A Valentine’s Date to Remember

I brought Abby to a beach camping trip for the first time. I really hadn’t elaborately planned for it, so I joined a group I met online who’s going to Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas.

Masasa Beach

Uhmmm… I’ve seen and been to much better beaches in Batangas, but Masasa’s calm is welcoming. A handful of beachgoers and campers have already been there, yet the rawness of its surroundings shouts out that Masasa Beach is yet to be explored.

There really isn’t much to do in Masasa Beach, ‘cept to swim, relax and just chew in the scenery.

Abby had one corner of the beach all by herself.

Abby had one corner of the beach all by herself.

Abby had a wonderful time swimming that I had to literally pull her out of the water...

Abby had a wonderful time swimming that I had to literally pull her out of the water…

The trek back to Tingloy port was through a narrow winding dirt road in the middle of rice fields and grazing pastures.

On the boat back to Anilao Port: "Dad, is this what you do when you leave home on weekends?" I said, yes. "I can do this with you." It wasn't a question.  It's a promise.

On the boat back to Anilao Port:
“Dad, is this what you do when you leave home on weekends?”
I said, yes.
“I can do this with you.”
It wasn’t a question.
It’s a promise.


How to get to Masasa Beach:

Tingloy is the only island municipality in Batangas, nestled on the main island of Maricaban.

From Manila, take a bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal (2-3 hours, P120-P180). Take a jeepney to Anilao Port (P35) and board the passenger boat to Tingloy (P70). To make the most out of your time, make sure you get onboard the first trip at 10:30AM. From the port, take a tricycle to Masasa Beach (P60).

If you’re lucky (like our group), you might be able to catch the boat — M/B Baby Mycel — which sails directly to Masasa Beach. It leaves Anilao Port at 10:30AM.

Alternatively, you may rent a boat for an island-hopping tour at Anilao Port for P5,500 (smaller boats are available from PhP2,500 to PhP3,000). Rate is per boat so it is to be divided by how many you are in the group. Ask your boatman to also make stops at Sombrero Island and Sepoc Point, too!


Be like little children…

While watching the live telecast of the papal mass being held at the Luneta Grandstand, my daughter bunched up together the Rosary beads which I bought as souvenirs from Naga City, Camarines Sur yesterday, and exclaimed, “Dad, let’s have it blessed by Pope Francis!”

Before I could say anything, she gingerly laid down each one on the table in front of the television:

Who can argue with a little child's faith?

Who can argue with a little child’s faith?


A picture of calmness

Being without a yaya for a few days has its own rewards: I get to see more of her up close.

Sleeping like a baby... that she is.

Sleeping like a baby… that she is.


I watched this stop motion animation growing up. Actually, it became more of a tradition for me and my siblings to watch this on TV during the Christmas season.

Sadly, local TV stations don’t air it anymore. Imagine my delight when i saw this!

Now, I can share another piece of my childhood to my daughter.

May the Force be with you…

It’s that time of year again where kids — and grown-ups — play dress up and knock on people’s doors [or office cubicles, as what is common practice in our office here in Manila] to go trick-or-treatin’ and indulge in sweets, LOTS OF IT!

Going to office Halloween parties have become a ‘tradition’ for my little girl since she was barely a year old.

Abby's Halloween costumes through the years...

Abby’s Halloween costumes through the years…

Around September of this year, I got a “directive” from her that she wanted to be Olaf of Frozen this coming Halloween. Not a fan of off-the-rack costumes, I willed my self to give it a go… sadly, given my set of skills or the lack of it, my Olaf project’s headed for doomsville. No doubt about it.

So, after some minor “deliberation” — highlighted by aggressive cajoling and intimidation [on my part] — Abby “relented” and kissed goodbye her dreams of going to the Halloween party as Olaf.

She wanted to be Elsa instead… then Tinkerbell… then a minion [again]… until she finally agreed on being Princess Leia [she’s her namesake after all]…

So, here she is:

Channeling her namesake, Princess Leia of Star Wars

Channeling her namesake, Princess Leia of Star Wars

Thanks to Scott and Pam, and the rest of the Chu Crew for this very helpful tutorial on Star Wars’ Princess Leia costume. You guys rock!




Last night, I came home to this….



All I could say after was: SNIFFLES! SNIFFLES!


Abby in Intramuros' #VivaManila

Abby in Intramuros’ #VivaManila

I once was a kid
all I had was a dream
Mo’ money, mo problems,
when I get it imma pile it up
Now I’m dope Wonderbread
we can toast So fresh how we flow,
everybody get their style from us
I once was a kid with the other little kids
Now I’m rippin’ up shows
and ’em fans goin’ wild wid us
Tell mommy I’m sorry
This life is a party
I’m never growing up…

— Chiddy Bang, The Opposite of Adults

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