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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 :)
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. :)
A Muni PH Statement Non-tarp “Tarp” :)
Thanks to Abbey of H.E.A.R.T., Ella & Geli of Pop Pins for helping me out! It would have been impossible without you guys. :)
Excited for December 8!
Craft paper & canvas,
On Greenifying & Muni PH + Pop-Up Shop
Last week, I wrote my first few articles for When In Manila (with focus on Climate Change).
This week, I’ve been busy tweaking my new project Muni PH, a website that hopes to help people make more informed lifestyle decisions so they can live more mindfully.
I’ve been thinking about permutations of this project for months, but now, it’s finally coming to fruition, and the seed I planted in my head is finally breaking the surface. It’s been a slow but deliberate process. Just how I like to work.
The key philosophy of Muni PH was also written perfectly by Green’s Not Black & White author Dominic Muren:
What will you choose for yourself, knowing that others may follow? More important, would your choice be different if you knew that thousands of people would be making the same one?
The Commercialization of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
While it’s definitely a good thing to propagate breast cancer awareness in the month of October (or all months of the year for that matter), I wonder just how informed this global campaign makes it audience, and how effectively it mobilizes them into action.
Does The Earth Still Have A Chance?
Reading my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and the news about the millions of people affected by the month’s worth of rain that poured down on the Philippines this past week or so has left me feeling rather helpless while traveling here in Luang Prabang, Laos.
It has been making me think about what I can do from this part of the world, or what I can do when I get back home. At the same time, it has channeled the cynic in me and made me think: Does the Earth still have a chance?