Wanderland 2013

Before I start telling you stuff about this hippie camp that I attended last last week, let me just do a quick sharing on what I've been up to lately: I am now on my final week of review class, and I just realized how busy I've been for the past few weeks, hence the lack of updates once again. In a span of, approximately 30 days, I've managed to build a daily routine wherein I get to nourish my independence and in a way, experience being a "grown up". I'm actually getting a bit sad whenever it crosses my mind that I have to break this routine soon. Also, I keep telling myself to do an entry about it, but I always end up not doing anything at all (though I really want to work on it!). It's true, blogging still makes me feel so lazy after all this time. 

But hey, let's cut it to the original subject of this blogpost before I get way too sentimental and weep (chos drama) - Wanderland!

I first heard about this music and arts festival over a month ago, but I admit that I was having second thoughts on its production, lineup, and... yeah. I only purchased tickets few days before the event when I finally thought about its potential. I mean, I knew I would give in. Why not give it a chance, anyway? Seeing live acts, going to concerts, attending gigs, etc. are some of the things I find very rewarding and gratifying, and I  guess I can never really deny that. 
I got my tickets off from a groupon and only payed almost half of the original price!
The gates were said to be open at 11am, but we really intended to go late in the aternoon to avoid the very annoying heat. Contrary to that, it actually rained a little earlier that day, but when we arrived at 4pm, the drizzling has already stopped. Don't you just love it when the weather is also very cooperative? We didn't go in immediately though, since we waited for Joshua, the person who scored my extra ticket. He's very lucky that I'm his bestie haha! On another note, I was very happy to catch Yolanda Moon! They were already on their last song when we entered but at least I can finally say that I've caught them live......and not just on youtube hehe.

A toss of shy-purple sky with a touch of gold, a vibrant green field and a minimalistic arc with heavy technicals welcomed us. I made a research about the venue and found out that it was on old horse racing park. Now it's called as the Globe Circuit Events Ground in Circuit, Makati. This picture seems to show how crowded it was, but trust me when I say that it wasn't as packed as it may look like, which is pretty much a good thing. The event, as a whole, was very well organized. It's actually impressive!

Faith & Kevin

My best-cousin, Faith, got married last Saturday. 

The past few months have been serving as a constant reminder to me that time really passes by so quickly. I would get a lot of "Shit, is this really happening already?" moments here and there. It's crazy, and exciting, all at the same time. I guess that's what happens when I tend to think about the future a lot. I mean, just the uncertainty that comes with it could give you random anxiety attacks, right? But as I was walking down the aisle last Saturday, it hit me: this could be it. This could be the future already. And it's not so scary at all. It's wonderful, actually. 

Maybe not my future, and definitely not my wedding, but funny how it feels like mine, too.

I grew up with Faith, and I could say that I've seen her transform to the lovely lady that she is now. From her geeky glasses, plaid shirts, whiter sneakers to contact lenses, oxfords, and all that. We sort of had our own world in the family. We would always make sure to find time to sneak somewhere and just chat about what we've been up to lately, our experiences, our struggles, everything. She helped me find my place in this big, big world. I will always be thankful to her for that.

And even though I know it's not going to be the same anymore (since she's going to be busy being a hip wife and mom all at the same time), she will always be the big sister I never had. I was really expecting to cry a bucket and look like crap in my beige bridesmaid dress, but I guess I was just too happy to even shed a tear. 

BTW: It's actually the YEAR OF FAITH!

The ceremony was only attended by closest family and friends. Simple and really intimate.

That's me fixing the cord hehe

Happy family!

Meet Pierre Leon, aka Perry. Faith and Kevin's first lucky charm. Funny that his built is for a 6-month old when in fact he's only 3 months old! This cute little innocent baby boy will soon be a heartbreaker, so watch out! CHOS. But really, he's the CUTEST. And I miss him already and I think he and his mom should visit me soon. Also, I'm supposed to be his godmother but then the Catholic church says that someone should be atleast 16 y/o to be a godparent. I'm 15.

Right after the wedding ceremony, we went straight to our Mama's house for the reception. Weather was lovely, food was really good, and everyone looked nice in beige, brown, and dirty white. Perfect day, indeed. Fun fact: there were no wedding planner, caterer, etc behind all of these. The couple themselves prepared for everything, with a great, loving help from family and friends! 

Baked by the bride herself!

Play time for the little kiddos!

My niece Brielle! You see, it really runs in the blood..

Congrats Faith and Kevin, here's to life-long lovin' and trollin'! Always have faith (sige na nga, pati Kevin) in each other LOL <3

Baguio: Tree Top Adventure

Before we left Baguio, me and my sisters did some Tree Top Adventure! So much fun, I swear. 7 stations of canopy, a little bit of hiking, superman, etc. Talk about adrenaline rush!

I totally love how we spent our last day. I've been to Baguio plenty of times already, my last visit was 4 years ago when my uncle got married, but it was only on this trip that I got to see the different side of Baguio. What I learned about this trip is that when you're traveling, spend more time going to the places that are less popular, they have hidden treasures that only a few people are lucky to know, and it's nice to be one of them. It's like you've already explored what the world has yet to discover, and it's somehow feels like an achievement. :)

Baguio: BenCab Museum

First of all, I just want to share to you the view from our hotel room. Priceless.
Just incase you guys are curious: We stayed in Chalet Baguio Hotel, situated along Upper Military Cutoff Road, with an an easy-access to the city's attractions so it was very easy for us to roam around. Plus the hotel was located in a really quiet surrounding--it was perfect. I also love that Dulcinea (a spanish restaurant) are partners with them because their Churros are my all-time favorite haha :p

Anyway, for our second day we went to a lot of places and our first destination is the BenCab musuem. (Yep, I just had to make a separate post for this.)

A museum of artworks by Ben Cabrera, who is hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art.  

Oh, daddy..

Sabel, Ben Cab's muse

Had lunch at Cafe Sabel

The BenCab Museum is definitely a must-see when you're in Baguio. What makes this musuem really special is that it's not only a place filled with artworks, but it also gives this connection to the guests that will make you closer and appreciate more the things that you could see inside. In short, it has a taste of home.