Sunday, July 19, 2015

Siargao : A Somber Journey

Siargao's Rugged Coastline

It isn't advisable to travel during typhoon, we all know the hazards it brings. But armed with caution, I have decided to roam around Siargao in a rented motorcycle. Afterall, it was my last full day in Siargao and I got bored playing pool in the resort and trading travel stories with foreign travelers there (a better excuse than telling you I have exhausted or running-out of English words to say. Quota na!)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Selfie Sunday : Isabela of I See Bela

The names Bela, Bella, Belle strike me as someone who is delicate, feminine and mysterious. Case in point, Bela Padilla, Belle of Beauty and the Beast and Bella Swan of Twilight (with the exception of course of Bela Flores). But it is no mystery that Isabela Mariano or "Bela" is all that and more... a scholarly chick with a sense of adventure.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Siargao : An Overcast Trip in Cloud 9

Surfers in a Wooden Bridge

A traveler must make the most out of any given situation. Although it was my first time in Siargao, with Cloud 9 Surfing, Magpopongko Pool Lagoon, Pansukian Resort, Taktak Falls, Cabuntag Beach and Alegre Beaches, Naked, Guyam and Dacu Islands in my itineraries, mother nature has something else in mind. Although this was a solo trip, Typhoon Seniang accompanied me throughout this trip. So after, taking snaps in the morning just barely before the heavy rains start to pour, I did the next best thing to enjoy Siargao... sleep!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Zipmatch : Apartment Space-Saving Tips for Students

Before the beginning of the school year, most University students move into their own apartment in the metro. Getting your own apartment is one of the big steps to independence. You should never be discouraged from purchasing a small apartment. Follow these simple steps to increase your space and enable you to focus on enjoying your new, albeit temporary, home!

The Wardrobe

In your new apartment, it is almost certain that you will not have as much space for clothes as you are used to. So how can we save some space? 

It is extremely important to keep your selection of clothes seasonal. You won't need that thick jacket in the summer or that slinky little dress during the rainy season. It sounds so simple, but in the rush of moving away from home, many students are prone to over-packing. Rotate your clothing whenever you go home.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Selfie Sunday : Kim of Indie Escape

Throw some Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side on the background while cool winds rush on your face as you ride headin' to the unknown. A positive attitude and a free spirit is what Kim of Indie Escape is all about.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cotabato City : Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid

The Grand Mosque of Cotabato City

Be it a Muslim or a Christian, we all want peace in Mindanao. And no structure symbolizes peace better than the glittering Grand Mosque, also known as Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, Muslim center of worship. The Grand Mosque is located in the seaside village of Inawan. It is a five-hectare cultural complex that can accommodate 15,000 worshipers and was funded by the Sultan of Brunei whom the mosque was named in 2008 for a reported cost of $48M.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cebu : D-I-Y 2-Day Pilgrimage Tour

Cebu Pilgrimage Tour

The queen city of the south attracts throngs of pilgrims and devotees to visit its century-old churches. Having visited this beautiful city numerous times before, I was tasked in the office to organize a pilgrimage tour in Cebu. At first, I thought why not just engage  the services of a travel agency and let them do all the works from arranging airfare to land transportation, accommodations and meals. But when I learned how much the budget was, well I have my work cut out for me.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cotabato City : Wander with Caution

Welcome Marker

When it come to tourist destinations, Cotabato City is off the radar and not on everyone's usual list. One of the main protagonist is the peace situation in the area where conflicts between the government and armed lefties are always on the news. I could not really say that it was all media hype because I experienced to have heard several gun shots when I was there. In fact, there was an incident in the street corner of the hotel where I stayed where an alleged criminal was gunned-down by the police. Plus, military presence in almost every corner of the City would tell you that this is not your typical place... so wander with caution!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Selfie Sunday : Kevin Franciz of The Travel Boy

There is nothing like being young, wild and free because what you can do is limitless. Just ask Kevin who has set-up twenty-five goals before reaching the age of twenty-five. Some of the tasks can be daunting such as climbing the highest peaks in the Philippines or scuba diving or visiting the Holy Land, while some are modest ones such as surfing in Bagasbas or partying in Boracay or visiting Enchanted Kingdom. 

Kevin is a firm believer in setting goals and actively tracking his progress in attaining them thru documentation in his blog. Come to think of it, if you read about the people who seem to be more successful in life, the one constant is their practice of setting goals. And following Kevin's lead, you better do it while you're young.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Laguna : A Green Staycation at Seda Nuvali

Seda Nuvali Green Hotel

It is an invitation that one just can't resist. That is, spending a weekend with travel blogger friends in a hotel designed to provide balance between natural and man-made and over sumptuous and delectable food that keep our tummies in check while we narrate our memorable travel stories. And as we share our past travels, we gladly accept one more experience to tell our friends - our staycation at Seda Nuvali.