Hi there, buddy!
January 17, 2016. Fisher Mall, Quezon City.
DCPH’s (Die-cast Car Collectors of the Philippines) 1st swap meet for the year. My first hauling for the year. Didn’t know these group exists until facebook led me to their page. How could I not thank God for knowing this group? And I’ve also known few people who can help me find my die-cast needs. T’was nice meeting these men – sharing our kind of interest. ‘Til the next DCPH event! : )
I don’t want to get out of my bed!!
When you heard of El Nido, the first thing that will enter your mind would be: “El Nido, whuuuttt? That would be an expensive trip.” But hey no! Me and my friends were able to enjoy the beauty of El Nido in a budget trip. Yes, you read it right. Budget.
Tip #1: Book to a destination in advance.
Our El Nido trip was one-year in the making. We booked our flight via Air Asia last October 2014 for just Php 1,600.00 two-way.
Tip #2: Travel in groups.
Would you imagine our total headcount was 21? We payed Php 5,650 per head for 4 days & 3 nights inclusive of van transfer from Puerto Princesa Airport to the island of El Nido, lodge, island hopping tour & breakfast!
* 3 nights’ accommodation (4 Family Room with extra foam; Aircon) Group sharing
* With daily set breakfast
* Underground River tour with lunch
* 2 days El Nido Island Hopping tour A & C
Tour A: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Beach, Entalula, and Seven Commando (+ side trip at Snake Island)
Tour C: Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Beach, Secret Beach, Hidden Beach and Helicopter Island
* PPUR Permit, Boat, Guide, Environmental fee
* Entrance fee
* ETDF (Eco-Tourism Development Fee)
* Air-Conditioned Van transfer (Roundtrip) drop and pick up @ the airport
Day 1 (Oct 14) : Eta 11:10AM – Underground River – El Nido
Day 2 (Oct 15) : Island Hopping Tour C
Day 3 (Oct 16) : Island Hopping Tour A (side trip @ snake island)
Day 4 (Oct 17) : Check out at 3am with flight back to Manila at 11 am
Tip #3: Pack light.
Guilty! Haha. I have issues with packing. I don’t want to re-wear clothes whenever I’m travelling. The reason why? Simple. Various places in different wardrobe = more photos. Haha! Arte much. I know right. Oh, don’t forget to bring water-proof items & gadgets, be ready to get wet!
Tip #4: Travel with your kalog friends & prepare to meet new people.
The pleasure in travelling is being able to experience the place with your friends & loved ones, while meeting new people. You’ll learn a lot from them and surely you’ll keep happy memories.
Tip #5: Leave your worries behind and be ready to face your fears!
I don’t know how to swim, I just know the basics but I love being at the beach. Weird, right? The trip was more of island hopping. I was so scared when kuya Loloy (our bangkero/tour guide) told us to jump off the boat and swim towards the shore. Good thing kuya Loloy was so patient and caring.
Tip #6: As you leave your worries behind, leave your work behind, too.
Guilty! When you’re on leave and on vacation, you gotta enjoy it! Okay, but since I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I feel like I need to work though I was on leave. My bad. I can’t help but think of all the deliverables at work.
Tip #7: Prepare your mind and body when you travel.
The entire trip was more of travelling from one place to another, doing many physical activities. I suggest to drink more water, vitamins and iron to replenish lost electrolytes. Apply insect repellent lotion, it’s a must!
October 14-17, 2015 (MNL-Puerto Princesa-El Nido)
We had a 2-minute walk towards the river.
We divided our group into 3, which makes 7 pax per boat + the tour guide/bangkero (total of 8). All tourists were advised to wear their life jackets and helmets. Be careful not to hit your head with rock formations and shield yourselves from bat poops. Haha!
According to our tour guide, tourists can only sail up to 1.5 km.
We had a 5-hour land trip from Sabang to El Nido. If you have motion sickness, I suggest you take Bonamine. We passed through zig-zag roads, sharp curves, up hill, down hill… name it! We conquered it all. Haha.
Days 2 and 3 were dedicated for our island hopping tour. Wear aqua shoes. You will walk through waters with sharp-edged stones; you don’t want to have cuts on your feet, right? Better be ready than sorry.
Day 2 Itinerary (Tour C): Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Talisay Beach, Matinloc Shrine, and Helicopter Island
We also had the same struggle when we swam towards Hidden Beach. We need to swim fast before high tide ‘coz we ain’t gonna see the very very small entrance towards the beach.
Then we had jump shots and played like kids!
We were sailing towards Matinloc Shrine when the rain poured again. Surely the best season to visit El Nido is summer.
Day 3 Itinerary (Tour A): Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Beach, Entalula, and Seven Commando (+ side trip at Snake Island)
The place is so magical and perfect. Can’t help but fall in love with.. . the place 😛
5-minute trek off the hill. From there you’ll see the perfect scenery of the island.
That concluded our El Nido tour.
Love, ingradible. ❤
When you’re too high with your emotions & can longer contain it, sing like Sam Smith:
“A chance encounter of circumstance. Baby he’s a mantra, keeps your mind entranced… Why are you looking down all the wrong roads?
When mine is the heart and the soul of the song…”
Sing your heart out in the ocean, screaming like crazy, wishing & praying that…. that.
Cold night. Staring at the bright moon.
We may not know the existence of each other now, but sooon we’ll together stare at the very same moon I am staring at now.
Tonight, I’ll just sip my favorite WM while watching people pass by.
Soon we’ll go road trips together.
I’ll drive until my feet hurts, then you’ll fill in the spot.
Soon we’ll hit the beach & bum ’til our eyes droop, haha!
You’ll be my strength in braving the deep waters.
Soon we’ll travel together and witness the wonders of the world.
We’ll both whisper our prayers praising His majestic creations.
Soon we’ll reach our own aspirations in life, helping each other to be better without sacrificing the commitment.
I’ll be your right hand & you’ll be my strength.
Soon we’ll have coffee together.
Enjoying our favorite drinks while chatting even the smallest non-sense!
Tonight, I am praying. Asking for God’s guidance in my life to where he’ll lead me. Asking Him to prepare my heart & soul, so that when I’ll finally meet you.. . I am ready.
Cold night. Staring at the bright moon.
Alone? Perhaps. Alone but happy : )
December 1, 2015. Few remaining days before Christmas. Traffic everywhere. But it ain’t gonna stop us from visiting the popular house located at Filinvest Homes East, Cainta, Rizal.
By private vehicle:
1. From Quezon City, take either Aurora or Katipunan and go straight to Marcos Hi-Way. You’ll pass through SM Marikina, Robinson’s East Mall, and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
2. Final landmark: McDonald’s.
3. Turn right to Filinvest Homes East. Inform the guard you’ll visit the popular house: #CaintaChristmasHouse
4. Just drive straight until you see this:
The entire house was decorated with Christmas lights, decors, ornaments, not to mention the huge Santa Clause, snow man, rain deer, and bears.
There’s no entrance fee, you just have to log on their guest list so the owner would know you dropped by their house. It’s free and open to public!
The first question on my mind was, “May breaker kaya yung kuryente nito? Baka magka-short circuit tapos magliyab. I guess may breaker naman siguro.” But all those questions vanished upon entering, and I assure you: you’ll be in awe of the spectacular lights!
Sorsogon is located in the southern part of Luzon. It is the gateway to the island of Visayas via Roro. From Manila, it is a 15-hour land travel. Woooosh, talk about loooooooooong travel. But believe me, it is really worth it!
How to get to Matnog (From Quezon City): There are many bus lines going to Matnog at Cubao Bus Terminal across Shopwise/Ali Mall. Fare starts at P 1,000.00+ one-way.
Welcome to Matnog Port!
From Matnog Port, you need to ride a boat going to Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, Subic Beach, Calintaan Cave, and Tikling Island. Travel time: less than an hour. There are no entrance fees but I suggest you share a significant amount to the caretakers.
Matnog Tourism Office Environment Fee: P 70.00 / head
Boat Man : Kuya Nong Evasco (0910-5796383)
Rate: P 2,000.00 (Overnight) P1,600.00 (Day tour)
First stop: Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary
Very very clear water!
Second stop: Subic Beach
There are cottages in the island which you can rent for around P 300 – P 500. If you wish to stay overnight, Nanay caretaker offers her room but you also need to pay for the rent. I suggest to bring your own tent and sleep near the shore. I also suggest to bring foods and drinks; there are no sari-sari store in the island. Kuya bangkero can assist you in preparing foods. In case you forgot to bring something, you can also ask kuya bangkero to go back to Matnog proper to buy some. But you need to pay for the gas consumption of their boat.
Breathtaking, right? ♥
Oh, hello there!
I was expecting to see either sunrise or sunset by the beach. But unfortunately, the island is situated in between mountains. So we weren’t able to see Mr. Sun. Best effort shots:
No regrets, just love. ♥
The best part? Drinking 3-in-1 coffee by the beach! Simple joys! XD
Third stop: Calintaan Cave
We were supposed to go deep into the waters and pass through the cave, but we opted not to. The current of the sea water is a bit unstable.
Fourth and last stop: Tikling Island
Tikling island is a private property so we were only allowed to stay for like 15 minutes. Swam a little, took photos, pack up.
Clear – Green – Blue
I will definitely go back here! Sweet escape!
Thank you Reverie for taking this picture. Oink oink alert. LOL 🙂
Mabuhay! This diorama showcases the Filipino community. Too cute for words!
Ugh, accident =(
Pinoy Public Vehicles
Have you seen batman?
Oooops! Hotel Sogo
Cebuana Lhuiller & Lotto Outlet
Reyes Haircutters & Andok’s
Suking Tindahan : Aling Nena!
And yes, we are a tropical country! Don’t forget to grab some ice cream!
As much as I love Lego, I love Formula 1.
And you will definitely love this diorama.
Formula 1 Grand Prix Lego Edition!
Viewers: Forza Ferrari!
The actual race
And of course, the podium!