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Image fron Cebu Pacific Air Facebook page.

This is the best day ever! I got to book 3 trips for this year and the amount I paid is almost same as paying for one trip on sale.

Today, Cebu Pacific Air has launched a “Piso Fare”, which means the basic fare of sale flights is One Philippine Peso (Php 1) and you’ll only have to pay for some taxes and web admin fees to book your flight! What makes this extra special is that they do not charge fuel surcharges now! I booked 3 domestic trips for me and my travel and life buddy as follows:

-Mnl-CDO and Davao-Mnl, 2 way for 2 persons Php 972.08 all in
-Mnl-Dumaguete, 2way for 2 persons, Php 972.08 all in
– Mnl- Caticlan and Kalibo-Mnl, 2 way for 2 persons, Php 972.08 all in!

Can you believe that? We’re paying for less than Php1,500 each for all 3 trips!

Sale is until tomorrow, January 28 2015. Go check it out! It might not be late for you!

Travel dates are from June 15 to December 10, 2015.

Sale covers domestic and international flights.

See you in our travels! πŸ™‚

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And, I’m back! πŸ™‚

I’ve just recently come back from a series of local vacation trips. I have gone to 3 awesome provinces within the Philippines. But unfortunately, the pictures aren’t ready for sharing, yet.

For the mean time, I would like to share old pictures from my old travels.

Today, I pick Cebu. Because in my recent vacation, I visited it’s head city (for the 3rd time) and one of it’s towns. I am reminded how beautiful it is and how much I had fun in there the previous times I went there.

The Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple

305391_2242012123477_1436117734_nThe taoist temple can be reached via taxi. Taxis, though, can be very limited on the way back, so we had our driver wait for us. Yes, the meter was running the whole time, to be fair.Β 

That same day, we headed for Bantayan Island – one of the many beautiful island beaches in the Philippines.

Clear waters on the background

Clear waters on the background

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Sand is so white!

Sand is so white!

To reach Bantayan Island, one must take the bus from Cebu City Bus station and a 2-hour ferry ride to the island.

To reach Bantayan Island, one must take the bus from Cebu City Bus station and a 2-hour ferry ride to the island.

Yes I’m a lot thinner in these pictures. These were taken about 3 years ago πŸ™‚

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Bantayan Island is worth the long travel and time. Also, along the way, “chicharon” vendors might hop on the bus! πŸ™‚Β 

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Staying up so late actually brought something good.

Yay, I just knew a few seconds ago that wordpress actually has an app! It’s now easier for me to update my blog. I have tons of places I’ve been to the last months I haven’t written about! You better watch out for those! πŸ™‚

See ya!

Yes, I dare say.

Every June (or early July), me and my man take a break from the metro life to celebrate our anniversary. I always make the itineraries. They always take me months of planning and research, but they are always satisfying and low-budget. No, they are not low-budget because we stayed at inns and hostels and shared bathrooms with other people. No, they’re not camping trips. I am a proud maker of three (so far) fairly-lenghty holiday anniversary trips.

Get these:

June-July, 2012 (1st Anniversary) – Malaysia

8 days:
Kuala Lumpur
Langkawi Island
Kota Kinabalu

June 2013 (2nd Anniversary) – Palawan, Philippines

8 days
Puerto Princesa (including a tour to the Underground River)
El Nido
Coron

June 2014 (3rd Anniversary) – Visayan Provinces of the Philippines

8 days:
Dumaguete
Oslob, Cebu
Cebu City
Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Panglao Island, Bohol

I’ll gladly open up about these trips, including what my options were on transfers, resorts, etc (if I remember all of them, haha). I’ll also share how much we spent. Just hang on ’til I get a free time and write them down in here.

P.S. I am a researcher for an Australian company that pays me to research corporate info and honed me further in making sharp holiday itineraries πŸ™‚

Much love, xoxo.

 

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View from the top of the hill – an early morning trek!

This post is so overdue! Hello again, wordpress! πŸ™‚

Local backpackers and netizens have been raving about this island. Tour providers have sprung out of Facebook offering their services for people who want to visit this place. I have been wanting to know what the fuss is about. So, I organized for myself, some of my college friends and our respective partners to spend the “Holy Week” vacation lounging in the sands of Calaguas Island.

It;s quite a long way from Manila! Is it worth the hassle? Yes.

The beautiful pictures of Calaguas Island that you find in Google is exactly how it looks like! Fine, creamy sand and torquoise, clear waters.

I went to Anawangin Cove last year. It was a nice camping spot until people have flocked in it. Unlike Anawangin, Calaguas Island is too big and can accommodate too many campers without being so crowded. It also have many trees for shed. Also, and probably the best thing about it, is that locals try very hard to keep the island pristine by having assigned people to take care of the island. Every now and then, we see people that collect trash and they strictly keep the passenger boats docked away from the shore so the guests can swim freely.

 

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We availed of the package for 3days and 2nights from TravelAndSand Β (excellent service, delicious food, highly recommended!)Β for P3,700.00 per head. The tour included full board buffet meals, local alcoholic drinks during socials night (and a comedy show!), water, unlimited coffee, tents, 2-way transportation and transfers and a side trip to Bagasbas Surf Beach. To the “hardcore travelers” who think they are more of a traveler because they rough it out than those who take packages,well, you can suck on the delicious food prepared for us. And do know that while you are struggling to make fire to cook food, our time is being used already for beach bumming and swimming. Sometimes you have to buy the convenience because the point anyway is for you to relax and have a vacation.

To reach the island, we took an overnight bus from Manila (DLTBCo Pasay Station) to Daet, Camarines Norte and took a 2-hour boat ride to the island – from mangrove rivers to the open sea. It was quite bumpy and there’s a part of the sea where the waves are really huge. Our boatman took real good care of us though and knew how to handle waves well πŸ™‚

Our group during takeoff from the dock :)

Our group during takeoff from the dock πŸ™‚

Upon reaching the island, we were settled in by the trip coordinator. We were asked to choose our spot from their share of land (we chose the tents pitched under the trees) then we were called in for lunch.

Smorgasbord! They always serve really good dishes and good selections! There’s always a variety of viands and fresh fruits to choose from.

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Picture grabbed from TravelandSand Facebook page.

 

And at night, they give out a free comedy show and overflowing local drinks! Sooo fun!

Picture grabbed from TravelandSand Facebook page.

Picture grabbed from TravelandSand Facebook page.

My friend and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner Up Ara Arida (present that trip) also graced the show.

Impromptu guesting for Ara!

Impromptu guesting for Ara!

The next morning, we were ushered to a trek up to the hill for a top view of the island. The trek and the view is breathtaking!

Breathtaking view of the coast!

Breathtaking view of the coast!

After the trek, we spent the rest of the day beaching and bumming and playing cards.

The next day, we said our goodbye to Calaguas and headed for Bagasbas Beach (included in the package). We were settled in by our tour provider at a restaurant infront of the beach, where we were served our lunch. Some of us took proper baths (also included in the tour!) and some of us went surfing. Since we are with Ara, we were given a special spot at the rooftop of the restaurant. The wind is blazing! Some of us slept after lunch πŸ™‚ Then headed home by 6pm. We reached Manila again by around 3 o’clock in the morning the next day.

the long stretch of creamy fine sand!

the long stretch of creamy fine sand!

What we love about this vacation:

– No phone signal – which can be a Con to some, too. But for me, it was bliss and just detoxing for me, personally. A complete escape from the usual busy routine.

– Wind is blazing! I did not mind at all having no electric fan or aircon

– The sand and the beach are both amazing!

– Our travel provider is amazing! P3,700 per person for 3 full days is beyond worth it.

– Clean beach area, clean seas. It’s like being in touch with nature again.

 

What we love a little less about this vacation:

It’s quite tasking to clean yourself. Of course, this is expected in a camping trip πŸ™‚

 

Will I go there again?:

It’s not too accessible and I think the one time is already enough but will recommend this experience to other people

 

Cheers! :))

 

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I have always tried to avoid coming to Boracay. My thoughts about it are that it’s overrated, overcrowded, expensive and that one cannot find peace and relaxation there.Β 

Last December holiday break, I finally gave in. That’s probably one of the best travel decisions I made.

We, together with 2 other friends, sailed from Batangas port to Caticlan overnight via 2go. Foreign friends, this is one other way on how to reach Boracay. From Manila, take a 2-hour bus ride to Batangas Port and get on the 2go ship at 9pm. You will reach Caticlan at 6am the following day. From there, the island is only about 10-minutes ferry ride away.

So why did we sail instead of flying? Because it was December, it was holiday break – the airfares have skyrocketed for the peak season.Β 

As a matter of fact, the sail was very smooth and fun! The huge pink-and-white ship has a deck that has a bar that serves drinks and food, bar stools and tables and beach chairs to lounge on during the sail. This experience was fun having enjoyed this with friends. We drank and smoked cigarettes like we are just hanging at any other bar in the Metro.Β 

Upon reaching the island, I just could not forgive myself I waited too long to go and judged it prematurely. It is beautiful. I have never stepped on finer sands that in Boracay. I did not mind at all walking barefoot. I would sometimes ditch my slippers too because the sand is so fun to step and walk at.Β 

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Was it crowded? Yes, maybe, especially because we went there in the beginning of the peak season. But, the beach area is too long and too wide to accommodate too many visitors and bars and hotels. There was still too much space for everybody to lie down and get massaged at.Β 

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Was it an expensive place to vacation at? Well, that is relative. But so many fairly-priced food and drinks are offered everywhere. At our first evening, we had buffet dinner at a restaurant in Station 1 for one Php395 per person. The buffet consisted of king crabs, eggplant torta, grilled pork, fried shanghai, garden salad, pancit, several other viands, dessert and bottomless drinks. The next morning, we had lunch at a store that serves different “Silog” treats and other local dishes, by the beach, at an average of Php80 per plate with a heft serving of rice and iced tea included.

Drinks? As I only got to down local beers and shakes, I can only say that beers cost around Php45 per bottle and shakes are from Php60 – Php150 depending on what restaurant or store you order them from.Β 

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First day lunch: Seafood Family Platter at Php995. Included a plate of crackers, fried spring rolls, grilled blue marlin, grilled squid, grilled shrimp. We got to take home about half as remainder.

Was it relaxing to vacation at? Definitely. It’s relaxing just staring at the horizon or stare at the shore while submerged in the sea. You can set your beach towel and lie down for as long as you can. Get a beach chair and a tall glass of beer or fruit shake and just let go, just relax. Lounge under one of the many coconut trees and get a massage. The sea breeze is like a mental massage. This island is very relaxing.Β 

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Have your kind of fun!

The island offers too many activities, too. We did the helmet diving and the flying fish. You can also get a banana boat ride, scuba diving, the thrilling parasailing, ATV ride, zorb and ziplining. You can never run out of reasons to enjoy the island. Finally, and for free, immerse yourself in the beautiful sunset.Β 

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See you there soon?Β