Summer Travel Destinations! (Philippines)

You guys have read this in my latest post so you probably know that it’s summer in the Philippines already (also my summer vacation). For today’s post, I’ve thought to list down summer travel destinations here in the Philippines which I’m sure tourists will love and these are my travel destination goals as well. But since I’m still too young to travel here and I don’t have any money, I just keep on looking at pictures. (Sad, I know.)

Anyway, let’s get started!

1. Siargao

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Siargao is known as “The Surfing Capital of the Philippines” because of its awesome waves and you cannot really leave the island without trying to surf. And if you’re a non-surfer, you might wanna read this Ultimate Guide To Siargao Philippines for Non Surfers which I really loved!

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Cloud 9 Beach

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Daku Island

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Naked Island

Siargao still has a lot to offer and you may visit Trip Advisor to check it all out! There are a lot of beaches here and it also offers caves and waterfalls! What more, Siargao? I’m definitely in love!

2. Zambales

And I just wanna tell you guys, I’m going to Zambales this April 20-22 for our World Youth Congress and I just can’t wait to see the beauty of this gal!!

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Crystal Beach

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White Rock Beach

3. Davao

Davao has a lot to offer as well and every beach is so pretty here!

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Sleeping Dinosaur

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Dahican Beach

4. Boracay


5. Palawan

Also one of my dream places- has a LOT to offer with its beautiful natural sceneries!!

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El Nido


Amanpulo (SO DREAMY!)

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Puerto Princesa Underground River

These are some of the places here in the Philippines that I badly want to go to!! Soooo dreamy and I really want to experience surfing some time!

Hope you guys liked this post and get you in the summer vibes. See you in my next one!

Credits to all photos used. They belong to their rightful owners.

Life Update: School’s Out!

Hello everyone! May I just say, I have really missed writing on this blog- aka my little corner in the online world! I have really missed it and of course, I have also missed reading your blogposts because I have surely missed a lot! Anyway, I’m back to my life update post because this is the kind of post that I do every time I’ve been away or if I have achieved something in life. Haha! My last life update was when I got a laptop and you can just click this to view it. Hehe shameless plug. Anyway enough with the looong introduction, let’s go on with the post instead!


This is what I feel right now. Free. I am done with school, guys! I am so done with this academic year and I am never coming back!!! But before anything else I would like to share everything since the beginning of March or should I say the 5th of March because if I didn’t do this chronologically, then I’d probably rant endlessly and pointlessly on how tough the school year was. So let’s start.

March 05, 2018 was the first Monday of March. And it was the hottest week ever in our school year. Not literally hottest, but every schoolwork has a deadline on that week specifically on Friday, March 9th. Imma start off with our Practical Research (PR) subject. It’s the toughest subject that I have encountered so far aside from the Maths that I encounter every school year. PR was so hard, honestly it is! We were tasked to do a qualitative research and our chosen topics was about the experiences of psychometricians. Believe me guys, we started having that PR at the beginning of 2nd semester which was on August or September I can’t really remember but yeah. Our first topic was about psychiatrists but unfortunately, no psychiatrists were available or willing to let us conduct a personal interview with them. So let’s say October was the start of PR, and we just did the papers on the last week- on the deadline week!! We basically wasted 5 months of waiting for emails or feedback about the psychiatrists. I have had a lot of emotional breakdowns because I can’t find time anymore. Trust me, guys, I had a whole week straight that I got to sleep every 4 am and wake up at 5:30. How insane was that?!

But good thing, God is so good that he gave us our participants on the deadline week as well. We need 6 to 10 participants, and God kindly gave us 6. Sadly, we didn’t get to interview our participants personally but we’re still overwhelmed to have passed the papers on time and finish it on time.

Another subject I want to share on about was Statistics and Probability. We have the best teacher in this subject but the topics are just so hard and our teacher told us that we will report the remaining topics in the book. And we were like “wooooah?” Honestly, it was really hard to understand every lesson but good thing we managed to survive it. And I feel like that I have studied so hard in this subject because when our finals came, I found the exam easy.

Oop, another one about PR (we have two PRs one in English and one in Filipino but two different groups) that I want to rant on about is my groupmates. Some of them help in doing the papers but some of them are just living the time of their lives like there’s no deadline in passing. I was SO much frustrated and when the papers were finished, I had to pay 488 for the printing and for the ring bind. And the worst thing was, I received a lot of rants from them asking why they had to pay like 37 pesos. DUDE I WAS THE ONE THAT ADJUSTED. I deserve to rant. I wanted to shout at them all and be angry at them but good thing, they paid (HEHE).

Anyway, I might have a lot of breakdowns, of conflicts with my groupmates and teachers but one thing is for sure. I am so glad this school year is over.

One of my classmates had congratulated me for surviving the school year and I was so happy when she told me that. I was like damn girl, I did it. And it boosted my self esteem and happiness as well because I have been feeling so drained for the school year.


And now it’s my summer vacation- I have 3 months of break before I go to the 12th grade (which I’m not thinking about yet) so I’m gonna go and have lots of fun!!! I already have plans for this summer and I’m going to share with you my plans for this blog as well- maybe tomorrow!

Thank you so much for reading my rants. I hope it’s not pointless haha. Anyway really, thank you so much! And congratulations to everything that you have been achieving in life yourself. Continue to strive!

And oh, I do have an Instagram account where I am so active at! I’m still organizing my feed but yeah click here to check it out or just enter my username instead: jirahmerizz. I have a lot of IG stories so check it out! And you might want to drop your IG usernames in the comments as well so I can also check it out and follow.


“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or morning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

PS. You also might wanna read the latest post in my other blog, JM’s Youth Journals.

How I Overcame My Anxiety

Last May of 2017, I made a post about Mental Health Awareness Month and reading it now, I’ve had a lot of reflections. But I do have to say that I’m very proud of my progress and now, I want to share it with you guys.


Remember my first day in senior high school? I remember being so anxious about the people, my new classmates and teachers whom I will meet later on. I remember being so anxious just walking by a group of people who doesn’t even care about me. I remember being so depressed that I wanted to go back to my old school because I miss the people in there- I miss my comfort zone. And now, I am happy that I have decided to take over my anxiety and look what had happened, I have finally overcame my anxiety.

I have never been diagnosed by a professional- I badly wanted to at some point but I can’t say it to my parents. I was so lost at that time, wondering what had happened to myself and I had a lot of breakdowns. Being in my current school, I have met a lot of people who are happy to meet new acquaintances. I have also encountered some myself and little did I know, I was slowly being comfortable being with new people and not letting my anxiety eat me. And so I strived to become better. My mindset was, “I took the track Humanities and Social Sciences, I will definitely meet a lot of new people.” and it was really effective for me. My track was about humanities wherein I could be a lawyer, philosopher, police officer, sociologist and I could even be a psychologist or psychiatrist one day- which means I will have to deal with a lot of people. And anxiety would not help.


I could not exactly remember what are all the things I did to overcome anxiety, but I will give out some tips that I hope will be useful to you and everyone else!

1. Seek out professionals.

As I have said, I was never diagnosed by a professional but this would be my number one advice to everyone who experiences anxiety and panic attacks. You can always find someone to talk to but talking to professionals would be a big help for overcoming anxiety. They know what to do and say, therefore you’ll be in a good condition.

My friends in BetterHelp would be a great help. You can check their site out because it is a platform for online counselling and they work with a lot of psychologists and psychiatrists who are 24/7 available for the counselling.

2. Practice good breathing.

There are applications for good breathing or you can just download a GIF where you can practice your breathing. Good breathing is also essential to overcome anxiety because when you breathe freely and deeply, your mind works properly in a more better way.


You can even sync your breathing with this.

3. Journal

Journalling is another way to express yourself freely and it works a lot! And it’s not that journaling only express your feelings, it can also help you to get creative in your tough times! I also love journaling because you can write anything and everything in your own journal! And years after, you can read it and smile because you’re proud of what you’ve become.


4. Take a little step everyday.

You can change how your mind thinks everyday. Slowly, it will make progress. I am sure of that because I have experienced it myself. Just take it slow and sure, and one day you’ll see how far you’ve gone already and you will be proud.

Anxiety is a horrible thing but one thing is for sure, one can get through it!

I hope you guys liked this post and I’m going to see you again in my next one. Bye!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6

Introducing Alfonso, Philippines

Today, I have met people having genuine smiles whenever someone comes into their house. I have met people who are ready and willing to offer their homes for those who need it. And I am absolutely happy for what happened today- for what I have realized and reflected. I am glad.

I’m going to introduce a little town in my province with you guys today. It’s called Alfonso and not many people know it since it’s a very far town, especially if you’re from Manila. It is 74km away from Manila through my hometown, Tagaytay City. Anyway, I was in this undiscovered gem earlier- and I have learned a lot of lessons from the people residing in the place.


Credits to the photo owner.

We have our research about a certain topic and we chose to interview the people from Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines. See, this town has a lot of trees and there’s something in the place that is so peaceful. I visit this town sometimes whenever I go to my best friend, Rhaine, because her house is near this town. But today, I was with three guys who resides in this town and with Elline. The three guys were also our groupmates in the research- the reason why we chose Alfonso in the first place.

I didn’t know that this town can be so huge. Honestly! We were riding one of our groupmate’s tricycle and it was really huge. The town was so wide with different names in each places. I couldn’t even remember the names of the barangays. Anyway, so we started interviewing some elderlies we see in the place.

However, what amazed me was their way of living.

It was so simple, and it was very peaceful. You can count the vehicles who pass through the place by your hands- and it was so cool. I didn’t know that a town can still have a few vehicles passing through when almost everyone now has their own cars and such.

One of my groupmates said that they can even leave the house unlocked and no one would dare to enter the place. Dang- it’s awesome!

I believed in what he said when we conducted an interview with a very nice man. I didn’t know him at all- of course, and he didn’t know us. But he willingly offered his house to us and we conducted the interview inside. The man was a Christian, and they never refuse visitors. They were really living simply- the house was tiny, but I can really feel the love present inside the house. We didn’t know him very much- not at all, but it feels as if we were very welcome in his house. His wife, even prepared food for us, which I was very thankful for because my stomach was growling and yup, I was really hungry. And I was in awe when I saw my favourite food on the table. While conducting the interview with him, we really learned a lot and I can say, he was a very wise man. He even prayed for us and blessed us before we go home. I was really thankful.

He wasn’t the only one who welcomed us genuinely, but almost everyone that we interviewed today was so friendly and awesome. We even get to interview an 82 year old grandma and we just really feel welcome.

I am definitely inlove with the place. Filipinos can really be so welcoming and genuine. I honestly feel like a tourist today– like it was my first time in a province even though I’ve lived my life in it.

So if you’re planning to immerse in the Philippines, try choosing this place.

This town has a lot to offer, I must say. If you’re still into tourist spots, you can visit the sweetest place in the South (in our province), the Gingerbread House.

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Image via Google

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. And please let me know in the comments how’s your week or day has been!!

“Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you.” – Luke 10:8

JM’s Youth Journals

So for today’s post, I’ll just be going to announce something that I’ve been working on and deciding on for the past few days.

I made this site days ago, and now I’m finally sharing this to you…

Please do welcome…

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JM’s Youth Journals!!

I hope you guys would check my new blog out, and for the first post, please do click here.

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

January Playlist 2018

I honestly missed writing this kind of post. I swear it feels so new to write a playlist again- it feels like it’s been so long because the last one was December last year. I know it’s monthly, but it still feels new? Anyway, welcome—- to my first ever playlist for this year! I am more than excited to share with you new songs that I’ve been loving throughout the month so let’s start!

First, let’s start off with OPM (Original Pinoy Music)!

Please do click on the link right now because you honestly need to listen to it! It’s English so you’d definitely get the feels as well. The first time I heard this in Spotify, I was really awed, and ugh it was stuck in my heart! I thank Ben&Ben for this gem, such an amazing song! For my kababayan out there, listen to this if you still haven’t! Ang ganda, sobra!

I was very much amazed in this song as well. Fun thing is, I first heard this in our my school service van and I was so shy to ask my service-mate about the title. I didn’t know the title of the song for a month and so, and I think just last week, I finally knew the title of the song that I fell in love with.

This was from the movie, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, in which I made a film review about. It’s a very good song but it’s also nostalgic because of the movie.

Taylor’s been killing it since she released Reputation, and all of her music videos are the bomb.

I’ve been loving Dua Lipa so much these days, and I actually listened to this song for consecutive days in January- and fun fact, ’til now. I also loved the music video for this song- it was really great.

Camila has been slaying it as well, and this song was in my mind for weeks. Thanks to my classmates who shouts “nicotine” all the time and suddenly the song plays in my mind. Haha.

I’ve been hearing this from the radio and from my cousins and I never thought it was Imagine Dragons who sang this. I was really into the beat but I can’t say that I really love this song, I liked it though.

I don’t think many people know this gem, so I really recommend this one. It’s a lovely song and it was introduced to me by my bhextie.

We always sing this song during our worship sessions, and I never knew that this song was actually from our community, mindblowing– but I really do love this song!

Another song from our Christian community! I really love this song and they just released this last December. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you liked this post! Anyway I have an announcement tomorrow and it’s really exciting! Hope you guys stay tuned as well. Anyway yep, another post will be up tomorrow- just took off today’s holiday because of a Feist with this post!

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5