Girls Weekend Getaway: Bantayan Island, Cebu

bantayan island

I flew out to Cebu the other weekend to hang out with my girlfriends for our “not always annual but we try” annual girls weekend getaway. We went to Bantayan Island, which has one of the most gorgeous beaches in the country (and the world!).

The weekend was a blast, as usual. You know how it is when you meet up with your long time friends, right? Anytime you get together it’s pretty much all laughs and crazy antics. And we were all due for some much-needed girl time and beach fix, so it was a great vacay from our usual lives.

Anyway, now I shall ramble and share some photos, yeah? Fair warning: this post turned out suuuper long. ;)

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Not So Typical Weekend at the Beach (a.k.a. The Weekend I Got Engaged)

So last weekend, I was at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world–Boracay. Played some kickass ultimate, hung out with awesome friends, and, you know, GOT ENGAGED to my Carpet Head. Woot. ;)

First, a quick backstory. Carpet Head and I met sometime in 2008 because of ultimate. One of my teammates invited him to play and he became part of the team (he became team captain later on, by the way). In 2009, my team joined the annual Boracay Open for the first time. Apparently, I looked fabulous in my bikini because I caught his eye. Hah. We started going out after that and eventually became a couple.

The Proposal happened during one of our games in this year’s Boracay Open. Carpet Head conspired with most of our teammates plus some of the guys from the other team. They switched the game disc for a “special” one. Carpet Head made a scoring pass to me. One of our teammates told me to flip the disc over. Guess what was written at the back? Next thing I knew, Carpet Head was on his knee and we were surrounded by friends and spectators. Of course, I had to say yes!

Photo c/o JP

Yayyyyyyyyy!! That is all. :)

It’s my last year on the calendar, so they say.

Good Friday marked my 31st year on this earth. Yep, I just turned 31 last week. That means I am even more fabulous and I will soon rule the world! < insert evil laugh>
Okay, that’s it. Yeah, I don’t mind telling everyone I’m 31. It actually feels like a badge of honor because it means I’m old enough to laugh at the people in their twenties. Hah just kidding (half-kidding?). Anyway, I thank the Lord I have a good life. It’s not perfect, but it’s a pretty good one. I have a loving family, an awesome man, awesome friends, awesome online friends, and awesome other-people. I’m doing something I love, working towards my dream, and learning every day. Everything’s just so cool. I am so thankful to Him, to everyone, and to YOU!

By the way, did you know this blog now has a Facebook page? Well, if you didn’t, now you do! This is the part where my 31-year-old self has no qualms about inviting you to LIKE my blog’s Facebook page.  Thanks, guys. Haha. Being 31 is awesome. ;P
So anyway, for my birthday, Carpet Head and I just had a one-night staycation at a swanky hotel. We basically just relaxed and chilled, went for a ten-minute dip in the aquarium pool, ordered room service, and had glorious full-body massages. It was just a super relaxing day. Carpet Head also surprised me with flowers and yummy dark chocolate cake. All in all it was a great way to celebrate my birthday.

That’s it. Yayyyyyy! How was your weekend? :)

Whoa, gedjits! (2011 version)

Aaaand for the third year in a row, Carpet Head surprised me with an early Christmas present! Last year, he gave me the coolest phone evar. The year before that he gave me my beloved Mini. This year, I got Paddy. Eeeek.

Paddy came with a pretty little case. Carpet Head also loaded it up with my favorite apps, including my favorite game right now, PvZ. I know, I’m a late bloomer. I’m still playing this game when everyone else has moved on to other games. Ahdontcareizfunnn.

I was a little unsure at first about the whole thing because it’s a pretty pricey toy, but then I realized that I can use it to read books! Yay! I still have credits left from that Amazon gift card I got a few months back. I used the gift card to buy Carpet Head his Christmas present but it still has about ten bucks left. Woohoo! Can’t wait to download cool books and start reading.

I can pretty much do all sorts of stuff on Paddy like check my emails and go on the net blah blah. I still need my Mini though for my writing work because I need Excel and Word for that. Oh well. Looks like beloved Paisley bag has a new tenant. Oh, joy!

Anyway, how lucky am I? Ahlavyu Carpet Head. You’re the best evarrr.

Whoa, Gedjits!

Holy moly I have a brand spankin’ new phone! Carpet Head surprised me with an early Christmas present last weekend. LOVE! It’s an N8, which is only the latest of Nokia’s N-series. You know, no biggie. YEAH RIGHT. It’s so pretty…

Photos from the product site.

Touchscreen, HD video quality, 12MP camera, HDMI connection, Dolby Digital Plus technology, GPS navigation, cool apps, blah blah blah. So tech-eh. I’m still trying to get used to using a touch screen for typing messages. It’s kind of a pain, but the phone is amazing. Thank you, my Carpet Head! Hopefully, I’ll be able to maximize all its cool features, especially the 12MP cam. This blog needs REAL pictures!

Aside from the brand spankin’ new phone, I also got a couple of things to go with my HP Mini. Got an external CD/DVD drive/writer and a portable hard drive. The DVD drive’s a generic one from CD-R King – I don’t really need a fancy one. I got Carpet Head’s old portable hard drive of 160gb – I don’t really need a lot of memory – and paid him a minimal amount which contributed to a brand new 650gb drive for him. Yay! I love my new shiny and semi-shiny things! Our next project is to upgrade Mini’s RAM thingy. Woot.

7 years of WSP

In about three months it’ll be this silly blog’s 7th year of existence. Naks. Yep this blog has existed for that long, although for the first couple of years or so my posts were total nonsense. Oh wait, a lot of my posts are still nonsense now! Anyway, yay seven years of online ranting and raving! For that I will thank the one who introduced me to the world of blogging: Moonpool! Yayyyyy… I will honor you by posting our charming pictures…

All Hands conference, Khao Sarn, Bangkok, 2008
New World Hotel Makati, office market circle party, 2008
Joint Cluster Party, Christmas 2008. Dex not following instructions.
New World Hotel, office Christmas party 2008
SMX Pasay City, firm anniv 2009. Heyyy you’re smiling.

Mini + Pink = Love

Been really busy with work for the last few weeks. My zombie days have final caught up with me so I had a lot on my plate. Madness. I have some stuff to deal with and it’s not pretty. Anyway, I just want to get this over with and I’ve been trying to think happy thoughts all the time to keep myself going. My mantra these days, “Think think think positive.” Ahhh, this feeeeerm, I swear, is just GUH-REAT. Sigh.

Anyway, I thank the heavens that I have all these awesome people and awesome more-important-than-work things to save me from my work woes. The latest addition to this world of awesome is my brand spanking new HP Mini!! Bwahaha. The Ever Awesome Carpet Head gave it to me last weekend as a Christmas present. Oh, love. Yihee. It’s black, not pink, but it’s still the cutest. Wish I could say I’m posting this using little Mini, but I haven’t had time to tinker with it because I get so tired and sleepy by the time I get home. I am so egg-cited though to really sit down and play with little Mini. It came with a prepaid Globe Tattoo so I can finally surf at home. Yay. I just bought a cute pink case for it yesterday. It has a pocket in the front for accessories and stuff and removable straps so I can just tuck it inside a bigger bag. Double yay. Happy happy joy joy. :)

Speaking of joy, one of my housemates gave birth last month so we have a little bundle of joy in the house. Whee.

12 Days of Vacation – Part 2

It’s been weeks since and I’m too lazy to write a detailed narrative about the rest of my fantabulous vacation. I’m just going to be extremely brief about the rest of our days in China and I’m going to post more of my amateur camera phone photos. Say it with me, Yayyy!

Day 3 – The Great Wall, The Bird’s Nest.
I think this was the most awaited part of our trip. The Great Wall is really such an amazing structure. It was also crowded as hell. Everybody wants to be on the Great Wall. By the way, apparently it’s not true that it’s the only man-made structure visible from the moon or from space. They say you need special vision things to actually see the wall from space. How about that?

The Beijing National Stadium, the famous Bird’s Nest, is another beautiful, beautiful structure. You can’t help but be in pure awe of its steel-y awesomeness. Seeing it from outside and actually going inside makes you wish you were at the last olympics.

We also went to the kung fu show at the Red Theater, but it was our last night and I was so exhausted from all the walking and the photo-ops that I almost dozed off in the middle of the performance. Haha. The stunts were impressive though, and the little kung fu kids were adorable.

Day 4 – Homeward bound.
Carpet Head’s fabulous mom managed to find the army cap I had been looking for the entire trip. My dad asked me to buy him a cap like that, but the ones we saw during our tours were of poor quality. My dad rarely asks me to get him anything so I wasn’t about to get him a crappy cap. Good thing Fabulous Mom saw it in one of the duty free stores and told us where to find it. Yay for super shopper mom!

Due to radar breakdown in NAIA, we were diverted to Hong Kong. It got us free dinner and a few minutes to go around the nice airport. Haha.

What the? Pictures!

Here are shots of scenes at the Great Wall, the ladys room near the entrance to the Great Wall, the Bird’s Nest, inside the Bird’s Nest, and Lei cafe at Beijing airport. I have my own cafe in Beijing. Uh huh, I’m cool like that.

12 Days of Vacation – Part 1

12 Days of Vacation – Part 1

I was on leave from the 10th to the 21st (yay holiday!). For the first four days I was gallivanting in China and for the rest I was merely chilling out in Manila with Carpet Head. Yay.

Ni Hao!

So, I flew out to Beijing with Carpet Head, his parental units, and a couple of their family friends. The trip was as fun as it could be. The weather in Beijing was perfect – sunny during the day and cool during the night. Our hotel also turned out to be spankin’. I shared a room with the ladies (Carpet Head’s mom and tita) and our boys (Carpet Head, his dad and his tito) bunked in another room. Yeba.

Day 1 – Shopping. We first went to Aliens Street but didn’t really find anything great. Ya Show was a different story – for the ladies, anyway. We decided to split up and meet after an hour. An hour later, Carpet Head and I had already gone through all four floors but the ladies were still on the first floor. The men were just standing around and chatting. Carpet Head and I decided to go next door to The Village to check out the Adidas, Nike, and Mizuno stores. We were hoping to find frisbee stuff that’s hard to find in the Philippines. The stores were impressive, but, unfortunately, we didn’t really find what we were looking for. I guess they don’t carry everything either. Boo. We went back to Ya Show – the ladies weren’t done yet, of course – and I ended up with a couple of comfy skirts for myself, a cardigan for my sister, and an 8gb USB courtesy of Carpet Head (yay!). I’m not much of a shopper, huh? Anyway, dinner was at Banana Leaf where the entertainers were pinoy and we just went back to the hotel after. Carpet Head and I chilled for a while at the hotel bar with a glass of red wine before heading to bed.

Day 2 – Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven. We were also supposed to go to the Forbidden City, but we changed our itinerary so we could do more shopping. Tiananmen Square was huge and crowded. Temple of Heaven was the same thing, only with interesting temples and structures and a lot of dancing folks. Yes, people were dancing, playing board games and what not, and doing a lot of other stuff. After lunch we dropped by a silk factory, where we listened to a guy explain how silk is harvested from silk worms. From the Silk Factory we went back to Ya Show supposedly to just “exchange” a couple of items from yesterday, but we were there longer than planned. Carpet Head and I bought a few souvenir shirts. The ladies ended up with much more. In fairness to the moms, they were shopping for everyone else. We capped off the day with a nice dinner at Jade Garden.

Carpet Head took a lot of nice photographs with his nice camera. I mostly posed and played the good tourist. I also took crappy shots with my camera phone. I snapped a grand total of six pictures that day. Here are the best ones. Haha. That last shot of Tito helping Tita up the steps was an accidental one. I was looking at the temple and didn’t notice them. Sweet. :)