Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018

Where She Went

Whoa, I can't believe when the last time I opened my blog and shared an update was. To be honest, it took me a while and a few blog reads to relieve my passion in writing something here. With the turn of events, I just can't let my blog go. This has somewhat become my creative outlet and where I could shamelessly share my thoughts. ๐Ÿ˜€

So what really happened the whole time I was MIA? ๐Ÿ˜•

I can't remember much of it, really. I have this habit of placing all unpleasant events in my subconscious before it eats me whole. Though I have to admit that I've been in a really difficult situation towards the end of 2017 and of course, in the early months of 2018. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I will not share most parts cause ain't worth it ๐Ÿ˜’. I took a break from the internet. I took a break from everything that breaks my already broken self ๐Ÿ˜ถ lol. I must say that it paid off. I realized that Social Media plays an ugly game. People will only believe what they've read, they will never ask for your side. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

The time I was away, I relieved my love for paperbacks. ❤ I loved Taylor Swift even more.❤ Most importantly, I recognized the best people in my life. It's not about the number of humans that you interact with daily, what matters is that despite having only a few people in your circle you never feel alone. Another thing is, I chopped of my hair and I have never been this confident in a while. ❤

Life doesn't get better in an instant. Bills, problems, issues - they are all coming my way and at times it really gets exhausting. If you are in the same place as I am right now, just keep going. Several times I admit that I want all the hurt to go away already. I thought there's a much better place for me. But then I looked around, I saw my dogs wagging their tails everytime I get home, I saw my mom patiently preparing my meals for the day, my dad who checks up on me from time to time - that's when I realized that life isn't so bad after all. Just believe in yourself and have faith.
Philippians 4:13

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

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.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017

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

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 16, 2017

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?


Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

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.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 06, 2017

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!


Ria ♥

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

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 :)


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.