A Year Ago

YES! It’s been almost a year ago since my last post here. I was soooooooooooo busy with school, and life, and sleeping that I couldn’t update this even after all the places I’ve been. Gosh. I suck at blogging. A year without  blogging does that I guess.

So to start 2014, I’m gonna show you the church me and my mom went to for 9 mornings for the Misa de Gallo last December 16, 2013 to December 24, 2013. It’s the Santo Nino de Cebu Church in Binan, Laguna.

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It’s a nice church and it’s sorta in the middle of nowhere and the closest commercial place is McDonald’s so you won’t get tempted to leave the place in the  middle of the mass or not pay attention. Beside it is Colegio San Agustin where I studied for a year (2nd grade). The place is very big and so is the church. During Misa De Gallo, there were no kids, teenagers that were doing stuff that are inappropriate so there’s also that.

Overall, it was a nice experience going to mass there for the first time. I couldn’t take a lot of pictures since my mobile phone is a bit unstable that time so this is the only one I got. Try and visit the church guys, it’s really nice and peaceful.

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Home Is Where the Heart♥ Really Is!

About three years ago, my mom together with my two siblings and including me had to transfer houses. It was a family matter I would rather keep to myself. We transferred to my grandma’s house in the country/province side and I had to say goodbye to the home I grew up in, in the city.

It was HELL. I had no friends, no places to hang out, the phone and internet reception was below acceptable and there were no stores that sell my stuff! (anime, books, art stuff). I hated it. I also had to transfer schools and I had to switch majors. It was the only good thing that happened to me, switching majors. It was a course that I wanted. It was cheaper in my current school so I had to grab that opportunity although my graduation time got delayed.

Anyways, I got home sick. Until now I still get home sick. I long for the days in my old home. My REAL home. I miss it so much! So what I do is I sneak out every time class is dismissed early, ride a bus, and visit my dad and my home. I just lie down on my bed and absorb all the good vibes in that room of mine. After that, I always go for ice cream and walk around at the bay side fifteen minutes away from my home. The sunset the last time was beautiful!

This is one of my favorite travel adventures. Beside the excitement of sneaking out, it gives me the feeling of those rpg games that I have this mission to do and I need to reach my goal to get my prize. My prize? Inner peace and good vibes. I’ll be travelling here again sometime this week. Hopefully class gets dismissed early lotsa times! XD

Sunset and Good Vibes

Welcome aboard, human!

This article may interest humans, because it’s about emotions. It will include perspectives about…
Fear and Pain

Again. Fear.

It’s something that comes into my mind, and kinda goes like this:

You’re afraid because you have a lot of things you want to keep, and you fear losing even one of it.

I remember something from a movie, I’m not sure what it is, maybe Fight Club? I think Tyler Durden said something like he’s not afraid of losing anything, because he has nothing else to lose.

Because you have nothing else, it will only be for the better. You’ll only start to gain.

Yes, I have a lot of things (not just material things)
I have a happy life, and everytime I get happier and happier I feel fear knocking on the corner, because I imagine myself in a situation when one of these blessings will…

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My Heart: Longing

It’s been awhile people! For this first post of 2013 I’m going to let you in on one of my secrets! *cue people making the “oooh” sound*

Okay. So, everybody has their dream travel destination right? Some part of oneself has this longing for a certain place whether found on Earth or outside the final frontier. So you guessed it, I’m gonna tell you my dream destination for travel. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by this country. The very culture and how they live day by day intrigues me and the worst part is, it’s the most difficult country to enter!

Oh how my heart longs for dear ol’ Japan. 281075w7632x3esc

Japan, for me, has the most amazing culture there is in Asia. Don’t get me wrong, I am not ashamed of my own culture and heritage. Japan has this certain pull on me that makes my heart long for something I haven’t seen and experienced.

You’re probably asking, “What is it with Japan anyways? Didn’t they try to get your country?” Past is past, as they say. (This should have been some sort of a joke. A funny line but it was messed up. It was so funny in my brain though.) To answer your very good question…

I don’t know.

To tell you the truth, I really don’t know why Japan appeals to my taste too much BUT… just to show you some hint of Japan, lemme ask Mister Google for some pictures of some places in Japan I long to visit:

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This is Tokyo, Japan. It’s the most busiest place, they say and it’s also the most beautiful at night. If I were there right now, I would just walk around with my umbrella and see the lights! A friend of mine says the lights are amazing at night!

Another thing that I have set my eyes on when I plan my travel to Japan would be the very famous CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL!

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Judging by the pictures Mister Google showed me, this festival is very beautiful. Just look at that kimono and cherry blossoms! Oh  my! It really makes my heart ache seeing it only in a picture.

Last but not the least, something we OTAKU consider as “Heaven on Earth” …The famous HARAJUKU of Japan:

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Everything Anime is in here. Not to mention cool “Harajuku Fashion” for Anime and Japanese Fashion enthusiasts (err… someone like yours truly ^_^).

*SIGH*

How I long to visit the country of Japan! It’s just amazing how a simple mention of anything related to Japan makes my heart beat faster. This is really one of my secrets. I don’t really like telling secrets but I guess it’s a good way to start the year 2013~ I hope everyone prays for me so I can finally reach one of my dream travels!

Ja~ 🙂

To the Road Less Traveled: Off to Neverland! Wonderland would have to wait!

Travel AdventureAs a requirement for my WritWeb subject,  I have to upload a graphic, picture or drawn image, that is related to our blog topic. Since mine is all about travel, I figured, I’ll play around my topic and make it as fun as possible!

Since I love imagining adventures while traveling, I’ve come up with the piece above as you can see. Choosing between Neverland or Wonderland, I figured I’d go to Neverland first! 🙂

 

Travel Essentials

People kept asking me what’s inside my bag every time I embark on my local travels and adventures. To answer their questions, I’ll list my top ten Travel Essentials that you will usually find inside my bag. These things make my travels easy, comfortable, and makes me prepared for whatever happens during my adventures. So let’s cut my intro short and let’s dive inside my bag!

MERILLE’S TOP TEN TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

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Let’s start with the basic; my wallet. Come on, it’s quite common sense, isn’t it? As much as I hate to believe and say this but nowadays, money does make the world go round. You need money to get to practically anywhere beyond your place. Plus, you’ll never know what you’ll encounter in your travels that requires money so better be prepared than sorry!

Number 2 travel essential inside my bag is my Camera. Traveler or not, a person usually brings a camera around. Especially now that consumer cameras and cellphone cameras are very accessible and cheap. What better way to capture a moment or an unforgettable experience than a trusty camera? Be it a DSLR, a compact digital camera, or even a cellphone camera, what matters is that you freeze that one moment that you feel special about and have that reminder for the rest of your life.

Third is a mobile phone/cellphone. Why? For emergencies and whatnot. Sometimes, when I travel around locally like in Makati or Manila, I make it a point to text my mom or dad where I’m headed so in case something happens, they know where I am. Also, a phone is very handy when you get lost. It’s one of the important travel essential.

Number four and number five travel essentials you’ll find in my bag would be a sketchpad/pencil case and a good book.. When I travel, I tend to stop at a restaurant, coffee shop and the like and just relax. After a long day of walking and going around taking pictures, I love to just sit down, drink some tea or something while doodling, writing or reading a good book. Also, while traveling, there are times when you just can’t help but be bored, especially when you’re riding a bus or a train. So I take out a book and read. It kills time and helps your imagination.

For number six, you’ll always find my basic make up pouch. I don’t know about guys though but as a girl, I believe that wherever you go, you have to look your best. You don’t have to go all out and go dress to impress or dress to kill but at least look presentable. Walking around and being exposed to some pollution (if you’re walking around cities) isn’t exactly a very nice touch to your face so I always bring: pressed powder, small pocket foundation, eyeliner, and lipstick. Just for quick retouches for a fresh look. You’ll never know who you’ll meet in your travels so better be prepared, yes?

Seventh travel essential inside my bag is my I.D. because there were times that I had to leave a place just because I forgot my identification cards. Be it your school I.D., driver’s license, passport, etc. Always bring one.

For my number eight, it is my iPod/mp3 player. I can never EVER leave the house without my iPod. Another “kill-boredom-when-it-strikes” thing. Also, it inspires me while I take pictures and makes my imagination run while traveling making my day a lot more fun so it’s really a travel essential for me.

For number nine, you will always find a pepper spray inside my bag when I travel especially when I’m alone. Again, you’ll never know who you’ll meet and you’ll never know how long will you stay in one place so just have some “safety” my mom always makes sure that I have my compact pepper spray inside my bag. My mom always reminds me how essential that is.

Last but certainly not the least is a hand sanitizer. When you travel, locally or internationally, there are times when you need to get down and dirty. So what better way to quickly disinfect your hands than with a sanitizer. It comes in a small bottle so it will be easy to stuff it inside your bag.

So… that’s it folks! My top ten travel essentials. Of course, it differs from person to person. These are just my own essentials so really, it depends on how you roll. These are the things you will usually see inside my bag. So the next time you see me walking around, try and dive into my bag, maybe I’ve added a few things to make my travels easier and more comfortable.

How about you? What’s inside your bag? 🙂

Ja~

To Infinity and Beyond~

Ask any person and they would surely say yes when you ask them if they would like to travel. Travelling is like being in a new world with new people. It’s really a very exciting experience especially when you’re out of your comfort zone and you’re in that moment when there are no plans and no schedules; just you, your camera, and your adventure.

Whether international or local, you can be a traveler. Heck, just going to school and back is considered travelling. But there is one kind of travel that I really dream about. It’s what they call as an ADVENTURE.

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

Typically, no person wants to get lost in an unknown place. I for one feels the same way but sometimes, there’s a feeling in me that urges me to get lost anyways. I’ve done it a couple of times. It’s not the most safest way to be adventurous but hey, who said that adventures are safe? 🙂

I’ve only been in a few local places and the farthest I’ve been in the Philippines are Baguio City and Sorsogon. Besides that, it’s either I get myself lost in the city of Manila or walk around our area. Due to limited resources such as money, I cannot afford to travel elsewhere. So, what I do is that I make every possible “small travel” an adventure and let my feet take me wherever it goes.

I have dream travels. Different countries, different people, different experiences. That’s my ultimate dream. First is the country of Japan. Who doesn’t love Japan? The cleanliness, the art, the cherry blossoms, and the toys! My goodness, the toys! I’m a kid at heart so imagine me standing in front of a store with all those action figures!

Second country I would like to reach would be Korea. No, it’s not because of K-Pop. Okay maybe a little. Then there’s England, France, Italy, err… Europe! Come on, is that even questionable? Europe has the richest history of art. What I love about Europe is the different experiences you gain in every possible aspect of life; from food, to people, history, fashion, ambiance, etc. Everything’s in Europe!

Of course, that’s only the beginning. If I can, I’d travel the world! From north to south, and east to west! Without a map because in my honest opinion, maps are useless. Heck, I can’t even read a map or a compass! As long as I have my camera, my notebook, and my dream, I don’t need some paper with directions that are as confusing as algebra.

So let’s pray that I get to travel the world and I might visit you wherever you are. If I do, we’ll take a picture and forever seal that experience! To infinity and beyond!