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Boracay Birthday 2014

After a horrible start to the weekend (read about it here), things went really smoothly once we landed in Boracay. It was our first time to stay at a new bed & breakfast called Agos Boracay on Station 2 — Jim’s parents gave us GCs because their friends own it. I like a luxurious hotel room just like the next person but I personally think if you’re in Boracay, your room should just be for dropping off your stuff, taking showers, and sleeping! That’s why Agos Boracay is perfect for travelers who would rather enjoy the view of the beach from the actual shoreline instead of spending a beautiful day indoors. Spend half of what you’d normally spend on other hotels and you’re only 2 minutes away from D’Mall! The room are very nice and clean, too! It has a well-deserved rating of 5 stars on TripAdvisor! www.agosboracay.com

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When we got there, Cholo arrived shortly and we headed out for dinner. We found a highly rated restaurant via the TripAdvisor app called Tilapia N Chips and it looked really good. True enough, the food was served in large portions and it was a great meal. We ordered Fish N Chips, Tilapia N Chips, and a burger.

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We walked along the shore to Station 1 where the sand was so pristine and we tripped out on how beautiful it was when the water washes away all the footprints. Boracay is really the most beautiful beach. This photo doesn’t do it any justice. Not at all.

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I barely took any photos so some photos in this post were taken with my phone! We walked really far up Station 1, all the way to that bright place in the picture below.

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There was a cute little wedding reception happening and we sat down beside it, ordered 2 bottles of red wine and just talked while enjoying the music from the reception. I think that’s more than enough proof that we are growing older if we’re drinking quietly in Boracay on a Friday night. Haha! We went home a little past midnight and we slept very soundly, a bit drunk on childhood memories and wine.

Agos Boracay does regular housekeeping and they provide the usual free bottled water daily but they do not have a restaurant nor do they have room service. As an alternative, they partnered up with a restaurant nearby for complimentary breakfast.

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Honestly, I say skip the free breakfast because it’s nothing amazing. Try exploring other options for breakfast instead. Maxx arrived early in the morning and we met up at her hotel.

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We laid out under the sun for a while and listened to music until lunch time when we went to Epic. I ordered these amazing mozarella cubes and a seared tuna salad.

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Cholo got spaghetti and meatballs – nakakainggit. Hahaha.

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I refuse to go to the beach without having at least one frozen margarita. It just kind of completes the moment for me.

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After lunch, we went back to Station 1 where we once again lounged about, had amazing conversations, and took photos before sunset! The obligatory jump shot,

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Hello po.

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Group shot!

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Ang saya nung group nila, they had a drone camera taking photos of them

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Boys being boys

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Konting PDA

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Had a quick buffet dinner at Seawind where you just point to what you want and they’ll cook it for you. Sarap!

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Cholo surprised us by signing us up for Boracay Pubcrawl! He just recently came home from Spain where he also participated in a pub crawl for the first time. A pub crawl is when you’re part of a group that goes from one bar to the other. The rest of us were so excited because we’d never done anything like this before. You can sign up early to get a discount, in our case we only paid P790 each for boys and P690 each for girls (well technically we didn’t pay for anything cos it was Cholo’s birthday treat! Yay!) instead of P990 which is the price you’d have to pay if you sign up on the spot.

We all had to meet up at 8PM in Station 1 near Starbucks. That’s where you get a t-shirt that gets you a 10% discount in all partner restaurants, a baller band that gets you happy hour rates at partner bars even beyond happy hour, and a shot glass for all the free shots you’ll get that night. It was nice watching all the people cutting up their shirts to make it more unique, it was like a Project Runway in a sweaty, loud bar. Haha! Our first task was to make 4 new friends and learn one interesting thing about them.

We tried making new friends right away

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It was very scary for someone who gets anxiety around strangers like me. There was a lot of “getting-to-know-you” activities at the start of the night with strangers. Slowly, though, I began to just go with the flow and felt more relaxed with these people I’d never met before. Being in a group was still very much like a security blanket though. Luv u guyzzz~

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It’s a wonder how we were all so sober in the midst of such crazy drunk people. Haha. Sa first stop palang, ang dami nang nagmo-momol! It really was fun meeting new people who come from all walks of life. I found this one Australian guy really interesting because he was doing volunteer work to help urban planning in the Philippines. Just one of the many people I got to talk to that night! He looked like someone from Hollywood and although he kept saying he was often mistaken for Matt Damon or Andrew Garfield, we figured out at the very end of the night that he looked more like Quentin Tarantino. Ang layo sa Matt/Andrew claims! Haha!

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We went to 5 different bars, the last one was the most interesting because it was a silent disco. We were all given headphones with really loud music and everybody was going crazy because it was the last stop and we were having so much fun. It was very interesting to take off the headphones and watch people dance to no music haha!

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When midnight struck, they gave us cakes for our birthdays along with our new pal Emily who was also celebrating her birthday! What a sweet surprise!

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I decided to give my cake away to the little kids roaming around so late on the beach.

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So cute! But I made them promise that they’d go to bed already. After a quick stopover at Andok’s with some of our new friends, we all went back to our beds to get some sleep! What a great experience, I highly recommend joining the Boracay Pubcrawl the next time you’re on the island. They have pubcrawls on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Check them out at www.pubcrawl.ph!

The morning of our birthday was the Pacquiao-Algieri fight so we grabbed a bite to eat before it started. Diyos ko, puro pagkain ang laman ng blog post na ito!! Two Seasons has the best 4-cheese pizza talaga! Reminds me of the cheese pizza in Bellini’s Cubao, also a favorite of mine!

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We went back to Maxx’s hotel to watch the fight! It was pretty strange that it wasn’t as rowdy as we expected. Probably because the guests were mostly foreigners so they weren’t particularly cheering for Pacquiao.

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Kebs! Cheers parin to Pacman!

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We can never truly be happy when watching boxing.. Lagi kami naaawa sa natatalo. Huhu.

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We used to always wear matching outfits when we were young and it just so happened that we packed the same swimsuit and sheer pineapple top in different colors! So meant to be! Haha!

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And then we ended the night playing our favorite boardgame, Munchkin, while drinking whiskey!

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It was really intense. Hahaha!

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The morning before we left for Manila, we got an outdoor massage at Ambassador and it was pure ecstasy. I have to commend talaga the staff of Ambassador, they were all so nice and accommodating!

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It was an amazing, PEACEFUL trip. Himala hindi kami nag away ni Maxx!!! Hahaha!! Sobrang saya talaga, we’re even planning to book again for our birthday next year as early as now hehe. Omg ngayon ko lang napansin na mukhang isang pata ko lang yung nakikita niyo sa pic above but no, natakpan lang ni Maxx!! Dalawang thighs ko yan, ano ba??? Hahaha! Thank you for all the birthday greetings! We love you!:)

 

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Boracay Birthday 2014: A Prologue

It was going to be my second time to celebrate my birthday with Maxx in Boracay! The last one was 2 years ago and we both agreed that November is really the perfect time to go there because of the beautiful weather and it’s almost empty shores especially along Station 1 of White Beach where we like to swim.

Our birthday weekend didn’t start so smoothly. A few weeks ago, Maxx called me up to let me know that she had to cancel her trip because of work. I was sad but I understood. Besides, Jim was going with me anyway. Elmo and Frank were also supposed to come along but had to beg off because of other engagements. I asked my friends if they could go with Jim and I since 4 days in Boracay sounded really fun but most of them could not leave work! At the start of the week though, Maxx confirmed that she was able to fix her schedule to come with us from Nov 22-24 instead of the original Nov 21-24. I didn’t want Maxx or Jim to feel like the third wheel (for when Jim and I start PDA-ing hahaha or when Maxx and I start girl talk) so I double checked with my friends and I was so happy that one of our best friends, Cholo, was game to go! He was set to leave 3PM of Nov 21, Friday. We were all set!

My flight with Jim was scheduled to leave at 8:40AM of Nov 21, Friday with Philippine Airlines. Because of all our previous flight “horror stories,” we made sure to be on time. You know what, I’m just going to give you a timeline of what happened so you can put yourself in my shoes flip-flops:

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06:00 – Take a quick shower.

06:15 – Look at your stuff and be proud because you’ve been packed since last night.

06:40 – In the elevator, Jim says “Don’t. Panic. Slowly move towards me.” and when you do, you see a huge cockroach on the wall right beside where you were previously standing. (I believe this was an omen for things to come. Yuck, OA yung “omen” haha)

07:00 – Call up PAL on the ride to the airport because your ticket does not indicate which terminal you’re supposed to depart from. (It’s common knowledge that domestic flights are always via Terminal 3 but I just wanted to double check and what if I’m not from here, right? They should really put that on the ticket.)

07:05 – Confirm that flight leaves from Terminal 3 and that you can go straight to boarding if you are already checked-in online. You have already checked-in online so you’re happy things are going perfectly.

07:20 – Arrive at NAIA and argue with Jim that you’re already checked in via web so you can go straight to the boarding gate like the girl from the hotline said.

07:21 – Be proven wrong when you are told to still pass by the desk where they print out your boarding pass on a thick piece of paper. Cry on the inside because you thought you were doing your part to decrease waste by downloading your boarding pass on your phone.

07:30 – Eat spam, eggs, and toast.

08:00 – Go to the boarding gate since boarding time is at 8:10AM.

08:10 – Be told that flight has been delayed and that boarding time has been moved to 8:50AM. (It’s nothing new so we just said “oh, okay!” and sat down trying to entertain ourselves)

08:55 – Start boarding a shuttle that will take you to your plane.

09:05 – You are just standing with your heavy bags because you refused to check them in. The shuttle is still not moving.

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09:15 – Feel a bit claustrophobic because seriously, the shuttle doors are closed and nothing is happening while you are standing very close to strangers like sardines.

09:20 – Jim says “let’s go!” out loud and kind of starts a mini-mutiny as other people in the shuttle start to fuss about being kept in a non-moving shuttle for 20 minutes now. The lady from PAL is on the other side of the shuttle beside the driver, with her back turned to all of you. She finally faces you and when you ask what was happening, she says she will check and steps out of the shuttle.

09:25 – Lady from PAL comes back and says they are just “waiting for clearance” and other passengers start raising their voices asking why we were asked to board the shuttle if the aircraft was not even ready. One passenger even asks, “kaninong kabobohan ito?!” and you are asked by the irate foreigners beside you to translate what was happening.

09:30 – Another lady from PAL enters the shuttle (as if it wasn’t already packed) and says you are going back into the airport because there’s something wrong with the aircraft. On the way back in, Jim says “ang sama naman ng service niyo..” to a guy from Philippine Airlines near the door. In response, the guy avoids eye contact, just smirks and blows a bit of air out his nose. You receive no apologies for being kept standing in that shuttle for over half an hour.

09:35 – You go to the desk and give feedback to the ladies of PAL who refuse to empathize with you. You say, “I wish you guys would let us know what’s happening as it happens and not just let us stand and wait until the very last minute like we are just bodies and not people. No one is even apologizing for that 30-minute wait.” The girl looks at you with dead eyes. You ask, “So you really won’t apologize for how the staff treated us like hostages out there?” Girl continues to look at you with dead eyes and gives a small smile like she is singing a Taylor Swift song in her head while you are complaining (they must be so used to complaints so they learn to tune you out). Give up, ask for her name and go back to your boarding gate.

09:40 – Tweet about experience, receive apology from PAL who asks you to DM them details. Give name of employee who was rude to you. Nothing crazy, just straight up feedback.

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10:48 – Entertain yourselves. Don’t go to the bathroom in case there’s any news about your flight.

11:18 – Go back to the desk (the original rude girl is gone because they changed shifts already) and ask about the flight. Girl says the new aircraft will arrive at 11:20AM.

11:19 – Go back to Jim at boarding gate 131 and let him know what the girl said. Jim looks at his watch and says it’s 11:19. You shrug and wait for further announcements patiently. You do not listen to music, you do not go to the bathroom. You listen to the millions of announcements while waiting for something about your own flight.

11:56 – You finally hear an announcement about a flight from Manila to Caticlan but instead of PR 2043 the announcement says flight PR 2049. You don’t want to take any chances so you still go to the desk and ask if your flight is finally boarding. It’s a little chaotic by the desk because there are passengers complaining, raising their voices about how their flight to Caticlan (the airport nearest Boracay) has been re-routed to Kalibo (1.5 hours away from Boracay). You ask 3 different girls from the staff who just keep passing you by and saying “wait lang po” making you feel like they have more important things to do.

12:02 – One of them finally gets back to you only to say your flight just took off.

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Seriously, guys… Say it with me: ANYARE?! They said they called our names but COME ON I was listening intently and I was at the boarding gate (the one listed on our boarding pass). Apparently they were boarding at gate 132 which was just about 100 meters away from where we were sitting. And I had just asked the girl about our flight at 11:19AM so obviously I was right there, waiting and ready to board.

Maybe it’s possible that I missed an announcement for flight PR2043 because I had been at the airport for 5 hours already and you can’t expect me to listen to each and every one of the announcements of all flights, even from different airlines. But I insist that I was listening very well, not distracted by anything especially after the girl said the aircraft was about to land shortly. It was impossible for me to miss hearing my name or Jim’s. It’s protocol for all flights to have a last call for passengers who are still not on the plane. It was incredibly ridiculous to hear that our flight took off without us, it made me feel like I was in the twilight zone.

Hey, NAIA! Here’s an idea: perhaps have a screen with updated flight details on the walls instead of flat screens with NBA games showing? Actually, Jim really liked the TVs airing NBA HD so why not have both? If not possible, maybe calibrate your priorities? Especially since the gates were so crowded because of so many delayed flights. It really was like a chaotic refugee camp.

Finally, a guy named Christopher Gomez was the only one who was helpful. Everybody else was avoiding eye contact, it was seriously the most WTF moment ever. Hindi naman ako nagsaskandalo doon sa airport but I was understandably asking for an explanation of how this happened. Our conspiracy theory is that they wanted to get revenge for my Direct Message to @flyPAL and the girls really conspired for us to miss our flight. Nakakaloka naman siguro kung ganon talaga ang nangyari but nobody could give us any explanation so we had to make one up to keep us from going insane. Christopher put us on another flight (PR 2049) that was about to leave but re-routed to Kalibo. He was very helpful in letting us know that the girls behind the desk had previously told him that I was on flight PR 2043 and that they pointed out to where I was seated before our original flight took off. This proves that they knew where I was but did not make any effort to call me if they really did make a last call. Christopher said he would have called me himself but he was on the runway helping other flights board. He was a very busy man doing the job of the girls na naka-kumpol lang sa likod ng desk avoiding eye contact with every customer. Hey, PAL, maybe you should cut down on quantity of employees and focus on quality?

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13:20 – Board flight PR 2049

Admittedly, I have never flown PAL to Boracay because it’s ridiculously expensive compared to other airlines but Maxx had an agency book her flight and I wanted to be on the same one. So finally we were boarding the other flight (PR 2049). We were on the plane seated at the very front and it looked like we were the last passengers to board. We asked the flight attendant about what happened and she, although very nice, did not have clear answers. She said she thinks all flights to Caticlan were re-routed to Kalibo except for the one that we missed. Ewan ko ba. Basta we were on the plane waiting patiently, again, “for clearance.” Some of the foreigners stood up beside us, trying to get some air from outside the open cabin door because the aircraft was not turned on (no aircon). The Americans were getting angry and asking what the hold up was and we realized that they had been on the plane for maybe no less than 20 minutes already. Finally, a man in uniform came in and says we needed to “de-plane” because there was something wrong with the aircraft.

13:25 – De-plane flight PR 2049

Hey PAL, how about “waiting for clearance” before attempting to board your passengers? JUST A THOUGHT. We didn’t realize how long the other people had been waiting on that plane until we let them all out before standing up. Our bags were inside the overhead compartment and we just wanted them all to exit before we stood up since they had been there longer. There were people drenched in sweat from sitting at the very back of the plane. There was one American that asked about his checked-in baggage, making sure it would be transferred to the new aircraft. I was right not to check-in our bags.

13:40 – Stand right next to Christopher of PAL so you are sure you don’t miss this one. Think about Cholo’s flight with AirAsia booked at 3:05PM. It was booked the day before the flight and cost half of what you paid. Granted it was Manila-Kalibo but it didn’t entail waiting 6 hours and still being re-routed to Kalibo after all.

14:40 - Finally take off.

16:15 – Get on a van going to the port (PAL’s treat, rightfully so)

17:40 – Boat to Boracay. Think about how you were supposed to be at the exact same place but at 9:45AM instead of 5:40PM.

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18:30 – Get to your hotel in Boracay. Feel bad about how you lost a whole day at the beach care of Philippine Airlines. You could have just gone the next day so you didn’t have to pay the hotel for an extra night.

In the end, PAL e-mailed me apologies and offered a free ticket from Manila-Caticlan or from Caticlan-Manila. I hope they make adjustments to their services in case I decide to accept the offer.

I told Jim we shouldn’t let that whole experience ruin our trip and that at least it would be an interesting story to tell. So here is my piece – I hope that horrible experience at least makes an interesting blog post. Actual Boracay Birthday blog post to follow, this one just deserves its own space on the Internet. Mabuhay!

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Your Birth Year, Your Room Rate at Privato Hotel!

Plan your staycation now, kids!

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Privato Hotel is located at 706 Shaw blvd., Pasig City, right by Capitol Commons! They’re having a really awesome promo for all weekends of November where you use your year of birth as your room rate.

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For example, I was born in 1988 so I will only pay PhP1,988 for a night! But if I am staying with Maxx, we’ll follow her birth year of 1986 because it’s cheaper by 2 bucks ;)

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Visit www.privatohotel.com for more info!

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How I Almost Missed The VMA Live Screening

This post is 2 weeks late. It’s because I practically went straight to the hospital for dengue when I got home to Manila. But I still want to blog about a great MTV Asia experience as all my partnerships with them have always been fun!

Things didn’t go so well at the start of our trip. Actually, things didn’t go well even before the trip started! We had a gig Friday night for Flying Ipis‘ music video launch and we were the last band to play. We had an awesome time and we might have gotten a bit carried away because it was Candy‘s birthday so we got home at around 3AM. I felt like it was no biggie since I’m used to going on little sleep and we would just be asleep on the plane anyway but in retrospect, it was hugely irresponsible of us. Our flight was at 10:30AM, we were all packed and ready for the overnight trip. We were just going to take a cab to the airport so Jim and I took a quick nap at his place. Jim insists that he set the alarm for 6am but I woke up on my own at 9:30am.

OF COURSE WE MISSED OUR FLIGHT, ARE YOU CRAZY?!!? Haha it was amazingly stupid but I tend not to dwell on negative things you can’t change. For me it’s always “There’s a problem? Okay, what’s the solution?” never “IF ONLY I DID THIS OR THAT” – well, okay, sometimes there are regrets but I don’t spend more than 5 minutes crying over spilled milk. It’s definitely a lesson learned but at the moment I tried to keep it light because Jim is a ball of stress in situations like these and we would only end up blaming each other if I didn’t keep it breezy.

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I squeezed his hand in the cab, sheepishly laughed at our stupidity until he calmed down and started laughing with me. That’s when I knew he was the one… ANODAW?!?!?! Charot. We bought new tickets to Singapore. It was no one’s fault but ours and I still had an obligation to MTV Asia. Thank goodness we were able to get on the 1:30pm flight out.

Spaghetti and taco for lunch? I knew the day could only get better!! Haha. Don’t I just look fabulously haggard?

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I wanted to tweet something like “I missed you…” – me to my flight but I was scared my mom would get so mad at me for being so irresponsible. Hehe so here I am confessing because she will probably read this. Hey, mom, I promise it will NEVER happen again. Lesson learned!!!:))

So we got to the hotel at 6pm and we were so incredibly tired we took another nap before heading out for dinner. I wanted Jim to try out the restaurant I went to the last time I was in Singapore. I really like the concept of Marché and idea of shopping around for your food, watching the chefs cook it in front of you.

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Feyoncé

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It’s got a nice home-y feel to it too – I was joking around with Jim pretending to complain that there were socks hanging right beside us. Haha!

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Jim’s ate Mia also happened to be in Singapore visiting her boyfriend Rahul to celebrate their anniversary. Naturally we crashed their date haha – just kidding, we met up after their dinner date to get drinks around the Boat Quay area.

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Rahul then invited us to a bar across the street called Altitude which had an amazing view!! I think it was 80 floors up!

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Here’s a photo ate Mia sent me! I’m still a little pudgy here but it’s okay, I lost a lot of weight after getting dengue LOL

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Lula!

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Who run tha world?

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Sorry, boys

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I really enjoyed Altitude’s song choices – mostly 90′s to early 2000′s hip hop and RnB. It was pretty chill too because it was a Sunday.

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We went home around 11pm since we had to be up bright and early for the VMA Live Screening! I woke up shivering and feeling a little sick. I knew my body was punishing me for not getting enough rest the past few days. Still, I was very excited for the live screening and visiting MTV Asia’s head quarters once again!

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Such a cool office!

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards Live Screening Pic 2 (Credit - MTV Asia & Zara Ebrahim)

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There were bloggers from all over Asia at the event! Back in April I was with Tim Yap for the Movie Awards, unfortunately he couldn’t make it this time around!

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Cute cupcakes!!

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It was a fantastic show. I feel sorry for you if you missed it. There were a lot of crazy moments. Nicki Minaj performed her ASS off with 3 performances, Nicki owned her wardrobe malfunction, J.Lo looked absolutely stunning, Sam Smith killed it, Lorde cursed onstage, Taylor Swift refused to jump (lol), Miley Cyrus sent somebody else to claim her award, some rapper called The Black Keys “The Black Eyes,” Beyoncé silenced Jay-z breakup rumors, and so much more!! Go to vma.mtv.com for all the highlights and off-screen footage from the show.

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Thank you so much, MTV Asia!! I had a great time as usual despite the fever!! Next time I will definitely not miss my flight LOL!

P.S. Go ahead and guess what my favorite part of the show was

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Cheats Go Surfing

The band went to La Union for a little R&R over the weekend. We stayed at Flotsam & Jetsam, a cute little hostel perfect for nature lovers and artists. Here are photos taken by Candy’s boyfriend, photographer Miggy Abesamis of Ballast Photography.

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Enzo

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Candy

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Cholo

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Ernest

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Jim (and his vape)

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Manny and April

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Mau

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Meee

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Una

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Giddarz

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Swagsurfing LOL

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This doggy named Eli and this bitch named Candy hehehe

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It was quite the weekend, we’ll definitely be back.

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Here’s a short video with clips of our stay there! Featuring a short teaser of our song Sleepist about wishing you could just sleep instead of go to work. There’s also an impromptu song making session near the end. LOLOLOL. If you want to learn how to surf, just ask the lady at the bar to contact Buboy. Buboy was my instructor and he was the best, way more advanced beginner techniques than the first time I learned with some other instructor. It’s 400 per surf lesson!:)

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Songwriting Weekend in Tagaytay

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Cheats decided to go to Jim’s house in Tagaytay for a weekend to write new songs. Here are photos I took during the trip! Our first stop was Army Navy for brunch!

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I’m so happy I brought Joey Bear along with me. It’s her first out-of-town trip but she was so well-behaved and had a blast!

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When we got to the house, we had to take out the covers of the porch furniture. It was one adventure after another as spiders and other bugs surprised us with each unveiling! The worst was when Jim took forever to find the right key for the main door and when he finally found it and shouted in celebration, a FROG jumped at us!! Grabe it was chaos thank the lord I wasn’t holding my camera or I would’ve dropped it! Hahaha! I actually thought it jumped inside my jacket so I took it off while running. So crazy.

Meanwhile, here’s Joey Bear hanging out

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Jim and I rode with Ernest and Enzo going to Tagaytay

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Manny rode with April who was my Creative Writing block mate back in Ateneo!

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We realized we were wearing matching clothes!

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Setting up!

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We grilled some steak and liempo for merienda. Well.. They did. Haha!

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Joey playing with Ern Bear

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Sarap!!

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Sanib pwersa tayo, brad!!

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Iron Manny

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The rest of the night was so much fun that I forgot to take photos na! Mau finally arrived with Mayumi coming from an Imago gig around 11PM and we played Taboo, it was so competitive you had to be there. The next morning I was up by 9:30AM and we all did our duties following the check list Jim’s dad gave me for locking up before leaving! Washed all the dishes, took out the trash, mopped the floor, locked bedroom doors, etc. So proud of everybody being so responsible and doing their part ♥

Another highlight of the trip was our impromptu radio show, here are some screenshots from my GoPro. Haha!

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Sunday, we had to say good bye to the house!

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We stopped by Bag of Beans because it’s what my Twitter followers recommended as a dog-friendly place. Not my first time there but breakfast food is always good in my book.

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April is vegetarian so she ordered a vegetarian pie!

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My coffee

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Chocolate chip pancake looks good but was just pancake a couple shades darker with some chocolate chips on top… My mom makes far superior chocolate chip pancakes

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Jim was so excited about his Chicken ala Kiev that even Enzo ordered it. They both agreed medyo waley daw. Haha!

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My personal go-to comfort food is pork tocino. It was so good but it’s really hard to mess up tocino haha!

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They did, however, manage to mess up the bacon. I asked for it to be crispy and they gave me something that was like jerky. Aww

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We surprised Mau at the end of our meal because he just turned a year older last Thursday!:) Yay!!

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What a happy weekend with the band and friends!

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Missed Candy & Miggy a lot but we’ll all be together again in 2 weeks when we go to the beach! Yay!!

Make sure to follow Cheats on Facebook for updates about our upcoming album release!:)

Kuala Lumpur Diary Part 2

(Read Part 1 of my Kuala Lumpur Diary here.)

Day 2 started with a complimentary buffet breakfast. How I wish all days started like this.

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Dress envy! This girl’s wearing my tattoo!!

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Milk tea was served in this baby bottle. Cute!

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Our first plan for the day was to go to a huge amusement park called Sunway Lagoon. It’s famous for its water park but we didn’t feel like going swimming (and probably catching an ear infection) so we decided to just do the dry rides! Entrance fee is RM120 which is equivalent to a little over Php1,500.

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Scream park!

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Cute souvenirs. I really wanted to get one but I wasn’t sure what to put. Ugh. Regrets!! Can I have this done in Manila?!

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Scary

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Trying to beat the heat! They had a no-cash system all throughout the park. We had reloadable tickets on our wrists. It was very efficient!

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Entering SURF BEACH

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Kinda sad we didn’t try this hahahaa

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Also kinda sad we didn’t get to try the world’s highest and largest water ride called Vuvuzela.

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Bungee jumping!

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At least we got to watch these awesome stunt divers!!

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Kuala Lumpur Diary Part 1

Last month I held a contest sponsored by MTV Asia and Aloft Hotels where I had to pick one Spell Saab reader and his/her friend to come with me on my first trip to Malaysia!

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It was very hard to choose a winner since so many of those who joined seemed pretty fun!! I’m very happy I chose Veronica Talla and her best friend Paolo Aquino to come with us! We had such a great time <3 Here is Nica’s winning itinerary:

Pao and I have always been so receptive to music. For a weekend in Malaysia I think we’d like to first check out the hotel and see MTV Asia’s “Live@Aloft” in their bar, just chilling out and enjoying the music while having little chit-chats here and there. The next day would be spent going around KL and exploring the place, checking out the museums, parks and business districts (and trying out the food!!!), while the last would probably be for last minute shopping and whatnot. What I love about Pao is, like me, he never lets music astray from his life and in his travels he takes photos and videos that he compiles in a montage on which he incorporates music that has become significant to the trip or other  music that he thinks would be fitting for it. He secretly dreams to be a music and film director! Anyway, those are the goings-on in my head for my dream trip with you guys to KL! :)

Yayyy!! Unfortunately, Jim couldn’t go because of work. It’s a good thing my BFF Candy was available! It was our first international trip together and I can’t explain how excited we were! As usual, I didn’t sleep a wink the night before our flight. It wasn’t just excitement but I was also really anxious that I wouldn’t get up by 4AM to catch my 6:30AM flight. So I took a quick 30-minute nap around 3AM and was ready to leave by 4AM. In classic Candy fashion, she woke up late and got to my place at 5AM hahaha it’s a good thing I love her HAHAHA!

Nica and Pao were already at Terminal 4 when we got there. It was my first time at NAIA Terminal 4 and boy was it tiny and inefficient. Plus we had to pay a travel tax of Php1,620 and an airport tax of Php550. I was thinking out loud to Candy wondering why the fees weren’t included in the ticket when the cashier said, “Dapat alam mo yan, kakagaling lang ng ate mo dito!” (“You should know this, your sister just came from here!”) A small downside of being part of a celebrity family: people assume we share every mundane detail of our lives with each other! Haha!:p

ANYWAY. Here are photos I took on our first day in Malaysia!!

We had Hainanese Chicken for breakfast on the plane heehee

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Nica and Pao!

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Gorgeous view

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Dead mosquito stuck inside the window

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Finally in Kuala Lumpur International Airport!

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Happy Family Day!

It’s been five years of celebrating Father’s Day without our dad. I’m not the type to make a big deal about these “Hallmark” occasions because I don’t get why there should be a reminder to show love for your mother and father (and grandmother and siblings, etc.). I mean: this is supposed to come naturally, right?

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Now that our father’s gone, Father’s Day feels like a reminder of our loss. I know that’s not what the special day sets out to do but, well, that’s how I feel. Although, I must admit it’s getting better each year. I wouldn’t call it a distraction but my ate Unna’s birthday is on June 15th. It’s such a coincidence that Jim’s ate Mia celebrates her birthday on June 16th. Today was a lovely Sunday because I got to celebrate with both families!

I’m lucky my family adjusted our celebration to dinner time so I could join ate Mia’s birthday lunch in Tagaytay. It was my first time to try the famous original Antonio’s as I’ve only experienced Breakfast at Antonio’s (I’ve yet to try The Grill). It was a huge and beautiful lot.

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Ate Mia just recently moved back to the Philippines after being based in Hong Kong for a couple of years. Her boyfriend Rahul is visiting Manila for the first time (he’s currently studying in Singapore) and I’m so excited for him to explore!

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Ooooooh! Sorry, first timer here!

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Cute little Nunki and her new shades from ate Mia! I’ve probably shared this fact before but I’ll share it again because it’s so cool. Ate Mia works for Cartoon Network. Gahhhh so fun!!!

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It was pretty awkward being offered bone marrow because of all things to get me sentimental, it was a dish loved by many. Thank goodness nobody noticed the almost-tears! When my dad got really sick he needed a bone marrow transplant so I can never look at it as food anymore.

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ANYWAY, on to happier things in life. Like Nunki and this glass of wine!

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Sosyal this little girl – her favorite food is steak

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Antonio’s organic mesclun salad, bleu d’auvergne crumbled, glazed walnuts, dried currants & cranberries with raspberry vinaigrette and drizzled with basil oil. Sobrang. Sarap.

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Jim’s ribeye steak

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Tita Bing’s seafood sampler: (1) steamed Chilean sea bass with gratin potato, fish caper veloutè (2) prawn thermidor (3) pan seared scallop on celeriac mashed, truffle cream sauce

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Tito Gerry’s pan-fried beef tenderloin glazed with pommery mustard served with onion fettuccine and scallop potato

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Ate Mia’s grilled black tiger prawns with sweet paprika and vegetable rice pilaf

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Chelo and I shared a grilled certified angus prime ribeye steak flavoured with a cardamom dry rub and served with red wine cream pepper sauce

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I didn’t get to take a photo of Rahul’s fish, sorry! But here’s a photo of the happy couple!

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Yay!

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Time for dessert! I got panna cotta with honeycomb caramelo which turned out to be good but too sweet for my taste

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Jim’s flourless chocolate cake tasted great

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Nunki’s berries and cream ice cream was also delicious! Heehee yes I had a scoop or two :p

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Happy birthday ate Mia and I’m sorry but I guess my camera really loves Rahul – he’s always the one in focus!! Haha

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Tita Bing and tito Gerry ♥

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After lunch, we headed to the Bacarros’ new Tagaytay farm! It’s so exciting what Jim’s parents are doing with the land! I really loved being surrounded by so much greenery! Oh and look at this kitty!

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And this cat looks freaked haha

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This dog was walking awkwardly, a bit sakang, but still so cute!! And clean!

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The greenhouse was fascinating

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This is Chelo’s “what am I doing here?!” pose haha!

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Father & son

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Even the mud looked good

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My love!!

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Hipster TAGAYTAY

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We left Tagaytay at 3:30pm and because of the traffic from the Father’s Day rush I got to ate’s dinner juuuust a little bit late. I suggested we eat at Yuujin along Wilson st. because the food is amazing and it’s super affordable! Plus, it was a favorite of papa’s!

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Hassle lang kasi ang init, sira yung aircon!! Haha! Still, we were 11 super busog adults and the bill was just around PhP5,000+! It’s crazy!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATE UNNA!!!!

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BROS! My big brother Nic, my brother-in-law Bryan and my baby brother Arkin!

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My goddaughter was, of course, ignoring everyone hahaha

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Mama with her baby girls Clara and Zoie

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Happy birthday and happy father’s day!!!!

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ANG TAMIS NAMAN HAHAHA

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Beautiful family!

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And here’s a selfie because I just don’t have enough photos in this blog post…. Ugh. HAHAHAHA

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Elmo and Arkin

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Post-dinner family photo!

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Here I am writing about how sort-of depressing Father’s Day is when in fact I celebrated today with so many of my loved ones! My two ates turned a year older! My mom and her mom (my grammy) have both been mother and father to their kids! Jim’s parents have treated me so much like their own daughter! Ang emo ko masyado! Haha!

Seriously though, I think the best way to honor my parents is to prove how well they’ve raised me. And with the number of people in my life who love me, I think I’m doing a fine job. Happy Father’s Mother’s Grandparent’s Sibling’s FAMILY day!♥

A Quick Trip to Singapore

This is long overdue but I was invited to a live screening of the MTV Movie Awards by MTV Asia in Singapore last April 13-14. Because I’ve been invited to previous events by the folks at MTV Asia and they are always such good hosts, I said yes and decided to take my mom as my plus one! Mom and I were excited to jet set and try to explore the non tourist-y side of Singapore.

As soon as we arrived at the beautiful Changi airport, we took our time before immigration to do a little shopping!

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We checked out Marc Jacobs

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I ended up buying a totally cute laptop bag xx Here’s a picture I took of it later on at our hotel. Sinali ko na rin yung Prada na gift sa akin ni Jim dati. I feel like a grown woman owning such nice bags heehee <3

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Finally en route to our hotel~

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Saw lots of funny signs while walking to the train station which is connected to the hotel’s basement, by the way! How convenient!

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Medyo madaming tao sa train and ang daming Pinoy because it was a Sunday!

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Great display

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I want this!

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The door knob is an ice scooper

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What a lovely day to walk around

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I even spotted a few bridal boutiques hahaha

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What awesome street art!

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It was a Sunday so we went to mass on Tank Road!:)

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Beautiful interior! Don’t judge me – I took that shot after the ceremony!:)

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It rained out of nowhere and real hard so we took refuge in a 7-eleven hehe

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When the rain subsided, we took a cab to 313@Somerset to have dinner with my friends who are currently living in Singapore! Hi Mong and Kelly!

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They took us to this restaurant called Marche where they give you a card to swipe at each food station. It’s like a nice little market place. The card is surrendered as you go out and you pay only for what you ate!

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We slept early because we had to get up at 6:30AM the following day. I super enjoyed watching and live tweeting the MTV Movie Awards!

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My fellow Pinoy at the event, Tim Yap!:D

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The breakfast buffet was yummy as always haha those chili dogs were to die for

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Thank you so much for the invitation, MTV Asia!:D

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Look at what I found at their office – a Nickelodeon figure signed by Charice!

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Their office sure looks fun

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Conan hosted this year’s MTV Movie Awards and if you didn’t know it yet – I LOVE CONAN

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Click here to find out more about the recently concluded MTV Movie Awards!

When in Singapore… Go to H&M!

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I love traveling with mom – she’s so laid back ♥

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Look at this cute flower art installation at the Changi airport!

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Black charcoal burger at Burger King

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And that’s when we were called to board and go home to Manila! We almost missed out flight actually because Tim thought it was 6:40pm instead of 6:20!! Hahaha! Anyway, we made it home safe and sound! I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos!:)