Bali, Indonesia

here are some pictures and little bit about my travel to Bali

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My brother invited me to go to Bali with him last February when I had to painfully declined because of my new full time job. Although I was happy to finally land myself a big girl employment, I was also really sad that I wasn’t able to go. When my brother got back from his vacation, it was the only thing he could talk about and I don’t blame him at all!

Bali, Indonesia
on my way to Bali

For half a year, travelling to Bali was all I could think about until one night in September, I decided to finally bite the bullet and buy my round trip flight for the following December. After seeing it with my own eyes and being there first hand, I can fully understand why he felt like he had seen some magical place.

The 30 something hours of journey to get there wasn’t an easy one but I’d do it all over again if I had to.

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the best luwak coffee

I had the best coffee and tea of my life while also having the best view.

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Not to mention that Bali has the bluest body of ocean I have ever seen!

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Day trip to Lembongan
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New Year’s Eve at Kuta Beach

Before leaving Canada, I had some doubts. I began to second guess myself as to why I was travelling when I could be spending the holiday season with my friends but I’m glad I did it anyways. It was by far the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in ages. Not to mention I met the coolest brothers from Netherlands who were nice enough to let me sit at their table during the dinner party so I wouldn’t feel left out. Thanks Tim and Mark!

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Lovina Beach

Also $10 for a boat ride to watch the dolphins up close and personal wasn’t so bad. It was the most thrilling experience, aside from when I went scuba diving of course.

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everywhere I went, I saw beauty in everyone and everything
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Rice Field, Ubud

I also enjoyed the best avocado shakes of my life so yes, I fell in love with Bali. I fell in love with the people, the culture, the history, and the island life.

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I’ll be back again.

 

With love always,

 

Erika

Camping in Sooke

After work last Friday, I headed onto Vancouver Island for a very short camping trip in Sooke.


I’m not the biggest fan of the ferry ride, especially if I’m alone. 😛However, I found myself enjoying the ride as I sat with a couple of strangers outside, looking at the wonderful view behind us.

Friday night was spent at Walmart buying equipment and preparing for the day ahead of us.

Originally we planned to get at the campsite at around 1pm, however, we had a late start to the day and had to run a few errands before our trip.

We got to Sooke River Campsite at around 4pm. We decided to set our little tent to claim our spot before we explore the rest of the campsite.

After we got settled, we packed our bags, took our valuables with us, and headed back again to the viewpoint we saw along the way.


We were prepared for the rain as the weather forecast predicted it. However, it showered for a little bit and cleared up not long after.

We adventured along the potholes. We followed a couple trails such as the Riverside Trail, Sand Pebble Beach, and Ripplerock Trail.

We went off trail quite a few times and to be quite honest, I’m glad we did or else we wouldn’t have seen and experienced these views in a way that we did.


Sometimes it’s quite hard to believe how beautiful nature can be. Granted these photos I’ve taken doesn’t give the place or these views justice. It’s much, much nicer in person.


After a couple hours of exploring, we quickly dipped ourselves into the water (I was mostly pushed in), and headed back to our campsite.


I obviously put on my compression socks to try and keep warm and to help with muscle recovery after hiking.

I’ve never really been camping before, except for that one time I went on a glamorous camping trip with my friend’s family, but I’ll have to say that the experience was definitely enjoyable.

We may have forgotten to bring pillows but at least we were warm during the night, thanksgiving to our new sleeping bags.


This short camping trip has definitely left me wanting more.

SOOKE RIVER CAMPSITE – THOUGHTS

I highly recommend going before it gets packed during the summer time! The workers are super nice, the outhouses are quite clean, and there are a bunch of areas to explore! For $25/night, you can’t beat that. 

Travel Thursday

Greetings! I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. It’s Thursday afternoon and I want to talk about travel.

I stayed up until 3am again last night. It seems that I get a lot done during the wee hours of the day.

Anyways, I was brainstorming of all of the places I want to go to in the future. Of course travelling anywhere is nice, but don’t we all have our top places that we want to travel to?

A friend of mine asked me a couple of days ago where I would want to live if I didn’t live in the beautiful and very expensive city of Vancouver. If we are being technical here, I don`t exactly live in Vancouver but I like close enough to know that living cost is through the roof.

Since then, I have realized that there are so many different places that I want to see and possibly fall in love with enough for me to want to move out there.

One of my goal with my life is to travel often and see the world. I want to fall in love with other cities as much as I have fallen in love with Vancouver the first time I moved here from the Philippines.

With that being said, here are the places I want to set foot in before I kick the bucket.

  1. Brazil
  2. Portugal
  3. Indonesia (Bali)
  4. Thailand (Southeast Asia, really)
  5. Germany
  6. England
  7. Spain
  8. Panama
  9. New Zealand
  10. Denmark
  11. Iceland
  12. Czech Republic

If you have been to these countries, let me know where to go or tell me where would you want to go!

 

Also, let me know what your travel essentials are!

Why Everyone Should Wear Compression Socks

Living in Vancouver, I am very used to people  being a hardcore health enthusiast. After all, health and well-being should matter to each and everyone of us, right? By the way, the answer should be yes. My hope is that after you read my little spiel as to why everyone should be wearing compression socks, you will see how beneficial it really is to your health and reconsider what you thought you once knew about them.

Wearing compression socks as a preventative care can help preserve leg health. It stimulates better blood circulation, which then helps the legs feel energized. Think of your job: do you sit or stand in the same position for long periods of time? This can cause blood to pool around your legs, which can often result in tired, achy and swollen legs ( did anybody say cankles? Yikes!). You can prevent these symptoms by wearing compression socks of course.

I’ve also noticed that a lot of sport enthusiast, runners especially, are a hardcore believer in compression socks. I never really understood as to why that is until I wore my compression socks to the gym during leg day, during a busy day at work, and being out and about with friends. Now, I can’t vouch about having a better workout with it compared as to if I had gone without it. However, my legs does feel better when I wear my pair of compression socks compared to when I go without them. I was less sore the next day, so I can definitely say that compression socks definitely works tremendously with muscle recovery.

While there may be mixed views as to whether compression garments really does work or not, there is no denying how comfortable they are to wear. Not only are they cute and funky, I also believe them to be functional. You just have to try and see for yourself!

Why wear regular socks when you can have these socks with benefits?

 

 

Txeemsim

Txeemsim wandered up and down the river, teaching the people he met

 

I took this photo a while back when I went to the Royal BC Museum. At the time I didn’t really understood what it meant. Today I looked at this photo with a different mindset. It made me think of all of the wonderful people in my life. People who love and support me. People who knows me not by the things they have seen me do but by sitting down and listening to me.

This picture to me means that all beings in this universe has a meaningful part to play. It is comforting to know that we all need one another. We all need to listen, support, and encourage one another.

With that being said, I am so grateful for all of the people I have had the pleasure of meeting in the past. For those who came and went, thank you for the lessons you taught me during the short time that I have known you. I appreciate getting to know each and everyone of you. With every piece of yourself that you shared with me, I shared a piece of myself back to you. Thank you for being a part of my life and and opening my eyes to all of the things that I was unaware of.

For those who still continues to support and love me, thank you so much for sticking by my side. Thank you for being the anchor who grounds me but does not weigh me down. Thank you for encouraging me to shoot for the moon. Lastly, thank you for showing me that life is a journey you travel with whom you care the most.