Showing posts from June, 2014

From Corporate Work to Nomadic Freelancing and Blogging

When I decided to quit my work in a financial company, I was determined and have resolved to myself to take another path. I wanted to pursue my dreams, to write, explore, and experience life. I don't want to regret later in life about the things I wish I did, or the dreams I could have turned into reality. I knew my decision to quit my then job was risky not just as others see it - but I myself, knew that it wouldn't be an easy path. Leaving behind the convenience, security of a stable job and income was scary; though I have to do it - I needed to make that decision.

I am not inferior to anyone when it comes to working in the corporate world. I can be good, very good in almost anything I do. I am not boasting but for the sake of honesty I am writing this (and of course I wasn't able to be excellent without the help of God - guiding me and giving me wisdom) with clear conscience I dare to write this. Anyone can be good at something, work hard with pure dedication and achieve…

Banapple with Chocolate Soy Smoothie

When I went to the market today to buy some fruits, I was hesitant to buy a banana for a smoothie or an apple. See my biggest dilemma in making smoothies isn't really finding noble ingredients to put in the blender;  rather it's mixing that will match my taste. 

I always want to try a variety, budget friendly and easy-to-do recipes. So, I argue with myself again, what kind of milk? Full-cream? Yogurt? Almond? Skimmed? Or just plain low-fat milk? "Why not try soy, yes! The chocolate one." It's a gut-feel and so I went to the nearby grocery store and bought myself Vitasoy, which for me taste better than the other brands. However, back at home - I realized this combination might taste weird! 

Banana and apple combined is divine, when these two are mixed together it reminds me of the delicious banapple desserts. On the other hand, chocolate flavored soy milk combined with apple? I don't know, but for me when apple is mixed with the wrong ingredient it taste awful. …

5 Reasons Why Solo Traveling is Good For You

Most people think it's strange to travel alone to an unfamiliar place, some will laugh at the idea and will say it's only for people who do not have family and friends. Others will completely shun the thought because they see it as no fun, dangerous, or expensive.

People think you're a weirdo and I know full well the feeling when friends, families, and colleagues look at you intently and say "are you serious?".

But for me, solo traveling is reserve to those courageous souls who not only wish to experience the beauty of nature but also wants to better understand themselves through their journey. I believe spending time alone in an unfamiliar place is essential for the mind, body and soul. 

I enjoy traveling alone as well as having companions; both allows me access to different experiences and life lessons. 

However, I believe at some point in our lives we should try to travel solo. I've listed five reasons below why everyone should try doing it.

It tests our courag…

Chasing Passion

I grew up in a province abundant with nature delights like waterfalls, rivers, mountains, a long stretch of shoreline that's surrounded by small islands. But my favorite go-to place was the beach. My beach. My personal beach. 

I have asthma and I used to have coughs that lasts at least a month. During my childhood years, my mother would always ask my older cousins to take me to the beach during weekends, early in the morning. She said staying at the beach on early mornings will make my lungs healthier because of the fresh air. I believed her, whenever I'm in the beach I feel stronger and I breathe easier. 

Eventually, the beach became my comfort zone; I started to swim by myself, I spent hours chasing hermit crabs, built castle sands or just lay down and watch the sky. I often went there, even alone sometimes. I remember back then, not a weekend passed without visiting my favorite place in the world. 

Today, I've visited several beaches in different parts of …

Bitten By A Travel Bug: What Wanderlust Really Mean, & the Difference Between Traveling & Touring

On my first official "mountaineering" climb, I realized that there's a bounty of pristine beauty and magnificence unknown to many. Sadly though, most people, especially us - Filipinos, doesn't have much enthusiasm exploring our own country. 

When planning a vacation; we seldom think about visiting a place we have never been to in the Philippines. I am by no means suggesting that traveling the world is a bad idea, but I couldn't think any worse than not knowing your own country. People around the world even call our archipelago a paradise; what a shame if we don't know why they say so.

I've observed a lot of people (and friends) prioritize out-of-the-country trips, which led many to be paralyzed trying to save as much just so they can afford that kind of getaway they deemed ideal. Having this kind of mindset only leads to frustration.

This, I think is the main reason why a lot of people resign to think that traveling can be inexpensive, fun and enriching. …