Monday, 24 August 2015

My Weekend Staycation | May 2015

Just few weeks before my trip to Indonesia, I get to start the month right with this. Our yearly staycation, not really far away from home. 

Sunset and ocean breeze, 
Makes my heart at ease. 









What a great beginning month of May after all the hard work :)

Monday, 4 May 2015

Labuan Trip : 17th April 2015


After birthday week weekend getaway. Of conversation, food, drinks, with family and friends. And made a friend with a kitty cat. Pictures to sum up everything. 
 








Sunday, 22 March 2015

Daytrip to Pagsanjan Waterfalls

Another throwback story to share.

A day after coming back from Kalibo to Manila. I think it was our last day there. We had a change of plans to go for a day trip to Pagsanjan Waterfalls instead. 

Yet again, a zombie mode for all of us as we barely had enough sleep. 

We didn't want to waste time getting stuck in the traffic jam, so we were up early to have our favourite Filipino breakfast before our family driver came.


Long way on a highway, everyone know how bad traffic jam can be in a busy, congested city. It's always nice to find delicious snacks on our pit stop to the convenient store/gas station/comfort room. 

We all shared this.
Baked and cheesy! 


And just had to snap this because we were stucked in traffic and obviously I was bored in the van. 


On the highway in Laguna,
To where we were finally in the city of Calamba. 

Passed through rice fields, hills and mountains. Signboards and lots of swimming pool places. Or whatever you call them. 

Rey finally dropped us to this one small jetty. We were all equipped with head gear and safety vest. Can't believe I was so game on doing that kind of adventure. 

It was my very first time on a really long but small 'bangka' boat. 



We were seated on the boat. Cruising the river, passing through small streams and mini waterfalls. It was a hot day and I simply could not deny the heat. But the splashing waters made it bearable.

We finally got to where the main waterfall was. We were asked to seat on a 'rakit' and hold on tight to it. Pulled to the water falls. The water pressure was crazy! We were then rested awhile inside the cave before a part two pressure hit us. 

For not being a water baby myself, it was one of a kind experience! 
So much drama to even after the boat ride. Hate to recall it. I don't even want to mention it here.

Lunch was waiting.
We were starving, everyone was super quiet up until we have finished our food. 

Always love this Pinoy lunch combination.



Up next...

You readers probably knew I have been to the Philippines a few times now but I never have the guts to even try this popular 'balot' egg. So this blurry vision of this place was the witness to my first time. It was not bad at all, trust me.


I want a different kind of experience the next time I am in the Philippines again.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Uno Noche in Boracay Part 2

Clock's ticking as the fun times always end too soon. Few more hours to breathe in here. 


Woke up from Loco Frio's frozen cocktail slumber the night before. It was probably Bailey's and Rum. I can't recall exactly what was the concoctions but it was good.  A must try drink only in Boracay. 

Packed everything, showered and ready for breakfast. Breakfast at the hotel was typical Filipino ones I like. Corned beef, egg, rice and yellow watermelon on my plate. And oh, O.J to quench the thirst! Happy me, happy tummy! :)


We had another day to enjoy till sunset before going back to Kalibo. 

Puffy clouds, sun shines, crystal clear waters and white sandy beach makes a happy feet. It's amazing I am no longer allergic to sands. Or maybe just this beach? Pero siempre a beautiful morning to begin with.


Strolling down the beach, 
One end to another, 
It gave us the itch, 
Calamansi muffin, we are in search for. 

So we finally found 'Real Coffee and Tea Cafe'. We just had to try the best of what they have to offer. Had a really nice  brew of warm coffee and their famous muffin. While we were enjoying the best breakfast view, imagine sitting upstairs, front blue water and sandy beach, I saw a picture of Marc Nelson, a famous tv host in the Philippines. Found he was a regular there, yes that 'gwapo'. *smiles*



Walked around D'Mall again and ate this Mango Flavoured Ice Cream with Cherries on top. Just my kind of dessert on the go. So many things to look at and man, those temptations to shop was there but we were on budget and I had to control myself. 




While some of us went for a temporary tattoo, I went for a hair braid instead. Asked for a 'Alicia Keys kind of half hair braid'. Summer time hair style ala Boracay, goes well with a tube top. 

While I was waiting to get my hair done, I get to feast my eyes with this at the next table. And this little local girl playing with the rubber hair band, trying to seek my attention.



Spot this art in Boracay...


And be reminded to be an ocean mindedHad yet another round of drinks at Epic before lunch time. Just chilling out with conversations. While lunch time was packed with humans and no more available tables and seats left , we had to settle on Andok's food, which was not too bad at all. 





Last drink was at Bom Bom Bar before our cafe hopping in Boracay end. We were lucky enough to be entertained by a famous Boracay All Star named Ferns Tosco that afternoon. I was instantly a fan of hers singing her song 'Island Called Boracay'. I was kind of regretted that I didn't bought her signed cd that day. But oh, well.



If only you could wake up to this every single day of your life. Scorching hot weather I could live with. My heart says yes but I've got life other than this. 

Last view, last touch....


And last sunset.
Yes, on the boat.
Makes my heart skips a beat.


We bid farewell to a short but fun journey in Boracay, never the less.

Starting to get darker as the bus drove by. I could see sea waves crashing down below as we've reached to a higher height of the road, from my window seat. 

We were back in Kalibo again for the night. Had Spaghetti Bolognese at the hotel's restaurant for dinner.



And up for an early morning flight to Manila the next day.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Una Noche in Boracay Part 1

This is a throwback story of mine, when my homies and I boarded a plane to the Philippines on the 25th of February 2014. 

A year has passed, where I made a sort of last minute decision for the trip to Boracay, Philippines. I was kind of lucky as I got a cheaper flight ticket so I've decided to just go with the flow. We were on board AirAsia airplane from home, Kota Kinabalu, to Manila's Terminal 4 airport. After we have landed, we actually have few hours to kill before our next flight to Kalibo. It was a pleasant flight although the domestic terminal airport was not really a pretty sight. We went to SM Mall of Asia right after by taxi to have some lunch and some prepaid card for a new cellphone/handphone number.

Another flight and it was already dark when we've reached the small town of Kalibo. And ride came to send us to our hotel which was just minutes away.

Pretty sweet for just few hours eh?


The next day, we were already up like super duper early in order not to miss the bus to Caticlan. But due to some miscommunication or whatsoever, the bus left us. Wasted our time and we barely had enough sleep. We got the chance to chat a bit with the locals while waiting for another arrangement to be made. Oh the drama! Our travel agent got us a private car driver to drive us up to Caticlan instead of waiting for another bus instead. Roller coaster road ride all the way but it was so worth it, the view was so awesome. I bet if you booked a direct flight, plus it super expensive compared to ours, you won't get to witnessed this. It's a long way but yes, it's an adventure I rather go for.

Reached Caticlan Jetty for a few minutes boat ride and we have arrived in the island called Boracay.


This is where we've spent a night. Yes, for just one night. The Club Ten Beach Resort Boracay. It has a big room, with 3 Queen sized bed, a toilet/bathroom and there's a loft. There's no swimming pool here, no beach front view and we need to walk in by feet from the main road since it's only a small walk way. But access to the sandy White Beach is pretty near in front too. And they served breakfast as well so no worries.


As soon as we've checked in, we walked down to the streets heading to Boracay' s sandy White Beach, which was just a few walks away. The beach was undeniably beautiful. It was a perfect time and the weather was too. I do admit at times, it gets pretty crowded and those salespeople trying to get you buy their products, and it's annoying enough. But that did not ruined everything. It was a happening area to begin with. 

We didn't want to waste anymore time, so we've made a quick plan to go for a cliff diving trip at Ariel's Point. It's actually another small island we get to go by another boat ride. While on the boat, we get to enjoy free flow of soft drink, beer and liquor. And yes, drinks made strangers get together. Get to know some locals, English, American and Korean friends while at it. 

This place was even beautiful as it own. So many activities to do here. I was mesmerized by the whole scenic view there is. But we came here for just one main thing. It's 'the jump'. It took me quite some (well a lot) of time to finally did it. That few minutes of hesitation ended with guts and not thinking too much. I let go of my fear of heights. That one and only jump. Without those words of encouragement from my loved ones and strangers, I don't think I would even want to be at the edge of the cliff. Some guy even volunteer to save me from drowning . Oh how sweet! But yeah, there's life guard on stand by there. *grin* Not everyone are daring enough to do it, when some prefer just to chill around. 


I had the best buffet lunch enjoying local dishes there. San Miguel Light makes it even sweeter. Good food with great company. And a great place to just take nap, soak in the water, drink and mingle with people all over the globe. What more can you ask for?  I don't think I ever drink that much if it was here back home. Spend the whole afternoon till almost sunset there.


 
Had a little conversation with a Korean lady, who came with his husband and son, on the boat ride back. It was so nice to get to share stories about where we came from and how is it like here and there. I took a picture with her and hopefully we'll crossed path again someday.

Walked all the way to Jonah's for a snack. And it was packed. We got a seat of course. Fruit shake, shake, shake! All the way till sunset baby! 


We chose the purrrfectttt setting.
But without a romantic date. What a waste, haha! 

This view was right in front.
Sunset view of Willy's Rock.
I want a pre-wedding pictures here please? :p

Ok enough about that.


Went back to the hotel to take some shower and rest. And out about to search something delicious for dinner again. 

We were spoilt with choices but we only have a tummy to be filled. There's too much, a bit pricey food in Boracay compared to Manila if you ask me. But oh well, we are on vacation so why not. We went round and round and round till we decided to just settle for Pamana restaurant for dinner.









See?
Food was delicious! It did not disappoint.

Initial plan was to party a bit late but we had to call the night off for a much needed sleep and a sore from the jump earlier on.