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The Wholesome Threesome - Part 1

They say three's a crowd but for me and two other friends, that meant - thrice the fun, thrice as many destinations visited and thrice the adventure!
Meet our lovely trio - me, the couple - Ren and Glee. We started our adventures with just the three of us in 2008, but the year before that, we traveled with a bigger group. We were all novices at mountain climbing and backpacking but instead of waiting for groups to join, we organized our own adventures and chose to see the bright side in everything that happened during our trips. So every wholesome threesome trip is a great trip! We used to call our intimate trio as the Happy Three Friends. We weren't splurgers at traveling but our experiences during our numerous, uncomfortable but fun trips surely created fond memories I would treasure forever.
As a trio, we've gone mountain climbing in Mt. Arayat and Mt. Manabu, had backpacking trips in Ilocos Norte. Other times, we'd go with my other friends who are also avid traveler…

My Dear Zambales

With its bountiful natural resources, not so crowded beaches and its cheery, friendly locals - I find myself falling in love with Zambales - These are the same reasons why it's one of my favorite places to disappear. There's just too many wonderful places to see!


One of my fondest trips in Zambales was on a hot summer, two years ago when I rode an ordinary public bus with a family friend who I consider as my sister. I believe that was her first backpacking trip. From Manila, we rode an aircon bus from Pasay, then got down in Olongapo and boarded an ordinary bus to Sta. Cruz, the last municipality in Zambales which comes before the province of Pangasinan.


The bus ride, though humid and a bit uncomfortable, consoled us with great views of the ocean and mountainsides. It was such a delightful sight that I could not help but let a smile escape from my lips.

We stayed at the Seasun resort which I researched from the internet. It was still under construction at that time. At that tr…

Going Farther

When I was in grade school, I considered it a huge feat for discovering this huge vacant lot within our village with tall grasses and trees sprawled around it. It looked like a mini forest and I felt strongly drawn to it. Me and my cousin got there on foot. We just walked out of the house – at the time when kidnapping was at its peak and weren’t allowed to wander very far. That day, we somehow managed to escape the eagle eye of my mother and walked as far as our little feet could take us. Our gears back then were a reliable pair of girly slippers and cotton shirts and shorts. We were tired and sweaty by the time we got there but the blow of the wind and the sight of nature amidst an urban setting recharged us and we made our way back home safely as if nothing happened.

I then got into the Girl Scouts movement where I didn’t excel. I was assigned the boring posts. I’m either the cheerleader or the grub leader. Back then, everybody knew it’s the patrol leader who does everything. Haha!…

Philippine Beach Football National Championship in Boracay!

"Finalists from all legs will compete in the 2010 National Beach Football Championship which will be held in Fairways & Bluewaters, Boracay on October 15-17. There are side pocket events such as International Footvolley where countries like Spain, Singapore and Brazil will participate and a Guinness World Record attempt on the longest Beach Football Game. All in all, the BFAP will be bringing more than a thousand football spectators including local and international players, team and league officials, media, and game personnel to bring the biggest beach football spectacle of the year in Boracay."
Event Highlights:
• 1 weekend of Competition, National Beach Football, International Footvolley and the Guinness World Record attempt on the longest beach football game.
• Players: top football teams in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, teams from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, International Footvolley Players residential communities
Please contact the BFAP Secretary General - r…

Philippine Online Contests 2010 (and Overseas)

Four months left in 2010 and there is no stopping of the good things that are coming your way!

 I was browsing the web  when I came across several online contests that sparked my interest because the prizes are amazing! I am also including some seat sales and other interesting announcements on this list.

1. World Nomads (travel insurance provider) - all you have to do, is share something about a previous trip that went oh so wrong! Contest details here
What you can win :
Option One
Give Back: Go native in Fiji
Join the Tribe in Vorovoro, Fiji with Tribewanted.com, living on the beach and learning local Fijian customs.
Option Two
Learn a Skill: Tango in Argentina
Study Spanish and Argentinean Tango with GoLearnTo.com in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.*
Option Three
Immerse Yourself: Discover Turkey
Discover the Turkey Trails with Tucan Travel, an authentic travel experience mixing culture and history.
Option Four
Get Off the Beaten Path: Cycle through Cambodia

2. Pantene I Commit to Chang…

The TNF Thrill of the Trail Bohol Experience

I'm back from a great weekend in Bohol which was a mixture of work and play. I was there for the R.O.X. Signature Tours First Bohol Promotional Tour and to participate in the trail running event organized by The North Face.  My joints are aching but I'm wearing a proud smile on my face. It was one hell of a trail made even more challenging by our lack of training. Haha! What's new?! (Not that I'm proud of lacking the discipline to train).

Me and two other close friends joined the 22 KM Trail run division. It was only our second time to join a that category. The race was held in Danao, approximately two hours away from Tagbilaran city.  There was also a 10 KM division which would have sufficed our capacity but we opted for the longer route because views are so much better when you take the more ardous trail and that's the only reason why we chose it.  
 I haven't trained in weeks because I was busy with several things (excuses, excuses) but what I was banking on…

First Time on A Horse

I used to detest horses. I occasionally ran into them on mountain climbing trips. They block the trail, they’re smelly and they poop everywhere.I also don’t like seeing them on movies as well and unless I have no other option, cowboy movies are a no-no for me.
All these changed when I was finally able to mount a real horse while in Bukidnon. We went to this resort farm called Cuadra and my hosts introduced me to this horse. I was told that it competes in show jumping events.
First time I approached it, I felt intimidated with its massive body. The cowboy told me that it was okay for me to touch its face. And so I did. Its texture was soft and its eyes – gentle. I couldn’t help but be charmed by it. Then I was asked to ride it. I had to step on a chair because it was so high and I had no riding experience. I was afraid I might hurt it because I had to grab on to this handle which was on its back to finally get on top of the horse. I felt like a princess as I sat on its back. Then we walk…

Needs to Go

"Many a man gets to the top of the ladder only to find that it's been leaning against the wrong wall." This is an excerpt from the book I'm currently reading - Million Dollar Habits by Robert Ringer. 

Right now, I am that man.

'Nuf said.