Trail Love

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Trail Running became a trend nowadays.  With a combination of running and hiking over trails, trail running is more challenging and more exciting. In trail running, you would enjoy peace and quiet of the trails. Aside from the difficult courses you’ll have to go through running on trails, it requires you mental and physical power to start and finish a trail run race.

Are you an aspiring trail runner? Or just curious how trail running is played on trails? Here’s a guide on how you can start and hit the trail head. Trail Love: A Beginners’ Guide on Finishing Your First Trail Run

 

Feed Goals: 5 Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You to Get a Follow-Worthy IG Account

Everybody’s into Instagram. From celebrities to foodies, to travelers, to photographers, or to any ordinary individual who are into social media has if not one, more than an IG account. Instagram’s sole purpose is to view and post photos you have randomly snapped at least daily be it the food you’re about to eat at the restaurant, a photograph you captured during your trip or a sunset you witnessed by a chance when you passed by Manila Bay. Instagram is basically telling your stories through snaps.

But there is more to having an IG account. Being an active user and posting worthy photos on your feed means attracting followers and users to like your posts. Over time, people using this application have worked hard to achieve a follow-worthy account. Because Instagram is about pleasing your followers, and fulfilling your followers’ expectations means keeping a good Instagram account. Need inspirations? Check out the list below who are worthy of the hashtag #feedgoals.

  1. A$AP Rocky – IG account: @asaprocky

I am not into hip-hop thingy but this guy’s got a dope IG account. The artwork you see in his feed is just follow-worthy. Rocky hired a digital artist named Gallardo to design and layout his IG feed with a different perspective. It depicts a series of photo collage. Most of Rocky’s images are juxtaposed against his clothes and/or logos of names. It is more of a digital mural and it just rocks!

  1. Beautiful Destinations – IG account: @beautifuldestinations

If you love traveling and photography, follow Beautiful Destinations. They posts beautiful pictures of different destinations around the world. Though they have their own photographers and videographers, they feature photos from other users who are willing to share their captured travel destinations.

  1. James Reid – IG account: @jaye.wolf

Well, yeah James Reid is one of my favorite instagrammer. In his IG account, James showcases his artistry side. From the snaps he took with girlfriend Nadine Lustre, to his travels with siblings and best buddies, hottie James Reid surely makes his feed a follow-worthy not just to his fans but also to users who are into photography and loves the works of arts. James’ IG is definitely #feedgoals!

  1. Mark Essex Javillonar – IG account: @mark_essex

Another Filipino IG user that is worth following is Mark Essex Javillonar, a pre-med student from Manila. Mark’s feed contains photos of his adventures and love for nature, and not to mention his love and expertise in photography (that makes me so jealous).

  1. Emily Wang – IG account: @emwng

If you want to have a clean-theme Instagram feed, check out writer and content creator from Los Angeles, California Emily Wang for inspiration.

Basically, the main key to achieve a follow-worthy Instagram feed is to be aesthetic. Think of a theme how you want your feed to look like. To keep your feed flow naturally, you have to use similar filters for your photos to have a consistent approach. Use apps like VSCO Cam to modify your photos (if necessary). It’s always fun to play with your account until you get to decide what your feed should look like.

Hey, don’t forget to check-out my IG Accounts (I have two BTW) and I’ve been experimenting my feed. @belleofjune for my travels and adventures and @jhayann.santos for my personal collage of photos I took spontaneously.

Mt. Ulap Eco Trail-My First Outdoor Adventure

I was never an outdoor adventure lover. Sure I am a marathoner, but the road was enough for my feet to conquer. I must admit, I was a less-adventurer.  Last March 19, 2016 was different. My friends who have climbed mountains and tried hiking before attempted – for the nth time inviting me to join them and have a day hike at Mt. Ulap (also known as the care bears mountain for hikers). And yes, they succeeded.  I was actually convinced, finally. And I must say I didn’t regret it.

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Gungal Rock- most popular site at Mt. Ulap

 

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This way to Mt. Ulap

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Camp site

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Grassland slope of Ambunao Paoay

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Stone balancing at Mt. Ulap

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At the camp site

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Over-looking

 

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It was supposed to be an easy climb. Not for a first-timer like me. Pity. It was a struggle for me. I almost ran out of breath reaching every summit. The traverse is another struggle story for me. I slid like five times. But I managed to get myself up and laugh about every breakdown. To sum it up, it was a lot of fun. It is another achievement for me- be able to conquer Mt. Ulap.

Throughout our journey, I can’t help but take pictures of every angle. The view is breathtaking. It was truly amazing how God have created all these. He was truly a genius. With this hike, I learned how to appreciate God’s creation more. And I am certain I would definitely do this again.

 

Mt. Ulap Day Hike budget:

Transportation:

Bus: Manila-Baguio – PHP455/head  (Victory Liner)

Jeepney going to Ampucao, Itogon – PHP31/head

Day Hike:

Registration Fee: PHP100/head

Guide: PHP400 for a group of 10 people

Note: I suggest that you hire a guide. One perk of having a guide is they will contact a jeepney that will take you back to Baguio City proper. Fare is PHP50/head.

Top Summer Destinations in the Philippines

It’s officially summer in the Philippines. Summer here means more fun and more sun. Philippines is known to its famous beaches in the world. You heard of Boracay, right? We have more of that. Beach, beach and more beach! If you speak of summer, the Philippines defines that word. So if you’re planning for a summer getaway, here a some perfect summer destinations to visit.

1. Boracay Island – Boracay Island maybe overrated but it is no denying that this beautiful island is one of the best summer destinations in Asia. A tourist’s favorite because of its stunning beaches, fine white sand and so much fun.

  

2. Palawan – With Boracay in the south, Palawan is a beautiful gem in the north. Famous places include El Nido where you can see the Marine Reserve Park and the Puerto Princesa where UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Subterranean River Park and Tubbatha Reef Marine Park are located. 

The Undergound River at Puerto Princesa by Mike Gonzalez

3. Cebu – Do you want to experience whale shark diving? Well it’s true. Watch local fishermen in Sumilon Island feed these lovely creatures by hand. And if you want a real up-close encounter with these friendly giants, try scuba diving with whale sharks. How is that for an extreme summer experience? Whale Sharks Watching

    

Get up-close encounter with the friendly whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu
  

4. Ilocos Norte – If you’ve visited Boracay a couple of times already, have a taste of the Boracay of the north- Pagudpud. Ilocandia’s pride Pagudpud is a fourth class municipality and a coastal resort town located in the north-most part of the Ilocos Region. Afraid of heights? Conquer your fear with Asia’s longest over water zipline at Hannah’s and have an unforgettable summer ever.Hannah’s Zipline in Pagudpud

 

Saud Beach in Pagudpud by John Ryan Cordova
 

5. Camarines Norte – Ah the Calaguas Island. A newly-discovered paradise in the Bicol Region. Though local tour operators are still gearing up towards a better local eco-tourism in the island not that bad to visit the island while it’s fresh.

Calaguas Island
 
6. Laguna – I’ve been talking about beaches in this post. I know, I know I am a bit bias. Next on my list is not about the beach and sandbar. The province of Laguna may not have those huge seas but they are still rich in water natures. Waterfalls, hot springs and lakes are all over the province of Laguna. Check out the local travel sites of Cavinti, Pagsanjan, Los Banos and Liliw to name a few. There’s a lot more Laguna can offer.

  
 7. Aurora – Baler the provincial capital of Aurora province is rich in historical stories. It is host to a spectacular geographic formations and situated ion a vast plain at the south end of Baler Bay, a contiguous segment of the Philippine Sea.Baler is said to be the birthplace for surfing in the Philippines.Baler provides small to large size waves best for beginners and novice surfing. List of surf spots in Baler   

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8. Cagayan de Oro – From north let’s go down far southern part of the country. Another extreme activity to do during summer is water rafting. White water rafting could be Cagayan de Oro’s most popular tourist’s getaway. Waters splashing and slamming against boulders will remind you of nature’s powerful effect on life. If you want real adventure and at the same time commune with nature, include Cagayan de Oro on your list.White Water Rafting Package

White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Well, these are just few destinations you can add-on to your bucketlist to experience adventure, fun and nature-loving summer in the Philippines. Being a tropical country and summer is the most favorite season, now is the best time to experience Philippines!

 

What’s in Your Luggage?

Are you a budget traveler? A backpacker? Traveling with luxury? What are the things you always keep inside your backpack or luggage?

As a budget traveler, I always prefer to travel lite. So I make sure I bring the best and most important stuff I can use throughout my trip. Packing your stuff is quite a job, really. You pack all the things you need and make sure you don’t forget anything. That is why making a travel checklist is very essential. And before generating your checklist, you have to be acquainted with your planned destination. What am I saying? Packing your stuff when you are traveling in a humid country is different from packing when traveling to a cold country. Check the current weather of your destination so you know what to bring or not to bring during your trip. Also, this could help you avoid getting exceeded on your allowed baggage load returning home. Sure you’ll get to have lots of those souvenirs from your trip back home. In this post, I’m sharing my own list.

  1. Travel Documents – This include your passport, air ticket or e-ticket, boarding pass, invitation letter, etc. These are your A-tickets to all of your trips especially when you’re going out of your mother country. Double check your destination because some countries require VISA when entering their land. Don’t forget to bring your Personal ID’s. If I may suggest put all your travel documents in one envelope or pocket organizer so you can keep all these in one place and for your own convenience.
  2. Reservations, Itineraries & Contact Infos – Before you leave for your trip, it is vital to write down and bring along with you important contact information of services you may need. To maximize your travel, have your itinerary on-hand, always.
  3. Money – Of course you will need to eat during your trips. And don’t forget to visit the local markets to buy some goodies to take home.
  4. Technology – This includes your phone, cameras, chargers, power banks and other useful tools you may need during your trip.
  5. Lightweight Clothing – As I have mentioned, this depends on the weather/climate of the place you’re visiting. As much as possible, pack basic, lightweight clothes. and if you’re traveling to a place with a cold climate, you may want to bring one or two sweater or jacket. Pack an extra swimsuit just in case you may want to dive into a pool or beach.
  6. Toiletry Bag – What’s in it? The basics. Toothbrush, deodorant, sunscreen, moisturizer, facial wipes, lip balm, personal feminine hygiene products (for females of course), hairbrush/comb, lotion and if you’re particular to your hair products, bring your own shampoo and conditioner. But these are available at your hotel for sure.
  7. Day Bag – This can be used in a variety of ways and help you stay comfortable and prepared. This is where I put my sunnies, purse, cellphone, lip balm, face powder and hanky.
  8. Footwear – I only bring a pair of flip-flops and a pair of comfortable shoes – sneakers or a comfy flat.

Necessities for each traveler may vary, but these are the basics that are always in my luggage. What’s inside your bag?