Friday, 23 November 2012

The Hidden Paradise...

          It will take an hour jeepney ride from Legazpi City or 45 minutes ride with your private vehicle before you can reach this mini hidden paradise. I don't know exactly the name of this beach, but it's popularly known as the "White Beach", located between Barangay Cawayan and Malobago, Manito Albay. The beach sand is not as white and fine as what you imagine (like that of Boracay & Misibis Bay) but I know nature lovers would still appreciate the beauty of this mini wonder. You are going to walk before you can reach this one, you will walk down a cliff. Yes, as in, bangin! hehehe.. BTW, don't worry about the entrance fee, will cost you only 3 pesos. So cheap, isn't it? The sound of the waves and dancing bamboo trees will soothe your ears that will excite you to immediately see the beach as fast as you can.
          Sunday, November 11, 2012-- I woke up so early to pack my things for the "Beach Weekend" getaway. Brian my love is on 3 days vacation (incentive leave) so I'm so happy and excited that I will be going to spend the day with him. It was our first time to go to the beach since we really wanted to go there for so long. I expected a very sunny Sunday that time, so I brought my Nivea Sun (Sun Spray) to protect us from the heat of Mr. Sun, we don't wanna go home tanned, you know! HAHA. Luckily, it turned out to be a gloomy and rainy Sunday, when we reached the White Beach (as they call it), the rain poured so hard like the gloomy sky telling us, "you guys don't wanna get tanned, here's the rain and the shade, enjoy!" hahaha. Oh, by the way, we went there with my cousins, tita and her friends. Okay, so that kind of weather didn't stopped us from enjoying the sea waves, cool wind and the heavy rain.

Here are some of the photos of our BEACH WEEKEND GETAWAY!

Look how gloomy the weather was that time.
The place looks creepy right? :-P
My man's freezing, want some hugs? :)
AHAHAHA. Yes, it was literally cold that time. brrrr
They call this place, THE WHITE BEACH. 
I so love this photo, took just 10 seconds for this shot, thanks to SELF TIMER!
BTW, the sand is not so fine, with scattered, crushed sea shells in it,
so imagine how it feels like lying on it with that position, OUCH! but 'twas worth it. :)
KAMAYAN (eating with bare hands) portion! 
Bicol express, gulay na langka, adobo sa asin, bihon, rice and crabs for our LUNCH! Yummmmm.... :)
Mamajoan and friends. hehehe.. :D
Playing around the beach... "the tsamba stunt" :))
...that lead to this ONE! BRUISE...ouch! :)
FYI: I still have this bruise 'til now, almost two weeks already. tsk.
MOMENTS spent with him is BLISS... 

C'mon, look at the camera! :P
Thanks Pa for being so attentive.. hahaha..

Saying GOODBYE to the Beach! :)

Until we meet again, White Beach... :)

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Speak Arabic...

          I am actually fond of learning a new language but I am not really into it like taking it seriously, LOL. Since I love anime cartoons, I engaged myself to learning the Nihongo or the Japanese language back then. When the Taiwanese and South Korean invasion occurred, what else did I do? Of course, and again engaged myself learning Mandarin and Korean language. Hahaha! 'Twas quite easy to learn all of them because I love watching Asian series and movies so because of listening to it by repetition I learned few phrases from it. Aside from those foreign languages, we all know that English is by far the most essential language to learn, it is widely spoken and used. Because of that, some countries are already requiring foreign students or workers to pass an English proficiency test to know if they are able to write, read, comprehend or speak using this language. 
      Learning this by taking IELTS or TOEFL (both are English proficiency tests, but with different standards) and passing it means a greater opportunity of living or working in an English-speaking country without any difficulty in terms of communicating, a significant factor for our interpersonal skills. A year ago, I took IELTS under IDP - Australia (tested my listening, reading, writing and speaking skills) and made it with an overall band score of 7 but until now I haven't used it with any job application or any possible immigration to another country. Since, it is only valid for 2 years, I only got 1 year to use it or else I have to take the examination, again. As in! *ugh* 
          Now, I realized I took IELTS for nothing because I'm actually not needing it anymore, I'm referring to my IELTS Certification not the whole English thing because we really need to learn this language. Well, it is because I am not going to live or work in an English-speaking country but in an Arab country. Although, English is also widely spoken there, I also need to learn their own language, Arabic. I never imagined myself talking using the Arab tongue but I have to really deal with it. So when I found out that I'll be working abroad, specifically, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I searched lots of websites with Arabic tutorial and honestly, I'm liking it already. Me and my love went to Robinsons Manila and passed by a bookstore, and looked for an Arabic tutorial/manual/booklet with translations of course in English.

         We found this booklet, Speak Arabic by Saheb Oulyabek & Mohammad Saremi, published by Persian Gulf Publication. I find it very useful for it has a lot to offer, from learning the Arabic Alphabet, essential words, greetings and common expressions used in daily conversations. So now is the time for some Arabic lessons, I will definitely take it seriously without having any difficulties. Inshallah! :) 

Not in the mood for everything!

          Recently, I'm not in the mood for everything and I'm losing my appetite. 'Twas probably because of anxiety, that I'm leaving the Philippines soon. I will be away from my homeland for 2 straight years and I am having a hard time dealing with it. I am about to live on my own now with nothing to depend on but myself and God. Good thing, I have a very supportive family and most especially a boyfriend, who is always there for me, his presence gives me strength and courage to face this kind of situation.
          I honestly don't know what to do now, but at the back of my mind, I know that all I have to do is to accept things that I cannot change anymore. I have to stay on the positive side so I can adapt easily (to new people, new environment, new culture and new language) when I get there. I have to do this for the sake of my family and for my own family in the near future. I have to bear in mind that I am lucky enough to have this kind of opportunity to go and work abroad. It's time for me to go outside or beyond my comfort zone, I'm not getting any younger.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Simplest BIRTHDAY I've ever had...

        I usually do lots of stuff during my birthday. I cook and prepare all the things needed for my celebration, invites my friends and relatives. I don't know why but I suddenly felt like having just a simple celebration of my 25th birthday, while others are having blast with lots of foods, drinks, balloons, guests and gimmicks for their party. 

          But here's mine, I went to church (Adoration Chapel at Albay Cathedral) by October 31 around 9 in the morning and Brian accompanied me. We prayed for a short while and lighted a candle as to give thanks to God for giving me another year to live on, celebrate life and be with my loved ones. By 3 pm  my love bought an Ultimate Chocolate Cake for me and by just that, it made my birthday already! Hahaha.. His mere presence completed my special day so I actually got nothing to ask for. Thanks Pa! :) I love you!

        We also had this very, very, very special pansit canton cooked by papa. 'Twas really good with shrimps on it, yum! Indeed, it was a typical 'merienda' made only special because it's my birthday! yeheey! :)

          After that very simple celeb at home, me and my labidabs, decided to watch a movie, good thing SKYFALL is already showing that time so we knew we got a good movie to watch. *wink*. 
My short movie review:
The London, Shanghai, Macau and Scotland location was absolutely awesome. We also noticed a very familiar location, Istanbul in Turkey and we suddenly realized it has also been the filming location for Taken 2. The movie's theme song, "Skyfall" sung by the Grammy award-winning singer/song writer, Adele was amazing! 'Twas really cool! No doubt, Skyfall 007 got lots of good reviews around the world. Indeed, it's a must watch. Loved the movie so much, 2 thumbs up! 10/10 rating. :D ^_^
          So that's how I celebrated my birthday. So simple isn't it? But I am so happy, what's important is that God gave me another year and I will make sure to live the most out of it. Plus, I have family and friends with me who loves me very much so I actually could not ask for more. Most of all, I would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to my one and only love, Mr. Brian Barrameda, for spending the day with me and for making it extra special. I love you! :* <3