La Union, Then and Now

To say that La Union is one of my favorite places is an understatement. It is a refuge, a home; not only to me, but for my friends, and even for my little family.

People go places to forget, that was the first thing I did in La Union. I remember coming from a trip to Baguio, D offered and took me to La Union as a distraction for my grieving heart. The oldies believe that salt water helps in healing wounds, my first surfing experience did just that.



From then, I can no longer count how many times we’ve gone back and forth to surf, grab beer (and get drunk, of course), lie under the stars, learn cartwheels, spot Derek Ramsey or Luke Landrigan, pet dogs, etc.

La Union was our happy place.





Tides have changed – rose and fell. Waves crashed and washed sand off the shore. We remained and brought more people to love the place. Friends welcomed friends, friends welcomed lovers.



Love grew and brought new life.


Now, there’s more who love and more to love.



Guess La Union will always be our special place.





I wish the world was flat like the old days
Then i could travel just by folding a map

I have read about this guy who put a tattoo of a world map on his back and inks the states/countries he has already travelled to. Unfortunately for me, I do not have the guts to undergo such procedure, and even if I make “magmatapang” I have skin asthma anyway, so, boo!

Luckily, I found this app/website which features the map of the Philippines and a checklist of provinces. The colored ones are the places I’ve been to. Apparently, I’ve travelled most to the north – because I love the north.

I’m a C-. Well, I haven’t listed Puerto Princesa and Surigao yet. I still have hope. Vying for C+ at the end of the year!

I think I will have to do this every year just to inspire myself to go new places.

Also a reminder that my passport is expiring in 2 years, so I better go to a foreign land again.

My Lakbayan grade is C-!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.

All Work and No Play? No Way!

There are only two things about summer 2012 I am utterly excited about: my new job and surfing.

Surfing has been one of my favorite-st things of summer aside from throwing myself against the waves and getting my feet soaked in the sandy waters of San Juan, La Union. My friends and I have always saved the holy week for this bonding activity as everyone is having a break from work and law school. However, I received news last week from the new HR officer that there’ll be office on Black Saturday. My world shattered. I have already made a list of Summer 2012 must-have’s and got myself a new pair of bikini. LOL at my priorities in life. But come on! I only get breaks like this twice a year. (The other is the birthday break.)

Good thing, the new HR followed up with me a while ago regarding the documents I have to submit. NBI clearance is killing me. It’s the last to accomplish on the list. Ugh. Well, it’s due on the weekend but I don’t know why she called me n times while I was still asleep this morning. But goodie! She moved my first day of work on the 10th of April as I have requested. She even gave me the holiday Monday! Which means, I can bask in the sun all holy week long, and even extend the trip to Isabela.

I’m really glad about this news as I need to spend six months working like a horse in the company before I avail the legitimate vacation leave. That’s a good timing though for my birthday escapade. Pressure on the boyfriend. Where do we go then? 😛

Also, my apologies, C and D, I might not be able to join the Baguio trip and the Korea/Vietnam tour. Work first. I need to get rich. 😛