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April 2015

Prompts, The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently Vol. 16

Happy Easter everyone. I’m currently having a good time here at Pico de Loro with the family for some staycationing happening on the side. I’ve tweeted a few minutes ago that I’m missing this volume but since I’m alone at the lobby and the data is quite at its normal speed, might as well draft a post.


  • reading comments in moderation in my blog. I wasn’t aware that replying (and returning) comments would be such a task as well.
  • writing this blog post alone.
  • listening  to the crickets which I think lurk from the trees in the lagoon across our unit.
  • thinking of snorkeling tomorrow before going home.
  • smelling a pungent odor from the room’s mop. eeew.
  • wishing that we could stay longer here in Pico. But we can’t because the sister is going back to school on Tuesday.
  • hoping I could wake up early tomorrow to catch up with the sunrise.
  • wearing a shirt and super soft shorts that I bought from H&M.
  • loving it here in Pico. I would definitely go back again and again!
  • wanting to sleep earlier and refrain from waking up at 9 because it’s already late for me!
  • needing a hair treatment because my hair is frizzy as hell.
  • feeling a little bit energetic. Maybe because of the coffee.
  • clicking my snapchat! Hit me at @ chestervizconde! Boo yah!

How was Holy Week everyone? How was the weekend?

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In the Mail: Purchases & Blog Gifts

In the past month, I have received constant weekly knocks from the postman handing me a packaged good which I had expected in some way. I have joined several blog giveaways and purchased an item or two from the internet which explains the sudden coming of goodies that rarely happen to me.

(1) A Sidlan bag. (2) The Best Place to be Today book from Lonely Planet. (3) A Vegan Starter Kit from Peta. (4) A Forever 21 gift certificate.

sidlan I bought this multipurpose bag because I thought it would be perfect for the family’s beach getaway this weekend. I’m crossing my fingers too that I get to use this in Wanderland on April 25.

I really love that Sidlan is a sand repellant and quick dry mat that could be curled up and be transformed into a sling bag right away. You can reach Sidlan through their Facebook page.

lp Thanks to Maine for sending me over this Lonely Planet book which I won through her giveaway. The Best Place to be Today book lists down the perfect things to do every day for the whole year. Take for example today, April 04, 2015, this book suggests to Watch sea otters in USA because it’s the perfect weather for otter pup sightings in the California coastline. Also, I have written down my favorite items and I plan to share them in a separate post.

Likewise, if you want a more severe case of wanderlust, then this book shall be your drug too.

peta I ordered the Vegan Starter Kit over a month ago to help me through my 30-Day Vegan Challenge. It’s a short-length pamphlet which tackles the top and sensible reasons to go 100% vegan. There’s also a portion where it shows celebrities that went vegan, as well as restaurants in the Philippines that offer vegan options to help you through a possible change of lifestyle. You can order the starter kit through PETA’s website for free.

f21Lastly, this Forever 21 gift certificate was from Jae which I won through another giveaway. Lol. I have yet to use it but as soon as I get back to Manila, I’d do my first ever F21 purchase.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope we all have some good times by the beach, on top of the mountain, or wherever you plan to.

Adventures, Feature, Indonesia, Music

Jakarta Escapades (+ One Direction Concert)

The Jakarta trip was one of the unplanned and impulsively booked travels that we’d probably have more in the future. It was an afternoon in mid-February when I, Sherica, Mary, and Claire were talking about One Direction concerts nearing to show dates and how Mary will be finding herself into at least three OTRA shows (Singapore, Manila, Jakarta) of the boys. An hour later, I and Sherica found ourselves with plane tickets to Jakarta and One Direction concert tickets. One squad, one goal. One flies to Jakarta to see 1D, we join.

Anyways, the concert was in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta where we also found a hippie hostel to stay in for the next two days. There were few (almost to none) tourist friendly spots (at least, we didn’t find a place that was reachable by cab) in Central Jakarta except for flea markets and antique shops but it has definitely the… Jakarta traffic the world is talking about.

Day 1

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We flew with Cebu Pacific Air.

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A sort of a freedom wall within the hostel’s lobby.

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Jamming with Bob, a reggae artist residing in the hostel. We’re surprised he knew Filipino artists that we aren’t even familiar with.

Day 2

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Indonesian food is arguably the best (maybe next to Indian food) cuisine I’ve ever tasted. Nasi goreng (fried rice) is just a plateful of flavors! Beef rendang has got to be my favorite which is beef chunks slowly cooked in coconut milk with spices. We lunched out at Sari Ratu (local restaurant at Plaza Indonesia) where we literally freaked out and went “WE DID NOT ORDER THIS. WAIT! WAIT!” when we were served a whole bunch of Indonesian feast right away. Little did we know that it works that way and you get charged whatever you touched. Continue Reading