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Boracay : My First Solo Travel (Part I)

The 21st of July marked my first solo travel. I was thrilled and excited for the trip yet also a bit anxious and nervous at the same time. I know that I’m used to traveling with companions, either with siblings or with friends. My friends thought I was crazy and some did not believe I did it alone, but hell yeah…I did

A brave rabbit finally tried to get out of her comfort zone and checked one of her goals from her bucket list. Amazing 🙂

I only visited two places during my two weeks time off.

Part I – BORACAY

Boracay’s famous grotto 🙂

I’ve been to Boracay several times but there are reasons for that. Whenever I’m in this place I feel relaxed and happy. I love the beach and it always fascinates and makes me a happy kid. What makes this trip different from my previous trip is that I did it alone and tried to make it more relax compared to my previous travel where I do a lot of activities. This time, I do it my way, no plans, no itineraries for the whole trip and no too extreme activities.

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I met two ladies at the airport who are working from Hong Kong and taking some time off in the Philippines. Their hotel in Boracay is located in station 3 while mine is in station 1. We arrived in Caticlan in the evening and I was already tired because of our delayed flight and the two hours travel from Kalibo to Caticlan. There’s actually a direct flight from Manila to Caticlan, however, I booked Kalibo.. so, I have to ride a van going to Caticlan.

From Caticlan, I ride a tricycle going to my hotel and paid P25.00. I was happy that when I arrived at my hotel, my room was already ready. I sent an email ahead of time and informed them of the time of my arrival and my request. Blue Lily has very friendly and very helpful staff and I love how they treat me like a VIP.

This is my bed, the comfort room, and the small refrigerator… Too many soft drinks but I only get one and more bottles of water. 😇

Blue Lily room 🙂

Read More: TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE SORSOGON

The first night was spent for dinner and fire dance watching. Since I want to have enough sleep and good rest, I stayed up to 10:30 PM only.

2nd Day: I wake up early and did some walking and jogging in the long stretch of the beach from station 1 to station 3. After that, I swim and had my breakfast at the hotel. I like the feeling when you’re having a nice breakfast, enjoying the view in front of you and hearing the sound of the waves. Indeed, it’s a wonderful day!

Breakfast in Day 2  #coffee #bread #butter and #strawberry #jam ☕🍞

Read More: Travel Guide: Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

I promised to meet up the two ladies after lunch and I headed to station 3 because they’re getting henna tattoos there. Mitch and MJ have it on their bucket lists, so they promise that they will have it in Boracay.

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MJ and Mitch got their tattoos

After that, we had some picture-taking in the sand castles and went to station 2 to eat. In the evening, we had dinner, drank some cocktails and enjoyed some acoustic music. We stayed till 1:00 AM and then, I went back to my hotel.

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sand castle during the day 🙂
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sand castle at night 🙂

Sand castles in Boracay are made by the locals. Usually, minors and some teenagers ask for some tips after building it for tourists.

Staying under the sun for more than four hours made us sweaty and weary. We decided to cool down and went to their hotel. We spend time talking about our next travel destination. They plan to go to Baguio after Boracay while I will be in Coron for 5 days. They tell me their stories and I told them mine. We are all hardworking ladies and we have the same love and passion for travel and adventure. We had few drinks at their room before I showed them my hotel in station 1. My hotel has a terrace which is a perfect view deck to watch the beach and the stunning sunset.

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Girls just wanna have fun 🙂 lol

Besides the sand castles, there’s a sand lantern at night. Isn’t that cool?

3rd Day: I wake up at 6am,had some walk and tried to do the standup paddle boating. It costs P500.00 for an hour. A little expensive but it’s nice to try. I went to souvenir shops after lunch and bought some shirts and “pasalubong” for my siblings. I met up with Mitch and MJ during dinner as I like to enjoy my “me time” during the day and afternoon.

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Tres Amigos Boracay restaurant is the place where we had dinner. They served Mexican food which I love. I ordered a beef burrito and a classic margarita. Mitch and MJ tried other dishes like chicken fajitas, quesadilla, and frozen margaritas.

Read More: Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

We then headed to Club Paraw to have some drinks. It was a nice time to have some party and enjoy the dance floor. We get their house special drinks. Actually, we get a tower drink..haha, and it gave me a headache in the morning. I’m glad the two are heavy drinkers, cause I know I can’t finish more than 5 glasses of that alcoholic drink.

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4th Day: I wake up a little late. I had a walk going to station 3. I stayed there to chill and to swim. I also like station 3 cause it’s less crowded compared to station 1 and 2. I stayed on station 1 because I want a beach front hotel and see the purest powdery white sand and the grotto of Boracay. Also, it’s very accessible and convenient.

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Who wants to chill here?

After wandering around the beach, I arrange my luggage for my flight going back to Manila.

By the way, if it’s your first time in Boracay, I advise you to do some of the activities there. You’ll love it and appreciate more the beauty of this place. Just a recap of the things I’ve done on my previous visits in Boracay, you can try the following:

  • ATV
  • Parasailing
  • Helmet Diving
  • Island Hopping
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Clubbing
  • Food Tripping
  • Paddle Boating/Kayaking

See my previous post about BoracayBoracay: Nostalgia Moments

And, please don’t forget to see the sunset in Boracay. It is worth waiting and I’m sure you’ll be surprised to see it 🙂

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Sunset in Boracay 🙂

I hope you enjoy reading the first part of my travel. Next Part of my travel will be posted in the coming days. If you haven’t been to Coron Palawan, you have to check the part two of my trip. Coron is a breathtaking place and I will tell you more about it…very soon.

Thanks for reading!

F1 HOTEL MANILA

“Sometimes the best vacation is staycation”

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It’s true that when we grow older and get a stable job, we have less time meeting our best of friends. They also have their jobs and priorities; what’s used to be a daily meet up becomes weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. Every person has their pals, best friends and college buddies who are like their own siblings.

Read More : TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE SORSOGON

My college buddies (BEN, TIN, JEN) and I planned a staycation at least 3 months ahead due to our different schedules and priorities. I work on a night shift and they work on a day shift. We decided to do it on a Sunday since I need to have some sleep, and they’re very understanding. That’s what my college buddies/ Bff do for a friend.

So, we meet at 9:30 in the morning, my friend and I grab a taxi from Makati going to BGC where F1 Hotel is located. What’s great about F1 Hotel is that people can get a voucher for day swimming and another separate voucher for food. It’s a great experience to stay overnight yet the price will be more expensive compared to a day stay.

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There are couches, beds, and chairs everywhere that make us feel at home. Very clean, cozy and I love the simple yet elegant style everywhere. The receptionist and crew are also friendly which added the charm to this hotel.

Read More: Travel Guide: Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

F1 Hotel is located at 32nd Street & Bonifacio Boulevard, Fort Bonifacio, Global City,Taguig City Luzon 1634, Philippines. It is very convenient as the hotel is very near the restaurants and shopping centers in BGC. The hotel is very stylish and the food was excellent.

Hotel Features: 

Image source: http://www.f1hotelmanila.com
  • Free Wifi
  • Swimming Pool (outdoor pool)
  • Car park/ Airport Transfer/ Car hire
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre/ Spa
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service/ Laundry Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Business Centre
  • Suites

Nearest Transport: MRT 3 Guadalupe Station (1.5KM/ 18 min. walk)

Check-In 2:00PM – Check-Out 12:00PM

Note: You can book via Agoda, Tripadvisor, Hotels.com and TravelBook.Ph. The price ranges from Php 5,000.00- Php7,000.00 (taxes and other fees are sometimes not included) but better check the offers from different providers.

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We haven’t seen each other for a long time, we end up sharing stories and the usual chit-chat we always do. Ben, our fashion blogger BFF took some Instagram-worthy photos. We had some ice tea, burger and fries snacks since we are not yet hungry.

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The photo was taken by Ben, our fashion blogger Bff. Follow his blog site at  Bless the models

In the afternoon, we started swimming and enjoying every corner of the hotel. The shower is great, too and the place is relaxing. It’s nice to have a staycation with friends. You can take a lot of photos, share every cute and funny memory, laugh all day and talk anything under the sun.

Read More: Travel Guide: Pinto Art Museum

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Insert Nic in this photo 🙂
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Unlimited chit-chat 🙂

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We had sumptuous dinner after swimming..,and I swear, will definitely recommend it to you guys. The food was great and we’re happy with the food they served. Staffs are nice and we ask them to take us photos.

Early dinner before we left the hotel 🙂

If you have questions, please let me know.

I’d love to hear your staycation experience and suggestions of other hotels we can visit.

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE SORSOGON

Sorsogon is not just a province or city that I can call, it’s my HOME.

To give you an idea, SORSOGON is a province in the Philippines located in Bicol Region (Region V). It has 14 small towns, 1 city, and 541 barangays. The people of Sorsogon are called Sorsogueños. The spoken languages are Bicol, Tagalog, Sorsoganon, and English.

There are hundreds of reasons why I love Sorsogon and as I share the Top 10 of it, I hope you’ll experience the joy and excitement that this district offers.

1. JUAG FISH SANCTUARY

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An area in Matnog Sorsogon where fishes and other marine life are breeds, protected and sheltered. This was previously featured on my post for Subic Beach Matnog SorsogonI was lucky enough to feed the fishes and see how well the people manage the sanctuary. The local government has a good system, thus it promotes the protection and diversity of marine life, elevates tourism, and helps improve the livelihood of the local community.

Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

2. BULUSAN LAKE

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Image Source: Chris Belir

If you want to experience a place surrounded by a tropical rain forest, you have to visit Bulusan Lake.

Bulusan Lake is located on Luzon Island in the Philippines. It will take 16 hours of travel from Manila to Bulusan if you do it by land, however, if you do it by plane, it will only be 3-4 hours. What’s good about visiting Bulusan is the experience and tranquillity you will get. It is a suitable place for recollection and self-reflection as you can feel the serene and natural beauty of the lake and the forest. The lush growth of trees and plants, beehives, birds, mammals, fishes and other marine life are the things to look forward in this lake.

Some of the various activities that you can try in this place are boat riding, kayaking, and hiking. There’s an Eco trail for trekking if you’re looking for adventure and if you prefer hiking and climbing. It will take an hour to finish the trek, and some prefer this activity to fully enjoy the surroundings. It is also a different experience when you try boat riding or kayaking in the mystical lake of Bulusan as the green water and healthy green plants add magic to this place. You can chill and listen to the birds chirping and inhale the freshness of the air.

Travel Guide: Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

3. PAGURIRAN ISLAND

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Image Source: Nash Dewatch

How can I forget the first jump I ever did in my life? I was part of girl scout club way back in high-school, though many of my classmates are afraid to try it, and even if I don’t know how to swim, I still jump and trust that the facilitator will take care of me once I’m in the water. It is indeed a scary feeling yet the thrill and excitement helped me not to resist from jumping.

If you want to visit this site, you can go to Bacon Sorsogon. Paguriran is like a large pool naturally made by nature and surrounded by rocks and plants. It may be a bit far from the city but it’s worth visiting.

What’s making this island special and unusual from other islands is the lagoon. It has green emerald shallow water favourable for children and nonswimmers. You can rent a cottage and bring your own food. No corkage fees and entrance fees are very affordable for everyone.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

4. SORSOGON BAYWALK

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Also known as “rompeolas” is one of my favourite spots in the province. This is the place where I run every morning, the place where I hang out with my childhood friends and classmates, the place where I eat street foods and drink with friends during the October festival (Kasanggayahan Festival). You can rent a kayak and enjoy watching the sun goes down below its horizon.

Sorsogon bay walk is located in the city of Sorsogon. You can rent a tricycle or just walk from the city proper going to the bay walk. It will only take you 10 -15 minutes walk.

Travel Guide: First Time in Hong Kong

5. RIZAL BEACH

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Image Source: Rizal Beach Resort

Rizal Beach is one of the unspoiled beaches in the province of Sorsogon. It’s just 30-45 minutes away from the city proper of Sorsogon. It is memorable to me as my late father takes our whole family to this place every summer and every time we need “Vitamin Sea”. It has a powder white sand and a long stretch of shore. I love night swimming with my siblings and sometimes with my childhood friends. We lie down on the shore, watch the moon and do star-gazing.

Cottages and hotels are very affordable in this place.

Feel free to contact Rizal Beach Resort at 639174188233/09228831032 or rbresort@yahoo.com and look for Grace or check their website http://rizalbeachresort.ezweb123.com/ 

Mt. Daraitan + Tinipak River Dayhike

6. SORSOGON CHURCH (Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral)

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The Diocese of Sorsogon which is founded in 1968 is a highlight of the city. It is a significant place for Catholics to pray and worship. One can simply fall in love with the structural designs and the glass windows inside the church. When the typhoon hit Sorsogon a few years ago, the church was totally ruined. The people of Sorsogon were saddened with what happened, and they gave contributions during the mass for the renovation of the church. Some engineer and architect offered their services for free as what I’ve heard, and after few years, the church was fully renovated.

Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

7. STA. MAGDALENA

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Image Source: Abi Elona

I have visited this place twice when I was just a young little girl. I can still remember the beaches and coves which made Sta. Magdalena famous to Bicolanos. It may be not known and popular to some people outside the Bicol region but it’s a must visit place for those who loves beach and coves. Also, favorable for people who wants some quiet and peaceful provincial vacation.

Sta. Magdalena is located in the southernmost tips of Luzon and it’s a fifth class municipality in the province of Sorsogon.

Olango Beach, Villa Veronica, Balading, Talaonganan Beach, Liang are top places to visit in Sta. Magdalena

Why should you go to Bataan Tourism Center?

8. SUBIC WHITE BEACH

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Who wouldn’t love to swim in blue crystal clear water?

The Subic white beach is now one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Its white sand, clean water, and good location away from the noise of the city give chance the tourists to enjoy its quiet and still atmosphere.

You can pitch a tent, rent a cottage, and book your desired resorts. Also, island hopping, fish feeding, snorkelling, banana boat, diving, Jet Ski are available in this place.

Boracay: Nostalgia Moments

9. LOLA SAYONG ECO-SURF CAMP

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Image Source: Charm Aninipot

If you love surfing and enjoy the waves, Lola Sayong is the right place for you. This place is now popular to surfer fans and tourists from the other parts of the world. The friendly locals, amazing view, clean beach, and an accessible location are the things to look forward in this place.

Why do I blog?

10. DONSOL

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Donsol is famous not only because of the Bicolano delicacies but because of “BUTANDING” or whale shark which made it a world- class tourist destination. It is now known as the “Whale Shark Capital of the World.

 If you want an encounter with the amazing and friendly whale sharks, you have to visit the place from December-May, as this is the best months to see the whale sharks.You can stay at Amor Farm Beach Resort and Woodland Beach resort, these are the popular hotels in Donsol. Night firefly tour and shrimp catching are also some of the activities you can try other than diving and snorkeling.

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HOW TO GET THERE?

You can reach Sorsogon by land transport from Manila. You can ride a bus (Alps, DLTB, Elavil, etc) and it will take you 12 – 15 hours depending on the traffic.

If you hate long hours of travel, you can book a flight from Manila to Legazpi, it will be a 45-minute flight (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia). From the Legazpi City Airport, you can ride a UV Express van or bus going to Sorsogon City, taking 60-90 minutes of travel.

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DIOS MABALOS! 

 

Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

Zambales brought me into its hidden paradise. No doubt why people visit this one amazing province in Central Luzon. If you want to see more of this breathtaking site, check out my the previous post about Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach.

 

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View from the Summit of Anawangin:)

Before you start your trip to Zambales, see first the guide, activities, tips and suggested itinerary below:

Related Article: Travel Guide: Pinto Art Museum

ACTIVITIES:

Surfing, Island Hopping, Trekking, Snorkeling, Diving, Swimming, Skimboarding, etc…

HAPPY RABBIT TIPS:

  • Since there’s no electricity, bring flashlights and power bank. No mobile networks and signals in Anawangin cove. You may get a network in Capones Island but might still be a poor connection.
  • Bring sunblock to protect your skin
  • Bring mosquitoes repellent
  • Bring ropes – you’ll use it for hanging your wet clothes
  • Bring cameras, blanket, pillow, zip lock bag, toiletries, and goggles.
  • Opener, knife (for opening cans, bottles)
  • Bring food and water if staying overnight. Stores are available, however, it’s pricey. (Note that our tour operator provided food and water for us).

Related Article: Travel Guide: Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

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HOW TO GET THERE?

From Manila- Zambales

Ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales, and ask the driver to drop you off to San Antonio. From there you can ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit (P60.00). Rent a boat going to Anawangin or Nagsasa Cove. Boat rates range from P1,000.00 to P1,500.00 depending on how many islands you want to visit.

Related Article: Travel Guide: First Time in Hong Kong

You may also opt to avail tour packages, like what we did.  We get the package from BOOK WITH US PROMO:

Package inclusions: (P1,499.00 – 2D1N Anawangin Joiner Tour)

✪ Roundtrip Van Transfers (Manila-Zambales-Manila)
✪ Round trip Big Boat Transfers with Life Vests
✪ Woods for Bonfire
✪ Cooking Wares
✪ Drinking Water
✪ Charcoal
✪ Iced tubes with Cooler
✪ Sidetrip in Capones Island
✪ Sight-seeing Camara Island
✪ Private Tents (2-3 pax)
✪ Entrance fees
✪ Shower Area
✪ Parking fee
✪ Drivers food
✪ Toll Fees and Gas
✪ Trekking to hilltop

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Additional P300.00/person for the meals (Optional)
Day 1
Lunch: Chicken adobo and Buttered Veggies
Dinner: Sinigang na Isda and Inihaw na Liempo
Day 2
Breakfast: Hotsilog and Coffee
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TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1:
2:30AM – Assembly Time at MCDO MRT QUEZON AVENUE
3:00AM – Departure
6:00AM – ETA at San Antonio, Zambales Public Market
7:00AM – Meet our tour coordinator in Zambales
7:30AM – Boat transfer to Capones Island
8:30AM – Departure from Capones to Anawangin/Nagsasa Cove
9:00AM – ETA at Anawangin Cove
12:00PM – Lunch Time
1:00PM – Trekking to Hilltop (15 mins)
1:30PM – FREE TIME FOR SWIMMING
7:00PM – Dinner Time

DAY 2:
7:00AM – Breakfast Time
9:00AM – Departure from Anawangin/Nagsasa Cove to Pundaquit Beach
11:00AM – Departure from Zambales to Manila
3:00PM – ETA in Manila (McDo MRT Q.Ave)
Note: Itinerary may change depending on the weather condition.
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For more info visit or call BOOK WITH US PROMO:
Reservation Landline numbers
(02) 501-2199
(02) 738-1522
Reservation Mobile numbers
09158866168
09988641463
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Email at: bookwithustravelandtours@gmail.com
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Their office is located at Unit4A 2F Kaminari Bldg., Banawe St. Quezon City 1114
Mon – Sat 9:00am to 6:00pm

 

Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

I and my siblings decided to go to Zambales for two days and one night. We picked Zambales not only because it’s convenient but because it offers a lot of activities and adventures besides its well-known beaches. It is located in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines, and it only takes 3-4 hours to get there.

We arrived in Zambales around 6:30AM, and we went straight to the tour organizer ‘s house at Barangay Pundaquit which is the jump-off point going to Anawangin and Capones Island.
After the briefing, we went to (Pundakit) Pundaquit beach where the boats are located. This is our first stop and you may opt to swim and stay here if you want.

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Read More: Travel Guide: Pinto Art Museum

Since there are a lot of people, we didn’t follow our itinerary and decided to go to Anawangin Cove instead. On our way to Anawangin, we saw the amazing rocky mountain surrounding the sea and it’s nice to see a stunning place like this few hours away from the busy city of Metro Manila.

When we reached the cove, we’re struck by the white sand, the clear and emerald-green water of Anawangin. One will definitely enjoy it.

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Read More: Travel Guide: Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

We settled and waited for the tour organizer’s provided tent. We had lunch and our delicious food was provided  by the travel agency. If you did not avail any tour package, you need to bring your own food.

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At the Anawangin campsite 🙂

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Due to very hot weather, we did the trekking around 4:30PM. The trek was steep, so everyone should be careful. It was a short trek (less than 30 minutes) going to the summit of Anawangin. One may get tired  and stress from climbing but once you see the view and sunset from the summit, all the stress and exhaustion you have will eventually disappear.

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Read More:Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

Who would think that this most visited cove, surrounded by pine trees and a rocky mountain was formed after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption a few years ago?
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After the trekking, we decided to swim and enjoy the sunset. We had bonfire during the night and had another delicious dinner c/o Book With US.

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Stunning sunset was taken at Anawangin’s summit 🙂

We left Anawangin cove around eight o’clock in the morning. We went to Capones Island which is 30 minutes away from Anawangin Cove. You may choose between Capones Light House or the island. Since we are on this group tour, we all decided to go to Capones Island. If you want to visit both, you need to pay extra or rent a boat for a private tour.

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Read More: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Capones island is an island with a man’s face figure on its side. It has nice blue-green water, white sand and it’s a good site for those who love snorkeling. Just bring your own snorkeling masks.

For suggested itineraries and travel guides, click the link below:

Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Capones Island and Pundaquit Beach

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Travel Guide: Pinto Art Museum

I went to Pinto Art Museum with my friend Gege. I always wanted to see this place as I’ve heard that this is a must visit place…so I did. We decided to meet at 10:00 in the morning at Farmers Cubao Quezon City since the FX Terminal going to Antipolo is there. We ride a fx taxi going to Antipolo and paid P50.00. It took as an hour travel to Antipolo terminal. Travel period varies if you ride an fx van or jeep.

From Antipolo fx terminal, we ride a tricycle and paid P60.00 to the driver. Travel period from the terminal to the museum is 5-10 minutes only. When we reach the museum, we paid the entrance ticket fee for P180.00 each. No food and pets are allowed inside the museum.

Seeing the art pieces on galleries in this museum made me realized how amazing these arts can express every emotion of a person. Some arts can make you smile, some can make you frown and sad, some can even frighten you and some can make you think what it really tries to express. I had an experienced of being too connected to an old painting that made me really sad… seeing how poverty in the Philippines affected small children and their dreams. This one painting shows a child crying and looking at his home destroyed by the typhoon…he is crying and wondering where he will find his home. I’m not an artist but I love arts even when I was just a young little girl. I used to draw nature and portraits of my favorite anime characters and displayed it in our room at home.

Pinto art museum has 6 galleries that you’ll definitely enjoy. They have indigenous art museum which will remind you of the indigenous art displays in Bencab museum in Baguio. You can also find a restaurant/cafe, pool, chairs and beds in every area of this place. You can sit and lie on the bed whenever you feel tired as Pinto is a big place to visit.

See the glimpse of Pinto Art Museum:

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After our visit to Pinto Art Museum, we decided to go to Cloud 9 where you can see the city lights and enjoy the panoramic view. We ride a tricycle going there and paid P200.00, but if you’re coming from the terminal of Antipolo, you only need to pay P120.00. We had our late lunch there and get fruit shake and halo-halo. We left Antipolo around 7:00 in the evening.

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Antipolo Cloud 9

HAPPY RABBIT TIPS:
● bring extra clothes to wear (roaming around the museum after lunch is a bit warm)
● don’t bring food and pet as it is not allowed in the museum
● bring camera/phone (note that flash is not allowed when taking photos)
● bring water but you can also ask cold water from the restaurant inside Pinto
● visit cloud 9 of Antipolo after Pinto Art Museum to enjoy the city lights and panoramic view.

EXPENSES:
FX taxi = P100.00 (roundtrip)
Tricycle = P60.00 (Terminal-Pinto)
Entrance fee = P180.00
Tricycle = P200.00 (coming from Pinto)
               = P120.00 (coming from terminal)

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HOW TO GET THERE?

Ride a fx/jeep from Cubao Farmers Quezon City (near McDonald) going to Antipolo. From the terminal in Antipolo, ride a tricycle and instruct the driver to take you to Pinto Art Museum.

If you plan to go to Cloud 9, just ride a tricycle and tell the driver to take you to there.

 

 

Travel Guide: Subic Beach Matnog Sorsogon

Subic Beach is one of the places that I always love to go back. I was 10 years old when I first visited this place and though very young, I have never forgotten it. Subic beach is found at Calintaan Island of Matnog Sorsogon. Matnog is a third class municipality of Sorsogon, which is part of Bicol Region. It is actually my second home as this is the place of my father and grandparents.

Last March 27, I went to Subic beach with my best friend and her workmates. I was really excited for this trip as I wanted to see the changes of this place after 18 years. We left Sorsogon around 9:00AM and arrived at Matnog’s port past 10:00 in the morning. We had several stops over as we bought some snacks and other stuff. We proceed to the tourism office and paid 70.00 pesos each ( Php 50.00 entrance fee + Php 20.00 environmental fee). We were given a guide and he lead us where the boat is located. Note that we charter a small boat for island hopping and transfer going to the Subic beach. Tour rate varies if it’s a day tour or overnight stays. In our case, we paid Php 2000.00 because we stayed overnight on the island.

OUR ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE

1st stop: Tikling Island

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Tikling Island

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We stayed for few minutes here to take some photos and roam around this spot. You can see a store here where you can buy cold juices and snacks. Some people are camping, having picnics on the shaded area and some are swimming.

2nd stop: Juag Fish Sanctuary

Juag fish sanctuary is one of the highlights of this tour. You will be astonished by the aggressive milk fish and big size lapu-lapu (grouper). Our very kind kuya the boatman is feeding the fishes while I’m busy taking photos and videos 🙂 I paid Php 100.00 for the fish food. 

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3rd stop: At the Cave

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I’m not sure of the exact name of this cave but they said it’s called the “Calintaan Cave“. Correct me if I’m wrong guys 🙂

After the tour, we proceed to Subic beach. We stayed at Holy Trinity beach resort and I would definitely recommend this place. They have air conditioned rooms, cottages,pool, stores and complete utensils for visitors who want to cook and grill. You can also pay the staff for Php 150.oo to cook for your rice and preferred dish (you can buy rice, fresh meat and fish in the market of Matnog’s port).

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ACTIVITIES TO DO

Swimming, diving, snorkeling.  You can also rent a banana boat, kayak and jet ski.
Feed fishes on Juag Fish Sanctuary.

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WHERE TO STAY?

Holy Trinity Beach Resort
Contact: Ruel 0915-5275-230

ROOM RATE PRICE
Single Bed (2 persons) P3500.00
Double Bed (4 persons) P5500.00
Native/Kubo Style (Room 1-2 for 4 persons) P3300.00
Native/Kubo Style (Room 3-4 for 2 persons) P2300.00
Family Room( 10 persons) P7300.00
Extra Bed P300.00
FOR RENT PRICE
Jet Ski P4000.00 (1 hour)
Kayak P200.00 (1 hour)
Banana Boat P2000.00 (15 minutes)
Banana Boat P250.00 per head/8 persons

*Food not included

HOW TO GET THERE?

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By Air:  You can get a flight from Manila to Legazpi via PAL(Philippine Airlines), Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. At Legazpi airport, you can ride a tricycle going to the terminal for van or bus going to Sorsogon. When you reach Sorsogon city, take a tricycle going to the terminal of Matnog (take a bus, van, jeep).

By Land:If you prefer to travel by land, you can take a bus bound for Sorsogon at Pasay or Cubao Terminal. Buses are (DLTB, Alps, Amihan, Elavil.. etc..). Note that the travel time is 12 hours going to Sorsogon.

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If you’re in Sorsogon, you can go directly to the terminal. Just instruct the tricycle driver to take you to Matnog’s terminal. You can ride a van,  jeep or a bus. Travel time from Sorsogon to Matnog is 3-4 hours.

 

Mt. Daraitan + Tinipak River Dayhike

Mt. Daraitan is near the border of Tanay Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon. Attractions include river, spring, cave, mountains and limestone formation. The barangay has proper management of handling visitors and they provide trained local tour guides for every group of climbers.  

Based on Pinoy Mountaineer description, “the hike up is a straightforward 600-meter ascent that might feel steep to those not used to hiking”.  It will be a challenging hike but  the limestone viewpoint found at the summit of Daraitan makes it rewarding.

Nowadays, climbing becomes a trend not only to those who are physically active but also for those who are up for a challenge. I’m not athletic and not even adventurous, but this year I decided to do something different… so I did.

I asked my teammates to join me on climbing Mt. Daraitan. This is not an easy decision for us because we are not climbers.  I saw a post on facebook page from Traveling Adventure regarding this climb. It’s actually a day hike and they provide a tour and van transfer from Manila-Tanay-Manila. It is not easy to organize so we decided to get their service and based on their page, they have satisfied clients.

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Bridge an hour away from Barangay Daraitan

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Our day hike happened last February 28. We left Manila early Sunday morning going to Tanay Rizal. We arrived on time and we registered at Barangay hall. We are briefed at the Barangay basketball court and we are grouped into 6 teams. We are only 8 members in our group and Kuya Mel was assigned to us as our guide. He’s a local tour guide and very warm in welcoming us. We are excited about this climb and we brought first aid kit, medicine, water and food. Of course, we are in our climbing outfits; we wear sandals and shoes for this climb.

We start the climb around 7:15 in the morning. We reached this spot where we had our snacks and picture taking. The climb was steep but easy for the first two hours. We are making friends with other members of the group; luckily, they are nice people and love joking around.

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You’ll reach this spot after two hours 🙂

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After four hours, we finally reached the summit of Daraitan. It was an amazing feeling. We are surprised to see a lot of people and the picture taking was limited to 20-30 minutes only to accommodate all the visitors. We fell in love with the rocky summit and the limestone formation. From the summit, we saw the Sierra Madre Mountains, Laguna de Bay, and the Daraitan River which is part of our side trip. We enjoyed the panoramic view from the summit.

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I like seeing the view from here 🙂
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View at the summit of Mt. Daraitan
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At the summit of Daraitan

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Going down the mountain supposed to be easy but in our case, it’s not. We already felt the difficulty of going down, it’s slippery and our shoes are muddy. One of the climbers told us that we already experienced all the elements in this climb. It is indeed a challenging climb especially that the rain poured heavily.

We rest in a restaurant near Tinipak River and waited for the rain to stop. While waiting, we use towels to dry ourselves off after getting wet from the rain, and we tried the restaurant’s famous “LOME”. I got lome and coffee.

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We proceed to Tinipak river and we’re surprised to see the bigger and bolder stones. We clean ourselves and some members of our group swim. It was a relief to freshen up and to see how amazing the river is. One of the reasons why we chose Daraitan, is this rocky river and I never regret it. It is amazingly beautiful! 🙂

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Tinipak River

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ITINERARY

0200 Meet-up at Puregold Cubao
0300 ETD to Tanay Rizal
0500 Arrival at Daraitan River. Cross with raft and take trike to Barangay hall
0730 ETA Barangay Hall; Register and secure guides
0800 Start trek up Mt. Daraitan
1130 ETA summit. Explore the viewpoints / lunch
1300 Start descent to Tinipak River
1500 Arrival at Tinipak River Explores the area
1630 Proceed to Brgy. Daritan via riverside trail
1800 Head back to manila

Traveling Adventure

Contact No: 09266930794

Costs and Inclusion:
Amount: Php 850.00
Inclusion: Guide, Van Transfer, Tour Coordinator Bag Tag

Boracay: Nostalgia Moments

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Did you ever experience longing for long-gone moments?
I bet you do, we all do… and as I’m writing this, I recall all the memories in Boracay that made me happy and unhappy at the same time. Memories that made me want to re-experience those past events as they already left a mark in my heart and life.

What I really want is to share all the magical moments I had in Boracay and how will you get it, too! I will share all the things you can do on this island and how to have an awesome vacation in an amazing and affordable hotel.

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines found in the province of Aklan. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and its long white beach was also known as one of the best beaches in the world. One of the reasons why I’m making Boracay as my yearly destination is their white beach with powder like sand and crystal water. A place where you can relax, have fun with many activities and enjoy the active nightlife.

My first trip to this beautiful island was in 2012 with my college BFF (Ben & Tin). We’re supposed to be four persons but due to the unexpected event, Nic wasn’t able to join us. I think for this trip, we spent mostly on food as we kept coming back to this one seafood restaurant. It was our favorite restaurant and we enjoyed their food with our favorite fruit shakes.

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Favorite Moments: College Buddies

HELMET DIVING: We had a sweet encounter with fishes and feed them. I was hesitant at first because I’m scared of underwater but it was worth trying. Bonding with my friends and fishes was a great experience.

ATV: This was crazy as we drive along the highway and we went to the highest point of Boracay where you can see the island. Amazing ride indeed!

SEEING MARC NELSON: Yay! Seeing our ultimate crush actor was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. We were able to have photos with him and he’s very kind, handsome and approachable.

I came back to Boracay with my girlfriends from the province of Bicol. They are my friends who love parties and nightlife.

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Favorite Moments: Bicolana’s

FOOD TRIPPING: We limit our budget for this travel but it didn’t stop us from getting the best and affordable food on the island. Being thrifty doesn’t hurt, in fact, it gave us a lot of options and we were able to find cheap dishes that’s worth trying.

ACOUSTIC BAND & CLUBBING: I love the moment on the beach, chilling out with candle light on the table, drinking our favorite cocktail drinks and listening to the awesome band who played our favorite songs and requests. Also, I won’t forget the crazy nights when we dance, drink and party at Epic Bar. Boracay has a very active nightlife for young and old people who love to party, mingle or just chill.

The third time I  visit Boracay was in September 2015, I was with my office mates and I can say that this is the most chill and relax vacation I had in Boracay. This is also the time where we experienced a not so good weather cause it felt like there was a typhoon by that time. It was raining so hard during the week we stayed, but thank God there was a day  were we able to do our activities.

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Favorite Moments: College Buddies

PARASAILING: We all decided to try it though we’re terrified. I’m so glad of trying it for the first time and I felt relieved the moment I saw how amazing the view from the top. It’s a magical fifteen minutes moment seeing the whole island and I can say it’s absolutely a must try the activity.

FLY FISH RIDE: It is one of the most exciting and enthralling rides I ever had. The moment our craft was pulled by the motor boat, was the moment the ride became wild and exciting. This is memorable for me and Kat but I won’t tell you why. haha

We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese