Better at night

One of my bucket list is to travel from Philippines to Venice, Italy obviously to see Grand Canal but traveling outside the country is pretty expensive.

Luckily, here in the Philippines we have a tourist destination inspired by the grand canal, the “McKinley Grand Canal Mall” that is located at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

3:30 pm, my cousin called me and he said “punta tayo venice!”

I replied “sige” For an instance, my boredom turned into excitement. 4:40 pm, we rode a jeepney bounded to McKinley, as we expected there’s a heavy traffic because it’s sunday but no worries, McKinley is not far (from our place) as you imagined.

Even though Taguig now, is a highly urbanized City, there are some spots where you can enjoy nature. Every time I stare at this photo I always found myself smiling, you know why? Who would imagine that behind the fact that Metro Manila is home of skyscrapers, you could see that beautiful sunset.

After 35 minutes we’ve finally reached Venice Grand Canal mall.

This is the center of attraction in the mall, the grand canal. Well, there’s no question about it. See, It’s much better at night!

While walking, you will see souvenir shops, lemonade and smothie stalls, people making selfies (Venice is definitely instagramable) shops, fastfoods, and of course restaurants!

Lists of restos and shops:

Bose london
Boulangerrie22
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Buddy’s
Cafe Mary Grace
Cafe Seolhwa
Caramia
Chiara’s Gelateria
Churreria La Lola
Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf
Comfort Tuesday
Cotton candy (I love their pig cotton candy)
Cuesina
Deli cieux
Easysoft
Elements
Hearts arrows
Hokkaido Takoyaki
Jollibbee
KFC
Kusè
Little Mani
Pie Face
Ponte Rialto restorabte italiano
Ramen Kuroda
Rice and Dough
Rice Paper
S & R Pizza
Sbarro
Serenetea
Holland Tulips
Shakey’s
Starbucks Coffee
Sunglass Haven to
Sweet bites
And more!!
– info: one armed wonderer

Best Day to visit

You can visit Venice every day, its open for public (no entrance fee) but I’m telling you this, weekends are the most popular times especially when 6pm kicks. So if you are planning to go on saturdays or sundays, be ready for a bunch of people playing patentero with you.

Thanks for reading everyone. You are all amazing!

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A QUICK TRIP TO ZAMBALES

Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales Philippines

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Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales, used to be rocky until the eruption
of Mt. Pinatubo, which dumped tons of volcanic ash in many parts of the
region.
Nagsasa Cove is endowed with the same features as Anawangin: a
beach of ash that absorbs heat faster than the usual sand; a blanket of agoho
trees, a type of casuarina tree, often mistaken for pine trees; the azure sea
teeming with life and color; and gently sloping hills framing the view.
Tourists often come to Nagsasa Cove when there are too many of their kind in Anawangin. Well, if the word “overcrowded” bothers you, as is often the case
with the latter, then Nagsasa Cove is the right place for you.

Location

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Nagsasa Cove in Zambales is one of the many unexploited treasures in the
island of Luzon. Zambales is a province located in the Central Luzon region. It
is bounded by Pangasinan to the north, Bataan to the south, Tarlac and
Pampanga to the east and the South China Sea to the west. Nagsasa Cove, a
mountain slope is the farthest cove bypassing Anawangin (another mountain
slope) taking about 45 minutes travel time from Mt. Pundaquit via boat.
Mt. Pundaquit is located in San Antonio, a second-class municipality in the
province and is the meeting point of all travelers going to Nagsasa Cove,
Anawangin Cove or Capones Island, all in Zambales. All three destinations are
accessible via a boat ride from Pundaquit.

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In the 1980s, the mountain slopes around Nagsasa Cove were covered with
tropical rainforest and inhabited by Aeta people, as they were for hundreds of
years. The shoreline was mostly rocky, with short patches of beach here and
there. Some distance beyond the shore (as indicated in old maps of the cove)
was a rich coral reef, prolific with all kinds of fish and marine life. There was
logging, but not on a large scale.

On June 12, 1991, Mount Pinatubo started to erupt explosively, leading to
massive ashfalls that covered a big number of towns in the Zambales-Tarlac-
Pampanga-Bataan boundaries, including Nagsasa and the neighboring coves
of Anawangin, Talisayin, and Silanguin.

In the past twenty years since the Pinatubo eruption, the new beach at the
cusp of the Nagsasa cove gradually became alive again. You can see this in
pieces of sea grass, a scattering of small shells, strands of coral growing slowly
on the seabed, tiny crustaceans that burrow holes and zip across the sand,
occasional catches of fish and shellfish, and other signs of recovering marine
life.


Local Aetas

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Tourist guides, mostly Aetas who travel around, are willingly to accompany
visitors to to trek the hills and forests behind the cove or nearby mountains.

Nature At Its Finest

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There is really nothing much to do here except to take in Nagsasa’s beauty by
walking along the shore, leisurely trekking around or up its hills, taking a dip
in its clear, calm waters, or simply just savoring the view; there is no mobile
signal here too. And these are what makes Nagsasa all the more appealing.

The picturesque image of Nagsasa Cove is breathtakingly beautiful – from the
crystal clear clear waters teeming with whirling fishes to the quiet and
relaxing sunset view, giving you a close-to-nature feeling. The fact that
Nagsasa cove has maintained its pristine condition is proof that the place
although discovered by some, has not come to the point of being exploited.

Surreal Camping

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There are no fancy accommodations, which mean that an overnight stay will
see you camping out in a tent, under the bright stars and the moonlight. Devoid
of the amenities usually found in other tourist destinations, Nagsasa Cove
maintains its natural condition – bare, without electricity, without the urban
frills. Must bring items to Nagsasa Cove are camping supplies, food, water,
flashlights and lots of batteries. Mobile phones are practically useless as there
is no network signal in the area.

Calm and Undisturbed Beach

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The unfamous Nagsasa Cove will make your jaw drop in awe, with its clean
beach and fascinating surroundings. It lets you get closer to nature like no
other place can offer.

The calmness of the beach makes you feel more like an in an isolated place.
In addition to the lack of electricity and amenities offered in Nagsasa. Nature

lovers would appreciate the virginity of the Island, in terms of tourists and
natural condition.

The simplicity of of Nagsasa will make anyone think that the cove a private
resort but with lesser amenities. Its pristine silence of nature away from

town beautifies it more.
Golden Brown Mountains

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Located in the southern part of the province, Nagsasa Cove is surrounded by
beautiful mountains that one can trek from. The uphills are strangely golden
brown, but gracefully compliments the Casuarina trees on the ground of the
cove. Most tourists climb the mountain early morning to witness the sunrise.
The breathtaking view warms your heart that makes it really fascinating.

At night, lie down and look up at the night sky, far clearer and starrier, as
Nagsasa’s darkness and lack of electricity make the stars shine brighter. If it
is not cold outside, you can even sleep under the stars.

Wild Horse Creek

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“A river runs through it,” most visitors and travelogues would say. It’s more of
a creek ending in shallow tidewater pools than a river, although further
upstream are rapids and falls. In old maps, it’s called Wild Horse Creek.
Follow its headwaters, and soon you’ll discover that there’s an alternative
route by land between Nagsasa and the outside world: through a six-hour trek
across the mountains via Cinco Picos, with the famed Subic Bay at the other
end.

Accomodations
There are no accommodations nearby Nagsasa but one can bring a tent or
other camping materials. Bring also some food if you are going to have an
overnight stay. You can also have a day trip in Nagsasa and have an overnight
stay in Pundaquit or San Miguel where there are numerous hotels and
restaurants. Take note that there is a camping fee for campers that costs
around 150 pesos.

Visitors will enjoy Nagsasa Cove the best when the waves are calm and
undisturbed, from January to March. Summer months of April and May will
see the cove swarmed with local and foreign guests looking for a refreshing
way to escape the heat of summer.

Manila to San Anronio, Zambales
From Manila take a bus ride (Victory Liner, Pasay or Cubao Terminal) that will
bound you to Iba Zambales. Get down
to the Municipal Hall Of San Antonio. It will take 3.5-4 hours due to some bus
stops.
Whereas, land travel via private vehicle will only take 3 hours.

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BACKPACKING ALBAY

“Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen,
the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji) of Japan sinking
into perfect insignificance by comparison.”
—British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage Landor

Albay is located at Bicol region, in the eastern Philippines.

Along with English and Tagalog, people here speak their own
language called Bicol. “Magayon” is the Bicol word for
“beautiful” and that’s where “Mayon” derived.




Since I was a kid, I had heard a lot of things about Albay
particularly “The Mayon Volcano”. It is the most active volcano
in the Philippines having erupted almost fifty times in the past
400 years. Mayon is well known around the world because of
its “symmetrical-coned shape” and that what makes filipinos
proud.
How to get Legazpi city from Manila
By Bus
There are several bus lines connect Metro Manila to Legazpi City
including Philtranco, Superlines, DLTB, Cagsawa Tours, Amihan,
and Isarog Line. Fare starts at P800 and travel time is approximately
9 to 10 hours.
By Train
Philippine National Railways’ used to service Albay Province with
their Bicol Express. The end terminal was in Legazpi City until the
service stopped in 2006 after the line incurred damages due to
typhoons. In 2011, the PNR Bicol express resumed its Bicol Express
service albeit only up to Naga City, Camarines Sur. Currently, PNR
service to Bicol is not operational.
By Air
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have regular flights from Manila
and Cebu to Legazpi City. Contact philippine airlines at
Tel No : (632) 777-5932
Fax Number : (632) 777-5928
and Cebu Pacific at
Manila Office:
Contact/Telephone Number: (02) 7020-888

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Mondays

For most people, mondays are boring, stressful, sleepless, and the dreaded start of the school papers and work week, in short the worst day.

But for me, mondays are special besides it was meant to be the most productive day. After blowouts, spending money (i hope you didn’t spend alot), eating buffets, and watching your late sunday shows, then today is the time for saying goodbye to yesterday.

It’s time for chasing your goals! You’ve now got another week ahead of you to finish your mundane tasks. A whole week to study smart and work hard.

Mondays are fun but fridays are the best, I have a good news for you! Just four more sleeps and you’ll have that friday feeling.

A Week of Joy

HSU week was celebrated by the junior and senior highschool students, reuniting Academic strands and technical vocational strands on March 15, 2018. A week of enhancing social skills, building camaraderie and making friendship. 

We all have regular classes yet because of the morning mass we are excused. You can easily identify if a student is taking up techvoc or acads because of the color coding.

  • Green shirt (STEM) 
  • red shirt (HUMSS)
  • blue shirt (ABM)
  • White shirt (TechVoc)

The HSU week started by a parade of tracks and colleges. While the students are busy cheering their respective strands, the University of Makati employees are organizing the booths and the afternoon market where you can enjoy games, photo booths and foods.

Not our typical afternoon

After the parade, our energy was completely drained so we have to eat lauch and rest. When we feel recharged, we looked for some interesting booths and we found this:

The College of Maritime Leadership Innovation (well, this is where I enrolled).

We bought a ticket just only for 20 pesos, and it was worth buying for. In a single ticket, you can access the bar, marriage booth, their office, and you will be given a chance to try their facilities.

We spent our time touring, face painting, buying tickets for booths, and looking for some instagramable photos.

I don’t have much to post because we all know that final term examination is coming so goodluck every one! And good night.

1st Team Building

Join the movement. build your team. achieve the impossible.


The very first STEM team building happened this February 12 at the University of Makati Oval.
I am one of the facilitators of the team building so as early as 5:30 am I should be on the venue to prepare things up. Unfortunately, I forgot to alarm my phone so I ended up late, for like 30 minutes. No worries because the team building will start at exactly 7:30 am, I have plenty of time to prepare you see.

The Students are grouped into 25 teams, each teams have 20 members and there would be 2 team leaders per group. As a team leader myself, I have to make my team members comfortable with each other. We made some interactions and discussion. I let them to tell something about themselves (name, age, hobbies, grade and section, etc.).

There are 15 stations where teams will be fighting for a point. All the games are versus mode so the game will not start until two teams are to compete. Each stations will be given 10 minutes to conduct a game.

List of games:

Sac race, patintero, logical problems, math problems, jumping rope, crawling, basa-basa, queen gambit, etc.

Before the game started, each teams prepared yell and dance to be performed after the game. Of course the team that has the most beautiful and impact yell will win an extra points.

The winner is……. Team 19! (That’s not my team) but it’s fine, what important is we had a good time and tired, tired because we had fun.

Phases of my monday
Morning


University of Makati Oval
Evening


Uptown mall, Taguig
Faces of the Day


As a society we have to be organized, as an organization, we have to work as and act one.
Thanks for reading every one! You are all amazing.

Pagudpud all day

This is it! Finally after a month I can post this “pagudpud travel diary” or should I say travel diarrhea.

January 25 after class, we go straight to the bus terminal where we rode bus bounded to Ilocos Sur. It’s fully airconditioned, with internet access and comfi seats, well that’s what we are expecting from Partas.

After 9 hours of land trip, we finally reached the central Barangay and we rent tricycle because the road is not that wide (it’s like good for 2 parallel tricycles). It takes only 20 minutes till we reached Sinait.

I am staying in my aunt’s house at Sinait because hotels are in Vigan, its quite far and also why do I check in a hotel while there is a free vacant room in my tita’s? Im just being practical here.
Fun fact: while the bus is in Vigan, Im feeling the “poof calls” so I talk to my self “you can do it Mj! We are almost there! Just an hour okay?” Luckily I made it!
On that afternoon we go to Pagudpud beach here in Ilocos Norte that is known as “Boracay of the North” because of its white sand.

Because it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon , it’s so hot, I feel like I’m burning so I stayed in the Kubo to chill and to sing in a video oke (I’m a good singer! I wish).

Things to do in Pagudpud
Saud beach is by far the most visited and popular destination in Pagudpud. Saud is very dream like beach because of its fine white sand and blue Crystal clear water. It is lined with over hanging coconut palms creating a very relaxing scene.
You can surf and eat ilocano delicacies (seafood is life)
Plus the fact that it is not that well known around the world so there are not too many people in the beach.
No noise, no pollution. One of the best beaches here in the Philippines.

Travel tips

  • Dont forget to bring enough cash because there is no ATM near Pagudpud, you have to travel all the way to laoag just to withdraw money.
  • Because stop overs and stalls and pretty expensive, bring your own water or snacks.
  • Bring atleast 2 shirts because there is no mall near the beach.
  • Don’t forget your first aid kits!

The best time to visit Pagudpud
Just like any archipelago here in the Philippines, Pagudpud has a tropical climate so it makes December and january the best months to visit this beach.
Photos/ trover and pinterest
Thanks for reading every one! You are all amazingng.

Bucket list

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Places and destinations I want to visit this holidays are :

  • Kapurpurawan rock formation- I had been to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte but I did not manage to go in kapurpurawan and cape bojeador because I only have 3 days  to explore the whole Ilocos , Imagine that! I only have my 3 days weekend break from my class and that is not enough for me to explore ilocos Sur and Norte. But we will meet soon!
  • Boracay – a small island in central Philippines that is known for its white sand beaches, hotels and resorts. Unfortunately It’s to much for me because I cannot handle the expenses alone but who knows, there is someone who will treat me and buy me some tickets haha.
  • Hundred islands – feel the nature breeze.
  • Puerto princesa – personally I am a fan of boat riding ( I know you are too ) and if you want to feel being stuck inside a massive limestone then why not go with me. soon okay.
  • Siargao –  Ilove lagoons, beaches, surfing, seaside resorts in short I am craving to see Siargao. 

We all have bucket lists, your top travel destinations, exploration, adventures, moments, scenery and achievement bucket lists. You know, it’s fun to share the things that you wanted to do. It’s fun to have list that you actively visits and crossing out the one that you have visited. Do you “agree” or “agree” ?

I’m not showing you this to say ” I am a proud traveler ” instead I’m sharing this for you to know that there is always a limit, but it’s up to you if you will accept it as a limitation or you will break that bounderies and leave that limitation behind.

Upcoming post : “What does travel mean to you?”

Comment your bucket list here! (Atleast one of the things included in your list ) Thank you for reding everyone.

Mayon Volcano 

Remember my post “Backpacking Albay?” Where you saw how magnificent the Mayon Volcano is. Very calm, beautiful, majestic, in short perfect. That’s the symmetrical volcano we love and adore. But look at it now, it becomes more aggressive. 

Mayon’s current status

Mayon remains at alert level 4, meaning an eruption is about to happen. It continues to release lava and ash ( also some super heated materials).

Peoples safety
Over 61,000 people are affected and forced to evacuate at 69 temporary shelters away from the danger zone . They are provided by food and other supplies, but the people’s concerns about their health and hygene is growing because of the possible respiratory illness cause by series of ash falls.

Source: http://www.Interaksyon.com / Reuters

As a Filipino, I hope for my kababayan’s safety. Kaya ingatan ang mga sarili, and don’t worry things will be back to normal. Again.

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