Amiciness Goes on a VL: Surigao

Yoga Pose #2 HAHA

This is a very late post but I have to say that this has been one of the most amazing travels ever! EVER! Amiciness Goes on a VL featured Oriental Mindoro last January, which was short and sweet, but my trip to Surigao set the bar high for my travels throughout this year. I’ve been hearing about Surigao since I was in grade school but I never really knew what it looked like. Too bad, none of my teachers told me it was paradise. I should have gone there sooner. I want to go back! Take me back!


 🎶Is it too late now to say Surigao?🎶

My friends and I booked a promo flight bound to Butuan City because the flight to Surigao City is way more expensive. Can you believe that this was my first flight for 2016 (and only flight as of August)? I was excited (since I filed a three-day vacation leave for this) but I didn’t know what to expect. I was just really looking forward to dive in the Hinatuan Enchanted River but this part of the south offered more than that. Surigao completely blew me away. I wanted the trip to go on forever, and ever, and ever.

Tinuy-an Falls
Blew me away, literally!
Watch the new episode of amiciness goes on a vl after the jump. 📹

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My Fave Summer Must-Haves

Hey! hey! It’s officially summer and hopefully, it’ll last until May! YEY! But before you go on a VL, drive to the beach and leave the comforts of your home, it’s important to check if you’ve packed everything. Traveling light does not help because you end up overthinking what to put in your small backpack just for it to be under or equal 7 kg. I know. It’s really hard. I always end with a trolley bag, no matter how hard I try. #always

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Nailed it!

To help you with deciding on what to bring on your vacay, here are five of my fave summer must-haves. Bon voyage!

MY FAVE SUMMER MUST HAVES AFTER THE JUMP

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Amiciness Goes on a VL: Oriental Mindoro

Hi Amiciness readers! Since I won a GoPro, thanks to Sponge Cola, (read full story here), from now on, I’ll be documenting my travels in videos and under the “segment,” Amiciness Goes on a VL. For those who are not in the corporate world, VL means “Vacation Leave.” For my first stop, I didn’t technically file and use a single VL. I had only spent a short weekend in Oriental Mindoro (not the side of Puerto Galera). Thanks to my friend/officemate, KC! We traveled to her hometown in Gloria. Gloria was celebrating the Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus that coming Monday (Feb 15). It’s my first time to experience a piyesta (or as I call it, pista) in the province so I was very excited.

Oriental Mindoro
Gloria, Oriental Mindoro
Watch the video of my Oriental Mindoro trip after the jump.

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2015 Year in Review

2015 was Amiciness’ debut year after expanding out from Tumblr. Honestly, I didn’t expect the blog to grow as fast as it did. After 525,600 minutes, the blog gained a couple of sponsors, 170 likes in Facebook, over 80,000 page views and almost 40,000 unique visitors. This blog is my “baby” project. Since blogs became a thing, I have always wanted to have my own and I have always been a frustrated writer. For some reason, I forgot to fulfil this dream. Maybe I felt that I was not ready or I could not sustain it because of school and eventually my day job. Finally, I decided to do it and commit. You won’t know if you’re ready for something unless you’d tried. This is Amiciness’ 2015 Year in Review.

2015 Year in Review
Amiciness is here to stay!

2015 Year in Review

To celebrate 2015, here’s a recap of the posts that went “viral” (in my own definition) and those that were memorable to me as a blogger and pop culture fanatic.

Let’s go down memory lane!

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Poop (Toilet Café) #Korea

Rose Latte and Mocha Latte

In Korea, you can expect the unexpected (and in the cutest and most delightful form nonetheless). If you happen to be in Seoul, don’t you dare miss passing by Insa-dong (인사동). Insa-dong gave me this artsy-fartsy (no pun intended) hipster feel. Every bit of it is celebrating the colors of Korean culture, beautifully weaving together old and new traditions. I bought a bunch of one-of-a-kind items there. One of it is a pocket mirror shaped like a teardrop; a very unique idea for pasalubong. I will definitely be back!

If Myeong-Dong has a dog café, a cat café and a Hello Kitty Café, go to the top floor of Insa-dong and you’ll find Poop (not literally poop, but a small cute toilet-themed coffee shop).

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