Iloilo - Bacolod - Dumaguete [Jan. 27 - Feb. 7]
An all-too-brief trip of Muni PH events, travel, culture, agriculture, and diving
Earlier in January, my friend Noreen Bautista of Jacinto & Lirio told me she was going home to Iloilo for the Dinagyang Festival, and I forget if it was she or I who brought up the idea of doing a Muni event in Iloilo.
So anyway, although the tickets I could book at this point were more expensive than I was accustomed to spending on local flights (I’m really cheap), I booked the flight anyway, thinking that I may or may not have this chance again, rationalizing that the difference of several hundred to a thousand pesos on the flights might not necessarily be saved by opting to do the event at a later date anyway. And off I went.
Check out my whirlwind trip through Western Visayas and Negros :)
Diving in Puerto Galera with Dive Instructor John Mateos Ong
Last Jan. 12-13, I managed to pull out just enough from what I have left in my savings (while ensuring I’d still have enough for my upcoming Iloilo-Bacolod-Dumaguete trip - I’m a super shoestring traveler, mind you) to join dive instructor John Mateos Ong’s students for a weekend of diving at Puerto Galera.
With Louie, Dive Instructor John, yours truly, and my age old friend Jane on the boat en route to Puerto Galera (photo c/o Michelle May Ong)
We arrived around 11, checked into El Galleon, had our lunch and looked forward to our dives at the renowned reefs of Puerto Galera.
After squirming into our wetsuits, prepping our weight belts, masks, booties, fins, BCDs (Buoyancy Control Device), regulators and tanks (with the help of the Asia Divers staff) we’d be off to our first two dives of the trip.
Okay, so I’ve got a backlog of planned posts for Muni PH, as per usual, which only seems to increase with every post successfully publish (more ideas come than I can write them!). I’m also working to build the upcoming Muni Pop-Up Shop Online. And finally, I got myself involved with 2 rackets - 1 on design and 1 on writing (and both require a lot of work).
But upon the recommendation of Dindin Reyes, I opted to watch a nearly 40-minute video of Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of The Start. And prior to that, I spent a good amount of my day talking to Chesa Zimmer-Santos of co.lab PH and Denise Celdran of Edgy Veggy about design thinking for climate change, veg food, and plans for Muni PH.
Today has been a good day. And I need to write some of my thoughts because it’s an important day to chronicle in the life of this Nomad Manager.
Muni PH: The StartUp
Before today, I couldn’t quite figure out how I was going to approach making Muni PH a legal entity. And that’s something I’m certain I want to do. Never before in my life have I found work that I was “meant to do”, or work that made me feel so good - and it was work that I looked for, and not so much found. It took me a while to get to this point, and now that I have, I am certain that I’ve found that which I wish to do for the rest of my life, no matter how long or short it may be.
“Don’t let your perceived weakness or lack of influence interfere with the actual strength of your personal decisions. You don’t have to move mountains to create change (in fact, we highly discourage tampering with mother nature), but just in your own way, live your life as best as you can to serve as an example to friends and family.”
A recent post for Muni PH.
Read the full article here.
Check out my new Muni x Nomad Manager calling card! :)
It’s a lot less fancy than my old card, but it gets the job done, and allows me to add color and a handmade touch (through stamping of “MUNI” in red/orange and writing “JEN HORN” in aqua green by hand, while using up less paper. The card is printed back-to-back and rips in two to emphasize that yes, we can set a new standard of smaller calling cards and leaving less “white space” that most calling cards these days have.
The new card is also a lot more economical because it only needs 1/4 of the surface area my old card needed. PLUS I get to have this printed in black and white and use my own hands to add color and a personal touch. ;)
Check out more details about my calling card design “inspiration” and why my design cuts the crap here. :)
Feeling Like A Princess at Sonya’s Bed & Breakfast
(above photo features my bed at the Fennel cottage)
I spent the weekend before Christmas with my family at Sonya’s Bed & Breakfast, a tucked away section at Sonya’s Garden. :)
My brother and sister-in-law decided to gift us full body massages for my parents, and foot spa for all of us “kids”, including the brothers. My mom said that her massage was one of the best she’s had, and that says a lot because she’s quite particular about her massages. But the more notable part of this story is how obviously extremely uncomfortable (fearful, even) my dad was with the idea of getting a massage, so much so that he was offering that my brother take it instead. He refused, of course, forcing my dad to go through his ordeal. When we saw our dad again after our foot spa, he looked so relaxed and only had good things to say about the massage and was already planning our next stay at Sonya’s. :D
Honestly, I sometimes dread family vacations because well, it can be quite stressful traveling with one’s family, with one member wanting to do this, the other wanting to do that, and people just rubbing each other the wrong way - the way that families usually do. But for some reason, there was none of that on this trip, and it was one of the most pleasant family vacations I’ve been on. :)
Read more about my experience and Tita Sonya’s beautiful B&B here.
A Moment of Introspection at 5am + More Love for my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Phabrizio
It’s been a while since I got up at 4am to be somewhere, and now, I’m on a bus to Laguna with my friend Kitty and some of her students, and have time to safely blog on my phone.
I recently posted about Phabrizio and how he would change how, and how often I blog, and I just realized I haven’t been blogging as much as I thought I would. So here we are.
I’ve had Phabrizio for a little over 2 weeks now, and aside from Instagram, which I’ve long been wanting to have, it’s made my life easier in so many ways. With its different apps and readers (Kindle and Pocket), Dropbox, to S Note and Calendar, its beautiful camera (which allows me to leave my camera behind on some days), smart gestures, and dual window functionality, it’d be impossible not to love.
I’m not a techie, and I don’t feel the need to purchase the latest gadget. But upgrading from my roughly 5-year old Blackberry was something I deemed necessary, especially since I’m busier going around and blogging more. And so far, it’s one of the happiest things I’ve allocated my money for (and I can be extremely stingy with material things).
And I just want to say that personally, I think tablets are one of the most redundant devices created. It’s just a bigger smart phone that isn’t a phone, and a smaller laptop that lacks in computing functions. It replaces nothing and just does something other devices do anyway. This makes me love Phabrizio more, because he’s a fabulous phablet, and a single device that can really do so many things. He simplifies my setup, and eliminates the need (or desire) for other things. Not saying you should ditch your iPhone 4S and iPad 3 for this, because that would just be wasteful. But maybe next time, consider devices that have more functions.