Letting go…

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
Paulo Coelho

There are memories in life that you hold on for a long time. These are things you keep deep within your souls, impressions of happiness and laughter, impressions of uncertainty and loneliness, impressions of success and achievements, and impressions of failure and defeat. You hang on to these things because it has something that makes you grasp on it.

You hang on to memories of an old lover or situation. You settle for loneliness for a little while and play the victims of your self-pity and misery… And as the day passes by, you make it even harder for yourself to move forward and see what lies ahead.

Letting go is never easy for you despite the heaviness you carry on your shoulder.

Letting go is scary for you, cause you’re afraid that after losing the person you once loved, you’ll lose the traces and eventually lose yourself, too.

Letting go is a decision you never make because you are not firm enough to answer the questions in your head.

Letting go is a painful process that every person goes through in a day-to-day life. It can be in any aspects of human lives. It can take many forms and angles. It can be a thing that is no longer useful to you. It can be a condition that you get used too that no longer serves its purpose. It can be a friend who betrays your trust. It can be a family or loved ones who become unfaithful to you… And it can be you, for not forgiving yourself, and others, after damaging and letting yourself down for so many times.

So when will you realize that you have to stop holding on to the past that no longer exists?

How do you let go? How will you let go of the hand that’s hurting you?

“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him”
Paulo Coelho

I know this will never be a one time step that you need to take. I know that you have to go with the process of moving forward and have the courage to walk away. I know it requires a lot of time and effort. I know how many tears you need to shed. I know how much hurt and pain you have to handle… But, I also know that you’re not the only person on earth who experience such pain.

”   My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It’s happened before, it will happen again, I’m sure. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive–I’ll find love again”
Paulo Coelho

I believe you can overcome this thing…

I believe you can move forward and appreciate what still remains.

I believe that no matter how difficult things may become, you’ll surpass it.

I believe you will soon accept the reasons why it happened.

I believe you’ll be happier after the storm in your life calmed down.

I believe miracles will do its magic to heal your broken heart.

I believe that someone out there will make you feel at home once again.

Believe me, it’s possible…

You can make it, you can let go, and you can be happy again… because “I did”.

Any thoughts, tips and ideas for letting go?
I’d love to hear your story when you felt the time that you have to let go of any person, things and situation. 

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles”. – Zig Ziglar

People sometimes tend to forget how to unwind and chill for a while. They are busy on pursuing their dreams and pushing themselves too hard that they forget the needs to rest. There’s nothing wrong with being a go-getter, a team player, a hard worker, a breadwinner and an achiever person, as long as you give yourself (body, mind, and soul) a chance to breathe and relax whenever it tells you to do so.

My Bff and I have the same motto in life. We are all hardworking people, and though we’re working in different companies, having different schedules, we are all in the same financial industry. We love our jobs, we love our companies and we love the people we’re working with, but most of all, we love ourselves above them all. We believe in rewarding ourselves and giving the best day we deserve, that’s why we ensure to have our staycation every once in a while.

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton

Most of the successful people achieve success because they dedicated all their time and effort in getting things done and working towards their goals. They do all the possible ways to ensure their success and sometimes they even sacrifice their personal time just to push their plans and achieve their goals.

I personally believe in hard work, determination, focus and optimism when it comes to success and achieving our personal goals, however, I also believe that it must be done gradually. There should be a work-life balance, and it means balancing everything that will not let your personal life be taken for granted. Prioritizing your dreams and ambitions without letting your health and personal relationship suffer.

We all experience juggling between life and career. It is indeed a hard task to do, but I believe it’s possible. I believe in work-life balance the way the most successful and famous people believe.

“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, health, friends, and integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” – Gary Keller

Some people don’t believe that work-life balance is possible, but I do. I believe it’s possible because I try to make it possible. I try to find time to meet my friends on weekends, or whenever I can. I try to find time to make new friends not only at work but outside the four corners of the office. I try to find time to make myself healthy and fit, and whenever, I feel tired and restless, I paused and let myself breathe. I try to find time to build relationships, not only with new people but more importantly build a stronger relationship with my family.

What’s the sense of success when you don’t have friends and family that you can share it with?

What’s the sense of working too hard and sacrificing personal life when you don’t have someone that you can cuddle at night?

What’s the sense of achieving your dreams when you’re alone and unhappy?

And, why do we let work get in our way of having a happy and meaningful life?

I hope people realize how much they missed out on their lives when they don’t come home on time. I wish they realize that if they dedicate a portion of their lives building relationships and making themselves happy and healthy, they will be living a more meaningful life. I wish they will realize that time is precious as well as their loved ones. It’s not all about work, it’s not all about ambition, it’s not all about career, it’s all about LIFE and BALANCE.

Work-life balance is possible and we have to embrace it. We have to know why we are doing the things we do and to whom we dedicate all our efforts and hard work, too. We need to remember how to live a meaningful life and not take for granted all the essential aspects of our lives. We have to focus and put our hearts into it because one day we might  wake up and realize that work will always be there tomorrow, but our friends and loved ones might not be.

Are you creating a work-life balance for yourself?
I’d like to hear your thoughts, opinions and strategies in making a balance in your life.

Coron : My First Solo Travel (Part II)

I hope you enjoyed the Part I of my first solo travel. I know I promise to tell you everything about the second part of the trip I made. So here it is guys 🙂

PART II – CORON, PALAWAN

Palawan is famous not only here in the Philippines but in all parts of  the world. So what does it have that makes tourists love it?

Answer: Stunning beaches, breathtaking lagoons, great diving sites, hospitable people and it’s off the beaten path

After my Boracay trip, I went back to Manila and had overnight stayed at home. I arrived around 8:10 in the evening. I arranged my luggage and separated my used clothes as fast as I can to get some sleep. I wake up at 8:00 in the morning, have my breakfast with my siblings and then I went to the airport around lunch time as my flight is scheduled at 3:20 in the afternoon. I’m thankful that my flight was not canceled and it was on time.

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I arrived at Francisco B. Reyes Airport around 4:30pm. I get a tourist map and guides in the airport and look for a van after. Lucky there are rental vans waiting outside the airport. I paid P150 and the travel took only 30 minutes. I met a Chinese-Filipino group of friends and we are all actually in the same hotel. They’re nice, happy and friendly people. I’m glad to meet them because I was alone in this travel.

When I arrived at my hotel, the staff gave me my keycard and helped me with my luggage. I got a cute and simple room. It is good for two persons but they also have bigger rooms that can accommodate more than 3 -10 persons. By the way, the name of my hotel is Micasa Lodge.

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I went to the roof top and had my coffee… And guess what, I was very happy with what I witnessed…

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Look, this is the view from the roof top. And I love it 😍😍😍

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This place is amazing! It is surrounded by mountains and you can see the small community and the sea. 😍

I rested in my room for a while and then, I went out for dinner. There was a nice restaurant nearby, called Lolo Nonoy’s Food Station and they served Filipino dishes at very affordable price. I noticed there’s a lot of people eating so I was curious about their food. I ordered beef stake which is their best seller and a mango shake. I came to  realized why people are flocking to this place. It’s not the cheap price but the delicious food and fruit shakes they served.

I sleep early because I was tired and I need to prepare for the tour the next day. Also, I notice that there are few establishments and they closed at 10:00 in the evening.

I get the Tour A and the hotel staff contacted the tour operator. I’m happy that the staff is very friendly and very helpful.

I wake up at 6:00 AM and have my breakfast at the hotel which is included in my bookings. You may opt to eat outside as there are also a lot of restaurants nearby.

There are 5 different tours to choose from and their prices vary depending on the tour operator you get, the size of the boat and if it’s a joint or private tour. Price ranges from P600-P2500/person per package tour.

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See sample tour packages:

Tour A – P1600/person
Coron Island Tour (7 destinations)

  • Kayangan lake
  • Twin lagoon
  • Siete Pecados
  • Malwawey Reef
  • CYC Beach
  • Skeleton wreck
  • Beach 91

Tour B – P1700/person
(Island Escaped Tour)

  • Malcapuya Island
  • Banana Island
  • Bulog Dos Island

Tour C – P1400/person

  • World War II Sunken ship & Best Reefs
  • Lusong Gunboat
  • Pass Island
  • Coral Garden

Tour D – P2500/person

  • Caluit Safari Tour
  • Caluit Game Refuge &anctuary Sanctuary
  • Pamalican/Black Island
  • Lusong Gunboat
  • Coral Garden

Tour E – P700/person

  • Mt. Tapyas view deck
  • Souvenir shops
  • Maquinit hot springs
  • Cashew harvest
  • Lualhati Park
  • Public Market Town Plaza

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From the above mention tours, I only picked 3 tours that I know I can do. I wish to dive, however, I need a proper training before I do It’s on my bucket list and I know, one day I will do it.

Anyway, after breakfast, I prepared the things I needed for the tour. I brought my small backpack and put the things I think I needed.

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So to give you some tips for Tour A which is the Coron Island Tour, I listed down the things you should bring:

  • waterproof bag
  • plastic case (for your mobile phone)
  • snorkel gear
  • lotion and sunblock with high SPF
  • Aqua shoes
  • Rashguard
  • Insect repellant
  • Bottled water
  • Plastic bag (wet clothes)
  • Camera/phone
  • Selfie stick (for solo traveler)
  • Powerbank /extra battery
  • Medicine (allergies, headache, dizziness)
  • Shades
  • Hair bands/clip (for women with long hair)

Note: if you don’t want to bring a snorkel gear and aqua shoes on your trip, it’s okay as the tour guide will help you in renting snorkeling equipment and swimming shoes.

The tour operator picked us at the hotel around 8:00 in the morning. After the van driver and our tour guide do the headcount, we headed to the Port of Coron. The boats used for tours and island hopping are everywhere. After the registration, tour operator briefing, and coast guard checking, we left and proceed with our itineraries.

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Tour A- Coron Island Tour

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Kayangan Lake
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Beach 91
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Twin Lagoon

Tour A highlights the most beautiful islands of Coron. I will absolutely recommend it to everyone who will visit Coron. You will certainly enjoy the panoramic view and Instagram-worthy photos. I’m thankful I had my power bank with me cause the tour takes a  whole day and I can’t count how much photos I took. Haha 😂

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I recommend Calamian Island tour operator because we are truly satisfied with their service. From the boat, the food, and the tour guide, all I can give them is thumbs up 👍. The tour guide is very friendly and patient in assisting us and taking our photos. The served Filipino dishes with fruits, they provided us clean drinking water and they prepared everything with care. They treat their guests like their friend and the tour guides are knowledgeable and very entertaining.

After the tour, we went back to our hotel, had a nice shower and left satisfied and dreamy of the astounding islands of Coron. After dinner, I felt sleepy, and I know all the activities (trekking, snorkeling, climbing) I did for tour A made me ready to drop.

To continue my adventure, I took the second tour the next day. Tour B is the “Island Escapades”, featuring the three famous beaches of Coron. Since I grew up in Bicol, surrounded by beautiful beaches, I was curious what their beaches look like. 

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Tour B – Island Escaped Tour

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Malcapuya Island
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Banana Island
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Bulog Dos Island

Tour B is also a whole day tour. The itinerary consists of 3 islands which are outlying places to visit. The three beaches have each snorkeling sites which I enjoyed so much. There are too many little sea creatures, colorful coral reefs and more clown fishes which are my favorite. I’m always a fan of “finding Nemo” movie and I’m always fascinated bClownfish or anemonefish. I saw different kinds of clownfishes when I had my trip to Hong Kong, just by looking at them in the water makes me happy and remember the movie..lol 😂

Among the three beaches, my favorite is Malcapuya beach which has a nice white powdery sand, great snorkeling site, nice view deck, and tranquil and quiet impression. It made me speechless, calm and at peace. I just sit quietly in the sand, drinking fresh coconut and enjoying the place. There’s a cute little monkey in Malcapuya that I saw playing and eating. I think 3 to 4 months old monkey. 

By the way, another highlight of my tour is the food. I ate a lot of crabs and enjoyed so much the lunch prepared for us 🙂 #seafoods #tunafish #grilled #shrimps #crabs and #fruits

The third and the last tour I had in Coron is Tour  E which is worth  P700/person. Instead of paying P700 for the tour, I only paid P387.50 for the tour. The people I’m with on the previous tour rented a van that cost P1500. We divided P1500 to people resulting us to P187.50 each for the van. Then,we paid P200/person entrance fee for Maquinit Hot Spring. Joining a group when you are in your solo trip will save you money and it’s a great way to meet other tourists.

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Tour E – City Tour

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View when you reach 400 stair steps
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When you see this, then you’re at the 600+ stair steps, haha 🙂
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The cross at Mt. Tapyas

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Maquinit Hot Spring

I bought several “pasalubong” for my siblings and officemates.  It includes cashews nuts, tarts, and some dried fish which became my favorite breakfast in Coron. 

My favorite from Tour E are Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit hot spring. I climbed 700+ stairs just to reach the summit. It is tiring but it has the best view deck to see the panoramic view of Coron and the sunset. At the back of the cross, you can continue the trekking. You’ll see the lush greenery and breathtaking mountains. It’s a great spot for photography and photo shoot with friends.

Maquinit Hot spring is the last place we visited. We stayed there till 8:15pm. The hot spring is a great relief for your worn out body after island hopping and town tour. Its water is warm, fresh and salty.

I had a pleasant time in Coron. Indeed, a wonderful paradise that I experience for my first-time solo travel. I will never forget it!!!

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Ms. Happy Rabbit 🙂

I now know the difference of El Nido and Coron and I will be posting soon the trip I made last January in El Nido.

Let me know in the comments your experience in Coron and what other interesting activities you did there. I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading guys!