I've always loved the water but at the same time been afraid of it. You hear summer horror stories from friends who've stepped on sea urchins, gotten jelly fish stings or totally sunburnt! Which is why, as a kid, I would always stick close to shore.
But being married to a certified water baby meant that I had to love the water as much as hubby did. So that meant conquering my fear and actually getting my feet wet.
I thought I was getting better at it until I saw Hubby free dive. He looked so free and agile in the water. Totally removed from the lanky clumsy guy he is on shore! So, I told myself I'd learn how to free dive as well too.
So slowly I learned how to equalize, got comfortable wearing a weight belt and accustomed to using long fins. It wasnt easy especially if you're like me who no matter what would float! (Yes high fat content??)
Steadily I got better at it so much that I unlocked the deepest I've ever gone -- 60 feet. Let me break that down for you, sixty feet is equal to the height of a six storey building! Yes THAT tall! I was pretty amazed myself after I finally reached the surface and looked at the depth gauge on my arm. To go that far down on a single breath of air was quite a feat for me!
And amazed the hubby as well!
So in celebration, Im adding a sheet of calligraphed "beach sayings" in honor of that epic dive. You can crop them up to add to images like what I did above. Or crop one that speaks to you and enlarge it for a print you can frame at home. Or make gift tags for friends like the one below.
Hope you have fun!! Also, dont forget to tag me in IG (@sab_reynoso) or send me a shout out if you'll be using it. I want to see all the creative stuff you guys come up with. Also the file is background-less (saved in .png format) already making it easier for you to layer it on awesome photos.
To download click here.
It is now 2016 and I cant quite wrap my head around the fact that 2015 is over. There were quite a few downs in the past year but they were totally eclipsed by highs the year had to offer.
Here are my highlights:
One of my greatest luxuries is to travel and 2015 sure did tick off a lot of places in my bucket list. I was lucky enough to visit 6 countries throughout the year and experience cultures that were alien but interesting at the same time.
Because of JCI, I attended my first ever Asia Pacific Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The Philippines was a pretty big contingent that bagged a couple of awards like Best New Local Organization. Too bad however my bid didnt win -- but I am quite pleased that it was a finalist in my category. There is always next time. Added to this, Mart and I got to explore the gorgeous landscape by sea and steam train! Food too was awesome especially in the local driver pit-stops where it's cheap but damn good.
Added to that we did a repeat of 2014's epic Northern Luzon road trip but this time in reverse. Our drive started from Manila then we took the west-side route and landed in Vigan for an overnight stay. The following morning we proceeded with the trip passing through Paoay, Laoag, Pagudpod before finally reaching our destination, Lal-lo, Cagayan, at 10pm.
This year I really got to cook-- honing not just my Baking Skills. Highlights of the year would definitely be my Bun-Cha a souvenir of the family trip to Vietnam, The Monster Sandwich I prepared for H, Bacalao using a family recipe.
The winners on the baking front are of course my Fudgy Brownies and making my first bread -- Cinnamon Rolls that H has touted the best he has ever tasted. Of course that could just be an extremely biased opinion.
Yes my hobby started in 2014 has definitely grown. The past year became a host of firsts regarding this topic.
- Made my own DIY Traveller's Notebook from real leather and sold it
- Organized and hosted the first calligraphy class in Albay
- Dabbled in typography by attending classes by Abbey Sy, Alessa Lannot, etc.
- Hoarded more craft supplies which includes more Holbein Watercolor, Peerless watercolor, Inks, nibs and of course my new baby -- the Silhouette Curio
- Got my first BIG commission of 200+ escort cards for a wedding
- wrote, edited and made a "logo" for my sister
I am hoping that this year will yield even more growth for me in this craft.
Of course I cannot end this blog post reminiscing about 2015 without giving a small portion in remembrance to my partner-in-crime and run buddy who is now in Doggie Heaven. Boston died on October 20, 2015 after being infected with erlichiya. It was painful for him but he really held on until we arrived from a trip to Manila so we could say good bye properly. I miss him terribly and would constantly hope that I'd still see him around the house but having JY -- his daughter and look alike-- around has soften the blow of losing him. Until we meet again buddy...
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!
I didn't even realize that the month has gone by so fast.
so, here's a RECAP
June was such a bustle but July was even more of a hustle. I didn't realize that almost a month has gone by since I last updated my website. So I will try to keep this entry short, sweet yet image-filled. (AKA maraming picture)
So yes, this month has just been really busy and its going to get even busier. In a few days I will be facilitating, alongside Imma, my first ever BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY workshop. Ill write all about it after the class ends.
So this is it for now.
Sorry I've been MIA for the past few days. Hubby and I have just gotten back from our first ever JCI Asia Pacific Conference (ASPAC).
The JCI ASPAC is a conference of all JCI organizations in the Asia Pacific Region. Final tally of the hosting organization (JCI Malaysia) approximated a total of 3,200 registrants attending the 5 day festivities in Kota Kinabalu.
Hubby and I have never been to KK and despite the earthquake early in the month we packed our bags for the flight. Another incentive is that JCI Legazpi had 4 bids for the ASPAC Awards while JCI Daraga (my chapter) had 1 for Project Liwanag: a baby project of mine which started in 2013.
Aside from JCI activities, we also decided to see what this side of Malaysia had to offer Sabah Island after all used to belong to the Philippines.
Highlights of our Trip:
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