Heritage, Luzon

Kawit Cavite Heritage Tour and Attractions

A few hundred meters more before I arrive at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite,  I received a text from a fellow travel blogger and friend.

“Jon, where are you?”

Apparently, they were already at the Freedom Park, our rendezvous for that morning. I was invited to take part of a heritage tour organized by Fundacion Santiago and Cavite el Viejo Heritage Tourism Association (CVHTA), I’ve been living in Cavite for a few years now but I’ve never been able explore the historical towns of the province, such as Kawit, so when I received an invite, I did not hesitate to say yes.

All other participants are from Manila, and since I am from Cavite, I just told them to meet me in Kawit. It was my first time in Aguinaldo Shrine. I would love to explore it more, but the organizers told us that we would all have a chance to explore it later. So the tour started and here are just the highlights and tourist spots that we visited.  Read More

Blogging Tips

My 8 Recommended Ways to Earn Online

“Jon, you’re unbelievable! You have your day job yet you’re still very diligent with your blog. Do you even earn from blogging?”

“YES!” that’s my resounding answer to a friend’s poking question.

I earn just a decent amount from my blog, but a big help as additional income from my regular  job. I’ve already shared this to you in my previous posts, that when my father passed away more than a year ago, I hit rock bottom financially. From the staggering hospital bills to loans, huge portion of my salary goes to payments. Don’t worry, I am much better now, but I couldn’t deny the fact that in times when I needed extra income, my earnings from my blog was a huge help, and I am very thankful for that.

So if my readers ask me if they can also earn online, I always say that it is possible. It is definitely not easy, but through hardwork and patience, it can be done.

I started my travel blog about 3 years ago. But even before that, I was already looking for ways to earn online. Until I realized that since I love writing, I can create a blog not just a way for me to pursue what I love doing but also for a possibility of earning extra income. Since I also enjoy traveling and exploring, I decided to write about travel.

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Luzon, Mountains

Maligcong Bontoc DIY Itinerary Travel Guide

I will never forget the moment I stepped out of the van once we arrived in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

I liked the peace that this Cordillera town has brought me, and also its cold weather. It was a perfect way for me to disconnect and ponder on some things. I was contemplating of resigning from work that time, thinking and searching for what I really wanted to do with my life.

Eventually, I was able to find it. But if I am to look back to the process, Maligcong was a big part of it. Now I just want to share with you my experience with Maligcong. Read More

Luzon

Bolinao Tourist Spots DIY Travel Guide

It was one of those moments when you haven’t had enough sleep, and you reported for work. Then after office, you went straight to travel.

Of course, I am not recommending this to anyone. But in case this happens to you, find time to sneak in some nap, and still enjoy your trip. This happened to me when we traveled to Bolinao, Pangasinan, a town in the northern part of Luzon where you can find great beaches, falls and other awesome attractions.

We traveled for about 6 hours until we arrived in Bolinao early in the morning. We had our breakfast first while waiting for our van to tour us around the town.  Read More

Travel Tips

Planning for a Road Trip

Should you plan for the road trip that you’ve always wanted to do? Many people would argue that road trips should be spontaneous. You know what’s the best part of doing a road trip? You are in charge. You decide where, when, how you want to get to your destination and which places you should pass by along the way. You decide what things to take with you. You decide where to stop and rest. Who cares if others think you’re not doing it right? It’s your road trip, not theirs. Do it the way you want to do it.

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Food, Mindanao

Pastil of Zamboanga

Sadly, it was our last day in Zamboanga.

But the DOT Region 9 team was not yet done with letting us experience the culinary heritage of the city. Before heading to our hotel, they brought us to Dennis Coffee Garden, a local coffee shop that serves pastries and delicacies from Sulu.

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Canada

Top things to do in Whistler BC Canada

With an atmosphere that is totally family friendly and a thriving and vibrant culture to go with it, there are no dearth of activities in the ultimate holiday mountain destination of Whistler. From an art connoisseur to an action seeker or just family and friends, the number of things to do in  Whistler, British Columbia, can keep any visitor on the toes all year round.

Apart from being one of the premier skiing resort of the world, Whistler BC is an equally active vacation spot in the summer as well. Also, it has some awesome Whistler vacation homes where you can stay and feel that homey vibe, a perfect alternative for hotels. Whistler is easily accessible from the Vancouver airport by the Pacific Coach service along the Sea to Sky highway.For any active fun-seeking outdoor enthusiast, here is a list of some of the top activities to indulge in on your next  vacation to British Columbia. Read More

Malaysia

Port Dickson: Malaysia’s beach destination near the city

Malaysia is one of the major tourist destinations in Asia, and its most popular attraction is its capital city of Kuala Lumphur or KL. But most of the time, exploring the city can also be stressful with all the traffic, so you sometimes feel the need for a beach experience.

Well, you don’t need to worry, because just one hour of travel time from KL is a beach destination. I’m talking about the coastal town of Port Dickson, a popular spot for locals and travelers alike who want to spend some weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Read More

Sponsored Post, Travel Tips

Spot-on Ways to Earn Money While Travelling

Modern times call for practicality. If you choose to travel to relieve stress that’s fine, but if you travel and still be able to earn your keep, that’s even better. Having to make money while traveling is technically two choices, be prepared to sustain your needs by doing online jobs or by your job of choice in the place you are currently situated in.

Looking for work is easy, but looking for job that best suits you is the hard part. Basically, your primary goal here is to earn, and not a lot of people settle in looking for the best job they can be. Practicality is the answer! Take the job that pays. This is a cold truth. A piece of advice would be: Earn. Earn what you need, but do not be unhappy. 

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Beaches, Luzon

Salibungot Beach in Jomalig Island

Upon arriving Jomalig island, I noticed this glistening golden sand from afar.

That’s Salibungot beach, considered as the main beach of the island where more travelers enjoy swimming and beach bumming. But we weren’t able to experience that by the time we arrived. It was already 11am, and we went straight to the resort, which is a motorcycle ride away or habal-habal.

We had our lunch at SPIR, the resort that we stayed in Jomalig. They served fresh seafood there that we really enjoyed for an affordable amount of 100 pesos per person.

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Nature, Travel Stories

Taal Volcano Stories: Clean-up Drive with Starstruck Avengers LOL!

I rub elbows with celebrities.

Just kidding!

I just happened to work as a segment producer and writer for a TV network years ago, a long time ago. And those celebrities that I got the chance to interact with were not really big stars but upcoming stars. Hahaha!

Our show was a Public Affairs program that helps communities with activities and projects through the power and influence of celebrities.

Since our show has a very low budget, we couldn’t afford the big stars. Most who would agree to our very low talent fee were those who wanted exposure like new celebrities, mostly past finalists of the network’s reality show, Starstruck!

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Inspiration, Travel Stories

Don’t listen to them. Just go to the beach

Note: This is originally an Instagram post, and I just want to share it on the blog.  

A year ago, I was in pain and in debt.

I lost my father with liver cancer and I hit rock bottom financially.

It was a time when I saw a social media post of an online friend who happens to be a financial advisor. She recruits and sells insurance, and pledges to be an advocate of “financial intelligence.” She had this generic photo of a girl on a beach with a caption that says something like, “You still managed to go to the beach, and you’re in debt?” with a LOL at the end.

I don’t know if she was just making a point, or mocking a friend. Or pointing about heradvocacy.” The thing is I wanted to be believe her.

But my gut feeling was telling me to do what I want to do.

Armed with my budgeting and backpacking skills, I embarked on occasional trips to the beach. Until now, I am still at awe at how I was able to pull it off, but I did.

jomalig Island beach
Jomalig Island

The beach cleared my mind, calmed my soul. It was not just a big help in coping up with the loss. I was able to ponder on my thoughts, brought back my belief in me.

I continued writing.

My blog opened up some writing gigs and opportunities to earn extra income.

The beach, its inspiration, helped me pay off my debts little by little.

I’m getting better each day. And if ever you’ll experience what I’ve gone through, I have one advice to you – don’t believe them.

You need to detach and relax from time to time. If you feel you need to go to the beach, go.

Just do what you want to do.

Don’t listen to them.