My Must-have Travel Essentials

These are the things I cannot afford not to bring while travelling:

  • Notebook & pen

I always have a notebook and pen inside my bag to write down stuff that pops up inside my head.

  • iPhone or android phone

Your phone, with multitude of mobile apps, is the ultimate go-to gadget to pass time while on a long bus ride, waiting for flights & when in long queues.

  • Long scarf

My ultimate travel accessory with versatile functions such as an alternative jacket, a head gear (for sun protection), blanket, shawl or even as a towel.

  • Kikay kit (powder, lip gloss, alcohol, mirror, comb, tissue)

If you’re a girl, you’ll understand why.

  • Sweets (gum & candies)

An instant solution when you feel hungry.

  • Camera/DSLR

To document the places you’ve been & share your stories with others.

  • Wallet (with money, cards & IDs)

Need I say more?

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My Travel Checklist

I’m the type of gal who does not want to forget items I need while traveling. I live by the Girl’s Scout’s motto, “Laging handa.” (Always prepared) and writing ‘To-do-list’ is one of my fetishes.

As a result, I came up with a list of travel essentials (for women) I have noted and identified since I started traveling. I wrote down all of them in a Mini Memo pad, which I keep inside my wallet.


So now, every time I have travel plans (be it overnight or a week and even for months), I always refer to my “Travel Checklist” (found below) for the things I need to bring for my trip.

    • Underwear (always bring extra)
    • T-shirts
    • Blouses
    • Shorts
    • Pants / skirts
    • Pajama
    • Dress (if needed)
    • Jacket (with hood/waterproof, if possible)
    • Socks
    • Handkerchief/tubao/scarf
    • Slippers
    • Shoes (preferably flat)
    • Sandals
    • Sneakers
    • Eyeglasses or contact lenses (with cleaning solutions)
    • Watch
    • Sunglasses or Shades
    • Ponytail/clamp/clips
    • Belt
    • Cap/bonnet/head gear
    • Earrings, anklet, bracelet (jewelry)
    • Malong/sarong
    • Small pillow
    • Insect repellent spray or lotion (for outdoors)
    • Eye mask & ear plugs
    • Essential oil (lavender)
    • Travel bag, day pack/handbag, waterproof bag & bag organizers (mesh bags)
    • Book
    • Notebook & pen
    • Lighter (inside check-in luggage)
    • Pen light/flash light & batteries
    • Wallet, money, coin purse, credit card, IDs
    • Ziploc bags or Plastic bags
    • Fold-able umbrella
    • Medicine & first aid kit
    • Important travel documents (passport, visa, tickets, itinerary, booking confirmation/online purchase printouts)
    • Board games/Playing cards
    • Swiss army knife (must be inside your check-in bags, otherwise do not bring one)
    • Universal adapter (for travel abroad)
    • Luggage weighing scale
    • DSLR & charger (w/ battery & SD card)
    • Point & shoot camera & charger / waterproof action camera (go pro) with charger, battery & SD card
    • Tripod
    • Cellular phone (preferably iPhone/Android) and charger
    • E-book reader / iPad or tablet
    • Laptop & charger
    • Portable Bluetooth speaker / headphone
    • Portable mini fan (if needed)
    • Power bank
    • Swimsuit/bikini
    • Hair cap
    • Goggles
    • Sunscreen
    • Soap
    • Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Facial wash, Moisturizer, & Toner
    • Essence, serum/ampoule, eye cream, facial oil, face mask
    • Micellar water & facial wipes
    • Loofah
    • Face towel & Big towel
    • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
    • Dental floss & Mouthwash
    • Panty liner & sanitary napkin
    • Feminine wash/wipes
    • Tweezers, Shave/razors
    • Nail cutter
    • Cotton buds/pads
    • Deodorant
    • Lotion
    • Loose powder/pressed powder
    • Perfume/cologne
    • Eyeliner, Eye curler, mascara, liquid liner
    • Concealer/BB cream
    • Blush, highlighter, contour & brush or lip & cheek tint
    • Eye shadow, eyebrow pencil
    • Lip balm or lip gloss & Lipstick
    • Hair polish or anti-frizzy hair serum
    • Comb
    • Mirror
    • Hand sanitizer & alcohol
    • Oil film strip
    • Wet tissue & Tissue paper
    • Bottled water or water tumbler
    • Gums & sweets like candies and chocolates
    • Chips & energy bars
    • Basically, foods that are light to carry & can make your stomach feel full in an instant

I hope the list would be useful and helpful when you are packing your bags for your future journeys.

Feel free to leave a comment for other suggestions you have that are not included in my travel checklist.

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It’s MORE FUN in the Philippines!

Happy Feet

Boracay / Coron, Palawan / Pagudpud / Baguio
Oriental Mindoro / Cagayan de Oro
Camiguin / Davao City / Bohol

 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan
Historic City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur
Church of San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Read more:

Food Trips

Alavar’s Crab at Zamboanga City / Bigby’s Ice Cream at Cagayan de Oro City
Satti at Zamboanga City / Vigan empanada at Laoag City


White Water Rafting @ Cagayan de Oro – Zipline @ Davao City
Zorb @ Boracay – Go Kart @ Legazpi City, Albay


Davao City – Oriental Mindoro
Davao City – Donsol, Sorsogon

Jump shots

Caramoan – Miarayon, Bukidnon
Caramoan – Camiguin – Pagudpud

 Beach bumming

Camiguin – Caramoan
Boracay – Camiguin – Anawangin, Zambales
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Visa Exemption for Filipinos

By twentyfive

Visa Free for Pinoys

If you’re a Filipino and a holder of Philippine passport who likes traveling and exploring the beauty of the world, but hates the visa requirement to some countries, frown no more for you can still go to wonderful places without hassle-visa-appointments.

The list of countries below doesn’t require a visa for Filipinos prior to arrival. All you need are passport, plane tickets / itinerary, and some money for your tour.

No Visa Required for Filipinos in the Following Countries…

Click this link for the detailed list of countries: Visa Exemption for Filipinos
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Introducing PLANKING

As inspired by Katie, I had my First Planking Adventure, with Ezra as my photographer, at Boracay, Philippines.

“PLANKING is a silly game where you find the most ridiculous places to lay face down and take a picture.” ~ katie

All you have to do is lay like a ‘plank of wood’ at weirdest places you can think of and take as many planking shots as you want. At first you’ll feel weird doing it; but once you get the hang of it, you will find yourself having super fun!

My adventure begins at Starbucks...

The Boracay Beach Resort

Juice Bar

My friend Ethel doesn’t really care about our planking adventure. haha!

At the foot of the stairs of the Boracay Regency

You can plank anywhere you like! On top of tables…

by the beach..

Lifeguard house

sail boats

We asked Manong Guard if we could take a picture inside the Havaianas store and he said yes. But when he saw me do the planking…


Planking is fun no matter how silly you look! You can do it solo..

Or double planking..

also triple planking…

and even multiple planking with family and friends! 🙂

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