“Johnn! Wake up! We’re going to Boracay!” My brother woke me up somewhere 8:30am in the morning and I was still feeling too lazy to get up. He already mentioned about it the day before but I thought it was rather peculiar that we would suddenly have tickets to Caticlan. I was really thinking my younger brother was gonna play a prank on me and so I decided to humor him. I got out of my bed, picked up my duffel bag and
One of the places my family usually goes to is the beach in Asturias Balamban: Malabago Beach Resort. The beach is just two hours ride from our place. You can pass by the Trancentral Highway to get there. The only public transportation that can get you there safelyÂ is the V-hire. I don’t recommend getting there on a huge Ceres Bus.
Three hours south of Cebu, the humble municipality of Oslob started gaining popularity because of the famous gentle giants once more famously seen in Donsol, Sorsogon: The Whale Shark (Rhyncodon typus). The whole family decided to finally see this majestic creature of the sea despite my earlier apprehensions of how
While in Chang Sha, China, I had to opportunity to take an evening stroll in one of their famous shopping streets: 太平街 Tai Ping Street. There were many stores that lined this small street and this was very reminiscent of my high-school days when I went for China study tours and visited shopping streets much like this one. Uniqlo I came across a very brightly-lit store that first caught my attention and strongly reminded of what Uniqlo would look like. In fact the logo of the store felt similar to Uniqlo. With curiosity set, I head over to the store and check what they have to sell. Going in, I find out that they have a lot of interesting items which make for very good gifts or even useful stuff which you can buy for yourself. Among the items would be bluetooth speakers, pillows, earphones, lotions, and even baby products. Muji What I found interesting with the products sold is that it felt all very minimalist. There were no fancy designs and these felt like …
Zamboanga: a lot of Filipinos considered this place dangerous because of the insurgence that frequently happen in these parts of Mindanao. Dipolog City is actually the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Contrary to the fear that was reached my eyes and ears way back in my student days, Dipolog showed to me a far more peaceful city than a lot of cities I know of in the country. The Unplanned Trip to Dipolog City I honestly did not know what to expect because days before this trip I had nothing planned. Absolutely nothing. I had only one thing to set to do and that was a little mission to visit a coffee shop in the city as part of a 12-challenges mission that I was set to complete that year. Thankfully, at the last minute a friend of mine, who I have had not connected with for the past five years, replied to my message. From there experiencing Dipolog completely changed. Locals know their place best and you get some pretty interesting …
Let’s go south. I’ve heard this line a lot of times before whether I’m in Cebu, Manila, or other parts of Luz-Vis. However, I’ve never really done this in Mindanao mainly because back in my childhood days, Mindanao, especially the areas going further away from Central Visayas, were given an image of
We learned in our science class (and Civics) that there are different kinds of land. There were coastal lands, forests, plains, ice-covered lands and one particular peculiar land form: Desert. Gradually experiencing all these: snow, beach, forests, plains, mountains, and grasslands, I never got to experience the desert. That was until the family decided to go to Dubai last December 2015.
The concept of “bird parks” or even bird-populated zoos were not very common in the Philippines way back during my younger years. Seeing the Malagos Garden Resort article in the Animal Scene Magazine back in high school really got me all excited. It was only back in 2011 that I got to finally visit the place thanks to the Davao Food Appreciation Tour (DFAT).
Imagine an event that is half a week long, and is full of food stops in between. Imagine that coupled with some adventure, new friends, and many other activities in between. That’s exactly what I have tried… TWICE. Every year, Davao’s blogging organisation: Davao Bloggers Society organises the longest-running super food event called DFAT or Davao Food Appreciation Tour. I call this a super food event because they always make sure that we have our next 3-4 days fully packed with a series of nomnom adventures and exciting activities that