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Films for June

And for this month:

1. Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell. 2012.

2. Citizen Kane by Orson Welles. 1941.

3. It Takes A Man and A Woman by Cathy Garcia-Molina. 2013.

4. Taken 2 by Olivier Megaton. 2012.

5. My P.S. Partner (Whatcha Wearin’?) by Sung-hyun Byun. 2012.

6. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by Chan-wook Park. 2005.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Movies & Television

 

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Ay-ayaten Ka!

If it wasn’t for a friend’s invitation, I would not be able to visit Ilocos this year. It started when Jinky’s BF decided to take a vacation from the US. Then Jinky asked us if we want to tag along. Karen and I were the last ones on the list. I think, the original number of people who said yes to the invitation was 7 but when the said date of “vacation” came, only Karen and I were on the bus together with Jinky and her BF. (Hi Jinky and Jec! :))

On our first and second day, we visited these places:

  • Sarrat
  • Batac
  • Laoag
  • Burgos
  • Pagudpud
  • Paoay
  • Bangui

And on our third and last day:

  • Vigan

So, let me share some of the highlights of my Ilocos trip. 🙂

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Paoay Church. UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

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Malacañang of the North

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Paoay Sand Dunes

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Bantay Abot Cave

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Hannah’s Beach Resort.

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Hannah’s Beach Resort. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

We tried Hannah’s Zipline which is 1.15 km over the water. It’s the longest zip line over the water. Try it, it was fun.

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Patapat Viaduct. You will be able to reach Cagayan when you take this route. This is my favorite place in Ilocos. Weird.

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Bangui Windmills.

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Akala ko hanggang Mercury Drug calendar ko lang makikita ‘to. Haha. 🙂

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Baluarte – Mini zoo in Ilocos Sur. You know, Chavit Singson owns the place.

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Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

We didn’t take a plane to get there. It’s more fun when you hit the road and travel for 9 to 10 hours. I suggest that you travel at night so that you can still sleep and relax. Traveling at night will also lessen the traveling time. Going to Laoag will take 10 hours and in our case, it took us 9 hours.

On our way to Laoag, we took Maria De Leon bus. It will cost you 600.

  • Address: corner Gelinos and Dapitan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
  • Telephone Numbers: (632) 731 4907

Going back to Manila, we rode Florida Liner. The pink bus I should say. The fare is 700 and there’s even a portable toilet inside.

  • Address: 810 Lacson Avenue, Manila (walking distance from University of Sto. Tomas)
  • Telephone Numbers: (632) 731-4473

We didn’t rent a hotel room or hostel because we were accommodated by Jinky’s parents. Very generous indeed. 🙂 I suggest that you avail a travel package when you visit Ilocos. The places are far from each other. Like going to Pagudpud, it’s a two-hour drive and even going to Vigan. Or you can rent a van for a day or two. It will be less hassle for your itinerary and saves time.

And, if you want to try the Zip Line over the water and other facilities there, visit Hannah’s website. Or like their Facebook page. It’s a bit pricey though. (Jec is our hero! :D)

I enjoyed this Ilocos trip. I realized as well that I love hearing the Ilocano dialect. Iba-iba ang tono and yet it sounds good to me (thinking if I should get an Ilocano lesson). I can go back to Ilocos and explore other places if I have enough time. Thank you to my friend, Jinky and to her very generous BF, Jec, No need to list down the nice things. Hehe. 🙂 And to the very accommodating and very madaldal mother of Jinky (Hi Tita. Miss ko na ‘yong kape mo. Hehe.).

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Travel

 

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It Was Friday Night

12 A.M. – Hindi naman saktong alas-dose ng hatinggabi ‘yan. Lagpas pa. Dahil sa sobrang trapik sanhi ng ulan, napilitan akong maglakad. Hindi lang simpleng lakad. Bumaba ako ng taxi dahil WALANG PAG-ASA NA MAPABILIS ANG BIYAHE KO. Pumatak ang metro ng 150 pesos. Sa halagang ‘yan, andun na ‘ko sa malapit sa’min. Hindi na kasi gumagalaw ‘yong mga sasakyan. Halo-halo na. Private vehicles, bus, taxi, truck. Sa ganitong oras, ang dami pa ring tao sa kalsada. Akala mo umaga. Nadaanan ko ‘yong mga bus na pa-Cavite, pa-MIA, at pa-Baclaran. Puno pa rin. Ang dami pa ring nakatayo. Alas-3 na siguro ng umaga ako makakauwi kung hindi pa ‘ko naglakad. Mula Macapagal Ave. (malapit sa Blue Wave) ‘yong umpisa ng nilakad ko hanggang sa Tambo. Sa Ayala at EDSA pa lang, may aberya na dahil sa trapik. Ito ang panahon na nagagalit talaga ‘ko sa ulan. Nung una ako lang ‘yong naglalakad. Hindi naman ako natatakot. This was the second time that I walked alone at 12 A.M. Tapos after 20 minutes, may nakita ‘kong naglalakad din, inunahan nga ako. Then after 10 minutes, naisip ko na tawagin ‘yong lalaking inunahan ako sa paglalakad para sana makiusap kung pwedeng sumabay ako sa kanya. Ewan ko kung bakit hindi ako nakaramdam ng takot. Malay ko ba kung snatcher ‘yon o kaya rapist. Hindi ko nga rin nakita ang itsura nya. Basta nagkaroon ako ng urge to ask him kaso umurong ‘yong dila. Tsaka isa pa, kahit mabilis akong maglakad, eh mas mabilis pa rin sya. Ang layo ng gap namin eh. Ilang beses ako nakipag-debate sa utak ko kung tatawagin ko ba s’ya o hindi. Pero parang nakuntento na lang akong tignan s’yang naglalakad.

6:15 P.M. – Nasa Greenbelt 3 Cinema ako at ‘yong dalawang kaibigan ko. Hindi kami nakaabot dun sa 6:30 P.M. screening ng isang French film (Rust and Bone) na gusto naming (kong) panoorin. Free admission ang pelikula at bida si Marion Cotillard. Sayang. Ayoko namang pumila sa 9 P.M. screening dahil may ibang agenda pa ‘ko sa gabing ‘yon.

7:00 P.M. – Gumala na lang tuloy kami sa POWERBOOKS. Dahil na-frustrate (siguro) ako kaya napabili ako ng libro. Medyo lagpas sa quota ko ‘yong inilibas kong pera para pambayad dun sa dalawang libro na gusto ko. Pero nakakatuwa kasi hindi na rin ako nag-hesitate na gumastos para dun. Bago ‘yon ah.

7:30 P.M. – Dahil hindi naman kami malaki gumastos ng mga kaibigan ko, napili naming kumain sa McDo. Tapos nag-kwentuhan na lang dun. Kung anu-ano. Halo-halo. Tapos may nakita pa ‘kong picture na pang-Throwback Thursday dun sa kaibigan ko. Ang cute nya! Tapos pala, walang lasa ‘yong Sprite namin. Naging tubig na lang ang lasa. Tsaka sabi pala ni Jane, ang unang impression n’ya sa’kin eh mukhang mabait. Pero hindi naman daw pala. Hahahaha!

9 something P.M. – Heto na. Ito ang oras ng agenda para sa gabing ‘yon. Naglagay ng konting alkohol sa tiyan. Isang Tanduay Ice lang ang sa’kin. Pati kay Khar. Kaso isang bote nga lang pero agad namang bumigat ang ulo ko. Bakit ba kasi hindi ako nagtatanda? Alam ko naman na ganun ang epekto ng deceiving na Tanduay Ice pero ‘yon pa rin ang pinili ko. Ang sarap kasi sa dila eh. Basta okay sa panlasa ko. Dapat pala juice or iced tea na lang in-order ko. Hindi ko tuloy natupad ‘yong pangako ko kay Khar na ako ang uubos nung kalahating laman ng bote n’ya. Ang bigat ng ulo ko. Gusto ko na matulog dun sa pwesto ko. Tapos parang nagzo-zone out ako. Ang sungit ko raw na lasing (lasing na ba ‘ko nun?) sabi ni Baldo. Ilang beses na rin akong natanong kung okay ako. Okay naman ako. Klaro pa isip ko eh.

11:11 P.M. – Nagpaalam na ‘ko. Hindi ko na kaya. Hinatid naman ako nung tatlong kaibigan kong lalaki. Ang tagal ng taxi. ‘Yong iba ayaw magpasakay. Hindi pa ‘ko aware na malala pala ang sitwasyon ng trapik. Dahil sa katagalan bago ‘ko makasakay, napakwento. Ako ang nasa hot seat. Problemang utak at puso. Ito siguro ang dahilan kung bakit ako napabili ng libro. Na-anticipate ko unconsciously. Pwede kaya ‘yon? Bumalik lahat ng frustrations ko. Nagkaroon ako ng doubt. Eh ayoko ng doubt pero nilalapitan ako. Gusto kong umiyak. Pucha. Buti na lang mga nakakaintindi naman ‘yong mga kumakausap sa’kin. Salamat kay B, O at R.

1:30 A.M. – Nakauwi na ‘ko ng bahay nya. Ang bilis ko kasi maglakad eh.

2:00 A.M. – Nag-text ako sa kaibigan ko, asked her kung nakauwi na sya. Pagkareply n’ya, nag-shutdown na ‘yong mata ko.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Kwentong Byahe, Rants and Raves

 

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SineKalayaan 2013

A free film showing of remarkable films will be held at Central Lagoon, Rizal Park, Manila. This made possible by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and the National Parks Development Committee. The said event will run from June 8-10, 2013 at 8 PM.

The featured films are about the socio-political struggles across different periods in Philippine. SineKalayaan is an activity that celebrates our 115th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence that promotes the theme: “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran.”

Screening schedule will be as follows:

June 8: Aguila | Directed by: Eddie Romero

June 9: Baler | Directed by: Mark Meily

June 10: Barako | Directed by: Manolito Sulit

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Events, Movies & Television

 

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