New York (Oct 18 – 25, 2012)

I LOVE NEW YORK! And I can’t wait to go back!

Planned a visit to New York a week before my friend’s wedding in Napa. I probably spent 3 months planning where to go and where to stay. Best decision was getting a New York Pass, but I hope I only got the 3-day pass instead of the 7-day pass. After the 3rd day, all I wanted was to go back to some of the places I saw in the tours I joined!

I am also glad I decided to buy a 7-day unlimited metrocard. I got lost a several times because my sense of direction inside the subway was so bad. I had to take several trains going to different directions until I got it right! Lol.

And the third card is my key to my humble abode at YMCA. Staying in this place was an experience in itself. Was scared at first and was surprised when I saw the room. Will try to show some pictures later, haha! But the great thing is its walking distance to Central Park and to the subway!

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DAY 1: Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, New York Skyride, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Broadway

Took the NY Water Taxi to tour around the Statue of Liberty before we were dropped off near the 9/11 Memorial.

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Survivor tree

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My original plan was to get to the top of the Empire State Building for a view of the city but it was raining hard and they said it was zero visibility. So, I took the New York Skyride in the same building instead.

 

 

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I saw this big M&M store earlier in the day when I picked up my NY Pass. After NY Skyride, I dropped by the store while waiting for the TKTS booth to open.

 

 

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Madame Tussauds

Another one of my unplanned activities in New York. I decided to make the most of my New York pass and my last evening in the city to see the legendary wax museum. Some were unbelievably well done that I almost expected some of them to move.

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Central Park

The secret to having the place to yourself is to go on a weekday when it’s raining, lol.

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MET Museum

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Wallstreet

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World Trade Center Memorial

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Top of the Rock

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The tour has this cool mobile app that let’s you know the name of the buildings surrounding the Rockefeller Center.

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Pagsanjan Falls

Went to Laguna for a weekend getaway with my sisters in Pagsanjan to see the majestic falls.

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We stayed at a place called Villa Socorro Agri-Eco Village. It’s a cool, quiet place. They also have a banana plantation within their premises and a banana chips production plant.

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Since we arrived late in Pagsanjan, we decided to try some of the must try places in the area.

We tried the best halo-halo in Pagsanjan – Aling Taleng’s Halo Halo.

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And ate dinner at one of their popular restaurants – Calle Arco. We liked it so much we had lunch the next day at the same restaurant.

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The next day, we woke up early for a boat ride to the falls. We were told tha the best time to go is early in the morning.

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It was a very interesting boat ride. I will let the pictures (video to follow) speak for themselves.

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The Falls!

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Going Through the Falls

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Behind the Falls

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All wet on the ride back from behind the falls.

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On our way back, we filmed the boat ride.

Tree Planting

That same afternoon after we got back from the falls, we did our share of planting a tree in the Eco village.

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Did a little sight seeing, too. This shelter was apparently featured in some American movies.

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Lalaine and Russ: A Beautiful Wedding in Napa (Oct 2012)

Getting There

I arrived in Pleasanton the day before from my week-long trip in New York. As soon as Jazel arrived from Seattle, she picked me up at my hotel, we had a quick lunch at Stoneridge Mall, then headed out to Napa in time for the 4:00 PM wedding rehearsal. We can’t be late or else the beautiful bride will not be happy :) We had a fun ride catching up on things. Well, I did not have much to share, not much has happened to me. Jazel had more exciting things to share that I cannot share here (nor with anyone else… haha, nang-intriga pa) ;)

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The Venue

Beautiful, isn’t it?

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Mother and daughter walking down the aisle during rehearsal while Russ’ parents look on. Beautiful moment :)

Dinner with the family, close friends and entourage

After the rehearsal, the group went to this elegant Italian restaurant. Shared stories with old and new friends.

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Russ thanking family and friends. Sorry, Russ I missed the beginning of your speech.
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Jessica. Russ’ beautiful sister.
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Listening intently to Jessica.

Bridal Shower

After dinner, Elaine suggested that we give Lalaine a bridal shower since many of us are from far away places (Jasmine from LA, Jazel from Washington, Aileen from Virginia, and me from the Philippines) and could not get together  weeks before. We decided to meet at Crush (and we got lost going there, haha!)

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Hello, sexy ladies!
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The bride with her bling!
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Lalaine and her beautiful girls!!! Me, Marie, Lalaine, Grace, Jazel, Elaine, Jasmine

Pictorial before the Ceremony

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Beautiful gown!
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The beautiful bride and her flower girls
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Katelyn. Love her smile and beautiful curls!
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Hi Lalaine! Luv ya!
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With the mother of the bride. Kanino pa ba magmamana ng kagandahan!
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Love this! Miss you girls!

At the Ceremony

Could not take pictures, but snuck this one :)

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Aunt Elsa: Take care of Lalaine, Russ! Walang solian!

Married!

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Lalaine and Russ <3

Pictorial again after the Ceremony.

We tried to catch some of the light. Had a hard time going up and down the hill in my 3-inch heels. Well, Lalaine had a much harder time in her 4-inch heels! I should not be complaining.

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Jasmine did my curls, Aileen did Jazel’s, Jasmine did hers, Aileen did hers. I wish I can style my own hair!

Cocktails

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Hello!
Hello!

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Lalaine with brothers Ryan and Rommel
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Great idea, Lalaine! Keep the kids busy so they won’t get bored ;)
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Hey, Russ. I’m taking Jack’s picture.

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First dance as man and wife <3
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Cheers! I wish both of you lots of happiness and beautiful kids ;)

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Change in outfit. Love the dress!
Change in outfit. Love the dress!

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Outtakes

What we did before going to Meritage for the preparations for the wedding.

Jazel, Aileen and I took a walk around the area and took some silly pictures, haha! We decided we need some exercise!!!

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Hot air balloons in the distance

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Sino ba Nag-imbento ng LOVE??

Nice post from http://definitelyfilipino.com/blog/2011/12/03/sino-ba-nag-imbento-ng-love/

Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Relationship, LOVE…. Misunderstanding, Guilt, Cheat, SACRIFICES..

Na-inlove ka na ba? Nag-kagusto sa iba? Nanligaw? O di kaya niloko? Hehehe. In-love, napakasarap na pakiramdam. Parang lahat mawala na wag lang yung feelings na yun. Nakaka-adik, lahat gagawin mo para sa taong yun. Pero sa huli sakit at hirap pa din ang kinahahantungan. Oo,may mga ilang na ayos pero karamihan ay kasawian. Ito’y hindi nasusukat sa tagal ng pinagsamahan ng dalawang tao o sa kahit anong bagay/ugali na parehas kayo. Sa mga di pa nagkakaroon ng isang pormal na relasyon (BF/GF) ito yung posible nyong kaharapin pag nandun na kayo. At para sa may mga karelasyon, pwede nyo rin basahin. Hehehehe!

Sa relasyon ang unang 4 -6 na buwan ang pinaka masarap. Yung tipong sariwa pa yung nararamdaman nyo sa isa’t isa. Yung tipong gusto mo parati syang nasa tabi mo. Ayaw mo malayo sa kanya. Sa mga lalake todo effort pag dating sa mga regalo,lahat ng surprises gagawin. Ganun talaga ‘pag mahal mo. Pero di ba after nun dumadating yung mga pagsubok? ‘Yung ung tipong selosan, misunderstanding at yung pinaka mahirap yung nasasakal ka sa karelasyon mo o naiipit ka. Babae o Lalake iisa lang, lahat nagkakamali o kanya kanyang katarantaduhan. May mga relasyon na mabilis lang natatapos; ano ibig sabihin nito? Nagpalipas lang ng oras? Siguro di lahat,may mga iba na sadyang di lang para sa isa’t isa. May iba din na pinag bigyan lang yung partner nya kahit di nya ‘to mahal,paasa lang. At may ibang sadyang kumuha lng ng panakip-butas. Ang sasaket di ba? Pero ito ang katotohanan.

May ibang relasyon na sobrang tumatagal. 3 hanggang 5 taon, minsan umaabot pa ng hangang 10 taon, pero sa huli iisa pa din yung ending. Bakit? Di porket tumagal ka sa relasyon ibig sabihin nun ay kayo na talaga. Kung tutuusin, ito yung pinaka mahirap na stage. Kapag tumagal na kayo ng ganun katagal, nababawasan yung tamis o yung spark ng relationship. The feeling of love is still there pero nakakasawa kasi walang bago. Ayaw mo sya mawala,pero alam mo din na hindi nagwowork yung samahan nyo. Anu pa ba dapat mung gawin? Hehe. Hirap noh? Bakit ba kasi naimbento yung love?

Dumadating din na akala mo mahal ka talaga nya, nararamdaman mo yun sa tuwing magkasama kayo o mag kausap. Pakiramdam mo sya na talaga, kaya ikaw mamahalin mo talaga hanggat sa kaya mu. Lahat ng pag subok lalabanan kasi di ba nga sabi mo sya na. And then one day pag gising mo na lang mararamdaman mo na nanlalamig na sya sayo sa di mo alam ang dahilan. Minsan kahit sabihin natin na ilang taon na kayo, di pa rin malabong mangyayari to. Pipilitin mong ibaba yung pride mo para lang habulin sya at mabalik yung dati nyang feelings sa sayo. Kahit tinitulak ka na palayo, para ka pa din tanga na lumalapit at umaasang babalik sya. Ang hirap nga naman kasi walang kahit anong reason syang sinabi bat ayaw na nya, sasabihin lang na “I need space, o I need to find myself”, parang gago di ba? ‘Yung dating sinasabi nya sa ‘yo na “All I need is you” mapapalitan lang ng ganon sa isang iglap. Haist!

Nakita mo sya,

Nag-usap kayo,

Naging magkaibigan,

Nag ligawan,

Naging kayo,

Nagmahalan,

 

Sa huli ano?

Nagiyakan…

Di lahat nauuwi sa ganito sabi ko nga pero karamihan ganito, reality bites mga girls/guys.

Bakit ka umiiyak after nyo maghiwalay? Dahil mahal mo pa sya at dahil sinaktan/niloko ka nya.

So?? Bakit mo kelangan iyakan yung taong nanakit at nanloko sa ‘yo na dapat kamumuhian m0? Dahil mahal mo sya? Ano mas maganda, mag pakatanga o mag move on na lang? ‘ Di lang sya yung tao sa paligid mo. Always remember that. Kung mahal ka ng tao, di ka nya hahayaang umiyak o masaktan.. yun lang yun. :)

Kung mahal nyo talaga ang isa’t-isa, sige ipaglaban mo. Pero kung wala pa din mangyayari, I think it’s time for you to stop. At least masasabi mo sa huli na “Ginawa mo naman ang lahat,ang kaso di lang sya nakuntento” .

Anong punto ko sa pagsusulat ng kwento ko? Simple lang:

Kung pakiramdam mo, buong mundo na ang tumututol sa ‘yo sa pag-hawak sa isang bagay, bumitaw ka na. Hindi lahat ng ganyan, pagsubok. Kung minsan, pahiwatig. Hindi kabawasan sa pagkatao ang pag-bitaw, minsan pagpapakita ito ng katapangan na harapin ang katotohanan na hindi iyan ang nakatakda.

Postcard from an old friend

Finally connected with a good, old friend last Sunday through Yahoo Messenger. It was a long shot. Was pleasantly surprised to get a message back from him. I probably should go online more.

Here’s the postcard he sent via e-mail after I sent him pictures of me and our old friend, Dicky, and our godson, Miguel Luis.

I miss the old days.

Sweet Marius

I have been reading blogs and watching videos about Marius since David Archuleta mentioned him in a tweet. What a beautiful and remarkable kid! Despite the tragedy he’s been through – losing his parents in a fire and himself getting 3rd and 4th degree burns on 75% of his body – at such a young age (8 years old), he never lost the light in his eyes and he continued to have a positive outlook in life.

http://teammarius.org chronicles his journey to recovery.

Here’s a wonderful slideshow about Marius from Deseret News:

http://www.deseretnews.com/photo/slideshow/1,5587,5166,00.html

A documentary, “I Am Not My Body” was also made about Marius which premiered last April 2011:

I Am Not My Body on Facebook

I Am Not My Body website

Here’s David during his visit with Marius last August 7th.

David and Marius from teamMarius.org

And here’s David talking about Marius in his latest video blog (starts at 2:45):

From teamMarius.org:

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