Real-Life FarmVille


For some people, a quick summer getaway means driving towards the coast and soaking up the hot summer sun by the beach. But for my husband and me, because we already live by the beach, we decided to drive inland for a weekend getaway in a farm. Farm “staycation,” as most people put it, is [...]

Fighting Off Fear

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The problem with me was that I was always afraid. It was only recently that I myself have accepted this. I often tried to project myself as someone who liked to try out new things—whether a new sport like marksmanship or exotic food such as crickets and frogs. Though I was able to summon courage [...]

Whitewater Rafting: Battling Rapids and Overcoming Fears


I never learned how to swim, because as a child, I was deathly afraid of the ocean. Growing up, my relationship with water has been a complicated one. I love the beach, but you would never see me snorkeling, cliff-diving, or venturing by myself into the sea. I enjoy boat rides, even in small outriggers [...]

Watch Out For Zombies!

Outbreak Manila

It was a cold and rainy night. The streets were wet and dangerous. The rain would stop and start again with stronger winds and heavier downpour. Yet, people were gathered together, those in pajamas, those in neck ties and long sleeves, those in school uniforms, those in plain jeans and shirt, and even those in [...]

First Trek Ever: The Muses Conquer Pinatubo


If you think you couldn’t trek, well, think again. For amateurs, the two-hour trek back and forth Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales may just jumpstart your interest for hiking. It’s a classic tale of finding a golden pot at the end of the rainbow—except that your rainbow comes with rocks and lahar. Armed with nothing but [...]

The Bow and That Child


I knew I wanted to try archery the moment I laid my eyes on Legolas. I was enamored with his strong arms, brooding eyes, and shooting skills. It was love at first sight. Okay, maybe it was because I had a crush on Orlando Bloom. But that feeling faded through the years but not my [...]

Color Run Los Angeles 2012


There’s something about waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool Sunday morning, having an early carbs-heavy breakfast, and donning a crisp, white shirt you know you’ll never be able to wear again. There’s nothing like starting the day before the sun is officially up. While everyone snuggles under thick and warm sheets, you’re out [...]

Hike SoCal: Bridge to Nowhere


If you’re wondering where to go and what to do in Southern California on a fine summer day–and if you’re up for the challenge–a 10-mile hike to Bridge to Nowhere in Azusa might just be the perfect way to spend your day. Azusa, CA–You don’t always hear the words “bridge” and “nowhere” in the same [...]

White Water Rafting on the Kern River


Kern, CA—White water rafting is no mean feat; it’s a serious and dangerous sport. Still, this didn’t stop me and my army of tanned, toned, and twenty-something friends to go on a three-hour drive to Kern, CA and experience the thrill of riding the raging white waters. Located north of Los Angeles, California, Kern River [...]

A Cornucopia of Colors: Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park, WY–At 7:15 am, my husband, our two other friends and I were already sitting and waiting outside the historic Old Faithful Inn, our hotel for the night and the oldest accommodation ever offered inside the Yellowstone National Park. The Old Faithful geyser was slated for another eruption in 45 minutes. We couldn’t afford [...]

Run, Gracee, Run


Long Beach, CA – At first, the concept of marathons confused me. Why do people pay an ample amount of money to run elbow-to-elbow with thousands of other sweaty people, when they can run the same lengths for free, and without intrusions, at another time and day? Is it the medal? Is it the fanfare [...]

Bohol, Malipayong pag anha. Mobalik jud ko.

That title is in the Boholano dialect which means, “Bohol, I had a great stay. I will definitely come back.” My reason for coming back? Well, aside from the amazing experience I had in that island in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, that tropical haven of natural beauty with fascinating historical landmarks made [...]

The Swim Princess


One day, my father wanted me so bad to learn how to swim. So he tried to drown me. Maybe he had on his mind that cliché which said, “Experience is the best teacher.” Too bad, what could have been my father’s greatest accomplishment for me then turned out to be my life’s worst nightmare. I [...]