Showing posts with the label Travel

Historic Vigan

Last June 7, 2013, with friends Ting and Dadong, I embarked on a tour to historic Vigan in Ilocos Sur. From Iloilo, we boarded a Cebu Pacific plane to Manila, and from there we took a Partas bus in Pasay. The bus left the station at around 4:00 pm and its a 10-hour ride with at least 3 stopovers passing through Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, and La Union provinces. Look for accommodation in  Iloilo , Manila ,  Pasay  and Ilocos Sur . Upon arrival, we checked in at Green R Hotel. It is a cost-effective hotel located near the Partas Bus terminal and in front of the public market. The only negative thing about the room is there's just enough space for an extra bed which makes moving around cumbersome. Exhausted, everyone immediately went to sleep. Search for the best hotels in Vigan City . The very next morning, after taking breakfast early, the excitement prodded us to immediately explore the city. We haven't even taken bath or changed our clothes! The first notable place we stumb

Scenic Ilocos Norte

After our Vigan trip , Ting and I decided to proceed to Laoag, Ilocos Norte on June 9, 2013. Search for best hotels in Laoag City . We boarded a Partas Bus at around 1 pm and reached Laoag roughly 4 pm. We checked in at La Elliana Hotel. Although it is considered a budget hotel, the room is very spacious and could very well accommodate up to 6 people. We wasted no time and immediately took off and went to Museo Ilocos Norte, but we barely looked around when they closed and we have to cut short our visit. Walking distance is the Sinking Bell Tower, it used to be one of the tallest bell towers in the country. It is sinking because it was built on a sandy foundation. Nearby still is St. William’s Cathedral where Ting and I lit candles, prayed and briefly listened to the day's sermon. From St. William’s Cathedral, we took upon ourselves to look for the missing Aurora Park. We described it as "missing", because we have asked a lot of people but none of them could tell us where

Best Commercial Airlines In The Philippines

Choosing the right airline when traveling is a must, otherwise, the nasty experience will spoil the journey. I have listed here all commercial airlines in the Philippines as of this date, in case anyone needs to access their respective website. AirSWIFT has limited flights to and from Manila, Cebu and Palawan only. AirAsia Philippines offers travel to major Asian countries. In the Philippines routes include Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo, Palawan, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran. Cebu Pacific have some main Asian destinations, but their local coverage is extensive. Very budget friendly airline. Philippine Airlines is the flag carrier of the Philippines and has global destinations. Local coverage is extensive too, albeit more expensive. SkyJet Airlines has a special Batanes route on top of Manila, Boracay and Palawan. Fly Scoot , formerly TigerAir is another airline that mainly caters to Asian countries. Offers plenty of local destinations but not as e

At The Ruins, Talisay, Negros Occidental

I came across several interesting news feeds regarding The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Search for best hotels in Talisay . Seeing pictures and reading the reviews about it got my curiosity aroused and decided that I need to see the place up close and personal. Last Dec. 7, I invited my friend Ting to come with me. We left Bacolod around 12:30 PM via Bata Libertad jeepney. Great accommodations in Bacolod City . Upon arriving at Bata roughly 20 minutes later, we boarded a tricycle going to Hacienda Santa Maria. On the way, we were treated with the vibrant landscape full of sugarcane which is the main produce of the island. Oddly, the road we took is the same road going to the International Airport, which explains the presence of traffic lights in the middle of sugarcane farms! I find it odd as there's no traffic. A few more minutes and the remains of the mansion came into view. The Ruins used to be the biggest and grandest mansion in the province. The structure sits on a tot

Best Online Hotel Booking Services

If you're planning to have a vacation and in need of accommodation, Agoda is the perfect website to go to. It allows you to search for hotels in a specific location. It has a very neat interface for easy usage and provides a lot of information about the place like rooms and facilities. It comes with user ratings and feedback to help you decide which one to take. Another good thing is the huge discounts they give that's hard to beat. On top of these, they provide rewards/rebates if you do a reservation through them. Expedia and Traveloka are other options. So what are you waiting for, come and see the beautiful province of Iloilo , Philippines.

At One With Nature In Guimaras

Last Dec. 30, 2013, just a day before the new year, Ting and I went for a little adventure at Camp Alfredo , Guimaras. Search for great accommodation in Guimaras Island . We left Iloilo at around 9 am via ferry boat at Brgy. Ortiz. Its roughly a 15 minutes ride on rough seas. Stay in Iloilo City's best hotels . Upon arrival at the Jordan pier, we jumped into a Jordan jeepney making sure the driver knows where we are going and where he will exactly drop us. It's supposed to be less than 30 minutes ride, but our jeepney made a long stop at San Miguel market. However, the long wait is rewarded by the green scenery and fresh air when we resumed. As expected, we were dropped right in front of Camp Alfredo at Ravina. The concrete signage is a welcoming sign. You can immediately feel nature inviting you to come in. We climbed down a flight of stairs towards the session hall and bar. The session hall also doubles as a resto. We asked the person in charge of some questions about the zip

Bits And Pieces Of Cebu

The gang is back! Ting, Doods and I went to the lively island of Cebu last June 5, 2014. We arrived at  Mactan Cebu International Airport at around 4:30 PM. We were booked in Elegant Circle Inn conveniently located in front of Fuente Osmena Circle. After a brief rest, we went to Robinson's Place food court for dinner which is just nearby. Having had a hearty meal, we decided to check out Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu Business Park. And oh my, the establishment is imposing both in size and prices, haha. The next day we availed of the free breakfast at the hotel and transferred to Sampaguita Suites , along Mango Avenue. We slept for a few hours and at lunchtime Doods and I ate at the resto below the hotel. In the afternoon, Ting and I went out to hunt for Amway as we intend to buy Agri-chem, personal health, and perfume products. We went along Jakosalem Avenue but not able to find it. Finally, a friendly tenant in one of the business establishments is helpful enough to tell us that t

Lake Sebu, A Thrilling Experience Like No Other

Me and my travel buddies: Ting, Doods, and Joy, planned for an adventurous Mindanao break away. Doods, a well-traveled dude who spent some time in Surallah, South Cotabato proposed that we include Lake Sebu in our itinerary. Search for great accommodation in Lake Sebu . At first, I was skeptical as it is a considerable distance from Davao. But after researching online, my doubts cleared and all of the sudden, Lake Sebu must be our first destination. Experience the best hotels in Davao City . We touched base at Francisco Bangoy International Airport on Feb 21, 2014. Upon disembarkation, we immediately went straight for the Bulaong Bus Terminal. We took a quick lunch at a resto just across, then we prepared ourselves for the long bus ride ahead. I can sense the urgency to reach our destination and the excitement building up. After a few minutes of waiting, our non-stop travel towards Koronadal kicked off. Along the way, we noticed that there's a lot of road construction going on, ver

Samal, An Island Paradise

After our thrilling experience in Lake Cebu , the gang went back to Davao. Search for the best hotels in Davao City . We stayed at Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel , dubbed as the "unconventional hotel". The hotel is located in a residential area and is very accessible, it is just walking distance from the city's central business district and is surrounded by restos, malls, banks, etc. To me, what makes the hotel unconventional are the sculptures, painting,s and other artworks that decorate the hotel from the facade up to the rooms, courtesy of Mr. Kublai Ponce Millan an artist who happens to be the son of the hotel's manager. Joy with the artworks along the stairs of the Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel . The next day, the group split. Ting and I plan to go to Samal, while Doods and Joy decided to stay put and scour the city for good buys. Look for great accommodation on Samal Island . After taking a quick breakfast, we jump-start our little adventure by riding a jeepney towards

Quickie Trips In Negros Island

Ting had a seminar in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental last May 28, 2014. I resided in Bacolod for more than 3 years but never explored the other side of Negros island. I jumped on the opportunity to join her four days later. Search for best hotels in Dumaguete City . I took a Ceres bus in Bacolod's South Terminal. The shortest trip towards Dumaguete is via Mabinay route which is about 6 hours of travel time. Negros is mountainous and the road is winding up and down following the contours of the rolling hills. My eyes were treated with the beautiful landscape. Man, Negrosanons plant sugarcane everywhere and I mean everywhere, even at the very edges of the hills! I arrived in Dumaguete City at around 7 PM and went straight to Go Hotels to meet Ting there. After I checked-in, we hurriedly took a tricycle and went to Lab-as Seafood Restaurant and indulged on the fresh seafood that the place is known for. The resto's location is ideal for relaxing too because of the cool breeze and idyl

Enjoying The Mangrove, Bistro Ocean City And Red Paprika In A Day

Did you know that the Philippines has the second-highest number of mangrove species in the world? However, more than 70% of the total area has been lost to land development, pollution, and deforestation. This is a catastrophe as mangroves play very important roles in the ecosystem. Mangroves act as home and nursery to a large number of aquatic animals. According to studies, there are more fish in areas with mangroves compared to those that don't. Mangrove plants are also a source of wood, fuel, and medicine to locals and fodder to cattle. Recently it is also used in the commercial production of pulp, wood chip, and charcoal. Compared to an artificial seawall, mangroves offer natural protection against coastline erosion caused by waves and sedimentation. It may not stop storm surges but it minimizes the destruction and loss of life by absorbing most of the impact. During super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, the town of Palompon suffered minimal losses due to the presence of mangroves . S

Island Hopping In Pristine Palawan

The gang is on the move again, haha. This time, I, Ting, Doods, and Joy are going to Palawan , specifically targeting El Nido and the Underground River . Prior to the trip, I reserved a Quad Room in La Casa Teresa Beach Resort for 3 days and 2 nights. The resort is ideally located in Barangay Corong-Corong, just outside of El Nido town proper. The reservation includes free breakfast and van transport from the Puerto Princesa International Airport to the resort and back to Puerto Princesa City on the 3rd day. We also availed of their Tour A package worth 1,200 PHP per head. The package consists of island hopping, inclusive of buffet lunch and drinks, motorized “banca” to and from and life vests. Arriving at the airport on June 8, 2015, we found the van already waiting and along with the other tourists, off we go to El Nido. It was a long trip and midway, we made a stopover for lunch in an eatery. The scenery is beautiful along the road. All in all, it took around 6 hours to reach our

What's The Weather Today?

Located in the Pacific above the equator, the Philippines sits directly in the path of typhoons. And not just the type that puts you to sleep, but includes the strongest ever to make landfall: Yolanda . If you're not familiar, below is a documentary to give you an idea of the devastation. Because of this undeniable reality, its vital to stay informed of the latest weather update. This is especially true during the rainy season. There are lots of weather apps out there, guess what is the most accurate. AccuWeather , of course, haha. Their forecast is way better that PAGASA 's. What I like most is the hour by hour breakdown. Using it, you can schedule what time you'll go out fishing and come home without getting wet! It is free service but ad supported. Don't worry, the ads are non-intrusive and done in good taste. What's the weather on your place? Check it below: