Luzon, Travel Stories

Fiesta in Masasa: When our transient house owner fed us with good food

They were all busy.

They decorated the house with this nice pink and pastel colors. I saw some girl outfit, gowns and make-up on the sofa. We didn’t know who to talk to. We just arrived at RNV House, the transient house that we contacted a few days before our trip to Masasa beach in Tingloy, Batangas.

When one of the household saw us, she immediately talked to us with her warmth and smile.

“Ay kayo po ba ng guest, ay sige po pasok po. Dito po kayo sa room. Pasensya na po ah fiesta po kasi ngayon. Eh magku-queen po kasi ang anak ni ate Neneth yung may-ari ng bahay. Kayo lang po ang tinanggap namin guest ngayon kasi po fiesta.”

She was too apologetic. I told her that’s okay. There was a parade that morning and they were all preparing for their queen’s gown and make-up. It’s nice to see how the entire household prepare, and how they treated us like we were part of them. Chill lang.

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Travel Stories, Visayas

Ridiculous! This Cebu Hostel is requiring 3 valid IDs,ONLY for Filipino travelers

It was already late at night when I arrived in Cebu.

I didn’t realize that it was hard to get a cab at the airport, so I used Grab. It was actually my first time to use the app. Yes, after years of making waves in the Philippines, it was only a few months ago that I’ve tried it. I didn’t even download the app on my phone. I sought the assistance of a Grab personnel at the airport to book a car for me. I know, I am so oldies. Hahaha!

So that’s it. I got on the car and told the driver my hostel and the address.

When I arrived at the hostel, it was already like a few minutes before 11PM. With all my huge backpack and all, I went straight to the reception. 

I told them that I booked online. While the reception dude was looking for my booking, he asked for my ID. So I gave him my company ID because my driver’s license is already expired and left it at home. You know, I wasn’t able to renew it since I don’t have a car anymore.

To my surprise, he told me about their policy of requiring 3 valid ID’s for guests availing the dorm type room. Oh my, they’re even worse than banks for requiring identification. Aside from my company ID, I only had another one which is invalid because it’s an ID for a membership. 

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Luzon

“Puno ng Walang Poreber” in Jomalig island

I noticed Dante, our habal-habal driver, was smiling when asked about our next destination.

He just said, “Dun tayo sa puno ng walang poreber.”

“What? Seriously?”

Apparently, he was. There is a tree in Jomalig that is named as “puno ng walang forever.” Hahaha

On the way to the location, I was thinking, asking where did they get this idea? Then I remember, this was popularized by a love team on a TV show. Walang Poreber means that there’s no forever in love. That if you have a better half, you’re gonna break up soon. Hahaha! Too much bitterness, right? I don’t know but the younger generation always use this phrase a lot. So even after the TV show ended, the walang forever mania continued.

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Beaches, Luzon

How to get to Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas

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.

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Food, Mindanao

Knickerbocker of Zamboanga City!

We toured Zamboanga city the whole day. Yes, we were tired but still excited for our dinner, especially me!

After staying in our hotel for a few minutes to freshen up (naks!), we headed to one of the city’s popular restaurant, the Palmeras Restaurant which offers wide array of Filipino dishes.

Food was served, one dish after another. If you were as hungry like us, you would expect us to feast on the food immediately. But you’re wrong, we are bloggers remember? So we still took some photos, lots of them before anyone could touch the food. Hahaha!

For me, I simply snapped a photo and then that’s it. But you don’t have any idea how my fellow bloggers took some shots. There was lighting, proper plating. Just like in a studio photoshoot.

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Beaches, Luzon

Little Boracay of Jomalig Island, Quezon

 Habal-habal ride in Jomalig in Quezon province  is one of the most adventurous activities you could try when you travel to the island.

After visiting Kanaway island, we headed straight to our next destination. Dante, my habal-habal driver, said that we would surely enjoy our next stop. It’s a white beach, so white that it was coined as the Little Boracay of Jomalig.

When we arrived, we paid 30 pesos as entrance fee. The beach is being managed by Pamana Beach Resort. Just a small amount for the beauty that is waiting for you. It’s white beach, not the usual golden sand that is very popular in Jomalig.

We walked on the fine sand, enjoyed the sea breeze while relaxing on hammock. The kind of vacation that will take away all your stress and worries. The view was just perfect.

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Travel Stories, Visayas

‘Bigyan ng Jacket Moment’ in a Hostel in Cebu

I woke up to the sound of two dudes who were in a hurry packing their backpacks.

It was my first day in Cebu. I checked-in in my hostel at about 11PM so when I entered my room, it was pitch-dark and I had no idea who were my roommates. They were all asleep.

I sat down on my bed, and they greeted me good morning. By the sound of their voices, I had an idea that they were Europeans, but of course I couldn’t distinguish which part in Europe. Hahaha! Until one dude introduced himself as Gustav. That’s what I heard and understood about his name. He apologized if they woke me up. I told them, it’s already 8AM so it’s okay. Read More

Visayas

Bohol: A Prime Nature Destination and More

Bohol Chocolate Hills

Bohol, a province in the Philippine’s Central Visayas Region is a tourist haven that has lots to offer. Considered by many as one of the most eco-rich as well as iconic destinations in the country, it draws both international and local tourists alike who want to relax and unwind in a “green” setting. For starters, the province made a name for itself and became a regular in a myriad of travel packages in the Philippines primarily because of the Chocolate Hills, an area of over 1,700 hills that are spread over 50-square kilometers of land. It should be noted though that there is more to Bohol than these geological formations. But before we get to the details lets take a quick look of the general activities that you can do while there.  Read More

Food, Mindanao

Satti of Zamboanga

It was about 8 o’clock in the morning when we arrived in Zamboanga Airport.

I was lucky to be invited and be part of this press trip organized by Department of Tourism Region 9 Office for the Savores 2017, an annual celebration of food and flavors of Zamboanga that showcase its unique and diverse culture.

After the warm welcome by the staff, they said they are going to bring us to a place where some Zamboanguenos (or Chavacano) eat breakfast and with a truly authentic dish. After just about 15 minute land travel we reached this small eatery located at Pilar Street, Zamboanga City. It’s Johnny’s  Morning Sun Satti! Read More

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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