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The Optimist Creed

Thanks to my good friend Jules for sharing this creed. Prior to knowing about this, I have strived to remain optimistic in whatever situation I face. True enough, with faith in God and faith in His plans, things always work out for the best. I still have a lot to accomplish, but hey, this is a great aid in achieving those.

The Optimist Creed

I Promise Myself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and to expect only the best
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improvin…

Goodbye Cool Job!

It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement (yes, an odd combination but it wouldn’t be from me if it’s not a tad peculiar) that I am bidding farewell to what I consider as the coolest job I’ve ever had.

For several months, I was hired for the position of Travel Specialist and was tasked to create adventure tours, establish contacts within the industry, test adventure sports, read travel magazines, attend press conferences, meet amazing athletes, media people and bloggers.

I did not experience the usual office set-up. Sometimes, my office for the day would be in a kayak or on a raft. Sometimes, I’d be in a zipline perched 4,700 feet above sea level or sometimes, commute to work involves river trekking. Sometimes I'm out of the office tagging along at press launches or cocktail events. Sometimes, I'd be in a meeting with people I used to see only in blogs or on the news.  I still  had to report to a normal office with tables, phones and internet access though when I'm …

Just A Thought

Today, I am thankful for all the awful things that have happened to me because it made me stronger and more appreciative of the blessings that come my way. :)

(and thanks to Figaro for the free unlimited brewed coffee at the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards). It's amazing what coffee can do to my thoughts. :P

This Is It! The Corregidor International Half Marathon

"Set against the paradox of a breathtaking landscape amidst the contrast of a serene backdrop and an unforgiving terrain,contenders will attempt to be part of a race to immortalize the heroic legacy of a glorious past. The distant bygone arena of valor belongs to the present. And the present becomes the ultimate touchstone of running athleticismin the Corregidor International Half-Marathon." - CIHM website
I've been quite busy and tired the past two weeks that I haven't had much time to digest the fact that I'm joining the Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM) this December 19, which I joined without thinking. When our marketing officer asked who wanted to go because we had free slots, I immediately volunteered myself because of the word "Corregidor". I completely forgot about the other part which would involve a 21 KM run. Oh why do I always get myself into situations that involve heavy breathing, intense perspiration and aching joints?It would …

Office for the Day

As with any other normal work, my job can be quite annoying and stressful because I organize adventure tours/lessons and it involves dealing with a lot of people. But what's amazing about it are those days when I have to get outside and  experience adventure.

Pictures below were taken from yesterday's paragliding session. I had to meet with our contact from the paragliding industry to finalize some arrangements and he managed to drag me to the site. I was also supposed to do a tandem flight with a licensed instructor but it was too windy so the guys did ground handling lessons and some power kiting. I really had to get some work done so I stayed inside the 4x4 and worked on my laptop for a couple of minutes but then I began to feel bored. It was too nice outside so I tried to get some work done for a few more minutes before I gave in to the call of the "wild" and sat on this blue chair just staring at the wide grassland with a happy smile on my face. It started to ra…

One Day

I stand firmly by my fantasy that one day prince charming would finally find me. He may not own a castle or come riding atop a horse, but I know he will be someone who will make me smile and exert rigorous efforts just to be with me.
Despite my optimism, there are times when I feel panicky. What if he has died and I’ve been waiting for no one? Or what if I’m destined for single blessedness for the rest of eternity and never have the chance to feel deliriously in-love? I’m not in my early twenties anymore and people my age are either getting married or engaged to someone . Me, I’m still waiting, like Rapunzel on top of a tower. Oh why doesn’t my prince know how to use a harness?!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not desperate for love. It’s just the I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have another guy in your life who’s neither a friend nor a relative , what’s it like to be introduced as a girlfriend, not a teammate from football or someone who likes hiking or adventure. It would be cool if …

Surprises Surprises

I hate surprises. There's something about getting caught off guard that annoys me.

The other side of it which flatters me though is the amount of effort people put to pull it off.

The very first time my friends threw a surprise birthday thing for me was in High School. Everyone suddenly ignored me. I thought I did something wrong. I felt extremely annoyed that they seemed to be talking about something else and not telling me about it. When I entered the cafeteria during that afternoon, I saw most of my friends gathered on three tables and they all yelled - Surprise! I felt a mixture of annoyance and happiness.

The second time my friends surprised me, I was close to throwing a fit. We were walking towards the gym and my friends were all saying mean stuff about my bag. When we arrived at our lockers, my friend pulled out a Speedo gym bag from hers and yelled surprise. Everyone chipped in for that green Speedo bag and I felt so blessed to have friends who can sacrifice their a…

Missin These Days

Taken January 2010. Me and my friends  hiked around Sagada until we got so exhausted, we had to sleep on the grass to recover.  I don't get to do these much lately. I miss these.

House of Dakay in Batanes

June 2009
The driver brought us down at the corner of the House of Dakay, which is one of the must-sees in Batanes. It’s the oldest stone house in Batan Island from 1887 and has been featured numerous times in various local and international publications.  It is also a UNESCO Heritage Building. The current owner is lola Florestida, a friendly  woman in her 80’s who has also become famous because of their house.  I also read from several blogs that she is perhaps the most photographed woman in Batanes.
My friend and I took pictures of the house from the outside. Usually, visitors only take pictures of the façade and leave. I was not satisfied. I wanted to go inside and take a look and have a chat with lola Ida. We walked with hesitant steps towards the house. I was actually afraid there might be a fierce dog somewhere who will spring and bite me on the leg. (Yes, I am vividly paranoid!)  
Slowly, we made our way to the door from the left side. I saw an old lady walking in the middle of th…

Sea Air – Bringing Batanes Closer to Travelers

Sea Air, a local airline that heavily promotes leisure travel has launched a contest that will enable 7 winners to be part of their Batanes Bloggers Tour during its winter season  - where temperature can go as low as 7 degrees Celsius!!! As an adventurer and a no friss traveler, the mention of Batanes, with its promise of enthralling landscapes, activates a level of excitement in my bloodstream. As the northernmost province of the Philippines with its community of friendly, honest people living humbly in a unique bucolic setting this destination has and will perpetually mesmerize travelers.
To experience winter particularly in the Philippines is a dream adventure of mine. For some reason, cold weather makes me feel elated. The layers of clothing don’t bother me. I even went to great lengths of investing in apparels to better equip myself to cold weather. Having to grab of cup of coffee to warm up my body, makes me feel like a child who just picked up candy. I have traveled and exper…

Early Morning Visual Food Trip

When I am able to drag myself out of bed early in the morning – that’s before 5:00 a.m., I ralk. That’s my term for the kind of exercise I do – a bit of running and lots of walking! I used to like running on the pavement but I grew tired of it. Now I only want to do runs in the mountains or do a lot of hiking.

This morning, I was able to run at the the Maysilo circle in Mandaluyong where a lot of runners, joggers and walkers converge on a daily basis. I chose this area solely for its accessibility but it’s not my favorite place to have a relaxing run because of this one major detail. There’s too much food establishments along this route that a foodie like me find it very difficult to concentrate! I almost collided with another runner and in another instance against a tree because I kept looking at all the restaurants across the street. Though majority of them were still close, the signages and pictures fronting these establishments taunted the foodie in me. I was both perspiring from …

Last Minute Climbing Trip in Gulugod Baboy, Batangas

This trip was back in 2007 when I was pretty new at organizing trips. Me and my friend finalized the venue like a day before we left. I have never been to the place and only found about it because a friend suggested it was a safe place for two crazy girls on a last minute mountain adventure.
My hiking buddy for that day is a good friend from HS who I trust with my life. It was her first mountain climbing trip and she had been wanting to try the sport. I had been hiking in mountains since college but I wasn’t an expert. I just love  the outdoors. I got the itinerary and information by researching from the web. (I love Google!)
We started trekking around 10:45 AM. Sun was high and there was no wind. I can still remember how humid it was. We didn’t see anyone else climbing and we almost missed the entry point to the mountain. We just laughed it off. In fact, laughter got us through all our misadventures that weekend. Less than an hour of trekking, Bitchay’s shoe – last used in HS when sh…

My Dream Baguio Trip

I terribly miss Baguio’s cold, gloomy weather. Last time I was there was last April 2010 when I participated at a trail run event organized by The North Face. I was with my favorite trail running buddies. I was also able to meet with a friend who now resides in Baguio and currently running his own bar with his brother – former football playmates of mine. My friend took me to Oh My Gulay, a restaurant that serves vegetarian meals amidst a cozy setting of  plants and old furnitures.
Well, I’ve always had fond memories of Baguio. Me and my mom used to go there a lot back when we were monitoring the renovation of our property there. We never lived in it. It was given to my dad as payment for his services as a financial adviser or something and we sold it during hard times. Since I was not into backpacking back then, I never had the chance to roam alone and explore it for myself.  Even when I got older, Baguio was always a destination with friends.
Now I want to go back to Baguio and embar…

Baguio Travel Information + Itinerary

Hola! I'm sharing some Baguio travel information I researched for a friend who’s going on a budget date to Baguio. :) 

Disclaimer : All information provided are based from online research and what I read from trip advisor. I have documented all information sources as well. 

How to Get to Baguio  Visit this link to get the schedules and fares of Victory Liner buses going to Baguio. Victory Liner is a favorite of many travelers as it has numerous trips and terminals from Manila. Fare coming from the Cubao Terminal is 445 Pesos (one way). Victory Liner also offers Deluxe buses, supposedly more comfortable but I've never tried it as it's more expensive (715 Pesos). I never had problems with the regular aircon buses so I'd like to think I'm not missing much. 
Where to Eat
1.  Oh My Gulay –romantic vibe, artsy restaurant – near KFC Session Road; Price of Food : 200 Pesos/Meal (with Drinks); Tip: Upo ka sa pinakataas kasi maganda sunset dito. Tska romantic atmosphere.hehe; Ty…