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My Extreme Birthday at Ocean Park Hong Kong

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Yeah, Kaye and I celebrated my 26th birthday at Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Turning 26!

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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.

Peacock (98)

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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.

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Bohol Uncut (Part 1) – Hinagdanan, Baclayon, Loboc River and Zip Line

Bohol!

Bohol!

Ah Bohol. This is actually my second time in this beautiful island in Visayas. For me, Bohol is a place that has it all. Scenic spots, unique wildlife, historical places, sparkling beaches and, of course, great food are ingredients for a guaranteed blast. For my second encounter, I play tour guide for my friends as we headed to Bohol’s countryside. Let’s go!

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Samal’s Pride: Pearl Farm Beach Resort

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Well, it’s that time of the year again. No, it’s not Christmas or New Year I’m talking about. Rising temperatures, the scorching heat of the sun, the intense urge to order halo-halo and the growing call to hit the beach… SUMMER! Davao is no stranger to beautiful beaches as Samal Island is just a boat ride away from the city. However, with a plethora of beach resorts lying around Samal Island, picking a resort can be confusing. As a standout from other beach resorts, one can never go wrong with Pearl Farm. 

The Pagoda

Pearl Farm Parola

Kaye and I aren’t really strangers to Pearl Farm, albeit a few years removed from our first visits, respectively. For rates, boat schedules and other booking concerns, you can go directly through their official website at http://www.pearlfarmresort.com/. However, being extra aggressive in finding the best rates, we were able to get a cheaper rate. A bed and breakfast package at Samal house (overnight stay with complimentary breakfast buffet) shelled us a total of Php6,500.00. Note that this was last year’s price (March 2012) so prices this time may vary. The published rate for the same package is at Php4,000.00 per person so that’s a total savings of Php1,500.00.

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The Great Singapore Blog: Universal Studios Singapore

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For the kids and the young at heart, a visit to Universal Studios is a must in Singapore. The theme park boasts world-class amusement rides, impressive architecture and countless hours of fun and excitement. For adrenaline junkies like us, there’s no way we would pass out on the thrilling rides (roller coasters beybeh)! This is an account of our whole day adventure of one of the world’s best theme parks.

The world famous globe (cue epic intro music)

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Boracay 2011 (Part 2)

For Part 1 of our Boracay adventure (arrival, parasailing, white beach, etc.), check out https://rodifiedopinion.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/oh-my-boracay-part-1/

Due to the tiring activities we did (and the cocktails consumed) the previous day, waking up early in the morning seemed very challenging. We started the day with the complimentary breakfast by Hey! Jude Hotel. We also had coffee to counter the strong urge to sleep. We wouldn’t want to waste our time sleeping in freakin’ Boracay, would we?

A choice of the usual meat viand (bacon, ham, etc.), egg and rice or bread.

By 9am, we wandered again to white beach. The morning view of the coast was beautiful as ever. The sunny weather really added to the beauty of the scenery, not to mention the rather few tourists roaming around (possibly due to the late-night partying).

White Beach by day

We contacted Ron again for our planned activity that morning, helmet diving (a.k.a. reef walking). Since Ron had other clients to attend to, he referred us to his partner, Nino, for the booking assistance. He led us to Red Coral, one of the companies providing helmet diving activities in Boracay. (more…)

Boracay 2011 (Part 1)

I have been fantasizing about going to Boracay since I was in college. From what I have read and heard, the island seemed to have it all: white sand beaches, great food, crazy night life and a distinct culture only experienced there. On paper, the island more than deserves the moniker as the Philippines’ top tourist destination. But then when I was still a student, some factors didn’t permit my travel aspirations. Priorities had to be set and unfortunately, travelling was a luxury a mere student couldn’t afford. Fast forward a few years later, I was a student no more. And while the landscape may have changed, my desire to visit Boracay was still alive and burning. Last August 2011, Kaye and I finally pushed through our daring travel dream: to explore the island of Boracay for the first time.

The Island of Boracay

To read more about my recent Boracay trip last June 2013, check out the links below:

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

Return to Boracay: Parasailing and Flyfish

Return to Boracay: Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point

Since we are from Davao City, going to Boracay isn’t that easy or cheap. Affordable, yes, but not cheap. Davao has no direct flights to Kalibo or Caticlan and we thought passing by Iloilo would be too time consuming (*UPDATE* There are now direct Davao-Kalibo  Cebu Pacific flights. I’ll be going back to Boracay this June via this route). We settled on the Davao-Cebu route and booked another flight going to Caticlan (through seat sales of course). We scheduled our trip last August (off-peak season) as it’s also my birth month. (more…)

Let’s Tour Kuala Lumpur! (Part 1 of 2)

In life, we encounter many firsts. First steps, first words, first loves, first everything. This is about my first trip outside the Philippines. Destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Last June 2011 marked the first time my passport was stamped. I hitched the trip with Kaye and her office mates to Kuala Lumpur, home of the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Towers. I was particularly excited about the trip since I was the only one who didn’t have prior overseas experience (spell noob).
We boarded a Davao-Manila flight during the afternoon and had the Manila-Kuala Lumpur flight at night-time. The flight lasted over 3 hours and went fairly smoothly. We arrived at KLIA budget terminal (LCCT) at around 1:30AM and immediately rode the bus to KL Sentral. The airport is far from the city center as the bus ride took an hour. From KL Sentral, we took a cab to Swiss Inn, our home for the duration of the trip.Tip: You may want to exchange for enough Malaysian Ringgit (for the bus and cab fare) at the airport since KL Sentral isn’t 24 hours operational. However, money changers along Chinatown or Bukit Bintang offer the best rates.

Jalan Sultan by day

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