5 Days Trip Around Surigao

We availed a package for our 5 days trip around Surigao and the first thing that I have noticed with our itinerary is that it takes up a lot of time to travel around Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte. Availing a package tour made our trip more relaxing since van rental and accommodations were already included. Package details can be found at the end of this blog post. 🙂

Day 1: Enchanted River, Tunuy-an Falls and La Entrada Resort

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Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines have a direct flight from Manila to Bancasi Airport (Butuan City). Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted by car rental drivers so I guess if you plan to have a DIY trip, you could easily rent a car/van. 🙂

Our tour guide let us taste their Toasted Siopao while driving our way to D’ Home Maker’s Cafe to have some breakfast before we head to Hinatuan Enchanted River. Butuan City to Hinatuan took us 3 hours of travel time.

Enchanted

Rain poured heavily minutes after we arrived in Enchanted River so no fish feeding for us! 🙁 Before we go to swim, we had lunch at Sibadan Fish Cage Resort which is just a short boat ride from Enchanted River. What’s fun about Sibadan is that you could swim with the stingray named Brenda and feed the big fishes!

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Sibadan

Even though we did not experience the fish feeding, I’m still amazed by its bluish clear water and also curious about what’s inside the underground cave of Enchanted River. Nothing much to do though, we just spent an hour swimming around the river before going to Tinuy-an Falls.

Tinuy-an

Tinuy-an Falls is said to be the little Niagra Falls and the widest waterfall in the Philippines. It was already getting dark when we arrived in Tinuy-an Falls and the waterfall was strongly splashing but you could still see how beautiful the little Niagra is! 2 hours away from Tinuy-an Falls, we have finally reached the famous La Entrada Resort where we had our dinner and spent the night.

La Entrada

Day 2: Britania Group of Islands, Cagwait and Cinnamon Island Resort 

Started our day with an island hopping! Britania Group of Islands is composed of 24 islands and islets but we managed to visit Hagonoy, Naked and Boslon islands only. Snorkeling is not part of the activity since there’s nothing much to see under the water.

Spacebar

After 3 hours of travelling from La Entrada Resort, we stopped over at Spacebar Beach Resort which is known as the Boracay of Cagwait – where we rest, enjoyed the beach for a while and had lunch because our next destination will be at Hayabangon Port which is 4 hours drive away! Then 45 minutes boat ride from the port, we have reached our final destination – Cinnamon Island Resort.

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Cinnamon Island Resort is located in Bucas Grande, Socorro. Cinnamon is called such because of the cinnamon trees that grow in the island. They also served cinnamon tea which for me, it taste like cinnamon blended with peppermint. 🙂

Day 3: Sohoton Tour

The tour consists of going to Tiktikan Lake, Hagukan Cave, Makukuob Cave and Sohoton Jellyfish Sanctuary.

Tiktikan Lake

12241492_10205465377539983_917263160359584953_nWill need to trek for about 5 minutes from the cottage before you could see the Tiktikan Lake. The lake water is calm and surrounded with forest trees – a very serene view. Water creatures such as big fishes and crabs also live here.

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Swimming in the lake is not advisable but don’t worry, there’s a diving board near the cottage!

Hagukan Cave

The guide said that we should be there during low-tide because the entrance of the cave gets submerged during high-tide. But what we did is different, we dived to get inside the cave! When inside, you’ll hear a snoring sound as the water slams into the cave. The ample light coming from the entrance of the cave makes the water luminous green color.

Makukuob Cave

Inside the cave awaits majestic stalactite and stalagmite formations so don’t forget to wear a helmet for safety. Once you’re inside, the only way out is to jump off the cliff!

Sohoton Jellyfish Sanctuary

JellyFish
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My first time touch a real jellyfish! 🙂 They are stingless, slimy and cute. Haha. The best time to visit is from April – June. Just a reminder, do not lift the jellyfish out of the water because they easily dry up and die.

Day 4: The Board Walk at Cloud 9, Siargao and Ronaldo’s Inn & Resto Bar

We packed our things early in the morning because we will now transfer to Siargao. It was a 2 uncomfortable hours boat ride from Cinnamon Resort to Siargo. We checked in Ronaldo’s Inn first before proceeding to our most awaited activity, surfing!

Cloud9

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The Board Walk at Cloud 9 have the best access and views of the famous Cloud 9 surf break. The weather was bad so the waves are strong and heavy but not bad enough for us not to surf.

Pizza

We also tried the three layered cheese of Avenito’s Pizza! Yum <3

Day 5: Siargao to Bancasi Airport

Pasalubong day and a short side trip at Bood Promotory Eco-Park in Butuan City wherein they believed that the first blood compact happened. No planned activity other than that since most of our time was spent for travelling back to Bancasi Airport.

Package details:

You may visit this site to check their packages or you may contact directly our tour guide Kuya Philip through this number: 09985590527

For our package, it was Php 8,950/person – foods, accomodation and transportation included. Price may change depending on your itinerary or accommodation requests. 🙂 If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

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Weekend at Quezon City

I was invited in a photoshoot by my cousin’s friend, Kuya Jay Exiomo, for his personal project “Metro Manila Diaries”. I’m still happy for being part of this project, spreading the beautiful and historical parts of Metro Manila. You may check his wonderful works in his travel blog Pusang Gala. 🙂 P.S. You might drool over his beautiful shots and the places he had been to!

Photos were taken in some of the famous places around Quezon City: Quezon Memorial Circle, Maginhawa Street and UP Diliman. Below are some of his shots:

Quezon Memorial Circle

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I was still in High School the last time I visited Quezon Memorial Circle and as far as I can remember, there were only parks and sari-sari stores around. I’m amazed by how much it has changed! There were now interactive museum, restaurants, court, fitness equipment, and a lot more! We need more city parks like this, please. 🙂

Maginhawa Street, UP Village

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I bet no one gets hungry here in the famous food street, Maginhawa Street. lol. Photos were taken specifically at StrEat and Cat Cafe Manila. Instagram-ish stores that offers a different variety of foods, who wouldn’t want to come here? 🙂 It may be scourging hot outside but I don’t mind, I could chill here any time!

UP Diliman Campus

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The home of UP Fighting Maroons. Best place to have any photoshoot theme, jog and train, stroll, eat street foods or just relax over the weekend. The sun light, forest like surroundings – UP Diliman Campus will make you feel like you’re far from the busy city. You’ll love everything about here.

So aside from Kuya Jay’s photos, I also have my own random photos. Haha!

Touring around Quezon City made me realize that each city has its own beauty and history that I need to learn and to know more. 🙂

Click here for Kuya Jay’s photoshoot blog post. 

Looking forward for more photoshoot, random photos and weekend like this! Hope you had an awesome weekend like mine! 🙂

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Coffee Tea Library in Malabon City


Coffee Tea Library

The Place and Ambiance

New hangout place for coffee, tea, book and board game lovers in Malabon City! It is rare to find a place that almost have everything a person is looking for in a café. The outside looks isolated but it’s different inside, Coffee Tea Library will give you a different kind of experience: Instagram worthy designs, comfy space, inexpensive yet quality coffee, different selection of books and games, accommodating and friendly staffs, daily promos – just WOW! Great concept. 🙂 I could have stayed longer if only I’m with a friend. Haha.

 

Inside

The Food

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Been there once so I haven’t tried everything yet. I ordered Herb Cheese Nachos for P85 and Dark Chocolate Cream-Based Ice Blended for P140. They do not have pastries by the time I went there, I would have ordered Blueberry Cheesecake (my favorite). Nachos and Chocolate drink might not be a good pair but I don’t mind, I like them both! 🙂

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Here’s the list of their daily promos:

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Services

Very friendly and fun to talk to. I think they find me weird because I kept on walking and taking pictures so one of the staffs offered to take a picture of me. I did not mention that I will be using these photos for my blog. 😛 The crafts are made by them too, amazing!

DesignI’m glad to find a rare place like this. Superb!

Location: Unit 103-104 A&S Bldg 189 MacArthur Hwy Potrero, Malabon City

Landmark: Beside Victoria Court and in front of Infinima Spa

Click here for their Facebook account.

Fire Sword Cafe: Come for the food. Stay for the games.


Fire Sword

My first time to try a board game cafe. 🙂 Came here with my friends on a Sunday night because we want to play board games and to check out the new place as well.

The Place and Ambiance

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Fire Sword Cafe is not that big but could accommodate enough people to eat while enjoying the board games. 🙂 I like how they designed their tables with borders to avoid the falling of small objects and there is also an extra shelf beneath the table where we can hide the box or extra items of board games in order to have more space for the table.

A great place to bond with friends and family!

Services

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The staffs and even the owner are very accommodating and generous enough to teach us how to play King of Tokyo and Takenoko. Haha. They are very helpful in suggesting new games for us to try! I like all games that we have played: Epic Spell Wars, King of Tokyo and Takenoko.

As for the food, I only tried the Swissmiss Milk Shake and it was actually delicious. 🙂 There is no doubt that I will come back here with my friends to try the other foods and board games.

Swissmiss Milk Shake With friends

Location: Unit 201 Times Square Building, 57 Examiner Corner Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City

Click here for their Facebook account.

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