Dubai, Marinduque and Tomorrow with You

So this weekend unexpectedly became productive. Reached home 🏡 around 2PM and that’s pretty late already. We were at the local public market and I was, once again, deep on my thoughts. It was probably 15 mins of deep thoughts that happen from to time whenever I’m home. It’s also probably one of the reasons why I (we) keep coming back. Aside, Of course, to visit the family. It’s where I grew up. And coming back keeps us to our tracks. It keeps us grounded. It’s where I spent more than half of my life. And in few more years, it would be the other way around : more than half of my life I’ve been living in Manila.
What I’d tell my younger self, hey, just chill and enjoy life. It would be nice to improve some parts of my life but buti na lang there’s no such thing. We can only live in the present. 
We went back home with all the inihaw na isaw, lomi and dynamite and found our cousins (from Manila) dropping by including the newly weds from last week. I was anxious at some moments cause I had to act as the panganay and entertain them. We aren’t really close that I’m running out of topics to talk to them. Thank goodness my father came to the rescue. Anyways, it was again a talk of what’s next in life. Lives we could have lived or lives we could still choose to live. One of them is the one who helped out my older brother to settle in Dubai. And who has been encouraging me as well to go to Dubai for work. And she who even filed a VL just to tour me and friends in Dubai when I went there late last year. My thoughts about working in Dubai is whole another chunk of story. Let’s park that for now. 
Sunday morning, I rejected coming with my parents to a (far) relative’s funeral. Lola Azon. She used to tutor us when we were in our Elem days? Why I did not come? There are some reasons I even don’t wanna write here because they’re petty selfish reasons. But one of ’em really is because I don’t know anyone there and just the thought of again mingling to people I’m supposed to be acquainted with for the longest time, until now I don’t know them, is tiring me. 
In the afternoon, I was watching Episode 2 of Tomorrow With You. I know the lead female, Shin Min Ah. The On My Venus girl and My girlfriend is a Gumiho lead. I even saw her Mighty Princess movie. I was struggling the past week because I didn’t have any ongoing Drama to watch. I’m restraining myself now in binge watching finished stories. I’d rather wait each week. I get to appreciate the stories better anyway. So now, I’m watching Tomorrow With You, Voice and Missing 9. 
And there’s also me really wanting to buy a car. Really struggling wether I’d buy a sedan, a city car, a 7 seater car or a second hand one. I have already filtered it to buying a sedan but now I’m messed up again and confused. 
Our Tito gave us a surprise visit. And it was lovely and entertaining. He lives in Marinduque but went to Manila to work on papers. He was staying in Marikina in his daughter’s house and was supposed to head back to Marinduque but he had to wait few more days to wait for his papers to be released. 
Why am I really writing all these. Because my memory can only remember that much and these are the moments whose details I want to keep. It was lovely because he is my mom’s brother. Who, by his story, only graduated high school BUT he is full of knowledge and wisdom. That’s beside from the fact that he could talk and entertain you with stories all day. I loved it because I learned a little more about my mother, her childhood and the Pielago lineage. There are stories about Lolo Tano who I don’t think I sver met in my childhood. I think he went to heaven before we were born. That story when Lolo Tano only earned 30P a day in the 40s/50s and had to feed a family enough to be a basketball team. My mom’s family is that big that the eldest sister my mom have is old enough to be their mom. And my mom is the youngest. That our Lolo Tano was very wise then. That people used to come to ask for his help not financially but for legal advises. How he acquired lands in Marinduque by exchanging a rooster. My father even shared how a moutain in the vicinitay of Taal Lake is called Smthing like Mt Isa Saya because the land was exchanged for 1 skirt (“saya”). There’s that story when Lolo Tano would come offering help in preparing food for the weekends and bring home chicken ass and pig ass and he’d ask Lola to clean them very well and that’s what they’d eat. And how funny they say that’s how all the Pielago siblings have become too talktive. Now that I think about it, ALL of them are legit talkative. And it also makes me wonder how me and my siblings will be after 10, 20, 30 yrs. 🙄 

Tito shared about the advises he gave Ate about dating and how he personally entertained Ate Gay’s manliligaw back then and now her husband. How Kuya ended up in Marinduque when he’s originally from Negros. Entertaining to hear story how a man asks for a daughter’s hand from her father. 

He also reminded us how we should be thankful of the life we have. 

It’s lovely to see Daddy chatting. Anyways, we came to a point that we talked about Mama. Theorizing how she became like she is now. And I really admire Tito’s insights and he gets it. And he cares for Mama. So the thought of visiting Marinduque came to light. True that we’re old enough to be more involved in my family’s affairs. And I want to plan our visit to Marinduque this instant. And wishing we have a car to bring. So we could side trip siteseeing the island. It’s been 5 yrs already since our last visit. 
😪😪😪😪

Why I choose to rent near my workplace? It’s the frustration of congested traffic and the lack of option for fast transportation. Haaaaay. So much waiting time being wasted. 

Where to Eat in Taal, Batangas

I’ve only been to one restaurant in Taal. Cafe G is located near the Taal Basilica along the national Highway. If you are not from Taal, you can ask the locals 🙂

It has good ambiance and wide variety of menu. They also serve coffee and cakes. Medyo matagal nga lang magserve.

 

Cafe G, Taal

Cafe G, Taal

You can also try Batangas Lomi. There are Lomi Houses within walking distance in front of the church.  Just also ask the locals where you can find Lomi. These are legit Batangas Lomi, the best Lomi in the world :p

In the next town, Lemery, you can also try  Bahay Kainan. It serves Filipino food and price is very affordable. Ambiance is also good.

Bahay Kainan, Lemery

Bahay Kainan, Lemery

Bahay Kainan, Lemery

Bahay Kainan, Lemery

Other places near Taal:

This side of Batangas is Agoncillo and is just adjacent to Taal Lake. It’s the far end of the lake where you see the fish cages.

Taal Lake, Subic Ilaya, Agoncillo, Batangas

Taal Lake, Subic Ilaya, Agoncillo, Batangas

This is on the way to Tagaytay via the Talisay Road. It has beautiful view of Taal from down the road beside the Lake going up to Tagaytay.

 

Agoncillo - Laurel Road

Agoncillo – Laurel Road

 

This one is Taalena Reataurant and is in Tagaytay. It is overlooking to the Taal Volcano.

Taalena

Garden Wedding @ Taalena, Tagaytay

 

Taal Volcano

View from Taalena Restaurat in Tagaytay

Applying for LTO Student Driver’s License

I applied in LTO – Taal Branch. It took me 3 hours to complete the process.

It costed me a total of 518 Pesos. 318 Pesos for the student license fee  + 200 Pesos for the Medical Fee.

Sorry, I took a wrong picture! Renewal paa ito. Anyway, the process is also the same except for the fee mentioned below.

 lto student license process 

Descendants of the Sun Review

If I will be asked between typical and not typical, I’d choose the latter. I guess people are just inclined to the non typical type of stories and that’s where DOTS fit in.

How is DoTS not typical?

For the most Kdramas I’ve watched, I have seen scenes more than once where the leading woman is caught between 2 men and both are just so adorable. Well sometimes, the unchosen one is more deserving than the other (Falling for Innocence, Lovers in Paris). Tragic Love Stories such as Memories of Bali and 49 Days. There are definitely lots of the Cinderella type of kdramas. Sometimes the plot is a about the rich male / poor lady agony or vice versa (Shining Inheritance, Boys over Flowers). Another cliche story is when a girl  covers up to be a man (Sangkyunkwan Scandal, Coffee Prince, He’s Beautiful).

And DoTS gave me a fresh korean plot.

Is it love at first sight? I think not. Maybe,  they were attracted to each other at first sight but it wasnt love.

Leading man is adorable, charming and direct to the point. No more running around the bush. He knows what he wants and he’s confident with what he wants.

Descendants of the Sun It’s a Military(korean) soldier and a surgeon love story and how the girl really likes the guy but she has hesitations and reservations because of his line of work.

By the time I started watching DOTS, I ditched all my american series because i got Yoo Si Jin absorbed. Every episode of DOTS is a rollercoaster ride.

Episode 1

  • We saw Sin Jin in casual attires and he looked damn pretty on all his outfit
  • We saw Si Jin topless. Bakit di na naulit? Char!
  • Ep 1 pa lang and it already makes your heart flutter all through out.
  • In this first episode, Si Jin had to stand her up on their supposedly first date
  • Their meeting was also cute. Not somthing I’ve seen anywhere.
  • Chosen OST are always on point and I think the OSTs play a big role
  • The helicopter pick up makes him legit haha
  • The action scenes are not to cringe for, they are not ridculous action scenes.
  • You get curious with Seo Dae Young and Myeong Yun Joo’s love story.

Rewatching it over and over again you’ll find loop holes in the scenes and acting haha. Like how can a member of the alpha team of the Special Forces not know why they had to take off identificarion tags and where they are being deployed!

Descendants of the Sun
Episode 2

  • They successfully established how ironic their line of works are. KMY saves lives while YSJ deals with death to keep peace
  • That waiting scene and showing up 2 hrs before their date was kilig! I saw a video in youtube commenting that a man showing up 2 hrs earlier is impolite! Wel if it’s YSJ, it never is!
  • They had their first date but KMY got stood up again
  • KMY rejects YSJ the first time. I think she was just really emotional that time and why she had to reject him at the time

Descendants of the Sun
To be continued..

Descendants of the Sun showing in the Philippines

My little sister and I are both fans of Series but she’s never a fan of Korean Drama. From time to time I do a hiatus in watching them because you know, it keep me up til the sun is up. This time, I finally convinced my siter to watch one!

How did I know this Kdrama?  Saw friends who keep on reposting this. Then I saw that GMA7 will also be showing it. I thought it will be a heavy serious drama or something I wouldnt like because of the impression the title gives you. But it’s not!

So while the iron is hot, I’m doing a write up of Descendants of the Sun. I saw it somewhere that it will be a normal 16 episode series and as of this writing, the latest episode is Episode 10 and is finale is set by 1st week of April. So I’m not sure when GMA7 plans to release it and on which slot.

What makes this Korean drama stand out? At least for me, it’s a new setting. It’s a military centred romance between a Soldier and a Surgeon who were bound by destiny as they meet the second time in a not so romantic place, the field. They struggle their feelings while they’re between a natural disaster, epidemic and a run against bad guys.
I could totally understand the perspective of a woman why she’d hesitate at first or was feeling confused and reject him a couple of times. Not once but everytime they are on a middle of a date, our leading man has to be summoned somewhere, calling of his work. And through out the story, she learns that his role requires him to be always risking his life and will be away from her most of the time if they will end up together. Of course I’m a fan of happy endings. I hope that she’ll join the army as an army doctor and that they could be together more.

Episode 1 will make you hooked to the screen and will make you want to finish the next 10 episodes. It’s light, funny and the characters are very charming! I beleieve Episode 1 was a total hit. The story is fast paced. It’s not boring and they have chemistry on first sight. There’s kilig overload.

These are my favorite scenes from Episode 1. And here goes Si Jin’s obsessive staring.

descendants of the sun

The first time they meet each other

 

descendants of the sun

When Si Jin asks MoYeo for a date on the spot

Episode 2

Kang Mo Yeon rejects SinJin for the first time

Episode 3

 

descendants of the sun

Minefield scene

descendants of the sun

Big Boss gets rejected the second time

descendants of the sun

Talk about a beautiful disaster

Episode 4

 

Every episode is just the most intense episode so far. This one is epic!

Si Jin’s character is too straight forward. I guess it’s all the girls’ weakness when men are being too straightforward and you know and feel that he’s honest and not there to fool around.

 

I like the flow of the story that it’s NOT the typical stories I’ve read and watched over and over again. At least they are focused on a love story where there’s no love triagle or complicated foursome love twist.

Oh by the way, the OSTs are amazing. Yung di mo kailangang maintindihan para maramdaman yung kanta. I’ve been playing them for a week already 😉

Mama

Just today I realized that my mom and I have something in common. And that’s being an achiever. When I was a kid, she’s a part time insurance broker, my father’s business partner and a full time mom. Even when she’s part time insurance broker, she was getting trophies and those are still in our cabinets today. She was topping sales. Our business was in full boom back then. They’ve covered many nearby towns. 

You know when things have been how it was ever since, sometimes you don’t appreciate the significance of it. My mom  has always encouraged me and pushed me to be someone in the future and to have big dreams. She even used to have big dreams for me. She wanted me to become a doctor and follow my cousin’s footsteps. There was even a time I wanted to become a CPA Lawyer, because she said so. She was looking forward for me to graduate with honors and hang those medals every end of the school year. She’s very hands on when I was applying for college. Don’t get it wrong, there wasn’t bad pressure from them but I just realized that they’ve been really by my side as I grew up while I was studying. Why they will always check up on us while we were on college. Asking..nagging wether we were at home or if we are skipping classes or out partying. Their minimum goal for all of us is to finish college..And find a good job. Sometimes I wonder, if my mom worked in the corporate, I bet she’d be a career woman. She’s driven, has a strong personality, street wise, even good with sales pitches. How did I not get those traits? :S

And I have those stories in my mind. And she has her own. But hers is not healthy anymore. I have a gut feeling that this was triggered when the business was put on shutdown for a few years. They tried to  rebuild it but they cannot anymore. I fear that my mom feels she has failed. And my prayer is that she’s not. Or if she is now, that she can stand up again. It’s never too late.

Movie #3: Daddy Long Legs (2005)

  
Wow, the anime version was from 1990. It was shown in local TV (ABS-CBN) before and was my favorite cartoon as a kid. Ito ata nagmulat sakin sa mga love stories. Anyway, the Korean version was shown in 2005 and has almost the same plot where the protagonist has an unknown benefactor and which she called as Daddy Long Legs.

After watching the Korean movie, I was like “Yun na yun?” Maybe I just expected more.