Being an outdoorsy person has always been one of my major frustrations. I’ve always oohed and aahed over photos of the great outdoors, found myself fascinated by the characters in movies like “Into the Wild,” “Vertical Limit” and “127 Hours”, and I keep telling myself that one day I, too, would be on an adventure of such proportions. I think it’s why a lot of the items on my 30 Before 30 list has something to do with me diving, climbing mountains, swimming with whale sharks and going on white water rafting trips. See, it isn’t just fears I am dead set on conquering, but frustrations as well.
It started last August when I started actually enjoying being physically fit. I began running, and from a sport I once resisted—hated, even—it is now among the things I find myself waking up in the morning for. I love the energy it gives me and the sense of accomplishment I get after beating a previous personal record. And it has been a great form of meditation—running lets me live in the moment and helps me appreciate the present more.
Nice shots, looks like an amazing place!
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Note: The pictures were taken well before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Please consider donating in some way to help the relief efforts. The good people of the Philippines need our support!
Nice shot, just love those dresses!
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NOTE: The photograph was posted in October. Please send your prayers to the good people of the Philippines who are having such a hard time in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan! Here are some links if you would like to help.
Hello Bantayan! Where have you been all our lives?! ☀️
Bantayan Island is located at the North tip of Cebu. From the city, we rode a bus for three hours then travel the Visayan Sea through a ferry for one more hour before reaching the port of Sta. Fe. It was a long way but seeing the white long stretch of sand and clear blue water is definitely worth every second of the journey. Plus all Cebuanos are genuinely kind and hospitable. Our whole stay in Cebu was indeed very pleasant because of the people around us. They are naturally happy and very light to talk to even if Tagalog is not their native language. 👍
We stayed in Anika Island Resort. We extremely love this place! Deli food, complete amenities, excellent customer service and well-landscaped ambiance. Super clean! We had the most comfortable stay in Anika 😍
Nice shot, you guys look very relaxed !
Note: The picture is from early October. Cebu, and much of the Philippines was just hit by Typhoon Haiyan and our thoughts are with everyone in the Philippines.
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Touted as one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia (if not, the world), my first ever visit to this beach paradise is nothing short of wonderful.
The powdery white sand, clear blue waters and the fantastic sunny weather was as welcoming as the warmth of the people living there.
Swimming was only secondary to the plethora of things that I did, which included islang hopping, snorkeling, boating and just lounging around, enjoying the beauty of nature.
Here is a photo of the blue seas and the complementary white sand, inviting you to come over and visit the place, too!
Nice shots, sure looks beautiful!
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Here’s an entry featuring the first world-class marine theme park in the Philippines: the Manila Ocean Park! Whether you plan for a day-long visit to its aquarium and other attractions or for several days in its aqua-themed hotel, the park is perfect all year round! I decided to take my sisters to the park to end 2013 with a fun-filled bonding moment. And it was totally not a waste of time, despite the fact that it needs improvement in terms of the facilities and of course, bigger aquariums to fully wow its visitors.
I have been to Den Blå Planet in Copenhagen, and I can say that it is more or less comparable to Manila Ocean Park. The difference is Copenhagen’s aquarium is focused on the aquarium, whereas Manila Ocean Park offers a variety of attractions like the Oceanarium, Sharks and Rays Encounter, Trails to Antarctica, Jellies Exhibit, Fish spa, All Star Birdshow, Birds of Prey Kingdom, Penguin Talk Show, among others.
It was a special day, so my sisters and I decided to wear the same t-shirt pattern. Entrance fee can vary, depending on the attractions you want to see. Tip: The park often offers promo combos, so take advantage of them instead of seeing just one or two attractions.
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This photo was taken on the last day of my holiday in El Nido, Palawan. We had already fully explored most of the islands in Bacuit Bay, and there was nothing left to do but space out by the pool of our beautiful resort. It was the perfect way to end an activity-filled vacation
After the stressful months in law school, I took a vacation (finally!).
Nice shot, sounds like some well earned down time.
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I was in the bus while waiting for it to go. I was on the way home to Bicol. Because of lack of sleep, I was lying on my back in the seats and I put one of my feet outside the window. Could’nt resist taking some photos and sharing them to the world.
I always believe that convenience and comfort should always come first. That’s why I love slouching.
Good shot, yea, waiting can cause slouching.
My itchy feet: Inside the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos, Philippines
Nice shot, at least the stairwell seems well lit!
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NAGSASA COVE is a 2-hour wavy boat ride from Pundaquit beach Zambales. There are some boats that can go faster but in our case, it was 2 hours. The place is kind of isolated and you only have 2 options when going there – ride the boat from Pundaquit or the 4 hour hike through Mt. Nagsasa.
Beautiful picture, wouldn’t mind being there right now!
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Well for our last day we decided to go to Zorb. It is one of the touristy spots. Very touristy. All over the beach walkway there are commissioners – the hawkers that lure you to hotels/bars/events for a commission from the owners. Vaughan told us at the Blue Mango not to bother with the commissioners but talk to the hotel when we wanted an activity. Ok, so when we ask about doing the Zorb the lady at the counter runs out to the beach and gets a commissioner for us? Maybe Vaughan had something else in mind but he was not there at the time. Anyway on our way across the island to roll down a hill!
The Zorb is up on a big hill and they put in a zipline and a giant rolling ball. Well we are on vacation so time for some touristy stuff. Especially since the glass bottom boat is not running this week. I have done some amazing ziplining in Cancun so I did not care that much about doing it here and neither of the girls wanted to zipline. And at p600 for one short ride I really did not feel like talking them into it ha ha! (You can read about my zipline trip in Cancun at my old, abandoned blog here http://tukaspot.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/cancun-vacation-day-3). Well the Zorb ball is pretty cool. You get inside an inflatable ball and roll down a hill into a swimming pool. They have 3 ways you can ride but only the hydro was running today. They can harness you into the ball and you roll like crazy, they put you in with water, no harness (the hydro), and the turbo I have no idea what the turbo is. But like I said only the hydro was operating today. Problem with the low season at Boracay is that a lot of stuff is not running full. But the hydro was fun. You get in the ball and it is about a foot deep with water. As it rolls down the hill you basically stay in place and the ball rolls around you.
Great shots, will have to try that some day!
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Weekly Photo Challenge : Carefree
The theme of this Week’s Photo Challenge is a no-brainer. Carefree for me equates to those out-of-towns with my family and friends where being curious is normal and being crazy is widely encouraged. Soaking in the sun, lying flat on the sand, feeling the wind with our car windows down, laughing hard on inside jokes, taking non-stop photos, eating exotic dishes, walking in the rain, staring blankly at the beauty of nature — the list just goes on and on and on…
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This is my first step in our new office. Me and my cousin founded an independent service provider of high quality medical transcription at a low cost. With the office relocation we had, we can now provide the service our clients need without any hindrance.
JAC Medical Transcription Services is an offshore medical transcription company that caters to any individual and organization in the medical field in various countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia. Our main goal is to help our clients in a way that integrity is always present.
This is another step with our toes for our organization. Website: www.jacmts.com
My friend and I were chatting in her house when her brother arrived from work. He gave us two boxes of buko pies made from Nueva Viscaya. Buko pies are one of our favorite foods and we were so excited to taste them. But before doing so, we quickly grabbed our mobile phones and took some picture. We did not forget to take some picture with our toes.
With regards to the buko pie, it tasted so great that it made me realize that good buko pies are not from Laguna, they originate from Nueva Viscaya.