Five Ways to Stay Fit on the Road

 

BY ANDI BAÑEZ

 

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Staying on track has got to be one of the things we all find difficult to maintain while on the road. We’re so preoccupied with the things we want to see, the activities we want to do, and the food we want to eat that staying on track is our last concern. So, the best solution would be incorporating simple tweaks in our days that we won’t even need to think too much about.

 

Stay hydrated

It may occupy some space in your luggage but I firmly believe that we must BYOB. Bring Your Own Bottle. Water bottle that is. While it helps conserve the environment, saves you a couple of bucks, it also keeps you hydrated. We often mistake dehydration as hunger and we end up binging on unnecessary fastfood to satiate us. So, maintaining the 8-10 glasses of water daily is essential.

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Bring a good, comfortable pair of walking shoes

Most people end up wearing sneakers or rubber shoes, boots even, but find a nice pair of shoes you could pretty much match with most of your clothes. I found myself a pair of boots I could wear with almost all my clothes when I travel and they’re both comfy and light.

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Sightseeing

Choose sightseeing activities that involve a little physical activity, may it be a walking or cycling tour of the city.

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Yoga/Tabata/Running

I personally do a little yoga whenever I can wherever I go. If I cannot find the time to make it to class I’ll inject even a short 15-20 minute practice right before I head out.

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Share

There is so much food to try in new places that I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to try them all. And since I do travel around and if I’m with other people I opt to share whatever I get with who I’m with. To save money we also purchase different kinds of food we would want to try and share it with each other. Saves us some money and those extra calories too!

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Andi Bañez is a traveling yoga teacher having taught in beautiful islands like Balesin and Siargao here in the Philippines. While she’s in Manila she’s teaching in her home studio, Urban Ashram Yoga. She’s an avid reader and enjoys meeting and learning about people. Lately, she’s developed a liking to reading tarot cards. Follow her on Instagram: @andibanez | https://journeysaretwowaystreets.wordpress.com 

 

Girl We Love: Lit Tabernero-Gubat

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling?

I am an HR practitioner by trade and spend most of my time in the office. When I'm not exploring new places, I'm usually at any of my go-to surf spots with my husband, or planning out my next weekend escape. 

What are your travel must-haves?

My trusty camera, sunblock, moisturizer, sunglasses and of course bikinis… lots of bikinis!

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What do you like most about Wink?

I like how pleasant and accommodating the staff are. Everything is well taken care of.

How does Wink help you with your travels?

I have never freely enjoyed the great outdoors so much until Wink. Now I can wear all my bikinis and go on sand and surf trips without any unnecessary ”pre-flight checks,” just grab-and-go. Adventure-ready, indeed!

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Best trip you've ever been on?

These would definitely be my trip to Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental, and that 2-week vacation in Bali. It was pure bliss!

Do you have a travel bucket list? If yes, what countries/places are on it?

Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Morrocco.

But of course, I would also love to explore more of the Philippines. Our country is gifted with endless lovely beaches and natural wonders, and oh, lots of (hidden and known) surf spots too, so there is so much more to see and enjoy.

What do you love about traveling?

I travel not just to give myself a breather but to keep rekindling my sense of adventure, wonder, and freedom.

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What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling?

There’s a lot, but jagung bakar pedas manis (Balinese Spicy Roast Corn) would be a favorite!

If you can be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

I would be in Canggu surfing all day with my husband.  Because bikinis, and waves, and roast corn!

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip?

Slow down, there’s no deadline except the ones you make. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Most of all, respect the locals, the elements, and the environment.

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Girl We Love: Katrine Lee

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling?

I’m currently studying Fashion Design and Merchandising at DLS-CSB. I love cooking, doing yoga and working out at home!

What are your travel must-haves?

Camera, coconut oil, insulated water bottle.

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What do you like most about Wink?

The service, I love how they gave me a brief information about everything I needed to know and the effectiveness of the treatment!

How does Wink help you with your travels?

Since I’m in a bikini a lot, for once I didn’t have to worry about shaving, waxing or plucking in the midst of my trip. I’m so grateful for being so free of unwanted hairs!

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Best trip you've ever been on?

It was my first time in Siargao just a few weeks ago and I fell in love with the island and the surf. <3

Do you have a travel bucket list? If yes, what countries/places are on it?

I really wanna travel around the Philippines and look for surf spots. I’m dreaming of Costa Rica too!

What do you love about traveling?

Traveling reminds to always stay grounded and respect our environment. I love the connections I make with the people I meet, it’s one of the things that make my trip so memorable!

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What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling?

I’m a vegan and I always get giddy if there are vegan options. Recently on my trip to Siargao, I fell in love with this plant-based burger made of mushroom and beets patty from Bravo Beach Resort and Shaka's heavenly smoothie bowls! Can't choose one. :( Haha

If you can be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

In Hawaii or Bali surfing. I just want to surf all day and eat vegan food afterwards.

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip?

Always stay in the moment and take time to appreciate your surroundings. Don’t forget to pack light and hydrate! Oh, and please be mindful of your trash. :)

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What is Laser Facial?

 

A facial is an essential skin treatment step that can help your travels to be fuss-free, carefree, and worry-free. Imagine not worrying on how to hide any pesky or unwanted blemishes whether you're on your island getaway or conquering your 6th mountain climb this year.  While there are a lot of facial treatments that promise to give you that clear, bright and dewy, glowing skin even without make-up, not all facials are created equal. We give you the lowdown on what makes laser facial different from the traditional facial a.k.a. the type of facial you're probably most familiar with. 

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Available at all Wink locations except in Wink SM City East Ortigas and TriNoma

 

Siargao Travel Guide

 

by Andi Bañez

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The most talked about place in the Philippines this year has got to be none other than the beautiful island of Siargao. This world renowned surf spot has been visited by many people from all over the world just dying to catch a set at Cloud 9. And here we are, an hour away from paradise with no clue where to begin planning for the trip. Well, here’s a shortlist of a few local favorites and Siargao’s not so secret secrets to help you enjoy the island for what it really is.

Where to stay

Kermit Surf and Eco Lodge – Home to the coolest hangout spot to meet a few other travelers, catch a morning yoga class, or eat their famous pizzas, you’ll feel right at home here.


Bravo – Although the beach is right there, there’s a nice pool to take a dip and read a book, there’s excellent Tapas, dogs who only understand Spanish, and After Surf Sundays for their Php50 Pomadas that are absolutely yummy! You can’t go wrong with that.

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Where and what to eat

Miguel’s Taqueria – Although all their tacos and burritos are awesome it’s Miguel’s Fish Tacos that are the BOMB! Located in a small corner close to the market, you can’t miss it! Oh, and most likely it’s Miguel himself who might be making those tacos for you. Little secret is that every morning they make those tortillas from scratch. So, they usually open around 2pm… 12 if you’re lucky.


Fat Lips – For their ice cream! Fat Lips is actually a surf shop but go inside and ask for the ice cream. Get the cookies and cream or the coffee flavored one. And there’s a way to eat it. Have them teach you or surprise him by knowing how to do it yourself. (1. Read the quote underneath the cup, yes, there’s a quote; 2. Rub or roll the cup between your hands to loosen it up; 3. Pop it free; 4. Enjoy!)

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Photo credit: @aldwincups

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Photo credit: @fat_lips_surfshop


What to do


Rent a motorbike or scooter and ride around the entire island. Although Siargao is more known for General Luna – there are so many other towns and beaches around the island like Burgos and Pacifico that are less traversed and just as beautiful. Plus, the palm tree lined roads are a spectacle on its own.


Island hopping on a budget. There are many tours and signs around that advertise the three main islands: Naked, Daku and Guyam. But there’s a cheaper alternative! Go to the market area and beside it is a hut with a bunch of boatmen. Boats are usually Php1,500 for the whole day already and that’s the whole boat and can fit as much as 8 people, as opposed to Php1,500/per person. Just get food from the market so you can have it cooked on Daku Island.

Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to stop by Wink before you leave! 😊

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Photo credit: @kimjungenrie

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Photo credit: @johnlloydrn

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Photo credit: @mysiargaoguide


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Andi Bañez is a traveling yoga teacher having taught in beautiful islands like Balesin and Siargao here in the Philippines. While she’s in Manila she’s teaching in her home studio, Urban Ashram Yoga. She’s an avid reader and enjoys meeting and learning about people. Lately, she’s developed a liking to reading tarot cards. Follow her on Instagram: @andibanez | https://journeysaretwowaystreets.wordpress.com 

 

Girl We Love: Tabitha Fernan

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling? 

I run a Website Content and Social Media management business with my husband, which I can do pretty much anywhere and I love it! I also create Passion and Yoga retreats with a friend. It's called "Infinite You", and it caters to those who need that escape from the noise of the city. 

What are your travel must-haves? 

Coconut oil and aloe vera (yes, I bring fresh leaves with me) which are perfect for pretty much everything - dry skin, sunburns, and cuts. My trusty camera - I always regret when I DON'T bring with me, so I've decided that it's an essential in all my trips. All-around swimwear - something I can wear to lounge, surf, and do yoga in. 

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What do you like most about Wink? 

I love what Wink stands for, and the market that they cater to. I also really appreciate their effortless and excellent customer service. 

How does Wink help you with your travels?

Wink makes me look fresh! Their facials repair my sun-kissed skin and help clear my acne marks. Who needs makeup when you've got Wink? 

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Best trip you've ever been on? 

Exploring Negros Oriental and Occidental. You get the full experience when you go around those regions. I remember exploring Negros Oriental, jumping to different cities, eating delicious food, checking out nearby beaches and falls, and then making our way to Negros Occidental (in Dumaguete and Apo Island) to experience a quieter island life with amazing marine sanctuaries. We could live there forever! 

Do you have a travel bucket list? If yes, what countries/places are on it?

I want to do a long trip with husband, exploring the Philippines from Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao. Starting from the northern region and making our way to the south - climbing mountains, checking out surf spots, exploring rainforests, eating local food, and learning new cultures. 

The Philippines has so much to offer and I want to see all of it in this lifetime!

What do you love about traveling?

I love the little beautiful surprises and inconveniences along the way. Nothing is certain, and it tests your character. It also makes bonds stronger and makes you reflect on the more important things in life. 

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What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling? 

Oh my gosh, I remember staying in Pandanan, a small town in Sagay City. They have the freshest seafood I've ever had! We woke up to a breakfast feast of freshly caught oysters, clams, lobsters, and fish. It was pretty intense. That was one meal I won't forget. 

If you can be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

Siargao or Baler. I've been itching to get on my board and surf! 

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip?

"Invest" in an all-around pair of rubber slippers. They don't even have to be expensive! My slippers have gone through surf trips, treks, rivers, and boulders - and they're still alive. That's all you'll need to wear ;) 

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Is your sunscreen reef safe?

 

At Wink, we like to incorporate green solutions at our studios. We use safe, non-toxic cleaning products and love our paperless forms, to name a few. As lovers of the outdoors, we try to be mindful of the environmental impact of our usual and go-to travel essentials and choices. Case in point, sunscreen. 

While sun protection is essential for all the fun outdoor activities we do, did you know that most sunscreens are harmful to our coral reefs? Becca Ramirez, a Digital Specialist and Product Review Blogger shared and reviewed a few suncreens that can both help protect our skin and the marine life as well.