Is traveling your passion?

Do you want to hear the sounds of a new city? Smell the salty breeze of a new beach? Taste different cuisines? Meet different people?

Yes, I want! Traveling is my passion. Exposing myself to different places and engaging in extreme activities excite me! May it be long hours of travel or not, I’m in!

My goal is to travel locally (Philippines) and internationally. My purpose with this blog is to share my experiences and lessons with each trip. I know that it is the goal of many, if not everyone, to travel a lot. But not everyone has the chance to travel. So hopefully, my blogs will encourage and help them plan on going on their own unique trip.

Cebu: Top destinations and activities!

Cebu

Last March 14, 2015 – We booked a flight 2 months prior to our 4 days trip to Cebu. I went there with my boyfriend along with another pair of lovebirds–our close friends (Alixel Cheng and Laurie Ivan Bonete). I think we all forgot about the 2 p.m. hotel check-in time because we booked a 4:30 a.m. flight! Haha! We were able to get a cheaper hotel  rates thru Agoda.

Fast-forward to May 15, 2015 – I’m gonna skip the other details except for the part where we ran at the departure area because the attendants were already paging our names. Too early for exercise! Whew!

Below was our suggested 4 days do-it-yourself  itinerary when in Cebu:

Day 1: Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Arrived in Cebu at 5:30 a.m. – thanks to Kuya Guard for helping us find a private car that can be rented. We checked-in our baggage in the hotel first before our long trip to Maya port.

No traffic around that time yet but from Cebu City to Maya port it took us about 3-4 hours. Upon arriving Maya, a local approached us immediately explaining how we can go to and from Malapascua Island via public or private boats and how much the rate is. Another local from Malapascua Island offered us two packages:

1st: Kalanggaman Island

2nd: Island hopping

We would have loved to see the sandbars of Kalanggaman Island but it will take us another 2 hours of boat ride going there so we chose the Island Hopping in order for us to get back to Cebu City before dinner time – this didn’t happen though due to heavy traffic in the city.

Cebu Japanese Shipwreck
Japanese Shipwreck

I was very fascinated by the beauty of the underwater world! It was also my first time to see a Japanese shipwreck! Amaziiiing~ if only I have a pro diver’s license, I would have explored it. I’m definitely adding that to my bucket list!

Alixel <3

Day 2: Kawasan Falls and Canyoneering

We woke up at 3 a.m. to catch the 4:30 a.m. bus at South Bus Terminal and also not get stuck in heavy traffic (I really hate the traffic situation in Cebu). We boarded the bus with a sign of Bato “via Barili” and based on the information we got from the internet, we should hop off at Barangay Matutinao with a landmark of a church along the hi-way. Kawasan Falls is just kilometers away from the church.

We met with our tour guide Kuya Albert who was recommended to us by a friend. I also highly recommend him! He is very humorous and reliable. For his contact number, it can be found at the end of this blog.

The head gear, life vest and even rubber shoes (because we did not bring any) was provided by our guide. Price is P1,200/person. So far, Canyoneering is the most awesome yet scariest outdoor activity that I have ever done! It involves trekking, swimming, climbing and jumping off from a high place. Hooray to us for having the guts to jump from the highest point which is approximately 30 feet! Woohoo! I almost backed out! LOL.

Cebu Canyoneering
The couples :)
Cebu Canyoneering
30ft high cliff in side view. Doesn’t look that high but it is actually VERY high!
Cebu Canyoneering
Kuya Albert in the right side :P
Post jump photo. Lovin’ the clear and bluish water of Kawasan Falls.
Enjoying the mini falls. Haha.

Day 3: Oslob Whale Shark, Sumilon Island and Sky Experience Adventure

While waiting for the Butanding (Whale Shark)

Just like the previous day, we woke up at 3 a.m. We rode a bus from South Bus Terminal with a sign of Bato “via Oslob” then hopped-off at Brgy. Tan-awan. The rate for snorkeling with a Whale Shark is P600. From 6 a.m.-12 p.m. they only allow the watching of whale sharks. I suggest that you come as early as 6 a.m. because that is the time when the whale sharks are fed and after that, they will go back into the deep.

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Oh, hello there!
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Done with our 30mins snorkeling
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Solo shot?

 

Next destination, Sumilon Island! We were a bit disappointed because we were expecting to see the famous sandbar of Sumilon Island but we came at the wrong time, as it was high tide! No sandbar for us. *sad* While waiting for low tide, we enjoyed ourselves by doing underwater shots (which made our skin darker) LOL.

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*patiently waiting*
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Alixel
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Me (my favorite shot)
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Laurie *peace*
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Yco
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Groupie!

No luck with the sandbar. For our final stop, onto Tumalog Falls! There’s nothing much to see but it is beautiful and I love the mist in the waterfalls area. I just took a photo of it and watched people swim then we headed back to the resort where we left our bags.

Tumalog Falls
Lover's on habal-habal!
Lover’s on habal-habal!

We had dinner buffet at Sparkz Restobar, Crown Regency Hotel and Towers. They have this promo; dinner buffet in Sparkz Restobar and 2 tickets of any rides in Sky Experience Adventure; we chose Edge Coaster and Sky Walk.

Edge Coaster
Sky Walk

Day 4: Yellow Submarine and Pasalubong

This is the only day that we did not plan any extreme activities and had at least 8 hours of sleep!

Due to heavy traffic we were 30 minutes late but thanks to the very patient boss and staff of Yellow Submarine, they waited for us! Huhu. We watched underwater creatures for an hour but aside from corals and fishes, there were also divers that performed a bubble show. So cute of them! :3

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Isn’t it cute?!
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Bubbles! :)
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Ya, why so serious?

After Yellow Submarine, we visited my relatives then bought pasalubong in Shamrock. We had our dinner at Mactan airport while waiting for our flight back to Manila.

I actually did not expect that there are a lot of extreme activities that we could do in Cebu. Four days is not enough so we will just go back for the beaches and activities that we have missed. 🙂

Bye for now, Cebu. We had so much fun!

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Photo Credits: Alixel Cheng and Laurie Ivan Bonete.

Click here for the video summary of our trip to Cebu 2015!

Kuya Albert Aspacio’s contact number: 09359254769

*Don’t forget to mention that we recommended him, you might get a discount. Haha! 😛

**Updated 1/08/16**

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Mt. Pulag: Ambangeg Trail

Last March 28 and 29 of 2015 – We climbed the second highest mountain in Philippines, Mt. Pulag! Special mention goes to Anver from Sunburn Tours for guiding us very well; such a funny and humble person.

We hiked the mountain via Ambangeg Trail, to which I’d say the difficulty is moderate. It is highly recommended to do some warm-up exercises or practice hike like what I did at Mt. Pico De Loro, before the climb especially if you will start from Ranger Station because it takes an average of four hours to hike up to the summit. You wouldn’t want to be left out, Haha!

Below was our 2 days itinerary:

Day 0 (Friday)

09:30pm: Assembly time in Victory Liner Cubao

10:00pm: Departure from Manila to Baguio City via Victory Liner

Day 1 (Saturday)

05:00am: Arrival in Baguio City, proceeded to rented jeepney.

06:00am: Stopover, breakfast.

09:00am: ETA DENR Pulag (Orientation & Registration)

11:00am: ETA Ranger Station and ate some heavy lunch.

12:00nn: Started trek leading to campsite.

04:00pm: ETA Camp 2. Set up tent and prepared dinner.

07:00pm: Dinner at campsite; social time.

Baguio
Strawberry Taho of Baguio

Day 2 (Sunday)

03:30am: Wake up call

04:00am: Started trek to summit

05:30am: Time at summit

06:30am: Headed back to camp

07:30am: Breakfast

08:30am: Started descent

11:00pm: Back at Ranger Station, grabbed some lunch, showered

01:00pm: ETD Ranger Station

02:00pm: ETA DENR (check out)

05:00pm: ETA Baguio City (early dinner)

07:00pm: ETD Baguio City

12:00am: Back in Manila

I really felt so weak but when we reached the summit, that feeling seemingly went away as I immediately took my phone out to take photos. It was like I forgot how weak I was prior to reaching the summit. 😛

Mt. Pulag

Sunrise at summit
Mt. Pulag
The Sky <3
Mt. Pulag
Team Breezy :)

Mt. Pulag

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Stop over at Ambuklad Bokod

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Thank God for creating such a beautiful scenery! Everything was worth it!