Welcoming 2016!!!

2015 was a very tough year yet an equally blissful one with so much lessons to keep, for which I couldn't thank Him enough. With that, I shall welcome 2016 with so much gratitude and love in my heart, guided with this inspiring snip.


The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will point blank not like you. But it is also filled with those who love you fiercely. They are your people. You are not for everyone and that’s OK. Talk to the people who can hear you.

Don’t waste your precious time and gifts trying to convince them of your value, they won’t ever want what you’re selling. Don’t convince them to walk alongside you. You’ll be wasting both your time and theirs and will likely inflict unnecessary wounds, which will take precious time to heal. You are not for them and they are not for you; politely wave them on, and continue along your way. Sharing your path someone is a sacred gift; don’t cheapen this gift by rolling yours in the wrong direction.


Not the #2015bestnine but my #2015favenine :)

Cheers to y’all for a happier 2016.

My 2015.

"Today, as I turn 28, I thank the heavens for this year, this blog, and my beautiful readers."

Hello all lakwacheras!!! It’s been a while, yeah? Just wanted to drop by to express how I miss this blog. I wish I could write down my year ender obligatory post but it was such a busy month, way busier than my previous Decembers.

I am finishing an entourage for a Caleruega wedding this 29th, it's something that I wished for and it came earlier than I expected so I am burning all my energy for it right now. Plus, just left the company that I worked with for more than six years and here I am humbled by my new job with a new company.

My 2015 evolves around building long term goals and few trips which I wish I could share next year. For now, I’d like to thank you all for the continuous visit. Got a few but very valuable message asking for updates and new stories and those mean so much for me. I love sharing more than writing so I hope I could get those mojo back soon.

I have less travel plans for next year and have less books inline to read. I have to set priority so I could afford more travels and more books to read soon. Slowing down doesn't always mean that I am about to stop, sometimes it just means that I am preparing for a stronger launch.

For those who wonder what's up next, here are something to look forward to for next year – stories from Koronadal South Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Burot Beach Batangas, Taal Batangas, Tagaytay’s Second visit, and continuation of my Cebu series.

I wish everyone a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Advance Happy new year!! May His grace be with us all this yuletide season and forever.

Simala Shrine and Basdaku Beach Moalboal DIY Day Trip.

Cebu DIY Tour-0072

We woke up early and had some coffee before leaving the city at six in the morning. We headed to E-mall where we could catch a V-hire to Sibonga. V-hire is the term Cebuano use to refer a passenger van. The terminal is at the back of a Gas station in front of E-mall. No signs what so ever but there were barkers around which will direct you to the location of the van. The first trip left full as early as 6:30AM. We were able to catch the next van which immediately get filled after 30 minutes. Our van left the City at around 7:00AM and we arrived in Simala Shrine at 7:30AM. 30 minutes early for the opening.

I was surprised about the travel time as some travel guide would show a one hour and 30 minute travel time from Southbus terminal and another 20-30 minutes habal-habal ride to the shrine. I guess the advantage of v-hire is that it’s a direct ride to Simala Shrine and it does not have a lot of pit stops to pick up or drop off passengers which takes a lot of time. Apart from that, it also eliminates the need to hire a habal-habal. One way fare is 100.00Php, I am not sure if they're operation is legal but it seems that they are very common to local commuters and I was thankful for my cousin's suggestion that made us aware of this option.

CEBU 2015 - DIY Tour

Cebu DIY Tour-0029

On my previous post I've mentioned about travelling with my mom, aunt and grandmother to Cebu for a late mother's day celebration. The trip went alright except that my grandmother decided not to join us during the last minute. I bet it could be so much fun with her though. Despite that, I am still very thankful it went well.

How Last Minute Travelling works for a corporate employee like me.

Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera

I sometimes get asked how do I plan my trip and would always encounter a surprising reaction when told that I am now opting for last minute trips. I totally understand where the enchantment came from, we all know that planned trips are really cheaper because of huge discounted price airline companies offer for early bookings but it doesn’t just work for me.

In our company, employees are entitled of a 12 days paid vacation leave and some unpaid ones depending on the availability, these leaves must be pre-approved. These pre-approved leaves can be applied two months prior to a minimum notice time of one week while the approval process may take up to one week. This means that you might need to wait for a month close to your desired travel date to be able to secure your vacation leave. That’s for the most of the company specially those at the BPO Industry, a lot of us have really tight schedule and have almost no idea when we can have free time until the very last minute.

Most of the cheaper fares have the travel period of six months from the date of sale, which makes the risk higher for corporate employees like me. I’ve even experienced missing at least four flights due to declined leaves or conflict of schedules and priorities. Last cancelled flight I had was our flight to Coron, Palawan which was cancelled due to strict business needs. That flight was a promo flight which cost us 1,700.00PHP each. Apart from the flight ticket we’ve also spent some bucks for our hotel reservation which was booked two months prior.

After that cancelled flight, I never booked any promo tickets yet for myself. What we do have is a list of places we can go; these include those places we can reach by land travels and those that needs air transports. I visualize a date and will have plan A (plane-ride away) and B (Bus-ride away).

When we get the budget we can spent, we file our leaves and check plane tickets right after its approval then we start planning from there. Most of the time as I’ve noticed that promo seats are still available months prior to the travel dates unless its peak season (April-May and during holidays). The price is quite far if you are going to base it on the base fare but the total amount are pretty much close (500.00-700.00 difference). For example a flight to Cebu for 699.00 seat sale six months ago may still have some available seats at 1,299.00 which has 600.00 difference per way and 1,200.00 for a two way ticket. Computing it with admin fees, other charges and tax would pretty much gives you the same difference because these chargers were based on the original base fare and not the discounted ones.

So do I still love seat sales?? Of course yes, I’d love it for my flights on holiday seasons and summer where fares could go extremely expensive, for some weekender trips and planned international trips. Otherwise, I'd always go for the book-and-run way.

Here are some perks I enjoyed that make last minute travelling works for a corporate employee like me.