APR: [Post #1] Sablay day

APR stands for ” A Past Revisited”. I decided to create a section or a category, inspired by Renato Constanino’s book, but this one would focus on special events that I have not posted during my apparent absence in this blog.

To start off, I decided to share with you the story of the most awaited moment in my life, my Sablay day or the graduation day. I have been writing here about my frustrations about my studies, not being able to graduate on time and my struggles just to finish my SP (Special Problem). It was a roller-coaster journey that at some point, I had found myself at its lowest point, ready to give up but with the help of my family, friends and SP Buddies, I was able to rise above all the adversities and did not cringe as I made my way to the graduation.

After my defense, I need to rush things in order to submit the hardbound copies of my SP as it would secure my future.  I felt bad for my shoulder as I need to carry 4 copies of  a-130 pages paper printed in a 80 g/m2 bond paper.


After getting the heads up from the office of college secretary that I am definitely graduating, I was overly excited to prepare for the BIG day. Time for dress and shoes hunting. In our graduation, we don’t wear the traditional academic dress with the mortarboard and the gown. Instead, we have the  malong-inspired sash ” Sablay”  where the “UP” were weaved or embroidered in baybayin characters.  In order for the Sablay to stand out, we have to wear off-white dress and shoes while boys have to wear the barong.

Choosing the right shoes and dress is very much challenging. I have to consider my budget, as  I was very much drained with all the study-out, printing costs and many more for the past few months. At the same time, it’s quite difficult to look for a dress on my size especially for my graduation. Trust me, the ones available would make me appear as if  I am about to attend a baptismal ceremony as the godmother. So, my friends and I decided to look for an affordable dressmaker and tried to incorporate the designs that we created. The dress was so-so. It was good, maybe not the one that I really expected but I just certainly got what I paid for. For the shoes, it was okay but imagine the horror I felt when there were like three of us having the same shoes. I may be shallow-minded but it’s a girl thing to be unique but then, that’s what I get from buying shoes from the dept store.

Yet, as Shakespeare’s put it, all’s well that ends well.

 sablay day

P.S. Happy 8th Anniversary Blog!

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A lot of things had happened during my short hibernation. For two months, I was too busy juggling work, family and travelling. It was quite exhausting but fun though I missed a lot of opportunities posting my adventures in life, so pls bear me with this long post as I will try to update you using the photos/videos that I had collected and treasured.

June 29-July 4

We went to Surigao in La Entrada, San Agustin for a work-related activity. Afterwards, we had our team building activity on the islets of Britiania and visited Enchanted River in Hinatuan. I also welcomed my 26th birthday in Britania (Second time away from home).

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Family Affair

My Bday(July 4), Parents’ Anniversary(July 18), Mama’s Bday(july 14), Papa’s Bday (August 17)

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Chilling after the concert plus third wheeling the date of my brother with his gf. Another fireworks display experience in MOA(the last time I had was when I went to Boracay last November), Oh well I am still thankful of the firecracker ban in my city. 2015-07-31 15.22.572015-07-31 18.57.302015-07-31 19.04.382015-08-01 15.12.04

A short visit to UP Los Banos, Laguna


Field Workssss

IMG_2561IMG_2578IMG_26242015-07-06 12.38.212015-07-06 12.42.252015-07-07 08.23.31Hotel Hopping – Due to some work and personal related travel, I get to travel to various areas giving me opportunity to stay in different hotels/inn. If I have the time, I would love to start creating a review about such places. if i have the time



The Lispher Inn

The Lispher Inn

La Entrada, Britania (The Loft part) lol

La Entrada, Britania (The Loft part) lol

The Legend Villas, Mandaluyong

The Legend Villas, Mandaluyong

Aurum One, cor Evangelista

Aurum One, cor Evangelista

Sea Residence (in front of MOA)

Sea Residence (in front of MOA)

Kadayawan and foodtrip adventures

Mexican food (Outside LB Gates)



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Outback Grill (Seafood Platter and Baby Back Ribs)


Ellen’s Tuna (DBP Village) -Porter House (Photo grabbed from my friend, actual photo from our dinner though)

Porter House

Keepsakes Cafe (2nd Branch), The gooey choco smores took my heart away11813299_10207318064293198_8369093001873142759_n11853910_831512130259435_1544955302_n

Kadayawan – No Kadayawan street part and floral parade as I had to travel for work related

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will always be the best, I think I had this weekly

The most popular dirty ice cream, Mang Danny's

The most popular dirty ice cream, Mang Danny’s


Heavenly bliss

Heavenly bliss

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I do have a lot of things to write about but I think this is for now.


Happy anniversary mayms89!!!

I can’t believe that it’s been 7 years since I decided to  start blogging. I have shared a lot of posts and even though I am actually slacking off the past few months, i know that i would always end up with this blog reminiscing old posts or starting new ones.

I do have a new blog but i know that i cannot just give up  this one.

Thank you for keeping up with me and I hope to share more stories in the future.






A Samal Escapade: Island hopping and Snorkeling adventure

My college/coursemates and I decided to do island hopping in Samal for our summer escapade. It is something that we really wanted for so long but always thwarted by our busy schedule and other priorities in life. Good thing, the summer season gave us an opportunity to enjoy the beach and spend some time to meet-up and bond over seawater and sands.

We visited three areas: Coral Garden, Babu Santa, Angel’s Cove. Coral Garden and Angel’s Cove are best for snorkeling and diving.  I was really thinking of diving but I was hesitant because the last time that I did helmet diving, I had a hard time with my breathing due to my asthma and I was not yet confident as I was having colds at that time. Nonetheless, I enjoyed snorkeling and I would love to go back and enjoy the scenery under the water.

Coral Garden:

The view infront of Coral Garden










Too bad, I don’t have an underwater camera so I could not capture the beauty of the coral reefs. (I am really thinking of investing for my future adventures).

The happy lover of the sea…IMG_2385