Doodle all you want.

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Lately, I have been hooked in doodle-ing. This activity is perfect when you’re waiting and just killing time (like waiting for my rendering to finish, waiting for my food to arrive in a fast food, and waiting for my bf to pick me up after office hours). For me, its a good activity to spend your own time. You’ll get to know your skill and traits (creativity and patience) and develop them.

As of now I already produced three doodle artworks.

First is the flowers. I am just inspired on the different shapes of a petals and its leaves. Since this is not a planned artpiece (obviously), I just did it in a piece of notepad from MC Home Depot (Fort) showing all the lines and the header and footer of the notepad. 😅😅😅

Second is the Bless you. On this piece, I was inspired to do a doodle with a lettering. I also did it on the same notepad I used on the first one since I am just practising. Later when I realise that I should have done it in a clean piece of paper. 😁😁😁 Also, if you’ll observe, I did not erase all the pencil lines I have drawn as guide for my pen markings. This way my little niece would see how it would trasform after the pen markings. Also a good way of teaching that you’ll need to have a pencil guideline first as a beginner. 👍🏻

The third one is what I call Boxes of ideas which I just finished recently. Did it again on my favorite notepad but on the back portion of the sheet. 😆😆😆 Well at first I just create boxes which I would fill in patterns and ideas. It took me two weeks to finish this as I am having a hard time on what to draw first and to which boxes should it be placed.  My favorite pattern here is the one in the L-shaped boxed at the bottom right corner. I dont know but it just gives me enough idea to create again a new one. ✌🏻️

Lastly, is the Months of a Year. This is not part of the doodle activity but I would also like to share this to you guys. This is just a practise for the activity I am planning to be engaged with on the next few weeks – calligraphy.
All of them are done by Dong-A My Gel Pen at 0.5 and 0.7, Pilot G-tech – C3, and Mongol Pencil No.2. All are in cheap prices and available in the stores near you.

If ever you’ll be doing the same in the future, I would suggest to do it in a clean sheet of paper. This way you will not regret the same thing that happen to me seing the label of the notepad. 😁😁😁

Create simple lines repeatedly, give depths on every line, start edges and curves, form a pattern, and viola, you’ll be surprised that you have made an artwork by yourself.  Did any of this captured your creativity?  Go start your own now. I’ll be happy to see your work. 😛

Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport) 

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Boarding Gate

Been here for the nth time but still impressed in the architecture of this airport – Suvarnabhumi International Airport at Bangkok Thailand. In an H-shaped open plan which makes it more spaceous, it also give any traveller a quick guide and exact directions to where they are heading to. The termination of spaces are clearly distinguished its zoning by the use of glass partitions, steel railings and ample height of walls. 
Also, the facilities are grouped according to floors. All restaurants and boarding gates are in 4th floor, domestic and international arrivals in 3rd floor, private parkings on 2nd floor and the taxis are on the ground floor. Exact location, size and color of signages are strategically installed in every corner and hallways in this airport which help me personally when I got here. They made sure that every thai words has its own equivalent english word. 
The most favorite part here is that there are so many – I mean a lot – of high end shops in line going to the boarding gates. The exact way to spend your money (baht) left after your tour/business that you wouldn’t want to carry on your pocket on your number of hours trip. 

Also, I admire the generous designer which use a lot of walkalators at the arrival area going to the baggage claim. This idea is super efficient to the travellers since this will make a lot easier for us to go to the baggage claim and immigration area in no time. This is also a great help to PWD to move along with the regular travellers. Just remember to be always keep on right no matter which lane you are heading to, as the left side of each lane are considered for those persons in a hurry. 

To sum it all, this airport is not only a place for the travellers, but also a landmark of the city, a tourist location, a shopping facility. And I will definitely recommend and consider this on my Bangkok trip again.  

Concrete, Steel and Glass

 
 

Signages upon arrival

  

Baggage Claim Belt No. 19

 

Go Scuba Diving in Anilao Batangas : A First Time Experience

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Some people are fond of trying water sports. Even popular celebrities here in the Philippines were enthusiastically devoted to this particular activity. But not for me.. definitely! Even before, I am so afraid and scared of the sea. I am really afraid of swimming, I start to panic especially when I cant touch the bottom part of the water. But since my Boss is one of those devoted to diving, he included me in the list of newbies to try this sport for free. Yes for free. 🙂 We headed to Aquaventure Reef Club Dive Resort located in Brgy. Bagalangit, Mabini, Batangas last March 16, 2013 (Saturday) via Slex. The place has a very welcoming ambiance and a very quiet place perfect for people who is looking for a peace of mind..

Showing you the welcoming signage of the resort

Showing you the welcoming signage of the resort

Since the resort was located in a deep slopy terrain, you'll see this fun - shaped pool after you have checked in to the resort lobby.

Since the resort was located in a deep slopy terrain, you’ll see this fun – shaped pool beside the stairwell where you’ll pass by after you have checked in to the resort lobby. At first I thought that was just a pool allotted for the kids but then my Boss told me that we’ll be the one to swim on it.

A sumptuous lunch before the energy defying activity later. A Filipino cuisine. Pinakbet, Kare Kare  priting Tilapia and ensaladang Mangga were part of the lunch buffet

A sumptuous lunch before the energy defying activity later. A Filipino cuisine. Pinakbet, Kare Kare priting Tilapia and ensaladang Mangga were part of the lunch buffet

At first glance, I realy dont know what is this thing. Haha. then my colleague told me that this is the camera to be used underwater. I was like Whoa! Amazing! hahaha (Sorry firs-timer!)

At first glance, I realy dont know what is this thing. Haha. then my colleague told me that this is the camera to be used underwater. I was like Whoa! Amazing! hahaha (Sorry firs-timer!)

After our lunch, we opt to stroll the area and know their facilities. Of course or picture taking..:)

After our lunch, we opt to stroll the area and know their facilities. Of course or picture taking..This is the docking area or I should say, a lounge? because this area is full of tables and chairs made of wood and foldable beach chair where you can take a nap after your diving session.. 🙂

The view of the resort from the docking area / lounge. A very cozy place indeed.

The view of the resort from the docking area / lounge. A very cozy place indeed.

View of the Lounge area

View of the Lounge area

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A view of the Lounge. It has a Mini Bar, beach chairs and lots of dining table and chair.

After our siesta, we get ready for the diving lessons.  The instructor told us that we have to undergo a training / practice before jumping in open water just for us to know how we will communicate with others under the water. We are also instructed on how to use the diving gears especially our own oxygen breathing pattern. Haha I learned a lot here.. 🙂

After our

Me before the diving lesson. I look so frightened here. As you can see I am wearing a belt with weights just to ensure that I will not float when I go under the water. Haha.

The water shoes. paired with flippers of course. :)

The water shoes. paired with flippers of course. 🙂

Us. familiarizing ourselves on how to use the oxygen equipment on our back.

Us. familiarizing ourselves on how to use the oxygen equipment on our back.

The instructor will teach you how to use sign language under the water on communicating on your peers. They will also let you swim just to be comfortable with your gear, diving suit and flippers.  Too bad in our chance, there’s no more available diving suit left in the inventory so we just go on our ordinary swimming attires. Haha! They also informed us that we have to equalize the air pressure within our body especially when we are going down. Either a quick swallow or forcing your air to pass through your ear by holding your nose and/or mouth every 3 feet of going down or going up. I find it hard to try to swallow because you have the mouthpiece placed.

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Diving lesson done. Getting ready for the real dive in open water! yihaaaaa!

Right after the lessons, we get ready and drink a lot of water before we ride the boat. I have to drink a lot of water since I feel a bit uncomfortable and dry on my throat whenever I breath using my mouth from the oxygen equipment. The boat will lead us to the spot where we will enjoying the view underwater and the most safest place as mentioned by the instructor.

Gearing up before leaping onto the water. haha I feel so nervous here like a crybaby. Haha My Boss saw me on a teary eyed moment of my life. Lol.

Gearing up before leaping onto the water. haha I feel so nervous here like a crybaby. Haha My Boss saw me on a teary eyed moment of my life. Lol.

Finally jump backwards also called as Back Roll Entry.

Finally jump backwards also called as Back Roll Entry.

Back roll Entry are good enough because you are carrying a lot of weight (diving equipment on your back) and you would not want to hit the water face down like that. Also the mask could cut or it would easily bruise your face.

Finally on the water! I cannot let go of the instructors hand because I might drown as I am not a good swimmer. hahaha.

Finally on the water! I cannot let go of the instructors hand because I might drown as I am not a good swimmer. Lol.

Here is one of the pictures shot by my Boss with his amazing camera underneath. I was able to strike an "ok" symbol just to ensure I am doing good on my dive.

Here is one of the pictures shot by my Boss with his amazing camera underneath. I was able to strike an “ok” symbol just to ensure I am doing good on my first time dive.

After 15 minutes under the water, we escalate our ourselves to the boat and held back to the resort.  We are on a day trip so we didn’t check in for any rooms available in the resort. Instead we use the bath house available for free. 🙂 You can use the lounge if you wish to take a nap after the dive. On the sunset, we pack our things and head to back to Manila. We took our dinner at a Bulalo House in Batangas.

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Special Bulalo – Food and facility is good and clean, plus attentive crews. Thumbs up!

If your planning your dive here in the Philippines, this resort might be one of your choices of accommodation. You can contact them at

(632) 5841328 and  +639175877858 for Manila Reservations

 +639175877848; +639998801037 for the Resort Contact Numbers

You can also send an email at booking@aquareefclub.com

Mt. Batulao May 2014

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I’ve always wanted to do some activities related to nature. And one of this is to do mountain climbing. Some of my friends have gone to many mountains and honestly makes me want to try this also. At first nakakatakot, you’ll be conquering heights, imagine going up on heights not by any machine but of your own feet. Isipin ko pa lang noon e nakakapagod na. But, I have my friends that wants to try this also so pinush na namin..

So…. Date was set at May 10, 2014 (Saturday) para lahat ng friends kasama (good thing that we dont have any office works to do by that time!). We are just commuting from coastal Mall so here is the itinerary, experience and most importantly our expenses.

5:00am     –     Assembly at KFC Coastal Mall (Eat Breakfast) We arrived at 5:30am kasi Parañaque Area lang din kami.

6:00am     –     Departure (Bus to Evercrest)  Basta sabihin nyo lang sa Kundoktor ng bus na ibaba kayo sa Evercrest. Merong Rotonda doon, hilera ng mga karinderya at Tricycle terminal. Bus Fare is around Php 102.00. Almost 2 hours din and byahe.. 🙂

8:00am     –     Start trek to Jump off Point. You can ride one of the tricycles in the terminal but that would cost Php20.00 per pax. But we chose to walk para ma-start na din mabanat ang mga buto at tabang natutulog. haha! Also before you start, just make a simple prayer to guide you on your trek.

9:00am     –     Ascend. It took us 3 hours to climb up to the peak. Merong mga basecamp in which you have to register your names and your group name. You could also buy tshirt souvenirs, water, softdrinks, buko and most importantly, HALO HALO along the way.

We have our packed lunch for this climb so walang problema sa pagkain. And right in the middle of our lunch, umulan ng todo so para kaming mga basang sisiw kasi kung saan lang kami ngstop para kumain. haha!

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Ganito kakitid yung aakyatin, so dapat extra careful!

Me with Dadi sa likod ko. Going to Basecamp 1. Ganda ng mga outfit no? medyo mainit kasi.

Me with Dadi sa likod ko. Going to Basecamp 1. Ganda ng mga outfit no? medyo mainit kasi.

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Another picture of our friends na nauuna sa climb. Saya!

Me with Dadi. Its a milestone for us so dapat may picture! haha

Me with Dadi. Its a milestone for us so dapat may picture! haha

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And then we’re on the peak! Extra careful sa mga nagppicture alongside! 🙂

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This is our friend Toti and he’s our guide for the day. He’s been here already so he knows the trail. 🙂

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Halo Halo on Batulao’s Peak!

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Group shot before descending

2:00pm     –     We start to descend. A bit hard for a beginner since almost all of us are using our butt and legs on steep slope areas. Also medyo nakakalula dahil babaybayin mo ung slope mismo ng mga bundok. haha.

5:00pm     –     Reach at the jumpoff point. Our friend Toti knows where we can clean ourselves up. Unlimited supply ng tubig at Php 15.00 per pax. Sadly medyo madilim lang yung toilet kasi walang ilaw at medyo madilim na din. But very clean and organize yung toilet.

On our way down to Evercrest, it took us time to take a bus going to Coastal mall. So we decided to just go to Tagaytay to take a sip of its famous Bulalo before we go home. Bus fare from Evercrest to Tagaytay is around Php 80.00 and we got to take our dinner / merienda at Bulalo Point near Tagaytay Rotonda.

Bulalo at Tawilis for the win! (c) Andrie Ladaga

Bulalo at Tawilis for the win! (c) Andrie Ladaga

From there we took a ride of a San Agustin Bus going to Coastal Mall. Bus fare is around Php 75.00

Too tired yet too happy for our first climb. And we are looking forward to another adventure with the same team on the next months!