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Survivor Zambales: Pa-Celebrity Showdown

November 9, 2010

I have always loved adventures and outdoor activities. I dunno but I’m always looking for that kind of experience when I can just forget about city life and my 8-hour shift every night.   I guess I’m just so wild that I always want to be in the wilderness. Rawr! Lol. It’s not that I was raised in the so-called island Noah, but sometimes I want to explore the outdoors.

It’s my kind of adventure. The idea of being free and isolated excites me. That is the reason why my fave reality show is Survivor (not the Philippines version, though). I got so hooked up with the show that I even auditioned for Survivor Philippines’ first season. And yeah, I didn’t make it. Call me a loser now. Woot!

So when my officemate Nes, invited me to join their Zambales trip I instantly said yes without hesitation especially when I was told we won’t be going to a resort but to an island where there is no electricity and some sort of decent accommodation. That would mean we would have to camp out and cook for survival ala-Survivor castaways. Yehey!

So the trip went on and we conquered Zambales with our Survivor Zambales Pa-Celebrity Showdown.

3 days. 2 nights. 8 castaways. Survivors Ready!

The Locations: Nagsasa Cove and Anawangin Island in Bgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales

The Dates: October 30-November 1, 2010

The Castaways:


Buck                              Jovz                              JP

Lex                                      Rose                                  Dennis

Nes                                  Kate

Tribe Name: Tribung Pude*
* “Pude” is a term coined by Jovz and the rest of the girls. We don’t know what it exactly means. Google found no results and the etymology of the word can’t be further researched. I tried to find out what it is but I always end up getting a nasty idea. haha.

Day 1
After shift around 7:30 AM, we loaded our baggages into Buck‘s 4×4 pickup and  prepared to hit the road. It was my first time to travel to Northern Luzon and I thought it was a long trip. We arrived in San Antonio, Zambales before 1PM and picked JP who traveled all the way from Laguna. We then headed to a village called Pundaquit where we waited for a boat to take  us to Nagsasa Cove. It took more than an hour for us to get an available boat so we had some beer while we were waiting. We left Pundaquit shores at 3:30 PM and took the wavy boat ride.

As what my blogger friend, Kuya Dong, who has been in Zambales last May, told me there would be huge waves and rough waters along the way. And he wasn’t kidding when he said that. It was a good thing the weather was fine that day. We enjoyed the 1-hour ride because we passed by some sceneries of green hills and rock formations. We didn’t even realize that it was a long trip because we were amazed with what we saw and what we drank (Red Horse) along the way. FYI, all of us boys were a bit tipsy when we jumped off the boat. Or was it only me? hehe.

It was already sundown when we arrived in Nagsasa Cove. I already had a nice view of the island even if I was still on the boat. As I like asking myself, ‘Am I in New Zealand’? It was picture perfect that when you take a pic of yourself with the place in the background would make a great Facebook profile pic. Woot!

We then met Nes and Buck’s friends who came there before we arrived. We also met some locals who voluntarily offered help when we unloaded our bags from the boat. Many thanks to them especially Ate Yolly. woot! I had fun with her not only because she pronounces ‘tubig’ as ‘tupik’ but also she’s so kind that she always voluteered to run errands for us.

We never had lunch while on travel so they (because I was already drunk and wasted that time) wasted no time to setup their (because I don’t have my own) tents, and they (again, I was already sleeping) prepared the cookset and cooked chicken caldereta.

I just woke up to eat and came back to sleep after. I missed a lot that night. I totally lost sobriety that I slept on the table under the pines. They tried to wake me up but I was already dead asleep. What happened next in the island? Find out next on Day 2 of Survivor Zambales Pa-Celebrity Showdown…

Special thanks to a new friend Buck of http://rockandwood.wordpress.com for some of the photos!

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Homecoming

March 26, 2008

Nag-enjoy ako nung Holy Week. Di dahil sa patay sa Papa Jesus. Yun eh dahil nakauwi ako sa min kahit ilang oras lang. More than two days naman kung talagang bibilangin ko. Bitin yon kung tutuusin kasi parang namasyal lang ako dun. Parang ginawa ko lang kusina na pagkatapos kong kumain eh bumalik agad sa sala at nanood ng TV.

Pero dahil na rin sa pamilya, mga kaibigan, at kamag-anak ko eh naging worthwhile naman ang bakasyon ko. Yes. Gusto ko lang linawin na ang “homecoming” ay tumutukoy sa bakasyon ko sa amin at di sa katagang malaswa. lolz!

Excited talaga ako pag umuuwi. Kahit medyo tahimik sa lugar namin eh nasasabik pa rin akong balik-balikan. There’s no place like home ika nga.

Biyernes Santo na ko dumating. Naging penitensya sa kin ang pagbiyahe at di maayos na tulog sa barko at van. May nadaanaan akong prusisyon sa kalsada. Yong nagdadasal habang naglalakad at may hinihintuang istasyon. Di istasyon ng pulis o bus. Yong stations of the cross na ginagawa tuwing holy week. Ni minsan eh di pa ko nakasama sa ganung prusisyon.

Sa kalsada pa lang eh ang dami ko nang nadaanang mga kaibigan. Ganun din ang buhay ko nung tambay pa ko. Lagi akong laman ng kalsada at umuuwi lang ako pag kainan na. Binati nila ako agad. Nakakataba talaga ng puso ang simpleng ngiti at pagwelkam ng mga tao sayo. Yong para bang masaya silang makita ako at bumalik sa lugar namin. Feeling ko tuloy eh isa akong artista at may red carpet sa unahan ng kalsada. Akala ko rin eh may courtesy ako kinabukasan sa munisipyo. lols.

Tumakbo agad ako papasok sa bahay pagkababa ko sa motorsiklo. Gusto ko ngang mag-slow mo nun para ma-emphasize ang emosyon. Pero sa tootong buhay to at di pelikula kaya ilang hakbang lang eh nasa loob ko ng bahay. Sobrang na-miss ko ang apat na sulok ng bahay namin. Nandun ang mga kuya ko at isa kong pamangkin. Kwentuhan agad at walang puknat na kulitan. Nasa bahay na ko pagdating ng erpat at ermat ko.

Kahit kulang pa ko sa tulog eh sinuyod ko agad ang buong barangay. Wala namang pagbabago sa amin. Same old people and same old faces. May napansin lang ako sa mga kabataan dun. Akala ko kasi may dumapong epidemya dun at nagkasakit ang mga binatilyo at dalagita. Malalim kasi ang mga mata na parang naratay sa ospital ng ilang buwan. Yon pala eh nagiemo-emohan ang mga kumag at naglalagay ng uling sa gilid ng mga mata. Pati ba naman mga kuko eh kinulayan na rin ng itim.

Paboritong laro sa min ang volleyball pag summer. Kaya pinuntahan ko din ang court sa min at nakipagpustahan agad. Kaya nga yong iba eh ginagawa ng hanap-buhay ang paglalaro ng volleyball. Na-shock nga lang ako kasi ang dating kino-coach ko lang dati eh parang kasing-galing ko na ngayon. hehe. Nakaka-disappoint din kasi 4 out of 10 na lang ang pumapasok sa spikes ko. Dati kasi magkasing-galing kami ni Edjet Mabbadayad, ang spiker ng FEU. hehe. Halos mabali din ang mga daliri pag nago-overhand set ako. Ang mas masaklap pa eh dalawang dangkal na lang siguro ang talon ko. Isang taon na rin akong di nakakapaglaro kaya kinabukasan eh parang galing pa lang ako sa hazing.

Di rin kumpleto ang bakasyon ko pag di ako maligo sa dagat. Naligo kami ng mga pinsan ko nung Black Saturday. Ilang oras din kaming nagbabad at nagbilad sa araw. Di ko naman gustong magmukha akong kapre kaya umahon kami nung mag alas-dos.

Time passed by so fast. Gusto ko mang mag-extend ng bakasyon eh di pwede. Kaya bumiyahe ako pabalik sa Cebu nung Easter Sunday. Bumalik ako sa Cebu na di man lang ako nalasing sa min. Ang dami pang nakikipag-inuman sa kin na di ko napagbigyan. Pero mabuti nga yon kasi baka wala nang natira sa pera ko. lolz!

Haayy, ewan ko ba pero sa tuwing umuuwi ako eh nawawalan ako ng ganang bumalik. Pero ganun talaga, kelangan kong masanay nang ganito. Homesick talaga ang pinakamatindi kong kalaban. Hanggang sa susunod kong pag-uwi… I just don’t know when!
 

Trip Ko: A Travelogue

February 28, 2008

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This was the schedule that changed my entire not-so-interesting and not-so-exciting (in other words “b-o-r-i-n-g”) weekend life…

My officemates and I had a road trip this weekend. Woohoo! I was free from my dull sleep all day and wash-my-clothes habits. It was really unexpected. I never planned to join the road trip since I’m running out of money and I’m close to being broke. It even took me days to decide. However, my love for travelling convinced me to give it a go. After all, it’s my anniversary here in Cebu and I want to explore more places and attractions here. My birthday is just around the corner as well. I want to give myself a break. You know, city life is fun but it gets boring in the long run. I need to breathe fresh air and enjoy tranquility sometimes. And now, here are the highlights of our two-day road trip down south…

DAY 1

We left for Barili, Cebu around 8 AM. We made a quick stopover in Carcar City to take some pictures.

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GOING-AWAY PIC. Smile guys! We’re going to our destination!hehe

Finally, we reached Mantayupan Falls in Barili, Cebu around 11 AM. This place boasts a reputation for a magnificent waterfalls. The sound of the rushing waters was soothing. That was the best waterfalls I’ve seen so far. I would say that it’s close enough to Laguna’s Pagsanjan Falls. This is where we had our lunch. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to join Ivan and Sho with their balsa adventure because I left my bag in the van.

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TOURISTS ON THE GO. Here are the tourists striking a pose with the falls on the background (CLOCKWISE: Leylan, Jen,  Erin, Cel, Line, Line’s Dad, Ivan, I, Sean, and Sho)

After spending few hours in Mantayupan Falls, we left for Moalboal, a town known for its white sand beaches and dive spots. Heck, that was my first time to walk on white sand. I didn’t miss the chance to get intimate with it.haha 😆 I rolled over the shore and dived into the water. I enjoyed the moment while the restless waves touch my bare skin.

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SOAKING UP. Woohoo! This time we’re soaking up the sun through beach bathing.

Sho (my officemate) and I went boating along the coast. Later, I sat on the shore to watch the beautiful sunset. The scene was perfect! The night in Moalboal was also peaceful. No jeepneys. No busy streets. No pollution. That was paradise! hehe. After setting up our tents, we gathered for a bonfire while drinking my favorite beer.hehe 😆

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FIRE UP. The gang gathered around the bonfire. Where was I? I washed my hands after lighting it up!

DAY 2

We had to leave Moalboal at 9 AM. Then, we made our way to Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. We did a bit of trekking to get to Kawasan Falls. All of us had to make a number of steps and follow a narrow trail through the trees. I was barely breathing when we finally reached the waterfalls! 😆

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FALL IN LOVE WITH THE FALLS. These people are obviously enjoying a great scenic view that this place offers.

The water was pretty cold but I managed to bathe for hours with Ivan, Leylan, Vet, and the two kids Sean and Erin. “Falls-hopping” is really fun!

After taking a dip in the waters of Kawasan Falls, we stopped in Oslob, Cebu. This is where we travelled back in time as we posed near the ruins of old buildings and landmarks. These were the places that I’ve only seen in history books before. Look, here we are striking a pose near the ruins of a watchtower.

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SHARING THE LEGACY. This one is steeped in Cebu history. Why not pose for a picture and share the legacy?

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The gang posed again! (FROM LEFT:) Sho, Lex (that’s me), Jen, Vet, Cel, Ivan, and two cute kids Sean and Erin at the back.

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Another picture at Oslob Bay. Here are the celebrity-wanna-be’s once again…

If I have to describe our road trip with just one word, it would be FUN. Really fun!

I don’t have something for my birthday now. But, it’s fine! The food and drinks would be gone in minutes but the fun I had during our road trip would remain for a lifetime…

Try the southern tip of Cebu now and you’ll enjoy everything!

Special thanks to:

Leylan and Yam for some of the pictures…

Kwento sa mga Photo (Sinulog Scenes from da Behind)

January 23, 2008

Last week ipinost ko ang “Kabarkada, Sinulog Na”. ‘Yon po eh patikim pa lang kung ano talaga ang mangyayari sa January 20. Kaya eto na ang pinakaabangan (as if may nag-aabang) nyong sequel. Eto na po talaga ang main event ng Sinulog 2008.

Syempre di nagpahuli ang ultimate katambay nyo kaya go agad ako sa kalye at nanood ng Sinulog Grand Parade. Nakow, punong-puno ang buong Cebu City. Nakakapanlumong tingnan ang kalsada.  Kahit na siguro sina Mahal at Mura eh di basta-basta makakasingit sa dami ng tao. Kalahating oras din siguro akong naglakad bago makarating sa street kung saan dumadaan ang contingents. Di biro ang mga pinagdaanan ko para lang ma-cover ang event na ‘to para sa inyo.LOL.

Ilang beses din akong nagpalipat-lipat ng pwesto. Ang dami kasing pasaway na tawid ng tawid sa kalsada. Maraming beses ding naaararo ang betlogs ko kaya lumipat na lang sa ibang pwesto. Dinala ako ng mga paa ko sa Fuente Osmeña. Don na talaga tumambay hanggang matapos ang parade. Kung may nagbabasa man ng blog ko, ginawa ko po yon para lang maibigay sa inyo mga giliw na mambabasa ang iba’t-ibang anggulo pictures. Pilit akong naghanap ng magagandang subjects at bumuo ng framing at composition na magugustuhan nyo. Kung magsalita ako para na akong professional photographer. Pagbigyan nyo na ko mga katambay.

Inulan ang parade pero di pa rin nagpatinag ang mga tao. Kasama na ko don. Nagtiis ako sa ilalim ng payong ng katabi ko. Kahit basa na ang likod ko eh, stay put pa rin ang katambay nyo. Naalala ko tuloy yong nangyaring standoff nong November 29. Kahit tineargas na eh, di pa rin nagpapigil ang mga reporter.

Para din pala to sa mga di nakatambay sa Sinulog. Kahit man lang sa pictures eh makita nyo kung sino ang “in” o “out” at “astig” o “nginig” sa Sinulog parade. Kayo na ang bahalang humusga. Sa pictures na to eh makikita nyo ang behind the scenes at ang mga kwento sa photo. Ipinagmamalaki ko pong ihandog sa inyo ang aking mga obra sa walong oras kong pakikitambay sa Sinulog.

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A VIEW FROM THE TOP. Tingnan nyo ang isa to. Di nakuntento at umakyat pa sa puno. Gusto pa nga sigurong sumakay sa helicopter na nagha-hover sa taas.

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ELVIS IS NOT DEAD. Di kayo namamalik-mata. Eto po ay isang Elvis Presley wanna-be with matching patilya and Rock en Roll costume.

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KAMATAYAN, IKAW BA YAN? Magtago na kayo! Nandito na ang ang uninvited guest. Baka ang mga pasaway sa parade ang isasama nito. Safe pala ako…

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THE DARK IS RISING. Eto po ang isang umepal sa parade. Parang maghahasik ng lagim. Nakakatakot tingnan pero sayaw lang ang trip nyan.

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MERMAID ON LAND. Biruin nyo pati sirena (sirena as in “mermaid” not sirena as in “siren”) eh umahon sa dagat at nakitambay sa lupa. At the end of the day bilasa to for sure…

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OH-STRETCH! Ang lupeet ng isang to. Pati ostrich eh di pinatawad at ginawa pang service.  Parang totoo no?

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TARZAN INVADES THE CITY. Hanep ah, di rin nagpahuli si Tarzan pero di niya kasama si Jane. Higanteng elepante po ang kasama nyang nakiparada.

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MONKEY BUSINESS. Ang cute ng unggoy na nakasakay sa puno ng saging. Sobrang takaw nga lang kasi kahit nagkakamot eh kumakain pa rin. Mabulunan ka sama!

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LOOK, I’M FLYING! Naka-drugs kaya to? Gusto sigurong mag-take off. Ginawa pang runway ang kalsada.

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BOXED BOXER. Bat kayo nakatingin sa kin ha? Suntukan na lang tayo. Kahit tawagin nyo pa si Pacquiao wala kayong binatbat sa costume ko.

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ENCOUNTER WITH A TRANSFORMER. At last nakakita na rin ako ng transformer in person, este in robot pala. Sino kaya gumawa nito. You’ll find out soon…

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DOLPHIN SHOW. Dolphin…dolphin kayo dyan! Akala ko may dolphin show. Binebenta pala nila.

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MONSTERS, INC. Waaahhh…eto na kapatid ni Godzilla. Mga bata magtago kayo. Bilis!

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DA MAKER OF BUMBLE BEE. Eto na si Kuya Pikoy, ang creator ni Bumble Bee. Sya lang naman po ang nanalo. Galing! Balato ko ha! Tenks sa libreng snack! We’re proud of you! hehe 😆

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HOMEBOUND. Daddy uwi na tayo. Nakakapagod na eh. Usungin mo nga ko.

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Kabarkada, Sinulog Na!

January 17, 2008

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THE SHOW IS ON. Eksena bago umulan.

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INTRUDER. Nakitambay ako! Yahhhoooo….

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 HATAW NA. Da show must go on! Rain or shine to…

Malapit-lapit na pala ang Sinulog. First time ko ‘tong maki-Sinulog kasi ‘di na ko nakaabot last year. February na kasi nang mapadpad ako dito sa Cebu. Ilang araw na lang pala eh makiki-Pit Senyor na ang lolo n’yo. Last week nga lang eh sumugod pala ako sa Abellana Sports Complex para manood ng Sinulog ng Kabataan sa Lalawigan ’08. Iniwan ko lang munang nakababad ang labahan at naki-join sa Sinulog ng mga bagets.

‘Di ko alam kung saan ‘yong Abellana. Malapit daw sa CNU (Cebu Normal University) kaya sa tapat ako ng CNU bumaba. Nasa likod pa pala ng main gate ang sports complex kaya sumabay na lang ako sa mga taong naglalakad kahit ‘di ko alam kung saan sila papunta. Buti na lang manonood din pala ang mga pipol na ‘yon. Nagsimula na ang event pagdating ko. Puno na ang mga bleachers. ‘Ika nga eh, di mahulugang karayom. ‘Di rin nagpahuli ang mga Kano at iba pang mga foreigner. Ocean of faces ‘ika nga at different races. Heto nga at naglipana na ang mga terorista (este turista pala).’Di na ako umupo kasi mas okay ang view sa malapitan. Makikita ko pa kung sino ang papalpak kung sakali.LOL.

Pagkatapos ng mahabang ka-echusan eh nagsimula na rin ang much-awaited event. Makikita mo agad ang colorful costumes ng mga kasali. Para ngang nagkaroon ng rainbow sa lupa.LOL. Nag-enjoy ako sa panonood sa mga bata. Nakakabilib talaga ang mga moves at performance level ang mga tiyanak. Ilang dangkal pa lang eh hanep na kung sumayaw. Napa-wow ako kasi ‘di madaling turuan ang mga bata. Baka atakihin ka na sa puso eh ‘di pa rin makaka-pick up. Ilang buwan kaya nila prinaktis ‘yon.

‘Di nagtagal eh umulan. ‘Di naman kalakasan pero enough to make you step back and run for cover. Dahil nga basa na ang stage, sa track na lang ng oval tinuloy ang performance ng high school category. Marami na rin kasing nadulas at lumagapak sa stage. Syempre dapat poised pa rin kaya smile to do the max despite of the embarrassment. Okay lang ‘yon kasi mas masaya talaga pag may bloopers. Nag-enjoy rin ako sa facial expressions ng mga nagsasayaw. Merong naiiyak habang nagsasayaw. ‘Yong iba naman eh abot-tenga ang tawa. Meron ding hingal na hingal na parang ilang kilometro ang tinakbo. Dahil nga umulan, puno ng putik ang costumes ng mga nagsasayaw. Pati nga make up eh nalusaw at halos wala nang matira. Sabi nga nila, the show must go on kaya todo project pa rin sila.

Halos limang oras ang itinagal ng event. Kaya nga nangawit mga paa sa katatayo. Napakaraming tao. Mas marami pa siguro kesa sa pumunta sa Manila Pen nang magrebelde si Trillanes.LOL. Kahit saan ka tumingin eh may makikita kang tao (regardless sa hitsura ng iba). jowk onli!

Nag-enjoy naman ang lolo n’yo. I was entertained, kumbaga. Medyo sulit naman ang binayad kong P30 para makapasok. Nang matapos eh nag-unahang lumabas sa venue ang mga pipol. Para bang nga langgam na nabulabog nang maapakan ang lungga nila. Pero masaya naman  kasi naki-join ako sa mga pipol na ‘yon sa pag-honor kay Sto. Niño.

Kaya mga katambay, gumala na sa kalye at manood ng Sinulog sa January 20. Kita-kits tayo ha! Sigurado magi-enjoy kayo. Pramis…