Carrie Bradshaw in the making?

Carrie Bradshaw.

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The high-heeled walking, fashion forward sex advisor of the TV series Sex and the City. She has been sashaying our screens for years.
She has influenced women around the globe in many different ways. From loving fashion to being independent to adoring those awesome Manolos, she has touched our lives one way or another.

I love writing, always have. But she made me love it more. Who wouldn’t want her life? Published author, telling people what to do in the sack? C’mon!
Not to mention the clothes, great friends and Mr. Big! Woah!

So I have been writing since I can remember but it has always been for myself.
That’s the good thing about writing, you can express yourself without hurting other people unless you let them read your stories where they are the main character and the villain too! (yikes!)

So l tried blogging late last year, not really caring who would read it because I already have a #1 Fan. Thank God for boyfriends,right?

And this year, I applied in a writing company. I thought it might be easy; not knowing that our articles will be sent to the clients and will be approved by them.
I really didn’t know why I didn’t think of that. Of course the clients will approve it first!

Now I’m a self-proclaimed funny girl. Well, in my writing anyway and my boyfriend does laugh. On the inside.
Articles are usually formal, very straight to the point and quite the textbook type of writing.
My style is quite different as you can read.
So after I sent in 2 of my articles and realized the approval process, I think I had a mini attack.
The kind of attack that you can hardly breathe and you just want to cover yourself with a blanket, stay home forever and not talk to any living creature. That heart attack.

3 days passed and still no word.
My 2nd mini heart attack was when I saw the list of writers who were waiting for the approval and the pink highlight was screaming on my screen with the words “REJECTED”. Mini Heart Attack. Oh, it wasn’t me but the word rejected was enough to make me squirm.

My moment of truth.
This morning, I received an email from one of the administrators, 3rd mini attack?
Almost; but then I saw the words “Good News!” Well, you know how it ends.
The clients actually like my style! Good thing they have a sense of humor, huh?

So yes, I am now a professional (getting paid for what you do) writer.
Okay, maybe not quite yet but I’m getting there.
I’m just so blessed to be doing something that I love and earning at the same time.
The best part is, I can write and still organize events because I own my time. Wicked awesome!
So Carrie Bradshaw, thank you for giving people sex advise. That’s all I’m thankful for. lol

So let’s go out there and chase our dreams. I’m telling you, it’s never too late… 🙂

Different

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I’ve always wondered where I’d end up
How my life will turn out to be
I can’t help but wonder where I’m going
With all the doubts and fears in me…
All my life I’ve been afraid
I’ve always been hiding
I realized I’m willing to fight it
When I found what I was seeking…
I’ve been with a few men, yes
But none seems to be sufficient
But right now, with you,
It’s just……. Different

Silent April, not-so-silent May….

April.

Yes, Silent April. It was my birth month and I wanted to shut my trap.
Mission accomplished then, huh?

But… since it’s May, I may not be too quiet this time.
Yes folks, I’m back!
Packed with undeniable wit and fascinating pizzaz!
Please, Humor me. hahaha

Well, the good thing about my silence for a month is that I was able to collect a lot of adventure stories and I can’t wait to share them all with you…

It’s summer, it’s hot, I believe I am too (it’s my blog.. so please.. ), not as hot as the Miami Heat though…
I guess that’s another topic for another day.

But seriously, I had my own struggles for April.
I wanted to stop blogging. Such a drama queen I am…
But then, this amazing thing happened…

I think about 3 weeks into my silence, 1 amazing blogger liked my post. I’m a big fan so imagine my shock when I saw that.

Let me walk you though that moment…
Me, opening wordpress not expecting any notifications just new post from my beloved fellow bloggers.
But when I opened it, the star for the notification was shining like a dream (like I said, drama queen)
And when I opened it, it was Lesley Carter of lesleycarter.wordpress.com.. (a big fan)
So there I was, just staring at my monitor for what felt like forever or maybe 10 secs.

And then I cried. Tears was just flowing out. I was so touched by a simple like.
Billions of people around the world and she found her way through my blog.
I guess it’s different when it comes from someone that you admire or look up to.
And because of that, I will continue writing.
Not for anybody else, but for myself…

So goodbye silent April and Hello not-so-silent May…

I won’t give up writing… You guys won’t be able to get rid of me that easy. ;p

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24 (+2) and rocking it!

So, it’s my birthday.

Another year of bliss.. and adventure!

My silver anniversary on this planet was a good one. And I plan to make this year even better.

My birthday wish? that I can learn to believe in my dreams again.

It’s amazing how as children we believe in almost everything and along the way we just  lose that..

Let’s hold on to that. To that faith that anything can happen.
To that belief that we can be whatever we want to be, achieve whatever we want to achieve..
Let’s not let go of the child within us because at the end of the day, dreams keeps us  going…

I’m 24 (+2), rockin’ it, will continue to rock and and will believe again…

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cheers!

Balamban Liempo in Cebu…

Liempo.

Cebu is well known for its tasty lechon.

Lechon is a roasted whole pig or piglet.

Now, Liempo is a boneless cut of fatty meat from the underside of a pig and according to them, Liempo is tastier than lechon. Well, specifically BALAMBAN LIEMPO. 

Of course we already had liempos in Cebu but Balamban Liempo was special… somehow.
First, it cost more… Like P50 more. (That’s a hint right there)
Each serving will cost you P180 but it’s good for 3-4 people.

We found out that what made it special was the spices used.
I don’t know what they are so don’t bother asking me. I just eat the thing..

Because of the spices, it’s really good! I should know, it’s my favorite liempo.

By the way, Balamban is a place in Cebu.. A municipality really.

I was so curious why it was called Balamban Liempo that along with a good friend of mine; Sherwin, actually went to Balamban just to taste an authentic “Balamban Liempo”!
(13.59 Miles/ 21.87 Km.)

Yup! I’ll go through great lengths just for food, in this case, great distance.

This is why it’s called FOOD TRIP.
You actually go on a trip just to get some food. haha

So to compare, Here you go!

Balamban Liempo sold in Cebu:

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I know, right?? It looks sooo good!
And it taste good too!

I had really high hopes for the authentic liempo in Balamban..
So 1.5 hrs after…..

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It looked the same but the taste? Not so good.
It’s P20 pesos cheaper though…

It’s a little disappointing.

I mean, it’s called Balamban Liempo for crying out loud!
Yet the Balamban Liempo sold in Cebu taste better than the Balamban Liempo sold in Balamban! hahaha
Go figure.

But that’s okay though. I just really had to know…
Question answered. Problem solved.
Tummy full. 🙂

AhhhhHHhhhh Phets NoodLe HousE…

Food.

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s eating.
And I just love doing it over and over again. Of course, I’ll die if I don’t.

One lazy afternoon, I was hungry and was craving for a Buddies Taco.
So off we went to get one. But to our dismay, we’ll, MY dismay, they were closed.
On a weekday. I don’t get it.

I really wanted to get some snacks so we dropped by AH PHET’S NOODLES HOUSE.
It’s a chinese restaurant located in Escario, Cebu City before you reach LEX Hotel.

Well anyway, I did say snacks so you would expect that we ordered noodles.
Yes, we did. But just noodles? Cmon!
See what our snacks looked like…. (Don’t underestimate a food lover and a natural-born big eater…)

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Beef Brisket – P65
The noodles. We ordered 1 for each of us.
Snacks? Ya right!

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Rice topping: Humba (Pata Tim) P99

Does this look like snack food to you??
I told you I Iove eating! (Sometimes, a little too much)
This dish is so fatty that I can feel my heart stop.
And it just might if I don’t exercise and eat like this everyday.
THe taste is not bad… It’s okay. Not something that I’d go crazy over but it’s okay.

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Oriental Spring Chicken – P99

Ryan loves his chicken. He just might turn into one! haha

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Total: P389Image

But I do commend them for their good customer service. The waitress who waited on us was always smiling and very accommodating.
Price is not bad too. You can always visit the place if you are in the mood for noodles.

Till my next noodle moment Ah Phet!

Finding Serenity in Naval, Biliran…

Green.

The word that comes to mind when I think of Naval, Biliran.

Naval.

A small municipality in the province of Biliran, in the Eastern Visayas Region.
Serene, peaceful and relaxing. That’s what Naval is to me.

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I was born and raised in the city so I’m a natural coffee addict-fast-paced city girl.
But we all need rest sometimes. We need to stop and enjoy life and what it has to offer..

A little too serious write up for me? Nah. I’m unpredictable this way.. (*wink)

Seriously, after all the work we do in the city, we need a place just to be quiet and put our minds at ease.

I found the perfect place, yes.
Unfortunately, during my last visit, my mind wasn’t at ease at all since my job as an event organizer brought me to this place. My brains was full of “To do’s” and schedules.. But this wasn’t my first trip to this place.

Naval has a special place in my heart not just because of the agricultural beauty that it offers but because of it’s people. The people makes the place, I say. And the people are just beautiful creatures just like its scenes.

Very helpful, welcoming and smiling Navaleños….
I may not have enjoyed the place as much as I wanted to because of the wedding but I will definitely come back (for the 10th time) soon…

But for those of you who wants to visit, here you go:

Transportation:

By Air: 

You would be flying from wherever you are to Tacloban airport and from there, you can take the van (Duptours or Van-Van’s)
Fare: P130
(2.5-3hr ride)

By Sea:
via Supercat 
Cebu to Ormoc – P760
   (3-hr ride)
Free JD van ride going to Naval (make sure you ask for the free ride in the terminal before you board)
(2-hr ride)

Check Schedule at http://www.supercat.com.ph/sched.asp

For Naval to Cebu, same route.
Or….
via Roble, the blessed stars

Fare/Person:
Economy: 430 PHP
Tourist: 530 PHP

Shcedule:

CebuNaval: Saturday & Monday 9:00 PM – M/V Blessed Stars

NavalCebu: Sunday & Tuesday 9:00PM – M/V Blessed Stars
(10-hr ride)

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Places you can stay at:

There are a number of hotels and pensionne houses that you can try but these two are my recommendations.

Marvin’s seaside inn: http://tourism.biliranisland.com/marvinsseasideinn.php

And a budget hotel: GV hotel 
check out their rooms at http://www.gvhotels.com.ph/gv-hotels-our-rooms-branches/

Other places:

Biliran Garden Resort
Villa Cecilia Sitio, Lomboy Barangay Calumpang, Naval, Biliran
(+6353) 500-9232 / (+63921) 983-7936

Brigida Tourist Inn
Castin Street, Naval, Biliran
(+6353) 500-9375

Chamorita
Barangay Catmon, Naval, Biliran
(+63918) 608-3499

Higatangan Beach Resort
Higatangan Island, Naval, Biliran
(+63927) 697-9804 / (+63905) 262-2010

Jimmy’s House
Agta Beach, VRC Resort, Biliran, Biliran
(+63916) 466-5809
http://www.agtabeach.com

M and M Inn
Biliran Town, Biliran 
(+63920) 393-0162 / (+63921) 200-4536 / (+63949) 717-5182

And of course, we have the places to visit.. yey!

Beaches

Samabaun Beach,
Banderahan Beach
Cogon Beach
Candol Beach

Islands
Dalutan Island
Maripipi Island
Higatangan Island
Tingkasan Island
Sambawan Island
Genuruan Island
Capinahan Island

Waterfalls
Tomalistis Falls
Kasabangan Falls
Kinaraha Cascades
Pundol Falls
Pulang Yuta Falls
Busai Falls
Tigbaw Falls
Tinago Falls
Ulan Ulan Falls
Casiawan Waterfalls

falls

Springs
Masagongsong Swimming Pool
San Bernardino Swimming Pool
Libtong Hotspring
Mainit Hotspring

Alot of falls, huh? That’s what makes the place so beautiful.
There are waterfalls in places that you don’t expect.

So for your next trip, try Naval Biliran and let me know what you think.. 🙂

CheZ ToztAr on a SaturDay night!

Saturday.

Enough said. You can’t just stay home and sulk, right?

One of my friends will be going to the states in 2 days and we can’t let her go without saying goodbye and bond before she leaves.

Best way to do that? Over dinner.

And the Restaurant of choice for tonight was….. Drumroll please..
Chez Toztar “House of Roast”!

Chez Toztar is this cozy place in the middle of the City.
It’s not just accessible, the food is really scrumptious!
Every single dish I tasted is a blast of flavor and texture in my mouth.

The best part? They grow their own vegetables and spices.
Organic, Healthy and fresh!

I don’t have the full menu… You just have to check the place out yourself.
Better, right?

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And here’s what you’ve all been waiting for…
Our orders!!!
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Exotic Green Tea salad- P 140
I know it doesn’t look presentable now but believe me, it was before we stuck our forks into it. hehe
Very light yet full of flavors.
Vegetables used in this salad was handpicked from their own garden which you can see before you enter the restaurant. Know any restaurants like that in Cebu?
Seafoods, yes. Vegetables and spices, not much.
Which makes this restaurant quite unique.
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Mozzarella Sticks- P168/ 8 pieces.

Really good appetizer and hands down, the best mozzarella sticks I have tasted…. so far.

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American Pork Steak- P188

The Steak was not as soft as I wanted it to be, but hey, it wasn’t my order and my friend seems to love it. I love the sauce though and the serving is really generous as you can see.

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Tilapia in Hot Butter Basil- P 199

This is now my favorite dish. The spice really hits the spot!
Spicy fish? Cmon! It’s soooo good! (I’m a sucker for spicy food)
I will definitely order this next time.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu – P 188
This used to be my favorite before I discovered the Tilapia. Hehe
There’s just something about the sauce that completes the dish.
Chez Toztar is really big on sauces. I believe it’s their strongest point when it comes to their food. But that’s just my opinion.

And the owner/chief is very hands on which is a big plus for me. 🙂
Great food, great place, amazing company = one great night!

For more details, check out their page at
http://www.facebook.com/ChezToztar?fref=ts

Pole Dancing to Hit Cebu!

Finally!

Cebu will have it’s first pole dancing classes…
God does answer prayers!

People may have bad impression when it comes to pole dancing especially when we know where they are usually being used. (wink wink)
But obviously, people are more mature now since they are embracing it.
And how I love them for embracing it…

Gold’s Gym will hold the launching of the 1st Pole Dancing in Cebu, today!
March 16, 2013 at the Atrium of J Centre Mall at 6:30pm.
You don’t need the details from me. It’s all in the poster.

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Pole Dancing is just like any Gym Session.
It helps you burn calories as much as 250! And it helps build muscles and tones.
You get to have fun while you get fit!
And ladies, we’ll look real sexy while doing it too!

Who can argue with that?
Count me in!

Killing Boredom is Not Murder….

Boredom.

We all have those moments.
Even with all the social sites (another food picture?)
and online games (my hero is so going to die this round), we still get bored.
Well, I do.

I’ve tried almost everything to kill boredom.

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And here is my top 10 list:

10. Read
– Get lost in a book. Get swept off your feet by a Knight in the Medieval period with the classics, scare yourself silly with a Stephen King or simply solve a case with Alex Cross. Leave boredom and create a new world inside your mind…

9. Music Trip
– Listen to your already compiled playlist or get new tunes to stay hip. (do people still say hip these days? lol)

8. Write
– You. Me. Blog. Enough said.

7. Clean your drawer 
– Or better yet, you’re entire room! You’re bored, what else can you do??

6. Cook a Meal
– New dish, wine, soft music… We need to have a few dates with ourselves too, you know.

5. Make a goal list/ to do list

– # 1: Get out of this boredom

4. Watch a movie you haven’t seen
– Or if you’re too bored, watch an old movie that you enjoy and say the lines together with the characters. Everyone has that movie where they have memorized almost all of the lines to. Yes, you have one too.

3. Dance
– Nothing beats beating a boredom while swaying to a beat…
You know what I mean.

2. Work-out
– Hey, it’s the best time to get fit— when you’re bored!
Besides, if you get too tired, there are 9 more things on this list that you can do..

1. Sleep
– Nothing makes the time move faster than when you’re sleeping. When you wake up and you find yourself in the state of boredom again, just go back to sleep. It’s that easy!

But seriously, we really need to get off our arses and get a life to prevent boredom..
Get out and try something new for a change…

Go for social life, not social sites! (patented by me) lol.

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