Because everyday is Christmas

All I want for Christmas is this:


1. ’tis awesome.
2. iz rainy day me no umbrella.
3. it lights up when in use.
4. iz a lightsaber.
5. i want this i want this.
6. iz awesome.
7. meesa likey likey soooo muy much.
8. i wanna be a jedi.


Live. Love. Survive. In Potipot.

Of the 7, 107 islands in the Philippine archipelago, one would attempt to conquer as much islands as he can. But with all grandeur and magnificence of each of these land masses, one would surely befall into its charms, paving way for yet another cruising and [mis]adventures.

So last April, albeit my jam-packed summer schedule, I went back to the most “chill” place I’ve ever been to, the island of Potipot in Candelaria, Zambales.

It was our second time to go to Potipot, and the nth for one of my friends, so presumably, we could just shrug off the planning for this trip. However, luck’s sort of against our side so we end up installing ourselves on the floor of the bus. For four good hours.

After the long drive, we immediately headed off to the market for some last-minute food buying then proceeded to Ate Minda’s hut. Ate Minda is an all-time fave, should my friends or I decide to have an instant weekend getaway. Last time we hired her services, it was only her boat and ice carrier that we had put to good use. But last April, she already has an all-out sari-sari store – from ice cold soda to cigarettes to blocks and blocks of ice.

Anyway, we rested for some minutes, waiting for her boat to transport us to the island. Ate Minda served us coffee, while we tried to pick mangoes from her tree, and uh yeah, ride the bicycle.

At around eight in the morning, we were all set to once again, marvel at Potipot’s splendor. It will only take 8-10 minutes for one to transfer from the mainland to the shores of Potipot. Enough time for us for some cam-whoring.

The last time we went to Potipot (daytrip), we were so empty-handed. We didn’t know the island has neither commercial establishments nor even a person who sells food or whathaveyous. So this time, on our comeback, we wanted to get even. Mehe. We were prepared like hell with our forthcoming camping life.

For the two days that we stayed in the island, we were able to feast ourselves with sumptuous meals we ourselves haven’t thought of having. With the grillers available in the island and our own cooking set, we satiated ourselves with inihaw na pusit, stuffed bangus, itlog na maalat with kamatis, and some canned goods. Not to mention that we even cooked our own rice!

I’d still like to consider Potipot as a virgin island, so if you’re gonna go there for some recreational and worthwhile fun, you may be disappointed. Honestly, there’s not much to do in Potipot aside from your usual swim and just some chilling. But my friends and I were able to maximize our ‘fun moments’.

(1) We spent most of our time in the water, doing uh, random stuff.

(2) Played toss-catch-fall on the ground-pick it up ultimate.

(3) And uh yeah, a lot of camwhoring.

Potipot. You will always be loved.

reliving ze jetsetter moments

Some of the forecasts I’ve read online tell that 2012 will be a good year for me. On which aspect? That I’m still not sure of. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some positive vibes this year.

I must say that I’ve started the year of the dragon with a bang. I welcomed it with some of my high school friends where we resurrected from the 1800s.

Since then, I’ve been invited to some really awesome plans (even if it’s only the sixth (as of writing) of January!)! These first two months, I already have some series of travels lined up. :p

First stop: Surigao

Travel date: Jan 8-11

Surigao virgin, yo! This is my first time (well, not technically, for I already went there once, but I was still a kid then and I can’t remember a thing) to go to my father’s birthplace, the ‘territory’ of the Tiukinhoys.

All of the Tiukinhoys were ‘summoned’ to go back home to Surigao to celebrate two occasions:

1. house blessing

A once simple two-storey house, which has been rocked by a couple together with their twelve kids, has been transformed into a ‘mansion’ that can now be easily filled up by the said couple’s grand and great grandchildren.

I think this is the first time the house was renovated for the family matriarch did not want to alter anything for every fixture, corner and wall holds a great familial memory.

PS. For many of us in the family, this is the first time we will be seeing the new Tiukinhoy ‘palace.’

2. Lola Mom’s birthday

On Jan 9, Lola Mama will be turning 86? 88? 90? and as a birthday wish, she wants for all the Tiukinhoys to gather and celebrate another wondrous year. This will actually be a family reunion, the biggest, by far.

However, it’s sad to note that on our end, only Daddy and me can come because a) ticket’s so expensive and b) younger sibs have classes at school and Mom has to look after them.

Second stop: Subic

Travel date: Jan 14-15

I’ve mentioned that I welcomed 2012 with some of my batchmates. And as we were merrying ourselves with alcohol, we decided to take on another travel – this time, northbound!

The trip’s not yet finalized (a big hurrah for spontaneity!) but I’m pretty sure this’ll push through. So let’s all be nice and hope that Santa can give this to us.

Third stop: Anawanin

Travel date: Feb 3-5

“Saan ulit ang Anawangin?” “Sa Zambales.”

I’ve long been wanting to go to Anawangin since a lot of my friends have been there and put up a lot of good reviews. That’s why I promised myself that I would soon conquer that place.

And so, a good opportunity kicked in, and sure enough, I immediately grabbed it.

Ms Rob, Ms Grace (officemates) and friends will be going there for some nature-tripping, bonfire-loving moments. Kim, Kuya Jake, Sir Ariel and I will be tagging along the group. Mehe.

Fourth stop: Cagayan de Oro

Travel date: Feb 14-15

Have I ever told you that the spontaneous and unplanned trips are usually the ones that happen? Well, this is one of the great manifestations for that.

I was busy scouring the internet a day ago when I saw CebuPac go on sale. P12, yo!

So I immediately booked one roundtrip ticket to Cagayan de Oro. Afterwhich, I told the humanoids about this and we all agreed to go.

It’s an overnight trip, with no itinerary, no budget earmarked, and two days of fun! God bless us all!

PS. For those who wants to go somewhere, just let me know. 🙂