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so i did mention that graize had included a sort of outreach to children at jomalig island and that we’d prepare some slippers and school stuff beforehand on the boat and i was really looking forward to handing those out but…

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i’d been expecting to get some rest after going around jomalig’s beaches, just that the kids had already gathered as soon as we got back and in a few minutes we were arranging slippers and school supplies!

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we had the kids line up with the little ones up front…

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everyone wanted to help including the elders that lived around the area. on a side note, the girls were wishing we’d bought more but we could only carry so much…

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we all took a group pixxor in front of the beach once we were done. it was a very memorable experience, when i genuinely felt happy. they say you get a kind of high when you help people, and it’s true, make other people happy and you’ll be happy too.

yun lang.

♥ melai

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so graize was so kind to take me with her on one of her trips together with her friends sometime last november… and i was so lucky to be able to set out to jomalig island with pretty girls… on a side note, some pixxors shown here are theirs.

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we took a van to real, quezon, did some groceries, and ate lomi… i never really finished an entire bowl of it before because i thought it tasted weird but it was kind of ok this time, i actually finished this.

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our boat ride was already waiting at the port when we arrived, we were kind of early, and that meant dibs on sleeping space.

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we also packed school supplies on the boat as graize had also planned a sort of outreach for jomalig kids… more on that on another post though.

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the boat ride was my longest to date which was about 6 hours… i thought it wouldn’t end, that was about 6 hours of rain and crashing waves, and sun and crashing waves. it was worth it though because after we had drunk some drunky bears and beer, and rested, we had…

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a whole day dose of vitamin sea. we went to around six beaches, and the scenery is just beautiful. for starters, it’s already nice to see the mermaid colors from the waters which are very clear btw, but there are also rock formations, interesting limestone deposits, warm golden sand, coconuts, seashells, palm trees, our favorite crustaceans, and yes, good friends. it was awesome.

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pixxor above sums up everything, yo pero,

yun lang muna…

♥ melai

 

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i haven’t hiked in ages so when my officemates offered to go on one, i accepted. the place was bantakay cave and falls in atimonan, quezon. and that was us… kuya onion, anna, eking, and me… before the jump.

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the trek started pretty easy… there were stairs for about a kilometer or two and then some well-maintained paths and then little bamboo bridges…

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and it wasn’t too hot due to all the trees and plants around…

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until… we were climbing rocks and hanging onto roots and trodding on mud, haha.

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we got to the cave first, it was… err, dark, haha. i thought it looked like a little mystery hole filled with weird stuff and uh, stalactites and stalagmites.

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we got out eventually.

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after a few more walking, or more like, crawling and hanging on to roots, we reached the falls…

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where the water’s very clear

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and the sky was mighty beautiful.

yun lang.

♥ melai

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late post is late, been having erratic sleep these past weeks. anyhoo, i put on my old reliable pair of chucks and went to lucban, quezon last may 15 for this year’s pahiyas festival. on a side note, noticed that they have dark soil in quezon, which means it is highly organic…

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before we went to lucban though, we had an early lunch at palaisdaan sa tayabas, in of course, tayabas, quezon. the place smells like the sea and salt and earth.

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it is essentially a restaurant where people eat on floating bamboo rafts fitted with little huts. ate mai and i camwhored around those, lol. was lucky she joined this trip, met her a few months ago from my baguio trip, she can tolerate me being childish and she likes pink a lot, and we have the same name… that means she’s a really good person, hehe.

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fish! it’s not palaisdaan or fishery without the fish. i eat fish but i’m not that fond of them except maybe for tuyo and daing na bangus, felt a little sad because they’re swimming happily over there but i knew we were having a few of them for lunch…

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the lobby is beachy with shell decors and wooden chairs. lots of fish design too. and best of all, the area has free wifi! huzzah!

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they have several rooms where guests can stay. the hotel building looks like an old provincial house complete with capiz windows. peeked into one of the rooms, hehe, it looks cozy inside…

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palaisdaan is one big garden too, and they have pretty earthen jars, i lost count after i saw the fish shaped one, it looked cute.

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we camwhored further at the reception area just up the lobby, this is where they’ll be serving our food, but while waiting… took a photo of my travelfactor id, background of the palm roof works well. they also have a giant chandelier made of the same materials.

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finally, after all that roaming around and pixxor taking, lunch is served! we had sat in the center table just beside the buffet table because… we can grab food fast, hehe! we gorged ourselves with rice, vegetables, grilled pork, and sinugno, which is grilled tilapia or milkfish which is also afterwards cooked in coconut milk and vegetables! chugged sprite too! i did a search on their menu when i got home, turns out they had steamed eggplants with bagoong and ginataang suso with pako… and i love those, man, must come back!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


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