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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 …