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One of the most exciting place we've been to in our Maldives Trip is this Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Island Resort. Adaaran is a small island resort that you can walk around for two minutes. But the place's view is just breathtaking. What's great too is that the fee ($100) includes everything (yes including the transport by speedboat) .FREE FOOD - buffet lunch - at 1:00 PM
FREE Drinks - from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - yes, that includes Wines and Beers!!!
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Maafushi is a bigger Island than Gulhi. It's our second destination island. In this island, you'll be confident that there's a bank, you can buy the stuffs you'd need, and you can choose from several inns and guesthouses. Although, we stayed at one guest house for the whole duration of our stay here in Maafushi.

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Soon as we arrived in Male', we looked for the beach, and there really was a beach. But I was looking for something serene and relaxing. I planned something out, and first stop, Gulhi!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 
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 worldโ€™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 Muruganโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 
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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming.
I did not have an idea what it is, all I am for, is to travel and explore! As explained to us by the guide, Mr. Choy, this is an extreme adventure sports. As defined by Wikipedia above, that is Canyoning or Canyoneering! I was excited!
The trip to Badian would be around 4-5 hours from Cebu South Terminal via bus. We stayed in Moalboal the night before so we will be able to get to Badian, earlier the following day. Badian will be about an hour trip from Moalboal. From Badian highway, we needed to ride "habal-habal" to get to the peak where we will start our Canyoning. 
As we arrived in the site, we were asked to get ready, and put on our vests and head gears. We were also advised to put all other things, specially non-water resistant gadgets on the dry bags we brought along! Thanks to my travel buddies, who were amazingly prepared with everything. So we were able to bring cellphones along the way. Although, we didn't use it. 
The first challenge is the 15-feet jump at the start. 
We needed to jump to start, so we don't actually have a choice. Everyone will be looking at you if you don't jump immediately. So, it helps that you are pressured, and you will be able to jump! haha thankfully though, we are a bunch of jumpers, we needed no pressures, we just love jumping. ๐Ÿ™‚
The scenic place with the blue-green colored water, with the rock formation on the side, and the green trees' view are just amazingly stunning! I couldn't help but swim with my head up high, watching the scenery.
The track is not easy to traverse, but all worth the pain and adrenaline rush! The above pictures are all actual footage of my friends' go-pro cameras. The track includes, jumping on a cliff, jumping from rock to rock, trekking, swimming/diving, walking. The activity, would really test your stamina. I was armed with only chocolates as boosters. And yeah I survived. 
The entire activity is around 4-5 hours. We started at around 9:30 in the morning and ended around 2:30 in the afternoon. When we reached the 30-ft jump (actually only around 25 to 27 ft), we had a break. Snack! Then I had my highest jump so far.
Was it exhausting? Yes! Very exhausting. In fact, while we were walking/trekking downstream, I can feel that my feet is hurting, but I have no choice, I needed to complete the activity. After around 9 jumps, and several hundreds of steps if not thousands, we went solid trekking for couple of minutes and no more jumping. As we approach Kawasan falls, we have seen people enjoying the waters. The waters we swam and jumped on earlier. 
I was enchanted with the nature's beauty found in the farthest top of Kawasan falls, where we started our Canyoning. And yes, it's a must-do for all adventurers! It was my best so far.
I was advised that we needed to pay 
P750 each person for the guide
P200 for both entrance (P100) and exit (P100)
P70 for the multicab from Moalboal to Badian
Things to bring and wear on a canyoning activity:
1. Dry bag - you'd definitely need this. You will be 200% going to get wet. So don't risk! Save your phones! And other non water-resistant items.
2. GoPro cameras (with monopods) - because they are waterproof, they are mostly good for documenting the entire activity! You might do it just for once, so better be ready for what you need.
3. Rash Guard - it's advisable because although it gets wet, it easily dries up. And well, it is relatively lighter to wear. I used mine, from Maui and Sons. 
4. Food - snack items are advised to be brought since the activity will take you around 4-5 hours, you'll have to stop and have a break. This would include bottled water.
5. Aqua Shoes -  it is advisable, since you will have all those swimming and jumping activities. Rubber shoes are good alternatives (although it's heavy to wear so choose the lightest one coz you're gonna be swimming remember?). I used however, not aqua shoes nor rubber shoes, I used rubber sandals of Sandugo. It is tied around so it does not easily loosen up when I swim or jump.
I think, Canyoning, got me. I've been looking for places to go next. I wanna do it again. I would love to do it again in Badian, but if there are still places to explore too, I'd love to do it there as well. 
My Canyoning experience, is the best so far! Thank you Brad R.A. for getting me to join you in this activity! I was overwhelmed, and fell in love with adventure once again!  
Below I am sharing with you more of the pictures we took. Enjoy watching! And hopefully you'll visit Badian, Cebu as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Two Thumbs Up for Cebu's Canyoning!

If you want to try this one, Mr. Choy Daruca, is the guide to get. Contact him via facebook here
Some of the pictures of their Canyoneering are available on his timeline too. ๐Ÿ™‚