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Cebu 2014 Photo Gallery

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 Place: Cebu City, Philippines

Date of visit: August 2014

All shots taken with my Sony RX100

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Larsian sa Fuente

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Saging lang ang may puso

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BJ

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Simala Church, Sibonga

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1st Station

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Lantaw Floating Restaurant

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Alegre Guitars

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Do you play string?

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Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Mactan

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A-tapang a-tao…

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Butingtings

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Taoist Temple

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Dragons on top

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Hong Kong and its Iconic Landmarks

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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.

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

Awe-inspiring

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

Amount

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

 Php70/head

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

 Php300/head

Tourist Registration Fee (Upper Dado Brgy. Hall)

 Php30/head

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.

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8 Hours in Macau

Planning a side trip to Macau during your Hong Kong vacation? Don’t have the luxury of time or money (or both) to spend in Macau to have an overnight stay? Thinking of touring Macau in mere hours time? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then our story might be of help. This is our Macau tour, and we did it in only 8 hours.

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#TBT (#ThrowbackTravels): Isla Reta 2013

Isla Reta, Talicud Island, IGACOS

Isla Reta, Talicud Island, IGACOS

Isla Reta is one of the best beaches Samal has to offer. With its white sand and pristine waters, this beach attracts not only local tourists but foreigners as well.

Peek-a-boo

I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me. Papa-Paparazzi.

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

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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.

Beautiful day to voyage the seas

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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.

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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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