Travel, united kingdom

Scotland: The Highlands, Glencoe and Loch Ness

I first saw the Scottish highlands in one of the travel magazines stacked in my mother’s office when I was in college. These travel magazines talked about different tours and itineraries around the world and would include photos of the highlight of the tours.


So when I heard we were going to see Edinburgh, I made sure to sign up for the Highlands tour one way or another. And it was with no regrets!  Continue reading “Scotland: The Highlands, Glencoe and Loch Ness”

Travel, united kingdom

Scotland: Edinburgh City

This entry is way too overdue! I have nothing but good words about this side of the Kingdom. We fondly called this place “the North” as it is located in the northern part of the country and could get pretty cold at times! If you’re a fan of GOT, then you know what we mean. 😉


To start off, Scotland’s amazing! I didn’t expect it to be that good, but boy did it blow my breath away! Words are not enough to describe how beautiful and majestic it was. Even when looking back at the photos while working on this entry made my heart skipped beats. In fact, I found it so beautiful that it took the spot which was reserved only for London before – my favorite place in the world…. as of yet. 

We were lucky to get a long weekend while we were in UK and two of our colleagues were sent to Edinburgh, so we decided to give them a visit and see Scotland as well.  Continue reading “Scotland: Edinburgh City”

Travel, united kingdom

UK Experience: First Look at London

Upon Arriving in London Heathrow

We lined up in the immigration and submitted our passports and supporting documents as a group. The immigration had a few questions like how many weeks we were staying, which company etc. After the short interrogation, she took all of our passports, stamped on it and said, “Welcome to UK”.


I was so happy I could kiss the airport floor! We proceeded to get our bags and since our colleagues’ bags were offloaded and we were informed that it will arrive with the 3PM flight, we decided to contact my friend Vince and had a quick tour around London.  Continue reading “UK Experience: First Look at London”

The Great Life, Travel, united kingdom

UK Experience: UK Visa and Flight to LHR

I’m not going to detail the requirements for the UK Visa since we had a different one due to my trip being sponsored by the company as it was for training purposes. Though I’m going to share some tips when getting a UK Visa.

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When you apply online you need to Continue reading “UK Experience: UK Visa and Flight to LHR”

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10 Things I Love most in UK

Untitled designI’m supposed to write a reaaaally long entry about the UK experience, but I’ll save it for next time when I can sit down for hours and write and relive all the magic. For now, I’m sharing you my top 10 UK favorites! Do take note if you have plans of visiting UK in the future!

Continue reading “10 Things I Love most in UK”


Enchanting Baler 2D1N

Copy of the island of no return (3)A municipality located in the north-eastern part of Luzon, Baler boasts the nine-feet waves that made the place a top surfing spot. Aside from that, it hosts astounding geographic formations and views that make your heart skip beats.

Baler, probably for me, is the very example of “gandang di mo inakala”. I never had expectations from it except for surfing, so when I saw all the Instagram-worthy places, I couldn’t help but just be simply enchanted.

Continue reading “Enchanting Baler 2D1N”

Faith Journal, The Great Life

Guess where I am!

Who would’ve thought I’d find myself stepping foot on the land of the United Kingdom? Well, not me. It’s been a month since my dream came true and I still can’t believe everything that’s happened and still happening now. God’s good, always have been and always will be. I have nothing but gratefulness in my heart and I’m pretty sure I’d look back on these days with joy and with a reminder that indeed, dreams do come true, prayers get answered and rockets fly to the moon.


Faith Journal, The Great Life, Words

Life Lately

I spent the holidays back in my hometown – in the comfort of my wonderful family and friends. Though I was excited to see familiar faces and places, I was scared that I might be overwhelmed of the fact that he isn’t back home and there was no way we’ll ever see each other ever again. I thought, “One last (emotional) wave before the new year starts. I’m pretty sure I can handle this last one. What else could hurt me?”

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The first few days were pretty bad, especially at nights when it would rain hard and I’d find myself driving alone belting out to old radio love songs that we used to listen to together. There was even one afternoon that I sat alone in a coffee shop – people watching – thinking how that afternoon could have been different if we were together.  Continue reading “Life Lately”

The Great Life

Happy new year!

I haven’t been updating this blog during the holidays – I was busy with seeing friends and family, I know you all were too – but I hope it isn’t too late yet to greet you a happy new year. I wish you all success this 2016, a good health and a bountiful life.

Pending drafts:

2015: The Undoing – I started my own blog tradition of posting a quick summary/recap of my year but I wasn’t able to do so for 2015. I was so disoriented and at the same time so hyped of the holiday events that I couldn’t find time to sit down and walk myself back in the past. Or maybe 2015 was just too painful to actually sneak a peek at it again. Nevertheless, I’ll still post an entry about how 2015 shaped me to become a better person and to look forward to 2016 with a better and new perspective.

Literary – To the Next Guy Who Will Choose Me – I actually submitted this article in Candymag and would give it time before posting just in case they decided to put it up on their blog. Otherwise, I’ll post it myself or submit it to Thought Catalog.

Travel – Iloilo-Bacolod-Cebu-Manila – I wasn’t able to see Iloilo nor Cebu that much, but I’ll post some transportation/commuting tips to and fro Bacolod to the neighboring islands.

*-I’ve been thinking of taking this blog down and separate my personal and travel entries. I don’t really like my Mom lurking around and using everything she reads here against me (lol).


Thanks for reading and following my blog. I hope to see more of you this 2016! Bloglink exchange, comment below? Yes? 🙂

Asia, Philippines, Travel

When in La Union: Surfing and Beach-Bummin’

Well, it was the long weekend and we had nothing to do so we decided to learn how to surf….in La Union!

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With no reserved accommodation, and with no idea that the bus ride would take 7-hours, we found ourselves in the coastline of San Juan, La Union – the surfing capital of the province.

It was so random that it felt so liberating!  Continue reading “When in La Union: Surfing and Beach-Bummin’”


Beach Travel Essentials


If I could live anywhere in this world – aside from London, it would be somewhere with a beach where it’s always sunny. I’m thinking of Greece, or in the south-western part of Italy, yes Capri! I don’t know when my love for the beach started, to think of I’m very conscious of my skin-tone, but right now, it’s the least of my worry. I love the beach! I love it, I love it, I love it. I don’t care if I’ll get burned or get a bad tan as long as I can go to the beach and have fun. I like the feel of the sand on my toes. I like the calmness and peace it gives me. I like the view of the vast ocean. I like how the waves keep coming back to the shore irregardless of how often it is pushed away.

And because of my frequent visit to the beach, I’ve finally come up with my beach travel essentials. Check ’em out.  Continue reading “Beach Travel Essentials”

Asia, Philippines, Travel

Beach Escape: Morong, Bataan

Morong, Bataan is a small and quiet town in the northern part of Luzon. It is most famous for the historical event  the Battle of Bataan – one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by the Japanese forces in World War II. The infamous Death March started in this province.

So who would have thought that this sleepy town would have an amazing shoreline where my beach-bummin’ soul was captivated?  Continue reading “Beach Escape: Morong, Bataan”

Philippines, Travel

To Travel Alone in Coron


I’m planning to fly to Coron alone any weekend this July and the airfare is not cooperating. I might choose 2GO from MNL-Coron and Cebu Pacific from USU-MNL for 1203php (if I’m lucky to get one tomorrow). I also want to have a historical tour in the island Culion, also known as the leper colony. My planned budget is only 5k, not including the airfare. Will that be enough? I really want to go backpacker style this time and would appreciate any suggestions for accommodation, places to see, where to eat, etc.

Philippines, Travel

Beach Escape: Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas

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Our team summer outing finally pushed through. They even had a bridge line opened to discuss the when and where the night before we all got up early and drove to Nasugbu. This post will consist mostly of photos with our faces plastered all over the place.  Continue reading “Beach Escape: Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas”


Beach Escape: Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

A few hours away from Manila, Puerto Galera is a sight to behold with shimmering seas surrounded by a lush of green mountains. It is considered as the best diving site in the Philippines.  Continue reading “Beach Escape: Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro”

Where You At

Where you at: Wingstop

My friend and I had a quick dinner at Wingstop in Makati, just outside Glorietta 4, and waited the traffic to disperse.


I’ve heard about Wingstop being expert in chicken wings in the US and the sight of foreigners at the other table munching on their chicken wings added up to increase my expectation bar.  Continue reading “Where you at: Wingstop”


Weekend Playlist Vol. 1 – Piano Ballads

weekend It’s the long weekend and I’m home, opting out from all the activities all my friends are having right now. Instead, I’m writing chapters for my stories in Wattpad and trying to update before the day ends while listening to Spotify.  Continue reading “Weekend Playlist Vol. 1 – Piano Ballads”


How To Travel For Free

Ever wondered if you can travel for free? Not only in Europe but all around the world? Well, there’s a way and I sound like a cheap ad! But really, there is. Aside from the opportunity of being sent onshore (since most jobs are being outsourced in the Philippines) for knowledge training or shadowing, there is another way to travel abroad for free… or in a much lower cost.  I was lazily searching for ways to have my euro trip without spending a lot of money and saw a list of volunteer programs around Europe, Asia and Africa. Check out these sites for volunteer programs,

Continue reading “How To Travel For Free”

Philippines, The Great Life, Travel

Beach Escape: Canyon Cove – Nasugbu, Batangas

I just turned 24 and I spent my day working, though it screams ‘loser’ I can’t help but be thankful that at 24, I have a job and the choice to spend it out or stay in.

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Luckily, my job allows us to work remotely as long as there is a stable Internet connection and we are able to complete our deliverable. With that, my roomie with her friend and I had a joy ride to Nasugbu, Batangas.

Continue reading “Beach Escape: Canyon Cove – Nasugbu, Batangas”

Day to Day, Words

7 Things to do in the Lent Season

Especially if everyone you know is going home to their respective hometown or provinces and all the establishments are close. I have thoughts of just lying on the couch and watch the ceiling, but where’s the fun in that? I’ve been doing it even when it’s not the Lenten season.


For everyone who’s stuck in the city, with nowhere to go and nothing to do, here are some things that you might consider to enjoy the long weekend. These are activities that take advantage of the fact that there’s not going to be a lot of people around, so get moving!  Continue reading “7 Things to do in the Lent Season”

Career, The Great Life

Don’t Accept the First Job Offer You Can Get!

It’s graduation month and my Facebook newsfeed’s filled of photos with people wearing black togas and friends and family saying congratulations. Others are ecstatic to get a degree while a job offer awaits, while others are anxious about being unemployed.

It’s also been three years since I graduated and how I wish by now, I’ve easily eased into the IT industry and figured out in my heart that this was what I really wanted. But for the life of me, IT isn’t for me and worse, I don’t know what is.


There are days when I just want to go back to that day I got my degree and signed the first employment contract I was given. I was so sure I wanted all of this – my dream job and company rolled into one. I was happy, and I even let out a few tears along the way. I wish I still have the same feelings about it today.  Continue reading “Don’t Accept the First Job Offer You Can Get!”

Philippines, Travel

El Nido Experience

Physically present, but mentally absent. Yes, that’s what I am right now. I’m back in Manila but I think I left my soul in El Nido. To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m more than overwhelmed and I have no coherent words to describe how awesome that island is! I know I’ve made travel posts about it but there are some thoughts written better in another entry.  Continue reading “El Nido Experience”

Philippines, Travel

Island Hopping in El Nido – Tour A and Tour C

Life starts at 9AM for everyone in El Nido, but for us two, our day started at 6AM taking all in the early morning scenery filled with tranquility. This entry will be about all the island tours we took and all the wonderful activities and experiences we had.

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Continue reading “Island Hopping in El Nido – Tour A and Tour C”

Philippines, Travel

Of Tan Lines and Salty Hair in El Nido, Palawan

I just had the best travel adventure of my life with my best friend in an unspoiled paradise and I brought home a lot of good memories, and a thousand stilled moments. It was such an amazing experience that I am still suffering from severe separation anxiety. Brrr.

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Continue reading “Of Tan Lines and Salty Hair in El Nido, Palawan”


Falling in Love with a Wanderluster


It wasn’t me, she repeated a hundred times. It was never me, but it was her. She was the problem. She couldn’t stay too long – in a relationship or in one place. She needed to move, to get out, to see the world, to feel free. She bought airplane tickets like she would shop for clothes. Sometimes, I could keep up. Most of the time, I couldn’t.

‘Fifty countries, thirty-four to go!’ She would say with a smile and sparkle in her eyes.

So how can I not let go? Continue reading “Falling in Love with a Wanderluster”


Cookies for Valentine’s!

Our Dgroup has this yearly Valentine’s give-away to our office mates and close friends on or before the heart’s day. Last year, we made chocolates for our friends and this year, we decided to make cookies! Yes, cookies using a turbo broiler! We actually have no idea how since we couldn’t find any on the Internet that shows baking a cookie using a turbo, so we decided to try on our own. Continue reading “Cookies for Valentine’s!”

Where You At

WHERE YOU AT: Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake

Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake is just across Subspace Coffee. If the latter screams cozy and cute, Mr. Park’s screams modern and elegant.

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Continue reading “WHERE YOU AT: Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake”

Where You At

Where you at: Subspace Coffee

I’m not really the coffee-dessert kind of person. I’d rather go eat a bowl of rice, yes anytime of the day, than go for coffee and dessert that would sometimes cost me like I ate three meals.

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Yesterday was different though. I was itching to go out of the house and chill somewhere cozy and nice where I can listen to music, blog, update my stories, and do something productive.

I searched through the Internet to find some coffee shops around Ortigas area and saw Subspace Coffee along Emerald Avenue. I saw some photos and thought it looked cute. After all, it’s Korean-inspired. Continue reading “Where you at: Subspace Coffee”

Faith Journal, The Great Life

2014: Kim’s “Molding of Character” Year

It’s my year-ender post again! I have a hunch that I’ll be very busy in the coming days as I have work in the night and I run errands in the morning, so I better make this entry now or I finish 2014 off without one.

2013 was a really great year! I was expecting the same for 2014, but this year turned out so different! Never, in my wildest dreams, I’ve expected 2014 to end this way. With all the changes in my life, I now feel like an adult – making major decisions of my own, traveling alone, additional responsibilities (may it be in bills or personal commitments) and fixing broken relationships.


God has His ways of teaching me a lot of lessons and for letting me see the reality of life. My perspective and my lifestyle have changed drastically and I couldn’t be anymore grateful. Who would’ve thought that I’d relate in Hillsong’s Oceans? I have a big fear of the ocean for whatever reason (what an irony!) and it felt like He wanted me out there to face my fear and place my security in Him – not in my job, not in my family, not in whatever I have right now – just in Him.

Continue reading “2014: Kim’s “Molding of Character” Year”


Tuna Pancakes

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Since it was my rest day yesterday, I ran to the mall to buy some gifts for my friends. There were so many people and I decided to go home after and have dinner at home.

After lazing around on the couch, I was too tired to get up and eat out. I checked the fridge to see what I can cook and I caught sight of the canned tuna in the far corner of our food storage. I remembered the tuna pancakes we used to cook in the morning with my ex-roomie Stifany and decided to cook some. It’s quick, easy, delicious and healthy! It only took me 20 minutes of preparation and frying.

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Visiting the Lala Land Singapore – Last Day

I’m not going to post anything other than photos and a little bit of captions. The last day was purely buying souvenirs, a quick stop at the Merlion, and my flight home. My cousin and her family stayed another day and visited the Singapore Zoo and Bird park. My eight-year old nephew said I missed half of my life. Well, not really. Going home earlier allowed me to travel alone or made me feel like I was traveling alone, and being on that flight alone made me realize that I was comfortable being alone, that I don’t mind going to a new country all by myself.

I guess that just strengthen my resolve of living in another country 3 years from now. I wouldn’t mind at all! Continue reading “Visiting the Lala Land Singapore – Last Day”

Singapore, Travel

Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Universal Studios Mania

Day two is Universal Studios Mania. I’ve never been to one and I’ve heard amazing stories about it, so I was pretty excited. They had amazing rides and not that kid-friendly so it was really different from Disney or Legoland. I was also looking forward to the whole Egypt look in The Mummy. Egypt is actually on my bucket list, placing third on the list of countries I want to see. I’ve also seen photos of my friends and those were believable enough. Once, I even thought they were able to go to Egypt. This day in USS was so fun I didn’t even feel all that tired. I hope I could see Universal Studios in Japan soon. I heard they got Hogwarts there!


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Malaysia, Singapore, Travel

Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Legoland Mania Malaysia


We started rolling at 6AM going to our official hotel accommodation – Fragrance Hotel, Bugis – and left our luggage at their lobby. Their staffs were very friendly and accommodating. It was pretty small, but it was neat and modern. It’s also accessible to anywhere. If we look at Singapore’s map, the hotel was just a walk away from everywhere. I’m also amazed how they know the exact taxi fare whenever we asked them how much it would cost should we take the cab.

The taxi drivers in Singapore were very friendly too. The second cab we rode in from Arab Street to Middle Road gave us tips where to go, what to see and a little history about the buildings. We were very happy that everyone could speak English. My Singapore trip was really different from my Hongkong a year ago.

Our schedule on the first day was to go to Legoland in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Continue reading “Visiting the Lala Land Singapore: Legoland Mania Malaysia”

Singapore, Travel

Visiting the Lala Land, Singapore!

Finally, my Singapore travel post. I’ve been dragging this for six months now and I was finally able to get hold of some nice photos from my cousin’s camera. I was so tired that taking good photos was on the very back of my mind.

I went to Singapore last April and went home the first week of May. That trip was really tiring, very expensive and very bitin. Nevertheless, seeing a glimpse of the first-world country was amazing.


Continue reading “Visiting the Lala Land, Singapore!”

Faith Journal

Walk by Faith

It’s been days since I last had my quiet time and lately I’ve been depressed and was in need of a heavy accountability talk. Somehow, I came upon the life of Joseph in Genesis 39 and read through till the early chapters of Exodus. I think we all know the story but I think I’ve left out some points to ponder on.

Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob and his most favorite. He was a dreamer and can interpret dreams, a talent given by the Lord. Continue reading “Walk by Faith”

Career, Faith Journal

Off to a New Beginning

I started going to my new job just this Monday and I was crying the night I went home.. in the train.. like a drama queen!

I just found out that my shift was changed to night as we needed to do knowledge transition from the US team and we need to catch up on their time. So I cried, because this wasn’t what I asked God – this is exactly what I didn’t want. I had to whine to Him on my quiet Continue reading “Off to a New Beginning”


You are the expert, can you or can you not do it?

Writer and filmmaker Lauris Beinerts beautifully captures what it’s like to be an expert in a technical field during a “big picture” business meeting. This short film is based on the Russian short story, “The Meeting”, by writer Alexei Berezin.

I hope you can relate and enjoy watching. 🙂



Macau, the City of Dreams

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Its giant casinos and extravagant malls have earned it the nickname, the “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

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The Great Life, Words

We Never Wanted Easy

I’ve been reading articles online, in the hopes that one of those might awaken the writer in me and go start scribbling my thoughts to words.

Indeed, one article caught my eye. The one that said, “Who wants easy love (?), we want screaming and shouting and differences and struggles and working through it and what-nots”. Easier said than done, I’d say. That is one very unhealthy relationship and you’re better off alone working on personal shit and spare someone of your baggages and unload them before you move on to the next one so you appreciate the kind of love that doesn’t need any screaming, shouting, struggles and what-shit-nots. Continue reading “We Never Wanted Easy”

Travel, united kingdom

UK Experience: London Part II

Did you know that I was also planning to go to London around this time of the year? My former team lead used to work in Oracle and she was based in London. She knew how obsessed I was with the place and she was planning to invite us as tourists…. if I remembered it correctly, she mentioned something about paying for everything? *wink


Just imagine how excited I was!

The funny thing was, I didn’t tell her that I was applying for a visa because I was scared that I might get jinxed. So I was ho-hum about it, asking a few random questions until she finally asked me, “Are you going here?!” That’s when I only told her!

In the first weekend in UK, Jonai and I decided to meet up and tour London with her friend Sab (probably the best Google map user in the world).  Continue reading “UK Experience: London Part II”


You were at the right place at the right time

This was what my friend told me when we were talking about how everything seemed to fall into place ten months ago after I almost gave up on love. I was so convinced that I wasn’t going to meet someone amazing, and if I would, I’d ruin it before everything progresses because that’s just what I do. I was going to live alone for the rest of my life and drink 8 glasses of wine every night with a cuddly dog that I shall call my baby.

Then something happened last December and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue reading “You were at the right place at the right time”