Unbreakable Thomasian Spirit

Everyone knows that I’m no basketball fan. In fact, I’m not a fan of ANY sport. I instantly roll my eyes whenever I see something that remotely resembles a sport, be it the game or in TV. But what made me really happy during this UAAP Season 75 was the school spirit. It made my heart soar, that after 6 years, UST has again climbed on top of the university ladder and made it through the finals. They may not have won, but in the hearts of every Thomasian, the glory is all ours. 🙂

My family and I watched UST vs ADMU Game 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena, which was totally awesome because even though you’re seated at the General Admission side, it’s still equipped with chairs, so you can sit comfortably.

Here’s my cutie baby brother with his tiger stuffed animal and his leopard tiger ears! 🙂

Yellow team! In case you didn’t know, my mom and dad also went to UST in college. That’s where they met, actually. 🙂 So UST is a school that is very dear to my family.

Before the game, we had lunch at Racks. Nothing special though, just the usual ribs and chicken, so it’s not worth taking a picture of.

There’s my dad at the back, and being the loser that he is, he has no yellow shirt. Ha ha! Dad and I kind of has this love-hate relationship, and sweetness isn’t our thing. We mostly just tease and punch each other, though. No worries, that’s our way of showing our love! Lol 🙂

The Tigers lost that day. 😦

For Game 2, which was in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, it was a Thursday. And being a weekday, it meant that my family couldn’t come, much as they want to. So I went with my friends, and even though the Tigers still lost the game and the finals, we had a blast.

It was a sea of yellow that day! And that is only half of it.

It was a memorable experience for me and my crazy friends to be able to actually watch a live basketball game. The excitement of the whole place, the cheers of the crowd, and the beat of the drums gave me goosebumps everytime. It was all worth it. 🙂

So even though we lost, I believe that this isn’t the end for the Comeback Cats. I believe that this is just the beginning. They all have so much raw talent, passion, heart, and faith that it’s hard to not fall in love with them.

The Thomasian spirit lives on. 🙂

❤ C

Growing up

As I’m nearing my last year in college (I can’t believe I only have 3 semesters left!), I realized an important thing that I should have realized years ago.

It’s less important to have a ton of friends, and more important to have REAL ones.

College is one step closer to the real world. Setting my priorities straight has made me realize that life is too short and special to spend it with people that sucks the happiness out of me. Real friends love you even if you’re not very lovable, and those people are the most meaningful people you’re going to meet in life. 🙂

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Spent my September 27 at SM North Edsa with the most amazing people!

Ate at Shakey’s, and of course, ordered the Monster Meal Deal because we were like, 11 or 12 at that time.

Kymie! She’s the most bangag girl I’ve ever met. During the morning, since our classes everyday start at 7 am, she would come in at around 7:20 and look like a ghost slapped the shit out of her. I’m sorry, but she’s anemic, and she still looks absolutely beautiful. 😀

Goofing off is one of the things I normally do, which makes me so happy that with them, I can show my true personality. In the past, I feel like I’m trying to fit in this world that I think I want to be in. But in reality, I really don’t fit in. God gave me these wonderful people that actually made up my own world, the one I truly belong to. 🙂

Went to eat dessert at Conti’s for the mouth-watering, heart-stopping, bad-ass mofo cake, Mango Bravo. Unffffff

Yes, I do look silly, huh? =)) People’s idea of beauty is so distorted in society that no one stops to look at the true idea of beauty. Beauty that comes from within is the most beautiful of all. 🙂 People fail to realize that physical beauty is not very important. I really really hate people who cover up or edit their faces in photos. So what if you look stupid in your photo?
YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL.

Riana! One of the craziest people I’ve ever met. She’s just this little ball of energy pent up inside her that seems to never go off, except when she’s in one of her moods.

Jeje pose! Ha ha! Good bye, for now!

I will really really try my best to update this rotting blog. There are so many blessings that I have received lately, and I can’t wait to share them with you guys! Hopefully, I could find the inspiration, and the time, to sit down and write. 🙂

❤ C

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

So for our third and last day in Palawan, we toured Puerto Princesa and visited the major tourists attractions such as the Crocodile Farm and the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. Sharing these blessings with my favorite people in the world made my vacation all the more fulfilling!

Our first stop was Plaza Cuartel, where they used to hold American prisoners during the World War II. There’s a monument stating the names of the prisoners, and the prisoners who were able to escape and lived to tell the tale. War makes me sad. 😦

After the plaza, we swung by Immaculate Conception church, and thanked God for being able to experience the wonder of His creations. Thank you, Lord!

 Our next stop:  Palawan Wildlife Rescue And Conservation Center or also known as the Crocodile Farm. 🙂

What greeted us at the main entrance was this big, genuine crocodile skeleton and skin!!! They told us that this certain crocodile died due to old age (he was like 65 years old) and stress. He accidentally killed a person, and the humans captured him. His skin has no commercial value anymore, because as crocs grow older, it’s skin grows thicker. I later learned that baby crocodiles were captured and killed for their precious skin!!! Vowed never to buy anything made from any skin. 😐

Caught in the act: Cito and Shae touching the thick skin! It felt.. thick. Lol!

I have never seen so many crocodiles in my life! This certain room (Hatchling House) has rows and rows and rows of crocodile-filled bathtubs! Cito was shitting gold by the time we exited. “If there’s anything I’ll love as much as I love monkeys, it will be crocodiles.” – Cito

We never really understood why he’s “our future”. Maybe he’s being romantic? Or telling us that the future of the world depends on crocodiles? Lol, we never listen to tour guides. Tsk tsk.

It’s a biiiiiiig one!!!

With a baby croc! ❤ Cito’s face = epic!

And a bearcat named Ella!

Before leaving the farm, we saw an open cage!!! Eeeeeeeekkkk

Next stop: Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm! Probably one of my favorite stops in the whole tour! We loved this quote. Prisoners are still human after all, and if God can forgive them, why can’t you? Everyone deserves another chance. It’s a complete community here! There’s a church, a post office, and various buildings where they hold events.

In this prison, the prisoners were separated by their crimes. They wear blue if it was a “minor” crime, and orange if they had a “major” crime. But regardless of their crime, they weren’t placed in jail cells nor are they behind bars. They were free to roam around the entire place! They were rehabilitated and were given a choice to “serve sentence” by farming, fishing, forestry, carpentry and making souvenirs! All the souvenirs found there are made by their hands!

The Iwahig dancing inmates. They were really entertaining to watch! They were all smiles, and watching them made my heart soar! I was really proud at how they managed to turn their life around, unlike people at urban cities, where even politicians are the bad guys. If I were to become President someday (hopefully), I would make all prison cells like this, instead of criminals who were abused and rotting inside jail cells.

Sooo.. what do you think? Think I’d fit right in? 😉

A cross in the middle of the farm! A quote can also be found here, “Life began in a garden.” referring to the Creation of Man in the Bible. It goes to show that no matter what your sins are, God will always be there to accept and forgive you, once you show full repentance. We all have to ability to start anew, live a new life, and strengthen our faith in God.

Next stop: Baker’s Hill! The smell of fresh bread in the morning, sigh. One of the best smells ever! We had a mini shopping spree here, because everywhere we look, we see DELISH!

Ham and Cheese Pandesal. HANDS. DOWN. The best thing I have ever eaten!! I can still remember my first bite, when the cheese just oozed into my mouth. Gaaaah, why are you only in Palawan!!!! 😦

Cheese bread!!! I looove everything cheese!

Tuna pandesal!

Some treats we bought! Brownies all around!!!

Would you like to have a bite on one of these scrumptious cakes?…

Oh well, too bad!! Ha ha ha ha. They look so pretty and realistic, I just want to take them home and let my Barbie dolls play with it! ❤

After satisfying our fill, our next stop: Binuatan Creations! One of Palawan’s proud makers of anything weaved!

Aww, look at me weaving! It probably takes me about 5 seconds to get to weave a piece of straw while for the more practiced ones, they take about 30 minutes to weave a whole bag!!! Mindfuck. It’s fun to watch them weave! It’s like magic! Lol. 🙂

Their shop, where you can buy all sorts of pretty bags and knickknacks! These were all handmade. I could never make such pretty things! I wish I were a little more creative. 😦

And yes, you have to go barefoot to get inside! Don’t worry, it’s squeaky clean!

Had lunch, halo-halo and mais con yelo at Noki Nocs after! It was a pretty hot day.. only to be raining at around 2 PM. So we slept the whole afternoon at the hotel until it’s time for our flight back to Manila. 🙂

Good bye Palawan!!! Every photo taken is taken from Gold Arcilla and Inna Olarte. ❤

❤ Cae

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.

My friends and I (minus Cito, just because he’s a pussy) together with my dad went on a caving and zip lining activity after our Underground River escapade. The locals call it “cazing” (caving and zip lining combined) because you enter a huge forest where there are rock formations with caves that used to be a hide-out during World War II, then you have to ride a zip line measuring 350 meters downwards when you reach the top. 🙂

Ugong Rock is a community based sustainable tourism project initiated/funded by UNESCO.  Protect an environment and support a community by taking an adventure at Ugong Rock! Trust me, they really need that extra boost because they seriously need profits! Their gloves are torn and has holes and their helmets are limited. Hey, you get to have fun, exercise, and help save Mother Nature in the process!

We’re all set! I love my pink helmet. ❤

Huge forest with branches that the early settlers used as ropes! Like Tarzan, eh?

A short prayer for guidance and protection before entering the caves.  That’s our tour guide by the way. 🙂

Huuuuuge 7-layered rock formations!

I can’t remember what we’re looking at, but we look so funny in this picture! Lol. 😀

Our favorite point, the “Humility Point”. It has small hole in the bottom and narrow space on the side of the rock. It’s called the “Humility Point” because in order to get across, you have to “humble” yourself  in nature and crawl under the rocks. If not, then you should “love” nature and hug it by slipping through that narrow space. We all did both! 🙂

Wonder what’s the story behind the name? Ugong Rock is named after the  hollow rocks found inside the caves that makes a gong sound! The rocks behind us are like those.

The rocks get steeper as we get deeper inside. We had to do a little bit of climbing. Yes, I wore white shorts, and no, I didn’t regret getting it dirty. Angas nga ng dating eh. 😉

See that small hole up there? Yes, we had to squeeze through THAT. We  jokingly call it the “sexy point” because it’s a test to determine whether you’re sexy or not. Are you wondering if I passed?

Needless to say, we all passed with flying colors! (Yes, we are indeed making the letters “S E X Y”.)

After the sexy point, there’s the “Crawling Point”. It’s also a challenge because it’s a small hole!

We made it safely out the caves! Thank you, Lord. ♥ Next challenge: the zip line!

The view!!! Yes, the Eiffel Tower or Times Square or the Statue of Liberty may be beautiful, but nothing beats the natural beauty of nature!

Game face, on! This is my first time, actually. And I’m glad it did not disappoint! ❤

That’s my dad being cute. :p

Thank you Lord for letting us experience your wonderful creations. 🙂

❤ Cae

We live for the nights we’ll never forget with the friends we’ll always remember.

Last April 9, my senior high classmate, Shanille, celebrated her 18th birthday! All of our classmates were invited (though less than half came) and I knew that it’s going to be fun seeing them again after two years. The last I saw them was graduation! 😀

Sooo happy I got to see my girls again! 🙂

I miss pigging out on food and not be conscious about my body! Yummy food keeps screwing up my diet! 😦

Laughs all around! I remember my senior year in which every single one of us has a unique and hilarious laugh! One laugh would trigger another laugh, which would then trigger every other’s laughs all throughout the classroom! My tummy would always ache during one of our laugh fests! Yes, we were carefree and happy kids back then!

Boyfie ❤ Yes, we were classmates during high school!

Cito’s one of Shanille’s 18 roses! 🙂

A birthday is not complete without icing fights! Oh the joys of childhood!

With the birthday girl! Forgive me for being haggard-looking! This photo was taken at around 11 PM, and just minutes before going home. It was a crazy night!

Happy birthday beautiful! ❤

Ciao!

❤ Cae

Here’s to the nights that turned into mornings, and friends that turned into family.

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being a part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end.

You’re our forever friend, Swanget! Happy birthday baby!

Inna and I made this chocolate tower for her!
Ingredients:
2 chocolate cakes
1 box of Cream-O Deluxe
1 bag of Nips
1 box of her favorite chocolates, Macadamia!

We decided to celebrate her birthday 4 days early (April 16th) since she’s in HongKong for her actual birthday (April 20th)! We went to her house at about 11 PM and boy, was she surprised!

Forever friendship! ❤

Sisters at heart!! ❤