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Lilpink Travels: Island-hopping Tawi-Tawi [Bongao-Sitangkai-Simunul]

Just recently, I was able to travel to two municipalities (Sitangkai and Simunul) of my home province, Tawi-Tawi. Although I was born and raised here, I wasn't able to go around because my parents were specifically strict on traveling the islands. Since I am now older, roaming around my home is one of my dreams. Thanks to a certain friend, I was able to go around. She is always pushing me to go beyond the limits and be my own captain.

Watch my vlog about our travel below:

It was fun! I hope the video is funner! 

Find Heartfelt Gifts By Shopping Online

It is not difficult to find the perfect gift when you shop online. Stores such as Coppin's Hallmark Shop offer heartfelt gifts for any occasion. Here is a look at the type of gifts you can find at this online store.

Stylish Jewelry For All Ages
You can find stylish jewelry for all ages at this online store. The Charm It collection allows younger girls to express themselves through alphabet, family, character and fashion charms. She can use the colorful charms to create bracelets and necklaces. Older girls and women can express themselves with bracelets from the Bella Ryann. Every bangle bracelet features a gold or silver charm with a birthstone, symbol or inspirational word on it. The DaVinci Beads are perfect for women who want to create a fun and fashionable piece of jewelry. You can find colorful, birthstone and seasonal charms from this collection. You are sure to have a blast ordering or creating a personalized gift for your loved one.

Willow Tree Home Decor
Show that special someone how much you care by surprising them with a Demdaco Willow Tree figurine. The figurines are designed to show a deep emotion through simple gestures and poses. Every figure was carved and painted by Susan Lordi to ensure are ordering a high quality gift. You can find Willow Tree figures holding a bouquet of flowers, hugging a loved one or sitting with a friend. The collection also includes a silhouette tree, plaque stand and musical decor. The Willow Tree pieces are great for anniversaries, birthdays and housewarming parties.

Kitchen Gourmet Products
The kitchen gourmet products are great gifts for birthdays, holidays and housewarming parties. You can shop for products that are functional and stylish for their kitchen. Start your shopping with the beautiful Cozy Mug collection. The Cozy Mug is designed to keep their hands and beverages warm. Show your loved one how much you care with the popular You Are Special Red Plate. You can even shop for Star Wars products such as the Vandor Darth Vader Ceramic Sculpted Mug. It is always fun to shop for products that match the theme of their kitchen.

Shopping online allows you to browse through thousands of products without leaving your home. Whether you are looking for a Willow Tree figure or Cozy Mug, the wide selection of products makes it easy to find the right gift for your loved one.

My Cup of Tea: What I Learned from Traveling

Ever since grade school, my family would travel around the Philippines, especially to and from Sulu, Zamboanga City and Bongao. I had my first airplane travel to Metro Manila on my fourth or fifth grade when my father was in his medication. It is probably the reason why I fell at ease traveling alone. I don't mind taking planes, trains nor buses alone. I find a sense of independence in solitude.

After my father passed away, my mother and I would travel to kill time and enjoy the moment. We never were afraid to travel despite the little money that we had. We were not the kind of family that has millions in our bank account. In fact, we only had a portion of her salary saved for our travels.  She made me understood perfectly that you don't need to have a lot of money to see the world. And that if you do have money, you don't just keep it, you spend it on things that would actually give you precious memories.

Through all the years of traveling with my mother (and now, alone or with friends), there are countless lessons that I learned along the way. Here are some of them:

There are numerous wonders to see outside of your comfort zone.

I always find myself in awe every time I visit a new place. May it be the extra strenuous commuting in Metro Manila or the extra amazing sceneries of mountains in Mindanao or the snow of Japan. It is true that you begin only to wonder how these amazing creations were made when you see them personally. There is nothing that could equal the feeling of gratitude the moment you see Tinago Falls, the snow, the magnificent mosques and edifices or even just the people you meet.

Money isn't really the prerequisite to travel. Courage is.

It is true that you may need a certain amount for the air tickets, accommodation and food. However, even though you have all the money in the world, if you are not courageous enough to take the first step, you will never be able to travel.

Courage is the first and foremost ingredient of any traveler that I have known. They are not afraid to go to new places, be with new people, learn new culture and tradition. In fact, the idea of these things excites them more than anything in the world.

You have to prepare for a travel to new place. Know the culture and etiquettes. 

I am one of the people who isn't really a fan of preparing for a travel. I do prepare all of my things for the travel, but I don't do itineraries. I like to be surprised when I reach my destination. However, I changed my style this year. I am now researching everything about the place that I am going to. Of course, I need to know where the halal places, mosques, etc are. And I need to make the itinerary work for the duration of my travel (since I can only be out of the office for a short period of time).

Also, I need to know the attitude of the people living in the place. Each place has a unique set of attitudes and etiquettes. You don't wanna cause trouble, right?

The people you meet and befriend are the best part of the travel.

I have known many people due to my constant traveling - be it for official or personal travel. Some were even elevate from acquaintances to friends in my books. Just by simply smiling will help tremendously in opening yourself to new people. After all, a smile is a form of charity. At first, I was shy to take the first step. However, I am now able to be friendlier after several travel where I hardly know people. We just have to break the wall that we have created to separate us from amazing people.

Shoutout to my international friends! You are always remembered!

Take the longest route, walk, use public transpo and just enjoy the moment!

I know a lot of people who uses cabs all day errday during their travel to minimize exhaustion and to be able to see more places. In fact, I was one of them. Urgh! I hated walking under the heat of the sun so much - not until I was forced to walk for two hours in Hiroshima in freaking winter because we missed the bus going back to the hotel.

From then on, I realized that it is way better to walk the longer route with friends. Also, the trains and buses are the modes of transpo that really makes you see the culture of a nation. You won't get the similar experience on a cab.

One travels not to boast but to humble himself that he is not the center of the universe.

A lot of people see travelers especially those who shares their memories on social media as boastful. I personally don't travel for such matters. I travel to feed my curiosity and humble myself down in front of the wonderful creations of man (which is due to the Magnificence of the Almighty) and Allah SWT. I feel a bit more elated in my faith every time I see these sceneries. It reminds me that I am but a speck in the universe.

In fact, we are but wayfarers in this world. What does a wayfarer do than travel?

Traveling is something that each of us can do, whether on an extravagant or tight budget. We just have to make it work. And who says that you need to go to faraway places first? Travel your locality first. Get to know people from other municipalities. Go to the farthest barangay in your place. Just like my current travel motto: Travel the Philippines first! Huwag maging mangmang sa sariling bayan. Learn other dialects. Embrace the diversity. And most of all, learn to be humble to yourself, other people and the Almighty.


The Perfect Gift Idea for the One You Love

Gift baskets are extremely popular gifts for just about anyone. This is especially true considering some of the combinations of gifts that gift basket companies are able to provide to their customers these days. There are gift baskets that are composed completely of candies and chocolates. Some people like to include other items in their gift baskets like fine soaps or a candle. Receiving a gift basket full of things that you would probably never think to go and buy for yourself is a great feeling. Some are more heartfelt than others, of course. Here are some great reasons to get a gift basket for your loved one, employee, or even your pet.

- Customizable -

Gift baskets are great because you can show your loved one or employee that you care about them in a completely personalized manner. You can show that you truly care about them and pay attention by including items in their basket that are personal to them. Gift baskets are also great because these items in the basket are usually things that your friends would never want to purchase for themselves. Recipients will think about you every time that they take a fresh item from the basket.

- The basket itself -

The one gift that people commonly overlook when they are purchasing a gift basket for someone is the basket itself. Once someone has used all the items in the basket, they have a free basket that they can use at their discretion or use to give a gift to someone else down the line. This is why gift givers should never overlook the quality of the basket itself when they are giving a gift basket to someone.

- Pets -

Some companies even specialize in gift baskets for pets. Pets like gifts too. Especially when they're delicious treats! Show your pet that you love them or mark a special birthday for them by getting them a gift basket full of dog treats and dog toys that will keep them entertained and satisfied for a long time. Another great benefit of a dog basket is how cute it is to watch a dog frantically try to open the basket and get to the delicious dog treats that they can smell inside of it.

Bisket Baskets is a great place to get a customizable gift basket. Whether you are buying a gift basket for your friend or someone that you work with, they can help you customize the perfect gift basket for them. They even specialize in dog gift baskets.

VIDEO: Roadtripping Mindanao

I and my friends had our first roadtrip together last July 9-15, 2016. I and Jurfaida took the flight from Tawi-Tawi to Zamboanga City, then from Zamboanga City to Davao City to meet Honyn. From Davao City, our roadtrip commenced. The route was Davao-Bukidnon-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan- Lanao del Sur-Cotabato City-Maguindanao-Lake Sebu-General Santos.

Watch the video:

Some of the places we went to doesn't have a footage. All of the videos were taken using Samsung Galaxy S7 and edited using iMovie.

I will make an update about each places we went to on my next posts.


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