For the first time in my adult life, I was able to experience Visita Iglesia, the catholic tradition of visiting 7 churches during Holy Week. I persuaded my Filipino-Chinese friend and travel buddy Doreen of GETS Travel to join me in this soul searching journey while I'm in Naga City,Bicol.
Our first stop was Carmelite Monastery which was in the outskirt of city center. This place is also very meaningful to me because of a little miracle that happened last January 2016 which led to a series of events in my life.
I introduced Doreen to Ate Lydia, the caretaker whom I met during my first visit in the Carmelite Monastery. She's the one who explained to me the significance of the devotion to the Scapular and how it is related to safety and protection. Since then, whenever I meet a Catholic when I'm travelling, I give them my spare scapular.
Fresh from my 27 day trip abroad, I gave another #SSStalk to students from various universities in Metro Manila where I gave my inputs on how they can use their online presence to make a difference.
Even though I was still exhausted from my travel, I always make time to honor my speaking engagements because it's one of my passions --- to be able to interact with other youth and hopefully inspire them to take actions.
I also shared to them my personal story, on what prompted me to start this sole searching soul blog and how I use my #SSStory to inspire others to create their own beautiful memories too while advocating for some causes they truly believe in.
So you see, when I can't update this blog, most probably I'm busy creating a new presentation for my #SSStalk and engaging with other people offline.
I'm struggling with updating this site but please stay connected as I share more interesting and INSPIRING stories of different people I met offline, especially for the past weeks that I was on my solesearchingsoul journey in SG, Malaysia and Myanmar.
I first heard of this place called "Partido Riviera" during a sharing by DOT 5 Director Nini Ravanilla a few years ago. Our Department of Tourism officials said that it can even rival that beauty of "French Riviera" so I was really intrigued by it but it was only last February 2014 when I passedby this area coz it's really an off beaten path especially if you're coming from Naga City on your way to Legazpi City.
Whenever my dad is home and on vacation, he always take us to a road trip and the video below captured one of the most scenic view he really raved about; to the point that whenever I have friends visiting us, he always volunteer to drive from CamSur to Albay as long we take this road. And so it has also become one of my favorite "road less travelled" in Bicol.
If I'm not mistaken, my parents first discovered it a few years back when my sister had her immersion in one of the communities in Partido and they drove to this area to pick her as well as brought some goods to the foster family where my sister stayed. Since then, they had countless road trips in Partido because my dad really liked the view.
Google Map may help you find your way to this scenic road. From ANAYAN CROSSING, you have to go to turn left going to Partido area and once you reach TIGAON town turn right to Sagnay Road. Check the Google Map below for routes and full instructions.
Watch this video uploaded by Kim Honrado and shared by Naga City Deck
together with some snaps that will surely make you wanna take this road
next time you think of taking a joy ride!
These photos by Kim Honrado were shared by Bicol Deck on Facebook.
I was told that these aerial shots were taken by a drone.
Ohh how I wish I also have a drone! I'll definitely put that in my wishlist for 2016!
I also suggest you visit JOROAN Church in Tiwi and say a little prayer.
... especially if you're out for great adventure!
If you're looking for adrenaline rush this Wednesday, you should watch my #SSSelfieAdventures in 3 key places in the Philippines. Play the video below and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel.
The closet artist in me is finally out! Prism Gallery is finally opening their newest exhibit featuring 300 postcard designs from 30 plus artists and yes, I am one of those artist!
I'm nervous at the same time delighted that for the first time, I will be able to share my soul searching journey through my Sole Searching Soul Postcard Collection.
It feels surreal especially last October 23 when I got the limited printouts of my first ever #postcards which features 8 different photos from my travels.
Action Camera is one of the top items in Bucket List of most travellers I know but it tends to be bit pricey especially for those with very tight budget. I'm sure that if you're reading this post, you are just like me you who wish to have an action cameras are not that expensive.
Since then, I've been scouting for a new one but budget limitations is a big consideration that's why I've been '"shopping" online from time to time just to check if there'll be a quality yet affordable unit.
I'm still undecided what to get but I found these 5 Action Cameras on SALE while browsing the Lazada website. You might might also want to check especially if you just want to capture exciting holiday moments without breaking your wallet.
AMAZINGLY LOW PRICE! Okay, I must admit that if only price is my only consideration and I want it to be the cheapest, I'll take this brandless waterproof action camera. It even comes with a FREE powerbank at its sale price of Php 1,199! It's one of the best deals I've seen on Lazada's Halloween Sale with up to 85% discounts!
When I asked around what's the best alternative to the expensive brands, SJCAM was always top of the mind. They've told me that it's quality is as good as the more famous brand of action camera but you can buy it at a much cheaper price. So maybe affordable doesn't mean cheap quality afterall!
The G2 12MP Wifi Action Camera is a good option for those who are keeping a tight budget but still want to capture the thrill of the extreme. You can have never-ending fun and endless memories for as low as Php 2,690.
I know how it feels not to be able to capture some of our adrenaline-pumping activities just because we don't have the luxury of a sports camera. Well, good thing there are now more affordable options for us just like the units I included in in this list. I hope you find this blog post helpful in your search for affordable yet quality action camera.
Visit the Camera section of Lazada and feast your eyes on the wide array of selection like you’ve never seen before. The rating and feedback section on their website is also a great tool to help you decide on your shopping choices.
Watch this video to see some of my best travel and adventures taken with my action camera.
It was a night to remember, not only for me but to some of my close friends as we unwind and enjoy the musical performances of different musicians like Barbie Almabis, Yolanda Moon, Pulso, Giniling Festival, Musical O and Maude.
Famous bands like Rocksteddy and Parokya ni Edgar
were also there to perform and party with the crowd!!!
STAR-STUDDED NIGHT! Different celebrities were also spotted at the event as they represent the various floats part of the Grand Lights Parade.
A grand fireworks display wowed the crowd as we welcome another year for Quezon City!
Despite the occasional drizzle, a lot of people stayed until midnight to watch the fireworks display which lasted for almost 5 minutes. I personally like love it!
PAROKYA NI EDGAR played some of their best songs that make the crowd very cheerful! I also enjoyed it a lot as I find myself dancing and singing along with the rest of the party-goers!
Join me in supporting my fellow Bicolano entreprenuers! Today will be the opening of the annual regional trade fair called Orgullo Kan Bicol. This highlights the best of products and source of pride of region 5.
The opening ceremony will be at 10:30 in the morning, October 8, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level, Bldg. B of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Fair is open during mall hours from October 8-11, 2015.
Throwback: To give you an overview what you can see at OKB, check this video on my YouTube Channel.
On its 19th year, Orgullo kan Bikol (okB)-Gayon Bicol positions our micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the global trade. OKB-Gayon Bicol Regional Trade Fair has evolved from a purely marketing event into an annual socio-cultural affair. It has become the venue for budding MSMEs to find new markets and graduate to better capacities; an opportunity for them to develop new product designs attuned to and compliant with market demands.
DTI-Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said, “the OKB-Gayon Bicol, through the years, has provided opportunities for our homegrown entrepreneurs to develop, find new markets and become more competitive. This annual marketing event offers wearables and homestyle products, processed foods, ceramics, furniture, fine jewelry, and other products that will surely delight the buyers. It displays Bicol’s best products made from finest handcrafted materials to prime food delicacies, bringing the Bicolano entrepreneurs distinctive skills in weaving, innovating, and producing new products and designs for discerning markets; domestic and foreign”.
One hundred eleven exhibitors (111) from all over the region are joining this year’s fair. Thirty-three (33) comes from Albay, twelve (12) from Camarines Norte, twenty (21) from Camarines Sur, 11 from Catanduanes, 9 from Masbate and 25 from Sorsogon. It features thirty-eight (38) new entrepreneurs, who are given full marketing assistance by the DTI via this trade fair. It also features one hundred sixty (162) new products resulting from DTI’s product development activities prior to the event. As in the past, this marketing event is a convergence activity. DTI partners with the Department of Tourism (DOT), OKB Association, Inc., and the Local Government Units (LGUs).
By way of this trade fair, DTI enjoins domestic and foreign buyers to take a closer look and become more aware of what these micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) produce. As DTI commits to provide its clients – the MSMEs – better avenues to promote their fine products, they are also encouraged to explore the global market.
Let’s support the Bicolano entrepreneurs. See you at SM Megamall!
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