28 April 2005

northern exposure2-pagudpud

so we got to the beach 4 more hours after stopping at vigan. the resort itself was located on a winding dirt road, along with other resorts in the area. the kids were all set to play in the sand, but had to wait a few more hours, since it was still high noon.

after that, everyone jumped into the ocean. since we were on the northern part of the country, although it was sunny, we didn't really feel the heat. in fact, it was quite chilly at around 4-6 PM.
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the water was clear and blue, and the sand was white, better than puerto galera. plus, there wasn't a lot of people in the beach--plenty of space to move around. it didn't have that "party place" feel to it, like PG (puerto galera) and Boracay. It was more laid back, peaceful, and quiet. you could only hear families enjoying themselves, and children laughing from playing in the sand.

it's advisable, i'd say to bring a lot of food, especially if you have children with you. food can be quite expensive since there are very few stores and restaurants in the area. with no TV on the resort we stayed in, my nephews and nieces had no choice but to play and talk with each other the whole time. that's good i guess; at least they got to bond with each other.
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all in all, it was a good out-of-town experience for all of us. even if the road trip was a bit long, everyone got to relax and have a good time.

21 April 2005

northern exposure--vigan


after weeks of planning, we were off to pagudpud for the long weekend. we set off on two vehicles: the kids, their moms and the nannies were driven on a rented van, while my sister and her friends in her hubby's SUV.

we started our trip to the north at 1130PM on thursday. the first hour of the trip was a bit noisy, since there were six kids and a baby on board. asking questions about where we were going and what they plan to do at the beach. in a few hours, they all dozed off.

about 800 am the next day, we found ourselves in Vigan. This city is famous for its well-preserved houses and cobblestone streets that date back to the 17th century. the kids had a blast looking at the old houses and at the souvenir shops.




we only stayed a half hour in the city to stretch our legs and eat some snacks. after all, we still were a few hours away from our real destination --pagudpud.. 

10 March 2005

book: the pilot's wife

work has been unseasonably light these days, which gives me much time to catch up on my reading. i just finished reading Anita Shreve's "The Pilot's Wife" , which had been in my book case for quite a while.




it tells the story of a woman whose husband dies in a plane crash. then how she and her daughter deals with that loss. surprisingly, the twist at the end disappoints. it was supposed to be a hallmark-movie type of book.. lots of drama, and crying or whatever..then suddenly it turns into a suspense type of book. aw, come on! and the ending, is not really an ending. i double checked the book to see if there were missing pages, and realizing there was none, i tell myself - is that it? heehaw!

for what its worth, the book taught me a bit of how we all lead double lives. not to the extreme that the guy in the book did. but don't we all show a different side of us to different types of people? do we really show how we are at home to our officemates or to our acquaintances?why do we do that?

in starting relationships, we show off the best of ourselves, right. the guy, for example, tries to impress the girl by projecting himself as mature, responsible, really funny, or whatever--anything to impress the girl. the girl, once she knows that the guy is interested in her, projects herself as poised, always well-mannered, witty or whatever--anything to impress the guy. Only for both of them to find out that the guy is uncouth, lazy and a slob, and the girl nags like a mother. the only thing that will hold up the relationship is if both of them overlook those nasty things and really love each other.

isn't it ironic, then, that we all pretend, and project ourselves differently, in order for people to want to get to know the REAL us? why can't we all just be ourselves? why are we so afraid to let others know what's bad about us? isn't that the beauty of knowing?

but that's just me, ranting. i too, pretend sometimes.

20 February 2005

book: a map of the world

this is what i'm reading now..


i'm reading this book at a very slow pace (not the norm for me), because it seems i have to get used to the way it's written. the pacing is quite slow, and the images it evokes in my mind are that of a very rural America. the combination of words are vivid. it's something you can read on a very lazy weekend.
i'll tell you more about it once i finish it. hopefully this week.

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