Archive for June, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably read on my recent addiction to the simulation game Virtual Villagers. It’s like SIMS but the setting is in a castoff island instead of the city. I’ve spent hours and hours of my day just looking at my villagers building huts, foraging for food, and going indoors to mate. If I’m not playing, I listlessly worry if they have enough food to live by or they’ve already starved their selves to death. This weekend, I spent most of my time in bed glued to my laptop. Such a waste of precious time, I tell you. I have been playing it like it’s my job. Shame on me really coz I’ve got a bajillion other things to do. Ironically, all these other unfinished tasks are real-job related. Meh.

Pondering on this though, it seems like I have used this game to distract myself from the gruelling truth of reality. I have been feeling down these past few weeks because I’m leaving Globe in a week after almost three years of working there. I haven’t been necessarily open with work-related shenanigans in my blog but for lack of a better outlet, I’m finally letting it out in the open that I’m leaving Globe. I’ve spent many sleepless nights asking for guidance from the Higher Powers, analyzing the situation inside-out.

In the end, I opted for change. It wasn’t an easy decision. God knows, it wasn’t. But instead of moping around with the thought that I only got less than one week with Globe, I must move forward and make sure to do good in my new job. The changes are drastic – starting off with the fact that I will not be working the normal 8-5 shift anymore. I am to service people in a different time zone. Will be working with a whole new group of people. Impressing a new boss and all that shite.

Change is indeed inevitable. Whether it be for better or for worse, change is better than being stagnant, settling. Que sera, sera.

We dedicated our second day at Macau to exploring the Senado Square and visiting the world famous Ruins of. St. Paul’s. But first, breakfast was in order. We badly wanted rice and were ecstatic when we found a restaurant just across our lodge.

The menu looks great, doesn’t it?

Sadly, rice meals are only available after 11 so we had no to choice but to go for noodles instead.

It might have been the best food decision we have ever made this entire trip. The noodles were perfect, the beef so perfectly moist, and the broth was nothing like I ever tasted before. It was so filling we weren’t even able to finish our bowls.

After being satiated, we headed back to Senado Square and took more pictures of the plaza. The serene vibe exuded the night before was lost with all the people, tourists and locals alike, roaming around. However, Senado Square did not lose its charm in the light of day.

We followed the signs leading to The Ruins. If one’s not good with signs, it is always the best decision to follow where the throngs of people are heading. Along the way, we passed through alleyways filled with stores selling local goods of all kinds – pork bun, egg tart, jerky, etc.

Not long after, we were afforded with our first glimpse of The Ruins. Our pace instantly quickened; eager to see The Ruins in its entirety.

We went through the façade and climbed up to the viewing deck which offered a nice view of the city.

After feasting our eyes with the scenery, we made our way to the underground museum which contains varied religious artifices.

Just somewhere around the corner, we checked out a small temple and part of the old city wall.

Seeing that we still had some time left, we headed to Macao Museum thinking we could finish touring it in an hour. Turned out the museum was too big to zoom through in the span of one hour so we just checked out the garden on top of it.

Then it was really, really time to go so we grabbed some quick lunch and headed back to our lodge to pack up and board the ferry that will take us to Hong Kong.

Next up, the Hong Kong leg of our trip.

I love camping! If only I could go home every summer to attend our church’s week-long Summer Camp I would. But then, work and other responsibilities get in the way. The closest thing to camping I have ever done as of late is spending the New Year’s Eve at the beach drinking lukewarm beer.

Then came summer outing with 25C Girls. It was a toss among Ligpo Island, Pinatubo Trek, and Nagsasa Cove. Ligpo Island was dismissed due to some shite by the Taal Volcano. Pinatubo was never my choice coz I didn’t wanna tire myself out during a vacation. So Nagsasa Cove it is!

We left the Metro hours past midnight of Friday. We arrived at Pundaquit just before the sun rises Saturday morning.

From Pundaquit, we took an almost hour-long boat ride to the island of Nagsasa. We passed through Anawangin along the way which was barely 15 minutes away from the shores of Pundaquit.

Toblerone Island

Sperm Whale Island

Upon arrival, we set up our tents and cooked breakfast. Cooking took a long time because we went hardcore back to basics with stones and tree branches and all that shite. I also may or may have not burnt some of my hair in the process.

After eating, we slathered ourselves with sunblock and plopped our satiated selves under the trees to play some good ol’ Pusoy Dos.

Binibining Espasol 2011

Manong sorbetero passed by and we were amazed by the presence of ice cream on a far away island that we just had to buy from him. Not to mention it was scorching hot. Of course, like other things in the island, his ice creams were overpriced.

Then the heat became unbearable so we headed back to our little kubo to play cards some more and eat our very delish lunch.

To cap off our very filling lunch, we took swigs of beer and Tanduay Ice (as if the heat from the sun wasn’t enough). We passed the time with heart to heart talks and status updates. Finally we couldn’t contain ourselves any longer so we decided to take a dip in the water.

Jing and Nero stayed behind and explored around. They came upon a lake which was also very picturesque.

We stayed in the water until the sun set and our fingers (and some other parts) got wrinkly.

We bathed in the only communal latrine and the next thing we know, it has already gone dark. Lo and behold, we didn’t bring any lamps! So bonfire it is. We barbecued some pork, hotdogs and devoured tons and tone of s’mores. Aaaaahhhh life is good!

The next day, we were supposed to go to Capones to check out the lighthouse. However, we loved our found “spa” too much that we decided to just stay in Nagsasa and drink tequila by the beach.

Then finally it was time to go. Again we took the hour-long boat ride back to Pundaquit where our van was waiting to take us back to Manila. I terribly, terribly enjoyed my time at Nagsasa and will definitely be going back there at the first chance I get.