When They Say You Can’t, Show Them That You Can

Hello there readers, how are you all doing? I hope that you are all doing great just like me. It’s been a week since I was able to write about my last blog which is “Shoe Them What You Got”, and I’ve been busy since that day. I’m glad to be able to write again and maybe inspire some of you not just in my home country the Philippines but also all over the world, let me show it to you.

Was there a time in your life that you doubted yourself because someone told you that you cannot do it? Or maybe you lose your self-esteem because you failed on your first try to do something that you love doing, which made you stop from trying again? Does it end there for you or should you try again some other time? Well, take it from me, you shouldn’t give up on the first try, second, third or even more, because it shouldn’t end there, you know why? Let me explain further and share my personal experience.

Always be positive just like a proton. Yes, that’s so true, we should always be optimistic despite failing and it shouldn’t stop us from moving forward and to try again. Why? Because you will never know your capabilities, your strengths, and even your weaknesses if you give up right away. Failing should just challenge us and not make us quit. It is through this unnecessary situation that we will be able to learn from our mistakes in life, it is through failure that we will be able to discover new things about ourselves, and through this we gain confidence.

I remember, there was a time I doubted myself from reaching my dreams because I wasn’t able to go to my dream school which is Ateneo or La Salle. Since I was young, I told myself that I should only get into these two schools when I reached college, but sadly I wasn’t able to do so. Did it stop me from reaching my dreams? No, because while I was studying at Centro Escolar University in Manila where I took up A.B. Mass Communication major in Broadcast, a professor told us that in real life or outside world, where you graduated shouldn’t define who you are and what you can do. It’s your skills, your knowledge, and your passion that will prove your worth to any company that would accept you.

Was it easy peasy? Sadly No, because in reality especially here in the Philippines, applying for a job even if you are a graduate of a 4-year course isn’t a walk in the park, just like what I personally experience. I remember the time when I applied for a job at a company that I dreamed of getting into because who wouldn’t want to fly for free right? Well, going back to my experience, the only reason I remember that they told me why I wasn’t accepted, alongside other applicants was that I am overweight or fat for the position. Ouch right? But I didn’t apply for an F.A. position (I wish) it is only for a ground position or office-based, but I was judge right away because of what I look like and not what I can do. But instead of dwelling on that not so good experience, it motivated me to be better physically and mentally and molded me to who I am now Mark Joven version 3.2 (coz I’m now 32 years old).

So, maybe you are all wondering if I end up having the job that I really wanted, my answer is NO. I really wanted to work in a media company or in an advertising company, but due to lack of job vacancies during the high time of my applications, I end up just finding a job. Well, I’m a little bit disappointed because I wanted to prove to everyone around me that I can reach my dreams despite the fact that I wasn’t able to enter into my dream school/university and prove my professor right that no matter what school you end up with and finish your studies, you can reach your dream job and company. But after several years of working in small companies, after several job applications, after several job offers, and after several transfers to different companies, I realized something that if opportunities that you like don’t knock on you, do not be discouraged.

Maybe you are destined to do bigger things, maybe you are meant for a different path, and maybe you should be the one who should create your own opportunity, not just for yourself but also for others who needed some motivation and encouragement. What am I trying to point out? Well, I mean create your own opportunity, start your own business, maybe you can also do a partnership with your family or loved ones, or maybe try to build your own career in different platforms such as social media or other multimedia, there’s a lot of them nowadays. And it’s all up to you! And when others tell you that you can’t because you are just like this and you’re just like that, and you should just keep yourself in a box, prove them wrong. Show them that you can do it and you will do it, not for them but for those who believe in you and your capabilities, because you are special and you are more than what you are right now. Don’t let anyone look down on you and what you can do, because they don’t know you and they can’t judge you. Don’t let them and never allow them to belittle you because they will succeed and you will be defeated, instead prove them wrong and show them what God has given you, i’m talking about your skills and talents, you have your own calling and purpose, just keep looking and you will find your niche, Marke My Word.

Just want to share what I am currently doing, just you guys are interested, I am working for a private company, managing my small business Joven’s Oven, I am a Sunday School teacher at Grace Christian Church of the Philippines, I write blogs (hopefully soon do my vlogs), I do some hosting of gatherings and events, and my favorite of them all which I hope can be my “job” or someone can hire me to do it regularly and get paid, is to travel the Philippines and the world. Please, can someone hire me to do that? hehe



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Our Past, is worth Remembering

Have you forgotten your past already? And should we really throw it away (all the memories) and never look back? Well not all, because there are things and memories in the past that until today we should never forget. Just like the place we visited in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which is called Black Creek Pioneer Village which is an open-air heritage museum. It gives you an idea or flashback on how or what rural Ontario looked like in the early 19th century. As a tourist, it was a wonderful experience to see the old houses, 19th century buildings and other structures.

Aside from that, I was also amazed with there historical re-enactments and visiting artisans. The pioneer village also features a barn, the original Stong Family farm buildings, water powered grist-mill, general store, blacksmith’s shop along with over 10 other trades buildings, and other structures.

One more thing about Black Creek Pioneer Village, majority of the buildings were moved from their original sites like the Halfway House and Mennonite Meeting House and some was re-built on site. Aside from the buildings and houses and other structues, we were also greeted by the sheeps who was with their shepherd that gave us insights as well.

Therefore, I believe NOT ALL in our past should be forgotten because without it we will not be able to see where the present came from and be able to innovate for the future. Even if our past have hurt us so bad that tore us apart and made us doubtful of ourselves, we should never forget. Because it’s part of growing up and moving forward, and learning from the past allows us to be better at present, and makes us stronger and firmer to whatever lies ahead, Marke My Word.

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Niagara Falls made me CRY

Hey I’m back! Finally after several weeks or a month, I’m happy to be able to write again about my travel experience. And let me greet everyone a Happy New Year, and may we all have a Blessed and Exciting 2019!

Last time, I was able to write about a brief introduction about my last trip for 2018 which is the time that I was able to reach for my dreams and visit Canada, particularly Toronto and explore the beautiful spots and places in that lovely country. And when I knew that we are going to Canada and visit my friend Cj and her family, the first thing that came to my mind of what my goal is when it comes to what I won’t missed to see, Niagara Falls was at the top of the list. I have seen it in photos, travel shows, and instagram pictures of people who’ve been there. I’ve heard of stories of how beautiful it is and how majestic it is to see it in person. And I told myself that one day, I’ll be able to see it and experience it, and here it is last October 2018, it really did happen.

Niagara Falls

I’ll be honest, there were tears seeing it from a far, and I just cried as we walk close towards the edge of the viewing area. I cried because I couldn’t believe that I’m actually there, that I am seeing it right before my eyes, that I am actually smelling the fresh air and feel the cold weather, and it was just so surreal. It was just stunning, beautiful, amazing, astonishing, majestic, etc. It is an understatement to say its just beautiful, because for someone like me who’ve dreamt of seeing it in person the experience was just surreal. I told my friends, I’ve always wanted to see this, and someday with my family, because just seeing it in photos won’t give justice. It was made even more special because you are with your closest friends and sharing that magical moment was just superb, look at us we are all happy.

Me, Marci and Cj

Hearing the water that aggressively flows, seeing it stream down the waterfalls, seeing birds fly, enjoying the cool drizzles, the very cold weather, and it seems the water from the top is endless, was just a different sight to see. From the starting point where we were dropped-off by Boris, the husband of Cj, I never stopped looking around and fed my eyes with this amazing view. I tell you, the feeling is surreal especially for a dreamer/traveler like me, its a moment to remember forever. It was just a magical moment for me, and I said to myself, that it will be another goal to have my family with me in the same spot and share the moment with them, I’m sure it will be as amazing like the first time.

When you dream, dream beyond your imagination, dream bigger than whatever you can imagine, dream as far as you can, dream as if you have all the riches in the world has to offer and be able to reach for it, because you won’t know if God above will just give you that dream and made it into a reality. My recent Canada trip for me is just the most memorable to date, from getting a visa (which I’ll share to you how I got mine, 10 years multiple visa), buying airline tickets (check as early as you can!), planning your itinerary (thank you CJ!!!), and Save Save Save (its better to come ready for all your expenses, most importantly SHOPPING! haha). MARKE My Word, you should visit Canada and explore as far and as longer as you can.

B.F.B (Budget-Friendly-Bali)

“Is it expensive travelling to Bali?” That’s one of the many question my friends ask me when I got back from my recent trip to Bali. And my honest answer was, “No!” Its actually very affordable, from their hotels, tours, food/s, souvenirs, etc. If you’re a budget traveller (like me!) Bali is a perfect travel destination for you and your companion, because it won’t break your wallet’s heart and you don’t need to break your coin bank as well. I will breakdown my expenses for you to have an idea how much you have to prepare before your upcoming trip to Bali and also some guidelines on what to do and expect.

Expenses from my recent Bali Trip (5 days and 4 nights)

Plane Ticket: P10,485

(AirAsia, direct flight Manila – Bali – Manila: what is included in the plane ticket is Airfare, luggages 20kg per way, taxes, meals for RT flights, insurance)

Hotel: P11,500

(P5,750 per pax. The Bene Hotel, Kuta Beach area, Superior Double Room: rate is per room for 2 pax, for 4 nights, with buffet breakfast)

Airport Transfer: 200K Rupiah

(one way for 3 pax) = P727.23 for 3 pax; P242.41 per person

Tour Guide: 1,708,333.33 Million Rupiah per person = P6,212 

900K Rupiah (for 3 pax; East Bali Trip), 900K Rupiah (for 3 pax; Singaraja Trip), 675K Rupiah (per person; Nusa Penida Tour) + 350K Rupiah (for 3 pax; for the car/driver), 725K Rupiah (for 3 pax; Swing Activity; Airport Transfer going home is already included or free since we went straight after the tour)

Note: you still have to pay for entrance fees in some of the tourist spots but its not expensive.

Total: P22,689.41 per person

Not intimidating right? Imagine for the amount of P22,689.41 (we just booked and planned everything 2 months before the said trip) because almost everything is included already. If you want to get a cheaper plane ticket, try to book early so that you can catch seat sale fares, and also if you don’t like to include meals and seat assignment and luggages the price will go down from what I wrote down in the breakdown of expenses.

“Then how about the food?” “How about the souvenirs”

Well I didn’t include the food meals because it will depend on what kind of meals do you prefer, but if I were you try to eat heavy breakfast so that during your tour you don’t have to spend that much. BUT you don’t have to worry because the normal meals you can order at their restaurants will range from 25,000 Rupiah to 60,000 Rupiah (when you convert it will be from P95 to P190). With that amount you can already order a very good meal from American cuisine, Local cuisine and a lot more to choose from so definitely you will not get hungry and I repeat its not expensive.

If you’re thinking of getting your loved ones a souvenir from food, coffee, shirts, keychain, sarong, etc., you can go to Krisna. Tell your tour guide or driver to take you to this famous souvenir store and you can find anything and everything you want to bring your loved ones back home. It’s a huge store and for sure you will not leave the store empty-handed and all the famous souvenirs in Bali can be bought here and they can also assist you in packing it in huge boxes. You can pay for everything you bought either cash or credit card, so it’s hassle-free.

REMINDER before going to Bali

What should you know before going to Bali and what should you prepare? Well first is change your money from your home country. It is better if you already have a Rupiah with you before going to Bali because you might have a lower rate and have more Millions of Rupiah with you. But if you’ll be having a hard time looking for Rupiah in your home country you can have it change in Bali, BUT A REMINDER change your money only at those authorise and legit money changers, if you’ll get the service of a tour operator you can seek for their help and take you to a good money changer. Be careful ok? because not all are legit and you might be dismayed and not be able to have a wonderful Bali experience, so DON’T FORGET!

Another thing, if you prefer to have a hassle free trip and tour around Bali I would suggest that you talk with a legit and good tour guide and operator. For me I was able to find in Instagram Bali Daily, and the rate I posted was their rate during our trip. Why would I suggest a tour guide? Well with their help all you need to do is wait at your hotel lobby and they will take you to your desired destination, and from our experience they are good and legit, they are very accommodating from my inquiry until the time we got there and have done all the tours, they definitely made our Bali trip a memorable one.

Are you ready?

So was I able to encourage you to go to Bali? I hope so because it should really be part of your bucket list for any traveller like me who’s on a budget. There’s a lot to explore and do in Bali so if you want to maximise your trip, be sure to save some more and plan early. Btw, if you are a person who’s always online due to work or other reason, you might want to bring with you a pocket wifi that you can bring with you all around Bali. Here in the Philippines, I make sure to always use a pocket wifi abroad that I rent every time I travel. I use Flytpack always because for me they really have a good service and connection wherever I’ve been through so far. But then again its up to you if you should bring one or not, because in Bali its better if you take a break from getting connected first if you can, so that you can enjoy your stay and your tours. In that case, you don’t have to hold your gadgets while looking around and instead enjoy the view and what Bali has to offer. But if you really can’t do that then I suggest rent one and maybe while your in a tour set it aside for awhile, and at the same time when you reach your hotel all of them (I believe) offers free wifi for all their guests and make it a travel to remember, MARKE My Word.

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To See Is To Bali-eve

They say “to see is to believe”, and that’s what I tell myself every time I’m going on a trip. Just like my visit to Bali, Indonesia, one reason why I travel is because I don’t just want to see this amazing places all over the world in pictures in social media and all over the internet, but to have a first hand experience and enjoy the beauty of God’s wonderful creation. Just like our Swing Activity Tour, were we visited Bali Swing site, Coffee Plantation, Ubud Market and Tegalalang Rice Terraces. We did this tour on our last day in Bali before heading back to the Philippines, and since our flight was still past midnight why not make use of the day well by still doing a tour.

Let’s start with Bali Swing site (sorry I can’t find the pictures), we may not have experience the swing and other water activities due to lack of time and at the same time we are not dress for the said activity, we skip it but not to worry because we are able to do a swing activity already during our trip to Wanagiri Hidden Hills which I can say that it has a much more better view and much more thrill in it. But here at the Bali Swing, you will be able to enjoy a lot more swing activities and much more Instagram worthy picture spots with a wonderful view as well. And if you are thrill seeker and adventure junky this place is also a must go for you because they also offer white water rafting. And since this is located in the Ubud area which is known for this type of activities, then if you get a chance do one and you will enjoy it, which I’ll do when I get to visit again.

Now let’s move on to Tegalalang Rice Terraces, is it amazing? YES YES YES! If you are a nature lover like me then you will enjoy this part of the tour. But make sure you are ready to walk up and down the rice terraces because to enjoy this tour you will need to walk down and up and down and up again and tour around the beautiful Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Aside from enjoying the view, you get to experience another swing activity here and imagine riding a swing and have a view of the rice terraces, isn’t that breathtaking? Woooh! Tired and Hungry??? Not to worry! Because when you’re done with doing this activity there’s a lot of food choices for you to choose from as well. Imagine having your meal and having this view in front of you, will it not make your experience even more fulfilling? Don’t miss it ok?

And now let’s have some coffee, YES for coffee lovers like me, you should drop by their coffee plantation. Bali is also known for there coffee especially made and crafted in this lovely island. And there famous, quite expensive from the others, is called Luwak Coffee which comes from a poop of a Luwak. What’s a Luwak? it is a Civet cat and is known to be part of the cat family and it is native to Bali. They are known for eating coffee beans, which are then collected after the luwak poops them out, and used to make what is known as a Luwak coffee, sounds weird? well you should try it because the taste is really good. Game? You should really give it a try.

Now to my favourite activity, well everywhere I go this is my favourite, SHOPPING! Who wouldn’t enjoy it right? Especially its time to get your loved ones some souvenirs from the place where you came from and make them feel love. And if you are a fan of the Native bags from Bali which comes in different shape and sizes, and other local souvenirs you van bring home then Ubud Market (I don’t have the picture because it was raining that time and we are on a rush so I forgot the picture) is a place you should include in your itinerary. Be sure to have your skills in haggling with you when you visit this place because the best part of going to Ubud market is you can bargain for the item that you like to the price which suits your budget. I have the skill and the confidence in bargaining, every time I haggle for an item whether in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bali and of course here in the Philippines, I get to buy the item that I want for the price that suits my budget. So that’s what the best thing to have in you when visiting Ubud Market, and also aside from the native products they sell here their are also some branded stores around the are, and there are also temples to visit and see the Monkey forest, beware of your things ok, just a heads up because this monkeys are really playful.

What to do next? well head back to the city area and go to the airport to catch our flight later that night and we should get ready. I really enjoyed our trip in Bali and I will definitely come back for more experience and adventure. You should visit Bali too, because it won’t just fill your eyes with beautiful sites, fill your tummy with their delicious foods (which I’ll try to come up with a blog with some of the meals we had on this trip), but also fill your heart and mind with peace that you need and deserve, because Bali has this tranquility and serenity feel in my own experience while your enjoying your trip. You can really have a quiet time with yourself and with God, spend a quality time with the people you’re travelling with, and at the same time enjoy a lot of activities to do and experience around Bali. I will go back and I’m looking forward to more adventures in Bali, want to join me? hmm you’ll never regret it MARKE My Word.

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East Bali adventures

Let’s go to East Bali this time around, ready? Last time I was able to share about our Singaraja trip, and like what I shared with you every day during our trip to Bali was really full-packed and it was all worth it (just rest when you get back to your home country). So this time I’ll be sharing with you about our East Bali adventures or for some they are familiar with this tour as Lempuyang Trip. Unlike Singaraja trip we are able to visit 5 different tourist spots in one day, for this particular tour we will be visiting 3 different places such as Lempuyang Temple, Tirta Gangga and Virgin Beach.

Why only 3? Well from the tour name itself it’s visiting the East side of Bali, and from our hotel where we are staying at The Bene Hotel in Kuta Beach which is really beautiful and relaxing and will be sharing about the place next time, we need to travel for around 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours by land to reach your first destination which is Lempuyang Temple. And after the long drive from Kuta Beach we have finally arrived at our destination at Lempuyang Temple were our driver/tour guide drop us off at the parking area where you will need to ride a mini jeep/coaster up the temple. Was it an easy ride going up? Hmm a little bit because the road was really steep and you need to hold on to the bars of the coaster but the view is priceless so just sit back, hold tight and enjoy the view. And once we reach the starting point of the temple you need to pay for entrances fees, rent a along to wrap around your waist so it’s as if you are wearing a skirt because you are entering a holy place which for them is very sacred and you need to abide with their rules. From their you will have to hike up the stairs and the road to see the beautiful Lempuyang Temple where you see a lot of tourist enjoying the view and the locals doing their religious practices. And if you notice my featured image and if you want to capture at the same spot, well you have to be patient because you have to line up for about an hour or even more just to wait for your turn to take your best shot for about 5 minutes or less. If you are lucky enough to capture the volcano as your background, lucky you but during our visit the clouds were covering it sadly but again it was all worth it. Then after that, you can still go up the temple because it just goes up and up depending on what you want to see and experience. So after your time in Lempuyang Temple you need to ride back the coaster towards the parking lot, and again sit back, hold tight and enjoy the view.

From there you will be travelling to Tirta Gangga which is not that far from Lempuyang Temple, and here you’ll find peace. The surroundings is just really peaceful, enjoy the view and walk through the stones at their pond and also feed the  Koi fish. There you can just relax for awhile and at the same time you can dine at the restaurants outside the temple and enjoy the local food served there and feast yourself.

And for the last tourist spot for that day, we went to Virgin Beach which is also peaceful and relaxing at the same time. This area isn’t develop yet which is good because you can still enjoy the beauty of nature and walk towards the beautiful Virgin Beach. Since this place isn’t develop yet and no hotels around the area, you can just stay here while the sun is up and swim and also enjoy the view. Just make sure to bring your swimming clothes during this trip because Virgin beach is a good place to swim while in Bali. Woooh that sums up our East Bali adventure and from Virgin Beach you have to travel again for 3 hours heading back to Kuta beach, and just relax while you’re on the road. I hope you make this part of your Bali vacation and the long trip is all worth it, MARKE MY WORD.

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