Captivating Cagbalete

Since my favorite season (among the two choices, haha) has ended, I’m gonna share to you my summer-ender for 2016. Too sad that it ended that quick but I’m still looking forward for the remaining of the year as I have at least four trips planned, yaay! Beach season never ends if you’re here in the Philippines! :)

We went to the most talked about place in my father’s hometown, the island of Cagbalete.

It’s a 5 hour drive from the Metro and 30-45 minutes boat ride from the port to the island. We had an agency to fix everything for us. Budget each pax was 2,500Php inclusive of land & boat transfers, environmental fees, accommodation and food. :) You can also try to have a DIY trip, and bring a private car. Now, don’t worry where to park your car as there are many parking lots near the port. All you have to do is to bring your food and book a resort in advance. :)

So let’s get this started. :)

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We arrived at the island at the best weather condition. :) The first in our itinerary was to visit the famous sandbar. Just ate our breakfast and left our things in the resort then…

Off we go! :)

And ta-daaaaaa! Sandbar! On a High Tide! Hahahaha! Yep, major epic fail :P Don’t even start imagining how disappointed we were when we saw the outstretched sea instead of the sand. Haha!

So tip # 1, check first if it’s high or low tide before going to the sandbar. :P The sandbar is about a 30 minute boat ride (from our resort) so better be sure before going there. It takes some time and money of course to rent a boat again.

Since we have no choice, we just enjoyed the sun, the sea and the sand underneath. :)

The super fine sand… under the water. :P

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After swimming and burning our skin, we head back to the resort.

Had our lunch and got some rest since we really got tired from the morning’s travel. Note that there is no electricity in the whole island from 6am to 6pm so bring some powerbanks and extension cords. :)

And after a few hours of getting rest, time to check the whole place! :)

We woke up with the place on a gloomy weather and low tide. When it’s high tide, boats can usually ‘park’ up to this point. :) You could see how low or even close to no water at all compared to the first picture I posted.

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Photoshoots will never be excluded in our agenda! Especially having bestfriends like them? Na-ah! :P Thinking of posting another blogpost featuring my pagemote in the island, hmmmm :P

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When it’s low tide, you could easily roam in the island, hassle free! :) You could go to the other resorts freely and enjoy what’s in store of the place.

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And that’s what we do for the rest of the day. :)

We had some dinner, drinks, games, stories to share the whole night and got some sleep in preparation to more exciting day tomorrow. :)

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Since our stay wouldn’t make sense if we don’t get to see the ‘actual’ sandbar, we decided to give it a shot on our second day. Of course, I have assessed the sea level first if it’s on a low or on a high tide. Thank God, it is! So here we gooooo! :)

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It was indeed beautiful. They call this place, “The Boracay of the South” and I guess it is living its name. It may even be better than Boracay as this is not as famous as the said place, which meant that this is more preserved than what’s in Boracay. :)

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Luckily, we have witnessed a well saturated rainbow. Ahhhhhh, so nice!!

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What else should we do? With this set of group, we took photos on every angle of the sandbar, haha!

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Mangroves are very visible in this area as well, so without a doubt, another photoshoot session has started. :P

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And jumpshot photos were taken as well. :)

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Time to go home! But before that, my brother and I have to manually push the boat until we reach the resort, haha! Just kidding! :)

After all these photos taken and memories created with this group, it’s time to go home now.

Our stay was really worthwhile. :) Hope you could all visit Cagbalete and enjoy this as much as we enjoyed our short vacation here. :)

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Nostalgic Nagsasa

Planning is always the easiest part when you wanted to travel with friends, but making it materialize would always be the hardest part. Thank goodness my officemates or what we call ourselves – “Donnatics” – were that persistent to push through our plan. :) We didn’t even have to force everyone to join because we all wanted to go. Especially we really wanted to have a break with our work. Away from the city and away from all the stress the world has given to us. #Hugot! Haha.

I don’t know why we chose Nagsasa, but since we crave for a getaway, we just go with it. :) Besides, it’s not my first time in Zambales as I have went to Anawangin last year, I think it’s a good idea to explore the other side of it. Nothing to lose, more to gain. :)

We left at 1:30am from our office in Bulacan and swooosh! Off we go to our destination! I’m not sure what time did we arrive there, I just know we did arrive earlier as expected. Not to mention our driver overtakes almost all the cars in front of us even in the zig-zag road!

If you are about to ask, we have budgeted at least 1,700Php per head, inclusive of our driver, land transfer, our accommodation, boat rides and transfers, plus the food we bought from the market. Also, it is much better to bring cooking and food utensils with you as there are no fancy hotels and restaurants there. You get to live on your own. :)

Sooooo. Let’s start exploring Nagsasa through our eyes, and I hope I could share to you how happy and grateful I am with this trip. :)

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First to visit – Capones Island. As I have mentioned in my Anawangin post, there are no resorts in this island. We just have to take advantage of the view and took our first group pictures in here.

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And now, we’re ready to go to a stress and signal free island – Nagsasa!

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Of course our first agenda was to set up tents and prepare for lunch. Thanks to these boys for taking care the whole group and being oh-so responsible! :P You know how intense we get with regards to Boys vs. Girls topic in the office, but this one goes for you! Naks. Minsan lang yan. :P

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After lunch, we didn’t thought time would be so SLOOOOOOOW. That was the longest 3-4 hours in the island. It was so hot that we can’t last a 5 minute nap. That’s why we did everything to entertain ourselves. From story telling, to the corniest knock knock jokes, hahaha, Pinoy Henyo, card games – the controversial 1-2-3 pass that almost cost our relationship with others, haha, and officemates doing an exhibition of catching food from the air. Hahaha!

And after all those craziness, time to swimmmm! Yaay!

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Four girls out of 13 in the group!

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The boys also took advantage of the scenery. Ughh, what a beautiful view! And I’m referring to the mountains there, haha!

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And our running shot! Our Ready, Set, Go! set of photos and the aftermath – splashes of water all over the place! Haha. Super fun!

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Here comes my favorite part of our trip.

It has been set beforehand that we’ll trek here in Nagsasa. What we are not yet sure of, is the time we are to trek. We were still having a good swim and when most of the boys noticed that the sun is about to set, they quickly decided to trek… NOW. Yes, the next thing I know, they are starting to go to the trekking site. I didn’t have time to decide whether I’ll go or not cause I really wanted to witness the sunset, and it’s my first time to trek. :)

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I never thought trekking would be so tiring, especially I’m coping up with how fast my officemates are going up the mountain. Oh, and did I mention there are some parts of the trek that you can be on the bottom of the mountain in an instant? One wrong step and you’ll die! JK! I’m exaggerating, maybe you’ll just have fractured legs or arms and wounds all over. Hehehe, I’m just saying, just be careful. And for those girls who wanted to try, be sure to have a guide while going up. Remember, climb at your own risk. ;)

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Sure enough, we are in awe to see the whole place on top. :)

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One of my favorite photos that I took. It’s not scripted and everyone just wanted to take a break of everything, just appreciating what’s in front of us. :)

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Favorite time of the day. Sunset. :)

It’s amazing how it can take your breath away, just watch it and makes you smile. Giving thanks to God for everything. For giving this chance to watch Mr. Sun set with the one you really treasure. Someday, every sunset will be as memorable as this one. :) #HugotPart2

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And after appreciating, time to go down! When in fact we can just roll down because of the steepness of the mountain. Haha!

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And our stay would never be complete without setting a bonfire. Different stories has been shared, games were played and s’mores were eaten. Too bad most of them have slept early and there were only five of us left. Talked about everything under the sun, or the moon I guess. Haha. Work, lovelife and of course the then hot topic, politics.

I don’t know how to explain it, but it really got exciting because of the group few feet from us. They spread “Good Vibes” all over the place. We don’t know each other, we don’t even know how they look like, they just made the remaining crowd in the place jam with them. :) It was full of laughter that night. How cool that we could laugh with someone you didn’t know and just wanted to have a stress free night. :)

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This would be my second favorite. Credits to our official photographer – Adam! :)

Quiet time between you and the nature. Sand underneath your body, bright stars, shooting stars once in a while. It really felt amazing that how much you’re overloaded in the city, yet you feel free and felt no burden at all when you’re in front of this kind of view. By far, the best night of the year. :) Thanks to the natural decorations of the sky. :)

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When I woke up the next morning, I visited the other side of the island.

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I felt like I’m in the other country then, super nice and quiet.

And since I have spent a lot of time roaming around the place, cause I got lost also, haha, I decided to take a bath while everyone’s swimming as we are to leave later that morning. Little did I know, I’m missing the fun out there. :(

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They had jump shot photos and I missed the highlight of our trip!!! I am so doomed, and sad, and I can’t even forgive myself for missing this!! The boys danced the famous “May Tatlong Bibe“. Not sharing the video though cause they might kill me, haha, but I saw how fun it is and I really hate myself for being KJ. </3

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And before leaving the place, one last group picture with the gang. :)

I really had fun with them, and I am excited and looking forward to more outings with them. Hope our July getaway will push through! Excited about it!

That’s it for our Nagsasa trip! And yes, it was one for the books!

*Photos from Adam, Kuya Eric, Mich and my Candice*

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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.

To Infinity and Beyond

After xx months, here I am again, trying to blog, haha. I know I’m taking months before I get to post whatever I have in mind, but as much as I want to, I can’t because I’m so preoccupied with my work (naks!), haha. And I have nothing to share until last March. Last month, Johnc and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary. Yaaay! :) It feels sooo amazing! haha. I’m really excited because we really planned this plus this is our first time to travel and try new things. It’s really our promise that as much as possible, have our firsts and new experiences together.

Our original plan was to go to Pampanga, visit Zoobic and go swimming. But since we don’t know how to go there and we should go to Tagaytay the morning after, we decided to celebrate it in Tagaytay as well. We celebrated it the weekend before our day since that’s the only time we can spend the whole day together. We arrived at 3pm, I guess, and searched a place to stay in and went straight to Residence Inn, Tagaytay.

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The first thing we did there was to go to Paradizoo and they gave us a tour.

Next was the most exciting one, the zipline and cable car, yaay!!!! Really can’t contain my happiness and my fear since I’m afraid of heights, hehe. And it only cost us 150 back and forth! So why don’t give it a try, right?

ZiplineI was too scared to open my eyes at first, but I chose to feed my eyes by seeing the very beautiful view of Tagatay!! And of course, I’m less scared because Johnc held my hand through out the short fly, yieee, cheezy moment here.

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No, I ain’t taking a selfie, I was trying to get a video of us and the view while we’re on the cable car.IMG_1874And later realized that I haven’t touched the capture button, hahahah! FAIL!! But still, this is a really REALLY unforgettable experience! :)

DSC_0138After which, we also had a quick tour in their Mini Zoo. Us with the I-don’t-want-to-be-in-the-picture camel, haha!

At 6pm, they have their free show starring their staff and some of their animals.

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DSC_0177And as you can see, Johnc’s in the picture but he didn’t even tried to touch the snake! He’s really scared of it, haha. That’s a secret guys, hahahaha.

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DSC_0187 After the show, we decided to go to the famous Sky Ranch since it’s only a ride away.

PS. For the girls, never EVER wear shorts in Tagaytay if you’re gonna stay outdoors till night and if you don’t wanna die because of the cold breeze. HAHA. Very wrong outfit.

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DSC_0189The famous Sky Eye, the tallest Ferris Wheel in the country.

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DSC_0206We tried their other rides/attractions before the main ride. A ride on a fake and a real horse! Haha. There are lots of rides there, like the Vikings they have in EK, mini roller coaster, and also zipline.

DSC_0244We waited for them before riding the ferris wheel. See, my brother is no longer a baby!! hahaha.

DSC_0192The Sky Eye! I am fond of riding on Ferris Wheels since it is one of the few rides that I can ride on, hehe. Can’t wait to try the ferris wheel in Singapore or even in London!! Dreams…..

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10178339_10200786721949271_691341008_nThe gondolas of the Sky Eye are smaller than that of MOA’s but the height is really incomparable. I can’t even look down! haha. But if you really want to try this, I think the best time is when the sun sets :)

Ate our super late dinner at Leslie’s. We ordered their Bulalo since Bulalos in Tagaytay are super delish and Crispy Pata. Forgot to take a picture of our food since we really need to feed our tummy, haha! And one tip, Leslie’s serves food I guess for 3-4 persons per order. So imagine us trying to eat all of our ordered food!DSC_0246

This is the only picture I have in Leslie’s. See? My brother is not a gay! He’s a pig! haha. joke!! Love you, brotherrrrrrr!

Upon arriving to the place where we stayed, this is what I saw..

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His anniversary greeting! In a freaking tarpaulin!!!! It took me half a minute to see if it’s real, haha, cause Johnc doesn’t know how to give surprises, I always knew it beforehand :P But this, unbelievable! :P Thanks for this Babe!!!! Don’t know where to put it in my room, haha.

On the day of our Anniversary, 17th of March, we only had our dinner at Mesa Restaurant in Greenbelt since I have to go to work the whole day.

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Also went to the event where I said Yes to him – Pyro Olympics :) Sorry, no videos of fireworks, I want to enjoy the show instead of taking videos of it, hehe, and I’m sure there are many in youtube :)

And thereeeee!! What a celebration! We may have spent a lot here, but no regrets. Invest in experiences rather than on possessions, right? :) Happy 2nd Anniversary Babe, I love you so much and can’t wait to spend more Firsts together ♥

pencil024* I added a Travel category here. Praying and working hard to travel the Philippines and some other countries as well!! :) Also made an ask.fm account, just wanna try the site, hehe.