Bringing smiles to the children of the mountain. Five bloggers chased the Ifugao together to bring school supplies, slippers, raincoats, snacks, and polvorons.
Calaguas Island, the Paradise
Discovering paradise with the whole family... Calaguas Island is a group of 4 islands and around 11-12 islets in the Pacific.
Chasing Ifugao Province
We love Ifugao. I love Ifugao. It is a place where phones are not status symbols; it is where communication is more on personal and heart-to-heart talks.
Beyond Philippines: Jomtien, Pattaya
About 2 km south of Pattaya Beach lies Jomtien Beach; a long, straight, 6 km stretch of sandy coastline that is a lot less chaotic and crowded than Pattaya. It is also more peaceful and laid-back here.
After Facebook and Twitter, here goes Instagram; yeah, it seems like the development of social-media is unstoppable. Just like before (creating a Facebook account took me 3 years and another 2 years to learn it), I promised myself and my friends that I would never join IG. Yes, that time, I kept on telling my friends who kept on bugging me to create one that I don't really see any sense in taking shots of food and selfies. I did not know why a hashtag is a must too.
But after 48 years... Tsenenen! Chasing Philippines is now on Instagram.
Just a little flashback: My friends made me a create my 1st-ever instagram account when I got drunk in one of our trips in Baguio. The next thing I know, I have an instagram account already and worst, I cannot remember the password. :p
Now, I can say that I am really enjoying this Instagram thing, quite late, but I discovered how Instagram can be a cool outlet for everyone to be artistic and to inspire others.
It seems like it's been ages since I updated this blog. Some of my friends are starting to ask me why updates are no longer as often as before. Well, my somehow vacation from blogging does not really mean that I stopped traveling... it's just that I gone too busy, real busy.
Let me tell you my excuses :) I had a 'work-life balance dilemma'.
Oops! I haven't mentioned that this bummer got promoted 4 months ago. That was why I decided to give more focus with my work. Akalain mo yun!
2 of my BFFs just recently tied the knot.
So, aside from aiming to get thinner or at least a little lighter (which I failed to do so), I opted to have a fairer skin since I thought I'll be wearing some sexy dresses.
I started a small business - Bargain Manila.
(Just really wanted to be rich so I can buy myself a house and a car.) Kashing! Kashing! :)
I've been enjoying the boom of technology in my life.
I am a late bloomer. It's just now that I'm learning the value of Mac, smartphones, and tablets in one's life. In short, I found myself spending my precious time playing Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, Dumb Ways to Die, and a number of simulation games.
And oh, it's just now that I discovered that Instagram is fun too! :)
Alright, I think that's all. But since my bestfriend's wedding is done and I'm stuck on Level 72, I'll be back on the road in 2 weeks time and I promise, I'll update this blog as soon as possible. :)
On November 23-24, 2013 at the Rockwell Tent, Yabang Pinoy’s Global Pinoy Bazaar 2013 once again showcases Filipino entrepreneurship at its finest, with unique products for the equally proud Filipino consumer. For seven years straight, the pioneering Filipino pride movement’s annual bazaars have been proof that the Filipino entrepreneur can produce business concepts, products, and services that can compete with global brands. Each bazaar has featured a lineup of brands that range from apparel, accessories, travel essentials, home décor, home and wellness products, and Filipino art and design creations. In Global Pinoy Bazaar 2013, these entrepreneurs take it up a notch by launching Holiday collections, and offering premium limited-edition products and discounts for patrons. Shoe brand Soulier PH, for example, will introduce special shoe-clips handmade by Gawad Kalinga communities. Likewise, t-shirt brand Art Initiative will unveil fresh designs from artists Nemo Aguila and Sarah Gaugler. Truly, Global Pinoy Bazaar has also enabled budding entrepreneurs, artists, designers, musicians, and creative minds to meet, be discovered, and collaborate with each other. This year, Yabang Pinoy will once again prove why it has become the go-to bazaar for unique quality products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. Please visit www.yabangpinoy.com for more information. For inquiries, please call 0906 235 37 22 or email email@example.com.
For almost 2 years now, mountain climbing had replaced some of my favorite things in life -- collecting expensive cutie boxes, buying dresses and make-ups, luxurious trips and travels. Also, for almost 2 years now, I’ve been climbing with strangers a.k.a. new found friends. Hmmm... and for almost 2 years now, I’ve been telling stories how wonderful it is to climb mountains... some would not really understand...
Not until today...
Today, I decided to bring my Little Brother with me. It was his first time to climb, his first time to camp, and his first time to experience Outdoors.
For me, it’s my first time to bring along a family member with me, first time to do ‘sister duties’ on the mountain, and first time to get so nervous like this. A hundred ‘what ifs’ kept running on my mind for the past few weeks, my heartbeat gone faster than the usual when I asked my parents if can bring my Little Brother with me.
Tips on How to Convince Your Parents that Mountaineering is Safe for You & Your Little Bro: -- Have the right gears and equipment -- Buy your little brother/sister the right shoes - do not just let him/her wear some Havaianas or Rubber Shoes -- Groceries -- Show them you would not let your sibling feel neither hunger nor thirst while on the mountain :) -- Show them you’re ready with any weather changes and show them a bottle of insect repellant too (Promise, that's a plus!) :p -- Fully charge your phones - Assure your parents that you will call and send them SMS from time to time.
In Buendia or Baclaran, take a bus going to Batangas. You may look for 'Nasugbu' on signboards or ask the conductor if it will pass Nasugbu. Drop-off point is at Evercrest just after the blue welcome rotonda of Nasugbu. At Evercrest, you may ride a tricycle or walk up to the foot of the mountain.
There are 2 options on which trails to take: Old Trail and New Trail. For trail information and intensive review, please visit PinoyMountaineer.com. Fees:
Just after the Bahay Kubo or 1st stop-over where you can take a quick break; halo-halo, mountain dew, and buko juice are available here. Plus, a hammock too. :)
First time in Batulao, I bet this climb will be a fun one.
His first-ever climb. And I think he likes it. :)
It took us around 3 hours or so to reach the campsite. Well, surprisingly, the campsite in Batulao is the cleanest campsite I've been to.
At Camp 1
After dinner, me and my brother slept immediately since we were all tired from the day's activity. But to tell you the truth, the reason why I slept early was because of the scary stories the other mountaineers are talking about.
We woke up early the next day to watch the sunrise at the summit. However, when I saw that narrow and steep trail to the summit (where one needed to use a rope to get there), I asked my brother not to push through it. "KJ" as I may sound but this is just the first climb of my brother and I do not want it to be a traumatic one. All I hope is for him to enjoy it.
But definitely, we enjoyed our stay in our own semi-summit... :)
Chill-chill din pag may time! =)
Breathtaking Mount Batulao. Whoo! 360 degree view of Batangas. Thank you God for letting me see this beautiful creation with my little brother. One of the best climbs ever!
All photos are all mobile phone and itouch shots. Hehe
So since Malacanang already announced the 2014 Philippine Holidays, let's all mark our calendars and get ready in planning for our future trips.
New Year's Day -- January 1, Wednesday
Araw ng Kagitingan -- April 9, Wednesday
Maundy Thursday -- April 17, Thursday
Good Friday -- April 18, Friday
Labor Day -- May 1, Thursday
Independence Day -- June 12, Thursday
National Heroes Day -- August 25, Monday
Bonifacio Day -- November 30, Sunday
Christmas Day -- December 25, Thursday
Rizal Day -- December 30, Tuesday
Special Non-Working Days:
Chinese New Year -- January 31, Friday
Black Saturday -- April 19, Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day -- August 21, Thursday
All Saints' Day -- November 1, Saturday
Special Non-Working Days:
Christmas Eve -- December 24, Wednesday
Last Day of the Year -- December 31, Wednesday
EDSA Revolution Anniversary -- February 25, Tuesday
Philippines is on sale once again as PHILTOA (Philippine Tour Operators Association) opens the biggest travel sale in our country, the 24th Philippine Travel Mart: Sale ng Bayan Part 3. It will be held on September 6-8, 2013 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Grab this opportunity to book and buy cheap tours and packages, cheap flights, hotel and hostels reservations, cheap car rentals, transfers, travel insurance, and more!
Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) is the biggest association of tour operators and agencies that promote exclusively domestic and inbound tourism. It has a nationwide membership and has been at the frontier of Domestic tourism promotion, partnering with DOT, and its regional offices.
PHILTOA is the main proponent behind the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM), the exposition running for 24 years now that promotes nationwide tourism destinations, products and services.
So what are you waiting for? Block your schedules and get ready to check the colorful booths and pavilions from the 350 exhibitors.
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**** Jomtien Beach, Pattaya
**** The Walking Street
**** Siam Ocean World
**** Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum
**** Sri ra cha Tiger Zoo
**** Underwaterworld Pattaya
**** Chasing Bangkok **** Chasing Pattaya **** Parasailing at Pattaya Beach **** Sanctuary of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum