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Before leaving for Singapore, my father surprised me with tickets to a weekend getaway at Bintan, Indonesia! If you guys can still remember, I made a “The Summer Plan 2014" blog post last month, and one of my goals is to go to 3 countries over summer, and this trip was actually my 2/3! Even if it was just me and my father, it turned out to be buoyant, serene and fun as well! There’s so much to tell in spite of the little time we stayed in the country, so I decided to divide our trip in 2 parts: Day one and Day two.

(Warning: This is a photo-heavy blog post)

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We had a one-hour ferry ride going to Bintan from the Tennah Merry Ferry. The process went smoothly though the heat at Indonesia’s port was a bit unbearable. After the immigration, staff from the beach resort welcomed and guided us to the bus that will be brining us straight to the Mayang Sari. 

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Roamed around the resort while my father was checking-in.

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Beach Resort: Mayang Sari, Nirwana Gardens

The place was so beautiful, I can’t even put the right words to describe it. Even though the rooms were fully booked (we actually waited for an hour for our room to be cleaned), it was so quiet and calming. Everyone was trying to  keep it low to preserve the tranquility of the resort. Agh, such beauty!!

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While waiting for our room, we decided to have a late lunch at Spice Restaurant. It was my first time to try out Indonesian Cuisine. Everything was literally spiiiiicy!!! The service was okay, the only thing was that we waited for 15 minutes until our desserts were served.

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The view outside our room. There were no more beach front rooms available, but it was not much of a big deal since our room was just a 10-15 steps from the beach, lol. 

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After we finished unpacking, we went straight to the beach. The water is really clean and shallow. Thanking the universe for a good weather!

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Walked through those rocks just to check out the other side of the island. It was worth it because the view was more beautiful there, plus the rocks are beauty!

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My father and I made a sandcastle while waiting for the sunset. It looks cooler in real life, I swear!

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Low tide.

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I was pretty much in awe when the sky turned to this state. My father went back to our room to shower, but I stayed for a while to finish the sunset. This one made me love nature even more, ahhhh!! After some time, I got back to the room to shower and get ready for dinner. We chilled for a while, and watched Monsters Inc. 

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Hotel Lobby of Nirwana Gardens

Nirwana Gardens is really a big place! There are coaster buses that roam around the beach resort. We rode a bus that took us to the main hotel because we decided to have dinner at The Poolside.

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The Poolside

Can I just say how much I love everything about this restaurant? The service was really exceptional! The staff were always there to hand out anything you need and kept checking how our food was. The place was also coz. All that the place made me wanted to do was eat, eat, eat!!! There was a live cultural band and dancers performing while everyone was trying to fill their stomach with the food. They were amazing! Since it is a buffet, the chefs stand-by at their stations ready to prepare their own dishes. My personal favorite was the BBQ station! Everything was there, from lobster, fish, squid down to steak and lamb, yay!!

My father made my try more Indonesian food at dinner. I was able to taste Ayam Goreng, Mee Goreng, Satay, Rendan Daging and more! Aside from the seafood and Indonesian cuisine buffet, the restaurant also serves Western platters.

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The dessert station. I did not enjoy much even if I have a sweet tooth. I do not know, maybe it’s just that I have so much love for Filipino desserts? Hehehe, anyways, at least I was able to try a different cuisine.

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My 23719th plate. Grilled lobster, lamb and squid!!

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The layered cake was da bomb.

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After eating, we were entertained by the live band. They were starting to get people on stage and dance with them! We went back to Mayang Sari after an hour or two to get some rest since we planned a lot of activities for the next day. 

Day 2 of our Indonesia Trip will be up in a few days! :-)

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An Open Letter To The One I Thought Who Cared
On the day you came, my heart was merely in pain. You never failed to make me feel that I was not alone, yet I was very straight-forward when I confessed that I will never be ready to begin another thing that I can never finish. You never uttered a word. I read the words your almond-shaped eyes made, from then on, I just knew that you will always be by my side until the day I get better; however, it never turned out to be like the movies.
One day, I just woke up and suddenly became aware of your coldness. You stayed and left for all the right reasons. You left because I have to come up to a conclusion that I can be fine on my own. My contentment and happiness in life can never be attained on someone or something temporary. Words and promises, no matter how sincere they are, can break. You left to become the metaphor of everything that has been happening in my life, change. 
No worries, you never gave me trust issues. You just made me grasp that I have to take my trust into another level. I was very wrong to think that someone will even have the guts, patience and love to wait for me. I guess it is time to pack up.

An Open Letter To The One I Thought Who Cared

On the day you came, my heart was merely in pain. You never failed to make me feel that I was not alone, yet I was very straight-forward when I confessed that I will never be ready to begin another thing that I can never finish. You never uttered a word. I read the words your almond-shaped eyes made, from then on, I just knew that you will always be by my side until the day I get better; however, it never turned out to be like the movies.

One day, I just woke up and suddenly became aware of your coldness. You stayed and left for all the right reasons. You left because I have to come up to a conclusion that I can be fine on my own. My contentment and happiness in life can never be attained on someone or something temporary. Words and promises, no matter how sincere they are, can break. You left to become the metaphor of everything that has been happening in my life, change. 

No worries, you never gave me trust issues. You just made me grasp that I have to take my trust into another level. I was very wrong to think that someone will even have the guts, patience and love to wait for me. I guess it is time to pack up.

45 Notes & Comments Posted: 2 months ago Source: blaancaflor

I’m A Fat Kid At Heart

*Oink, oink* As I go through my father’s camera roll, I realized that I have so MANY pig-out pictures. The photos above are taken since I got here. Yup, my father is so fond of taking pictures of me whenever we eat out. I stopped ~eating clean~ when I arrived here, but no regrets because it was all worth it! I still run around Sembawang whenever I have nothing to do. I can do 4 kilo meters already! I will surely be back on track as soon as I get home, swear!

I received so many ‘you-are-chubby-na’ comments, and yes, I really gained weight! I am eating and sleeping all I can before college turns me into a full-fledged zombie. On the other note, my Indonesia trip will be up in a few days. Can’t wait to share it to you, guys. *u*

(July hair update: I can tie my hair up already!)

90 Notes & Comments Posted: 2 months ago

Travel Diaries: Sands Skypark

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”  ― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook

415 Notes & Comments Posted: 2 months ago Source: blaancaflor

Travel Diaries: National Museum of Singapore

Hello, people! As promised, I am gonna share my museum adventures in Singapore. I feel a little guilty because I have never been to National Museum of Philippines (I know, I suck), but I’m planning to, soon!!

In my entire lifetime, this is just my 3rd visit to a museum. My first was Museong Pambata. It was an elementary field trip and I can still remember how fun it was!! The second museum was Mint Museum of Toys. It is a private collection of vintage toys from different countries. My brothers and godmother visited there 4-5 years ago, I think? And on my third time, I learned to appreciate and love museums even more. Here goes my third Museum adventure:

1. I got lost for about 20 minutes, but Google Maps is the new best friend. When I saw the building, it was a relief because I thought that I will never get there na! I bought tickets upon entering the museum. It is free for SG citizens and permanent citizens, costs 5 SGD for student tourists and 10 SGD for adult tourists. Trust me, super worth it!

2. First off was Balik Palau: Stories From Singapore’s Islands. I did not expect Singapore to be so full of history and stuff. This part of the museum is full of artefacts, historic boats, marine specimens and video interviews. What  made this part remarkable was a white wall with a question, “Singapore Islands: What are your stories? What are your hopes?” And people were free to write their thoughts in post-its. 

3.  Next stop was Genesis! It is an exhibition showcasing 245 black and white photographs around the world of Sebastião Salgado. I posted my favorite photograph from the collection on my Instagram. Those women are called, ‘Mursi’. They are the last women in the world who wear lip and ear plates. The thought is just creepy and cool at the same time.

4. When I got out from the second gallery, I went straight to We: Defining Stories. It is a series of photojournalistic images of the iconic moments in Singapore since the post-war years. Also had a talk from one of the museum’s staff about Manila and Singapore. 

5. Next one will be my favorite because it’s the largest and coolest! Before entering, a staff from the museum gave me a tablet. Every artefact, statues, photograph of the Singapore History Gallery has a number on it, the number will be entered on the tab, and viola the information will be given on the spot through the tablet! I stayed there for an hour, trying to read through everything and take pictures of the cool stuff. 

6. After that, I roamed around the Food, Fashion, Photography and Film Gallery. I never really had the chance to read through everything because I was so tired and my feet were starting to kill me.

All in all, it was better than I expected it to be! I learned so many things from this adventure, plus got so many photos taken! Too bad, I was not able to roam around the whole place because I got there during mid-afternoon, so here is another tip: Do not underestimate museums. You need a lot of time roaming around and taking pictures. Half a day is not enough. Have a happy weekend, guys! 

(New) bucket list: Before I die, I have to visit 50+ museums. Yay! 

67 Notes & Comments Posted: 2 months ago

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