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Karina Chronicles

Frockstar™: Prime Sarmiento of Gypsy Gals

Name: Prime Sarmiento
Age: 37 and looking forward for my forties!
Location: Manila
Online homes: Blog // Twitter // Facebook
Favorite Karina dress: I’d actually like to order the Daisy dress, but I think it’s not available at the moment.

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
1. Any cozy mystery novel – as this relaxes me. I especially like the Monk series, Alexander Mccall Smith’s First Ladies Detective Agency series and Joanna Fluke’s culinary mysteries.
2. Online news sites, newspapers and news magaznes- I scan through a lot of them as I need to get updated for my journo job– so you can see me reading all kinds of stuff from Inquirer, Rappler, The New York TimesCNN, Forbes, The Economist, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal Asia
3. Leonie Dawson– for all goddessy stuff
4. Spiritual/inspirational book – I’m re-reading Vikas Malkani’s The Yoga of Wealth and Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain.
5. Business/career book- I just finished reading Laura Vanderkam’s What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and currently reading Natalie Macneil’s She Takes on the World

You’ve traveled alllllll over – frequently by yourself. In your opinion, what are some of the best destinations for solo female travel?
I think the best cities for women are places which are safe, convenient, comfortable, not too expensive and of course something that will allow you to do what you want while traveling for work or and/or leisure. For me, a city gal who is into woo stuff like yoga and meditation, food tripping, visiting museums and galleries, networking with other journos and entrepreneurs and discussing stuff over good cups of coffee, my favorite places are dynamic and multicultural cities. These include Bangkok, Hanoi, Beijing,Toronto and Melbourne.

What are you five best packing tips?

1. Travel light – aim to bring no more than 15 kg as it allows you to move anywhere, and save on luggage fees (most budget airlines only allow 15 kg ]. If it’s just a weekend trip, it is ideal if you can fit everything in a carry on bag
2. Bring wash and wear clothes – the type that doesn’t crumple easily and/or you don’t need to iron. This is especially important when you are on a working trip and you need to be presentable.
3. Always put your money, credit cards, documents, camera, extra underwear, t-shirt and toothbrush in your carry on bag. There’s always a possibility that the luggage you checked in will get delayed, damaged or lost.
4. If you are a frequent traveler, it’s advisable that you have a suitcase or backpack on hand filled with all the stuff that you always travel with – that includes your toiletries, passport, camera and first aid kit
5. Research before you pack – knowing about the weather, culture and (if this is a working trip business agenda – is the easiest way to know what you need to pck and what you need to left behind.

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?
I would tell my 16-year old atheist/radical leftist self that hard work and controlling external conditions alone won’t make your dreams come true. You need to follow a spiritual path, listen to your inner guidance and do the work that is aligned with your soul’s purpose.

Your perfect day. What would it look like?  
My perfect day will start by having some quiet time alone doing yoga, meditation and writing in my gratitude journal. I’ll then go to my study room filled with books and artwork and a window overlooking either a garden or a temple, write for several hours, have a light lunch and coffee, and then spend a few hours in the afternoon getting a massage in a spa or visiting a gallery or watching movie/theater or reading a cozy mystery book. In the evening, have dinner and some wine and discuss everything from art to business to politics with either my friends, family or colleagues. And of course this perfect day should occur in one of my favorite cities that I mentioned above.

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