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When we got lost in Sorsogon 

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Travelled February 18,2016

“Unexpected is either surprisingly well or perfectly imperfect”

It was part of our 25th birthday bucketlist to go to Palawan, we already booked flight for our 4 days vacation. But few weeks before our trip I got an emergency from our province in Bicol that needs me to be there. And because it’s a family related, we decided to just cancel our trip and go to Bicol instead.

Same travel date in Palawan we headed to Cubao for our 12 hours bus travel to Tiwi, Albay in Bicol. There is a direct bus to Tiwi that will takes almost 13 hours depending on traffic situation. Tiwi is 40 minutes drive from Legazpi City, the mainland of Albay.

bus ticket (yet the most convenient bus conpany)
getting ready for a 12 hrs bus ride

We left Cubao around 5:00PM and expected to arrived at 6:00AM next morning. And good thing because we arrived on time.

We arrived home and do my personal errands. It was Neah second time to be in my home town,the first time she was in Tiwi we only stayed for 1 night so this time I take the opportunity to ahow her some of hidden gems of our place. It’s not totally gems but it something that our place can offer  when it comes to tourism.

We started with the “corangon islet”. It is an islet located in Baybay Tiwi Albay which is just walking distance from the town proper. The panoramic view of Corangon can be seen far from the seashore of the beach, but just recently the Corangon is getting closer to the public,the tourism office are now accepting tourist to visit the islet during lowtide.

But riding a boat to see closely the islet is not our plan. We instead go to the seaside and point her out the Corangon island (I’m not even sure if I showed her the right one because corangon is not visible during hightide).

Instead…

 

take a selfie

 
and took photos of her along the beach
 

After the sight seing at the beach side we headed to our town parish church.

 

St. Lawrence Parish Churh

   
   

 

We return back home after church and take our lunch. We went to nearby city tabaco to accompany my mother for her checkup. While waiting for her doctor, we went to a cafe within the area. I saw this cafe from a friend who posted a picture of it on instagram.

Here we go Amore Coffee.

 

Amore Coffee Shop located in Tayhi Tabaco City near DBPMCF
 
They serve a different version of Coffee and Frappe.

their best seller Ryan’s Praline Frappe
Ryan’s Praline Frappe , Mocha Frappe, their version of beef Nachos and Cheese Sticks

 Their frapped was served after 30 minutes from the time we ordered but we guve it a chance because they just opened when we dine.

I love their bestseller Ryan’s Praline Frap (i just dont know where they got that name). Nothing special with the  beef Nachos, I was looking for something spicy and beefy flavor but thei version is different. Cheesesticks was fine, as expected cheese rolled with wrap.

What we like more about this place is a corner where they offer some kind of activity while you dine.

 

totie playing Dart Spin
  
   

One more thing about this cafe is that it’s pet friendly.

Fast forward after our personal errands, I met my friends in college and decided to have some drink as my birthday salubong that night.

 

with Totsie,Janet,Franz, Mama and Dev with our grilled fish pulutan,pinangat and sinigang
 
The next morning was my birthday! And our next stop is Sorsogon City. Sorsogon is more than 4 hrs ride from Legazpi City. But before we headed to Legazpi to reach Sorsogon, I was given a chance to show Neah one of my favorite food since  I was a kid.

representing the puto kutsinta on it’s colorful version :With coconut pulp as a toppings

And that’s what we had for breakfast!

Around 9:00AM we arrived in Legazpi Grand Terminal where we need to have another 4 hrs van ride.

We arrived in Sorsogon proper around 1:00PM we immediately look for jeepney going to Matnog, Sorsogon. After around 20 minutes we just realized that our time maybe not enought for island hopping in Subic Beach. We look for nearby places on google and ended up getting off to a place we dont know. We therefore decided to go back to the city proper and follow the instruction we found from a blog online. We ride a jeep with a signboard “Bacon” and ” Sawanga” 45 mins. Jeepney ride from city proper.

 Paguriran Island

welcomed by a calms sea of the island

We rented a cottage for our remaining hours for only Php 150.00, there is a sari sari store along the beach but they dont sell cooked food aside from cup noodles and caned goods.
 
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   Since the last trip from Bacon to the city proper is only until 4:00PM, we decided to go back to the city earlier for dinner and we need to catch thelast trip of bus back to Manila.

Meanwhile, right after we arrive in the city proper we take some glimpse on their City plaza

 
 
 Then dinner finally!

dinner at Biggs

 

We got the last trip of Philtranco bus bound to Cubao around 7:00PM as chance passenger oha!

  
We’ll be back #sorsiđź‘™

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Dipolog City

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Traveled September 21-24, 2015

May 2015 was the original plan to go here. But due to unexpected circumstances, our luck ended up having a Cebu trip. And I was so happy that finally I will be able to see the beauty of Mindanao.

Dipolog is part of Zamboanga Del Norte,  Neah has a lot of childhood memories in Dipolog since her aunt and grand parents were raised here. Since the Tagbilaran to Dumaguete and Tagbilaran to Cebu didn’t work last time. We make sure to book a flight to Dipolog City directly. Fare is bit expensive but since we really wanted to visit her family, we made it possible.!

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first time to fly via Cebu Pac and yes! delayed

Dipolog by air is two hour ride from Manila. When we arrived to the airport Neah’s aunts are waiting for us at the waiting area. We headed to Dipolog Boulevard for lunch.

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lunch beside Dipolog Boulevard
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Boulevard at night

The next morning we checked out on the hotel where we stayed over night and headed to the bus terminal. We will be  going to San Nicolas in Dapitan City where Neah and her family stay during summer for vacation.

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Dipolog Terminal

Dipolog to Dapitan city is less than an hour bus ride. We rode a bus to Osamis and drop off at Barcelona.

“Welcome home” as we were approached by Auntie Jane, Neah’s aunt when we arrived. The lunch was served already with Neah’s favorite “halang-halang” (spicy in their dialect)native chicken cooked in coconut milk.

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halang- halang

The next day, our fist day in Dapitan City was spent having lunch by the beach. But before we went to the beach, we first visited Neah’s grandma’s grave the he haven’t visited for 2 years already.

We had lunch by the beach at Dapitan City.

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Auntie Jane,Mape,NEah and Chin
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Buddle fight for lunch

After the sumptuous lunch the gang decided to visit the white beach “Tag-ulo” .It was almost 2 hours motorcycle ride from Dapitan City. And yes! it’s a white beach.

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the beach was a home of starfish

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Tag-ulo Beach

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Dakak Beach here we go! , the next day was a challenging part of our trip, but at the same time we are both excited. We will be riding a zip line for the fist time!.

Dakak is the famous resort in Mindanao. It was rated as a 5 star resorts which is well known in the Philippines. Dakak was more than an hour motorcycle ride from Dapitan City, Entrance of Php.1000.00 is consumable for food and other activities.

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We first tried the kayak paddling since we haven’t tried that activity on our previous trip.

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our fist Kayak was here!

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After the tiring Kayak paddling and swimming we decided to finally take our lunch. There was a buffet lunch for Php 500.00 per person but we decided to take a single order. Lunch by the beach again!

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lunch by the beach

And the highlight of our Dakak trip finally came. We will be cruising over the top of the mountain. Dakak zipline was “Asia’s Largest and fastest dual Zip-line”. From the resort we went to Dakak adventure site. We first try the 20 minutes  horseback riding. It was actually our first time to back ride on a tour by a horse.

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horse back riding requires you to wear a cowboy hat

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And this is it, as much as we want to cruise together since it was a dual zip line the resort don’t have enough staff to assist us when we landed on the other side of the hill, so we had to do it individually.

Tadaah! We made it! We were able to conquer it.

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optional: Picture with a certificate cost Php150.00

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After the Dakak adventure Neah and her higschool friend planned to meet in Dipolog so we took the non air con bus to Dipolog but either one of her friends came out to see us.

We found this cute cafe along Dipolog Boulevard “Chapters Book Cafe

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We went home around 9:00PM and everyone in the house was waiting for us. Neah’s aunt was preparing puto and suman that we will bring in Manila the next morning.

Our last day came and we are both longing for more adventures in Dipolog. As much as we wanted to stay longer we need to go back to Manila for work again. I almost cried while on board because it’s hard for me to say goodbye to the people I met here. I met such a humble and contented people.

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Thank you for wonderful experience Dipolog! We’ll be back!

Aj and Neah♥

 

 

Unexpected Trip to Cebu City

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Travelled May 12-16 2015

The right time for our “dream place” has finaly came. It was an unexpected trip tough, but for us unexpected trip are the best. We booked a flight to Tagbilaran Bohol as a gateway to Neah’s home town in Dipolog City, as they all aware that there was a boat who travels from Bohol to Dipolog, plane ticket to Dipolog is so expensive that’s why we find to have an alternative. Few days before our flight we found out that there is no longer boat that travels from Bohol to Dipolog,so we find another way to reach Dipolog. We have two options 1) drop off to Tagbilaran and take the boat to Dumaguete,from Dumaguete another 3 hours boat ride to Dipolog 2) Drop 0ff to Tagbilaran and take the 2 hour boat ride to Cebu, from Cebu there are boat travel firectly to Dipolog. We take the second option.

Right after the plane landed to Tagbilaran airport, we immediately went to the port to take the earliest trip to Cebu. The boat ride from Bohol to Cebu took us 2 hours fare is Php 250.00 / way plus the terminal fee of Php 60.00.

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my first glimpse of Tagbilaran airport

We arrived in Cebu around 6:00 PM we immediately ask the locals on where we can buy ticket going to Dipolog, we even went to the ticketing office but unfortunately the boat to Dipolog will sail day after tomorrow. We take the unexpected surprise, we therefore stay in Cebu the rest of trip.

We checked in to  the nearest hotel Sampaguita Suites, the hotel is near the church and the famous Magellan’s Cross.

We attended the early mass the next morning. And we realize that we are so lucky to have the chance to be on that place that we are both dreaming of.

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Basilica del Sto Niño
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magellan’s cross
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mandatory photo op

On our second night in Cebu we went to the famous “Larsian” best place for grilled seafood, BBQ and  other food Cebu can offer.

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puso” rice cooked in coconut leaf

 

Our third day was spent on a beach resort that has pool on it. It was a 30 minutes taxi ride from the city proper.

As we all know that the best Lechon in the Philippines was in Cebu. We therefore tried this famous restaurant that has “the best lechon ever!”-zubuchon.

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one serving good for 3 already

It was such an unforgettable experience. Unplanned but always the best. We planned to go back to Cebu by August with family.

Pinto Art Museum Gallery

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Visited August 2015

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web”.

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museum map provided upon arrival

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Pinto Cafe, their carbonara is a must try!

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ADDRESS & CONTACT INFO:
Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal. Contact info: 6971015. Email: pintoartmuseum@yahoo.com. Facebook page: Pinto Art Museum.
HOW TO GET TO PINTO ART MUSEUM:
Pinto Art Museum is located inside Grand Heights, a private subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal. We find it easier to get here from Ortigas Avenue Extension to avoid the traffic congestion of Sumulong Highway and Antipolo town proper.
TRAVEL TIPS & USEFUL INFO:
  • Pinto Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Pinto Art Museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS.
  • According to their Facebook page, they are open during holidays (as long as it’s not a Monday.)
  • P180 for regular ticket
  • P150 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
  • P100 for children and students with proper school IDs
  • Free for children below 3 years old
  • There’s an entrance fee of P20 for road users for non-residents of Grand Heights. You can park your vehicles on the street right across the museum.
  • Guided Tour Schedule: 09:00 am – 11:00 am; 12:00 nn – 02:00 pm; 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm; 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
  • No food or pets are allowed. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
  • No flash photography.
  • Children can visit Pinto Art Museum as long as they are accompanied by an adult inside the premises at all times.
  • For inquiries regarding prenuptial shoots and private events, please call 6971015 and look for Jenny Villanueva. Photoshoot rates: P7,500 (upper garden, lower garden and indigenous art museum only), P15,000 (upper and lower gardens, indigenous art museum and new museum wing indoor). Inclusive of: 5 hours shoot (in excess P750/hour), 5 pax (in excess P300 per head); comes with preparation room.

Panglao Island Bohol

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Traveled December 16-18, 2015

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As a highlight of our second year anniversary we planned to go out of town again. We planned of going to Davao but since the election was near, we knew that it’s not safe to travel on that utmost part of Mindanao.We thought of going to Palawan but our vacation leave at work went  miserable again. Bohol was part of our bucket list “hopefully” before 2015 ends and were lucky to finally able to explore Panglao.

Right after Neah’s 11:00AM shift we hurriedly headed to the airport. Since we have 1:40 flight to Tagbilaran we are really running out of time. We rode the nearest train from the office and drop off to the nearest gateway we can ride a cab to the airport. Unfortunately during that time there was a storm signal in Manila and it was so hard to haggle for a cab ( you know traffic is everywhere). We ended up riding a “sikad” costing Php150.00 one way. I never thought that there was a way going to the airport by that mode of transportation but we need to take any way possible to reach the flight on time.

We left Manila with a a storm signal but arrived in Tagbilaran with warmth heat of the summer and very calm sea.

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summer here…

Since we didn’t reserve a place to stay in Alona Beach we really have to look a place ourselves. The guy who offer us the package for island hoping  helped us to find a place to stay. It’s not so hard to find a place though it’s not peak season. We find a place for two for only Php 850.00 per night,air conditioned with a very very strong WIFI signal and so close to the main beach.

We stroll the Alona beach front to find a place to eat. We called Alona beach “little boracay” the long stretch of white beach was just similar with boracay.

Had dinner by the beach, half naked for back massage and watch the fire-dance and fireworks at night with bottle of beer.

The next morning, we wake up 5:00 AM for the dolphin watching and island hopping. We just had a cup of noodles near the beach who was owned by a Korean (Neah and I loves trying chopsticks for noodles and ramen, strange but it makes us happy. Just by using a chopstick)

Our fist stop was a 30 minute boat ride to watch the dolphins playing during daytime, according to our guide the dolphins appears early in the morning until 7:30 AM. It was such a great experience to watch them going in and out on our sight.

After watching the dolphin we headed to our next stop, the Balicasag Island. It was less than 30 minutes boat ride from the dolphin watching area.

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Balicasag Island

Upon arrival we were required to pay the environmental fee and the snorkeling fee of Php 250.00 inclusive of guide and snorkeling gears. We went to  what they called “snorkeling sanctuary” with a paddle boat.

We tried snorkeling once when we went to Boracay but the corrals and underwater creatures in Balicasag is different, the water is crystal clear and our eyes was mesmerized by colorful fish.

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Third and final stop was the virgin island. It was approximately 20 minutes boat ride from Balicasag island. Going to Virgin Island on low tide season is troublesome because the boatman needs to paddle to reach the sandbar.

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starfish found on virgin island
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After the extreme heat on the island hoping we went bach to Alona beach for lunch. Had some glass of beer on the beach side.

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cheers for 2 years

And played on the white sand on Alona beach.

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We will be back by August this year Alona, and soon we will try diving here for sure together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Santiago, Intramuros Photo Gallery

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“BEING A TRAVELER NOT ONLY MEANS RIDING ON A PLANE AND GOING SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL. A TRAVELER CAN GOES IN THE WORST PLACE AND MAKES IT BEAUTIFUL” quote by: Neah
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“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.
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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru
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“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.”
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You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.”
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“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
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“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.”
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“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.”

Visited November 12,2015

CAGSAWA RUINS ALBAY,BICOL

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Travelled May 13-14 2014 Regoin V,Bicol

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WHY BICOL?

Among the different places we visited,this is the place were I wanted to bring Neah.I was so proud to have Neah with me because this is my home town,I was born here, I grew up here,this is were my life started.

WHAT IS IN BICOL?

Just like other Phillipine’s tourist destination Bicol has a lot to offer,from beacutiful white sand beaches,Islands and Islets,falls,mountains,delicious exotic foods and ofcourse the perfect cone Mayon Volcano.

We planned to have a “quick” visit home and Neah’s first time in Bicol. Why it’s quick?because we only have 3 days and the travel time takes almost 13 hours 1 way bus ride.

The bus left Manila 4:00PM and we arrived around 7:00AM the next day.I was very excited to let Neah experience Bicol. We had a Buddle fight lunch on our house when we arrived,the challenging “kamoteng kakoy” (cassava leaves) bare hand yeah!

Ginataang Kamiteng kahoy(Cassava leaves cooked w/ coconut milk)
Ginataang Kamoteng kahoy(Cassava leaves cooked w/ coconut milk)

“you cannot qoute it as experience,unless you tried”

Trivia: Neah’s biggest challenge is eating vegetables, all leafy and green vegetables.

Well,we are even here for food Bicol is  known for spicy cuisine cooked in coconut milk,everything about peppery food are from Bicol province.

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Pasta Bicolandia (4/5 spicy pasta)