I’m sorry I’ve been away for a couple of weeks. The truth is, I’m catching up on my readings. The books I’ve been dying to read and a couple of books I discovered along the way. I’m currently addicted to young adult novels as of late, and you know what that means, series after series after series.
At some point I did forget about blogging, I was trapped in the world of fictional books that I’ve noticed I was slowly drifting away from reality. Thanks to the music gods, I got back, and reality slapped me in the face.
Anyway, I’ll be sharing this song that has made me sane for the past days. Frankly, I’m kind of addicted to One Republic’s latest album, Native. ;)
<3, A nina P.
p.s. I just have to finish the books then I’ll be back. Soon! ;)
I promised to post weekly, but in case you did not notice, there were times I missed my goal. But, as promised in my last post, I’ll share about our interaction with the gentle giants, or locally known as butanding.
The first time I saw a whale shark was when we visited a museum in Taguig, summer of last year. Although I only saw a statue, I was amazed on how huge the whale shark was, and how tiny I was beside it. I could be eaten alive if it were true. So, imagine my excitement when the family decided to go to Oslob and swim with the whale sharks, real whale sharks. EEEEEEEEHHHH!!!!! <3
Whale sharks are usually spotted in Tan-awan, Oslob, Province of Cebu. Oslob is the southernmost tip of Cebu Island. It is approximately a three-hour drive from the city, passing through the Municipality of CarCar, and so on, until you reach the municipality of Oslob. The whale shark interaction usually happens in the morning, from six until noon, because that’s their feeding time. So you must be really early or stay in Oslob the night before. There are resorts around the area. The local fishermen’s interact with the whale sharks by feeding them by hand while tourists find it entertaining.
Here are some of the photos that day.
Upon arriving at the Whale Shark Point, you have to attend a short orientation.
I went with my family. :)
If you don’t have a waterproof camera, you don’t have to worry, they have waterproof cameras for rent.
Its very large, and it looks like a whale but it really is a shark. But don’t be scared, they don’t bite. They eat plankton or shrimps. :)
See that sharp fin above? And the tail? Yep, its a shark. ;)
Helloooooo!!!!! p.s. Pardon my tummy. LOL! :P
The brother. *two thumbs up*
Groufie under water. :D
’til my next adventure! :)
<3, A nina P.
Here I am, yet again, apologizing for the lack of posts the past days. I was busy with a couple of things that needed my attention. Hint: whale shark interaction. I’ll blog some of it soon. One of the reasons I wasn’t able to post was because I got addicted to this series that I spend most of my time watching and re-watching it. What series am I talking about? I’m talking about Reign.
Reign is a history-fiction series that follows the life of Mary Queen of Scots. I must admit, I love history so much that when I knew that it is inclined to history, it got me in an instant. We all know what happened, but unwritten in the history books are happenings that we know nothing about. Sure, they tweaked and twisted it but as much as possible, the characters and the plots were based from history.
Aside from the its inclination towards history, they have a good taste of music, modern music. Although its ironic for a historic series to have modern music as background, it suits perfectly and it gets you to fall in love with the series even more. Not to mention, the actors’ and actresses’ beauty and accent. I’m in love!
One of my favorite songs used in the series is this one by Twin Forks.
This song was used in Episode 1, Season 1, wherein Mary and her ladies-in-waiting danced, and Mary and Francis remembered their past, with an eye contact from afar. KILIG!!!!!
Are you also a fan of Reign? What are your favorite songs? Don’t hesitate to comment below.
<3, A nina P.
I officially kicked of my summer 2014 last April 6 by joining Cebu’s first ever color run, and ticked it off from my personal bucket list. Yes, I haven’t joined any fun run in the past. I admit, I’m not sporty although, I work out in the gym sometimes; I prefer reading books than running but after running 5k for my first run, and a color run at that, I must admit I enjoyed it, especially when you are running with your friends, and meeting new ones.
Here are some of the photos I took during the run. Excuse the crappy photos, my phone was inside a zip lock because we were advised to protect our personal belongings. :P
The road was literally colorful. This is the “orange station”.
My friend and I wearing the free Color Manila Run foldable glasses.
The signs are so cute not to notice. Look at that note! :)
There was some kind of a color party at the finish line.
After the run, we headed to the nearest fast food to eat breakfast. Can you guess where? ;)
Meet my new found friend’s colorful hair. :)
Good job, Anina! :)
My clean white shirt became this colorful after running.
So, here are some advice if ever you want to join a color run, or any run, for that matter:
- PRACTICE. I did not immediately ran 5k without any practice. I actually started running a week before the event to strengthen my legs and to condition myself. Like any other sport or exercise, you have to do warm up exercises so that you wouldn’t get cramps. In my case, I ran everyday for a week. I ran around the village, and eventually ran from the village to the Marcelo Fernan bridge in Lapu-Lapu City. I live in Mandaue City, by the way.
- BRING TISSUE PAPER. Wet or dry tissue, its a must. You wouldn’t want to keep your body colorful, would you? After the run, wipe off the color powder from your shoes and your shirt if you can, so that the colors wouldn’t get too attached. It has a tendency to stay when its not wiped off immediately. Plus, you wouldn’t want to have colorful car seats. About the shirt, if you want to keep the colors, you can do so, but if you don’t want, the colors can be removed by washing.
- WATERPROOF CASE, POUCH OR BAG. The first station in a color run is the “wet station”, wherein fire trucks will spray water on the runners so that when the color powders are thrown at the runners, it will stick on you. No need to worry, though, because the color powders are just colored flours. So, to keep your gadgets from getting wet, use a waterproof pouch or bag. If you don’t have one, a zip lock plastic will do. Just like what I did. :)
If you want to join an extraordinary fun run, Color Manila Run will be having a Nite Run here in Cebu. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Good luck and have fun! :)
<3, A nina P.
You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
It’s love on rewind,
Everything is so throwback-ish..
Indeed, everything is so throwback-ish! Yesterday, (Yes, yesterday. This probably is the latest blog post, ever! Hurray!), I was hanging out with my best friend. I reckon it was the first time since high school that we were not in a rush. No classes to attend after, no deadlines to catch, and neither was sick. It was just spending most of the time talking about love, life and career.
In case you want to know, we dined at a Korean restaurant, Cafe Tiala. :)
Not only did I get to hang out with her, I also bumped into some of the people in my past. By past, I mean, the people who I no longer hang out with, or better yet, the people who I seldom talk to. Guess what? Although we no longer hang out that much anymore, unlike before, everything was normal; there were no awkward moments, and dead silence. It’s true that friends may not be seen together all the time, but they know in their hearts and in their minds that their friendship remains. True friends stay forever. Beyond words. Beyond distance. Beyond time.
Because currently I’m on a high, allow me to share this song that gets me on high even more. I’ve been listening to this song since the first time I heard it on Spotify. But, it was just last night that I decided to check on the music video and lyrics that I realized that this song is full of positive energy. Not to mention Tony Oller is so damn cute!
Spreading positive vibes and <3,
A nina P. :)
Easter is all about rebirth, awakening, new beginnings. Forgetting the past and living as if you’ve just been born into this world. But come to think of it, how can one forgive without letting the pain go? Heck, how can one forgive when you remember everything? All the details, the trifling details that lead to something drastic? Dramatic? One can forgive, but one can never forget.
Let me get this straight, I didn’t shed a single tear. True, my voice cracked but I was disappointed, mad, irritated, for allowing it to happen in the first place. For the love of trees, I did not cry. I was annoyed on how things are so easy for them, easy to push people away like that.
What am I talking about? Just so you know, I am fed up with people who pushed people around as if they are the most powerful beings on earth, who can let people feel they are insignificant in this world. So fed up with the people that are so proud of themselves that hurting others is as easy as snapping one’s fingers; as easy as turning a light off; as easy as throwing a can on the garbage. I cannot fathom the idea on why people choose to be cruel; I’m trying to decipher how people are so numb to all the feelings of others. Numb? Or dumb to understand others’ feelings? And, why? Why would they want to hurt anyone for that matter?
I’m sorry for this sudden outburst. This isn’t the first time I’ve done it. You would probably think I’m a psycho who laughs one minute, then gets mad the next. No, I’m not. Although, maybe I am. But, I’m just any other person who laughs at the most random things, who travels the world by reading books, who cries over romantic-comedy movies, and who also reaches boiling point. I’m just like you, quiet, but I have so much on my mind; a normal, negligible person who has had enough of abusive, oppressive individuals.
If I ever did something wrong to anyone? It would be not defending the oppressed, the abused, the ones who were hurt, the ones who cried, the ones who had their hearts broken. They say when one ask for forgiveness, he is one step closer to being the better person. And so I’m doing my part. Now. I’m sorry.
I’m sorry. Yes, you, you who were oppressed, abused, hurt, the ones who cried, the ones who got their hearts broken, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for watching it all happen doing nothing. I’m sorry for being an audience in your misery. I’m sorry for hurting you because I just watched. I’m sorry.
To the rich, the dictators, the people who are in power, I’m sorry. You wouldn’t be this cold-hearted if it weren’t for the past experiences that hurt you. I’m sorry for not being there when you yourselves needed someone to defend you. I’m sorry because the people who hurt you did not seek your forgiveness. I’m sorry that you have become less a better person. I’m sorry if I did you wrong. I’m sorry for not trying to understand you. I’m sorry for judging you. I’m sorry.
Nobody asked me if I was okay, so all I could do was write this down. When you started reading this, you probably thought, is she alright? Is she okay? The answer is no. I am hurting inside. I am in pain. I am in sorrow. I am not okay. I was not okay. But after reading this, I tell you, its less painful because I finally let it out. I finally let go. They say time heals all wounds. So, while waiting for the clock to tick, this girl will start smiling, again. And she’ll continue to smile no matter how hurt she is.
Parte di me aspetta solo di lasciarsi andare.
<3, A nina P.
The second part of my February photo diary is about this not so ordinary museum here in Cebu, the Cebu Trick Art Museum. According to its Facebook page, it is the first optical illusion art museum in Cebu. The painting exhibits on walls and floors are rendered in two and three dimensional trick art which are especially designed for photographs. The paintings are creatively designed to release its creative art form into life depending on the visitor’s angle and creative poses. With the perfect angle, these art photos will create an illusion of depth and trickery.
The first time I heard about it, I really had no idea what it is all about. Everyone was talking about it, and I thought it was just the usual paintings-on-the-wall-museum. So when my friend and I had the chance to visit the area where the museum was located, we grabbed the opportunity and forgot about the world for a couple of minutes and took the best photos with the paintings.
Warning: this is a photo-heavy post. But I’m sure you will enjoy. After all, a picture speaks a thousand words. ;)
Victoria’s Secret Angel, Anina. Kidding! :P
Professor Einstein giving us a lecture. :P
Run for your life!!!!
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Sakay ko ‘nong!! (I will ride, sir!!)
The Cebu Trick Art Museum is located in the 3rd level of the J Centre Mall, Mandaue City. It is open from Mondays to Sundays, from ten in the morning until nine in the evening.
For more information, visit their Facebook page.
<3, A nina P.