Boracay

Boracay – Things to Do, Where to Eat, How Much to Spend PART 1/5

I don’t believe in work-life balance. For me, there is no such thing as this is work on one side, then there’s my life on the other side. Most of us work 8-10 hours a day, sometimes even more for those who are a workaholic like me or those who simply love their jobs and businesses. So, does that mean that we have no life? No way! Instead, I resonate more with the term “work-life blend”. I choose to live my life where everything I do is according to my own design. I love to work, I love to be with my family and we love to travel every chance we get. My work is my life and so is my family and everything we do together. That’s the work-life blend for me.

Anyway, I just have to say that out loud to give you a proper perspective on a digital nomad’s life like mine because, on this post, you will see what I actually do during so-called “vacations” and family trips.

You can read first my Boracay-related posts before you go ahead with this one. It will give you a more perfect picture of how I am able to visit Boracay almost every year for days and weeks at a time (which I’ve been doing since 2004).

BONUEVA HOME GUESTHOUSE – BORACAY CHEAP ROOM

BORACAY 2019 – WHAT’S NEW? HERE ARE THE DOS’ AND DON’TS, UPDATED LIST OF AUTHORIZED AND ACCREDITED HOTELS, GOVERNMENT FEES, AND MORE!

EXPERIENCE THE NEW BORACAY – A VLOG – CHECK IT OUT!

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with my post. This is going to be exciting! Coz every time I write about my travel experiences (or any experience for that matter), I feel like I am reliving those days. Teehee. This is also going to be a long post! So prepare some popcorn! Lol! I’ll divide this long post into 5 shorter ones, 3 days each. I’ve been doing this Part 1 post for 5 hours now because I had to sift through a ton of photos, resize them, put watermarks and upload them, that it’s going to take forever if I finish this all today!

Let’s go!

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Celebrating Our 59th Monthsary with Spider-Man: Far From Home, a Review

We just celebrated our 59th Monthsary. I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 years since Mahal wooed my entire family to pay his respect and ask for permission to exclusively date me.

We really didn’t have anything planned because both Mahal and I are so busy. He’s graduating from his DTI course this week and he’s finishing his requirements while I’m busy doing client work, farm stuff, and taking care of Tuz and our tiny home.

When we finally decided to go to the city to eat out and watch a movie, it was already a little late in the evening. Good thing that we caught the last full show of Spider-Man: Far From Home. I find this British actor, Tom Holland, so cute! I’ve been wanting to see this movie since it was released last July 2! It’s been almost two weeks and it’s still at the top of the box office!

Before I write my review about it, here’s a little quick dinner date we had at BonChon in Ayala Centrio, downtown Cagayan de Oro.

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How to grow Cantaloupe or Melon from seeds

How to Grow Cantaloupe or Melon from Seeds

Let me give you a little background about what Cantaloupe is because when I was doing my research, I used the term “Melon” and it brought me to pages and pages of watermelon instructions. That’s when I found out that what we know as “Melon” here in the Philippines is more properly called Cantaloupe in general.  Here’s what a Cantaloupe is according to Wikipedia:

The cantaloupe, rockmelon, sweet melon, or spanspek is a melon that is a variety of the muskmelon species from the Cucurbitaceae family. Cantaloupes range in weight from 0.5 to 5 kilograms. Wikipedia

Scientific nameCucumis melo var. cantalupensis

FamilyCucurbitaceae

Higher classificationMuskmelon

OrderCucurbitales

SubspeciesC. melo subsp. melo

RankCultivar

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Girls at the farm during sunrise

How to Beat Stress – 3 Simple Yet Amazing Steps I Adopted from Tony Robbins

It’s early Sunday morning today in the Philippines but my body clock is still on Saturday mode, around 6PM US Eastern Time. Since it’s the weekend and I’m at the farm, I want to write a little something about stress and how to beat it. I’m not stressed though. I haven’t been in a while. And I’m always a lot happier when I’m here at the farm.

However, I know that many of us live most of our days in a stressed state despite the fact that we know it’s not good for us. Stress can literally kill you overtime because it can cause sickness, the worst of which is cancer (I’ve personally known 3 people in my life who had cancer and from what I observed, it may be mostly because their family and situations stressed them out so much), and if not cancer, then so many other illnesses are brought about by stress that are slowly building in our body. Cortisol is good in small amounts. We do need it to survive. But if you are constantly producing cortisol in your body because you’re in a constant state of stress, that’s when it becomes bad.

So why not find ways to beat it, right? And I mean, beat it right at its core and not just put some band-aid solutions for it. This way, we get to live longer and better.

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Blogging

How to Increase Alexa Ranking Quickly in Two Weeks + Celebrating My Blog’s Milestones and Blessings

Though I’ve been blogging since 2000 during the advent of geocities, this particular blog of mine, MOMTRANEUR, is only 3 years old. Actually, it is about to become 3 years old on July 25 when I published my very first post here three years ago.

I would blog about twice a week then until it became intermittent because of my very hectic schedule as a mom, a traveler and an entrepreneur. I became more active again around May-June of last year when I did the 30-day blogging challenge. I even joined groups for some comment exchange. After that, my blogging got intermittent until I picked up the pieces again 19 days ago and made a commitment to blog daily from then on.

I’ve mentioned this before — I blog mainly because it makes me a happy. After all, I am a diarist by nature and I like putting down my thoughts in writing to share what I know, what I’ve learned, and what I’ve experienced. It’s okay if nobody reads them because I write these things mainly for me, so I can have something to look back to and reminisce when I’m old and grey. It also serves as my memory bank especially since my memory recall is not as sharp as before… before I had my caesarian operation during childbirth  (my OB Gyne injected my spine with lots of epidural that has probably affected my brain power). Moreover, when details are documented here on my blog, it’s easy to refer back to them for future use, especially those “How to” posts of mine. Like this coming July 20, we’re off to Oslob again and now I can really budget our time and money because I’ve already blogged about how to get to Oslob from Cagayan de Oro.

On the other hand, when people do read my blog and find my articles useful, it really is such a boost in my happiness and satisfaction! Dopamine is released in my system and I feel more happy! It makes me want to write and share more!

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Raise Your Standards

Tony Robbins’ How to Raise Your Standards – Here are the Two Amazing Steps I Took

This is my 18th day of consecutive blogging and I’m happy to say that I haven’t faltered (yet — hopefully, I won’t ever) in my renewed commitment to do one of my first loves which is writing, hurray! I first did this last year, month of May, for my 30-day blogging challenge, which I finished with flying colors. But after that, I went radio silent again for some time before I blogged again. This time, I want to do this for as long as I am alive and not just 30 days. In poker speak, we must always up our ante! So  I’m giving myself a little pat on my back for having done this for 18 days straight so far. Hurray for little triumphs like this!

I think one of the major things that really helped me focus on my commitment to blog daily are the teachings of Tony Robbins, particularly about “raising your standards”.  As Tony Robbins said:

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Road Trip

How to Get to Oslob from Cagayan de Oro Via Car and Boat Rides

We will be going back to Oslob soon and stay at Oslob New Village where we’ll meet with Mahal’s eldest sister, Ate Amae, who just came home from Belgium for her yearly summer break. We’ll probably stay there for a night before we head off touring Visayas (and maybe Mindanao too) just like what we did July of last year when we did the  Bukidnon – Davao – Camiguin – Cagayan de Oro tour which I mentioned in my 2018 Travel Recap.

We will be bringing our car with us just like what we did January of this year when we went home to Oslob for Mahal’s and his mom’s birthday (we’ve been doing that every year since 2016).

So if you’re from Cagayan de Oro and you want to know how to get to Oslob via road trip and boat / roro rides, this post is for you. Let’s go!

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Oslob

Reminiscing My First Time at Oslob New Village Lodge – Cebu Accommodation and Things to Do

It has always been on my mind to blog about Oslob, a quaint and beautiful municipality in southern Cebu. After all, that’s where I met the current love of my life back in March 2012 (check our love story) and which I now consider as one of my second homes because I  can no longer count how many times I’ve been to this charming place known for its whale sharks and beautiful falls. I’ve also mentioned it quite a few times on my blog, particularly when I’d do my yearly How to Travel and Look Back posts, but I’ve never really come up with a detailed blog post about it yet, until now. And this is just the first. More coming as I continue with my daily blogging.

I was also reminded of it once again when I got interviewed recently by BlogMeter Top (the article hasn’t been published yet, I will share once it’s out) and one of their questions was what is my favorite blog post here in MomTraNeur and I mentioned that it was the story of my current love life. I’m a mushy kind of person after all (in case you haven’t noticed yet), hihihi!

You see, I’ve been married for so long before (2002-2012) and it crumbled in 2013. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I will find love again. I never dated. My ex was my first and last. I never had any other sexual encounters aside from my ex. Despite my being “Sexy Nomad” at that time, I really am a naive and conservative girl deep down. Everything that happened after, with my now current life partner, is nothing but miraculous. And the more I look back how it all came to be, the more I cherish our love and the life we have now. And little did I know at that time that it all started in OSLOB.

So back to Oslob

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The Abba's Orchard

THE ABBA’S ORCHARD, A MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL: A REVIEW

To homeschool Tuz or to enroll him in a real school?

I already shared with you a homeschooling seminar we attended November of last year. The month after that, December, right after we went on a 9-day tour of Siargao (which I have yet to blog about), we enrolled Tuz in a 3-day free immersion class at The Abba’s Orchard Montessori School. I was thinking if we have the budget for it (we must make a budget for it!), why not just enroll Tuz in a Maria Montessori school? And according to my research, The Abba’s Orchard was considered by parents as one of the best in the Philippines. And after that 3-day free immersion class Tuz went to, I fell in love with the system as well…

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