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Thursday, June 16, 2016

WAWA DAM Side Trip: Photogenic But Too Dirty for Swimming #Rodriguez #Rizal

So I was with three (3) people I met for the first time.
Richard,
Justelle @thejuanderboy (Instagram) 
and Mikoy @NomadicMike (Fb). 

Wawa Dam Rodriguez Rizal
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I was expecting that we would camp next to the river or the dam but we opted to set up tents in an open lot beyond houses near the brgy hall for convenience sake. Had to pay small charge for pitching tents and separate fee for the shower which is a welcome thing. I dread hot, sticky nights. We had fun time during socials. We were drunk and wasted. It was a lot of fun and as I said, the rest was history. Haha!

We were supposed to climb Mt. Binacayan early the next day but failed to do so because we were so drunk the night before. Woke up at around 9 am, had breakfast, packed up and hiked up Wawa Dam to kill time before heading back to the city.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mt. PAMITINAN Fun Climb: Amazing View from Buwis Buhay Rock #Rodriguez #Rizal

Hiking mountains has never been this popular in the Philippines. I am not just referring to traditional favorites like Mt. Pulag, Mt. Maculot or Mt. Batulao. Despite so many additions in the rank of beautiful summits like Pico De Loro, Mt. Ulap, Mt. Tarak everywhere you go there are lots of people and therefore heavy traffic to the summit. Metro Manila residents in particular are going crazy over it and the mountains of Rizal are not spared.

Yes, on the Eastern section of Metro Manila is Rizal Province, home to lots of summits thanks to the Southern edge of The Siera Madre Mountain Range which extends as far as Aurora on the North.


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Mt. PAMITINAN Buwis Buhay Rock with
Richard and
Justelle @thejuanderboy (IG)
Mikoy @NomadicMike (Fb)
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Mt. Pamitinan, Hapunang Banoy and Mt. Binacayan in Rodriguez Rizal are among the favorites due to their proximity and easy trails. I was with a new group in January this year to hike Mt. Pamitinan, something that I done out of my desire to re-ignite my interest (not love, love is too big of a word) in hiking mountains.

There were supposed to be around eight of us originally, but only four showed up. A small group but big enough for a fun hike and overnight camping.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

PALAUI ISLAND TOUR Part 2: Island Hopping Anguib Beach, Crocodile Island + Overnight in Tuguegarao, Callao Cave and Villa Victoria Hotel

NOTE: This is Part 2 of our Palaui-Tuguegarao Tour this summer via g@dventuresPh.

Prior Post: 
PALAUI ISLAND TOUR Part 1: 
The Homestay, Baratubot Falls, Mabulbul Beach 
and the 3-Hour Hike to Cape Engaño

......we then went back to the resting area next to the beach where our boat was waiting. We had a quick lunch then off we go to the final part of our day tour --Island Hopping....

If you think your Palaui tour culminates in Cape Engañno then you are wrong.
Yes, there is more to Palaui than just waterfalls, hiking and the lighthouse. Rent a boat and go island hopping. There are so many other interesting destinations around the island and the mainland in Sta. Ana.

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In our case, our forward destinations were Anguib Beach in the mainland followed by a quick visit at Crocodile Island before heading back to our accommodation in Punta Verde.

We were so exhausted after our hike to the lighthouse. The trees in the waiting area offered respite from the heat. Our boat and lunch waiting. Nobody had the energy to do anything else but eat. This is the advantage of homestay, we already had our lunch prepared. No more hassle.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PALAUI ISLAND TOUR Part 1: The Homestay, Baratubot Falls, Mabulbul Beach and the 3-Hour Hike to Cape Engaño #PalauiNalangGanito

Up until now Batanes is still a frustration. One in my bucket I was yet to tick off. This trip is by far the closest I can get to Batanes not only because the only thing that separates Cagayan Province to the Northernmost Island Group in the Philippines is Babuyan Channel but also because the Island of Palaui holds a terrain of rolling hills and sudden deep cliff drops to the sea reminiscent of that of Batanes.



THE FASTEST WAY TO PALAUI

The fastest and most convenient way to Palaui is via plane from Manila to Tuguegarao. From there, one can take the van to Sta. Ana Cagayan and then a short boat ride.

Manila-Tuguegarao - 1 hour
Tuguegarao- Sta. Ana Cagayan - 3.5 hours
Sta Ana port to Palaui Island - 15 minutes

Monday, May 30, 2016

Safe and Interesting Tours in Ukraine

What you have heard about Ukraine, if any, might be quite polarizing. Some say it is dangerous, others say it is safe, welcoming, and beautiful. Some associate Ukraine with beautiful women, while others think only about the Chernobyl disaster and the Euromaidan Revolution of 2014. So, what is going on there nowadays and is it save to travel to Ukraine?

Regardless of what you hear or read in the recent news, people do not shoot each other on the streets. The country lives its intense life in big cities, like Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Odesa. People dine in numerous restaurants, visit concerts, organize festivals, have a drink or two with their friends, and start small businesses. At the same time, small cities enjoy their somewhat moderate lifestyle, adults go to work, children go to school. And on weekends, the young and the older all over the country enjoy going to the nearest river or lake to have a barbecue and enjoy the nature.

If you have never been to Ukraine, you have missed out on a hoard of unique experiences. And here are some of them.

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Ukrainian Food

Somewhat strange, but delicious cuisine with different types of varenyky, dumplings stuffed with meat or mashed potatoes, traditional borsch, nutritious beetroot soup usually served with sour cream and pampushky, Ukrainian garlic bread. Moreover, every region has its specialties: different homemade cheese in the Carpathian mountains, local wine in the Transcarpathian region, coffee in Lviv etc. Andthesame,dishes really differs from East to West. The restaurants serve good quality food for relatively cheap prices (as to compare to restaurants in Europe and the US). Therefore, gastronomic tours in Ukraine might be a nice option to get acquainted with the country

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Ukrainian Beauty


No matter what time of the year you decide to come to Ukraine, make sure you have your camera at hand, as you would want to capture every other building in Kyiv, every church in Chernihiv not to mention stunning cathedrals in Lviv. You will be fascinated by the Carpathian mountains, which become a popular skiing resort in winter and a perfect hiking destination in summer. In early spring, the mountain valleys are covered lavishly with purple crocuses. Go on excursions in Ukraine to see numerous castles all over the country. By the way, Ukraine boasts the most beautiful women in the world.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

“Wow! TAIWAN SELECTS” Pop-Up Store in Glorietta 1 from May 23-29!

Taiwan has always been in my bucket list. I was supposed to fly to Taipei December of 2014 but I had to cancel the trip due to personal reasons. I have been longing to experience Taiwan since so when I was invited for this event, I thought this is my chance to get a taste of Taiwan so as to know what to expect when I finally visit the country.

I am referring to the week-long exhibition from May 23-29 dubbed Wow! TAIWAN Select Pop-up Store in Glorietta 1 Makati.

15 Popular Taiwanese Brands are on display with freebies and demos so guests could get a taste of Taiwan's best.
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The Pop-up store features delicacies, cosmetics, fashion, technology and modern household goods catering to the young and hip Filipino market. The store exudes party-like vibe that Filipino families will surely enjoy.

Josh Kang, the Director of the Global Marketing and Consulting Division of Marketing Research of Wow Taiwan Selects said "we are convinced about the strong market potential of the country, (Philippines) and that's why we decided on a store theme that grabs the attention of young Filipinos."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Things to Note on your First-time Visitors to Dubai

Although Dubai is considered to be a symbol of a sheer luxury, there is always a possibility to spend a pleasant pastime even with a limited budget. For example, one can walk through Deira and visit the Gold Souk and Spice Souk, take a look to beauty of Bur Dubai and sit in one of the numerous mall cafes that offer delicious plain food for tourists and locals. Dubai is a great place for children – it is safe, clean and full of entertainment. Also it is a great opportunity to shoulder-deep in the atmosphere that completely differs from our life and learn a lot about new culture.

Here are some tips that will make your life easier if you come to UAE for the first time:

The weekends here are Friday and Saturday ad Friday is the busiest day at large shopping malls.

Taxi here is very cheap, but take into consideration that not many taxi drivers (except those from kiwitaxi.com) know the city well, so always give references to big landmarks.

Official map of the city is not that great, so think about good map beforehand, or find the one called Dubai Mini Map published by Explore.

Bus tours are rather expensive so it is better to use taxi or walk.

Mystic Dubai
Photo Credits >>>danielcheong

Dubai
Photo Credits >>>PULLKATT
Dubai Palms
Photo Credits >>> Achim

Here many people speak English very well, so there is no worry, he that has a tongue in his head may find his way anywhere

Despite all advantages and pleasures proposed by the capital of UAE, there are things to know and follow if you do not want to come a howler:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Arctic Expedition Activities

A lot of Arctic Expeditions include great daily outdoor activities. These adventure options mean that you have to be ready both physical and mentally. The climate conditions are harsh, so any game, any competition, any activity becomes extreme on its own. And now I want present you with a short list of standard Arctic cruise activities that you can find almost in every cruise company.


Kayaking
Kayaking in the Arctic is one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore the rugged coastlines and calm bays of the regions we visit. Kayaking is highly weather-dependent. This activity requires paying increased attention. All equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Cruise Company.

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Rafting
Rafting is a river excursion. As an example, The Cunningham River is swift-flowing, crystal-clear water with no difficult sections or rapids. Guests are given a hands-on introduction to rafting prior to departing, and no previous experience is required.

Snowshoeing
Walk atop fresh white snow and visit places that are otherwise inaccessible by foot using special equipment called snowshoes! Snowshoeing is offered almost in every voyage at the beginning of the Arctic season. Spaces are limited and all equipment, guides and instructions are provided by Cruise Company.

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Hiking
Hiking is a good way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that somehow survive in this Polar environment. Each hike is different — exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will give you a good advice on what you can expect prior to each excursion.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BIRI NORTHERN SAMAR TRAVEL GUIDE: Of Giant Rock Formations Resisting the Wrath of the Pacific Ocean

Biri Island in Northern Samar and its famous Rock Formations reminds me of The Lord of the Rings movie. That scene when the Fellowship of the Rings members had to navigate through the river to escape the pursuit of the evil hunting them and two giant statues of kings by the waterfalls were shown with their hands raised forward as if warning bad elements to stay out. That scene which gives one goosebumps because of the symbolism magnified by to the grand statues.

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Back to reality and imagine six giant rocks almost equally apart from each other, majestic in thier formations, at the Northern front of Biri Island as if citadels placed there to break the brute waves of the Pacific Ocean before they hit the main island of Biri. This is nature vs nature at its finest. A display of how nature protects itself from the same forces that shapes it.

Biri Rocks Formations in Samar is to Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Ilocos Norte. The latter is known for it's white rocks while that of Biri are rather dark as if volcanic in nature. Between the two, Biri is the standout when it comes to grandeur. Its rock formations are giants.

Itinerary: Day 1

Monday, May 2, 2016

INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE: Jakarta-Yogyakarta in 6 Days. What to Eat, Where to Stay + Itinerary


Here is a the travel summary of our trip to Indonesia in 2014. We only got to go to Jakarta and Jogjakarta in the island of Java, only a preview of this vast country but we definitely had a taste of what this beautiful country can offer.  Indonesia offers a unique take on what island life means. The culture, the food, the people, Indonesia is so diverse and more unique than I expected.

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6 days 5 nights, that's all we had to explore this beautiful country. Our trip focused on two cities, Jakarta and Jogjakarta.

ITINERARY

Day 1: 
8:55 pm ETD Manila
11:45 pm ETA Jakarta
6:00 am -connecting flight to Yogyakarta via LionAir.


SOEKARNO HATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport is the primary airport serving the Greater Jakarta area approximately 20 km northwest of central Jakarta. It is one of the busiest airports in the world serving 62 million passengers in 2014. There are currently two (2) terminals with terminal 1 for domestic flights and terminal 2 for international flight. There are free shuttles connecting the two terminal but make sure you check the schedule especially if you are arriving late night or early morning.
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