MY Cebu Adventure (Accommodation, Food Trip and Tour)


These are my thoughts and short reviews about our Cebu Adventure last August 2019. This will include the accommodations, places, food trips that we had in just 4 days from August 22-25,2019. Our itinerary was mostly a result of panic planning. The tour and accommodations are booked in less than a week before the trip. This might not be the best itinerary out there. But I’m generally happy with it since we still booked the tour and accommodations in affordable rates. So If you are also in a rush, I hope this would help you.

Outline of the contents. Click the topic of interest for easy jumping.

Part I

Day 1 Arrival
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Flight through Cebu Pacific from Manila to Cebu
1. Accommodation at Reddoorz near OneMango Avenue
2. Food Trip at 10,000 Roses Cafe’

Day 2: Moalboal Tour with Cebu Travelers Tour Agency
3. Moalboal Tour (Sardine Run, Snorkeling)
4. Lunch and Chill at Kawasan Falls
5. Teofilo Kamumot Shrine
6. Dinner at Ayer’s Lechon
7. Accommodation to Sampaguita Hotel, Cebu City

Day 3: Oslob and Sumilon Island Tour with Cebu Travelers Tour Agency
8. Whaleshark sighting at Oslob
9. Sumilon Island
10. Oslob Cartel, Old Church and Heritage Park
11. Simala Church
12. Dinner at KKD STK+BBQ
13. Final Verdict for Cebu Traveler’s Agency

Part II. (Separate blog)

Day 4: Habal-Habal DIY City Tour
1. Sirao Garden
2. Temple of Leah
3. Pasalubong hunting in Taboan
3. SM Cebu City
Food trip:
4. Final Night Accommodation: Express Inn

1. Accommodation at RedDoorz Pluz near Mango Avenue

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The first thing I won’t forget about going here is that we dropped off at the wrong RedDoorz branch first. There were a lot of Reddoorz in Cebu City and this one was quite new and not exposed at the main road. My friend booked this though Agoda.com and luckily landed a 24 Hour Sale. Below was the screenshot of our reservation. We already got two rooms at the following price for one night.

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This was my first experience with RedDoorz and I really liked it. The rooms we got were quite spacious! I can even dance and tumble around. We have three beds in our own room so we didn’t have to share. It was also well lit. They provided free towels,soap, bottled water, toothbrush and toothpaste. There were restaurants, convenient stores and bars nearby. It was beyond decent for me considering the price.

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What I love the most were the teddy bears lounge in their mini restaurant at the reception. I never hugged stuff toys as big as these in my whole life so don’t blame if I somewhat abused them by having a mini-photoshoot. These are just SOME of the shots.Oh if only the teddy bears could complain!

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Verdict for RedDoorz Pluz Near Mango Avenue

4 out 5 stars. Satisfied!

2. Dinner at 10000 Roses Cafe

We arrived late at the afternoon and a city tour would deem impossible to do. I preferred to go to Sirao Garden but it was too far and it would be nighttime already if we pushed it. But 10,000 cafe’ was perfect for nighttime and it was a cafe’ too so we decided to take our dinner there as well. It took us 1.5 hour to reach it from Mango Avenue through Grab.

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You probably saw a lot of pictures of 10,000 roses in the internet. And honestly, more often that not, lead to a distorted expectations of the cafe’. In most pictures, it seems like there is gigantic field of roses lamp. But in fact, 10,000 roses only cover a small 2 rectangular areas around the cafe’. It was disappointing for most visitors as I felt that myself and overheard from a massive tourists here on that night as well. Not that I intended to eavesdrop but the disappointment was loud.

By the way there’s an entrance fee of P20.00 except for some age limits.

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The disillusionment of the field of roses waned when in fact, 10000 roses has great food and beverages. We all love the food we ordered there. Plus the atmosphere here was quite romantic. The cafe’ was located near seawater where you can see the city lights too!

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BULGOGI PIZZA
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Carbonara for P340.00
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Marinara Pasta for P320.00

I love all the food! Marinara Pasta was my favorite.

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Enjoying Nutella Choco Frappe for P155.00

FINAL VERDICT for 10,000 roses

3 out of 5 stars. Despite the disappointment, 10,000 cafe’ is actually a great cafe’. What other cafe’ has 10,000 artificial roses, situated beside the sea and to top it all with great food? Nothing else. So despite that it’s prone to distorted expectations, this cafe’ became a tourist destination because of it’s unique concept and marketing.

3. Moalboal Tour

The second day of our Cebu adventure was though Cebu Travelers Tour Agency . They picked us past 4am . At around 6 am, we arrived at Moalboal headquarters where we need to undergo a short orientation before the tour.

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This was a snapshot from the short orientation before the tour. Sadly, due to unfavorable waves, our Pescador Island route was cancelled.

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I think we traveled 30 minutes by boat before we arrived at the Sardine Area. I must say cloudy weather greeted us along the way. Thank God, there was no heavy rain. But the waves were really crazy. I have no motion sickness but our boat trip made me feel dizzy. We saw “pawikans” along the way.

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I have not captured  magnificent photos of Sardine Run. And I didn’t had any close encounter with the pawikans. Instead I took videos from my cellphone with the aid of a reliable P100.00 waterproof case I bought at the Moalboal headquarters. Here is the video summary of my Cebu trip. Moalboal tour is on 1:08 of this video.

4. LUNCH and CHILL at KAWASAN FALLS

After the exhausting struggle with Moalboal waves, it’s rather tiring to find out that we need a 30-40 minute walk to our lunch near Kawasan Falls. I was so hungry. But my mind became at ease at the lush greeneries heading to Kawasan. It was so refreshing not only to the eyes but to my soul. But to temporarily appease our hunger, we bought corn snack and consumed it along the way.

So here are some info about Kawasan Falls. Looks like this falls has won more awards than me. I can attest to the “Cleanest Inland Body of Water” because I am mesmerized with the sparkling cleanliness of the river.

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There are actually several carinderia stalls within the vicinity of Kawasan Falls. It was actually raining when we got there. And to tell you the truth I got a little bit discouraged to swim. I already felt cold. Much more if I emerged myself in the water. I don’t like feeling cold.

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I thought I would be contented having just photos. But I eventually submerged myself in the cold waters. At first, the cold bit painfully. But I get used to it. Everybody did.
By the way, the most popular activity in Kawasan is canyoneering. But I’m not adventurous enough and I am glad that my travel buddies were not game for it too. Or else I’m screwed. To be fair, I used to be excited with extreme activities. Maybe it’s the “Tita” growing inside me.

5. Teofilo Camomot Shrine

This archbishop from Cebu is under beatification for sainthood. I heard a lot of stories about him from our tour guide. But what interest me the most was he was born at the same date as my brother and he died the exactly the day after I was born. What a coincidence! Anyway this shrine holds his original casket, personal writings among others.

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6. Dinner at Ayer’s Lechon Cebu

They say Cebu has the best lechon. With the advise of our tour guide, our search for Cebu lechon taste led us to Ayer’s Lechon Cebu in Mango Avenue, just few blocks away from our accommodation.

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SPICY LECHON, a must try!

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Regular Lechon. I preferred the spicy one.

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Lechon Paksiw. Good but I think you can skip this one.

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Daing na Bangus. Must try!

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Lomi. Super must try!

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FINAL VERDICT


4.5 STARS! Three reasons why you should try Ayer’s Lechon
1. Their lechon tastes great without breaking the bucks.
2. Not crowded restaurant.
3. We have nothing but praises to their other offerings such as daing na bangus, lomi and lechon paksiw.

Overall, we had a very satisfying dinner to end the day. By the way the stars lacks a half-star. Damn wordpress widget, doesn’t have a half star.

7. Second Accommodation: Sampaguita Hotel

We transferred to another hotel for the second and third night. Our number reduced to four since one of us has other trip plans. It was smaller and cheaper. A lot cheaper! It is also situated in Cebu City proper and is near from City landmarks as stated below. Surprisingly, I forgot to take a single photo while we were here.

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Final Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars! It is not that as spacious as RedDoorz we had the first night. But considering the price, I recommend this hotel for those who are on a budget.

Day 3

8. Whaleshark sightings at OSLOB.

The calltime for this trip is as early as 3 am in the morning. It was really hard for a morning lazy person like me. But as we arrived, we understood why we had to . Even if we were early, there was long queue of tourists ahead of us. Good thing our tour guide already had reservation number they planned ahead.

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There was a short orientation on the rules and regulation for whaleshark. For one, we were not allowed to use sunblock. And we should maintain a distance from the whale shark.

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I have a conflicting feelings about this experience. Sure, it was a unique experience to encounter this gigantic gentle creature. I was thrilled to see them and I had fun swimming away because I didn’t want to kick them. However I have to admit that the smell was strikingly unpleasant. I nearly vomited when I drank a little seawater. I did not regret this at all. But I might not repeat this experience.

One thing you must remember though that you need to bring action camera here for you to have assistance from the boatmen to have a photo with the whaleshark. They won’t accept mobile phones although you can bring them there. I tried to have a selfie with my mobile phone but no success. But I’m here to see them and savor the close encounter so I don’t have regrets. Here’s a screenshot of the video I took with my cellphone. I had fun taking this because the tourist was really caught off-guard that the whaleshark was already at his back. Video clip here in this link: 2:21

9. SUMILON ISLAND

Ahhhh I love this part. This is my most favorite so far. I know I’ve been a lot of beaches but everything in Sumilon was just clean and relaxing to the eye. The pristine and turquoise water was really charming. The photos I captured using mobile phone won’t need filters.

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There are absolutely no store in Sumilon Island. So if you are feeling hungry, make sure you already bring snacks and water on the way.

10. Oslob Cartel

It was like mini Intramuros. Our tour guide said this used to be a headquarters for the Japanese troup.

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Oslob Old Church

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Oslob Heritage Park

I didn’t roamed around the park. But I love the vintage and chill vibe. If given more time and energy, I would have a photoshoot here.

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11. SIMALA CHURCH

This church took me by surprise by how much big it is. The biggest I’ve seen in my life so far. Furthermore, the architecture gave me European Vibes. I never read or have seen this church in social media or anywhere else so this was pretty unexpected. The area was big it took me an hour to roam the place. Expect a lot of stairs.

Note: Shorts and sleeveless are strictly prohibited here. Trappings are available for rent at the entrance area.

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If you notice, I am wearing a cloth wrapped around my waist in my pics here. There is a strict dress code upon entering here. But don’t worry, there were trappings for rent outside the church for P25.00. But Simala church itself is for free.

12. Dinner at KKD STK + BBQ

Once again, we took the advise of our tour guide for our next dinner foodtrip. They suggested KKD for affordability and great food. They specially recommended us to try Adobong Nokus(Squid) and Chorizo in Stick. Given that KKD was just near our accommodation for the night, we just walked through several blocks to reach this restaurant in  M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, Cebu .

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They have a string of neighbor restaurants. This street of Cebu City is very much alive at night.

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It’s time to eat!

ADOBONG NOKUS with ATA for P260.00
This is the star of the night. It is unlike the taste of Adobong pusit that I got used to. So I guess, there’s a unique Cebu touch for this dish. It is savory, but not too salty. I miss eating this. I hope there’s KKD in Manila.

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BUTTERRED SHRIMP for P185.00
I am not that impressed at this one. It’s not that buttery for my taste.

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SISIG with EGG for P140.00
I also love this one apart next to Adobong Nokus.

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SINIGANG na ISDA for P185.00

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CHORIZO for P25.00
I had high expectation with this one but it was sweet. I am not inclined with sweet meat or sausages. Personal choice.

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FOUR SEASON PITCHER

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FINAL VERDICT for KKD STK+BBQ


4 our of 5 stars.Just like what they mentioned int their banner, they greatly value hospitality and I do felt that with the service we have received here in this restaurant. The staff would often smile and asked us on what we need constantly. I also love the majority of the food that we ordered. Adobong Nokus is a must try. Most of all, it is indeed affordable.

CEBU TRAVELERS TOUR AGENCY REVIEW

Their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cebutravelers/

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First of all, this is not a sponsored post whatsoever. I just want to thank Cebu Travelers Tour Agency for their affordable tour package. As I said earlier,we started planning the itinerary less than a week before our flight. I have inquired to numerous agencies which gave me heart attack for the final quotations. So I only find Cebu Travelers as the most affordable one so far for the exclusive tour. It is owned by a couple who also personally toured and drive for us. They entertained us with their stories during long travels. And they recommended nice restaurants for our search of Cebu flavor. For that my raiting with be 4.5 stars out of 5 stars! Below this photo are the packaged we availed from them. Go ahead and explore their other packages in Facebook.

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This pic is owned by Cebu Travelers Tour Agency.

DAY 1: OSLOB TOUR : 1,699php/person

⊙Whaleshark encounter

⊙Sumilon island

⊙Sandbar

⊙Oslob quartel

¤ Oslob heritage park

¤Oslob old church

⊙Lindogon, Simala Church

Add-on Php500 for foreign guest only, as part of tourism ordinance in Oslob.

DAY 2 MOALBOAL + KAWASAN 1,299php/person,

⊙Pescador Island

⊙Snorkelling/coral watching

⊙Sardines run

⊙Turtle watching(if they show up)

⊙Dolphin watching (if arrive early and seasonal)

⊙Kawasan Falls

⊙TEOFELO CAMOMOT SHRINE or LAMBUG BEACH

⊙(Full Course Canyoneering w/ lunch)” OPTIONAL add on 1,500 for canyoneering”

And that’s it for Part 1 of our Cebu Adventure. I hope parts of this may help you with your adventure if you’re planning. Don’ t forget also to check out the summary video of my Cebu Trip. And also please subscribe to my youtube channel “Gurezu Reviews”.

Thanks everyone! And remember that you’re awesome!

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Boss Ramen: Good Tasting Ramen at P80.00 in Guadalupe

Nothing triggers my ramen cravings unlike rainy weather. But ramen is expensive. One bowl of authentic Ramen can cost from P300.00 up to P500.00. I’m lucky that there’s this ramen house near my house. It may not be authentic Ramen but they taste good in such an affordable price. Their regular bowl only costs P80.00.

If you’re wondering where is the location, it’s just near Guadalupe MRT station. It’s a walking distance from there. But if you’re not familiar, you can ride a tricyle from Guadalupe Andoks Chicken. Boss Ramen is along Orense St in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Complete Address would be Orense St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati city

They have 6 Ramen offerings.

  1. Tonkutsu Ramen
  2. Spicy Chicken
  3. Miso Ramen
  4. Seafood Ramen
  5. Tantanmen
  6. Shoyu

My favorite here would be Tonkutsu, Shoyu and Tantanmen. I’m not a fan of Miso Ramen even with the authentic one’s so I never tasted it.

Aside from ramen they have variety of food to chose from. Side dishes, Rice Bowls, Bento Meals, Silog meals and Flavored Wings. I recommend the following because they tasted real good.

  1. Sisig
  2. Kani Salad
  3. Gyoza
  4. Chicken Parmesan

Boss Ramen has quite a nice motif too. I love the wall murals and the lighting looks posh. It does not look cheap at all.

Chicken Parmisan. One of my favorites.

Spicy Chicken Ramen with Ebi Tempura side dish

They even invest in this kind of displays. So educational.

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  • Affordable but good tasting ramen
  • Variety of side menu’s
  • Lovely interior design

</3 What I don’t like

  • Their glass for drinks is plastic. And is quite slippery or oily. Honestly I really don’t like the not disposable plastic glass.

FINAL VERDICT 4/5 stars! Affordable but not cheap. Totally recommended.

Thank you beshies for reading this. It’s been a while since I did a food review. I am starting a youtube channel too. I actually uploaded one video but I’ll tell about it more in the future. I’m still not confident when it comes to video medium.

Remember, it’s not too late for everything, 

Gurezu

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Around the World in One Day

No money for out-of-the country trip? No passport? No visa? No problem.

This resort from Cavite is a resort slash outdoor museum which will give you a chance to have a taste of around the world trip. This features the following landmark:

✈️Eiffel tower, Paris
✈️Statue of Liberty, New York
✈️Pyramids in Egypt
✈️Arabian Temple in UAE
✈️Santorini, Greece
✈️Pyramids in Egypt
✈️Garden of Morning Calm, South Korea
✈️ Disneyland Castle, Hongkong
✈️ Merlion, Singapore
✈️ Pantheon, Rome
✈️ Tower of Pisa, Italy

Others: Not able to capture in pictures
✔Netherland’s Windmill
✔Japan Arc

Opening Hours: 
✈️ AM shift 8 am to 3pm 
✈️ PM shift 4 pm to 11pm

How to Go from Manila
✈️Ride a bus from Edsa Pasay Terminal or PITX bound to NAIC, Cavite. Drop-off to Naic Crossroads. Landmark is Shakey’s or Jollibee. Pamasahe is around P178.00 each
✈️ Ride a tricycle straight to Torres Land Farm. P20.00 each person.

This is the basic rates for AM shift. If you don’t plan to swim, you can just opt for P180.00 entrance fee.
Swimming for Adult: P200.00
Swimming for Kids: P140.00
Entrance fee is P180.00 (for picture taking only)

Pyramids in Egypt

Statue of Liberty, New York

Disneyland Castle, Hongkong

Tower of Pisa, Italy

Garden of Morning Calm, South Korea

Merlion, Singapore

Arabian Temple, UAE

Pantheon, Rome

Santorini, Greece

Eiffel Tower, France

Unfortunately, we were not able to drop by in the Windmills of New Zealand Area. They also have Japanese Area but it has special rates.

FULL RATES

Torres Land Farm resort also offers wide range if pools and overnight rooms. The following is published on their official facebook page in this link.

Base here on their map, they also have a Kayaking Area. We haven’t manage to check on that.

On our visit we availed a kubo cottage in the Philippine Area. It is worth P600.00 pesos for AM shift (8am-3am). But since there will be no occupant for the PM shift, they let us extend until we sign-off. This is the pool of the Philippine Area. Actually you can swim to other pools but since its the nearest to our cottage and we were also tired from all the picture-taking, we just opted to swim here.

LACK of FOOD KIOSK

This is very important to know. It is advisable that you bring your own food here. You can cook beside the cottage as there are a lot of grillers in the area that you can use. There are food stalls but nothing much like restaurant food to fill your appetite when you get super hungry. They have a cafe’ but the options are limited. We bought our food from Shakeys and Jollibee. These restaurants are one tricycle away from the resort. It would only take you less than 30 minutes to get there. We also bought a cake from Red Ribbon which is also nearby. I suggest you already bring food before you enter the resort to avoid the hassle. I also suggest to the resort to build a main restaurant aside from the cafe’.

FINAL VERDICT

💖What I like: Torres Land Farm and Resort is a really good and affordable place to bond with family and friends. Also recommended for team buildings because of its wide area. I also love that there are wide range of pools to choose from. The replicas are cute and detailed. I guess they will add more because there are still wide vacant spaces. And before I forgot, I also like their shower rooms and CR. They are clean and well maintained. They also have cool designs. I really love it. I should have took pictures of it.

👿 What I didn’t like about this resort is the lack of food kiosk. I suggest they build their own restaurant there. Or maybe acquire concessionaires. But other than that, I love everything about this resort.

💁 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

I hope you enjoy this blog as usual Would you believe , we are done with the first half of the year 2019! I hope that wherever you are, you are o your way in achieving your goals this year. And if you are lost, I hope you find direction along the way.

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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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Make-Up session

OTHER COMMENTS

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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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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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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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.

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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.

Awrahan in Big Lagoon
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.

El Nido Palawan
Ahhh Vitamin Sea

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

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Small Lagoon

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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!

Gurezu ❤


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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 ❤

 

 

Iwahig Firefly Watching and Puerto Apartments (Palawan Day 1)

Arrival at Puerto Princesa

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We were four in this trip but we had different flight schedules. I was alone in my flight and perhaps I arrived Puerto Princesa Airport around noon. I took a tricycle to bring me in Puerto Apartments where one of my friends was already waiting.

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Puerto Apartments details

I highly recommend this house to those who want a budget accommodation here in Puerto Princesa. It has complete amenities for cooking, has aircon and quite spacious. It’s near tourist attractions, markets and the airport. My friend booked this room for P765.00 per night its for four persons already. Incredibly affordable right? She booked it in Agoda.com by the way. I really liked our stay here.

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Chilling while waiting for other friends

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Beside Puerto Apartments was a restaurant named Coco Garden Cafe’. The place was relaxing but the food was quite expensive for me with respect to the quantity or servings.

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I chose to eat Danggit  to taste something native in this place. But I didn’t like it. The Danggit meat felt like a rubber and I had a hard time chewing it.

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Eating Danggit

This is actually a chill day and we didn’t have particular plans. But I didn’t want to waste our time here in Puerto Princesa. So I searched the internet for an attraction nearby that we can also visit during nighttime.  Iwahig Firefly Watching fits the bill. As soon as my friends arrived at around 5pm, I immediately told them to drop the bags and hit the road immediately.

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I have never seen a firefly myself. The visuals I know would only be from what I saw in movies and animations. So this got me really hyped.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • We traveled to Iwahig by renting a tricycle for P500.00 and that would transport us back and forth. We had to rent because transportation from Iwahig would be very difficult specially at night. Most people come here by car.
  • Firely watching is done by a 30-40 minute boat ride. Only three passengers + 1 tourguide can fit a boat. Since there were four of us, we were later merged with a couple in one package of P1800. So that would be six of us in that fee.  Then we split in to two boats.
  •  There is a buffet restaurant here for P250.00 each person.
  •  There are a lot of mosquitoes here. I had to buy a repellant eventually because my legs were bombarded with itchyness.
  • There is an official photo during the boatride. It costs P50.00 per print.

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Iwahig Firefly Restaurant

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Iwahig Firefly Watching
of course, the life vest is a must!

 

The boatride was a little bit scary because it was super dark. But once you get near with the trees and see the fireflies lit up together, it was really cute. However, don’t expect too much that they will come of as magical sight. The fireflies are quite too far and they are too small. It doesn’t looks like the movies.  But still I enjoyed it. The boatman which was the tour guide as well had told as many stories about Philippine fireflies during the ride. He said that the existence of fireflies in a place means a clean environment. This was the reason why you won’t see a firefly in the city. Another interesting thing we encountered here are the sparkling planktons. If you shake the riverwater, the planktons will sparkle. However, the most memorable thing that happened has to be when the firefly flew near our boat and actually landed on my palm. It looked like a mosquito but with lightbulb on its tail. I wish I had taken a photo of it.

Like I told you, the river was so dark my camera had no power to capture anything. These are the only things that I captured while the boat was sailing.  I eventually gave up and just kept my camera in a waterproof bag. I advise, just focus on watching the fireflies and disturbing the planktons when you get here.

By the way, here’s the official photo of our ride. They edited the firefly glows in the picture. That was funny. It costs P50.00 to get a copy.

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After that, we retreated back to the Puerto Apartments and get ready for our adventure the next day.

That’s it for the Day 1.  I hope this blog will contribute to your ideas in planning your Puerto Princesa Palawan trip. Because this is a really worthy experience.

Remember, you are awesome!

Gurezu ❤