Took an unpaid day off work to celebrate Lolo‘s birthday with the family. I haven’t spent time with them in quite a while: I hardly ever go home anymore, preferring to spend the weekends in my apartment instead. So this is a nice change of pace.
HR Team bonding
May the odds be ever in your favor
New addiction: Zalora
Shopping is fun, but it’s easy to get bored and tired of going from shop to shop in a crowded mall. Thanks to Zalora, impulse-buying can be less stressful. :p Now I’m addicted to browsing their site and adding to my wishlist.
Recently, I ordered a new pair of shoes and they arrived the next day. Super fast service!
You’ve gotten good at hiding emotion…
A lyric from Sleight of Hand, AKA my new favorite Urbandub song. THIS IS MY LIFE.
So, that’s that. How are you guys doing? :3
Me: It’s tilapia!Mom: Why would they put tilapia in a lagoon?!
(AKA in which I shall talk about my trip to Bolinao, Pangasinan with my family.)
First stop was breakfast at Adora’s, where I had the tastiest tapa I’ve eaten since my favorite carenderia near UST closed.
After breakfast, we stopped at St. James Parish, which was right around the corner.
It also included a day tour to two nearby attractions:
Kamay ni Hesus
|It took us fourteen minutes to climb this.|
|View from the top|
To get to the falls, we had to hoof our way there for maybe five to ten minutes. This reminded me of my Laguna experience, except way less nerve-wracking.
Since it was a weekend, I expected that people would be swimming there, but what I didn’t expect was…
A swarm. A positive swarm of people who have set up tents and tarpaulins and portable cookware as far as the eye can see. No rock was left unoccupied. I wish I took photos but I was too stunned (no exaggeration here) to do so.
I didn’t get to appreciate the falls as it was way too crowded for my taste 🙁
Enough about this, though; let’s get to the gritty (and honestly, my favorite) part of this post:
My list of complaints!
- The hotel had brownouts frequently, and I mean frequently. The power must have gone out not less than three times during our stay.
- I called at 6:30PM asking when dinner would be served. The desk operator said 7PM. At 8PM, I called asking why dinner hasn’t been served yet. He replied that they would now begin making our food.
- Breakfast the following morning also took a long time to be served. Two of our party hadn’t even gotten their dishes yet while the rest of us were already finished. To make things worse, the server was a sarcastic smartass.
- The tour was supposed to start at 8AM and last for four hours. It started at 9AM and lasted for over six hours. We were exhausted and pissed off, because we were supposed to be heading back home early.
Thankfully, one of the staff was very polite and apologetic. I guess I shouldn’t have expected more, though; it was a discounted price.
Overall, it was nice to spend time with my family before I start job-hunting (gulp!) in May. I hope we get to go out again and make the most out of this summer.