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Gear Test : Keen Venice H2 at Mt. Batulao

Keen Philippines, a footwear brand that originated in the US,  has asked me to do a product test on of their new arrivals, Venice H2.  As I've been contemplating of getting a footwear that's cute and hiker-friendly, I got excited about the whole thing.  
Two days after getting a fresh pair, I set off with two friends to Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas for a quick hike. 
Excellent Traction Footwear We went up via the longer, old trail and took a shorter trail down. The initial section was muddy but I had no issues at all in negotiating the slippery parts. We also passed a steep portion of the trail a few minutes away from the summit which involved nearly 90 degrees of vertical rock climbing.  It's probably around 10 feet long or less but it was scary! Good thing the soles had excellent grip. 

Comfy, Soft Soles
We hiked for a total of 4 hours and I didn't get any blisters. It's soft on the soles and the strappy parts that were up against my feet rubbed gently against my …

Choose Philippines Version 2 Launch

Last May 7, I attended the launch party of the new Choose Philippines website which will be out on July 9, 2013! :) On the beta version, the website will host a lot of useful travel information that will help and encourage everyone to explore the Philippines first. :)  

Do watch out for announcements on their Facebook page

"Choose Philippines is a movement dedicated in the promotion of the Philippines by showcasing the best examples of our country's travel destinations, cuisine, culture, festivals and people." - Choose Philippines FB Page. 

The launch party reunited me with blogger friends and gave me the chance to meet new ones. 

Below's a photo from the ice cream eating contest which me and my partner Michael won (the guy in red). Hehe! I later learned that Michael and his good looking friends are in this entertaining YouTube series of  their misadventures around the Philippines. Check it out here. Do watch! :) 

Here's a video that sums up what happened during the…