Planning a Road Trip on the Cheap

Everyone needs a vacation every once in a while to escape the drudgery of work and reconnect with family and friends. One of the best ways to unplug is to hit the road and go on an adventure.

The trouble is, a road trip can cost a lot of money.

It doesn’t have to! You just have to know how to plan your road trip on the cheap. Here are a few ideas for doing just that.

Changing Perceptions


Have you ever wondered what your favorite book says about you? No? Just me then. But a lot is made of the fact that our taste in music, films, literature reflects our “true” selves. A typical example is the person who loves Marvel comics, enjoys Star Wars, and reads Asimov. Nerds, right? Hardly. It’s a shame that we constantly judge others on their taste and think that we make a quick psych assessment, but it made me think about those books that have a certain image attached to it and whether that’s even true of the “typical” reader of that book. Still with me? Let me explain…

Who Are You On Cold Nights?

There is something about cold nights. They make you more vulnerable than you already are. On these nights, you will start to think about all the decisions you made and all the choices you will be making. You will ask questions about the "what could have beens", the "what ifs", and the "maybes" in your life. Your thoughts will stir up all the emotions that you have inside -- those that you express to the people around you and those that you try to hide from them. All these will happen naturally which makes it quite funny yet frightening at the same time. The cold nights will make you too emotional and a certified over thinker.

I don't like who I become (or who I am) on cold nights. I hate it when I am left alone with my thoughts and feelings on a cold night like tonight. So, for tonight, just let me write and write and write and write and write...

Make Your Dream Car Happen Now

Who do you want to become? What do you want to achieve? What is your goal? What is your dream? These are the questions that each of us should know the answer to. Nothing is scarier than not knowing what we want or what we aspire of. BPI Family Savings Bank understands how important it is to reach one's dream. To have a full understanding of what I'm talking about, check out this inspiring TVC:

 

"Ano man ang pangarap mo noon, panahon na para tuparin ngayon." 

"I Met Someone and that Scares the Shit Out of Me"




"Dear Karen,

If you're reading this, it means I actually worked up the courage to mail it so good for me. You don’t know me very well, but if you get me started I tend to go on and on about how hard the writing is for me. This is the hardest thing I ever had to write. 

It's Okay Baby Girl, You Don't Have To

“I’m a strong independent woman.” This holds true most of the time. I don’t mind going to restaurants or visiting local coffee shops without someone to accompany me. I don’t need anyone to do things for me because I believe that better results are achieved when I do them on my own. I have the capacity to fix whatever is broken in me or in my life independently. 

I don’t need anyone. 

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Teavana Crafted For A Vibrant Life: "I am Bold and Free"

We all want something colorful and vibrant in our lives. At the same time, we also aim to experience something new and unexpected once in a while. All these are made possible with Starbucks Philippines newest offerings to their customers. What will you love about these new beverages and products? It guarantees modern tea experience with the world’s finest teas and botanicals bringing exotic blends, great flavors, wellness and innovation. 

5 Best Beaches in the Philippines

If there’s one thing that Philippines is known for, it’s her pristine beaches. With more than 7000 islands, it’s no wonder why the country has so many beautiful coastline locations all worthy to be explored. The long and wide sparkly sand expanse hemmed in by turquoise waters, and shorelines lined up with shade-giving palm trees are just few of the gorgeous beach scenes available in the country. 

Although, with the number of existing beaches to choose from, it’s definitely hard to pick which ones you’ll journey to first. To make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up the top 5 Philippine beaches that you should definitely check out first.

5. Bantayan Island, Cebu

At number 5 is Bantayan Island, located at the northern tip of Cebu, a province in Visayas.


It is one of those island destinations were the waters perfectly complement the azure skies. The wide open sea sets the perfect location for a day basking in the sun. The island is fringed with white fine sand, ideal for barefoot walks and other fun, coastline activities.

#DDI: To Influence, To Engage and To Make A Difference

influence (n).


When you hear or read the word "influence," what is the first thing that comes into your mind? The said word is defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself. To influence simply means to have the capacity to affect the lives of certain individuals or a particular community. I am talking about this important word because a new organization of like-minded influencers have come together to create a group of Davao-based influencers whose aim is to Engage, Influence and Make a difference.

A Quick Guide on No Deposit Bingo

One of the main factors that make online bingo so popular is the bingo bonus and promotions. By playing a game of bingo, you can rest be assured of great rewards if you emerge as a winner. 

There are plenty of sites like Sailor Bingo that offer great bonuses and promotions for the purpose of luring more players. From the perspective of the user, these bonuses really provide a great way to increase the prizes and take the game to an utterly desirable level. When it comes to these bonuses, no deposit bingo plays an important role to increase your rewards and also lure more customers.


No deposit bingo bonus usually come in two forms

To put it simply, sign up bingo bonus, no deposit bonus features allow you to get rewards even if you have not made any deposits. The main objective for casino sites to offer these bonuses is to attract more players. From cash bonuses to free bingo tickets, these bonuses may consist of a range of attractive features. Nowadays, new bingo sites are coming up with innovative themes, ideas and concepts that enable you to bag more winning combos as you play each level of the game. Some of these bonuses run on a daily, fortnightly and monthly basis, and also to celebrate different seasonal festivals.

Typically, no deposit bingo bonus consists of two features. Usually, they are in the form of welcome bonuses and special promotions. The first one is provided at the time a new player registers on the site. Once you sign up to the site, you will get a bonus in your casino account. In some cases, you can also get free bingo tickets to some attractive bingo games. The second one is the special bonus that is provided to regular members or when a user plays a bingo game for the first time. These kinds of special bonuses consist of cash prizes or multipliers on the existing rewards. 

Most bonuses are provided for a limited time

Usually, these no deposit bingo bonus are offered for a limited period of time. While some may be offered for a single day, others may be provided on a weekly basis. As a player, you need to have an idea of these bonuses and act accordingly. In order to have an idea of these bonuses and bag them at the right time, read the terms and conditions carefully. You can easily go to the Promotions section of the sites and get to know the terms and conditions related to different bonuses.

As there are lots of sites that offer different types of bingo bonus features, it is important that you do a proper research before succumbing to them. This will not only help you to choose the right casino but also help you bag the best bonuses that are available. Talking about bingo bonuses, Sailor Bingo is one such site that offers an array of no deposit promotions. From attractive welcome bonuses to whopping special bonuses, you can take advantage of these and be profitable.

Give Your Crowning Glory What It Deserves

Did you know that in the past twelve months, I have done several things with my hair. In June 2015, I decided to get a digital perm. Two months after, I tried balayage for the first time. When last year was about to end, I was kind of compelled to cut my hair short. You know what they say about new beginnings, right? I didn’t like how I looked after that "makeover" so two weeks later I got another haircut. I think I had three more hair cuts after that. Then, during the early summer of 2016, I got bored with my hairstyle so I got another digital perm. Sounds crazy, right?

Love In The Time of Cholera: "A Love Story of Astonishing Power"

Waiting. Patience. Perseverance. These are the three words that come into my mind whenever I remember the book Love In The Time of Cholera written by the award-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My first attempt in reading one of his books was a complete failure. I was not able to finish Onw Hundred Days of Solitude (and not because I didn't like it). For me, the said novel was just too heavy and difficult to comprehend so I gave it up.

Then there was a time when I visited a bookstore to get a copy of Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I didn't get lucky as there were already no copies available. I think I was kinda in a good mood to buy a book that day so I opted to browse the novels displayed in the Classic section until I came across Love In The Time of Cholera. Needless to say, I got myself a copy and went home with a happy heart. 

50 Thoughts and Questions at 2AM

There is something terribly wrong with my body clock. Lately, I have been sleeping at around two or three in the morning. I know it is completely unhealthy. I wish there is something that I can do to change this. Well, in the meantime, since I can't sleep again (after three hours of trying), I decided to turn my laptop on and update my blog. In this article, allow me to list some of my late night thoughts and questions as of the moment. 

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A Day of Smiles and Hugs With The Angels

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, 
but from what we give.”
 ― Ben Carson

The 1st distribution of 6th Back to School Gift Giving Project at Brgy. Tugbok last Sunday was a huge success. Around eighty children received school bags and school supplies from their ates and kuyas who have been supporting them for the past six years. 

Top 5 Must-Have Travel Phone Apps

Travelling -- this is definitely one thing that I will never get tired of. I love exploring new places and taking exciting adventures all by myself or with the ones close to my heart. We all know that going on trips is not an easy thing to do. We need to take care of the transportation to our place of destination, the hotel that we would be staying for the entire duration of the trip, the food that we need to try and most importantly, the culture or tradition of the place that we have to experience. The good news is that there are already several phone applications that make travelling easier and more convenient for everyone. Below is a list of must-download apps so we can have a more relaxed summer trip or adventure:

Just Go With The Flow: Transition from 24 to 25




Is this really normal? Do you also get emotional every time your birthday is about to come? Am I the only one starting to make a big deal out of being twenty-five years old soon? I don’t know where all these are coming from. I think I just couldn’t forget how others would describe their quarter-life experiences, adventures, misfortunes and stories. 

A Wave of Emotions for "Me Before You"

The nice thing about reading books is that it allows you to feel all kinds of emotions in just one sitting. One minute, you would be smiling after reading a very good line that you’d end up closing the book and staring at the wall as you give your silly smile. (Sometimes, this will make you think that you suddenly became a crazy reader). Then the next minute, it will catch you off guard as you discover that what you actually read was different from what you had imagined or expected. Afterwards, the same book would break your heart. You would find yourself refusing to believe what you just read and probably blame the author for giving you an ending that is so difficult to accept. These are all my feelings as I read the 2012 best-selling book of Jojo Moyes, Me Before You.

The book that accompanied me in my Agusan-Surigao trip.

6th Back to School Gift Giving Project

An advocacy project helping school children who do not have necessary materials to foster their basic education.

Seeing the Happiness in Their Eyes

One of the projects of McDonald's Philippines for Summer 2016 is the Kiddie Crew Regional Workshop. The McDo team visits Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to bring happiness to the children from the chosen beneficiaries (orphanages). In Davao city, McDonald's teamed up with the Davao Bloggers Society in gathering the kids from Padre Pios Home for Children and Providence Home of St. Joseph. For one afternoon, all the children were brought to McDo Bajada branch to give them a chance to experience the annual Kiddie Crew Workshop. 

Getting ready for the afternoon activities.


The children were given a chance to participate in the "special" activities of the Kiddie Crew Workshop. The first thing they did was the Floor Activity wherein they had an actual experience of welcoming the guests, serving the customers on the counter and catering to the drive-thru orders.

The Need to Be Single With You


I want to be single with you.

Focusing On What I Gained Instead of What I Lost Because of Law School


"Trust me when I say you would not want to be in law school..." 

It is a crazy, stressful, depressing world to be in. Everyday, you find yourself studying for a recitation which you would not be called for or when called, you wouldn’t be able to answer properly. There are nights spent reading loads of cases, transcriptions and books which seemed like nothing after getting your exam results and seeing you either failed or barely passed. Sometimes, you have to make last minute calls or send embarrassing messages to your friends telling them how sorry you are that you had to cancel on your plans. And most of all, it really sucks when you had to decline on some family gatherings or out of town trips because of a pending exam or a school obligation you need to attend to.

Protect Your Blog

Your blog is under threat, whether you realise it or not. Unfortunately, many people take the security of their blog and its content for granted. That’s a mistake that you need to avoid, however. People often steal content from blogs, post it on their own websites and then claim that it’s theirs. You need to be on the lookout for that kind of behaviour, and that’s not the only threat to be aware of either.

To combat all the threats out there, there are some steps that you can take right now. There is no time to waste, so don’t hang around or put it off any longer. Read on to learn more about some of the things that you should do to protect your blog and the content you publish on it.

Simple Ways To Find A Great New Book To Read

There’s nothing better than sitting down to read a few chapters of a new book. You can’t wait to find out about the characters and the story they have to tell. However, when you get to the end of the novel, you are left wondering what to turn to next. Here are some simple ways to find a great new book to read.

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What You Need To Read Right Now


We all have those moments when we feel like everything is just too difficult to handle. There are days when we start to question why we needed to experience sufferings and pain when we have done nothing but show our love, compassion and care for the people surrounding us. We start to wonder why our prayers were unheard and why we couldn't get the things we thought we deserve. For these moments, always remember what Paulo Coelho wrote in his book - The Manuscript Found in Accra. I found comfort in his words and I hope that you do too. After re-reading it, I felt happier. I was able to see the different perspective of why I had to fall down sometimes. Now, I feel so much better and I'm on the right track again.

A Sigh of Bliss: Timing Is Everything


We all deserve a coffee break. As I enjoy the moment of solitude, I find myself writing this down on my journal: