As far as blog events go, developing eventual relationships level as primary inclination for attending said gatherings. Most organizers provide a very fast- paced, straight-to-the-point set up, but there are also some brands who chose to have closer-knit, let's-sit-down- and-talk type of get-togethers. This is the kind of event that I attended a few weeks ago, mounted by Urbanize. It was an intimate gathering, and because of that I've made some friends in the process of collective attendance, most of whom are the most genuine, most supportive, and most thoughtful people I know.
In the #BraveTheCity event, I have made friends – and our communication bounds aren't relative to flat- laying, instagramming, and blogging alone. It reaches far and wide, to binge-eating, to talking about all things under the sun, to venting out personal struggles, to genuinely candid laughing moments (and not the staged version usually seen in feeds), and to traveling (if sponsorships permit, HAHA!).
Speaking of traveling, the event made me reflect on how I “braved the different cities” that I visited for the first time. I did a little reflecting myself as they've actually incorporated a short inspirational segment into the program with one of the Philippines' top urban photographers. The general spiel of the session was how photography changed his life, and how he bravely faced the challenges laid out by his chosen profession.
Looking back, when my family and I #BraveTheCity on our trips abroad, it always helps that you are equipped with the right gear. From journeying through one too many stops, and one too many switching stations on the train ride to a chosen tourist destination, walking a minimum of fifteen blocks just to get decent food and not barely-filling, convenience store garb, and frantically going up an alley and down a curb and back again as we find ourselves lost in the middle of the city (and don't get me started on interracial language barriers!), I'd definitely rely on Urbanize to satisfy my every whim.
Plus, their products are as manageable and foolproof as they are fashion forward! A definite necessity for the modern dapper and the she-dapper to #BraveTheCity! And now, all I'm waiting for is to sing, "All my Urbanize bags and jugs are ready to go," in tune of John Denver's very glorified hit "I'm Leaving on a Jetplane" HEEHEEHEE!
So girlies! If you're going out of the country but find yourselves bewildered as if there's something you might be forgetting to pack in your luggages, VISIT URBANIZE!!!
Here are their branches:
3/F Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
5/F East Wing, Edsa corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
U.P. Town Center
2/F Ph1B , Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Diliman Quezon City
Ground Floor GFR-10 Building D, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
2/F, Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue cor. Pasay Road, Makati Avenue and EDSA, Makati City
Uptown Mall BGC
3/F Uptown Place Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Alabang Town Center
2nd Level New Wing Alabang Town Center Zapote, Alabang
1F-46 , Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Ground Floor Unit 149, Aguinaldo Highway cor. Daang Hari Road, Brgy. Anabu 2 - D Imus City, Cavite
Kiss & Fly
Departure Level, NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay
The 30th Mall
Unit 2007, 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave. Shaw, Pasig City
2nd Flr. B157, Venice Grand Canal, Mckinley Hill, Brgy. Pinagsama, Taguig City