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Pawikan Conservation

For the month of February, my friends and I decided to spread the love by joining Route +63 on an eco-voluntourism trip to the Pawikan Conservation Center at Morong, Bataan. Once again, I am blown away by the Earth, its people, and our amazing country.

Reasons why I loved this trip [and why I think all of you will love it too]:

3 hours away from Metro Manila:

Can you believe it? That’s the same amount of time I spend commuting to and from work! We left Mindanao Ave. at around 7 AM and it took us 2 hours (again, wow) to get to Mt. Samat, and about another hour to get to the Pawikan Conservation Center.

I was asleep for most of the ride [and even if I were awake I’m always lost] so you can’t really count on me or this post for directions. Hehe.

Clean beaches:

The sand is grayish brown, but really fine. It isn’t glamorous, but props to the center for keeping it really clean. My favorite part about the beach, however, is the not-so-salty salt water. I am the biggest wuss about having salt water in my eyes, but I was actually able to go goggle-less and it didn’t hurt at all. #achievement

Mama Turtles:

Pawikan

At around 9-12 mn, you can patrol the beach to look out for the Pawikan hens [or Mama Turtles as I like to call them] visiting the beach to lay their eggs. Note that the night patrol must be done with the volunteers from the center so you don’t scare away the Mama turtles.

Sky full of stars:

Can I just say, I LOVE STARS. So even if you don’t actually see a Mama Turtle [like us], the night patrol is still such a beautiful experience because you get to see this:

My shaky camera definitely did not do this one justice.

My shaky camera definitely did not do this one justice.

WOW RIGHT? I can’t even explain how absolutely awesome it was to just chill under all of those stars.

Trivia: Pawikan hatchlings find their way to the sea because the reflection of the moonlight on the water makes the sea twinkle. If that isn’t the most magical first memory of the world, I don’t know what is.

BABY PAWIKANS:

NEED I SAY MORE?

No, but I will anyway. IF there are hatchlings, the volunteers will get to [give them a name] and release them on the beach. Watching them walk/waddle/whatever on the sand is one of the cutest things ever. When you see them finally hit the water, it will be a mix of #ProudParentMoment and thinking about Crush from Finding Nemo.

NOTE: Flash photography should not be used on the Pawikans (both the mother and the hatchlings) as this may temporarily “blind” them.

Trivia: Once they hit the water, baby pawikans go on a swimming frenzy (non-stop swimming) that can last for several days. Yup. Cute. I know.

Photo by Lourdes Tan

Click the photo for the full video by Lourdes Tan

NOTE: Swimming with the baby Pawikans is highly discouraged unless you are experienced in dealing with wildlife. Your movements may startle them and cause them to drown. Lulu (Lourdes Tan) asked permission from our guides before taking this video and she made sure to keep a safe distance from the Pawikan’s path. Enjoy responsibly, people! 🙂

Last, but not the least, my lovely travel buddies:

Thanks for the Turtle-y awesome weekend! 🙂
Photo by Kat Boado

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Smooth & Easy Hummus

So someone has been asking me to make hummus for months now. I finally gave in and tried it out earlier today!

Basic Ingredients: (AKA what you really need)
1 can (400g) of chickpeas
1/4 cup water
1 & 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

I am aware that hummus is commonly made with lemon juice and tahini. However, these ingredients are not as easy to come-by. So yay for tahini-free hummus!

Easy Hummus

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Kodanda Archery
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Kodanda Archery Range

I believe that new experiences make wonderful gifts. As with our previous birthdays, we decided to celebrate by doing something we’ve both never done before. So for Joel’s birthday this year, we became archers for a day! #SurpriseBirthdates

I apologize in advance for the lack of photos of the place. We were running low on battery. Hehe.

Kodanda Archery

Happy campers

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DIY Watercolor Phone Case
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DIY Watercolor Phone Case

Anybody who owns an older iPhone model or an uncommon Android phone knows how hard it is to find a case that fits your phone, budget, and taste. We started making watercolor art recently so I thought about using watercolor to DIY a case for my phone.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Clear phone case
  2. Watercolor
  3. Paper
  4. Scissors
  5. Pencil

DIY Watercolor Phone Case

This is how to make it:

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Mogu Tree Noodle House

It’s my first holiday since I started working! The start of the rainy season was not going to keep me from enjoying this day. So we had a mini adventure at one of my favorite cities ever. Yup, Marikina! Woot.

After visiting the kids at CRIBS we took a cab to Lilac Street, Marikina. The cab ride was awful but that’s not what this post is about so I’ll save that for later.

For those of you who are in to the make-your-own dish restaurants, this is a definite must-try! You get to pick your soup base, type of noodles, and toppings.

 

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Office Hacks: Microwave Poached Eggs

I leave way too early to prepare and eat breakfast at home, so I’m usually stuck eating oatmeal at the office pantry. However, there are days when I just want to have a hot plate of eggs and toast. Eating out is not an option for me because I’m cheap and the eggs served in restaurants are way too oily. Needless to say, we do not have a stove at the office. So microwave eggs were the perfect solution!

Microwave Poached Eggs

I actually made this in our office pantry lol

Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Egg
2. Water
3. Vinegar (optional)
4. Microwavable mug (better if you use a regular mug, not an oversized mug/bowl like mine)
5. Microwavable plate/cover
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A Taste of Heaven Milkshake Hub, Maginhawa
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A Taste of Heaven Milkshake Hub

I think I know why they call it A Taste of Heaven…. because their milkshakes are to die for. Harhar. I know what you are thinking, comedy isn’t really my thing and I should just stick to blogging. Yup, okay. Good idea. A Taste of Heaven Milkshake Hub, Maginhawa Well, we only decided to visit this place because someone told Joel that the milkshakes here are better than the ones at Starr’s. I LOVE the milkshakes at Starr’s so I definitely had to check this place out.

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Veg Finds I: Agico Vegetarian Cafe

My mom and I are on the hunt for vegetarian restaurants in Metro Manila. Our newest discovery is the Agico Vegetarian Cafe in San Juan. I love the veg-life, and I never want to go back to eating animals, but sometimes I crave for good ol’ burgers. This was the perfect place to satisfy that craving because their veggie burgers are amazing!

Bacon Mushroom Veggie Burger from Agico Vegetarian Cafe

“Bacon” Mushroom Veggie Burger (P276)

I ordered the “bacon” mushroom burger, one of their bestsellers. I’ve had my fair share of veggie burgers, but nothing beats this one.

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Front window of Macky's Goto, Marikina
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Marikina’s Hidden Treasures: Macky’s Goto

I am absolutely in love with the city of Marikina. Macky’s Goto is yet another reason to love the city even more. I’ve read & heard so many good things about this hole-in-the-wall restaurant so my family and I just had to give it a try.

After eating here we also bought the best puto kutsinta in the world from a nearby store. I swear, this is the puto of your life.

Menu of Macky's Goto, Marikina

Menu & Prices as of April 17, 2014. Click the photo for a larger version.

My family ordered the goto & tokwa’t baboy and they all loved it. I got the Sam-friendly version (plain lugaw & tokwa). The lugaw was good, but the real winner for me was the crispy tokwa swimming in their AMAZING suka (vinegar). I was that they actually cook their vinegar mix in a giant pot (I’d like to get my hands on that!)

Lugaw & Tokwa from Macky's Goto, Marikina

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Summer Project: DIY Workout Tank

We are on Pinterest & Instagram!

I recently cleaned out my closet and apparently I have over 25 oversized org and school shirts. It’s summer (in a tropical country) and it is way too hot to wear these shirts. So I’ve decided to cut up most of my shirts and share this summer project with all of you! (Check out the normal tank top/ male version)

Materials:

  • Oversized shirt (I used my old P.E. shirt)
  • Scissors

Old oversized shirt & Scissors

Time: 15-20 minutes

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Directions:

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