So Glad To Be Back, Boracay!

Finally got a free time to blog! This time: Oyeaa! I’m back, Boracay!

July was a “vacation leave-packed month” for me. Being back to Boracay might be one of the reasons why I got only nearly half of my overtime billing for that month, but no worries, it was all worth it. It felt good to be back! Plus, this time I went there with some friends – which translates to that thing called PARTY!

Food, island-hopping, chilling at the beach with a beer and a reggae band, and beach party. These are some things to summarize that ultimate Boracay escapade. I can totally prove now that Boracay might always look the same, but each visit to the island will definitely bring you a whole new experience. Going there solo or with a bunch of friends will always be fun. Take it from me, I experienced it first-hand. Being a party-island as it is, its fine white sand, and a sunset to enjoy, sure thing it will give you a worth-while vacation. Here are some of my snaps during the trip. Enjoy! ūüôā

PS:¬†If you’ll notice, I don’t have snaps of us partying. I’m sorry, we’re too busy to take pictures. C’mon, Boracay party is epic. Come visit Boracay for a first-hand experience.

Skies going to Boracay

Skies going to Boracay. AirAsia is the best.

Enjoying the beach, band and a few beers

Enjoying the beach, band and a few beers

Island hopping!

Island hopping!

Snorkeling activity during the island hopping.

Snorkeling activity during the island hopping.

At last, Puka beach! A lovely place to chill. That fine what sand is <3

At last, Puka beach! A lovely place to chill. That fine what sand is ‚̧

Puka beach group shot

Puka beach group shot

Shmiles on board!

Shmiles on board!

Crystal cove view. Love the color of the sea.

Crystal cove view. Love the color of the sea.

Crystal cove group shot. Shmile!

Crystal cove group shot. Shmile!

Show that island's name: Crystal Cove

Show that island’s name: Crystal Cove

Father and son love

Father and daughter love

Back to the main island topped with rainbow experience

Back to the main island, topped with rainbow experience

Hungry as hell! Time for Jonah's shakes, sandwich and fries.

Hungry as hell! Time for Jonah’s shakes, sandwich and fries.

Vacation won't be complete without a jumpshot.

Vacation won’t be complete without a jump shot.

Sunset! Lovely skies.

Sunset! Lovely skies.

Chilling at the main island. That's me, selfie. Lol

Last shot: Chillin’ at the main island. That’s me, selfie. Lol

Tagaytay’s Sky Eye

Alright. I’ve been missing a lot in WordPress lately. So before I miss a whole lot more, I’ll go back doing ¬†my blogger duties and post about my past trips.

Let me start my back logs with a road trip to Sky Ranch’s Sky Eye in Tagaytay.

Sky Eye is said to be the tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines, to date. It stands¬†at 63 meters (207 ft) with 32 gondolas. Once you see this huge circling thing, you’ll probably associate it with the ferris wheel located in Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City. Well yes, both are handled by the same company, just in case you are interested. Here are some of the photos on that cloudy and rainy road trip.

Sky Ranch's Sky Eye

Sky Ranch’s Sky Eye

View from below. Waiting for our turn to hop in the gondola.

View from below. Waiting for our turn to hop in the gondola.

Seeing the Taal lake and volcano from the Sky Eye (for more or less 10 mins ride)

Seeing the Taal lake and volcano from the Sky Eye

After the Sky Eye ride. My road trip buddies. :)

After the Sky Eye ride. My road trip buddies. ūüôā

Sky Eye from the Convention Center parking lot. This area provides more parking space for Sky Ranch's visitors.

Sky Eye from the Convention Center parking lot. This area provides more parking space for Sky Ranch’s visitors.

The whole gondola ride takes more or less 10 minutes. It’s quite shorter than we expected, maybe because we are too busy enjoying the view and posing for photos (haha).

Aside from the Sky Eye, the amusement park showcases other rides mostly made for kids – ¬†Nessie Coaster,¬†Wonder Flight,¬†Mini Viking,¬†Express Train, and¬†Red Baron. For kids at heart, you can also try their¬†Super Viking which is likely similar to Enchanted Kingdom’s Anchors Away (a smaller version of it).

It was a short trip, but the whole experience going to and heading back makes the experience worthwhile. There are a lot of good places to visit in Tagaytay, so if you want to drop by other places than Sky Ranch, you can conveniently do so. If you’re planning to visit this city anytime soon, I hope you’d have fun like we did.

‘Till the next blog post! xoxo

Let’s Go Palaui!

Earlier this month, I went to another beautiful place here in my beloved country, the Philippines. A roughly thirteen-hour drive from Manila, this paradise located in the north-eastern tip of Luzon has a lot to offer to back-packers, beach bums, and adventure seekers. Everyone, have a peek of the wonderful Palaui Island in Cagayan, Philippines.

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The breathtaking view after the 7KM trek

 

View from Cape Engano.

 

Batil Patong, A local specialty.

Batil Patong, A local specialty.

 

Endless fields of Cagayan.

Endless fields of Cagayan.

 

Crossing Palaui Island

Crossing Palaui Island

 

Meet the cutest guide in the island, Tour Guide (Yes, that's his name)

Meet the cutest guide in the island, Tour Guide (Yes, that’s his name)

 

Puso making 101

Puso making 101

 

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Crossing the hanging bridge of Lagunzad Trail

Our group took the 7KM trail to conquer the beautiful views of the island. The kilometers didn’t seem that hard because of the countless things you could find during the trek – flowers, plants, trees, species, views. Epic.

The good-smelling flower

The good-smelling flower

 

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Delish fruit, mulberry

 

The mangroves

The mangroves

 

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Pretty-looking tree 1

 

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Pretty-looking tree 2

 

Dos Hermanos Islands

Dos Hermanos Islands

 

That tiny frog

That tiny frog

 

Look at that gorgeous waves

Look at that gorgeous waves

 

Inception-like view lol

Inception-like view lol

 

Cape Engano

Cape Engano

 

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Look outside – from the cape.

 

Conquering Palaui!

Conquering Palaui!

 

My Palaui buddies aka #TeamMarina :)

My Palaui buddies aka #TeamMarina ūüôā

Summer Opener in Zambales

A few weeks ago, my friends and I went for some beach-lovin’ experience outside the metro. And before this month ends, let me share you our Zambales summer-opener experience. Here are some of the snaps.

Heading out to Nagsasa cove early in the morning with clear waters.

Heading out to Nagsasa cove early in the morning with clear waters.

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The calm water reflects a mirror like image of the “katig”

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Zambales rocks and mountains

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Zambales buddies during the boat ride

Zambales buddies during the boat ride

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Time to eat!

Time to eat! Grilled pork

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Time to eat! Grilled fish

At the "lunch table" lol

At the “lunch table” lol

The mandatory jump shot :)

The mandatory jump shot ūüôā

The mandatory group shot lololol

The mandatory group shot lololol

Going back to the mainland as the sun sets

Going back to the mainland as the sun sets

The next morning at Pundaquit, Zambales

The next morning at Pundaquit, Zambales – Where you can experience a washing machine-like current. Yea!

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Taal Heritage Town!

I have loads of blog back logs to post and I am gonna start with this one. Finally.

My trip buddies and I were looking for an epic place to visit which is preferably also near the city. We were thinking of a place which is new to each of us, where we can do tons of photo ops and eat lots of food. Then here it is, we found Taal, Batangas.

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Taal is small town in the province of Batangas which is also known for its heritage town.

We started the trip with a lunch meal at Taal Bistro. The restaurant is located near the town market which made it accessible and easy to find. The food here is promising and affordable at the same time. Should there be another chance for me to visit this place, I would definitely dine here again.

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Next stop is a place known to be the biggest catholic church in Asia, The Basilica de San Martin de Tours.

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Like most basilicas, the¬†Basilica de San Martin de Tours has its own museum. However, the must-have experience upon visiting this place is the basilica’s bell tower.

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After the basilica, we went to random heritage places and walk around the town – Our Lady of Caysasay and¬†Do√Īa Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio’s heritage house to name some.

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The day’s getting late and heritage houses are closing already so we decided to take a break¬†before¬†travelling back to Manila. We end the day in Taal with a cup of coffee in Francisco’s.

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Taal road trip buddies!

We got lost going to Taal (and back) a few times while hungry (imagine that), but it was all worth it. Generally, the whole day trip going to Taal and back was such a tiring but epic experience.

Friends Are For Keeps

Christmas has never been meaningful to me until this year. It’s not about the gifts, the parties, not even the food which made this time of the year remarkable (though all of these are certainly wonderful). What made this year’s Christmas special: My realization that friends are truly one of the most wonderful thing one could ever have in this world.

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I am a self-proclaimed Christmas¬†Grinch¬†since, well, I don’t remember when. This is one of the annual celebrations I faithfully wish to skip if possible. Why? Because it’s vomitingly overrated.

I know that Christmas is one of the most important celebrations of the¬†religion¬†I¬†believe¬†in. Maybe some are already getting their gigantic forks ready to spear me and burn me to hell with my remark “Christmas is vomitingly¬†overrated.” But why is it overrated for me? Because most people treat it as feast and feast alone – No meanings (aside of course that Jesus was born), just feast. Ask some people why they like Christmas, first thing one could say would be¬†because¬†of food overload. Next might probably be the Christmas bonus. Next might be the gifts, and so on for the material and uber shallow stuff. But how many people would answer something about togetherness, or as simple as because it’s one of those perfect moments to realize something in life? And there it is, I became a Christmas Grinch, and that’s sad and annoying.

This Christmas, although I am not so liking it, I had one of the greatest realizations ever. I know it sounds corny and over-acting. But really, I am very thankful to realize how important friends are and how fortunate I am to have such friends. All of them. Interesting thing about this whole realization: I realized it during a party. in a bar. Nice.

This year, I realized how friends will stand by you whatever it is you are into. Friends will be there for you through thick and thin (may that be figuratively, literally, or physical-wise. haha).¬†Friends will stay by your side even you think you are the most useless person on earth. Friends will try their best to keep you sane during your near-death-oh-so-depressing thoughts. Friends will look for you whenever you are missing (like “missing” – literally). Friends will gladly listen and give you the most honest advise you could get on your no-solution problem, even if you have told the same no-solution¬†problem over and over. And the best part of it all, friends won’t give you something big to expect and later on have¬†something to be¬†disappointed¬†at. God knows how many more reasons why its’s best to love your friends, and I am very glad I have found some of those reasons this year. That is the best gift I received this Christmas (even if I am Grinch-ing it, thank God).

To all my friends, I love you. Like really. I’ll forever be thankful to have you guys. You are all the best bunch of people a person could ever have. Thank you for the fun year – party nights, random coffee nights (and dawns), cheap and pricey dinner (or breakfast), and all the priceless memories. Okay this might sound so cheesy already, but I love you all (I hope I made myself clear enough on how I love all of you) and thank you from the bottom of my heart (surprise, I have a heart! Chosz). Seriously. xoxo

Surfing! San Juan, La Union

It’s better late than never. This trip happened maybe around two weeks ago, and here I am posting it just now. It’s one of the most remarkable experiences in my life because of the activity we (me and my friends) did during this vacation. Ready, paddle, surf! Welcome to San Juan, La Union!

Aside from the fact that we are all “surfing virgins”, this trip is the most spontaneous trip I’ve ever been. Define spontaneous: No plans until the day before the trip; no¬†room reservations; no definite time of departure and arrival; no itinerary at all. Though these were the instances, we definitely enjoyed the trip. Let the snaps tell the entire story.

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Bus stop!

The long and fun bus ride.

The long and fun bus ride.

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Finally got a room to stay! Posh.

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Chill at the shore, day 1.

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Interesting beach lamp

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Beer and sand. Oyeaa!

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Surf 101

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Surfing fun photo ops

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Yes! Was able to get up. Oyeaa!

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Baywatch shot!

My favorite snap for this vacation.

My favorite snap for this vacation.

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Lovely sunset

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After a long day, a sumptuous dinner.

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Beer and bonfire. Feels gooood.

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Fire up!

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Bubbles during the beer and chill session.

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Before leaving the place. Such a great place to stay!