the happy list 01

The Happy List (01)

  1. Going out of the country for the first time!
  2. Getting to travel solo again
  3. Switching back to WordPress and gaining full control over the blog (and being able to access it in the office! :D)
  4. Serif fonts and their sans-serif counterparts
  5. Blocks of codes that actually work and do their job
  6. Closed tickets and solved problems
  7. Being able to work from home
  8. Seeing progress with the construction of our future home
  9. Productive meetings
  10. My understanding (and blogging) boyfriend! :)

My life, to no one’s surprise, mostly revolves around work. I spend the entire day in the office, and when I get home, I dedicate some time to complete my tasks for our small business. But despite all the workload, I’m happy that I still get to do these things — they’re actually things that I love. Also, I’m glad that I’m still able to appreciate the little things in life even though sometimes, stress gets the better of me. Oh well, expect more happy lists in this blog! :)

This happy list is inspired by Camie Juan. :)

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SG-MY itinerary

Singapore-Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Trip Preparations and Itinerary

I spent 7 days in foreign land on the last week of June, and I couldn’t be more happy about it, especially because it’s my first time to go abroad! On the first half of the trip, I was alone (yup, solo travel!), and on the second half, I was with Mumu.

My itinerary was pretty much DIY, but I had a few helpful sources (e.g. Tripomatic). I spent days researching about hostels, tourist spots, transportation, and most especially, how to go through Philippine immigration successfully!

This post contains personal experience and travel information. I’m putting this out there in case a first-timer (like I was) would need these basic details. :)

Airport Procedures

The schedule of my flight to Singapore was 7:55pm on June 25 (traveling for 3 hours and 40 minutes). I arrived at the airport 3 hours before the time of departure because I was readying for the worst (in case something happens during the interview with the immigration officer). The gates opened at 5pm, and I proceeded to the check-in counter. I already checked in online but I needed to have my boarding pass printed. Since there was no one behind the counter yet, I went to pay the travel tax (P1,620; only showed passport). When I already had the print-out of my boarding pass, I proceeded to pay the terminal fee (P550; showed boarding pass and receipt of payment for travel tax). We waited until the doors to the Philippine immigration opened at 6pm.

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canyoning

Canyoning in Badian, Cebu

Last June 21-22, my friends and I (a total of 16 persons) went on a new kind of adventure which we first knew about through Drew Arellano’s video on YouTubecanyoning or canyoneering.

Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and/or swimming. -Wikipedia

But before that, let me tell you about the basic information. Most of us are from the city, so we had to meet up at South Bus Terminal at 5:30am before going to Badian (we departed at around 6am). Badian is a town in the southwestern part of Cebu and is 3 hours away from Cebu City.

group shot

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I’m Back to WordPress!

Hi there! I don’t really know how to start this, but let’s get down to the story — the story I’ve been telling over and over again that it has gotten boring, I don’t even know why I bother. :P

I’ve been blogging since 2006, and I was using Multiply back then until 2007. Something happened in 2008 (actually, I just read an article on Reader’s Digest that had something to do with a blog) that made me want to take blogging ‘seriously’. So I started a blog on Blogger/Blogspot. After a few months, I learned about self-hosted WordPress, so I switched. It wasn’t long before I learned the ropes. After 4 years, when my lifestyle changed and I thought I couldn’t keep up with ‘serious’ blogging anymore, I switched to Tumblr since I found it simpler (I still wanted to blog, hehe). Again, after 2 years, I realized that I’ve missed a lot when I left WordPress, so I switched back.

The process was easy since I just imported my Tumblr posts to WordPress. But because of blog post and photo permalink changes, I had to edit all entries. Yeah, I’m OC like that.

Anyway, I’m really happy to be a WordPress user again! I’ll be inspired to blog about our canyoning/canyoneering adventure in Badian, Cebu and my/our trip to Singapore and Malaysia! Stay tuned! :D

PS. This blog is hosted by Three-Words Host. :)

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siargao day 5

Siargao 2014 – Day 5: Ziplining at Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park

(Day 1: First Moments in the Island)
(Day 2: Island Hopping (Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island))
(Day 3: Surfing in Cloud 9)
(Day 4: Bucas Grande Island Tour)

Just like Crystal Cave, this wasn’t actually part of the plan. A local just gave this suggestion, and because we didn’t have any agenda for our last day in the island, we just gave in.

Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park was a 30-minute ride from the inn we stayed at. When we got there, we still had to wait for the owner, who was still in the church (it was a Sunday). While waiting, we just enjoyed the beautiful scenery from the top. We also had a great breakfast of seafood!

Zip to the Pacific!
Zip to the Pacific!

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