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

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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…

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Summer Weekend at 8 Waves Waterpark

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Late post: it happened May 27, 2012
Before we end the summer vacation, we have to have meaningful, fun-filled getaway together as family. Since taking the whole family to Bohol is quite to costly (i have good-for-2 free vacation to Bohol, but bringing the kids along is a big chunk in budget), so we decided to have a family overnight getaway at 8 Waves Waterpark and Resort, a nice place in Bulacan too. So we packed our bag (luggage!) and bought some food, and got a room in their hotel (thanks for the discount, we are supplying the souvenir pillows in their resort).

We had a great time together…!! The first time of us 5 (only), together in overnight trip…

About my 34th of my 101: Traveling Feet

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The traveling feet update…

I have recently updated my flickr account for my “traveling feet”… I have already posted 60+ but I still have more in my photo folders waiting to be posted, I know I can reach 101 photos… and these are the good ones (for me). I actually get tempted to post more than one picture per specific place, as there are so many stories that trigger by just showing those pavements or background. I actually became innovative, and sometimes do “somersault” on the grass, sidewalk or the soil just to capture the view. I wish I could someday blog each of these feet…

Here are the samples…


Bantay Bell Tower, Vigan, Ilocos Sur


Calle Burgos, Vigan, Ilocos Sur


Coron Palawan

 


Sentosa Singapore


Pasacao Beach, Bicol (with ALiya)

Be Cool @ Bicol (Part 2)

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It was indeed an adventure, and misadventure! We were not twarthed by any storm, flight cancellation, redirected flight and rain! We had a great time! We toured, we climbed hills and mountains, we crossed wooden bridges, we had swimming at the beach, an awesome picnic, we rode karetela, do visita iglesia, had photo shoot and almost do water surfing! Almost! What a full-packed vacation… A tiring fun vacation with my parents, 2 small kids, tita, and cousin, and our 15 pcs of luggages and bags!!! 🙂 just imagine! Oh plus another flight cancelation way back home!

About the flights: We were scheduled to fly to Naga on January 29, Sunday. We were at the airport early, and except for our so many bags and luggages, we have no inkling there’s something that might go wrong… an hour delay because of cloudy sky… then we were excited to ride the couch and then the plane, finally. An half-hour non-moving small plane, then it seemed to park rather than queue to fly… then they told us to deplane! the weather to Naga is no good, they told us! Waah! Aliya was so disappointed (its her first airplane experience) and asked if that was it?? If that was flying then is “fast”… Cancelled flight… uggghh… just to think what we’ll go through to rebook again… and to think our “so many” luggages!… and the impatient kids… and the tired seniors… weeehh… talagang ganon! SO I decided to take the flight tomorow for Legaspi instead of Naga… Bahala na….

SO, Take 2… on the following day, we repeat the other day’s schedule, as for the bags, I reduced it by 25%… hehehe…. We are going to Legaspi… it’s a 3hr drive to Naga, so, unprepared by this change, i will just go find a van to tour us half-day at Legaspi and then take us to Naga… so that’s “unplanned” 5K bucks… but never mind… Now, Aliya is flying and she’s got too excited that she keeps on talking non-stop until we reached our destination…

Till here for now… Part 3 here…

The Ilocos Tour… (Part 2)

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Continue on to our Ilocos Tour, featuring Laoag… (see also Part 1)…
After our tour guide showed us some east side of Laoag, we went back to town proper to see the St William Cathedral, the Sinking Bell Tower, The Capitol and the Museum and of course, the Heritage Paoay Church….

The Sinking Bell Tower (not accessible to public)


The Cathedral


My Travelling Feet @ Laoag Museum


Marcos Mueseum @ Batac… already closed when we get there :<

My favorite Paoay Catherdral… breath-taking, amazing!
(pardon the feet, I really cant help but get this shot even i’ll have to lie-down there)

one more time… my best postcard shot!

That’s only our (half) DAY 1… full-pack DIY “heritage” tour!
Love it!

Been There: Puerto Princesa Underground River

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Proud to say that Papi and I have seen and explored recently the now-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. I’m sure it will be voted as one of the new 7 nature’s wonders of the world. The place is simply amazing, awesome, grand and mysterious. Proud to be Pinoy!

The Ilocos Tour! (Part 1)

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It finally happened – September 24-27… the great Ilocos Adventure with my Papi, and tagging along the typhoon Pedring… (the storm is really trying to keep us out of here, the last time we’ve tried August 27, the storm Mina cancelled our flight going there..)

Anyway, nothing will dampen our enthusiasm to make the most out of this tour… I have reviewed my list of to do’s and to visit (see here) and we’ve done it with few rains and slippery roads with it, but that’s adventure!

First day: Laoag
We checked-in at Balay de Blas (I made a reservation right after the cancelled tour last august) got a lovely suite!

We ate at Saramsam (owned by Mr Blas) and tried their famous Bagnet, Vigan Longanisa and Poque-Poque (we were curious with the name)

We started our tour by taking an unofficial, untrained tour guide (lesson no 1, dont just assume that every tricycle driver can take you to a tour of their city! – but well that’s adventure #1 too). Anyway, Marlon is so gracious and told me really that it is his first time (I hope he has a blog and write about this experience too). Just the same, we accomplished what we have to see in half-day tour of Laoag… just a bungled itinerary and long journey in his tini-wini tricycle (ahhh sakit likod namin)…

First stop: Sta Monica church (lovely, old, eerie…)

Ferdinand Marcos’ Birthplace:

there are more…for our day 1… (to be continued)