Car Protection with Malayan’s Automaster

Sometimes we only appreciate something when it is lost or unavailable to us.

One example of that is our mode of transportation, our vehicle, our car. After all, it makes going to work, doing your errands and yes, traveling much easier if you have it. Now, it is, of course, a good idea then to take measures to protect your private mode of transportation. Getting a a car insurance & car insurance policy is certainly one good measure.

Consider then getting  one from Malayan’s Automaster. It provides protection for you and your passengers so that you will be worry-free on the road and have peace of mind. In other words, #InsuretobeSure!

Curious about Automaster’s coverage features and benefits? Here’s a glimpse of them: automobile loss/own damage; third party liability; auto personal accident; acts of God protection; riots, strikes and civil commotion coverage; standard automobile accessories protection; optional valuable accessories protection; loss of use and accredited repair shops. Here is one clear move to ensure your vehicle is safeguarded against accidents, from natural calamities, theft and automobile damage among others.

In the Philippines where typhoons and yes, flooding have become a consistent challenge, getting Malayan’s Automaster could prove to be a wise move. After all, just consider how many cars were destroyed in the typhoon and flooding (considered as Acts of God) we have seen in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the last 5 years alone? It is not a nice feeling to find yourself helpless in the midst of your car problems. It is not just about losing travel opportunities but it is a cut on your regular mobility which can affect your job and yes, your family.

To know more specifics about Malayan’s Automaster, check out their website. And here’s one cool news: you can also get your quotation via email instantly and buy Automaster online! You can always, of course, communicate with their agents but how convenient that you also have online access for needed information and to actually purchase.  You can also check out their social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MalayanInsurancePH/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malayaninsuranceph/

Here’s to continued safe travels for you and your loved ones along with your vehicle 🙂

My Most Traveled Year (So Far)

Even as I write this post, I can hear Christmas music being played in our neighbor’s house, just across the street. Being reminded that December is near also reminds me that the end of 2017 is also just around the corner. This has also made me think about the trips I have done this year.

Well, it turns out that I have only done one trip this year! By a trip, I mean taking a plane or a boat to travel away from our city. I did not include driving trips that took less than hour from our place. On the other hand, I looked back to 2016 and realized I actually made a total of 6 trips that year! In fact, it would be more than 6 trips if we consider the connecting flights/boat travel that I also had to go through to reach these 6 destinations. Three of my travel destinations in 2016 were new ones for me, two within the Philippines and one abroad.

Count it memory gaps 🙂 but until today I was thinking that 2014 was my most traveled year but it turns out that I made 5 trips for that year. So overall, 2016 is the winner 🙂

Here’s what my 2016 travel itinerary looked like:

February – I was in Bohol for about a week. I run a training focusing on Cultural Anthropology and then spent a few days with my family in Bohol. My two brothers and their families are based there. I also had a really fun time swimming in the pool of my late Uncle’s home together with my nephew during this trip. It turned out that this was my 2nd to the last time of seeing my uncle as he passed away this year.

My trip to Bohol required that I fly to Cebu first (Butuan-Cebu) and then I took a fastcraft from Cebu to Tagbilaran. I also spent a couple of days in Cebu.

Working with this view 😊 Thank you, Lord #Bohol

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May – I finally got the chance to travel to Bukidnon for the 1st time 🙂  I was asked to help facilitate a training there for LGUs. Bukidnon, I would say, is the equivalent of Baguio in Mindanao. The temperature was much cooler there. Aside from the pineapple plantation there and of course, Dahilayan, I would also remember the clean and green surroundings.

Loving nature & the cool weather in Dahilayan, Bukidnon 😄 #dahilayan #breaktime

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July – My sister based in the US decided to visit our home province, Bohol, and my husband and I decided to go home and spend time with her and the family. Together with my other siblings, we checked in at Dumaluan Beach Resort. It was also nostalgic when we met the resort owner who had served as mayor in Panglao for several years. Our families had been neighbors when we were kids and my older siblings were his friends and playmates along with his other siblings. This trip also meant my passing by Cebu.

October – I was invited again to hold a training on Cultural Anthropology this time in Kalibo, Aklan. This was my 1st time to Kalibo and it made me discover that Kalibo is one key gateway to Boracay 🙂  And so after the training, I traveled to Boracay 🙂 To get to Boracay from Kalibo, you can take a bus or a van. I opted for a van. The last time I was in Boracay was about a decade or so already! So obviously, there were changes 🙂 It’s still a beautiful place. I had to pass by Cebu again to fly out to Kalibo.

But my trip in October did not end with Kalibo or Cebu. My husband and I also traveled to New Zealand in October 🙂  Our travel there meant we also had to fly to Manila and then to Bangkok, Thailand first. Our stopover in Thailand gave us the opportunity to still go around Bangkok. In New Zealand, we attended a leadership gathering of leaders and pastors upon invitation by a church there. An added bonus for this trip is that we also got to spend our 7th wedding anniversary there 🙂 We left Butuan on the 26th (for Manila-Bangkok-Auckland) and got back home on November 9. New Zealand is my first travel destination outside of Asia.

Amazing Akaroa #NewZealand

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November – Just when I thought my travel schedule was winding down, it turned out that I had one more trip to Kalibo, Aklan again 🙂 I was asked to run again another training, this time on Resource Development. I just explored some parts of the city on this trip. There was a typhoon during the week that I was there, just when I was about to finish the training. My flight back to Cebu was even delayed because of the bad weather. But thank God, I was able to fly home safely together with some friends from the training course. I was back in Butuan in one piece soon after 🙂

My initial plan is that I might take up graduate studies next year. So that might mean less travel time for me. But we’ll see how it goes. I might have just one more travel to do before 2017 ends but it is pretty clear that this year is more of a restful year for me, for us than 2016. All in all, I am thankful to God for all the travel opportunities that have been given to me not just in 2016 or 2017 but for all the past years as well 🙂

Getting a Car? Check Out These 4 Tips

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Finding the right car to use or buy whether for travel or work is important. Getting a car not only improves your mobility, it can also spell convenience for you.

Now, whether you decide to buy a new car or a used one will cost you money. That is why it is important to think through and consider several things before making the purchase. Here are 4 tips that might help you in your car purchase:

1. Decide the basics of what you like, need. Since it is you who will be using the car day in and day out, make sure that the one you buy is actually the one you like and need. A friend of mine once picked me up at the airport when I visited her city. She was driving a van and she kept apologizing to me throughout the ride that she was having a hard time driving. It was her husband who chose the car and yet it was supposed to be her who will be using it regularly. She told me that it was not the kind of car she liked or needed.

2. Do the research. Buying a car requires more money than most of your other purchases. And so you have to be sure you know about the cars you are considering to buy. Thankfully, there are sites that can serve you in getting more information about a car, including price estimates. Check out Cars.com. You can even find videos and reviews there by others who have made purchases which can be very helpful. Doing research will help you make a more informed decision about your purchase.

During our trip to Phuket, Thailand in 2014, our friend rented a car to pick us up at the airport. She also rented one we used to go around the city.

3. Tag along an expert friend. Now, should you still feel less confident about making that car purchase alone, then by all means tag a family member along or a friend who knows more about cars than you. A friend of mine who has been looking into purchasing a used car decided to bring along a car mechanic friend. That’s certainly a smart move.  

4. Check out several shops, dealers. Don’t get stuck with just one shop or dealer. Inquire from several ones, compare prices. There are shops or dealers that will offer you a better deal than the others like special discounts or other free items that can come with your purchase.

Here’s to a satisfied car purchase to you. And yes, don’t forget to drive safely to your next destination.

Take a Break, Travel, Play Music

I think that traveling is one of the best ways to take a break.

Whether you travel to the next town or fly over an ocean to visit an international decision, this will take you out from your usual routine. The experience can help you see things in a new light. It refreshes your mind, challenges your perspective.

Music, on the other hand, may not mean stepping into a new physical territory like traveling but like reading, it can take you to places as well. It can bring you back to the past, it can let you re-experience the happy places in your life. And yes, it can even allow you to revisit some of the painful stops and pauses in your life. I think this is true whether you just listen to music, watch a live musical performance or whether you yourself are playing music with the piano or a Fender guitar (by the way, check out the best musiciansfriend.com fender guitars).

Traveling and music. Both provide opportunities to take a break from our usual routines. Both can take us to places, and hopefully inspire you and me as we continue our own personal journeys in life.