Archive for July, 2012

In my previous post about Manukan Island, I promised that I would share more pictures of our parasailing adventure.

I actually impressed myself this time because truth be told, I have an irrational fear of heights. It took me two decades to climb up to the tower of the lighthouse in our town. I have been to the lighthouse for like dozens of time, but I never ever dared go to the highest part because I am such a wuss.

So anyway, when the tour officer offered the parasailing deal, I was really hesitant to go. But then I said, fuck it! I am on a vacation and I’d better do something out of my comfort zone! So we went up in the air and the rest is history, lol.

 

On to the pictures…

 

During “take off”. The crank sounded really squeaky and that did not help with my nerves. I was soooo afraid for my life!

 

A different point of view. I took an underwater camera up in the air with me.

 

I was trembling all over during the first five minutes. But that did not stop me from camwhoring while we’re up there.

 

Then I took the time to look around and enjoy the view. And boy, WHAT A VIEW! The panorama of the whole island was so beautiful. I couldn’t stop myself from relaxing. But then the boat down there would take a turn and the chains would adjust with that scary sound, and then the little panic attacks start again. Oh boy!

 

From time to time, the boat driver (or whatever they call the one that controls our flight) would adjust the chains so the balloon would go down so we could dip/drag our feet into the water (think bungee jumping in slow-mo). So much fun!

 

The next thing I know, we were already going down to the boat. I really enjoyed the ride up there with the gentle breeze and awesome view. I almost wished it would never end. ALMOST. I was more than relieved when my feet touched the boat’s wooden floors. But when the opportunity presents itself again, I would go parasailing in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

If you were not amused by the song (and the video!), you are one uptight person. LOL. 😀

I have been super busy with work the past 2 weeks and this blog suffered. I’m trying to bring back my blogging mojo though, so things are looking up.

Cheers to a good week ahead! 🙂

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I joined the Weekly Photo Challenge for WordPress to help motivate myself to take more pictures, and share them with  the world. This week’s theme is DREAMING.

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That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
 
 
 
* Photos taken at Playa Tropical Resort Hotel (Currimao, Ilocos Norte)
 
 
 

You can view other Weekly Challenge posts here: Weekly Photo Challenge

 

Our second day in Kota Kinabalu was dedicated to spending time on the beach. From our lodge, we walked towards Kota Kinabalu’s Jesselton Point jetty where we booked a tour from one of the many tour operators in the area and got a pretty good deal including stops at two islands (Manukan and Mamutik), snorkeling gears, and a parasailing package (!!! – more on a separate entry).

 

 

After a short 15-minute boat ride, we arrived at our first destination for the day – Manukan Island. We were instantly taken by the gorgeous view of trees, sand, water, fishes, and well… people in bikinis. Haha! 🙂

 

 

We proceeded to pay the conservation fee in order to gain access to the island. There’s a lot to do in the island – from simply lazing under the sun to trying out scuba-doo (an underwater scooter ride). Us? We availed of their parasailing package! 🙂 We hurriedly looked for the boatman to take us parasailing and were the first batch to go up flying that day.

After almost an hour, we went back to shore and put on our snorkeling gears. There were a lot of fishes that day since the water was very calm. They especially were clustered near the boat deck since that’s where the tourists throw the feeds.

After being in the water for quite a while, we found a spot under the trees and ate our lunch. The view while eating was spectacular.

 

 

Stay tuned for more island hopping adventures in Kota Kinabalu. 🙂

 

So, I come back with more parodies! 🙂 I don’t know about you but Key of Awesome parodies really crack me up. These guys are just so brilliant! 🙂

Here is their take on the not-so-recently viral single, Call Me Maybe.

 

I found this other one and I was shocked to see that they have more than 11 million hits! That’s freaking looooots! I personally loved the girl character with her Paris Hilton-ish accent. :p


 

But my most favorite so far is the one below. It gets funnier because there are girls out there who are really THAT overly attached, LOL. And with over 16 million hits, WOW right?

 

Earlier, after a very sumptuous lunch at Friday’s to celebrate a birthday, we dropped by Jamba Juice to pick up some healthy drinks. Jamba Juice offers a lot of healthy drinks and treats – from freshly squeezed fruit juices to sandwich wraps. We chose from their blended fruit selection and we took sips from each other’s drinks. Haha! 🙂 Everything tasted deliciously fruity. I would definitely give them another visit whenever I crave for a healthy drink.

Also, we availed of their giant photobooth, for posterity’s sake. LOL. 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Allan! 🙂

 

 

 

 

There are things in life that just can’t be achieved in an instant. Saving up for a house, getting over a heartbreak or maybe as simple as venturing to unfamiliar places – these things might take time to accomplish. But this doesn’t mean they can’t be done. With continuous effort and perseverance, those things that were seemingly unattainable on the onset will be ticked off on your to-do list one by one. Little by little. Baby steps, my friend. Baby steps.

 

 

*Photo taken in Baguio City, Philippines