Boracay- Antique (Day trip) 


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

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!














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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


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 😂


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….


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


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 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!


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

Something Else

My Top Netflix Series to Binge watch

Since I have been binge watching Netflix recently,  might as well share to you my  favs.


  1. Breaking Bad – Chem teacher turned  Meth dealer? Sounds like from rags to riches!  wasn’t easy tho and I really feel bad for Jesse.
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2.  Wynonna Earp  –  Who doesn’t like a badass girl fighting the demon  revenants and  sending them back to hell.  Kinda refreshing.

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3.  The 100 –     I am a big fan of Octavia and Lincoln
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4.  Stranger Things – This one makes me a bit jumpy lol and Eleven rocks!!
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5.  Jessica Jones  –  My Fav Marvel’s series .   KillGrave’s  obsession to Jessica  for some reason makes me giggle and I so  love it when he says ” Jessicaaaaaa, come back here”  hahah
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 Dumaguete – Siquijor Trip

I was really iffy in going to Siquijor at first , you probably know why. The island is famous for its mountain-dwelling mangkukulam (healers) or for its witchcraft. So when you tell people that you’re going all they say is ” not a good idea”.

Our flights were booked months in advance . Let me tell you a secret, the reason why I can afford to travel around Philippines is because we always wait for promo fare in Cebu Pacific or Air Asia . These low cost carriers always offer piso fare during holidays. We watch the airline’s website like Jon Snow at the Wall waiting to kill some white walkers ( if you don’t watch GOT, you sure can’t )

We only paid more than 1k PHP for the round- trip ( yeah, for real, that cheap hehe).

Welcome to Dumaguete

From Dumaguete airport you can take a tricycle to the port.

From the port to Siquijor Island the travel time is more or less 1 hr. Ferry cost is around 160 php. Just a piece of advise avoid taking those small ferries, else when the water is kinda rough you will definitely feel shit , I did threw up (not proud of it lol ) I usually don’t get sea sick.

You can check for the ferry schedules.

From the port we took a tricycle to our resort, the driver tried to charged us 200 php but we haggled a bit and agreed to pay 150 php. We stayed at Charisma Siquijor Beach Resort and booked their Standard Bamboo Cottage for 1000 php/night. It was a pretty decent accommodation, fan room (you wont need air conditioning anyway), toilet is clean, shower is working ( tho no hot shower) and the bed is okay plus they have a pool!

In front of Charisma Resort

The next day, we paid around 1000 php for a day tour around the island, there’s three of us so it was okay.

Century old Balete tree, our first stop

Cambugahay falls

Salagdoong  beach.. good spot for cliff jumping.. girls, I highly recommend not wearing a bikini if you’re planning to jump you might end up losing your knickers hahah🙊🙊

Day trip in Siquijor wont take you full day so around 4 pm we head back to Dumaguete.. while on board  the ferry we were lucky to see some dolphins .. I was so happy, that was my first time seeing some dolphins hahaha 🤣

In Dumaguete we stayed at Harold’s mansion which is known for backpackers. We paid 1000 php for a private room with AC so not bad.

Next on our itinerary is the Apo Island, we gonna go swimming with the turtles hihih.. it was an expensive tour tho, we paid 1200 per pax with lunch included (fried noodles daw) actually it was just a pancit canton kala ko ano yung fried noodles 😂😂

People i’d like you to meet mr Gong pagong

With our new friends


Spending new year in Sagada

Since 2008 I’ve been spending holidays away from my family, most of the time I spend Christmas and New Years at work, yeah I know…people would say ” aw that’s sad, I’m sorry” and I’ll just shrug my shoulders ….used to it, besides I am not a big fan of any ocassion not even my birthday hahaha.. but for a change, last  new year … I wasn’t working (hell yeah! ) so me and my roomies came up with this super amazing idea of spending it in Sagada ( yey, finally!).  No work, no family to go to.. so why not go somewhere else right? .

We want to make the trip as cheap as possible so we decided to join a group tour, we started checking facebook for an arranged tour to Sagada and bingo! we found one for 2500 php per pax ( including van transfer and hotel accommodation) for a 3 days 2 nights trip from Manila.

We had our first stop in Banaue to have a glimpse of the rice terraces and get breakfast ( we’ve been driving for hrs) .It was really cold and I regret wearing shorts hahaha

Can’t stop snapping pictures! The view is just breathtaking!

After more than 9 hrs…. finally! “Welcome Sagada ”

First we visited the hanging coffins, it was just a short trek inside the eco valley.

 Next…. spelunking baby! Our guide told us that ” Spelunking ” should be the right term and not “caving” since only Geologist and people who are studying the cave and shits like that have the right to call it “caving” so since we’re no Geologist we call it Spelunking which I prefer since it sounds way cooler hahaha , caving honestly sounds boring and too easy to spell..
This looks like a face not sure tho if it’s a he or she… you decide

The next day we went ” chasin waterfalls” was a quick 1 hour hike so no biggie… yeah i’m just bragging wasn’t easy really 😜😜

 On our way back from the falls..what a view ….

Now I can finally crossed out Sagada in my bucket list… slow clap for me….