Monday, December 29, 2008

my most memorable trips of 2008

2008 is my most traveled year ever. exploring places within the main islands of Luzon and Visayas gave me an opportunity to appreciate our country even more. so i've chosen 16 of my most memorable trips of 2008 with a link to the posts.

[16]
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
noontime fishing

[15]
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

[14]
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

[13]
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

[12]
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

[11]
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

[10]
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

[9]
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

[8]
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

[7] 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

[6]
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

[5] 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
around town
to the highlands

[4]
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.

[3]
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
night camp
maryada view
islas de puntas capones

[2]
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
kayaking boracay
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

[1]
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
island
treasures underneath - snorkeling
exploring ogtong
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

113 comments:

PUSANG-gala said...

dami mong naging travels this year Dom, balak ko rin gawa ng ganitong post. now I have ideas....keke

Diko pa lam i-rate yung sakin e.

I was surprised na number 2 and 3 lang ang Bora and Capones,,,,,hmmm. I guess ako Capones ako.....tignan natin

PUSANG-gala said...

about Allen~~~

OMG---now i would to say sorry to everyone for being so VULNERABLE as I found out just now that it was all a joke. I wanna hate Allen for doing this, but I am really really glad that it was after all a joke and that he is okay......

At some point in our lives, we undergo certain situations that we hope are just dreams, and we sometimes have nightmares and waking up the next day realizing that it was just a bad dream really makes you feel so relieved. That's how I feel......

Luke Wiley said...

You've been to some wonderful places!

Lawstude said...

what a great travel dom. one thing i like traveling is that it enables me to meet new friends and i have found it this year with you and the brothers of lingkod-alabang. 2008 was a great year for travel and here's hoping for more memorable ones in 2009.

ifoundme said...

ang tagal ko rin naging absent sa blog mo! pasensya na po.. hehehe! nagmega emote lang ako.

one of the fondest things i had experience this 2008 is meeting you. enjoy ako to the max (as if di mo pa alam yun.) hehe! anyway, i hope you get to travel more next year too. enjoy the remaining days of 2008, dom! take care always!

Allen Yuarata said...

Thanks for the concern sir dong. hehe. By the way, I really admire your photos together with lawstude's.

Happy New Year!

REDLAN said...

I am looking forward to read and see what dingalan has to offer. sa teaser photo dito pa lang and even sa teaser photo dun sa blog ni lawstude, i feel the peace and freedom with the beautiful mountain scenery. gusto kung makapunta at simigaw.

Happy new year dom!

aiLee920 said...

i envy you, coz you can travel like that... wish ako ren.... wahaha:D
anyway, Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

gillboard said...

I envy people who are able to travel around the country alot. Sana next year, I'll have the time and budget to do what you're doing!!!

Happy New Year!!!

dodong flores said...

Hi, dOng hO!
Your posts always fascinates me. I had been to some of the place you've mention in this post including Sampaloc Lake and the Aetas in Porac, Pampanga.

I'm looking forward to more of your posts. A Prosperous New Year to you and family...

victor said...

cool, you have been to so many places.. i wish i am you!! haha

Borneo Falcon said...

Wow! You been to many places in your own country

JM said...

Y've done great trips throughout your beautiful country! Would love to visit all those amazing places too!

alicesg said...

You are indeed one well travelled and island hopping. Enjoyed viewing all your travel photos. Hope to see more in 2009. Happy New Year to you and your family.

the donG said...

>pusang-gala, oo gawin mo rin ang year end travel post. ayos yan. maganda din talaga sa bantayan kaya mataas ang rating. check mo ang mga posts ko doon. ayos din ang capones kaya number three siya sa akin.

regarding allen's innocent's day prank, hehehe... no problem.

>luke, yes. beautiful places in the philippines.

>oman, it was also great to have you in capones and also joining you in the nueva ecija-vizcaya-aurora trips will always be unforgettable. you've been a great travel bud.

2009 comes, definitely more travels. hehehe...

>hi ifm, no problem i understand. and yes of course that meeting was short yet worthwhile. i'll never forget the scallops and the fried kangkong na ako lang ang kumain. hahaha... hope to see you again.

>allen, salamat. walang anuman kasi akala ko totoo talaga. hehehe... you got us on that.

>redlan, abangan mo yon. isa sa pinakaexciting yon kasi naghahanap kami ng falls pero wala kami ni isang napuntahan. hahaha... salamat sa laging pagbisita at pagfeature sa blog mo.

>hi ailee, im sure you can do the same thing. just get along with people who travel as backpackers.

>gillboard, if you only knew how much we spend on our travels. we are backpackers though we too sometimes travel on really expensive ones but most of the time we travel at an affordable cost.

>dodong, thank you very much. im glad that you like the trips posted here. thank you because thru this it gives me more reason to share my travel experiences.

keep posting your travel experiences as well.

>victor, hehehe... you actually travel a lot too.

>borneo falcon, philippines is so big, so as early as now i have to travel to as many places as possible. hehehe... see you soon in malaysia.

>jm, that would be great! you're welcome to the philippines. just tell as if you need some information or tips. thanks for keeping in touch.

>hi alicesg, thanks too as you've been one of the regular visitors here. i hope that i get to visit your country soon.

cyndirellaz said...

wow dami dami naman nyan!! naaliw ako sa mga pictures! wow, so you've been all there! astig ka kuya Dong!

Panaderos said...

Great yearend summary, Pards! Awesome! :) Of the 16 you listed, my personal favorites are your trips to Boracay and the Ruined Lacson Mansion in Bacolod. Beautiful pictures!

Advance Happy New Year! :)

Twin said...

i like the fog pics...

Aisha said...

They are truly memorable places, Dong! Wow! Now I wonder where you will be in 2009, hmmm? Maybe somewhere outside the country? :D

david santos said...

Brilliant picturs, my friend, brilliant!!!!

Happy New Year....

dede said...

New Year 2009 – New Task, New Challenge, New…?

MysLykeMeeh said...

Dong, ganda--talaga!

Especially Boracay--wow, so u still have those list? ---countless I supposed!

Photo Cache said...

What a busy year, eh? Great post, naunahan mo ako. I was planning on doing the same thing. Kaya lang I still have to collect my materials.

Great post again. More travels for you this coming new year.

sheng said...

I missed going to The Mansion Ruins, I will try going there this year, I have set my time in visiting Bacolod with their Masskara Fest. Happy New Year! Wish to see you too in your scheduled Gensan visit.

paoruiz said...

I want to go to 16, 15, 8, 3, 2 and 1. =) Geez you've been to a lot of wonderful places.

uncleawang said...

Oh my God!!!!beautiful place.
Have a nice day.

bwzone said...

I like everything about your Negros trip Dong. It's nostalgic and makes me homesick - reminds me of home :) Nice series bro :)

wanderingcommuter said...

grabe naman yan... sobrang namamatay na po ako sa inggit...


sabi ko nga sa iyo, just keep me posted kung kailangan mo ng assistant. hahahaa!!

kung makakulit lang ako eh no. hahaha

Rio said...

nakakainggit talaga ang mga byahe mo..sana makasama din kami sa mga byahe nyo ni lawstude..
salamat dong sa mga kulitan at tawanan..kita kits ulit tau ha..
Happy new year...
yung burger ko..mag iisang taon na yun...asan na?? hehe

the donG said...

>hi cyndirellaz, salamat. kayang kaya mo ring mamasyal. dami namang lugar na madaling puntahan.

>panaderos, thank you very much. the mansion ruins is indeed a beautiful structure that you should visit once you're in bacolod.

>twin, if that's the case, then you'll love the cordillera region. you might as well try mountain climbing. thanks for dropping by.

>hi aisha, thanks a lot for being part of this blog. as for next year, hopefully a trip out of the country will do.

>david, thank you! thank you! im glad you dropped by this blog.

>dede, new trips! hehehe... thanks!

>hi myslykemeeh, hehehe... let's hope for more travels next year.

>photo cache, hahaha... looking forward to see your list. im sure those will be sets of beautiful places and wonderful photos. thanks for being a regular visitor to this blog.

>hi sheng, yes you should see it. make sure to include don salvador in your itinerary. im quite excited to visit gensan next year.

>pao, those are indeed good choices. for a photographer like you, im sure you'll bring home beautiful pictures. thanks for visiting my blog.

>uncle awang, you too! philippines is beautiful as much as im sure your country is.

>bwzone, that's great! didnt know that in one way i was able to help some people remember their places thru these posts. thank you for being part of my blog.

>wandering commuter, hahaha... oo nga parang lagi mo na yatang sinasabi yan. kayang kaya mo rin naman gawin yan. daming magagandang lugar na madaling puntahan.

>hi doc rio, abangan mo ang 2009 kasi hopefully invite ko kayo sa iba kong byahe. yung burger malamang tumataas na ang interest nun. hahaha... oo may utang pa ako sayo.

salamat din sa kakulitan.

BlogusVox said...

Because of you, I visited places I haven't gone to. And for that, I am thankful. Happy New Year donG!!

luna miranda said...

wow, you've been all over the place! what a great way to live 'no?:D

wishing you more interesting travels in 2009!

dyosa said...

Bantayan Island!

Dong, I was just in Bantayan 8 hours ago. I stayed there for 4 fabulous days! What a wonderful place! I'm now in Cebu City. Will post my Bantayan photos soon. Thanks for all the tips!

Happy New Year to you! Cheers to more adventures this 2009!

Raft3r said...

i particularly enjoyed your posts tungkol sa ruined mansions
i am really fascinated by old houses
more travels, dong
next time isama mo naman si raft3r
hehe

KRIS JASPER said...

Happy New Year DONG! more adventures for us all in 2009AD!

Bengbeng said...

wow...we r only looking at the pics..u r enjoying yrself being there :)

Happy new year. U r welcome to visit our part of the world. It will b great to meet up

Napaboaniya said...

Through out your journey I've enjoyed viewing your photos just as though I'm traveling with you. Thanks for the year of 2008 with all your good shots and wonderful introduction of these places :)

Happy 2009 with lots of good health and good luck!

SandyCarlson said...

The ruin is beautiful, surreal. A marvelous photo. I have enjoyed travelling with you this year!

vincent said...

wow! u traveled to many places! impressive!

Joy said...

These are fantastic photos! They sure will attract many to explore the places you've visited. Also, you do the Philippine Tourism a great service!

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo. Happy holidays!


joy
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I, Woman

the donG said...

>blogusvox, thank you also for joining me on those journeys thru the blog. i too am thankful for that.

>hi luna, that's true! thank you for joining me this year.

>hi dyosa, im already looking forward to those photos. try to share it to as many people. im always glad to be of help as long as i have the time.

>raft3r, salamat din sa pagsama sa mga byahe kahit dito lang sa blog. hehehe... sure sama ka namin one time.

>jasper, you too!

>bengbeng, thank you very much. i'm quite excited to see malaysia.

>hi napaboaniya, thank you too for joining me on those journeys. these are the things that makes me try even harder to bring out better trips.

>hi sandy, thanks for being part of my blog.

>vincent, thanks! welcome to my blog.

>hi joy, my pleasure to do it. i also think that it's my responsibility to help boost the country's tourism. thank you for joining me on this journey thru the blog.

misty said...

most of the pinoys can speak english pretty much kaya gustong gusto ng mga turista..

ryliej said...

Happy New year. Added you nga pala sa bago kong blog, hope you can visit it sometimes and probably linked me up too...

Allen Yuarata said...

Sa lahat ng mga napuntahan mong lugar, dalawa lang ang narating ko. haha. Miag-ao Church and Boracay. tsk tsk. kainggit. haha.

hisnameisdencios said...

parang i get interested with bantayan island in cebu. correct me if im wrong pero wala ka atang napunthan sa bohol? kasi u know what boy, its my dream na makapunta dun at sa cebu at sa negros. if u happen to have pics there, lemme see! lol. happy new year! btw you have fantastic shots! happy new year!

ALiNe said...

Wow Andami- every pix is breath-taking... Happy new year!

Nanaybelen said...

napakaswerte mo at nalilibot mo lahat yanDong.
Ang ating PIlipinas ay blessed na blessed talaga. walang sinabi ang ibang bansa. Nakakatouch kasi ang bait ng Diyos sa atin mga Pilipino

Thanks for sharing. Tumanda na ako pero marami akong natutunan na ngayon ko lang talaga nalaman at para ko na rin puntahan at nakita dahil puro detalyado ang description mo.

Happy Happy New Year Dong. Ingat kayo Lagi.

Anna said...

Wow, photos in this blog are truly engaging!

Dennis Villegas said...

Ah so many travels! Thank you for sharing us your wonderful stories and adventures! Looking forward to another year of great travel and photography!

Bry said...

WOW!!! kainggit naman...

ako rin ngaung 2009!

HAPPY NEW YEAR Dom!!!!

PAPUTOK TAU! hahaha

Friendz said...

wow!! u had a nice traveling this year..i too enjoyed the travel ..this Year i had a new experience..i think
u also had a nice experience and joy
i hope coming year will give a same happiness and joyful day in traveling ..happy new year !!!

kegler747 said...

Nauhan moko sa countdown :) gagawin ko rin yan sana, hehehe.

Happy New Year to you Dong! May 2009 bring us to new exciting places & God protect us from harm when we get out of our home to explore the beauty of his creation.

kegler747 said...

I agree with your #1 choice! For me I could have named Camiguin as my #1 pero tie nalang sila ng Bantayan :) Bantayan is not Boracay but the hospitality you will get far exceeds your expectations.

I even had a post several months ago naming Bantayan as the friendliest island in the country.

JoShMaRie said...

kuya dong!!! happy new year to you! mwah!

EastCoastLife said...

Thanks for the lovely adventures and bringing me to unheard of places in beautiful Philippines.

I have always enjoy visiting your blog. You have been a good friend too. *hugs*

May you be more charming, richer, healthier and happiest this coming new year!!

Happy year 2009!

Greetings and cheers from sunny Singapore!

Vic said...

happy new year Dong! Goodluck for the year ahead! :)

JM said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :-)

Luis Batchoy said...

happy new year dong

gil said...

happy new year!!! xlinks? =)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Yes, this is a wonderful post indeed! Happy travelling for 2009!
Philip

tikno said...

All the photos above are beautiful. But "Unique Christ Mural" and "Churches of Iloilo" are more attract to me.

Happy New Year to you and family

Shawie said...

wow! it's definitely a fun-filled and memorable year! I love all the photos:) they're really great...doesn't even look like you can find it in the Philippines:)
Cheers and more travels for the year 2009! Happy New Year to yours and your family!

jessforget said...

great places you've been into bro! i've read about your trip to don salvador and i amazed of the place. i am from negros and have been into don salvador once on my way to cebu from bacolod. but that wa few years ago. wish i'll have that chance again to visti that place. more power and hope to se more exciting captures and stories behind it.

Heart of Rachel said...

Thank you for sharing your highlights of 2008. I admire your zest for adventure. I hope that someday I can visit all the magnificent places you featured.

mimi said...

another WOW! ang daming lugar na napuntahan nyo! ^_^ galings!

alain said...

dong,you and lawstude are a cut above the rest. great travels, great stories and greater shots. keep up the good work and don't stop. hope to meet your group soon. goodluck to 2009!

MeL said...

Certified lakwatsero ka talaga! Super damimo na pa lang napuntahan. Ilang taon ka nang naggagala? :)

I adore your pictures. Nadadagdagan na naman ang listahan ko. :)

sendzki said...

u sure do travel a lot huh?

kakamba mo si pusang gaa..wow hehe

and...dahil malapit lang yung iba samin dito sa neg.or...pupunta ako dun hehe

sendzki said...

and your shots are great

Nobe said...

im from bacolod and i haven't even been to the mansion ruins in talisay. i'm living in cebu now though. lesser chances. :)

Nobe said...

my husband hailed from bantayan island. we spent last years christmas in budyong beach. :)

love,
nobe

www.deariago.blogspot.com
www.nobe112681.blogspot.com

Tink *~*~* said...

My fave was #15, the mansion ruins. Magnificent bones!

Happy New Year!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

The Islander said...

kewl travel to some exciting places in the country. i definitely love the bora pic. and i am looking forward to be there this year.

Marco said...

wow!! ang ganda ng pictures! sana mapuntahan ko din yan sila!

Eric & Rose McCammond said...

Thanks for the post on my blog. Your blog is very well done. Great pics, tons of good information. I've been to the PI many times, but your blog makes me feel like I'm missing so much. I'll definitely refer back to your site when I travel there again.

Technology and Informations said...

indeed a beautiful place to visit with us soon, I will definitely be good to visit this place if I was given the opportunity,

healthy live said...

really good place, and your photos are also very good and high quality

Finance Business Corner said...

a high result of hard work, especially with the photos are so wonderful, that's all that I like from you and place you are visiting this

Insurance Quotes said...

I really wish I could travel like what you've done. but when will it happen? hehhe

Travel vacation said...

a good place, with quality that can not cal well too. I am very fond of this place.

Technology said...

hopefully we can all come directly and visit this great place,

bobby said...

thanks for the info you have provided. hopefully this can all be inspiration for me to be able to come and visit there

7afar said...

wow

aremania said...

great places

badboy said...

really beautiful...

blues said...

wish to go there...

chaos said...

nice beach...

chun said...

great travel...

chap-man said...

wow wow wow

clara said...

where are thats?

china travel said...

wonder worlds!

el nino said...

wonderful places

welly said...

beautiful and wonderful

telia said...

nice post!
thanks

eldies said...

willing go there...

don fabio said...

keep posting please..

ferri said...

nice traveling..

beach lover said...

I love the beach!

rachel said...

cantiknye...

jean said...

excited..

julien said...

where is it??

lax said...

thanks for info's..

flipflop said...

love this...

mist said...

great trips!!

frank said...

well...

I'm excited!!

harold said...

just WOW!

nevada said...

like this

gwen said...

nost beautiful...

yonni said...

salam satu jiwa!

bobby said...

thanks for your info..

that's nice

a b c d e f

casino said...

So picturesque and bright. What a play of colors and textures, I'm in love with this place

sbobet said...

thanks ysboou for arsbochive

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