Albay, Bicol: What To Do in 12 Hours?


The original plan was for me to stay in Bicol for four days and three nights. I wanted to do the ATV in Mayon Volcano, swim with the whalesharks in Donsol, Sorsogon and go island hopping in Masbate. But as they say, always have a Plan A or even a Plan C when planning a…

Masungi Georeserve and Beyond: Weekday Getaway


A few hours away from Metro Manila is the Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal Province. I have been wanting to visit this place since last year, but booking a slot in one of their tours was very hard since it was always full and it’s not practical to go solo. Good thing that my work…

Apo Reef Natural Park: Underwater Wonder


To start with, Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro should not be confused with Apo Island, in Dauin, Negros Oriental which I visited in 2016 Read here Apo Reef is the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world and the largest one in the Philippines. The Apo Reef Natural Park consists of the…

Siargao: On My Mind and In My Heart


While watching the waves of the Pacific from General Luna beach, feeling the warmth of the sun embracing my skin, the salty  wind brushing against my face…. I whispered – “I can live here”. For almost two weeks in late February this year, I stayed in Siargao and I really fell in love with the place. The calm and…

I Spent My Birthday in the Islands of Malapascua and Kalanggaman


In March 2016, I booked a P898++ round trip ticket to Cebu City via Cebu Pacific, from November 26 to November 30, during a seat sale. I wanted to spend my birthday in some island to enjoy some peaceful bliss. I decided to go to Malapascua, located at the Northern part of Cebu and also spend…

Weekend In Mati City, Davao Oriental


The City of Mati is the capital of Davao Oriental. It is well known  for its  New Millenium Sunrise, since the first sunrise in the Philippines in 2000 happened in this city. It is 3 to 5 hours away from Davao City. From the Davao International Airport, I rode a taxi going to the Van Terminal…

Northern Mindanao Part 2: Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon


After 3 hours of land travel, I finally reached CDO. I still had no place to stay  but was able to check Agoda for an affordable hostel in CDO. I rode a taxi going to Lifestyle Center which is near Gaisano Mall and Ayala Centrio Mall in Coralles Street. I was able to get an…

Llao Llao Philippines


My office is located in an area where there are lots of local and international restaurants and cafés. For the past month, I have been intrigued by this new place in Glorietta, that seems to always have a long line of people to buy their product. The name is also unique, it’s called Llao Llao pronounced…

On a Rainy Sunday Afternoon


After my Negros Oriental and Siquijor last July, I have been working since July 14 non-stop, 12 hours everyday. As they say.. work, save, travel and enjoy. But after a month, due to a system-wide shutdown at the office, I was finally able to have a full Sunday off. What did I do during my…

Siquijor Part 2: Tour of the Island


At exactly 9:00am, Mark already texted me that he was outside the resort to start our tour of the island. I boarded the habal habal, and the first stop was the Capilay Spring Park which was located a short distance from San Juan and right in the center of the town. Next stop is the…

Siquijor Part 1: Charisma Beach Resort


From Dumaguete, I boarded a GL lines ferry bound for Siquijor. The fare was P170 and the trip lasted for less than an hour. Upon reaching the port of Siquijor, I was already amazed by the crystal clear waters at the port area, and it was beside a beach with white sand! I walked towards…

Virgin Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas


Our group was invited to join the company outing of another friend at the Virgin Beach Resort in Laiya, Batangas. It was more or less a 5 hour drive from Manila, given the number of times we had to stop to eat and answer the call of nature. There were also some heavy traffic that we…