Burger Machine, Lecheflan-less Halo-Halo, and a Beautiful Sunset

I feel energized!

I went home last weekend to spend time with the greatest oldies in the world (my parents!!!), drink at the beach with my cousins, experience the newly opened Burger King Machine, and take care of my pet plants!

This is my Mama and me before mass in Our Lady of The Pillar church started. I didn’t get to take a pic with my Daddy because Fr. Gerry already arrived. If you’re wondering why I don’t have lots of pictures of my parents, that’s because they aren’t camwhores like me. Hindi ko talaga gets kung kanino ako nagmana. Pumapayag lang magpicture-taking talaga ‘yang mga ‘yan kapag birthday nila or ‘pag Christmas!


The gospel that day was about Doubting Thomas. I think it was a timely reminder for me to stop worrying and just trust God with everything. Everything by Lifehouse was the song on loop in my 3day-vacay. That and Hey Jude by The Beatles. Hmmmm… coincidence?

As we were walking home after mass, I went slow-mo when I saw the newest addition to our sleepy town of Morong, Bataan. BURGER MACHINE. Whooooaaaaaa. This is the first ever fastfood that’s ever been built in Morong. I don’t care if it’s smalltime. Progress is still good no matter how small it is. Today, Burger Machine. Tomorrow, Jollibee! Next year, Starbucks, Next decade, SM!!! Hahaha!!! Oh well, one can hope. 😉


Some of my cousins went with me for dinner there. With the suggestion of my friend Jon, I had the PinakaBurger or Jumbo Burger, the one with everything on it– chili, bacon, cheese, coleslaw! It will never be my favorite burger but it tasted better than a Big Mac that time, because I was very happy. :p I even got my little inaanak a pasalubong. Cheesedog daw sabi ni Reese. Matakaw, mana sa Ninang. 🙂

The following morning, I woke up to this breakfast prepared by my Daddy. Cornflakes, ensaimada, coffee… and a timely article! Hahahaha! Ang lakas lang talagang mang-asar ng tatay ko! My mother also had her turn in talking to me about love over lunch. Yuuuuccckkk. Awkward. Kinwento ba naman uli sa akin ang lovestory nila ni Daddy! Shempre, gumanti ako at nagkwento rin ako tungkol sa mga ex-boylets ko! :))


By afternoon, I hit the beach. I love that I have a cool uncle that owns one of the best resorts in our town. Do google it– East-West Resort. The amenities are not as flashy as the other resorts’ but the beach is definitely better. Feel na feel mo talaga ang probinsya charm. 🙂

Had rumcoke and lots of junkfood with my cousins and talked about school and career. It was my first time to drink with my younger cousins (23 and 17) and I felt that I was the family blacksheep/b.i. na kasing bata ng looks nila. At kasing fresh. Or mas fresh. Bwahahahaha!!! I love my cousins. I hope that I can spend more time with them. 🙂


My third and last day of vacay was spent mostly at home.

We bought sari-sari store halo-halo and for the first time in years, I ate pinipig again. See, I am not fond of halo-halo, unless it’s Razon’s with ingredients so few, ingredients that I all like. Medyo disappointing kahit masarap naman kasi walang lecheflan sa taas. pero may ube sa loob. It’s my Mama that loves it so to fully enjoy our lunch of hilaw na mangga, inihaw na bangus, and pandan rice, I agreed on having the halo-halo for dessert. Funny nga because Daddy forgot to pay Ate Belen. Akala niya, nabayaran ko na. So after eating, he hurried back to the store to pay her. Wawa naman si erpats, ang init-init pa naman! :))

Nakarma rin naman ako because I was Miss Sweaty when I went to the backyard  to check our plants– eggplants, tomatoes, sili, guyabano, dayap, bananas, mangga, blah blah blah. It sorta sucks that the weather is too damn hot, some of plants are dying. 😦 Di ‘bale. My Mama has a greenthumb. Kaya niyang buhayin ang mga pananim!!! Go Mama!


Sinigang was on the dinner menu, so while I was waiting for the pork to cook, I went out to buy pasalubong. Ano pa nga ba, eh di kasuy. Cashew was my colleagues’ requested pasalubong. Dati, suman sa lihiya. Too bad I didn’t get to buy lots of kasuy because it’s still so expensive! Pero ang sarap talaga ng kasuy ng Bataan. Talong-talo ang kasuy ng Palawan at Antipolo!

When I went back home, Mama and I finished cooking the sinigang. It turned out exceptionally delicious even if we didn’t get to put kangkong and labanos. It was just pork, onions, okra, eggplants, and gabi. Patis with siling labuyo as sawsawan of course. And because it was a special dinner (because I’m home) we had Coke. :p


I’m now back in Manila. Arrived this morning. I’ll be counting the days until I am home again. Tonight, I’ll be dreaming of cheap lecheflan-less halo-halo, beautiful sunsets, and the warmth of our comfy sofa…


listening to: Kings of Leon – Notion

Mama’s 60th Birthday

My wonderful mother celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday. 🙂 Thank You God for blessing me with an angel for a mommy. She is the most beautiful, kindest, most prayerful woman I know. I love her so much. 🙂

(pic taken when I was 1 1/2 years old and Mama was 31)

I don’t have any party pics to show because she opted not to have a grand celebration. My original plan was to throw a party for her at my uncle’s beach resort. Ayaw daw niya. Gusto daw niya simple lang. ‘Wag daw kaming makialam. Siya daw ang may birthday so siya ang masusunod. Ma’am, yes ma’am! I thought we were going to Subic to eat lunch and watch a movie like what we do when it’s Daddy’s birthday but she said she just wanted to cook some of her favorite dishes and give them to our relatives and neighbors.

It was also a blessing that we didn’t go out anymore because I suffered from fever (with chills! scary! :S) from Saturday to Monday. I think God just took pity on me when I asked Him to make me well because I didn’t want my Mama to worry about me when she should be stress-free on her birthday.

We cooked and gave away food a day before her birthday. She didn’t want to do it on Feb 22 because it’s Ash Wednesday. Here are some of the food we made:

Chunky Chicken Macaroni Salad. The one you see in the picture is the sald before I mixed everything together. This is Mama’s specialty savory salad. Her dessert salad specialty is Chunky Buco Pandan. Yeah, we like our salads chunkee! Funny coz I was the one who taught her how to make these, but she does it much better than me. 😛


Maja con Quezo. This was supposed to be maja blanca topped with latik (fried coconut milk curd)  but we were to tired to make latik that we used cheese instead. Mama makes excellent maja. This has been a fave of mine since childhood. 🙂


Suman sa Lihiya. This is soaked glutinous rice treated with lye. Mama’s besty Tita Nida made this as a gift for Mama. Well, at least she attempted for it to be a surprise, pero fail kasi sa amin siya humingi ng banana leaves na pambalot. So, buking! :p I brought a dozen suman to the office with grated coconut and sugar. Was too lazy to get panocha. :p


Bibingkang Kanin. This was Mama’s birthday(rice)cake. Haha she detested my suggestion that we put candles on it. :p When I was still a little Iya, I’d scrape off the sweet sauce on top and give the rice cake to Mama. Haha, salbaheng anak ko lang talaga dati. :p This is my favorite kakanin after bibingkang malagkit aka bibingka that we usually see during Christmastime.


Pansit Bihon: Our quintessential birthday dish because they say it represents long life and because we just really love pansit. :p And even if I was suffering from toncilitis, Mama allowed me to drink Coke because it sucks to eat pansit without Coca-Cola. 😀 And reward ko kasi napagod ako sa kakahalo ng 3 kilo ng pansit!


I’m glad that Mama got what she wanted, a simple celebration spent with me and Daddy. She also got a pretty yellow blouse and fab clutch bag from me. :p I stayed home until early morning of her birthday. Haha, I demanded a picture before I left for Manila. Kebs na kung bagong gising at nakapantulog pa. Here it is:


That’s one of the best mornings of our lives. 🙂 Thank You God for giving us Mama! 🙂


listening to: The Beatles – I Will

Isang beses isang buwan na pagpapakabundat.

Walang araw na nandito ako sa Manila na hindi ko namimiss ang Mama at ang Daddy ko. Pero ok na rin, kasi alam kong miss na miss rin nila ako at sa sobrang pagkamiss nila sa akin, pinapakain nila ako ng masarap ‘pag binibisita ko sila sa Bataan.

Umuwi ako noong Sabado at saktong lunch time ako dumating. (Actually sinadya ko, para tipid. Hahaha.) Naghanda si Mama ng tinapang tamban (smoked small herring), pritong tilapia (fried St. Peter’s fish), at ensaladang ampalaya (bittergourd salad). Himagas namin ang mga bibingka (rice cakes) na binili ko sa Double Happiness, ‘yung pitstop ng Victory Liner sa Lubao. Napadami ako nang nakain kaya noong merienda na, isang maliit na nilagang mais (boiled corn) na lang ang kinuha ko doon sa isang dambuhalang kalderong mais na niluto ni Mama. Pero dahil likas na matakaw ako (o di kaya may tapeworm ako?) pumunta ako ng grocery at bumili ng dalawang packs ng chipetix na chocolate. Lasang Lala, pero mas masarap. Nilantakan ko ang cholikeyts habang iniinspeksyon ang garden at backyard namin.

Napag-alaman ko na namumulaklak na pala yung isang puno ng mangga, may bunga na ‘yung isa. Isang kinalabaw at isang indian. Ang mga puno ng saging eh kung di may hinog ng mga bunga, may puso. Sandamakmak na rin ang atis at bayabas na pwedeng pitasin, kung ‘di kami maunahan ng mga maya! Lumalago na rin ang mga tanim ni Mother at Tita Nida na camote, sili, okra, saluyot, kamatis, at batao. Ang sarap kumanta ng Bahay Kubo! Kulang na lang ang paligid-ligid ay mapuno ng linga!

Hapunan naman namin habang nanonood ng Pinoy Dream Academy Gala Night ang pinsingawang hipon (steamed shrimps) at ensaladang pako na may itlog na pula (fiddle fern salad with salted egg). Pako ang favorite salad ko ngayon at ang sweet ni Daddy na naisipan niyang ibili ako noon dahil alam niyang depressed ako na hindi ako nakapanood ng Camp Rock. Wala kasing Disney Channel doon, Cartoon Network lang. Dami ko na namang nakain. Nakatulog pa ako agad. Binangungot ako ng slight. Napanaginipan ko si John Lloyd. Bading daw siya. Waaaah.

Ginising nila ako ng maaga para isamang mamalengke. Namili kami ng pang-adobo, pang-ihaw, pang-sigang, at pang-tinola. Namakyaw ako uli nung chipetix cholicates. Pati ‘yung cheese flavored, sinubukan ko rin. Sana naman, ok pa ang insulin level ko.

Nag-ihaw kami ng bangus na may palaman at talong (grilled milkfish with filling and grilled eggplants) para pananghalian. May kilawing labong (bamboo shoots in vinegar) pa na tamang-tama ang lamig. Ito ay pinagsaluhan naman namin habang nanonood ng ASAP. Puro mga Kapamilya ang taga-Morong. Doon, itinatapon sa bangin o nililigaw sa gubat ang mga Kapuso.

Habang naglalakad-lakad ako sa garden para magburn ng calories, may napansin akong spiderweb na kakaiba. May malaking X na nakahabi sa gitna. At nakadikit dun ang maybahay na spider. Ang galeng. At dahil dun sa X na iyon, napataya ako sa jueteng ng 10 at 26. Ito ay pagkabili ko ng merienda na hiu tieu (Vietnamese noodles, rice noodles in pork broth with chili, bean sprouts, caramelized onions, and hardboiled egg). Hindi naman ako nanalo. Pero ang galing pa rin ni Spidey.

Hindi na kami nag-abala masyado na maghanda ng hapunan dahil kakain rin naman ako sa bahay ng Tita ko. May inuman kasi doon para i-celebrate ang 28th birthday ni Ate Bec. Inubos na lang namin nila Mama ang inihaw na bangus. Pero shempre pa, nagdagdag rin si Mama ng pritong lumpiang gulay (fried vegetable rolls) kasi alam niyang hindi ako mahilig mag-replay ng ulam.

Kasama namin ang barkada ni Ate Bec kina Tita Lorna at ang mga boys ay uminom ng Red Horse at kaming girls ay nag-wine. Casuy-Duhat wine. Odiba. Bago! Masarap ha! Lasang Bugnay ng Baguio. Ang chaka lang ng bote. Para lang bote ng patis. Pulutan namin yung niluto ni Angelo na adobong manok sa sampalok (stewed native chicken in soy sauce and tamarind), siomai (na gawa ni Ate Bec), corn chips, peanuts, at balut (punyeta, anong english nito? Alam ko na, fear factor duck egg). Pinakamahalagang natutuhan ko sa gabi ng inumann ito na critical period ng isang babae ang edad na 28 pataas. Shet, one year to go.

Dahil hindi naman ako tinamaan (ng lintik) sa Casuy-Duhat wine, nagawa kong gumising ng maaga kinabukasan. Hindi na ako nagbreakfast dahil alam kong marami akong makakain ng lunch. Shempre, pabalik na ako noon ng Manila kaya dapat masarap ang tanghalian. Paglabas ko ng bahay, nakita ko si Mama at Daddy sa labas na nagbabasa ng Purpose Driven Life at kumakain ng suha. Pinilit nilang ipatikim sa akin yung suha na nasa harap ng bahay namin. Kulang pa ng dalawang linggo. Maasim pa. Sayang. Yung guyabano sana ang gusto ko, kaso lang pinutol ni Daddy. Inaanay daw eh. Di bale. May avocado pa.

Nagrequest ako kay Daddy na maglagay ng duyan sa gilid ng bahay. Pumili ako ng eksaktong lugar na paglalagyan at tumanggi siya.

“Eh Daddy naman eh. Gusto ko dito. Para overlooking the mangga and the banana and the gumamela and the casuy and the papaya!”
“Hindi nga pwede.”
“Susumbong kita kay Mama.”
“Tignan mo nga ‘yung mga puno na gusto mong pagkabitan ko ng duyan!”
Tingin naman ako.
“Oh, eh mukha namang matibay eh. Pwede na ‘yan!”
“Pag ikaw nabukulan, bahala ka.”
At tumingala ako.
“Sabi ko nga, mga puno pala ng buko to eh.”

Whaaaaat. I got carried away. Sabi ni Daddy Dearest, dun na lang daw niya ako ipapag-set-up ng duyan sa may mangga at casuy. Tamang tama, dun ko rin gustong magtanim ng yellowbells, roses, at sunflowers. Woohoo! Secret garden, probinsya style.

Adobong baboy (pork in vinegar and soy sauce) at nilagang puso ng saging (boiled banana heart… heart nga ba?) ang lunch namin. Ang sarap. Lalo na may Coke 1.5. Meron pang minatamis na saba (galing rin sa backyard namin) for dessert.

The best talaga makamiss si Ma at si Dy! Nakakataba! At dahil 1st or 2nd week of October pa ang balik ko doon, may isang buwan pa ako na mag-diet para magkaron ng space sa tiyan ko ang mga naghihintay na pagkain sa akin sa pagbalik ko… sinabawang mais na may bulaklak ng kalabasa at dahon ng sili (corn soup with squash blossoms and chili leaves)… sinigang na baboy na may gabi (pork in sour broth with taro)… lumpiang gulay na may sarsang maraming bawang (vegetable eggroll with garlic sauce)…

Haaaaayyyy… Nakakagutom. Makakain na nga muna.

Teka punta muna ako sa Jollibee.


Hindi ako nakapagdala ng digicam noong weekened, kaya babawi na lang ako sa susunod kong entry tungkol sa pag-uwi ko sa Morong. Maglaway ka. :p~


listening to: Parokya ni Edgar – Picha Pie

A Dorothy Moment

Maf asked me while we were walking around town last Saturday if Morong is beginning to feel like home to me, I told her I’ve always loved Morong but because I’ve only been there twice as a resident, it’s too early to call it my home.

My parents, on the other hand seem to be enjoying the provincial life. It’s easy for them to do so since they spent half of their lives away from the metro. Mom’s from Morong, Bataan. Dad’s from Binmaley, Pangasinan.

Me? I still tell people I’m from BF Paranaque. Or Plainview, Mandaluyong.

I left my heart in the South, but these pictures remind me I can have two homes. Even three.


sinalantang gumamela . hilera ng atis . kamias bunch . palmful of labuyo


for kiko matsing . ban mei . the barrio kids

banana heart piece and blossom

one for you, one for me


maf’s backyard . hiu tieu and ban mei dinner . under the mango tree


baby leaf . sweng sweng . happy maffy . guava harvest


i wish i was a lil bit taller, i wish i was a baller.

You know what i wished for?

I wished that wherever I am happy becomes my home.

And I wished to have more moolah to buy a new swimsuit.

Jap and I are going to beachbum in Morong sometime August.

*taps heels together like Dorothy*


listening to: Ne-Yo – Closer

BeachTrip2K8 : Part III

Day 2 of the BataanBeachTrip, I woke up at 7am to get ready for my pamamalengke. Mga pakkshucks na mga BB na kabarkada. Mga tulog mantika! BB is Buhay baboy nga pala. I was still half lango when I went to the market, but that didn’t hinder me from selecting only the freshest produce. I went to Poblacion with Mutya, my inaanak-slash-cousin so that I’d have someone to take pics and Tita Nida, my mommy’s cousin-slash-bff so that I have someone to haggle. :p


I bought dalagang bukid, bangus, hipon, alimasag, pusit, pakwan, porkchops, hotdogs, and a bunch of veggies. Also scored some pan de sal and spanish bread from my Uncle’s bakery.

When I got back to the resort, my Lola was already there. She gave us some cassava cake and biko for breakfast. Nawindang ako sa good morning question niya sa akin na, “Apo, asan ang baraha? Sabi mo sa akin kagabi, magtotong-its tayo!”

Weh, Lola, picture-picture na lang tayo. After a loooong preparation, we were all set to go to Gantuan. I said a little prayer for me, because boat rides scare me shitless.


We visited the Pawikan Center first to check if they’re still alive after PGMA visited them last March. Ok naman. Buhay pa naman sila and hindi naman naging antisocial. Hehe.

The boat ride was enjoyable. The sights and sounds relaxed me. Partida pa ‘yan kasi I forgot to take Bonamine. Ang ganda ng Morong. It’s not a popular place to go to, but it’s definitely a place worth visiting. FYI: dun nga pala ang shooting ng GMA 7’s Dyesebel.


We were a bit disappointed when we arrived at Gantuan. The sand wasn’t as clean as EastWest. The water was a bit irritating to the skin, parang may small whathaveyous na nangangagat.  But anyhoodles, my favorite pictures were taken there, so keri lang.

After the photo opp, we went back to the resort for yet another late lunch.


Amazing. Marunong nga talagang maghasang ng fish si Levi. Hahaha.


About the pics: 1st row, pics from the Morong Wet Market and our breakfast. 2nd row, Pawikan Center and boatride. 3rd row, Gantuan Beach. 4th row, Saturday late lunch.


listening to: Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder

BeachTrip2K8 : Part II

We were supposed to go to the lake near the hanging bridge after the late lunch, but we were too lazy to do so. We just stayed at my Uncle’s resort, East-West.


It was a good thing that Lev joined us, because we asked him to do almost everything. Jack of all trades, master of ihaw-ihaw! Mwahaha!  The first night was the start of his being “Paringas Boy”. After our dinner of grilled fresh pampano and fried porkchop, we built a bonfire, swam a little, and drank SML and RH. Well, except for Jap who still insisted on drinking coffee. Adik talaga.


Colleen, Jap, and Yo slept earlier than us boys (ano daw, hehe) because they were too tired from the trip. Lev and I stayed up until we finished the alcohol.

I was borderline drunk when we went back to our cottage.


Love it!


About the pics: (1) Lev, preparing for his 1st grilling activity (2) pampano and porkchop (3) Colleen, Eunice, Iya, and Jap (4) kumare, me, college besty, work besty (5) Ariel and Dyesabel (6) A shot enjoyed by Lev hahaha (7) caffeine adik Jap (8 ) borderline drunk (9) bonfire for double warmth 🙂

The other pics are in my Multiply. It’s set for my Network


listening to: Justin Timberlake – Senorita

BeachTrip2K8 : Part I

Sa wakas, natuloy rin ang aming Morong Bataan beach trip last Friday. Muntikan pang mapurnada dahil masakit ang tummy ni Mommy Colleen nung Thursday night. Nagkanda-leche-leche ‘yung trip namin papunta dun dahil sandamakmak na pit stops ang na-encounter namin. Buti na lang all my friends are koboy. Charge to experience, part of the adventure daw. Come to think of it, ako nga lang ‘yung nag-inarte. Prolly because I wanted everything to be perfect for them. Oc-oc ako eh!

Meeting time dapat 7am sa McDo BF. Nakaalis na kami ng 9ish kasi hindi kaya kumilos ng mabilis ni Mommy Colleen. We got to the CCP Pier at 10. Lo and behold, 3 months na pala walang bumabiyaheng ferry papuntang Bataan. We had to take the loooong way. Genesis bus sa may MRT Taft. Nga pala, para hindi masayang ang punta namin sa pier, ginamit na lang namin ‘yung photo op. Hehe.

Mabilis lang sana ‘yung biyahe papuntang Balanga, pero ‘di ko akalaing fiesta pala dun. Kaya ‘nung nasa minibus na kami papuntang Morong, naharang kami ng pagkahaba-habang parada. Parada ng mga baklita. My bad. Dapat sa Subic na lang pala kami dumaan papunta sa hometown ni Mama Dear ko.

Buti na lang, maganda ang view sa isa’t-kalahating oras na biyahe namin papuntang Morong. Kahit na zigzag, na-enjoy naman nila ang scenery. That was until nagsigawan na ang mga sikmura namin dahil sa gutom.

We arrived at my Lola’s house at 4pm. Sinalubong kami ng super sarap menudo and super pait na amplaya (my kind of luto). Magandang panimula!


Ok na. Ready to go to the beach na kami. Wheeee!


About the pics: (1) Iya Turista, nasa BF pa lang, nagpipicture-picture na (2) Pier Photo Op with Jap and Yo (3) Lev watching the roadblock… este fiesta parade (4) Mt. Samat, the Death March mountain (5) Extremely late lunch at my Lola’s

The other pics are in my Multiply. It’s set for my Network.


listening to: Rihanna – SOS 

Summer Escape Update

Donnie is about to start training with HSBC and this automatically cuts his .000000000001 probability of going with us to Bataan in half. Jap already filed for a VL and she’s just waiting for it to get approved… or not. And moi? I care, but not really. I’m going to Bataan with or without them. I’m too decided to be bothered with their decision that changes every 2 days. Anyhoodles, Colleen and Eunice are going with me, so it’s still going to be a blast for sure. It’s just too bad that we re-rescheduled the trip to accomodate the others. Oh well, more time, more excitement.

Patience, Iya, patience.

Aruuu, speaking of people I’m going to be with, Colleen mentioned that she’ll be bringing along a friend. Boy daw. I asked this morning who’s that friend, if we know him, yada yada yada and she said that we already met him. She’s just not sure if we can remember who he is.

“Yeah? What’s his name?”
“**** from Bene?”
“You met him the last time we went to Mindoro.”
“Hoooooly fuck. Friend ni ******* and *****?”
“Ay, pokpok ka. Hahaha. I remember him.”

I remember the boy, but I don’t remember the feeling anymore. Haha, ching! Feelings, feelings, wala!!! But I do remember having a brief summer crushie on him 2 summers ago. Back in the days when I still had a thing for big, buff, bald men. We didn’t have a chance to hang out then, because ****** and I were busy guarding Colleen and *****, because their summer fling turned out to be a summer EMO-TIONAL fling. And I’m guessing, by this time, that should already have flung. Hehe.

I’m thinking if I should tell Eunice to bring her boyf, Patrick as well. The more, the MANier. Pero olats, who would be my partner? Colleen offered (parang bagay lang eh, haha) **** to me, but I’d really rather command him to gut fish or get firewood than have an intimate convo with me. Haha, feelingera. Joke lang.

I do want to bring someone along, but I know that he’ll have a hard time getting a leave end of April. Plus, he’s being a bitch lately and he needs to get some serious spanking before I introduce him to my friends. (That didn’t come off right, eh? LOL. Point made.)

Shopping… eep! I have not done my summer shopping yet! Four days to go before payday. Ooooh, I need to get me a lovely, lovely straw hat. And loads of moisturizer. With SPF 30. And a thick book. So I can do something when they go to Matikis Cove. The 1 hour bangka ride scares the shit out of me. I’d whack my head with the book, so I’d be asleep the whole fucking trip.


listening to: Mariah Carey – Touch My Body

B__ch with a long e

There’s an imminent GAD for me, I know. Summer is supposed to be fun, but with me on the frontlines of planning my barkada’s sun and surf escape, I can’t help but have this stress cloud hanging menacingly over my head.

The Bora plan was scrapped due to five-day leave conflicts and mismanaged finances. No biggie. That beach ain’t going anywhere. I still have 8 months to fulfill my lifelong dream New Year’s resolution of bringing my beachworthy bum to Bora. More importantly, not one person in my barkada is bent on going there this summer. The kuripot blood in our veins is indeed potent. :p

So everybody wants to go to the beach and doesn’t want to spend much (or at all, hahaha).

Hence, the idea that I bring them all to Bataan. My Mum’s from Morong and most of my close relatives are there. One of my uncles own a resort and another uncle actually has the entire beach for his backyard. Ergo, we don’t even have to pay a single cent for the accomodation! It’s also typical for my relatives to feed visitors like there’s no tomorrow. So, yep, we don’t have to pay for most of the food as well. The Poblacion wet market has merchandise that wouldn’t dent our wallets. If we decide to go dirt cheap, we’ll just go to our farm and harvest whatever’s in season.

My friends have simple joys and our town has simple things to offer…
* The Beach
The sand’s not white but clean. It’s chipetix pero pretty!

* Bonfire and Marshmallows
Wheee for ghost stories! For the extra oomph, I’ll bring them to the local cemetery.
* Videoke and Beer
Hopefully, I won’t cause a tsunami when I belt my all-time beach pick, Kokomo.
* Snorkling and Petting Pawikans
PGMA recently visited those pawikans. I wonder if they’ve turned antisocial because of it…

* Farm and Picnic
I don’t know if the mangoes are in bloom this time of the year, though. I hope to ride a carabao across the palayan.* Vietnamese Soup
Morong used to be a resettlement area for the Vietnamese refugees. A visit to our town won’t be complete without the savory-spicy soup, Hiu Tieu!


* Matikis Island
I heard it’s quite pristine out there, perhaps I shouldn’t bring Donnie so it will remain unspoilt. Hehe.
* Waterfalls!
It’s an hour walk I heard, but my cousins said it’s worth it, just be careful with the hanging bridge (of death).
* Zoobic Safari
Subic is just 40 minutes away from Morong. After the meet and greet with animals, we can still go to Olongapo for the baratillos!


I can’t wait for the last week of April. Yeah yeah, 3rd week’s been canceled, thus, my GAD.

Take me to the beach!


Another General Anxiety Disorder piece, the La Luz trip with my colleagues sometime May!


listening to: All Saints – Pure Shores

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