Saturday, April 30, 2011

I want/need a limited edition man

25 things to do in the Philippines

1. Go white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro.

2. Visit Batanes.

3. See Mt. Mayon up close.

4. Swim with the whale sharks in Donsol.

5. Climb Mt. Pulag and be awed by its sea of clouds.

6. Dive, swim and explore Palawan’s underground river.

7. Hike and let the view of Mt. Pinatubo crater take your breath away.

8. Party in your bikini in Boracay.

9. Surf’s up! Choose your wave—La Union, Zambales or Real, Quezon.

10. Missed out on the pristine beauty of Boracay 15 years ago? Visit Malapascua, Cebu.

11. Dive and see the rich marine life of Anilao, Batangas.

12. Travel back in time—go to Vigan.

13. Let Bohol wow you with its many offerings—the Chocolate Hills, the tarsier, the Loboc River Cruise, old churches and the beach.

14. Go high! Drive to the Mountain Province of Sagada. Check out the caves, the hanging coffins and enjoy the laidback lifestyle.

15. Grab a Viaje del Sol map, visit Ugu Binyan’s pottery studio, eat at Kusina Salud and unwind at Casa San Pablo.

16. Spend an entire week up north. Take a road trip from Manila to Vigan, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Aparri and Isabela!

17. Try wakeboarding in Camsur.

18. Check out Malate, Old Manila and all their secret spots.

19. There are many reasons to love Davao. Kublai’s artworks, its proximity to the beach, the tasty pastil and juicy suha. And did I mention that it’s a smoke-free city?

20. Spend a weekend roughing it in Anawangin and Capones in Zambales.

21. Check out our colorful fiestas and document them with your camera. Ati-atihan, Dinagyang, Masskara, Sinulog, Higantes, Panagbenga and more.

22. Pick your own strawberries at the Strawberry Fields in La Trinidad, Benguet.

23. Go to Pampanga for sisig.

24. If it’s too hot in Manila, grab a few friends and take a quick trip to Tagaytay.

25. Enjoy a food trip in Iloilo. You’ll never go hungry in this city.


The list is from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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So far, I did 14/25! Not Bad.... Time to travel more! :)

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Why is it hard to remove this sadness I'm feeling right now? :|

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cagayan De Oro- White water Rafting

A month ago, I spent my birthday in a place I've never been before- Cagayan De Oro City.

The city known for White Water rafting; and yes, we went there for that reason alone. Because mom wants to raft again... :) It was my mom 2nd time while me and dad's 1st.
When trying out White water rafting, there are several rafting companies offering packages costing from P700-3000 depending on the level you want to try (Beginner, Advance, Extreme). Sadly, I wanted to try the extreme level however after calling 5 companies, no schedules are available since they weren't able to have the minimum number of people for the extreme rafting. So we ended up with Red raft company and doing the advance level.


This was our ride Jeep carrying our rafts


Quick detour at Makahambus Cave (a once hideout of Filipino during the Phil-American war)


Me and dad

At the other side of the cave, you can view the stretch of Cagayan De Oro river


Funny how small the world is, one lady from the other group who was with us in the jeep was a former classmate at DLSU. We said Hi with each other and made some chitchat. But I regret not getting her names. oops.

Without further ado.. let the photos tell the story..


Instructions Instructions!


One of our guide!




High Five!


Surf's up!



A nature's wonder!


Big rocks+ me= JUMP JUMP JUMP!


A total of 4 hours of rafting, 21 rapids + extras, and a whole day in the sun, made us all tired and hungry. Finally, we were able to finish the rafting and drop at the end point where lunch awaits!

Sugpo, inihaw na manok and inihaw na isda! (sorry, I ate already before I remember to take picture! haha :))

After lunch, I saw these kids jumping over the bridge and decided to ask our guides if its safe and if we can also do it... and he said yes!


hahaha and so BASE JUMPING it is!


It's almost 15 meters high! and the scary thing about it was we didn't know if there are rocks below it. The kids didn't have any worries since they weigh much lighter and wouldn't submerse that much. So the guide asked us to wear our vest as precaution so that we wouldn't reach the river's floor.




It was definitely an adventurous day at CDO! But then again, one must pay for the fun...


Sunburn!Tan!

I'm starting to love traveling around the Philippines! So much potential, so much to experience, so much to see, it's such a waste why we, Filipinos never see the beauty of our own land! I promise, traveling locally is much cheaper and fun too!


Till the next one! :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Adele Turning Tables




Close enough to start a war,
All that I have is on the floor,
God only knows what we're fighting for,
All that I say, you always say more,

I can't keep up with your turning tables,
Under your thumb, I can't breathe,

So I won't let you close enough to hurt me,
No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me,
I cant give you the heart you think you gave me,
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables,
To turning tables,

Under haunted skies I see you, ooh,
Where love is lost, your ghost is found,
I braved a hundred storms to leave you,
As hard as you try, no, I will never be knocked down,

I can't keep up with your turning tables,
Under your thumb, I can't breathe,

So I won't let you close enough to hurt me,
No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me,
I cant give you the heart you think you gave me,
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables,
Turning tables,

Next time I'll be braver,
I'll be my own savior,
When the thunder calls for me,
Next time I'll be braver,
I'll be my own savior,
Standing on my own two feet,

I won't let you close enough to hurt me,
No, I won't ask you, you to just desert me,
I can't give you the heart you think you gave me,
It's time to say goodbye to turning tables,
To turning tables,
Turning tables, yeah,
Turning, yeah, ooh.


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This song is just perfect for me (right now)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

short update

I've been in stress mode these past few weeks but thankfully, this Coron getaway is just what I need to sort out things on my mind. Hopefully, I'll be back with a clearer head, a set of decisions, and with that perfect tan. :)





Have a safe Holy Week everyone.. and enjoy the break till we all can! :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Traditional noodles, HK

This noodles restaurant is one of our faves in Hong Kong. Especially since when we came in Hong Kong it was actually cold and the hot noodles are just what we needed.




Noodles costs about 20-38 HKD and one serving can be for sharing.
and you can actually choose how spicy you want it to be. xiao la (not so spicy), tsong la (semi-spicy), ta la (very spicy). For me, tsong la is already spicy enough (FYI: I have high tolerance for spicy) and be ready to bring tissue for your runny nose after the spicy meal!



YUMMY!


How to get there:

Traditional Noodles Restaurant
3 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay Hong kong