One week trip

one week trip

Imagine if you’re granted a whole week leave, plus 10,000php to spend only in the vacation, where will you go?

How about we take you to our week-long trip? No heavy preparations needed so pack your bags and get ready coz today we, The Alagad ng Sining Princesses, are taking you to our one week trip.

At first, we were thinking how to make a normal day special? I mean we wake up, take a bath, eat a lot, explore things, travel around, buy some stuff, have fun a little, then we go to sleep. There’s nothing special about them.

*ehh?* (1.wake up… 2. take a bath… 3. eat… 4…)

How about we spice them up with a bit of travel destinations near you? Let’s start by refueling the battle wagon and head to Batangas!

  1. Wake up in an Island, Fortune Island, Batangas – A lot of you might be familiar with the noon time fanta-serye in GMA7, Encantadia right? Four girls with the power of elemental gems in a wondrous place with ruins that look like straight out of a fiction novel. But wait! All is fantasy, but those ruins on top of a rock? That is so real. It is located in Fortune Island, Nasugbu, just few clicks from the Batangas mainland. It is beautiful and ironic for being unfortunate as once a private owned island by Laurentina Pestano and was a devastated by a strong typhoon. What is left are the beautiful ruins on top of a rock, ship wreckage, and over-grown houses.  We spent only 2200php per head to survive there for two days and one night, sleeping on the sand beside the fire, and wake up in a blue sky and clear sea. And that marks the start of our one week journey.
  2. Take a bath in Pansol, Laguna – When we talk about bath time, nothing beats a warm bath in a hot spring pool. And when we say hot springs, Laguna is the first place that pops-out in our heads. It’s because Laguna is home to 24 mountains most of which are inactive volcanoes. The Mt. Banahaw, being an active complex stratovolcano in the province, is home to multiple hotsprings. There are many Hot Spring Resorts in Pansol and we personally prefer the pools in La Vista. The rooms are big, the rates are low, and the pool is clean. For a group of people who visited Laguna just to take a bath, I don’t think a queen-sized bed or a flat-screen cable TV is necessary. 3,500php per 11 hours divided to three of us, then 1,160php per head only! And we didn’t even have utilized the whole 11 hours, because we’re hungry.
  3. Eat lunch in Tagaytay – Who’s cold? Who’s hungry? Wear your jacket and make sure your tummy is empty. Because if we’re gonna try Bulalo, the perfect dish for cold weather, why not try it where it is the best? They say Tagaytay has the best Bulalo in the Philippines so let’s give it a try. Tagaytay City is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations because of its scenery. The cooler climate provided by its high altitude is what makes the steaming Bulalo the ideal meal you would likely to order. Those are the days when google is at most useful to find the best Bulalo restaurant. We landed in Leslie’s and ordered what we came for. Their special Bulalo is great and only 599 php per order, good for 2 persons. Good thing, Cinderella is on tough diet. Lucky for the 2 of us.
  4. Explore the islands of Caramoan – Caramoan Island hopping is the best way to enjoy dozens of different islands in one day. Sadly, since you’re only there to see the place and not really to swim, you need to scoot early so that there’s more time to check the other islands. Swimming should be in a separate day. You had your plenty of swim in Laguna anyway so maybe 5-10 minutes in the sea water won’t be so bad. The Sand of Manlawi Island is the largest sand bar in the Philippines with 2 hectares of sand bar during low tide. The Caramoan trip for 3 persons is 2,000php per head. They even got the meals covered. Sweet~

    (m) Marvin Cruz (c) Aaron Racelis
  5. Travel Road Trip to North – We have tried this for so many times and we will still do it now. Travel Road Trip from South to North is a daring but fulfilling experience for travelers. While some people can’t find comfort in a long journey, others find it satisfying. I for example, would sometimes ride a bus from Fairview to Baclaran because I feel relaxed in a long travel. And for the ones who can’t endure the butt-aches, like Rapunzel over here, there are always bus stops that sell some sweetened nuts and walis tambo. But you know where is the good place to buy products like that?


  6. Go to Baguio and buy them yourself – Vigan is the ideal place to visit when traveling to the north, but as for the beginners, Baguio City is enough. We see caravans selling brooms, baskets, and cursed mirrors in a weaved frame but we don’t know if they really came from Baguio. So why not buy them there yourself? Doesn’t it feel good when you say to your next post “I came to Baguio just to buy a broom” or “I only eat freshly-picked strawberries.”? If you go to Baguio City to buy something, you gotta make sure you have enough cash. But for us who just visited the summer capital to only try Strawberry Taho and to buy Walis Tambo, 500php is more than enough. And lastly,
  7. Party All Night in The Quarry, Las Pinas – After all these travel destinations, there’s still no place like home. But Before we go straight home, let’s have good time in The Quarry Beer Garden to celebrate our successful one week long travel with our best buddies as we survived the horrific waves of the sea, pushed the van under the scorching heat, and the amount of patience we pour on Snow White‘s world class naps while on the trip. Just 299php for 1 bucket of cold beer. The meals are good too! We’re partying here all night because we earned it. And we’re partying here because it’s easier to go home when we get too drunk.

Next time, we’ll definitely visit the Visayan Islands. See you in our next trip.



Snow White




It’s in Iceland but not Cold


As interesting as it sounds, the Iceland springs is one of the most incredible tourist spots on earth. That’s just one of the many wonders in Iceland making this country one of my travel bucket list.

Iceland is an island that’s slightly bigger than US’s state of Maine. The country is well known for its geothermal water attractions, one of which is the Blue Lagoon. Yes, the place doesn’t just exist in Bikini Bottom in Spongebob Squarepants. The warm waters of the lagoon are rich in silica and sulfur. It’s very real and very…blue.

The country is also known as “The Land of Fire and Ice” due to its highly active volcanoes but also glaciers. The country is located just about outside the arctic circle, but despite of that the climate is temperate. The “Kirkjufell”, also known as the Church Mountain due to its shape is located north of the Iceland in the arctic circle that makes a unique combo of landscape and northern lights.


With a population of about 330,000 people, it’s not gonna be a huge surprise that most of Iceland’s stunning beauty is natural. The country has a contrasting element of heat and cold that allows beautiful geological landscapes and waters. The hot springs in the country is a must-try, with some even believed to cure skin illnesses.

So, if I want my bath time to be extraordinary, I’d visit the magical springs of Iceland. taking a bath will never be as special as this.


Toxic ka ba sa Social Media?


Ba’t ang toxic mo?

Bawat isa sa atin ay may pinagdadaanan sa buhay. At ang isa sa mga paraan upang maibsan o kahit mabawasan lamang ito ay sa pamamagitan ng pagsabi nito sa ibang tao. Sa ganoong paraan ay gumagaan ang ating pakiramdam at katamtaman lamang upang tayo’y bumalik muli sa laban. Yoong iba naman ay idinadaan sa social media gaya ng Facebook at Twitter. Nagpo-post tayo ng mga saloobin na tila nobela sa haba at minsan hindi pa natin napipigilang samahan ng masasamang pananalita.

Alam mo ba’ng Toxic ka?

Ang pagbansag ng “Toxic” sa isang tao ay hindi nangangahulugang exposed ang taong iyon sa isang nakamamatay na kemikal. Hindi rin ito nangangahulugang sexy na pangangatawan na ginagamit niya sa “makating” pamamaraan. Kapag tinawag ka’ng toxic ng isang tao, ibig-sabihin ay malimit kang mag-komentaryo o magpahayag ng mga negatibong bagay tungkol sa isang topic (Tao, Grupo, Bagay, Lugar, Aktibidad, Kaganapan, atbp.) na siya namang nasasaksihan ng publiko na sa sobrang negatibo ay nakakaapekto na sa mga tao sa paligid mo.

Sa paano nga ba natin nasasabing toxic na ang isang tao partikular sa social media? Madali ito maintindihan at maaari mong gamitin ang sarili mo bilang halimbawa. Ito ang mga senyales.

Toxic ka sa Social Media kapag:

  1. karamihan sa posts mo ay tungkol sa mga negatibong bagay.
  2. ipinapakita mo sa publiko na gusto mo nang sumuko o mamatay.
  3. hindi ka tumatanggap ng komentong taliwas sa pinaniniwalaan mo.
  4. minura mo na ang lahat.
  5. nahihila mo na ang ibang tao pababa.
  6. mabilis kang mainis o mairita sa mga simple o kadalasa’y masasayang bagay.
  7. naaapektuhan na ang ibang tao sa pagiging negatibo mo.
  8. nagiging maselan ka o mapagmataas at minamata mo na ang lahat.
  9. ikaw na ang nagsisimula ng away.
  10. sa sobrang negatibo mo, nilalayuan ka na dahil ayaw nilang mahawa sa’yo.

Kung toxic ka at gusto mo itong mawala pagkatao mo, simulan mo ito sa pamamagitan ng pag-tanggap ng lahat. Kapag natutunan mo ang Acceptance, unti-unti mo nang mababago ang sarili mo. Ngunit kung hindi mo matanggap na toxic ka at bobombahin mo na ako sa comment box, uunahan na kita…

Wag kang toxic.


By Rapunzel


My Personal Thoughts about SONA 2017

I chose the word “personal” because that’s what I think the whole SONA was about for the President. Everything’s personal.

I am not with, nor against the President’s words. Making everything a personal matter is common if you’re patriotic and when we’re talking about the national security. There’s a popular saying which goes “Trabaho lang, walang personalan.” But if the job is personal, would you not take it personally?


Like the other ones before yesterday, the SONA didn’t start as scheduled; It started from the moment when the authorities barricaded the streets, before militants flooded half of the Commonwealth Avenue, and helicopters disturbed the sleeping Barangays around Batasang Pambansa Complex. Though the official SONA started at 4PM as scheduled, there are a lot of things that happened before that.

The president arrived in a white chopper. Maybe because his convoy was ambushed days before his SONA. He spent few minutes in a short meeting  with the congress leaders and started the traditional walk towards the Plenary. After making a quick joke on where he used to sit and the people who’s with him that he thought was still absent, he then started his speech.

The President indeed spoke from his heart just like Secretary Ernesto Abella said. Though the expected time to finish the whole statement was only 45 minutes, the additions made it last for 2 hours.

In his statement, he pointed out his war against illegal drugs as his major mission in his time. That f the illegal drugs will continue, it will be, and always have been, the root of evil and suffering. And the that, the option for drug traffickers is only either jail or hell.

President Duterte also explained why he declared Martial Law in Mindanao and why it is the best solution. He explained it was to prevent the rebels escape by pretending to be civilians and spreading violence in the rest of Mindanao.

He then mentioned the mining sectors and their operations that destroy the country’s natural resources. He will make sure that these mining companies will faces steep taxes if they do not spend enough on rehabilitating areas that host their operations.

When it comes to the Natural Disasters, he mentioned this “while we control the acts of man, no one can control or stop the fury and rampage of weather gone wild. When nature fights back, it does so with a vengeance.”

Bias Multimedia was specially mentioned; The President stated that ABS-CBN and Rappler are media that wants to be owned by the Americans for making news against him – the President and his governance. GMA network must have been clapping its ears all day after hearing that.

The President is right. Even I don’t understand how the Filipinos react. When they see the President killing the criminals, they bash him with everything they got. And when there’s a civilian casualty, a woman raped, or a child died, they stay quiet. As if they’re just waiting for him to commit mistakes so they could criticize him again and impeach him. It’s very obvious, truly scary, and utterly pathetic, how these specific people do everything for power.

He asked the Filipino people not to be afraid and help him fight corruption. He gave a number (8888) so people can report directly to him for free. He guaranteed to take care of everything if you help him.


The President advised the authorities to kill the rebels. Why? Like my dad said, if he will be the President, he will do the same. Because these rebels will only cause havoc in the prison cells; and the guards will have to feed them, bathe them, and give them a place to sleep. Then jailbreaks will happen and will only kill these guards and escape and go back in terrorizing people. Make sense. I agree with the President’s decision in this matter.

He also shared his reason of why he doesn’t call the Malacanang Palace a ‘Palace’. Maybe he did that to cool-off the heat in the room. That the Malacanang Palace is just a house of wood where rats from Pasig River runs freely on its halls and gardens. And the soldiers guarding the palace won’t shoot these rodents because they were the ‘Presidential Mouse’. He ended the humor by saying “P*tang*na! Mabuti pa yung mga mouse dito hindi pa pinapatay, iyong tao kinakatay ninyo.”

To provide further support to people’s needs, the President once again his Tax Reform Program which is now in the hands of the Senate. But the Tax Reform Program doesn’t seem to please the taste of the Senate, and he knows that so he already accepted whether they will pass it or not.

What surprised me is when he confronts the militants outside face to face to hear and understand what they were trying to say. He is, in truth and in fact, trying his best to meet the expectations of all the Filipinos. But the way these militants react towards his courtesy would really displease any well-mannered person. I understand that these people are furious about dissatisfaction, but resulting to rage only make things worst. And one person somewhere on the background is shouting “Di ka namin kaylangan!”, so disrespectful. I wonder why he’s in the rally while others stays in their home and understands the statement of the President.





Unfair nga naman

Teka lang! Bago mo ko awayin sa comments section, gusto kong sabihin sa’yo na babae din ako at ang blog na ito ay hango lamang sa sa isang taong nakapanayam ko sa isang makabuluhan at madugong talakayan matapos ang pang-apat na bote.


Heart broken ang siya at naisipang gawin kaming toilet matapos silang maghiwalay ng kanyang sintang-mahal. Sinalo namin ang sama ng loob niya buong gabi. Alam naman niyang kasalanan niya at siya rin daw ang unang umamin sa girlfriend niya na mayroon siyang iba dahil nakasanayan na niyang magsabi ng totoo.

Halos lahat ng lalakeng kaibigan namin nung oras na iyon ay nagsabing isa siyang magiting na boyfriend dahil malakas ang loob niya na aminin yon. Samantalang lahat naman ng kababaihan (kasama ako) ay nag-suggest na bakit hindi pa siya magbigti sa ilalim ng katabi naming puno ng mangga? Na-triggered ang mga lola nyo. Bakit daw may mga lalaking naghahanap parin ng iba kahit may girlfriend na. At dito na, mga kaibigan, naging makabuluhan ang diskusyunan. Ipinaliwanag na ni heart-broken-man na itatago natin sa tawag na “kuya sawi” kung bakit siya naghanap ng iba:

Sa anim na taon ng pagiging magkaibigan namin ni Kuya Sawi, nakita ko kung gaano niya kamahal ang girlfriend nyang tatawagin nating “Ate Bato” dahil matapos mo mabasa ang paliwanag niya, baka maisip mong kulang pa yang katawagang iyan para sa kanya. “Unfair” yan ang naging ugat nga kanyag paliwanag.

“Ang unfair lang kasi bago kami nagsimula sa relationship na’to, nangako kami sa isa’t-sa na gagawin ang lahat para mapasaya ang bawat isa.” – Naging mabuti siyang boyfriend ngunit si Ate Bato walang ginawa kundi magpa-cute upang mapalampas ni Kuya Sawi ang pagiging parasyte ni Ate Bato. Lugi nga naman.

“Noong sinabi niyang tigilan ko ang lahat ng luho ko; Paninigarilyo, Dota, monthly beer session with friends, gala, at pagbili ng mga kailangan ko online, ginawa ko. Pero noong pinangako niya na mageexcercise siya para masuot yung binili kong dress para sa kanya tatlong taon na pero wala parin.” – Di madaling bitawan ang mga bagay na nagtatanggal ng stress mo. Sana nga naman hindi nalang ipinangakong magpapa-payat diba?

“Marami siyang gusto sa buhay ngunit nagrereklamo siya pag nahihirapan siyang abutin yon.” – Naiintindihan ko ang isang ito. Usong-uso kasi ngayon sa mga nagtatrabaho ang magreklamo sa Facebook tungkol sa hirap ng trabaho. Pero pag wala namang trabaho, nagrereklamo parin dahil walang pang gastos at di makahanap ng kumpanyang mapagta-trabahuan.


“Kapag gusto niyang makibag-break sakin, nagsosorry ako at pilit na inaayos ang lahat. Pero pag ako na ang napupuno at minsan hindi sinasadyang nababanggit na ayoko na, mabilis niyang ina-accept na maghiwalay na kami.” – Ang galing galing nating mga girls diba? Alam kasi natin na masasaktan siya pag sumang-ayon tayo kagad kasi akala natin nanakot siya. Di natin alam na lalo lang natin dinadagdagan ang sakit sa puso niya. Bakit di natin subukas mag-sorry din?

I hate to admit pero may point si Kuya Sawi. Pero mali yung ginawa niya na humanap ng iba dahil kung pagod na siya, sana tinapos nalang muna niya yung current relationship niya kaysa pagsabayin and dalawang babae. Ngunit kung iisipn, a promise is not meant to be broken. Dahil unfair nga naman.


7 hiring interview habits that will set the interviewer off


How’s your job hunting? Did you passed the test and got the job? How’s the first impression of the interviewer to you? For me there’s nothing regretting in job hunting than the opportunity of getting the job but failed because the interviewer doesn’t like me.

It’s not only the resume that does everything when applying for a job. Compared to a personal interview, the resume is just a tissue paper you will be using to wipe-off your tears when you fail. In a personal interview, the interviewer gets to see if you can prove your resume is 100% legit and we’re not fooling around. The interviewer gets the chance to measure your personality and knowledge, and find whether you fit the job or worthy to sing the Call me maybe song.

I’m not gonna tell you how to impress your interviewer but I can at least make you avoid the 7 things that sets the hiring interviewer off:


1. Dead Air – Dead Air or Long Pause in most call center offices particularly in calls is not a good sign because it can make the customer think that you’re actually don’t know what you’re saying, plus it makes the call time very long. If you applied for a call center job, a dead air in the interview is not a pretty good start. Like on calls, you’re already wasting the interviewer’s time, thus failing the interview.

2. Tapping – tapping is habit that disrupts focus and is super annoying. Doing this in an interview wherein the interviewer is analyzing your behavior could cost your application to a failure.


3. Slouching – slouching or drooping while sitting gives the impression that you’re not even interested to get the job. The lazy posture can set-off the interviewer and if you still get passed to that, slouching releases the boredom feeling not just to yourself but also to the people around you in the workplace.

4. Phones – Like tapping, a phone ring or even swiping the screen is a guaranteed next level of pissing off your interviewer. This happens not just in hiring interviews but also in casual conversations. Showing that a nonsense social media status is more important than getting a job is a great disrespect to the interviewer and to the whole process.


5. Arrogance – If you let your arrogance control over your humbleness, it will be all for nothing. Overly confidence and arrogance on the way you speak or actions, can set off the interviewer. Yes, you may have just what it takes to pass everything but you speak as if you will be hired to be the boss, then I suggest you stop right there and forget about applying for a job since that’s what the offended interviewer will say to you anyway.

6. Faking the Resume – Basically lying. Of course it can set anyone off not just the interviewer when you fake something in your resume. It’s embarrassing and shameful to continue an interview trying to convince the interviewer with the lie you just put in your resume. It’s like telling on your resume that your hobby is travelling the world and answering that you haven’t tried going out of the country even once.


7. Seduction – If all else fails, show the bra. Believe it or not, seduction is a common strategy used not just by women but also men, to get hired. Aside with threatening the interviewer, girls (if the interviewer is male) will softly seduce the interviewer by showing some of her body parts to the extent that the interviewer will get more if she gets hired. While on male applicants (if the interviewer is a girl, an older woman, or a gay), he would unbutton his shirt to the extend of God knows what they will be doing next.

I hope the next time you’re applying for a job, you left all of these seven in your house. Because you’ll never know, if you get the chance to meet me as your interviewer, I might hire you right away.


By Cinderella


Top 10 of the most useless bills and laws in the Philippines


If you’ve been to Philippines then you’ve probably heard about these silly bills and useless laws.

Here are 10 Modern useless Bills and Laws in the Philippines:

10.  No Garage No Car Policy

Publicly felt on January 11, The No Garage No Car Policy is the solution for the country’s growing traffic crisis in Metro Manila. The law is supposed to be preventing car owners to have a car even without a private parking lot and when caught parking illegally on streets, the authorities will then tow the vehicle. But after few months of its declaration, car owners seem to be ignoring the rule causing traffic on two-way roads.

9. No Vehicles on Yellow Box

If you’re a driver or a commuter, you might have noticed the sign on highway crossings that say: “Vehicles in yellow box during red light will be apprehended”. This is another traffic rule in the Philippines that last for month or two but later ignored often by bus drivers. The rule is suppose to stop vehicles to run against yellow traffic light signal especially during rush hours where traffic is expected to be moderate to heavy.


8. No Riding in Tandem Ordinance

After the current president was elected, a series of extra-judicial killings targeting allegedly drug dealers have became common in the Philippines. Witnesses won’t able to identify the face of the suspects, however, 2 things are common in their statements: The suspects are 2 guys, and riding a motorcycle. With this, the government issued a ‘No Relation, No Back-ride Policy’ or simply ‘No Riding in Tandem Ordinance’ that will not allow motorcycle male drivers to ride with another male. But of course, it’s impossible to monitor a country with about 2.6 million registered motorcycles, right?

7. No Jaywalking

This probably is the most common road policy in the world. But like other countries in the world, some Filipinos are naturally born No-Jaywalking policy breakers. Some of them will even cross under a footbridge just to avoid the sweat of climbing the stairs. It even got to the point where the former MMDA chief put signs on the center island saying: “Wag tumawag, may namatay na dito.” (Do not cross, somebody already died here.)


6.  Anti-distracted Driving Law

Anti-Distracted Driving Law was one of the most recent laws that became in effect just a month ago. The law is simple and easy to follow, really. Drivers just need to remove everything that blocks their view from the road to avoid accidents; i.e, phones, car fresheners, ornaments, those nodding puppies, etc. Sounds fair, right? But what if I told you, cyclists are also included? It’s true, bicycle drivers caught violating the rule will result to confiscating the bike. oh, come on!

5. Nationwide Public Smoking Ban

As a patient of Lung Center of the Philippines, I felt really glad after hearing that finally, smoking in public is not allowed. I’m happy to see authorities cycling around on smoking areas, telling people smoking is bad for their health and so to the people around them. But then again, no matter what kind of warning they put on cigarette packs, even putting disgusting photos of seriously ill patients, people just can’t get enough puffing smokes.


4. Illegal Downloading Law

This one almost made me leave the country. If your whole life is internet, then I’m sure you’ll feel the same when some time last year, a senator proposed a bill that will make downloading illegal. Yes, we all know that online piracy is against the law but by just hearing the news, many Filipinos that rely on internet almost started a revolution. Even a picture is not allowed to be downloaded? I’d say he’s lucky the law didn’t passed.

3. Anti-Planking Law

Just when you thought laws are getting weirder. Philippines have an Anti-Planking Law. Yes, that internet mainstream of people laying face down pretending like a plank of wood everywhere? It’s not allowed here. Though, the law is suppose to be for protesters doing the planking because of the simple reason they might get ram by vehicles on highways, Filipino netizens responded faster than their raising eyebrows combined.

2. The Anti-Selfie Bill

Yes! Could you believe that?! Philippines have a ridiculous bill of anti-selfie. One of the most unbelievable bill is the ‘Anti-Selfie Bill’ because taking selfie apparently is an act of intrusion of personal privacy. The bill states “any person who willfully intrudes into the personal privacy of another, without the consent of that person and with the intent to gain or profit therefrom, shall be civilly liable to the offended party”. That’s just great because I’m pretty sure by now, 90% of people taking selfies are “civilly liable”.


1. Anti Unli-Rice Bill or Unli-Rice Ban

And lastly, the most recent, the most shocking, and perhaps most tragic, is the ‘Anti Unli-Rice Bill’. Proposed by Senator Cynthia Villar, the bill was heard in news a few hours ago that left fast food consumers shocked. Though just an ‘expression of concern’ said by the Senator, the bill if passed could lead dozens of fast food chain and restaurants in the Philippines to be heavily affected, worst, to crash. One of these restaurants is the ‘Mang Inasal’ currently owned by the ‘Jollibee Food Corporation’, with its primary product Chicken Inasal with Ulimited Rice, the bill might kill the business instantly and even send hundreds of it’s workers jobless.

Do you think Anti Unli-Rice Bill and the other laws are useless? Share this blog to make these law makers do their job better. If you think I missed a ridiculous bill or law, say it in the comments and we’ll talk about it.

By: SnowWhite