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Laboracay: Unleashed.

Technology failed and deleted all I’ve blogged about Laboracay!!! Fudge!

Let me do it all over again. Oh well.

Laboracay is a series of events that happen during Labor Day weekend in Boracay island. Highlights happen on weekend and there’s a lot of things to do and enjoy aside from raving the night away. Well, Laboracay is every partyphiles haven for there’s a lot of parties to choose from.

Boracay island is my paradise as it suits my personality too well. It feeds my extrovert side its need to party the night away and meet people and at the same time gives me the space to be alone and enjoy its magnificent clear waters. I thank Mother Nature for its sheer beauty and indeed this is one summer to remember. This vacation is what I really need — A BREAK. I don’t want to sound too selfish but I’m getting tired of my work and caring for my aging mother that I just want to escape for a bit and let life happen. Let me rehash again my short stay in paradise and I hope you’ll be inspired and decide not to waste your life by just working. Life’s too short, enjoy!

Day 1: Arrival

After work, I went straight to Bacolod wharf. There’s a lot of ways to reach Boracay from Bacolod and we decided to go on a land trip via Bacolod – Iloilo – Caticlan route. Fare from Bacolod to Iloilo via Weesam Express costs 245php for Tourist class. I can’t help but daydream the beautiful island I’m bound for.

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After an hour travel, we rode a van going to Caticlan for 400php.

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We had several stop overs causing the 4.5 hour trip to 5.5 hours. I was dead tired and hungry.

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We arrived in Caticlan around 4pm. You need to pay 25php for the boat fare to reach the island plus the 100php terminal fee and 75php environmental fee. Upon reaching the island there are trikes available for you to rent.

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We stayed in YCL hotel located in the main road. I freshen up and decided to catch the sun before it sets.

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After strolling White Beach, we decided to go to D’Mall and find a good place to feed our famished selves. We had dinner at Smokes and enjoyed their Fish Curry and Stuffed Squid at 160php. It was worth it and tastes good. We then decided to go back to the hotel and rest before we start partying. We even watched James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s Talk Back and You’re Dead movie in Cinema One.

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We went straight to Solar One Solarized Party because most people are there that night. Our first choice was actually Epic but there’s only few people inside probably because the night is still young.

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The crowd suddenly gets rowdy so we decided to hit Club Summerplace where there’s a White Party and Magic DJs hitting the turntables.

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We head off to Epic after midnight and there’s a lot of people raving this time.

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We went home past 3am bought water and food at Mini-Stop. It was really a fun night. Our hotel room neighbor even said “take a good night rest”. I think he’s drunk and I got to admit he was hot. 😂

Day 2: MNL Hostel

We woke up around 8am and ate our complimentary breakfast at Charlie’s our hotel’s restaurant. We choose American style breakfast to feed our hungry souls before we decide to hit White Beach and swim.

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Before checking out we decided to swim and enjoy Boracay’s blue waters.

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We need to transfer hotel because YCL is already fully booked for the weekend. We then transferred to MNL hostel situated near Bulabog Beach which is approximately 10 minutes away from White Beach. We stayed in a 6-bunk bed dormitory room with common shower and comfort room. I am not used to live with strangers but I gave it a shot for experience purposes but after what I went through I decided not to stay in hostels with strangers moving forward. MNL is actually a good place to stay.

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Rooftop deck is so chill.

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I got no choice but stayed on the second level bunk bed. I liked it in a way because I got privacy.

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After lunch we decided to stroll White Beach and meet some friends in Sur Resort where Summer Hangover party is about to start.

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My mandatory island selfie. 😂😂😂
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Happy hour started at 2pm and of course it’s Blue Hawaiian time!

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After happy hour we decided to eat at TGI Fridays and indulge ourselves with Pork Liempo and Chicken Bites while watching the sun as it slowly sets. I must say Boracay is one island that makes the sun so beautiful as it slowly bids goodbye to the horizon.

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After early dinner we decided to freshen up and hit various parties again. I actually sleep while my other friends are partying because I’m dead tired with all the walking but of course I didn’t miss the party. I woke up 11pm after 3-hour sleep and went to Epic to party!

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Some friends are already tipsy so they decided to go home around 3am while me and my friend decided to enjoy the beach at around 5am and let the sound of the waves cure our grogginess.

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We had breakfast at McDonald’s and I still didn’t go home yet. I went to Bulabog Beach to catch the sun as it rises and thank God for this trip.

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Day 3: Party. Party. Party!

I woke up around noon and decided to eat somewhere near and swim again. We need to make most of our trip. We had lunch at Shakey’s and had their combo platter. Yes, carbo loading at its best.

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After meal, we decided to enjoy the beach again and waited for the sun to set.

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Bora boys fashion statement be like… sando shirt at the back.

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After swimming we chilled at Jonah’s and enjoyed their banana-choco shake for 140php. It’s so worth it. We also witnessed an engagement proposal.

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We head home to unwind for a bit and get ready for another round of partying. Luck played its toll on us when the transformer suddenly sparked probably due to the heat. I was inside the shower when my friend rushed in telling me that there’s an explosion outside. I was horrified because I thought the hostel is already on fire especially that we are advised to vacate our rooms asap. I am drenched and I can even smell the conditioner on my hair. I even jumped from my bed due to adrenaline kick.

It was so crazy, I am party enraged and anxious all at the same time.

Fire’s out and we’re back in our rooms dumbfounded on what just happened but indeed grateful that no one was harmed. We head back to Sur and enjoy the night away.

We were sad as we’re not able to party at Zoukout. It was one of our regrets and vowed not to miss it next year.

Day 4: Separation Anxiety

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Boracay is such a beautiful place. I am so inlove. It’s breathtaking views and blue waters, the sunset, the food, the night life and the people are just one of the few that made my stay memorable. I am blessed to have this life and it made me realized that I’m more into writing, blogging my thoughts and capturing the world’s beauty through photography.

I spent my morning reflecting for minutes if this is indeed the life I deserve. I enjoyed feeling the powdery sand on my feet.

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Separation anxiety hits me so bad. There’s too much to love in this island aside from its pristine waters and scenic views.

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Laboracay is not what others think it is. It’s more than wild parties, booze, drugs, trash and one night stand. I am a witness of how wild the crowd can be but if you are in for clean fun and knows your limits you’ll definitely enjoy and not regret anything. Self-control is necessary if you don’t want to screw yourself for the rest of your life. What happens in Boracay should not just stay in Boracay. It is meant to be preach and let others die with envy that for once in our life you need to feel the beat of the music, let loose and enjoy. Life is too short for you to waste, LIVE.

I am a chill kid, I rather be poor than be rich without a good story to tell. I am freedom and madness, a mixture of peace and chaos!

Until the next Laboracay experience…

… countdown begins now. 😘

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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in personal

 

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My Give A Bag Of Hope Experience

I know that it’s been just minutes ago since my last blog entry but I guess I am so compelled to write my thoughts about my Give A Bag of Hope experience last July 6 after watching the video that my friend in Employee Engagement tagged me in Facebook.

Forgive me for being so overly dramatic as of the moment because I am so ugly crying here after watching the video. I hate my 3-am self because I tend to be so emotional. Yuck! 😦

Here’s the link by the way:

Maybe you guys are wondering what is the Give A Bag of Hope is all about. It is actually one way of Convergys to give back to our community by providing school supplies to elementary school students because the company values literacy which is necessary for us to have a brighter future as a nation.

Here’s the link of the #GiveABagofHope project that was launched to all Convergys sites last May 2015 ( another tear jerker) :

This project was really close to my heart that’s why I really joined the campaign and the school activation. I am a firm believer that an educated Filipino is surely a key to a better Philippines.It’s also my way to personally give back because I was able to finish my graduate studies through the aid of Convergys Educational Assistance Program.

Based on the data that was provided in the video, the company was able to give out 17,123 bags and that’s 17,123 students that we were able to change and empower to work on their dreams. While we are on the mission to change other people lives, we were also transformed throughout the experience. For every successful referral, for every salary deduction we pledged and for the school supplies we donated — it was meant for a greater cause. I hope other employees were moved as much as I was moved by this project. It is not just our corporate social responsibility, it is not just empowering our own selves but also helping those kids achieve their dreams. Cliche as it may sound but truly the youth is the hope of our nation.

Sharing some pictures I took during the school activation last July 6 at Bata Elementary School, Bacolod City:

The bag actually includes a note card where employees wrote their messages to the students.

Those genuine smiles and innocent thoughts surely made my heart melt. I love kids because they remind me how life was once simple and less complicated.

I got to say, my charm really works since I was able to build my own “love” team here by convincing everyone to pose with a heart sign. This picture really made me smile because one student actually told me that she does this to show her love. Heartwarming. 🙂

I ❤ my job here. 🙂

The students and teachers of Bata Elementary School.

Mark McMahon, our Give A Bag Of Hope Ambassador thanking our employees for their support and donations. He is actually a model turned into celebrity just recently. I must say he really has a good heart. I can feel his sincerity in helping out unlike others who just simply do it because they are paid to do it. You can really see that what he’s doing is simply out of passion and love for the kids. I wish him well though, that he may be successful in his showbiz career because he really  got what it takes. As I follow his Instagram account, I realized that he reminds me of myself sometimes because I too loves the beach, kids, dogs, cats, also a November kid and simply enjoys the chill life — he is soooo me.  I think we’ll be great friends. **winks**

HAHAHAHAHAHA a lot of employees went gaga over him while I went gaga after stalking him in IG a day after he left Bacolod. 😍

Mark with our operations managers and cluster heads.

Mark with the support team and the team leaders.

Mark with my awesome team! ( yeah, I know I am so biased!)

It sucks to admit but it’s just so damn hard to leave this bunch of crazies. I really enjoyed being part of our Employee Engagement team. 🙂

I guess I made my decision. I will no longer take the Organizational Development manager opening in one of the biggest sugar industry corporation in the country but instead endure my life as a Team Leader in the company that changed me into a more mature and empowered individual. I might need more years of experience in a supervisory and managerial position before I take the leap to a major career change. I know I have been a whiner and secretly ranting in my head how my life sucks and how my work sucks but actually it’s not the worst. I am actually blessed to have a decent job that pays my bills, a job that gives back to the less fortunate and a job that helps me transform other people’s lives. I think I am not ready to retire yet after my 5 years stint. I still have the patience to endure the pressure of hitting our client valued metrics in order to satisfy the expectations of our clients. When everything seems to be awful and tiring, I will just remind myself how awesome it is to be part of Employee Engagement which actually has the huge factor in my decision. I love my life as an EE champion and I am proud to be part of Convergys Bacolod Employee Engagement Team! 🙂

And lastly… I am also proud to be a Convergys Leader!

My Give A Bag Of Hope Experience really had a huge impact in my decision to stay. Let’s give it a shot until the year ends then we’ll try seeking for opportunities once again. I know, I know… I am such a hard-headed individual or should I say a coward because I won’t take that chance for a major life change. Nah, I am still young, so better yet enjoy the learning process! Peter Pan Complex ON! 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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12/07: Coffee

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” – Cassandra Clare

Tonight, I decided to pamper myself. I was so frustrated or should I say I feel so dumb because I really have no freaking idea about our accounting case study. I feel so stupid. Oh well.

Anyways, life is short to be frustrated and I’m not the types who easily quits. I just want to rest today and enjoy the rest of my December 7.

I’m out with friends, sharing life stories over a cup coffee. I wish people will take time to reminisce the old times and catch up with good old friends.

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It has been a long night. I’m still chilling…

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in life, people

 

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