Exploring Panglao: Dolphin Watching - Balicasag Snorkeling - Virgin Island

Thursday, July 30, 2015 16 Comments A+ a-

Sun, sand, and the sea. What else can make me more excited?
Virgin Island, Panglao, Bohol
Virgin Island. Where the water meets the heavens.

Dolphins.

Yes, dolphins.

I've always wanted to go swimming with the dolphins *points at the bucket list at the bottom right side of this blog*. No, I haven't swam with one. Not yet. But dolphin watching is the closest it can get. :)

I suppose this would be the highlight of our Cebu-Bohol trip. I've already missed taking The Plunge at Danao Adventure Park because the weather wasn't really in our favor. I can't miss seeing the dolphins this time even though that would mean waking up at 5 o'clock in the morning.

From Alona Beach in Panglao, we hired a boat exclusively for Php 1,300 to take us to where the dolphins are, and to Balicasag and Virgin islands as well.  Boats are just everywhere around the shores of Panglao. Rental charges usually range from Php 1,500 - 2,000, but you can always go lower depending on your haggling skills and charms. Smiling can do a lot of wonders. *wink*

Cebu-Bohol Escapade

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 13 Comments A+ a-

Okay, I admit it. This is the first time I have traveled again by plane after so many years. And I'm glad to have experienced it with Jan. We've been going around Mindanao lately, and I think it's about time we put our travels a notch up. I believe we needed this getaway. It's the only time we have until we grind our heads back to work again.

We decided to go backpacking to Bohol via Cebu since both of us have never been there. We weren't able to visit all tourist spots in Bohol though as the weather made sure of that. But we made sure that we get to see the famous Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol

The Chocolate Hills are amazing in actual than just seeing them in pictures. Actually, I didn't expect a lot from it, but we were awed of its splendor and beauty.

Confessions Vol. 7: Stationery Addiction

Friday, July 24, 2015 6 Comments A+ a-

Look what came into the mail today! Meet my new slaves of creative expression. After hoarding almost all ball point sizes of Uni Pin pigment ink pens, and now this, I don't want to think things are just starting to get out of hand. Who can resist them, Sharpies?
Sharpie 80's Glam

I am addicted. But I'm not on crack. If I am, then I would say the office supply stores are my drug dealer. I don't know what's with these bookstores and office depots that they always render me powerless. They are evil and I'm vulnerable. There's a force that drags me right into it, put me on a trance as I pass from one aisle to another, and I never leave without clutching a thing or two.

DIY: Pen Holder

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 13 Comments A+ a-

There are artists here in the Philippines that I really admire (and envy) for their first-rate art skills. To name some would be: 1.) the creative dork, Aseo. He is undeniably, one of the greatest illustrators/digital artists to date; and, 2.) Kerby, one of the most talented sketch masters I've ever known.

I've been following these artists since time immemorial and even created some artworks inspired by them. I've done vectors and vexels before. And I know it would take years of practice before I get on par with Aseo. But at least, I tried. :)

Anyway, today (actually, not just today), Kerby inspired me to doodle. I saw his DIY Pen holder and thought I'd make one too.

I feel a little creative. Hence,
DIY Pen Holder 

Confessions Vol. 6: I'm Not a Movie Buff

Sunday, July 12, 2015 3 Comments A+ a-

Jan came over yesterday because it's my nephew's first birthday. We decided to watch a movie after stuffing our tummies with the yummies. I wanted to watch something light, so he recommended Easy A. I thought it was just another sloppy teen comedy but the nonstop wisecracks kept me absorbed that even my chick-flick-hating self absolutely loved it. And yes, not only because it is Emma Stone, but it is funny and smart as well.

Just so you know, I am not really into movies. I'm not the type who likes to just sit still and watch passively. So if you're one of my friends who's been to the movies with me, then perhaps you're one of those who got annoyed with my incessant blabbing of movie flaws, logic, and inconsistencies because unfortunately I have the ability not to ignore small things that don't make sense. No wonder I get constantly told, "pagtan-aw na lang gud dira!" (Shut up and just watch the goddamn movie!)

I don't remember a movie recommended by Jan that I didn't love (Schindler's List and Shawshank Redemption to name some). Now I wonder how many good movies have I actually missed since Forrest Gump? Not that I haven't watched anything, okay? But I can count with the fingers of my one hand how many movies have I watched in the last two years. I couldn't even name 95% of the actors and actresses on the big screen. I didn't know Paul Walker until his untimely death. Send me a picture of Channing Tatum and I wouldn't recognize him unless I am told. And no, this is definitely not me getting old.

So what is it with movies that they get shrugged off more often? I wouldn't say I have a short attention span because I can sit through Burn Notice, Band of Brothers, Suits, Breaking Bad, Dexter, and/or Futurama marathon whole day. I can watch documentaries all afternoon. I can read a 500-page novel all the way through in one sitting. I can make time if I want to but I don't.

Perhaps the dawn of cgis and stunning visual effects became the embodiment of a great movie that movie tickets can sell like hotcakes even with no real plot in them made me lose my interest with movies. And yes, I may have tried to slash my veins with my teeth the first time I watched Twilight. I don't know why I even bothered to. Good thing I was able to push the stop button before I stab my eyes out. It was simply depressing. Never again. Note to self: Don't get bothered with the hype.
Popcorn, anyone?
What I'm trying to say is, most movies nowadays lack depth and substance, and character development is almost absent. Despite that, such movies are unbelievably deemed box-office hits. Oh man, I couldn't afford to shell out 150 pesos for a piece of crap, and I know I can never take 2 hours of my life back. But before I start sounding like an a-hole movie critic wannabe and bash movies that I didn't even bother to watch or at least finish watching, I just want to give props to movies that always put the story first (Hayao Miyazaki's and Pixar Animations for example with the exception of Cars 2). I also like movies that are deep, thought-provoking, moving, and inspiring. And such are hard to come by. I think the last movie that has blown my mind was Interstellar and I hope they make more movies like that.

Maybe I still like watching movies. I just don't get excited about them anymore that I can just shrug it off and forget about it (even the anticipated ones. Insurgent, for example). I hardly ever go to cinemas. I mean, Jan and I passed by movie theaters a lot of times, but I just couldn't find one thing that I would like to watch. But just because I barely watch movies doesn't mean I'm completely shutting my doors from it. I know there are still few good movies out there. Perhaps I'll just stay away from Oscar bait crap and stick to the indies or classic instead. The same goes to watching televisions. I'm happy to say that I've got zero TV shows for the past weeks or perhaps it has been months. Yes. But I'm not missing tonight's episode of Gandang Gabi Vice with our very own Mayor Duterte as a guest. This should be good. And I can't wait. :)

My Sanctuary

Thursday, July 9, 2015 2 Comments A+ a-

I've finally set up my work station. My sacred space. It is still a work in progress though as I plan on putting a cork board and a clock on the wall. And until I don't have a big monitor and a very comfy chair, then I cannot say I'm all set. But for now, I can say my work space is absolutely my favorite place in the house.

Remember how my desk looked before? Well, my blog does. And that was already the tidiest it can get. Thought I'd show you this new sacred sanctuary while it is still in its immaculate form. I know myself well, and I don't think this clean desk will last a week. But I will try to keep things neat every now and then. That's a promise.

I spent a couple of days deciding how my work space should look. I wanted something that's welcoming, visually attractive, and relaxing. It took me a while to decide on the theme. At first I wanted something cute because, well, cute. How can I argue with cute? But cute comes with light and many colors, and I find it too flashy and distracting.

So I have fine-combed almost every novelty and thrift shops here in Davao, and found a few things that I think would be perfect for my desk - and at a cheaper price too. So here's how my desk looks now:
My Workstation

The Sunday Currently Vol. 1

Sunday, July 5, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Picked this up from blog hopping. Here's where I got the The Sunday Currently blog feature. :)

Yesterday, laptop got busted and I was in the middle of designing a big project. It wasn't a total wreck, I was just getting blue screens of death from time to time. Haha. So I decided to stop pushing the laptop to its limit afraid it might die on me. The mom's going to kill me if I lost all the hundred thousand pictures of all her travel escapades. *sweat*

CURRENTLY...  

Reading 
Manuals and installation instructions. Actually, I asked Jan to set-up my new computer and install the drivers for it. I could do it myself, you know. But that's what I-work-with-computers-kind-of-boyfriends are for, right? Haha. (Labyu, Jan!)
I'm sorry if it took a long time before I realized I have to offer you a chair. Haha. :P
Writing
This blog when I should be updating my resume. With this new shit right here, there's no reason for me not to look for a full time job now. But I can do the updating tomorrow. Or the day after tomorrow. Or the next. I will, I PROMISE.

Of Pens and Papers

Friday, July 3, 2015 6 Comments A+ a-

I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am to have a "talent" or at least I say, a knack for art. I have been quite isolated lately. The drastic change of priorities and my responsibilities left me with no choice but to stay home. Believe me, being withdrawn for weeks from the society made me feel burnt out, stressed, and down. When writing just doesn't cut it, becoming creative with pen and paper is all the therapy I need. :)
Zentangles
My first attempt to do zentangles. :) 

Goodbye, June. Hello, July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

I never really liked June.

And I can give a hundred reasons why. For years, June seemed like a downpour of all mishaps, jinxes, and series of unfortunate events squeezed to thirty days, that is. But believe me, it only takes a reason or two for me not to lose my faith on it.

June was a roller coaster month. Adventure, isolation, friendship, disappointment, frustration, happiness, sadness, love, bad luck, triumph - it was a month for all of these things and there's so much more. It's during that month I am able to appreciate what it is to be high and low.

I have always believed (and I still do) that June is the least of my favorite months for all the uncertainties I have experienced in the past. However, it is undeniably in the most uncertain circumstances we learn and discover life. It is in the uncertain that we learn to take risks and be spontaneous. It is in the uncertain we appreciate our heartbeat and the air we breathe. It is in the uncertain we can experience pain and for that, we know what's it like to be alive. I would not have survived this uncertain and unfortunate month if not through faith, hope, and love from the people around me. And I thank God for the gift of people who make my life worthwhile.

Whatever happens from this point on, I will always remember what Bob Marley said, "Don't worry, about a thing, 'cause every little thing's gonna be all right." The roller coaster June ride came to stop... So yeah... I'll take a pause, breathe, and hop on to the next one.

And to all of you, may you all have an awesome July!

Cheers!