And, just like that…

And, just like that, the first half of my 2014 is already (quite) full! 🙂

January, I’ll be going to Cebu for the Sinulog Festival.  I was in Cebu in December 2012 to  quickly see my buddy, Therese, and experience their awesome food at Casa Verde before we headed to Bohol to see the Eskayas and again before we flew to Leyte as our gateway to see the banigs in Samar.  Sinulog will be my second legit festival and I’m sooo excited!  The decision to book a flight stemmed from me remembering that I listed “attending all major festivals in the Philippines” in my bucket list.  So, when my friend, Sarji, gave me the “I’m gonna book if you’re gonna book” line, I immediately went online and bought tickets for the two of us. 😀

The day after I return to Manila, I’ll be going with my friend, Justine, to “The Forgotten Ten”.  It’s a photo exhibit by Jacob Maentz that features modern imagery of indigenous Philippine tribes.  It’s part of the Katutubong Filipino Project that I came across while Tara and I were planning for our visit to several indigenous peoples communities in the Philippines in December 2012.  I was amazed that a non-Filipino was interested in keeping alive the culture of our indigenous communities.  I want to see how Mr. Maentz captured our tribes on printed photos and, of course, this would also give me an idea on which community I should visit next for my Project Breaking Down Barriers.

Last week of January, I will be going to Singapore with my friend, Peach, for the Laneway Music Festival.  And, since I don’t know any one of those who would be playing, I was given the assignment to start immersing myself in their music (which I’ve yet to do).  And, Peach has suggestions, too!  😛  Besides the music festival, I’m also excited for this trip because this is the first one that I’m going to have with Peach.  We had booked trips in the past but we would always end up cancelling on each other (yes, we were flakers like that).  And, since the two of us have a lot of trips lined up for this year, we challenged ourselves to enjoy Singapore on a tight budget!

February is the month when Panagbenga Festival will be held in Baguio.  And, for which, I received a couple of invitations from two people very dear to me.  So, if I actually get to create time and resources for this, this is another go. 😉

We’re also scheduled to go to La Union to surf and beach bum in March.  I’m going with the group I went with for an impromptu trip in Tagaytay.  So, this one, for sure, would be awesome. 🙂

In May, I will be in Cagayan de Oro for white water rafting, Camiguin for beach bumming, and Bukidnon for ziplining.  I’ll be going with Justine and Therese.  And, because I was in Camiguin just a few months back with Angge, I was the one who drafted our itinerary to be sure that we would get to visit places aside from the usual spots visited by tourists.  And, since I know that I might not be able to work on this before the trip, I completed our itinerary last week!  Haha!  Yes, I can be OC like that.

In between, I’m working on facilitating the completion and submission of three funding proposals, the conduct of our staff planning and team building, the realization of our first-ever staff-led fundraising, and forging partnerships with groups outside of our network.  And, since I know that I can’t do this alone, I’m pulling my friends in to help me out!

Whew!  Such tight schedule is sometimes being resisted by the boho that is me.  But, truth be told, I’m excited and I’m loving every bit of it. 🙂

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