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I Left My Heart in Camiguin

I don’t usually travel when I am not clear-headed. In as much as I want to go to different places, I always want to remember them. Which is why I almost always see to it that I have no baggage whatsoever. This Camiguin tour is different. I went on this trip with bottled anger and frustrations; some are even decade-old, in hopes to flush all these negativities down the “island born of fire”. The worst thing about the past is that it has this unique way of creeping in your…

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Storming Away with Siblings to Cavanico Il Mare, Samal Island

Timing was everything. We had a solid plan to go camping in Talikud Island, but we rerouted to an overnight stay in Cavanico Il Mare Beach Resort. Tropical storm Vinta just made out plans completely not feasible. The night before our trip, an announcement came regarding the closure of the ports to Samal Island and Talikud Island  due to the storm. The Samal Island ports opened by the morning, as the weather became calm. But the ports to Talikud Island remained closed. We hurriedly checked the resorts in Samal Island…

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Solo Backpacking Samal Island

The Island Garden City of Samal, or Samal Island, was one of the most famous destinations in Davao del Norte. The very smooth and very affordable transfer from Davao City eased the way to the various destinations and activities all across the island. Which was why, backpacking Samal Island was never a bad idea – even when preparations were rushed. I arrived at Samal Island Saturday night. Having no reservations beforehand, I turned right as soon as I walked off Samal Ferry Wharf and walked towards the lined resorts in…

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El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan Tours: The Trip Where Dianzel Almost Gave Up but Didn’t

I am at Puerto Princesa International Airport waiting for my noon flight back to Cebu. Having this much time to kill in the airport is not fun – especially when alone. I am cruising through memory lane of these past 3 days. This El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Palawan trip has been dramatic, fun, memorable, and short. Nevertheless, I am fairly certain this is, among all of my other trips so far, the most unforgettable. *** Three days ago, Dianzel, one of my best friends, missed his flight to Palawan.…

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A Friendship Getaway in Dahican, Mati

Dahican, Mati is definitely one of the bucket-list-worthy destinations; not only for lovers or solo travelers but above all for family and friends as well. Despite the apparent proximity of the place, our determination was more profound than we have imagined. After rushed planning and eleventh-hour reservations, we were on our merry way to Dahican – full of youthful zest and beaming expectations. No matter what the Google Maps told us, it was a 10-hour drive to Dahican from Koronadal City. My friends Ian, Weng, Ed, Diana, and Shiela are…

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Boracay Beach Bumming

The last time we went to Boracay, we were overwhelmed of the hype that – it is Boracay. The one day we spent on the island left us totally hanging. Well, second time was the charm. Having taken advantage of an airline seat sale, we flew to one of the most coveted islands in the country again vowing to savor every moment of it this time. Boracay is irrefutably famous for its white sand beaches. So what better things to do than beach hop in the island? Actually beach hop…

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We Found Wonderland at Balut Island

There were limited ways to reach Balut Island of Sarangani, Davao Occidental and fortunately one of them was through General Santos City. Balut Island, being part of the Sarangani Islands, was the main hub of trading on the islands. Its neighboring islands Sarangani Island and Olanivan Island were blessed with natural beauties as it was. The municipality of Sarangani should not be confused with Sarangani Province, though. Checking the map might make you scratch your head as I did but I settled on the notion that whoever thought of naming…

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Spending Holy Week 2017 at the Beaches of Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani (Days 3 and 4 of 4)

On the third day of the Holy Week 2017 Holiday, I went to Glan again, but this time I was with my officemates. We were just into a lazy overnight at the beach thus we convoyed our way to Gumasa. Likewise, we stopped at the Tour Town Glan view deck and looked down into some sort of a sneak peak of what Gumasa was about. From the view deck, the perfect silhouette of Mt. Matutum can be seen and actually continued to be seen from a number of beaches in…

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I am Traveling to Self-discovery

It has been exactly two years ago since I have traveled by an airplane. Yes, I am 24. I cannot fathom still how that novel experience have completely changed the way I view the world. By the window seat of that plane, I have marveled on how small the world is from up there, how the roads have zoomed out into blur, how the houses and buildings have seemed like specks on the earth, and, how the mountains have been unsymmetrically beautiful and green and sometimes disappearing by the clouds.…

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A Glimpse of Panglao Island’s Sunrise

After almost two hours of ferry ride for 400 pesos from Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol; then a 30-minute taxi ride for 500 pesos for the 5 of us (Me, Jude, Jay, Jordan, and Andrew) to our Panglao Island accommodation; we arrived exhausted and craving for dinner.  We walked along Alona Beach looking for food. In their very expensive arrays of food products, we settled for the more budget-friendly BBQ dinner. Alona Beach was very much comparable to the White Beach of Boracay. Aside from overpricing, of course, we walked side…

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