I must have skipped three trips out this year due to work, which is a pretty good situation in my opinion. Still, flying out or even just a drive for a change of scenery has always been a personal favorite of mine, and sometimes when I get bouts of spontaneity I just book and “bahala na si batman" it. Just nearby countries/places (Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong) or islands (Boracay, Palawan, etc.) naman, nothing that drastic or deadly to the pocketbook. Most of the best trips I’ve had were the ones I planned the night before, and though a little pricier than if I planned months ahead they have proved to be the most fulfilling. It’s one thing to get away from it all, and one thing to do so ever so conveniently. That’s why this Christmas, I planned a trip out to Balesin Island! Can you believe you can reach the island in less than an hour? This includes the trip to the airport/hangar, and flight combined! It’s probably the most convenient and hassle-free flight to an island location.
Skies were gloomy over the tarmac, which had me worries for a bit.
Nothing like gazing at clouds to relax and contemplate.
I enjoy everything about flights, the airplane taxiing, takeoff, turbulence (slight), landing, and just the overall timeout which lets you listen to a music album all the way through or finish reading that novel you’ve been using as a cellphone caddy.
Rainbow over the island, befitting of the tropical paradise.
Landed after only 25 minutes of flight!
Arrived in the morning so attacking the scrumptious breakfast buffet at the Balesin Clubhouse was definitely on the itinerary.
For lunch it was at Sakura, the delicious japanese restaurant also at the Clubhouse. They have teppanyaki tables so perfect for big groups!
"Popped" rice. Actually edible, save for the stalks.
Considering our heavy lunch, opted for a light dinner at Bali overlooking a clouded sunset.
By far the most relaxed Christmas day I’ve had, slower paced yet a good recharge from the season’s rush of parties and shopping for gifts. I’ll post more of this trip soon, stay tuned.
For information on Balesin, you can visit their site here.
A few weeks ago, I noticed a crack in my trusty Rimowa luggage that has served me for well over two years (and constantly saving me from overweight luggage scares) I noticed the unflattering, canyoning gash after a flight back from Hong Kong, and I suppose either the baggage handlers were overly-zealous chucking bags all over the place or maybe my suitcase had just run its course -game over. Then I remembered that being a premiere luggage brand, Rimowa has a 5 year international guarantee that states that they will (to the best of their ability) repair any wrongdoing to your bag.
Here’s a photo to illustrate the damage.
After reviewing the guarantee and researching online, I tried my luck and checked with a local Rimowa branch. I was merely looking for a repair, but the salesperson I spoke to said that what I was asking was impossible, given I had a polycarbonate unit and then suggested I take the issue up with the airlines I took. (and don’t we all know how much of a hassle that is) After several objections, I figured that maybe it was time to accept the inevitable that my bag should be retired so I stopped deliberating and went on my way.
I expressed my disappointment, but figured it was my fault for not contacting my airlines right away but I still could not help feeling bad. Since hey, I was only asking for a repair. So I ungentlemanly aired my disgruntlement over twitter. Luckily, someone then contacted me within the day to apologize for the misinformation given to me and to resolve my non-issue. I sent my unit back again for further inspection, and was informed that my troubles would be fixed.
Within a day or two, Rimowa then furnished me with a brand new unit. Not repaired, not refurbished, but BRAND NEW. I was astounded! Never have I heard of such great aftersales service.
Brand spanking new!
I then now remembered why I got such an attractive luggage, and photographed away at the beautifully designed case.
When they say Guarantee, they mean it.
Thank you Rimowa for showing that your customers come first above all else, I will highly recommend your product to my friends and colleagues alike.
Rimowa is available at:
Adora, Greenbelt 5
Newport, Ground Floor
Greenbelt 5, Ground Floor
Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Ground Floor
Glorietta 4, Ground Floor
Tone on tweed.
I’m watching you too.
The Great Wall of China. Beijing, China.
All these locations have one thing in common, no there isn’t a hidden man in a stripey jumper, spectacles and a bonnet strategically hidden for you to find. What they do have in common is that you could be visiting any one of them for free! All you have to do is join Seattle’s Best Coffee’s “Me and My Travelling SBC” Facebook Photo Contest! You can either take a photo and enter, or vote for which you think is the best photo to join!
So what are you waiting for? Click the photo below to join!
More info down below through these links.
H&M cotton blazer, 7 For All Mankind shirt, Cheap Monday slacks, SM Accessories belt (Php249.75), Red Wing boots
While on vacation, limited wardrobe choices can be a good thing because you sometimes accidentally put together clothes that you normally wouldn’t. It makes one think of practicality and appropriateness when dressing up, and also checking the day’s climate.
In less than predictable weather, an unlined cotton blazer is a good piece to have when the wind decides to pick up in speed and/or if you’re suddenly cold in just a shirt. Also, when the temperature rises you can still be comfortable and not sweat buckets trying to look presentable. A pop of color care of SM Accessories’ belt goes well with cotton trousers that are a relaxed and lightweight alternative to jeans, and are ridiculously easy to match. The sturdy Red Wing boots on the other hand can take a beating through rain, cobblestones, and in the unlikely situation, snow.
5cm parka | Topman denim shirt
Dealing with the cold didn’t really concern me at first, since I figured “hey, I play ice hockey. I’m sure I can withstand a chilly welcome” but when I stepped out of the airport I realized that it was a pretty good idea that I packed some warm clothes in my suitcase.
The 5cm parka has a removable puffy down jacket for extra warmth, and the denim shirt although cotton serves as a comfortable inner layer.
Definition of DÉJÀ VU
: a disorder of memory:
the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time—called also paramnesia;
olympic fervor in london! (Taken with Instagram)
london calling (Taken with Instagram at Selfridges & Co)
early morning jog in hyde park, london. olympic spirit! (Taken with Instagram at Hyde Park)