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El Nido Palawan

If there will be a place that I would like to go back to, it will be El Nido Palawan. I’ve shown you some of my travels and adventures for 2016, which includes Hongkong, Boracay, Zambales, Bicol, Coron, etc…but, I never posted the first adventure I’ve made in January of 2016 which triggered my wanderlust and passion for travel and photography.

It’s also the reason behind my solo travel in Coron, Palawan which is the other side of El Nido. It made me very curious how these two beautiful places in Palawan are different and unique from each other.

I’ve mentioned how beautiful Coron is, in my previous posts on My First Solo Travel Part II: CORON” and TOP 10: THINGS TO DO IN CORON PALAWAN.

Now, it’s about time to share how El Nido made me fall in love with it, and why I still want to return this year to this beautiful paradise?

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Beautiful El Nido

On the 13th of January 2016, my friend and I arrived at Puerto Princesa International Airport early in the morning. It was suggested by our tour operator to book an earlier flight, as the travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido will take 5-6 hours. The van driver picked us at the airport and we proceed with the itinerary. Day 1 was actually spent for our flight and van transfer, and check in to the hotel. We had free time to relax, eat, and roam around the city proper at night.

Read More: TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE SORSOGON

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Spin Hostel: Credits to Benjo Beringuela and Spin Hostel.

We chose Spin Hostel because of the good ambiance, clean rooms and they have a cool hangout place for everyone. They have good reviews and they have friendly staffs. It’s a great hostel for everyone and I will definitely recommend it.

Day 2: After our breakfast at the hotel, we were picked up for the El Nido Island Hopping Tour A. We left at exactly 8:00 AM and went to the port of the town where the boats are located.

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This is where the tour begins 🙂

We visited the Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Seven Commando.

Tour A is the tour everyone should get as it will show you the highlights and the most beautiful lagoons you’ve never seen before. It will let you swim from a small to large nature pools with blue-green, clear water, surrounded by dark and sharp limestones. My friend enjoyed cliff jumping as there are few spots to do that. You won’t see fishes and corals from the small and big lagoons, only giant sea urchins which you have to take extra careful. I was having so much fun and jump to the water while my friend is kayaking. I was on the edge of the kayak and didn’t notice that my foot hit a sea urchin. It was bleeding already and I got scared but thankful our guide assisted me. Just be careful when swimming in the big lagoon.

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Big Lagoon
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Small Lagoon

We enjoyed the island hopping as it showcased the beautiful and colorful sea creatures, fishes, and coral reefs. Swimming and snorkeling will be unforgettable and any person would want to come back and stay longer just to see these wonderful islands. These are the reasons why El Nido is included in “Most Beautiful Beaches in the World. Pictures are beautiful yet it won’t give justice to its beauty especially when you experience it up close.

We had our lunch at Simizu Island which is actually the lunch area for Tour A. Simizu is a small island surrounded by mountains, crystal clear water and rock formations. We had a great seafood, rice, fruits, vegetables and grilled meat prepared by our guides. They are very friendly, helpful and very accommodating.

Note: Boat Fee; Tour Guide; Picnic Lunch; Life Vests; Boat or Staff Assistance during Tour are all included from the package tour we get.

On our Day 3, we had our Island Hopping Tour C. We visited the Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Star Beach, Secret Beach, and Helicopter Island.

Matinloc Island has so much to offer, and it has The Secret Beach which is our favorite from this tour, and we enjoyed it so much. Matinloc has Kalmung Point and Kulasa Beach which are great snorkeling areas. We also visited the Matinloc Shrine known as Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc and Shrine of the Blessed Virgin which is a sacred monument built in 1982 to honor the blessed virgin Mary.

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We had our sumptuous lunch at the Star beach. This beach has beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes which made this unforgettable for me. While our tour guides are busy preparing our food, we are having so much fun snorkeling and exploring this fantastic snorkeling area.

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Star Beach 🙂

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Our Day 4 was actually a free time, but instead of spending it for town tour, we hired a tour guide who accompany us to some places not part of the tour packages. It will be good to talk and ask the locals for some off the beaten path spots, and we never regret our decisions. We wake up at 6 am and started climbing the Taraw Peak which is the highest point in El Nido. One should not try climbing alone as the limestones are sharp and steep and it’s a bit dangerous. There are things to consider before you climb, like proper clothes, water, shoes and local tour guides to guide you with the trail. I got so many bruises, but I enjoyed this climb. I’m so proud of myself to conquer my fear of heights by seeing the stunning summit of Taraw Peak.

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Ms. Happy Rabbit enjoying the gorgeous view of El Nido at Taraw Peak 🙂 I never thought I could climb this high..haha. With this view, it’s worth all the sweat and bruises on my legs.
 After our climb, we went back to our hotel and prepare the things we needed for our next activity. We ride a tricycle going to our next destination, proceed with hiking that last for less than an hour. It’s tiring but it’s also a good way to explore the hidden spots of el Nido. We chase a waterfall, stayed a bit longer and swim the cold water coming from the mountain. Hot springs are also a must visit and you can ask for guides and tips from the locals.

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Our guide took us to another spot which is Nacpan Beach. I can’t remember how long it took us to get there. We only paid the entrance when we arrived. There are cottages and restaurants that are available in this area. We treated our tour guide and our driver for lunch and some beers. We enjoyed the fruit shakes and of course the vegetables and seafood for lunch.

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Nacpan Beach: Credits to my friend Aron M. 🙂

Nacpan beach is famous for its white powdery sands, clean and pure water, friendly and hospitable people. It has great waves that are excellent for surfing and volleyball courts. It has long shorelines and probably one of the best beaches I’ve seen in El Nido. We stayed until 3 o’clock in Nacpan, then we headed to our next destination which is Las Cabanas Beach.

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Las Cabanas: Credits to my friend Aron M. 🙂

If you want to relax on the beach, looking for bars and restaurants, and planning to ride a zip line to enjoy the view of El Nido, then, you must visit Las Cabanas Beach. It’s accessible via tricycle and drivers can take you there, and I also saw some tourists who are actually patient to walk from the town to this area.What I love on this beach is the good vibe for relaxation, you can just lay on the sand, do sunbathing, drink and party with your friends, cuddle with your hubby and enjoy watching the stunning sunset.

After we’re done with our activities, we rest a bit, freshen up and headed to the town to eat and dine at seafood restaurants. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and you can pick the seafood and the kind of dish you’d like for them to prepare for you. Dinner at the beach with candlelight, great food, and good music are perfect. Also, we enjoyed the night by visiting the famous reggae bar with drinks, dance floor, and perfect reggae bands. The bands are all great and they even sounded like Bob Marley. It’s a must visit place for people who loves fun, music, and party.

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For our Day 5, we had our breakfast to El Nido Boutique & Art Cafe. We actually ate there for a couple of times as they have great food, cocktail drinks, comfortable and relaxing ambiance. You can sign up for island hopping tours and van transfer there. After breakfast, we checked our emails only to find out that our flight was rescheduled the next morning. Our trip was supposed to be 5 days and 4 nights, however, due to some changes, we have to change our plans. We talked to our tour agency and thank God that they still accommodate our van transfer the next day, and we find another affordable hotel just to stay for one night.

What we did for that day is town tour, food tripping and we got massage for our tired and exhausted bodies. We rest in the afternoon, and we went to Las Cabanas Beach just to chill and unwind. My friend went for a night dive while I had my cocktail drinks at El Nido Boutique & Art Cafe while waiting for him.

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Day 5 at Las Cabanas
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I’m so in love with this sunset 🙂
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This is worth waiting at Las Cabanas 🙂

We had a fabulous and amazing time in El Nido and spending 6 days and 5 nights seems short as we no longer want to go back to Manila after witnessing the paradise in Palawan.

I will be sharing our itinerary, guides, travel agency, hotel accommodation and more of El Nido in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

If you have questions, tips, or want to share your experience in El Nido, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

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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 🙂

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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 ☕🍞

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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.

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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.

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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: 

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  • 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

If you have questions and you like to feature your place and photos, feel free to message me at happyrabbittravels@yahoo.com or FB Page https://web.facebook.com/happyrabbittravels  🙂

DIOS MABALOS! 

 

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?

Manila-Legazpi-Matnog
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.

 

Photographs: UP Oval

 

 

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While I was running on a Sunday afternoon, I saw the beautiful sun rays reflected on the trees. I stopped from running and just watch these amazing  view in front of me. I’m not sure if people noticed it because it seems like everyone is busy doing their thing. People come to this place to run, to ride a bicycle, to attend a mass, to attend their classes and to enjoy their day with friends and family. I was here because I’m so determined to run but because of astonishment, I end up taking photos.. haha.. I can’t help myself .

When I saw it, I felt so calm and felt so surprised. It’s not every day that I catch a glimpse of a beautiful afternoon and amazing sunset. The sky is blue and then, later, it turns to bloody red… It was so cool! I love the morning run but I fell in love in the afternoon.

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These photos are taken at UP Oval and I hope you like it 🙂

 

Sunset is L.O.V.E…

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