My heart beams for the people who message me how much I have influenced them, through writing, vlogging or incorporating small ecofriendly habits to their routine. It warms my heart to know that I am not alone and that someone reads/watches the content that I have been putting out here on my blog and on my YouTube channel; that the time and effort that invest on it is somehow worth it.
I started this page two years ago for my poetries and my food recipes. Now, 6 months since reviving this page it has became a haven more than just for poetry and food but for travel and lifestyle as well. I don’t even post recipes here anymore though I think soon I would want to make smoothie bowls again if time permits. But I am overwhelmed by the (almost) 600 lovely and beautiful people that follow this blog. And even to the minute 68 subscribers on YouTube is more than enough for me to continue this passion that I have been pursuing for this so-called “gap year” that I am having.
Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you and I am excited to create more and more content for Crazy lazy travels, baby! In the months to come!
According to the Earthly, Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total.
Imagine having 1 million plastic bottles polluting our lands every day, 7 million every week, 31 million every month and 365 every year. These plastic bottles live on the Earth for 400 years before they decompose. YES, FOUR HUNDRED YEARS and if your mentality is, “aaah it’s fine I’m probably dead by then” then do you want your great great great great great grandchildren to live in a world full of rotting plastics and acrid pollution? If the answer is No and you are indeed a compassionate person, then it’s always a great idea to bring a reusable water bottle to every one of your trips.
It honestly saves you money and you help preserve the environment. Most restaurants and coffee shops will actually refill your water for FREE so you don’t have to buy a plastic water bottle every single time you feel thirsty.
Invest in a sturdy insulated water bottle such as this one. This has a hook so I can latch them on top of my backpack and five months in, this bottle’s still here to stay (I lost my old one, I left it on the plane lol)
Saves money, saves Mother Earth, keeps you hydrated!
I wanted to post something more personal but I couldn’t find the article that I was writing yesterday.
I guess these past three months have been months of self-love, self-exploration and self-growth. I learned so much about myself and about the dilemmas that I have been dealing with repeatedly. But now I am slowly realizing all of these bad and toxic traits plus the toxic people who were in my life and I am working on being a better version of myself.
Peeking through is still the girl who loved everyone too much she forgot to love herself though now she’s trying to understand that she doesn’t need validation from others to know her worth.
I am looking forward to better months ahead. I know 2019 will be filled with a lot of opportunities to grow more and be more especially when I enter another chapter of schooling this August.
I am indeed overwhelmed be everything that has happened so far and I regret nothing that has happened in the past because I believe that those bitter(and not so bitter) circumstances are what brought me here today.
Just a few days after my trip to Siargao, before my tan even roamed my hometown, I was up on my feet again for another adventure. But this time, I was exploring my province with some of the most chill and adventurous people.
I didn’t really expect to have fun as much as I did. When my friend invited me to join them I was rather hesitant because I only knew two people from the group, my friend included. But I was YOLO-ing since I passed my board exams last August and I quipped at myself, “why not”. And I am glad I decided to join.
I felt like there was an instant connection with everyone, exchanging names and aspirations here and there. We bonded over our love for nature — the sea, the trees, the sky. We all had one thing in common, our wanderlust, and we all couldn’t wait to see and explore the beauty of Eastern Samar.
I am local. I have lived here for half of my life, was taught the language Waray and spoke it with confidence but I have never really ventured much along the coast of Eastern Samar. I was sent to Cebu for college and I would come home during the breaks but I was going to the same places over and over again that I didn’t really think that there were so many more spots to visit outside of Borongan City.
This time around, we didn’t even set foot in the capital city. We went to the smaller municipalities, all boasting with the most picturesque views. Balangkayan, Llorente, Hernani, we all roamed through those three municipalities, basking in the sun, getting tanner every day. And with these people being the guides you never thought you’d have, it was the one of the most enjoyable road trips ever.
I like working with and being surrounded by content creators.
Hey guys, I have been busy being here and there and everywhere and I am so excited for the videos and the blog posts that will be coming out soon as soon as I finish editing them. I am so grateful to be creating content and I will surely miss it when I go on a hiatus on August.
A few days ago, my friend Janel (@janeylalala, @shuttersmileback) and I went to Hilangagan Beach here in Borongan City, Eastern Samar and I invited my friend Alren (@alrenberonio) to come and film with us.
I have been experimenting with different kinds of fillings for our baked empanadas. These right here are Tuna Empanadas (Original Recipe by my Auntie Mabel). The crust is buttery, crispy and everything that you would ever want from a pie crust. I honestly think it tastes like a Danish cookie. Making the dough does take a lot of effort (arm exercise, included) but it’s so worth it!
I didn’t take a picture of the mini apple pies that I also made but those were also drool-worthy. Better than the ones at McDonald’s for sure.
Anyway, get these Tuna Empanadas at Cafe Stellar!
PS. We only make 25 pcs a day so if you want to order a big batch, please let us know.
I have been experimenting with Adobe Lightroom for quite a while now and no, not the mobile version. I have been using my Sony a6000 for my photos and videos. I bought it in 2017, when I traded my gopro Hero 4 for something more… mirrorless. I figured that the waterproof camera wasn’t meant for me and I bought this hybrid of a camera instead (it’s a crossover between a digital camera and a DSLR). I was gearing towards the a5100 at the time since it was cheaper but with a lack of a viewfinder, my heart beat towards the a6000 plus there were so many good reviews (watched a lot of YouTube comparisons) and recommendations (Thanks Kuya Leonel and Dylan).
I’m not the best at portraits. I never liked taking them but I guess we all go out of our comfort zones and try to explore something new once in a while. This was at Gateway in Cubao. We have just hopped off our Grab when I said, “Pose ka muna. Saglit lang” and my friend, Niel, did. We were both just laughing while he was trying his best to strike an angle that befit his personality when two of other friends quipped we had to go somewhere else. Despite it being brief, I think I managed to get a decent shot out of it.
I am a cool-tone kinda girl and I like editing in blues and pinks rather than the usual teal and orange that everybody has been putting out lately. Though I have no hate towards the masses because I know that everyone has their own unique taste, I just like the Brandon Woelfel vibes better and it kinda suits my personality as well.
I spent five days with my grandmothers in Manila last November and the experience will definitely test your patience in every aspect possible.
I was raised by my grandmothers for half of my life. My parents were busy being doctors and making sure that they could provide for me and my brother so most of the time, I would cling to one of my Lolas- Maping. She died last year due to the complications of stroke (she was 91). When she died, I still had two amazing women both which success has surpassed them. One, an elementary teacher and the other, a superintendent. My bond with them was not as strong as my bond with Maping, but these two still hold a warm place in my heart.
They were complete opposites in terms of personalities and hobbies, one would love to cook and fill up the room with the best aromas and the other would love to garden and fill the yards with the most vibrant flowers. One was stern, quick, a definition of a strong and independent woman and the other was fragile, meek, the depiction of a Maria Clara.
Having both of them in my arms while walking around the streets of Manila (divisoria included), you can’t stop but wonder what will our own life be like when we reach the age of 80, 70, 60 even. These strong and independent women have lived their lives, have gone through so much, have seen their friends and family come and go and despite their age of 86 and 89, they’re still trying to live day by day with the best of their enthusiasm.
These women are just two of the women who I look up to. And as timely as it is, Happy International Women’s Day to all of the amazing women who has helped shaped the individuals that we are today.
Yes, there’s a humble place in Tondo that offers unli chicken wings for PHP 199!
Hey guys, I was in Manila for the weekend and amidst their samgyupsal culture, chicken wings still plummet through in the heart of Manila. Living in Cebu for five years, there a lot of local restos that offer chicken wings from Bad Boyz to Gibbs to Burrows to Wingers but in Manila City, it was actually hard to find a chicken wing place that not only was easy on the wallet but the palette as well. Doc Wings is located along a busy street in Tondo, though the place is a bit sketchy, the place boasts a cool barkada hangout visited by students and the like.
We honestly waited for an hour because the line was too long, there were a lot of people there and for PHP 199, I guess it’s a steal. We were hungry enough to order 35 pcs and for only four people, it was a lot. They have a lot of flavors too, some were good, some didn’t really tickle my taste buds but overall I think everyone should check it out. It’s a breather from your unli beef and pork strips.