Im going on a quick getaway soon and whenever that happens
i always like to prepare my "to bring" list days ahead.
Call it being OCD but whenever I go for a trip (big or small) I always like to prepare my things to bring days ahead. Thus also a quick way to get creative by making myself a "Packing List" printable where I organize my messy thoughts. Another great way to trim down the unnecessary items and only bring the essentials.
And if youre like me who gets scatterbrained last minute, having a Packing List handy makes sure you dont forget anything --like cellphone chargers or the camera!
I also decided to be generous so Im sharing my new PINK themed packing list with you. Just right click on the image to download. Dont forget to tag me in IG (@sab.calligraphy) if youre posting photos of this in use.
Time to get back to my clothes and luggage.
Summer is finally over with school starting everywhere. The past 2 weeks, harassed parents braved the rush to buy notebooks, pencils, books, papers, etc for their kids. Meanwhile, in the spirit of learning, I've decided to brush up on what little I know about Photoshop and learn some more.
Note the photo header? That was entirely done in Photoshop!! Pat on the back and applause please.
In the past I've relied heavily on Mac application Preview for all my "design" needs. If things got complicated there was always the ever reliable PowerPoint. But I couldnt rely on both forever. Especially when Ive been getting requests for Wedding Suites. I decided it was time for me swallow my fear (and confusion) and finally learn Photoshop.
Luckily, a blog I follow offered "beginner" classes online. If you're like me head on over to Lindsey Bugbee's site to enroll yourself in her class. It really is for the beginner -- such as myself-- and even has homework and quizzes you must pass in order to move forward. Don't worry, it isnt super difficult. Plus there's a 70 page e-book you can download to help you along the way. Im currently only on the 3rd lesson (of five) and feel that I've learned so much! In fact, I was able to finish my first wedding invite, and after 2 tries they liked the finished product!
Additionally, before bidding Summer farewell, Hubby and I went on our own small vacation to neighboring countries. It was all really for a reunion, H's SSEAYP class was celebrating it's 10th anniversary. So 30 (or so) Participating Youths from ASEAN countries plus family trooped to Bali for a weekend of reconnecting, fun, sun and sea.
I've never been to Bali but have read on the beauty of the Island. It didnt disappoint of course! The group had team building activities in the rice paddies --- really getting down and dirty! We also took in the culture by watching the Kechak Dance in Uluwatu. And on our free day, we both visited the waterpark where the world's longest waterslide is located. (Can you imagine the adrenaline??) Soo much fun I tell you!
As a side trip we visited Singapore as well where I hoarded on craft stuff. I was able to join in the #emboss trend by buying embossing powder and pen. Here is a piece I made last night from the craft haul. Theres a really satisfaction watching the powder melt from the heat gun. Some chemical reaction is definitely happening there!
Yesterday, was officially the last day of summer for many people and Independence Day for the Philippines. We decided to spend it doing outdoor stuff. So H & I mountain biked up Mayon Volcano. It's been a while since I last sat on the saddle so going uphill, there were times I just pushed my bike instead of pedaling. But, the highlight was the view and the downhill experience. A bit hair-raising in some parts where I almost slipped but all-in-all very enjoyable. In the late afternoon, along with the in-laws, we trooped to the Beach to beat off the heat. The waters were quite clear so we decided to free dive. I'm happy to announce Im back to free-dive form. No nasal congestion to get in the way of equalizing. Surprised myself when I was able to go down over 30 Feet in one single breath and check out the artificial reef in Bacacay Gulf. Makes me want to dive again -- SOON. hahaha
So these are the updates for now. As the quote above says "Always be Creating". :)
How do you compress your life to fit it in a suitcase?
Every time I plan for a trip -- a weekender, a week-long etc -- packing is always an integral part. Trying to weed out what you need versus what you want to bring is something you have to think about -- especially with all the airplane weight restrictions. Buying cheap tickets most of the time means there isn't a lot of weight you can lug around to and from your destination.
So allow me to walk you through my mind process -- How do I go about packing for a trip?
The 50% Rule:
I don't like bringing a lot things to my destination because I try to allot space for "pasalubong" (or the Filipino custom of bringing home souvenirs for family and friends also known as travel tax). So I follow the 50% rule -- my clothes, shoes and toiletries should as much as possible occupy only fifty percent of my allowable weight. Being a girl that is no easy task I tell you! So it's all about being creative-- bringing things that have dual or triple purpose. Such as shoes that are both dressy and comfortable. Charger cable that can juice up my phone, tablet and camera at the same time. Leggings -- with the right top can be good for casual or dressy scenarios.
I'm making a list, I'm checking it twice --- thrice even four times!
Before going on a trip one of the first things I do is make a packing list. And this involves asking the question -- What will I be doing?
So checking my itinerary, my outfits usually coincide with the schedule --like if we're doing a lot of site seeing this means bringing jeans and rubber shoes. If there's a formal affair this means packing a gown, make up, jewelry and hair paraphernalia. If it's a business conference this means a lot of blazers, blouses, skirts and heels. Luckily most of my trips fall into the casual category so i end up bringing easily foldable clothes, flats that aren't bulky to pack and the basic toiletries.
I become resourceful and creative if packing for a formal affair such as a JCI National Convention because I have to bring 2 gowns, make up, jewelry, hair curler or dryer, hair pins, heels and an evening bag. Those are all bulky and finicky items to pack so it's important to put the less important/more durable items such as the hair dryer and heels at the bottom and the more delicate such as make-up and gown on top of the luggage.
Hope this infographic helps you finalize your list:
What is important to you?
Packing is always about bringing the essentials. I hate being that lady that has 3 luggages to cart around the airport but only end up using 20% of the contents. For international flights I try to narrow down my expectations/experience to 3 words like "I want my trip to be comfortable, memorable and cheap" so I pack accordingly. Example:
In the end my take-away is don't let your luggage control your trip. Always remember you're visiting a place to experience the local culture, food and heritage. When you get home you won't remember what you wore or what brand of toothpaste you used. The memories of experiencing the sunset by the boulevard, eating good local fruits or buying that special trinket are what you will take home. The dirty laundry, muddy shoes and spilled shampoo will mean nothing.
So book that ticket, make your packing list and enjoy the ride!
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I have always wanted to write. This will now be a creative outlet-- home to all my arts and crafts. So feel free to browse around my everyday adventures.