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Air You Go Travels: 4 Days in South Korea

If you prefer a convenient vacation and skip the hassle of planning your own itinerary, then booking a tour package at an agency is the way go. Many would think that getting a tour package will cost an arm and a leg, well today, that’s no longer a fact. With Cebu’s growing demand to travel, many direct flights from different airlines are serviced here in Mactan. So YAY to affordable flights and affordable tour packages!

I recently went to South Korea to do a tri-city adventure on my own last June. While I was on a train from Seoul to Busan, I got a notification from Air You Go Travels about this crazy, you-can’t-say-no-to deal to SoKor.  Since I have a Bohol beach trip on the available dates, I had my brother, Edd, flew instead.

Edd needed some time off at the office, so thought it would be a perfect gift. It was his first time in SoKor and the four (4) days, three (3) nights trip was a perfect introduction to South Korea’s culture and sights as their itinerary included national parks and heritage sites.

Before I continue and share with you my brother’s trip photos and itinerary from Air You Go Travels, just want to remind you that South Korea requires a visa for Filipino tourists. And yes, you can apply for one right here in Cebu. Here’s a step by step instruction on how to get a South Korea Tourist Visa in Cebu.

Here are the highlights of the Air You Go Travels South Korea tour:

Day 1: Petite France and Nami Island
Petite France is is a French-style theme park that was constructed in July 2008 in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Look for the Little Prince at the park! 😉
Namiseom Island or famously known as Nami is a moon shaped isle and is famous for its beautiful tree lined paths.

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Petite France

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Nami Island

Day 2: Mt. Seorak, Gwongeumseong Fortress, Sinheungsa Temple

Mt. Seorak is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon Province in eastern South Korea.

Sinheungsa, sometimes spelled Shinheungsa, is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is situated on the slopes of Seoraksan in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, South Korea

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Mt. Seorak

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Singheungsa Temple

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Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, Myeongdong Area

Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea.
Namsan Seoul Tower is the first tower-type tourism spot in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in the Orient.
Myeong-dong is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations.

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Gyeongbukgong Palace

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And Day 4 was entirely for shopping!

My brother had packed atleast a month of stories from his jaunt in South Korea, which he eagerly shared during family meals. One thing that can be noted from his stories is how fun and hassle-free the adventure was. Don’t just take his testimony and experience it yourself. For easy, affordable and convenient booking, and exceptionally fun adventure to South Korea, check out Air You Go Travels Tour Package to South Korea here:  https://airyougotravels.com/product/cebu-2/.

Text by: Doyzkie Buenaviaje
Photos by: Edd Buenaviaje

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#JuanForFun2017 Preview: A Juanderful Experience in Ormoc

I’ll confess that I haven’t slept for two nights prior to my secret destination travel date, over the mix feeling of excitement of where I’ll be going, and being anxious of what to pack. In the dark of which Cebu Pacific Air destination to fly to, I made sure my backpack is ready for a 3-day adventure that included different set of clothes to three particular jaunts – the beach, a hike/ mountain climb and an urban exploit. All my clothes are arranged on the base part of my backpack, top-layered with my first aid kit, two powerbanks, Go Pro and FujiFilm XA3. With everything double-checked, I’m certain that I’m all set for this excursion.

Early 3:30AM Monday morning last 27 of March, I turned up at Mactan International Airport to wait for the reveal of my “secret destination” for the special blogger edition of Juan for Fun 2017.
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The Destination Reveal
4:30AM, I checked in at MCIA Counter 30 where I was presented with the #JuanForFun2017 Adventure Passport and pocket money, together with the Juan For Fun Backpacking Challenge welcome video which also unveiled my destination.
So where did I fly to? ORMOC CITY!
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Cebu Pacific Air launched this route last November 2016, which flies four times weekly – every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday via ATR 72-500.

The Outset of my Ormoc Adventure
Best known for the sweetest pineapples, Ormoc City never fails to exude a sunny tone even on a gloomy day. I glanced to see the view as we landed and traces of morning drizzle was definite with the apparent puddles of water on the runway. With rain clouds still visible, I was sure it’s going to rain during my visit. But that did not upset my enthusiasm. Arriving at Ormoc Airport 20 minutes ahead of schedule, I was thrilled to explore the Ormoc City and beyond, shouting on the inside, “here comes summer!”
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Ormoc (and beyond) Itinerary
With less than two hours to plot a good schedule that will abreast rack up each of the Juan for Fun Adventure Passport challenges, I came up with this itinerary for my Ormoc trip. Check out my travel timeline below.
Day 1: Ormoc Tour
8:00AM  Bus ride to city proper
8:30AM Walk to Mayong’s for the highly recommended Mayong’s Burger for breakfast
9:30AM Ride a tricycle to Ormoc’s Best Cassava Cake Delicacy
10:00AM Take a tricycle to check-in for my 2-night accommodation
11:30AM Go around Poblacion
1:00PM Take a multicab to Lake Danao
2:30PM Take a quick swim at Lake Danao
4:30PM Ride a habal-habal to Semangan
5:30PM Take a tricycle from Semangan to Ormoc City
6:30PM Sunset at Ormoc Bay
7:30PM Dinner at Lechon Station
8:30PM Go back to Hotel
9:30PM Sleep

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Free bus ride from the airport to Ormoc City Proper

Day 2: Kalanggaman Island
8:00AM Wake up
9:00AM Ride a V-Hire (Van for hire) to Palompon Leyte
11:00AM Arrive in Palompon
11:30AM Catch a boat to Kalanggaman

12:30AM Arrive in Kalanggaman Island
Lunch
Take a swim
2:00PM Catch the boat back to Palompon Island
3:00PM Go to terminal to catch the last V-hire trip to Ormoc
5:00PM Arrive in Ormoc
5:30PM Hostel to freshen up

6:00PM Buy Pasalubong
7:00PM Dinner
9:00PM Back to the hostel to pack up for early flight back to Cebu

11:00PM Sleep

Day 3: Fly back to Cebu
5:30AM wake up
6:00AM Check out
6:15AM Hail a Tricycle to the airport
6:45AM Check in for my flight
Destination Highlights
1. A Walking Tour around Ormoc’s Poblacion
The Ormoc City proper features historical landmarks – Puente de la Reina and Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Church to name a few which were built in the circa 1800 and 1600 respectively. Both are about a few meters away from each other and are vital parts of the Ormoc Poblacion walking tour. Also, the old city hall turned-art-museum will delight art enthusiasts. Ormoc City Superdome and Worldwar II Veteran’s and Centennial Park are also close by. Plus, sunset at the pier area is awe-inspiring.

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Puenta dela Reina

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Sunset by the Ormoc City Pier

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Sunset scene at Ormoc City Park


2. Sumptuous and Affordable Food
Ormoc is teeming with restaurants and food outlets that serve delicious food at budget-friendly prices. Imagine a kilo of lechon is at P370 only. The most recommended, must-try Mayong’s cheeseburger + Mango shake combo is at P70 only. A big serving of Laksa with fresh seafood that is good for three people at Mimay’s at P299. And a whole Ormoc pineapple for only P20.
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Ormoc’s sweet pineapples at only P20 per piece

A box of my most favorite cassava cake at Ormoc’s Best reasonably costs P220, which weighs about a kilo. 😉
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3. Lake Danao
The 18 kilometer lake is shaped like a guitar and lies on an altitude similar to Tagaytay of 650 meters above sea level. So expect a cooler temperature when visiting Lake Danao, And yes, the lake water is cold as well. A perfect destination to cool down this summer.
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4. Calanggaman/ Kalanggaman Island, Palompon
About 2-hours from Ormoc City, Palompon has become one of the most visited municipalities in Leyte because of this beautiful island. Kalanggaman is coined from the bisaya word “Langgam” which translate to “bird’ in English. It is called such for the island is shaped like a bird, with two sandbars spanning at each end, looking like bird wings.

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Lunch at Kalanggaman Island

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Taking a pose before hitting the beach. 🙂

Completing the Juan for Fun Challenge
A few hours after I arrived in Ormoc, the first challenge that I slashed off my adventure passport is eating a local delicacy. I ate half a box of Ormoc’s Best Cassava Cake. Haha. That’s like half a kilo of cake. Well, I was so stuffed I didn’t eat lunch that day. Teehee. Swimming in Lake Danao ticked off another one on the list. Then witnessing a cloudy sunset by the city pier doffed off the third. That’s three challenges completed on the first day. Yeee-ha!

During the first day in Ormoc, I also was able to go around the city via bus, tricycle and a habal-habal. The next day, I rode a V-Hire to Palompon, a trisikad (Padyak) and a boat – a total of six different public transport, wrapping up my Juan for Fun Adventure Passport challenges.

Total Expense for the entire Juan for Fun 2017 Challenge
Looking at my expense breakdown, Ormoc proves to be an affordable destination to vacation at. Completed all my tasks and spending less than half of the given budget even after buying more than 5 kilos of pasalubong. Grand expense total is only at P4,570.
P70       Mayong’s Cheeseburger + Mango Shake
P 7       Tricycle from Mayong’s to Ormoc’s Best Cassava Cake
P220      A box of Cassava Cake
P 50       Moron
P   7       Tricycle from Ormoc’s Best to Niko’s Ark Voyager’s Inn
P1100   2-nights at Niko’s Ark Voyager’s Inn
P   40   Multicab Ride from Ormoc to Lake Danao
P150     Habal-habal ride from Lake Danao to Semangan
P   10     Tricycle ride from Semangan to Ormoc City
P     7     A slice of Yoyi’s Cassava Cake
P130     ¼ Lechon + Rice + Mountain Dew + Banana
P 50       Ensaymada+Peanuts + Bottled water (Breakfast)
P110     Van from Ormoc to Palompom
P150     Entrance Fee to Kalanggaman
P334     Boat Fare from Palompon to Kalanggaman
P190     One whole Chicken lunch + hanging Rice
P 10       Trisikad ride from Palompon Port to Palompon Terminal
P110   V-Hire fare from Palompon to Ormoc
P175   Packs of Pineapple tart
P1000 4 boxes of Ormoc’s Best Cassava + 1 Box of Kutchinta
P 400 Mimay’s Seafood Resto’s Laksa + Buko shake
P   150 Tricycle to the airport
P   100 Terminal Fee
Becoming a part of the preview of Juan for Fun Challenge is truly a dream come true. And no, I am not exaggerating. I have covered several send-offs and awardings of this travel and adventure challenge, and wished that someday I get the opportunity to be part of the adventure. Though, what I went through was a tad portion of what the participants will be braving on, the experience has reminded me that being spontaneous is not a bad thing. Sometimes, getting lost leads to a beautiful scene, or somewhere even better than the planned destination. And, to not take life too seriously, and remember to have fun along the way. ^_^

I am very thrilled for each of the Juan for Fun 2017’s teams’ jaunts. Intrigued to join the sixth installment of Juan for Fun? All you have to do is form a group of three, ages 18-23 years old, prepare a short creative video answering – “How can i share the FUN in Juan for Fun.” If your entry gets chosen, then you’re squad will take on an epic seven-day fun race across the country, along with 9 other groups. Sky’s the limit for the lucky champions of the ‘Juan For Fun’ Backpacker Challenge, with an unlimited, one-year travel-all-you-can pass to any of the 66 local and international destinations of Cebu Pacific for each team member at stake.

Don’t forget to follow Cebu Pacific Air on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.  To read more, click HERE for more details on how to sign up.

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PAL introduces 4 Direct Domestic Flights from Cebu

Starting 26 March 2017, Philippine Airlines will begin flying to four new routes from Cebu to beautiful destinations in the Philippines:  Puerto Princesa, General Santos, Surigao and Coron.

“We are introducing new domestic routes to allow travelers to reach their desired destinations without the need to transit in Manila. Passengers get to experience the unique PAL brand of service even on short flights,” said PAL President Jaime J. Bautista.
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There will be daily PAL flights from Cebu to Coron, using the 56-seater Dash 8 Q300 plane.

PAL Cebu to Puerto Princesa route will be taking off four times weekly, using the 156-seater A320 aircraft.

Cebu to Surigao and Cebu to General Santos routes will be flying three times weekly, utilizing the 76-seater Q400 and 156-seater A320 aircraft respectively.

In the first quarter of 2017, Philippine Airlines has scheduled to open eight new domestic routes – from Clark and Cebu. Also, direct Cebu to Clark flight will inaugurate this 30 January 2017.

You may book your PAL flights through their official website, www.PhilippineAirlines.com , or by visiting their Cebu Office at QC Pavillion, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City. You may phone the PAL Cebu Office through (63) (32) 260-5635.

Must-visit Singapore Museums

Singapore is one of those Asian cities with limitless supply of new ideas and inspiration (and it’s just a 3.5 hour flight away from Cebu <3). The city itself is a charm but wanted to dig in deeper so I checked out 4 museums during my recent trip to the Lion City which gave me loads of fresh creative insights that definitely would bolster me with some projects am currently working on.

First on my list is the world’s first purpose-built museum for toys – Mint Museum of Toys. I love toys and I even have my own collection of Revoltech  and Transformer figures , which I amassed for a span of 15 years. Some of them I got from Toy Conventions in Hong Kong and hobby shops in Macau and Singapore. With that said, my collection is just a tadpole compared to the 5 level toy display at Mint Museum of Toys showcasing an extensive collection of vintage toys, originating from 40 countries such as Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States and Bulgaria.

Mint Museum of Toys is located at 26 Seah Street Singapore 188382. Open from 9:30AM to 6:30PM daily. Admission Charges: Adult SGD15 | Child & Senior Citizen SGD7.50.

How to get here: Alight at City Hall MRT and walk two blocks to Seah Street ( passing along Bras Basah Road and Raffles Hotel).

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Buddha Tooth Relic Museum

Beautiful artifacts are displayed in the museum with the purpose of introducing the aspirations and teachings of Buddha. The exhibition encourages the visitor to have a deeper understanding of Buddhism. It also houses the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa weighing 3.5 tonnes and composed of 320 kg of gold donated by devotees. Admission is free of charge and open daily from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. (Temple is open from 7AM-7PM.)

Address: 288 South Bridge Rd. Singapore 058840.

How to get here: From Chinatown MRT,  take a 6-minute walk (500meter) along Pagoda Street turn right to Trengganu Street. Follow the road until you reach Banda Street and finally Sago Lane.

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Singapore Art Museum makes you breath art, and inspires you to see beauty in almost everything, anywhere. I love it here! One of my favorite pieces in the museum is Pepe and Marcial Bonifacio by Alvin Zafra. An M16 bullet to ground into sandpaper in making the masterpiece- an implement of death is the medium of creation.

 

Admission Fee for Foreign Visitors: SGD10 (Free on Fridays from 6PM-9PM)

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM to 7:00PM (last admission is 6:15PM)

Address: 71 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189555

How to get here: Alight at Bras Basah MRT Station and take a 2 minute walk to the Sg Art Museum.

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Singapore Science Center

Tesla Coil Demonstration definitely was the highlight of the visit. An electrifying demonstration of high voltage electricity. And don’t be afraid to volunteer to go inside a cage where the it would be jolted by high voltage electricity or hold a balloon  that’ll be popped by electricity emitted from the coil. Don’t miss the show at 12noon(daily) and 5pm(weekends, school and public holidays).

As a literacy advocate, I – together with iLearners Inc., would love to operate a science museum in Cebu someday. ^_^

Address: 15 Science Center Road Singapore 609081

Operating Hours: 10am -6pm (last admission 5:15pm)

Admission Charges: SGD 12.00

By MRT train

The nearest MRT station is Jurong East Station, which is on both the East-West Line and the North-South Line. From there, you can transfer to bus 66 or 335, or take an 8- minute walk to the Science Centre.

Walking from Jurong East Interchange

The Science Centre is just an 8-minute walk from the Jurong East Bus Interchange/MRT Station:
–  Take the covered walkway from the interchange towards Jurong East St 13.
–  Cross the street and continue in the same direction, along Block 135.
–  Keep going in the same direction until you reach a road intersection.
–  The building diagonally accross that intersection is the Science Centre.

 

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Will surely check out more on my next Singapore visit.And I bet you have more to add? Drop me a comment and would love to check ’em out on my next SG trip. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Dahilayan Forest Park Bukidnon

The low temperature, the crisp smell of pines and the fresh breeze put Dahilayan Forest Park on my favorite places to cool out and recharge. Taking a less- than- an- hour- flight from Mactan International Airport to Laguindingan Airport Cagayan de Oro, then hopping on the 90-minute Saturday Zipzone Shuttle ride at Coffeworks Divisoria CDO jumpstarts your weekend adventure at the sightly Dahilayan Forest Park. Wayfaring through Camp Phillips and Del Monte Pineapple Plantation makes the ride to the property a real treat as well!

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Nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 feet above sea level, Dahilayan Forest Park is more than just a place to relax but also a destination for adventure junkies. Try the Forest Luge, Zorb, ATV and Buggy Trail Adventure at the Forest Park. And just a few minutes away is Dahilayan Adventure Park where you can try Asia’s longest dual Zipline and a 120ft free fall into a manmade lake at the Dropzone.

Checked-in for a night with blogging best friends, our original plan was to try some of the adventure attractions at both the Forest and Adventure Parks during our weekend stay, but ended up just chilling at our porch and strolling along the pine trail. Tehee. We’d stay a bit longer on our next visit for sure.

Dahilayan Forest Park is located at Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon Philippines. Contact them at 0917-715-4399.

For Zipzone Dahilayan, contact 09228801319.

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And with temperature dropping on an average of 19 degrees (Celsius), I got to wear one of my sweatshirts! Teehee ^_^

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Recommendations:

When visiting Dahilayan, don’t miss to do a night stroll and witness how postcard-y the property is. Also, enjoy a pack of freshly harvested strawberries (100php a pack) and sweet corn (100php a pack) sold by vendors stationed just outside the lobby. And of course,  a plate of ribeye at Del Monte Gold Club House’s restaurant is always a good idea!

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How to get there:

  • If you are driving –  From Cagayan de Oro, take the Cagayan de Oro-Bukidnon Highway, turn right on Alae crossing. From the crossing, enter Camp Philips, through their soccer field and traverse through the Del Monte  pineapple plantation road. Just continue until you reach Dahilayan Forest Park. You will see several directional signs along the way to guide you. Takes about 90-minute drive.
  • Public Commuting. From Agora Terminal, hop on a PUJ or van bound for Camp Philips (jump-off point). Fare is 50PhP-60PhP. Then hire a habal-habal from Camp Philips to Dahilayan Forest and Adventure Park. Usually costs 300PhP-500PhP roundtrip.
  • ZipZone Shuttle Ride (Available Only on Saturdays). For just 350PhP roundtrip, ride the air-conditioned bus to Dahilayan Ecopark from Coffeeworks Divisoria CDO. First come first served for walk in customers, so I advice you book ahead for sure seats.  Contact 09228801319 for inquiries.

 

Our Overnight Trip Expense Estimate at Dahilayan ( 2 day/1 night, cost estimate per person)

Overnight Stay at Dahilayan Forest Park (5,500php for a room accommodating 5 people) – 1,100php/person

Food Budget per person (lunch, dinner, breakfast, Snacks) – 1,200php/per person

Fare (gased up a private car) – 300php/ person.

Total Expense Estimate: 2,600PhP per person.

 

Big thanks to these crazies for making the trip super fun! ^_^

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iLuvCebu Travel Special: Ilocos + Itinerary

Bagnet was enough reason for me to take this trip, but the 4-day jaunt to Ilocos was far more exquisite  than I expected. Missing the flight to Manila didn’t even stop us from forwarding to our planned short junket. 5 hours delayed from our plotted itinerary,  we fine-tuned our tour schedule and ended up taking the Partas  9PM night bus to Vigan, which isn’t bad at all.

At around 4:30AM, after a 7.5 hour bus ride , we finally arrived at Partas Bus Station in Vigan. We hailed a tricycle just outside the terminal and haggled a deal with the driver on the tricycle’s ‘per-hour-rate.’ From 150Php, got a deal of 130php per hour. First on our itinerary is an attraction situated at a nearby municipality northeast of Vigan, The Bantay Bell Tower, where we witnessed a stunning sunrise. The Bantay Belfry was built in 1591 and was considered to be the people’s watchtower, part of the city’s defense that hands in forewarning against possible attackers. Just a few minute walk from the belfry is St. Augustine Church which was built in 1590.

Bantay Bell Tower

Bantay Bell Tower

 

Bantay Bell Tower

Bantay Bell Tower

 

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

Buluarte Vigan/Fortress of Vigan/ Baluarte ni Chavit, is a complex that lies in hectares of land which has mini zoo that houses  Bengal tigers, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, a variety of reptiles and species of birds. Also get to spot  adorable fawns and deers moseying around the complex. 🙂

 

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

 Vigan Hidden Garden was our next stop where we got to see varieties of different plants, bonsais and  potteries. Also get to try some local specialties at their restaurant, Lilong and Lilangs.

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Vigan Hidden Garden

Two century old houses were our next stops. First the Crisologo Museum then the Syquia Mansion right after.

Crisolgo Museum. Floro S. Crisologo was the grandfather of the clan and a congressman known for being responsible for landmark legislations that not only benefited his constituents but the whole country as well. But his very notable work was for the establishment of the Social Security System, which serves the whole country to this day. Before he was killed in October 1970, the congressman was in the process of having a bill approved to abolish the death penalty because he believed that death was not the solution to stopping crime. The museum houses the family’s memorabilia and prized possessions. Even the old car where Floro Crisologo’s wife survived an attempt on her wife is on display.

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The Syquia Mansion houses the Philippine’s 6th President Elpidio Quirino’s extensive memorabilia is actually owned by his wife, Dona Alicia Quirino. The mansion has huge oil portraits  of the family, with three identified as works by national artist Fernando Amorsolo. You can also spot a replica of Juan Luna’s Spolarium upon entering the 2nd floor.

The tour lasted for about 3.5 hours and had instructed the tricycle driver that we will be alighting at Calle Crisologo. Since it was still 9:30AM and the stores at Calle Crisologo were still closed, we opted to walk around Calle Crisologo,  Plaza Burgos, Plaza Salcedo and Saint Paul Cathedral.

One must not miss taking a walk at Calle Crisologo.  4 blocks of cobblestone streets with rows of heritage houses, Calle Crisologo is probably Vigan’s most famous backdrop. And yeah, those huge wooden doors give amazing tones to self portraits. 😉 And to add more to the Philippine Hispanic ambiance, ride a calesa!

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

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Calle Crisologo

 

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Kalesa

St. Pauls Cathedral, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral, was built in 1574 while the church as it stands now was completed in 1800. Two plazas surround the church, Plaza Salcedo just across the church’s entrance and Plaza Burgos just right beside St. Paul Cathedral’s Bell Tower.

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls Cathedral

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St. Pauls Cathedral

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Plaza Salcedo

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Plaza Burgos

 

Vigan Eats

Vigan Empanada is a popular street food in Ilocos Sur. It is made of fried rice flour with vegetable and meat filling. Best enjoyed when dipped in vinegar. Yum! We had our serving at Vigan’s Empanadahan, just beside Plaza Burgos for 30php a piece.

Empanada

Empanada

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Empanada

Sinanglaw / Sinanglao is doubtlessly my favorite among the food I’ve sampled in Vigan. Sinanglao is beef with innards and skin in beef broth. To make it more flavorful, kamias is added. Get your fill at Vigan’s Empanadahan just beside Plaza Burgos at 60php a serving.

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Sinanglaw

 

Cafe Liona’s Vigan Longganisa and Bagnet.

Bill: 425php for a serving of bagnet+longganisa+ 2rice

Crispy pork belly fried to golden perfection! Yum!

The longganisa is garlicky, black pepper spicy and a bit tangy. Perfect with fried rice! Nomnom!

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Bagnet

Longganisa

Longganisa

 

 

Cafe Uno. A slice of cake and some cold refreshments at Cafe Uno before heading to Partas Bus Station to hop on a bus to Laoag Ilocos Norte! Also needed to recharge our phones batteries and gladly they had plenty of wall outlets available. 🙂

Ilocos 24 Ilocos 26

It was a short yet edifying experience but had to go to Vigan Partas bus station for yet another adventure – off we went to Ilocos Norte!

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Travel Special: iLuvCebu in Shanghai China

The largest city by population in the world, Shanghai surely is an exciting destination. My first time to visit the vibrant and bustling city of Shanghai, I did a bit of reading about this global financial center prior my visit, which made me even more jumpy.

From Mactan Cebu International Airport, my new found friends from the travel industry and I took  PR2846 flight to Manila via the country’s flagship airlines, Philippine Airlines, and from NAIA Terminal 2, we hopped on the 3.5 hour PR336 flight to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

4PM as we started our descend to Pudong Airport, I look outside and had my first glimpse of Shanghai. Upon landing, it took the plane about 15-20 minutes to park at the gate. That’s how huge Pudong International Airport is.

#iLuvCebuinShanghai

#iLuvCebuinShanghai

Those curves and lines,  make Pudong International Airport one very sexy airport! And who wouldn’t appreciate the good number of immigration officers on duty, making it real speedy to have everyone’s entry to Shanghai processed.   More photos of Pudong International Airport here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/to-shanghai-pudong-international-airport-aboard-philippine-airlines/

#iLuvCebuinShanghai

#iLuvCebuinShanghai

 

Shanghai has 4 distinct seasons – a pleasant warm spring from March to May, a hot rainy summer from June to August, a comfortable cool autumn from September to November and an overcast cold winter from December to February. And for most of us Filipinos who enjoy the cold weather, the best time to visit Shanghai is during winter from December to February. But for those who doesn’t , then visit during the warm spring. Our trip was during the last week of March and this year, Shanghai was battered with an extended cold winter with night temperature as cold as 8 degrees celsius, which I really didn’t mind experiencing. ^_^

After deplaning and passing immigration, the group met with Sally, our tour guide for the entire Shanghai trip. Our first stop – The Bund. (More Pictures here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/the-bund-shanghai-china/)

The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River facing Pudong. From the bund, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the buildings of different architectural styles. Among the magnificent buildings you’d see across The Bund are Shanghai World Financial Center currently the tallest in the country and soon to be the second when Shanghai Tower is finished , Jin Mao Tower and the tallest TV tower in Asia, Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The Bund, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

After having dinner at a restaurant in The Bund, we then checked in at our hotel located in downtown Shanghai. After settling in, we then decided to check the neighborhood out! With the biting 8 degree air, we ended the night with a grande Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate located at Pearl Hotel Shanghai,  3 blocks away from our hotel. The english speaking barista was very helpful and had set our phones with Starbucks wifi accounts which we can use to surf for free whenever we visit any Starbucks branch in Shanghai.

At Starbucks Pearl Hotel Shanghai, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Doyzkie, Eros and Juliet at Starbucks Pearl Hotel Shanghai, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

The next day’s itinerary is one of my favorite, for it includes outlet shopping! But before we head down to shopping, we dropped by Zhujiaojiao Ancient Water Town first. Zhujiaojiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and is established about 1,700 years ago. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiaojao and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today. The town is also a souvenir haven where you can buy local products at affordable prices. Silk comforters, hand painted hand fans, fridge magnets, keychains, Shanghai shirts and hand painted chopsticks are a few of the items you’d see here.

Shanghai 1

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Ancient Water Town, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Shanghai Qing Pu Outlets Plaza houses hundreds of boutiques including luxury brands like Armani, Versace, Coach, Ralph Lauren and Tod’s. The complex also houses sports brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance and many others. A  perfect place for some retail therapy.

Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Qing Pu Outlets Plaza, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

We did more shopping on our next stops at the  jade and pearls shops. I would strongly suggest that when it comes to purchasing pearls and jade, be sure you made your research before getting one. Here’re are steps on how to identify a real jade.

Click here:  http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-Jade-Is-Real.

                        http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Pearl-Is-Real

And make sure you spend only within your budget. Some sellers tend to be a bit persuasive, convincing you to buy more.

Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

Jade Shopping, #iLuvCebuinShanghai

That ended the the second day of the tour. But travel buddies Mark Eros, Juliet and I decided to go grab a drink at a downtown pub a few blocks away from our hotel.  Grub and Groove is a sports bar with a really cozy ambience. Everyone is so friendly that you don’t feel like a tourist. Grub and Groove is located at Bldg 2, 283 Jianguo lu, near Xiangyang Lu, Xuhui district (Chinese address 徐汇区建国西路283号2号楼,近襄阳路) and is open from 4pm to late from  Mondays to Fridays and  2pm to late from  Saturdays-Sundays.

Grub and Groove Shanghai, #iLuvCebuShanghai

Grub and Groove Shanghai, #iLuvCebuShanghai

 

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Out of Town Special: Surigao del Sur

With Cebu Pacific Air’s three flights a week from Cebu to Tandag, it is now easier for us Cebuanos and all the travel junkies in the world to explore the beautiful Surigao del Sur and the rest of Caraga Region.

 

I had an awesome time exploring  Surigao del Sur during the weekend. Went to three of so many attractions of the  charming province. Check out my captures of these breathtaking attractions!

 

1. Tinuy-an Falls in the City of Wonders, Bislig 

Dubbed as the “Niagara Falls” of the Philippines, Tinuy-an Falls is the widest waterfall in the country. It has a three-tiered falls with a total height of 55 meters with a bathing area of 95 meters. The multilayered riverbed of stones is skillfully crafted by nature.

During February to May, you can go trekking and bird watching at the heavily forested hills where you can find giant ferns, trees, wild orchids and vines.

Manobos, Bislig’s earliest inhabitants, guide you around the falls and you  can also arrange a guided trek with the tribe people.

How to get to Tinuy-an Falls:

By Bus: From Tandag, ride a bus to Bislig. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the road to Tinuy-an Falls. And from there, ride a habalhabal/ motorcycle.

You can also book guided tours at your preferred hotel in Tandag.

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

 

 

2. Enchanted River, Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

Locals claim that the place is truly enchanted by spirits. Stories were told that spirit guardians called “diwatas” take careful watch at the river after dark.

Hop on a boat where you can go to Sibadan where you can buy live seafood and have them cook at your own liking.  You can also go ahead and swim with black tip reef sharks and really big fishes at Sibadan. You also have a choice to go island hopping. Boats are hired per hour. (Rates and Fees posted below)

Order the Curacha (spanner crab or red frog crab) when at Sibadan. According to Wiki, Curacha a hybrid crustacean, with the characteristics of a large sea crab and a big spiny lobster.

 

Enchanted River Fees:

Entrance Fee: 30.00PHP per person

Life Jacket: 15.00PHP per hour (Bring an ID Card)

Table: 100.00PHP

Boat: 160.00 PHP per hour maximum of 5 persons

 

How to get to Enchanted River:

By Bus: From Tandag, ride a bus to Hinatuan. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the road going Enchanted River. And from there, ride a habalhabal/ motorcycle.

You can also book guided tours at your preferred hotel in Tandag.

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Curacha served at Sibadan, Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River 12

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

 

3. Britania Group of Islands, Lianga Bay Barangay San Augustin Surigao del Sur

Britania Group of Islets/Islands is known as the Shangri-La of the Pacific. The pristine waters and white sand beaches makes it an awesome destination for beach junkies.

How to get to Britania Group of Islets/Islands

By Bus: From Tandag, ride a bus to San Augustin. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the road going to the Britania Group of Islands/Islets. And from there, ride a habalhabal/ motorcycle.

You can also book guided tours at your preferred hotel in Tandag.

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

 

Stunning right? Will surely be back to explore more of adventures in this part of the country! See you soon again Surigao del Sur!

Cebu to Tandag lowest year-round fares start at PHP588.

Visit www.CebuPacificAir.com or call reservation hotlines 032-230-8888 (Cebu)/ 02-7020-888 for bookings and inquiries. Add them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/cebupacificair and twitter www.twitter.com/cebupacificAir for the latest seat sales.

 

 

 

Out of Town: Coron Palawan Part 2

 Click here for Part one of our Coron Adventure

THIRD DAY

We again booked with Nice in Paradise Tours for “Coron NxtCapade.”  Itinerary for this tour package is Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island and Malcapuya Island, priced at 1,200php per person.  The price is a bit higher than Tour A since the islands in the tour package is about 45 minutes farther than the previous package. Price inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

 

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Banana Island is our next stop where we had our lunch! The chili crabs made everyone’s tummy really happy. Ok, except for Marco who doesn’t share the same enthusiasm in eating crustaceans. hehe. But he did enjoy the grilled chicken served with the lunch spread. ^_^ Snorkeling and fish feeding came a few minutes after the bountiful lunch.

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

 

Last on our itinerary for this tour is Malcapuya Island! The group’s favorite island so far in Coron. Had a refreshing  fresh coconut for just 50php. 

 

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

TIP: Bring extra water, extra soda/ juice drinks, chips and snacks. Have your drink items to be stored in the cooler. Also bring your snorkeling gears to better enjoy the underwater life. Also when booking with Nice in Paradise Tours, we recommend you to ask for Moimoi as your tour guide.

FOURTH DAY

With our flight back to Cebu scheduled at 1:05PM, we dedicated the last day in buying stuff to bring home. We bought most of our pasalubong items at Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop and had customized our souvenir bracelets at Pearl Y Shell.  Thought of buying some wood carved items but it was a bit pricey here. I remember buying the same items in Puerto Princesa at half the price. Even the Casoy is priced higher at 250php for 380grams.

 

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

11:00AM our van picked us up at the guesthouse for that 30 minute ride to the airport. Terminal Fee at 75php (Price as of June 10, 2014).

 

It was a quick 4 day/3 night in the tropical utopia that is Coron and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Looking forward to see the rest of the islands with the rest of the barkada soon!

 

Heres our Itinerary for the trip  with the breakdown of expenses.

 

Saturday (Total Expenses for this day 1,150php):

11:00AM Flight from Cebu to Busuanga

1:00PM Arrival at Busuanga Airport

1:15PM Van to Palanca Guest House (150php per person- arranged by Palanca Guest House)

1:45PM Checked in at Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

2:15PM Lunch at a restaurant (150php)

4:15 PM Ascend Mount Tapyas

6:00PM Descend to Mount Tapyas

6:30PM Hired a Tricycle roundtrip from City Center To Maquinit Falls and back (300php for 3 passengers/ 100php per person)

7:00PM Arrived at Maquinit Falls (Entrance 150php)

8:00PM Went back to city center

8:30PM Dinner at Big Mama’s (Dinner was c/0 our friend Atty. Ethe, but alot atleast 150php for a budget dinner if you plan to eat here)

 

Sunday (Total Expenses for this day 1,840php):

Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

7:00AM Breakfast at a restaurant/carenderia beside Palanca Guest House (Silogs at 80php)

8:30AM Pick up for Coron Island Hopping Adventure with Nice in Paradise Tour Package A: 850php per person

We booked “Coron Island Tour” (Tour A) with Nice in Paradise Tours.  The tour included a tour to Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, Banol Beach, CY Island, Floating House and Twin Lagoons.  The tour is priced at 850php per person inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

5:00PM Back in Coron

8:00PM Light dinner at La Sirenetta (180php each)

9:00PM Halohalo at Ice Valley (130php)

 

Monday (Total Expenses for this day 1,979php):

Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

7:00AM Breakfast at Dad’s Coronzy Coffee and Tea (Silogs at 80php)

8:30AM Pick up for Coron Nxtcapadewith Nice in Paradise Tour Package B: 1,200php per person

5:00PM Back in Coron

8:00PM Dinner at Kapemos Restaurant (99PHP)

 

Tuesday (Total Expenses for this day 1,305php):

7:00AM Breakfast at Carenderia beside Palanca Guest House (Silogs at 80php)

8:00AM Pasalubong (1,000php)

11:00AM Van Pick up for airport (150php per person)

11:30AM Arrived at Busuanga Airport

12:00PM Checked in for our flight. (75php Terminal Fee)

 

Grand total for the 4 days – 3 nights Coron budget tour is 6,274php. The total does not include airfare. Feel free to use our itinerary and don’t forget to like and share this post, ok? Awesome! Can’t wait to see your pictures in Coron!

Big thanks to our good friend Marco paulo Diala for planning the trip!

How to get to Coron from Cebu?

Cebu Pacific Air flies direct from Cebu to Coron and back. For more details call them using the numbers here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/cebu-pacific-air-2/ or visit www.CebuPacificAir.com.

 

Text: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje

Photos by: Doyzkie and Reymond Buenaviaje

Out of Town: Coron Palawan

Before rainy season dawns, went for one last sunny summer hurrah with my brothers Reymond and Edd, our dad and close friends Atty. Ethelbert and Marco in Coron.  It was everyone’s first time to travel to the Northern part of Palawan and we were just so thrilled to explore the islands of this quaint paradise. Seated at 19A, I was greeted with an awesome view of the beautiful islands and clear crystal waters of Coron when the plane started to land.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

After deplaning, we hopped on the van to Palanca Guest House, our home for 3 nights. Travel time from Busuanga Airport to Coron is about 30 minutes. You’ll pass by beautiful lush greens with cow herds on the way to the town of Coron.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Along Don Pedro Street, Palanca Guest House is conveniently located at the city center where the restaurants, bars and pasalubong centers are. It’s also just about 8 minutes via the tour tricycle service to the wharf where we ride the boat for island hopping. And guesthouse’ staff are very friendly and helpful. They even arranged our airport transfer and our island hopping escapade with Nice in Paradise Tours.

FIRST DAY

After we all have settled in our rooms, we then had lunch at a nearby restaurant. Then we had about an hour to rest before we start ascending Mt. Tapyas. We started to climb the 724 steps at around 4:15pm and arrived at the summit after 45 minutes. We stayed until the sun had set and had a fast descend. Next stop: Maquinit hot spring! You can hire tricycles waiting at the base of the mountain going to Maquinit Hot Spring.
TIP: Be sure you have done your stretching and bring at least a liter of water before ascending Mount Tapyas.

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Tricycle rent is at 300php roundtrip (City Center to Maquinit Hotspring and back.). The Tricycle can carry a maximum of 3 passengers for the trip to Maquinit. The dusty and bumpy ride from Mount Tapyas to Maquinit Hot Spring is about 30 minutes.  Entrance to the hot spring is 150php. Admission is from 6:00AM -8:00PM, and closes at 10:00PM. Travellers/ tourists usually go here after a tiring climb from Mount Tapyas to soothe those aching leg muscles.

 

Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron Palawan Philippines

Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron Palawan Philippines

 

 

SECOND DAY

We booked “Coron Island Tour” (Tour A) with Nice in Paradise Tours.  The tour included a tour to Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, Banol Beach, CY Island, Floating House and Twin Lagoons.  The tour is priced at 850php per person inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

 

First on the itinerary: Kayangan Lake! Climb 150 steps to reach the lake. On your ascend, don’t forget to enjoy the view. Go swim around the lake and go inside the mini cave. And you can also snorkel around the lake and sea the rock formations at the bottom of the lake.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Next Destination: Snorkeling at the Twin Peaks Reef. Beautiful coral garden with a good concentration of fishes that swim right pass all around you.

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Next stop, Banol Beach for lunch! We had lunch at a private spot in Banol, where we enjoyed a buffet style lunch and snorkeled around for a good 30 minutes. Nice in Paradise Tours’ food was really good.

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Then off for a swim at CY Island for more swimming! ^_^

CY Island Coron Palawan

CY Island Coron Palawan

 

Then off to another snorkeling stop, The floating house! Beautiful lush coral gardens. Though I noticed there’s just a few fishes swimming around this area compared to Twin Peaks Reef.

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

And last stop for this day tour was twin lagoons! Swim swim! Notice how cold the top part of the water is and when you stretch your feet down, you’d notice that the water is warm. According to our tour guide Moimoi,  the cold top layer is fresh water and the bottom part is the salt water from the sea.

Twin Lagoons Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Lagoons Coron Palawan Philippines

It was 4:30PM as we sailed back to town and snacks were served. ^_^

TIP: Bring extra water, extra soda/ juice drinks, chips and snacks. Have your drink items to be stored in the cooler. Also bring your snorkeling gears to better enjoy the underwater life. Also when booking with Nice in Paradise Tours, we recommend you to ask for Moimoi as your tour guide. 

It was an awesome 2-day so far, but the next day is my favorite part of this trip!

Read more of the Part 2 of our Coron Trip and our itinerary and expenses here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/out-of-town-coron-palawan-part-2/

Out of Town: Guimaras Island

It is said that Guimaras is where the world’s sweetest mangoes are grown. I love mangoes, in fact, they are my favorite. And it might sound absurd, but ’twas my main reason why I dragged my bestfriend Marilou to explore the island of Guimaras.

From Mactan Cebu International Airport , we took a plane to Iloilo. We hopped on a boat from Parola Wharf Iloilo to Jordan Port, Guimaras. A boat leaves every 15 minutes and the trip is about 15 minutes depending on the water and weather condition. Fare costs 15php per passenger (Basing on the standard fare posted during the last quarter of 2013.)

Guimaras 5

Arriving at the port, our driver/tour guide, Charlie, was waiting  outside the port gate. We hopped in on his pedicab and we started touring the Island. Our first stop was the World’s Smallest Plaza, which was on Guinness Book of Records before.

Guimaras

Guimaras

Museo de Guimaras was our next destination. It was under renovation so snapped some photos and went on to grab some lunch.

Guimaras

 

With their Mango Pizza and Mango Spaghetti, Pitstop is a favorite among tourists. We tried both, and it was really interesting. The Pizza crust is thin and tough  with mango cream and cheese on top, and slices of green bell pepper to taste. The spaghetti’s sauce had the same taste with the mango cream and cheese on the pizza but was a bit creamier.^_^

Guimaras

Guimaras

Trappist Monastery was our next stop, where we bought some pasalubong and some religious items blessed by the monks. Buying your pasalubong here would save you a few bucks, for most of the pasalubong centers are supplied by them.

Guimaras

 

On our way to Camp Alfredo, we passed by acres of Mango Plantation, where most of the mangoes for export are harvested.

 

 

Guimaras Island

Guimaras Island

 

We skipped Camp Alfredo since our tour guide said that the main attraction was just the zipline. So off to Raymen beach, where we enjoyed about an hour basking in the sun. Chillin’ at Raymen Beach, I was pretty sure I’d be visiting Guimaras often. Look at that inviting green turquoise water, who could resist that!

 

Raymen Beach, Guimaras

Raymen Beach, Guimaras

 

The last one on our list of places to visit on this Guimaras trip was Guisi Beach and Lighthouse. Situated in Brgy. Dolores in the town of Nueva Valencia, it was the highlight of our Guimaras trip. I could just lay down on the golden yellow coastline the whole afternoon, feel the sun smooch my skin  and swim the clear waters.

Guimaras

18th Century Spanish-Colonial  lighthouse is a beauty! Passing through ruins of the 18th century spanish settlement, you would notice that Lighthouse is not in good condition anymore, but Charlie tells us that the people of Guimaras are still proud in having the second oldest lighthouse in the country.

Guimaras 7

Guimaras 8

 

 

We then went started our trip back to Jordan Guimaras for the last boat trip back to Iloilo. But before going to the port, we stopped by at mango fruit stands, where we bought a few kilos of mangoes. It wouldn’t be right if I leave the island without bringing home some of those World famous Guimaras Mangoes. I tried a slice, but unfortunately it wasn’t the sweetest for me. Charlie explained that it’s not mango season, thats why the mangoes are not the sweetest and a bit expensive during our visit.

Guimaras 10

 

Serene and tranquil, Guimaras is a great place to distress and relax. I will surely be back , stay a bit longer but  I’d make sure that the next one, is during Mango Season! 😉

 

Need a tour guide in Guimaras, contact our friendly driver/tour guide Charlie at +639461966887.

 

 

The Bund, Shanghai China

The Bund, Shanghai China

The view from The Bund, Shanghai China

 

Fresh from our Philippine Airlines PR336 flight, the tour bus made a stop to this popular Shanghai tourist destination, The Bund. The group also had our very first Shanghai dinner at the area before we head to our hotel. 

The Bund 4

The Bund has about 52 buildings of various architectural styles including Asia Building, Shanghai Club, Union Building, Chartered Bank Building, Sassoon House and many more.

 The Bund, Shanghai China

View of the The Bund from Shanghai Financial Tower

It was 7pm, about 10 degrees Celsius cold and hungry, the group decided to go indoors and eat. Yey!

The Bund 3

 

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

With Philippine Airlines daily flights from Manila to Shanghai, it’s easier to book a trip to this vibrant city on your preferred dates. The world’s most populous city, Shanghai is rapidly growing – busy and hectic. It’s one the most  intriguing  urban destinations I’ve been to.

With my Chinese Visa approved (big thanks to Southwind Travel and Tours for the hassle-free visa assistance), I started packing for a 4-day Shanghai shopping escapade. Though I was planning to throw just a few stuff on my checked-in baggage, it got a little lumpy with a set of winter clothes I rolled at the sides of my luggage. 🙂

Thursday Flyday! Hopped on PR2846 flight to Manila with my new found friends from  the metro’s travel agencies and then took the 3.5 hour PR336 flight to Pudong Shanghai! 

Shanghai airport 7

 

Really good meals are served on Philippine Airlines International flights. (Meals vary from each flight)

Shanghai airport 11

On our final descend to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, I got a sneak peak of the city I am about to explore and I was thrilled even more.

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And as we landed and disembarked, I notice how sexy Shanghai Pudong International Airport is! Those flirtatious curves are just foxy and fine, but retaining a class and elegant marking.

The Chinese immigration welcomed me to the Shanghai, grabbed my luggage and hopped into the bus to our hotel. And now am off to explore the city of Shanghai!

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The Departure and Boarding Areas:

Passport, check! Ticket, check! Now am ready to check in for my flight back to the Philippines. It was a short shopping affair in Shanghai but will definitely be back. And now am back at the slinky Shanghai Pudong International Airport, ready to board PR337 flight back to Manila.  ’til the next one!

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Taraw Cliff, El Nido

One of the most exciting things I did with my brothers Reymond and Edd  last year was climbing the Taraw Cliffs! It was a Sunday, 6:30AM as our group started ascending to the peak. We booked the mountain guides from Servant Tours, the same tour operator we booked our island hopping package. (Taraw Peak package priced 300php per person, contact Servant Tours  at 09154157245 or 09178088599..)

Taraw Cliff

Taraw Cliff

 

Honestly speaking, this is not for everybody. The climb to the peak is extreme and dangerous. To those who are planning to climb up the peak, here’re some tips:

1. Wear comfy shoes (preferably rock climbing shoes)

The climb is really rough, specially for beginners. You would be stepping on pointy rocks so it’s advisable to wear those climbing shoes with thick soles/ right cushion.

2. Wear something light and clothes that won’t work against your flexibility.

Since you would be moving so much, wear something comfortable .  If you have gloves for climbing, then it may come handy.

3. Bring first aid kit ( Band aid, providone iodine, cotton, etc)

4. Be sure to bring at least a liter of water per person.

5. Before putting all your weight on a grip when climbing, be sure the rock your gripping on is strong and not loose. Same as with your footing.

6. Wear insect repellent and sunblock.

7. Be sure that you are physically and mentally ready for the climb prior to this trip.

8. Listen carefully to your guide during the briefing.

Personally, I enjoyed the climb and the breathtaking view at the peak, it was awesome!  I just wish the climb would be safer with the implementation of proper gears and harnesses, especially for beginners. 🙂

We finished the climb and the descend in 4 hours. It was a crazy yet fun adventure!

Enjoy these wonderful captures from the peak. 

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

 

How to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa? Click here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/el-nido-and-puerto-princesa-palawan-weekender/

 

 

 

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore is definitely a charm. Over 5,000 birds across 400 species are housed in a 20.2 hectare habitat that mirror the birds’ naturalistic environments. The largest bird park in Asia, be sure to allot a whole  day to enjoy and appreciate the park and its feathered residents.

Though a guided train ride is available, I prefer walking around the park and and take pleasure in photographing the colorful feathered creatures . I get to enjoy close encounters with some species of small birds that fly freely around the park. Like this colorful fella on my capture below who flew beside me while waiting for the High Flyers Show to start. High Flyers Show is a display of how intelligent this birds are at the same time be amazed by their natural beauty.During the show, parrots play and  race against time displaying their speed and agility was  so adorable. The great-pied hornbills taking flight was  astonishing and was mesmerized as Amigo, the Yellow-Naped Amazon, sings in three languages, the only bird in the world who has that awesome talent! Then a flock of beautiful flamingos during the closing! <3  High Flyers Show are showing daily, 11AM and 3PM. And be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier to be able to secure preferred seat.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

Another favorite attraction at Jurong Bird Park is the Lory Loft.  This feature the world’s largest Lory flight aviary and expect to see bright colored lories and lorikeets in an Australian outback-themed 3,000square meter aviary. Best time to visit is in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it’s a bit cooler and the lories at their friendliest.

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

The flamingos at Flamingo lake is one of the picturesque sights and the penguins are so adorable. Both attractions are also on my list of  favorite exhibits in the park.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

The park has over 100 plant species and have several lakes and waterfalls mimicking the birds’ natural habitat on over 20 hectare property. So here’s some tips and advice I’d be leaving you guys before I end this blog.

1. Since you’d be doing a lot of strolling, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

2. Singapore weather is pretty much unpredictable, so be prepared for a downpour. Bring an umbrella or a raincoat.

3. Wear insect repellent

4. Wear sunscreen/sunblock

5. Stay hydrated

6. Plan your Jurong Bird Park Itinerary. Be sure to plot the shows and the feedings first then insert the exhibits/and attractions between them. And be sure to grab a the park’s map upon entering.

7.  DON’T SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH THE BIRDS 

 

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

 

The personal encounter with my new found feathered friends is something that I  can’t forget. I wouldn’t mind visiting Jurong Bird Park again on my next trip to Singapore. 🙂

Jurong Bird Park Operating Hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM everyday

Admission: SGD 25.00 for Adults and SGD 16.00 for Children (Senior Citizen: SGD 10.00)

How to get to Jurong Bird Park:

Jurong Bird Park is at 2 Jurong Hill Singapore
The nearest MRT station to Jurong Bird Park is on the East-West (Green) line. Catch these connecting public buses that will take you right to the Bird Park.

Nearest MRT stations Connecting buses
Boon Lay (EW27) Bus No. 194 or 251
From Boon Lay bus interchange

*** Show Times: 

1. High Flyers Show: Venue: Pools Ampitheatre | 11:00AM & 3:00PM Daily

2. Kings of the Skies: Venue: Hawk Walk | 10:00AM & 4:00PM Daily

****Feeding:

1. Lunch with the parrots: Venue: Songbird Terrace | Lunch Time 12:00Noon – 2:00PM | Buffet Prices 20.50SGD for Adults and 16.50SGD for Children.

2. Lory Feeding 8:30AM -6:00PM

3. Penguin Encounter 10:30AM

4. Hornbill Chit-chat 11:45AM

(See http://www.birdpark.com.sg/shows-feedings/feeding-times.html for more bird feeding times)

 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

I was really thrilled to be seeing Singapore again and was giddier with the thought of staying at one of Singapore’s iconic buildings. Well, who wouldn’t? Marina Bay Sands Singapore, which is said to be inspired from the form of deck cards, would wow anyone! A creation that compliments Singapore’s tropical climate and lifestyle but mindful of  it’s culture.

Upon alighting from the cab at the 3rd tower entrance of Marina Bay Sands Singapore, immediately spotted a red Ferrari  and I couldn’t help it but feel grand. Walking inside the  lobby, I was be impressed by the beautiful architecture of the hotel’s unconventional interior.

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Check-in complete and now to our room! Our Deluxe room was a 39-square meter space, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, calming contemporary décor, executive work desk and a 42″ interactive flat-screen television with two double beds and a spacious bathroom. And stepped out the glass door and was treated to a stunning view of the Gardens by the Bay!

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Deluxe Room – Marina bay Sands Singapore

 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from our room – Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

At the zenith of Marina Bay Sands Singapore is Sands SkyPark.  Perched 200 meters in the air, I was blown away by the ravishing 360-degree view of the city and Marina Bay. Sand SkyPark extends out to a cantilever where the SkyPark Observational Deck settled on, the largest of its kind in the world. And of course, the SkyPark’s main attraction, the world’s largest and highest outdoor infinity pool, where we spent most of out time. haha. The view from the pool, may it be day and night, is just stunning.

SkyPark Observation Deck-  Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Observation Deck- Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Observation Deck, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Observation Deck, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

 

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Marina bay Sands Singapore

 

Marina bay Sands Singapore

Marina bay Sands Singapore

SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

View from the SkyParkInfinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

SkyPark Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Infinity Pool at Night , Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

SkyPark Infinity Pool at Night, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

And if you are into shopping, The Shoppes at Marina Bay is for you! The Shoppes houses exclusive designer boutiques like Alfred Dunhill, BALLY, Bottega, Veneta, Burberry, Cartier, CHANEL, Dior, Escada, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Miu Miu, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and many more, truly a fashionista’s paradise!

Marina Bay Sand provides guests with exceptional entertainment, attractions, dining and shopping but is thoughtful enough to be strategically located a few minutes away to Lion City’s major tourist attractions and business hubs. It’s 5 minutes away to the iconic Merlion, Clark Quay, Boat Quay and Chinatown | 20 minutes to Jurong Bird Park |30 minutes to Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari | 15 minutes to Sentosa and Singapore Botanic Gardens| 10 minutes to the Singapore Flyer, little India and  Orchard Road.

 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

 

That three towers that ascends skywards  crowned by what the alluring Sands SkyPark is one of the most recognizable  icons of Singapore’s skyline and is also one of the highlights of my recent trip to Singapore. Entry no. 23 on my bucket list- ACCOMPLISHED! ^_^

 

To book for a room, click here: http://www.marinabaysands.com/accommodations.html

Low Cost Trip Around Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

We arrived in Malaysia LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal ) airport around 5:50pm. First thing we did after the immigration is to locate the bus ticket booths. You can buy the tickets going to KL Sentral for RM8 – RM10(107.76php – 134.70 php) depending on the Bus service that you choose. We chose to buy the tickets from Aerobus because they offer round-trip tickets for only RM14 (188.58 php).  The bus was cheap, convenient and comfortable.

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The Bus trip is around 45 mins-1 hour from LCCT airport to KL Sentral depending on the traffic. When we arrived in KL Sentral, We went to KFC to eat dinner. The dinner cost us RM 20(269.39 php) for 4 persons.

After Dinner, we took  LRT Kelana Jaya Line (RM1.60/21.55php) to  KL City Centre (KLCC) to visit one of world tallest building, the Petronas Twin Towers.   When we got out of the KLCC  LRT station and look up, we were amazed of the beauty of the Petronas Twin Towers.

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We then took the  LRT (Kelana Jaya Line) to Pasar Seni  (RM1.60/21.55php)  to get to Chinatown. Chinatown is just 2 blocks away from Pasar Seni LRT station(5 minute walk). Like most other Chinatown, you can find a lot of souvenir items, watches, shirts and etc. The stores in Chinatown closes at around 11pm. We book a hotel in Sasana Hotel Chinatown which costs us (RM55.01/740.98php) for two persons. The room (no windows) has a bed(double),  TV, bathroom and free wifi. Don’t expect too much because it’s a cheap hotel, but it’s quite comfortable and convenient if you just need somewhere to sleep and for a low cost. I suggest you book online at agoda.com, you can actually look for other hotels there and check which one is good for you.

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Our first day costs:  RM49.71 (669.05php) per head which includes the hotel and round trip bus tickets to LCCT Airport.

We woke up around 7am and checked-out of the hotel, It’s very quite early morning in Chinatown but there are food stalls and restaurants open. We ate a meal that cost us RM 5 (67.35 php) per person.

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We then walked going to Little India, it’s just a short walk away from Chinatown.

Then walked back to Pasar Seni LRT Station and took the train(Kelana Jaya Line) to KL Sentral. If you are bringing heavy bags/luggage, I suggest you leave it in the self storage lockers that can be found near the Toilet of KL Sentral Station to save time. The storage locker costs: RM5(67.35 php),RM10(134.70 php),RM15(202.05 php) and RM20(269.39 php); We got the RM15 storage locker good for 3 large backpacks and 1 trolley bag.

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When we arrived at KL Sentral, we took the KTM Komuter to Batu Caves for RM1(13.47 php).

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The KTM Komuter train trip to Batu Cave is around 30 mins and when we got out of the station we saw the statue of a giant Lord Hanuman near Batu Caves.

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Batu Caves, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside the cave.

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Beware of monkeys walking around, they tend to steal food and drinks from you!

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There are 272 steps to reach the cave. The steps up to the caves were a nice little workout.  It was rewarding to reach the top, it was beautiful and cool inside. No fee was collected but they accept donation. Inside the main cave area are numerous shrines.

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We then took the KTM Komuter back to KL Sentral (RM2 /26.94 php).  From KL Sentral we took the KL Monorail to Bukit Bintang  (RM2/26.94php). Note that to get to the Monorail, You need to get out of KL Sentral Station then walk your way to Monorail Station, just follow the signs or ask (it won’t hurt to ask if you get lost).  When we got to Bukit Bintag while walking our way to Berjaya Times Square, we came across alot of yummy street food that cost  RM1(13.44 php) and drinks for RM2(26.87 php).

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Berjaya Times Square  is a 48-storey, 203 m (666 ft) twin tower, hotel, condominium, and shopping centre complex. It’s your one-stop, one-shop venue for great shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

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We roam around the mall and checked out the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, formerly Cosmo’s World Theme Park.

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Also in the main entrance of the mall we saw the world’s largest capsule vending machine(Guinness World Records).

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We ate lunch at the Berjaya Time Square food court which cost us around RM9 which is good for two persons.

We then walked going to Pavillion. We asked around for directions. Pavillion is a short walk from Berjaya Time Square. Pavillion is at the heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district lies the perfect reason to indulge in fashion, food and urban leisure. Experience the excitement of this 1.37 mil sq ft retail haven with 500 outlets offering the finest fashion and home furnishing to entertainment and culinary delights.

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Then we walked back to the Monorail Station and went back to KL sentral (RM2/26.94 php) to get our bags and ride the bus going back to LCCT airport.

Day 2 cost(per person): RM20.75 / 279.28 php

Total Cost= RM 70.46 / 948.32 php per person

 

 

Kadayawan 2013 Winners

“Madayaw Dabaw!”  A text  greeting I got from Region XI Tourism Director Mr. Art Bongcato a few hours after we landed in the Durian City, Davao! And I just have to ask him what it means and replied “it’s a friendly greeting meaning All great from Davao!” ^_^

Kadayawan originated from Davao’s ethnic tribes who would come together and celebrate a bountiful harvest, which serves as a thanksgiving to the gods. A few  things we learned from our Sun Cellular boss and mentor, Mr. Rolan Lagura as he explains what Kadayawan is as we roam around Davao during the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan.

 

After walking a few kilometers following the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan route, we watched from the Sun Cellular stage the routines prepared by the contestants. Here’s some of our shots from Indak-indak sa Kadalanan.

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Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

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Kadayawan 2013

 

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Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

 

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan 2013 winners:

Open Category:

Champion: Panay National High School from Sto. Nino South Cotabato

First Runner-up: Tribo Sulalan from Polomok, South Cotabato

Second Runner up: Tribo Talaingon, Davao del Norte

 

Dava0-based Category

Champion: Holy Cross College of Calinan

First Runner up: Magallanes Elementary School

Second Runner up: Sta. Ana Natonal High School

 

When in Davao, stay at the awesome Park Inn by Radisson Davao!

Park Inn by Radisson Davao

Park Inn by Radisson Davao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Church Ruins in Camiguin

The Old Church Ruins is located in Bonbon Catarman in Camiguin Island. Also known as Gui-ob Church, it was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris during the eruption and formation of Mt. Vulcan from 1871 to 1875. The ruins of the church, bell tower  and the sunken cemetery remains of the old town.

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

 

How to get to Old Church Ruins in Camiguin?

From Benoni port Camiguin, one can hire a motorcycle, multicab or a van. It is much convenient if you consign your vehicle for the whole duration of your stay in Camiguin. For our 2 day- 1 night stay in Camiguin, we paid 800php for the motorcycle rent (accommodates 2 poeple), that included the stops to tourist spots like cold and hot springs, then back to Benoni port the next day.

 

 

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

During the birth of Mt. Vulcan in 1871, it kept erupting lava into the sea, destroying the town of Catarman and putting portion of the town underwater, including the town’s cemetery which today is one of Camiguin’s famous stops for tourists.

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

 

Corals are growing now at the once graveyard of the town’s people remains, now home to some colorful tropical fishes.

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

 

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

 How to get to Sunken Cemetery Camiguin?

From Benoni port Camiguin, one can hire a motorcycle, multicab or a van. It is much convenient if you consign your vehicle for the whole duration of your stay in Camiguin. For our 2 day- 1 night stay in Camiguin, we paid 800php for the motorcycle rent (accommodates 2 poeple), that included the stops to tourist spots like cold and hot springs, then back to Benoni port the next day.

Boat ride to the cross and part of the sunken cemetery is at 50php per person.