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My first Hawai’i Trip: Around Oahu

Finally made it to Hawai’i last May.

My highschool barkada, Jazel, wed the love of her life, Wilbur in the beautiful island of Oahu where Wilbur grew up.

Lalaine and I made arrangement to fly at the same time via Hawaiian Airlines and stay at Kahala Resorts where the wedding was held.


         
       

The Wedding

It was a simple yet beitiful wedding by the beach.

                      
Island Tour

Among the new friends we met at the wedding were Imelda and Onassis who graciously offered to take us around the island.


                                        

Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, Kai’wi Trail


                                                

   
                               

Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan (4/19/2014)

Our family decided to take the 3-hour drive from our place in Aringay, La Union to Lucap Wharf in Alaminos, Pangasinan to visit one of the must see sights in the Philippines, the Hundred Islands. There are actually 123 islands. Our tour took us to probably a fifth of the islands. Among the known islands were Romulo Island (where Claudine Barreto shot some of her scenes for her show, Marina), South Island, Children’s Island, Governor’s Island, and Quezon Island. Quezon Island was the most popular and, expectedly, it had most of the visitors. We chose to drop off the Quezon Island, too, since it’s the one with most ‘sights’ to see.

For details about Hundred Islands – how to get there, things to do, places to stay etc. – visit http://www.hundredislands.ph.

With the family on our way to Alaminos, Pangasinan. My sister took this groupie while driving.
With the family on our way to Alaminos, Pangasinan. My sister took this groupie while driving.
On our way to the islands
On our way to the islands

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People can pitch tents and stay overnight on the island.

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Overcrowded Quezon Island

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Other islands from a distance

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Solo Travel: Baguio

I wanted to get away for a few days for some ME time before I go back to work on January 6. I checked for flights to Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and to local places like Bohol, Samar and Aklan, but decided to go somewhere near my home province so I could join my dad during the new year celeration.

Glad I picked Baguio because I get to enjoy the cool weather, the mountain views, and the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Forest House Bed and Breakfast

This place was my first pick because of the pretty rooms, its view of the mountains and the great food.

They only have four rooms and I picked the smallest one: Keanu.

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Breakfast is included and I had mine served in my room.

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You can hang out with friends in the common areas an get food and drinks served.

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Azotea Greens

Was originally planning on going to Oh My Gulay for dinner, but I wanted to try something new. Found Azotea Greens in the same building. They are a vegetarian restaurant. They have paintings that are hung around the area that I think are for sale in support of local artists.

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I decided to get Vegetable Medley which is a mix of boiled sayote, cabbage, zucchini, young corn, baguio beans, potato and mushroom.

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I almost finished my plate when something caught my eye.

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Major EWWW!!! I quietly told the waitress, she apologized and offered to serve me a new plate. I told her I was already full and it was okay. A few minutes later, the owner approached me and apologized and asked if he could get me some dessert and drinks. I just ordered their wheatgrass green tea with apple. They did not make me pay for the Vegetable Medley. On my way out, the wife of the owner approached me, apologized and told me that the kitchen staff has been reminded to clean the ingredients more diligently. The veggie worm was totally unexpected because of how she instructed the staff to clean them. They use an ozonizer and they lightly brush the vegetablea after they are ozonized. I understood what she was talking about becuase I also have an ozonizer at home. I told her it was okay and I would still go back to their restaurant. The owners are good, kind people and I’m pretty sure it won’t happen again 🙂

North Haven Spa

To be continued.

Huntington Library (Los Angeles, California)

This place was more than a library. I actually did not get to see the library and the museums because it was a Free Day (every 1st Thursday of every month) and tickets can only be reserved online or by phone. They don’t sell tickets on Free Day.

But there was so much to see even if you don’t enter the buildings. There were several themed gardens around the area.

Chinese Garden

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Japanese Garden

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Washington DC (May 29-31, 2013)

From Seattle, Washington, went to Washington, DC to visit some historic sites and learn more about the country I regularly visit.

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Arrived a few minutes before 6:00 AM and captured this beautiful sunrise as we landed at Washington Dulles airport.

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Had breakfast at a cool restaurant called Silver Diner. Each table has this thing that can play records and it can be heard in the entire restaurant. Didn’t attempt, though.

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Just drove around Virginia on my first day doing some errands (mail stuff, buy gift cards, buy comfy shoes for walking).

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And had steak for lunch with my friend, Chai, at Firebirds.

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We picked up a friend from the Philippines, Naree, who flew in from Toronto, Canada. We had dinner at P.F. Chang’s since Naree has not eaten there yet.

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SIGHTSEEING – 1st Day

The White House

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World War II Memorial

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Reflecting Pool

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Blue Diamond

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The Castle

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Holocaust Museum

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Georgetown

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Around DC on Hop On, Hop Off Bus

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Union Station

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The Capitol

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Wharf

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Dinner at Thai Place

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SIGHTSEEING – 2nd Day

Botanic Garden

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American Indian Museum

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The Capitol

Took another picture outside of Botanic Gardens

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Air and Space Museum

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National Art Gallery

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National Archives

Taking pictures was not allowed inside.

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Washington Visit 2013 – Seattle (5/25/2013)

Ride The Ducks

Started the day with a tour via Ride The Ducks of Seattle, situated near the Seattle Center. It gave us a view and history of Seattle in a hilarious and entertaining manner. Was definitely a treat!

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Seattle Center / Space Needle

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Chihuly Glass Museum

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Experience Music Project

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Pike Place

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Kurt Cobain’s House

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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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