Last February, I took advantage of the long weekend and headed home to my beloved hometown, dagupan in the province of Pangasinan to tick off another thing from my bucket list.
I have always wanted to explore my hometown because I believe that there’s more to my city than meets the eye. and I, being a Dagupeno for more than 16 years now, realized I wasn’t living my city to the fullest. So as I was updating my Resolutions last december, I thought of this addition that may help me discover more of the city; reserving three straight days and devoting each one just for exploring, discovering and simply appreciating the beauty of the place. I planned on focusing more on areas where I haven’t been yet or portions of my city I never even knew existed. To add a dash of spontaneity & thrill, I really did not plan on anything to do or a certain place to explore; Just with my camera, my notebook/sketchbook, enough cash, a curious mind and an equally enthusiastic buddy with me, we ventured off to every nook & cranny we can find and delve ourselves into the other side of Dagupan we’ve been missing out ever since.
So for the first day, me & my friend went to this abandoned hotel located at the AB Fernandez east road. As far as I can remember, Victoria Hotel was already closed down even back when I was still a kid, so I never really got to see it open for business or even just a glimpse of the inside. Though I always get too see the hotel’s facade every time I commute because majority of the public utility jeepneys in our place pass by the downtown route where it is nestled.
As we entered the lot, I instantly removed the cap off of my camera and started taking picture sof the place, it was that picturesque! —well maybe for me, cuz’ obviously i’m a fan of ruins and old/vintage looking places haha. After getting a good look at the place, we both knew we wanted to take photos on the upper floors. We sort of had a hard time getting upstairs though cuz both of us were shy—and afraid— to ask for the supervisor’s permission, but since I was already that desperate for photo ops, I gathered enough courage and went up to the old lady and asked if we can go up to take photos for our ‘school project’—very cliche, I know— so as I was gonna scream inside my head “what were you thinking?!" she instantly smiled and said yes in the calm-est & nice-est way anyone could ever say it HAHA surprisingly she was really kind all along! guess that’s a reminder that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover haha
so after that, we went straight upstairs and made the most out of the small given time. We only reached until the third floor because it was already very dark in the upper floors and we only had the sunlight coming from the shattered windows as a source of light. The place was downright creepy but also beautiful at the same time. I really wished we could have stayed longer, but overall, I’m already thankful they let us in even though they were assigned by the owners not to let anyone enter anymore.
coming up is my #ootd entry from this day, and stay tuned too see more of what went down on the next days!
Here are some of my plates from the past semester. Pardon certain photos which are either a #wip shot, shot on my [messy]workplace, or shot using a low-qual camera. but anyway, Happy viewing :)
Just another spontaneous night out with my bestfriend, Leisha. Made it a point to try somewhere new every time we dine out, so we headed over to Gyu Kaku. It’s a Japanese Grill Restaurant just right at 30th Street, corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. It was just a week after her birthday then—where I was not present— so it’s basically a post birthday dinner and it has also been a long time since we last went out so it was definitely perfect. No doubt we both had a blast catching up, chowing down, sharing random stories, taking tons of photos and simply bond like we always used to. Great company always leads to great memories, I’m really blessed to have such great friends and I’ll forever be thankful to God. Here’s to more nights like this!
Karubi short ribs that is also known as the ‘King of Yakiniku’ popular for its sweet flavor and tender textures. I really loved this one, no wonder it was one of the bestsellers!
Shabu-Shabu Grill Thinly sliced tender beef served with dipping sauce. The sauce made it even better, this is a must-try!
Harami a favorite among Japanese ladies low for its fat content. I actually ordered this because I thought it was Bacon, but I still loved it tho HAHA
Tantan Ramen [spicy] noodle top with minced meat and spinach. The photo by the way just shows half of the serving. We were surprised by how big the serving was so we just shared haha
and some photo ops while strolling the streets..
and of course our #OOTDs haha..
On Me: button-down and oxfords, Forever 21 | blazer andd glasses, Bazaar | floral 5-panels, Supreme
On Leisha: leather & faux fur blazer and Pixie Top, Bazaar | high-waist velvet shorts, The Ramp | sneakers, Vans
That’s all for now, gotta fly!
Me and my high school batch mates closed the year with a road trip off to our friend’s resort somewhere in the coasts of Binmaley just near our hometown Dagupan in the province of Pangasinan. The place was perfect; right amount of sun, cool breeze, picturesque views, chill vibes, definitely fit for us guys who just wants an escape to the hustle & bustle city and spend a day in paradise. The whole place looked like it came out of a movie and the best part was it wasn’t open to the public yet so we got the whole place to ourselves. It was a fun-filled day that’s surely one for the books. You really can’t go wrong with great company, add in some booze, and you got yourself one crazy hell of a good time. Though I regret heading home after the bonfire—or forest fire I should say because it became uncontrollably big and no one knew how to stop it HAHA—all because this getaway took place just after Bronuman and I was still having some sort of hangover and a part of me was longing for my bed at home, I still had a blast and I really can’t wait for the next one. For now, I’m just thankful that we finally all got together to catch up, have fun and simply enjoy each others company like we’ve always did back in high school, while making the most out of Christmas break. It surely was a day well spent and a great way to say goodbye to the year 2013.
That’s all for now, gotta fly!
Waking up to a breathtaking view of the beach while breathing in the fresh air and feeling the cool breeze while listening to the sound of the birds definitely made us forget we only got about 2-3 hours of sleep. Normally, It would make me cranky, but the scenery in the morning was just so perfect, it could already pass as a desktop wallpaper to be honest HAHA. we could stay at the villa’s balcony and savor the instagram-worthy sight for the whole day but we got plenty of things in store for the whole day and we surely don’t wanna miss a single one.
So to start off a beautiful day right, we went straight to the dining area to fill our tummies with good ol’ foods that only the province life could offer. Man it really made me miss my beloved hometown so much—my breakfasts in manila only consists of a poorly-prepared sandwich and a cereal drink *crey*— oh the downside of living by yourself huhu
Well enough of my drama, moving on, after our heavy breakfast, we were too stuffed to walk all the way to the beach so we decided to give our to-do list a short break. Some settled by a picnic area nearby and played more games of pusoy, and some were having a blast with the ATV, and others fetched one of our bros, Leo, who just came from a gig—reason why he wasn’t able to join the fun last night— and I, as usual, being the boring artsy me, took the time to appreciate God’s creations and went nature tripping around the place along with my camera. It wasn’t really that boring[defensive much], actually I have never felt my shutter bug senses so alive, from that moment I knew I gave the photographer in me a slice of bliss. Few minutes later, some of my bros joined in and brought out their cameras as well. after a few rounds of who-can-take-a-better-profile-picture-worthy-photo and a photography 101 short course headed by yours truly, oh and of course a ton of selfies, we got back to the list and started to tik off the remaining things to do. swimming, Frisbee, burying-an-innocent-bro-in-the-sand, more swimming, and even more photo-ops! As the clock was ticking, we were also one by one checking off everything we planned on doing and at the same time making the most out of our two day escapade. I was really hoping for the day to extend, but as they say, all good things come to an end huhu After a few more catching up and brotherly bondings we all started to pack our stuff and mark the end of Bronuman 2k14. It was surely another day well spent, We all had a great time and it definitely was another epic bronuman. I can’t wait for the next one!
Happy Birthday again David Perez, and for the whole bros, here’s to another year of our friendship!
that’s all for now, gotta fly!