On the day of our trek, August 7, 2016, we woke up to a gloomy weather in Capas, Tarlac. It was raining so hard when we arrived in Capas, August 6, 2016.  We woke up at 6:00 AM prepped ourselves for the trek then ate our breakfast. The Mt. Pinatubo Tour Operators follows a strict itinerary for the tourists' safety since Mt. Pinatubo is still an active volcano.

Just in case you missed the first part of this blog entry here's your guide on How To Get To Mt. Pinatubo?



After we ate our breakfast, we were asked to stand by since the tourism office of Capas still didn't give the go signal that it was okay to proceed with the Mt. Pinatubo trek. It was just gloomy and cloudy by the time we woke up but an hour later it started to drizzle! I was getting paranoid that our tour might be cancelled. If our tour gets cancelled, we would not be able to go to Bataan our next destination. The reason why they don't permit trekking to the crater lake because there are still lahar flows within the area when it rains. And then we waited and it drizzled...then it was rain...drizzled again. After waiting for an hour and a half, the tourism office gave their go signal and off we go to the crater lake! Woot!

Before anything else, let me enumerate a few things that you should bring during the trek. If you are a climber, then I think you already know what to bring and wear.

WHAT TO WEAR IN A MT. PINATUBO TREK?

- LIGHT LONG SLEEVED SHIRT AND LEGGINGS. Cover up to protect your skin. The sun was friendly by the time we started trekking Pinatubo because it was cloudy hours before we started our trek. I was complacent of not putting too much sunblock on my exposed skin. As a result, I got burneddddd!

- TREKKING SHOES AND SPORTS SOCKS. I don't want to risk my toenails get hit with those volcanic rocks. Some of my friends who also went to Pinatubo wore slippers or those gladiator rubber sandals. It really depends on the footwear you are most comfortable with.  My initial plan was to wear my Keds sneakers but it is a 4 hour trek to and from Pinatubo. I guess I would have to buy another pair of Keds had I worn it during our trek. You can also wear trekking sandals if you don't want to get your shoes wet. There were some who managed to stay dry all through out the trek. Well, lucky for them. =D

- SUNGLASSES - To protect your eyes from the sun and dust.
- HAT. To protect your face from the sun.



The start off point of the trek is in Brgy. Sta Juliana. We drove by in our 4x4 ride in a vast stretch of land that resulted from the eruption. It was a one hour ride.


Belgian joiners

Before we reached the jump off point, we stopped by and was amazed by these jagged mountains. The mountains were like a cake that was sliced through. It is ironic how amazing it is when it was caused by the 1991 eruption.



Around 8:45 AM, we started our trek to the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. The trek was mostly on a flat surface but you have to maneuver your way through the rocks (small and big), volcanic sand (be careful on stepping on those sandy surface because it camouflages like a hard one and once you step on it, it breaks) and little streams of water (yes, you have no choice but to get your shoes wet). Don't forget to bring your PHP 700.00 Botolan fees to be collected halfway thru the trek by the municipal government of Botolan, Zambales.



We trekked between "sliced mountains". It was like a natural wonderland.


Twenty minutes before we reached the crater lake, we came across this signage. I guess I belong to the senior citizens. LOL!

So where do you belong? =D
I was already exhausted. We were walking for almost 2 hours already and the surface started to ascend plus we still have to maneuver thru rocks, sand and streams of water. That is two times the effort. I thought to myself "Mt. Pinatubo, you better be good. I'm so tired already.". =D

I have to disagree with this. MAJESTIC is for MT. MAYON. The suitable adjective for MT. PINATUBO is BREATHTAKING. =)

And so, the breathtaking Mt. Pinatubo crater lake didn't disappoint. I was walking thru the stoned stairs and caught a glimpse of the crater lake. I was so excited to actually witness the lake in whole so I ran. It was breathtaking. It had all these dreamy atmosphere.



We rested and took our lunch. It was already 10:30 AM when we reached the crater lake. It is prohibited to take a swim in the lake. The tour guide let us stay for an hour and a half only. As I've said earlier, they follow a strict itinerary because Mt. Pinatubo is still an active volcano. After we took lots of pictures, we started our trek back to Brgy, Sta Juliana. It was still a 2 hour trek and it was exhausting. We arrived in Bognot home stay around 3:30 PM. We took a rest for awhile and prepped ourselves because we are still bound to Bataan the same day.




WHAT TO BRING IN A MT. PINATUBO TREK?

In a trek, you always have to pack light. Don't bring unnecessary things because it will just add unnecessary load on your backpack. It will just add also to your exhaustion.

WATER or ENERGY DRINK - bring lots of water but just enough for your load. There are snack vendors when you reach the crater lake but they also have a tourist-y price.

SNACKS - I was hungry during our trek. We bought sliced bread with Nutella spread. It is also important to bring sweets since this also adds up to your energy.

SUNBLOCK - Don't be complacent. Even though it will be cloudy when you trek, still put lots of sunblock! I have learned my lesson the hard way. =D

EXTRA CLOTHES - There are comfort rooms when you reach the crater lake so if you want to change you can.

SMALL TOWEL - To wipe all those sweat off your face.

WALKING STICK - optional only. If you have the right balance, you will be fine. 


PIECE OF ADVISE...

I don't want other tourists to experience the possibility of the tour being cancelled. That agony while waiting whether it will push through or not produced so much anxiety. I advise to schedule your tour during summer months from March - June. We went there in the month of August and that's the start of the rainy season. A week after we visited Pinatubo, the scheduled tours of the same agency we booked with was cancelled because it was frequently raining.

If you have doubts visiting Mt. Pinatubo because of the long trek, just go. It will be worth it. =)

The Aeta kids says thank you for coming...=)




The Aetas had been given the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title on May 27, 2009. According to ABS-CBN news article, the title covers over 7,000 hectares of land in some parts of Zambales and Pampanga. This gives the Aetas legal ownership of the lands near Mt. Pinatubo.

LET ME LEAVE YOU WITH THE "LEAVE NO TRACE" PHILOSOPHY...


"Take nothing but pictures."
"Bring nothing but memories."
"Leave nothing but footprints."


-Jen

I am so broke. This is my 3rd trip for this year but as they say travel while you are still young! I think my motto would be "Travel now, pulubi later (Travel now, get broke later)". LOL!



One of my bucket list trips is to witness the breathtaking crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. It erupted on June 15, 1991 and was considered as the second largest eruption of the 20th century. Mt. Pinatubo wreaked havoc in the northern part of the Philippines specifically in the parts of Zambales (Pinatubo is part of the Zambales mountains), Tarlac and Pampanga. The same day of the eruption Typhoon Yunya passed through Luzon causing more damage in the form of lahar flows. According to reports the casualties of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption was less thanks to the close coordination of the communities and the government. Okay so let's stop talking about the disaster because right now the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It is right to call it a Beautiful Disaster.


HOW TO GET TO MT. PINATUBO?

We touched down in NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) from MCIA (Mactan Cebu International Airport) around 6:30 AM on August 6, 2016. Next stop is to go to Victory Liner Bus terminal in Pasay where you can ride buses going NORTH BOUND.  This can be a little tricky ---well at least for us because we spent almost two hours looking for the right Victory Liner terminal. That's 2 precious hours wasted ladies and gentlemen. So, Victory Liner has two bus terminals: NORTH BOUND and SOUTH BOUND.

You can ride a metered taxi from NAIA going to Victory Liner Bus terminal in Pasay. Taxi fare is around Php 100.00-150.00. In the bus terminal, you can ask the staff which bus will take you to Capas, Tarlac that will pass in Capas Junction. We took the bus bound for Baguio and just informed the bus conductor to drop us at McDonald's Capas, Tarlac. We departed in Pasay 10:40 AM and arrived in Capas 1:10 PM. Bus fare is PHP 180.00/person.

Once in Capas, Tarlac, there are tricycles who would offer you a ride going to known home stays for Mt. Pinatubo tourists. After we ate our lunch in McDonald's (which is like one of the worst because there were a lot of flies inside the vicinity), we rode a tricycle going to Bognot Homestay. While on our way to our hotel, the heavens started to rumble a bit then a little later it started to RAIN...hard!!! A Mt. Pinatubo tourist's worst nightmare!! Tours are cancelled if the weather is bad because there are still lahar flows up to this day.

It was an hour and a half tricycle ride with heavy rains pouring on us. We departed from McDonald's Capas 2:00 PM and arrived in Bognot Homestay 3:30 PM. Tricycle fare is PHP 300.00/one way trip not per person.

WHERE TO STAY  DURING YOUR MT. PINATUBO TOUR?






Bognot Homestay is a known place for Mt. Pinatubo tourists. We stayed here for PHP 1,000.00/per night so divided by 2 that's PHP 500.00/person. Their rooms are clean but the room where we stayed was part of a house that was made into a hotel. There was a kitchen and a living room just like a family home. One thing I didn't like though is that we had a common CR with other guests. Our room has no TV and the only telco with a cellphone signal is Smart.

THERE ARE 2 BEDS.
LIVING ROOM.

I also suggest if you stay in Bognot Homestay you better buy your dinner in the town proper because their dinner menu was a bit pricey. Our dinner costs PHP 160.00/each. If you are on a beer budget, you can just buy a chicken fillet meal in McDonald's for dinner.


WHICH TOUR OPERATOR TO TRUST?

After searching thru the internet, we decided to book with Mt. Pinatubo Jolly Tours. They don't have an updated website but they are legit. They also don't issue an official receipt. Good thing with MPJT though is that the owner really helped us get the cheapest tour package. The minimum pax in a 4 x 4 ride is 5. There were only two of us so to get the cheapest package she let us joined the three Belgians during our Pinatubo tour. Our tour package inclusions with rates of PHP 1,900/person are:
4x4 ride
Local Guide
Conservation Fee
Entrance fee
Brgy Fee
Packed Lunch
Certificate of Conquest

Aside from that, Botolan fees of Php 700.00/person are collected halfway thru the trek. Botolan fees are imposed by the municipal government of Botolan, Zambales.  I hope they would use the fees to preserve the surroundings of Mt. Pinatubo. 

Mt. Pinatubo Jolly Tours partnered with Bognot Homestay so all their guests get to stay here. Inclusion of our PHP 500.00/night per person is a free breakfast.

BREAKFAST.


You can contact Ms. Jo of Mt. Pinatubo Jolly Tours with these numbers:
Email: mtpinatubojollytour@yahoo.com

You have to be patient for her to reply because cellphone signal is limited in their area.

Summary of expenses PER PERSON:
Php 150.00 - taxi
Php 180.00 - bus fare to Capas, Tarlac
Php 100.00 - lunch at McDonald's
Php 300.00 - tricycle fare to and from Bognot Homestay
Php 500.00 - room rate
Php 1,900.00 - Mt. Pinatubo tour rate
Php 700.00 - Botolan fees
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Php 3,830.00/person

Hope that helped! =) Stay tuned for my next blog entry. Our trek to Mt. Pinatubo and tips on what to wear and what to bring. =)

-Jen






It has been a week since Herbie left us. The hardest part of this ordeal is every time I go to work every morning and when I go home after work. Every morning I always said goodbye to Herbie and touched his head when I left for work. That's one thing I miss. Right now, an empty space greets me every morning. The most painful is when I get home from work. There is no Herbie waiting and looking out for me when I arrive and greets me with his happy face and wagging tail.

CAN YOU SPOT THE PIECE OF PAPER AT THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PICTURE? THAT'S THE LETTER MY MOM WROTE HOW THANKFUL SHE WAS TO HAVE HERBIE AS OUR PET.

Losing a pet is so painful and I thanked those friends who were there to listen to me talking about Herbie's memories.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU LOSES A PET?
If you are not a pet person...
1. A simple pat or rub in the back is a consoling gesture. Even if you can't relate how they feel at least you let them know you are there for them.

2. Lend them an ear. We love to talk about our pets. Even if after sharing our pet's life when they were still alive makes us sad after because we'd miss them I'd say talking is still a good therapy because it's like we are remembering them and spreading how good and obedient they were when they were still alive.

3. Never mock our pet's death. That is just disrespectful.

4. Be sensitive. Never laugh because we cried over a dog or a cat. We loved them like a family member so we have the right to bawl our eyes out over our pet.

5. Never compare. Okay so you experienced death of a loved one before but we really don't need your comparison. We are grieving the death of someone who is dearly close to our heart too.

6. Ask them how they are. A simple "How are you?" or "What caused his death?" the day after our pet died goes a long way.

If you are a pet person but haven't experienced the death of a pet before...
1. Never ignore a fellow pet lover's grief. (yes, there were some)

2. Put yourself in our shoes.


THINGS I WILL MISS ABOUT HERBIE...


Last week the day after Herbie died, I was doing my laundry and I saw Herbie's things. I miss how he seeks for my attention whenever I do my laundry. He would scratch my back (sometimes a bit painful) for attention then I'd say to him "Herbie, ate (big sister) is still doing her laundry". I would bend down my head for him to kiss me then he would place his head between my upper torso and my arms. After all those sweetness, he would go back to his place and curl down watching me doing my laundry.

I also love how disciplined Herbie was whenever I feed him. Some dogs would just eat right away from their dog bowl even if we are not finished yet putting food on it. I gotta thanked CESAR MILLAN. I learned from him tips on how to discipline a dog. I guess every dog lover knows him. With Herbie, he would always wait until I finished putting food in his bowl.

I also miss how he goes "UP" and hold my hand in a standing position and goes "DOWN" if I told him to.

I miss how he goes to me running after he got free from our gate. Then he gives me dog kisses.

MY MOM AND I HAD BEEN KEEPING GUARD ON THIS GATE FOR 5 YEARS BECAUSE HERBIE WOULD JUST RUN FREE OUTSIDE WITHOUT A LEASH.

I will miss his playfulness. Sometimes when Herbie got free from our gate, he usually runs around near our block. I would call him to go home but he still wants to run around. Sometimes when I call his name, he would stopped running and just looked at me with those mischievous eyes and smiling and panting face then he would ran away again.

I also miss how he scratches our door whenever he hears my foot steps going down the stairs every morning.

I also miss how he sits in front of the gate facing our window waiting for either me or my mom to come out.



I also miss how he curls down near my legs whenever I spend time with him chilling and sitting outside our house but just inside the gate.

Most of all, I will always miss Herbie looking out inside the gate waiting for mama and I arriving from work. It is just heartbreaking.

SONG DEDICATED TO HERBIE...

HERBIE AFTER TAKING A BATH.

It's like a safety net was gone when I lost Herbie. Every time I go on videoke sessions with my friends, from now on I will not miss singing I'm Missing You by Meja. I actually sang it last Saturday and I will always dedicate it to Herbie. Here are some of the lyrics:

I miss your love, since you've been gone
I find it hard to go on
The summer sky don't mean a thing
I thought I'd always be strong
I got a feeling inside
and it's making my heart cry, cause

I'm missing you
and it's making me blue, yeah
I'm missing you
but what can I do
Thousand miles away, from you


I will always miss you Herbie. Till we meet again near the Rainbow Bridge.

-Jen




#ADOPTDONTSHOP










If you are a dog lover, I hope you would take the time to read this entry. All I need right now is the consolation and company (even online) of a fellow dog lover.

Yesterday, August 26, 2016 my pet dog, Herbie, has passed on to the next divide. He was a family to us for 5 happy years. He came into our lives in 2011. I was scared of dogs because I was chased by a dog when I was 6 years old and that trauma has stayed with me ever since. I know that dogs are beautiful creatures to take care of and so October of 2011 I decided to take in Herbie. He was named Herbie because by the time he was delivered by (he was given..I didn't buy him) our neighbor into our home, my mother and I were watching the movie Herbie Fully Loaded. Yes, the Volkswagen car Herbie. Same with other dogs, he was loving and fully protective of our home. He was closest to me. I was his Ate. My mom was his Mama.

HAD I KNOWN...
Herbie was still not vaccinated with anti-rabies but don't you worry guys he was a good dog and haven't harmed or bitten anyone. There was a free vaccination in our barangay last August 25, 2016. Before he was vaccinated, he was already not feeling well. He was a bit weak and he didn't ate his dog food. He would only eat if I feed him with my hands like a baby. I told my mom to proceed on with the vaccination and at the same time have him checked with the vets. After the surgical procedure was done, Herbie was so weak due to the anesthesia, the stress of surgery and the anti-rabies vaccination. Ok so they say that's normal.

When I arrived from work last August 25, 2016, my heart just broke at the sight of him. He doggy cried (silently but I still heard him) when I arrived. Even if he was so weak he still stood up just to greet me at the gate. His face was so weak and full of pain but his tail wagged so happily from left to right. I told him to not stress himself and lay back again for him to relax.





I accompanied him thru the night. There was this bad instinct I felt at the sight of him. There was blood near his organs due to the surgical procedure that was done but my friends said it was normal. So I relaxed but the bad instinct stayed. I didn't want to go to sleep because I just want to be with him. If I could just sleep beside him all thru out I had already done it. My mom went home to our province and told her to go back in the city as early as possible the next day because I don't want to leave Herbie in that position when I go to work the next morning.

The day HERBIE LEFT US....
Morning of August 26, 2016, I woke up and the first thing I checked was Herbie. He was still weak and the sight of blood just scared me even more. They say it is normal for a dog to be weak 2-3 days after the anti-rabies vaccination and neutering but that bad instinct never left. My mom and I let him took the prescribed medicines. Anti-biotics for his surgical wound and ascorbic acid for his immune system.

When I left for work, I was at the gate and took a last look at Herbie. He looked at me too and that was the last image I had of him. Until now I still imagine that look and I can see the pain in his eyes. It was my last encounter with Herbie.

My mom left for work too. I texted her 12:21 PM:

"Ma, ayaw bya i si Herbie=("  (Ma, don't leave Herbie alone =( )

At noon, she went back home to attend to Herbie. My mom said his condition didn't improve. She stayed by his side all afternoon and that one text message confirmed that bad instinct I felt the night before. My mom texted me 3:24 PM:

"Inday, tawaga department of vet medicine and fisheries. Kutasan man Herbie" (Inday, please call the department of vet medicine and fisheries. Herbie is always out of breath.)

I called them but there was no doctor available. There was no one I could ask why Herbie's situation was like that. I texted my mom to always hydrate Herbie with water and texted her again 4:25 PM asking how Herbie was and that I will be calling again the Department of Vet Medicine but my mom replied at 4:45 PM:

"Inday, sorry au RIP na Herbie. Ako na ipalubong. Maka uli ka sau?" (Inday, sorry Herbie has RIP. I will arrange his burial. Will you be able to go home early?)

I was still at work when I received the message. I BAWLED. I never felt so much pain before. My father and lolo already passed away but it is a different pain when you get to be with them EVERY SINGLE DAY. My mom and dad were separated so I didn't get to spend much time with my father. My lolo lives in our province so I always don't see him everyday. With Herbie, it's different. I get to see this loving dog everyday! Who always waited for me to get back from work at the end of the day! Who happily wags his tail whenever he sees me!

HEARTBREAKINGLY SILENT....
When I went home after work, my tears would just fall. I rode a taxi since I know I will still be bawling out of Herbie's death. I didn't want to ride a jeepney. When I arrived home, my mom was cleaning Herbie's place where he stayed when he was still alive.

I stopped at the gate looked at my mom and looked at that empty space with no Herbie laying down and I cried like a baby. I decided to just let my mom proceed with Herbie's burial. I think I couldn't take watching Herbie dead. It was so eerily silent when I arrived home last night. There was a death atmosphere within our home. My mom and I lost a family member.

Now an EMPTY SPACE...



Herbie, ate Darling will always love you, miss you and remember you until eternity. I'm sorry you had to die in pain. ='( You will always be my one and only baby dog.



I love you, Herbie. ='(

-Jen

#ADOPTDONTSHOP
Hello everyone! Been absent from blogging for a month because I was so busy at work. The branch is still adjusting from our officer's resignation. I even haven't had the time to color! I couldn't think of any topic so I decided to blog about my budgeting strategy.

Every pay day I always make sure before anything else I withdraw all my money in my payroll account and budget everything before I start to work. The reason behind is once I withdraw all my salary I might spend it all if I don't budget it beforehand. I always keep this little "red" book of expenses and once I start to budget I crushed it out one by one.




Every time I list down my expenses, my allowance until the next payday is on top of my list. My budget everyday is Php 100.00 but I always put in extra allowance just in case it would not suffice until the next payday. Next on my list will be my savings for my another bank account, credit card payments and budget for utility bills. When I budget each expense, I would always place the money in a small piece of paper, seal it and label the name of the expense so every time I open my wallet I will be reminded not to spend it because of the label of the expense. Our branch also has a  "hulog 2x" where we save a certain amount of money deposit it into the potluck bank account and we can withdraw everything during December. The ideal "hulog 2X" is Php 500.00 each payday. Do you have this in your workplace too?

After I segregate all the expenses from my current payday, I will list down my expenses for the next payday so I can control my spending especially my credit card purchases. In that little "red" book, I also list down my credit card purchases just to monitor everything.

Do you have any budgeting tips? Do you mind sharing it in the comments section or in a separate blog post in your blog (let me know!)?


Awhile ago in the office, our branch manager gathered us in an emergency meeting. The news is our branch service head is resigning. *a moment of silence*

Resignations in a work environment where everyone treat each other like brothers and sisters are so hard to take. I have been in my current employer for 4 years and there were two heavy resignations that already passed. Now is the third one. I know the only thing that is constant in this world is CHANGE but every time someone resigns I can’t help but wonder what would happen to us who were left behind. I guess it’s just a normal reaction but I know I can get through this. Two resignations and eventually after a few months of adjustment the branch caught up with our normal operations. I’m just sad like any other resignations that happened in our office.

As for me, I still don’t have that feeling that I want to resign. I don’t want to rush in my decision just because someone resigned, I too would resign. I know I can handle this. Been there, done that. There is no reason I won’t be able to handle this change. I just have to embrace it because it is part of life.

Everything happens for a reason and the right time will come in God’s time.




-Jen


*Pics not mine. Credits to the owner.


It was a fine Monday. I was my usual self at work energetic and full of passion. I work in a bank. Banks have no lunch breaks. In my case, I am the only New Accounts personnel in our branch. If clients visit the branch to inquire or to open an account especially during lunch breaks, I have no choice but to cater these clients. Our branch is one of the busiest. 

I hate to admit but whenever I felt the need to urinate I sometimes held it to finish off what I was currently doing making the most of my time. I already experienced UTI before and the infection came back yesterday.From all the sickness I have experienced, having a UTI was the worst! Holding off theneed to pee bit my ass off! It was around 6:00 PM I finished off some things at work and yes I was already holding the need to pee. By the time I went to urinate, I felt something weird and thought shit it’s UTI again. I was not feeling well after I urinated. 


When I got home, I urinated after every 30 minutes. My original plan was to go to my OB-Gyne the next day but I wasn’t able to take the pain and decided to go to the emergency room in a hospital near where we lived. I couldn’t sleep because of the pain and uneasiness the UTI has brought. The doctor in the ER instructed me to have an urinalysis and after an hour the results proved that it was a UTI. He gave me antibiotics good for 7 days and instructed me to have an ultrasound of my urinary bladder and kidneys. I was really scared because we are talking about kidneys here the possibility of  a dialysis is unbearable and costly! I can’t have that in my lifetime! Thank heavens my kidneys and bladder were normal after I got the result and have it interpreted by a doctor.

My office mate also had an allergy that he had to be brought to the hospital. Our branch was already disabled with two personnel on a sick leave. I felt bad that I wasn’t able to report to work but what about me? Should I just ignore my pain? From that moment, I thought I love myself and I have to take care of my body and decided to push through with my sick leave. Sometimes we get so being martyr with our jobs that we forget to think about our health. 



HEALTH IS WEALTH. If you are not healthy, you’ll spend all your money paying for consultations and medication. Always put your health on top of everything. It is not being selfish, it is just loving yourself and taking care of your body. You also don’t have to explain to people what you have been through. It is what it is. We have to be healthy for the people we love because who would take care of them if we can’t take care of ourselves. 

BE HEALTHY!






-Jen

*Pics not mine. Credits to the owners.




I was presented the Liebster Award by Kirsty Rose who is a fellow member in The Blog Loft. The Liebster Award is an award for new blogs with less than 200 followers. This is also a good opportunity for new blogs to gain followers and readers. If you want to read more about the Liebster Award, you can read this blog.

There are 3 sets of rules in the Liebster Awards and I chose set# 3.
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Answer the 11 questions posted by the one who nominated you and you have to create another 11 questions for the new awardees.

Kirsty Rose's blog, Me, Cupcakes and Tea, is a lifestyle blog. She blogs about daily advises, being South African, and travel posts. Thank you so much for the award Kirsty! I appreciate it. =)

Before I will be answering the question by Kirsty, I have to write 11 random facts about myself.
1. I am a 26 year old Filipina who hails from the beautiful province of Cebu.
2. I work in a bank,
3. I love to travel the Philippines and the world someday.
4. I am into adult coloring. You can check my blog out for adult coloring posts.
5. I am a die hard Harry Potter fan!
6. My all time favorite US TV shows are One Tree Hill (I love Nathan and Haley!) and Charmed.
7. I am a KPOP fan but right now I only read updates about my favorite Korean actors and actresses and KPOP stars.
8. My favorite KPOP band is Super Junior.
9. My favorite Korean dramas are The Slave Hunter, Baker King: Kim Takgu, and Bridal Mask.
10. I love Marvel comics than DC comics,
11. I love the X-Men. My favorite character is Ororo Monroe (Storm).

Now the questions:
1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
- This is a hard one because I love to travel but if I could enumerate a couple of places it would be the province of Batanes in the Philippines (check this place out! It's like little Scotland in the Philippines!), South Korea and Europe!

2. Who would play you in a movie about your life?
- Filipina actress, Nadine Lustre.

3. Describe yourself in 3 words.
- Shy, patient, wanderlust.

4. You’re on a plane for 12 hours, who are you sitting next to?
- My boyfriend and office mates in my current employer including those who already resigned because we still keep in touch.

5. Describe your blog in 3 words.
- Simple, awesome, happy-go-lucky!

6. Have you ever kept a diary?
-Yes, when I was still in grade school!

7.Do you still remember your first crush?
-Yes, he was a guy from our neighborhood.

8. Do you watch Reality TV? What show is your favourite?
- Yup! My favorites are Survivor and The Amazing Race.

9. How do you feel about clowns?
- Uhmmm they're okay. I'm not scared of clowns.

10.  If you were in a talent contest what would your talent be?
- Singing.

11. What is your favourite mode of transport?
- Jeepney. It is the common mode of transport here in the Philippines.

You guys check these blogs out:
Color Stories - If you are into adult coloring, this is a great blog to help you understand colors!

The Scribbling Writer - perfect for book lovers!

The Robin's Nest Designs - for you house decorations fix!

Saving and Simplicity - perfect for people who are starting out a family. This blog freatures how to save and teach you how to budget and how to decorate your house.

Mommy Rockin' in Style - Make up and beauty product reviews and all the essentials of becoming a mom from parenting and breastfeeding.

Have You Met Karen? - let's ge to know Karen a happy wife, a newbie mommy and a loyal friend. Get the latest mommy duties, travel and friendship goals in her blog. 

The Kitchen Goddess - for your latest foodtrip in the metro!

Michi Photostory - this parenting, travel, do it yourself crafting blog will get you going!

Selflov Diva - this blog has already been nominated for the award but I still want to present you again with this award because I love reading your blog. You life advises are great. I have a friend who has gone thru a painful break up (she has been cheated on with a plus one on the bunch if you know what I mean) and I gave her the link to your blog about your break up post. I hope you still accept this award. =)

Shopaholilc Goddess on a Budget - your go to shopping blog! 

C is for Colorista - for all you passionate Adult Coloring buddies out there like me! Get coloring tips from Ms. Celeste! 

Season of Life - read the accounts of a Filipina-Chinese based in Taiwan!


I had so much fun reading your blogs and I hope we will support each others blog by participating in this Liebster Award. =) So here are my questions to you beautiful bloggers.
1. What year did you start your blog?
2. If you could travel the world, where would it be?
3. I love to promote Philippine tourism so my question is what province would you want to visit here in the Philippines?
4. Are you a Marvel or DC fan?
5. Who is your favorite comic superhero?
6. What is your favorite US TV show?
7. If you could have 1 super power in one day, what would it be?
8. Superman or Batman?
9. If you are a Harry Potter fan, what house would you be in? If you are not a fan, you can leave this question by saying not a fan. =)
10. If I happen to visit your beautiful country (for foreign bloggers) or beautiful province (for Filipino bloggers), where would you take me?
11. What is your day job?

There you go! I hope you had fun in reading this post and I hope ya'll participate in this blog chain. Please let me know if you already answered the questions so I would also read them! =)

You can follow me on Instagram @darlingsanity
I also have a Facebook page, Thought by Anonymous



Till then!

-Jen

After a series of travel posts, let me take you back to my other love, adult coloring. I am going to share my new color combinations using Prismacolor Scholars and a few Colleen and Faber Castell color pencils which you could use in coloring flowers. I am not an art graduate. I was hooked into coloring August of 2015 and I only owned these lots of pencils when I started adult coloring. If you are still contemplating whether to buy the Prisma Scholars or not, well you should especially those who cannot afford the Prisma Premier pencils. They blend so easily unlike the Classic Faber Castell pencils. Colleen pencils also blend easily but Prisma Scholars are more vibrant in my opinion.

Bought this from Crafters & Scrappers. They have a Facebook page
This coloring work is from the book Obra Botanica. Obra Botanica is one of the coloring books in the Obra Coloring Books series drawn by Filipino artists. Before we start, you might want to read my first entry about Prismacolor Scholars: Color Combinations with Flowers since this is a related post.


Let's start coloring!



Blue Flower (Prisma Scholar)
    - Copenhagen Blue
    - Permanent Blue
    - Sky Blue

Red Flower (Colleen)
    - Carmine
    - Red
    - Rose Red


Violet Flower (Prisma Scholar)
- Purple
- Violet
-Light Violet
*I didn't color the white part of the flower but I used white pencil to have that shiny effect. So technically I still colored it just with white pencil. LOL!


Violet Pinkish Flower (Prisma Scholar)
- Orchid
-Fuchsia
- Pink
*I already posted this combination in my previous Prisma Scholar blog post. I used this combination again because this is one of my favorites. =)

Yellow Flower (Prisma Scholar)
- Deep Orange
- Orange Ochre
- Orange Yellow

Flower beside the shoes (Classic Faber Castell)
- 325
-316
-314
*When I bought my Colleen pencils, I never used my Classic FCs again. I missed using my FCs so I tried using it in this coloring work. It already has molds because I didn't use it for a long time but Classic FCs were so hard to blend that the paper got a little bit wavy due to the pressure when I colored it.

Small Pink Flower (Colleen)
- Carmine
- Rose Red
- Pink



For the masquerade mask and shoes, I used soft pastels, gold gel pen and gold color pencil. 



I used Daiso soft pastels. The one on the left I used on the masquerade mask while the one on the right I mixed both colors and used on the shoes.


The finished product. 
I hope this blog entry helped you with your color dilemmas. If you happen to like my work, just give me a beep on my Facebook page Thoughts by Anonymous. All you have to do is pay for the FRAME and FREIGHT if you are from outside Cebu. You can also browse my Instagram account @darlingsanity since I post most of my coloring work there.


Till then! Happy Coloring!


-Jen

***This is NOT a sponsored post. Coloring works in this blog are all mine unless stated otherwise.