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Thailand will always be so memorable to me, it was the first country I've visited for my FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. Yes, literally, the first foreign country I went to. 
What was my experience in Thailand like? I'd share below, some of the things I could remember we (JC D and I) did in Thailand.
First to spend a different legal tender!
   
Conversion at that time was P1.60 = 1THB
First view of a foreign land!
I am always thankful that my first international travel granted me a window seat. Thanks Cebu Pacific!

First, stamp on my passport!
My first time to fill up that immigration form and have this first passport, have my first stamp!

First, foreign country airport!
I was so thrilled to have landed in a foreign country's airport!

And yep, shameless photo op everywhere! 

First time to be on a "Foreigner Lane"
Foreigner be like!

We stayed at D&D Inn, at Khao San Road. 
View of D&D at night!

Perfect location of D&D Inn at Khaosan!

Yep, with other foreigners! 

It's a busy street at day and night time, but yes, it's really busier and lively at night.
What to do in Thailand?
1. We rode a tuktuk to take us Temple-hopping, the tuktuk (tricycle) driver knows the popular temples in town. So day 1 in Thailand was literally, temples, temples, temples! 
Travel tip #1: Negotiate the price, don't believe everyone you meet's suggestion. Some of them are schemes to lure you to take the tour they are subtly endorsing. We were told the grand palace was close, this spot is not open at this time, and some more things, but later on realized, it wasn't true. Still, we were able to visit places. In some of the temples we've visited, we took pictures almost all around.







JC Asked if we could hold the gun. The guard didn't answer, neither did he smile nor move.









2.  Khao San Road Exploration! Street food! Night Cafe! Night Market! And all other fun things at Khao San!
Travel tip #2: Trust your taste and instinct. There are some more exotic food (street food) offered but I didn't try them, because it's hard to have an upset stomach while in a foreign country. So just choose from what you think your tummy would be comfortable digesting.
Had to try local street food!

Are these pizza? We just have to have a bite!

Yep, tried their beer too!
Well, well, hello there Donald! The barbeque isn't from Mc Donalds though. πŸ™‚

Yep, there's a train! Mini-train! haha


3. We went on an Elephant Ride! Yus, I did ride an elephant, for the first time of my life, in Thailand!
Travel tip #3: We booked for the elephant ride. Already paid. But as we rode on the elephant's back, we were told that for the elephant to really enjoy the ride, we've got to buy the bananas to feed them with. I forgot how much was that for. But yep. Get ready with some extra money.

You can ask the other tourists/travelers who rode the elephant to exchange the favor of taking pictures. πŸ™‚

Up close with a young elephant!

4.  Floating Market! Yep, a must-do in Thailand. Visit the floating market. It's floating market because the vendors are on the river water, on their boat/banca (is it what it's really called?) to sell their items or merchandise. At Damnoen Saduak, Thailand!
Travel tip #4: Make the most out of it. Usually, your tour guide would give you certain number of hours/minutes to stay and explore. So, as you explore the floating market area, go to the highway and check out some stores. Check out the highway and take pictures with the road signs! Haha
Travel tip #5: Bring extra cash when on a river tour, so you could also buy some souvenir items. There are cheap items here. Just know how to haggle with the price. 
Asians be like. Including me. Haha
Some fresh fruits on the floating market eh?
She was selling something, but she smiled or posed when I clicked the camera phone. πŸ™‚
Captured this random picture! The busy intersection of the floating market!
So you know what you have to do here? Gossip Cafe! haha

How about this for a great photo?

Yep, fruits anyone? 

Yep, it's in a river! Floating! Hello vendors!

After the floating market exploration, we needed to sit down. And yes! Another opportunity to try their local food. 

As we visited the floating market area of Thailand, JC D has this ritual of sending a postcard to himself. From the country he traveled to his Philippine residence address. I followed his lead, but didn't send the postcard to myself, sent it to my mom instead. My way of saying, 

"hey Mom! Thanks for being so great that I was able to travel the world now. I remember you, wherever I am right now. I love you!"

Before I posted the card! Mom received it actually after a month. πŸ™‚

On top of the floating market, we had to check out, and yes, take a selfie!

Some more photos of the floating market area!

5. River Tour! After the floating market escapade, we are off to another booked tour. The river tour starts at the floating market area. There's a designated area where you're going to ride a banca/boat for the river tour. You'll go through the areas in Thailand. 

Travel tip #6: Get ready with your camera. You can expect that your camera is safe in the river tour. No need to worry for splash. It's a river not a sea. So, no high waves to worry about. And yes, you can't miss the beautiful views you'd be seeing. Or at least structures and designs you want to capture. πŸ™‚
This is where the river tour starts!

Yep, didn't want to miss the chance to take a photo! haha

On board!
As the river tour goes on, you'll see different structures and designs, can't help but click.
This design is not really common in our country, so I clicked!

As we finished the river tour, I took the chance to have this photo below taken at Baan Sukchoke Country Resort. 
Can't take a solo pic. Photobombers all around. haha
6. Visit one of Starbucks Cafe! Some friends back in the Philippines are asking for a "pasalubong" or at least, buy some items for them to reimburse the cost. Either a mug, tumbler, or whatever. So, why not try Bangkok's Starbucks? 

Like a model? Bwahahah

7. Visit a McDonald's? Yep, they have some unique Thai-based menu. 
Only in Mc Donalds Thailand!

8. Find some Monks, and take a picture with them? I didn't know if it's a rude thing to ask, they don't speak much to us. But, we approached, they said okay, and yes, I posed with them. Thanks to your generosity Mr. Monks! T'was my first time to have a picture with monks. Also first in Thailand!
They didn't look at the camera, but they did say, it's alright. They seem to be busy discussing something. πŸ™‚ Despite that, thank you for allowing my rudeness, and responding with kindness my brothers. πŸ™‚

9. Relax and enjoy the pool area of your hotel! D&D has a pool area at the rooftop! Take time to enjoy the "time of your life!" Live in the present. Enjoy! It's not every day that you'll be in some hotel, in one of the greatest city in Asia, the busiest night life and where fun happens!
Like a boss! πŸ™‚


I am ever grateful for my friend JC D aka Caloy for tagging me along with his travels. It was initially a trip for five but the other friends of ours weren't able to secure their passport on time. So, we were left with no choice but go on a duo travel! 
This first time to travel abroad was worth all the experience. 
Travel tip #7: If it's your first time to travel (or even if not depending on the immigration officer at the airport), get ready with all possible documents to be asked for presentation.
  1. Return ticket.
  2. Hotel Booking.
  3. Itinerary.
  4. Credit card.
  5. Government Issued ID (like PRC, SSS, etc.)
  6. Approved leave form (for government employees usually).
You'd also be typically asked for the reason of your travel, who you're with, if you have a job, where do you plan to stay, etc. Keep calm, don't panic, these are normal questions. They are not suspecting you. Don't tremble. πŸ™‚
My experience was, when Caloy presented his passport and ticket (his was stamped almost full! Naaaaks!) took the immigration officer to stamp his passport not more than two minutes. Mine was different, the immigration officer saw that it has never had a stamp. First timer blues. She went on to ask searching questions? πŸ™‚ But, I guess I managed to pass 'em. Thanks to Caloy for preparing all those documents.
How about you? Where was your first international travel? How was it? Feel free to share below. πŸ™‚
Got questions? Ask 'em on the comment section below. 


People may ask, why you travel. You have the choice to answer or not. You don't need to explain. Almost all travellers know, that there's something in travelling that makes you do more than you already did. 
I am blessed to have traveled once again, after my international travel back in August, by October 3-4, 2015, I've once again packed, and went on a domestic travel. 
As much as I want to be well traveled across the world, I would also want to know much much more about my own country's destinations. This time, I (along with friends) booked a travel (exploration) to Sohoton Islands, Socorro, Surigao del Norte.
I have been informed months ago, that the place is worth the travel. It would take you 6-8 hours of travel from Cagayan de Oro. We left at around 1:00 A.M. and we've arrived in Sohoton (Club Tara) at around 8:30 A.M. You'd immediately be amazed by the view. 

Travel Tip #1: Travel at night time, so you'd have a whole daytime exploring, saves you time. No need to file leave if you don't have a work on a Saturday. Sohoton could be a weekender adventure!

So what to do in Sohoton? What to expect when in Sohoton?

Sohoton, like Britania's Island hopping is composed of several islets where you can explore. Swim. Dive. Snorkel. But, here, there's also adventures like "caving". 

First stop, Sohoton Gamay entrance to Bolitas Cave. 

Safety first! 

It's the climb!

At the entrance of the cave, these lovers are a great subject!

What's inside.

The miner?

Just like other caves. πŸ™‚

Next stop was Lagoon Tiktikan. There's a lake where you can take great pictures!

It's hot but it's cool!

She doesn't want to pose, how bout a stolen shot?

I was able to force her to pose! Haha hello there! πŸ™‚

At the monumental seat!

Can't stop smiling and clicking 'eh?

Next stop is Sohoton's Bucas Grande Island, this is where you'll ride the banca going to the non-sting jelly fish area.

After we went to the non-sting jelly fish area, we went back to Bucas Grande (quasi-port), then proceeded to a restaurant nearby, to order our lunch meals. 

Travel Tip #2: You need to order ahead of time, preparing your food is about two incredible hours if you're lucky! 

After we placed our orders at the Cafe, we sailed (naks! actually we head) towards the Sohoton Cove, I can't exactly remember the name of the place, but it's still Sohoton, we needed to duct at some area. See my video footage below.

This is where I had the longest eight seconds of my life. In one of the areas, you'll have to dive into the deep blue-green sea water in order to get to the inside of the cave and see the stalactites and stalagmites. 

After the longest eight seconds of my life, (I was the only one who dared swim towards the inside of the cave) we proceeded to another cave, where we have to climb up, and if one decides to go inside, climb, one is left with no choice but to finish it off with a jump in a fifteen feet (15 ft) cliff (diving spot).

Next to the nerve shaking jump, is our sumptuous lunch!

Then, we decided to go Island hopping after lunch. One of the islands we've visited is Bobon Island (not sure with the spelling), but we did enjoy the white sand shore  of the island (islet), it's ours to explore since there's only us left to explore the entire island. Wow! 

The star and the starfish!

After the island hopping, we decided to go back to Club Tara.

Some of us were itching to take a bath after a long day of adventure, some were still motivated to go kayaking. 

At night, Club Tara has a pool area where guests can gather, talk, chitchat, and chill out. 

It was a day of many  adventures, beautiful, sweet, amazing adventures! 

It was a happy way of connecting to the universe! 

There's just so much we've experienced, and there are just snippets of the entire adventure weekender trip! A must-visit place in Mindanao. Choose Minda-NOW!

Special thanks to CDO Travel and Tours and acknowledging the good service of Tomas one of the staffs of the Travel Agency. I'm giving you my unconditional 5/5 rating for the Travel Tours. Thank you for the fantastic experience!

If you want to contact them, you can reach them at the following information:

email: inquiry@cdotravel.com 
mobile: 09228658481 or 09261717570 
ym: joy_101travel@yahoo.com

They also have a page on facebook where you can follow for more travel tour packages and promos at CDO Travel Tours Facebook Page

Come! Explore Mindanao. Choose Mindanao, choose MindaNOW! 

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What are the top places in Kuala Lumpur? If you haven't booked a City Tour yet, then you can use some of these items below as a guide. Traveling in Kuala Lumpur and having your D-I-Y Tour is also quite a good adventure!
When in the City of Kuala Lumpur, you can have a City Tour. I booked a City Tour for convenience sake. Again, because I initially planned to have someone with me, and it was for her benefit (supposedly), that I preferred convenience. Again, however, I had to travel solo, and the booking is non-cancellable. So, I just go with the flow, and enjoyed the city tour. 

I was picked up in my hotel at around 8:30 A.M. it was a seat in coach van tour so, it's very convenient. #1 The first stop was at the Palace of the King (see photo above). It's a grand place, the palace being at the top of the place. There are guards outside the gate. The traditional guard who doesn't move even if people takes photos with them.

Then the driver took us to their #2 Museum, it's where we were even more convinced that we really are like the Malay. We have almost the same traditional clothes, videos and photos in their museum somehow resembled ours.
Took some photos that I wanted to share. What's in the museum? Have a sneak peek below.

Looks like a traditional outfit in the Philippines. Our Maranao brothers/sisters would resemble some of these clothing designs.

Cave men

I saw something like this in Sagada, Philippines! Although, in Sagada, it was a bit smaller because the dead were buried in a fetal position. 

Next stop is a park is this cool place that signifies the patriotism of their country's heroes. #3 National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is situated near the monument.
It is the world's tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping. Every year on 31 July on Warriors' Day, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument. 
The predecessor of the National Monument is an interwar-era cenotaph originally erected by the colonial British administration on a 10m flat grass-covered ground on a roundabout adjoining Victory Avenue (now part of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin) and Raja Road, close to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and Railway Administration Building. Originally intended to commemorate World War I (1914–1918) and honour its war dead, the cenotaph's inscription would later include fallen soldiers of World War II (1939–1945) after the conclusion of World War II and resumption of British rule. Names of the fallen are engraved on the plaques of the cenotaph as a token of tribute to their sacrifices.
In 1964, the cenotaph was moved from its original location to the site of the National Monument in Lake Gardens before a planned flyover connecting Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and the Parliament roundabout was constructed over the original site. Transfer of the cenotaph was made possible by dismantling the structure into catalogued parts, allowing the structure to be transported in pieces and reassembled in its original form at the National Monument. Following its move, inscriptions were added to include fallen soldiers from the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960) and an archaic Malay translation of "To Our Glorious Dead", "Untok Mengingati Jasa Pahlawan-pahlawan Yang Gugor" ("To Remember the Service of Warriors Who Have Fallen").

Next stop of the tour is #4 Royal Selangor the home of authentic Pewter! They have a ready tour guide inside the factory where we saw how the pewter and other items are being crafted. Everything made are handicraft. It's not being made out of a machine, they use manual crafting of each item. And I am glad to have visited the place. The perfect cup for your beer is Royal Selangor's Pewter!
I am sharing some of their authentic product designs!

After the Royal Selangor Tour, we had a tour at the City's stunning structures. The city holds several infrastructure designs that would capture its visitors. Our drivers told us that his indian visitors or tourists do not quite appreciate this, since they have these designs much in their place. πŸ™‚

While in the City, witnessing the grand structural designs. We were lucky to see the army passing by, on top of their tanker!
Next was a visit in the #5 chocolate factory! I had some Tiramisu Chocolates. If you ever go on tour, please visit this store, they have FREE TASTEs for all variety of chocolates. Even if you don't intend to buy (for pasalubong), just go out of the van, and at least have a taste of their delicious chocolates.

Last stop, was a distance view of the #6 Petronas Tower, where you can take great pictures with the World's Tallest TWIN Tower as a background. Then, the driver took as to the spot of the TWIN Tower itself, for a closer look.

  
And that capped off my Kuala Lumpur City Tour! I gave the driver MYR20.00 as I got out of the van. He was a funny and cool driver/tour guide. He knows a lot about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He cracks jokes and even have a good english. So, it's a great City Tour! 
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I don't usually spend much for accommodation. I know how to live simply when I am away from home, I just need a place to rest and relax. But this was different, because I initially planned to be with someone, I booked an accommodation, not in a usual simple-low-cost-good-for-rest hotel. Instead, I booked a suite room in a 5-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Would have been ______. But, due to some turns of events. Some intervention of the universe. And maybe, just maybe, some "gestation" process, I have to travel solo. 
I checked in at one of the 5-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, it's Pacific Regency Hotel Suites. 
A photo of the hotel standing tall. I took the photo with my iPhone outside the hotel. Its grandeur is so cool!
As I entered the room, I am quite satisfied with their suite room size. I am sharing below the photos of different areas in my suite room. It's good for two, but for someone who grew up with a big family. I guess my entire family can fit into this good-for-two room! Haha It's spacious enough for a family of 5 or 7. Had a video of my entrance to the room here.

There is a space for you to work. Work area. There's a sink. There's a microwave, refrigerator, storage cabinet. Just like when you're at home. 

If you have guest in your room, you can have them occupy this part of your room. Sofa and a table. You can some drinks. How cool is that?

Below is the photo of the Restroom. It smells so good, I wanna take a bath as I entered. 


They have as usual, cold and hot shower. And a cabinet for some of your things to settle in. Inside the cabinets, were the bath robes and of course the disposable slippers. 

As I sat on the side of my bed, I saw this well placed item on the table beside my bed. It's where I could write something for them, and used this notepad, to scribble some of my thoughts on my solo travel to KL.
You can leave this card (I did) on your bed, so they don't need to change the linen. For environmental-friendly practices.
The menu were also placed in another table on the side of the suite room, where the available food in their restaurant, drinks in the bar and other services that the hotel is offering were presented in the menu book. 

Like any other hotels, yes, they use hotelcard for their locks and electricity in the room. It's true, the one home where two worlds meet.

If you don't want to be disturbed, you can put this sign! Haha PRIVACY PLEASE! πŸ˜€

In their ad, their location is opposite the Twin Tower. I looked outside my room, and it's true. I can see the Petronas Tower from the view in my window.

Toiletries were all set in the lavatory. 
Travel Tip: Five star hotels have these, so you don't need to bring them:
  1. Clean face towels, 
  2. shampoo, 
  3. conditioner, 
  4. body wash, 
  5. soap
  6. tooth brush
  7. toothpaste
  8. shaver
  9. comb
  10. floss
  11. stitching paraphernalia
  12. disposable slippers 
  13. bath robe 

As curious as I am, I checked out some more amenities. I found out that they have a swimming pool and a bar at the roof deck. Cool place to stay and relax, have some drinks and enjoy the moment.

You can do some leisurely-working stuff beside the pool. 

So, for the review summary of the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites
Service: 5/5 very prompt, direct and convenient.
Sanitation: 5/5 everything was neat and clean. 
Price: 5/5 it's worth every penny. 
Room/Place: 5/5 I enjoyed the place. Spacious. Grand. Greatly maintained.
I guess, they were able to live up to their standards as a 5-star hotel! Thank you Pacific Regency Hotel Suites for the accommodation!
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My Singapore trip was fantastic, but I am still bound to another adventure solo trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

I love how countries are just too close that you can travel from one country to another. In this short vacation/trip I was able to travel to three different countries, makes every penny I've spent worth it.
My next stop, Kuala Lumpur is one of the places that people in our country also visits. And it's been making some noise online with its attractions. I browsed the net about it, and here's what I found. 
According to http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klhistory.htm 
"Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is located within the heart of Selangor state. It is bordered by mountainous ranges on all sides except in the East, which is why Kuala Lumpur and its adjoining areas are called the 'Klang Valley'.
Its name literally means 'muddy capital' in Malay, because of its establishment in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It was previously part of Selangor until 1971, when it separated to form Malaysia's capital under the Federal Government."
I've been thinking about what to do in Malaysia. Of course, the Twin Tower was there, but what more? So, what's Kuala Lumpur like? I wondered in my mind as I travel to Kuala Lumpur on the night of the 29th. 
On my flight to KL, I was privileged to have been assigned a seat nearest the window and on the second row of the aircraft! I feel like VIP! haha 

So, as we depart from Singapore, I took a shot at the sky and the areal view of the country.
We boarded at 7:00 P.M. and that was a stunning view up in the sky looking at Singapore with the lights on. Just what I wanted. Just what I imagined to do. 
 Travel Tip #1: Try to be on the window side seat, so you can have an aerial view of the place you are visiting. It's gonna be awesome! 
As we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, I also had the privilege to take an aerial view photo of Kuala Lumpur at night.
It is again my first time in Kuala Lumpur, some not-so-good thoughts occurred in my mind which I immediately rebuked and refused to imagine. I looked for the immigration where I needed to present myself as a tourist and get my passport stamped. There is a lane for ASEAN member country's citizen, so I went to fall in line. I saw Filipino looking people but I was afraid to speak to them, as from my experience, we look like Cambodian, Thai or Malay.
At the immigration, I was asked nothing but "how long are you going to be here?" Which I quickly answered, I'd be here only until the 31st. And off she stamped my passport for 30 days stay as a tourist. Very quick and easy. No hassle. No further questions. 
Now the next challenge is, where do I go? Unlike in Singapore, I've already researched where to go, I even had the map, thanks to Jackie for the map and railway guide. But this time, I felt so alone. After the immigration, I was lost! I didn't know which way to go. 
Although, I know I should go to the hotel, I don't know where I could get a cab or even ride a railway, worst, I don't know if the hotel is within close vicinity of a train station. So, I opted to look for the bus or taxi stand. 
From the immigration, take the exit, look for the sign which indicates down stairs, there's an escalator, as you descend you'll see booths in a side, and you'll see ticket booths for taxi. They'll give you a coupon as proof that you have paid and your destination is also indicated there. These are the legit taxi which are safer than the taxis outside the airport. 
Travel Tip #2: It's convenient and safer, to get a taxi at the taxi ticket office at the ground floor of the airport in KL. They will ask you for the destination and you will pay the fix rate, although it's a bit pricey than the train (as usual). 
Travel Tip #3: If you know the nearest train station to your hotel, you can take the train from KL Airport to KL Sentral, then ride another train to your destination. I didn't know this so I wasn't able to do this.
I took a cab, paid RM$70.00 from the airport to Pacific Regency Hotel. On the way, I was told by my indian driver that he might not be able to take me to the hotel, as there's a rally going on. He told me about the anomalies that their leader in Malaysia did. He was sharing it passionately. And asked me how inconceivable it was, how some people could do it. His english is quite good, and we had a good conversation, about how he came to Malaysia and left Singapore, and some other things he shared to me about Malaysia and his life as a driver.
I told my driver, I couldn't take the train if he'd drop me somewhere else. It's my first time, and I might get lost. It's already 10:00 P.M. and I can't afford to walk on the streets I haven't been to ever before. He called someone, I'm guessing, another driver and asked if the traffic situation in KL Sentral has improved, fortunately, after the call, he informed me that it has somehow subsided and he reckoned he can take me to the doors of my hotel.
As we drove, I saw this high rise building with the mark of one of the prominent business in KL, the Berjaya Times Square! Stood tall in the city that couldn't go unnoticed, and couldn't help but click some shots to capture this. I'm still inside the taxi as I took this photo.
Travel time from KL Airport to Pacific Regency Hotel is around an hour. Thankfully, when we arrived in the city, there was no traffic jams, no rallies. We found out, that the rally has already been called off. And in a few minutes, I was already at the doorsteps of my hotel. 
It's a nice 5-star hotel. My first time to experience a 5-star hotel. And yes, only in Malaysia. Thanks to Agoda.com for the online booking. Way convenient and easy. I will be writing a review in another post. So keep posted. πŸ™‚
Travel Tip #3: Bring extra cash or credit card for the deposit. Hotels usually have deposits, specially 5-star hotels like Pacific Regency Hotel. Deposit is RM$200.00 which will be given back to you as you check out. So, you should extra, even if the hotel booking for the entire duration of the stay has already been paid.
It was a great time sleeping after a long day in Singapore and the travel from SG to KL, from KL Airport to the hotel. My body needed to reminder for rest. It simply fell into deep sleep after my entire body touched the linen on my hotel bed. 
In the morning, I agreed to meet my beautiful, long-been-silent friend and classmate Pam, who I was surprised to know, been working in KL for quite some time. She generously agreed to take me to Batu Caves, since I didn't have a guide going there. 
I asked from the hotel crew some directions to the train stations, and gladly discovered that the crew is a Filipino! He explained and directed me to the streets where I should go to reach the train station. Pacific Regency Hotel is near a train station. Couple of steps away. Then from the train station, I went to KL Sentral, I met Pam. 

From KL Sentral you can also take a train to Batu Caves. As to how much, I didn't know. Thanks to the sponsorship and generosity of Pam! πŸ˜€ 
And here below I'll be sharing my photos at Batu Caves. It's an engineering icon and breakthrough. According to mmadventure.com "Batu Caves, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. The Batu Caves 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. Murugan Statue at the entrance of Batu Caves."
Batu Caves is free admission. Most merchants and traders you'll find here are the indians. You'll find them at the entrance selling just almost everything, souvenir items, key chains, ref magnets, decorations, religious articles, books, etc.
From the entrance, you'll be ushered to the view of the temple where the Hindu pray. Photo on the left below.
And of course, the icon is not the temple, it's the Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighboring Thailand. (Lifted from http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)

Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a 100 m-high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps.
At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Soorapadam. An audio tour is available to visitors. (Source http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)

I am not a Hindu, but I believe in spirituality. I checked out the temple. Took stunning pictures and noticed that there are also several Filipinos there, most of them are also on a holiday. It didn't take me long to explore the area as it's a temple, and it's meant to be respected for our Hindu brothers and sisters. After I get a glimpse of the entire area, I descended where Pam was patiently waiting for me.
As we head back to the City, I had the occasion to take a picture inside the new train we just hopped in for a trip back to KL Sentral! New, neat and clean train!
Travel Tip #4: Do not book for a tour to Batu Caves, it's just soooo easy to go there, explore it yourself. If you know how to read, you can go there, without a tour guide. Saves you a lot of money. Also, you get to explore the train stations! Just ask for directions. Humans are still willing to help. πŸ™‚

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Life is a great journey, some people will promise to walk with you through the end, but for some reasons, they may not be able to do so either, intentionally or unintentionally. However, you cannot give up. You will continue to pursue your dreams no matter the conflicts, disputes, arguments, quitting, and refusals.
I had it all planned, until some stars in heaven chose not to be aligned, and I was destined to travel solo. I've initially called it "traveling alone" but I stood corrected by a brother saying, "I wasn't alone" and it's true. I ain't alone, I was traveling solo, but the thoughts and love of my family and friends are with me. 
I had doubts, I had my apprehensions, I even have my last minute second thoughts, my fears, but I have always been a fan of "facing fears" moments. So, I decided to push through with the planned short vacation.
Fist stop, Singapore!
I have been seeing pictures of Singapore, before I've actually visited her. She's been in my newsfeed in different social media sites and I got curious. So I have to check her out. 
We haven't landed yet, but the excitement got to me, and I have to take a peek of her aerial view. I wasn't sure if it's already SG I am looking at from above, but I managed to take a picture!
I was told of her greatness, her beauty, and her "fine" features as a small yet progressive country. Standing in the midst of Asia, she stood small and powerful. Her economy and infrastructures are admired by many people of different nationalities. 
At Changi Airport, I explored, what I did is window shop, I cherished seeing a clean place like an airport in Singapore! I've not felt so comfortable in an airport than that when I was in Changi. I saw different stores/boutiques of different items. I roamed around and saw some people drawing some things, and thought to myself, I should try 'em too! I got the colored pen and started brushing it against the paper I picked up at the side of the "Drawing Station" at the airport and was able to create this image right here.
I got lost in the vast, cozy and clean airport, until I realized I have to check out of the airport and present myself to the immigration. I haven't had my passport stamped yet.  Yep, Changi Airport is quite big enough for you to get lost for shopping or site-seeing. 
At the immigration, I was asked the usual question. "What are you doing here?" I replied, "I am here for a vacation, I will have a tour around Singapore!". He asked me again, "Are you here for the holiday?", I responded with a nod, was asked a return flight ticket, and was permitted to stay for 30 days as shown in the stamp of my passport. 
TRAVEL TIP #1: Always bring with your your ball-pen. You would need to fill up forms as you disembark and present the same. 
TRAVEL TIP #2: Keep your passport, return tickets, hotel bookings, within easy access from your bag or document purse (a handy container of docs) so as to present them easily if asked. 
TRAVEL TIP#3: They don't use "tour" or "vacation" as a term for your visit as a tourist wanting to have the time of your life. Tell them you are there for the "holiday" and better if you can present "tour bookings", they'd easily stamp your passport as a tourist. Good for 30 days!
TRAVEL TIP #4: It's usually better to exchange your money in the country you are visiting. I tried currency exchange in the PH airport money changer, and I was given SGD1.00 = Php34.00 for buying rate, I changed some of my USD in SGD as I arrived in SG and I got as an equivalent SGD1.00 = Php32.00.

I was told by my good friend, that my hotel/resort is in Tanah Merah, two train stations away from Changi Airport. However, I wanted to take an adventure with a taxi. So, I went out of the airport through the "taxi stand" and I was gladly ushered by the airport personnel to get a taxi.
As I rode the taxi, I tried to use some of my "broken english", long-saved english words, haha and yeah, I managed to exchange few words with the taxi driver. For the video, it's here.
The friendly taxi driver brought me to my booked resort hotel SAF YACHT CLUB. For the view of my room it's here. It was a cool place to stay, they have a pool and well, you can go swimming in a pool, or just sit in front of the sea with the Yachts within your sight's reach. They have friendly crew and very accommodating. I did have some challenges communicating with one of the crews who can't speak english, but I was able to order food for my lunch, and I was quite satisfied with the taste and generous serving size. For a video of the food tasting, I had it posted here
I explored SG's train stations, I went to Vivo City, Sentosa, and nearby places solo! It's also fun to learn how things work in another country. Bought ticket, eat some food, and walked my way through Resorts World Sentosa! 
TRAVEL TIP #5: Use your card up to 6 times for tap up, so you can save SGD0.10 for card charges. 
TRAVEL TIP #6: If you have enough time to walk, then go out of Vivo City, go to SENTOSA on foot, don't take the train. You'd save money, and you'll be able to see the view. 
I have agreed with my friends Sheila and Jack to have a meet up the day after my arrival so we could have some catching up sessions. They have gladly agreed and told me we could have dinner together, and party after dinner!  
True enough, we met at Clark Quay, and ate at the famous SONG FA Bak Kut Teh Restaurant.
Thankful for the generous sponsors who had our tummies filled with tasty food at this sumptuous dinner! 
TRAVEL TIP#7: If it's your first time in SG, try this out. Locals and tourists are lining up just to have a seat and dine in this famous food haven!
SG is not Bak Kut Teh, so after dinner I was blessed to have been guided by my four lovely ladies. They served as my tour guide, companions, buddies, photographers and co-models! LOL!
We roamed around Clark Quay, night life in SG usually happens in Clark Quay, several clubs, food areas and fun activities could be done here. I am thankful that these lovely ladies are amazingly generous in taking pictures of me (solo and with them) in different spots of Clark Quay and even in other parts of SG where we walked and make memories.
I was able to have my signature #dorojumpshot at Clark Quay! Thanks Jen for capturing this one! 
My tour guides had me try the famous ice cream, took me to famous spots in Clark Quay and asked me to pose for the camera in different angles! Haha I feel like I have a bunch of PAs with me. LOL. Took a lot of obligatory selfies, posed with my friends in different spots and had great laugh every time I had to pose, you know, the camera man doesn't have an easy job to find the right angle if I'm the subject. LOL! 
TRAVEL TIP#8: If you ever wanna have some good time in SG. Hire this ladies for a tour guide! You'd love it! It could be for a fee, or for a bucket of beer? LOL! Mine though was for free, charged to #friendship!
Allow me to share some fun shots we've had as we toured around SG! Credits to Jen, Jack, Shie and Jessa for the great photos captured!
We were trying to pose as if we're riding this one! Unfortunately, my friends aren't well informed of the supposed "act". 

In almost all corners, views are blogworthy and picture-worthy.

Because pictures are everywhere, you just have to take 'em.
Nope, we're not in New York we're in SG!

The tourist with the lovely ladies!

He's serving ice cream with tricks!

Because we can't get enough poses! LOL

Of lights and structures!

Walk, pose, and smile!

When the camera flicks make sure to smile!

Obligatory pose with the Merlion!

For now, let's have it as a background. Next time, we're gonna climb up there and chill out!
Keep smiling, life is beautiful, you don't want to have frowning stolen shots!

Clark Quay is fun!

This is a spot where you can actually sit down and take a good photo of yourselves. 

Victory pose! I did it!

Had to label this as a "reunion". For how many years we've not met, thanks SG for bringing us together! HAHA

My HS friends, now my tour guide! HAHA I am blessed to have you gorgeous ladies!
With my short stay in SG, I was able to cross country. Yes, I was told by Jackie, that I could check out Indonesia, another country in Asia. I feared that I won't be able to manage getting there and go back to SG. But after thinking of the fears and considering the budget, I told myself, "You've made it hear, face another fear!" 
On the second day of my SG Trip, I decided to go to Batam, Indonesia. Yes, it's just an hour away from Singapore. And yes, it's another country. You'll have another stamp on your passport. So, is it all about the passport getting stamped? No! It's about having to see another culture, another place, another country, another way of living. There's just so much to explore and discover! 
There's a ferry terminal near Tanah Merah station and there's also a ferry terminal in Harbour Front. I went to Harbour Front since I had to meet Jackie first. Thanks to BatamFast for taking me to Indonesia! 

When in Indonesia, I just tried an Indonesian food, checked out their mall, shopped for some ref magnets, and off I go, back to Singapore! It's a short trip but I had fun. 
On my way to Indonesia, I met this trader from Indonesia who is transporting items from Indonesia to Singapore. He agreed to take a selfie, and he didn't even know where to look. Haha 
He told me to go to Nagoya Mall where I can check out some things I might want to buy. He called a taxi for me, negotiated the price for me and yep, the taxi driver agreed. He assured me it's safe, since he knows the person and he talked to the taxi driver as if saying, "be good to this young good-looking guy right here, he's my friend!" Okay, delete the "good-looking" I know it's an understatement! LOL!
So I did go to Nagoya Mall, nope, it's not in Japan, it's in Indonesia! Haha as I entered the mall, it's as if I am in Metro Manila. Feels like Tutuban Mall. Very Filipin-ish style. Add the Filipino looking Indonesian, you'd feel like you're in a Philippine city mall. 
Since, I'm one big fan of food, I figured, maybe it's time to have my second lunch. I had a bite back in SG but I felt hungry as I saw the "FOOD STREET" in the mall. So I checked out one Indonesian restaurant.  I saw Warung Cobain to be fit for my taste. I didn't really know the menu nor what to order so I asked couple of questions before I was able to manage to order a duck. 
Funny though that I was asking which is spicy or not, I pointed at something and asked "is this spicy?", the waiter laughed and answered, "No sir, it's plain rice!" LOL
It pays to ask though, so I'd know, I could have some rice. I missed it though, been having "no-rice" meals in Singapore, at least, I became "Pinoy" again, RICE! Haha so I ordered one cup of rice, along with my "Fanta" and the "Bebek" (duck). 
As you can see the menu above does not have an English translation, obviously it's Indonesian Resto! Haha, so it's better to ask the waiter. But you have to ask for an "English-speaking" waiter for you to have an understanding of their menu. They are thankfully, able to provide an english speaking one, and I'm glad he's able to guide me through the menu.
I noticed that duck were popularly served in their restaurants in Nagoya Mall. I also discovered, my long lost, childhood favorite drink "Fanta" still exists! I saw it in the menu and ordered one for my drinks. Amazing! After how many decades, I saw Fanta being served again. 
Before I walked into the restaurant though, I did find a nearby money changer, where I had to exchange my SGD to Indonesian Rupee. I felt like a millionaire! In Indonesia, I became a half-millionaire! I had 442,000 in my hands, for my disposal. Hahaha
For each SGD I will have 9,850 Rupee! Wow! So, I have almost have a million rupee for disposal. haha How does it feel? Feels normal. Because the items are in several thousands! Like the food that I ate cost me 45,000 Rupee! Wow! 
The restaurant is a good place to dine though, spacious, nice and quiet. 
After my meal, I decided to go back to Singapore. I asked my driver to wait for me outside the Nagoya Mall, as I won't take too much time roaming around it. When I went out of the mall, I saw him sitting at the side seat waiting for me. He got up and asked if I wanted to have some Indonesian Massage, I said "no" because I was afraid I might be late for my trip back to Singapore. I checked my watch it says, 3:30 P.M. my ticket for Batam Express trip is says 4:10 P.M. back to Singapore. So I told my driver to bring me back to the ferry terminal ASAP. And he did. 
I arrived there 3:10 Indonesian time. It's the only time I realized that I was 1 hour earlier than the schedule of my trip. The 4:10 P.M. time in my ticket is Indonesian time not Singaporean/PH Time. LOL! Another lesson learned. Thankfully, I was a bit early, because I was able to check out some ref magnet and other souvenir items from Indonesia. I bought some items.
There ferry terminal have duty free? Haha I took a picture of the boutique that says "BATAM DUTY FREE SHOP" wow! So, this is where imported items are bought? LOL Seems legit eh? 
Some more things I took notice in their ferry terminal is that they have a fun place called "Kids Station"! Wow! I wish something like this exists in some ferry terminals in our country!

 Their ferry terminal looks neat and clean. Plus they even have a prayer room!

And that was my quick trip to Indonesia, back in Singapore, the next day, I enjoyed my Universal Studio Singapore Experience!
The amazing things I've experienced in USS are not captured by my cameras but was surely saved to last in my memories. 
Transformers ride, and the galactic "Human" roller coaster ride were amazing and fun! Worth the wait and queuing. Although, I hold no evidence to it, the memories of the experience are so real to be just a dream!

Obligatory selfie with the Universal Studio land mark!

TRAVEL TIP#9: As you put your things and valuables inside the lockers, secure at least SGD10.00 to SGD20.00 for the retrieval of your things after the ride, unless you're going to line up for the fast lane which has a 5minute waiting time.

TRAVEL TIP#10: Know what you really want to do. If you only have a limited time, what would you want to experience? Then go there first!

They locked their money inside their locker, they asked for help, I obliged. Hello Korean acquaintance!

In the streets of USS!

Meet my buddy, Vin Diesel! For now, let's have this, next time, it's gonna be you asking for a picture with me! LOL!

Some more shameless selfies!

And the cool dude in the streets of USS!

A more formal pose at the USS landmark.

He's not in the mood to have a selfie! Busy-buddy!
USS was the last destination of my SG itinerary, I needed to go back to my hotel, check out and head to Changi Airport for my KL Trip! Singapore is a great place to relax, spend the holidays, and enjoy a lot of fun activities, and yes, I am proud to have traveled solo! An experience that I couldn't forget. Thank you SG for being my first international solo travel! 
This blog was just a brief summary, I cannot put them all into writing! I'm still in awe of the experience!

Top Things to Do in SG


1. Ride the bus, it's not the same in the Philippines. There's a second level. We do not have it here in the Phils yet. So hop in this bus when you have a chance!









2. Explore the train stations. Inside the train the lovely ladies readily posed for my camera phone. These beautiful ladies here are crazy as hell to make me laugh and enjoy the exploration of SG!




3. Eat at Bak Kut Teh. If you're going to ask me where to eat, it's gonna be in Bak Kut Teh. People are willing to wait on queue just to dine in this restaurant. And it's not that expensive but the food is "heaven"! Don't worry about what to order, order the soup thing "pork" I guess and some vegies, and you'll have a great meal! We ordered the simplest food we can find on the menu, and no regrets it turned out just deliciously fantastic!








4. Eat some street ice cream in Clark Quay. You can't miss this. It's an Ice Cream Sandwich! Haha see and taste for yourself! It's very popular in Clark Quay! 



5. Visit the spot of the Merlion. Take crazy pictures with it. I did some jump shots (didn't work out fine in the pictures), then crazy things like this!






6. Visit Helix Bridge. You can take selfies and do some photo ops in a well lit and artistically designed bridge like this. You can't just pass by, you have to take some pictures. Below are our crazy photos, credits to Jen, Jack and Jes!









7. Visit Universal Studios, there are tons of things to do, and one day couldn't be enough, I just did some things I enjoy the most. The rides! (must ride Transformers and Galactic Roller Coaster) Both rides have a long queue, unless you're willing to pay extra SGDs. πŸ™‚ For Express LANE! You don't believe me? See sample queue below. But the looooong wait is gonna be all worth it!





8. Walk from Vivo City Mall to Sentosa. Watch the sunset at harbour front.

10. Side Trip to INDONESIA. 








11. Eat at their Food haven! I'm amazed Gerry's Grill is in SG!






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It was Independence Day! And yes, we spent the Independence Day in this amazing place of South Cotabato! We were welcomed by the Great King Sun! Such a sign that he's with us on this trip! 
My curiosity for this place started when I joined a trivia quiz and the answer of the tourist spot, which I unfortunately haven't visited and heard yet is this! Since then I can't get my mind out of it. Until one of my colleagues in the office offered a trip going to this place! What should I do? Of course, by all means, join the trip! Hence, I've made it here! 

Below is a photo of the unperturbed beauty amidst the advent of technology and globalization. This place has remained seemingly undisturbed by the noise and haste of the cities and neighboring places. Look at the photo below. The stillness is a bliss!

The #BukidLife we have here, it's not the typical vacation where you'll be welcomed by gold-plated staircases but you'll be welcomed by the homy, primitive set up and ambiance of the hotels or inns. The hotel/resort that we booked in happens to enjoy and wishes to maintain to be so, being a good old resort home away from home!
So here's our room, sorry, my room, they are just invaders! haha Enjoy my room guys! LOL!
And adding some drama to the photo op is Chef F. C. My room overlooking the lake's view!
And what would come to your mind? Just anything, look at this man below! haha
And without anyone, this is my window's view. πŸ™‚
The room in a peaceful and calm state. T'was a great room. Good for two, but I was occupying this alone! Such an amazing thing. haha I love to be alone. 
As soon as we arrived in the place, we asked about the activities that we can do. And we were told that we can have the tour around the lake. Yes, you are not mistaken, we are in LAKE SEBU! So, we asked that we be ushered to the place where we can have the lake tour, and our hotel fortunately was able to accommodate our need. We were taken to the resort where we need to pay for the lake tour. 
On our way there, we happen to manage a selfie, or wefie!
Below is a photo of us on board the vessel for the lake tour! The tour offers you a fun site-seeing and be entertained by the tour guide's historical and educational lectures, while also performing for your consumption.


I have the privilege to have taken footage of the dances performed by the native T'boli in the area.
First dance is TRUE Dance watch video here.
Next dance is Seductive Dance watch video here. Starring our very own colleague Ms. R. C. L.
Here's another Seductive Dance by the Princess herself. Princess Hannah!
Sharing here our video as we started the lake tour.
Included in the lake tour package is the food (lunch). Since their pride is the Tilapia, they are serving these, Tilapia Curry and Fried Tilapia. The specialty viand of Lake Sebu!


We were blesed to have been joined by locals dressed in their traditional T'boli attire. πŸ™‚

The tour wouldn't be complete without myself having a photo taken with the Princess of the Tribe herself. 

After our Lake Sebu tour, we went back to the hotel, for a few minutes, or an hour of rest. Then we set the next trip will be towards the 7 falls! 
On our way to the 7 falls, I can't help but click again. Look at this raw, unedited, unfiltered view!

It's where you'll see another majestic water falls in the Philippines. There's literally 7 falls. One of the highlights would be the Zipline, highest in Asia, and of course, the steps going up through a stairway (we didn't do this one). So, for the 7 falls, we grabbed the opportunity to have the adventure captured and pasted on a mug, that which would remind us of the adventure every time we drink our coffee in the morning!
And we were lucky enough to have joined the adventure of the renowned #ElGammaPenumbra of Asia's Got Talent! hello there EGP!

After the adventure, we went to a floating restaurant in Lake Sebu! Thanks to our driver/tour guide! They took us to this amazing place, where we had our dinner! To dine floating over the lake! How about that? Living the time or our life! πŸ™‚

It's me pulling the rope to fetch my colleagues and bring them to the floating restaurant!

Yep, you guessed it right! It's yours truly, haha #feelingpro
How about a glimpse from atop Lake Sebu? 
The next day, we set our trip back home! But as we've discussed, we decided to might as well, go to General Santos! Haha But wait, we can have a stop at Surallah! Have you heard of it? It's just around 15 minutes from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato!




After the joyride and short stop at Surralah, we proceeded to Denmark Terminal for our trip to General Santos. And this unique and misleading address of the terminal is fun to take a jumpshot selfie! So here it is! πŸ™‚ #doroexplorero's Signature Jumpshot!
In General Santos, we only managed to visit SM General Santos, and well visit Starbucks, but wait! I made another Jump Shot too!



After our short stop at General Santos, we headed to Davao City, yes, the peaceful city of Davao! We craved for Durian, so we couldn't let the opportunity pass. We need to have some Durian for ourselves. They say it here, DAVAO LIFE IS HERE!
We actually devoured one 4 kilo Durian for our craving's satisfaction. The opened Durian's video is here.
We also had to stop at one of Davao's uniquely located Restaurant Jack's Ridge! πŸ™‚
We had our dinner in Jack's Ridge! Well, this was a dinner date I suppose, I was just a joiner! Intruder. Chaperone. πŸ™‚ I have video of why this dinner is romantic! πŸ™‚ Watch it here.
Panoramic view of Davao City
And that is our way of capping off our Lake Sebu-Surallah-GenSan-Davao Trip! What an Independence Day! Another way to enjoy Mindanao. Choosing #MindaNOW!
As we head back home, this view of sea of clouds did not escape my sight. This was captured while on board a bus, going back home, this was taken with my iPhone somewhere in higher places in Bukidnon while the bus is speeding up towards CDO! #NinjaMoves #doroexplorero
Why LAKE SEBU? Aside from the curiosity that mainly drove me to take this trip, I also want to see for myself (although risky), whether it's really dangerous in this part of Mindanao, and I have proven for myself that it's okay to travel towards this part of the country. We've never encountered any dangerous incident, no threat, no bombings, no nothing, simply and purely leisure travel! I hope this opens the mind of the tourists. There's just so much the Mindanao has to offer! Choose Mindanao, MindaNOW!
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #laagAsia #laagPinas #suroyWorld 

SAGADA has been the ultimate goal I've set for myself this summer. I've had several summer getaway during summer, but SAGADA was unique. I want to go there alone. Some may think, "gusto ko lang mag #hugot" but no. I wanted to witness the beauty of the place it self. In fact I just wanted to check it out for myself. 
It was not an easy trip going to SAGADA but would be all the rush, sweat, late meal, and every penny. One friend of mine asked, "pretty place" I undoubtedly said, "pretty" is an understatement. SAGADA had several activities and spots to offer. And it's beauty is indescribable.
I came to Metro Manila primarily to attend as part of the entourage of my very good brother in Christ Mr. MP last May 15, 2015 #MLBiyahengPagibig051515. But I was booked for a flight back to Cagayan de Oro City on the 18th early morning. Which means that I still have time to go somewhere over the weekend. 
I was thinking, can I really do it? I mean SAGADA? First time and alone? But I know "me". I love adventures! Of course, the urge to say YES is greater than the urge to say NO! So, the day just a couple of hours before my brother's wedding, I went to Victory Liner to book my ticket to Baguio. And guess what! Fully booked! 
Hmmm, what if I go to BALER, and not SAGADA? But Baler wasn't the priority this time. It's really SAGADA. I think the universe may have heard my whispers in the wind that it urged my friend AM to prod me to pursue my SAGADA plans. I told him, Victory Liner is fully booked, it's not unusual because it's summer and the next available trip is already the following day. He said, NO! It's not just Victory Liner that goes to Baguio, there's still Genesis! I've tried it before, and it was okay, my friend said. I said, let's try. 
We did go to check Genesis out. On our way to their Avenida Terminal, Getting a cab nor riding a jeep was already an adventure. Even the jeepneys are full! Seriously? All taxi seems to not care about passengers. Don't we exist here? Hello! Taxi? But no, we didn't get any cab. 
Until that destined jeepney going to Avenida, came and we were allowed to enter and take our precious seats! Yes! After around 30-40 minutes of looking for a cab or jeepney. Finally! (Don't sing ariel please!), A jeepney passing just for us! (LOL actually, we just had the opportunity to hop on it first). 
As we arrived, we saw there are buses parked in Avenida. And yes, it's Genesis! But they call their bus, Joy Bus? They said it's the same. We asked if I can hop on one of the parked buses. I got a stern "no". All were fully booked except that which would leave by 1:00 AM. Wow! Seriously? Fully booked again? But since there's a chance to have that 1:00 AM bus, we decided to stay. While we were trying to find something to fill our stomach. We left the terminal, thinking that it's still 11:00 or a couple of minutes after 11:00 PM. We went to a nearby Jollibee to feed ourselves. After having our meal, we went back to Genesis' terminal. Guess what? The bus intended for 1:00 AM has already left. Whaaat? Are you kidding me? 
TIP: Do not believe in time schedules when it's peak season like SUMMER! 
We were informed that as soon as all the seats (allowed capacity) are filled, the bus will travel even if it's not yet the scheduled time for the bus. Amazingly, most bus companies going to North has this practice! So never rely on their schedule. Book ahead, ensure your schedule! Be there earlier than your travel time! 

I did not give up! Thanks to my very supportive friend Mr. A.M. for pushing me! haha 

I was able to travel earlier than 1:00 A.M still, riding the bus, initially intended to travel by 2:00 A.M. because again, it got all filled before the scheduled time.

I arrived in Baguio at around 7:30 A.M., and guess what!? The bus going to Sagada is fully booked again! The next trip to SAGADA is by 11:30 A.M! Wow! Although there is a trip to SAGADA at 9:30 A.M. but the available seats are center seats. The trip is for 6 long hours from Baguio, so don't choose center seats unless you don't have a choice because of the schedule. Before the 9:30A.M. came, we've already left the terminal. Again, because it's full! 

We arrived in SAGADA by 3:00 P.M. There are I believe 3 bus stops that Lizardo bus usually makes their stop. Or should I say, their drivers stop. So you can be sure you can have somewhere to buy your food, if you didn't bring anything with you. But I am a light meal eater when on travel, so every bus stop I just usually pee and not really eat. I don't smoke, so I usually just use the time every stop for site and sight-seeing.  

Upon arrival in SAGADA there's the Town Hall, but that's not where you register. Go to your left where there is a Municipal Hall, register as a guest. Pay your environmental fee of P35.00. If you haven't booked a travel agency or guide yet. Ask for a guide there. Also, ask for a map! They have one to give to each guest/visitor/tourist.

Because it's already late. I went to find a hotel. I walked couple of meters away from the hall, and all hotels were fully booked! 

Another tip: If you haven't booked ahead of time, you have internet, and credit card, use www.agoda.com! They have room for everyone.haha because I was afraid I couldn't find a room for a night, I did browsed through Agoda. Thank God, there's a room available in Masferre for US$36.00. Few clicks, and my booking was confirmed.

I walked couple of steps from the hall, and yeah! It's Masferre Inn! I asked for my booked room (just a couple of seconds earlier). Then I was ushered to my room where I left my things.

I lost no time to freshen up. Went out, asked for  my guide. And off to my first SAGADA adventure!

My first adventure is CAVE Connection. According to the guide the adventures starts with a 40 minutes walk from the town center to the entry point at Lumiang/Burial Cave. Wedged at the entrance are piles of coffins. Deeper into the cave are awesome rock formations to satisfy your eyes and some rock climbing, and crawling for those thirsty for a more challenging physical activity. the exploration usually takes about 4-5 hours, ending at Sumaguing/Big Cave. I took this cave connection and just made it to the end within 1.5 hours only. Quite fast. 

Last entrance to the cave: 4:00 P.M.
Route: 

Dokiw Hanging Coffins viewpoint

Lumiang Burial Cave Entry point

As shared to me by my guide, these are small coffins, not because the people before have heights less than 4 ft. but because these people buried here, are put in the coffin in a fetal position. They believe that when a person dies, he/she goes back to how he/she came into the world, thus the fetal position when placed in a coffin. He also added that the burial in this area was a festive and happy one. The people buried in Lumiang Cave are those who died of old age. There are different places for different categories of death. People celebrate when a person dies out of old age. When he's accumulated several grandchildren and wealth, that's something to celebrate. For them, it means, they've lived their life well.

Inside the cave you'll have several physical activities including rock climbing, crawling and even rappelling. 

But it's worth it, as you'll see nature at its best under the cave! 

Sumaguing Cave exit point

Rice Terraces view point - this is something I only read about in my geography class. Not knowing, I'd come here at least for once in my life time!

Guide Fee: P800.00 for 2 visitors or less and P400 for each additional visitor.

After the Cave Connection I asked my guide's contact number for another adventure the following day. Mang Lacsim was happy to help and tour me around SAGADA. He suggested we go to Kiltepan Peak for the sunrise early in the morning, then to any of the tourist destinations afterwards. 

I went back to Masferre and relaxed! I had a long day of travel and adventure! Thank God, Masferre serves delicious food! It somehow relieved me of the physical exhaustion I've had for the day's activity.

The following day! Mang Lacsim called me at around 4:30 A.M., he's already outside the hotel to fetch me. Yeah! The sunrise! On our way to Kiltepan Peak, where sunrise can be seen magnificently along with the aerial view of the rice terraces and mountain ranges. It's best to go there on summer. However, on the day that I went there, it's very cloudy. And we haven't really witnessed the beauty of sunrise at Kiltepan Peak.

I saw, however, the "kubo" where Angelica Panganiban (That Thing Called Tadhana) shoot the scene with JM De Guzman. The famous #hugot (#whogoat) place!

The movie started the phenomena of #whogoat which also features SAGADA as the best place to relieve one's heartaches and pains with the place's scenic and serene views! As my guide put it, "Jan po sumigaw sigaw si Angelica sir!" (That's where Angelica shouted/screamed sir!). Pointing at the "kubo".

Because it's summer, tourist flocked to SAGADA like ants in a colony. They are just everywhere. Even in Kiltepan Peak. You could barely have a space for yourself. It's hard to take a selfie. Everyone is just every where.

I asked my guide to usher me back to the hotel as I will be having breakfast. I asked him if he already had one, he said he's going to have it too but outside the hotel, I asked him to join me and I'll take care of the bill, he gladly accepted! I had Filipino Style Breakfast with Native Longanisa while he ordered Filipino Style Breakfast with Boneless Fish (Bangus). 

After breakfast, it's time to decide where to go! I have a lot to choose from. But very limited time. I asked him which water falls would have lesser people and that it's possible to go there and be back by 10:00A.M. he said it should be Pongas Falls in Anikeleng, Sagada, Mountain Province. I told him to bring me there as I would be going back to Baguio before lunch.

On the way to Pongas falls, are greeneries. It's a refreshing place to be in. You will see different crops, it somehow had me revisit my childhood days, memories in the past when I see almost every day these kinds of view. 

These are newly planted cucumber. They just can't stop planting. They plant after every harvest. The guide told me that their guide services are in demand only in the summer, but after the summer they'll all go back to farming. Sagada's local population is mostly comprised of farmers, whose income mainly depend on agriculture. 

 I also have to stop and take a picture of this great scene! Green leaves of "palay"/rice. With the great mountains on the background!

 These are peanuts! Since I've been seeing different crops, I was looking for peanuts, and yes, the guide gladly told me that there are peanuts! Here they are!

Of course, this is the plant/herb that made our family's living possible. I remember back in my childhood days, I will walk for couple of miles to get ready to consume bananas! I can't let it pass. I have to take a picture, as my brain traveled fast back to my childhood days!

There's corn too! Corn has been an alternative to rice for my family. Back when I was a child, we cannot always afford to have "rice"/palay in the table. They're just so expensive. While "corn rice" are way cheaper. So as an alternative, for a rice eater, we will have steamed "corn rice". And they said it's good for health. Maybe, because we remained alive and grew up! haha

Closer look at the almost golden seeds of palay! 

 I am also not surprised by the presence of sugar cane in the field. 

In the middle of the trek, we stopped by at the what the locals call as the "Bad-ay", my guide expertly explained to me what it is. Bad-ay is a the place where the locals (native) specially, back in the old days, convene, discuss, try a case, and socialize. It's also the place where they perform rituals, during planting season and harvest season (both are festive events/rituals). Bad-ay is also the place where the men, back then, sleeps. Because their houses are very small, it can only accommodate the women, and therefore, men choose to sleep outside or in their tribe's "bad-ay". When we visited, it's evident that a ritual has recently been performed. My guide showed me the evidence. 

The trek going to Pongas Falls was enjoyable as those above were present, however, it's also challenging as it's a climb! Up to the falls, would be several thousand steps.  There are stairways and hanging bridge. 

Then when we reached Pongas Falls, there's only me and the guide! My solo experience of Pongas was amazing! You need to climb up to the top to see the majestic beauty of the falls. Up there, is the small pool, where you can get soaked, wet and sun-kissed!

I've not been to a falls where I am alone, or atleast it's just me and the guide. The guide happily watched me be amazed by the beauty of this falls. It's not well marketed yet, not yet well advertised so it's not populated at 9:00 A.M. I was thankful I chose to visit this place over Bomod-ok. Although, when I get back to SAGADA, I'll definitely, visiting Bomod-ok. 

I didn't stay longer in Pongas, as much as I'd want to, I need to catch up the bus trip by 11:00 A.M. So after getting all the positive energies of the universe through this falls, I went down with the guide, and head to the hotel. 

When we get to the hotel, I paid the agreed price for the guide, and fetched my bag at the hotel, then went directly to the terminal. A few steps from my hotel. In my arrival, bags are already lining up for the bus trip. Indicating that a person has reserved a line for a slot of seat in the bus.

I also took advantage of the waiting time, trying to document the fact, that foreigners (non-filipinos) are also in Sagada, specially this summer, they are all around! (welcome to SAGADA!) of different nationalities. Of course, our favorite neighbors and co-asian Koreans are also here! πŸ™‚ While filipino tourists are also flocking in to SAGADA!

Traveling alone to SAGADA was a rich experience for me! I became more aware of time, direction, and even had the chance to reflect and be thankful of all the things that God and the universe has allowed me to enjoy!

Some more scenes I took to and from SAGADA I'll be sharing below.

I will always treasure this first trip to SAGADA, and I am definitely coming back here! 

What I haven't visited or done in SAGADA yet, will be my priority on my next visit. (According to their publish map and travel guide). Use this as a guide for your complete SAGADA trip! Complete guide including trips schedules, fees and transportation, accommodation, etc. When In Sagada, What To Do? How Much for Which?

1. Balangagan Cave Spelunking - Also known as "Marcos Cave", it boasts of fine pure white flowstones and stunning stalactites. Be prepared to climb up its chambers or crawl along tight passages. The rock formations inside the cave are delicate and sensitive. Please avoid touching the rock formations.

Last entrance to the cave: 4:00 P.M. 
Guide fee: P650 - 4 visitors or less.
Transport Fee and Schedule: P650
8:00 A.M.    - 20 pax
10:00 A.M.  - 20 pax
12:00 N.N.   - 20 pax

2. Bumayeng Twin Falls - the trek to the falls starts at the drop off point in Barangay Bangaan, and will pass through some rice fields through natural trails/pathways.

Fee: P2,500 - 5 visitors or less (includes guide fee and packed meal).
Hike duration - 3 hours or more, one way
Transportation - P650 two-way.

3. Bomod-ok - 3 hours hike (back and forth) from Bangaan drop off point to the falls, passing through rice paddies and natural trails.

Fees: P500 - 10 visitors or less
Transportation - P650 two way vehicle hire via Aguid P500 two-way vehicle hire via Bangaan.

4. Bokong - one of the favorite picnic areas in central Sagada, it's swimming pool was carved by nature. 

Fees: P200 - 10 visitors or less
Transportation: P250 two-way vehicle.

5. Eco-tour 3 hours ofloop hike to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins, Sagada Underground River entrance, St. Mary's Church and Bokong Natural Swimming Pool passing through small river, valley/canyon, rice fields and Sagada Weaving.

Guide fee: P600 - 10 visitors or less.

6. Adventure Trail - 3 hours trek to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins passing through St. Mary's Church, enter the Underground river, forest trails, river crossing, Bokong Swimming Pool.

Guide fee: P1,000 for 10 visitors or less.

7. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins - a short hike to the view point and a challenging, slippery walk to have a close-up view of the coffins.

Guide fee: P200 - 10 visitors or less.

8. Camp by the fire - includes a Boodle Fight Dinner at any preferred campsite (Kiltepan Peak or Danum Lake). Arrangements may be done at the Municipal Information Center.

Minimum of 4 for only P1,800.
Inclusions: meals and shuttle back and forth.

9. Lake Danum/Sunset - the lake is a venue of some legendary tales, which includes how Sagada got its name. Drop by the Sagada Stoneware Pottery on the way to the lake.

Leave for Lake Danum at 4:30 P.M. 30 minutes drive from town center.
Transport fee: P550.

10. Mt. Ampacao Traverse - A loop hike from town center to Lake Danum view point then to Mt. Ampacao and down to the village of Demang or Ambasing or vice versa. This will take around 3 hours or so depending on your ability to walk on natural/mountain trails. The Ilocos Range and a hazy outline of the Ilocos coast can be viewed along the way.

Guide fee: P800 - 10 visitors or less.

11. Grassy Land/Marlboro - 2-3 hours of back trekking. It is also a camping site and a sunrise viewpoint. Rice terraces and limestone formation can be seen along the way. 

Guide fee: P600 - 10 visitors or less
Shuttle fee: P650

12. Langsayan Danum Traverse - 3 hours hike or more, passing through mossy and pine forest. The area overlooks 2 municipalities and a vast view of mountain ranges, rice terraces.

Guide fee: P1,000 - 3 visitors or less.

13. Mt. Sisipitan - The highest mountain in SAGADA, it is 2,200 meters above sea level. It is an excellent area for a day hike.

Guide fee: P2,000 each.

14. Mt. Polis - is nestled between Mt. Ampacao and the "Grassy Land/Marlboro". It provides a good view of Sagada.

Guide fee: P1,500 - 3 visitors or less.

15. Marlboro Hill - Blue Soil Traverse Trek - 4-5 hours trek passing through rice terraces and limestone formations.

Guide fee: P1,800 for 3 visitors or less.
Transportation fee: P1,350

16. Sagada to Mainit Hotspring  rek or travel by jeep to the minicipality of Bontoc to enjoy the natural hot spring in Mainit. A trip to experience the Maligcong Rice Terraces can also be included in the itinerary.

Guide fee: P2,500 each visitor (for trekking)
Additional fee from the hot spring to Maligcong.

REMINDERS FOR CAVING:
Attire: 

  • shirt (loose t-shirt), shorts/loose pants
  • rubber sandals/flipflops/rubber shoes
  • Optional - gloves
No entrance to the cave after 4:00 P.M.
Expect waist deep water in some parts of Sumaguing Cave.
HOTLINES
SAGADA PNP         0908 225 8115
Municipal Mayor      0999 991 1800
Municipal Tourism   0999 991 1801
Sagada Municipal Tourist Information Center
Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province, 2619 Philippines
Email add: sagada.mayor@gmail.com
Open: 7:00 in the morning
Close: 6:00 in the evening

SCHEDULE OF REGULAR TRIPS

SAGADA-BAGUIO (GL/LIZARDO BUS)
Bus fare: P220.00 5-6 hours

Morning Trips:
1st Trip: 5:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 7:00 A.M.
3rd Trip: 8:00 A.M.
4th Trip: 9:00 A.M.
5th Trip: 10:00 A.M.
6th Trip: 11:30 A.M. Depending on availability of bus

Afternoon trip
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
***Trips usually start ahead of schedule if seating capacity is full.
***No booking/reservation. First come, first serve.

SAGADA-BONTOC
Jeepney fare: P45 - 45 minutes.

Morning Trips:
1st Trip: 6:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 7:00 A.M.
3rd Trip: 7:30 A.M. 
4th Trip: 8:00 A.M. 
5th Trip: 8:30 A.M.
6th Trip: 9:00 A.M.
7th Trip: 10:00 A.M.
8th Trip: 11:00 A.M.
9th Trip: 12:00 N.N.

Afternoon Trip
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
***Trips usually start ahead of schedule if seating capacity is full.

BONTOC-BANAUE
Bus Fare: P150 - 1.5 hours 
Morning Trips only
1st Trip: 7:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 9:00 A.M.
Jeepney Fare: P150 - 1.5 hours
1st Trip: 8:30 A.M.
2nd Trip: 10:00 A.M.
Afternoon Trip:
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
BANAUE - MANILA
Night Trips only 10 hours
Olympus Bus: 7:00 P.M.
INNS/LODGING/RESTHOUSES - There are several of them. I suggest you look for them in Agoda, but if you need their contact numbers. Please feel free to request on the comment below. πŸ™‚

Our family is from Cagwait Surigao del Sur, and I haven't heard of Britannia until my friend Ms. RA invited me to join in their trip. I was very happy to join as I want to go on an island hopping! Although, I did not have much idea, but it was summer, and it's an island, the beach! Aaah, was so excited then. But what I've seen is beyond my expectation. 
Britannia is a group of island in Surigao del Sur. It's a paradise! White sand, clear blue-green sea water. It's not that known yet, but it's getting noticed as the years passed. It's only today, that I was browsing through my travels did I realized that I haven't written something about it, or at least show to the world, what really is there. 
What we did was we took the bus going to Butuan at around 7 or 8pm, around P220 or P250 pesos fare, we arrived around 11 or 12 mn. Then we stopped for a while in Butuan, and travel by 3am using the Montero of my friend's family. πŸ™‚ 
I will be sharing to you some photos taken at Brittania, while we were enjoying the island hopping! Photo credits to Ms. RA and Ms. MT.
There are around six islands:
1. Hagonoy
2. Naked Island
3. Britania 
4. Hiyor-hiyoran
5. Tagoan
6. Panlangagan
It's a fantastic Sunday morning! Nature just welcomed us with a the Sun's fresh morning kiss! Ayee! 
Who wouldn't be in-love with this scene? C'mon! 
And that's not it, there's more! When travelling to places like this, your system just can't help but take pictures as much as you can! There's no stopping you, specially if you have an underwater camera  ready! 

These are just beautiful snippets of what's really in Britania! How can one miss this place? Mindanao has indeed pride itself with a lot of things to offer, and surely, Britania is just one, if not top of the list! 
My friends, can't help it too! They just want to document that they set foot on Naked Island!
Even under the sea, you can't help but pose! haha Struggling face! Diving into the clear and cool sea water!
One of my friends wanted to just experience diving while we sail, we ordered the boat to be stopped for a while, and just swim!
Of course, why would I forget my obligatory jump shots? haha this time I am joined by my good friend EM.
When I'm in the beach, I always reconnect with the universe! Feel the sun's kiss, sand's texture, the breeze's whispers and touch, the just dip my body into the cold water! Just plain simple feeling it! Would create a rejuvenating energy within me. 

I took no chance of losing the opportunity to take pictures everywhere I'd see a wonderful background! 

Of course, our groupfie/wefie are no way to be forgotten!

We've definitely enjoyed the island hopping! Experiencing Britania's beauty first hand is priceless! It was a day well spent! 
Ever wonder what happens next to Island hopping? haha here take a look! LOL!
Experience Mindanao! Experience Britania! Hail to the beautiful islands! 
The Island hopping itself, would be around 3-5 hours depending on your stay on each of the islands. Do you want to go there? Do you have questions you want to ask? Please feel free to drop it on the comment box below. πŸ™‚

I believe the universe always works for what you constantly envision yourself to be in. I have initially decided not to go with my friends, I have planned ahead to go to Iligan City for another trip. But fate has it, that I should join the Cebu, PH adventure! The day before the trip to Iligan, my friends who agreed to go there with me told me that they can't make it. So, I contacted my friend Ms. R if I could still join the Cebu trip. She gladly welcome the idea, only that we are not sure, if I could still get a ticket on TransAsia. And when I inquired, yes, it's fully booked! She suggested I check online for airline tickets, and she searched for flights too. She ended up booking me up for a flight to Cebu. And yes! I was able to join the Moalboal-Badian, Cebu Trip! 
The first day of arrival May 1, we stayed in Basdaku, Moalboal, Cebu. Chillax time. We decided to cook our own dish. "Sinugba" (Grilled) Pork chop. But before we get to the cooking part, there was a gorgeous painting in the sky shown by the universe as we walk along the shore.

Then I went on to my job! haha It was actually me and Mr. J (another friend of mine) who did the grilling of the pork. The grilling area is free for use to all occupants of the cottages in the resort where we stayed in for only P1,000 per night (we were 5 in the spacious room).

Then the next morning we had the Canyoning/Canyoneering at Badian, Cebu. Click that activity to see what it is. 
The beach in Moalboal, is so pure, fresh and you could call it Virgin! It's just magnificently beautiful. 
  
We had a long beach walk every sunset. It really captured our attention as we make every step in the beach sand. It feels great to literally be on foot in a white sand beach. 
We didn't stay too long the night before the Canyoning/Canyoneering (May 2) so that we'll have enough energy stored. Thank God we survived the activity. For photos of the adventure click here.
But of course, our stay in Basdaku, Moalboal, wouldn't be complete without a night in the beach. It's where I said, can we have this kind of night every so often? It feels great to just feel the sea, sand and sun! And well coz it's night, the moon. What could be better than the #beach #buddies and #beer?


Then the next day May 3, we were scheduled for the Dolphin watching, Island Hopping, Turtle's Nest (Haven) visit, and then Sardines run.
We started the day at 5:00 A.M. It's best to start early so you won't get burned by the Sun's heat. First stop, Dolphins! Sad, I didn't get a picture of the Dolphins who sort of welcomed us, as we approached the area. They jumped/flew like they were our friends. The boat man keep making a sound as if to call them, and they do show up. 
Then we went to an Island, where the healthy corals were very enticing. We did some snorkelling in one of the island, where blue, yellow and colorful fish were just amazingly swimming with us. I fell in love with the sight. If I could only live there! Haha wishful thinking!

Then we visited the Turtles' haven, unfortunately they were a bit shy, they only show their heads. And they didn't come near us. Although, they've shown up, we were unable to take pictures. But yes, they are there! My friend Mr. J tried to swim around and have an encounter but they were elusive, and it adds to the difficulty that there are some jelly fish (according to him), whose sting has made him climb up the boat again. But it was an amazing place to see the turtles!
Next stop, Sardine run. Would you believe you can swim with the sardines around and have pictures with them? Astonishingly, they have warmly welcomed us by staying close to our boat. 

I couldn't believe I let go of the life vest, and just dived into the unknown depth of the sea. But what I saw down there made me say, it was worth the risk! Wow! 
Then, we went Island Hopping! We thought it was over as we went back on our way to the resort, but we passed it, then we were told, we're going to another place where some islet exists. 

The whole Cebu trip was splendid! Super! It was the trip of the year so far! These photos wouldn't be enough to describe how elated I was to have experienced all those! Philippines indeed is more fun! There's just a lot yet to be discovered in our country. Cebu alone offers a lot! I have yet to explore some more parts of Cebu. But yes, this is the best yet. 
Photo credits: Ms. MT, RA, and Mr. JD
Trip summary/Itinerary/costs:
Cebu south terminal to Moalboal - P120/person
Moalboal bus stop to Basdaku - P30/person
Basdaku to Moalboal bus stop (pick up for canyoning) - P30/person
Moalboal to Badian (multicab) - P70/person
Badian highway to start area of canyoning (habal2) - P50
Entrance and exit (canyoning) - P200/person
Guide fee - P750/person
Foon (snacks, snacks, snacks for 3 days) - P3,000 or P600/person
Island hopping - P2900 or P580/person (group of 5)
Day 1: Chill time
White sand beach
Sunset
Cook dinner (grilling!)
Night swimming
Day 2: Canyoning 
Basdaku to Moalboal
Moalboal to Badian
Badian to start of Canyoning
Canyoning to Kawasan falls
Badian to Moalboal
Moalboal to Basdaku
Day 3: 4 hour trip in the water! 
Island Hopping
Turtle 
Dolphin
Sardine Encounter
Back to the beach resort. Pack up! Back to the city! Sail  or fly back to your city of origin.
I will definitely come back! Camotes and many more is yet to be explored! Wohoo! C'mon universe!
If you wish to travel and have questions in mind, pop them up below, might be able to answer your queries. πŸ™‚