What's up? | Life Lately vol. 2

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hi there. It’s been a while since I posted the volume 1 of this series. I wasn’t able to post that much since life has been challenging for the past months. Hopefully, I can turn things around so that I could post an update at least every month.

This post will also be a roundup of the first three months of the year 2020.

- I volunteered!

               This is part of my 2019 New Year’s Resolution and I was able to achieve it this year (better late than never). With the initiative of my cousin, we gave relief goods to the Taal Volcano eruption victims. My cousin was able to ask for donations (in-kind and material) that we packed the day before. We went to San Luis Batangas because she was advised that it was the municipality who received the least amount of donations. I was blessed to have an employer that was considerate enough and allowed me to go on a half-day at that time. That was a heart-warming experience. Seeing the faces of the people that we were able to help ease all of our stress and tiredness that we’ve gone through.

- First Travel of the year | Dingalan Aurora

               This is my first and hopefully not the last travel of the year. I’ve made a post dedicated to this travel.

- I attended UP Fair for the first time

               This is my first time attending a concert. It was a great time with my friends and we were able to see local hip-hop artists, enjoy great food and party until midnight.

- Big Bad Wolf Sale

               For those who know me, I am a wide reader. I enjoy reading fictional and romance books. As I age, my book preference changed as well. I am into self and personality development books. I already started to read some self-help ebooks. All Bibliophiles can relate but we all know how good it feels reading physical books so I went to the Big Bad Wolf Booksale to take advantage of affordable goodies. I am looking Simon Sinek, Mark Manson, and Jen Sincero books. Unfortunately, those books were out of stock so I’ve looked for several self-help books to add up on my reading list.

- 1st Work Anniversary

               I’ve spent my 1st work anniversary on my current employer. I am working on a Telecommunications company based in Australia. I started as technical support, (we all knew as a call center agent). One year has passed and I am now the Floor Support of our team. It feels good when you know that you started from scratch and what I’ve achieved so far. I’ve also applied for a promotion however I was rejected, as Oprah Winfrey says; “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. I know that there are a lot of things that I need to improve on especially on handling my emotions and I am looking forward to what will happen in the next few years of my career here.

- COVID-19 // Luzon is under ECQ // Work from home

               Just a few weeks ago, the world was shaken by a pandemic and the Philippines was also affected. Due to the spread of this viral disease, Luzon is on the state of Enhanced Community quarantine whereas people are not allowed to go outside unless there is a need to go to the hospital to see a doctor or to buy foods. Big establishments such as malls and restaurants are closed and social distancing has been ‘strictly’ implemented. In line with this, to make sure that the employees are not at risk, our employer allowed us to do work from home. Amidst this chaos happening, I am fortunate that I am part of the company that is letting me earn still at the convenience of being at home.

Hoping that you are doing well and I am praying for everyone’s health and safety.

How about you? How is your life going so far?

Dingalan Aurora | Travel Diaries

Friday, March 20, 2020

This is the most spontaneous travel that I've done to date.

Dingalan Aurora, dubbed as Batanes of the East, gives adventure a new meaning. From picturesque beach, breathtaking summit and amazing rock formation you will never regret this amazing experience.

Approximately 5 to 6 hours drive from Manila lies this gem. Many of us wanted to see the beauty of Batanes which is situated at the northern part of our country. Considering that going to Batanes has the most expensive airfare that you can get within the country, it makes us difficult for us to visit it.

This alternative will never fail us and it will ignite your desire to go to Batanes.

Together with my college friends, we explore the beauty of Dingalan. It was a daytour, but we made most out of it. 

Our first stop over, this iconic "I love Dingalan" marker. It was raining that time but still we were able to manage to take a *LOT* of photos.

Since there was a rain on our way there, we were considered ourselves lucky to see this amazing view. After the rain, a rainbow showed up which actually reminded me that there is always hope for everyone.

The squad before going to the island. We were escorted by a tour guide whose actually in-charge of our trip. We went for a boat ride for almost 45 minutes.

The water was so clear and pristine. On this day and age that Lightroom is a trend to enhance the color, saturation and the likes of every photo, you don't need this app at all.

Our next stop was the Rock Formation. Fear consumed me at first because the waves are too high and we have to jump off the boat while the tour guide assists us.

Just a gentle reminder to be more careful because the rocks are too sharp. If you are planning to go there make sure to bring diving shoes or hiking sandals to be more comfortable and enjoying at the same time.

Suah Rock Formation

When in Dingalan, the so called “Batanes of The East” was the main highlight of our adventure. After 20 to 30 minutes of trekking we were able to see the breathtaking mountain view deck of the Dingalan Summit.

A trivia: I don't know how to swim, and I have a fear of heights. So this trip brought out the best of me. I learned to conquer somehow my fears and I've realized that life is really better when we go outside our comfort zone.

Surely this is one of a kind adventure. I would really love to go back and I will never get tired of it.

Check out our adventure by clicking the link below: