Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

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When I wrote my blog post about the beautiful island of Calaguas, I remember mentioning about sharing my island hopping experience there. I apologize if it took me months before sharing this one with you, but I guess this is the most appropriate time because it’s summer!

One of the best things about Calaguas is experienced in the morning. Imagine waking up in this paradise – white sand and clear blue water. And then you’re with your beloved one. Yiihiii!

We had our breakfast first and told our guide that we were going to avail the island tour for an additional fee. Rates is 2,500 Php with maximum number of 15 people.  Mahabang Buhangin is the main island/beach in Calaguas. It is 1.7 km. long stretch of powdery white sand with its pristine water, best enjoyed through beach bumming and swimming. This is where the travelers’ camp.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Alibijaban Island San Andres Quezon
That’s us! Thank you Joey Dionisio for this photo.

I’ve been reading a lot of good things about Alibijaban island. Of how over the years this island in the municipality of San Andres, in the southern tip of Quezon province has become a destination of adventurers and budget travelers. Those who are seeking some white pristine beach to escape the stress and traffic of the city.

There are a lot of photos of Alibijaban online, that’s why it’s impossible for every traveler not to wish to experience this island. Good thing when we availed the Burias Island, Masbate tour, there’s a sidetrip to Alibijaban. Yehey!

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Dapa Island Burias Island Masbate

Dapa Island – the first island to explore in our Burias, Masbate Island Hopping Experience. Our tour coordinator mentioned that this is sometimes called as the Snake Island because of its naturally shaped cave and rocks which are believed to be the home of some sea snakes. Yikes!

It was about two hour boat ride from our jump off at San Andres port.The island has a different appeal, not the usual island paradise that we all think of. It has narrow shores with rugged features and rock formations. But once we got closer, we all agreed that the best about this island is its clear turquoise water.

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Events, Philippines

Holi Festival 2016 Manila
Holi Hai!

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media of people with their full smile with dyed colors on their faces and shirt for the past years.

I tried to google it once, and found out that this is actually an Indian Festival called Holi! I thought it was just a party where people throw color powder on one another. But when I got the chance to attend the Holi festival this year, I realized it’s more than that.

Holi Festival is a celebration in India for the arrival of Spring. It has its story and history associated with their Hindu gods but now, the festival is being celebrated all over the world as a symbol of love and positivity. Of course, this festivity has been embraced by the Philippines, not only because of the growing Indian communities in the country but because of its positive message to the world – as the festival of love and color. READ MORE

Mindanao, Philippines

Davao City Duterte
Credit: Davao – Keith Bacongco / Creative Commons

“Thank you!” (with a sarcastic smile)

The taxi driver told me when I gave him 100 pesos for my 80 peso bill. It was a sign. It was his unusual way of telling me, he’s not going give me my change.

Come on. I am used to this. Most of the taxi drivers in Manila are like this, so I really intended to tell him to keep the change. He doesn’t need to trick me and flash that mocking smile.

Again, I was about to tell him to keep that f*ckin’ change!

So I was really frustrated by what he did. His “thank you” should be intended as a way of gratitude and not as a way to deceive me. I was about to give him a chance to be nice and fair, why did he do that?!

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Hotels / Accommodations, Luzon, Philippines

88 Courtyard Hotel Pasay City
Credit: 88 Courtyard Hotel Site

Pasay City is becoming the center of entertainment in the country with the proliferation of hotels, casinos and not to mention, The SM Mall of Asia.

It is expected that Pasay will continue to grow in the coming years as the strategic plan is already laid out for more entertainment establishments to be built. With this immense growth, comes the influx of more foreign and local tourists ready to enjoy the lights and glitter of the city, which creates the need for more hotels and accommodations. READ MORE

Luzon, Philippines

malasimbo Festival Puerto Galera
Credit: Potpot Pinili of Travel Trilogy

I just heard about Malasimbo from some friends who are the creative types. You know those who just do their thing and don’t  give a fu*k about what the world would think.

So in a way I already have a gut feeling that Malasimbo is an awesome event. Perfect for people who have different tastes, those who don’t conform with the contemporaries, and the norm. I kinda’ looked forward to attending Malasimbo one day.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Sombrero Island, Masbate Burias Island
Sombrero Island

 

It was late afternoon when our boat arrived at the shores of Sombrero Island. Looking from afar, we already had an idea why the island was called Sombrero. Sombrero is a Filipino term for hat, and the island has an iconic rock formation that looks like that, actually a cowboy’s hat!

But wait before you roll your eyes and say “I know right!” LOL! Let me show you some photos of the island during our arrival One taken from the boat and the other one on the island itself.

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Beaches, Nature, Philippines, Waterfalls

Tinalisayan Island Burias Island Masbate
Summer na!

Summer is the time for family outing and also for friends to bond. Well, if you’re looking for destinations  to beat the summer heat, you’re in the right place. Or shall I say, you’re in the right blog post!

I assure you, these travel destinations will not only refresh your body and mind, but will also strengthen your bond and relationship with your lovedones. You know, I’ve been to these places myself and experience it first-hand. 🙂 So I know these are awesome!

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Animasola Island Burias Island San Pascual Masbate
Stunning!

 “This is it!”

Eloi told me with such excitement when we got off the boat and welcomed by these rock formations in a tiny island of Animasola in Masbate.

Ano yun? ( What is it?) I asked her. Seems like she remembered something.

Then she finally burst it out. “I watched this in an episode of Biyahe ni Drew (Travel show). Drew described this rock formation something like an old and torn pages of a huge book that fell from the sky.”

“Ahh, I see.”

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