Update: Out of towns, hiked Western Tarlac, joined runs, and attended talksMarch 26th, 2013 | Posted by in Funding Adventures | Running for Life | Trekking Soles | Trotting Territories
Time to catch up! After my Cambodia trip, our family lost another dear family member and felt the need to help out and alleviate sadness. I may not be able to share more experiences with my dad and auntie (may they rest in peace), but new memories need to be made as a celebration of life.
After my UK and Cambodia trip, I thought that it was time to focus on my country and myself. So much has happened so let me just run down the things I did and give a you short tips or description on each event.
1. Dumaguete and Siquijor adventure (November 2012)
Dumaguete is a food haven! We walked around the city and just enjoyed exploring different kinds of food. I, my best friend, and her fiancé loved restaurant hopping since there were a diverse choices around. Best thing is, Dumaguete food is not expensive compared to other cities.
We visited Siquijor and had a whole day tour of the island on our second day. We found Cambaguhay falls really charming because the water looked so clean and clear! My only regret was we didn’t stay overnight. We could have experienced the island’s mystical nature based on their infamous magical practitioners and faith healers.
Don’t miss Mel’s Cafe (healthy and yummy cuisine), Sans Rival (pastries), Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao (beautiful park and falls), and Cafe Antonio (lovely ambience and large servings) when visiting Dumaguete.
I, my sisters, and friends went to San Clemente, Tarlac to show what our province can offer. The pressure from impressing our French, Romanian, Brazilian, Chinese and Manileño friends came off as soon as I saw their happy faces in our destination.
It was a challenging 2.5 hours trek going to Ubod falls. But everything was all worth it after our delicious dinner and happy huge bonfire experience in the rest house. Read more about our adventure here.
3. Magic Star Fun Run (February 2013) 10km run
Accomplished this run in 1 hour 7 minutes. It was not my best performance but it still felt good that I was still able to finish at an average of 6.7 minutes per km despite my lack of training. Thanks to the anonymous guy who accompanied me during the last 2 km stretch. Wherever you are, thanks for motivating me until the end of the race.
4. PhilHealth Nationwide Run in Clark (February 2013) 5km run
This run was a bit embarrassing because I was even slower compared to my last 10 km run. I didn’t have plans to join this but I decided to go when my good friend Daniel invited me. With an average of 7.2 minutes per km, it was obvious that I didn’t take my runs seriously.
5. Jungle Survival Training from the Abelling Tribe with Hiking (March 2013)
Trekking with “United Nations” part two! This time around, we had additional Serbian and Pakistani guests in San Jose, Tarlac.
The Abelling Tribe, a group of indigenous people in Tarlac, showed us how they survive the wilderness with just their machete and hammock in hand. They cooked mountain rice using bamboo, created shelter out of banana leaves, and gathered Kappe (small crabs) for dinner. I’m sure they can compete with the survival training in Subic in the future.
6. Francis Kong’s Inspiring Excellence (March 2013)
My new year’s resolution was to make a difference. I believe that continuous education and learning from the best will help in fulfilling that resolution. If I learn, I can share it to others and make a difference in their lives.
Together with my mom and our promising employees from the business, we attended Francis Kong’s talk on Inspiring Excellence. Below is one out of five books we bought from the event.
7. Estate Planning of Atty. Cabrera (March 2013)
One of the perks of being a member in PCCI (Philippine Chamber of Commerce) Tarlac Chapter is being invited to free talks and seminars. This one was held in Holiday Inn Clark with free afternoon snack.
I have never heard of Atty. Cabrera before but it was such a pleasant experience just listening to his oratorical skills in teaching us Estate Planning lessons. He talked from 2pm to 6pm and I never got bored. Most importantly, I learned why it was very important to plan ahead and learn the legalities of protecting your hard earned estate.
The best lesson I learned was ignorance of the law and its implications can turn the blessings of wealth into a curse. Know the purpose of your wealth and do your best to educate yourself on the legalities. So that in the future, heirs will not have to suffer the unintended consequences of massive wealth.
Oh, we got this free book from the seminar. I hope you’ll get your copy too!
8. Calao Falls in Mayantoc, Tarlac (March 2013)
Going to Calao Falls is by far the easiest and fastest trek I have done. The trip to the falls is just 2 km stretch which can be done in 30 minutes if you can trek fast like we did.
The hike is beginner friendly and we didn’t even have to pay any guide to reach the destination. All we had to do was to follow the river upstream starting from Sitio Calao Mayantoc and it lead us straight to the falls.
This is the link to guide you how to go to the jump-off point.
9. DLSAA’s Bullseye Entrepreneurship Expo (March 2013)
DLSAA wanted to reach out more to DLSU alumni. With the vision of bridging individuals wanting to be entrepreneurs to the real players in the industry. And so, Bullseye Entrepreneurship Expo event was born.
DLSAA partnered with Go Negosyo, Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc., and the Philippine Franchising Association to make this event happen. It was not only for the alumni, but anyone with entrepreneurial spirit of any age.
What I love about the event was the throwing of ideas and the discussion that took place when great entrepreneurs of the country were seated together as a panel to answer the inquiries.
As I have posted in my Facebook account already, these are the things I learned from the event:
1.When you are young, the world is promising. Take advantage of it.
2. If at first few times you fail, charge to experience. Just don’t make the same mistake again.
3. Entrepreneurs grow because their business continuously solve people’s problems.
1. Trail run for 11km by April 20
When by best friend saw that there was a trail run in Baguio, she immediately messaged me the link of the event. In my excitement, I didn’t really think about the kind of training I needed and let my friend register for me in The North Face Trail Run in Baguio.
I haven’t tried a 5km trail run yet. So, I’m bracing myself for this one.
2. Sagada trip by May
This has been an overdue trip with my friends back in my publication life in college. Most of them are studying law and have given me a signal that they are ready to have a break! Hooray!
I will make sure this happens.
3. Davao trip by September
Finally! I have been wanting to go to Davao and it’s happening on the month of my birthday. I’ll be with my mom and sister on this getaway. We haven’t planned our itinerary but definitely seafood trip is a must. If you have suggestions, feel free to comment.