Cagayan - We Found a Crocodile in Crocodile Island!


After that quick stop at Punta Verde, we proceeded to Crocodile island, the last stop of our island hopping adventure. I am quite excited to see this island as I'm puzzled as to why it was called as such. It only took us about 10 minutes to reach it as our boat just went with the waves, it was smooth sailing this time.

Blog Giveaway: Win Accommodation Vouchers from The Circle Hostel!

The Circle Hostel - Zambales

It's summer! It's time to bum on the sunny beach, enjoy the waves and get some tan! Once again, in partnership with The Circle Hostel, I'm giving away two (2) vouchers for an overnight hammock stay at any Circle Hostel branches (Zambales or La Union) to one (1) lucky winner. Experience the fun and meet new friends at The Circle Hostel!

Pampanga - Take Two! @ The 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta


Yes! I went back to Clark yesterday to witness the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It was just last Thursday when I had a colorful and delightful experience seeing the hot air balloons fly in the sky for the first time. Why I came back? It's for friendship's sake! My friends from high school asked me to join them. We were supposed to be 5, but when it's time for us to leave for Clark at around 3:00 AM, it was just me and Mark who showed up. Ahahaha! Anyway, we just decided to push through with the trip.

Cagayan - Meeting the Locals of Punta Verde, Palaui Island


After enjoying the prestine white sand beach of Anguib, we proceeded to Punta Verde located at the southeast tip of Palaui Island. It took us about 10-15 minutes to reach its shoreline. Upon arrival we were greeted by the fishermen from the small fishing community residing in the island. It was around 11:00 AM, they were busy fixing their boats and with their daily catch.

Pampanga: A Colorful and Delightful Experience at the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013


Today is the opening day of the biggest international aviation event in the Philippines, the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at OMNI Aviation Complex in Clark Special Economic Zone, Angeles City Pampanga. Together with my friend, Rob of robinspinzon.com, we arrived at the site just in time before the event starts.

Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana Cagayan - "Braving the Waves of the Pacific to this Pristine White Sand Beach"


Anguib Beach at last! I have braved the waves of South China Sea during our Nagsasa and Anawangin cove trips, as well as the wild ocean crossing Bohol Sea from Siquijor to Dumaguete, but I never thought that Palaui in the Pacific Ocean could still surprise me with its humongous waves. Hahaha! This is what we are trying to avoid, that's why we made sure that we start early to be able to finish our island hopping adventure by lunch time as the waves are expected to get ruthless by that time.

Weddings Abroad: Do’s and Don'ts


Getting married on a white sand beach, looking out to crystal clear waters, is the dream for many engaged couples. Choose a travel specialist when it comes to weddings abroad and you could realise that dream and enjoy the ultimate destination wedding.

Cagayan - Conquering the Picturesque Cape Engaño Lighthouse in Palaui Island


Inspired and envious by the photos I saw on the internet, I quickly said "yes" to an invitation of a friend to explore the island of Palaui. Why not? The island's dramatic coastlines, lush scenery, with rolling hills and jagged cliffs jutting out from the Pacific Ocean are enough reasons to convince me to endure the long travel to Sta. Ana, Cagayan, the jump-off to Palaui Island.

Vino de Coco, Eastern Visayas’ Finest Wine!


At the recently concluded Travel Tour Expo 2013 at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia, I got to taste Vino de Coco Wine from Tacloban City. At first I was a bit hesitant to try it because I'm not a wine drinker, but when I had a sip of the Sweet Red Coconut Wine variety, I liked it. It has clear, smooth and unique taste! Masarap! Promise!

Manila - Japan VS Finland at the 2013 Philippine International Pyromusical Competition


The skies of SM Mall of Asia were once again filled with bright colors and spectacular fireworks display as the 4th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition officially opened last night. It was Japan and Finland who showcased their exceptional artistry and technical skills as they treated the thousands of spectators to a pyrotechnic spectacle that kept everyone at awe.

Manila - "Temple Run", A Chinese New Year Photo Walk in Binondo with the Powerhouse G5 Group


On the day of Chinese Lunar New Year, my friends from the Powerhouse G5 group organized a photowalk around Binondo. Dubbed as "Temple Run", we roamed around the busy streets of the "Oldest Chinatown in the World" visiting temples, churches, watching lion dancers, checking on great bargains and eating at food stalls.

Pinoy Festivals: Moriones Festival 2013 Schedule of Events and Activities


The Moriones Festival is an annual colorful festival held during Holy Week in the island of Marinduque. It is a week-long celebration that starts from Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. Moriones is derived from the word "Morion", which literally means "mask" or "visor", replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks.

HOTELS IN MANILA: Ramada Manila Central, "Binondo's First Four-star International-standard Hotel"


It's been a while since I last checked-in at a "high-end" hotel. That's why I am so delighted when Ramada Manila Central in Binondo Manila invited me to try their hotel during their Chinese New Year celebration last weekend. Being a budget traveler, it's quite an experience to stay in a classy accommodation such as this. I love it's stylish and ambient atmosphere, a needed rest from my usual budget accommodation routine.

Manila - Kung Hei Fat Choi! "Discover Binondo" by Ramada Manila Central


Kung Hei Fat Choi! Together with other bloggers and members of the media, we were invited by Ramada Manila Central to join their Chinese New Year celebration in Binondo, Manila. Ramada Manila Central is the first and only International Standard Hotel located at the heart of historic Binondo. I've been here many times, but this is the first time I'll be experiencing Lunar Chinese New Year right in the heart of the World's Oldest Chinatown! I 'luv et!

Join Arcobaleno Trailoutours' "31 trips in 5 Days" in Marinduque on March 27 – 31, 2013!


Got any plans this Holy Week? Join Arcobaleno Trailoutours' "31 trips in 5 Days" in Marinduque on March 27 – 31, 2013! Experience the famous Moriones Festival and enjoy the beauty of the island's food, beaches, mountains, caves, islands, churches and many more. This one epic trip will surely be an adventure of a lifetime! Don't miss it!

Aklan - Spending an Afternoon at Jawili Falls and Beach and Tangalan Chuch


Since I don't have anything to do after all the festivities at the Ati-atihan Festival has ended, the whole afternoon of my 4th and final day in Aklan was spent in the town of Tangalan. Located just 45 minutes away from Kalibo, I spent my time here just taking photos, relaxing at the beach and visiting the church.

Weekend in Pila, Laguna, “A Town Declared a National Historical Landmark”

Pila Laguna
Pila Laguna

The heritage town of Pila Laguna is one of the places I've been wanting to visit. I want to see the well-preserved houses in the town that dates back to the Spanish time. So, when my friend, Tof of Project Lakwatsa invited me for a quick visit to Pila this weekend, I didn't think twice and just said yes. From Manila, we took a bus bound for Sta. Cruz and after 2 hours, we reached the poblacion of Pila.

Airphil Express flies Manila to Basco (Batanes) starting May 2013


Ito na ang katuparan ng pangarap ko! It's been out in the social media that Airphil Express will soon be flying the Manila-Basco (Batanes) Route effective May 2013; with 3 flights a week! Yahoo!!! I'm sure it will be a lot CHEAPER and AFFORDABLE!!! Now that there's already a competition, its time to break the monopoly of small airline companies operating this route.

Aklan - A Walk in the Lush Mangroves at Kalibo's Bakhawan Eco Park


During my recent trip to Kalibo, Aklan for the Ati-atihan Festival, we were able to do a side trip to the Bakhawan Eco-Park located at Barangay Bachaw Sur, Kalibo Aklan. It's a 220-hectare Mangrove forest of reclaimed land created by the Kalibo Save the Mangrove Association.