19 December 2014

8 Things To Do On A Vigan Weekend

They say love is sweeter the second time around. And I think it’s true. For the second time this year, I went for a vacation in Vigan. We stayed there for a couple of days to celebrate the boyfriend’s birthday with his grandparents. It was a quick break from work. Something we always wanted to do after spending too much time at work, in his case of course, because I am still unemployed ‘til now. Anyway, since I got to explore Vigan for the weekends, I’ll be sharing some, I mean 8 Things To Do in Vigan. I am no expert, not a “pro” blogger either, so please don’t judge me. 

Best way to roam around Vigan is by riding the “kalesa”. I am guessing that each horse has their name, and our’s was “Dyosa”. The Manong “Kutsero” will also address some historic facts on different tourist spot in Vigan. We hired one kalesa for Php200.00 for an hour ride. We went to Bantay Church and roam around Vigan Plaza, Calle Crisologo and finally he dropped us to Café Uno. Some “kutsero” offers ride to Baluarte, Hidden Garden, Pagburnayan (Pot Making place) and Padre Burgos’ House.

I never missed this once in a lifetime chance of making my own pot. Even if I really don’t have any idea of how it’s supposed to be. We are lucky that it’s just the boyfriend and I who were at the place among with the employees so we got all the time to play around with the pot-making machine. We planned to name our pot but they told us that it will be claimed after 2 weeks, so we just let go of our masterpiece. I swear I enjoy sitting in that machine! You must try it too!

A mansion located at Calle Quirino where our former President Elpidio Quirino once lived. It was an ancestral home of his wife’s family. I can say it’s not really attractive on the outside, but you have to see the beauty inside. You have to pay Php 30.00 for entrance.

Of course! You can’t leave Vigan without tasting their famous Longganisa. It is well served alongside fried rice and sunny side up egg! I’m sure you’ll find yourself taking something for home. And the best Longganisa store I can recommend was the one in Calle Crisologo. Tongson’s! Located right beside Café Leona. They sell it per dozen or per kilo. They have small and big ones. They also sell Bagnet! Drop by before you leave Vigan!

Of course, you don’t wanna miss this local delicacy. Located at the old Plaza Salcedo, right beside the Vigan Cathedral. The famous “Empanadaan” place in town is where different styles of Vigan Empanada is being sold. The famous ones are the Helen’s, Evelyn’s and Tina’s (store’s name). We regularly choose the Tina’s! They serve crispy empanada on the outside, with huge eggs on the inside and the blend of the Vigan longganisa plus the vegetables is just perfect! It’s weird but I don’t dip in on any sauce. I usually eat it with soda drinks beside me! Haha. The boyfriend eats Empanada with Okoy on the side.

Take a walk and go back to memory lane in this old and historic street in Vigan. I’ve been there in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. So I suggest you do that too. In a place like this there is no really perfect time to go because the place itself is perfect. But, you get to feel the ambience if you walk early in the morning since there is only few people around. Same thing when you walk at night, you get to enjoy the lights and the ambience feels more dreamlike. Well, it’s more picture perfect during night time.

I get to watch it last January when I first came to Vigan, unfortunately this month we weren’t able to watch it. We really have a short stay so we made sure we go home during dinner to eat with the family. The Fountain Show is held at huge park in the new Plaza Salcedo, just between the Vigan Cathedral and the Capitol building. I think the schedule is 730PM during Weekdays and 730PM & 830PM during Weekends. It is a 10 minutes fountain exhibition synchronized with local and foreign songs. It’s perfect to end the night after a long and tiring day of exploring the whole city of Vigan. Check out this video I have – Vigan Fountain Show 2014.

One of my favorite, well honestly… the only place I’d like to eat when I’m in Vigan. I really love their Quesadillas (Beef or Cheese) plus their Cookies n Cream Frappe. Just heavenly. Boyfriend’s favorite was their Sansrival. It was actually one of the reason why we went back to Vigan. He wanted to have that Sansrival as his Birthday cake. Well, he deserve it so after we ate a slice, we had to take out another one. We were lucky to own the place that night. Haha. So we had some photo ops to give you the look of the whole place. The service crews are also very friendly and accommodating. The prices are affordable and food is worth the money you spent. I suggest you go here for a dinner date.

10 July 2014

First Shakey's V League

I am no Basketball fan as much as I am a volleyball fan. I am not into sports also and I am neither athletic or sporty. But since I just witnessed history last night on Philippine National TV and it's trending everywhere, might as well say my Congratulations to the San Mig Coffee Mixers for winning a 4peat Championship and a Grandslam award. It was a victory lead by the King James of the Philippines James Yap. But oh, disappointing every basketball fan reading, this post isn't about it. Sorry.
Photo Credits to the owner.
I am girl so don't expect me to like basketball as much as boys do. My heart beats for volleyball. Ever since highschool, I already watched some volleyball games on TV so I know some of the veterans in volleyball as well as how they play. And because this is my first time to watch Shakey's V League live, I am sharing my experience to you guys! 

We usually get our stocks in Manila during weekends. It is usually the boyfriend who get it in the suppliers and go home in Cavite to deliver it to me. I do all the advertising, accounting, deliveries, shipping myself so please don't judge. Hahaha! But really, I am a bit lazy to go in Manila due to travel time which last around 2-3hrs and the weather, its so hot in the metro. Last sunday was unusual, I decided to go in Manila. Fetch the boyfriend at church because his feet was inflamed due to hyperuricemia. Went to get stocks in our suppliers and explore Manila!
We are sched to watched Shakey's V League that day! 

If you know me well, you know how much I am naive in Manila. I was born, I live and study in Cavite all my life. We go to certain places in Manila using a private car, so I am very enthusiasts to experience public transportation in the Metro as well as get familiarize with the place. 
LRT where you can sit or even dance inside.
Commuters wish this happens in Manila everyday.
How lucky was I? 

An empty LRT Station.
 I swear, its just me and the boyfriend, the guard,
the ticket booth employee at the station that very moment.
Looking at the photo makes me think I didn't took this in PH. But I did! 

I rode the LRT1, LRT2, MRT3, all in one day! Imagine that! Hahaha! I am so lucky to experience Manila public transportation with a bonus : NO TRAFFIC HASSLE! It was a sunday and I am wishing I can live in Manila every sunday! 

We went straight to Trinoma for lunch and the boyfriend treat me to Tacobell.
I swear I was full but he insisted we get an Ice Cream fix at Dairy Queen.
I can't say No! That's how we pig out together. 

We went to San Juan after. The tricycle driver took us to the wrong gym because we said San Juan Gym so we rode a taxi and ask the driver to drop us at Flying V San Juan Arena. Make sure you tell the driver the right name of the gym because they get confuse between the two.

We arrived around 1230pm on the area. Unfortunately, courtside tickets are already sold out so we settled for the lower box. I am a bit disappointed but at least we get to have a nice view on our seat. The girls are still warming up at the court when we arrived. We are too early for the 2pm game but the seats are almost occupied that time. While waiting, I decided to go to the comfort room and fortunately, Amy Ahomiro passed by in front of me. 

I am lucky to get a snapshot of her. A bit sad to find out she isn't that approachable. I heard a girl calling her name twice or thrice but he didnt even give her a glance. Sue Roces, who is also my favorite since her UE days, also passed by but I was too shy to ask for a photo op so I am regreting it today. I wish I took the chance! Argh!
Ella De Jesus and Rubi De Leon also passed by but I also don't have a photo of them. Thats sad, I know.

First game was Philippine Air Force vs Philippine Army. I am betting for the ARMY because I know most of their players. The Army crowd's favorite, Rachelle Ann Daquis (also the boyfriend's favorite) and the Air Force Darling Iari Yongco was the center of attention. But to me, who has been watching volleyball since highschool, my eyes sticks to the veterans. Tina Salak is my favorite setter! Mary Jane Balse and Michelle Carolino are my favorite spikers ever since their UST days! Not to mention Nene Bautista who is also one heck of a volleyball player! And my most favorite, Jovie Gonzaga who is not just a pretty face but also an excellent spiker! I really admire how these veterans play on the court and more amused to see it live! I get a chance to take a picture with some of the players and here are some :
With Nene Bautista. 

With Tin Agno.

With Mary Jane Balse
Second game is PLDT vs Ateneo. I admit I ask the boyfriend to watch the game because I want to see the Ateneo Lady Eagles play. Unfortunately they lost against the veteran team PLDT which is lead by my favorite Sue Roces!

Watching Alyssa Valdez and Denden Lazaro play live was awesome. The team was crowds favorite so imagine the cheering inside the arena. It was intense. Especially when Valdez is doing her service chores! 

Once again, I don't have a picture with them because it will be too late if we will wait for them to get out of the dug out. I still need to go home in Cavite.

Nevertheless, it was another awesome first time and one for the books experience. UAAP - check! PSL - check! SVL - check! What's next? How about a picture with MIKA REYES?? I swear, it is one of my bucketlist. :) Now that a new season of UAAP is opening, I am really excited for the Women's Volleyball Division. I heard scout reviews about the rookies coming up and I've seen some. De Leon and Madayag of Ateneo  has their height as an advantage. Estrañero of UP is a Pia Gaiser in the making. I can see a lot of potential in her. I am amused to see Katherine Bersola of UP play in SVL. She improved a lot and I am keeping an eye on her this season. Valdez, Morente and Ahomiro is a tough tandem for the Ateneo. But oooppsss, we have yet to see the DLSU LADY SPIKERS, my alma mater and my all time favorite. With Ara Galang as their Team Captain this season, I know these girls have a lot of surprises in store for us! Let's see who will reign this season!
Are you excited as I am? Fast forward to November please!! 

27 June 2014

Perks Of Being A Nurse.

Are you a Nurse? Were one of your friends or relatives a Nurse? Or you know someone who took up the exam? Have you seen the results of the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination? Oh well, if not. You should go, and google it now. But I doubt, because it is all over my Facebook and Twitter timeline right now. :) And I am making this post to all the new Registered Nurses of the Philippines. 

Dear NEW RNs,
I was one on the edge of waiting for the results of PNLE. 2 years ago, I was on my BLS Training in Las Piñas when a friend of mine from Canada (imagine, nauna pa siya makaalam bago yung nasa Pinas), informed me via SMS that results have been released already. The feeling was unexplainable. The month long wait was full of sleepless nights whenever you think about the results, nervousness and pressure. But.. When you see your name on the list, you give out a deep sigh and tears started running down your face (if you're an emotional one) or you will joyfully scream, 'Yes, RN na ko'. Well, to spoil it, I did both. Finally, the four long years is well paid off. Ohhh, but wait. No! Not yet! You think you are in the finish line already? Let me just remind you, you are not even halfway through it. This is just the starting point. Savor the moment while it's still there. Enjoy. Rejoice. Celebrate it with your family and don't forget to thank the ones behind your victory especially the Man Up There! Recite the oath withh all your heart.
After the euphoric feeling ceases, you have to deal with reality. You have to face the next step. And the next step is attending necessary seminars and trainings required for Staff Nurses. Pass your resume to as many hospitals as you want. Be eager to practice the skills you gained! Before you get hired as a Staff Nurse, (in other hospitals) one must undergo their Post Graduate Nurse Trainee program. Some hospitals ask for payments for the programs. Uniforms and Pre-employment medical exams costs a lot too. I hope you saved your extra allowance during college. Anyway, 
I have no intentions to ruined your 'RN na ako' moments. I am just sharing you a piece of reality. Hats off to you guys! Way to go! Wear your white uniform with pride and dignity. Use your license in the best and right ways. Never let the passion for caring fades, but let it bloom everyday. 

2Years Post Graduate Registered Nurse

Today would probably one of the sweetest days in the life of the many new Registered Nurses of the Philippines. Aren't you excited for the oathtaking and to get your license?? 

Today was also one of my favorite. Another milestone in my Nurse Life.
Sharing you screencaps photo of my Facebook status. Story was too long so I have to make it short by doing this. 

I feel so blessed to experience such things. I guess what I am feeling right now is just the same as the ones who's name is on the list of the board exam passers. Or even more than that. I can fell God's presence with me. Haaay. So worth it. I am sharing you another status I made in Facebook but this time it is in writing already. 

Today, God reminded me of how I am [I was] as a Nurse to my patients.
He answered my prayer.

During my college days, I faced a lot of struggles (grades, RLE, board exams) and everytime I am in that difficult situation, I ask Him 'Lord, eto po ba talaga yung gusto niyo para saken?'. And he never let me down, I thought the final answer was given the day that the NLE results was released. But I was wrong, it was just one of the many signs He wanted to give me. Interviews and offers, here and there. There are times when I really wanted to shift to another career but He never let me do that. He gave me the question 'Are you willing to wait?'. 'Lord, I am more than willing to wait', I said. 

In 6 months, I will be renewing my license. Thats how fast time flies. Now, I am reaping the products of being a Nurse. May not be financially, but the gifts of satisfaction and recognition from the patients and families I served. It is priceless Lord. 

Thank you for giving me this profession, for guiding me every step of the way. Now, I believe that this is Your will for me. No doubts. Today, You gave me your final answer. You reminded me that this profession is my vocation. I am blessed beyond belief. Thank You. :)

I hope the newbie Nurses will get my point and learn something from this blog post. By the way, I am congratulating my Alma Mater, the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, for being one of the Top 10 Performing Schools In The Philippines on this year's Nursing Licensure Exam and the CNSM Batch 2014 for a job well done (93% plus 2 Board Top Notchers). 

On to the next chapter of my life as a Nurse. I wonder what God is in store for me. :)