It’s really hard for me to create a blog post for this because my reference is about the book that I was reading----prototype by Jonathan Martin. I really want to make a justice about the post that this somehow should be relational to that book.

Prototype made a standard of my next book reads. This book created an impact in my life. There were realizations and learning when I was reading this book.  Speaking of relevance, this book extends it’s hand to us millennials with relatable material in social media today.

Prototype is about knowing your identity as a Christian, as God’s beloved. If you could notice my blog header, “you call me beloved. I am perfection” that’s just beyond a blog description. The header means a lot for me because my identity is not my traits or name but because of my Lord and Savior.
So when reading the book, and seeing it from the book store shelves, I felt that, God was speaking to me. That seeing that book at that time, God wants to speak to me and tell that “hey son, this is a story I want to tell you”.

The History

A. Music

I love music a lot because it tells a personal story of every walks of life. By simply listening to a song, we get to realize things, we get to connect and we get to identify our moments.
Jars of Clay’s album  The Shelter started my realization as a God’s beloved through their songs “Walk in the Night”. The beats of the music make me feel like i’m in a different place (in London – because for me, they sound like a brit band in a gloomy London weather). They also give me the 80’s/90’s beats.

“You formed my knees to bend, You call me beloved, I am perfection”.
-Run in the Night, Jars of Clay [the Shelter album]

Now upon reading the lines of the songs plus the music feels itself, it truly makes a story of every son and daughters. They He formed us in a way  with a purpose. That no matter what we do, or how we look like, we are His beloved and through His eyes we are the best creation ever.

B. The book

That morning after my work shift, I was convinced that I needed a great novel once again until I bumped into Jonathan Martin’s book. Then it somehow made a connection with Jars of Clay’s song, about my blog header and all. THAT TRULY MADE SENSE!.

The people and inspiration

I hear stories about ministry struggle and hardships inside my circle, I welcome them really as I also walk through those experiences myself. By reading J Martin’s book, I am no longer afraid of darkness or sadness, I’m even excited and welcome them with open arms.

Lastly, I have this guy who keeps on telling that he wants to quit of what his doing. But whenever he says that, I can only see and feel that God is currently working on His life, without him knowing about it.

Like what Jonathan Martin’s book tells, his struggles are his identity, his scars are not sign of defeat but a sign of bravery in fighting the battles that he has won. That through the wilderness, God is more close to him, and that God is even more faithful in his battles. God is elevating him, promoting him and making him a braver and stronger person. 

It isn’t rare that a freelancer encounters this all-too-familiar internal conflict: how does one price one’s freelance services?

Admittedly, putting a price tag on your work--whether it’s hourly or on a project basis--can rouse up a lot of doubts about one’s worth.

To anyone who closely ties their work with their sense of self, assigning a monetary value to their livelihood puts into question how much one’s blood, sweat, and tears really cost.

Sometimes though, the problem is less crisis of self-worth and more “I seriously just don’t know how to do this pricing thing”. This is especially true for beginner freelancers who are perhaps yet too sheepish to ask for a good price to their services.

This is why it’s important to know the rate of your bottom line by asking one very important question: What’s your Minimum Acceptable Rate?

Computing your Minimum Acceptable Rate

LeavingWorkBehind’s Tom Ewer gives awesome advice on how to calculate your freelancing rates: identify your Minimum Acceptable Rate, or MAR. This is the baseline of the project rates you’re willing to work for.

The formula is:

[(Personal Overheads + Business Overheads) / Hours Worked] + Tax

Personal overheads should cover your living expenses in a month or year, like paying for your food and house. Meanwhile, business overheads should cover the amount you spend to maintain your business in a month or year (your internet connection, your electrical bill, gadgets, etc.) Divide this amount by the hours you project to work for the month or year. After you get the total, add taxes on top.

Say, you spend 50,000 pesos to pay for your rent, food, water, and groceries every month. That would be your personal overhead. For your business overhead, add an extra 5,000 pesos for your electricity and phone bills every month. That brings the overheads amount to 55,000 pesos.

Now divide that with the hours you project to work in a month. Let’s say you only plan on working 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. In one month, that’s 120 hours.

When you divide 55,000 pesos by 120 hours, that’s roughly 459 pesos.

If you peg your taxes at 12% (assuming that you’ve not registered yourself as a Barangay Microbusiness Enteprise), then your Minimum Acceptable Rate would be at 515 pesos per hour.

Is Charging Per Hour Wise? (Or, Why the Per-Project Basis May Be Better)

This should be taken on a case-by-case basis, depending on your work.

Tom advises against pricing per hour, saying it limits your earning potential, and also clouds your client’s judgment.

He says: “Your competence and the speed at which you are able to do you work can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Don’t undercharge yourself by charging by the hour just because you happen to be good at what you do and can do it quickly and efficiently.”

Simply put, you can clock in as many hours to complete a task, but as a freelancer, you’re not being paid to warm your seat. You are being consulted for your expertise. Why should you be judged to how much time it takes to complete the project, than how awesome you can deliver it with the quickest turnaround time?

Adds Jake Jorgovan in a CareerFoundry article: “Clients don’t care if it takes you 20 minutes or 20 hours to complete the project. Clients care that the work is done and it is done well.“

Learn More Pricing Techniques!

If you’re eager to learn more techniques on pricing yourself well, top online jobs website and premier workshops organizer Manila Workshops has organized an upcoming #TalinoTalks workshop with you in mind.

On June 18, 1 pm, join the Talino Talks workshop “The Art of Pricing for Freelancers”, with speaker Francis Guintu from the Online Filipino Freelancers community.

“We at recognize that pricing and negotiation are key to a successful freelancing career,” says Evan Tan ,’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia. “With the help of the Online Filipino Freelancers’ Francis Guintu, wishes to educate more aspiring and established Filipino freelancers on becoming top-earning professionals, whatever industry they may be in.”

Save a seat by registering here:

This is a writing from a personal experience. When I turned twenty-four last year, I felt that my life wasn’t figured out yet and I’m kinda confused of what to do next after the pre-twenties and post-college feels. My twenty three is a transitioning part into a more adult version of myself because it embarks my mid-twenties journey. Twenty – three for me, would surely impact my 30’s.

After a year, here’s the twenty-five year old version of myself.

This year, the goals I figured out from the 24 year old me is building.
Here are the things I learned along the journey between being twenty four and twenty three.

1. LET IT GO  – There are people who came into your life that you can't let go because you believe that friendship and those times spent together should be kept and cherished. You have a life mantra of “when quitting, think why you even started” ---- but that doesn’t apply to all.

You can give yourself a break to this, if you have tried fixing your relationship and you keep on circling to the same situation, it’s time to let go. Remember that some people are not meant to stay in our lives (esp if they cause you too much heartaches and stress), some are just for visits to make us feel human. That is to make us feel hurt, loved, to love and learn. Thank them still, because through them, you keep on learning and knowing yourself.
  Remember that some people are not meant to stay in our lives 

2. CHERISH LIFE MOMENTS – We are caught building dreams and comply on the activities in our schedule that we are cramped up to have a life. Hey! You are just in your 20’s and it’s ok to have a balanced life still, so by chilling out with friends once a month is ok, it won’t break your dreams, actually it might even help!

Stop living the past and worrying about the future. 
Take your mobile phones down and hang up to unnecessary calls. Live that moment right in front of you, be interactive on that moment.

3. SET A GOAL. BUILD AN EMPIRE – The only problem that we have in life is that we just don’t know where we’re heading and that makes most of the people bore about their job and current tasks. YOU NEED TO HAVE A DRIVING FORCE, A DREAM TO LIVE. Find your passion, set minor and major goals for the next few weeks, for the next couple of years and see them fulfill bit by bit, I tell you, it’s gonna be rewarding.
“find something you love, and let it kill you”

4. BEING SINGLE IS OK. (don’t panic!) – Your college friend is rocking his life already, a car, a dream house and their getting married or even expecting a baby, while you, you’re still ain’t got nothing, well ----just yet!.

A moment to be single is a gift. This is the time to know more about yourself, to be free spirited and independent person. Your character is a gift to your partner someday, if you can’t fix yourself and chase for someone to complete you, you will never be completed because that person might someday leave you and you might get incomplete once again.
“I’m busy looking for someone to complete me that I’m already loosing myself and my identity”
-Alice (Dakota Johnson), How to be Single, 2016 Movie [non-verbatim]

5. GET SERIOUS – This is your mid-20’s something, you are no longer that fresh young man graduate guy, you are about to be thirty soon and one day, you’ll be settling down. Give yourself some decency to pay for your bills and taxes by having a stable job and kicking career plan. This is not just for yourself but for your future family. Be that someone who knows how to enjoy life while being serious about responsibilities. Be independent. Be a provider.
Drive that fancy car and live that dream house.

It’s almost about 2:00 in the afternoon when we proceeded to the light house before we went to the beach to settle the day.  [ If you want to know what happened first before we went to the lighthouse, click this for the Part 1 of this post, featuring the EZobel Museum and Santo Domingo Parish Church ]

Tip: When you arrive in Calatagan, I suggest you seek the sites first before heading to beach especially if you only have two days to stay. When you arrive on the beach, there’s nothing to do really but swim and sun bathe.

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Cape Santiago lighthouse according to the caretaker, Kuya Antonio, has never stopped its operation until today but in World War 2 as this was used by the Japanese soldiers for i-don’t-know-and-forgotten-reason-when-kuya-Antonio-mentioned-it-because-i-was-busy-taking-pictures-and-selfie. This is an 18th century lighthouse and now taken care of by the Philippine Coast Guard. Kuya Antonio is a licensed officer of the coast guard and a volunteer guide/caretaker for the light house.

This is the feels before you enter the lighthouse

This is the first time that I saw a light house and went inside of it.

The lighthouse is facing the Verde Island passage and Lubang Island, which is part of Mindoro already. Said that Lubang is closer to Calatagan but part of Mindoro. The locals of Lubang is closer to Calatagan that they buy their supplies there instead to its mother province itself.

This is located at the front of the lighthouse where you can sit back and relax a little bit

Before heading to the lighthouse, call Kuya Antonio (Caretaker) first because sometimes he’s not around the area. Contact number below this post.

Burot Beach

Finally the destination!

Before you head to the beach, you have to ride another tricycle from the gate of the beach to the beach itself. Burot is a private property and would be the cheapest beach in Calatagan. You can also settle to other beach with resorts, but if you feel like spending less yet filled with adventure type and camp vacation, I recommend you to Burot beach.

When we arrived on the beach, the place is crowded so we were kinda disappointed, but I looked and searched around the area----go to the left most part and you will find less people and intimacy with whoever you are with.

Mangroves are located at the left part of the beach

We prepared our dinner through grill and self-made camp fire from the leaves and dry woods around the area. Good thing I came from my granny’s house when I was younger so I knew how to gather woods for camp fire.

The night spent outside the tent in a picnic setting laid ourselves down on the sand stargazing and talked about our life----yeah ok, our love stories and current love affairs. (haha!). 
NightCamp! And this dog loves to be cuddled and interact with the beach visitors, he even laid down with us.

The other day, we spent the morning gathering our things to go home, but I stayed a bit alone to have some ocean dipping.

I told you! Dogs are everywhere and friendly!

Survivor castaway?

precious stuffs.

What to know:
  • There’s only one store on the beach.
  • Electrical supply is out in Burot beach.
  • The store provides tent, griller, camp fire woods, hot water and other food supplies
  • The store also owns the restroom that you have to share with all the people on the beach.
  • Less safer if you go farther on the beach because the security seldom goes there.
I want you to feel the inside of the camp and its view.
What to bring:
  • Insect Repellant.
  • Own camp supplies. --- I mean everything!
  • Own food (or buy at the Calatagan Market)
  • Mallows for camp fire.


Well, if you're looking for a safe place to travel, hospitable locals, and cheap getaway, Calatagan is a place to visit. I wouldn't highlight the Burot beach itself since there's a lot of beach and beach-resort options there, but rather the capability of Calatagan to give you variety of activities ( like wakeboarding!) and places that are available in their place.

Calatagan is a place for travelling lesser time yet jampacked perfect weekend getaway and a touch of 18th century culture that will make you wanna retire early and have a simple life just like Calatagenous.


Here's the Part 1 of the post:

Travel Guide: A Budget Weekend Getaway Part 1 [ EZobel Museum & Santo Domingo de Silos Parish Church ]

You can now download our itinerary and expense sheet (excel) that covers our travel from Manila - Calatagan and vice versa. Click this.
Tricycle tour: Kuya Ruben - 09752638616 | 09997176599
Lighthouse: Kuya Antonio - 9198416486
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