Cruising Waves, Hopping Islands: Islas de Gigantes

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Another year has passed and my itch for new thrills is still in effect. I was in for another unforgettable birthday it seems. I wished for thrills for my 28th year, and boy did we get the thrill of our lives during our recent trip at Islas de Gigantes.

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For those who are not yet familiar with the place, Gigantes Islands is located in Panay Island (particularly in Northern Iloilo).  The place has garnered a lot of attention lately with the emergence of travel sites and blogs that feature the place coupled with breath-taking island photos that will really piqué your interest. Being the curious and adventurous tourists we are, we just had to confirm for sure if the hype was real. Well, one piece of advice: don’t get hyped, STAY HYPED!

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Rod Recommends: Jesa Gigantes Beach Resort

OK, so I just want to give a shoutout and recommend staying at Jesa Gigantes Beach Resort, our resort of choice when we were at Gigantes Islands. I came knowing about Jesa Resort when I was researching for places to stay during the planning stage of our Gigantes trip. When googling about Gigantes Islands, I noticed that most of the arrangements made by other travel bloggers (even Drew Arellano on “Byahe ni Drew”) have been with Gigantes Hideaway Inn and Resort.How to get to Gigantes - Jesa~08

However, after stumbling across many blogs featuring Hideaway, I was discouraged with some of the comments of other bloggers or reviewers about their experiences at Hideaway. Feedback noted by some reviewers include poor location (beachfront filled with scallop shells, no sunset view in the afternoon, etc.), lack of cellular signal for any network (you have to go to this placed known as the “call center” to text or call loved ones) and other stuff (Google is your friend). With that information in mind, I began searching for alternative places of accommodation in Gigantes Norte. Enter Jesa Gigantes Beach Resort. (more…)

Voyage to Paradise: How to Get to Islas de Gigantes

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A few months ago, Kaye and I embarked on another thrilling adventure to celebrate my 28th birthday. After braving North Cotabato’s Asik-Asik Falls the previous year, we were set on to visit another up and coming Philippine tourist destination that will surely whet the appetite of thrill-seeking travelers around the world. Hailing from the humble province of Northern Iloilo, I present to you: Islas de Gigantes.

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Islas de Gigantes

As with my other travel blog posts, this will be an instructional guide on how to get to Gigantes Islands. But, before I proceed with the step-by-step guide, below is the TL;DR version of this post:

Your Destination -to- Iloilo City -to- Gigantes Norte
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Temple of Leah, Cebu City

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Cebu City yet again for work-related duties. That doesn’t mean I didn’t squeeze in leisure time on the weekends though. I chanced upon my college friend, Donna and her BF, Nat2x (Yes, I’m third-wheeling. lol), to tour me around Cebu’s newest tourist spot: Temple of Leah.

Entering the temple – after paying the entrance fee of Php50.00.🙂

The temple is still unfinished and will be completed around 2016. Naturally, the structures were not yet perfectly polished and the place is still lacking the necessary paint job. Still, the place is a beauty to behold due to the Roman-inspired architecture.

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Attention to detail

From the sides

Since the place is yet to unleash its true beauty, I’m curious to see what the temple will look like after it is completed and in full glory. That, of course, will be another visit in the near future. For now, let the photo shoot begin!

Fashown!

AyeEe!

I wonder where Ellen Adarna is hiding…

My take on “The Fashion Blogger” pose. Looks like I dropped a coin or something. Haha.

Missing bow. Missing trousers.

Obligatory selfie

All photos, except the last one, courtesy of my Sony RX100 and post-processed with VSCOcam. Selfie taken with my Note 4’s front cam. Hehe. -rod-

Chasing Waterfalls: Iligan Photo Blog

Okay, this blog post has been overdue for way too long. On the summer of 2014, Kaye and I decided to mix our leisurely travels with our separate out-of-town work assignments thanks to some pretty terrific timing . Kaye was in Iligan City for an audit engagement while simultaneously, I was assigned in Bukidnon for a field visit. Not wasting any chances, I decided to go to Iligan to spend the weekend with Kaye while visiting some of the city’s hidden gems.

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Manila Weekend: Hole in the Wall, Third Wave Cafes and One Badass Dimsum House

It’s been years since I’ve roamed around the streets of Metro Manila so when the work opportunity came for me to travel to the nation’s capital for a week, Kaye and I decided to dedicate the weekend for some food and coffee spotting around the metro. Since we are fond of reading food and lifestyle blogs, we already had a few places in mind to visit.  (more…)

The Vibrant Colors of Samal Island

Ah Samal Island, what would Davao do without you. You’ve brought so much vigor and character to the entire Davao Region that it’s been long overdue for you to be featured on this blog.

Now, I’ve extensively blogged about other Samal spots (Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Isla Reta) a while back, so it’s gonna be different this time around. This blog post will be a rundown of all the Samal beach resorts and tourist spots Kaye and I have visited in the last 5 years and will be accordingly updated. So, to quote the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar: “Let’s do this?!?!”.

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A Peek at UK Peak (Aleosan, North Cotabato)

While everyone was busy having their holy week vacations a week ago, I was having a quiet stay in my hometown of Midsayap, away from the busy streets of Davao City.

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Midsayap: The Middle Hat

But before I got back here in Davao, my brother and I went to this relatively new attraction in the nearby town of Aleosan, the UK PEAK.

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I am a Zalora Brand Ambassador!

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Now, I may not look like a very avid shopper, but I must say, shopping excites me. The excitement from shopping not only comes from the cool new items I buy, but also in the shopping experience itself. And I truly believe that online shopping has revolutionized the way us, consumers, behave in the crazy world of retail business. There is a continuing boom in the online shopping industry nowadays due to us Filipinos becoming more and more tech savvy. Another major factor on the growing popularity of online shopping is the emergence of trusted online stores.

Zalora PH is one of the largest and most trusted online stores in the Philippines. Zalora PH carries a wide array of products; Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Sports Equipment and Accessories to name a few. And with Zalora, you don’t have to worry about online scams and other online shopping horrors. Zalora guarantees the authenticity of their products and are very much proud of the brands they carry. They are so committed in giving you 100% satisfaction for each item purchased that they even have a 30-day money back guarantee for all your purchases. Genius! They also accept major credit cards, debit cards and Paypal as modes of payments. And best of all, they do COD (Cash on Delivery on major cities). I have been a satisfied Zalora customer for over 2 years (I have bought shoes, shirts, shorts, sunglasses and tech accessories) and I have never returned a single item even though I had all the right to do so. That’s how strongly I am recommending Zalora as your one-stop, go-to online store.

Now here’s the fun part. Being a Zalora Brand Ambassador, I am letting you in on a little secret. If you are a first time customer of Zalora, you get to have 15% discount slashed off your first purchase! Just use the voucher code ZBAPZGWV upon checkout and the price-off will automatically be deducted from your total checkout amount. Cool! Visit zalora.com.ph now and see what you’ve been missing out all this time. Have fun shopping! -rod-