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I Had to Stop

… with my #100HappyDays blog series. I just can’t keep up! 😀

I’ve got tons of backlogs for my other blogs, mainly Pinay Reviewer and Certified Foodies, so I decided to stop that blog series here. However, I will continue with my 30-day Single Woman blogging challenge, which has now stretched to over 30 weeks. 😀

I like the questions / topics for that blogging challenge, so I will go ahead with it. I just wanted to say I decided to stop with my #100HappyDays entries. Maybe I’ll do a weekly “Things I’m Thankful For” series instead. Let’s see. 🙂

I’m hoping to get back on track with all my tasks for my blogs. I’m also planning on changing the layout of Certified Foodies since it’s our blog’s 4th year anniversary. It’ll be a completely new look so I’m excited! 🙂

Okay, that’s it for now. If you’re reading this, thanks. Have a lovely week!

I’ll leave you with this photo of me photo-bombing my nanay during our Potipot Island getaway.

I wasn’t expecting people to react about my legs being exposed in this photo. I didn’t even realize that I haven’t shown my legs EVER in any photo I’ve posted online, so I understand why they were surprised. 😀

Potipot Island is Love! (Day 40 #100HappyDays)

We all woke up early today to prepare to swim at Potipot Island. We booked a beachfront room at Isla Vista, so this is the view from outside.

Our nanay and her BFF Tita Beth went to the nearest market a few hours earlier so they can buy meats, seafood and grilling tools we need since we found out we have to cook our own food at Potipot Island (Ken initially thought we can hire the boat guy to grill for us – realized I shouldn’t let him research and plan our next vacation 😀 ).

We took a quick swim at the beach in front of Isla Vista while we waited for our nanay to return. After a light breakfast, we headed out to Potipot Island aboard a boat.

On our way to Potipot Island

There were a zillion people there (okay, more like a thousand perhaps, but you know what I mean 😛 ). After I went with Ken and some of his online gamer friends (who happened to be taking a vacay there too) to check out a camping site around the island, we headed back to the area where we left our nanay with our bags, only to find out they were lucky enough to reserve the table right in front of the boat unloading area. Hahahah 😀

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Finally, a Vacation! (Day 39 #100HappyDays)

My bro and I thought about going on vacation this Holy Week for the first time last year (we avoid going on vacay around this week), and our initial plans were to go to back to Pagudpud and avail of a tour package so there’ll be less hassle on our end. However, because of budget issues, we had to change plans. He was desperate to go to the beach, so he picked Potipot Island in Zambales.

Waiting for our bus tickets at Victory Liner in Caloocan

We knew there’ll be tons of other tourists or travelers who’ll be taking their own vacation there, so we booked our hotel months in advance. Sadly, Potipot Gateway was fully booked (despite them telling us there’s still one room for us, and we found out they didn’t actually reserve one the next day when we were about to pay), so Ken picked Isla Vista resort. It’s not the kind of resort I would’ve picked for our vacation, but we had no choice since most of them were already fully booked.

We were supposed to buy our bus tickets in advance, but after lining up for about 40 minutes 2 weeks before our scheduled vacation, we learned Victory Liner doesn’t offer advance tickets for Holy Week, except for trips going to Baguio or Cagayan Valley. *sigh* Anyway, I knew we’ll be in for a longgggg day of waiting.

So, fast forward to this afternoon, we finally got our bus tickets going to Iba, Sta. Cruz in Zambales after 8+ hours of waiting in line. We waited for about 2 hours for our bus to arrive, and we traveled for another 7 hours to Candelaria, Zambales. GOSH! I’ll talk more about this on our travel blog, Travelsilog.

You might be wondering what I’m happy about today. Of course, it’s the fact that we got to Isla Vista safe and sound. And tomorrow, we can’t wait to swim our hearts out at Potipot Island. 🙂

This would be the last time though that we’ll be traveling by bus anywhere during the Holy Week. 😀

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All Packed Up For Our Vacation! (Day 38 #100HappyDays)

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…

Finally, I was able to pack my stuff for our 4-day, 3-night vacation in Zambales. I initially wanted to use a stroller, but my bro complained and harassed me to switch back to this black, carry-on bag. So, I did. 😀

Packing my bags

I’m a li’l OC when it comes to packing, so I’m not good at it. I tend to bring more than I needed because I feel like I MIGHT use them or that I need choices. 😀

Thankfully, I had everything I needed all packed and compact in this one bag. — update after our vacation weee! 😀

All my important stuff are in my body bag, which I’ll never remove away from my… errr… body. So, I’m good! This is the first time that I actually packed “light” for a 4D3N vacation. Kaya ko naman pala! Hahaha

Laptop Fixed! (Day 37 #100HappyDays)

I bought my Dell laptop last year, in July. And a few weeks ago, the right-click function no longer worked. It took me a few days to call Dell’s customer service hotline, but eventually I did and today, their service tech guy came in and replaced the case of my keyboard and touchpad.

I actually wasn’t able to check reviews for my Dell laptop (Inspiron 14 3421) before I bought it. All I know is Dell’s after-sales customer service is remarkable. My last laptop – a Compaq – lasted for about 5 years before it completely broke down on me (I had it repaired once), and it survived a major crash. No, not hard drive crash but actual, physical crash after it was smashed against the ground by someone in my past. 😀 So I knew Compaq was durable. When I decided to buy this Dell laptop, I honestly wasn’t 100% sure about how long it’ll last.

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