Hundred Islands and Pangasinan

I was only 2 when I last visited Hundred Islands and the only thing I remember is having a brownout and my auntie having a night swim. It was great to be back again for a few hours. It was such a shame that our time was limited and we only had around 3 hours to eat, swim and chill. We were so lucky that day to have great weather especially as the day before the rain as extremely bad there were floods everywhere.

We spent the first day in Pangasinan as there was no way we were going to the beach with the heavy rains. Leaving the house at 3am we arrived around 7am and decided to have a quick nap. We spent the whole day eating, watching movies, playing monopoly and drinking. While some chose to take tequila shots, the others chose to stick to beer or wine. It was great how were were stranded together we were able to just enjoy each others company, wrapped in blankets or buried in pillows for the whole day. This was the perfect saturday for me.

The following day we made last minute plans to go to Hundred Islands seeing as it was  waste that we went all the way to Pangasinan but never got to visit Hundred Islands. We took a boat, which took us around the islands. We were shown around all the different islands, it was beautiful. The weather was perfect it was just the right temperature. Te waves were slightly big but it was safe enough to travel. Each island had different activities, there were some where you could go snorkeling; then some you could stay over night or just have a picnic. Then there were some underwater caves. It was such a shame however that we had very little time. We picked an island where we just went brought our own food, we had adobo, dinuguan and fish, with drinks of course. We brought our leftover drinks with us.

All we did was have a swim and chill in the water, after all it was a great end to my internship that previous week.


Bigbang Concert 

Here’s to my third concert this year and this summer 2015. I am not really a fan of K-pop bands, though I am familiar with them and I have heard a few songs. I went to this concert originally to accompany my sister who is a huge fan of Bigbang for a while now. I ended up enjoying my self. 

I’ve too a few concerts but this one was spectacular, the production was great. I loved where we were seated as  we got to see the whole arena. The arean looked was amazing I was mesmerized by all the hairbands that lit up when all the lights were off. It looked like twinkling stars. 

It was followed by screams, girls screaming they wanted to die; everyone on their feets arms in the air dancing all night long. I really felt the music and the beat, all of this ended up with me having a blocked ear and a headache as I have never experienced something like this before. 

The guys from Bigbang had a great sense of fashion they really pulled of their look. I have to say also that they were great dancers! They sang really well and there was never a dull moment. 


Yumi Restaurant 

Japanese is not always my first choice when it comes to Asian food. I find sushi too heavy and can usually only have a few pieces. I am however a fan of tempura, I love this especially dipping into its sauce. It was also my first time to taste sushi with cheese and to try a spicy one as well.

Followed by this we had dessert where we decided to try  place where we could make our own cookies. I absolutely loved it, the cookie that I picked tasted so good I felt like I was in heaven. I chose a matcha based cookie with toppings of dark chocolate and marshmallows. The chocolate was in the middle together with the middle and it melted together with the matcha base. I have to say I would love o try it again this time experimenting with the different toppings and bases.

You could pick from chocolate chip cookie, plain cookie, chocolate cookie and much more. The toppings however where slightly unusual such as ruffles, pretzels and more.

Here a few pictures of the food I ate:

Nissan GT Academy Finals: Race to Silverstone, UK

My third and last event that I got to cover was the Nissan GT Academy Finals: Race to Silverstone, UK. It was the first time I ever experienced the real struggles of photography. Where you had bend your backs, find the perfect angle as fast as you can and squeeze in with the rest of the photographers surrounding you. All I had as my iphone while the rest rest have their professional cameras out. It was very hard to get a decent picture especially as there were twenty finalists followed by the top 6 finalists of the competition. Another struggle was trying to remember every ones names and what they were saying. I was using my multi-tasking skills to the max that night.

The event was to announce the top 6 finalists who will win a chance to go all the way to Unite Kingdom to train and become real race card divers. They entered the competition by playing Grand Turismo in the mall then the top 20 would be picked. They were malls over the Philippines such as Metro Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Cagayan De Oro.

Then the top finalists came together that night Wednesday July 15, 2015 for the announcement of the lucky winners. Their excitement on their faces lead to bright red faces and tears in their eyes. Upon getting on the stage they would automatically put their hoodies on to cover the excitement and disbelief on their face. It touched my heart to be able to witness something like this, from just playing on a Playstation on virtual reality they will get to be behind wheels on real race cars. This must be a dream come true for them and their families.

It was a great that I got to be at the front stage capturing this special moment for them. It was another highlight of my internship. I would love to do this again in the future.

Here is the article I wrote for my internship

The top 6 finalists for the Nissan GT Academy Finals: Race to Silverstone, U.K. were announced in Mall of Asia, The Atrium last Wednesday July 15, 2015. 

Tears fell and faces turned red as reality hit the top 6 finalists that they will be awarded with an opportunity to fly all the way to Silverstone Race Circuit in UK on August. 
Along with them they will be mentored by Filipino-Swiss Lotus F1 Junior Team race car driver Marlon Stockinger who will be with them throughout their whole time at the academy. 
The competition was launched on March 25, where over 15,000 virtual racers from all over the Philippines such as Metro Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Cagayan De Oro came together to play the Grand Turismo care racing game on PlayStation. They were given over 30,000 trails that was during three-months of live events. 
The competition was not just about race driving but they were also tested with ability and physical strength like hurdle tests such as the sergeant jump, planking, push ups and the bleep tests. 
NPI President and Managing Director Antonio Zara said, “We’re happy to be giving aspiring racers and gamers the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality. By democratizing motorsports in the country, we help fast-track the dreams of more potential Filipino racers to reach the international racing arena.” 
Also, they will be starring in a reality television show that will be broadcast on ABS-CBN sports within the year, presenting their training, struggles, emotions and performances to become the next professional race car drivers.

My Internship at People’s Journal Publication

It was such a delight to have my internship at People’s Journal Publication. I was so excited and looking forward to doing my internship, it was definetly worth the wait.

I got to experience so much, got to go to new places, meet different kinds of people and for the very first time got to experience the commuting life in the City of Manila. 

Despite the distance where I would spend 2-3 hours commuting every day back and forth, I enjoyed every bit of my internship.

I would take an fx from Sucat to Lawton taking nearly 2hours, as it would get stuck in traffic in NAIA road then in Baclaran then on Roxas Boulevard. It was always a crazy journey especially with the music in the fx which I always hated. My earphones definetly saved my life as I would rush to the back of the fx and drown everything out with music.

The commute home was even longer, I would leave at around 5pm and would reach home at 8pm. It would take maybe 30mins or less to get from People’s Journal to Lawton. Unfortunately the line for the fx at theManila  Post Office would take up to 30-45mins long. I can’t believed I survived this. Then as usual I would get stuck in traffic on my way home. 

The majority of my time I was stationed inside the office. I would wait for the articles to be printed and then I would summarize it and hand it to the news editor. The news editor would hand it back and then I would give it straight to the editor-in-chief. I would do this straight from 1pm until around 4:00-4:30pm. During this I would also try to write articles whenever I had the chance.

I was always busy and there were only a maximum of 30mins every now and again to chill. But I was always up on my feet or typing away. 

The best parts of my ojt were when I got to cover events, I got to cover three events. Two at Quezon City the other at Mall of Asia. They were the best experiences ever. I got to meet so many different people; I got to make friends with bloggers see the lives of those who worked in Public Relations. 

(I previously blogged about the events I got to attend) having to go to places on my own was such an accomplishment for me. From someone who was always locked in their room and always too scared to go out, I made it to places I’ve never been to, on my own. It is something I would never forget and I would do it all over again. This is when I realized I would love to do this in the future. I would love to attend events, get treated as VIP and meet new people. 

Another place that we got to cover was the police station. I never knew that Manila District Police Station existed or that there was a place just for the press. Here we just spent it waiting for news and then writing it. Usually the stories were on crimes such as stabbings or shootings. I was very entertained with the journalists that worked there and was amused by their sense of humour and childish-like attitudes. From them I got to see what it felt like to wait for news and to be under pressure having to go out and get their stories. I saw what it was like when even if it was raining and the weather was horrible to go out in. They were all ready! With slippers, rain coats etc. they were dressed and ready to do their jobs. 

I would say I got a feel of what it was like to be a journalist. I got to see what they do and how they do it. I wouldn’t say I saw much pressure as I felt like they were all used to it, but everywhere I went people took their jobs seriously and were doing theirs jobs. There was no lazing about and everyone was workig towards the deadline. 

I loved the treatment that they gave me and my fellow interns, they did not spoon feed us or told us what to do every step of the way so they gave us no choice but to be independent. They made us really feel what it is like to being in he working world. 

I will neevr forget my internship ans will forever remember all of it and in the future will look back at everything I did and all the things I learned. I am so thankful for it all.