Hotels, Visayas

CEBU: My Stay at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

Who would have thought that a simple dude who writes can stay at Shangrila Mactan Cebu for free?

Thanks to Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines for inviting me to be part of the Visayan leg of TBEX Post tour. Early morning, we arrived in Cebu from Bohol through ferry and we immediately started to tour the city.

Then, we checked in at Shangrila Mactan Cebu [Hotel Details Here]. For those who are planning to stay at this hotel, you better prepare your credit cards because they’re requiring every guest to have their credit cards photocopied. This is I guess the hotel’s way to charge you if ever you destroyed something in your room. Hahaha! Of all the hotels that I’ve stayed this is my first time to experience this. Is this how sosyal luxurious hotels work?

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Heritage, Luzon

Albay Tourist Spots in One Day

It was already late at night when we arrived in Legazpi, Albay, the last leg of our 3 day Bicol escapade.

We checked in at Mayon Backpackers Hostel and had our dinner at the center of the city. It was my first time to try their famous sili ice cream. It was good, but what I really enjoyed the most are the local dishes of the province. I like Bicolano dishes especially those with gata and a bit of spice. Yum yum!

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Luzon

Irosin, Sorsogon: A Walk to the Hilltop Church

“One ginataang sitaw with two rice.”

That was my order from a karinderia in Irosin, Sorsogon when we made a stopover for our lunch. After a relaxing dip at the hot spring in town, we decided to have an early lunch before going to our next destination which is Bulusan.

Irosin Sorsogon Hot spring
hot spring in Irosin Sorsogon

This is how I eat whenever I’m traveling. As much as possible I eat at local karinderias not just because it’s cheap but I also want to feel the local vibe of the place. Just look for the right place to eat, and please forget about those fancy restaurants and fastfood for a while.

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Luzon

Baluarte Zoo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

I’ve seen Chavit Singson many times, on TV, while playing with his pet, a tiger.

You know Chavit Singson? The former Governor of Ilocos Sur who has rose to fame during former President Erap Estrada’s time. Controversial times. But I am not here to talk about his past and even politics. I am just checking if you really know him. Hahaha! Going back to the tiger. The videos were shot from his privately owned zoo in Vigan called Baluarte.

This is just a 10 minute travel from the city center of Vigan. Some travelers said that you can actually walk from the city going to Baluarte. As for us, since we rented a van for our Ilocos trip, Baluarte was the first spot to explore when we arrived in Vigan.

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Australia, Guest Post

7 Picture-Perfect Australian Holiday Destinations To Explore This Winter

Australia has hundreds of beautiful holiday destinations which can be explored by offbeat travel enthusiasts and holidaymakers throughout the year. This is a gigantic country which experiences different seasons, so you need to pick your holiday spots accordingly.

The country offers everything from outback destinations and striking cities to beautiful beaches and islands, wherein you can do all sorts of crazy holiday activities, however you must discover them in the right season to reap the maximum benefits of your trip.

For example, if you are planning to explore the country this time around, check for best Winter destinations in Australia and discover them one by one.

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Beaches, Mindanao

Sta. Cruz Island: The Pink Beach of Zamboanga

Hailed as one of the best beaches in the world.

This is according to National Geographic, citing the Great Sta Cruz island of Zamboanga as one of the most beautiful. It was early 2017 when I read about the story and it made me think that hey, someday I will travel to Zamboanga and be on that island.

A few months later, an invite popped up on my email from the DOT (Department of Tourism) Region 9 inviting me to take part in the Savores 2017, an annual food festival in the city and one of the side trips on the tour is the visit to Sta. Cruz island. Am I being lucky or what? Hahaha!

On our last day in Zamboanga, the van picked us up and brought us to Paseo Del Mar where the boats going to Sta. Cruz island were waiting for us. It only took about 20 minutes until we reached the island.

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Beaches, Luzon

Masasa Beach Budget DIY Expenses and Itinerary

More than a decade ago, I traveled to Tingloy Island in Batangas with some college friends for our school project. We were about to produce a Travel Show, and since a friend knows someone from the island, we decided to shoot there.

I haven’t heard of Tingloy at that time. I was just a student then, and I didn’t have any idea that one day I would be a Travel blogger hahaha After further research, I learned that Tingloy is an island municipality of Batangas. The only town that is separated from the mainland.

I could still remember the exact feeling when I first set foot on the island. Tingloy has a unique charm, it has a vibe that is welcoming. Locals are very nice. We interviewed some students and took some videos of the beautiful spots on the island. Until one local told us, that we should go to the beach.

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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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