Guide to Gabii sa Kabilin

Update: Gabii sa Kabilin 2017 will happen this Friday, May 26.

Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) is held every last Friday of the month of May and is organized by The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Since the event started in 2006, I always try to be in the city to participate. I found that every year there are always new learnings and new experiences. Looking back to that first year, the participants were the clusters of museums and heritage houses in downtown Cebu — Parian, Casa Gorordo, Yap-Sandiego House, Sto. Nino Museum, Fort San Pedro and the Cebu Provincial Museum. Now, the event has expanded to more participating museums and heritage destinations in Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue and Lapu-lapu.

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Home, Summer and the Unicorn

Siquijor was home to me. But through the years, I have redefined the meaning of home. I have increasingly agreed with the cliche saying, “Home is where the heart is.” I add to that, “Home is where my happiness is,” and my happiness is not always in Siquijor, or is not always associated with a specific geographic location. But summer is always Siquijor to me. This is because I am always happy in Siquijor during summer (and, yes, for some reason, I don’t feel very happy in Siquijor in other times of the year). So to Siquijor I go during summers. Continue reading “Home, Summer and the Unicorn”

How to File Income Tax Return (ITR) When You Are a Freelance Writer

** This is updated as of April 12, 2017.

I am now in the process of filling up my Income Tax Return. I know, kinda last minute, especially that April 15 (the day for filing tax returns) falls on a Holy Week. I am home-based (work-at-home, freelance) writer and researcher, and I wanted to share some things I learned while doing my tax returns.

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Thrifting Tour – Uptown Cebu

This post has been on my mind for a long time now and it is always included in my to-do list but I never got around to doing it until this February. So one February afternoon, I went on a thrifting tour in one of my favorite thrifting areas in Cebu City — the uptown area. If you are interested in knowing where I went, what I tried on, what I bought, what the price ranges are, please read on…

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WEDDING 101: Invites and Other Paper Works

My then-boyfriend (now my husband) and I are avid DIYers. We both love design and crafts. We are also thrifty people who enjoy a fuss-free life. We knew when we wanted to get married that we would be making and printing our own wedding invitations. Because (1) we don’t want to spend a lot for printing services and more so for wedding invitations that people would forget after the wedding, and (2) we don’t want to be disappointed with any printing service provider who can’t follow our instructions to the dot. So, we created our own. Continue reading “WEDDING 101: Invites and Other Paper Works”

Where to Stay in Cebu: Wellcome Hotel

I now understand why “staycations” are a thing. It is having the best of vacation plus just staying inside. I used to not get the concept but I love it now especially maybe because stress at work can sometimes take the better of me, and all I want is to do nothing — just lay in bed all day, watching Stylist Inc. (I enjoyed the show so much!). Last November, my husband and I booked a double room at Wellcome Hotel, a small hotel located near Ayala Center, for a “staycation.”

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