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CEBU: Oslob – Whale Shark Watching / Swimming

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I just got back from a quick trip from Cebu. I’m still feeling nostalgic and excited of what seems to be a spontaneous trip. No planning needed just a spark of the moment. I asked myself what I really wanna do, I have been to Cebu but wasn’t able to explore the place, so when I got the chance to visit it again, I have some list of the things I really wanna do,

  1. The canyoneering in Kan-laob
  2. The whale watching in Oslob

Since I’m pressed on time and haven’t researched on the canyoneering, I decided to just take the whale watching in Oslob which from the blogs I read, it is doable on a day tour, you just have to be early in Oslob to avoid the crowd.

So it’s decided, we’re going to Oslob! We had to set the alarm and wake up around 4:00am to prepare and be on the bus terminal as early as possible to avoid traffic around the city.

At exactly 5:30am our bus leaves the terminal, travel time is about 3.5 hrs don’t worry you won’t miss your stop since the location is just along the highway and you can tell the conductor your stopping at the whale shark watching ground.

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There are several establishment offering bundled services for the whale shark watching and a side trip to Tumalog Falls

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The experience is surreal and amazing being able to swim with a gentle giant, but please be warned that locals and tourist should follow the rules given by the guides in order to protect Β the whale sharks. Let’s all be responsible and do our share to protect them.

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Tourist are given 30mins to watch and swim with whale sharks just enough to experience their beauty and enough for you to get sun burned. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ If your going to swim, you are not allowed to use sunblock or sun screen.

 

I had the best time with the experience being able to see these animals. This is a must do in Oslob but please, follow the guidelines and enjoy the moment.

How to get to OSLOB for Whale Shark Watching/Swimming

 

  • Go to the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, which is ~30 minutes from the Mactan airport (~P300), then hop on an Oslob-bound bus (~P155, 3 hours).
  • If you want to go whaleshark watching straight away, ask to be dropped off at Bgy. Tan-awan, which is conveniently along the highway.

Enjoy swimming with the whale sharks!

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Solo Trip: Puerto Prinsesa Palawan 2015 – Half Day Tour

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This is supposedly a “barkada” getaway, but as the the travel date near, one by one, is starting to have their “thing” and I was left “the last man standing”. Instead of cancelling the trip, I did push for it, and I told myself this is the opportunity for me to check one of my bucketlist “to travel solo someplace I’ve never been“. I have a few doubts on this trip, since I’ll be traveling alone. Of course, the expense, since I’m alone, I have to shoulder all the expense all by myself TT_____TT and I have no one to depend on this trip but myself. Anyways, those are just my concern, but with determination I just did it. I packed my bags, go and just make it work.

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Review: Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn Puerto Princesa Palawan

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It’s my first time to travel to Palawan and to travel solo. I don’t know what to expect but I must admit its a good feeling to have finally travel solo. Since it’s my first solo trip, of course I have to make sure of my safety hihiihih… I may have over budget for my accommodation but its worth it! I booked a standard room with FREE breakfast and complimentary pick-up from the airport.Β  When I arrived I was greeted by one of their staff and we headed back to the hotel.

One minor issue with them is during my booking, they have provided me with a different computation for my room reservation. I have deposited 50% for the reservation of the room and availed of their Underground River Tour. This was easily settled and corrected by the person who is in charge.

When I got to the hotel, friendly staff greeted me with a big smile. After explaining the policy I was sent to my room for the next 3 days.

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HongKong: Ngong Ping – Big Buddha

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One of the places we visited is the Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau Island, where you’ll find the Big Buddha, a walk to the Ngong Ping Villa and up to the Big Buddha, will give you a perspective of greener part of HongKong and you feel a lot closer to nature.

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IMG_4777How to get there: Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is adjacent to MTR’s Tung Chung Station. It is a two-minute walk from Exit B of the station.

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Review: Grumpy Joe Baguio

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I first saw Grumpy Joe on Facebook and I told myself that I have to try their food, but they are only located in Baguio which I haven’t been to, ever in my life. So when I got he chance to go to Baguio for a quick trip before 2014 ends, and who knows when will I be back again, so I must try it no matter what. It’s on my list of the food places that I have to try in Baguio.

So after a long day of walking uphill, downhill the city (which is I don’t mind at all since the whether is cold), we’re totally famished, the last real food that we had is breakfast, so we wanted to really eat something good. After walkingΒ  around Camp John Hay, we’re supposed to check out 50’s Diner (on my list too) but were 15th on the waiting list and we can’t wait anymore since we are already starving, good thing that Grumpy Joe is just beside 50’s Diner.

By the time we got there, the place is full, there’s no queue but we still need to wait a few minutes before we got seated. IMG_6371
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Year End Escapade: City of Pines – Baguio City

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It’s been on my travel list to visit Baguio City, so before 2014 ends and another year will past, I have to make it happen even for a short 3-day trip to the City of Pines. What it makes it more memorable, its my first time to visit Baguio and yes I have waited this long to visit this place. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s worth the wait. They say Baguio has changed over the years and that is expected, if a place is also growing in terms of tourism and modernization. I think what makes it special is the location. Philippines is known to be a tropical country and Baguio is one of the place where the weather is colder from the rest of the cities in the country, that’s why it is also called Summer Capital of the Philippines.

My friends and I decided to have a quick trip last December, which is also a peak season in Baguio, since its a long holiday vacation, we went there right after Christmas, expecting that there were only few tourist by that time and probably most people are going back to Manila to prepare for New Year’s Eve, I guess we’re wrong, again charge to experience. ^__^ You know you’re almost there, if you start to see foggy roads, you can barely see if there are any cars coming, now I know why its dangerous to travel at night if you do not know the place but I’m getting excited already! ^__^v

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How to get to Baguio: Take Victory Liner Bus going to Baguio, travel time is 6 to 8 hours. Fare depends on the type of bus, budget is around 400php to 700php one-way

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Back to my happy place: Boracay 2014

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Last year I was also here, I would say Boracay is my favorite place that I would always go back to. It’s like being in an island that’s is full of people but still enjoy the island life. What made this different is that I’ll be spending this vacation with my friends back in high school. This is our first time to travel outside of our comfort place since we graduated from high school andΒ  started our own careers. We planned an all girls vacation for us to bond and enjoy, since we’re all tied to our own careers. Chos! But unfortunately some wasn’t able to join us due to some commitments.. Chos! Oh well the vacation has to go on, since we have booked the tickets and booked the accommodation already, we can’t back out now. I really need this vacation to just be away from all the stress from work and just enjoy my short vacation with my girlfriends. I also wanted to push this trip since this is the first time for my friends to visit Boracay. Iwanted them to see and experience for themselves why I love Boracay.

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Review: La Carmela de Boracay

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I have no word, but KUDOS to the whole team of La Carmela. I really enjoyed my 4 days stay here. Remember we booked this thru Boracay Best Deals, we are here and we got a surprise treat from them too. We got an additional two passes for our breakfast buffet. Awesome! πŸ˜€Β  The whole process from check-in was fast, they will only require you to have a security deposit of 2,000php which is refundable after your stay. We booked a Standard Room at La Carmela which is not bad after all, since the room is clean and and the bed is comfortable.

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HongKong: Wong Tai Sin

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Upon arriving HongKong, we hurriedly went to the guesthouse where we will be staying for2 nights, we left our luggage and head out to our first destination which is the Wong Tai Sin Temple. I don’t know why I always include at least one temple on my itinerary, It’s probably because Wong Tai Sin Temple is a temple for making wishes? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ well there’s nothing wrong, since my wish might just came true! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Wong Tai Sin Temple is a well known shrine and major tourist attraction in Hong Kong. The Taoist temple is famed for the many prayers answered: “What you request is what you get” via a practice called kau cim.

Credit to the Owner

Credit to the Owner


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Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and The Petronas Tower

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Just like in my previous post Malaysia is our unexpected trip, we got a FREE accommodation in a 5-star hotel so, we grabbed the opportunity to visit this place since we planned to visit KL last year during our trip in Singapore but it did not happen.

So finally we’re here and ready to explore the place and see what Malaysia “truly Asia” has to offer. Low cost carriers like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia arrived in KLIA- LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal).Β We arrived in Malaysia at midnight and since its a budgeted trip, we just decided to spend the night at the airport. The agony of waiting in the airport with only steel chairs to get some sleep, priceless (hahaha).

After taking some uncomfortable sleep, we headed to KL Sentral to start our day. We took Aeroline bus to KL Sentral at MYR8 (one-way), the ride going to KL Sentral to took us around 45 minutes, next thing we knew is that we are already in KL Sentral. Since we’ll be starting our adventure early and it’s still early for checking-in to the hotel, its a good thing that there are lockers in KL Sentral where can you leave your luggage while you explore Malaysia, the locker that we rented is MYR10, price rent depends on the size of the bag, price ranges from MYR5 to MYR20 (not bad! for a hassle free walking around KL).

We had our breakfast first, before heading to our first stop the Batu Caves. Good thing that the train is not to crowded, but it took us 45 minutes to wait for the train going to Batu Caves.When you arrive the Batu Cave station you will instantly see the human monkey and you arrived your final destination.

The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people.

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