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20 April 2018

The One Where We're Under The Sea



Did you know that freediving is a thing? I didn't, until I saw posts on Instagram where people are swimming under the open waters with their long fins and, take note, no oxygen tanks. (!),Looking like mermaids and posting awesome photos/videos online from the bottom of the freaking ocean. I wondered how the hell are they able to hold their breath for so long under water, is it even possible?  God knows I am all for mad adventures and mad Instagram photos, but He also knows how much I love the ocean and swimming so you all know what happened next.

I looked online for freediving classes and a lot of groups and orgs popped up. I was like, woah, freediving really is a thing here! How come I never knew about it before? I kinda only knew scuba diving, but freediving, not really. So yeah, I did my research regarding freediving. I badly wanted to go, been planning this for months but all the planning didn't push through because, guess what? None of my friends wanted to try it with me at that time. I kept on waiting for a buddy to come with me but alas, my friends are losers. Hahaha, kidding, guys.

Fast forward to this year when I am now free as bird, lol. I have made my decision. I will go, with or without anyone. And I did. Went by myself. *slow claps* It is a proud moment for me because I (used to) never go out on my own, what more travel to the province by myself, ha!

Anyway, I booked my class and off I went.

I enrolled myself with Apnea Philippines. The instructors are certified PADI divers, so trust that you are in good hands. Take note, if you want to get into freediving, taking an intro class is a must! Never try it without having an introductory class. The class is for basic breathing techniques, which totally makes sense because if there are tips for holding your breathe underwater longer than you think you can, then yeah. Equalization, to fight the pressure as you go deeper into the sea, and also, meditation. Yep, kinda like yoga, freediving requires a relaxed mind and body. (The total opposite of surfers)

Watch the video below and watch how I did on my first time! I'm a bit embarrassed of how I was doing in this video, to be honest, it looks really bad! Wasn't sure if I was really ready to post it but for the gram, fam. Also, they recommend that the students have videos of their training so that they can review their dives and learn from them regarding what else needs to be improved.


My experience with Apnea was amazing! The instructors are really friendly, it just after one diving session and it feels as if you have found new friends! And although they do want you to really learn freediving, they would never push you to your limits unless you're up for it. Which is great because there will  be no pressure coming from them. The pressure is bad enough once you dive 4-5 meters below, adding pressure from the instructors to go deeper won't help, lol. So 2 thumbs up for the Apnea team! I will surely go back for the line training! I hope I can join future fun dives.

Photo credits to kuya na hindi napansin yung lens flare :))
The verdict - I am so happy with everything that's happened that day. I managed to travel all the way to Batangas by myself. I'm really getting the hang of this solo travel thing, I have never felt this kind of freedom before, it is so liberating. And of course, I'm glad that I finally had the courage to go and actually try freediving. Now I'm thinking of making it as my new hobby (for now, maybe take PADI in the future) I am so inlove with freediving that I was checking out diving gears as soon as I woke up the next morning, haha.

For Apnea Philippines inquiries:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Apnea.PH/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnea.ph/

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26 February 2018

Travel Guide: Mt. Binacayan- Mt. Pamitinan (Day) Twin Hike


Mt. Pamitinan Summit

If your squad is looking for a quick hiking adventure, Rizal is always the place to go. It's not too far from Manila, and you'll have options on which mountain you want to hike as if choosing from a menu lol. Now, I have already climbed up the summit of Mt. Maynoba and Mt. Cayabu, let me take you to another Rizal Favorite!
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09 February 2018

Monty Python’s Spamalot: Back by Popular Re-QUEST!



King Arthur is back, by popular demand with his “resplendently silly” (New York Times) quest for Holy Grail! MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, which treated local audiences to "a rollicking good time" (ABS-CBN News) last year, returns in April 2018—this time in a new venue. Starring multi-awarded actor/singers Rachel Alejandro, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, and Lorenz Martinez (among many others), the “hilarious” (Theater Fans Manila) Broadway musical import will play a ten-show run on Fridays (9:00 pm) Saturdays (3:00 and 8:00 pm), and Sundays (3:00 and 8:00 pm) from April 13 to 22 at the state-of-the-art Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater at the BGC Arts Center.




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15 October 2017

Sydney Diaries: My Point Of View

Hey, mates! Would you believe that's it's already been 3 weeks since I moved here in this lovely city of Sydney? For sure, time flies when you're 3 hours ahead of everyone you know, hahaha. So this is what it's like living in a different time zone. So anyway, I haven't had the thought of blogging for like a month (maybe more), and I blame Kdrama and 지창욱! Obviously, I'm not sure how or where to start.

If you're following me on Twitter, you know I have been meaning to "try" solo travel for my 24th birthday. It was the main goal I had for this year. I was already scheduled to go backpacking in the region of Ilocos last September until I heard the news that my visa to Sydney got approved and I had to leave as soon as possible. That was a major change of plans. First time out of the country, first time traveling solo. I have to say, this is a pretty huge step for me and I am proud of myself for making it this far.

So, Sydney, the beautiful and sunny Australia.  I arrived here late September, just in time for spring. The climate is nice and cool, which I totally like and I can totally get used to. Aside from the beautiful brick buildings and the brick pavements, I also love Sydney Train! (I'm weird like that) I'm so jealous of their transport system, I wish we had that in the Philippines. Then we can finally get rid of the traffic jams. Also, the food is exquisite!  I can't stop eating, you guys. I spend all of my money on food and nothing else. And oh! The Harbour Bridge is quite a sight, I still get astonished as if I'm seeing it for the first time, even though I have seen it 5 times already.

So far, I have just been around the city, but I'm never going to miss the chance to go to other top destinations in Sydney. I can't find more words to describe how much beautiful this city is, so I'll leave you hanging and enjoy the beautiful photos of Sydney from my point of view.

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30 September 2017

Discover Weekly: Favorite Podcasts


For those of you who have no idea what podcasts are and that they even existed... there's no shame in that. In fact, I, too, had just discovered podcasts a while back and I was so overjoyed about having to know it's existence in my iPhone. Okay. yeah, I'm an IOS user and although Podcasts is a default app, I never really gave it any attention along with the other default apps such as Health, Itunes U, and all that jazz that I thought was just taking up my precious 16gb iPhone space.

It was a slow Sunday morning and I have been feeling a great deal of laziness for days and was very unproductive with my life that I needed to pull myself together. So I started reading some inspirational/motivational articles from careergirldaily.com and I read some tips on how to be productive (desperate times call for desperate measures). I could no longer remember which article it was, sorry, but on that list of productivity tips includes Listening to Podcasts.

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07 September 2017

Travel Guide to Puerto Galera


I know, I know, I'm probably the last person to go to Puerto Galera. In my defense, I didn't want to go because I thought Puerto Galera is overrated. Same thoughts on Boracay, that's why I've never been as well! Hahaha. Though I will visit Boracay soon! For the meantime, here's a quick guide to Puerto Galera.

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