My Jomalig Adventure

One of my travel goals is to visit Jomalig (pronouced as Humalig) Island. But for these past years,  I was intimated with the fact that this would take a  6-hour boat ride. I don’t know if I can. But this year I finally gave in when WeekendExplorersPH invited me as a joiner on a tour group as they tailor an organized trip to Jomalig. Our group would consist of 14 people. A big group that would split the cost nicely as this is a DIY Jomalig trip.

Just a brief folktale about  the origin of the name of the island. Long time ago, the leader of the island has a beautiful daughter. A suitor came to ask for her hand. However, the leader of the island gave him a challenge to win her daughter. And that is to spear 3 fishes in every seawater of the island. The man accepted this challenge but did not succeeded. As a consolation, he requested a kiss from the leader’s beautiful daughter. When the girl kiss the man, the people were shocked they started shouting “Humalik!” which means to “Kiss” in local language.  Soon Humalik became Humalig and now spelled as Jomalig due to American occupation. Love these kind of tales! I have many questions though. So the girl also like the young man? What happened after that? Did they elope or something? 

But that does not matter though. It’s time for the photo documentary of our trip to Jomalig Island.Our group meet-up place was in Petron along Boni Avenue. I am nervous because I know the travel time I have to endure and also, it’s my first time to be a joiner. I only know a single soul in this trip.  (Main concern: Who would take my photos specially my bikini pics? :P)Our van departed from Boni at around 1am. 

Some notes about the Van Rental (cost slit among 14 people)
Driver: Mikel Calimag
Rental Fee going to Quezon: P6,000.00 (to be split between 14 passenger)
Driver Food: P150.00

Port Real Quezon

Then we arrived at Port Real Quezon at around 5 am, We took our breakfast around the area and finally got a chance to talk with some  people in the group. It turns out I am not the only one who’s a joiner here. Also I felt relieved to see that our ride was not exactly on a small boat just like we had in Calaguas. We were about to ride on a ferry boat! With seats and a top load where we can lie and sleep!

Time check: Our boat departed the port at around 7 am.

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Ferry at Real Quezon going to Jomalig

These are some scenes at the topload of the ferry boat. I totally recommend to grab a spot here if you want to catch some sleep. Also it’s not so hot there.

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Sun rise
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Someone old me that this pic looks like a drug trafficking scene. Haha!

Free lunch! I did not expect that our ride has a free meal inclusion. And I love the food. It tasted good, even better than my breakfast that morning.

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The free luch aredeliverd by plate
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My Jomalig Travel Buddies
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Some notes about the Ferry Boat Trip (cost split among 14 people)
Port  Fee: P140.00
Environmental Fee: P2380.00
Boat: P5600.00

Arrival at Jomalig and Lunch at Ate Lara’s House

The ferry boat is prohibited to touch the shore. So we have to transfer another smaller boat in order to finally reach Jomalig Island. It turns out that we will be staying at the house of “Ate Lara”

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In addition for the house, Ate Lara’s added service is cooked food. They welcomed us with Filipino staple food “Adobo”.

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Introducing our temporary humble home

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Even if we were tired and sleepy, one should not waste the opportunity the catch swimming time under sunset in Salibungot Beach.

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Some cost notes. Split among 14 people
Entrance Fee at Salibungot Beach 1400
Boat to Resort by Ate Lyra P840.00

Home Accomodation (P380.00 room, P200.00 papag only) P3800.00
Rice + Adobo by Ate Lyra P1010.00
Water + Ice 170.00

Home Accommodation by Ate Lyra
Contact Numbers: Globe-09561048356, Smart-09307968665

Second Day: Habal-habal (Motorbike) Tour

 I did not expect that the essence of Jomalig adventure is the motorbike tour. They can be acquired on the spot. Just ask a local or Ate Lyra’s assistance if want a habal-habal tour . I’m scared of riding motorbike because for me it is accident prone mode of transportation. It just feel so unsafe in the city. But of course, will I let my fear spoil my Jomalig trip? I have no choice!

1st STOP: Ang Puno ng Walang Forever (The Tree of No Forever)

The tree is lonely because it grew in the middle of a space or field. Likened to a love that will forever be unrequited so you end up alone like this tree. Due to that, it became immensely popular that it was one of the tourist destinations. Picture taking here comes with a minimal fee of P65.00.

The tree might be sad but it might be angry too. With all the tourist riding its branches for pics the whole day, it might be bottling some resentments to humans . I just hope that the tree will be taken care of. I sounded like a killjoy here somehow. Instead of climbing the tree I made make-believe photos of me riding the motorbike on my own.

By the way here some snaps of our habal-habal bikes and guys.

By the time it’s our turn to take a pic with the tree, the light rain fell causing some mist and confusion in this pic.

2nd STOP: Golden Sand

It was raining when we arrived here. So the photos are kind of gloomy. I prefer sunny days during travels. And this honestly bummed me out. I prayed that the it won’t be like this the whole afternoon.

The beach was rocky and the golden sand would have been shining under a summer heat.

But of course, we will still push through with our bikini pic plans. Although quite prankly I am not in the mood here.

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3rd STOP: Little Boracay

At last! The Lord heard my prayers. The rain went away and the sun finally shone above. Just in time because Little Boracay looks so great. The white creamy sand truly resembles “Boracay” the most popular beach in the country.

Finally I was able to proceed to take a lot of pics this time around.

Aside from swimming, you can chill while drinking fresh buko juice.

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Here’s my new friend @ steffiiish who collaborated with me to have each of our own bikini photos. I am so lucky.

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Free Lunch at Stranger’s Household because It Fiesta Season in Jomalig!

Now, to add our lucky stride with the weather, our habal-habal drivers invited us to eat lunch at a nearby town which was currently celebrating their Fiesta. It’s a customary here in the PH to invite and feed strangers during this times for free! We had lovely lechon kawali. If you are curious when we toured Jomalig, we went here from April 27-29. This is really a good time to visit Jomalig I must say. The household invited us for dinner too but of course, we declined politely this time. We don’t want to abuse their kindness.

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4th Stop: KANAWAY

One of the most breathtaking sites here. Golden sand,clear waters and sandbar. A very serene place.

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5th STOP: LINGAYEN BEACH aka LITTLE BATANES

Wow Jomalig really has something to boast about. It has nuggets of popular destinations in the country. I have never been to Batanes myself so I could not really compare. But it could have been because of the rock formation, the sight of the large waves and strong breeze why they call this the little Batanes of Jomalig. The long stretch of a golden sand is also a great sight here.

A “Lost” inspired group-pic

Photography by Pabs

End of Habal-habal tour

By the end of the Habal-habal tour, I could say that my fear of motorbikes was wiped away. For the first hours, both of our hands clinging to the driver’s shirt for our dear life. But by the end of the tour, we were taking videos and pics already. Below is the short clip of our ride. It was truly an enjoyable and exciting experience seeing vast fields and farm life on our way.

Video by steffiiish!

By the end of our adventure, I was thankful that this is a habal-habal trip. Because if its not, like if its inside a car, trike, or anything that has comfortable seat, I could have been tinkering my mobile phone to upload pics for myday or browsing photos in my camera. In habal-habal, we were forced to detach ourselves from mobile phones and strictly enjoy the views passing by. It also helps that there are little to no mobile signal along the way. It’s good to detach in digital world sometimes and appreciate God’s creation. Moreover, at the end, I trampled my fear of riding motorbikes.


Some Notes of Expenses. Split by 14 persons.
Puno ng Walang Forever P65.00 (as group)
White Beach/Golden Sand Entrance P260.00 (as group)
Little Boracay P390.00 (P30.00 each per person)
Kanaway Entrance: P650.00 (50.00 each person)
Little Batanes: P650.00 (P50.00 per person)

Going Home

At around 9:00 am in the morning we traveled back to the port to catch ferry boat back to Real Quezon. Here we bought souvenirs while waiting. Here are some pics I captured at the port to catch some final glimpse of this paradise.

And once again, our ferry boat ride has an inclusion of free lunch. It was Mongo Stew for now. It tasted great.

Just a clip of our ride. I am just so amazed with the sights of the mountains and trees of nearby islands.

Notes on Expenditure
Ferry Boat with lunch :P400.00 each
Van Rental + Driver Meal: P6150.00

SPECIAL THANKS !!!

Special thanks to WeekendExplorersPH for organizing this DIY trip and doing their best to make this affordable convenient for the joiners like me. Like their Facebook Page here WeekendExplorersPH . They are team of adventure lovers dedicated in sharing weekend travel itineraries and affordable tour packages. You may like and inquire at their facebook page. Just click this link:  WeekendExplorersPH

Introducing the couple behind the Weekend Explorers PH, Patrick and Ella.

Thank you all the boys of the group who did all the groceries, chores and cooked wonderful breakfast and dinners for the group.

The following photo is not mine. Credits to Ella of Wandering Explorers PH

 Thank you also to Steffy for the patience of taking photos of me. Please follow her ig. She’s a certified adventurer who’s contantly conquering mountains. Read and be mesmerized by her adventure stories. This is the link of her ig: steffiiish

Here’s the summary computation for our group. As you can see below, the estimated expenses for each person was p3119.00. But bear in mind that this does not include other meal expenses we had. I suggest an individual should at least have P4500.00 and join a travel group for more savings.

Important Contact Numbers:
1. Van Rental + Driver: Fb: Mikel Calimag Contact Numbers: 09771557607,09567359807
2. Homestay Acommodation by Ate Lyra: Globe-09561048356 Smart-09307968665

And…that’s a wrapped! So is Jomalig worth the grueling 4-hour land travel and 6-hour boat ride?

A big YES! Jomalig surprised me with its variety of beach offerings; a beach with golden sand (sometimes pink),a beach one white sand , a beach with rocky formations and a beach with amazing sandbars. It boats nuggets of Boracay and Batanes. Not only pristine beach waters but it also showcases vast farm and field life sights. Everything rolled in one place that is Jomalig. 

Thank you all for reading our Adventure. I hope you include Jomalig in your travel bucket list because it’s definitely worth it.

Remember you are awesome!

Gurezu ❤


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Fantasy World in Batangas as Photoshoot Venue

Fantasy World is supposed to be the Disneyland of the Philippines. However, due to lack of investors, the development of this amusement park went kaput. Nowadays, it is one of the the popular destinations in Lemery, Batangas for sightseeing and taking photos.

Last February 2019 I finally got an opportunity to have a photoshoot there. The client was the one who booked the place. These are the keypoints on how to reserve Fanstasy World as Photoshoot venue as of this writing.

  1. Overall fee is P6000.00
    • P5000.00 for the venue itself
    • P1000.00 entrance fee for maximum capacity of 10 people.
  2. There is no advance reservation. This is on first come first serve basis. You would visit and book the place as photoshoot venue on the day itself.
  3. Bringing food from outside is not allowed. There are affordable silog meals available inside. I was not able to get the specific price but they were less than P150.00 each.
  4. They have a nice dressing room or headquarter which could be a photoshoot venue in itself.
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Our Cute Model
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Make-Up session

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To tell you the truth I didn’t like their CR. I hope they improve that in the future. The development of this amusement park may not proceed anymore but the place is still earning as tourist spot and photoshoot venue. When we were there, there were ongoing prenup and debut shoot aside from our own pre-birthday shoot. I hope it’s enough to put some attention with their CR.

But overall, Fanstasy land is a GREAT photoshoot ground. There are so much fantastic backdrops to choose from. From the lush greeneries from the sentimental feels of abandoned amusement rides. I would like to go back there myself for another fantasy themed shoot. To tell you the truth, we were caught off-guard with the weather. The sudden outpour of rain and drizzle interrupted our shoot numerous times. Photographers won’t mind being wet but our equipment were not weatherproof! I would like to have a photoshoot here with good sunny weather next time.

By the way I am the secondary photographer in this photoshoot. To have a different perspective from the main, I used 35mm fujinon lens which explains why my photos are mostly closed-up shots. Aside from photos, we also shoot the “Save the Date” video (see video at the end of this blog”. This photoshoot and video are included as a package of G2Photography Photoman and Photo Coverage which also covers the photography services on the day of the birthday party itself. If you’re interested, just click this link directing to their fb page.

Meanwhile the event organizer , props and costume including the party itself are provided by Daniela Party Needs. Click this link if you are interested with their services. Highly recommended.

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I think that’s all for my short write-up. It’s time for photo flood! Please be reminded that the following featured photos were the only ones taken by yours truly.

DETAILS

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Snow White

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BELLE

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CINDERELLA

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BLUE PRINCESS

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And here’s the “Save the Date” video which features more sights in Fantasy World. Videography and edit made by Zstarter Film.

Videographers/Editors: Zstarter Unciano ReginoEJ Deliquina

Well of course,the crew should have pictures too!

The following photos are from G2photography, our main photographer.

Let me end this blog with a photo of a …

CAT!

I used FujiXT20 with 35mm F1.4 fujinon lens. Photos are edited through Lightroom.

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this photo flood blog. Fantasy World is really a great photo venue and I think P6,000 is a affordable enough. Just be mindful of the weather so you can maximize the venue.

OVERALL CREDITS TO THE FOLLOWING:

Photographers: Gerard DangcaMary Grace Sabado (G2Photograhy)
Videographers/Editors: Zstarter Unciano Regino EJ Deliquina (ZSTARTERFILM)
HMUA: Patricia Kyle Guintu
Event Organizer and Party Needs: Daniela Party Needs

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Bali of Batangas: Villa Jovita (A Review)

No doubt, I was able to spot this resort due to viral facebook posts. They were able to replicate the bird’s nest, the swing and other fixtures that I often see to almost all tourist who went to Indonesia. And the photos were really great! So when a friend from abroad came home and we needed a short getaway together, this resort easily won as a suggestion. Here are some important details and my final verdict in this resort.

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HOW TO BOOK:

It was fairly easy. We just sent a message to Villa Jovita facebook page and asked for the rates of overnight rooms. At the time of our trip, only Nipa Hut Rooms are available.  To reserve the room, we need to send the following details and eventually deposit P500.00 thru their BDO account within 2 days of confirming our interest to book. The rest can be paid upon checking in.

Details needed to book:

Preferred Date:

Full Name:

Contact Number:

No. of Guests: Accommodation:

HOW TO GO:

 It was easy to commute too. All it takes is a bus and a tricycle. Back and forth.

  • Go to DLTB Bus Terminal in BUENDIA STATION  and buy a ticket going to Lemery Batangas. We paid P204.00 each  for the bus.
  • Upon arriving in the DLTB Bus Terminal in Batangas, you can easily spot tricycles around. Just mention Villa Jovita and they already know it. We paid P100.00 and that’s already for four of us.

DAY TOUR RATES: 

The following rates are updated as of this writing (March 11, 2019) . 

DAYTOUR : No Reservation for cottage
Daytour: 8am to 6pm

A. Weekends and Holiday Rate
       👉Bali Corner P250
       👉Riverside Pools P100
       👉All Pools P150
       👉All access P400

B. Weekdays Promo
    👉Bali Corner P250 (Free Riverside Pool)
    👉Bali Corner + upper pools P300 (Free Riveside Pool)
    👉All access P300

C. Cottages are rented seperately
    👉Table (P500)
    Good for 10-12 person
   👉Table (P600) River side
   Good for 10-12 person
  👉Open Hut (P800)
   Good for 10-12 person
  👉Umbrella (P300)
   Good for 3-4 person

OTHER NOTES
👉No CORKAGE Fee
👉No Reservation and Room Accomodation
👉First Come First Serve

KUBO ACCOMMODATION FOR OVERNIGHT:

We got a  KUBO for 2-3 persons for the price of P3000. We were four in the group but they allowed it since they think we would still fit in there. It has two bedrooms, one was an ordinary room, one was a mezzanine type room which was quite small. They provide two electric fans. It has no own C.R.  

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It comes with  bedding and blankets. However, the towels were by request. There were  no free shampoos and soap. So remember to bring them. 

RESTAURANT and STORE

I love their adobo binalot! I ordered it as dinner and breakfast. They also have silog meals, cup noodles and frappe.

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BALI CORNER

Of course, we came here for their highlight feature and took a lot of pictures.  Here are the outputs. This would show a glimpse of the things you can see here.

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PHOTOSHOOT RATES

I didn’t avail the photoshoot rates since the photos are non-formal and for fun. But since I saw debut photos in their fb page, I asked anyway.

A. Riverside Pools+Upper Pool+Bali Inspired Corner (Swing/ Nests) + Resort: P3000
Inclusive of:

👉 4hrs Duration
👉 6 Persons FREE on Entrance Fees
👉 1 Cottage

B. Riverside Pools+Upper Pool+Bali Inspired Corner (Swing/ Nests) + Resort: P5000
Inclusive of:

👉 4hrs Duration
👉 6 Persons FREE on Entrance Fees
👉 1 Airconditioned Room
👉 2pm-6pm

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RIVERSIDE POOLS

This is not the only pools available. They have a pool with a slide but I was not able to take photos on that one.

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Comfort Room

This is what I least like I suppose. I guess since this resort is popular and given the price, I expected something more. There is no any mirror in it where they could have easily install it with the big space in the sink area. There is only three shower area and one of them is not functioning. But their toilet has bidet so they got points for that. Overall, I won’t say it’s super dirty but it’s not that clean either. Their CR needs upgrading.

Final Verdict

❤️ What I like: the Bali Corner is really great for photoshoots and play-pretend you were in Indonesia. I also like that someone is closely monitoring the people in there for safety. I seriously love their binalot available in the restaurant. I also like their riverside pools because of the relaxing nature views. Additionally, It’s near Manila and easy to locate.

😠What I don’t like: They seriously need to upgrade their CR. I think with the overnight fee for the Kubo (P3000.00), they should have at least provided free shampoos or soap just like other resorts.

🙋 Gurezu rating: 3 out of 5 stars!

Hope you enjoy my another travel blog. It’s been more than a month since my last blog. February was a busy month for me and I got a lot of stories to tell. I hope my mind and hands could catch up!

Till next time beshies!

You are all awesome,

GUREZU ❤


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Crazy In Love Lipstick Set for PHP 249.00 Only (A Review)

Can you believe it? We’re now on the second of the month of the year. It felt like we just celebrated “New Year” yesterday. Crazy!

To welcome the “Love Month”, I’ll be doing a review of this lipstick I found in Watsons SM Megamall Branch. The packaging is so “Valentines”. It’s red. It has a heart shape window. It says “I Love Make Up and Crazy In Love”. I’m not actually not sure at first which ever is the brand name of this lipstick or the name of the series.

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It costs only P249.00 and already contains four lipstick. It’s affordable and intriguing enough. So I give it a go!

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Interestingly enough, each shade has a name describing the characteristic of  every person who falls crazily in love. Are you fearless? Are you like a fool? Are you hot and cold? Are you addicted? Which one are you?

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Now it’s time to hop on favorite part. I wore each shade each day and I took these photo every morning before I go to work.

  1. Addicted: This is the first day and I started with a bright red shade. It is a matte lipstick but I didn’t feel it was heavy or drying on my lips. It’s fairly easy to spread too. I am not comfortable with liquid lipsticks because I am not good in applying it. However, this lipstick  did not give a the hard time.

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On the other hand, it leaves stains in the cup. And it’s also easy to be removed by eating and drinking water. But then again, so is the more expensive lippies I had. So I didn’t treat this as so much of a BAD side.

2. Hot and Cold. Wow, this is my favorite shade even on other  brand of lipsticks. It’s a light pink shade slightly leaning on nude. It does not come off too strong but it’s not going to make you look pale. This is the kind of color that I can wear everyday.

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3. Like A Fool . This is a chocolatey color. I don’t think I’ll be going to wear this one on a daily or even monthly basis. Aside from I’m not comfortable with the color, it looks like the consistency is different from the first two. I tried so hard to cover up my whole lips with the color but it was not happening. Perhaps this is just a bad lip day. After taking some photos, I erased this shade and went on the last shade of this series. I don’t think I can go to work with this one. I don’t want to look like a fool.

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Although I can see myself wearing this in a costume party or Halloween party.  I also feel like it’s giving me a rocker vibe.

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4. Fearless.  And for the last shade, this one is in dark pink shade. I’m kind of convinced that I have a bad lip day because I also had a hard time applying this one. But pulled it off in the end. I think. I love this color too. But this is for the days that you feel you want to look bold. Not for everyday look for me but I could use this on a weekly basis.

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And because today’s shade is fearless, I tried to try to break free from the usual timid poses and do it with some attitude. Pardon me if the following looks a little bit force. I did my best haha!

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This is now my 3-pointer summary:

  1. What I love about this lippie series is that it’s affordable but the quality is great.  It’s easy to apply. It’s a matte lipstick but won’t let your lips dry. The packaging spells LOVE. I totally recommend this lippie. If there are boyfriends looking for an affordable gift for their girlfriends this coming Valentines Day, this lippie set from Watsons would be great.
  2. What I don’t like is it’s easy to be removed upon drinking or eating.
  3. If I were to rank the shades in this series, that would be in the following order; Hot and Cold, Addicted, Fearless and the least would be “Like a Fool” because I don’t feel like I can wear this shade as often as I wanted to.

 

Thank you beshies. I hope you enjoyed this lipstick review. I think this would be a start of more lipstick reviews in the future because of all make-up we have in our world today, I feel like the lipsticks are the most magical.  I’m on the lookout for the best lipstick out there.  I want a lipstick that is affordable, long-lasting, healthy and fitting for a lifestyle of busy women like us. I believe I haven’t found it yet. So I’ll be writing about it more. If you have recommendation, just leave a comment.

 

Remember, it’s not too late for everything ❤

Gurezu

 

El Nido Adventure- Tour C (Palawan Day 4)

and  Before we jump into the last day our Palawan Adventure, here’s our Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Hidden Beach

Off to our first destination is the Hidden Beach. Our journey going there made me realized why it was named this way. We have to swim, make our way through curves and giant rocks to reach this place. Actually we “cheated” the swimming part. The tour guides just instructed us to float and he pulled our life-jackets while swimming. If they didn’t drag us through the waves, we might have spent full hour swimming to reach the place.

.Just like before, a short time in the boat going to this island made me instantly hungry. The first thing,  search for food or drinks. Here is a short clip of me ordering a coconut for P60.00 from the boat vendor.

Finally, this is me with my “buko”. Take note of the crystal clear water. Too bad we only brought mobile phone here. I did not dare to bring my camera anymore due to the damage it had from yesterday’s adventure. Also, it was kind of stressful to bring a full-blown camera. I was lucky that I had a reliable waterproof bag. If not, I would go home with a dysfunctional one.

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SHIMIZU ISLAND

This island was named after a a Japanese diver who died while exploring the El Nido and eventually was found in the shore of this island. His surname is Shimizu.

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The source of it’s name could be born out of tragedy but hey look at this! With its pristine water and white sand, being here is far from being tragic.

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Of course, pardon me for having my photoshoot again. I travel for pictures with me in it.

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Lunchtime in Shimizu Island

We spent longer hours here in Shimizu that any other island because this was the place where we had our lunch. This photo is an evidence on how my friends guarded our table. Their eyes fixated on the food. With the spoon and fork in their hands, they were so ready to attack.

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What do we have here? Crabs, fish, liempo, eggplant salad, cucumber, banana , pineapple, coke and rice.

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Snorkeling Area

Here’s one thing I hate about myself. I don’t like underwater activities. Snorkeling , Scuba Diving, and any other activities I might not know that involves a lot swimming and going into the deep. I’m not scared. It’s more like I easily get tired. The “I-am-going-to-die-tired” kind of way. But one thing I like about myself, I do it anyway. Who would like to miss the sight of the corals? I only lasted less than 10 minutes though.

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SECRET BEACH…NOT!

What disappointed me in this trip is we have to skip Secret Beach due to large waves. A local said it should have been the highlight of tour C since it the most adventurous to reach. We have to swim through a small crevice in a cave before to enter this mysterious place. It also known as the real inspiration for a bestselling novel ” The Beach” written by Alex Garland. Although the novel was set in Thailand, Alex Garland derived the geography of the setting from Secret Beach during the time he spent vacation here in Palawan. So that’s we have missed. But safety first, right? And we can always go back.

Helicopter Island

This island was named this way because it is truly shaped like a helicopter in a distance. It is not the only thing that sets this apart from the other destinations we toured. The sand of this island is golden! A fresh sight from all the whites we have seen.

Here’s a short clip of our arrival in this island.

And yes, photoshoot again and again!

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Here’s a short clip of me just enjoying the waves and fooling around. I just let my action camera stood by a tripod. Enjoy the sound of waves that will surely calm any restless heart.

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TIP: When you feel stressed, one of the things you can do is to listen to the sounds of nature. One of them is the sound of beach waves. Of course we are not always in the beach. But we can always search online, plug our ears with earphones and close our eyes. Here is me contributing to the #soundOfWaves available online. This is captured while we are chilling in the Helicopter Island, the last beach from Tour C and our last stop overall for our El Nido Palawan Tour. It is unique among the beaches we visited because its sand is more golden than white. And that's why it is special. I'm glad I took some time to capture this moment. I miss the beach already. #goldenbeach #elnidopalawan #travelph #travelclips #xiaomiyi #yicamera #yiactioncam #bloggersofinstagram #Travelph #travelgram #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travel #palawan #helicopterisland #beachplease #vitaminsea #dagat #beachph #beach #gztravels #stressreliever #stress #dealingwithstress

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ENJOYING THE SUNSET AT THE PORT

Helicopter marked the end of our Palawan Adventure. But we couldn’t get enough. So even if we were tired, we went back to the port to watch the beautiful sunset. What a sight to behold.

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But before I truly end this blog entry, I will share the awesome and affordable accommodation we had in El Nido Palawan.

St. John Island Pensionne House, Truly Affordable!

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My friend booked the room thru Agoda. It has no fixed priced and is according to season.

But I just checked in Agoda now that I’m typing this and it is still around this price. You can also visit their official facebook page.

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As of this writing, its P1,768 per night, 4 persons, inclusive of breakfast.

What I like about this place. It is spacious. It has t.v, aircon and clean bathroom. They also have towels for four. They also provided hot water and coffee. The free breakfast is satisfying enough. They also have other meal offering just in case you are too tired to dine outside. It is also just walking distance away from the tour ports which is convenient. And its really affordable. If you split the price per night to 4, it would only cost P442.00 person per night. However, please take note that we went there off-season. The prices may subject to change.

What I don’t like about this place is they don’t have free water. They do sell water but it was too expensive. A bottle of mineral water costs P40.00 which would normally costs around P25.00 at Manila 7-eleven. Generally, the price of groceries n El Nido Palawan was really steep. But it’s understandable considering we had super affordable accommodation here.

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This is the dining area.

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You can see the shore from this area.

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They also have a mini-bar here which I had my self-portrait shoot. I have another blog entry for that. Their mini-bar was really cute. And it was completely empty! Here’s one of my photo. Check out more on my self-portrait indulgence on my other blog: Alone at The Bar (Photoshoot)

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Finally! I finished my backlog from last year. It’s hard to pick my favorite part of the trip but I got to choose Shimizu Island because that’s where we got to eat. Haha!

I hope this Palawan blog series would help you decide to go on a Palawan adventure specially in picking your accommodation. If you are not from the Philippines and you are interested to go here, you must not really skip Palawan. This is truly a paradise.

 

Remember, it’s not too late for everything,

Gurezu ❤

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El Nido Tour A (Palawan Day 3)

Our real Palawan adventure began on our Day 3 in the island. We barely have enough sleep from the wedding event and the hours of traveling but we managed to wake up early. I mean we have to.

In El Nido, Palawan, tours are usually divided in to groups most commonly known as Tour A, B, C, and D. Each tour has its destinations. We only got two days left to explore the El Nido beaches so we couldn’t take all tours. When we asked the locals at the tour port, they recommended combination of tour A and C.

So for our day 3, we proceeded with tour A. The highlight of this tour was definitely the Kayaking Experience in Big and Small Lagoon. I didn’t help my team to row the boat because I was busy taking the video on how we entered the small lagoon through a narrow rock opening. It was specially hard because you have to wait for your turn and it took a while with a large number of tourist lining up also to enter the lagoon. But the hassle was all worth it. The water was perfect and the view was just magnificent. Below is the short clip of our Kayaking experience. The rest are some of the photos from each Tour A destination.

Big Lagoon

Our tour barely started and yet I am already hungry.
Our tour barely started and yet I am already hungry.

The boatmen were cooking our lunch already and I can;t help but to feel awfully hungry.
The boatmen were cooking our lunch already and I can’t help but to feel awfully hungry. We haven’t reached the first destination yet.

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A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship
A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship. Well I have to divert my attention from the food. So it’s time to strut that red bikini I specifically bought for this trip.

A Lady in Red Bikini in Big Lagoon
We are already in Big Lagoon. I made it seem like its a stolen pic but it’s obviously not.

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Awrahan in Big Lagoon. My beach shoes did not go well with my Bikini. But I have to wear this to avoid sharp rocks and corals.

Buko Vendor in Big Lagoon.
He’s a Buko (Coconut) Vendor sailing while selling fresh Buko to the thirsty tourists. And also some softdrinks. 

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Selfie with my travel buddies. We still have the curls from the yesterday’s wedding.

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I spotted a hot looking foreigner couple kayaking over there. Damn, they got the beach bodies.

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Ahhh Vitamin Sea

Ahh this is life.
Ahh this is life! Fresh Air! Sparkling Sea. Good weather.

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Small Lagoon

Waiting for Small Lagoon
Waiting to enter Small Lagoon with other tourists. Obviously a box-office.

Looking back to Big Lagoon while we are still waiting.
Looking back to Big Lagoon while we we were still waiting.

Finally here in Small Lagoon
Finally here in Small Lagoon. We barely have photos here because I was afraid our boat will turn upside down if I move a lot. But hey, we didn’t come here for photos anyway. Just enjoy the ride.

Secret Lagoon

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This is the small opening for the Secret Lagoon which is not a secret anymore because we were already here.

I found this lagoon not so special actually.
This lagoon not so special actually.

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Maybe what made secret lagoon special is the difficulty of getting here. Our other two travel buddies did not make it due to strong waves. I was actually in the waters when I thought of backing out and swimming back to the boat. But the tour guide did not let me. Instead he pulled me into the waters until we reached the shore. It was hell of a journey.

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Our tour guide which is also our photographer. He’s the one who did not let me go back to the boat when I freaked out. At least he proved that everything will be alright. And we managed to get here safely.

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One of the reasons I freaked out was I did not trust my waterproof bag. My precious and expensive cameras were in there and I jumped into the water for the first time with it. Thankfully, it was reliable indeed. It also became my salbabida (floater).

A girl in the red bikini.
The shore outside the secret lagoon looks more awesome. It’s time for more red bikini action.

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A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones
A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones

Lunch Time on the Boat.

Damn those boatmen are excellent cook!

Enseladang Talong
Eggplant Salad or Ensaladang Talong is a simple Filipino Salad composed of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and onions. This is eaten as a side dish and is best if partnered with grilled fish and meat; it can also be eaten along with fried dishes such as crispy pata and lechon kawali. –from panlasangpinoy.com

Boat Food
Oh my God! These food were all cooked while we were sailing on the boat. Imagine the agony.

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It looks like I was just taking photos but I’m actually guarding the food. Waiting for the go signal to attack!

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The presentation is awesome.

Grilled Pork!
Grilled Pork! It’s no time for diet today.

7 Commando Beach

7 Commando Beach
Rumor says it was called 7 Commando Beach because 7 soldiers used to live here. But other than that, there’s no more in-depth story about those soldiers. And if they are true,

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The tour guide got this photoshoot idea.

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7 Commando Beach
Rare photo of four out of seven soldiers who are said to live in this island.

That ends Day 3 of our Palawan Adventure. My favorite in tour A was the the 7 commando beach because it was really beautiful even from the distance.   El Nido Palawan is truly a paradise and I totally recommend to all the foreigners who would want to visit the Philippines to never miss this place. But of course, we Filipinos should not miss this one too.

Tune in for our Day 4. There, I will talk about the affordable accommodation we took here in El Nido,Palawan.

Remember, it’s Not Too Late for Everything!

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My Favorite Self-Portrait Photos for 2018

This will be just a gallery of my favorite personal photos of 2018.  I would also like to give thanks to my friends, families, colleagues  and strangers who took these wonderful photos of mine. Thank you for sharing the journey of the year with me.

Cheers to more photos and memories this year 2019!

A Girl Smelling the Flowers
A Girl Illuminated with Leaves

A Girl Illuminated with Leaves
A Girl Illuminated with Leaves

A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones
A Girl in a Red Bikini Standing Beside Big Stones

A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship
A Girl in a Red Bikini Manning the Ship

A Girl in A Pink Dress in  a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan

A Girl in A Pink Dress in  a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan

A Girl with a Fake Car
A Girl with a Fake Car

A Girl in An Empty Bar
A Girl in An Empty Bar

A Girl in An Empty Bar
A Girl in An Empty Bar

A Girl On Top of The City

A Girl On Top of the Mountains
A Girl On Top of the Mountains

A Girl Praising the Lord for All These Beautiful CreationsA Girl in An Overly Saturated Mountain

 

A Girl Sitting On A Couch
A Girl Sitting On A Couch

A Girl Standing by the Veranda
A Girl Standing by the Veranda

A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion
A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion

A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion
A Girl In Shutter Drag Motion

A Girl Summoning the Sun
A Girl Summoning the Sun

A Girl Lost in the Mountains

A Girl Smiling Through the Clouds
A Girl Lost in the Mountains

A Girl Daydreaming of A Bright Future
A Girl Daydreaming of A Bright Future

A Girl Walking Through a Yellow Flower Field
A Girl Walking Through a Yellow Flower Field

A Girl Dressed in Lolita Eating Chocolates in Dessert Museum
A Girl Dressed in Lolita Eating Chocolates in Dessert Museum

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A Girl Carrying a Heavy Stone
A Girl Carrying a Heavy Stone

A Girl Reaching Mount Maynuba Summit
A Girl Reaching Mount Maynuba Summit

A Girl with Fat Legs
A Girl with Fat Legs

A Girl In A Black Dress

A Girl with Pearly Shells
A Girl with Pearly Shells

A Girl Chilling Beside The Sea
A Girl Chilling Beside The Sea

A Girl Modelling A Classic Lolita Ensemble
A Girl Modelling A Classic Lolita Ensemble

A Girl with A Butterfly Touching Her EyeA Girl Sitting in A Cottage

But at last, this is by far my most favorite of 2018. Location was Northern Blossom. Photography by my sister Mary Ann.

A Girl Basking Under the Sun In the Middle of a Snapdragon Field
A Girl Basking Under the Sun In the Middle of a Snapdragon Field

Mary, Marry Me Movie Review (Tagalog)

I posted the following thoughts through my facebook page “Gurezu Blog” and just re-posting it here.  This is no way a formal movie review. I just wrote my train of thoughts while I’m watching it inside the theater. WARNING: This will contain spoilers so watch out!

🤔Plot: Matagal nang hindi nagkikita ang magkapatid na Mary Jane (Toni) at Mary Anne (Alex) simula pagkabata.  Ngunit komplikado ang kanilang pagtatagpong muli. Ikakasal na si Mary Anne sa ex-boyfriend ni Mary Jane. At kahit mahirap, pumayag si Mary Jane maging wedding coordinator. Promising premise sana. 

🤔 10-20 minutes watching this film. “Ang boring. Parang mas nakakaaliw pa Jack Em Popoy which I thought I don’t like that much.”

🤔Napaka unnecessary ng role ni Melai Cantiveros dito. She is supposed to be the best friend of Alex character. Pero parang nandito lang siya to be mocked and hurt physically for the sake of being “FUNNY”. Pero lumabas na napakakorni at hindi nakakatawa. Sayang naman sa part ni Melai Cantiveros.

🤔 I liked Alex Gonzaga here. Siya lang ang funny sa pelikulang ‘to. Na-realized ko may “K” rin siya maging kontrabida and pwede rin siya sa drama. I thought she’s just loud and maharot which sells in vlogging stint niya. Pero okay pala talaga siya umarte if given a chance. But still, it’s not enough to save the whole movie.

🤔 Ang exciting scene lang dito is the confrontation scene. And after noon, gusto ko na lang matapos na iyong movie.

🤔 Bakit hindi naglilinis ng tainga si Mary Anne (Alex Gonzaga)? Kasi mahirap daw ang buhay sa abroad. Ang dami niyang pinagdaanan… Say what??

🤔Non-sense iyong pag bi-break ni Toni G and Sam Milby sa flashback. I’m not convinced. Parang dapat lang talaga silang mag break para may conflict ang movie.

🤔 ENDING: Again I warned you. This is a major spoiler so if you plan to watch the movie, better skip this altogether. So eto na nga ang ending.  Hindi natuloy ang wedding ni Alex at Sam dahil mas mahal pa ni guy si ate. Pero hindi rin itinuloy ni Toni ang pakikipagrelasyon kay Sam. Umalis na lang si Sam para magpakalayo-layo. Nag reconcile ang magkapatid. 

VERDICT: 5/10. Buti na lang nakakaaliw si Alex G kung hindi mas mababa pa sana ito.

 

Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles Movie Review (Tagalog)

This is originally posted in my Facebook Page Gurezu Blog and just reposting it here for redundancy. This is not a formal movie review. This is sort of  my train of thoughts while watching it in the theater. Also, this will contain major spoilers. You have been warned.

🤔 May bagong pulis sa istasyon. Mayabang pero pogi na si Jack (Coco Martin). Siya ang bagong ka-partner ni Popoy ( Vic Sotto).   Kailangan nilang patumbahin ang isang drug syndicate na matagal nang iniimbestiigahan ni Popoy dahil sangkot ito sa pagkamatay ng dati niyang kaibigan at kapartner (Lito Lapid). And wait there’s more, nandito rin si Emily (Maine Mendoza) , anak ni Popoy at isa ring pulis. You know, para may love interest naman. 

🤔 In fairness sa dami ng gag and filler jokes, may tumatama rin naman. Mga 5 out of 20 jokes in comparison.

🤔 Grabe si Coco Martin, hindi nga talaga siya namamatay. Parang isang episode ng “Ang Probinsiyano”. May part dito iyong nag zip line siya. He’s very out in the open-air at ang daming bumabaril sa kaniya. Ni isa walang tumama! Amazing!!!

🤔Ang hot ni Arjo Atayde. Malalim din ang dimples. Iyan yata talaga mga type ni Maine Mendoza.

🤔 Ang ganda ni Coco Martin in drag! Pwede ba magkaroon siya ng film na magbihis babae siya the whole time?

🤔 May drama and twist ang story. Akalain niyo iyon?!

🤔 Noong huli, ginusto ni Vic na siya na lang sumugod sa kuta ng napakaraming kalaban ala Bourne Legacy upang hindi na mapahamak si Coco. Noong kasama nga niya si Coco Martin na hindi namamatay, pumapalpak sila e. Naisip pa niyang mag-isa ?  Na walang naiisip na strategy or plano aside sa pagdadala ng maraming armas. What kind of pulis is this? Hindi nag-iisip! (Gigil ako!!!)

🤔 So-so action scenes. Pinaka-nagustuhan ko iyong kay Maine vs. Ryza . Exciting iyong isang iyon in-fairness.

🤔 Nakakatawa si Coco Martin sa bloopers at the end of the movie. Mas nakakatawa siya dun.

VERDICT: 6/10. Nakakaaliw na rin basta forget your utak muna in a while.

Baker Hills and Astoria Wedding (Palawan Day 2)

Nothing much can be said with our Day 2.  This day is for the wedding of our college friend and classmate. We had time in the morning and we managed to at least visit Baker Hills and Puerto Princesa Public Market to buy some goodies we can take home.

Baker’s Hills is literally the hills of bakers. They gather here to offer the best pastries and delicacies like hopias, cakes and bread at a very affordable price. it’s a shame that I had taken photos of it. But I assure you that at a price of P500.00, you can buy many goodies to take home it would be hard to fit it in a  bag.

Baker Hills is not only for food but also a romantic site for photoshoot. There are a lot of cute fixtures spread all over the place. However, we were not able to maximize our time here due to we are on a tight schedule.

Gigantic Paperbag
Gigantic Paperbag

BAKERS HILLS
Baker’s Hills Goodies Room

Fake Bicycle
Fake Bicycle. It does not move at all. Haha!

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Fake Bicycle. It still does not move at all.

 

LOVE
GIANT LOVE

GIANT LOVE
GIANT LOVE

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves statues

Giant Pot of Sunflowers
Giant Pot of Sunflowers

Tree of Hearts
This is my favorite of all displays, the tree of hearts. Each heart has messages on it most of which are hugot lines. But there are sensible ones too like the one below.

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Tree of Hearts

ASTORIA PALAWAN

The wedding we attended happened in Astoria Palawan. I got a shock of my life and  when John Arcilla was part of entourage. He’s one of the respectable actors in the Philippines today. Most notable for playing Antonio Luna, an ill-fated story of a Filipino General in times of Spaniards Colonization in the Philippines.

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This is his blockbuster movie poster which is now available for viewing in Netflix.

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It’s rare for me to completely doll up these days. So I took the opportunity to have many photos as much as possible. Sadly, the sea was on low-tide that day. It is a good backdrop nonetheless.

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A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan

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A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan

A Girl in A Pink Dress in  a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan
A Girl in A Pink Dress in a Low-Tide Shore of Astoria Palawan

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Girl in A Pink Dress Having a Selfie

Fabulous Comfort Room
Fabulous Comfort Room of Astoria Palawan

My Beautiful Travel Buddies
My Travel Buddies

My friend was the one subjected to the game of garter and flowers haha!

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Right after the wedding we traveled straight to El Nido Palawan for our sea adventures. The travel time was about 4 hours. To say we were exhausted was an understatement. But we have to be in El Nido by the next morning if we want to maximize the tour.

Thanks for Blessed Journey Tours and Travel for bringing us safely to our destination.

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And off on our next home in Palawan, St. John Island View and Pensionne House.

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Tomorrow will be the Day 3 at last where the real Palawan Adventure took place! So excited to blog about the photos we took of the beautiful seas that is El Nido, Palawan.

That’s all folks for today.

Remember You Are Awesome!

Gurezu ❤