Tag Archives: Philippines

[Guimaras] ~ Visit to Sites on Land and Sea

A day on a red tricycle around an island town  – 05.01.15

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Guimaras

Unable to book a room in the island itself, it was a day of touring the island town of Guimaras – one filled with encounter with the SMALLEST PLAZA in the Philippines (and apparently, once a record-holder in Guinness as such), stops at THE PITSTOP for mango overload of pizza and pasta and at TRAPPIST MONASTERY for some yet again mango treats, setting foot in tall places to view other islands, sea and sky faraway, sand-collecting and water-testing in GUISI and ALUBIHOD beaches and a tour-ender at the town’s high spot which locals (and guest pilgrims) believe to be holy.

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[Manila] ~ An Afternoon with the Lazies at Cat Cafe Manila

Because everyone deserves a lazy afternoon – 05.16.15

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Cat Cafe Manila

I love cats (and dogs, too) but I seem to not have the aura of the kind of human that they naturally / instinctively gravitate to. That, however, did not stop me from wanting to visit as many dog, cat or whatever else animal cafes.

My first cat cafe experience happened in Korea but my visit to Cat Cafe Manila was worth telling, not only because it is one of the first cat cafes in the Philippines, it is also uniquely home because it takes care of puspins (pusang Pinoy) instead of the ones with breed.

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[Ko Phi Phi] ~ Walk, Wade and Other Favorite Things

What is not to love with an island where there is no option but walk  – 04.03-04.15

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Phi Phi

Despite my not-so-convenient experience finding my temporary home in this island, I got to say this is my favorite from this trip leg. An island that is all-walk, a stand-out blue and calm water, crowd when you need them and someplace when you don’t, an option to splurge or go cheap with beer — it’s no wonder I felt happiest in here.

Although deprived of a plankton tour, I still managed to score a half-day trip with an island of monkeys which I realize to be universal source of cuteness (because while others may have thought it strange of me taking ‘selfies’ with monkeys, they took one themselves anyway), an encounter with location shoot of a favorite movie, an unexpected trail via Loh Sa Ma Bay, realization that I could have this sideline being a photographer to snorkeling people and this shallowness at finding enjoyment in varied shapes set against the water

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[Bolinao, Pangasinan] ~ Love is in the Air and Sea : Patar Beach (2 of 2)

Not only because it was Valentine’s Day.  – 02.14-15.15

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Pardon me for the cheesy title but this entry (and the trip) was not intended to be in celebration of Hearts’ Day but simply another weekend of going places together. This time a “lagari” to an odd combo of a festival of everything that flies and a let’s-push-this trip to the beach. 20150215_105346

First the air, now the sea!

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[Clark, Pampanga] ~ Love is in the Air and Sea : Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (1 of 2)

Not only because it was Valentine’s Day.  – 02.14.15

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Pardon me for the cheesy title but this entry (and the trip) was not intended to be in celebration of Hearts’ Day but simply another weekend of going places together. This time a “lagari” to an odd combo of a festival of everything that flies and a let’s-push-this trip to the beach. 20150214_063342

First the air!

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[Liwliwa, Zambales] ~ A Revisit to a Start

A retrace to where we were almost a year ago. And a celebration of where we are now. 01.31-02.01.15

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LIwliwa

It was a weekend where we were first together literally and were together officially.

We’ve been wanting to go back to this place in gratefulness of its sentimental to us but schedule got messed up that we had to be there a month in advance our first year. Interestingly close to a reenactment of the first – we arrived separately and had the right mix of moments together and apart; this again over beer, lazy beach dogs, sunset, stars and early morning cold.

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[San Juan, La Union] ~ Versions of Sea from South to North (2 of 2)

Semi-spontaneous beach trips a first this year, thanks to an unexpected long holiday due to some Holy –

01.18-19.15. 

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La Union

Spent the long weekend in beaches in opposite places in Luzon – a solo overnight camping trip in Burot Beach in Calatagan followed by days with Allen at The Circle, La Union.

Except some common denominators (people-watch and witness of the always lovely day-end and beer), two beaches are opposites as while first was calm, the other took pride in waves I as always was not a bit courageous to play with. Trip in La Union also included angsty encounters with, well, my equally crazy boyfriend (and I am sure he would disagree), multiple attempts at selfies, an unexpected re-meet with a friend from work and that feast on people’s painted thoughts The Circle is known for.

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Get Local!

A C- traveler! I rarely plan ahead PH travels but maybe I should. There is so much more to see at home!

Lakbayan PH Been To

Credits go to Lakbayan – apparently an old website (it said there it was way back in ’07) yet very useful enabling this mapping of places in the Philippines one has been to. It interestingly separates places been to often vs once or a few times and even places you have lived in. Link here :  forge.codedgraphic.com/lakbayan/ . Enjoy plotting and going places!