Category Archives: Iloilo

My Levitational Fails

Here’s another late upload! Somewhere in Cantil, Janiuay. πŸ™‚
Because… sometimes, I believe that my frog face just gets in the way of a good photo… Here are some of the photos that I was talking about in my previous post about Damires Hills

RON

RON

RON
RON, FEATHERWEIGHT

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While Ron had decent shots.. Here’s what I had.. (-__-)

FAIL
FAIL, This would have been OKAY if it wasn’t for that darn stiff look. (T__T)
FAIL
FAIL face.. FAIL… FAIL.. FAIL!
FAIL
FAIL, Cropped my face. Couldn’t even explain how my face looked like. Hahahah.

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I’m done, I need to lose weight in order for me to carry myself.
This year, I wanna be FEATHERWEIGHT! Hahaha. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!
AENRI (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Damires Hills @ Their 4th Anniversary

Gaah.. It’s really nice to see this resort improve as we visit! πŸ™‚
Last time, while I was fixing photos and Ron was doing his layers for the resort’s 4th anniversary poster we saw old photos of the resort and may I say that the place has really improved! From just the cottages to 2 big pools to (Kiddie&Adult) ziplines and trampolines! And this year.. they had just finished their ATV route!

This was supposed to be posted last year but due to some “weird events” this IS a super late upload. πŸ™‚
The last food that we tried last year was their Calamares and Lawas.
The Calamares was good but the LAWAS was the best! At first I didn’t know what it was because in our dialect LAWAS means BODY and I for one wasn’t comfortable eating a BODY (Hahaha) but joking aside… This was beyond my expectations!
This tasted like nilaga or bulalo but wasn’t nilaga or bulalo! (I have no idea how to explain it) When you go to Damires please do try this…

Since we were so full we decided to take a walk and see the view in one of the open cottages …

While we waited for all the Damires peeps to prepare for their get-together party we decided to.. TAKE OVER DAMIRES HILLS. (Nah, I’m just kidding, wahaha) We went around and saw this log near the pool and decided to have our picture taken with that log (I have no idea how to say this but yes a bit vain but not insane) but basically we just sat on the log. (Thanks a log! Log! ) Get it? (PUN INTENDED, so punny!) πŸ˜€ Anyway…

After our little photo shoot we saw some of the Damires crew setting up long tables and placing banana leaves on top of the tables. They told us that this was for tonight’s boodle fight. (PS. I have never seen a boodle fight table this long! Haha) πŸ™‚

Ron & I then accompanied Khlea to her place for her to change (see some of my failed jump shots *weight issues* here, later!) Back to our topic… Aah!…
So we went back to Damires and was just in time for the crew’s last game before dinner… “PALO-SEBO.
(Palo-Sebo: commonly played during Fiestas)
(Objective: to be the first person to reach the prize at the top of the pole)

It was really fun watching them, but what If girls were made to play this game? Hah! That would even be more exciting! Hahaha! πŸ˜€

Nothing beats eating with your bare hands! πŸ™‚
Belated Happy 4th Anniversary Damires Hills! πŸ™‚

Thank you Pao, Tita Arlene and Tito Louie πŸ™‚


For more deets about Damires Hills Tierra Verde..
You could check my other post DAMIRES HILLS TIERRA VERDE
or DIRECTIONS TO DAMIRES HILLS TIERRA VERDE

Camera used: Canon 600D

Thanks for reading!
Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Damires Hills (Tierra Verde)

Hey Hey Hey, as I’ve told you in my previous post Directions to Damires Hills. I’ll be posting the photos I shot in this resort.

So here we go… πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for a chance to get away from the city to collect your thoughts and go back with a much calmer version of yourself then I’d really recommend Damires Hills as a great solution for aΒ  great escape. Not to mention cheap rates for their rooms and open cottages.

Here are some of my shots for their daytime cottages.

As to Families, Lovers or Barkadas who just wants quality time with not much of those loud noise we hear in the city this is a great place for you. When we stayed here it was just them birds chirpin’ in the morning and crickets n’ frogs croaking in the evening ’twas just the perfect legit background music for reminiscing and warm convos..

We stayed at room Zinia in the new building, that roomΒ  will now and forever be my favorite room in Damires. Haha! Cozy room with a veranda at the back (same goes with all the rooms in the new building) Here are some of the rooms/balays..

Love the fact that they have Duyans in every open-cottage and in some areas (nostalgic)

This is where we ate dinner, overlooking the poolside.
(please click the photo if you want see the full resolution)

Hut

The next day I went over to where they grew their fruits.. They had Rambutan, Kapayas, Calamansi, Cabugao and Katumbal πŸ™‚

After Lunch, we tried the Ziplines and the Bunjee Trampoline. We also wanted to try the ATV but they were still rerouting the trail. (but will def’ try it next time!) πŸ™‚

Zipliners
With the Manong Tata and Albert in charge of Ziplines. πŸ™‚

Here’s Ron enjoying his weight and one fail photo of me trying to do a back flip in the trampoline. (yes, I am chubby but I am happy I did 3-5 flips or 2.. out of let’s just say several attempts. (I will be back, you tramp!) <– see what I did there? HAHA! Okay.. back to the photos..

Here’s a wide-shot of the overnight houses and open-cottages.

Wide shot for overnight houses
Wide shot for overnight houses/balays
Wide shot for open cottages
Wide shot for daytime/open cottages
We done
We done, we done, we done done done. πŸ™‚

Damires Hills

For questions, comment below or email me at aenri05@gmail.com (please leave a comment below if you emailed me) Thanks guys! πŸ™‚
See my previous post for Directions to Damires Hills

If you want to contact Damires Hills…
You could go to there website here:
http://www.damireshills.com/
Message them in their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/DamiresHillsResort
Or contact them here:
Mobile: 09176325901 or 09399060689
Telephone: 033-3968144
(Hope this helps!) πŸ™‚

P.S
Thank you to these awesome heads for having us!

And to Sir Frank who decided to offer us pamahaw before we go because it was still raining. πŸ™‚

Thank you Sir Frank! πŸ˜€

THIS RESORT IS WORTH CHECKING OUT! πŸ˜€
(Not only is this a farm-like resort but they also have functions rooms and places for Team building/Leadership trainings!)
Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚
AENRI (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Directions to Damires Hills (Tierra Verde)

A few weeks ago I was invited to take pictures of the resort for their 4th anniversary and the day of their anniversary.Β  So I called Ron out to go with me and stay the night at the resort along with my dear life partner Khlea who works there. (Hey bae! Hehe)

I will be posting the photos I took for Damires Hills on my “TRIPS TO JANIUAY” category (<– I will be inserting the link for the photos here later…)

Damires Hills is located at Brgy. Damires in Janiuay, Iloilo.
It’s just a 30-45 minute drive from the city.

There are 2 routes that I’ve driven through so far.. (curious if there are other routes I could take for fun! please comment or leave me a message if you’ve taken other routes besides these)

One is taking the road coming from Jaro Plaza off to follow the road to CPU (Central Philipppine University)Β  to Ungka terminal to Janiuay.

While the other is my current favorite..

From SM City, Diversion Road going to the Airport but before entering the gates of the airport there is this other road to the right that leads you to the road to CABATUAN, what’s nice about this route is since this road is near the airport you could see all the planes either taking off or landing a few miles away from you..
(plus the fields, ‘that’ one tree that looks like the tree from the “Wild thornberrys” and farm animals)
Seeing the runway is the best thing to see at night especially when a plane is landing.

This week was awesome, there was a plane about to land and it was just right above the pick-up truck that I was driving! We were too happy about it that we didn’t have the time to get our camera! Haha.
So yeah, try taking this route one time and you’ll know what I mean.

But for those who wants to ride a JEEP going to Janiuay, You could take a jeep in TAGBAK TERMINAL which costs around P28

FROM TAGBAK TERMINAL
The earliest jeep goes around 6:00 AM
The last jeep at aroundΒ  9:00 PM

FROM JANIUAY TO ILOILO
The earliest jeep goes around 4:30/5:00 AM
The last jeep at aroundΒ  6:00 PM

When you reach the plaza you could ask where to get a TRICYCLE going to Damires it’s not that far from the plaza and take you about 5 mins or less to go there. The Plete or FARE for the Trike is P20/person

Khlea told me that you could ride a jeep that goes to BADIANGAN because the jeep’s route passes by the gates of DAMIRES HILLS.
(But I haven’t ridden that one yet)
The Badiangan jeep costs around P30

If you want to contact Damires Hills
You could go there website here:
http://www.damireshills.com/
Message them in their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/DamiresHillsResort
Or contact them here:
Mobile: 09176325901 or 09399060689
Telephone: 033-3968144

I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU. πŸ˜€
Thanks for reading!
AENRI (aah-yen-ree)

SEAFDEC, Guimaras Island

Southeast Asian Fisheries Development CenterΒ  (SEAFDEC)

After watching the movie YES OR NO 2Β  (Les movie) I’ve been addicted to Fisheries and Agriculture.Β  (Something Random)Β Β  —–Β  Anyway..Β  Hahahahaha..

Let’s move on..Β  On June 1, 2013 – My theater folks and I went to Guimaras for our “Year-end-celebration-vacation”
We were supposed to stay at Raymen Beach Resort but decided to stay on the other resort (Alubihod Cove) which was just right next to Raymen’s.Β  (I’ll try to make another separate post on both Raymen and Alubihod Cove)

This was my 2nd time in Guimaras with the USALTees (Theater Company). So we decided to go island hopping and visit the ones that we haven’t seen/been to.

After countless visits on the same island/caves every time I go Island Hopping.. This was the first time I’ve been to the SEAFDEC.. a 20 minute “PAMBOAT” ride from Alubihod beach. Since I was super thrilled and excited to roam around the area.. I took a lot of photos and forgot to take a good look at those big groupers (Lapu-Lapu) 😦

– If you know Jennifer Lawrence the girl who portrayed Katniss EverdeenΒ in the movie The Hunger Games. During her interview with Ellen Degeneres she said that she wasn’t afraid of sharks but was afraid of a Grouper that was as big as a Volkswagen. – :OΒ  (Here’s the link to that ep..)

(Usa Little Theater : WORDPRESS)
(Usa Little Theater : FACEBOOK)

Enjoy your day Blogger, Phlogger and Readers!
–Β AenriΒ (Aah-Yen-Ree)

DSLR used: Nikon D3000

Villa Igang Beach Resort, Guimaras Island

The day after the Flying of the 15k lanterns, I went to the Island of Guimaras again.Β  (May 25, 2013)

This is actually my 2nd time coming to Villa Igang and actually slept here for the night.
Villa Igang is located at Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
After arriving at the port in Guimaras
– You can either rent a “multi-cab” if you come with a group.
– You can either rent a “tricycle” if you come in 3’s or 5’s and with little luggage.
– or ride a jeep if you’re saving money (Haha) πŸ˜€

But I wouldn’t really recommend this place to Foreigners, Filipinos orΒ  those who are “allergic” to dirty bathrooms, like me, and to those who expects 5 star accommodations.Β  (ex. Hot showers, Fresh Towels, Free Toiletries, Aired Pillows etc..)

But putting those negative things aside, For those adventurous people who just wants to visit or wants to stay for the night despite those unclean bathrooms, Haha. There are, (I guess) a lot of places to go to and a lot of things that you could do.

The first thing you’ll see when you arrive in the resort is the way to the butterfly garden which also leads you to the cottages/rooms, if you don’t want to pass through the garden,Β it’s fine you could just take the other way.. πŸ˜€

They also have a place if you wanna go cliff diving, our room was just close to the cliff. I think there were about 3-4 rooms available near the cliff diving place.. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to jump since I was afraid of heights. Hahaha.
But my friend did, and he actually jumped right after we had placed our bags in the room. Hahaha.

There’s also this Mangrove route which is the best part of Villa Igang for me. Well, next to the Cliff diving part.
Gave me chills when we were passing through those bamboo-wood-made-bridges..

They also have swimming pools. A place for Kayaking and I think you could also rent a Jet ski? (Not sure)

If you wanna go Island Hopping I think that it would be better If you go to the other beach resort (Raymen Beach Resort) –> It’s just near Villa Igang so you could go early in the morning or whatever time you want to go Island hopping.. πŸ˜€

I hope I’ve helped you (If ever you were looking for a review on Villa Igang)
Though, It’s not the usual “COMPLETE REVIEW” (Since I suck at that, My apologies) πŸ˜€
Β – if you do have some comments/reviews about Villa Igang, Please don’t hesitate to type in your comment/review. πŸ˜€

Here are my photos during my stay in Villa Igang. Most photos are taken near the cliff and on the cliff..

DSLR used: Nikon 5100

Enjoy your day Blogger, Phlogger and Readers!
Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)

Flew more than 15K Lanterns for Guinness World Record!

“Inaugural Light of Peace Event in the Philippines: World Peace through Inner Peace”

On ze 24th of May, I went to the University of the Philippine Visayas campus in Miagao City.

Since this was just my 2nd time flying a lantern, I have never seen lanterns this many “lit and set free” at the same time. Well, Talk about Mind F*ck (Excuse me) πŸ˜€
(For more details about the Event: ( Inquirer Visayas , World Record Academy )

Anywhoo, I brought Enrique (canon 10d) along w/ me, but thoseΒ  “ERROR 99”Β  just won’t stop plus the fact that the mirror inside keeps on getting stuck and closing.Β  I even brought my film cameras which I had later realized that the event would start at around 6PM it would be fine if I had those high ISO rolls with me..
All I had were ze 200’s and one B&W 400..Β  This was such a huge BUMMER..

So in the end I borrowed my friend’s (Kat) dslrΒ  and volunteered to take their pictures.. Thanks KAT! πŸ˜€
I have taken too many blurry pictures, too many of my friends’ pictures..Β  and I have even reached the point of forgetting the feeling of being there.. 😦
But the fact that I was there and being one of the “15thousand” who helped break the record was enough. (Hihihi)

Camera Used: (Canon EOS Rebel T1i/Canon500D)

I hope you enjoy a few of my photos on that day.. πŸ™‚
Aenri (Aah-Yen-Ree)