Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10:49 PM

Escape Diaries: El Nido, Palawan Part 2


As promised, here is the second part of our El Nido tour last November 18-20, 2016. I'm sharing a visual diary of Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches. So first, let me tell you a story on how we've decided to have a quick trip to see this beauty. This isn't part of the actual tour package that we booked. It's just that we have plenty of free time during our first day to we've decided to go on a side trip. Upon doing some research, this is also a must visit in El Nido.

A van transfer is included on our tour package, so from Puerto Princesa airport that's still around 6-8 hours travel time to El Nido. From the terminal, we still have to ride a tricycle to our hotel, that costs us around 50 pesos. The tricycle driver offered some tours for us since we only booked the cheapest package and we only had Tour A, since madami kaming time, we agreed to visit Nacpan + Calitang Twin Beaches. It costs around 1,500 pesos, makipagtawaran nalang kayo :) 

 
 



We just spent an hour touring the island but it was one peaceful island during our time of visit. It was less crowded here so I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend that you visit this island if you're in El Nido.

I know this post has been overdue. I still have lots of photos to share. Hehe. I'm still learning and practicing my editing skills using my computer. I don't want to rely so much on my smartphone anymore.

Feel free to comment about your thoughts. I would really love to hear from you all.

XOXO,
Ria

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

11:38 PM

Selfie Expert? Finally Switched to OPPO F3



My trusty Iphone 5 is already overdue for an update. I knoooooow right? But who cares, it's still working despite the battery issues, may powerbank naman eh! Right? But then, the battery drains easily even without using the phone and for a person who has an 8am to 5pm work daily and the chances of being assigned for events outside the office is really high --- I needed a phone who can last a day. That's when I've finally --- FINALLY decided (HAHAHA) to upgrade my phone.


I got my phone through SMART Plan -- I'll share my experience with Smart on a separate post. For the meantime, here are the top reasons why I've decided to switch from Iphone to an android device -- The OPPO F3!


Oppo claims to be the #SelfieExpert and I kid you not! They truly are! Oppo F3 has a dual front camera which made it easier for a GROUPfie.



Still not convinced about how crisp clear your selfies can be? Here are more details!!! yay for the 16MP front camera. This one's great for video calls too. Already tried it! HUHU. 



You may ask me, how about the rear camera? Of course, I considered this one too. After all, I need a phone with a great camera for my blog. Here goes! The expert mode, you guys! It's awesome. At first it's kind of tricky but then once you get a hold of it, you'll love it for sure!




Aside from the camera, here are a few more details about the phone.


There you go! I really love it so far. Another thing that I loved about switching to an android device is how I can customize the look of my phone (to match my Mike Wazowski phone case ^_^ )

If you want to know more about the Oppo F3, you can visit https://www.oppo.com/ph/smartphone-f3.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my based on my own with the device. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

9:59 PM

Ear Candy: Top 10 Songs That Never Left My Playlist


Travelling to and from work usually takes me 2-3 hours given the proximity of home to office. Imagine the horror of being stuck in EDSA traffic 5 days a week. I have separate gadgets for music, photos, and games. That's just how I am and that is the main reason why I carry an oversized bag for work. I keep a separate ipod where I store all my music. I've owned both the 4th and 5th generation of the iPod Nano but for some reason, it was always stolen. Right now, I have my trusty Sony Walkman MP3 Player. Another bad habit is not saving a back-up of my songs - I know, I know! Hehehe. But despite the hassle, these are the top 10 songs I wouldn't mind downloading over and over again.. Prepare the cheese cause I realized they're ll mushy!

10. Beautiful As You - All 4 One


9. Terrified - Katharine Mcphee & Zachary Levi



8. Over It - Katharine Mcphee


7. Too Little, Too Late - JoJo



6. So Slow - Jon Mclaughlin



5. Blue Sky - Hale (high school crush's fave way back so it never left my playlist ever since)



4. A Girl Can Dream - Nina 



3. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift



2. Superman - Joe Brooks



and number 1 spot goes to Best Friend by Jason Chen - yep!!!



I still have a lot of music on my playlist that I would like to share with you guys but these are the ones that will always have a space on my storage no matter how old they get. Perhaps, I'll make a part 2 of these list next time.

How about you guys? What are the songs that are always included on your playlist?

xo,
Ria


Monday, July 10, 2017

7:49 PM

Ohana: Remembering My Hero



It was an ordinary day in 9th of July of 2003. Dreams used to be so sweet and mornings used to be the best for our family.
Having breakfast together with Tatay's favorite Tuna Omelette. Not until I got the news that broke me forever. They say that first cut is the deepest - and among all those heartbreaks that I've already faced this one is the most painful of all. The day that I lost the man who loved us the most. I remember him as a strong man. Probably stronger than everyone I've ever known my entire life. Growing up, he made sure that all his grandchildren get only the best thing in life. With him, I've experienced a truly joyful childhood and with that, I'll be forever grateful.

It has been 14 long years since he passed but for me, his memory and legacy lived on. Each year, we celebrate his life as a family and this year is not any different. We went to church, visited our family mausoleum, then had lunch. I still miss him every day, you know. I always whisper a short prayer because I know God takes the message to him. It makes me sad that he wasn't able to meet Lucas in person but I know with all the quirkiness Lucas did, he's laughing in heaven.




We ate at #Delicioso Buffet Restaurant.
Here is a photo of my auntie with my two younger cousins.
  


Nanay and Tita Bebe

They didn't like the food either.


Lucas with my mom.
Lucas was doing the mukhasim face and really wanted me to capture it on camera. It was too cute! I wanted to cry!


As for the restaurant, we ate at I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars. I didn't like it that much. I didn't even bother to take photos of the menu. Although I did like their baked mussels but the rest - nothing special.

Hope I could share more updates with you as often. I still have lots of things on my backlog *cries* but I'll do my best to be more updated.

Xo,
Ria

Thursday, July 6, 2017

9:51 PM

Escape Diaries: Bakasyunan (Tanay Rizal)


I want to share some photos I took of Bakasyunan Resort in Tanay Rizal. So our company had a late summer outing and out of the many choices, this resort won. Honestly, I wasn't able to take that much photo because the travel took so much of my energy. I was super tired and I had zero energy to get out of our villa and mingle with the rest of the team. In short, I passed out half the time of the entire vacation.

 

 Their infinity pool is kind of like on a mountaintop but it was pleasant to look at.
 





We had experienced a mishap on the way to Tanay. Apparently, our tire was not in a good shape even before we left but nobody saw a flat tire coming. Good thing, a concerned fellow traveler stopped us to mention about our tire and another good thing is that we weren't stopped in the middle of nowhere.

Manong helped us with it! It took us about an hour to fix the tire.



We were still blessed that he willingly helped us since we were an all-girl group.





Although the trip was tiring, I can say that the resort was nice! It has a beautiful view and the pools were spacious enough to accommodate several companies who went for a team building the same day as us. Apart from the pools, there are also different activities that you can do here which is a plus to any resort that I went to.

Looking forward to more swim breaks!

Xo,

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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