Posted by: Gina Idea | June 25, 2009

Mindoro Third Day Part 1: Videoke, Nails

And now we’re down to our second to the last day of our Mindoro vacation.  We are still in the resort where we spent a night of short sleep (I could’t wait to swim again!).  All of us woke up early.  Each one looked for her own nook for QT (quiet time) purposes.

Quiet time by the poolKaren chose the poolside

After my quiet time outside our room, I jumped into the pool for a morning exercise and leisure in one.  Ahhh… to wake up those tired muscles with a little pressure … to find your way to the bottommost part of the pool … to lay on your wet back and stare at the sky and just enjoy Him.  After a few minutes of swishing and splashing in the pool alone, Anne joined me.

Anne enjoys the fresh waterAnne enjoys the fresh water

After that, we enjoyed a much-awaited breakfast.  I really liked the boiled mushrooms which I got to taste for the first time.  And then, it’s videoke time again!  Come on! Haha!

Anne initiates the 3rd round of videoke, Mommy Ka prepares a drink, Gina took an early morning dip, Age enjoys her cofee and Haze takes this shotAnne initiates the 3rd round of videoke, Mommy Ka prepares a drink, Gina took an early morning dip, Age enjoys her coffee and Haze takes this shot

Haze enjoys her drink tooHaze enjoys her drink too

O sige na, sige na. Ako na ang maglea-lead ng sayaw. Ito naman papel koO sige na, sige na. Ako na ang maglea-lead ng sayaw. Ito naman papel ko

O Age, ihataw mo naman. Bigay na bigay kami ni Anne eh. At saka, humarap ka naman sa cameraO Age, ihataw mo naman. Bigay na bigay kami ni Anne eh. At saka, humarap ka naman sa camera

O sige na nga, sali na rin akoO sige na nga, sali na rin ako

Haze prefers disco musicHaze prefers disco music

'Yan. O asan na si Ka. Grabe na toh‘Yan. O asan na si Ka. Grabe na toh

Ayun, 'yun pala ang gusto ni KaAyun, ‘yun pala ang gusto ni Ka

Later on, everyone was lining up her own song.  Each one has her own type of music.

Yes, if you're all wondering, humahataw din po si KarenYes, if you’re all wondering, humahataw din po si Karen

Are-you-having-fun videoke galoreAre-you-having-fun videoke galore

Literally interpreting the lyricsLiterally interpreting the lyrics

Videoke was so much fun!  We were singing and dancing and jumping and playing around!  We were teasing each other with the songs that we selected and the message of the lyrics!

During our singing sessions, some us had our nails cleaned and colored.  Pampering galore!

Let's talk nailsLet’s talk nails

Thank you to the manikuristaThank you to the manikurista

Just before Karen had finished her nail sessions, we transferred to a cottage to enjoy our fabulous lunch!  We had to let go of the mic and the videoke machine because some other bakasyunistas came in.

As always, the food was great!

Lunch sa cottageLunch sa cottage (I can’t believe Haze passed.  She said she’s busog so she just ate dessert)

Malasang-malasa ang tinolang manokMalasang-malasa ang tinolang manok

Sarap ng inihaw na bangus at ng dessert na gulaman!Sarap ng inihaw na bangus at ng dessert na gulaman!

Sobrang thank you to our hostess, GeSobrang thank you to our hostess, Ge

After lunch, we took time to rest.  This was the first time since we arrived that heavy rain poured.  Praise God still!  The cool weather gave us a perfectly cool afternoon to bum around.  While Ka finishes her nails session and Haze reads her baon na mga libro; Age, Anne and I loaded all our pictures from three different cameras into Age’s laptop.  We can’t stop laughing while viewing each picture on a larger LCD!  Each one created a unique story with jokes that only the five of us can relate to.  During this time, we probably burned more calories than when we did while swimming.

At around 3 o’clock, we dcided to leave the comforts of the resort and start getting ready to face a more natural, challenging and grand destination — the beach!  So we grabbed our bags and posed for our last shot inside the resort.

We had a superb time at the resort! Thank you Lord!We had a superb time at the resort! Thank you Lord!

It’s another tricycle ride going to San Jose town.  It was funny because all seven of us (including Tita Letty and the driver) forced ourselves in one trike only!

Wild trike back ridersWild trike back riders

Taking it positively, I, Age and Karen,  had a wonderful view of the greenery on our way to the beach.  It was so much fun!

Naka-survive kaming tatlo sa likod ng motorsiklo! Haha! Miss, pasok kaNaka-survive kaming tatlo sa likod ng motorsiklo! Haha! Miss, pasok ka

Aroma beach, here we come … again!

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Posted by: Gina Idea | June 24, 2009

Mindoro Second Day Part 2: Hillside Farm Resort

After lunch on June 19, 2009, the group took off to a much-needed siesta.  Haze and Anne in the bedroom; Karen on the wooden bench; and Age and me on mattresses scattered on the tiled living room floor.  Before I dozed off, I gathered all of the Miguels’ photo albums and browsed through the old photos.  Of course, I was looking for Age in all those pictures.  I can’t stop laughing at her that-was-me-during-high-school poses!  I had to chase her when she pulled a picture out of my hand.  Haha!

We planned on going to the Miguels’ farm and resort at around 4 o’clock that afternoon.  However, some of us got up from our slumber thirty minutes after that!  Tita Lety, who was scheduled to follow us at 5 after her work shift, came in earlier.  We, therefore, came a bit late at the resort; but still early for the night swim.

Entrance to the Miguel's farm and resortEntrance to the Miguel’s farm and resort

The resort is located in a nearby town called Magsaysay.  We rode a tricycle from San Jose market to get here.

Praise God for this vacation!Hillside

We went straight to the farm part located behind the resort.  Age’s dad, Tito Carling, is a true-blooded farm expert with bright green thumbs.  It was a beautiful sight.

The farm at duskThe farm at dusk

And then the usual, we had to capture our memories in this beautiful place.  Thank you so  much for the free entrance, food and accommodation!  We feel so blessed!

It all started in Ilang-Ilang dormitoryIt all started in Ilang-Ilang dormitory (yes, we were dormmates in college!)


Isaiah 44:3 says, “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”  Know that you are overflowing and blessed, Agape.  Praise God for that!

God bless our bosses for this leaveGod bless our bosses for this leave

We seemed not to be over yet with our afternoon nap and so all we can do during this time was to smile (there are many reasons to do so.)

Anne takes another picture of a photoshootAnne takes another picture of a photoshoot

And here's a shot of that photoshootAnd here’s a shot of that photoshoot.  Lovely ladies.

After all the posing and clicking and viewing, we had a beautiful dinner at the long table.  Tita Lety and Tito Carling were with us too.  They usually spend their weekends here.  They should!  They are working so hard.

After a quick rest, we changed into our swimming attires and dipped into the fresh water.  Ahhh… this is what you do after dinner — you relax and allow non-chlorinated water to touch every inch of your tired skin.  Of course, we did not take pictures of us during this time. 😀

After our second round of videoke, we decided to call it a day.  However, Haze was calling … someone else.

Hello. Choppy, chubby ka. Hello hubby“Hello. Choppy ka, chubby ka. Hello hubby…?”

And there you have it.  Our second day of vacation.  It was a full day of being soaked in water.  We slept a little past midnight after joking around and attempting to do a Truth or Dare session.  Who needs a bottle?  We did not need to be pointed at and forced to admit.  Our honest stories are open and held trustingly in each other’s care.

The cool room made us cuddle together — two on the bed and three on the floor.  I can’t thank God enough for this vacation that is halfway done.  I couldn’t wait for my early morning swim.

Day 3 notes are coming up…


Posted by: Gina Idea | June 23, 2009

Mindoro Second Day Part 1: Aroma Beach

Here’s the continuation of our Mindoro trip.

June 19, 2009

We woke up to a cool Friday morning.  Yes, we were late risers since we were in vacation mode.  We had a very filling breakfast courtesy of Tita Lety (Thank you so much!).  We were always more than busog!

June 19 breakfast with Age's mom, Tita LetyBreakfast with Age’s mom, Tita Lety

Calamares, salted egg and fresh tomato for breakfast. Mmmm. MmmmCalamares, salted egg and fresh tomato for breakfast. Mmmm. Mmmm

The beach was a quick tricycle ride from the Miguel’s residence.  Hanging Amihan was blowing so the beach was wavy.  Nevertheless, it’s a beach — crisp water, fine sand, beautiful shoreline.

Aroma beach in JuneAroma Beach in June

We had planned not to swim, even though I wanted to.  I didn’t want to swim alone.  Age’s dad was against it.  So even riding a banca going to the White Island was far from transpiring.  However, I resolved not to leave Mindoro without dipping in the South China Sea.  I remembered swimming in the same sea many times in more rude water conditions during my younger years.

So here we were, all four of us, taking pictures using a grand backdrop.  God’s pinky made all these.  Magnificent indeed!

Age, the talk of the town for her many life's testimoniesAge, the talk of the town for her many life’s testimonies

Anne has mastered the art of saying no and waiting for God's bestAnne has mastered the art of saying no and waiting for God’s best

Baywatch daw! Haha! I sooo love the beachBaywatch daw! Haha! I sooo love the beach

Haze, for being so faithful, so deserves this breakHaze, for being so faithful, so deserves this break

Ka, everyone would agree, is a super mighty woman of GodKa, everyone would agree, is a super mighty woman of God

As I looked across the big sea and the clouds that are starting to get heavy, I sighed and thank God for this moment.  If you’re familiar with the book Sacred Pathways, it talks about the different ways or paths to talk to or to feel God.  Nature is one of those.

Sometimes, the purpose of EMOing is for you to find..Sometimes, the purpose of EMOing is for you to find..

a dead seaweed. Don't revive it. Just laugh it offa dead seaweed. Don’t revive it. Just laugh it off

The role of a stick is not just to discipline a child..The role of a stick is not just to discipline a child..

The stick is also used to write..The stick is also used to write..

words of encouragement for a friend who dropped her phone on the beach (don't worry, the notes are in the hearts na!)words of encouragement for a friend who dropped her phone on the beach (don’t worry, the notes are in the hearts na!)

And so, dear Ka and Anne, don’t worry if your phones were towed away by the ebbing waters.  At least you were able to catch them!  Let’s think of it as a lesson in cutting off communication when it’s vacation time.  Hehe, peace!  Breath in … Breath out … Make a wide grin.  And then jump!

Don't be washed away by waves of emotionsDon’t be washed away by waves of emotions

Feet off temptationsFeet off temptations

More pictures before we head to the cabin for our first round of videoke.

Anne takes a picture of a photoshootAnne takes a picture of a photoshoot

Even in taking pictures, Karen anglesEven in taking pictures, Karen angles

Minsan, hindi rin naman palaMinsan, hindi rin naman pala

In the cabin, we befriended Kuya Dondon, the caretaker of the videoke machine.  And to have a complete group picture, we had to ask him to take the shot.  It was funny ’cause we had to teach him how to take it nicely.  The first time he tried it, he uttered, “Wala man!” All of us can’t stop laughing!  Haha!  So here’s one shot I deem okay.

The ladies smile at the camera and at kuya dondon after an hour of videokeThe ladies smile at the camera and at kuya dondon after an hour of videoke

We maximized Kuya Dondon’s budding talent and asked him to take more shots of us, this time in the waters.

As the song goes ... all the single ladiesAs the song goes … all the single ladies

Be ready when God calls youBe ready when God calls you

And so that was our day at the beach.  I wasn’t able to swim and wasn’t allowed to go the White Island but I enjoyed the company of headstrong and creative ladies.  I can’t wait to be back here.

I still want to go to White Island barely seen in the middle of this pictureI still want to go to White Island barely seen in the middle of this picture.  I was thinking if I can just swim to get there.  I can still recall, when I was a child, I swam towards the anchor of yachts in Tali Beach and then back to the shore.  It was sooo tiring but so much fulfilling!

Before heading home, we dropped by a cellphone repair shop to have Ka’s and Anne’s phones checked.  A lesson on wet phones: don’t turn them on immediately.

The phones of Anne and Ka got wet so we had a trip to the local cellphone repair shopBits and pieces and parts

While waiting for the phones to hopefully get back to their normal state, Age and I visted her mom’s agri products shop nearby.

While waiting for the phones to be repaired, Age and I visited her mom's agri products shopSacks of fertilizer in the background.

Anne’s phone was okay!  Thank you, Lord!  Ka’s phone, on the other hand, was still having problems.  Praise God for her new phone!  Tired and hungry, we went straight to the house expecting another festive meal.  Tita Lety did not disappont us.

Our favorite part of the day -- meal time! Panalo ang Papaitan!Our favorite part of the day — meal time! Panalo ang Papaitan!

(Watch out for the story that happened after lunch…)

Posted by: Gina Idea | June 22, 2009

Mindoro First Day: Perfect Weather

Here’s the start of a series of blogs and pictures of  our 4-day (June 18-June21, 2009) vacation in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (somewhere in the southern tip of the island)My travelmates were Agape Miguel (our hostess), Anne Villanueva, Hazel Turingan and Karen Jucutan.  Enjoy!  Leave me a note if you can. 🙂


It all started in February when our friend, Age,  invited us to their place in Mindoro for a vacation.  Cebu Pacific was having its usual promo and the plane to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and back to Manila would only cost us Php600.00.

Four of us agreed and 4 months after, we are extending the summer season to accommodate this dashing June out-of-town trip.

For you who weren’t able to come and you who are reading this, allow me to share this uplifting experience with some of the mightiest women of God that I know.  Let me take you to a walk to the many blessings and surprises that truly are testimonies of God’s faithfulness.

ARE YOU READY?

Let me start with the first of our four days together.  Our flight is scheduled at around four in the afternoon (around, because it was moved but we still didn’t leave on time).  Age, our hostess, was already at the airport while the rest of us were still in Victory-QC center in Katipunan waiting for Hazel who is rushing some work bilins for the upcoming Sunday service.

1300. Hazel making work bilins in Victory-QC center 1300. Hazel making work bilins in Victory-QC center

We didn’t want to be late of course.  I am a person of time and panics at the thought of being less than on-time but Karen’s gentle assurance pulled me together, as always (thank you Ka, even though I was tensed).  Age was already calling when Hazel had the courage to leave her work in the hands of many very capable officemates.

1345. Waiting for a cab. Age already waiting at the airport 1345. Waiting for a cab. Age already waiting at the airport

The talks inside the cab, the late Chowking lunch, the distribution of face masks, and all the laughs and jokes were just teasers to more fun moments that are to come.  The trip to the airport was surprisingly quick.  Thank God we were not late!  So here, the super hardworking and admin Haze fishes through her stuff to get her “work papers” and continue coordinating Sunday service stuff.

1445. Haze doublechecks her stuff at the airport 1445. Haze double checks her stuff at the airport

[Mommy] Karen gets all our tickets and IDs and checks us in.  Karen is always “at your service.”

1455. Karen (middle) checks us in 1455. Karen (middle) checks us in

After paying the terminal fee, which costs almost the same as our ticket fare, the group started to feel relaxed and excited at the same time.

1515. Paid the terminal fee 1515. Paid the terminal fee

Everyone grabbed a donut.

1530. Age takes in some sugar 1530. Age takes in some sugar

And what else to do while waiting but to capture such moments?

1540. Ladies wait. Anne and Gina take pictures 1540. Ladies wait. Anne and Gina take pictures

This is it. An early boarding.  Excellent.

1600. All ready to board 1600. All ready to board

If  arriving early and safely was not enough, God blessed us with an airbus for a faster and more comfortable ride.  That’s what a loving Father does.  I’m glad we’re not angels, but instead daughters (remember Kuya Sky’s preaching about sons and slaves?).

1605. Air bus. A blessing 1605. Air bus. A blessing

Here’s my seatmate, pretty Haze.  Her eyes are very sensitive to bright lights.

1610. Gina and Haze are excited for the ride 1610. Gina and Haze are excited for the ride

I guess Karen’s seatmate was saved during the 40-minute ride; or somehow blessed by her presence. 🙂

1615. Karen entertains herself with SMILE magazine 1615. Karen entertains herself with SMILE magazine

Anne is the photographer in us.  And the model too.

1640. A few minutes after take off, Anne moves to an empty seat beside a window1640. A few minutes after take off, Anne moves to an empty seat beside a window

And so we’re off to the sky.  Sometimes, a physcial change of perspective is needed to keep you in the right track.

1655. Sea of clouds 1655. Sea of clouds

1700. Over seas 1700. Over seas

1705. Preparing to land 1705. Preparing to land

And so I welcome the candidates for Bb. San Husi, Uksedintal Menduru as they promote environmental awareness!  Hehe.  Seriously, as I stepped out of the plane, what greeted me are the rays of the late afternoon sun.  You have to rememember, this was June 18, it was raining cats and dogs the night before and even that morning.  We prayed, believed and hoped for the skies to clear up.  But it’s more than our prayers.  It was God’s way of showing His love in times when you think the circumstances are gonna ruin your vacation.  Naiiyak ako nung naarawan ang pores ko.  God surprises me like this palagi.  He answers your requests and all you can do to respond is to bow down and cry for He is so Holy and Wonderful.

1710. Arrived in a sun-soaked San Jose, Occ. Mindoro 1710. Arrived in a sun-soaked San Jose, Occ. Mindoro

Tita Lety, Age’s mom, welcomed us at the airport.  We rode a tricycle (big ones) to get to their place.  I learned that tricycle is the main mode of transportation for the locals to go around the town and even from one town to another.  There are also jeepneys for the latter’s purpose but trikes are like cabs, you rent them for convenience.  The airport in San Jose, by the way, is just across the beach.  We were so ecstatic to be greeted by the public beach.  The blue waters never fail to amuse me.

1715. Beach greets us on our way from the Airport to Miguel's residence 1715. Beach greets us on our way from the Airport to Miguel’s residence

After settling down, the group had to go to the town proper to buy some groceries and check e-mails (for the masipag church worker).  The picture below reminds me of Victoria, Laguna where my family lived for some time while my dad managed my tita’s duck farm.  I remember the dirt, the moist, the trees and the cool air.

1725. On our way to the town proper to buy groceries, connect to the net 1725. On our way to the town proper to buy groceries, connect to the net

We were all tired when we got back to the house.  We had a sumptuous dinner that night — the start of a series of meal times devoted to the worship of food (hehe).  Finally, we had a good rest in the home of a God-centered family in Aurelio Subdivision.

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