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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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How to Get to Nuvali from Cubao Using Public Transportation


I guess there are many roads that lead to Nuvali, but I'll share to you the ones which I've actually tried.


1. Go to Edsa Kamias, JAC Liner(Farmer's side) and ride the bus going to Balibag.  - P70
2. Drop off at Waltermart Sta. Rosa, and ride a tricycle going to Complex (terminal) - P30
3. From Complex, ride a jeep going to Tagaytay - P30
4. Drop off at Nuvali


1. Ride a bus going to Alabang - P55
2. Take a shuttle there going to Balibag 
3. Drop off at Complex (terminal) Sta. Rosa
4. Ridge a jeep going to Tagaytay
5. Drop off at Nuvali

Going back

1. We took tricycle from there to go to the Complex. All 4 of us cost P120
2. From complex we searched for buses going to Cubao

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging.


After almost 5 years blogging and only until now did I write a post about blogging.  Let's just say it hasn't been that fun. It's a love and hate relationship.  It's that relationship in which you break up feeling glad you did, and a week after, you'll come back crawling and snuggle up to the old routine again.  And you do it regularly that breaking up has become a Sunday than a Christmas for you.

Why did I even start blogging anyway?  It has been a long time now that I have already forgotten the reason why, but I was sure that I had a set of expectations before getting in.  Some of which were true some I didn't expect.  So if you're planning to have your own blog, here are the things that you'll be glad to know before getting in to this bitter-sweet journey.

1. Traffic is a Bitch.  It's elusive if you do it wrongly, but it's awesome if you do it right.  Either way if you get into blogging you have to understand how to draw in traffic.  I didn't really bother to focus on that since my main goal here is to just share my experience to everyone and not for monetary reasons.

2.  Know what you want to write about and be different.  There are a lot of blogs online, so you have to set yourself apart from the rest if you want yours to be successful if that is even what you want.

3. Know the purpose of why you're writing and build your blog around that.  Some people do it for the money, some they just do it for therapy.  If you're aiming for the former, you have to be very strategic and knowledgeable about SEO and marketing, but if for the latter, anything would be okay.

4. Consistency is the key.  Sometimes our creativity drives us to paths that aren't really related to our goals and to the theme of the site.  Some bloggers have a structure for their post and that is one way for them to establish their brand and differentiation.  Practice control and discipline yourself.  You'll be glad you did.

5. Writer's block happens.  The frequency of posting depends on the purpose of your blog.  They say that if you wish to increase your traffic, you have to post posts, at least everyday.  So what if you have a writer's block and you can't bring yourself to think creatively.  I suggest you go outside and do something different.  Sometimes sinking your teeth into something different could be the birth place of creativity.

6. There is Money in blogging.  That is if you know how to find ways to make it profitable for you.  There are a number of ways to do this but before anything else, building traffic is where every blogger should start and focus on.

7.  Looks Matter.  As with everything, you can attract your readers by making your blog look pretty.  You can make them a regular if your content is great.  So make sure you got the first one covered.

Publisher: Shy - Monday, July 11, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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12 Ways Why My Dog, Chocolate, is the Cutest

I am going to be downright biased right now.  I'm missing my dog and so I'd like to showcase her cuteness in this post.

So what makes her amazing?

- she's full of energy
- she's a good 'bantay' in the sense that she still barks at my bro-in-law who just lives next to our house and whom she knows all her live.  She always believes in the saying: "walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, serbisyong totoo lamang."
- her complete name is Maria Constantina Margarita Rosario Elise Basoc, for short Chocolate
- she doesn't go past 4 houses away because houses after that have dogs which she's scared of
- when she's full, she buries all the food you give her in her secret hiding places randomly and strategically located in our garden.  That's why she doesn't get fat. 

Publisher: Shy - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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8 Life Lessons I Learned from Traveling Solo

Traveling solo doesn't really grow old on me.  Every journey is different.  But despite this, I noticed that every time I go out the door, I always have that flight or fight response wrestling within me , and more so when I am already out and about, enticing myself that I could still change my mind and  I could easily turn the other way.  But God knows how many times I have thanked myself every time I decided to just go ahead and  push through.

1. Show up.  When I know that I'll be travelling alone, I sometimes would dread that my trip might be dangerous, and boring.  But I go anyway because the desire of exploration and adventure is greater than my fears.  I remember the owner of Spanx, Sara Blakely once said that she did not let her fears get in the way of her dreams, and I always go back to that especially in my moments of indecision.  Travelling solo hasn't always been fun.  Sometimes I'd even regret why I even attempted, but regardless of the outcome, I was always glad that I showed up because then, I have juicy stories to tell and I have broken the monotony of my life, which are everything to me.

2.  Trust the journey.  Anxiety is ever present especially when travelling to unknown and uncharted places.  Even when I've researched hard and wide, and I know exactly which jeep or bus to take, uncertainty wouldn't leave me because I don't want to go pass the place that I should've gone down to.  I keep my eyes wide open reading billboard ads, carenderia signs for the address just to make sure I know which town I am in.  My eyes bulging like a deer in the headlights, afraid on missing out on that sign, moving my head in all possible directions. Imagine me doing these all throughout the trip. So now I try to learn how to relax.  Read the signs, enjoy the scenery and if there's the houses or stores, I go peep again.

3. Learn how to Ask.  There were countless of times that I felt stressed because I was too prideful and shy to ask for direction and had to rely on my scouring eyes instead.  I would have saved myself the time and the stress had I asked someone about the place or where to go down.  Conductors could be a treasure, and when I'm lucky fellow passenger, could guide me as well.

4. Trust People who Seem Trustworthy.  My experiences on solo traveling  gave me a discernment as to whom to ask for directions.  People I approached are usually policemen, guards, traffic enforcers, tricycle drivers, jeepney drivers, bus drivers, conductors, women with children, women, vendors.  It's the same in life.  I trust people whom I feel are deserving of my trust.

5. But be Cautious.  As someone who travels alone, it's imperative that I take extra measures to be safe.  I don't go out when it's evening, and if I do it's usually in a very safe city.  I double check in locking my room; I choose the people I go out with.  I learned how to make calculated risks, and make sure I could handle what I am getting into.

6. Connect with People.  In all my travels, I'd have to say that my connections and interactions with people surpassed the experience of exploring the place.  When I look back, it's the friends I met along the way, and the stories I got out of them are the ones that I have treasured more.  There's something sacred about getting stories from strangers.  I would always feel humbled and honored to be in their personal space. It's a higher level of acceptance, making me feel validated of my presence and confident of my being, and that meant the world to me.

7. Trusting Myself.  There were countless of times that I thought that I wouldn't be able to do what I have done.  Sure I was afraid, but with tickets booked and with an already set mind, there was really no option but to prepare enough prior the trip, and to make the most of it during the trip.  I got lost but I figured it out soon.  Instincts got me there; my senses showed me the way.  And sometimes I wouldn't get to know whether to turn left or right when I was a kilometer away from my destination, but somehow knew what to do when I am a few meters away.  So I learned to be patient and to be attentive of the signs along the way.

8. Enjoy the Moment.  What exactly does that mean?  It means to be in touch with me and the surroundings. I noticed that fear takes me out of myself.  Anxiety makes me want to jump off my own body.  My thoughts take me out of my awareness of self, thus I was never present.  Now I have come to realize that I am in the moment, when I start appreciating the details.  and when I walk a bit slower, not too eager to go to the next place, but to treat each step as a destination in itself.

9. Creating my Own Reality.  Travelling alone made me feel self assured.  After having welcomed by a different culture, accepted and trusted by strangers, treated well and made to feel acknowledged, traveling by myself made me like me more.  And it's sad that I sometimes need others to see me as special before finding what's special in me.  Slowly I have learned how to look into me first, see what's unique and appreciate myself for what I have and I have discovered that I, right here right now, am enough.

Publisher: Shy - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016


5 Essential Things that A Woman Needs to Bring when Traveling Far.


As you may know by now, I have been traveling in long distances alone or with someone for the past few years and through my travels I sometimes fail to bring some essentials that I didn't recognized to be one until the need for it arises.

So I have come up with a list for you as a sort of reminder or suggestion on what you should bring if you have to travel for long hours on the road.

1. Wet wipes - I know, I know.  I've already told you about this during my Pahiyas post but I felt that it is important because it's multi purpose: It freshens you up, and it sanitizes you.

2. Panty liner - As far as being fresh goes, you don't want it to be only face value, you want to be fresh in all the essence of the word.

3. Alcohol - Because wet wipes isn't enough to kill the bacteria.  When you're in a public place, you need something heavy duty to protect yourself.

4. Packed food and water - A woman could pack up some appetite, that's why it's just wise to pack up on some snacks and water.  Healthy or not, whatever it is, it should somehow satisfy the tummy for the time being.

5. Mint, gum  - You could freshen your breath pronto just by popping one of these in your mouth.  For just seconds, your mouth would smell as if you have brushed your teeth even if you haven't yet.

There you go.

I'm sure some of you are already aware of these things.  I just thought that maybe some could forget  especially when they're too focused on packing the other obvious essentials such as clothes, money and what not.

Publisher: Shy - Sunday, June 05, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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3 Things that I Would Have Done Differently in my Pahiyas Festival Trip

No Selfie for me, just footsie.                      

Humans as we are, it's natural for us to look back and reflect on recent experiences in the search of lessons,or entertainment.  And my recent trip is not an exception.  What had happened was I started my travel a bit late than I've wanted to, stuck in the road a bit more than expected, stayed at the destination a bit shorter than planned, and arrived home earlier than I have thought I would be. 

The 2 things (eat pancit habhab and to go around the streets while taking pictures) that I planned to do were already checked that was why it didn't take me too long to accomplished those.  So shortly after, I felt that my job was over and I didn't feel the need to do more.  I was already eager to say goodbye, which is something that I felt like not doing again.  I mean, traveling 8 hours all in all doesn't really justify the 1 and a half stay in the place.  So for those people who plan to visit a far destination, please try to make the most of the stay.  Pack it with activities and make your to-do list more than 2.

Green, orange, red, yellow and violet are the predominant colors you'll be seeing there.

When you get there you'll already feel a bit tired, so try to freshen yourself up by wiping your face with wet wipes or wet face towel, or dab some powder at your back, anything to make you feel a bit more refreshed and a bit more human again.  When I got there, I already felt like a hog, a disgustingly sticky one.  So you could imagine how I felt walking along the streets.  Yes like a hog on a parade. No wonder I didn't feel like taking any selfies.  When you go there, you would want to feel like a model tourist just wondering around the streets like it was your runway.  I know this is a bit narcissistic but believe me, you'll enjoy the experience even more or at least you would want to make yourself selfie-ready because you'll be taking selfies anyway or at the very least, you would want to make yourself feel like a presentable human being.

A good amount of pancit habhab for a good amount of P10.

It will get hot eventually so better try to bring a hat, and buy a cold drink.  This would combat the heat that could be a factor for you not enjoying the place.  And if you're tired, sit down.  This isn't a race, the place wouldn't pack up and close down any sooner.  Pushing yourself to walk would just dampen your excitement.  You can't really appreciate fully the place if you're too tired.  So sit down, talk with a local, eat pancit habhab, stay at a local store for a drink and do people watching.  When you're feeling restored, then go ahead and enjoy the scenery.  When I got there, I was already feeling tired, and disgusting, and the pollution from the tricycles and the heat of the sun just worsen the experience.  But I pushed myself to go around as my way of claiming my price for undergoing through all the hassles that I had gone through for the past few hours.  If I had sit down just for a bit, refreshed myself, I would have had the energy to explore the place even more.

So there I said it so you wouldn't be making the same mistakes I did.

Enjoy your trip people. :)

Publisher: Shy - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

10 Things You May Not Expect About Pahiyas Festival, Lucban

We know that travel going to Lucban if you're from Manila would take 4 hours.  Faster if you take the backroute and if you're going there through a private car in an earlier time like 5am or what not.  During my trip there, there were some things that I wasn't expecting because for one I haven't read about it in the blogs whilst doing my research.  So I made this list for you so you wouldn't be as surprised as I was.

1.  Bubbles blown in the street.  I think because it adds to the festive ambiance so bubbles are blown by sellers .  So when you're doing your stroll expect to see them in the air... somehwere.

2.  When there are tourists, there are vendors.  Almost everywhere selling almost anything.  From refreshments, hats, floral head wreath, pancit habhab, souvenir shirts, longganisa, etc.

3.  They have a thing with stuff human like mascott.  I don't know why.  I haven't asked a local about it.  Maybe you can ask them when you decide to go there one of these days.

4. The path is long and winding.  Now I knew it's going to be a long trip.  I had already accepted that fact, but no one really informed me about it being winding.  For people out there who easily get car sick, prepare your plastic, candies, and white flower/vicks.

5.  Not all houses are decorated.  You would see houses decorated in one street, and when you cross the street to see more, you'll see regular looking houses, but try to walk a bit more and you'll see another street decorated with buntings and all. When I was there, there were only 2 streets which looked festive.

6.  Expect to walk a lot.  There's a point near the outskirts of the town where no tricycles and cars can enter so you wouldn't have a choice but to walk.

7.  Bring umbrella.  I had a feeling that I had to bring umbrella, but I was concern that I'll be hitting people by it when the crowd gets packed.   So I left mine behind.

8.  It's not really that crowded.  Upon entering you'll be intimidated by the line ups of private cars parked along side the street.  By then you'll be thinking that the place would already be so crowded.  Fortunately it wasn't really that crowded that's because I arrived there after the procession.  So if you arrive at 10am there would still be traffic but not so many people as expected.

9.  Police visibility.  I was surprised to see a number of policemen in some corners of the street.  It was understandable because it was a big event of  the time so safety and security are important.  I think I was just not expecting to see them.

10.  No portalets.  So make sure to dine it in a place where there's a toilet.

So there you go.

Good luck with your trip! :)

Publisher: Shy - Monday, May 16, 2016
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