Bacolod City's MassKara 2012 Festival: Electric MassKara Parade

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Electric MassKara is an annual street parade during the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City, where paraders all clad in colorful costumes and beautifully-adorned masks light up and dance to the beat of the drums along the Tourism Strip in Lacson Street for two consecutive nights. With the theme, “Pagkilita-ay,Pakita-ay” ("We meet and show off."), it showcased how Bacolod and its people have fun — the Mardi Gras kind of  way, that is.

Through the Lens: Spectators during the MassKara Street Dance Performance at the Bacolod City Public Plaza

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Masskara Festival in Bacolod City once again drew thousands of tourists from all over the Philippines and even from other parts of the world — just to witness one of the most colorful and "happiest" festivals showcasing street dancers clad in colorful costumes and beautifully-adorned masks.

Culinary Seafood Delight at the Old Pala-Pala Market, Bacolod City

Sunday, November 4, 2012

If you're looking for authentic Ilonggo restaurants in Bacolod City, try switching your diet from the usual piyaya and napoleones of Bacolod to fresh seafood at the old Pala-Pala Market, located in San Juan Street corner North Capitol Road. It's where handsome and humble billionaires, like me, gather and eat on a budget. Really.

A Day at the Southern Cebu Heritage Trail

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I should probably be shuddering right now while I write this post about religious heritage sites in Cebu. No, I'm not an atheist but my mom fondly calls me an erehes because I haven't gone to church lately. I was once a devout Christian though, raised and taught under the auspices of our Church, but I happen to have other things in my mind after I moved out. October 13 was an exception. And my mom has nothing to do with it.

How to Travel to El Nido From Puerto Princesa

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

El Nido is a first-class coastal municipality of Palawan located 230 kilometers northeast of the province's capital, Puerto Princesa. It is composed of approximately 40 small islands, which makes El Nido one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. In fact, CNNGo dubbed it as the "gateway to a wild adventure" and it starts from the bus trip from Puerto Princesa. Here's how.

Where to Stay: Josefina's Pension House in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Saturday, September 22, 2012

One of the challenges in traveling is finding a decent and cheapest place to stay but if you're planning on a vacation to Puerto Princesa, Palawan for a day or two, the newly-opened and relatively cheap Josefina's Pension House in Bonifacio Road is highly recommended.

Snapshots from the Agri-Trade Fair During The Kadayawan 2012 in Davao City

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Synonymous to Davao City's blooming economy is the Waling-waling, a flower that is endemic to the Philippines, particularly in Davao, and considered by many as the "Queen of Philippine Flowers". Here are some snapshots of the Waling-waling and other flora when I was in Davao during the Kadayawan 2012 Festival.

Through the Lens: Rice field in Argao, Cebu

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned road trip where you can get the most stunning views. Shortly after waking up, I took this snapshot of a rice field in Argao, Cebu from the bus window while I was on a thee-hour trip from Dumaguete. Perfect timing to get the "magic hour" shot of a sunset. Too bad there's a smudge in the window.

Gastrointestinal Fortitude: Braving Palawan's Tamilok (Wood worm)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

If you're one of those people who are willing to try out anything during your trip, the tamilok is a must-try local cuisine of Palawan that will surely redefine your definition of exotic food. Sometimes referred to as "wood worm" because of its elongated shape, the tamilok isn't actually a worm but actually belonging to the mollusk/clam family that lives in mangrove areas to feed on its roots.

Kadayawan Festival 2012: Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan Street Dancing Competition

Sunday, August 26, 2012

August in Davao City marks the Kadayawan Festival — a month-long thanksgiving celebration of life and to the region's bountiful harvest. Historically, this celebration traces its roots during the early years of Mindano (pre-Spaninh era) where ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mt. Apo pay their respects and thanksgiving to their god, Manama. Today, Kadayawan evolved into a colorful celebration paraded in the streets of Davao earning the title "festival of festivals" and the "King of Festivals" of the country.

Charming Hagimit Falls: Multi-Tiered Wonder of Samal Island

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

From Casaroro Falls in Negros Oriental to Davao City in the Philippine South, I packed up my gear once again to head out to one of Samal Island's hidden gems. Located in Poblacion PeƱaplata in the Island Garden City of Samal, Hagimit Falls is a multi-tiered falls much like Cebu's Kawasan Falls with natural swimming lagoons that is perfect for family or group outings or for solo backpackers who are looking for a quick getaway to relax, unwind and dip in its cold and pristine waters.

Valencia's Casaroro Falls: Hidden Beauty of Negros Oriental

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Located in the municipality of Valencia, Casaroro Falls is dubbed as Negros Oriental's most photographed waterfalls —  and it certainly has a lot of reasons why Casaroro earned that title. Towering at almost 100 feet lodged between two huge rock crevices with a dense forest surrounding the area, Casaroro is indeed a beauty to behold that is well worth a detour away from the hustle and bustle of Dumaguete city life.

Spectacular Light and Water Show at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Your Singapore experience will never be complete if you've not gone to (or at least planning to) visit Marina Bay Sands and watch the Light and Water Show. If you've been to Hong Kong and watched the Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbour but somehow it bored you to death, then Marina Bay Sands' Light and Water Show will definitely bring you back to life as it will literally show you the "wonder full" side of life.

Learning Street Photography at Cordova, Cebu

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ever since I got my very own point-and-shoot camera, my idea of photography was just like anybody else's: point, shoot, and upload. Photos were completely shot in auto and no hardcore processing whatsoever. I didn't concentrate on one subject or style either. Everything varied from landscape photography to photos of my underwear to the food I was eating. In other words, I was a self-proclaimed, dazed and roughly confused, trigger-happy shutterbug.

On Mackerels, Grilled Pineapples, and a Free Accommodation at Maribago Bluewater Resort

Monday, June 4, 2012

Expensive is probably one of the words you'd likely hear from someone when he/she mentions about Bluewater Resorts, and for a budget traveler like me, one would stay away from high-end posh beach resorts...unless you're one lucky bastard who got an overnight stay at Maribago Bluewater Resort  — for free.

With only a budget of Php 2,500 for two, my girlfriend and I decided to celebrate our 1 year and 8th month at Maribago Bluewater Resort last Saturday. I know — you're probably wondering right now how can two people enjoy the said place with only a budget like that.

But as one of my life mantras would say, "Traveling doesn't necessarily mean you have to splurge a lot." This post will tell you how we managed to have a good time while staying at the resort for almost a day and a half with minimal expense. I also left some tips below to help you enjoy your stay. I will also greatly appreciate if you can leave your questions, comments, or suggestions about the place (or of this post) below.

Guide to Apo Island: Expenses and Travel Tips

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Get There
From Dumaguete City's Ceres Bus Terminal (near Robinson's Mall), take the bus going to Bayawan City. Fare is relatively cheap, which is at PHP50.00 for the air-con bus. Ask the bus driver to drop you off at the Malatapay Market in Zamboangita, which is 30 to 45 minutes away from Dumaguete City. From the highway, it takes a 10 to 15 minute walk to reach the Malatapay Information Center where you can rent either a small or a big boat to take you to the island.

Weekend in Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Traveling continues.

This weekend, I'm planning to visit Dumaguete City together with my officemates and with my girlfriend. It's been a year since my last visit and my friends told me a lot has changed ever since.

This time, I'm going to visit Apo Island for the second time and either Niludhan Falls in Bayawan or Casaroro Falls in Valencia (for the first time). For now, our itinerary is still in the preliminary stage of crap-where-to-go-in-a-limited-budget but here are some of the activities I'm planning for this trip:

  1. snorkling or diving in Apo Island;
  2. trek around the island; and
  3. conquer Niludhan or Casaroro Falls' current.
In case you have some suggestions for new places to visit, feel free to leave a comment below.

Afternoon at The Peak, Davao City

Thursday, February 9, 2012

During my visit in Davao City last weekend, I got to check out The Peak that sits on top of Gaisano Mall in Bajada — thanks to my friend who told me about the place last December. My visit was short (spent less than an hour) and I never got to try out the restaurants since I had to meet some of my friends at Abreeza Mall. Even so, I found the place to be good and definitely worth a second visit some time in the future.

The Peak is a new alfresco area in the mall that opened just recently, which is quite similar to Ayala Cebu's Terraces and Abreeza's version of it. A few restaurants are already open (see list below) to suite everybody's taste buds and I'm already planning to treat my parents in any of those. The place is also perfect to catch a good view of Davao City in daytime and it is most certainly at its best during nighttime when Davao City lights up and the fountain area illuminates and changes into different colors. You can check this blog to see how it looks during nighttime.

Swimming with Oslob's Whale Sharks

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

You may have already heard by now about the new buzz going around in social networking sites and in some travel blogs. The once sleepy town of Oslob located just south of Cebu City is now starting to attract thousands of local and international tourists — myself included.

Commonly found in Donsol, Sorsogon, the gentle giants of the sea seem to have found a new home in Oslob, providing the locals additional livelihood and eco-tourism for the barangay and the municipality. The butanding (Tagalog term) or tuki (local term) started to appear late last year after a fisherman apparently spotted a group of whale sharks swimming in the area. Since then, swimming with the whale sharks at Oslob spread like wildfire.

This guide aims to help you plan your trip — from the budget rundown to the different activities in the area.

Weekend at Cebu's Three-Tier Kawasan Falls

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to Get There
From Cebu City, head to Cebu City South Bus Terminal (near E-mall) and board a non-aircon bus. There are two routes that you can take. One is from Cebu to Oslob/Bato then ride another bus going to Badian. The other one is from Cebu to Moalboal passing Barili along the way, which is the closest route (about 2 to 3 hours ride) compared to taking the 4-5 hour trip via Oslob-Bato. Terminal Fee at Cebu South Bus is PHP5.00 and the fare for the non-aircon bus going to Moalboal is roughly around PHP100.00.

Taking the shorter route, drop-off point is the town proper of Moalboal (look for the market). From there, you can take a multi-cab going to Kawasan Falls. You'll pass by the municipality proper of Badian and drop off at the Church of Matutinao, which is just along the highway.

Journeying to the Red-Light District of Hongkong: No Tips. Just Pure Shenanigan.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

For no apparent reason during my last night in Hongkong, I couldn't sleep so I decided to leave my friends in the hotel and explored Mongkok's neighborhood for one last time. An hour later, I found myself lost in a street filled with blinking neon lights with pictures of half-naked women displayed at the sidewalk.

Right then, I knew I was in a different part of the city. See? Getting lost can get exciting.

Hongkong Travel: The Six Things You Need to Bring Before You Go

Friday, January 13, 2012

Going on a trip to Hongkong for the first time but you're not sure what you need to bring? Here's a guide to what I think are the six essential things that you need to bring before you go to Hongkong. If you want to add something to this list, feel free to leave a comment below.

Orgasmically Good for You: Durian Tips from a Dabawenyo Exiled in Cebu

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Synonymous to Davao is a fruit commonly misunderstood by many due to its foul smell and weird taste. In fact, most establishments (some surprisingly in Davao) don't allow people to bring and eat durian.  Some people say that the smell of durian is like "rotten tomatoes mixed with smelly feet" while others claim that although it smells like "hell", it surely tastes like "heaven".

I once hated it myself when my parents first bought durian when I was still in grade school but I was wrong after I tried it -- all it takes is a matter of training your nasal and gastrointestinal tracts. If you can live with the smell and taste of durian candies or the ice cream (or even the durian-flavored condom), the fruit is no less different.

Let not the smell of durian get in the way of losing your durian virginity. Just like sex, you need to go through a bit of pain, in this case, a few ounces of testicular fortitude and maybe a few trips to the bathroom.

Make your trip to Davao worthwhile and memorable. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity of eating the "king of all fruits."

Here are some tips to enjoy eating durian in Davao: