Where Is Your Ultimate Summer Destination?

More than anything, summer is the time for family bonding! Take this test and figure out where your family should go to kick back, relax, and spend time together. by Miao Ramos
After a long Sunday studio shoot, you and your family are finally done. By this time it's gotten dark, so you go out to dinner. Where do you eat?
My family has about half a dozen favorite restaurants. We go to one of them.
What's the newest restaurant in this area? We're going there definitely.
We go to an outdoor garden restaurant, to enjoy the view.
We go to a restaurant known for its ambience, good food, and great service.
On the way home, you and your family have a conversation about your prospective summer plans. What are some of the things that you hear from them and from yourself, while you are deciding where to go?
"I'm looking forward to catching up on all my TV shows this summer." and "Why don't you want to go out with us?"
"Ooh, I haven't been there yet!" and "I wonder if we can go to all of these places with the time that we have."
"It's going to be beautiful and so peaceful." and "I wonder if there's access to the Internet there?"
"I can't wait to get out of the city and party!" and "I wonder who we'll bump into while we're there?"
It turns out that your parents booked a studio to take family pictures. Aside from formal clothes and matching outfits, you need to prepare a creative outfit for a solo shot. What do you bring?
I just wear whatever it is I already have on that day.
A full-on costume! I knew this authentic Indian sari would come in handy.
My most presentable hoodie, shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Comfortable and practical! I can wear it after the studio shoot to dinner.
A sundress, huge sunglasses, and lots of accessories. Fun and summery!
You wake up to the sound of your Mom making breakfast. As you and your siblings slide into your seats, your parents tell you today is family day. How does your family usually spend time together?
It can be anything from a four-hour videoke session, to a lunch buffet, to back to back movies! It’s the fact that we’re doing something together that's more important.
We go to the mall and then some. We like to shop and eat together! Discovering new places—stores, restaurants, parks, etc.—is what gets us going.
We're a very active family. We go bowling, or skating, or even hiking together. We like walking around a lot.
It doesn't happen often, but then it does it's a big deal. We usually go to theme parks and resorts, like Enchanted Kingdom or Fontana in Pampanga.
The next day, you wake up bright and early to spend the entire Saturday with your BFFs. You've been planning this for weeks! What's on your itinerary?
An all day bonding session! We might go to the mall and hang out for a bit, but mostly we’ll be watching movies at my best friend Natalie’s house. We’re also thinking of baking some cookies or having a cookout in the afternoon.
A walking tour of Intramuros, and then a trip to nearby Manila Ocean Park! We'll feel like tourists in our own city. How exciting!
A day at the park! The shade under the trees and the summer breeze are perfect for a midday picnic. We’ll also probably end up playing a little volleyball/soccer/Frisbee in the afternoon.
Tanning poolside, of course! We can socialize, bond, AND get our tan on. Plus, we get to test out our brand new bikinis for the summer!
It's been a long, fun-filled day. You decide to spend some quality time by yourself this Saturday night, so you throw a pack of popcorn in the microwave oven and turn on the TV. What do you watch?
Exactly what I want to watch. I pop in a DVD of my favorite TV show and have a mini-marathon.
National Geographic or Travel and Living. I love learning about culture and history, and travel shows always seem so exciting.
The Discovery Channel or Animal Planet. Nature or animal documentaries are so awe-inspiring—they make me feel like I've still so much to experience in this world.
MTV's The Hills, or 90210. I love the drama and the music.
It’s the start of summer vacation! You are on your way home and daydreaming in the car. What do you imagine as you close your eyes and relax after a long year of tests and projects?
oks, my bed, my iPod, and laptop—no deadlines, no schedules, just my stuff and what I want to do.
Exotic locales, old buildings, souvenirs—the wonder of discovering new places.
Waterfalls, forests and mountains—the beauty and serenity of nature.
Sand, seashores and saltwater—nothing beats the summer heat like the beach.










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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.


After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.


Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.


5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.


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