Cabugao Gamay

How to Avoid Travel Burnout When Traveling With a Group

Hello from Boracay! It’s already the month of August, known as the “Ghost Month” (kaway-kaway sa mga Bea-Gerald-Julia followers jan… yeah, I’ve been following their drama too, lol!)  and I just found some time to check my blog. We’ve been traveling from Cagayan de Oro to Oslob, then to Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo and Boracay, then Antique, then back to Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, then Oslob again. I thought of continuing the 3rd part of my Boracay Series since I am here once again on one of the world’s best islands but I feel like I must share with you first this topic that I’ve only experienced now.

Let us define first the word “BURNOUT”:

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demand  (Reference: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm)

Don’t get me wrong. I love traveling! I’ve been doing this since I was 6 years old and I love the entire process of it — from planning our activities and itinerary, to listing down the clothes and accessories that I am going to wear (I like prepping 2-3 sets of clothes a day: one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening), to unpacking everything when we get to our destination and doing it all over again when we get home. Traveling is just one of my passions and I don’t think I will ever stop, not until I really have to due to old age. Teehee. So, it came as a surprise to me when all of a  sudden I feel so burnt out from all the traveling we’ve been doing. Has this ever happened to you as well?

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Angol beach, Boracay

Boracay – Things to Do, Where to Eat, How Much to Spend PART 2/5

It has been a loooong but nonetheless exciting day leading up to this post. This was supposed to be published yesterday but because of the demands of my client work, I had to work for 18 hours straight (with small meal breaks in between, and yes, I haven’t taken a bath in two days now) to finish all of my deadlines. Mahal had to take Tuz with him as he did his errands for his upcoming DTI business presentation, revalida and graduation (which is today) so I can focus on my tasks. By the time I was done working (I worked from 5am to 12 midnight), Mahal requested to use my computer to finish his business presentation in Keynote. His own Macbook Pro got busted by Tuz last year and we haven’t had the budget to have it repaired yet. It will cost him half the price of a new Macbook so he might just as well buy a brand new, none-Apple one. My old Acer and Asus laptops lasted me 4-5 years before. His Macbook Pro only lasted him a year, thanks to our toddler who kept on banging it, it finally gave up. Lolz!

Anyway, enough chitchat.

This is Part 2 of my 5-Part Boracay – Things to Do, Where to Eat, How Much to Spend  blog post.

Do read Part 1 first to give you a more wholistic picture of our travel experiences in Boracay. It details the first to third day of our 16-day Boracay getaway. Here’s the link:

BORACAY – THINGS TO DO, WHERE TO EAT, HOW MUCH TO SPEND PART 1/5

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s continue with Days 4-6. Oh, and please be warned, there will be a ton of photos! I’ve already curated these ones here so just imagine the hundreds of photos I had to go through to finally choose the ones I’m publishing here. That’s coz one of my life’s goals is to keep documenting our life together through pictures and videos. This reminds me to also update my Youtube channel soon. ^_^

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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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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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Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Cokaliong Shipping Lines – a Review

I’m on my 11th consecutive day of blogging which started last June 24 when I wrote that post about being a sleep-deprived mom, and the pressure is getting real, lol! I’ve actually started working on a post about Boracay more than two hours ago. I’ve already published 2 Boracay posts before…

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!

…and there are still at least two more about our summer vacation I want to share with you. But until now, I’m not even halfway through my draft yet! There are just so many photos and videos to sift through and I would need 24 hours of focus to do it which I can’t afford right now since Mahal is asleep and Tuz is being his hyperactive self. I still have deadlines I set for myself at work because I’ll be going to the farm this weekend to take care of our vegetable beds and to do another round of cleanup and redecoration for our bedroom and lounge area in the old farmhouse.

So, I went back and forth for a few minutes between finishing my next Boracay blog post to doing a totally different one when I just decided to tell you about this shipping line we rode on our way to Boracay — COKALIONG SHIPPING LINE. The pictures I took here were the first ones that came up as I was reviewing this trip of ours to paradise. So why not just focus on Cokaliong, right? You might be someone in the Philippines or planning to do boat trips in the Philippines, you might be wondering what shipping line is best to take.

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Seven Seas Vlog

Seven Seas Waterpark – The Biggest in the Philippines – A Vlog!

I first blogged about the Seven Seas Waterpark last May and I said there that I was going to make a vlog about it so that you’ll get a better understanding on how it really feels like to be there inside their water theme park, riding the various heart-stopping rides and just simply enjoying the scenery. The Seven Seas, located in Bara, Opo, Misamis Oriental, may I reiterate, is the biggest in the Philippines and certified world-class. So, if you are visiting Cagayan de Oro soon, you might want to enjoy summer any time of the year by heading to the Seven Seas Waterpark! Again, it’s the biggest in the country and certified world-class! They even offer night swimming now!

For a more detailed post about the Seven Seas Waterpark of Cagayan de Oro, please read my blog post: https://momtraneur.com/2019/05/18/seven-seas-waterpark-of-cagayan-de-oro-a-review/

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Don Narciso Cafe

Review of Don Narciso Cafe in Claveria – Never Again!

I originally posted this on my Facebook Page and since I am now back to blogging every day, I have found the time to post it here.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time now, you know that I rarely post anything negative about my travel and food experiences and that’s because we rarely have bad travel and food experiences, thank God! But when we do, I make it a point to share it to my blog readers and followers on social media so they would be warned or at least they can set their expectations right should they also try to visit the same places. Like when I posted about a resort we visited in Bantayan Island last year —  NO TO SANTA FE BEACH CLUB OGTONG CAVE – TERRIBLE SERVICE!!! I think that was the last time we experienced terrible customer service until we dined here at Don Narciso Cafe in Lanise, Claveria, Misamis Oriental along Route 955. So I’ll just copy and paste my original review below:

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Seven Seas

Seven Seas Waterpark of Cagayan de Oro – a Review

Seven Seas Waterpark has always been one of my top dream destinations ever since our transfer (A.K.A. The Big Leap) here in Cagayan de Oro City in September 2017. Our son was still a baby then and we thought it might not yet be the right time for us to enjoy what this world-class waterpark has to offer.

So we waited another year until Tuz was already a little old enough to be able to enjoy kiddie water slides and shallow swimming pools. Then Mahal and I can just take turns in taking care of Tuz and enjoying those scary water slides and rides I’ve been hearing about. That was the plan. So last year, a day after Tuz turned three, we headed to Seven Seas Waterpark. Yey!!! And just a week ago, I was here again with my fellow CDO Bloggers. Double yey!!!

On this blog post, I’ll be sharing with you my review of Seven Seas Waterpark based on my experiences in this world-class tourist destination. Read on…

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Seda Centrio Hotel

Seda Centrio Hotel in Cagayan de Oro – Everything You Need to Know (VLOG)

As promised, I made a vlog about my visits at Seda Hotel Centrio here in Cagayan de Oro City. The first time I experienced Seda was last Dec. 31, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019 when Mahal, Tuz and I availed of their New Year’s Check-in Package. We had so much fun that I promised to come back here as soon as possible. So when the CDO Bloggers Group held their GTKY meeting here last April 30, 2019, I, of course, confirmed my attendance. It was also the day I became an official member of this awesome group of bloggers, truly, CDO’s friendliest!

Here’s my vlog. You can watch it here or head to my Youtube Channel (please subscribe!)

It’s as complete as it can be. All the details you will need if you want to know what Seda has to offer is in this vlog. I labored it with love, just like all my other written and video recorded works so I hope you’ll like what you see.

Remember the Seda Hotel when you visit Cagayan de Oro next!

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