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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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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Singaraja Trip

One question my friends and other people who knew about my trip in Bali was, How did you see those places in just 4 or 5 days? Well my answer was simple, if you want something you’ll make sure to do it no matter how tiring it is and no matter how hectic it will be, just go for it. It may just be short trip but nonetheless everything was squeezed in to our schedule up to the last minute, literally it was worth it til the last day of our trip. So one of our scheduled tour was called Singaraja Trip and we are able to visit 5 spots during this tour namely Aling Aling waterfalls, Wanagiri Hidden Hills, Bali Handara Gate, Ulundanu Temple and Bratan Lake.

From our hotel we were pick-up by our driver/guide and we drove to our first destination which was Ulundanu Temple and Bratan Lake, of course I was so amazed how the place was well-maintained and that’s why tourist really go here to see the beautiful scenery and at the same time relax. Take some time to roam around the place and appreciate the beauty of Bratan Lake and at the same time find the best spot and appreciate the Ulundanu Temple at the lake. See the beautiful mountains at the backdrop and if you want some more adventure then maybe try some activities to  enjoy the lake as well.

After some time we head to our next stop which was Aling Aling waterfalls, of course we are ready to swim but we didn’t expect that we need to hike just to see this beautiful place and at the same time be ready to jump… yes jump by the cliffs and falls if you are brave enough (unlike me haha) and appreciate this tour even more. There are three stages for your jump and it will really challenge yourself how brave you are and where your adrenaline rush will take you. And after seeing the 3 falls (which I thought that was it already) we had quite walk after swimming by the falls, and we were brought to the real Aling Aling Waterfalls and it was beautiful. I am really a nature lover simply because I live in the city and everyday I just see buildings, malls, etc., and every time I get to travel to places which includes this kind of tours I am just amazed. So after appreciating the waterfalls we hike up again going to the parking lot and from feeling fresh and cold, we were just sweating after that hike up, but it was worth it.

After this we went to Wanagiri Hidden Hills, and if you love taking beautiful photos and at the same time test your adrenaline you can spend some time here and ride the swing, take some photos at there cliff hanging photo spots. It was really beautiful because beneath you is the view of Bratan Lake so your fear will change into amazement.

And for the last part of this trip we headed to Bali Handara Gate and take the best photo we can have while we are enjoying the view. It was again a full-packed day and it was tiring but seeing those beautiful places and having that experience will leave you amazed and feel so accomplished upon your return to your hotel to relax for the night. Would I recommend this tour? Yes, definitely. It was an experience any tourist should have when you visit Bali. I don’t know, but if you’ll ask me was Bali beautiful and will it keep you coming back for more? Yes, for sure because it has a lot to offer, the people are friendly, the budget ain’t gonna hurt your pocket and at the same time you get to feel the culture and appreciate the beauty of God’s wonderful creation. How I love Bali, Indonesia and I can’t wait to go back and explore it more. MARKE MY WORD.

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Breathtaking Nusa Penida Island

Like what they say, once a year go somewhere you’ve never been before and you’ll just end up surprising yourself what that place has in-store for you. As for me and my friends, we decided to go to Bali, Indonesia and yes it was the right choice. And on top of my list of place/s to visit was Nusa Penida Island, was I happy? WELL happy is an understatement because I was just amazed, mesmerised, fell in love with the beauty of this island in Bali.

Nusa Penida Island is around 45 minutes to an hour of boat ride from the island of Bali and you’ll arrive in their port, and along with other tourists there area lot of guides who will drive you around this amazing island visit several points for you to capture the best shot you cab ever have and be amazed of how beautiful this creation of God is, its just breathtaking for me and my friends. We chose to visit, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach, Crystal Bay/Beach, and the best one for me, Kelingking Cliff and Beach.

I was just crying inside to see it in person because it was just surreal to be there and see it and have your moment at the cliff and seat for a “death defying” picture hehe but you just have to be careful when you sit and stay still to be safe. But again it was just amazing for me and my friends, we really wanted to go down the beach but the hike is an hour going down and so another hour going up, so due to our limited time we can’t do it so I told myself I’ll do it next time.

The island maybe not yet developed that time but they are already starting to develop the roads because its really bumpy and if you’re afraid of cliffs, don’t look at the sides while your at the car but as for me, it was super fun. Thanks to our driver/guide who really made sure we see all the spots we chose for the said tour and was able to share to us his best knowledge about the island.

Was it worth it? YES! Should you just have a day tour? NO! because if I were you stay at least a night in the island to enjoy it more or even 2 nights because there are other spots to see and visit. But if you have limited time, well a day tour will be ok but make sure to go there as early as you can and take the last trip back to Bali as well so that you can maximise your stay in the beautiful island. Will I go back? Yes yes yes! because there’s a lot to see and experience in the island. I hope you visit Nusa Penida Island and be able to enjoy it as much as we did. MARKE MY WORD 🙂

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til the next one!