Island

The Magalawa Island Weekend

My friends and I spent one May-June weekend in a Zambales island. It was a birthday celebration-slash-weekend getaway – just what everybody needs at that time. As always, everybody enjoyed the short but sweet vacation. I am fully aware today is already September, and here I am blogging about this experience back in June. Oh well, it’s better late than never. So, here it is, some snaps from Magalawa Island in Zambales. 🙂

The island. A view from the boat. Magalawa, here we come!

The island. A view from the boat. Magalawa, here we come!

Upon arrival, we checked in, ate some food to ease our hungry tummies, prepared the drinks, changed clothes for beach dipping and spent the entire morning (and some of the afternoon) on the beach. Ahhh, the feeling of freedom from work! Lol. By the way, Armada Resort (the resort where we stayed) also offers a camping experience with their tent area. I am not sure about their rates, but you can just search them over the internet to check. Just saying, I thought such experience would also be cool. But I had a dose of it already in Burot Beach, a month before this trip. So…

Strolling along the shore.

Strolling along the shore.

The i-don't-know-what-tree, but looks beautiful.

The i-don’t-know-what-tree, but looks beautiful.

First day afternoon dipping

First day morning to noon dipping.

...and chillin'

…And chillin’ out

At the beach with these ice cold bevs. Perfect!

At the beach with these ice cold bevs. Perfect!

Aside from the beach dippin’ and chillin’, some went snorkeling. I opted to stay on the floating station instead, hopefully to rest more and to take some photos for my friends. But brilliant as I am, I forgot to bring my camera with me, so you all know what happened next – no photos. Fail.

We went back to our room around 5 or 6 in the afternoon to prepare and change clothes for dinner. The motif for the evening, as requested by the birthday boy, was floral.  And we all gladly abide by the request. Pagbigyan, birthday! :)) And as always, I died that night once again. – Being a morning person, plus alcohol, equals a deadly night for me. Hahaha!

The after dinner drinks. Such a fun night. Lol.

The after dinner drinks. Such a fun night. Lol.

So the next day, we just enjoyed the remaining hours we have in the island. Same as the first day, swimming, napping, and more drinking on the beach. And MORE photo ops. Haha!

The morning after.

The morning after.

And more of the morning after. Lol

And more of the morning after. Lol

Same as to more chillin' out the morning after. Lol

Same as to more chillin’ out the morning after. Lol

And more photo ops for the birthday boy.

And more photo ops for the birthday boy.

Same as to more photo ops for me. lol

Same as to more photo ops for me. lol

This is the perfect life, until we left the island around 3 or 4 in the afternoon (if my memory serves me right haha). Well, there’s always a next time for these kind of things. – Just like the other trip I did back in August (which I’ll be blogging the next time). After all, they say a good work-life balance is best for everyone. Alright, that’s it for now, ’til the next photo blog. 🙂

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Valentine Weekend in El Nido, Palawan <3

“It’s gonna be MAY” as JT said, and here I am still posting backlogs from February. It’s better late than never!

Back in February, aside from Boracay island (which I’ve been to several times already), I went to a place people say the best island for lovers/honeymooners. I am not really sure why they call it that, but yeah I went there to spend the valentine weekend with the people I love. I definitely enjoyed the adventure, the challenges on reaching this place to another, the snapping of photos, the beautiful sights of sun and beach, the sumptuous food, the ice cold beer, and of course the great memories shared with friends. People, let’s go see the wonders of El Nido, Palawan!

The arrival. We can't let go the night without a buzz of alcohol so we went around town to get one. Thanks Watering Hole for saving the night!

The arrival. We can’t let go the night without a buzz of alcohol so we went around town to get one. Thanks Watering Hole for saving the night!

Gearing up for the island tours!

Gearing up for the island tours!

Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

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View from Talisayen Beach

View from Talisay Beach where we also had our lunch.

The famous photo spot of El Nido. View from Matinloc Shrine's cliff

The famous photo ops spot of El Nido. View from Matinloc Shrine’s cliff

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More of Matinloc shrine's limestones

More of Matinloc shrine’s limestone.

The Valentine's dinner/ drinking session/ mind games. Lols. Yes we all wore white.

The Valentine’s dinner/ drinking session/ “mind games.” Lols. Yes we all wore white.

More sights of El Nido for day two Island tours! Hello Mr. Sun, finally!

More sights of El Nido for day-two island tours! Hello Mr. Sun, finally!

View from Shimizu Island. Beach bumming and lunch!

View from Shimizu Island. Beach bumming and lunch!

More of from Shimizu Island

More from Shimizu Island

The ride.

The ride.

Small Lagoon's limestone.

Small Lagoon’s limestone.

More boat rides, more great sights.

More boat rides, more great sights.

Somewhere near Big Lagoon. lol

Somewhere near Big Lagoon. lol

Palawan experience won't be complete without Tamiloc! Early dinner at Kinabuchs before heading back MNL.

Palawan experience won’t be complete without Tamiloc! Early dinner in Kinabuchs before heading back Manila. Save the best for last!

El Nido buddies! <3

El Nido buddies! ❤

PS: I was not able to take photos on some islands and/or lagoons, because I was too scared that my camera will suddenly go swimming with me. I swear I’m kinda bad in balance. So there. 🙂

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! 🙂

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

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 🙂

Birthday Month in Boracay Island

I’m back in the blogosphere, and there are two reasons to celebrate my comeback with a blog post. (1) I know for a fact that I’m waaaaay better now, and (2) I want to share my milestone birthday month escapade.

Three days, two nights – I spent that long in Boracay Island, one of the famous tourist destinations in the Philippines. The weather was confusing as a lost homosexual adolescent, but my vacation turned out to be a blast. Say who I traveled with going to the island? No one. My friends don’t believe me whenever I say I really went there alone. Next thing I’ll hear: Weh? (a slang expression in the Philippines stating disbelief, or used the same as Really? Are you kidding me?). Though backpacking alone was a challenge, I can say it’s one of the best vacations I ever had.  For me, I feel like it’s both fun and an accomplishment. Here are some of my snaps.

‘Twas a sunny day, but I find this camera setting cool. 🙂

Boat ride to Boracay Island

I arrived in Boracay Island at 12 noon, and check-in on the hotel is 2 PM. However, One Azul Boracay’s staff was so considerate and let me check in early at 1PM. With that, I walk along the shore first, take a few snaps and find something to eat.

One of my first snaps of the island. Willy’s Rock

Skim boards for rent!

Paraw sailing

Finally, I’m inside my room. And I was so amazed with how my room looks like. Clean, cool, posh and comfy. Not to mention, the property has a very accommodating and polite staff. One Azul Boracay is the best! A highly recommended place to stay.

My room in Boracay.

Room 303

Flat screen TV in my room! Sweet! Watching Adventure Time!

After taking a few time to rest in my room, I went out to do some water activities.

Helmet diving

Parasailing. Spell FUN!

More snaps of Boracay Island fun!

Beach volleyball!

Couples enjoying the Boracay sunset

Father and son love

More paraws

Boracay Island sunset

This kid says he drew a big dragon!

Amazing band at Pat’s Creek Boracay.

Friends from Switzerland! Morgan, Emily, and Caroline. With staff from Pat’s Creek.

I recommend you to visit the island. The people here are nice, moreover the nightlife is an amazing thing here. Party in Boracay is one hell of an experience.

Till the next escapade!

Padre Burgos, Quezon Province

Padre Burgos beach front during low tide.

Adventure weekend strikes again! This time, my friends and I went to Padre Burgos, Quezon.

Hilltop view. Still during low tide.

Padre burgos is an hour ride from Lucena Grand Terminal. From Manila, we took a bus going to Lucena. Manila to Lucena is supposedly 3-hour ride only, but due to multiple road constructions, our trip went on for 4 – 5 hours.

Cow smelling flowers.

Sunset. (Photo c/o my friend Marella)

Planning to go to Padre Burgos means planning to island hop. Travelers would enjoy the trip there if they intend to visit its nearby islands. Three islands we visited are Borawan, Kuwebang Lampas, and Dampalitan.

Borawan beach

Borawan rocks (Photo c/o my friend Marella)

Kuwebang Lampas

Dampalitan

Food fest! Lunch at Dampalitan

One thing I love on our trip aside from the place, was the people. People there are friendly and warm. They know how to provide good quality of service to tourists. Two thumbs up for standing by the Department of Tourism’s tagline : It’s more fun in the Philippines!

Meet our local friends. (Photo c/o my friend Casey)

My Padre Burgos buds 🙂

More adventures to come! Little break on the Lenten season, but next months will be full of great and priceless trips.