Saturday, 6 December 2014

Thank You Thank You Sainyo

Christmas came early for me as I was nominated for the Davao Blog Awards Lifestyle Category. I'm so flattered and humbled to be included in the list especially when I discovered who are all those bloggers who nominated me; mind you they're the bloggers who I looked up to, so it's such heart-warming.

On the other part when I saw the other nominees I somehow felt like an underdog hehe. First of all they have their own domain with great blog layout and they're very good with writing -- I myself am a fan of them, it's such an honor to be in the list with them. They're all brilliant bloggers.

I on the other hand have my own struggles from every inch of my space. Say for example my header; I always find myself wanting to change it from time to time, thank Heavens I have Koii Canarias of Tsada Mag to do it for me and for free haha (I don't know what to do without you Koii). Also my blog layout it's so bare, I tried to follow youtube tutorials but I just can't get it I simply suck at it boohoo. I end up to be 'the minimalist' convincing myself that 'less is more' (using sweet lemon as defense mechanism haha). Also, I've been using DSLR for the longest but I always place it in automatic setup or use the fixed lens for auto-focus. I don't have that glossy retina display-ready photos and the only thing I know about photoshop is adjusting the light (I regret those days when I took my photoshop class back in my high school year in Ateneo for granted, hi Ms. March de Ramos ahihi miss you!) I'm also aware that I'm not the cool kid type who knows how to use the ghetto language or not even the smartest one with highfalutin words, in fact highfalutin is already highfalutin for me lol. I always try to write like I'm talking to you in person and also I try to keep negativity out --one way of doing those is by using the ahahaha ahihihi hehe bwahahaha which sometimes gets to be annoying at some level :))) Even with those limitations of mine, I'm surprised and even more thankful for these guys who believed in me and to you also my dear readers who constantly visits my blog -- you guys inspires me even more.

Thank you for sticking on me and wasting your time reading my frivolous blog.
(Can't wait to be back on track and power blog leggooo).

Davao Bloggers thank you for opening doors for me :)
And congratulations to the winners in advance!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Up up and away (Sarangani Paraglide)

How time flies, it's already the last month of the year and here I am just about to start blogging all my adventures of this year. If only there's such a "backlog queen award" I'm pretty sure I'll get nominated for it haha. Anyway contrary to my lack of updates here on my blog, I've been on a jam-packed adventure, which deserves to be posted here. I'll try my very best to power blog before the year ends :)

So to start I'm going to share to you the best thing I did in my entire life so far!
Last October I went to Sarangani. Sarangani Province is 3 hours drive from Davao -- it is known for its rich marine resources. It's a great diving spot and a hot spot for beach parties, but more than that there lays an adventure we need to get off our bucketlist, and yes I'm talking about the paragliding.

We stayed at Sarangani Highlands Garden, but if you're backpacker or on a tight budget I suggest you stay at the tent city, it's also a good addition for adventure seekers. The flying site is located at Saffi Ranch-1 Maasim Sarangani Province.

We were up as early as 6 a.m. and headed to the flying site around 7 a.m. As we arrived at the entrance of the ranch, there was a 4x4 minivan waiting for us. From there we were brought to the first station, it is where the landing spot is located. We rested for a while in a cottage and had a mini meet and greet with the pilots. We were greeted with all smiles by the three tandem pilots Titoy, Carlaa and Joseph. They were very professional and friendly. After the meet and greet they immediately oriented us with the key points in flying. As we were all set, we right away headed to the flying station located at the top of the mountain. We rode the van, passed by the crooked, steep bumpy road -- lakas maka-off road adventure haha.

When we arrived at the flying site we immediately suited up. As my tandem pilot was securing the gears he was also calming my nerves. Though in my case I wasn't scared, in fact I'm super excited to run off the cliff and fly. The only problem was I have a petite frame and since we were up against the direction of the strong wind, the assist pilot had no choice but to drag me upon launching haha.
When we were already soaring the feeling was indescribable. Being up in the air was the best feeling I felt by far. My eyes can't describe how beautiful it is to see the things from that angle. I was welcomed by the scenic view of the Sarangani Bay, picturesque terrain of the mountain with mixture of greens and whites brought by the trees, grass and limestone - it was just breathtaking. The air whispering on my ears, the sun shining all over the place, it was the most magnificent angle one could possible see - just stunning.
I'm so kilig!!!!!!!! I don't care anymore how stupid I look all I know is it's the best feeling and I don't want to go down anymore lol :)))))

 Meet my tandem Pilot Carlaa he made my paragliding adventure even more memorable. Thank you for going extreme sir! He turned from left to right, he even offered me to try to maneuver the parachute, which of course I tried to but failed to reach the handles haha. We chatted a little bit he encouraged me to shout then pose from time to time since we have a gopro with us. If you don't have a gopro just relax don't fret because you'll still be able to capture your breaking-free moment (they'll be providing the gopro, also a cd with the photos and video in it ---all part of the package). And when we were about to descend he asked me if I want to go on a 360 degrees (of course I said yes! haha)  we immediately went for it. Grabe hands up bow down to this Filipino talent.

Oh btw before I even forget please do support them as they will compete for the World Cup for the Paragliding Accuracy. Philippines will be the host for the said event this coming March 2015 and it will be held right on Sarangani! How cool is that?!
During the landing we weren't able to hit the white landing bulls-eye spot but nonetheless it was a great landing, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. The moment we landed I can't help but pose with double thumbs up and okay na okay sign, I guess I was really on high haha. I stayed up there for 10 minutes and I can honestly say it was the best 10 minutes of my life.

I went home with a happy heart and bragging rights of course haha. And until now every time I look at the photos and watch the video, I still get the same high I had. Indeed an adventure you should never miss.
P.S. You're not getting any younger so run off the cliff and fly! Also we Filipinos are lucky that we have the best paragliding spot, no need to travel that far!
While waiting for others I went for a drive. It feels good to be able to drive this baby!
I had the whole place all for me. Now I know how it feels to have a ranch and to be an heiress even for a minute or two haha.

For bookings and inquiries call or text globe: 0917-327-011 sun: 0922-807-1961/ 0933-373-6871 look for Titoy Romano. Add them up at facebook:

P.S.S thanks Tsada Mag for the feat. and the video :)
and this adventure wouldn't even be possible if not for the JMOA and the power Drive 7.

Let's keep chasing the sun guys! Have a great week.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

DOMEX Fiesta

Community welcomes arrival of clean toilets in “Fiesta” video

It’s a scene typically played out during fiestas: People rushing to the streets, drawn to the sound of a marching band. Everyone is smiling, eager to see the “star” of the celebration. But instead of showing the face of a movie celebrity, a beauty queen or a politician, the video reveals an unlikely, yet welcome sight—a new, clean toilet facility.

Aptly titled “Fiesta”, the Domex video, produced by Unilever Philippines, is available on Youtube and shows how underprivileged Filipinos welcome the “arrival” of clean toilet facilities in their communities. “The video aims to make people realize the value of a toilet which most of us, unfortunately, take for granted,” said Dennis Chua, Domex Brand Manager.

The “Fiesta” video contributes to the efforts of Domex’s One Million Clean Toilets Movement. Each unique view translates into a pledge for the advocacy campaign which collects pledges from households to conscientiously maintain their own hygienic bathrooms. For every pledge received, Domex will donate P5 to UNICEF’s sanitation program, towards improving access to basic sanitation in deprived areas around the world, including the Philippines.

“By watching the ‘Fiesta’ video and asking our friends to watch it, we are not only raising awareness for toilet appreciation and sanitation, more importantly, we are helping less privileged communities gain access to clean toilet facilities,” said Benjie Yap, Unilever Foods and Home Care Vice President.

Clean toilets, germ-free communities
All over the country, people are welcoming the construction of new toilet facilities and the repair of dilapidated ones, since becoming aware of its role in disease prevention, especially among children.

According to the Department of Health, of the estimated 3,420 diarrhea-related deaths among Filipino children under 5 every year, around 2,000 could have been prevented by access to safe water, improved toilet sanitation and personal hygiene.

“This video should serve as a wake-up call for most of us. The little things we take for granted, like having a clean toilet, could mean the world to others and could definitely help save lives,” Chua said.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Tweak Week

Yesterday I attended two blogging events. One is the celebration of the Basti's Brew and the other is the pre-relaunching of the 'New' Bulgogi Brothers -- which I'll be blogging about this coming week. I wore a laid back outfit, nothing fancy just in for pure comfort. This was taken inside the Bulgogi Brother in SM Lanang.
Top: Mags | Shorts: Levis | Bag: XOXO | Watch: G-shock | Sneakers: SM department

I made a fine adjustment since I have been transferred at the Emergency Room particularly in the Trauma department. It wasn't easy and it will never be easy but I'm loving the challenge so far. I finally get the adrenaline rush and the "let's save lives" that I've been looking for years (so deep, I know hahaha).

It could be fun but it could also get super stressing for my body, hence the haggard looking face. I'm not good with applying make-up, so please just bear with it haaaaaay. Anyway I'm planning to straighten my hair hopefully by next week before my family and I head to Saranggani (I'm so excited with the paragliding I just hope the weather won't get in our way *crossing my fingers). And also I've already set an appointment to Precioso Spa for a body scrub with bleach and whole body massage by the end of the month. I'll try to make an update here on how I will handle the stress and what are my ways to de-stress.

If you've been a reader of my blog you'd know that I'm known for wearing heels, and just recently I lost it (my mojo in strutting my thing--heels). It's maybe because my body especially my feet need all the rest I could get and by not wearing heels would probably be the best I could possible give to my myself---well at least for now :)

About the fine adjustment that I've stated earlier, there will be a change with my ways in blogging. I've somehow moved forward and into lifestyle blogging. Say for example the mix of travels, leisure, food and laid back outfit posts, all of it just show the revamping of my life.

Welcome to my life and I hope I could still be apart of your lives even just for a minute or two.

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