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My First Spring Experience

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It was Summer (PH time) when I left the country. 4th of May 2017 via China Southern Airlines bound to Guangzhou, China then my destination – Los Angeles, California. 

That was the longest flight I’ve been to. Been awake for 19hrs the entire flight. The nervousness fade the moment I step out of the airport and greet my Aunt who fetched me. Then reality sinks in, I’m here! Kim K and I are breathing the same polluted air. (HAHAHA) 


Welcome to United States of America!

I went there to attend my cousin; my sister I never had; my frenemy’s (is there really such a term? Hahaha) graduation which happened on the 6th of May.

For 7 years and 7 months of talking through Viber, Messenger, Instagram and whatever means of communications this techy world now have, we finally got to see each other AGAIN. 🤜🏻🤛🏻

I stayed there for over a month so might as well enjoy every moment. Yay? I got a chance to visit 4 states. (Thank God, school’s over she have all the time to take me to places.) 

1st state – CALIFORNIA!


@ Santa Monica Pier


@Downtown LA


@Universal Studios, Hollywood


@Balboa Park, San Diego 


@Old Town, San Diego


@USS Midway Museum, San Diego


@Coronado, California


@Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego


@Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills


@LACMA (Been dreaming to see this! It happened everyone! It really did!!)


@Hollywood Blvd


@Disneyland, Hollywood

Next state, NEVADA!!


@Las Vegas, NV


@Seven Magic Mountains, NV



@The Strip


@Fremont (We tried their Slotzilla!!!)


@Valley of Fire State Park

Third state, ARIZONA


@Hoover Dam

Been to 2 states at the same time. Arizona and Nevada! Different time zones!!! Cool right? 


@Horse Shoe Bend, Arizona


@Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Remember those wallpapers at your Microsoft computers? Yes yes yes! Amazing!

Last state, UTAH


@Zion National Park, UT

The only place I got to see in this beautiful state. 

I can’t post all the pictures and videos  I took for a month long stay but as you can see, It was FUN and EXPENSIVE at the same time. Hahaha.

Till my next #happydaysofrinalynfaye 

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August 24, 2017 at 2:11 am

Amusing May – Family love at Caramoan

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12 hours land travel from Manila to Naga. 1 hour and a half land travel from Naga to Sabang Port. 2 hours boat ride from Sabang to Guijalo Port. Yes! The travel time will be that long. Nonetheless, you’ll  get to enjoy the view and the beauty of Caramoan will definitely take your breathe away.

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It was last May 9 when my family went to Caramoan to spend another summer vacation. It wasn’t planned. It’s just been a week of preparation and yet forever will be in our hearts.

Friday afternoon when we arrived at Caramoan, ate lunch, rest a little and we’re off to some adventure. Island hopping it is!

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I was bitten by a jellyfish because I was trying so hard to learn how to do the “floating” which I learned finally. That was one hell of a first day. I got darker already! Yihoo!

Our second day was another set of island hopping. We’re unfortunate to visit 4 islands because Survivor Holand already started their shooting the same day we were there but I’m happy to say we got to visit other islands too!

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My mom does it everyday and everywhere. She joined us but didn’t even get off the boat because of her foot. Good thing, she’ll witness the beauty of the place too.

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Starfish were all over the place. I am fond of starfish. You all know that right?

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Summer photo 2014. One thing I’ll miss about my brother. His candid shots are what I like best.

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Because I can no longer flip my hair, I’ll flip my feet instead.

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So here’s the story.

Me: Ayoko na umalis. Dito na lang ako.

Then he grabbed my foot and pulled me. Funny thing is, I laughed instead of getting mad.

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This is the only picture we are complete. This will do anyway.
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We climbed 500+ steps to get to the top and witness the majestic view of Caramoan Peninsula. (Refer to the first photo of this post.)

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Our Lady of Peace.


IMG_0997Our last top for our last day – Red Church of Caramoan

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Having a chance to visit Caramoan. the feeling is surreal. You’ve traveled the entire Philippines already. Caramoan have this Chocolate Hills like in Bohol. Many lagoons like in Palawan. Fine white sand like in Boracay. The green mountains like in Batanes. And wait, I almost forgot. You’ll pass by Mayon Volcano too. See? Caramoan is worth a visit. 3 days won’t be enough but I can always go back right?

2 thumbs up for another summer escapade.

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June 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

What’s your name?

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Did you ever hate the name you have right now? Did you ever thought of changing it? Am I the only one? Yes, I did hate my name and I did plan to change it.

Way way way back, when I was much younger, I envy the name of my cousins – the girl ones. Their names are good for both gender. And I like the way it sounds. Mine is too girly and it’s somehow irritating. I’m not the girly type kind of girl. Well, I guess, back then. But still, I don’t like my name.

I grew up surrounded by boys. I wore cap instead of headband. I loved oversize shirts than the shirts that’s my size. I rather shoot balls than play barbie. I rather laugh hard than have a fight with the girls. And that’s where it all started. I start to ask why my name sounds that way. Am I born to be that girly kind of girl? I wanted to be far from the usual. Since I spent a lot of time with them together. They called me names. (eg. Paye. Kampilitot. Ilongapo. Ineng.) Though my name have its history than the others, I won’t buy that.

In my gradeschool days, I have this classmate with the name same as mine. That’s when I started to love my second name. I want “Faye” to be mine alone. Entering highschool with the same people, my name changes overtime. (eg. Pepay. Pepot. Fayer. Pipay. Pips.) We graduated highschool wherein I was known as “Faye” and she as her first name. Beat that?

Years passed, “Faye” doesn’t sound the same. It became meaningless. That’s when I started to try calling myself “Rinalyn”. I even changed my twitter ID to @callmeRINALYN from @RinalynFaye. Some friends do call me “Rinalyn” some calls me my full name tho which I find appealing.

Why am I writing this? Because I realized I have the coolest name ever. Its history is mine alone. It’s original not just from baby names book. (Though you can find “Faye” at those kind of books.) Well, the whole package itself is unique.

And one more thing, those people who called me names, I miss them – a lot. I miss hearing those names of mine from them. Some of them, I won’t be able to hear anymore. Maybe in my dream. Or maybe when I’ll be with them again – in time.

“Rinalyn Faye”, yes it is girly but it’s me. It’s for you to find out.

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February 9, 2014 at 5:14 am

2013 by my name.

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Let me summarize my 2013 by my name.

R – Reached out to my mom.

I – Invested money at pigs.

N – New work.

A – Adventurous as I need to be.

L – Loved a complete stranger.

Y – Yelled at someone over silly things.

N – New friends on the list.

F – Fought over something I thought that matter.

A – Abandoned my safe zone.

Y – Young at heart as usual.

E – Engage myself in a business.

V – Voluptuous as I am but they love it.

I – Immoral activities? Yeah. Some.

L – Lose friends.

L – Late? Not today.

A – Abrupt decisions almost everyday.

N – Needy. I never thought I’d be.

U – Ubiquitous in every event I’m invited.

E – Egregious when needed.

V – Vivacious in every fucking way.

A – Abused my heart all over again.

It’s been full of ups and down. Hell yeah! I’m still alive fellas! You can’t bring down an ass kickin’ girl like me.

2014, I’m welcoming with open arms.

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January 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Christmas realizations.

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Is it too late for me to post this? I just hope I’m not. So here it goes. Last Christmas was the second time we celebrated it without our father. Last Christmas was the first time we celebrated it without my brother which by the way is in Cebu for his postulancy. And it was the first time, me and our youngest celebrated it without our mom with us.

My mom is the eldest in her family. And it’s her role to guide his brothers and sisters whose path didn’t go well. And sadly, it happened on Christmas Eve.

We waited patiently because she told us she’ll be back to spend Christmas with us which didn’t happened. I was broken. We’re only 3 in the family, how come it will be this hard to get ourselves together? Why did she chose to be with her siblings just to settle whatever that happened? Didn’t she even learned? They turn their backs on her. They don’t even listen to her. But there she was, helping them in those kind of times.

I can’t keep up with her siblings. I’m not trying to compete for attention but I can’t help but wonder, are they that important?

You know what I learned? Try to observe. Maybe they just need my mom in that very moment. Resolving bigger issues than spending Christmas with us is even better and maybe for the best of each and everyone of us. Right then and there, family isn’t just there during happy times but even the downfall of one. You can always count on them. And that made me proud having her as my mom.

Inay (Mom), sorry for acting cold that day and the day after. Sorry for the harsh words you heard. I’m just hurt. But I understand now. I love you and I am so proud of you. 

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January 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

November 2013, Appreciating Bohol

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Last July, we availed this promo for Bohol for 3 days and 2 nights. All-in. Yes! Airfare, Airport Transfers, Accommodations and Tour included at the cheapest price as I believe in the market.

By October, as we all know, Bohol was massively affected by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. It was all over the news. The old churches which the place are known was destroyed. Series of aftershocks are felt days and weeks after the incident.

I was alarmed and I even planned not to go anymore. Who would go anyway? The basic reason why I wanna go there is to see the place most especially their churches. What would I do there anyway if it’s devastated? We had arrangements with the travel agency, and lucky for us they are accommodating. Our Bohol tour pushed through anyway with a little change in our itinerary.

November 30th, no delayed in flights. And we finally arrived. My younger brother which will come from Cebu was waiting there. After 6 months of not seeing each other we’ll be together for the next 3 days of stay in Bohol.

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First stop: Crabhouse Seafood Restaurant at Tagbilaran City. It’s lunch time and we are starving. The driver brought us here. Not bad. The food are delicious. Worth every penny!

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From L-R: My brother RV. My mom. Me and our youngest. Taken in front of the inn we are staying. Packed some things and we’re off to go.

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We happened to pass Dauis Church. One of the churches destroyed by the earthquake. I was afraid to took some photo but I did anyway. Sorry.

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Taken inside the Hinagdanan Cave. Sorry for the poor quality of photo. Blame the tour guide. HAHAHAHA. You won’t be sorry visiting this place, their tour guides are hilarious. From start to finish, you’ll laugh non stop.

We also went to Shell Museum. Of course, you’ll see lots of shells. I was about to tick another from my bucket list but it was just a replica. A sea horse was displayed there. I’ve got no photos to share tho.

Last stop for the day: Panglao Beach

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I happen to see this starfish in the shore while walking. This has been ticked on my bucket list! Yay for this!

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This photo is in exchange for “flip my hair” photo. Sad to say. But I’ll be going back to Bohol just to do that. The sand isn’t as white as Boracay but close!

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And here we are, posing one last time by the beach. Get yourselves familiar. I won’t introduce them again to you. HAHAHA

Our second day is full of tour. Lots of places to see. And we all need to rest for that tiring first day.

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First stop: Chocolate Hills. Who would ever forget not to go here. It’s always the number 1 as I believe “Place to see when in Bohol.” That’s a tarpaulin behind us anyway but we have the exact hills right behind us. Wait for it. Here it is!

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Tadaaaaaah! We climbed 146 stairs at the deck just to see this. It’s tiring but worth it. FYI, there’s a cafe located at this deck named “The Honesty Cafe” all you need to do is get whatever you like and pay. There’s no crew inside but a jar waiting at the counter for you to put your money. A bright idea indeed!

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Next Stop: Man made forest. The Twilight feel at this place is ecstatic! It’s quite hard to take photos here because of vehicles that pass by. Being alert is a necessity.

Next Stop: Bohol Habitat. If you love butterflies, this is the place to be. I don’t love them but I don’t hate them either. It’s just that, it’s too girly for me but I took a photo with one of them anyway. Ironic? You bet!

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Other things that Bohol is known for? Their tarsiers! I was called one when I was quite young because of how big my eyes are. But I really didn’t believe them and I have proof.

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I’m just being childish and goofing around is what I do best. I find myself really funny posing like that but I just want to prove everyone that even I exert effort to open my eyes as big as I can, I don’t really look like one. Clear?

It’s lunch time and my tummy is growling and looking for some food to munch in.

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It’s the RioVerde Floating Restaurant. A country singer will serenade you while you eat. Eat whatever you like ’till you can.

Next Stop: Off to visit Prony. The largest and longest python. Sadly, it passed away 3 months ago. All we got to see is its preserved body.

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Yeah! He’s that big and long! I got to see and hold a real/living snake anyway. Wanna see?

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He’s name is Crony. It’s slimy and kind of heavy. I wasn’t really happy in that picture. I am way too scared too scream and funny to say I look like that. It’s not included in my bucket list but I’ll include this and ticked it anyway.

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Last Stop: The Blood Compact. The trivia given to us by our tour guide is to identify which is Datu Sikatuna from the statues. And we got it right. But our answer to his “Why?” is wrong. Wanna know why? Go there and ask them.

That sums it all up. Our second day is over. We’ll be leaving the next day. Sad but we have to.

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 Say hello to my good morning face. Good thing about the place we stayed is that, it’s near Dauis Church. All you got to do is walk straight ahead and you’ll be there. We went there to pray but since the church is closed, we searched for their adoration chapel and I was surprise that they celebrate their mass in that same place I was sitting. 90% of Boholanos are Catholic. There are 45 municipalities in Bohol and each municipality has its own church. Most of them are old. According to our tour guide, those churches that was destroyed are made up of corals and egg white so I wasn’t surprised of what had happened.

I am very happy to see happy faces there. Old ladies and men are cleaning the place, sweeping the place because of the dry leaves that fell. You won’t see worried faces in Bohol. Boholanos are kind indeed! They’ll let you ride her car and drive you to the city because you haven’t eat dinner yet. Yes! A lady did that to us and take note, we didn’t even ask her to.

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From my family to Boholanos, Maraming Salamat. Nag-enjoy kami. Hanggang sa muli!

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December 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

Summer Fun in Palawan 2013

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I am such a fan of sunsets and I’ll start this blog post of mine with that breath taking sunset in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines where I spent my weekend with the people I treasure and love the most – my family!

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Last Saturday, April 20, 2013, I together with my mom and 2 younger brothers went to Palawan to unwind. We wanted a new place to go and spent summer and Palawan is the first thing that comes to mind.

Our scheduled flight was supposed to be at 5:40AM with some problems incurred by our plane, our flight was delayed for almost 2 hours. An hour plane ride from Manila to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. 5 hours van travel to El Nido – our destination.

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12 noon we are still on the road and we haven’t eaten anything yet. The van driver took off at Roxas for a stop over  to eat at the restaurant. The restaurant has that appealing view of the deck as shown in the picture. Perfect or events as I can see.

Finally! We arrived at La Casa Teresa Resort in El Nido at almost 3 in the afternoon. It was indeed a tiring trip that consumed one whole day.

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Those 2 photos was taken by my brother while walking down the shore and waiting or the sun to set. We were lucky enough enough to spent our days at La Casa Teresa Resort, the sunset there is WOW! Need I say more? I guess you all know what I mean.

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Welcome to the islands of Palawan! Mabuhay! Day 2 is our Island Hopping day. We have 5 islands to visit composed most especially of lagoons.

First stop – Secret Lagoon!

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Second stop – Shimizu Island. We had our lunch here. Grilled fish, chicken and fruits on our table made with love by our tour guides.

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Those 4 photos above was taken at our 3rd stop – Big Lagoon. I love the place so much. I don’t even want to go home and leave the place. I want to take more pictures but the camera has given up so for the 2 next destination I don’t have pictures anymore. But I can guarantee you that the place is really beautiful.

4th stop is the Small Lagoon where we spent almost an hour just swimming.

5th and final stop is the Seven Commando. An island, a long beach as I believe with white sands and clear blue water.

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I’ll end this post with a picture of us and a poem I wrote on my ipod’s note while we are on our 5 hour land travel. This is written in Filipino by the way.

PALAWAN, ISA KANG LARAWAN
NG TUNAY NA KAGANDAHAN
ANG DAGAT MONG BUGHAW
PUSO KO’Y IYONG PINUKAW
SA LUNTIAN MONG KULAY
BINIGHANI MO AKONG TUNAY

EL NIDO, AKO’Y NAGSUSUMAMO
PAKINGGAN MO ANG DAING KO
SA 5 ORAS NA PAGKAKAUPO
HIMALA AKO’Y PINAGOD MO
SA BAWAT DAGAT NA MAKITA
AKALA KO IKA’Y MALAPIT NA

DERETSO AT KURBADA
PATAAS AT PABABA
SEMENTADO AT HINDI
WALA KANG PINILI

AKO’Y NAPANGANGA NUNG NAKITA NA KITA
“LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” KUMBAGA
SA GANDA MONG TAGLAY
AKO’Y NAPAHIYA
SULIT ANG PAGOD
PERO ALAM NATIN PAREHO NA KULANG ANG ORAS NATING DALWA
WAG KA MAG-ALALA
MAY SUSUNOD PA
HANGGANG SA SUNOD NATING PAGKIKITA!

If you love to be on the beach like me, my country, the Philippines has a wide choices of beaches. Don’t think twice. Buy a ticket. Book a plane. Most especially HAVE FUN!

The whole set of photos have been uploaded on my facebook account. Just make sure you are on my friends list because it has been set to private but I am willing to set it to public if you say so and for a limited time only. Thank you.

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April 23, 2013 at 2:03 am

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