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TRAVEL

La Union Trip 2021 2 Days 1 Night

Squeezing a quick beach escapade was made possible through an invite from my college friend. Last December 11-12, 2021, we were able to go for a quick trip to La Union also known as Elyu with some friends.

We were picked up at Greenfield at 12:00AM by our service. We were joiners. There were also other passengers who were with us on this trip.

Day 1 – Tangadan Falls, Baluarte Bell Tower, and the Beach

We reached the North at around 7:00AM. We ate breakfast in acarinderia along the way. Look how sumptuous our breakfast was.

After having our breakfast, we headed to Tangadan Falls. We were transferred to a jeepney. It was a 30-minute ride, and a 10-minute walk going to the falls.

Tangadan Falls was one of the main destinations for this Elyu Trip. The water was cold, and the surrounding was indeed peaceful. You can feel the fresh air in this place.

We stayed there for two hours, before we headed to our next destination.

Our next stop was the side tours. This included the Baluarte Watch Tower. We also ate our lunch there. We passed by the Bahay na Bato and Namacpacan Church.

After our quick day trip, we headed to our hostel. We stayed in a hostel room in front of El Union Cafe. It was already coordinated by our tour guide.

After resting, we headed to have our merienda at San Juan Beach. No entrance fee. Here, you will see the majestic sunset.

I loved looking at the sunset while enjoying our barbecue, shake, and our alone time. My friends respected each other’s alone time here. We were never required to be with each other at all time. But, we made sure that our companion was safe all throughout the trip. We tried to go to Kabsat and the other popular go-to destinations in Elyu. However, one will lose patience on how long the line was. Anyway, our group was not a fan of drinks so it was just fine with us.

Day 2 – Elyu beach and Slowing down

We woke up early the next day. 7:00AM to be exact. After doing our personal morning routine and eating our breakfast provided by our tour guide, we went straight to the beach which was just near where we stayed.

We stayed in the beach until 10:00AM. Packed our bags. At 12:00NN, we were fetched by our tour guide. We were dropped at SM La Union while the others went to Thunderbird Resort. We were fetched (again) at 3:00PM. I would never rant how we waited for a very long time for this was one of the many consequences of being a joiner in a big group trip. We went straight to a temple.

After taking some photos here, we went to the grape farm. Here we tasted the wine.

We bought pasalubong along the way. We reached Starmall Mandaluyong at 10:00PM if I am not mistaken.

Lessons from Joining a Tour

I enjoyed the place itself. However, if you want a more peaceful trip, just rent a van and do things by yourself. For me, I only need to relax by the beach. Hence, some trips were unnecessary for me. But still, when I went there, I enjoyed.

Joining a group took too much of our time. We were fetched late by the service. Two hours late. When our co-joiners go to the washroom, and take photos, it also consumed time. When they were headed to another optional trip, much of our time were wasted.

This is just for me. Maybe, group tours work for some. 🙂 As for an introvert, DIY-ing is preferable. You’ll have better options as well in terms of hostel booking.

Please note that we followed all the requirements asked by the local government. We also are fully vaccinated when we proceeded to this trip.

Again, this was the only time we went out after being stuck at home for a long time.

Did you also go somewhere in 2021? Where are you planning to go next (once everything is okay)?

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LIFE LESSONS

It’s the little things that matter.

Life lately has been so challenging to the point that no matter how hopeful I am, I still feel disappointed about the things happening in the country. Upcoming elections. Politicians and their ads on TV and on different social media platforms. All of these during pandemic.

Aside from that, I’ve seen a lot of people contracting COVID, getting sick, or losing their loved ones. (I also almost lose my job because #pandemic.) This is definitely saddening. It makes me think when will our country surpass this pandemic, or can they even handle the crisis? Nobody knows.

In the other part of the globe, people have been moving forward. Their government has been very efficient in dealing with pandemic. I hope that we Filipinos will experience the same thing.

With everything that’s happening to me, I’ve decided to examine how my life has been recently. This week, my puppy had parvo. She’s confined for six days. She’s now with us. As of this writing, she is currently under medications.

This event made me realize to appreciate the little things around me. Literally, Tiny, my shih tzu, is one of those little things. She matters.

Being with her every day, feeding her, and cleaning her regularly, I tend to forget her value and presence. I disregard her existence just because I know that she will be always there no matter how busy I am.

I believe this appreciation applies to all. I don’t have control to everything, but I believe I can control what I can do and think at the moment. I can choose to be happy. I can control my response to my situations.

I am trying to make a conscious effort to be grateful and to appreciate the little things. How?

  • I will write the things that I am grateful for.
  • I will find time to list the things that give me joy.
  • I will appreciate the people I regularly or seldom see everyday.
  • I will value friendships even if we meet virtually only.
  • I will not hesitate to pamper myself with small rewards because I know that I am working hard.
  • I am allowing myself to be happy.
  • I will listen and celebrate Mass everyday virtually.

I hope you don’t give yourself a hard time. If there’s something that would make you happy, grab it, as long as you won’t hurt anyone. As long as you are in peace and comfortable. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

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ART

Instructions on How to Disappear by Gabriela Lee

Instructions on How to Disappear by Gabriela Lee is published in 2016 by Visprint, Inc. Some of the stories have been published in some local and international journals. Each story has its own beauty that made me finish reading this book in one sitting.

There are several stories in this book. But here are some of my favorites.

This Side of the Looking Glass

It describes what it feels like to be fat–not the ordinary kind of fat. The author uses imagery that brought the protagonist to her dream. Her ideal family, ideal love life, and body but eventually she has accepted the real her. What I loved about this story is that the main character accepted her body, current situation, and her school belongingness.

Tabularasa

It is about the girl who had a relationship with a man who was having a hard time remembering. This story happened in Quezon City and I somehow relate with some of the places mentioned in this part. I love how this story ended. It is such a major cliffhanger.

Hunger

This story contains a manananggal who, at the end of the story, made me wonder if she has eaten her childhood love and his child. This part is written in second person point of view which makes me think if I am the manananggal in this story. This has the best narration among all the other stories.

I love how the author used different style and writing technique in writing each story. Each is indeed unique and remarkable. It is distinct from her other stories as well. The way she narrates is breathtaking and has the power to convince you that her fiction is true and is happening in real life.

Currently, this book is out of stock but this is recommended for those who are looking for a book that is short, sweet, and strange. 🙂