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31 March 2017

Confessions of a 20-Something Frustrated Traveler

The independent thing it's not all fun as I thought it would be. The time when you graduate college or land on your first job, that's usually when life hits us hard with responsibilities, tough challenges, difficult decisions to make, and don't forget about the bills. It's also the time to give back to our parents who have made sacrifices for us for we won't be standing right where we are today if it weren't for them. So it is safe to say that at twenty-something, we are in the most crucial years of our lives. It's our time to make decisions that will either make our lives or break it or the turning point of our lives, as you might say. Adulting ain't easy.  Also at twenty-something is when we feel the most curious and adventurous. Excited about what awaits us in the future. We start to seek our purpose and long for the happiness and love that we deserve.

That being said, I'm now torn between working hard to have a better future and living life to the fullest. Because life is short and I might not have the luxury to do the things I'm able to do today in the future, like travel and adventure. I know that the first option is important, and it should even be a priority. That is if I ever want to live a luxurious life. Obviously, option one is the most practical option, and everybody knows that. Who would not want to live a life of wealth and comfort, right? And yet my heart aches for the latter. I want adventure.

I want to see more of what is out there, I want to see the world from my own perspective and not from somebody else. I want adventure and exploration. I want to discover new things and meet new people. All my life I have believed that my life goal is to land on a decent job after college and maybe get a promotion or two, be rich, have a wonderful family and live happily ever after. But when I got a glimpse of what awaits for me outside this city I live in, I realized that there's so much that I am missing out! I always had this ridiculous thought that everything I will ever need is right here in this city that I call home. But the more places I get to visit, the more I realize that I am missing out on so much experience that this city can never fulfill.

After one backpacking experience, I got the travel bug and I've been itching to go places since. I have been dreaming of places and countries to go to ever since I can remember. My bucket list is just filled with countries and locations to explore to, and perhaps a few of the extreme activities that I want to try.

Primarily, my reason for traveling is to just make an escape. To run away from the stress that life hands me or just to take a break from routine. Traveling made it easier for me to cope up with my life's dilemmas, it was all therapeutic for me. Either traveling helped me or it just made my situation worse. Because now, I'm addicted. It's like my own personal brand of heroine, quoting Stephenie
Meyer here. You've been warned, the travel bug is real.

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."

Funny how what started out as an escape - ended up being more of a necessity for me. The need to go is strong. Keen as it may be, I still don't have the guts to go alone. I keep on looking for the courage  to travel solo, but to no avail. Fear and anxiety is eating up my urge to go.  In fact, I keep on making up excuses not go solo. That is why I always had a travel buddy, whether it's my friends or my boyfriend. And I'm afraid that they are already getting tired of me asking them to go places every now and then. Because duh, they have their own priorities and I mean, that's okay. But honestly, I'm also growing weary of waiting for them to be awesome and go on an epic adventure. When will I ever find the courage to go by myself?

It just frustrates me that no one around me understands how it feels like to have the itch to travel. Come to think of it, it's not just an itch that needs scratching. Let me remind you that it's not only places you discover when you travel. It is discovering new experiences, new culture, and most importantly, discovering your true self. Traveling is the thrilling adventure of life. It's the fearlessness of the unknown. And you will learn things about yourself that you never knew you had. I travel because I want to see both of the world and myself, hoping it will help me become the best version of myself.

I will start with fearless. I solemnly swear that I will stop waiting for someone to do awesome things with me. I have to be strong enough to do and enjoy the things I love with my own company. I can't let fear hold me back of doing something amazing. Here's to traveling solo!

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26 March 2017

Fun at the Inflatable Island

The Inflatable Island

The Inflatable Island is the current hottest summer destination in the Philippines. It's what everyone is talking about - and everyone is damn excited fo their grand opening this April 1st! For adults and kids alike, it's the biggest bouncy playground in Asia as we speak! And the best part? It is inflated above the sea of Samba Bluewater Resort in Subic Bay, Zambales.

inflatable island obstacle course


23 March 2017

Get Ready for Asia's Biggest Floating Playground!

Everyone is excited to have the ultimate summer experience at the Inflatable Island - the biggest floating playground in Asia! Wooop wooop! It's going to be the hottest tourist destination this summer, everyone just can't stop talking about it.

Afloat on the beach of Samba Bluewater Resort - the playground stretches out by about 3,400 sqm which is as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side. Complete with inflatable slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings, and many other obstacles! Now tell me, who isn't psyched about this bouncy playground on the beach?

This playground is built specially for adults who is up for the challenge and just want to have fun! The Inflatable Island will surely bring out the child in everyone this summer! Best bring your friends and your family for the ultimate weekend.

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Located at Samba Bluewater Resort, Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Zambales -  The Inflatable Island opens it's gates to the public on 1st of April, 2017. Hurry and book your tickets! Reach them at and visit their website at


11 March 2017

18 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Caramoan

Caramoan Islands Camarines Sur
Caramoan Island Camarines Sur
Caramoan is a town located in the south-eastern most part of Camarines Sur, Bicol region, Philippines - composed of 10 principal islands namely Bag-ing, Cagbanilad, Catanhawan, Cotivas, Lahus, Lahuy, Matukad, Minalahos, Pitogo, and Sabitang-Laya, and a number of islets in between. Known for as the hit reality show "Survivor" filming location. With fine white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, rock formations, lagoons, caves, and diverse marine life, no wonder they chose to film the show there.

Here are photos that would make you want to get your backpack and go straight to Caramoan! Tip: It's a 10-13 hour drive from Manila.

Caramoan Island Camarines Sur

This is the view from Matukad Island, where you can climb up to see the lagoon where the Tale of the Two Milkfishes (Alamat ng Dalawang Bangus) lies. The tale says that there was a man who found two milkfishes, just two, in a lagoon hidden behind a wall of limestone rocks. It was about 20 years ago when the man took one of the two fishes and took it home for his family's supper. Until the next day, the whole family who ate the fish were found dead. No one ever touched the fish in the lagoon since then. It was a cool story but what keeps me doubting is: if one fish was taken, how come there are still two fishes today?
Alamat ng Bangus Caramoan Islands
Down that path is the lagoon where the two milkfishes live. We're not allowed to go further down, but I saw the two fishes with my own eyes. It really was amazing how there were just the two of them in the whole lagoon. 

caramoan rock formations caramoan camarines sur beaches

Where to stay in Caramoan?

Fine white sand beaches and sandbars.

caramoan islands beach

Different islands, different sands.

caramoan under water sanctuary
Floating cottages! During high tides, at least.

bali view in caramoan caramoan pink sands
new zealand in caramoan

new zealand in caramoan\

new zealand in caramoan
Looks familiar? It felt like I was in Ireland or New Zealand or something! It was truly breathtaking! I wanted to stay there forever.

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03 March 2017

Photodump: Tour Eiffel & Getting Lost

As cliché as it may sound, I am lost. I'm in that stage wherein I have no idea what the hell I'm doing with my life. You won't believe how much the phrase "I need to find myself" have pondered on my mind and to be honest, I didn't think that phrase would even come to mind, thinking those kind of lines only belong to the movies and novels. I guess that's why it's called a cliché

When I started traveling, though I don't travel as often and haven't tried long-term yet, I started becoming aware of my surroundings and myself as well. Going to different places have awakened my sleepy lazy thoughts and had broadened my way of thinking. I started to realize that it was hard for me to be contented, mainly because I've been very materialistic. I realized that having everything doesn't always equal to contentment. I also came to question myself, if what I'm doing now or where I am at this exact point of my life makes me happy. 

My mind was literally flooded with many other questions and I became eager to search for purpose. 

"What am I doing with my life?" 

Now, I'm in the process of self-discovery and exploration. I've always been very curious of things, I guess it's time I take action and start looking for answers. I've also been doing a lot of rethinking lately, hoping somehow it will straighten out the tangled thoughts in my head. I need to start looking for my true self and find who I'm supposed to be. 

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