Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Osmeña Peak: Day Trip to Cebu's Highest Mountain for Less Than a Thousand Pesos


Unlike Benguet and Bukidnon, the Province of Cebu could not boast of tall and grandiose mountains. Its highest peak, however, despite being  an easy hike, offers otherworldy view that can only be seen in this side of the country. Osmeña Peak, standing at a modest 1,072.6 meters above sea level, is Cebu's highest mountain situated in Brngy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Here,one can enjoy not only the cool climate but also marvel at the expansive view of Mantalongon Range's jagged, moss-covered hills and grasslands as well as the distant view of Badian Island.

Osmeña Peak is also one affordable outdoor destination whenever you're in Cebu City. You could actually go there for a day hike and spend less than a thousand pesos. This travel guide contains essential information on how to get there, things to bring and estimated expenses.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cambodia: Sihanoukville


Cambodia is a tiny Asian country that is not as known for Western tourists as neighboring Vietnam or Thailand. Meanwhile, here you can also find beaches you see in the Bounty ad: with white sand and palm trees. The main resort town in Cambodia is Sihanoukville, which is already called the second Pattaya. In addition to daytime entertainment (you can, for example, go fishing in the local bay), there are many nightclubs. It's definitely worth traveling here if you want both exotics and high-quality service, and if you want to relax on the beach and do not mind to go on interesting excursions. If you’ve been dating a divorced Ukrainian woman for a while, you may want to travel with her to some unusual place. Sihanoukville is definitely that place.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Running: The Mapawa Trail Run Experience


The Mapawa Trail Series in Cagayan de Oro City is widely acknowledged as the premier trail running event in Northern Mindanao. Held along the picturesque hills and ridges of Mapawa Nature Park, this annual event have been drawing trail running enthusiasts from all over the country. This 2017, the series features three stages: Trail Run Mapawa 21K held last May 28; Mapawa Trail Marathon on August 13 and Ultra Trail Mapawa on October 29.

After years of skipping this race due to conflicts in schedule, Malou and I finally got a taste of Mapawa trails when we joined the 21K event two weekends ago. Here's our first-time experience of the Mapawa Trail Series...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cebu: 5 Things to Do in Oslob


Oslob is a 4th class municipality situated in the southern edge of Cebu Province. This laid back town became popular for whale shark watching which gives tourists the opportunity to swim with the gentle giants locally known as tuki. But there's more to Oslob than just swimming with the whale sharks. It is also home to a white beach island and a number of heritage structures from the Spanish colonization era.

This Oslob Travel Guide contains useful information on how to get there, things to do and sample itinerary expenses to help you plan your trip...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Travel Guide: Malalison Island in Culasi, Antique


Malalison Island, situated off the coast of Culasi town proper, is slowly becoming a must-visit destination in the Province of Antique. Commonly called "Mararison" by local folks, this hook-shaped island with a total area of 55 hectares, is blessed with white sands, clear blue waters and picturesque hills and ridges. Previously off-the-radar of most tourists, Malalison caught media attention after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

The island and its residents has since then got back and recovered from the tragedy. Nowadays, Malalison Island, with its quaint and laid back beauty, offers an alternative getaway to its more popular yet crowded distant neighbor Boracay.

In this  Malalison Island Travel Guide, you will find out about how to get there, things to do, where to stay, where to eat, contact numbers, expenses and more travel tips....

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cebu City: 3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Temple of Leah at Night


Temple of Leah is considered as Cebu City's version of the Taj Mahal. Teodorico Soriano Adarna have it purposely built as a symbol of his undying love and ceaseless devotion to his late wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna who died in the year 2010. Perched on the hills of Barangay Busay, just a few kilometers away from the city proper, this colossal edifice of Roman Architecture struck awe to those who visit it due to it imposing breadth and gigantic structures.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: The Ruf Resto Bar at Ferra Hotel Boracay

From our comfy room at the second floor, we took the elevator to Ferra Hotel's fourth and topmost level. It was past 7 PM and we were already hungry for some chow after a long day of exploring the island. As soon as we set foot in the hotel's roofdeck, we were instantly captivated by the Ruf Restobar's cool and breezy ambiance. It was the kind of chill and vibe that Boracay Island is famously known for.

Situated a few minutes of walk away from D'Mall, White Beach Station 2 and Bulabog Beach, Ferra Hotel is conveniently located far away from the noisy beachfront bars and crowd. The Ruf, perched on the hotel's roofdeck offers open air dining with its choices of Asian dishes and signature cocktails.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cebu: Day Trip to Mantayupan Falls in Barili


The bus ticket indicates a 60-kilometer distance from Cebu City to the southwestern municipality of Barili. However, due to the heavy traffic from South Bus Terminal to Minglanilla, the bus ride took about 3 hours. We arrived in Barili past 12 noon then hailed a habal-habal motorcylce to take us to our daytrip destination: Mantayupan Falls.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Review of Ferra Hotel in Boracay

Boracay, situated in Malay, Aklan, has long been hailed as one of the world's best island destinations. Its 4-kilometer stretch of powdery white sands lined with world-class beach resorts has drawn both local and foreign tourists year round. Along with these are the rows of restaurants and bars, exciting water sports and lively parties which made Boracay the Philippines' top tourist attraction.

When in Boracay, it is important to choose the right accommodation to make sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. With plenty of hotels, inns and pension houses sprawled around the island, the choices can be pretty confusing.

During our recent family vacation in the island, we were very fortunate to have been booked at Ferra Hotel. Situated at Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag, Ferra Hotel offers comfortable rooms, excellent facilities and services and most of all, friendly and helpful staff.

Here's our experience at Ferra Hotel Boracay...

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