The good thing about One Way Hostel is that it is so near to the Republic Square and it's awesome coz you can just explore around the city by foot! My favorite thing to do, WALKING!

So, Republic Square contained the great architectures of different landmarks:

  1. Government House 1 - The building is home to the Government of Armenia (the council of government ministers and not the entire executive branch). It originally housed the People's Commissariat (the executive of Soviet Armenia). The north-western portion, built in 1926-29, was designed by Alexander Tamanian. The construction of the rest of the building was taken up by Gevorg Tamanian, Alexander's son, in 1938 and finished in 1941. (Source Wikipedia)
  2. Museum Building - The buildings began in the 1950s with the National Gallery building being completed in 1977. It was designed by Mark Grigorian and Eduard Sarapian. A small portion of the ensemble, the Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall, dates back to 1916.
  3. Armenia Mariott Hotel - It was completed in 1958 according to the design of Mark Grigorian and Eduard Sarapian. The hotel was called Armenia during the Soviet period. A luxury hotel, it is considered the flagship hotel of Armenia. It has 380 rooms.
  4. Government House 2 - The building was designed by Samvel Safaryan, Rafael Israelyan, Varazdat Arevshatyan and completed in 1955. The friezes above first-floor windows are incomplete. The building was home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1996 and 2016.
  5. Trade Unions and Communications Building - Built in 1933 -1956, it was designed by Mark Grigorian and Eduard Sarapian. The building was home to Ministry of Transport and Communications until 2016.

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Afte exploring the beautiful place of Tsakhgadzor, we went to Sevan Lake where the Sevanavank Monastery towered over it. There's a nearby restaurant where we enjoyed a sumptuous lunch.

One of the things you get to enjoy is the panoramic view while witnessing the beauty of this Christian Country! Monasteries and Churches would be one of the highlights in your trip to Armenia!

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Next on the list is Dubai's Desert Safari! Yep, I had to experience the ride!!!

Remeber Yanie? My friend who's been my tour guide in Day 1? Yep, she booked me a Desert Safari Tour. And yes, I was accompanied by my great traveler friend Des, with Sy and Ate H.

But, before we went to Desert Safari, I had a trip to Dubai Museum and the Old Dubai Structures. Amazing, how the two worlds are in the same Emirate. Yep. There's a glimpse of the old Dubai.

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I have been traveling since last year, within the Philippines and even outside the country. I have been curious about other countries' food, culture, places, and keen on completing the list of countries I want to visit. As of this writing I have already visited five countries. And more in the next months and years! Yep, Β I am believing for it! I am claiming it! And this post also manifests my BIG Thanks to God and universe for enabling me! Sharing proofs and posts below! πŸ™‚

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I've heard about Tinago Falls ages ago. I've always wanted to visit her majestic beauty but wasn't able to until yesterday. A chance arose and I grabbed it. 

While I was too excited to visit Tinago Falls in the City of Majestic Waterfalls, I don't know which way to go. Hahaha I've never been there, and no one is with me to guide. Thanks to the people whom I've asked for directions which enabled me to get there. 

At the arrival area, there's a registration desk. You just have to pay P25.00 for the entrance, and the rest of the expenses can be paid down there (yep, down there), that's why it's called Tinago (hidden). Because you have to descend in approximately four hundred thirty six steps down to see the falls. 

I browsed the net for instructions how to get to Tinago Falls, but I didn't find one, so I decided to write one, to help those who wish to go there.

I will just narrate from where we were:

1. From MSU IIT, ride a jeepney going to Cathedral. Just ask the jeepney driver if it could pass by the Cathedral. Ask him to drop you there. Fare would be around P7.00

2. From the Cathedral, ride a jeepney going to Buru-un. Look at the jeepney's side if it says Buru-un, and to be sure, just ask him if it's bound for Buru-un. Then tell the driver, to drop you in the terminal where you could ride another transportation going to Tinago. Fare would be P14.00

3. From Buru-un terminal, ride a motorcycle "habal-habal" is the term. Tell them to take you to Tinago falls. They'd already know how to get there. Two persons in one motorcycle. P35.00 each person for the "habal habal" ride.

4. From the registration, go to the entrance. You'd find the sign, first photo above, near the entrance. Go down the four hundred thirty sex steps stairway to Tinago Falls.

It's not that complicated, if you would commute going there. Very easy steps to take you to Tinago Falls. How to get there is no longer a problem. πŸ™‚

As you descend, you'll find the majestic Tinago Falls, and you can't help but plunge! The water is both mysterious and inviting. You'd feel afraid but also feel excited. 

The water falls experience drenched me with both fear and euphoria. As we went near the area where the water actually falls, the water dripped forcefully into our bodies which makes it like a spa, where you get a lot of hands massaging your back. I feard we would fall off the raft and be carried away by the current or be drowned right there. But we survived. We did it twice, and it's worth all the pennies. haha It's only P10.00 for the raft ride to the falls, and P25.00 for the life jacket. 

Cost of the Tinago Falls trip per person:

From Cagayan de Oro to Iligan City Terminal - P85.00 x 2* = P170.00 
From Terminal to Cathedral  P7.00 x 2* = P14.00
From the Cathedral to Buru-un P14.00 x 2* = P28.00
From Buru-un to Tinago - P35.00 x 2* = P70.00
Entrance Fee - P25.00 
Life Jacket - P25.00
Raft ride - P10.00
Total Cost = P342.00/person

*Already computed back n forth. 

Additional cost would possibly be the following:
Table - P50.00
Camera - P100.00

After experiencing the Tinago Falls' grandeur, we have to head back to the city to go home.

And yes, we have to face the pain haha. It's four hundred thirty six steps up! 

It's the climb!

It's an awesome experience for all of us. We've had a great time, but the pain in my feet remained as of this writing. Haha

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Since I was blogging about my Cebu Travel, the recent one was when I realized I can't get enough of Cebu! Not yet! Why Can't I Get Enough of You! Cebu! was really my cry. I also shared my Canyoning/Canyoneering Experience in Cebu here. And well, back in 2014, I've shared my encounter with the gentle giants in Oslob here. What I haven't written was our trip back in 2012 when we visited Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu! So here, I am making this throwback (not thursday), post for Bantayan! Another destination in Cebu!

I've always been in love with nature. And beach is part of nature, I have an inclination with beaches. I just love stayin on it, playing and just witness sunrise or sunset! Bantayan was my first Cebu trip!

We stayed in a cottage (one room) with comfort room and a terrace. It's in a resort in Sta. Fe, I forgot the name of the resort, but it was a good place to stay. Internet wasn't that strong, but at least there is an internet. 

Beach is also one of Bantayan's tourist attraction. It's undeniable that we've enjoyed the view and the beach!

Of course, it's a small island and we can't let our days in Bantayan be wasted without going around the Island. 

We visited old church, mangrove plantation, a some places where we could just connect to nature. We even took a picture in one of the great scenes in their street. Where green trees formed an arc of the street, and it feels like we were entering an enchanted place. 

Bantayan is a one great haven for relaxation and getting connected with the universe once again. I am blessed to have experienced it before Typhoon Haiyan (not sure with the spelling) came and destroyed some parts of it. 

I am sure though Bantayan right now has recovered. It would be fantastic to revisit the place. πŸ™‚

Our Bantayan Island trip was supposedly just for 1 and a half day then we wanted to go to Camotes, but because of a storm that time, we were stranded/stuck in Bantayan. Still we were thankful we were safe. And was still able to go home on time. Camotes! Wait for me. You've been so elusive since then. I'll have some time to visit you soon. πŸ™‚

I wanted to climb up the mountain and have a sight of the beautiful Island. What could be more appropriate than a place with food! Haha I visited my cousin and she came home with me. We agreed to have a tour around Camiguin, but first go up the mountain to just relax and have our sight-seeing session. She agreed and my siblings are up for it too! 

We were told there's a new establishment just next to PhilVolcs office in Payahan. 

We rode towards PhilVolcs and true enough, Camridge is there! Newly opened! 

Because it's newly opened, the rooms are not yet available. We were not allowed to view the rooms before they open it for lodging. We were only ushered to the restaurant area, where we had a panoramic view of Mambajao, Camiguin. πŸ™‚

Upon entering the restaurant, we can't help but take photos of ourselves.haha wefie! πŸ™‚

My cousin and two siblings!

And yes, that's me, enjoying the beer with the fresh air in the mountain! Fantastic! 

I checked the area and they have a bar, they serve wines too! Wow, and they have varied wines to choose from.

Hard drinks you say? Well, you can choose it from here! πŸ™‚ 
Here is the view at the top! Isn't it amazing! Pure, no filter, green! 

My sister's gotta pose anywhere, and asked me to take it! πŸ™‚ Here she goes. πŸ™‚

Considering that they are still newly opened, they have limited but decent menu. For ideas of what to eat or expect to be available and their prices at Camridge, check it here.

How to go there?

Go to Mambajao Terminal, you ask motorcycle driver to drive you there (habal-habal) as we call 'em. P50 pesos would be a reasonable fare. You can also ask if he can wait or come back at a later time, since it's not as easy as the city to find a ride.

If you have your own wheels, then you can driver going there. From Mambajao Market, you go through I think Mabini Street, straight to Water District, pass by Quiboro, Quepasa, then you will reach Combol (dunno if that's the correct spelling), then you're there! Camridge Inn. You'll find the two-storey building! Around 10-15 minutes ride from downtown Mambajao.

Going home was not really in my mind, until I decided to give myself a break. I've been so busy accomplishing things, complying requirements, meeting deadlines, doing and finishing reports and serving clients. I decided to step back, watch the scenery and just cherish what I have and what life has offered and given me.

How to get there? If you are from Cebu you can have the water transportation. Ferries from Cebu usually leave on Friday night and arrive at Balbagon, Camiguin port Saturday Morning. And leave for Cebu Saturday evening (or was it Sunday evening not sure).

You can also have a flight from Cebu to Camiguin if you are lucky enough to have the same schedule as their flight schedule. There is not daily flight going to Camiguin.

If you are going via Cagayan de Oro, then you perhaps come from Laguindingan Airport.

Ride a van from the airport to Agora Terminal - Fare is around P200.00
Agora Terminal to Balingoan Port (ride the bus bound for Butuan) - Fare is P150.00
Balingoan Port to Benoni, Mahinog Camiguin - Fare is P170.00
Benoni Port to Mambajao (Capital town) - P30.00 (van)

Holy Thursday and Good Friday are holidays. I decided to take some days off. Went to the beautiful island where I grew up. I went to Camiguin Island.
It has become a family tradition! Visiting cousins and well, the drinking just doesn't have time. Every time, is a proper time. haha

I have limited time to spend there, but I want to visit places I haven't been to.

This is with my cousin, uncle and sister.

It was Friday morning when I decided to visit my cousin, uncles and aunties in my Mom's place. I almost every day see these scenery back in my childhood days, but now that I rarely come home, I am always fascinated of its beauty every time.
View just outside my uncle's home at Tupsan Pequino.

The swing at the entrance of uncle Wilson's home. 

The view going to Mambajao at Barangay Magting. 

Panoramic view of Mambajao, Camiguin.

I realized that Camiguin is blessed with beautiful spots. I did not however go the beautiful tourist spots, but I know them.

1. Sto. Nino Cold Spring - is located in Catarman, Camiguin. A very refreshing cold spring pool. Best for summer escapade.
2. Ardent Hot Spring - is located at Tagdo, Mambajao, Camiguin. A good relaxing place after a tired days work or after a busy day of tour.
3. White Island - located few minutes banca/boat ride away from the shore of Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin. 
4. Sunken Cemetery - located right after Walkway of Catarman Camiguin.
5. Walkway - a well known holy-week tourist destination located in Catarman Camiguin.
6. Pamonglo Spring - is another cold spring located in Sagay, Camiguin.
7. Tuasan Falls - is a new, still under development waterfalls. Many tourists and even locals have become aware of its beauty. 
8. Old Church - is just right after walkway near sunken cemetery in Catarman, Camiguin.
9. Lagoon - is a haven for seafood. They offer freshly caught fish and seafood, for your hungry tummy, located at Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin.
10. Soda Water Pool - a natural soda water pool, located at Catarman, Camiguin.
11. Kibila - is another tourist destination where a great collection of live sea clamps can be found. Located in Guinsiliban, Camiguin.
12. Katibawasan falls - is a great waterfalls, fascinating view, and located Kabuhi, Mambajao, Camiguin
13. Itom/Combol at PhilVolcs - Another fascinating view when you go up to the mountain "Itom" where you can have a great panoramic view of the island, and can even see the White Island from the top. Located just a few kilometers from Quipasa, Mambajao, Camiguin.
14. Mantigue Island - you can visit another island/islet that is just a few minutes boat ride from Mahinog's shore. It's a fresh and virgin island. Green trees. White sand. Clear blue sea!
Beach resorts, restaurants, and bars have sprouted over the years. Back in my childhood years, there's not much choices. But right now, tourist are fortunate enough to have a variety of food establishments to choose from.

Below I will share some of the pictures we took as we had our tour around the whole Camiguin Island.