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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. 🙂

We are either single or alone (because of long distance relationship) today, on a valentines day! And I thank God because I have harshfriends who never failed to amuse and readily throw laughter the moment the battle starts rolling. 
Indeed, harshfriends are the people who tell you things you don't even want to tell yourself. They've organized this dinner because they don't want to be left out when people are busy posting their valentine celebration, I also happened to be away from my GB Haide, so I said I'd join. Thanks to our ever active friend Roscel and Keithly for this event! Haha we're not alone! 
So, we arrived on time (me and Keithly), waited for couple of minutes to be given a seat in the restaurant. People flew into the place, as expected. But yeah, we were given seats after a few minutes of waiting. They serve asian food. We were already hungry so we ordered as soon as the others arrived. But before all the food were served, the laughter had already bursted. 
We had chicken pandan, shrimp, fried pork belly and a fish fillet and platter rice tom yum and garlic rice? haha

Fish fillet

Tom Yum

Chicken Pandan

Crispy Fried Pork Belly

Shrimp

The talk and laughter was awesome! Every time we get together, we will surely have those more than enough dose of laughter! Something that we really needed to have every now and then! More gatherings to come! haha But seriously, they're so hungry. Look at Roscel! haha

I finished my food first, so I was able to take the above picture! haha Keithly was always ready for a photo op? LOL!
Reviews:
Service : 3/5 my friend called earlier to reserve a seat for us, but they said they don't accept reservations. It's on a first come first serve basis. But when she got there, she was asking to get the seats she spotted, but was told it was reserved. Really? The crew though are friendly. Aren't they Keith? haha Food were served not so quickly but not too long.
Food: 4/5 it's good but it's not that outstanding. The garlic rice was just ordinary (was garlic rice?) haha. The food taste were filipinized thai food (asian food). Generally, the food tasted good! 
Price: 3/5 for the food we've had, I think it's within reasonable. But not really for a budget type of meal. It's a little bit above affordable, but still reasonable.
Ambiance: 4/5 at least for the spot that we got, we've had our laugh out loud moments without being conscious about the other people in the room. Just enough ventilation and coziness to enjoy some intellectual (weeeh?) or cool conversation and laughter.

In sum, I've enjoyed tonights dinner! Thanks #harshfriends for the company! Thanks for the laughter! Till next time. 🙂 Happy Valentines Day to all of you! 

In Hawaii, we have a custom of giving leis to one another as an act of hospitality, honor and friendship. A lei is usually made up of flowers strung together and draped around a person's neck. We give leis to say, "Thank you," and we give leis to say, "Goodbye."
I love the fragrant flowers of Hawaii. The pikake, the plumeria, the white ginger and the pua kenikeni are my favorites. These beautiful flowers are so pungent that everywhere I turn, the wafting fragrance adds a sense of Polynesian aloha to everything I experience. When I wear one of these leis, every person I meet smells wonderful! It does not matter whether the person is tall or short, happy or sad, coming to me with a complaint or a compliment, they all smell wonderful to me! Or course, this fragrance I enjoy has nothing to do with the person I am with but has everything to do with the lei I am wearing.
Attitude is like a lei. Each of us has one, but we have made a choice of what to string together to make up that lei. If you carry around a collection of dried fish, everything starts to smell fishy. If you string together old socks, the whole world seems to have this funny odor to it. Your attitude is like a fragrance you carry around with you. The difference is that skunks carry around a bad odor, while the beautiful Hawaiian plumeria blossoms carry a fragrance.
Whether you like it or not, each of us carries either a fragrance or a bad odor. You choose which you will carry. Some people's poor attitudes follow them around like bad cologne. Others who have wonderful personalities leave a fragrance in their wake as they pass through our lives.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")