Thursday, October 6, 2016

Benguet: A Refreshing Dip at the Bridal Veil Falls

It was one of the most unique-looking and beautiful waterfalls I've seen. The first time I saw it was in a photograph posted on Facebook and the second was when I boarded a passenger van from Baguio to Dagupan City via Kennon Road. From afar, the falls do look like a long, bridal veil resting on a gigantic rock wall. The hanging foot bridge used to access the falls made it even look more dramatic. So while on a month-long work assignment in Dagupan City, I made sure to spare some time to visit and take a closer look at the Bridal Veil Falls.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pangasinan: The Bolinao Tricycle Tour Experience

Bolinao is a third class municipality situated in the northwestern tip of Pangasinan, Province. While the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City is undoubtedly the province's most popular attraction, Bolinao is slowly emerging as a tourist draw, owing to its beautiful beaches, waterfalls, caves, lighthouse and an old church.

I visited Bolinao on a solo backpacking trip and discovered its many wonders. Since the tourist spots are located far away from each other, the most convenient option is to hire a tricycle to visit these attractions all in one day. Hereunder are the places I explored during my Tricycle Tour in Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Puka Beach: The Quiet Side of Boracay

Boracay is famous for its White Beach, a long stretch of powdery white sands recognized as one of the best beaches in world. Aside from its blinding beauty, White Beach is also synonymous to high end resorts and restos and dusk-till-dawn parties. As such, people hardly go to Boracay to find some peace and quiet. Instead most would troop to this small paradise island in Aklan to party hard and mingle with the crowd.

Thankfully, for those who want a more serene beach ambiance, a short trip to the northern tip of the island would take you to Puka Beach in Barangay Yapak. Just like White Beach, Puka Beach also has white sands, though more grainy and not as powdery. But its lack of commercial development made it more attractive to beach goers who are seeking to commune with nature minus the noise of the crowd.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Guimaras Island Hopping Experience (Part 2)

This is the second part of our Guimaras Island Hopping Experience. We availed of the island hopping service during our stay in Raymen Beach Resort in Alubijod. In Part 1, we visited SEAFDEC, Ave Maria Islet and an unnamed cave.

Continuing on with our half-day tour, these are the other spots we visited during our island hopping in Guimaras:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

3 Easy Weekend Getaways from Manila

Want to go on a well-deserved vacation but don’t want to deal with super long flights and extravagant expenses? If you live in Metro Manila, then you actually have a lot of choices for an accessible and affordable weekend getaway, as long as you know where to look. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the best possible places to go, and why they may be perfect for your vacation needs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Davao City: Kadayawan Festival 2016 Street Dancing Photos

I was fortunate to be assigned in Davao City this month, just in time for the 2016  Kadayawan Festival. The feast is held annually to celebrate life, nature and abundant harvest. The festival derived its name from the local dialect "madayaw" which means "precious" or "valuable". Among the festivity's highlight is the "Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan" or Street Dancing Competition, which I witnessed first hand last Saturday, the 20th of August 2016.

We stayed in a budget hotel along C.M. Rector Street (formerly Claveria).  Our location gave us strategic access to the competition since it is part of the street dancing route. It was my first time to witness Kadayawan and I was amazed with the participants precise dance steps following the lively rhythm and beats and their colorful costumes, accessories and props. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Minute Bookings- The Best Way to Save on your Hotel

Last minute travel plans are always exciting. Making a proper travel plan beforehand is not always possible. Hectic work schedules and other priorities in life make it difficult to make proper travel plans. Unplanned trips lead to adventures and pave the way to see the unknown. It has its own charm that attracts travelers a lot. The benefits of last minute booking are as follows:

Saving money

The array of discounts and deals allows you to save a lot of money. Hotels, airlines and travel deals are cheaper and they offer the best rates during the last few days or hours. Everybody wants to fill their sales quota so deals for flights, hotels and vacation packages are cheaper than usual. Saving money by bagging the best deal is not a problem when you go for last minute bookings. In this competitive market, you will come across lucrative offers and packages that would help you save a lot of money while you are planning for your trip.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Guimaras Island Hopping Experience (Part 1)

The Island Province of Guimaras is a favorite summer destination in Western Visayas. Its proximity to Iloilo City (less than 15 minutes by boat) makes it an ideal weekend getaway for tourists, backpackers and wanderers. Aside from its sweet mangoes, wind farm and lighthouse, Guimaras also boasts of exciting island hopping adventures to white sand beaches, coves and rock formations.

We spent a night at Raymen Beach Resort in Alubihod, Nueva Valencia and availed their island hopping package the next day. Standard rate for a boat with a maximum capacity of 10 persons is P500.00 for the first hour and P150.00 per succeeding hour. The rate is definitely cheaper compared to island hopping in other places.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pangasinan: The Crowded Patar Beach in Bolinao

I arrived late in the afternoon and immediately realized that I came at a wrong time the moment I spotted the multitudes of gathering at Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. It was a summer weekend and tourist season was still at its peak. The tricycle driver I hired assisted me in finding a place where I could stay for the night. At first we scouted the cottages along the roadside as he tipped me that it is much cheaper to stay there than those along the beach. But even these modest accommodations were already full.

Left with no choice, we extended our search at the beach front. What I saw was far from what I imagined Patar Beach would be. As described and pictured in many travel blogs, Patar Beach is considered as the Hidden Jewel of the North, serene, untouched and away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. In fact, not a few declared it as the best beach in Pangasinan. While in transit from Dagupan City, I already imagined sitting on the sands and quietly watching the sunset with an ice cold beer in hand. But with what I saw on my arrival, I know I will be having none of that.

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