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    Northern Mindanao Experience – CDO water rafting

    It was the last day of our Northern Mindanao trip. And what a great way to end it by doing the most popular activity that Cagayan de Oro is known for – white water rafting. We ate a hearty breakfast at a nearby fast food chain. Our excitement was growing by the minute while we were eating. Then, around 7 am, our ride from Bugsay River Rafting arrived in this long jeep with our boats and gears on top. The team picked up their other customers from different destinations before going to their main office for us to register, pay and sign a waiver. It took us more than 1…

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    Northern Mindanao Experience – White Island and Bukidnon

    We woke up early the following morning. We ate our breakfast and prepared our stuff. Upon check out, our driver was already waiting for us. This was our last day on the island. But before we leave Camiguin, we visited White Island. White Island is actually a sand bar. When on the island, both Mount Hibok Hibok and Mt. Vulcan can provide a great background for pictures. There are no trees or makeshift tents, so it is advisable to go there early in the morning to avoid the scorching sun. We reached the jump off point by 6 AM. While waiting for our boat (our travel agent already assigned us…

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    Northern Mindanao Experience – Camiguin Island

    I was lucky enough to score a less than thousand peso round trip fare ticket for two going to Cagayan de Oro. I decided to tag along my husband as our post wedding travel. Since the only thing we know about in Cagayan de Oro is its famous water rafting activity, we decided to do a side trip in Camiguin Island and Bukidnon province. We found a travel agency which could accommodate our 3D2N itinerary. WonderEscapes Travel and Tour scored the best deal amongst other agencies we had inquired because it came with an affordable package and the itinerary we were looking for. We arrived at Laguindingan Airport at around…

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    i ♥ bohol (day 3) RE POST

    June 6, 2010 Last day. time flies when you are having fun… 🙁 I woke up at 7am.. while my friends were still sleeping, I decided to take a morning stroll along the beach. As usual, it was a fine day. When the rest of us were already awake, we ate our breakfast and took turns taking shower. Kuya Tatsky’s younger brother arrived early. and we were not yet ready.. yikes.. We checked out and paid our remaining bill balance. At around 9:30am, we started our last tour… Our first stop was the Bohol Bee Farm! Oh, the place was a delight! We paid 20 pesos for the entrance fee.…

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    Hello Ilocos! (Part 3)

    Day 3 It was the last day of our Ilocos trip. As much as we want to stay longer in this place, time cannot permit it to be so. There were still so much to explore in Ilocos. Before we head home, we made our last stop in Laoag which was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. What made it stand out was a uniquely shaped limestone formation on the rocky coast of Burgos. It is as if a ship had been push ashore by the crashing waves.   Unfortunately, we were already forbidden to go near it. It was because the locals were trying to prevent vandalism from visitors. They would…

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    Hello Ilocos (Part 2)

    Day 2 – Laoag We woke up early and had breakfast before we started our second day tour. Our first stop was the Bangui Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. I was so excited to see these things up close. I thought these were only found in other countries, but it was a good thing that we had them here in the Philippines. These were built in order to have an alternative source of  renewable energy for the region. The wind mills were built on a shoreline off Bangui Bay. All 20 of them are formed a line. I was really awestruck to see these structures.  There were also lots…

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    Hello Ilocos! (Part 1)

    Ilocos had been included in my “must-travel” list. It is located in the northern part of Luzon. It can be reached either by plane, bus or self driven car. If via air travel, it could take about an hour from Manila. If by land, it could take 9-10 hours, without traffic. A group tour via land travel is one inexpensive way to explore Ilocos. We picked Esquieres Travel and Tours to arrange our 3D/2N tour in Ilocos. The package tour included : – 2 nights accommodation in North Ridge Resort (with daily breakfast) – round trip transfer from Manila to Ilocos and vice versa – entrance fees on some sites –…

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    Ramada Manila Central – A Classy Hotel in Chinatown!

    When this hotel was still under construction, I thought that this would be my hotel of choice for my wedding preparation. Its location is just merely a few steps away from Binondo Church, so there was no need to panic about being late for the ceremony. 🙂  This hotel opened its doors to the public in year 2012. Located in the heart of Chinatown, its proximity to restaurants, malls, and historical sites makes exploring Manila more convenient and accessible. (photo credit from Extreme Details Photography) The front desk allowed us an ocular tour of their different room types before we book a room. There were four kinds : superior, deluxe,…

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    Breathtaking Pinatubo !

    I had been wanting to go to Mount Pinatubo since 2011. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a companion to go with, since most tour packages require a group, not to mention it would be more expensive if ever it would be a tour by only two people. Then the right time came. Last May 24, 2014, I, my husband and a group of colleagues were able to venture to an exhausting yet exhilarating trek to the majestic volcano. Our tour was arranged by one of our companion. We chose Mount Pinatubo Tour Homestay Phils., as they offer the better package than the other agencies we had sourced. The agency…

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    i ♥ bohol (part 2)

    june 5 second day! we woke up at around 5am, in anticipation of another day of adventure. we barely ate breakfast because there was no hot water available in the dispenser. we just bought bottled water and grabbed a bite of the bread we had bought from the supermarket. our guide, kuya vito was right on time at 6am, with his little assistant. we embarked on his boat named aldrin. it was pretty exciting to take a trip via boat early in the morning. we took pictures as we go to the spot were dolphins can be sighted. after waiting for a few minutes, we were joining other boats, looking…

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