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The Great North Luzon Adventure

Posted in adventures, dreams, interests, photos on January 2, 2009 by anairam

What was supposed to be a trip to visit my tita in Isabela and a side trip to Pagudpud ended up as an adventure road trip to various parts of Northern Luzon.

nla route

Route:
Quezon City via NLEX to Baliwag, Bulacan> Nueva Ecija> Nueva Vizcaya> Santiago, Isabela> Cagayan> Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte> Vigan, Ilocos Sur> Bauang, La Union, La Trinidad, Benguet> Baguio City, Benguet> Ambuklao Dam, Benguet> Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya> Santiago, Isabela> Nueva Vizcaya> Nueva Ecija> Baliwag, Bulacan> via NLEX to Quezon City

DECEMBER 26-27
My family left the Kamias, QC Victory bus terminal at around 11:20 PM (December 26) and arrived in Isabela at around 7:30AM (December 27) the next day. We ate breakfast there, stayed for 3 hours and finally the journey to the farther north began. First destination was Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. We traveled via the rented van and passed by several towns and cities along Isabela and Cagayan Provinces. We had some stop-overs of course to empty the bladder ^_^. Finally, we arrived in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte at around 6pm (8 hours travel time).

DECEMBER 28

pagudpud beach

The 3 families stayed at a resort for the night, enjoyed the view, the breeze, & the sea, and at around 1:30 PM (December 28), we went off to our next destination, Baguio…

On our way to Baguio, we made some “special” stop-overs. First to Bangui, Ilocos Norte, where we saw the Wind farm (windmill beside the shore), then to Vigan, Ilocos Sur. We arrived Vigan at around 5:30 PM, it was alrbangui winfarmeady dusk and we didn’t bother to explore much (because we have a long journey ahead of us), but hadvigan few minutes to visit the Cathedral and the Vigan Empanadaan (special mention Jolibee @ Vigan, haha). Then off we went to continue our adventure.

DECEMBER 29
We arrived in Baguio at around 12midnight (December 29), ate late dinner at baguioBurnham Park & headed to NIA resthouse in La Trinidad, Benguet to retire for the night. Around 11AM we went to loiter a bit in Baguio City, went to Wright park (where my sister & nephew went horseback riding), passed by Camp John Hay (and saw more “urban” establishments in place), and spent the rest of the afternoon at Burnham Park (cousins and sister went boat riding). At around 2pm, we went back on the road back to Isabela.

It was a bumpy ride this time, as we took another unfamiliar route (neitherambuklao damMarcos Highway nor Kennon Road, which where the usual routes to and off Baguio). We ventured on the zigzag roads of Benguet Mountains, and even saw the Ambuklao dam (and it was a good thing that we traveled there in the afternoon, as some people stated that it was considered a “critical” route, full of hold-uppers during the night). 8 hours later we were back in the comfort of our tita’s house in Isabela.

DECEMBER 30
12AM and unable to sleep, I watched 2 movies on HBO (Sleepy Hollow & Shrek 3). Some misunderstanding caused a little delay with us going to Manila, and left Isabela at around 4pm na. Arrived home in Quezon City at around 2AM (December 31). Slept and got ready for my December 31 duty. haha.

So far, my most memorable travel adventure ever. Looking forward to more travels, to the rest of the country, of Asia, of Europe, of the World. Haha.

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When Destiny Plays…

Posted in adventures, dreams, interests, love, me time, thoughts on October 9, 2008 by anairam

It was approximately 2 years ago when I finally got over a 4-year long unrequited infatuation over someone (a good friend from class). It was when he finally had a girlfriend and I have learned to let go, wished him well, wished both of them happiness (genuinely) and decided that it’s time for me to shift priority to myself and find another source of happiness.

…. I have this perfect picture in mind. A dream that I put into writing in one of my journals for the past years. A beach side moment. Dusk/ sunset, walking by the beach barefoot, holding hands with my special someone. Then by night time, dinner by the beach, with torches lighting us. Guided by the moonlight, we’ll be walking along the shore. Tired of walking, we’ll be sitting in the powder white sand, gazing up into the night sky, hunting for shooting stars, wishing the night would never end …

What if that perfect scenario happens?

And it is with the very same person you promised yourself 2 years ago you’d let go and never bother to waste even a single second to think of again… (and when I say “think of”… alam na natin kung sa paanong paraan)

I just don’t get the point…

I mean, why now?… after 6 long years…

And then what? … after a month (which by this time that I reported about this matter, another 2 months has passed)…

Nada…

None.

Why does destiny have to play with your feelings like that… err…

I Dreamed of Jupiter

Posted in adventures, dreams, interests, me time on October 1, 2008 by anairam

The setting was like this. I’m with some friends who are out in the night, probably hanging out or something. Then when I looked at the night sky and saw clearly the planet Jupiter shining brightly, and was about to hide behind the moon, like some eclipse or something. The first thing I did was took a picture of it, which I successfully did. Then when I looked up again, I saw Jupiter, this time in white, more like a full moon, but knowing that it was Jupiter, just the moon covering more of it this time.

JUPITER

Interpretation: http://www.soulfuture.com/dream_dictionary/symbols_j/jupiter_dream_dictionary.asp

Magnitude
Expansion
Adjna centre (6th chakra), third eye, clairvoyance
Imagination
May imply the largest of something
Being king and ruler
The number five

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Jupiter

To see Jupiter in your dream, symbolizes success, optimism. generosity, and extravagance.

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/j.htm

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A full moon suggests being at the peak of a cycle http://www.soulfuture.com/dream_dictionary/symbols_m/moon_dream_dictionary.asp

A full moon signifies completion http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/m3.htm

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Moon Dream Meaning

http://www.dreamsleep.net/moon-dream.html

Psychological Meaning: From time immemorial the moon has been regarded as the source of fertility as it governs the tides, rainfall, birth and menstruation. Within dreams, it can therefore symbolise the possibility of personal growth. The moon usually represents the feminine aspect of the self and anything hidden or mysterious. Its associated with water also identifies it with the imagination. A full moon may indicate completion whereas a new moon symbolises new beginnings. An eclipse of the moon may show that your feminine side is being overshadowed by something. A Freudian interpretation of this would say that an eclipse represents getting rid of the attachment to your mother that is detrimental to your personal growth. If the moon eclipses the sun, this may show that unconscious forces may be overpowering the conscious ego.

Mystical Meaning: Palmistry tells us that the lunar region of the hand (opposite the thumb) is the area where you will find the lines of travel. To dream of the moon may therefore indicate a journey ahead. This is likely to be across water.

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I’ll Catch You Later

Posted in adventures, dreams, friendship, interests, life, love, me time, thoughts on June 20, 2008 by anairam

I made a new friend today. Actually, we’ve been constantly messaging each other on a Facebook-based application, Flirtable, but it’s more of a friendly conversation, or you can say we’re friendly flirts. Haha. Today he finally added me to be his friend on Facebook, we chatted there (and I never realized that the little chat button there was useful) and he added me @ YM. In turn, I looked him up on Friendster and added him as a friend, and he requested to be my Multiply contact. Haha. Wonders of networking these days.

It was more of in the getting-to-know stage. Endless exchange of his and hellos and some information you can safely disclose. Up until the point that he made some significant step, he read my Multiply blog post, Love Hurts?! (which I originally posted here). It was then that there had been a change of mood, he complimented me with how I was able to magnificently write the post, with almost no grammatical error, in great content delivery. It felt terribly good. It was rather inspiring. A great morale/confidence booster. To be complimented by a stranger, and from which, by only with chatting as the means, I felt it was sincere.

It was then that I decided to return the favor and read his blog. Another change of mood, I terribly felt sad with his posts. I could have hugged him to comfort him if the chat was in person. He was so sad, really sad. It was riveting as he writes his sentences with every word coming from the heart. Turns out he’s broken hearted, and the passion just runs through his posts. Damn, why is it that I’m a magnet of broken-hearted guys. No wonder I’m single right now. I just hope that God wouldn’t allow that I’d be the “comforter of the afflicted”, or panakip-butas, that’s how I define it.

Going back. Tonight, I met a very inspiring person. The one who made me feel terribly flattered and happy one minute and sympathetic and lonely the other. I called him the weird computer genius as he refers to me as super-duper-uber therapeutic genius (YM message status). The ‘schizophrenic’ and the ‘hopeless romantic’. It ended when I called it a night and it ended there. ” I’ll catch you later”

To the weird computer genius who inspired me this whole night. this post is for you:

I am hopeless romantic after all that’s why expect this words from me… Liver Cirrhosis is deadly, i’ll remind you next time constantly to bring this matter to your company doctor during your annual medical check-up (haha). Kidding aside, I do hope that still somewhere out there in your lonely aching heart that you’ll find inspiration to bring about the sleeping poet in you-the one who puts passion into his writing and who is rather unaware of the depth it brings to it’s sympathetic readers. I know your a beautiful person, imperfect, schizophrenic, inspiring, interesting. Keep your hopes up. Until we meet again. Ciao. – your equally imperferct, schizophrenic, inspiring, beautiful person….

Action Dreams

Posted in adventures, dreams, interests, me time, thoughts on May 4, 2008 by anairam

It has been for the past weeks now that I have been dreaming of action-packed scenarios. Some of which involves me being chased by someone, being stabbed by some person, hiding from something/someone (because if they find out where I am, there is no doubt that they are going to kill me –> it’s what the dream is suggesting and what I’m feeling in dream state), and just last night, me being a part of a crime-fighting group (think Power Rangers *_^) which is being hunt down by our evil nemeses (yes, I think there’s 4 of them) and of the group of 5 (I think), there’s just only 2 of us left, hiding as hard as we can and figuring out how to save ourselves from impending doom. Haha. The nice catch last night was that I got to see myself having to fight back this time (or save myself) quipped with an ability to generate force field and shield myself and my friend from harm. How cool is that?! Haha. And one more thing, the friend whose with me turned out to be a love interest, with a dramatic scene (as I recall it) of me almost losing hope of surviving (the impending doom) and him having to comfort me reassuring everything we’ll be fine. Haha. But that’s as far as it went and the story was quite “bitin”. I hope to see the Part2 of it, and I’ll let you know if we’ll survive the impending crisis that is to befall on us. Haha.

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HIDING

To dream that you are hiding, suggests that you are keeping some secret or withholding some information. You may not be facing up to a situation or not want to deal with an issue. However, you may be getting ready to reveal and confess before somebody finds out.

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/h2.htm

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STAB

To dream that you have been stabbed, signifies your struggle with power. You may be experiencing feelings of inadequacy and defensiveness. Alternatively, you may be feeling betrayed as the popular phrase goes, “being stabbed in the back”.

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/s3.htm

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SHIELD

To see a shield in your dream, symbolizes emotional and spiritual protection, as well as physical protection. You may be feeling vulnerable and are in need of comfort.

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/s2.htm

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DISTRESS

To dream that you or others are in distress, suggest that things will turn out better than you expected. You will find that all your worries were for nothing and need to lighten up.

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamthemes/feelings.htm

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So How’s Your March?

Posted in adventures, life, me time, thoughts on March 18, 2008 by anairam

So far? So flat line. Plateau. Straight line. Same as every month for the past 22 years and a month of my life. Single. Pretty. Cuddly. Huggable. Shy. Little Miss Perfect. Still waiting for a life to happen.

So how’s March so far?

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It Gets Confusing Everyday..

Posted in adventures, interests, love, me time, thoughts on January 9, 2008 by anairam

The situation is pretty confusing… I think I’m confusing myself too…

Today I am quite happy (somebody made me smile today),

Yesterday I was down (somebody disappointed me in a way)…

The day after that, (somebody got me very excited)

And it turns out that somebody is one person.

What’s next for tomorrow? Crazy? Or maybe dizzy? I just hope it’s not negative.

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Lessons learned for the past 3 days:

> Don’t overreact
> Don’t jump into conclusions
> Keep poised
> Don’t over analyze
> Don’t think too much
> Don’t decide to drink Vodka Mudshake so suddenly for whatever reason you don’t know yourself… it’ll cost you 81 pesos
> Keep positive
> Live one day at a time
> Don’t let your dreams and fantasies take over your reality
> Live one day at a time, promising to make each day a good one ^_^