But this is just a small bump. I am actually very excited about 2014. I think this year is gonna be an awesome year. Though late, allow me to summarize the amazing year that was 2013.
2013 has been another breakthrough year for my blogging this year with content focused mostly on travel, food, product/services reviews as well as hotel and resort staycations.
READ: Pusangkalye Travels in 2012:
Here is a summary of my TRAVELS for 2013.
Is there a place where Adventure Meets Romance?Yes.But an hour land tour from Manila?That might be a difficult feat.Well,read carefully---places like this do exist.
At the foot of Sierra Madre in Tanay Rizal lies a leisure park where you can have the adventure of your life and still experience that Romantic Getaway less the grind of traveling far ----at TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN Tanay.
After the 4x4 ride experience in Mt.Pinatubo a few years ago,I thought this one will be a child's play.I was wrong again.Walang sinabi ang 4x4 Ride sa Pinatubo!I underestimated the terrain in the Sierra Madre side of Tanay Rizal.If the Mt.Pinatubo trail is bumpy,this one is 3x more extreme!
But since I also wanna drop by Boracay---Kalibo Atiatihan it is!As a bonus,I could fly to Roxas City in Capiz which is 2hours South of Kalibo.I have never been to Capiz before so it made me really excited.
#Roxas-Kalibo-Boracay extended weekend for the win!
PAN-AY CHURCH: beauty in old age + the Biggest Church Bell in Asia
If you think Immaculate Conception is old,this one is ooooold. If you feel that Immaculate Conception is wow, this one is woooooooow!Yang ganyang pakiramdam.:p
There's beauty in old age.
Read Full Review >>>here
#Ati-Atihan 2013 photos + Winners
ALTA VISTA DE BORACAY
+ Puka Beach = Worry Free Travel
Read Full Review >> here
WHITE BEACH BORACAY
Remember teleboso in WHITE BEACH Boracay ????
Consider this a sequel :)
It was an unplanned trip. I was here for two reason, 1. I was invited by Vince of Cordillera Bloggers for the Baguio-Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour 2013 (B3X TOUR) and 2. the tour coincides with Panagbenga Festival.
PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL 2013:
Well,it was kinda difficult to choose.That Feb.26 weekend,three simultaneous events we scheduled. Panagbenga,Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and Caracol in Makati.Never mind Caracol coz I really can't see the point of having such festival in the financial capital of the Philippines.(Tama na ang Aliwan).But the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is quite interesting too,especially because Clark is only 2 hours North.But it was Baguio City where we converged.We means four (4) bloggers from Manila, five (5) from Cebu and one (1) from Benguet.It was a dual event with Panagbenga on one hand and Baguio-Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour (B3X) on the other.
Other than Panagbenga 2013,Nine bloggers from MNL and Cebu converged in Baguio City on Feb.24-26,2013 for another reason -----the Baguio-Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour 2013 (B3X TOUR).
And just to give you an idea how fun the tour was,here is one of our (many) group shots.Taken at the former DIPLOMAT HOTEL Baguio.
MNL x Cebu x Cordillera Bloggers =1 Wacky bunch.
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The PUZZLE MANSION Bed & Breakfast Tagaytay
The amusement park has rides like Ferris wheel,Viking, Nessi Coaster, Merry-Go-round etc. all crowded in a small space.SKY EYE is the name of the Ferris Wheel which is to date the largest in the Philippines.It measures 63 meters tall.Still pales in comparison with the Singapore Flyer but since it is located on the Taal Volcano-side, (next to a cliff)along Aguinaldo Highway, it gives an even more elevated feel.
EL NIDO Palawan
HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO via Puerto Princesa.......in Style!
With El Nido though, no matter how many good photos you have seen,the actual experience will always go beyond how good you think it is.It will literally blow your mind.This place is definitely my favorite to date!
late afternoon swim in
NACPAN-CALITANG Twin Beach
I was with my wife and three other friends.Our #SEA2013 Tour started in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam otherwise known as Saigon.
The 6-hour bus ride from HCMC to Phnom Penh was kinda tiring but we didn't want to waste time since we have only one night to spend in Cambodia's capital.We therefore settled our things at our hotel and immediately went out to hunt for a good restaurant.
Gladly, our tuktuk driver was reliable.He suggested to us a good restaurant by the avenue near the riverside.
Ho Chi Minh City to PHNOM PENH via Mekong Bus
The KILLING FIELDS Choeung Ek Cambodia
Khmer Kor Koo Soup and Amok Fish in SINH FOO RESTAURANT Phnom Penh
souvenir hunting + lunch at the CENTRAL MARKET Phnom Penh
where NOT to stay in Phnom Penh: KHA VI GUEST HOUSE
ALL Phnom Penh Articles >>>here
I thought paying $8 just for a 30-minute peek inside the Royal Palace Complex in Phnom Penh was one desperate move but we had no other choice.I asked my friends and they all agreed ----andito narin lang tayo,why not make the most out of it.
It would have been a shame if we missed it.The reason is because we already purchased shuttle tickets to Siem Reap and the transportation was to leave 3pm with our things still at the front desk of the hotel.At least we got to enjoy a palace visit with less the crowd.Say,in Angkor Complex for example, the temples are amazing but it's difficult to take photos without photo bombs.
Full Article >>>here
Ah.Angkor Wat! At last. Welcome to enchanted land.
To say that it was one of our most anticipated part of the trip would be an understatement.I was holding back the excitement since landing in Vietnam and being here finally is indeed a dream come true.I never felt lucky being a citizen of Southeast Asia.
**GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA Siem Reap: Small hotel with a BIG Statement
**KHEMER SOUR SOUP, Cambodian Noodle w/ Curry at PAI SAN RESTAURANT Siem Reap
**the "Mother of All Temples" that is ANGKOR WAT
**The "annoyingly annoying" RESTAURANT BARKERS at Angkot Wat
**the "Forest of Face Towers" that is BAYON TEMPLE
**INSIDE ANGKOR THOM: climb up BAPUON for an amazing view
$15 was all that's needed to rent the tuktuk.I contacted the same driver who took us to our hotel the night before and sealed the deal.There were 5 of us all in all and believe it or not, we fitted in one (1) tuktuk.lol
In this series
***Crossing THAILAND-CAMBODIA Border via Aranyaprathet
***NAT GUESTHOUSE at Khao San Road Bangkok
***the GRAND PALACE Bangkok deserves the title "Grand"
***"bird feeding" #Scam in BANGKOK
***How to get to WAT PHO: The Temple of the Reclining Buddha
***female monks at WAT THEPTHIDARAM WORAWIHAN Bangkok
***Chao Phraya River Cruise + WAT ARUN
*** shabu-shabu dinner at MK RESTAURANT Siam Square
***cheapest way to get to PATTAYA from Bangkok
***FOOD FAIR Seafood Market Pattaya Thailand
***Fall in Love with LUB d BANGKOK Silom + Pat Pong
How to get to SILOM BANGKOK from Suvarnabhumi International Airport vice versa
Flying in and out of Suvarnabhumi is easy.It is an aviation hub so there are so many direct and connecting flights to many destinations worldwide. To get to downtown Bangkok could be a feat though because Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city.
the GRAND PALACE Bangkok deserves the title "Grand"
I have already declared many times how I deliberately held back going to Bangkok due to some "silly" reasons.The remarks of some people I know that the city is nothing but another urban chaos like Metro Manila has helped me dismiss it through the years.But the thought that Thailand receives millions of tourists (24million in 2012) haunted me.There must be something that sets it apart from many other destinations that it is so popular.
Yes,Bangkok is Metro Manila five years forward but embedded in this urban jungle are wonderful pagodas,Buddha statues,temples and palaces that makes Thailand deserving to use the word "amazing" in its tourism campaigns.
The GRAND PALACE is only the introduction.
shabu-shabu dinner at MK RESTAURANT Siam Square
A day at the beach of KOH LARN
I am also wondering why with the title.I only took clue from a friend who mentioned in his comment that he doesn't want anything else but Pattaya pleasure.I have no idea what exactly he was referring to but I reckon it has something to do with the city's notorious popularity with night parties and sex trade.
People of course define "pleasure" in different ways.Would have loved to watch "live shows" but we were just here for a day tour so we went to the beach of --- KOH LARN (Coral Island) ---instead.
FREEDIVING at Kontiki Dive Resort Mactan
Sounds so simple ayt? Yeah right.But I panick when I see deep, dark undersea cliffs. Pakiramdam ko lalamunin ako ng dagat.
Mt.TAPYAS and MAQUINIT HOT SPRING on a rainy 1st day in Coron
In the SERIES:
Do-It-Yourself CORON ISLAND HOPPING Tour + Expenses
KAYANGAN LAKE vs. BARACCUDA LAKE: Which is Better?
CORAL GARDEN will make you love Coron over El Nido
CORON ISLAND HOPPING Tour Rates
Crab Meat Curry at KOOKIE RESTAURANT Coron
Mt.TAPYAS and MAQUINIT HOT SPRING on a rainy 1st day in Coron
PATRICK & TEZZ GUESTHOUSE Coron: The Best $10 you"ll ever spend
CORON ECOLODGE: for budget conscious travelers who don't want to compromise quality
ATUAYAN BEACH Coron : the "never beach"
And this is what I mean by beach in contrast with that of Atuayan where we went the day before.
Kung me advantage si El Nido kay Coron, that's because beaches abound in El Nido. But this one is really a standout ---MALCAPUYA ISLAND.
Going to the beach on a stormy weather has never been this good. And when I said stormy, I really mean stormy. The boat ride from Coron Town which usually takes 1.5 hours on a clear day took us three (3) hours to navigate because of strong waves. Not Calaguas level, read, the "sugal buhay" boat ride to Mahabang Buhangin CALAGUAS ISLAND but almost similar. I was not very nervous though because I know our boatman was careful and experienced. Heavy downpours while we were in the middle of the sea had us all wet even before reaching the island.
The never-ending discussion and my take on it deserves a separate blog entry.
EL NIDO vs CORON: Which is Better?
Still waiting for your time to wander? The world is waiting, all you need to do is jump in!
Let's travel more in 2014!!!
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