Hello, Bohol!

Because I have received a really good feedback with regards to my inactive blog, I am now writing another post. Yaaay! Haha! Cheers to my mood today! :P Kidding aside, thanks to those who gave their comments on my blog, may it be a good or a bad one. I really appreciate them all :) It makes me inspired and motivated to write another blog post, so thank you. :)

Moving on, I am writing about the travel I had last March 2015. And yep, another late post coming up! Haha! :P This was our CeBohol (Cebu-Bohol) trip with my bestfriends and boyfriend. I’m gonna share with you first our adventures in Bohol.

Our Bohol trip was the easiest one to organize. Honestly, there is no much time to plan for a DIY itinerary as I have actively searched for all the “to-gos” just a weekend before our trip. And as per my research and review, it is easier to roam around Bohol if you have your own car instead of commuting. Thanks to Bohol Rent A Car for they have the services that we are looking for – a car and a day tour – in a very affordable price.

So to start, we were fetched by our tour guide straight from the airport. With my name written in a waving paper, haha! Feeling the tourist vibe from there on!

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Picture at the airport. Our first steps in Visayas! :) So excited with what is in store for the day. :)

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Our first stop, Blood Compact Shrine. This, I guess, has a huge impact in the Philippine history that they have to drink the wine with their blood mixed in to seal their treaty.

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The shrine overlooking Panglao Island.

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We also took a stop in Baclayon Church. Can you spot St. Pio in one of the columns of the church? Don’t worry if you didn’t saw it in the first glimpse, cause it took me three to four times and have my friends pinpoint where Padre Pio is before I finally saw him. Haha, poor eyes.

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Churches in Bohol were a hot topic for a time as these were heavily devastated by the earthquake we had.

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Of course, we had our lunch buffet in the famous Loboc River. This as well is included in our package.

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We also had our stop over during our lunch to hear and see traditional song and dance of Bohol.

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Stan also had the chance to dance Tinikling with them. I wanted to try as well, but I’m too scared for my feet to get stuck between the bamboo sticks. Haha!

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Really enjoyed the view during our meal. It was clean, relaxing and well preserved. :)

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Next stop – the Hanging Bridge in Loboc.

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For those who do not know, heights really freak me out. So crossing and staying (without holding the hand rails) in the bridge is an achievement for me. I should be proud of myself, haha! Sorry though as I can’t tell how high the bridge is cause I’m not good in estimating measurements. :P Just trust me, it’s high enough to make me shout to whoever’s crossing the bridge with me, haha!

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The Tarsier Sanctuary is a must visit in Bohol. Why? Because we can only see these species only in this place. This was my first time to see them and they look exactly like the stuff toy they are selling in the souvenir shop! Only they are alive, haha! :P They are so cute! Wanted to bring one home. :P

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Our next stop was probably my favorite one. A man-made forest with towering mahogany trees in it. So beautiful. So peaceful. I wish all of us can take care of our nature instead of destroying it.

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We had to take pictures and take advantage of the scenery. Just be careful as there are a lot of cars passing through this place. This explains why this shot is a blurred one. It’s because we wanted a jump shot and our bodies in one piece after this photo taken, haha!

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And our Bohol trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting Chocolate Hills. I’m not expecting so much as these were also affected by the earthquake. But boy, even earthquakes can’t lessen the beauty of this place.

From textbooks back in grade school to reality! :)

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And this sums up our Bohol Trip. Thumbs up to all the Boholanos for preserving the place. Not to mention their sense of humor that made our trip more fun. :)

Special thanks to Bohol Rent A Car and to Kuya Topher for accommodating us, without any hassle! :) Thank you! Will surely visit this place again. :)

kat

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Summer’s here!

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So summer here in the Philippines has finally started, YAAAY! Since we only have two seasons in the country, most probably, this is your favorite season except for the scorching heat. Everyone’s looking forward for this season as this is the time for beach outings and time to bring out all your summer outfits. :) I wore this one during our Ilocos trip. Don’t you love my shorts??? This surely matched the brightness of the sun, haha! Anyways, I hope you are all enjoying the season. :) Looking forward to my own adventures this summer! :)

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Next post, our Bohol and Cebu trip!! :)

kat

 

Day 3: Vigan City

Better late than never! Here’s my last installment from our adventure in the North few months ago. Aside from the fact that there are many things to see here, Vigan is also proclaimed as one of the 7 wonder cities of the world! Isn’t that amazing? :)

Before starting the day, we first had our lunch at the Hidden Garden.

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Ready to explore Vigan with this group!

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We dropped by the place where you can personally make your own pot. Here’s my little cousin trying to figure out how to make one.

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After some pot making and souvenir shopping, we visited the Syquia Mansion. As per our tourist guide, this is the house of the wife of our former president Elpidio Quirino.

Vigan is undoubtedly rich in history. If you have the chance to visit the mansion, I suggest to go visit. :) The in-house tourist guide has really lot to share about the family and how old houses are different from the modern ones, especially if it is owned by a well-known family.

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Had a selfie in the hallway where the house helpers of the family pass through. This hallway is separated by a heavy curtain, this is for the benefit of the family’s visitors not to see the house helpers roam around the house when serving them.

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For our next destination, Baluarte!

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This is owned by Gov. Chavit Singson. Just so you know, visiting this place is for free! Yaaay! :)

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Just want to share a little story here. As you can see in the above pictures, this ostrich walks around the vicinity freely. I really thought the ostrich came out from its cage without anyone noticing. But then, the caretakers said that the animals are really free to go wherever they want to. Of course, tigers are not included in that list. :P So as I was excited to take pictures of the ostrich. All of a sudden…

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The ostrich’s walking/kind of running towards me!! Haha! I literally ran for my life!! :P I hid behind a man with a bouncer-like body for protection purposes. Hahaha!

 Anyways, if the animals were free, we are also free to interact with them, with the supervision of the animal caretakers.

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After enjoying the animal show and all the sight seeing, Tita Jacque was able to tour us inside Hotel Luna.

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As I have mentioned in my previous post, most of the churches here in North have Bell Towers. You can actually go and try to sneak a peek of the view from the Bantay Bell Tower.

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And for our last itinerary for the day, the famous Calle Crisologo. Going here is like experiencing a different era. Brick floors, Kalesas are the only allowed mode of transportation and old houses.

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After hours of walking, we went to Plaza Salcedo to watch the dancing fountain before heading home. In all fairness, it’s all worth the hype!

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And that’s it for our North Adventure! :) We surely had a great time here in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. :)

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If you want to visit these places, please feel free to contact Tita Jacque, 09369156675.

Day 2: Ilocos Norte

Our day 2 in the North is more of exploring the province. It’s more of the nature than the city proper. I think that’s one of the reasons why we should travel here in the Philippines, there are so many beaches, rock formations and other God-made scenery.

Our first stop was in Bacarra Bell Tower. The rocks where we were standing were actually the rocks that came from the bell tower. And yes, there are still rocks on top of it!

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And mind you, these rocks are really huge.

Next stop was in a Dragon Fruit Farm. Nothing much to do in here because it’s not the season of harvesting dragon fruits, hehe. Though we see some of these fruits while roaming around the area.

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We headed to the Cape Bojeador lighthouse after. We have to do lots of walking, but upon reaching the light house, the view was really worth capturing.

 

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Next stop was probably my favorite destination of the day, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.

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This requires long walk as well but you have the choice of riding a horse going to the Rock Formation. You also have the option to rent out hats like we did! :)

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Pictures were as good as postcards!! Very beautiful view, it also overlooks the newly installed Bangui Windmills. These rocks were formed by the waves as shared by our tourist guide. I love how natural the beauty of our country is! Nothing can really beat our nature. Just lovely.

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And of course, our tired but fulfilled faces after that mini adventure.

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The Bangui Windmills was just a few minutes away from the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Who would have thought that I’ll be seeing the places that I was just seeing in my books when I was just in Grade School? :)

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The windmills were really big! And you get a bit of excitement everytime you see the fan moving, haha!

Our last destination was in Pagudpud. Originally, the plan was to visit Pagudpud first. But we wanted to enjoy the beach for the rest of the day so Ms. Jacque, who organized our itinerary, was really nice and rearranged our schedule. That’s why I call our tour, a customizeable tour. Thank you, Tita Jacque! :)

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We also stopped by the Patapat Viaduct on our way home.

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Bye bye Ilocos Norte! Thank you for the good experience! Next post, Ilocos Sur! :)

kat

2014 goals

Since 2015 is fast approaching (few hours to go!), let me share to you my goals this year. Last year, my goal was to become a CPA, I became one, and I will be forever thankful for it! This year, I decided to reward my self, haha! Why not! And I have lotsss of to-do things this year.

First of, I know I am not fat nor I am as skinny as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. So this year, I promised myself to be healthy. Note: Healthy doesn’t mean you have to be skinny! So I decided to enroll and go to gym (Yes! Super unusual, haha!) and that I should join two marathons. My original goal was to run 10km. But since my resistance is so poor and I know that is impossible, I set my goal down to 5km. We joined the Milo Marathon and the Color Manila Run.


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Another goal that I have set, was to read 50 books for this year. Any guesses if I hit this goal? Of course… No! HAHA. I didn’t even reach half of my goal :P I have only read 20 books. Not bad though, from less than 5 last 2013. My favorite books/series was The Selection series. Have you read it? So much kilig in it! Plus, it will have its fourth installment this coming May 2015, I’m excited!

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This next goal was really a plan of mine when I was still studying. I promised myself that I should buy the things that I want in my first working year (I even made a list for this!). I’m really not materialistic, but let’s just say it’s my reward for the little achievements that I made for the past years. And for this coming year, I promise to SAAAVE. Hahaha!!

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The last item in my goal check list, and will be my main goal for the coming years is to… TRAVEL. Yes! Who doesn’t want to!? This year, my goal was to travel twice domestically and once internationally. I thought it was impossible especially the international one. But God is really good, I marked this goal with a really big check!! My first trip was in Anawangin, Zambales which I posted here. I also visited the very nice place of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Check my last posts, I have posted our first day there and will post the next two days soon (I don’t know when, haha!). And of course, our international trip, Hongkong and Macau!! Blogpost soon! Haha! But I’ll share some of our pictures from my travels this year :)

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 Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Ilocos Norte. August 2014.

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Disneyland, HongKong. November 2014.

Let us thank God for the wonderful 2014 He had given to us and let us all hope that 2015 be a better year for all of us! :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! :)

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I really thank God for having Mr. Sun visible while we were in Ilocos. Very easy to roam around the city and of course, easier to dress up. I always make sure to make myself comfortable whenever I’m in a place that requires a lot of walking. My best friend for three days? Shorts and flats! Haha. Of course, I won’t be pairing my best friends with a boring top! I really love the details of it, very girl-y, very maarte, very me. Haha! Anyway, this is what I wore on the first day of our tour that I have just posted :)

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DSDTRM top and origami shorts, Charles & Keith sunnies, Tutum Shop flats

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Day 1: Ilocos Norte (City Tour)

Okay. So how do I start?

First of all, just for you to be informed, this would be a very long post since this also serves as a photo diary. So I hope you enjoy this post as much as we enjoyed our trip :)

Our travel to the North happened last August 21-24 (yes, another late post!). This was my birthday gift to myself and to my mum as well. I really prepared for this trip since I’m really excited travelling especially with the people I love. And I really prayed that the weather will be good for those days cause it was raining few days before our trip!

So we arrived in Laoag at around 3 am and went straight to Hotel Tiffany while waiting for our city tour to start. The first place we visited was President Marcos’ parents ancestral house.

*Just a reminder, most of the places especially museums have entrance fees.

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The place where President Marcos was born.

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Here’s my brother, Kirby having a pose with the little Ferdinand Marcos.

After our short tour in the ancestral house, we went to Iglesia de Sta. Monica de Sarrat. One of my favorite place!

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Most of the churches here are really huge and have long aisles plus they all have bell towers! So Amazing.

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The convent of Sta. Monica Church.

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Before entering the Sarrat Ruins.

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The beautiful Sarrat Ruins. This is where Irene Marcos (the youngest of President Marcos) had their pre nuptial photoshoot. So beautiful! I’m thinking of having my pre nup photoshoot here too! Haha!

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My mum, obviously, is a fan of Ryzza Mae who loves “walling”. Haha! See the post behind them? They have another one inside. They said this is where they execute men before. Execute the Samson way, with two hands tied up in both posts!

Everywhere in this place is photogenic.

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Next stop, Paoay Church.

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I promised myself to visit 3 churches every time I travel. Not forgetting the 3 wishes whenever you visit a church the first time.

We also visited the Marcos Museum and learned a lot about the former president. So nice to see a part of our history.

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They said Marcos’ favorite number is 8 and has brought a lot of luck in his political career.

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His nameplates during his senatorial days.

We also visited the Marcos Mausoleum where the remains of President Marcos is preserved. It’s really amazing when you can see in person the one who implemented Martial Law and has a big impact to our country’s history. No photos cause it’s not allowed to take pictures inside.

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Our next stop: The White House of the North.

They said that the President mostly lived here instead of living in the Malacañang palace.

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The receiving area.

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President’s office, with my mum on the side. Haha!

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The master’s bedroom and their children’s bedroom.

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Receiving area part 2! Haha, they must have many visitors for them to have many receiving areas. Can you spot my mum? Haha!

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They also have this room where they showcase the travels of Marcos, this particularly to Hawaii.

Our tourist guide said that when the President is dying, he said to his pilot to bring him to Paoay. Unfortunately, the pilot misheard him and brought him to Hawaii. I don’t know how true is this, but it’s really interesting.

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The mansion overlooking the Paoay Lake. So beautiful!!

And now, enough for the sight seeing, the next pictures are the most exciting ones!!

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When you’re in Laoag, NEVER ever miss this one! Experience the Sand dunes by having a 30-40mins 4×4 ride and unlimited sandboarding.

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It is definitely tiring but it’s all worth it. Don’t worry, you don’t get to ride 30-40 mins straight, I think there are at least 3 stops in between for us to take pictures of the scenery. It was really really good!

After the 4×4 ride, here goes the unlimited sand boarding!

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And there it is, our first day in the North! Two thumbs up for the experience!

kat