Food, Mindanao

Curacha and a Lot More Flavors of Zamboanga

Curacha for me, is a dance.

Seriously.

Being born in Northern Samar, raised by waray parents, the song and dance Curacha (or Kuratsa) has been part of my childhood until now. It is a traditional courtship dance by the warays of Samar and Leyte, which is very popular during fiestas, weddings and family gatherings.

Little did I know that there is another Curacha that literally captured my heart, and my appetite! And I’ve found it in Zamboanga when I was invited by the DOT Region 9 Office to be part of the Savores 2017, an annual celebration of food and flavors in Zamboanga. Yes, in Mindanao. 🙂

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Travel Tips

CabinZero Backpack: My Kind of Travel Bag

I’m just a simple dude, I admit I am not very particular with travel bag. Whatever is available, I can work with that.

Until I hiked Mt. Ulap in the mountainous northern part of the Philippines. I only have one backpack at that time, those bags for laptop at work. I know, you already imagined how heavy it is. I remember I just recovered from sickness that time, so the hike was a lot tougher for me. Butl I realized that part of my struggle was my bag! Read More

Guest Post, Travel Tips

Do It The Local Way: Hawaii Bus Travel Guide

Why bother renting a car when there’s a local bus, filled with local people who will have the most interesting stories! Check out these routes located on Hawaiian islands, with tips and tricks, for traveling around the main island like you live there.

Oahu

Oahu is the only Hawaiian Island with major freeways, and the four lanes going in either direction can practically turn into a parking lot during rush hours. When you hit stop and go traffic in your car you might feel like you’re about as fast as a sea turtle. Taking the bus can get you where you’re going faster during rush hour, and even when freeway traffic is flowing, bus travel can simplify your trip, especially if you’re having a couple cocktails.

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Sponsored Post, Travel Tips

Tips for an Awesome Motorcycle Road Trip

Riding a motorcycle is not just a popular way of transportation. Over the years, it has become a way to express the adventurous side of a person as more and more riders explore and travel around the country with their big bike.

Well, who wouldn’t want to feel the rush of fresh air of the countryside while enjoying the spectacular view of the rice fields, mountains and coastline? More people are working hard on their jobs from Mondays to Fridays then embark on a weekend road trip by motorbike. Definitely a great way to explore, de-stress and be away from the hustle of the city.

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Beaches, Luzon

Jomalig Island Budget DIY Expenses and Itinerary

Years ago, I was about to join a medical mission in Jomalig island but it didn’t push through.

Ever since, I’ve been wanting to go to this island in Quezon, but I was looking for someone or a group to join. I don’t know at that time I had an idea that since Jomalig is so far away from the mainland, going there is a tough one in terms of logistics. Imagine enduring a 4 hour land travel from Manila to Real,  Quezon then another 5 hours boat ride going to Jomalig. Imagine 5 hours!

Well it’s only recently that I’ve finally decided to travel to Jomalig, the DIY style. And it’s the best decision! Me and my girlfriend, Eloi, loved Jomalig so much, and if there’s one tip to give you if you also plan to go to this island is, do it DIY! It’s going to be a lot more fun, and this blog post will show you how.

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Travel Tips

8 Signs You Hired a Bad Tour Operator For Your Travel

 

“The driver is on his way.”

That was the text of Chacha (not her real name) to one of the joiners of her island hopping tour in Masbate. We’ve been communicating with her for days prior the event. We really looked forward for the trip! It was our first time in the islands of Masbate , and Chacha seemed nice and accommodating in her texts and chat messages. By the way she’s the owner of the tour company that we joined for our much awaited summer getaway.

As early as 2AM we were already at the meeting place in Alabang. And after waiting for hours, no one from the tour company showed up. More and more joiners arrived and we were still waiting and clueless inside the convenience store .

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Luzon

Sorsogon Tourist Spots in Two Days

Sorsogon is one of the exciting destinations in the Bicol region. It has beaches, historical places and even hot spring! You just have to plan your travel really well to explore these sites.

But no need to worry because I’ll show you how were able to explore Sorsogon in two days. We did this travel last August 2016 when I joined a group travel and met some new friends. We started the trip by traveling to the farthest part of Bicol, at the tip of Luzon. This is the town of Matnog where the port is located for travelers going to Samar and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. It would be better to rent a van for this travel to cover all destinations in two days. If you want to go DIY, you need at least 3 days or more.

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Heritage, Luzon

Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay

I’ve had some expectations with Cagsawa Ruins.

With all the photos of this historical site in Albay on textbooks when I was a kid, I really thought that Cagsawa Ruins is located in a place far from the residents. I imagined walking for a few minutes until reaching a vast land with trees where the ruins is located  facing the majestic Mayon Volcano.

I didn’t do enough research. All I had was an idea that was with me since I was a little boy.

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Luzon, Travel Tips

Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots: A Travel Guide

Just recently, a friend of mine invited me to travel to Ilocos Norte.

I would want to come back, but I had travel plans in place for the summer. Then I just realized something. I’ve been to the Ilocos Norte, explored its stunning rock formations, beaches and historical sites but I don’t have a blog post about the province yet.  So I promised that if I would have much more time, I would write something for Ilocos. So here it is.

Ilocos region is more than being the hometown of former President Marcos, it is an awesome vacation spot for any traveler. It’s complete. You’ve got adventure, nature, history and beaches. So if you’re planning to explore Ilocos Norte, you have to push for it to happen because it’s going to be fun!

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Luzon, Nature

Stress-Free Days at Haranah Eco Park in Tanay, Rizal

I didn’t have any travel plans yet.

I was focused on my work because there’s just too much happening on it right now. I even thought of setting aside my blog for a while and focus on work, like normal people do. But I don’t know if I can do that. I know I’m different. I need to write. I need to create and smash the boredom that routine life brings.

I’ve got a lot of things going on in my mind. I’ve been going home late at night from work very often, and it’s not making me happy either. But there’s nothing I can do.

I need a break.

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Beaches, Luzon

Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

We were in Pagudpud, and we just learned that the nearest ATM is in Laoag. We didn’t have cash. Oh my, “How are we going to eat?” Haha!

This trip happened years ago. I don’t know if Pagudpud has an ATM now, but during that time we were caught off guard. It just didn’t cross our minds that a certain place could probably have no ATM. I was a newbie traveler that time, didn’t make enough research before exploring a destination.

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