To Gear Up : Outfits to Go

From the usual shorts and jeans from long time ago, I graduated to  wrinkle free and roll-able comfortable clothes when traveling. I realised that checking in and getting out of the airport take a lot of time when you have a check-in bag. With the travel light fares, moreover, it is wiser to pack lightly for one’s bag to fit in the overhead bin.

Gone are the days with my suitcase or a large backpack filled with denim jeans (or shorts) and large bottles of toiletries (or shall I call my bathroom buddies) . It is all about minimal weight and size of luggage without looking and smelling blah. Hey, even when I take my 4 wheel lightweight trolley with me for business travels, I still go with the “roll and wear” (and if sun permits, wash) outfits. I just pack a shawl. And wear the blazer to be business looking.

As of late, I pack a dress or two for informal work related trips (meetings, workshops) and those scheduled getaways. A dress is light, flowy and easy to pack. I scored my go-to dresses from St. Francis Square and tiangges all over the metro. When attending a formal business event, however, I go a bit beyond the tiangge quality (Hello, Dorothy Perkins when on sale!)

Dresses that have travelled alot with me

Dresses that travelled alot with me

Sometimes, it is more comfortable to wear pants especially if you go running around. But hey, no denims still! I go gaga over cropped slacks that can be dressed up or toned down. And I got the jeggings that are not too tight for those cold wait in the airport.

Bottoms up!

Bottoms up!

What do you pair with your bottoms? Since knitted is too hot this summer, I go lacy and cottony. Just don’t forget to wear something underneath to avoid being racy.

Look, no wrinkles!

Look, no wrinkles!

Of course, when being on field —out in the sun, my ever reliable dry fit airy polo comes in handy. Not the most fashionable especially if I am wearing my arm protector but hey, it is very comfortable when you’re under the scorching sun.

Cool. Easy to dry.

Cool. Easy to dry.

Opposite for this is my other favourite – a heat tech shirt I got from Uniqlo. It was supposed to be a undershirt for guys but the v-neck and the comfort it promises paved the way for my loyalty to the brand :).

Unless I am going to the mountains, I always have my swimwear with me. I got this habit since my first job because you can never tell when an opportunity to dip in a pool or beach comes after a stressful day “in the office.”

Now, roll em and voila – you are all set.

What about you, what are your on-the-go clothes?


Gearing Up : Bathroom Buddies



All in small sizes.

Gearing Up: Wally, my travel wallet


I finally got one after mentioning a couple of weeks back that I need to stop borrowing the blue wallet. I was contemplating buying the TNF or the Pacsafe but mind says “No!” unless I will be using the same wallet when in the metro.

So, what gives? First, no magnet. Heaven knows when the magnet attracts my atm card. That is a big no-no for me, even with regular wallets.

Second, pockets for the ID, cards and what have yous (aka receipts). The more, the better eventhough I don’t carry that many cards when travelling.


Third, a secret compartment for those uber important thing when travelling…money. You really do not want to flaunt your cash, no?

Fourth, a place for your passport. Do I need to explain more?

Fifth, a zippered compartment for the coins and more receipts.

Bonus : a small notebook for scribbles and budgeting.

I am so lucky to score this from Dimensione at a discount!

Let’s get lost now!

Gearing Up: Document Wallet

Old reliable

This is the blue document wallet that has traveled with me since 2000 something. With all the field works that I do, complete with securing those precious boarding passes and receipts for liquidation purposes, this cushion-y wallet is an essential.

This is actually not mine :D. I just borrow it from my best friend every time I go out – unless we travel together (she keeps all the receipts and tickets!). With our upcoming trip, I’ve been searching something so similar to fit my stuff such as passport, frequent flier cards (I got those cards below yet I only used Mabuhay and Asiana –still a long way to get a free upgrade! I even have Delta Skymiles when I haven’t gone to the States!) and receipts –lots of them. And so far, I haven’t seen a similar one except for a yellow TNF wallet that will surely put a dent on my almost empty…coin purse.

I  think I need something flashy like this almost electric blue hue. I remember that I dropped this unknowingly while buying stuff in Canberra. I didn’t have an inkling that I almost lost all my docs and moolah until my colleague saw it on the floor and she immediately recognized it! “Ate! Ang wallet mo!” she cried out inside the store. When she handed it to me, she said that the color was so distinct (duh, who uses an electric blue wallet anyway?) that she instantly recalled that I always carry it.

I think I have to stop with the borrowing. I need to get one for myself.Stat.




Gearing Up : Day Bag


The numerous field works and the upcoming trip to some parts of Indochina got me all riled up to get a proper rucksack. Gone are days that I use those freebie “seminar” bags disguised as backpacks that weigh a ton and hurt my back that make me want to run to the nearest airport massage center. Yes, I succumbed to the call of a day pack.

Why a daypack and not a backpack backpack?

Firstly, I can fit a week’s clothing in my regular backpack and I will exactly do the same in the new one. Thanks to my not so secret shirt organizer called Gala.

Secondly, I hate check-in baggage. I don’t wanna queu (especially with budget airlines) in checking in. I don’t wanna wait beside the carousel. Yuuup, I am always in a hurry especially during arrivals. Think Phil Keoghan waiting for you at the pitstop.

Thirdly, I need something that can actually fit the plane’s overhead bin…especially those small planes going to Siargao.

After months of mulling over the different choices and salivating over window displays…I got myself a 30L Yavapai that looks like a kid’s school bag. Hahahaha

It got me with the green and orange. Love at first sight. I didn’t read the specs but it has a laptop compartment (good during field works), a front organizer (for those chargers and toiletry bag), a front front for my flipflops/flats. It can fit Gala with my clothes inside. Plus it’s interior is in orange. Did I mention that it ACA approved? That means it didn’t hurt my back!

With orange that looks like clay, there is nothing left to do but call it Rafa.


Gearing Up : Canon DSLR

I am still loyal to Canon but I levelled-up a bit. From the usual point and shoot, I am now a proud owner of a Canon DSLR. Yippeee! Isn’t it great?

I am still learning my way through the manual settings but I am not complaining except for the paper cut I got when I took out the pocket guide.

There are a lot to learn and practice. But hey,  I got some R&R in Cebu next month. That would be a good time to see if I can really handle a heavy (literally) camera.

And as of now, I am still clicking away…from the ref magnets to the books I have and to besty who became my very willing model. Does that mean adieu to my gorilla pod? hmmm, I still got 2 Canon P&S.

Cebu and the world, here I come!!!

Gearing Up: Gorillapod

It is not another Stitch plush toy, for one. Although I got hold of a new Stitch – the biggest of all my collection with blue fur and soft paws (the others had something that looks like felt paper).

It’s actually a Gorillapod that I’ve been eyeing since I read it from shopcrazy at femalenetwork last December (along with Asus eeepc) as great buys for the holiday season. Yeah, I am way behind the holiday season.

I really wanted a tripod that can fit into my not so large bag so that when kodak moment is within striking distance, I just can plop the digicam somewhere sabay pose. Yeah, I love to take photos but sometimes, I also want to be in the picture. But the Gorillapod does that and more. You can bend, flex and position it on uneven ground for a unique pic orientation

Here is a sample of what it looks like …

We’ll see if it can hang tough on limestones on our Coron trip next month.