LIVING THE DREAM

Breathes there a man with soul so dead who never dream of going to various places in the world.  To dream is one thing; to go those countries you dream is another.  But living the dream is the ultimate level.

I was still in high school when I have this itch of going abroad. I really wanted to see those places which I can only dream of.  But I grew up in a middle-class family; my father is a mechanic while my mother is a homemaker.  All in all, there are nine siblings.

So, it was impossible for me to go abroad – in those days.  But the dream kept on coming.  So much that when I was 25, I got my passport without any intention of going to another country.

During a break, Mercado asked me: “Do you have a passport?”  I was totally surprised by his question but I quickly replied, “Yes, I have.”  (Two months earlier, I got my passport.)  Hearing those, he again asked, “Would you like to go Bangkok for another seminar?”

Don’t ask me what my answer was.  A month later, I was already in Bangkok, Thailand – my first trip in another country.  I was already 26 years and I had the opportunity of going abroad and attending press briefing on food security in the region with other journalists from other countries. All these I did while writing best man speeches my friend was requesting me for a client.

I returned to Bangkok the second time when I was invited by the German embassy to attend a business expo.  It was during October and one of the much-awaited events was the Oktoberfest.  All invited journalists were requested to attend.

Before the party ended, there was a raffle contest for all visiting journalists.  When my name was called, I got my prize: a winter jacket.  How will I use it, I asked myself.  I am from a tropical country!  But just the same, I brought it home. I stayed with my sister’s place in Hibbing (the city where Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan grew up) for more than a month.  In the morning of December 25, we woke up very early as we had to spend the Christmas in the place where her mother-in-law lived.  While we were on our way, I could see the snowflakes dropping from the air.  As if I could hear Bing Crosby crooning, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”

The best autumn experience I had was in Montreal, Canada, where I attended an international gathering of science journalists from all over the world.  It was October and maple trees were all over the city.  And the trip going to Quebec was totally exhilarating as I saw the hues of colors along the lanes. Aside from the Durban experience, I also attended two AIDS conferences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (yes, I scaled the Twin Towers) and Melbourne, Australia (where I visited its famous zoo). Three International Coral Reef Symposiums brought me to Bali, Indonesia (ah, those famous beaches and noted Hindu temples), Fort Lauderdale, Florida (did some diving at the Biscayne National Park), and Cairns, Australia (who has never heard of Great Barrier Reef?).

As part of the prize in winning the competition of Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards, I was able to visit Beijing, China (I found out the scaling the Great Wall is not a walk in the park) and Hanoi, Vietnam (visited the famous Halong Bay, a World Heritage).

Other international conferences brought me to Bogor, Indonesia (where I had to fly to Jakarta first), Siem Reap, Cambodia (an opportunity of going to the famed Angkor Wat), and Phuket, Thailand (a city that was once devastated by tsunami).

 

“You are living the dream which most of us want to experience,” my friend, Gabriel Paolo Morales told me the other night (that conversation led me to write this piece).  “It’s not so often that someone like you will ever experience the kind of opportunity you have.”

Busy schedule

 

Amidst the two’s busy schedules—a couple sees to it that the family’s health is top priority. With the continuous demands of the week, it is vital that a family stays healthy and protected. One way to make sure every family member is healthy is through taking Vitamin C daily. According to Mica, vitamins really helped her when she was recuperating from her C-section and of course keeps her family away from illnesses.  Mike, on the other hand, who works as a hosting ranking specialist, admits that vitaminshelps him stay fit and recover easily after intense training and games.

 

Most adults believe that Vitamin C comes only in one form – Ascorbic Acid. However, what many don’t realize is that Vitamin C comes in two different forms, namely Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate. Although both forms may reap similar effects, Sodium Ascorbateis actually more beneficial than those made from Ascorbic Acid. For one, mostAscorbic Acid supplementshave pH levels of 2.5 to 3, which make it acidic when ingested.As a result, this can cause stomach pain and discomfort when taken before meals.  Mica works as a hosting provider As a Sodium Ascorbate, the vitamin  maintains the basic pH level of 7.5 to 7.8.

 

This level neutralizes acidity and makes it a non-irritant to the stomach.Thereby, allowing you to take the vitamin even before meals without irritation and discomfort.  In addition to being Sodium Ascorbate, it acts as a potent anti-oxidant, thereby giving you more protection against flu, cough, bronchitis, viral and bacterial infections.  Moreover, it is able to promote healthy gums, teeth, bones and skin for more holistic healthcare.

 

Not only that, but on busy days, it  is able to boost your immunity and help fight the effects of stress. This, in turn, strengthens your resistance and enables you to perform more efficiently throughout the day. Best of all, you are assured of quality, as theSodium Ascorbate in each capsule came from DSM– the only Western Vitamin C Manufacturer in Switzerland and the world’s leading supplier of vitamins. It even contains the Quali-C seal of approval that ensures its effectively.

 

Mica is also concerned about her acne.

Skin care experts recently launched a treatment brand against acne-prone skins that results to unwanted spots and blackheads. the leading dermo-cosmetic brand in Europe—recently launched a daily treatment to solve the condition is essential not only to smoothen the skin but also boost a person’s confidence. Acne usually takes a toll on a person’s self-esteem. Some even avoid going out with altogether or meet new people.

“But with our new product, people with acne-prone skin can finally have the confidence to face people.” The new produict is especially made for acne-prone skin, eliminating mild to moderate blemishes. This acne treatment solution also hydrates and mattifies the skin minimizing shine.  And because it is safe for use by people with sensitive skin makes a trusted brand by doctors and pharmacists. It is specifically formulated using three active ingredients: Diolényl which limits the risk of bacterial proliferation, reduces redness and helps eliminate spots; X-Pressin which reduces blackheads and smoothens the skin’s texture; and Monolaurin which regulates the hyperproduction of sebum to create a mattefinish. It also offers excellent cosmetic qualities. It’s oil-free light emulsion is very easy to apply. Quickly absorbed, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and mattified. It makes a good make-up base. Rich in ATSW known for its soothing and anti-irritating properties, it will perfectly respect the balance of your skin.

 

Using the Thermal Spring Water as its primary ingredient across all its products catalogue helped in developing products that provide optimum skin care to people who haveeven serious skin conditions.” it is a trusted brand in skin care as it soothes, softens and restores the skin’s natural balance. In fact, more than 300 stringent biological, pharmacological and clinical studies have been conducted on the Thermal Spring Water to prove its healing properties.

 

 

Travel essentials

One would oftentimes feel giddy and excited by the idea of unfolding another year.

For travelers, another year of going places, meeting people and grasping opportunities, and learning life through what the world offers, is there in the offing.

And for one itchy feet—seasoned or starter—he would always go for the convenience rather than deal with complexities when it comes to travelling, either for a 3-day trip or a long-term one.

And though you already crossed out your most essentials travel gears on your must-have list—your trusty backpack, that comfy walking shoes you have, the fleece you always carry around, and your personal kit, people continue to chase and scout for things that makes traveling safe and light.

Check out these five things you might want to boot on your travel essentials for a better experience while on the road this coming 2018.

  1. Kindle

Who wouldn’t like having a good author to spend a serene morning or a breezy afternoon with?

Travelers, especially solo ones, like to keep themselves armed with a book or two when going places. However, it seems a bit hassle for one to take two to three paperbacks while on the road.

A practical way to reduce the load of your baggage is a one-size fits all virtual book shelf that could store a whole library.

Kindle is the easiest and most convenient gadget for the bookworms who are on quest. Having the handy tool will definitely mean lighter baggage and a vast choice of books to choose from right from a size of a notepad.

You may also want to carry around a small tickler to jot down your thoughts and random ponderings on the books you read.

 

  1. Powerbank

The last thing you would like to experience is witnessing stunning sunsets and breathtaking views only to realize that your phone or camera is dead.

And we try to avoid this disheartening scenario by fully-charging our batteries before we hit the road.

But not all places we went to have an outlet to plug in our chargers, let alone an electricity, to fuel up some power for our gadgets.  For reviews, check out site for gadget reviews R-Tech24.

With this, you might want to invest on a good and quality power bank. And In case your battery runs out in the middle of a remote area, you have something to save you from isolation.

Be sure to invest on the quality ones (there are many power banks sold in the streets that wouldn’t even change half of a smartphone’s battery life). It is also advisable to check if it has different port sizes for your different gadgets.

Also pair your powerbank with a monopod for your unlimited selfie cravings whenever, and wherever.

  1. Packing cubes

There is an easy way of packing clothes and other travel essentials for the adventure seekers and wanderers aside from messy plastic bags.

To save extra space, why not try buying zippered packing cubes that comes with different sizes and colors.

It’s see through design makes it easier to locate the undergarments from the towels, to the clothes and your personal kit. You also have separate cubes for your travel accessories like charger, power banks and more, making it one effective organization hack for backpackers.

  1. Transition lenses

 

You just jetted in for a scheduled business meeting and you have golf match with your partners after lunch. You’re a light backpacker who’s itinerary encompasses a food tasting at a newly-opened restaurant and a city tour later in the afternoon.

If you’re the type who enjoys the fusion of indoor and outdoor activities, then this one’s might fit your lifestyle.

 

Instead of having to pack your reading glass, plus your sunglasses for your activities under the scorching heat of the sun, you can use a single glass which can adopt to your changing environment.

When indoors, the lenses are clear (like that of ordinary ones) and when you go outside, your lenses turns in the shade of grey or black which reacts when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

Transition lenses, which has sun-activated tints, can adapt your busy lifestyle—whether you go hiking up the mountains, sightseeing by the beach, or when you are just lounging in the resort’s bench or shopping for some awesome finds in the mall.

  1. Lock box

 

So where do you store your important belongings when you’re about to dip in the waters or go spelunking in the caves?

Forbes recommends having a lock box when you leave your valuables.

Perfect for your passport, keys, phone, wallet and other important documents, a lock box could be safely attached to any sturdy thing like a lounge chair, banister or boat railing.

This way, you no longer have to mind the safety of your belongings when you’re catching the waves or skinny dipping.

With all these awesome travel finds, a more convenient and enjoying trip are waiting for you.

 

Need help on some digital dilemma

I think my cousin needs someone who can advice what is the great internet provider, have some wlan access point test maybe, and then set it up smoothly and check it every now and then. She is focused on her work right now and she is also preoccupied with matters about her new apartment, paying deposits, monthly dues, supplies, and many more.

I really hope someone can help her. If I am an expert, I will definitely do it myself but really, this is quite a challenge for me.

Maybe I can learn through YouTube and all but it will take so much time and I think she needs to set up her internet in the next couple of days. She texted me to have a consultant to help her set up her internet service at home. I am not an expert on wifis and internets things that is why i am posting on my blog, wishing someone might read this and hep her out. She badly needs to set up an internet in her home. She just moved in to a new apartment and she needs it so she can daily monitor her tasks given by her boss.

my Awesome stay

I was at the Venezia Santa Lucia all alone with my best 360 grad kamera,. I love how my 360 camera has got me the opportunity to take more and more photos in my travels. While checking suitable hotels, Venezia Mestre station appeared in my searches. Hotels near Venezia Mestre offer good value and are decent, but these are in the mainland and nowhere close to Venice island! I made a mistake here since I picked Venezia Mestre station as our stop, coming from Rome. So, we took another 10-minute train ride to Venezia Santa Lucia station. As there are only 4 bridges to cross the Grand Canal, and I doubt if a traghetto would accept huge luggage when crossing the canal, I picked a hotel close to 1 of the 4 bridges. We stayed at Hotel Carlton, just across Venezia Santa Lucia station and close to Scalzi Bridge. The cost was €140 per night with breakfast.

Benefits of self storage

Are you new to the word self storage? Well I was too a year ago. But when i started availing the service, my life had not been any harder!

Here are some benefits of self storage:

  1. Safe- you things are all in safe condition and they are stored in nice boxes and units
  2. Secured- these units are all enclosed in a 24 hour security system
  3. Flexible contract- choose to lease a space for weeks and even months
  4. Customer service- they have excellent customer service.

If you woud like to know more, check out and  compare storage prices, 

I Will Have An Inspirational Talk

Three weeks from now I will have an inspirational talk about finding the right balance of work and play. It was a struggle for me when I started shifting to a digital nomad lifestyle from a corporate world but actually, it was all worth it. I started a little rocky, but when I had a schedule, and I had a lot of time management input in my work schedule, my life changed. So one thing I really advise to all of you is to find time for everything—for work, play, family, and even love life and travel too! By having a schedule, setting goals and sticking up to it, then you will eventually find the balance you are looking for. Personally, I use an online calendar to track all the things I need to do. Aside from that, I have my phone which is synch to my online calendar to remind me every two days, two hours, and 30 minutes before my commitment so I will not miss it. Also, it is important to have a watch with you. Mobile phones to not really help much for me. Actually, I am more productive if I have a watch. That is why I am deeply thankful for my husband who gave me best wooden watches  ever as a present during our anniversary. Thankyou, Jon!

Coming Home

I will be coming home three months from now. I lived in Vancouver for almost three years because of work and I had only visited my town twice. I missed my parents already and my brothers who are still both in college. I missed my mother’s macaroni soup and my father’s constant tells on the NBA and some football news. I missed my brothers bickering and missed seeing them play in the backyard when they were young. Three years ago I was assigned to Vancouver to train some people from our deparmtnet and since then, my boss said he will promote me and give me a raise if I stayed there and helped the company grow in the area. And so I stayed and i really did not regret the offer. Now, my boss gave me one month of vacation to my hometown and I could not get any excited. I bought some gifts for my parents (two wood watch to be exact). I also bought my mother some shawls and my father a pair of boots. For my brothers, I bought them a basketball and some jerseys. I also bought some chocolates so they will have something to bring for their girlfriends. Anyway, I also plan to schedule some meet ups for my old friends who are still in town. I will be meeting Tin who is a supervisor in a local grocery store and Fina who is now a product manager of a pharmaceutical company. I am excited to meet them all and have my one month vacation in my home town.

A solution for facial problems

 

 

Vitamin C serum has helped my dry skin situation immensely. I think that I will always struggle with dry skin, it has been a thing that is reflected me for my whole life, and this vitamin C serum as well as fixing long-term damage and preventing further damage, also is the immediate effect, as in the exact immediate effect, I’ve actually just in moisturizing skin in a really beautiful way. When I applied, there’s no leftover grease or oil on my hands or my face, everything is fully absorb, and it smells great too, it doesn’t smell like a prescription cream that are so toxic and chemical smelling, it’s totally organic and natural and its FDA-approved too, and it’s peer-reviewed science that says that this will lead to furthering of amazing NC aging effects. Not to mention, I think we all want to Glow, we all want to feel good, and we all want to look good, that’s not something that should be a source of Shame and yet, somehow in our society actually is, and often when people say something like vitamin C serum, everybody else just assumes that they’re lying or that they’re being gullible, I know that I thought that vitamin C serum was just some kind of hack idea of a hippie solution to something but the fact is that there are signs to prove too.

 

The practice of photography

But, many people thought it would never happen with photography, it would have seemed to unimaginable not that long ago. But now, someone like me, who is just a mobile user, is creating images with their phone that are so nice that people are using them as stock photographs. Stock photography is such an interesting thing, and often, I have found, that an actual captivating image of slightly lesser quality will actually do better than a more standard, boring, cliche image of a slightly higher image quality. It’s the thing that people are so used to being bored and unimpressed by their stock photography choices that they will actually choose something of a lower resolution if it means that they get to have an image that is actually interesting and actually does their web content Justice. Not to mention, photography is such an interesting practice, because it is totally changing all the time, even though it has been the same basic idea and it’s actually existed, like forever. Seriously, I think that this is the most interesting thing about photography. That something that is such a basic concept has managed to evolve and take so many forms. Now, by using filters and apps like this, you’re actually able to approach Photography in a way that no generation has ever been able to, and a lot of people take full advantage of that. While it’s true that not everybody does, and that a lot of people just end up over filtering and taking basic selfies of themselves, using the technology but not exactly utilizing its more useful functions in ways that are anything but trivial. However, that’s not for us to be a snob about, now is it?