Reassembling the Dislodged

Yesterday was a day full of meeting wonderful new people and gaining new experiences. Yesterday was also a day of viewing things in a different perspective: getting insight into how students think, how faculty thinks, how owners of family businesses think, how events people think, how start-up founders think.

It was also revitalizing to be thrown questions whose answers I never really thought of before. Explaining the incubation set-up and the justifications therein fueled by my general kneejerk tendencies and pitching the advocacy to people who were curious were the rules in the court. I swear it almost felt like a Miss Universe pageant or something.

Today, in my indulgent attempt to go back to my center and unleash my hipster tendencies, please allow me to unleash my touristy reflective mood in photos:

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Cebu IT park in noon heat.

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Feet selfie below the tree shades before ze 1PM meeting, yes.

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A view of Marriott and the moonshine. My future indie band will sound as swanky as this caption, I hope.

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Puso lights over dinner.

I love the hipsterness and the technopreneurial appetite of Cebu!

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Beach Diaries: Emeralda Resort

My love affair with the beach ensues. The most recent date with la magestique côte was 2 weeks ago with some of my oldest and most awesome friends. And so, this is to share with the intarweb the quaint wonder we had found in Emeralda Nature’s Park Beach Resort.

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Armed with a united spirit for adventure, us girls headed out to Initao which is about a two hours-worth drive from CDO. Emeralda is around a 5-minute drive further from the more mainstream Midway Beach Resort.

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If you’re the type that appreciates tranquility and nature in its unadulterated form, this is the place for you.

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We paid P50 per head for their entrance fee. The humble but trusty cottage we got, we paid P200 for. This comes with electricity. The place comes with a swimming pool and a volleyball field. Parking is free.

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The sand is naturally coarse white. The terrain, rocky. The beach area naturally hugs in, which tames the waves coming in. Love it or hate it, the seafloor is rich in corals.

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I loved it since I was fortunate enough to wear the right footwear. And I have this inexplicable fascination for living things I don’t see everyday.

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Oh, and allow me to post some photos of me and my good friends working it! Haha!

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The beachfront transforms into an awesome rocky terrain in the afternoon, as the low tide acquaints itself with the shoreline.

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I will definitely bring my future kids here to educate them about Sea Urchins and Corals and Bliss and Love. Ü

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For the great company I had on this refuge, I am super grateful to have awesome people like you in my life. Here’s to greater things!

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Retrospection: 2012 Edition

This is the part where I’ll be publishing my longest blog post yet. What can I do? 2012 was drenched in awesomesauce.

“If God is a DJ / Life is a dancefloor / Love is the rhythm / You are the music.” – Pink

The monumental party moments of 2012:

Republiq bisdak party

Bisdak party, Republiq, January 2012

Bisdak Party, Relik, December 2012

Another one bites the dust. Bisdaks strike again, Relik, December 2012

PW Cubies, Skye, December 2012Dependable Skye evenings with my dependable party freak PW cubemates  – December 2012

GNO, Skye, April 2012

Girls Night Out, Skye, April 2012. My 1st time. They thought I was underage, thank you very much.

Annabee, Skye, August 2012

Another epic Skye night with my bombshell of a wingwoman – August 2012

PXC-Party, Skye, September 2012

A forming post-PXC tradition: Drinks at Skye! – September 2012

The Beginning, Skye, October 2012

And PW Friends gather once more to celebrate the existence of awesomeness – October 2012

The Aftermath, Skye, October 2012

…an awesome aftermath?

PW Friends, Skye, December 2012Christmas nightcap with PW friends, December 2012

Partyhike, Taipei, November 2012

Partyhike 2012! – Some mountain in Taipei, November 2012

PW Tugs, Republiq, Jan 2012

Starting the year with a bang! – Republiq, January 2012

Starring, Davao, Nov 2012

Partying: stationary style! – Starr, Davao, November 2012

Bang, Fiamma, Jan 2012

1st nonOBEM-related party with OBEMERS – Fiamma, January 2012

Bass Down Low, Republiq, July 2012

We like our beats fast and our bass down low. – Republiq, July 2012

Blackout, Republiq, March 2012

Black babies: My. Hardest. Partyrock. Ever. – Republiq, March 2012

Brrr, Zero Degree Manila, June 2012

We just wanna have fun. – Zero Degree Manila, June 2012

Celebrators, Relik, October 2012

Happy birthday to us! – Relik, October 2012

OBEM Friends, Relik, October 2012

Partycelebrating with college friends!

Partyhike 2, Taipei, November 2012

The Partyhike continues: Jejestyle – Some mountain in Taiwan, November 2012

The Gondola, Taipei, November 2012

Gondola Party! -Taipei, November 2012

Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Concerts and other forces destined by the universe to have made this year so beautifully filled with music:

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Liked the album, abhorred the concert. Had a good time, still! – Dev at Republiq, July 2012

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Destiny fulfilled: Capacities for Kagayanons – Up Dharma Down at Punchbowl, CdO, Dec 2012

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My UDD dates!

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Asked my dad out on a date in Manila! – Sting at Araneta Coliseum, December 2012
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1st Int’l Artist Concert for the year! – Evanescence + Bush at Araneta Coliseum, Feb 2012

Went to The Cranberries concert with this babe, too – but we didn’t get pictures. :))

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My face. Bow. – David Guetta at SM MOA Arena, October 2012

Babes, Malasimbo PG, March 2012

Earlybirds! – Malasimbo 2, Puerto Galera, March 2012

MMF, Alphaland Bay City, May 2012

Pumped! – Manila Music Festival, Alphaland Bay City, May 2012

Phantom, CCP, September 2012

Off to hear the angel of music! – CCP, September 2012

“Don’t be foolish, just follow your feet” –Sir William Thatcher, A Knight’s Tale

Awesome travels with dear friends:

Kite-flying, Clark Air Field, Feb 2012

Kites and Hot Air Balloons with these awesome people – Clark, Pampanga, February 2012

Off we go, Bangera Inn PG, March 2012

Prepped for Malasimbo – Bangera Inn, Puerto Galera, March 2012

Coconuts, Malasimbo PG, March 2012

Coconuts and Indie Music: a good match – Mt. Malasimbo, March 2012

Retreat, Calaruega Batangas, April 2012

A reflective vacation with Faye – Calaruega, Batangas, April 2012

Overnighters, Costabella, April 2012

My 1st OBEM trip! – Costabella, Cebu, April 2012

The Queen, Taipei, November 2012

With the Queen – Taipei, November 2012

Bonfire, Iba, Zambales, November 2012

Hotdogs and Bonfires, Iba, Zambales, November 2012

Going Back, Pearl Farm, Nov 2012With my go-to gang — Pearl Farm, Samal, November 2012

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Foodtripping with workies! – Binondo, October 2012

Hardcaps, Corregidor, August 2012

Ladies and hardhats. – Corregidor, August 2012

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” -Khalil Gibran

To the people who have kept me sane all through out this stretch called life.

Bumblebeekins, CdO, July 2012

Bumblecousins – CdO, July 2012

Baptism, Zambales, Nov 2012

Solid from answering homework all the way to godparenting – Zambales, November 2012

Abbyday, Stella, June 2012

Catching up! – Ate Abby’s birthday dinner, Stella, June 2012

Battles Over Milk Tea, Moonleaf, June 2012

When you’ve hit rock bottom, the only place left to go is up. Battles over milk tea with my babes. – Moonleaf, June 2012

Best Wishes, Amici de Don Bosco, March 2012

Best Wishes! -Amici de Don Bosco, March 2012

Camwhoring, Starbucks CdO, April 2012

Camwhoring catch-ups. -Starbucks CdO, April 2012

Mayumis, Hossein, October 2012

Angel’s despedida! – Hossein, October 2012

DSC06732My Girls. – Barbara’s Binondo, June 2012

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Just like them good old times. – Candy’s, December 2012

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Thai Me Up!

Fraud Team, Alphaland Southgate, August 2012

Former Teammates, friends until the end – Alphaland Southgate, August 2012

Madame Marly, Cebu, August 2012

Visiting one of my oldest friends after my Eat-Pray-Shop trip! – Cebu, August 2012

PXC 34, Araneta Coliseum, December 2012

Lunchies! – Araneta Coliseum, December 2012

“Shake the dust off your feet.” -Matthew 10:14

2012 was the year I started my love affair with the beach:

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Lone reflections – Pearl Farm, Nov 2012
Boat to Samal, Davao, Nov 2012

Row, row, row your boat!

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Beaching with the Nephews! – Duka Bay Resort, Medina, Aug 2012

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Post-birthday documentation with THE Ea – Palm Beach Resort, Batangas, Oct 2012

Jumpshot, Puerto Galera, March 2012

Bibis gonna jumpshot! – Puerto Galera, March 2012

Lookie, Pearl Farm, Nov 2012

Finally here. – Pearl Farm, Samal, November 2012

Scuba Diving, Maxima Samal, Nov 2012

Scuba duba – Maxima Resort, Samal, November 2012

Shading, Puerto Galera, March 2012

Chillin’ like a villain – Puerto Galera, March 2012

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Defying Gravity. – Zambales, November 2012

 

We work and we play. Whatever curve balls may come along the way, with these people, I know that it’s all going to be okay. -Me

Hahaha. Self-awareness FT-dub!

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Ending an epic work year with my 2012 lunchies – Jills, The Fort, December 2012

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Anton’s Despedida – Create Room, September 2012

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On our way to the coffee joint – Rada Street, July 2012
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Team Competitive! – Manila Polo Club, November 2012

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A fine yuletide dinner – Aubergine, The Fort, December 2012

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Our 1st Note 2 photo! – Salcedo Park, December 2012

“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” – Anon

To the people I live for:

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Making faces with Miggy! – Nita’s Medina, August 2012

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The Drama Club with Joaqui! – Duka Bay Resort, August 2012

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So relieved that they liked their Kreo Transformers toy!


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The parentals and the sibs! – CdO, December 2012

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Strolling at the park after mass. – Gaston Park, CdO

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Playground pleasures.

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And I finally managed to get the entire crew in one boat! Destiny fulfilled. – Duka Bay Resort, December 2012

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation” – The Alchemist

“So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.”
― George Mallory

To dare and dream and achieve. My 2012 highlights:

Flying Kite, Clark Air Field, Feb 2012

Flying a kite for the 1st time! – Clark, Pampanga, Feb 2012

Stinky Tofu, Taipei, November 2012

Eating Stinky Tofu. Ick. – Taipei, Nov 2012

Titay!

Fangirling with Titay Arenal – PXC 34, Araneta Coliseum, December 2012

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My 1st time down under! – Samal reefs, November 2012

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My 1st crack at event-hosting! – Jills, The Fort, December 2012
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My 1st time to go out and wear printed leggings! – Philippine Fashion Week, SMX, October 2012

I am super grateful for the ideas, events and people that have shaped my 2012.

Looking forward to an epic 2013!

“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.” -Gus, The Fault In Our Stars

Beats for the Beaches

On days like these when even the office AC can’t keep you cool despite wearing office clothes that can be categorized as borderline scantily clad, any person would just want to make this heat official by heading out to the beach. On that note, I am not in any beach as of this writing though I sure as hell wished I were – 9 days without it and counting. Akkkk! I miss it so bad. Caught in a bad romance. Errr.

For the meantime, here’s my reco round-up of nice beats to bring on your next beach trip – songs I’ve experienced sunbathing to first-hand, or tunes that just make me want to somersault my way to the beach like an impulsive weirdo. Note: I’m not even going to attempt including Lady Gaga’s Summerboy or L.F.O.’s Summer Girls in this list. Please.

  • The entire Kaskade – Strobellite Seduction album.  Angel on My Shoulder personally stuck to me the most.
  • Anything Bob Marley! I swear if you think I’m not stating the obvious, I don’t know where you’ve hung out or what shell you’ve been living inside in!
  • Chillitees  (Extra Rice ++) . I’m so happy to have encountered their music in Malasimbo. Their album is so… chill. Duh. Perfect for lazing around. They have other singles out too, all of which I think are equally awesome. My favorite is Sama Na. Perfect song for that “Yes woman” mindset. Here’s another one of their singles with a beachy theme to the video (interesting how spontaneous they were at making it, too – see video desc):

  • June Marieezy – Summertime. Getting stoked for later’s Manila Music festival got me bumping into this girl’s music. Nothing fancy. Just really straightforward, honest-to-goodness offbeat Pinoy music.
  • Sugar Ray – Dance Like No One’s Watching. And this is the song I’ve been putting on repeat ever since a colleague recommended the song to me.

 

That said, I look forward to the day when I shall be one with the waters again. For now, I’ll have to settle with waterguns, then. 🙂