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Weekend begins Thursday

When life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade, sell it! Make money out of the d#mn thing! (Cliche alert!) This is exactly  what I always try to do, metaphorically of course.

In this story my lemon is my ambiguous work schedule. That will be as much as I will say because I don’t want this post to turn into a full on rant fest. This is a feel good story on how my weekends now begin on Thursdays.  It was supposed to consist of three parts, unfortunately the turn of events did not permit the third one to happen.  So yeah, I owe you that ONE coffee, you know who you are. The story is now down to two parts, the unexpected 24 hour challenge and the awesome session with my brothers. Both of these involve booze and good friends. Don’t judge and drink responsibly.

My phone alarm goes off by 2:00 am and my day begins. Wake up. Eat. Shower. Leave home. Work. Leave work. Home. That was the routine for the whole week. Thursday ends that routine and begins my weekend of adventures!

I as much as I can, I never pass up invites from friends. Kaladkarin is the word I often use to describe this trait of mine. I am a firm believer that time is the most important gift we can give people. This belief of mine lead to a adventure packed weekend.

Adventure number one, the 24-hour challenge one involves a good friend who is like my brother, awesome new people, food, booze, love and life talks, sexy singers, a motorcycle, and elementary school buddies. I joined my brother and his work buddies for a couple of beers. What I found amazing about this session is how comfortable I immediately felt. Except for my buddy, it was the first time I had met these people and yet it somehow it felt we had known each other for quite some time.

PicsArt_1421387852266Photo blurred for privacy purposes. Haha.

The night progressed into more stories and laughter with the voices of the sexy singers slash dancers serving as our background. When a familiar song is played we sing along, we swapped stories and views about love and life like we were indeed old friends. New friends, new adventure, life is good.  It was around 12 in the morning when this part of my adventure ended.

A buddy from elementary school happened to work nearby. I was lucky to be able to hitch a ride on his motorcycle, since public transportation to my place at that time of the morning are hard to come by.  My elementary school friends and I kept in touch even though we don’t get to hang out that often. This was our topic till we reached our hometown.  Imagine our surprise when we saw one of the people we were talking about having an after work session at a store owned by one of our friends. we joined them for a few beers and planned a full scale reunion.


It was past two in the morning by the time I got home. The unexpected 24 hour challenge accomplished! #feelingproud Haha.

The next day I had to wake up early (I woke up at 10:45am. Haha.) to prepare my place for visitors. This is adventure number two. My brothers from college, the Busy Boys, were coming over later that day for one of regular sessions. These sessions are held alternately on each of our places. I was able to convince them that it was now my time to host. This was one of our longer sessions since they will be staying the night. These guys are the people I see myself hanging out with when we all have our own families until we are all old dudes. We were not complete, which was usually the case since we all have different commitments to attend to, but those who can always come to these session. After a dinner of home cooked sinigang, store bought sisig and Kapampangan chicharon (the one with a bits of meat stuck to the skin. Sarap!) We started the session. Stories from this session will be for us to know and for you to find out. Altough I will say this, it was quite uncomfortable since I found myself being the one on the hot seat. Haha.


Session continued till the wee hours of the morning. The next day was movie marathon day and before we knew it it was 5:00 pm. Before they went home, a sudden craving for samgyeopsal led us to this place.


I have eaten in some Korean restaurants before but It was my first time to try eating at this place. I must say I enjoyed it. I have had samgyeopsal on a different restaurant in the past and this experience is way better than the first one.



This unlimited samgyeopsal meal is complete with unlimited rice, egg soup and ice tea for only Php 289 per head. Sulit na! Lalu na kung matakaw ka. Haha.

Adventure number three sadly  did not push through and had to be rescheduled at a later date. That’s how I made my lemonade and earned from it. Hehe. Looking for next weekend’s adventures!

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Adventures ni Tolits ’14

It’s that time of the year again. Formulate resolutions. Buy twelve pieces of twelve round fruits. Rearrange furniture. Wear something with polka-dots.  Make loud, obnoxious noise. Burn hard earned money(fireworks). It’s the last hurrah before the year ends and the welcome party for the coming new year.  All part of the traditional way of celebrating New Year’s day.

I don’t plan on being tagged as the Scrooge of New Year so I’ll keep my rants about some of these traditions to myself. (Send me a private message on Facebook and I’ll share them with you. Haha.) However one of them I feel strongly about, so I’ll share it. I have never been a fan of the so called “New Year’s Resolutions”. To me these are unrealistic goals that you will either forget or feel bad about, once the year ends and you realize you weren’t able meet them. This belief of mine was further reinforced during a conversation with someone I now consider as a mentor. He said that he prefers reflections over resolutions, mainly because on reflections, you will see how you past choices has affected your present and from there you can base your future. I found myself mentally and physically nodding as he was saying these things. I couldn’t agree more. Two years ago, it seems I had a similar idea. I made a note on Facebook sharing the random realizations I’ve had during the year. This post I’m writing now can be considered as the sequel.

2014 was a year full of adventures. The second day of the first month began with me traveling to Bonifacio Global City to take the final assessment before I officially start a new job.  Prior to this, I never thought I will be able to commute alone going to Manila. I found the idea too intimidating. I realize this might sound exaggerated to some, but that’s how it is for me. Fear of the unknown should not stop us from doing things, you will never know until you try.


Something decided to make a comeback this year, my beer belly! Haha. Late last year till early this year I was finally able to trim my gut to a decent bump. By the middle of the year I noticed my midsection was growing again! I’m not sure if this is a reflection or an excuse but my returning belly meant I am able to have full meals regularly. I need to exercise though.


I’d like to believe that it was maturity and experience that taught me to value relationships over pride. I have lost good friends in the past because I chose pride. There is no shame in making the first move to make amends and keep a relationship. However it’s also important to know which ones to hold on to and which ones to let go. The ones I have now, I intend to keep. You guys know who you are. Ditak kayu mu naman eh. Special mention my best bud,  eight years and counting man! Don’t make me a godfather yet. Let’s get filthy rich first!


I’m not a regular church goer. This is due to the fact that I easily get distracted when attending mass with a lot of people. Getting distracted for me defeats the purpose of going to mass, which is to communicate with God. When I communicate with Him it’s like I’m talking to a best friend and I do this where ever I am because I believe He always listens.


One of the questions I constantly get from family and friends is when will have my own family. I admit I have given this some thought. This will happen eventually, someday I will become a father and have a family of my own but for the time being, I do not see myself ready to take on that road.

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Judging a book by its cover is a well worn cliche for a reason. We tend to pass judgement based by what we see on the surface. Good thing we always have the option to open the book and read it. Several misconceptions of mine were corrected this year. There is really more then meets the eye. (cliche ulit!) Open the book, read it, comprehend. You might discover something legendary.


Writing is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but was never able to. It might have been fear, laziness or both that kept me from pursuing that dream. That dream became a reality because of this blog.(huge thanks WordPress!) I will continue writing my random thoughts on life’s never ending adventures regardless if other people reads it or not. There’s something fulfilling in seeing my thoughts in form of sentences that develop into stories and for me that is more than enough.

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More adventures coming..

 Gratitude 2014! What’s up 2015?! Happy New Year!


Trip lang

Ever had those moments where you suddenly had the desire to go on an unplanned trip? Then you end up talking yourself out of it because you don’t do things that randomly, so you revert back to your normal planned out existence. *long deep sigh.

Back in October, (Yep, still working on my backlog. Haha.) I was on Facebook chat with a couple of college buddies, we haven’t seen each other for quite some time and was throwing ideas back and forth as to how and when will we have a session. I jokingly suggested they come over to my place and we’ll have our session here. Next thing I knew, my off hand invite was taken seriously and three people were on their way here and I was not prepared for it. As I have mentioned on my previous posts, one of the perks of living in the mountains is when I invite people over they come up with excuses not accept the invite. Clearly this was not one of those times. Lol. Lucky for me, my buddies are not “maarte” and can make do with what was available.

Long story short, they were able to reach my place, no thanks to me because apparently I was no good in giving directions. Haha. Good thing they had decent navigation skills or they would have been lost. After buying session supplies, one of my buddies and I started talking about our long overdue trip to Morong, Bataan to visit our good friend who currently works there. He suggested we go ahead with that visit that night, an unplanned road trip. My first reaction was to ask him if he was serious, he was and I was up for it. The one who owns our ride agreed to the plan, the other one was passed out in the back seat, drunk from a prior drinking session, so he did not have much say on the matter. Lol.  So we informed our friend that we were on our way to visit and we were off.

It was 10:30 in the evening, with our meager supplies we began our road trip. One of the good things about a late night road trip is that there is zero traffic. The downside though is you could easily get lost which almost happened to us several times. Hehe. The trip was uneventful until we reached Subic and was pulled over for swerving. We caught a lucky break though and was just given a warning. After a couple of wrong turns, one even leading us inside the Zoobic Safari, we finally reached our destination, Phi Phi Beach Resort. It was 2:30 am then.

Our drunk buddy chose that time to wake and throw up. After that he got the pleasant surprise of finding that he woke up in Bataan. Haha. After a couple of miles and few hours we were finally able start our session. I noticed how mature we have become compared to when we were in college. Our session lasted till sunrise with us talking about work, misadventures, love, politics, and life in general.

After a power nap, though still a bit groggy, I decided to explore. The resort was huge. Its was October so there only few guests, the place was quite peaceful. The blogger in me kicked in. I knew I had to write about this adventure. I walked around, took some pictures with my trusty smart phone then went back to our room.










We ate cup noodles and bread for breakfast then slept again. We woke up to brunch given to us by our sweet friend who we were not able to bond with because when we arrived she had to sleep for her work the next day. If you are reading this, big thanks to you not for the food but for the friendship, Thank you.

We slept again after eating. (#batugan) Woke up wanting to swim. A quick dip and it was time to leave as one of my buddies had to go to work.The trip home was a chill drive broken only by a quick stop at a fastfood for late lunch.


I was home by 6:00 pm with great memories of an unplanned adventure.

I look forward to more unplanned and unexpected adventures this coming 2015. Sabi nga ni Sheyee at Sam Pinto, “Pinakamasaya ung di pinlano..”

more adventure coming..

Peace out!


While browsing Facebook feeds I came across this photo. I excitedly downloaded it and was about to hit share when I realized that it pertains to yesterday’s date. Hehe. Oh well, I’ll just use it as the title of this post then.

12.13.14 was a Saturday. I planned to sleep till noon, check my blog, eat,  get some writing done, then meet a couple of friends for dinner. This plan changed when I got an text from my cousin asking me to accompany her in her Christmas shopping. My cousins I are quite close, but we rarely have time to bond, so I obliged to the invite.

One of the things I love and hate about the holiday season is that people seem to crawl out of the wood works all at the same time. It is nice to see families and group of friends bonding while doing their Christmas shopping. However this also means traffic, jam-packed restaurants and fast food, long lines at ATM machines, fitting rooms and cashiers.

This is exactly what my cousin and I encountered at a famous local mall. Fortunately with some patience, focus and luck, we were able to accomplish what we came for. Then came a happy interruption to our plans. We bumped into one of our cousins and she excitedly informed us that there was a free screening of Kapampangan movies. The word “free” was enough to catch my attention, but then she proceeded to tell us that her Mom and her sister were starring in one of the films to be shown!


Next thing I knew we were inside the venue of Cine Kabalen, watching Kapampangan films. Then came Mis Da Ka. the film featuring my relatives. It was a surreal experience to watch people you knew your whole life on screen. The film was brilliant! I was not surprised when a text message from my cousin informed me that her sister bagged the Best Actress trophy, her second consecutive year of winning! and Mis Da Ka won Best Film and Best Director.


Props to everyone involved not only in the movie but in the whole Cine Kabalen event. There should be more events like this.



I then had to rush to another mall to meet with friends. When meeting with friends, I am more often than not late. Haha. It’s probably why karma decided to give me a dose of my own medicine. This time I was the one who was early. My original plan was to have dinner with them, however my stomach had other ideas. I ended up eating a meal by myself by the park benches. Lol.

The meet up was worth the wait though. These are people I knew in college but we moved in different social circles back then. There was hardly a trace of that last night though. Not only did I enjoy their company, I also learned and realized a lot of things. It was one of those moments you wanted to prolong but eventually had to end. It was an awesome ending to a very eventful day. Thanks Legendaries!


Thanks Harry and Hermione!

It’s always good to have a plan. However, life is fond of throwing pleasant surprises and happy accidents our way that can set the plan off course. In these instances, its better to just go with it and have fun rather than be pissed. You might even end up enjoying the change. That was my 12.13.14. How was yours?

***credits to the owners of the photos used in this post

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Jay : Chapter 1

Wala naman siyang problema nung gabing yun, mag-isa siyang umiinom dahil hindi siya nasipot ng kabarkada niya.  Ayos lang ito kay Jay, sanay siya na mag-isa.  May iba pa naman siyang mga kaibigan na maaring maaya, pero mas pinili na lamang niya magsolo.

“Dati-rati, sabay pa nating pinangarap ang lahat, umaawit pa sa hangin at amoy araw ang balat…”

Napangiti si Jay ng marinig ang kantang iyon habang mag-isang umiinom  sa isang bar sa Balibago. Nababaduyan man siya, gusto niya ang kantang iyon, inilalarawan kasi nito ang 90’s, panahon ng kanyang kabataan. Nanumbalik kanya ang isang nakakaliw na alaala ng panahong nagdaan.

Nagbabakasyon siya noon sa bahay ng tiyahin niya sa San Fernando. Solong  anak si Jay kaya sabik siya sa kalaro. Iyon agad ang kanyang hinanap pagdating nila sa bahay ng tiya niya. Hindi naman siya nabigo, dahil sa tapat ng bahay ay may nakita siyang isang batang babae. Linapitan niya ito at inayang maglaro. Kahit noon lamang sila nagkita agad naman silang nagkasundo.

Bahay -bahayan ang nais na laro ng batang babae na agad namang sinangayunan ni Jay. Masaya siya dahil may bago siyang kalaro, kahit anu pa ang gustong laro ng batang babae ay payag si Jay. Nang mag-laon, maliban sa paglalaro ay namamasyal na din sila sa may kalapit na parke kasama ang taga alaga ng batang babae.

Halos araw-araw ay magkasama ang dalawa, napuputol lamang ang paglalaro nila sa tuwing ang papauwiin ng kanyang taga alaga ang batang babae upang matulog sa tanghali. Isang araw, habang masaya silang naglalaro ng bahay bahayan ay tinawag ng kanyang taga alaga ang batang babae, pinapauwi na ito para matulog. Ayaw ng batang babae ngunit sa huli ay sumunod din ito at umuwi. Naiwan mag isa ang batang si Jay. Kinabukasan ay nagusap ang dalawang bata.

“Ayaw ko na sa amin, palagi na lang ako pinapatulog ni Ate.”

“Gusto mo dito ka na lang sa amin tumira?”


Oo! Kunin mo na yung mga gamit mo, share tayo dito sa bahay bahayan natin!”

“Hmm.. puwede ko ba isama si Teddy ko?”

“Oo naman!”

Umuwi ang batang babae ng tangahaling iyon upang matulog. Kinahapunan ng bumalik siya kina Jay may bitbit siyang maliit na kahon at yakap ang isang teddy bear sa kabilang kamay niya. Nakasalubong niya papasok ang tiya ni Jay. Nagtatakang tinanong ng matanda ang bata kung ano ang dala nito. Sinabi ng batang babae na mga damit niya iyon, sinabi din niya ang usapan nila ni Jay na doon na sila titira sa bahay bahayan nila. Hindi alam ng matanda kung matatawa ito o pagagalitan si Jay dahil sa nangyari. Kinausap nito ang dalawang bata at ipinaliwanag kung bakit hindi maaring doon tumira ang batang babae. Matapos ang madaming tanong ay naiitindihan din ng dalawang bata ang nais ipaintindi ng matanda.

Nagpatuloy ang pagkakaibigan ng dalawang bata hanggang sa kailangan ng umuwi ni Jay dahil tapos na ang bakasyon. Bago naghiwalay ang dalawa ay nangako si Jay na sa susunod na bakasyon ay babalik siya uli sa bahay ng tiyahin niya. Maglalaro at mamasayal sila ulit. Nangako din ang batang babae na hihintayin niya si Jay.

Ngunit laking pagkalungkot ni Jay ng sumunod na bakasyon.  Wala na ang batang babae. Kasama ang kanyang buong pamilya ay lumipad sila pa Amerika upang doon na manirahan, Ang naiwan na lamang sa bahay ng batang babae ay ang dati niyang taga alaga na siya na ngayong taga pangalaga ng bahay.

Ito ang alaalang nanariwa kay Jay ng marinig niya ang kantang iyon habang mag-isa siyang umiinom. Naisip niya, nasaan na nga kaya ang batang babae ngayon. Kahit anung pilit niya ay hindi niya maalala ang pangalan ng unang babaeng hindi niya sinasadayang naaya na maglive in.  “Ang aga ko pala lumandi!” natatawang bulong ni Jay sa sarili.  Umorder pa siya ng isang bote ng beer at pagkaubos niyon ay nagpasya na siyang umuwi dahil tinatawag na siya ng kanyang higaan.

Un Expert Review

Im typing this with one eye open and the other sleeping. Yeah, of course Im exaggerating. The point is, Im beat. But as a dedicated blogger I knew I had to publish a post for my readers (Naks. Parang totoo ne? Haha.)

I recently posted about the top ten quotes that stood out to me after reading John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Today I finally had the chance to hear them spoken. Here is my un-expert review of the movie adaptation of one of my favorite books.

I heard that some of the people who watched it cried. I didn’t. Sure the story was quite tragic, but instead of being saddened by it, I was inspired. It’s not how long you live, its how you spend the time that you have.

The actors were superb. Shailene Woodley was amazing and beautiful even with tubes plugged to her nose. She now  joins Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson on the list of my Hollywood crushes. The guy Ansel Elgort was also good. They both did a great job in breathing life to Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. I can understand why people who watched the movie cried, they were that good.

Having read the book, I was curious on how they would translate that into the big screen. In my opinion, they were able to stay true to the book and if there were differences they were just minimal. Several times I found myself quoting the lines before the actors said it, it was that accurate.

In no particular order, the scenes that stood out to me includes; the scene where Hazel and Gus were discussing An Imperial Affiliction while Issac was smashing trophies in the background it was funny and akward at the same time, then there’s this scene in Amsterdam, Hazel and Gus were riding a boat and there were swans on the water, I wish we had swans instead of garabge floating on our rivers, next was the scene where Issac and Hazel were giving their eulogies for Gus’ pre-funeral, this scene I found very honest and touching the friendship and the love that they for each other was so real you can almost touch it, lastly was the hilarious scene where Gus, and Hazel bought eggs and guided Issac into throwing eggs at his ex-girlfriend’s car, spell payback.

To view it negatively, the film is about cancer. But to me its not just that. Its about love between family, friends, and your special someone. Its about how love can make us strong enough to withstand pain. Its about appreciating what we have, when we have it. Others might not like the way it ended, Gus dying of cancer and leaving Hazel behind. Im cool with that. For me its the story, not the ending.

So there you have it, my first un-expert movie review. If you have suggestions please share, if you have violent reactions, keep them to yourself. Haha. Goodnight guys!


After posting Perks, I knew right away what topic I wanted to take on next. There was just one minor hitch. Writer’s block. On my second post. Yey. Haha. So I thought, what to do when words fail?.. Pictures! Yep! This post will be made up mostly of pictures.  A visual diary. Problem solved! Lol.

We’ve known each other since the start of college. By 2007 our brotherhood took on the name Busy Boys,  and the rest, as they say, is history.


Fast foward 2014, and here we were on a short breather from our day jobs going on a road trip up north, so begins our out of town adventure. 

Turns out our rented ride had issues. That was discovered on our stop over in Subic. We were at Pier One, looking for a public rest room but sadly we did not find one. Lol. On our way back, we found the boys pushing the car to make it start. The attempt was sucessful so we did not think much of it and went on our way. Guided by GPS, (thank God for technology!) the adventure continued.

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After a quick photo op at the town of San Marcelino, we picked up a couple of supplies.

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A good way to experience a place’s culture is to visit its public market. You get to meet and interact with the locals. We even met a vendor who was also a Kapampangan. One important tip though. Do not forget to pay for what you buy. I did. It was embarassing. Haha.

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Seafoods. Seafoods, and Seafoods!

Once done, we left the public market with heavy loads and lighter pockets. We were now ready for the beach, but apparently our ride had other plans. It would not start.  Again.

When the situation seems to play with you, play with it! Have fun!

Eat ice cream.


Take groupies. (group selfies. Haha.)


After an hour and half we were finally on our way to the beach. To be honest our expectations were quite low since we were informed that the place was fully booked. We were expecting a crowded resort. Oh boy were we surprised.


Pine trees on the beach! It was like Anawangin but with cell reception and electricity. Hehe. The place was huge! Far from being crowded. We were stoked.


House of Ezra

Crystal Beach Resort offers nipa huts, like the one we stayed in, and other traditonal Filipino houses to its guests. I find this set up very refreshing since most resorts now have hotel type accomodations. It brings you back to the simple way of living.


We also had a tent. No one really used it though. Hehe.

Once settled, we all fell into our roles. One cooked, the others helped and I took pictures. Haha.

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Seafood grilling by the beach. Sarap! Our fresh water source is that old school deep well on the far right. How cool is this set up?!


The resident Chef in action. Girls, single pa yan!

Now for the best part.



Galit galit muna. Mangan tana!

Eating good food in the company of good friends while the sea breeze keeps you cool. It was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had so far. Hunger satisfied. It was still quite hot to go out to the beach so..

Groupie time!


Then they played cards. Me? I took pictures. Haha.


After that,  we played with the camera.






Sessions by the beach. This is the life. Lol.

Then it was swimming time! Leggo!


We played games. Its was like being a kid all over again.

1)Pose off




3)Ride the barrel.


That ends our first day in Zambales. What happened during the night is for us to know, and for you to think about. Right boys?! Lol.


Day two started with this spread which was included in our accomodations.


After breakfast it was time to explore and of course take pictures! This time we tried the photo app Retrica. Here are the results.





Then it was time to leave. Or so we thought. Of course the car would not start. Again. Haha. Good thing one of our fellow guest helped us out and was able to get our very reliable ride to start. Now it was time to go.

All was well until we reached the exit to Subic. The car stopped. Haha. We weren’t really suprised about that, we just thought we’d reach Pampanga before this happens. This is very frustrating since one of us still has to go to work, one needs to shop for an anniversary present and all of us wanted to go home and rest.  


When placed on a situation which you do not like but have little control on, instead of wasting energy on negativity, try to make the most out of it. “Mayli ka man o magbusit ka ala namang magbayu, edi mayli naka mo. Pogi ka pang akakit”. That’s exactly what we did.

Trip to Holy Land.


We kept seeing these signs around so we decided to do some exploring. The place was nice and creepy at the same time.


These three were walking ahead of us. Then suddenly they started running back like they were being chased by something. Instinct took over and I ran too. Without really knowing why I was running. Haha. I stopped when I realized I was the only one running and all of them were laughing really hard. Then I laughed too. Ang lagay ba eh sila lang ang masaya? Haha.


After that episode we walked backed to the gas station to wait for our replacement vehicle.


By 8:00 pm we were finally on our way home.

In the roadtrip called Life we get to experience a lot of things and meet a lot of people. Im glad I was able to meet these kolokoys whom I now consider my brothers from other mothers.

Overall, even with the car troubles, this road trip will go down as one of the great adventures I’ve taken so far. Looking forward to the next one. Boracay ba tayo next boys? Hehe.


Crystal Beach Resort is located at Brgy La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales. For more details visit their website http://www.crystalbeach.com.ph 

For the complete photo gallery the Zambales adventure of the Busy Boys,  click this link http://www.facebook.com/KingofWrongmistakes.