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Travel May Help You Discover What’s Best for Your Life, Here’s Why



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Travel, despite all its beauty and wonders, brings along its own moments of terror and pitfalls. As a matter of fact, even the best adventures can feel unsettling and uneasy, especially in the beginning, as you’re getting used to a different set of cultures and customs. But at the end of the day, these changes can make you stronger and more open-minded. And more importantly, travel will ultimately help you find yourself, as well as figure out what’s best for your life.

Traveling and getting away mean leaving not only your home, but also your old frame of mind. As you travel, you’re immersing yourself into another world, which may oftentimes means becoming another version of you. As far as I’m concerned, travel is a time for discovery and self-reflection, as well as a chance to open yourself up to new sights and ideas.

Still not convinced? Here are a few ways travel can help find out what’s best for your life.

Travel is a reality check

When was the last time you jumped into a waterfall or a pool full of extremely cold water? Can you still remember what happened moments later? After a few minutes of immersing and swimming around the pool, the water all of a sudden stopped being as cold as ice. But as we all know, the water’s temperature didn’t change a bit. The truth is, it was your body that adapted to this temperature change, so you won’t feel cold.

That’s exactly what happens with your emotions. After weeks of grinding and working, you get so accustomed to the daily stress that you believe you are living a typical life. Sure, at some days, you may think that the stress is rather overwhelming, but that’s just because the stress you’re having exceeds the level you are used to on your so-called normal days.

Can you imagine what could happen after years of ignoring the many different negative emotions you’re experiencing? You’ll become a person who feels unhappy, stressed, depressed, sad and guilty, without realizing that there’s a better life for you out there.

Luckily, though, traveling can give you a change of scenery, helping you discover more about yourself and what you want in your life. As you travel, you get to drift away from your comfort zone and break your daily routine, allowing you to notice the holes and issues in your life. In other words, traveling is like a reality check that lets you realize how unhappy, sad and stressed you truly are.

Travel removes outside influences

Life, for most of us, is full of outside influences. We have parents telling us to study hard to good jobs, and we have bosses directing our career paths. We also have friends swaying your opinions, and social pressure from colleagues encouraging us to fit in and be normal. Heck, we even have advertising, billboards and television telling us what’s acceptable and trendy. In short, we have a society that creates a mold and constantly pressures us to fit into it.

And, with all these voices screaming in your head, your decisions become so heavily influenced that it is impossible to figure out what you really want.

When you travel, you get to remove these outside influences, allowing you to see your life with a fresher and clearer pair of new eyes. Without anyone to sway your opinions, you’ll have a great deal of time and space to think deeply what’s best for your life.

Travel creates a spark of excitement in your life

When you are doing pretty much the same thing every year, you’ll feel like you’re a hamster running endlessly on a wheel. You’ll, then, begin to feel miserable and bored AF. Thankfully, travel can, in many ways, totally ignite your enthusiasm and spice up your life.

And, make no mistake about it – this renewed enthusiasm about your life can give you the momentum that’s needed to make positive changes in your life.

Travel lets you meet people who can give you new perspectives in life

Travel offers a multitude of opportunities to see and meet awesome folks from different walks of life. As you travel, you get to talk to people who have lifestyles and careers that you never thought were possible. Likewise, you’ll meet people who, with their wisdom and diverse backgrounds, can give a better understanding about life and the world.

Travel forces you to act

In today’s world, it’s easy to become passive, and just drift through life. While it may not seem harmful, it can harm your ability to think of your feet and make decisions, in the long run. What’s more, it makes you lazy as well as clouds your ability to think what’s best for yourself.

Traveling, however, will force you to act, and enhance your skills in decision making. From activities and restaurants to travel plans, you are going to make a lot of decisions, as you travel. Of course, travel gives you plenty of incredible opportunities to make decisions and take charge of your life.

Choosing to intentionally and actively live your life is one of the best ways to have a fulfilling life, and travel lets you spend your days with life and color, instead of being a passive and nonchalant drifter. Plus, once you succeed in making small decisions, you’ll develop the confidence to make the bigger decisions in your life.

It’s a step outside your comfort zone

Don’t know what excites you in life? Trust me, you’re not going to find your bliss by living and breathing the exact same routine, every day of the week, year after year. That’s why you need to travel to a new place, every once in a while.

Travel, in essence, is a step outside your comfort zone. As you travel, you get to experience a lot of new things, helping you grow as a person. When you experience new schedules, cultures and cities, you are practically opening your mind to new possibilities. When you realize that not everyone on earth has a 9-to-5 job, is chained to a cubicle or has children at a certain age, you’ll realize that other unique lifestyles and means of living are possible for you as well.

It’s a chance to think more about your future goals

When you’re stuck in your daily route, you tend to lack vision, and soon, you’ll forget about all your long-term goals. Focusing too much on your own can absolutely stop you from seeing the whole picture. But, when you take a break from your daily grind, you’ll have a better view of your dream, future and your life’s purpose.

Do you need to travel, to find yourself? Maybe, not! But in midst of the hustle bustle of your daily life, it’s quite hard to give yourself the time and space and do so. And when we travel, we get lost, and eventually find ourselves as well as the true meaning of life.


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Feature: Planning for Your Summer Get-Away? Palawan Is the Ultimate Place to Go




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Looking for your summer getaway this year? Maybe 2018 is the best time to take a dive in Palawan.

Vacationers who read the New York-based Travel+Leisure Magazine raved about Palawan’s natural gems midway through 2017.

Gathering a score of 93.15 at Travel+Leisure World Best Survey last year, writer Rebecca Ashcer -Walsh reported readers have been describing Palawan as ‘”rustic, romantic, affordable, and relaxing” and “It’s the single, most beautiful place on earth.”

Nobody says it better than third party commentaries.

“For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place as the best island in the world, thanks to its hidden lagoons, teeming ocean life, and rustic-luxe resorts,” said Ascher-Walsh in her article on Travel+ Leisure mag.

The magazine’s World’s Best Islands survey, Ashcer-Walsh explained, is where readers were asked to “weigh in travel experience around the globe… readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.”

Palawan is known for its Puerto Princesa City Underground River, the blue waters of El Nido, Coron’s Kayangan Lake and World War II shipwrecks and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park of Cagayancillo.

Accessibility is also accelerating in Palawan: Puerto Princesa City International Airport has been expanded for a bigger volume of passengers and a cruise service between Palawan and Kudat, Malaysia is set to open in the coming months.

With the consistent pouring of positive reviews from travellers, the chief of Provincial Tourism Promotions and Development Office (TPDO), Maribel Buñi, expressed delight over good feedback, which she says are proof of the drawing power of Palawan’s natural beauty.

She urged fellow countrymen to help protect and maintain this paradise in southwestern side of the Philippines.

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Unleash Your Hugot This Valentine’s Day with OPPO’s #HaveYouEver Promo



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On the most romantic day of the year, OPPO Philippines challenges you to reminisce your heartaches responsibly and learn from the past with their #HaveYouEver Facebook promo. OPPO will be posting a different #HaveYouEver question at 2 PM daily via their Facebook page which participants must answer by sharing their story through a video submission. Feel free to release your hugot every day, starting from February 1 until February 14, for a chance to win Php25,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates.

“This love month, we want to create an opportunity for our fans to express and share their hugot stories. We want to continuously become a part of their love stories and journey, and there isn’t any better way to share it than getting rewarded as well”, said Eason De Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ PR Manager.

For more information about the promo, customers may follow OPPO on Facebook for the latest updates.

For the complete mechanics, please see below:

1. To join the promo, the participants must visit OPPO FB page  and register their full name, email address, registered address, contact number, and submit a video to the #HaveYouEver question for the day by telling his/her story (file size: maximum of 100MB (5 minutes); file format: mp4) to get (1) one raffle entry.

2. A #HaveYouEver question will be posted every day at 2PM from February 1, 2018 until February 14, 2018. A participant can submit a video answering the question of the day within 24 hours until another question is posted.

3. It is not required of the participants to submit an entry for every #HaveYouEver question. However, in order to get more raffle entries, participants are encouraged to answer each question and tell his/her #HaveYouEver story which is equivalent to (1) one raffle entry.

4. Each question can only be accomplished once per account. A participant can only obtain a maximum of 14 entries for the whole promo period.

5. Deadline of submission of entries is on February 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

6. There will be three (3) winners of Php 25,000 worth of SM gift certificates. The winners will be drawn using

7. The draw for the prizes will be held on February 15, 2018, 5PM at 6/F Viva Communications Inc. East Tower Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City in the presence of a DTI representative and authorized representatives of Viva Communications Inc.

8. The announcement of winners will be done via Facebook post on February 16, 2018. Registered mail will also be sent to the winners.

9. Twenty percent (20%) tax for the prize exceeding PHP10,000 shall be shouldered by the Philippine OPPO Mobile Technology Inc.

10. Winners can claim their prizes from the OPPO Concept Store nearest to them. They must present at least one (1) valid ID and the registered notice for verification upon claiming. The winners must present a valid ID which contains the same information as his/her registered details. If the participant cannot claim his/her prize, the one who will claim the prize on his/her behalf must present an authorization letter, a photocopy of his/her ID and a photocopy of the winner’s ID. The winners can claim their prizes until 60 days after they receive their registered mail.

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Pag-IBIG to Sponsor Free Mass Wedding of 150 Couples on Valentine’s Day




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The Pag-IBIG Fund will sponsor the mass wedding for around 150 couples tying the knot during Valentine’s Day in their 8th annual free mass wedding dubbed “I Do, I Do, Araw ng Pag–IBIG.

The event will be hosted by Pag-IBIG Fund Mactan Branch in cooperation with the Municipal Government of Cordova.

The activity aims to help Pag–IBIG Fund members who do not have any budget to spend for their wedding and at the same time legalize their union.

The free civil wedding is open to all Pag–IBIG Fund members who are single or even couples who have been cohabiting for five years or more, provided that they are already 24 years old and above.

The couples will be given free ceremonial wedding rings, flower bouquet for the bride, free photo-op, and souvenir.

They will also be taking part in a lottery of a “Kabuhayan” showcase that will be raffled off during the reception.

Other than the “Kabuhayan” showcase, appliances and cash gifts will also be raffled off.

This year’s free mass will be held on Feb. 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the 10,000 Roses, Barangay Day-as, Cordova, Cebu with Mayor Mary Therese P. Sitoy-Cho as the solemnizing officer.

Those interested may contact Anette Taneda, Marketing Head or Teofredo Garcia, Branch Head of Pag-IBIG Mactan Branch, thru mobile number 0922-8263329 or email them at (jsme/PIA7-Cebu/Pag-IBIG)

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PH Witnesses Rare, ‘Super Blue Blood’ Moon




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A phenomenon described as a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” not seen since 1866 — a super blue blood moon sighting — is occurring on Wednesday evening.

In an advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the sighting started at 6:49 p.m., Jan. 31 and ended 12:09 a.m. of Feb. 1.

The super blue blood moon could also be seen by the naked eye throughout the country.

Astronomer and Rizal Technological University professor Frank Kevin Martinez said the super blue blood moon could be seen in the country “because at this point, it is day time in other parts of the world, and they could only see a partial lunar eclipse.”

Martinez said the super blue blood moon occurs because of three lunar events happening at the same time: a super moon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse.

He said people see this moon as reddish because of the total lunar eclipse, adding that the earth covers the light that comes from the sun.

Martinez said this moon is also 14 times bigger than the ordinary, and is the second full moon in the month.

“The moon will pass by the earth’s shadow at a time when it is evening here, that’s why people could see the super blue blood moon vividly here in the Philippines,” Martinez emphasized.

A super moon occurs when the moon is at its nearest point to Earth in elliptical orbit during the full phase.

Based on the definition of astrologer Richard Noelle, a super moon comes around 361,000 kilometers of Earth, measured from the center of the moon and Earth.

A blue moon, meanwhile, does not refer to hue, but refers to the second full moon of the calendar month. The first full moon occurred last January 2.

PAGASA, however, said a blue moon might appear in certain atmospheric conditions, such as areas where there are volcanic eruptions or when large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.

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