gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude: A Decade of VA Life

It’s nearing the end of the year and as I was looking back at the events that transpired this year, it made me look even further back… back to when I was still struggling in the corporate world, doing a job I wasn’t happy with, like many people do, with all the commute, traffic, office politics,  and stress that come with it. And I thank God for that fateful day as I was drowning while surfing the huge waves of La Union back in Dec. 16, 2007. Right then and there I told God that “should I survive these huge waves, Lord, I will quit my job and finally do what I wanted to do — be free”. And that’s what I did the next day! And I never looked back. Even my million peso retirement was not processed by me… someone else did because I didn’t want to even physically go back to my old workplace out of the emotional and mental trauma it caused me. When I say no to something, I really mean it. I didn’t want to be persuaded otherwise.

This was me ten years ago when I posted about doing freelance work for my very first VA client: Continue reading

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How to Get to Siargao from Cagayan de Oro via Bus and Boat Rides

Six more days to go and it’s already Christmas! Oh my! How time really flies when you’re having fun! Have you gotten your Christmas plans down pat? As for us, we’ll be checking in at a nearby affordable hotel resort on Dec. 22-23 with our farm helpers and their kids as our Christmas treat to them since they’ve all been cooped up at the farm since they started working for us a few months back. It will be a pre-Christmas celebration and we’ll incorporate our planning session as well. Then come Dec. 24, we’ll transfer at a more luxurious hotel in the city, just our little family, which we haven’t done yet here in Cagayan de Oro City. It’ll be a very relaxed kind of Christmas compared last year when we celebrated it at the farm with all our previous farm helpers and neighbors. Those previous farm helpers of ours left us early this year at such a bad time and in such bad taste that I think I got traumatized by it (which is why until now our mushroom growing house is still not up to its capacity) so I’m choosing not to celebrate there because it’ll just bring bad memories.

Anyway, if it hadn’t been Tuz’s 3rd birthday last November, December would have been the perfect time to head to Siargao since I’ve never experienced Christmas in that beautiful island yet. But because it’s hard to leave our farm during the holiday season, we decided to visit Siargao last month and for this post, I’ll share with you how to get there all the way from Cagayan de Oro.

Are you currently living in Mindanao? Or somewhere in Misamis Oriental particularly Cagayan de Oro? Do you wish to go to Siargao any time soon and would like to find out how to get to Siargao from Cagayan de Oro via buses and boats? Well, that’s exactly what this post is about so read on… Continue reading

Dakak Day Tour

Dakak Beach Resort Day Tour Review – How to Get There and How Much

Have you been to Dakak?

I’ve heard of Dakak since I was young. My mom would mention it from time to time saying that it’s one of the best resorts in the southern part of the Philippines owned by the former Zamboanga del Norte representative and businessman Romeo Jalosjos . My mom was born in Surigao and our ancestors have lands all over Mindanao so Dakak was pretty much popular in our family back then.

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Royal Farm Resort

Royal Farm Resort Review – Mixing Business with Pleasure in Dipolog City

The last time we traveled was back in July and August when we did a road trip of Bukidnon, Davao, Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro City. I’ve been wanting to travel again to celebrate our 49th monthsary  last September 15, to celebrate our first year of stay in Mindanao as well as our first year of farm life, and just to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of our farm life (yes, farming, just like any kind of work, can be daunting, more so than office work because there’s always physical effort involved). So I’ve been ranting to Mahal how stressed I’ve been about everything, how I’ve been having a hard time adjusting to our farm life sometimes and I just want to relax and have a few moments to enjoy myself.

Then an opportunity presented itself after we hired our new farm helper. His name is Joshua. He mentioned that he has contacts in Dipolog who buy wholesale chili peppers. We can try to set up a meeting with them and see if we can supply them with chili. He has also been homesick after leaving his family behind so we decided to get his wife, his newborn baby, his two toddlers and younger nephew so they can all live with us at the farm, we can have more help and Joshua would be more inspired to work with us. And since we were already there, why not make the most of it?  Continue reading

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Now Vlogging at Momtraneur | Jennie Vee Youtube Channel

Hi! I’m Jennie Vee of momtraneur.com and I’m reviving my Youtube channel!!! I’m so excited about this that I’ve actually been spending time taking more videos rather than photos as of late and scheduling them for editing and uploading to my Youtube channel! I’m no techie and I haven’t created a video in a long time so in a way, I’m a newbie when it comes to being a Youtuber. I also just use my old iPhone 6 for now.

I have a HERO 5 GoPro which I will soon use. But I also want to invest in another camera that is more suitable for Vlogging. I just have to save up for it first. In the meantime, I’m enjoying those moments when I’m taking videos and producing content for my channel. I’ll learn to get better at it as time goes by. The most important thing is to just start doing it as it has been on my to-do list since forever. And just like that time when I did my 30-day blog post challenge, I just have to do it by making time for it… now! Continue reading

Agutayan Island

AGUTAYAN ISLAND: MISAMIS ORIENTAL BUDGET WEEKEND GETAWAY

Agutayan Island is one of those places I’ve always wanted to explore here in Misamis Oriental. They say it is pretty much like Camiguin’s white island, only smaller, and nearer if you’re coming from Cagayan de Oro City. So after being so cold at the farm (our farm is on top of a mountain where fog reigns in the afternoon and the cold air is much much colder than our air conditioner at home — I wear 3 layers of clothes when I’m there), it is expected that I will be missing the beach soon and craving for the heat of the scorching sun. And the perfect place to get that? Agutayan Island!

But before that, let me tell you that I’m now on the 29th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is blogging about my travels! It’s actually the primary reason why I started blogging in 2000 in Geocities so I could document all of the travels I was doing. Then eventually, most of my travel posts went to my Sexy Nomad blog. And now, little by little, here in Momtraneur.

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Sagpulon Falls

Sagpulon Falls: Explore Misamis Oriental on a Budget

Sagpulon Falls is love when you get to explore it here in Misamis Oriental!!! But before that, let me tell you that I’m now on the 20th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is blogging about my travels! It’s actually the primary reason why I started blogging in 2000 in Geocities so I could document all of the travels I was doing. Then eventually, most of my travel posts went to my Sexy Nomad blog. And now, hopefully, here in Momtraneur.

You see, I travel locally most of the time that I couldn’t catch up with writing them all down as blog posts. Travel writing just takes so much time which is something I don’t really have given everything I’m doing! Perhaps, now that I’m getting into the habit of blogging every day about all kinds of stuff I’m interested in, I will eventually be able to post all of my travels in one way or another, including old ones. This is after all, first and foremost, my online diary. Teehee.

Okay, now, off to Sagpulon Falls…

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make options

Don’t Just Make Plans; Make Options!

I’m now on the 9th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is reading books. An iBook copy of a fantasy adventure story entitled TWO SPELLS was sent to me by an author named Mark Morrison from the U.S. and I can’t wait to start reading it. I wasn’t expecting to be staying at the farm for a week now so I didn’t bring the current books I am reading (I also didn’t bring more clothes and underwear, lol!) This is what happens when I don’t make options and just basically try to stick to my plan which I keep forgetting usually don’t really happen in real life! Life is full of surprises and events that we don’t really get to plan but happen anyway. Like this kind author who out of the blue gave me something nice to read. I’ll do that as soon as I’m done with my blogging tasks and other online work for today. And when I finish the book, I’ll tell you all about it here. Coz I’m a bookworm too, in case you didn’t know.

For today’s blog post, I’d like to talk about making options. It was Jennifer Aniston who said that she doesn’t make plans. She makes options.  And I say to Jen, good for you! I should have done that a long time ago too!

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Farm Life in the Philippines

Farm Life in the Philippines – What is It Like? (Part 2)

I’m now on the 8th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is actually living at the farm. This is Part 2. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here: FARM LIFE IN THE PHILIPPINES – WHAT IS IT LIKE? (PART 1)

 

OUR FARM LIFE TODAY

Tuz and I came to the farm with Mahal last Saturday. I honestly thought that we’ll only be here for the weekend, just to catch some fresh air and enjoy the view, because, you know, I can be high maintenance like that. Lol. Seriously though, it’s because of the following reasons:

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farm life

Farm Life in the Philippines – What is It Like? (Part 1)

I’m now on the 7th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is actually living at the farm.

DISCLAIMER

This is going to be a long blog post, hence the two parts. So prepare some popcorn and enjoy the first one… ^_^

BACKGROUND

What I’m going to blog about with you today is my life here at the farm to give you all a glimpse of what farming is like here in the Philippines, at least in these parts of Northern Mindanao. I used to vacation at my grandfather’s farm in Bukidnon when I was younger but of course, it’s not the same. My grandfather is a typical haciendero with all his drivers and helpers; has 2 nice farm houses complete with all the amenities of modern living and he doesn’t farm… he just orders around people to do the job and collects money from all his harvests while here, at Mahal’s farm, it’s really back to basics – no running water, no proper toilet, no proper housing and we also do the planting ourselves. There goes my expectation of being a typical haciendera down the drain. Hahaha! Work and sacrifices first before enjoying our harvests. Continue reading