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Happy 3rd Anniversary to Momtraneur.com! A Thank You Post

Good morning from Bacolod! I have been traveling the past few days from Cagayan de Oro to Oslob, then Dumaguete, and now we’re in Bacolod — very hectic schedule! I’m squeezing some time in to update my blog before we go because I just realized now that today (July 25 in the Philippines) is a very special day!

It’s my blog’s 3rd anniversary today! Happy 3rd Birthday, Momtraneur.com! I have nothing special planned, nor did I come up with something amazing for my readers because I truly didn’t think that my blog would reach this milestone of now being on Top 1.3M of Alexa’s global engagement ranking and Top 5.5K in the Philippines which, a month ago, my rankings were just 6.5M and 21K respectively. Thank you, really, for finding my articles worth reading and for coming back here and even checking my old evergreen blog posts (I have a lot!)  Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman: Life Lessons to Learn from this Fight

Hey, everyone! We just got here in Oslob after  a 16-hour road trip all the way from Cagayan de Oro. I rested for a bit when I got here because I was already so zombified the past few days from everything that’s been happening (work, Mahal’s DTI graduation, packing for this trip and the road trip itself). I mentioned before that we’ll be doing a Mindanao-Visayas tour this month together with Mahal’s sister, his sister’s boyfriend and her daughter who came all the way from Belgium and now we’re here!

READ RELATED POST: HOW TO GET TO OSLOB FROM CAGAYAN DE ORO VIA CAR AND BOAT RIDES

I’m actually super tired from the trip. I only had a few hours of sleep on the boat as I tried drafting the Part 3 of my Boracay blog post series last night. Since that would entail a huge amount of time and energy for me, which right now, I don’t have, I decided to rest instead. I do, however, still want to update you here on my blog and all I can think about was that boxing fight our very own 40-year old Manny Pacquiao had against 30-year old Keith Thurman. We were watching it yesterday while we were packing for our trip and boy oh boy, wasn’t that a really good fight! Even veterans watching from the ringside described it as Pacquiao’s best one since his magnificent  win over Antonio Margarito back in 2010.

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DTI EBLS

DTI Go Negosyo Free Business Course: How to Join the Enhanced Business Learning Sessions

Let me take a short break from my Boracay posts to talk about Mahal’s 3-month journey with DTI / Department of Trade and Industry’s Enhanced Business Learning Sessions (EBLS). I mentioned yesterday that he was preparing for his graduation and I was hoping it all went well coz I wasn’t there to attend it because I was busy taking care of Tuz and finishing the Part 2 of my Boracay blog post. Hehehe.

If you’re a Filipino entrepreneur residing in the Philippines reading this blog post, and you feel lost as to what to do next with your startup business, or maybe you have a business you inherited from your family, or even if you just have this plan for a business but don’t know where to start, this post can help you plan for the next step to take. Read on… Continue reading

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).

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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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