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Posted in General Rants and Reviews, Tatak Bisdak, Tourist/Family Spots, Uncategorized

Boracay or Bora-NOT-kay?

Boracay. Breathtaking Boracay. Recently voted as one of the world’s top destinations Boracay continues to attract more tourists each year. And it’s not good – this time…

Bora not Okay
commercial boracay

My hubby fell in love with the island when he first set foot on it in the late 80’s. It was idyllic and beautiful. And he has made it a point to see the island every few years or so. The first time he brought me to the island was about 4 years ago. Back then, I was not as impressed. Yes, the sand was fine and white and the sunset beautiful… but even then it was a bit too commercial for my taste. Parties everywhere, cigarette butts sparsely scattered along the pristine shoreline, broken beer bottles here and there… It was difficult to fall in love with that Boracay. But as a dutiful wife, I go where the hub goes and so we were off again just couple of weeks back.

This time, I got to see more of the island.

Puka beach, I fell in love with.

naturally boraAnd this time, there were no more cigarette butts on the beachfront, no more broken bottles, but still a lot of partying. Which is fine I guess. As long as everyone respects nature enough to leave no footprint behind. The sunset was more beautiful this time around too..

palette perfect sunset

And when you fall in love, your heart gets broken, right? Break my heart it did… the shoreline was not as beautiful, parts of it were submerged, taken back by the sea.

still beautiful
Shoreline 2007, no riprapping on their fence.
Boracay shrinking shoreline
same shoreline, gone. 2011
Riprap replaces the shoreline
Riprapping done. Taken 2011

I really thought I was imagining things so I asked several locals and residents about it. Some said it was the habagat coming in, so the water is higher. But then again, the last time we visited was habagat season as well. Same month, a week’s difference. Some residents said the island was getting heavy with all the buildings being constructed. Hmmm… I say, global warming, melting polar ice caps...

commercial development
fugly building...
big, bold and booooo

Oh well, I don’t know. It has been said that in the next few years seaside villages will disappear with the tide. I just hope the local government in Boracay will continue what it’s doing to keep the shoreline (they were doing geodetic surveys while we were there) and most importantly the idyllic beauty like what we saw at Puka beach.

Here’s my last photo.

the famous coco tree
a glimpse of bora

Well, I hope this post reaches many and many more will repost it. I know not everyone shares the love for the environment as I do. My husband calls me crazy and OA… I think I’m just more… aware 🙂 Haha. These are the last few days of summer and I’m sure most of you will be hitting the beach to bid summer goodbye… remember to leave no trace behind 🙂

Posted in Kids

Pouts & Needles


High Tolerance for pain.. Some people have it, some people don’t. I’ve been told I do. And until I had kids, I thought it was just my maturity. Hah!

The last 3 weeks have been über difficult with the 3Ms doing a fever round robin. We just finished round 2 this week and I hope it stays that way. Like any paranoid momma we take the kids for blood work on the 48th hour of fever just to make sure it isn’t dengue. Last week was Melina’s round 2 of the fever and it was on and off for the entire week. We took her to get routine blood work.

It was her first time to have her blood drawn and though she never cries when our wonderful pediatrician gives her vaccines, I thought she’d cry this time. The vaccines always come as a surprise and last a fraction of a second (I’ve only seen our pediatrician do it that way). Blood work is a totally different thing… it takes forever! Here’s a vid of the needle horror and the pout that came with it. 😄

So, apparently, it’s not my maturity but my pain tolerance that is high. Must run in the genes. 😁. The smiling photos above were taken right after.

Posted in Crafty Mum, Domestic Adventures, Kids

Ninjago Challenge

My not-so-little man is suffering from a Ninjago craze. This is a long overdue post about his birthday


His invites were made using a black broad marker and cartolina: red, yellow & white. He wants to be Kai, the red ninja. The red cartolina was cut up to 8 pcs and used as the base. We then cut up the yellow cartolina (1/4 size to another 8 pcs, folded each piece in half (this way the eye hole of the ninja is equal – but don’t crease). The eyes were drawn onto the yellow cartolina using a broad marker. Since I don’t have a printer at home we wrote his invite details on the white cartolina and glued it on the inside fold. His invitations said, “Matty’s 9th KAI Challenge,” as requested by the birthday boy.

Since I didn’t have much time to prepare and a big budget to spend, I looked at what I had at home and worked the set-up around it. With the red cloth from the catering days, I covered one side of the sala with red cloth and stuck his name onto it for a simple background. Unfortunately, I ran out of double-sided tape so the letters didn’t stick to well. The same shade of cloth was used on the low coffee table and a black cloth was folded and fashioned into a runner. For the table set-up, I bought red plastic paper plate holders and yellow tumblers at p12.50/pc. The centerpiece was an all white fondue set with yellow chocolate fondue. I found Japanese bowls in the storage and used these for display. 20121101-095813.jpg

I wanted the food to be themed but the hub thought it was too much of a hassle so I just colored the pasta red. The best sellers were the giveaways which I got at a bargain: red-covered transparent tumblers at p10/pc that I got on sale from SM. Inside the tumblers were magic ninja potions (repacked ice tea with a sprinkling of red food grade coloring), and the games. I bought a plastic clipboard and cut it up into 4 ninja stars. That plus a styro board with targets written onto it got the boys giddy excited. They spent a big part of the party throwing those shirkens trying to beat the highest score. And there was the party entrance that said, “only ninjas allowed,” that was basically fashioned into a cave with an obstacle course inside. Fun, fun, fun. Will post a separate entry on that.

Of course, it’s not a party without a piñata. We made our own using Japanese paper, old wire, and cardboard.


The cupcakes didn’t turn out to my liking. Oh well, it was a last minute thing. 😪


Sorry the little man is camera shy. But m2 isn’t. That’s her, in most of the pics, enjoying the fruits of her labor . They all helped prepare and set-up.