Travels

Boracay- Antique (Day trip) 

Boracay

This was my second visit to Boracay. I was in the island last July with Jacob and spent most of our time just relaxing and enjoying the beach. Also, it was a more organized visit which also made me realized that I got ripped off buy paying the arranged transfers from the Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island for 550 PHP per person hahaha. Don’t be too judgmental people! , I decided to pay it because that was our first time and I actually did not do enough research plus , I am with a foreigner which has a big possibility of whining when things go south hahaha so for the sake of convenience we paid the hefty transfer.

If you want to travel cheap from the Caticlan airport you can just pay your around 290 PHP (5-6 USD) including the Terminal fees and the environmental fee at the port.

Tricycle Airport – Port : 50 PHP

Terminal Fee :100 PHP

Environmental Fee: 75 PHP

Banca to Boracay: 25 PHP

Tricycle to Beach/Accommodation : 20 PHP ( Shared)

This time, I am travelling solo so I decided to stay in a backpackers hostel in Station 02 and stayed in a shared room with 4 people and that’s when the fun begins! Not the kind of fun you might be thinking tho hahaha. I paid 430 PHP (8-9 USD) per night with breakfast ( a wee toast , egg and coffee) at Boracay Backpackers. It was my first time booking a dormitory since most of the time I am willing to spend a little more to have my own room, but this time just out of curiosity I decided to book a shared room which to my surprise, it was a mix accommodation! . I walked in to the room with an English couple staying with me. At first, it was a bit awkward and their English accent is making me dizzy.

Day Trip from Boracay to Atique.

Since I a booked a round trip flight to/from Boracay, I decided to just do a day trip to Antique and joined an organized tour with Clark from IslandTrekker which is one of the tour operators in Boracay for 2,500 PHP ( 50 USD) inclusive of all entrance fees, transportations , breakfast and lunch. To my surprise there only 4 of us on the tour which is very great since we have the van all to ourselves.

First stop

Malumpati Cold spring/ Bugang River

Good spot for swimming and tubing. 

Also, if you want to try diving the 40 meters deep lagoon , kinda creepy. 


Malalison island – Second stop

It is recommended that you start trekking before noon time, it is darn hot up there and you better be fit if you want to survive lol.

As per manong  tour guide and kuya Domino , whenever the sky is clear and no clouds are covering the mountians facing Malalison, 14 waterfalls are visible, Imagine how cool is that! 


Thank you to these wonderful people, made my trip super fun😊 

Kawa hot bath and bugtong  bato falls.

After getting toast hiking in Malalison , now time to enjoy this cold waterfalls. 

Our last stop… Kawa hot bath

 It was actually very relaxing, feels like i’m  ready to be served after! They basically will make you sit in a warm bath with some flowers and leaves in it! Smells  nice, and oh, it has gingers and lemon grass too! I wonder if I  will be a tasty soup after haha

Below  was our full itinerary with IslandTrekker : 

 5am pick up time –  boracay

 6am :  van sa caticlan, 

7am : arrival in Malumpati,

 730:  breakfast

 8am : trek to the  lagoon

930am:  Bugang River

 1130am:  malalison island/ trek to the peak

 1pm : lunch

3pm : bugtong  bato falls,

430pm : kawa hot bath,

530pm : back to caticlan

Travels

Corregidor 

There are two versions presented as to how the island got its name. Corregidor comes from the Spanish word corregir, meaning “to correct.” . During the Spanish time, all ships entering Manila Bay were required to stop and have their documents checked and “corrected”. Another version claims that the island was used as a penitentiary or correctional institution by the Spanish government, and came to be called El Corregidor so I guess just pick which version sounds more appealing to you!
The Island is own by the Government and there is only one tour company allowed to operate in the island which is the Sun Cruises and offers one day tour everyday.
I booked our tour a few months in advance and since the tour company’s website has been undergoing some “Upgrade” for ages, online booking is not possible so instead I e-mailed them at : reservations@suncruises.com.ph to confirm the reservation luckily their e-mails are working fine! lol.

I’ve been wanting to visit the island for years and luckily I finally had the perfect timing to visit the island with my Fiance. Jacob is an ex- military and Comes from a Long Line of American Soldiers and Corregidor played a huge part of the Filipino – American history. I honestly did not pay attention when its history  was being taught in History class hahaha. But when I finally visited the Island and thanks to our  tour guide I was finally able to understand its History and made  me want to push the Japanese guys touring with us in the cliff because I am getting mad while hearing how my people died during the war because of the Japs hahaha.

The tour package already includes the Ferry transfer from Manila to the island and back. The ferry leaves at 7:30 AM and the check-in time for the Ferry is at 6:30 AM. Yes, that early! good thing we are such early birds and getting up early is not a problem and we still had time to have breakfast before boarding.

Also make sure to bring water, sun screen and some hats or umbrellas else you’ll suffer the heat lol.


Bus Tram

The similar transportation was used before  by Americans and Filipinos  to get around the island.

American barracks
Imagine, before the war these barracks have indoor swimming pool, recreation areas, cinemas etc and can occupy thousands of soldiers.



The war memorial

Malinta tunnel

It took 10 years for them to finish this tunnel (1922-32).  The tunnel served as a lateral hospital and as the headquarters of Gen McArthur. It also served as the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth  under Pres. Manuel Quezon.

Today this is one of the highlight of the  trip. They even offer a 1 hour ghost hunting tour  in the evening. And seriously this is one creepy place to visit, imagine how many people died in this tunnel and those  Japs who commited suicide by blowing themselves inside the tunnel when the Mericans  took back the island.

For details you may visit:

http://www.corregidorphilippines.com

Something Else

To my almost 30 year old self

Oh  geez, now you are  almost thirty, crazy right? I know you still feel like  your  young Taylor Swift sometimes lol. You can’t even ditch your sneakers and be a lady like and embrace the world of stilettos!.

I know you’ve been doing great lately. Happy heart, successful career , not too many friends but definitely worth keeping! what more could you ask for right?.

Time  flies so quickly, I  can still remember how you used  to play  as a kid, you hated dolls, you’d rather play with toy guns and karate instead of being a princess yet you wanted to be a nun, then you realized that ” boys” do exist !. You are so complicated lol but you did well, I think hahaha.

I am actually so proud of you! you’ve been through a lot but it did not stop you from doing things that you dream of.  So far, so good. Do you still remember  how you work hard in college for your tuition?  damn, that was good old days tho.   You were good in washing dishes! and made lots for friends being a working student.  I can still remember the look at mom and dads eyes  when you finally graduated, full of joy and pride and you were telling your 20 year old self  that you so deserve it.

I know you’re happy now.  Well, You’ve had your fair share of  heartbreaks and struggles , that wasn’t easy I know,  but I’m happy it did not stop you from believing that there are still decent, worth loving and trusting humans in this so twisted word hahaha.

P.S  Just keep being awesome  and don’t stop dreaming!

 

 

 

XoXo,

Edz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travels, Uncategorized

Iligan- CDO- Camiguin travel

Whenever you mention Mindanao  first thing they ask is “Is it safe there?” hell yeah!. In fact, Mindanao is one of my favorite, not because I am from Davao City, but because it has lots to offer! beautiful beaches, very nice and accommodating people, lots or water falls, foods and fruits!

I’m not gonna put into details as to how to get there and the fare and all since you probably checked other blogs already hahaha

ILIGAN CITY

I know lots of you will feel very unsafe to be in this part of Mindanao especially because of the on-going Marawi Siege. We are lucky that we get to visit Iligan before things went crazy.

From Manila you can get cheap flights to Cagayan De Oro ( CDO airport) then take a van from the airport to Iligan city, travel time is 1-2 hrs. Right outside CDO airport there are van/ bus operators who offers transfer to Iligan.

If you are planning to go to Iligan from Laguindingan Airport best if you take an early flight so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city, We arrived pretty late so we only got to visit Tinago falls.


The hike to the falls in No joke so be ready, we almost had to carry nyaw nyaw on our way up 😂



CAGAYAN DE ORO

One thing I noticed about this city is the super cheap foods, I can eat for just 50 php!
What to do?? Of course, water rafting!!

I thought, I’m gonna die doing this! Lol

 

Just me doing my thing….




CAMIGUIN ISLAND

This is definitely a must visit place in Mindanao. This  island is  a pure beauty

We booked a day trip for 1500 php which is very worth it. 

The  white Island – just a short boat ride from the main island

Soda pool-  for real, it taste like soda! 

The sunken cemetery  – great spot for snorkeling, they  got some giant clamps! 

The cold spring

Tuasan  Falls


Our  bumpy bumpy  way to the falls

Old Spanish  church ruins

Something Else

When you’re pinay and dating a white dude

When  we went public about our  relationship  and especially when got engaged  we got a lot of attention. Most were genuinely happy about us  being together although Jacob got lots of  joke about me being a ” mail order bride”  and people I know congratulating  me like I won  the freaking lottery.

We  Pinoys are  one of the nicest people  you’ve ever met and  we are very accommodating although we have this mentality   that whenever  we see  a girl dating or married  to a white dude  that means ” kumikitang kabuhayan”  , people would  think, he’s gonna support his chick, bring her to “Merica”( that’s how Jacob say it) get her a green card and she’ll be rich.. Lame….  you know nothing Jon Snow. I honestly got lil piss whenever  someone  out of the blue would make a comment or message  me about me and Fiance and tells me  that I am doing the right thing and being smart , he ( Jacob) will make me rich!  wtf…

When I was younger, I don’t really like foreigners.  I even told my self  that I will never date one, but things changed haha I guess when you got older and experienced some really bad  things, it makes you  change your perspectives.   When I got  my heart broken by some pinoy  guy I  told my self, I am no longer dating my own kind and that’s how I started entertaining the other specie  hahaha.

We  all know and we cannot deny the fact that  some  girls would apparently   do that  a but these are  the Pro’s like those hanging out in Greenbelt and some high end bars lol.  Well they are hookers so what do you expect hahaha.

Jacob and I never expected that  we will end up being together.  We started with friendly  talks and I had no high hopes of anything, I was just enjoying what we have.  If you are following my Blog, I wrote about how we started ( Swipe, Swipe Matched!). So it was not like I planned on luring him so  he’d end up falling inlove with me  and the rest is history.

Foreign guys who are married to Filipinas might be from a better country who earns Dollars, Euros  or whatever currency that is  but that doesn’t  mean that they  have a fat bank account and you can just marry them, be happy and live like a lord!. They are also like  us! though some are ridiculously  white (I always make fun of them especially my Fiance’s  white arse), they  work hard,  so it’s not  like  when you  get marry life will be  a fairy tale.  Although I must say that it will make a difference, given that you’ll have the opportunity  to be in Merica and have a better life but it’s more than that.

Any relationship would only work if you have  the dedication and  the purest intentions. Also, it will not be easy to give up  what you have, family friends and all the things you used  to do  to be with the person  you love. Imagine how hard it will be to be  in a foreign country, without your family, friends and  starting a new life . The point is, sometimes you find what you’ve been missing  all your life 8,406 miles away and you are willing to do whatever it takes to  be with that person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travels

Boracay 2017


​Boracay is one the most touristy travel destination in the Philippines, not only because of its powder like sand and tons of activities to do but also because of its very active night life.

How to get there:
From Manila – The most convenient way is to travel by plane . There are two airports serving Boracay, Caticlan and Kalibo airport.  There are lots of cheap flights with CepPac and Air Asia to Boracay, so if you only have a limited time , best if you fly to Caticlan and not Kalibo aiport to avoid the hassle of traveling by land.  If you’re lucky you can book a promo flight with Cebpac for around 1000 PHP ( 20 USD ) round trip or could be less.

–  You can also travel by ferry if you are on a budget from Batangas Port to Caticlan Jetty port.  Will take you 10-11 hrs though.

You can check https://travel.2go.com.ph/ for prices and schedules.
It was both our first time in Boracay ( Me and my Fiance). And I honestly did not do much research as to how to get there and what to do and all that.  All  I know for sure is that I am definitely doing the para sailing and ATV 😊

From Caticlan Airport lots of tour companies will offer you transportation services from the Jetty port to your accommodation for 500 PHP ( 10 USD) per person which later I realized that it was such rip off hahaha. Well lesson learned.  Better pay your own ferry, and  terminal fees.

Where to stay:

Boracay is consist of 3 stations  (1,2 and 3).

If you want to be near the crowd restaurants and all the happenings then Station 02 is the best place to stay whilst if you want a peaceful stay,  you can choose either Station  1 or 3.

Boracy station 2

We stayed in station 02 but not in a beach front so we can at least get away from the crowd.  Club ten is just 2 minutes away from the beach which is not an issue although I was a bit skeptical at the beginning since the alley is kinda creepy but then I realized that I am with a 6’2 guy in a very touristy area, I don’t think anyone would try to snatch me ( takot lang nila sa laki ng jowa ko hahah ).

Club ten I would say is a mediocare type of accommodation, nothing fancy. Well you get what you paid for! You cannot expect a fancy room for a 1000ish price but at least they have hot shower hahaha. What’s funny though is that my so American Man is not use to having the toilet and the shower at the same place and gets his feet wet all the time hahaha and he is a ” Tabo” virgin. I really had fun teaching him how to use a bucket and tabo in taking shower lol.

View outside our room

We are staying for 3 nights in the Island and since we arrive late afternoon, we didn’t do much on our first day but walk and walk and walk along the beach, it’s actually tiring! especially if you have to keep up with a tall guy walking with his giant steps vs my baby steps lol.

Swimming at night is actually a fun thing to do. It’s a bit chilly but it’s worth it! the view is amazing. The lights, the fire dancers and the calm sea was just perfect. And of course enjoying  it with boo..feels perfect 😁

Boracay in the afternoon

Boracay is one of the most expensive tourist destination. If you’re on a budget, you would probably end up eating in Mang Inasal everyday hahaha. And people offering tours are every where! they are like zombies in walking dead..for real.. especially if you are with a white guy , it means business for them lol. My Fiance is super nice and he keeps on saying No to every vendor who tries to sell him things while me on the other hand will just walk straight with my poker face as if I hear nothing! lol.

What to do:

Island Hopping is one of the most popular activity in Boracay. They charge you 600 PHP (12 USD) per person with lunch . But be warned that in every boat stop or island you are visiting, they’re gonna charge you!. I could say that Boracay is all about fees!
1st stop is Ariel’s point.

It’s a Cliff diving spot. If you want to get inside and cliff dive , you have to pay 150 PHP (3 USD ) per person. For us it’s worth it though since Jacob enjoyed it, he was like a kid jumping in that high board while I chickened out.
Told ya he’s having fun😁

Second is Crysyal Cove.

They charge 200 PHP (4 USD ) per person for the entrance. I have been to many places here in the Philippines and this I must say is one of the places that I do not want to visit again. I honestly think that they are over charging people!.

Puka  Beach –  Their fruit Shake is 200 PHP hahaha other than that, the beach is gorgeous. I was hoping that it will be less crowded since July is already a low season but I was so wrong.  This beach is perfect for relaxation.

Para Sailing – For me this is a must to do in Boracay, it is a bit expensive though. We paid 1200 PHP (24 USD) per person but the 15 minutes ride is worth it. Kinda nervous with the height and when it gets windy but it’s all cool.

ATV – I have been wanting to do this for the longest time, only to to find out that I cannot drive the thing!. Well at least I did try but I literally crashed in a tree! I thought I was gonna die hahaha. So instead we have to ride the buggy since there is no way that they will let me drive the ATV lol. This made me realized that I am going to be a really bad driver and now I’m kinda scared to drive, that means Jacob might need to drive for me all the time not unless he wants me to crash his car hahaha
view while we’re taking our buggy ride, had to stop for pictures lol

Some other activities you can do are paddle boarding, helmet diving, sailing and many more as long as you have the money hahaha.

Please note of the following fees:

Environmental Fee: (75 pesos)

Terminal Fee:  (100 pesos

Tricyle from port to your hotel: 120-130 PHP

Something Else

The brownminion’s bucket list! 

I’m almost thirty and before I become too old I have a looooong list of what I want to do and where I want to go. Though I know that I may not be able to do all these, my hopes are up and no one can stop me from dreaming and believing that nothing is impossible.

So here are the top  5 in my list:

1. Climb Machu Picchu – I am not really a fan of mountain climbing but I am so fascinated by the ruins and more intrigue as to how an ancient civilization were able to create such an amazing architectural, agricultural and engineering and I am not ruling out the Alien Theories.

2. Skydive in Dubai and ride some freaking camels.

3. Scuba Dive in great Barrier Reef – I’m no Pro , I’ve only tried diving once and I loved it.
4.  See cliff of  Moher and really get drunk in an Irish Pub and banter with some Irish lads.

5.  Have tea in London Yes! in London and nowhere else!

Travels

Beaches, beaches and more beaches….

I wan’t to tell you something, I am in love with beaches! Yes, not just one, but lots and lots of beaches. I love the ocean, it’s like a drug to me. Here are  some of my favorite  beaches in the Philippines that you surely don’t want to miss.

Nacpan beach – Just a short  ride from El Nido Palawan and this my favorite. Clear and calm water feels like heaven


Coron Palawan – Malpacuya island , a perfect place to chill


Nagsasa beach Zambales – Just a short trip from Manila


Bohol – aside from the chocolate hills and the tarsiers, the beaches are not to miss, tho I am not a fan of Alona beach


Camuguin Island – It’s like a naked island not a single tree can be found so it can be crazy hot in summer


Siquijor Island – better visit this place before it gets swamped by tourist!


Gigantes Island – beautiful place with super nice people!


MoalBoal Cebu- just 2 hrs away from the busy metro


Bolinao Pangasinan – if you want a quick get away from Manila, Bolinao should be in your list

Something Else

Those little things

Him: It’s my off on Tuesday ,what should I do babe?

Me: Movie, right? Guardians of the Galaxy?

Him: Yes, maybe some laundry too

Me:Yes! and groceries, make sure you have clean undies hahaha

Him: You remember, the last time I watched a movie?

Me: Oh that movie with the Monkey? the Ape?…

Him: laughing, No babe.. I watched Logan the last time

Me: Oh yeah yeah I remember it now…

Him: You know what else happened that day?

Me: Thinking. thinking… Nope, can’t remember

Him: That’s the first time you called me ” Boyfriend” and I can’t help smiling while I’m in the car.

Me: 😍😍😍😘😘😘❤️❤️.. My heart just melted

 You’re making me feel like my heart skips a bit all the time J