Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ATV Around the Island

Grande Island was huge. We tried to walk hike around the whole island but with my lazy cuzin' who hated walking the most, it was negatively possible.

Then we saw a lot of guests driving around with ATV (all terrain vehicle), a trike in our language. The kids got excited again.

We went back to the frontdesk to avail the rides. It was P100 per 15 minutes and charging per additional minutes there after. All safe even to kids. Again, we signed waivers.

looking for Marla? sorry, she missed this, she opted to stay in the room indulging the wifi

The ATV was easy-peasy. Even those who never drove any vehicle all their lives could manage these cute trikes. Ignore the other controls. Just focus on the accelerator and the hand break. In short, it was all go, stop and directions. . period.

can you spot us ?

Like pros, we were about to drove up the hill but had to turn around. We got the wrong way. hahaha!

lots of pretty flowers around
We were able to see some of the activity stations we missed on the first day. Like the souvenir shop, the function hall buildings/hotels, obstacle course and others. Yet, there were roads not passable by the ATV. These were the rugged road to Chiquitita Island and the Canyon Road. The latter, I was able to hike by foot. See coming post.

the obstacle course by the beach

the souvenir shop. goods too expensive for me. I didn't buy anything:D

even passed by our frontbeach chalet

the front office building

Then it was time to return our trikes. So soon. We enjoyed them so much. Best part in the island.

We walked to our next choice of island activity. See next post :D

Monday, March 29, 2010

Goin' Bananas

There's a resort that offers pure nature and serenity, where one can indulge and linger to its natural beauty and just be easy -lazy the whole day and night. And there's a resort that is busy, crowded, and energy pulsating. You can't help but jump too!!
The latter kind is what we landed on last weekend at Grande Island Resort.
On our second day at the resort (?). . where's the first day ? Photos are not in this comp, so I'll post about them later, ok :D

So about the 2nd day_ kids didn't sleep the whole first night woke up so early. Bianx and Kyla were excited about the banana boat ! This gonna be their first time to ride one. We thought at 9 and 10, they were ready. Besides, we saw their b boats here, they were small enough for the kids.

The kids pushed us to run with them to the banana boat station. Already there was a long queue of guests waiting for the station to open.

Meanwhile the kids had no choice but to enjoy the water while waiting. Until the station opened.
Us ? We knew what to do :D

can't smile; holding breath to tuck my bulges in

Alas ! The kids jumped out with delight. Our chance came !

Parents had to sign a waiver for the kids. A boat rides min/max of 5. J chose not to join and stayed behind the lens.

Ready !

All set ! !

Go o o o o ! ! !

Thumbs up ! ! ! ! !

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tribal Trinkets

I coudln't help but be proud of my heritage everytime I get to see handcrafts, native accessories & trinkets being showcased and sold by/from our tourist shops.

My daughters, so young and so faithful to our country, patriotism shouts out loud from the way they accessorized their arms and necks.

They love to buy little things which they personally find pretty and very filipino from these shops. They are particularly fond of our tribal arts.

Admittedly, unlike my young girls, I don't anymore go gaga, everytime I see our tribal art products. I've seen a lot of them in my lifetime. Even saw the same products being reproduced from my younger years. Had even owned some of them myself, in one time or another.

The few times I was touristing in other countries, I would always bumped into their own cultural products and always in one way or another, I would be easily taken by the uniqueness and beauty of their arts and culture.

Yet, still these pinoy trinkets never fail to vivify the unconditional love I have to my country.

Pinoy Ako !!!

Thank You So Much Vinece!!!!

a repost from Monik Moments

Thank you so very much Ms. Vinece Roove of New York, USA, for this pretty hot #, a 2-piece she sweetly sent to me !!!! So thoughtful, a parcel had arrived at my door, right on time for my summer getaway this weekend.

I opened it and guess what I got??? Here : : : !!!

According to Vinece she has been following my travel blog Ascertain Bliss since last year. Once in a while. I would receive short, sweet messages from her in my email. She did mention allright that she's going to send something for my birthday which she found out from my personal blog, here at MonikMoments. Sweetness!!

and now it's here!!! Sooo happy!!! I like it a lot!!!

Best thing _ they fit me well !! How nice, Vinece doesn't have my size nos, she didn't ask, she has been seeing me only from my blog photos. Isn't she an expert ?!!!

I love the beaded details of the tops. I've been wanting to have a set of similar detailed swimwear from a known resort wear shop here in Manila, but always, the costly price stopped me from buying.

So Vinece a big thanks, you 've just made a lil' wish of a mom came true ! Happiness!!!

I have another wish thu'. Hope I would be able to trim bulges from my mid-section so I could fully show off wearing this bikini!!! Without cover ups!!!

Promise, to post photos in these pieces. On how I'm gonna trick edit them, hahahaha!!! just watch out =>=> .

Again Vinece, thank you so much !! Mwah!!mwah!!mwah!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

a taste of summer

aaaahhh . . . . summer !!!
a taste of clear blue sky, prestine blue sea,
summer is nature !


come , enjoy the scorching sun with me
watch out for 2010 summer getaway/ destination posts
next :D

ps :

while i'm out frolicking in a furnace of fun and nature, with a promise to share a post or four or more this summer, you can refer to my archives of summer getaway destinations for your own barkada/family trip this summer. my archive list on the upper left of my home page and click a place of your choice.
inquiries? well, you could leave messages here if you can or if you don't have account here couldn't, you can follow me at Ascertain Bliss' Facebook page, just click the facebook widget on the left side of this page .
hope to share some fun with you :D