Monday, January 29, 2018

RF20 and some other things

Roger Federer won. And it's his 20th major win during the recently concluded Australian Open 2018 held in Melbourne, Australia. While it was already a no-brainer he'd win, his opponent was rather a tough one. Cilic Marin from Croatia beat world's number 1, Rafael Nadal during the quarterfinals. I was rooting for Rafa because hello, he's a lefty like me plus he's from España, one of the countries that I've been dying to visit. But no, Nadal is only good on the clay surface. He was struggling during the 4th set. Fuck, he can't even run! Okay, here's what you might not know: I am a lowkey tennis fan. I've started playing tennis on Nintendo when I was young, so I am very much familiar with its rules, scoring, and all. During the college, I played Virtua Tennis on PSP, and I would always choose either Nadal or Federer. Going back to #AusOpen2018, it was a great finish for Federer. Cilic was a tough opponent. I was also rooting for Hyeon Chung. He's the first Asian to ever reach the semi-finals on the Australian Open. Too bad, he retired early during his match with Federer. If I were there watching the game live, I'd be totally disappointed, but hey, that's how the game goes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mount Mayon Eruption and its Effects to PH Aviation

Right: Photo by Ezra Acayan

Mount Mayon, one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines had some series of eruption for the past two weeks. PHILVOCS issued an alert level 3 warning to the province of Albay. Forced evac was implemented by the local government to those who are living within the permanent danger zone areas of the volcano.

Two nights ago, it spewed ash, blanketing neighboring towns of the province. It doesn't just put the livelihood of its people in danger, but also to aircraft flying along the airways near the volcano.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy 1 Year of Vlogging!

Exactly a year ago, I went to South Korea and filmed my first ever vlog. Vlogging wasn't really my cup of tea because (i) it's a tedious task to edit videos; and (ii) I am really uncomfortable filming myself. Weeks before this trip, a lot of people (mostly from #DBSTheBest) convinced me to film a vlog during this trip. It was fun and awkward doing it, but I thought I need to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. After releasing this video online, I received positive remarks, some of them asking to create more videos like this one. It defo means a lot to me.

 I know I am still far behind to some leading travel YouTubers out there (see also: Sam Kolder, Erwan Heussaff, Ollie Ritchie, Benn Tkalcevic, and etc), but I'm trying to master this craft. It's hard, yes, but once you publish your final output, everything's worth it.

Vlogging is now part of my creative outlet aside from music and writing. This year, I promise to shoot more videos on my travels. I want everyone to show how beautiful the world is, at least in my own little way.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A New Healthy Options is Here!

Good news for health and fitness enthusiasts! Healthy Options has relaunched their new and bigger store at SM City Davao last January 17, 2018.

Healthy Options is not just your ordinary store. It offers all-natural products for everyone's health and wellness. These products are cruelty-free, fair trade, green, sustainability sourced, and most of all, organic. Today, organic food, skin, and hair products are now more accessible to Davaoeños. There's no need to order online or abroad. Being healthy has never been this easy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

“Heroes on Wheels” program

This program aims to strengthen the support networks of local communities by providing much-needed proper outdoor and transport equipment to reach inaccessible areas.  Heroes on Wheels started by providing bikes to the Doctors to the Barrios to make them more mobile in their mission to reach far-flung areas which have limited access to medical facilities.  It has done the same with the medical practitioners who aided victims of Yolanda typhoon.  Heroes on Wheels has been a continuous act of alleviating the lives of our modern-day heroes so that they can touch more lives.

This year, in partnership with Firefly Brigade, R.O.X. and Fox, CORE brought Heroes on wheels to Davao.  Ten (10) brand new bicycles, complete with bike gears, such as Fox helmets and gloves were donated to Cycle for Life and Tuburan Institute. 

This was held last January 11, 2018, at R.O.X. Abreeza. 

Earlier in September of 2017, R.O.X. and Fox likewise donated bike gears to Cycle for Life to support their mission to gear up those unprotected bikers who need it most. 

For donations, you may contact Ms. Monica Ayala of Cycle for Life 09224833948. Used helmets, gloves, reflectors, blinkers and the like are all welcome.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's been a year...

As I was browsing my 'On This Day' on Facebook, I came across with this photo:

It's been a year since my last official shift at Tacloban Tower/Approach Control. I had so many fond memories of this facility: first time to be independent, first time to be away from home, first legit typhoon experience, first time to handle emergency situation, first time to see an aircraft swerve from the runway upon airborne (scary shit, I know), and first time to handle a Papal flight (a once-in-a-lifetime event). This facility will always have a special place in my heart. I am definitely missing the stunning sunrises and sunsets of this airport, it's something that we rarely have in Davao due to the surrounding terrain.

Here's what I've written in my Facebook post a year ago:

Today's shift (5am-1pm) was a mundane one - no special flights, no missed approaches, and no flight cancellations. Everything was handled in a routine manner. However, today marks my last shift here in Tacloban Tower/Approach Control. So many things have happened for the past three years (well, almost). I have learned how to be independent, gained new friends in the city, and finally mastered the Waray language (my maternal grandmother's language). To my colleagues, thank you for making this facility my home away from home. Y'all are cool and amazing to work with. I am truly blessed. Damo na salamat ha inyo tanan! Mapuli na ak buwas ha amon pero bangin mabisita lang ak dida if mayda na time. 
No goodbyes, just a resonating hello from Durianburg.
Time really flies so fast.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Back to Work

After the holiday bonanza, everything's now back to normal. There's traffic to endure again every Fridays and Mondays. Air traffic in Davao's increasing. I'm halfway through with my Approach Control rating. I am looking forward to this year's travel and adventures. Take note that I have already booked three trips for this year alone, and I'm planning to add another one by mid-November. Thinking of going somewhere really far and cold. I think I am ready to face snow again. HAHA! Who knows? God willing, I'll be going there no matter what.

So far, I've been productive on my day-offs. There has been a lot of upcoming projects and tasks in both online and in my blogging community, and I am not complaining. Not at all. It keeps me busy, and it sustains my creative mojo. But, whenever it rains the whole day, I just stay at home and watch my favorite TV shows while sipping a hot choco.

Anyway, back to work tomorrow. Working two shifts, and hopefully no delays or any special operations.

PS: I promise to update this personal blog more often. 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year, Same Shit

How's it going? I know this is kinda late but, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! 2017 was really special to me since I got transferred here Davao for good (I hope). Life got easier for everyone. When it comes to the travel scene, I have leveled up to a higher pedestal by going to far-flung places. See also: Sydney, Australia. I never thought I'd survive the 8-hr flight.

This 2018, I am planning to visit farther than Oz. It's still a secret coz I might get jinxed by it HAHA.

Anyway, Y'all have a prosperous year ahead.