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Boracay on a budget: Travel via groupon!

April 12, 2012
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Boracay is THE place to be when temperatures rise in the Philippines. The quintessential beach getaway has it all: clear blue waters, powdery white sand, great sun, fun water sports, hot nights and so much more. There is something for everybody in Boracay. If you are planning a trip to the island, why not take…

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Patapat Viaduct (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)

April 12, 2012
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Patapat Viaduct (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)

The Patapat Viaduct is a 1.3 km concrete winding bridge at the foot of the North Cordillera Mountain range and it connects the Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley. Standing 31 meters above sea level, it affords a breathtaking view of Pasaleng Bay. It is often called the French Riviera of the Northern Philippines and many…

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Kabigan Falls (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)

April 7, 2012
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Kabigan Falls (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)

Our Pagudpud Northbound Tour begins with a visit to Kabigan Waterfalls, located in Barangay Balaoi. Now, the very last waterfall I visited was way back in 2005 in Sagada, Mountain Province. I remembered I had to trek for a good 30 minutes under the blazing sun before seeing the beauty of the falls. This time…

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

April 7, 2012
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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

Situated on the top of Vigia de Nagparitan Hill, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was designed by Engineer Magin Pers and Pers in 1887 and was completed in 1890. The octagonal tower stands 20 meters high (65 feet) and for over a hundred years, it has been guiding ships along the rocky Ilocos coast. It was…

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Bangui Windmills (Bangui, Ilocos Norte)

April 2, 2012
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Bangui Windmills (Bangui, Ilocos Norte)

From Burgos, we headed north to Bangui, home of the famous windmills. These giant “electric fans” can actually be seen from Saud Beach, and I was really excited to get up close and personal to them. The moment I stepped out of the tricycle, I was running towards the windmills and was snapping away happily.…

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formations (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

April 2, 2012
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Kapurpurawan Rock Formations (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

Some 30 kilometers from Bangui, the town of Burgos cradles the majestic rock formations of Kapurpurawan. If you usually equate Philippine tourism with white sand beaches and swaying palm trees, think again. This is a different kind of white. And a different kind of beautiful. Kapurpurawan, which comes from the Ilocano word “puraw” meaning “white”,…

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Loving Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte!

April 1, 2012
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Loving Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte!

I am lucky enough to find myself on the road a lot lately. After a quick trip to Baguio (which I haven’t blogged about yet), I was heading up north again to Pagudpud (this time with my one of my BFFs, Rein). In fact, the 3 trips I made so for were all north-bound (La…

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Surfing in La Union (or not quite)

February 12, 2012
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La Union, how do I love thee? Let me count the waves… The moment we stepped foot in La Union, I instantly fell it love with it. And what’s not to love? The endless expanse of beach. The feel of the warm sand between my toes. The hot sun on my face. The sound of…

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Mis/adventures in La Union!

February 4, 2012
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Mis/adventures in La Union!

Yay! In my 10+ years of existence in the blogging world, this is the first time I’m having a guest blogger (hopefully, not the last) ^_^ My friend Jinbei is here to write about our recent trip up north. Read on to find out about our funny adventures and mishaps in La Union. Enjoy! +…

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Isdaan Floating Restaurant: Great dining at Gerona, Tarlac

December 23, 2011
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Late last month, my family went on a road trip to Manaoag, Pangasinan. En route, we stopped by this place called Isdaan in Tarlac. Heading north, this is on the left side of the road. Hard to miss because of the huge statues at the entrance. The restaurant sits on a huge property and it…

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Food fest at Lucban’s Pahiyas

May 29, 2011
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Without a doubt, the Pahiyas festival is a grand visual treat for locals and visitors alike. But for me, it is also an unforgettable gustatory experience. Let me enumerate a few examples: Longganisa – I don’t have to elaborate how much I love Lucban longanisa. I know I will never tire of its garlicky yumminess. Perfect for any meal…

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Kiping together: From Ground to Great

May 19, 2011
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The Pahiyas Festival will not be complete without the kiping – colorful leaf-shaped sheets made of ground rice used as decoration. How are these ubiquitous decorations made? It is a very laborious and time-consuming process. Because of this, kiping is made months ahead of the actual celebration, in anticipation for the demand from locals who…

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Pahiyas Festival 2011 at Lucban, Quezon!

May 19, 2011
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It was my first time to visit Lucban, Quezon and no amount of online photo browsing could have prepared me for the visual spectacle that is the Pahiyas Festival. Celebrated annually on the 15th of May, this festival is held in honour of San Isidro Labrador for a bountiful harvest. Every year, locals compete for prizes…

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Pahiyas 2011!

May 16, 2011
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Pahiyas 2011!

Had a blast at Lucban, Quezon for this year’s Pahiyas Festival. More pics and other blah blah coming as soon as I get things sorted out. iPhoneから送信

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CHAYA Restaurant: A Japanese gem in breezy Baguio

December 17, 2010
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CHAYA Restaurant: A Japanese gem in breezy Baguio

During a recent trip to Baguio, Japinoy.com moderator and my pseudo little sister Lara-chan introduced me to other Japinoy.com members living up there. I finally got to meet one of our forum artists LJ, as well as Michi and Juliet. They were nice enough to bring me to this new Japanese place they heard of…

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Friday 5 for December 17: Excursion

December 17, 2010
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Yay for Friday! I thought this day would never come — it’s been a very busy week at work, because A is not around since last week and we’re all sort of dividing the work into 4 people (including the dreaded end-of-day admin stuff). I am still at work, killing time while waiting for the 6pm HAT…

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Viva Vigan: Gordion Hotel

October 4, 2010
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Viva Vigan: Gordion Hotel

Wooo! A long delayed post! I finally get to review Gordion Hotel from our trip to Vigan earlier this year I must admit that this wasn’t our first choice of accommodation when we were planning for the trip. I had my heart set on Cordillera Inn because it was right smack in the middle of…

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Friday Five–September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010
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Friday Five–September 17, 2010

Aww, I missed these memes! Great topic this week 1) What is your favorite mode of travel? (Car, train, plane, etc). – By car or bus or van (window seat), because I enjoy the view. I can go on a road trip for several hours and not get tired of the same old rice fields.…

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Viva Vigan: Calle Mena Crisologo

June 12, 2010
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Viva Vigan: Calle Mena Crisologo

At the mention of Vigan, one can easily imagine himself riding on a calesa, passing along a cobblestone street lined with perfectly preserved ancestral homes.  Vigan is a lot of things, but at the heart of it is Calle Mena Crisologo, a half-kilometer long street designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mena Crisologo, the man He was the…

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Viva Vigan: Vigan Cathedral (St. Paul Cathedral)

March 6, 2010
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Viva Vigan: Vigan Cathedral (St. Paul Cathedral)

(Continued from the previous stop – Crisologo Museum) After our visit to Crisologo Museum, we decided to take a walk and familiarize ourselves with the vicinity and plan out the next day’s tour. En route to St. Paul Cathedral, we stopped by Plaza Maestro for ice cream and chika. It’s a nice shopping center that…

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Viva Vigan: Crisologo Museum

February 13, 2010
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Viva Vigan: Crisologo Museum

For this disgruntled Manila ‘native’, Vigan is just a sight to behold – beautiful old houses, clean streets, majestic churches, idyllic lifestyle. So you can just imagine our excitement to explore the place as soon as we jumped off that bus. Of course we had to eat something substantial first — 10 hours without rice…

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Viva Vigan: A Journey Back in Time

February 13, 2010
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Viva Vigan: A Journey Back in Time

(I will be making a mini-series about our latest trip to Vigan. I’m working on a blogging backlog right now, but I hope this won’t end up like that Bohol trip series — I only ended up writing about ONE place! See the post HERE) Boyfie and I love to travel and we make it…

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Long weekend

January 28, 2010
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Long weekend

I will be away starting tomorrow. Boyfie and I will be up north for a bit of couple time. ;)  YAAAAAAY! So excited. Same time last year, we were in Tagaytay and in July, we went to Bohol. We have a list of places in the Philippines (and some abroad) that we want to visit…

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久しぶり

July 21, 2009
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ボホールへの旅行 (Blood Compact Site) 先週彼とボホールというフィリピンの島に行きました。久しぶりの旅行です!!マニラからボホールまで飛行機で1時間かかります。天気はすごくよかった! Countryside Tourはボホールの9つの名所を回ります。最初はBlood Compact Siteです。1565年に、レガスピというスペインの探検家はボホールへ行って、Datu Sikatuna(Datuは王子と同じ意味)と友好の条約を制定しました。 レガスピはスペイン人ですから、フィリピン語が全然わかりません。Datu Sikatunaもおなじです。 この条約、どうやって制定したでしょうか?Sandugoです。 レガスピとSikatunaは手首をナイフで切って、血をコップに入れました。コップを交換して、相手の血を飲みました。 Sandugoは二つの言葉から作られました。「San]はIsaの省略、一つということです。「Dugo]は「血」ということ。ですから、Sandugoは「血は一つになる」ということです。 今はもちろん、Sandugoをする人はいないでしょう。でも、歴史はすごく面白い!もっと勉強になりました。 次の名所は。。。あしたにしま~す。^_^(あしたかも。。。)

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New7Wonders of Nature

March 16, 2009
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I read about this in The Philippine Travel Blog. Our own Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is competing to be included in the New 7 Wonders of the World. Right now, it is ranked first in Group E: Forests, National Parks & National Reserves. It has finally overtaken the Amazon. Woohoo! Japan’s Mt. Fuji is currently at #…

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