Explore the world with You
I'm Jean Lanie Profugo. I'm a follower of Christ and I love to blog about anything under the sun.

" I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. " Psalm 9:1
  • 4th Anniversary at Caviar

    Four years and some change ago, I started this blog. It’s morphed from a space to a place where I can share my food review, relationships, my spiritual life, My God and a few heartfelt moments along the way.

    I have always found solace in writing things down. Over the last 4 years, I’ve shared how “explore the world with You” means as I journey this sweet life with my boyfriend together with God who orchestrate everything. It was done to leave my thoughts in a place that I could easily revisit. I was startlingly getting emotional as I revisit my blog. Time indeed flies so fast as cliche as it may sound. Questions in mind like “what would it be like if God did not allowed these things to happen in my life?”, “what’s on my mind at this very moment if this did not happened?”, “Where would I be without Him?”, “Am I happy like what I am right now?”  lead me to tears as I felt the unpretentious gratitude in my heart. Every single second was indeed amazing… Life is so gooooood! Yeah, I’m really blessed with everything. 

    And here I am trying to write my last anniversary date blog.  This day carries pretty important memories for us and I would always remember how it all began. So much feels…

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    Celebrated on the day itself at Caviar Restaurant & Champagne Bar.. We were glad to know that a fine dining restaurant like this can be found in Alabang. There’s no need for us to travel far anymore to celebrate and we don’t have to schedule it during weekends since it’s so accessible! 

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    A romantic ambiance and living room area complete with fireplace welcomed us as we enter the place. Over there is the Champagne Bar. When you turn left to the door, you’ll find the garden area. It was raining so we decided to sit on the couch. 

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    Jaime, our server for the night, who took care of us last night introduced every details in the menu which we really appreciate. 

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    He came back and present this ridiculously huge cut of cowboy steak good for 4-6 persons. There’s no way we can eat this alone. I guess we’ll come back and bring our reinforcements. This steak is soooooo inviting! We’ll definitely try this one. 

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    He even greeted us with a complimentary sparkling wine to celebrate our anniversary. What can you expect from a Champagne bar? 

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    Pau would always initiate to take this time to give glory to God for this special milestone and that’s what I love about him. 

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    One of the servers came by with the complimentary house bread basket that had a selection of phyllo flatbread, a nice sourdough, and brown bread rolls. Everything is baked fresh in the kitchen and is served with an olive oil dip with a touch of balsamic vinegar, creamy butter, and green olives. I love bread and I would always ask for refill whenever they ask me. 

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    I would love to try all these! I’m sure my best friend would love to try this too! 

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    Served to jumpstart the night! 

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    Bisque de Homard, poached Lobster Meat and Truffle Oil served in a different manner. Jamie poured the soup in front of us and even whipped out his whipped out his humongous pepper mill to season our soup. It was entertaining! I was using 50mm that time so I wasn’t able to take a photo. 

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    To cleanse our palate before our main course, Jamie served us a small scoop of Sorbet with a balsamic reduction. I could taste a sweet langka and hints of lemon in my tiny glass. It tickles in my mouth. This was a very happy intermission before the main entrées.

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    Steak sauces

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    This time we skipped the appetizer and upgraded the 28 Days Dry Aged Bone in Rib-Eye for surf and turf. You just need to add P850.00 for upgrade. I say this is the best decision that we’ve made. 

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    Now who doesn’t want a Lobster and Steak anyway? The combination was the best!!! We were laughing at each other because we don’t have space left for dessert. It’s the first time ever in history. We love sweets but we cannot eat anymore this time. 

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    Jamie brought another two complimentary glasses of Limincello. I asked the alcohol percent this time since I am getting sleepy already and he said 30%. We’re not a wine person and if I managed to finish a glass of it, I would ask Pau to take me home immediately. I might fall asleep in an instant. Haha!

    We wanted to cancel our movie date, Hercules, after the dinner but didn’t make it on time so we watched it anyway. We fell asleep in the movie house. Haha! 

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    We toured around the restaurant. Later then I found out that Sir Frank, the owner and chef, prepared our food himself.

    Picture taking behind the wines. Everything from the restaurant was also designed by Sir Frank. 

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    These four years have been beautiful and grace-filled; a blessing and a challenge. Who would have thought that we are about to get married in almost four months? All in all, I’d say that we’ve fared pretty well, partner. We’ve been through a lot and experienced His grace and we will experience more of His in the next chapter.

    I look forward to our first anniversary. This time, not a fine dining anymore but travel. :D Happy Anniversary! 

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

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  • Unforgettable memories. Irreplaceable memories.

    I remember the first time we visited Cent, Pau’s best friend, at the hospital. I was speechless. I couldn’t contain my emotions and cannot bear how hard he’s been suffering on a plain white bed in the ICU. Pau thought of the best way for his best friend and his family – to pray. Honestly, our hearts were crushed that we can’t do nothing but to cry out to God for help.

    He was playing basketball and his head directly hit the floor as he fell from a bad jump ball. He was rushed in the hospital and later they found out that he cannot remember anyone nor anything at all. His dad miserably narrated everything while waiting for our chance to enter the ICU.

    As for me, the scariest and one of the saddest feeling is not to remember anything. Though, we believe that in time he will soon recover (he’s okay now!). I’m scared of losing and forgetting not just the happy times but also the sad times. I’m scared of not remembering my family, fiancé, friends, my loved ones. I don’t wanna forget…

    Sounds like a typical Korean novella. But I woke up and realized that it’s really possible to happen in real life. 

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    On our second visit, he remembered Pau but couldn’t remember my name. Thank God for his fast recovery. Pau was really worried. I am too. I was surprised how he recalled his date with his girlfriend at Tagaytay and mentioned “The Domaine” more than twice. He still remember that we got engaged there and told us that he wants to go there. Pau couldn’t forget it so he decided to celebrate his birthday here. 

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    Oh, the crew still remember us and warmly welcomed us. I remember the time we got engaged here. Time really flies so fast. I’m getting married in a few months. 

    We were very happy for Cent’s fast recovery. The talk was about the accident and the proposal and anything under the sun. Of course, basketball is always present. 

    We tried the 3-set course but this time is different. Sad to say that I failed to check the menu but that’s alright, I’ve blogged it already.  

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    This is the salad that I tried for appetizer. 

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    Mussels for appetizer for Cent and Pau.

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    Risotto just like in The Fault in our Stars.

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    Main course for Pau.

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    I ordered Lemon Tart for dessert but I couldn’t eat it because it’s too sour for dessert. The waiter noticed that I did not eat my dessert so he replaced it with Dark chocolate mouse with coconut biscuit for free. I said that it’s alright but he insisted. I really love their service! :)

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    God has His own reasons for allowing things to happen. We may not be able to understand it now, but we will definitely would, in time. In His perfect time. But despite every tragic accident, we are secured that even though we don’t understand what’s happening, we know that God is always in control and He knows what He is doing. In time, He will reveal the reasons for everything.

    Just like what Pau said, everything that happened to Cent will be part of his testimony. With that, we are blessed to celebrate this special milestone of his life. Cheers to another year of your life! 

    No matter what happened, no matter how life tries to make us forget the things and the person that are precious to us, it just can’t. Those irreplaceable memories that no matter how we are forced to forget it, we cannot just forget it. 

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • Vertical Horizon in Manila 2014

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    If you’ve been reading my blog devotedly, you know that I love concert. I love Paramore. I love Franco. I love Urbandub. Can you find something in common? They all gonna blow your eardrums when you watch them live. 

    My brother, I mean my older brother. is one of the people who influenced me with the music that I listen to. From Incubus to Red Hot Chilli Pepper, to Coldplay to to Lifehouse to Jason Mraz to Vertical Horizon to Third Eye Blind. Name it! Given a chance, I would definitely want to watch them live. 90’s music is way better than the music nowadays. If you’re a kid from the 90’s, you know what I mean.

    To find out that Vertical Horizon is back in Manila, we instantly booked for ticket. It’s our first time to watch at Newport Performing Arts Theater. It was beautiful here and you would still appreciate the concert even if you’re not sitting in the VIP seat.

    Vertical Horizon’s concert reminds me of my high school memories. It felt like I traveled in the past for almost 2 hours. I used to relate much to their songs and writings. 

    When I heard them sing “Best I ever Had” which is my all time favorite, my night is complete. 

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    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • Wholeheartedly

    Worship. Serving. Lordship. Surrender. Face Down. Victory. These are some of the few words that pretty much sum up the one of the best week I had in my entire life.

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    Despite the odds, I was able to attend FaceDown 2014. It’s a three-day worship conference held in Victory Alabang. Trutfully, I never asked for schedule. Good thing I did not for if I did, I would never register and conclude that I would never make it. In fact, at first I thought that conference will be held after work probably around 5-10pm. To realize that it is actually a three whole day conference is an extra challenge for someone like me. Uhm, looooooonngggg story. 

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    Fortunately, I managed to sneak in but was late on the first day because of work, of course! I was a bit hesitant to attend since I stopped singing because of the conflict in my schedule. My team might probably forget about me but thank God for confidence, I met some of my friends, my teammates. I realized I was very excited to see them.

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    Sadly, the circumstances did not allowed me to attend the next two days. But I did not write to whine. It’s just one day but I learned a lot on the first day. It was very moving, life-changing, eye opener experience. Given a chance, I would definitely savor every minute of the conference. In time, Jean. In time.  Could you imagine if I was able to attend the whole conference? Geez, I might have missed it but yeah… that’s life! Haha!

    “We want approval, we want affirmation, we want acceptance” Who’s approval are we getting, the Lord’s or man? - Ptr. John Del Rosario

    Friendships, boy & girl relationships, or any kind of relationships; any tangible entity or object, a person, an activity, a career, music, an ideology – anything that replaces God in our hearts is an idol.” -Rey Lizardo 

    “The amount of work in the ministry is not the meter of your relationship with God.“ - Rey Lizardo

    During the week, I had to meet my delegate to prepare us for Victory Weekend. Despite our busy schedule, it was through His grace that we were able to finish it until victory weekend. Little did I know that God is teaching me something about surrender. 

    “What do you really mean by surrender? What if you’re not ready to surrender yet?”

    These thoughts came across my mind during the week.

    For the nth time, I’ve asked myself, “What does it mean to surrender everything to God?” Jesus talks about this concept of picking up our cross daily and following Him. In order to find life, we must lose it. But how do you do that? Is it a simple prayer? Is it giving concerns and worries up to God and try to trust that He’s got everything under control? 

    Surrendering everything to God is not some radical or crazy action where you quit your job or school and pray all the time. It means elevating God above everything else and opening up every area of your life to Him. Every area means everything. It is the willingness to let God do what is His responsibility. Jesus died for our sins, He give us the enablement to do everything God has planned and promises. He died so we can have the fullness of who we are today. Truth isn’t some abstract concept, measured by perspective or emotions, truth is a person. The Holy Spirit leads you to the truth. The father provides, plans and lines things up to His perfect timing.

    To surrender to God is to serve Him wholeheartedly. It’s about positioning yourself to say, “God, I am willing to open up everything I am and have and let you do your thing." Its about becoming aware of what He’s doing. Its about knowing that Jesus died to give you an identity as a child of God and coming into intimacy with Him.

    To pick up your daily cross is to have the determination and will to choose Jesus above everything else. To love wholeheartedly, to take up your daily cross, to surrender your life to God is about the choice to let go and let God do. It is a choice you have the power to make in every situation and circumstance. In every part of your life. The focus isn’t about “what if I stuff up?” Jesus took care of that 2000 years ago. Jesus has already made you complete. God’s love is fixated and unchanging. The focus is about loving Him wholeheartedly today.

    But what if you’re at the point of your life that you cannot surrender your life to Him yet? It might probably because you don’t know exactly the God that you are serving. Trust is develop by having a relationship. If we don’t have a relationship with Him, it would be hard for us to open ourselves to Him. But if we take our relationship deeper and deeper, trust won’t be an issue. But how can we know Him? Through communicating  - reading the Bible and prayer. We should make extra effort to have a deeper relationship with God. The more we know Him, the more we trust Him, the more we can surrender our life to Him.

    I’ve felt the unexplainable peace and comfort in my heart. It’s amazing how God teaches us things over and over again. So many realisations for this and I can’t help but give praises and honour to God. 

    With this, use me Lord for Your glory. I want more of You!

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    I cannot contain the joy in my heart every time i attend victory weekend. Glory to You alone!

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • 1771 Sentro

    The dress has been purchased, the invitations have been decided. The bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the caterer, the honeymoon, the list goes on – all chosen. All the finishing touches leading up to a wedding weekend to remember. Thank God we’re surely but slowly moving! :D

    Time flies. I’ve said this many times before. It seems like just yesterday when he proposed and just like that we blink and the wedding is nearly upon us. Sometimes I want to press the forward button and let’s get the party started. Wedding jitters! Sometimes, I want to pause when I think of me leaving our house in a couple of months. I told my mom earlier that my closet is full already and that some of my clothes can be found in any of the closets of the house. But she said that there’s no need to expand it since I’m gonna transfer naman daw to our new house. Haha! 

    On the other side, there are moments that I am still enjoying despite the preparations. Thank God for random meeting at Makati that lead to spontaneous dinner date. It’s been awhile since I blog about food but let me give it a try this time. Too bad, I left my GoPro in the car but it’s not for food photography anyway so that’s okay.

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    I myself was not aware of how good 1771 Sentro is when it comes to  Filipino Cuisine until Pau convinced me to try it. Guess, my eyes are too focused for Japanese, pasta and steaks that failed to embrace our very own dishes.

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    Said to be the first in modern Filipino cuisine, I know you’d react similarly to how I responded when I found out that Corned Beef Sinigang is their signature dish. That’s weird but the taste wouldn’t fail to surprise you. 

    Didn’t take photos but the ambiance insinuates a modern take on Filipino set-up perfect for after-work relaxation, meetings and dates like this.

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    I took the longest time deciding what to order but in the end Pau decided for us. First pick was Honey garlic pork spareribs. I couldn’t agree with him more when he said that it’s really delicious.

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    Of course, we wouldn’t want to leave the restaurant without trying their signature dish, Sinigang na Corned Beef. Sample soup was served minutes after we placed our order asking if they would adjust the soup’s taste or not. I love that part! The tastier the better!

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    Later then we realized that we’re celebrating our monthsary (we were almost home already) but we’re too busy counting the days before our wedding that we failed to notice it but of course, we’re grateful for this milestones. All for Your Glory! Few more months to go! <3

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • Wedding Preparations

    It has already been three months since we got engaged. (Really, I thought it was just last week?) The longer we get into the engagement and the closer we get to the wedding day, all the numbers that go with wedding preparations start to show up — venue, catering, invitations, flowers, rings, gowns, photographers, videographers, giveaways… and the list goes on!

    I’ve always thought wedding preparations were exciting. It is finally the time when I can put my “wedding dreams” into reality. Some say that most couples get into fights and arguments during this season. Somewhat true but I always believe that it will still depend on how you’ll handle it.

    I’m very particular when it comes to dates and schedules. I promised myself to get all things done at least a month before the big day so that I have at least a month to pamper myself. (Of course, I can’t give my husband-to-be a reason to back out. Haha!)

    I cannot believe that I only have few months to prepare for the big day. Seriously? Someone perhaps stole my clock and adjust it. I have been really busy at work and been to many places for vacation that I almost lost track of my calendar. Noooooo! Thank God for one of my bridesmaids who reminded me about my wedding. :| Thank God for my calendar who also notified me that we need to meet our coordinator today because without it I might probably forgot the whole thing even the wedding itself. Haha!

    Aside from the wedding preparations, we also need to take time to check our house. We went there earlier and so happy to see that it’s almost done. We’re soooo excited to transfer. Yihee! But wait, we still have to buy furnitures. So many things to do yet so little time. Can I take a month off to polish all these preparations? Haha!

    Thank God for wedding coordinators who make a wedding preparations hassle-free for a busy and OC bride like. We just met her earlier and I realized that I have lots of things to do. I still can’t decide for my gown. :|

    This makes me appreciate what Pastor Chico said - to attend the Before I Do Seminar as early as possible because this could get in your way. Your hectic schedule might hinder you to attend seminar like this. It’s good to listen sometimes. Good thing, we listened! But of all the preparations that we’ve made, attending that seminar is one thing that I don’t want to skip. It will help you a lot not just in your preparations but growing with your partner and with God.

    With this roller coaster ride, I learned that a bride should possess that great amount of patience and perseverance because things won’t go according to what has been planned sometimes.  There will be bumps along the way and some changes with what has already been agreed upon. Thank God somehow we’re moving slowly to our goal. :)

    Once we see God move in any of our situations, whether that may be with the wedding or any other things, we know that God is with us and He is faithful. Our faith is increased and He is glorified. We realize that it is not from our own efforts, but from the grace that God has given us. 

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • Bataan 2014

    Pondering why writing depends on my mood all the time. There are times when I feel like writing and express it here. There are times when I want to be quiet but still write here. There are times when I don’t have nothing to say just like today. Those times were probably because I’m busy, tired, lazy, sick, playing or just not in the mood. Haha! The reason why I was able to do this despite my excuse was because I’m waiting for my boyfriend at Starbucks. (Tuesday is LG day for him.) I’m too exhausted to continue my work at a used-to-be-quiet-and-relaxing coffee shop so here’s the second installment of my trip with Pau’s family.  

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    The second part of our road trip was spent in Bataan. I’ve long wanted to visit the historical resort, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, where we want to have our Prenup. But we changed our mind now! Not that it’s not beautiful there, when in fact, it was really beautiful! I just think it’s too far for a prenup shoot.

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    We were welcomed by the guardia sibil and ushered by their staffs wearing baro’t saya, We were handed sago’t gulaman as welcome drinks. I couldn’t help but take pictures of my favorite Paseo de Escolta because of its fantastic façade. It’s a replica of typical commercial buildings in Escolta, Manila. Later then I realized that it’s our hotel. The ground floor is occupied by shops while the upper two floors serve as hotel rooms.

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    Paseo de Escolta at night

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    A three-storey executive suites was big enough for a family of 6. I was so tired from the heat and travel that I wanted to take a bath and just sleep.

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    I find it interesting how the owners came up with this idea and his love and passion to preserve the Philippines’ culture.

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    As discussed from our tour, a total of 28-35 casas in this heritage resort where 18th to early-20th century Philippine houses from several parts across the country have been rebuilt and clustered together to resemble a colonial-era Philippine community. You would feel like you’re in a different world when you’re here. From the ambiance, to choice of language and accent of the staffs, from their attire, to everything. It felt I was given a chance to revisit the history.

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    Thought of wearing this hat all throughout the tour to beat the heat but it’s better if you would bring umbrella instead.

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    We were asked to leave our slippers outside before we enter the house to give respect to the owners of the house.

    Inside one of the casas that we visited. Only few photos.  Didn’t take much photos because of the heat. 

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    Pau and I didn’t finished the day tour and went back to our hotel because he’s not feeling well. Plus the weather is too hot. I suggest that you visit Las Casas during December. Good thing, we strolled on our first day and took a couple of shots too despite the gloomy weather. 

    Grateful for my second family for this trip. Been travelling with them since 2010. :)

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    Right after the city tour, we went to the historic Mt Samat to see Dambana ng Kagitingan. Bataan is really beautiful! Fun Summer!

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • Baguio 2014

    2014 is travel year, I guess. Second quarter has just started and I’ve been to many places already. Pau and I were discussing about our future plans like travel and family the last time we’ve talked about us. We’ve decided that we want to spend our time together alone for the first year of our marriage by travelling to different places. I’m kind of excited to that. It’s one thing that I’ve been longing for ever since we started this relationship. Mmm. Though we can do that now but we opted to save it after marriage. Wondering what it feels like to travel alone together, huh? Sounds so romantic! Haha! Can’t wait for November! :)

    I almost cannot remember the last time I went to Baguio. College days? With family? Uhm. But definitely not with Pau. That means, it’s our first time together in Baguio. 

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    I’ve always want to go around the world. We’ve included that in our faith goals. But while waiting for that day to come, we’ve joined Pau’s family at Baguio were we stayed at Camp John Hay. They say it is Baguio City’s most popular tourist destination but how come I’ve never been to this place? Hahaha! It was beautiful here! I love the pines trees, ambiance, weather, everything! 

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    Definitely made our stay relaxing while listening to them. 

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    What makes this hotel amazing is that it is cheaper than what I’ve expected. 

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    Had our city tour on our first day but didn’t took photos since we’ve been to that place already. What makes our stay more exciting is the Tree Top Adventure. 

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    We went with Pau’s siblings and cousins while the others are out for their second day tour. I used to be adventurous. I am always excited to try something extraordinary like Bungee Jumping (Plunge) in Bohol, ride the scariest ride at theme park but as the time goes by, I’m starting to avoid it. Haha! What’s happening? 

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    But for the record, Pau and I tried Tree Drop. It is a free fall adventure where you will step off a ledge and be dropped 60 feet down in a matter of 2-3 seconds. The waiting part is always scary! But definitely a must try! You can watch my video at my instagram account: http://instagram.com/p/nXlrwzJvpl/

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    We tried Silver Surfer. Stand atop a specially designed ledge, hold onto a bar and simply fly. The 70-meters long diagonal zip line takes you up to a tower at a speed of approximately 6 meters per second. This adventure accommodates 2 persons at a time, facing each other, and makes key stops midway through the ride. It was scarier than Tree Drop. Hahaha! Here’s our video using GoPro: http://instagram.com/p/nYKQ1LJvt5/

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    The last ride was Superman. The Superman Ride is a 200 meter long, 150 feet high cable zip line that gives you an astonishing view of the mountains for about 2 minutes. In this adventure, you will first fly backwards and then forward at the speed of 9 meters per second. Meant to be experienced in tandem, this adventure accommodates 2 persons at a time to double the fun! I honestly don’t like the harness that they used. I can’t breathe the whole ride but nonetheless, the view up there was spectacular!

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    Was able to try only three rides due to time constraints. But here’s the picture of a Canopy Ride. The Canopy Ride is an adventure where in you will be seated on a cable chair and will be transferred from one tower to another. This adventure is similar to cable car however, you will be seating on a chair. It has 8 stations and the ride will last for 30 minutes to an hour.

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    There’s no way we’ll try every thing in a span of two hours.  Trekking is so tiring but I still managed to strike a pose! Haha!

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    Of course, an obligatory couples picture. We need this for throwback video on our Wedding day. Haha! 

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    With the Ilmedo-Santos Family. Definitely enjoyed our stay at Baguio. Next destination: Bataan :)

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  • Malaysia 2014

    Singing, “Today I don’t feel like doing anything. I just wanna lay in my bed. Don’t feel like picking up my phone so leave a message at the tone. ‘Cause today I swear I’m not doing anything.” A taste of a long break. Sweet summer it is! Haha!

    So yeah, I finally felt how wonderful it is for us accountants to make it to April 15. Such a glorious milestone! I used to be complacent at work before and I never thought that I would be very happy to finally see all our hard works in paper. But beyond that, I’m happy I can finally sleep 8 hours a day because it’s a long holiday. Yahooo! ^.^

    I was busy, super busy that I always spend my nights including weekends working for deadlines. Oh, even during holidays. I was grateful to spend a week before Holy week at Kuala Lumpur with my family in between of my busy schedule.

    Though I found Kuala Lumpur uninteresting from the internet, I still cannot deny the fact that I was really excited. First times are always kiligers, I should say. Haha!

    Honestly, we had the happiest trip so far. I mean, a good amount of time spent with my loved ones are always the best. Each trip is unique that we never fail to remember those when we’re together. We’re blessed to be able to travel at least twice a year. 

    There is no way I’ll be able to do a single posts about our 4 days and 4 nights stay in Malaysia (and really, I don’t think you’d want me to. Haha!) Instead, I’ve combined a bunch of photos from this trip, which definitely aren’t enough to capture all the moments that took place. Strange how I brought two cameras with me but didn’t take much picture. Cranky by the heat, I guess? Haha! But then again, it’s better to actually be in the moment rather than always surveying it from afar, in a frame.  :) 

    First Day Tour at Kuala Lumpur

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    National Palace

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    National Monument

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    Family picture outside National Mosque. We couldn’t get inside since it’s Friday. Friday is prayer day for them. 

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    A random street at Kuala Lumpur

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    Sultan Adbul Samad Building

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    Petronas Twin Towers

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    Quick stop over before we Johor. We saw and feed monkeys. Haha!

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    Watched fireflies at Sungai Lebam Wetlands, Johor

    Day Two:

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    Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

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    Longest Hanging Bridge at Sunway Lagoon (medyo napayakap sa takot. haha!)

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    No one planned to go to water park but it turned out to be the most favourite park of our family. We bought our swim wear on the spot. How was that? If I were you, better bring your swim wear so you won’t regret it like we did but nonetheless, we definitely enjoyed our stay there. Specially my parents. 

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    Lovers at the street of Jalan Alor

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    Spent our dinner with a family friend. 

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    Finally saw the famous Petronas Tower at night. My eyes couldn’t believe what I saw. It was splendid!

    Day Three:

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    Went to Batu Caves, Selangor before we go to Genting Highlands.

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    Overnight at First World Hotel, Genting Highlands.

    First World Hotel is a three-star hotel with a total of 6,118-rooms, making it the fourth-largest hotel in the world by number of rooms.

    It’s was seriously big there and cold also.

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    Dear Eiffel Tower, I’ll see you soon. <3 

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    My parents would definitely got scared if they tried the fastest cable car at Genting Highlands. We were screaming and laughing during our 25 min rides. It was suuppppppeeeeeerrrr scary!!!

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    Went to Believe it or not with Pau while the others are strolling around the area and some are already resting in their respective room.

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    Bowling was the highlight of our third night. My dad and my mom’s sport! They’re still good at it!

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    Coolest experience ever! Tried sky diving at Sky Venture Genting Highlands.

    Watch this video if you want to make your day. It will surely make you laugh. Hahaha! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93NvbTDCezQ

    I want to try real sky diving but I think I changed my mind. Hahaha!

    Thank you Lord for the provision and for the safe travel to Malaysia :)

    (Source: jeanprofugo)

  • Pamamanhikan: The Profugos meet the Santoses

    Funny how late posts are not new in my blog lately. Thank God for long holiday, I can finally touch this draft.

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    We’ve been dating for almost four years now and it’s weird how our parents even my siblings and his never met. Well, if you’re engaged already, you probably need to inform your family about your change of status. A man doesn’t just slip an engagement ring on his girl’s finger and then proceed with the wedding plans and go on and live happily with your spouse. One thing we have learned from our mentors is to always INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS. It’s one way to honor them and they appreciate it more than you expected.

    Defining the old school “pamamanhikan”. It’s a tradition where a man’s family will visit the woman’s family in their house then formally ask for her hand in marriage. In our case, we intended to do it at Acacia Hotel. Kind of surprised how my dad insisted to do it intimately by inviting only the immediate members of the family.

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    I never thought that this day would finally come where our parents would sit in a long table discussing my future with my boyfriend’s parents. How should I say? It was awkward in the first place. I guess, everyone’s adjusting with the peculiar presence in the table. I am too! I almost didn’t want to take pictures. Haha!

    Funny how I don’t have any idea how this thing is working. I just let them ate and talked until they become comfortable with each other. Amusing how we felt like there’s nothing to discuss, probably because my family already knew what kind of a man Pau is. Also, it was a big help how the date, venue and others some details were settled already. Though, we’re still praying for provisions but we know He will provide. Thank God, He made and will make all this possible. 

    Here’s a few pictures from the night:

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    Here’s what I’ve learned from this night: 

    1. Pray for God’s timing, words that you will be speaking.

    Honestly, the original plan was to have dinner with their family to celebrate my birthday last March. Unfortunately, a lot of things happened in between that we are left with a decision to reschedule it many times.

    2. Don’t forget to introduce your family to your boyfriend’s family (vice versa). Even though you know each others family already, don’t forget to skip this just like I did. At least try to do this casually. You cannot just assume that they know each other. After all, one of the goal of this event is to meet the whole family. I should have read the Pamamanhikan 101 (if there’s such thing!!!) Haha!

    3. Be genuine. There is nothing wrong with getting a bit nervous and trying to impress them, but it is also wrong to be someone that you aren’t. Just be yourself! Act naturally! 

    4. Speak your heart.

    5. Never leave without getting the approval of the parents. Of course, this is the main event of the night. Don’t leave without asking the hand of your future wife.

    Late reaction: I can’t believe this is happening already. Can someone pinch me and tell me that I’m getting married in the next few months? Waahh! 

    (Source: jeanprofugo)