DIY Travel Philippines goes to my hometown

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If there’s one Facebook group that I am most engaged and hooked – it would be DIY Travel Philippines. DIYTP was indeed a  lot of help when I was travelling over the past year. Seriously. If not for this group, I won’t have tipid travels from Mike of Tripidito Travel. (I had the pleasure of getting their services for my mom’s birthday in Palawan and my Be Whole in Bohol escapade). There would’ve been no discounted tours, no random weekend getaways, not to mention the guides I have contacted for my Cebu adventures, Rizal hikes and of course – the friends I gained along the way.

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Speaking of friends, here they are to name a few, L-R: DIYTP Admin Midas, Dwynn, JP aka The Rustic Nomad, Redg, Ynoh, Mommy Edna, Wilbert, Joyce and another admin Bryan.

For the longest time, I have been planning on bringing my friends to Isla Verde.  There were plans, chat groups, official hashtags, even memes, but it never panned out. I can even fill an entire sketch pad with our island life drawings. Well not until last November 2016 where I actually brought three of my closest friends at work in my hometown. So – I wasn’t planning of returning anytime soon. However, there were recent unforeseeable events that literally blew me in a bad, bad way. For me to cope with it, I had to do something, I needed to be anywhere. I had to forget and think things through. Then, the DIYTP Summer Getaway happened.

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I didn’t quite realize how much the island changed the last time I was here – maybe because I was excited to tour my friends back then. But now, those “recent” events took me to a dimension like no other, a perspective no one should see. There was this certain gloom that loomed in the island. Perhaps since most of the people I know were either dead or relocated in the city.

Yes, this is a happy post, an eventually you-will-feel-good write up. Bear with me.

We arrived at Surface Interval resort around 3:00 pm. Some of us were tired and hangry (I think, aka me), but the DIY admins were very apologetic and accommodating you were not gonna be mad at them. Oh come on, we’ve been in their shoes – organizing, planning an event then things spiraled out of control.  We understood. And boy, the admins made it up to us big time. Feeding us with lechon, raffling off loads of stuff, tours to Cebu / Pangasinan / Sagada among others, travel gadgets and the coveted Trip for 2 to goddamn freaking Maldives! Thanks, Dragonfly Holidays #BakaNaman. The items to be given away were too many, we ended up getting one or two (or more – hello Mark with the three power banks). Thanks also to the organizers that sponsor the event, Robin, Geri, to name a few. Even Kim of TripZeeker was there, too!

The funny thing was, the first item to be raffled was a GoPro lanyard. The first ‘casualty’ to receive this item was a 16 year old girl named Joy. Little did we know, Joy would be the last. Yes, she got the grand prize! How lucky can she get, right? From lanyard to Maldives, real quick. Congratulations Joy!

Props to Midas and Jad who aside from hosting the program, made us laugh all the way through. Such fun times!

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DIY Admins preparing the feast. (L-R: Rach, Mich, Jad, Gold, and Midas)
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And by feast, I mean these!
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Everyone got their prize/s – now waiting for the announcement of the grandest prize of them all – Trip for 2 to Maldives c/o Dragonfly Holidays!

What did I win? A free trip to Hundred Islands from LMTA for one. Yes, I guess I’m going solo. Rub it in, DIY.

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Gimme some Open Forum vibes before Socials (pina susyal na term for walwalan)

The part I was looking forward – the walwalan portion. I had shisha c/o Muhamed, free flowing drinks, and this ingenious card game which will defo get you drunk. Thanks to Midas the mastermind. What more can I ask for! We were done at around 6am. Oh yeah, we drank, laughed, shouted, cursed more than we should, sang a few songs and maybe cried a little bit, the entire night. After we cleaned up the area, I took a nap on a bench and had breakfast on light head.

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I spent a total of 3 mins inside this tent. So much for walwaling.

The island tour began – first off to Bgy. San Andres where my father grew up. My brother and I used to go here almost every summer during our childhood days. I sort of toured some of the DIYers in the area and brought them to the light house, yes, it’s a photo ops spot.

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View from Lighthouse

Next spot, the infamous Sampalukan corals. We snorkeled and free dived – it was exhilarating! Not that this was important, but these corals happened to be a few meters away from my cool Lolo’s place.

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Sampalukan Sunset

Want to DIY Isla Verde? See my itinerary and expenses here.

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Sunset view from Surface Interval

Before I forget, the reason we’re doing this summer getaway was because DIYTP reached another year! We are now 2 years old with over 459,000 members and counting. So if you’re still not part of our community,  go ahead and join this wonderful bunch. Not only will you get access to countless itineraries, events, tips and promos, you’ll definitely gain new friends!

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Even Facebook took notice! Hi Tim and Mommy Edna who I met here in this summer getaway…
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Lighting up candles for that, congratulations DIYTP!

To know more about DIYTP, kindly visit this link. Yes DIYTP is expanding. Stay tuned for some exciting news.

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“Buti pa yung kahoy, may picture” #SquadGoals #KuyaKamiNaman

Let’s take it to the top, shall we?

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drone2Thank you JP for giving me permission to use your sick drone shots! Perhaps I bored you with words – let me show you some live visuals then.

Video credit to the amazing Tim of The Secret Adventures of SkywalkTim.

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Til my next escape to Isla Verde…

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Quickies, out!

 

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My Top 5 TV Series (2015)

I love wasting my time on mostly US TV series. Technically, I’m enjoying every episode so no time wasted there. So I have listed down below the series I’m done watching, currently watching, and possibly watching after I posted this blog. They are strategically categorized according to my preference. To be fair, I won’t list any series twice (sorry for watching too many…not).

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All time favorites:

  1. Game Of Thrones (shocking, congrats on the epic win on Emmy’s 2015)
  2. Spartacus (RIP Andy Whitfield)
  3. Breaking Bad (thanks to this series, now i’m using met…metathione!)
  4. Suits (legal drama x loads of sarcasm & narcissism x hilarious lines)
  5. Sense 8 (i won’t spoil just please watch this!)

Fantasy:

  1. The Vampire Diaries
  2. American Horror Story
  3. Penny Dreadful
  4. True Blood
  5. The Walking Dead

Superheroes:

  1. Marvel’s Daredevil
  2. Arrow
  3. The Flash
  4. Marvel’s Agent Of SHIELD
  5. Heroes / Once Upon A Time

Guilty Pleasure:

  1. Revenge
  2. Gossip Girl
  3. How To Get Away With Murder
  4. 90210
  5. Nikita

Historical / Periodic (fiction, non fiction):

  1. Vikings
  2. The White Queen
  3. Reign
  4. The Royals
  5. Da Vinci’s Demons

Comedy / Musical:

  1. Kalyeserye (see twitter trends or Eat Bulaga fb page)
  2. Awkward
  3. Glee
  4. Modern Family
  5. iZombie

Thriller:

  1. Mr. Robot
  2. Hannibal
  3. Scream The TV Series
  4. Bates Motel
  5. The Originals

Reality:

  1. Survivor
  2. Amazing Race
  3. American Idol
  4. The Voice
  5. X Factor

Will find time to finish (?)

  1. Chicago Fire (Yup, just hang in there)
  2. House Of Cards / Homeland (I will marathon you guys, please wait)
  3. Better Call Saul (done with first 6 episodes of S01; hope I finish before S02 begins)
  4. Banshee (done with first 3 episodes of S01; long way to go)
  5. Gotham (done with first 20 episodes of S01; now S02 is airing!)

Asianovelas:

  1. Baker King (no tears shed here)
  2. Meteor Garden (high school feels)
  3. Scent Of A Woman (setting wise)
  4. Coffee Prince / Dream High
  5. City Hunter / The Heirs

Series to watch out for / planning to watch(sorry this list can’t be just 5 haha):

  1. Fear The Walking Dead (i’m already in episode 4)
  2. Limitless (episode 1 piloted a few days ago)
  3. Supergirl (pilot episode leaked)
  4. Lucifer (pilot episode leaked)
  5. Scream Queens (cos it’s mothereffin Ryan Morphine I mean Murphy)
  6. Legends Of Tomorrow (2016)
  7. True Detectives
  8. Sherlock

Notes: I can do recommendations or reviews if you want. Or you can suggest series not in this list. Just comment below!

Credits to owners of the images found online.

And thank you Blue Lightning TV for your photoshop poster tutorial. I’m learning a few PS techniques now! You’re the reason why Jon Snow is beaming up there.