Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Sombrero Island, Masbate: Awesome Camping Experience

 

It was late afternoon when our boat arrived at the shores of Sombrero Island in Masbate. 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

15 Destinations in the Philippines Perfect for Summer!

 

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: Masbate’s Stunning Rock Formations

 “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.”

Animasola Island Burias Island San Pascual Masbate
Stunning!

 

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Tinalisayan Island in Masbate: Another Sandbar to Discover

I couldn’t help it.

The moment I saw this tiny island from afar, I stood up despite the quite bumpy boat ride. When we got closer, due to so much happiness I guess of what I was seeing, I could almost imagine Chris Rock telling me, “Damn, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!” Haha!

Surprised. I never expected that the usual island hopping would be “an experience.”

Our tour coordinator instructed the bangkeros (boat men) to go straight to the sandbar. The boat made its turn and stopped in the middle of long stretch of sandbar with crystal clear water.

The island itself is so small, that the word islet would be a more appropriate term. At the end of this sandbar, the island was visible with its white sand and rock formation.

But no doubt,  the main attraction of our morning was the sandbar…

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Beaches, Philippines, Visayas

Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte: A Balance of Tourism and Conservation

 

It was another warm welcome.

By the time we stepped out of the coaster bus, the staff of the local government of Palompon, Leyte met us with their warmth and smile. They escorted us to the second floor of the municipal hall for a simple program and registration. It was actually a briefing before exploring the best kept treasure of the town, the world-renowned sandbars of Kalanggaman Island

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Tali Beach : A Weekend in a Cozy Beachfront House in Batangas

I f you’re following my stories on this blog, probably you already have an idea of what kind of a traveler I am.

I am a backpacker, a budget traveler. I don’t let having meager to enough money hinder me to explore, because the truth is traveling is not that expensive after all.

But you know, once in a while it also feels good to indulge and treat yourself. Hey, I am not talking about those five star hotels, not a fan of those kind of extravagance, unless it’s free. LOL!

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon: A DIY Travel Guide

I know you’re also looking for an island weekend getaway. And being older and smarter like we are 🙂 ,  we’re done with crowd and beach parties right? We just want to be in a laidback and calm beach, enjoy and relax.

Well, you don’t need to go to Batangas for the Nth time for an amazing experience near Metro Manila, because there is a hidden jewel in Mauban, Quezonthe beautiful Cagbalete Island.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

Calaguas Island- The Way to a Paradise

 “Where is Calaguas?”

I remember my girlfriend, Eloi, asked me when I suggested about it on our next trip. It was also the same reactions I got from friends after my travel. Honestly, I am amazed at how many people are still unaware of this paradise.

So in a away, I felt obliged to tell you how beautiful it is, to convince you to visit this island. The journey going there might be uncomfortable to some, but as you get there, everything will be worth it.

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Beaches, Mindanao, Philippines

Samal Island, Davao : Relaxing Clear Blue Waters

You’ve been working so hard.

Stressed with workload you don’t even understand why there is a need to stress about. In times like these, all you need is a moment to unplug, relax, claim calm and clarity in a paradise. A moment, when you don’t need to think about work and just enjoy life.

The same thing I did with some friends when we visited the beautiful island of Samal in Davao, Philippines.

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Beaches, Luzon, Philippines

The Horror of Black Water from Encenada Beach Resort in Puerto Galera

I planned this trip to be extra special.

I know my girlfriend is stressed with work so I really intended our next vacation to be just relaxing and enjoyable. That’s why when she told me she wanted to go to Puerto Galera, I opted not to visit the party crazy and congested part of this tourist spot, which is the “White Beach.”

I decided to bring her to the calm and relaxing side of Puerto Galera, the Muelle Area particularly at the Varadero Bay.

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Beaches, Philippines, Visayas

Laoang, Northen Samar – My Hometown

After one of my posts got traction from Facebook, I felt this sense of gratitude.

This is the confirmation of a sign I asked a few days ago.

I was in doubt at that time, if I really wanted to continue writing. I know this is my life but there are moments when you ask yourself, why by the time you decided to do what you love, something suddenly falls apart?

I asked for a sign if this is really my calling, if this is really the meaning I was looking. Then I doze off to sleep.

The next morning I checked this blog and was shocked to see one of my posts being shared by my country’s Tourism Department to its Official Facebook Page with more than 700,000 followers.

That post earned thousands of likes and shares, bringing tons of traffic to my blog.

It was the answer I was looking for.

Then I’ve made a firm decision, to continue doing this whatever it takes, not only for those who enjoy reading my works, but most importantly for me. I need this. I need to write to feel alive.

I’ve made a promise not to hold back anymore, to be open and sometimes even vulnerable.

So I’ll start with sharing to you my hometown, the place where I came from.

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