#PinaskuhanNiTravellingFeet: A Special Year End Giveaway


UPDATE as of January 1, 2017:

Here’s the list of the winners for this contest:



Grand Prize: Staycation at Quest Hotel  Cebu Norman A. Monungolh
1st Prize: Totoro Doll Rain Gatdula
Consolation Prizes
1. 12-months Spotify Premium subscription Serah Neri Patnaan
2. 12-months Spotify Premium subscription Vanessa Lyn Lustestica
3. 12-months Spotify Premium subscription Deni Joguilon
4. Papemelroti Keepsakes Regina Luz
5. Sea to Summit Large towel Aya Gonzales
6. 2 packs Tom’s Farm Honey Butter Almond 250G Mika Adriane Galopo
7. Habagat Dry Bag 10L Nara Belle
8. Habagat Dry Bag 10L Mimai Cabugnason
9. Foldable Day Pack Mon Villaverde
10. Grab Pillow and notebook Paulo Querubim Santiago


To claim your prizes, you have up to 7 days to email me at thetravellingfeet@gmail.com, message me on Facebook, or leave a comment on this blog 🙂

Note: Failure to email within the 7-day period means forfeiture of your winnings.




2016 has been one awesome adventure for me. I feel so blessed to have travelled near and far. And I’ll be forever grateful to my family, friends and collaborators who have made this year one of the best yet.

So before the year ends, I would like to send some of the blessings your way by offering a few things I selected and bought for you this Christmas. And although Christmas is almost near, here’s me extending Christmas for you guys before the year ends as a way to thank each and every one of you who have been with me in my past, present and future journeys.

Christmas Giveaways

For those who are joining this contest, here are the prizes you could win.

Grab Pillow and Notebook

grab pillow

I got these when I attended TBEX last October courtesy of Grab. Since I have too many pillows and I’m sure it will only be forgotten somewhere, I think it’s best to find a new home for it. It comes with a cute Grab notebook for you to write your travel notes or something.

Foldable Day Pack

foldable day pack

This was given by the Tourism Board of the Philippines during our TBEX  fam trip. I haven’t used it though but I know whoever gets this will find it really handy when you go on trips. You can stash it inside your luggage or big backpacks and use it when the need arises.

Habagat Dry Bag

habagat dry bag

With summer fast approaching, safekeeping your gadgets when you head to the beach is necessary. And as suggested by Ayn of My Travel Remedy, I’m giving away two 10L Habagat Dry bags to accompany you on your next beach outing. Why Habagat? Because I own one and it’s proven to be durable. Plus it’s a homegrown Cebuano brand. 🙂

Honey Butter Almond

Tom's Farm Honey Butter Almond 250G

I can’t keep my hands off these nuts that my sister hoarded in HongKong. So I thought it would be great for you to munch on this too while watching your favorite shows, movies or while you’re finishing a deadline. Just a caution. Please eat moderately to avoid choking on the nuts. And don’t blame me if you get fat ha. 🙂

Sea to Summit

sea to summit towel

Being a backpacker, I know the importance of travelling light. So I’m hoping that this ultra light towel will be handy during your future trips. The winner will have the option to pick between green or blue for the towel’s color.

Papemelroti Keepsakes

Papemelroti keepsakes

I’m a sucker for kawaii items and I immediately fell in love with these items from Papemelroti, especially the bike. Actually there are more I’d want to buy but I was too conscious of how my luggage for my trip back home in Cebu would look like if I ended up buying more and the much bigger items. So I had to carefully consider what items to buy. I ended up buying ref magnets, an ethnic designed pouch, a tin can coin bank, an angel ornament for your mobile earplug jack, a key chain, and that lovely white bike. I really would have wanted to buy those cute travel themed wooden clocks but I had to stop myself. Ang excess baggage di mabangbang! 😆

Do you know the biggest surprise while shopping at their Shoppesville Greenhills Shopping Complex branch? The home and travel keepsakes are super affordable. It gave me the impression that this company is not really in it for the profit but more on offering something affordable for the average Juan. Shopping at Papemelrotti for cute finds wont’ give you that feeling that the store is robbing your wallet. But with the price range of the items sold, it’s hard to resist not hoarding on those cutesies. In fact, I already made a mental note to hoard more travel keepsakes when I happen to be in the neighborhood next time. I wish they’d consider putting up a branch in Cebu again. 🙂

Spotify Premium Membership for 12 months


Music is love. And I don’t know what life would be like without Spotify to keep me company. This is the reason I’m giving away a one year paid subscription for Spotify Premium so that you can listen to your favorite music without those pesky ads interrupting you. This will also allow you to download your playlist and listen offline while traveling to areas where there’s no wifi connection.

Wondering what’s on my playlist? Have a listen here. 😉


that's what I came up with for this Christmas giveaway. Hopefully I'd get to share more of my blessings in the future.

I’ve announced on my Facebook page that I’m giving away Totoro’s twin. I bought the first one at the Studio Ghibli Museum Shop and the second one at a toy store near Asakusa, both in Tokyo, Japan last 2014. Both have never eaten dust yet and I decided it was time to give away the one I bought from the toy store since I’ll be keeping the one I got from the Studo Ghibli Musuem.

However, upon returning home from my recent 70-day backpacking trip, I discovered that the one I’m supposed to give away went missing and nowhere to be found. So imagine my frustration. I guess it learned of this contest and ran away before I came home. Tsk.

But I can’t retrace what I’ve said anymore. So I will be giving away the Totoro doll I got from Studio Ghibili instead. *sigh* I’m hoping that whoever wins it will take good care of it. On a lighter note, this will fuel my determination to go back to Japan to buy a new one and a bigger one too. 😀


2 Nights Stay at Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Cebu for 2

Quest Hotel Cebu

I want every traveller out there to visit Cebu or enjoy a city vacation for fellow Bisdaks out there and I want nothing but the best accommodations within the city. I’ve stayed with Quest Hotel before and I can attest to the awesomeness of this hotel property at the heart of the metro. They have a wonderful breakfast buffet spread and the hotel’s just across the Ayala Center Mall. This is the reason why I’m giving away a staycation for 2 nights at this hotel good for 2 persons, with breakfast buffet included. You will have the option to choose from a twin bed or a queen bed subject on the hotel’s availability during your booking dates. The 2 nights would give you ample time to explore the attractions in the city. I urge you to head out to the northern or southern part of the province if you’re not pressed with time while you visit Cebu. There’s so much to explore there. 😉

Oh, I almost forgot. The 2night stay is valid for 1 year so this gives you ample time to plan your trip! 🙂

Alright. That’s it for now. Hopefully I’d get to share more of my blessings in the future.

Again, here’s a summary of the prizes you could win as we welcome 2017.

Grand Prize: 2 Night Staycation at Quest Hotel and Conference Center – Cebu good for 2 pax (breakfast buffet included, airfare not included)
1st Prize: Totoro Doll
Other Prizes
1. 12-months Spotify Premium subscription
2. 12-months Spotify Premium subscription
3. 12-months Spotify Premium subscription
4. Papemelroti Keepsakes
5. Sea to Summit Large towel
6. 2 packs Tom’s Farm Honey Butter Almond 250G
7. Habagat Dry Bag 10L
8. Habagat Dry Bag 10L
9. Foldable Day Pack
10. Grab Pillow and notebook

How to Join this contest? Here are the steps:

1. Like The Travelling Feet on Facebook
2. Follow @thetravellingfeet on Instagram
3. Follow travelling_feet on Twitter

Optional for more chances of winning
4. Like Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu on Facebook
5. Share the contest with your friends on Facebook or Twitter
6. Leave a comment on this blog

Caution: Before joining, read the terms and conditions below first!

All set and ready? Go!

Here’s to wishing each and every one of you a Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year!

Goodluck guys!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest Terms and Conditions:

– Enter the contest giveaway via Rafflecopter.

– You need to do Steps 1, 2 and 3 to qualify. But for more chances of winning, you can also do Steps 4, 5 and 6.

– This contest is open to all Philippine residents only.

– Contest starts from December 23, 2016 until December 31, 2016 (11:59pm) Philippines time.

– Winners will be announced on January 1, 2017. Winners will be given 7 days to respond to my email.

– Failure to respond to the announcement waives their winnings, giving me the right to pick another winner.


  1. I joined this contest because I want my parents to have a quality time with each other. I will give them the prize (staycation at Quest Hotel in Cebu) for them to enjoy, relax and have fun. They wanted a vacation badly, but we don’t have a budget for it because my sister is still studying. It is also my way of thanking them for everything they have done or sacrificed for me and our family. I really hope I win this contest. 🙂 God bless.

  2. I wish to seek new adventures for the year to come. And this giveway would benefit me for gaining the essential stuff for travelling. Hoping come back to Cebu and explore the beauty of nature it offers.

    Thank you for being a blessing! Happy holidays!

  3. I’m aiming for the consolation prizes. And mostly the grand prize. If ever I win, I would have an opportunity to go to Cebu! 🙂

    • Rain! Congrats for winning Totoro! Are you familiar with Totoro? hehehe. Hope you take good care of him 😉
      Please let me know the address where I should send it. Happy New Year! 😀

  4. Hoping to win.
    Will be visiting my hometown (Cebu) early next year and the prizes will sure make our vacation more enjoyable and convenient..
    *fingers crossed 🙂

    • Hey Serah! Congrats for the Spotify Premium membership! Send me the email address you want to use for the Spotify membership so that I can send you the 12-month premium subscription 🙂 Happy New Year!

    • Hope to bump into you sa Sinulog Mimai! You’re coming over right? Congrats for the win! 😀
      Please send me your address so that I can send the dry bag. Or we can meet Saturday before Sinulog so that I can give it to you. Whatever’s convenient for you 😀

      • Doiiii!! Thank youuuu and Happy New Year!! 🙂 Yep will be going to Sinulog! 😀 Would be great to meet pero basin after Sinulog na, will be staying man sa Cebu for a while.

  5. When I saw the post on facebook, I automatically joined because of the foldable bag pack, the sea and summit towel and totoro. I’m sorry but yes! I was aiming for that three items because you know who doesn’t love an extra bag if ever you hoard a lot of pasalubong or to travel light with a large towel or a cute companion when you go solo.

  6. Hi! I love travelling! And Cebu is one of the best city I’ve ever been! I want to experience it again and I wish to win for this holiday! Godbless!! ???

  7. Im joining this contest because I’m trying my luck to win one of those prizes. I love traveling and those prizes are perfect gift for myself. 🙂 Hoping to win any of them <3

  8. I’ve discovered your facebook page a few days back and I checked it out. I fell in love with it immediately because you give us insights about your own adventures, as well as useful and practical tips should we do ours. You also recommend amazing spots and I kept quite a bunch of screenshots from your page and told my friends about it. So far, most of our plans are ‘drawing,’ —I hope your familiar with this locution, meaning plans remained as plans and weren’t actually executed, usually because of lack of budget or unavailability of persons involved (ugh, young people and their hip lingo hahaha) but I’m hoping, really r e a l l y hoping that once we graduate and could support are own leisures, we’ll be able to do the things that you do, too. I kind of envy you because u were able to visit such amazing places and be able to experience different cultures! Just, that’s so cool. And you’re cool, too because I saw how much fun you always have doing it, and it really seems like your having the time of your life ♡

    I’m taking up sociology and one of the reasons why I chose this was because I love the diversity of people. I love observing them, and knowing about their lives. I love seeing the differences between cultures, how they varied from each other, and how their physical environment affects the way they live and the way they are. And it’s amazing knowing that you experience this stuffs first hand. I really hope I could do the same things you do someday.

    But what I l o v e most is your instagram account. In all of my social media accts, IG is my favorite. I love seeing different sceneries that captures the real and authentic beauty of places, and seeing photos of people —taken from their everyday lives, their smiles, the different emotions splayed on their faces.. I just.. I love photos that makes me feel different things and has the ability to bring me to different places as if i was there. And you made me feel this. Thankyou (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) your shots are amazing and my personal favorites are the ones from Thailand, Japan, and Cebu! ♡ I’ve always been interested in Thai culture especially in their cuisine, so I hope you could tell us more about their foods too! Hehe. I also loved your shots from Japan —ohmygosh, Japan, my forever dream destination. Hahaha! My favorite was your shot of two geisha walking on streets, I’ve always a l w a y s wanted to meet one. Kyah~ xD but I am a proud Filipino, so call me bias but my most favorite are the ones taken from cebu. Ghad, nothing beats the beauty of Philippine beaches. I’ve been in Palawan, Subic, Mindoro, Batangas, and Leyte when I was younger (my dad’s part of Philippine navy and he bring us with him for a few days whenever he was assigned to different places, so I guess I was kind of lucky too) and I enjoyed every moment of it just how a child should enjoy her childhood. But my friends and I really had our eyes on Cebu ever since the first time we had our first adventure in Batangas. We said that it would be our next BIG thing and its really cool knowing you’re settling in cebu. Hope we could bump into you when we finally had the chance to visit in there! But anyway, I’m already babbling and sorry for taking too much of your time, I just really want to express my admiration in you (´ω`♡)

    So yeah, I joined because Totoro is part of the giveaway~ yay! (っ˘ω˘ς ) it kind of makes me sad that I’ve only known studio ghibli recently, 2 and a half years ago to be exact but ever since then I’ve been a hardcore fan. My favorite films are spirited away, ponyo, and of course, my neighbor Totoro ♡ i’ve searched on eBay, for an affordable totoro or no face plushies but.. I’ve always been the practical one so I decided to spend my money on things that I needed most instead huhu but now that i’ve found a way to own one, I was so happy I almost cried. No, really. U know the feeling when u see something so beautiful ur eyes just get all teary? That’s what happened to me. I didn’t actually cried, I just thrashes around out of excitement hahahaha cause who could refuse a freebie totoro? Omygosh. It’s one of a life time chanceヽ(゚〇゚)ノ so I really hope I could win this. Hoping hoping hoping *fingers crossed* Altho I think I first saw your giveaway post in papemelroti hashtag cause I’ve been a fan of this wonderful shop ever since, considering my best friend and I are really into arts and crafts. So i always check their page and tag to keep me updated on their new designs. It’s really cool knowing a traveler like you is into this stuff too. Youre like one of the coolest persons I know now. Sugoi~ (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ

    • Hi Mika,

      Reading your comment puts a smile on my heart. I’m deeply touched. Like teary-eyed touched. Hahaha. Thank you for your kind words.

      Congrats for winning the Honey Butter Almonds. Let’s blame Rafflecopter for picking your name too early! 😆
      Please let me know the address where I should send them.

      If I ever get back to Taiwan, I’ll make sure to buy you a Totoro or No Face item. If you ever see my feed in social media that I’m in Taiwan, remind me ha to get you a pasalubong. There are a lot of Spirited Away mementos there eh. I’m hoping to go back to Taiwan and Japan this year and crossing my fingers it will push through so remind me about the pasalubong. hehehe. I love Ponyo too! Also, if you haven’t seen the 2014 animation film Song of the Sea, I highly recommend you find that movie and watch it too! It’s not Hayao Miyazaki’s work but that movie’s equally wonderful. 🙂

      Hope you have a Happy New Year!

      • OHMYGOD ate doi! I didn’t know I won! I’m screaming and crying and im so ugly right now i can’t even. You replied! I’m so happy, senpai noticed me 。゚(TヮT)゚。 I’m too loud i feel like u can hear me screaming im sorry hahahaha i love you! I haven’t checked my email yet so thank god I decided to visit ur page. Thankyou! Thankyou ate doi! So much ♡ I was kind of wondering why u followed me back on ig a couple days ago when there’s really nothing much to see on my feed and i wanted to greet you a happy new year right then and there just to wish u a good year ahead and to let u know that I really like u but I got shy so i held myself back cause I dont wanna scare u off lmao I’m blabbering I’m sorry hahahaha XD i guess me winning was the reason huhu iloveu ate doi! Just wanna tell you that I’m happy that I made u smile no matter how small that is cause i love making people smile especially ones that I like and looked up to, so I’m really glad (っ˘ω˘ς ) ‘Is the least thing I could after all the gifts u shared with us this year and how much of a wonderful person u are ♡ Anyway, i don’t really mind winning honey butter almond, ate doi so please dont worry cause I love stuffing foods on mouth too hahahaha! almond is actually one of my (and my mom’s so I’m definitely sharing it with her) favorite nuts, along with pili, oh yehs I’m excited! (っ˘ω˘ς ) my mouth’s watering just having the thought of it xD

        But holy guacamole! I’m sorry but I won’t refuse your offer on pasalubong ate T^T even if I’m so ashamed right now, huhu studio ghibli freebies just trumps everything hahaha! Thankyou so much! U don’t know how happy u made me ate doi! I was giddy to know I made u smile a little and now u made me so ecstatic too, u keep giving back, I swear you’re one of the best people I’ve met (well technically we haven’t really met yet but i feel like i know u cause youre so nice and yeah, im blabbering again) you keep giving your blessing back like sharing with us ur experiences first, and then your giveaways and then this, offering me pasalubong huhuhu! You’re definitely one of my favorite persons in the entire world ate doi! huhuhu I’m sorry it took me a while to reply I was so excited I felt the need to tell my friends first hehehe I need to let my excitement out first unless I won’t be so coherent right now hahaha I’m gonna send u a pm now, I love u ate doi! Hope I could talk to u more!

  9. I am joining this contest because I love gifts! Being said that, I also make sure that I give back by giving gifts to others. It’s the season of sharing anyways 🙂

  10. I really want to win especially the grand prize since I want to go back to Cebu. I love traveling just as much as you do and I am a true Bisdak as well! ?

  11. I’ve always wanted to start traveling and have a website of my own for all my experiences, and I hope that I win the grand prize as the start of my first travel. 🙂

  12. Hello travelling feet Doi! Hope we could win the Grand Prize staycation, perfect for our upcoming Wedding Anniversary 🙂 <3 Weeeeee!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 🙂

      • We’re overjoyed! Such a big blessing for this year. Thank you so much sa pamaskohan ate Doi. May God bless you more this year and many years to come. The Travelling Feet you’re the BEST!!! 😀

  13. I am joining because I love you! Nuks hehe 😀 It’s been two long years since I last visited Cebu and I would love to stay in Quest Hotel next year! Ok na rin ako sa Towel na prize hehe 😀 Merry Christmas my loves! <3

  14. I want to win the grand prize of course. ?
    Your blog is so inspiring. I have started myself a blog but, seems like I need more motivation to write again. When I saw this post, it did not only gave me a brand new feeling of wanting a staycation but, encouraged me to write again. If I win the grand prize, I’d have another entry for my blog,and that’s beautiful. ???
    Hoping to win #PinaskuhanNiTravellingFeet
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Cheers to more travels!!! ???

  15. Hi Ate Doi,

    To be honest I envy you because you seemed like the person who can freely do what you want, when you want it. It’s hard to be a working student with all the dreams to travel the Philippines, the world. I wish I could be like you, may not be now but in the near future. You are such an inspiration and I’m looking forward to that one day that I (hopefully) will finally be able to get to travel with you & the rest of the happy travelling feet.

    Cheers to more adventures, blog post, and blessing for 2017. Hoping you all the best.XOXO


    • Hi Haselyn,

      May kasabihan na kapag may tiyaga may nilaga 😀 So just keep calm and be patient. In due time I am sure that you will also do what I’ve been doing and hopefully we could travel together too. Make sure you have your goals set and aim to achieve it. Always believe you can do it, ok? 🙂 Happy New Year!

  16. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year 🙂
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Hope I could be one of the lucky winners 🙂 thank you and GOD bless!

  17. I am joining because I’d like to treat my mom when we go to Cebu next year 🙂 She’ll surely love Quest Hotel and Conference Center 🙂

  18. I want to win the grand prize or at least the consolation prizes and I would give it to my partner or I would surprise her, if ever I would get the grand prize, as an anniversary gift. She’s an adventure seeker and spontaneous person and I’m sure she will really love it. Btw, I love your blog posts and photos. 🙂

  19. i joined this contest because I am hoping to win. It would be a great start of the year if I would win one of your prizes. Especially, summer is approaching and your prizes are useful for travelling and vacation. I could use it for my future travels and vacations if I win.

    • Hey Aya, thanks for joining. Congrats on winning the Sea to Summit towel. The outdoors will be waiting for you! 😀 Please give me your address so that I can send it to you. Happy New Year! 🙂


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