La Union Special – that was the theme of our program’s episode.
It was years ago when I worked as a Segment Producer in a main TV station in the Philippines. During that time, my show was a Public Affairs program helping community through the influence of some well-known people and celebrities.
We were 3 teams. All of us traveled to La Union with our own story and segment to produce. I was assigned to shoot at a local community in Pugo, La Union. We gave out school supplies and slippers to kids. Read More
This is getting a lot of attention in social media right now, and I know you’re also curious as to what this destination has to offer. Five Fingers cove to cove hopping (not island hopping) is packed with adventure and nature tripping that you can enjoy in one full day. Most of all, this is just near Manila, about 4 hours of land travel.
This is located in Mariveles, Bataan, a province known for its history like the Bataan Death March, but Mariveles has definitely a lot more to offer aside from history and culture. It’s rock formation and beaches will surely excite you for adventure and beach bumming.
Wondering why this was called Five fingers? Our tour guide said, this looks like five fingers when you check out its map. When I had a chance to get a decent internet connection after, I checked google maps and searched for five fingers in Mariveles, Bataan. I zoomed it out and there it is, the place with its series of coves really looked like five fingers! And it is just amazing that we were able to explore all coves in one day. Read More
Last summer, I planned to travel to Laki Beach in Mariveles, Bataan.
I remember how Eloi and I talked and prepared about going to this beach, but unfortunately, we received information that the beach was suddenly closed to travelers. Apparently, Laki beach is privately-owned, and the caretakers just advised the tourists there to leave the place. This was like in April 2017.
I even read some blog posts of my fellow travel bloggers who experienced the ordeal. They shared, that it should have been an awesome summer getaway but without any warning, there were advised to vacate the place immediately. They were actually given a deadline of 4PM. How about that? I felt bad for my fellow travelers, because you have to understand that Laki beach is located in a secluded cove surrounded by mountains and forest, so the only way to go there is through the motorboat. Read More
I could still remember the last time I traveled to Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan.
I was a newbie TV producer then for a major network. I did a story about a coastal clean-up and mangrove planting in Alaminos, and we had a sidetrip to the Hundred Islands. It was my first time and I would love to enjoy the islands and the beach, but I was too focused with work. I had so many things to do and coordinate that I almost forgot the beauty that surrounded me. Read More
It’s hard to be a travel blogger, then be on travel hiatus for a few months.
What I can I do? I have a lot of “adulting” to do. I have a new job that I wanted to focus on. Don’t get me wrong I am happier with my work now. Fund is also a consideration. I am still slowly rising up from a recent financial blow that hit me hard when my father passed away, but I am getting better now. So if you see a travel blogger who’s saying that you can travel with no money? Don’t believe him. You can travel on a budget and I have lots of tips for you. But to travel with no money? Come on! Unless you are a travel blogger (like me) and got invited to a press trip, that’s all-expense paid.
It’s a good thing that I still have a lot of previous trips that I haven’t been able to write on my blog. So though I was on a travel hiatus, I still have some materials to write about. Read More
Upon arriving Jomalig island, I noticed this glistening golden sand from afar.
That’s Salibungot beach, considered as the main beach of the island where more travelers enjoy swimming and beach bumming. But we weren’t able to experience that by the time we arrived. It was already 11am, and we went straight to the resort, which is a motorcycle ride away or habal-habal.
We had our lunch at SPIR, the resort that we stayed in Jomalig. They served fresh seafood there that we really enjoyed for an affordable amount of 100 pesos per person.
If someone asks me for a recommendation of a weekend getaway destination, I would always include Batangas.
You know the usual beach like Laiya and Nasugbu. But if you want a complete experience like having to ride a boat and experience the island life, I highly recommend Tingloy, Batangas. It’s the only island town in the province. Here, you could find the island’s most popular beach which is Masasa.
I’ve been to Masasa years ago. When I was still in college, we had to shoot a travel show for a production project. Since, we have a friend who knows someone from the island, and we really wanted to shoot an island destination, we decided to go to Tingloy.
That time, Tingloy was not yet a tourist destination so I was able to experience Masasa beach in its fine and unspoiled glory.
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.
More than a decade ago, I traveled to Tingloy Island and Masasa beach 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.
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.
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.