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Cebu Kawasan Canyoneering A Prelude to Extreme Adventures

Cebu: Kawasan Canyoneering in Badian, A Prelude to Extreme Adventures

A colleague of mine have asked me if where will be my next destination.  When I told him that I will be heading to Cebu next, he then enthusiastically said that it would be a lot of fun especially when I try Kawasan Canyoneering in Badian.  At the back of my mind, I was trying to recall if I have already encountered what he said, but I was clueless.  Back then, I had the slightest idea of what canyoneering was all about but the huge smile on his face piqued my curiosity and gave me the impression that it seemed very exciting.

Cebu: When in Oslob, Spend A Day in Bluewater Sumilon Island

Cebu: When in Oslob, Spend A Day in Bluewater Sumilon Island

Fifteen minutes off the coast of Bancogon in Oslob rests Bluewater Sumilon Island, a tiny landmass measuring at only twenty-four hectares.  To most tourists, the parcel of land is quite renowned for its shifting white sandbar.  However, the privately-owned island is more than just the sandbar and to discern more of what it is truly about, I spent the rest of my first day in Oslob on a day tour in Bluewater Sumilon Island. 

Cebu The Ride to Oslob A Peek into the Past Visiting Oslob Church and Old Spanish Cuartel

Cebu: The Ride to Oslob – A Peek into the Past, Visiting Oslob Church and the Old Spanish Cuartel

The island of Cebu is divided in two main regions, North and South.  They say that the northern part is for the laid-back wanderer where most of the pristine white sand beaches can be found. And while the southern part of Cebu is for the adventurous and more active traveler, I thought, hey! I also have an adventurous spirit in me and journeying to the south might just let me explore it even more.  

Cebu DIY Cebu City Tour - Part 1

Cebu: DIY Cebu City Tour – Part 1, Lessons Learned

An hour had passed then finally, “Welcome to Mactan-Cebu International Airport”, was announced over the airline’s PA system…At last, I was in Cebu. As I got out of the airport, I was thinking whether to take the taxi which was readily available right in front of me, or to look for the MyBus terminal or jeepney stop to get to where will I be staying while in Cebu. I was inclined to take the bus or the jeep however, I didn’t exactly know yet where the hotel was. So, after weighing each pros and cons, it was more practical to take a taxi at that time even if it was costly.

Romblon Carabao Island A Pleasant Surprise

Romblon: Carabao Island, A Pleasant Surprise

My grip on to the side of the boat tightened as the huge waves tossed us up in the air. Our boat was like jumping over a hurdle while forging through the swells that were about a meter high. Even with a life jacket on, I was a bit concerned and my imagination ran wild. Will our small boat be able to make it to Carabao Island without capsizing? All thanks to our young but skillful boat men, my paranoia was wiped out about 45 minutes later when we arrived safely in Carabao Island. However, it wasn’t quite the Carabao Island that we were expecting it to be.

Laguna A Journey to Discovering Kilangin Falls of Liliw 4

Laguna: A Journey to Discovering Kilangin Falls of Liliw

I arrived in Liliw late in the afternoon by way of San Pablo City, the initial plan was to visit a good old friend of mine in his hometown to do some catching up. With my recent fascination with waterfalls and to maximize my time in the place, I searched the web for which alluring cascades are within the boundaries of Liliw and was lucky enough to have found Kilangin Falls.

Aklan Boracay on a Budget A Guide for First Timers6.

Aklan: Boracay on a Budget, A Guide for First Timers

Boracay has been the flagship vacation destination in the Philippines for the longest time. It has been perceived to be an expensive place to go to and spending your long weekend on the island may not come cheap. Everything seemed so costly to be on a world-renowned island getaway like Boracay. However, there are ways to make the most of your first time in Boracay even if you’re on a budget.

Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn The Place to Stay in Islas de Gigantes4

Iloilo: Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn, The Place to Stay in Islas de Gigantes

Despite its remoteness, looking for a place to stay in Islas de Gigantes nowadays would not be a difficult task due to the number of resorts and homestays that can be found on the islands of Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur. It just boils down to which you think can offer you the best deal. As for me, I chose Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn as the place to stay in Islas de Gigantes.

Islas de Gigantes Island Hopping on an Enchanting Destination

Iloilo: Islas de Gigantes, Island Hopping on an Enchanting Destination

You must have probably seen dozens of photos of Islas de Gigantes also known as Gigantes Islands as you sift through some destinations in the Philippines over the internet. Tagged as the Scallop Capital of the Philippines, its postcard-like immaculate white sand beaches and astounding karst formations have caught the attention of many and had urged them to come and spend a day or two, or even more in this so-called Paradise.

Capiz -Exploring Places in Roxas City on DIY2

Capiz: Exploring Places in Roxas City on DIY – Travel Guide + 3D/2N Itinerary

I took a break from soloing and dragged my folks with me on a 9-day journey in and around Panay. To kick-off our Panay Island escapade, we sought for Roxas City, the capital of Capiz, as our first stop. We’ve spent 3D/2N in Exploring Places in Roxas City on DIY. Roxas City is an emerging economic city, 460 kilometers southeast of Manila. Also known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, it supplies the nation with most of the freshest seafood.

Food Journeys Liliw Laguna - Just Can't Get Enough of Kuya Bal's Chao Fan

Food Journeys: Liliw, Laguna – Just Can’t Get Enough of Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan

A different kind of gem that the locals of Liliw, Laguna have been raving about. Most of them head to Mabini Street not to buy the famed Liliw Tsinelas (Slippers/Footwear) but to get a taste of their favorite Rice Toppings from Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan. But what is so special about Kuya Bal’s Chao Fan that the locals just can’t get enough of it?

Tingloy Batangas - 10 Things To Do When In Masasa Beach

Tingloy, Batangas: 10 Things to Do When in Masasa Beach

Summer is in! I’m sure everyone is making their own plans where to spend their time to beat the heat. Check out Masasa Beach in Tingloy Batangas. It is heralded as the municipality’s number one tourist spot today. Why not? This once sleepy island municipality has everything in one place. To help you out in deciding whether Masasa Beach is for you, here is a list of 10 things to do when in Masasa Beach.

Tingloy Batangas - Racing to Catch the Sunrise at Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato

Tingloy, Batangas: Racing to Catch the Sunrise at the Peak of Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato

It was 5:15 AM and darkness still lingers when we left the house where we were staying to start on our trek to Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato. Feeling the morning breeze blowing gently made my body chill. I was with my father, siblings, 12-year old niece and cousin during this hike. Our guide said that it would take about an hour to get to the peak of Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato for beginners like us (we were all beginners except for my brother and his girlfriend) however for them they can do it in 30 minutes.

Hmmm…Was it really that easy?

Food Journeys Puerto Rican Food Experience in El Jibarito Restaurante

Food Journeys: Puerto Rican Food Experience in El Jibarito Restaurante

Aside from Forts that are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other remarkable landmarks along its streets, Old San Juan is also a foodies’ heaven. From authentic Puerto Rican food to Spanish inspired and international fares even food trucks, every corner and every turn has its own culinary delights. There are budget dining options to upscale restaurants that will fit anyone’s budget.

Solo Travel 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider To Join A Group Tour 2

Solo Travel: 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider To Join a Group Tour

So, you’re new to traveling solo but not ready for a DIY tour just yet. You want to go around the area but you do not know how to. It is definitely scary at first especially if you’re not used to being alone in a strange place. To join a group tour would be your best option if you haven’t found that full confidence to be on your own yet. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider to join a group tour.

Mt. Tapyas Coron

Solo Travel: My Not So Ordinary Travel Story at Mt. Tapyas

Huge raindrops started to fall, I ran down to the nearest covered stopover and in no time the whole town was already drenched in rain water. As much as I wanted to go all the way down, I could not risk the gadgets that I have in my bag getting wet, so I have decided to stay put to wait the rain out. That was when my not so ordinary travel story at Mt. Tapyas in Coron all started.

The Castle at Tulum Ruins

Destination Sneak Peak: Tulum Ruins Mexico

Tulum Ruins is known to be as one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites. It was formerly known as Zama which means “City of Dawn” as it faces the rising sun. Apart from Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, it is third of the archeological attractions in Mexico that is most-visited by tourists. The ruins is located approximately 40-45 minutes away of Playa del Carmen in the Mexican State of Quintana Roo. An average of 3200 visitors travel to this place which is a part of the Maya Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Old San Juan Puerto Rico The Forts that Defended the City of Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico: The Forts that Defended the City of Old San Juan

These defenses are made of solid stone walls that had kept the city safe from invaders since the mid-1500s. Today, these forts are a part of the San Juan National Historic Site and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seeing these defensive walls and especially the guerites (in Spanish, garita), sentry boxes or watchtowers made me reminisce of something familiar from back home, it reminded me of our very own Intramuros, “Walled City” in Manila, Philippines.

St. Maarten Mullet Bay Beach Getting To Know Her Better

St. Maarten: Mullet Bay Beach – Getting to Know Her Better

It has been a few weeks since I first set foot in St. Maarten’s Mullet Bay Beach and I was taken aback after realizing her magnificence. It was a short and sweet encounter and it seemed to be that I can’t get enough of her; from then on, I made a promise to myself to meet up with her again. The next Wednesday came, I went on my way following the same course to her location feeling more at ease and blissful than the last time.

St. Maarten The Maho Beach Experience

St. Maarten: The Maho Beach Experience

Tourists flock by the hundreds to take pleasure and plunge in its aquamarine waters, amble on its white sand beach, unwind on a bench under the sun or feast in its local food and beverage from the restaurants nearby. But it has something more than that, something that is peculiarly seen in St. Maarten. Something called the Maho Beach Experience.

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