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The Runway

August 18, 2014

Let me start my story as one of the most homesick girlfriend here on Earth because of long distance relationship that I have with my love. Airport is one of the most crucial place for me ever since my fiance worked  as an ofw in KSA wayback 2010, that time I felt like I was alone facing the life that I have and yes it’s true that nothing compares if you are with your loved one especially everyday, every hour, every minute, every second and every night of everyday. As if I’ve already submerged myself  to him (every fiber of my being) let’s just say mind, body and soul. Every time that I’m passing by at the airport, I still feel the chill of sadness and loneliness and I felt like I want to cry, call me emotional right now but it’s hard to endure this kind of feeling.

A plane takes off from Heathrow airport

[Image is not mine unless stated. Credits to google image]

September 1, 2014

Before I go to work every night, the moment that I’m seeing an airplane taking off I felt kinda sad but yeah that’s normal and I even imagined how many homesick wife/girlfriend/fiance are dealing with that kind of desolation while their better half are  sitting in that airplane. All sorts of communication are being worked on between us and I mean come on it’s not easy to deal with crappy net and gadget right? and in my account I really want to hear his voice everyday and if you’ll just ask me I want to see him every night before I go to sleep but that not gonna happen because most of the time we’re also busy and need to fulfill some of our responsibilities. I’m very happy and I even want to cry right now because i’m contented, last night August 31, 2014 while I watched him play clash of clans during our Skype moment good thing he’s not looking and I just sobbed wherein I felt my tears stroll down my face, seeing him like that; stress free without any hassle moments at all is priceless, knowing that I miss him so much cannot be replaced by anything in this whole damn world. All I know is Love knows no reason, no boundaries, no distance. If i could take away one thing between us, it would be the word distance wherein I can’t wait for those days when I don’t have to go online just to be with you. We we’re strong enough to get this far and we are strong enough to keep going, it’s all about effort and sincerity all the way through…

 

 

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Trip to Calaguas Island Camarines Norte: “Tinaga Island”

Hello guys 🙂   travel period (May 25-27, 2014)

I just want to share one of my wonderful summer experience  this 2014 and one of them is going to Calaguas group of Island located in Bicol Camarines Norte.

My colleagues and I went to Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte for our summer trip and one of my officemates initiated a “DIY” trip for a change since we are also considering our budget. Calaguas is a group of Islands (whereas Guintinua Island, Maculabo Island, the famous Tinaga Island ) in the northern part of Bicol Region and it is known for white sand and rich sea blue color and for me Calaguas is a virgin island because you can actually feel the sanctuary of our mother nature; no telecommunication signal, limited power/electricity and it’s all about appreciating the nature and an ultimate escape from the busy routine of Manila. We we’re actually offered some package for Calaguas amounting 3,300 php all in by my cousin in law’s fiance wherein it’s all in package trip to Calaguas but my officemates doesn’t to go with that so we still planned our ‘DIY’ strip. Our motto is “Habang bata gala” lol :))

Going straight to Paracale we booked Superlines bus A/C for 550 php for 7:45 pm departure. Good thing Superlines bus has port for you to charge your gadgets lol! If you’re in a bit hurry to catch the time ahead Superlines is not for you because Superlines has total of 4 stop overs 2 in Quezon area and 2 stopover before you approach Paracale port wherein travel time from Manila (Cubao) to Paracale within estimated 8-9 hours travel time but it depends on the situation of the trip coz Superlines has couple of stopovers or you can go ahead for some other bus lines like DLTB and Philtranco they only have few stop over but according to my cousin-in-law who is a local tour guide there in Bicol for a Calaguas trip their port is located in Vinzon’s and it’s Ideal to take philtranco/DLTB if you’re bound to Vinzon’s port.

about superlines:

  • -you can charge your gadget because every seat has a two charge socket port
  • – their aircon is not continuously on a cold temp wherein it also cools down so hindi ka maiihi dahil sa lamig 🙂

Superlines has 3-4 stop overs:

  • 1st stop over Sariaya Quezon
  • 2nd stop over Atimonan Quezon
  • 3rd stop Sta Elena
  • 4th stop Labo

then Paracale

you just have to be patient and all you have to do is bring your blanket neck pillow/small pillow and relax lol even if riding a bus for freakin’ 9 hours is a bit uncomfortable lol.. oh hey don’t forget your gadgets as well 😉

alright! 🙂 so… as the bus dropped us over to Paracale, locals in that area informed us ahead and later we found out that they are the brgy kagawads who tried to guide us all the way to the port. We manage to ride a tricycle going to Paracale wet market & port. I don’t have the estimated fare but I think it’s 15-20 pesos per person before going to the port and going to Paracale wet market is also included. Brgy captain and kagawad in that place are accommodating 🙂

From Paracale fish port is minimum of 1 1/2 hrs trip to Calaguas Island but sometimes it will take 2 hours depending on the boat.

Standard boat Rate as of 2014:

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for 7 pax we paid 4,000 php for boat 🙂

paracale port

 Paracale port


approaching Tinaga Island

approaching Tinaga Island! 🙂


breathtaking  scenery
breathtaking scenery of Tinaga Island…just as we landed..

 We stayed at Bert’s Calaguas and lolo Bert and his wife is very very accommodating they even let us stay to cabana for free while we are waiting for the cottage to be cleared out by the occupants wherein we arrived at the island on Sunday morning and so the travelers/tourist will be going home.

Rates for Bert’s Calaguas:

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don’t forget to hang out under the famous tree lol ;P

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aerial view

Tips:

  • If you are planning to buy pasalubong and other stuffs for your family & friends better head to Daet if you’re on your way to Manila.
  • UV Express Van from Paracale to Daet is 60 Pesos and tricycle to Daet City proper is 5 pesos and from Daet Market to DLTB/SUPERLINES is 10 pesos.
  • The Island doesn’t permit bonfire
  • To survive overnight in the island, you need to bring your food. You can buy meat, fish and vegetables in Paracale market before heading to Paracale Port. We spent 1,500 php for 3 kilos of liempo, 4 bangus, salted eggs, condiments, beer, 3 cigarette, fruits plus 1 gallong of water for 60php etc.  🙂
  • for mang bert’s resort they charge 10 pesos for every bucket of water wherein locals will be the one who will bring the bucket of water to the wash area.
  • Hike the hills and experience the aerial view of the island for 10 php
  • You can also ask the boatman if they can drop you to Maculabo Island. (extra fee will apply; 500php for the whole group)
  • Side trip to Paracale Church.

 

Going home to MNL:

We don’t have any choice because the departure time of Superlines is 8:30 pm so we rode DLTB busline and the trip stipend is:

I paid 479 php to DLTB Daet to Alabang route

501 php from Daet to Cubao

Good thing yung goal namin na 2,500 php DIY trip has been conquered lol wherein our total expense is only 2,300 php.

If you guys preferred to have all in package and you don’t want DIY going to Tinaga Island, I can also send you the mobile number of my cousin.

His package is 3,300 php per head and that includes the ff:

  • bus fare
  • boat fare
  • foods
  • tent
  • wine/liquor unlimited

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the Verdict: Total spent for our “DIY” trip is 2,300 only! that includes Boat + food/liquor + Bus fare (back n forth) + accommodation   🙂

 

what’s our next adventure? 🙂

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Boracay Throwback 2013: where I spent my twenty something birthday

Taking a break from a stressful work is one of the most crucial things for me and I even categorized my weekend as genuine part of my life especially Sunday. Breaking out to my comfort zone for a short time has never been this easy one, last year’s highlight of my life is travelling to Boracay Caticlan with my family to spend my birthday and this year I’m so excited to get back to Bora weeeee 🙂

For me, my family is where my heart is no doubt.. lol ang sarap sarap kaya tumira kasama parents.. HAHA and for me they are the most reliable persons in this entire world. *drama* lol but this is the reality.

I think we paid to kuya Barcode is within 70k+ consist of all in package for 5 persons it’s a bit pricey kasi  we rushed our plans on going to bora.. we booked him April or 2013 and it’s already peak season.

Our flight was bound to Boracay Caticlan from Manila @ 6 am we arrived there at Caticlan airport for almost 1 hr and 10 mins and then we rode tricycle (fee is 100php for special ride)  going to pier and then travel time is almost hour or two.. I cannot remember the exact time hoho and then the man from our inn accompanied us riding a multicab.

We stayed at St. Vincent inn station 2 hmm I can rate them for 3.5/5 because the man who will fetch us from airport is late for an hour omg… I don’t want to experience Bad vibes since I will be celebrating my birthday and I need to relax but the ladies at the frontdesk is very accommodating naman so quits lang hehe Kuya Barcode (Barcode trip and events) is very apologetic when I told him about what happened and I understand him naman because this is something that he cannot control and it’s the hotel’s liability to handle the issue. Anyways 1st activity in the morning is Island hopping for 3 hours then snorkeling is also included! 🙂

Island hopping with family; my two bros and parents :)

Island hopping with family; my two bros and parents 🙂

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snorkeling with my bro.. whew .. so many domino damsels and sgt. Major fish!

Island hopping; next stop is Island cove.. entrance is 200 php/person

Island hopping; next stop is Island cove.. entrance is 200 php/person

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Island Cove shoreline

after Island hopping and snorkeling ..

we walked down the shoreline from inn to D’mall (where you can find good stuffs and foods lol)

shorelines of Boracay

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station 3: after Island hopping

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station 2

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station 2

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station 2

at night you can watch the fire dancers and for Bora san castle you can either dish out some money for customized sand castle for 150-250 php.

our activities as follows: helmet diving for 3500 php (700/person)

 

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Station 1: where you see the willy’s rock

in Station 1: please try Jonah’s fruit shake and calamansi muffins 🙂

I’m so excited for our upcoming second time around this coming April… 🙂

next activity this April 2014 parasailing, flying fish and sea diving! can’t wait!

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merged from my blogspot! : CEBU – BOHOL 2013 TRIP 4D 3N :)

Hey there… time to post our very own adventures.. take time to thank the Lord for his wonderful creations. Thanks to our very own team mate Earl kasi he’s from Tubigon Bohol and he’s very eager to help us with our adventure wherein he gave us some tips before we arrange our itinerary.
Note: kasi without his help.. we will not be able to arrange our own itinerary! 🙂
if you want to visit the place in a chronological way (wherein you don’t have to go back and forth and you want to save money) take a trip to Tubigon not in tagbilaran kasi Tagbilaran is very far Except kung plan nyo mag swimming or island getaway tour then Going to Tagbilaran is the right place for you!
just a tip: Tour Trip: lahat ng gusto namin napuntahan namin It’s very ideal na you would go on a trip na marami kayo (group trip) it’s way cheaper pero worth it na yung tour namin because 3,000 php lang yung binayaran namin (rent a car 3k and van 3.5k). No taxi, No PUV in Bohol so might as well rent a van or a car…
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Itinerary as follows 🙂
CEBU: AUGUST 31 (Saturday) DAY1  1355H – 1510H
– Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia check in time 4 pm
> Less than a minute from McDonald’s Mactan!
> Try “Glam” massage and nails located beside fron desk
* Pay a visit at Basilica del Sto. Nino Church
* Take pictures of the famous Magellan’s Cross
just a tip: you can buy cheap stuffs like Cebu key chains at street vendors along Basilica and Magellan’s cross 10 pcs/100php
* Plaza Independencia; nice park and fort San Pedro
<in Cebu find the chocolate coated mangoes/dried mangoes>
<Zubu Lechon resto>
* Try AA BBQ Grill; their Chorizo is ideal with atchara, toyo with vinegar with onions and green tomatoes
Morning Sept 1, 2013
From Cebu City, you can ride a ferry going to Tubigon.
Check out at around 4:00 am. @ Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia (5-10 minute drive to pier 3)
5:45 am –  MV starcraft terminal pier 1 Cebu transfer to Bohol Tubigon 1 ½ – 2 hrs estimated travel time 210 php
ETA: 6:45 am @ Bohol – Car pick up (for 3,000) just a tip in Bohol; transpo is inconvenient you really have to rent a car/van because there’s no PUV
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view from Sagbyan Peak :)

view from Sagbyan Peak 🙂

BOHOL:
SEPT 1  DAY 2: (SUNDAY) Chronologically
1 Sagbyan Peak & Butterfly Conservation Center, Entrance Fee: 50 php   Lemon Grass/pandan/wheatgrass cold tea  25 php
2 Chocolate Hills, Carmen, Entrance Fee: 50 php sidetrip: shiphaus (you can donate)
3Simply butterfly conservation center 40 php
3Tarsier  santuary, Entrance Fee: 60
4 Hanging Bridge 20 php (try grilled bananas for only 10 php)
5 Man-Made Forest, Bilar, Entrance Fee: Free
6 Loboc adventure park  (350 zipline for combo or just zipline)
7River Cruise w/ Buffet Lunch and Harana, Entrance Fee: 100 + 350 (buffet)= 450 php (Have lunch at Loboc River Cruise)
8 Baclayon Church & Museum, Baclayon, Entrance
Fee: 25 php (for museum) Remember: No shorts and mini-skirts allowed so bring shawl or “balabal”
9 Blood Compact Site, Tagbilaran City, Entrance Fee: Free (try Maria’s souvenir shop in front of blood compact they are cheaper than other pasalubong shops)
10 Hinagdanan Cave – 20php
11 Bohol Bee Farm — (Try the muffins and honey and the spread esp. pesto and mango spread)
Checked in at Villa Almedilla 1,300 per night near Alona beach (just 1-3 minute walk to beach but a bit far going to main road/commercial areas) you have to ride a trike 10 php/person
one of the recommended inn at Alona beach because the room is clean and the staffs are kind. There is a local sari-sari store beside the inn.
then if you’re gonna negotiate with kuya trike driver to have you fetch 250-300 php is the range price going to Tagbilaran 1 hr estimated travel time
Alona beach :)

Alona beach 🙂

Alona beach shore 🙂

 

Sept. 2 MONDAY (DAY 3)
Check in @ <Panglao Chocolate Hills Resort> (free ride going to panglao beach)
2,200+ php per night for twin bed room
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Panglao Chocolate hills resort mini covered "patio" along the pool

Panglao Chocolate hills resort mini covered “patio” along the pool

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bridge from covered patio from their mini bar and diner

 

feeback for Panglao Chocolate hills resort: Very Very nice! should I say for more? PLUS! the owner is accommodating (onshore owner) because he let us upgrade the room into premiere suite! since it’s not peak season naman hihi  🙂
see for yourself 🙂
plus.. when you’tr staying at Panglao Chocolate hills resort try their spring rolls 🙂
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You may wanna try (different Itinerary wherein we did not try those activities)

Outdoor activities:
1. Snorkelling
2. Diving
3. Island Hopping and Dolphin watching
4. Tours
5. Bar hopping
From Tagbilaran port going to Cebu we rode Weesam express for 420 economy 2 hrs travel time to cebu pier
Going back to Cebu:
Taboan Market; buy danggit for 410 php 1 kilo and Fish Tocino!
Tentative expenses:
Van – 3,000 = 1,000/person
Sampaguita Suites: 898 + 200 = 1,098 = 366/person
Panglao Chocolate Hills resort = 2,028 = 676/person
All in all 1,042 /person – Hotel accommodation both Cebu and Bohol
Ferry Fare – MV starcraft  210/person (Business class) going to Tubigon
Tagbilaran port going to Cebu we rode Weesam express for 420 economy