Day Trip in Burot

I needed a reset button and I was badly in dire need of quick beach trip last week. This trip has been long overdue and finally all our schedules matched and we were able to push through.

We decided to head to Burot because, why not? It’s only a few hours away from a Manila and we only have 2 days to spare. We took the Tagaytay to Calatagan route on a Saturday morning. Everything went well as planned, except for the beach.

I didn’t expect it’ll be so crowded. The caretakers should’ve set a number of visitors allowed per day. It seems like the island is slowly losing it beauty because of the irresponsible individuals who threw their trash at the wrong places. There were plastics on the beach, food wrappers floating and even dog poop on the shore. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to take this trip with my friends. I didn’t take snaps of the crowded beach but instead I still tried to take photos of its attractions.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCGNUL0291[1]

Calaruega Visit with Family

My mom flew in last January and she ensured to visit one of her favorite churches, The Calaruega Church in Batangas within her 3 week stay. I took a few shots of the structure. It gave me the perfect solemn wedding feel! I suddenly want to get married here!!! 🙂 SAMSUNG CSC

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Road trip: Southern Adventure

 

We were equipped to hail the road for 4 hours to Real, Quezon. Everything was going smoothly until it rained on the 2nd hour. We were all excited first-timers in Real Surf. I was telling myself that I need to gather guts and should try to surf even once in my life. I even packed a lot of bikinis because I know the place is Instagram worthy. It was raining heavily when we got there and you can easily see the big waves from a far… The place is very nice though. It looked really comfy and breezy. It has a very ‘chill-with-friends’ vibe, perfect for an afternoon beer by the beach.  I wanted to stay for the night and wait until the rain stops  but it’s impossible to settle because it’s wet in every corner. It’s a small resort with  an open space with little huts with not much covered  places. My friends and I decided to head to Batangas instead, rather not having the assurance of seeing the sun. The care-taker of the place was really kind enough to give us a refund and did not hesitate to return our money in full. They’re very accommodating, we will definitely go back on a better weather! 🙂

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After another 3 hours drive with a lot of eating in between. we’ve finally reached our destination! Batangas has always been the go to place of my barkada if we want a quick beach weekend trip and get away from the city for a bit. But even if it’s our  nth time, there’s always a new experience and a new story to tell. It was all fun and games and a lot of good food too. Thank God my cousin cooks well! I also found my soul sister who takes good photos as well, he’s a guy  though! 😀

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The gloomy skies made it a cozy stay – having both bed and beach weather at the same time, what more could you ask for? 🙂

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Until next beach trip! 🙂

Coron: Piece of Heaven

How is it possible to have so many beautiful landscape and waters in one place? Coron, I fell in love with you so easily and even from a far!

I’ve been wanting to go to Coron since it was featured on several blog sites during the early 2000s. After I graduated from college I included it on my bucket list and I’ve been dreaming about it since. 2 years ago JR and I booked tickets to Coron for our 1st anniversary celebration but it didn’t push through because he left for work to Sydney. Tickets were put to waste and I never planned another Coron trip after that. Until last July, my girl friends and I decided to take an all girls trip away from the city – I’m glad we did! It was an amazing experience!!! – I always say it on my blog posts but I always get lucky with my trips and end up with the most amazing experience every single time!

We took the first flight to Busuanga – it was only an hour and a few minutes away from Manila via Cebu Pacific. Even from above, Coron looked so wonderful.

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1st Day – Kayangan Lake / Lake Baracuda / Twin Lagoon / Beach 91

Coron Island Trip – Amazing crystal clear waters

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Day 2 – Calauit Safari / Black Island / Coral Garden

Safari Trip – I fell in love madly with Calauit Safari. It was my first time to see an actual giraffe and I got to feed them too!! My inner child burst out this day and my day ended with a big grin on my face =)

Day 3 – Banana Beach / Bulog Dos / Malcapuya Beach

Beach Trip – We went to 3 different Islands and all of them were jaw dropping. I burnt my back from too much sun bathing but I cared less. It was the end of our trip and I don’t want to leave yet. This time, I’m bummed about not being a mermaid, even being a crab will do as long I’m on the beach of Coron!

Day 4 – Maquinit Spring

We squeezed in some time for a quick dip to Maquinit Spring in Coron Town before flying back to Manila  🙂

 

Philippines will continually amaze me. It feels like my wandering alter ego will never get tired of exploring my homeland. #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Hong Kong: Traveling Like Locals

You easily fall in love with the cities you visit. That’s why your heart is always full – full of new things, new friends, authentic taste and your eyes always glimmer with all the new beautiful sight. That’s what I feel towards Hong Kong – I have an enormous love for this city. And it’s impossible not to… 

I booked this trip 4 months prior to our flight. I surprised JR so we could celebrate my birthday to a foreign country and finally cross-out one thing on our couple must do list. I never thought I would love Hong Kong this much in just a few days of our exploration. It’s the best birthday gift I’ve given myself.

Here are the highlights of our trip. Enjoy scrolling down!

Garden Road, Central Station

 I made it a point not to miss this trip. I was really exhilarated to get to The Peak. This was the most ‘touristy’ thing on our list and not knowing that just by getting there is already an experience itself. We got off Central Station and walked uphill to Garden Road to take The Tram. This part of Central is not as crowded. It is where most of the historical buildings of the area abound alongside with many other modern architectures.

How to get there?

Take the MTR to Central Station and walk uphill to Garden Road. The lower terminus is located at the bottom of St. John’s building.

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Because taking each other’s photo is so cliche. 

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The Peak

Nothing encapsulates Hong Kong best than this view from The Peak. It overlooks the entire Hong Kong Island and Kowloon – It’s breathtaking.

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Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist Temple complex that includes exquisite wooden temple halls, tranquil lotus ponds and an entire serene Nan Lian Garden. Its beautifully designed and inspired from the Tang Dynasty’s architecture. It is situated in Diamond Hill of Kowloon with a stunning series of mountain range and high-rise buildings as its backdrop – truly majestic.

How to get there?

Take the MTR to Diamond Hill Station. Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden is just across.

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The Ceramic Ware Museum 

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The City 

For you to be able to really get into the heart of the city,  it requires A LOT of walking and sweating. My advise is enjoy every drop of sweat – it’s worth it.

Explore the city by taking the mini bus.

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 In the busy streets of Mong Kok

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Symphony of Lights across Tsim Sha Tsui11The Junk ‘Duk Ling’ (Our Junk experience will be up on my next blog, stay tuned!)

The Victoria Park 

Mid -Autumn thematic Lantern Display 2015: Blossom Beneath the Moon.

 We were lucky enough to witness and have a glimpse of a local holiday – The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival. It is widely celebrated across China that symbolizes fertility and harvest. We feast our eyes with these lantern displays and cap off the night with a sumptuous Moon Cake and Chinese Tea from our host (it goes well together).

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The Food

Our trip wouldn’t be complete without trying out every food we could! Just thinking about how good the dumplings and beef briskets were makes me want to book a flight to back to the city immediately!

Dessert platter from The Full House Desserts.

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Dumplings from The Dining Room, Hysan Place
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Authentic Chinese cuisine from local restaurants in Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City. (Majority of restaurants doesn’t have an English name but there are several must-try along that street.)

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Tofu Dessert served cold at Kung Wo in 67 Fuk Lo Tsun Road

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I am definitely coming back for more, there are a few trips I missed that I included on my itinerary but it’s always good to look forward to something new on our next Hong Kong adventure.

I am raptously in love with you, Hong Kong. See you soon! Xièxiè 谢谢

Island Life: Exploring Bantayan

When I planned this trip, I never imagined that I would be falling in love with the Island. We just simply wanted some R&R as an anniversary celebration but the moment we stepped out of the ferry we were literally awed by Bantayan’s beauty,the crystal clear turquoise water was unimaginable and the fine white sand was just perfect, JUST PERFECT. I am always on the lookout for the perfect beach; serene and uncrowded, the Island did not disappoint. And despite the distraction that Yolanda brought, I still consider it as one of Cebu’s hidden gems, 4 hours away from the city, it almost felt we were home because of the local’s warmth and hospitality. Staying at Kota Resort’s beachfront villa made it even nicer, we had the best view of the beach, can you imagine waking up to an impeccable sight every single day?

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Kota Beach Resort

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Just off shore we took a boat to go around the island, no life vests or any safety precautions. It took sometime for me to let go of my qualms and just go with the flow, enjoy every waves. 

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Bantayan Nature Park

It’s a 8 hectares of leisure getaway that houses a spring-fed cav

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Swim in a cave, off my bucket list!

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We took a motorcycle ride during Palm Sunday to Bantayan Church, it felt surreal, driving towards the sunset on a boundless road, clueless and almost lost, surrounded by nature and fresh air kissing our faces, it was a delight.

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No goodbyes, Cebu! We will definitely come back!

Throwback: The Ruins of Bacolod

Feeding your eyes with such a beautiful sight is always a good idea.

The Ruins of Bacolod is a testimony of tasteful richness and the elegance of living in the Spanish Era. The grand entrance looks straight out of a Disney Fairy Tale.

It’s a pleasure to see your amazing beauty yet again, Philippines.

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