Mt. Marami

Mt. Marami is located in Maragodon, Cavite where you can see the grandeur view of Cavite. It is just my fourth time to hike and for me, this is one of the longest hike I’ve ever had. Many people is often compared it to Mt. Pico de Loro and they were like sisters daw, same features.

Just to add up some information, the name of the mountain is coined from the Tagalog term “marami” because the mountain is composed mainly of numerous gigantic rocks. The open trail of the mountain will lead you to experience the “Silyang Bato” which can be found on the summit.

Jump-off point: Sitio Bangkaan, Brgy. Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite
Alternate jumpoff: Brgy.Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite
LLA: 405 MASL (1,328 feet)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3

Source: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2007/09/mt-marami-405.html

Note: In Brgy. Talipusngo, you can bring your car to shorten your hike hours, don’t know in Brgy. Ramirez if you can also bring.

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“Welcome to the Silent Hill” Hahaha no, i’m just kidding.IMG_8379IMG_8367IMG_2998IMG_3003IMG_3002IMG_3022IMG_8381IMG_3021IMG_8396IMG_3004IMG_8389IMG_8405Nainggit sa pose ng cow chos! Hahaha pero kapagod na gurl.IMG_8409Pabebe pose pa more! HAHAHAHA

Miniso Opens at Glorietta

Are you looking for a one-stop shop? Where you can buy affordable products including, health and beauty products, fashion accessories, office supplies, home necessities and many more. MINISO is the perfect shop to go!

Last last Friday, March 17 Miniso had its grand opening at Glorietta 2. It is already their 15th store here in the Philippines. Super late upload na since I need to finish some school papers and my laptop got minor problems.  Anyway, everything is fine naman na. Thank god! Okay, back to the blog. 

Miniso ensures that all of their products are high-quality, creative in design, and affordable for all. Over 80% of the brand’s product designs originated from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and other countries.

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Established in Tokyo, MINISO, the Japanese fast fashion designer brand, was jointly founded by Miyake Junya, the chief designer of MINISO, and Ye Guofu, the Chinese young entrepreneur. MINISO advocates fashionable and relaxed lifestyle and directs a superior products consumption pattern.

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The MINISO’s executives, general Manager of Glorietta, Gabbie Garcia and Rocco Nacino were among the attendees.

IMG_8454-1Miniso has been expanding globally,  it opened more than 1,800 stores around the world. Currently, MINISO has signed strategic cooperation agreements with more than 40 countries and regions, including the U.S., Canada, Russia, Singapore, Dubai, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong (China), and Macao (China).

IMG_8460-1IMG_8457-1IMG_8491-1Miniso is like a combination of Uniqlo, MUJI & Daiso. All our favorite shops combined into one. You’ll surely love it.

Here are some of their productsIMG_8466IMG_8469-1IMG_8467These hats are perfect for this summer!

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These are the things that I picked. I can’t wait to try them!

Check out their stores here in Philippines:

ROBINSONS PLACE MANILA (Padre Faura Wing – 2nd Level)
SM CITY SAN LAZARO (2nd Level)
SM CITY MANILA (2nd Level)
SM CITY EAST ORTIGAS (2nd Level)
SM CITY FAIRVIEW (UG Level, Annex 1 Building)
SM SOUTHMALL (2nd Level)
SM CITY SUCAT (2nd Level, Building A)
GATEWAY TOWER MALL (UG Level)
LUCKY CHINATOWN MALL (3rd Level)
SM City Baliwag (Ground Level)
SM Center Sangandaan (2nd Level)
SM City Marilao (2nd Level)
SM City San Jose Del Monte (UG Level)
SM City Trece Martires (UG Level)
Glorietta 2 (2nd Level)

Soon they’re going to open more stores in SM Makati, SM City North Edsa, and SM Store Cubao.

Website: www.minisohome.com

Facebook: Miniso Philippines

Twitter: @miniso_ph

Instagram: miniso_ph

Best Camera for Traveling: Sony Alpha A5000

Nowadays, traveling is what most people do. I know this line is kinda gasgas or you can see or read it many times on different social media sites “Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I definitely AGREE! And even make it as good investment. Trying different cultures, food trip, do adventures, talk with the locals and learn everything from them can help you to come up with new ideas and to discover new information. There is a lot of information provided by your life experience as you travel around the world which is very relevant in your road to success.

But of course! Your travel would not be complete without taking amazing shots or videos about the trip, right? Photos and videos will serve as a remembrance for every travels your going to.

Wanna know what will be the best camera for travel?

Here is the Sony’s ALPHA A5000 Mirrorless Camera

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This camera would probably the best camera for travelers. With its size, features and an eye-catching style, that you would fall inlove.

This camera has 20.1 MP Exmor HD APS sensor which is incredible when it comes to detail and enlargements. BIONZ X Image Processor, Sony’s latest processing engine: truer color rendering, better noise reduction, and hyper-real detail via high-speed processing.

a5000 sizeIts size is way smaller than your smartphones which is really nice for traveling or doing adventures. I remember when I need to cover a documentation as I climb up to the mountains which took us about 3 or more hours to reached the mountain top. I used my DSLR and imagine how heavy and difficult it is to carry along, so with the Alpha A5000, it would be easier to shoot since it is very handy and lightweight. This camera is best known as the world’s lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera. And what most travelers, bloggers/vloggers, including you would totally love in this camera is that, it has a WiFi, so it is not difficult for you to transfer video and photos that you’re going to upload.

1389217832000_IMG_362614You can easily capture a selfie by just flipping up the LCD screen. This is the most useful part for those solo travelers. It records stunning high quality Full HD 1080/60i/24p or 1080/30p MP4 movies.

This camera also features:

  • Soft Skin Effect –  it smoothes any wrinkles or dullness.
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter – ensures that faces look fantastic, with clear focusing and smiles captured at that perfect moment.
  • Auto Object Framing – this function crops your shot for maximum appeal—without marked loss of quality.

7_17Low light situations are not a problem. There is built-in pop-up flash in a compact camera. Compact Power Zoom 16-50 mm kit lens, a convenient zoom lever on the body of the camera allows for effortless one-handed operation and smooth zooming even when shooting self-portraits, bringing compact camera convenience to the realm of interchangeable-lens models.

The following are some of the camera features:

  • Battery Life: take up to 420 shots on a single charge.
  • Auto Object Framing fills the frame with your subject.
  • Scene Selection:  Type of scene you can shoot are the following: nine Scene Selection modes, including Portrait, Sports Action, and Macro.
  • Manual Shooting: four modes (P/A/S/M) make it easy to enjoy the creative.
  • Anti-Motion Blur
  • DRO (D-Range Optimizer)
  • Sweep Panorama

To learn more about the ALPHA A5000, visit: http://www.sony.com.ph/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-5000-kit/specifications#specifications

Yugatech’s Website: http://www.yugatech.com/

Sony Philippines’s Website: http://www.sony.com.ph/

Food Trip at Maginhawa Street

Once you’ve heard Maginhawa, what comes first in your mind? I know, most probably it would be FOOD. FOOD TRIP. Everything about FOOD. As we can see a lot of posts from different social media sites, Maginhawa Street will take you in an instagramable places/restaurants.

Let me share my own experience in Maginhawa. At first, I thought Maginhawa street is just a street na tabi-tabi yung mga restaurant na it wouldn’t be difficult for us to find a place to eat at. (Sorry, I’m from Cavite, I don’t have any idea about it. Hahaha) But when we already reached the place it was different from what I’ve expected. So Maginhawa street is located inside the U.P. Village, some are in Teacher’s Village and Sikatuna Village and hindi tabi-tabi yung mga restaurant. Medyo malalayo sila sa isa’t isa. Hahaha! Para itong nasa main road ng village (please correct me about this, main road nga ba? hahaha)  and it’s like 3 houses before ka ulit makakita ng restaurant. (well just some of them) We really had a hard time to find a particular place to eat. Anyway, I’ll give some tips for those first timers, like me and for those people who are not familiar with the place.

TIP# 1 Before going to Maginhawa make sure that you know the restaurant you want to eat. Kasi based on what we’ve experienced, we forgot to search online for the restaurants. It really consumes so much time for us. Luckily, tricycle drivers around the village are familiar with those restaurants. Kahit i-describe mo lang, kuya, yung may harry potter motif or you can ask them kung saan ang pinakamagandang puntahan. May mga ire-recommend sila sa inyo. 

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TIP# 2 Wag kayo masyadong magpa-late mas lalo na if that’s your first time. Around 4:30pm na kami nakarating, and that was month of January pa so medyo mabilis dumilim that time and we still can’t decide where to eat, what to eat. So we ended up like, 3 restaurants lang.

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TIP# 3 I think it’s better to wear comfy shoes mas lalo na if wala kayong dalang car. You really need to trek. Hahaha

Thanks to manong tricycle driver for dropping us by here in 150 maginhawa food park. Hindi na kami nahirapan para maghanap uli nang makakainan. Forgot to take pictures of the food. Natakam agad ang lola. Anyway, here are some of the photos 🙂

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If you have questions, like how to get there or kung ano pa. Feel free to contact me by clicking this or tweet me @itsmeloraineE 🙂 Will try to response as soon as possible.

Casa Quesadilla

Address: Unit 1, 176 Maginhawa, Sikatuna Village, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila

150 Maginhawa Food Park

Address: 160 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila

Crazy Katsu

Address: #81 Unit I Maginhawa St., Teachers Village, Diliman, Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon City

Things You Can Do In Boracay

Whenever some people think of a vacation trip in the Philippines, the first destination that most likely comes to mind is Boracay, because of its white sand beaches! Undoubtedly, Boracay remains one of the most popular beach destinations in the country.

I know some here wondering what you can do for fun in BORA? Well, here are some list of activities in Boracay that you can do.

1. Island Hoping

Visit different islands that surround Boracay. We hired a boat for 4-hour tour because we don’t have ample time and we want to try different activities around the island and decided that it wouldn’t consume too much time but anyway, you can still enjoy it and even have enough time to snorkel.

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2. Parasailing

I highly recommend this! The feeling is like your a drone! Hahaha. You can capture the entire island. Don’t get afraid for a single rope. Just enjoy! Relax. Feel the air. Naks! 

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Before we try parasailing like everything was ready! Including the harness. Hahaha

How to book parasailing in Boracay: Visit the office of Diamond Watersports at Station 1 (just beside Milky’s Dive Center), or contact +63 36 288 6621 or +63 36 288 6681

3. Paraw

Best to do this during sunset! Enjoy the waves and let the wind take you around the island.

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4. Try ATV and Race Kart

By the way, in using ATV and Race Kart you must be 18 years old and above. Before riding this vehicle there’s a brief orientation, some rules that need to be discussed including the speed limit. First question that they’ll ask is: “Do you drive?” or “Can you drive?” Oops! Just say YES. And enjoy the ride HAHAHA (not a great idea at all but that’s what I did).

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Before heading to the mountain using an ATV, you need to pass the driving test otherwise, you’ll use the buggy car. For the drive test, you can see here in the picture of a mini track that you need to finish 2 laps. And if you did a great performance and pass-through those curvy part. You Passed! Well, It’s really difficult to control in curvy roads but you can manage it ‘tho.

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For more information, just visit Happy Dreamland 🙂

5. Enjoy Sunrise, Sunset and the View

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Pose para sa blog and as the 20-peso bill endorser.  P.S. Sorry, low quality for the photo 😥

Here are some photos in our trip

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Shades from ColorManila. I super love this shades no one could ever stop me from loving it! Joke Hahahaha P.S. We’re included in the picture. Hiiiii!

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Pabebe Pose for the blog! Hahaha this was September 30 pa and don’t have time to post so medyo throwback ‘to.

GUYS! You can also watch our video by clicking this link https://youtu.be/Q3DW97oL4S8 (Sobrang waley nung editing. Hahaha!)

Thank you so much for your time reading this! Hope you like it. If you have any suggestions or inquiries about the trip. Feel free to comment on comment’s box below or click contact (on the upper part of my blog).

Vlog Exposure

When I have spare time, I would just watch videos on youtube or read blogs. (One reason daw of having graded lenses according to my dad hahaha) I’m not into reading novels/books. The last time I read a book was about 3 years ago.  Anyway, so as I browse videos on youtube I watched this video of Wil Dasovich with his Pudra speaking beki language. I really enjoyed his video so I started to watch ALL. Yes as in ALL of his videos, VLOGS (to be exact. Hahaha) and even his friend, Daniel Marsh. And his sister, Haley.

FAST FORWARD… Luckily, I MET THEM ALL! #CAPSLOCKPARAINTENSE And Wil featured me and my sister on his snaps. Didn’t know that he will also include us on his vlog. I actually thought he was just joking for putting us up on theeen MY GAAAWD!! I JUST WANNA SCREEAAM. I’M SOOOOOO HAPPY LIKE I WANNA FLY HAHAHA. Even for just a short clip. Kasi diba you’re just watching your favorite vlogger’s vlog lang and now you’ve seen yourself sa vlog niya. Hindi ko ma-express how super duper happy I am. Still can’t get over! WAAAH THANK YOU, WIL!

I wasn’t able to connect/attach videos here from Youtube. You may watch it by clicking https://youtu.be/wObgJRKd7u4

For the reason that I’m not able to post videos from YouTube. I’ll just share my pictures with them instead.

 

 

 

Youtube Channels:

Wil Dasovich: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSir19L_390tAg4IbCggvCg

Daniel Marsh: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiNCvGzwadWCZIzTUjoApRQ

Hayley Dasovich: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6hslRs2k1btobUgRFoTkQ

Windmill in Rizal

So yeah! You don’t actually need to go to Bangui Ilocos because there’s already a wind farm in Pililla, Rizal. (I know I’m kinda too late to announce it. Hahaha) Same company which operates Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte and here in Rizal. Before nung nakikita ko pa siya when we’re going to Laguna, maunti pa lang yung windmill nila but now, sobrang dami na rin. (Oops! Didn’t know the exact number kung ilan)

Here are some photos we took on our trip

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A wonderful view while on our way to Pilillia Wind Farm

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Wala lang. I just find the tree pretty cute!

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OVER SA DAMI NG MOTORS AND SASAKYAN

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By the way, there is no entrance fee. There are food stores and souvenir shops na you can find inside the farm (syempre hindi sa loob ng windmill. Hahaha).

Getting there naman you can see the view of Laguna Lake and the towns of Laguna and Rizal and mga bundok bundok everywhere.

So yan na lang muna! It’s really difficult to blog kapag tumigil ka for years. Grabe! First thing, wala kang maisip for intro. so ang kinalabasan naging sabaw sabaw all my thoughts (woah baka nga may thoughts Hahaha!). Second, ganun na rin sa caption ng photo. Lol! Halatang hindi na pinag-isipan. Hayyyy!

(P.S. about my photos, walang edit na ganap diyan, mare! Walang photo grading na nangyari. I’m just a PRO lang jk! But, I used dambuhalang camera, Canon 600D. (Yes, Canon please sponsor me. Choz)