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How To Really Know Someone Part 2

June 13, 2016

11. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?

I guess it would have to be Batanes. Batanes is breathtakingly beautiful! I could still remember the mountains and breathing fresh air while facing the ocean. Batanes is also near Taiwan. In fact, there are stories told that in the part of Taiwan that is near Batanes, you can actually hear roosters making a crowing sound. In Batanes, there are times that locals get to pick up signal on the side of Taiwan. I would love to go back to that small paradise. To read more about my adventures in Batanes, please click here.

12. In the case of prevention of overpopulation, should some people be prohibited from reproducing?

I believe prohibited is not the right term when it comes to prevention of overpopulation. It’s more of educating them. That way, people would be more responsible with what they do.

13. You discover that because of a mix-up at the hospital, your wonderful one-year-old child is not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the mistake?

OF COURSE! I want to make sure that I get to have that special bond with my own child.

14. Have you ever seen a person, an animal, or something else die? How did you feel about it?

I haven’t seen someone die in the process. But I think if I have seen someone die, of course I’ll feel sad and devastated because he/she is someone that I truly love and cherish. On the other hand, I have to be happy for him/her because I know she/he is in a safe place already.

15. What is the most drastic thing you’ve done?

I guess it would have to be the time that my cousins and I went to Baguio for a daytrip. Many people have been telling me that instead of 6 hours, you can actually reach Baguio for 4 hours. So the hell try it out! Indeed, it was 4 hours. Eventually, my mom got mad at me… HEHEHEHE.

16. What are your favorite movies?

I have a lot of favorite movies! Horror and romcom movies are the top of my list!

17. What is your favorite body part?

My favorite body part, I guess, would have to be my eyes. I love the color of my eyes which is brown. I also love the fact that everytime I put on eyeshadow, I tend to have this dramatic eyes hehe.

18. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

We are human beings. We create a lot of mistakes that we get to realize things in our later life. When we do something that we don’t like, it would be okay. Eventually, you may not notice that you would appreciate the things you used to hate doing. I would love to have a tattoo but I don’t have the guts to put one yet because I don’t want to regret in the future with the kind of design I placed on my body.

19. How important is music in your life?

Music is really important in my life. With music, this is where we get to have our creative juices flowing out of us. This is where we get to release our emotions.

20. How would you describe your father in four words?

Alpha, loving, ideal, hardworker

He’s everything that I would want when I get to meet “the one”

There goes my PART 2! 

 

What are your answers to the questions above? Feel free to share!

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How To Really Know Someone Part 1

June 9, 2016

Okay. I have finally decided to do this tag. I saw Corinth’s and Richel’s post and all the questions are really interesting. Leave your comments down below so that I get to know each one of you more! 🙂

  1. How do you feel about birthdays?

    I love birthdays! It’s the time of the year where as you grow older, you become to be wiser. When it’s my birthday, I usually hold a mini celebration. I usually invite my close friends and family to this event and I usually do it at home. Not only does my expenses become cheaper, I get to have good conversations with them.

  2. Do you believe in fate?

    I don’t believe in fate. Everything happens for a reason. It is up to God to decide what our life should be.

  3. What do you think when a band/artist “sells” out?

    When a band/artist starts to “sell” out, I find it sad because they are starting to pave way to what the majority wants instead of what the artist wants. The reason why other artists last song in the industry is because they are truly passionate with what they do and they do not just conform to what majority of the society wants. At the end of the day, it is still their decision so we have got to respect them.

  4. What do you think of fans and fandom?

    I am totally okay with this idea since I’m a fangirl myself. Especially when I was introduced to K-Pop last 2007, I couldn’t stop listening to their songs. It would even come to the point that I would stay in the hotel that they are staying at just to see them live or even follow them to the airport. I know, scary of me right? Even though I follow them around, I still make sure to give them space. These artists are humans as well and they would want their privacy as well. Seeing them up close and breathing the same air as them is enough for me.

  5. Any specific personality traits you would like to see in your life partner?

    Even when I start being bitchy towards him, he would still love and accept me for being my true self. 

  6. Should parents be their child’s friends?

    I totally agree with this. When parents are close with their children, this creates a bond of trust to one another. Their children can share anything and everything under the sun to their parents. This tends to motivate the child to do well in everything he or she does because he/she knows that her/his parents will give their 100% support. Although, there should still be a fine line to show that we are still your parents to their children so that they won’t show any disrespect towards them.

  7. What do you think of doctor-assisted suicide?

    Before, I was against euthanasia since it is up to God when it will be the right time for one patient to pass away. But seeing patients who suffer badly and want to rest peacefully, then this will be the time for me to be okay with euthanasia.

  8. Have you ever blown your top? Why?

    YES!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! Especially when things are getting out of control.

  9. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

    I guess I would have to be 16 years old? HAHAHAHA. Many people mistake me for being a kid and still in High School because I have a baby face. LOL.

  10. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?

    If it’s really unjustifiable, then with no doubt I will defend my friend. They don’t even know my friend so they don’t have the right to say things about him/her like that. But, if it ends up that I do not know who they are talking about, I will just listen and keep quiet as much as possible.

 

What are your answers to the question above? Feel free to share!

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Life Lately 6

May 16, 2016
  1. It was my first time to ever experience LaBoracay! LaBoracay is usually held every May during Labor Day. There was nothing different when I visited Boracay since everywhere you go, there are familiar people among the crowd.
  2. For Mother’s Day celebration, we discovered this hidden restaurant called Lime & Basil. Lime & Basil is a Thai restaurant. It was your typical Thai food but what made this different is its ambiance. Would gladly go back to try their different dishes!
  3. For this week, I am leaving for General Santos! You may say, “lucky you!” but to be honest, I would not be able to roam around properly. We would basically be in the hotel majority of the time. The reason why I’m leaving for General Santos is for work purposes.
  4. Since I’m leaving for Cambodia (again) this July, I’m starting to save for my pocket money. It may be a cheap country to go to but it’s better to bring extra just in case something happens to you.
  5. Although I’m leaving for Cambodia, the travel bug is still itching within me! Before I leave for Cambodia, I want to go somewhere local. Would you prefer that I go to Siquijor to experience the magical island, San Juan La Union for some waves or Real, Quezon to check out Real Surf PH? Comment down below!

 

How’s your life lately? Please do share! 🙂 

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Life Lately 5

April 18, 2016
  1. For the 2nd week of March, I was given the opportunity to visit Porac, Pampanga and do Service Learning with the Aeta kids. It has been a dream of mine to be able to see Aetas and interact with them. Along with Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, we were also able to put up a mural to commemorate the Aetas.
  2. Last March 24, I had the opportunity to watch Les Miserables LIVE! It’s been a dream of mine to see the play and it did not disappoint me. To more plays like these, I wouldn’t mind spending .
  3. I was able to watch PARADISE IMF last minute for free! The day before the concert, my family friend messaged me out of the blue and asked me if I was interested to watch Paradise. Their headliner for the event was Kanye West. Who wouldn’t want to miss watching Kanye West’s performance? Although the ticket given to me was the Paradise Express, I still decided to get the ticket. What matters is that you were able to listen to his performance live.
  4. I can’t wait for Laboracay! This will be my first time to ever experience Boracay during Labor Day. Good thing I’m with good company. It might be a disaster if I wasn’t with good company hehehe.
  5. Back already in my parent’s office. HAAY gotta get used to waking up early again.

 

How’s your life lately? Please do share!

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Les Miserables Manila at The Theatre of Solaire

April 4, 2016

During my younger years, I get to have voice recitals in the U.P. Theater. My voice teacher would usually be the one to give out songs you have to sing in the recital. Then, practice the pieces given to you. In one of my performances, the song “Castle on a Cloud” was given to me. Since then, I got hooked with the song & the play, Les Miserables.

When I found out that Les Miserables was coming to Manila, I got so excited and told mom about it. We were supposed to have a 50% discount for the tickets since my cousin’s lolo works in Solaire. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the 50% discount. Thus, we decided to get the regular price (no matter how expensive it may be).

MARCH 24 – this was the day that I have been waiting for! As early as 5pm, we were already in Solaire to avoid traffic. To beat up the time, we decided to have early dinner, have a few pictures taken by the posters and chill. By 7:30pm, we were able to get in the theater. By 8pm, the play started.Goosebumps ran over me as the music started. It has been a long time dream of mine to actually watch Les Miserables

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Goosebumps ran over me as the music started. It has been a long time dream of mine to actually watch Les Miserables LIVE. Money spent for the tickets were SO WORTH IT!

Simon Gleeson played as Jean Valjean. As he started to sing the first note of the Working Song, my full attention went to him. He gave such an electrifying performance that made his performance better than Hugh Jackman.

Earl Carpenter played as Javert. When I was watching the movie, Russell Crowe’s performance was kind of annoying. He needed more push when it comes to his vocals. On the other hand, I appreciated Earl’s performance as Javert. He had great execution for his voice which should be shown in the character of Javert.

Rachelle Ann Go performed as Fantine. Honestly, I found Rachelle’s voice annoying when she was still singing in ABS-CBN & GMA (sorry to Rachelle Ann Go’s fans hehe). Her voice back then was all over the place. When she started singing “I Dreamed A Dream”, no words can describe how great her voice sounded. I guess it is through theater that Rachelle’s talents were actually seen. I can’t believe you made me cry, Rachelle. You do you girl!

Helen Walsh & Cameron Blakely performed as The Thenardiers. They showed a better performance compared to Helena Bonham Carter & Sacha Baron Cohen. They made me laugh throughout the whole play! Although Helena & Sacha are great actors, what lacked in them is how they will be able to make the viewers laugh.

Kerrie Ann Greenland played as Eponine. I found her performance quite alright. My favorite performances of Eponine is still Lea Salonga & Samantha Barks. There were some parts of the song “On My Own” that Kerrie was not consistent. Even though her performance was quite alright, she was still the right fit as Eponine. But hey! To each her own opinion guys 🙂

Emily Landgridge played as Cosette. She performed better compared to Amanda Seyfried. There were some parts that Amanda wasn’t consistent & I felt like she was lacking air while singing. But,Emily was consistent & sang her pieces beautifully. Together with Paul Wilkins, who played as Marius, you can feel the love they have for one another. It is evident through the song, “A Heart Full of Love.”


The props and animation used in the play were something else! Among all the international plays I’ve watched, it is only Les Miserables that stood out.  There were a lot of props that were used but the ones that stood out were the following scenes:

1. Javert falls to his death

2. Jean Valjean carries Marius in the sewer

3. “Do You Hear The People Sing?” scene.

As much as I would love to share every detail, I suggest that you purchase a ticket and see it for yourselves. I don’t want to spoil the fun.

As for the music, as usual, it was splendid. What I love about plays is that they get to use an orchestra to play the music. Live music will always be better since it is pleasing to the ears of the audience.


To watch Les Miserables LIVE is a dream come true. From the actors to the props & animation til their music production, you can see your money’s worth. I can now tell stories to my future children that I had the opportunity to watch Les Miserables. If they decide to go back to the Philippines, you bet I’ll be buying a ticket and sing along with them one last time.

 

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Life Lately 4

March 22, 2016

Time flies so fast so I just decided to put up my 4th Life Lately. Here it goes!

  1. The first week of March was the celebration of my cousin’s birthday. March 1 is her actual birthday. We just had an intimate dinner with the family. On a Saturday of that week, it was a bigger celebration which consists of a lunch with the other family members and her close friends in Manila. It was held in Balay Dako in Tagaytay. Then, there was a drinking session that night. It was such a long time that my cousin and I had a “duet” (if you know what I mean HAHAHAH)2. Our trip to Europe is officially happening!! We started booking our flights and accommodations. We were able to get a great discount for roundtrip to MNL-London. An economy seat would usually cost around 60k roundtrip BUT because of the sale, we were able to get it for 30k roundtrip/person. Such a great find! For Iceland, we’re staying in Iceland Air Hotel Natura Reykjavik. Now, it’s more of finding an accommodation for London and for the other places in Europe that were visiting. HEHEHEH

    3. Last weekend, we were able to go back to Baguio!! Because of the TPLEX, the trip to Baguio became faster. We usually would ride the first class Victory Liner bus to Baguio then going back, via car. My dad had a golf game in Baguio. When we went back to Manila, my goodness the heat was UNBEARABLE!! It made me want to go back to Baguio.

    4. On the 2nd week of March, my mom went with me to Makati to check out the universities located in America. Basically, mom wants me to do some continuing education. I still feel that I am not ready. You see, I really have a big trauma when it comes to school and grades that’s why I tend to dislike going to school. School was and is not my cup of tea.

    5. Mom really wants me to work with them. I am still giving it a thought but to be honest, my heart and mind is not in it. No matter how hard I will try to understand everything, it will be all a waste. I really hope there’s a guide map for my life right now.

 

How has your life been lately? Please do share!

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Life Lately 3

February 28, 2016

This is my 3rd update on my Life Lately. Here it goes:

  1. February wasn’t good to me. Actually, the whole 1st quarter (December-February) was not. I was expecting to get that free trip to Hong Kong since I was able to have close sales to be actually considered. Clients kept on delaying and I can’t force them to have everything closed by February. Thus, I felt like I was in a rut.
  2. My cousin’s having her 18th birthday this coming March 5. Once again, I am in charge of the drinks. Gotta whip up something special for her friends since I know her friends love to drink! Another year has passed and I feel old HUHUHU
  3. Last night, my uncle from the States arrived Manila around 11pm. He’s not your regular uncle. Rather, he’s gay and he usually talks about his escapades. Yes, it may seem bastos to listen but I still love him even though he’s like that.
  4. I am starting to get the hang of posting content on my blog. It is a process, baby steps to grow my blog.
  5. Although the 1st quarter was not a good time for me, I need to make sure to do March with a bang!

How has your life been lately? Please do share! 

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Apps To See on my iPhone

February 26, 2016

As I browse through YouTube and other posts from the bloggers I follow, they get to share what apps can be seen on their iPhone. So I decided to make my own post on what apps you can expect to see on my iPhone.

It’s such a bummer though that when I purchased the iPhone 6S Plus in Smart, it was the 16GB that was free so I have no choice but to make use of the 16GB. People close to me knows that I LOOOVE downloading application for my phone – be it games, photo and video editing, lifestyle, etc. I guess if I have enough money, I might decide to sell this iPhone and change it to the 64GB. Without further ado, here are the limited applications you can find on my iPhone:

Facebook/Messenger/Twitter/Snapchat – these are my go-to social applications! Especially twitter and snapchat HAHAHAHA. You may follow me at @genegoquingco

Viber/WhatsApp – I use these applications for work related or if I am in another country. This helps me communicate with my family and friends.

VSCO/Snapseed – These two are my ultimate photo editing applications!!! Before I post something on Instagram, I have to make sure my photos are on fleek. The first thing I do is use Snapseed – this is where I do my basic editing like fixing the saturation, contrast, brightness, shadow, etc. Then, this is the time I open my edited photo in Snapseed to VSCO. VSCO is my ultimate baby – I looove their filters! I haven’t bought any filters yet because the filters I get to use are perfect for my Instagram feed.

Instagram – my go-to social media application for photos. I’m planning to make a post on who to follow on instagram. You may follow me at @genegoquingco

Grab/Uber – I use these if I didn’t bring any car with me. Grab & Uber have the same concept but what makes them different is how they range the travel price. There are instances that Uber gets to be cheaper than Grab. There are also instances that Grab is cheaper than Uber. So for me, it’s still a win-win situation. I would rather get this kind of service than hailing for a taxi.

Waze – my go-to app when I travel. ESPECIALLY DURING TRAFFIC HOURS AND EDSA.

MMDA – I use this app if I need to check where the traffic is. Aside from Waze of course.

Spotify – Since i’m running on 16GB, I can’t save music on my phone since it will get full easily. So, I decided to get the Spotify premium so that I can save my music while I’m offline. Another great factor of Spotify is that you can check out different kinds of playlists from different parts of the world.

Zalora – I just love checking out the clothes in Zalora. LOL.

So… there you have it! I know, bitin sya. But don’t worry! I’ll make a part 2 but this time, on my iTouch!

Care to share what you have on your phone?

 

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Life Lately 2

February 4, 2016

It’s been a long time since I last posted on what’s been happening in my life lately. Here it goes! :p

1. It was my first time to ever experience Sinulog Festival! Sinulog Festival is a famous festival in Cebu City. Among all the festivals I’ve attended, Sinulog has got to be the craziest one. It’s hard to explain the feeling and excitement in Sinulog. It’s more of “seeing it to believe it”.

2. Because of Sinulog Festival, I was able to explore Cebu City with my friends! We went to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks, swam in Kawasan Falls and Tumalog Falls. It is also because of Sinulog that I was able to meet different kinds of people and expand my network.

3. A lot of firsts that happened in Cebu! Sitting at the back of a pick up, feeling the cool wind brush our faces, to properly see the sunrise. Very surreal.

4. Going back to Manila Ocean Park but this time, with my uncle and his girlfriend. I’ve been to Manila Ocean Park a lot of times but there’s something about this place that just keeps on calling my attention. My favorite attraction would have to be the Penguins. It was just sad that I wasn’t able to feed them. I am definitely coming back and will make sure to feed them!

5. Recently, the cousins and I decided right away to book a roundtrip ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia (thank you Cebu Pacific for those air fare sale!). Although this will be my 2nd time to go back to Siem Reap, I am still excited because I get to experience this crazy adventure with my cousins who are family. 

 

How has your life been lately? Please do share!

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A New Year Indeed

December 31, 2015

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The year 2015 indeed has been full of adventures, happiness, sadness and lessons in life. I was able to discover what I was really capable of doing, earned my own money, traveled within the Philippines and international destinations with my family and friends, had late night and heart to heart conversations with my good friends, and met different people for work along the way. Although I was able to meet new people along the way, I lost a few as well but I was able to keep the people that matters to me.

As I start the year 2016, I will make sure to keep on working hard in order to reach my goals, discover more places in the Philippines and international destinations with family and friends, to be more responsible, to choose my decisions wisely, learn from my past mistakes in order to make my 2016 a splendid one and to be closer to the Lord.

I am Gene Goquingco and thank you for giving me the opportunity to make this blog in order to share my adventures and experiences to other people who dream of traveling to different places. I hope that through this blog of mine, you are inspired to start planning for your future travels. Always remember that you don’t have to be rich in order to travel. All you need is to find cheap deals for your travels & guts to book that flight! Enjoy your future travels and I shall talk to you soon.