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Boracay travel

Taking A Plunge At Boracay Island

Boracay, one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, is an island located at the Western part of Visayas. This is the perfect place for a great summer get-away. You’ll not get bored that’s a guarantee. Lots of activities happening all day and night. There’s a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs to choose from, open til the wee hours. And during the day, you can either go scuba diving or snorkeling or kiteboarding or windsurfing or cliff diving or you can try them all. It’s like Puerto Galera only bigger and better. Bora has 3 stations while Galera only has one.

 

It is so famous that when peak season comes, it gets so crowded and it’s so hard to book. It’s sells so fast, especially those that come in with packages like 3 days 2 nights including airfare, so if you want to go there on summer or on peak season, make sure to book earlier.

 

When we had a tour there, it was not a peak season so it’s not crowded. Station one was more pricey so we booked at station two, just perfect for the group on a budget. And it seemed to be a perfect choice since station two had all the happenings. (Click here for inquiries of different resorts at Boracay).

 

It was actually the time when storm frequently visit the country so there were only few Manilenyos out there and our stay was rather cut short because we didn’t want to experience anymore delays since we already had one upon going there. The people we met were mostly Koreans, but there were also few Europeans, South Africans and Americans having a good time. The folks there were all nice and friendly. One thing I noticed though was that it’s so commercialized that it seemed you haven’t gone out of Manila. But nevertheless, this one is a terrific place you would want to come back again and again. I for one would certainly love to come back if ever there’s time and money, but this time for a longer period of stay with a perfect sunny weather.

 

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Cagayan Valley Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Pagudpud travel

The Great Northern Tour

Random pics from different sceneries up North. This is one of the best travels I had. Together with my three cousins, we went to Pagudpud with stops at Vigan, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, exploring its tourists’ spots and foodtrip. Last stop was on Cagayan Valley and went to Sta. Anna and Aparri, those two are the last places you’ll ever see on the Philippine map, Luzon area hehe.

 

All in a limited budget of P4500 for each person! Unbelievable ei. Well it helped that you had a place to stay for the night that’s free. Thanks to my cousin’s relatives in Ilocos for the accommodation. And also to our relatives at Cagayan. The stay got extended.

 

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Puerto Galera travel

Puerto Galera

One of the popular beach spots in the Philippines is Puerto Galera. It is located at Oriental Mindoro and is the only bay to be listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.

 

This is well-known among tourists for its great snorkeling and diving site. Other activities you can do here are wind surfing, kayaking, jetski, the banana boat ride, motorbikes, golf, sailing, hashing and target shooting. At night, there are bars and restos open for a chillaxing evening.

 

If you’re in Manila and wish to go to Puerto Galera, it will only take you three and a half hours of travel time. You have to travel first by bus (busliners like Jam and Alps have routes going to Batangas) going to the port at Batangas City and then by boat. Here are some of the recommended resorts – Coco Beach Island Resort, Tanawin Bay Resort, Graywall Resort, Puerto Nirvana Beach Resort, El Galleon Beach Resort, Encenada Beach Resort.

 

 

Had gone to Puerto Galera twice, first when we had our company outing and then the second, when me and my friends together with their family went for a summer getaway. The first was ok but the second was almost a disaster. Well there was a fatal accident that happened, not on our boat but on the other one. It sank and according to reports, there were 12 people who got drowned and died, including a three year old kid.

 

Fear had trembled upon us after hearing that terrifying news from the kids living the area since it was the same boat company we had plus we had a kid with us too. Only on different time schedule, ’cause the one we had was a 9:30 a.m. ride while the one that sank was the 11 a.m. ride. Reminscing it, it was a like a buzzer beater for us, we were able to book just in the nick of time. Had we been slow for a few minutes, we could have missed our schedule and would have taken that ride since there’s a two hour interval for each boat to leave the port and travel to Galera. Thank God!

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Bolinao travel

Bolinao, Pangasinan

Known as little Boracay of Pangasinan, Bolinao is a great place to spend your summer vacation with your friends and family. Though it’s a 5-6 hour long drive from Manila, it’s worth a visit. With lots of good resort, white sand, good amenities, friendly accommodations and services, you will like the serenity of the surroundings.

 

Here’s one of the resorts we’ve visited. Puerto Del Sol

 

 

photos by Mark Cortes

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Anawangin travel

Anawangin Cove

Summertime once again and it’s the perfect time to go to the beach. One of the great places to go here in the Philippines is Anawangin Cove, which is found in Zambales. This remote island has pristine white sand and what’s odd on this place is that it has tall pine trees around. Going to Anawangin, you will have to get by Pundaquit, San Antonio first, then from there, you will have to ride a boat for about 30 minutes to reach the cove.

 

Lost in the Woods of Anawangin

photos by Keith Frias except for Lost in the Woods of Anawangin by Marvin Bea

 

Been there before and saw how isolated it was. Peaceful and quite. According to my officemate, back then it was so remote that it’s scary come night time since it’s pitch black and there were no other campers around. The time when we went there, around 2008, mountaineers, photography hobbyists already camp on the site, so it’s not that scary anymore, but yes, it’s pitch black at night so you have to bring yourself a flashlight. Thanks to the moon as it served as the main light that night, it was full then, so the place wasn’t too dark. I wonder how it looks like now since it’s been 3 years already.

 

photos by Keith Frias

 

It was a memorable experience for me as I almost fell off the high cliff when we had a stop over at Capones Island. I slipped as I was on my way to the other side, and thank God I didn’t went all the way down, since there were big rocks waiting. It would have been a total disaster if that happened. And on the afternoon, another memorable experience happened, this time, assisting on someone who helped his girl friend getting drowned. I can’t swim so I just did whatever I could to assist the guy saving the girl. Felt relieved after that.

 

Black and WhiteSail BoatStanding Before GodTentsUpclimbCapones OverviewMiles ApartOn TrailPundakit SunsetAnawangin BeachPine TreeOff We Go

photos by Keith Frias and Marvin Bea

 

All in all, it was a great outing – camping, swimming, trecking, island hopping, landscape photo shoots rolled into one.

 

White SandReaching the TopPushStarsDancing SunEery Lake

photos by Keith Frias and Marvin Bea