• Schengen Visa Refusal
    Barcelona,  Spain

    I Should Be in Barcelona Right Now

    My 101% confidence level was at an all-time high when I thought I wouldn’t have any problems with my visa application for our company trip to Barcelona this year. Imagine how bummed I became after receiving a Schengen visa refusal letter from the Spanish consulate along with my no-visa-attached passport a couple of weeks after my application. OVERLY OPTIMISTIC Truth be told, leaving the corporate world, which has became my life for a decade, to be a work-from-home mom is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. All the universe also conspired after I landed a job with Analytics Fire—a US-based software engineering company—as an Operations Specialist. Barely…

  • Surfing in Siargao
    Surigao del Norte,  What to do

    Surfing in Siargao (or not)

    Surfing in Siargao is probably an item in every Filipinos’ bucket list, and one of the first things that one does when in the surfing capital of the country. But when you already had that surf pinnacle, or your adventure-seeking self longs for something else, or you simply want to relax, what other things can you do aside from surfing? I went back to Siargao via Cebu Pacific, which is now offering direct flights between Manila and Siargao, for answers. Wave-spotting in Cloud 9 Whether you’re hoping to chill out and grab a cold bottle of beer or just admire nature’s awesomeness, Cloud 9 never fails. Locals and tourists flock to its boardwalk deck…

  • Cebu Pacific to launch Batanes route
    Batanes,  Collaboration

    Cebu Pacific to Launch Batanes Route

    Batanes—with its dramatic scenery, crashing waves and idyllic landscape—is on most travelers’ bucket lists. It’s also the newest Cebu Pacific destination! Cebu Pacific is set to launch Batanes route from Manila on March 25, 2018—just in time for the summer travel season. Batanes emerged as the most requested destination among netizens on social media in a crowdsourcing campaign Cebu Pacific launched last year, aside from being ready for commercial aviation and tourism. Using the hashtag #CEBFlyMeTo, netizens were asked which destinations in the Philippines they would want Cebu Pacific to fly next. Other popular choices among netizens included Daet (Camarines Norte), Mati (Davao Oriental), Bantayan Island (Cebu), San Vicente (Palawan) and Siquijor. All top picks were…

  • Collaboration

    Davao team wins Cebu Pacific Backpacking Challenge

    Three graduating college students from Davao City won the Juan For Fun (JFF) 2017 Backpacking Challenge, each taking home a Cebu Pacific Travel All-You-Can pass for unlimited local and international short-haul destinations for one year, plus pocket money from co-presenters GetGo and Union Bank. The three students—18-year-old Gloria Andrea Mendoza and 19-year-olds Christian Dominic Ang and Chyn Ira Crisostomo, comprised Team Juanton in the annual event presented by Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading carrier. Now on its sixth year, the Juan For Fun Backpacking Challenge brought teams of young adventurers on an epic, seven-day fun race across the country, with P40,000 in pocket money, Boreas backpacks, and Oppo camera phones. This year’s JFF…

  • Contests

    Great to be Eight

    One kid, six countries, eight years, and still travel blogging (or not). As you may have probably noticed, I haven’t written anything for the past months. I thought quitting my day job for nine years would let me become the full-time stay-at-home mom, virtual assistant, and travel blogger that I’ve always dreamt of, but it wasn’t the case. Juggling motherhood, three jobs (oh yes, I am a sucker for earning), and starting my own VA company all at the same time without a housekeeper and/or a nanny has been quite a challenge for me. That said, I haven’t find the time to share a photo essay let alone write something sensible. I know…

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