Soon-to-be-parents’ love letter to traveling

Today, I miss you a lot…

It’s been more than six months. I would if I could, but for now we should wait.




waiting game

waiting game

I miss your eccentric smell, as we, passengers, from everywhere go through

Your long lines as I wait for my bags to get checked in

Your security checks as I dread forgetting my water bottle on my hand carry

Your announcements as I slouch on your cold and rigid chairs

Today, I miss our love-hate relationship, but for now we should wait.





path to more learning

path to more learning

I miss your welcoming place, as we, wanderers, get thrilled to see more of you

Your refreshing sight and sound as I walk through to know more of know you

Your hard sidewalks as I sit and rest from getting lost within you

Your either busy or empty streets as I get to know more of myself

Today, I miss our encounters, but for now we should wait.





TeamC summer

TeamC summer

I miss your revitalizing energy, as we, explorers, grasp onto your stunning shores

Your lovely breeze as I run towards the water to dip my feet or swim into

Your lovely rays as I look up in the sky with the sun shining on my face

Your warm grains of sand, as I feel it between my toes

Today, I miss our escapades, but for now we should wait.





fast rides eyes wide

fast rides eyes wide

I miss your exciting impressions, as we, travelers, learn more about you

Your wild transportation rides, as I stare outside while we drive by

Your passionate people, as I absorb your stories about your culture

Your numerous affairs, as I unplan my trip and just go with the flow

Today, I miss our adventures, but for now we should wait.

Today, I miss you a lot, but for now we should wait…





soon, with little feets

soon, with little feets (when @24weeks)

For very soon, we will have another beautiful soul to dance, sing, play, laugh, dream, learn and live life to the fullest with.

Today, WE MISS YOU… itchy feet, itchy feet, but we have to wait for little feet!

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Introduction to Essential Oils – “Our family’s first step to EO exploration”

~*~ hmmm ~*~ the fragrance of mother earth in your “medicine cabinet”…

We personally have a very minimal exposure to Essential Oils (EO). It was an on and off relationship due to lack of resource, lack of knowledge, plus it can be quite overwhelming financially. As we go on our search for natural remedies and medication alternatives, we started hearing about it more and more and considered getting a set in preparation for the arrival of our little one.

We started researching online and asking more friends to share their experiences with us, but this confused us as much as it inspired us. There were so many EO resources online who also gave us doubts and worries because of its strength. We have to be very cautious and make sure that each is safe for whichever type of use, on whoever uses it. Meaning – more research. Dilution and use vary on the age and condition of the person who will use it. Whether you’re pregnant, you’re a baby, or simply have allergies to certain oil(s). Also there are lots of companies who promote and sell therapeutic grade EO nowadays, so on the business side of things, we didn’t like the reviews and feedbacks from any of each companies’ consumers. We didn’t want to be involved with the politics of it; we just want to find the safest source of EO for our family. This turned us off for a bit and stalled purchasing.

Essential Oils are so popular lately – especially in our community of friends that’s into organic, local, and natural remedies – and with good reason. It is very powerful and has been used throughout recorded history for a wide variety of health-related applications. If you consider its shelf life (which is forever, as long as they are not kept in extreme heat or extreme cold. Or they are in dark bottles to help with diffusing the light), then it is all worth it price wise, as for this day and age, it is one of the purest form of therapy we can find. So without further ado…

We have established the fact that we wanted to take care of our family’s health safely and naturally, so we considered adding some essential oils to our medicine cabinet.

We chose DōTERRA.



WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?  find out here

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.



HOW DO I USE ESSENTIAL OILS? find out here

Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

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Aromatic

Essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.

Topical

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.


IMPORTANT: Only a Therapeutic, Grade A oil are safe enough to ingest. Other oil brands have “carrier” oils to make the oils less expensive. These carrier oils can be toxic. If you look at many store brand essential oils, you will note that they say, “Do not take internally.”



HOW DID WE ORDER?

We found out more about Essential Oils only until after we got very serious on our research. In perfect timing, while in Manila, we were invited to attend a friendly talk about DōTERRA Essential Oils and also to try some of it.  Through the talk and other friends, we saw a fast growth of interest in it and met a few people here in the Philippines who just started to actively share their knowledge and resources.  So we ordered through a friend online on Facebook DōTERRA Philippines or her personal DōTERRA website Rhiannon MyDōTerra.

I was very pleased with the fast response and service she provided, including constant updates and emails, as well as keeping up to their promotion of free shipping to the Philippines every 15th and 30th of the month.  Shipment is a major concern for us since most of the time Philippines’ shipping service either takes a VERY long time or never gets to you at all.

DISCLAIMER: Please know my intention in sharing this information is not to make a sale. I get lots of questions about the oils we use and where to buy, so I just want to share this information. As I’ve mentioned before – “We didn’t want to be involved with the politics of it; we just want to find the safest source of EO for our family.”  



WHAT DID WE GET?

We purchased the Every Oil Kit , which includes their collection of both Single oils and Blend oils, a canvas bag, aroma-lite diffuser, wellness advocate intro-packet, and an enrollment.  BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! (just kidding…) They also included 4 Essential Oils that’s on their sweet summer promotion, a bottle of spearmint, dill, cumin, and tangerine.

DōTerra's EVERY OIL KIT with Modern Essentials Book. :) LOVE LOVE LOVE

DōTerra’s EVERY OIL KIT with Modern Essentials Book. 🙂 LOVE LOVE LOVE

DōTerra's EVERY OIL KIT with labels and Modern Essential Book's "Quick User Guide"

DōTerra’s EVERY OIL KIT with labels and Modern Essential Book’s “Quick User Guide”

We also ordered Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about essential oils and their everyday uses. It is the definitive guide, whether you are a new or an experienced essential oils user.

It arrived all-together in one package. Thanks to Rhiannon. 🙂

But guess what?!  My favourite part wasn’t any of those… it was when I opened the package like it’s Christmas morning, and dreadfully organised the oils inside the canvas bag ‘Alphabetically’… it was hard!  Then I got to the intro-packet and realised that it comes with cap stickers!!! So we eagerly removed the oils again (regretting that we didn’t check the whole packet for labelling) and started sticking the cap lids with its stickers for easier search when we need to use them. Whew! They even had blank ones that we used for the freebies that didn’t have pre-labeled stickers.

DōTerra cap stickers came with blank ones so we can put EOs that is not on the package.  Limited Edition and Promos. :)

DōTerra cap stickers came with blank ones so we can put EOs that is not on the package. Limited Edition and Promos. 🙂

DōTerra cap stickers!!! yey!

DōTerra cap stickers!!! yey!

I hope that this post inspires you to use essential oils, and also be encouraged to do proper research and safety first. If you have more questions, please feel free to let me know or click on the following links below:

DōTERRA

DōTERRA Blogs

DōTERRA YouTube

DōTERRA Facebook Philippines

Endless Driven Why

I grew up feeling alone and alienated.  No, my situation didn’t put me on this spot, I just naturally felt as if I didn’t belong.   Non-conformist was the word, as I spent years being thrown out of the class for questioning the professor’s lessons. Although this may be painful, it was also the reason why I got a head start in life. I didn’t finish college, left home and told my mother “Do not waste your money on tuition fees, I am certain I didn’t like going to school”… (P.S. This move might not work for everyone, and I am not promoting it)

I had a little savings from my summertime gigs of modeling (which I only did for money as I also didn’t feel like I belong there), and rented a room inside my college friend’s home. But I was not there most of the time; I hopped on a bus and went surfing in Zambales circa 2002. I had an eye-opening trip: meeting older people who I felt at ease with and realizing my love for the ocean. But let’s not forget I was also young and stupid, and as we all know-unsupervised! Mentioning that means I had my fair share of mistakes, I learned from it but I am not proud of it.

Years after, I met up with my family again for my little bothers graduation, and they saw that I was fine leaving home anyway. Hence had an unspoken blessing that I can just do so by myself. Three days after that, I woke up with a thought that literally rolled out of my mouth, I said, “today I will look for a job”.  And the happy-go-lucky me finished a resume, did a drop box application at the best 5-star hotel in Makati, and just upon application I luckily got promoted and they gave me a higher-ranking job than what I was applying for. I was lucky yet questioned by people for having this luck.

I loved this job so much… But not long after I was convinced by colleagues to apply for a job abroad as a flight attendant. I was very hesitant; I was already in a good place. Yet again, curiosity wins and I went with them and rolled with the punches. I didn’t take it seriously – in which I think helped me get the job because I was so chill compared to others, it was a massacre…thousands of applicants with heavy sweats, eye and lip twitches, and loud sobbing. It was traumatizing. But hey, lucky me, I got the job! Sad part is, the four who convinced me didn’t… again I was questioned for that, this time, in one of those creepy silent non-confrontational girl things. They just went silent. So I moved on.

I traveled! Everywhere! I didn’t save my allowance and brought instant noodles in my hotel room on layovers. I actually went out almost every time and lived a good tourist life while I was on the job. I went with flight attendants who were either a local of the country or with the group who are willing to sacrifice a few hours of rest to explore the new place. I ate good food, saw beautiful places, and did adventure trips that cost me more than the allowance, including buying crewmembers a lap dance on one drunken night in Frankfurt.   It was an amazing part of my life and I am not denying that.

But after so much booze and lonely times living in a place that seemed too artificial for me, I broke down. I was diagnosed clinically depressed. (Apparently this is common to the job hence the high salary). And so again a decision that I am not proud of, I left. I am not proud I said, but it sure was worth it. I went back to surfing right away and it healed me, but still, I knew there is a piece missing.

For someone who likes contact sport, I never knew I’d be thinking of it… I thought I wanted to try Yoga. AH YES, the big bliss, Yoga… It was year 2011 and my cousin who’s always been an angel to me, was into it. I had to talk to her.  I was briefed, and not so long after, I found a teacher, and instantly, I fell in love with the practice and found myself in India!!! (The flight attendants’ worst nightmare. This also gave me a new perspective on viewing things as I saw it differently when I was flying compared to living in India).

I was guided beautifully and I practiced religiously. I was so happy that I started to write about it. And this is when I remembered to write.   To write the words that you are unable to express vocally, things and feelings you are passionate about, ideas that you want to share, and moments you want to remember and reminisce…

From here on, I didn’t exactly feel like I wasn’t alone anymore, but instead, I felt at ease and comfort with being alone. That it is okay and wonderful to just listen to yourself and follow your heart. Get to know yourself and undo what you’ve been told and just learn, learn from other people and learn from your mistakes, to acknowledge is the first step to forgiveness and freedom. It feels good.

And so with this comes a gift… I’ve met wonderful people who are in-sync with my life’s journey and they are all talented. I have been blessed to have a connection to people who inspire others in special ways they can. And as for me, it is my chance to give back and share it to people who are willing to listen. Specially to change what we can for the better. From love, to birth, to lifestyle, to a better future.

We all grew up with different backgrounds, lifestyles, upbringing, hardships and milestones… thinking, why does it have to be me? Or why is this happening to me? But sooner or later, we find ourselves at the same place everyone has hoped for, and REALISE that we just took different routes. Just like how you may be thinking as you read this: we REALISE that we are all connected to each other somewhat, someway.

And this is the main reason WHY writing means so much to me.

For me, writing is a passion in itself that gives us the privilege to CONNECT on a deeper level and EMPOWER friends, family, and strangers. It entails a considerable amount of opening up to the world of the unknown, full of risks and opportunities, but this is what the journey is all about. And in this lifetime, this is one of the things I can do to help and reach out to others, including myself.

Little about Choc

As a young child, Choc knew what all children knew: everyone is special. But unlike most of them, Choc never forgot it. So even as she grew into adulthood, Choc’s awareness allowed her to see a world infused by magic. On a few occasions, when she felt like skipping school, she’d throw in a playful curse and make it rain strong enough for classes to be suspended.

In spite of having grown up in Manila and travelled to glamorous cities in the world, Paris, Rome, London, New York, she prefers the company of creatures — scaled, winged, and furred — and the great outdoors, especially the ocean. This is where she felt at peace the most.

Her current life as an Ashtangi, teaching Ashtanga yoga and living by its 8- limbs teachings, allows her to carry this inner peace wherever she goes. But this prize was hard-earned, gained only after many years of school, work and miles logged on a life-turning journey.

After a series of professional stints in multinational hospitality industries that proved unfulfilling and even, depressing, Choc took herself out of the rat race and focused on self-care through her simple passion as surfing, backpacking, music and art. Landing at last in Boracay, Ashtanga yoga found her and promptly claimed Choc as one of its ambassadors.

Choc took a full-immersion into the practice and not long after, she had an opportunity to go to the Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, where the lineage originated. She practiced under the guidance of Sharath, the grandson of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois, the founder Ashtanga Yoga. Throughout the years, Choc deepened her practice by assisting world-renowned teachers, teaching in yoga studios in Manila, taking supplemental courses in Anatomy and Kinesiology, and most recently, held and shared space at Bahay Kalipay Raw Food and Retreat Center in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Here she had experienced many wonderful moments, including lots of lessons learned after what may have already felt like the most painful journey. But on this paradise, she also met the love of her life. For the first time in her life she couldn’t put how she felt into words, there was just pure ecstasy and contentment. And out of this pureness, they made the most wonderful gift one could ever be blessed with. Another soul has chosen them to be parents; they are soon the said guardians for the lessons this other soul has to learn.

To this day, Choc continues to live her life to the fullest, infecting others with her lightness of heart and spirit. Whenever she’s not cuddling and kissing her loves, you will find Choc on her mat, surfing the waves, hiking mountains, or hanging around towering acacia trees with her friends.

…to be continued…

Varanasi enroute to Maha Kumbh Mela

Varanasi enroute to Maha Kumbh Mela

Special Thanks to Marie Magdalena Cavosora

 

What is “LiFES” all about?

About Us. About our journey.

A DIFFERENT PATH ONE STEP AT A TIME!

Traveling for more than 7 years, I guess it’s safe to say that I’ve talked to a lot of people, enjoyed numerous countries, adapted to different cultures, collected thousands of pictures, scribbled down hundreds of notes, and swam all the rivers and beaches I can dive into. And for as long as I can remember, it all began when I started to surf, hopping on a local bus, alone, trying to escape the city. I knew I was born to wander!

Like most, I had my fair share of name-calling. Some are status related like “The Girl with Peter Pan Syndrome” or “The One that (Goes) Got Away”; and some of course, just a sweet friends’ funny brain farts while tagging me on pictures with a caption “Better than Finding Big Foot” or “Diwata” (Filipino word for Fairy) just because I prefer being off-the-grid. And yes, I must admit, I thought “Don’t date a girl who travels” was written for me.

From what I’ve gathered, I appear like a whirlwind disaster for some, while for others, I was living their dream and they live vicariously through me: following my posts and asking for advice. As for what I actually felt, it was a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs: emotionally, financially, and physically. Caught myself once, staring blankly at my messy suitcase, tired. Even just the thought of it made me tired, repacking again just after 2 weeks in Goa. But of course that didn’t stop me, and my itchy feet, after a few months I was back online searching for flights, connecting my travel dots.

After an adventurous life journey and lots of mistakes, you learn to not require validation from anyone and just be yourself – happy, contented and accepting, being in the moment whatever the situation is… And so, months have passed and I wanted to slow it down a bit, I chose an island close to my heart and settled in. Then the unthinkable manifested. A game changer for this Ambivert lone traveler has arrived and it sprinted towards me sweeping me off my feet, FAST.

Magic happened and then there were two of us…

Magic happened and then there were three of us…

(Yes…you are seeing double BUT with a different number! I did mention fast didn’t I?)

Now I understand what my close friend was telling me when I met up with her a couple of years ago. I was holding back a tear, telling her about a “frog” that once was. She told me, “You know it always gets better, and you shouldn’t give up. Love is beautiful!” …(So long as you do not settle for something less of course and you already know yourself well enough to know what you really want in life – this is a great advice from me, take it!)

IT IS INDEED BEAUTIFUL. LOVE. And I can feel it in my full heart; the same way moving and going places makes me feel at home. Now, I have someone to share my adventures with and soon there will be three of us.

Little Tarzan

Little Tarzan

LITTLE FEETS ENDLESS SUMMER WOULD LIKE TO SHOW AND HELP YOU EASE INTO THE IDEA THAT HAVING A CHILD DOES NOT PUT AN END TO OUR WANDERLUST LIFE. WE WANT OUR CHILD TO IMMERSE INTO DIFFERENT CULTURES, HAVE GLOBAL AWARENESS, UNIVERSAL UNDERSTANDING, AND BE CLOSE TO NATURE…BETTER YET, LET THE WORLD BE THEIR CLASSROOM AS WE TRAVEL AND MAKE PRICELESS MEMORIES. WHAT BETTER WAY TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN THAN TO BE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, EXPANDING GRACEFULLY AND NATURALLY?

THIS IS OUR SPACE WHERE WE CAN KEEP, RECALL AND REMINISCE. SPACE TO SHARE UPDATES WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. SPACE TO HELP FRIENDS, EVEN STRANGERS ALIKE WHO CONSTANTLY ASK FOR LIFE AND TRAVEL ADVISE. AND ABOVE ALL, A SPACE WHERE WE CAN CONTINUE RESEARCHING AND LEARNING TOGETHER ON HOW WE CAN THRIVE TO BE BETTER PARENTS FOR HOPING TO RAISE A FREE-RANGE CHILD.

INDIVIDUALLY, WE BOTH HAD ENOUGH TIME FOR OURSELVES, TO KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE WANT. WE HAVE TRAVELED LIKE WE’VE READ MILLIONS OF PAGES FROM THE BOOK OF LIFE, AND YET THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO LEARN ABOUT. AND THIS TIME, AS A TEAM, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO LIVE A MORE INTENTIONAL LIFE. FINALLY BE ABLE TO LEARN WITH A GROUP OF INTERESTED SOON-TO-BE-MOMS AND PARENTS WHO WANTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION BUT DOESN’T HAVE MUCH FREE TIME. EMPOWERING NOT ONLY SINGLE BACKPACKERS, BUT ALSO FAMILIES WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK AND FALL IN LOVE WITH LIFE, WITH SOMEONE TO SHARE IT WITH, AND ALSO TO PASS IT ONTO. WE ARE GOING TO KEEP IT REAL, SO REAL THAT ASIDE FROM THE EASY GO-WITH-THE-FLOW, YOU WILL MOST LIKELY READ OUR STORY OF MELTDOWNS, MAYHEMS AND DIRTY DIAPERS.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THESE THINGS OR YOUR WANDERING FINGERS JUST LED YOU TO LITTLE FEETS ENDLESS SUMMER, I AM GLAD YOU ARE HERE ANYWAY, AND HOPE YOU FEEL AT HOME.


~~~In Case You Missed it~~~



little feetS endless summer

little feetS endless summer

WHAT’S WITH THE NAME?

Shouldn’t it be “little feet’s endless summer”? …Asked the Grammar Police

Yes, we are aware of this. And we have two major reasons why we chose to sound silly anyway:

First would be because using most symbols such Apostrophe or Comma doesn’t work out as a Web page addresses (URL’s). It is not allowed.

As for the Second reason, we’re just simply not afraid to be playful and make silly words. This name is based on actual events, inspired by my love/partner. Since we found out we are having a baby, he would sometimes say “little feets! little feets!” while doing a cute finger gesture in front of his face as if he’s tickling a baby’s feet. He would also say this whenever he would hear my nephew run across the hallway with his cute little feet. It has a special place in my heart. And what else could be better than having a blog name that spells “US” all over it, being ourselves. This is what we promise you and we are already on it from the beginning.