Category Archives: Been There (Places)

Virgin Island, Bohol – Day 2


(Catch-up post : June 2012)

After a few rest on the swing under the tree at Balicasag Island, Kuya Bankero took us to another island called “Virgin Island.” An uninhabited island that can be gone under the water during high-tide. Going there is a challenge because of shallow water that time. You can see the corals and sea grass on its shallow bed. And the island and the crescent sandbar, another beautiful place to be… we took a “bath” (if that what it means by just sitting and laying on the sand)…

After awhile Kuya Bankero decided to start our way back, because we might get stranded if the water will further subside and became shallow, going back will be a big problem. So off we go, not a straight-line route to Panglao Island though, as he has to choose the correct path of deep water. Going back took us too long…

This is one of few moments that one can be at peace with nature and savor its beauty and misgivings… Another day to remember that there are so much to than about…



Bohol: “Date,” and Nature Adventure – Day 1


Our Bohol Escapade : Date with Papi

We were alone on this trip, no kids, no friends, new place, new adventure… We look forward to wonderful time. Little have I researched about this place, i only did my “homework” a day before we leave. I want to be surprised and amazed… I just need the keywords for certain tours and spots, and leave everything to last-minute arrangement.

First nice thing stored for us is the beauty of the resort, Flushing Meadows. It’s actually for “honeymooners” and those want to be “isolated.” The resort landscape is admirable, the rooms are cozy, however, the beach is narrow and not too inviting. And the food is quite pricey… Anyway, we can adjust and still enjoy the place.

I have only arranged our first tour when we get there, I called Kuya Jerry (recommended by colleagues) and set the following desired places: Dauis Church, Mag-Aso Waterfalls, Hinagdanan Cave, St. Joseph Church, Alona Beach. All of these I choose are not included in our hotel package.

Dauis Church, a beautiful, artful church, with well-known miraculous eternal well (balon) of holy water. The ceilings are artistically designed with murals and moldings. I got so many shots of this posted in my Instagram.

Next stop is quite far and out-of-the-way, the Mag-Aso Falls… I really have to see it, so I insisted to include here in our tour. The falls is splendid, but have to take 97 steps down to reach it… No sweat… :>

It’s quite dark when we reached the Hinagdanan Cave, the ticket booth have already closed, but an enthusiastic guide let us in (over-the-bakod)… Nothing can stop us at this point (we came this far not to see this!)… It’s worth it, and our guide was very funny! Thanks for the wonderful experience (and photos)!

We just passed by the Panglao Church because it was about nightime. We’ve decided to “splurged” on our dinner and beer on seafoods restaurant along Alona Beach. We had great time watching the fire-dancer (which is actually just a kid)…

So that’s Day 1 of our Bohol Experience… Will blog the Part 2 next time…

Today: Whatever Life Offers….


I will work this day with all my strength,
content in the knowledge that life does not consist of wallowing in the past or peering anxiously at the future.
It is appalling to contemplate the great number of painful steps
by which one arrives at a truth so old, so obvious, and so frequently expressed.
Whatever it offers, little or much,
my life is now.

Travelling Feet, Bantayan Tower, Vigan, Ilocos, September 2011

TOday Series: 19/22

Today: Away from Temptation


I will turn away from any temptation today
that might cause me to break my word or my self-respect.
I am positive that the only thing I possess more valuable than my life
is my honor.

Vigan Church September 2011

Today Series: 18/22

Integrity from the root word “Integer” means whole, means 100%…

Blogger of the Week: Design is Mine


When I want to feast my eyes into lovely things, inspiring thoughts, awesome pictures…. I usually visit this blog. This site is one amazing place of so much inspiration on designs, interiors, colors and most especially links to other valuable blogsite.

Design is Mine… vintage and modern design loveliness….

Here are some of the photo sample I like on he entry “Autumn Color of the Week: Orange”… Lovely…

and may I add my pic entry for “orange” – Boracay Sunset:>




Today: Don’t Cease to Grow….


I will never hide my talents.
If I am silent, I am forgotten, if I do not advance, I will fall back.
If I walk away from any challenge today, my self-esteem will be forever scarred,
and if I cease to grow, even a little, I will become smaller.
I reject the stationary position
because it is always the beginning of the end.

Vigan Ilocos Sur Sept 2011

Today Series 16/22

Hundred Islands and Hundred Fun


I really want to chronicle the fun and memories of our recent cousinhood getaway. And i am attempting to be true to my “title” of 100 fun… so here it is….

  1. Early morning road trip up north via SCTEX
  2. Pandesal moment at a gasoline station in Tarlac
  3. Few wrong turns and few misses… all 4 cars tagging along
  4. Short stop and holy moments at St Joseph Church at ALaminos Pangasinan
  5. Bumpy dirty ride going to Bolinao Falls
  6. Our “all-white” cars because of dirt and soil
  7. Hiking to Bolinao Falls
  8. The amazing Bolinao Falls
  9. Swimming in cold water
  10. AJ the 8-yr old guide
  11. The unpretentious Carolina Resort, it suits our big family. Nice owners!
  12. Superb lunch at Carolinas Resort, our baon.
  13. Low-tide walking at the beach with the family! Priceless!
  14. The sporty-beachy get-up of Aann
  15. Papa Nick’s umbrella at the middle of the sea… unusually funny
  16. The short spelunking at Enchanted Cave
  17. Swimming in cold water again
  18. The sunset by the Cape Bolinao
  19. Posing by the old house
  20. The view of China Sea
  21. The jump shots at Patar Beach
  22. Low tide walking by the sunset
  23. Counsinhood bonding moments by the beach
  24. Pelentz Do-it-Yourself jerbax
  25. The superb sinigang dinner!
  26. The boy’s midnight orchestra!
  27. The buffet breakfast of Aling Juliet
  28. The unified green tribe!
  29. The classic green japanese umbrella
  30. The Aquarius Boat and Kuya Bong (Boat 1)
  31. The Nina Boat and the makulit na boatman (Boat 2)
  32. The titanic pose!
  33. First stop: Governor’s Island
  34. Hiking up the viewdeck
  35. Couple’s moments picture-picture
  36. The passion of the carabao
  37. The carabao tree…
  38. Conquering the Big Brother house
  39. Second stop: Quirino’s Island
  40. The dive in the cave
  41. The broken life vest of Aann
  42. The silent dive of Nunu
  43. The cold beer while swimming
  44. Snorkeling by the beach (muna)
  45. Third stop: Lunch at Quezon Island
  46. Picture taking 1×1
  47. The giant clams “museum”, lucky for us to view just by the beach (no need to swim for it)
  48. Fourth stop: middle of the sea for snorkeling
  49. Fish-feeding
  50. Fifth stop: Childrens Island
  51. Tambay by the “cave”
  52. Papak tira, sawsaw Mang TOmas
  53. Shell picking
  54. Sand-tabunan
  55. Dylan’s learning to use floater
  56. The lightning to signal us to go home
  57. The Cuenca Cave
  58. The Anchors Away ride
  59. The kabog moments… “kilay ng matsing”
  60. Dinner of halaan and seafoods at Ate julieta’s
  61. The kwentuhan at the resort, “ghost” stories
  62. Early morning trip…
  63. Posing ala model by the beach
  64. Paul floating by the beach, fisherman mistaken him as ewan
  65. Papi and me moments on low tide
  66. Fresh fish for breakfast
  67. Nunu’s escapade with kayak
  68. Enteng’s rescue
  69. Christian tumbling in kayak
  70. karaoke at the resort…
  71. Packing time…set to go…
  72. Stop by Bolinao Church, souvenir hunting
  73. Way to go going home….looong ride home
  74. Lunch at Jollibee Tarlac
  75. Oppps… lastly, short stop for Razon’s halo-halo…
  76. 76-100 All accounts for the 25 of us that all have their moments of fun and memories and stories to tell (to fill this list too)… All of us who were all feel the adventure and closeness of the family….to name:Willy,Marie, Boyet, Blanca, Miko, Patis, Bone, Nunu, Jon, Enteng, Papaboy, Christian, Maccoy, Che, Angel, Papanick, Ta Mary, Aann, Soc, Dylan, luz, Romy,Paul, Jolo, Babel…

101…. Fun, adventure, family…. one great awesome, memorable trip! Next year uli!