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is it really 17 mile drive?

it’s the beginning of Fall, and here in NorCal, temperature could drop us low as 50°F (10°C), not considering yet the wind chill. brrrrr. and the tropical specie me finds it hard to move my arse off the bed. but it’s a beautiful day, and driving to Monterey all the way to Big Sur looks sweet! sun is out and temperature is mild at 70°F (21°C). double-clad with pullover and warmer, braved the drive along Highway 1 with D.

17-mile Drive is a very scenic drive along the coast of Monterey Peninsula from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. A rugged coastline of granite and white sand beach, dotted with weathered Giant Kelps, Cypress and Ghost trees that add charm to the beauty of the restless sea. the entire stretch allows you to commune with nature to give you that requisite respite from the city’s chaotic jungle.

norcal maptoday’s drive to Big Sur

DSC_0585art of cairn, yeah gotta show it off

DSC_0618seated next to a Western Gull overlooking the seal and sea lion-covered Bird Rock


cabbie, music and me

arrived 2hrs late of my ETA in MNL and had to take an airport cab back to makati. it’s been a looong day of airport stuff, connecting flights and yes delayed flights and long queue in PI’s immigration, with a trace of hangover from my day-long cocktail drinking with friends in BKK for a quick catch up, so i’m a li’l pesky, to say the least, when i hopped on the cab.

but to my amusement, the cabie had a good taste for music and his set-up is actually neat for an airport cab. it’s Up Dharma Down’s “OO” playing, and i suddenly realized how i missed listening to real good local music. lead guitar, bass, percussion and the vocals complete the magic of UDD’s music! do you remember the last time when you got actually transcended away from all your cares by music? 

Cabbie’s playlist also included “sana”, “taya”, “thinker”, “tadhana” (oh boy!!! do i luv it?) and so on and so forth jumping from “fragmented” to “bipolar” to “capacities” albums in random order. 

it’s a good 20min drive and all i can think of is how i wanna be alone in my room and play in my itunes more lovely music like that. i miss those days when i would start and end my day with my Sennheiser HD 598 headphones on (had to drop what it is as it’s real steal for its power btw!) and just get lost with the richness and beauty of music of whatever genre. was so deep in it, i came to understand soundstage when a song plays. have you had that? that feeling when you can actually visualize the music coming through your headphone? :-) soooo good you can see it. sooo good, you can taste it :-)

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” 
― Johnny Depp

back from oblivion


the past three and a half years have been a journey. and i know how delinquent i got in visiting my crib. it’s not fair cuz in the past years, i had soooo many beautiful adventures i can only wish now i have blogged right away.

but then again, hey! not that i have more time now in my hands, but i wish not to visit this again without anything to remind me how my week, or my month or my year of chasing dreams was.

so, let’s sit a spell once more and take the ride! <3 


exactly 7 days from now, i’m hopping to another great adventure! :D

the Americas!!! here i come!

and what’s even more awesome??? i’m meeting up my travel buddy sissy, wanderlass. it’s gonna be our 3rd continent of travelin together! together we’d do an adventure that shall be one for the books!!! wooohooo!

i promise to send you beautiful photos and lotsa stories whilst on the road – or whilst afloat the Pacific Ocean :D

this should be an E-P-I-C!



The Vow

The Vow

ok. i’m still a believer of ever after :-) who isn’t?


McAdams is a real sweetheart. you know how she and Julia Roberts give you that feel good vibe? whatta girl crush :-)

front row seats…

…in my house on my couch watching AI..errr…no! it’s AO of course!!! grand slam season officially begins! woohoo!

i wish next year, i could be there in Melbourne right inside Rod Laver Arena under the perfect 18C sun, watching world class tennis and yeah cheering for The Fed! sweeeet!

*on a completely off topic, HOW on earth Sharapova weighs 59.1kg at 1.88m, when i’m 58kg at 1.65m??? arrrg! thanks to my tummy bulges and calves, huh?! what does she eat that i don’t? or should i say what she doesn’t that i do?? haaay!

…at orchestra arena at CCP.


because we are brats, and we get what we want, we scored the prime seats on the premiere day! :-) wooohooo!

i regret that i missed Lea Salonga sang and danced pokah face, i kissed a girl, rehab & halo. all the more when she rocked it with jett pangan! and the winning rendition of Aegis’ Halik!!! good thing there’s youtube! :-) learned also it would be shown on net25 on full HD! yeaaah!

at SM MOA concert grounds. The Killers on 31st! woot woot! already!

the child in me

been looking for this here in Manila. and was disappointed to know that a 4-storey book haven doesn’t have it on stock. *sigh*

no. i didn’t grow up reading the book. i knew Dr. Seuss & Silverstein by heart (met them first when i was in grade school) and read their books the most times than any of my collection, but i never heard of Sendak nor his illustrated book (which by the way shocked the world of J).

we just came back from S’ place and have a major buzz in our head because of cussing-drinking game when K & J animatedly read to me the book. and despite the microsecond naps in between (the warm spiced rum was the culprit, ok?!), i easily related with Max and got lost in his wild imagination. after the storytelling, i just have to grab the book and looked through the illustrations. i became an instant fan! too bad i was booked to fly out to NY the next day and missed the premiere day showing of it. would have been perfect to see it on the silver screen with the Crew!

cute King Max

and did i get the chance to see it on the big screen?

YEZZZ!! on my first night in Jersey. was lucky to catch it on its second day of showing.

it’s all worth the popcorn and soda i brought in! :-)

happy times!

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burst of colors

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