Rainy Martini

June 15, 2014

Rainy x Ilocos: Away To Paoay!

Good day, kids! Today we'll talk about how the great legendary Rainy Martini spent her time in Ilocos. The legend is pretty much a stranger in her own country. Having no sense of direction, she travels the land and the seas with the moonlight guiding her. Or the sunlight, in this case.

And this is where I cut the crap hahaha. I've been yammering about this trip in this blog for weeks! Like I said a few seconds ago, I'm a stranger in my own homeland. Thanks to my laziness, and my fear of travelling by land. I've always been afraid of driving along the mountainside and cliffs, and because we have a lot of those here, I choose to stay put! I live in the country's capital, by the way. My mother loved to travel around some provinces when I was a kid, but I don't think I ever enjoyed any of those trips because well, I was shit scared.

Good thing the trip started at night, I didn't have a choice but to not see what road we were taking, and although I am a person of the night, I fell asleep in the coaster. I was seated next to, voila, Niko. It was funny because he couldn't sleep, so I lent him my pink leopard-printed sleeping mask and floral shawl. And I was wearing his deep brown jacket which I love. (And kinda ruined. Sorry!)

First official stop in Ilocos: Mario's Restaurant. I'm bad with names, so I'm not sure if that's what the place is officially called. I forgot to mention that this was a company-hosted outing, and I was with my boyfriend's family and colleagues.

The drive to Ilocos started at night, around 10PM. We arrived at the restaurant at around, hmm, 8AM? Maybe 9. Not sure.

Awesome weather? Wait 'til you see the new tan I got! On top of my natural tan. Hahaha. After food time we met our first tour guide named Janice. Or was it Janis? I don't know. I didn't know a single shit about the place I was at, but I was expecting it would be interesting for me, since it was the north-est I've traveled in my own country.

First tour stop: Paoay. Ilocos amazingly has its own sand dunes. Its not normal in my country, fyi. But I'm pretty glad we have one. Janice said people refer to it as our "Little Dubai", which makes me wonder why they used Dubai instead of Egypt. I mean, fine, I've always been addicted to Egyptology and pharaohs and stuff, but when I hear "Dubai" I think of buildings and cosmopolitan, not an empty desert. Maybe when they added "Little", they were referring to a freaking tiny spot in Dubai. Whatever that is. Could be your neighbor's foreign husband's backyard.

The place had been the setting of some classic Filipino films like Panday and Himala. Months back, my hun bought some book about Ricky Lee's Himala, starring Nora Aunor. I think the book was about the filmography. I'm not sure and ehh I'm too lazy to ask. So anyway, we set out to find the Himala tree. If you're from somewhere else I'm sure you won't know what the hell I'm talking about hahaha. But keep scrolling, keep scrolling.

"I have the power to create and destroy, but first, I moustache you a quesiton."

Awesome view, and the sun almost at its prime.

Some desert friends I got to meet. What, I talk to plants! THEY'RE MY FRIENDS. THEY ARE MY PEOPLE.

There was also a sandboarding option in this venue, but we chose to just walk and take photos.

More friends I got to meet: dried animal poop. THEY ARE MY PEOPLE, TOO! What's with that look? You're hurting the poop's filling! Oh god I'm so bad at puns.

Enter me so you can scale the location's size. Hahaha. I look so ugly in this shot. Not that you can see my face, but it's my face so I'm the one who gets to decide.

More "landscape" shots.

And more friends and people.

"I will not shave the question for later. I moustache you the question!"

My favorite photo of the bunch, not counting the moustache pics I now use as wallpapers. This was taken right below the tree my hun and I were headed to. We dumbos actually thought it was the same tree that they used in the film. So we painstakingly walked the sands, met with some poop and plants (THEY ARE MY PEOPLE) and put our skin to risk, thanks to the sun, for nothing! Or not. I'm sure it was not nothing. I got my photos, I got to laugh with my love. Rewarding enough, right?

We then headed back to the coaster's parking area and ran to our seats. It was sweltering hot that day.

Hello beautiful.

The view from my seat. I managed to snag the window seat, yes. Not that we fought over it. Heehee.

And hahahaha I brought some of my baby minions with me!

So there went my Paoay experience. We left shortly after and headed to MalacaƱang ti Amianan, which I will show on my next post!

June 10, 2014

Marion x Jeca Day!

At the rate my May had gone, it might as well be the highlight of my 2014, but I have no way of foreseeing the future (or do I?) and the following months may beat it. But so far, so good. After the longish trip to Zambales, I went out with my friends literally a day later! Totes unexpected, my dear. I didn't even know we were heading to some photography event. Well, we didn't linger there anyway.

So, like any other spur-of-the-moment friendly outings, I was late! It was held in High Street. Ikr, I like walking around that place. Lots of coffee shops around, and the fact that a ginormous Fully Booked branch is just around is sooo... love. Wo hen love.

Friendly legs.

There's Marion! I have yet to help him fix his blog layout. Hahaha.

Such a shame. I know I'm still having a hard time knowing what's straight and what is not. I've always had this problem with orientations anyway. Not sexual. I'm one thousand percent sure I'm straight, although I wouldn't mind being gay, too.

Whose name is that hmm I wonder... well, the best thing about the event was the loot bag. Like I always say, totes unexpected. I registered and then they handed me a PRETTY canvas bag with a hand-dawn camera on it, and inside was a lens tumbler I had always wanted to get!! AWESOME, RIGHT? Not for you, maybe. I mean you weren't there, so how'd you know lolol. Just be happy for me! Not even kidding. Ok I'm kidding.

And the Walking Dead artist was also there. Charlie Adlard.

Still not straight. LIKE WTF IS WRONG WITH MY HANDS. Or eyes. Oh by the way, I do appreciate that you guys like the quality of the pictures I post, because IF YOU ONLY KNEW how hard it was given the equipment I have. I think I've already mentioned this before. I'm using a Sony Xperia C. C as in cute, C as in cute Rainy. Anyway, I'm using an Xperia C, and yeah, good quality under awesome lighting. But the worst part, worse than the fact that I cannot shoot properly under a simple incandescent lighting, is that the shutter has like a 2-5 sec lag before it captues the picture. With no image stabilization. I do hope you know what I'm talking about. THAT MEANS BLURRY PHOTOS 90% OF THE TIME because of my shaky hands. But knowing me, I want good photos and I get it. Well, sometimes. Lol.

We were stached. Heehee.

Some nyummy-looking macarons for sale inside SM Aura. I have this thing with macarons. I think I'm more takaw-tingin when I see them. Because every time my boyfriend (see told you I'm straight) and I purchase a bunch, I just take a bite and make him finish everything off. I just like how they look like. I dunno. Totes unexpected, as I would say.

Lame OOTD attempt. Which is a sin, I mean I was in the ladies! Eh, I just want you to notice the patterned bra I was wearing. My Bart Simpson top was more or less see-through which was fab! What. I find it fab. And no I don't just flash my bra when I feel like it.

Jeca's hot chocolate from CBTL.

I'm obviously not a very huge fan of taking selcas, or selfies, as normal people would call it. And neither are they. But for the sake of reminding ourselves that hey, we went and saw each other, here goes.

See, I told you so.

June 06, 2014

Rainy Drives to Zambales III

So now where at the third part. Sad sad sad. I took less pictures than expected, and I don't know whether it was because I was having mega fun or the fact that I didn't have an SD card for my phone. Nonetheless, nonetheless. At the very least I was able to blog blog blog about this trip. I have an upcoming entry about my Ilocos trip but with Rainy Martini, who knows how long it'll take?

I purchased a bunch of keychains. Not because I wanted souvenirs haha. They were cheap and colorful, like who would have the heart to refuse colors? Ok maybe everybody else. But I'm not everybody else. I'm someone else. Or maybe I'm just else.

Oopsie. You still can't see my retro-style swimsuit. Too bad. Too bad. This was taken before we rode the boat for an island-hopping.

Everybody including me!

There it is! The "island" was so small it was as if a mountain just popped it out of its bumhole or something. Poop.

Ohai turtle. I gave this to Niko.

I don't know why this photo is here because it should've been on the second part! Hahaha. This baby followed me around when I was walking towards the edge of the island that morning.

Another one of my purchases! Beautiful, eh? SAY YES. SAY YES YOU FREAKING...

Oh look, baby turns out to be a hotdog dog!

Anyway, going back to the island... we headed there to do the actual "team building" thingy, because it was a team-building event. As it turned out.

Them girls. With Rainy.

I was lovin' the chunky baby island sand!

The scary thing about the place is errrr. Remember when I wrote that this "island" was like a mountain's poop? Well, it might as well be. I'm not sure how artificial that place is because the surrounding waters, around 8 yards from the shore, are shallow. Could be 4-5 feet deep, but go further than 8 yards and there'd be a forty-foot drop into the ocean. Yeap. The 8-yard space was awesome though. There were corals and I snorkeled for a little while.

I'm still having problems taking straight photographs.

See what I mean? Scary, right? Anyway, we also saw a black 'n white water snake.

More saaaaaaaaaaaand.

And this was the game portion. Hahaha. We won! We won. Credits to Niko, because one of the challenges there was to call a friend and ask them to make animal sounds that are on the list. Good thing I brought my phone! Weird though, because we haven't gotten our prizes up til now. Lol. We were doing our team jingle when this was taken.

Group shot before leaving!

And here's a photo of the veeeeeeeeeeeeeeryyyy cute Pickle to end this series nicely.

I honestly want to go on another vacation. Thank goodness I went out a lot last May. Like I said, a miracle for the slightly antisocial. No, I don't think I'm a shy person. It's more of because I think it's a chore to get out there and you know, socialize. Don't get me wrong, I like having friends, but I have this general distrust on people, although I'd give everything to have a group of people I am most comfortable with. For now, this will do. I am happy with the number of people I talk to.

If stress could just walk away... from... me.