SG 2017 Day 2

My Default top 1 thing to do in Singapore: MacRitchie Trail.

Encountered this baby crocodile. Sometimes, it would be a snake or a monkey. It kind of feel weird to see them when you know you’re in the middle of a city.

Singaporean is so OC, even their “kalibunan” (trail) is ISO 9001 certified. 😂 Signages every where! With that said, no one will ever get lost in this city because it’s like a failure in their design, and of course, OC people cannot take that. 
I was advised by a friend to check ONDORI, a yarn shop. I thought it was some local yarn shop located in the HDB. 

But it’s actually a YARN WAREHOUSE! And, it gobbled all my chicken rice and kopi-c money! 😭😭😭 (Gonna blog more about this in my craftynanay.com blogsite.)


I just rationalized that hey I don’t really buy bags, shoes, clothes, and other girl stuff. So I’m making it up with these yarns and gizmos! 😂

We went to Jurong East to meet up Pio-san and Cindy-san (coz they look like Japanese) who are expecting a baby!!! We’re all excited because finally!!! I pray for this baby! Thank, God!

I made a quick crochet crown. And, no photos of the final output! How bad of me! 😂

I love Jurong East. It’s my 1st time to be on that side of SG. Jurong East can be best described with this veggie bowl! The place is so green, with lots of spaces, and a pretty public library!

No photo of Preggers Cindy because “tinoohan” like that.

SG Day 1

First day in SG, I visited a friend in Telor Ayek ON MY OWN. And, as expected, I missed bus stops and got lost a bit. But it no longer scared me. SG people is too OC in their designing and labelling their mass transit for any one to get lost. 😂

After lunch, she walked me to Chinatown so we had no luxury designer brands as backdrop for our selfie.

My friend’s work here is to make Google richer. 😂
Chinatown for me is Golden Dragon Store.

I can just spent all my time here in SG. 

Then I walk to Plaza Singapura from Chinatown because according to google maps it’s the shortest route. It was only 1.8km though friend said it’s too far. 

Anyhow, google maps did not disappoint me. It brought me to Clark Quay area.


To Fort Caning area, which was a first time for me.


And finally to Plaza Singapura for more yarns… 

It’s kinda interesting how one’s interest will take us. The 1st time we’re here, it was all about running then we probably run all the running areas. Then, there was startup, and went to all startup hubs, then there was coffee, and went to all coffee places, etc. And this time, it’s yarns for me! 😂 

I wonder how each people’s interest will “shape” their travels or work or life. 

#titasofcebu: Pastry Shops

The last 2 weeks, I was able to catch up with friends. So I got to tag along with them to the new cafe / restos, which I was also curious to try out since seeing them a lot on my social network feed. The IG posts pressure was so high; though gut feelings said it’s going to be a disappointment. 

And, gut feelings did not disappoint.

1st cafe tasted

2nd resto tasted

The cakes / pastry are all the same generic as what are offered in all other pastry / cafe / resto of Cebu. So much investment in making the resto pretty but the serving is unimaginative boring. It’s like a pretty boy with nothing in between his ears. #chos

Not posting the names of the resto just in case they’ll get me as their celebrity blogger. 😂 And, hey they’re providing employment. 🙂

#kid1’s First Day High

…in High School is TODAY!


I told myself that when my kid would be 10-year old, I would really feel old. Then I let it passed. Then now I have high school (sorry, i’m not gonna call it grade 7.)… 

I should be making a long drama for this but I guess, it’s a sign; I’m really too old for my teenage rants. 

[Leyte] Day 6-8: Ormoc

As I said, I like small cities. Therefore, I love Ormoc. It kinda feels like Dumaguete minus a big university.

We stayed in Sabin Resort, which happened to be also the idea of people around Leyte. Maybe because it was the last week of May, it seemed that everyone was doing their last hurrah for summer that the resort was full. There were birthdays, conference, social events in the resort the whole time we’re there. It feels so fiesta. @.@

So the random stuff we did at Ormoc.
Mayongs. You gotta pay respect to the Ormoc delicacy aside from pineapple.

Lake Danao. Among the few lakes I’d been to, Lake Danao for me is the prettiest. I hope they can keep it as it is.

Rowing 😂


Ormoc Food Park. I was not much happy with the food. We probably picked the wrong stall. Anyhow, it’s still worth a visit. 

The blue skyline is just so pretty.
Diversion road. I was so happy to stumble on this road. I took a morning jog/walk on this road. This was just across Sabin Resort.

Fat Choi Tea House. Definitely, everyone’s favorite in Ormoc because dimsum. This place has deaf staff, which makes it more interesting.

Tambay at Ormoc Plaza / boulevard.


Last dusk moment in Ormoc.

Until next time… Thank you so much, Leyte!

[Leyte] Day 5: Why Does He Have a Statue?

I had meltdown on this day. Char. It could really get tiring on nth day of road trip especially with 3 kids: packing-unpacking-packing, loading-unloading-loading. Though kids are big enough now to do them on their own, and all I would do now is bark at them. 

Anyway, I love pocket cities. I dunno if there’s that term “pocket cities” but it’s how I categorize “smaller cities” in my mind. 

Pocket cities are like small enough for me to watch the whole city in a corner. Really, I just want to people-watch. People-watching is probably the equivalent of 10-Things-to-do of other people for me. I think it’s one of the things I like in Brillante Mendoza’s film, they made me feel like I’m people-watching. 

My breakfast corner in Jollibee. Voyeurism at colorful jeepneys, the Donut store, local stores, “recovering” structures from Yolanda, etc.
Lunch at Burgos Street again. This time it was in SurpRice. Sorry, I was not a big fan of it.

We had coffee at Libro before leaving Tacloban for Ormoc. If there’s one thing I love about Libro is it’s their “corner.”


We dropped by at MacArthur Park, our attempt to being culturally/historically relevant. And, The kids kept asking, “why does he have a statue?!?”

My kids are sadly so millenials. But then it made me think, “yeah right, why are we making a grand statue for a foreigner?!? Who were the people responsible making a big deal out of this man yet not much is said about the local Leyte heroes?” But char lang. 

[Leyte] Day 4: 3 Provinces in 1 Day

BILIRAN 

I took an early morning stroll before leaving Biliran. There’s a stretch of rice farms nearby the Marvin’s Resort, where we’re staying.

Look happy, kids. 😂 

LEYTE

We stopped by at this hole-in-the-wallish kind of resto Tia Tita’s in Palo, Leyte. 

We stayed in ZPad Residences in Tacloban. The unit we’re staying felt like a demo condo unit.

First stop was for Meg’s red velvet at Burgos Street.
SAMAR

Nothing better to do, we went to the longest bridge of Philippines (right?). BACK TO LEYTEWe stopped by at Robinson’s. We’re planning to have dinner there but the place was so full, and noisy. Noisy like a lot of stores were simultaneously playing loud music. It felt like being “shock-and-awe.” 

The parking lot of Robinson’s was filled up with SUV, which is a sign they Tacloban recovered from Yolanda.

We went back to Burgos Street, and picked one of the many “hip” hole-in-the-wall restos lining up that area. WE probably need a week to try all of them. 

We holed-up in Canto. We ended our day in Leyte with an Italian / American meal.

[Biliran] Day 3: How are twins made?

(My first draft got deleted because internet connection is wonky; it makes living in Cebu feels like a 1st world with a slightly more reliable internet.)

Grinder has been so much part of my life, wether at home or away.Mati is trying to protect his “pan” from the ants.

Kids are now kinda little adults. I really get a kick listening to their conversations among theirselves, or with Mark. Promise, I’m the least “talker” in this family.

This morning’s discussion was Mati’s question: How are twins made?
With their access to internet and all, I think they’re not at all that innocent.
Pool. It was my first time to see them all in a pool for a long time. 

Carenderia or diner to be sosyal. 🙂 Cusina de Salas has became our favorite in Biliran.

It was a rainy afternoon in Biliran. I think not a day passed by in Biliran not raining. And what best way to spend it by going to yet another waterfalls, which was somehome also the idea of everyone in the island.

Fighting for the prime real estate for selfie 😂

Tinago Falls is not that “tinago” (hidden). I think it’s because very accessible that a lot of people tour it.

Prelude to halo-halo


Aside from waterfalls and pinakbet, Halo-halo and pizza are some things that Biliran will not disappoint you. 🙂

At Jelo’s
Dinner is always care of the Marvin’s Resort staff 🙂

[Biliran] Day 2

Biliran is in the top 5 LEAST populated province of the Philippines. And I guess it’s the reason why there’s no big fastfood chain in the place, which was a big surprise for the kids and a big relief for me. #chos Mati said that it might be a fake city if it has no Jollibee (poor kid 😂).

Cusina de Salas

The easy or the hard path dilemma?!

Of course, we picked the easy path.

Trekking with Mati always ends up with him looking like his bouldering or scrambling. Poor kid, he takes after my physical skills. 

We trek to eat our siopao. And they were not so amused.

We chanced upon an empth Agta beach so we play with sands…

And lounger.

We came home to the home-cooked meal of Marvin’s Resort. 

[Biliran] Day 0: Take 2

Lunch at Polambato Port, Bogo, Cebu before getting into the RORO boat for Palompon, Leyte.

Spot the no-longer-baby in this photo, when they’re already annoyed with you taking photos.

Palompon port, Leyte

Someone thought the Biliran bridge is pretty, he took a selfie. 🙂

Arrived at Biliran with a very orange sky, I took as my birthday gift. Orange, my favorite color.

The food at Marvin’s Resort in Biliran is just the ultimate homey. It’s so funny that the kitchen staff remember us as “pinakbet.” Mark and I could not get enough of their pinakbet when we were here last February. It was our default order every meal.