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Road Trip to Palaui (January 2010)

A crosspost from my old repository of memories of the past, a.k.a. my Multiply site. For those who are unfamiliar, Multiply was THE thing during our med school years — everyone was on multiply, posting albums and albums of pictures, notes/blogs. This was our home, our network away from our books and transes. Of course these all happened before everyone jumped-ship to FB, and before multiply became the E-STORE that it is now.

But even now that multiply’s hayday is over, I still maintain my multiply site from time to time. I uploaded almost all of the pictures I took from years 2004-2009, making my site my virtual hard drive, a back-up system.

Hence this post. A glimpse of a memory made last January 2010, when my high school friends and I made a tireless journey up north (all 600 KM of it!) and returned in just 2 1/2 days!


January 1-3, 2010

Palaui Island & Anguib Beach in Sta Ana, Cagayan
Callao Caves in Penablanca, Cagayan
Magat Dam in Isabela

Moviefriends’ Roadtrip to the North! This is actually our second long-haul drive to the north, the first one was our Ilocos adventure last 2005 (grabe, 5 years ago?). But since Meiling, who now secretly does research for a super secret IT company in Japan, came home, of course we needed to travel! By hook or by crook, kahit san man, kailangan matuloy!

Pero sa totoo lang, muntik nang di matuloy. Just 2 days before our departure date of JANUARY 1 (of all days, kailangan New Year talaga, haha) we still didn’t have a place to go to. On the top of our list was Baler, Aurora to do surfing and whatnot. But I soon found out that we needed a 4×4 to go there dahil nasira daw yung daan dahil sa Ondoy. Ok, so Aurora was crossed-out from our list. I suggested we drive to Banaue Rice Terraces instead and do spelunking in Sagada after. Well, gusto pa rin ata nilang magbeach so kailangan may beach.

We still did not have any destination until 1 day before leaving, I browsed my handy Travel Map of the Philippines (thanks Maan! <3) and saw that in the Northeastern most tip of Luzon is where Palaui island is located, the game fishing capital of the Philippines, and it also has a lot of tourist activities like snorkeling and a nearby whitesand-like-Bora beach. I researched the place in the net and saw this:

We’re definitely going there!

We left QC around 10PM on the first day of 2010, armed with a CD of 17 of JA’s latest mixes (including Party in the USA of Miley Cyrus, haha) and of course the Glee soundtrack (unending “Just a small town girl…”), and much of Eheads and other 90’s music, we traversed the NLEX-SCTEX-Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Nueva Viscaya-Isabela-Cagayan route eventually arriving at San Vicente, Cagayan (the jump off point to our destination – Palaui Island) at around 11AM of January 2! Not bad. 642km in 12 hours = ~50kph, ang bagal pala namin, hahaha.

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Dinner Date

Dinner cooked and prepared by my personal chef named Maan 🙂

Fried eggplant + salted egg with tomatoes + smoked boneless milkfish + slices of oranges

(pritong talong + itlog na maalat at kamatis + tinapang bangus + sunkist oranges)

Definitely beats being stuck in traffic on a busy and rainy Friday night! TV series marathon to follow! 🙂

I needed a new blavatar (the image we see as the icon of a website) so I created one for my blog. It has the same design aesthetic of iOS icons, hehe. Madali lang pala gawin.

My New Toy


Finally got time to really cross one item out of my bucket list.

I’ve been thinking about getting a bike of my own since med school, initially out of KATAMARAN of walking everyday from FAURA to PEDRO GIL to get to class. (HAHAHA). Then the boards came, then first year surgery…the idea was eventually pushed back to the recesses of my brain.

Not until my co-resident Marc bought his own MTB last month that my lost feelings for biking resurfaced. Biking played a huge part in my childhood. I remember bringing our bikes to Himlayang Pilipino riding circles around the nitsos and lapidas.

How I wish I could re-live those moments.

Then TODAY came, when I had my day-off, with NOTHING to do. I was supposed to come home but I remembered that my WHOLE family was at Baler leaving me stuck in Manila. And being the impulsive buyer that I am, I bought a folding bike today, and all the other accessories I needed (helmet, gloves, lock), which of course took a huge chunk off my savings. Haha.

Anyway, kailangan lang SULITIN to, sayang naman. But I’m sure, basing from my first run this afternoon, IT FELT GREAT. 🙂

My Pummelvision

Tried where you get to create your own slideshow from all the photos you’ve uploaded from either flickr or facebook. It’s amazing. 🙂 You get to have a short but sweet trip down memory lane! Arranged pa siya according to the date you’ve posted the album…so kung regular poster ka, talagang chronological ang pagkakasunod-sunod! =)

Early Morning

White Beach

I’d gladly wake up early every morning if only I’d see this every day. 🙂

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