Planks Around the World

I’ve always wanted to do fitness-related activities at home, but didn’t know how to start. I’ve always been on the skinnier side and was afraid that people might judge me. Thanks to Pilates, which I first learned of seven months ago through Cassey Ho’s Blogilates. I instantly got hooked and it immediately became a part of my daily routine that I religiously followed and enjoyed. I even created a new Instagram account (@hoopinpoppin) documenting my journey to a fit lifestyle because I was flooding @missbackpacker with photos of me stretching and splitting. Rowjie had been urging me to try yoga and I found it similar with Pilates in many aspects. Both Pilates and yoga exercises focus on flexibility, core strength, and endurance. It’s just that yoga also put emphasis on spiritual meditation. Aside from hooping, […]

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Mindanao, not the Island

Several days back, I got an invite to attend a short trip to Philippine Eagle Center in Davao and witness the turnover of Philippine Eagle Mindanao to Cebu Pacific. Just gotten out of bed, I thought the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is now being acquired by the country’s most popular low cost carrier. Since I still have several vacation leaves to burn and the year is about to end, I said yes.

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The Quezon City I Didn’t Know

I lived in Quezon City for a significant number of years and I didn’t know that there are a few other things you can do around the city aside from the usual tour in the Quezon Memorial Circle or food crawling in Maginhawa Street until recently. So, if you have nothing to do this weekend and you’re just residing in or near Kyusi, why not visit the following spots as a cheap alternative for an out-of-town trip.

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Microtel UP Technohub

I was heading toward what I thought was the location of the hotel I was looking for when someone yelled at me to call my attention. “Kuya, sa Microtel po,” I responded. The security guard manning the entrance gate politely asked me to come back and handed me a paper. “Pakita niyo lang po yan kapag may sumita sa inyo.” Apparently, unless you’re an employee there with a proper identification card, one cannot just walk around the area without this piece of paper. It was my first time in UP Technohub in Quezon City and didn’t know this policy. And though I felt like someone’s going to shoot me anytime, ironically, I also felt that I was out of harm’s way as I continued walking toward Microtel.

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Pin It Pinas!

A year ago, I did a freelance project for a startup website where I had to collect high quality images of offbeat places around the world. Halfway through the project, I realized that I should be listing down these places as I may visit them too, someday. Who knows, right? And what better way to bookmark the places than Pinterest?

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Where I have been this 2014

I started writing a draft for my yearender post mid-December of the past year and was able to come up with a few paragraphs already. I have been to Blah Blah on February, I visited Blah Blah on April, I was at Blah Blah last July. I was thrilled to finish it but then I realized, what do I really get from jotting down all the places I have been to? Reminiscing my 2014 takes me back to the wonderful places that I was so lucky to have visited but it just doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t make me feel happy.

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Scam City: Bali Edition

For the longest time, I was hesitant to go to Indonesia because of two things: Chyng Reyes’ horrific experience at the immigration and the country’s Islamic extremism. But then learning from our Singapore trip that opinions can’t always be right and besides the fact that Rowjie had been wanting to experience Indonesia, I finally shrugged off my uncertainties and booked tickets to their surf paradise that is Bali.

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