Sunday, May 30, 2010

People Behind the Scene : Vaseline Road Trip of A Lifetime

I am a "people person".  Going on a Road Trip for 6 full days will be tough if I am uncomfortable with the people around me.  It was a great jump start when I learned that I'll be going on a trip with fellow bloggers Hannah and Ada.  Three's a company for sure!

Last Sunday, before I left for the Road Trip, I've readied my brain into thinking of enjoying the road trip with my fellow bloggers and come back home and have a better relationship with them.  Who would've thought I've came back with more than 10 extra friends?  It's true what they say... Expect the Unexpected.

I strongly believe that the people behind the "Vaseline Road Trip of a Lifetime" Experience are the TRUE heroes in this event.  I've seen their passion in doing the things they love to do.  I will be talking about them in no particular order!  These are my new found friends, as seen through my very own eyes!

Kankan is the first contact I have in this event.  She was the one who sent me an email telling me that I am chosen to be part of this activity.  When I met her for the first time, I feel comfortable with her in an instant because of her great smile.  It wasn't hard saying "yes" to her.  During the trip, she took care of us bloggers and made sure we are comfortable!  She even drove me home to make sure I'm safe and sound. 

Jenny or Jen, looks like a very serious lady at first glance.  After spending time with her, I realized she's one "kikay" (beauty enthusiast) girl!  Who would've thought we're both in love with cute trinkets and kiddie stuff?  I felt bad I haven't gotten the chance to do her nails because of the busy schedule.  Though we're both busy, I'm glad we had the chance to bond prior to leaving Vigan.  I won't forget it when she said: "As long as you bloggers are happy, I am happy".  Isn't that sweet?


Ed, the "big boss", as they fondly call him has a knack of humor!  He took time to get to know us "bloggers" better!  Too bad he left early so we did not have the chance to bond more.  But all I can say is that this guy has the groove!  *winks*


**photo grabbed from Jonat
A quiet guy to look at but this guy definitely lives life to the fullest!  He knows what he wants in life and definitely is game for anything!  He would give anything a try to satisfy his curiosity, eating carrot cake for example! I've also seen him rode a carabao too even though he's wearing red!  He has passion for photography as well and I wish he will be able to purchase his next "camera"! Go Jonat!

**photo grabbed from her FB account
Nel is an easy going girl with a beautiful smile.  She loves adventure and road tripping with her won't be difficult!  I am hoping to get the chance to travel with her the future Nel!!!


When I first met Gretch, she was the Brand Manager for Vaseline and during the trip, we learned that she got promoted!  Congratulations Gretch!  I am not surprised though, this girl obviously has the passion and responsibility to finish tasks beyond expectation.  Me and my fellow bloggers had a great laugh with her before they left Pagudpod!  She also texted us when she left which gave us bloggers a huge smile on our lips!  Thanks Gretch!

Looks could really be deceiving!  Bea may come off as a shy person but given a chance to get to know her, this girl's got the groove!  Would you believe she drove ATV like there's no tomorrow?  She's a future F1 driver as Ed would say! :) 


I told Edsel that the first time I saw him in one of our meetings, I thought he was a "snob".  Well, first impressions definitely aren't true!  He is one nice guy who obviously has a sense of humor and at the same time, has a sense of responsibility.  He made sure we are always on schedule and he always checks on us if we needed anything.  I didn't lay my finger on my heavy luggage during the trip because he made sure that it'll be transported by someone besides us bloggers!  Should I add that this guy loves his fish and meat? 


Our dear photographer Jeck is really friendly.  It isn't difficult to have our photos taken by him as he has this eye for detail.  He knows the right lighting, the right angle and the right moment to click! He was one of the few who went up to us and introduced himself to us!  I like it that I'm comfortable with him right away and don't mind showing the soles of my feet on one of his photos! *laughs* 


Gerald (I actually do not call him by his real name name) is the coolest director I know!  We were with him and his team inside the van most of the road trip.  At first, it was the longest van ride as it was really uncomfortable.  But this guy went out of his way to make us comfortable and I appreciate that!  Time flew by pretty quickly with him around.  And Direk, would go the extra mile to take care of his friends.  I learned so much from him too!  Thanks for the stories and advises!  Can't wait to see your masterpiece!


The "Walking General Information"! He's very quiet at first but when the conversation started to roll about Aliens, Reincarnation, Love, anything and everything under the sun!  You'll definitely hear his thoughts!  He'll probably hate me for saying this but this guy can dance!  :P

Jet, carries huge equipment and you wouldn't see a hint of complaint on his face at all!  The most quiet guy out of the 3 (Direk, Bong and Jet) but this guy definitely is deep.  Once I got the chance to bond with him and I learned so much from him!  He's obviously one friend you would like to keep!  I got an update that he is undergoing surgery at the moment so I am praying for his quick recovery and good health!

I love hugging this girl!  She's a bubbly girl with a wonderful talent on both singing and dancing!  This girl can rock your world when she performs!  I'd love to spend more time with her to share more stories as this girl's in love! :P 

Whenever we need anything, she's there to help us!  I'm glad I was able to bond with her prior to leaving!  Our late night laughs and jokes are definitely worth remembering!  Thanks Myla for taking our food orders too!


Ramby was the guy who helped me with directions to the Unilever office.  He's very helpful and makes sure to have our water ready even if we don't need it!  He lives his life to the fullest and I look up to him on that!  This guy can tell ghost stories!  Trust me, we love scaring ourselves!


It's amazing how spending less than a week with these people can change my life!  The Road Trip itself is amazing but going through the Road Trip with all the above mentioned individuals gave me a better outlook in life.  That there are more out there to seize than your own bubble wrapped world!  

I do miss them all, I really do, but we know that we're going to see each other again and it wont' be our last meeting.  Thanks for the wonderful memories!  I will definitely safe keep them inside my memory bank and my heart! :)

Before I end this post, I would love to thank Vaseline of course for choosing me to be part of this  experience, to those who are asking me about this product, I will definitely review this soon!  I am actually using this even if I'm back in Manila!  

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

(photos without watermark courtesy of Jeck Simbulan for Vaseline)


  1. mukhang enjoy ka fun trip hehe.

  2. i saw all your photos from the trip. i love the candid photos of you smiling ^_^

    I'm glad you had a great time!

  3. whenever I travel, I believe that the company i'm with are the best part of the trip. No wonderful scenery or place can make up for a great people that i'm with during those trips.

    I'm glad that you're Road Trip came to a full circle sis! You deserve every bit of thing/people/experience that makes you smile, laugh and feel good about.. :) Because you're a person who gives 100% of your heart and soul in everything you do.

    All of us are very happy for yah!!

    missed you much!!

  4. great people definitely make a great trip! you're lucky you were surrounded by a bunch of cool folks during the Road Trip :)

  5. Shobe, it was definitely a road trip of a lifetime, I can't get over the experience til now!

    Becky, thanks for reading about my trip! :)

    Shen, so true!!!! AGREE!!!! Miss you too sis!

    Clarice, I am indeed super lucky!!!


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