How My Dad Quit Smoking

June is National No Smoking Month and I just wanted to share with you how my father successfully quit smoking. He has not smoked a cigarette for 19 years now. Imagine that!

Growing up, I have known that Tatay (how I call my dad) was a smoker. He usually smoked Hope cigarettes but I remember that he occasionally puffed Marlboro reds, too. He never smoked in front of the family (me, my mom, and my older brother) but I sometimes saw him holding a box while getting out of the house. He used to smoke about one to two packs per day, and it started when he was only 17 years old.

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On travelling solo and discovering the beauty of Bantayan Island

I have always wanted to experience travelling alone at least once. I never thought I would do it sooner and almost unplanned. When I was presented with the opportunity to go to Cebu with a very cheap airfare, there was no time to hesitate and so, I just took the plunge. It would be my first time to go to Cebu. I originally wanted to visit the southern part of the province. However, being a broke, unemployed girl in the middle of her summer break, going to Bantayan Island proved to be a lot cheaper than swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob and canyoneering at Kawasan Falls.

This trip was filled with a lot of firsts for me, making it so precious and memorable. Basically, it was my first time to:

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