Anglaagan Turned Four

Four years…if Anglaagan started as a freshman he would be marching on the stage by now. Oh, why does time go faster as we go older? The idea of making Anglaagan popped into my head in a hotel room in Tagaytay, and four years later I’m still here, writing.

For the man behind Anglaagan (aka. myself) the past year has been a year of many changes. Work got busier more than ever, and it’s showing no sign of getting any less busy soon. Back at home, we made some budgeting “alignments”, prioritising and de-prioritising stuff, especially those that tend to hurt the pocket. Still, we were able to do some of those stuff that makes life worth living – like roam around. In a hectic world gone mad, we have to do what we have to do to keep that little bit of sanity intact. We were able to travel with my wife’s cousins to Hong Kong, our second visit to the place, and got to see places we missed the first time around as well as doubled as tour guides of sorts. We were also able to visit Indonesia with my mom, dad and sister, got struck with awe at the grandeur of its ancient temples, tasted its marvellous cuisine, as well got a taste of Jakarta’s one-two punch of rain and traffic jam. Locally we were able to take a short tour of Palawan, the Philippines’ last frontier and I dare say the most beautiful part of the country. We were also able to take a couple of trips to Cebu, and took some time to rediscover Manila. We were also able to discover for ourselves the interiors of Quezon and Laguna during the Holy Week.

Overall, the past year, though not as active for Anglaagan as the previous ones, was still very fulfilling, with a good number of memories that will no doubt linger in my own and my family’s mind. I’m definitely glad to have been able to continue writing through Anglaagan’s fourth, and will no doubt keep on going through the fifth, sharing bits and pieces of my experiences. And so without further ado let me take you to my usual anniversary gallery – my form of thanks for the year that was, and of looking forward for more to come.

Manila's jewel in the crown - the beautiful sunsets over Manila Bay

Manila’s jewel in the crown – the beautiful sunsets over Manila Bay

Paco Park, Manila

Paco Park, Manila

Subic Bay, Philippines

Subic Bay, Philippines

The church of Liliw, Laguna.

The church of Liliw, Laguna.

Lucban, Quezon

Lucban, Quezon

Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Disneyland HK

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Disneyland HK

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

Aqua City, Ocean Park HK

Aqua City, Ocean Park HK

A double decker tram along Queensway, Central, Hong Kong

A double decker tram along Queensway, Central, Hong Kong

Three Towers - viewed from Garden Road, Central, Hongkong.

Three Towers – viewed from Garden Road, Central, Hongkong.

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Central, Hong Kong

Central, Hong Kong

Central, Hong Kong

Central, Hong Kong

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan, Philippines

Lake Taal, Philippines

Lake Taal, Philippines

A view of the lush Batangas countryside, with Mount Batulao in  the distance

A view of the lush Batangas countryside, with Mount Batulao in the distance

The colorful jeepneys along the Avenida Rizal, Manila

The colorful jeepneys along the Avenida Rizal, Manila

Movenpick Hotel, Mactan, Philippines

Movenpick Hotel, Mactan, Philippines

Capitol Commons, Pasig, Philippines

Capitol Commons, Pasig, Philippines

Dinosaurs Island, Clark, Philippines

Dinosaurs Island, Clark, Philippines

The museum of Carcar, Cebu

The museum of Carcar, Cebu

Simala Shrine, Cebu, Philippines

Simala Shrine, Cebu, Philippines

Autumn? The highway along Argao, Cebu

Autumn? The highway along Argao, Cebu

The church of Argao, Cebu

The church of Argao, Cebu

Candi Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Candi Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Candi Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Candi Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur, Indonesia

Candi Borobudur, Indonesia

Candi Borobudur, Indonesia

Kraton Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Kraton Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian "tuk-tuks" in Jakarta, locally called as "Bajaj" (pronounced as bah-jai).

Indonesian “tuk-tuks” in Jakarta, locally called as “Bajaj” (pronounced as bah-jai).

Yamamomo Cheesecake at the White House, Davao City

Yamamomo Cheesecake at the White House, Davao City

Buta Kakuni at the White House, Davao City

Buta Kakuni at the White House, Davao City

The White House, Davao City

The White House, Davao City

Claude's along Rizal St., Davao City

Claude’s along Rizal St., Davao City

Pork Chop a La Cafe De Ville at Claude's, Davao City

Pork Chop a La Cafe De Ville at Claude’s, Davao City

The Makati CBD, Makati, Philippines

The Makati CBD, Makati, Philippines

The Philippine Air Force Museum, Pasay City, Philippines

The Philippine Air Force Museum, Pasay City, Philippines

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