Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mt. Balungao Hot and Cold Springs Resort (Balungao Adventure)

It was a day after New Year when my siblings and I went to Mt. Balungao located at Balungao, Pangasinan. People flock there because of it's cold and hot springs and lately because of the adventure it offers like zip line, hiking, trail walking and ATV driving. Thus, its known now as Balungao Adventure. To be honest, I'm not interested in the zip line because I'm chicken when it comes to that. I'm scared of heights. What I want to try is their hot spring pool. It's just an hour drive from our place. Hubby didn't come with us and opted to stay home. He's becoming homebody lately. Maybe age is catching up on him, lol!

When we reached the place, we paid the entrance fee which was 50 pesos per pax and 25 for children. The place was so crowded and there were no more available sheds for rent. It's a good thing hubby did not come or he might went back home right away. So what we did, we just went inside and found a shady place to sit. We brought with us some foods for lunch and we ate first before going to the pool. I cooked chicken adobo and ginisang upo and my youngest brother cooked ginisang sayote. We enjoyed the foods though we were just sitting down on a cemented pavement. We look like squatters, lol!. The resort is surrounded with lots of trees and the green scenery is so refreshing to the eyes. There were quite a few people doing the zip line and seems like they were enjoying it.

Little brother and his daughter went to the pool first and my sis-in-law and I just watched the crowd. When I got tired watching, I went to dip in the hot spring pool full of people. At first it really felt hot but after a few minutes it felt so good. My other brother joined us later. There was this Japanese guy who really enjoyed staying in the hot pool and remained there longer than most of the people. I only stayed there for about 20 minutes and when it got so crowded, my 2 brothers and I decided to leave the pool. There were 2 hot pools but both were full of people. I could have enjoyed it better and stayed longer if it's not so crowded. I wanna go there again next time during weekdays just for the hot pool and I would take hubby with me.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas In Baguio

Happy New Year to all my readers here. I've been meaning to write some posts but I haven't been able to do so. I've been lagging behind regarding my posts. We celebrated Christmas in Baguio with my loved ones. I haven't written about it yet. We went up to Baguio a day before Christmas and spent Christmas day there at the house of my brother-in-law. My brother Celso and family went with us too. We are so thankful that Jhun invited us to go with them. His dad, sis and niece are like family to us, very hospitable and accommodating people. They always make us feel at home.

On Christmas, as usual, we had our noche buena together. We started it with prayer and then we sang happy birthday to Jesus. They prepared delicious foods, some were home-made and some were bought in a restaurant. Their next door neighbor also shared some foods that he prepared and vice versa. It's like exchange foods, lol! Foods were all yummy and I think I gained some pounds after supper. Anyway, let these photos do the talking. There were some foods that were not in the pics.

After our Noche Buena was the opening of Christmas gifts. We had some kitchen utensils from Jhun and Rose and glass wares from Glo and a cash money from ninong brown George, Jhun's dad. The kids had a blast opening their gifts. They got the most gifts of course! Christmas is more for the kids anyway.

On Christmas day, we went to SM and buy some groceries to take home to the lowland. The mall was so crowded. Hubby said people were coming out of woodwork. Here's some proof.

A bunch of people were still shopping, dining and guess what, picture taking. Hubby and I joined in the crowd and snapped some pics at the inspired Disney's Frozen display. Looks like we were in winter wonderland, lol! Whoever thought of that really did a good job!

We didn't stay long in the grocery store. Hubby hate crowded places. After buying what we came for, we went to get a taxi. The thing is, we had to fall in a very long line in the mall just to get a taxi. We waited patiently until it was our turn to get a taxi and went home. At around 10PM we headed back home to the lowland.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lady In Red

I love wearing red on Christmas so this is what I wore during our Christmas party in the church. This dress has been hanging in the closet for a long time because since I lost weight a few years ago, it became loose on me. I was able to maintain my weight for 7 years but unfortunately, I gained weight lately. I forgot my diet and it became hard for me to control my hunger pangs. I gained 20 pounds and the result, my clothes shrunk, lol! I was able to wear again those bigger sizes like this red dress. My new years resolution is to exercise and lose weight. I wanna shed off those unwanted pounds and my love handles. Wish me luck.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Cowhide Rugs - for Your Wooden and Stone Flooring

After years of being dissatisfied with your carpeted floors, you finally made a change. You may have purchased some new beautiful wood floors, stone floors, or a combination of the two. Although, you are ecstatic about your new flooring, you feel like something is still missing. If you can relate to this scenario, consider decorating your new floor coverings with stylish cowhide rugs.

Natural Beauty

The natural attractiveness of wood floors and stone floors is unmistakable. These types of flooring add value, style, and sophistication to any home. However, without some accents, they can look rather dull. Thankfully, with the right d├ęcor, you can add visual interest to new wood and stone floors. A stunning cowhide rug is the perfect choice for accomplishing this task. Like wood and stone floors, this type of floor covering boasts natural beauty. These completely natural rugs will instantly add warmth and texture to your living space.


Many types of rugs start wearing out almost as quickly as you lay them on your floors. Daily foot traffic produces unsightly snags, loose strings, and knots in them. Unlike other kinds of rugs, floor coverings made out of cow hide are very durable. They will hold up to the daily beating that your family and pets give them. Cleaning them is also a breeze. When every day spills and staining occurs, simply blot the rug with a wet cloth. To remove dust and dirt, you will also need to periodically take your rugs outside and shake them out.


Do you or any of your other family members suffer from agonizing allergies? If allergies are a constant uncomfortable reality in your family, you might believe that decorating your home with cow skin rugs is not an option. Fortunately, these stylish home furnishings are specifically constructed to be hypo-allergenic. Regardless of whether you are normally allergic to animal products, you should be able to enjoy these accents in your home.


You may think that rugs made out of cowhide only look appropriate in ranch homes or country estates. Actually, this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether you live in a suburban townhouse, a farmhouse, or a high rise condo, this type of rug will look amazing on your floors. You can also find a rug that will match your unique style preferences. Besides the traditional black and white or brown and white patterns, you can buy cowhide rugs in many different colors and designs. You can even purchase a different one for every room in your home.

If you want to turn your place into a show home, you need to consider filling it with cowhide rugs. These must have home furnishings offer natural beauty, durability, and adaptability. Cowhide rugs are even hypo-allergenic. So, everyone can enjoy the style and sophistication that this type of rug provides.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blessings From A Friend

It's Christmas season once again and I am so blessed beyond measure to receive a lot of gifts from a friend. God really uses people to bless me and hubby. This morning around past 9AM, I got my ipad and checked my FB. I usually check my FB at night because I am busy doing chores during daytime but maybe God has been leading me to open my FB early morning. I had a message in my inbox and when I opened it, I saw a message from Cora, one of my friends from Texas who is on vacation in her hometown in Angeles City. She wanted to see me in Manaoag and they're on their way already. Had I not opened my FB, I would have not read Cora's message and I would have missed the chance to see her.

I was supposed to supervise the guy I hired to paint our front gate but then I just instructed him what to do. I asked my hubby to drive me to Manaoag church but he suggested to ask my youngest brother to drive for us. We stopped by in our town plaza to buy some tupig to give to my friend. Laoac is known for its yummy tupig. In fact even my hubby love it. At around past 11AM we were on our way to our meeting place and after waiting for a few minutes at the back of the church, we met Cora and her family having their lunch at one of the sheds there. She didn't waste time, she went to their van and gave me my "pasalubong" or let's say Christmas gifts. She opened 3 bags full of different stuffs and I was so overwhelmed! She said her balikbayan boxes that she shipped here in the Philippines just arrived yesterday. She really gave me a bunch of different stuffs. Let these pictures do the talking.

She used to give me pasalubong everytime she comes here but not as much as this time. She even remembered to buy a few things for Vernice. I bet my li'l girl would be very happy to receive her pink school bag and crayons. It's like I went shopping to BX or Clark but only these were all free. I was really blown away! I told my friend that she's like Santa Clause who granted my Christmas wishes. Her hubby was just smiling. My hubby and I were so flabbergasted with Cora's generosity.

What a blessing to have a friend who share her blessings to her friends. I will always be very grateful to friends like her. I am so incredibly blessed! God is really good. Merry Christmas everyone!

                                                                       Cora and I

                                                              Cora, me and hubby

                                                          hubby, me, Cora and her hubby


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Free Studio Portrait Packages

I wrote here before that Hap Chan is one of the restaurants that hubby and I frequent because of their fried squid. Hubby love it so much and he don't get tired eating it. Lately, they have their promo again that when you order Php500 or more, you get a free studio portrait package claimable this time at Tronix Imaging Center. Because we are frequent diners, I was able to get 3 photo packages. Pretty cool huh!

Last time they had this promo, I earned 3 studio portrait packages courtesy of Picture City. You can see it here. I like better the services in Picture City compared to Tronix Imaging Center. At Picture City, when you want some copies made aside from the freebie photos, they charge only 7 pesos per 4R whereas at Tronix, they charge 60 pesos. When you want to put the photos in a CD, Picture City only charge Php20 per CD and all the photos will be stored there. Tronix charge 20 pesos per photo if you want to put it in a CD so if you have 9 photos you gonna pay Php180. Tronix is a money making business. 

Anyways, here are my studio portraits from Tronix. I'm not satisfied with the way they edited our photos. I don't like the frames they used. I didn't even ask them to put frames in our photos and look at how they cropped our pics. It was badly done. 

The one who edited our pics was not good at all. See how she cropped our pics and the weird blue frame that she chose. Bad job! I was not satisfied all. I will be the one to edit it and choose the frames or scrapbook from online.

When I claimed my 3rd freebie studio portrait package, hubby did not go with us so it was only me and Vernice. I told the lady photographer not to put any digital frames in my pics and she obliged. I think the pics below look better than the previous pics with the weird looking frames. But still, it was badly cropped.