I Am Me. My Identity Theft Story

My Identity Theft Story

I am me, there’s no doubt about it.  I have never been cloned or have a twin sister. My name is unique at least here in the Philippines as my father last name is very rare. If you meet someone with the same last name there is a big chance we are related.

But however unique my name is, I became a victim of identity theft.  The government who I assume or at least trust to catch the thief has burdened me with their faulty system and the thief’s fault and her cohorts.

Yes, I am a victim of identity theft, more than a decade ago, somebody used my name to get a passport.


My Identity Theft Story

How did I find this out?  When I first got my passport, I was called to the Directors Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs where I was told that they have issued a passport to someone who used my name and my birth certificate. 

I was shocked.

Wait a minute! I have not applied for a passport ever in my life until then.  How and why and what the heck?!!!

I was very much appalled by what I learned, I was confused and clueless.  How could this have happened?  Travelling abroad was out-of-my-mind when this thief got a passport under my name and during that time I was still a bit naïve and young and was dependent on my allowance to “live”.

Thanks to my connection during that time, I was still a reporter back then, I was assisted by the press relations office of DFA and press relations officer of NBI to find the thief.

When I got called back for the issuance of my FIRST passport, they got the thiefs file, they flashed it to me and told me that the girl is in Japan at that time so they were not able to arrest her or put her to jail.

I had the ability to read documents and see images upside down or backwards, that is one of the skills reporters acquired for their trade, and I saw that the girls was from Cavite (I am so from North of NCR and never lived in a province ever!) and I saw the face, OMG she is “pango” and “panget” (sorry for criticizing her but she deserves it coz she’s a thief) I do not in any way look like that ilong palang di na sha papasa na ako!

DFA finally issued me my passport and assured me that they will apprehend the thief.

I dunno what happened after that.

***

How did the thief got a passport under my name?

According to my friends at the NBI during that time, illegal recruiters was prevalent at that time.  Since our system back then was prehistoric (the Green Passport is handwritten!) and if you have gone through getting government documents you know how Jurassic our system is, everything is on paper folders and drawers none of them was consolidated in one system or one record for easy access.

Illegal recruiter syndicate got assets from the system who give them information/ list of people with clear records who have not used their names yet.  They get your birth certificate (it seems anyone can request your birth certificate once they get your name and birth date) and then they use it to get people who don’t have clean records or no records at and are desperate to work abroad by all means even by crook , out-of-the-country.  That’s what happened to me.

They used my name because I was not using it yet.

So I suggest if you don’t have a passport yet, get one now to secure your identity.

 

***

Five years after I went to DFA to renew my green passport.  I was able to get the Machine Readable Maroon Passport hassle free.

Five years after that is this year, it took me since December 2014 to book an online appointment for a passport renewal at a DFA satellite office (geez I am very much online dependent now I mean everything is online now it is so convenient, it cuts expense and saves a lot of time!)

Come April 28, I went to DFA Satellite office in Ali Mall Cubao coz that is where I was able to secure a schedule.  I was confident and happy that the satellite office is clean and cool and the service looks fast.  I had come an hour earlier just to be on the safe side.  I was let in immediately and was in line and in it for the entire process (Step 1 to Step 4).

When it was finally my turn at Step 1, suddenly I was told “Ma’am please go to DFA main office in Pasay you are scheduled there,”  the personnel said.

“Wait what?  Why was I scheduled there when my paper and schedule shows I am scheduled here?” I calmly inquired.

“You are ______ Rullan right.  We have a note here to turn you over to DFA Pasay .  You can come there anytime you want.  You can go there right now.  They will assist you.  They are waiting for you,” the guy said.

“Why?” I asked.

“Ma’am I don’t know po but I will give a referral and note so you can just go there anytime you wish,” he said.  Then excused himself and ask his fellow DFA personnel what he will put on the note.

He attached a green note on my papers and put on the remarks: Memo PR PPT DO (5-13-05).

Confused, I stared at my paper, sat for a bit and Googled: What is DFA Memo PR PPT DO?

My search just made me more lost as it shows that 1) I need to report to DFA having travelled to Sabah as all officials need to report travel to that country all the time; 2)  I need to prove my citizenship or sort as I had dual citizenship (?)  and a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii (uhmmm only my Aunt lived in Honolulu for a time) and; 3) I am called for a volunteer work abroad.

All three reasons makes no sense!

So I went to Facebook and asked friends. One of them cleared my mind : about having a note/ issue on file the first time she got a passport, and since then she was asked all the time to bring that note that the issue was resolved each time she renew her passport.

This might be it. But I don’t think so, it was resolved ages ago.

Anyway, the next day I went to DFA  Aseana .

Not much people there, in less than 10 minutes I was seated at the “interviewer” gave him my documents he looked for a sec then said “ OK ma’am do you have your NSO Birth Certificate, Old school IDs and other valid ID’s with you?”

“Wait, I am for renewal, I am not a first time applicant,” I said.

“Ma’am I need the other supporting document because you have an issue with your passport,” he elaborated.

“OK, is this about the issue of the other passport issued under my name years ago?  But this was resolved?”  I showed him my Green Passport and the Maroon Passports.  “See?  How could I have gotten all this passports if the issue was not resolved?”

Trying to outwit me he said “Ma’am yes we know this was resolved but we just want to make sure that you are you and that because there was a note in file we need to make sure that each time someone renews under your name have to prove that she is you or _______ Rullan so as we don’t issue another passport under your name unless it is you,” he said.

Sensing his unfounded superiority complex I backed down and said “OK, what do you need from me?”

 

“Just give us your NSO Birth Certificate and a valid ID supporting documents listed on our site,” “I would have approved you already had you had these documents with you,” he added.

Irate with what he said ; “You should have included in that note that this is what you needed so I don’t go blind coming here.”

“Ma’am they don’t know about this,” he said.

“You should have told them or at least include in the note! Anyway, I’ll come back ,” I am already agitated and not want an argument so I just walked out.

***

I cursed the one who stole my identity for giving me such inconvenience. 

I wanted that person who stole my identity to die.  Oh wait, if she dies I will be also be noted as dead and she might get a Death Certificate under my name. Oh shit!  Shit ! Shit!

 

From now until forever, or at least when DFA and our government office finally adopts to technology (syncing files and keeping records updated) I will be needed to prove that I am me!  Plus I don’t get the fact that we are asked to get an NBI clearance just to be told that NBI clearance are useless piece of paper as this DFA officer said “anyone can get an NBI clearance, it is not valid.”

What DFA could have done to avoid giving me the hassle and to everyone who was a victim of identity theft like me was to:

Cancel and take note of the Passport Number issued to the Fake person , NOT note the name of the person.  By having NOTED the passport number of the FAKE one, they would not make a mistake of issuing another passport number to the FAKE.  Do not put the BURDEN on the Real person he/she already gone through a lot having been a victim of identity theft. 

Who knows what this thief have done while using MY NAME, what records she has acquired under my name!  Heaven knows!  I hope and pray she does and did not acquire any bad record or else if I get the chance to see her face to face I will make sure she suffers!

Identity theft is not a joke, it is you, your life, who you are on record.

How about you, have you experienced this or at least how Jurassic our government record system is? Share your story at the comment section below!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#LetsTakeOverSummer with Globe Telecom’s Summer Activities

Wonderful things are lined up for all Globe customers and entertainment fans this summer. From access to the biggest music fest, movies and activities to the best beach parties and basketball events of the year Globe is taking over summer!

“This summer we are giving our customers an experience like no other. Not only do they get access to the content they love with our GoSURF offers they also get exclusive passes to summer’s hottest events that suit their passions and interest. Just register your favorite Globe promo and get the chance to be part of this season’s wonderful events, and together, let’s take over summer with Globe,” Dan Horan Globe Telecom Senior Advisor for Consumer Business.

  • So what are in store this summer?
  • Staring off last March 22 at the Block 22 of SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds the Unleashed 4 happened with a stellar lineup of today’s best local DJs with an attendance of 18,000!
  • K Pop enthusiast all made their way to the Philippine Arena with the Best of the Best Concert featuring Hallyu sensations Red Velvet, BTOB, Girl’s Generation, and Super Junior.
  • Spotify celebrated its 1st year anniversary with Globe both are ow on the hunt for the local music industry’s next superstar through Spotify Emerge. Ten (10) local rising artist will battle out on the Spotify platform but only 1 will emerge as the best.
  • Wanderland Day Camp an exclusive one-day getaway experienced with internationa acts Kid Cudi, Rac, Augustana, the Jungle Giants, Youngblood Hawke and local artist like Hale, Sinyma, Kate Torralba and more!
  • Lucky customers who registered to any GoSURF promo, availed of the Samsung Galaxy S6 on myLifestyle Plan or subscribed to Tattooo Home Broadband Plan got the first dibs on IMAX pre-screening of Avengers Age of Ultron.
  • #LaBoracay Globe is set to own Boracay from May 1-3 , 22015 with a number of summer partyphiles. They will be in Guilly’s Bar on May 1 from 4pm to sundown, and May 2-3 at Epic Bar.
  • And on labor day weekend an all-day party scene located at the Uptown BCG is set to happen at the The Palace Pool Club with top DJs and international acts like REHAB and Knife Party.
  • On May 5, 2015 it’s Make Your Own Havaianas Hawaiian luau day at Glorieta Activity Center
  • Last but not the least the Globe NBA Raffle Promo, where a Globe customer got a chance to win an all-expense paid trip watch the NBA Finals on June 2015.

Follow Globe Telecoms on Instagram and Twitter: @enjoyglobe for updates on #LetsTakeOverSummer activities.

Stay gorgeous everyone

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 62: Hate Late?

hate late

Lately, the events I attend always start late. It’s not funny anymore. Seriously.

How and why do we tolerate such culture of tardiness. We should not.

If you work in a per hour basis or in a company, 5 minutes is the only grace period, 10 minutes is already marked tardy, 15 minutes late is already a cut to your pay and 30 minutes to an hour is already considered absent/ no show. So why are we tolerating this again?

It is so disrespectful of the time of everyone attending the event, I don’t care if you are the VIP, the member of the press or even the President of the Philippines. Late is late.

Is logistics your problem ? Say what traffic? If it is important you will do all means to be on time. Unless it is a matter of life and death situation, or emergency case or what, late is late, hate late! Really! We all should!

“Whether it’s genetic, conditioned, or the result of your over-scheduling yourself, being late sends a message that your time is more important than the time of those you’re meeting. Showing up (on time) is the most important thing you can do in life. So make sure it’s on time.”Read this article.

hate late

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The more we tolerate people who are late , the more late everyone will come and no event in the world will ever start on time because everyone will have the thinking that “Oh, the invite says 3pm but no event is always on time anyway, I can come at 9pm.”

What if everyone thinks this way? What if you have your day planned on a strict schedule and everyone shows up late? What if you need to catch a flight and you miss your plane because you are “fashionably late”. Time to change this mentally so we all can be laid back and not rushing things trying to catch up with one appointment after another.

Hate Late

When everyone is on time everyone can sit back and relax and have a good time!

Hate Late

When you arrive on time, you can do so many things the late people can not!


Hate Late

What I Wore:
Shirt: UNIQLO
Tokong: OCEAN ADVENTURE
Shoes: Terry’s Shoes
Bag: GUERRA MANILA
Cuff: MANGO
Taken at: MRT Quezon Avenue Station and McDonald’s ETON Centris
Taken by: Jen Maslang

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Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD: Beach 101 Essentials

Beach 101

The two saddest thing that can happen to a person is: 1) being allergic to chocolates and 2) being afraid of the sun/ not enjoy the beach scene.

If these two things happen to me, just kill me. I don’t want to live anymore. I mean how can one live without chocolates and how can one not love the sand, sun, sea, swimsuit, summer breeze, and sunblock? How?

Beach 101
Beach 101
See, even the Easter Bunny loves the beach!

Beach 101
Beach 101
Haha, that is not really the Easter Bunny, that’s my sisters “mascott” Frank. He has been around the world, has seen the Pyramids, been to the Dead Sea, the red light district of Amsterdam , Dubai, Las Vegas, damn I envy this bunny! Yes this bunny is a jet setter I’ll throw him out to the sea hehe. Joke!

Beach 101
Anyway, if you are heading out to the beach here’s my Beach 101 Essentials, never leave without them!

Beach 101
Beach 101 Essentials:
Sunglasses
Swimsuit
Rash Guard
Refreshing Drink
Sunblock
Beach Towel
Beach Blanket
Beach Bag/Tote
Waterproof Bag
Powerbank
Beach 101
Beach 101
Beach 101
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Beach 101
 

What I wore:
Tank top Rash Guard: CESA Swimwear
Swimsuit: CESA Swimwear
Sunglasses: JEANS and ROZS
Beach Blanket: LAGU
Sunblock:  SHISIEDO and BELO SunExperts
Beach towel: XTLAS TOWEL
OOTD taken at: Camayan Beach Resort Subic Bay

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About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 60: Coachella & Sakura

Coachella & Sakura

While most of the people from my timeline went to Coachella at the Empire Polo Club in California to enjoy celebrity spotting, partying and music all night long. And some have enjoyed Sakura Festival where Cherry Blossom flowers blooms once in a year in Japan, lucky are those who get to see it! I am here in the Philippines, enjoying our forever summer weather (the difference is just it is either hot or hotter! hehe!) I was at the Ocean Adventure at Subic Bay having a fun time with the dolphins and sea lions!

Dolphin Encounter
Dolphin Photo Encounter
Dolphin Photo Encounter
Sealion
Coachella & Sakura
Coachella & Sakura
#TravelwithToms
Coachella & Sakura
Coachella & Sakura
What I Wore:
Dress: ROMWE
Eyewear: JEAN & ROZS
Shoes: TOMS Green Canvas Classic Galapagos
Summer Bag: DOVE
OOTD taken at Ocean Adventure Subic Bay Pampangga
What I love about this dress is its light and breezy and you can wear it in two ways, sleeveless or with open bell sleeves. This is a repeat outfit already from two years ago. But the style and color is still so in trend so I wore it again. Plus I think it works good with my new TOMS. Plus I think it is Coachella & Sakura relevant. Which is also trending as I write this post.

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About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

A Dolphin Encounter and Reasons to Book a Super Summer Season at Ocean Adventure

Super Summer Season Ocean Adventure review

Crammed for time but want to get away from your stressful urban life in Metro Manila? How does the sound of swimming with some dolphins, sea lions, turtles and feeding some sharks and some time to soak up the sun on a bed of sand and swim in the sea sounds like to you and that you can all do this in a day? Sounds awesome right?

Yesterday, my family went to Ocean Adventure and booked an Adventure Express package that whisked us out of Metro Manila and in to a very relaxing, fun and educational happiness inducing experience as we get to mingle with the majestic dolphins among everything else.

The Adventure Express is a double-the-fun super summer season day tour package by Ocean Adventure to allow more people to enjoy the seaside and get up close with the sea creatures that needs human protection. It is also a quick get-away from Metro Manila with friends, family or loved ones that you can enjoy all in one day!

My most favorite part of this adventure was a chance encounter with a dolphin while we were walking towards the theater for the Balancing Act with the African Acrobats! As I turned my head left to look at the beach area, I saw a fellow swimming by near the shore line!

Dolphin Encounter

I got super psyched . It was not part of the show and nobody was around yet as everyone else was probably doing the walk on the wild side or having lunch.


Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Encounter

This chance encounter already made my day, the fee we paid is all worth it. But well what do you know this was just a fraction of things that we can do that is inclusive of the fee we paid for!

You can book your adventures anytime until end of April just make sure to book a day in advanced to get a slot. I really say it is worth it. The only annoying thing about a package tour is that when you are booked to ride with inconsiderate people who has no respect for the those who came on time. The pick-up time was supposedly 8am but the other family who was riding with us was like 1 hour and 15 minutes late!

Our family and another mom and daughter tandem on the ride with us was already agitated with the lateness of this family and they did not even bother to say sorry for being late like we owe them their lateness. So maybe to makeup for their inconsiderateness they were the first in for our ride back home like hours earlier they were in the van. Departure time was 8pm. They were in 6:30 pm hehe!

Inclusive of Round-trip ride (van) from various pick-up points in Metro Manila to Ocean Adventure

Super Summer Season Ocean Adventure

Anyway, yeah, back to the fun adventure express at Ocean Adventure.

The Super Summer Season promo to Ocean Adventure is Inclusive of entrance fee to Ocean Adventure

Ocean Adventure Subic

The entrance fee is inclusive of attending all the major attractions there such as the Balancing Act featuring the African Acrobats from Kenya They were really funny and good and the show was totally educational. Perfect for kids!

Balancing Act featuring the African Acrobats from Kenya

Balancing Act featuring the African Acrobats from Kenya

Then after that you can go watch the Sea Lion Marine Patrol show Also very funny and educational. Now I know why it was called Sea Lion because it has hairs like lions when it gets kinda dry!

Sea Lion Marine Patrol show

Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show

Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show

Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show

My super favorite part of the Ocean Adventure is the Dolphin Tales Show!

Dolphin Tales show

Dolphin Tales Adventure

Dolphin Photo Encounter

Dolphin Photo Encounter

Dolphin Photo Encounter

Dolphin Photo Encounter

Dolphin Photo Encounter

Here is a snippet video of the show last part:

We did not do the Walk on the Wild Side , or the Seatrek Aquarium Aventure because we were already satisfied with the above activities we did, plus the fact that we want this trip to be relaxed and not so activity packed, we just want to relax and have some little fun. We might go back to try the swimming adventures with the Dolphin, Sea Lions and Turtles next time when we have the full energy to do so. But at the moment we are happy with what we did there with the time we had.

The Swimming adventures and the Shark and Turtle Adventure is not inclusive with the Adventure Express fee. You have to pay separately for that. The photo opportunity is also not inclusive of the fee. You can have a photo using your camera or their camera for as low as Php700.00 one person. For the three of us who had a pic with the dolphin it was Php1,000.00. I really say it is all worth it!

Again to sum it up the Adventure Express Ticket Inclusions and price :
Super Price P1,395 Adult
P1,240 Child/Senior
Round Trip Tour Bus or Van
Ocean Adventure Entrance Ticket, Including
Dolphin Tales Show
Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show
Balancing Act featuring the African Acrobats from Kenya
Walk on the Wild Side Show
Ocean Discovery Aquarium
SeaTrek Aquarium
Camayan Beach Resort Entrance
All inclusions are only valid on the day of the tour.

After enjoying the Ocean Adventure we walked Camayan Beach Resort to enjoy some sun, sund, and sea!

Camayan Beach Resort Subic

Camaya Beach Resort

Camaya Beach Resort

Camaya Beach Resort

Do I recommend this day-tour to Ocean Adventure?
Absolutely! For reasons I have stated above. Go! Bring your friends and family they will surely love it!

Ocean Adventure is located on Camayan Wharf inside the old Naval Magazine in West Ilanin Forest, Subic Bay.

How about you, have you been to Ocean Adventure yet? If not what are you waiting for go now! Book it here (click)

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#GetOutside: Discovering the Joys of the Outdoors

#GetOutside

Three lucky individuals, along with their chosen partners were treated to the ultimate outdoor adventure trip of their lives as one-stop outdoor shop Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X) pushed them to conquer a series of different open-air escapades last March 7- 9 in the natural enclave of Baler, Aurora.

The three grand winners were SPED teacher Berlin Amploquio and college professor Rembrandt; online entrepreneur Gino Rovedillo accompanied by younger sister Kate and UP Diliman employee Janssen Paulo Cusi with best buddy John Mark.

They were the top finishers of an online contest where participants were given a chance to turn your dreams of adventure into a reality by logging on to their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/roxphilippines, clicking on the app and answering the question “What will you get outside for?” with the grand winners getting to experience the different outdoor activities like camping/glamping, trekking, surfing, rappelling and others while 10 runners-up will have one adventure activity granted by R.O.X.

The winners arrived at Baler town proper where a sumptuous lunch and Heritage Tour of this quaint town awaits. This tour features the important landmarks in Baler history namely the Doña Aurora Memorial Shrine, Lieutenant Commander James C. Gilmore Marker, Museo de Baler, Baler town 400th anniversary marker, Quezon Memorial Park (the birthplace of former President Manuel L. Quezon) and the famous San Luis Obispo Parish (Baler Catholic Church) popularized by the Siege of Baler in 1898–1899 between the Philippine Revolutionary forces and Spanish troops during the Philippine Revolution and Spanish-American War.

The adventure seekers were then brought to the awesome white sand enclave of Dicasalarin Cove, where guides and instructors from Dispatch’s Great Escapes taught camping techniques like proper packing, setting up tents and making camp. This critical knowledge was immediately put to the test as the beach campers was tasked set up their tents, cook their own meals using mobile stoves and spend the night sleeping outdoors.

Come Sunday, adrenaline rushed as the participants were challenged to conquer the slippery height of Digisit falls through waterfall rappelling. After teaching basic precautions and a short demo on proper safety gear, the winners – through the supervision of trained guides – scaled the 40 foot drop that is Diguisit Falls. Nearby the shallow pools of Diguisit beach offered a cool respite on the rocks, the surrounding areas teeming animals and plants after the tide retreats.

Continuing the adventures, the winners group got to test their patience with the bait, hook, line and sinker as they try to catch fish using a fishing pole. They also tested the river currents of Barangay Zabali in Baler as they paddled their kayak into the outlet of the marshy estuary and crossed the hanging bridge.

To cap off the action packed day, the party was welcomed into Costa Pacifica resort at Sabang beach, the perfect resort for surfers and shore lovers because of colorful aesthetics, open spaces, functional furniture and great customer service. Sunday was welcomed by a cool sea breeze and as the tide morning tide enters, the adventurers broke Baler’s famous waves with the help of knowledgeable surfing guides.

The 3 day adventure trip is as part of R.O.X company advocacy in encouraging individuals to get outside and experience life on the move through exciting events and engaging activities. R.O.X is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies. It is also engaged in retail and distribution of the world’s top brands in outdoor travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle, being the largest outdoor sports and recreation superstore in South East Asia.

In line with its yearly Get Outside campaign, R.O.X. in partnership with Bonifacio High Street will be staging a two- day event happening on April 18 to 19, called the R.O.X. Outdoor Festival, targeting to get everyone to go outdoors especially this summer.

As the culminating event of the Get Outside campaign, R.O.X. will be holding competitions such as Bouldering, TNF Mountain Athletics, Salomon 100-meter dash, Columbia Trying Stuff Ramp Challenge, Fox Pedal Plank and different activities from the different outdoor brands. Several talks that would focus on topics such as Outdoor Photography and Filming, Travel Outfitting, Getting your kids into Outdoors, Responsible Outdoorsmen, Bike Safety and Maintenance. Each topics will be headed and facilitated by various industry experts who aim to inspire, especially newbies, of going outside and enjoying more recreational activities this summer.

#GetOutside

There would also be special outdoor film and movie showing, live band performances of Indio I and Lucille Band to entertain the public as well as LED POI performance by the Planet Zips Luminaries.

This event is in partnership with Bonifacio High Street. Supported by TNF, Salomon, Fox, Columbia, Eddie Bauer, Sea to Summit, Telic, Nalgene, Roxy, Quiksilver, DC, Timbuk2, Poler, O’Neill, Volcom, Core, Sanuk, Native, Hurley, Stance, Mountain Hardwear, Spyder, Otterbox, Goal Zero, Nivea, DOT, Go Pro, Dan’s, Specialized, Brushstroke, Strider, Amorita, Cyburban, Planet Zips, Cebu Pacific, Costa Pacifica, Garmin, Power Up, Krispy Kreme. Media Partners: Business Mirror, Malaya, PDI, PhilStar, When In Manila, Juice.ph, Writer’s Block, Gist.ph, View Magazine, 2.0 Magazine, Explore, Powerplay, Speed Magazine, Endurance Travel Now, Travelife, Clavel, Balikbayan and Multisport.

R.O.X currently operates six branches around the country namely: R.O.X. Manila (B1 Bonifacio High St., The Fort, Taguig City), R.O.X. Cebu (Ground Floor Active Zone Area, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City), R.O.X. Pampanga (Level 1 – Marquee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga), R.O.X. Baguio (Cluster C, Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio), R.O.X. Cagayan de Oro (Second Floor, Ayala Centrio Mall, Cagayan De Oro) R.O.X. Bacolod (Level 2, F- 201 the District Ayala North Point, Talisay City.

Visit www.rox.com.ph or add RoxPhilippines on Facebook or Twitter @ROX_Philippines. hashtags, #roxoutdoorfestival, #getoutside, and #roxphilippines

R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Centrio Mall Cagayan De Oro and the District North Point Bacolod.

R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

This is the Only Beach Blanket You’ll Ever Need!

The Only Beach Blanket You'll Ever Need

I’m a beach bum.  The sand, sun, sea water and ocean breeze energizes me. I get restless when even once  in a year I have not visited a beach yet.  As much as I love the beach, I don’t like sand on my stuff. I like it on my toes but not on my towel or bag or whatever I have with me when I lounge around the beach area.

But thanks to this new beach blanket I got from a recent event, sand is not an issue anymore and I can roll around by the beach all day and all night long!

This is the only beach blanket you will ever need, you should get it too!

Lagu Beach Blanket review

Product Info:
LAGU  Beach Blanket  Proudly Made in the PhilippinesLagu is the first beach-friendly beach blanket.  Unlike Ordinary towels, Lagu repvels sand, allowing you to lay with ease while also conserving the beach.  Its unique linen blend is allergen-free and has quick-dry properties, keeping it fresh for repeated use.  Friendly to both you and the beach Lagu is the only beach blanket you’ll need for your life on the sands.

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What I love about it?

  • Its sand repellent!  You just shake it to get the sand off and Viola, sand free!
  • It dries quickly like really fast and you can wrap and go!
  • The fabric feels like a softer version of Pina cloth and is allergen free
  • Easy to fold and very compact!  Backpacker friendly!

Lagu -- This is the only beach blanket you need ever

Do I recommend the Lagu Beach Blanket?

Absolutely, like I said earlier its the Only Beach Blanket You Will Ever Need — pun intended! I used this during my Baler trip and I was amazed by it everyone was so envious that I was rolling on the sand but not getting sandy! Haha!

Have you ever tried this beach blanket before?  Do you agree ?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

What to Do When in Puerto Princesa Palawan

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When Multiply went kaput, my previous travel diaries went along with it, taking with it so many pictures and words I can no long repeat! Sigh.   I also had one at Slider but yeah that closed too and it took away my travel slides huhuhu. Reviving and relieving the moment and some of the pics I was able to recover, let me tell you what I did in Puerto Princesa, Palawan…

Puerto Princesa, Palawan is on my mind lately, specially with the Summer just around the corner.  How I wish that instead of staring at the blank walls of the hospital or the citiscape view from the hospital window, I am looking at the beauty of mother nature, with the sand on my toes, feeling the soft breeze brush against my cheeks, and the sun’s rays kissing every part of my body to roast.

In November 2007, I explored Puerto Princesa, Palawan in all it’s glory and not so tourist populated beaches and coast like now especially because it was declared as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.

I am not sure if the airport looks like this now but in 2007 this is how the Puerto Princesa City Palawan looks like, and visitors arriving were greeted by a marching band! I

Puerto Princesa Palawan Airport
The Main Attraction of course is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River a.k.a. Underground River

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
 

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
This is where the boats dock to lead you to the Underground River!
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
I was seated in front of the boat because I am tiny haha and I was the one assigned to hold the lights so we can see what’s inside the underground river / cave.   Armed with my point and shoot digital camera (I think I had a Kodak, the first digicam that came out during those tiime) I was able to take these beautiful shots I am proud of them!
 

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River
The Stalagmites and Stalactites and Karst formation inside the cave is just wonderfully breathtaking!
 

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Underground River

Sandbars of Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan

Snake Island  El Nido Palawan
 Overlooking through the mangroves, Dos Palmas after the siege of Gracia Burnham.

Snake Island  El Nido Palawan
Snorkleing at Pandan Island

 

Mountains: Mt. Cleopatra’s Needle and Mt. St. Peter Catherdral

Named so because they resemble whichever they were named after! You don’t need to look that long it’s very visible.

St. Peters Catherdral Mountain in Puerto Princesa Palawan
Cleopatra's Needle Mountain in Puerto Princesa Palawan
Brooke’s Point

Brookes's Point
 

Brooke's Point Puerto Princesa Palawan
Tres Maria’s Island

Tres Marias Island
Live Sea Creatures
Our tour guide dived for a few just to show us his pet a giant clam!   I don’t know if they are still alive or there are new batch of sea critters in there now. But the most outstanding sea critter I saw was a Stone Fish said to be very dangerous.

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I have a funny story about this blue starfish and the king starfish , I thought they are dead so I picked the kingstarfish so I can take a photo with it.  But then suddenly, its points folded and I got so shocked I dropped it on the ground and whoa, I have never seen a starfish moved that fast!
King Starfish and Blue Starfish
This clam is super duper heavy!
Giant Clam

I saw this by the shoreline and asked our tour guide what fish it is.  What a scary surprise! It is as deadly as hell!  A prick on your toes or if the fist touches your skin will kill you in 24 hours!

deadly Stonefish
Lovely lovely white sand beaches Honda Bay

When I went there tourist were scarce they run generators on the island up until 7 pm and then it is total darkness except for lamps provided.

 
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Look at the play of colors of the sand and the sea.  Just wonderful.
Pristine Creamy White Sand Beaches
I haven’t been back to Puerto Princesa since then but these photos I have make me relieve the moment again and again just like I was there.  I am looking forward to the time I can go back again and see the changes in the island.  I hope not so bad because of the influx of tourist.
Puerto Princesa Palawan
How about you, have you been to this part of Palawan before?  What sights did you see and enjoy most in Puerto Princesa?  I would like to hear about it!
Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

#WIWTD 57: Advice from a Waterfall and The Ocean

Advice from a waterfall Motherfalls Baler

A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path. – Unknown

Mother Falls Waterfalls

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Advice from a waterfall.

Advice from a Water fall

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Go with the flow. Roar with excitement. Let your cares fall away. Create your own music. Immerse yourself in nature. Stay active. Make a splash.

Advice from a waterfall Motherfalls Baler

Advice from a waterfall

Advice from a waterfall motherfalls baler Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall – Confucius

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 Advice from the Ocean:

Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Expand your horizon. Don’t get tide down. Let worries drift away. Think big. Live deep.

 Sabang Beach Baler Aurora

Sabang Beach Baler Aurora

Sabang Beach Baler Aurora

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What I wore:

Oversized Shirt: Galaxy Print ROMWE
Flipflops: IPANEMA
Eyewear: SUNNIES
Travelers Sling Pouch: VICTORINOX
Inner wear: Bandeau Bra: WACOAL
Swim shorts: SASSA SWIMWEAR
OOTD taken at: Mother Falls Baler and Sabang Beach Baler

Read more of my Baler Adventure in this #HalerBaler post talking about other things to do while in Baler aside from surfing!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

About Earth Rullan

I am a storyteller. Influencer. Trendsetter. Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Blogger. An advocate of autism awareness, women's and children's rights. A former Journalist. I am not an expert I am experienced. I do what I love no regrets. If you need anything email me at : earthlingorgeous (@) gmail.com

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