Mikyu Meets World

My Blogging Essentials

After listing down my favorite WordPress plugins before, I’m now sharing to you my blogging essentials. I don’t think it differs significantly with other bloggers, but it may give you a glimpse of my blogging process.

Note: I’m an Android and Windows user, so I’m not sure if some of the apps listed below are available on iOS or OS X.

1. PlayMemories Mobile (phone app)

Whenever I travel or go to events, I always bring with me my Sony NEX-6 camera (save for some instances when I didn’t want to lug around one). One thing I like about this camera aside from its size and the quality of the photos is its ability to send photos to my phone wirelessly. In the olden days, I would wait to get home before I could transfer photos to my laptop and subsequently to my phone. Now, all the hassle with the cords are gone! With Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, I’m able to transfer photos to my phone in a breeze!

2. VSCO Cam (phone app)

Ever since the beginning of my blogging life, I’ve never (or seldom) uploaded unedited photos on my blog. I’m not sure if that’s something to be proud of, but I just think that unedited photos lack the feel that I want to communicate. Or that sometimes, they just look ugly, I have to edit them somewhere! Hihihi. When VSCO Cam became available for Android, I was elated! I downloaded/bought all the available filters, and though I only use a handful of them for my blog photos, it’s nice to have a lot of choices. I don’t only use the filters as is, though. I still experiment until I get the output I want.

3. Photo Editor (phone app) / PhotoScape (desktop app)

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for quite some time now, you might’ve noticed that I love including a lot of photos on my blog posts! It’s my way of telling the story without using too much words. And since big and lots of photos eat up big and lots of resources also, I make it a point to resize the photos before uploading them. I use Photo Editor for batch resizing on my phone, or PhotoScape on my laptop (depending on what’s convenient for me at the moment). A couple of years ago, my standard photo width was 400px — shame! Now, I use 1000px (1500px for featured images).

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Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, and Singapore Flyer

These adventures happened during my last 2 days in Singapore last year, and I was no longer alone — I met up with Mumu in Malaysia and after touring around Kuala Lumpur (will blog about this soon), we went [back] to Singapore. (Download my Singapore-Malaysia itinerary here — it comes with information regarding cost/budget and transportation.)

Universal Studios Singapore

Operating Hours: 10am-7pm daily (subject to change without prior notice)
Website: http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore

Our first agenda upon arriving in Singapore was to go to Sentosa Island and visit Universal Studios Singapore. After riding the cable car from Mt. Faber to Sentosa Island, we wasted no time and went walking around some parts of the island.

At the cable car going to Sentosa Island! :D
At the cable car going to Sentosa Island! :D
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Life as of Late #006

I know it has already been said by everybody, but what the heck — it’s halfway through the year already? That was fast! A lot has happened in my life in the last couple of months — coming home to Cebu, quitting social media (and enjoying it), changing career paths, trekking/climbing a couple of mountains, celebrating my 4th anniversary with Mumu — and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the blessings! :)

Anyway, here’s what’s up with me lately:

  1. At the start of April, I wrote about my goals for the 2nd quarter of 2015. And guess what? I wasn’t able to complete everything. Hahaha. But!! I was able to blog about our adventures in El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Singapore last year, and some other adventures we’ve had this year. I’m still trying to find some free time to review my adventures in Malaysia and South Korea so I can write about them soon. Also, I’m just one book (or one and a half, if there’s such thing, since I’m not yet done with my 9th book) behind my goal of 10 books read by midyear — I’m currently on the 3rd (or 2nd, depends if you consider the prequel as part of the series) book for Emi Lost & Found series. Seriously, this book (Time Stands Still) made me cry! :'(
  2. As I mentioned above, Mumu and I celebrated our 4th anniversary together last June 15. We stuffed ourselves at our dinner in Yakimix — we stayed there for 2 hours!
  3. My 5th trek for this year covered two mountains — Mt. Mauyog and Mt. Manunggal. The trail was technically difficult (at least for us), and I was proud of my friends who, despite this being their 1st trek, didn’t give up! Well, they didn’t have a choice anyway. :))
  4. I have a new project at work. It’s only for 2 months, but I’ve learned a lot about web services so far! (Sorry if I sometimes mention technical or work-related stuff here, hehehe.)
  5. My friend Johnel, who’s still working in Manila until now (after Karen and I came back to Cebu a few months ago), came home for this week. Just last night, we hung out and watched a comedy/drama Korean movie (Scandal Makers or Speed Scandal) at the movie house. The protagonist is Tae-hyun Cha, the same one from My Sassy Girl. The kid in this movie, Seok-hyeon Hwang, was also veeerrryyy cute!!! :D

I wouldn’t expect the 2nd half of this year to go slower, but I’m hoping that things will continue to get better. :)

Art Attack!: A Sneaker Outreach Project

Art has never been my forte, but I’ve always had an appreciation for it. One time, I saw a picture on Facebook of the work done by Mumu’s cousin on her shoes, and I thought they were great! I didn’t think that time, though, that this idea would be great for volunteer work!

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, thru its Caring Cup program, will be coming to Cebu for a Sneaker Outreach Project in partnership with Converse and Mercy in Action Foundation.

The event, called Art Attack!, will be held on June 27 (Saturday) from 10am to 12nn in Talisay, Cebu. If you would like to experience designing Converse sneakers that the rescued street children of Mercy in Action can use to school, this is your chance! They are looking for 30 volunteers who can help out during this day — it will be full of food, games, laughter, and memories!

To score an exclusive invite, simply follow the mechanics on the poster below.

art attack caring cup

For Cebuanos, I’m pretty sure you know how to get to Talisay. But if you don’t, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® will be providing transportation from The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.

I hope you can make time out of your busy schedule to spend time with the children and make them smile! :)

To stay updated with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s events, follow their official pages.

Facebook: facebook.com/coffeebeanphilippines
Instagram & Twitter: @cbtlph / @brewph
Website: coffeebean.com.ph / brewyourbestyear.com

Mt. Mauyog + Mt. Manunggal

For this weekend trip, Mumu and I, together with a larger group, were supposed to visit Mt. Kapayas in Catmon but due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to cancel it and look for another adventure. Mumu then decided that we trek Mt. Mauyog and traverse to Mt. Manunggal (both are located in Balamban).

We were 10 in the group (originally 20+ people for Mt. Kapayas, but others backed out when the venue was changed), so instead of hiring motorcycles to take us to Brgy. Tabunan, we hired a jeepney for PHP3,000 (roundtrip).

Brgy. Tabunan is around 1.5 hours from JY Square Mall in Lahug. We were able to hire a guide there when we arrived in the morning, and we started the trek at 10am after we bought some food for lunch.

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