Beaches of the Philippines
Tap water in Baguio during the months of December to February is so cold, you’d be wondering if it’s coming all the way from Narnia. That’s why hot beverages are very popular here. Choco-late de Batirol, a garden restaurant inside Camp John Hay, is one among others. They serve the hot chocolate drinks prepared the traditional way - dissolving thick chocolate paste in water then placing it in a batirol, then flavorings are mixed using a wooden whisk.
I am not so much of a coffee drinker, so hot choco on a cool afternoon breeze in Baguio is perfect for me. :)
I have never seen Baguio sooooo colorful like this!
Well, it’s my first time to witness the Grand Float Parade of the City’s Flower Festival, and it’s a real thrill (and challenge, too)! The crowd is already thick on the sidewalks of Session Road as early as 6am. It’s difficult to find a fairly good spot to take pictures.
Nonetheless, the colorful and fun vibe of the floats artistically decorated with flowers parading on the street is all worth the wait and long walks and heavy traffic after. And my most favorite float is of course the one with Mr. Gru’s minions from Despicable Me, FTW! :D
This made me love Baguio even more. :)
Top 10 Words of Wisdom from Gandhi
1. Be the change.
2. What you think you become.
3. Where there is love there is life.
4. Learn as if you’ll live forever.
5. Your health is your real wealth.
6. Have a sense of humour.
7. Your life is your message.
8. Action expresses priorities.
9. Our greatness is being able to remake ourselves.
10. Find yourself in the service of others.
I have not been to many celebrated fiestas in the country, but for sure, any fiesta celebration in the Philippines - be it the grandiose Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, MassKara or a simple small town fiesta - will be a unique and fun-filled experience.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon when I heard happy drum beats, so I decided to go outside. And here are random snapshots of a local village fiesta near our place.
Everybody was dancing in the streets with their Sto. Niños, and everyone is sort of licensed to wipe charcoal on anybody’s face. And I was not exempted! A random kid wiped charcoal on my face just as I was about to click the shutter. It’s part of the fun, I guess. And of course, Pinoy fiesta will never be complete without sorbetes.
Now this makes me want to experience the bigger and famous Pinoy fiestas in the country! :D
Ahoi! How was your new year? Were you able to look back at the year that was and thank God for all the wonderful blessings and learning that 2013 brought you? I hope you did because there is no better way to start the year than starting it with a thankful heart.
I made it a ritual to start the year with a prayer and watching fireworks after a hearty dinner with the whole family. I feel so blessed for the whole 2013, with all its surprises, adventures and bunch of learning and great experiences.
2013 made me see things differently. It made me appreciate the little things. It made me trust myself more. It taught me to forgive and let go of things and people that do not help me grow, and value those that make me more alive. I learned a lot. It was a great 365-day journey and I am excited for what 2014 would bring, so let’s get it on!
Happy new year everyone! :D
Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Oh, I’m just in time for my favorite time of the day in my favorite season of the year!
I stopped and set up my tripod and camera to freeze the blue hour over Ayala Harbor Point in Subic Bay before I did some gift hunting for family, friends and kids. And you see, everyone has their hands full of their own business, but even granny got a little bit fascinated with Santa.
Merry Christmas everyone! :)