June 26, 2014


June 26, 2014

Dubbed as one of the most illiterate tribe in the Philippines, according to the pastor who housed them, the Badjaos had to leave their homes because they were mistreated and taken advantage of. Their houses and boats were burnt, which ceased their main source of livelihood -- fishing. Now they are found scattered all over the country with the same goal of searching for a place to call home. Lucky for the group of Badjaos we got to interact with, they got help from two individuals, Pastor Albert and Sister Ellen Santiago, who gave them a chance to start over. They found ways to give the Badjaos a new source of livelihood, they gave them capital and taught them to buy materials (i.e. fancy accessories, pearls, etc.) in Divisoria, and sell it in Batangas, sometimes even reaching Tarlac. This put an end to some of the Badjaos who reduce to begging or stealing in order to survive. The missionaries also ensured that the children were properly nourished and eating the right food, from their usual kamote and fish, they now get to eat rice with viands other than fish. I used to believe the color of their hair was because of seawater, the heat, or that it was dyed, but to my surprise, it's actually due to severe malnutrition. Now that they follow the right diet, the hair of the Badjaos are slowly turning black. 

During our visit, all we ever did was interact with them (even with the language barrier) and gave them the simplest of food, but with our little gesture, we were able to make them happy. I guess that's why I want to go back to this community, because all I remember are the smiles from their faces and we didn't even do and spend so much. Hopefully soon, we get to gather funds and supplies to have something to give when we go back. :) 

June 07, 2014

Boracay Hangover

June 07, 2014
(Current fave bikini from Topshop)
(Day 1, I still had my slippers with me then. :( Good bye forever, my loyal Havaianas.)
Au naturel 
Golden hour in Boracay

I would never have had as much fun as I did if it weren't for you guys. Thanks, my trio loves :*

I miss chilling on the powdery white sands of Boracay, watching the sun set with a drink in hand, and wearing nothing but a bikini without a care in the world. Thinking about it, I think I reached my summer body goal as it was the first time I've ever worn a bikini and felt so good about myself. I wasn't conscious, not that anyone would care though, but I felt really great. I think I even saw abs at one point, but it seems I've lost them already. It's one of the reasons why up until now I'm still working out, even when there's no beach trip to look forward to anymore. Knowing me, I thought after Boracay I'd be back to my old self, eating all the unhealthy food that I could, and be a bum everyday. Hopefully this won't stop anytime soon and that I get to go back to this paradise before I gain my fats back. :) 

This trip + Ilocos set the bar soooooo high for next summer. :|

Oyyyy in fairness, 3 consecutive posts! *Pats Back*

June 06, 2014

Postcards from Boracay

June 06, 2014

My current laptop wallpaper.

I had a difficult time choosing which photos to post as I took so many postcard-worthy photos from my trip to Boracay last month. It's paradise, of course its every angle is postcard-worthy. I finally got to post the photos because I believe I have moved on from the fun and the awesomeness that was LaBoracay. My friends and I are already saving and looking for flights for next year! Hmmmm, hopefully it pushes through. :) 'til next time, Boracay! 
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