Category Archives: Philippines

[Marinduque, Philippines] ~ That Island Called Maniwaya

Its seclusion made it initially scary, but it’s exactly later on what made worth all the scare – 09.25-27.15

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I decided going to this place two days be fore it happened but I am just glad that I did not choose wrong. That ship ride getting there a check in my to-do list this year, the initially scary quiet and odd rawness of the island despite its many resorts (apparently also with an interesting story behind its name), lazy day of reading and wading, an impulsive trip to a sandbar and taking an alternative rather brave-the-waves kind of ride on a boat shared with only two other passengers.

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[Palawan, Philippines]~Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang

Sometimes, you just have to go for the impulsive ones  – 08.31.15

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It was my last day in the island and there was a floating plan in my head to visit the other known beach in El Nido called NACPAN. Not a solid plan as I thought I did not have enough time but thanks to the tricycle I flagged, its drivers convincing skills and that photo of the view of that beach and its twin, I went to see and well, it was worth it.
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[Palawan, Philippines] ~ Seeking El Nido’s Hidden Beaches

Playing hide-and-seek on my second day – 08.30.15

Five-hour trip from Puerto Princesa got me to this small town where I spent my first day just the usual walking around and immediately falling in love with realization that dogs were everywhere. Caught the sunset at MARIMEGMEG BEACH over beer and new camera ‘test-drive’ on day. Full day the following day spent on Tour C which I chose for its promise of hop within hidden beaches called HELICOPTER ISLAND,  (well) HIDDEN BEACH, that beach with name I did not catch but has the loveliest water and most beloved seclusion andSECRET BEACH which inspired Alex Garland’s The Beach. Last half day was this sudden detour to swim NACPAN’s gentle waves and see from a hill its twin CALITANG. 

 

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Let’s take you to that tour C, shall we?

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Sleepy Town El Nido

Curiosity finally satisfied on this other town in Palawan

– 08.29.15

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Five-hour trip from Puerto Princesa got me to this small town where I spent my first day just the usual walking around and immediately falling in love with realization that dogs were everywhere. Caught the sunset at MARIMEGMEG BEACH over beer and new camera ‘test-drive’. Full day the following day spent on Tour C which I chose for its promise of hop within hidden beaches called HELICOPTER ISLAND,  (well) HIDDEN BEACH, that beach with name I did not catch but has the loveliest water and most beloved seclusion and SECRET BEACH which inspired Alex Garland’s The Beach. Last half day was this sudden detour to swim NACPAN’s gentle waves and see from a hill its twin CALITANG. 

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[Philippines] ~ Cebu in Beach and Camp at Basdaku, Moalboal

A trip with a lot uncaptured

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From bar-hopping in the city to this weekend of finding my spot in a no-shade beach and taking this impulsive decision to snorkel that day – an experience uncaptured but for this trip was when I was happiest.

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[Philippines] ~ Cebu in City, 07.23-24.15

One need not go very far to explore as much

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Not my first time in Cebu City but it was first for me to ‘explore’ the city solo. I decided to spend it then walking around in search of a place for beer and music, which fortunately led to discovery of one which reminded me of one of my favorite places for gig in Manila.  Add to this impulsive dash to experience Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency.

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Samal Island in a Day, 07.05.15

Seeing many place – 07.05.15

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Samal Island

A Sunday and my last day for that Davao trip (first days spent in the city and in Isla Reta) was spent at more accessible SAMAL ISLAND where on a hired “habal-habal” (motorcycle taxi), I hopped to see millions of blind-in-the-morning creatures at MONFORT BAT SANCTUARY, see some giant clams at TAKLOBO ISLAND IN BARANGAY ADECOR before joining families on a picnic at HAGIMIT FALLS. 

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Hops around City and Neighbor Islands in Davao (Isla Reta, Talicud)

 There is grateful in seeing Davao in city and beaches –  07.02-04.15

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This trip to Davao filled with days of walking around the city looking for places to drink some beer followed by a weekend of passengers boats to get to islands of Talicud and Samal.

At Isla Reta in Talicud, I was surprised to be renting a tent that looks exactly my own and as usual spent most of time on water despite constant fear that its unpredictable (and rocky) bed could do harm.

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Fun with the Perfect Cone

For there are always surprisingly good surprises before goodbye.

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This Albay city tour was not in Pop’s rough itinerary for this trip but since we felt we could squeeze in an activity before our 2PM trip back home, we decided it was a go for this one. First half of that day then spent at Five Views where there is view of peaks of the most famous Mayon Volcano as well as mountains of Malinao,  Masaraga, Iriga and Isarog, Lignon Hill where there is yet another view of Mayon as well as city of Legazpi, at postcard-famous Cagsawa Ruins then finally at its replica church in Daraga. 

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