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Island Hopping in Mactan

One of the most common activities which I often hear from visitors requesting instead of me suggesting is Island hopping. There are plenty of places to go Island hopping in Cebu but the easiest and most convenient would be in Mactan. Just less than an hour away from Cebu City, the Island of Mactan is well known as a diver’s school ground for basic diving courses, and also a favorite activity among tourists: Island Hopping. The best thing about Island hopping in Cebu is that it’s not just going from one island to another, you actually get to swim in the waters, dock on the islands and experience the natural beauty surrounding you. It’s you stepping away from the city and just experience the Islander’s life. 

Igotann Cave in Talisay

A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to be invited once again by the Cebu Normal University Biology Students. This time they brought me to Igotann Cave in Talisay. Igotann Cave is a wonderful place to go to if you want some risky adventure and if you want some quiet time. If you want to have one of those barkada hang outs this place is where you want to go.

Malabago Beach Asturias

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 safely is the V-hire. I don’t recommend getting there on a huge Ceres Bus.

Philippine Eagle

The Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao

This has to be one of the best places I also went to Davao. It’s because this was the place where I saw the Philippine Eagle for the very first time. This is after all the Philippine National bird. Also one of the most amazing raptors the country has, endemic to the archipelago and always a sight to behold when pictures cannot give justice to this magnificent bird of prey. 

The Sudden Boracay Trip

“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

Malabago Beach Resort in Asturias

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 safely is the V-hire. I don’t recommend getting there on a huge Ceres Bus.

MINISO: Muji + Uniqlo + Daiso

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 …

Dipolog boulevard sunset

Time Slows Down in Dipolog City

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 …