A Visit To The Singapore Zoo

After visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan last February, this might be my favorite trip yet. I mean, I saw a polar bear. A POLAR BEAR. AGHHHH the cuteness!!

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The Singapore Zoo is known as the world’s best rainforest zoo.

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We went to the zoo for Nunki (whose favorite animal is the giraffe) and as I am a big animal lover, I was happy to visit the Singapore Zoo because of how well they treat the animals.

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All throughout the 69-acre grounds were signs to enlighten tourists about animal cruelty and the illegal buying of exotic animals.

I realized I had been to this zoo before with my family, except we went at night time for the Night Safari tour. Seeing the animals in the day time and by foot made me feel like more of an explorer!

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White tigers taking a little catnap
White tigers taking a little catnap

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What the?!?!
What the?!?!
SCARY!!
SCARY!!
Pygmy hippo!
Pygmy hippo!
Pumba!!
Pumba!! 🐗
A cassowary
A cassowary
A human girl
A human girl
A sleepy koala
A sleepy koala 🐹
Get out, hoomuns!
Get out, hoomuns!
ALSO BABIES OF SAAB AND JIM!!!!!!! #JoeyBear
ALSO BABIES OF SAAB AND JIM!!!!!!! #JoeyBear
A little hipster xx
A little hipster xx
A bastos monkey who peed out in the open and started inserting its finger in its butt!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha
A bastos monkey who peed out in the open and started inserting its finger in its butt!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha 🙈
SLEEPY BEAR
SLEEPY BEAR
We missed the feeding time huhu
We missed the feeding time huhu
Sarap mag swimming
Sarap mag swimming
Zebra!
Zebra!
Some animals are adopted and sponsored by big corporations like  this giraffe named Growie, adopted by Abbott Nutrition that has a powdered milk product to help kids grow tall and strong
Some animals are adopted and sponsored by big corporations like this giraffe named Growie, adopted by Abbott Nutrition that has a powdered milk product to help kids grow tall and strong
KING COBRA
KING COBRA 🐍
LOOK AT THESE CUTE INDIAN STAR TORTOISE
LOOK AT THESE CUTE INDIAN STAR TORTOISE🐱
Omg sobrang scary
Omg sobrang scary
Godzilla vibes
Godzilla vibes
Acting on point
Acting on point
HALP!!
HALP!!
A cute tourist couple a.k.a. my mommy Bing and papa Gerry Bacarro hehehe
A cute tourist couple a.k.a. my mommy Bing and papa Gerry Bacarro hehehe
Silly kids
Silly kids
Walking around was no biggie because of all the trees and the shade they provided
Walking around was no biggie because of all the trees and the shade they provided
Did you know that Benedict Cumberbatch can't pronounce "penguin?"
Did you know that Benedict Cumberbatch can’t pronounce “penguin?”
Google it!!
Google it!!🐧
Asian small-clawed otter livin da lyf
Asian small-clawed otter livin da lyf
I'M RIGHT HERE, BABE <3
I’M RIGHT HERE, BABE ❀
Yup, they're still sleeping hehe
Yup, they’re still sleeping hehe

I actually did some research because I was skeptic about how they kept these huge, dangerous animals in cage-less confinements. “They probably have invisible electric fields that shock the animals!!! THAT’S SO MEAN!!!” Well, apparently that’s not the case.

Animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures separated from the visitors by either dry or wet moats. The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of vision. Dangerous animals that can climb well are housed in landscaped glass-fronted enclosures. (via Wikipedia)

After a wonderful day at the zoo, we all went back to the hotel and showered before celebrating papa Gerry’s 59th birthday at Mario Batali’s restaurant, Osteria Mozza. Most of the staff are Filipino, by the way! Yay!

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It was definitely a trip to remember.đŸŸ

♥,
Saab

Visual Diary: Singapore Day 2

Here’s a visual diary of our second day in Singapore a.k.a. tinatamad ako mag-sulat heehee

Zzzzz
Zzzzz

The day’s agenda was simple: go to Ikea and Bugis Street for fun

Nunki checking out candy in Ikea
Nunki checking out candy in Ikea

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How cute is this calculator
How cute is this calculator
Ikea fast food: they're doing it right
Ikea fast food: they’re doing it right
Kid room peg 1
Kid room peg 1
Kid room peg 2
Kid room peg 2

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I'd have a baby just so I can get cute baby stuff lelz JOKE LANG wag muna
I’d have a baby just so I can get cute baby stuff lelz JOKE LANG wag muna

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Moon as banana phone
Moon as banana phone
Jim calls me cloud so I just had to
Jim calls me cloud so I just had to
I remember loving my Pocahontas tent inside my room when I was a kid.. Solid to!!
I remember loving my Pocahontas tent inside my room when I was a kid.. Solid to!!
Lookin' like the Lay Bare logo
Lookin’ like the Lay Bare logo

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Kicking myself for not getting this
Kicking myself for not getting this
UGH ANG CUTE
UGH ANG CUTE
Huhuhuhu gigil
Huhuhuhu gigil

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"I could totally get this stuff at Greenhills.."
“I could totally get this stuff at Greenhills..”

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You know where I did the most shopping...
You know where I did the most shopping…
Got this new shade from MAC called Studded Kiss
Got this new shade from MAC called Studded Kiss
"Do your thing, babe"
“Do your thing, babe”
Also got Whirl lipstick and lip liner. I can't find my Whirl lipstick :( I'm so sad I think I dropped it somewhere.
Also got Whirl lipstick and lip liner. I can’t find my Whirl lipstick :( I’m so sad I think I dropped it somewhere.
What in the...
What in the…
Heehee
Heehee
Had dinner at Samy's Curry on Dempsey Road
Had dinner at Samy’s Curry on Dempsey Road
Yumyumyum
Yumyumyum

Ended the night with wine at the hotel and each saying our birthday wish for papa Gerry :)

♥,
Saab

Babysitting in Singapore

We got to Singapore a little past midnight on July 30. We were there to celebrate my father-in-law’s 59th birthday and to visit Jim’s sister who just recently moved there to work for the Disney Channel. It was a great trip and I’m glad I finally found the time to sit down and share it with you even if it’s been 2 weeks since.

This was my daily breakfast for the whole trip LELZ
This was my daily breakfast for the whole trip LELZ

We went to breakfast and Jim’s parents asked if we could let Nunki tag along with us for the day so they could catch up with their friend for lunch. Of course we agreed because Nunki’s the best!

She went with us to our room as we got ready for our afternoon of fun

Need to get her away from that iPad haha
Need to get her away from that iPad haha

As soon as we got outside, Jim was on paparazzi mode (“For your blog,” he said. What a sweetheart.) so we posed for the camera.

"Nunki, pose like this"
“Nunki, pose like this”
"But I'm holding a blueberry muffin"
“But I’m holding a blueberry muffin”
"OKAY LANG YAN!!"
“OKAY LANG YAN!!”

Walking along Orchard Road

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All she wanted for lunch was Xiao Long Bao, her favorite. So I Googled and found a place nearby.

Totes forgot the name of the place
Totes forgot the name of the place
We were seated in the smallest booth on Earth haha
We were seated in the smallest booth on Earth haha
Pan-fried mixed seafood & pork dumplings: SO YUMMY
Pan-fried mixed seafood & pork dumplings: SO YUMMY
XIAO LONG BAO
XIAO LONG BAO
Of course, we ate with Nunki's BFFs
Of course, we ate with Nunki’s BFFs

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Yup, she loved it
Yup, she loved it
Guess where we went next
Guess where we went next

TOYS R US! We told Nunki she could choose one thing to buy. It was a no-brainer: MORE SHOPKINS!!

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Siyempre she wasn’t the only one who enjoyed at the toy store

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Chris Pratt on point.... NOT
Chris Pratt on point…. NOT
Great hula hooper!!!
Great hula hooper!!!

Best part of our afternoon: playing LEGO!

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We built a tower!!!
We built a tower!!!

Then we headed back to the hotel but not before getting some ice cream. It was Nunks’ first time to try Haagen Dazs because she’s a Ben & Jerry’s kinda girl. We asked if she liked her Cookies & Cream.

"I think I'm in love with it."
“I think I’m in love with it.”
Heading back, we saw a BLACK ANUS
Heading back, we saw a BLACK ANUS

After resting for a bit in our room, we headed out again for dinner. We went to Makansutra Gluttons Bay for some hawker goodness

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As in.. Our Gerry's Grill?
As in.. Our Gerry’s Grill?
Waiting patiently for our satay :)
Waiting patiently for our satay :)
DAMN
DAMN

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UGH
UGH

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Happy birthday, papa Gerry!!
Happy birthday, papa Gerry!!

After dinner we took an Uber to Holland Village to check out ate Mia’s new place!

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Passed by 7-Eleven for some chips and saw this *gasp*
Passed by 7-Eleven for some chips and saw this *gasp*

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SPOTTED THIS CUTE BIG DOG
SPOTTED THIS CUTE BIG DOG

Ate Mia’s apartment is right by some really cute art galleries and restaurants

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Also saw this cute little cat in a pet shop
Also saw this cute little cat in a pet shop

Apparently, there are home owners in Singapore who turn their beautiful houses into apartments for tenants. So the exterior of the place looks like an actual house and you enter and it’s a gorgeous living area but upstairs, each room is equipped with their own bathrooms, kitchens, etc. I think ate Mia’s place has about 6 tenants. None of that sad apartment lobby feels. Just a wonderful gallery when you enter the house.

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Her place has a really nice private deck where we had wine to cap off the night. Awkward moment: I said, “wow, I’d love to have a really big deck” …

Jim's other sister Chelo couldn't get off work so she followed the next day!
Jim’s other sister Chelo couldn’t get off work earlier so she followed the next day!
Ate Mia gave Jim an R2D2 backpack and as you can tell -- HE'S SO HAPPY
Ate Mia gave Jim an R2D2 backpack and as you can tell — HE’S SO HAPPY

Had a great first day and I’ll tell you all about the following days in another post. Glad to be back to my normal work schedule!:)

♥,
Saab

Dear Diary: Sup, Singapore?

Ola! Ay mali. Hello, la! I’m in Singapore!

Jim and I got to NAIA Terminal 3 at 6PM despite checking in online for our 8:30PM flight. Na-trauma na kami sa mga flop flights namin in the past hehehe.

Fashion blogger na ba
Fashion blogger na ba

I LOVE my Customskye luggage cover!! So chic. Lelz. They just asked me what design I wanted and I gave Cheats‘ new logo, designed by Gigzilla himself, JP Cuison.

(BTW, Cheats’ new single is up for online streaming!! CLICK HERE.)

Annoyed (but cute) bunny
Annoyed (but cute) bunny

It took a while before our luggage showed up on the carousel when we landed on Changi Airport at midnight. Sabi ko nga kay Jim, “Nasa Singapore man tayo, Pinoy pa rin yung air line na ginamit natin…” Hehehe. Filipino time.

SO EASY TO SPOT
SO EASY TO SPOT
Waiting for our GrabTaxi
Waiting for our GrabTaxi

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We’re staying at Orchard Hotel on Orchard Road. When Jim opened the door to our room, in true blogger fashion I said, “WAIT DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING I NEED TO TAKE PICTURES.” Hehehe

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It is 2AM, an hour after Jim and I checked in to our room. I’m currently eating a Clubhouse Sandwich. We’re in Singapore for Jim’s dad’s 59th birthday, by the way. My sister-in-law ate Mia just recently moved here for work so we’re celebrating it here! YUN LANG! JUST UPDATING YOU GUYS. PARANG JOWA KO KAYO.

Goodnight ♥,
Saab

Sony Xperia 48-Hour Challenge

I was asked by Sony to join an amazing Instagram challenge, the 48-HR challenge with my #Xperia Z3! It was perfect timing because I had scheduled a trip to Tali, Batangas with my friends. I highlighted 2-day battery life, waterproofing, and camera in low light for a whole 2 days, non-stop. Here are some photos I posted! This fun challenge got me saying, look at what #ICan do! #EverydayExtraordinary

"ise and shine!! Waking up Jim who's too sleepy to get up but I'm ready to seize the day with my Xperia! So much to do, so little time!! #ICan #Xperia #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc"
“ise and shine!! Waking up Jim who’s too sleepy to get up but I’m ready to seize the day with my Xperia! So much to do, so little time!! #ICan #Xperia #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc”
I love city getaways!! Day 2 of our Tali trip. Last night the electricity went out so I didn't get to charge my phone but it's still at 70% from yesterday!!! Unbelievable. #Xperia #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
I love city getaways!! Day 2 of our Tali trip. Last night the electricity went out so I didn’t get to charge my phone but it’s still at 70% from yesterday!!! Unbelievable. #Xperia #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Look who I bumped into at the beach!!! HI @marquismisa!!! #ICan #Xperia #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Look who I bumped into at the beach!!! HI @marquismisa!!! #ICan #Xperia #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Cliff diving and taking photos thanks to my #Xperia Z3. #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Cliff diving and taking photos thanks to my #Xperia Z3. #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
What a beauty - taken with my #Xperia Z3, the best in low-light photography. I'm starting to see the beauty in shadows. #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
What a beauty – taken with my #Xperia Z3, the best in low-light photography. I’m starting to see the beauty in shadows. #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Tonight's feast!!  #Xperia #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Tonight’s feast!! #Xperia #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Getting ready for a long car ride home! I'm all set with my 2-day battery life #Xperia!! #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Getting ready for a long car ride home! I’m all set with my 2-day battery life #Xperia!! #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Plenty of stop overs but there's no stopping us! Just like my #Xperia's battery life!! Hehe. Almost home <3 #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc
Plenty of stop overs but there’s no stopping us! Just like my #Xperia’s battery life!! Hehe. Almost home
Cooling down after working out! Making a splash with my #Xperia @sonyphinc #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary
Cooling down after working out! Making a splash with my #Xperia @sonyphinc #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary
Can't sleep? Take your dog out for a walk. Haha! My bear is so happy!! Captured it perfectly even if it was dark outside thanks to the low light capability of my #Xperia Z3! #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc #JoeyBear
Can’t sleep? Take your dog out for a walk. Haha! My bear is so happy!! Captured it perfectly even if it was dark outside thanks to the low light capability of my #Xperia Z3! #ICan #EverydayExtraordinary @sonyphinc #JoeyBear

I captured awesome memories thanks to the challenge. I’ve been very lazy to take photos lately because I think it’s such a hassle to stop and take a photo when you’re having so much fun. But since I HAD to finish strong with the challenge, I realized that taking a few seconds in order to forever remember moments is really worth it. Thanks to Sony for the reminder that everyday can truly be extraordinary.

48 hours. 48 cities. One Xperia world.

For updates and much more, check out Sony’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SonyPhilippines), Twitter (https://twitter.com/sonyphinc) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/SonyPHInc)

♄,
Saab

Nancy, Sebastian, and SUSI

My friend Cholo sent me a text last Monday asking to hang out Tuesday because his couch surfers were arriving and he was a little nervous. Cholo recently joined Couchsurfing.com, a website that lets you literally sleep on the couch of a stranger. You can see why we were concerned about our friend letting strangers stay in his place! Although as a wannabe traveler myself, I could see the appeal of going around the world and not having to pay thousands of dollars on hotels. It’s kind of like Airbnb.com but a lot cheaper and more intimate as you get to share your life with your host.

So Candy and I went to The Fort to meet up with Cholo and the couchsurfing couple from Germany. I was honestly ready to meet some weirdos. But when I saw them, they looked completely normal. In fact, they looked really cool. Haha.

Sebastian and Nancy
Sebastian and Nancy

They do not eat meat and it just so happened that Candy and I passed by a super cute vegan and gluten-free place called Susi in Burgos Circle.

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We asked if it was dog-friendly and we were so surprised to hear that it was totally fine to bring my beautiful Joey inside!! We stayed in the enclosed room you can see from the photo above.

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YAY
YAY

It was so nice getting to know Sebastian and Nancy. They have been together for 10 years, married for 2, and for the past 7 months they have just been traveling the world. Can you believe that they quit their jobs, sold everything they had and just started traveling? Home, furniture, everything. Nancy said it was her grandparents who gave them the idea of traveling now while they are still young. It’s always the goal to earn a lot of money and retire before traveling. That was her grandparents’ plan but her grandma got sick so they were not able to travel anymore. It was a very good point and it’s so inspiring to just live in the moment.

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They have very interesting names for their dishes. This one is called Moby Dip(s) - 3-dip platter: olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato hummus and pesto served with toast. Named after animal lover Richard Melville Hall, aka Moby.
SUSI has very interesting names for their dishes. This one is called Moby Dip(s) – 3-dip platter: olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato hummus and pesto served with toast. Named after animal lover Richard Melville Hall, aka Moby.
Mac and Geez - macaroni and "cheese" topped with arugula and paprika. Is it as good as actual mac and cheese? Of course not. But it's not bad.
Mac and Geez – macaroni and “cheese” topped with arugula and paprika. Is it as good as actual mac and cheese? Of course not. But it’s not bad.
I have no idea what I ordered basta it was really yummy but I ended up spilling it all over my bag because I am a klutz like that
I have no idea what smoothie I ordered basta it was really yummy but I ended up spilling it all over my bag because I am a klutz like that

I’m so glad I met Nancy and Sebastian and I’ll be seeing them again tonight at our Cheats gig. I think they plan to go to Cebu and Palawan while they’re here. I suggested Siargao and Vigan even though I’ve never been to either. I really want to go to both!! If you have any suggestions, swing by Saguijo tonight.

♄,
Saab

TALIBORDAY

For the younger crowd “Labor Day” is synonymous to a weekend partying it up in Boracay. On the contrary, Labor Day is a public holiday that celebrates workers and their rights. It remembers back in 1913 when 36 worker’s unions got together to protest their long unethical work hours (12 hours+ a day). Now, laborers usually only work a maximum of 8 hours daily but many still struggle for a better work environment. I’ve got nothing but props for the workers who stage demonstrations during Labor Day to call attention to their grievances. Still, it’s common practice for most of the working force to just take the day off and relax. Admittedly, I am part of that working force.

My friends and I went on a quick overnight trip to Tali, Batangas for Labor Day. Of course I had the brilliantly waley idea of calling it TALIBORDAY (Tali + Labor Day) as opposed to the usual LABORACAY (Labor Day + Boracay). It was a beautiful day of eating, swimming, and eating some more.

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Tina, Maxx’s college best friend, was gracious enough to host us at her family’s beach house. She also brought her 4-year-old son Elian along and everybody fell in love.

Maxx and Elian
Maxx and Elian
Elian enjoying his cheddar jalapeño Cheetos. He LOVES the stuff. Doesn't care that it's spicy!
Elian enjoying his cheddar jalapeño Cheetos. He LOVES the stuff. Doesn’t care that it’s spicy!

As soon as we got there around 10AM, we set out to help Lauren with her planned boodle fight lunch!

Lelz
Lelz
Hi!
Hi!
I peeled and cut these mangoes heeheehee
I peeled and cut these mangoes heeheehee
Chef Lauren!! GOOD JOB
Chef Lauren!! GOOD JOB
FIIIIGHT!!
FIIIIGHT!!

It was my first boodle fight and it was DA BOMB!!! Megan suggested we keep all our phones before having lunch so we wouldn’t be distracted. Sa bagay, we were using our hands to eat the food so we wouldn’t have been able to check our phones anyway hehe. All meals should have a no-phone rule!

Post-lunch wine
Post-lunch wine
My peach, Adrianne, chilling under the shade!
My peach, Adrianne, chilling under the shade!

Elian was a ball of energy!! He kept throwing mangoes (grown from their backyard) into the pool and then fetching them.

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Playing with his chosen girlfriend hahaha
Playing with his chosen girlfriend hahaha

Wayyyy later he passed out on his minion beach mat.

He is such a cutie pie
He is such a cutie pie

Elian was so cute in the pool and I had just purchased a back screen monitor for my GoPro Hero 3+ so I could keep replaying videos. I wanted to show Tina (who refuses to be caught on cam haha) how cute her baby boy was on cam. Obviously, while the unit is in its waterproof case, you can’t use the touch screen. The smart thing would have been to wait until I’m out the pool before checking the footage. But I couldn’t wait. I opened the case, pressed play and showed Tina the video. YOU GUESSED IT: My GoPro fell in the pool. For 1 second. It was the worst. Hahahaha. So we took it apart (monitor, unit, battery) and placed it in a bowl of uncooked rice because that’s what the Internet says you should do if you get a gadget wet. I tried to turn it on that night. The lights would blink, it was making the sound but the front LCD and week-old monitor wouldn’t respond. My heart almost broke but I didn’t make a big deal out of it because I just wanted to have fun with the girls.

Last photo I took before accidentally dropping my GoPro in the pool!
Last photo I took before accidentally dropping my GoPro in the pool!

After we watched the sunset by the Tali cliff, I helped Lauren make sloppy joes for dinner while Adrianne made cheese hotdogs. We had dinner, played 30 Seconds (super fun trivia board game), had tea, took a shower, watched Maxx on Aquino and Abunda, played Cluedo with Lauren and Vic, went to sleep, woke up at 6AM, had breakfast, left at 7AM. I was afraid we were going to get drunk at night but wow we are such titas now. Hahaha. It felt good to go to sleep before midnight and wake up very early for breakfast. I was also excited to go home because it was my first night away from Jim (I think) since we got married and I was looking forward to seeing him again. Hehehe. Sepanx?

Anyway, when I got home, I checked my GoPro and it was working perfectly fine. Praise the Lord. God loves me. I am so happy. Hehehehe. I’m currently uploading a video I put together from our Tali trip so stay tuned for that tonight :) Hope you had a great long weekend as well!

Will update this post with the video in an hour or so when it finishes uploading!:)

[UPDATE May 6, 2015] Watch our video below. Sorry it took a while, it was originally set to Carly Rae Jepsen’s I Really Like You but Vimeo/YouTube does not take kindly to people who use songs without a license. So I had to choose from YouTube’s usable audio library. This one is called Pink Lemonade by Silent Partner. Imagine niyo nalang may boses ni Carly Rae… See Maxx’s Instavid for reference.

♄,
Saabae

Summer Siren Festival

Why complain about the summer heat when you can bask in all its hot hot glory? Can’t wait to hit the beach this Friday with my best buddies and bandmates. Cheats is going to Crystal Beach, Zambales for Summer Siren Festival this April 17th.

The whole festival runs from April 17-19 with a wide variety of activities for everybody to try:

  • Flow Arts Workshop by FlowArts Philppines & Planet Zips
  • Summer Workouts by Crossfit Alpha Strike
  • Beach Volleyball Match
  • Beach Frisbee Game
  • Surf Lessons

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Since Cheats is performing, the organizers have graciously provided rooms for us but Lifestyle Network’s GLAMPING (glamorous camping) package looks so fun and enticing, don’t you think? No need to pitch a tent, make a fire, etc. It’s nice for people who want to experience camping for the first time without getting overwhelmed by the nitty gritty.

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It includes roundtrip transportation (Manila – Zambales – Manila), 2 nights accommodation in a glamping tent (tent comes with an airbed with linens and pillows, a lamp and a fan), Summer Siren festival passes, welcome BBQ dinner, daily hearty breakfast, butler service, Lifestyle Network glamping kit, Summer Siren festival kit, travel insurance, and a whole lot of freebies. They had me at ‘butler service’ hahaha. They’re also bringing in more activities but don’t worry if you didn’t get the glamping package, you can still enjoy them!

  • Ukelele Workshop
  • Shirt Deconstruction
  • Hairbraiding by Dove
  • Make your own Dreamcatcher by DMCI
  • Archery

Will make sure to drop by the glamping site to take photos, stalk some folks and secretly wish I was in their place. Hahaha! Unless they don’t have a nice bathroom. You can drag me almost anywhere and I’ll be good as long as there’s a properly-working toilet. Are you going?! OMG will we become best friends??? Lelz! Try your luck if there are still packages available over at TravelFactor.org. I hear you can also just bring your own tent and stuff and just pay 1,000 to pitch it on the camping site. ADVENTURE TIME! See ya!

http://www.summersirenfestival.com

♄,
SAABae

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Going Up Fushimi Inari Temple

I totally forgot about my last batch of Japan photos!! Here’s a photo diary of our last day in Kyoto when we went there for our honeymoon! So here’s a photo diary I hope you enjoy it as much as much as the other Japan entries :) Some photos taken with my iPhone 6, other with my Sony NEX 5N.

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Cutie pie
Cutie pie
UGH ganda
UGH ganda
The walk to the temple is lined with so many vendors and they insist on giving out samples of their items
The walk to the temple is lined with so many vendors and they insist on giving out samples of their items

Here’s a brief background of the shrine we visited from what I gathered: There are 2 major religions practiced in Japan – Shintoism and Buddhism. In Shinto, people believe in kami or the Japanese word for god or spirit. Inari is the kami of general prosperity and worldly success. A lot of people visit the shrine to pray for their businesses but first and foremost Inari is the god of rice.

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Kyoto’s Kitchen: Nishiki Market

Our fourth day in Japan was spent going around the famous Nishiki Market (Kyoto), a really long and narrow arcade that stretches for five blocks. It’s lined by over a hundred shops and restaurants. It’s known as The Kitchen of Kyoto because you can sample many of the city’s cultural delicacies all in one place. The history of the place is amazing:

Nishiki has a long history that originated about 400 years ago, but its true beginnings go back even further. When Japan’s capital was first transferred to Kyoto, the distribution network for goods was undeveloped and citizens couldn’t enjoy eating a wide variety of foods. In 1573, a lot of local merchants visited Kyoto’s Imperial Palace to dedicate local products, such as fresh fish and game for meat. Gradually, they got used to cooperating in order to keep these products fresh by utilizing the abundance of freezing underground water beneath Nishiki, which remains 15 degrees C even in summer. Even today, this water guarantees the freshness of fish sold in the market. (source)

Here are some photos I took that day.

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Jim “gathering good energy and balling it up” for good vibes
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