Nth Attempt to Blog Again

I was so close to abandoning this blog like how I usually do it when I come from a long blogging break. Thought I’ll just get another domain and start all over but opening my dashboard today helped refuel my long lost motivation to continue what I’ve started here. I’m glad I ruled over the thought of leaving while I’m writing this today coz this blog means so much to me more than the previous blogs I had. So that’s basically my welcoming intro because just saying “I’m back” is too boring, isn’t? haha!

Since I’m officially out from being an irresponsible blogger, let me give you a quick look back to my 2016 (wait, what?!) and a few other things happened that we can safely blame as the cause of my blogging hiatus. Mind you, I still can’t believe I’m actually writing this! I’ll try to make this post as short as I can, not to bore you with a lengthy comeback post but because I’m still lazy like that. Forgive me!

My last blog post was about my Mt. Binacayan hike, maybe we can start from there. So these are what happened, things I remember at least.

Travel Escapades

Pandin Lake
Potipot Island Zambales

Me and my colleagues went to Pandin Lake in San Pablo, Laguna last November 26, 2016. The initial plan was to go to Fortune Island in Batangas but the weather was terrible that we had to cancel it last minute. But since everything was already settled, it wouldn’t be so nice to cancel the entire trip itself, which is why we opted to go with our plan B, that is, Pandin Lake. It was a budget-friendly trip which only cost us less than Php 1,000.00 per pax including our dinner at Bulalo sa Banga. Foods there were the bomb, I don’t mind going back!

Next travel adventure happened last January 26, 2017 in Zambales. I joined Jhori and his friends at Potipot Island and Crystal Beach Resort for a 3-days-2-nights escapade. It was my first time to go camping on an island and it was amazing! I coudn’t count how many times I told Jhori about how fascinating the night sky was from that place. I attempted to capture the sky through my camera but failed to give justice as to how beautiful it really was in actual.

Mountain Climbing

Mt Batolusong and Mt Hapunang Banoi Rizal

I conquered two mountains in Rizal while I was away as well. First was Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rodriguez, Rizal last November 28, 2016 while the second one was Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal last January 20, 2017. Mt. Hapunang Banoi was the last leg of the trio, Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan, to name the two. I mentioned from my last post that I was considering hiking this mountain anytime soon, and I just did. The trail was rocky as expected and was very different to Mt. Batolusong which was mostly grassy and plane. Both were day hikes and were within my Php 500.00 budget. I might do a separate post containing all mountains I’ve hiked as beginner’s guide soon. So I won’t elaborate as much here for now.

Fitness and Running Event

711 Run 2017 Skyway

7-Eleven Run 2017 happened a week ago, February 5, 2017 to be exact. Our usual routes were around Mall of Asia or Bonifacio Global City but this time, it was on Skyway and it was my first you guys! Me and Jhori were part of wave I, thus, gun start was set at 2:25 AM. We were already around the area at approximately 1:00 AM and did a lot of food tasting here and there. 7-Eleven has always been very generous when it comes to freebies, mainly because of the number of sponsors they have. Finished the race strong in less than 3 hours, not bad.


Now let’s proceed to other things that occupied most of my time aside from those I’ve mentioned above. I’m officially welcoming myself to the world of Kdrama! I finished watching Legend of the Blue Sea, Goblin and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, all since the year started. I intentionally went on a Kdrama break up until now coz of priorities, but I might still do once in a while. December was a pretty busy month for me too because of all the year-end parties that took place at work. What I like about helping out with organising such, is the fulfillment after finishing all the work and seeing the fruit of the hard work. Of course, I wouldn’t forget the Holidays! We celebrated the holidays at home and I was so glad to have my days off plotted on the holidays. With the kind of work I do, you’re already lucky if you’re on a day off during the holiday, IT peeps should know! I’m also excited to tell you guys that I already have my running buddies at work! Yey! Part of our goal this year is to be fit and healthy as much as we can. We go jogging after work near our office and we do it for at least 3 times a week. Let’s cross our fingers that this is going to be a long-term activity we can join together.

That was it! I told you this is going to be a short post (isn’t?). I tried hard to squeeze in everything and I hope I did good though. See you on my next post! Kamsamnida!

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Author: Dianne

She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering. A full time IT Specialist based in Manila, Philippines who enjoys designing, reading and blogging. She fuels her day with a cup of good coffee in the morning and concludes the night thinking about life.

  • Dianne Kathreen

    Work-life balance: highly achieved! I love reading this, Ate Dianne! Para bang you never had any stressful days – puro adventures lang. πŸ™‚ Always wanted to go to beaches/island and nakakagulat na ang mura lang pala, lagi ko kasi iniisip na mahal kaya I never dared to try.

    • Yes, I think I did! Sa sobrang saya ng past few months, hindi ko na masyado naasikaso blog ko. haha! Very affordable especially if you are travelling with a lot of people, say 5 or more. Mas matipid kapag madami. πŸ™‚

  • Great catching up with you! You guys are crazy about those Kdramas! I think I’m missing out a lot already, haha. Welcome back πŸ™‚
    Nikaia | http://www.wheresnika.com

    • I never thought I’d ever love it. Coz first, I’m not fond of watching in itself, guess I’m wrong. Kdramas are cute, very far from a typical Filipino series. (But let’s support local shows too, haha!).

  • Welcome baaaack! πŸ™‚ Gosh those KDramas tho! I’ve only watched three so far: coffee prince, weightlifting fairy kim bok joo, and descendants of the sun. I don’t plan to watch anything yet bec I’m afraid I’d get hooked again and never stop watching lol!

    Looking forward to more of your updates soon!
    xx jhanzey.net

    • That’s why I stopped too. I realized I consumed most of my time watching, yet I still have pending things to do. lol! It’s quite addicting!

      Thanks Jhanzey! I’m happy to get my motivation back! Just finished tweaking my theme a little bit, now I’m back to writing. πŸ™‚

  • I’ve always wanted to try mountain climbing even though, I’m afraid of heights so I could be with the environment more, exercise my body and appreciate everything down there while on top. *sigh* Maybe soon, though. I also wanted to go for a fun run. Although, I already tried one but I couldn’t tell it as a fun run since it was usually composed of just walking. *sigh* I just hope my knee won’t get injured with these activities. My left knee already got injured for the second time. First, when I was playing frisbee at the beach. Second, when I was playing soccer. The doctor advised me not to do any activities like that. I just hope when I go with mountain climbing and the fun run, I’d be safe. πŸ™‚

    Augustin Ra / Indie Spirit

    • I have a friend who’s also afraid of heights but enjoys mountain climbing. I don’t know how it is possible though. I suggest you try minor climbs first and see if you’ll love it or not. But high chances, you’ll like it! I remember when I was just starting out with this running craze, I walked almost the entire 3 KM in a 3KM category. How was that? haha! Running requires practice, just start somewhere. When did your knee get injured? Maybe it has fully recovered now, I think you should visit a doctor again to check. I mean, exercising is something our body needs.

  • You’ve been soooo productive during your hiatus naman and I think that’s great! Totally excusable! I guess all of us, at one point, would really need a break from everything.
    I recently ticked hiking a mountain off my bucketlist, too! And that made me want to hike more mountains this year. Anyway, I’m glad you chose to be back and continue this. See you around!

    xx, The Diary Queen

    • It was productive, indeed! I didn’t regret leaving my blog for almost two months because of those. My blogging break also helped me find motivation to keep blogging.

      Yes! I also glad I did! Especially now that I have many pending posts pa. Hope I can find time to finish everything before this month concludes.

  • You’ve done great things during your break and that’s equally worth it! πŸ™‚ I’ve come to this post cause I know I’ll be able to relate. I’m back to blogging and again hoping I can continue with lots of posts to share. Thanks for posting! πŸ™‚

    • My hiatus actually helped me get my motivation back, I’m sure it’s the same for you. I clicked your link before replying, will definitely read after this. Welcome back Ellaine!