Going back to Batanes

Our decision to go back to Batanes was mostly driven by a tempting seat sale by Philippine Airlines earlier in the year. I did not realize until today, a few hours before I go back to life and adulting, that I badly needed that time to disconnect from the rest of the world.

2017 has been a year loaded with changes – mostly unplanned and unwelcome; both at home and at work. Going to a place that is seemingly frozen in time is somehow comforting after all that.

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Holiday season must-have: The Starbucks 2018 planner

It’s that time of the year again when we eagerly await the new Starbucks Planner design and plan out who among our friends we are going to libre so we can complete the required number of stickers faster and get one ahead of everybody else! Of course, it is also the season where people will tell you that you don’t ever use the planner, like it matters lol, and that it costs so much. The last one I want to address as an occasional coffee drinker who doesn’t even go out everyday. Thing is, sticker collection period is from November 2 to January 8. That is over 2 months! Even for people who don’t frequent Starbucks, that is more than enough time to complete the required number of stickers on our usual visit making the planner just an added perk for our caffeine fix.

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Joyce Ramirez speaks up on #NasaanAngPangulo, talks politics

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Since the last time that we had a one-on-one with Joyce Ramirez, she has treaded the chaotic world of Philippine politics and came out of it unscathed – well almost. Recently, in the high profile senate hearing about fake news, her name was dragged into the limelight triggering a barrage of Google searches looking for info about her.

They were not hard to find. Happens when your subject once headed a team that had a record 45M clout on the worldwide web and is the person responsible for starting the trend of getting Hollywood celebrities for local brands.

While her politics has always been public and we may not always agree on whom to support, I think it is high time that we keep up with the woman whose career has always been as colorful and as explosive as the personalities that she has worked with.

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Stay online while traveling abroad via Smart Travel Wifi

Smart Travel Wifi

Anyone who travels would tell you that the most important thing to secure before any trip is a reliable data connection. Apart from being able to connect with friends and family via your social media accounts, it is imperative that you have ready access to maps, translator apps, or even just to image search that item that you are having a hard time describing to a local due to language barriers. Once, I had to show a waitress an image of Coke as she did not understand “Coke” when I was ordering and kept saying “Cora, Cora”. I later understood that what she meant was Cola after we agreed on the google image that I showed her.

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Taking a stand

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When I was in college, I joined the League of Filipino Students (LFS), a group known for protesting against state injustices and fighting for the rights of the poor and marginalized Filipinos. It never felt like it was a good fit for me.

During discussions about how certain laws were supposed to be unjust, I found myself being the devil’s advocate. I would always argue for the debated law and how it could be beneficial if only it were implemented properly. I further affirmed that I was wrong for the movement on the first rally that I attended when we had not even gone beyond University Ave in UP Diliman and I thought, “Ay, ang init. Kayo nalang.” I then promptly left, enjoyed a cake at Chocolate Kisses, and ended my rather short stint as an activist. Or so I thought.

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