Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BAGUIO 2015, PART 2





We at at Chef's Home for lunch on the second day. All I can say is yum! Their food was definitely mouth watering and mind blowing. My only regret is filling my tummy with milk tea before this. I wasn't able to fully appreciate all the food laid out in front of me. I wasn't exactly paying attention to what the food were actually called... Big flop. What really caught my taste buds was the fish and salad! Again, that's saying something because I am in no possible way, am a salad person. The fish was soft and had so much flavor thinking about it now is making me hungry.

Right after lunch, we hit Bencab Museum, one of the museums in Baguio! It's filled with paintings and statues of the old Filipino tribes in Baguio. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)





The entrance fee is only 100 pesos. The hundred was worth it because of the really wonderful paintings you get to see. You can take all the photos you want. I wasn't able to take photos to my heart's content due to my camera's battery dying out on me. 

Did I mention that Bencab had a wonderful view outside? There was also a small cafe at the bottom of the museum where you could hang around with your companions and share stories or simply enjoy the view and cool breeze the place offered.







Like I said, my camera died and I had to use my phone for those 3 square photos. Thanks to my younger brother for feeding my vain hunger and taking photos of me! The place was beautiful and I just had to have photos with it. Insta worthy? Definitely.

I met up with my best friend, Audrie the following day. We met up at Camp John Hay. It's not every day that we would be in Baguio together so a mandatory photoshoot took place. 



We're adorable. I know, I know. 


 We've been planning to go ziplining at the tree top adventure that morning but sadly, there were just too much people on most of the rides. That included canopy and superman stuff. The only stunts that were available were the tree drop, trekking and sky walk.

We really wanted to do something together so that our whole meet up would be somewhat productive. So we decided to try the tree drop.

This was such a huge deal to me. I am deathly afraid of thrill rides that involve heights. I used to be afraid of heights but I got over that. It didn't mean it got rid of the fear of rides involved with heights. I was already internally panicking when we were talking about what ride we'd be doing with our parents. I was internally screaming not to do the tree drop but I pushed myself to just go pay for it and I could just back out last minute if I wanted to. 


The drop was 60 feet high and I was silently panicking and I could feel my heart jumping out of my chest when Audrie went ahead of me. I was not exaggerating the fact that I was scared shitless. I have been to Enchanted Kingdom 4 times and the most thrilling ride I've ever tried there was the Log Jam. I just felt the need to put that out there.

I stayed in that position (that's me in the photo!) for more than a minute. I was on the verge of crying because it was so high up and I hated the feeling that my soul was about to rip itself away from my body. Everyone was betting I'd back out, I was betting I'd back out too! But I thought "What the hell, Samantha. Just do it already! You're never going to get over anything with how scared you are." And a few other mumbo jumbo about finally doing something thrilling in my life. I finally let go of the bars at one point and ta-da. It wasn't so bad. To be honest, I'd never do that again in my life. Kidding, I really want to experience that again!


That night, my mom and her friends had a bonfire. I was feeling down because something went wrong with my camera so I wasn't able to take photos. It was a lovely afternoon though, the sky was purple and pink and the fire was annoying me but it was all good. We went back to Manila the next day which made me a happy girl because of the long ride although it made my butt hurt. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

BAGUIO 2015, PART 1


A long overdue post from when we went up to Baguio for labor day weekend just to escape the Manila heat. We left Manila at 3am of April 30th. To be honest I liked the ride going to Baguio as much as I liked our stay. I enjoy roadtrips with good music so much. 

The place we stayed in was like a little haven to me. It wasn't in the city proper so we were away from the busy, crowded streets. Upon arriving, I had it drilled into my mind that I never wanted to leave till summer was over. The weather was ultimately perfect. Unlike Manila, where it feels like we were sitting right next to the sun. 

We stopped by Our Lady of Manoag Church:







I wasn't able to snap pictures of the church itself though.


Greenery.

This is the house we stayed in! It had such a home-y feeling and all. 

And then we have the lazy boy, where I had claimed right over since we arrived. 


My spot for the majority of all the time we spent at the house. I literally spent afternoon naps and almost went to bed in that. Soooooo comfy! 




We went to one of the parks in the city proper and we spotted two ponies! Everyone called them dwarf horses like that was their maximum size but I though they were ponies. I didn't bother asking because I thought the owners would say they were dwarves. For the sake of business, I guess.




I took a lot of photos of flowers. Baguio had so many bright colored flowers that I rarely get to see in Manila. 





If you follow me on instagram, you'll notice I take a lot of photos on brick roads... I just ultimately realized this 5 minutes ago. 



More wonderful flowers!


The next morning was spent walking around and talking photos at the mall in Camp John Hay before we headed to Chef's Home for lunch. Well, this turned into a photo diary hasn't it? Our stay was pretty much uneventful since the main goal was to just escape the excruciating heat of Manila. I really wanted to pass by the Strawberry farm in Trinidad but we didn't get the chance to. Sob. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass


"I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me."

It has certainly been awhile since I've picked up a good book and talked about it. I am an avid fan of this particular series. I am a sucker for dystopian fantasies and this was no exception. I noticed I wasn't able to review the book that preceded this (The One) but here is a link to my reactions to the first two books. I thought about reviewing The One before this but then I'd have to push away my current thoughts and feelings about this one and thought that would do no good.

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

The Heir came out this month but I wasn't aware of it since the series was tucked deep in my brain. I saw a tweet a tweet from my friend and spotted the gorgeous dress and realized it was The Heir. I literally squealed in delight because I was outside at that time and there was a National Bookstore at the place I was at. Talk about meant to be!

I immediately dived into the world of the selection once again. This time, I saw their universe through Eadlyn's eyes, Maxon and America's daughter. Let me just say that Eadlyn is very different from her mother. To be honest I was not expecting Eadlyn's personality to be that way. How Eadlyn was written was way better than what I had expected. She is a very flawed character and her decisions annoyed me to death but I still love her with all my heart. She is now one of my favorite fictional characters. Eadlyn is very proud and confident. She knows and acknowledges the fact that she will be queen one day. Most times she comes off as bratty and self-centered. It's because she is bratty and self-centered but that's how she was written and we cannot have a perfect character can we? Eadlyn doesn't realize it but her words are plenty hurtful and inuslting. I think Eadlyn is supposed to piss us off. The sad part is that we weren't able to get much character development for Eadlyn. 

A lot of people hated Eadlyn's guts. I have to admit that I really disliked her for a day or so after finishing the book. Then I realized that it was okay. This is where the story kicks in and the selected men get through to Eadlyn's wall and make her realize she is selfish, mean and everything wrong about her. She has made terrible mistakes in this book that hopefully she will clean up in the second book. Throughout the book there are people constantly calling her out for being distant and cold. A lot of people said that the way she talked to her twin brother, Ahren at the last part was unbelievably selfish but I beg to disagree. That was her brother. One of the few people who knew her truly and she was afraid to lose him. Who wouldn't do whatever they could to keep their loved one on their side? I also noticed that it was Kaden, (her 14 year old brother) hit her hard with a few words that irked her and made her think about the kind of person she was. See? She had to think about it. BECAUSE she does not realize the kind of mean and distant person she has been. She has been spoiled her whole life and has been reminded constantly that a whole country will be hers one day. 

Enough about Eadlyn and onto the book and selection itself... it was boring. There I said it. I was able to finish it in the span of 3 days but that was only because I kept turning the page, hoping for the same excitement I got out of the The Selection and The Elite. Not The One, I hated that book. But let's save that for another time. Eadlyn was hard to approach and very closed off but I wish Kiera would have placed in more character development and some people trying to pry into her more. I felt like the whole opening up to Kile was very rushed. Them kissing was okay but Kile suddenly turned talkative in the span of a chapter? That was rushed. 

America has turned into something... different. Maybe it's because of maturity as queen but something has definitely changed with her. I felt like whatever fight and spark America had was left in the first few chapters of The One. I honestly did not expect her to be that kind of mother. Which made me sad. The main, big problem with the nation wasn't exactly identified yet but I'm guessing it has something to do with Eadlyn being distant and not adored as much as her parents. I felt like there was a lot missing with this book and Kiera Cass could have done much better. It felt rushed and I wish there were moments with the selected men. Although that would be very contradicitng to what Eadlyn had planned in the first place. Nothing seemed very note-worthy other than the chapters working it's way to the ending. 

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book. I liked it more than The One. Which I plan on finally reviewing soon. I cannot wait for the next installment to this. Which means we all have to wait for more than a year to find out what's going to happen next. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

PHOTO EDIT IS BY ME HOORAY.

Monday, May 4, 2015

University of Santo Tomas

So I went to a trip to UST the other day. No particular important reason. I wanted to visit the school and see Audrie and Brigette and I also wanted to feel the place out so I could decide whether I wanted to transfer here or nah.

Here's the catch, I charged into the campus with no sleep at all. Not even a few minutes of sleep. Nope. Zero.


Bedan alumni!!

This day was literally a small adventure for me. I met up with a few unexpected people and had really lovely conversations. I spent the whole day outside under the scorching sun. The next time I visit, I seriously need a cooler place to stay... I'm sorry, the heat makes me cry.

Students..?


I have bugged my friends over 5 times to pass by the big UST letters throughout the day. Turista picture yes? I have always wanted a photo with that. Just look at how small I am. People below 5 feet, high five. I also spotted my ex crush while we were walking around the parking(?) area. We had a moment. The eye contact moment. Exhilirating. He was still as cute as ever. I found out he was a med student. I felt it in my heart that my face was familiar to him. We did play football when he was back in high school, after all.





I've only been to UST twice. The first time being Paskuhan. I'm still pretty amazed by how big and nice this school is. I guess this is what you get for studying in a small school? But I'd probably still be amazed even if I was studying in a bigger school. You know, new places slash things.

UST really gave me college vibes because of how big it is with all the places you could hang out and all the restaurants too. Despite the unbearable heat during lunch time, the heat finally decided to settle down around 3-4pm. Me and my friends werea able to hang around lover's lane and I was able to take some really good shots.


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