Summer Fun at Pangasinan XPo Part Iโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

Hello there! It’s official: summer in PH is here! And when the heat is blazing, you know what it means, too: the Province of Pangasinan has to celebrate the annual Pista’y Dayat (Feast of the Sea). Ha-Ha! Pardon me for my translation.

Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo is a part of the annual Pista’y Dayat celebration, situated near beachfront, Lingayen, Pangasinan – the capital of the province.

Colorful food carts and landscape entries align the hallways; banners and light bulbs complement the theme; and bougainvilleas in mixed tones complete this set.

If you are looking for a copacetic place to dine in or just stop-by, consider ‘Pangasinan Expo’ as one of your choices. You can find lots of mementos here, I am telling you.

Anyway, I’ll be posting the second set of photos on my next blog. Stay posted! ๐ŸŒˆ

Thanks for dropping by!

๐Ÿ’Œ,
SAM

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Only in Tokyo, JPN. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Konnichiwa! ๐Ÿ’—

If you’ve read my previous post, you’d keep cool about my being in Japan and would not ask if I was, really, in Tokyo, Japan. ๐ŸคชโœŒ๐Ÿป

From the array of arrangements for each office to fit into a global celebration of Yuletide season, this one mesmerized me! Who would need a passport and VISA to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun?

Paskuan ed Kapitolyo and the vast display of lights and decorations will remain until after the new year, that’s for sure.

So before anyone asks me, again, if I am in Japan, well, just tell them to go and visit this blog post. ๐Ÿ’

Happy year-end, avid readers! I wish you all a prosperous and blessed 2019! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

๐Ÿ’Œ,
SAM

SammyTV๐Ÿ“บ: Pronunciation of Pangasinan towns/cities/barangays with Jez ๐Ÿ—ฃ

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โ€‹Sorry for the cloudy video. We were inside the van and we couldnโ€™t switch on the light. Of course not, we said, โ€œNO TO CAMERA FLASHโ€ because itโ€™s too ouchy to the eyes.

Certainly, we made this short period of time memorable before we, finally, bid our goodbyes to one another. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ˜ญ

Anyway, there are no goodbyes. Weโ€™ll see each other and travel together, soon, Jez! Thatโ€™s for sure. โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

Thanks for watching!

๐Ÿ’Œ,

SAM

City of Pines Day 1: Camp John Hay ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒฒ

Talk about summer vacations.

In our case, we belong to those who, hurriedly, moved pace due to a sudden appointment. Afterall, it’s no longer summer. The rainy season has started, yes. Yet, we, still, call this “summer vacation” as it covered the remaining days before another school year starts.

Inexorable.

We were unstoppable. Since Baguio City is a mountainside of homes and nominal skyscrapers, walking and climbing are parts of normal day-to-day activities. If you’re a workout junkie, the slopes can add to your routine. Oh, thank you! My muscles hadn’t, fully, recovered, yet, from my intense routine the other day.

My sister Shiella and my cousin Jesmin. Say “Hi” to them!

Like I said, “walking” because it’s part of everyone’s lifestyle here. Riding cabs could be impractical. And walking is fun, of course!

The city was in a drizzling condition when we arrived. It reminded me of Forks, Washington, D.C.

Flowers do bloom.

Cabs passed by but we didn’t care.

Finally, we’re in Camp John Hay. It was my first time to hiking at night. I had to admit, it’s better this time ’cause there are few who gather around here.

Another cousin, Mellyjoy (Jesmin’s sister), our tour guide.

By the way, Mellyjoy is a Tourism graduate from one of Baguio’s renowned learning institutions.

Please give these two the applause they needed.

Starlight, star bright. We need light for the night.

Warily, we were thinking of where to dine.

This was one of the photos where we utilized improvised camera flash (two phones use their LED flash to create a vibrant and balanced lighting) held by two efficient “kuno” assitants.

That was me. I got bullied a lot of times by my sister because I was too selfless to take everyone’s photo. When my turn comes, she, jokingly, leaves.

More photos are coming. Baguio City is not your ordinary place for escape. For what reason? Well, I hope the blog posts will answer that. ย ๐Ÿ™‚โœŒ๐Ÿป

Thanks for dropping by!

๐Ÿ’Œ,
SAM

Bookworms Don’t Lie…or Bite?

bookยทworm  (bkwรปrm)

n.

1. One who spends much time reading or studying.

2. Any of various insects, especially book lice and silverfish, that infest books and feed on the paste in the bindings.

The last time I blogged, I talked about emptiness, didn’t I? Tonight, then, is full of avidity. June starts the rainy season and it opens up my mind to do a little more thinking. This is the best time to curl up in bed and read books we crave like an ice cream last summer!

Let me go straight to your shelves. We’ll be talking about books here!

1. When did you start reading a book? (fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter)

2. When you finished one, was there an urge to read another one? (If there is none, don’t answer the next questions. Ha-Ha. Joke.)

3. Are there chances wherein you spend less time sleeping at night just to finish it?

4. How many hours a day do you spend reading? (magazines, newspapers, textbooks, novels, pamphlets, brochures, etc.)

5. Do you mind reading this blog post until the end? (winks)

(You can answer my questions below by dropping your comments below – that will be highly appreciated. But if it seems too confidential, you can still answer me. YES or YES?)

The title of this post tells a lot about me, as a reader, too. For two weeks, it has been stuck on my mind and I promised to write about this – “BOOKWORMS DON’T LIE…or BITE?”

Here are the novels that consume everything about me:

If you are much a VENTURER and you want some adventures to amuse your marbles, stories like The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins are off-peak!

Image They are available on hard covers and paperbacks! I want the Official Illustrated Movie Companion, too! =)
Image Teem Peeta or Team Gale? I’m Team Katniss! =D

In the same manner, a bloodsucking tale puts you in the mood. On rainy seasons like these, Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga Series will put you in a bandwagon of Love and Sacrifice. They have everything you need: “thrills, drills, chills.”

Image Fire or Ice? Team Edward forever! (I don’t sound obsessed, do I?)

On the other hand, for minimalists who eat one’s heart out of contemporary romance, go for the sparkling love stories of Nicholas Sparks! It is never a movie without his bestselling stories.

Image So, what’s your favorite Nicholas Sparks novel?
Image I’ve already read both The Last Song and The Guardian. Now, I’m finishing Message In A Bottle. More to come!

I believe there are other novels or stories out there that I missed but these are but just some of the obsessive ones I selected so I can share them with you. Once again, I want to ask you, “I don’t sound obsessed, do I? Ha-Ha.

There, I said it. Books spoil us! It is fascinating to watch movies with all that altered effects from the screen, but it is more enticing to sit alone and direct movies on your mind while reading. You are a director of your own movie! Crank up some brain cells there, homie! You’ll never be sorry, I am not lying.

Read and Fly.

Bookworms don’t die.

They soar high and fly up to the sky!

Photos taken at: National Book Store, CSI Lucao branch, Dagupan City

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)

Down the CapitolS

May 15, 2012 (Tuesday) was a drizzly day. With my sister, Shiella, and my cousin, Fedilyn, we defined what a rainy day means…

And you might be asking, “Where is the rain?” Find out in the story below!

My sister was so hesitant here as I took the photo but I knew she was paying me something in return. (That’s why you can’t see me in any photo here. I was the one who took them all.)
One of the best things about Pangasinan Provincial Capitol is that their lighters are magnificent!
What do you think?
Streets of the Capitol compound are oh, so awesome, too!
“In Capitol, streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you…” He-he-he!
A peak of the Capitol Building.
My cousin, Fedilyn on the left side and my sister, Shiella, on the right. Ha-Ha! They didn’t even know I stole this shot.
Oh, wait! Don’t leave me, yet, you two! Let me take a shot of this concrete building.
Here’s a view of the captivating Capitol building!
Wonderful, isn’t it?

The day had been listless to me and I didn’t have plans going out with this kind of weather keeping me sluggish. At 2 p.m., I called Fedilyn to pick me up so we could check each other’s afresh news.

I hit the play button on Youtube: “BRUNO MARS FUNNY MOMENTS PART 1”

“Couz, what about Bruno Mars, again? I swear to you, hindi ko na siya aagawin. Iyong-iyo na siya, eh. Kahit pa naman he’s dang irresistible and so humorous!.”

“Well, just make sure, cousin. But you know, we can always share. Ha-Ha!” The mockery on my face was so distracting that even I, myself, didn’t understand what I was saying. (Bruno is mine forever!)

“No, couz. Okay na ako kahit kay Philip Lawrence ko na lang.” Philip is Bruno’s buddy, who is, also his production team member and band member.

A few hours after our spick-and-span conversation, I felt the sudden urge to sleep. Sleepless nights haunt me, that I couldn’t even think of sleeping the proper way. A small noise would easily yank me out of my bed.

I was thinking of forgetting about sleeping. Gets? Ha-Ha. So I wanted to freshen up…

“I want to go out and unwind. Can you go with me, dear cousin?”

“Anytime, couz! Ikaw pa. Malakas ka sa akin!”

“Okay, come on! Let’s hit the Capitol, then. Ang tagal ko nang hindi nakapunta doon. Let us eat, too!”

Fedilyn flicked, one brow raised. “Yeah, but how about this? I don’t have much cash now.”

“You need enough, not much, cousin. Basta, ako ang bahala sa’yo.” Then, I winked at her.

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Twilight was casting its spell and rain was starting to pour. It’s about 6:30 in the evening and I was having second thoughts whether or not we would still continue the not-so-planned-getaway. Mom and dad would be home in a few minutes and I didn’t think they would allow us to go in a dusky and rainy evening.

Fedilyn texted me. “Couz, are we still going out? Get ready.”

I pout in my seat. “I guess so, cousin. I am almost done. Don’t forget to bring umbrellas.”

Knock! Knock!

“Samantha? Please open the door, honey.” Mom called out.

“Yes, Ma. Andiyan na akooooooo…”

Her stuffs were partly wet and I could feel the coldness when I saw her soaked shoes shining, too.

“Ma, lalabas pala kami ni Fedilyn ngayon.”

“Anak, gabi na pero. At umuulan pa. Ipagpabukas niyo na lang ‘yan, anak.”

Oh, no. Not now, Ma. I am all dressed up and ready.

“Please, Ma? I just need to unwind.”

Without much ado, Mom agreed. “Sige, basta mag-iingat kayo. Itext mo lang ako. Your Dad and I will be going to our vigil, too.”

“No problem, Ma! Baka magabihan na, rin, kami.” Obviously, it’s evening, already, wasn’t it?

A minute after, I was combing my hair when I saw my seemingly-morbid sister. She was lying in bed without speaking a single word when I asked her if she wanted to go with us.

“You don’t really want to go with us, do you? Sige na, para hindi masayang ‘yang bihis mo.” She was supposed to be somewhere else, too, but chances didn’t permit her.

After a few tries, she answered with a little spark in her eyes. “Saan ba ang punta niyo, ate?”

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Uh-huh. Thank you for eavesdropping to our conversations. The photos were taken at Pangasinan Provincial Capitol grounds. I love photos with a million stories to tell!

P.S. Sorry for the low resolution. I used my phone for taking those. Actually, Shiella and Fedilyn were a bit despised because I am always on the go to take photos. I was like, “Hey, without my enthusiasm, there ain’t photos like these that would make you happy.” LOL

Thanks for dropping by!

by: Samantha C. De Guzman

(NO PLAGIARISM)