I stayed in Batanes for 11 days and 70% of the time I was there, I was exploring by foot, hiking hills and ridges. I could feel the skin at the soles of my feet thickening, callows growing, legs tightening and my shoulders weary from carrying my backpack. I knew I needed a good massage when I return to Manila. And just in the nick of time, Bluewater Day Spa invited me to try their recently added Athlete’s Massage. Bluewater Day Spa is no stranger for me when looking for some quality pampering. I’m quite interested to experience the difference in this new offering.
More often in our blogs or social media, we highlight our stories on the journey and destination. My photos revolve around the place and the travel. This time we go behind the cameras and share our stories on what gets us excited to go places. In the June 2017 issue of Going Places Magazine, I’m humbly included in the feature story “People of Travel“. I share the pages with some of the people I respect and look up to in the field like Yoshke and Vins of the PoorTraveler, Kara of TravelUp, Estan of Langyaw and Melo of OutOfTown Blog. Groups like Trails to Empower Kids and celebrities Wil Dsovich and Nicole Cordoves are also there.
Europe’s number 1 sports retailer, Decathlon finally arrives in the Philippines. And why should you get excited? Decathlon Philippines aims to “Makes sports accessible to Every Juan” by bringing quality sports and outdoor products at very affordable prices. So think camping equipment, bikes, hiking, backpacks, training apparel and gear, fishing, aqua sports, cross training, yoga and more all for less than the popular brands.
It’s always a good idea to bring a good jacket when traveling. Even in our tropical country, squalls or drafts of cold can be sudden, especially when venturing to the Cordilleras. In my recent travels to the cold highlands, I got to use the Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket this time. It’s a lightweight, ActiveFit, water resistant down jacket with a patented Heat Seal technology from Columbia. I put the jacket to the test at the chilly summit of Mt Pulag and the nippy air of Bontoc.
Yoga practitioners and enthusiast in Makati have another option for a place to practice. YogaHive, just in front of the Salcedo Park in Makati was formerly Beyond Yoga until the owners decided to discontinue with the franchise and make a brand of their own. YogaHive was formally launched a month ago (April 2017) with a week-long open house classes for everyone to try. I got to attend a few classes then just to get a feel of their studio, teachers and their sense of community.
Thule (tu-li), a brand from Sweden founded by the Thulin family in 1942, manufactures a collection of outdoor products. They made a name for themselves with their quality roof racks, bike carriers and automobile transporters in Europe. Thule also made luggage and travel packs globally. Their Thule Crossover collection launched in 2009 were lauded for its well thought out design and quality. Jake Bros Philippines, the local distributor of Thule is proud to launch in the local market the Thule Subterra Collection. After eight years since the crossover collection, Thule introduced a brand new collection for the savvy, casual and business travelers.