Quezon Buffet – Best Sisig in the Metro

Traveling at my own cost really took a toll on my personal savings (or what’s left of it). Laughs – not really. Reviewing a newly opened buffet restaurant was definitely a breath of fresh air. Since it’s free, that’s where I gotta be.

When you had something for free and it was bad – you don’t have a say. On the contrary, if it was good and free at the same time – it’s like winning a raffle. In my case, a lottery.

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I arrived at Fisher Mall at half past four – way late from the 2:00 pm call time. Although, I came all the way from Cavite, I thought to myself, well if the event’s done, I deserved it cos of my ever reliable time management. Lo and behold, it’s as if the event waited for me. The counters were all served with sumptuous offerings. Other dishes being replenished as I salivate at the side.

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What Quezon Has To Offer

Quezon buffet boasts its decadence array of strong Filipino – Spanish tie through its immaculate dishes of gastronomic proportions.

I couldn’t even put to words my exact thoughts when I had my first sisig bite. It just exploded in my palate. Their sisig dish comes in three’s: Bangus, Chicken and Pork. I know sisig isn’t for everyone – but please take my word for it to drop by whenever you’re around the area.

I’m not skipping the best part (for most foodies). Not far where I left my heart lay another heart wrenching dish – lechon! Yes I’m not that of a huge fan; but, oh boy, the crispness, texture and flavor can be compared to the infamous Cebu’s Zubuchon. And they serve it at a buffet – how dope! Lechon Chili Belly all-you-want definitely sounds my cup of tea.

I know, I know these dishes must be paired with rice, right? Quezon buffet didn’t disappoint offering yet another scene stealer – Paella. Filled with mussels, pork bits and veggies. Kanin pa lang ulam na!

Other food choices include Beef Kare Kare, Sinigang sa Pula, Dinakdakan, Callos, Bulalo Steak among others. I had a few portions and came back to refill my plate. Nothing is going wrong for Chef Kalel and his team!

How rude of me not to talk about desserts! Their leche flan (crème caramel) and brazo de mercedes were to die for! Not literally of diabetes cos they have a balanced level of sucrose – not too sweet making me feel less guilty I gave in to temptation. Make your own halo-halo, turon with langka, sticky pudding with mango purée, palitaw and other kakanins completed the line up of the desserts. Very Pinoy, indeed.

Ambiance & Staff

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Faint lighting from their posh chandeliers wrapped around the banquet making the ambiance very cozy and relaxing. The restaurant can host around 200 people – perfect for all occasions. Although the opening was swamped (not seen in the photo) and looked undermanned, the staff were accommodating and more than willing to satisfy everyone’s needs. They sure replenish the food fast – perhaps because it’s the opening with media and celebrities gracing the event.

I do wish they continue this going forward – cos it makes or break a buffet restaurant.

Price

Absolutely affordable. Treat your family, friends, colleagues here. Quezon buffet will do the rest.

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So it is now safe to say I am a travel foodie. Thank you thewanderjunkie for accompanying me gatecrash this event.

We sure had a lot of laughs and our stomachs full.

Thanks again Quezon buffet for showcasing and being the forefront in promoting our rich Filipino cuisine.

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El Nido or Coron?

This is my take on the Palawan dilemma our country is currently facing. Yes, I know this is serious and should be featured on the nightly news.

Yesterday, I underwent odontectomy where my wisdom tooth #48 (lower right molar) was surgically removed. Now, I have pretty much ample time to dwell on some serious matters. One of which is the ever bugging question I received from friends, which is really is which… El Nido or Coron?

El Nido, 2012 (Snake Island)

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Coron, 2014 (Mt. Tapyas View Deck)

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My answer would always be – depends on what you’re after. The two places offer exquisite experience for nature lovers. If you’re into a quieter, more serene, soul searching vibe – I would suggest El Nido. Otherwise, go to Coron.

The much better option would be why not go and see both, right?

I did.

And boy, those trips were forever etched in my adventure seeking heart.

I ‘ll give a rundown of my travels – first up would be El Nido then Coron. So quickies, shall we?


Use El Nido in a sentence: Go for it! El Nido to go for it! (okay it sucked but believe when I tell you to go and fly here!)

My orgmates fresh outta college decided to pay a visit to Lisa’s hometown – El Nido. Who am I not to join, especially when most of our expenses will be shouldered by her. I have such great friends, right? This trip didn’t just bring me to one of the best destinations in the Philippines; or perhaps, in the world but awakened my traveling feet. 3 years later, I’ve been to major hot spots in the country and now starting a travel blog.

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Itinerary & expenses of my PPS x El Nido trip

Day 1 Puerto Princesa (PPS)

Dinner at Ka Lui – 8 to 10:00 PM (200-300php/pax)

Firefly watching – 10:30 PM (didn’t push through due to weather)

Day 2 PPS to El Nido

ETD from Lisa’s house (PPS proper) to Sabang (drop off going to Underground river) – 7:00 AM

Underground river tour – approx. 9 to 11:00 AM (Free c/o my generous friend Lisa)

Lunch – Sabang (Buffet at 200php)

ETD Sabang to El Nido: 1:00 PM

ETA El Nido: 6 to 7:00 PM

>walk by the beach, explore town, dinner and walwal!  (Expenses depend on your preference)

Oh my hello El Nido!!!

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Day 3 El Nido

> Whole day island hopping – (Package B 800php/pax)

Day 4 El Nido to PPS

> If you guys have tour packages then good for you. For those who are backpacking, you have to rent a van that will take you to PPS. Well that’s the case back then, I don’t know now if they have established public vehicles now. Feel free to comment. As for our case, thanks again to Lisa for providing the van and just had us chip in for gas which cost me a staggering 100php for a 6 hr ride.

> Lunch at PPS ( approx.150-200php)

> Rushed city tour and souvenir shopping before the flight (1000php)

Expenses:

Air Fare: Php 2600

Day 1: Php 400 (Dinner at Ka Lui)

Day 2: Php 400 (100 for breakfast and 200 for lunch at Sabang)

Day 3: Php 1800 (800 for Package B and 1000 for food & lodging during my entire El Nido stay)

Day 4: Php 1300 (gas x lunch x pasalubong expenses)

Total: Php 6,500 (including air fare)

Notes: Careful planning is the key in visiting El Nido as you will need a transportation time of about 12 hours (round trip via land). Travel and tour packages definitely make traveling easier. But hey, I’m a backpacker and a big fan of DIY trips. So if you insist of backpacking El Nido and saving money in the process, by all means 🙂

Yey we’re complete here! Let’s set another one, out of the country maybe?

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Let’s get it on, Coron!

I dare you, yes you reader, go book a weekend flight to Coron/Busuanga (preferably this coming weekend and a seat sale) and never come back. Kidding! Just a weekend trip, no plans, no ifs, no buts. I guarantee you, you won’t regret it. Well, you might. You might regret staying for just a couple of days. That’s the good thing in Coron (aside from stable commercial flights – as opposed to El Nido), you can definitely find a place to stay even after you land! And go with whatever you wanna do in the island while you’re at it.

Top View (photo taken a Mt. Tapyas View Deck)

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Yeah, you get to see that after climbing a flight of stairs, 700++ steps to be clear.

Itinerary x Expenses

Day 1

Mt. Tapyas hike (Php 100 – 3 bottled water)

Maquinit Hotspring (Php 150 entrance)

Day 2

Whole day island hopping part 1( approx. Php 1000)

It’s underwater madness down there, I am urchin everyone not to step on anything! Oops!

Dinner at local restaurant (Php 300)

Social drinks at No Name Bar (Php 300)

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Day 3

Island hopping part 2 (approx Php 850)

Ship wrecks, fish feeding, picturesque views, Kayangan lake’s brackish water.. Coron got it all!

Pasalubong hunting (Php 200)

Tipid dinner in the city (Php 100)

3 night stay at Kimberly’s (Php 3600 good for 3 pax)

  • Php 1200 per pax

Miscellaneous (transportation, bottled water, some toiletries, etc) Php 300

Air fare: Php 1200

Total: Php 5,700 (including air fare)

I got to experience Coron for 4 days in less than Php 6,000 (~$130)

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And I was dancing Nae nae long before its hype.

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See you again, Palawan! My family and I will be flying back to El Nido by mid next year. I will make sure to provide you guys with an intensive blog post by then. I realized I was there in El Nido for just more than a day. Next year, I’ll stay there for the entire week (hoping)

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Credits to Lisa, Anjo, Migs (who almost died reaching the Mt. Tapyas’ 400th step) and Poli for some of the photos posted here.

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The Unofficial Newsletter

I wasn’t just a cadet engineer back in 2012 but an editor-in-chief of our supposedly-department-newsletter. It wasn’t published due to some constraints (let’s just leave it at that). I guess the purpose of this post is to tell everyone how a person with no editorial-know-how (aka yours truly) have come up with such a complex output.

Originally, the plan was to create a newsletter in pdf (paperless, yeah go green). I envisioned a better one. Aside from gripping, relevant and entertaining articles, I wanted it to be more than just your ordinary “scroll-up-down” newsletter. The challenge I posed myself was to design a newsletter in pdf with webpage functionality.

I am no one-man-team. In order to bring this project to life I needed not two, but more than a dozen heads. The exchange of ideas was the key factor why I was very proud when we reached the final draft.

Developing this interactive webpage like pdf version was one thing (pardon my ignorant terms), coming up with articles to include was another. Through InDesign, the newsletter was published like browsing a webpage. After much discussion with the team, the newsletter job was to introduce the department to the whole Emerson community, discuss technical transcendence and innovation, highlight issues at hand; and provide entertaining takes on food, series (I am a self confessed US TV series addict), and employees.

We weren’t able to publish it back then but I’m blogging about it now (the rebel in me is leaping). Shout out to my wonderful team who made this effort possible.

You can view or download the pdf file here: Technically Speaking

For whatever reason, the newsletter isn’t functioning 100% when viewed on browser. If you can download it and open using Adobe reader, I’ll definitely appreciate it. Enjoy the articles, quickies!

Disclaimer: This is not an official newsletter of Emerson Climate Technologies. This is a shelved project of the company intended to be released in the year 2013, some information may be irrelevant now. I just released it to let everyone know how they can think outside the box and be creative in their respective fields. Credits to Windows template and to owners of the photos included in the newsletter.

Liebster Award

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I didn’t know Liebster award existed until I got a notification that I was nominated. Basically, this was given to bloggers by bloggers so thanks Vinne for the nomination!

I decided to deviate a bit from the rules provided by Vinne and got this new set online.

The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

So here are the questions from Vinne:

What is the main reason why you started blogging?

I wanted to tell the world how beautiful the Philippines is. Well that’s the initial plan, now I’m looking forward to my first overseas trip and can’t wait to share it with everyone!

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What sort of activity you really wanted to do but too afraid to do it?

Drag racing & motocross – I’m an adrenaline junkie but these two extreme sports require training and practice which I can’t commit at the moment. On a personal note, I would love to let go of all my insecurities and don’t give the world a f*ck – easier written than done.

What is your favorite colour and why?

Red. Blame it to red mighty morphin power ranger that made my childhood interesting. Aside from the fact that it’s visually striking, it compliments my fair skin. Haha

Do you believe in horoscope?

Yes to some extent. I’m a Scorpio and if the reading is favorable to me, I will definitely believe it. If not, then I’ll just shake it off. Horoscope readings are there as a guide, you may or may not accept it – depending on your preference.

Are you left handed or right handed?

Right handed.

What do you like most, reading or writing?

Hmm, this is a hard one. Depends on my mood I guess. I love both. I read to enhance my writing.

Do you have any New Year resolution? Please explain.

No. I have never succeeded in fulfilling my New Year’s resolution so instead I just live in the moment.

What is your favorite season?

Definitely summer! I love to soak my skin in the sun and have that shiny tan (laughs)!

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If you have a million dollar what will you do to spend it and why?

Invest half of it on our soon-to-be family business. Learn to invest people – especially the young ones. Don’t just save up, invest too. The other half – I’ll take my family to a journey of a lifetime.

Taxi ride on a busy/traffic-jammed road or drive your own car?

I could’ve easily picked take a train; but since I’m limited to these two – I would drive my own car and belt out Ed Sheeran songs to avoid boredom.

What do you believe in?

I believe that once you put your mind to it – there’s nothing you can’t do.


11 random facts about myself:

1989 baby x I sing and write songs x frustrated dancer x US Series addict x learning to quit smoking x into extreme adventures x haven’t been outside Philippines x starting to work out x huge Ed Sheeran fan x never been to any international concert act ever x sarcastic AF and I just like to have fun


I nominate the following bloggers:

  1. Daryl of thewanderjunkie
  2. Diane of dianecheng
  3. This lovely couple of ChrisChels Explores
  4. Lizzie of pocketplanet
  5. Rachelle of rsfdeep

Hello nominees!

Here are the questions I sewed specifically tailored for you guys:

  1. What keeps you busy?
  2. Dogs or cats?
  3. Biggest regret of your life?
  4. What’s your favorite song? Please provide an excerpt from its lyrics that struck you most.
  5. Do you believe in after life?
  6. You are the happiest when?
  7. If you are given the chance to change the ending of a timeless movie, how will it go?
  8. What and where is your most memorable trip or experience?
  9. Which do you prefer series or movie? Kindly provide your favorite character.
  10. What is the most outrageous thing you’ve done?
  11. What type of charity or foundation will you set up?

Mt. Pamitinan x Mt. Hapunang Banoy Twin Day Hike

I am always a beach guy without the beach body and I never liked hiking (of course I had no idea this view is waiting for me, I just placed it here to capture your eyes in finishing my blog laughs).

I don’t have the time for it”, “I just don’t like exhausting my muscles and sweating profusely” were my reasons why I didn’t partake with friends whenever they schedule a climb. Some of you (with brows raised) would ask, “Then why blog about it?

Simple. I thought, “Oh my god, look at that view, you look like my next mistake.” That would be a deadly mistake so be careful guys!

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After my first official twin day hike, I had a change of heart. I learned to love hiking in less than 12 hours (setting aside the gallons of sweat I excreted, multiple cuts I endured, sore muscles and dead toe nails).

Stay with me as we climb and quickly escape to the peak.

Peaks of Mt. Pamitinan (+426 m) left and Mt. Binacayan (+424 m) right.

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To do that, I will need a lot of help. Good thing my wanderjunkie, Daryl, basically did everything – itinerary x expenses x few reminders prior to the climb. She really pushed me to give hiking a go and I wouldn’t wanna see her efforts put to waste.

The original group of 10 hikers was trimmed down to just the two of us. I can’t blame them for backing out due to rescheduling and erratic weather.

Compromise was our ever young and fit, ate guide. You can call her Myrlyn. And yes we were older than her.This escape was a lot of surprises… Can’t wait to see what’s installed for me.

Since I was on a night shift, Daryl and I agreed to meet at the office when my shift ended at around 5am Saturday morning. We hopped on the bus that took us to Cubao. Dropped by McDonald’s for a takeout breakfast and aboard an FX (with Eastwood sign) that will take us to then Montalban, now Rodriguez, Rizal. Took tricycle instead of jeepney to Brgy. Wawa (jumpoff point) since we were running late.

Local guide was required for the climb and after registering at the DENR office, we’re good to go. We started the ascend at quarter past 8 am. I could only hope for a trail as inviting as this hanging bridge.

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And look at this lovely trail. I said to myself even though I had no sleep and drank a few beers (after my shift as I waited for Daryl; hashtag defensive), I would be able to keep up. I mean, this stairway to heaven, why would I not, right? Plus I have two lovely ladies as my guide. Couldn’t be any luckier than that.

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I was wrong. Zoom in to my face.

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So wrong I was already contemplating on how on earth will I reach the summit, let alone another mountain! But that’s not who I am as a person, I finish what I started. With no gloves on together with my very comfortable running shoes, I pushed myself further. And my shoes died after.

Myrlyn ate guide paved us the way to what seemed like an uncharted territory. Daryl, on the other hand, taught me some basic mountaineering etiquette. For one, always greet co-hikers you meet along the trail. A quick “Good Morning/Afternoon, Ingat po” wouldn’t hurt. To my astonishment, we did encounter a couple of hikers descending, “If they reached the summit, so can I.” The trail was comprised of assaults below and bouldering above.

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Be fully equipped, should you decide to conquer these trails – pack light, wear elastic and comfy clothes, slip on hiking shoes/sandals, thick gloves will be handy, prepare trail food and bring enough water. We reached summit at around 10:15 am, oh boy, the evergreen Sierra Madre washed my weariness away.

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I’m on the edge of glory.

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And here we were at summit 1 Mt. Pamitinan, casually laughing our worries off.

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Wait for me, wait for me!

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All smiles at summit 2 from these two gorgeous girls while I squeezed in my daily crunches slash fixing my cap. Yes we’re the crazy trio who laughed out loud the whole time we’re climbing – shouting acronyms to the hikers we met along the way PMYT to ate who’s having a hard time rock climbing – Push Mo ‘Yan ‘Te; SYL to confused kuya – See You Later among others. I even heard them murmuring as we passed, “That chick’s their guide?” and then I will look at them – “Why? Do I look like a guide to you?” Of course in a friendly way! No harm done – we’re just enjoying our climb 🙂

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We decided to descend at around 10:45 am and reached the Mt. Hapunang Banoy junction at around 11:15 am. Since we started the climb late, we decided to change the initial plan. Besides, Daryl got curious of that protruding rock (zoom in below) waving at us as we climb – Mt Hapunang Banoy (+460 m) it is! Itinerary x expenses listed below.

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We descended further from the junction and had lunch at the local tindahan instead, we had trail food but I begged to buy ice cold buko juice there (sorry na). By the time we finished lunch, the sky turned dark and let out its angry roars. I was hesitant since I was already stuffed and ready to hit the sack. But Daryl won’t back down. She said, “If this weather proved to be a hindrance halfway to our ascend then let’s go back. I just didn’t want to quit when we haven’t even tried it out yet.” And she’s right. F yeah let’s do it.

We started ascending again at 12:45 pm and were welcomed by slippery, muddy trails, plus zero visibility cliffs. We didn’t get the chance to take as much photos cause we’re dripping wet. Those slippery, sharp, 90 degree assaults and sharp limestone were the hardest parts of the trail. It took us about one and half hours to get to the peak. Blame it on the weather, better be slow than sorry.

Then again, the view was worth the risks! Thank God for clearing the sky when we climaxed to the peak.

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Let’s take a closer look…

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We descended at around 2:30 pm and reached jump off point by 4:30 pm. Since we’re all wet and dirty, Myrlyn insisted on having a quick shower at her crib with no extra charge. What an angel!

I’m ready for more harder trails. Til next time! Peace out!

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Itinerary x Expenses

August 29, 2015

5:45 am Bus (SM North to Cubao) – 12

6:00 am Take out breakfast at McDonald’s – 40

6:15 am FX to Eastwood Montalban – 50

8:15 am Tricycle to Brgy Wawa (jump off point) – 20

8:30 am Register at DENR – 2 (yes, just 2 friggin pesos)

8:45 am Ascend: Mt. Pamitinan

10:15 am Summit

10:45 Descend

11:15 Mt. Hapunang Banoy junction then descend to local tindahan

11:45 – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 pm Ascend: Mt. Hapunang Banoy

2:30 pm Summit

2:45 pm Descend

4:30 pm Jump off point

4: 45 pm Freshen up at Myrlyn’s

6:00 pm Tricycle to terminal – 30

6:15 pm Van to Cubao – 50

9:00 pm Cubao…let’s call it a day

Ate guide Myrlyn’s fee: 800 (400 per pax)

So call her maybe:

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I shelled out approximately PHP 800 for one whole day x twin day hike (I have added my trail food and additional transportation costs). The more hikers, the cheaper it gets!

All photos taken were courtesy of thewanderjunkie. Do check Daryl out, I mean the blog, not her.

Stay tuned to my next escape!

4D/3N Boracay in less than 7K

Yeah! You read it right! I spent less than 7 thousand pesos (< $150) for my 4 days/ 3 nights stay in Boracay. Well if not for my katangahan and alcohol addiction (that’s overstatement; an exaggeration for this literary piece), anyway, I would have spent way less.

Boracay in all its glory can shut you up and take all your hard-earned money. BUT my quick escape will show you that it’s possible to spend less and enjoy more…

Boracay has been consistently named one of the best, if not, the best beach in the world. And I felt terrible having to live with the fact that most of my friends got to set foot on that island. Even other nationalities fell in love with Boracay while I sulked in misery.

But not anymore.

A friend from Couchsurfing hooked us up with a roundtrip ticket (dated July 25-28) to Boracay via Cebu Pac. It was worth a staggering 700 pesos. I was skeptical at first… Kidding! Hahah I jumped right in the second he offered to book me one.

I’m guilty of the airport selfie… (sungit ni ate)

We landed on a one fine, hot afternoon in Kalibo. Opposite to the Pagasa forecast, thank God. It took us about an hour and half to reach Caticlan port and about 20 minute boat ride to get to my dream destination this year.

Day 1

The boat selfie… (I can see you Boracay)

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Well now it’s a dream come true! I’m in frigging Boracay!

My jaw dropped as soon as I saw the beach front. Since it’s off peak season, less hotties, cheap hotel rates, affordable foodporn certainly went unnoticed. Yeah, there will always be a compromise. But on second thought, less populated Boracay allowed me to fully enjoy the island (which was really the point why I was here in the first place and not the sizzling bods I secretly hoped for… Hmmmm)

Okay enough selfies for one day (sorry I just can’t help taking these picturesque views with myself spoiling it hahah)

My friends and I hopped from one station to another. We really took our time to see all the establishments this island has to offer. And we can conveniently choose where to eat,  to chill,  to drink due to low volume of tourists on our goddamn time. How cool is that?!

Might I add, we also stayed here in Station 1. No silly, I didn’t go to Boracay to waste money on hotels. But I’m not kidding either –  we did stay in Station 1 for three days and I paid 1350 pesos for my entire stay!  That’s 450 per night and it’s an A/C room of course.

Imagine I get to drink beer for 39 pesos in Station 1.

39 pesos for a beer, Station 1 and this goddamn view. I cannot stress it enough. This is the life!!!

Perks of off-peak season.

Since the night’s still young, I managed to invite a friend I haven’t seen for 13 long years (he’s now living here in Boracay). We’re friends during our freshman year in high school but due to personal matters he transferred in Kalibo. Thank you Rian for dropping by! I will see you again when I get back.

L-R: Mark (the I.T guy soon to be PAL cabin crew), Mik (Chief Finance Officer of Sen. Nancy Binay), Rian (Concierge in this freakin island!), myself, Darren (Attorney & businessman)

Please check out Fairways & Bluewater Resort and look for my buddy there. He gives discount! (Kidding!)

Day 2 

The “I woke up like this” selfie…

Behind is Balabag beach where the sun sets, while on the other side, Bulabog beach is where the sun rises and most of the water activities take place.

Speaking of water activities, Kuya Ferdinand and our group agreed on paying P1,700 for 5 activities which include:

Helmet diving (make sure to equalize!)

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The fifteen minute Fly Fish ride that will drain the shit out of you (so much competitiveness not to fall)

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Snorkeling (be careful not to step on anything, well that’s not really a problem here…it’s crystal clear!)

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Puka Beach (sea shells everywhere, perfect for pasalubong shopping!)

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10 meter cliff jumping in Magic Island (of course I jumped! Video will be posted if I have the funds to upgrade this site hehe)

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That my folks was a whole day run of fun activities. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world! Such a hot, tiring, yet exhilarating day in paradise.

We had so much fun during the day, it’s just right to reciprocate that during the night. Hashtag equality. This is the ever jampacked Exit Bar (at first I thought the bar was named that way cos people are already at the exit partying).

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To minimize beer expenses, you can buy a handful at sari-sari stores then bring those to the bar of your choosing. Voila, the rave is on! You can easily lose yourself in this island; just know your limits and you’ll be fine.

Day 3

My friends were knocked out last night so I sneaked out the room and started another selfie journey. Don’t waste that precious time on your bed people! You can do that at work (hehehe)

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Well I stand corrected as my friends did catch up with me. We scoured the shores of Boracay til we reached this far end of Station 1…

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Apparently, we are not alone. Look at that, you can even see the shadow of that guy snorkeling. So frrracking amazing!

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Thanks Mik for letting me borrow your breathtaking shots.

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And why would I not include the infamous Willy’s Rock where the grotto is situated:

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This sanctuary all to ourselves…

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I realized that even if we didn’t avail all the water sports being sold in our faces as we took the shores of Boracay, the feel of the water hitting your soles is more than enough.

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My first attempt on stand up paddle boarding. Mik and I got this deal for 275 pesos for 1 hour.

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Struggled at first but hey got to take this priceless cloudgasm. And yes I was standing when I took the photo, not defensive.

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Savoring our last night in paradise…

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Day 4

Last selfie stretch before I leave this already-taking-a-special-place-in-my-heart island..

I can lie on this beach for hours (or before the sun roasts my fair skin).

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So long, Boracay! You know I love you…

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Itinerary x Expenses

Day 0Php 700 Air fare via CebuPac (roundtrip)

Day 1 (approximately Php 1,600)

Breakfast at ILLY: 245

Kalibo to Caticlan (taxi + boat ride): 1,000 / 3pax (333/person)

Environmental fee: 100

Lunch at Island Chicken Inasal: 175 for inasal w rice, 90 for unlimited iced tea

Dinner at Victory Diver (seafood buffet): 280

1.5liter bottled water: 50 at station 3

Beer at Gerry’s (in front of Mito’s place): 70

Club Paraw entrance: 100 + 90 (san mig light)

Day 2 (approximately Php 1500)

Breakfast (beside Mito’s place): 130 (chicksilog w coffee)

Water activities 10am – 4:30 pm: 1,700 / 4pax (425/person)

Pasalubong: 100 (I have matured and definitely have the will power to limit myself from over spending on pasalubs)

Bottled water: 15 at Crystal Clear

Dinner at D Mall: 200

Beers at Exit Bar and District rooftop: 700 (sorry for party rocking)

Day 3 (approximately Php 650)

Breakfast at Jasper’s: 80 (cornsilog w coffee)

Jonah’s shake: 120

Lunch at Big Meal J: 130

Stand up paddle boarding: 275/pax for 1 hour

Dinner at Caruso, Station1: Mik’s treat so hell yeah

Day 4 (approximately Php 2,500)

Breakfast at McDo: 130 (forgive me, this is my last day here)

Mito’s Inn: 1,350 for 3 day stay

Caticlan to Kalibo (boat x van): 250

Terminal fee at Caticlan port: 100

Terminal fee at Kalibo airport: 200

Pasalubong 2.0: 200

Dinner at Burger King, NAIA: 110 (I advised not to but we’re starving, so there)

Cab to Pasay: 100

Total Expenses: Php 6,950 (roundtrip air fare included!)

Baguio: The Other Itinerary

Baguio is one of the places I go to whenever nostalgia comes into play – very That Thing Called Tadhana eh? But long before the movie hype, I always felt the connection to this place and the feels this highly Koreanized (urbanized) city brought to my table. Definitely my cup of tea for hugot emotions and chick flick scenes. If you want to get lost – see this city and find yourself in the midst of Baguio’s comfy arms.

Speaking of hype, the recently concluded Forevermore (Pinoy TV series) shot most of its scenes here in the now famous attraction – Sitio La Presa (below). We were very fortunate to witness this location before the teleserye production even begins!

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Having been to the city a couple of times, my friends slash colleagues decided to shy away to some parts from the usual Baguio itineraries found online.

Want to spend just a weekend here and not exhaust your precious vacation leaves? We did it just over the weekend! Allow me to show you my quick trip up north…

We arrived in a chilly morning (perfect for snuggling under the sheets) after an overnight commute. As tempting as the bed weather was, we wasted no time savoring the city.

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C’mon, look at the view from our balcony. Who wouldn’t right? The city’s ambiance is goddamn inviting!

After settling in to our transient house, our group headed to Café By The Ruins- just the right place for carbo-loading. Breakfast set ranges from 200 to 400 php, kinda pricey but it’s worth a try. I had bacon, egg and brown rice; who doesn’t love bacon?

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Okay after the heavy breakfast (and its hefty price), I think we’re more than ready to brave this jam packed day. Next up, Kennon Road viewpoint leading to the ever welcoming Lion’s head. These terrains displayed how rich our lands are – it is our responsibility to preserve these.

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Yeah, I know. The lion looked weird from this angle. Maybe time for another repainting? (a very apt positioning Davies paint).

We continued our tour in Philippine Military Academy where I didn’t witness any cadets on training (just doing their rounds) – perhaps cos it’s a weekend. So we just strike a pose and roamed around.

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The climb to Mt. Sto. Tomas, Tuba, Benguet was really good for the lungs, no pun. Having to witness this view, my lungs getting a little cardio was a fair game.

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Here’s one exhausted runner from The North Face 100. I’d be too if I ran 100 km…the dedication and discipline these runners put to the sport is inspiring. I have never wholeheartedly attended any running event in my life (well there’s one back in college but I was forced to join for my organization). I guess I need to find the ‘fun’ in fun run.

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Below is the beautiful Sitio Pungayan in Mt. Kabuyao, Tuba, Benguet. Now they adopted the name Sitio La Presa. I wonder why.

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As we head back, we noticed a few shops (circa 2014) selling strawberry jams and wines. Please try to buy some – I tell you those are really good finds! Now thanks to LizQuen, retail industry there is absolutely booming. I do hope the quality of the product is retained.

We had lunch at Good Taste Restaurant where the food is great and its prices cheap. Win win! Then we visited Bell Church temple, the strawberry farm, Tam-awan village (photos below), and Lourdes grotto. That summed up our hectic afternoon.

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After a long day, we recuperated and freshened up at the transient house then headed back again to the city for dinner. I love traversing Session Road – you can wear three layers of clothing without sweating profusely as you take down the city’s sidewalks.

Our 2nd-slash-last day in Baguio started late with having lunch at Camp John Hay. We really took the time to lazily stroll and just enjoyed nature.

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Photos above will attest to that. Special mention to top left photo – that’s Bagras aka Rainbow tree (zoom in to its trunk) situated near Good Shepherd which is only open til 5:00 pm. Make sure to visit early for pasalubongs.

The Other Office capped off our Baguio experience – actually the alcohol game “Never Have I Ever” did. So let’s just leave the details out (not blog friendly! laughs). Its main courses range from 150-300 php per pax. I liked their concept of shying away to using office as work environment but an avenue to dine, enjoy the live band and have casual drinks.

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So friends, let’s do this again sometime! We can do our business meeting while we travel!

To the one reading this, sumama ka! 

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Here’s the itinerary for our quick escape to Baguio:

Day 1

12:00 mn             Travel to the north via Victory Liner

6:30 am               Arrival at Baguio x Check in at transient house

7:30 am               Breakfast at Café By The Ruins

9:00 am               Kennon Road Viewpoint picturesque scenes

9:30 am               Lion’s Head on point

10:00 am             Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Tour

11:00 am             Travel to Sto. Tomas, Baguio (where La Presa lays)

12:00 noon          Enjoying stops along the way

12:30 pm             Visit PicMar Heritage Lodge in Sto. Tomas x Have 5 Php Coffee

1:30 pm               On the way back, don’t forget to buy Strawberry Jam from sari sari store in Sto.Tomas (this is the bomb!)

2:00 PM               Lunch at Good Taste Restaurant

3:00 PM               Bell Church (Chinese Temple)

3:30 PM               Strawberry Farm, La Trinidad, Benguet

4:30 PM               Tam-Awan Village

6:00 PM               Lourdes Grotto while sipping Strawberry Taho

7:00 PM               Rest for city exploration at night

9:30 PM               Ukay Ukay Night Market beside Burnham Park

10:30 PM             Dinner at  50’s Diner

Day 2

9:00 AM               Breakfast at home (to balance out what we spent yesterday)

12:00 nn              Lunch at Pizza Volante, Camp John Hay (and then another round of spending)

1:00 PM               Nature Tripping at Camp John Hay (option to do Tree Top Adventure)

3:00 PM                Mile Hi Center (shopping at outlets x eat bibingka x puto bumbong)

4:00 PM               Good Shepherd Convent (option to try civet coffee though not worth it :P)

4:30 PM               Mines View (shopping, buy pasalubong)

6:30 PM               Dinner at The Other Office near Country Club (they offer cocktails with live band)

9:30 PM               At Victory Liner Terminal waiting for trip home

10:00 PM             Bus Trip Home