I Did Not Succeed As a Nurse. So What? Part 2

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

When people ask me what my course in college was, I tell them one thing. When asked about my current job, I tell them another. And then everybody gives me a second look in awe or most likely in utter disbelief and blurts out, "As in?! Ang layo!"  Kung sa Bisaya pa, "atik?! layua ui!"

I participated in a survey from students who are conducting a study about people who changed career paths after graduating in college. I thought of posting it online because it just might inspire other people who figured out their college course isn't all they want after graduating. So here goes.

And oh, what you will read below are not the exact words I wrote on the questionnaire.
BSN 3C. First duty at Delivery Room, DRH

What is your course and where did you study?
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (major in Dancing. Haha, Kidding!), Ateneo de Davao University.

Why did you choose this course? 
I wanted to take Medicine. Since my folks wanted me to study in AdDU, I only have two choices for my pre-Med course, B.S. Nursing and B.S. Biology. I chose the former because nurses were so in demand abroad at that time (actually, that was my deciding factor). Plus, I would still be able to land a job to greener pastures in case I don't pursue Medicine. Unlike the latter, there's not much I can do with a Biology degree if I didn't make it to Medicine. Where do Biologists in the Philippines work anyway?

Top Ten Summer Favorites

Sunday, May 21, 2017 10 Comments A+ a-

This summer has been the summerest so far. The sweltering heat and my tan lines just said it all. But more than that, I was able to do a lot of things and see a lot of beautiful places.

Picture this... On the first day of April, I went beach bumming at Island Garden Resort in Pangubatan. Two weeks later, I completed a Basic Mountaineering Course, which includes camping, trekking, and rappelling. Then I went diving the whole day at the Taklobo Farm and Coral Gardens just a week after that. The next day, I found myself on a spontaneous road trip with friends and spent a day and a half riding the waves of Dahican. And then the week that followed got me more and more sun-kissed in El Nido. And since summer isn't over yet, this weekend was spent for a much needed rest and relaxation in Isla Reta. (Hashtag that QuotaKaNaSarah)

The last two months were the busiest and have gotten me overdosed with vitamin sea. But I definitely had a blast! And I think I enjoyed it even more because of these top ten favorites that have been rockin' my summer off.

1. Swimwear from Mermaid Catalogue
Swimwears are one of my guilty pleasures. I think I have more than what I need. And among all those rash guards, one-pieces, and tankinis that I have, this bikini has got to be one of my favorites:
El Nido, May 2017
When you have this kind of view, being toasted is the least of your concerns.
I love how it looks classy, sexy and wholesome at the same time. I got this from Mermaid Catalogue. And I swear, if only I have a lot of money, I would buy their entire collection - which is, by the way, also worn by celebrities and known bloggers and personalities. Anyway, I'm glad I don't have to look far for that perfect Instagrammable bikini without busting a budget. They are just within arms reach, ordering from their website is such a breeze.

Challenges of a Public Speaker

Friday, May 19, 2017 1 Comments A+ a-

I change my mind.

I do not dream of becoming a sports and outdoor TV host anymore.

This is the third time in a row that I am invited to speak in public. And I wouldn't say I'm good at it. I just watched my last public speaking stint and boy, was I so fidgety. I can hear my voice tremble. Maybe it was the lack of preparation. Maybe it was the air conditioner in full blast. Maybe it was the stomach ache. Or maybe I am just not cut for it.

I am not eloquent enough. I get tongue-twisted. I am easily distracted. And people might think I suck. But you know what? I will still do it anyway because for some reason, I feel so alive whenever I am on stage - even if it's something I know I'm not really good at.

Yes, I no longer dream about becoming a sports and outdoor TV host because I'm starting to realize it. Or at least, napapractice ko na. That's a step. And I know I will get better in time. :)

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Anyway, our first run last month was a success. They want us back to speak again. I guess, I didn't really screw it up after all.

So, if you are a working millennial and currently in Davao who likes to travel, come join us on May 25, 6-8pm at Lispher Inn. Get some travel tips from me and co-blogger Renz of thetravelingnomad.com.

For seat reservations, visit, like, and message M3 page.

See you there!
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She Bangs

Monday, May 15, 2017 3 Comments A+ a-

I once trimmed my bangs back when YouTube tutorials do not exist yet. I wanted to sport the same bangs like the celebrity most kids looked up to - she's no other than the legendary mother of all jologsJolina Magdangal. And no doubt, I had the most perfect bangs ever. I was even certain I looked like a celebrity.

Only, it was this celebrity:

What's Up, Doc?

Thursday, May 11, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

I already told myself a million times that I'll never ever take any advice from Google whenever I feel something unusual in my body. It's a terrible idea. But if you knew me very well, then you'd know what I would do. And I did what I shouldn't have.

I have a pancreafuckintitis.

Hiking Taraw Cliff

Saturday, May 6, 2017 6 Comments A+ a-

I think scaling mountains on our anniversary is an unspoken thing. It's never in our intention to hike every anniversary, but it happens all the time.

I guess, part of it is the need to pause from climbing the corporate ladder and have a breather. Another part is simply because we have always been in constant search for adventure and we love doing offbeat things together.

So for our third anniversary, Jan and I conquered El Nido's highest, the Taraw Cliff.

Taraw Cliff, El Nido


I would say we are truly blessed that we don't have to go too far to experience one of the world's greatest wonders. I am so grateful to have experienced El Nido first hand (and with the one I love). And to see such magnificence from a bird's eye view made us so alive. However, getting there is quite an ordeal (as what I've heard from a first-time climber).

Oh, El Nido!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5 Comments A+ a-

I wonder how many pieces of my heart have I got left because I keep on leaving them everywhere I go.

This time, I left my heart in El Nido.

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido wasn't really part of our travel plans this year. Yes, we've always wanted to go to El Nido but not anytime soon. I guess, luck was on our side and the impulse to explore something new was so strong, we unexpectedly made El Nido happen, not to mention sooner than expected.

Tres

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3 Comments A+ a-

Almost all of our trips were unplanned. But the latest one is the most spontaneous of all.

Two days before the long weekend, Jan and I were still unable to decide whether to celebrate our 3rd anniversary in Asik-asik Falls in North Cotabato or Cape de San Agustin in Governor Generoso.

Asik-asik falls is unique, stunning, and unspoiled. But a visit there only takes a day and after that there's no place else to go around North Cotabato. Not for a romantic celebration for that matter. Yes, we want to see this together but I think it's best to go there with friends.

Cape de San Agustin, on the other hand, could give us the romantic vibe because of the scenic and peaceful beach. But then, two days is already enough for that trip. And we have four days to spend. 

Then Palawan happened.


Jan: Hui! Asa ta karong weekend? (Hey! Where are we going to spend the weekend?)
Me: Wait. Mag-research ko. (Wait. I'll search for places.)
*after a few hours of being torn between two places*
Jan: Mag-Palawan na lang ta? (Let's go to Palawan then?)
Me: Taraaaa! (Let's goooo!)

Yep, just like that.

Two days after that discussion, we flew all the way from Davao to Palawan and had the best, amazing (and dramatic) time of our lives.

So here's to us and to more years and places to conquer! Happy 3rd! :)
May 2016 - May 2017
I think I am getting less and less cheesy with every year that pass (you might want to read my previous anniversary posts: Uno, Dos). But don't worry, my love. I love you more today than I did yesterday. Tinatamad lang talaga ako. Haha

What Happened?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

I promised myself I will become a better blogger. And by that I mean, take better pictures like how most bloggers would do.

I've been going places and doing stuff lately that would have been blog-worthy. But I failed big time.

Just a few weeks ago, I took a Basic Mountaineering Course and had my first ever rappelling experience at Tagbaobo Falls.  And then last weekend we had an awesome diving experience at the Taklobo Farm where I saw the biggest and most fascinating giant clams my whole life.  I came home with hives and a puffy face from eating too much seafood while island hopping at Samal. And right now, I am 50 shades darker from spending a day and a half basking under the sun in one of my favorite beaches in the world, Dahican.

But why haven't I blogged about this when I had all the time?

Five words: I. Do. Not. Have. Photos.

I don't have photos that will make the reader want to read my post. You know, save you those long and boring posts and just let the photos to do all the talking - specially now that I'm starting to become lazy with words.

Well, at least, I have one decent shot:
Dahican Surf Resort

Make Your Own Chocolate at Malagos Chocolate Museum

Thursday, April 20, 2017 2 Comments A+ a-

Honestly, I am not a big fan of chocolate, unless it's dark. I'll take a Caesar Salad any day over a milk chocolate. Yeah, I do have a weird taste. I mostly say no to anything sweet.

But then, who am I to say no if given the chance to know how the "food of the gods" were made?

Ladies and gents, Davao is more than just the durian, pomelo, and mangosteen. We've got the best and most distinct-tasting chocolates here too. So if you are in for a literally bitter-sweet treat, may I present to you the first and the only Chocolate Museum in the Philippines!

The 230-square-meter museum is seated inside Malagos Garden Resort, just beside their Chocolate factory. So if you have been curious how their delicious, award-winning chocolates are made, step in and learn how the sweet magic happens.

The Chocolate Museum will help promote not only our locally-produced chocolates, but the awareness of cacao farming as well, which in the long run will open more job opportunities.

Here are some snaps inside the museum:

How Travel Changed My Life

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3 Comments A+ a-

Traveling did not change me.

I have always wanted to travel but adulthood caught me completely off guard. I would have considered myself successful though because I have a job that pays - only if it wasn't slowly taking my life away. I realized life is too short to be stuck daily in traffic and hating my boss. The world is too big for one lifetime that I would never want to end up regretting not doing the things I could have done. I longed for freedom. And so, I created mine.

I traveled one place after another to make a temporary escape from routine, cultural norms, social paradigm, work... pretty much everything adulthood has laid before me and be gone somewhere else where life is completely different. Well, it is indeed different.

I was welcomed with uncertain hitchhikes, uncomfortable habal-habal rides, slow buses, suicidal vans, delayed flights, and nauseating boat rides that have slowly opened my eyes to the ugly truth about traveling. How it isn't really an escape. How it pulls you back to reality. The reality not every traveler really talks about.
Balut Island overlooking Sarangani Islands
Traveling usually looks exciting and Instagram drool-worthy. Well, in some ways, it absolutely is. But traveling is not always pretty. It isn't always a journey to paradise as I would have hoped. It chews on your bank account and feeds on your time. It is physically and mentally draining. It can be disappointing. Heartbreaking, even.

4D4N Travel Budget and Things to Do in Singapore

Friday, April 7, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

A few months ago, I read Budget itinerary: 5 Days in Singapore for P9,500 and got excited about it. Who wouldn't?! We're talking about Singapore here. It got me optimistic that I wouldn't go home broke after our trip. But it's a good thing I've read quite a few blogs that led me to a conclusion that a 9,500 budget for 5 days in Singapore is impossible. And just imagine the horror if you get offloaded at the immigration for not bringing enough money to fund your trip.

While $10 USD is more than enough to get you a room for some Asian countries like here in the Philippines, the same amount is just enough for two meals in Singapore. Singapore is undeniably expensive. But with its clean streets, efficient mass transportation system, superb food, and interesting attractions, it is definitely a place you don't want to miss.
Things to do in Singapore

When we booked a flight to Singapore, we told ourselves that we'll go on a budget-friendly trip. Honestly, we tried. But making the most out of Singapore and budgeting don't really go well together. In short, we went a little over our budget but I would say it was definitely worth it.

So in this post, I will show you the things that we did, places we visited, how much have we actually spent, and how ridiculous it is to set a budget for a 5-day trip to Singapore for less than Php10,000 (airfare included).

A Simple, Peaceful, and Romantic Getaway at Island Garden Resort in Pangubatan, Samal

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8 Comments A+ a-

Whew! That's a long title. But not as long as the road that we took just to get to this paradise.
Island Garden in Pangubatan Samal


Situated more than 40kms away from Babak, Samal, the Island Garden Resort in Pangubatan is not known to many (at least for me). I've never heard about this resort until Jan's office mates decided to have their quarterly event here. But for some reason, the event didn't push through - which could only mean, Jan and I ended up having the whole weekend all to ourselves!

To My Favorite Human

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

"It's not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving. I'll tell you one thing: It's always better when we're together"

I would definitely say everything is a hundred times better when we are together. Back then, all I thought is that every relationship entails a lot of work. But with you by my side? It's amazing how things can become light and breezy.

Today is your birthday. And I know you aren't really hyped about birthdays. But I just want the world to know that I am thankful for this day because your existence made a huge difference in my life. I am genuinely happy and contented in more ways than I could imagine.

There are so many things I wish I could remember to thank you for. But let me start with this: THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME. Thank you for giving me the kind of love that only few people are lucky enough to have. You may not be the sweetest man I have ever met but you are definitely the most sincere.

Thank you for extending your love to the people I love, to my friends, my family, and especially to Rhett. I guess, I have take back what I said. Yes, you are not the creative-romantic type and all, but this is really sweet.

Thank you for always taking good care of me, for listening and sitting through my rants, for always being there for me, and for being my number one (perhaps my only) fan.

The things you do for me, and the love, support, and inspiration you shower me propel me past my fears, dramas, and insecurities. I wouldn't be where I am right now if not for you. Keep being the wonderful and kind-hearted man that you are and I will keep growing as the woman you have helped me become - better, stronger, and more beautiful than ever.

You are not perfect. But I love you and your flaws without doubt and without restrictions. And I couldn't be more thankful that you are doing the same. You are, and will always be, the love of my life. I know I don't say this often, but whenever I say I love you, I mean it. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, JAN! And even if you think that I have already loved you with every part of my being and with all that I can, there is still, and there will always be, a room to love you a little bit more.


Happy birthday, my love!

I wish you happiness, success, good health, and a lifetime full of adventures with me. Stay awesome, handsome!


The Sunday Currently Vol. 7

Sunday, March 19, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

No one's really interested about what I do on Sundays. But I'll write about them anyway.


CURRENTLY...  

Reading 
travel blogs about the places that I want to visit. Actually, I don't have solid travel plans. But I know something exciting is going to happen. The question about when and where still remains. But one thing is for sure, and I will quote my old friend Bilbo Baggins on this, I'm going on an adventure!

Writing
The Sunday Currently. I was supposed to write my a detailed itinerary from our Singapore trip but then I realized that I don't have a lot of photos to show. What happened to the promise of becoming a better blogger? I think I got too preoccupied with vlogging that I was not able to take photos at the same time. Either that, or I was just living the moment.

Listening
to 90s boyband hits. Backstreet Boys, The Moffats, Westlife, 98 Degrees, Boyzone, N'Sync anyone?

Watching
my first real vlog one week after I first launched it. Aaaand I just realized how shy I was. And it's something that my friends have noticed too. But I have an excuse: THAT WAS MY FIRST VLOG. And yes, it's really awkward when people stare at you. I hope I start not giving a shit about it soon because I can't wait to see my natural self in my upcoming vlogs. I promise to do better next time.

Thinking
about this one quote that caught my attention today: "You don't realize how poorly you've been treated in the past until someone comes along and treats you the way you should be treated." Damn. I still couldn't be thankful enough for having Jan in my life. :)

Hoping
for a positive and less stressful week.

Loving
this.

I did not spill that on purpose. And I'm going to eat that anyway.

Wanting
a drone. Is that too much too ask? Haha.

Needing
a much needed rest and sleep. My unexpected and unwanted guest is home. And he's been with me for almost a month now. Stop being too clingy, Insomnia. Just leave me alone already.

Feeling
Hungry. I'll be raiding the fridge after this.

Wishing
Jan a fruitful year ahead. Yes, his birthday is coming in a few days and I wish him good health, happiness, the good things in life, and more exciting adventures (that includes a lifetime with me. haha)

Clicking
why is this question even here?


I wish everyone a great week ahead! :)


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Singapore: My First World Refuge

Sunday, March 12, 2017 5 Comments A+ a-

As an Asian living in a third-world country, Singapore is definitely my first-world refuge. Here, you can experience fast and reliable internet connection, efficient transport system, clean streets, fresher air, and lower crime rates. Mind you, I was able to walk for more than an hour ALONE in the streets of Singapore at 3am just because I couldn't sleep. I decided to walk from our hotel to Mustafa Center just to pass time and tire myself. I came back still with complete limbs and 5 packs of chocolates. Yes, it is that safe. Although I would say I can do the same in Davao, the only difference is, Singapore is a hundred times more progressive.

Yes, life is definitely in Singapore. But it comes literally with a price. Singapore isn't cheap. It lives up to its reputation being a FINE CITY.  Fine law-abiding citizens, fine food, fine transpo, fine malls, fine streets, and yes, hefty fines. So if you think you can get away with a petty crime (even as light as jaywalking) just because you do not see a law enforcer around, think again.
Haji Lane ♥ Thank you so much Paymaya and Voyager Innovations for this cool bag! :)
I am glad Jan and I were able to discover and experience the fine things Singapore has to offer. Our goal is to travel more often and see the world and I'm glad we started off at Singapore.

Please stay tuned for our detailed itinerary in the incoming posts. For now, you just might want to watch my vlog. And if you like this video and want to see more of our travels, please subscribe to my channel. :)

Blue Cheese and a Week of Hell

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2 Comments A+ a-

Last Monday was the first time I ever had a blue cheese and I almost gagged. In front of scholars, businessmen, and the Australian ambassador to the Philippines. But since everything else on my plate was utterly delicious, I was able to compose myself, swallowed the cheese whole and immediately stuffed my mouth with the best Australian pie I ever had before disaster could ever happen - afraid that I may never be invited to such event again and be remembered as the girl who caused ruckus just because she cannot eat cheese (as if the overwhelming judgement I face regularly as someone who doesn't love cheese is not enough).
I cannot fathom how people could eat a mouthful of blue cheese as if it was just a chocolate or something. Cheeses cries! What's wrong with you people? And why do scientists have to conduct a study about why some people hate cheese like it's some rare and mysterious disease? How is it unnatural to naturally dislike cheese? Telling people you don't like cheese is like telling a devotee you don't believe in their god and they will spend all day persuading you to see the light.

Taking My Travel Adventures to the Next Level

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8 Comments A+ a-

2017 looks promising to me.

I am putting my travels to a whole new different level. And since I am not built to be a solo traveler, of course, Jan has to tag along with me too. Haha.

A Guilty Pleasure

Sunday, February 12, 2017 5 Comments A+ a-

I don't remember the last time I binge-watched over a tv series because I have never really watched anything since Burn Notice ended.

Call me a loser. I've never seen The Walking Dead, I couldn't even get past episode 1 of the Game of Thrones, I don't know what's strange about Stranger Things, and not even a single thought of jumping into the Korean drama bandwagon crossed my mind - which is probably a good thing.

But I ended up giving Riverdale a try. Seriously? I probably deserve a good punch in the face for missing on the good shows and giving this a second look, not to mention, time to blog about this. I'm not even into highschool-centric dramas (Mean Girls is an exception). But since I was a big Archie comics fan back then, I decided to watch the pilot episode after the teasers gave me a hunch that they got the characters wrong. And I was right.

I think I got emotionally traumatized for it did not stay faithful to the comics. Turned obviously straight characters into gays and lesbians (I'm not against LGBT). And filled what's supposed to be fun and innocent with sexuality and murder. So in the event that they turn Jughead into a vegan, then I'm done.

Honestly, I don't really like it. Teen soap and awfully cliched? I've seen likes of this before and it didn't go very well, at least for me. But I don't know how Riverdale seems to be so inviting I will be lying if I say I am not hooked. Perhaps because it's dark and edgy, and because somebody ended up dead that I would love to see where the show goes.

Well, I could just pretend it has nothing to do with the comic books that I devoured as a kid and just watch it as just another mystery tv series not because I have nothing better to do but because it's actually pretty good. And oh, some of the characters are hot af. That's good enough for me. ;)
Lazy sundays be like


Rabies Shots and a Jaywalking Ticket

Thursday, February 9, 2017 8 Comments A+ a-

I think my cat, Appa, thinks I am super adorable that he decided to bite me. Well, if I had it my way, that's how I would show my fondness to Jan too. Except, there will be no bleeding.

Appa is actually sweet and affectionate. He follows me wherever I am. He sits on my lap whenever I work. Snuggles beside me when I'm on my bed. And right now, alcsfnhacflhan ;j;dh;jhb[dtu[ he's helping me write this post. Awww... thank you so much, buddy! His sweetness makes me forget that cats are naturally shady characters. Perhaps, he was actually trying to murder me because his breakfast was not served on time. I did not see him the whole day, so I can only assume he's plotting his next move after a failed murder attempt.

But if my cat did not kill me, the rabies shots will. Google simply told me that one vial costs more than a thousand pesos and I need at least 3 shots for it. 4 if he's proven rabid (which I think he's not. I believe he's just a murderous, raving lunatic). The cost did give me a heart attack but not close to killing me though. Try harder, Appa.

Anyway, I rushed to the Animal Bite Center and had some tetanus and rabies shots. And surprisingly, I did not have to pay for the shots. Yaaaas! I just have to shell out Php 82.50 for the injection fee for all sessions. Then I went off my merry way knowing I just got off the hook from dying a horrific death.

Afterwards, I decided to have a burger for breakfast and walked mindlessly towards Jollibee when a CTTM Officer called my attention. And the next thing I know, I am scheduled to attend a mandatory pedestrian orientation for violating the city's Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance. I think I could've died of embarrassment while being apprehended in public. But I was just laughing inside my head asking what the fudge have I gotten myself into this time.

Well, shit happens. And it's a fact in life that we can never get away from. But it's not permanent. So that's okay. My mornings usually follow the same boring routine. A bite from a suspected murderous cat and a jaywalking ticket just added a little flavor to it. But I will certainly not have any of that ever again because it doesn't taste good. But hey, I had Jollibee's Chiken Joy for lunch with Jan at home... so it's not a bad day after all. :)


SarWrites' First Blog Giveaway

Sunday, February 5, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

It's February. Love is in the air! And since I love you guys and 2017 has already blessed me so much as early as February, I'm going to share my blessings with you!

I'll be giving away some really awesome stuff. So watch the video if you want to see what you can get if you join and win this giveaway:

This giveaway is free. You don't have to pay any fee or no purchase is necessary. But you need to complete three simple tasks to join:

1. Like SarWrites Facebook page.
2. Like and Share this photo. Remember to set your post to public.
3. Not required but highly appreciated to subscribe to my Youtube channel here. I know my channel is pathetic, but I'll be vlogging all my travels from now on. So yeah, magkakalaman din yan. ;)

Terms and conditions:
1. This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or any social media network.
2. This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. I will shoulder the shipping cost as long as it is covered by JRS Express or LBC.
3. I have the right to invalidate any entry that did not follow the mechanics.
4. The prizes are not convertible to cash.
5. The prizes are transferable (in case you want me to send these as gifts to someone).
6. The contest will end on March 9, 2017.
7. The winner will be raffled via RandomPicker. I will collate and base entries from those who liked and shared the photo. So make sure you set your post to public.
8. The winner will be announced here on my blog and on Facebook.
9. The winner will be contacted via Facebook. And in the event that the winner will not be able to respond immediately within 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited and I will be choosing a new winner via RandomPicker.

Good luck everyone!


Feb-ibig All Year Round

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 3 Comments A+ a-

I spent two days racking my brains out trying to fix a bug that I have coded. I already gave up on it, I wasn't willing to pull an all-nighter, and I was so ready to deliver a half-assed job.

Then Jan came to the rescue and it only took him less than an hour to fix the issue. While I was so amazed at his awesomeness, honestly, I felt so bobo at that time. Haha. Pucha bai, dalawang araw kong hinahanapan ng solution yun. Sa kanya, wala pang isang oras na solve nya na. Okay, for the record, I graduated with a degree in Nursing and was not schooled to develop websites. So I'll make that an excuse for that moment of kabobohan. Haha.  

But then, It can't be denied that he's really smart (intelligence is really sexy and it pays to have a smart boyfriend). But more than feeling so noob for not being able to fix a VERY SIMPLE bug, I felt so loved. He stayed up late at night with me even though it was already past his sleep time and mind you, he still has to work the next day. Well, it's not the first time he has gone the extra mile for me. It's not the first time he has done so much for me. It's not the first time he has pulled me right up whenever I start giving up. And I can't be thankful enough for having him in my life.

So now I am thinking... since his birthday is coming next month, I might as well buy this guy a helmet. Baka mauntog pa ulo nito at matauhan sa pagkahumaling nya sa akin. Haha.
Yes, a recycled image. Haha
Ang ganda ng pasok ng February ko. Feb-ibig is really in the air. But then, with him around? Feb-ibig goes all year round. :)

I wish everyone a month year full of love!


My First Vlog Ever

Sunday, January 29, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

I finally mustered the "confidence" to do a vlog.

It really isn't as hard as I imagined it to be. But perhaps, I got through it too easily that I think it sucks. Really.

No matter, I had so much fun doing this. I don't remember the last time I laughed for no reason at all and it took quite a few takes before I could get it done properly.

Please don't hesitate to tell me how much it sucks because that will really help me a lot. :)

And oh, please don't forget to subscribe.

Crabtastic and Crabsolutely Delicious Crabs in Town

Friday, January 27, 2017 2 Comments A+ a-

I pity those people with seafood allergies. They are missing a lot. Actually, I am allergic to crabs. But unlike others, I can still eat a bucketful without throwing up or blowing up like a balloon. I would just have a few really really itchy red spots all over my limbs that's just easy deal with. It won't send my lungs to an overdrive or worse, kill me. And that's a pretty good thing knowing my absolute love for crabs is non-negotiable.

A week ago, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps invited me and a few blogger friends to their private launching of their third branch here in Davao City. Of course, I would rather kill myself if I have to say No to it. Kidding! But it would really be a bummer if I missed it. This is Blue Posts we're talking about. I've heard great stories about this. It's something I definitely don't want to miss.

And the stories were right.

The food was so good, it's no surprise that I ate a lot.
Photo by Ria of diyosalife.com

DIY Pen Holder 2

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3 Comments A+ a-

Everybody knows that I am into arts and crafts. I can DIY whatever the hell I want. It's just that... I am lazy. And I don't have a lot of patience for it.

Today, I installed a new cork board and a whiteboard for my workstation - which is pretty boring. And even though I am lazy as can be, I can't have it that way. So to add a little pizzazz to it, I created a pen holder that will hold my whiteboard markers so that I don't have to reach far if I want to write something on it. I saw this somewhere on Pinterest and decided to make one myself.

And bam! My cute DIY pen holder:

DIY Pen holder

Materials you need:
- Cutter
- Scissors
- Empty shampoo bottle
- Art paper
- Glue
- Double-sided foam/mounting tape

I really don't have to make a detailed instruction on how to do it because the crafting part is pretty straightforward and I will leave the creatives up to you. But if you're feeling crafty and looking for something to recycle, I hope this post helped. :)

P.S.
You might also want to check the other pen holder I created last year: DIY Pen Holder


Mt. Capistrano Dayhike

Sunday, January 22, 2017 11 Comments A+ a-

Hanggang saan aabot ang bente pesos mo?

Sa Mt. Capistrano po.

Standing just around 600+ mASL, Mt. Capistrano has become a favorite hiking destination for newbies and seasoned hikers alike.

The unique rock formations at the summit urged me to climb this mountain even though I was advised not to do any hikes until my knee is fully healed. But then, you're talking to Sarah. When has Sarah ever listened? #WagGayahin

We originally planned to hike at 6AM. But since we wanted to catch the sunrise and be able to go to other places in Bukidnon, we decided to start trekking at 4AM (even without headlamps). Thankfully, our phones can also function as flashlights - which we were actually very reluctant to use just so we can still have enough battery to take photos with it when we reach the summit. Haha. Again #WagGayahin.

I am not lucky but...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 5 Comments A+ a-

While some people are exceptionally lucky to always win raffle draws, I am perpetually the opposite. Perhaps I'd be struck by a lightning a hundred times before I even get a chance to win a scratch off lottery game.

But then again, I am still lucky. Just in a different way.

Several days ago, I won a nationwide Blog Writing Contest from AirAsia Philippines. And this isn't the first time I've won a contest. I've won several quiz bees, Math challenges (I detest Math, though), extemporaneous speeches, sports (MVP and Best Goalkeeper), and poster-making contests during my prime childhood and teenage years. I've won quite a few international logo and web design contests, too. And in the recent years, I've bagged some nationwide and local blog awards.

Yes, it does sound like I am blowing my own horn here because I am indeed blowing my own horn. And I am not ashamed to admit that. But what I'm only trying to say is, I've never won a contest I didn't work hard for.

And this is how my luck comes in.

My luck came in the moment I won genetic lottery. My mom's a straight-A student and my dad graduated with a lot of degrees. Their combined genes produced good looks *wink* (although you don't need to know that). But more than that, I was lucky to be born to two hard-working parents who gave their best to send me to a good school. And since I had better education than most kids, I see how that made a perfect sense how well my talents and skills were honed.

I believe I am smart, talented, and skillful. But it doesn't stop at that. The hard thing about the kind of luck I have is that I have to orchestrate my own success. I cannot just rely my fate on the stars or lucky charms or mathematical patterns. I have to be the captain of my ship and do things not half-assed. So I hope you won't take it badly when people put their faces upfront to brag about their own successes and achievements (like what I am doing now). Because our achievements, no matter how big or small they are, are reminders that we are continuously improving. We worked hard for it, we tell the world about it. I think we all deserve that shining moment.

Even though I do not have the same luck as those people who won the lottery twice in a row, I would say I am blessed. I am blessed to have people in my life who inspire me and push me to become better. I am blessed to know that I am being valued. And that is enough to make me always look at life positively. I am blessed beyond compare and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Make your life your best masterpiece.


Laswitan Lagoon

Monday, January 16, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

I am beginning to think this blog is turning into a travel blog. Or a pseudo one for that matter. I haven't been writing a lot of my crazy thoughts lately and a handful of getaways are in store just this first quarter of the year. So yeah, go figure.

Anyway, to start the year right, Jan and I decided to go all the way to Cortes, Surigao del Sur to witness and experience something amazing and spectacular.

The stunning and jaw-dropping Laswitan Lagoon.
Laswitan Lagoon, Cortes, Surigao del Sur
Photo taken by my mom on a different date.

Kitanglad - Dulang-dulang Traverse (K2D)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

There must be a hundred blogs written about Kitanglad-Dulangdulang traverse already. And I will be using that as a lame excuse not to write another one.

I have to admit, I really don't know how to write a story anymore. While remnants of pain from the knee injury I got there still linger to remind me that it was not an easy climb, I do not know how to put into detail everything that happened during that climb. After all, it has almost been a month. So if you're here to know about our itinerary, how much time we've spent on the trails, yadda yadda... I am sorry but I will fail you at that.

But if you're interested how our K2D climb went, hop in. I can best summarize it into 3 words: Difficult. Exhausting. Rewarding.

Yes, very rewarding.

I'm pretty sure every blog written about it says the same.
Mount Kitanglad
Jan and I at the base of Mount Kitanglad

Photo Dump: The Best of 2016

Sunday, January 1, 2017 4 Comments A+ a-

2016 was a roller coaster ride. A lot of sh*t happened. But then again, a lot of great things surprised me too. And here are a few pages of the 365-page book that I have just finished writing.

First Quarter
L-R, top row to bottom
1. Salomon City Trail Run (12k)
2. Archery. Not bad for a first timer. ;)
3. Twas a dream come true to finally paint the walls of the streets
4. Strawberry picking at Baguio
5. Sea of Clouds at Mount Pulag
6. Won Electrolux's blog writing contest
7. Adopted this little fella and named him Appa
8. One day luxurious weekend getaway at Lorelei
9. My favorite human turned 31 ♥
10. Sunrise at Mount Apo
11. Ran for the rehabilitation of Mount Apo
12. Team building with Z fam at Maxima Aquafun