Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blog Giveaway: Gold Tickets to Up North Music Festival


‪#‎BlogGiveaway‬: HAVE YOU HEARD?? On April 23, 2016, Dagupan City will be the host of the biggest music festival ever staged in Pangasinan! As one of ‪#‎UNMFDagupan‬'s media ambassadors, I will be giving away a pair of Gold Tickets for UP NORTH Music Festival to 2 lucky winners. All you have to do is follow these rules:

1) Post a photo with a caption of your favourite hugot line, a poem, or any literary verse that speaks about the pains of the heart </3

2) TAG US! @upnorthmusicfestival @lvlygrey WITH HASHTAGS‪#‎lvlygreyxUNMFDagupan‬ #UNMFDagupan and ‪#‎CSIMalls‬


3) Make sure your posts are all public on these social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can post your entries until April 6, 2016! 
Make sure to Like our official Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/UPNORTHMusicFestival 
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See you there
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Summer To-Do List in Dagupan City

And just like that, summer season officially starts in the Philippines. We can feel the heat here in Dagupan City! You wake up soaked in sweat and you're already feeling like getting in the shower, but you just got there. Haha! Bikini body or not; Dad Bod or abs of steel.. you don't fucking care anymore. You take that shirt off anyway and wear that panty-shorts of yours. Everybody lookin' but they not hatin'. Ang init sa Pinas eh!!

But ALL IS WELL, sabi nga ni Pochacho. And because I think I'm obliged to talk about things and share this to-do list with you guys, I hope you still bear in mind.. kanya-kanya tayo ng trip. You might find some boring or total childish bullshit, like the sago-straw fight kids used to do during my time, like decades ago. Charot! Wherein you buy a five-peso 'sago palamig' or in English 'sweet tapioca pearl summer drink.' Charrr! Packaged in a special palamig plastic with, probably, recycled plastic straws. You sip and leave a few pearls in the straw as your ammo, you be alert and be ready to blow any time -the equivalent of pulling a gun's trigger. Every breath counts, so take this very seriously, don't laugh and breathe with your mouth if you don't want to choke on it. Head shot is okay, but ear shot is way better. It gets your enemy every time, but parental guidance is advised. Takes a lot of training, you know. 

Hi Mr. Pochaho! Idol/Crush, you had me at papatas. Charrr!
On a more serious note, there's another reason you should all go to Bonuan Tondaligan Beach. But first, shout out to those college students who have endless drinking sessions in the cottages there, and to the vendors who give special student discounts. Hahaha. As long as you guys do it after class and you finish college sober. Hmm. I'm being too honest here, rated PG na naman. Haha!

So yeah, as I was saying.. you should guys check out mural paintings by the Biskeg Pangasinan artists. You drive to Bonuan Tondaligan and ask where the spot is, and everyone knows. The spot is an abandoned office space, there used to be just walls standing there and beach grass. But they've cleaned up the area and voila, instant location for Instagram worthy photos. Take extra care though, as there are shards of glasses and beer bottles everywhere. Please take note, dear city government officials - OPLAN walang bubog na daan. Charot!


Syempre, let's not leave the beach behind. I can say that Bonuan Tondaligan beach is now cleaner compared to before, and if you don't want to go for a swim you can just yah know.. take pictures and tampisaw.. in English - Instagram & Chill. Hahaha. Or Instagram & Tempe-saw. Charr. Alam ko ingles nun noh, ginoogle ko. Tampisaw is to wade in the water. O ha, GMT (Google Mo Tanga!) Joke!

The best time to go to the beach is in the morning at 6AM - 9AM, you need fresh air lalo mga sakitin. And then, of course, in the afternoon at 4PM to 6PM to watch the sunset. Because sometimes guys, sometimes all we need is Vitamin Sea yah know? 

Thank you #SocialMediaMan Simon Vistro for this photo haha #WhatsUpDagupanMan
What else can you do here? Ahh! Since you're in Bonuan, there is the famous Matutina's restaurant that all balikbayans and local tourist go to, to eat fresh Bangus and other seafood. Dagupan is famous for our milk fish or Bangus. And speaking of the devil, Dagupan Bangus Festival is fast approaching! Click here to see the schedule of events. There are a lot of activities to do here this summer, especially because of the festival. Plus, I am so looking forward to the first ever Up North Music Festival on April 23! Watch out for LVLYGREY x UNMFDagupan - make sure to get updates on these Facebook pages: LVLY GREY, UNMFDagupan, Pixelhub Creative, Senyorita and What's Up Dagupan.


Special shout out rin to everyone, please stay hydrated. We're always thirsty pag summer, or at least I am. Always. As a matter of fact, I'm writing this here at Yellow Tree Cafe. YTC is still the best place to be when you're craving for milk tea. My favorite is Hazelnut milk tea with Oreo sinker. So don't expect me to have bikini body this year, I love good food and drinks too much. Try again next year. Hahaha! Shout out to boss Chester. Haha. Share mo to ah. Charot!


Madami, madami pa. This post does not include other things like: ligo sa batcha this summer, outing with friends na hindi natutuloy, reunion with high school classmates pero walang budget, palamig sa mall kasi aircon, start your own iced candy/iced water business, barbeque business, get drunk, summer flings, new hairstyle new me this summer, hugot and more. 

Okay, so, gora na ako.. I have to cross out other things on my To-Do List rin. Char! 
Take time to rest, pray, repent and reflect this coming Holy Week.
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mulan in Baguio

Why "Mulan in Baguio? Kasi "look at me, you may think you see who I really am.. But you'll never know me." Hahaha, charot!"Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me? Why is my.." Wait for it..  "reflection someone I don't know?" Hahaha. There you go, the magic word is reflection. Hahaha. Daming paandar, yun lang pala! Aminin, kinanta mo rin. Haha. 

So! Some people might say that it's so jologs na to stay in SM Baguio, like ugh, first time mo sa SM? But hey, the view here is worth all the nega comments. Alam namin conyo kayo koya, ate. Haha. Char! So, when I was there, syempre (1) photo op; (2) tulala mode; (3) emote; and (4) reflect. I was lost in the beauty of what's in front of me. I love watching the sunset eh. Sometimes I wish someone would look at me the way I look at the sky - mesmerized and feeling at ease. Charrrrr. 

I haven't gotten off this emotional roller coaster ride, that's why my previous posts are puro hugot lines and all. I kinda just amuse myself most of the time to keep sane, ang jejemon ko kasi. Haha. But anyway, to make this post worth the read, I've compiled some of my current favorite quotes. Got them from the Facebook pages I assume you also follow, see: The Artidote & Berlin-artparasites. 

(continuation..sing with me) "Must there be a secret me I'm forced to hide? Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time.. When will my reflection show who I am inside?"
(c) lvlygrey
“You can ask the universe for all the signs you want, but ultimately, we see what we want to see when we’re ready to see it.” -How I Met Your Mother
Say it before you run out of time. Say it before it’s too late. Say what you’re feeling. Waiting is a mistake. - The Artidote 


"You think you’ve seen her naked because she took her clothes off? Tell me about her dreams. Tell me what breaks her heart. What is she passionate about, and what makes her cry? Tell me about her childhood. Better yet, tell me one story about her that you’re not in. You’ve seen her skin, and you’ve touched her body. But you still know as much about her as a book you once found, but never got around to opening." —Dominic Matthew Jackson


"Make damn sure what you’re waiting for is worth the fucking wait." —William Chapman


"Sometimes, I sit alone under the stars
and think of the galaxies inside my
heart, and truly wonder if anyone will
ever want to make sense of all that
I am." —Christopher Poindexter 


(c) lvlygrey
"The thing I’m most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I’m going to do. Of not knowing what I’m doing right now." —Haruki Murakami
"It’s easy to love someone when they’re happy. What’s hard is loving someone when they’re crying on the bathroom floor at 2am because everything came crashing down at once." —Emma Stewart
"Do you ever just smell an old perfume, or hear an old song, or pass an old hangout spot and kinda break inside for a couple minutes?" —Unknown
"People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this." —Stacey Jean Speer
"Life is too sweet and too short to express our affection with just our thumbs. Touch is meant for more than a keyboard."― Kristin Armstrong
"Maybe one day we’ll find that place, where you and I could be together. And we’ll catch our dreams within the waves of change. So smile for me one last time, and believe that we'll meet again. Until then, I'll be missing you." -R.M. Drake 


All my love
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Surfing Tips for Beginners.. with Feelings

My trip to San Juan, La Union will not be complete without actually learning how to surf.. and if there's anywhere else I'd still choose here. Why? Because #LoveLocal duh?! So let me begin with a statement that I'm sure some people would definitely agree to: 

Ang surfing ay parang pag-ibig. 

Here are surfing tips for beginners like me, but with feelings para damang-dama mo! 

Take time to learn beginner's lessons. Don't rush things that needed to grow. Char! Hindi lahat ng bagay minamadali. Hahaha! Joke's on me bruh. Hi Mom! Haha. On a serious note, learn to practice on the ground first. Your instructor will demonstrate how to paddle and get up and etc. Listen carefully to what your instructor is saying, especially the Do's and Don'ts. Huwag assume ng assume. Try to remember everything that he says, learn only from the experts.

Don't be afraid of looking super awkward.

Summon all your courage. Hmm. So you're in the water, what now? Don't just back out, you paid for this shit. If you're not a good swimmer, ask your instructor to not go farther down. Never surf anywhere you aren't comfortable swimming on your own. Be honest and you will earn people's trust. Kung alam mong summer fling lang kayo, huwag kang paasa pa more. Kala mo ang lalim, mababaw lang pala. How deep is your love Koya? Charot!


Tightening my shorts here, since I'm not wearing a wet suit, therefore, risking myself to be seen naked. 

Put your body and mind into it. Relax. Focus. By now, your instructor is checking your leash and giving you additional advice, warnings, and words of encouragement. This is your time to go over what you're about do next. Dahil lahat ng bagay ay pinag-iisipan. Hindi pwedeng sugod ng sugod. Tularan si Ate. Haha!


All smiles when Kuya Piolo shouted words of encouragement with feelings.
"Ang love parang surfing yan, sa umpisa talaga sesemplang ka!" 
-Lemon Surfstar, Flotsam Movie

Enough said! Be prepared to wipe out. Hmm. I found it very difficult to stand because I'm heavy and, unconsciously, kept holding on to the board. I always end up riding the wave on my knees. Minsan kasi kailangan talaga mag-let go. Kailangan maging matibay para matuto tayong bumangon na mag-isa. Stop holding on to something/someone who keeps you from growing. Girl, hindi ka forever young!

Oooh I think I found myself two cheerleaders. HAHA!

Be patient. Waiting for the right wave to come is not easy. Given the time I went to surf (at around 2PM), I felt like a grilled bangus. I was thirsty and exhausted. But I didn't stop until I get what I came here for. Madami man ang dumaan na sa buhay mo, mayron at mayron paring tamang tao para sa iyo. Chillax ka lang, darating ang tamang alon.


Love ain't always picture perfect

Don't give up. Once I got it, a wave of relief came across Kuya Piolo's face.. and I was the happiest living creature in San Juan waters. Haha! Don't give up on love. Kahit na ilang beses ka ng sumemplang, nasaktan, at kahit pagod na pagod kana. Don't give up on love, just because someone has taken you for granted, just because someone decided he doesn't want to love you anymore. Walang forever.. hindi ka forever #TeamSawi.


Ngiting tagumpay

At the end of the day, we will always learn a thing or two from our experiences in life. Whether be it in surfing or other sports, in love and life. Minsan magiging bitter ka, pero dapat minsan lang yun. 
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