1. Bayani Challenge 2014

    I’ve been joining Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge activity for 3 consecutive years already (2011 in Bantayan Island, Cebu; 2012 in Amlan, Negros Oriental; 2013 in Antequera, Bohol). For my 4th year, I’m going back to Bohol — from April 12 to April 16. :)

    This year’s Bayani Challenge is going to happen in 12 provinces — Antique, Aklan, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Samar, and Zamboanga. And unlike the previous years, it’s gonna run for a whole month, from April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan) to June 12 (Araw ng Kalayaan)! These are the activities to expect:

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on the ground for volunteer work, and I’m pretty excited to be back!

    If you want to spend your summer building communities and meeting new people, head over to the Bayani Challenge website for more information on the event and how to register! :D

  2. First Quarter Sentiments

    Would apologizing for being away for two months matter or make any difference? No? Okay.

    But seriously though, after my solo trip to Iloilo last January, I thought I was going to have more productive days. But I was wrong to expect things to magically change. Well, some things did change, though. I wasn’t very visible online anymore (not that I was that visible in the first place). I spent most of my time connecting more with people offline rather than spending endless hours on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (plugging, hehe), but I also spent a lot of time being idle. I don’t know what got into me, but I didn’t feel like doing the more productive things I did when I had time — reading books and articles, blogging.. I mostly resorted to things that didn’t require much use of my brain — playing games on my phone, watching TV series, lying down.. I wasn’t even able to continue my French lessons.

    I realized it’s all because at the end of the day, I feel so drained after doing all the paid work, and I don’t have a choice but to finish them because of the deadlines. Add the backlogs (both real and imaginary) to the list of reasons I’m having a hard time moving on. Lately, even before the day starts, I don’t want to do anything. I just feel so uninspired. I lack the right motivation. And this is why I’m writing this entry. I don’t want to be stagnant for the rest of the year. I want to keep doing the things that got me going before. I want to have more achievements. I want to push the limits. I just haven’t figured out yet how to get back in the groove. Maybe I need to read more self-help articles. Maybe I need someone to personally tell me that time is better spent on things that make me grow. I know it’s not easy to get back on track, but I sure don’t want to stay on the sidewalk.

    Wish me luck? :)

  3. Solo Travel: Iloilo 2014 - Day 4 Photo Diary

    (Days 1 & 2: Sol y Mar Family Beach Resort)
    (Day 3: Iloilo City)

    On my last day in Iloilo, I checked out early from the hotel and continued roaming around Iloilo City with my backpack. I actually just visited a few places before going to the airport.

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    La Paz District Plaza

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  4. Solo Travel: Iloilo 2014 - Day 3 Photo Diary

    (Days 1 & 2: Sol y Mar Family Beach Resort)

    I spent the next two days of my solo trip roaming around Iloilo City. I thank God for Google Maps and mobile data! It proved to be very useful especially because I only planned the places I’d visit the night before, after I ‘finalized’ my resolutions.

    I mostly walked from one place to another, when Google Maps tells me that the next stop is just around a kilometer away. When it’s farther, though, I ask for help from the locals regarding public ride, and I was glad I didn’t get lost. :)

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    At Molo, Iloilo City

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  5. Solo Travel: Iloilo 2014 - Days 1 & 2 Photo Diary

    As some of you might already know, I went to Iloilo last January 2-5 for my first ever [local] solo trip, and first for this year. I don’t really have a specific reason for choosing Iloilo, but I do have a reason why I went there alone, and it’s to reflect on life and make some resolutions.

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    I was amused that I got seat 1A — probably because I checked in online a day before my flight. :P

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    View of Cebu from the sky.

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    I see so much green in Iloilo!

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