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The Candy Girl's Guide to Backpacking

Traveling the globe or hiking for a week with just a backpack is possible with these hacks.
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  1. Backpack Storage How-to

Keep in mind to store heavier items in the middle of your bag to even out the weight across your back.

  1. Essential Items

A microfiber towel, ziplocks and duct tape are just some on this list; click it to find out more and the reasons why they're a must.

  1. Clothing Packing Hack

Pack a whole outfit in one roll! Think of how much space you can actually save.

  1. Toothpaste Eyedropper

A simple 5-ml eye dropper can double as toothpaste storage with a convenient easy to squeeze nozzle don't you think? You don’t need to keep buying travel sized toothpaste, instead just keep refilling.

  1. How to Use Google Maps Offline

Handy to know when you know you'll have a hard time connecting to Wi-Fi in the area you'll be traveling to. But this is a pre-travel prep, you can download the map of your destination and mark places like your hotel on the map.

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  1. Hiking Snack Recipes

Create your own to-go snack bar that's packed with the ingredients you need to keep your energy levels up.

  1. Tips when Traveling

Important traveling tips customized for us ladies, which include staying in all female dorms or hostels and keeping accessories like a sarong when traveling in Asia.

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  1. Hiking OOTD

Consider packing rain gear on your hike especially with the unpredictable weather.

  1. Yoga Poses for Hiking

If you suffer back pain after a hike or would like to have a good stretch, try doing some yoga poses from this pin. But beginners be cautious, you need not do everything to prevent any injury.

  1. How Much Light is Left?

A nifty trick when you don't have a watch on you or your phone is on low batt. You can tell how much sun light you'll have in a day based on the position of the sun and the width of your fingers.

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  1. How to Prevent Blisters

Keep your feet snug and prevent mosquito bites by wearing panty hose underneath. It also doubles as insulation on cold trails.

  1. Shoelace Trick

Slipping shoes is also another cause for getting blisters; follow this shoe tie to create a fit loop around your shoes.

  1. Bandana Uses

A bandana is a multipurpose essential item, be sure to pack one in your bag.

  1. Common Backpack Mistakes

There are a lot of expensive and roomy backpacks in the market, you may think the roomier the better, but keep in mind that you'll most probably be carrying your bag the whole trip, read more essential tips from this pin.

  1. Get Fit for the Trail

Hiking or trekking can take a toll on your body, it's very important to train beforehand to make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable, some tips from this pin.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Juliana Rebong 23 hours ago

Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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