Day Two Teacher’s Outing 2018: Coron Ultimate Tour

A trip to Coron will not be complete without island hopping. Unlike Boracay or Bohol where you can lie around the beach if you are feeling a bit lazy, in Coron, you won’t see much if you’re lazy. Its beauty lies around its waters and the small islands scattered around it.

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excited faces =)

Different island hopping packages are offered by different agencies, prices range from P1,300 to P1,500 for the ultimate tour. Now the packages are mostly made up of the same cluster of islands. We took some time comparing the different options we were given and we settled for the one recommended by R2R’s manager.

The following are the places we visited:

  • Twin Lagoon – I was excited to get off the boat even if I don’t know how to swim. We were provided with life jackets and I took the risk BUT it was a long way. My fear took hold of me so I was not able to see the other twin. =( I went back to the boat with a few non swimmers like myself and just took in all the sights around us.

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  • Skeleton Wreck – I knew I wouldn’t be able to risk going to see the wreck so I just enjoyed the sight of some striped fishes swimming near our boat.

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wawa…huhubels ang mga di marunong mag sweyming sweyming

  • CYC beach – Coron Youth Club, the only remaining public beach in Coron. This is where we ate our lunch and got to know our travel buddies. I was finally able to dip in the water (hooray!)

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Finally got wet! woo hoo

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the gorgeous rocks

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  • Kayangan Lake – we had to walk on a wooden trail to get to the entrance. Then we  climbed another series of steps, a hundred at least. There is a view deck where we lined up to have our pictures taken, probably the most photographed view in Coron. Then we went down another series of steps and it was worth the sweat! The black water of the lake which they say is 70% freshwater and 30% saltwater is so picturesque I have to remind myself to close my mouth. Swimming without vests is not allowed which does not affect me since I can’t even control my body when I’m in the water with my vest. Good thing there’s a rock near the side and I was able to dip even just for a few minutes.

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beautiful, breathtaking – parang ako. char!

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so much beauty… ng nagse-selfie choz!

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Kayangan Lake

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  • Siete Picados -seven sins. No idea why they named those beautiful islands as such. Perhaps because you’ll be close to committing the seven deadly sins here – first, you’ll take PRIDE for being a Filipino. We have a very beautiful country. Second, because you can’t even swim, you’ll get green with ENVY at those who can dive and see the magnificent corals and creatures underneath. Third, you’ll feel WRATH – why didn’t I learn to swim when I was younger?! Fourth, you can’t do anything so you’ll be guilty of GLUTTONY because you have no choice but to gobble up all the snacks you packed for the trip. Fifth, you look at those hot, foreign young men, and fight off your LUST. Sixth, the hot sun, the warm breeze, and the lulling waves will make you guilty of SLOTH. Seventh, GREED because you will want to earn tons of money so you can go back and buy off all these islands for yourself. 

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This is probably the highlight of our trip. Rain, our tour guide was very accommodating and funny. We met new, interesting people whose names I forgot. I am quite shy and I was busy feasting my eyes. Everything was so beautiful and breathtaking. Malwawey reef and Las Islas de Coral is included in the package but I don’t have pictures and I don’t remember being there LOL. We went back to our hotel recalling every single moment and laughing at silly events that took place. Our eyes were full, our hearts satiated with another day of fond memories.

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Day One Teacher’s Outing 2018: Coron Town Tour

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LTWA teachers and staff @ NAIA terminal 4

At the end of each school year, LTWA teachers and staff go on an out of town trip as a reward for a successful school year. This year, we visited the beautiful Coron, Palawan. Our relationship as colleagues may have ended but our friendship continues so we are all hoping that we can still find the time to go on trips together after this.

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the black van of R@R Bayview Inn – our airport pick-up and service for the town tour

We booked our tickets around October last year and were lucky to avail of Cebu Pac’s promo. We reserved a nice accommodation in the middle of Coron Town, R2R Bayview Inn. They also provided our airport transfer as well as our town and island hopping tours.

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LTWA teachers and staff at the reception area of R2R

Our plane took off at around 6 in the morning and landed at about 8 am in Busuanga. R2R’s black van was waiting for us. The airport was about thirty minutes away from Coron town. After freshening up and settling in our rooms, we went on our town trip. They charged us P500 per head which is really cheap because a tricycle ride would cost around P800.

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at 300+ steps – syempre confirmed pa rin ang kilay LOL

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The cross at the top… WE DID IT!!!

We stopped briefly at Lualhati Park before we headed to Mt. Tapyas. It was named as such because a part of it was chipped off when the Japanese forces bombed it in WWII. There are 721 steps leading to Mt. Tapyas view deck. I told myself before the climb that I would take it slowly and enjoy the view as I go up. However, I am not as young as I would like to believe to. It was really grueling! Good thing some kids were selling ice candies along the way I was able to gain a little of my energy back.

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Tired but still wanting to explore

After climbing those steps, we went directly to Maquinit hot springs, one of the few saltwater hot springs in the world. We were at Ace water spa last December and I remember not being able to withstand the heat of certain tea pools. I dipped my foot and it was around 39 – 40 degrees. I felt like we were being boiled to serve as dinner for whatever mythical creature was lurking under the water nearby.

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Eerily beautiful

Not far from the spring is a body of saltwater, a part of the sea and I can’t remember my geography classes. Anyway, the water is not moving, there was a little fog. It was eerily beautiful that I can’t help but take selfies. I couldn’t care less if some giant crocodile, shark or even Nessie herself suddenly gobbles me whole.

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selfie muna bago maging dinner ng undin char!

Well, going in the hot spring is not as difficult as it was in the spa. I dipped my feet, then my lower leg, then my knee and before I even know it I was standing in the pool that reached to my chest. It was some sort of a therapy for all my aching muscles from that grueling Mt. Tapyas climb.

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Kiber kung ano nasa dako pa roon

Since it was late and we wanted to start out early the next day, we did not stay long. I bought Salonpas patches and some Mefenamic Acid on the way back. The town tour was not a part of our original plan; we just wanted the island hopping trips. Good thing we availed of this because it surely is fun. =)

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Tired but happy =)

Goodbye LTWA

As a teacher, the end of the school year is both a triumphant and sad moment. It was great to see that the kids improved and developed a lot but a bit painful to realize that you won’t see each other in the classroom anymore. Every year, I try not to be emotional and each time, I fail. The thought of the coming school year and meeting new kids make me go by. This year is different though.

This will be the last in LTWA, my home for the last twelve years. The school will be closing its doors. Batch 2018 is the last Witty Kids class for me.

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At this moment I am not sure if I would continue teaching or try my luck in a different industry. I would surely miss the kids and I am very thankful for the trust that they and their families have given me all through the years. This is an opportunity for me to expand my world and see new horizons, a chance for me to grow as a teacher and as an individual.

Goodbye LTWA. We made a lot of memories of together, you helped me grow and have been a witness to my numerous joys and heartaches. You will forever be a part of me.

My BFF’s Wedding

The night before she told me that she never dreamed that this would happen.

She’s all jittery and her stomach started acting up a few minutes before. She was crying as she went down the car. She cried even more when she entered the hall. All throughout, I cried with her. The overwhelming joy she felt, I felt some of it too. I have shallow tears but I can stop myself most of the time. On that day, I let it go. I was too happy for her.

We’ve been friends since college. I witnessed her heartaches, her search for the right one. She almost gave up but he came. She’s turning forty this year, he is in his fifties. This is the first and hopefully, the last marriage for both of them.

It was a good day, everyone was happy. It was a day of love, a day of joy.

It is just the beginning. ♥

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Rambling Muttering #1: Arf! Arf!

2018 hit me with a lot of surprises. Even now on its 46th day I am still dizzy with all the changes I have to adjust to. It is scary yet exciting, sad yet liberating. Tomorrow will be the Chinese New Year and I would like to at least write one post to welcome the year of the dog. Some things I did on the first few days of this year are:

  • I cut my hair off, it’s almost reaching my butt and it’s getting harder to comb and shampoo it. Now I feel lighter than ever.
  • I met up with old friends. High school friends and we had a blast.
  • One of my good friends had a mild stroke. She just celebrated her 40th birthday a few days prior. It was a warning to us, a sort of wake up call to be more conscious with our lifestyle and eating habits.
  • My best friend is finally getting married and I am going to their province. It’s my first time to travel alone.
  • I am about to face a crossroad in my life. I can see it from afar and I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the day I will make my final choice. It’s stressful. Right now it’s a battle between my heart and my head.

I am listening to those yearly forecasts and I heard somewhere that this is a good year to meet my soulmate. I’ve been hearing that for years now but I still want to believe it. LOL.

Anyway, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

May we all have a prosperous and joyous doggie year ahead. =)

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KDrama Adventure 2017: My Pick

Before I end 2017, I would like to list down my favorite KDramas for this year. I have to admit my interest has waned but the first quarter offered interesting dramas which made me check out a few more over the last few months. Although some of them started at the last quarter of 2016, I have watched them entirely in 2017 so I would include them in this list.

This is in no particular order and I have picked out those I have enjoyed watching.

  1. Goblin – The cast reeled me in. It was beautifully done, the story intriguing. Looking back though, I am not very fond of the female lead and I actually enjoyed Sunny and Grim Reaper’s romance more.  golbin_poster
  2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok joo – I did not expect that I would like this so much that I re-watched my favorite scenes countless times. The romance developed naturally, the friendship was a delight to watch and the characters were so real you feel like you know them personally. I rejoiced when the leads dated in real life and I am still hoping that they will get back together soon. weightlifting_fairy_kim_bok_joo_poster
  3. Legend of the Blue Sea – It’s Lee Min-ho and Jung Ji-hyun. I expected a lot but even if a lot of them were not met, the actors were enough to make me stay glued to my screen for all those 20 episodes.legend_of_the_blue_sea_poster
  4. While You Were Sleeping- The first few episodes were solid enough to keep one watching. I got a little bored in the middle and picked up again towards the end. I have a love-hate relationship with LJS and Suzy but right now, I love them both.250px-while_you_were_sleeping_282017_tv_series29
  5. Black – I enjoyed the mystery and the mythology until they ruined it in the end. Like HIMYM, I would just pretend that the drama ended when the baddies were eliminated. 250px-black_28tv_series29-poster
  6. The Liar and His Lover – I can’t help but compare it to the Japanese movie. I was annoyed at first because the lead guy was an a-hole in this drama but the growth of the characters made them endearing in the end. 250px-the_liar_and_his_lover_poster
  7. My Secret Romance- There were too many clichés, the actors were mediocre but the chemistry was good. It was a breezy, fun drama with the best kisses I’ve seen in KDramaland. 250px-my_secret_romance_p1
  8. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – It was one laugh out loud adventure with a creepy villain and the cutest on screen couple. My favorite scene was the Bodyguard spoof while Whitney Houston was belting in the background. 250px-strongwomandobong-soon_28main_poster29
  9. Chicago Typewriter – Go Kyung-pyo’s puppy dog eyes, Im Soo-jung’s crazy eyes, and Yoo Ah-in’s fierce eyes were unforgettable. The friendship between the three leads and the past story that bound them are the drama’s strong points more than the romance.250px-chicago_typewriter_poster
  10. Because This is My First Life- This is probably my top drama for 2017. It has that slice of life feel that is not boring. I loved the women even the marriage-crazy one. All the three couples are interesting. I saw Jung So-min in a new light and Lee Min-ki is really back.250px-because_this_is_my_first_life

Did I forget anything?

I hope I did not. I am currently watching Hwayugi because of Lee Seung-gi. Hopefully, there will be better dramas for 2018.

Random Muttering 12/18/2017

I am the type who avoid confrontation at all cost. I try to listen to what others have to say and stay quiet as much as I could. I try to analyze mistakes, even my own. I believe that problems can be solved if people talk calmly.

When I got older, my tolerance for shouting matches decreased. Most of the time, I just let people be for the sake of peace. Ayoko ng gulo, iniiwasan ko. It’s not good for my image nor for my health.

But there are people who would push you to the wall. You don’t enter my house wearing your filthy slippers with hands on your hips and shouting at my mother. Believe me, you are very lucky that those tables are there for me to throw because if a knife had been anywhere near me I might be in jail now and not ranting here.

Don’t act as if you are all that. I may be quiet, I may not say much but people have their limits. What I did earlier was just the tip of the iceberg. Stop provoking me or I’ll stoop down to your level and shut you up for good.