As expected, the latest installment by artist OJ Desuasido for Muni PH’s #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign was received with mixed reviews, and yes, this poster / campaign received its share of haters.
But I think you know that your efforts in generating awareness and conversation are working when you ruffle feathers and get people agitated. And when they care enough to react, it means you really struck a chord somewhere. Hehe. I even liked one of the hatements. :P *shrugs*
See the amusing main thread here.
There Are No Strangers
The Circle Hostel
La Union, Philippines
A few weeks ago, when my friend Marcos mentioned that he and his friends Rai and Kookai were heading over to La Union for a few days and that they were going to stay at The Circle Hostel, I (almost) jumped at the chance to join them.
On NOT surfing in La Union
Our 3-day stay, while scored with offers for surf lessons, and further aided by visuals like below:
…involved no surfing at all. :P
Been a bit busy lately, but hey!
Check out Muni’s 7 Picks From Manila FAME here!
I loved A LOT of the things I saw but opted only to pick my favorites in 5 categories. So yeah, I cheated a little and went beyond that by picking 7! But I’m proud of ALL the Filipinos who showcased their creativity and artisanry at Manila FAME. :)
Especially Rags2Riches, Lumago Designs and Jacinto & Lirio who were also our featured brands at our recent Eco Fashion Workshop. :D
Hooray for innovative Filipino design! :)
Not sold on eco fashion? Click here to read why it rocks, and why you should rock it too.
Liquid Dumaguete v 2.0: My Advanced Open Water Diver Course
Having completed my Open Water Diver (OWD) Course at Liquid Dumaguete in Dauin just last October, I was more than eager to come back this month to take my Advanced Open Water Diver Course, revisit my diving “home base”, and most importantly, be part of Liquid Dumaguete’s Sunday Funday, a great initiative that the team began last December and will continue to do every first Sunday of the month.
Getting to Dauin
I’d been traveling through Iloilo and Bacolod the days before, and preferring land vs. air travel, I took a 6-hour bus ride from Bacolod to Dumaguete (I’d been on a 31-hour road trip before, so 6 hours is not a big deal), but given that I had only left Bacolod a little past 4pm, on account of my visit to Rapha Valley, this meant that I’d arrive at roughly 10:30. Upon my arrival at Dumaguete, it turned out that I’d have to wait for the 11:30 bus leaving Dumaguete for Dauin (since I arrived at a less than ideal time — it’s usually a worry-free 20-minute trip from Dumaguete to Dauin).
I cram myself into the bus departing for Dauin at 11:30pm, and get dropped off at the Petron station near Liquid, take a flashlight-guided 10-minute walk to the resort, and at around 12:00 midnight, feel grateful for arriving unscathed.
Again, by no means do I advise solo female travelers to do what I did at the time that I did it. Traveling solo at night isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do. But anyway.
Touchdown: Liquid Dumaguete
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 :)