Waiting Outside The Lines

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I am a type of person who tries to comfort myself by listening to songs that fit my mood. If I’m in a happy-dancy mood, then EDM tracks are my partner for a day. If I just wanna relax and chill, I turn to Coldplay, One Republic, Hale, and the likes. Yeah, my song playlist varies depending on my mood.

Recently, I was on a depression state, due to several problems exisiting in my mind at the same time. As usual, I am trying to ease myself by listening to music, especially when I’m alone. Then, I remembered this song by Greyson Chance that was released last 2010. Below is the song I am talking about:

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Escape from the Big Boss!

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β€œWhat if you are in a situation wherein a big syndicate captured you and you need to make your way out before the big boss arrives and kill you?”

That was the setup when we entered the Lady Luck – Blood Money game of Breakout Philippines, a real-life escape game. The goal of the game is simple, make your way out of the room within the 45-minute timeframe by searching for clue in order to answer the tricky questions in order to escape. Simple as it may seem, but it is not what you think it is inside.

Right after a quick dinner over at Wangfu Chinese Restaurant (which is by the way a thumbs up!), our squad, consisting of our Senior Manager Bogs, Girlie, Jem, Jayvee, JM, Marlon and myself, headed straight to Breakout Philippines Serendra branch to try our luck if we can indeed survive the room. We had to wait for quite some time because there are other groups who are inside, trying to make their way out of the puzzled room. It was the time to share each other’s expectations about the game. Some are guessing if there are extreme activities inside like jumping or running (for their lives hahaha), others were very clueless as to what will be happening inside. The group prior to us stepped outside the room, packed with faces full of frustration and sadness, because they were only able to make 40% progress. In short, there were not able to make it out. Our group was eager to ask them questions, hoping that we can get even just a simple hint about the clues. It simply shows that we are indeed scared that we might not be able to get out within 45 minutes.

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Girlie, me, JM, Jem, Bogs, Jayvee and Marlon, preparing ourselves to conquer Breakout by a pigging out sesh :3 (Photo by Jem)

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Petit Biscuit

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I bet all of us are music lovers, no matter what type of genre you’re into. As long as you are enjoying the kind of music that you listen to, then you, my friend, belong to the clan.

The kind of music I listen to varies depending on my mood, so there is definitely no specific genre of music. Yep! Even international music like Indian songs are part of my playlist. But what strikes me lately is chill music. To be specific? Petit Biscuit.

Petit Biscuit. Photo by TheWebTape.net

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Protect the Thresher Sharks! Sign the Petition!

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Thresher shark is my favorite shark specie. I love them because of its majestic tail, which not only looks beautiful when it swims, but because of ita unique function and how the thresher sharks use it for their survival. Basically, the tail acts as a whip that the shark uses to stun its prey, mostly small fishes and squids.

The Majectic Thresher Shark. Photo from Google.

Back in Cebu, thresher sharks can be found in the famous Monad Shoal, located near the island of Malapascua. The island itself is famous for being a diving spot, that’s why many tourist, both local and foreign, are storming into the island to plunge the waters of Malapascua. Of course, a lot of these visitors wanted to experience a surreal encounter with the thresher sharks in the wild. These activities helped the locals greatly in terms of income and livelihood. Indeed, thresher sharks are a gift to the people of Malapascua

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Last Moments in Cebu

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It has been a month since I moved here in Manila. Since then, there are so many new things that I have experienced. It is my first time to be away from my family and my hometown for a very long time, and honestly, it’s not really easy, but good thing fate is so good to me and I managed to cope up.

But I can’t help but feel homesick. There are times that I think of Cebu, my family, the place, the friends I left there. Well, Cebu has been my hometown and my domicile for more than 20 years, so this feeling is really expected of me.

Allow me to share my last moments in Cebu before I got relocated in Manila:

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Kiss of a Snake

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When you’re touring Bohol, one of the most popular tourist destination is the animal sanctuary where the very famous Prony the Python is located which is somewhere in the Municipality of Baclayon.

Prony was 5 feet long and 5 kilograms heavy when she was captured last October 31, 1996, somewhere in Albuquerque, about 3 kilometers away from it’s current home. When she died, she was 27 feet and weighted almost 300 kilograms. She could have been the world’s largest captive reticulated python, but unfortunately, she failed to be officially recorded by Guiness because it’s a requirement that the creature should be alive during the bid for official record. Prony’s body is well preserved and is still being one of the center attractions in the animal sanctuary.

My team with Prony’s preserved body. Photo by Jeremie Lucero.

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My Sugbo Mercado Struggles

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Open every Thursday to Saturday, from 5 PM to 1 AM.

Open every Thursday to Saturday, from 5 PM to 1 AM.

You might heard of Sugbo Mercado – that weekend night market that springs out every Thursdays to Saturdays at Garden Bloc, IT Park, Cebu City (now they have a new branch in Cebu Business Park).

The location is very near the office, so my teammates and officemates usually end up deciding to hit this place every weekend to help ourselves whenever we are starving, especially to relieve all that stress from all the work that we had. With just a few steps from our building (actually, it is located across our building), Sugbo Mercado is indeed the easy vote for every dinner options.

While I enjoy most of the time whenever I visit this night market, I just can’t help but experience these struggles when venturing the place. Here are some of my personal thoughts:
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Highlights: Squad Goals with Manila Brothers

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Well, for those who don’t know, I frequently go to Manila. How frequent? I can’t really answer that. But I can surely let you know that I am loving my every visit to Manila. Most of my visits in the Capital City, I spend it with my Manila brothers. Yeah, we’re in a long-distance relationship, but you see, I made a saying that is very perfect for us: Distance means nothing to friends who are worth keeping.

As what they all say, “A picture paints a thousand words.” So, here are the highlights of my trips in Manila together with my homies:

May 2013 – This was the first time that I got to meet my Manila batchmates. We trained together, them being the main class and us in Cebu as the remote class. This was also the first time I met Romeo and Laurence. From there, our friendship grew strong, and that’s where the bond started to get strong.

This was the first time that I got to meet my Manila batchmates. We trained together, them being the main class and us in Cebu as the remote class. This was also the first time I met Romeo (leftmost) and Laurence (next to Romeo). From there, our friendship grew strong, and that's where the bond started to get strong.

From Left: Romeo, Laurence, me, Yvonne (pink), Shermaine, Charles

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The Picture behind every Pictures

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Before reading the entire post, please bear in mind that it’s been a while since the last time I made a post on my blog. So please, excuse me for a crappy post πŸ™‚

Last October 31, 2015, I took my chances and visited the famous Celosia Flowers that are growing in Sirao Flower Farm, located in Sirao, Cebu City, of course. The flowers were a big hit back then, because it was a rare moment for Cebuanos to witness such foreign breed of flowers here in Cebu. The bandwagon instinct in me triggered and decided to go and visit them, along with some newly-found friends.

Hours after my visit to the farm, I posted my thoughts on what the current state of the flowers were on Facebook. My goal is to share the the status quo of the farm itself days after it became a hit and to you know, give reminder to the people how to act accordingly when visiting such places. Minutes after, the post itself became viral.

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Damaged celosia flowers in Sirao (October 2015)

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