Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017

Renee Joy & Reena Joy's Christmas OOTD

December 17, 2014. My two daughters attended their school Christmas Party.

It has been their school's tradition to have a theme or motif for their Christmas party. And this year's theme for my grade four daughter was "70's -80's Fashion". 

I gave my daughter the freedom to choose her outfit. She searched through Google and then showed me her pegged outfit. 

What do you think, was I successful in immitating the outfit?! 


Below are photos of my daughter strutting her 80's attire!

Renee Joy in her 80's outfit.

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As for my grade 1 student, its Santa Baby outfit for her! Doesn't she look vibrant and pretty in her santa costume?! 

My Yellow Santa Baby...

My two babies really make me proud. Not only are they pretty, they are both smart too! Definitely beauty and brain. Forgive me for lifting the chair, I am just so proud of my daughters! Pagbigyan nyo na ako, Pasko naman. :D

As early as now, I am already excited for their next theme. Hahaha! I really enjoy dressing up my daughters. You know why? I let you in for a little secret - I am a frustrated model! Lol! Hopefully, one of my daughters can realized my dream for me! Hahaha!!! But kidding aside, I would give my 100% support to whatever field they will be pursuing. I guess, every mother would be doing the same too! Right?! 

Advance Merry Christmas to all of you! Let us all have a meaningful and joyful Christmas!
April 30, 2017

Love is already on the Air at SM Aura

We went to SM Aura a week ago and I just can't help appreciating their floral decorations, so simple, elegant and very much romantic! Oh, how I just love flowers! :)




Their decor, their theme is very much timely indeed as the Love Month is fast approaching! I'm already excited as the month of February is likewise my birth month! I'm really wondering what is in store for me this year! I'll just wait and see.... 

Advance Happy Valentines everyone!


April 30, 2017

Our Series of Bicol Funventure - Kawa-Kawa Hills Natural Park & Shrine of Divine Mercy (Day 1, Part 1)

Bicol is another place in my bucket list that I really wanted to explore, first and foremost, because I wanted to personally see the perfect cone shape of the Mayon Volcano! And so for our 11th Year Anniversary, I decided to finally make this dream come true.

Initially, I was considering to plan the trip on our own. I have considered air travel, bus travel, and even train travel, but I cannot seem to decide on what transportation to avail. I have also made some researches on what places to visit in Bicol and where to stay for the duration of our adventure, then I came across this deal in Metrodeal - a 3 days and 2 nights Bicolandia Tour by McTrail Travel and Tours. And voila, we already had a ready-made tour! I do not have to worry about any details any more as the tour company had already planned it out! Yey! The tour costs around three thousand plus per person.

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Our 11th Year Anniversary Compulsory Photo :)
May 19, around past ten in the evening when we joined our group at SMX, Mall of Asia. We boarded the van, and as we were already the last group that they'll be picking, the van was set to start the travel!

It's a long travel, with a short coffee and comfort stop a long the way. We have finally arrived in Ligao City at around five to six in the morning where we had our breakfast in "Kainan sa Gulod".

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Kainan sa Gulod
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Our first meal in Bicol!

Kawa-Kawa Hills Natural Park and Shrine of Divine Mercy

After breakfast, our tour officially started. Yey! Our first stop was the Kawa-Kawa Hills and the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Many pilgrims are now visiting this site because of the life-sized images of the Stations of the Cross.

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And up we go to climb the famous Kawa-Kawa Hills. By the way, Kawa-kawa Hills is named as such because its shape looks like a cauldron (kawa or kaldero in tagalog).

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I was really excited to climb the hill to see the life-sized images of the station of the cross and to see the beautiful site on top of the hill.

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Ready to climb the Station of the Cross
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The Last Supper
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Image of Jesus praying...

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But we were only starting when my two daughters started to get exhausted. And so, as much as I still wanna climb the hill, we already had to go back.

At the foot of the hill is the Shrine of Divine Mercy. During our visit, it was still under construction, but maybe it is fully done by now.

Outside the shrine are life-sized religious images can be found.

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Shrine of the Divine Mercy

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Images of the Divine Mercy and of Saint Faustina


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Images of Jesus and of St. John Paul II

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Image of the Black Nazarene and a view of the inside of the shrine...

At the side of the shrine, there is a prayer area wherein you can light a candle for a specific prayer intention. Mercy candles can be bought in the area, sorry I just forgot the price, but I think it is around P15.00 to P50.00. :)

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Mercy Candle
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Lighted Colourful Mercy Candles
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Reena Joy and Renee Joy after lighting the candles

Oops, before lighting those candles, be sure to read the instructions first so that you will know what candle to light for a specific prayer intention. Red for love, pink for , good health, violet for penance, green for personal intentions, white for thanksgiving, blue for a departed loved one and peach for long life. But before lighting that candle, do not forget to say the prayer first.

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I know that there are still much to see at the Kawa-Kawa Hill such as the Sunflower garden and the rest of the images of the Stations of the Cross. Also, according to some posts, there are also many activities on top, such as an ATV ride. So, I guess, I have enough reasons to come back and finally explore the whole Kawa-Kawa Hill! Hopefully, soon! 

Want to know where our Bicol Funventure headed next? Then go ahead and click this link: 



Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

Our 100 Isla (Hundred Islands) Adventure

OMG! Summer is here again and still, I am not done sharing our adventures last summer! Am I really that busy?! Well, I guess so. hahhaha!

Anyway, I really do believe in the cliche, "Better late than never", so I will be continuing to share our experiences in visiting the beautiful Hundred Islands now! :)

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Hundred Islands National Park (yes, it's a National Park, as declared by then President Manuel Quezon in his Presidential Proclamation 667) is composed of 124 islands when low tide, and only 123 islands during high tide ( o di ba, parang Miss Universe lang ang peg?! ), scattered in the Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 16.76 square kilometers. The Lucap Wharf, which serves as the entrance to the National Park is located in Alaminos, Pangasinan.

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Actually, it was not my first time to visit Hundred Islands. I've already visited it when I was still young. I even remember going up the lighthouse together with a childhood friend. I really had fond memories of the place as a child, that is why I've been wanting to go back there ever since I got a family of my own. I also want my children to see and experience the wonder that Pangasinan has to offer, which up to now is considered as one of the wonders of our country! Visiting it is really a must, especially for us Filipinos! It is really something that we should all be proud of! :)

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The Alaminos Lighthouse
And at last, last May 7 to 8, 2016, I was able to come back again to Hundred Islands, this time with my dearest family! Actually, it was not just the four of us, we went there together with the officemates of my husband, which made the journey a lot more fun! :)

We used a private vehicle in going to Alaminos, Pangasinan so I really don't know how to go to Hundred Islands via public transportation (sorry). And once we got to Lucap Wharf, we already boarded a boat that will take us to one of the islands.

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groupie during our boat ride going to Quezon Island! :)

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As a tourist destination, the Hundred Islands National Park is ideal for swimming, diving and snorkelling. But among the hundred islands, there are only three islands that are developed for tourism - Governor Island, Children's Island & Quezon Island. The rest of the islands are not yet commercialized and some are still untouched, although some of the islands, such as the Marcos Island is also sometimes being visited by the tourists.

Quezon Island

Named after the former President Manuel L. Quezon, Quezon Island is the first National Park in the Philippines, as declared by the former president himself on January 18, 1940. The island is actually composed of 3 islets interconnected to each other. 

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Quezon Island

Welcome to Alaminos City! Welcome to Quezon Island!

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The Triple Joys!
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Yours truly at the statue of President Manuel L. Quezon

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My daughter Renee Joy, enjoying the view of Quezon Island.
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Enjoying the beautiful sunset...
Among the three major islands, Quezon Island is the most developed island which makes it the ideal choice for visitors who wanted to stay in the island overnight. And it is also for this reason that we decided to stay in this island for the night. Although there were no available room accommodations yet in the island during our stay (well, that was based from what I know), there are open sheds/cottages with tables and chairs which can be rented. There were also tents that are available for rent, as well as open spaces wherein you can put up camping tents.


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Quezon Island at night
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The tents wherein we spent the night...
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More camping tents at the other side of the island...
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Look at that beautiful sunrise! :)
Aside from swimming, which my kids truly love, there are many other things that you can do in the island. There are kayaks, banana boat and speed boats that you can rent and enjoy. Don't worry about safety because there are really personnels in the are that really ensure everyone's safety!

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My mini MEs truly enjoyed playing with the beautiful sand of the island!

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Hubby with his officemates...

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We are ready for our next adventure! :)

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And Banana Boat it is! So excited as it was my daughter's first time to ride the Banana Boat!
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As for these two kiddos, as they are still not of age, they are only allowed to ride the speed boat that was used to pull the banana boat! Exciting still, right?! :)

We really enjoyed our stay in Quezon Island. But for those staying overnight, be reminded that they do not have fresh water/ drinking water in the island, so bring as much water with you in the island. And for shower purposes, they only have salt water. :)

Also, bring enough foods in the island because although there are stores available in the island, the prices are really high! So if you really dont want to hurt your pocket that much, bring your own baon! ;)

Children's Island

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Children's Island

The following morning, we went island hopping as planned. The next island that we visited was the Children's Island. The beach in this island is calm, which makes it perfect for swimming, especially for children. I guess this is the reason why the island was name as such. :)

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The Bahala Gang at the Children's Island!
There are also stores and comfort rooms in the island. Souvenir items are also available.

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Look at these beautiful shell souvenirs! 
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Governor's Island

Our next and last stop was the Governor's Island.

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The entrance to the Governor's Island
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I think, if you want to have a more comfortable stay at the island, this is where you should opt to stay as there are available rooms here, complete with all the amenities and comfort of a home. I just don't know why the officemates of my husband didn't considered staying here. Oh, well...

Upon entering the island, there are stairs which will lead you to the Peak of the Governor's Island.

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Off the stairs we go! :)

It was a long and tiring climb, but once you reach the Peak, you'll know that it was all worth it! The view is really breath-taking at the Peak! Ang saya lang sa pakiramdam!

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Panoramic view of the island..
Governor's Island is also known for as the place where one of the most famous show in the Philippines was shoot, the Pinoy Big Brother(PBB)! I know I was able to get a photo of the PBB house, but can't seem to find it. hahaha

Anyway, this is a view taken from the outside of the PBB House.

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There is a floating bridge going to another island (sorry, but I forgot the name). We were not able to cross the bridge though because my daughters were already tired and all they wanted was to swim! :)

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See that kiddo on our back? haha She doesn't to have a photo anymore. All she wanted to do was swim! :)
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Reena Joy is really having a great time swimming! She's truly a water baby! :)
Another interesting view in the island is the cave. If momentarily you want to escape the extreme heat of the sun, this is surely the best hiding place! :)

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There are also stores in the island, if you want to have some snacks and refreshments.

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Perfect quenching moment! ;)
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Halo-halo, you like?! They also serve halo-halo in the island! Yum!

Here is one last look of the amazingly beautiful island of Governor's Island! And I would surely keep on coming back again and again! :)

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Forgot to buy some souvenirs? Fret not as there are more available souvenir shops near the Lucap Wharf!

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So there it is, our 100 Isla Adventure! I hope you really had fun reading our adventure and viewing our photos! I really hope that I had made you realize that Hundred Islands is truly a beauty that our country, the Philippines should really be proud of! 

Till our next adventure! :)

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