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How To Get In Shape for Summer: Philippine Travel Stories

There are two seasons in the Philippines, some say — the hot season and the very hot season. We know, of course, the difference between just “hot” and “very hot”, and it boils down (pun intended) to your body’s physical condition to face the world-renowned Philippine summer. In these photographs, culled from the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram, we’ll share with you life-changing tips on how to whip your body into shape. Here goes.

Get out of the Shade

It’s not really about the shade itself, but what we do under the shade. Most often than not, the shade is a place to chill. Hammock or no hammock, it’s nice to simply doze off in the shade. To illustrate, here’s Joanna Marie Bola (check her Instagram account, @jannazabat, for more photos) at the Pearl Farm Resort in Davao.

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it,” she says. That’s good if you’re already in summer bod, but ain’t good if you’re still getting there. So, get your lazy butt off the shade and get ready to work some serious sweat.

Progress, not perfection

Thanks to Netflix, we can now binge-watch our favorite movies, one of which is The Equalizer, where we get a memorable line from Denzel Washington — “Progress, not perfection.” Goals may sometimes appear impossible to achieve because of the sheer immensity, like, how do I shed a thousand pounds before summer? The secret? Little steps. Don’t think of giant strides, as what we can see from this photo of the Upside Down Museum (Pasay City, Metro Manila), courtesy of Markdavid Domequil (check his Instagram account, @daviddomequil).

Huge strides will weigh you down. Progress, not perfection. If you can’t make it this summer, there’s always a next year. Besides, so long as you’re confident with your body, go ahead and flaunt it, abs or no abs. It’s better to be happy than getting injured with too much preoccupation with the abs. Remember, Ed Sheeran talked about being in love with the “shape of you.” Round is a shape, you know.

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We Got Your Back: Philippine Travel Stories

The phrase “I got your back,” in its common usage, simply means a person will watch out for you, to help you out. Related to the phrase “stab someone in the back,” when someone hits you from a blind spot. Someone who has your back is usually a friend who minds even your blind spots (unless, of course, you can see your back). Continue reading We Got Your Back: Philippine Travel Stories

Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day

It’s not the first time that we’ve featured this sexy volcano, Mt. Mayon, better known as the world’s perfect volcano cone (we’ve wrestled with the use of “most perfect cone” and thought there’s no need to use “most” if it’s already “perfect”) . Mayon Volcano can be very coy, usually out of sight, covered by thick clouds most of the day. We’re going to let you in on a secret: go to Mount Mayon before 7:00 in the morning and you’ll have a better chance of seeing the volcano in all its glory. It’s worth every ounce of strength you summon to wake up real early. You’ll jump (“talon,” a Filipino word, means “jump”) when you see it, either out of sheer joy or for plain fun. Take, for instance, Kristine Labayen Reyes (check her Instagram account, @krissyseyer, for more photos), who captioned her photo below: “Jump for joy! Mayon volcano is out at last showing her perfect cone shape.” That’s one helluva split jump, don’t you think? [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day

Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

We all have different fears and we all have different ways of coping with those fears. We’re almost sure, however, that most people have a fear of heights. At the very least, we can speak for ourselves — we’re terrified of heights. Our palms were sweating when we watched that old Cliffhanger movie. Same thing while looking at this photo, courtesy of EA Policarpio (check his Instagram account, @edgrallan, for more photos), as he conquered Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriquez, Rizal. Good activity for those who enjoy the rough outdoors; definitely not good for us with fear of heights. Perhaps we’ll choose another fear to conquer. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

Selfie with the Majestic Mount Pinatubo: Photo of the Day

We’ve featured photos of Mt. Pinatubo a lot of times, but we can’t help ourselves from featuring yet another shot of this majestic volcano, courtesy of Rai Sean (check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos) of Sanggala Mountaineers. You see, we are constantly amazed with how nature can be so cruel, yet, at the same time, undeniably beautiful. Back in 1991, after centuries of being quiet, Mount Pinatubo exploded, spewing ash that traveled halfway around the world, lowering world temperature by one degree fahrenheit, and driving the U.S. out of their bases in the area. It’s truly a wonder how something beautiful can come out of something violent. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Selfie with the Majestic Mount Pinatubo: Photo of the Day

Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day

“Would you dare jump into the cave’s hole?”, asked Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan. She’s referring to the Cabagnow Cave (or Kabagno Cave) located in the town of Anda, Bohol. It’s practically a hole on the ground, the deepest among Anda’s cave pools. You can get off from your vehicle, walk to where the mouth of the cave is, then jump into the hole — with this lovely clear water waiting for you at the bottom. Would you dare jump into Cabagnow Cave’s hole? If you’re brave enough and accept the challenge, don’t forget to make a prior arrangement with the locals for a rope-ladder. That’s the only way you can get out of the hole. Photo courtesy of Princess Alyssa Cabuhayan (check her Instagram acount, @thelostnurse, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Dare to Dive Into Cabagnow Cave (Anda, Bohol): Photo of the Day