Monday, December 29, 2008
 Sampaloc Lake (San Pablo City, Laguna) - cycling around Sampaloc lake for a 3.7-kilometer lane with a view of the beautiful fishponds and mountain scene. around the lake in minutes
 Mansion Ruins (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) - visiting the old mansion situated in the middle of sugar cane field was memorable because despite its ruined structure it still displayed a magnificent framework.mansion ruins
 Unique Christ Mural (Victorias City, Negros Occidental) - my second time to see this unique church mural was as exciting as my first time. this church is not just special because of the art that it depicts but also because this is where my father used to serve as an altar boy.unique church mural
 Finding the Aetas in their Village (Porac, Pampanga) - it was very exciting when i decided to search for the aetas village in the mountainous area of Pampanga. i only saw it in the internet and decided to go there. the search was unforgettable because i gained new friends who always smiles.finding katutubo village
their future their pride
 Churches of Iloilo (Miagao-Guimbal-Molo, Iloilo) - taking a day trip to visit three churches in Iloilo was something that i was really looking forward to do it has a good number of the oldest churches in the country. it was my first time to visit Miagao church and Guimbal church while remembering Molo church as a playground made it special.gothic grandeur - molo church
patron of holy souls - guimbal church
at its strongest form - miagao church
 Snorkeling Anilao (Mabini, Batangas) - snorkeling is my favorite hobby and doing it in Anilao is the best. no matter how many times i've been to this place, it's always as exciting. i visited Anilao twice this year and also last year.best snorkeling site - dive n trek
snorkeling anilao - anilao outrigger
 Kayaking Calayo (Calayo, Batangas) - it was Lingkod Alabang's outing and we had an unlimited time of kayaking from open sea area connecting to a lake. traversing beach shores with friends from the community was unforgettable.one paddling weekend
 Kneeboarding in Camsur (Naga, Camarines sur) - first time to try this water sport with Lingkod after a mission trip. doing kneeboarding in this world class facility was definitely my most unforgettable activity.speeding grip - the action
tips and guide - cwc watersports complex
camsur watersports complex
 Mountain and the sea of Dingalan (Dingalan, Aurora) - haven't posted this yet but i will already say that it was one of the most beautiful scene i've seen of mountains meeting the sea in different perspective. this covers our trip from Nueva Ecija to Dingalan. i went there with travel buddies Lawstude and Orlan. i'm posting it next year. nestled mountains - dingalan aurora
raging waters - dupinga river
scarp slopes of laur - nueva ecija
 Highway walk at Upper Tomay (Tomay, La Trinidad) - it was a day with nothing to do when i was in La Trinidad. since i already visited the strawberry farm i decided to create my own itinerary by simply riding a jeep not knowing where it goes leading me to foggy heights. the view was beautiful that i decided to walk on my way back.highway walk - upper tomay
 Exploring Kapangan (Kapangan, Benguet) - definitely one of my favorite off-the-beaten track trips this year. i only searched in the internet for a place closest to Baguio city that will bring me to see the rice terraces. it's a beautiful place and it made me appreciate Cordillera's culture. it was a rough trip yet that's what it makes it an unforgettable expience. rice terraces of labueg
rough road to kapangan
 The Road to Don Salvador (Don Salvador, Negros Occidental) - just an hour trip from the capital city of Negros Occidental can already bring you to one of the new tourist attraction of Negros. scenic views of mountain range, waterfalls and a road with pine trees lined up along it. i also discovered that rice terraces can also be found in this area.where the pines lead
best kept secrets
to the highlands
 Reaching Foggy Heights (Nueva Vizcaya) - traveling along mountain range, reaching heights covered with fog and green hills from both sides of the road. this is my type of road trip. this is also a part of the tandem trip with Lawstude and Orlan which will be posted next year.
 Adventures in Capones (Capones, Zambales) - one of my favorite islands because of the landscape that it has. i only learned about this island thru the blogosphere and realized how beautiful it is. the best thing to do there is to stay in the island at least for an overnight and really explore the hills. it was also memorable because we were there when there was a typhoon. the experience was unforgettable. that was also my first trip with Lawstude. green perspective - exploring the hills
el playa de capones - the beach
islas de puntas capones
 Tourist haven Boracay (Boracay, Kalibo) - my longest series of travel post is Boracay as there's a lot to see and do there. i didn't even reach some of the other beaches around the island making four days and three nights not enough for me to really enjoy Boracay. it was also my first time to visit this world famous beach. boracay beach - its vastness
ten reasons why i love boracay
behind those palm trees - the resorts
shades of blue boracay nightlife
boracay sunset - with a poem gloomy day
on rocky cliffs - diniwid beach
skimboarding boracay cycling boracay
just walk snap shop in the island
we're not meant to live life alone - time with the fishermen
island of boracay - an introduction
iloilo to caticlan - roadtrip
 Sweet island of Bantayan (Bantayan island, Cebu) - this is the sweetest island i've visited by far. sweet because it's not as busy as Boracay yet it still has the best of the sands. the people are very friendly and the accommodations are still cheap. one of the nearby islands, the virgin island, still captures the paradise mood. i also celebrated my birthday in that island. a backpacker's guide to bantayan
the great escape - the beach
island hopping - virgin
treasures underneath - snorkeling
island hopping bantayan - hilantagaan island
bantayan roadtrip best days - sunrise
an islander's outlook
pescador de bantayan - fishermen of bantayan
seeing the island - boat ride
from coastlines to hills - roadtrip
bantayan island a map guide
your island experience
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
it’s the season of Christmas again and we look back at the time when God gave us His only son. yet why are some people still unhappy during this season? maybe because they have set their financial status or material possessions as a reason to be happy in this season.
remember, it is you who set the standard of what it means to be happy. if what will make you happy is having a brand new house and lot, or a high end car, or earning millions, then from there you have set your standard quite high. but if you set your happiness to a level where you learn to appreciate even the simple things, then you learn to appreciate life.
in this season, remembering God giving us Jesus is more than any other reasons why we should celebrate Christmas and be happy. because in this era, the most dangerous and unsure thing is to try to live life without God.
“Behold, the virgin shall bear a son, and they will call his name Emmanuel, which means God with us” – Matthew
Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays!!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
also on the October issue of Travel+Leisure, Boracay was considered as one of the 25 emerging destinations where the dollar still goes far.
here's a video that'll give an introduction to what the Philippines is offering to its visitors.
looks like the Philippines is gaining ground as more tourists consider the country a potential travel haven. thanks to the efforts of the department of tourism and travel bloggers.
thanks to redlan for featuring me on his header.