Monday, April 24, 2017

6:19 PM

Escape Diaries: Villa Emmanuela Wave Pool & Resort


I'm not quite sure but I feel like if we were in a classroom, Bulacan sits right next to Sun! Yep, that's how hot we feel here. So on a random Saturday morning, we've decided to just screw it and find the nearest pool resort which brought us to the Villa Emmanuela Wave Pool & Resort in Poblacion.


But first, let me share some of our mishaps during that day before we ended up at this resort. We left the house around 10 in the morning but upon our arrival here, the cottages were already full. Since we were with a kid that time, the only choice we had then was to leave and consider other options. Next, we tried Cool Waves but it was also full, We also checked out this resort in Tabang which I forgot the name but it was also full. We were left with no choice but to just go back here and wait for the night time swimming. Let me tell you, my nephew's face when he finally got to swim was worth all the hassle. <3



The facade of the resort was quite impressive considering it's a simple one and it's very accessible to travelers. You can easily locate the resort since their location is near the main road of Plaridel Bulacan.

My brother even asked me to take tourist-y shot of him in the lobby/reception area of the resort.

They had a vendo machine and their staffs are friendly. Additionally, if you need help in inflating some of the pool items you brought along, they could help you with that.  

Now, brace yourselves for cuteness overload on these photos!


Despite the scorching heat of the sun, my nephew still manages to smile for the camera.


How can you not adore this little one?









We waited until 5:30 in the afternoon before we were allowed to go inside the resort. The hut that we rented would not be available until that time. Good thing that there's a shade in the lobby so we were not really waiting under the heat of the sun. They have several cottages that you can rent ranging from 500-3,000 pesos depending on your preferences.

But the long wait was all worth it! Look at this little one's smiling face!





We learned a very important summer lesson on that day: Always be early! :)) Especially if you know it's a holiday and resorts are expecting a lot of travelers. :) Overall, I definitely recommend this resort to anyone who's looking for a quick and simple way to beat the summer heat. 

Any plans this summer that you care to share? Hit the comment section! 

Much Love,
R :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

12:22 AM

Adventure Awaits!


As I was browsing for some new wallpapers to use for my phone, I stumbled upon a quote that says "Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.". I may have a strong personality but most days, I'm really scared to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. That is probably why most of the time I choose to keep a toxic job, with a toxic boss, and toxic people at the same time. But after going through a lot of bad times, unhappy moments, and a couple of worst scenarios -- I've decided to chase adventure!

I wanted to share the complete details but I'm afraid this isn't the right time yet. I just wanted to share that despite everything that God has put me and my family through earlier this year, a couple of blessings came right after! Opportunities kept coming in and out and I just can't help but grab each of them. I am truly grateful that a comforting and loving God runs my life. 

"When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars."
God has always been so faithful. I can't wait to start this new adventure but of course, I need to do a lot of preparations first. Ugh, I'm dying to share with everyone what it is that I am talking about but for sure, as soon as everything is all set, I will definitely write it down here.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

11:58 PM

OPPO F1S: Summer Destination


Summer 2017, here we go!

I can't recall the number of times I promised myself to achieve a summer body I've always wanted in a blink of an eye, we're getting closer and closer to that time of the year **cries**. But in this post, I won't talk about my failed attempts to getting that "summer bod". I'll talk about what my dream and my favorite summer destination look like. 

I am the type of person who prefers long walks than just chilling in one place. Trips to the museum, historical places, parks, and shopping! That's my kind of RnR. To be honest, you can take me anywhere and I won't mind. I just have that kind of personality where I easily get bored, hehehe.

But what I really wanted to experience is this:

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Tadah! A one of a kind Cherry Blossoms Festival experience in Japan. Upon doing a quick research on Google, the trees are expected to bloom by late March to early April of 2017. Yay!

Still, nothing beats the gifts that our homeland was blessed with but my favorite will definitely be PALAWAN!


How can I forget the breathtaking beauty of Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beaches?


and the crystal clear waters of the Palawan lagoons?

Who else would take your summer photos to the next level? Oppo F1S

First, it has an amazing front camera that could take insanely great selfies for when you are travelling solo.


Travelling in a large group and can't fit everyone into a single selfie? We're all guilty about that! That's why, the Oppo F1s got you covered with the Selfie Panorama!
And another reason why the Oppo F1S should definitely be on your to-bring list when you travel is the 13 MP Rear Cameras that would give you sharp photos even in low light! 


Have I already convinced you why Oppo F1s should be a part of your next summer adventure? Here are more REASONS why!

I am convinced that the Oppo F1s should definitely be a part of my next summer adventure!

How about you? What is your dream and your favorite summer destination? Share it in the comment section below. 

*****This post is an entry to the Nuffnang Oppo F1S: Summer Destination Blog Contest 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

6:49 PM

We Lose Someone Along the Way and That's Okay


I might give people the impression of being a strong woman. Someone who speaks her mind, tactless, and probably doesn't even care about how others feel. Let me tell you now that you are wrong. I am actually very sensitive, anxious, and has a whole lot of feelings bottled up inside my heart. In this age of social media, people express their feelings and share how their day went through it. I wonder how they were able to share the death of their relatives through Facebook. It's like, you validated their loss which I can't personally do.

This is the first time I'll speak with the online community about our loss. On what I thought was just a usual Thursday morning of February 2, the Lord called my uncle home. I was already in the office and my mom and I were exchanging text messages when she broke the news to me. I was heartbroken and I felt my soul was crushed into pieces. The only word that I said during the call was "WHY". It was a sudden loss and nobody expected it. I recalled the last time I was speaking with him and look for signs but there isn't any. And that makes it even harder to accept, nobody expected it.

The whole week was a blur. But there are a few things that I've learned from this experience:

  • CRY. You are hurt. You are broken. It's okay to cry and don't mind others.
  • Always make your parents feel that they are loved. I was heartbroken for myself but what more for my cousin? 
  • Make this pain draw you closer to God. Although it's hard to understand what his plans truly are, know that He always gives us what's best.
  • Never ignore signs or symptoms of an illness. We didn't know why my uncle had a sudden a heart attack. We didn't know that he's not feeling well. Always seek for medical help.
  • Never underestimate the power of family at the end of the day, you only have each other.
  • Losing someone too soon is painful but look closer because there's a blessing behind your loss.
  • Know that you are still connected by love no matter where your loved one is right now.
So if you were able to read this today, go and tell them how much you love them. Don't wait until your time together runs out. 

I would also like to take this time to express my gratitude to everyone who extended all the help that they could give to our family during this time. Maraming salamat sa inyo! Ninong Andy may have left us so suddenly but I believe he is with us through spirit, I know he's smiling in heaven with Tatay Bon. We'll be holding on to that thought and we'll all get through this as a family.

Ninong Andy, we thank you for sharing your life with us. This love will keep us all together. <3

Thursday, January 26, 2017

10:44 PM

25 AND STILL LEARNING


Wow, I can't believe how 2016 ended so soon! Looking back, it has been a year of challenges and realizations. I always present myself by having a strong personality who never lets anyone look down on me. I am a fighter, yes, but just like any of you, I still have a lot of things to learn. And to be honest with you guys, before 2016 ended and just as this year have started - I've learned a couple of things that I would like to share with you. These may be some thoughts that are great to ponder upon.

  • I've learned to eliminate hatred and replace it with love. There was one person who I am not really close with told a friend that I am full of hatred. And then one day I just asked myself where all these hatred came from. Who started it? Why am I so hateful? Then all these experiences and emotions came pouring in - I used to be a happy person but with all these bad experiences with people made me see the worst in them before seeing the good. Slowly, I am learning to look beyond what our naked eyes can see. To see the good in every person instead of focusing on their bad characteristics.
  • I've learned that forgiveness takes time and courage. Trust me, I've been there. This is the reason why I've abandoned being The Awkward Probinsyana cause this identity reminded me of my happy days with someone I was really close with but because of a sudden turn of events, we parted ways. I was heartbroken and hurt but I showed the world that I was furious, which takes me to my third learning -s e e  n e x t  b u l l e t || Expressing forgiveness also took me a lot of courage, I can't even tell how many gallons of fluid I've swallowed before I could contact this person whom I haven't speak to for years but let me tell you this, it will be worth it.
  • I've learned that showing what you truly feel is not a sign of weakness. I never told anyone what I found out - I just expressed my anger through social media. When they asked me why, I never gave them a reason. I was bombarded by hurtful things that the person said behind my back but I never really shared the complete details with anyone. That's why I looked bad in their eyes but I didn't care. I kept it to myself so I became angrier every single day.
  • I've learned to apologize specially if you know for a fact that even though these people hurt you, you've also did something wrong in some ways. I got so mad that I've resorted to social media for all my unsaid feelings, I even cursed them to their faces and text messages. I blocked them and removed them from my socials - I've cursed everyone and did I feel good after doing so? No, I didn't. The thorns were only removed the day I've fully allowed myself to forgive and to heal. Babe, it felt good.
  • I've learned that some advises aren't really a good advice. :) Even some of your friends give bad advises and it's okay to trust your own instincts. It's okay to decide on your own and it's okay to commit mistakes just as long as you learn from them.
Before 2016 closed, it has opened some doors that I've already closed. Rekindled friendships and closures set me free. I still have a lot to learn and I'm trying to learn it outside social media. Turning off my connection every once in a while make me explore the world that is out there - besides, I'm only 25 and still learning.

Much Love,
Ria

THE AWKWARD PROBINSYANA

The Awkward Probinsyana is a blog written by an awkward, fairy wannabe who dreams of making the world a better place with just a little sprinkle of pixie dust. This blog is created to share her thoughts and dreams. Hopefully, to inspire the girls in the world to be who they are meant to be.

P.S. - I still want to meet Atom Araullo.

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