About Me

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Hi there. I’m Kristine, born in the 1980s on Philippine Independence Day. A lot of people seem amazed that I popped out of my mother’s womb on this historic national holiday so I figured you might find me a little more interesting if I mentioned this fact. If you think otherwise then jeez, you’re pretty hard to impress. I can’t do a somersault so I got nothing.

I grew up in Gensan but I’ve been slogging through the traffic, congestion and pollution of Metro Manila since I was 16. Yes, I’m from Manny Pacquiao’s hometown. No, we are not neighbors, I’ve never seen his house and we’ve never met. But I do find that cab drivers, police officers and airport security are nicer to me when they learn that Pacquiao is my kababayan so I’m milking that for all its worth.

I hate marshmallows. I’ve eaten frogs, snakes and woodworms and I can probably stomach a few bugs but I’d never eat a marshmallow. Don’t ask me why because I also can’t give a rational explanation for it. Maybe I had a nightmare of being attacked by a giant marshmallow monster when I was a kid. I’m also freaked out by long fingernails. I don’t care if they’re well-manicured, coated with classy nail polish and stamped with pretty designs. They’re creepy.

I like to watch football, UFC fights and F1 races. Yeah, I’m a girl and I enjoy watching cars racing at breakneck speed and brawny guys beating the crap out of each other. Get over it, it’s not that weird (at least not as weird as having an aversion to marshmallows or a mortal fear of long fingernails).

A good amount of my posts are about mountaineering and traveling interspersed with drinking beer, getting lost, unwittingly photobombing other people’s shots and being involved in something extremely stupid and/or mildly life-threatening. I use a cheap digital point-and-shoot for taking pictures and my photography skills are passable at best, blurry at worst so don’t go looking for breathtaking photos either.

Aside from mountains and travel, I also blabber about, well, anything I feel like blabbering  about really. Coherence is not my strong point. So if you’re into reading mundane blog posts from a possibly unhinged marshmallow hater, then feel free to look around and know that you have my utmost gratitude. If some keyword search mistakenly led you to this blog, then please accept my apologies for not being able to give the information you were looking for and I hope you find something substantial elsewhere. And if you actually read this long-winding post in its entirety and didn’t barf or roll your eyes in annoyance, then you are the most awesome person in my book. Let’s be friends.

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93 thoughts on “About Me

  1. [Con Tour Blog]

    hi Kristine.

    Thanks for dropping by my con tour blog. I admired your courage to travel alone. Always be sensible at all times. Just be a smart traveler. BTW, I will add you to my list for “My Bukidnon Photo Blog” site. :-). See you around.

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  2. Sony Fugaban

    Pleased to meet you, Kristine! I must admit, I was so (actually, I still am) entertained reading your About Me. There’s an extraordinary humor that certainly appealed to my senses. To say that this page is entertaining is an understatement. I wanted an adjective that’s a lot better than that word so I could put exactly what I thought about this page, but the dictionaries were not cooperative enough. Hence, I ended up blabbering. Hehe … Seriously, it was a LOT of fun swinging here. I was also comforted to meet another soul, through you, who has a lot of passions in life. Believe me when I say, “We have plenty of things in common.”

    p.s.

    I hope you don’t mind if I put you in my blogroll.

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    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Thanks for the kind words, Sony! Glad to know someone actually had fun reading this. 😀 And thanks for including me in your blogroll. I don’t mind at all. I’m very flattered actually.

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  3. iAmtryinghard2learn

    I wish, like you; I could have a lot of words to describe what I feel or what I see. What I knew are just few adjectives and or few English words. I have almost 10 websites all are scratch..as in scratch.. Why I am saying this, because reading your about me is telling me to read more and more books and dictionary. Your amazing..Can you be my English Tutor?

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    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Reading is a great way to improve vocabulary and writing skills. And it’s loads of fun! *geek alert* Not sure having me as a tutor would be a good idea though. I might just mess you up even more. 😛

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  4. Diana

    BWAKANANG!!! Oble!!! Kilala mo pa ba ako? GooGoo. 🙂 Kumusta na? Nakita ko itong blog nato sa Facebook. Pinost ata ni Lulu sa BA Penthouse group. Ang galing naman! I have to read all your work! 🙂

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    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Bwakanang anak ng tipaklong talaga!!! Haha. Biruin mo yun dito pa tayo nag-reunite. Syiempre walang limutan oi. Nasakin pa rin yung shirt na nilagyan mo ng design. 😀 Aww nag-reminisce tuloy ako bigla ng Kalai days. I miss you Goo!!! Pakita ka naman sa Pinas!

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  5. Diana

    Ble, uuwi kami ng boyfriend ko this coming June. Pangalan nya e Daniel Craig. Haha! No, hindi si James Bond. Kapangalan lang. 🙂 Sana magkita-kita tayo this June. I-organize natin. 🙂 Anyways, andito ako ngayon sa San Diego, California. Nine years nako dito sa US. Nagma-masteral ako ngayon (MS Forensic Science). In fairness, nasa TV ako a number of times last year. Umabot kaya sa Balitang America. Haha! Click mo yung name ko and then it’ll take you to my website. Check mo yung ‘press’.

    Miss na kita Oble!!! 🙂 Ano na balita sayo? It seems like you’ve been traveling alright. Ang gaganda ng photos mo adeng!!! I was reading that blog about that time na na-meet mo yung Pulitzer prize awardee. Na-imagine ko kung gano ka kaloka nung ma-meet mo sya. Haha! I miss Kalay days. May facebook ka ba? Dapat meron. Meron tayong group for BA Penthouse!

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    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Naks ang lupit mo! Ikaw na ang sikat. Pati boyfriend mo sikat ang pangalan. 😛

      Sige, paramdam ka lang pagdating mo dito. Let’s meet!

      Yep, sobrang nag-fangirl ako kay Junot Diaz. Iwinaksi na lahat ng dignidad. Haha.

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  6. Chiz

    I need to read all your posts since your About me page got me hooked already. You seem like a very interesting person, a cool and adventurous one too. I hope I get to meet you in one of your trips. Tho di ako hiker or mountain climber, I tried, but maybe I’m not adventurous yet. 🙂

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    1. nagbabasang pinoy Post author

      Thanks for the awesome compliment, Chiz. I strongly suggest though that you moderate your expectations of me. My friends just think I’m crazy, and not always in a good way. 😛

      Hope to see you on the road!

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  7. edgarjeoffrey

    i am very tired, sleepy and can’t wait to get out of the office. but sure glad i searched for “mountaineering” topics and stumbled upon your blog. you got my imagination working with your marshmallow monster. this is probably the funniest about me page i’ve ever read. 😀

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  8. Ruby Ubaldo

    Hi. Happened by your site while searching for posts about Batanes. Read your About Me post, guess you have a new friend in me:)) – since I did not barf nor roll my eyes, and I read all of it … and smiled. For sure I’ll be reading more of your blogs, past, present, and future- since I just signed up to follow you. Wish I had the same courage(?right word) when I was your age to travel alone. Well, I did travel, away from all things familiar to me, to start earning more as an OFW. It has its rewards, but also some regrets, but like you I try not to dwell on the negatives. I figure I had a choice, and I chose. Sorry this long reply am sure you did not foresee. Thanks for sharing your experiences in Batanes. Being able to see my birthplace(Basco)again since 1968 is just 1 of the rewards I am referring to when I chose. And for the future “RETURN TO BATANES” is very much in my mind. BTW I also visited Gen San and Marbel, have a very dear cousin there. Thanks again. Ingat ka lagi:))

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Hi Ms. Ruby! Thanks so much for reading my blog and for your heartfelt comment. I think you have more courage than I do for doing what you did and I’m glad that you’re now enjoying the rewards of that difficult choice.

      Batanes is an amazing place and I feel so blessed to have been there. I hope you’d get to go back there soon. (I also have that wish for myself as well.) I think it’s pretty cool that we’ve already been to each other’s hometown, considering that they’re on opposite ends of the archipelago. 🙂

      Ingat din po kayo wherever you are. Dios mamajes! 😀

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  9. Ruby Ubaldo

    Thank you, Dios mamajes! Who knows we might ran into each other next time we’re in Batanes(really an amazing place!) or probably Gen San. Hope you get to see more of this beautiful world, to share with us:)) Take care always.

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  10. dexter jumawid

    hello tin…. nag d2k kami last august 17-19, 2012.. with my 4yo son and friends, most of us first time to traverse……. im 6 days older than u… ejejejeeje

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  11. Jobet

    I’m not usually a fan of long entries. And I can’t believe you managed to satisfy my short attention span, probably because of your interesting adjectives and wit, which subconsciously led me to finish reading this post. A sign of a good post!

    And yea, I also read one of your posts that talks about other bloggers plagiarizing your ideas. Haha, I like how you respond! 🙂

    I just resigned from my work last January, and I also started traveling alone. Hoping to see you around one day.

    and I hope you don’t mind me posting my site: http://backpackandbible.org (but feel free to delete and edit this comment if you do)

    Cheers!

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thank you, Jobet! I’ve realized that making fun of myself is one of the best ways to get people interested in reading my blog so that has been my default strategy ever since. I’m glad it still works. 😀

      Good to know that you’re traveling, doing what you love and you’re engaged in a noble cause. Wishing you the best and I do hope to bump into you one of these days. Thanks again for dropping by. Keep safe and have fun in your adventures!

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  12. Fatima Kashin

    Hi Kristine, keep posting wonderful pictures of natures..especially mountain peeks. I simply love your blog! Keep up!

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thanks so much, Fatima! I sure hope to climb more mountains and take pictures of them. Great job on highlighting human rights and humanitarian issues in the Middle East on your blog. Keep it up!

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  13. wittymistee

    I have been inching to climb a mountain too but did not have the chance yet. hopefully soon. Reading your blog will give me more inspiration. Also glad to read a fellow Iska here. By the way, I am a 2.5 hour away from GenSan, I’m from Davao.

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    1. Tintin Post author

      I hope you’d get that chance. It’s an exhilarating experience, something you’ll always remember. And it’s addicting! I’ve been to Davao many times. I was actually there just earlier this month! I went to Davao Oriental and explored Mati and it is BEAUTIFUL!

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  14. mzsura

    I initially saw Tintin on your blog and wanted to check it out since that was my nickname growing up, then I saw that your name is also Kristine and we’re both from the Philippines. What are the odds of that?!

    I really like all of your pics. Hopefully I can get more into climbing!

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thanks! Glad to bump into a katukayo. You should try it. Climbing is tough but it’s a lot of fun and strangely fulfilling. See you around!

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  15. maejane28

    Very well written 🙂
    I also love F1 Races, who’s your favorite driver? I love Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull racing!!! Thanks for sharing about yourself 🙂

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Vettel was also my favorite. I actually rooted for him back in his Toro Rosso days and his rookie year in Red Bull. But he’s petulant when he doesn’t get his way and it’s annoying, like watching a little boy throw a tantrum (which is exactly what he’s doing at times). I don’t get to watch much F1 these days though ’cause climbs are often scheduled on weekends. Hoping to catch up with the race one of these days. Thanks for reading! I hope you won’t get mad that I just dissed Vettel. 🙂

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  16. Jenny

    Hello, I am so inspired to know that you are a solo traveler. I have been wanting to travel solo since the beginning of time. But the lack of budget and tightness of schedule holds me back. I realized I never have to buy a good camera to take good pictures, because the subject itself is already beautiful, no matter what. I wish to meet you soon, I heard of you from Rizzi and I’m from Gensan too. I wish to travel solo the next time too. God bless!

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Hi Jenny! Thanks for dropping by. You can also travel solo if you really want to. It wasn’t that easy for me as well. I had to scrimp and save and negotiate vacation leaves like crazy. Hope to meet you, too! I’m going home to Gensan for the holidays. Best of luck on your solo travel plans!

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  17. Rawhide

    Wow!!!!!! Finally, a blogging mountaineer who actually knows how to write!!! Truly, I am sick of reading ‘gears’ and ‘trail foods’ and ‘hairs’ from them all. And most have been dormant anyways.. yours is still teeming with zest, and good grammar! Hope you don’t retire soon!

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      1. kenjokenjo

        What separates this blog from the rest is the personal story that she puts in her posts, not just the dry info on itinerary and expenses. I think the story give us a better picture of what it’s really like to hike a particular mountain.

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        1. Tintin Post author

          Aww… thanks guys. Your comments made me smile. 😀 Climb nyo pala yung Cristobal, Kenjo? Inaya lang din ako ni Fred. Sabit sabit as usual. Hehe. See you this weekend!

          Fred, sinapian ata ang phone ko. Puro blank messages natatanggap ko from you and Jet. Jet tried to call at wala akong marinig except the echo of my voice. Although sa ibang tao okay naman so baka may sumpa kayong dalawa. Hehe. DM mo na lang on Twitter the info on Friday’s dayhike pati na rin ang sa weekend. Pano ang dinner and breakfast? Kanya-kanya o group na luto? I can bring my cookset and stove kung kelangan. Pambawi sa pagiging squatter ko. Hehe. Tapos, pahiram jacket! 😀 Sorry, ginawa ko na namang chatroom ang comment thread. Hehe.

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    1. Tintin Post author

      I literally laughed out loud on “trail foods.” 😀 I also have my own share of grammar mistakes particularly when I’m blabbering (i.e., dangling sentences, misused prepositions, mixing metaphors, way too much navel-gazing, bad writing in general). But I am grateful that you like my blog. Thank you so much! I also hope I won’t have to retire soon. I’m still very much in love with climbing mountains. It’ll break my heart if I have to stop.

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog! Batanes is beautiful and amazing and I feel very lucky that I was able to go there. You have all the reasons to be proud. 🙂

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  18. Anthony Capirayan

    Hi, Tin! I was wandering through the “terrains” of the internet and stumbled upon this great blog of yours. Mine has been dormant for some months now, and I should say that you stoked the fire in me to get back to writing (uhm, er, blabbering). I will also be having by first climb to Pico de Loro this Saturday. Your picturesque description of it left me thrilled and electrified. Thanks!

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Hi Anthony! Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you want to get back to writing again and it feels kind of weird (but in a good way) that I was able to inspire you somehow on this. But thanks for the kind words. 🙂 Best of luck on the Pico climb!

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  19. Faith Ocampo

    Hi! Saw your photo ‘Blow Job. More fun in the Philippines’ and I was wondering whether you’re willing to participate in an interview for my study (either online or face-to-face). I’m currently a BS Devcom student in UPLB conducting my thesis about how photographers portray the meaning of the campaign slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

    Hoping for your favorable response. Thanks!

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Hi Faith! I’m not exactly a photographer. I just take pictures on my travels using a point-and-shoot. But I’m willing to help if I can. Just email me the details. My email ad is on the Contact page. Thanks!

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  20. Manong Hulios

    By some stellar miracle that Regulus and Denebola crossed paths, has allowed me to cosmically chance upon your blog. Long it has been since I read an article by someone who writes like you do. Maybe brought on by mingling too much with the copy-paste generation of our society—nevertheless, my recent fondness for mountains and need for mountaineering info has led me to your article, https://nagbabasangpinoy.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/dont-date-a-girl-who-climbs-mountains/

    Good read by the way.

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Cheesy writing can be hard to come by these days but I’ve got that down to an art, fortunately. Hehe. Thanks for dropping by my blog and for the kind words! Best of luck on your future climbs. 🙂

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  22. Ming

    I guess we’re friends because I also don’t know how to do a somersault and I have short stubby nails. High five, maybe?

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  23. Cristina

    Hi Ms. Tin! Normally, I don’t leave comments whenever I read blogs but as it turns out, I can’t help it. Your writing is great and if only I had much time to read all your blogs today, I will. Thank you for simply making me smile today 🙂

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thank you so much, Cristina! I truly appreciate that you took the time to read my posts and leave a heartwarming comment. I’m more than glad to know that I made you smile somehow. 😀

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  24. Chelsea

    Weeee ang cool cool mo tintin. Hehe makatintin akala mo close na eh.. 🙂 i think im stalking you na kasi im checking and reading all your posts :))) i really liked it by the way 🙂

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Oh no. Going through my archives always makes me cringe. I have way too many I-can’t-believe-I-wrote-that-what-the-hell-was-I-thinking entries so I honestly find it very embarrassing whenever people backread my posts. But thank you for taking the time to do so. 🙂

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  25. hikerg1rl

    I love your writing style, Kristine! I actually read the entire thing from beginning to end and thought it was hilarious. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Climb on!

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  26. renier vitug

    Hi Kristine.. it was my first time to read your blog.. PRONTO i want to be your follower. I read your blog from tip to toe it was very interesting. I’m a freelance climber and done a lot of solo adventures like what you love doing, i hope i get to see you in one of your adventures. INGAT PALAGI and keep on posting.

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  27. capz

    i look forward to seeing u at the trail… u’re hilarious..i love u hahaha!
    i love reading ur blog! it’s like i’m reading ME 🙂

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  28. Rommel Fabro

    “Coherence is not my strong point. So if you’re into reading mundane blog posts from a possibly unhinged marshmallow hater, then feel free to look around and know that you have my utmost gratitude.” Hahaha. Fun. Do you have an FB fan page? I’d like to have your posts on my news feed, I think it would make my day every now and again! I love it! It’s like you are talking in your sleep and you don’t filter any of your thoughts. We never really have coherent thoughts when we dream in our sleep but it almost always turns out to be beautiful.

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