Camotes Island – Overdue Travel Post #1

April 28, 2013 § 4 Comments

To make up for lost blogging time, I am doing a bit of backtracking and posting some of the stuffs I meant to write about but didn’t. Starting with the easiest, travel posts.

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For the last three years, my friends and I went on vacations during the first week of March. While we did plan the “going to and enjoying the vacation” part, we never intentionally scheduled it to always be on the same dates. On the second trip (2012), we just laughed and thought it was a great coincidence. And then the third trip (which was totally unplanned), I thought it was fate. Lol.

I posted about the first March escapade here and here. I didn’t write about the second one (which is a pity because that was a great trip, maybe i’ll write about it some other time). And this here is about the latest.

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We traveled about 27 kilometers north of Cebu City to Danao City (roughly 2 hours), and took an hour boat trip to get to the beautiful Camotes group of islands. We stayed at Santiago Bay Garden and Resort Hotel. The resort is still being developed but the rooms are clean and spacious. The infinity pools are also great. The resort also serves good food that is cheaper than that of other resort hotels in Cebu. I liked that there are other food options available that are even cheaper and not less good. And of course, the thing that we came for, the beach. While it’s not the best, it still has one of the most gorgeous shorelines. All in all, Camotes Island is a good getaway place.

And pictures. I took mine through my phone and the rest were taken by the awesome Aldrich V.

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2013 Reading Challenge Update

April 27, 2013 § 1 Comment

A year and 2 months ago, I joined Goodreads and took up their annual reading challenge as a way to motivate myself to read more again. I used to be a voracious reader when I was younger up until college. I don’t remember what happened but after college, I rarely picked up a book.

Anyway, it worked. Although it was difficult at first, I managed to complete 15 books which is more than the number of books I signed up for the challenge. Of course, I signed up for this year’s reading challenge. This is on my Goodreads profile but I wanted to  flaunt show how well I’m doing here (uhhmmm I also wanted to let you guys know I’m being productive even when I’m not blogging much lol).

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My 2012 completed list

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My 2013 completed list  – so far

I’ve easily (ahem) exceeded half of my goal and April hasn’t even ended yet! I am pretty excited about this. I’m currently reading Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, that was highly recommended by one of my awesome colleagues, Green Embers. Unseen Academicals is my first ever e-book purchase. I still am very much a traditional and prefer a physical book but e-books are indeed convenient especially for people like me who live in places where adapted movies come before the actual books are on sale in local bookstores.

Next on my list are The Hunger Games Trilogy, the Game of Thrones series, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. I’m also itching to read the new Haruki Murakami book (as soon as it’s translated and published) and the soon to be released third installment of the Divergent series.

I know I know. I haven’t written much about any of the interesting stuffs I’ve been doing. For the nth time since I started this blog, I am working on it. I have a couple more posts coming up for things I’ve done, places I’ve been to, and other things. What I am 100% sure is I’m gonna rock the 2013 reading challenge!

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