Monday, April 24, 2017

Pong Thoughts: Resilient P πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸ»

Hi! πŸ˜‰

Resilient is a word that was often used by a former colleague to describe me or let's just say, he wants me to be. Back in the day, when everything else seems to be so vague and broken, to be resilient is the only choice and it's true.

It took a lot of 9AM coffee breaks (well, hot chocolate for me), shanghai lunches at Ate Cora's (God, I miss that), 3PM pantry times and never ending conversations just to keep up. Whatever that experience was, truly, it made me the strong person I am now.

But I guess, sometimes, no matter how resilient you think you are, there will be moments that you just want to sit down and look back why things happen and why things happened. Maybe, you already knew that it's bound to happen, you just shrug it off because you're blinded by the temporary happiness it brings.

Resilient people often falls short too. They cry because they're human. They get hurt because they're human. And as a grown up, I would say, it's okay. Choices we make - as long as we're happy and not hurting anyone in the process, it's okay. But also, resilient folks know when it's time to let go..

You got this, Pong. 🐒

PS It just took me a few minutes to finish this. Remember, it's always easy if you speak from the heart. Good night. πŸ’™

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there's God's promise - rainbow after the rain




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pong Eats: Itlog ni Kuya πŸ”

Hello! πŸ˜‰

This store really caught my attention. Marketing strategy worked, yeah? Made me buy and have a taste of Kuya's eggs! πŸ˜‹

Just recently, I've been craving for a delish salted egg and while on my way home, I saw this stall across Megamall (Julia Vargas entrance) and is just outside St. Francis Square.

Tried their salted egg and woot, rapsa! So delish - saltiness level is just perfect and the yolks are oily enough to make you drool. These eggs are priced at a reasonable market price of PHP13. 

They also have other products. I'll show some snaps along with the prices. They are worth the try!

For more info, please check their website: http://itlognikuya.com/

- pong 🐒


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Store - Front

Store - Side

Price list

Salted Egg

Itlog ni Kuya Customers

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pong Travels: Cool Martin Family Resort and Hotel 🏊🌴

Hello! 😎

Haven't gone anywhere far recently. But I just wanna share this cool place near our crib. It's like 10 minutes away. So to my fellow CaviteΓ±os, this place is worth the try. I have been seeing this resort's signage for a long time, but never tried until one of my officemates who is a Mandaluyong Resident (Thanks, Mark!) told me about it since he knew it's near my place. The place is very cozy, a home away from home and the owner was very nice. He even showed me around the hotel and even the interiors of the other rooms too.

They serve food in the resort - Silog meals (fried rice served with egg and a choice of a processed meat), American breakfast and Burgers and Sandwiches too. If you opt to have something different, they allow food delivery too. They even allow you to bring your own food and grill hotdogs, barbeque etc - super friendly resort, right? πŸ†—πŸ‘Œ

Their rooms are equipped with toiletries (towel, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste), mini fridge, cups, saucers, plates, spoons and forks. Very clean too. Great, yeah? πŸ†—πŸ‘Œ 

They have Sauna, Jacuzzi, Videoke, Giant Projector for guests to watch games (located in the restaurant area) - these are open 24/7 or upon request just as long as we keep the tone low as the place is a residential area. They granted our request last time to sing and swim until we can't anymore. LOL. Amazing it is! πŸ†—πŸ‘Œ

I have some snaps to share, but you can also check their website ↓ for pictures and rates (very affordable!)


Name: Cool Martin Family Resort and Hotel
Location: 185 Remedios St., San Martin de Porres Village Phase 3, Bacoor, Cavite
Contact Info: +63 46 4178387; +63 920 523 0497; +63 939 905 4822
Email: alan@coolmartinresort.com
Website: http://www.coolmartinresort.ph/index.php


HOW TO GET THERE:
- Ride a bus from Pasay or Coastal Terminal with DasmariΓ±as signage (PHP25)
- Drop off SM Bacoor (Village is right across the mall - Emilio Aguinaldo Hway entrance)
- you can walk or you can ride a Pedicab/Sidecar and tell the driver, Cool Martin Resort (will search for the fare, sorry)


- pong 🐒

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My fave shot 

Nipa Hut - Our Room
Roof Top





Videoke Room

Jacuzzi + Pool Area

my cutey inaanak, X






Sunday, April 2, 2017

Pong Travels: Mt. Batulao Day Hike

Hello! πŸ˜‰

Finally, after 28 months, was able to climb this beauty again. It's my 5th time in Mt. Batulao and until now, am still in awe of its charm. 

Mt. Batulao is situated in Nasugbu, Batangas. It's elevation stands at 811+ masl.
Jump-off point: KC Hillcrest Hotel and Golf Club (formerly Evercrest Hotel and Golf Club)
Considered as a Minor Climb with a difficulty level of 4/9.

March 26, 2017 - the Day hike happened with my long lost kumare - Lovely Joy. Hehe. The goal was to be active again and yes, lose weight. Trim these unwanted fats. LOL. Call time is 5:30am - yes am late, I arrived roughly 7AM. The endless kwentuhans with LJ and the reunion with the mountain are the highlights of this trip. Labyu, Mare! πŸ’‹

Our planned itinerary which you guys could follow for a day hike:

3:00AM Depart from Pasay via Nasubgu Bus
5:00AM ETA KC Hillcrest Hotel and Golf Club ((formerly Evercrest Hotel and Golf Club)
5:30AM Start Trek
8:00AM Arrival at Camp 1, old trail
10:00AM Summit, photo-op
10:30AM Descent to Camp 1, old trail
11:30AM ETA Camp 1, old trail
11:30AM - 3:30PM Cook lunch, socials
4:00PM Descent to Jump-off
5:00PM ETA Jump-off, clean-up (PHP10 - CR fee)
6:00PM Bye, Batulao
9:00PM ETA Manila

Notes: Batulao has two trails - old and new. The new trail is pretty much an open spot; old offers some shady spots. If you're climbing during the summer, old trail is recommended. Batulao could be VERY muddy when it's rainy. Sari-sari stores could be found along the trail. There's a loo in Camp 1 - PHP10 for half a pail of water. 

Before: Only 1 registration (PHP20), Campsites
Now: 3 Registration spots will come your way while trekking via the old trail (PHP20, PHP30, PHP20) and two more if you'll descend via the new trail.  

FARE: Pasay to Nasubgu - PHP106
           Tricycle to Jump-off - PHP100 (walking is an option)

WHAT TO BRING:

Trail food (Jellyace, Chocolates, Energy Bars)
Water (2-3L)
Sun protector (shades, umbrella, fan, arm protector, sun block etc)
Mosquito repellant 
Extra clothes
Medicine
Speakers (for soundtrippin' - optional)
Cookset (+butane, cooking oil, etc)
Toiletries (kikay kit)
Good vibes and sense of humor Ü

Estimated Budget: PHP600-PHP650

Sidetrip to Tagaytay is always an option. πŸ‘Œ



Some snaps of our day hike! Remember, packlight! πŸ‘

And - always remember, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time. πŸ‘Œ 

- pong 🐒

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that's Camp 1, old trail


the outdoors - picnic lol






thanks for the photo, mare




the split

Chill under the tree

Negrita. Ang dumiii. LOL



Pong Eats: Cafe Juan Miguel