Calaguas Islands, Camarines Norte

This year is probably the most pivotal time of my life. Having been born and raised in the Philippines for more than 25 years, I’ve only seen very little of my own country. I didn’t get to travel much until Chad, my soon-to-be-hubby who likes to call himself my dreamboy (hahaha!), came along. I used to be very stingy when it comes to spending, especially since I only had enough for my daily expenses. Traveling is a privilege many people, particularly in the Philippines, do not often get the pleasure of doing.

So before leaving the country, I decided to check out two places, one of which I already blogged about early this month. I’ve been meaning to visit Calaguas for a long time, even before it got really popular. It’s only 4 hours away from my hometown and pretty accessible.

I wanted to have the best experience since it’s going to be the last trip I’m going to make before finally leaving the country (more about that in a separate post), so I enlisted the help of an old friend from college who is now managing Beach Bliss Travel and Tours, a tour company that provides all the services you need to enjoy Bicol gems like Calaguas and Subic Beach in Sorsogon. You can contact them on Facebook for booking details.

The Beach Bliss Team with Kuya Eking (rightmost), the head bangkero

The standard rate per person for an overnight stay is Php 2,500 but always check their Facebook page for promos. Sometimes, the full package only costs Php 2,000! The amount covers transportation from Naga City to Calaguas Island and vice versa, three meals, tent rental, island hopping, and entrance fees to the nearby islands. To put it simply, you only have to bring your essentials, and some cash for tips to the boatmen (we gave a hundred pesos each). They offer personalized services and throw in some corny jokes for good measure (haha!)  so I can assure you that you will have an awesome experience with them–my friends and I did.

Look how clear the water is! My best friend Mav took this while on the boat.

As soon as we docked, Beach Bliss started pitching the tents and preparing lunch. All we had to do was wait and explore the island.

The famous white sand of Calaguas. Reminds me of polvoron! :)

Afterwards, we went island hopping and hiked the hills around Calaguas that greeted us with a magnificent view.



This trip is probably the most memorable one I’ve made so far. It’s my first out-of-town trip with my besties after being friends for almost 15 years. I don’t know where I’d be without these two. They’ve been my constant companions in good times and bad. Even though we don’t see each other as often as we used to, they always make time for me when I come home. When we’re together, it’s like high school all over again. 🙂

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Incantatus Festival, Zambales

Two weeks ago, my friends and I went to Incantadia, Zambales in Talisayen Cove to have a one-of-a-kind summer experience. We’ve all been really busy with work and life preventing us from seeing each other, so this trip came at the right time. Also, social media has become unbearably toxic lately so an island getaway sounded like such a good idea. And boy, it was.

It’s my first beach fest ever so I couldn’t wait for the day to arrive. Incantatus is not just a music festival–it also offers poi lessons, yoga sessions, and a cleanup activity. We’ve all seen how much trash such events produce and it’s really nice that the organizers thought of incorporating a cleanup activity during the two-day event. I only wish everyone participated. But… baby steps.

Incantatus was attended by mostly foreigners from all over the world. Some of the people I got to interact with came from Poland, Denmark, the UK, Spain, France, Nigeria, and Japan. I’ve always been curious about other nationalities, so it was a perfect opportunity to learn more about their culture.

Waiting for our bus to Zambales. We were supposed to leave at 7am but we left at around 8am.

I guess the only “negative” thing I can say is that the organizers weren’t too “organized”. There were certain things they failed to tell us before the event, such as the lack of network signal (as in nada) and boats to take us back to the mainland. No one knew exactly how many and what time the boats were gonna arrive–everyone wanted to go home and none from the staff approached us nor managed the crowd. Apart from that, it was an awesome weekend with friends. Definitely one for the books.

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Earn & Travel with OLX Summer #Naksperience Promo

As a lifestyle blogger, I receive quite a number of gifts from PR companies, shops, and what not. But trends  come and go, and sometimes I don’t get to use those gifts anymore. I’m not the type of person who throws away things easily so they usually just rack up more space in my closet. I’m the most disorganized person on the planet and it could get quite frustrating sometimes combing through piles and piles of unused clothes just to find that one shirt I wanted to wear. So what’s a person like me to do? I sell these clothes online.

Recently I sold half of my used and unused tops, skirts, and dresses through various online platforms. Aside from Facebook and Instagram, I use websites like OLX to sell my stuff. They’re easy to use and less chances of being duped by bogus buyers and sellers because the staff verifies each account/item being sold. If you are not registered with OLX yet, you’re in luck because you might be one of the people who could win a shopping spree or a trip to Philippines’ top tourist destinations through OLX’s the ultimate #NAKSPERIENCE summer promo. Old users can join, too!

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To join, all you have to do is to post an ad through the OLX app. Each ad equals to one valid entry, so the more ads you post, the more chances of winning.

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There will be weekly draws until April 12 and one grand draw on the same date:

Weekly Draw: Two (2) winners of a Php 50,000.00 buying spree on OLX Philippines each
Grand Draw: One (1) winner of a Php 100,000.00 buying spree on OLX Philippines and a trip for 4 to places like Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Batanes

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If you’re to ask me though, I would love to check out Batanes because it’s less crowded. I like my alone time and Batanes is the perfect place to do some soul-searching. Naks! Just look at these beauties!

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The contest is open until April 8, 2016, so please visit Naksperience.com to learn more about the campaign. Download the app through the AppStore or Google Play and sellebrate summer with OLX! 🙂

Sponsored post; Batanes photos from Untouristing

GIVEAWAY: L’Oreal Excellence Fashion Hair Color [CLOSED]

It’s officially summer–my favorite season of the year! It’s when we girls get to experiment with our look. We can finally get that bob haircut we’ve always wanted and change up our hair color. (*happy dance*) L’Oreal and I would like to help you in that department so we’re giving away one set of L’Oreal Paris Excellence Fashion hair color to three lucky ladies!

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Each set contains three different shades so you can choose which one suits you best. Simply read the pamphlet inside the boxes for instructions on how to DIY your hair. I did the #ExcellenceFashion challenge a few months ago and I must say coloring your own hair is not that difficult–not to mention it’s money-saving as well. Here’s what I chose:

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As for the mechanics, please complete the following. All are required.

  1. Like L’Oreal Paris Philippines and Metamorphosis on Facebook.
  2. Like my page on Instagram.
  3. Share this blog post on Facebook and Instagram with hashtags #ExcellenceFashion and #MetamorphosisGiveaways. Posts should be made PUBLIC.
  4. Complete the form below.

Get extra 2 points (not required):

  1. Follow my Twitter page.
  2. Share this blog post on Twitter with hashtags #ExcellenceFashion and #MetamorphosisGiveaways. Posts should be made PUBLIC.
  3. Include your Twitter username and post link in the form if you did this.

Giveaway ends on March 31, 2016. This is only exclusive to Philippine residents. Winners will be chosen randomly. Good luck, ladies!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE LADIES

First winner: Florian Francisco

Second winner: Marey jane trinidad

Third winner: ARRA ODEZA

Please wait for my email within the week. Thanks everyone for joining! Til next time! 🙂

Get Intensely Close at Closeup Forever Summer 2016

Just one month more and it’s the most exciting season of the year again! Aside from spontaneous road trips with friends and wearing your fave bikinis, summer is also a time for colorful music festivals. No Pinoy on social media has probably not heard of Closeup Forever Summer, one of the most anticipated events during summer. It is also the first and biggest social-media powered music festival in the country, having brought EDM kings Martin Garrix and Alesso, and Aussie indie pop duo Julia & Angus Stone (my fave!!!) in the past.

It was a short event. We just ate mostly. Haha!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. During the media launch, Closeup revealed that this year is going to be Closeup Forever Summer’s last year. But of course, they won’t say goodbye without a bang. For the last time, they are bringing in the number 1 DJ in the world, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to give you an experience that you won’t forget.

The rest of the lineup will be revealed one by one through social media so make sure to follow @CloseupPHL on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter to stay in the loop. Early bird VIP tickets can be purchased for only P2,000 each until March 15 at SMtickets.com. Starting March 16 though, VIP tickets will be sold at the original price of P4,000. For SVIP table reservations, you may contact Kim at 09176898888.

Have you bought your tickets yet? Share with us how you plan to make this #CloseupForeverSummer the best one yet using the hashtag #NoworNever!