Cruising Waves, Hopping Islands: Islas de Gigantes


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!


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


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.

Islas de Gigantes

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!



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?!?!”.


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.


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.


I am a Zalora Brand Ambassador!


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 now and see what you’ve been missing out all this time. Have fun shopping! -rod-

Hong Kong and its Iconic Landmarks


Hong Kong’s Finest

I already blogged about our Hong Kong Disneyland visit, blabbed about our extreme Ocean Park experience and discussed on how to tour Macau in 8 hours. This time, I cover the conclusion of our 4-day trip in Hong Kong by giving you our visits to Hong Kong’s most famous landmarks. Let’s get this over and done with, shall we.


North Cotabato’s Pride: The Majestic Asik-Asik Falls


A year ago, Kaye and I were contemplating on where to celebrate my 27th birthday. Surely, it wasn’t an easy decision given the 2 previous birthday celebrations I had (my 25th was in Singapore and my 26th was in Hong Kong) but since we haven’t planned on going to an international destination, at least for this year, we decided to go local instead. Then we had the green light for my 27th birthday: to stay at Midsayap, my ever beloved hometown, and a visit to one of the most fascinating tourist destinations the Philippines has seen in the last decade, Asik-Asik falls.

How to get to Asik-Asik Falls

Before we delve into the details of our buwis-buhay adventure, let met give you key points when going to Asik-Asik falls. Bear in mind that since I’m a proud son of Midsayap, I will be using Midsayap as the starting point. If you have questions on how to reach Midsayap, you can ask in the comments section.

Type of Payment


Double-tire Jeep (Midsayap to Alamada proper)* – 45-minute travel


Habal-habal (Alamada proper to Upper Dado and vice versa) – 1-hour (super bumpy) travel


Tourist Registration Fee (Upper Dado Brgy. Hall)


For an audio-visual perspective, check out Tim & Glo’s Asik-Asik Youtube Vlog. They went to Asik-Asik Falls last January 2015 with this blog as their reference.

*This information is based on what I know is the current prevailing rate as we did not experience the double tire jeepney ride first-hand. We rode a private vehicle from Midsayap to Alamada. The actual rate may vary.


Exploring Panglao: Dolphin-watching, Balicasag Snorkeling and the Virgin Island (with a side of Alona)


I posted a blog about our Bohol Countryside Day Tour back in early 2013 to document our awesome excursion to see the best that Bohol has to offer. What you didn’t know was that a day after our countryside tour, we had our scheduled dolphin-watching, and island hopping in Balicasag and Virgin Island.

Now, why no blog post you ask? Well, for starters, we didn’t see any dolphins during our supposedly dolphin-watching activity. They were just very elusive at that time of the month (it was September 2012). The second (major-major) reason was that during our Balicasag underwater snorkeling, my old underwater camera (Sony TX5) completely bailed on us. Its lens were shaking and the shots were just too blurry to be useful. My heart sank. As great as the underwater view was in front of us, there was nothing I can do to share it with other people because I didn’t have usable underwater shots to begin with. Even our Virgin Island photos were mediocre (from my standards, at least).

From that day on, Kaye and I vowed to return to Bohol for three major reasons: to see swimming dolphins in the wild, get some decent underwater shots in Balicasag and do justice to our photos in Virgin Island. And thank God, we scratched all of those a few weeks ago.

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A beautiful day to voyage the seas


The Peacock Garden: Bohol’s Best Kept Secret

Summer 2014 may be dwindling down to its last few weeks but that doesn’t mean Kaye and I didn’t get to have our fair share of some well-deserved R&R. In fact, we went away from our usual “travel” affair for a relaxing “vacation” instead; and what better place to celebrate the good life than in one of Bohol’s best resort hotels. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Bohol’s best kept secret, The Peacock Garden.

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Time Machine In Disguise: Hong Kong Disneyland

Being a young adult nowadays can be quite stressful. Waking up early, drowning in the sea of paperwork, budgeting limited finances and some personal drama seem like a rinse and repeat process for 20-something people like myself. Which is why taking a breath of fresh air and some healthy distraction from reality can now be considered a necessity, even a luxury for others. Luckily, there’s this place in Hong Kong than can give that necessary breather you were hoping for. And not only that, you get to experience being a kid again, even just for a day. This is an account of our Hong Kong Disneyland experience, a day inside the world-famous theme park that felt like a time machine in disguise.


Return to Boracay: Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point


Goodbye, cruel world! XD

If there was one thing that I regretted during my first visit to Boracay last 2011, is that I didn’t research enough to know about the famous party place hidden away from Boracay’s busy white beach, Ariel’s Point. Today, visiting Ariel’s Point stands at  #1 on TripAdvisor’s Top Things To Do in Boracay. Is it only hype? Or is it the real deal? We’re about to find out.

Here’s an excerpt on Ariel’s Point’s website on how to get there:

Trips to Ariel’s Point depart daily at 11:30 a.m. from Ariel’s House, which is located along Boracay’s main White Beach near Station 1 between Club Paraw and the Obama Grill.  At the current time, tickets for Ariel’s Point can only be purchased through the Boracay Beach Club (just across the main road from Ariel’s House in Station 1).  You can reach Ariel’s House and the Boracay Beach Club by walking along White Beach (about a 10 minute walk from D’Mall) or hiring a tricycle and asking them to bring you to the Boracay Beach Club in Station 1.  

For more information about reservation and how to contact them, visit their website HERE.



Return to Boracay: Parasailing and Flyfish


You can’t have a complete Boracay experience without trying one of the many watersport activities in the island. And since men of our age and sizes are up to the challenge, we decided to go with Parasailing and Flyfish first thing after breakfast.



For our activities, I  contacted Nino to be our middle-man. I have done business with Nino back in 2011 for our parasailing, ATV and helmet diving, so dealing with him again was a no-brainer. Since that day was the last day of the peak season, we narrowly escaped the clutches of peak season prices. The prices we got are as follows: P450.00/head for Flyfish and P750.00/head for Parasailing*.


Return to Boracay: How to Get to White Beach from Kalibo

Last June 2013 marked my return to one of the most celebrated tourist destinations of the country, Boracay Island. However, there are some firsts that I’ve encountered during this trip. For one, this will be my first time to board the Davao-Kalibo direct flight from Cebu Pacific. I’ll also be joined by three of my childhood buddies (they’re first-timers; which means I’ll be filling the role of tour guide again). Enough with the chatting, let’s get down to business. This is a rundown on how to go to White Beach from Kalibo. But, before I proceed with the step-by-step guide, below is the TL;DR version of this post:

Kalibo to Caticlan to White Beach

Type of Payment


Van from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port (1 hour & 30 minutes)


Environmental fee


Caticlan jetty terminal fee


Boat from Caticlan-Cagban jetty port (10 minutes)


Tricycle from Cagban Port to White Beach (20 minutes)


Now, if you’re not lazy enough, do read the detailed guide below. These steps may save you valuable time and money on your future Boracay trip. :D (more…)

Thrills From Up North: Dahilayan Adventure and Forest Park

Dahilayan Adventure and Forest Park

Dahilayan Adventure and Forest Park

Last February 2013, Kaye and I went to Cagayan de Oro City boarding the Davao-CDO direct flight from Cebu Pacific for the first time (travelling by bus was more expensive than the promo fare we got and will take 7-8 hours). But our main purpose in going to CDO isn’t really the city itself but its famous neighboring town of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. And here, ladies and gentlemen, lies the Dahilayan Adventure Park: home of Asia’s longest dual zip line.


Cebu 2014 Photo Gallery


 Place: Cebu City, Philippines

Date of visit: August 2014

All shots taken with my Sony RX100


Larsian sa Fuente

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Saging lang ang may puso




Simala Church, Sibonga



1st Station



Lantaw Floating Restaurant




Alegre Guitars


Do you play string?



Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Mactan


A-tapang a-tao…




Taoist Temple




Dragons on top