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On the Road : Toiletry Kit

I’m flying to CamSur tomorrow to join a 22KM Trail running event organized by The North Face and my bag isn't ready!
Being one heck of a lazy packer, I often put off packing up to the last minute and it’s not because I have an overwhelmingly busy schedule. In fact, I just came from a looong Holy Week break and I spent most of the days doing nothing. Oooh, well, I did clean the bathroom and grouped together my toys (my precious outdoor gears) so I guess I wasn't that lazy. 
How I wish my stuff will magically arrange itself and fit in my tiny green backpack. I've been staring at my pile of junk since I came home this afternoon and everything's still on the same place. Boo.
While I’m trying to gather some inspiration to pack, I’d like to share with you the toiletry kit I bring when I’m traveling.

This mesh bag came free with the Tribu sandals I bought back in college. I like it because I can easily hang it practically anywhere and it dries easily. See, some of the places I g…

A Gorgeous Morning Indeed!

I was in Subic last weekend for the Luzon leg of the 2011 Kicksand Beach Football tournament. Wohoo! It's my first time to play again after a year of rest from competitive football. I played for my club, LFC Alabang, which is an informal club comprised of ex-varsity players from the south.

It was the morning after a day of playing under the scorching sun and my body was sore - ah  the price you pay when you go against competitive and strong-willed  women!
After washing up, I set off to watch the men’s tournament who were scheduled to play at the beach a few blocks from our hotel. As I stepped out of the door, whoa!!! All I saw where all these guys  from one team stretching against the wall. Muscles of all sorts greeted me. I couldn’t even remember one face.
It was such an adoring sight which a football enthusiast , particularly a female football addict such as myself would gleefully appreciate.
I can only wish that every time I walk out the door, this type of wonderful view …

Gears : Deuter Friends

Solo traveling, though exciting and fulfilling can get lonely, especially when you're in a destination as beautiful as Batanes and you have no one you can easily share your reactions with. I took this photo inside my room at the Batanes Seaside Lodge & Restaurant during a business trip. It was off season in Batanes and there were not a lot of people in sight so I didn't have anyone to talk to.  I opted stayed in my room and geared up for a hike in Mt. Matarem at 1:00 P.M.  
While preparing, I noticed that I accumulated several gears from the same German brand - Deuter.They look adorable! (And no, this is not a sponsored post, I just love this brand so much that I thought I'd share this with people who are looking for the right backpack). These babies are just amazing that sometimes I feel like they're real people. I mean, put a stuffed Deuter on your back and you'll feel that it's partially carrying  your load, like a porter. Its technology is amazing!
The …

First Solo Camp-Out

Three years ago on a summer, I finally had the courage to fulfill a dream adventure of mine – camp solo!
The trip came in perfect timing as I had been feeling a need for another self-imposed solitude. Being away from familiar people can be such a liberating experience. Without the buzz of normal life, I am able to allocate time to think about stuff which I normally don’t delve in.
The place I chose was Anawangin Cove. I've been there several times (though, always with friends) and it has become one of my favorite places. It's like a second home, a place where I feel safe and at peace even if it has no cellphone signal or electricity. I've even made new acquaintances among the locals. I'm gotten pretty comfortable travelling to that place that I don't mind the 6 hours commute from where live.
I decided to go on a weekend as it never runs out of people on these days (I scare easily :P). The downside was, I had to rent an entire boat since I was traveling alone and coul…

Oh Dear April

April has always been associated with summer, my least favorite season as it’s always been hot and humid. But this year onwards, I swore to myself to dwell more on happy thoughts, so rather than spend the first month of summer mocking the heat, I decided to engage in several fun activities that will make me feel gleeful of the dry and humid weather.

Here’s my line-up for the summer :

April 2 or 3 – Best Food Forward Bazaar. What better way to start the first weekend of April by surrounding yourself with tasty treats?! :P

April 9 – trail run and hike a mountain

April 16 – play at the Kicksand Beach Football Tournament in Subic. Well hopefully – we’re still lacking a couple of players and I haven’t heard from the rest of the team. Anyway, even if I won’t get to play, I will still go to support my fellow footballers.

April 23-23 weekend – hmm, I don’t know. Maybe – travel solo or just sleep the weekend away! Doing nothing is such a luxury these days.

April 30 – Go somewhere nice in …