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10 INSPIRING Travel Quotes

I wanted to share inspiring wanderlust quotes that I’ve read from books, the internet, and other sources. These quotes inspired me to do more adventures and see the most beautiful places that I’ve only seen on postcards and Instagram. These quotes are the reasons why I fell deeply in love with photography, voyage, and mother earth, and I’m very grateful to share some of the pictures that made all my travels worthy, heart-stopping and heaven-sent.

Here are the 10 travel quotes that will spark your desire and longing for travels and adventures;

  1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
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  2. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson

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  3. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

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  4. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

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  5. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. – Unknown

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  6. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  7. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll

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  8. Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. – Pat Conroy

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  9. I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya
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  10. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

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Mount Tapyas

One of the most memorable spots in Coron Palawan where I love to watch the sunrise and sunset is Mount Tapyas. Mt. Tapyas is one of the highest points of Coron Palawan. The giant metal cross serves as a landmark that can be seen day and night because it is brightly lit. It has 700+ stairs steps and handrails all the way up which makes it a bit easier to climb.

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Why do I want to come back in this place?

1. It gives a great view of the beautiful town of Coron and its neighboring islands.

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2. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset

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3. The feeling of fulfillment is great once you reached the top of the mountain.

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4. The back of the holy cross has a short trail that leads to a resting place, green grass, nature, fresh air and the other side of the mountain.

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The short trail at the back of the cross
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The short trail at the back of the cross
5. Good for people who wants to enjoy a quiet and serene place in Coron

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6. Lastly, it’s free for everyone

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Before you start to climb, ensure you read these tips:

  • Bring enough water
  • Wear sneakers/sandals if possible
  • Climb 30-60 minutes before the sunset
  • Bring insect repellent especially if you’re going to do the short trail at the back of the cross
  • Bring extra clothes/towels
  • Don’t forget phone/cameras for taking perfect photos
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How to get there?

From the town of Coron or your hotel, you can ride a tricycle and just instruct the driver to take you to Mount Tapyas. You can also book a town tour as Mt.Ttapyas is included in the town tour packages being offered by the locals and tour agencies.

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

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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.

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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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CROSSWINDS RESORT SUITE TAGAYTAY

Recently, I had another staycation with my best of friends. It’s already becoming a habit of our circle to have staycation every quarter. Though we had several choices of hotels, we all agreed to go to Crosswinds Resort Suites this time. We get a one bedroom suite and book the deal from the Deal Grocer.

So, what’s in it that made us picked it?
(All the information are taken from their website: Crosswinds Tagaytay)

About:

Crosswinds is a haven south of Manila inspired by the architecture of Switzerland. Rows of picturesque chalets sit serenely on a lush terrain at one of the highest points of Tagaytay.Over 20,000 pine trees perfume the property with its sweet scent, further adding to the calm while the music of interweaving winds soothe the senses. (source: www.crosswindstagaytay.com)

Nearby attractions:

– Tagaytay Highlands
– Picnic Grove
– Nature Discovery Park
– People’s Park in the Sky

 Features:

  • Free Wi-Fi (all rooms and public areas)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Playground
  • Shuttle service
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Deposit boxes

Languages

  •  English
  •  Filipino
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At the gate of Crosswinds

We are all happy the moment we saw our room. It exceeded our expectations and surprised us with its beautiful and peaceful scenery outside our window. The spacious, clean, and elegant room received praises from us and we’re glad we made the right choice.

The staffs are indeed helpful and they assist us with our luggage and all the kitchen appliances. They’re friendly and  they ensure that we get all the things we needed in the room before they leave.

Other than the mentioned features of this hotel, we also enjoy the Christmas village where we took several photos. Christmas village is the highlight during the Ber-months season. It starts on September and ends after the new year. So, people must take advantage and feel the holiday vibe of this cozy and luxurious place.

Christmas Village

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Crosswinds has also fully equipped kitchen, and we decided to cook for our dinner and breakfast. I enjoyed cooking because I have complete kitchen appliances to use. I encourage everyone, especially those who’d like to save money to take advantage of the kitchen. I felt great for utilizing all the tools and kitchen appliances. There are nearby restaurants, however, if you don’t bring a car, better bring some foods and do your complete grocery lists to ensure you have enough food during your stay. 

 

Bon Appetit 

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We had an advance pictorial for Tin and Darren, c/o our photographer and fashion blogger Ben of GeekyBf.

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Darren and Tin 🙂
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L.O.V.E.

That Switzerland ambiance will make you want to extend another day to this place. The pine trees, the colorful houses, and buildings added more charm to this place.

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Switzerland feels 🙂
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winning jump shot 🙂

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Make sure you bring nice clothes for pictorial and extra batteries for your phone and camera. Picture taking is part of the bonding that you and your friends do that make the vacation more fun and fabulous.
Also, I suggest bringing a laptop and movies that you and your friends can watch. Better coordinate with the staff of the hotel with regards to the appropriate connector to use. What we brought didn’t work, so, I suggest that you asked ahead of time so you can enjoy the movies. Movie marathon is also a great bonding for the whole family.

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Make sure you bring your swimming clothes so you can go for a swim in their outdoor swimming pool. Also, for coffee lovers like me, there’s a nearby Coffee Bean Tea Leaf where you can take pleasure of your favorite beverages.

We really had an amazing vacation in this place, and I’m planning to take my siblings with me for them to see how cool the place is.

I know we are all thrifty and we always try to find the best places in the Philippines that we can visit, but nowadays, it is easy and accessible to find affordable places, hotels, restaurant, and services.

There’s a lot of promos and discounts that we can avail. In our case, we always book our hotels in Deal Grocer. We are a happy and grateful for Deal Grocer for making it easy for us to find these places and experience luxurious hotels for weekend getaways.

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 How to go to Crosswinds?

Take a van or bus going to Tagaytay. Instruct the driver to drop you at Olivares, Tagaytay City. From Olivares, rent a tricycle and they will take you to the gate of Crosswinds, and you only need to pay around P150.00-P200.00 for the fare. Approach the staff or the guard because the resort will provide a private car or coaster to transfer you to the resort’s main front desk.

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 ☕🍞

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.

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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.

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When in Hong Kong 🌇🏰🚊

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Kayaking in Paradise 👓👙👒🐇🐰

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She loved the sea. She liked the sharp salty smell of the air, and the vastness of the horizons bounded only by a vault of azure sky above. It made her feel small, but free as well. 🌊🌅🐰👓👒👙

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Mount Tapyas 🌄

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Banana island 🍌

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This kind of paradise makes me want to stay longer 😍😍😍

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Sunset is ❤❤❤

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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! 

 

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:

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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).

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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.

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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