Pregnancy and Travel

Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you can no longer wander. ☺

While pregnancy may be an amazing phase in the lives of some women, it may also be an unpleasant experience because of the major physical changes that expecting mothers have to go through during this stage. So sure, expecting mothers can still travel. As a matter of fact, I think it’s the best time to just chill, relax, and take your mind off the awful changes that pregnancy may bring.

Traveling While Pregnant

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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Budget

Ever since we finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek, I’ve been asked SEVERAL TIMES how much it costed us to reach the foot of the world’s tenth highest mountain. I think it’s about time I share this information with you guys. Sorry you had to wait this long. *wink*

Nepali Visa – $25.00

You can apply for your visa either before leaving the country or upon your arrival in Nepal. They issue tourist visa for 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days. We paid for a 15-day visa for $25.00 since we’re staying in Nepal for 10 days only.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Budget

The receipt that was issued to us after we paid our $15-visa fee.

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White Beach de Boracay

When Rowjie and I first learned that I am pregnant, it was blissfully chaotic. It’s still blissful, but less chaotic now. The first trimester was really critical and we were worried all the time. Thankfully, we were able to surpass it all and, as of writing, I am now on my sixth month of pregnancy. That being said, I urged Rowjie that we push through our Boracay trip last December as a stress-reliever. I told him that this may be the last vacation I’d have before or after I give birth to our first-born.

White Beach de Boracay

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Everest Base Camp: The Joys and Pains of Trekking

This the raw copy of an article published in the December 2014 issue of Outdoor UAE magazine. Please grab a copy!

Words by: Kaiz Galang
Photos by: Rowjie Galang and Edwin Rolian

The smallest aircraft I’ve ever boarded touched down. Tears were barely clinging when I saw the ragged Tenzing-Hillary Airport signage. I almost couldn’t believe that the scene I was witnessing is real. I used to just see it in National Geographic shows. Then the chilling air kissed me as I stepped down the aircraft as if saying, “Welcome to Lukla. Sagarmatha has long been waiting for you.”

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Planks Around the World

I’ve always wanted to do fitness-related activities at home, but didn’t know how to start. I’ve always been on the skinnier side and was afraid that people might judge me. Thanks to Pilates, which I first learned of seven months ago through Cassey Ho’s Blogilates. I instantly got hooked and it immediately became a part of my daily routine that I religiously followed and enjoyed. I even created a new Instagram account (@hoopinpoppin) documenting my journey to a fit lifestyle because I was flooding @missbackpacker with photos of me stretching and splitting.

Rowjie had been urging me to try yoga and I found it similar with Pilates in many aspects. Both Pilates and yoga exercises focus on flexibility, core strength, and endurance. It’s just that yoga also put emphasis on spiritual meditation. Aside from hooping, I am now a Pilates practitioner.

Planks Around the World

Hoopilates!

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Wanderful and Wonderful

Can life get any better if you marry someone who does not only share the same passion with traveling, but also wonderful inside and out?

Calaguas 2013

Rowjie and I have been together since 2006 and married for more than three years now. Ever since we met, we have been the coolest travel and hike buddies you may consider. We argue, we laugh, and we challenge ourselves when we’re together. For almost a decade of fun and enjoyment, we have not really considered completing our happiness by having a baby. We tried to conceive for a year with no success. It even came to a point when we questioned ourselves and lost faith, but we thought we shouldn’t despair. Continue reading

Mindanao, not the Island

Several days back, I got an invite to attend a short trip to Philippine Eagle Center in Davao and witness the turnover of Philippine Eagle Mindanao to Cebu Pacific. Just gotten out of bed, I thought the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is now being acquired by the country’s most popular low cost carrier. Since I still have several vacation leaves to burn and the year is about to end, I said yes.

Philippine Eagle Mindanao

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The Quezon City I Didn’t Know

I lived in Quezon City for a significant number of years and I didn’t know that there are a few other things you can do around the city aside from the usual tour in the Quezon Memorial Circle or food crawling in Maginhawa Street until recently. So, if you have nothing to do this weekend and you’re just residing in or near Kyusi, why not visit the following spots as a cheap alternative for an out-of-town trip.

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