Taipei, Taiwan

Ni hao! Here’s a summary video of my 4-day stay in Taiwan. 🙂

This trip was extra special to me from my previous out of the country trips because this was my first ever solo travel outside the Philippines. Haha!

It was so much fun and liberating! Well, I really like to travel alone so I already expected that I would enjoy this trip. Haha! But what I was super excited about before going to Taipei were the food I’m going to nibble on, the places I am going to visit, and the amazing weather! It’s the last week of February so it’s still chilly but not so much and it was perfect.

Below are some of the photos I took from the places I went to and a few of the food I tried while I’m there.

 

Lungshan Temple of Manka

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A typical street in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market

 

Squirrels and the lovely view in 228 Peace Park

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I was also lucky to see Sakura trees started blooming! So if you want to witness sakura blossoms in Taipei, it is perfect to visit sometime between last week of February and first week of March. 🙂

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Raohe Street Night Market

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Subway to Taipei Main Station

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The most famous skyscraper in Taiwan, the Taipei 101. I took this from the peak of the Elephant Mountain. It’s a steep hike but the view from up there is worth the sweat! Also, a few minutes of trek won’t hurt so much.

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That’s me and Taipei 101. See how wet my shirt is? Haha! For a very unprepared and unfit person like me, it was a challenge. But it didn’t kill me so, I would still recommend to do this. You can relax on the top after, it was amazing.

 

Taipei Zoo

 

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The vastness of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is amazing! It’s also a great place to relax, take photographs, picnic, and whatever decent. Haha! There are sakura trees around, too. 😉

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That’s me again, with the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Hehe

I also tried the famous Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending on my last day. The food is served in a bowl that looks like toilet. It’s cute, and very instragrammable. The price of the meals are a bit high from the usual prices of food in Taipei but it’s okay. Taste is OK too. I only had chicken curry, and I love chicken and curry so my comment about it is kind of bias… and yes, I loved it. The complimentary poop-shaped chocolate ice cream is so-so though. I would still recommend it for first time visitors for experience. The place is cozy, and homy so you will absolutely like it. 😉

 

Modern Toilet Restaurant

There are places I wasn’t able to go to because of oversleeping. Haha! Like Yehliu Geopark up north, the Sanxia District, Jiufen Old Street, and a lot more. I think it’s okay, then I have a reason to go back.

Taiwan, I’ll see you again! ❤

~ N

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Taipei, Taiwan

Lake Sebu

I flew to the lowermost part of the Philippines for my first solo travel this year to experience Lake Sebu. It is an actual lake in a small town also called Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Mindanao. Before I leave for this trip, my mother, sister, friends, and office friends kept on telling me to take care, for obvious reasons that it is just a few hours away from where the bandits are nesting. To be honest, I kind of hesitated because of its reputation but still followed my guts, that everything will be fine. So I decided to go. But as expected, it has the warmest people. 🙂

It’s amazing to find peace in a place where most people perceive is lacking. 🙂

Here is a video of my adventures in Lake Sebu:

 

Things you must try:

  1. Seven Falls Zipline
  2. Extreme River Tubing
  3. Water Biking

Places to visit:

  1. Divine Mercy Garden
  2. Lotus Watching on Lake Sebu
  3. Bai Lang Dulay
  4. T’Boli Homestay
  5. Seven Falls
  6. T’Boli Museum

I will update this post soon for my Guide to Lake Sebu. 😉

Be well,
N

Lake Sebu

Thank you, 2016!

Happy New Year! This is a year-ender post so, it’s quite long. 😅

I ended 2015 with new relationships with the amazing people I met at my new job and with the folks I went with when climbing the picturesque mountains of Laguna and Batangas; with a lot of travels locally with some of my favorite people; with new experiences from every quarter of it; with memories — both good and not so good; and with lessons that left indelible marks in my heart. I was one of those hopefuls; hoping that 2016 will be a better year. But my 2016 was not a better year, it was my most AMAZING YEAR, yet! 😍

I haven’t done a year-ender post in a while (last time was 2011), and similar to my previous year-enders, I will highlight the best moments of every month of my 2016. So here it goes!

January

I never knew I would start my year with my first ever paid modeling project! There was a time in my life that I attended auditions and did VTRs hoping to land an acting project or a TVC and print ad project that would pay me a fortune but to no avail, and then I got tired and stopped and focused on more important things. And then Grab happened. It didn’t pay much but I was happy the fire inside me rekindled.

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It was also the first time I got to travel outside Laguna with my favorite people from college.

February

Got my baby! 🤗🤗🤗


March

Back at Enchanted Kingdom with the new people I met on that day. And remained friends since!

April

Every year, I go to a place that I have never been to, alone… on my birthday. This year, I finally got to visit Coron.

Celebrated my third decade alone on one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines! I only realised one thing after this, traveling alone is addictive!

May

Back at attending go-sees and VTRs, and fortunately, the one I attended this month landed me a series of modelling gigs that lasted until November. Such a humbling experience; I met a lot of cool people, too!


June

Visited Sagada at last! I have always wanted to visit this place long before That Thing Called Tadhana, and wanted to go even more after seeing the movie. I had the real Sagada experience with my favorite people from work. Got so great memories from that trip! ❤️


July

El Nido! One of my best friends Leslie went home after forever!


August

Another solo travel for me and this time I went to Boracay, after several years. I first visited Boracay last 2009 with friends from college. Ever since I remained in love with the island. If you have been there, you know why.

I went there alone and came back home with new friends I met from PubCrawl!

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With the amazing people I met at PubCrawl Boracay. Photo credit: Pinky Veloso

September

Japan! Enough said. 😍

October

Went back to Boracay with Dhang! It was our first time riding a ferry to Caticlan. It was a 12-hour ride from Batangas. Dhang liked it but me not so much. Haha

November

Deltek’s 2016 Year End Party! We joined DelteKinetics last year, it’s an annual dance competition in Deltek and we placed second.

This year, we kept the place. Consistency is key people! 😂😂😂

Deltek Dance Crew

 

Deltek Dance Crew during awarding.

December

JENESYS 2016 Batch 5: Economics. I have so much to tell about this and I’m putting up a page on my blog about my experience. Hopefully I get to finish it before January ends.

JENESYS was one of the highlights of my 2016! I learned so much about Japan and the rich culture of the ASEAN countries! I can’t wait to share it to you!

I did not expect 2016 to be this wonderful! I just hoped for the best and I had the most amazing year I have had, yet! Although this year has been cruel to the world particularly in politics (need I say more? Haha), show business (for taking our favorite Hollywood artists from us), and with everything in general, I would say 2016 has been so kind to me and it treated me so well. I’m not expecting for 2017 to top that but I promise to work hard and bring it!

Thank you so much, 2016! 😊

N

Thank you, 2016!

A Video Summary Of JENESYS 2016

Hello! Here is a video collection of snippets I made from our JENESYS 2016 experience. My page for my JENESYS 2016 experience is still under construction but I couldn’t wait to share this so here you go. Haha


 

I really hope my JENESYS 2016 page goes live before the year ends. Haha  😉

A Video Summary Of JENESYS 2016

DIY Seasalt Hairspray

For someone who has long straight hair and love the waves and the great volume it gets when it dries out after a few dips in the sea, this is for you.

You will need the following:

  1. Spray Bottle
  2. Organic Seasalt
  3. Organic Coconut Oil
  4. Odorless leave-in conditioner (optional)
  5. Essential Oil (optional)

But for me, since I couldn’t find an affordable organic leave-in conditioner and essential oil, I went for just the basics: warm water, organic seasalt and coconut oil. Below are the ones I used.

I got the organic seasalt from Healthy Options in Greenbelt 5. There are a lot of Healthy Options out there and organic shops like Santi’s; Hain is a personal choice because  I have been using it since the day I started doing the Master Cleanse and aside from that, it is the cheapest I can find, a 10 ounce costs around 100 pesos.

The organic coconut oil was from Sesou Nature Source shop in Greenbelt 1, it is located on the lower ground floor. It is not an actual store but just a stall near Mango. I bought the Botany Works Virgin Coconut Oil for 165 pesos.

Before we proceed to the instructions, here is a photo of my hair before I apply my DIY Seasalt Hairspray:

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Directions:

Mix warm water (120ml) and seasalt (1 tbsp) in a container and wait for the seasalt to melt. Once the seasalt dissolves, add the coconut oil (1 tbsp) and mix until you are satisfied. And then put it in the spray bottle (mine is a 150ml bottle). That’s it! Your Seasalt Hairspray is ready. But of course you can always add an organic leave-in conditioner for more volume and thickness and essential oil for flavor.

Now, spray it evenly to your hair (preferably towel dried after shower). Since this is my first time, I just put what I think is enough. I don’t want to put a little and too much since I’m not sure yet what it will look like. Ha! Once you are satisfied with it, bun it and let it air dry for about 30 minutes.

Mine looked like this:

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Although it was not as wavy as I wanted it to be, it really looked and felt like my hair after a day at the beach. Try it yourself and leave a feedback on the comment section. 😉

N

DIY Seasalt Hairspray